This One is for The Moneymakers
I've been on the road quite a bit the last month speaking and meeting. I'm heading back to Orlando tomorrow to check out Microsoft Convergence. It will be my first time attending so I'm looking forward to seeing what goes on there.
I say going back to Orlando because I was just down there 10 days ago to speak at a conference on behalf of the Six Apart. It was a nice event, but the most memorable thing for me was meeting my first billionaire. As I jumped into the elevator to go to my room, Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, also jumped in right as the door closed. And sadly, I have to admit, I was $tar $truck. I even lied and introduced myself as a big fan of the Falcons, a lie so vicious my tongue should have snapped right out of my mouth. It's probably a good thing I wasn't sporting a Michael Vick jersey at the time. Anyway Mr. Blank was really cool. He shook my hand, asked me what brought me down there and wished me good luck with my speaking engagement.
Speaking of billionaires, last week for my BlackEnterprise.com column I wrote about Oprah's social media lesson for solopreneurs and other small business types. It's about how Oprah, along with author Eckhart Tolle, were going to hold 10 webinars discussing Tolle's book A New Earth - Oprah's latest book club selection. The morale of this story is if the world's most recognizable media mogul is turning to social media, shouldn't us unknown little guys? I think we have more to gain than the queen of all media does.
I've gotta give it up to the money makers... good lessons and good manners. Oh well, I'm off to the big O (Orlando, not Oprah). Maybe, just maybe I'll run into Bill(ionaire) Gates.