Do you feel like you are constantly giving in your business, without getting much in return? Are you ready to start asking for what you want, so you can build powerful connections and become a leader in your industry? If so, then today’s episode is for you! In this episode of the IHML Show, we are chatting with Michael Roderick, founder of Small Pond Enterprises, a company that works at the intersection of relationship building and thought leadership.

Michael began his career as a high school English teacher, doing theatre as a hobby in his off time. But when he started building connections within his network and asking for what he wanted, his theatre hobby quickly grew into something much bigger. He realized the key to his rapid success was taking a step outside his comfort zone and asking for what he wanted. It was through this practice that Michael realized “asking” was just as important as “giving” within his business and networks. Through practice, Michael found the perfect balance between the two and now teaches individuals that same methodology, so they can build networks of like-minded people and unforgettable brands. 

During this episode, you’ll learn how to leave the “connection rich and cash-poor” cycle behind and move your business forward with incredible momentum. You’ll be inspired to take action toward your dreams, follow your fear and ask for what you want. 

Michael Roderick is the founder of Small Pond Enterprises, a company that works at the intersection of relationship building and thought leadership. He helps thoughtful givers become thought leaders through the same methodology he used to go from being a high school English teacher to a Broadway producer in under two years. He is also the founder of ConnectorCon as well as the host of the podcast Access to Anyone. 

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Emily Williams is a success coach, entrepreneur, and author with a seven-figure business who, at one point, couldn’t get a job at Starbucks. After experiencing a quarter life crisis, she moved from Ohio to London (where she knew no one!) and in 2014 launched her business, I Heart My Life. She made $442 in her first month—and then went on to hit six figures in six months, before her 30th birthday. She grew it to seven figures in under 18 months. Today, she works with female entrepreneurs all over the world, helping them bust through the obstacles that hold their dreams and goals hostage so they can free themselves to live the lives they want, build their own online business and hit their money goals. She’s been featured in Money, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Forbes and Success Magazine.