The conference starts early. Before you get there, all the helpers are in place to greet you, sign you in and get you registered. Special thanks to all the great people who make the conference work so well.
To start the excitement of the day, I saw Ric Dragon. I saw him and Liz Strauss last night. I learned that he had written a book “Social Marketology.” I asked for a copy and offered to pay for it. He brought me a copy. He said I couldn’t pay for it because was defaced – He dedicated it to Steve and me. Ric Dragon is so awesome.
Thanks to the people who opened and closed the doors all day. That must be the most boring job, but they did it so graciously. In case you didn’t notice them, they are the people who help make the conference a success.
I fell in love with Noni Cavaliere. She escorted speakers from the front desk to the green room when it was time for them to speak. She is full of life, perky and had a beautiful smile every time I had the pleasure to of seeing her.
Another great person I met was Revolution MacInnes. He is a Secular Monk. Founder of @SmallThingsMttr. Director of Development @TheHelpInst and Chief Philanthropic Officer at @GiftedDreams. Our mutual friend, Mark Horvath, introduced us.
Revolution, his legal name, said he has lived through some pretty tough times. He has learned that he is amazing. He tells himself every day that he is AMAZING. He told me I am AMAZING. He told Steve he is AMAZING. Revolution made me feel AMAZiNG.
Talk about Amazing – great things continued to happen. I met @debworks whose other name is Deb Brown. She is super awesome. She is kind, friendly, genuine, shy, humble, fun and many other superlative words. Add to all that, she has met @Miss_Dazey in real life.
The fabulous people in this picture are Colton Foote, Deb Brown, Janice Person, Jerry Hirsch, Becky McCray, Michael Dougherty. A great way to start the day.
My social media friends are just the best. The night before the event, I met up with my friend Marilyn Hight, the blond, who I had met at #SOBCon12. She introduced me to her friend Tiffany LeBanca, the brunette. We became a seated foursome.
Tiffany was also a speaker: “The Social Soul Is Transparent.” Her story was picked up by TechNews Daily.
The great part about the #140conference is that you can relive it if you missed a part by going to UStream.tv. That is the miracle of the wonderful age we live in.
The background music is played by the fabulously amazing Matthew Ebel. Steve has been checking out his music on iTunes. I think my favorite song is “Twitter Me Gently” or at least that is my favorite so far. He sings it at the beginning of Day 1.
Another uber great musical artist is Kevin Honeycutt. He is a school teacher. I can’t even begin to tell you what he showed us in a few short minutes. He is truly one of the greats of this century. I was so enthralled, I didn’t take a single picture. Check out his work at http://kevinhoneycutt.org/
We were told to be at the front desk a half hour before our speech. On the way there I was stopped by my Twitter friend Ellen Cagnassola, @SweetSoaps. After a hug, she gave me some #BA75 soap.
Steve and I talked about our son Chris Brogan and how he has influenced us in the world of Social Media. I got to hold up my #BA75 soap. I was so impressed Ellen had gone out of her way to be kind to me. It is the only one in existence at this time.Later she thanked me profusely for being kind to her and mentioning her name on a world wide broadcast. Life is good. Social Media has so many connections.
Chris and Jacqueline Carly came to the conference just for our speech. For the rest of the day, people were looking for them. Someone asked me if they were actually there or just holograms. We are truly blessed to be so loved.
Chris Brogan is GREAT! I know that, but I also know he has other places to go and people to see. So we say good bye to Chris and Jacq and go collect hugs from other folks at the conference.
One hug that was a HUGE hug and a long time coming in person was from AJ Leon. We got to meet the now world famous AJ and Melissa Leon. They are traveling the world spreading goodness. When he hugged me he said he could now cross that off his bucket list. I was so touched, I nearly cried.
I was sitting behind a lady who was very intent on each speaker. She took pictures, video, and wrote notes. She was really into this conference. Then I had the pleasure of meeting her. Her name is Andrea Cook. She is an event correspondent. I think she has an exciting job. Check out her work at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/
Towards the end of the day, my Twitter friend, Anissa Mayhew, gave her talk, “Owning Your 140 Characters.” Everyone has the same 140 characters, it is up to you how you will use it. To me it was a very powerful speech because some people think that Twitter should only be used for driving content. Like Anissa, I believe that everyone has 140 characters to use as you want.
While Steve went to explore the adventures of Twittamentary, Annisa and I went to dinner with her friend Julia Roberts.
To be continued….