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Social Media Expert Interviews: Chris Guillebeau

This week we were extremely excited to be talking with Chris Guillebeau – the author of the fantastic book and particular favourite of ours, ‘The Art of Non-Conformity‘.

Chris’s book is an incredible read that will give you a new outlook on life, and challenge you to do what it is you really want to do, rather than what you think you should do. His life is nothing short of extraordinary, and we’re extremely pleased to speak with him to try and extract some of his wealth of knowledge to present to you guys.

Chris, tell us a little about what it is you do?

I’m a writer, traveler, and entrepreneur. I wrote the book The $100 Startup and I’m visiting every country in the world (187 down, 6 to go).

Tell us about the journey you undertook to get you where you are now? Where did you start?!

I was an aid worker for several years in West Africa. Much of what I do now is derived from that experience. After I returned to the U.S. from that commitment, I started writing and travelling more actively.

How important would you say having a social media presence is for businesses these days?

It’s very important, but it also can’t be forced or false. I tend to believe that no social media accounts are better than poorly-managed accounts.

What three bits of advice would you give a business that is taking their first steps into the world of social media?

Listen. Ask questions. Be helpful.

What do you think the future holds for social media?

Social media is an extension of existing relationships. Being able to connect with people all over the world based on shared ideals is a lasting phenomenon. We’re only getting started and the future is bright, especially as connectivity begins to reach more people in Africa, South Asia, and other parts of the world that used to be largely off-the-grid.

What is the coolest fact about Giraffes you know?

Ironically I just saw a giraffe the other day, while touring the Portland Zoo. Before that, the last time I saw one in real life was probably five years ago in South Africa. I asked if people could ride them, but it seems the answer is no. That’s all I’ve got on giraffes.

Chris has a new book that continues on from his first book and has the tag line: ‘Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love, and Work Better to Live More’. You can also find out a bit more about what Chris does on his fantastic blog here.

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