Episode #074: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

dorie clarkIf you’ve ever assumed, as I once did, that the best ideas are meant for those who get the breaks, who are smarter than you, have more money than you, or attended better schools than you did, then my guest today is about to challenge those assumptions.

In her second book called, Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, Dorie asserts that the idea that you can keep your head down, work hard, and expect to be recognized as an expert on the merits of your work, is an outdated one.

She says that to make a name for yourself, you have to be able to leverage what makes you unique; to capitalize on your own perspective and knowledge and, then, inspire those around you to listen and take action.

But figuring out how to go about this is often a difficult process. But that’s where Dorie comes in. Stand Out will not only shed light on finding the ideas that you can best speak to, but also how you can successfully build a loyal tribe to help you spread your message.

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I’m thrilled that, with your help, the Read to Lead Podcast has been nominated for Best Business Podcast in the 10th Annual Podcast Awards happening in April in Las Vegas. From March 3 through March 24, 2015, you can vote once per day for your favorite podcasts. Click the link below and look for Read to Lead under Business. Be sure to include your name and e-mail address at the bottom of the form before hitting submit.

Date: March 3, 2015—March 24, 2015
Event: 10th Annual Podcast Awards
Public: Public
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Episode #073: How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide with Susan RoAne

Susan RoAneIf you’ve ever walked into a roomful of people at a business or social event and felt uncomfortable, you are not alone.

That’s probably one of the reason why Susan RoAne’s bestseller How to Work a Room has sold over 1 million copies in 13 countries.

Today, Susan shares with us her message of connection and communication. Whether meeting people offline or online, the 25th Anniversary edition of Susan’s book can help you make a great impression every time.

This new edition is fully revised and updated to include the role of technology and social media in networking, as well as Susan’s proven tips for using digital strategies to your advantage. Plus, practical hints for starting conversations and strengthening rapport with strangers.

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Episode #072: Get BIG Things Done Through Connectional Intelligence with Erica Dhawan

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I have the pleasure this week of welcoming Erica Dhawan to the show.

Erica is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that accelerates the connectedness of employees, teams, customers and clients.

Through keynote speaking, training and consulting, she teaches business leaders and companies innovative strategies to create increasing value for customers and clients, deliver sustainable results and ensure future global competitiveness.

She writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post. And, she is the co-author (along with Saj-Nicole Joni) of Get BIG Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence.

Get Big Things Done provides the much needed answer to the yearning question of how to connect intelligently in today’s world, so that we can unleash our full human potential and accomplish remarkable results.

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Episode #071: Discover What You Were Meant to Do with Jeff Goins

Jeff GoinsToday my guest, Jeff Goins, wants to encourage you to abandon the status quo and live a life that matters.

His new book, due out March 24th, is designed to help you do just that. And when you add in the fact you can pick it up for nothing more than the cost of shipping – plus a plethora of freebies – you’ve got no excuse but to act (read on).

In his new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path for Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, Jeff sets out to describe seven common characteristics he’s identified after encountering hundreds of stories from people, just like you, who have found their calling. Each of these seven characteristics are like overlapping stages that, once started, continue for the rest of your life. Check out my interview below for more.

He’s also authored several previous books including, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big ThingWrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life and You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).

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