Chat with me tonight, live, via video.


Is this even a good headline for a blog post? I don’t know. Do you want to know what I’m like unedited? Read this blog post. I never post unedited, but my editor has a day job, and he has no time to deal with manufactured emergencies like this one, so I’m just posting this post as is.

I’m supposed to be doing a web chat thing tonight. I had this idea that this would be a good format for me. And I had this idea that I could stick to a schedule. But look. It’s the day of my video chat and I have not even announced it. Because I’m nervous.

I’m nervous about a new format. I did a radio show and I hated it. That does not bode well for video. But I like speaking in front of groups. (I do it a lot.) And I like having conversations with blog readers. So it seems like maybe this video discussion or whatever it is might work.

Okay. So you can sign up, and then tonight, at 9 p.m. eastern, you can ask questions to me live, and I’ll answer them. On video. And Ryan Paugh will be there because, no kidding, the last time I did one of these alone I left in the middle. Sort of cancelled it. Or, cut it short, or whatever. It’s harder to leave, probably, if there’s someone there with me.

Tonight’s topic is going to be How Twitter Can Save Your Life.

Hold it. Are you following me on twitter? That will not save your life. Believe me. But you should follow me because I love twitter. Here is today’s twitter:

In the midst of parent rush at preschool drop-off: “Bye Mom! I love you! And don’t forget to shave your hair on your legs. It’s itching me!”

Okay. back to my video thing: Really, you can use twitter in so many ways to meet your career goals. It’s too bad that most people suck at using twitter. But we can cover that tonight. And we can cover anything else you want to ask. Really, any question is fine. The topic is there because I’m trying to follow normal social convention. Sort of.

Sign up for the video chat here.

54 replies
  1. J
    J says:

    Jesus christ! Do you have to delete comments like that all the time?? (I saw the 3 that were deleted prior to deletion). Anyways, I think this video chat thing sounds really fun and an excellent way for your avid followers to get to know the real you even more (as if they don’t get that from your blog and twitter enough). May I suggest a topic? The recanting of the 1998 Dr. Wakefield study linking autism to the MMR vaccine. Not really about twitter/jobs but could be interesting.

  2. Chuck
    Chuck says:

    Penelope, at your convenience, would you drop me a note? I have something that will help you with your hate/spam comments here as well as your video calls going forward.

  3. Jenn Sutherland
    Jenn Sutherland says:

    Thanks for doing another video chat! I caught half of last week’s discussion, and I loved it. You and Ryan both do well on video, and I loved the unscripted, conversational format. Know that the people who show up are the ones who appreciate what you’re doing, so just show up and see what happens. See you tonight!

  4. Anna
    Anna says:

    I attended your first one and had fun, skipped the second, mostly because I forgot about it. I’m really looking forward to attending tonight’s. And Ryan is half the fun at those things.

    Also, maybe you should consider keeping an editor on stand-by in case you need editing but your real editor is busy being a landscape architect.

    But really, I didn’t notice a difference between this post and your other, edited posts.

    • Penelope Trunk
      Penelope Trunk says:

      You’re totally right! Someone else pointed out that the headline sounds like porn. But maybe that’s okay — the next best thing to a twitter headline is a porn headline.


    • Anna
      Anna says:

      From my previous experience, you can, but if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to help yourself from asking questions once Penelope gets going.

  5. OUt west
    OUt west says:

    Regarding your appearance on BBC’s World Have Your Say, I think you can do better.

    Were you on speaker phone? Yikes, it sounded like it.

    You interrupted the guest and repeated yourself often.

    Good luck.

    • Penelope Trunk
      Penelope Trunk says:

      Yeah. That BBC show today sucked. It’s a terrible format for me. Because basically the BBC asked three people to interview the guy. But I’m not a person who interviews people. This is a great example of me letting myself get in the wrong format for me. Let’s hope tonight’s video is better :)


  6. Karl Staib - Work Happy Now
    Karl Staib - Work Happy Now says:

    Damn, I would have loved to have been there. Tonight is my time with my kid, which I don’t regret, but still wish I could attend.

    I know you’ll be awesome. You’re too interesting not to be good. Are you going to tape it? Put it on YouTube? Just an idea.

  7. Ms. Pixel
    Ms. Pixel says:

    I loved your first webinar and I’m really excited about the next one. You have an awesome way of using Twitter that breaks the usual ‘rules of engagement’.

  8. Sinead
    Sinead says:

    Hey Penelope – I love your blog but you pay someone to edit your posts and still have typos and missing links??? :)

  9. Lucy Honeychurch
    Lucy Honeychurch says:

    Wondering what Eastern Time might be… but I fear that I will be asleep, I´m very sorry, I´d love to see you. Think it is a great topic, I don´t understand twitter, always confuses me and it seems very time consuming and distracting to me. :(
    Best wishes, L.

  10. AAM
    AAM says:

    I know that this may have no bearing on your blog post, so I apologize beforehand. Basically, I heard you on World Have Your Say today while at work. You were speaking about the internet and the ramifications of social networking from a generational standpoint based on the guest speaker’s comments. I thought that your comments on the speaker were dead on and someone needed to give this guy a second point of view so that he got off his high horse. You have a fan here!

  11. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I think you’re really brave for doing this. I am not even brave enough to sign up. I also happen to have plans but above all, even if I didn’t have plans, I would still not be signing up and that’s because the thought of it makes me shudder.
    So, good luck. It sounds like you have some good moral support on your side this time and if you already like speaking in front of groups — well, no worries. You’ll be fine. Hope to hear about it afterwards.
    Oh, and the headline today is pretty funny. What about: Tweat this: “Everything I know about Twitter I learned from P. Trunk tonight on video chat.” Or something like that.

    • Margaret
      Margaret says:

      Ooops. I just noticed that I crossed out my entire last bit of comment. I’d say my first try at formatting went really well; right? Sorry for the clutter.

  12. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    Would listen if I could, but have plans – have fun, be yourself, and trust that if you stay grounded, the message you communicate will be authentic and interesting to your audience.

    • Penelope Trunk
      Penelope Trunk says:

      Great link. Thanks. My favorite statistic in there: More than half of twelve-year-olds in the US have cell phones, and race is not a factor. Totally interesting.


  13. Sammy
    Sammy says:

    I missed it didn’t I? I always can’t look through all those times like Eastern, Western, Pacific and what is it, Center? I have no idea :( is there probably some “video on demand” where I can what it?

  14. pw
    pw says:

    Was this recorded and will the video be posted online? Since I never saw links to the previous ones, I fear that it wasn’t and won’t be. That’d be too bad. I missed it and would really like to watch the video.

  15. Jay
    Jay says:

    I was out all day, and missed this invite.

    Kind of funny: when I’m in all day, I’m online all day.

    When I’m out, I don’t have an I’net plan — see Frugality — and so am completely offline.

    BTW, Pen, you’re the only tweeter I allow. First day I okayed a bunch of tweeters was very close to end of my billing month, and I quickly went over my message allotment ’cause some tweet incessantly.

    I got rid of all the “go read this link”ers, but yours are always short stories in 140 characters are less.

    A good model.

  16. LJean
    LJean says:

    I get your blog posts via FeedBlitz — today, Feb. 4. OOps. There are probably willing viewers like me who didn’t find out about your video chat until too late. Note for next time….

    • Penelope Trunk
      Penelope Trunk says:

      Yeah, I’m really sorry about that. I actually didn’t realize how late the email was going out until now. So that won’t happen again. And there will be more videos. I will announce them with more notice. I promise. I’m getting more and more brave about the announcements :)


  17. RickOpp
    RickOpp says:

    I also didn’t learn about this until I got my Feedblitz email this morning, 2/4, at 5:19 a.m. Is there a way to send (or receive) your posts in a more timely manner?

    • Penelope Trunk
      Penelope Trunk says:

      Chat went well, I think. Based on comments. The recording didn’t really work. So you can’t view it after the fact. But we will try again with the live video chat. And we will give more advanced notice. I promise.


  18. Jenn Sutherland
    Jenn Sutherland says:

    Great chat last night, PT! I love that you jumped in full-speed-ahead, and got right into the topic. Great questions from the chat. The conversation going on in the chat are worth showing up for, no matter what PT and Ryan are talking about. Great content from you both, and I’m looking forward to next week’s cast.

  19. Cindy O'Keeffe
    Cindy O'Keeffe says:

    Aagh! Missed the webinar. For some reason the RSS feed came this morning so when I read “tonight” I thought it was today, Thursday. Would’ve loved to have been there!

  20. Michael
    Michael says:

    I received the email and wanted to attend, but the email didn’t come through until this afternoon, Thursday, though it appears the Webcast was yesterday, Wednesday.

  21. Adina
    Adina says:

    Totally didn’t understand that feedblitz sent the e-mail out after your show occured. Sad to miss it. Did you record? Can you share? Thanks!

  22. Jason K
    Jason K says:

    P – I really liked your webcast. It was very useful for me as I finally learned how to effectively use twitter to my advantage.
    BTW – You looked very comfortable and like you were having fun. I hope this was the case.

  23. Nathan Rodriguez
    Nathan Rodriguez says:

    Twitter can be life saving, but can lead to some trouble too, if used without precaution. Recently a guy get arrested at an airport twitting about some “security related words” (i don´t wanna even put related words here).

  24. Jonha
    Jonha says:


    Will you do your editor a favor? Make sure he’s always ready to edit your posts. Not that I don’t like this post but I think it would be better if your posts are edited. haha Trust me, things will be better. I just realized that they sure are important.


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