#92 How to Connect with People and Leverage Mentoring to Learn Faster with James Swanwick

#92 How to Connect with People and Leverage Mentoring to Learn Faster with James Swanwick

#92 How to Connect with People and Leverage Mentoring to Learn Faster with James Swanwick
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Today we're looking at the basics of social and people skills. Also, we're going to be looking at relating to higher status people, like celebrities, or people you would like to learn from; for example, very successful people in dating, sex, and relationships, or elsewhere in your life. Those people could mentor you, but again, they tend to be much higher status than you. So how do you relate to them? How do you contact them?

Another thing to say about today's show is that it's extremely practical with some very good, simple takeaways. So enjoy that.

Today's guest is the first Australian we've ever had on the show - James Swanwick. He's a former TV anchor for ESPN's Sports Center. He got that job through networking, and didn't have any TV experience. He's also interviewed many celebrities, from Robert Downey Jr. to Jennifer Aniston, Jon Bon Jovi, Angelina Jolie, and so on. Through that, he gathered a lot of experience; having to relate, socialize, and work with high status people like this.

Today, he teaches these kinds of things - people skills, social skills - and spreads the word about the value of these types of skills in everything in our lives.

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Specifically, in this episode you'll learn about:

  • James' background (03:18)
  • James' current social and dating relationships, and a perspective on marriage (04:46)
  • How socializing, networking, and building a social lifestyle in LA has impacted James' dating lifestyle (13:26)
  • How James began interviewing celebrities and high status people (16:05)
  • Fundamental people skills and how James has nurtured his high status relationships: the difference between taking an interest in a person and taking a genuine interest in a person (18:05)
  • The Myers Briggs test: are you an introvert or extrovert? Learning to become an extrovert (20:41)
  • What James has learned from relating with celebrities (22:55)
  • The big takeaways of developing social / people skills (28:28)
  • James’ 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge: sharing his story of how to connect to people (34:00)
  • Developing intimacy with others by taking risks: ask better questions (35:30)
  • The importance of a good relationship between a mentor and mentee: offering and adding value (40:10)
  • Tips for selecting a mentor: seeking wisdom (48:06)
  • Best way to connect with James and learn more about his work (49:55)
  • Recommendations for high quality advice in the social and people skills area (50:45)
  • Top three recommendations to improve this aspect of your life as soon as possible (51:40)
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Items Mentioned in this Episode include:

  • People Skills Reboot: Mentioned by James while discussing introverts and extroverts (and learning to become an extrovert), this program was created by James to show people how to improve their social life (instantly liked, popular, working a room), creating intimacy, and the life benefits.
  • The James Swanwick Show: James noted his iTunes podcast show while discussing social / people skills development.
  • 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge: James created this program to show people how to bring more health, wealth, love, and happiness into their life.
  • JamesSwanwick.com: The best way to connect with James is through his website, and personal notes on books he has read.
  • Small Business Revolution: Recommended by James for improving communication skills. John Corcoran, former White House / Clinton Administration aide and speechwriter, offers ways to build relationships with VIPs and influencers.
  • Winning with People: Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time: Recommended by James for learning and improving your communication skills.
  • Myers & Briggs: James noted the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator while discussing introverts and extroverts, and learning to become an extrovert.

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