Michael Roderick

I work with innovators, influencers, and thought leaders to develop a smart relatioship design to get the most out of their networks.

The Day Rosa Parks Went Viral

Anna Hentschel + Invisible Playground Screen Shot 2018-11-06 at 8.02.41 PM

As I have continued making my way through Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit, I happened upon a very interesting anecdote about Rosa Parks. Most of us have heard that name and one specific story about the woman that is taught to us in our history books which is that she did not get up when asked to by a white passenger and was eventually arrested. BUT What […]

The Power of Where

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There’s one variable in one on one meetings that most people overlook and yet it is the thing that will undoubtedly make you memorable to anyone. This particular variable has been used on me personally to great effect. It’s been a factor in someone I just met impressing me, in getting deals closed, and in causing me to remember certain people years after we met- even if we only met […]

The Power of the Pause

Alexander Reben

When you spend as much time as I have on studying relationships, you notice a lot of patterns and there is one pattern that I see time and again whenever a relationship goes south. Someone says something that does significant harm in a moment of passion. In some cases this has led to deals falling through, friendships crumbling, or just general frustration on both sides and in other cases it […]

But Would Anyone Buy a Ticket?

Jackie Battenfield, 
Crabapple Blossom, 2018, 48 x 210in. 
Laminated Glass
MTA Arts & Transit, Avenue P, Brooklyn, New York, Permanent installation

When I was raising money for Broadway shows, I was approached by a LOT of creatives who would ask me to consider raising money for their project. In many of these instances, these individuals would spend most of the meeting explaining to me how their show was a “surefire” hit and how if they just had more support they’d break through. Now in some cases, they really did have something […]

What I Learned From Building a Conference in 35 Days

ConnectorCon Michael Roderick

Back in December of 2012 I hosted the first ConnectorCon while I was still working in business development at an educational technology start up. I had been to a conference earlier that year that I was not impressed with and I thought it would be cool to try and do something better. So on November 5th of 2012, I posted this blog, created a page for people to buy tickets, […]

Why Asking for Career “Advice” is No Longer Useful

everybody got choices

It’s pretty easy to see that we have become a culture obsessed with “advice” from headlines like “10 Things Successful People Do before They Drink their Morning Coffee” to ” 5 Ways You Can Eliminate Fatty Foods from Your Diet Today.” The impression on us as the reader and the consumer is that if we do these 10 things, our problems will be solved. The hard truth is that it won’t. […]

The Person We Forget To Thank 99% of the Time

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Think of something incredible that has happened in your life. Now think of the person who helped make it happen. Maybe they made an introduction for you, or vouched for you and now you have had this amazing experience. Chances are that you’ve thanked this person profusely. You’ve likely told them how much their help has meant to you and maybe even sent them a gift. You feel good and […]

Go Away: Why a Change of Environment Can Change Your Life

Alex Nunez, Put some lipstick on and pull yourself together. 2016.

Sometimes in life the best choice you can make is to go away. If I had to look back at every major shift in my own life, I can attribute it to a change in environment. It’s easy to be lured by a life filled with comfort, predictable outcomes, and security.  When I look back at what it was like being a high school English teacher, my days were very […]

What Counting Change Taught Me About Making Change

Letters by Shadi Yousefian

When I was young I used to get these really big collector cups from places like McDonalds and Taco Bell with photos from the latest blockbuster movie. I always kept one of them and made it a habit to throw my spare change in the cup any time I came back from the store. I bought a lot of comic books and a lot of candy so I almost always […]

The Giving Fix

Marielis Seyler - Maria Theresia

When you look at the world around you and you know you have the capacity to help people, it feels amazing! You think of all of the people you could potentially introduce, all of the advice you could give, and all of the causes you could support, and you feel GREAT! Now you sit down at your computer and go to work pumping out introductions, commenting on blogs, setting up […]