Often called a digital Dale Carnegie and the Tony Robbins of tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best-selling author and motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 44 countries – and on the podcast – he offers both motivation and tactical tips as a leader in the digital age. We cover content from his most recent book, How to Sell on LinkedIn: 30 Tips in 30 Days as well as one of my favorite that inspired my own research, Digital Leader: 5 Habits Simple Keys for Success and Influence. In our conversation, we also discover how we were both walk-on college athletes, and share the hard work it took on and off the court. Erik and I also discuss the attention on college athletes’ social media platforms. Throughout the podcast, we explore skills for digital leaders that include posting it forward, finding the balance between on and offline and actively producing your digital reputation.
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More about Erik
Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best-Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 44 countries. His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.
His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.
Qualman has performed in 45 countries with: Coach, Chase, Sony PlayStation, National Restaurant Association, IBM, Facebook, SCG Thailand, ADP, UnitedHealthcare, Starbucks, M&M/Mars, Chrysler, Air Force, Small Business League, TEDx, Equinix, UGG, Google, Transamerica, and many many more. He has shared the stage with: Al Gore, Peyton Manning, Julie Andrews, Magic Johnson, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill O’Reilly, Condoleezza Rice, Brett Favre, Tony Hawk, Jay Leno, and many others of note.
He is no stranger to the executive suite, having served as the Head of Marketing at Travelzoo (TZOO).Yet, he may be best known for writing and producing the world’s most watched social media video. His work has been on 60 Minutes, The New York Times, WSJ, USA Today, ABC News, Financial Times, Forbes, CBS News, and The Huffington Post. He is also a member of the team that broke the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest continuous podcast. Socialnomics was a finalist for the”Book of the Year.” Fast Company lists Professor Qualman as a Top 100 Digital Influencer. He made Forbes Top 50 Power Influencer list.
Qualman was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and been honored as the Michigan State University Alum of the Year. Qualman has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. A proud husband and father, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin.
About Josie and The Podcast
In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist – digital leadership author, researcher and speaker – connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership. Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders but also laugh as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.
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