About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

My personal communication strategy...

I just discovered I have 38 known ways of communicating…I think it’s time that I formulate a plan or a strategy of sorts so that we’re all on the same page re: how we should communicate.

Here are the current ways I can communicate…

  1. Spoken conversation (or if you’re my kid you probably would think yelling could be broken out seperately…)
  2. Head nod or gesture
  3. Home phone
  4. Cell Phone Voice Conversation
  5. Work Cell Phone Voice Conversation
  6. Work Office Phone Voice Conversation
  7. Main Office Work Phone (have someone track me down)
  8. Cobblestone Project Email
  9. Home Email
  10. Work Email
  11. Yahoo Email Account (used for Spam stuff)
  12. Facebook Message (this then gets turned into an email to my Cobblestone account)
  13. Facebook Wall (this then gets turned into an email to my Cobblestone account)
  14. Facebook Status Update (this then gets turned into an email to my Cobblestone account)
  15. Twitter Post text
  16. Twitter Replay text
  17. Twitter Direct Message (this then gets turned into an email to my Cobblestone account)
  18. Ning Network for JustOne (message, wall postings, etc…crazy)
  19. Letter Mail at Home
  20. Letter Mail at Work
  21. Comment on a photo on Facebook (gets turned into email to Cobblestone account)
  22. Comment on a blog post on Cobblestone Website
  23. Comment on a blog post on NWACares.com (gets turned into email to Cobblestone account)
  24. Comment on our family blog (gets turned into email to Cobblestone account)
  25. Voicemail on cell phone
  26. Voicemail on work cell phone
  27. Voicemail on home phone
  28. Voicemail on work desk phone
  29. Skype Video Conference at home
  30. Skype Voice Call at home
  31. Skype Video Conference at work
  32. Skype Voice Call at Work
  33. Skype Voice Call on iPhone
  34. iChat Video Conference
  35. Text Message on Cell Phone
  36. Text Message on Work Cell Phone
  37. Photo posting on Twitter
  38. Cobblestone Project twibe

Okay, I think that’s it…but I’ll keep watching for more. This is obviously out of control! I’m not that important and a lot of these are redundant. But, this is how other people like to communicate, so I’ve tried to adapt over time.

Let’s try to consolidate into some main buckets…

  1. Voice/Spoken Conversation (Cell Phone, Home Phone, Work Cell Phone, Work Desk Phone)
  2. Email (Cobblestone, Work Account, Yahoo Account, Facebook)
  3. Text Messages (Cell Phone, Work Cell Phone)
  4. Twitter (Posts, Replies, Direct Messages)
  5. Video Conference (Skype, iChat)
  6. Blogs (Family Blog, Cobblestone Project, NWACares.com Blog)

Here are some action points to make it easier on me and everyone else…

  1. Work Cell Phone is now forwarded to Personal Cell Phone (covers text messages as well).
  2. Not checking Yahoo Email Account anymore.
  3. Not answering home phone any longer. I never wanted it, and now that AT&T installed a new tower closer to house I’ll eventually cancel it.
  4. Not posting photos on Facebook any longer (will do for groups I help manage). Route all photos for world to see via twitter (but these show up in Facebook status update, so that should cover everyone)
  5. When at all possible, do not use Facebook messages in favor of creating an email. If someone sends me a Facebook message, I will attempt to turn that into an email.
  6. Twitter…game on. All in on that.
  7. Skype…game on, but I’ll only use that for long conversations that I otherwise could not have done in person.
  8. Blogs…I’ll still post, but won’t check comments but maybe once a week.
  9. Not checking voicemail on office desk phone…I’ll figure out how to get that forwarded to my work phone and then to my cell phone.

So, if you want to really get in contact with me…I’m taking it to a new level and going retro…

…call me on my cell phone. If I don’t answer, leave me a voicemail and I’ll call you back. If you don’t leave a voicemail, I’ll assume it’s something that can wait or you’ll try another way of getting a hold of me.

next best alternative methods…

  1. Text Message
  2. Twitter
  3. Email at Cobblestone or work account (I keep these separate for obvious reasons)
  4. Regular old mail…I get my Rolling Stone magazine still (I can explain that later) and that reminds me to check the mail.

Oh no…Corrie’s calling me on the home phone right now (seriously). Not sure what to do…I haven’t shared these with her just yet, so I guess I have to answer it.

And, I just received an invitation to LinkedIn…thanks, but I’ll pass.

Any problems, issues or concerns…well, call me :-)

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