SOBCon09 … Words and Images of the IRL-ROI

SOBCon09!! Thank YOU

The theme of SOBCon09 was the ROI of Relationships. We underscored the importance of relationships in business and had a chance to make and celebrate a few while we’re doing that.

On Monday @swoodruff asked, “Have you recovered from SOBCon09 yet?”

My answer was simple, “Who’d want to recover from that?” We all experienced the IRL-ROI — The In Real Life Return on Investment of Relationships. How do I describe a community a great minds working and shining side-by-side? I’m working on it. Until then, here’s what some folks have already said.

Top100 blogs in SOBCon09 Category by invesp consulting
Very cool set of charts ranking the blogs of SOBCon09

8 ways social media can learn from church
Let me suggest 8 lessons you may want to consider as you expand your social media efforts.
1. Great stories stick …

Be Nice
It may sound simple, over-simplified in fact, but it is actually not natural for humans these days. But one thing I can tell you for sure: I have been to a lot conferences (although only one other blogging one) and many networking events, and I have never had such an easy time speaking with and connecting to people.

What a Social Media Experience: 150 People In a Room Tweeting and Learning
I took a deep breath. I had come home. This was the kind of social media conference I had been looking for. This was going to be a blast.

What I Learned at SOBCon – Day 1
Zena Weist presents @jenchicago’s awesome video

Places to learn and meet
A thoughtful reflection on two meaningful connections and even more places to find content from the event.

Business Blogging Tips from SOBCon 09
It was a full 3 days, lots of talking, learning, photos, videos so getting interviews felt like a challenge for me.

Building Relationships Online? Meet Their Hierarchy of Needs
But, how do you build a relationships that only happen online? When Terry Starbucker spoke this past weekend at SOBCON, he listed the steps when approaching someone online in order to build a successful relationship.

CityChicOnAFarm goes to a Blogging Conference (SOBCon)
This CityChicOnAFarm was totally intimidated at first and thought “I soooo don’t belong here,” but after it got started and I started meeting many of the other attendees I realized I definitely needed to be there.

How Can You Change What You’re Afraid of?
This weekend, I was blessed with the wisdom, expertise, time, and friendship of more people than I have space to acknowledge here. I cannot begin to put a value on the support I received or the help I was given. I deserve none of it. I am no more special than anyone else and yet I walk away having been given priceless gifts. I doubt I could ever thank people enough.

SOBCon Synthesis: The Rise of the Digiloggers
What SOBCon is creating, in my view, is a new breed of businessperson – the “Digilogger“.
A Digilogger is someone, or a company, who can successfully synthesize what has and always will work on the “analog” side of the fence and blend it seamlessly with the digital tools we now have at our disposal.

Thank you everyone especially you, Terry, for the experience of a life, a heart, and mind.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!


  1. says

    The pleasure was all mine, my friend. Supporting and nurturing your vision has been one of the joys of my life. Look what we’ve done! Keep dreaming, keep reaching,and keep the faith. I look forward to many more years of this extraordinary journey we’re taking.


  2. says

    Liz and Terry,
    I knew this was THE conference for me to be at this year.

    It was the conversations, connections, and energy that made all the difference for me.

    There’s nothing more powerful than finding a room full of people – just like you.

    I have scheduled ideas for all my clients – and am starting a new, official business. All because I went to SOBCon 09.

    I’m working on projects with other bloggers that couldvery well change the world.

    Yeah, you guys ROCK!


  3. says

    From the first second I knew you, you’ve been part of this community. You pitch and think with the rest of us. Your generosity shows. I’m not at all surprised that you’re working on changing the world. :)

  4. says

    Hi Elaine! Thanks! I got a few comments about that.

    Oh Ramsey! Your video is awesome!

    Hi Mike! We’ll be putting up the early registration today or tomorrow. Can’t wait to get started.

    Yeah, Musing Woman, Glenda rocked!!

  5. says

    Fantastic summary, Liz! Thank you for getting my booty to SOBCon09, it was a life changer conference for me. Thanks for the shout out, you’ve motivated me to keep going on my recap. Congrats to you and Terry for finding the right blend of networking and learning, and most importantly for creating a true trust environment for all attendees!

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