A Meeting of the Minds
This cross-blog conversation that I’m having with Dawud is taking some windy turns and travels. Have you been riding with us? My last question to him was Do you see a difference between your online relationships and those offline â€” beyond the obvious physical differences?
Dawud didn’t take a breath before he answered. “Without a doubt!” He remarked on how easily he’s been getting to know virtual strangers in this virtual land. . . .
I guess it would have to be the odd start to how I met Chris Brogan. I knew about Chris from the wonderful and insightful, people-person Ms. Becky McCray. One day, I read a post in which Chris talked about how we should extend the conversation to people outside our circle.
That struck a chord.
I picked up the phone to tell him . . . punched his number and waited. I got a message that said something like, “Hi, I often don’t get these messages. If you want to be sure to reach me, send a text message.” I thought it was ironic. The guy who said, “Reach out.” Was out of reach.
I didn’t realize that, he was at a conference at the time.
I figured I should be doing my real work and got back to it. It was April 26. SOBCon 07 was only 16 days away.
In June, Jeff Pulver came to town for a conference and a party. We met in the afternoon for a conversation. He graciously invited me to join his group for dinner. I waited at the restaurant. Jeff came in with another man. The man turned and smiled across the room It was a sharp, clever smile filled with playful mischief.
While Jeff checked on the reservation, the man came over to introduce himself.
“I’m Chris Brogan. You must be Liz.”
“Ah! Chris Brogan! You don’t pick up your voice mail.”
I’m not sure that I ever said a proper “hello.” [blush]
I’ll blame the smile . . . it’s killer.
Who’s the person that you’d like to meet?
Since this is a conversation, if youâ€™re reading this, I’m not just asking Dawud the question, Iâ€™d love to hear your answer too, in the comment box below.
PS To Chris Brogan and to everyone, I’ll offer this song, “Hello, I love you. Won’t you tell me your name?”
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!
One2One is a cross-blog conversation. Find the answer at dawud miracle on Monday. You can see the entire One-2-One Conversation series on the Successful Series page.
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