It is truly a blessing and gift when I receive a note like the one below from Robert Youngblood- or "YB" who I met five years ago when I addressed the Boy Scouts. YB and I have been in touch over the years and he continues to share his knowledge and inspiration to all of those that he touches.
He is in the middle of the picture-holding up one of the books.
See what he wrote-
result of following the system you outlined in your book, Nonstop Networking, I
was able to leverage a connection I made with Karen Lee who is the DECA Advisor
and Marketing Chair at Cosby High School. She heard me speak to another group
of high school students a few years ago and as a result, invited me to speak to
over 150 students at her school in Chesterfield, VA. Many of the students were
members of DECA, which is an International Association of marketing students
that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance,
hospitality, and management.
year, Mrs. Lee asked me to meet with her son and another student so they could
interview me about my business and experience as an entrepreneur. From time to
time we could communicate, mostly through LinkedIn. Then last week, I receive a
phone call from a student who stated that she received my name from Mrs. Karen
Lee. She invited me to come an speak to her classmates about my experience as
an entrepreneurs and why high school students should consider entrepreneurship.
It was a great experience.
my talk, I mentioned the importance of having a dream and making decisions that
would lead to one’s goal. I encouraged each student to find a mentor and to
never give up on their dream. In addition, I highlighted "Nonstop
Networking" and 5 other books that would be useful in helping each student
succeed in business and in life. I credited your book as being the most
valuable resource that taught me a system for networking. I explained to the
students how important it was for them to start networking now, because it
would help them find opportunities in the present and future.
the students were appreciative of my talk. 5 years ago, you came into my life
and blessed me with the tools to succeed as a networker. I am forever grateful.
you for the impact you have made on me, which has allowed me to make an impact
upon countless others.
Robert T. Youngblood or “YB”, as he is affectionately known by
many, is a native of the Bronx, NY and has an extensive background in Business,
Leadership and Professional Development.
As the Chief Connecting Officer of
YBConnects, YB facilitates professional connections for individuals and
non-profit organizations while teaching college students & professionals
how to network, develop their professional brand and leverage LinkedIn to
YB has worked in the non-profit sector, for over 8 years,
helping organizations such as the Heart of Virginia Council – Boy Scouts of
America, CenterStage Foundation and Communities In Schools of Richmond recruit
volunteers, increase visibility and cultivate relationships through assertive
He is the founder of the Platinum
Consulting & Marketing Group which helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop
solid Communication, Leadership and Networking skills. Platinum Consulting
& Marketing Group also serving as a support organization for Independent
Business Owners affiliated with Amway, an American multinational direct-selling
company that uses multi-level marketing to
sell a variety of products, primarily in the health, beauty, and home care
YB is a sought after motivational speaker, who is passionate
about empowering high school and college students. He promotes entrepreneurship
as a solution to helping individuals overcome poverty and unemployment. His coaching style makes him an ideal trainer
for colleges and universities that want to help their students achieve