Rise Up and Network Better with John Corcoran: Lead to Succeed 44


In this episode, Naphtali interviews John Corcoran. John is an attorney, writer, and a former Clinton White House Writer and Speechwriter to the Governor of California. Throughout his career, he has worked in Hollywood, the heart of Silicon Valley, and owned his own boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area working with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

He is the creator of Smart Business Revolution and the Smart Business Revolution podcast. He’s a cofounder of Rise25, LLC, an education and training company which holds in-person and virtual trainings for ecommerce entrepreneurs and professional services business owners.

Episode Notes:

  • 1:40 – Naphtali introduces John

  • 3:33 – How to become an expert in a new field (one in which you weren’t formally trained)

  • 4:03 – The benefits of “just in time” education

  • 5:27 – How John refined the focus on his blog to better meet readers’ needs

  • 6:43 – John’s experience writing for Bill Clinton

  • 7:30 – The importance of staying top of mind

  • 10:32 – Keep one eye on your current work and the other on future work and opportunities

  • 14:33 – Podcasters should connect their shows with their businesses

  • 16:56 – Podcasting is personal and professional development

  • 17:38 – Delegate everything that you can so you can focus on what you really need to be doing

  • 18:53 – People are always interested to talk about themselves

  • 19:19 – Take interest in the interest of important people

  • 22:52 – Why and how to set networking goals before attending events

  • 25:00 – John’s “pile of needles” networking approach

  • 25:58 – Why we should drop OUT of more groups

  • 30:08 – Some of the best networkers John knows are introverts

  • 31:10 – Find your platform to make the best first impression

  • 31:43 – Introverts have no excuse to not network

  • 33:23 – What Bill Clinton taught John about connecting

  • 35:08 – Rapid fire

  • 38:17 – Check out John’s website. Connect with John on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

  • 38:51 – Final lesson: Be proactive; go out there and do it

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