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Meaningful Connection: A Workshop


Saturday, September 9, 2017, 3 p.m.

Program Locations:

Fully accessible to wheelchairs

How to register: Online

This workshop practices the skills of creating a meaningful connection with anyone quickly, useful in networking, leading teams, running meetings, one-on-one leadership, negotiation, and more. It’s based on a simple script that removes the challenges of figuring out what to say and allows participants to practice advanced communication techniques, feel and see their effects, and build experience. Participants experience both sides of the interaction.


Attendees learn and improve:

  • Empathy as a skill they can practice and improve
  • Networking meaningfully, without resumes or business cards so people want to talk to them more

The workshop is:

  • Practical
  • Immediately useful
  • Based in theory
  • Fun, and
  • Engaging

The Instructor: 

Joshua Spodek is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., founder of Spodek Academy, and author of Leadership Step by Step (launching February 2017).

He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and sales at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, INSEAD (Singapore), the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations. He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray observational satellite for NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents.

He earned praise as “Best and Brightest” (Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue), “Astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “Rocket Scientist” (ABC News and Forbes) and has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, and has done burpees every day for six years and counting. He lives in Greenwich Village and blogs daily at