In this episode of Let’s Talk Leadership, I’m in conversation with Deb Brown, from Webster, Iowa. Deb shares stories and advice on social media, working and living in a small town and creating the kind of community you want to live in. You might recognize her online as @debworks. She grew up in a town of 141 people, Geneva, Iowa. She loves to tell stories and share real world examples of how people are changing their small town into the kind of place the community wants to live, work and play in.
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What We Talked About
We talked about leadership in small towns – and in neighbourhoods in big towns and cities. We swapped stories of communities, in Deb’s part of the world and in mine, who are leading by just getting together, sharing ideas freely and then doing: stories that include how the community saved the Webster City movie theater and made it a profitable concern again.
Some Deb Brown Pearls of Wisdom
Because of technology and where we are in the world today, leadership looks totally different and could look even better, if we all came to realize that there are no leaders. The crowd is in control.
The new way of leadership is very informal. You just gather your crowd…All of you get together.
One of my principles, in building possibility, is to tell your story. And tell it again. And tell it again.
In a small town “you have the opportunity to make a difference”.
SaveYour.Town is a partnership with Deb Brown and Becky McCray where they share their passion for small towns and share practical advice on how to shape a brighter future for your small town. They are both great ideas people and sharers. They speak, sometimes together, sometimes individually, at a range of events. You want to give your event participants a memorable experience? Do yourself and your community a favor and get in touch with them (that’s me, Des, talking, not their words and they are not paying me for those words 🙂 ). And remember, it’s not dot com, it’s dot Town.
Deb’s programs on small business, what to do with empty buildings, customer service, marketing and economic development have been received by chambers, economic developers, tourism specialists, museum experts, business groups, and small town conferences. Deb has keynoted at Rural X Summit, TEDx Brookings, Michigan Rural Economic Development Conference, Roscommon County Michigan, Central Iowa Tourism Annual Meeting, Milbank South Dakota Chamber Annual Dinner and several 140 Character Conferences, to name a few.
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