Julien Smith on Social Capital, Trust Agents and the New Tribe

Julien Smith is co-author with Chris Brogan of Trust Agents, a New York Times best-seller that has been singled out on Amazon.com as one of the top 10 business and investing books of 2009. And Julien Smith will be the next speaker at Third Tuesday. A few quotes from the book that will give you a sense of what to expect from Julien: "You need to be liked, and you start becoming likable by being worthy of being liked." "Helping others is probably one of the most effective ways to help yourself. By spreading ideas that help others, you get credit and people get the help they need. It's win-win. What a change from the scarcity mentality most people live with every day, isn't it?" "One element of being considered One of Us is that the benefits or rewards you will encounter come from genuine interactions. Exchanges of kindness or transactions involving social capital tend to build on each other." Julien will be sharing his insights into the nature of social capital, the role of trust agents and how we can form tribes with others who care about the things we care about. In Julien's words: "We will never need more advertising. We will always need more community, and tighter links between those we care about. Learning to build tribes using the new radios has never been more important, and understanding social capital has never been more valuable." It takes a community to make Third Tuesday possible Our sponsors - CNW Group, Rogers Communications, Molson Coors Canada, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Radian6 - underwrite the cost of bringing speakers to Third Tuesdays in cities across Canada. Their sponsorship goes toward travel, accommodation, the costs of the venue and audio visual. Our speakers donate their time. Thank you Julien. Without you, Third Tuesday simply wouldn't be possible.

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  • Deborah Weinstein

    Good Speaker, worthwhile. Quotable

    December 7, 2009

  • Lisa Hamilton

    Julien was an amazing speaker. Part speech, part stand up routine. LOVED IT!

    December 5, 2009

  • Laura Crochetiere

    Thought it was great... wished there was a bit more food though.

    December 5, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I really liked Julien's speach. I was wondering if any of you remember the name of the author of "Connections" ...the book he mentioned during the presentation... Thanks!

    December 4, 2009

  • Paul Bearne

    one of the best presenter I have seen

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julien was personable and informative. I also liked the tack he took: speaking of themes and approaches to applying social media.

    December 2, 2009

  • Rob Anthony

    Julien is not a credible speaker in building online communities. His anecdotes were general and not inspiring. The only time he said anything of real value was when he spoke of Blue Ocean Strategy - a book which he did not write. This was the only time there was anything worth noting. Blue Ocean Strategy was written by two harvard profs on differentiation in one's field. This had nothing to do with "Trust Agents" and again, not his concept.

    This was a waste of time, and i found it rather arrogant that I had to sit and listen to this person speak in generalities. As a social media professional who took time to come out to this, and as a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, I would have hoped this would be good, but really there was no value. I have never been to an event before where NOT a single person wanted to ask a question in the end. Half-way through everyone was using their blackberry or looking in different directions.

    Shame. Could have been good

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julien is a brilliantly engaging speaker!

    December 2, 2009

  • Brian Rosevear

    Great, dynamic speaker. Lost him a bit during the second half of his presentation - I think he started wandering in his focus.

    December 2, 2009

  • Michelle Gillies

    Julien was very eloquent, knowledgable and engaging. He really did have spot on information to share and a good portion of it was new information.

    December 2, 2009

  • Asha

    Fantastic! He was just wonderful!

    December 2, 2009

  • Jeremy Chan

    Julien had good thoughts that resonated on church building, being the lead goose, and the emergence of social capital as a means to success and maybe even increased happiness. I thought he overreached on a number of statements e.g. "this is what you were born to do!", among others. I also thought he could have expanded more on the pitfalls of online carelessness - two examples: he seemed to present "participation" as a magic bullet for network expansion and quality, but only "quality" participation helps here. e.g. giving someone a great reference because you think it will up your SC only works in the short term, unless that reference is well deserved and you really can vouch for it. Also, he only explored the upside of comment immortality - the artifacts of antisocial online citizenry are also immortal, and hang around your neck unlike spoken comments, which dissipate quickly.

    I can't fault him too much for this, as there was limited time for the talk. Definitely entertaining.

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julien is a great speaker. Probably on just about any topic. Effective at capturing the banalities of the web and making some very valid points about tribes and their organization. "Shitmydadsays." Worth it for that alone.

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julien was an engaging presenter and his topics formed a compact model for approaching business, networking, and life in general. His enthusiasm for avoiding the ordinary was infectious and reinforcing for those of us who like to think of ourselves as individualistic. While I didn't experience any eureka! moments, it was time well spent. I'm inclined to read the book he co-authored for more depth.

    December 2, 2009

  • Julie Tyios

    Great speaker, very interesting crowd.

    December 2, 2009

  • Sam Patel

    Nothing I didn't know. But good delivery of ideas on stage.

    December 2, 2009

  • Rob Campbell

    Michael Cayley is better

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    December 2, 2009

  • Debbie Fernandes

    JS was a good speaker and the topic was interesting. I was lucky to be able to be there.

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speech! Good topic. Engaging speaker.

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    inspiring

    December 2, 2009

  • Gary Edgar

    Julien is a very compelling speaker and quickly had me engaged in minutes. Great presentation with a ton of take-away information. I would gladly pay $10 for sessions like that.

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I sort of felt like Jerry Maguire when he was writing his mission statement. Julien is a quite an engaging speaker, which gave his already sharp insights that much more impact. After reading his white paper and hearing him speak, I have a much stronger foundation on which to build my business. Actually ┬┤business┬┤ now seems like such an antiquated term. On which to strengthen my community.

    December 2, 2009

  • Doug Stephens

    I work with retail companies and trade associations to bring them a sense of what's happening out here. This talk solidified some of my beliefs around social media and networks. A really great presentation.

    December 2, 2009

  • Doug Stephens

    Excellent info. Got the sparks flying. Julien had a nice easy presentation style.

    December 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julien was entertaining and conveyed some very interesting and timely ideas on community and tribes.

    December 1, 2009

  • Chris Clarke

    Julian wasted an hour of my time. He peddled simple ideas (conversations = good, mass media = dying) and introduced them using banal examples. He provided nothing I could come away from Third Tuesday and use in either my work or personal life. Third Tuesday has had speakers who were more boring yet had interesting content, Julien Smith was the opposite of that: a fairly engaging speaker with nothing new to say.

    December 1, 2009

  • karim

    I have now attended 3 TTTs. This one was by far the most inspiring and engaging one to date. Julien is a speaker who would be worth bringing back for a panel discussion or even on his own again.

    December 1, 2009

  • Eden Spodek

    Julien's presentation had something for everyone from novice to early adopters. Everyone left the presentation with lots to think about.

    December 1, 2009

  • Gary

    I was a bit late but, it was a great event! The venue was spacious, the lectures were highly informative and the socializing afterwords was fun.

    December 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julien is a great speaker & everything he said was very valuable. I am involved more that the average observer in the movement to take social capital mainstream and there is no doubt that Julien and Chris are helping lead the charge.

    Great work TTT for making this happen.

    December 1, 2009

  • Elena Jusenlijska

    Julien was fantastic! At first, I was skeptical because Julian looked more like the sound guy than someone that has something to teach me about life and social media, but he blew me away. Everything from his presentation skills, powerpoint slides to the corny jokes was inspiring and engaging. This was my first meetup, I'm sure to keep coming back for more.

    December 1, 2009

  • Andrew Crighton

    Good-ish. A bit naive, and a lot geeky. Well-read student of the field who tends to regurgitate much of what he has learned... but little of what he has put into practice.

    December 1, 2009

  • Promod Sharma

    Intriguing. Entertaining. Julien made us smile and think. For example, the effect of hype (advertising) is fleeting but communication channels last forever. Controlling our future means controlling the channels (which we can easily do). Nice slides. Nice examples. Key points were shown on the screen in large fonts --- a boon for us notetakers. There were no takers for Q&A period!?! Julien was gracious in answering questions after the session. Well worth attending.

    December 1, 2009

  • karima

    Great refresher!
    Julien summarizes the zeitgeist of social media 101 very well good for new initiates.
    Good venue!

    December 1, 2009

  • Frank Abrams

    Truly a phenomenal presentation. Very engaging!

    December 1, 2009

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