10 Un-Networking: Couplepreneur Derek & Melanie Coburn on Communications, Connecting and Community

What makes one mastermind or networking group magical while another is ‘ho hum’? How can business professionals best leverage networking to create game-changing connections? And how can a couple build a business to support the lifestyle they want. Melanie and Derek Coburn talk about their marriage, Cadre and how to create a great group.

More About Today’s Episode

Ever feel like a fish out of water at a networking event?

Perhaps you’re standing, glass in hand, nametag affixed, trying to figure out whom to talk to. Or maybe you’re just bored of the small talk.

Networking is not working, at least the traditional way business networking is done, and that’s why “couplepreneur” Derek and Melanie Coburn created Cadre for entrepreneurs, CEOs and business professionals in Washington DC.

Today on 10Xtogether they talk about:

  • What makes a business event memorable and truly transformational for attendees
  • How to create a great group and attract A players to the group
  • What’s wrong with networking and how to fix it
  • How to create a business purposefully to support the lifestyle you want as a couple
  • Why couple’s therapy is helpful from the beginning of a relationship
  • Why opposites attract and how to balance everything by playing to each others’ strengths
  • And much more!

More about Derek and Melanie Coburn at Cadre DC

If you’re in the DC area, check out Derek and Melanie’s annual conference CADREcon II – on May 20th. Sign up here and get $250 off the ticket price by using the code 10X at check out.

You can also get Derek’s Amazon #1 Bestseller Networking Is Not Working

More about Derek and Melanie:

Derek and Melanie Coburn co-founded the CADRE community in the Washington DC area in 2011. Drawn together by a shared passion for helping others make valuable connections, CADRE members are CEOs, thought leaders and entrepreneurs focused on sharing resources and ideas. Derek is the CEO and Melanie is the Chief Relationship Officer (CRO), advocating for, supporting and strategically connecting complementary CEO and entrepreneur members and helping to ensure that initial meetings grow into mutually beneficial relationships.

Derek is a financial advisor and partner at Washington Financial Group for 20 years who is also the #1 Amazon bestselling author of Networking Is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections. He has attracted numerous bestselling authors and thought leaders at their YOUniversity events such as Chris Brogan, DeMaurice Smith, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Daniel Pink.

Melanie was a Washington Redskins cheerleader and in 2001, she became Marketing Director for the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders – the first-ever marketing position devoted exclusively to cheerleaders in the NFL.

Derek and Melanie live in Washington, DC with his wife Melanie, two sons and pit bull, Bodie.

Check out the episode transcript here

10 Derek & Melanie Coburn: Un-Networking

It wasn't like, “We have this amazing, perfect relationship, let's make it even better.” At the time it was like, “We're not sure if we actually should go forward with getting married.” And it was also a lack of communication. So I mean, we were not communicating effectively in the beginning.

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