Thu, 20 July 2017
Next Level Insurance Agency was founded by Danny O'Connell and a dedicated team of service professionals who knew there was a better way to serve businesses & individuals.
They have created numerous innovative forward thinking solutions for employers and individuals to help address the increasing cost of insurance while balancing value based plans.
Danny's mission is to add value to the lives of clients, their employees, and his team through creative insurance solutions & focusing on the development of the person.
Danny was the guest on episode 181 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", but in the last year he left the agency where he had worked for 10 years to start Next Level and to stretch his entrepreneur journey. He is a seasoned sales person with a passion for the insurance and benefits industry. His agency has grown quickly in the first year, and his story is one that will inspire people in any line of work.
Danny knows the value of hard work, industry expertise, and strong relationships. In this episode he shares his story and gives great advice for all who want to start their own business. We also talk about the importance of insurance and reasons to offer employee benefits.
You definitely want to listen to episode 275 with Danny O'Connell.
Direct download: CTED_275.mp3
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Tue, 18 July 2017
"If I am going to work - I might as well work hard" said young Jim Silbernagel.
In his early job of making cold calls to set appointment he realized he was only going to be paid if he succeeded. Thus he jumped in and did the work.
Today Jim Silbernagel is an independent agent registered with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. He entered the insurance industry in 1982 followed by the financial services industry in 1986. Jim holds securities licenses; Series 6, 7, 63 and 66. He is insurance licensed for life, health and property/casualty since 1985. Jim has earned both his CFP® and LUTCF designations.
Jim is the creator and host of Real Wealth®, an online radio program for insurance and financial professionals to educate their clients and keep in touch with them between meetings. Jim also leads Power Session LIVE, a monthly best practice and sales ideas session with top industry leaders.
Jim is a 20-year life and qualifying member of MDRT, qualifiying for his first Top of the Table in 2001. He is also a 25-year member of NAIFA, member of FSP, Forum 400, Financial Services Institute, Advisors in Philanthropy, ambassador for Main Street Philanthropy, and past moderator for Junior Achievement. Among other things, he supports IFAPAC, AHIA, the MDRT Foundation and LIFE Happens. In fact, he was a 2006 judge for LIFE Happen’s REAL LIFE STORIES. Jim is a keynote speaker, presenting for many industry groups and companies, including NAIFA, FPA, MDRT and Forum 400. Jim serves Middle America in Kewaskum, WI, a small town of 4,000 people.
Jim has been happily married to Joanne for 29 years. He has two sons, Frank and Warren, and one daughter, Angela. He spends his free time fishing, boating and flying.
Jim’s mission in life is to make a positive, meaningful difference in people’s lives.
If you want to know more about Jim, he said you should just give him a call at 262-626-8892.
Enjoy this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"
Direct download: CTED_274.mp3
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Thu, 13 July 2017
Jessica Pettitt has just released her new book "Good Enough Now". Her eclectic background leads her to saying she is "The Wizard of Mutts", but she her work is clear and focused and the 'must read' book of 2017.
Audiences are inspired to stand up and take action as Jessica leads them down the path to understanding they are good enough to make the changes they seek. Challenging long held assumptions about the type of people who drive change and are successful, Jessica eradicates excuses and provides strategies to communicate openly and actively seek success.
Let's roll up our sleeves, make space for real talk, develop reality based plans, for actual change.
Humor is a great equalizer and is often the quickest way to diffuse conflict and move toward real connection. With a background in stand up comedy, Jessica Pettitt, frames even difficult subjects in an engaging and welcoming way.
As a professional speaker, her expertise earned her the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. A designation held by fewer than 800 people world-wide. As a facilitator, she provides the framework for open, welcoming, and productive conversation. Whether she provides a motivational keynote, an in-depth workshop, facilitates group interaction, or frames an entire conference as emcee, Jessica brings humor, a high level understanding of adult learning, and an ability to engage participants and encourage them to engage with each other. Participants walk away focused and confident in their role to make change now.
By moving the discussion away from daily squabbles or task oriented challenges, to a larger vision of what is possible and how best to engage people of diverse experiences, Jessica provides the context to evaluate the situation now and move forward successfully to what could be.
For more than a decade, Jessica has been educating college and university staff members to support and guide diverse students to success. Her social justice and diversity curricula are used nationwide. This background uniquely qualifies her to educate employers on building welcoming, productive, and innovative teams. The ability to communicate, listen, learn, take responsibility, acquire and retain talent and resources will lead to and maintain a welcoming, and dare we say, fun workplace environment. This has a direct impact on your bottom line NOW.
Direct download: CTED_273.mp3
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Tue, 11 July 2017
Damian Mason is an entrepreneur who wanted to find his own way in the world. In 1994 he quit a successful sales career to become a professional Bill Clinton Impersonator and never looked back. He created a successful career and life, but eventually the Bush Administration took over, and the need for Bill Clinton look-a-likes shrank.
Damian reinvented his career and now a successful professional speaker. He inspires audiences in the agriculture and small business arenas and provides powerful content while still entertaining.
Damian’s life on stage began in 1994 when he won a Halloween contest dressed as Bill Clinton. Within months, he resigned from his sales position with Cooper Industries (now part of Eaton Corporation) and launched his company, Executive Entertainment.
Politics change, and so does business. Damian is now in high demand for his savvy, provocative presentations in two leading areas: Reinvention and Agriculture. His high-energy, entertaining insights on reinvention and agricultural issues is what sets him apart.
The adaptations required for Damian to successfully stay ahead in his career have made him an expert in Business Reinvention. He’s taken the lessons learned from his own transformation, and insightfully packaged them with real-world case studies of other successful and failed brand reinventions. The result is an inspiring, humorous “How To” program for corporations, small business people, and employees to avoid obsolescence.
Damian also understands Agriculture. He was raised on a dairy farm, has a degree from Purdue University in Agricultural Economics, and currently owns and manages a farm in northeast Indiana. He stays up-to-date on issues impacting the industry of food, fuel, and fiber to deliver entertaining, provocative dialogue to Agricultural audiences.
In addition to speaking at events and meetings, Damian is also available for engaging appearances and interviews on television, radio, podcasts, and as a guest blogger or columnist. He can also be found on SiriusXM Radio - Laugh USA Ch. 98. Contact Damian for more information.
Damian studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City, Chicago. He’s a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and holds a Certified Speaking Professional designation with the National Speakers Association.
When he’s not traveling, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife Lori, or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence.
Direct download: CTED_272.mp3
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Thu, 6 July 2017
In preparing for the national speakers Association conference, Thom Singer is thinking a lot about how people can maximize a conference.
This is the ninth consecutive year that he will be attending this event. This year he has many friends were speaking on the main stage and several who are receiving their "certified professional speaker" (CSP) designated. (Thom became a CSP in 2014 and only about 800 professional speakers in the world have their CSP.
Listen to this episode as Thom shares ways people can maximize attending any industry conference.
Direct download: CTED_271.mp3
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Tue, 27 June 2017
Thom Singer had the honor of being the master of ceremonies and a speaker at the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. ASTRA is the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, and annually the largest gathering of toy store owners and manufacturers. Wow, what a great event. Almost every community has a local toy store, and many of the entrepreneurs who run these businesses are continuing to thrive in a changing business environment.
In this episode Thom interviews toy store owners, and the manufacturers of the products they sell for an informative podcast on what lessons all entrepreneurs can learn from the toy industry.
Founded in 1992, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is an international not-for-profit trade organization that serves more than 1,800 independent retailers, manufacturers and sales representations of the specialty toy industry. ASTRA is a dedicated community of professionals committed to providing children with healthy, quality play materials that have high play value. ASTRA members build their businesses around specialty toys, which are designed with a focus on what the child can do, rather than what the toy can do. ASTRA members are leaders who have a positive influence the economy, culture and creativity of the communities they serve.
ASTRA provides members with access to networking, education, discounts, business products and services to assist our members as they grow their businesses. ASTRA Academy, which houses our education and training resources, was established to provide ASTRA members with on-demand access to up-to-the-minute training in an ever-changing industry. Marketplace & Academy is a four-day trade show and education conference featuring industry leaders and hands-on product demonstrations. The conference draws more than 450 exhibits and includes more than 30 hours of education.
A volunteer board of 14 retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives governs the associations.
Direct download: CTED_270.mp3
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Thu, 22 June 2017
Carlos Hidalgo was guest number 122 on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" in Novermber 2015, At that time he was the founder and CEO of ANNUITAS and was leading the 10 year old company through amazing growth. Then a year later he decided he had to make some hard choices, and decided to walk away from the company to choose a different life for himself and his family.
Can a CEO of a successful company really walk away? Carlos did just that. He told his board in October, and 4 months later told the world. What surprised him the most was how many other CEOs, Founders, and C-Level Executives reached out to him and said "Tell me more about how you did that".
This episode is a must hear for every entrepreneur who feels they have their ladder against the wrong wall. It is common for people to merge their identity with their career, and get buried in the "busy". If that sounds like you (or someone you know), check out this interview.
After leaving the company Carlos founded VisumCx. Hes has 20+ years of experience in leading organizations who are dedicated to meeting the demands of their customers by enabling the delivery of exceptional customer experience.
VisumCx takes a hands-on approach to the assessment, development, implementation and measurement of customer experience programs.
VisumCx does not look to consult with our clients; rather he partners with clients to ensure they can capitalize on his background and competitive advantage.
@cahidalgo on Twitter.
Direct download: CTED_269.mp3
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Thu, 15 June 2017
Concord Leadership Group founder Marc A. Pitman helps leaders, especially in nonprofits, lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. He’s the author of “Ask Without Fear!®,” the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com, and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank.
Marc’s expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Al Jazeera, SUCCESS Magazine, and Fox News. Marc tweets regularly at @marcapitman.
He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family!
Over the past 16 years, Marc’s organizational and leadership coaching and trainings have helped tens of thousands of nonprofits advance their missions, meet revenue goals, and improve the lives of their staff and supporters including clients like the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Georgetown University, In Defense of Animals, Habitat for Humanity, and the Association of the U.S. Army.
Marc’s first move toward leadership coaching in nonprofits began in 1997 in his first fundraising position. At the time, he was coached by his boss, a skilled fundraiser, through asking for major gifts in a final phase of a multimillion dollar campaign. Coaching quickly helped Marc get comfortable with asking for large gifts and keeping the relationships with donors long after the campaign was over.
In the early 2000’s, Marc was promoted to a leading role in a development office. But as is typical in nonprofits, his new position required him to still meet the goals of his previous position. So he engaged a leadership coach to help meet the sometimes conflicting demands that were arising. Leadership coaching helped him identify and leverage his core talents, better understand the people he worked with, and shape the fundraising work to shape goals in concert with his strengths and the strengths of his team. He found his stress levels went down even as his professional effectiveness increased.
Throughout the next decade, Marc amassed experience in working with boards, creating internal systems, and running all aspects of fundraising programs including annual funds, grants, planned giving programs, alumni relations, and special events. He also ran or worked in a dozen capital campaigns. As the leader of fundraising for a community hospital, he became involved with internal coaching as he helped shape the hospital’s “Leadership Institute,” their leadership development program for employees. There he helped assessed the needs of managers and their staff’s, hired trainers, and created action plans to ensure the ROI of the trainings.
Marc received a Masters of Organizational Leadership, culminating with a staff retention benchmark study entitled “Faculty Retention on a Shoestring” to help independent schools retain key faculty members. He became a Certified FranklinCovey Coach, started FundraisingCoach.com, wrote the first book in the Ask Without Fear!® series, and started giving on-demand training at TheNonprofitAcademy,com. Throughout the decade, he strove to get the best leadership and fundraising training to all nonprofits, whatever the size of their professional development budget
Over the years, Marc has coached leaders from organizations with less than $100,000 in revenue to those with over $200 million in revenue. He’s trained the top major gift officers of national and international organizations like Habitat for Humanity International, Georgetown University, and KLOVE/Air 1. And he has coached new nonprofit CEOs who were transitioning into leadership roles either from the private sector or as a hire from within the nonprofit sector.
Marc is regularly sought out by broadcast and print media to speak about leadership and philanthropy and he travels around the world speaking to teams and keynoting at conferences.
Direct download: CTED_268.mp3
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Tue, 13 June 2017
Steve Olsher is known as the world’s foremost reinvention expert. Famous for helping individuals and corporations become exceptionally clear on their WHAT – that is, the ONE thing they were created to do – his practical, no-holds-barred approach to life and business propels his clients and presentation attendees towards achieving massive profitability while cultivating lives of purpose, conviction, and contribution.
He is the New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? Discover The ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do, international keynote speaker, Chairman & Co-Founder of Liquor.com, and in-demand media guest who has appeared on CNN, Fox Business and other national outlets.
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Direct download: CTED_267.mp3
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Tue, 6 June 2017
Dr. Richard B. Gasaway entered the fire service in 1979 and has served as firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and fire chief in 6 fire and EMS agencies in West Virginia, Ohio and Minnesota. After completing his 30-year fire service career, Chief Gasaway founded Situational Awareness Matters! a consulting and teaching organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams and organizations make decisions in stressful environments.
Chief Gasaway earned a doctor of philosophy degree while researching how individuals and teams use situational awareness to improve high- risk decision making. His research is rooted in cognitive neuroscience and human factor analysis.
Dr. Gasaway is a resident faculty member in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has been a long-standing instructor for the Executive Development Program at the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a Credentialed Chief Fire Officer through the Commission for Public Safety Excellence.
A prolific speaker and author, Dr. Gasaway has contributed to more than 450 books, book chapters and journal articles on topics related to leadership, safety, situational awareness and decision making. His best selling books, Situational Awareness Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Fireground Command Decision Making and Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (Fire Engineering Books & Videos) serve as essential guides for both developing and experienced company officers and Situational Awareness Matters!incident commanders. His high-energy, humor filled presentations are a favorite with emergency service providers and have earned him over 2,200 program and keynote address invitations throughout the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia.
In 2014 Dr. Gasaway earned the National Speaker’s Association’s highest honor, Certified Speaking Professional. In 2016, he received the Next Level award from the National Speaker’s Association Minnesota Chapter for the exceptional growth his speaking business has achieved.
Dr. Gasaway has been the recipient of several prestigious honors including the American Heart Association’s Phoenix Award, the C. B. Shingleton Academic Scholarship, the William J. Litzinger Outstanding Instructor Award, and the British Fire Journal – W.L. Gore Research Excellence Award.
Chief Gasaway hosts the SAMatters Radio podcast show (available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. The show features close call survivor stories and shares lessons on how to improve situational awareness and high risk decision making. The show has been downloaded over 100,000 times making it one of the most popular fire service safety-oriened podcast shows on the Internet.
Direct download: CTED_266.mp3
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