DB 045: Adam Braun, Founder of MissionU & Pencils of Promise, On How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Change

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This week, we are honored to have Adam Braun as our guest.   Adam is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder & CEO of MissionU.  He was previously Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built over 400 schools around the world.

Adam has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

In the episode, Adam shares the inspirational story behind why he created Pencils of Promise, and also shares his new big dream of fixing our broken higher education system, which is his focus now as CEO of MissionU.

We are so grateful that he took the time out of his very busy schedule to chat with us.  Thank you Adam!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How Pencils of promise started and how it got to where it is today (over 400 schools built!).
  • The inspiring story behind the name of “Pencils of Promise”
  • The huge vision of Adam’s new company, MissionU and how you can get in the program.
  • The innovative people involved in MissionU.
  • How Adam overcame his fear of public speaking.
  • Adam’s Big Dream for the future.
  • The one trait Adam has that helped him make his dreams a reality.
  • And so much more!

RESOURCES

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DB 044: Jordan Harbinger On The Art Of Charm & How To Make A Great First Impression

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We launched the Dream Big Podcast in October 2016, and have been publishing new episodes weekly since our launch. We’re now at episode 44, which is no small accomplishment as we know that it takes consistent and intentional work to grow a podcast (and to reach any goal in life).   Jordan Harbinger is definitely one of our role models in the podcasting space. He was very early in the podcast movement and has been publishing regularly for over 10 years with over 700 episodes. As host of The Art of Charm Podcast, Jordan interviews leading entrepreneurs, celebrities, writers and experts about psychology, performance, life and success.

For all his work in the field, Forbes named Jordan one of the 50 Best Relationship-Builders in the World, Success Magazine listed him alongside Oprah Winfrey and Tony Robbins as one of  “25 People Who Can Help Change Your Life,”  and Inc. Magazine recently called him “the Charlie Rose of Podcasting.”  Through his podcast, website, and workshops, Jordan inspires millions of people every month and it was an honor to have him as our guest on the Dream Big Podcast.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Why Jordan launched his podcast “The Art of Charm” before most people knew that podcasts existed.
  • Concrete examples of how good communication skills can help you in life.
  • How losing his job as a lawyer is the best thing that happened to Jordan.
  • Jordan’s best tips on how you can gain more confidence.
  • Why Jordan enjoys talking and learning from his podcast guests like Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Shaquille O‘Neal.
  • A common pattern that Jordan has noticed among his guests.
  • Jordan’s views on the future of podcasting.
  • What Jordan loves about travelling.
  • Why it is important to treat everyone like you’re going to know them forever.
  • Jordan’s BIG DREAM for the future.

RESOURCES

Jordan is a master at making a great first impression and creating meaningful relationships.  This skill is largely driven by having a genuine interest in people and remembering that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”   This week we are challenging you to find out three interesting facts about a person you just met so you can see firsthand the power of displaying genuine interest in other people.  We created this fun artwork to inspire you to participate in this challenge.   As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download.   Click here to claim you free download. 

If this coming week you complete this challenge, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com.  You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card.  Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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DB 043: Vanessa Van Edwards On How To Make New Friends & Feel Confident

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Like many kids (and adults), Eva can be shy when she is meeting people for the first time.  This often comes as a surprise to our audience since Eva is so outgoing on the podcast.  We know that Eva can be very charming once she warms up, but we were looking for ways to build her confidence when she meets people for the first time.  That’s why we were so excited when Vanessa Van Edwards agreed to be a guest on the show.  Vanessa is a best selling author & lead investigator at her human behavior research lab, Science of People. Her groundbreaking book, Captivate: Use Science to Succeed with People was chosen by Apple as one of the most anticipated books of 2017. She writes a monthly Science of Success column for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post.

Eva got so much value out of the conversation with Vanessa, and she used her advice to meet and make new friends on our summer vacation.   We know you Big Dreamers will love all of Vanessa’s practical tips as well!

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Why Vanessa calls herself a “recovering boring person” (and you’ll see how she is definitely not boring anymore!)
  • What “turtling” is, and why you shouldn’t do it.
  • Tips on how you can feel confident when you walk into a room.
  • Vanessa’s advice to kids who are nervous about making new friends at school.
  • Why it is important to teach people skills to everyone, especially kids, and Vanessa’s plan to add the subject to school curriculums.
  • The mission behind her latest book “Captivate.”
  • Practical tips on questions to ask to start up a conversation.
  • Vanessa’s BIG DREAM for the future.

RESOURCES

In this episode, Vanessa shared some amazing tips for making new friends — one of which was to ask questions where you can anticipate that your answer will be “Me Too.”   She even challenged our Big Dreamers to ask 3 questions this week where you’ll be able to respond “Me Too!” (listen at 22 minute mark of interview).  We know that if you’ll try this challenge, you’ll find how simple and powerful just two words — “Me Too!” — can be when you are trying to connect with someone for the first time.   We even created this inspirational artwork to encourage you to take Vanessa’s challenge.  As always, our Dream Big Podcast downloads can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download.

If this coming week you complete the “Me Too!” challenge, please let Olga know by emailing her at Olga@DreamBigPodcast.com.  You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card.  Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).

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Thanks again for all of your amazing support.

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