AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality.
Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.
The Art of Charm Podcast would go on to become one of the largest and most successful lifestyle podcasts in the world. What started out as two graduate students conversing and laughing in a basement in Ann Arbor has turned into a top rated podcast and highly sought after coaching business.
Today, AJ and his co-founders teach people from all over the world how to create, develop, and maintain top business and personal relationships. It is often said that the best learning can be found in teaching a subject – for AJ, it was in coaching others towards success, that he was able to rekindle his own confidence and passion. The love of science and the desire to understand relationships at an elemental level had stopped being separate paths and interests for AJ and now merged into a single focus.
From an early age, Johnny Dzubak was driven by passion. He grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a town strongly associated with coal mining, and in a family that had been solidly blue-collar since it had come over from the Old World. Over the last 40 years, many of these towns have become economically devastated, and Greensburg was no different. Searching for an opportunity, Johnny left home at the age of 21 for Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
There, Johnny worked in promotions and publicity for musicians and shows and learned the art of persuasion and influence. But boredom crept in and Johnny began to take an interest in self-development. Never one to take things lightly, he went “all in” and began reading and learning about the subject voraciously.
The research into self-development, combined with this on-the-ground experience dealing with people on a daily basis, led to a gig, as Johnny took a part-time position up in DC helping a personal development company with weekend boot camps. One fateful weekend, Jordan and AJ Harbinger were visiting the program that Johnny just happened to be a part of as an instructor and as “fate” would have it, spent time that weekend becoming fast friends and discussing plans of what would become the mission of the Art of Charm.
Part of what Johnny has always loved about music is the ability to create lasting art. At the Art of Charm he gets to work with people, and instead of tuning guitar strings, he’s strengthening heart strings. He’s creating art within people, by having them seek out what they are passionate about in direct ways, by confronting the past, to calibrate a present, to achieve a future. It’s not music you can hear, but it is the changes you can see. While he doesn’t believe he has all the answers, he certainly has quite a few, and he’s dedicated to continuing to study and never being satisfied with where he is either personally or professionally.
They speak with us about personal development, partnership and propinquity.
- On The Road
- Gino’s Birthday
- Music Industry
- Hard Questions
- Self Development
- Graduate School
- Who You Know
- New York City
- Providing Value
- Developing Relationships
- Self Expression
- Silence is Golden
- Media Merry-Go-Round
- Airplane Mode
- 5 Listening Skills
- Core Values
- Small Talk
- Self Sabotage
- Coping Mechanisms
- Propinquity Builds Trust
- Habits For Success
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