OTS 173: It’s a Two-Way Street – Dave Delaney

Released Tuesday, 3rd December 2019
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Today’s guest is known as a communication connoisseur because he’s obsessed with all aspects of communication.

Whether it was CB radios and computer bulletin board systems when he was a kid, majoring in radio and television broadcasting in college, or majoring in business marketing in university - it’s always been about communication for him. Add in that he’s an improv performer who graduated from studying improv comedy with The Second City in Toronto... his top Strength’s Finder personality assessment theme is… you guessed it Communication.

It makes sense then that his mission is teaching fast-growing companies on how to improve communication to build strong cultures. He does this as a keynote speaker, author, and consultant.

He is the founder of Futureforth, a marketing communications firm and also Networking for Nice People, an online community and resource to improve professional networking efforts. He captured best practices in his book, “New Business Networking: How to Effectively Grow Your Business Network Using Online and Offline Methods.”

Please join me in welcoming Dave Delaney.  

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In this episode we discuss:

his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about listening first and leading with empathy, and being accepting of new ideas.”
how he founded and started two unconferences and two meetups to support the community and connect with people after moving to Nashville from Toronto.
the through-line of all of his work and how he decided to leave the corporate world and launch Futureforth.
his unique networking and marketing strategies that have significantly impacted his life along the way.
his networking manifesto.
the three key points of networking he teaches.


Dave Delaney on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Books mentioned in this episode:

“New Business Networking: How to Effectively Grow Your Business Network Using Online and Offline Methods” by Dave Delaney
“Think. Do. Say.: How to seize attention and build trust in a busy, busy world” by Ron Tite
“Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It” by Dorie Clark

Other Resources:

Learn more about Meetup.com
Learn more about Upcoming.org
Learn more about Mitch Joel.
Learn more about Emma, Inc.
Learn more about Griffin Technology.
Listen to my interview with Dorie Clark.
Listen to my interview with Jordan Harbinger.
Listen to my interview with Zvi Band.
Learn more about Contactually.
Learn more about Boomerang.

About Robbie:
Robbie Samuels is a keynote speaker and relationship-based business strategist who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by both Inc. and Lifehacker. He helps associations build life-long members by creating welcoming and inclusive first-timer experiences.

He is the author of the best-selling business book Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences and has been profiled in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. He writes for Harvard Business Review Ascend. His clients include associations and corporations including Marriott, AmeriCorps, Hostelling International, and General Assembly.

He has been featured in several books including Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark and The Connector’s Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact by Michelle Tillis Lederman. He has guest lectured at many leading educational institutions including Harvard University, Brown University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, and Northeastern University.

Robbie is the host of On the Schmooze podcast which fea...

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