Twelve Engagement Super Stars Whom I Adore

As we near the halfway point of the Engagement Series, I thought it might be useful to let you know who I look up to in this arena. As I can’t possibly say enough, I am definitely and forever still learning. When I have a question or when I wonder how I can better what I am doing, these are the people I think about. I can’t recommend enough that you seek them out and learn from them, too.

Nancy Davis, aka @NancyD68. Blogs at http://nancyadavis.wordpress.com/

I’ve been fortunate to get to know Nancy over the last month or so especially. Why is Nancy an engagement superstar? Not only does she leave insightful and lovely blog comments, and not only does she bring smiles via her Twitter presence, but Nancy is the rare kind of person who takes a negative experience, learns from it, and then tries to make sure no one else goes through the same struggles. Nancy’s current mission is to let women in abusive relationships know that they are not alone and that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. How much more superstar can you get, anyway?

Jason Sokol, aka @jwsokol. Blogs at http://jwsokol.com/scc/

I met Jason via Suzanne Vara. I knew that I had met a special person when I wrote a post that referenced a quote from Ken Burns Civil War series, and Jason (I call him J-Dubs) got it right away. Jason is an engagement star for several reasons, but what I find most admirable about him is that he is always trying to up his game, and he tries to do that via learning and keeping an open mind. Jason is also an unflinching supporter, a genuinely warm person, and as a New Englander might say, “Wicked smaht.”

Kat Caverly, aka @Greetums. Company site: www.greetums.com

When I was working on my anti-bullying group last September and October,  a lady that went by the Twitter handle @greetums started visiting my weekly chat, supporting my blog, and helping me out with useful information throughout the week. Little did I know that Ms. Kat is not only intensely helpful and supportive, but she also defines ebullient. When @greetums befriends you, you know that you have a friend, and a strong one, wherever you go and whatever you do. Isn’t that what engagement is all about?

Mark Schaefer, aka @markwschaefer. Blogs at http://www.businessesgrow.com/blog/

I found Mark Schaefer’s blog last year. Mitch Joel had published a post about Twitter following and Mark wrote a dissenting post. I really enjoyed Mark’s writing style. Knowledgeable yet personable, an air of expertise yet not stuck up. Over the last several months, not only have I come to appreciate Mark’s engaging blog voice, but I’ve also come to really respect how Mark handles himself in the online world. He answers comments on his blog, which is a large community, and he doesn’t just answer them. He ANSWERS them. He is honest, at times self-deprecating, and always helpful and kind. Forget being like Mike. I wanna be like Mark!

Amber Cleveland, aka @ambercleveland. Company site: www.sterlinghope.com

I’ve written about Amber on this blog before, but the longer I get to know Amber, the more I feel like really I should sing her praises every day. If there is an interesting chat, you’re almost certain to find Amber somewhere nearby. She isn’t just passing out the cookies either. She embodies the engagement 1-2 punch. She’s smart and sweet. Disgustingly so on both counts, in fact :) Even though she isn’t from Cleveland as I thought she was when I first met her, I still do my best to follow Amber’s engagement example on a daily basis.

Raul Colon, aka @rj_c. Blogs at http://raulcolon.net/

I first met Raul on Chris Brogan’s blog. It’s amazing the jewels you find over there. Not just the posts themselves, I mean, but all of the great people who comment. I started to get to know Raul a bit – I always found his comments interesting and insightful, every single time. Then, when Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge started Kitchen Table Talks on Tuesday afternoons, I started to chat with Raul on a daily basis. Boy am I lucky. This guy is always thinking, but he does so in a way that welcomes you into his thoughts rather than making you feel like you’re intruding. He’s hilarious, supportive, friendly, sharp as a tack, offers to kick peoples’ butts for you in a pinch. This I know. I just don’t know if he would really do it :)

Rose L. Jones, aka @maximumharvest.

Rose started visiting our #tweetdiner chat a few months ago. At first, she insisted that she was just going to lurk. Well, we soon convinced her that THAT kind of behavior was just not going to work for us. All of us chatters could tell that this was a woman we wanted to hear from. Sure enough, Rose is one of the most quietly warm people I have met in the online world. The more she has begun to engage, the more the light of her kind soul shines through. Now, I’m going to have to talk to Rose about blogging, but for now, you want to get to know this lady. She knows how to engage and be engaging, and you won’t be sorry you got to know her.

Joe Sorge, aka @JoeSorge. Running wild at: Kitchen Table Companies

So here’s the thing you need to know about why I admire Joe Sorge. He is a television star (on ThePulseNetwork.com every Tuesday with Chris Brogan, 2 PM EST). He is the head honcho at Kitchen Table Companies. He also is a business owner offline (AJ Bombers). You might think that all of these successes would go to Joe’s head. I kind of thought that when I was first getting to know him. I thought, “Oh boy, this guy is probably going to be kind of aloof, hard to reach maybe.” Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The first time I tweeted to Joe (or at?) he responded immediately. If you join the book club over at Kitchen Table Companies, you get an inkling for how much this guy hustles. And if you watch him engage on Twitter, you see that he is warm, helpful, and open to talking anything from Team Jersey to hamburgers. He’s a breath of fresh air. No doubt.

Suzanne Vara, aka @suzannevara. Blogs at: http://kherize5.com/blog

Honestly, if I start explaining all of the reasons why you should follow and befriend this lady, it would turn into a whole post, and someone a little better known than me has already taken care of that. So, I will say this. Before I was really good friends with Suzanne, I was learning from her. She talked about baseball. She talked about her Jets. she talked about the weather. Stuff I didn’t think you could talk about on Twitter, actually. I thought you had to be all business, all the time. Suzanne taught me how to converse on Twitter, and I’m sure she regrets that every day :) This lady is a high-intensity thinker, a big heart, and a must-have if you are building a community.

Joe Ruiz, aka @SMSJoe. Blogs at: http://www.strategicdriven.com/marketing-blog/

I met Joe when I first started participating in #MMChat. Or did I meet him at #b2bChat. Oh, I know, I probably ran into him at #IMCChat. Well, the fact is, I ran into Joe in every chat I attended when I was just discovering the wonder of Twitter chats. Wherever I went, there was Joe, leading conversations, saying hi to people, offering kind words, and exuding this warmth that you don’t come upon very often in the online world. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Joe, among others, on our Care4Japan project. He was tireless, supportive, dedicated, and yet kept his humor about him and seemed (I don’t know otherwise) to really enjoy himself. So it is with Joe wherever you encounter him. He is everything you want to be as an online engager. And he’s pretty durned smart, too.

Dawn Westerberg, aka @dwesterberg. Blogs at: http://dawnwesterberg.com

I’ve also talked about Dawn a plenty here on this blog site, but let’s face it. When someone starts tweeting out your posts when you literally can’t seem to buy such kind treatment, you’re going to be forever loyal. And that’s just the kind of person Dawn is, not just for me, but for everyone. She is wise, kind, has a full spectrum of interests that she is always happy to share, and she just always brings a smile to my face. I would imagine it’s the same for everyone who encounters her. Like Joe, Dawn seems to populate every Twitter chat that’s worth a darn, which makes it all the more amazing that she can be a Duct Tape Marketing consultant and an excellent blogger on top of everything else.

Bruce Serven, aka @Bruce Serven. Blogs at: http://bruceserven.com/

I met Bruce awhile back at good ole #blogchat. He is always incredibly active in that chat, and he always participates the way I feel is most useful – communicating and conversing with others rather than trying to promote himself. Bruce is a steady and quiet supporter, an excellent writer, and fun to engage with on Twitter. A study of his profile will tell you what I have come to discover – Bruce seems to have a kind word for everybody. And maybe it’s his sombrero, but he just always seems to bring a smile to my face when I see him in the stream. Follow this fella, read what he has to say. He is a great person to have in your community!

These are just 12 people who are fantastic at engaging. They just know how to do it. I learn from them all every day in different ways. Won’t you try to do the same? It will be worth it, I promise. And yes, there are countless other people I could include. Maybe another of these posts will be coming down the pike. You’ll just have to wait and see :)

This is post #47 in the Engagement Series. Thank you for sticking with it or for joining in! I really appreciate it sincerely and truly.

17 comments
Raul Colon
Raul Colon

Margie,

I never get sick and disconnect for so many days much less not visit your blog and I had such bad timing. Thanks for including me with these great list of people. Know I feel guilty that I went on Team Jersey's side... LOL (even though I love Suzanne, Nancy, and Joe).

Now I will make sure not to miss out on your blog for so many days. Thanks again and it has been great to even connect with a few of these great super stars on twitter already.

Raul Colon
Raul Colon

Before I forget, I am a nice guy but if anyone messes with you I will go back to my roots and kick some butt if I have too. I grew up in rough neighborhood and my years in the military did not help a bit to tone it down... LOL Love ya Margie!

Rose Jones
Rose Jones

WOW! I take a couple days off line (disengaging) and you spring a super star engager on me...haha.@MargieClayman
. Glad I took a seat to be fed at #tweediner, where the lights never go off after the diner is closed - that's the power of you: Social Magnetism!

Suzanne Vara
Suzanne Vara

who is that lady that you have included and esp right under JOE! I am so honored. Your words are too kind and not really deserved, Our love of baseball, football and advertising makes for some of the greatest convos. In my darkest times you are there, in my happiest times you are there and even in my not a heck of a lot going on you are there. If you are saying I am one to follow I shall not fight ya on it, but can I live up to it? I would rather say follow Margie, she is the real deal.

Bruce Serven
Bruce Serven

Awesome!

What a great list. I am so humbled to be included in with them. I agree with what you've said about them all - they are all great people and have a certain fun & honest flavor to their interactions that is a refreshing change of pace. Maybe that is why we are all mingling together - even though we have different approaches, we all seem to have similar values. How cool is that?! We seem to have found and formed a tribe! (LOL)

Thanks again Margie. :)

Cheers,
Bruce

Margie Clayman
Margie Clayman

I guess it would make sense for engagers to form a tribe, huh? :) I appreciate all of your support, Bruce, Quite happy to include you here!

Joseph Ruiz
Joseph Ruiz

Wow Margie, I am honored and humbled to be included with these folks. Thanks so much. This means the world to me coming from someone i look up to - uh that would be YOU. You are the definition of Social media. Thanks for all you do and thanks for sharing.

You Rawk.
Joe

Margie Clayman
Margie Clayman

Thanks so much, Joe. Right back at ya :) I have learned a great deal from you!

Joe Sorge
Joe Sorge

ZOMG!
Margie I am absolutely blown away that you would include me in this amazing list of engagers.
Thank you so much for not only including me, but giving me a heads up to some really great people out there.

You rule!

Suzanne Vara
Suzanne Vara

I love JOE! And I am under him (oh goodness not that way!) I recently welcomed Joe into my #mancrush elite. He, being a restaurant owner, knows so much about customer service, the handling of employees, the line, the prep time, the expo line but he also is here to give us so much. He has a wealth of knowledge as working in the restaurant biz you see and are reactionary to a myriad of situations. At any given moment, something can go wrong or right. Joe now just needs to be a JETS fan, really he does .. or at the very least watch a football game with me and Margie (warning I drink ridiculous amounts of diet soda, pace, only talk during commercials and a lot but so fast and when I know it is good, I let out a yell of IT IS GOOD x2 or 3.

Suzanne Vara
Suzanne Vara

oops I am sorry to crowd your comments but TEAM JERSEY!!!!! Joe is team JERSEY. My recruiting skills were awesome ... signing bonus prob was the deciding factor. I also have Raul but you have Jason and Joel. Squints eyes ... gets competitive. Then realizes that Jersey folks got more than the fools of Jersey Shore, we have the accent that matters. Flips hair and smirks.

Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis

I do the hair flip, the hardcore Jersey accent and talk faster than anyone else I know! TEAM JERSEY FTW!

I am going to talk to Joe about being a Giants fan! I bet I can convince him!

Margie Clayman
Margie Clayman

You're someone I look up to, Joe. I ain't kidding! :)

Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis

Margie I cried when I read this! This is so awesome and I want to thank you for mentioning me! I also agree with your picks. I follow half of them already, and the other half are getting followed today!

Seriously, what an honor to be in such good company! This post really made my morning Margie. I am going to have to come out to Ohio and give you a hug! :)

My only addition to the list would be our fearless leader over at Blog Topics - Chris Brogan who no matter how busy he is, always manages to find time for many of us who tweet at him all day long. He also is one of the most helpful people I have ever met.

What a great post Margie and thanks again!

Margie Clayman
Margie Clayman

Glad it made ya smile. Or cry...hmm :)

I learned most of what I know about engagement from Mr. Brogan, but I've mentioned him quite a lot on this site. I wanted to mention people that may not have gotten mentioned here before, but should have been :)

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