Why Gary Vaynerchuk Is The Most Humble Guy In The Game

Now that I’ve got your attention, allow me let me elaborate.

Last week while tuning into one of Gary Vaynerchuk’s Facebook LIVE streams, someone posed the question, “Gary, are you ever humble about anything?” to which I replied, “Gary is the most humble dude I know.” Gary thanked me as candidly said “Sebastian you may want to shed some light on that as I’m not sure everyone would agree.

So that is exactly what I’m going to do…

I’ve known Gary for 6 years. Every time I see him I get the same thing: a vibrant smile that can light up any room and a genuine feeling as though he really gives a shit about what I’m discussing with him. That’s probably because he does.

Let me set the stage and take you back 6 years, to where the story began…

It was 2010. Just 2 years before, I lost everything as a result of the 2008 recession (like most). I had an acquaintance call me one day, out of the blue, and DEMAND that I Google a guy named “Gary Vaynerchuk” and read his book ‘Crush It‘ immediately. He felt that Gary and I had similar personalities. Not sure why. (insert sarcasm here)

That was very thoughtful of him; I told him didn’t have a dollar to my name, and he replied, “here’s my Amazon Kindle log-in info, download the audiobook, it’s way better because Gary reads it and goes off script at times.”

In that very moment something inside lit up and I said  “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS (LISTEN TO THIS) right away!”, That’s just what I did.

Every morning I’d wake up, go out for a run (that always turned into a walk) and listen to Gary V spit business, branding and social media game in my ear with the very enthusiasm we share.

Within a few days of reading (listening) to the book, the business antennas went up on my head and SocialBuzzTV.com was born.

I quickly reached out to Gary via email and Twitter to introduce myself and get on his radar. I consider him a “Remote Mentor” in life. He ALWAYS responds to my emails, which says a lot for the schedule he manages.

Fast forward a year and a half and Gary was working on his second book, “The Thank You Economy”. I caught wind he’d be making a book tour stop in Miami. Naturally, I reached out to his team to set up an interview. They responded a few days later, that Gary would, in fact, be available for an interview.

But wait! It gets better! Having been in business for a little over a year, we had limited resources, video peeps included. The phone rang the day after I confirmed the interview; it was my now=good friend and videographer extraordinaire, Jude Charles. He said “hey we just shot Russell Simmons’ book signing. We’ve seen your stuff and we’d love to collaborate with you”, I immediately thought to myself, “No flippin’ way is this happening!” I quickly asked if they were busy the following Tuesday (they were not) and agreed to shoot the interview with Gary.

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You can see the whole interview here: (this was pre-bow tie days)

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to share the stage, once again, with Gary at DigitalMarketer.com‘s Traffic & Conversions Summit in San Diego! As always, Gary was 100% Gary, always willing to chat it up, ask how I was, he was down to shoot a piece and take a few pics.

When I see people like this, it reminds me they have not forgotten where they came from, and it humbles me and reminds me to constantly do the same, no matter how famous I become. (YOU HEAR ME UNIVERSE?!)

This was an impromptu piece that we shot in the greenroom at T&C 2016 in San Diego before Gary took the stage. Of course, it’s always a good time when Ryan Deiss shows up…

By now you’re probably wondering where I’m in the world I’m headed with this post.

Here it is: The very fact that a guy of Gary’s caliber gave 3 fucks about a guy just starting out, shows a ALOT about his character and the person he is. I quickly learned that Gary is a people person, he talks about it all the time and that is because it’s true, authentic and real.

If you don’t know Gary (and you’ve only ever seen his keynote talks or Social Media videos,) then yes, you probably have an initial feeling of “this guy is an arrogant dick and needs some manners.”

But that’s far from reality.

Gary knows when to turn it on and when to turn it off. When it comes to business, he’s relentless and always willing to tell you the truth (whether you want to hear it or not). But when you get to know Gary and spend a few minutes with him, you see and feel the transparency and authenticity in which he conducts himself.

He’s a guy you want to be around, he’s the guy you want at your event, he’s someone you want in your tribe and I couldn’t be more privileged to know that he’s in mine.

Keep doing what you do Gary, people are watching, lives are being changed and your message is making a difference!

(If I haven’t told you lately Gary, THANK YOU!)

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Be sure to follow Gary! http://GaryVaynerchuk.com

(@GaryVee just about everywhere)

AskGaryVee

Gary’s 4th book, #AskGaryVee will be out next month, but you can secure your copy today at: https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/books/

Photo cred: DigitalMarketer.com

[REPLAY] Sebastian Rusk KEYNOTE on Social Media and Public Relations

I had a blast giving a talk on Social Media and Public Relations for my friends at the Gold Coast PR Council at NCCI Holdings in Boca Raton, FL!

Here’s a copy of my presentation deck:

LEARN How to Blab! The ULTIMATE Blab.im Resource Guide

I was casually scrolling through a new Blab community on Facebook called Blab.im Nation and came across this AWESOME resource for new and existing Blab.IM users put together by Lela Perez https://blab.im/lelper (be sure to follow her)

Check ‘The Blablet‘ out here => http://padlet.com/lelper/blab

In case you missed the memo because you are still trying to spell Periscope correctly (yes, this whole live streaming a video from your smartphone is only 6 months old, SIX!)

Blab.im is a platform similiar to those that were first to market (Meerkat and Periscope) but the BIG difference with Blab is the interactive aspect, the ability to have people join you LIVE in a ‘seat’ during your broadcast is POWERFUL stuff. The opportunity to connect w/ a new AND existing audience through the platform can make a HUGE difference with how you communicate with your audience online!

New to Blab.im?

Simply download the smartphone app (iPhone users only) OR log in online at Blab.im

Social Media SUCKS Scope EPISODE 1 w/ Sebastian Rusk

 

This is my BRAND NEW show on Periscope, called the ‘Social Media SUCKS Scope!’

The mobile app that allows you to LIVE stream video from your smartphone or device!

Produced via Periscope: http://bit.ly/SMsucksScope1

http://SocialBuzzTV.com production

[REPLAY] Sebastian Rusk’s #SocialMediaSUCKS LIVE Book Signing at Books & Books

Check out the [REPLAY] of the LIVE stream that was cast last night thanks to our friends at Books & Books! BIG thanks to my friends at Yelp Miami for being a sponsor!

Social Media Event Marketing : Here’s What You Need To Do

Have you ever hosted a party and promoted it to all of your Facebook friends? If you answered ‘yes,’ that’s social media event marketing, but it’s not just inviting your friends and hoping they’ll ‘Join’. Social media is a VITAL part of how attendees experience your event, and if you’re a marketer, that could mean lots of new opportunities to maximize your marketing strategy.

Hootsuite wrong an AWESOME post recently that gives you a detailed blueprint on how to leverage social media marketing at your next event:

Read the entire post here: http://bit.ly/1rdej5k

Twitter is about to change, in a BIG way…

Analysts have been having a field day with Twitter citing that they are not doing enough to improve the product and growth path for users.

Twitter hosted their first-ever Analyst Day event, where the Twitter team promised to launch new features to the platform such as, messaging, a video creation tool and content curation features, among other services, in the coming months to make the social network more engaging to new and existing users.

Read more here: http://on.mash.to/1pVEcG2 via Mashable

[STATS] Social Media in 2014

Not too long ago, it was said that Facebook was struggling with attracting that of the younger generation as most prefer an ‘alternative’ to Facebook.

Twitter is apparently struggling with a stock price plummet.

Here are some actual statistics to see how healthy social media channels are in 2014…

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1xn7GMK

#SocialFresh EAST 2014 [RECAP]

Social Media Event ‘#SocialFresh EAST’ moves to Orlando for 2014

If you currently handle Social Media for your company OR you are a business owner that is currently handling your own Social Media then this conference is a MUST!

I’ve been affiliated with SocialFresh for the past 3 years and I’ve been to 4 events on each coast and I must say, every time I walk away “refreshed” (pun intended) with new knowledge and a better understanding of Social Media!

This event always sells out, so don’t delay. It’s practically in the neighborhood, just 4 short hours north in Orlando on Thursday 07/18-19!

Grab your ticket TODAY => http://bit.ly/SFEast2014

Use promocode: SocialMediaSUCKS for 10% OFF your seat!

Social Media is no longer a “should” it is now a “MUST” – the important thing to think about is how much business you may be losing out on by NOT using social to tell the story about your brand, it’s VITAL!

Word of mouth is at an all time high, peer reccomendations drive buying decisions and social media only amplifies that process.

Hope you’re having an incredibly productive day!