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Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features interviews with talented professionals who have achieved success in their field or industry. I ask probing questions to get them to share untold stories about their leadership journey and how they built and sustained their professional network. Put insights from me and my guests into action this week and you’ll benefit from for years to come. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Guy Raz, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Jun 20, 2021

Today’s guest is not self-made… he’s Community Made.

He has a strong desire to "rise the tide" for everyone and is passionate about supporting community builders who focus their energy on under-resourced communities.

Named one of Forbes “Top Networkers to Watch” he founded one of the world’s most exclusive communities for entrepreneurs. With just shy of 19,500 applications since its inception in 2013, the invite-only MastermindTalks Community has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard University. MMT Community brings together brilliant minds from various industries for curated networking, targeted troubleshooting, and custom live and virtual events.

His work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Lifehacker, Business Insider, and in Tim Ferriss's New York Times bestseller, “Tools of Titans.” He is also the founder and host of Community Made, a top-rated business podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Please join me in welcoming Jayson Gaignard.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is creating an alignment of strengths that make weaknesses irrelevant.”
  • how he didn’t consider himself a leader until the pandemic.
  • his capacity for empathy and why he considers that a unique ability.
  • how finding his mentor at 18 helped guide him down his current path.
  • how academics did not play a huge part in his development.
    the importance of surrounding himself with people who think bigger than him.
  • his start as a personal concierge being everything to everyone.
  • his start in a product-based business sourcing and selling tickets to concerts and sporting events.
  • how attending a Seth Godin event about connecting value changed his trajectory after his business failed (aka he burned it to the ground).
  • how his first conference, which was planned more like a wedding, led to the present day MMT Community.
  • how resourcefulness plays a huge role in his success.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer layers of his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 251.

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