I was not an early adopter of Twitter. In fact, I was a skeptic. I remember how excited my colleague Laura Fitton (better known as @Pistachio with more than 50,000 followers) was about the platform several years ago and by the time she wrote the book Twitter for Dummies, I had just created a profile @ginarubel.
During the pre-conference I also had the pleasure and privilege to participate in the new program Just JDs: Business Development Strategies for Lawyers. I was invited to present by the Just JD organizer, Ross Fishman, CEO of Fishman Marketing, who I also met through social networking several years ago and have since done business with. As the CEO of Furia Rubel Public Relations and Marketing, I presented The Ethics of Public Relations and Marketing for Lawyers with John Hellerman, Partner and Co-Founder, Hellerman Baretz Communications. The full-day intensive also included fantastic business development, marketing, competitive intelligence and Web 2.0 programs by some of the best in the business including: James A. Durham, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, McGuireWoods LLP (and author of The Essential Little Book of Great Lawyering), Deborah Knupp, Partner of Akina Corporation, Alvidas A. Jasin, Director of Business Development of Thompson Hine LLP and Richard P. Klau, Business Product Manager, Blogger, Google. Another confession, I have since connected with all of the presenters on LinkedIn with the intention of keeping in touch.