Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 36: August 26, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael

In this episode, Mitchell and Michael talk with #ThoughtLeader Tatyana Kanzaveli ( As organizer of TEDx in the Bay Area and mentor to business startups, Tatyana shares her thoughts about what makes a good event, about the importance of social connections, and the use of analytics to everyday communication. Tatyana thinks #ThoughtLeadership is not single-dimensional, and likens it to a recipe with ingredients like expertise and innovation that are mixed together and sprinkled with communication. #ThoughtLeaders are not necessarily subject matter experts, but they have original ideas and are not afraid to speak their minds.

Tatyana KanzaveliIn the conversation, Tatyana shares some best practices in organizing events like TEDx. She reveals why she decided to make her TEDx shows even shorter than the usual 18 minutes, noting that limiting the talk to 12 minutes allows speakers to just nail it and pushes them to focus on the idea. The best way to organize successful events is to really care for the people who are coming to watch it and make sure you deliver the best experience for them before, during, and after the event. Tatyana says she always tries to find ways to connect people attending the event by setting up LinkedIn groups, sharing as many Twitter handles of all attendees, and using all communication channels to make introductions. She also emphasizes the importance of being connected, not for the sake of collecting followers, but because you want to learn more about people you admire. Communicating on social media is not about numbers, it’s about real people and interacting with those whom you share similarities.

Tatyana also answers questions about the tools she uses for social media monitoring, her tips about good mentorship, and why “TLC” is important. She shares how, after 20 years in the industry, she remains passionate about doing the things she cares about.   

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Here are a couple of aha moments from the episode. See more in the “Aha Moments from Thought Leader Life” books available in the THiNKaha App:
• Recipe for #ThoughtLeadership: Expertise + Innovation, sprinkled with Communication. @glfceo
• Connecting on social media is not about numbers, it’s about real people. @glfceo
• As a mentor, give “TLC,” or tender loving care, to everything you do in the time that’s necessary in order to deliver value. @happyabout
• In the race to become popular, you sometimes forget what you really care about. @glfceo

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