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I first started a weblog in 2002. It wasn’t until 2004 that I really got an idea of what I wanted to do with it, which is to talk primarily about business communication and technology – my twin passions – and stimulate some interesting conversations and discussions, in this blog and elsewhere.

So I started NevOn with daily commentary and opinion on business communication and technology. Many of the posts I wrote there (and write here) are syndicated through WebProNews, the ebusiness news service, and other syndication services.

I stopped writing at NevOn in early 2006 when I created the self-hosted WordPress blog you’re reading; Nevon is now the archive of my blogging and conversations from December 2002 until February 2006.

I’m British and I’ve lived and worked in Europe (Western, Central and Eastern), the Middle East and Latin America. I’ve worked for large and small companies, and for myself, in communication management consulting and in the software industry. I returned to the UK in 2006 after being based in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s great cities, since 1999.

Currently, I live in Wokingham, Berkshire, about 35 miles west of London.

I’m a communication practitioner and entrepreneur with a passion for technology, focusing my knowledge of and experience with current, new and emerging technology tools and channels to help companies build dynamic relationships with customers, employees, shareholders and other key audiences, influencers and opinion-formers.

In addition, I research emerging communication technologies, and engage with companies, journalists, industry analysts, business bloggers and other influencers. I work in close collaboration with like-minded communication practitioners in Europe and the USA in helping people understand the true value propositions of such technologies for organizations as strategic communication tools and channels.

Some highlights:

  • In January 2005, I joined my friend and fellow communicator Shel Holtz, who’s based in California, to launch a business podcast, the first in the communication profession. Called For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, our show includes comment and opinion on topical communication, business and technology issues. It was bi-weekly until early 2010 when we switched it to weekly as work pressures gave us little time to do two shows a week. ‘For Immediate Release’ is now a podcast serieswith separate occasional podcasts for interviews, book reviews and events such as seminars and conferences. We currently have three sponsors.
  • In March 2005, I co-founded Blogging Planet together with fellow communicators Elizabeth Albrycht, Guillaume du Gardier and Christof Ducamp, who are based in Paris. Our goal was to provide counsel and training to organizations in Europe and the United States on how to effectively adopt new communication tools such as business blogging, wikis, RSS and podcasts. But in October 2005, we dissolved Blogging Planet. We had sound reasons; you can read why in “The alliance is dead… Long live the alliance.”
  • In October 2005, I joined the Society for New Communications Research, a California-based non-profit think tank, as a founding Advisory Board member and Research Fellow (see the launch press release). (I receive no financial compensation for my affiliation with SNCR.)
  • I’m a member of the Corante Network Marketing Hubwhich aggregates the thinking of some 20 of the most innovative business people blogging today.
  • In October 2006, a new marketing company was launched in Second Life. Headed by Joseph Jaffe, that company is called crayon, LLC. I was one of the founding principals, originally there as a Vice President of New Marketing. I left crayonin June 2007.
  • In June 2007, How To Do Everything With Podcasting was published by McGraw-Hill. This is a 360-page ‘how-to’ book, written by Shel Holtz and I, that covers planning, recording, editing, distributing, marketing, building community, monetization, and a host of other topics about podcasting. See the companion websitefor more information.
  • In October 2008, I announced a new venture I made with BondPR International, to develop a new service offering known as Bond-i focused on social media (details in the press release).
  • In December 2008, I threw my hat into the ring with some very interesting people, all of us part of AdHocnium. As I said in my post about it, “What I find especially thrilling is when an alliance of such people, in different places around the world, starts to coalesce where everyone involved doesn’t yet know exactly how the thing will work out but is willing to throw some hats into the ring to find out.”
  • Between October 2009 and March 2011, I hung up all my various hats apart from the FIR podcasts as I joined WeissComm Group (rebranded as WCG in January 2010) in a consulting role as their new Head of Social Media Europe, based in London. While there, I also developed and produced the WCG ThoughtLeaders interview podcasts.

I used to spend quite a bit of time in the three-dimensional online world of Second Life, which I joined at the beginning of 2006. My in-world identity is Jangles Junot (that’s me in the picture). I still hang out there now and again.

Although the bright star has waned considerably in recent years, I do believe that virtual worlds like Second Life still present potential for business, something I’ve written about in this blog at times and spoken about at conferences and in conversations with companies.

Overall, I’m constantly on the look-out for interesting things to get involved with, so if you have something interesting you’d like to talk about, do let me know. This blog, and my one of historical record I mentioned earlier, will give you a good sense of the kinds of things I’m interested in.

I’m an active and committed member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), my professional association. I’ve served IABC and the profession in a range of formal leadership roles since 1989, most recently (2002-2004) as Regional Director in Europe and member of the Executive Board and Executive Committee. I do other more informal things for IABC, eg, co-produce the monthly IABC Cafe2Go podcasts and interviews; and, from 2005-2007, I co-produced the ConferenceCast conference podcasts.

In June 2009, I received the huge honour of being awarded the 2009 IABC Chairman’s Award. I’m very proud of that.

English is my native language / también hablo español fluentemente / ein bisschen deutsch / en een beetje nederlands.

For more details about my professional background presented in a formal CV-type fashion, see my LinkedIn profile.

If you wish, you can follow me on Twitter. And if you’d like to talk, do get in touch anytime.

[This page was last updated on November 23, 2011.]