022: Friend of a Friend with David Burkus

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Ever wonder how some artists have thousands of follower while others just a few hundred?

How some people seem to know EVERYONE be EVERYWHERE and have no trouble getting press?

I’ve wondered that too which is why I was surprised to learn that you become famous one person at a time.

If one of your goals is to finally get in a gallery or get noticed by the press, well guess what, you’ve got to meet people.

The reason I invited David Burkus onto the podcast is because I am a business book junkie, and I especially enjoy those that are based on research, like Friend of a Friend. I just finished Friend of a Friend and I wanted to invite David on the podcast so we can dive into some of the finer points that will help artists like me build our networks so we can sell more art. Sound good?


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • The psychology of being famous
  • Why you might want to attend that high school reunion after all
  • Why you can skip networking events in order to network even better in more authentic ways

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About David

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His newest book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies



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Listener shout out of the week!

“These podcasts are changing the way I think about things. The ‘Making Connections’ podcast with Michael Roderick for instance, clarified the distinction between being a ‘networker’ and a ‘connector’ in a way I had not thought about, and gave excellent tools for making networking a cumulatively productive career building strategy. And I love how Miriam challenges her guests as soon as she hears anything that smacks of generalization or un-thought of gender bias, in a way that really deepens these conversations. Gonna start sharing them in my newsletters and with my clients!”

~Rahti Gorfien, PCC, CreativeCallingCoaching.com

3 thoughts on “022: Friend of a Friend with David Burkus”

    • II I learned so much listening to this podcast by David Burkus. I will find him on my Audible now to read his book! Thanks for these wonderful tips in podcast form Miriam, I love working in my art journal while I listen to inspiring material. Feeling so productive!

  1. Miriam, I was just listening to your podcast with David Burkus in the car. It was very insightful about ways to connect with others through networking. I do believe that it will be one of the books that I will be reading this year.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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