You might have heard me mentioned this before, but you know one of the most effective ways to jumpstart your community, your tribe, your network is to attend a conference of people doing what it is you want to do.
It’s one of the few actions that will accelerate the growth of your business or work.
You get to hang with like-minded people for a few days and meet game-changing connections.
It gets you away from your normal routines and influences, so you can focus on the work you really want to do.
So a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang with the next generation of entrepreneurs at the Next Gen Summit, a conference geared toward Gen Z and Millennial entrepreneurs.
One of my very first interviews to launch this podcast was with its founders, Justin Lafazan and Dylan Gambardella. These guys are master connectors! They’re still in college, but already get the importance of building relationships.
They were constantly flying around their own conference making introductions among the 500+ attendees, creating one of the most welcoming and intimate atmospheres of any conference I’ve attended.
The Next Gen Summit had a ton of inspirational speakers like Tobias Harris, forward for the Detriot Pistons, Cindy Whitehead, who launched women’s viagra into the marketplace and Nigel Eccles, the CEO of FanDuel to name a few.
But I often find the real stars of the conference are the attendees themselves. That’s who I want to introduce you to now.
Keith Reed, A Gentleman’s Journey
Nina Doung, UCLA Resident Director
Adam Silverman, Silverman & Khan Marketing
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Build community.
- Learning habit.
Previous Interviews With Next Gen Attendees
“I don’t if this makes sense, but I kinda just needed to fail. I needed to get every limiting belief about how you are supposed to run a business.” Jordan Zecher
“You have to know yourself before you start a company because if you know yourself, you know how you react to fear.” Colin Reger
“Entrepreneurship is the creation, capture and delivery of value of new ideas.” Julie Frieswyk
“My near-death experience completely shifted my whole perspective on life. It helped me immediately move through my fears.” Cherie Amiée
Here are three pieces of my own personal advice for how you can get the most our of the next conference you attend.
1) Review list of speakers and attendees. Before you go, identify 10 or so people you really want to meet and reach out to them.
2) Never eat alone! Make sure you eat with at least one new person at every meal! It gives you time to build deeper relationships. (Also, if you haven’t read Never Eat Alone, read it!)
3) Be a connector! Ask each person you met who you can introduce them to even if you don’t know all that many people at the conference! Remember, the more introductions you make, the more people will introduce you to those who can help you build your business!
Resources + Bonus Materials
Connect With Next Gen Founders Dylan and Justin