Our guest, Jon Levy, is arguably one of the most influential behavioral scientists in the world. Over 10 years ago, Jon founded The Influencers Dinner, a secret dining experience for industry leaders ranging from Olympians, Nobel laureates, executives, to musicians. Over the course of the last decade, these dinners have developed into a wide community of influential people.
Our opening speed round with Jon did not disappoint. We learn his unique perspective on which Star Trek Captains was the best, and the surprising answer to who his dream guest was at one of his dinners.
In our discussion with Jon, he shares the secrets behind his influential approach: what motivated him to start this novel idea, how he developed it and the key steps behind the ongoing success of the community that he has curated.
Jon’s second book, “You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence” https://amzn.to/2RmlUlA is released on May 11, 2021. Which follows his hugely successful first book: “The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure” https://amzn.to/3eS3p0m. We had the privilege of previewing his latest book for this interview and we were blown away by Jon’s unique approach to cultivating human connections through trust and community.
Of course, we discuss what music Jon has been listening to at home and we are surprised to learn what has recently sparked his musical interest. Jon has found that through his Influence Dinners, he has hosted a lot of his childhood pop idols, which he still enjoys listening to.
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Jon Levy's Books
You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence https://amzn.to/2RmlUlA
The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure https://amzn.to/3eS3p0m
Jon Levy https://www.jonlevytlb.com/
Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cullen
James T. Kirk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_T._Kirk
Jean-Luc Picard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Picard
Neil deGrasse Tyson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson
Sir Richard Branson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson
Stephen Hawking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking
Mark Zuckerberg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg
Nicholas Christakis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Christakis
James H. Fowler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_H._Fowler
The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years
Christakis and Fowler (2007) https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmsa066082
Nike Run Club https://www.nike.com/gb/nrc-app
Bill Nye the Science Guy https://billnye.com/
The Daily Show https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Show
The New York Times: Want to Meet Influential New Yorkers? Invite Them to Dinner
SNVTA - Ventral tegmental area of the brain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventral_tegmental_area
Bill Gates https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates
Angela Merkel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel
My Octopus Teacher https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Octopus_Teacher
United States Navy SEAL selection and training https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEAL_selection_and_training
Common Biases & Heuristics https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XHpBr0VFcaT8wIUpr-9zMIb79dFMgOVFRxIZRybiftI/edit?usp=sharing
Brené Brown https://brenebrown.com/about/
Adam Grant https://www.adamgrant.net/
Behavioral Grooves Patreon https://www.patreon.com/behavioralgrooves
Bridgerton Soundtrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rowHZd7-F1U&ab_channel=LoopedSongs
Vitamin String Quartet “Thank u, next” (Ariana Grande) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmljfYBkGVg
John Williams “The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7HF4JG1pOg&list=PL2yW2adfehiV0-wSa784KIT1ZJ5_YEVjd&index=2&ab_channel=JohnWilliamsVEVO
Tribe Called Quest “Electric Relaxation“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHRnvjCkTsw&ab_channel=TribeCalledQuestVEVO
Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.) “Big Poppa” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phaJXp_zMYM
Maroon Five “Sugar” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg&ab_channel=Maroon5VEVO
98 Degrees “I Do (Cherish You)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg&ab_channel=Maroon5VEVO
Cowboy Junkies “Sweet Jane” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa9nN3G2CSg&t=173s
The Tragically Hip “Ahead by a Century” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE2joQsWXJg
(4:46) Speed Round Questions
(9:03) Power vs Influence
(13:00) Why do we want influence?
(20:21) Jon discusses his new book
(25:41) Jon became influential
(32:11) How to create a community
(37:03) How trust is made and how to trigger it
(1:13:11) Bonus Track and Groove Idea
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