Mentor Monday is a series where I feature people that have helped me when I needed it, whether or not I asked for it, and whether or not they even realize it. I am extremely thankful for these people, and would not be where I am today, or where I will be tomorrow, without them. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll connect with these individuals as well. Feel free to join in and thank your mentors for everything they’ve done every #mentormonday.
I’ve looked up to Dave for a very long time now. Like many of my other mentors, Dave was one of the first people in the PR/social media space that i started following right when I first joined twitter. He was, and continues to be, a well respected professional for his knowledge and expertise in everything that he does. Being one of the first people I connected with on twitter, he had a very big hand in driving my passion in social media.
Dave won’t bullshit you. He has a strong grasp of social media and PR concepts as he draws from a great deal of experience. I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever disagreed with something that Dave has said, and that’s not something I can say for a lot of people. He chooses his topics wisely and won’t bore you with filler posts on his blog. He makes sure that his content is valuable.
So someone who has a good deal of power in a community, with such great expertise and who is known for his savvy is probably too big and busy to pay attention to new, young professionals right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Dave is one of the most humble and kind people you’ll interact with online. He has been very supportive of me and continues to teach me new things every day both directly or indirectly.