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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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223 Comments on "An Interactive Q&A Session with David Siteman Garland"


Selda Kirkan
2 years 8 months ago

Nice Kitchen :) Great video..

Selda Kirkan
2 years 8 months ago

Nice Kitchen :) Great video..

Ana @ Traffic Generation
4 years 3 months ago

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
4 years 4 months ago

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

mickeygomez
4 years 4 months ago

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.

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@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! :)

RiaSharon
4 years 4 months ago

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

Hari
3 years 10 months ago

I missed it too. that an awesome things

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

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

robynmather
4 years 4 months ago

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

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@robynmather Thing is, how does this inaugural one get topped? 😉

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

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)

GACConsultants
4 years 4 months ago

Experiment is quite lively @DannyBrown

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

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

prosperitygal
4 years 4 months ago

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.

jkretch
4 years 4 months ago

@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! :)

jennalanger
4 years 4 months ago

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

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@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
4 years 4 months ago

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

prosperitygal
4 years 4 months ago

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.

JMattHicks
4 years 4 months ago

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

AdamTeece
4 years 4 months ago

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
4 years 4 months ago

@JMattHicks Awesome, I am all signed up.

JMattHicks
4 years 4 months ago

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

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

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.

PhilipNowak
4 years 4 months ago

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

jeffespo
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland Thanks

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

@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
4 years 4 months ago

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

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Five minutes to ask David your LIVE question as he has to shoot at noon CST – but we’ll be covering unanswered ones later, so…. SHOOT!

(And best two win special signed copies of David’s new book – we’ll be choosing over next 24 hours) :o)

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@DannyBrown My pleasure, an honor to be on the blog!

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland Awesome – thanks, dude, you’ve been amazing!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@DannyBrown Absolutely! I can go an extra 5 minutes Danny. Deal. Lets go till 5 after the hour!

jennalanger
4 years 4 months ago

If you’re having any trouble posting a comment, try typing the comment again instead of copy pasting. We’re fixing a bug with that right now. Thanks for putting our system to the test, it’s going great!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@jennalanger Ah that is the bug :)

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

@jennalanger – Thanks for being so on the ball. Apprciate it Jenna

dobronski
4 years 4 months ago

Hi David, I manage a small ad agency in Victoria, BC. With the increasing commoditizaton of what agencies do – here I mean the stuff clients think they can probably do as well, and definitely cheaper – what do you think is the single biggest value an agency can provide?

dobronski
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland I’ll do that David. Thanks for your opinion. I wonder if knowledge of the customer is also an area that we should be investing more heavily in, especially with the amount of personal data that is volunteered in social media.

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@dobronski I think the biggest value is journalistic. Meaning helping clients create compelling content. It doesn’t mean doing it for them, but instead bringing the best out of them. Search “predictions for the future of advertising” (or something like that on my site) and there is an article with much more!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

I think I broke the system :(

jeffespo
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland Welcome back and I guess you were too damned fast

jennalanger
4 years 4 months ago

@DannyBrown @DavidSitemanGarland Try retyping the comment you were trying to post – copy/pasting might be a bit buggy right now in our system.

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland You’re an animal!! lol

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland There you are!

jeffespo
4 years 4 months ago

If you were able to start over, what change would you have made in the way you went about doing things?

jeffespo
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland Well that’s a horse of a different color then. I guess I can’t stump you

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@jeffespo I don’t know if I’d change anything because it has sort of been a combo of short stories and randomly things happen that lead to other things so it would be hard to redo it.

AdamTeece
4 years 4 months ago

Will there be an audio version of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper? This could be very good with my new local business internet marketing campaign.

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@TroyClaus @AdamTeece let me work on that!

AdamTeece
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @TroyClaus I will Pre-order and I will put the call out on twitter to do the same, just tell me where to go.

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @AdamTeece – Im’m game for that! where’s the sign up sheet :)

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@AdamTeece @TroyClaus We should swarm ’em!

AdamTeece
4 years 4 months ago

@TroyClaus @DavidSitemanGarland I agree, nothing beats an audiobook read by the author.

And David, how can we put some pressure on the publisher to get it done. I want to see it on Audible 😉

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @AdamTeece – You have to make sure it’s your voice David. Like no other :)

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@AdamTeece Hoping so! The publisher has to “sell” audio rights. I’m definitely hoping.

AdamTeece
4 years 4 months ago

Will there be an audio version of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper? This could be very good with my new local business internet marketing campaign.

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Looks like david siteman garland is having some tech issues with his posting – trying to get him back in now, notified @livefyre and jenna langer – fingers crossed, and keep the questions coming :)

Thanks!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

whew back! froze me out there for a second :)

GenevieveLachance
4 years 4 months ago

Hey David, When you first start out in social media, it can be pretty lonely at times out there!! What was the tipping point in your business and what major factor do you think contributed to your success?

RachRodgersEsq
4 years 4 months ago

@GenevieveLachance @DavidSitemanGarland Great question!

GenevieveLachance
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland You probably got in social media in the right time. Is it like the stock market and wer’e getting in at the top of the peak which is much harder to see profits on our investment and will have to work harder to see the gains? Everybody is getting into it now!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@GenevieveLachance Great question. I would say there isn’t “one” big tipping point but a series of smaller ones. I think consistentcy is massively important. Meaning creating content, getting active, meeting others, etc. It just grows over time. I would say some of the bigger interviews though propelled it. Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, etc.

Rach – Never spent $1 on marketing…instead investing time and effort. For me, Twitter and Facebook are my favorite outposts plus a combo of sharing my content, others content and schmoozing.

RachRodgersEsq
4 years 4 months ago

@GenevieveLachance And a follow up to that. What marketing avenues did you invest in (time wise or monetarily) early on that beefed up your following? ie, once you posted the content on social media sites, what did you do next?

davidlaud
4 years 4 months ago

Just tuned in and catching up with the stream, all very interesting. I’m based in the UK and have my own marketing consultancy whilst also juggling the role of CEO of a regional law firm. I see too many so called experts suggesting that they’ll manage social media for clients but in my view and experience success only comes from clients direct involvement. Do you have any tips on how you can motivate introverted or risk averse personalities to step into social media and get over their natural fears of the “something new”? Thanks – David

RachRodgersEsq
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @davidlaud Spray tan? That is pretty bad. Lol. So I guess you just have to be willing to put yourself out there and realize some things you try just will not work and may actually be embarrassing.

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@RachRodgersEsq @davidlaud Wow good question. I don’t know if I’ve been really embarressed….I would say my first ever TV show I sucked. I was like stiff as a board and spray tanned (seriously). It just took practice. That is how I got over it. :)

RachRodgersEsq
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @davidlaud That bring up another question. What was the most embarrassing experience you had in front of the whole world (social media, blog, etc.) and how did you get over it?

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@davidlaud I think if you are risk adverse/obsessed with control, etc. that is a personality trait that unfortunately won’t do well on social media. Social media is about being you, flaws and all. Introverted isn’t a problem. Outsourcing everything is. But, hey just my opinion :)

lacouvee
4 years 4 months ago

Learned something!

If you’re going to sign up for a session like this – don’t do it at the last minute. Saw Danny’s Facebook msg this morning, didn’t have time to listen to the video, not familiar with David’s work, and, find it hard to keep up with the LiveFyre system.

Think I’ll come back when it’s done and read it all.
Thanks for the experiment David and Danny – some great points here. Will most definitely follow-up!!!

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@lacouvee Yep, definitely a much more interactive experience than your “standard comments” system – which is why I love it. Someone mentioned it’s like blogging and Twitter together, mixed on steroids – can’t argue with that :)

Hope you enjoy the info on your return!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@PhilipNowak @lacouvee Wild wild west!

PhilipNowak
4 years 4 months ago

@lacouvee Once the dust settles, the conversation flow will be easier to see. In the meantime, it’s a bit wild in here. :-)

BHugins
4 years 4 months ago

What software do you use/recommend for video production?

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@BHugins here you go: The Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Equipment I Use To Shoot, Edit & Create RISE http://bit.ly/aeBJgh

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

How would you advise someone starting from scratch today to begin? How do they know where to start and what will work best for limited investment?

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland Awesome, cheers sir!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@DannyBrown I would start with the 2:1 Rule
2 social media sites
1 consistent published piece of content.

Start thinking content first? Video show? Blog? etc.

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

If I am a small business owner and my complaint is “it’s very overwhelming” where is the fist place I should start?

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@jeffespo @TroyClaus Hey, I just saw this now, Esposito!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@TroyClaus 2-1 rule
2 social media sites
1 consistent piece of content published (maybe a blog, video show, whatever)

And focus their ass off on that.

jeffespo
4 years 4 months ago

@TroyClaus I blame it all on dannybrown :)

TroyClaus
4 years 4 months ago

@jeffespo Question is for some small business owners who are observing the conversation right now, on a side note- I find myself banding my head on desk regulary haha

jeffespo
4 years 4 months ago

@TroyClaus Are you talking from a customer or banging your head on a desk?

BHugins
4 years 4 months ago

David, from where do you get your inspiration?

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@BHugins Literally everywhere. Within. Family. People doing awesome things like Gary Vaynerchuk and Seth Godin. The list goes on!

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

Hi David and Danny!
It’s so nice to finally “meet” you both in here. I love livewire. Gini introduced me to it awhile back and I want to add it to my site as well. So there’s my first question – Can I add it to blogger? Probably not right?

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@samtaracollier Much nicer than some of the other “giants” online, huh? 😉

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @jennalanger Go big or go home!

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@jennalanger @samtaracollier I think email marketing is good, but if you REALLY want to dominate a niche, free public content is a must. I’ve analyzed and interviewed a TON of folks who dominate online and while everyone has some kind of email marketing (for the most part), the real meat of an online content strategy is something in public. Not behind walls. Easy to link to and share.

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland Great answer. I think it’s due to the nature of the work where they are questioning everything, digging up evidence, etc. etc. and the term “everything you say can and will be used against you”. The lawyers in my firm have delved in so I’m happy :)

jennalanger
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland @samtaracollier What do you think about email marketing? That seems like a logical place for a law firm to start if they have the contact info of their clients.

RachRodgersEsq
4 years 4 months ago

@samtaracollier @DavidSitemanGarland Great answer. Some lawyers are terrified of being transparent, for some strange reason. Lol.

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@samtaracollier Fluff-Free answer: I would tell them if they don’t want to get involved, don’t :)

But understand that if they do it takes time, effort, being helpful and being transparent. But if they don’t want to do that, stick to direct mail 😉

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

@jennalanger I just signed up for the beta. Thank you very much. This conversation rocks!!!

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

@DavidSitemanGarland I work with lawyers and law firms who are very traditional in nature. The general feeling is that social media takes too much time and effort. What would you tell the managing partner of my firm to get involved? (I have lots of ideas too but I’d like to hear yours!) :)

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

@jennalanger Awesome! I can’t wait :)

DannyBrown
4 years 4 months ago

@samtaracollier Hi Samantha, I know Livefyre are working on Blogger version – reach out to @jennalanger or jordan kretchmer for info. And @DavidSitemanGarland has some great advice going on here for business through passion and community :)

samtaracollier
4 years 4 months ago

David,
And a big thank you for being one of the first people to talk with me when I joined Twitter back in May of 2010. You were a huge inspiration.

DavidSitemanGarland
4 years 4 months ago

@samtaracollier Great seeing you here!

jennalanger
4 years 4 months ago

@samtaracollier Blogger plugin coming soon! You can sign up for the private beta at http://livefyre.com and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for you :)