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Takeaways from Ed Andrew talking with Bobby Umar.

Bobby Umar is one of the most prolific, heart-based leaders in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brene Brown, John Maxwell and Robin Sharma. Bobby is a 5x TEDx speaker, he has been named the 2nd best business coach to follow on Twitter and the 4th best leadership influencer according to Kred. Bobby is an international author of three books, including a #1 best seller, and is a Huffington Post contributor.


With a background in brand marketing (Kraft & Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby is a recognized thought leader in Networking, Social Media and Personal Branding. He founded the DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand conference, the largest event in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 

Bobby and Ed discuss all things personal branding, leadership, networking and public speaking, he is passionate about helping lost leaders and helping people to discover their values and purpose and align their brand with that.  Bobby shares many insights and tips on speaking, his lessons learned and mistakes made. We spoke just after he had shared the stage with Gary Vaynerchuk in Toronto and as he launches a new side business for DYPM which is an ongoing year round program around the globe.    

  • Sharing the stage with Gary Vaynerchuk and lessons he learned from him.  The art of story telling. (2.45)


  • Helping lost leaders, , lost stuck and unfulfilled even in their own business - 75% of people are unhappy in their work, discussing personal branding, purpose and meaning, (5.00)


  • Aligning values and personal brand, valuing the people, environment and task you are doing (7.45)


  • Getting business to understand their people and investing in them (9.45)


  • Explaining 'Discover your Personal Brand' DYPB conference - aligning yourself to a path and providing a focus and purpose to create meaningful impact (10.25)


  • Launching DYPB as a year around event all over the world


  • The brand starts with the person, the company or what you do is part of your brand, everything is part of my you personal brand (13.00)


  • On public speaking, traits of the best speakers, story telling and his background in comedy (19.45)

  • How to engage with an audience and being accessible - how 5th Tedx talk, the history and mystery of hugs (23.15)


  • ​The goal of doing a ted talk is to get on TED stage such as Brene Brown and Simon Sinek, on mistakes he learned form his 4th Tedx talk.


  • Understanding your audience and being honest (30.45)


  • His training programs, Tedx talk training and networking (31.45)


  • The difference between an average espalier and a great speaker (34.45)


  • His style hustle, vulnerability and humour


  • Networking, every person is  abridge to something or someone else - never dismiss them (37.45)

  • Networking is giving without expectation, giving leads to tremendous value, which creates connection which may lead to opportunity


  • On why the best leadership books are Harry Potter - bravery, courage, loyalty and doing what is right and best for people (40.45)


  • His 3 books - how to network anytime, anywhere with anyone, kindle or paperback, Amazon (42.25)


  • On mentoring - and being mentored (43.45)


  • Tips of speakers, address their pain point and bliss point, align with what people need and know your audience (45)

Suggested Books


Harry Potter by JK Rowling

How to network anytime, anywhere and with anyone by Bobby Umar and Ryan Coelho  






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