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