How to Create Connection Dinners

I don’t know about you, but there are two things I love doing – eating great meals, and connecting with interesting people.

Now let’s throw the two together. Awesome dinner + awesome people = just mind-blowing awesomeness.

I think Jayson Gaignard and Scott Oldford would both agree.

Gaignard and Oldford both recently came out with books which revolve around a similar topic – organizing dinners with interesting people as a way of growing your connections and broadening your network.

What’s even more amazing is that these two authors have a lot in common – they are both self-made Canadian entrepreneurs, they’ve both founded businesses that failed, and they both have wiped the slate clean and started successful businesses a second time around.

Both books merit attention, so here they are:

Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard

IMastermind Dinners Jayson Gaignard‘ve featured Jayson on my podcast before, and he gave one of my best interviews to date, hands-down.

His book does not disappoint. He shares his strategy for putting together small “mastermind dinners” by bringing together small groups of interesting people all around one table.

He credits this process for helping his business to rebound and earn multiple six figures per year in revenue.

It’s a strategy you can use in your life. Round up a group of people in your industry and bring them all together – whether in a dinner, or a lunch or  a basketball game, whatever.

You’ll be seen as a leader simply because you brought the group together, and it will allow you to form some strong bonds with people who you might otherwise think are unreachable.

More important, Jayson is just a really good, genuine guy so I’m excited to help promote his book.

Check it out here at Amazon: Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard (referral link).

Check out my podcast interview with Jayson Gaignard here.

Connections That Count by Scott Oldford

Connections that CountI recently connected with Scott Oldford, who found me through my Forbes post on the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Follow in 2015.

Like Jayson’s book, Scott’s book is a guidebook for how to bring together successful people, primarily at dinners or lunches, complete with lots of practical and time-saving tips and tricks.

“These meals are about making connections, hearing new ideas, solving problems, seeing the world from other people’s perspectives,” writes Oldford.  “There are connections that continue long after the dinner is over.”

What’s even more amazing is that Scott is like 12 years old. Actually, he’s 23, but that’s not far off. He made his first $1 million by 18, then lost it all by 21.

Now it seems he’s well on his way to building up another fortune. He told me recently that the business he started just last year has already brought in over $1 million in the past 12 months.

When I was 22 years old, I was making less than $30,000 a year and living with my parents.  So even if Oldford lost that first $1 million, he’s doing a heck of a lot better than I was at that age.

Check out Connections That Count on Amazon here (referral link)


Want More?

If you need some more recommendations of great books about relationship-building/networking that have come out in the past 12 months, here are a couple more:

Oh yeah, by the way, I co-authored a book that came out January 1, 2015. It’s called Creating Business Growth: 21 Successful Marketers Reveal their Top Business Marketing Secrets.  I’m one of 21 amazing authors. Check it out here.

Happy reading!


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