Favorite Quotes at SOBCon 2011

I attend quite a few social media conferences during the year.  What I love about SOBCon is that it is limited to 150 people.  Its small size allows a unique interactive format where the attendee gets to talk with everyone.

Since I had lost my voice earlier that week, I was forced to do a lot of listening.  For me, this was a big test!  Here are some of my favorite quotes from the two days I was there:

Cathy Brooks : "Perception requires participation."

Chris Guillebeau: "Contribution is not something that is sacrificial." and "Advice on how to live a great life is totally overrated." and "Leadership is not titles, it's influence." and "Instead of efficiency, consider adventure."

Tim Sanders: "Scarcity thinking is a disease.  When you realize there is abundance in the world, you will share and truly be rich." and "Feed your mind only good stuff in a mind diet." and "Criticism in your face is a gift." and "Eat the nut, not the shell." and "Objectify failure, own success." and "If you can worry, you can dream." and "Exercise your gratitude muscle." and "Go create a ripple in the world."

Steve Farber "Don't worry about always having something new to discuss.  The important idea is to share it in your own voice." and "You are not a derivative work."

Michael Port  "You only can make sales offers proportional to the trust that they have with their prospect or customer." and "No one wants to hear your elevator speech.  Instead have a conversation about who you serve." and "Marketing is about being relevant."

Carol Roth " A business needs to understand the difference between senders and spenders."  She also explained that the "js" in her Twitter handle (@caroljsroth) does not stand for "Jesus Saves" 

Liz Srauss "Leadership is about taking action."

Angela Maiers "In a small town, we do not differentiate between us and the town.  We are our town."

Chris Brogan "I love seeing the spark in people."

What are some of your favorite quotes?

By | May 1st, 2011|Business|15 Comments

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Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.


  1. Debba / Girlfriendology May 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    "People and starts are made of the same stuff" – Liz Strauss
    Barry – thanks for sharing these! – Debba / Girlfriendology.com

  2. barry May 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks Debba- I love that one!!

  3. Joe Sorge May 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    "Most loyalty programs result in loyalty to the program, not your business" – Carol Roth
    Great to see you Barry.  And thanks for sharing.

  4. barry May 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks Joe- hope to see you at one of your restaurants in June!

  5. Matt Mansfield May 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Still chuckling over Chris Brogan's comment, "I have people who put on my pants one leg at a time."

    Thanks for the compilation above – saving for posterity! 🙂


  6. Barry May 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Or Matt this one "Chris, we all know you have massive body of work"

  7. Matt Mansfield May 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Ha! That was a funny moment! 🙂

  8. Barry May 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Love those Drew thanks!

  9. Tim McDonald May 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Thanks Barry! Brings back some great moments from this past weekend. 
    One that brought perspective to my musical taste was "Rap is like country music. Only faster." CB

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  10. Barry May 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Tim- I remember- that is a great one!

  11. Tamsen Reed May 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Barry-Great seeing you again!  What gr8 event will connect us again?  Here are my two faves.  Less quotes, but strong take-aways
    Perception Requires Participation Cathy Brooks (I believe)
    A message to BRANDS:  The message is NOT the story
    The POV and the BOW: Steve Farber
    What do you stand for? Michael Port
    Then the unforgettable message behind SMILES DAY: Tim Sanders

    Thank you Barry!!!  And "new family!"

  12. Barry May 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Love it Tamsen- hope to see you again soon!

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