How to Be a Power Connector with Judy Robinett

Have you been feeling stuck trying to make the right connections? Take a walk and listen to Startup Funding Expert, Speaker, and National Media Guest Judy Robinett. Judy is the author of “How to be a Power Connector: the 5-50-150 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits” which was named the #1 Business Book of 2014 by Inc. magazine. In addition, Judy is also the author of “Crack The Funding Code”, she is an angel investor, is an Advisor to multiple boards and is the former CEO of a Biotech company.

Judy is an advisor and member of HerCsuite™, an online platform that is transforming the way women leaders meet, engage, and thrive and create real lasting change.
This conversation was recorded during a recent HerCsuite™ PowHer 30 event and HerCsuite™ Radio host Natalie Benamou and Judy Robinett discuss the secrets to being a Power Connector.


How to Get Started as Power Connector

Everyone – especially introverts need to get out of your comfort zone “nothing happens without people”. Judy learned early in her career that “Most people will help you if you ask”.


3 Golden Questions to Ask When Making a New Connection

  1. How can I help you? Start with the other person’s needs first.
  2. What other ideas do you have for me? This question should be asked after you share your goal, project, and story with the other person.
  3. Who else do you know that I should talk to? This is one of the most important things to remember.


The 5+50+100 Rule

  • Write down the 25 most important people that you’re connected to right now. Do they have the power to make things happen?
  • The first 5 are your close family and friends.
  • Quantity of connections is not what matters-it is the people on the short list who can make referrals that count.

“There are only 5% of people in corporations that are the true decision makers.”

How to Get in the Room with the Right People

  • Share how you have added value to your organization.
  • Introduce yourself and say you’d like to discuss an idea.
  • Find where they are and meet them there-Judy and Natalie talk about Clubhouse and how that is the new frontier social network where you can get visibility because the space is much less crowded than other platforms.
  • Share an invitation to a conference or event.
  • Take some action.

Remember: “Your problem is someone else’s opportunity.”   -Judy Robinett

Thank you, Judy Robinett, for this conversation and for being a valued advisor, for generously helping others and for providing the foundation for us all to create Power Connections

You can get Judy’s Ten Tips to Being a Power Connector at HerCsuite™

Natalie Benamou is the CEO of HerPower2 Lead and Founder of HerCsuite™ a professional social network platform that is transforming the way executive women and rising female leaders meet, engage and thrive together.

HerCsuite™ is launching our Rising Leader Membership.  Find out how you can be first to join here.

If you have any questions about this episode, HerPower2 or HerCsuite™ reach out to Natalie at HerCsuite™.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits by Judy Robinett

Crack the Funding Code: How Investors Think and What They Need to Hear to Fund Your Startup by Judy Robinett

Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Judy Robinett Featured In:
• Forbes
• Washington Post
• Wall Street Journal
• Huffington Post

LinkedIn: Judy Robinett


Twitter: Judy Robinett

Judy Robinett TEDx

How to Be A Power Connector

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Natalie Benamou
Founder, CEO 
Herpower2 Lead | HerCsuite™ Platform | HerCsuite™ Radio Podcast Host 

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