So I asked my good friend, colleague and LinkedIn profile client, Chuck Field
, if he
would lend his
incredible comedy ventriloquism talents to a video idea that I had in mind.
envisioned a LinkedIn training scenario where the dummyÂ gets it and the human isÂ hard-pressed to make sense of even the simplest operations.Yes, the point being: â€˜Hey, if a dummy can do it...â€™But we didnâ€™t want just any dummy.
e wanted Ziggy Higgins.
Ziggy is the linchpin in the Whatsupchuckstable
of characters.Heâ€™s not temperamental.
e wonâ€™t stew in his
trailer in between takes.Heâ€™s fun, easy to work with, and kept us all loose on the set.Ziggy didnâ€™t have to read for the part.Heâ€™s a natural.
WithÂ the piece scripted and Ziggy under contract,Â I recruited Dan â€œThe Video Manâ€ Gelfondto do the shooting and we spent the better part of an evening on location in Arlington Heights, Illinois at H. Field & Sons, Inc.
, where Chuck
day job â€" specifically, corrugated box sales.Donâ€™t let anyone kid you; this acting thing is hard work.
ut itâ€™s a lot of fun, too.
pon leaving for the night, we felt that we had a nice product in the can.
A few days later,Â Chuck
and IÂ sat with Dan as he
meticulously cut the piece.
posted the video on my YouTube channelon February 7, 2010.
hope you enjoy it and will feel inclined to share it with your network.
The good news is that I was able to persuade Ziggy to appear in several upcoming video projects.Â Man, he
is one tough negotiator!
Chuck Field is an experienced ventriloquist with a well-honed sense of humor.Contrary to popular belief, he understands LinkedIn very well and has even used it to generate business.Ask Chuck and heâ€™ll tell you that his LinkedIn profile beautifully differentiates his two unique yet complementary brands â€" and not once will he move his lips.
From L to R: JD Gershbein, Ziggy Higgins, Chuck Field
JD Gershbein is the CEO of Owlish Communications
and a specialist in the art of science of LinkedIn.Â Dubbed "LinkedIn's
#1 Brand Ambassador" and "The LinkedIn Black Belt," JD is one of the top LinkedIn consultants in the world and a pioneer in the design and development of LinkedIn profile content and business development strategies.
has educated thousands of executives, managers, entrepreneurs, salespeople and their firms as to the astonishing potential of LinkedIn