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#FollowFriday: Tom Webster

By: Gini Dietrich | November 9, 2012 | 
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Earlier this year, I spoke at Social Slam in Knoxville and, for the very first time, heard Tom Webster (of Edison Research fame) speak.

About halfway through his presentation, the laptop on the stage stopped working, which meant his presentation was gone. He continued to speak while firing up his own laptop and connecting it to the big screen so we could see the stats and graphics he was referring to as he spoke.

That is the definition of a consumate professional. Even if he was flustered internally, you never would have guessed it by the way he just rolled with the punches.

And roll he did. He cracked jokes and completely mesmerized the audience of 600 people while he worked on connecting cables and cords and testing the connections.

If you’ve never heard him speak, I highly recommend it.

And, in fact, you’ll have an opportunity next week when he presents research and insights gleaned from The Social Habit for the November Spin Sucks Pro webinar.

The Social Habit isn’t a data dump. It’s how your business makes sense of the social web, guided by some of the industry’s top consultants, including Jay Baer, Jason Falls, Mark Schaefer, and, of course, Tom.

On a personal note, Tom quietly married Tamsen McMahon (now Webster) a couple of months ago to create the most envious social media match on the web!

If you don’t know Tom, I highly recommend you check him out. You can find him on Brand Savant, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, an awesome podcast with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson, and, of course, during next week’s webinar.

If you do know Tom, you can contribute in the comments how much he rocks. I know Jason Konopinski, who I think may have a crush on the man, will be happy to tell you all of the awesome things about him.

It’s hard not to immediately like him, if only for that crooked grin of his!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

52 comments
Anthony_Rodriguez
Anthony_Rodriguez

I especially love when Tom reads his spam. That baritone voice can really make spam sound intriguing; and hilarious.

dbvickery
dbvickery

OK - I'm going nowhere near that crooked grin assessment - but Tom did a phenomenal job at Social Slam even as he was having technical difficulties. Of course, he wasn't able to start his presentation with "I'm not Bones", so hard to say who had the better presence ;)

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

Tom, nice to meet you. Do you always keep your cool, or just with faulty technology in front of 600 people?  Looking forward to The Social Habit. 

AnneReuss
AnneReuss

I believe Gini. I bet you ooze awesromeness from each pore of your body. Enjoy the ride!!

magriebler
magriebler

Hi Tom! Congratulations to you on your nuptials; best wishes to the bride. (I think I got that straight. Where's Miss Manners when you need her?)

 

I always bow before people who know their way around data and connecting cables.

KateFinley
KateFinley

Hi Tom! Glad to be introduced via Gini. Yay for finding your love! Congratulations on your marriage. She's beautiful and clearly you are both very smart and interesting. Marriage is fun and crazy.

 

Happy to follow you!

yvettepistorio
yvettepistorio

I've been reading your blog for a while Tom, so nice to meet you! Looking forward to the webinar next week :)

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

Nice to meet you Tom! Not to be creepy (see what I did there, @belllindsay ?) but I have also been watching you from afar...congratulations on your recent marriage and, obviously, your follow Friday! 

webby2001
webby2001

All y'all need to raise your standards.

TonyBennett
TonyBennett

I'm glad you showcased Tom here... He's one guy I've always swooned over from a distance. Now I have an excuse to stalk him. Nice to officially unofficially meet you Tom!

lauraclick
lauraclick

GREAT pick. I met Tom two years ago at Social Slam and heard him speak this past year also. Super-duper smart, fantastic speaker and wickedly funny! 

 

We should also call this a lovely little award for surviving election week. I can only imagine what the past week has been like at Edison. Whew!

belllindsay
belllindsay

Man crush!!! HAHA! @jasonkonopinski Tom is a great guy who always makes me laugh - his tweets when he's in the midst of his (seemingly) non-stop travel schedule are classics! How he ever found the time to court and woo the stunningly gorgeous Tamsen is beyond me! But clearly, 'he's still got it'. Welcome to the Spin Sucks Follow Friday groups of nutters *koff* I mean incredible people @tomwebster  :) 

webby2001
webby2001

 @kateupdates Thank you--our marriage is fun and crazy and smart and interesting. :) 

webby2001
webby2001

 @lauraclick So kind, Laura--really enjoyed meeting you at both Soclal Slam events--that's a conference that's on my permanent calendar. 

dbvickery
dbvickery

@ginidietrich We were watching Bones on Netflix last night - I told my Vickery girls I was having anti-Bones on Hecklers' Hangout next week. Do not be surprised if you get some hecklers storming into my office to draw their own conclusions during the hangout.

lauraclick
lauraclick

 @webby2001 Glad to hear that - it's on mine too. I'll see you a again next year! :)

TonyBennett
TonyBennett

@ginidietrich this @belllindsay is a whippersnapper! She's got spunk, overstepping her bounds and all

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