Hey there, and welcome to a very special blog post. Today, from 12.00 noon Eastern / 11.00am Central / 9.00am Pacific time, the blog is being given over to you and my very special guest, David Siteman Garland of The Rise to the Top.

David’s an entrepreneur extraordinaire, who helps businesses grow their success and shows them how to do it without any of the fluff you can often find from similar folks. He’s one of the most passionate people I know, and is a rollercoaster (in a good way) of fun, smarts and energy.

He’s just released a book called Smarter, Faster, Cheaper that continues his no-fluff approach to building, marketing and succeeding at your own business, as well as the community around it. And today he’s on this blog to answer any questions you have.

Because I use Livefyre, it’s more like a chat room as opposed to a standard comments system. Not only does it update in real-time, but you’ll see a cool little alert box to show you when a new comment has been posted. That way, you can jump between the conversation whenever you want.

To use the interactive options, you can either sign in using your Twitter or Facebook profile (if you have one), or create a Livefyre account when you post your first comment (just select the Create Commenter Profile option).

So, for an hour or so from noon onwards, David will be all yours. He’ll be waiting for your questions about starting a business and/or community, and building it successfully. Simply ask your question in the comments, and David will reply as soon as he sees it pop up. You can wait on your reply, or jump to other questions – the choice is yours!

Now, this could be a huge success or a crazy ass mess. Either way, though, let’s have fun and ask a ton of questions.

I’ll let David introduce himself and the book in the video below, and then the comments and the rest of the blog is yours and David’s – so, over to you!

You can buy David’s book at the official Smarter, Faster, Cheaper website, as well as pick up some cool giveaways.



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Danny Brown
Co-author Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. #1 marketing blog in world as per HubSpot. Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Never says no to a good single malt. You can find me on Twitter - Google+ - LinkedIn.
433 comments
Hari
Hari

I missed it too. that an awesome things

Ana @ Traffic Generation
Ana @ Traffic Generation

First time to hear of LiveFyre - looks like it went well, Danny.

Thinking of using it for my special Sunday series - thanks for the idea!

Ana

Ana @ Traffic Generation
Ana @ Traffic Generation

First time to hear of LiveFyre - looks like it went well, Danny. Thinking of using it for my special Sunday series - thanks for the idea! Ana

asianart
asianart

although i missed it. can see you guys are doing some awesome stuff here

asianart
asianart

although i missed it. can see you guys are doing some awesome stuff here

mickeygomez
mickeygomez

So, I didn't get to actively participate (although I was able to "like" comments here and there) but I did get a chance to observe via mobile device. :) It worked well, and it was a lot easier to monitor the conversation than I thought it would be. I figured I'd let you know, in case it's helpful. :)

Kudos to you, @livefyre @dannybrown and @davidsitemangarland (I hope this tag stuff is working - it's trying to access via Twitter as opposed to Facebook - lol) for your willingness to try a new method of communication and community building. I imagine it may have been a little intimidating (especially 30 minutes before going live) but I think jumping in and trying it out is definitely the way to go.

mickeygomez
mickeygomez

So, I didn't get to actively participate (although I was able to "like" comments here and there) but I did get a chance to observe via mobile device. :) It worked well, and it was a lot easier to monitor the conversation than I thought it would be. I figured I'd let you know, in case it's helpful. :) Kudos to you, livefyre dannybrown and davidsitemangarland (I hope this tag stuff is working - it's trying to access via Twitter as opposed to Facebook - lol) for your willingness to try a new method of communication and community building. I imagine it may have been a little intimidating (especially 30 minutes before going live) but I think jumping in and trying it out is definitely the way to go.

RiaSharon
RiaSharon

Sorry I missed it too... Danny and David are doing phenomenal things!!!

RiaSharon
RiaSharon

Sorry I missed it too... Danny and David are doing phenomenal things!!!

robynmather
robynmather

so sorry I missed this! Hope to catch the next one. In the meantime, I will read through the comments and answers.

robynmather
robynmather

so sorry I missed this! Hope to catch the next one. In the meantime, I will read through the comments and answers.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

WOWZA, what a session! HUGE thanks to @david siteman garland for being an amazing guest; @livefyre for hosting the event; @jenna langer for staying on top of quirky hiccups; and YOU GUYS for asking amazing questions :) For the questions David didn't get around to answering, he'll be back later to reply. We'll also be picking the best two to send out special signed copies of the book - stay tuned for the follow-up post tomorrow or Friday :o)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

WOWZA, what a session! HUGE thanks to david siteman garland for being an amazing guest; livefyre for hosting the event; jenna langer for staying on top of quirky hiccups; and YOU GUYS for asking amazing questions :) For the questions David didn't get around to answering, he'll be back later to reply. We'll also be picking the best two to send out special signed copies of the book - stay tuned for the follow-up post tomorrow or Friday :o)

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

David love to interview you on my radio show, Just did interivew with Tony Hsieh and Josh Klein, we tend to do a lot with authors. Let's Connect.

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

David love to interview you on my radio show, Just did interivew with Tony Hsieh and Josh Klein, we tend to do a lot with authors. Let's Connect.

jennalanger
jennalanger

Wow, that was more intense than a twitter chat! Let's do it again soon! Thanks @DannyBrown and @DavidSitemanGarland and everyone else that participated.

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

This was amazing Danny, came in late but reading now. How does one get invite for liveFrye, great way to do things with my guests and authors.

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

This was amazing Danny, came in late but reading now. How does one get invite for liveFrye, great way to do things with my guests and authors.

AdamTeece
AdamTeece

I know this is off topic, but how do I get an invite to Livefyre? ... wow it is amazing, and I think I want to change from my current comment platform.

AdamTeece
AdamTeece

I know this is off topic, but how do I get an invite to Livefyre? ... wow it is amazing, and I think I want to change from my current comment platform.

DavidSitemanGarland
DavidSitemanGarland

I want to thank everyone. This has been a blast!!! Will make sure to check in for follow up questions! And thanks so much for spending some of your day with us. Big hugs to Danny Brown/Livefyre crew. You guys and gals rock.

DavidSitemanGarland
DavidSitemanGarland

I want to thank everyone. This has been a blast!!! Will make sure to check in for follow up questions! And thanks so much for spending some of your day with us. Big hugs to Danny Brown/Livefyre crew. You guys and gals rock.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@mickeygomez livefyre davidsitemangarland Cheers Mickey, it was definitely something very different, and great to see that @livefyre more than lived up to david siteman garland and his crazy fast responses! :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@RiaSharon Aww, thanks Ria - I'm just following the coat tails of everyone else :)

Hari
Hari

I missed it too. that an awesome things

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@RiaSharon Aww, thanks Ria - I'm just following the coat tails of everyone else :)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@robynmather Thing is, how does this inaugural one get topped? ;-)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@GACConsultants Mate, it was amazing - every time you looked at the screen it was a new alert :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Mark_Harai Mate, it was amazing - every time you looked at the screen it was a new alert :)

jkretch
jkretch moderator

@prosperitygal If you type the @ symbol in the comment box, you can mention @therisetothetop on Twitter instead of just saying his name, to make sure that he sees your interview request! :)

jkretch
jkretch

@prosperitygal If you type the @ symbol in the comment box, you can mention therisetothetop on Twitter instead of just saying his name, to make sure that he sees your interview request! :)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@jennalanger @DavidSitemanGarland Agreed, Jenna, awesome stuff, and thanks to yourself and the rest of the livefyre team for proving comments often provide the real gold on any blog. :)

Sushi
Sushi

@jennalanger @DannyBrown @DavidSitemanGarland Maybe Livefyre chats should replace Twitter chats. It'd definitely be more real-time.

JMattHicks
JMattHicks

@prosperitygal We're glad you like it! You can sign-up at www.livefyre.com, we'll be sending out invites soon. Thanks!

AdamTeece
AdamTeece

@JMattHicks Awesome, I am all signed up.

JMattHicks
JMattHicks

Hey @AdamTeece , you can sign-up at www.livefyre.com. We'll be sending out invites soon! Thanks for the kind words, we're glad you've enjoyed it!

PhilipNowak
PhilipNowak

@DavidSitemanGarland Thanks David. Keep hustlin' and being the baller that you are.

jeffespo
jeffespo

@DavidSitemanGarland Thanks

TroyClaus
TroyClaus

@DavidSitemanGarland - Thank you very much for being a rock star David!! To everyone else, if you dont have the book, go get it. It's a great read.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@DavidSitemanGarland Thanks, sir, you have been amazing, and congrats again on the book launch. Safe travels, and see you on your return! :)

TroyClaus
TroyClaus

@DavidSitemanGarland - Thank you very much for being a rock star David!! To everyone else, if you dont have the book, go get it. It's a great read.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@DavidSitemanGarland Thanks, sir, you have been amazing, and congrats again on the book launch. Safe travels, and see you on your return! :)