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Learn the best secrets on how to connect and build relationships with other professionals from guests like John Lee Dumas, Elena Cardone, Cole Hatter, JP Sears, Joel Brown, Ryan Stewman, Chris Guillebeau, Patrick Bet-David, Dr. Ivan Misner, and more!

Consider this the ultimate guide to growing your inner circle, increasing your influence, and sharpening your relationships.

018: The Power of Mentorships to Grow Your Network with Jorge Pelayo

By Travis Chappell | Sep 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest in this episode is Jorge Pelayo, a financial industry expert. After trying his hand in real estate when he was younger he realized the need for education on finances. A good friend of his introduced him to the industry where the broker Patrick BetDavid became his first mentor. After four years of them working together, his mentor founded his own company, The PHP Agency and Jorge had the opportunity to be a cofounder and co-owner. For the last decade they’ve built a national agency with offices that are consistently producing 6-figure earners. Jorge loves to give back to his family, help others and travel around to different countries.

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

  • The difference between red and blue oceans and why PHP Agency is working to always be in the blue ocean
  • What recruiting really means and how Jorge is changing the game in the industry
  • The power of likability in building trust
  • How a girl Jorge tried to pick up when he was 17 ended up leading to finding one of the best brokers in his company
  • The importance of balancing the right mindset with and the right technique, and why consistently following up over the long term is the key to success
  • Why Jorge believes who and what you know are both needed in order to succeed
  • Jorge’s networking advice and the reason the way you see yourself matters as much as the way others see you
  • The power of mentorships in Jorge’s life and why it saves you lifetimes
  • The importance of trust and keeping your word to yourself as well as to others
  • How Jorge would leverage the power of self-knowledge and giving value to rebuild his network

Links and recommended resources:

  • Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
  • Go for No! by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton
  • Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • John Kallipari
  • Grant Cardone
  • Wayne Gretski
  • Wayne Nguean

Where you can find Jorge Pelayo:

The best places to find Jorge are on his website at or Facebook

Don’t forget to join the Facebook group at and remember, you’re only one connection away!

017: Why Croissants Are Better Than Bagels With Robbie Samuels

By Travis Chappell | Sep 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. Today’s guest is Robbie Samuels. Robbie is an author, professional speaker, coach and podcast host who has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Life Hacker and profiled in Stand Out by Dorie Clark. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and start building great relationships. Since 2009 his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship building, whether through networking, fundraising or sales. He shares networking tips and techniques as host of On the Schmooze, his weekly podcast which features talented professionals sharing untold stories of leadership and networking. Quotes from his guests are included in his book, Croissants vs. Bagels, which is all about effective and inclusive networking at conferences.

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

  • What Robbie does these days and how he took the plunge into entrepreneurship
  • The reason consistency of quality content is more important than sound quality as a podcaster
  • The way the type of guests has shifted on Robbie’s podcast over time
  • Why he believes who you know is more important than what you know
  • How meeting Jeffrey Hayzlett from CSuite Radio was a turning point in both his podcast and business
  • The power of being an intentional, active participant in communities and in building quality relationships
  • The ways Robbie adds value to the people and communities he’s a part of
  • Why Robbie avoids asking ‘What do you do?’ and what he says instead
  • Robbie’s number 1 networking tip and the reason he prefers croissants to bagels when he’s at conferences
  • Where Robbie goes to specifically cultivate relationships and his best tips for networking in Facebook groups
  • The value of hosting and being the convenor of regular networking dinners
  • The importance of taking care of your own needs first thing in the day, before attending to others’ needs

Links and recommended resources:

  • 12 Week Year by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington
  • The National Speaker Association
  • Reinventing You and Standout by Dorie Clarke
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Robbie’s book Croissants vs. Bagels

Where you can find Robbie Samuels:

The best place is to go for more details on everything Robbie does is to visit his website,

Don’t forget to join the Facebook group at and remember, you’re only one connection away!

016: How One Connection Became a Pivotal Point with Kate Erickson

By Travis Chappell | Sep 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest today is Kate Erikson. Kate is a creator, engager and implementer over at EOFire, a 7-day a week podcast that interviews today’s most inspiring and successful entrepreneurs. She’s also the host of Kate’s Take, the EOFire Audio Blog and author of The Fire Path: a beginner’s guide to growing your online business. Kate is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their businesses scale and grow.

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

  • Kate’s journey from corporate America to entrepreneur and the help she got from her partner, John Lee Dumas
  • The value of speaking with confidence and speaking as if your goal has already happened
  • How Kate and JLD get amazing things accomplished and still have time to relax and have a life
  • The importance of prioritizing the things that are most important and evaluating where you can spend your time most effectively
  • The least glamorous part of running an online business and how Kate uses systems, software and contracted professionals to help combat that
  • The reason Kate believes who you know is more important that what you know
  • The pivotal moment in Kate’s life that happened thanks to a connection JLD had with Lewis Howes, and where she thinks she’d be if it hadn’t happened
  • The power of taking responsibility and getting accountable for your actions, and why Kate sees a lot of ‘all talk no action’ people fail
  • Kate’s advice to people who are willing to take the first step
  • The ways Kate tries to add more value than she receives and her experience of being on the receiving end of self-centered networking
  • Where Kate goes to cultivate relationships online and offline and the value of reaching out to somebody via email
  • The mentorship of John Lee Dumas that has strengthened both their business and relationship
  • Kate’s tips for connecting with others in Facebook groups
  • Why the best networkers Kate knows are ones who bring people together and provide opportunities for others
  • What Kate would do to rebuild her networks in a new place
  • The reason cleaning the kitchen is part of Kate’s morning routine

Links and recommended resources:

  • Essentialism by Greg McEwan
  • John Corcoran
  • Catherine Hepburn
  • Lewis Howes
  • NPR’s How I Built This
  • I’ve Got A Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

Where you can find Kate Erickson:

Find Kate over at, that’s where all the magic happens!

Don’t forget to join the Facebook group at and remember, you’re only one connection away!

015: How a Spray Tan Meetup Built a Business with Allison Melody

By Travis Chappell | Sep 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest today is Allison Melody. Ally is the host of the Food Heals Podcast, and owner of Melody Productions. She’s an eco-entrepreneur with a passion for film, fitness and food. Through her podcast she brings together experts in nutrition and healing to teach listeners the best-kept natural secrets to health and happiness. For the past 11 years, Allison has also directed, produced and edited documentary films, PSAs, commercials and viral videos for clients on topics of social justice, human rights and holistic health. Allison is currently directing Food Heals, a documentary that follows several inspiring individuals who have used nutrition and alternative medicine to heal themselves of chronic, degenerative and terminal diseases. Allison lives in West Hollywood with their husband Dan and their two dogs, Charlotte and Jackson.

What Allison and Travis discuss in this episode:

  • How Allison lost everything at the age of 25, and started over
  • The choice Allison makes every day to be at peace, serve the world and heal others
  • What doctors said about nutrition that confused her, and what she’s learned since about diet, mindset and lifestyle
  • Why Allison started a podcast and how it became a platform for her voice
  • The power of consistent, good quality content tailored to the listeners to help stand out in a cluttered space
  • The reason Allison believes you need both knowledge and connections to get to success in life and business
  • How a MeetUp event about spray tans led to Allison building the business of her dreams
  • The limiting beliefs and fears that hold people back from building their network on purpose
  • The value of listening, and Allison’s other practical tips for networking
  • How paid mentorships and masterminds have been crucial to Allison’s success, and why she recommends learning from someone who is where you want to be
  • The importance in yourself and understanding that money is energy
  • Ally’s best tips for being active and becoming a known expert in Facebook groups
  • The most interesting and influential people Ally has met through networking
  • The morning routine that helps set Allison up for a successful day

Where to Find Allison:

  • Connect with Allison on Instagram @allisonmelodyTV and @foodhealsnation

Links and recommended resources:

  • Travis’s ebook Groupology
  • Whitney Laurence
  • The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein
  • John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson
  • Cliff Ravenscraft
  • Shawn Stevens Model Health Show
  • Lewis Howes
  • Joe Cross
  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead film
  • The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
  • Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars

014: Introducing Yourself at Networking Events with Nick Hughes

By Travis Chappell | Sep 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappel. This episode features Nick Hughes, a successful entrepreneur with business achievements in ecommerce, social media, digital payments and technology startups. In addition to creating the growing entrepreneurial network Founders Live, Nick stays busy as an advisor to numerous startups and occasionally takes positions in sales or business development roles if needed. He’s also a cofounder Callin’It, a cool new fan engagement and predictions app for sports fans. As a sought after adviser, entrepreneurial speaker and writer with guest appearances on popular technology and media outlets, Nick enjoys helping others discover their unique entrepreneurial path. Today he shares how he does it all through networking.

This is what Travis and Nick cover in this episode:

  • What Founders Live is and how you can participate
  • Why Nick chose the networking industry to get into and how following his passion and strengths led to the founding of this company
  • The most difficult part running a large, global community of entrepreneurs
  • Why you need to look at what makes you unique and different, and what brings people back, when building community
  • The top three reasons Nick suggests going to events in your local community
  • The best way to initiate conversations with people
  • Why Nick believes that the more people you know the more opportunities you will have
  • How saying yes to a random networking event led Nick to meet his business coach, who is a huge part of the success of Founders Live
  • How lost Nick would be if he hadn’t made those connections that helped him create his focused vision for his company
  • A great tip for introducing yourself at networking events if you are in transition, or between jobs
  • The mistake many people make in not having a structure or frequency to their networking, either online or in their local community
  • The places online that Nick cultivates relationships
  • Why relationships are like bank accounts and you need to treat it like a savings account not a checking account
  • Nick’s service based approach to life and business
  • Why being proactive about introducing people is a huge way to add value in any relationship
  • The reason you don’t want to corner people at networking events and the skill you need to learn to avoid it
  • Nick’s advice for connecting and networking in online communities
  • The most interesting and influential person Nick has been able to meet through networking
  • The value of starting an event to drastically change your network and the trajectory of your career

Links and recommended resources:

  • The Reboot Podcast by Jerry Colonna
  • The Misfit Entrepreneur Podcast by Dave Lukas
  • Tony Shae, founder of Zappos

How to find Nick Hughes:

The best place to find him is of course on or alternatively, reach out to him on LinkedIn

013: My Job Interview with John Maxwell with Rob McCleland

By Travis Chappell | Sep 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. In this episode, Travis interviews Dr. Rob McCleland, who is more passionate about leadership today than he’s been in his 25 years of leading organizations. He’s led a college in Washington D.C., a medical foundation in the Silicon Valley, an international non-profit with hospitals and schools around the glob. John Maxwell recruited Rob to lead Equip Leadership, the largest leadership development organization in the world and he went on to serve as the founding president of the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation. Rob has an earned Masters and PhD in Organizational Leadership, his doctoral dissertation is in the area of executive coaching, and he recently founded to help the next generation be the leaders that he knows they can be.

Here’s what Rob and Travis cover in this episode:

  • How networking and giving value got Rob his position with John Maxwell and enabled him to reach the 25 most difficult countries in the world
  • Why our view of courage is misguided, what it actually means and why it matters
  • Why it’s not just who you know that matters, but also if they trust you or not and whether you have built up enough goodwill for them to want to do things for you in return
  • How a connection Rob made 4 years earlier led to him landing a job worth upwards of 5 figures a day and a yearly 4-day paid vacation
  • The mistake in thinking people make when approaching networking that prevents them from having the success Rob has had
  • The three types of people in business and which type is the most successful
  • How Rob keeps very strong boundaries so he doesn’t waste his emotional energy and can give most effectively
  • The best networking advice Rob knows that only requires 4 seconds of courage
  • The importance of the 2nd and 3rd question in a networking conversation, and Rob’s suggestions to help the conversation along
  • The number 1 way to network online and the value of having something unique to say
  • Why Rob finds more value in small group or one-on-one connections than large rooms full of people at events
  • How Rob has found his mentors, and his response to people who ask him to be their mento
  • The reason you should take personal responsibility for everything in your life, your networks and the health of the relationships in those networks
  • Some examples of little ways Rob serves people that prove to be very powerful in building relationships

Links and recommended resources:

  • Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John Maxwell
  • The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
  • Kim Blanchard
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Michael Hyatt
  • Everybody Dance Now by C&C Music Factory

Where to find Dr. Rob McCleland:

You can find Rob at

Email Travis ( to get Rob’s 10 page book summary of Give and Take by Adam Grant 

The 7 Questions from John Maxwell’s book Good Leaders Ask Great Questions

What is the greatest lesson you have ever learned?

What are you learning now?

How has failure shaped your life?

Who do you know that I should know?

What have you read that I should read?

What have you done that I should do?

How Can I add value to you?

012: How a Clothing Gift Made an Impact with John Ruhlin

By Travis Chappell | Aug 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to another episode of Build Your Network with your host, Travis Chappell. The guest today is John Ruhlin, author of Giftology, which hit the top 10 business books list of Forbes in 2016. John is also the founder of The Ruhlin Group, a gift strategy and logistics company that helps clients send world class gifts to cut through the noise, increase referrals and strengthen retention with their most important clients, employees and prospects. Today John and his team have created gift packages for some of the largest companies and pro-sport teams in the world. But their mission and heart is to serve and take relationships for mid-sized privately owned businesses to a new level using their proven process.

This is what John and Travis discuss in this episode:

  • Why getting good at taking action and showing gratitude to people will give you a competitive advantage in business
  • The value of cool gifts, which are are an underused currency
  • John’s journey from a poor farm boy to knife salesman to entrepreneur
  • The reason taking care of the family helps everything else in business seems to take care of itself.
  • The three things and key relationships early on changed the trajectory of John’s career and life
  • Who John’s book Giftology is for, and how it’s a different way to drive real bottom line revenue and results, as well as improve your personal relationships
  • How a clothing gift made more of an impact than Cavaliers tickets, and helped make John his biggest ally
  • Why serendipity matters, but connection matters more
  • The reason people who ask ‘what’s the least I can get away with?’ fail and why you should be asking ‘what’s the most I can do in this situation?’ instead
  • The importance of persistence and taking the long-term view
  • An efficient way to find out what a person wants so that you can go get it for them
  • Why you should find something to gift that doesn’t necessarily tie into your business but goes to a different level and angle, and acknowledges the life of the person outside of business.
  • Mentorships and masterminds that have been pillars of John’s success
  • How John would start over by finding the other givers in the community
  • Why he prefers to learn experientially

Links and recommended resources:

Where to find John Ruhlin:

You can find John at and get his PDF of the ten worst gifts to avoid

011: Spending Time with Richard Branson on Necker Island with Ivan Misner

By Travis Chappell | Aug 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. In this episode, Travis interviews Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization, which now has over 8000 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world. In 2015 BNI members generated more than $11.1billion in closed business. He is a New York Times best-selling author, a columnist for and has taught business management at several universities throughout the United States. He’s been featured in The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times as well as numerous TV and radio shows including MSNBC, CNN, BBC and the Today Show on NBC. Called the father of modern networking by CNN and one of the top networking experts to watch by Forbes, Dr. Misner is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on business networking and has been a keynote speaker for many major associations throughout the world. Dr. Misner is also on the Board of Trustees for The University of Lavern, he is the co-founder of the BNI Charitable Foundation and was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the Red Cross and awarded the John C Maxwell Leadership Award. He and his wife Elizabeth are now empty nesters, with 3 grown children. In this episode he shares his wisdom and some very valuable lessons on networking and success.

This is what Travis and Ivan discuss in this episode:

  • Why Ivan started BNI, and what life looked like prior to that
  • What BNI is and how a chapter works
  • The many books Ivan has written and his top 3 suggestions
  • Why Ivan believes that how well you know each other is more important than what or who you know
  • How Ivan has experienced what he calls “The Butterfly Effect of Networking” that led to being invited to Necker Island with Richard Branson
  • The human instincts when making decisions, and why you need to do things differently
  • The way many people are using networking ineffectively, based on a misconception that it is face-to-face cold calling
  • Why networking is more about farming than it is about hunting
  • The VCP Process—Visibility, Credibility and Profitability—that good networkers use to be extremely successful
  • The secret to success in networking according to the father of networking
  • How to introduce yourself effectively
  • The Eyebrow Response Test to help you evaluate your Unique Selling Proposition and make it most effective
  • Why Ivan is a huge fan of life-long learning
  • How Ivan developed a networking situation where extroverts can do well but that is also very inviting to introverts
  • The reason Richard Branson is the best networker Ivan knows
  • What to do if you ever have a Butterfly Effect of Networking moment

Links and recommended resources:

  • Masters of Success, by various authors including Ivan Misner Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Erin Brockovich and Buzz Aldrin
  • Networking Like a Pro, and 29% Solution by Ivan Misner
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul, and The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Where to find Ivan Misner:

The best place to find Ivan is on his website:

010: Creating Emotional Connections with Daniel Jordi

By Travis Chappell | Aug 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest today is Daniel Jordi, the founder and managing director of and member of the Board of Directors at the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Switzerland. For the past 12 years he has spent most of his time connecting what belongs together, empowering leaders to grow their business and career towards more impact and fulfillment. Daniel has advised more than 250 entrepreneurs and corporate leaders from 29 nationalities on transitioning from corporate to startup strategic business development. Enjoy the wisdom and experience Daniel shares in this episode.

Here’s what Daniel and Travis cover in this episode:

  • Daniel’s business background and how facilitating business connections has led to 20 million Swiss Francs worth of new business value for his clients and connections in the past 4.5 years
  • How getting people to say yes has led to Daniel’s success
  • The biggest difference between the corporate world and the entrepreneurial work Daniel is doing no
  • The way Daniel looks at networking as efficiency and quality over quantity
  • Why it doesn’t matter how much you know if you’re not confident in your own talents and strengths
  • How a connection led to Daniel meeting his wife
  • The reason collecting connections isn’t enough for success, and the importance of taking those connections further
  • How creating something that resonates has been important not only for Daniel’s success but also in helping eliminate self-worth issues
  • Why he suggests creating emotional connections with people, not just giving away another ebook
  • The value in connecting personally one-on-one and taking networks one step at a time
  • The most interesting person Daniel has ever met
  • How mentorships and paid masterminds have helped Daniel by getting him around people at his level who want to support
  • The reason connecting with more people at a higher level than the people you connected with yesterday, will help you get over the fear of rejection
  • Daniel’s tips for networking in FB groups
  • The kind of meditation Daniel does, and why

Where to find Daniel Jordi:

Get the free PDF ’23 Mental Triggers that make busy people say yes’ at or look Daniel up on LinkedIn

09: The Fear of Being a Fan Girl with Alissa Daire Nelson

By Travis Chappell | Aug 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network, with Travis Chappell. You might mistake the guest today for superwoman and if you do, you won’t be alone. Alissa believes you have superpowers too. Alissa Daire Nelson is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blog publications and on podcasts from all over the globe. She’s an accomplished success coach, speaker, host of the Maximize your Strengths podcast as well as published author of a hot new book,  From Frustrated to Fricking Awesome: Four Steps To the Deep Success You’re Wired For. More than anything else she’s an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two, who loves helping others discover how to make their businesses and relationships thrive in harmony.

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

  • Alissa’s background and how she uses all the things she’s done to date to serve people today
  • How Alissa helps people uncover their superpowers and what happens when you live in your superpowers
  • Why Alissa won’t pitch you on her coaching, and the reason she advises a vetting process for both sides of a coaching relationship
  • What ignited the desire in her to write a book when she doesn’t enjoy writing
  • The one key message from the book that Alissa wants you to know
  • Why you need to choose who you know and be very cautious with the people in your inner circle
  • The value in surrounding yourself with people who are better than you
  • The gut feeling Alissa followed when starting her podcast, and how it has paid off
  • The fear of being a fan girl that held Alissa back and how she got over it
  • The most embarrassing moment of Alissa’s life and how she met Pat Flynn
  • Why people will react the way you treat them, so it matters whether you fan girl or treat them like normal person
  • Alissa’s advice for ways to add value and why she recommends that you go to a conference
  • Tips for people to engage and serve in Facebook groups without being self-promotionary
  • Why Alissa loves all kinds of people and thinks the influential ones aren’t always the most interesting
  • The reason Alissa wants to outgrow her coaches and has the same goal for her clients to outgrow her
  • The importance of being strategic in the networking events you choose
  • Why, if you are looking for a networking group that doesn’t exist, you should start it yourself

Links and recommended resources:

  • Podcast Movement
  • Quantum Leap Mastermind, Hal Elrod and John Bergoff
  • Entrepreneur on Fire by John Lee Dumas
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Letting Go by David Hawkins
  • Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn
  • Snap Judgment with Glen Washinton
  • Andrew Warner
  • Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Perfect by Pink!

Where to find Alissa Daire Nelson:

Find Alissa on Facebook at or you can friend her personal page too.