Community Made






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Today I sit down with publicity powerhouses Selena Soo and Chris Winfield to discuss how their “divide and conquer” mentality has enabled them to host dinners for some of NYC’s top media influencers.

Reviewer of the week: Mary Dooley


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Elite Retreat

Impacting Millions

Unfair Advantage


People mentioned in this episode:

Derek Halpern

Dan Martell

Todd Herman

John Corcoran

Clay Hebert

Neil Patell

Jeffrey Zurofsky

Michael Fishman

Ramit Sethi

Steve Jobs

Danny Meyer

Pat Flynn

John Lee Dumas

Chris Ducker

Kimra Luna

Suzy Moore

Ryan Lee

Sol Orwell

Victor Chung

David Olk

Neil Strauss

Nick Onken

Jonathon Fields

Ryan Lee

“If you’re not acting consistently, then any strategy you try to implement will be useless” - Zvi Band Click to Tweet


How do you successfully implement a relationship strategy that nurtures key connections and takes them to the next level?

In this episode of the Community Made Podcast, Derek Coburn and Zvi Band about best practices for building a killer network from scratch. Derek founded Cadre, which is a relationship-oriented, invitation-only community of successful business owners. And Zvi Band is the CEO of Contactually, which is essentially a relationship-based CRM system. I use the software myself, and it’s had such a positive impact on my relationships… all of this to say, they’re the real deal when it comes to building networks.

Get ready to hear how to create a network of incredible people from scratch on this episode of Community Made...


Reviewer of the week: Michelle Talbert


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Networking is Not Working

Your Network is Your Net Worth by Porter Gale

Book in a Box



747 dinners



People mentioned in this episode:

Daniel Pink

Joey Coleman

Glenn Hellman

Anton Zolotov

Tucker Max

Chris Brogan

James Altucher

Ryan Holiday

Neils Parker

Clay Hebert

Steve Jobs

Warren Buffett

Gary Vaynerchuck

Tim Ferriss

Chris Shembrauf

Eddie Vedder

Richard Branson

Michael Port

Jay Papasan

Scott Stratten

John Hall

Sol Orwell

Cal Newport


“I do dinners selfishly because I’m fascinated… I just have an addiction to being around people who are passionate about what they’re creating in the world. Period.” - Dan Martell


In this episode of Community Made I sit down with my dear friends Sol Orwell and Dan Martell to talk about their signature styles of hosting catalyst dinners in their own communities. The three of us discuss everything you need to consider to become an excellent host. From best practices for invitations, to seating assignments, venue selection, tips for facilitating great dinner conversations and so much more….


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Sol Orwell

Dan Martell

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferazzi


People mentioned in this episode:

  • Clay Hebert
  • Michael Litt
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Keith Ferrazzi
  • Jeff Walker
  • Lewis Howes
  • Ryan Holiday
  • Shaa Wasmund
  • Joey Coleman
  • Chris Plough
  • Chris Ashenden
  • Mark Cuban
  • Derek Coburn
  • Richard Branson
  • Dave McClure
  • Ryan Holmes
  • Michael Lind
  • Rick Perreault
  • Nicholas Kusmich
  • Trivinia Barber
  • Jack Canfield
  • Steve Hanselman
  • Frank Bouchard
  • Matt Bertulli
  • Neil Patel
  • Jim Estill
  • Darryl Hicks

I’m a firm believer that all problems can be solved with the right peer group. Hosting dinners and unique live experiences is my favourite way to seed new relationships and re-invest in existing ones. To date I’ve done hundreds of dinners in cities all over North America but in full transparency, I was a complete wreck while planning my first dinner so many years ago.

In this episode of Community Made I’m going to share some of the key takeaways from my book Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers, and Linchpins and provide an in-depth play by play of what went into the planning of one of my most recent dinners, giving you the playbook on how to become a super-connecting catalyst in your own community. Enjoy!


Reviewer of the week: Mark Fujiwara


Links and references

Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers, and Linchpins

The Art of Charm Podcast

People mentioned in this episode

  • Seth Godin
  • Neil Strauss
  • Jordan Harbinger
  • David Buss
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Mark Ecko
  • Dave Asprey
  • Ryan Holiday
  • Travis Kalanick
  • Eric Schmidt
  • BJ Fogg
  • Simon Sinek

Simon Bowen

Robert Cialdini

Direct download: S2E8_-_Becoming_a_Catalyst.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:35am EST

“It wasn’t about being a great musician. It was about irritating the parents as much as we could”  Shep Gordon Click to Tweet

This is a very special conversation for me. Leveraging many of the principles shared in the previous "reaching the unreachable" episode, I connected (and ultimately fostered a great relationship) with the legendary Shep Gordon. A man who's name is synonymous with Film, Music, and the Culinary Arts.

He's known by GQ magazine as the unfamous man who made everyone famous, and in this episode you'll discover why.

Be prepared for one of the best storytellers you’ll ever hear on this week’s episode of Community Made...

Reviewer of the Week:
Kirsten Reeder

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SuperMench Documentary - Supermench: The Legend of Shep Gordon

They Call Me Supermench: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock 'n' Roll

Song: Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin

Chitlin’ Circuit

Earth, Wind, and Fire

BBC Documentary of Teddy

Kiss of the Spiderwoman

Whales of August

Stop Making Sense

Cannes Film Festival

EMI Records

Direct download: S2E7_-_An_Intimate_QA_with_the_Legendary_Shep_Gordon.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:36am EST

“One thing I’ve learned over the years is that people will reward effort. The success of your outreach is often in direct proportion to the amount of effort you put into it.” Click to Tweet

Connecting with big names is more of an art than a science and in today’s episode I’m going to talk you through 3 real life examples of reaching the unreachable to dissect the strategies used in each case to make those connections finally happen.

If you listen carefully, you’ll discover ways to cut through the noise, how to work with gatekeepers, and how to turn rejection into opportunity….

Reviewer of the Week: Ryan France

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The Art of Charm with Jordan Harbinger

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock’n’Roll

Underground - Online Marketing Seminar

Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Board Meetings Retreat by Jim Sheils


Direct download: S2E6_-_Reaching_the_Unreachable.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EST

“I have been able to build a lot of relationships with speakers and mentors – not by being the most exciting person in the room – but by being the most attentive person in the room” – Vanessa Van Edwards Click to Tweet

Vanessa Van Edwards went from struggling with social interactions in college to becoming the recognized expert on relationship building communication skills and author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.

In this episode I sit down with Vanessa and UJ Ramdas, the creator of the Five Minute Journal to discuss tips and strategies for building meaningful connections at conferences and how to nurture those connections for genuine relationship building over time.

How to maximize your time and energy at conferences, approach speakers and VIPs, master the art of small talk, and so much more…

Review of the week: Jay Wong

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Vanessa Van Edwards

UJ Ramdas

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

People mentioned in this episode:

Adam and Jordan Bornstein

Jason Feifer

Mark Manson

Richard Branson

Jesse Katz

Tim Ferriss

Pellegrino Castronovo

Dan Martell

Sol Orwell

Dave Chappelle

Yanik Silver

Direct download: S2E5_-_How_to_Connect_At_Conferences.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EST

“What’s funny is why we get introductions wrong. We either never get taught how to do it, or we learn this stupid thing called the elevator pitch.” ~ Clay Hebert Click to Tweet

A good introduction should engage you, draw you in, and leave you wanting more. It’s not a slogan or a sales attempt, and if it comes across like one it will turn people off. If your nervous, unprepared, or a little too aggressive you not only compromise what you’re saying but how you’re saying it.  

The good news is that how you introduce yourself is completely within your control; something that you can and should prepare in advance.

In this episode of Community Made I sit down with Clay Hebert to discuss how to craft the perfect introduction, engage in small talk, and nail first impressions each and every time...

Reviewer of the week: Melissa C

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Never Lose a Customer Again by Joey Coleman


The Perfect Calendar

The Perfect Introduction Facebook Group

People mentioned in this episode:

Brian Kurtz

Phil Randazzo

Michael Fishman

Joey Coleman

Matt Mullenweg

Richard Branson

Elisha Otis

Jim Kwik

Simon Mainwaring

Dan Martell

Doug Brackmann

Direct download: S2E4_-_Ditch_the_Pitch_with_Clay_Hebert.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EST

 “Anybody I know who really makes the most out of live experiences, judges an event not by the content, but by the potential connections.” Click to Tweet

Events have the power to deliver a disproportionate amount of value for the amount investment made. Almost every time someone has helped me overcome an obstacle, opened a door of opportunity, or made a profound introduction, it’s been someone that I originally connected with at a live event. Investing your time, money, and energy into attending events is an absolutely critical part of building new relationships and growing your network. But for so many of us, events are a serious pain point.

In this episode I offer you an event networking guide that anyone can use to maximize the ROI of attending events, with particular tips and tricks for all you introverts out there. Because growth begins at the end of your comfort zone...

Reviewer of the week: Josh Stanton

Links and References:

Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers, and Linchpins by Jayson Gaignard

An easy conversation trick that will make you more likable from CNBC

Why talking about yourself can be as pleasurable as sex from The Daily Mail

People mentioned in this episode:

Yanik Silver

Joe Gebbia

Clay Herbert

Satya Twena

Vanessa Van Edwards

Direct download: S2E3_-_An_Event_Networking_Guide_for_Introverts.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:00am EST