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5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you’ve read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it’s difficult to hide the fact that I’m a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker – Michael Hyatt.

Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing – the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect.

My friendship with Michael began from a series of guest blog posts I submitted for his site; joining the launch team for his bestselling book Platform; being added as a community leader on his web site and finally being invited to manage social media for his recent SCORRE and Launch Conferences.

This relationship has grown completely online. So imagine how thrilled I was to meet, eat and work along side Michael at the aforementioned conferences.

Author, speaker, blogger – Michael Hyatt and me

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, I met and worked closely with Michael’s business partner at the conferences – Ken Davis, who is a bestselling author, comedian and founder of the Launch and SCORRE Conferences.

Author, comedian, speaker – Ken Davis and me

 

 

 

 

 

 

These training events attract the best and brightest communicators in the country. Here are some other folks I was able to meet namely: lead singer of the band Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine; NYT bestselling author and President of Proverbs 31 Woman, Lysa Terkeurst; as well as coaching consultant and NYT bestselling author Dan Miller.

Jars of Clay lead singer – Dan Haseltine and me

 

 

 

NYT bestselling author of “Unglued” and Proverbs 31 Woman – Lysa Terkeurst and me

 

 

 

Author, coach and speaker – Dan Miller, his wife Joanne and me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The amazing thing is that each of these connections are a direct result of this blog I started just more than two years ago – plus a healthy dose of divine favor that I have nothing to do with.

It’s both humbling and exciting to spend quality time with such amazing individuals, and I’m optimistic about working with them in the future – God willing.

Question: Have you ever had the chance to meet someone in person whom you deeply admire?

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Comments

  1. Bonnie Anderson says:

    Cool, Tor! Yes, God has been good to you. I am thankful that I have gotten to know you through your blog, which I thoroughly enjoy.

  2. What a blessing, Tor! Like you, blogging has afforded me connections I never thought possible. Just this past summer I got to meet:

    Ted Dekker
    Tosca Lee
    Susan Isaacs
    John Eldredge

    Of those, I’ve shared some correspondence with Ms. Lee. Like you, I attribute this to both blogging, and divine favor. Because who am I?

  3. That is exactly correct, Tor. And, as you know, some of us crazy bloggers don’t allow the virtual world to be all that separate from the real one… And, have had the opportunity to learn and share with a multitude of interesting folks…

    • Roy I’m delighted say that my family has had the opportunity to break bread with you and yours. I’m amazed at the connection that online community and blogging affords. I’m grateful for your friendship!

  4. I met David Hasselhof when I was a little kid. It was on the set of Baywatch. I laugh, looking back on it now, but as a ten year old, it was earth shattering. :)

  5. Yep…Jon Acuff. Although, that was technically because I went to his conference, not from anything I specifically did!

  6. Got to meet the singing group “Committed” at a christian conference last year!

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