A little over a year ago, I was intrigued with a young man named Ryan Allis. The then and now 24-25 year old CEO of one of the fastest growing companies in the USA, i-Contact, was not only a cracker jack businessman, but he was (and still is) on a mission to see world hunger end during his lifetime. Because of The Gen Y Project, I wanted to interview this rising rock star for my interview series.
As with all “in demand” CEOs, Ryan had a “communications person” to go through. My immediate thought was “Great…I have to go through one more communications director to get to someone I want to interview.” These interactions often end in a “Sorry…but our CEO is too busy to talk to you right now,” so naturally, my balloon was a bit deflated.
But…something happened that shocked me! I immediately had a call from the i-Contact Communications Director, Chuck Hester, and my belief about communications directors being difficult to work with was shattered in about two minutes. He was a sheer joy to work with, called me back immediately, made me feel as if my internet radio show was so important to i-Contact, and I suddenly had a new person in my network who I consider to be in the top 5 of my list of the greatest business people in the world (and folks…I have met a LOT of people in my lifetime.) I got the interview with Ryan Allis, and it was a big hit! No surprise there!
I had the opportunity to meet Chuck for i-Contact’s birthday celebration last year, and he was just as endearing in person as he was over the telephone…no phoniness to this man, and I learned a little secret. He was a Linked-In genius. He began describing to me how he uses Linked-In as a tool to meet people as he travels around the country and how it has helped him personally and has supported i-Contact in becoming a multi-million dollar company. As a matter of fact, the company is so successful that it was recently named the #1 Email Marketing Service Provider and Resource for Web professionals by Website Magazine
As a result, Chuck has now written a book by the name of Linking In to Pay it Forward, and this is one of those books that every business owner should have. Chuck has been generous enough to offer my network a great offer, including:
- an autographed copy of the book
- a discount off the retail price
- free shipping
- an entry into a contest to receive a free Linked-In consultation with Chuck
To get this great offer, simply go to http://book.chuckhester.com and type in payitforward10 as the promo code during check out.