TAKING YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE—THE ART OF BECOMING AN INSIDER

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.

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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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