Bring on the Love, Bring out the Haters

I live much of my life in public.  I share my thoughts and opinions.  I share my food photos.  I share where I am, what I’m doing, and so much else.

This gives everyone and anyone the opportunity to form an opinion of who I am.  For some, my perspective and style resonates, for others, maybe not.

Over the last several months, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing, supportive, and loving people.  These people will refer to themselves as my “fans,” and their appreciation for me, my writing, and my work is exceptionally validating, and incredibly meaningful to me.

At the same time, I’ve heard judgements come through the grapevine.  There are people, some of whom “know me,” and some who only “know of me,” that have opinions about me.  Some of these people do not like me, or my opinions.  They may find me cocky, arrogant, egotistical, a phony, over-energetic and hyper…and a laundry list of other things, I’m sure.

I’d like to clear up a few things…

  • I’m not in the business of pleasing everyone.
  • I’m not in the business of being liked by everyone.
  • I’m not (typically) in the business of changing who I am because of what someone else says.
  • I’m not in the business of working with everyone.
  • I’m certainly not in the business of being perfect.

I am…

  • a human being, as flawed as anyone else.
  • a person capable of independent thought, and therefore I have formed my own opinions that are unique from anyone else’s.
  • an entrepreneur, great at some things, good at a few, and mediocre to awful at everything else.   And I’m pretty up-front about what goes in each category.
  • willing to believe in myself, and this confidence can sometimes appear to others as arrogance or cockiness.
  • grateful for the life that I have, and I appreciate this on a daily basis.

It is because of all this, that I can be honest and open, and not worry about whether or not someone likes me, because I like me, and that’s honestly more than enough.

I just attempt to do the right thing, be honest about who I am and what I want to be in the world, and it then becomes anyone’s choice how to react to that.

Consider the Source

When someone has feedback, constructive or otherwise, I first consider the source.

If you KNOW me personally, have sat down to have a conversation with me, or have expressed an interest in my well-being and success, I will listen to every word you say.  I give everything I’ve got in the tank for people that show me love.  When I offend someone in my circle, I will do everything under the sun to set it right.

BUT…

For those that would stand on the sideline and criticize, or those that don’t give feedback built on a foundation that wishes success for me, I say to them a resounding “I don’t care what you think” and “don’t waste your breath.”

To Summarize

Unless someone is invested in my success, I don’t care about what they think.  And my advice to you, is to do the same.  You’d be surprised how much faster you can move without carrying all that dead weight around.

Spread the love

I used to have like 9 different websites that I would maintain and post content to. Now I primarily blog here and on True Voice Media.

Lately, I’ve been focused on this blog, and aside from the True Voice Media podcast, Conversations, I’d been ignoring the company blog.

Yesterday, I wrote a post sharing my perspective about a recent event getting a ton of publicity.

When I looked in Google Analytics I saw two interesting facts.

1.  Because of the post I wrote, truevoicemedia.com got nearly double the traffic in one day, than I did in the previous 30 days.

2.  This blog is getting more than 1000% more traffic this year than last year.  Every 30 days I am getting more than 10x the amount of traffic I was getting over the same period last year.

Attention

The formula is fairly straightforward.  The more I blog, the more I podcast, the more  I publish, the more traffic I get.

While this is my favorite place to write, I have been neglecting my other home base.  As a result, part of my Day in the Life has been focused in the wrong place.

It’s about time I start spreading the love again.

10 minutes

Today, I have a request, and it will take you 10 minutes, or less.

Every year, Drexel University showcases 40 people under 40 years old who are making a difference in the world. They are currently accepting nominations.

My request: If you feel moved to do so, please consider nominating me.  Go here: http://drexelmagazine.org/40u40/

Info You Would Need

My Address: 

125 N.3rd St, 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

My Email and Phone:

jeff@truevoicemedia.com

215-948-2012

My Age:

34 (I know, I know, I look 25-29)

My Headshot

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My Resume

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What you may also need to know

Many of you that read this blog probably know a little bit about me.  But you may not know exactly what it is that I do, or why I do what I do for a living. You may not know why I started my company, or what drives me to keep growing my company.

So if you feel like you don’t know enough about how I’m trying to change the world to nominate me, but would like to, please read on…

This is the brief introduction to the what, how and why of my career:

Starting with Grad School

I graduated from my MBA at Drexel in 2008, and by that time I already knew that Social Media had the potential to change the world.  I believed (and still believe) in the disruptive power of giving everyone a voice.  I knew people would rush to be heard, to share their views, and to connect with one another.

Early Work in Social Media

Before starting my company, I worked for two other companies, one, a management consulting firm, and the other, a PR firm.

In both cases I was fanatically passionate about how Social Media could change everything for the company.  I knew that an open and transparent company would not only be more appealing the customers and employees, but would also benefit from being more collaborative and connected.

The Birth of my Company

I started my company in 2011 after being laid off from the Public Relations firm.  They had hired me as the Director of the Social Media Practice Group, but within a matter of months, it became clear that we viewed Social Media through entirely different lenses.

So in March of 2011, I started my company, True Voice Media. Philadelphia (and beyond) needed an agency that focused on using Social Media to drive business results, while at the same time bringing a new level of respect and connectedness with customers and employees.   We couldn’t just stuff Social Media into the PR or Advertising box, or use this two-way platform to talk AT people.

Today…

Today, I get paid to think.  I work with companies to design strategies to accomplish their individual business goals, not just marketing goals.  I help them understand how social media tools are best used in their specific situation.

I was talking about Social Business back in 2008 before the term Social Business was even in use.

I do what I do because Social Businesses benefit everyone, including the company itself:

  • They have more marketplace brand awareness because both customers and employees share information and experiences.
  • They generate more leads because they expand the company’s touchpoints beyond “official” marketing and sales channels  which empowers the entire company to bring in and find new opportunities.
  • They have better products and services because they listen to feedback from customers and employees.
  • They provide better customer service because they use technology to be faster and more responsive.
  • They have more engaged and loyal customers because they are given the opportunity to participate in the success or failure of the company, and value being heard and appreciated by a company that is responsive to their needs.
  • They have more engaged and purpose driven employees because they can see the mission of the company unfold in real time everyday, are acknowledged for their contributions and therefore take ownership in the success of the company.
  • They have greater social awareness because they understand the causes that are important to their employees and customers.

In Summary

If only 30% of businesses in this city, or any city, became Social Businesses, it would change the world.  It would set a new precedent work what work could be, and what interacting with a company could be.

I believe the work that I’m doing can fundamentally change the face of business everywhere.