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Clint Warren and the Gift of True Connection

Guest post by Mary Agnes Antonopoulos, Social Media Strategist and Podcast Expert

On May 18th, a small group of Clint’s friends and expert contacts will offer a 3 hour training on marketing as a fundraiser to Clint’s favorite charity, Operation Hope. Please join us and help us support Operation Hope – and help us continue the legacy of teaching that Clint offered us all.

Clint and I were connected, deeply, from the very first conversation we ever had. I can remember standing in the hotel where I was staying and surrendering my wish to be impressive to him, and deciding to just BE. I chose to take the risk to be courageously honest and share what was coming up for me. And so I told Clint about feeling like a fraud. That despite all of my hard work, vast knowledge about social media and savvy strategic mind, there were times that I stood in terror that the world at large would figure out I was faking it.

And in that conversation was a world of “I get it” and “Wow, right?” We understood one another on a super deep level. For myself, I think part of it was we had both experienced addiction, and what goes along with addiction IS a fake front that you put out to the world. Recovering from THAT is always a one day at a time job. Knowing that you are genuine and amazing – and NOT a fraud.

Gratefully, Clint knew that about me from those first few minutes, and his caring and support helped me through that patch of doubt. What would come next? I began to make decisions from a place of confidence – more than I ever had before, and I took the risk to show up as an expert. I stopped thinking about what I did not know, and started to acknowledge how much specific expertise I brought to strategic thinking around audience development, social platforms and brand / voice presentation.

And then I invited all of Clint’s community to join me in what I would share about those topics. Thus began, for me, a LOVE AFFAIR with Clint’s community. For one thing, we are local. We can actually meet face to face, in a world that has become far too virtual and much too little reality. In my opinion. The support we brought one another at Clint’s events was stellar, and we would need it later, when we lost him.

The thing I am moved by every day, however, is not the absence of Clint – but the PRESENCE of Clint. That the connections he offered us – as a community – have not wavered even a bit. Recently I was trying to remember who a specific woman was… she had taught me something right after the event, something about mindset. It was very, very powerful. But I could not remember her name at all. After days of frustration, it occurred to me that if I met her at a Clint Warren event, perhaps they were connected, and so I went to his Facebook page, and there she was – a friend on Facebook.

What’s my point in all of this? It is this: What we build, even the small things, is our legacy. Even a group of friends on Facebook is still Clint’s tie to keep us all connected. It is a thread through time to remind us that ALL of it matters – but the people, and the caring and sincere support, matter the most.

On May 18th, a small group of Clint’s friends and expert contacts will offer a 3 hour training on marketing as a fundraiser to Clint’s favorite charity, Operation Hope. Please join us and help us support Operation Hope – and as a vehicle to continue the legacy of teaching that Clint offered us all.

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1 Comment

  1. Julio

    Well said Mary Agnes. As I said early on, even in death, Clint continues to teach me. I miss our friend, but I know he’s close.

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