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Build success with social media, expert to explain on Oct. 12

October 2, 2017

Best-selling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman is on a quest to be the next Disney.

Known as the digital Dale Carnegie, Qualman will be showcasing five habits that drive success and happiness in the digital world at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Tilson Auditorium on the Indiana State University campus. Admission is free, and seating is limited.

"Your digital stamp is comprised of your digital footprint and digital shadow," Qualman said. "Your digital footprint are the things you post about yourself online. Your digital shadow is the most important part of your digital stamp. It's what others post about you online."

Qualman is determined to show people how to lead their best life, leadership and legacy.

"Every digital leader has five habits they practice: simplification - not adding things to your life but taking things away; true - being consistent and staying true to who you are and what you want to be; action - nothing happens without action; map - having a firm destination in mind and people - surround yourself with the right people online and offline," Qualman said. "These five habits form the word stamp."

As a keynote speaker, Qualman has addressed crowds in 49 countries and reached 25 million people.

"My laughable (moonshot) goal is to educate, entertain and empower seven billion people," said Qualman. "Human beings and their behavior fascinate me. We are all, what I call ‘flawsome,' we are not perfect but human. Part of being flawsome is being able to own your mistakes, indicate how to fix them and actually fix them."

Qualman also has six number one bestselling books and was a finalist for the Most Likeable Author Award alongside Seth Godin and J.K. Rowling. His book "Socialnomics" provides useful insight into changes in macro trends, behaviors and constructs as a result of social media. 

"‘Socialnomics' provides useful insight into changes in macro trends, behaviors and constructs as a result of social media," Qualman said. "This book is written in sporadically digestible sound bites and is arranged so that the reader can easily select an example, particular topic or case study that is relevant to you or your company."

Before becoming a bestselling author and international motivational speaker, Qualman attended Michigan State University as an undergrad and McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas as a graduate student.

"I was a manager for the MSU basketball team, and when a player was sick or hurt I got to sub in and practice with the team," he said. "One day I subbed in and got an elbow to the face and four of my teeth knocked out. I told the trainer I was fine and continued to play. Coach Izzo saw my grit and grind and offered me a scholarship. The moral of the story is never underestimate yourself and stay true to who you are and want to be."

As the world continues to connect and interact online, you are constantly creating a digital reputation, Qualman says. Now is a great time to take advantage of and learn all the social world has to offer by creating a positive digital reputation.

"Simplify what makes you your unique you," Qualman said. "Success is a choice. With all these digital tools, there are no more gatekeepers. If you want to achieve it, you can. It all starts with your digital reputation."

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Photo: https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Media-Services/Submitted-Photos/Staff-Uploads/i-GgLZVhr/0/dd00f88c/O/ErikQualman.jpg -- Erik Qualman

Writer and media contact: Antonio Turner, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, aturner41@sycamores.indstate.edu or 812-237-3773

 

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Known as the digital Dale Carnegie, Erik Qualman will be showcasing five habits that drive success and happiness in the digital world at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Tilson Auditorium on the Indiana State University campus.

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