036: Becoming a Best-Selling Author with Michelle Donovan

The guest today is Michelle Donovan. Michelle is the co-owner of Asentiv of Western Pennsylvania and the best-selling author of The 29% Solution: 52 Weekly Networking Success Strategies that she co-authored with Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder of BNI. Her book immediately reached number 1 on Amazon, Number 3 on the Wall St. Journal best-sellers list and was named one of the top 30 business books in 2009 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. In addition, she has contributed to two other books, Make Your Connections Count and World’s Worst Networker, and she’s been published in multiple editions of The Training and Development Sourcebook. Michelle is the author of numerous articles on referral marketing, relationship management and networking as seen in various business publications. She lives in Pennsylvania with her partner and a couple of dogs, and she gets outdoors every chance she gets.

Here’s what Travis and Michelle discuss in this episode:

  • About Michelle’s coaching practice in the wealth management niche
  • The importance of making connections and how the first book came about
  • What your family needs to be able to do to get you into the 29% of connected people
  • The one quality that has contributed the most to Michelle’s success
  • Why Michelle believes who you know, what you know and how well someone knows you are all necessary
  • How a connection led to Michelle becoming a best-selling author, which led to more connections, credibility and career success
  • The reason most people fail at building their network and Michelle’s suggested solution
  • The most interesting person Michelle has met from cultivating her connections
  • Why you should be selective with you and where you network
  • Where Michelle goes online and in person to cultivate relationships
  • The value of mentorships and masterminds in Michelle’s life and career
  • What Michelle would to if she had to rebuild her network
  • A glimpse of Michelle’s morning routine

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