The Idea Dude


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Want to see who has the biggest smile?

I met Phil Gerbyshak online through TheGoodBlogs. But nothing quite prepares you for meeting him in person. Legend has it that when Phil was a baby, he fell into a vat of happiness, the permanent side effect is that amazing smile. The best part is that smile is just the doorway to a genuinely warm and funny human being.

Phil calls himself the Relationship Geek. Here are some of things I learnt from Phil at Sobcon.

  • Know who your are first, don't try and model yourself on someone else
  • Know who your readers are, understanding what starts conversations with your readers
  • Be a relationship geek, seek out people you want to create relationships with
  • The goal of your blog is not to create agreement, it is to get the conversation going
  • Don't just republish information, wrap your stuff around other stuff

If you go to Phil's site, you'll notice that he has this sign that says don't just have a nice day, Make it Great!

Have a great day! I know you will.

BTW: Phil has more Sobcon photos to share here.


Blogger Phil Gerbyshak said...

Thanks so much for featuring me here Vernon. You wonderfully captured the essence of what I said. I appreciate you sharing me with your readers!

8:23 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Phil,

Passing along your value is one of the easiest things I can do!


8:37 PM  
Blogger "ME" Liz Strauss said...

Phil smile is most definitely the biggest one I've ever seen. It darn well lights up any room and every person he comes in contact with. Phil and his smile are the same thing.

Someone told me yesterday how amazing it was to walk in at SOBCon and look across the room to see Phil, knowing who he was and that a hug was coming, even though she had never met him. I said with a grin, "And you felt safe and trusted him." She said, "Yeah, I did."

I do have to add one thing to your post though . . . an additional category. Who has the quietest smile that is felt all over the blogosphere? Um er the guy who wrote this post. Mr. Vernun Lun -- the Idea Dude himself.

7:47 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Aw, that's the best thing I've heard on this blog. Thanks Liz!

The phrase to describe your impact on the blogosphere today is "quietly devastasting"!

7:57 AM  

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