How To Cultivate A Truly Powerful Network With Judy Robinett

Judy Robinett

“I meet people everyday who either don’t have connections or they don’t leverage their connections, and so they can’t really get to their dreams.”

Judy Robinett is a networking powerhouse. During her impressive career as an author and keynote speaker, she has made valuable connections with some of the world’s biggest luminaries, which include billionaires, TV & film executives, and big-league CEOs. Now as the Founder and President of JRobinett Enterprises, she teaches entrepreneurs and business leaders how to attain their goals by connecting quality relationships with strategy. Today she tells us what she knows.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why your network equals your net worth.
  • How to define a great network (and make it work for you).
  • The importance of looking to who you already know.
  • What scares most people about networking (and how to get over it).

In her career Judy Robinett has led  both public and private companies as CEO, and served in management positions at Fortune 500 companies. She is on the advisory boards of Illuminate VC, Pereg VC, and Springboard Enterprises.  Judy previously served as a managing director of Golden Seeds Angel Network, and as a member of the faculty of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Program.  Judy’s book,  How to Be a Power Connector: the 5+50+150 Rule, was named the #1 Business Book of 2014 by Inc. She has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, CBS, The Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Learn more about Judy at, LinkedIn and Twitter.








About the author, David

Host of Smashing the Plateau and the Co-Founder of the BestNetwork, which guides expertise-driven solopreneur business owners to build stable and consistent recurring revenue.


  1. Michael Callahan on 02/03/2016 at 7:51 PM

    What a great discussion and insight.

  2. Jacques Boubli on 02/04/2016 at 10:17 AM

    Thank you David, thank you Judy, for a fascinating discussion. I have known David for many years and cannot say enough good things about him. Judy, I thought your comments were spot on. I used to work for a woman who taught me “when you are afraid of something, move towards it.” Practical and critically important advice. Thank you both!

    Jacques E. Boubli, CFP
    VP/Investment Advisor
    The Portfolio Strategy Group

  3. David Shriner-Cahn on 02/04/2016 at 11:16 AM

    Michael and Jacques, thank you for your thoughts. Judy is an amazing example of someone who understands the human need for relationships.

  4. Mads Singers on 02/08/2016 at 9:33 PM

    Awesome episode! and I couldn’t agree more. I’m very introvert by nature, but when i got into management and started networking, the difference it makes is just huge…

  5. Naava Frank on 09/27/2017 at 5:33 PM

    I heard Judy’s podcast and bought her book. Wow. I am a natural social connector but found her tips really helped me think about how to bring that into my business life. I should go reread the book again, I think I could use a booster shot.

    Also I really appreciate the comment of Jacques Boubli about moving toward something you fear. Jacques, do you have an anecdote to share about how that worked for you?

    Thank you David for getting a fascinating group of people and content together so quickly.

    • David Shriner-Cahn on 03/12/2019 at 9:11 AM

      Thank you, Naava. If there is a topic you would like to learn on Smashing the Plateau, please let me know.

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