Some of you may know who I am talking about, and it’s probably not surprising to you why I’ve written about Chris Brogan many times over the past four months.
Chris Brogan is a social media expert of all things digital.
A co-founder of PodCamp, a free bootcamp-like conference that encourages collaboration in podcasting and video blogging, Chris was among the triumvirate that chaired the recent New Marketing Summit, leading to my published key quotes on new marketing.
Like me, Chris provides social media advice at his blog, chrisbrogan.com.
He’s a few rungs above me, though.
I’m a mover to Chris’ shaker.
To this end, while I am inspired by Seth Godin, Chris is my hero — and I want to share with you why as part of my Saturday roundup series.
Our relationship began in Summer 2008
My first interaction with Chris was on June 17, 2008 when I commented on his blog:
A month later, I sent him my first tweet:
Our virtual relationship continued another six weeks or so — until we agreed to meet on August 26 at a nearby bar. See, I realized during this time he and his family live about five miles north and it only made sense for us to get together in person.
At the time, I was unsure how to build my consulting business and had questions. Chris answered them delicately and matter-of-factly, a helpful tact he continues to this day.
Others love Chris too
Responding to a question I posed on Twitter asking for people to write about their love affair with Chris…
Chuck Westbrook offers:
Jesse Wilkins adds:
Don’t forget the enigmatic El Consultador:
I’m still scratching my head over that last remark.
The point remains Chris Brogan is a testament that one person can inspire many people to do wonderful things. “Chris is truly amazing,” echoes Rachel Levy in response to a mini-networking event the three of us attended Friday.
At a time when TV shows like American Idol enable anyone to be popular, I think it’s fair to put words in Chris’ mouth that the moment you stop auditioning for the part and believe in your ability, is the moment you achieve greatness.
Chris is too modest to say he’s great. He’s just being himself. To me, that’s what makes him great.
Thanks, Chris. Here’s to our next beer together.
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