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Travis Chappell

Travis helps people network and build relationships the right way by asking successful people how they did it on his podcast, Build Your Network
Recent episodes featuring Travis Chappell
359: Topic | Keys to Podcasting Success
Jeff Brown, award-nominated podcaster, consultant and speaker; Jordan Harbinger, Wall Street Lawyer turned talk show host, social dynamics expert, and entrepreneur; and Brandon Turner, active real estate investor and co-host of the Bigger Pockets Podcast share with your host, Travis Chappell, how to run a successful podcast. Episode Highlights: Jeff BrownWhy Jeff believes in developing relationships for their own sakeThe value of being a proponent of other people’s work and being intentional, consistent and altruistic in your promotion of itJordan HarbingerDid another show called The Art of Charm for 11 years.Most of the team came with him when he moved to the Jordan Harbinger show.If he’d stayed with the old brand he would have been lazily plodding along.Watched around 300 Larry King interviews to see what he did and did not like900-1500 edits in the show to cut out any flubs, tangents, unnecessary promotions, jokes that don’t land, etc.A minute of a listener’s time is worth a lot to a listener.Used to be an attorney, he considers himself an advocate for the listener.It’s not about the guest, it’s about what the guest can teach the listener.?Spends an average of 6-10 hours researching a guest, sometimes 12.Brandon TurnerBigger Pockets chad a bigger launch than most because of the community they had already built.90% of podcasters don’t make it past episode 7.They teach education for free and sell it on software.You need to follow the LAPS model – Leads, Analyze, Pursue, Success.When you’re a peer or someone who appears as an equal, it helps you stand out.3 Key Points:Become a proponent of other people's work.Do your research.Approach guests as a peer, not as a fan.Tweetable Quotes:"Be intentional about promoting other people's stuff." – Jeff Brown"A minute of a listener’s time is worth a lot to that listener." – Jordan Harbinger“Starting a podcast is fantastic for talking to people who are where you want to be.” – Brandon TurnerResources Mentioned: Jeff Brown: WebsiteJordan Harbinger: WebsiteBrandon Turner: WebsiteGet podcast coaching from Travis at Learn how to network at events at Travis’ website at Join the Build Your Network Facebook group the Build Your Network University Facebook group here byn.universityLeave a rating and review for the Build Your Network Podcast on iTunesWatch Travis’ free masterclass on how to build the network of your dreams at
358: Max Lugavere | Becoming a NY Times Best Selling Author with No Previous Following
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health & science journalist, and NY Times bestselling author of Genius Foods. He appears regularly on TV shows like Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, and the Today Show. In this episode of Build Your Network, you will find out how Max started from nothing and became a bestselling author, and how he ended up in the health and wellness space. Episode Highlights:Max was born and raised in Manhattan, and was fortunate enough to be exposed to quite a few different things so he was able to find his passion.Both of Max’s parents grew up rather poor as the children of Jewish immigrants, who started a successful business in the Garment District, so those entrepreneurial characteristics were instilled in him from a young age.He started college as a pre-med student but ended up double majoring in film and psychology.He was highly intelligent and always curious, but struggled with executive function and the skills necessary to be a highly successful student.Max focused on documentary filmmaking and worked with journalists who are now household names.He was always casually researching health and fitness from a young age for his own interest and curiosity, so it became something that people knew to approach him about it with questions.Through his own research, he was getting a highly scientific perspective on health issues like ketogenic diets and other things that were really cutting-edge at the time.When his mom fell ill with a form of dementia, Max decided he wanted to find out what could be done with diet and health to help his mother.People often don’t find motivation about their health until something catastrophic happens, at which point it’s almost too late, but things Max has done are reproducible steps you can take now.His book proposal was rejected by three of the four publishers he pitched to, and was only able to dedicate his time to writing by dramatically cutting his expenses and living a lean life for the year he dedicated to write.His publishers were confident that he was the right storyteller for this content and took a chance on him, but Max knew that publishers are playing a numbers game and there’s no guarantee of a successful book.Max did no fancy marketing, he only used basic social media and leveraged contacts in his network.He knew this book was a once in a lifetime opportunity and was dedicated to investing in it, which for him meant things like hiring a PR firm to help manage incoming requests.Within a week, the book hit #4 on Amazon.After he changed up his Instagram approach, he launched his podcast, The Genius Life, in order to continue having conversations with his followers.Success requires you to foster your relationships, which requires networking.Saying that you don’t like networking is an excuse; networking and building friendships are not two separate activities, they are the same.The Random Round3 Key Points:You can take the thing you’re naturally curious about and cultivate it into a business.Taking advantage of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities may come with sacrifices too.Networking and building friendships are the same activity.Tweetable Quotes:“I knew that I had to invest energy into Instagram. And when it came to figuring out what strategy was going to work, I basically tried everything. I was not afraid to experiment and to fail and to have a post now and then that had no engagement.” –Max Lugavere“People aren’t willing to suck at something. They’re afraid of the embarrassment or other people’s judgement, but ultimately you have to come to terms with the fact that you are going to suck, and it’s okay. Just keep doing it and you’ll get better.” –Travis Chappell“Life is a collaboration. One of the best things about life is meeting people and then making cool shit with them.” –Max... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
356: Topic | When to Quit Your Job with Mark Asquith, Amy Porterfield, Rylee Meek
Mark Asquith, founder of Rebel Base Media; Amy Porterfield, online marketing expert and online course creator; and Rylee Meek, CEO of The Social Dynamic Selling System, motivational speaker, and mentor, share with your host, Travis Chappell, their thoughts on when it’s time to quit your job to pursue your passion full-time. Episode Highlights: Mark AsquithMark left the corporate world after spending some time working for his dad who was a self-employed electrician, and that taught him freedom and flexibility.The problem for him was never the money but was that he was always under someone else’s control.Mark began to develop this point of view when he was young and tried to purchase a hot dog, only to discover he didn’t have enough money, and realized it wasn’t in his control whether he had the money and someone else got to decide what he could or couldn’t have because of it.Amy PorterfieldAmy took the corporate route from day one out of college and never considered being an entrepreneur, but her dad always said she should find a way to be her own boss.Amy worked for Tony Robbins for over 6 years as a content creator so she was immersed in the idea of being an entrepreneur.Travis thinks people get caught up in the idea of being their own boss and end up quitting their job and losing their main source of income way too soon.Amy ended up creating a business she actually hated because it’s what she had happened to learn working for Tony Robbins, and it’s networking that propelled her into the next phase.She became a liaison between Tony and a man named Mark who ended up founding the now extremely popular website Social Media Examiner, and who ended up becoming her first client.Rylee MeekRylee began developing an entrepreneurial spirit as soon as he worked his first 8-hour shift at a gas station and realized how little he would earn.Rylee and Travis agree that everyone should do either network marketing, door-to-door sales, or telemarketing at least once to boost your skills.He didn’t go back to school because he felt he could achieve unlimited opportunity with his business.When he spontaneously went to Malaysia to open his business internationally, he had an early mid-life crisis from the culture shock.Rylee was also engaged to be married and began working as an insurance salesman for a middle ground between being an entrepreneur and being part of an existing business.A colleague told him that 85% of the job was negativity and rejection, but you’d do well if you could focus on the positive 15%.Rylee and Travis have tolerated a lot of jobs they weren’t passionate about because they appreciated the time, freedom, and money, but eventually felt they had to follow their passion once they reached a certain level of success and stability.3 Key Points:Working for yourself means no one else is able to wield control over what you can do or how you feel.Choose to become your own boss at a moment that makes sense for you financially and professionally.Everything you work on, both the successes and failures, accumulate and impact your work today.Tweetable Quotes:“The problem wasn’t the money. The problem was the lack of control and the lack of fulfillment. No matter how much money I earned doing that, someone would always tell me where I needed to be and when.” –Mark Asquith“Putting myself out there literally changed the trajectory of my future.” –Amy Porterfield“You know that saying that everybody should be a waiter once, & I have that same feeling towards network marketing. It’s gotten a bad rep, but at the core I think it’s a brilliant model & really pushes people to do the uncomfortable until it becomes comfortable.” –Rylee MeekResources Mentioned: Mark Asquith:
355: Craig Ballantyne | How to Create YOUR Perfect Week
Craig Ballantyne is the author of the Perfect Day Formula and the new book Unstoppable. He is the founder of multiple 7-figure businesses in fitness and coaching. In this episode of Build Your Network, you will find out how Craig shifted from the fitness space to personal development and how to find your perfect mentor. Episode Highlights:Craig began as a strength coach for hockey in Canada, where he grew up.He knew that to accomplish this goal, he had to get a strength and conditioning certification and a Master's degree.Craig believes the most important factor to his success was his clarity on what he wanted.On the StrengthsFinder test, Craig got Visionary, Futuristic Thinking, Strategy, Implementation and Learning, and he always thought everyone was like that. If you experience imposter syndrome, you discount and undervalue things that you are naturally good at and believe everyone is good at it.Craig sent his email newsletter to the editor of Men’s Health and they offered to publish it. Getting a foot in the door at that magazine gave Craig what he calls his “critical credibility.”Craig figured out how to do what he calls introverted networking. Whenever you are building a relationship with someone, always try to make their life easier and you will lower the resistance to getting a yes. To build credibility today, you don’t need to be in the most high-status publications, but rather appear on a lot of websites, speak at events, be a guest on a podcast, take pictures with people, etc. in order to manufacture your own celebrity. Leverage other people’s credibility in order to boost your own. Through selling ebooks, Craig had his first business seminar and ran his first mastermind in 2007.Once he wasn’t working as a personal trainer anymore and was working for himself, the freedom and flexibility actually led to Craig going out every night and having severe anxiety attacks.Craig realized that what he needed and craved wasn’t more freedom, but more structure.In an effort to build his business up to the level of a business he admired, Early to Rise, Craig ultimately ended up eventually buying that business!Craig’s coach told him in order to achieve what he wanted, he needed to grow his network and get better at public speaking.To find a business coach, you have to identify someone who has achieved what you want to achieve, who shares your morals and ethics, and with whom you have rapport.You have to do the work to verify coaches’ claims.The more affluent the person, the more important referrals become.Not even the best coach will be able to manufacture immediate, magical results; you have to take responsibility and have appropriate expectations.Set realistic expectations and make sure both parties understand them, both with you coach and with people you hire to work for you.You have to build your business around your life, and not your life around your business—put your life obligations on your calendar first as non-negotiables.Craig firmly believes what you know is more important, because if you knew nobody but you knew networking skills, then you have everything you need.The Random Round3 Key Points:Don’t undervalue your gifts and greatness.Build credibility and success through speed.Do your research on potential coaches before hiring someone.Tweetable Quotes:“If anybody out there is struggling with impostor syndrome, it is because you discount your greatness. And when you step into your greatness, then all of a sudden your perspective around your value to other people can totally change.” –Craig Ballantyne“Success loves speed. Delay kills dreams.” –Craig BallantyneResources... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
354: Topic | The Value of Masterminds with Chris Harder, Dave Ruel, Nicholas Bayerle
Chris Harder, founder of For The Love of Money; Dave Ruel,; and Nicholas Bayerle, The Billion Dollar Body, share with your host, Travis Chappell, their thoughts on . Episode Highlights: Chris HarderHe believes 20 people is the perfect mastermind size because it allows for diversity of opinion but also the closeness and commitment of family.Both Chris and Travis have started their own masterminds because of how much they believe in them.Dave RuelWhat you know and who you know are both important but they have to exist within the right context for you for there to be synergy between them.Dave thinks the most annoying thing for a person to do while networking is to try to extract as much information as possible from a person in one meeting as if you’ll never see each other again instead of playing the long game.Get into conversations that have nothing to do with business to build actual relationships with people.For introverts, Dave suggests being strategic with who you meet and the number of people you meet because each interaction will take a lot of effort.The caliber of people at a mastermind will help you be strategic about who you connect with, especially if you’re introverted.Nicholas BayerlePaying mentors and putting your money where your mouth is gets you value.Mentors can keep you on track as you take big swings and make polarizing, challenging decisions.Create a step by step game plan to utilize the power of groups and community.In Travis’s experience, something like door to door sales is highly secretive, and people think they can’t share their expertise because it’s akin to giving away your secrets, but if you share information in something like a mastermind, everyone benefits.3 Key Points:When you find the right mastermind fit for you, it will uplevel your network and business.You won’t click or have chemistry with every person you meet, and that’s okay.Finding community is everything.Tweetable Quotes:“Last year’s mastermind, we made our money back in the first half of the first day of the year, directly from one idea that came from that mastermind.” –Chris Harder“When you’re too strategic about relationships, you’re not going to win at relationships. It needs to be organic.” –Dave Ruel“If people don’t hate you, then there’s definitely no one that extremely loves you either. There has to be a polarizing message in everything you do.” –Nicholas BayerleResources Mentioned: Chris Harder: Podcast, Twitter, InstagramDave Ruel: Website, EfficNicholas Bayerle: Billion Dollar Body, Website, Twitter, InstagramGet podcast coaching from Travis at Shop easy, with smartly designed men’s clothes by Mack Weldon at and use promo code “travis” at... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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