Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Deborah Molique is the founder of Molique EPS, specializing in consulting in-house organizational staff for meeting event success. Deborah is a future thinking, goal-oriented and nationally-minded planning leader who drives client growth through creative large- and small-picture event development. Starting as a young lady serving her community through service, it wasn’t until college that she realized that her organizing talent would become her career. An Arizona State University conference planning internship forged this pursuit while earning a B.S. Organizational Communication degree. Working for a Los Angeles hotel company sharpened her sales and customer service success and still allows her to present client events properly to industry partners. While working at Trackstar Printing, all her abilities commanded the company to a near triple revenue position while transitioning through an unexpected media-frenzy owner death. When the timing was right, Deborah started her own event business, making the decision to move back to the growing Arizona market, and start a for-profit public entertainment business. After several years, she successfully sold the public entertainment portion of the company, and has been focusing on directing regional and national meeting events ever since. Her national and regional clients love her constant developing concepts while always pushing the revenue percentages upward. Staying connected through industry educational resources such as ASAE, PCMA, MPI, SPIN, and more keeps her current on trends, technology, and strategic options. She continues to personally serve her community through volunteerism. Her callings have manifested as a voice for hospital patients, founding a non-profit local networking group, working on industry event committees, and contributing constructive advice for local non-profit organizations.

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Alma Abreu specializes in helping businesses become more agile. She is the founder of 360 Agile Pro. Agile Project Management training and coaching can be very expensive, and is typically used by large companies with big budgets allowing them to hire consultants in the technology space. 360 Agile Pro wants to make this service easily available and a ordable to small businesses and startups with online training programs and coaching at reasonable rates.

Due to the trend of agency owners being too involved in the day-to-day of their business, there’s a need to train their teams on Project Manage- ment. Agile is a good framework for this training, because teams learn to be self-organizing and self-managing, allowing the business owner to get out of the business, automate their service delivery, have better work/life balance, while scaling their company. 

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Dr. Michael Hudson is a teacher, speaker, writer, facilitator, coach & ideapreneur who can help you Get Your Message Heard™. Michael works with Entrepreneurs,

Executives and Experts seeking to get clear on their message and how to communicate it to create their impact on the world. Michael is the author of the book Public Speaker Secrets, filled with practical insights you can use to increase your impact every time you share your message.

Communication is Michael’s gift. He learned early that if you express a vision of what is possible and effectively communicate it, you could generate momentum and engage people in making it a reality. His dream became a reality, when a serendipitous opportunity happened for him to fill in for a speaker who canceled at the last minute. This led to the creation of a multiple 6-figure niche business operated for the past 16 years, before recently selling it.

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Mike Millard loves innovation, entrepreneurs, and learning! He combined all three with the help of his co-founder, Audrey, into Pitch-a-Kid. It helps entrepreneurs refine their pitches and helps kids develop critical thinking skills by evaluating pitches. Through this simple interaction, he believes both the entrepreneurs and kids will learn from one another. And maybe will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in the process.

For nearly 20 years, Mike worked in a variety of roles ranging from innovation to venture capital to technology commercialization. He reviewed hundreds of pitches and understands the value of clear communication. His stops included Western Digital (enterprise disk drives), Dell (servers and storage), HP (Linux), AT&T Knowledge Ventures (Tech Commercialization), Austin Ventures (PE and VC investing) and most recently Ascension/Seton in an innovation role applying everything he learned in tech to healthcare. Mike has an MBA from Western Illinois University and a BS in Marketing and Business Administration from Illinois State University.

On a personal note, Mike is a dad and does dad stuff like uber his daughter to school and skating practice, check homework, and take naps on the couch. He is known to wear a Monster High backpack throughout the week while vacationing in Chicago. He could watch live tennis all day long, enjoys listening to U2, and has trouble seeing the full spectrum of colors.

http://www.pitchakid.com

 

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Jim Comer is a seasoned, multi-faceted communications consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and startups. What sets Jim apart is his ability to create and sharpen content, his collaborative, supportive and candid approach, and the extraordinary range of skills he brings to clients.

Jim is a speech coach, speechwriter, author and speaker. He has worked with CEOs of billion dollar companies, written two nationally published books, and speaks internationally on communication skills and his 14-year journey of caregiving for his parents.

Jim brings a depth of experience and creativity to his speech coaching and presentation skills workshops. As a published writer, his turnkey approach to coaching, writing and editing speeches is especially valuable to busy clients who don’t have time for extensive rehearsals. He knows when a presentation needs revising, shorter sentences, clearer language or personal stories – and is often able to make changes on the spot.

Whether working with the CEO, a sales manager, political leader, nonprofit board member, or someone who wants to overcome a paralyzing fear of speaking, Jim treats clients with respect, integrity, and a determination to meet their needs. His coaching philosophy is based on these simple principles:

Find the client’s strengths and build on them
Get agreement on those areas that need work
Celebrate breakthroughs and push for even higher levels of achievement
Emphasize the power of individuality and authenticity
Model individuality by demonstrating that there is no “right way,” only your way
Encourage clients to share stories and experiences that make points memorable
Jim’s experience as a writer is diverse: a book that landed him on the “Today Show”; articles on the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Dallas Morning News; jokes for Joan Rivers; a monologue for the legendary Bob Hope; creating a comedy act that played “The Improv” in New York; a book, When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents, that was nominated for Best Non-Fiction Book by the Writers’ League of Texas; and editing his father’s best-selling World War II journal, Combat Crew, currently a best-selling eBook on Amazon.

Earlier in his career, Jim honed his skills as an actor and writer in New York and Los Angeles. His corporate writing experience includes speeches, video scripts, conventions, sales meetings, recognition events and shareholders’ letters for annual reports. He has worked with executives for companies including Avon Products, Rockwell International, Advanced Micro Devices, Emerson, IBM, Universal Studios, Shaklee and Lowe’s.

Jim is active in the Austin chapter of the National Speakers’ Association, the Writers’ League of Texas, an award-winning speaker in Toastmasters, and sings in the choir of his church. He enjoys travel, theater, movies, politics, reading, roller coasters, and is a great dinner guest.

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If you are planning to attend an industry conference, or any networking event, then you need to have a plan to maximize the investment of time and money. You are investing a lot to be at the event, do not make mistakes that limit your ROI.

In this episode Thom Singer talks about ways to connect better and make a lasting impression on the people you meet.

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The people who participate in the "Cool Things Project" group coaching program had a discussion recently about standing out from the crowd. This is not as easy as it sounds. We all think the little things we do, such as good customer service, are the key. However, all your competitors are claiming goo service. Nobody tells a client they suck as customer service, and the client can find out they fail until after choosing them. Thus doing good work, having good relationships, etc... are not things that make you get noticed. Doing a good job is expected, it is not a unique selling position.

This episode will challenge you to re-think what you do to stand out from your competitors.

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Julie Ann Sullivan speaks from experience. Many people consider her “a revolutionary.” She does not shy away from that title! She believes when people are given a new way of thinking they have a better attitude towards work and life. Julie Ann seeks to bring a more positive and productive environment into every business she visits. She is an author and a professional member of the National Speakers Association.

Julie Ann was a CPA and spent decades involved in the financial services industry. Now speaking full time, she is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a member of the World Laughter Tour, Inc. and the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

She has a diverse educational background which includes a BA in Psychology and an MBA in Accounting. She also has a Certification as an Expert Level Practitioner as a Certified Laughter Leader.

Julie Ann is also an accomplished writer. Her newest book is titled, “A Little Bit of GRATITUDE Goes a Long Way.”

Her ultimate goal is not so much what participants hear in a presentation, but rather what they will use in their lives to uplift their attitude every day.

Her client list includes Fortune 500 companies, universities and schools, businesses, government organizations, non-profits, and healthcare facilities

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Your leaders may not be as influential as they think they are! Stacey Hanke challenges leaders to stop believing how they feel when they communicate or their titles determine the level of influence they have on those they lead. These misperceptions prevent them from being heard, reaching a call to action and creating a reputation they're proud of Monday to Monday.

Stacey helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery to persuade, sell, influence or simply effectively communicate face-to-face with a clear message. Throughout her career, she has trained more than 15,000 people to conquer public-speaking fears, rid themselves of bad body language habits and choose words wisely. She has delivered over 500 presentations to business leaders, from the financial industry to the health-care industry to government and everyone in-between. Her client list is vast, including Coca-Cola Refreshments, FedEx, General Mills, Cardinal Health, Kohl's, the U.S. Army and Navy, Nationwide, Leo Burnett and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Stacey is co-author of Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. Book #2, Influence Redefined...Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday, will be published in February 2017!

She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on numerous radio interviews nationwide. She has been featured in numerous articles and interviews in the national media: The New York Times, Smart Money, Businessweek.com, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Network, WGN Chicago and WLS-AM Chicago.

Her area of expertise lies in offering practical skills and techniques that build confidence and credibility to leadership, client relationships and personal lives. She helps individuals change their communication behavior to maximize performance, build relationships to win business and put more money in their pocket.

She is also a:
- 2009 Recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Award
- Member of the National Speakers Association. Stacey was one of six speakers selected to present at the 2008 NSA Convention in the category "Top Six Under Forty"

 

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