This post was written by guest writer Bradley Will.
Bradley is an entrepreneur, Social Media Strategist and the Online Social Community Evangelist for Nextvoice247. He is an active leader in the Gen-Y entrepreneurial community.
The possibilities and connections that can manifest through Twitter are tremendous. Though your fingertips, you have access to a variety of celebrities, authors, thought leaders, athletes, musicians and business leaders. Here, we are going to focus on the people who help us grow. Below is a list of 100+ great Authors who are active in the Twittersphere. These Authors have not only written excellent books, they continuously provide value to their friends and followers through their Twitter stream.
We have also linked up their blogs/websites and books they have written which are great resources for emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs, or anyone for that matter. Don't forget to follow Bradley on Twitter or to register and join the Nextvoice247 community. Please share and enjoy!
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Career (9 authors)
Anne Brown | @GradtoGreat | Follower Count: 1,500+
Author of: Grad to Great
Why you should follow: Anne is a former journalist who became involved in writing about career development and success strategies. Anne has worked for universities, non-profits, start-ups, and large corporations before becoming the full-time editor of GradtoGreat.com.
Dan Schawbel | @danschawbel | Follower Count: 25,000+
Author of: Me 2.0
Why you should follow: Dan Schawbel is the leading personal branding expert for Gen-Y as well as the publisher of both the award winning Personal Branding Blog and Personal Branding Magazine.
Daniel Pink | @danielpink | Follower Count: 6,900+
Author of: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need
Why you should follow: Dan recently wrote the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known. His last job was in the White House serving as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. Now Dan's articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor.
Jonathan Fields | @jonathanfields | Follower Count: 14,600+
Author of: Career Renegade
Why you should follow: Jonathan is a mega-firm lawyer turned successful lifestyle entrepreneur, blogger and writer who shows you how to turn your passion-whether it's cooking or copy-writing, teaching or playing video games-into a better payday and a richly satisfying life.
Kirsten Dixson | @kirstendixson | Follower Count: 1,200+
Author of: Career Distinction
Why you should follow: Kirsten helps people leverage web technologies to increase their career success. Sheís a forward-thinking career strategist who truly gets that personal Googling and online social networking now impact how we are perceived professionally, and she gives us the practical knowledge and resources to build our own online identities.
Lindsey Pollak | @lindseypollak | Follower Count: 3,200+
Author of: Getting From College to Career
Why you should follow: Lindsey is a bestselling author, speaker and consultant specializing in Generation Y career and workplace issues. She has a decade of experience teaching young professionals how to build successful careers and advising organizations on how to maximize the potential of the new workforce.
Penelope Trunk | @penelopetrunk | Follower Count: 15,500+
Author of: Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
Why you should follow: Penelope is the founder of 3 startups -- most recently, Brazen Careerist, a web service to help companies find candidates. Her career advice appears in more than 200 newspapers and magazines including Time magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe.
Stanley Bing | @stanbing | Follower Count: 100+
Author of: Crazy Bosses: Spotting Them, Serving Them, Surviving Them
Why you should follow: Stanley is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author. By day, he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is probably known to you.
William Arruda | @williamarruda | Follower Count: 600+
Author of: Career Distinction
Why you should follow: William has twenty years' experience in corporate branding and his clients have dubbed William the 'Personal Branding Guru.' As a thought-leader, William is a sought after spokesperson on personal branding, on-line identity and career management. He has a passion for human potential and is driven by an avid pursuit of innovation.
Entrepreneurship/General Business (8 authors)
Dondi Scumaci | @dondiscumaci | Follower Count: 1,500+
Author of: Designed For Success
Why you should follow: Dondi is frequently requested for strategic design sessions, management retreats, professional conferences, executive coaching, and keynote presentations. Her presentations are designed to deliver solid, actionable disciplines and her seminars and keynotes have made a positive, lasting impact on corporations worldwide.
Donna Fenn | @donnafenn | Follower Count: 2,000+
Author of: Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack
Why you should follow: Donna is a contributing editor at Inc., The Daily Resource for Entrepreneurs. She is currently working on a new book about Generation Y entrepreneurs for. Her work has appeared in Inc., The New York Times, Newsweek, The Associated Press, Pink, The Washington Monthly, Working Woman, Working Mother, CFO, and Corporate Finance.
Donny Deutsch | @Donny_Deutsch | Follower Count: 3,600+
Author of: The Big Idea
Why you should follow: Donny is the host of The Entrepreneurs, a primetime special on CNBC profiling the success stories of America's entrepreneurs. Donny has interviewed everyone from budding entrepreneurs to Billionaires, discovering their secrets to success and showing YOU how to turn your idea into a BIG IDEA.
Jack Covert | @jackcovert | Follower Count: 400+
Author of: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time
Why you should follow: Jack is the founder of and chief mentor for 800-CEO-READ, now an independent company, but longtime partner of the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. Hired twenty-five years ago by the late David Schwartz to promote business and computer books to the Milwaukee business community, Jack used his considerable sales skills and innate business acumen to grow that 3-shelf business section into a 7 million dollar specialty business book retailer.
Mike Michalowicz | @TPEntrepreneur | Follower Count: 6,500+
Author of: The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur
Why you should follow: Mike helps aspiring entrepreneurs become industry leaders. He is the host of the brand new business reality show, Bailout! and a guest lecturer for collegiate entrepreneurial programs such as Boston College, Columbia, Harvard, Penn State, Pepperdine and Princeton.
Richard Branson | @richardbranson | Follower Count: 124,000+
Author of: Losing My Virginity and Business Stripped Bare
Why you should follow:: Richard is a flamboyant British entrepreneur with a seemingly insatiable appetite for starting new businesses. His internationally recognized brand "Virgin" is splashed across everything from credit cards, to airlines and music "megastores". Branson is continuously seeking new business opportunities and loves a good challenge, especially when he enters a market that is dominated by a few major players.
Tim Ferriss | @tferriss | Follower Count: 45,800+
Author of: The 4-Hour Workweek
Why you should follow: Tim is an angel investor nominated as one of Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Business People of 2007.' Once called the "Indiana Jones for the digital age," he speaks six languages and runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide. He speaks internationally about using entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.
Tina Seelig | @tseelig | Follower Count: 350+
Author of: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
Why you should follow: Tina is the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering.She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship and was recently awarded the 2009 Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.
Finance/Wealth Building (10 authors)
David Bach | @AuthorDavidBach | Follower Count: 2,000+
Author of: Automatic Millionaire
Why you should follow: David is the author of eight consecutive national bestsellers and has helped millions of people around the world take action to live and finish rich. He also is the creator of the FinishRich Seminar series, which teaches quick and easy-to-follow financial strategies that have helped more than half a million people take financial action.
James Arthur Ray | @JamesARay | Follower Count: 5,000+
Author of: Harmonic Wealth and The Science of Success
Why you should follow: James is transforming the way the world thinks. Called "The Rock Star of Personal Transformation" by the press, James is a "World Thought Leader" who has traveled the globe devoting over two decades to studying the thoughts, actions, and habits of those who create true wealth in every area of their life.
Joe Vitale | @mrfire | Follower Count: 10,500+
Author of: The Attraction Factor
Why you should follow: Joe is a certified Metaphysical practitioner, a certified Chi Kung healer, a certified hypnotherapist, Law of Attraction expert, Life Coach and creator of Joe Vitale Miracles Coaching. He was also featured in the hit DVD, The Secret.
Loral Langemeier | @loral | Follower Count: 4,200+
Author of: The Millionaire Maker
Why you should follow: Loral is known as an expert, visionary, and passionate advocate of women and families. She has built her career around helping people master money management and achieve financial stability and independence.
Marc Warnke | @marcwarnke | Follower Count: 29,700+
Author of: Options Not Obligations
Why you should follow: Marc is a "Family First Entrepreneur" who helps people balance relationships and family while creating wealth within a business system.
Mark Victor Hansen | @MarkVHansen | Follower Count: 10,800+
Author of: The One Minute Millionaire
Why you should follow: Mark captures his audience's attention as well as their hearts. With his one-of-a-kind technique and masterful authority of his work, time and again he continues to receive high accolades from his audiences as one of the most dynamic and compelling speakers of our time. He is also the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.
Robert G. Allen | @BestSellerBob | Follower Count: 25,100+
Author of: Multiple Streams of Income
Why you should follow: Robert is known as one of the most influential investment advisors of all time. He is popular talk-show guest and has appeared on hundreds of programs, including "Good Morning America" and "Larry King Live."
Robert Kiyosaki | @theRealKiyosaki | Follower Count: 9,300+
Author of: Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant
Why you should follow: Robert has risen to fame as a motivational author and speaker in the areas of personal finance, real estate, investing and business. His Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books have sold millions of copies worldwide and through his education programs he is reaching thousands of students with his financial messages.
Suze Orman | @SuzeOrmanShow | Follower Count: 72,000+
Author of: Women & Money
Why you should follow: Suze is a financial advisor, and television personality who has given thousands of speeches and talks both on and off television on the subject of credit, investments and banking. She has amassed a large following due to her own investment success and easy-to-follow financial strategies designed for average individuals.
T. Harv Eker | @T_Harv_Eker | Follower Count: 2,700+
Author of: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Why you should follow: T. Harv went from zero to millionaire in only 2 1/2 years. He combines a unique brand of 'street-smarts with heart'. He is the founder and president of Peak Potentials Training, the fastest growing personal development company in North America.
Leadership/Management (18 authors)
Aubrey Daniels | @AubreyDaniels | Follower Count: 150+
Author of: Bringing Out the Best in People
Why you should follow: Aubrey is the world's foremost authority on applying the scientifically-proven laws of human behavior to the workplace. He is passionate thought leader and an internationally recognized expert on management, leadership, and workplace issues. His mission is to help people and organizations apply these principles to optimize performance and sustain success.
Brian Tracy | @BrianTracy | Follower Count: 2,700+
Author of: Maximum Achievement and Eat That Frog
Why you should follow: Brian has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide
Chris Brady | @bradymachine | Follower Count: 9,700+
Author of: Launching a Leadership Revolution
Why you should follow: Chris is a businessman, author, speaker, humorist, father, and mentor. Combining passion and clean humor, his entertaining communication style has won him fans across age groups and genres. He has appeared on stages around the world teaching leadership principles and success.
Dave Lakhani | @davelakhani | Follower Count: 13,700+
Author of: Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want
Why you should follow: Dave has been described as a "Marketing Genius","Business Acceleration Strategist" and "Multipreneur" by his peers and the media. He has been responsible for developing dynamic strategies driving record breaking growth and increases in sales in more than 500 businesses in the past 10 years.
Harvey Mackay | @HarveyMackay | Follower Count: 150+
Author of: Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
Why you should follow: Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate, whose weekly articles appear in 52 newspapers around the United States. He is the chairman of MackayMitchell Envelope Company, which is one of the nation's major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day
Jack Welch | @jack_welch | Follower Count: 257,000+
Author of: Winning
Why you should follow: Jack is a business writer of a weekly column The Welch Way, which appears in BusinessWeek, reaching more than 8 million readers. He is a contributor on a variety of television network business shows and teaches a leadership course at MIT.
Jeff Jarvis | @jeffjarvis | Follower Count: 19,000+
Author of: What Would Google Do?
Why you should follow: Jeff blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York's new Graduate School of Journalism.
John Di Lemme | @John_Di_Lemme | Follower Count: 8,500+
Author of: Champions Are Born, Losers Are Made
Why you should follow: John has changed lives around the globe as an international motivational speaker. He founded Di Lemme Development Group, Inc., a company known worldwide for its role in expanding the personal development industry. He truly believes that everyone needs personal development to reach their full potential in life.
John C. Maxwell | @johncmaxwell | Follower Count: 23,800+
Author of: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Why you should follow: John is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author selling over 16 million books and named a top 25 authors/artists named on Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame . His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide
Ken Blanchard | @kenblanchard | Follower Count: 500+
Author of: The One-Minute Manager
Why you should follow: Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.
Leo Babauta | @zen_habits | Follower Count: 20,300+
Author of: The Power of Less
Why you should follow: Leo is a family-man and authors Zen Habits, one of the Top 100 blogs on the internet. He writes about achieving goals, productivity, being organized, motivation, eliminating debt, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits.
Mike Myatt | @mikemyatt | Follower Count: 300+
Author of: Leadership Matters...The CEO Survival Manual
Why you should follow: Mike runs an advisory practice which focuses on personal branding, coaching and mentoring for CEO's, entrepreneurs and other public figures. He is also a syndicated columnist and contributing editor on topics of business, leadership and branding,
Neil Ducoff | @nducoff | Follower Count: 2,600+
Author of: No-Compromise Leadership
Why you should follow: Neil has epitomized the 'no-compromise' mantra throughout his career as a business trainer, keynote speaker and author, as he's coached business leaders and entrepreneurs to achieve the highest levels of success and profitability, while creating a positive, rewarding workplace.
Nick Tasler | @nicktasler | Follower Count: 250+
Author of: The Impulse Factor
Why you should follow: Nick is the director of research and development for think tank and consultancy TalentSmart, a company which builds talent and skills for many Fortune 500 companies.
Orrin Woodward | @Orrin_Woodward | Follower Count: 50,500+
Author of: Launching a Leadership Revolution
Why you should follow: Orrin speaks on leadership and personal growth across the globe. His highly popular leadership blog has received international acclaim as an Alltop Leadership Selection, HR's Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership.
Rajeev Dewan | @rajeevdewan | Follower Count: 200+
Author of: Be.Do.Live.
Why you should follow: Rajeev served 14 years in senior roles at Accenture, a Global Management Consulting firm. He currently focuses on helping individuals and organizations achieve and sustain peak performance in his roles as a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach to CEOs and Senior Executives and Facilitator with the international FranklinCovey Group.
Roxanne Emmerich | @RoxanneEmmerich | Follower Count: 300+
Author of: Thank God It's Monday
Why you should follow: Roxanne is a three-time Entrepreneur of the Year and is listed by Sales and Marketing Management magazine as one of the 12 most requested speakers in the country for her ability to transform negative workplace performance and environments into "bring it on" results-oriented cultures.
Stephen R. Covey | @StephenRCovey | Follower Count: 9,100+
Author of: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First.
Why you should follow: Steven Covey is recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions. Dr. Covey's books have sold an impressive 20 million+ copies.
Personal/Spiritual Growth (23 authors)
Andy Andrews | @AndyAndrews | Follower Count: 3,200+
Author of: The Noticer
Why you should follow: Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents.
Claire Shipman | @ClaireShipman | Follower Count: 1,100+
Author of: Womenomics
Why you should follow: Claire Shipman is Good Morning America's Senior National Correspondent. She covers everything from politics to international affairs to family issues.
David Allen | @gtdguy | Follower Count: 550,000+
Author of: Getting Things Done
Why you should follow: David has developed and implemented productivity improvement programs for over a million professionals in hundreds of organizations worldwide, including many Fortune 500 corporations and U.S. Government agencies.
Deepak Chopra | @Deepak_Chopra | Follower Count: 39,000+
Author of: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and The Book of Secrets
Why you should follow: Deepak is the author of more than fifty books. He is the Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. He is a co-founder and President of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.
Don Hutson | @DonHutsonLive | Follower Count: 1,500+
Author of: The Contented Achiever
Why you should follow: Don has been in the business of making people believe they can do better and giving them the skills to do it. He energizes audiences into action and is known for delivering real solutions for business professionals.
Frank McKinney | @FrankMcKinney | Follower Count: 150+
Author of: The Tap
Why you should follow: Frank is a Maverick Daredevil Real Estate "artist"; super hero meets Robin Hood, 5-time international best-selling author; philanthropist, risk taker and visionary who sees opportunities and creates markets where none existed before.
Jack Canfield | @J_Canfield | Follower Count: 7,600+
Author of: The Success Principals
Why you should follow: Jack is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print. He also founded The Transformational Leadership Council, a group of thought leaders, speakers, authors, coaches and other leaders in the fields of personal and professional development. His passion is teaching people to love themselves and to pursue their dreams with passion.
Jack M. Zufelt | @JackMZufelt | Follower Count: 1,500+
Author of: The DNA of Success
Why you should follow: Jack was honored by the United States Senate for teaching Americans how to achieve better results in their personal lives and careers. He is a successful speaker and business consultant who conducts seminars and customized training programs as well as life-changing weekend retreats all over the world.
Joanna Garzilli | @joannagarzilli | Follower Count: 4,500+
Author of: Unleash the Psychic In You
Why you should follow: Joanna went from a failed relationship, that resulted in tremendous financial hardship and low self esteem to a happily married, highly sought after psychic medium, TV personality, author and motivational speaker; helping people worldwide to tune in and trust their intuition.
John Assaraf | @JohnAssaraf | Follower Count: 4,300+
Author of: Having It All and The Answer
Why you should follow: John risked the consequences of a turbulent lifestyle that could have easily led to jail or to the morgue. Today John shares the passion to live a purposeful and meaningful life with audiences worldwide. He is one of the experts featured in the worldwide phenomenon hit film and book The Secret.
Julie Morgenstern | @JulieMorganizer | Follower Count: 2,100+
Author of: Organizing From the Inside Out
Why you should follow: Julie is dubbed the "queen of putting people's lives in order" by USA Today, is an organizing and time management expert, productivity consultant, and speaker. She is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.
Keith Ferrazzi | @keithferrazzi | Follower Count: 4,300+
Author of: Never Eat Alone
Why you should follow: Keith counsels the world's top enterprises on how to dramatically accelerate the development of business relationships to drive sales, spark innovation, and create team cohesion. As a thought leader and advocate for corporate citizenship, he has rallied executives around initiatives to improve healthcare and education nationwide.
Keith Harrell | @keithharrell | Follower Count: 100+
Author of: Attitude is Everything
Why you should follow: Keith is known across corporate America for his energetic, innovative presentations. His unique style of delivery, solid content, and practical application, spiced with the right amount of humor, leaves his audiences ready to take action! Keith speaks from his own leadership experience and what he has gleaned through his interaction with some of the world's most respected business leaders.
Kevin Hall | @KevinHall_words | Follower Count: 4,300+
Author of: Aspire! Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words
Why you should follow: Kevin Hall has a groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden and often secret meanings of words and their effects on our personal and professional lives. He has come to be one of the most successful executive coaches and consultants to some of the world's leading businesses.
Les Brown | @MRLESBROWN | Follower Count: 170+
Author of: Live Your Dreams
Why you should follow: Les has a mission to help people become uncomfortable with their mediocrity and to be the catalyst that enables them to see themselves having more and achieving more. His straight-from-the-heart, high-energy, passionate message motivates and engages all audiences to step into their greatness.
Libby Gill | @libbygill | Follower Count: 1,000+
Author of: Traveling Hopefully
Why you should follow: Libby Gill spent fifteen years heading public relations and corporate communications at Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting. She was also the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show. Libby is now an internationally respected executive coach and speaker.
Lisa Nichols | @2motivate | Follower Count: 7,500+
Author of: No Matter What
Why you should follow: Lisa is one of the featured teachers of The Secret. Her powerful message of personal empowerment has helped thousands of people make significant, positive changes in their lives.
Marianne Williamson | @marwilliamson | Follower Count: 7,300+
Author of: Imagine: What American Could Be in the 21st Century
Why you should follow: Marianne is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. She does a daily podcast on Oprah.com called MiracleThought and hosts a weekly radio show on Oprah and Friends. In 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named Marianne one of the fifty most influential baby boomers.
Paulo Coelho | @paulocoelho | Follower Count: 39,000+
Author of: The Alchemist
Why you should follow: Paulo is not only one of the most widely read, but also one of the most influential authors writing today. The Alchemist was one of the most important literary phenomena of the 20th century. It reaches the first place in bestselling lists in 74 countries, and so far has sold 35 million copies. This book also brought the author in 2008 the Guinness World Record for most translated book in the world (67 languages). He is a Messenger of Peace for the UN.
Steve Pavlina | @stevepavlina | Follower Count: 7,500+
Author of: Personal Development for Smart People
Why you should follow: Steve Pavlina is a successful personal development bloggers, attracting more than two million monthly readers to his website. He has written 700+ articles on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality.
Suzy Welch | @SuzyWelch | Follower Count: 6,900+
Author of: 10-10-10: A Transforming Idea
Why you should follow: Suzy is a commentator, and business journalist. She writes a weekly column, The Welch Way, which appears in BusinessWeek and is a columnist for O - The Oprah Magazine, where she writes frequently about balancing work and life, as well as the delicate art of managing career challenges.
Tony Robbins | @tonyrobbins | Follower Count: 750,000+
Author of: Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power
Why you should follow: Tony is a recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors. He has been honored by Accenture as one of the 'Top 50 Business Intellectuals in the World'.
Wayne Dyer | @DrWayneWDyer | Follower Count: 2,000+
Author of: Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life
Why you should follow: Wayne is affectionately called the 'father of motivation' by his fans. He is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's written over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
Sales/Marketing (19 authors)
Al Lautenslag | @GMarketingGuy | Follower Count: 5,000+
Author of: Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days
Why you should follow: Andy is a marketing guru who founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. He teaches Word of Mouth Marketing at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Andy Sernovitz | @sernovitz | Follower Count: 10,000+
Author of: Word of Mouth Marketing
Why you should follow: Andy is a marketing guru who founded the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. He teaches Word of Mouth Marketing at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Bob Burg | @BobBurg | Follower Count: 4,800+
Author of: Endless Referrals and The Go-Giver
Why you should follow: Bob Burg is a highly sought-after speaker at corporate, financial services and direct sales conventions. Combining humor and entertainment with easily applied, proven systems for personal marketing, audiences come away ready to immediately profit from Bobís instruction and coaching.
Bruce Turkel | @BruceTurkel | Follower Count: 1,400+
Author of: Building Brand Value
Why you should follow: Bruce Turkel believes that marketing should be well-designed, simple, and should make a clientís products and services more valuable. Using this straightforward approach, Bruce has helped hundreds of clients, written thousands of headlines, and designed even more print ads, television spots, websites, and campaigns.
C. J. Hayden | @CJHayden | Follower Count: 1,200+
Author of: Get Clients Now!
Why you should follow: C.J. is a business coach, consultant, and trusted advisor for entrepreneurs and professionals. She specializes in helping social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders launch and sustain successful ventures to effect social change.
Chris Anderson | @chr1sa | Follower Count: 9,700+
Author of: The Long Tail
Why you should follow: Chris Anderson is a college dropout turned editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine. He coined the phrase The Long Tail in an acclaimed Wired article, which he expanded upon in the book The Long Tail. He is the chairman of a new startup, BookTour.com.
Guy Kawasaki | @GuyKawasaki | Follower Count: 135,000+
Author of: Reality Check and The Art of the Start
Why you should follow: Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop, an early-stage venture capital firm, and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984 and is noted for bringing the concept of evangelism to the high-tech business, focusing on creating passionate user-advocates for the Apple brand.
Hugh MacLeod | @gapingvoid | Follower Count: 16,700+
Author of: Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Why you should follow: Hugh is a cartoonist, who makes his living publishing fine art prints via the internet. After a decade of working as an advertising copywriter, he has become well known for his ideas about how "Web 2.0" affects advertising and marketing.
Jeffrey Gitomer | @gitomer | Follower Count: 6,400+
Author of: Little Red Book of Selling
Why you should follow: Jeffrey is a creative, on-the-edge, writer and speaker whose expertise on sales, customer loyalty, and personal development is world renowned. He is known for presentations, seminars and keynote addresses that are funny, insightful, and in your face.
John Gerzema | @johngerzema | Follower Count: 1,100+
Author of: The Brand Bubble
Why you should follow: John oversees brand strategy including its planning departments worldwide and its proprietary brand study, Brand Asset Valuator. He is recognized as one of America's early founders of Account Planning. John had led the global brand strategy of many great companies including Holiday Inn Express.
John Jantsch | @ducttape | Follower Count: 17,400+
Author of: Duct Tape Marketing
Why you should follow: John has been called the World's Most Practical Small Business Expert for delivering real-world, proven small business marketing ideas and strategies. He is a marketing and digital technology coach and an award winning social media publisher. His blog was chosen as "Best Small Business Marketing Blog" from 2004-06 by the readers of Marketing Sherpa.
John David Mann | @johndavidmann | Follower Count: 900+
Author of: The Go-Giver and The Zen of MLM
Why you should follow: John is a former concert cellist, prize-winning composer, editor and journalist, multimillion-dollar-earning network marketer, bestselling author and serial entrepreneur. He has been writing about leadership and the laws of success for twenty years.
Keith Rosen | @KeithRosen | Follower Count: 2,000+
Author of: Coaching Salespeople Into Sales Champions
Why you should follow: Keith is an Executive Sales Coach that top salespeople and managers call first to develop a team of top selling sales champions. Over the last twenty years, he has successfully coached more salespeople and managers than any other coach on the planet and is one of the foremost authorities on coaching people to achieve positive, measurable change.
Malcolm Gladwell | @Gladwell | Follower Count: 22,000+
Author of: Outliers and The Tipping Point
Why you should follow: Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
Marc A. Pitman | @marcapitman | Follower Count: 4,200+
Author of: Book Yourself Solid
Why you should follow: Marc helps individuals and organizations raise more money than they ever thought possible. He is Internationally recognized by such organizations as Reuters, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the American Marketing Association as a thought leader.
Mark Simmons & Richard Laermer | @laermer| Follower Count: 5600+
Author of: Punk Marketing: Get off Your Ass and Join the Revolution
Why you should follow: Richard is an expert in marketing and media and a former magazine and newspaper journalist. Mark is the leading authority on Punk Marketing. Over an 18-year career on both sides of the Atlantic, he helped make Coca-Cola a household name.
Michael Port | @michaelport | Follower Count: 3,500+
Author of: Think Big Manifesto
Why you should follow: Michael began as an actor on Sex and the City, All My Children, Guiding Light, The Pelican Brief and turned into what The Wall Street Journal call, a ìmarketing guru.î He now operates a well respected coaching programs for small business owners.
Randy Gage | @Randy_Gage | Follower Count: 11,300+
Author of: Why Your Dumb, Sick & Broke
Why you should follow: Randy Gage is a former high school dropout who is now know as "The Millionaire Messiah," because he believes that you are meant to be rich, and it is a sin to be poor! For 20+ years, he has been helping people transform self-limiting beliefs into self-fulfilling breakthroughs to achieve their dreams.
Rohit Bhargava | @RohitBhargava | Follower Count: 9,600+
Author of: Personality Not Included
Why you should follow: Rohit is a founding member of the 360 Digital Influence group at Ogilvy and publishes the Influential Marketing blog, ranked among the top 50 marketing blogs in the world.
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Charlene Li | @charleneli | Follower Count: 17,000+
Author of: Groundswell
Why you should follow: Carlene is an independent thought leader and blogger on emerging technologies, with a specific focus on social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. She is a much-sought after public speaker and has presented frequently at top technology conferences such as Web 2.0 Expo, SXSW, and adTech.
Darren Rowse | @problogger | Follower Count: 66,000+
Author of: Problogger
Why you should follow: Darren is the founded ProBlogger-a site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and add income streams to their blogs.
Dave Evans | @evansdave | Follower Count: 4,500+
Author of: Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day
Why you should follow: Dave is the co-founder of HearThis.com, a podcasting service firm focused on social media and marketing. Working alongside his clients, Dave develops an effective, measured approach to using social media and achieving organizational and business goals.
David Meerman Scott | @dmscott | Follower Count: 18,600+
Author of: The New Rules of Marketing and PR
Why you should follow: David is a recovering VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies turned author, marketing strategist, keynote speaker and seminar leader.
Don Tapscott | @dtapscott | Follower Count: 5,500+
Author of: Wikinomics: How Collaboration Changes Everything
Why you should follow: Don is one of the worldís leading authorities on business strategy, with emphasis on how information technology changes business, government and society.
Howard Rheingold | @hrheingold | Follower Count: 11,600+
Author of: Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
Why you should follow: Howard is internationally syndicated author of the weekly Tomorrow column and editor of best-seller The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, takes audiences on a journey through the human side of the technology-shaped future. He shows his audiences a real-time, real-life, uncensored glimpse of the new cultures and societies emerging online and on the street.
Jeff Howe | @Crowdsourcing | Follower Count: 2,500+
Author of: Crowdsourcing
Why you should follow: Jeff Howe is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covers the media and entertainment industry, among other subjects. He also blogs about why the crowd is driving the future of business.
Joel Comm | @joelcomm | Follower Count: 66,500+
Author of: Twitter Power and The Adsense Code
Why you should follow: Joel is an Internet entrepreneur and a leading voice in Social Media who has been online for over 20 years. Joel is the co-creator of ClassicGames.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 1997, and now goes by the name Yahoo! Games.
Josh Bernoff | @jbernoff | Follower Count: 6,300+
Author of: Groundswell
Why you should follow: Josh is senior vice president, idea development at Forrester Research, and is responsible for identifying, developing, and promoting some of the company's most influential and forward-looking ideas. Hiss research, analysis, and opinions appear frequently in publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Ken McArthur | @KenMcArthur | Follower Count: 6,200+
Author of: Impact
Why you should follow: Ken has built an Internet marketing career on the philosophy that partnerships and collaboration build value for everyone. By creating websites and events that foster joint ventures and cooperative efforts, he has brought a tremendous amount people together for profit and growth.
Lewis Howes | @LewisHowes | Follower Count: 6,100+
Author of: LinkedWorking
Why you should follow: Lewis is an accomplished college athlete turned public speaker, author and a LinkedIn expert. He is the founder of SportsNetworker.com and provide useful sports industry networking, sports marketing, and sports sponsorship concepts.
Liz Lynch | @liz_lynch | Follower Count: 13,800+
Author of: Smart Networking
Why you should follow: Liz Lynch is the founder of the Center for Networking Excellence, a company that develops products, programs and seminars to help entrepreneurs and professionals get clients, build their businesses, and accelerate their careers through networking.
Scott Allen | @ScottAllen | Follower Count: 25,500+
Author of: The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online
Why you should follow: Scott Allen helps people transform virtual relationships into real business. He believes technology, but not for its own sake, can transform people's businesses, lives and communities when used effectively.
Warren Whitlock | @WarrenWhitlock | Follower Count: 36,000+
Author of: Twitter Revolution
Why you should follow: Warren Whitlock is a Book Marketing Strategist, helping authors and publishers improve the results of their online and offline marketing programs.
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