60 pippa.io <![CDATA[Conversations with Phil - Aligning your mindset, skill set and tool set for peak performance]]> http://philgerbyshak.com en 2017, Phil Gerbyshak Phil Gerbyshak yes Phil Gerbyshak info+5a69412a0b9dbc930d035848@pippa.io http://assets.pippa.io/shows/5a69412a0b9dbc930d035848/show-cover.jpg http://philgerbyshak.com <![CDATA[Conversations with Phil - Aligning your mindset, skill set and tool set for peak performance]]> https://feed.pippa.io/public/shows/5a69412a0b9dbc930d035848 <![CDATA[Naphtali Hoff - Becoming the New Boss]]> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:13:31 GMT 27:50 no Want to know what you should focus on once you become the new boss? Naphtali Hoff can share his insights with you.

As an executive coach, organizational consultant, trainer, writer and speaker - as well as a father of 6!!! - Naphtali shares fantastic insights into finding balance as a leader, and how to be successful once you become the new boss.

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Want to know what you should focus on once you become the new boss? Naphtali Hoff can share his insights with you.

As an executive coach, organizational consultant, trainer, writer and speaker - as well as a father of 6!!! - Naphtali shares fantastic insights into finding balance as a leader, and how to be successful once you become the new boss.

Connect more with Naphtali Hoff ]]>
<![CDATA[The Recipe and The Ingredients of Success - w/ John David Mann]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:24:46 GMT 40:08 no When John David Mann writes a book, I take notice and read it. His latest book The Recipe is a delicious book, perfect for leaders and those interested in building a more cohesive team. John sent me a near final PDF to read back on a Tuesday in May. I fully expected to skim the table of contents, and then put it away until nearer release time, as I had a bit on my plate at the time. Instead, I dug in, and after reading the table of contents and then finishing my work day, I devoured it all that evening. The book is that good!

In this all too brief conversation, John dives into some of the lessons from his latest book, The Recipe. The parable in the book is one we can all relate to, especially if you ever worked in food service. It's about the mentoring of a young boy by Chef, and how the boy overcomes himself to unleash the leader inside him. 

John and I also talk about writing content, marketing a book, and much more. It's a conversation you won't want to miss.

John and his co-author, Chef Charles Carroll, also have some fantastic bonuses if you buy The Recipe before October 17th, 2017. I encourage you to go get your copy today of The Recipe, and then dive in to all the bonus materials and the book to take your team and your own work to the next level.

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When John David Mann writes a book, I take notice and read it. His latest book The Recipe is a delicious book, perfect for leaders and those interested in building a more cohesive team. John sent me a near final PDF to read back on a Tuesday in May. I fully expected to skim the table of contents, and then put it away until nearer release time, as I had a bit on my plate at the time. Instead, I dug in, and after reading the table of contents and then finishing my work day, I devoured it all that evening. The book is that good!

In this all too brief conversation, John dives into some of the lessons from his latest book, The Recipe. The parable in the book is one we can all relate to, especially if you ever worked in food service. It's about the mentoring of a young boy by Chef, and how the boy overcomes himself to unleash the leader inside him. 

John and I also talk about writing content, marketing a book, and much more. It's a conversation you won't want to miss.

John and his co-author, Chef Charles Carroll, also have some fantastic bonuses if you buy The Recipe before October 17th, 2017. I encourage you to go get your copy today of The Recipe, and then dive in to all the bonus materials and the book to take your team and your own work to the next level.

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<![CDATA[Entrepreneurial You- Dorie Clark]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:59:48 GMT 37:08 no Are you struggling to create content that feeds your network? Wondering how you can be more prolific in writing so people quickly know what you do, who you do it for, and how you can help them? Then you need to listen to this episode, featuring someone I always learn from, Dorie Clark. Her first 2 books were very helpful to me, and to many, and her latest book, Entrepreneurial You, launched this week. 

In this episode, Dorie pulls back the curtain and shares her secrets for creating great content, and some insights from this book that can help you be more entrepreneurial in whatever you do.

Connect with Dorie Clark

 

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Are you struggling to create content that feeds your network? Wondering how you can be more prolific in writing so people quickly know what you do, who you do it for, and how you can help them? Then you need to listen to this episode, featuring someone I always learn from, Dorie Clark. Her first 2 books were very helpful to me, and to many, and her latest book, Entrepreneurial You, launched this week. 

In this episode, Dorie pulls back the curtain and shares her secrets for creating great content, and some insights from this book that can help you be more entrepreneurial in whatever you do.

Connect with Dorie Clark

 

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<![CDATA[Mindful Marketing with Lisa Nirell - How to Sell More By Knowing Your Perfect Customer]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:00:00 GMT 33:01 no What is mindful marketing, and how can you use it to increases sales and grow your business? Lisa Nirell is the foremost expert on mindful marketing, as she's the author of The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World. She's been marketing since 1983 with such companies as Hilton, Google, BMC Software, Adobe and Microsoft, as well as entrepreneurs in nine countries. She's a terrific speaker, and we had a terrific conversation about marketing, mindfulness, on her being laconic and me being loquacious, and much more.

How does Lisa Nirell define marketing?

Lisa defines marketing as "the ability to influence educate and inspire others to take action."

What is mindful marketing?

You can find the answer by asking yourself this question:

“What kind of clients do I love to work with?”

Once you understand that and the behavioral dynamics of the people that you're drawn to, you'll find the clients you love to work with.

What is mindfulness?

Lisa defines mindfulness as "non-judgmental present moment awareness"

Was Lisa always a mindful marketer?

There was a turning point during one of her keynote programs when she asked the audience "Who is your perfect customer?" And while the room was quiet for a very long time, one gentleman bravely stood up and said "Anyone with a check." Lisa realized right then that was not how she wanted to build her business, and so, the mindful marketer was born.

Lisa shares more tips on how to be more mindful and live in the right now, to build our sales practice, tell better stories, and attract better customers through mindful marketing.

And so much more in this insightful, loquacious conversation with Lisa Nirell.

Learn more from and connect with Lisa Nirell

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What is mindful marketing, and how can you use it to increases sales and grow your business? Lisa Nirell is the foremost expert on mindful marketing, as she's the author of The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World. She's been marketing since 1983 with such companies as Hilton, Google, BMC Software, Adobe and Microsoft, as well as entrepreneurs in nine countries. She's a terrific speaker, and we had a terrific conversation about marketing, mindfulness, on her being laconic and me being loquacious, and much more.

How does Lisa Nirell define marketing?

Lisa defines marketing as "the ability to influence educate and inspire others to take action."

What is mindful marketing?

You can find the answer by asking yourself this question:

“What kind of clients do I love to work with?”

Once you understand that and the behavioral dynamics of the people that you're drawn to, you'll find the clients you love to work with.

What is mindfulness?

Lisa defines mindfulness as "non-judgmental present moment awareness"

Was Lisa always a mindful marketer?

There was a turning point during one of her keynote programs when she asked the audience "Who is your perfect customer?" And while the room was quiet for a very long time, one gentleman bravely stood up and said "Anyone with a check." Lisa realized right then that was not how she wanted to build her business, and so, the mindful marketer was born.

Lisa shares more tips on how to be more mindful and live in the right now, to build our sales practice, tell better stories, and attract better customers through mindful marketing.

And so much more in this insightful, loquacious conversation with Lisa Nirell.

Learn more from and connect with Lisa Nirell

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<![CDATA[FAB Selling and Dealing with Change and Cancer - Chris Clarke-Epstein]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:55:03 GMT 1:06:13 no To say Chris Clarke-Epstein is an expert on change is an understatement. She knows more about change than anyone I know. She also knows a thing or two about sales, as she's been doing it for a long time.  In early 2017, Chris was diagnosed with cancer, and I'm delighted to say that she has kicked cancer's butt into remission. In this conversation, we talk about dealing with change - BIG CHANGE - about sales, about how to add value to people, and so much more.

About Chris Clarke-Epstein

Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP believes if you ask great questions you will get great answers. For 20 years, Chris has asked today’s leaders thought-provoking questions – pushing them to find new ways to do old things, changing old mindsets to meet new challenges, and supporting those leaders as they search for creative solutions to long-standing problems.

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To say Chris Clarke-Epstein is an expert on change is an understatement. She knows more about change than anyone I know. She also knows a thing or two about sales, as she's been doing it for a long time.  In early 2017, Chris was diagnosed with cancer, and I'm delighted to say that she has kicked cancer's butt into remission. In this conversation, we talk about dealing with change - BIG CHANGE - about sales, about how to add value to people, and so much more.

About Chris Clarke-Epstein

Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP believes if you ask great questions you will get great answers. For 20 years, Chris has asked today’s leaders thought-provoking questions – pushing them to find new ways to do old things, changing old mindsets to meet new challenges, and supporting those leaders as they search for creative solutions to long-standing problems.

Connect more with Chris Clarke-Epstein

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<![CDATA[LinkedIn Storytelling - Michael de Groot #sales @StayingAliveUK]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:26:31 GMT 38:03 no http://stayingaliveuk.com Webinars: http://linkedinlectures.com LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/stayingaliveuk Twitter: http://twitter.com/stayingaliveuk Facebook: http://facebook.com/stayingaliveuk  Mixcloud: http://mixcloud.com/stayingaliveuk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stayingaliveuk YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/maedegroot Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/user/michaeldegroot Medium: https://medium.com/@stayingaliveuk Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stayingaliveuk]]> http://stayingaliveuk.com Webinars: http://linkedinlectures.com LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/stayingaliveuk Twitter: http://twitter.com/stayingaliveuk Facebook: http://facebook.com/stayingaliveuk  Mixcloud: http://mixcloud.com/stayingaliveuk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stayingaliveuk YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/maedegroot Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/user/michaeldegroot Medium: https://medium.com/@stayingaliveuk Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stayingaliveuk]]> <![CDATA[Sales Rises and Falls on Leadership - Barbara Giamanco]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:06:31 GMT 39:05 no Talking to a sales legend always makes me smarter. This conversation with Barb Giamanco is one of those times. If you tune in, you'll see why, as we go deep into why sales rises - and falls - on leadership. We also discuss how to get people's attention on social media, how to fix the seller's mindset (hint: Answer the question: What is important enough that the person you're trying to connect with that they will take time out of their day?) and more about how to drive conversations in a helpful way with those you interact with. 

About Barb Giamanco

Barb Giamanco heads up Social Centered Selling. She’s the co-author of The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media and authored the Harvard Business Review article Tweet Me, Friend Me, Make Me Buy.

After 25+ years in Sales, Barb understands the challenges that sales leaders and salespeople face. She sold as an individual contributor and built and

managed corporate sales teams where she earned a reputation for hiring the best of the best. She busted quota through the years selling to multiple customer types: enterprise, mid-market, small medium business, distributors, retailers, and channel partner customers. She has spent the last 14 years learning what works and what doesn’t when implementing social media as part of business, sales, and marketing strategy.

With a successful C-level background in Sales, Technology and Leadership Development, Barb’s experience speaks for itself. She capped her corporate career at Microsoft, where she led sales teams and coached executives. Through the years she has sold $1B in sales.

Barb and her team members have designed programs for companies that include Microsoft, CNN Newsource, SAP, SAP Ariba, InsideView, Sprint, Gallery Furniture, Nationwide Insurance, Earthlink, Sykes Enterprises and UPS Capital Insurance and trained more than 30,000 sellers in mastering the art of consultative sales and social selling.

Barb is consistently recognized as a Top Sales and Business Blogger, a Top 25 Influential Leader in Sales, a Top 25 Sales Influencer on Twitter and one of Top Sales World’s Top 50 Sales and Marketing Influencers for the 3rd year in a row. Her LinkedIn profile ranks in the Top 1% of all profiles viewed.

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Talking to a sales legend always makes me smarter. This conversation with Barb Giamanco is one of those times. If you tune in, you'll see why, as we go deep into why sales rises - and falls - on leadership. We also discuss how to get people's attention on social media, how to fix the seller's mindset (hint: Answer the question: What is important enough that the person you're trying to connect with that they will take time out of their day?) and more about how to drive conversations in a helpful way with those you interact with. 

About Barb Giamanco

Barb Giamanco heads up Social Centered Selling. She’s the co-author of The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media and authored the Harvard Business Review article Tweet Me, Friend Me, Make Me Buy.

After 25+ years in Sales, Barb understands the challenges that sales leaders and salespeople face. She sold as an individual contributor and built and

managed corporate sales teams where she earned a reputation for hiring the best of the best. She busted quota through the years selling to multiple customer types: enterprise, mid-market, small medium business, distributors, retailers, and channel partner customers. She has spent the last 14 years learning what works and what doesn’t when implementing social media as part of business, sales, and marketing strategy.

With a successful C-level background in Sales, Technology and Leadership Development, Barb’s experience speaks for itself. She capped her corporate career at Microsoft, where she led sales teams and coached executives. Through the years she has sold $1B in sales.

Barb and her team members have designed programs for companies that include Microsoft, CNN Newsource, SAP, SAP Ariba, InsideView, Sprint, Gallery Furniture, Nationwide Insurance, Earthlink, Sykes Enterprises and UPS Capital Insurance and trained more than 30,000 sellers in mastering the art of consultative sales and social selling.

Barb is consistently recognized as a Top Sales and Business Blogger, a Top 25 Influential Leader in Sales, a Top 25 Sales Influencer on Twitter and one of Top Sales World’s Top 50 Sales and Marketing Influencers for the 3rd year in a row. Her LinkedIn profile ranks in the Top 1% of all profiles viewed.

Connect more with Barb Giamanco ]]>
<![CDATA[Exactly What To Say - Phil M. Jones @PhilMJonesUK #sales]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:25:57 GMT 46:10 no Do you want to increase your sales and bottom line revenue? Are you looking to be more persuasive in your communication? Do you want to be more authentic and persuasive in all you say and do? You won't want to miss this conversation with Phil M. Jones, who shares some thoughts on the magic words to influence and impact your conversations. Whether you are sending an e-mail or having a verbal conversation, Phil's work will help you be better, and the best part is, it isn't some robotic script you need to memorize. It's just a few phrase turns that will help your sales go through the roof. 

After my conversation with Phil and after reading his book (2 hours total time), I changed some things in my newsletter, and I got results. More sign ups for my offer, and more people responding to the message. A great return on my first attempt!

Phil M. Jones book, Exactly What To Say, is available on Amazon and where sales books are sold. I enjoyed the book - and you'll enjoy this sales conversation where Phil expands on some examples and uses me as his student. If I can learn while I'm hosting a podcast, you can learn while you listen in to this podcast. 

About Phil M. Jones

Best-selling author, multiple award-winner and one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit, Phil M Jones is highly regarded as the world’s leading sales trainer.

From training more than two million people worldwide to coaching some of the biggest brands in the world – Phil’s mission to "teach the world to sell" has resulted in his expertise being globally recognized.

Connect with Phil M. Jones ]]>
Do you want to increase your sales and bottom line revenue? Are you looking to be more persuasive in your communication? Do you want to be more authentic and persuasive in all you say and do? You won't want to miss this conversation with Phil M. Jones, who shares some thoughts on the magic words to influence and impact your conversations. Whether you are sending an e-mail or having a verbal conversation, Phil's work will help you be better, and the best part is, it isn't some robotic script you need to memorize. It's just a few phrase turns that will help your sales go through the roof. 

After my conversation with Phil and after reading his book (2 hours total time), I changed some things in my newsletter, and I got results. More sign ups for my offer, and more people responding to the message. A great return on my first attempt!

Phil M. Jones book, Exactly What To Say, is available on Amazon and where sales books are sold. I enjoyed the book - and you'll enjoy this sales conversation where Phil expands on some examples and uses me as his student. If I can learn while I'm hosting a podcast, you can learn while you listen in to this podcast. 

About Phil M. Jones

Best-selling author, multiple award-winner and one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit, Phil M Jones is highly regarded as the world’s leading sales trainer.

From training more than two million people worldwide to coaching some of the biggest brands in the world – Phil’s mission to "teach the world to sell" has resulted in his expertise being globally recognized.

Connect with Phil M. Jones ]]>
<![CDATA[Injecting Humor Into Your Work with Tim Gard]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:00:00 GMT 37:08 no Fun isn't a four letter word, and neither is humor - but Gard is - and that's this podcast guest's last name. Tim Gard is one of the funniest people I know, not because he always says funny things, but just by the way he looks at the world. He travels with rubber chickens, ex-stressories, and so much more, and he helps everyone he meets make life a little more fun - and a little less stressful. In this conversation Tim Gard shares how to inject humor into your work, with a unique look at life.

Whether it's by sharing a "major credit card" with hotel stuff, wearing silly glasses, or just turning a phrase in a funny way, Tim Gard can build rapport with anyone, and he shares the secrets of how you can inject humor into your work and your sales presentations. I laughed a lot, I learned a lot, and I just felt better after this conversation with Tim.

About Tim Gard, Workplace Humor Expert

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, top motivational speaker, corporate entertainer, and Emcee is known for bringing tears of laughter to audiences worldwide. More than an insightful and funny guy, Tim teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful using their own comedic style. He also coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity through employee enthusiasm by using appropriate workplace humor.

An Internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy- to-implement techniques demonstrate ways to diffuse, deal with, and ultimately avoid stressful encounters. Tim does not make light of serious issues; rather, shines a light on previously unseen possibilities to overcome challenging situations.

Connect with Tim Gard  More about Conversations with Phil:

Subscribe, rate and review Conversations with Phil on iTunes, Overcast or Sticher Radio

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Fun isn't a four letter word, and neither is humor - but Gard is - and that's this podcast guest's last name. Tim Gard is one of the funniest people I know, not because he always says funny things, but just by the way he looks at the world. He travels with rubber chickens, ex-stressories, and so much more, and he helps everyone he meets make life a little more fun - and a little less stressful. In this conversation Tim Gard shares how to inject humor into your work, with a unique look at life.

Whether it's by sharing a "major credit card" with hotel stuff, wearing silly glasses, or just turning a phrase in a funny way, Tim Gard can build rapport with anyone, and he shares the secrets of how you can inject humor into your work and your sales presentations. I laughed a lot, I learned a lot, and I just felt better after this conversation with Tim.

About Tim Gard, Workplace Humor Expert

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, top motivational speaker, corporate entertainer, and Emcee is known for bringing tears of laughter to audiences worldwide. More than an insightful and funny guy, Tim teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful using their own comedic style. He also coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity through employee enthusiasm by using appropriate workplace humor.

An Internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy- to-implement techniques demonstrate ways to diffuse, deal with, and ultimately avoid stressful encounters. Tim does not make light of serious issues; rather, shines a light on previously unseen possibilities to overcome challenging situations.

Connect with Tim Gard  More about Conversations with Phil:

Subscribe, rate and review Conversations with Phil on iTunes, Overcast or Sticher Radio

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<![CDATA[Content Matters for Associations - Ed Rigsbee]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:06:15 GMT 45:43 no Warning: This episode is jam packed full of work. Work you can do to work with associations and grow their business with associations. If you're looking for a silver bullet, please do NOT listen to this episode.

Now I talk to a lot of people want to do business with associations, as a speaker, as a service provider, as someone who can add value to chambers of commerce and industry associations. When I think about association marketing, there is only 1 person who comes to mind - Ed Rigsbee. Ed is a master at creating content and marketing to associations in ways nobody else is. And in this conversation, Ed shares many of his insights, free of charge, just like he does with associations. If you've been wanting to break into the association market, listen to this episode and take good notes!

Ed Rigsbee is an expert on Member ROI & an early author on alliance development, Ed is the ROI Guy. He is one of only a few people around the globe to hold both the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) credential from NSA & the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from ASAE. He is the author of, "The ROI of Membership-Today's Missing Link for Explosive Growth," "PartnerShift," "The Art of Partnering," "Developing Strategic Alliances" & “Kids, Parents & Soccer.” He has well over 2,500 print published articles. Check out his article bank. Best deal and quantity discount information on his newest book at http://rigsbee.com/the-roi-of-membership/ Ed consults in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, helping organizations to grow through his Member-ROI-Centric and/or 7-Step Alliance Development program methodologies. Ed has been called the “dynamite that unblocks the logjams” by association executive directors.

Connect with Ed Rigsbee on LinkedIn

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Warning: This episode is jam packed full of work. Work you can do to work with associations and grow their business with associations. If you're looking for a silver bullet, please do NOT listen to this episode.

Now I talk to a lot of people want to do business with associations, as a speaker, as a service provider, as someone who can add value to chambers of commerce and industry associations. When I think about association marketing, there is only 1 person who comes to mind - Ed Rigsbee. Ed is a master at creating content and marketing to associations in ways nobody else is. And in this conversation, Ed shares many of his insights, free of charge, just like he does with associations. If you've been wanting to break into the association market, listen to this episode and take good notes!

Ed Rigsbee is an expert on Member ROI & an early author on alliance development, Ed is the ROI Guy. He is one of only a few people around the globe to hold both the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) credential from NSA & the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from ASAE. He is the author of, "The ROI of Membership-Today's Missing Link for Explosive Growth," "PartnerShift," "The Art of Partnering," "Developing Strategic Alliances" & “Kids, Parents & Soccer.” He has well over 2,500 print published articles. Check out his article bank. Best deal and quantity discount information on his newest book at http://rigsbee.com/the-roi-of-membership/ Ed consults in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, helping organizations to grow through his Member-ROI-Centric and/or 7-Step Alliance Development program methodologies. Ed has been called the “dynamite that unblocks the logjams” by association executive directors.

Connect with Ed Rigsbee on LinkedIn

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<![CDATA[The Business of Story - Park Howell @ParkHowell]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:38:41 GMT 38:47 no Super excited about this episode, to talk all about storytelling in your business, with Park Howell, storyteller extraordinaire, something C-suite leaders need more than ever! I met Park, albeit very briefly, at an a convention in Arizona some years back. I since followed him online, and holy crap! I learn SO MUCH from this guy, every time we talk, everything I read, and every time I listen to his podcast. If you're a C-suite executive, a sales person, or just someone who wants to tell better stories that actually get results for your business, tune in to this episode!

More from Park Howell ]]>
Super excited about this episode, to talk all about storytelling in your business, with Park Howell, storyteller extraordinaire, something C-suite leaders need more than ever! I met Park, albeit very briefly, at an a convention in Arizona some years back. I since followed him online, and holy crap! I learn SO MUCH from this guy, every time we talk, everything I read, and every time I listen to his podcast. If you're a C-suite executive, a sales person, or just someone who wants to tell better stories that actually get results for your business, tune in to this episode!

More from Park Howell ]]>
<![CDATA[M. Jennifer Hochschild - Art is in Everything]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:17:15 GMT 31:02 no Jenny Hochschild is an artist. She does physical art and she's an amazing cook. Art is in everything she does. And she loves to share it. 

In this all too brief conversation, Jenny shares her art with us, in so many ways. Learn more about her at http://www.mjenniferhochschildart.com

You can watch the video here too if you prefer that.

Jenny Hochschild's Artist Statement

I find myself drawn to earth, water and the horizon. It may be that I am looking for something or my curiosity for what is out there is great and so that is my starting point for a painting. It is only in recent years that I realized how much more interesting my work becomes when I focus as much on the foreground space as I do on a point in the distance.

In studying some Japanese art ad block printing, I noticed that the artists often placed an image in the foreground of their composition to draw the viewers eye in and then pull it through to the remainder of the piece. In doing so the artist becomes part of the painting or print as if they are drawing or painting from the view surrounding themselves.

In my own work I have used this technique because I like the depth and perspective it gives to my paintings. Many people have described my work as paintings they feel they could walk in to, sit down and stay a while.

I begin a painting with an image in my mind, sometimes it is from a place I’ve been and either made a sketch or photographed. Sometimes I begin a painting with a photograph to assure the proportions are correct and soon the painting takes on its own life and I simply paint along with its vibrations. Occasionally, I have an abstract image in mind, but always, nature is the life force that pulls it all together.

Clouds have begun to play a large part in my work. They are dreamy and I like the way they want a viewer to watch them and feel the silence of floating through the sky or the power of a summer storm. I think they give a landscape a powerful mood of movement and great depth.

I am a great lover of nature and believe that the natural world tells us all we need to know to survive and live. I believe that beauty and love are the key to happiness and in my paintings I want only to show the joy I feel for life.

I paint because I want to share the way I see the world.

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Jenny Hochschild is an artist. She does physical art and she's an amazing cook. Art is in everything she does. And she loves to share it. 

In this all too brief conversation, Jenny shares her art with us, in so many ways. Learn more about her at http://www.mjenniferhochschildart.com

You can watch the video here too if you prefer that.

Jenny Hochschild's Artist Statement

I find myself drawn to earth, water and the horizon. It may be that I am looking for something or my curiosity for what is out there is great and so that is my starting point for a painting. It is only in recent years that I realized how much more interesting my work becomes when I focus as much on the foreground space as I do on a point in the distance.

In studying some Japanese art ad block printing, I noticed that the artists often placed an image in the foreground of their composition to draw the viewers eye in and then pull it through to the remainder of the piece. In doing so the artist becomes part of the painting or print as if they are drawing or painting from the view surrounding themselves.

In my own work I have used this technique because I like the depth and perspective it gives to my paintings. Many people have described my work as paintings they feel they could walk in to, sit down and stay a while.

I begin a painting with an image in my mind, sometimes it is from a place I’ve been and either made a sketch or photographed. Sometimes I begin a painting with a photograph to assure the proportions are correct and soon the painting takes on its own life and I simply paint along with its vibrations. Occasionally, I have an abstract image in mind, but always, nature is the life force that pulls it all together.

Clouds have begun to play a large part in my work. They are dreamy and I like the way they want a viewer to watch them and feel the silence of floating through the sky or the power of a summer storm. I think they give a landscape a powerful mood of movement and great depth.

I am a great lover of nature and believe that the natural world tells us all we need to know to survive and live. I believe that beauty and love are the key to happiness and in my paintings I want only to show the joy I feel for life.

I paint because I want to share the way I see the world.

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<![CDATA[The Chatter that Matters - Margaret Martin @MargaretMartin]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 13:46:09 GMT 17:55 no Did you know that 95% of our thoughts are recurring thoughts, and 85% of them are negative thoughts? Can you imagine how that's impacting your sales, your business, and your life - and how much you'd soar if you fixed that self-talk? I know it would help me out tremendously!

Margaret Martin is a speaker and a coach who helps you create a meaningful life of peace, joy, and fulfillment. In this conversation, Margaret shares her insights on how to overcome the negative thoughts that come our way and how to understand how to look at things from a different perspective and about making the best of the choices we make.

More about Margaret Martin

Margaret is the creator of The Chatter that Matters: Your Words ARE Your Power. She has many years of experience in working with individuals, small business, entrepreneurs as well as boards of directors. With a focus to assist individuals and organizations in developing solutions to their needs, Margaret's mission: to help people make

Margaret is the creator of The Chatter that Matters: Your Words ARE Your Power. She has many years of experience in working with individuals, small business, entrepreneurs as well as boards of directors. With a focus to assist individuals and organizations in developing solutions to their needs, Margaret's mission: to help people make a positive change in their lives - to achieve a more profitable future, personal balance, and find fulfillment in life. She is a graduate of CoachU and past Director the Tampa Bay Professional Coach Association. Margaret has been coaching for more than 15 years and has a wide variety of clients, including individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate clients who want to improve their quality of life. Connect with her and learn more from her at http://MargaretMartin.com

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Did you know that 95% of our thoughts are recurring thoughts, and 85% of them are negative thoughts? Can you imagine how that's impacting your sales, your business, and your life - and how much you'd soar if you fixed that self-talk? I know it would help me out tremendously!

Margaret Martin is a speaker and a coach who helps you create a meaningful life of peace, joy, and fulfillment. In this conversation, Margaret shares her insights on how to overcome the negative thoughts that come our way and how to understand how to look at things from a different perspective and about making the best of the choices we make.

More about Margaret Martin

Margaret is the creator of The Chatter that Matters: Your Words ARE Your Power. She has many years of experience in working with individuals, small business, entrepreneurs as well as boards of directors. With a focus to assist individuals and organizations in developing solutions to their needs, Margaret's mission: to help people make

Margaret is the creator of The Chatter that Matters: Your Words ARE Your Power. She has many years of experience in working with individuals, small business, entrepreneurs as well as boards of directors. With a focus to assist individuals and organizations in developing solutions to their needs, Margaret's mission: to help people make a positive change in their lives - to achieve a more profitable future, personal balance, and find fulfillment in life. She is a graduate of CoachU and past Director the Tampa Bay Professional Coach Association. Margaret has been coaching for more than 15 years and has a wide variety of clients, including individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate clients who want to improve their quality of life. Connect with her and learn more from her at http://MargaretMartin.com

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<![CDATA[Relationship Capital Rob Peters @StandardofTrust]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 14:42:17 GMT 57:49 no

I was introduced to Rob Peters many years ago by my now deceased friend Susan Quandt. We had a glass of wine and immediately hit it off, chatting for hours about relationships and wondering if there were tools that effectively measured making and keeping commitments in business. We stayed in touch, always moving the conversation forward and adding value to each other's networks. Fast forward 10 years, and what do you know, Rob and his company built a tool that does this very well. 

In this conversation, Rob shares his thoughts on building relationships, leadership, and the ways to build a business.  You can learn more from Rob at http://standardoftrust.com I hope you enjoy this episode!

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I was introduced to Rob Peters many years ago by my now deceased friend Susan Quandt. We had a glass of wine and immediately hit it off, chatting for hours about relationships and wondering if there were tools that effectively measured making and keeping commitments in business. We stayed in touch, always moving the conversation forward and adding value to each other's networks. Fast forward 10 years, and what do you know, Rob and his company built a tool that does this very well. 

In this conversation, Rob shares his thoughts on building relationships, leadership, and the ways to build a business.  You can learn more from Rob at http://standardoftrust.com I hope you enjoy this episode!

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<![CDATA[Operational Excellence and a State of Readiness - Joseph Paris @ParisJF]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 14:08:02 GMT 44:20 no

When I get a recommendation for a guest, I listen. When I get two recommendations for a guest - PLUS two introductions to the guest, I know I must talk to this person right away. Such is the case with today's conversation, Joseph Paris, author of State of Readiness. Thanks Karen and Carey!

What is Operational Excellence - and why should you care? I'll let Joe explain it:

Operational Excellence is a state of readiness attained as the efforts throughout the enterprise reach a state of alignment for pursuing its strategies; where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there – and is a precursor to becoming a high-performance organization.”

In this conversation, Joe and I talk about operational excellence, why it matters, and why many organizations would succeed faster if they committed to operational excellence. Learn more at http://state-of-readiness.com

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When I get a recommendation for a guest, I listen. When I get two recommendations for a guest - PLUS two introductions to the guest, I know I must talk to this person right away. Such is the case with today's conversation, Joseph Paris, author of State of Readiness. Thanks Karen and Carey!

What is Operational Excellence - and why should you care? I'll let Joe explain it:

Operational Excellence is a state of readiness attained as the efforts throughout the enterprise reach a state of alignment for pursuing its strategies; where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there – and is a precursor to becoming a high-performance organization.”

In this conversation, Joe and I talk about operational excellence, why it matters, and why many organizations would succeed faster if they committed to operational excellence. Learn more at http://state-of-readiness.com

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<![CDATA[Extreme Meetings and Presentation Customization - Brian Walter]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 17:20:13 GMT 41:10 no I met Brian Walter a few years ago at the National Speakers Association and immediately was impressed. His energy and ability to create something custom for the speaking audience was WOW! And then he presented at my local NSA chapter and holy crap! He blew my hair back with the amount of actionable insights he shared. This conversation offers some of his GREATEST insights! Learn more about Brian at http://extrememeetings.com 

More about Brian Walter

Brian Walter is the founder of Extreme Meetings Inc.  He is a communications consultant, speaker, infotainment expert and multi-media producer. For over twenty-five years, in three careers, nine jobs, and five companies, he has specialized in transforming boring into compelling.

 

 

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I met Brian Walter a few years ago at the National Speakers Association and immediately was impressed. His energy and ability to create something custom for the speaking audience was WOW! And then he presented at my local NSA chapter and holy crap! He blew my hair back with the amount of actionable insights he shared. This conversation offers some of his GREATEST insights! Learn more about Brian at http://extrememeetings.com 

More about Brian Walter

Brian Walter is the founder of Extreme Meetings Inc.  He is a communications consultant, speaker, infotainment expert and multi-media producer. For over twenty-five years, in three careers, nine jobs, and five companies, he has specialized in transforming boring into compelling.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Lisa Haneberg - Toxic Octopus]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 16:18:46 GMT 21:38 no Lisa Haneberg is one of the first people I met in the blogosphere (what we used to call the place where people who had blogs would hang out) nearly 12 years ago. Lisa was a management and leadership blogger who wrote some of the books I used to lead my IT teams many years ago - and are still some of the principles I use today when I'm working with teams. 

Recently Lisa got the itch to write a fiction book - so she did. And it is awesome. During this conversation, we talk about how Lisa transitioned from non-fiction to fiction author, what is the same about the two genres, and what is different, as well as many other things. I learned a bunch - and I hope you do too!

Get your copy of Lisa's book (and her free novella Ghost Rat) and learn more about her at http://lisahaneberg.com/

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Lisa Haneberg is one of the first people I met in the blogosphere (what we used to call the place where people who had blogs would hang out) nearly 12 years ago. Lisa was a management and leadership blogger who wrote some of the books I used to lead my IT teams many years ago - and are still some of the principles I use today when I'm working with teams. 

Recently Lisa got the itch to write a fiction book - so she did. And it is awesome. During this conversation, we talk about how Lisa transitioned from non-fiction to fiction author, what is the same about the two genres, and what is different, as well as many other things. I learned a bunch - and I hope you do too!

Get your copy of Lisa's book (and her free novella Ghost Rat) and learn more about her at http://lisahaneberg.com/

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<![CDATA[The Road to Recognition - @SethPrice and @BarryFeldman]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:51:35 GMT 37:18 no When any 2 marketers team up to write a book, it catches my attention. When 2 marketers I have huge respect for write a book, I want to talk to them about how they did it, and what lessons they learned in writing the book, as well as what the book is all about. In this winning business conversation, Seth Price and Barry Feldman talk about their beautiful new book The Road to Recognition

One of the things (and there are many) that I love about this partnership is these guys don't take themselves too seriously. They call themselves "marketing dorks" which is a silly way of saying "these guys are really passionate about good marketing." They complement each other's strengths well and they share a lot about this book.

After you listen to this conversation, you must go get your copy of this book at http://theroadtorecognition.com I have an electronic copy and I love it. It's a gorgeous book to look at, it's easy to read, and it's filled with great stuff you can use to build a powerful brand. 

About Seth Price

Seth Price is a marketer, motivator, executive, and entrepreneur. Having consulted for more than 300 companies, Seth is recognized as a business builder and digital marketing specialist. He’s passionate about helping business people use media and technology to develop more relevant brands and rewarding careers. Seth’s currently a VP at Placester, home of the Real Estate Marketing Academy, a top educational resource for real estate professionals.

About Barry Feldman

Barry Feldman is a digital marketing super freak. The principal of Feldman Creative, Barry has written marketing copy and provided digital marketing strategy for thousands of companies and entrepreneurs. LinkedIn, Inc.com, and many others have recognized Barry as a leading content marketer and social media influencer. Barry writes for many of the top marketing blogs, and in 2015, Barry published his first book, SEO Simplified for Short Attention Spans.

Connect with Seth

Website – www.sethprice.net

Twitter – @sethprice

FaceBook – /sethkprice

LinkedIn – /sethkprice

Pinterest – sethpricehere

Google+ – +sethpriceplacester

Instagram – sethpricehere

Email – mail@sethprice.net

Connect with Barry

Website – FeldmanCreative.com

Twitter – @feldmancreative

FaceBook – /barryJFeldman

LinkedIn – /feldmancreative

Pinterest – barryjfeldman

Google+ – /+BarryFeldman

Youtube – /FeldmanCreativeTV

Email – barry@feldmancreative.com

 

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When any 2 marketers team up to write a book, it catches my attention. When 2 marketers I have huge respect for write a book, I want to talk to them about how they did it, and what lessons they learned in writing the book, as well as what the book is all about. In this winning business conversation, Seth Price and Barry Feldman talk about their beautiful new book The Road to Recognition

One of the things (and there are many) that I love about this partnership is these guys don't take themselves too seriously. They call themselves "marketing dorks" which is a silly way of saying "these guys are really passionate about good marketing." They complement each other's strengths well and they share a lot about this book.

After you listen to this conversation, you must go get your copy of this book at http://theroadtorecognition.com I have an electronic copy and I love it. It's a gorgeous book to look at, it's easy to read, and it's filled with great stuff you can use to build a powerful brand. 

About Seth Price

Seth Price is a marketer, motivator, executive, and entrepreneur. Having consulted for more than 300 companies, Seth is recognized as a business builder and digital marketing specialist. He’s passionate about helping business people use media and technology to develop more relevant brands and rewarding careers. Seth’s currently a VP at Placester, home of the Real Estate Marketing Academy, a top educational resource for real estate professionals.

About Barry Feldman

Barry Feldman is a digital marketing super freak. The principal of Feldman Creative, Barry has written marketing copy and provided digital marketing strategy for thousands of companies and entrepreneurs. LinkedIn, Inc.com, and many others have recognized Barry as a leading content marketer and social media influencer. Barry writes for many of the top marketing blogs, and in 2015, Barry published his first book, SEO Simplified for Short Attention Spans.

Connect with Seth

Website – www.sethprice.net

Twitter – @sethprice

FaceBook – /sethkprice

LinkedIn – /sethkprice

Pinterest – sethpricehere

Google+ – +sethpriceplacester

Instagram – sethpricehere

Email – mail@sethprice.net

Connect with Barry

Website – FeldmanCreative.com

Twitter – @feldmancreative

FaceBook – /barryJFeldman

LinkedIn – /feldmancreative

Pinterest – barryjfeldman

Google+ – /+BarryFeldman

Youtube – /FeldmanCreativeTV

Email – barry@feldmancreative.com

 

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<![CDATA[The Promise, The Downside of Going Viral, and Making a Career from Stage - Jason Hewlett]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:56:51 GMT 48:01 no Jason Hewlett is one of the most dynamic people I know, on stage and off stage. He's been performing for 17 years as of this writing, and has been all up and down the Vegas strip and all around the world, serving the military, associations and corporations alike. An amazing performer, an inspiring keynote speaker, and a down to earth man who loves his family more than anything else. And amazingly - he does it all in a family friendly, yet totally hilarious and engaging way.

In this conversation, Jason opens up to share how he transitioned from stage performer to keynote speaker and what that was like, the downside of going viral for cheating but not cheating on your wife in a Target store (which you'll have to read to believe) and much more. Learn more about Jason Hewlett - after you've listened to our conversation, at http://JasonHewlett.com 

About Jason Hewlett

Take Hall of Fame Speaker status, combined with Award-Winning Las Vegas Entertainment, content that moves The Audience emotionally to amplify your ROI, takeaways that stay, comedy & music to engage, educate & entertain, and you have the most extraordinary Keynote Speaker Experience in the World in Jason Hewlett.

Connect with Jason Hewlett ]]>
Jason Hewlett is one of the most dynamic people I know, on stage and off stage. He's been performing for 17 years as of this writing, and has been all up and down the Vegas strip and all around the world, serving the military, associations and corporations alike. An amazing performer, an inspiring keynote speaker, and a down to earth man who loves his family more than anything else. And amazingly - he does it all in a family friendly, yet totally hilarious and engaging way.

In this conversation, Jason opens up to share how he transitioned from stage performer to keynote speaker and what that was like, the downside of going viral for cheating but not cheating on your wife in a Target store (which you'll have to read to believe) and much more. Learn more about Jason Hewlett - after you've listened to our conversation, at http://JasonHewlett.com 

About Jason Hewlett

Take Hall of Fame Speaker status, combined with Award-Winning Las Vegas Entertainment, content that moves The Audience emotionally to amplify your ROI, takeaways that stay, comedy & music to engage, educate & entertain, and you have the most extraordinary Keynote Speaker Experience in the World in Jason Hewlett.

Connect with Jason Hewlett ]]>
<![CDATA[The Invisible Sale - Tom Martin @TomMartin]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:51:46 GMT 32:49 no 5 years ago I drove to Chicago to have lunch with Tom Martin. It took me nearly 2 hours to meet this guy I had only bumped into online, and it was worth every minute of the drive. The conversation we had was amazing. Tom is one of those rare breeds of people, part marketer, part sales guy, some digital media, and some traditional media, who gets what we did yesterday and how we need to change for today. His podcast "Talking with Tom" was one of my favorites and the format is a lot like what you hear on my show: A great conversation with a smart person. In this conversation, we talk about all things digital, including his book The Invisible Sale. Read more about Tom at http://conversedigital.com 

 

Connect with Tom 2 articles to read by Tom Martin

 

 

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5 years ago I drove to Chicago to have lunch with Tom Martin. It took me nearly 2 hours to meet this guy I had only bumped into online, and it was worth every minute of the drive. The conversation we had was amazing. Tom is one of those rare breeds of people, part marketer, part sales guy, some digital media, and some traditional media, who gets what we did yesterday and how we need to change for today. His podcast "Talking with Tom" was one of my favorites and the format is a lot like what you hear on my show: A great conversation with a smart person. In this conversation, we talk about all things digital, including his book The Invisible Sale. Read more about Tom at http://conversedigital.com 

 

Connect with Tom 2 articles to read by Tom Martin

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Leadership Gap - Lolly Daskal]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:38:11 GMT 33:10 no Recently I had a chat with Lolly Daskal, one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. She shared how she is able to be omnipresent on all social media channels, read a book a day, and write her face off at in HBR, Inc.om, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and many others.

Lolly's extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results.

Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine.

Lolly’s proprietary insights are the subject of her new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, and is available for pre-order today.

BONUS: If you pre-order Lolly's book at https://www.theleadershipgapbook.com/ you get a FREE $97 Leadership Gap assessment. 

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Recently I had a chat with Lolly Daskal, one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. She shared how she is able to be omnipresent on all social media channels, read a book a day, and write her face off at in HBR, Inc.om, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and many others.

Lolly's extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results.

Of her many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine.

Lolly’s proprietary insights are the subject of her new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, and is available for pre-order today.

BONUS: If you pre-order Lolly's book at https://www.theleadershipgapbook.com/ you get a FREE $97 Leadership Gap assessment. 

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<![CDATA[Marketing Huddle and Authority Selling - Mike Saunders @MarketingHuddle]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:26:48 GMT 32:49 no Mike Saunders is a content machine. He writes all over the Internet, and I am constantly bumping into good articles he's posted. And it's no accident - Mike is all about Authority Selling™, and he shares insights into that, other sales tips, and marketing thoughts in this great interview. As a bonus - Mike has also offered you, dear reader and listener, a free book (just pay shipping). Just visit http://authoritymarketingstrategist.com for your copy!

About Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders is the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, contributor to The Huffington Post, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business and Career Coaches. As an Authority & Reputation Marketing Strategist, his team and he helps Small Business Owners and Chiropractors in two powerful areas:

1) Reputation Marketing: Automated Reputation Marketing Platform to Get More customers in 20 minutes a month!

2) Authority Positioning: become Amazon Best-Selling authors....without having to WRITE a WORD! Building Authority Positioning helps you become recognized as an Expert in your field and OPENS more doors to CLOSING more business!

Connect with Mike Saunders

Follow Mike on Twitter http://twitter.com/marketinghuddle

Visit his website http://marketinghuddle.com

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Mike Saunders is a content machine. He writes all over the Internet, and I am constantly bumping into good articles he's posted. And it's no accident - Mike is all about Authority Selling™, and he shares insights into that, other sales tips, and marketing thoughts in this great interview. As a bonus - Mike has also offered you, dear reader and listener, a free book (just pay shipping). Just visit http://authoritymarketingstrategist.com for your copy!

About Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders is the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, contributor to The Huffington Post, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business and Career Coaches. As an Authority & Reputation Marketing Strategist, his team and he helps Small Business Owners and Chiropractors in two powerful areas:

1) Reputation Marketing: Automated Reputation Marketing Platform to Get More customers in 20 minutes a month!

2) Authority Positioning: become Amazon Best-Selling authors....without having to WRITE a WORD! Building Authority Positioning helps you become recognized as an Expert in your field and OPENS more doors to CLOSING more business!

Connect with Mike Saunders

Follow Mike on Twitter http://twitter.com/marketinghuddle

Visit his website http://marketinghuddle.com

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<![CDATA[The Only Sales Podcast Interview You'll Ever Need - Anthony Iannarino @Iannarino]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:38:40 GMT 1:14:29 no Warning: This conversation is filled with actionable insights you can use to build your sales pipeline and grow more business. If you don't like actionable insights, please do not listen to this episode.

In this conversation, I sat down with Anthony Iannarino, author of the immediate best seller, The Only Sales Guide You'll Ever Need. It was a terrific conversation about sales, marketing, lifelong learning and more, and we went almost an hour, recording it on an early Saturday morning, for you dear reader and listener. And because Anthony is such a great guy, he even got our conversation transcribed. You can read the transcript on his blog or visit https://thesalesblog.com/.

About Anthony Iannarino

Anthony Iannarino is a highly respected international speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and sales leader specializing in the complex business-to-business (B2B) sale. He is also a founder and managing partner of two closely-held, family-owned businesses in the staffing industry, leading both entities in strategic planning while growing sales. Anthony is best known for his work at The Sales Blog, which has helped him gain recognition as a top thought leader in sales strategy. He is also the designer of Level 4 Value Creation™ and Building Consensus, methodologies that help sales organizations achieve transformational, breakthrough results. In each business, Anthony is focused on helping professionals reach their full potential. In 2007, while growing the sales force of his second staffing firm, he discovered a knack for coaching, and realized that he could make enduring contributions to a company’s sales culture. He began blogging about complex selling processes, and gravitated toward B2B companies facing challenges in sales force management and performance. His transition to professional speaking, consulting, and workshop facilitation led to the development of a trademarked methodology that has proven instrumental in helping sales organizations achieve revenue goals. Throughout his career, Anthony has helped people in a wide variety of industries and markets think through and overcome their biggest business challenges. His greatest strength is in getting others to build consensus around what must change, and identify the resources within themselves that will drive positive results. Be it through the delivery of staffing solutions or sales strategies, Anthony is a trust builder who focuses on leading transformational conversations, those that create and sustain relationships of value. He is a natural mentor who brings the business acumen, situational knowledge, and experience to each engagement, and lays a solid foundation for future growth. 

Learn more from Anthony Iannarino ]]>
Warning: This conversation is filled with actionable insights you can use to build your sales pipeline and grow more business. If you don't like actionable insights, please do not listen to this episode.

In this conversation, I sat down with Anthony Iannarino, author of the immediate best seller, The Only Sales Guide You'll Ever Need. It was a terrific conversation about sales, marketing, lifelong learning and more, and we went almost an hour, recording it on an early Saturday morning, for you dear reader and listener. And because Anthony is such a great guy, he even got our conversation transcribed. You can read the transcript on his blog or visit https://thesalesblog.com/.

About Anthony Iannarino

Anthony Iannarino is a highly respected international speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and sales leader specializing in the complex business-to-business (B2B) sale. He is also a founder and managing partner of two closely-held, family-owned businesses in the staffing industry, leading both entities in strategic planning while growing sales. Anthony is best known for his work at The Sales Blog, which has helped him gain recognition as a top thought leader in sales strategy. He is also the designer of Level 4 Value Creation™ and Building Consensus, methodologies that help sales organizations achieve transformational, breakthrough results. In each business, Anthony is focused on helping professionals reach their full potential. In 2007, while growing the sales force of his second staffing firm, he discovered a knack for coaching, and realized that he could make enduring contributions to a company’s sales culture. He began blogging about complex selling processes, and gravitated toward B2B companies facing challenges in sales force management and performance. His transition to professional speaking, consulting, and workshop facilitation led to the development of a trademarked methodology that has proven instrumental in helping sales organizations achieve revenue goals. Throughout his career, Anthony has helped people in a wide variety of industries and markets think through and overcome their biggest business challenges. His greatest strength is in getting others to build consensus around what must change, and identify the resources within themselves that will drive positive results. Be it through the delivery of staffing solutions or sales strategies, Anthony is a trust builder who focuses on leading transformational conversations, those that create and sustain relationships of value. He is a natural mentor who brings the business acumen, situational knowledge, and experience to each engagement, and lays a solid foundation for future growth. 

Learn more from Anthony Iannarino ]]>
<![CDATA[Marketing, Social Media and #MobileChat with Anh Nguyen @AnhTNguyen]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:47:03 GMT 26:37 no I first met Anh Nguyen when she was in Tampa for her role as an IBM Futurist. We had dinner and a very lively conversation, mostly about life and Houston and Tampa, and connected digitally. We exchanged lots of tweets, lots of Facebook posts, and learned a lot about each other.  Since then, I have especially gotten to know Anh even more through the #MobileChat community. And that she feels LinkedIn is a "business only" zone. Which is fun to disagree with her on.

This conversation was a lively one, and we are both glad I do audio only, as the backdrops weren't the best for our video chat. Enjoy this conversation about marketing, social media and #MobileChat with my friend Anh Nguyen.

More About Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is an experienced marketing practitioner and community manager, who specializes in digital marketing. She finds the ever-changing social media landscape energizing and exciting. She believes that social media has value beyond the entertainment value – that it can connect, inform, and educate us.

Anh was named among Houston’s Top 25 Social Media Power Influencers in 2016. She was a founding Board member of the Social Media Association of Houston and is the founder of Social Media Collaborative, a community for social media and marketing education, connection and collaboration among business and marketing professionals. She hosts #MobileChat, a weekly Twitter chat on all things mobile. In 2016, Anh was invited by IBM Mobile to attend the IBM Amplify Conference as a Futurist and social influencer. She is published on IBM’s Mobile Business Insights blog.

Anh also firmly believes that a business should have a strong commitment to doing good and giving back. She volunteers her time and talents with the Arthritis Foundation and Eye Care for Kids.

Connect with Anh Nguyen ]]>
I first met Anh Nguyen when she was in Tampa for her role as an IBM Futurist. We had dinner and a very lively conversation, mostly about life and Houston and Tampa, and connected digitally. We exchanged lots of tweets, lots of Facebook posts, and learned a lot about each other.  Since then, I have especially gotten to know Anh even more through the #MobileChat community. And that she feels LinkedIn is a "business only" zone. Which is fun to disagree with her on.

This conversation was a lively one, and we are both glad I do audio only, as the backdrops weren't the best for our video chat. Enjoy this conversation about marketing, social media and #MobileChat with my friend Anh Nguyen.

More About Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is an experienced marketing practitioner and community manager, who specializes in digital marketing. She finds the ever-changing social media landscape energizing and exciting. She believes that social media has value beyond the entertainment value – that it can connect, inform, and educate us.

Anh was named among Houston’s Top 25 Social Media Power Influencers in 2016. She was a founding Board member of the Social Media Association of Houston and is the founder of Social Media Collaborative, a community for social media and marketing education, connection and collaboration among business and marketing professionals. She hosts #MobileChat, a weekly Twitter chat on all things mobile. In 2016, Anh was invited by IBM Mobile to attend the IBM Amplify Conference as a Futurist and social influencer. She is published on IBM’s Mobile Business Insights blog.

Anh also firmly believes that a business should have a strong commitment to doing good and giving back. She volunteers her time and talents with the Arthritis Foundation and Eye Care for Kids.

Connect with Anh Nguyen ]]>
<![CDATA[Twisted Sister Founder Jay Jay French on Entrepreneurship, Music and Change - @JayJayFrench]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:30:00 GMT 42:09 no I first met Jay Jay French at SOBCon in 2009 when he was thinking about writing a book and had never done any public speaking or written much about business. We kept in touch since then and got together for coffee near Central Park one morning, and we talked about so many things, the time just flew by.

Since then, Jay Jay started a column in Inc., went on a 40th anniversary world tour due in large part to the untimely death of their drummer A.J. Pero - and then quit Twisted Sister. To say they were a successful band is an understatement. Gold records. World tours. And more staying power than just about any other band EVER - due in large part to Jay Jay's willingness to change to meet the ever changing business models of the music industry. 

In this lively interview, Jay Jay pulls no punches in talking about success and failure, changes and consistency and how he got started speaking. And a whole ton more! Listen in - and pick up a copy of Twisted Sister the Movie.

More About Jay Jay French

 

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I first met Jay Jay French at SOBCon in 2009 when he was thinking about writing a book and had never done any public speaking or written much about business. We kept in touch since then and got together for coffee near Central Park one morning, and we talked about so many things, the time just flew by.

Since then, Jay Jay started a column in Inc., went on a 40th anniversary world tour due in large part to the untimely death of their drummer A.J. Pero - and then quit Twisted Sister. To say they were a successful band is an understatement. Gold records. World tours. And more staying power than just about any other band EVER - due in large part to Jay Jay's willingness to change to meet the ever changing business models of the music industry. 

In this lively interview, Jay Jay pulls no punches in talking about success and failure, changes and consistency and how he got started speaking. And a whole ton more! Listen in - and pick up a copy of Twisted Sister the Movie.

More About Jay Jay French

 

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<![CDATA[Management, Leadership and Winning Well - David M. Dye @DavidMDye]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:26:29 GMT 29:36 no David M. Dye is one of the most common sense and wonderful management and leadership experts I know. We spent one lunch together getting to know each other and became fast friends. While he's much more soft spoken than me (and a better listener), his words all carry a lot of weight with me - and with the organizations he's touched over the years. Today, we share some lively conversation about management and leadership, and his latest book, co-authored with Karin Hurt, Winning Well. I love this book - and the sub-title explains why: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul. Made for a great conversation I know you'll enjoy. Connect more with David at http://trailblazeinc.com

About David M. Dye

David M. Dye is an internationally recognized professional speaker, trainer, and facilitator. He works with leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to lead their team to the top without losing their soul (or mind) in the process. David works with leaders to increase their influence, solve common leadership frustrations, and improve their productivity through people-centered leadership.

David founded Trailblaze, Inc., to train leaders who want to build energized, motivated, and productive teams. He believes that leaders at every level can master the essentials of influence, the most critical component of success.

Known for his optimism, for making difficult concepts understandable, and for moving leaders to immediate, practical action, David’s workshops, presentations, and seminars help leaders increase their influence, solve common leadership frustrations, and improve productivity through practical leadership inspiration.

David is the award winning author of Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results without Losing Your Soul and The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say. He is regularly honored as a top leadership expert to follow. You’ve seen him on the pages of the Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and on radio and television throughout the United States. David is often listed with leadership influencers including Seth Godin, Tom Peters, Kouzes & Posner, and John Maxwell.

Connect more with David M. Dye ]]>
David M. Dye is one of the most common sense and wonderful management and leadership experts I know. We spent one lunch together getting to know each other and became fast friends. While he's much more soft spoken than me (and a better listener), his words all carry a lot of weight with me - and with the organizations he's touched over the years. Today, we share some lively conversation about management and leadership, and his latest book, co-authored with Karin Hurt, Winning Well. I love this book - and the sub-title explains why: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul. Made for a great conversation I know you'll enjoy. Connect more with David at http://trailblazeinc.com

About David M. Dye

David M. Dye is an internationally recognized professional speaker, trainer, and facilitator. He works with leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to lead their team to the top without losing their soul (or mind) in the process. David works with leaders to increase their influence, solve common leadership frustrations, and improve their productivity through people-centered leadership.

David founded Trailblaze, Inc., to train leaders who want to build energized, motivated, and productive teams. He believes that leaders at every level can master the essentials of influence, the most critical component of success.

Known for his optimism, for making difficult concepts understandable, and for moving leaders to immediate, practical action, David’s workshops, presentations, and seminars help leaders increase their influence, solve common leadership frustrations, and improve productivity through practical leadership inspiration.

David is the award winning author of Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results without Losing Your Soul and The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say. He is regularly honored as a top leadership expert to follow. You’ve seen him on the pages of the Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and on radio and television throughout the United States. David is often listed with leadership influencers including Seth Godin, Tom Peters, Kouzes & Posner, and John Maxwell.

Connect more with David M. Dye ]]>
<![CDATA[Night Clubs, Marketing and Life - Louie La Vella @LouieLaVella]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:29:45 GMT 38:59 no Time for some truth: I hate being pitched to be on my podcast. Almost always I say no. Except in the case of Louie La Vella. Louie cold emailed me and asked to be on my show, and he was so nice, and so genuine in his pitch, I said yes. I am so glad I did. Louie is a delightful human being. Smart, funny and helpful, with a dash of brash, I like Louie a lot. And I know you will too!

Louie gave Lady Gaga her first interview, has worked with Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue, and hung out with Sir Richard Branson. Whoa!

In this conversation, Louie and I talk about marketing. Why some people get it. Why some people don't - and probably never will. How it's changed. And how you can do it better than your competition. 

Louie has been on over 60 podcasts, but he's never been on one quite like this! 

Get to know Louie at his website http://louielavella.com

About Louie La Vella

Louie La Vella is where the entertainment industry turns to for out-of-the-box bursting ideas. Turning dead venues into packed venues, slow ticket sales into sold out shows, independent musicians into major-label-ass-kicking brands. Taking those amazing stories, experience and knowledge to all business categories.

Here’s the deal. As a business owner you are smart, savvy and have fantastic success under your belt. You’re also super busy operating your baby. Stats say that due to the constant changes in social media behaviour, what works in marketing today doesn’t work tomorrow. Entrepreneurs of any niche just don’t have the time to keep up with changing trends. And that’s OK.

Persuading customers has become super hard for those that don’t keep up to date and study their behaviours. However it is easy for those of us that know exactly how to persuade them.

Get excited. After Louie, your brand will never be the same.

Connect with Louie

Louie La Vella website

Follow Louie La Vella on Twitter

 

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Time for some truth: I hate being pitched to be on my podcast. Almost always I say no. Except in the case of Louie La Vella. Louie cold emailed me and asked to be on my show, and he was so nice, and so genuine in his pitch, I said yes. I am so glad I did. Louie is a delightful human being. Smart, funny and helpful, with a dash of brash, I like Louie a lot. And I know you will too!

Louie gave Lady Gaga her first interview, has worked with Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue, and hung out with Sir Richard Branson. Whoa!

In this conversation, Louie and I talk about marketing. Why some people get it. Why some people don't - and probably never will. How it's changed. And how you can do it better than your competition. 

Louie has been on over 60 podcasts, but he's never been on one quite like this! 

Get to know Louie at his website http://louielavella.com

About Louie La Vella

Louie La Vella is where the entertainment industry turns to for out-of-the-box bursting ideas. Turning dead venues into packed venues, slow ticket sales into sold out shows, independent musicians into major-label-ass-kicking brands. Taking those amazing stories, experience and knowledge to all business categories.

Here’s the deal. As a business owner you are smart, savvy and have fantastic success under your belt. You’re also super busy operating your baby. Stats say that due to the constant changes in social media behaviour, what works in marketing today doesn’t work tomorrow. Entrepreneurs of any niche just don’t have the time to keep up with changing trends. And that’s OK.

Persuading customers has become super hard for those that don’t keep up to date and study their behaviours. However it is easy for those of us that know exactly how to persuade them.

Get excited. After Louie, your brand will never be the same.

Connect with Louie

Louie La Vella website

Follow Louie La Vella on Twitter

 

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<![CDATA[Not Taught - Keenan, A Sales Guy @Keenan]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:20:51 GMT 29:10 no Having a podcast means I get to meet a lot of amazing people. Some I connect with - and they connect with me - and some not so much. When interviewing Keenan, and talking to him on the phone, it became quickly clear to me we would be lifelong connections. Keenan's straight forward approach likely rankles some C-suite executives, but his advice is spot on, and his intentions are crystal clear: to get your butt moving in the right direction with advice you never learned. Hence the title of his fantastic book Not Taught, which is the fastest 90 minute read I've ever had that will take time to implement and achieve. Warning: until you put all of Not Taught into action, you may want to hide from your C-suite leader, as they'll think you're going out on your own or looking for a new job - though that is NOT what this book is about.

Not Taught is all about how the rules of the 20th century no longer apply - and how we can pivot into the next century and succeed because we embrace these sooner than our competition. Meaty, useful stuff.

This episode went way too fast. We covered as much as we could. And we will do this again - soon. You'll want to find Keenan at http://asalesguy.com right away - and start learning from him ASAP.

More about Keenan

Keenan is A Sales Guy Inc’s CEO/President and Chief Antagonist. He’s been selling something to someone for his entire life. He’s been teaching and coaching almost as long. With over 20 years of sales experience, which he’ll tell you he doesn’t give a shit about, Keenan has been influencing, learning from and shaping the world of sales for a long time. Finder of the elephant in the room, Keenan calls it as he sees it and lets nothing or no one go unnoticed.

Connect with Keenan ]]>
Having a podcast means I get to meet a lot of amazing people. Some I connect with - and they connect with me - and some not so much. When interviewing Keenan, and talking to him on the phone, it became quickly clear to me we would be lifelong connections. Keenan's straight forward approach likely rankles some C-suite executives, but his advice is spot on, and his intentions are crystal clear: to get your butt moving in the right direction with advice you never learned. Hence the title of his fantastic book Not Taught, which is the fastest 90 minute read I've ever had that will take time to implement and achieve. Warning: until you put all of Not Taught into action, you may want to hide from your C-suite leader, as they'll think you're going out on your own or looking for a new job - though that is NOT what this book is about.

Not Taught is all about how the rules of the 20th century no longer apply - and how we can pivot into the next century and succeed because we embrace these sooner than our competition. Meaty, useful stuff.

This episode went way too fast. We covered as much as we could. And we will do this again - soon. You'll want to find Keenan at http://asalesguy.com right away - and start learning from him ASAP.

More about Keenan

Keenan is A Sales Guy Inc’s CEO/President and Chief Antagonist. He’s been selling something to someone for his entire life. He’s been teaching and coaching almost as long. With over 20 years of sales experience, which he’ll tell you he doesn’t give a shit about, Keenan has been influencing, learning from and shaping the world of sales for a long time. Finder of the elephant in the room, Keenan calls it as he sees it and lets nothing or no one go unnoticed.

Connect with Keenan ]]>
<![CDATA[Why Not Today - Eric Dodge @EricDodgeMusic]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:55:16 GMT 49:44 no You I'm so excited to share this episode with you. Eric Dodge is an amazing musician, terrific speaker, and really wonderful human being. I met him several years ago at a national speaker's association event, and we've been friends ever since.

Why Not Today is one of his best songs, but it isn't just a song, it's Eric's mantra. His way of being. He explains why this means so much to him, and how we can all use that to soar beyond our wildest dreams. 

Eric Dodge's music is what makes him famous, but his heart is something you'll notice as soon as you listen to him. And as a bonus, just for us, he performs one of his songs. You won't want to miss this episode!

For more from Eric, visit http://EricDodge.com Why Not Today?!?

More about Eric Dodge

Eric Dodge discovered his passion for singing in the most heartfelt of ways. While always having a strong love for music, his greatest fear was to share that passion publicly. On September 11th, 2001, as our great country suffered a terrorist attack, Eric was on a cruise ship outside of Mexico. That fateful day was when Eric made his decision to no longer be afraid. He stepped up to the microphone aboard the ship to share his voice and love of music. He was no longer willing to let his fear keep him from what was truly his gift to the world. He opened up his heart and sang Garth Brooks’ song “The Dance”. After his performance, a passenger approached him and encouraged him to pursue a singing career. Just as many others were changed by the events of 9/11, Eric took her words to heart and decided to follow his heart into the world of country music.

Eric has worked with Seth Riggs, vocal coach to the Stars in Hollywood and from there was sent to train with Jeffrey Skouson in Las Vegas. Thanks to these great coaches, Eric began sharing his talents professionally in 2003. He’s performed hundreds of shows all over the United States and Canada. He has opened for many of Nashville’s finest country music stars including: the late Chris LeDoux, Diamond Rio, Little Texas, John Michael Montgomery, Justin Moore, Collin Raye, SheDAISY, Terri Clark, Julianne Hough, Clint Black, Travis Tritt,  Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, and Carrie Underwood at the Stadium of Fire – 4th of July Celebration in Provo, Utah in front of over 50,000 people.

Eric has been featured in America’s largest country music magazine, “Country Weekly” on several occasions, and on the popular website, Music News Nashville. He was also recognized as “New Country Star—Best Male Vocalist”. Eric has also appeared live on many television shows. While performing on Good Things Utah on ABC 4, he met the very popular author and website mentor, Marla Cilley (aka the FlyLady) of www.FlyLady.net. She was so impressed with his performance, she asked him to record a song Titled “Why Not Today” which prompted the release of Eric’s album titled “Why Not Today”. Since then, Eric has accompanied FlyLady to many of her nationwide events where he has performed and been welcomed by thousands.

Eric has recorded many of his albums at OmniSound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked with the best producers, songwriters, and musicians. In March of 2006, his first radio single, “Anything for You” was released and hit #19 on the New Music Weekly-Independent Artists chart. His second Country album “Why Not Today” reached #3 on Amazons best seller list and his album, “A Christmas Wish” sold thousands worldwide in its first season released. His fourth album, “Home to Me” was released in April 2010.  Unplugged Journey was a limited release album and was released in November of 2011. A Fork In The Road, a collection of Broadway and other hit songs was release in August of 2012. In 2013 Eric produced his gospel Hymn CD titled Never Walk Alone and in 2014 Eric’s greatest Hit’s CD got released titled Ultimate Collection. In 2015 Eric wrote and released his signature self help book “Why Not Today? Face You Fears and Chase Your Dreams!” a book about creating the life you were meant to live. Eric Continues to produce and release new music and books to this day and has released 8 full length albums and 2 books to date. In 2013 Eric released his debut book called “Baby Steps to Music Industry Success.” It is a book about Eric’s journey and all the small steps he took that got him the music career and recognition he has today. Eric is also a member of the National Speakers Association where he gives musical keynote events across corporate America.

Eric Dodge is a country boy at heart. When not on stage performing his favorite country songs, you can find him out riding horses or 4 wheelers or camping out at his family’s ranch. He loves anything outdoors including fishing and hiking. Summer, winter, spring or fall his favorite moments are sleeping outside by the campfire under the stars. From the brim of his hat to the tips of his boots, he is a true country boy.

For more information about Eric’s performances and past events as well as his press page and media files, go to www.ericdodge.com

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You I'm so excited to share this episode with you. Eric Dodge is an amazing musician, terrific speaker, and really wonderful human being. I met him several years ago at a national speaker's association event, and we've been friends ever since.

Why Not Today is one of his best songs, but it isn't just a song, it's Eric's mantra. His way of being. He explains why this means so much to him, and how we can all use that to soar beyond our wildest dreams. 

Eric Dodge's music is what makes him famous, but his heart is something you'll notice as soon as you listen to him. And as a bonus, just for us, he performs one of his songs. You won't want to miss this episode!

For more from Eric, visit http://EricDodge.com Why Not Today?!?

More about Eric Dodge

Eric Dodge discovered his passion for singing in the most heartfelt of ways. While always having a strong love for music, his greatest fear was to share that passion publicly. On September 11th, 2001, as our great country suffered a terrorist attack, Eric was on a cruise ship outside of Mexico. That fateful day was when Eric made his decision to no longer be afraid. He stepped up to the microphone aboard the ship to share his voice and love of music. He was no longer willing to let his fear keep him from what was truly his gift to the world. He opened up his heart and sang Garth Brooks’ song “The Dance”. After his performance, a passenger approached him and encouraged him to pursue a singing career. Just as many others were changed by the events of 9/11, Eric took her words to heart and decided to follow his heart into the world of country music.

Eric has worked with Seth Riggs, vocal coach to the Stars in Hollywood and from there was sent to train with Jeffrey Skouson in Las Vegas. Thanks to these great coaches, Eric began sharing his talents professionally in 2003. He’s performed hundreds of shows all over the United States and Canada. He has opened for many of Nashville’s finest country music stars including: the late Chris LeDoux, Diamond Rio, Little Texas, John Michael Montgomery, Justin Moore, Collin Raye, SheDAISY, Terri Clark, Julianne Hough, Clint Black, Travis Tritt,  Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, and Carrie Underwood at the Stadium of Fire – 4th of July Celebration in Provo, Utah in front of over 50,000 people.

Eric has been featured in America’s largest country music magazine, “Country Weekly” on several occasions, and on the popular website, Music News Nashville. He was also recognized as “New Country Star—Best Male Vocalist”. Eric has also appeared live on many television shows. While performing on Good Things Utah on ABC 4, he met the very popular author and website mentor, Marla Cilley (aka the FlyLady) of www.FlyLady.net. She was so impressed with his performance, she asked him to record a song Titled “Why Not Today” which prompted the release of Eric’s album titled “Why Not Today”. Since then, Eric has accompanied FlyLady to many of her nationwide events where he has performed and been welcomed by thousands.

Eric has recorded many of his albums at OmniSound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked with the best producers, songwriters, and musicians. In March of 2006, his first radio single, “Anything for You” was released and hit #19 on the New Music Weekly-Independent Artists chart. His second Country album “Why Not Today” reached #3 on Amazons best seller list and his album, “A Christmas Wish” sold thousands worldwide in its first season released. His fourth album, “Home to Me” was released in April 2010.  Unplugged Journey was a limited release album and was released in November of 2011. A Fork In The Road, a collection of Broadway and other hit songs was release in August of 2012. In 2013 Eric produced his gospel Hymn CD titled Never Walk Alone and in 2014 Eric’s greatest Hit’s CD got released titled Ultimate Collection. In 2015 Eric wrote and released his signature self help book “Why Not Today? Face You Fears and Chase Your Dreams!” a book about creating the life you were meant to live. Eric Continues to produce and release new music and books to this day and has released 8 full length albums and 2 books to date. In 2013 Eric released his debut book called “Baby Steps to Music Industry Success.” It is a book about Eric’s journey and all the small steps he took that got him the music career and recognition he has today. Eric is also a member of the National Speakers Association where he gives musical keynote events across corporate America.

Eric Dodge is a country boy at heart. When not on stage performing his favorite country songs, you can find him out riding horses or 4 wheelers or camping out at his family’s ranch. He loves anything outdoors including fishing and hiking. Summer, winter, spring or fall his favorite moments are sleeping outside by the campfire under the stars. From the brim of his hat to the tips of his boots, he is a true country boy.

For more information about Eric’s performances and past events as well as his press page and media files, go to www.ericdodge.com

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<![CDATA[Sales, Life or Debt with Victor Antonio]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMT 39:28 no I heard Victor Antonio at Full Throttle Experience last year. He delivered an inspiring program - about personal finance. Yep, he spoke about personal finance, and he kept my attention and earned a standing ovation - talking about personal finance. To say that was unexpected is an understatement.

I asked Vic if he'd have a conversation with me after he came off the stage, and I'm delighted he said yes. I think you will be too.

Victor Antonio is inspiring, insightful and helpful in all he shares and does. He entertained me during this conversation and I know you'll enjoy it too. We talk about sales, being on TV, and our mutual friend Mike Domitrz of the Date Safe Project.

In addition to all the insights he shares, he shares an embarrassing story about hugging the amazing Zig Ziglar - and his wife Jean too.

Listen all the way to the end, Victor tells you how to get all his books - for FREE! Visit him at http://sellingergroup.com

About Victor Antonio

A poor upbringing from one of the roughest areas of Chicago didn't stop Victor from earning a B.S. Electrical Engineering, an MBA and building a 20 year career as a top sales executive and becoming President of Global Sales and Marketing for a $420M company.

As Vice President of International Sales in a Fortune 500 $3B corporation at the time, he was selected from over 500 sales managers to join the President’s Advisory Council for excellence in sales and management.

He has shared the stage with top business speakers: Rudy Giuliani, Zig Ziglar, Paul Otellini (CEO of Intel), and John May (CEO of FedEx Kinkos). He's the author of 12 books on sales and motivation and recently released his Seminars On Selling course with 200+ sales training videos.

Advice for new speakers
  • Join Toastmasters
  • Buy the Wealthy Speaker book from Jane Atkinson
  • Pick your niche
Learn more from Victor Antonio ]]>
I heard Victor Antonio at Full Throttle Experience last year. He delivered an inspiring program - about personal finance. Yep, he spoke about personal finance, and he kept my attention and earned a standing ovation - talking about personal finance. To say that was unexpected is an understatement.

I asked Vic if he'd have a conversation with me after he came off the stage, and I'm delighted he said yes. I think you will be too.

Victor Antonio is inspiring, insightful and helpful in all he shares and does. He entertained me during this conversation and I know you'll enjoy it too. We talk about sales, being on TV, and our mutual friend Mike Domitrz of the Date Safe Project.

In addition to all the insights he shares, he shares an embarrassing story about hugging the amazing Zig Ziglar - and his wife Jean too.

Listen all the way to the end, Victor tells you how to get all his books - for FREE! Visit him at http://sellingergroup.com

About Victor Antonio

A poor upbringing from one of the roughest areas of Chicago didn't stop Victor from earning a B.S. Electrical Engineering, an MBA and building a 20 year career as a top sales executive and becoming President of Global Sales and Marketing for a $420M company.

As Vice President of International Sales in a Fortune 500 $3B corporation at the time, he was selected from over 500 sales managers to join the President’s Advisory Council for excellence in sales and management.

He has shared the stage with top business speakers: Rudy Giuliani, Zig Ziglar, Paul Otellini (CEO of Intel), and John May (CEO of FedEx Kinkos). He's the author of 12 books on sales and motivation and recently released his Seminars On Selling course with 200+ sales training videos.

Advice for new speakers
  • Join Toastmasters
  • Buy the Wealthy Speaker book from Jane Atkinson
  • Pick your niche
Learn more from Victor Antonio ]]>
<![CDATA[Dynamic Communications with Jill Schiefelbein]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:29:51 GMT 34:21 no  

To say Jill Schiefelbein is an outstanding communications professional would be doing her a disservice. She knows communications better than anyone I know - and I know a lot of smart people. Jill makes sense of the nonsense and offers straight forward advice for communicating more effectively. I learn a lot from Jill often. She is one of my favorite people, and I am glad to have her on speed dial, or rather, speed text. 

I'm very excited to share her brilliance with you in this conversation, because she is someone you'll want to add to your list of mentors and coaches that you can learn from. She writes often for Entrepreneur Magazine, and her live video interviews and insights are engaging and action packed. 

In this conversation, Jill shares how she got started teaching college when she was very young, how she landed her book deal with Entrepreneur Magazine, and some tips on how you can communicate more dynamically today.

Learn more about Jill and her book at http://www.dynamiccommunicationbook.com/

About Jill Schiefelbein

Jill Schiefelbein is an award-winning business owner, author, and recovering academic. She taught business communication at Arizona State University for 11 years, analyzed terrorist documents to help provide counter-terrorism messaging strategies to the military, and was a pioneer in the online education space, creating an office serving 60,000 students and adding $1M in revenue in its first year. In 2011 she ventured into entrepreneur land and hasn't looked back. Her first business, Impromptu Guru, helps people improve their presentation and public speaking skills. She created a YouTube series that was syndicated by Entrepreneur Network and brings in thousands of new viewers each week. Now, Jill is The Dynamic Communicator®, and creates and executes communication strategies that help organizations increase sales, enhance the product experience, and retain customers. She's a video partner and a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as a livestream video personality. Jill also runs the Dynamic Accelerator program that helps solo- and micro-entrepreneurs implement communication strategies to accelerate business growth

Her latest book, Dynamic Communication: Strategies to Grow, Lead, and Manage Your Business is being published by Entrepreneur Press and will be in stores March 2017.

Connect more with Jill Schiefelbein ]]>
 

To say Jill Schiefelbein is an outstanding communications professional would be doing her a disservice. She knows communications better than anyone I know - and I know a lot of smart people. Jill makes sense of the nonsense and offers straight forward advice for communicating more effectively. I learn a lot from Jill often. She is one of my favorite people, and I am glad to have her on speed dial, or rather, speed text. 

I'm very excited to share her brilliance with you in this conversation, because she is someone you'll want to add to your list of mentors and coaches that you can learn from. She writes often for Entrepreneur Magazine, and her live video interviews and insights are engaging and action packed. 

In this conversation, Jill shares how she got started teaching college when she was very young, how she landed her book deal with Entrepreneur Magazine, and some tips on how you can communicate more dynamically today.

Learn more about Jill and her book at http://www.dynamiccommunicationbook.com/

About Jill Schiefelbein

Jill Schiefelbein is an award-winning business owner, author, and recovering academic. She taught business communication at Arizona State University for 11 years, analyzed terrorist documents to help provide counter-terrorism messaging strategies to the military, and was a pioneer in the online education space, creating an office serving 60,000 students and adding $1M in revenue in its first year. In 2011 she ventured into entrepreneur land and hasn't looked back. Her first business, Impromptu Guru, helps people improve their presentation and public speaking skills. She created a YouTube series that was syndicated by Entrepreneur Network and brings in thousands of new viewers each week. Now, Jill is The Dynamic Communicator®, and creates and executes communication strategies that help organizations increase sales, enhance the product experience, and retain customers. She's a video partner and a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as a livestream video personality. Jill also runs the Dynamic Accelerator program that helps solo- and micro-entrepreneurs implement communication strategies to accelerate business growth

Her latest book, Dynamic Communication: Strategies to Grow, Lead, and Manage Your Business is being published by Entrepreneur Press and will be in stores March 2017.

Connect more with Jill Schiefelbein ]]>
<![CDATA[On Evernote, Creativity and Content Marketing @ChuckFrey]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:00:01 GMT 42:35 no Many years ago, I met Chuck Frey because he had an innovation blog and I came upon his blog. I commented on his blog a few times, and we exchanged emails. Then I realized he lived near me in Milwaukee. We had dinner, and we've become great friends. I learned he's a family guy, with a wonderful wife with 2 daughters and a son with autism and also a mind mapping lover, and a content marketing expert.

He's created some AMAZING content products and written some powerful articles. I love learning from Chuck - and I'm so glad to share this conversation with you! 

 

More about Chuck Frey 

Chuck Frey is an experienced content marketing and digital marketing strategist with exceptional creative problem-solving skills and finely-honed entrepreneurial instincts. Chuck creates and executes marketing plans and materials that build audience engagement, generate leads and attract new business. He has grown several successful online businesses. Chuck has also built and nurtured talented teams that have achieved excellent results.

Chuck blends his in-depth knowledge of web technologies with strategic marketing know-how to deliver superior results for his employers and clients.

He specializes in creating compelling web content that commands attention and drives action. Chuck is a creative problem-solver who can transform the "straw" of raw information to the "gold" of clear, compelling content that gains the trust, understanding and support of audiences and stakeholders.

During the last decade, Chuck have successfully grown 2 online businesses that he has cultivated into thought leaders in their niches. The common thread between his vocation and his avocation is developing powerful ideas that drive business growth.

Connect more with Chuck Frey at http://chuckfrey.com ]]>
Many years ago, I met Chuck Frey because he had an innovation blog and I came upon his blog. I commented on his blog a few times, and we exchanged emails. Then I realized he lived near me in Milwaukee. We had dinner, and we've become great friends. I learned he's a family guy, with a wonderful wife with 2 daughters and a son with autism and also a mind mapping lover, and a content marketing expert.

He's created some AMAZING content products and written some powerful articles. I love learning from Chuck - and I'm so glad to share this conversation with you! 

 

More about Chuck Frey 

Chuck Frey is an experienced content marketing and digital marketing strategist with exceptional creative problem-solving skills and finely-honed entrepreneurial instincts. Chuck creates and executes marketing plans and materials that build audience engagement, generate leads and attract new business. He has grown several successful online businesses. Chuck has also built and nurtured talented teams that have achieved excellent results.

Chuck blends his in-depth knowledge of web technologies with strategic marketing know-how to deliver superior results for his employers and clients.

He specializes in creating compelling web content that commands attention and drives action. Chuck is a creative problem-solver who can transform the "straw" of raw information to the "gold" of clear, compelling content that gains the trust, understanding and support of audiences and stakeholders.

During the last decade, Chuck have successfully grown 2 online businesses that he has cultivated into thought leaders in their niches. The common thread between his vocation and his avocation is developing powerful ideas that drive business growth.

Connect more with Chuck Frey at http://chuckfrey.com ]]>
<![CDATA[Michele Payn - Food Truths]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:23:41 GMT 25:34 no Michele Payn and I go back nearly 5 years, when I first met her in a hotel meeting room outside of Chicago for a speaker mastermind session. Immediately I loved her style, energy and passion for all things - especially for food.

No, it's not that Michele loves to eat as much as I do (few people do) it's that she is passionate about sharing the truth about food, and in helping people eat the right food. 

Think about this: Everyone eats. Yet two-thirds of the U.S. population lives in cities, with many of these individuals never having visited a farm or ranch where their food is produced.

Wow!

In this conversation, Michele shares some insights from her new book "Food Truths," why this matters to her, and how she balances life as a farmer, a mother, and a speaker who travels a ton! 

About Michele Payn

Michele Payn personifies passion. Known as one of North America's leading experts in connecting farm and food, she serves as a resource for people around the plate. Michele encourages all of her clients and audiences to find people's hot buttons and speak their language - whether it's growing the conversation between farm gate and food plate, developing strategy, or building an advocacy plan. Widely known as a "change agent," Michele delivers training programs and motivational keynotes to empower organizations to build connected communities.

Entrepreneur. Farm girl. Mom. Science enthusiast. Author. Food translator. Innovator. 

Connect with Michele Payn at https://causematters.com/ ]]>
Michele Payn and I go back nearly 5 years, when I first met her in a hotel meeting room outside of Chicago for a speaker mastermind session. Immediately I loved her style, energy and passion for all things - especially for food.

No, it's not that Michele loves to eat as much as I do (few people do) it's that she is passionate about sharing the truth about food, and in helping people eat the right food. 

Think about this: Everyone eats. Yet two-thirds of the U.S. population lives in cities, with many of these individuals never having visited a farm or ranch where their food is produced.

Wow!

In this conversation, Michele shares some insights from her new book "Food Truths," why this matters to her, and how she balances life as a farmer, a mother, and a speaker who travels a ton! 

About Michele Payn

Michele Payn personifies passion. Known as one of North America's leading experts in connecting farm and food, she serves as a resource for people around the plate. Michele encourages all of her clients and audiences to find people's hot buttons and speak their language - whether it's growing the conversation between farm gate and food plate, developing strategy, or building an advocacy plan. Widely known as a "change agent," Michele delivers training programs and motivational keynotes to empower organizations to build connected communities.

Entrepreneur. Farm girl. Mom. Science enthusiast. Author. Food translator. Innovator. 

Connect with Michele Payn at https://causematters.com/ ]]>
<![CDATA[Brad Szollose - Startups, Liquid Leadership and Generational Issues]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:21:20 GMT 40:29 no I got to know Brad Szollose when I was looking for a few generational stats to use in a presentation. We're part of a group of speakers who helps each other, and Brad stepped right up to say this was his expertise. I thanked him for the stats, used them in my presentation (with full credit of course) and then started researching him.

HOLY COW!

Brad is a generational expert! He wrote the book on them in Liquid Leadership, and he travels around the world, consulting with companies and delivering programs to young and old, new and experienced leaders, to help them make sense of the confusing mess that can be generational differences.

In this all too brief conversation, Brad shares his insights into these generational differences and how we can lead more effectively by understanding why these differences are true, and by working together to leverage the other generation's strengths. 

Brad is also a former stand-up comic, so you'll definitely laugh at some of the things we share.

More About Brad Szollose

Brad Szollose is the *award-winning, international bestselling author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia which explores the subject of new leadership styles – mainly how to get the tech-savvy Generation X & Y and analog driven Baby Boomers working together.

But Seriously, WHO is this Guy, and WHY should I listen to him?

Brad Szollose is a business consultant and keynote speaker who helps smart companies understand how much technology has transformed corporate culture and behavior…especially the behavior of Generation Y Millennials, and how that impacts management, interaction and expectations in The Information Age.

But this is not based on management theory: With a 30 year career as an entrepreneur he knows firsthand what it’s like to grow a company from a simple idea in a coffee shop (without any startup capital), to an internationally recognized brand.

Brad is a former C-Level Dot Com Executive who went from entrepreneur to IPO in 3 yrs—co-founding K2 Design, the very first Dot Com Agency to go public on NASDAQ. His company experienced 425% hyper-growth for 5 straight years, expanded from 2 business partners to 4 with 60+ employees and offices worldwide. At its height, K2 was valuated at over $26 million. His results only management model (ROWE) was applied to the first wave of young Generation Y workers producing great results—winning K2 the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation.

Connect with Brad Szollose

Read Brad's blog Liquid Leadership

Get a copy of Brad's book Liquid Leadership

Apply to be part of Brad's Liquid Leadership Nation Mastermind 

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I got to know Brad Szollose when I was looking for a few generational stats to use in a presentation. We're part of a group of speakers who helps each other, and Brad stepped right up to say this was his expertise. I thanked him for the stats, used them in my presentation (with full credit of course) and then started researching him.

HOLY COW!

Brad is a generational expert! He wrote the book on them in Liquid Leadership, and he travels around the world, consulting with companies and delivering programs to young and old, new and experienced leaders, to help them make sense of the confusing mess that can be generational differences.

In this all too brief conversation, Brad shares his insights into these generational differences and how we can lead more effectively by understanding why these differences are true, and by working together to leverage the other generation's strengths. 

Brad is also a former stand-up comic, so you'll definitely laugh at some of the things we share.

More About Brad Szollose

Brad Szollose is the *award-winning, international bestselling author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia which explores the subject of new leadership styles – mainly how to get the tech-savvy Generation X & Y and analog driven Baby Boomers working together.

But Seriously, WHO is this Guy, and WHY should I listen to him?

Brad Szollose is a business consultant and keynote speaker who helps smart companies understand how much technology has transformed corporate culture and behavior…especially the behavior of Generation Y Millennials, and how that impacts management, interaction and expectations in The Information Age.

But this is not based on management theory: With a 30 year career as an entrepreneur he knows firsthand what it’s like to grow a company from a simple idea in a coffee shop (without any startup capital), to an internationally recognized brand.

Brad is a former C-Level Dot Com Executive who went from entrepreneur to IPO in 3 yrs—co-founding K2 Design, the very first Dot Com Agency to go public on NASDAQ. His company experienced 425% hyper-growth for 5 straight years, expanded from 2 business partners to 4 with 60+ employees and offices worldwide. At its height, K2 was valuated at over $26 million. His results only management model (ROWE) was applied to the first wave of young Generation Y workers producing great results—winning K2 the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation.

Connect with Brad Szollose

Read Brad's blog Liquid Leadership

Get a copy of Brad's book Liquid Leadership

Apply to be part of Brad's Liquid Leadership Nation Mastermind 

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<![CDATA[James Muir - The Perfect Close @B2B_Salestips]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:02:43 GMT 26:50 no Is there a perfect close, or just 50 ways to leave your lover, I mean 50 ways to manipulate buyers that don't want to be sold to buy? Best-selling author James Muir believes there is a perfect close - and it's just 2 questions, zero pressure, and is 95% effective.

WOW!

James and I talk about the perfect close, how he got started as an accidental salesman, and how he was mentored by some of the best salespeople on the planet - by reading and listening to their cassette tapes. And you can too!

This guy is the real deal folks. He spent an additional 30 minutes with me after our podcast was complete to find out who I needed to be connected to, and then sent 25 personal emails to the people I asked for. What a guy!

You won't want to miss this episode of Conversations with Phil on the Perfect Close with James Muir.

About James Muir

James is a professional sales trainer, speaker and coach. As a Vice President at NextGen Healthcare he is in the trenches daily with reps educating, coaching and taking on the challenges of the day. Over nearly three decades now he has performed in every selling role. His guidance comes from experience and the school of hard knocks. Because of that he has a practical perspective on what works in real life and what doesn’t.

His greatest professional joy comes from working with new and inexperienced professionals. He's on a mission to teach new and inexperienced sales and service professionals how being genuinely authentic actually creates the highest levels of success and happiness.

Much of James' material is aimed a new and inexperienced sales and service professionals. What he offers is useful to everyone involved in generating more business. However, professionals who are new, inexperienced or currently uncomfortable with the selling process are likely to gain the most.

James is passionate, enthusiastic and fun. He likes to have a good time while he works. James gets the challenges and concerns that come with being new to selling because he's been there. And because of that he's created easy to learn principles, actionable education and training that help others achieve their highest potential.

He's a fitness fan, a musician and an organic chemistry buff (ya, ask James about it sometime). He lives in the mountains of Salt Lake City with his awesome wife and two sons.

Learn more from and connect with James Muir ]]>
Is there a perfect close, or just 50 ways to leave your lover, I mean 50 ways to manipulate buyers that don't want to be sold to buy? Best-selling author James Muir believes there is a perfect close - and it's just 2 questions, zero pressure, and is 95% effective.

WOW!

James and I talk about the perfect close, how he got started as an accidental salesman, and how he was mentored by some of the best salespeople on the planet - by reading and listening to their cassette tapes. And you can too!

This guy is the real deal folks. He spent an additional 30 minutes with me after our podcast was complete to find out who I needed to be connected to, and then sent 25 personal emails to the people I asked for. What a guy!

You won't want to miss this episode of Conversations with Phil on the Perfect Close with James Muir.

About James Muir

James is a professional sales trainer, speaker and coach. As a Vice President at NextGen Healthcare he is in the trenches daily with reps educating, coaching and taking on the challenges of the day. Over nearly three decades now he has performed in every selling role. His guidance comes from experience and the school of hard knocks. Because of that he has a practical perspective on what works in real life and what doesn’t.

His greatest professional joy comes from working with new and inexperienced professionals. He's on a mission to teach new and inexperienced sales and service professionals how being genuinely authentic actually creates the highest levels of success and happiness.

Much of James' material is aimed a new and inexperienced sales and service professionals. What he offers is useful to everyone involved in generating more business. However, professionals who are new, inexperienced or currently uncomfortable with the selling process are likely to gain the most.

James is passionate, enthusiastic and fun. He likes to have a good time while he works. James gets the challenges and concerns that come with being new to selling because he's been there. And because of that he's created easy to learn principles, actionable education and training that help others achieve their highest potential.

He's a fitness fan, a musician and an organic chemistry buff (ya, ask James about it sometime). He lives in the mountains of Salt Lake City with his awesome wife and two sons.

Learn more from and connect with James Muir ]]>
<![CDATA[On Family Business and Reading a Book a Day - Steve & Marisa Cunningham of @readitforme]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:30:00 GMT 38:52 no Many years ago I started reading business books. I remember reading First Break All The Rules, Good to Great, Who Moved My Cheese, Love is the Killer App, Radical Leap, and many other great books. I knew there had to be a faster way to get just the highlights of the books I wanted to read, but I really didn't like a lot of the offerings that were out there, so I would try one, and then not use it.

More than a few but not that many years ago, I found one that felt different. It felt different because it was not just a summary of the book, but actionable information I could use. In this conversation, I get to talk to the founders of that company, Steve and Marisa Cunningham, who not only are married, but they work together in their company, Readitfor.me.

How do they do it and stay sane? Why did they decide to launch this awesome book summary service? How does Steve read a book a day? All this and more is answered in this episode of Conversations with Phil!

About Steve and Marisa Cunningham and Readitfor.me Marisa and Steve Cunningham have lived through the ups and downs of entrepreneurial life, and are proof that you can work with your life partner and keep your sanity.   Before Readitfor.me, Marisa started off her working life in marketing and PR, working for some of Toronto’s largest law firms along the way. Steve was a lawyer for one week, and then went on to run a manufacturing company, a digital marketing agency, and now Readitfor.me.    They live in Toronto with their two beautiful daughters Sophie and Emma, and their dog Stewie (yes, the name inspired by Family Guy).    Readitfor.me is the smartest and easiest way for entrepreneurs and leaders to learn what matters. They summarize best-selling business and personal development books into 12-minut animated videos, audio and text, that help turn your “in-between moments” into the most productive parts of your day. They have thousands of customers around the world, and testimonials from respected thought leaders like Tony Hsieh and Dan Pink.  Connect with Readitfor.me ]]>
Many years ago I started reading business books. I remember reading First Break All The Rules, Good to Great, Who Moved My Cheese, Love is the Killer App, Radical Leap, and many other great books. I knew there had to be a faster way to get just the highlights of the books I wanted to read, but I really didn't like a lot of the offerings that were out there, so I would try one, and then not use it.

More than a few but not that many years ago, I found one that felt different. It felt different because it was not just a summary of the book, but actionable information I could use. In this conversation, I get to talk to the founders of that company, Steve and Marisa Cunningham, who not only are married, but they work together in their company, Readitfor.me.

How do they do it and stay sane? Why did they decide to launch this awesome book summary service? How does Steve read a book a day? All this and more is answered in this episode of Conversations with Phil!

About Steve and Marisa Cunningham and Readitfor.me Marisa and Steve Cunningham have lived through the ups and downs of entrepreneurial life, and are proof that you can work with your life partner and keep your sanity.   Before Readitfor.me, Marisa started off her working life in marketing and PR, working for some of Toronto’s largest law firms along the way. Steve was a lawyer for one week, and then went on to run a manufacturing company, a digital marketing agency, and now Readitfor.me.    They live in Toronto with their two beautiful daughters Sophie and Emma, and their dog Stewie (yes, the name inspired by Family Guy).    Readitfor.me is the smartest and easiest way for entrepreneurs and leaders to learn what matters. They summarize best-selling business and personal development books into 12-minut animated videos, audio and text, that help turn your “in-between moments” into the most productive parts of your day. They have thousands of customers around the world, and testimonials from respected thought leaders like Tony Hsieh and Dan Pink.  Connect with Readitfor.me ]]>
<![CDATA[On Being Distinct and Making a Living as Speaker with @ScottMcKain]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT 28:44 no As a member of the National Speakers Association, I get to meet many interesting speakers, authors and thought leaders from around the world. Some are very experienced, some are not very experienced, and some just stand out as soon as you come in contact with them.

Scott McKain is the latter, and is someone once you meet, or even see on video, you never forget.

Scott was gracious enough to spend a few minutes in person with me at last year's NSA annual Influence convention, and we set up time to go deeper into a conversation in this podcast. I learned a lot, and Scott has so much to share, I wish we had hours to spend with you.

From speaking at 4H until today where he speaks in front of hundreds of thousands of people every year, Scott McKain is remarkable. I am super excited to share this helpful conversation with you. 

More about Scott McKain 

Scott McKain is an internationally known authority who helps organizations create distinction in every phase of business and teaches how to deliver an “Ultimate Customer Experience®.”

Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers and how to stand out and move up, regardless of the economic climate in your industry. Scott McKain’s calling is business – and his passion is platform presentations. He is a unique combination of vast speaking experience and new, cutting-edge information. His presentations benet from three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful ideas. McKain has spoken before and consulted for the world’s most influential corporations.

Connect with Scott McKain

 

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As a member of the National Speakers Association, I get to meet many interesting speakers, authors and thought leaders from around the world. Some are very experienced, some are not very experienced, and some just stand out as soon as you come in contact with them.

Scott McKain is the latter, and is someone once you meet, or even see on video, you never forget.

Scott was gracious enough to spend a few minutes in person with me at last year's NSA annual Influence convention, and we set up time to go deeper into a conversation in this podcast. I learned a lot, and Scott has so much to share, I wish we had hours to spend with you.

From speaking at 4H until today where he speaks in front of hundreds of thousands of people every year, Scott McKain is remarkable. I am super excited to share this helpful conversation with you. 

More about Scott McKain 

Scott McKain is an internationally known authority who helps organizations create distinction in every phase of business and teaches how to deliver an “Ultimate Customer Experience®.”

Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers and how to stand out and move up, regardless of the economic climate in your industry. Scott McKain’s calling is business – and his passion is platform presentations. He is a unique combination of vast speaking experience and new, cutting-edge information. His presentations benet from three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful ideas. McKain has spoken before and consulted for the world’s most influential corporations.

Connect with Scott McKain

 

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<![CDATA[Ricardo González - Leadership and Bilingual America]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:10:28 GMT 37:02 no Several years ago I answered a question about why someone should join the National Speakers Association. I answered briefly, then invited that person to call me if he had further questions. We spoke for over an hour and became fast friends. Since then, I've learned a lot about leadership, especially on leading myself, from Ricardo González, the founder of Bilingual America. 

Ricardo Gonzalez is a leadership expert, and an all around great guy. Our conversation went through a lot about leadership, and it could have went on a lot longer. I'm always grateful to talk to him, as he is experienced and compassionate when leading - and when talking about leadership.

And if you're wondering, yes, he has been a member of the NSA since our conversation. 

 

About Ricardo González

Ricardo González is the founder and CEO of Bilingual America. He developed Bilingual America’s courses, including Success with Hispanics, Líderes Exitosos (Successful Leaders), Spanish Power, Inglés Poderoso, among others.

Ricardo speaks internationally on organizational culture and Latino / non-Latino business relations. He is a founding member of The Speakers Guild of America, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a speaker for LeadercastNow.

He is author of “The 12 Hidden Truths to Learning Spanish” and his newest book, scheduled for release in 2017 is titled, “The Six Stages of Cultural Mastery”.

Ricardo also serves on the board of the Home Industry Leadership Board sponsored by HomeAdvisor as well as the Advisory Board for the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta. He is or has been a consultant to National Roofing Contractors Association, National Kitchen and Bath Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Pacific, Hanes, Home Advisor, Cricket Wireless, Owens Corning, Certainteed, The Atlanta Braves, Gingrich Communications, Smithfield Foods, Kimberly-Clark, Brighthouse Networks, Alllied Building Products, SRS Distribution and many others.

Ricardo has undergraduate degrees in theology and communications. He also has Masters Level training in counseling.

He comes from a bilingual, bicultural family. His father was one of 27 children from Puerto Rico and his mother was an orphan from the hills of Kentucky. He jokingly calls himself a Puerto Rican Hillbilly. Out of his life story comes his desire to help individuals and organizations develop healthy cross-cultural relationships that maximize and leverage relationships for the common good.

Ricardo is married to Maribel and has three children: Gabriel, Andrea and Marí Andrea.

Connect with Ricardo ]]>
Several years ago I answered a question about why someone should join the National Speakers Association. I answered briefly, then invited that person to call me if he had further questions. We spoke for over an hour and became fast friends. Since then, I've learned a lot about leadership, especially on leading myself, from Ricardo González, the founder of Bilingual America. 

Ricardo Gonzalez is a leadership expert, and an all around great guy. Our conversation went through a lot about leadership, and it could have went on a lot longer. I'm always grateful to talk to him, as he is experienced and compassionate when leading - and when talking about leadership.

And if you're wondering, yes, he has been a member of the NSA since our conversation. 

 

About Ricardo González

Ricardo González is the founder and CEO of Bilingual America. He developed Bilingual America’s courses, including Success with Hispanics, Líderes Exitosos (Successful Leaders), Spanish Power, Inglés Poderoso, among others.

Ricardo speaks internationally on organizational culture and Latino / non-Latino business relations. He is a founding member of The Speakers Guild of America, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a speaker for LeadercastNow.

He is author of “The 12 Hidden Truths to Learning Spanish” and his newest book, scheduled for release in 2017 is titled, “The Six Stages of Cultural Mastery”.

Ricardo also serves on the board of the Home Industry Leadership Board sponsored by HomeAdvisor as well as the Advisory Board for the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta. He is or has been a consultant to National Roofing Contractors Association, National Kitchen and Bath Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Pacific, Hanes, Home Advisor, Cricket Wireless, Owens Corning, Certainteed, The Atlanta Braves, Gingrich Communications, Smithfield Foods, Kimberly-Clark, Brighthouse Networks, Alllied Building Products, SRS Distribution and many others.

Ricardo has undergraduate degrees in theology and communications. He also has Masters Level training in counseling.

He comes from a bilingual, bicultural family. His father was one of 27 children from Puerto Rico and his mother was an orphan from the hills of Kentucky. He jokingly calls himself a Puerto Rican Hillbilly. Out of his life story comes his desire to help individuals and organizations develop healthy cross-cultural relationships that maximize and leverage relationships for the common good.

Ricardo is married to Maribel and has three children: Gabriel, Andrea and Marí Andrea.

Connect with Ricardo ]]>
<![CDATA[Kathi Kruse - On Social Media Marketing, Fundraising and More]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:51:52 GMT 38:13 no Automotive Social Business 2.0- How to Captivate Your Customers, Sell More Cars & Be Generally Remarkable on Social Media".   This was a fast interview, filled with smart insights and marketing takeaways you can use to sell more, market better, and have more fun!   More about Kathi Kruse Kathi was born in the heart of Los Angeles to a family of “car people” and her passion for the car business spans a 25-year career managing successful dealerships in Southern California. Her Kruse Control Blog is the leading Automotive Social Media blog in the US and Canada. Everybody wants their shot at social media success but that roadway has been blocked by too many choices and not enough results. People are frustrated. Kathi understands and has a plan. She’s cleared the path for many companies, she’ll clear the path for you.   More from Kathi Kruse ]]> Automotive Social Business 2.0- How to Captivate Your Customers, Sell More Cars & Be Generally Remarkable on Social Media".   This was a fast interview, filled with smart insights and marketing takeaways you can use to sell more, market better, and have more fun!   More about Kathi Kruse Kathi was born in the heart of Los Angeles to a family of “car people” and her passion for the car business spans a 25-year career managing successful dealerships in Southern California. Her Kruse Control Blog is the leading Automotive Social Media blog in the US and Canada. Everybody wants their shot at social media success but that roadway has been blocked by too many choices and not enough results. People are frustrated. Kathi understands and has a plan. She’s cleared the path for many companies, she’ll clear the path for you.   More from Kathi Kruse ]]> <![CDATA[Robert Caruso @Fondalo - on social media, fondalo and business]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:00 GMT 32:05 no I first met Robert Caruso as part of a group of social media masterminds Keri Jaehnig setup years ago. He was hustling his face off to build a spectacular piece of software that he eventually sold off. But Robert wasn't done. Not by a long shot! Now he's running a social agency called Fondalo, and he's still hustling his face off, but with more balance. 

Now Robert is a married dad and while he's still the same feisty guy I knew all those years ago, he's found his balance and is living life and running business more on his terms. I know you'll enjoy this conversation where Robert shares things he's never shared in public before, and where he offers insights into marketing people pay top dollar to learn from him.

And you'll learn the meaning of Fondalo, his company name, and his Twitter handle.

More about Robert Caruso

Recognized on Forbes list of top 40 social media marketers and the 57th top digital marketing influencer in 2016 , Robert Caruso is a social media, digital marketing and technology professional with over 20 years creating, planning and executing strategies within various industries. Robert was the co-founder of Bundlepost and holds multiple internet technology patents.

Robert writes, speaks and consults on social, relationship and digital marketing, but he focuses on working with B2B, Enterprise, SaaS and Startup brands to develop, design and executive integrated digital marketing programs that impact their traffic, lead generation and net results online.

 

Connect with Robert ]]>
I first met Robert Caruso as part of a group of social media masterminds Keri Jaehnig setup years ago. He was hustling his face off to build a spectacular piece of software that he eventually sold off. But Robert wasn't done. Not by a long shot! Now he's running a social agency called Fondalo, and he's still hustling his face off, but with more balance. 

Now Robert is a married dad and while he's still the same feisty guy I knew all those years ago, he's found his balance and is living life and running business more on his terms. I know you'll enjoy this conversation where Robert shares things he's never shared in public before, and where he offers insights into marketing people pay top dollar to learn from him.

And you'll learn the meaning of Fondalo, his company name, and his Twitter handle.

More about Robert Caruso

Recognized on Forbes list of top 40 social media marketers and the 57th top digital marketing influencer in 2016 , Robert Caruso is a social media, digital marketing and technology professional with over 20 years creating, planning and executing strategies within various industries. Robert was the co-founder of Bundlepost and holds multiple internet technology patents.

Robert writes, speaks and consults on social, relationship and digital marketing, but he focuses on working with B2B, Enterprise, SaaS and Startup brands to develop, design and executive integrated digital marketing programs that impact their traffic, lead generation and net results online.

 

Connect with Robert ]]>
<![CDATA[Customers that Stick - with Adam Toporek]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:16:24 GMT 29:30 no Adam Toporek is a customer service expert. Not only does he do keynotes and training on customer service, but he has lived it, and grew his family's and his own businesses by delivering great customer service. He gets customer service!

I met Adam last year at a National Speakers Association meeting, and we've been friends ever since. His common sense approach to customer service is refreshing for its simplicity and its honesty. I learn a ton about the right way to do customer service from reading Adam's blog, and listening to his podcast Crack the Customer Code, which is co-hosted by Jeannie Walters, one of the world's foremost experts on customer experience.

In this interview, we crack some customer codes, break down customer service, and share stories of great and not so great customer service.

More about Adam

They keep giving Adam Toporek new titles: “Thought leader.” “Customer service expert.” “Customer experience influencer.”

But he is really just a guy who loves customer service and who spreads his message of Hero-Class®service through engaging keynote speeches, high-energy training workshops, and informative writing.

Adam’s business inclinations were demonstrated early on when, as a small child, he disappeared in a department store and was eventually found in the manager’s office playing with an adding machine.

While he has since learned to do what he’s told when shopping with his mother (and his wife), he’s never lost his passion for making sure the numbers add up.

Connect with Adam Toporek ]]>
Adam Toporek is a customer service expert. Not only does he do keynotes and training on customer service, but he has lived it, and grew his family's and his own businesses by delivering great customer service. He gets customer service!

I met Adam last year at a National Speakers Association meeting, and we've been friends ever since. His common sense approach to customer service is refreshing for its simplicity and its honesty. I learn a ton about the right way to do customer service from reading Adam's blog, and listening to his podcast Crack the Customer Code, which is co-hosted by Jeannie Walters, one of the world's foremost experts on customer experience.

In this interview, we crack some customer codes, break down customer service, and share stories of great and not so great customer service.

More about Adam

They keep giving Adam Toporek new titles: “Thought leader.” “Customer service expert.” “Customer experience influencer.”

But he is really just a guy who loves customer service and who spreads his message of Hero-Class®service through engaging keynote speeches, high-energy training workshops, and informative writing.

Adam’s business inclinations were demonstrated early on when, as a small child, he disappeared in a department store and was eventually found in the manager’s office playing with an adding machine.

While he has since learned to do what he’s told when shopping with his mother (and his wife), he’s never lost his passion for making sure the numbers add up.

Connect with Adam Toporek ]]>
<![CDATA[Gary Wondrash - On coaching, basketball and the value of hard work]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:57:29 GMT 31:14 no For those who don't know my background, I grew up in Crivitz, Wisconsin, a rural town of 996 people in northeastern Wisconsin. I wasn't the fastest kid, or the smartest kid, or the most athletic kid. In 7th grade, I was one of the worst basketball players on the team. I had generic shoes the other kids called "G-Didas" for generic Adidas shoes. They were Win Streaks, and they were all we could afford. 

I didn't believe in myself - at all - in 7th grade basketball. To say I sucked was an understatement. I played 5 minutes a game, if that, and I don't think I scored any points. 8th grade was a little better, and Coach Nelson showed me some sympathy and started me a few games. I averaged 6 points per game. I still had no confidence in my game or me.

It took me until freshman year when I really thought I could be a decent ball player. We practiced hard, harder than I ever had before, and I worked my butt off, in large part because of the belief of my coach, Gary Wondrash. I still believe in myself, and much of that started with Gary's belief in me first. He was a great coach, and I still use his coaching philosophies in how I lead and how I live.

Work hard. Practice hard. Hustle. Don't be afraid to do the hard work. Focus on your fundamentals. Keep improving a little bit more, every day. Learn from your mistakes. Be a good sport. Smile. Sing in the shower.

Easy for him to say. He was the coach. He was my stud coach. He could hit 10 free throws in a row. Heck, he could hit 50 free throws in a row. To say Gary was someone I wanted to be like would be a gross understatement. 

But I didn't know his back story, until we had this conversation.

Growing up, Gary wasn't the fastest kid, wasn't the smartest kid, or the most athletic kid. By the time he got to my school as a teacher, he had been awarded all conference in basketball, had set school records that are still unbroken, and he'd impacted some kid's lives. 

In this conversation, Gary Wondrash shares his philosophies on basketball, life, and on the value of hard work. On how growing up as the hardest working player on the team helped him be better than his more naturally gifted teammates. 

This is one of my favorite conversations, and I hope you'll listen and learn from my mentor, my coach, and now, my friend, Gary Wondrash. He inspired me with this conversation, just like he inspired me my freshman year of basketball. 

More about Gary Wondrash
  • Gary is still a teacher, though not in my hometown. He also is a fitness coach, and teaches older adults the benefits of moving more and eating right.
  • Visit Gary Wondrash's website to learn more about his fitness coaching and a little more about him.
  • You can also check out the Tough Kid Challenge, something Gary spearheaded, for kids in the Fox Valley area (in Wisconsin).
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For those who don't know my background, I grew up in Crivitz, Wisconsin, a rural town of 996 people in northeastern Wisconsin. I wasn't the fastest kid, or the smartest kid, or the most athletic kid. In 7th grade, I was one of the worst basketball players on the team. I had generic shoes the other kids called "G-Didas" for generic Adidas shoes. They were Win Streaks, and they were all we could afford. 

I didn't believe in myself - at all - in 7th grade basketball. To say I sucked was an understatement. I played 5 minutes a game, if that, and I don't think I scored any points. 8th grade was a little better, and Coach Nelson showed me some sympathy and started me a few games. I averaged 6 points per game. I still had no confidence in my game or me.

It took me until freshman year when I really thought I could be a decent ball player. We practiced hard, harder than I ever had before, and I worked my butt off, in large part because of the belief of my coach, Gary Wondrash. I still believe in myself, and much of that started with Gary's belief in me first. He was a great coach, and I still use his coaching philosophies in how I lead and how I live.

Work hard. Practice hard. Hustle. Don't be afraid to do the hard work. Focus on your fundamentals. Keep improving a little bit more, every day. Learn from your mistakes. Be a good sport. Smile. Sing in the shower.

Easy for him to say. He was the coach. He was my stud coach. He could hit 10 free throws in a row. Heck, he could hit 50 free throws in a row. To say Gary was someone I wanted to be like would be a gross understatement. 

But I didn't know his back story, until we had this conversation.

Growing up, Gary wasn't the fastest kid, wasn't the smartest kid, or the most athletic kid. By the time he got to my school as a teacher, he had been awarded all conference in basketball, had set school records that are still unbroken, and he'd impacted some kid's lives. 

In this conversation, Gary Wondrash shares his philosophies on basketball, life, and on the value of hard work. On how growing up as the hardest working player on the team helped him be better than his more naturally gifted teammates. 

This is one of my favorite conversations, and I hope you'll listen and learn from my mentor, my coach, and now, my friend, Gary Wondrash. He inspired me with this conversation, just like he inspired me my freshman year of basketball. 

More about Gary Wondrash
  • Gary is still a teacher, though not in my hometown. He also is a fitness coach, and teaches older adults the benefits of moving more and eating right.
  • Visit Gary Wondrash's website to learn more about his fitness coaching and a little more about him.
  • You can also check out the Tough Kid Challenge, something Gary spearheaded, for kids in the Fox Valley area (in Wisconsin).
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<![CDATA[David Boutin (@DMBoutin) - Twitter Marketing that Sells]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:58:41 GMT 22:21 no David Boutin is one of the first people I met when I moved to Tampa. I noticed him on Twitter, and reached out to him. He hesitantly agreed to meet with me, and we've been friends ever since. 

David is a Georgia Bulldog football fan, a husband, and a Twitter chat guru. I learn a lot from David's writing, and from watching what he does on Twitter. Recently David co-authored the book Twitter Marketing that Sells with Mike Kawula, and they work together at The Social Quant. 

David and I talk about all things Twitter, why he was hesitant to meet me (and how the way we met helped him get an awesome job) Tampa life, and more in this informative interview.

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David Boutin is one of the first people I met when I moved to Tampa. I noticed him on Twitter, and reached out to him. He hesitantly agreed to meet with me, and we've been friends ever since. 

David is a Georgia Bulldog football fan, a husband, and a Twitter chat guru. I learn a lot from David's writing, and from watching what he does on Twitter. Recently David co-authored the book Twitter Marketing that Sells with Mike Kawula, and they work together at The Social Quant. 

David and I talk about all things Twitter, why he was hesitant to meet me (and how the way we met helped him get an awesome job) Tampa life, and more in this informative interview.

Connect more with David Boutin ]]>
<![CDATA[Brandon Elliott - on being a male nurse and running a SMART Program]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:43:40 GMT 26:10 no  

One might wonder what chicken wings, sports announcing, nursing, parenting, entrepreneurship, and admissions have in common. If you don't know, then you haven't met Brandon Elliott. I met Brandon several years ago at a speaking engagement I had, and we have been connected ever since.

In this conversation, Brandon and I talk about being a male nurse, how he's overcome discrimination in his work and in his life, how he makes a difference teaching social media to kids in his S.M.A.R.T. program (S.M.A.R.T. stands for Social Media Awareness & Responsibility Training), sports, and a whole lot more. 

More about Brandon Elliott

As a graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph Brandon earned his nursing degree while playing football. He was a captain on their undefeated team in 2004 as well.  Brandon worked in the hospital setting before finding his niche in long term care.  He became a director of nursing services by the age of 26 and is currently known in the Cincinnati marketplace as the nurse liaison for Oak Pavilion nursing center. As a nurse liaison Brandon has become known as a straightforward, responsive professional to the discharge planners in all the area hospitals. He is also using his nursing platform to speak with teenagers about the healthcare field and the wonderful field of nursing.

Here is where chicken wings come in. Brandon's in-laws run a local watering hole, which he takes his turn working.

It is a great place for him to catch up with friends while watching his beloved Bengals and Reds.

Speaking of spare time, Brandon seems to pack a lot into a little. As a graduate and student athlete at Purcell Marian high school here in Cincinnati, Brandon supports his alma mater in several ways. He is a mentor to many of the African-American athletes starting at their first day of school. The most notable role is that of Internet broadcaster for the athletic contests at Purcell Marian.

Brandon proudly represents both The National Black Nurses Association and The American Assembly for Men in Nursing.  His spearheading of the annual fundraiser event has made it possible for more scholarships to be awarded for thriving students.  He has recently been named the Chair for Social Media/Technology for the National Chapter.  It was not a surprise to see Brandon listed as a recipient of the 1st Annual NBNA “Under 40” award!

Brandon is also the co-founder and CEO of the social media awareness and responsibility training (SMART) program. This non-profit organization was created with his best friend after seeing several student-athletes lose out on scholarships and opportunities because of their social media image and brand.  The SMART Program’s mission is to teach students to teach students to use social media in a mature, savvy way, for the purpose of creating a positive personal brand.  Our goal is to reach 1 million people by year 2020.  2016 has been great with 40 presentations in the books and over 20 scheduled for 2017!

The most important role that Brandon fills is that of father. Brandon is married to his high school sweetheart and has three very active and pretty daughters, Avery, Macy, and Laney.

Connect more with Brandon Elliott and his SMART program ]]>
 

One might wonder what chicken wings, sports announcing, nursing, parenting, entrepreneurship, and admissions have in common. If you don't know, then you haven't met Brandon Elliott. I met Brandon several years ago at a speaking engagement I had, and we have been connected ever since.

In this conversation, Brandon and I talk about being a male nurse, how he's overcome discrimination in his work and in his life, how he makes a difference teaching social media to kids in his S.M.A.R.T. program (S.M.A.R.T. stands for Social Media Awareness & Responsibility Training), sports, and a whole lot more. 

More about Brandon Elliott

As a graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph Brandon earned his nursing degree while playing football. He was a captain on their undefeated team in 2004 as well.  Brandon worked in the hospital setting before finding his niche in long term care.  He became a director of nursing services by the age of 26 and is currently known in the Cincinnati marketplace as the nurse liaison for Oak Pavilion nursing center. As a nurse liaison Brandon has become known as a straightforward, responsive professional to the discharge planners in all the area hospitals. He is also using his nursing platform to speak with teenagers about the healthcare field and the wonderful field of nursing.

Here is where chicken wings come in. Brandon's in-laws run a local watering hole, which he takes his turn working.

It is a great place for him to catch up with friends while watching his beloved Bengals and Reds.

Speaking of spare time, Brandon seems to pack a lot into a little. As a graduate and student athlete at Purcell Marian high school here in Cincinnati, Brandon supports his alma mater in several ways. He is a mentor to many of the African-American athletes starting at their first day of school. The most notable role is that of Internet broadcaster for the athletic contests at Purcell Marian.

Brandon proudly represents both The National Black Nurses Association and The American Assembly for Men in Nursing.  His spearheading of the annual fundraiser event has made it possible for more scholarships to be awarded for thriving students.  He has recently been named the Chair for Social Media/Technology for the National Chapter.  It was not a surprise to see Brandon listed as a recipient of the 1st Annual NBNA “Under 40” award!

Brandon is also the co-founder and CEO of the social media awareness and responsibility training (SMART) program. This non-profit organization was created with his best friend after seeing several student-athletes lose out on scholarships and opportunities because of their social media image and brand.  The SMART Program’s mission is to teach students to teach students to use social media in a mature, savvy way, for the purpose of creating a positive personal brand.  Our goal is to reach 1 million people by year 2020.  2016 has been great with 40 presentations in the books and over 20 scheduled for 2017!

The most important role that Brandon fills is that of father. Brandon is married to his high school sweetheart and has three very active and pretty daughters, Avery, Macy, and Laney.

Connect more with Brandon Elliott and his SMART program ]]>
<![CDATA[Sales Intelligence and Reputation Management - Sam Richter]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:02:13 GMT 24:59 no Does posting about things like politics that polarize people make business sense? Sam Richter certainly has an opinion on this - and he has proof to back it up based on conversations he's had with event planners.

Sam Richter is an expert in sales intelligence and reputation management - so not only does he have anecdotal evidence on this - he's done the research to make this work. 

In this conversation, Sam and I talk about statistics, reputation management, and much more.

Connect with Sam Richter The best place to connect with Sam Richter is at his website, where he has all his intelligence tools and more.]]>
Does posting about things like politics that polarize people make business sense? Sam Richter certainly has an opinion on this - and he has proof to back it up based on conversations he's had with event planners.

Sam Richter is an expert in sales intelligence and reputation management - so not only does he have anecdotal evidence on this - he's done the research to make this work. 

In this conversation, Sam and I talk about statistics, reputation management, and much more.

Connect with Sam Richter The best place to connect with Sam Richter is at his website, where he has all his intelligence tools and more.]]>
<![CDATA[Robb Ellicson - On Karaoke, Trivia and Business]]> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:35:31 GMT 30:20 no One of my favorite things to do is karaoke. I'm not a good singer, but I'm very enthusiastic. Some of my best conference memories are of doing karaoke, and I've even done live band karaoke. So much fun! As I've done this so many times, I've seen good hosts, and bad hosts. I have a ton of respect for those who are really good at being the karaoke meister, the person who helps everyone have fun and cues up the music we sing, and who also sings to fill in the dead air when nobody wants to sing.

The best karaoke meister I've seen is Robb Ellicson. He's just got what it takes to be great. And he's a terrific business person, who markets multiple businesses in addition to his karaoke business. In our conversations, I've learned a lot from him, so it's fun that I get to share him with you.

Connect with Robb Ellicson

If you're in Milwaukee, check out one of his shows. And connect with Robb even more at http://www.spinndoctors.net/

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One of my favorite things to do is karaoke. I'm not a good singer, but I'm very enthusiastic. Some of my best conference memories are of doing karaoke, and I've even done live band karaoke. So much fun! As I've done this so many times, I've seen good hosts, and bad hosts. I have a ton of respect for those who are really good at being the karaoke meister, the person who helps everyone have fun and cues up the music we sing, and who also sings to fill in the dead air when nobody wants to sing.

The best karaoke meister I've seen is Robb Ellicson. He's just got what it takes to be great. And he's a terrific business person, who markets multiple businesses in addition to his karaoke business. In our conversations, I've learned a lot from him, so it's fun that I get to share him with you.

Connect with Robb Ellicson

If you're in Milwaukee, check out one of his shows. And connect with Robb even more at http://www.spinndoctors.net/

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<![CDATA[Hugh Briss aka Charles Lerette on Branding, Social Media and Photography]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:24:29 GMT 44:57 no Charles Lerette aka Hugh Briss is a social media pioneer. He was the first person I remember making social media graphics, nearly 10 years ago now. He's still the first person I look to for guidance on for the right way to use imagery for social media.

With my recent move to Florida, I actually got to spend a day with Hugh, and learned he is even smarter than I realized - and that's saying something. He's a savvy business owner who teaches himself new skills to remain relevant in his niche. Whether it's photography, where he got his degree, creating social media headers, or video, Charles is a smart guy. 

Yes, his real name is Charles Lerette. You'll find him online as a photographer with that name, and all his social media identity information online as Hugh Briss. We'll talk about why he did that and so much more in this conversation.

More about Charles Lerette aka Hugh Briss

All aspects of your online presence matter, and Charles can help you with them all. He's taken my headshots, done my logo, designed my podcast art, my social media header graphics, and even does print layout. He's been doing graphic design for longer than most people have even thought about graphic design, and he has a great eye for taking a concept from idea to execution, fast. 

Learn from Hugh Briss

Social Identities - the portal into all things social with Hugh

Lerette.com - need good photography taken, or an image cleaned up? He does it all, here

Hugh Briss / Social Identities on Facebook - This is where I get the majority of my social imagery information, super relevant

Social Media Masterminds Facebook Group - Got questions about social media? This group will help you. I hang out here and learn a TON from the people inside. Definitely speeds up answering any questions I have about social media because of the experts who pay to be part of this terrific group.

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Charles Lerette aka Hugh Briss is a social media pioneer. He was the first person I remember making social media graphics, nearly 10 years ago now. He's still the first person I look to for guidance on for the right way to use imagery for social media.

With my recent move to Florida, I actually got to spend a day with Hugh, and learned he is even smarter than I realized - and that's saying something. He's a savvy business owner who teaches himself new skills to remain relevant in his niche. Whether it's photography, where he got his degree, creating social media headers, or video, Charles is a smart guy. 

Yes, his real name is Charles Lerette. You'll find him online as a photographer with that name, and all his social media identity information online as Hugh Briss. We'll talk about why he did that and so much more in this conversation.

More about Charles Lerette aka Hugh Briss

All aspects of your online presence matter, and Charles can help you with them all. He's taken my headshots, done my logo, designed my podcast art, my social media header graphics, and even does print layout. He's been doing graphic design for longer than most people have even thought about graphic design, and he has a great eye for taking a concept from idea to execution, fast. 

Learn from Hugh Briss

Social Identities - the portal into all things social with Hugh

Lerette.com - need good photography taken, or an image cleaned up? He does it all, here

Hugh Briss / Social Identities on Facebook - This is where I get the majority of my social imagery information, super relevant

Social Media Masterminds Facebook Group - Got questions about social media? This group will help you. I hang out here and learn a TON from the people inside. Definitely speeds up answering any questions I have about social media because of the experts who pay to be part of this terrific group.

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<![CDATA[Scott Monty - On Marketing, Sherlock and Podcasting]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:00:00 GMT 36:21 no Scott Monty and I first "met" as a contributors to The Age of Conversation series in which hundreds of bloggers wrote a page or two about marketing, compiled it into a book, and gave the proceeds to charity, many years ago. In 2015, Scott and I got to solidify our friendship by meeting at a Social Media Club event in Dallas. In between, Scott worked with Ford to take them from recession to relevance with some of the most interesting marketing that moved the needle. 

Scott is also a man who can rock a bow tie. Seriously well. When I think of Scott, I think of that signature bow tie, which is his logo now as well as how he dresses. Super cool!

In this conversation, we talk about all of Scott's passions: marketing, Sherlock Holmes (he runs the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website and podcast), and podcasting. The time went too fast for us, and I know it will for you too.

More about Scott and connect with him

Scott Monty is an internationally recognized leader in digital communications, digital transformation, social media and marketing. As CEO and co-managing partner of Brain+Trust Partners, he addresses and advises businesses and groups about the power of humanity in business, particularly through digital transformation and strategy. Scott spent six years as an executive at Ford Motor Company, as a strategic adviser on crisis communications, influencer relations, marketing, customer service, innovative product launches and more. He also has a another decade and a half of experience in communications and marketing agencies. Scott's clients have included Walmart, IBM, Reebok, Coca-Cola, and Google, and The Economist ranked him as #1 atop the list of 25 Social Business Leaders. He most recently ran Scott Monty Strategies. He is a board member of the American Marketing Association and an adviser for a number of Silicon Valley companies. He writes about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing and leadership at ScottMonty.com, and edits and produces the widely acclaimed weekly newsletter and podcast The Full Monty.

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Scott Monty and I first "met" as a contributors to The Age of Conversation series in which hundreds of bloggers wrote a page or two about marketing, compiled it into a book, and gave the proceeds to charity, many years ago. In 2015, Scott and I got to solidify our friendship by meeting at a Social Media Club event in Dallas. In between, Scott worked with Ford to take them from recession to relevance with some of the most interesting marketing that moved the needle. 

Scott is also a man who can rock a bow tie. Seriously well. When I think of Scott, I think of that signature bow tie, which is his logo now as well as how he dresses. Super cool!

In this conversation, we talk about all of Scott's passions: marketing, Sherlock Holmes (he runs the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website and podcast), and podcasting. The time went too fast for us, and I know it will for you too.

More about Scott and connect with him

Scott Monty is an internationally recognized leader in digital communications, digital transformation, social media and marketing. As CEO and co-managing partner of Brain+Trust Partners, he addresses and advises businesses and groups about the power of humanity in business, particularly through digital transformation and strategy. Scott spent six years as an executive at Ford Motor Company, as a strategic adviser on crisis communications, influencer relations, marketing, customer service, innovative product launches and more. He also has a another decade and a half of experience in communications and marketing agencies. Scott's clients have included Walmart, IBM, Reebok, Coca-Cola, and Google, and The Economist ranked him as #1 atop the list of 25 Social Business Leaders. He most recently ran Scott Monty Strategies. He is a board member of the American Marketing Association and an adviser for a number of Silicon Valley companies. He writes about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing and leadership at ScottMonty.com, and edits and produces the widely acclaimed weekly newsletter and podcast The Full Monty.

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<![CDATA[Amy Franko - on Sales, Leadership and Fun]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:59:46 GMT 43:09 no I met Amy Franko on now defunct #SocialLeader Twitter chat and was impressed by her ability to quickly synthesize leadership topics into tweets. We decided to swap our leadership and sales thoughts in a few Skype conversations. I quickly realized Amy had a lot of useful information to share that could benefit you, so I finally recorded one of our conversations. 

More about Amy Franko

Amy Franko drives results for organizations by elevating their most important asset—their people. Her firm, Impact Instruction Group, works with technology companies and professional services firms to design and deliver leadership development and strategic selling programs.

Amy’s experience within large global organizations, such as IBM and Lenovo, has shaped her skills as a futuristic thinker and leader. She brings new perspectives to her clients, with a sharp focus on achieving strategic goals.

Known for her dynamic and engaging style, Amy is a sought-after speaker on the topic of leadership development and strategic selling, having delivered her powerful messages across the country. Her expertise is widely shared on social networks, and in respected publications such as Chief Learning Officer, TD Magazine, Training Industry, Training Magazine, Columbus CEO, and Smart Business. She is a certified training partner through IMPAX Corporation.

Connect more with Amy Franko ]]>
I met Amy Franko on now defunct #SocialLeader Twitter chat and was impressed by her ability to quickly synthesize leadership topics into tweets. We decided to swap our leadership and sales thoughts in a few Skype conversations. I quickly realized Amy had a lot of useful information to share that could benefit you, so I finally recorded one of our conversations. 

More about Amy Franko

Amy Franko drives results for organizations by elevating their most important asset—their people. Her firm, Impact Instruction Group, works with technology companies and professional services firms to design and deliver leadership development and strategic selling programs.

Amy’s experience within large global organizations, such as IBM and Lenovo, has shaped her skills as a futuristic thinker and leader. She brings new perspectives to her clients, with a sharp focus on achieving strategic goals.

Known for her dynamic and engaging style, Amy is a sought-after speaker on the topic of leadership development and strategic selling, having delivered her powerful messages across the country. Her expertise is widely shared on social networks, and in respected publications such as Chief Learning Officer, TD Magazine, Training Industry, Training Magazine, Columbus CEO, and Smart Business. She is a certified training partner through IMPAX Corporation.

Connect more with Amy Franko ]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Hunter - High Profit Prospecting]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:58:59 GMT 37:11 no Mark Hunter is known as The Sales Hunter. Yes, Hunter is his real last name, and sales is really his game. I learn so much from Mark every time we connect, every time I read his articles, and especially when I read his books. His latest is called High Profit Prospecting and if you're in sales, you won't want to miss it.

In this conversation, Mark and I laugh a lot as we share insights on sales and leadership you won't get from anyone else. His tip on how to use LinkedIn strategically to get to the C suite is outstanding. 

This episode is worth the listen even if you're not in sales, because Mark shares how sales and leadership are really the same thing, and how you can lead better by selling better.

Connect more with Mark Hunter ]]>
Mark Hunter is known as The Sales Hunter. Yes, Hunter is his real last name, and sales is really his game. I learn so much from Mark every time we connect, every time I read his articles, and especially when I read his books. His latest is called High Profit Prospecting and if you're in sales, you won't want to miss it.

In this conversation, Mark and I laugh a lot as we share insights on sales and leadership you won't get from anyone else. His tip on how to use LinkedIn strategically to get to the C suite is outstanding. 

This episode is worth the listen even if you're not in sales, because Mark shares how sales and leadership are really the same thing, and how you can lead better by selling better.

Connect more with Mark Hunter ]]>
<![CDATA[Chip Lutz - On Leadership, the Navy, and Humor]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:26:34 GMT 34:27 no This episode, I get to talk to someone who I love, have great respect for, and who makes me laugh, all while teaching me something new about life and leadership. It's none other than Chip Lutz, the Unconventional Leader.

I met Chip several years back at the National Speakers Association chapter in Wisconsin, and we have been friends ever since. We've shared a room at convention, he's gotten his certified speaking professional, I moved away to Tampa, and we've kept bantering on lots of things.

What I love about Chip's leadership style is it really is unconventional. He admits there are no secrets to great leadership, and he focuses his message on looking at the common every day things in very uncommon ways. Chip served in the Navy and retired as an officer, after earning the rank of chief in the enlisted Navy. He is remarkable - and he will knock your socks off with his witty humorous ways of talking about leadership.

Chip is offering you a free copy of his book Leadership by the Numbers, just for signing up for his newsletter at UnconventionalLeader.com, where he shares his unconventional look at leadership each and every month.

Enjoy this episode about unconventional leadership, serving in the Navy, and using humor. 

Connect more with Chip Lutz ]]>
This episode, I get to talk to someone who I love, have great respect for, and who makes me laugh, all while teaching me something new about life and leadership. It's none other than Chip Lutz, the Unconventional Leader.

I met Chip several years back at the National Speakers Association chapter in Wisconsin, and we have been friends ever since. We've shared a room at convention, he's gotten his certified speaking professional, I moved away to Tampa, and we've kept bantering on lots of things.

What I love about Chip's leadership style is it really is unconventional. He admits there are no secrets to great leadership, and he focuses his message on looking at the common every day things in very uncommon ways. Chip served in the Navy and retired as an officer, after earning the rank of chief in the enlisted Navy. He is remarkable - and he will knock your socks off with his witty humorous ways of talking about leadership.

Chip is offering you a free copy of his book Leadership by the Numbers, just for signing up for his newsletter at UnconventionalLeader.com, where he shares his unconventional look at leadership each and every month.

Enjoy this episode about unconventional leadership, serving in the Navy, and using humor. 

Connect more with Chip Lutz ]]>
<![CDATA[Peter Stark - Why Leaders Fail]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:57:05 GMT 33:16 no Leadership is the topic du jour, and few people know it as well as Peter Barron Stark. I've been fortunate enough to spend time with Peter at several National Speaker's Association conferences, and his quietly insightful way of sharing things always leaves me smarter, and wanting more time with him. He is the co-author of Why Leaders Fail with past guest Mary Kelly, which you can listen to here, as well as The Only Leadership Book You'll Ever Need: How to Build Organizations Where Employees Love to Come to Work and coming in 2017, The Only Negotiation Guide You'll Ever Need:101 Ways to Win Every Time, in Every Situation

To say I got to converse with a master of leadership is an understatement. Peter is straight to the point, with actionable insights, and shares things we can all do to be a better leader. 

What I like best about Peter is though he has probably forgotten more about leadership than most will ever hope to know, he is humble and willing to learn from others, as evidenced by his company, and the fact that many of his books have a co-author, which takes his work to another level. 

About Peter Barron Stark

Peter Barron Stark, President of Peter Barron Stark Companies, is a consultant, coach, speaker, author and co-creator of The Manager’s Toolkit. Peter is one of only a handful of speakers to hold the prestigious dual designation of Accredited Speaker from Toastmaster’s International and the Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speaker’s Association.

Over the past twenty years, organizations around the world have called upon Peter to transform their cultures and maximize the effectiveness of their leaders. He has coached more than 400 executives, managers and supervisors on the art of leading people. Peter specializes in helping leaders improve their communication skills, build stronger relationships, hold direct reports accountable and build a reputation for delivering superior results.

He has been published worldwide in over 300 articles, has written ten books, and created The Manager’s Toolkit, a subscription-based website to help turn managers into leaders. Peter’s expertise has been featured by American Executive, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, Inc.com and USA Today.

Connect with Peter Barron Stark ]]>
Leadership is the topic du jour, and few people know it as well as Peter Barron Stark. I've been fortunate enough to spend time with Peter at several National Speaker's Association conferences, and his quietly insightful way of sharing things always leaves me smarter, and wanting more time with him. He is the co-author of Why Leaders Fail with past guest Mary Kelly, which you can listen to here, as well as The Only Leadership Book You'll Ever Need: How to Build Organizations Where Employees Love to Come to Work and coming in 2017, The Only Negotiation Guide You'll Ever Need:101 Ways to Win Every Time, in Every Situation

To say I got to converse with a master of leadership is an understatement. Peter is straight to the point, with actionable insights, and shares things we can all do to be a better leader. 

What I like best about Peter is though he has probably forgotten more about leadership than most will ever hope to know, he is humble and willing to learn from others, as evidenced by his company, and the fact that many of his books have a co-author, which takes his work to another level. 

About Peter Barron Stark

Peter Barron Stark, President of Peter Barron Stark Companies, is a consultant, coach, speaker, author and co-creator of The Manager’s Toolkit. Peter is one of only a handful of speakers to hold the prestigious dual designation of Accredited Speaker from Toastmaster’s International and the Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speaker’s Association.

Over the past twenty years, organizations around the world have called upon Peter to transform their cultures and maximize the effectiveness of their leaders. He has coached more than 400 executives, managers and supervisors on the art of leading people. Peter specializes in helping leaders improve their communication skills, build stronger relationships, hold direct reports accountable and build a reputation for delivering superior results.

He has been published worldwide in over 300 articles, has written ten books, and created The Manager’s Toolkit, a subscription-based website to help turn managers into leaders. Peter’s expertise has been featured by American Executive, Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, Inc.com and USA Today.

Connect with Peter Barron Stark ]]>
<![CDATA[Stacy Nadeau on Networking, Girlfriend Poker and Building an Esteem Team]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:22:14 GMT 32:13 no How does someone accidentally get famous? When they show up on a billboard - in Times Square - in her underwear. 

If that's all she did, Stacy Nadeau would be worth talking to. 

What if I told you that's barely scratching the surface. That Stacy Nadeau is all about building OTHERS up, having a support system, and how to build your own supportive network if you don't have one in your family or existing network.  

And though you wouldn't guess it, this is the FIRST ever podcast Stacy has ever done. Give it a listen, and you'll figure out how you can make a difference with your own image, whether you're male or female, tall or short, skinny or not so skinny. Stacy calls this your "Esteem Team" and you can use this in your business and your life.

She also provides some great insights into networking, body image, and why she hired a direct competitor to be her business coach.

And a bunch more than that!

About Stacy Nadeau

In the summer of 2005, six women made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. While other nearby billboards features actresses and supermodels, this one, promoting Dove brand products, promoted real women with real curves and the nation went wild. Dove’s mission was “to make more women feel beautiful every day by widening the stereotypical theme of beauty and by inspiring women to take great care of themselves.”

Suddenly, Stacy, an industrial organizational psychology major at DePaul University, was thrust into the national spotlight. As one of the real women featured in the ad campaign, Stacy quickly emerged as a spokeswoman for healthy body image. She appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Tyra, and Oprah (twice).

Since then Stacy has committed her life and career to helping women feel great about themselves. Stacy lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Tim and pup, Dyson. She works full-time as a speaker, consultant, and coach to empower women everywhere.

Connect with Stacy Nadeau ]]>
How does someone accidentally get famous? When they show up on a billboard - in Times Square - in her underwear. 

If that's all she did, Stacy Nadeau would be worth talking to. 

What if I told you that's barely scratching the surface. That Stacy Nadeau is all about building OTHERS up, having a support system, and how to build your own supportive network if you don't have one in your family or existing network.  

And though you wouldn't guess it, this is the FIRST ever podcast Stacy has ever done. Give it a listen, and you'll figure out how you can make a difference with your own image, whether you're male or female, tall or short, skinny or not so skinny. Stacy calls this your "Esteem Team" and you can use this in your business and your life.

She also provides some great insights into networking, body image, and why she hired a direct competitor to be her business coach.

And a bunch more than that!

About Stacy Nadeau

In the summer of 2005, six women made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. While other nearby billboards features actresses and supermodels, this one, promoting Dove brand products, promoted real women with real curves and the nation went wild. Dove’s mission was “to make more women feel beautiful every day by widening the stereotypical theme of beauty and by inspiring women to take great care of themselves.”

Suddenly, Stacy, an industrial organizational psychology major at DePaul University, was thrust into the national spotlight. As one of the real women featured in the ad campaign, Stacy quickly emerged as a spokeswoman for healthy body image. She appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Tyra, and Oprah (twice).

Since then Stacy has committed her life and career to helping women feel great about themselves. Stacy lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Tim and pup, Dyson. She works full-time as a speaker, consultant, and coach to empower women everywhere.

Connect with Stacy Nadeau ]]>
<![CDATA[Bruce Weinstein - The Ethics Guy]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:44:45 GMT 40:35 no Bruce Weinstein is a fellow speaker, a member of the National Speakers Association. He's also the guy I go to when I have a question about ethics. He has a PhD, and he lives in New York City.

In this episode, we talk about ethics, and character, and music. And we laugh some. And we share things that can help your business.

About Bruce Weinstein

Through his high-content, engaging, and interactive keynotes, workshops, and webinars, Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy®, works with organizations that want to do the right thing every time and that know the key to their success is the high character of their employees.

Bruce writes about ethics, character, and leadership for FORTUNE, and his signature presentations include:

  • The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees
  • Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Making the Best Decisions at Work and Beyond
  • To Yell the Truth!™ A Fast-Paced, High-Energy Ethics Game Show Based on YOUR Organization’s Values and Code of Conduct
  • Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught? How Smart Students, Teachers, and Parents Make the Right Decisions (Almost) Every Time
Connect with Bruce ]]>
Bruce Weinstein is a fellow speaker, a member of the National Speakers Association. He's also the guy I go to when I have a question about ethics. He has a PhD, and he lives in New York City.

In this episode, we talk about ethics, and character, and music. And we laugh some. And we share things that can help your business.

About Bruce Weinstein

Through his high-content, engaging, and interactive keynotes, workshops, and webinars, Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy®, works with organizations that want to do the right thing every time and that know the key to their success is the high character of their employees.

Bruce writes about ethics, character, and leadership for FORTUNE, and his signature presentations include:

  • The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees
  • Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Making the Best Decisions at Work and Beyond
  • To Yell the Truth!™ A Fast-Paced, High-Energy Ethics Game Show Based on YOUR Organization’s Values and Code of Conduct
  • Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught? How Smart Students, Teachers, and Parents Make the Right Decisions (Almost) Every Time
Connect with Bruce ]]>
<![CDATA[Lee Constantine - Publishizer]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:15:46 GMT 22:11 no Lee Constantine has an interesting model with Publishizer: It's one part Kickstarter, one part independent publisher, and all parts making sure you can actually sell your book before you publish it.

I normally don't do episodes where I just talk about a product or service, but this is special. If you are thinking about self publishing or even traditional publishing your book, check these guys out first.

And no, I don't get anything from sharing this. Except for I get to be really happy if this helps you make more money (or not lose money) publishing your book. 

I asked Lee about how this got started, what the downsides might be, and more about how this works. I left this interview very impressed, to say the least, and I am seriously considering using this for a future book project.

3 Steps - How Publishizer Works

Submit a 1000 word proposal

A book proposal explains your book to readers and publishers. Be guided step-by-step through using our book proposal template.

Launch a 45 day pre-orders campaign

Needless to say, more pre-orders results in more interested publishers! At 500 pre-orders, your proposal is queried to traditional publishers.

Reply to interested publishers directly

Interested publishers message you, and you’ll receive a range of offers. Select the best publisher for you, and claim your funds via PayPal.

Connect with Publishizer

Go to the Publishizer website. Look around. If you're thinking about publishing a book in the future, it is worth your time to see if this is for you.

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Lee Constantine has an interesting model with Publishizer: It's one part Kickstarter, one part independent publisher, and all parts making sure you can actually sell your book before you publish it.

I normally don't do episodes where I just talk about a product or service, but this is special. If you are thinking about self publishing or even traditional publishing your book, check these guys out first.

And no, I don't get anything from sharing this. Except for I get to be really happy if this helps you make more money (or not lose money) publishing your book. 

I asked Lee about how this got started, what the downsides might be, and more about how this works. I left this interview very impressed, to say the least, and I am seriously considering using this for a future book project.

3 Steps - How Publishizer Works

Submit a 1000 word proposal

A book proposal explains your book to readers and publishers. Be guided step-by-step through using our book proposal template.

Launch a 45 day pre-orders campaign

Needless to say, more pre-orders results in more interested publishers! At 500 pre-orders, your proposal is queried to traditional publishers.

Reply to interested publishers directly

Interested publishers message you, and you’ll receive a range of offers. Select the best publisher for you, and claim your funds via PayPal.

Connect with Publishizer

Go to the Publishizer website. Look around. If you're thinking about publishing a book in the future, it is worth your time to see if this is for you.

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<![CDATA[Pam Thomas - Values Blueprint, Love and Life]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:12:21 GMT 25:10 no Pam Thomas is one of the first people I met online, 10 years ago. We've hung out a few times in person too, and to say she is easy to learn from and be friends with is an understatement. She's coached me formally and informally a LOT over the past 10 years, and while she kicks my brain (and backside) with her straight shooting, no nonsense Pam-a-rama style, I never feel judged or like an idiot, which is not the case with every coach.

Her new program is all about values - and it is outstanding! I was a beta tester of it, and I learned a lot about myself and my business. 

In this conversation, Pam and I talk about values based blueprinting - and so much more - in a quick hitting and helpful conversation.

About Pam

As a certified coach and intuitive in practice since 2005, Pam loves helping people connect with their values and make transformational changes so they're no longer settling, frustrated, directionless, passionless or in pain. Pam helps people discover their WHY so their WHAT has more meaning.

Connect with Pam ]]>
Pam Thomas is one of the first people I met online, 10 years ago. We've hung out a few times in person too, and to say she is easy to learn from and be friends with is an understatement. She's coached me formally and informally a LOT over the past 10 years, and while she kicks my brain (and backside) with her straight shooting, no nonsense Pam-a-rama style, I never feel judged or like an idiot, which is not the case with every coach.

Her new program is all about values - and it is outstanding! I was a beta tester of it, and I learned a lot about myself and my business. 

In this conversation, Pam and I talk about values based blueprinting - and so much more - in a quick hitting and helpful conversation.

About Pam

As a certified coach and intuitive in practice since 2005, Pam loves helping people connect with their values and make transformational changes so they're no longer settling, frustrated, directionless, passionless or in pain. Pam helps people discover their WHY so their WHAT has more meaning.

Connect with Pam ]]>
<![CDATA[Michael F. Johnson - Kill the First Tiger]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:00:00 GMT 33:04 no Michael F. Johnson is an author, a podcaster, an expert in the book publishing world, and one of my favorite mentors. Each week, his podcast Common Sense Comments, makes me think about business in a new way, in 4 minutes or less. 

His book Kill the First Tiger is the fastest book I have ever read. Each chapter takes less than 3 minutes to read, though I encourage you to read and implement a chapter a time for your business.

This conversation is no different, though we go a little longer than his usual podcasts do.

About Michael F. Johnson

Michael is an author, a consultant and a speaker, offering businesses a common sense look at what's not working to better help them get going so they can do what does work. His insights are as brief as they need to be, though don't mistake that for a lack of depth on his expertise. Few people can be succinct, and get right to the heart of the matter. 

More from Michael F. Johnson ]]>
Michael F. Johnson is an author, a podcaster, an expert in the book publishing world, and one of my favorite mentors. Each week, his podcast Common Sense Comments, makes me think about business in a new way, in 4 minutes or less. 

His book Kill the First Tiger is the fastest book I have ever read. Each chapter takes less than 3 minutes to read, though I encourage you to read and implement a chapter a time for your business.

This conversation is no different, though we go a little longer than his usual podcasts do.

About Michael F. Johnson

Michael is an author, a consultant and a speaker, offering businesses a common sense look at what's not working to better help them get going so they can do what does work. His insights are as brief as they need to be, though don't mistake that for a lack of depth on his expertise. Few people can be succinct, and get right to the heart of the matter. 

More from Michael F. Johnson ]]>
<![CDATA[Bruce Turkel - All About Them]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:00 GMT 42:09 no Bruce Turkel is one of the smartest branding guys I know. He's a fellow member of the National Speakers Association, he plays a mean harmonica, and his books make me smarter - after they make me laugh.

His new book All About Them is another smash hit! It's a fast, entertaining read that will teach you something if you're not careful.

Bruce and I talked about his new book, customer service, branding, and so much more. You won't want to miss this conversation.

More about Bruce Turkel

Bruce Turkel has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands including Miami. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, Bacardi, Sol Melia Hotels, Azamara Club Cruises and many more great companies.

A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Communication Arts, and AdWeek.

Connect with Bruce Turkel ]]>
Bruce Turkel is one of the smartest branding guys I know. He's a fellow member of the National Speakers Association, he plays a mean harmonica, and his books make me smarter - after they make me laugh.

His new book All About Them is another smash hit! It's a fast, entertaining read that will teach you something if you're not careful.

Bruce and I talked about his new book, customer service, branding, and so much more. You won't want to miss this conversation.

More about Bruce Turkel

Bruce Turkel has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands including Miami. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, Bacardi, Sol Melia Hotels, Azamara Club Cruises and many more great companies.

A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Communication Arts, and AdWeek.

Connect with Bruce Turkel ]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Heidi Thorne - How to Network]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:00:00 GMT 29:10 no Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, is a business and marketing coach, speaker and author. She specializes in working with self employed speakers, coaches and consultants on writing and self publishing books and blogs to help build their brands, fans and expert status. Heidi is the author of 11 (and counting!) print business books and ebooks.

In this episode of Conversations with Phil, we talked about her latest book How to Network, which is a must read for any small business owner or person who needs a refresher on how to network in today's digital world.

Heidi and I met many years ago at SOBCon, the successful online business conference, and have kept in touch over the years. Heidi caught me up on all the cool stuff she's working on, and shared her secrets on how she was able to write 11 BOOKS, be a networking guru, pivot into new areas, and stay sane. 

Listen in and learn more.

More about Heidi Thorne ]]>
Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, is a business and marketing coach, speaker and author. She specializes in working with self employed speakers, coaches and consultants on writing and self publishing books and blogs to help build their brands, fans and expert status. Heidi is the author of 11 (and counting!) print business books and ebooks.

In this episode of Conversations with Phil, we talked about her latest book How to Network, which is a must read for any small business owner or person who needs a refresher on how to network in today's digital world.

Heidi and I met many years ago at SOBCon, the successful online business conference, and have kept in touch over the years. Heidi caught me up on all the cool stuff she's working on, and shared her secrets on how she was able to write 11 BOOKS, be a networking guru, pivot into new areas, and stay sane. 

Listen in and learn more.

More about Heidi Thorne ]]>
<![CDATA[Bernie Swain - What Made Me Who I Am]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:00:00 GMT 31:28 no Bernie Swain has one of the more interesting people I've interviewed. He quit his job to start a speaker's bureau, signed his first deal on a handshake, represented President Ronald Reagan - and now he's written a terrific book. 

In this conversation, we talk about taking the risk of starting an agency, how he was able to secure President Reagan as a client, and what's next in his world. We laughed, we shared stories, and Bernie gave us some terrific advice on how to become a success.

 

More about Bernie, from his about page:

Bernie Swain - founder of the pre-eminent lecture agency in the world, Washington Speakers Bureau - comes from simple, humble, and resilient stock.    

His mother, Patricia, grew up working on her parent’s farm, hunted, fished and yet loved to fly; she befriended Charles Lindbergh and other aviators of her time. Bernie’s father lived with his single mother, five sisters, one brother and numerous relatives in a tiny two-room house in one of the poorest mining towns in West Virginia; he spent part of his childhood in the local orphanage. 

The couple married and settled down in Arlington, VA, where Bernie and his brother grew up listening to New York Yankees games on the radio and idolizing Bernie’s hero, Mickey Mantle. 

Inspired by his high school football coach, Bernie planned on a career in college athletics.  He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from George Washington University. In the last few months of graduate work, he met his lifelong partner, Paula, a special education teacher.  The two of them started a family during Bernie’s five-year tenure as GW’s Assistant Athletic Director. 

At GW, Bernie created one of the first college athletic marketing programs in the country.  He also managed the baseball team; its performance was so strong that the team made it to the N.C.A.A tournament for the first time in 20 years.  By the time Bernie reached his early thirties, he was well-prepared to become GW’s Athletic Director upon his boss’s imminent retirement.

The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was President.  Headlines of the times consisted of the Iran hostage crisis, Three Mile Island’s nuclear accident, and Britain’s election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.  The Bee Gees were popular as was Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Tom Wolfe’s bestseller The Right Stuff, and Sony’s Walkman. 

“A friend’s half-serious note spurred us to abandon our careers and risk our family’s fortune on a preposterous idea.”   –Bernie

This was also the time when Bernie and Paula’s friend, Harry Rhoads, sent them the note that inspired all three of them to turn their lives upside down.  They quit their jobs to start a lecture agency—without experience, without a plan, and without a single client.   

“Bernie, you will never be truly happy until you control your own destiny.”  –Paula, 1979

The trio started Washington Speakers Bureau from a small supply closet belonging to Chuck Hagel, who would later become Secretary of Defense. For eighteen rocky months, they sat in that closet with their savings running out, unable to compete against the dozens of established agencies up and down the east coast.

“What have I done?”  –Bernie, 1980

Just then, Bernie got his first exclusive speaker, sealing the deal with a handshake. That handshake became a “defining moment” for their company as word spread in the small town of Washington. Their roster of speakers started to grow and their market share increased.

“You gain a certain confidence—and optimism—when you build a business yourself.” –Bernie, 1990

In just eight short years, WSB became the top agency in the world.  Then their growth and their reputation expanded.

Over the last thirty-five years, WSB has represented three US Presidents, four prime ministers of Great Britain, countless American and world leaders, business and economic visionaries, authors, media personalities, and sports legends. 

More from Bernie Swain

Buy What Made Me Who I Am

Visit Bernie's website

Check out Washington Speaker's Bureau

Follow Bernie on Twitter

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Bernie Swain has one of the more interesting people I've interviewed. He quit his job to start a speaker's bureau, signed his first deal on a handshake, represented President Ronald Reagan - and now he's written a terrific book. 

In this conversation, we talk about taking the risk of starting an agency, how he was able to secure President Reagan as a client, and what's next in his world. We laughed, we shared stories, and Bernie gave us some terrific advice on how to become a success.

 

More about Bernie, from his about page:

Bernie Swain - founder of the pre-eminent lecture agency in the world, Washington Speakers Bureau - comes from simple, humble, and resilient stock.    

His mother, Patricia, grew up working on her parent’s farm, hunted, fished and yet loved to fly; she befriended Charles Lindbergh and other aviators of her time. Bernie’s father lived with his single mother, five sisters, one brother and numerous relatives in a tiny two-room house in one of the poorest mining towns in West Virginia; he spent part of his childhood in the local orphanage. 

The couple married and settled down in Arlington, VA, where Bernie and his brother grew up listening to New York Yankees games on the radio and idolizing Bernie’s hero, Mickey Mantle. 

Inspired by his high school football coach, Bernie planned on a career in college athletics.  He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from George Washington University. In the last few months of graduate work, he met his lifelong partner, Paula, a special education teacher.  The two of them started a family during Bernie’s five-year tenure as GW’s Assistant Athletic Director. 

At GW, Bernie created one of the first college athletic marketing programs in the country.  He also managed the baseball team; its performance was so strong that the team made it to the N.C.A.A tournament for the first time in 20 years.  By the time Bernie reached his early thirties, he was well-prepared to become GW’s Athletic Director upon his boss’s imminent retirement.

The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was President.  Headlines of the times consisted of the Iran hostage crisis, Three Mile Island’s nuclear accident, and Britain’s election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.  The Bee Gees were popular as was Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Tom Wolfe’s bestseller The Right Stuff, and Sony’s Walkman. 

“A friend’s half-serious note spurred us to abandon our careers and risk our family’s fortune on a preposterous idea.”   –Bernie

This was also the time when Bernie and Paula’s friend, Harry Rhoads, sent them the note that inspired all three of them to turn their lives upside down.  They quit their jobs to start a lecture agency—without experience, without a plan, and without a single client.   

“Bernie, you will never be truly happy until you control your own destiny.”  –Paula, 1979

The trio started Washington Speakers Bureau from a small supply closet belonging to Chuck Hagel, who would later become Secretary of Defense. For eighteen rocky months, they sat in that closet with their savings running out, unable to compete against the dozens of established agencies up and down the east coast.

“What have I done?”  –Bernie, 1980

Just then, Bernie got his first exclusive speaker, sealing the deal with a handshake. That handshake became a “defining moment” for their company as word spread in the small town of Washington. Their roster of speakers started to grow and their market share increased.

“You gain a certain confidence—and optimism—when you build a business yourself.” –Bernie, 1990

In just eight short years, WSB became the top agency in the world.  Then their growth and their reputation expanded.

Over the last thirty-five years, WSB has represented three US Presidents, four prime ministers of Great Britain, countless American and world leaders, business and economic visionaries, authors, media personalities, and sports legends. 

More from Bernie Swain

Buy What Made Me Who I Am

Visit Bernie's website

Check out Washington Speaker's Bureau

Follow Bernie on Twitter

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<![CDATA[Jason Schenker - Electing Recession]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT 31:24 no Jason Schenker is one of Bloomberg's top forecasters. Since 2011, Bloomberg has named him a most accurate forecaster in 31 categories - including #1 in coffee price, which is cool because I love coffee.

Jason is also the author of several books, including Electing Recession, which is very timely with an election season in full swing here in the US.

Jason shares his insights into how he got his start making prediction, a little of how he makes predictions, and much more. It made for a very interesting episode.

Jason Schenker bio

In 2009, Jason Schenker founded Prestige Economics, a top-ranked financial market research firm that offers corporate and institutional clients a retainer service. Prestige Economics also performs management consulting and forecasting projects. Since 2010, Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker one of the most accurate "Bloomberg Best" financial market forecasters in the World in 31 different categories, including #1 in the World in 17 categories for his forecasts of economic indicators, foreign exchange rates, energy prices, industrial metals prices, and precious metals prices.  For over a decade, Mr. Schenker has been a Keynote Speaker and Presenter at conferences and an occasional Guest Host for Bloomberg Television, Guest Columnist for Bloomberg News, and Guest on CNBC. In 2012, Mr. Schenker authored the Amazon #1 Best Seller,Commodity Prices 101. In 2016, he authored the Amazon #1 Best Seller, Recession-Proof, and the Amazon #1 Best Seller, Electing Recession. Mr. Schenker holds multiple master's degrees and professional designations. He is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC), the only CEO based public policy research organization in Texas, which is limited to 125 members.

Connect with Jason Schenker ]]>
Jason Schenker is one of Bloomberg's top forecasters. Since 2011, Bloomberg has named him a most accurate forecaster in 31 categories - including #1 in coffee price, which is cool because I love coffee.

Jason is also the author of several books, including Electing Recession, which is very timely with an election season in full swing here in the US.

Jason shares his insights into how he got his start making prediction, a little of how he makes predictions, and much more. It made for a very interesting episode.

Jason Schenker bio

In 2009, Jason Schenker founded Prestige Economics, a top-ranked financial market research firm that offers corporate and institutional clients a retainer service. Prestige Economics also performs management consulting and forecasting projects. Since 2010, Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker one of the most accurate "Bloomberg Best" financial market forecasters in the World in 31 different categories, including #1 in the World in 17 categories for his forecasts of economic indicators, foreign exchange rates, energy prices, industrial metals prices, and precious metals prices.  For over a decade, Mr. Schenker has been a Keynote Speaker and Presenter at conferences and an occasional Guest Host for Bloomberg Television, Guest Columnist for Bloomberg News, and Guest on CNBC. In 2012, Mr. Schenker authored the Amazon #1 Best Seller,Commodity Prices 101. In 2016, he authored the Amazon #1 Best Seller, Recession-Proof, and the Amazon #1 Best Seller, Electing Recession. Mr. Schenker holds multiple master's degrees and professional designations. He is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC), the only CEO based public policy research organization in Texas, which is limited to 125 members.

Connect with Jason Schenker ]]>
<![CDATA[Bob Burg - The Go Giver Leader]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:30:00 GMT 27:56 no Bob regularly addresses audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President.

Although for years he was best known for his bookEndless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.

The Go-Giver, a The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Bestseller, has sold over 500,000 copies. Since its release it has consistently stayed in the top 25 on 800ceoread’s Business Book Bestsellers List. It has been translated into 21 languages and is Bob’s fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies.

Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.

He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic in Jupiter, Florida.

  The 5 keys of a Go Giver Leader are: 1. Don’t get it backwards: don’t start thinking you’re the deal. 2. Great leadership is never about the leader. 3. Great leadership is about holding people up. 4. The best way to increase your influence is to give it away. 5. The more you give, the more you have.   But Bob and I don't just talk about this book. We talk about sales and leadership, laughter and life, and it's a terrific chat I enjoyed so much.  Connect more with Bob Burg ]]>
Bob regularly addresses audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President.

Although for years he was best known for his bookEndless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.

The Go-Giver, a The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Bestseller, has sold over 500,000 copies. Since its release it has consistently stayed in the top 25 on 800ceoread’s Business Book Bestsellers List. It has been translated into 21 languages and is Bob’s fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies.

Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.

He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic in Jupiter, Florida.

  The 5 keys of a Go Giver Leader are: 1. Don’t get it backwards: don’t start thinking you’re the deal. 2. Great leadership is never about the leader. 3. Great leadership is about holding people up. 4. The best way to increase your influence is to give it away. 5. The more you give, the more you have.   But Bob and I don't just talk about this book. We talk about sales and leadership, laughter and life, and it's a terrific chat I enjoyed so much.  Connect more with Bob Burg ]]>
<![CDATA[Think Big Act Bigger with Jeffery Hayzlett]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:00:00 GMT 31:51 no Jeffrey Hayzlett is a super fun and interesting guy. The former CMO of Kodak, a best selling author, a podcast host, and a hall of fame speaker, Jeffrey is the real deal. He pulls no punches and shares a ton of his best insights in this interview about his best selling book Think Big Act Bigger. 

Jeffrey and I talk about how you can think big and act bigger, and about my favorite car salesman in Tampa, Jimmy Fuccillo, who is also a car salesman in New York. 

I don't remember laughing this hard - or learning this much - during an interview in a very long time. 

More from Jeffrey Hayzlett ]]>
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a super fun and interesting guy. The former CMO of Kodak, a best selling author, a podcast host, and a hall of fame speaker, Jeffrey is the real deal. He pulls no punches and shares a ton of his best insights in this interview about his best selling book Think Big Act Bigger. 

Jeffrey and I talk about how you can think big and act bigger, and about my favorite car salesman in Tampa, Jimmy Fuccillo, who is also a car salesman in New York. 

I don't remember laughing this hard - or learning this much - during an interview in a very long time. 

More from Jeffrey Hayzlett ]]>
<![CDATA[Ask Without Fear - Marc A. Pitman]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:00:00 GMT 33:24 no Many non-profits fail to raise the money they need for one reason: FEAR. Marc A. Pitman can help you overcome that! Marc is the Fundraising Coach who breaks it down and makes it simple for non-profits to ask WITHOUT fear. That's also the title of his best selling book, Ask Without Fear

In this episode, Marc shares how he got started wearing his bow tie, how to ask without fear, how to lead people, and so much more. We could have went several hours, and it was an insight filled interview I know you will enjoy.

More from Marc A. Pitman ]]>
Many non-profits fail to raise the money they need for one reason: FEAR. Marc A. Pitman can help you overcome that! Marc is the Fundraising Coach who breaks it down and makes it simple for non-profits to ask WITHOUT fear. That's also the title of his best selling book, Ask Without Fear

In this episode, Marc shares how he got started wearing his bow tie, how to ask without fear, how to lead people, and so much more. We could have went several hours, and it was an insight filled interview I know you will enjoy.

More from Marc A. Pitman ]]>
<![CDATA[Sean Glaze - 10 Commandments of Being a Winning Teammate]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT 37:51 no Sean Glaze is a very insightful leadership and team building expert. From his days coaching a high school team to now working with companies and organizations around the world, Sean has the experience to back up his work. I really enjoyed this conversation, as Sean and I went back and forth about a variety of leadership topics.

My favorite part is when Sean shared how he's learned from failure and how looking in the mirror helped him find his truth, as well as his best teammate.

You'll want to get a copy of his latest book 10 Commandments of Winning Teammates as well. 

The 10 Commandments of Winning Teammates tells the story of Nick Turner, a talented employee who finds himself changing jobs – again.   While packing to move, he finds an old piece of paper tucked away in a shoe box… a neglected gift from his high school coach that shares what it takes to be a winning teammate.     As he travels to his new job, he has a series of interesting interactions that illustrate the importance of the 10 commandments his coach had emphasized years earlier.  The ten lessons that Nick benefits from during his journey to his next job will inspire you to be a winning teammate – regardless of the industry you work in.   The book is easy to read at about 27,000 words long, and you can find more information about it on the book’s website, www.WinningTeammate.com.

Connect more with Sean Glaze ]]>
Sean Glaze is a very insightful leadership and team building expert. From his days coaching a high school team to now working with companies and organizations around the world, Sean has the experience to back up his work. I really enjoyed this conversation, as Sean and I went back and forth about a variety of leadership topics.

My favorite part is when Sean shared how he's learned from failure and how looking in the mirror helped him find his truth, as well as his best teammate.

You'll want to get a copy of his latest book 10 Commandments of Winning Teammates as well. 

The 10 Commandments of Winning Teammates tells the story of Nick Turner, a talented employee who finds himself changing jobs – again.   While packing to move, he finds an old piece of paper tucked away in a shoe box… a neglected gift from his high school coach that shares what it takes to be a winning teammate.     As he travels to his new job, he has a series of interesting interactions that illustrate the importance of the 10 commandments his coach had emphasized years earlier.  The ten lessons that Nick benefits from during his journey to his next job will inspire you to be a winning teammate – regardless of the industry you work in.   The book is easy to read at about 27,000 words long, and you can find more information about it on the book’s website, www.WinningTeammate.com.

Connect more with Sean Glaze ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Inspired, Learn about Live Video and More with Liz Nead]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT 31:18 no Someone who inspires me every day is Liz Nead. She is always up to something amazing, and is one of the most positive people I know. Liz was introduced to me by our friend Drew McLellan, and I am so grateful to know her and to be able to share her inspiring journey with you.

In this episode of Conversations with Phil, Liz shares her insights about the future of video, the truth about business, and so much more.

As a bonus for you, she’s also got an awesome way to finish your year strong with her 100 Day Challenge. It will help you get started on creating your great 2017 NOW!

Connect more with Liz Nead: ]]>
Someone who inspires me every day is Liz Nead. She is always up to something amazing, and is one of the most positive people I know. Liz was introduced to me by our friend Drew McLellan, and I am so grateful to know her and to be able to share her inspiring journey with you.

In this episode of Conversations with Phil, Liz shares her insights about the future of video, the truth about business, and so much more.

As a bonus for you, she’s also got an awesome way to finish your year strong with her 100 Day Challenge. It will help you get started on creating your great 2017 NOW!

Connect more with Liz Nead: ]]>
<![CDATA[Porn, Pleasure and Masturbation]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT 37:38 yes This episode is unlike any I've done before, and it turned out terrifically well. If talking about sex makes you uncomfortable, then this episode is especially for you. Especially if you're a woman.

I talked to Kit Murray Maloney, CEO of O'Actually. O’actually celebrates sexually stimulating content, products, and knowledge that focuses on enhancing and stimulating women’s sexual pleasure. The company is dedicated to changing the landscape of adult entertainment to prioritize women’s arousal by distributing new types of film, audio, visual arts, and literature. O’actually also shares sexual enhancement knowledge and recommends products that promote female pleasure.

Kit bared her soul (no pun intended) to talk honestly about the importance of women's orgasms, why masturbation is ok, and why porn and pleasure are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

On Porn, Masturbation and Pleasure

Phil: Welcome to the show Kit. Tell us why you started O’Actually.

Kit: We are here to remind women to owning their own pleasure that is often missed we are here to remind everyone involved that it is important.

There’s a real lack of awareness around women's pleasure, and most porn is made purposefully for men. It isn’t made for real life.

Phil: Are you telling me porn isn’t real life? Ha!

Kit: With the persuasiveness with porn in mainstream life it gets real muddled with entertainment and reality, with the age a young man first sees porn has dropped from 11 to 8. Adults can realize that porn isn’t reality but if you are introduced at a young age to sexuality through porn, you’ll wind up confused. Not to mention that porn is adult entertainment and made for men to enjoy alone and they are geared towards that stimulus. Because it’s all we have, it gets turned into education or that's thinking that’s what women's bodies are meant to look like.

Phil: How do we introduce that subject without it being that weird story of the stork or odd story of the birds and bees?

Kit: It does seem we have these extreme porn stories with sex and none of its real.  We need to be open and honest factual and truthful. We need to talk about pleasure and we need to be honored. Pleasure is this wildly missing word with sex educators. I’d like to ask my audience and yours for anyone that has used that word when talking about sex. That used the ‘p’ word.

Share this: Pleasure is this wildly missing word with sex educators. @KitMalo http://bit.ly/2cRWIxO

I’d like to celebrate anyone I really think they need to be honored and thanked for bringing that in. We really focus on prevention, prevention of disease, prevention pregnancy, what we don’t want to happen, we are lacking the potential the focus and exploration of all the great things of sex and sexuality.

Phil: How did you get introduced to this?

Kit: Back when I was 18 and I was about to go to college and I got affected by the rates of sexual assault on college campus knowing this was arena I wanted to be involved. I went to my college and I was I couldn't hold this negativity into and during this time I experienced my own sexual trauma that I only started sharing.  A couple of years ago I realized pleasure is completely missing from the conversation. Heal the trauma A space where we can we all be honest

Phil: Kit, what is your background?

Kit: I was Engaged in Social Activism for about 20 years, accidently picked up a women's study minor. I earned a masters in social economics and gender studies.  From there, I got involved with a few early stage businesses and startups.

Phil: You have a podcast. Tell us about that.

Kit: The podcast has been a gift and it combines the things that I intuitively love doing. And I love doing it and learn so much. I’ve had beautiful conversations and it’s been such a gift and I’ve taken it anywhere that I have had questions or been curious. There have been no taboo topics

Phil: Take us through the services that you provide and the products you sell.

Kit: Please keep checking out our site, we are about to have a lot more there it has to be highly curated. Which is hard.  And there’s some exciting stuff to come. There is a surprising amount of women who love to write erotica and I love to give them a space to contribute and to be present and active.

Phil: It’s not something people talk about.  Why do we think it’s such a taboo subject? 

Kit: We tell ourselves so many stories as a society and individuals. About sex. And I think we really put sex and women's sexuality into prude and whore dynamic and it’s really hard to navigate what’s in the middle where are the boundaries. And who am I? I don’t live up these clichés? I don’t live up these expectations of people with people who give themselves permission for sex

If you are going to call me a bad name or something, that usually has something to do with the other person than with me.

Phil: Why is it so challenging?

Kit: We are just so ingrained to never talk about masturbation or solo-sex. If we look at sitcoms there is an abnormal amount of jokes around male masturbation and none around about women. I have a great group of women friends and I would have said that we don’t have any taboo topics and then I realized we do have those taboo topics; we don’t talk about solo sex or adult entertainment.

When we create the space to listen and hear and be honest ourselves we are allowing others to give back to us in that same manner and that’s what I found with close with whether it be friends or family.

It’s been great for me, I get to ask all those questions.

Phil: That’s kind of scary, right?

Kit: Once we get past that initial uncomfortable part, we get to the business sense. There is the depth and soul to it. and the the genuine holistic part and the importance of orgasms in your daily routine. So many entrepreneurs don’t talk about sex, they don’t consider it in self care or routines and I am one of the few entrepreneurs that includes it in my talk about self care and routines who has awareness of sex.

I disdain the term work hard play hard. I want to love my work, love my play. I want to genuinely love my life. Now don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days, I am human. It’s not yet truly in the mainstream, to think that. It’s a mind shift on things, for sure. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Allow yourself to enjoy it.

Share this: I disdain the term work hard play hard. I want to love my work, my play. I want to genuinely love my life. @kitmalo http://bit.ly/2cRWIxO

It is deeply important to me and I prioritize things and things comes to fruition for me. Really cool things are possible when you focus on them.  And, you have to make choices. There is a balance and trade-offs.

Phil: How can women get started on the path on finding their pleasure?

Kit: We talk about triggers in self development, we can have pleasure triggers. We can pleasure triggers that infuse happiness and pleasure.  Just identify one pleasure trigger. It could be anything, and it could change.

More from Kit and O'Actually

O'Actually website - learn more about their very important mission

Check out the Pleasure with O'Actually podcast

Continue the conversations with O'Actually on Facebook

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This episode is unlike any I've done before, and it turned out terrifically well. If talking about sex makes you uncomfortable, then this episode is especially for you. Especially if you're a woman.

I talked to Kit Murray Maloney, CEO of O'Actually. O’actually celebrates sexually stimulating content, products, and knowledge that focuses on enhancing and stimulating women’s sexual pleasure. The company is dedicated to changing the landscape of adult entertainment to prioritize women’s arousal by distributing new types of film, audio, visual arts, and literature. O’actually also shares sexual enhancement knowledge and recommends products that promote female pleasure.

Kit bared her soul (no pun intended) to talk honestly about the importance of women's orgasms, why masturbation is ok, and why porn and pleasure are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

On Porn, Masturbation and Pleasure

Phil: Welcome to the show Kit. Tell us why you started O’Actually.

Kit: We are here to remind women to owning their own pleasure that is often missed we are here to remind everyone involved that it is important.

There’s a real lack of awareness around women's pleasure, and most porn is made purposefully for men. It isn’t made for real life.

Phil: Are you telling me porn isn’t real life? Ha!

Kit: With the persuasiveness with porn in mainstream life it gets real muddled with entertainment and reality, with the age a young man first sees porn has dropped from 11 to 8. Adults can realize that porn isn’t reality but if you are introduced at a young age to sexuality through porn, you’ll wind up confused. Not to mention that porn is adult entertainment and made for men to enjoy alone and they are geared towards that stimulus. Because it’s all we have, it gets turned into education or that's thinking that’s what women's bodies are meant to look like.

Phil: How do we introduce that subject without it being that weird story of the stork or odd story of the birds and bees?

Kit: It does seem we have these extreme porn stories with sex and none of its real.  We need to be open and honest factual and truthful. We need to talk about pleasure and we need to be honored. Pleasure is this wildly missing word with sex educators. I’d like to ask my audience and yours for anyone that has used that word when talking about sex. That used the ‘p’ word.

Share this: Pleasure is this wildly missing word with sex educators. @KitMalo http://bit.ly/2cRWIxO

I’d like to celebrate anyone I really think they need to be honored and thanked for bringing that in. We really focus on prevention, prevention of disease, prevention pregnancy, what we don’t want to happen, we are lacking the potential the focus and exploration of all the great things of sex and sexuality.

Phil: How did you get introduced to this?

Kit: Back when I was 18 and I was about to go to college and I got affected by the rates of sexual assault on college campus knowing this was arena I wanted to be involved. I went to my college and I was I couldn't hold this negativity into and during this time I experienced my own sexual trauma that I only started sharing.  A couple of years ago I realized pleasure is completely missing from the conversation. Heal the trauma A space where we can we all be honest

Phil: Kit, what is your background?

Kit: I was Engaged in Social Activism for about 20 years, accidently picked up a women's study minor. I earned a masters in social economics and gender studies.  From there, I got involved with a few early stage businesses and startups.

Phil: You have a podcast. Tell us about that.

Kit: The podcast has been a gift and it combines the things that I intuitively love doing. And I love doing it and learn so much. I’ve had beautiful conversations and it’s been such a gift and I’ve taken it anywhere that I have had questions or been curious. There have been no taboo topics

Phil: Take us through the services that you provide and the products you sell.

Kit: Please keep checking out our site, we are about to have a lot more there it has to be highly curated. Which is hard.  And there’s some exciting stuff to come. There is a surprising amount of women who love to write erotica and I love to give them a space to contribute and to be present and active.

Phil: It’s not something people talk about.  Why do we think it’s such a taboo subject? 

Kit: We tell ourselves so many stories as a society and individuals. About sex. And I think we really put sex and women's sexuality into prude and whore dynamic and it’s really hard to navigate what’s in the middle where are the boundaries. And who am I? I don’t live up these clichés? I don’t live up these expectations of people with people who give themselves permission for sex

If you are going to call me a bad name or something, that usually has something to do with the other person than with me.

Phil: Why is it so challenging?

Kit: We are just so ingrained to never talk about masturbation or solo-sex. If we look at sitcoms there is an abnormal amount of jokes around male masturbation and none around about women. I have a great group of women friends and I would have said that we don’t have any taboo topics and then I realized we do have those taboo topics; we don’t talk about solo sex or adult entertainment.

When we create the space to listen and hear and be honest ourselves we are allowing others to give back to us in that same manner and that’s what I found with close with whether it be friends or family.

It’s been great for me, I get to ask all those questions.

Phil: That’s kind of scary, right?

Kit: Once we get past that initial uncomfortable part, we get to the business sense. There is the depth and soul to it. and the the genuine holistic part and the importance of orgasms in your daily routine. So many entrepreneurs don’t talk about sex, they don’t consider it in self care or routines and I am one of the few entrepreneurs that includes it in my talk about self care and routines who has awareness of sex.

I disdain the term work hard play hard. I want to love my work, love my play. I want to genuinely love my life. Now don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days, I am human. It’s not yet truly in the mainstream, to think that. It’s a mind shift on things, for sure. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Allow yourself to enjoy it.

Share this: I disdain the term work hard play hard. I want to love my work, my play. I want to genuinely love my life. @kitmalo http://bit.ly/2cRWIxO

It is deeply important to me and I prioritize things and things comes to fruition for me. Really cool things are possible when you focus on them.  And, you have to make choices. There is a balance and trade-offs.

Phil: How can women get started on the path on finding their pleasure?

Kit: We talk about triggers in self development, we can have pleasure triggers. We can pleasure triggers that infuse happiness and pleasure.  Just identify one pleasure trigger. It could be anything, and it could change.

More from Kit and O'Actually

O'Actually website - learn more about their very important mission

Check out the Pleasure with O'Actually podcast

Continue the conversations with O'Actually on Facebook

]]>
<![CDATA[Conversations with Phil: Carrie On with Carrie Wilkerson]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT 40:55 no
  • Her orange car "Tangie"
  • Her 4 kids, 2 store bought and 2 homemade
  • Her daughter getting a lime green car - which is way more effective than using "Find my iPhone" for finding a teenager
  • Her pivot into the leadership space - by writing 1 book a month for 5 months 
  • The Barefoot Executive - and how that got idea and movement started
  • Her love and pursuit of goals 
  • Carrie's learning recommendation - which is all about the power of 1 - 1 new skill, 1 deficit, 1 growth area or 1 person to study for a whole year!!
  • And so much more!
  • Connect with Carrie Wilkerson:  ]]>
  • Her orange car "Tangie"
  • Her 4 kids, 2 store bought and 2 homemade
  • Her daughter getting a lime green car - which is way more effective than using "Find my iPhone" for finding a teenager
  • Her pivot into the leadership space - by writing 1 book a month for 5 months 
  • The Barefoot Executive - and how that got idea and movement started
  • Her love and pursuit of goals 
  • Carrie's learning recommendation - which is all about the power of 1 - 1 new skill, 1 deficit, 1 growth area or 1 person to study for a whole year!!
  • And so much more!
  • Connect with Carrie Wilkerson:  ]]>
    <![CDATA[Is this Mike On? All Power, No Point with Mike Robertson]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT 23:23 no While you certainly can just listen to this interview with Mike Robertson, I encourage you to watch it Mike Robertson on YouTube so you can see for yourself the magic Mike does with PowerPoint and Keynote. 

    Show notes from Is This Mike On? with Mike Robertson

    Phil: I met Mike Robertson at an NSA conference 2 years ago - and he’s a magician with PowerPoint (and Keynote) too! I knew once I launched my podcast I had to have him on the show, and you'll want to watch the video on YouTube to see just what I'm talking about. 

    Phil: So Mike – how did you get started with these amazing presentations? 

    Mike: Sometimes our greatest gift are right in front of us and we don’t even see them!! 

    Let’s start with PowerPoint magic!  

    I was a graphic designer for 20 years and before that I was into magic! I’ve always had this performance urge. 

    Five years ago, I wasn’t even using slides or even PowerPoint! I started delving into the programs.  

    Now, I get hired quite a bit to create slides for speakers.  I look at the slides as a blank canvas and what is going to enthrall the audience. 

    It looks like an image… like an abstract, an image of modern that you would see in a modern hotel. Only it’s a brick. At a local gas station that has been banged into by so many different doors and as I looked at this image. 

    As we speakers, we are always looking for stories, looking for the story to tell. And for this one I came up with two. 

    I came up with you are going to get knocked and bumped around and banged throughout life and as long as you stay the course things are going to be ok. 

    The 2nd and more profound no matter where you go you are are always going to leave a part of yourself behind leave an impression behind what are you leaving behind damage scrapes beauty artistic. 

    That shows you the power of something that lasts, something you can do with art. 

    Phil: Talk to us about the process… don’t give us all the magic. Do you have to buy another program? 

    Mike: Everyone has PowerPoint, most people don’t take the time to delve into, they just use the templates. It’s like having a piano and using it to set your drink on!  I take the time play around and experiment around with the sliders and confetti effects and scenes. A lot of it is knowing the capabilities of the programs.   

    Fonts can make a huge difference on your slide, there is a perfect font for everything but no font is perfect for everything. 

    Learning to think more creatively or artistically vs a whiteboard or chalkboard. 

    Resizing your pictures instead of just stretching 

    Every slide you put up is a chance to reinforce your brand 

    Phil: Do you think many miss the boat with the brand is because they don’t know or they don't care? 

    Mike: They don’t know.  I hear most people gasp. We tend to forget our audience has just seen the most advanced of all graphics. The slide can become your partner or sidekick in your presentation, but you need to think of it differently. You need to stretch the boundaries. 

    Phil: Talk to us about magic! How did you get interested in magic? 

    Mike: I got a magic kit as a kid and then I started checking out books from the library and my dad used to go the convention center in Dallas and there was a magic store next door and he would bring me a new magic trick each year and I would love to stand in front of family and friends and perform. And then at 13 or 14 playing the guitar and the girls loved that and i was a music guy for many years and i loved playing and performing. After all of the things i've dabbled in this is the think i;ve landed in because it satisfies all those urges and lets me use all those skills that i've acquired all the years. We don’t often recognize our own gifts. We miss our own gifts because  they are part of our own DNA. I look for new ways to channel and new directions. You have to find your niche and expand it yourself.  

    Phil: How can people get started on finding their own gifts? 

    Mike: Ask your friends/family. Find what you are good and find a way to use that people aren’t using it, that takes you on your own path. 

    Connect with Mike Robertson and see more of his presentation magic 

     

     

    ]]>
    While you certainly can just listen to this interview with Mike Robertson, I encourage you to watch it Mike Robertson on YouTube so you can see for yourself the magic Mike does with PowerPoint and Keynote. 

    Show notes from Is This Mike On? with Mike Robertson

    Phil: I met Mike Robertson at an NSA conference 2 years ago - and he’s a magician with PowerPoint (and Keynote) too! I knew once I launched my podcast I had to have him on the show, and you'll want to watch the video on YouTube to see just what I'm talking about. 

    Phil: So Mike – how did you get started with these amazing presentations? 

    Mike: Sometimes our greatest gift are right in front of us and we don’t even see them!! 

    Let’s start with PowerPoint magic!  

    I was a graphic designer for 20 years and before that I was into magic! I’ve always had this performance urge. 

    Five years ago, I wasn’t even using slides or even PowerPoint! I started delving into the programs.  

    Now, I get hired quite a bit to create slides for speakers.  I look at the slides as a blank canvas and what is going to enthrall the audience. 

    It looks like an image… like an abstract, an image of modern that you would see in a modern hotel. Only it’s a brick. At a local gas station that has been banged into by so many different doors and as I looked at this image. 

    As we speakers, we are always looking for stories, looking for the story to tell. And for this one I came up with two. 

    I came up with you are going to get knocked and bumped around and banged throughout life and as long as you stay the course things are going to be ok. 

    The 2nd and more profound no matter where you go you are are always going to leave a part of yourself behind leave an impression behind what are you leaving behind damage scrapes beauty artistic. 

    That shows you the power of something that lasts, something you can do with art. 

    Phil: Talk to us about the process… don’t give us all the magic. Do you have to buy another program? 

    Mike: Everyone has PowerPoint, most people don’t take the time to delve into, they just use the templates. It’s like having a piano and using it to set your drink on!  I take the time play around and experiment around with the sliders and confetti effects and scenes. A lot of it is knowing the capabilities of the programs.   

    Fonts can make a huge difference on your slide, there is a perfect font for everything but no font is perfect for everything. 

    Learning to think more creatively or artistically vs a whiteboard or chalkboard. 

    Resizing your pictures instead of just stretching 

    Every slide you put up is a chance to reinforce your brand 

    Phil: Do you think many miss the boat with the brand is because they don’t know or they don't care? 

    Mike: They don’t know.  I hear most people gasp. We tend to forget our audience has just seen the most advanced of all graphics. The slide can become your partner or sidekick in your presentation, but you need to think of it differently. You need to stretch the boundaries. 

    Phil: Talk to us about magic! How did you get interested in magic? 

    Mike: I got a magic kit as a kid and then I started checking out books from the library and my dad used to go the convention center in Dallas and there was a magic store next door and he would bring me a new magic trick each year and I would love to stand in front of family and friends and perform. And then at 13 or 14 playing the guitar and the girls loved that and i was a music guy for many years and i loved playing and performing. After all of the things i've dabbled in this is the think i;ve landed in because it satisfies all those urges and lets me use all those skills that i've acquired all the years. We don’t often recognize our own gifts. We miss our own gifts because  they are part of our own DNA. I look for new ways to channel and new directions. You have to find your niche and expand it yourself.  

    Phil: How can people get started on finding their own gifts? 

    Mike: Ask your friends/family. Find what you are good and find a way to use that people aren’t using it, that takes you on your own path. 

    Connect with Mike Robertson and see more of his presentation magic 

     

     

    ]]>
    <![CDATA[On Human Flourishing with William Powell, the Leadership Advisor]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT 22:25 no In this episode, Phil is joined by William Powell, The Leadership Advisor, and an expert in human flourishing and on imposter syndrome.

    Show notes from William Powell - on Human Flourishing and the Imposter Syndrome   

    Phil: You are an expert in Human Flourishing, which I don't know anyone else even knows about. What is it and why does it matter? 

    William: Comes from the Greek, focus on the whole person including the environment, when in the work environment when management focuses on the whole person including the environment the whole idea is that human is going to flourish and be profitable 

    I’ve been applying that across all aspects of my life, my family my business the interconnectedness of everything, how we flourish of our environment . 

    Phil: How did you get into this, Human Flourishing? 

    William: I grew up in a poor background, the narrative I told myself and I chased things as a young man that I probably didn’t need and more disruptive than i needed and a I met people that were key in changing the direction 

    I wrote a book, a kindle book, Personal Ecology, about self leadership and ecology and how the environment around influences you and how you influence it. Fell into it and how can i help other people and how can i help other people manifest it 

    Phil: Let's talk about imposter syndrome. I suffer from this sometimes. You've publicly said you do too. Let's talk about it.  

     

    William: Grew up poor challenging and frustrating, my mom was disabled, grew up in the trailer park getting beat up at school for being the poor kid that wore the same clothes and to have such a clear understanding of poverty at a young age.  Creating the narrative in my head that made sense to me, even if it wasn’t accurate.  But to get here… the biggest challenge to get here wasn't to get here wasn’t to make the money but to overcome the narrative i had developed form that sense of challenge, that was my biggest obstacle. It is my biggest anxiety and even now it still wants to creep out. It isn’t the narrative that I want. 

     

    Phil: Let's talk about how you cope, what are the strategies you use that are successful or even the ones that don’t work and suck?

     

    William: Overcompensate, lizard brain, of course, over coping mechanisms to try deflect and get people to try and cheer you on…. For me, that is my is go to place, when i don’t have to take responsibly. For me it’s about being aware that i am feeding myself a false narrative. It may be differ for other people, understanding what’s your go to place then developing the right place and what's the good self leadership for this, how do I lead the guy in the mirror?

    Phil: What are the roadblocks for making things simple? 

    William: Pace is a big deal.  The more I have on my plate the more productive.  Legitimately understanding my capacity. For me it was about pace and capacity. The distance between stimulus and response and it may be different for others, you need to know what that trigger is, and no one can say what that is? 

    Phil: What is the imposter syndrome? 

     

    William: Imposter syndrome is defined by what’s the lie in your narrative and we all have that narrative in our brain that it keeps feeding us. Inside that narrative that you start to tell yourself. Self conscious does not understand sarcasm or self deprecating ways. One of the reasons negative self talk can be so destructive. 

     

    Be honest. Admit when you aren’t equipped, be willing to be transparent and vulnerable.  You aren’t allowing others to flourish by not admitting your vulnerabilities. Admit when you aren’t good at something.  

    Phil: One bit of advice for leaders to get started down the path of flourishing and really building others around them better ecology. 

    William: Look at your organization or team If my people were plants and our culture were environment our process would be the climate they have to exist in would we get fined by the epa or not? Would this help them flourish as a human being? Would this find creative outlets for their passion and develop their skills, well rested and contribute to their organization? 

    More from William Powell ]]>
    In this episode, Phil is joined by William Powell, The Leadership Advisor, and an expert in human flourishing and on imposter syndrome.

    Show notes from William Powell - on Human Flourishing and the Imposter Syndrome   

    Phil: You are an expert in Human Flourishing, which I don't know anyone else even knows about. What is it and why does it matter? 

    William: Comes from the Greek, focus on the whole person including the environment, when in the work environment when management focuses on the whole person including the environment the whole idea is that human is going to flourish and be profitable 

    I’ve been applying that across all aspects of my life, my family my business the interconnectedness of everything, how we flourish of our environment . 

    Phil: How did you get into this, Human Flourishing? 

    William: I grew up in a poor background, the narrative I told myself and I chased things as a young man that I probably didn’t need and more disruptive than i needed and a I met people that were key in changing the direction 

    I wrote a book, a kindle book, Personal Ecology, about self leadership and ecology and how the environment around influences you and how you influence it. Fell into it and how can i help other people and how can i help other people manifest it 

    Phil: Let's talk about imposter syndrome. I suffer from this sometimes. You've publicly said you do too. Let's talk about it.  

     

    William: Grew up poor challenging and frustrating, my mom was disabled, grew up in the trailer park getting beat up at school for being the poor kid that wore the same clothes and to have such a clear understanding of poverty at a young age.  Creating the narrative in my head that made sense to me, even if it wasn’t accurate.  But to get here… the biggest challenge to get here wasn't to get here wasn’t to make the money but to overcome the narrative i had developed form that sense of challenge, that was my biggest obstacle. It is my biggest anxiety and even now it still wants to creep out. It isn’t the narrative that I want. 

     

    Phil: Let's talk about how you cope, what are the strategies you use that are successful or even the ones that don’t work and suck?

     

    William: Overcompensate, lizard brain, of course, over coping mechanisms to try deflect and get people to try and cheer you on…. For me, that is my is go to place, when i don’t have to take responsibly. For me it’s about being aware that i am feeding myself a false narrative. It may be differ for other people, understanding what’s your go to place then developing the right place and what's the good self leadership for this, how do I lead the guy in the mirror?

    Phil: What are the roadblocks for making things simple? 

    William: Pace is a big deal.  The more I have on my plate the more productive.  Legitimately understanding my capacity. For me it was about pace and capacity. The distance between stimulus and response and it may be different for others, you need to know what that trigger is, and no one can say what that is? 

    Phil: What is the imposter syndrome? 

     

    William: Imposter syndrome is defined by what’s the lie in your narrative and we all have that narrative in our brain that it keeps feeding us. Inside that narrative that you start to tell yourself. Self conscious does not understand sarcasm or self deprecating ways. One of the reasons negative self talk can be so destructive. 

     

    Be honest. Admit when you aren’t equipped, be willing to be transparent and vulnerable.  You aren’t allowing others to flourish by not admitting your vulnerabilities. Admit when you aren’t good at something.  

    Phil: One bit of advice for leaders to get started down the path of flourishing and really building others around them better ecology. 

    William: Look at your organization or team If my people were plants and our culture were environment our process would be the climate they have to exist in would we get fined by the epa or not? Would this help them flourish as a human being? Would this find creative outlets for their passion and develop their skills, well rested and contribute to their organization? 

    More from William Powell ]]>
    <![CDATA[Donna Cutting Shares 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:35:56 GMT 27:03 no Donna Cutting is committed to teaching people to deliver great customer service and great customer experiences. While there are many things I think Donna is on the money about customer experience, there’s one thing that stands out more than anything else.

    Donna Cutting knows that great customer experience starts with great employee engagement!

    She’s recently released a book that shares 501 ways to roll out the red carpet for your customers – and how you can too!

    This episode of Conversations with Phil is all about how to deliver your customers great experiences. And – you can learn how your employees can deliver those great customer experiences when you’re not around.

    We talked about the difference between customer service and customer experience. We talked about how to create a red carpet culture, and so much more!

    Prefer to watch instead of listen to the conversation? Click here to watch the conversation right on YouTube.

    Some of the other helpful resources Donna mentioned in this conversation:

    Subscribe, Rate and Review Conversations with Phil

    Subscribe to the audio podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or just plug the RSS feed into your podcast service and player. If you love what you hear, a rating and a review would be very appreciated, as that’s how new people will find this podcast. 

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    Donna Cutting is committed to teaching people to deliver great customer service and great customer experiences. While there are many things I think Donna is on the money about customer experience, there’s one thing that stands out more than anything else.

    Donna Cutting knows that great customer experience starts with great employee engagement!

    She’s recently released a book that shares 501 ways to roll out the red carpet for your customers – and how you can too!

    This episode of Conversations with Phil is all about how to deliver your customers great experiences. And – you can learn how your employees can deliver those great customer experiences when you’re not around.

    We talked about the difference between customer service and customer experience. We talked about how to create a red carpet culture, and so much more!

    Prefer to watch instead of listen to the conversation? Click here to watch the conversation right on YouTube.

    Some of the other helpful resources Donna mentioned in this conversation:

    Subscribe, Rate and Review Conversations with Phil

    Subscribe to the audio podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or just plug the RSS feed into your podcast service and player. If you love what you hear, a rating and a review would be very appreciated, as that’s how new people will find this podcast. 

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    <![CDATA[Conversations with Phil - Owen Hemsath]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT 23:26 no

    In this episode, Phil Gerbyshak talks to Owen Video Hemsath, YouTube marketing and video marketing superstar. Owen shares some useful tips for creating a successful YouTube marketing strategy. He also tells us how he beat cancer in the best possible way, and destroys the myth of the "viral video." 

    Prefer to watch the video? Watch Owen Video and Phil Gerbyshak on YouTube!

    More from Owen Video Hemsath Subscribe, Rate and Review Conversations with Phil

    Subscribe to the audio podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or just plug the RSS feed into your podcast service and player. If you love what you hear, a rating and a review would be very appreciated, as that's how new people will find this podcast. 

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    In this episode, Phil Gerbyshak talks to Owen Video Hemsath, YouTube marketing and video marketing superstar. Owen shares some useful tips for creating a successful YouTube marketing strategy. He also tells us how he beat cancer in the best possible way, and destroys the myth of the "viral video." 

    Prefer to watch the video? Watch Owen Video and Phil Gerbyshak on YouTube!

    More from Owen Video Hemsath Subscribe, Rate and Review Conversations with Phil

    Subscribe to the audio podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or just plug the RSS feed into your podcast service and player. If you love what you hear, a rating and a review would be very appreciated, as that's how new people will find this podcast. 

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    <![CDATA[Scott Oldford - Get More Leads, Earn More Business with the SSF Formula]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT 29:23 no

    Scott Oldford is one of the most successful lead generation experts on the planet. His work at Infinitus has impacted many businesses and business people's lives with his amazing SSF format, which drives down the cost of leads by being more relevant. 

    Nearly every article Scott posts inspires me to stop relying on luck and start relying on a steady lead source from the internet - and I'm not the only one. 2339 other small business owners are part of Scott's Limitless Business Group on Facebook, accessible by invite only by signing up here.

    But things weren't always so good for Scott. Not too long ago, he was in some MASSIVE debt, and he was sad, and scared and not sure of his next move. Thankfully he dug out of that and now shares his lessons with all of us, as well as how he's built his business into one of mammoth proportions.

    He's one of the few people online where I paid for his course and go back to the private paid Facebook group again and again, sometimes for a kick in the butt, sometimes for a pat on the back, and always to get insights into how to be even more effective. 

    More resources from Scott Oldford: Subscribe, Rate and Review Conversations with Phil

    Prefer to just listen to an audio podcast? Subscribe to the audio only on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or just plug the RSS feed into your podcast service and player.

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    Scott Oldford is one of the most successful lead generation experts on the planet. His work at Infinitus has impacted many businesses and business people's lives with his amazing SSF format, which drives down the cost of leads by being more relevant. 

    Nearly every article Scott posts inspires me to stop relying on luck and start relying on a steady lead source from the internet - and I'm not the only one. 2339 other small business owners are part of Scott's Limitless Business Group on Facebook, accessible by invite only by signing up here.

    But things weren't always so good for Scott. Not too long ago, he was in some MASSIVE debt, and he was sad, and scared and not sure of his next move. Thankfully he dug out of that and now shares his lessons with all of us, as well as how he's built his business into one of mammoth proportions.

    He's one of the few people online where I paid for his course and go back to the private paid Facebook group again and again, sometimes for a kick in the butt, sometimes for a pat on the back, and always to get insights into how to be even more effective. 

    More resources from Scott Oldford: Subscribe, Rate and Review Conversations with Phil

    Prefer to just listen to an audio podcast? Subscribe to the audio only on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, or just plug the RSS feed into your podcast service and player.

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    <![CDATA[Bernie Borges on Social Business]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT 28:07 no In this episode of Conversations with Phil, I talk to Bernie Borges of Find and Convert, one of my favorite marketing and sales experts. We got to talk in person when I first moved to Tampa, and now, we got to record our conversation so you can listen in as we talk about social business, sales, and more.

    Phil: Can you start by telling us about your podcast?

    Bernie: My podcast is called Social Business Engine - and we have 106 episodes, it’s mostly large brands, IBM, Wal-Mart, and how they use social media strategically in their business across different functions, not just marketing… in sales, human resources, recruiting and internal communications.

    Phil: How are you qualified to talk about social business?

    Bernie: I have 10 years in tech sales and then transitioned over to marketing, 10yrs in corporate marketing, and my agency is 14 yrs old. Plus I’ve been podcasting.

    Phil: Why have a social business?

    Bernie: Simply put: Consumers don’t want to hear from the marketing department, they want to hear from the people. Click to tweet this quote! It’s the job of the marketing department to cross promote and tell stories to show others the good work your company is doing.

    Phil: What are you up against if you think you are just going to advertise on social?

    Bernie: If you don’t have a big brand or big budget then you’ve got to get out into the employee ranks and identify the ones that are doing amazing things for your company and capture their stories. Meet those people face to face and interview them, make it comfortable for them to tell their stories and then the marketing department’s role is to package it up for telling/sharing.

    Phil: Why do you think that more organizations don’t do that? Why doesn’t it work?

    Bernie: They don’t know to do that. They haven’t thought of that approach, they are working on the traditional model.

    Phil: What’s the benefit of getting the employee to tell their story instead of the brand?

    Bernie: Edelman Trust Barometer has been published every year, and it shows people trust people over the brand.  When you strengthen your bond with your employee and you strengthen your relationship with your customer.

    Phil: Why is target audience so important?

    Bernie: Delivering your marketing content to the audience that has the most probability of sharing your message and influence sales. A B2B seller has to understand the buyer’s journey and understand all the stages of the buyer’s journey and what the buyer needs in each of those stages and all the messages have to align with each stage.

    Jason Miller from LinkedIn has coined a phrase “Big rock content.” Make a big rock - then you can slice it up and repurpose it. From creating one big piece of content and through smart persona based marketing you create assets for each persona.

    Phil: So what’s next for Bernie Borges?

    Bernie: I’ve been delivering a Social Sharing training program to different companies and now packaging it up to deliver online for business development. Session 1 is the ‘Why” and then sessions 2-4 are all one on one coaching sessions. Once they start seeing the results they really start to understand it.

    Want more from Bernie Borges? Me too! Here you go!

    More From Bernie Borges ]]>
    In this episode of Conversations with Phil, I talk to Bernie Borges of Find and Convert, one of my favorite marketing and sales experts. We got to talk in person when I first moved to Tampa, and now, we got to record our conversation so you can listen in as we talk about social business, sales, and more.

    Phil: Can you start by telling us about your podcast?

    Bernie: My podcast is called Social Business Engine - and we have 106 episodes, it’s mostly large brands, IBM, Wal-Mart, and how they use social media strategically in their business across different functions, not just marketing… in sales, human resources, recruiting and internal communications.

    Phil: How are you qualified to talk about social business?

    Bernie: I have 10 years in tech sales and then transitioned over to marketing, 10yrs in corporate marketing, and my agency is 14 yrs old. Plus I’ve been podcasting.

    Phil: Why have a social business?

    Bernie: Simply put: Consumers don’t want to hear from the marketing department, they want to hear from the people. Click to tweet this quote! It’s the job of the marketing department to cross promote and tell stories to show others the good work your company is doing.

    Phil: What are you up against if you think you are just going to advertise on social?

    Bernie: If you don’t have a big brand or big budget then you’ve got to get out into the employee ranks and identify the ones that are doing amazing things for your company and capture their stories. Meet those people face to face and interview them, make it comfortable for them to tell their stories and then the marketing department’s role is to package it up for telling/sharing.

    Phil: Why do you think that more organizations don’t do that? Why doesn’t it work?

    Bernie: They don’t know to do that. They haven’t thought of that approach, they are working on the traditional model.

    Phil: What’s the benefit of getting the employee to tell their story instead of the brand?

    Bernie: Edelman Trust Barometer has been published every year, and it shows people trust people over the brand.  When you strengthen your bond with your employee and you strengthen your relationship with your customer.

    Phil: Why is target audience so important?

    Bernie: Delivering your marketing content to the audience that has the most probability of sharing your message and influence sales. A B2B seller has to understand the buyer’s journey and understand all the stages of the buyer’s journey and what the buyer needs in each of those stages and all the messages have to align with each stage.

    Jason Miller from LinkedIn has coined a phrase “Big rock content.” Make a big rock - then you can slice it up and repurpose it. From creating one big piece of content and through smart persona based marketing you create assets for each persona.

    Phil: So what’s next for Bernie Borges?

    Bernie: I’ve been delivering a Social Sharing training program to different companies and now packaging it up to deliver online for business development. Session 1 is the ‘Why” and then sessions 2-4 are all one on one coaching sessions. Once they start seeing the results they really start to understand it.

    Want more from Bernie Borges? Me too! Here you go!

    More From Bernie Borges ]]>
    <![CDATA[Cold Call Coach with Paul Neuberger]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT 29:27 no Do cold calls leave you… well, cold? In a recent interview with Paul Neuberger, the Cold Call Coach, we talked about how you can turn cold calling into an effective and, believe it or not, scientific way to increase sales. And it’s not just for sales—cold calling can be used to solicit donations or even get you an interview for your dream job. Paul has a 98% success rate on his cold calls—this is a conversation you will want to hear.

    We talk about how to pick up the phone and get in front of the person you want to talk with, how to add value to your calls with just one little twist and the 5 words that kill any and every conversation.. This interview will help you better understand the value of cold calling beyond sales and help you land the next appointment.

    Plus, we get a look at Paul’s Presidential Pez collection- perhaps the best form of politics ever.

    Prefer to watch this on video? Watch it here.

    More from Paul Neuberger: 

     

     

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    Do cold calls leave you… well, cold? In a recent interview with Paul Neuberger, the Cold Call Coach, we talked about how you can turn cold calling into an effective and, believe it or not, scientific way to increase sales. And it’s not just for sales—cold calling can be used to solicit donations or even get you an interview for your dream job. Paul has a 98% success rate on his cold calls—this is a conversation you will want to hear.

    We talk about how to pick up the phone and get in front of the person you want to talk with, how to add value to your calls with just one little twist and the 5 words that kill any and every conversation.. This interview will help you better understand the value of cold calling beyond sales and help you land the next appointment.

    Plus, we get a look at Paul’s Presidential Pez collection- perhaps the best form of politics ever.

    Prefer to watch this on video? Watch it here.

    More from Paul Neuberger: 

     

     

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    <![CDATA[Recalculating: Driving Performance Success with Karen Jacobsen]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:00:00 GMT 29:09 no Recently I had a conversation with Karen Jacobsen, one of the voices of Siri (you know, the voice inside your phone that tells you where to go and what to do), and a wonderful performer, a professional speaker, and now – AN AUTHOR of the book Recalculate: Directions for Driving Performance Success – and it is dynamite! Recalculate is filled with helpful suggestions that can improve your business and your life. It has 4 sections, on Business, Well-Being, Delivery and Quality of Life, with checklists for each section to make sure you get back on track.

    We talk about her book, her story, and how she’s had to recalculate in her life and business – and how you can too! If you’ve ever been up against the wall and felt hopeless, and in need of some recalculation, this interview will give you hope that you can pull out ahead of it too and can do the recalculating needed to come out ahead.

    Additional recalculating resources from The GPS Girl, Karen Jacobsen ]]>
    Recently I had a conversation with Karen Jacobsen, one of the voices of Siri (you know, the voice inside your phone that tells you where to go and what to do), and a wonderful performer, a professional speaker, and now – AN AUTHOR of the book Recalculate: Directions for Driving Performance Success – and it is dynamite! Recalculate is filled with helpful suggestions that can improve your business and your life. It has 4 sections, on Business, Well-Being, Delivery and Quality of Life, with checklists for each section to make sure you get back on track.

    We talk about her book, her story, and how she’s had to recalculate in her life and business – and how you can too! If you’ve ever been up against the wall and felt hopeless, and in need of some recalculation, this interview will give you hope that you can pull out ahead of it too and can do the recalculating needed to come out ahead.

    Additional recalculating resources from The GPS Girl, Karen Jacobsen ]]>
    <![CDATA[Coming Alive with Ruth K. Ross]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:00:00 GMT 27:18 no Are you fully engaged in the work you do? Have you had the courage to step away from it – and become fully alive?

    Ruth K. Ross has been there. She’s been not completely engaged at work – and she had the courage to find a way out.

    Her book Coming Alive shares that journey – and how you can too! If you have felt the pain of knowing you weren’t fully engaged at work or at home (or both), or if you have an important person in your life experiencing this or perhaps you manage a team that is struggling with disengagement., then this interview is for you!

    Ruth shares some of the secrets of engagement, and that she is moving to Tampa so we can hang out in person soon too. I really enjoyed this conversation, as I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and found some actionable nuggets you can use too! This goes beyond employee engagement to self engagement, and it is truly a terrific book – and an interview you won’t want to miss.

    Want more from Ruth?

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    Are you fully engaged in the work you do? Have you had the courage to step away from it – and become fully alive?

    Ruth K. Ross has been there. She’s been not completely engaged at work – and she had the courage to find a way out.

    Her book Coming Alive shares that journey – and how you can too! If you have felt the pain of knowing you weren’t fully engaged at work or at home (or both), or if you have an important person in your life experiencing this or perhaps you manage a team that is struggling with disengagement., then this interview is for you!

    Ruth shares some of the secrets of engagement, and that she is moving to Tampa so we can hang out in person soon too. I really enjoyed this conversation, as I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and found some actionable nuggets you can use too! This goes beyond employee engagement to self engagement, and it is truly a terrific book – and an interview you won’t want to miss.

    Want more from Ruth?

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    <![CDATA[The Man Rules, The Water and More with Dan Griffin]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:00:00 GMT 25:34 no Dan Griffin is the author of 4 books, and does programs around the country helping men get through the "stuff" that gets in their way. He is provocative, insightful, and pushing men to do the hard work necessary to recover and have healthy relationships. 

    In this episode, Dan shares with Phil what he means by "the water" and why men get drowned in their own water, in addition to some insights on the man rules (that don't really help men at all) and so much more.

    To find out more about Dan, you can buy his books on Amazon (link to all of them here), or sign up to get his insights in your inbox

    And if you prefer to watch the video, you can do so here.

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    Dan Griffin is the author of 4 books, and does programs around the country helping men get through the "stuff" that gets in their way. He is provocative, insightful, and pushing men to do the hard work necessary to recover and have healthy relationships. 

    In this episode, Dan shares with Phil what he means by "the water" and why men get drowned in their own water, in addition to some insights on the man rules (that don't really help men at all) and so much more.

    To find out more about Dan, you can buy his books on Amazon (link to all of them here), or sign up to get his insights in your inbox

    And if you prefer to watch the video, you can do so here.

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    <![CDATA[Conversations with Phil Gerbyshak]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:25:57 GMT 2:18 no Thanks for listening to Conversations with Phil. This is episode 0, the one you must create to create a podcast.

    My goal with each episode is to give you straight talk - with no BS - Actionable business insights you can use right away to build your business. Some from me, many from smart people I've come in contact with over my years as a speaker, as an executive in various companies, as a social selling and social media coach.

    Each episode will be about 30 minutes, so it's easy to listen to on your commute, during your workout, or wherever you have 30 minutes. We'll talk about networking, social selling, and generally, how to connect with others digitally more effectively.

    I'll also be putting the videos that are mostly unedited online with show notes, links to things we talk about, and special bonuses. Go to http://ConversationswithPhil.com

    Here's this episode's value add: Pick a channel, offline or online, a social network, a chamber of commerce, or whatever, and go deep. Figure it out, how you can add great value to that network. Then do it. All. The. Time.

    Thanks for your attention. Until next time, I'm Phil Gerbyshak.

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    Thanks for listening to Conversations with Phil. This is episode 0, the one you must create to create a podcast.

    My goal with each episode is to give you straight talk - with no BS - Actionable business insights you can use right away to build your business. Some from me, many from smart people I've come in contact with over my years as a speaker, as an executive in various companies, as a social selling and social media coach.

    Each episode will be about 30 minutes, so it's easy to listen to on your commute, during your workout, or wherever you have 30 minutes. We'll talk about networking, social selling, and generally, how to connect with others digitally more effectively.

    I'll also be putting the videos that are mostly unedited online with show notes, links to things we talk about, and special bonuses. Go to http://ConversationswithPhil.com

    Here's this episode's value add: Pick a channel, offline or online, a social network, a chamber of commerce, or whatever, and go deep. Figure it out, how you can add great value to that network. Then do it. All. The. Time.

    Thanks for your attention. Until next time, I'm Phil Gerbyshak.

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