August 20, 2015

KENNETH COLE'S NEW FALL AD CAMPAIGN IS POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT


If you are familiar with the uber fashion and shoe brand Kenneth Cole, you know how committed the brand is to freedom of expression, artistic freedom, human rights, among other human-centric political and cultural issues.  The brand's new fall campaign is brilliant, beautiful, powerful and probably one of the most relevant and timely statements any brand has made about pop culture and the state of the world today.

The campaign is called "The Courageous Class" and features a model turned activist, a pro surfer turned activist, a deaf pro soccer player, a transwoman model, a humanitarian hip-hop producer.  "The Models are the Role Models," one of them says and the one minute video focuses on what each is passionate about and how we all can help make change.  The most powerful statement comes from the model turned activist who says, "I can effect change...because I am...because I exist" and I think most of us feel like "what can little ol' me do?"

We, as individuals, can make positive changes by the smallest actions...however, we as a community can make even greater changes.   Start reconnecting human-to-human again.  Put down your mobile phones and your tablets.  Hold someone's hand.  Call someone. Send a card.  Go to lunch and leave your mobiles in the car...

Be the courageous class.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH "COURAGEOUS CLASS" BY KC

August 5, 2015

SO IF YOU ARE CHOMPING AT THE BIT FOR NEW ADELE MUSIC (THE ALBUM IS COMPLETELY DONE BTW), YOU MAY WANT TO SIT DOWN FOR THIS...



So, if you are as excited about Adele's new album (which is completely done and in the can) as I am...I mean...Phil Collins is one of the producers...she also worked with Ryan Tedder again and there are rumors of a Madonna collaboration...well, anywho, if you are as excited as I am about new music from Adele...sit down and take some deep breaths...ok...are you ready?  Adele just said in an interview that she would "like to have a 2nd child BEFORE RELEASING ANY NEW MUSIC!"  I know...calm yourselves...yes, that's right...it could be another year at least that we get to hear any new Adele....don't shoot the messenger...

August 3, 2015

AUG 5 DEADLINE: 54% FUNDED NEED YOUR HELP ASAP IF I AM GOING TO BE ABLE TO PUBLISH MY CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Anyone who contributes will get a free framed custom piece of art that includes 
everyone's name who helped make this dream a reality!


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July 28, 2015

IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO BELIEVE IN YOU TO TURN A DREAM INTO REALITY

Seventeen years ago, I shared the initial draft of “Give an Inch a Foot” with a client of mine at Nestle who had turned into a trusted colleague and friend.  

“You’re going to publish this,” she said after reading it.

“Oh, I don’t know if I’ll ever…” 

“No, I mean 'YOU’RE GOING TO PUBLISH THIS!'”  

Tricia Bowles was the first person I ever shared the story with and she would be the only person I shared the story with for at least 10 more years.  After I left MS&L and the Nestle business, Tricia and I stayed in touch.  Every time we talked or emailed she would always either start the conversation or end the conversation with “So, how’s Inch?”

It was Tricia who first told me "Inch" was a story that touched people’s heart.  It was Tricia who first told me I needed to share my writing...I certainly didn't believe her back then about my writing, but I did believe there was something special about 'Inch.' 

For 17 years, I've heard Tricia's voice cheering, poking, prodding, reminding and supporting.  Before I launched the Indiegogo campaign to get my children’s books published, I emailed Tricia with the link and “All because of you…”

Having someone believe in you…having someone be consistent and steadfast with that belief can mean the difference between making a dream a reality or keeping it just a dream. I will forever be indebted to Tricia for her openness, patience, stubbornness and love.  

I dedicate this campaign and these books to Tricia Bowles.  It only took 17 years!!  With love, appreciation, respect and friendship …
              For one small Inch may see just that
              Unless She flew more than She sat
              So don’t forget what made Inch smile

              When given a foot she took a mile!

July 17, 2015

HELP ME GET MY CHILDREN'S BOOK SERIES "SIX OF ONE HALF A DOZ OF THE OTHER" PUBLISHED !!


 
Have you ever worked on something for 15 years -- not because someone was asking you to do it or paying you to do it -- but because you felt there just might be something worthwhile to share with the world?  Thus is the case with a series of books for kids of all ages that I've been developing and fine-tuning for the past 15 years. These six books -- all are inspired by idioms and adages (ex "that's just the way the ball bounces," etc) -- and are a part of a series called "Six of One Half Doz of the Other."  I've decided that it's now or never to see if there really is something worthwhile to share with the world. 

The goal of the series is important to our world today:  to help reconnect young and old ... to be that thing to which everyone can relate; that catalyst that can cause children and parents and grandparents to sit together and take a journey together...without a Tweet or a post or a like or an on/off switch anywhere to be seen.  But I need your help to make it happen.

I've been studying and participating in Webinars and symposiums about self-publishing and marketing children's books for the past year.  I know what it will take to make a splash, I know the formats, the channels so I believe I can be successful once they all are completely finished.  But I need your help to make it happen!  I need to hire an illustrator for the 2 books that are in their final form, I need to finish the third one, have it illustrated and then start publishing the books and getting them on Amazon.com.

I know the economy sucks right now and if I didn't truly believe our world needs a little more face-to-face, eye-to-eye QT, I wouldn't be asking you for a thing!  But I am passionate that we need to reconnect.  With stories about a Ball that can't find his bounce, an Inch worm who sees a different world thanks to a shoe stuck in the mud, an ant and Black Widow who are best friends and super heroes, a set of skateboarding twin squirrels who are supposed to be gathering acorns with everyone else but instead find something much more priceless,etc., there's something for everyone. 

If you can't contribute money at this time, but still want to help, let people know about the campaign in your own personal networks. That type of support is priceless.

I've attached a link to a video that quickly explains the campaign, and showcases the first book in the series, "If You See Ball in a Tree" so you can get a flavor for the series and my writing.  I would love your feedback, and I can't thank you enough for anything you might be able to do.

Big hugs,
Ron
 

Not too Damn Bad ...for a 56 year -old or 46-year old or 36 year old...


July 13, 2015

IF THE THOUGHT OF GIVING A SPEECH MAKES YOU WANT TO THROW UP, PUBLIC SPEAKING EXPERT RON ROECKER SAYS "HELP IS ON THE WAY!"

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June 22, 2015

WANNA KNOW HOW BIG "JURASSIC WORLD" IS? ASK PIXAR WHOSE ALMOST 20-YEAR RUN OF #1 DEBUTS WAS SQUASHED LIKE A FOSSIL


It's the 2nd weekend for "Jurassic World" to make more than $100 million...oh, by the way, last weekend it opened to a record-smashing $208.8 million JUST IN THE U.S.  So add the $102 million it raked in this past weekend and in two weeks -- just in the US -- it's made more than $310 million (in 2 weeks...just in the States).

Pixar's critically acclaimed "Inside Out" debuted to $91 million which made its own history -- the biggest opening weekend for an original property (not a sequel and not created from a book, another movie, a short story, etc.).  That sounds amazing and the voices inside our heads should be singing loudly...except at Pixar.

Starting in 1995 with Toy Story, every movie that Pixar has released debuted at #1. Until this weekend. Yes, those crotchity dinos were too much for the little voices so Pixars almost 20 year streak was stopped dead in its really big tracks.  (BTW, it also was the 2nd biggest opening ever for Pixar just behind Toy Story 3...does that help the situation or make it more carnivorous?)

"Inside Out" has a consumer rating of "A" and great reviews so don't feel too sorry for the Pixar gang...they're gonna forget all about this when the year-end books are all said and done!  ("Jurassic World" is already at almost $1 billion worldwide, btw)