Riaz Meghji | Human Connection Keynote Speaker, TV Host and Moderator

Riaz Meghji

Human Connection Keynote Speaker, TV Host and Moderator

Riaz Meghji

Riaz Meghji is a human connection expert and bestselling author of the book "Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships". His insights have been featured in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Financial Post.

He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television hosting experience; he has interviewed experts on current affairs, sports, entertainment, politics, and business.

Riaz has hosted for Citytv's Breakfast Television, MTV Canada, TEDxVancouver, CTV News, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He is a natural storyteller with a proven ability to conduct engaging, in-depth conversations across various disciplines.

Off-camera, Riaz dedicates himself to philanthropy and causes he cares about including Canuck Place Children's Hospice and Covenant House. He holds a degree in business from Simon Fraser University and studied leadership communication at Harvard Extension School and the Canadian Management Centre.

He lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife Lori and son Nico.

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Every Conversation Counts: How to Build Extraordinary Relationships

Long before the era of ‘quiet quitting,’ loneliness was a social pandemic in our society. In an age of polarization, disconnection, and shallow substitutes for real relationships, every leader needs to know how to build and maintain meaningful relationships with clients and teams alike in our hybrid reality.

With years of experience interviewing established leaders in business, entertainment and innovation, audiences will gain the following insights:

Spark real, authentic conversations to make meaningful connections, personally and professionally

Earn trust and build inclusive cultures, as you listen without distraction and make your small talk bigger

De-escalate conflict and collaborate effectively by leading with assertive empathy

Craft and tell compelling stories that will motivate your audience to take action

Explore the questions that create breakthrough moments in any conversation

This engaging experience is a candid and far-ranging look at how creative conversations can help you reinvent yourself, re-energize your teams, and further develop your business.


Relationships First: How to Use Authentic Connection to Grow Sales

It’s no wonder that sales often get a bad rap. In a world of dwindling authentic connections, it’s easy to see sales as the least authentic interaction of all. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

By transforming the way they and their teams interact with customers, sales leaders can forge more human connections that lead to dramatically improved sales outcomes.

Start from a place of empathy to develop a deeper understanding of your customer base

Earn trust by listening without distraction, making more meaningful small talk, and practicing assertive empathy

Craft compelling stories that activate passion in your customers— and tell those stories in a compelling way

Explore the key questions that lead to breakthrough conversations with customers

This captivating talk goes beyond sales tactics to explore Riaz’s lifetime of work creating authentic connections, sharing key principles to turn sales into an art and discipline of crafting real relationships and experiences — not just transactions.

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Every Conversation Counts: The Five Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationshipsby Riaz Meghji

Every Conversation Counts: The Five Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships

by Riaz Meghji

Every Conversation Counts tackles a central question of 21st-century life: why are we so connected, and yet so alone? This book digs deep into why millions of people find themselves more isolated than ever despite the many technologies that are supposed to make us constantly connected. It also examines how the danger of isolation was brought into sharp relief by the coronavirus pandemic. In this book, Riaz Meghji uncovers the enormous human cost of this pandemic of loneliness.

Meghji also offers a solution, drawn from his 17 years of on-camera experience as a broadcaster and interviewer: a simple 5-part framework for building extraordinary relationships in our increasingly disconnected world. Readers will learn how to make a connection quickly, combat distractions, get past small talk, put aside the pretense of perfection, and de-escalate conflict, in order to spark real, authentic conversations. By following Meghji's formula, readers will see how making people feel famous, leading with listening, demonstrating authentic curiosity, removing their masks, and practicing assertive empathy can help them in both their business and personal lives.

We all struggle to break through the noise and chaos of our always-on, over-scheduled lives and forge genuine connections, whether personal or professional. This book is an essential read for sales professionals, who need to quickly connect with customers; leaders, who need to strengthen their relationships with direct reports in order to deliver results; entrepreneurs, who need to build strong networks of supporters to bring their ideas to life; and professionals in any field who need to learn how to network better. But readers will also encounter many lessons they can use in their personal lives, to connect on a deeper level with friends, family members, partners, and more.

We all crave connection. We evolved to be social animals. We were never meant to live alone or communicate only in 'likes' and retweets. This book explains why so many aspects of our modern lives feel so shallow and unsatisfying--and points to a way forward, a better future in which we all express genuine curiosity about the people in our lives, listen with our whole hearts, show up as our authentic selves, and make every conversation count.

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