Creator Economy Expo Recap – Day 1

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever Creator Economy Expo (CEX). Hosted by Joe Pulizzi and the team at The Tilt, this event was focused on the future of content creation and business.

The keynote speakers and sessions were great, but the best part was the networking. I was able to meet so many people who are enthusiastic about what they’re working on. I’ve never been to an event with such a supportive and engaged community.

Community was the key term of the entire event. Those of us sitting in the crowd weren’t attendees or audience members, we were a part of this burgeoning community.

Here are some of the things I learned on the first day:

CEX co-founder, Joe Pulizzi opened the event by telling us why now is the time to take on these opportunities:

Next up, Jeremiah Owyang, CMO of Rally, spoke about the importance of Web3 and how technology is changing to help creators.

The always-amazing Ann Handley spoke next. She walked us through the structure to tell a story using the Rudolph method of storytelling.

I had to step out for a little bit to take a meeting, so I’ll recap the next two speakers after I’ve seen the videos.

Later in the day, author and entrepreneur (and adventurer) Chris Guillebeau walked us through his story and talked about the importance of an entrepreneurial mindset.

Next up was a panel with two podcasters at different stages of their similar journey. Jordan Harbinger detailed how to build your audience, and gave some tips on what not to do.

The day was closed out with Brian Clark interviewing best-selling author Dan Pink. I had a fun moment when the woman who introduced them, Gina Carr, recounted a story where a video of Dan Pink helped my 11-year-old daughter deal with some anxiety and regrets.

These are just some of the takeaways from Day 1. I’ll be recapping Day 2 at a later date. To be alerted to this, sign up for my newsletter and I’ll be sure to let you know when I get that posted.

Thanks for skimming,


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