IZEA Fest 2008 – Merlin Mann Keynote

The second day of IZEA Fest 2008 started with a keynote presentation by Merlin Mann of 43 Folders. The big projection screens inside the conference room were rearranged so Ustream and Twitter users following the show can better interact with the attendees and speakers. If you see a few strange twits from me today, it’s because I like seeing my name on the big screen. 🙂

Merlin Man presented a deceptively simple formula for growing a smart, organic audience through high-quality writing and a strong, dependable voice. Merlin is a very good speaker and engaged extremely well with both the audience and the users watching live on Ustream. His formula for blogging success is summed up in the slide above. You can watch the keynote in the video below.

IZEA Fest 2008 is broadcasting live on Ustream TV. As I write this, the social media panel is on stage. You can watch it at Ustream channel IZEAfest.

14 thoughts on “IZEA Fest 2008 – Merlin Mann Keynote”

  1. Awesome speaker. I liked him just as much as Shoemoney’s speech yesterday… maybe even better.

  2. Looks good! Shoulda went myself.

  3. Kacper says:

    Just watched it. Awesome.I read a lot Merlin and I really enjoy his speeches. He can speak about anything and I will still listen impressed. That is because he has a voice.

    Ok, enough of sucking 🙂 I’m going to get better and be awesome as well.
    …and you, whoever is reading this comment right now, stop reading and do something awesome.

  4. EfitPedia says:

    Great presentation, Chow you are awesome so is Merlin, now what? Vegas next week?

  5. Dave Fowler says:

    Now if I’d seen that video before starting up I would have saved myself weeks of reseach. It took me two hours to watch a one hour video because I just kept rewinding to make sure II got the most out of it. Truth is I’ll probably watch it again. Thank you for bringing this John.

  6. Dan Mihaliak says:

    Thanks for the videos they help alot in uderstanding where these guys come from!

  7. Josten says:

    Im always willing to learn on how to improve my blog, a good way to do things that were on the projector screen.

  8. Yet another good speech. I really wish I could’ve gone to this.

  9. Nick says:

    Nice to meet you at izeafest, John. That was my first blogger conference, and Merlin’s topic was a great first presentation for me to see. Really summed it up. He looks so relaxed when he’s speaking.

    I saw you sneaking some of that cake icing in your hand to get into the fray at the party after the treasure hunt, but I think no one wanted to mess with you enough to get crazy about it. I can’t believe all those folks that shoved their faces and bodies in the cake, that was crazy. We just got home, super tired, but had a good time.

    Some funny tweets at the event today.


  10. Ryan McLean says:

    That is an awesome quote. Really down to earth and memorable

  11. Sportsrmylife says:

    I don’t know what is wrong but the video won’t load and play for me.

  12. Sportsrmylife says:

    It is working now. Never mind.

  13. Ryan McLean says:

    I think you have found your obsession John, and you are making loads and loads of money from it

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