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IIP 014: How To Make Meaningful Friendships In Any Industry

Today, As I sat down to record the intro & outro for episode 14, which should’ve been my interview with John T. Meyer, I realized something.

Salt Lake City

The photo above is the view from the window of the room in which I am sitting. This breathtaking view of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a book I just finished reading, have helped me understand something. Something that I’ve known for a long while, but couldn’t quite explain.

I’ve always been lucky to have the most amazing, supportive, inspiring and generous friends. But – does luck really have anything to do with it? And how come I have more support from my friends today, than ever before? Is it just a lucky strike, or did I unknowingly learned the ancient secret to surrounding myself with the best people I could think of?

As I was drinking coffee and preparing my notes, I thought of Jack, Mary and Camille, who let Julie and me into their breathtakingly beautiful home after spending just 3 days together in a conference 9 months ago. I thought of Phil, who driven from L.A. at 6am in order so spend breakfast with us. I thought of amazing friends that weren’t part of my life less than a year ago – Ralph, Farnoosh, Andy (x2), Benny, John (x3), David (x4), Dennis, Lisa, Stef, Gary, Kamal, Pete, Jared, Cahill, Bernd, Rob, Chris (x2), Dino, Jaime, Gabi, Leah, Nick, Sean, Jeff, Kobi, Nati, Krista, Amy, and many others (if your name isn’t in this list, it just means I don’t want to bore my readers. If you are my friend, you have as you already know, my eternal appreciation). I realized there’s a common thread between all of these people.

Many people told me over the last few months that I’m a great networker, and asked me to share my secret with them. I’ve turned them down because I felt there is no secret. There is no system to the madness. But seeing the whole picture, I realize I do have some things to share.

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So I am both excited and slightly terrified to publish today’s episode; What you’ll hear today is more of a freestyle conversation than a structured interview. I hope this one-time change of format will be both refreshing and beneficial in helping you make new friendships and relationships that will inspire you, pick you up when you’re down, and be your safety net. Your home away from home. Because this is what these people are for me. And please, let me know what you think.

Next week we’ll be back no normal programming, with John T. Meyer – CEO and co-founder of

In this episode you will learn:

  • The one little habit that will make your life (networking, business, clients, personal life) a lot easier.
  • Why win-win is not a friendly proposition.
  • My secret of making new friends. 
  • How to get an interview with Amy Porterfield!

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Sharing the love – gratitude for awesomeness!

My deepest appreciation goes this week to Steve, who made the effort to come and meet me when I was in Salt Lake City. Steve, it was a great pleasure to meet you, and I can’t wait to see your first product take form!

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13 thoughts on “IIP 014: How To Make Meaningful Friendships In Any Industry”

  1. Smiles on the hotel disaster, Meron — I think we’ve all had those experiences at one time. And well done to Julie for not totally freaking out! And then what a beautiful transformation to the view in Salt Lake, gorgeous! Excellent issue on initiating and building relationships — through a genuine desire to help others with mutual respect for the value of someone else’s talents and time. Right on track! And P.S. Thanks again for your previous help:-)

    1. Thanks Leah! I hope my next trip will include the east coast so we can finally meet in person 🙂 Any trips planned to Israel BTW?

      P.S. My pleasure!

  2. Hey Meron, great podcast. I think your advice was very helpful and informative and am glad you decided to share it with your listeners. I hope you won’t hesitate to do another episode like this in the future if you find you have more insightful and inspiring information to pass along. Sorry to hear about your bad start to the trip but I guess everything is a learning experience. Good luck on the rest of your trip.

    1. Hey Melissa! Sorry for the late response – seems like Wifi cannot be found in the USA 🙂
      Thanks for the support, it means a lot to me. If you liked the episode you’ll also enjoyed Bob’s book (The Go Giver) – it’s a really short one, I read it during one of my domestic flights in the USA. As to the hotel story – at least now, looking back, it’s very funny! 🙂

      If you want to connect, you can find my on Twitter (@MeronBareket) or Facebook ( – I’d love to talk and see how I can make these episodes even more helpful for you!

      Have an inspiring week!

      1. No worries, Meron! I know, it can be tough getting reliable Wifi when travelling. Thanks for the response. I’ll check out the book – sounds like a good one. Glad you can laugh about the hotel now. I think that’s all we can do sometimes.

        Anyways, have a great rest of your week. I am actually working on starting up a blog so I may shoot you a question on twitter if I need some advice 🙂 I’ll also try to continue to provide feedback on your podcasts when I have a comment.

        Ok, take care,

  3. For your first “Solo” you crushed it! Great job and sound advice to all entrepreneurs.

    Sorry about the start to the trip (had you hit NY I would p/u even at 3AM) You’ve always got a place to visit at the Jersey Shore (no fist pumping though).

    Safe Travels and Rock WDS!

    1. Thanks Mike! You’re too kind!

      Looking back it’s now a funny story to share – so all is well. Looking forward to share my WDS experience here – I think I’m going to make some people quite pissed!

      Thanks again for the support. Looking forward to an opportunity to hit the east coast ASAP!

  4. Hey Meron !

    I think you only paid $100 to be able to tell a funny story . 🙂 I had one bad experience with a hotel ( not that bad I must admit ) but it makes a good story afterwards.

    Be healthy and smile !

    1. Hahaha! You got me Ilias!
      Was thinking of you when our hotel in San Francisco ended up to be the size of a shoe box! But – at least it was clean 🙂

      How are you?

      Stay sexy and smile!

  5. Meron,

    Great tip on taking out the business card and writing the other person’s information on it. Brilliant!

  6. OK now I’m wondering if that “active diarrhea” sign is a new California law or something — because our neighborhood pool just put up the same thing a few months ago and we thought the exact same thing!

    1. Hehehehe! Well, that’s reassuring in some way! (Although kind of hurts the story.. I’ll have to emphasize on the cockroaches and smell of bleach from now on 🙂

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