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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Smaller World: All the Better for Acting Like It

2399166598_51676bda22 I'm going to close my Blogger Social coverage with the words that I used to open Saturday night's festivities. Thanks to the many Socialites who came to this tremendous event. And thanks to readers who have been tremendously patient with me while I turned my blog into an all-out Blogger Social vehicle for the last two weeks.

Here is my speech from the event...and my message that marches forward from it:

Over 80 marketing bloggers spanning many countries and many, many states here in this room tonight. For an event that was 100% conceived, created, promoted and funded by the 80+ marketing bloggers here in this room tonight.

Over 80 people who went to the time, the trouble, the travel and the expense for one very simple, yet altogether powerful reason--the chance to spend some social time together.

To be sure, the outside world just won't understand.

But what the outside world needs to start understanding is this:

The lesson that social media has taught me? Now that we're all connected and empowered to easily share our views and viewpoints, the world isn't getting flatter...it's getting smaller. And the lesson that this community has taught me? The outside world needs to start acting like it.

Because we act like it every single day.

We inform, inspire, educate, empower, mentor, challenge, debate, and, yes, support one another. What's more? We've actually come to rely upon one another.

Be it for the latest marketing news, a hot tip on a new social media tool, the best way to handle a challenging project, or challenging client, or just for a little lift in an otherwise routine day. And yet those people we've come to rely upon for so many of these things are only just "meeting" for the first time this weekend.

I find that nothing short of remarkable.

So I ask you to join me in recognizing the world of talented, tremendous individuals in this room tonight. Folks, I'll be listing the countries and states that we're all from and I ask you when your country or state is called to please stand up--and please remain standing until the end.

  • Smallerworld_2 Alabama
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • California
  • Canada
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mexico
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oman
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • The United Kingdom
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.

Look who is standing to your left, your right, in front of you and behind. Indeed, indeed the world is getting smaller and we're all the better for acting like it. Now please give yourselves a big 'ol round of applause, and please DO MAKE IT LOUD...after all, it's Social!


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That was a beautiful speech and I'm glad you posted it! Still clapping!

You are wonderfully inspiring and all together incredible. Thank you for this life-changing experience.

@Mack: Thank you for all your help in preparing this message...it was so beautiful to see everyone standing one by one--and then all together.

@Doug: I'm so pleased that you made it and have been such a HUGE supporter of this community. Our lives get so much bigger as our world gets smaller. Funny how that works, eh?

It's been said many times since last weekend, but it bears saying again -- thanks to you and Drew for spearheading this awesome experience. For me, the world has become a bit smaller and I have many new friends.

in an increasingly cyber world we need events like these to remind us how to be personal in our interactions! sorry i couldn't make it, sounds like an awesome event! for a novice in social media marketing i look to marketing bloggers like you guys for the path to follow.

WOW! Just reading this speech made me feel as if I was standing there, with all that crowd! CK sure knows how to speak. Awesome, amazing, incredibly inspiring :-)

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