A remarkable person and an inspiration. That is how I, in short, describe Chris Guillebeau to my friends and colleagues. Why do I feel this way about Chris? How much time do you have? Not much? Okay, because he has actually accomplished some remarkable things in his life. For example, he is traveling around the world and giving back to the community all while getting paid to work on his own terms. Still not convinced? In addition to living the life which others often only dream about, Chris is a successful writer with a real knack for sharing his experiences, ideas and strategies in a way that makes it all seem not just desirable but doable.
After I finished reading his new book titled The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World, I had the pleasure of exchanging a few words with Chris and he graciously agreed to conduct a quick interview for sneezr.ca. Since I understand that Chris is a very busy person, I decided to ask him just one open-ended question.
Jenan: Chris, in your new book you write about the importance of recruiting and maintaing a small army of loyal supporters for your idea/venture. You also state, if I am not mistaken, that it is important to communicate with your small army of loyal supporters in at least two mediums. Could you elaborate a bit, please?
Chris: I generally think it’s best to connect with people in the format they prefer, whatever that may be. So with that principle in mind, I have the email list, the RSS feed, the Facebook page, the Twitter profile, and so on. I also do in-person meetups wherever I go, which are inevitably better than writing across the screen, but of course they are also limited to one place at a time. The point is not to be all things to all people (a big mistake) but rather to be as accessible as you can, realizing that different people prefer to connect in different ways.
Jenan: Thank you Chris. I look forward to reading your next informative work!
Remarkability by Walt Disney:
“Do what you do so well that people can’t resist telling others about you.”