(So)(Co) Sit Down with Peter Shankman

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! In 2011, Peter Shankman tweeted Morton's Steakhouse asking them to meet him with a steak at Newark Airport when he landed. And guess what, they did. Absolutely genius. That day confirmed for me how social media could be used for customer service. You can read more about that story here

I've continued to follow Peter Shankman and his different businesses over the years. Are you a HARO user? Yes, Peter is the founder of that brilliant concept. I am fascinated by his creative and unique ways of using social media.



How do you spend your days?

Speaking, writing, consulting, playing with my daughter, skydiving, exercising, having fun.

What are three things you are grateful for?

My family, my love for being on stage, and that I get to do fun stuff every single day.

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Hugely introverted extrovert.

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

I make a pretty amazing vegetarian lasagna.

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

The Blue Day Book by Trevor Greive. It's a book about making yourself happy. You know I love that book if I choose that one over my four best-sellers.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Say a "thank you" to the universe for giving me another day to be amazing.

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

I'd like to eat healthier. Working on it.

What does being healthy mean to you?

Having the ability to keep up with my daughter.

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle?

My cholesterol is super-high, so I'm eating better to fix that. Also trying to lose some more weight to make my running easier.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Defying Gravity, from the Broadway show Wicked

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

"If you can't change the people around you, change the people around you."

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

Jeans and a t-shirt. It's my uniform.

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”

Not care what others think.

What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community? (business, upcoming event, book launch, new product etc.)?

I blog at shankman.com, and am always up for meeting new people in my travels. www.zombieloyalists.com is my latest book

Peter Shankman blames ADHD for most of his success. He's best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and as the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc. a boutique social media, marketing and customer service strategy firm located in New York City with clients including American Express, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Walt Disney World and many more. In his little spare time he is a NASA Advisory Board member, angel investor with multiple start-ups, sub-4 marathon runner, Ironman and B-licensed skydiver. A tweet of his was voted one of the top 10 Tweets of 2011 by ABC News and Twitter. He lives in New York City, and recently authored the bestselling book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans.  You can find out more about Peter Shankman on his website: http://shankman.com.

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