First off, I learned who Chris Pirillo is. 😉 To tell you the truth I had no idea until Tuesday’s impromptu tweetup at The Counter at Kahala Mall. You can read about Chris’ varied history and background on his personality-infused site.
So what did I learn about Chris Pirillo? Three things.
Speed and wit. With his nerdy background and online success, Chris is obviously a smart guy, a little kooky, but a smart guy nonetheless. What impressed me was the speed of his wit. When presented with gifts or situations, he quickly adapted and imparted his own flavor to each. And he is speedily efficient with his online updates. No sooner had he gotten his Counter burger, he was video recording his custom creation (in a single take), and uploaded the video.
Give it all you got. During lunch, you couldn’t deny Chris’ zeal and enthusiasm. With everything he did, he gave it his all (and recorded it). Showcasing his Counter burger creation and the gift of Star Wars Stormtrooper Lego figures led to loads of zaniness and pictures.
And just watch him sample Zippy’s chili and saimin. Yes sir, give it all you got.
You need thick (white) skin. Being a social media maven, Chris has a ton of followers and haters. I’m sure he’s developed some very thick skin over the years to fend off the criticisms, barbs, and brutal comments. Read some harsh comments left on Chris’ video interview with Traci Toguchi who hosted Chris during his Hawaii stay. Yikes. And about that white skin… Chris is classic shark bait. Even being out in the sun with no sun screen did nothing to change his whiteness.
So there you have it, three things I learned about Chris Pirillo from a lunch tweetup.
P.S. It was fun to meet @darrennakao, @rickyli99, @tracitoguchi, @l3379lad180r, @lauriecicotello, @trulyjoannies, @kaizenhawaii, @scsdogg, @ynoelani, @alohabruce, @alohayaling in real life.Â A few of my pics from the Chris Pirillo tweetup hosted by Traci Toguchi (with a special appearance by Artie Wilson).