Put Yourself On The Line, And You Just Might Inspire Someone

todd schnickI delivered a presentation Saturday morning to a Social Launch conference.

My talk was a conversation centered around dialog I’ve had for years around the social web: how to listen, engage, and how to use the digital web to connect with people important to you. In the course of the presentation, I shared how I’ve used podcasting to connect with people important to me.

Following the presentation, out in the lobby as I was having a bit of lunch, one of the attendees from my session walked up, thanked me for my presentation, and then said:

“You really inspired me.”

I don’t have to tell you that made my day. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons I do what I do (blog, speak, publish ebooks), to inspire people. Apart from the obvious business development aspects of my content strategy, I am sustained, fueled, and inspired by serving people.

So, the main message of this little appeal is to encourage you to strive to do the same. We need you to get out there, to put something (publish, speaking) out there, to put yourself on the line, and expose yourself to an audience. Yes, ridicule may follow. Or…

…someone may tell you that you inspired them. And then you know you’ve changed things.

Art is not a gene or a specific talent. Art is an attitude, culturally driven and available to anyone who chooses to adopt it. | Seth Godin

In my humble opinion, it is only when you make yourself vulnerable that you can possibly do or say something that inspires people. If you are sitting on the sofa watching television, you sure aren’t inspiring anyone.

And this idea applies to all things: motivation, sales, business, relationships, etc.

So publish something to a blog. Volunteer to speak to a local neighborhood networking group. And write/talk about what you’ve learned and experienced. And only then will you begin to inspire others.

And then the cool stuff starts to happen…

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Drawing by Hugh.