Learn How You Can Build Deep And Lasting Connections

Are you aware of the power of human connections?
Creating connections is definitely a skill anyone can learn. One inspiring example is the speaker of this episode, Sean Stephenson. The man is a legend when it comes to creating powerfully deep connections with some of the most powerful people on earth. Sean is a world-renowned American motivational speaker who was born with a rare genetic disease called the brittle bone disease. Despite his challenges, he took a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. Expect to take home actionable steps to start implementing the moment this episode ends, because Sean has made it that simple for you to use every day.
“Time to you is not time to everyone else. What might just be a passing smile to you could save someone’s life.”
— Sean Stephenson

Highlights of the episode:

  • Sean starts his talk with an incredible story of how a passing moment for him turned into a moment of saving someone’s life
  • He explains the currency of connections and how the responsibility of creating powerful connections falls on yourself
  • Sean shares an anecdote of how the power of your energy can shift your reality and help build deeper connections
  • “We teach people how to treat us—” He explains how to utilize this fundamental truth in your life starting now
  • Four lessons of building connections Sean picked up from former President of the United States, Bill Clinton
  • Three lessons Sean learned from the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  • The true definition of listening is more than simply lending an ear to a conversation — Sean shares what it truly means to listen
  • The three things Sean learned from observing Richard Branson, which you can start implementing in your life
  • Sean explains the difference between confidence, arrogance, humility, and shyness including a strong tip on how to navigate each emotion when in conversation
  • Building connections start as an equal exchange; Listen how Sean plays a game of “ping-pong” with his friend Shannon
  • The final step to building deeper and lasting connections is a habit you can start implementing today and it begins with the exercise of giving praise

People mentioned in the episode:

  • Vishen Lakhiani
  • Lisa Nichols
  • Former US President, Bill Clinton
  • Joe Polish
  • Engage Today
  • His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Richard Branson

In the episode, Sean spoke about memorizing the name of the person you’re interacting with.

If you have difficulty with remembering a name or even the steps to this episode, we’d recommend you listen to this episode to help you with that:

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By learning from the greats, Sean has reached peaks in his life and career because he has applied the lessons in his life. So here’s a powerful quote by Sean for you to leave with,
“Connection is not an exchange of information, connection is an exchange of humanity. It’s an exchange of emotion.”
— Sean Stephenson
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What was your biggest learning from Sean’s talk?

Which of the points he shared were the most profound you’ve heard in a while?

Do you resonate with Vishen’s story of having trouble building connections?

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