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“There is this balance between building that world-class network in record time, doing this as quickly as possible to accomplish your goals, helping your clients more or bring your vision to life, and also the fact that we are playing a very long game. Some of the people that you’re making friendships with now may benefit you in 10 or 20 years, and you have no idea how they’re going to support you or how you’re going to support them in the future.” – Jared Kleinert

Networking is a process of true engagement with others that is critical to our success that I talk about often, and today’s Finding Brave guest truly embodies this skill. If you’ve ever wanted to improve your networking skills to not only help in the attainment of your own goals, but to assist others in achieving their desires, there are unspoken rules you must be aware of. In this episode, our guest reveals these rules and gives you the tools that will help you become a true “super connector.” 

Jared Kleinert is a TED speaker, award-winning author, and USA Today’s “Most Connected Millennial.” He’s the co-founder of a new startup called Offsite and author of the new book How To Build A World Class Network In Record Time.

As Jared shares, ultimately becoming a super connector is about doing the important inner work that we all need to do on a regular basis. We encourage you to start working on building your support network today, but don’t get discouraged or take it personally if at first you don’t get the results you were hoping for or expecting. If you detach from the outcome and give it your best effort, in the long run both you, and the people in your network, will benefit greatly. 

Highlights from this Episode: 

  • How Jared first learned about the importance of networking [5:12]

  • What a world-class network looks like, and his 3-part process for building your own in record time [8:32]

  • Jared’s “snowball strategy” and the way you can make it work for you [11:02]

  • What’s really holding people back from being as effective as they can be when networking [13:38]

  • Ways to make managing your relationships less overwhelming [16:02]

  • How to identify super connectors and start to become one yourself [19:36]

  • Why the most famous person in the room is most likely not the best super connector [21:46]

  • Another thing that people are missing when it comes to creating a world-class network [25:12]

  • What Jared prioritizes, and the reasons why detaching from the outcome is often the key [25:40]

  • How he and his team are solving current workplace issues by offering offsite experiences [31:32]

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Jared’s New Book,  How To Build A World Class Network In Record Time 

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My 2 Books Were Honored This Month in “100 Great Books in Leadership!”

I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be included in a powerful new list of “100 Great Books” in the leadership space, from the journal Leader to Leader, compiled by Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor of Leader to Leader, celebrating his 10th anniversary in that role and the 100th issue. The journal is co-published by Wiley and The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum.  This list is a perfect place to start if you want to read about every aspect of essential leadership today. I’m thrilled to see many of my friends and colleagues in the leadership space on this list as well, including the illustrious Herminia Ibarra, Chip Conley, Marshall Goldsmith, Whitney Johnson, Guy Kawasaki, Bev Kaye, Debbe Kennedy, Jim Kouzes, Tom Rath, Michael Stallard, Sally Helgesen, and Daniel Goleman


Other resources mentioned:

Jared’s Earlier Books 

His First Appearance on Finding Brave

Finding Brave Episodes with Keith Ferrazzi, Judy Robinett & Mike Stallard (first and second appearance)

Kolbe A Index & StrengthsFinder

Kathy’s Forbes Blog with Gorick Ng, How To Start Your Career Off Right, In The Most Promotable Way

Kathy’s Power Gaps Survey & Support To Build Your LinkedIn Profile To Great Success

Her TEDx Talk, Time To Brave Up & Free Career Path Self-Assessment

Kathy’s Amazing Career Project video training course & 6 Dominant Action Styles Quiz

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“I got to learn about networking from true subject matter experts, so I think that’s what separates me from other people, perhaps.” [4:01]

“There’s a lot of work that you can do to connect with yourself before you place yourself next to that CEO or reach out to that potential mentor or sponsor.” [8:41]

The more super connectors you meet, the more that snowball gets rolling down the hill. It becomes easier, and then you become a super connector yourself.” [15:03]

“You don’t have to focus on just one person, but you can focus on the type of person that you’re looking to connect with.” [21:06]

“The cool thing about networking is that it’s not only the people that are going to open doors for you and give you opportunities and access, it’s also how you learn.” [27:03]

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