Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Anne Reuss

By: Gini Dietrich | August 17, 2012 | 
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During the opening party for SOBCon this year, I noticed a sign language interpreter at the event.

I asked who needed the assistance and was told, “Anne Reuss!”

What?!? Anne Reuss is deaf?

You see, this social media world not only levels out the business world and the world in general, it makes it easy for everyone to participate. And, based on the online conversations I’d had with Anne, I had no idea she is deaf.

In fact, when you spend time with her, it’s pretty difficult to tell because she does such a great job of communicating. Sometimes you have to get your phones out to text one another, if you really don’t understand, but she reads lips very well and has spent her entire life learning how to communicate with the hearing world. And, when I hang out with her, I get to practice the sign language (remedial at best) I learned as a kid.

On top of it that, she is wicked smart, absolutely adorable, and has a great sense of humor (and we all know how much I like funny people). Every once in a while I’ll get a text message from her that is a really funny cartoon or a person making a face at me…and that’s it.

I recently had dinner with her and we talked about the job market for a deaf person, which really depressed me. She described how hard it is to get a job because most people see it as a disability so she can’t even get an interview.

What the heck is wrong with people? Seriously.

Enter my friend Jeannie Walters who just hired her to run social media and content for 360Connext! A great job for Anne and a huge help for Jeannie.

So now you can find Anne not only on her personal accounts (Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and her own blog), but also on Twitter and Facebook for 360Connext.

Plus you can check her out on video. The girl is fearless!

I highly, highly recommend you introduce yourself to Anne (in the comments below) and get to know her online. She will enrich your life. I guarantee it.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

A very, very well-deserved FF. I adore Anne. ADORE. 

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @jasonkonopinski Me. Too.

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich She’s a lovely, lovely soul. A very special one, that @annereuss .

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 1 month ago

AND followed! Thanks for the intro Gini and Anne, great to ‘meet’ you!!! 😀 

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @belllindsay Be kind to her…at least the first week.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich Good suggestion for @belllindsay or I might come on too fast with my weird comics. 

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich @AnneReuss  I’m always kind. Kind of EEEEVIIILLLL!!! hahahaha

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @belllindsay   And so it begins. *record scratches* *unicorns hide* (can’t wait!) 

JeffOgden
4 years 1 month ago

Anne sounds like a remarkable person. I just followed anneruss  on Twitter, by the way. She’s done a wonderful job of overcoming a so-called limitation. I agree that any company smart enough to give her a chance would get a star!
 
Thanks for introducing me, Gini.

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @JeffOgden  Thanks for stopping by, Jeff!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @JeffOgden Can’t wait to tweet with you! Thanks for your comment – that really means more than you know. I’m determined to enlighten a company or two. Everybody I get to meet like the folks here I honestly consider rewarding. See, I knew there were smart people like you out there! 

jeanniecw
4 years 1 month ago

She seriously rocks! I’m so lucky to have met her when I did, so I could ask her to rock 360Connext! She is constantly surprising and inspiring me, and I am happy to also call her a friend. Great recommendation for #FF.

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @jeanniecw You are very lucky…I’m a little envious!

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich  @jeanniecw Me. Too. 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @jasonkonopinski @jeanniecw I’m jealous Gini knew you guys before I did but yes Jeannie is darling I’m so happy I can help her out!

sanjayshetty
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing @ginidietrich , it’s wonderful to know about annereus Feels Good 🙂 Thanks you.
 

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @sanjayshetty  You’re welcome!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @sanjayshetty 🙂 I feel pretty good too. Thanks for joining us here with your comment! 

margieclayman
margieclayman
4 years 1 month ago

Ready for my most in-depth comment ever?
 
YAY!!!!! 🙂 Anne is wonderful!!!

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @margieclayman LOL! Wow. That WAS your most in-depth comment ever.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @margieclayman *clap clap* the feeling is mutual!!!

GrizzardComm
GrizzardComm
4 years 1 month ago

@MargieClayman @AnneReuss @ginidietrich And I”m already following her. I’m clearly ahead of the curve.

MargieClayman
MargieClayman
4 years 1 month ago

@grizzardcomm well we knew that Jeff 🙂

KenMueller
4 years 1 month ago

Great to meat you Anne. I already follow you on Twitter, but now I’m definitely more interested because of my social media work with the issue of accessibility and specifically with the deaf. Will definitely be snooping around your blog!

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @KenMueller She seriously rocks.

KenMueller
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich I’m getting that impression

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @KenMueller I want to learn more about what you’ve done!! Twitter is champ. It was exhilarating when I realized how much more access I had (among more reasons of course!). I call it my “radio”

KenMueller
4 years 1 month ago
 @AnneReuss Mostly working with area businesses and non-profits as they work with the deaf community and deaf employees. Also training members of the deaf community about Twitter in just the way you described. Trying some interesting things with Foursquare, but we can take that discussion off-channel. Also been championing the cause of online captioning via #captionthis   I love your description of Twitter as your radio.My background is in radio, and for me, that’s the perfect analogy. And while most of us view social media as, well, social, you bring up the great point that for members of the deaf community it… Read more »
magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

Hi Anne! Lovely to meet you. Hope to see you around the ‘hood.

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @magriebler We need to have a Spin Sucks meetup. You, me, Claudia, Jeannie, Anne…maybe we’ll invite seanmcginnis 

magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich  seanmcginnis Sigh. I suppose we can invite ONE boy.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @magriebler @ginidietrich We should. seanmcginniscan drive us chicks in that batman RV of his. (I speak from personal experience) He will like it!

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich  @magriebler  seanmcginnis I have to get to Chicago again, STAT. 

magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

 @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich  seanmcginnis Ok. TWO boys.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @magriebler It’s my pleasure!! You hail from Chicago too??

magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss Yep! A native. How about you?

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @magriebler Yes. Suburbia native with an unlimited train pass until I move there! 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

Well @ginidietrich sure knows how to wake up a girl. I peered at my phone from under the pillow with one eye and I propped myself right up. How can I be mad?

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss I’m going to have to get you on my podcast. 🙂 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @jasonkonopinski I would love that….we might have get a little creative. Let’s make new things happen. Podcast is like online radio, right? 

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss I dig creative. 🙂 I’ve been doing audio interviews so far, but video is always a possibility!  
 
<shameless plug>http://www.jasonkonopinski.com/riffing-on-writing-podcast/</shameless plug>

GettysburgGerry
GettysburgGerry
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss @jasonkonopinski hey Anne, one of my very special buddies. Jason does some cohosting on my show. Nice hookup. Nick is gonna be on the show Tuesday. listen in 🙂 Love you girl. See you soon JK.

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss Love you, darlin!

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio
4 years 1 month ago

Hello Anne!! So nice to meet you 🙂

JudyDunn
4 years 1 month ago

Wow. See? This is what I love about social media. It IS a leveler, in the best kind of way. I am an introvert and not the world’s best speaker, but I have found my voice with blogging and social media. I can only imagine what a great tool it is for people with other challenges. 
 
So nice to meet you, Anne. And thanks, Gini, for introducing us to her. 

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @JudyDunn As you know, I also am an introvert. Social media has given me the voice I didn’t feel comfortable giving myself in the traditional channels. It also has gotten me waaaaaaay out of my comfort box to get on stage. It’s pretty stinking cool!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich  @JudyDunn I would’ve never guessed that about Gini but I can understand.  I’ve always been an extrovert but sometimes I might appear shy in person, but it’s only because it can get challenging but social media helps give people that need a little nudge to get comfortable to the idea of chillin or working with me.  It’s also made me more confident and aggressive about interacting in person. I don’t mind that I might not have the most perfect speech anymore – just gotta think “come on Anne drag your bum & say hello!”

magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich  @JudyDunn From time to time we all need a kick in the pants to push us out of our comfort zone. Thank God. Because we have gifts, baby, that the world desperately needs. You go, Anne.
 
P.S. Introverts unite!

JudyDunn
4 years 1 month ago

 @magriebler  @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich Absolutely! Introverts need time to think and process but once we do, watch out, baby!

JudyDunn
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich Anne, people say that about me, too. “Noooo! You’re not an introvert!” We just know how to fake it when we need to.   : )

magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

 @JudyDunn  @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich Introverts must be, above all things, accomplished actors. It’s a survival skill. Then we run home to our books.

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

 @JudyDunn  @magriebler  @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich “I am introvert, hear me think”. 

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 1 month ago

 @magriebler  @JudyDunn  @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich That’s SO  TRUE!!! hahahaha Gini and I have had that same discussion re: being closeted introverts and the books. Too funny! 

JudyDunn
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich You made my day saying that, Gini. You are putting yourself out there, which, especially since I am writing this book, I need to do more of. I have to push myself to do it, bit once I’m there, I love it.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@magriebler @SpinSucks haha! Don’t get me started on slurpees….

magriebler
magriebler
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss But I must! What flavor?

bradmarley
4 years 1 month ago

We’ve all read the articles that yell at you to “Put down your smartphone!” and “Turn off Twitter and have an actual conversation with somebody, for the love of all that is holy!”. But Anne is a perfect example of how social media can enhance somebody’s life. I love it.
 
I guess social media ain’t all bad. 🙂
 
Thanks, Gini!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @bradmarley Amen! Twitter (and my smartphone) is a phenomenal icebreaker that I use to put someone at ease, BUT then I slowly wean them off the phone in person…..

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@katemhamilton Yes! So glad you’re in my stream now. #win

katemhamilton
katemhamilton
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss I don’t know how I missed you all this time! Yay for future tweets!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@fleur_de_lotus Thanks sweets! I miss you. Im hopeful I’ll make it to Canada in the near future. Also just met new swell Canadian @jkozuch

fleur_de_lotus
fleur_de_lotus
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss Miss you too!!! And am now following @jkozuch 🙂

debdobson62
debdobson62
4 years 1 month ago

Hi Anne.  You sounds simply awesome and thank @ginidietrich for another great introduction to a very cool person.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @debdobson62  I remember you! It’s a blast to meet the spinsucks community isn’t it?

HowieG
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss  @debdobson62 excuse me Anne this is not a community. It is an Asylum. Just ask @ginidietrich

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @HowieG  @debdobson62  @ginidietrich Oh ok, that explains the straitjacket I got this morning. 

CCAC
4 years 1 month ago

Nice to learn about Anne and this site today. And so happy to see quality captioning on her video too, because many millions of us who are deaf, deafened or have a hearing loss need cc to be included. Cheers, Lauren for the CCAC (volunteer advocates), http://ccacaptioning.org

HowieG
4 years 1 month ago
Hi @AnneReuss nice to meet you! as of today your life will never be the same. Just careful you don’t get caught up in the fame and fortune, the limos, the late night parties, back stage access to major rock band tours, invites to Kimmel and Leno, or doing a Funny or Die spoof. It is really hard to manage going from obscurity to international superstar.   I am a case study.I was once a humble person slaving away trying to do good. Then I got a follow friday here. Next I was on late night. Invited to speak at… Read more »
KenMueller
4 years 1 month ago

 @HowieG  @AnneReuss  @bdorman264 Anne, Howie is clearly on drugs and is the village idiot here at Spin Sucks. Take everything he says with a grain of salt, and make sure you don’t answer the phone when he calls. 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @KenMueller  @HowieG  @bdorman264 Face palm 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

   @HowieG  What was your favorite restaurant in hollywood? I’ll listen to you but if I get on SNL, peace out!  

HowieG
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss oh geez so many great restaurants in Hollywood! and Santa Monica. And Venice. And Los Feliz. I have to pick only one?

HowieG
4 years 1 month ago

 @KenMueller  @AnneReuss  @bdorman264 No Ken this is me off drugs. I was much more sane and even funnier on them. Thankfully AA, AAA, and BBB helped me!

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 1 month ago

 @HowieG  @AnneReuss  @bdorman264  @KenMueller BAHAHAHAHA!!! Those midnights at the oasis were incredible Howie! Then you blew it. And stuck me with the goddamn camel. Like every single other man before you. 

sydcon_mktg
4 years 1 month ago

Yeah, another great follow Friday recommendation! Pleased to meet you @AnneReuss look forward to getting to know you! 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

In response to @HowieG and @KenMueller …..http://bit.ly/P34DSE (it wouldn’t have been right to not insert at least one or two of my comics here) 

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

Oh you’ll get along just fine ’round these parts. 🙂 

Sean McGinnis
4 years 1 month ago

Oh. My. Gosh.
 
What an AWESOME #FF recommendation! Where in the world do you come up with these awesome #FF ideas from? Hi Anne!

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @Sean McGinnis I take back my invitation for you to join us for a Chicago Spin Sucks cocktail party.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich  @Sean McGinnis I tried Sean. 

Sean McGinnis
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich Hahahahah! Remember what Groucho Marx said? My version is I wouldn’t want to attend a dinner with any group of people who would have me present. 🙂

Sean McGinnis
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich And for the record, I’m writing you out of my will.

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 1 month ago

 @Sean McGinnis  @ginidietrich WOO-HOO! I’m in!!! 

barrettrossie
4 years 1 month ago

 @Sean McGinnis <—  What he said. Thanks Gini. And hello, Anne! 

thejoshuawilner
4 years 1 month ago

Hi Anne, nice to meet you.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @thejoshuawilner Likewise, Joshua!

patmrhoads
patmrhoads
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss, it is an absolute pleasure to meet you! I’m going to start following you on Twitter, because I do pretty much anything @ginidietrich tells me to do. (Just kidding, Gini!)

patmrhoads
patmrhoads
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss  @ginidietrich
 Duh! ALready following you!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @patmrhoads  Champ! I loved Gini’s post on you. 

patmrhoads
patmrhoads
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss
 Aww, thanks! Although I can’t take credit – Gini made me seem a lot more cool and interesting than I am in real life. 🙂

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @patmrhoads  That’s what I like to hear!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@patrickreyes High five! Thanks for sharing!

patrickreyes
patrickreyes
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss Absolutely! And I love college football too!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@patrickreyes Wait where did you see that I am nuts for college football??

patrickreyes
patrickreyes
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss The video that @ginidietrich linked to in her blog post today!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@patrickreyes AHA! Yes yes. At least we’re both Big Ten fans….(I went to Illinois!)

patrickreyes
patrickreyes
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss I noticed that! At least you’re not a Michigan fan! Can’t wait for the season to start!

bryanwillmert
bryanwillmert
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss @patrickreyes this is me jumping in rudely!! Lol did you grow up in IL?

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@bryanwillmert @patrickreyes LOL! Totally cool. Call it assertive 🙂 Yes, I am an IL native. And you??

bryanwillmert
bryanwillmert
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss @patrickreyes yes I am!! Lol and yes.. I grew up in pekin

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@bryanwillmert @patrickreyes Please excuse me a moment while I look up where this Pekin town is.

bryanwillmert
bryanwillmert
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss right by Peoria. South of chi by 2 hrs

CarmeloBryan
CarmeloBryan
4 years 1 month ago

@bryanwillmert @AnneReuss not to confuse with the FARRR more popular Pekin, IN. Home of the longest running 4th of July parade 182 yrs 😉

Mathewfrzho
Mathewfrzho
4 years 1 month ago

@CarmeloBryan http://t.co/R69F0bvH

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

@CarmeloBryan @bryanwillmert that’s a cool tidbit of information!

bryanwillmert
bryanwillmert
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss @carmelobryan lol!!

CarmeloBryan
CarmeloBryan
4 years 1 month ago

@bryanwillmert @AnneReuss which one of you asked if i was at the first July 4th celebration? I heard that! not the 100th either! meanies!

bryanwillmert
bryanwillmert
4 years 1 month ago

@CarmeloBryan @annereuss hahaha we were looking for a first person account

martikonstant
martikonstant
4 years 1 month ago

What a great choice for #FF. @AnneReuss is definitely fearless and connects with people in a seemingly effortless way. I absolutely loved meeting Anne in person in New York, and am so happy that she lives in Chicago. I have already learned so much from her, and hope to see more of her 🙂

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @martikonstant I adore you so much!! 

katskrieger
4 years 1 month ago

Followed! Gini gives the best recos. I look forward to getting to know you better Anne. Have a great weekend!

Hajra
4 years 1 month ago

Hi Anne! Nice to meet you! Off to stalk you now 😉

Carmelo
4 years 1 month ago

Anne – Hi! Wow, with friends like Gini … how can you lose? Just watched your videos. Very cool, passionate, intelligent and fun. (someone should tell you to get a personality though, ha!! :-))
 
And Gini? Just want you to know that you have re-introduced me to online communities. I lucked into you (was it luck?) on my second day of looking around and I’m grateful. Thank you!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @Carmelo You’re a hoot! Glad you’re joining the cult. 

Carmelo
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss
Cult? k, grab my hand – repeat after me, I Anne Ruess take you … wait that’s a different kinda cult 😉
 

Carmelo
4 years 1 month ago

@AnneReuss
Cult? k, grab my hand – repeat after me, I Anne Reuss take you … wait that’s a different kinda cult 😉
 

rdopping
rdopping
4 years 1 month ago

Hey Anne, 
 
How can you not love someone with a winning smile like that? You’ll give @ginidietrich  a run for her money with that grin.
 
Lots of great folks here to connect with, huh? Off to check out your site now!

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @rdopping   That was just so sweet, thank you! I hope you liked doing some detective work on my site. 

HowieG
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss  @rdopping Anne he only comes for the free cupcakes

KS_StreetTeam
KS_StreetTeam
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich ShoutOutTo & Follow @DanielKyce Please Retweet and check out his video http://t.co/Ww33GRil

AbbieF
AbbieF
4 years 1 month ago
 @AnneReuss  – so nice to meet you.  I work quite a bit with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community here in Arizona. In addition to the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing and the Arizona Relay Service, we also do some project work for the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind.  Like @ginidietrich, my ASL skills are elementary at best, but thanks to my very patient clients and some awesome interpreters, we are able to make great things happen to raise awareness of the deaf community on such issues as education, healthcare, transportation, etc.   … Read more »
AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @AbbieF  Hi Abbie! I hope you had a great weekend, thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate you (and @ginidietrich ) for trying no matter how basic your skills are. It makes me tickled happy! Hopefully I find my way to Phoenix before too long. 

BobReed
4 years 1 month ago

HI, Anne,  
 
Knock. My. Socks. Off. Awesome.
 
The message of your video came from a perspective that I never considered before, Anne.  We all talk about the access social media can deliver… access to new customers, prospects and communities… but not about accessibility and the ability to simply communicate.
 
Following you in 3..2..1.  Now.
 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
4 years 1 month ago

 @BobReed HEY Bob! I hope you had an awesome weekend. Did you get your socks back? Look forward to tweeting with you!

BobReed
4 years 1 month ago

 @AnneReuss HI, Anne.  Yes, I’m wearing them now.

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