Career Coach Jason Levin Got Yelled at For Not Following Up with the College Benefactor

Career Coach Jason Levin Got Yelled at For Not Following Up with the College Benefactor


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My guest for Episode #161 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Jason Levin. He's a speaker and trainer. He's an executive career, business development and outplacement coach. He's the co-host of the Parents at Work Podcast. His website is

He’s also the author of the book, Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch. Scroll down to learn how to enter to win one of five free signed copies of the book!

In serving his enterprise and individual clients, Jason draws on experiences as a District Manager with  

At Vault, he held roles both on the operations team and led a remote business development team.

Prior to, he worked in brand management for Unilever on the Dove Global team where he developed global innovations in the anti-aging skincare category and he also worked for the consulting firms KPMG and Accenture. He has an MBA from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.

He’s an assistant coach on his son’s little league baseball team and is a “raving fan” of DC sports.

In today's episode, Jason shares his “favorite mistake” story about failing to follow up with the wealthy benefactor of Rowan College. Why did he get yelled at by the head fundraiser at the college — and for how long? How have those lessons from that episode impact him as a coach?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • What attracted you to working with retired pro athletes in their career transitions? How is it different? 
  • Previous episodes with retired athletes Lenny Walls and Dave Scatchard
  • With limited (non-infinite) time – how do we make time to focus on relationships?
  • “Show me your calendar and I’ll show you your priorities”
  • What is your “social fortress”?
  • Your external network vs. your network inside the company

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  • Video of the episode
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  • How to subscribe
  • Full transcript

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"Your next career decision is your next purchase decision. You're self-selecting into that next opportunity, is an intention to buy on your own behalf. Then who's the customer?"
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"Networking is a nonsense word. It's a catchall phrase for me..."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.