Michael Roderick is a founder, speaker, and connector. His company, “Small Pond Enterprises” specializes in relationship design for founders, authors, and speakers interested in playing a bigger game. He works with thought-leaders to curate, extend, and leverage their existing networks for the purpose of getting paid engagements for higher fees, speaking opportunities, and interviews. He developed this methodology from his own journey of high school English teacher to Broadway producer. Michael is also the founder of “ConnectorCon”, a conference for connectors as well as the co-host of the “Access to Anyone” podcast.
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Secret – timesaving technique
Michael focuses on what is most important — time, connections, or money — everyone has a TCM index. ONWARD!
Daily habit that contributes to success
Take the time to meditate — Michael laughed at meditation initially — but now it’s a crucial part of his day.
Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience
Michael was banking on a certain project and turned away other projects — and Michael tells the whole story here.
Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful
“You need to be in the present while listening.”
Most influential lesson learned from a mentor
“You have to take time to clean your pipeline and curate your network.”
Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”
What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?
Have a spreadsheet to track your network.
What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?
- Focus on what you can learn — failure is an opportunity to learn
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