I had the most thrilling and inspiring experience this weekend. I spent my time with over 100 authentic and transparent bloggers — people — talking about what they believe and care about. One rule was the only order of the day – be nice. Talk to each other like people, like friends from whom we might learn, and learn we did.
I kept hearing echoes of The Cluetrain Manifesto.
A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies.
The people in that room had great brains attached to their hearts. They spoke about their passions. They asked and answered questions. They participated. They conversed.
Oddly enough, I didn’t hear a negative word said. Negatives weren’t needed. Somehow, we knew that negatives require defending, but positives move things forward.
It was sharing.
People can make such progress when they’re not worried about being criticized for their ideas. That’s the power of respect.
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