Season 1, Episode 8
Robin Dreeke, spy recruiter for the FBI and best-selling author
Robin Dreeke talks about his journey from humble beginnings to recruiting Russian spies for the FBI, his personal story of 9/11, his Buddhist influences, and his area of expertise – how can we recognise and gain the trust of others.
I’m a big fan of Twin Peaks, and have always held a hope that FBI agents are all like Dale Cooper – imagine my surprise when my first ever meeting with one proved this to be true! Robin Dreekes is a deep person. In our wide-ranging interview we talked about many topics but I wasn’t expecting to cover The Tao Te Ching and Buddhism.
Robin Dreeke is the best-selling author of It’s Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone, Sizing People Up: A Veteran FBI Agent’s User Manual for Behavior Prediction, and The Code of Trust, The: An American Counterintelligence Expert’s Five Rules to Lead and Succeed – and I’d genuinely recommend you read them ALL.
Robin is an ex-FBI Agent and his career was focused around the hardest pitch of them all – recruiting Russian spies to work for the US government. His work has taught him many life lessons and he is a master of eliciting trust from the most reluctant people. He is now an executive coach and speaker and in this episode of Pitch Masters, he divulges invaluable tips on how to read people, how to gain their trust, how to prepare yourself for pitches, presentations and public speaking, as well as his philosophies on life and finding true happiness.
This episode contains some disturbing and occasionally graphic stories of the events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent events that unfolded.
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