I opted out of Klout years ago. Before I was ever listed, ranked, or nominated by Forbes, Huffington Post Tech, The Shorty Awards – before any of that. Before landing a book contract for A World Gone Social. Before winning my first consulting gig for social media strategy, or giving my first keynote on the topic.
Are you with me? Having no score on Klout hasn’t slowed me down in any way.
The ship has been sailing for a while now, so long in fact that for many of us, it’s hard to see the shore anymore – or all the Social Age deniers still on the shore, muddling along like nothing has changed and nothing ever will.
Are you small, nimble, and connected? Or are you still thinking about those things?
Either way, have we got a treat for you! Starting Wednesday, March 5th
If you watch Switch and Shift TV, you already know my favorite hobby: I collect fascinating people! I’ve been doing it my whole life, though since my first tweet in 2009… let’s just say, social has been like kerosene poured on the flame of this great hobby of mine.
Because I’ve gathered so many fascinating people by now, I’ve picked up a thing or two that makes many of these folks so worth knowing. Without further ado, here are five things that come quickly to mind about how anyone can become fascinating themselves.
Every story needs conflict. Fiction writers in every medium know this well. No conflict, no audience interest. But in real life? Especially in business? There are enough conflicts to deal with from outside sources, be they competitors, market upheavals, or freak snowstorms that sever the last 10 miles of our supply chain. Do we really need to leave things unsaid or poorly said among the folks we’re working with, too?
In my last post, Self-Doubt Is Overrated, I told you that soon I was going to tell you what my own personal Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) is. Just a couple of days after publishing that, the kind folks at the Shorty Awards sent me an email saying the love what we’re doing here at Switch and Shift and they think I should throw my name in the ring for a Business Innovator award. #weird. Okay, let me be clear: my BHAG in life isn’t to win a Shorty. No, the Shorty isn’t the goal. The Shorty is the springboard to help get me to that goal a little faster. Because here’s my BHAG…