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#FollowFriday: Carmelo Bryan

By: Gini Dietrich | December 7, 2012 | 
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For those of you who are active in the Spin Sucks community, you’ll recognize the face and name of one Carmelo Bryan.

As he was beginning his blogging and social media journey, he became a very active – and very fun – voice among you.

For those of you who read the content posted here (thank you a zillion times over), but either stalk or don’t participate, allow me to introduce you to the man.

He’s an independent leader. He wants more for himself and this crazy world in which we live. He’s a positive thinker. He looks forward to bigger things, brigher experiences, and happier times. He’s extremely optimistic. And he plays a great devil’s advocate.

As we began our journey into becoming a virtual company, he planted himself right next to me and prodded me along. He talked to me about the pros and the cons and he helped me figure out what works and what does not.

He did this because he’s done it. In fact, he is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur so every experience I’ve had or am about to have, he’s likely already done.

He’s a great voice of reason in this journey.

He runs Critter Wisdom, which may sound a little corny, but hear me out. His philosophy is about how to slow down the world around us, have crystal clear focus, and use the backdrop of nature (and its critters) as inspiration to become more effective in both our personal and professional lives.

He’s not only really smart and wise, but lots of fun to have around.

So get to know him. You can find him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter. And, if you have a few extra minutes to spare, I highly recommend you read his story. It’s charming, it’s well-written, and it’ll make you snicker at least five times.

One last thing. We’re a day late, but wish Carmelo a happy birthday. I don’t think he’ll mind it’s belated.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

71 comments
marcseyon
marcseyon

@ginidietrich interesting approach to #FF. I like.

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

Happy birthday @Carmelo !  Great to learn a little about the guy behind that great smile. 

 

belllindsay
belllindsay

Carmelo!! Happy belated, and welcome to the Follow Friday club!! :) 

Lori
Lori

Hi Carmelo! Belated Happy Birthday and congrats on being featured here!

I'm happy to say I know Carmelo @ginidietrich  - met him a while back when he found his way to my porch ;-)

Happy Friday everyone!

Lori

Vidya Sury
Vidya Sury

Hi Carmelo!  Great to see you featured here today.

 

Gini - I enjoy his comments very much! Happy weekend to you!

magriebler
magriebler

Hi Carmelo! Wishing you the very merriest of unbirthdays. They'll throw you quite the par-tay here at Spin Sucks. Resistance is futile.

KateFinley
KateFinley

Happy Friday, Carmelo! I've definitely noticed your around the Spin Sucks community and I like reading your comments. There's always room in my circle for another glass half full , world changer ... Happy to know you!

Carmelo
Carmelo

Gini ... you devilish thing you. What a nice surprise! While I was out in the cornfield this morning (and tending to my critters) I just had this weird feeling that something was up. And sure enough, you were here celebrating my very merry UNbirthday (the day after, ya know) 

 

You have crafted a very friendly day for me ... THANK YOU>   :-)

 

(Don't believe the cornfield thing? pffft)

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

 @carmelobryan is why I live in the woods on a dirt road with the critters. 15 miles from a traffic light (well that is the closest other directions are 18 miles west, 24 east, and 67 south). See and you though he only influenced you @ginidietrich 

In fact I am currently whittling his birthday present which is an Eli Manning Statues...life sized which is only fitting. That is why it is so late in being done. But here in the woods I have a lot of time and no rushes or worries. If I lived in Chicago I bet I would of finished it already but I bet City Hall would request it's placement in the lobby so maybe wouldn't be good to Whittle in Chicago!

 

On a serious note great choice, smart good person and great community member!

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Happy belated birthday, Carmelo! Nice to meet you. I am going to hop over and read your story now. 

lbatzer
lbatzer

I am definitely one of those guilty of reading this blog religiously, but not participating ... but I just had to offer up birthday well wishes.  Happy belated Birthday Carmelo. 

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

 @Carmelo Right now I'm crying, after watching video #2 at Gin & Topics. Yep, here in Spokanistan. It's been warm here too, which means we haven't been freezing our buns off. A little slushy snow this morning but it didn't stick. The cause of global warming: I bought a new pair of Sorrel boots at REI, and of course that means it won't snow this year. 

Maybe we can have a Google Hangout and hold a Smile Off. The last one to laugh wins a year's subscription to Spin Sucks Pro (The Free Edition). 

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @barrettrossie Hey Barrett! Are you in Spokane? Here in Carson City on the backside of the Sierra range it's been quite a bit warmer than usual. How about there? 

 

You have your own corner on the smile market carved out!

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @jasonkonopinski Hey Jason ... thank you! How are plans for your "world tour" coming along? Are you fleshing out some details on it now?

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @Late_Bloomers Hi Barbara ... thanks! We recently had an exchange student from Switzerland. Can't wait to visit your country again! It's magnificent. Hey, your daughter created a very cool logo for you! 

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @belllindsay Lindsay! WooHooo! Now the party is REALLY starting. it's an honor (oops, or is it honour?) to play (drink?) alongside you. :-)

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @Lori  @ginidietrich Hi Lori! Thanks for coming to help me celebrate my unbirthday. Yes, it's fun getting to know everyone more. The private side dalliances are the best! ;-)

 

Love your porch too, Lori! Between you and Gini my brain keeps firing constantly. 

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @Vidya Sury Hi Vidz! Great to see you too. Love your contributions too. 

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @magriebler Hi Marianne! Thank you very much. Glad I got up early to start this party. Love your "marketer with a splash of PR" (and who couldn't use a little more "sloppy thinking" now and again?)

 

Should I remove me Borg suit?

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @kateupdates Hey Kate ... wonderful to be sharing my glass with you. Love to read your insights too! 

 

And I'm a supporter of your first ever "Half Marathon" coming up next May!  Go for it despite any fear! You're going to make it for sure. :-)

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @HowieG  @ginidietrich  Hey Howie let me know when you get down to your last whittle. I'll get my horse-drawn hay wagon and bring it on over for delivery.  I think I can find your place based on the directions you left! If not, I'll just ask your critters.

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @RebeccaTodd Hi Rebecca, thanks for the birthday wish. In our house we celebrate the day after just as vigorously and the day of! Just as the rabbit, Alice and the teapots did in Alice in Wonderland ... I think Gini knew this about me even though I never told her!

 

Here's the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7h95MJfNnI 

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @lbatzer Thanks very much. Gini is just full of surprises, ya know? 

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @barrettrossie I doubt I could hold the laughter in that long. I'll be the one who has to pay for the Free Edition. lol. Good luck with the snow and those boots! I haven't skied in ... forever! Year before last our mountains got some 650 inches. That'll wear out a pair of boots quick.

 

Wow, that video! Imagine the thrill for that kid, huh? :-)

Late_Bloomers
Late_Bloomers

 @Carmelo When you come to Switzerland next time, you are very much welcome in Basel! Thanks, I will tell her, she is a gifted artist and far too modest. You know, the logo is our family herald sign (is that the correct word for it?), a peacefully looking dove with a star and she made it into something fiercer looking, with more bite! 

magriebler
magriebler

 @Carmelo You're the birthday boy, so you get to wear whatever you'd like ... even your birthday suit.

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @ginidietrich  Wow, serendipitous timing, huh? I kind of have the feeling your life is often a magnet for serendipity and all things beautiful. Of course, you have to nudge it along too, I know.

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @RebeccaTodd  @lbatzer It's that "mostly" part that scares me. Really though, what a nice surprise and such a great place to hang out.

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @jasonkonopinski Absolutely! Put me right up near the top. Looking forward to learning more about it. Cool didjeridu story too, Jason.

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @Late_Bloomers  I have a grand piano that doesn't take to traveling that well. Okay, Wednesday it is! So, what do you play? 

 

That's what I like to hear ... putting things into practice. Action gives birth to advancing awareness. Good for you, Barbara!

Late_Bloomers
Late_Bloomers

 @Carmelo Next Wednesday is perfect, you can join in some local activities, I hope you play an instrument? Go figure!

 

We decided on the fierce look together, now this is getting really deep ... And yes, there is not only a theory but putting a lot into practice!

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @Late_Bloomers Perfect! Thank you. How's next Wednesday? Okay, okay, i'll give you more notice! (maybe)

 

Ha! Well, there's no controlling a truly creative artist. But, it looks great. Do you have a theory about why she sees the peaceful dove as having a "bite" to it?

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @belllindsay I got it, silly! Just trying to expand the meaning so that I could take a bit more credit ... you know, greedy me! 

belllindsay
belllindsay

 @Carmelo Carm, you spoke in Canadian, and you mentioned drinking. Helloooo?? ;)

Carmelo
Carmelo

 @belllindsay LOL ... i almost feel like I have my first and only groupie. Or, does it go much deeper than that??? ;-)

lbatzer
lbatzer

 @Carmelo  @RebeccaTodd  It is the "mostly" part that makes me laugh and smile - perhaps I don't know enough about everyone here to be scared yet.

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