What I Learned from Chris Brogan
I was at the Heroic Public Speaking Conference in Fort Lauderdale in February 2015. It was an amazing experience and not only because of the organizers but also the people I got to meet. Out of the many key takeaways (here are the takeaways from the conference), there are those that come from industry thought leaders and influencers I’ve always respected.
Let me share the conversation I had with Chris Brogan. For those who don‘t know who Chris Brogan is, check him out on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Brogan. Chris is author, journalist, marketing consultant, and speaker on social media marketing.
Being a leader in social media and one of the most respected persons, I was lucky to get some time with him and share my story on how I got into search and social from being a cook.
Chris said one thing that stays with me. He said he learned how to be humble by a good man named Gandhi. We also discussed India, Culture, Food, Management and his experiences with some of his Indian friends and colleagues. And also how he practices Buddhism among many other things.
What’s fascinating about Chris is his humility. He was at the event as a speaker and panelist. Now, the conference included a lot of exercise, art, and performance. And Chris was part of it all. Most speakers who come for events like this are not seen around till the time of their session but Chris was with us through all the sessions from Day 1 to Day 3 -- and not just as observer but as a full participant like all attendees.
Heroic Public Speaking 2015 got together 250 participants from diverse backgrounds. The event was all about performing which means you bring out all your real stories, struggles etc. It’s not easy to open up and share everything with 250 people but Chris was like one of us. He was so humble, sitting on the floor, interacting with new people, sharing his stories with everyone. We loved it.
I asked Chris if it would be possible to do a 5 minute video with him. He just said, “Whatever you like I am ready”. That’s the kind of man he is. In spite of his busy schedule he gave some time, not just talking about social media but life and everyday things.
In the video, you hear him talking about the virtues of planting a seed versus eating it. Allowing something to grow and flourish rather than having short-term vision. Chris also spoke about Hanuman and how he loves our Hindu deity! Video Interview with Chris Here: http://youtu.be/PR1Ey-RtmXI
Once again, I’m thankful for meeting Chris. He has made my life and memories a little richer by being … well, just Chris Brogan.