Where I Learn Things - Tres

Update - 8/26 - On Monday of this week I won a copy of Trust Agents from Eye View. My (already ordered) copy of Trust Agents arrived yesterday, (Tuesday). Hmmm...2 copies, What to do...?

Well why not spread the love - Because I think this book has that much value - I'm doing my very first giveaway. Leave a comment and tell me what value you find in Chris' work, (you can find my take below) and why you think you should win - i.e. how do you spread the love as it were?

The best comment wins a copy of Trust Agents and yes - shipping is included. It's that simple.

Contest ends at midnight 9/6.

Oh, and feel free to take a look around while you're here, but only if you want to.

Continuing my list of Where I Learn Things I'm going to focus today on one well known blogger. He doesn't need me to prop his work. He is already very popular, especially in the realm of social media. What's really cool about this fella, and the reason I want to share how I learn from him is though many would call him one, he doesn't act like a superstar. He's just a nice down to earth guy. Let me tell you a little bit about him.

If you follow this blog at all you know that I am a big, big, Okay HUGE fan of Chris Brogan. But you may not know how big - no really - wait.

There's a good reason for that admiration.

Chris is genuine. He's transparent. He's friendly, and he is really good at what he does i.e. maximizing methods of communication, and showing others how to do the same.

In early June of this year, while attending The Ohio Growth Summit I
had the opportunity to meet Chris and spend some time talking with him.
I then had the privilege of hearing him speak. Folks - this guy has the
goods. It may seem over the top to say it this way, but Chris is a
master of human interaction.

It's hard to write this without sounding like a gushing school girl, but I really think Chris is an awesome communicator who can, and does teach us all the way it "should be done."

To make it even better, Chris does this without asking for anything in return. Well, okay he did ask me for one thing. Chris posted a request earlier this week asking his readers to consider buying his book, Trust Agents co-authored with Julien Smith. It was the most unassuming, nicest sales pitch I think I've ever seen. Take a look. Don't have time for the whole post? Just read the introduction...

"This will probably be the most self-promoting post I’ve ever written. Skip it, if you want. I’d understand."

How could you not be impressed by a guy who gives and gives and gives, and then says "You know I need a favor, but you don't have to even listen if you don't want to?"

Thankfully, I had been meaning to buy the book for sometime. I even contacted our Collection Development division to make sure it was on their radar. I hope they buy several copies.

I just know that the book will be money well spent.

I cannot wait for my copy to get here.

Maybe you'd like to buy a copy of Trust Agents too.


Cammie said...

ohhhhhhhh, I likey the new look!!

Jim Brochowski said...

Thanks Cammie! I downloaded a free template. Thought the old template looked really "homemade," in a not good way.

I really like this red.

Daniel Sevitt said...

Glad to have been responsible for causing you such a dilemma. A lesser man might have just read both copies!

Looking forward to reading more cool comments about Chris.

Best Regards,

Daniel (@EyeView_Inc)

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Cheryl said...

Great post, Jim. Chris is a true inspiration and resource - he has a tremendous amount of knowledge but remains one of the most humble, genuine and sincere people I have ever met. His blog inspires me - and though certainly I come nowhere close to matching his insight and language kills, he motivates me, and hundreds of thousands of other people, to try.

Oh, and I really want a copy of Trust Agents.

Sara said...

Hi Jim,

Thanks for such a great post!

So many reasons why I love Chris - first of all he's a devoted family man, which I admire. Second, he's a rock star in the social media and blogging world, which inspire me because this is where I am hoping to make my career. Finally, he's a role model and an inspiration. It amazes me how he is able to do all that he does and still blog as often as he does, plus his writing style is so conversational and common sense. Also, as Cheryl said, he's extremely humble and just plain likeable.

Can I have the book? I'm an unemployed writer who can barely afford a cup of coffee, let alone Chris's book! :)

SirLance99 said...

Wow! Since the end of last year I've been researching and learning as much as I can about SM. I believe the potential is limitless if used correctly.

Connecting with people of all different backgrounds is a great way to grow and find yourself. Thanks for all you do and keep up the great work.

A copy would be really awesome as well.

Lance Burkhardt

Chris Brogan said...

Wow! Can I just come hang out here all the time? You're so kind to me. Given the crap day I had, this was a great little treat at the end.

Thanks for the kind words.

The thing is, it's easy to be nice when I'm basically you. I'm the same thing, just at a different point in the spectrum. I come from where you come from. I have a lot of the same things on my mind as you.

I'm just typing them faster. : )

Great blog, Jim, and I like the red, too.

Jim Brochowski said...

Daniel - Thank you so much for the extra copy. Of course I'd share. Who can read 2 or even 5 (comments ;-)?

Cheryl, Sara, Lance - Wow! You're all making this difficult. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Chris - You can hang out here anytime, anytime at all. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the perspective. I'm glad you type fast, and I'm glad I helped your day. :-)

Even picked up on the red comments - You don't miss nothin'.