In this live, interactive experience, JB offers key principles and detailed insights based on his book Taking Your Place at the Table: The Art of Refusing to Be an Outsider.

  • The hardest part of getting to any table is acknowledging to yourself that you belong there—and then stepping up to it.
  • Don’t wait to be invited to any table that attracts you. Instead, approach people at the table and say, “Here's how I can help and what I can offer. Shall I pull up a chair?”
  • Sometimes the fastest route to a table is asking the right questions.
  • Plan at least two different routes to each table. Three routes is better still.
  • Assemble a posse of advocates who will help you get to the table.
  • When opponents get in your way, turn your opponents into advocates.
  • Don’t settle for just one table. Look for places at many different tables.
  • Joining a table is never just about you. Service is part of the price of being at any table.
  • Once you’re at a table, don’t let fear drive you from it. Accept the fear, but don’t flee.
  • Never forget the people who helped you get to the table—and never take your place at the table for granted.
  • If you realize you’re at the wrong table, find a new one.
  • Sometimes leaving the table can be a strategic step toward a place at another, more desirable table.
  • Sometimes the best thing to do is build your own table.

Because these principles and insights are eminently practical and built on real-world experience, participants come away with far more than just confidence and inspiration. They can wield a set of adaptable tools, strategies, and techniques to help them move from the outside to the inside in a wide range of situations.


For this topic, JB offers a choice of a brief 45-minute talk; a three-hour interactive workshop; and an immersive full-day seminar.

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