Matt Gershoff is one of the smartest and most delightful people in our space. He’s been on the show multiple times, and he continues to be the spirit animal for various of the co-hosts. Back at Superweek 2018, Moe had lunch with Matt and, following the meal — which was a stimulating and informative discussion! — she made an offhand comment that she had just been “mattgershoffed.” Tim had a presentation he was doing the following morning, so, being Tim, he introduced the “#mattgershoffed” hashtag at that time. Since then, many people in the industry have recognized that they have been #mattgershoffed, and it’s become a minor meme. It might even be the most significant impact the podcast has had on the industry!
So, while no formal definition has yet been accepted by any reputable authority, the general consensus of the podcast co-hosts is that being #mattgershoffed is: the experience of having a deep and profound concept explained to you by Matt Gershoff, which you initially follow along with, but, then, the more he talks, the more you start to realize that you’re one level removed from actually understanding the topic like you thought you were going to. But, rather than being frustrated, you find yourself just delighted by his delivery of the information, and you walk away with a mix of pleasure, confusion, dizziness, and the idea that you’re a little bit smarter than you were 15 minutes ago, but you know you’re not nearly as much smarter as Matt was hoping to make you.
If you’d like to be #mattgershoffed yourself, we highly encourage it! Try to find a conference he’ll be speaking at and attend, and/or, as a weak substitute, check out the Conductrics blog.