Week 9: An odd request – Scott Berkun

My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why

Update From Previous Weeks:

Last month, I reached out to Mark Earls and asked if he would sign a copy of his book. After a month of getting mail through customs, guess what came in the mail today?

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I was pretty happy when I got the package.

This Week:

This week I wanted to reach out to Scott Berkun – author and public speaker.

A few months ago, a friend of mine recommended me Scott’s book: Confessions of a Public Speaker because she knew that one of my dreams is to be a public speaker.

Since the book was full of funny and sometimes tragic anecdotes from Scott’s career, the book made for an easy read on a sunny summer afternoon road trip from New York to Vermont.

At the end of the book was this request from Scott.

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Since I fairly enjoyed the book, I decided to give Scott a hand with his request.

  • Write a review on Amazon. Check.

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  • Recommend the book to friends. Check – I recommended this and a few of my other favorite speaking books to my local toastmasters from this summer.

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  • Blog about the book. Check – I suppose this post you are reading counts?

Next Tuesday:

Next week I will reach out to Mike Erwin, founder of Team RWB, a nonprofit with over 36,000 members looking to enrich the lives of American veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Want to join me and reach out to your role models? You can get details for the 7-Day CWA Challenge below.

Week 8: Asking Advice from a Role Model – Jesse Bonanno

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  I love listening to Pandora. I get to hear my favorite songs and every now and then, Pandora will play a song it thinks I will like based on my past preferences. A month ago, […]

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Week 7: Finding a difficult email – Brené Brown

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  This week was quite challenging. My goal was to reach out to Brené Brown, best known for her work with vulnerability and shame. She delivered this TED talk on embracing the power of […]

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Week 6: Using LinkedIn Creatively – Sean Covey

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  Last week, my connection goal was Sean Covey (@sean_covey): writer, motivational speaker, and Vice-President of Products at FranklinCovey. Why Sean? When I was 12, I was given 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by  my friend […]

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Week 5: Dining with a Local Celebrity – Parker Liautaud

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  I first learned about Parker Liautaud from reading about his journey becoming the fastest person to reach the South Pole. I was amazed by the type of quest Parker chose to embark on. While I was […]

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Week 4: How to Meet the Conference Organizer – Sherry Ott

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  This week, my goal was to connect with Sherry Ott and help her accomplish a goal. Who is Sherry Ott? Facing burnout, Sherry Ott (@ottsworld) decided to quit her corporate IT job to travel the […]

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Week 3: Asking a hero to dinner – Tom Scott

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  Long before it was cool to be working at what could be the “next Facebook”, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. The problem is that “wanting” and “doing” are not the […]

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Week 2: Asking for an autograph – Mark Earls

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  Last week, I decided to reach out to Mark Earls. Who is Mark Earls? Mark Earls is a thought leader in herd behavior (how people behave in groups). He published the book HERD: How to Change […]

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Week 1: Spreading a Cool Idea – A.J. Jacobs

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My name is Davis. In September 2014, I decided to spend a year reaching out to role models I’ve never met. Here’s why.  This is A.J. Jacobs. Who is A.J. Jacobs? A.J. is a journalist, author, and speaker best known for writing about turning his life into a series of experiments. Here are some of my favorite experiments: […]

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A Year of Giving and Connecting

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My name is Davis Nguyen and I am a college student. You can read more about my personal journey here. In July of 2014, I attended the World Domination Summit – a 4-day conference for unconventionally creative people. I had spent the last 2 years saving up my money so I could go and, man […]

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