The Work Talk Show is a weekly podcast featuring a talk show format along with crazy smart guests who operate outside the lines of what work has traditionally looked like. Join us for irreverent and insightful conversations on work habits, work-shifting, virtual teams, productivity, travel, tools, technology, work-life balance, and everything in between as we take a look at how work gets done today.
DJ Waldow is an email marketing consultant, writer, blogger, speaker, and co-author of The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing. He is the founder and CEO of Waldow Social, a company that creates opportunities for social engagement and community development through a fresh approach to email marketing. Waldow Social “bakes” social media in to your messages to compel a response, and build the relationships that matter most. DJ has spent nearly 8 years in the email, social, and community-building world, advising clients on how to optimize their email marketing campaigns and–on occasion–break some of the “best practice” rules. DJ can be found on most social networks under the handle “djwaldow” or by searching “DJ Waldow.” DJ is an alumnus of the University of Michigan (Go Blue), a knowledge craver, a sponge, & a lover of beer, coffee & people.
How’s DJ’s work situation unique? DJ has had many different jobs/careers in his 36+ years on Planet Earth – most of them forced him into a cubicle or a single room/office. However, since 2009, DJ has worked from home. In 2011, he started his own company and not only works from home, but works for himself! As of October 2012, he has a 4-month old son and 2.5 year old daughter. His wife, the K-Dawg, works full-time as a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician (that’s a fancy way of saying a high-risk obstetrician). Social media and live, face-to-face events keep DJ sane – somewhat.
Nick Westergaard is the Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, where he helps organizations of all sizes build better brands online through strategic consulting, coaching, and creative services. In addition to his agency work, he teaches social media marketing at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. He has been quoted in news sources such as US News & World Report, Entrepreneur magazine, Mashable, American Express OPEN Forum, and The Des Moines Register.
How’s Nick’s work situation unique? Nick is the second-generation principle of a brand strategy/digital marketing firm in Iowa with a growing team that is increasingly virtual. Nick balances home officing (with five young kids!) — relying heavily on online tools for team collaboration — with regular travel for speaking and client engagements.
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