People You Must Follow Into 2011


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I meet amazing people everyday. At the same time, I get a lot of information thrown at me all the time. Whose advice should we listen to?

Here are 10 small business leaders that I met this year that you can learn from in 2010 (in no particular order).

1. Carol Roth: This is one smart lady who always comes out swinging. With her honest business advice for entrepreneurs, Carol tells it like it is. Also look for her new reality tv show coming to you late next year! @caroljsroth

2. Rieva Lesonsky: It took me a long time to meet Rieva IRL (in real life). After a long stint at Entrepreneur Magazine, she now is one of the leading voices in small business. We share a small business blog on @rieva

3. Sarah Robinson: I met her at Blogworld this year IRL through Liz Marshall. I hear her voice in my head most mornings as she teaches me how to “escape mediocrity” when I just don’t want to put my best effort forward. @sarahrobinson

4. Rebel Brown: If you need a spark to get started, follow @rebelbrown. She will show you how to “defy gravity” in your life and break the status quo. Change is hard but Rebel shows you how.

5. CC Chapman: I just recently interviewed CC on my 100th episode of Business Insanity Talk Radio and was I so impressed. As an entrepreneur and “Digital Dad”, he knows how to teach companies to build relationships with their customers. @cc_chapman

6. Angel Oakley: Ok, so besides Angel being a blast, she is a top notch marketing professional that knows how to connect with people coming into Chicago. @angeloakley

7. Mark Malkoff; This is one crazy guy. He has been carried the length of Manhattan, spent a month at IKEA, a month on AirTran and visited all of the 177 Starbucks in Manhattan on a single day. When I need to be entertained and learn something, I go to Mark. @mmalkoff

8. Mike Michalowicz: (The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur) Mike has helped move my own company’s brand and stategy forward in 2010. Need to spread your message, call Mike.@tpentrepreneur

9. Jason Fried; I met Jason at SXSW in 2010. His book, ReWork is brilliant. I feel like he is talking right at me! Read it! @jasonfried

10. Barbara Corcoran:One of the investors on Shark Tank, I met Barbara a few years ago while on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. She amazed me then and she will amaze you now. If you want to listen to one smart small business advisor this year, listen to her interview on the 100th episode of Business Insanity Talk Radio. You might also pick up her book, If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom.

Who are you following into 2011?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Barry Moltz
Barry Moltz Group
Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 2 to 2,. His third book, BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World shows how customer service is the new marketing.


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