Disclaimer: Okay, I cannot for the life of me get the video to embed. The link to the presentation is below.
In one night, in one hour of one night, a tweet changed my life for the better. It was Sunday, April 1, 2012 when, after having
wrestled, tied down, lovingly settled the kids in bed, I turned up late for #blogchat…and I lurked. Not one to lurk quietly for long (I’m a bad lurker) I tweeted this
Now, little did I know that Josepf Haslam (@josepf) was an über connector extraordinaire, intelligent beyond measure, and funny as hell – I would learn all that in short order during the next hour(ish) of great conversation and banter. At this moment, he was someone who took the time to reach out and draw me in from the sidelines; he saw me looking for that ‘jumping in point’ of entry we all need when joining a conversation in progress, and generously offered one up to me.
That gesture of a single tweet was empowering, and led to a great conversation with a dynamic community of people. It would have been enough if our exchange had ended there, but it didn’t. An hour of conversation morphed into an introduction to the incomparable Mila Araujo (@milaspage), and an invitation to speak at the amazing #140MTL on May 15, the 140 conference Mila and Josepf were organizing in Montreal. They’d put together a phenomenal lineup of speakers, and I was thrilled to be asked to join them – you can bet I said yes!
Josepf didn’t stop there. In true über connector form, he later introduced me to Ric Dragon (@RicDragon), Ted Curtin (@TedCurtin), Sam Fiorella (@SamFiorella), Deb Weinstein (@DebWeinstein), Stan Phelps (@9INCHmarketing)…are you seeing a pattern here? Living inside the insular, vibrant but insular, digital health bubble for so long, I’d missed out on meeting these amazingly smart and talented superstars. Until now. All from one tweet.
Eventually, that one tweet led to this…
That’s the power of a single tweet. In just over a month, I’d connected with an outstanding group of people – new friends, mentors and contacts – and was given an opportunity to share my expertise speaking at an amazing event. And #140MTL was uplifting and inspiring. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the videos of the presentations here.
Before I go, for those of you new to it, #blogchat is a weekly tweet chat hosted by @MackCollier. It takes place every Sunday night at 8pm CT and tackles a range of topics. Come by and check it out. Just don’t lurk – at least not for too long. After all, look what can happen if you jump in!
We’re just over a week away from the first international #140Conf in beautiful Montreal. Hmmmm, that sounds too travel agent-y. Let me try again. Are you coming to the #140Conf in Montreal on May 15? You need to attend! Nope. Not working either. Don’t be an asshat, join us in Montreal for the 140Conf State of Now. It says something about me that the last line is my favorite.
Look, y’all there’s an amazing conference happening in Montreal on May 15, and it’s called the #140Conf: Exploring the State of Now. Don’t take my word for it, check out this list of amazing speakers. I mean, really. In one day you’ll hear words of wisdom and practical advice on how to successfully use social media for your business from Sam Fiorella (@SamFiorella), Mila Araujo (@Milaspage), Josepf Haslam (@Josepf ), JC Little (@LittleAnimation), Ric Dragon (@RicDragon), and many others. More than 30 presenters in all, there to give you proven, successful social media strategies.
Conference organizer Mila Araujo of Ogilvy & Ogilvy has put together a stellar lineup of presenters, covering topics ranging from branding and marketing, to customer service, social business strategy, education, leadership, gameification/location marketing, and more. Register now and join us on May 15 for an eye-opening event unlike any other.
Yes, I’ll be there too. I’m honored to be presenting alongside such business rock stars, and will be talking about “Online Communities: Rule #1 Don’t be an Asshat.” Where else can you see a presentation that delivers value to your business with the word asshat in the title?