The term “networking” can sometimes take on a different spin. Yes, we all know the words associated with the classic business definition: meet, greet, smile, shake (hands, that is), chat, exchange info and plan to _________________ at a later date. (Filling in that blank is the trickiest part!)
Nevertheless, when I had my sights set on talking to Dancing with the Star’s tango-tastic superstar, Val Chmerkovskiy, I “networked” at the American Broadcasting Company. Yes, ABC—the professional home of weather goddess and my former Jones.Show podcast guest, Ginger Zee.
As a creative thinker who has spent the last few years chatting with almost 150 celebrities, newsmakers, and thought leaders in search of GOOD, I found GREAT in Zee, ABC’s Chief Meteorologist. Kind, thoughtful, passionate, empathetic—Ginger Zee is everything. So much so that my seminar attendees often hear my stated belief that “Ginger Zee is so perfect she makes Mary Poppins look like a hooker.” (You can laugh, but it’s true.)
Though I may never know Ginger’s magic wand of choice (phone call, text, bribery, blackmail), I ultimately found myself face-to-face with her former DWTS dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, at Dancing with the Stars, LIVE! Charming, earnest, confident yet humble—just like Ginger before him—Val exceeded all expectations.
Perhaps most memorable is Val’s patriotism. Though one might expect a certain devotion to his native Ukraine, he appreciates his U.S. Citizenship more than almost anyone I know—including me. Val ultimately cha-cha-changed my perspective on the land I most definitely take for granted.
Ginger Zee, a devoted mental health advocate, profoundly altered the way I interact on social media. Not one to back down from haters, trolls and “mean viewers,” Ginger takes the concept of “kill ‘em with kindness” to brand new heights—with outcomes that can be life-changing.
Intrigued? Learn more by listening to my conversations with Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy at www.Jones.Show.
Author, Speaker, Podcaster & Creative Consultant Randall Kenneth Jones is the host of Jones.Show podcast and the author of Show Me: Celebrities, Business Tycoons, Rock Stars, Journalists, Humanitarians, Attack Bunnies & More!RandallKennethJones.com.