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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.

08: Networking on Social Media with Ryan Stewman

By Travis Chappell | Aug 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. In this episode, Travis interviews Ryan Stewman, the CEO and Founder of Hardcore Closer and Breakthrough Academy, and is a five-times best-selling author, motivational speaker, sales coach, podcast host, blogger and all around entrepreneur. He’s also a regular contribute to Forbes, Entrepreneur, Addicted to Success, Good Men Project, Lighter Side of Real Estate, Huffington Post and more. Ryan is best known for consulting with alpha personality business owners on rapidly growing their sales with the use of strong marketing and advertising. With his no-BS, take action approach, Ryan has been able to help many high income and high net worth performers make adjustments in their businesses that unleash windfall profits.

This is what Travis and Ryan discuss in this episode:

  • Ryan’s journey from prison to multiple 7-figure business man
  • The way Breakthrough Academy helps transform people’s lives
  • One of the big problems with seminars, and what Ryan designed in order to combat that
  • The success mindset that helped Ryan transform his “loser” situation in the middle of the GFC
  • How he got into digital marketing when a law change lost him his job
  • The power of adapting early so you don’t get left behind later
  • Why Ryan believes what you know is more important than who you know
  • How mutual friends and accidental connections have allowed Ryan to meet a lot of celebrities over the years
  • Why Ryan has invested approximately $250,000 into personal education, mentors and masterminds and actually prefers that to free face-to-face networking events
  • How Ryan has build his sphere of influence and expanded his empire through social media
  • The Lucky 7 Method Ryan teaches that is the most powerful way to network on social media
  • Tips for connecting and building relationships in Facebook groups
  • Why successful people want to help others achieve success
  • How Ryan would rebuild his network using what he knows instead of who he knows

Links and recommended resources:

  • Ken Shamrock
  • David Goggins
  • Ryan’s Sales Talk for Sales Pros Facebook Group
  • Michael Reese
  • Jay Kinder
  • Willy Nelson
  • Joe Rogan
  • MFCEO with Andy Frisella
  • We study billionaires Podcast
  • Poppin’ Tags by Future

Where to find Ryan Stewman:

Although he’s unable to accept any new friend requests, you can follow Ryan on his personal profile under his name, Ryan Stewman. He regularly posts motivation, inspiration and entertainment.

Or join the Sales Talk with Sales Pros Facebook Group.

07: How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth, and Happiness with Akshay Nanavati

By Travis Chappell | Aug 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. Today’s guest, Akshay Nanavati, is truly inspiring. After overcoming drug addiction, alcoholism, PTSD from fighting in the war in Iraq and recovering from the brink of suicide, Akshay Nanavati has since explored the most hostile environments on the planet, built a business helping people live limitless lifestyles. Combining his life experience with years of research in science and spirituality, he wrote a book called Fearvana: the revolutionary science of how to turn fear into health, wealth and happiness. Of the book, the Dali Lama said, ‘Fearvana inspires us to look beyond out own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives. Akshay has a fascinating story and today he shares some amazing examples of the power of networking.

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

  • The movie that triggered a desire in Akshay to serve others
  • What happened when Akshay got back from Iraq
  • The turning point that helped him go from functioning alcoholic and suicidal to studying neuroscience, psychology and spirituality
  • The reason Akshay wants you to develop a positive relationship with suffering and what “Fearvana” really means
  • The four things on the wall at Akshay’s gym that remind him to reframe suffering and work harder
  • How Akshay got the Dali Lama to write the foreword for his book through a series of networking connections
  • Why vulnerability is the key to making genuine personal connections and the reason to consider shooting a personal video instead of just emailing
  • The way mastery (what you know) and connections (who you know) feed each other
  • The snowball effect of connections that have led to some amazing opportunities for Akshay, and how deep and meaningful connections have transformed his life
  • Why you should aim big, believe in yourself and just ask yourself, “Why not?”
  • The reason owning your value and coming from a mindset of service is important when pitching yourself
  • The importance of expressing gratitude and sharing the impact a person has had on you, and some simple ways to do that
  • How being clear about what you’re looking for, your goals and what you’re trying to achieve will help you go to the right places to get you there
  • Why you need to get comfortable with videos, and other face-to-face conversations
  • The meaningful, symbolic gift Akshay gave to Jack Canfield
  • The currency influencers trade in: influence
  • What Akshay would do if he had to start out all over again
  • Why fear will never go away and how you can leverage confidence as a source of commitment

Links and recommended resources:

  • The Chicken Soup for the Soul series, The Success Principles and the
  • Train the Trainer Program by Jack Canfield
  • The World Domination Summit by Chris Gillebeau
  • So Money Podcast by Farnoosh Torabi
  • Leadership Step By Step by Joshua Spodek
  • The Art of Authenticity Podcast by Laura Coe
  • Leadership Coach by Martial Goldsmith
  • The Last of the Mohicans Theme
  • The Rise and Shine video from Nike
  • To Do-ist App

Where to find Akshay Nanavati

The best place to find Akshay is or reach out to him on Instagram or via email.

The Gym poster mentioned

During a workout you should think four things:

  1. I’m not going to make it
  2. I wanna quit
  3. I’m gonna die if I keep going
  4. I’d rather die than not finish this

Are you working hard enough?

06: Balancing a 350,000 subscriber YouTube channel and a 4,000 person agency with Patrick Bet-David

By Travis Chappell | Aug 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. On the show today, Travis speaks with Patrick BetDavid, a successful startup entrepreneur, CEO of PHP Agency, emerging author and creator of ValueTainment on YouTube. Born in Iran, Patrick moved to the US in 1990, joined the military and then got into the financial industry. Four years ago, he accidentally started a YouTube channel that now has over 340,000 subscribers. Valuetainment is referred to as the number 1 channel for entrepreneurs online. In this episode he shares his story and advice for building your networks and creating your success.

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

  • What happened when Patrick’s plan to be the next Middle Easter Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t work out
  • What life looked like for Patrick before getting into the financial industry
  • The reason Patrick never thought he’d be wealthy as a kid
  • The catalyst that started ValueTainment and how it took 2.5 years before Patrick thought it might take off
  • The weight lifting principle that Patrick has applied to business and YouTube that contributed to his success
  • Why being good at media as well as business is important
  • The power in getting who you know to help you learn what you know
  • How a contact ended up making Patrick 30 million dollars over 12 years and a guy from Peru introduced him to Robert Kiyosaki
  • Why networks and contacts, if you get into the right ones, can completely change the face of your game and the way you think
  • The problem with people putting more energy and obsession into why they can’t do something and why life isn’t fair, than figuring it out
  • The importance of choosing selectively where your energy and power and focus goes
  • The value of being the connector and why overwhelmingly it comes back to you
  • Why asking for general referrals doesn’t get you the best response and doesn’t help the other person help you either
  • The mentors in Patrick’s life that played a tremendous role in his journey
  • Why all the same principles apply whether you’re starting your network from scratch or expanding it from where you are now

Links and recommended resources:

  • Laws of Success by Napoleon Hill
  • Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
  • Go for It from the Rocky V soundtrack

Where to find Patrick BetDavid:

If you YouTube “Entrepreneur” you will find Patrick. Or follow in on social,

@PatrickBetDavid on Instagram and @PatrickBetDavid19 on Snapchat

05: A Great Way to Turn People Off with Esther Kiss

By Travis Chappell | Aug 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest on this episode is Esther Kiss. Esther is the founder of Born to Influence, a boutique publicity firm specializing in helping experts and personal brands get more publicity, leads and sales. Her clients have been featured on TV and newspapers, magazines and some of the top podcasts in the world resulting in millions of dollars in additional sales. Through a coaching program she teaches the thought process for developing influential brands, designed for exponential long term growth. Esther also runs the Born To Influence Podcast and she’s here today to share her influential advice.

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

  • How Esther leveraged her 17 years in marketing and business development into a podcast and then a successful business of her own
  • What she enjoys most about the publicity work
  • Why there is no “one most effective medium” and what type of businesses suit podcasts as compared with mainstream media publicity
  • What Esther has done to stand out in this industry, and why she is selective about her clients
  • The importance of not just who you know, but who knows you
  • The power of reputation and why you need to think about how you’re positioning yourself
  • How people fail in connecting with influencers because of a lack of proactive action
  • The way Esther connected with Ryan Levesque on Facebook
  • Why the ‘tit for tat’ approach is a great way to turn people off, and what to do instead when you’re networking
  • Esther’s best networking tip: lead with a spirit of generosity
  • The power of livestreams to engage audiences and create a dialogue
  • The reason Esther always positions herself as the hub, the connector, and why it leads to more opportunities
  • The most influential person Esther has met through networking
  • How Esther would use Facebook to rebuild her community from scratch
  • The impact of social media in shifting the 80s/90s competitive approach to business towards a more collaborative, sharing based approach today
  • The spreadsheet strategy Esther uses with clients to know who to ask for introductions

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Beautiful Stranger by Madonna

Where to find Esther Kiss:

The best place to find Esther is You can also get her free gift to help you connect and position yourself in a way that members of the media want to interview you

04: Stop Thinking About the Next Sale with Zvi Band

By Travis Chappell | Aug 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode of Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest today is Zvi Band, a software developer and found and CEO of CRM software Contactually. Zvi started out as a government contractor working in a cubicle and eventually worked his way up to being CTO of a company before turning his hand at consulting. He had the right relationships and worked with some amazing companies, but it was an itch he needed scratching in his own business that led to the development of Contactually in 2011. Focused on leadership, people, culture and community, Contactally now has 65 people working for them in downtown Washington, D.C. Their aim is to help you successful grow your business in just minutes a day.

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

  • How the power of relationships helped change Zvi from introverted college kid into a successful entrepreneur and meetup organizer
  • What a CRM is and does to help you build your business
  • Why Zvi created Contactually, who it’s for and what differentiates it from other CRMs on the market
  • The reason Contactually nearly failed many times early on
  • The power of raising funds to create a tipping point in its development
  • The reason Zvi believes what you know about who you know is the most important thing
  • Why Zvi doesn’t like the ‘throw business cards around’ idea of networking and prefers to make friends instead
  • Zvi’s mission for the next few years with Contactually
  • How the world has changed and the most important asset you can have now that we’ve passed the industrial age and the information age
  • What the most successful people do in their attitude towards giving
  • Aristotle’s advice that applies to everything, including networking
  • The impact of switching mindset from thinking about the next sale to thinking about consistently dedicating yourself to long term relationship building
  • Why Zvi is a fan of Twitter
  • The most influential person Zvi has ever made contact with through networking
  • How Zvi overcomes his fear of the approach during networking
  • What Zvi would do if he had to start his network all over again

Links and recommended resources:

  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • Zendesk,, SalesForce
  • Elon Musk
  • The opening theme from the movie Top Gun
  • I believe I can fly  by R Kelly

Where you can find Zvi Band:

Feel free to reach out to Zvi on Twitter @skeevis or find more about Contactually at

03: The Importance of Consistency in Facebook Groups with John Lee Dumas

By Travis Chappell | Aug 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

In this episode, Travis interviews veteran podcaster, author and entrepreneurial influencer John Lee Dumas. John is the host and founder of the top-ranked Entrepreneur On Fire podcast, where he interviews today’s most inspiring entrepreneurs seven days a week. As well as teaching people how to podcast through his Podcaster’s Paradise community, John also is the author of The Freedom Journal, which helps individuals set and accomplish goals in 100 days. With over 1700 interviews under his belt with inspiring and influential leaders in business and life, John is a brilliant example of how building your network can increase your net worth.

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

  • How every success in John’s life can be attributed to an investment he made in himself and a relationship
  • The investment John made in a mastermind that landed him his first speaking gig and connected him with other authorities that helped catapult his success
  • The power of case studies and the reason people who don’t understand the value of building their network are less likely to achieve success
  • The most influential person John has built a relationship with thanks to his networking and relationships building skills
  • John’s number 1 tip for how to network more effectively
  • Practical ways to network and give in a Facebook group setting
  • The importance of consistency
  • The value of investing your money in something and why John hasn’t valued anything he’s been given for free as much as the things he’s paid for
  • What John would do if he had to start over from scratch
  • The power of going where the people are and of being the person who throws the party and brings people together
  • Why you need the Mastery Journal in order to win tomorrow, today
  • JLD’s advice for setting up a great routine

Links and recommended resources:

  • Podcast Answerman with Cliff Ravenscraft
  • New Media Expo
  • Patt Flynn, Lewis Howes, Michael Hyatt and Sally Hogshead
  • NPR Podcast How I built this
  • Wild Ride: inside Uber’s quest for world domination by Adam Lashinksy
  • The Profit and The Partner by Marcus Lemonis

Where to find John Lee Dumas:

Check out the EOFire Podcast or on your favourite podcast player. And find out more about The Mastery Journal at

02: Why You Should Carefully Choose Your Inner Circle with Aaron Walker

By Travis Chappell | Aug 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell. The guest in this episode is Aaron Walker, who is without question a veteran entrepreneur. Starting his first business at 18 and selling to a Fortune 500 Company nine short years later demonstrates Aaron’s passion for succeeding. Today, he spends the majority of his time helping men grow in success and significance as president and founder of View From The Top, a premier life and business coaching resource. Aaron’s new book, View From The Top, is guaranteed to move and inspire you to live a successful and significant life.

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

  • How Aaron first fell in love with business and became a financial success
  • What his wife said to him to get him to go back to work after he sold his first business
  • The heart breaking experience that led to Aaron taking 5 years off business to travel the world with his family
  • How he got his purpose back and started another two extremely successful businesses
  • The personal attribute that have contributed most to Aaron’s success
  • The Life Mantra his Mom taught him that helped build his self-esteem and confidence, and ultimately made him successful
  • What Aaron’s Dad taught him about climbing the ladder that helped humble him
  • The reason confidence is important in business
  • Why Aaron wrote his book and the 2-year process he went through to get it written
  • How and why you should pick the right people for your inner circle very selectively
  • The importance of playing with people better than you
  • What happened when Aaron spent 25% of his time promoting other people
  • The reason Aaron won’t introduce you to Dave Ramsay
  • Why focusing your outlook towards others is important, even though you will get people take advantage of you
  • How having an abundance mindset helped Aaron form a group of elite builders and what happened to everybody’s businesses as a result
  • That people will tell you what they want but you have got to be a good listener to hear it
  • How masterminds have radically transformed Aaron’s life and why he believes that vulnerability is where strength starts
  • Why you should not include family members or business partners in your mastermind
  • The reason you need to invest time in your family, not just work
  • The value in Aaron’s rule of having coffee or a meal with people and NOT asking for business
  • Why making an indelible impression on people is time-consuming but simple
  • How Aaron hires people to supplement his weaknesses so that he can play to his strengths

Links and Recommended Resources:

  • Financial Peace by Dave Ramsay
  • 48 Days to the Life You Love by Dan Miller
  • Fully Alive by Ken Davis
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • Mindset by Carole Dweck
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday
  • The Bible
    Michael Stelszner’s Social Media Marketing World
  • Jeff Goin’s Tribe Writers

Where to Find Aaron Walker:

Find Aaron at or on Facebook @AaronWalkerVFTT and Twitter @vftcoach

01: Asking Elon Musk an embarrassing question with John Corcoran

By Travis Chappell | Aug 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

The guest today is John Corcoran, an attorney, writer and father, and a former Clinton Whitehouse writer and speechwriter to the Governor of California. Throughout his career, John has worked in Hollywood, the heart of Silicon Valley and now owns his own boutique law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area catering to small business owners and entrepreneurs. He’s the creator of Smart Business Revolution and the Smart Business Revolution Podcast. His writing has appeared in Forbes,, Huffington Post, Art of Manliness, Life Hacker, Business Insider, Get Rich Slowly and numerous other publications, blogs and websites.

Here’s what Travis and John cover in this episode

  • How John ended up building Smart Business Revolution and scaling a business that is inherently unscaleable
  • What it was like working at the Whitehouse and the appreciation he got for working with people at the top of their game
  • Why he got away from the fight-based legal world and moved towards working with entrepreneurs and business owners
  • How John has pivoted in his career and the reasons he did so
  • Why he recommends that you follow the people that excite you instead of single-mindedly pursuing opportunities
  • How a connection he made on a plane got John the job with the California Governor’s office and led to him meeting his wife
  • Why so many people fail at growing their inner circle
  • The mistake most people make in thinking about what they can get instead of what they can do for others
  • That when you focus on what you can do for other people opportunities will come from it
  • The importance of individualizing your approach to relationships and come from a place of conviction and sincerity
  • Why you should never say ‘let me know how I can help you’ and what to say instead
  • How John uses a CRM to keep track of his network and why it’s the best investment he’s made
  • The value in being clear on the type of people you want to surround yourself with, or having a concentrated community approach both online and offline
  • The mistake John made when he met Elon Musk
  • The different approach John takes to mentorship and finding mentors
  • Why John recommends finding the communities that already exist
  • Why you shouldn’t say you’re not good at something and what you should say instead

Links and recommended resources:

  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
  • Drive, or To Sell is Human by Dan Pink
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Five Minute Journal
  • Various CRMS: Salesforce, Zoho, Netfleet, Insightly, AgileCRM, ViperCRM Contactually

Where to find John Corcoran

Find John at Opt-in there, give away some email templates for sending emails to VIPs or Influencers that you admire

00: Introduction to Build Your Network with Travis Chappell

By Travis Chappell | Aug 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Travis delves into what this podcast is all about and how you will benefit from listening and subscribing.

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