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About Patrick Ewers

Patrick is an executive coach who has been called Silicon Valley’s top relationship management expert by Forbes. As the CEO and founder of Mindmaven, he helps professionals generate break-through opportunities from their network. As part of this Patrick focuses on dramatically freeing up a clients time by introducing pragmatic concepts of productivity and leverage. Many clients have called his work with them as game changing. Before Mindmaven, Patrick was also one of LinkedIn’s earliest senior team members, joining the company that ultimately helped shape what we call Social media today. He had the privilege of working with some of the Tech world's heaviest hitters; including companies such as First Round Capital, True Ventures, Venrock, SGI, SiliconValley Bank and Pivotal Labs.

9+ Must-Read Blog Posts, eBooks, and Online Resources to Unlock Your Full Potential in 2018

With 2017 officially behind us and 2018 unfolding before us, I hope you can look back on the past year with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Here at Mindmaven, it’s been an exciting year of learning and growth, and I imagine many of you can say the same. But as great as 2017 was, I’ve got my eyes set on making 2018 even better. If that resonates with you—and [...]

9+ Must-Read Blog Posts, eBooks, and Online Resources to Unlock Your Full Potential in 2018 2018-01-03T15:46:50+00:00

How to Leverage the Power of Curiosity to Build Relationships and Generate Breakthrough Opportunities

Somewhere along the line, the concept of “curiosity” got a bad rap. For example, you’ve probably heard the famous saying, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Judging by that belief, curiosity’s bad thing; something to be avoided. The problem is, “curiosity killed the cat” is only half the saying. When you trace it back to it’s origins, you’ll find it actually says something to the effect of … Curiosity killed the cat, [...]

How to Leverage the Power of Curiosity to Build Relationships and Generate Breakthrough Opportunities 2017-12-27T23:27:39+00:00

Startup Founders: How to Avoid Guilt and Burnout While Scaling Your Business

Over nearly a decade, I’ve spoken with innumerable startup founders and executives, and if there’s one thing I’ve noticed it’s this: Entrepreneurs are too often overworked and underleveraged. When a CEO has too much demand on their time, their efficiency and productivity tend to drop. Or, at the very least, their perception of their efficiency and productivity. This often creates the feeling of overwhelm we call “burnout;” that feeling that [...]

Startup Founders: How to Avoid Guilt and Burnout While Scaling Your Business 2017-12-13T19:43:20+00:00

Has Your Network Reached Its Expiration Date? 3 Questions to Ensure Your Relationships are Relevant to Your Goals

How long have you been in business? Five years? Ten? Fifteen? Regardless of how long you’ve been in operation, you can probably look back on the successes you’ve experienced with a sense of pride. Compared to day one, you and your business have probably grown astronomically. And, at least to some degree, you probably have your network to thank for that. Over the years as you naturally meet new people, [...]

Has Your Network Reached Its Expiration Date? 3 Questions to Ensure Your Relationships are Relevant to Your Goals 2017-11-29T20:26:25+00:00

Networking for Introverts: How to Use Your Natural Curiosity and Desire to Help to Create Value for Others

What comes to mind when you think of a “great networker?” For many, those words conjure up an image of a smooth-talker confidently striding into a room of 100 people, and walking away having interacted with well over half of them. But in my opinion, that picture isn’t necessarily accurate. In fact, I think it’s a big part of the reason why networking has such a negative connotation. Because when [...]

Networking for Introverts: How to Use Your Natural Curiosity and Desire to Help to Create Value for Others 2017-11-22T17:28:02+00:00

Is Your Face Lying to the World? 3 Steps to Build Massive Trust When Meeting New People

In business and in life, trust is one of the most vital aspects of successful relationships. Yet despite this, many struggle to quickly and consistently build and maintain trust as they meet new people. That’s why, as an executive coach, when I teach my clients how to leverage their network and deepen their relationships, the core of every strategy is a simple concept: Building trust. When it comes to building [...]

Is Your Face Lying to the World? 3 Steps to Build Massive Trust When Meeting New People 2017-11-15T19:54:42+00:00

Quick Tip: How to Make Video Calls More Personal in 60 Seconds or Less

No surprise: I perform the majority of my coaching sessions online via video calls. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not that I believe the online experience is better. Quite the contrary: Face-to-face meetings (especially when paired with a great follow-up email) will almost always be superior. But the reality of my work requires frequent meetings, and my clients’ calendars are often full to bursting. So although someone may not be [...]

Quick Tip: How to Make Video Calls More Personal in 60 Seconds or Less 2018-01-16T17:59:00+00:00

The Simplest Strategy for Massive Networking Event Success (Even if You’re an Introvert)

I have a confession to make: I don’t always love networking. Yes, you read that right. And if someone who has been called one of Silicon Valley’s top relationship management experts doesn’t always love networking … Well, I doubt I’m alone. For many people, networking is like flossing. It’s something you know you should do. Maybe it’s even something you do do. But it isn’t something you necessarily enjoy. If [...]

The Simplest Strategy for Massive Networking Event Success (Even if You’re an Introvert) 2017-11-01T17:55:03+00:00

1 Simple Tactic to Supercharge Your Meetings and Deepen Your Relationships

Imagine this: You’re meeting with Erin, an up-and-coming startup CEO whom you haven’t talked with in six months. You walk into the room, shake hands, and the first thing she says is, “Hey, last we talked you mentioned that your grandmother wasn’t doing so well. How is she now?” How would that simple question make you feel? Your first response would probably be a thought like, “Wow, she has incredible [...]

1 Simple Tactic to Supercharge Your Meetings and Deepen Your Relationships 2017-10-25T18:45:40+00:00

How to Rate Your Network to Get the Most From It

144. According to the Dunbar Number, the average person can only successfully manage around 144 relationships at a time. For some, that’s no problem. But for those of you who are like me—who have thousands of relationships in your network—you’re in a bit of a bind. Even with the best of intentions, there’s no way to effectively manage thousands of contacts without some form of strategy. The good news is, [...]

How to Rate Your Network to Get the Most From It 2017-10-18T15:57:20+00:00