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The Rundown on Stop Blocking with Shel Holtz

This week communication guru, blogger and podcaster Shel Holtz joins me for The Rundown on BlogTalkRadio. As always, The Rundown is my weekly LIVE podcast featuring an analysis or summary of something by a knowledgeable person – and me. For those of you who read this blog, Shel Holtz needs no introduction. Okay, here’s one anyway:

Shel has spent 30-plus years in organizational communications in Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms, and as an independent consultant since 1996. Shel also provides counsel and guidance on traditional online communication and conventional media.
Shel is the author of five books, including “Public Relations on the Net,” “Corporate Conversations,” “Blogging for Business” and the recently released “How to Do Everything with Podcasting.” He has also written countless articles for magazines and journals. He is in demand as a speaker at conferences and workshops around the world.

He is also very passionate about employee communications and, discouraged by corporate banning of sites on the net, started StopBlocking.org:

Companies everywhere are blocking employee access to the Net, fueled by questionable research and irresponsible pronouncements of self-serving individuals and organizations. This site is designed to serve as a hub information resource for those who believe the benefits of providing access far outweigh the risks.

I’ll be having a live discussion with Shel about this campaign, what he’s trying to do with it and why he thinks we shouldn’t be blanket banning entire sites to our employees.

You are welcome to join the discussion if you can drag yourself away from the latest Facebook movie quiz or zombie attack for 30 minutes. Geez.

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3 Responses

  1. I’ve had the honor to write a book on blogging with Shel — although still not the pleasure to meet him in person.
    Will try to listen in assuming my hectic schedule cooperates!

  2. Ted,
    Welcome. Of course, I read your book and even used it to write my graduate thesis a few years ago. It’s amazing what the Internet has done for business and collaboration. Interestingly, it’s that very Internet that Shel says corporations are denying their employees’ access to. We’ll find out why they are and perhaps why they shouldn’t be – this Tuesday. I hope you can join us. Clear that schedule, Ted.
    (how’s that for a comment turned promo?)

  3. Hi Luke…my first time listening to your podcast. I enjoyed your conversation with Shel and I especially enjoyed the calls from the two listeners. I’m relatively new to the blogging game but it’s amazing how much more intelligent your call-ins are compared to talk radio which I listen to from time to time. The conversation was very respectful even though the first caller disagreed quite strongly with Shel on a couple of issues.

    The issues surrounding stop-blocking are also very similar to the issues surrounding telecommuting. More and more companies are allowing employees to work from home and thus not be directly supervised. The idea is that it is more about the amount of work employees get done rather than whether they are putting in face time at the office. Having a highly engaged workforce and trust, as Shel rightfully mentioned, are key factors to having employees be happy and productive. -Josh

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