Testimonials from Ben's Interview with Seth Godin
Fantastic stuff. Gave us the freedom to be different and the
counterintuitive notion that practice doesn't always make for
perfect coaches. Loved his contrast with Gladwell. And loved
the practical advice about building a religion or rock band,
using blogs etc.
Outstanding session with Seth Godin! Great questions
great answers. Well worth the time. I've forwarded my notes
to colleagues and encouraged them to sign up for the encore
That was an amazing interview with Seth Godin. I was really
struck by what he said and I have since joined his blog list.
WOW What a great call today. I just finished my order at Amazon.......
a slew of Seth's books for my adult children. Thank you, Ben,
for the wonderful opportunities you offer to keep me excited
about my world and my profession!
thank you so much from across the oceans - this Q&A has
been such a gift! reading seth's books is already quite an inspiration.
"listening" to what he says... the integrity, humbleness
& wisdom in his words touched core. put the brightest smile
on my face. .....gentle gratefulness & wildly dancing snowflakes
from good old Germany,
Thank's for a great call! I was quite taken by the Seth's
matter-of-fact, truth on the table-approach. Painful to listen
to, but felt nice and refreshing afterwards, like swimming in
really cold water. Your question about introverts was very relevant
to me. Being introvert my self I've hesitated to publish my
strong opinions about where we're going and what to do about
it on the internet. I realize I have to be bold, brave and take
The interview with Seth Godin was a delight. I found him to
be candid, authentic, reflective, and self reflective......
I have subscribed to his blog, ordered his new book, and forwarded
your e-mails to a bunch of colleagues and friends. Thank you
for your kindness and generosity.
Thank you both so much for giving us a generous and authentically
honest and enlightening interview. I enjoyed it immensely, especially
because I felt you both were true to your unique feelings and
My grade: an A+. I know that he wasn't going where you may
have wanted him to go, but he told the coaches and others what
they needed to know as relates to the internet, marketing, etc.
I taught information systems at the university level for twenty
years. I know what is happening as relates to the Web, etc.
He is right on.
He reiterated my belief in--- Dare to be different---and to
think outside the box...not being a conformer...not feeling
safe all the time....I did this once...I took on the establishment...it
was great.....thanks so much for this ..
I have not heard a single interview of yours that I didn't
like and learn from.
Today's interview with Seth was no exception. He makes marketing
sound so doable giving some really valuable ways to get it done.
Not only was this one of most provocative 90 mins I've spent
on a teleclass all year, it was incredibly timely as well. 30
mins after the call ended I was on stage delivering a talk to
a room full of coaches, and in the moment I shared a couple
ideas I'd heard just minutes before - this stirred the pot nicely
My biggest takeaway: a reminder that failure is a part of the
process. I've been on the fence about taking a big, bold step
in the repositioning of my business next year, and have held
back a bit out of fear of 'not getting it right.' Seth, you
reminded me that if I wait to get it perfect, I'll never do
anything. Ready, Fire, aim, tweak, fire, aim again, etc. Thanks
for filling my bucket with a great deal of inspiration and some
After listening to Seth Godin, it is even more evident to me
why he has the following he has. He is such a brilliant out
of the box thinker, combing all his accumulated knowledge and
making it available to a larger audience. His perspective is
broad, collective, creative and humanistic. How much better
can it get, unless you do want to be "an innocent bystander"?
I enjoyed the interview with Seth Godin very much, thanks!
His name was new to me and it was fun to look at the blog and
hear his views. I'm going to investigate hoopla and skidoo.
My husband and I had a great talk about the interview and success,
This was one of the most rewarding hours I have spent in a
very long time! What a bright, articulate, open-minded individual
with advice that makes complete sense! I can not wait to read
more of his books and articles. I have already subscribed to
his blog. A few of my favorite lines, still resonating in my
brain: "What can you do by next week that people will criticize?"
I think that I have lived most of my life fearing disapproval.
Of COURSE that gets in the way! Another:"Have a cocktail
party on-line!...Is your work worth talking about?" I have
no trouble talking about my ideas, so now I just need to think
about how to write them down. And his final words were perfect
for where I am right now: "DO SOMETHING THAT MATTERS!"
hank you so much for offering this remarkable, important interview
The positiveness of Seth's message was so uplifting. His discussion
of how failure is the road to success and that failure is a
great teacher, that we need to go beyond the typical message
that our society sends us about failing and become a success
because of it, not in spite of it was very motivating. I also
found that his discussion about doing it yourself and having
a small staff that can do a lot because of the business and
routine of it, was another positive. His blogging techniques
were helpful also.
I have heard Seth before and have an unusual amount of info
about his topic (for a therapist) and I still loved the call.
He is really smart and very real. I was reminded that I want
to try and fail multiple times- had forgetten the opportunity
in that! I got to thinking about getting back to my writing
and blogging without expecting instant success. And, talked
to a friend who shared that my writing inspires her and she
wants me to keep at it. Things are a bit scary in my practice,
some days and I am really wanting a miracle. In the meantime,
I can keep writing about what I know and share my excitement
and unique pespectives. Thanks for hosting the call. I got up
early just to catch you here in CA.
A fantastic interview. And how liberating the interview was.....Seth
is wise and
real and makes things seem possible because of those traits.
Thanks for doing such a great interview. I consider this interview
a holiday treat from MentorCoach!
Thank you for arranging this interview. Seth Godin demonstrated
clearly why folks listen to him. He rephrased and reframed questions
to get at points he felt were essential to share. He regularly
used examples to demonstrate his worldview towards many of the
topics discussed. And he had a good sense of humour which kept
popping up. The element that stayed with me is that each of
us needs to find something that really matters and something
that takes us forward. And his view on how useful failures are
is really important...I will use his "If you set out to
not fail, you're doomed" comment in future. Very worthwhile
Seth is always awesome, and I appreciate that he answers the
questions in a way that he feels will bring the most value,
not always the way asked. I'm following a similar path of being
about the ideas more than the money. I could really relate to
the passion for finding those who are going out and doing the
good work needed. After ten years of doing just what he talks
about, and building my work authentic encounter by authentic
encounter, I feel like I got a nice pat on the back. Thanks
Loved this call. Didn't know what to expect. Honestly didn't
know anything about Seth. But I sure do now. As someone who
is out in the world of ideas (as OD practitioner at Intel) and
seeking to get people to think about things I want them to think
about, this was a gem
Really enjoyed the interview with Seth. Great insight and
a very inspirational, easy-going style. I like his advice and
his approach. Thanks for making it possible!
I listen to a lot (A LOT) of interviews, including a significant
proportion of your interviews with notable people with valuable
things to share, but I'd like to say here that this morning's
interview with Seth was one of the most inspiring I plan to
listen to this morning's interview again when you rebroadcast
it next week and I have raved to several friends about it, some
of whom have expressed interest in listening also.
Among all the questions asked that Seth responded to, I'd like
to single out one question from the reams of notes I frantically
scribbled that was very meaningful to me: specifically, the
question a caller emailed in about the issue of being an introvert
and how to successfully deal with that issue/(problem?) within
the context of masterminding and creating something of great
value. I loved Seth's answer, though as an introvert myself,
I felt he set the bar uncomfortably high for me. But his point
is well taken and I'm encouraged to "get over myself"
and more actively engage with life. There were so many profound
questions asked and answers given during this morning's interview
that I could go on at length, but rather will end here and thank
you for arranging this interview.
This seminar was one of the best yet. I thought that personally
emailing 100 friends for their opinion on setting up a blog,
on my website, is a stroke of genius. Why didn't I think of
that??? It's time to give it a try!
Absolutely terrific. A great view of the internet and wonderful
advice on how to build a long term business by persistently,
resiliently, courageously, and authentically being yourself
and speaking your mind. A real strengths based perspective (as
is Seth's story of making his choices to stick with his strengths).
I particularly found the point that the decision, from Seth's
perspective, is key to success. This message resonated very
strongly with me and reinforces my own current path.
I thought the interview with Seth was great. I have heard Seth
on several occasions and what I always like is his honesty and
forthrightness. He puts his thoughts and ideas out there without
worrying about political correctness. Today was no exception.
Thanks for expanding your scope of guests.
Awesome interview. I'm picking up my dormant blog with renewed
passion. I don't need to write the book first
worked for me to think that I should.
I got up early after a late night to hear him and I am sure
glad I did. He accomplished his goal of being the "generator
of ideas". He reinforce or reminded me of some things-like
building your list from your inner circle out, the value of
feedback from failures and how it helps to keep a low overheard.
I appreciated his generosity of spirit always circling back
to the intention of being a positive influence on the world.
I especially love the idea of generating thinking and how cyberspace
is changing that on an evolutionary level.
I wonder if Tiger was on the call. A few hours after the call,
Tiger announced his indefinite leave from golf! Overall, I found
the interview very stimulating.