Chris Brogan Never Did Give Nothing To The Tinman

By August 24, 2010

broganLikening Chris Brogan to the Wizard of Oz may or may not be a good analogy but it worked well for me as I thought about Chris’ impending visit to Birmingham. For those of you too young to know, the headline comes from the song “Tin Man” by the band America and the actual words are, “But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man That he didn’t, didn’t already have.”  The line obviously references the revelation in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, that the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion already possess what they seek, they just need to seek within to find it.  So now you’re thinking, I get that part, what the heck does that have to do with Chris Brogan (@ChrisBrogan on Twitter)?

Well, as I mentioned, Chris is coming to Birmingham Wednesday, August 25 as part of the Green Building Focus Conference & Expo (Tickets still available. See more on Chris in the sidebar at the bottom). He’ll be leading workshops, a presentation, book signing and reception. I’m excited to see Chris because as long as I’ve ‘known’ him, we’ve never met in person. I met him on Twitter and we’ve been conversing on and off ever since.  Chris is one of the top thought leaders in the technology and social media space and I can say without a doubt that he is one of the most thoughtful and helpful people on the Web.

Chris is also one of the most prolific content creators I have ever seen. But sheer volume is not what’s most impressive, its the way that Chris is able to take a complex issue or a complicated theory and simplify the concept for everyone to understand. Chris makes learning and participating in social media approachable to everyone. In my social media consulting I often find that people are uncomfortable and sometimes fearful of getting started in social media. The high profile social media gaffes they see in the news have left them gun shy and full of self-doubt about this new sensation.  Chris Brogan has provided so much useful content-from how-to, to why not–and in the process has taught each of us that we’re all human and social and that we have what it takes to be successful in social media inside each of us. We just need to pull the curtain back on the mystery and move on to mastery.

Welcome to Birmingham, Chris!

Chris Brogan is an eleven year veteran of using social media and both web and mobile technologies to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Chris speaks, blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds at [], a blog in the top 5 of the Advertising Age Power150, and in the top 100 on Technorati. He is co-author of the New York Times bestselling book Trust Agents, and the recently released Social Media 101.

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