I was delighted with the announcement last week of the new Advisory Board for IBNMA – the International Blogging and New Media Association. Not just because I’m one of the people on the Board, although that is indeed an honour and a privilege, but because I see the appointment of the Board as evidence that the Executive Board members are keen to build a seriously sized and dynamic organization.

The IBNMA Executive Board members, seasoned business people that they are, would be well aware that appointing a whole bunch of enthusiasts to an advisory board is not going to make their own task easier. On the contrary, it will inevitably put more demand on their time and attention. That they went ahead nevertheless and are actually planning to appoint more people to the Advisory Board, is a tribute to their individual and collective generosity of spirit and willingness to embrace a big vision.

So kudos to IBNMA founder Rick Calvert, founding president Miles Durfee, Jim Turner, Zane Safrit and new President Paul Chaney.

I’m looking forward to working with them and with my colleagues on the Advisory Board – follow the links from their names, check out their credentials and achievements and you’ll see why it is not false modesty when I say that being invited into this group is for me truly an honour and a privilege:

Ann Handley

Chris Brogan

Erin Kotecki Vest

Larry Genkin

LawShawn Barber

Toby Bloomberg

Todd Carpenter

There are more details in the press release issued last week.

If you have ideas or suggestions about how IBNMA could support the interests of blogging and new media communities, I would be happy to pass them on.

And if you chose to join IBNMA I’d have even more incentive to pass on your suggestions. 🙂

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).