Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do
It's said that "It's hard to see the label when you're inside the jar."  Jane Atkinson's specialty is to help speakers see and work on what they can't see.

Having worked with professional speakers for nearly three decades, she understands the common challenges that speakers face. Those that are just starting to seasoned pros often struggle with three main challenges: positioning; branding; and rolling out consistent messaging to their fan base. 

Jane helps speakers of all levels develop and launch their business, solidify their brand and message, and market and monetize their keynotes. 

She does this through three books that she has written: The Wealthy Speaker 2.0, The Epic Keynote, and The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, as well as through online courses, group coaching, and private coaching.
Listen to episode 371 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast as Thom Singer interviews Jane and gets her to share her ideas, advice and experience.
Are you a speaker looking for a seasoned business coach? Check out Jane Atkinson at 
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Neva Lee Recla is only eight years old, and she is on a mission to inspire other kids by sharing her experiences as a young entrepreneur. Neva joined her parents at her first CEO Space business conference at 2 years-old and she never looked back. She even got her first business card before age three.
One of her first businesses was a philanthropic venture called Spreading Light, Love and Pixie Dust™ . This venture continues today with Neva drawing pictures and creating poems for wounded warriors and veterans. Through her corporate sponsorship program, Neva has distributed  more than 2000 pictures to veterans around the nation.
In August 2015, she created her first business advisory board consisting of her attorney, a strategic planner, and a branding specialist. From that she created her own YouTube Channel doing clothing reviews for kids while delivering empowering messages to her audience. In July 2016, she started her fifth business recording video commercials for small businesses. She even recorded a video for Bob Proctor!
And now she is on a mission with her latest venture to help inspire kids by creating a bestselling book with YouSpeakIt Publishing.
Check out episode 370 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for this great interview with the youngest guest ever to be on the show. 
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Check out episode 369 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for a great interview with Arlene Battishill.  This episode will make you think...

Who is Arlene Battishill?

Start by losing a high paying corporate job, empty out your savings inventing a product, bring it to market at the height of the recession and grow that company for seven years without getting a paycheck before hitting “paydirt” and you have a very unusual entrepreneur in Arlene Battishill, Ph.D. who has appeared on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank” and written a best selling book (Retail Shock Therapy: A Prescription For What Ails Your Online Sales). She’s spent years advising companies and entrepreneurs on their digital marketing strategies and has an uncanny understanding of how to get people to buy. Now, spends her time in a “virtual dungeon” with entrepreneurs who are struggling to push past the issues that have continually held them hostage and enable them to break through into a place of harnessing their power and regaining control of their lives and their businesses. Her “take no prisoners”, no bullshit approach to excellence in business and life demand courage and bravery from those who choose to enlist her to confront and overcome their emotional bondage. Are YOU brave enough to enter the Business Dominatrix’ dungeon?

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 DEBBI DACHINGER is a Media Personality. She is known for being in the spotlight: as a syndicated, award-winning radio host, in front of the television camera, interviewing celebs on the red carpet, being a live stream event host, keynote and presentation speaker, as well as writing bestselling books. Debbi is a Visionary who is a Certified Dream Coach with clients worldwide who seek her inspired wisdom and technical expertise in success and radio/book media. Clients become bestselling authors, create dreams into reality, learn to properly message themselves out to the masses and become expert interview guests. Debbi offers a comprehensive tech, coaching, strategy complete up leveling, business changing experience for entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, healers and business people.

The industry’s leading lady, Debbi puts the ‘motivation’ back into broadcasting. With a fun, cutting-edge talk show, the multi-award winning “DARE TO DREAM” radio is syndicated on 66 stations. An upbeat, unique program ―DARE TO DREAM―enlightens and entertains listeners with Debbi’s lively personality and engaging experts.

A popular media guest and speaker, Debbi is a keynote at high level national events; a radio and TV personality; a three-time international best-selling author; and sought after media coach. She has been seen in the news, documentary films, on the cover of One Magazine, and is a regular featured contributor to PUBLISHED! Magazine.

Today, in addition to her ongoing radio program, Debbi runs the Bestseller Launch Program ensuring self-published authors reach bestselling book status. Debbi also runs Radio Mastery Training (Concierge level private Radio Coach and Package 1-Days and workshops) for those ready to accelerate their skills in messaging on the radio; her clients become savvy, successful and superb interviewed on air.

Debbi is a top-notch radio personality, a successful motivational speaker, was an award-winning actress and singer, and a professional voice over artist. A popular media guest and speaker, Debbi has been interviewed on more than 600 radio and TV shows. She was the keynote at the Women’s Calgary Red Carpet event; Global Influence Summit, the Business Success Summit, and was invited to present at the prestigious Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo as well as San Francisco’s New Living Expo in the Study of Achieving Dreams, along with distinguished speakers including Marianne Williamson. Debbi consults visionary leaders and senior executives in the world’s foremost companies to go beyond “obstacles” and limits of their thinking – accelerating results and catapulting spectacular successes. Clients have included corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, managers, students, celebrities and evolutionaries worldwide.

Awards and Accolades: Editor’s Pick: Featured Intriguing Creator, Broadcasting Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into the Who’s Who Hall of Fame for Entertainment. Winner of Successful Achievements from Voices of Women Worldwide, recipient of Heart and Spirit Award from the Evolutionary Business Council.

Author of the books: “WISDOM TO SUCCESS: The Surefire Secrets To Accomplish All Your Dreams” (rave review in Writer’s Digest) and the bestseller “DARE TO DREAM: This Life Counts!” (Motivation Book Award of the Year from the National Independent Excellence Awards, received the Missy Bystrom Sponsor NIEA book award, rave review in US Review of Books), and “PR Magnet” (co-authored with Viki Winterton). She has written featured chapters in over ten anthology books including “Fresh Starts Success,” “My Creative Thoughts Journal,” “Big Idea Book,” and “Cancer: from Tears to Triumph.” Debbi is an International speaker with an inspirational video channel at: + +

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The guest on episode 376, Melanie Benson, and Thom Singer (host of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do) went to college together at San Diego State University in the 1980s, but never met until a few months ago.  Small world (well, there were over 30,000 students on campus)
Melanie, a Revenue Strategist and Business Performance Optimizer, is a guide for conscious entrepreneurs ready to accelerate their impact and income by making their business perform 10 times better.  With over 12 years experience in corporate America, Melanie specializes in aligning visionary, game-changing entrepreneurs who are emerging as leaders with the most powerful mindset, actions and strategies that propel them to a level of success they never knew they could achieve.
Melanie combines her extensive traditional education (she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management) with multiple advanced certifications in Project Management, Results Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and even a license as a Spiritual Counselor to get her clients past their obstacles and into impacting the world in a fulfilling, and profitable, way.
Integrating creativity and intuition with a honed “facts and data” approach has resulted in some of the most comprehensive business growth resources available to conscious entrepreneurs.
Melanie is host of Amplify Your Success Podcast, serves on the Women Speaker's Association Executive Team, is programming chair for the Association of Transformational Leaders and  is co-author of’s “Start Up Guide to an Information Marketing Business.”
Melanie speaks for many entrepreneurial audiences across the globe both live and virtually via webinars and telephone-based seminars; has been a regularly featured expert on radio shows and in media publications such as American Express OPEN Forum, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Women’s Day, Parenting Magazine, University of Phoenix Alumni Magazine and Female Entrepreneur Magazine.
Melanie lives in the Los Angeles area with her soon-to-be husband. As an avid lifestyle enthusiast she spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.'
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Cindy Schulson shows coaches and consultants how to stand out in this noisy online world by marketing with heart vs. hype.

Cindy brings a decade of marketing experience working for such companies as Coca-Cola and Visa, combined with a decade of online marketing to create a paradigm shift in how marketing can be done with integrity and heart.

One of her greatest gifts is helping her clients sort through their “brain dumpi” of ideas so they can find the golden nuggets that make them shine in their own unique way.

Cindy is known for her down-to-earth approach – what you see is what you get. Her love of adventure has led her to live and work in five countries, and she continues to bring that adventurous spirit to her business and life.

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Ivy Slater is a professionally certified business coach, speaker, author and podcast host. For the past ten years, she has owned and operated Slater Success Coaching (SSC), working with men and women in both entrepreneurial and corporate lines of work.
Previous to SSC, Ivy owned and operated a seven-figure printing business, Slater Graphics, in New York City. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Ivy found a way to establish her importance in the marketplace and use alternative strategies to what everyone else was doing to make a name for her company. She found a niche in working with women in the publishing industry and built a solid book of business, relationships she still enjoys today.
For the past eight years, Ivy has facilitated a variety of masterminds, meetings and retreats both internally and externally through SSC. She holds a handful of client events over the year, as well as goes into corporate organizations to lead training, workshops and seminars.
Her training focuses on:
Developing and strengthening communication skills
Growing and nurturing relationships for business development
Goal setting with action steps and accountability
Mastering the sales process
Ivy has hosted dozens of both live and recorded webinars, training and business challenge events for clients, as well as non-clients. She was an early adopter to the webinar world and is highly respected amongst her peers for her tenacity and willingness to get out there. She speaks all over the country, is active on social media, films a weekly YouTube video called the “SSC Minute,” and hosts a weekly podcast, “Her Success Story” where she interviews gutsy businesswomen on their success journey.
Ivy has worked with clients in their twenties, just starting their journey, to clients in their seventies working in their second or third careers. She is also a wife and the mother of two millennials, who keep her up to date on technology and pop culture trends.  
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Thom Singer had the chance to be the master of ceremonies for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's Marketplace and Academy.  In his role speaking at this event he had the chance to interact with many owners of independent toy stores and the manufacturers of toys and games.
What can we all learn from retail stores? A lot.  The internet has disrupted the way people shop and buy things in all industries, but it cannot ever change the spirit of entrepreneurs. 
In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom recaps what he learned at this event from the educational programming and from talking to the wonderful entrepreneurs in attendance.  Toy people are fun people.... but they are also smart business professionals who are growing their businesses despite changes.
Also in this episode he interviews four successful store owners and manufacturers who share their advice about business success and ways to achieve more no matter your industry.
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Award-winning broadcast journalist and former TV news reporter Erica Mandy is founder and host of theNewsWorthy.  This should be your go-to podcast to keep up with the important news of the day.
She combines more than a decade of journalism experience with her own voice and style to provide "fast, fair, and fun" daily news updates in less than 10 minutes, Monday-Friday. theNewsWorthy is credible yet casual - with an unbiased perspective and upbeat personality.
As a TV news reporter, Erica was live on the scene during terrorist attacks, wildfires and federal court rulings, to name a few.  She's interviewed politicians, CEOs, experts, and everyday people doing extraordinary things.
Erica most recently worked for CBS Los Angeles before quitting her job to start this one-of-a-kind daily news.
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BINGE Networks, founded by Bonnie Bruderer is a network of creators, by creators, for creators. 

The multi-channel network allows for any person, brand or company to be able to afford main-stream TV advertising, using the connected device television market.

BINGE creates custom branded channels on their network, for each content creator and then each time a video is uploaded, its proprietary syndication software shares the video on 50 OTT platforms.

It has bridged the gap to the OTT world.

They are currently seeking content creators in the areas of:

-Professional Services and more.

To apply for a channel on this network:

Bonnie Bruder is the Executive Producer of over 700 television segments, airing on BINGE and other outlets.

She is also the writer, director, producer of the film INFLUENCER, a documentary about the social media stars and the billions of dollars in ad dollars that have been generated over the last few years.

She is on the board of OTT Fest, TEDx Marin, a member of the Emmy’s in Florida and involved in many other content creation projects.

She is also available for high-level consulting in the OTT space and for people that are looking to build out their own media network.

She can be reached at:
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