If you could pick any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
I would choose the ability to read people’s minds and I would use it know what people were thinking at all times.
Why are you an entrepreneur? Was there an impact moment that led you to this path?
It was our sponsored wedding that got us thinking we could build businesses, but I’ve always had some entrepreneurial thinking. What I teach my kids now is to think about solving problems creatively and if you can figure out how to do that, you can probably solve other people’s problems and build a business doing that.
What do you want readers to take away from reading The Art of People?
“Everything you get out of life is a result of your interactions with other people.”
What The Art of People is all about is how can you live your life in a way that is going to make people want to do things for you, and position yourself to be the person people think about when they want to help someone.
The number one thread is the power of listening, and listening better than you do today. Most people aren’t listening, they’re waiting to talk. If you’re waiting to talk, you can’t possibly be listening for meaning and understanding, and that’s where you can get to the heart of connecting with other people. If you want to become a better listener, it comes with intention and practice.
What’s the most important question they should ask in order to stand out, and what should they do to stay top of mind with their colleagues and customers?
- Ask them “How can I help you?” with sincerity
- Share content that people like on social media
What are some quick tips people can execute immediately to change their social media strategy to stay in front of people?
Find out what your keywords are for when people talk about you or the problem you solve.
How is tapping through someone’s stories on Snapchat going to be a gamechanger?
It represents how people communicate with each other. It’s more like the real world where if you say something, it doesn’t last forever. Real life is just random moments.
What is the most underrated key in networking?
Build your own personal brand. Make your own distinction on your outfit. What can you do that makes yourself stand out a little bit and helps brand you over time?
How will you measure your life?
I will measure it by the impact that I have on others and my family through my business, books, speaking and everything else to come.
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