Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Doug Sandler has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, manager and staff member. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller. He specializes in making connections, building relationships and strengthening bonds both inside and outside organizations. Don’t let the “Mr. Nice Guy” tag fool you, Doug has entered into many high level negotiations and is anything but a pushover.

His speaking and consulting business is geared towards improving relationships and winning business through his time tested sales, service and relationship building system. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker, and writer for Huffington Post. His weekly posts reach over hundreds of thousands of readers. Doug has been titled by a leading social media marketing company in the top 100 of Social Media Thought Influencers to follow.

He is also the co-host of the "Nice Guys on Business Podcast". Thom Singer was the guest on episode 306, and now Doug is on show 240 for "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do".

In this episode Doug talks about creating a lifetime career as an entertainer, DJ, author, coach, speaker, and podcaster. And stick around to the very end when he shares his thoughts on how to use Twitter. @DJDoug.

http://www.dougsandler.com

Donate to Thom's February Fundraiser at https://www.supportseton.org/dell-childrens/give?_ga=1.23148594.903200039.1487344238

Direct download: CTED_240.mp3
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Like all of us, Jesse Smith enjoys having fun. In fact, some have called him a "play expert" because Jesse believes that fun and play are such an important part of child’s life that he has made that he has invested countless hours to help families build stronger relationships through play.

Jesse has over 3 decades of working with children and has spent the last 15 years working with both parents and their children to help them discover how they can lead a more fulfilling life. Jesse has also been involved in the hobby gaming community as a reviewer for board games from both small and large companies.

Jesse graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Arts in Children & Family Ministry, co-authored “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry: Early Childhood Edition” and “The Advent Book.” He currently serves on the Cory Center, a non-profit project of Bethel Seminary where he is able to assist young leaders who work with families. Jesse also publishes game reviews on Board Games With Dad.


Prior to opening his toy store, Sockmonkey Junction, Jesse served as a Family Pastor, a Youth Pastor, spent 8 years as a contractor for the Secretary of Defense, and served 4 years in the US Army.

Jesse asks; "Do you play enough?" Think about it... he is right: It’s how we should live our lives!


About Sockmonkey Junction (Jesse's Toy Store in Mansfield, TX):

Sockmonkey Junction helps create smiles.

When you enter, you'll find their shelves contain quality toys, fun-filled games, and a choice selection of used children's books. There are no toys that need batteries, because Sockmonkey Junction is all about getting kids to play and use their imagination.

But they are more than the items on our shelf. The goal of Jesse and his co-owners is to help you discover items that will strengthen the bonds of families and friendships. They also want to help you make the best choices, so they only sell items that they are confident will be played with again and again.

Find a smile inside Sockmonkey Junction, located on Main Street in beautiful downtown Mansfield, TX.

http://facebook.com/sockmonkeyjunction

Direct download: CTED_239.mp3
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Vicki Hitzges is a professional speaker with more than 20 years of business success. In an industry where few people can have a busy career for five years, Vicki has continuously been educating and entertaining audiences in a variety of industries.

She was not a natural speaker, and early on she admits to being the worst speaker in her high school speech class. But with her mother's advice of "be yourself" she entered college and found her way get past being shy, make friends. and navigate into the world.

She began her after college anchoring TV news in Dallas, Texas. She interviewed U.S. Presidents, business titans, professional athletes and movie stars! Then, things got even better! Zig Ziglar, the world’s top motivational speaker, hired her as his publicist. Zig admired her creativity and launched her speaking career! (Yes, she was discovered by the legendary Zig Ziglar!)

As a keynoter, Vicki teaches people what she has learned over her lifetime– how to have crucial “people skills”, how to be hard on yourself so the world will be easier on you, how to risk enough to get ahead, and how to exude a positive attitude. She travels the world to conferences, walks alone into crowded hotel ballrooms, start conversations, and make friends.

Corporations around the globe book Vicki to teach their people to wow their customers, work together and thrive, conquer change, and clobber deadlines.

To learn more about Vicki visit http://www.keynotespeaker.com

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Also, to donate to Thom's February Fundraiser for the "Kate Singer Endowment" visit https://www.supportseton.org/dell-childrens/give?_ga=1.32649854.1779843702.1487016110 (search the "Designation" pull down menu for "Kate Singer Endowment")

Direct download: CTED_238.mp3
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Thom Singer shares his year journey of running, eating better, and losing 30 lbs. For a non-runner this was a big accomplishment at age 50, but the funny thing is as a healthy man he apparently always had the potential to run, he just never did it.

In Jr High his PE coach called him a "lard ass" as he could not run a 440. In 2017 that coach would probably be fired for saying that, but in the 1970s that was a common thing. At an early age Thom self-identified as one who was not athletic, and certainly not a runner.

But if the potential was there all along, how come he never knew it. This is a problem facing many people. Individuals and organizations have a lot of potential, but they often come up short. Potential does not equal results.

In this episodes Thom talks about the 10 areas his research is showing that hold people back from accomplishing all they are capable of doing. He uses his new found running as the metaphor, but relates it all his experience with business.

1. Lack of focus
2. Fear of failure
3. No plan
4. Too many distractions
5. Can't get past their past
6. Procrastination
7. Naysayers telling them they can't succeed
8. Stuck in a comfort zone
9. It is not their priority (and that is okay, too)
10. Don't have the right support / network

Now is the time to take ownership of your results.

Direct download: CTED_237.mp3
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Cindy Brummer is CEO and Creative Director of Standard Beagle.

Cindy currently serves as product owner on their Agile team — coordinating with clients on their projects and providing direction to the Standard Beagle team. She previously served as designer and developer on the team and works to help keep projects on time and under budget for our clients. She is passionate about user experience, interactive design and fantastic content. She founded Standard Beagle in 2012 after five years of freelancing and working as an in house web designer/developer.

Before becoming an entrepreneur Cindy worked as a television news producer. While she loved the business, she shares how life stepped in and she could no longer rely on anyone but herself to ensure her future.

Listen in to this interview for a candid conversation about life and entrepreneurship.

Direct download: CTED_236.mp3
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