Ecropolis to Webcast Chip Heath, author of “Made to Stick” and upcoming “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard”

Ecropolis will be live, on location at the Stanford School of Business to webcast a special presentation given by Mr. Heath on Thursday, March 25 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET

Chip Heath is the Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Chip will cover topics from both of his books:

Made to Stick: Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? Chip answers these questions and will discuss the six principles of sticky ideas: simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions and stories. These “naturally sticky” ideas spread without external help in the form of marketing dollars, PR assistance, or the attention of leaders

How to lead a SWITCH

Why do some big changes happen easily while many small changes prove impossible? The answer hinges on some of the most fascinating findings in psychology. Building on this research, Heath will reveal a simple, 3-part framework that will help you change things in tough times, whether the change you seek is at work, at home, or in society. All of us have things we want to change—in our families, our businesses, and our communities. But where do you start? And don’t people resist change? This program will explore some reliable ways to make change efforts stick.

This live webcast will also include synchronized presentational materials as well as live chat, to be moderated by Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, Inc. and executive education firm in Ashburn, Virginia that provides services and training to the executives of fast growth companies, worldwide.

Ecropolis to Webcast a presentation by Jeff Jarvis, author of “What Would Google Do?”, blogger and associate professor

Ecropolis will webcast Jeff Jarvis’s presentation LIVE from New York on Thursday, February 18th at 12:00 noon-1:30 pm ET (US)

Jeff blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is also an associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism

In talks around his book, What Would Google Do?, which has been featured in BusinessWeek (cover story), Inc., Newsweek, Forbes, CNBC, The Daily Beast, and Library Journal, Jarvis has unpacked the strategic and operational principles that have underpinned the Google’s phenomenal success and applied them outward. In talks, he provides an indispensable manual for survival and success.

Jarvis underscores how critical it has become to see the world as Google sees it. “The question we ask is about thinking in new ways, solving problems with new solutions, facing new challenges, seeing new opportunities, and understanding a different way to look at the structure of the economy and society and how we relate to each other,” says Jarvis.

He explains how businesses can grow and prosper in what he calls our “new Google century” by following such laws as:

MANAGE ABUNDANCE, NOT SCARCITY

MAKE MISTAKES WELL

GIVE UP CONTROL

GET OUT OF THE WAY

LOW PRICES ARE GOOD (FREE IS BETTER)

DON’T BE EVIL

Ecropolis to Webcast Best Selling Author, Hiring & Retention Expert and Leadership Advisor to Billionaires, Boards and CEOs

Geoff Smart is Chairman & CEO of a management assessment firm for CEOs and investors, which he founded in 1995.

Geoff Smart solves every manager’s #1 problem: making hiring mistakes.  The stories and advice Geoffrey Smart presents, draw from some of the most extensive research, interviews and experiences ever assembled on the topic of talent management:  Why most managers are terrible at hiring.  How to generate a source to locate the right candidates.  What to look for in choosing the right candidate.  How to sell the ideal candidate on accepting the job at your company.  The session includes a significant amount of audience interaction including live demonstrations of the interview techniques, audience realtime Q&A, and simple “takeaway tools and templates” to help attendees maximize financial performance and their own career success.

In their instant New York Times best seller Who: The A Method for Hiring, Geoff Smart and Randy Street interviewed over 20 billionaire entrepreneurs exclusively for the book (a record) to collect their best advice and stories on the topic of hiring and hiring mistakes.  The largest statistical study every done on this topic was conducted with the University of Chicago’s Steve Kaplan, which revealed some startling findings about types of candidates who succeed and fail, and simple, practical solutions are presented.  The book is a New York Times Bestseller, Wall Street Journal Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, and was ranked the #1 bestseller of all books on Amazon. Over 20 CEOs have endorsed Who.

Ecropolis Selected to Support Web Operations for Normandy International in its mission to Promote the “2009 Bermuda Music Festival”

Ecropolis has been selected by Normandy International for website hosting and back-end maintenance and webcast support  for www.bmf09.com, the official website of the Bermuda Music Festival, Quincy Jones and Friends.  Normandy International has distinguished itself as a pioneer in developing new means of distribution for networks, celebrities, music promoters and sponsors. Bermuda Music Festival will prove to be a testament Ecropolis’s ability to execute on innovative online video strategies. In the case of Bermuda Music Festival, Ecropolis will support three webcasts leading up to the actual festival. These webcasts will be hour-long interviews between Rock Neuman, the promoter for the festival and three of the high-profile artists featured at the festival, including Quincy Jones, Erykah Badu, and John Legend. Normandy International is also coordinating with artists and promoters to possibly webcast select performances from the music festival itself. Normandy established a relationship with the innovate steaming platform service provider, LiveStream.com to provide the encoding and content delivery to a global audience. Ecropolis has worked closely with the producers of the festival and the Livestream.com staff to insure successful webcasts.

FOLLOW UP: Quincy Jones webcast from his home in Las Angles, California. The interview content with Quincy Jones has great historical value and created some great initial buzz and excitement about the upcoming festival. Hundreds of users logged on live with hundred more logging in post interview to watch the archive. The delivery over LiveStream was flawless with fantastic stream quality delivered using rtmp h.264 Adobe Flash technology.

Lisa Amore, of Amore PR did an amazing job of providing a sound bytes via Twitter to the hundreds of Twitter followers of @bmf09.

Ecropolis will Webcast Jim Collins, Author of “Good to Great,” from the 2009 Gazelles Growth Summit

Ecropolis will webcast Jim Collins – author of “Good to Great” and  his most recent, “Built to Last from the Gazelles Fortune Small Business Growth Summit in Dallas, TX.

People, Strategy, Execution, Cash — Jim Collins, the #1 business thought leader of our time, will anchor the Summit with a four hour workshop covering his latest discoveries in studying “gazelles” which were able to both survive and thrive in turbulent times. And his latest research indicates that turbulent times will likely be the norm for the rest of our business lifetime, so you better know how the best have done it in the past. Jim’s ideas will span all four key decisions.

Several hundred viewers are expected to tune into this live event. There will be a live chat session in tandem with the speaker, moderated by, Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, an executive education firm in Ashburn Virginia that provides resources for fast growth companies.

Jim Collins delivered a rich three hours to a conference audience of approximately 500 executives as well as a group of about 100 local business schools students. Ecropolis saw to it that Jim Collins was streamed live to at least 1000 other executives, globally. Ecropolis streamed live using Flash encoder over a platform called Livestream.com. Because of the importance of this event, Ecropolis brought in a satellite internet truck that remained on standby, if the hotel’s bandwidth had faltered we were able to make an immediate, seamless cutover. We received positive reports from the 4 corners of the globe. Thanks to the Livestream.com platform the even was ready for on-demand viewing within an hour of completion. This was of particular importance because we were only allowed to show the archived stream for 24 hours.

Ecropolis to Webcast Dr. Robert Cialdini, Author of “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”

Ecropolis will be webcasting  Robert Cialdini – “Author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” from the ASU (Arizona State University), Phoenix, Arizona on November 17, 2009, 12:00PM ET.

With more than two million copies sold worldwide “Influence” has established itself as the most important book on persuasion ever published.  Robert Cialdini, Ph.D explains why some people are remarkably persuasive and how you can beat them at their own game. You’ll learn the six psychological secrets behind our powerful impulse to comply, how skilled persuaders use them without detection, how to defend yourself against them-and how to put those secrets to work on your own behalf. Whether you are a mere consumer of someone weaving the web of persuasion to urge others to buy or vote for your product, this is an essential book for understanding the psychological foundations of marketing.

Extensive training in the psychology of influence, together with over 30 years of research into the subject, has earned Dr. Cialdini an international reputation as an expert in the field of persuasion, compliance. Influence has been listed on   the New York Times Best Seller List. Fortune Magazine lists Influence in their “75 Smartest Business Books.

Several hundred viewers are expected to tune into this live event. There will be a live chat session in tandem with the speaker, moderated by, Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, an executive education firm in Ashburn Virginia that provides resources for fast growth companies.

FOLLOW UP: This event was a fabulous success.: from the production and stream quality to the level of audience interaction and moderated discussion; everything went perfectly. The material presented by Dr. Cialdini was well worth the small cost of this webcast. We saw attendance and participation from business executives from around the world. The entire webcast was available on demand within ten minutes of wrapping up thanks to the server-side archiving capabilities built into the CDN platform Ecropolis is now partnered up with.

Ecropolis to webcast David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done”

Ecropolis will be webcasting  David Allen – “ Author of Getting Things Done” from the Gazelles Growth Summit in Dallas, Texas on October 21, 2009.

Execution — David Allen, the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity, is recognized as one of the top 5 executive coaches in the world. During his two-hour workshop he’ll share his popular Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology that has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it is applicable from the boardroom to the living room and is hailed as “life changing” by entrepreneurs and executives.

Several hundred viewers are expected to tune into this live event. There will be a live chat session in tandem with the speaker, moderated by, Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, an executive education firm in Ashburn Virginia that provides resources for fast growth companies.

Ecropolis to webcast Keith Ferrazzi, Author of “Who’s Got Your Back: The 3 People that Will Change your Life”

Ecropolis is scheduled to webcast Keith Ferrazzi – “Who’s Got Your Back: The 3 People that Will Change your Life” from Houston, Texas at one of the University of Phoenix’s campus locations on June 16, 2009

Keith Ferrazzi, the internationally renowned thought leader, consultant, and bestselling author of Never Eat Alone, shows us that becoming a winner in any field of endeavor requires a trusted team of advisors who can offer guidance and help to hold us accountable to achieving our goals.  It is the reason PH.D candidates have advisor teams, top executives have boards, world class athletes have fitness coaches, and presidents have cabinets.

Several hundred viewers are expected to tune into this live event. There will be a live chat session in tandem with the speaker, moderated by, Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, an executive education firm in Ashburn Virginia that provides resources for fast growth companies.

Ecropolis traveled to Houston in June and successfully webcast Mr Ferrazzi to a group of approximately 300 executives. The archive was made available for on-demand access before the end of the business day. A credit should be given to the staff at the University of Phoenix organization in Houston for contributing to the success of the webcast by providing professional facilities and access to the necessary bandwidth and teleconferencing equipment to make the webcast a great success. The archive of this webcast is available. Please visit: http://www.gazelles.tv/webcast09-Keith-Ferrazzi/default.cfm for more information.

Ecropolis to webcast, leading negotiation instructor and advisor, Dr. Victoria Medvec

Ecropolis to webcast, leading negotiation guru,  Dr. Victoria Medvec – “Negotiation Strategies in Turbulent Times” from the Ernst & Young corporate training center in Schenectady, New Jersey. instructor

Dr. Victoria Medvec is the Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and recipient of several annual teaching awards. Dr. Medvec is also the CEO of Critical Decision Partners, a strategic consulting firm focusing on high-stakes negotiations and decisions. In this capacity, Dr. Medvec teaches negotiations and strategic decision making to senior-level executives from companies around the world. She also advises CEOs and their reports on critical decisions and negotiations, including mergers, acquisitions, significant customer contracts, supplier contracts, and partnership agreements.

Several hundred viewers are expected to tune into this live event. There will be a live chat session in tandem with the speaker, moderated by, Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, an executive education firm in Ashburn Virginia that provides resources for fast growth companies.

This will be the second time that Ecropolis has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Victoria Medvec. Six months earlier, Ecropolis shot a two hour seminar with Dr. Medvec in front of a studio audience to create a video/software training product that has since sold hundreds of copies to executives in fast growth companies through Gazelles, Inc.

Ecropolis, once again, conducted a successful webcast with Dr. Medvec. Audience participation and energy drove this special event and made it all that a live event should be. The staff at the  E&Y training center will instrumental in assuring that our Internet connection would run smoothly from their corporate training center. Ecropolis has also created a 2 hour video software application that represents the breadth of Dr. Medvec’s work. Through an arrangement with CEOBrainTrust.com, this training product, as well as the archive of the webcast are being offered at a very special price. http://www.ceobraintrust.com/executive-education/high-stakes-negotiation/ to get a free preview of what Dr. Medvec has to offer.

Ecropolis to Webcast David Meerman Scott, Author of, “New Rules of Marketing & PR”

Ecropolis will be webcasting social media expert and renowned blogger, David Meerman Scott from the 2009 Gazelles Fortune Small Business Sales and Marketing Summit in New Orleans, LA.

Mr. Scott is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, seminar leader, and the author of the number-one best-selling PR and marketing book The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to use news releases, blogs, viral marketing and online media to reach buyers directly, which is being published in 20 languages and the new hit book World Wide Rave. He is a recovering VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies. David has lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, Boston, and Hong Kong and has presented at industry conferences and events in over twenty countries on four continents.

Several hundred viewers are expected to tune into this live event. There will be a live chat session in tandem with the speaker, moderated by, Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles, an executive education firm in Ashburn Virginia that provides resources for fast growth companies.

FOLLOW UP:  David Meerman Scott gave a fantastic presentation and it was a great webcast that had an impact across the hundred-plus companies that tuned in with their teams. The presentation was archived and put available on demand within a couple of hours of the end of the two hour keynote.