DiscoverBuild Your Network623: Miguel Sancho | How to Overcome More than You Can Handle
623: Miguel Sancho | How to Overcome More than You Can Handle

623: Miguel Sancho | How to Overcome More than You Can Handle

Update: 2021-06-10


The act of writing is one of the most intimate mediums you can use to connect with other people. Miguel Sancho, author of the wildly authentic book, More than You Can Handle, is also an Executive Producer of non-scripted television documentaries and series. Before his work with A&E Networks, Miguel accumulated more than two decades of experience producing national television news broadcasts.

He has conceived and managed the production of hundreds of primetime broadcasts, ranging from long-term documentary projects to live breaking news specials all while known as a prolific originator of ideas and working extensively with top talent such as Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Dan Harris, Chris Cuomo, and John Stossel. 

I can’t wait to do a deep dive and learn from Miguel his secrets on writing and how to overcome more than you can handle. 

Things you will learn in this episode: 

[00:01 - 05:27 ] Opening Segment 

  • I introduce today’s guest, Miguel Sancho
  • Miguel shares his background
  • Trying different things after college 
  • Meeting a friend who led to a job at a TV show as a reporter 
  • Going freelance and building a company 
  • Aptitudes towards this expertise growing into adulthood

[05:28 - 16:02 ] Writing Something People Actually Want to Read

  • Miguel talks about his experience with his sons diagnoses
  • An unprepared burden to bare 
  • Reading other people’s documentations 
  • There’s a story here that hasn’t been told
  • The journey of writing the book 
  • Taking the subject and turning it into a book
  • Standard procedure for non-fiction
  • Getting picked up by an agent and publisher 
  • How to write things that get picked up
  • Write something brutally honest 
  • Your story isn’t always interesting on its own
  • Writing a good book
  • Step 1: write a crappy book first
  • Step 2: go back and write a good one
  • Cutting the fat down - less is more
  • A word from our sponsor

[16:03 - 31:03 ] How to Overcome More than You Can Handle

  • The importance of authenticity and the resistance to it
  • Turning lemons into lemonade - we all have setbacks
  • The intimacy of writing 
  • Who you know or what you know?
  • The importance of adding value to people 
  • The matter of networking in this current environment
  • When a connection led to a moment of success
  • Everything has been enabled through another person 
  • The art of networking up
  • The rewarding ability to share wisdom downward 
  • Making people more competent for your benefit 
  • The benefits of working with energetic people 
  • Networking tips from Miguel
  • Get the person to talk about themselves
  • Making an impression through active listening
  • Keeping relationships healthy during a crisis
  • Practicing meditation 
  • Don’t be afraid of therapy or medication
  • The importance of Faith
  • Monitoring and upkeep physical health 

[31:04 - 40:30 ] Closing Segment

  • If you lost all your current contacts, how would you build your network?
  • Searching out groups dedicated to a higher purpose 
  • ThE RaNDoM RoUnD
  • How to engage with Miguel
  • Links below
  • Final words 

Tweetable Quotes: 

“You still have the opportunity to tell a story, and if it’s a good story, it’s something to feel good about.” - Miguel Sancho

“If it is a personal story, make sure it is as honest as you can make it, warts and all. Be mindful in this world that the ‘and all’ is just as important and just as valuable as the warts.” - Miguel Sancho

“There’s a wonderful thing about writing, as opposed to public speaking, or video production, and it’s that it’s inherently intimate… When you get engaged with a book it can be like a hand reaching out to you.” - Miguel Sancho

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Miguel on LinkedIn and Twitter. Go check out to learn more.

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623: Miguel Sancho | How to Overcome More than You Can Handle

623: Miguel Sancho | How to Overcome More than You Can Handle

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