I’m at SOBCon taking and sharing notes from presentations. Here’s the first from Chris Brogan and Julien Smith who talked about their new book, Trust Agents Notes lightly edited.
Make your own game - stop playing by other people’s rules
Be inventing your own. Constantly. Examples: Perez Hilton and Tim Ferriss – lifestyle designer
Invent your own space and you own it
Give up on being the best social media person –that’s already taken.
Totally take a swing that was absolutely small, if you’re the person who owns the game, then you’re on top
It’s about standing out
Stop trying to be someone else because they’re already taken.
Brain Solis – more photos of people of conferences
Be a combination of two things: Dilbert- office + drawing
Matrix – back into the matrix with new eyes, you can be in the system or you can understand the system.
There is a system to everything - talk about it in a different way, self-defined
Outsiders do not influence insiders! Insiders influence each other, once you’re targeted a crowd, be an insider or fail
Insiders convince themselves, too.
When I belong to a group I help people
Insiders forgive each other more and forgive each other often
It’s about belonging those who belong are powerful. Those who don’t are not.
Principal – the web is the ultimate leverage, use it or be used.
Anybody who knows someone how to use the web advantage, ecommerce
“The Big Switch – Rewiring the World from Edison to Google” by Nicholas Carr
Smart companies aggregate
Less work: more time with the kids – putting in on paper
You can do something once and have it work over and over again. Works for sales pitch, it works for everything you do - on the web constantly leverage what you do on the web
Free hugs video
Where the hell is Matt? – stripe gum, laugh at the people, always watch the other people, I’ve been there or I wish I were there – how did Matt get that job?
The principle: never do work twice
The network is all powerful
Be the center of the network, even if it’s very small, you’re building small powerful networks. Certain companies have groups of 150 people or less, being centers of many networks, which allows you access to many different group
Trust agent trick: being part of a lot of 150s
It’s about access
Be helpful. Be humble. Share.
Make them the most interesting person they can be
Some people need to work on their social skills
Really about empathy and understanding and empowerment. It’s about finding soft opportunities.
Good leverage is building great karma
Know when to be visible and when to be a ghost
Reputation comes from empowering others.
Build an army, the power of other people, Richard is part of the army Chris has built
From craft to craftsperson – from craftsperson to cottage – from cottage to factory.
It’s about mass – from factory to cafe – it’s all about mass customization. We can reach more people, make our own game.
Trust agents are successful at one or two things, intersected them, be good at a few of them.
It’s amazing how little a person needs to do as long as group does it on a massive scale
How can you make your own game? What networks do you connect with?