Today our expert guest is Chris Krimitsos. He is the organizer of Podfest Expo, one of the top podcast conferences in the world. He has created a podcast documentary called The Messengers, and author of the recently released book Start Ugly, which encourages people to get over their perfectionism.

Chris grew up in a large, supportive family, and his next door neighbor was a firefighter. He had the model of helping people all around him throughout his life. When he came of age, he wanted to do really well in business so he could help people.

In his late 20’s, he would ask himself, “What would I want my life to be if you take money out of the equation?” His answer was, “Help people.” Then he had to figure out through what vehicles he would be able to help people, and that ended up being by creating facilitated environments and communities.

When he made this decision, we were just in the middle of transitioning from living our lives in the physical world to creating more community in the digital world. We are shifting a bit more to going to yearly events as opposed to local communities. The incredible thing about these is that because of their reach and importance, they are all incredibly niche. People travel from all over to get that in-person interaction they crave with other like-minded people.

If you are trying to start a community, whether it’s online or in person, here are some tactics you can use:

-Forget about numbers. Worry about making an impact for the people that do show up, and more will come.

-You might think a big speaker will draw, but a local expert within your niche might draw much better.

-Let the keynote be as long or short as it needs to be for the content to be shared effectively. Don’t put an arbitrary time constraint on it.

In Chris’ new book, Start Ugly, he talks about wanting to give people the permission to get started without guilt or perfectionism. He believes that if everyone stopped worrying about getting everything right and just start working towards their goals, we could all accomplish incredible things.

The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway

“When I was a young kid growing up in Long Island, New York, Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was buried a mile from my house and I would go and visit his gravestone. There was an inscription there that was, “Keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the stars.”

I believe if we can keep our feet on the ground, take it step by step, with our eyes on the stars, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. I believe that anyone that’s listening to this is able to start ugly and do great things with their lives, they’ve just got to take it one step at a time.”

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