TGM Classic | Nick Gray | The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to Build Big Relationships with Small Gatherings

In this episode, Nick looks back at how he made it possible to help his family grow their business by leading their hiring, marketing, and international sales. He takes us back to when he started and grew Museum Hack and reveals why he sold and exited the company in 2018. Nick also talks about the benefits of hosting cocktail parties in widening your network and building connections.

In this episode, Nick and I talked about:

  • How Nick became a museum tour guide and turned Hack the Met tours into a business
  • How long it took Nick to launch his book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party
  • Nick and Darius share one thing to consider before publishing a book
  • How Nick grew Museum Hack before he stepped down and sold the company
  • The biggest fear of a new party host and how to avoid it
  • Nick reveals the best days to host a cocktail party
  • The secret formula to successfully hosting parties and making new friends
  • Nick explains why a conventional cocktail party lasts only 2 hours
  • Tips for parents who want to host or attend a party
  • How to leverage party hosting
  • And other topics…

Meet Nick:

Nick Gray is a curious mind on a perpetual quest for knowledge and adventure. Born with an insatiable curiosity, he has dedicated his life to exploring the world around him and sharing his discoveries with others. With a background in art history and a passion for storytelling, Nick founded Museum Hack, a company that revolutionizes the way people experience museums by offering unconventional and immersive tours.

Through his innovative approach, he has transformed the museum-going experience, making it accessible, engaging, and downright fun for people of all ages. Nick’s relentless pursuit of new experiences and his knack for captivating audiences have earned him recognition as a leading figure in the world of museum education and experiential learning. Whether he’s uncovering hidden gems in a museum or inspiring others to see the world through a fresh lens, Nick continues to inspire curiosity and ignite a sense of wonder in all who encounter his work.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at

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