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Bryan Person- A True Gentleman

November 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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Bryan Person & Nicole Simon at Web 2.0. Photo credit Brian Solis

I went to NYC Social Media Breakfast today.  It was a blast.  I got to meet some people I’ve only twittered with, to renew connections with others, and forge new connections.  I even missed meeting Julia Roy face to face, next time Julia, but we Tweeted each other from across the room.

But the most interesting and amazing thing about it was that I was there at all.  You see, I’d missed the announcement and when I found out about it, I discovered that I was too late it was sold out.  Now I happened to have met Bryan Person quite a while back on Twitter and on my blog, and face to face at Web 2.0 a couple of months back.  So I sent Bryan a message to see if I could get in.  He replied that with regret the event was overbooked and there simply wasn’t going to be room.

Then yesterday Bryan sent me another message that a seat had opened up and would I be interested in coming?  Now this is a wonderfully kind and generous thing for him to do.  But in and of it self it’s not too amazing because we know each other.  Here’s the amazing part:

BRIAN AND I ARE COMPETITORS!  We work for competing companies in this tiny little incestuous industry of Social Media.  He works for LiveWorld and I work for Ripple6.  Yet he went out of his way to invite me to SMBNYC!

Because of that I am declaring for the whole world to hear that Bryan is a true gentleman.  He knows that a rising tide lifts all boats and as we both go out into the world and push for a broader understanding of social media in general and social networking in particular we will both benefit from it’s growth.  He is also a savvy businessman knowing that at some point in the future he may need a favor from me and I’ll (GLADLY) owe him one now.

This is how it’s supposed to work, people.  Take your lead from Bryan invite your competitor to lunch, because you never when you’ll be working together.  Life’s too short, pay it forward.

Thanks Bryan.

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  • 1 Connie Reece // Nov 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Great post, Chris. I was thinking, “Bryan’s a great guy, yada, yada, I already know that.” But when you pointed out that he’s a competitor–well, that is notewothy. This is, indeed, how social networking is supposed to work.

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