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...Twitter is coffee shop of the world... the whole world can now know about the good or bad thing you did just like it's always happened at the small town coffee shop.

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Why I think Jeff Pulver's 140conf is different than some...

Disclosure: I have gotten to know Jeff Pulver a bit over the last year and am helping with some of the communications for #140conf... I am also excited because we are getting a 140conf in my hometown for the second time.

I have been to a whole bunch of conferences and presentations and tweet-ups and whatevers that have a host of folks telling you how to tweet and work your Facebook to make money and what to blog about and how much better Wordpress is than Blogger... I'm kinda tiring of them. I honestly believe everyone has to find their own path in communications in 2011. It doesn't mean you shouldn't ask folks for help, it doesn't mean that folks don't need to be inspired to "get it", it doesn't mean that people don't need help and guidance with things...

It means "Gurus" need to stop forcing their methods down the throats of people who are just asking for help, in my opinion.

The first time I met Jeff... my initial thought was holy crap this guy has got to drive his Conference Directors absolutely nutso. He stops and talks to Everyone! Not just folks that initiate conversations with him, Jeff will just roll up to folks in cafe and start a conversation. Guy has 400k followers and is constantly replying to people!

Then it hit me, Jeff gets relationships. Jeff wants to meet and actually get to know and learn from people.

Then I went to 140conf Small Town in Hutchinson, Ks ( #hutch ) in November 2010 and I realized that Jeff found and developed the format for a Social Media conference that is about relationships and getting it and learning and being inspired... not about the secret to getting 2000 free followers, about the secret to building relationships that actually work.

We are always gonna have shortcut marketers and communicators, and of course folks that will guarantee they can teach you the secrets to getting it done faster and better than everyone else. Fact is ... its work, its about taking the time to build a relationship, develop a fan base or create a satisfied customer.

If that makes sense to you... come to 140 conf Small Town (in my hometown) On Sept 20th 2011 and take steps toward really getting it.

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6 comments:

  1. You've hit on a lot of the success of 140conf. Another piece is that Jeff always welcomes dissenting opinions. The first 140 in NYC featured a guy who only follows 40 people, just to build relationships. In London, AJ Keen talked about how he feels these tools can be negative. There's plenty more examples.

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  2. thanks Becky... its so true.. Jeff sets a mood that leads to incredible diversity and sharing.

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