089: Jon Levy | How to Throw An Influencers Dinner


How would you like to throw a dinner party at your house for about a dozen people and have that group include a “who’s who” of titans of Industry, Olympic athletes, CEOs, musicians and celebrities?

That sounds pretty good.

AND how about all of your guests are doing all the cooking and cleaning – they’re making YOUR dinner.

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Actually it’s not. My guess on this podcast, Jon Levy, does exactly that.

Jon started a series of dinners at his own home in New York city that he calls “The Influencers Dinners.”

Jon LevyIt started with a small group and gained momentum. And today it’s become a bit of a phenomenon.

But get this – Jon did not start with high-level connections. He is just a regular guy who had a crazy idea.

He is actually a first generation immigrant. His family came over the U.S. when he was young so he has no special connections, didn’t know any high-level CEOs or celebrities; didn’t have any hookups.

And yet Fast Company has ranked him as one of its top 15 super connectors.

He’s been profiled in Forbes and NY Times. And some amazing opportunities have come his from this simple concept. He’s gotten speaking gigs, consulting contracts, and even a book deal.

So how does he do it?

And more important, how can YOU take this idea and make it your own?

Jon breaks down in this interview how you can throw your own Influencer experience, which could be anything. It could be gathering a group of people for a cocktail party, it could be putting on a play, it could be a cultural event with a speaker, it could be a pickup basketball game.

It’s not as complicated as you might think.

You’ll find out how in this interview:

  • Jon explains the 3 key elements of organizing an influencer event and getting A-list celebrities and VIPs to yearn to attend your events
  • Jon explains why the strength of a community lies in generosity, diversity and focusing on bringing people together to connect with each other (not with you)
  • Why Jon says you should go out and embarrass yourself and that’s OK
  • How to be a super connector, even if you don’t know anyone
  • How to keep your cost down when organizing these types of events, and
  • Finally the importance of creating your own secret traditions – secrets which you don’t tell ANYONE about (he wouldn’t even tell me in this interview)

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