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Bringing Together Friendships, Brands and Unique Experiences with Liv Schreiber

by Faster Than Normal

Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.  Hey guys, Peter Shankman the host of Faster Than Normal. I wanna talk for a second about the Skylight Calendar, the wonderful sponsors of this episode and one of the things that keeps myself and my daughter on track. Skylight sits on your wall and tells you what you have to do today; what chores your child has to do today. It’s basically a family calendar all-in-one. You can color code. It is amazing for people with ADHD. I am truly in love with this thing. We look at it every single day. It tells us the weather. It tells us what’s on our calendar. It tells us what chores are left to do. Oh, time to feed the dog! – Mark it off on the calendar. My daughter can check the box when she’s done and the chore disappears. It is one of the best things we’ve ever had. You can get yours with a discount using code: PeterShankman for 10% off, up to 30 bucks off. You’re gonna love this Skylight calendar.  And you are gonna love.. I mean, truly it is amazing for people with ADHD or basically anyone who wants to keep track of their schedule. It sits on the wall, added bonus. You can throw your own photos onto it as a screen saver- on your wall! So now your wall has pictures. That’s cool. Check it out. I’ll put the link in the show notes. Discount Code:  PeterShankman for 10% off, up to 30 bucks off.

Entrepreneur, social media expert, influencer and now CEO of the hottest events in NYC, Liv Schreiber has a vision for changing how New Yorkers meet and build relationships and social communities. In the past, it was intros from friends, families, gym workout buddies or boring dating apps. Today, New Yorkers are growingly turning to the 26 year old Schreiber who’s “Hot and Social” events are selling out in 36 seconds. Hot and Social has developed an event strategy where the attendees not only have an opportunity to meet and speak with their peers but an invitation to become friends in a world that many times seems so uninviting and cold. The events have continued to gain traction, and the waitlist for Liv comes from a family of entrepreneurs which you frequently will see in her content. The tagline of her company is “99% of the attendees show up alone, 100% leave as friends”. This unique concept has led to some of the largest restaurant and club companies in NYC to reach out with the hope of securing a Hot and Social event for some of the most well known venues in the City. Schreiber is overwhelmed with the support and can’t wait to bring her concept to other cities.  Schreiber has already worked with brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Moxy, REVOLVE and Rumble. Her TikTok and Instagram accounts have been blowing up- giving Schreiber the ability to package her social, with Hot and Social’s accounts and event sponsorship. The Digital Renegades CEO Evan Morgenstein sees Schreiber as a perfect new client, “Myself, coming from Rockland County and having my family in the event promotion business most of my childhood, I see Liv as a refreshing new take on bringing people, brands and unique experiences together. Liv is so smart, she lives this lifestyle- so it’s authentic and she has her finger on the pulse of the 22-35 year old market in NYC and beyond. We are going to make this an international brand and I can’t wait!”

00:40 – Thank you so much for listening and for subscribing!

01:44 – Welcome and introducing Liv Schreiber!

02:17 – On the importance of not feeling alone in a classroom setting.

03:34 – We don’t need a lot of friends, but we need a few good ones. Would you agree with that?

04:20 – Tell me what your story is, how you came up with this idea. What’s your background?

05:00 – Ref: Brand Caffeine

06:24 – What pushed you to decide to do something for friendship; as opposed to like dating, relationships, or the usual fare?

08:40 – Tell us about the people who go to & enjoy these events? To me it sounds like a root canal?

09:43 – What do people talk about?

11:00 – Why do you think we as adults sort of forget how to make friends?

12:26 – How do people find out more about you Liv? Web:  Socials: @livschreiber on INSTA and TikTok  Then.. @hotandsocial on INSTA and Liv’s Styling account is @styledbylivschreiber in INSTA & TikTok

12:25 – Can more friendships benefit everyone with ADD or ADHD and Neurodiverse?

13:07 – Thank you for your work here Peter! 

13:18 – Thank you Liv!

13:20 – Another big shout out to Skylight calendar!

13:24 – We are thrilled that you are here!  ADHD and all forms of neurodiversity are gifts, not curses. And by the way, if you haven’t picked up The Boy with the Faster Brain yet, it is on Amazon and it is a number one bestseller in all categories. So check it out. Click HERE or via My link tree is here if you’re looking for something specific.

14:06 – Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits.

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TRANSCRIPT via Descript and then corrected.. mostly somewhat: 

[00:00:40] Peter: Hey everyone, what’s up? My name is Peter Shankman. I’m the host of the Faster Than Normal podcast, and I wanna give a big shout out to Skylight for sponsoring this episode again, Skylight Calendar, guys, I told you about this thing before. I love it. It sits in my kitchen wall and tells my daughter exactly what she has to do. It tells her what she has to bring to school. It tells her what she can leave home. It tells her what chores have to be done. I don’t have to yell at her anymore. She doesn’t complain. We can throw photos on there of family, of friends, of my parents, of her, of of her mom’s parents, everyone. She sees everything. She can touch screen it when she’s done. She loves going over feeding the dog and then touch screening to say that she’s fed the dog and the chore disappears. They’re color coded, which is great for people like me who have ADHD and people like you. Check out Skylight. It is a phenomenal, phenomenal calendar. It’ll make your life so much easier and simpler,. You’ll have so much less to complain about. . Use code Peter Shankman and get up to 30 bucks off your first offer. And I wanna thank them again for sponsoring the podcast. The Skylight calendar is incredible. Skylight Check it out. Discount Code:  PeterShankman 

Okay guys, another episode of Faster Than Normal! I am thrilled that you’re here! About two or three months ago. I had coffee with the one we’re about to talk today. Her name is Liv Schreiber and Liv calls herself, the one who’s making friendship cool again, and it’s really interesting. She runs a very cool company where she basically throws parties to let people make friends, and we’re talking about that, but we’re also talking a bigger picture about friendships. So Liv, welcome to Faster Than Normal- so good to have you!

[00:02:11] Liv: Hey Peter, you’re the best. So good to finally get to be talking to you here. This is awesome! 

[00:02:17] Peter: Now I’m glad to have you. I wanted to do this for a while. It’s, um, you know, it’s interesting, the, the, I was, I was talking last week to a elementary school. I was reading them the new book, the Boy with the Faster Brain, and everyone was, you know, it was funny to watch the kids, right? Because 30 kids in the classroom and they bun Bud buddy up with their friends to walk to the auditorium where we were doing the speech that’s, I was following them, you know, talking to the teacher and I look over and all the kids have somehow buddied up with another kid and they’re all holding hands and there’s one who, I guess, I guess someone was absent and didn’t have anyone to hold hands with and he’s just sort of like walking behind everyone. And he looked a little sad. My daughter was with me cuz she had the week off from school and she walked up, she grabbed the kid’s hand. Right. And my daughter’s nine. This kid I think was like five or six or whatever. And, and you immediately saw the change in the kid. The kid was like, he went from like, we have no one to talk to. Like, oh, someone’s holding my hand. Yeah. And he was all happy and everything. Uhhuh. It really is amazing. We don’t, you know, we joke, I joke a lot that I hate people. Right. I don’t think we talk enough about how valued and how important friendships are, not relationships, not dating, not marriage like crap, but the concept of friendships, right? We don’t need a lot of friends, but we need a few good ones. Would you agree with that? 

[00:03:29] Liv: Absolutely. And when you think about it this way, like you’re, you know, that kid grows up and he moves to New York City and he doesn’t know anyone and he is starting a new job and he doesn’t have anyone to talk to. Like, that’s debilitating and, and just one person can make a huge difference in his life. So, you know, I was that kid. I moved to New York and I knew no one, and I was jealous of people in the street who had plans. And Peter, I’m not weird, you know. I have friends, but for some reason in your twenties and your thirties, it’s so hard to make those adult friendships that really can make a huge difference. So, um, I noticed that and just kind of got sick of having this, this issue and figured other people might as well. 

[00:04:12] Peter: Tell me for, okay, so let’s go back. Tell me what you do. Tell me your story. Um, you’re not, you have never been diagnosed ADHD but you’re pretty sure you have it. I met you, I knew in about three seconds you did. Tell me what your story is, how you came up with this idea. What’s your background? Tell us the whole thing. 

[00:04:26] Liv: Yeah, absolutely. 

[00:04:27] Peter: As far as my audience is gonna know, looking at your photo, they just say, oh, she’s six foot. Of course she goes to all the clubs. Of course she has tons of friends. I’m right.

[00:04:34] Liv: I’m actually five four. I’m not six foot. 

[00:04:36] Peter: You come across very tall in your photos. Tell us the biggest story about you.

[00:04:39] Liv: So I’m uh, from New Jersey. I have a twin brother. Grew up with a family of entrepreneurs. Every single hu human in my family line has been an entrepreneur. My dad has major ADD, um, and I’ve always just had a million different things that I love to do. My brain is non- stop. It’s exhausting being inside of it. Um, I have a really hard time focusing on just one thing. Um, I have little quirks and, and things that I actually read about in your book that I thought were just me things, that happen to be, um, ADD things. So I’ve kind of harnessed it as my superpower and the things that I really love. I’ve been able to turn into businesses that make money. So the first is brand caffeine. Uh, my twin brother and I own a digital marketing agency and we launch content strategy, paid ads for brands and personal brands. Um, so we’re responsible for making people blow up on social media and their sales. Um, but in terms of my personal, I, on Liv Schreiber have, um, a following on Instagram and TikTok, both of which, um, on my explorer pages think I have ADD as well. So I’m constantly getting fed, you know, signs. You have ADD every day. Um, and then, you know, I started Hot and social about a year ago. Where people come to meet new people. It’s not weird. They’re not weird people. It’s all super cool and um, the premise is everyone comes solo and leaves as friends. So it’s really, really special and very fulfilling. 

[00:06:12] Peter: I like that. What brought you to create something where people, you know what, most people have created a dating app. Create a relationship app. I remember, I remember going to the hell back in like early two thousands, going to the hell that was the J-Date, matzo balls every Christmas and, and, and leaving and thinking that there was no hope for humanity and I wasn’t really wrong. But, um, tell me what, what, uh, pushed you to decide to do something for friendship as opposed to like dating relationships, which is usually where everyone else goes.

[00:06:39] Liv: Yeah. Number one, I’m not like a, a very sexual influencer showing my boobs on Instagram. So it, it just wouldn’t, as a Lisa Lit, our shared friend would say, no fit my brand aesthetic. Um, That’s number one. Um, it started out as hot and single because my twin brother was single. And I go around and I interview people who are hot and single, but that’s just not the root of who I am. So in honor of that authenticity, um, switched it over, rebranded to hot and social. And the point is, is that when you come in just looking for friends or just looking to meet one other people, you’re always pleasantly surprised and leave with more, especially if you do happen to meet a romantic connection. It’s not something that you went in looking for. And I think that’s the problem with a lot of dating apps is people are going in with this expectation and being let down every time. 

[00:07:32] Peter: Yeah, it makes sense. I mean I think that that, you know, especially cuz dating apps need people to get let down in order for them to continue to make money. Exactly. Right. If everyone on dating apps found everyone immediately, they’re, they’re, you know, dating apps anymore. 

[00:07:43] Liv: Right. And the great thing is there is a cap in, I guess some societies on romantic partners, but there’s no cap on friendship. You can come and come back and come back again and still, you know, be excited by new people that you’re meeting. 

[00:07:58] Peter: It’s very possible. Um, tell us about the people who go to these events, because I imagine that if you’re going to an event to make friends, right, there’s two types of people who go to the, to an event to make friends type of people who, you know, I don’t think people imagine like, oh, this is actually gonna be fun. I’m looking forward to this. You know, for, for a lot of people, d, ADHD, going into a room full of people where the expectation is you have to talk to all these people. You’ve never met. Right. And you have to, uh, make small talk for an hour, two hours, three hours is the equivalent of going to a dentist. 

[00:08:33] Liv: No, no, no. 

[00:08:35] Peter: I’m not saying, I’m not saying that’s what you do, but for a lot of people with adhd, I mean, I don’t necessarily know if going to a, going to a room, Hey, you’re gonna go to this room and you’re gonna, there’s a hundred people there and you’re gonna talk to 50 of them, and good luck. You know, that, that, that, I don’t know. Root canals, I, I sort of broke up my mind. So tell us why this is different and tell us how people sort of survive this and enjoy it? 

[00:08:54] Liv: Okay. I love that. That’s really funny. Um, so the number one thing is everyone’s on the same page, so you’re picturing yourself as going somewhere alone, where other people may know each other. This is. Peter. This is like freshman year of college. Everyone’s on the same playing field. No one knows each other at the events. I show up solo. So it’s really exciting because if you’re someone that’s looking to challenge themselves or just try something new or get out of the typical bar scene, it’s really awesome because the energy is actually like ADD puppy. It’s so friendly, so warm, so welcoming, so much great energy because you can literally turn to anyone there and know that they want to talk to you. I know that you wanna talk to them. Um, 

[00:09:43] Peter: what do people talk about? 

[00:09:44] Liv: Talk about everything. Where are you from? Where in the city are you? And we always have an activity, so it’s not just like gathering people in a room with drinks. I barely drink, so it, that just wouldn’t make sense. What we do is we do fun things. So, um, we’re having pickleball tournaments. We had one on Friday, we have another one this coming Friday. So you know, everyone like does some rose and rally. We’re drinking rose, and then we’re going to rally. And learn how to play on the courts. We have comedy shows coming up, so it’s like there’s always an experience and something to talk about or look forward to or bond over. Um, and I think that’s what makes us different. 

[00:10:19] Peter: There’s obviously a need for these things, right? Why is it so hard to make friends and not so much just, you know, oh, in New York, I think it’s hard for adults to make friends, period. Because we’re, as kids, it’s sort of expected of us, right? I remember I have this great photo of my daughter, um, when she’s like two years old and she’s with a bunch of her friends on the playground and we, someone said, okay, it’s time to go, everyone, get your buddy. And they just walked over and they immediately held hands and there was no, uh, issue with that because that’s what they’re trained to do, right? So we trained them to do that. But at some point as we mature the concept of go find your buddy disappears, right? And people either go out on their own or they have their own social circle and they don’t wanna move out of. Why do you think that is? Why do you think we, for lack of a better word, forget how to make friends?

[00:11:10] Liv: I think we get so absorbed by our own selves and, and by our own lives that we kind of forget that the world is going on around us. Like I, I think work comes into play and finding a partner comes into play and friendship kind of gets pushed to the side. Um, and it’s sad because people kind of start, stop growing, right? Like, you know, every year in college we’re forced to learn something new. But you become an adult and you kind of forget that that life is like a classroom too, and you have to constantly be pushing yourself and learning new things and meeting new people. So, you know, I, I don’t think it’s anything to shame ourselves about. I think it’s just about remembering, oh, this thing’s still going on, and, and there’s so many people that are super cool that are out there that we don’t even know exist yet. 

[00:12:02] Peter: It’s very, very possible. I think that, that we get into these ruts, we get into sort of these moments where it’s like, okay, I’m good. I have enough. Right? I don’t need more. I don’t want go through because it’s hard to make friends, right? No one ever said it was easy, and so if we don’t, if we have what we have and we’re comfortable and we’re in our comfort zone, we don’t necessarily have to do more because that’s hard to do. The problem is nothing grows in your comfort zone, and so over time you need to do that.

[00:12:23] Liv: No, I, I, exactly. I hear you. I agree with that.

[00:12:26] Peter: Uh, Liv how can people find you? What? I know you have a phenomenal Instagram. I follow it. What, what? Tell people what it is. So how people can find you more. 

[00:12:31] Liv: It’s at Liv Schreiber. L i v s c h r e i b e r. Um, and Hot and Social is Hot and social. H o t and s o c i A L. Am I okay. I need to wake up. Um, But yeah, I’m super excited and I think also having ADD or undiagnosed ADD for everyone who’s watching is actually such a benefit in friendships because you know, there’s no one else who can text 20 of their friends at eight in the morning and check in on them and ask them how they’re doing. Like I think having ADD actually is a huge, um, it, it, it’s really a huge asset to my friendship. So, Peter, I’m really grateful that you’ve taught me that and reading your book and hearing, uh, you know, about all your tips and tricks on this podcast has really helped me. So thank you so much. Yeah.

[00:13:18] Peter: I appreciate it. Thank you. It’s great. It’s great to have you and, and, and hopefully we can connect again and see each other in person again. I had a lot of fun over that coffee a couple months ago. It was fun. 

Um, Guys, you’ve been listening to Fast Than Normal. We appreciate you. We love that you’re here. If you haven’t already checked out the new book, the Boy With the Faster Brain, it was on Today in New York yesterday on the Today Show. It is blowing up. It is. It is gaining a lot of traction, if you haven’t, please leave us reading on Amazon. We love that. But either way, we will see you next week with a brand new episode. Thank you again to Skylight frames, skylight calendar, Check them out. To 30 bucks off with code PeterShankman. We will see you guys next week. Have a wonderful, wonderful week. Stay safe, stay healthy! ADHD and all Neurodiversity are gifts, not curses. We’ll see you soon. 

Credits: You’ve been listening to the Faster Than Normal podcast. We’re available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google play and of course at I’m your host, Peter Shankman and you can find me at and @petershankman on all of the socials. If you like what you’ve heard, why not head over to your favorite podcast platform of choice and leave us a review, come more people who leave positive reviews, the more the podcast has shown, and the more people we can help understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Opening and closing themes were composed and produced by Steven Byrom who also produces this podcast, and the opening introduction was recorded by Bernie Wagenblast. Thank you so much for listening. We’ll see you next week! 


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