Scott Gerber - Building Community through Connections

“Real relationships take real time, and you cannot cheat real time." - Holly Peppe, Managing Director of Peppe Communications, Inc.

How is networking different from connecting? What insights are attained from dissecting a failure? Why is responding with a thoughtful "No" to an invitation or request at times not only acceptable, but recommended?

Join host Chris Schembra in this week's episode of his podcast series, 7:47 Conversations, as he welcomes Scott Gerber, co-author of the recently released book, 'Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Relationships That Matter' (published by Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2018), a follow-up to his previous title, 'Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke' (published by Wiley, 2010.) In addition to being a successful author, Mr. Gerber is the Founder of YEC, an organization for young entrepreneurs, as well as the CEO and Co-Founder of global branding firm The Community Company, and an internationally syndicated columnist, who recently became a monthly contributor for Adweek.

As this episode's conversation unfolds, Mr. Gerber shares how his mission to create community and assist others evolved after he experienced and parsed a business failure. Quoting MastermindTalks.com founder Jayson Gaignard, "When all else fails, you are left with two things... your word and your relationships." By evaluating the people you selectively surround yourself with, and wisely allocating the resources of these individuals, Mr. Gerber believes that your footing for business success is on much firmer ground.

Along with business partner Ryan Paugh, with whom 'Superconnector' was co-written, Mr. Gerber promotes the concept that every brand benefits from building and championing a community of advocates. These highly engaged "Brand Ambassadors" create awareness and amplify messaging, which drives greater consumer loyalty within their communities. Leveraging this level of engagement requires a shift away from the conventional marketing mindset and its focus on vanity metrics, especially in this Social Media-driven age. According to Gerber, "It's not the way you act; it's the way you are. It's not the way you see something; it's the way you see." Valuable advice for how we approach our personal relationships, as well.

In 2015, the 7:47 Club was founded by Mr. Schembra to create a conversational environment promoting Authenticity ~ Empathy ~ Vulnerability ~ Safety. In sparking dialogue between people from disparate backgrounds and experiences, with different interests and viewpoints, a sense of community has formed within this shared experience, creating real understanding and an acceptance of others. Through this podcast, a wider audience will now learn about the 7:47 Club’s incredibly important mission.

Listening to others and learning about ourselves... The 7:47 Club welcomes you.

Bryan Terrell Clark - Walking in Gratitude

“For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7, King James Version

What is your natural response when encountering negative thoughts? Do you exercise self-discipline and accountability in your aspirations for success? How can you incorporate personal affirmations into your daily routine?

Join host Chris Schembra in this week's episode of his podcast series, 7:47 Conversations, as he welcomes performer, writer of song and script, and creative collaborator, Bryan Terrell Clark, who debuted on Broadway as the iconic Marvin Gaye in 'MOTOWN: The Musical,' and is currently starring as our nation's Founding Father, George Washington in the musical sensation 'Hamilton: An American Musical.' Through their conversation, follow the story of an imaginative and active child from Baltimore who came to realize his potential, but not just on the Great White Way.

With a passion for the positive, Mr. Clark shares his approach to manifesting personal success, and explains how this momentum has carried forward into rewarding professional achievements, as well. In his case, these accomplishments span both creative and business ventures. "When you walk in gratitude, the universe gives you more to be thankful for," he asserts. Surely on the right path, Mr. Clark's enthusiasm and commitment to community and collaboration has found an outlet through a fashion line initiative called inDEFINED. Along with his business partner, Robert Raeder, inDEFINED is creating a lasting difference in the world by enacting change through fundraising and activism. To learn more about the company's mission and to support the cause, please visit www.in-defined.com.

Firmly believing that results in your life are directly related to how you think, Mr. Clark's inspiring mindset and gracious attitude will leave you feeling uplifted and believing in the possible.

In 2015, the 747 Club was founded by Mr. Schembra to create a conversational environment promoting Authenticity ~ Empathy ~ Vulnerability ~ Safety. In sparking dialogue between people from disparate backgrounds and experiences, with different interests and viewpoints, a sense of community is formed within this shared experience, creating real understanding and an acceptance of others. Through this podcast, a wider audience will now learn about the 7:47 Club’s incredibly important mission.

Spreading positivity, one listen at a time... Welcome to the conversation.

Kelle Jacob - Finding Joy in the Unexpected

“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” - Steve Jobs

How do you handle the need to pivot when your plans, whether big or small, don't quite play out as expected? Do you consider yourself an advocate for something or someone... and if so, is that someone yourself? Have you reflected on which personality traits you inherited from each of your parents, and the impact they have made on your life decisions and direction?

Join host Chris Schembra in this week's episode of his podcast series, 7:47 Club Conversations, as he welcomes Kelle Jacob, former America's Top Model contestant, art world entrepreneur, and current beauty industry leader. Speaking about navigating inevitable deviations from the future she had envisioned, and encountering unexpected revelations about herself and her passions, Miss Jacob explains how her path of seemingly disassociated points has led her a present feeling of both personal growth and professional satisfaction.

"It's important to find the joy in small things... and identify the things that ground you," Miss Jacob suggests. Relying on the wise words of her Grandmother 'Mom-Mom,' a young Kelle was often reminded that life is not perfect, and that there will be disappointments and tough times to work through. The good times, however, are the balance to these challenges. "Take the bitter with the sweet," is wisdom that we can all benefit from, according to Mom-Mom.

You too are invited to join this exercise in personal reflection, and consider what influences and advice have guided your decision-making process in life. If feeling out of balance or off track, a number of recommended resources are available to you, as mentioned in this discussion.

In 2015, the 747 Club was founded by Mr. Schembra to create a conversational environment promoting Authenticity ~ Empathy ~ Vulnerability ~ Safety. In sparking dialogue between people from disparate backgrounds and experiences, with different interests and viewpoints, a sense of community is formed within this shared experience, creating real understanding and an acceptance of others. Through this podcast, a wider audience will now learn about the 7:47 Club’s incredibly important mission.

We welcome you to our conversation.

Spencer Gerrol - The Theory of Mind

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle

Do our emotions factor into every decision we make? Is emotional trauma passed down through our genes? How does spirituality impact our understanding and acceptance of scientific findings?

Join host Chris Schembra in this episode of his podcast series, 7:47 Conversations, as he welcomes Spencer Gerrol, Founder and CEO of SPARK Neuro, in a conversation to explore the neuroscience behind empathy and emotions. On his own self-defined 5 Step Journey, Mr. Gerrol shares the origin story of his business venture, how being a first-generation American has led to a feeling of personal responsibility, and how he takes “pride in the struggle.”

In the practical philosophy teachings of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric states that we must seek to understand our fears, as well as those of others, in our quest to find fulfilling work. Fundamentally, the development and expansion of Emotional Intelligence is the key to success in our business and personal relationships. How then does empathy differ from the Theory of Mind? And is it possible to actually capture data related to our emotions?

SPARK Neuro seeks to quantify these intangibles, with tools and algorithms that measure brain activity and physical responses to stimuli. Listen as Mr. Schembra and his guest explore the meaning of 17th century's French philosopher Rene Decartes’s proposition, “I think, therefore I am.” (Latin: Cogito ergo sum) From intuition to deliberate thought, how and what we think defines who we truly are.

In 2015, the 7:47 Club was founded by Mr. Schembra to create a conversational environment promoting Authenticity ~ Empathy ~ Vulnerability ~ Safety. In sparking dialogue between people from disparate backgrounds and experiences, with different interests and viewpoints, a sense of community is formed within this shared experience, creating real understanding and an acceptance of others. Through this podcast, a wider audience will now learn about the 7:47 Club’s incredibly important mission.

Welcome back, settle in and enjoy.

Justin Birenbaum - The Maternal

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy

Who in your life do you give credit or thanks to for empowering your most human qualities? Is there a collective awakening of maternal energy in our society today? Does ego get in the way of developing universal wisdom?

Join host Chris Schembra in the premiere episode of his podcast series, 7:47 Club, as he welcomes his first guest Justin Birenbaum, Associate of Global Partnerships at TED Conferences, in a thought-provoking, wide-ranging discussion about curating a purpose-driven life. Specifically, listen as they discuss drivers and deterrents that may be influencing what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it… at work, at home, and in your relationships.

Humans are inherently wired to be cooperative and empathic, yet we often find ourselves challenged on a daily basis to identify these traits in ourselves and others. Mr. Birenbaum speaks to becoming more introspective and connecting with our own maternal energy, which nurtures these qualities. “The answers lie within us,” he says.

There is an emerging way of being that is improving our overall human condition. It may be a rebalancing of the scales, perhaps a backlash against what could be perceived as an indifferent, win-at-all-costs, overly patriarchal society. There is evidence that personal sacrifice for the well-being of others, and a sense of community are on the rise. Listen to learn what may be behind this phenomenon, and how you can contribute to its momentum.

In 2015, the 747 Club was founded by Mr. Schembra to create a conversational environment promoting Authenticity ~ Empathy ~ Vulnerability ~ Safety. In sparking dialogue between people from disparate backgrounds and experiences, with different interests and viewpoints, a sense of community formed within this shared experience, creating real understanding and an acceptance of others. Through this podcast, a wider audience will now learn about the 7:47 Club’s incredibly important mission.

Welcome, we’re glad you’re here.

Intro to "7:47 Conversations" Podcast

Hey, folks. Welcome to the 747 Club podcast. My name is Chris Schembra, your host, and I'm broadcasting live from beautiful New York City. I'm so happy you're here with us today, and I'm really excited for the launch of this podcast. In this heart-centered podcast, we're going to set the table and create the safe space for people to get vulnerable. I hope you'll learn how some of the brightest minds and the most conscious leaders on the planet are actually human, just like you and me. I mean, we're going to dive into spirituality, sexuality, empathy, maternal energy, and so much more.

See, my greatest passion in this world is facilitating profound human connection in a deeply-disconnected world. After having my life saved by a simple pasta sauce recipe and later sparking over 300,000 relationships around our dinner table, I'm now turning my role as chief question asker into this podcasting platform.

My role of chief question asker began in July of 2015. I'd just come back from Italy after producing a Broadway play over there, and upon my return back to New York City, realized that I was completely unfulfilled. I was lonely, insecure, disconnected, started fiddling with food in my kitchen and accidentally created a pasta sauce recipe. I figured I should probably feed it to people to see if it's even good or not and started hosting dinner parties.

Every week, once a week, 15 of my friends would come over and eat some simple pasta sauce. At 6:30 p.m., we'd have arrivals and cocktails would begin. 8:00 p.m., dinner was served, but at 7:47 p.m., we'd delegate 11 specific tasks empowering the attendees to work together to create the meal, a shared group experience. We'd sit down to dinner, then we'd have dessert, then I'd tell a joke, and then we'd open up into communal discussion on a particular topic. Usually at that communal discussion piece, because we created the safe space and done the work of brokering the connections, people would open up, be vulnerable, and transform.

Fast forward a little bit. We started doing our dinner parties all over the world: overseas, in rural communities, on Skid Row in Los Angeles, for charities, companies, different organizations, and I truly found my calling. One day, a friend of mine walked into my office and said, "If your 7:47 Club was a gender, what would it be?" I said, "It'd be a woman." He said, "If that woman walked through that door right there, how we would feel?" I said, "We would be overcome and consumed by the greatest maternal energy and empathy the world has ever seen." By listening to our community, did I finally uncover not only one of society's greatest deficits, but my very own, a lack of maternal energy and empathy.

In my life, I now have access to those answers, and why we are creating this podcast is to give this insight and wisdom to you, one podcast interview at a time. In the last two and a half years of my life, I've become consumed with diving deep, connecting, and asking the best questions humanly possible.

I hope you'll join us and pull up a seat and put your napkin on your lap and peer into the authentic conversations that our 747 Club has become known for. I hope you'll subscribe. I hope, if you find good value in this, you'll share it with your friends, and I hope you'll email in with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions of future people we should have on this platform. It's been one of the great honors of my life to create the safe spaces for people to gather around our dinner table, and now, this is the next great honor of my life. I thank you for tuning in. I hope you all are having a phenomenal day on earth. Remember, folks, it's your world. Go explore, and we'll see you next episode.