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March 24, 2021 41 min
Misha Glouberman helps people communicate better. He teaches communication skills, runs meetings and conferences for organizations, hosts live events, and speaks at conferences. He is the author, with Sheila Heti, of the book ‘The Chairs Are Where the People Go’ – which the New Yorker named as one of its top nonfiction books of 2011. He relays everything he knows about communication, conferences, relationships, making friends, monogamy, playing charades and more. This episode is sponsored by Canva Pro. It’s the easy-to-use design platform that has everything you need to design like a pro. It has all you need in one place, including a collection of over 75 million premium photos, videos, audio and graphics. As a Canva Pro subscriber, I love so many of their features including the brand kit, which makes it really easy to collaborate with my team. Claim your FREE 45 day extended trial by signing up via ( episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs. When your business is ready to make that next hire, LinkedIn Jobs can help by matching your role with qualified candidates so that you can find the right person quickly. You can pay what you want and get the first $50 off. Just visit ( to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Terms and conditions apply.This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting ( Give BetterHelp a try today. I’ve put together a FREE challenge that will forge the future that you want. It’s called the Forge Your Future Challenge. Hosted by me and I’ll be livestreaming the event with a wide variety of activities leading up to the challenge. Simply go to ( and sign up to this free challenge today.10 years on from writing the book, I catch up with Misha to find out what has been going on in his life. In this episode, we discuss what 99% of conferences aren’t doing, how to make meaningful online connections and the social and technological design considerations for good online networking. Talking Points Misha’s focus on building connections during the pandemic (4:43) Dissecting the problem with remote events (9:34) Why so many conferences fail to deliver a true experience (11:09) Lessons from improv (30:32) Innovation from uncertainty (32:06) The power of vulnerability and reconsidering your social networks (37:03) Quote "There are things that are really important to us as humans, so why do we make them hard to say?" Helpful Links (‘The Chairs Are Where the People Go’ by Misha Glouberman) (Steven Pressfield) (World Domination Summit) (Episode 227: Why You Need Atomic Habits with James Clear) (The BIG Ready) ( (Misha’s Twitter) (Misha’s LinkedIn) Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast?
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