Why Aspiring Thought Leaders Need a 140 Characters Conference

140 Characters ConferenceIf you’re an aspiring thought leader (as everyone should be) you need to have a world vision and attendance at a 140 Characters Conference can provide you with a bit of that vision.  While we all might like to think that we’re proficient in our own niches, that’s not the criteria that qualifies you as a thought leader.

Having attended a 140 Characters Conference twice in the past few months I’ve decided that the subliminal message delivered at these very special events is – that while we might know a bit about our business or our cause, we don’t know much about the rest of the human race.  Generally we spend time at conferences learning more about what we do, or delving into making us a better person, but by attending a 140 Characters Conference it becomes vastly and immediately apparent that each of us knows squat as you listen to the varied speakers covering issues that affect the human race.

I cheered as I heard one of my online friends share her adversities, how she conquered them and spoke about the value of an online education.  I squirmed as I heard another one of my online friends discuss the horrendous life that she endured for so many years.  I cried as a mother discussed her son’s illness and laughed out loud when another shared tourism marketing stories.  From farmers to hip hop artists, from small towns to big cities, a 140 Characters Conference makes you think like you have never thought before.  And that is a wonderful, magical thing.

The diversity, the stories, the world vision that is shared tilts your thought process.  Perceptions are shattered as real stories are told.  Social media has made the world smaller, but a 140 Characters Conference will make each of our individual worlds so much bigger.  At the #140conf  (the hashtag you should follow on Twitter) Small Town we were encouraged to “Take a Stand!”  Take a stand for something…for anything.  Just think what things would be like if more people simply did that.

The hugs, the tears, the laughter, it’s all part of the experience.  But it’s the thinking, the pondering, the new realizations that are the essence of this conference.  It’s amazing what can be shared in 10 minutes and multiply that by 40 or 50 speakers and you have no choice but to open your head and your heart to the layers of humanity that you hear.

An aspiring thought leader must have a world vision and there’s no better place, no better way to start opening up to new ideas, widen your vision and connect with such a variety of people than at a 140 Characters Conference.  It’s time to be alive and present in The State of Now and that is exactly what happens when you attend.  And by the way, #Hutch (Hutchinson, Kansas where the #140conf Small Town was held) totally rocks!!

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Small Towns and Small Business are Off to See the Wizard(s)

140 Character Conference TOTO, I CAN’T WAIT TO BE IN KANSAS…

and am looking forward to meeting a few hundred small town wizards at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Characters Conference Small Town

On September 20th hundreds of small town and small business enthusiasts will convene in Hutchinson, Kansas to share their own “State of Now” stories regarding how social media is helping and enhancing not only rural America but those in small towns around the world. 

I’m coming from California to attend this conference.

As Becky McCray (co-host of the event) posted recently:

This is not just a Kansas event. It’s not a local 140. It’s an international event that happens to be held in Kansas. 

And it’s the only international “high tech” event to talk small towns and go to a small town to do it.

Just how AWESOME is that?

There are plenty of comparisons that one can draw between the Wizard of Oz and those who live in small towns and are participating in the “State of Now” via social media.

Here are 3 that I came up with (as cheesy as you might think these are):

1.  The Wizard of Oz is about self-sufficiency.  That’s huge in rural areas.  But at the same time those who live and work in small towns know the value of getting those in your community to come together to help out.  That’s a big part of small town living ~ knowing and helping your neighbors.  It doesn’t matter where you live geographically, social media now gives each of us a chance to either develop our own small towns (meaning our connections via our own social media platforms) or become part of one by finding our own niches.

2.  At the 140 Characters Conference Small Town we’ll hear lots of social media success stories regarding how qualities such as courage and heart converge to help small towns and small businesses.  I bet we’ll also see how those same qualities can transfer from rural areas to be used quite well in big cities too.

3.  The Wizard of Oz is about hope.  The characters in the book are hopeful that if they work hard they’ll get what they want and will be rewarded in the end.  Those living and working in small towns know and live that same scenario, with the “end” being the quality of life that one finds in a small town.  At this conference we’ll hear how and why social media is helping make life easier for those living and working in small towns.

So the bottom line is ~ whether you live in a small town or are part of a small community via social media, the 140 Characters Conference Small Town is for you.  We’re coming together from all over the country to share small town experiences, learn from each other, and enjoy the love of small town life that we all have.  I CAN”T WAIT to get to Kansas and I look forward to meeting you there!

Register for the 140 Characters Conference Small Town here.

 

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