Seeing Gary Vee Live at Startup Week Chattanooga

I was fortunate enough to sit in on Gary Vaynerchuk’s kickoff of Startup Week in Chattanooga, and pulled away three big insights that were both encouraging and insightful.

I thought you might enjoy hearing about them, too.

Gary speaking at StartUp Week Chattanooga
Gary speaking at StartUp Week Chattanooga

1. Authenticity: Gary’s presentation and delivery were sincere, heartfelt, and genuine. What I mean is, despite the fact that many may criticize his style or delivery, I believe Gary is simply being his authentic self on stage/in front of the camera. And we eat it up. Why? We crave authenticity.

2. Repeated Content: Gary delivered a compelling speech that was customized to his audience, but didn’t diverge too drastically from the main points he’s been selling for a while now. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, it’s just the truth. Personally, this was encouraging. It’s not necessary to re-invent the wheel each time you have an opportunity to craft a message or create value. Find what works, and use it to the benefit of your audience/customers.

3. Unquestioned Confidence: Gary instills a sense of brash confidence in his audience. When you walk out of a session with him, you feel as if you might be crazy for NOT pursuing your dream/business/concept despite overwhelming odds. This comes from the innate confidence and refreshingly optimistic view Gary has of the marketplace and his own abilities. Personally, I’ve struggled to have the confidence to follow my dreams at times. His confidence and resiliency reminds me of Jordan letting go of a jumpshot. There’s no question – it’s money every time.

I really enjoyed the event, and Gary’s speech. If this is any representation it will be a great week full of events at Startup Week. If you’re in the area (or even not) find a way to get to a few, or make sure to follow online! If you’re not hip to Gary, check him HERE.

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