Terry Starbucker and Leadership

Tonight, Lisa Petrilli and welcome Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie to LeadershipChat as a co-host.

While both of us typically write a topical “warm-up” post for the Monday/Tuesday before each weekly chat, today I’m going to take a slightly different tack (Lisa’s excellent post is here: Three Leadership Secrets for Building a Great Team).

I’m going to tell you about Terry, the man I’ve come to know over the past few years.

Terry is one of the bloggers I stumbled across early on in my social media voyage some 4+years ago. If memory serves me correctly, we actually met for the first time (face-to-face) at Blogger Social ’08, a watershed event for many of us who were involved in marketing-blogging in the early days.

What has always struck me about Terry is that he’s for real. What you see is what you get (well, except for the name change – ask him about that story sometime!) On his blog, you see friendly, thoughtful, upbeat, approachable. When you meet at a Starbucks in Manhattan, or at an event like SOBCon, what you get is friendly, thoughtful, upbeat, approachable.

Some people go through life with a fin out of the water – always looking for how to make a killing, and perhaps deigning to speak with you if you appear to be a suitable means to an end.

That’s not Terry Starbucker.

Terry is loyal, supportive, and steady. A wise.businessman and a friend.

And that’s why you want to join us for an on-line discussion about leadership, with Terry, tonight at LeadershipChat (8 pm ET on Twitter. Hashtag: #LeadershipChat). If you want to get a nice snapshot of Terry’s top thoughts on leadership, download and browse through the quick-read free e-book on his site: Leadership From A Glass Half-Full.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Terry if you haven’t already. He’s the real deal.

(to make your chat experience even more enjoyable, try out ChatTagged, a custom-made Twitter client for helping manage your on-line chat interactions)!

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Why I Can’t Wait for SOBCon 2010

I’ve cut back this year on the number of conferences I’m attending. But I have added one new one (for me) – SOBCon 2010. Why?

    1. It’s small. I prefer the intimacy of small, focused conferences to huge, rush-around mega-events. Relaxed face time and collective thought are more valuable to me than drive-by hellos and party-hopping. Building deep, not broad, is one of my themes for 2010.
    2. Liz (Strauss) and Terry (Starbucker) have been nagging me to take part, and simply wouldn’t let me say “no” this year. Since I enjoy Liz and Terry time, it’s not really a big sacrifice!
    3. I’ll get to meet some very cool people that I’ve only interacted with on-line – Jon Swanson, Chris Garrett, Lucretia Pruitt, and others – plus renew friendships with a bunch of folks previously met. The time will be too short, in fact.
    4. I’m very excited about the theme and can’t wait to brainstorm with a diverse bunch of smart people.
    5. Events like this one are creative incubators. I fully expect to walk out with renewed energy, fresh ideas, and a mind buzzing with possibilities.
    6. I like Chicago.

That’s my top 5 + 1 – if you’re going, what are yours? And if you haven’t signed up yet – there’s still time! I hope to see you there!

Oh – and special thanks to Social Media Club Chicago for organizing a tweetup the Thursday night before things kick off. Great idea!

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Starbucker Caught with Glass 3/4 Empty

Terry Starbucker, the renowned “Ramblings from a Glass Half Full” blogger, was spotted yesterday in a small bar in Boulder, Colorado, nursing a wine glass that was three-quarters empty.

Blogger audiences – half of them, anyway – were stunned. RSS subscriptions dropped precipitously as disenchanted readers abandoned Starbucker like a beached Twitter Fail Whale.

“I can’t believe it,” cried Claudia Woodstock, sometimes 70′s hippie-rocker and owner of the Berkeley T-Shirt Shop, Half-Tees. “I have spend half of my adult life following Terry’s half-full philosophy, including subscribing to his blog way back in 1982 when he started out. If I’d had half a brain, I’d have seen this coming.”

Past attendees at SOBCon, which Terry helps lead along with Liz Strauss, were nonplussed or, in some cases, half-plussed. Tom Clifford (Director Tom), filmmaker and beret fashion icon, quickly came to Starbucker’s defense. “Hey, I once released a film that was only 7/8 complete, and no-one blasted me for it! In fact, no-one even noticed! Of course, I’m better-looking than Terry, but still…you can’t be half-full the whole time.”

Starbucker was remorseful that his glass somehow managed, for a few brief moments, to be significantly less than half-full. “Honestly, it’s never happened before. I always ask the bartender for a “topper” when the glass is at about five-eighths. However, I got to tweeting the Marketing Diva on my half-charged iPhone, and before I knew it, I’d gulped a few eighths too many. Then who should walk in with his video camera to document my embarrassment but Robert Scoble. I’m totally plurked now!”

Asked if he planned to change his blog title to the less specific “Babblings from a Small Snifter Containing an Indeterminate Amount of Potable Libations,” Terry was noncommittal. “I’m half thinkin’ about it,” he mumbled, before leaving 3/4 of the way through an interview.

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