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#FollowFriday: Brain Crushes

By: Gini Dietrich | September 2, 2011 | 
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Today’s #FollowFriday is a little bit different. Elissa Freeman and I thought it’d be fun to list our five brain crushes…giving you 10 people to follow.

And, seeing as it’s the holiday weekend and I’m not going to write Gin and Topics today, I thought it was only fair to give you just a little bit more.

This started when I admitted I have a serious brain crush on Jeff Jarvis, the author of “What Would Google Do?” and The Buzz Machine.

So this is the result…10 people whose brains we love.

First…Elissa’s choices.

  1. Justin Goldsborough. When I found out Justin was only 32, I was kind of blown away – his insights in PR and social media are often sage-like. When he interviewed me for his vlog 52 Comms Mix-Up it was like a great first date – I could have talked and talked and talked. And? He loves food, travel, and his Kansas City Royals (well, he’s not perfect!).  The co-founder of the super-successful #p20chat, Justin’s the kind of PR agency guy you’d want to have leading your account. So, you could talk to him everyday and, of course,  swoon!
  2. Mitch Joel. There was quite a bit of buzz about my fellow Canadian in one of Gini’s posts – mainly how being bald makes him so smart.  And then someone chimed into to say how much they liked his podcast voice.  I think both are true. I heard Mitch speak as I was first exploring social media – and followed him immediately on Twitter. He didn’t follow me back until about a year later. Talk about stringing a girl along! Nevertheless, Mitch posts often and posts smart.  And you feel that much more ‘in the know’ after having read his words.
  3. Adam Vincenzini. Well, I lost my guest blogging cherry to Adam so naturally, he holds a special place in my heart. You need to know about the latest analytical tool or infographic? Adam knows. The European editor for PR Daily News, Adam also co-founded #CommsChat – modeled after popular North American chats about the issues PR pros, journalists, and bloggers should be thinking about. An Aussie with a sprinkling of Italian (and yes, we’ve Skyped before so I’ve heard that accent!) Adam is hard to resist!
  4. Jeff Esposito. I crush hard on Jeff’s shoot-from-the-hip style; he likes to stir it up. Anytime you encounter him in a Twitter chat, he’s the guy who digs deep on every question. A frequent tweeter, Jeff understands how to connect and influence via social media.  His sports knowledge is equally impressive and he can go toe-to-toe with the best.  Plus? He’s a dad – and he’s cute.
  5. Dan Perez. He loves life, his wife, and his work. And? He’s hot – as in muy caliente/latino/South Florida filmmaker hot. Smart guy, smarter blogger, and can’t cook worth a damn.  An #usguys guy. He loves my food (the pix anyways) and Amy Howell’s, enough that we get all hot and steamy about it…usually on Sunday nights. His blog is deep and thought-provoking.

And now, my turn…this is hard because I would have chosen the same as Elissa. And we already know I have a brain crush on Jeff Jarvis so I won’t add him below. So here goes. Different ones.

  1. Sheryl Sandberg. Even though she’s not of the social media world, in the sense that we all know one another on Twitter and Facebook. But she is the COO of Facebook and is one of the smartest women in the world. I was first introduced to her when she gave the commencement speech at Barnard. You can’t follow her on Twitter, but I do recommend you pay attention anytime she’s in the news. She’s smart, she’s inspiring, and she wants you (as a woman) to change the world.
  2. Jay Rosen. Jay is a professor at NYU, where he directs the Studio 20 program. He is a traditional journalism guy who has made the shift in a serious way. He critiques his former peers and makes recommendations on how an industry can progress instead of die. His blog, Press Think, isn’t updated often, but when it is, you always come away learning something.
  3. Jay Baer. While we’re on the name Jay, let’s talk about Jay Baer. I was complaining to him a few months ago about the website development process and he joked that all a web development firm has to do is answer the phone and deliver on time and they win. A-freaking-men. Jay is one of the first people I read in the blogosphere at Convince and Convert. I learn something new from him at least weekly. In fact, I keep some of his blog posts open for days as I implement some of what he’s taught. If you have any desire to up your game, he’s a must-read.
  4. Clay Shirky. Clay drives me nuts. He comes across as extremely arrogant and chauvinistic online. And, more often than not, he pisses me off. But he makes me think. A lot. I mean, to the point that I’m still stewing a couple of days later. And, even though I rarely agree with him, I appreciate that about him because he opens my mind and he makes me think. I think that’s the biggest issue with social media – when we disagree, we’re seen as combative. But I appreciate the debate; it makes me smarter. And Clay is bald. So perhaps Elissa is right about her bald theory.
  5. Danny Brown. I’ve had a brain crush (and maybe even a little real crush) on Danny for years. His brain works completely differently than mine so I always try to absorb as much as I can from him. I read his blog, I speak on panels with him, I join him for podcasts, and I look for reasons to work with him. He’s over-the-top creative and he makes me a better professional.

So there you have it. Ten people who are smart, funny, and combative. Who are your brain crushes?

P.S. There will not be a Gin and Topics today. I’m going to spend my afternoon getting ready for my nieces and nephew to visit, riding my bike, and writing some more of MY BOOK with Geoff Livingston (who is another brain crush, but you’re going to hear lots about him in the next year).

Have a happy holiday weekend!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz
4 years 9 months ago

You and lisagerber are my brain crushes, G… you and Lisa!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@CristerDelaCruzlisagerber LOL! You dork.

nbelomy
nbelomy
4 years 9 months ago

That would have to be myself nbelomy

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

Crap. I wanted to add cbarger too. He’s seriously smart. Especially in his Forbes columns. I totally cheated. I’m up to eight now.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

Crap. I wanted to add cbarger too. He’s seriously smart. Especially in his Forbes columns. I totally cheated. I’m up to eight now.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

Crap. I wanted to add cbarger too. He’s seriously smart. Especially in his Forbes columns. I totally cheated. I’m up to eight now.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@nbelomy LOL!! I seriously considered adding myself. HA!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@nbelomy LOL!! I seriously considered adding myself. HA!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@nbelomy LOL!! I seriously considered adding myself. HA!

danieleagee
danieleagee
4 years 9 months ago

@ginidietrich No one likes a cheater.

NancyD68
4 years 9 months ago

Brats. You listed all of mine. Well, let me think…I wish I had some of Margie Clayman’s creativity. I also want to be smart like Danny Brown.

I also have a brain crush on Seth Godin. I love his books. He really is brilliant.

Oh, and there is this lady, you may have heard of her…what’s her name again…? Oh yeah. Gini Dietrich. Yeah. I want to be smart like her. 🙂

jasonkonopinski
4 years 9 months ago

Hmm, thinking about some of mine:

Ann Handley

Tamsen McMahon

David Armano

Umair Haque

Clay Shirky

Sean McGinnis
4 years 9 months ago

@jasonkonopinski Like that list. A lot,

faybiz
4 years 9 months ago

Curious- this was “brain crushes” and only one chica out of ten? interesting…

jasonkonopinski
4 years 9 months ago

@Sean McGinnis Thanks Sean – I won’t spend too much explaining *why* they’re on my list because their CVs speak for themselves!

Sean McGinnis
4 years 9 months ago

@faybiz #BOOM

Al Smith
4 years 9 months ago

Well, I am shocked and disappointed. Ok, I guess I was slightly further down your list, Gini. Oh well. What ? ……. Oh ………BRAIN crushes. ok. Never mind.

Al

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz
4 years 9 months ago

@ginidietrichlisagerber Oh, and I gotta add my HBR crush… Umair Haque.

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz
4 years 9 months ago

@jasonkonopinski Yes, Umair Haque!!! LOVE HIM!

margieclayman
margieclayman
4 years 9 months ago

I would have to add Mark Schaefer, Carol Roth, Sam Fiorella, and Jeff “the Sensei” Wilson to this list 🙂

CristerDelaCruz
CristerDelaCruz
4 years 9 months ago

Ditto on Sheryl Sandberg. I’d probably put former Sec’ty of State Madeleine Albright on there too.

ElissaFreeman
ElissaFreeman
4 years 9 months ago

@NancyD68 ok…I crush on Gini too – but it was a conflict of interest….

ElissaFreeman
ElissaFreeman
4 years 9 months ago

@NancyD68 ok…I crush on Gini too – but it was a conflict of interest….

margieclayman
margieclayman
4 years 9 months ago

Also Gini, I will now accept your apology – narrowing things down to 10 isn’t so easy is it? Mehhhhhh 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@margieclayman LOL! You still cheated.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

And I want to add ikepigott . Dang. I should have done the 10 by myself. Sorry Elissa! 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@danieleagee Tell mschechter that.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@CristerDelaCruz I like him, too. He’s super arrogant, though.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@ElissaFreeman LOL!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@NancyD68 I’m conflicted with Seth – I love his books, but hate his blog. And I agree on @margieclayman . She’s wicked smart. But that Gini person is a loon. Be careful.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@NancyD68 I’m conflicted with Seth – I love his books, but hate his blog. And I agree on @margieclayman . She’s wicked smart. But that Gini person is a loon. Be careful.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@jasonkonopinski Copycat.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@jasonkonopinski Copycat.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@Sean McGinnis@faybiz We actually agreed it would be just men (since we’re women), but I cheated. Because, well, it’s my blog.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@Sean McGinnis@faybiz We actually agreed it would be just men (since we’re women), but I cheated. Because, well, it’s my blog.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@Al Smith If I write a goof crush, you’ll definitely be on it.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@margieclayman I do like those Sensei boys. And yes, yes, yes to the others.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@CristerDelaCruz Who clearly isn’t on there for her looks. Poor thing.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@CristerDelaCruz Who clearly isn’t on there for her looks. Poor thing.

patrickreyes
patrickreyes
4 years 9 months ago

Great list. If I wrote my own, you would definitely be on it even though you’re a Bears fan.

danieleagee
danieleagee
4 years 9 months ago

@ginidietrich I never liked that jerk mschechter anyway.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@MatthewLiberty It was hard…I should have done 100 brain crushes

Ike
4 years 9 months ago

@ginidietrich Shhh… “He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named” doesn’t write anymore. That SOB just comments. Which only serves to remind everyone how much more brilliant he was as a commenter than as a blogger.

Wait, what was I saying?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@patrickreyes I think it’s so cute that you cheer for a JV team.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@danieleageemschechter Me. Either.

NancyD68
4 years 9 months ago

@ginidietrich@margieclayman I worry about that Gini Dietrich sometimes….she worries me. She has an unhealthy obsession with poop.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@Ike (it’s OK – it’s #FF and he-who-shall-not-be-named tweets)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 9 months ago

@NancyD68 And naming things – like her stomach, her quads, her bike, her tomato plant. It’s awkward.

adamtoporek
4 years 9 months ago

Great lists. I would add cspenn — wicked smart!

Also, since your drubbing at the hands of @MSchechter earlier this week, I think you deserve something nice. So… you, Gini, are on my list! And quite frankly, will be #1 if we ever make a list called Online Community Leader crushes. 🙂

adamtoporek
4 years 9 months ago

Great lists. I would add cspenn — wicked smart!

Also, since your drubbing at the hands of @MSchechter earlier this week, I think you deserve something nice. So… you, Gini, are on my list! And quite frankly, will be #1 if we ever make a list called Online Community Leader crushes. 🙂

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