DiscoverBuild Your Network676: Joe Keohane | The Power of Talking to Strangers
676: Joe Keohane | The Power of Talking to Strangers

676: Joe Keohane | The Power of Talking to Strangers

Update: 2021-08-12


In an increasingly isolated and suspicious society, we may be losing out on an incredible superpower that opens doors and actively improves our lives - the ability to talk to strangers.

Joe Keohane is a New York-based writer and editor who has held high-level editorial positions with, or written for, Esquire, Medium, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the New Yorker, and New York Magazine writing on everything from politics, to travel, to social science, business, and technology. He is now the author of his first book, The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World.

Let’s dive right in and learn from Joe how the power of talking to strangers can not only build your network, but directly affect you as a person. 

Things you will learn in this episode: 

[00:01 - 06:29 ] Opening Segment  

  • I introduce today’s guest, Joe Keohane 
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  • Joe gives us some background on his story
  • Growing up in a social family
  • Athletic as a kid 
  • Falling in with the artistic crowd 
  • Going into the job world 

[06:30 - 18:50 ] The Power of Talking to Strangers

  • Joe talks about his start into writing
  • How Joe began to network 
  • Writing to other writers about their work 
  • Joe’s college experience
  • Joe talks about how he got networking for writing 
  • Going to people who are doing what you want 
  • Sticking with the responsive people 
  • It should be a pleasurable experience
  • Follow your curiosity not an agenda 
  • A word from our sponsors 

[18:51 - 33:29 ] The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World

  • The inspiration for the book 
  • The rise of isolation 
  • The benefits of talking to strangers
  • The individual benefits 
  • The social benefits 
  • The example of Braver Angles 
  • Talking to people who disagree with you 
  • Talking to people to expand yourself 

[33:30 - 37:29 ] Closing Segment

  • Who you know or what you know?
  • Without who you know, what you know makes no difference 
  • We are social creatures 
  • ThE RanDoM RoUnD
  • How to engage with Joe
  • Links below 
  • Final words 

Tweetable Quotes: 

“I haven’t applied for a job in 10 years… My network does everything for me, it’s amazing.” - Joe Keohane

“People fail at networking when they think it’s like eating your vegetables, it should be pleasurable, and indulging your curiosity.” - Joe Keohane

“If you want to talk to someone you have to be willing to change, you have to be open to what they’re saying… a real conversation can actually change you.” - Joe Keohane

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Connect and engage with Joe on Twitter and LinkedIn. Go to to learn more about the power of talking to strangers. 

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676: Joe Keohane | The Power of Talking to Strangers

676: Joe Keohane | The Power of Talking to Strangers

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