173: Take action and connect with people - with Jen Garrett
About Jen Garrett
Jennifer Garrett is a dynamic internationally recognized speaker, author of the book Move the Ball and high-performance expert who is widely known for pushing boundaries, inspiring others, and driving individuals, businesses, and organizations out of their comfort zones to play at higher levels. Today, Jennifer, together with her organization, Feel the Push provides lessons on how to play for success and how to step up the game in order to drive results and cross the goal line. Her organization also works with collegiate and professional athletes as they transition off the field to be all-star players in life beyond the game. Jennifer draws upon her experience from her 20-year career in fortune 50 companies where she had a proven track record of delivering results, boosting organizational efficiency, driving cultural transformation, closing large-scale negotiations and exceeding targets.
Her seven college degrees coupled with her extensive corporate executive leadership and military experience as an Army judge advocate officer gives Jennifer a diverse skill set that is well suited to connect with audiences around the world and help individuals and organizations to move the ball and achieve long term excellence.
You have a book about football and how it relates to business and life. Why football and how can it help us and our listeners?
“There's a lot that sports can teach us, such as the teamwork, the resiliency, but I found that there was a lot more that football had taught as well as those other concepts that I really just resonated with.”
You have seven degrees and that's fascinating. Why so many and how has it helped your career?
“How it's helped me is I really think it's important to find out what unique differentiated value you can bring to any conversation or…”
Any specific projects that you're working on that you would like to share with our listeners?
“One of the things that I've been working on is I'm launching a program in September called inside the huddle. And what it is designed to be is a community where people will support you, champion you, hold you accountable…”
Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?
“I have been able to connect through these social channels with a number of professional athletes for example. And one of them, who I've become really great friends with, he played on the 1985 Chicago bears Superbowl championship team.”
How do you stay in front of or best nurture your network community?
“First and foremost, I think it's important to A. remain your authentic self and so own who you are and be true to that.”
What advice do you have for the professional on growing their network?
“You have to be the quarterback. As I mentioned in my book, you are the quarterback and it's really up to you to take action to move that ball forward.”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
“What I will say, it's being strategic with both of them. So there is something to be said about having in-person connections and oftentimes I will connect with people digitally and if there's an opportunity to follow up in person, either because we're in the same geographical area or because we are traveling to a geography that we're going to be.”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
“What I would say to my 20-year-old self is don't ever think that you can't do something.”
We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree?
“I would really like to connect with Elon Musk because…I'm a Tesla owner, so I love the product…I just like his way of thinking, his visionary mentality…”
What book are you reading right now?
“The book is called extreme teams…and basically it looks at why these seven companies, Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and some other cutting-edge companies tend to succeed where other companies fail.”
Any final words of advice for our listeners?
“I think you should view every day as an opportunity to interact and meet new people and take advantage of those, but also a bigger reason why you network aside from the looking at how you can mutually support one another and building the relationships like we talked about, there's just the growing and the learning that you get from interacting with different people.”
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