10 people who get my attention everyday. Do you know how hard it is to make a list of just 10? There are many who get my attention, but these ten can stop me in my tracks. Now I talk often about attention, it can determine your success in business, who you give your time to. But the deeper question is, why do these individuals or companies get your attention. I find, as I look down my list, it’s because they make me think…not about what they are talking about, but how the topic applies to my business, maybe even my day-to-day life. But mostly, these individuals do a number of things, they affirm me, are extremely interesting, really make me stop and go Hmmmmmm, and the bonus, they seem to be very genuine people. I’ll qualify that with, I have only met 2 from this list face-to-face, my bucket list just got longer : )
These people can disrupt my day very easily, especially when they hail me on Twitter or write a blog post. You may already know these individuals, and maybe you don’t, but I think they are worth your time. These 10 people do have one thing in common, they see the world, and want to make that world a better place, no matter how abstract and disturbing it might be. I learn much from each of them, and I know you will to if you take the time to follow their work. More importantly, they are all much smarter than I, and deserve a tip of the hat for the work they do.
Gerd Leonhard – I tell the story of how I came across Gerd and his work, I thought long and hard, wondering if I was the only one that saw the world of business the way I do, until I found Gerd. He is much smarter than I, much more connected, and he is a machine when it comes to producing content. The thing that gets me, is his desire to share what he believes, he is a like-minded friend I hope to meet one day. – http://mediafuturist.com
Chris Brogan – I have chatted, was on one of his Kitchen Table Talk Online TV Show, promoted some of his posts, and he has done so of mine, but we have never met. I don’t always agree with Chris, but most of the time I do. I’m a fan of his because he is real, he is what he preaches, a human business. – http://chrisbrogan.com
Jim Connolly – This UK marketer is not only a cool character, he is smart. I’ve know Jim for 4 years now, and he gets better each and every blog post, thought provoking, and makes you think about how you are marketing. – http://jimsmarketingblog.com
Rick Rake – Now I’m biased with this person, why? Rick is a huge promoter of my work here where I live, he was the very 1st person to attend my workshops, and he gets it. Rick & his wife Kathleen come from the older generation, but practice a lot of the new ways of doing business online. I have come to love & appreciate both of them, and can’t thank them enough for all that they do for me and the business community we live in. – http://clickmediaworks.typepad.com/click_media_works_blog/
Seth Godin – I have to admit I feel pretty stupid after listening to him, but I’ll get over that : ) Seth keeps things simple in my head, he makes me think about the world as it really is, and he teaches me far more than I can put into action at any given time. I love his keynotes, and can’t get enough of the Linchpin & Poke The Box, because those two books show you how I feel and think, without the smarts. I fly at 50,000 feet most of the time, and then Seth will bring me back down to earth for a street level view. I thank you. – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
Brian Solis – He is much like Seth Godin to me, but different. I’m not even sure how to describe him, he just resonates with me from a business perspective. He is intelligent, and one of the best interviews I’ve ever known in this new digital world, asks some the smartest questions, and shares the answer equally as good. – http://www.briansolis.com/
Glen Hiemstra – I had the privilege of meeting Glen last year, he drove up to Vancouver for the World Futurist Society Conference I was speaking at, he attended my session. Probably wishes he could get that 90 minutes back : ) Glen does some very interesting work as a Futurist, I read his work and bookmark it regularly, he probably doesn’t know that, but he does now. Not only is he a smart man, he is so down to earth and a joy be around. I thank you Glen for being so gracious with me, and for taking the time to come my session. – http://www.futurist.com/
Olivier Blanchard – The Brand Builder – We go back a few years, but only online. Olivier has done something that no one else seems to have figured out yet, he knows how to derive an ROI out Social Media (Networks). He has gone so far as to write a book on the topic, to show you how simple and yet how hard it is to stay committed to the endeavour. Plus, he is damn funny! I cherish every opportunity to chat with Olivier, I learn so much, and I constantly challenge him on the value of a follower, a fan, and or a like. – http://thebrandbuilder.wordpress.com/
Ray Kurzweil – Probably the nuttiest person I pay attention to. I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way, or disrespectful way, he is amazing to listen to. He is very star warzy to me, and yet, scares the crap out of me at the same time. He sees technology embedded in humans, which shows him a world run by machines, but mostly to improve our ability, our way of life, and to create a healthy world. – http://www.kurzweilai.net/
Tom Peters – I have followed Tom’s work for many years, he wrote the famous book called, In Search Of Excellence, just in case you don’t know who he is. His work gets me on trouble all the time, because he talks about doing business better, shares stories and examples of businesses actually doing what he talks about. If you haven’t read any of his books, I challenge you to go out right now and do so. – http://www.tompeters.com/
An honourable mention:
John Morgan – He recently released his first book called, Brand Against The Machine, his work helps you look at how and what your up against in the marketing world. Again, keeping things simple, why? Because simple is hard enough. John has a special way of communicating his message, very direct, and very helpful. – http://johnmichaelmorgan.com/
So there’s my list, it was hard to narrow down, there are many more whom deserve to be on this list, but for the purposes of this post, I’m keeping it down to ten. Many of these people have written books, I highly recommend you read them, and better yet, follow their work here online.
I hope these individuals help you in better ways than they help me, I just wanted to share them with you, and give you some insight to who I pay attention to. After all, attention is the currency we are all trying to acquire.
I took in the Annual Tourism Abbotsford Christmas Breakfast Wednesday Dec 8th at the TRADEX, it’s located at the Abbotsford International Airport. I have to admit I was extremely surprised at how this event was presented, I walked in expecting the typical bare bones type of breakfast, but my hat goes off to the organizers for what I thought was a posh event. It was top drawer. I had the privilege of sitting with some very special people in our community, I am providing a few pics for you, they were taken by Rick Rake (known as THE UNGURU) and now the new media called TNN (Twitter News Network), he is everywhere. You can find Rick on Twitter by the handle: @rickrake
As I mentioned, I was fortunate enough to sit with these two beautiful roses, Wendy Schultz (General Manager) & Michelle Lalonde (Marketing Director) of Seven Oaks Mall . Seven Oaks Mall Twitter handle is: @shopsevenoaks
A number of dignitaries were on hand and I was caught hobnobbing:
Here I am with Deb Lowell (Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army) & Mayor of Abbotsford George Peary : )
One of the key people who make Tourism Abbotsford run smoothly is Yvonne Hayden, she is the Visitor Services Manager, and the Head Tweeter on Twitter. Gotta love The Twitter. I’m flanked by Jodie Jacobsen & Yvonne in this picture:
This next picture was unexpected but what fun it was to meet Dan Stefanson, he happens to be the Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford, and next to him is the honorable JohnVan Dongen, MLA for Abbotsford South. Thanks to TNN (Rick Rake) for this great photo.
A good time was had by all and frankly I was very impressed with this event and highly recommend attending next year, well done!
I had the priviledge of speaking at Owen Clark’s Byzhub event last night (Tuesday Aug 17th, 2010), to a very smart group of people. The room was awesome and full, 30+ people came to here about the future of business. I have to say, if your business is not registered at the Byzhub website, you are leaving money on the table. Owen’s network of businesses hovers the 1,000 mark as of this writing, which means, you can connect and promote your business directly to those connected to Byzhub.com! Stop reading right now, go and register at http://www.byzhub.com it’s free, and you can start networking with other business looking for your products and services. It’s all about networking baby! The future of business never looked so bright, this the best speaking event I’ve had so far this year!
If you haven’t attended a Byzhub MeetUp Event you are missing out, the best people, people you want to connect with, people that can help your business are at these events, you need to be there! So make sure you are part of Byzhub – Business Community. It’s where your business needs to be!
Here are a few pics from last night:
Thanks to all for attending, you’re all ROCK STARS in my world! And Thank you Owen Clark!
Today was a great day, if you haven’t attended a local TweetUp in your area you really are losing out. We met at The Bat Cave (known as Beans & Leaves on Ventura in Abbotsford) where they serve great coffee and pastries. The opportunity to meet people face-to-face that you chat with online makes the experience even that more special. If you are unemployed or self-employed you really need to get to these TweetUps for the networking alone, you just never know who you will meet and what may come from that meeting. Heck your next job might be hidden at a TweetUp.
I had the privilege of hanging with Chris Penner & Ronda Payne, it’s always a blast when they show up…never a dull moment. But today I met new people, Rick & Kathleen Rake, very cool people and they have so much to offer so you should follow them on Twitter and get to know them.
Here are the Twitter handles:
1.) Chris Penner – @chrispenner
2.) Ronda Payne – @rondapayne
3.) Rick Rake – @rickrake
4.) Kathleen Rake – @kathleenrake
Tell them Owen sent you.
Chris Penner is a local Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams here in my community.
Ronda Payne is a writer here, you can hire her anytime she is awesome.
Rick Rake is the former Editor of the Abbotsford News and is now retired.