Gary Vaynerchuk

Top 6 Favorite YouTube Channels

There is so much great video content available for everyone on YouTube! In this video, I share my top 6 favorite channels on YouTube; who I’m watching, learning from and being entertained by. I’m excited to hear your favorites too!

Thank You Gary Vaynerchuk

Dear Gary,
 
I just wanted to say, Thank You. 
 
You see, 16 years ago I had my first job in Youth Ministry and my greatest ministry tool at the time was AOL Instant Messenger. I didn’t see it that way at the time because I thought it was more of a toy than a tool, but as I look back it’s very clear. Quickly that tool changed to MySpace and then Facebook. When Facebook opened up their ad platform I did what I always do and experimented. We saw our college ministry explode on pennies spent on these ads and I began getting a lot of attention in the ministry space.
 
Then I read your book Crush It.  Well first, I watched this video:

After watching your video and reading your book, I saw a bigger picture. You spoke my language, but opened my eyes that this wasn’t a fad or trend that had the attention of teenagers. This was a fundamental shift in our culture that would only grow. I did what you often recommend and I doubled down and went all in. 
 
That investment has paid off. Some financial as I’ve written a book, and had the privilege of speaking at conferences around the United States. Mostly in terms of ministry impact as the lessons I have learned from you in terms of social media directly translated into exponential ministry impact at Community Bible Church and for the ministries I consult with. 
 
I could tell you many stories and I would love to some day, but for now I just want to say thank you. Thank you for generously sharing your wisdom through your books, your YouTube videos, blog posts, podcasts and anywhere else that you are able to. I have purchased many copies of all of your books to both read and give away. I initially did this as a way to say thank you to you for your investment in me, but your books in turn provide even greater value to me. Your books that I have given away have turned into clients paying me thousands in return for a $15 book that I gave them of yours. Your books have proven to be a way better sales pitch for me than I could ever do myself. 
 
I just recently purchased many copies of #AskGaryVee and plan to buy many more. I recommend it to anyone and everyone that I can. I actually recently attended one of your events in New York and unexpectedly got to meet you (see above). This was the first time I met you face to face, but a couple years ago you were also gracious enough to do an interview for me here:

So, while I’m admitting publicly to stalking you, I know you’re okay with that. You are passionate and generous and through that generosity changed many lives like mine. I’m thankful for your generosity and transparency, as it has dramatically changed my life. That might sound strange to many that a cursing marketer changed a pastor’s life, but that’s quite honestly the truth. You spoke my language which allowed me to better communicate to church leaders the critical value points of social media and the new digital world that we find ourselves in. I wish more pastors would pay attention to your message, but I’ve taken it on myself to help translate it for you in their language. 
 
I wish I could give back to you way more than a few book purchases and a blog post, but for now I’ll simply say thank you in the best way that I know how. Publicly… online…over social media. If there is ever anything that I can do for you beyond buying a bunch of books, I would be honored. 
 
Thank You,

Nils Smith

 

P.S. If you haven't yet bought Gary's new book I can't encourage you enough to click the link below:

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

Just Ask: Meeting Charles Lee

One of the questions I often here is how does an Introvert like myself get connected to so many influential leaders?  The answer is pretty easy: I just ask.

I’m a learner by nature and I love asking questions and listening to great leaders share their stories.  Having the opportunity to ask these questions though often begins with one key question: “Can I meet you and ask you a few questions?”

I once heard a social media hero of mine, Gary Vaynerchuk say that he gave this dating advice to his friend: ask every hot girl you see out on a date and eventually one will say yes.  I took this perspective to meeting influential leaders and essentially ask every innovative leader out on a date and a few of them over the years have said yes.  To be honest, I’m probably told no or ignored more times that I’m told yes, but pretty consistently I’m told yes which opens up an incredible opportunity to pick the brain of a great leader.

Are there people or leaders whom you would love to meet and learn from?  Why not reach out to them and see if they would be willing to give you 15 minutes of their time to answer 3 questions.  Here’s what recently happened to me:

I saw on Twitter that Charles Lee was in New York.  After following his work for over 4 years and hearing him speak at several conferences and events around the country I have always wanted to meet him.  I simply asked him publicly on Twitter if he might have a window of time while in New York to meet up.  Within 30 minutes of my tweet I had a Direct Message from Charles with a time and location and just a few hours later I was sitting across a table from him.  He was gracious, humble and willing to answer my questions about life, ministry, business and everything in between.  I’m a better leader because of it and none of it would have been possible if I had not been bold enough to just ask.  

Announcing the Social Media Summit for Churches on June 4th

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I'm excited to announce that I will be hosting the Social Media Summit in coordination with my friends at Faith Social.  In one 90 minute session, we have brought together seasoned experts in social media and digital ministry to share strategy and best practices for church leaders to better engage their members and grow their ministry through social media. This event is the perfect opportunity for church leaders to deepen their understanding of Social Media in Ministry without even leaving their desk.  This online event is FREE and will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from noon-1:30pm CST.  I hope to see you there!

For more information and to register now click here.

Take a look at some of our speakers and our incredible sponsors for this event:

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Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

I have been looking forward to sharing this with you all for several weeks now. I have learned so much from Gary V over the years and was a privilege to not only get to have a conversation with him, but to be able to share that conversation with you. Listen in on my phone conversation with the social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk.