On a personal and professional level, Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People by Carnegie was transformational. Carnegie would have loved Nick Gray’s The 2-Hour Cocktail Party because it explains how, when, and where to connect with other people, which can lead to lifelong friendships. This book is relevant to any financial and business leader; Nick nails it when he says, “Networking is the key to success in every career or business.”
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- A book not about cocktails but relationship-building
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- The illustrator in this book is phenomenal, Fru Pinter
- The reason introverts struggle to build new relationships after a move to a new city
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- Other party tactics – name tags, food, beverages, the harmonica, and the length
- The reason these parties can replace holiday events
- Nick’s term – barties
- The reason parties don’t last all evening
- Mondays and weekends are out
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- Kids or no kids?
Let me get right to the point. Nick Gray is awesome. Before I hit record for the interview, Nick asked, “Mark, how can I help you?” I don’t know Nick personally, but I’m betting this is how he is around friends and family, continually seeking ways to be helpful to others.
I found Nick’s work by accident. I want every client I work with to attend Strategic Coach. I loved the three years I attended and want CEOs to experience what I did. Through a Google search, I found Nick’s comprehensive and valuable posts on Strategic Coach, and I now send these links to CEOs I work with.
I can’t just single out my favorite post. Here’s a partial list of my favorites:
- Here’s the complete list in one post – Strategic Coach Reviews with Dan Sullivan
- What Happens in a Strategic Coach Workshop? Okay, this is probably my favorite.
- Unique Ability Review – brilliant, but read the post on Kolbe next as they go hand in hand. Nick, could you tell I’m an 8822?
- I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve recommended the book/audio program for The D.O.S. Conversation®. It’s the best people tool I’ve ever used, and I probably apply it daily. I’m glad Nick included an article on this power mental construct.
- Stephanie Song – that’s not the title of this post, but she’s pictured in this article, my favorite person at Strategic Coach.
- Dan is the frameworks king and Impact Filters, The Largest Check, Experience Transformers, reveals why this is true.
- 10x Workshop Notes – if only every CEO could attend at least one of these sessions.
As I was reading Nick’s content, I learned about a unique business he created and later sold. Let’s have Nick explain this extraordinary business in his own words:
Ultimately, my reading of Nick Gray led to his book, which is as creative as Museum Hack. I am forever thankful to Ash Smith for helping make this interview a reality.
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