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Yesterday I had the honor of speaking to Gary Vaynerchuk in reference to the Global Hug Tour. I’m at the Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas and Gary was the keynote speaker (check out 44:25 on the video link). In a room of thousands, during the Q&A section after his presentation, I briefly explained the Global Hug Tour and asked him for his recommendation on how to best share our story with the world.


Gary’s thought the idea was “freakin awesome!” and said he’d personally hug everyone in the room. He went on to say that in order to get the word out, I should spend 4-7 hours a day doing whatever it takes to get this story in front of Oprah, the Today Show and other major players, because while social media is excellent too, this story also should be shared in the mainstream media, specifically with Oprah. Additionally, he recommend beating websites like the Huffington Post, Tech Crunch and Life Hack into submission until they’d cover the story.

Our team was inspired. The people in the room were inspired. After the speech Gary spent time greeting his fans and yes, sharing hugs with those that wanted them, including me. 🙂

Throughout the day many people approached me to say “Thank you” for what we’re doing with the Global Hug Tour, and to share how just hearing about it brightened their day. We were handing out hundreds of cards that said “HUG SOMEONE” and people were doing just that. It was almost if everyone had permission to hug someone else and the energy of the place shifted. The online community is already a very warm and friendly bunch but it was if another barrier between people had been removed.

At the end of the day a gentleman approached me and told me he owed me. When I asked what he meant, he reached into his backpack and pulled out a 8 x 10 photo of Gary V and himself hugging, which had only been taken earlier that morning. In spite of being at a trade show, he’d already had this printed and was proudly sharing it with others.

He went on to tell me that he believed the experience of him hugging Gary happened because we shared the Global Hug Tour. He asked me if I’d noticed a difference in the energy of the room and how the conference seemed friendlier because of the goodwill that we shared that morning. People were sharing hugs and he was grateful.

People were talking possibility.

Many asked how I can up with this idea in the first place. I shared that it came from asking a few simple questions…. “If I knew I could do anything and couldn’t fail, what’s the greatest way I could be of service in this world? What’s the biggest way I could play?”

I encouraged others to ask themselves the same questions. One guy shared that he’d always wanted to run for public office and now he was going to do just that. It was powerful to see the sparks turn on inside individuals, all because of asking a few questions and the sharing of a hug.

If this reaction is a microcosm of the effect on the world with our Global Hug Tour, we’re on to something here. If this idea can do this in a room can we duplicate it in a city or a country? Can we not only make a tangible difference through sharing of financial resources, but also through the sharing of love, hope and possibility?  I believe we can and I’m really excited to find out.

p.s. Huge thanks and bear hugs to Angie Swartz and Alan Underkofler of Square Martini Media of San Diego for spearheading the social media effort for the Global Hug Tour! You guys rock!

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Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter.

Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006.

Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love.

Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Dear Gail,

    A super article – very educative & inspiring -Thank You.

    See you on Oprah et al.

    Love & hugs,

  2. Dear Gail,

    I loved reading about your connection & sharing with Gary.

    How Hugging wonderful.

    See you on Oprah et al.

    Love& hugs,

  3. Hi Gail

    What I beleive made Gary a success, is that he Take Action for his own life. He understand that nothing ever just fall into your laps. You have got to put some Action into it. Even if it what he done didn’t work for him at least he have given it a chance. Becasue he knows that No Action = No Chance!

    He is the kind of person who say, “Why Not?”

    Thanks for a great post!

    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than No Action

  4. Gail, I was so proud of you this day while watching you walk up and ask Gary your question! You’ve done a great job conveying the story and the energy in the room. I loved seeing Gary hug you and keep hugging all the folks that came up to him after his talk. It’s my great pleasure to get to work with you on the Global Hug Tour and to know you! The momentum this tour has built in the short 8 weeks since we started has been truly amazing! I’m in awe of the tour and I can’t wait to see where it goes and all of the people around the globe that we will help and who will undeniably change our lives! Cheers to you for this fabulous idea!

  5. Gail,

    So sorry that I was not there to see this live!!! Sounds like a wonderful start to a great project that you have embarked on!! I am so proud to be a small part to the start of this with providing you the Global Hug Tour Business Cards!!! I am so glad that we connected and that I will be a part of this and see the whole growth of your vision!!!! With our country going through such a HUGE CHANGE this year it nice to see you help with that change too!!!!

    Laura Beulke
    Vertical Printing & Graphics
    Find me on Twitter @VPG_Printing

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