The Story of Me

chrisbrogan

Who Is Chris Brogan

If you asked others, they’d say I’m some kind of social media guy. I am a business designer. That means I help professionals do the work they want. I provide courses and live events and the like as CEO and president of Human Business Works. It’s work, only better.

I was born in Maine and have spent more than half my life in Massachusetts. My home is in northern Massachusetts, about an hour north of Boston. I have two wonderful kids (girl and a boy), and a wonderful girlfriend that keeps me going.

What Do I Do?

As I said, I run a publishing and media company that focuses on business design. We work with professionals in any size company (from solo to 80K employees). That takes the shape of providing online courses, live keynote events, in-person education and events. And I write books. That’s it in a nutshell.

I speak professionally, and have keynoted several events over the last few years. What I love the most about speaking is connecting with people and sharing ideas in a more two-way setting. It’s very different from blogging in that regard. (My speaker bio is here).

I also write. I’m a New York Times Bestselling co-author of The Impact Equation, which I cowrote the same way I did Trust Agents, along with Julien Smith. I also wrote Social Media 101 and Google+ for Business.

I blog at [chrisbrogan.com], where I find ways to help you improve your business and yourself.

Back in the day, I cofounded PodCamp with Christopher S. Penn. It’s an event series about media making.

People always ask me how I make money. I make money through my companies, through speaking, through affiliate sales, through my book deals, through writing deals, and through partnerships.

Let me know if you need any more.

Contact Me Here

Where Am I Online?

What’s Interesting to Me?

To me, the most interesting part of what I do is helping people understand how these tools let us be human at a distance, and/or humans extended. Computers were never about solving some kind of software challenge. I didn’t want to hack them. I didn’t even want them to make beautiful art. I wanted to reach out and communicate. We had a modem, a very slow modem, but it opened the world of bulletin board services (bbs) up to me. Then, AOL/Prodigy/CompuServ. It was exciting.

And now? That’s exactly what I do all the time. I help companies learn to be human at a distance for their business communications needs. It’s the most fulfilling work I’ve ever had, as there are so many ways to apply it. It’s the best time to be into what I’m into, because I love humans, and I’m now in the position to help humans connect meaningfully.

What Else?

You know me. I’m interactive. I have no idea what else you think people would want to know about me as a jumping-on point. If this were the post you sent to a friend while trying to explain who I was or what I do, what would you add to this?

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  • http://www.HansonSellsTheWoodlands.com Chris Hanson

    Was directed to Trust Agents by Gregg Herder at a real estate marketing seminar. I’ve read and re-read Trust agents and find it to be a great resouce in this rapidly changing society. I also follow your daily blogs and find your simple, straight-forward approach to marketing very refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.HansonSellsTheWoodlands.com Chris Hanson

    Was directed to Trust Agents by Gregg Herder at a real estate marketing seminar. I’ve read and re-read Trust agents and find it to be a great resouce in this rapidly changing society. I also follow your daily blogs and find your simple, straight-forward approach to marketing very refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/sylwilson Syl Wilson

    Chris this is awesome! How come you aren’t posting anything recently? I just found this through something for my job and saw an article linking me to this. How strange – anywho, I am one of your biggest fans man – I can’t believe you have this. You’re gonna have to tell me about this. DM me how this works. I love it.

  • http://twitter.com/sylwilson Syl Wilson

    Chris this is awesome! How come you aren’t posting anything recently? I just found this through something for my job and saw an article linking me to this. How strange – anywho, I am one of your biggest fans man – I can’t believe you have this. You’re gonna have to tell me about this. DM me how this works. I love it.

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  • Martin

    Chris,
    I’m jumping on now. As someone very new to social media and all its derivatives, I’m continually amazed at “connection’s” power. For example, two weeks ago I’d never heard of you or Julien, and now I’ve independently crossed social pathways and am quite better professionally as a result. I’ve only scratched the surface on the social networking/marketing, arguable an industry itself only scratching the surface. 2011 and the future are very bright indeed.

    Wishing you a great year and please keep typing as we all benefit.

    Cheers,

    Martin A. Cody
    President
    Cellar Angels, LLC

  • Shady Mansour

    I like, its great to know how “Communications” is inspiring and get benifits back to us. I’m always with communication.

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  • Matsteinwede

    Great addition Chris, I have followed you for a bit now and sort of knew what you did. Really think this page will help lots of people get a clearer picture, nice one!
    Funny I am joining Maya’s Community because of your email, I too have a Real Estate Community almost the same in Australia and am keen to do more stuff on hers but because of your connectedness with people it has opened up another channel for many I’m sure.
    Great stuff and keep up the brilliant work!

    Mat Steinwede
    McGrath Estate Agents
    Australia

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  • Dianaz

    Hi Chris. I am very new to the whole social networking world. I found you on Twitter (can’t even remember how I found you), but am glad I did. I’m going through your many articles and information you so very generously post for all to read/see.

    In reading your bio, you ask what more could you add? You’ve covered the biz end quite well. I would maybe add just a bit of personal info (unless, of course, you want to keep it personal).

    Now…may I ask you a question as a newbie? Getting started to promote my biz online…we’ve already got a Twitter, Facebook and blog page going, but only the very basics as we really don’t know what the heck we are doing. So far, it’s been fun writing stuff, but I just found out we’re not writing the right stuff. That is we were writing about our products (although I thought I was writing it in a fun way). If you could give me one piece of advice, what would it be?

    With thanks,
    Diana

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  • Teresa

    Chris,

    I like your model of helping people and businesses to be “human from a distance”.  That is genuine.  Yes, of course you want to make money, but your principles and integrity, don’t have to suffer.  Having discovered you more recently, I feel as though I struck gold.  For those of us newer creative entrepreneurs, I think it is important to learn from resources that are in alignment with who we are, and what we are striving to achieve ourselves.
    I have found your blog to be a great source of information, but also a great motivator for taking action.Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/Nick_Walz Nick Walz

    thanks for sharing your insight about Social Media on #imu 

  • http://thecxguy.com Brian Mayer

    Chris, the most recent comment here is over two years old. I’m sure you’ve changed a lot over those last two years. What’s different about yourself and your business now than it was when this post or its comments were new?