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3 Ways to Genuinely Connect With People with Jonny Imerman

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Living a life of purpose is a dream for many people, but not everyone pushes forward and does something about it. Today's guest has dedicated his life to a great mission. He has taken his simple ideas to build organizations that help make a difference in many people's lives, particularly those who are battling cancer. He builds great connections using a 3-step process which we can also put into practice. Tune in and listen to an inspiring conversation between our host, Jacob Moore, and Jonny Imerman.

In this episode, you'll learn...

1. Using curiosity to make genuine connections

2. How to remember and index details about new connections

3. Approaches to networking that are win-win for everyone

Jonny lives in NYC but grew up in Metro Detroit. Shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer and had 2 years of chemo and surgeries.

He co-founded Imerman Angels, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides free one-on-one peer cancer support for thousands of cancer families each year in 115+ countries.

Jonny also co-founded B Corp, an online store that sells cool, comfy logoed clothing, like t-shirts, hats, and hoodies, to promote your favorite nonprofit.

He serves on the boards of Imerman Angels, Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center, Lorenzo’s House, Pickles, Chicago Leadership Alliance, and REELabilities Film Festival.

“To me, it's just fascinating to learn people's stories and I think you also have to realize that there's always something about every single human.”
- Jonny Imerman

In This Episode You'll Hear About:

[03:02] - Let's get to know a little bit about Jonny and his work

[07:09] - Is being curious something you learn or is it an innate ability?

[08:21] - How to be a good connector without asking for money or payback

[09:48] - You don't need an exceptional brain to remember people

[13:41] - Seeing the connections in seemingly unrelated events and people

[17:58] - Sync up your phone with different platforms so it's easier to find people and make connections

[19:36] - Imerman Angels–over 30k survivors connected with each other

[20:09] - The idea behind CLOZTALK and how it helps more nonprofits and great missions

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