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Episode 550 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members through insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with Amber Gunst, CEO of the Austin Technology Council.  In this episode she talks about the state of Austin's technology community in the face of the global Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
 
 
About Amber Gunst
 
Amber Gunst first joined ATC as Head of Sales and Membership Services with 20 years of experience in business development and member association sales, including four years at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She was the top sales and retention leader of all Chambers of Commerce in the state of Texas, ranking in the top ten nationally in sales for Chambers with revenue over $1.5MM. She also worked for a global staffing firm where she was responsible for client development and consulting staff management.
 
Since her time working at ATC, she has more than doubled membership and increased retention by over 18 percent.
 
About Austin Technology Coucil
 
Austin Technology Council is the leading unifying voice of technology in Central Texas. Since 1992, ATC has been the informed opinion leader, providing their member companies with the insights, resources and connections they need to grow and thrive.
 
For 28 years ATC has led Austin and Central Texas in the journey to become one of the most important and relevant tech and innovation regions in the world. ATC connects their members to the people and knowledge critical for success.
 
 
As the oldest and largest tech industry organization in Central Texas, with a history of tech community leadership, knowledge and connectivity, Austin Technology Council is part of Austin Technology’s DNA and links their heritage to our future.
 
 
ATC supports the growth goals of their member businesses by providing knowledge and access in the areas of capital, talent, business mentoring and networking. They advocate for a robust and supportive environment for the success of tech companies through public policy, education and thought leadership. ATC leads and engages collaboratively with their partners in the community to ensure that Austin remains a great place for innovation.
 
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Thom Singer was recently introduced to the books by Gino Wickman and became a big fan.  Traction and The Entrepreneurial Leap both got him fired up about his business.  So he had to reach out and get Gino on the podcast.  
 
In this crazy time with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic they talked a lot about business and growth and how to shift. Gino is on a crusade to help entrepreneurs, and just after recording this episode he began a free 16 day challenge (that Thom has joined in on).  
 
Gino Wickman shares a lot of wisdom in this conversation, so you may want to listen twice.
 
Learn more at https://e-leap.com
 
About Gino Wickman
 
An entrepreneur since the age of 21, Gino has had an obsession for learning what makes businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. At 25 he took over the family business, which was deeply in debt and in need of help.
 
After turning the company around and running it for seven years, he and his partners successfully sold the company. Gino then set out to help entrepreneurs and leaders get what they want from their businesses. Based on his years of real-world experience, he created the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), a practical method for helping companies achieve greatness. He has personally delivered more than 1,900 full-day sessions for more than 135 companies, helping them implement EOS.
 
He is also the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, as well as Get a Grip, Rocket Fuel, How to Be a Great Boss and What the Heck is EOS?, which have sold more than one million copies. Gino is the founder of EOS Worldwide, an organization that helps tens of thousands of businesses implement EOS with the aid of an international team of over 350 professional and certified EOS Implementers and online support. There are almost 100,000 companies using the EOS tools worldwide.
 
Gino is now devoting time and energy toward helping entrepreneurs-in-the-making get a huge jump-start on taking their entrepreneurial leap, which is why he created Entrepreneurial Leap. The mission of Entrepreneurial Leap is to find all of the entrepreneurs-in-the-making, at any age, wherever they are—to help them realize their purpose and live the life they were born to live. 
 
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As we all deal with the impact of COVID-19 and "Social Distancing", retail stores are heavily impacted.  In many cities and states non-essential stores are having to close their doors and look for creative ways to survive.  In this episode Thom Singer has an in-depth conversation with Amy Saldanha, the owner of kiddywampus, a specialty toy store in Minneapolis, MN.  Amy is also the incoming chair for the American Specialty Toy Store Association (ASTRA).
 
In this podcast they discuss the realities of running a small locally focused retail store in good times and in challenging times.  They share their thoughts and ideas about how all business people can get creative and work together to thrive in the future. 
 
About Amy Saldanha 
 
Amy Saldanha is founder and CEO of kiddywampus, a specialty toy retailer and destination for families in the Twin Cities. She is also the incoming Chair to the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. Prior to founding and running kiddywampus in 2006, Amy practiced law as a civil litigator in Chicago, followed by stints in operations and talent management at several digital start-ups. Amy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a bachelor's degree in political science and speech communications. She also holds a social sciences degree in political philosophy from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She earned her JD from Valparaiso School of Law. Amy also serves on the Board of Trustees at The Blake School, and the Boards of ResourceWest and Hopkins Business & Civic Association. She and her husband, Kenneth, have three children, all of whom are active at kiddywampus. 
 
About ASTRA
 
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 representatives 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.
 
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Episode 547 is an in-depth conversation with Ian Lobas about change and reinvention.  We all face change, and how we jump in and embrace it helps us get to new highs.  Ian is a perfect example of doing this and finding success.  
 
A successful Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Podcast Host, Speaker, and full time High Performance Coach, Ian Lobas absolutely loves life.  
 
After years of grinding it out in the shipping & real estate sales businesses and making sacrifices in every other area of his life, he was burnt out. The money, the power, the success, none of it mattered anymore. He was in a failing marriage and barely knew his kids. Everyday he would ask himself, is this really it, is this all there is to life? Am I meant to do this forever? How can I have the life I want in every area. Thats when Ian set out on a mission of intense personal development to figure out why he was avoiding fear, what was causing the pain, how to clear and remove it from his life and how to make sure it didn’t get between life and what really mattered to him, his family and living life fully with no regrets. 
 
For over 7 years, Ian & his wife Meredith have been successful and sought after to coach people around the world in the areas of mindset, business development, high performance, habits, health, relationships and clearing past traumas, to unleash the lives they have always dreamed of living. All of these people now live more complete, purposeful, fulfilled, balanced lives and are happier, healthier and more successful than ever before. 
 
Ian resides in Baltimore Maryland with his amazing wife Meredith, his daughter Ellis and brand new baby boy Price. In his spare time, he enjoys Travel, Flying Airplanes, Photography, Competitive Swimming, Racing Cars, Sailing, RV’ing &  exploring the world. 
 
To book a discovery call with Ian, please email ian@thelobasgroup.com.
 
 
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The speaker for the March 31st Association for Corporate Growth luncheon in San Antonio was to be Lisa Fullerton, President and CEO of A Novel Idea.  Because of the COVID-19 situation, ACG Austin/San Antonio had to cancel their live events for the short term, but they wanted to ensure they could still provide content to their members and extended community. 
 
Lisa runs a successful business of five Auntie Anne's Pretzel stores and one co-branded Cinnabon franchise in San Antonio.  Her original presentation at the ACG lunch going to be about growth and longevity of her quick-serve restaurants in an industry with typical employee turnover at 200 percent.  She has kept going in the high-stress, high-burnout food service industry, and been in business 20 years, when the average life span of a quick-serve restaurant is 8.5 years.  She’s increased sales by 900 percent and staffing by 1,000 percent since opening her first store, and she’s also gotten involved in small business advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.
 
This interview discusses all of the above, but Lisa is also candid about the current economic situation and her need to stop operations in most locations in the face of the pandemic. 
 
ACG Austin/San Antonio is grateful to Lisa for taking the time to do this interview.  Her support of the business community in San Antonio, Texas, the US, and the world is very clear in the message she shares.  ACG ASA looks forward to having her speak in-person at a future event, but in the meantime, please enjoy this podcast interview.
 
***Disclosure:  Thom Singer, host of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is the husband of Sara Singer, the Chapter Executive of the ACG Austin/San Antonio Chapter.
 
About Lisa Fullerton 
 
Lisa Fullerton is the President and CEO of A Novel Idea, LLC (A.N.I) which operates 5 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and 1 Co-branded Cinnabon Franchise in San Antonio, Texas.  Since opening the first store in 2000, sales have increased 900 percent and staffing has increased 1000 percent. Employee turnover is 200% in the high stress, high-burnout food service industry, and the average life span of a Quick-serve restaurant is 8.5 years.  Lisa is proud of the company’s 20-year history despite these odds.  As a result of increasingly unpredictable regulation and legislation, Lisa has started to advocate for small business at the local, state and federal levels in recent years.  During the 2017 Biennial session, Lisa worked with a US Congressman and State Representative on a bill to restrict state regulatory bills.  HB1290 was one of only 17% of the bills written that session, signed into law by the Texas State Governor.  During 2018, Lisa successfully fought against a Labor Peace Agreement that would have allowed labor unions to organize airport concessionaire employees.   During 2019, she was an outspoken opponent of Mandatory Paid Sick leave at the municipal level and testified repeatedly in the Texas House and Senate committee meetings.  She was also appointed by San Antonio’s Mayor Nirenberg to a Paid Sick Leave (PSL) task force representing the business perspective.  To stay abreast of potential legislation or regulations that can harm small business, Lisa serves on the NFIB Texas leadership council, is Public Policy Chair for NAWBO and a Director for the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
 
About ACG
 
Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has chapters worldwide representing 14,500 members. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies. ACG's Mission is to drive Middle Market growth with content, access to capital, & connections in the Middle Market.
 
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The world has changed a lot in just the last week.  For Episode 545 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" we will focus on leading through crisis with Mary Kelly.  This is important for business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and everyone.  
 
 
About Mary Kelly
 
Mary Kelly improves profit growth.  As an economist, corporate strategist, and leadership development expert, Mary translates economic data that leaders can use to make the right decisions for their business.  Cited in Money Magazine, Entrepreneur, Success, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and by over 500 TV and radio stations, Mary translates theory into action.   
 
One of the first women to graduate from the Naval Academy, Mary served 21 years as a commissioned officer on active duty in the Navy.  Some of her favorite jobs included being an intelligence officer, a counter terrorism officer, a chief of police, an HR director, running a pay and personnel organization, and being part of the team in charge of Pearl Harbor. With a PhD in economics, she was a military professor at the Naval Academy and a civilian professor at the Air Force Academy.
 
She grew up in a small business family, and started working trade shows when she was 10 years old.
 
 
Author of 13 business and leadership books including 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy, Money Smart, Master Your World, 360 Degrees of Leadership, Stop the Barking, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success, 5-Minutes Per Week and 52 Weeks to Building a Better Business, and Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy, Mary can be found at Mary@ProductiveLeaders.com.  
 
About the Book "Who Comes Next, Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy
 
 
Leaders leave. It's inevitable. It might even happen today. Are you prepared?
 
Every organization needs a plan for leadership succession, but few leaders know how to start the process. WHO COMES NEXT? solves that problem and easily guides you through the steps of creating and implementing a viable succession plan.
 
This essential guidebook simplifies the process and gives you the tools you need to build and activate your leadership succession. You’ll find a comprehensive action plan, a library of all the tools needed to develop and sustain your plan, and a resource guide. You’ll learn how to:
 
*Communicate with customers about the change
*Identify talent gaps in your succession plan
*Decide which succession planning model to adapt
*Find your next generation of leadership within your organization
*Handle the unique emotional complexities of succession in a family-owned business
 
 
Whether you are part of a small, family business, a Fortune 500 company or a non-profit, you need to start now by answering the question: WHO COMES NEXT?
 
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Episode 544 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is a wonderful interview with entrepreneur Tucker Max.  You may have heard of Tucker in the past.  He came to fame about 19 years ago with a funny email to friends (that went viral) where he lambasted the law firm where he was a summer clerk.  He was fired a week later, but not because of the letter (you have to hear the real reason).
 
Tucker went on to be a famous blogger and book author, highlighting his bad-boy "fratire" lifestyle.  But today Tucker Max is a married man, father of three (thinking about a 4th), and a successful business entrepreneur.  He is the co-founder of Scribe Media.... an Austin based book writing and publishing company.  Having written 12 books, Thom Singer understands what it takes and appreciates the service that Tucker and Scribe provide.
 
Check out this episode. 
 
About Tucker Max
 
Tucker Max is the co-founder of Scribe Media, a company that helps people write, publish and market their books.
 
He has written four New York Times Best Sellers, which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. He's credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time. He was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009.
 
He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Veronica and three children.
 
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People do not usually respond well to uncertainty and overwhelm.  Issues happening all over the world with Coronavirus are is creating stress.  This stress is impacting everyone because currently there is more uncertainty and overwhelm than ever.  
 
Eliz Greene is the author of the new book, “Stress-proof Your Heart" and a leading expert on leadership in times of uncertainty and overwhelm.  She joins the conversation on episode 543 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do to talk about how business leaders can manage their stress and that of their employees and customers. 
 
Business owners, entrepreneurs, leaders, and others are all having to make decisions quickly that are impacting their business and personal lives. Everyone is facing the stress.  Our brains do not like uncertainty. Our brains like predictability.
 
Uncertainty is perceived as unsafe and potentially painful. Whether the situation is predictably positive or predictably negative, your brain prefers something familiar to something unfamiliar.  Under stress, our brains depend on instinct rather than rational thought because the part of the brain responsible for critical thinking is busy dealing with the psychological reaction to stress. This reaction not only impedes productivity, but it can also create a paralyzing loop of anxiety.
 
You can’t just grit your teeth through unrelenting uncertainty. Don’t beat yourself up for having a natural reaction; you aren’t a bad person, a lousy time manager, or lazy—you are stressed. Notice your stress reaction, and decide to take steps to address it.
 
The information we are getting about Coronavirus is changing by the hour. We are experiencing unprecedented uncertainty. We need to think creatively, but our brains are not getting there. 
 
How can you stay relevant to your customers?  You have to be open and communicate.  Can your provide other services, or just thank your customers for their business.  We need to be personal and not just email blast our lists with Coronavirus branded newsletters.  Mass emails are not reducing stress.  It is adding to overwhelm. 
 
This episode is a must-hear and one you should share with others.
 
About Eliz Greene
 
Eliz Greene is ridiculously excited about stress.  She not only finds the chemical reaction in the body caused by stress fascinating, but stress is also her favorite topic to speak about, write about, or discuss in line at the grocery store.
 
With a surgically repaired heart, Eliz also knows stress management isn’t a ‘nice-to-have,’ but rather an essential survival skill. Surviving a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins propelled Eliz on a mission to share her story to inspire other busy people to pay attention to their health. Just days after her heart stopped and she endured open heart surgery and a cesarean section delivery, Eliz held both her daughters together for the first time.
 
Amazingly, despite the pain and uncertainty, what she felt most strongly was contentment. Her priorities were crystal clear. She knew she’d been given a second chance at life and a unique perspective for a reason.
 
Recognizing stress as an essential and often under-addressed risk factor, Eliz conducted a research study on job stress. Her research uncovered the secrets of how purpose-driven organizations create corporate cultures immune to overwhelm and uncertainty.
 
She writes a Top Health and Wellness Blog. She was named as a Top Online Influencer on Stress and Heart Health. She’s been seen on CNN, PBS, Lifetime, TNT, and many national and local news programs. A national spokesperson and advocate for the American Heart Association, Eliz received the Heart Hero Award in 2010. More recently, she has partnered on the Take Cholesterol To Heart campaign.
 
 
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The meetings industry is being hit hard and fast by event cancellations in the wake of the Coronavirus. For many there is a panic on what to do if their participants cannot come or the whole convention is cancelled.  How to un a virutal meeting is being talked about all across the world.  But hosting a virtual event is not simply livestreaming speakers or holding a webinar.  You have to do it right if you want to engage your audience.
 
As a keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies / emCee, Thom Singer is trying to monitor all that is occurring in the meetings industry.  Thom knows a little about virtual events (he and Eliz Green have hosted several events with their "Conference Talk Show" product)... but Thom knows that if you want to really be informed you have to talk to the experts.  Thom always says "Success Leaves Clues" so he turned to the leader in the world of virtual conferences, Jim Parker.  Jim has been working with live events for 35 years, and began live streaming conferences 11 years ago.  
 
In episode 542 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" thom asks Jim for details on how to run a virtual meeting?  WOW, if you have never run a digital version of a conference, you have to hear what Jim has to say on this podcast. They talk mistake, technology, attendee engagement, bringing virtual attendees to the live event next year, and many other best practices.
 
Find out more about Digitell Inc at https://digitellinc.com/
 
About Jim Parker
 
Jim Parker is President and CEO of Digitell, Inc., a full service multimedia company that specializes in Live Streaming, High End Webcasts and Content Capture/Distribution Systems.  Mr. Parker is a 35 year veteran in the conference industry, servicing 90 organizations, such as the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). With a staff of over 50, Digitell provides their clients with everything from consulting and event management, to registration and web page creation, live streaming, webcasts, content capture, tech support and event reporting. A civil engineer by trade, Jim’s analytical approach to the logistics necessary to execute the services Digitell offers, has provided them with a reputation of offering “best practice” products, services and customer support.
 
About Digitell
 
Digitell, Inc. is a Digital Multimedia Development company specializing in assisting organizations on how to leverage their educational content online. With over 35 years’ experience servicing 150 organizations, Digitell utilizes this wealth of experience and knowledge to assist their clients in developing customized and cutting edge solutions to capturing, delivering and managing their online education. From their newly released education APP, to OPUS DX, a feature rich, fully managed Digital Experience Platform, their services are designed to engage users with a superior digital experience while accessing  live streams, webinars and on-demand education. Digitell can meet the needs of any organization looking to bring their conference or education online.  To learn more visit digitellinc.com.
 
About Thom Singer
 
Thom Singer is a keynote speaker, emcee, and digital event host (see http://www.ConferenceTalkShow.com).  He is the host of two podcasts and the author of 12 books.  
 
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Episode 541 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members through insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with Steve Meier, Co-Founder and Chief Creativity Officer for KungFu.AI. Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.
 
About Steve Meier - Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, KUNGFU.AI
 
Steve Meier, a former teacher turned technology evangelist, spent 15 years working in business development, marketing, product management, and creative strategy for Fortune 500 technology companies before co-founding KUNGFU.AI where he leads client strategy and creativity. Steve's passion is emerging technologies and worked closely with IBM Watson, leveraging Watson APIs to create innovative sales and marketing tools. Steve recently acquired a Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy.
 
About KUNGFU.AI
 
KUNGFU.AI is an artificial intelligence services agency. We help clients start and accelerate advanced data science programs by providing strategy, development and transformation services. We put a healthy focus on practical AI application where we find quick wins at the intersection between key business objectives, data availability, and proven ML techniques. 
 
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In episode 540 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom Singer talks about the business of speaking and the meetings industry in the face of the spread of the Coronavirus. While live meetings bring people together, in the face of a possible pandemic, many companies and associations are canceling their conferences.  This impacts more than the hosts and the attendees.  There are many types of vendors (maybe about 50 per event) that earn their living from serving live events.
 
Speakers, hotels, transportation, meeting planning companies, catering, bars, restaurants, bands, DJs, sign makers, etc... are all part of what makes a meeting amazing. When meetings cancel the economic impact can have a giant ripple effect. 
 
But this virus can impact all kinds of business, and Thom encourages entrepreneurs to be thinking about what this means.  Entrepreneurs are problem solvers.... and this virus could become a big problem that will impact the whole world.  Not just in getting people sick, but in hurting the global economy.
 
Thom shares and idea he had in a brainstorming call with a client who is worried about their association annual meeting being canceled or having low attendance.  His idea is for her to create a branded podcast and interview all 50 speakers (keynote speakers and breakout speakers) to create individual episodes.  Not just webinar data dumps, but in-depth interviews and conversations on their important topics. 
 
He also shares a couple of emails he has received this week about the virus and how one company he knows, BigSpeak, sent a wonderful reminder to speakers to not panic.  That the meetings industry and speaking business have faced health and other disruptive events in the past.  They also provided simple things to pay attention to for health and business.  Thom sees a lot of "hype" out there, but appreciates companies and people who are providing value in a noisy Coronavirus world.
 
Check out this episode of his podcast and share it with a friend if they need an upbeat message in a scary time.
 
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On episode 539 Thom Singer sits down and eats amazing barbeque with one of the owners of LeRoy and Lewis.  Saywer Lewis shares her entrepreneur journey as Thom eats, and eats, and eats.  No matter where you live, you know that Austin is famous for two foods, Tacos and BBQ.  Today we talk BBQ (but it is such a great interview, Thom will soon be seeking a Taco Entrepreneur to be on the show).
 
About Saywer Lewis
 
Sawyer Lewis is an entrepreneur, and the co-owner and operations manager of LeRoy and Lewis BBQ, specializing in hospitality, event planning, social media, and business development. At the age of 18, Sawyer moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where she fell in love with the community while working in local restaurants.  Her passion for the restaurant industry has been cultivated over the last 15 years by working with award-winning chefs and entrepreneurs, and learning from key figures in the sustainable farm-to-table movement across the country. After traveling throughout America and Europe, seeking out various regional cuisine and beverage, Sawyer and her husband Nathan Lewis moved back to Austin in 2015 to settle down.  In 2017, Sawyer and Nathan joined forces with Evan and Lindsey LeRoy to open LeRoy and Lewis BBQ truck at Cosmic Coffee and Beer, with plans to expand into a brick and mortar restaurant and brewery and launch a line of consumer packaged goods. In 2019, Sawyer helped to start an Austin Chapter of I’ll Have What She’s Having, a non-profit uniting hospitality professionals to raise funds and awareness for female health care.
 
About LeRoy and Lewis
 
New school barbecue, old school service. They serve up alternative cuts of meat and creative sides using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. Expanding the boundaries of traditional barbecue, guests can expect market-style service of meats sliced to order and served by the pound, renewed versions of classic barbecue sides, and playful desserts.
 
The food truck is located at Cosmic Coffee, in South Austin.  A new brick and mortar location coming soon.  Learn more at https://leroyandlewis.com 
 
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This week Thom Singer lead a "Brain Power" session at a large industry conference with 400 participants. The idea is to change up the general session to not just be another talking head keynote.  At live meetings and all industry conferences there are many speakers on the main stage and in the breakout sessions, but across the board participants often cite the impromptu hallway conversations as some of the best parts of attending an event.
 
Serendipity of talking shop with peers at live meetings can be magic. Hearing and idea or best practice that you can take into work and implement is worth the whole cost of attending a convention. But can serendipity be planned?  Thom Singer says YES.  He has created these "Brain Power" sessions to replace the keynote and make the attendees the star of the show. 
 
But this is not just a "sit at the table and talk about topics" session.  It is curated and hosted discussions that involves meeting people, identifying ideas, sharing, and networking. People come to live meetings to learn and network, and this general session delivers it all.
 
Meeting planners are hungry for fresh ideas, but they cannot go wild. We cannot move business conferences to the dessert and have a Burning Man style meeting (or can we?  Hmmmmmm???).  Most association conferences and business meetings still need to be in the structure of a hotel ballroom and a manageable agenda.  But do people need to be sitting and only hearing keynotes?  Or can they take their learning into their own hands.  This is part facilitated discussion and part "Un-Conference".  All held together by "The Conference Catalyst".
 
For over eleven years Thom Singer has been working as a speaker, emcee, and facilitator for live meetings in a variety of industries.  He is know as "The Conference Catalyst" for how he changes the vibe at a live event and gets people to engage more (while often not holding their phones in their hands while chatting with people).  So many participants claim they want more networking and connection, but fail to achieve any of it while at the event.  Thom changes that. 
 
If you are planning an event, conference, convention, seminar or any live meetings - you will want to hear episode #538 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and you might want to contact Thom about the programs he offers and how he customizes the content for your specific needs.
 
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Scott Shay is the Chairman and co-founder of Signature Bank of New York, which started with no deposits and has become a $50 billion bank. Before founding the bank, he also had a successful career on Wall Street.  Most recently he has released a new book, "In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism"
 
On episode 537 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", Scott shares his entrepreneurial journey and talks about how people can find their own success. 
 
About Signature Bank
 
Signature Bank is a full service commercial bank that serves privately owned business clients and their owners and senior managers. The Bank offers business and personal banking products and services, as well as investment, brokerage, asset management, and insurance products through its subsidiary, Signature Securities Group Corp.
 
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In episode 536 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", host Thom Singer does a quick catch up about the podcast and his career. 
 
He also shares some tips from his keynote speech "The Secret Weapon: Connecting with People in a Gadget-Crazed World".  Are you choosing people in this busy would full of distractions? Do you continue to build your network? Is your network diverse?  Are you adding people.  Are you helping others succeed by sending referrals to others regularly?  These are just a few questions he provides to make you think about your own secret weapon (your network).  Choosing people is key. But we also need to take the time to notice others. People are experiencing greater levels of loneliness, even in our digitally connected world. 
 
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Reuben Abootorabi is an award-winning hunter who loves getting "the impossible" meetings for his clients with decision makers they are dying to meet. Modelled on the high touch and relationship centric Creative Artist Agency in Hollywood, Reuben founded The Austin Agency to help the companies he works with win more business and outperform their competition. In spare time he loves to travel, read thought provoking books, and Texas two stepping at a local watering hole.  
 
About The Austin Agency
 
Their clients say that what’s different is that they're now innovating at startup speed, but with enterprise resources.  

In a world fueled with VC dollars and aggressive entrepreneurs, they take on the role of a phantom competitor looking to disrupt your core business. They help you identify the areas in your industry and business where you can grow and innovate before a third party beats you to the punch. 
 
Reuben has assembled a Red Team of decision makers from your target market, including former competitors and existing clients. These Fortune 2000 executives allow them to skip much of the "discovery" due diligence normally required in order to execute effectively.  

As recovering sales and business development executives, The Austin Agency team has hunted B2B business for their clients all over the world. This allows them to use their methodology to test your value proposition, business model, messaging, pricing, persona, niche + Sample use cases include how to successfully:

· Enter new markets
· Validate product market fit
· Create differentiated content
· Drive innovation
· Predict demand   
 
 
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Richard Citrin bridges the gap between business, psychology and entrepreneurship. He draws on his deep experience as a health care entrepreneur, clinical psychologist, corporate executive and leadership coach to present his insights and ideas in a practical and powerful manner that creates real change and success for his clients whether they are corporate executives or the small businessman trying to grow his or her enterprise.
 
 
His unique perspective on leadership, talent development and how we learn and grow from challenges is based on the idea that by using our strengths, talents and skills, and by aligning them in a purposeful and powerful manner, real change occurs. Richard shares his insights in his writings, coaching and speaking. 
 
 
After building and successfully selling his health care business to a national healthcare company, Corphealth, Richard moved into their senior leadership ranks where he assisted them in a turnaround endeavor by developing award winning programs in behavioral health and wellness that led Corphealth to be acquired by Humana Healthcare. From there, Richard was recruited to one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was on a leadership team that doubled their revenue in a 5-year period from $750 million to $1.5b. 
 
 
After 12 years of corporate work, he decided to return to solopreneurship and opened his own corporate consulting practice focused on executive and leadership coaching and where he has worked with national and international clients. 
Richard has written over 30 professional articles and has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes and Fortune magazine. Richard has written three books. His first was part of the National How to Get A Job in (name your city). In 2016, he wrote The Resilience Advantage which changed the way people think about stress and their ability to respond to it. His newest book, co-written with Michael Couch, and just released in 2020, is Strategy Driven Leadership which discusses the failures of leadership development programs in corporate America and how organizations can effectively develop the next generation of leaders.
 
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Episode 533 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with Mathias Ihlenfeld, the CEO and Founder of woom bikes USA . Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.
 
About woom bikes
 
woom designs high-quality, lightweight bikes for children of all ages. Our attention to detail sets our company apart—from the careful selection of materials to our commitment to safety and performance, our bikes are tailor-made for a child’s anatomy and needs. woom bikes are often half the weight of conventional kids’ bikes found at traditional retail stores, and 85 percent of our bike parts are individually developed and produced for woom. In all design elements, woom emphasizes safety, ergonomics, handling, and non-toxic, environmentally friendly components.
   
Riding is easy to learn and easy to enjoy on woom bikes, which range in size from balance bikes designed for children who’ve just learned to walk (18 months+) to pedal bikes for young teens (13-14 years). woom ships directly to customers, and assembly is quick and simple.
 
Family owned and operated, woom was founded in Vienna, Austria, by Christian Bezdeka and Marcus Ihlenfeld with the mission to create the ideal kids’ bike. Helmed by Marcus’ brother, Mathias Ihlenfeld, woom USA began operating at our headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 2014; our aim is to bring the same unparalleled European design and love of riding to families across North America. In 2019, woom USA was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., ranked No. 259 overall and 20th in Texas. For more information, visit us at us.woombikes.com or call 855-966-6872. 
 
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On episodes 532 Thom Singer sits down to chat about business with Ben Lamm.  Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Hypergiant Industries.  He is a serial tech entrepreneur with a lot of great experience and advice.
 
 
About Ben Lamm:
 
Ben Lamm is a serial technology entrepreneur dedicated to making the impossible possible. He builds intelligent, disruptive software companies that help the Fortune 500 innovate with breakthrough technologies. Ben is the co-founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Hypergiant, the office of machine intelligence Industries. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Conversable, the leading conversational intelligence platform acquired by LivePerson, the founder and CEO of Chaotic Moon Studios, the global creative technology powerhouse acquired by Accenture and co-founder of Team Chaos, acquired by Zynga.
 
 
About Hypergiant Industries:
 
Hypergiant Industries focuses on solving humanity's most challenging problems and leading the way in data intelligence as humanity enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To accomplish this mission, the company creates emerging AI-driven technologies and develops world-changing commercial products and solutions for Fortune 500 and government clients. As the parent corporation over a roster of divisions, Hypergiant Industries serves verticals that include space science and exploration, satellite communications, aviation, defense, healthcare, transportation and municipal infrastructure, food and beverage, retail and more. Founded in 2018, the company has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Washington, DC.
 
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On episode 531 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom Singer interviews Christie Woods.  Christie has had an interesting life and career Miss Teen USA, a television actress, a wife and mother, a two-time contestant on "The Amazing Race", and a successful relationship coach.  Her husband, Colin Guinn, was the guest on episode 479 talking about the drone industry and their Amazing Race victory in 2019.  In this interview we get to meet Christie and learn about her success in life and business.  She shares her story as well as advice for entrepreneurs (and others). 
 
As an Integrated Sex, Love & Relationship Coach, Christie Woods uses her intuitive abilities and energetic healing tools to help clients process past trauma stuck in the body often keeping one in a constant loop of mediocre relationships and life experiences.  She combines traditional “top down” talk therapy with a more somatic “bottom up” approach utilizing various types of breath-work, sound healing, meditation, and reiki in order to encourage her clients to go deep within the self to uncover and/or simply release thought patterns no longer serving their best a highest good. Christie invites her clients to reclaim their sovereignty by reconnecting with their own internal emotional guidance system; thus, becoming a more expressed human, free of cultural and familial programming, inspired to live their own deep authentic Truth.
 
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In this episode Thom Singer sits down with Jim Cathcart to talk about his life long career as a speaker.  Jim started out seeking his path, but took him several jobs before finding his passion to educate others.  Jim is the first guest ever on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to admit to having once been a door to door donut salesperson (Ha ha).  This is also the only episode where the guest took out his guitar and played a song in the middle of the interview.  Yes, Thom is a little star-struck, as while they are now friends, Jim Cathcart is one of the people who many years ago (before they met) inspired Thom to look at professional speaking as a career. 
 
With over 35 years of professional speaking around the world, Jim Cathcart is one of the best known and most award-winning motivational speakers in the business. He has delivered more than 2,700 presentations to audiences in every state of the US, most provinces of Canada and countries from Scotland to Singapore. Some of his most recent international engagements were for thousands of business leaders in Bogota', Colombia; Costa Rica; Panama; Warsaw, Poland; Santiago, Chile and Macau, China! A business strategist, pyschological researcher and philosopher at heart, Jim is also a down to earth regular guy. He has worked in warehouses, driven trucks, sold donuts door to door, been a bank teller, plays guitar in night clubs and pubs, and has toured much of the world on a motorcycle.
 
After hearing Earl Nightingale on the radio one day in 1972, Jim was inspired to change his life. While working as a government clerk in the Housing Authority he determined to learn psychology and master the process of self-improvement. Through years of fanatical dedication to this quest he learned new skills, became a certified trainer for a variety of programs, read stacks of books, attended countless seminars and volunteered thousands of hours to civic organizations. In this process he moved from clerk, to manager, to sales person, to leader, to trainer, to author and professional speaker.
 
Today he is listed in the professional Speaker Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the prestigious Golden Gavel Award (along with Earl Nightingale, Art Linkletter, Zig Ziglar and many others), has been the president of the National Speakers Association and received the Cavett Award for a lifetime of service. He has authored 16 books and scores of recorded programs. In 2007 he was listed as one of The Top 100 Minds on Personal Development by Leadership Excellence magazine. The San Diego chapter of the National Speakers Association renamed their member of the year award "The Jim Cathcart Service Award" and the Greater Los Angeles chapter gave Jim the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. In 2008 he was inducted as one of the "Legends of the Speaking Profession." And in 2010, 2011 & 2012 he was selected as one of the Top 5 Sales & Customer Service Speakers by Speaking.com in an online survey of over 13,000 people.
 
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Thom Singer invites Jenny de St Georges to episode 529 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to talk about building a business.  Jenny has an impacting story of how she started her speaking business talking specifically to dentists.  Her success over the decades has been unparalleled in the world of speaking and training.  She gives advice that come from doing.  She has lived the entrepreneur life. She wants people to have faith in themselves but to not get paralyzed by being a perfectionist. Perfection can sabotage growth. Jenny has been a perfectionist, but has learned that sometimes you have to just ship the product or you will never be done. 
 
Jenny de St Georges has a special service helping entrepreneurs think out of the box and find ways to be more creative with title and naming. Too often people are too blah in their titles and creative descriptions.  She thinks people need to use their brains more than just relying on tech tools. 
 
"Common sense and logic never go out of style", says Jenny.  It is so evident in today's business world that common sense is not as common as we think. People shy away from having an opinion.  Even business coaches do not push people, but she does.  
 
About Jenny de St Georges
 
 
Jennifer de St Georges delivers her content driven, solution based Program designed for both professional and emerging speakers in her trademark fast paced and humorous style. Her common sense & logical approach to sharing over four decades of speaking career has won her a loyal global following.
 
Like many of us, Jenny started her speaking company out of her house. Incensed re the poor quality of seminar she attended in her field of expertise (dental practice management) she requested a full refund.  Her professional speaking career started 16 weeks later!
 
Jenny created a dental practice management program and for the next ten years ran her own public full day seminars across the county.  In time,  she grew JdSG International Inc. to 7 full time corporate staff and a team of 8 consultants and a teaching facility. She became a ‘big fish’ in the small pond of dentistry! Some years later, Jenny sold her dental speaking & product company to a global dental corporation. 
 
A member of NSA since the mid ‘80’s she is an active member of the Northern California (NC) Chapter, where she has served on the Board, been awarded Member of the Year and actively involved in the Speaker Academy since its inception. Jenny has presented at several NSA annual conventions and various State Chapters. Globally, she is very active in the Professional Speakers Association of UK (PSA/UK) and is an honorary Fellow of the association.  Jenny has also presented for the   speaking associations Eire, UK, France & Germany
 
Between her two speaking markets of dentistry and the National Speakers Association, Jenny has presented over 1,000  programs on five continents.  She has over 350 published dental business articles. For most of her speaking career, her dental product line outpaced her dental speaking income.
 
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If you are in sales, you need to read the Transparency Sale and you must hear episode 528 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"  Author Todd Caponi joins the show for a deep dive talk about sales. 
 
Todd Caponi has spent a lifetime in sales and been the VP of Sales and / or Chief Revenue Officer for several companies.  Through his real life experience he has created this amazing content that will help you and your company succeed more.  In this episode he shares great advice for entrepreneurs and others about how to get things done in the world of selling.
 
 
Who is Todd Caponi?
 
Todd's book, The Transparency Sale has been recognized as the best book of 2019 in the category of "Business: Sales" at the 17th annual Best Book Awards. His focus is as a speaker & workshop leader as Principal of Sales Melon LLC. and also serves as the Managing Director of Chicago’s VentureSCALE.
 
 
Previously, he had spent almost 4 years building the revenue capacity of Chicago’s PowerReviews from the ground up as their Chief Revenue Officer...turning it into Illinois’ fastest-growing tech company. Prior to that, he's held sales leadership roles with 3 other tech companies, including ExactTarget, where he helped drive the organization to a successful IPO and a $2.7B exit through the acquisition by Salesforce.com.
 
 
He's a former American Business "Stevie" Award winner for VP of WW Sales of the Year, and also once owned & operated a sales training company.
 
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Michael O'Neal is the host of the Solopreneur Hour Podcast, and Thom Singer calls him the "Godfather" of his "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.  Thom was a big fan of Michael's show long before he ever thought of starting his own podcast, and turned to Michael for a lot of tips, tricks, and guidance in 2014 when he was launching this program.
 
Episode 527 is Micheal O'Neal's third time as a guest on CTED.  In this episode they talk about how Michael is learning about YouTube and the things he is doing with his YouTube Channel. If you want to grow your exposure on YouTube, listen to this episode... but follow up by doing some more research on Michael O'Neal - as he has several ideas he has shared on his podcast, YouTube, and other places on ways you can get more views, etc....
 
About Michael O'Neal's Solopreneur Hour
 
 
The Solopreneur Hour is an audio podcast hosted by Michael O’Neal that co-hosts with the best and brightest solopreneurs from all walks of life, including network marketing, internet marketing, music, fitness, actors, comedians, and more.  These people are not only standouts in their industries, but they’ve put an entrepreneurial spin and “zagged” while everyone else zigged.  Our mission is to take you through their journey, give you actionable steps and actions to help you with your ventures, and inspire you to take massive action.   Hopefully we’ll have a few laughs along the way.
 
We share practical steps and tools, including books, smartphone apps, websites, training courses, strategies and stories that will support you every step of the way.
 
Instead of giving the same interview you’ve heard 100 times, we invite our guests to be co-hosts, and have a casual but insightful conversation about success, just like you would at a restaurant or a bar.  It’s that down-to-earth, practical conversation that lets our listeners know that we are all the same…just at different places on the timeline.
 
 
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Episode 526 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with David Periz, the CEO and Founder of Lumen Insurance Technologies. Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.

About David Perez:

David Perez is the Founder of Lumen Insurance Technologies, an Austin based commercial insurance firm serving the technology startup ecosystem. Lumen helps early stage companies navigate corporate risk at the major inflection points in a startup’s journey. David specializes in Cyber Liability, Errors & Omissions (E&O), Directors and officers (D&O) and other complex lines of coverage relevant to his clientele. His clients span a wide range of new technologies such in areas such as Fintech, InsureTech, Quantum Computing and data analytics.


David is a Co-Organizer of the InsureTech ATX Meetup, a mentor at MassChallenge TX, and serves as an advisor to several startups. David is a military veteran and served over 6 years in the Airforce as a nuclear weapons officer. He went to Texas A&M and has an M.B.A. from Colorado State. David lives in Austin with his wife and three kids.

The Man in the Arena

In the episode Thom and David talk about the Teddy Roosevelt quote "The Man in the Arena". Here is the quote:


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/lumeninsurance

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Thom Singer sits down for an chat with Founder and CEO of Aras.  Peter and his wife started the company twenty years ago, and are currently experiencing 40% growth.  They have over 600 employees, and have seen the growth in both the company and the people they work with over two decades.  In this episode Peter shares his journey and practical advice for entrepreneurs in any industry.
 
About Aras
Aras provides a resilient platform for digital industrial applications. Its open, low code technology enables the rapid delivery of flexible, upgradeable solutions for the engineering, manufacturing and maintenance of complex products. Aras’ platform and product lifecycle management applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product data and processes across the lifecycle and throughout the extended supply chain. Airbus, Audi, GE, GM, Honda, Kawasaki, Microsoft, and Mitsubishi are investing in the platform to manage complex change and traceability.
 
About Peter
Peter Schroer has 35 years experience growing high-tech companies into market leaders by spearheading solution innovation combined with structured growth strategies. Prior to founding Aras Corporation, Peter was General Manager, US Operations, for Eigner+Partner [acquired by Agile Software], a provider of PDM technology.
Previously, he was a General Manager at both Workgroup Technologies and Thermo Electron. Peter began his career as a manager with Data General. He was also a member of the Nobel Prize winning design team at the prestigious IBM Thomas Watson Institute. Peter holds a BSEE, MENG EE, and MBA from Cornell University.
 
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Check out episode 524 - Thom Singer interviews an amazing entrepreneur, Farissa Knox. She is the founder of RLM, a full service ad agency in Chicago, IL.

A native New Yorker, Farissa relocated to Chicago in 2007 and founded RLM Media in 2008. RLM Media is a boutique advertising agency that specializes in media planning and buying and is headquartered in Chicago, IL. RLM additionally uniquely services and works closely with other advertising agencies that do not have media buying capabilities in house by working as an
extension of their client-agency teams in order to bring the advertiser’s message to market in an efficient and total market approach. Some of the client categories RLM has been able to be successful in are Politics, Health Care, Recruitment and Higher Education. Farissa has grown RLM Media to gross billings of over $20 million in 10+ years by providing excellent customer
service, complete solutions, and a team approach for their clients.

Additionally, Farissa founded WhatRUWearing in 2012. WRUW is a production house that focusses on a one-off, series, and cinematic video within the fashion, beauty, lifestyle and reality space, having created the original series, PRGirl, focusing on young women in major markets living and working in the world of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle public relations. Farissa is the creator and Executive Producer of PRGirl and is working on additional projects to be
released in 2020.

Before Farissa was in business for herself, she worked in advertising sales. Farissa began her career in local radio sales at Cox Radio in Richmond, Virginia for the Classic Rock radio station WKLR-FM where she was able to learn the foundation of some of the same skills she uses today in her own companies. From there, Farissa went on to do national radio sales for Interep in New York and Chicago which, at the time, represented over 2000 radio stations across the country.

Farissa lives in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood with her husband and two daughters. Farissa received her B.A. in Communications from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA in 2003.

https://farissaknox.com

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Episode 523 is a candid conversation with Emerald GreenForest as she talks about finding ways to start over and kick ass in life.  
 
 
Founder & Lead Visionary of Creative Age Consulting Group, The Wealthy Life Mentor Emerald GreenForest is an internationally known speaker, transformation artist, Be The Change “Movement To Watch” Award Winner and one of America’s Premier Experts. She is the Executive Producer and Hostess of the Apple Top 100 ranked Men On Purpose Podcast & the Apple Top 100 ranked Wickedly Smart Women Podcast and is hired to consult with high achieving leaders who are called to be the Vanguard of the Creative Age.   
 
 
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Episode 522 is an in-depth chat with Jonathan Palmer.  He is the owner of Autometrix and a new board member for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).  Thom Singer met Jonathan at the IFAI Expo, where Thom was the keynote speaker and master of ceremonies.  The organization was made up of many entrepreneurial companies, and he knew he had to get Jonathan (and others) onto the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast.  This is the first of what we hope to be many interviews with the members from IFAI.
 
About Jonathan Palmer: 
 
Jonathan Palmer is the CEO and 2nd generation owner of Autometrix, Inc. and actively manages the development of new cutting solutions for the textile world.  His first employment at Autometrix was in his teens, counting parts and crating them for new equipment installations. In the years that followed, Jonathan has gained experience in every area of the business and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  As the father of two young girls, a new son, and the owner of a family-oriented business, Jonathan is familiar with the unique struggles faced by many family-owned manufacturers in the US, and works each day to bring a practical, problem-solving approach to the world of modern cutting rooms - from digitizing and pattern layout software to cut parts coming off the table.   
 
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Episode 521 is a conversation with Austin Sams about the world of work and family.  Austin Sams wants entrepreneurs to have better family lives.  A lot of entrepreneurs are creative people.  Austin had a job and yet he was not fulfilled.  So he got creative. He believes you have to be observant on how people respond to the things you try. Are people seeing value?  If yes, you may have discovered your new career path.
 
He is working on a quest to help people be present and make things happen in their lives. He has started Family Entrepreneurs.  Family Entrepreneurs is an online community to inspire, learn, and support one another to always put family first while building your business. When people can take of the "mask" and live an authentic life, they succeed more in life and business. 
 
Austin Sams believes that time with family is more important than money.  He also believe there are smart ways to make a high income but still have time freedom.  His motto is to not only make a great living, but to live THE GREAT LIFE. 
 
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On episode 520 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, Thom Singer interviews business coach and speaker Scott Carely. Scott is currently serving as the president of the Austin chapter of the National Speakers Association. In this conversation they discuss Scott's career journey, his advice for entrepreneurs, and his role with NSA Austin.
 
About Scott Carley
 
Scott is known as the Change Energizer. People who want change in their organization, executive leadership team or in their own life seek Scott out. Scott is an expert in casting vision, repairing fractured teamwork and priority management. He is a natural entertainer and story teller that inspires the imagination of his audiences. His quick humor and energy are contagious.
 
He speaks to medium to large companies ($2-$40 million) who want innovative change, fresh vision and cannot afford to be dragged down by unclear priorities or fractured teamwork. Scott has traveled to over 350 cities and overseas as a keynote speaker and for executive team retreats.
 
Scott is a tenured VISTAGE Speaker and Executive Business Coach. He is President Elect and Board Member of the Austin National Speakers Association. From 2010-2015 Scott took his BNI Region of 45 chapters to the top 2% internationally in growth, retention and referral revenue ($36 million annually). Scott pastored a thriving congregation with his leadership team for 10 years and built a 13,000 sq ft worship facility on 5 acres in the 90s.
 
Scott has been based out of Austin since 2003. He enjoys live music, motorcycle riding in the Texas hill country and grilling steak and fish. He was married on Thanksgiving Day 2015 to his lovely bride, Carol. Now they have become the Magnificent Seven. Together they have raised 4 daughters and a son!
 
About NSA Austin
 
 
The Austin chapter of the National Speakers Association is the premier local destination for professional speakers who strive to grow through comprehensive continuing education, informal mentoring and professional connections. We look forward to welcoming you to NSA Austin.
 
Vision:
To make NSA Austin the go-to organization for professional speakers — as well as one of the most respected and dynamic professional organizations in Central Texas.
 
Goals:
To encourage connections, sharing, learning, and professional growth in our membership.
To continue to attract and retain a diverse list of high level members who are truly interested in speaking as a profession (or offering support services for professional speakers).
To expand our reputation for producing well-attended, high quality programs and gatherings.
To build up our treasury through sponsorships, fundraisers, memberships, and other means.
To build a solid leadership succession stream.
NSA Austin’s history, short as it may be, is a great example of what happens when talent, energy, enthusiasm, and hard work converge to fill a need and manifest a shared vision.
Speakers who have presented to the NSA Chapter have included Jason Dorsey, Jessica Pettitt, Jill Griffin, Patrick Henry, Jill Schiefelbein and many others.
 
About Thom Singer
 
Thom Singer is the host of two podcasts (including the entrepreneur podcast "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and the "Digital Enterprise Society Podcast".  He is a motivational speaker and professional master of ceremonies / emcee.  Thom is also the author of 12 books and a prolific blogger. 
 
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Episode 519 is an interview with Duff Gardner.  Duff is committed to helping service-based practitioners transform into social impact platforms that touch, move, and delight.  He is an active business coach and podcaster (Check out his "Off My Duff" podcast).
 
Duff Gardner brings Startup Thinking to the coaching and transformation world.  Duff’s draws strength from his Modern Family.  And, as an award-winning 7-figure marketer, startup founder and Silicon Valley educated digital executive, he helps Impact-Driven entrepreneurs create Offers that Sell. 
 
Duff lives on the West Coast of Canada in beautiful Victoria BC, he is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon - Silicon Valley with an MSc. in Learning Sciences and Information Technology, and in his free time, he is a passionate advocate for his 2 adult kids, pitbull rescue and adoption, and LGBTQ rights.
 
Check out his conversation to a candid look at business, success, and life.
 
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Check out episode 518 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Thom Singer interviews Dr. Margaret Rutherford, the author of "Perfectly Hidden Depression". 
 
Dr. Margaret Rutherford has been a psychologist in private practice for over twenty-five years. She began writing online in 2012, and was just narcissistic enough to believe that she might have something fresh or funny to say about what she'd learned.
 
Since that time, she has launched three different versions of her website. She begun a podcast called SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. She created monthly FaceBook Lives for The Mighty. And now she is excited to announce that her book, entitled "Perfectly Hidden Depression: How to Break Free from the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression", was released in November of 2019.
 
Dr. Margaret Rutherford been researching and writing on this topic of hidden depression for five years, and she is passionate about the message that although depression can be heavily masked by perfectionism, it’s damage can still be devastating to that someone who’s trying so hard to smile their way through growing loneliness and despair.Along the way, she met many authors, researchers, bloggers, and psychologists. She  has written for HuffPost, The Mighty, Psych Central, The Gottman Blog, Psychologies, StigmaFighters, The Good Men Project, This Is My Brave, and others as she has spread a passionate message about becoming more comfortable with vulnerability in every day life, and confronting the prejudice against not only mental illness itself, but its treatment.
 
In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do, Margaret Rutherford tells here story of starting her career as singer, and her transition to helping people with their mental health issues (I am sure as a singer she had the same impact for many!). The interview will explore the mental health issues for entrepreneurs, and others. 
 
Thom was excited to interview her, as they met online four years ago when he was dealing with some issues and ran across some of her online articles.  She was writing "Perfectly Hidden Depression" at the time they met, and her concepts for the book resonated with him and helped him see his own areas to work on in his life.
 
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Episode 517 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.  This episode is an in-depth interview with Lionel Felix, the CEO and Founder of Felix Media Solutions.  Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.
 
About Lionel Felix:
 
Raised in NYC, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Techie and side-hustle since I got my first Commodore 64. Went to school for film and ended up in IT. Worked as an IT helpdesk, manager, director and VP for Dell, Motorola, frogdesign, Sony Pictures and Y&R. Left IT for AV as a lark and suddenly we had employees and a warehouse! I'm marrying our CFO in December 2019, dad to two big dogs and constantly playing with blinky things in my spare time
 
About FMS:
 
We started our commercial AV integration business in 2014 having managed global IT organizations for 20 years. Our team is all based in Austin and work mainly in Austin but follow our clients all over the world for upgrades and deployments. As of now we have 25 people on staff and will do 6M in business in 2019. We focus mainly on Class-A corporate projects but also love to work on hospitality because it is nice to have places to take clients. 
 
http://avtakeout.com - e-commerce site we built to let people buy a conference room in a box.
 
 
About Thom Singer
 
Thom Singer is a keynote speaker and professional EmCee. He is the host of two podcasts and the author of 12 books.  
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Check out episode 516 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Thom interviews Adam Walker Lewis.  Adam went from being a teacher to being an entrepreneur.  He now hosts two podcasts and coaches people on how to be amazing.
 
Adam Lewis Walker is a TEDx keynote speaker/coach and 2 x best-selling author. He hosts the top-ranked podcast Awaken Your Alpha, interviewing the world’s elite minds in over 350 episodes since early 2014. In addition, Adam recently launched The TalkXcelerator Podcast for aspiring TEDx Speakers to learn how to achieve their talk. This accompanies The TalkXcelerator Program that takes clients hand in hand to achieve their goal. *Disclaimer – The TalkXcelerator is not affiliated with TED*  A former teacher and international pole-vaulter. In 2008 Adam was attempting to reach the Olympics when his career was cut short by a freak accident. Adam hit rock bottom. He had to rebuild his dreams and identity.
 
In 2013, Adam co-authored The New Rules of Success, sharing his no-nonsense approach to health, family and leadership. The success of this bestselling book led to the creation of the podcast and Adam’s quest to share inspirational stories, strategies and insights to be the leader in your life. As a coach and mentor, he works to cultivate the mindset needed for excellence and fulfillment while getting results.
 
Adam gave the TEDx talk Awaken Your Alpha, How to Rise Up and has been featured in The Huffington Post, ESPN, PodFest, Influencers Radio and many other media outlets.
 
In 2018 “Awaken Your Alpha – Tales & Tactics To Thrive” became an international bestseller on it’s release. This book is based on the 5 years of research from his podcast.
 
He is a proud parent to Dylan and Harrison with his wife Christina. Originally from West Sussex in the south of England. Recently Adam achieved a lifelong dream moving his family to America.
 
In 2019 Adam was twice named as an “Icon Of Influence” in the New Media space and one to watch into 2020.
 
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Their story begins with two strangers in the sun, at The Amazing Race starting line, emerged Team Fun! Despite their differences they made their big debut and raced around the world. They maneuvered through the obstacles, discovered what is possible experienced phenomenal, now they’re Funstoppable!
 
Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce are very different people with different backgrounds and different interests. By dissecting the success of their team dynamic they unveiled their FUNdamentals. Their story is unique and so is yours! How are you applying living F.U.N. to your life?
 
Becca and Floyd's story and message about teamwork is one you won't forget. Team Fun is ready to share their important messages as they are now professional speakers talking to schools, youth groups, offices, corporate conferences, etc... When you hire Team Fun, you can expect an engaging story, juggling, rapping, beatboxing, emotion, participation and practical tools you can apply to find more connection in your relationships at work, at home and at play!
 
Check out this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear their lessons of teamwork and leadership from being on two seasons of the Amazing Race. 
 
About Becca Droz
 
Becca Droz was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA in a lively Jewish family. She graduated from Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC with a B.A. in Outdoor Leadership and now resides in Boulder, CO. She spends most of her time outside rock climbing. Becca is an athlete with Outdoor Research and coaches and guides rock climbing in the gym and at Women’s Wilderness, a local non-profit. Becca values creative expression, which she explores through making music with beatboxing and rap, and going after big goals. Becca’s childhood dream came true, twice, when she was a contestant on the season 29 and 31 of The Amazing Race as part of “Team Fun.”
 
About Floyd Pierce
 
Floyd Pierce was a contestant on the 29th and 31st seasons of The Amazing Race as a member of "Team Fun."  Born and raised in Highlands Ranch, CO, Floyd graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.  He currently works as a Trader and Analyst at Colorado Financial Management. Floyd balances his analytical mindset with his creativity, as one of Floyd's greatest passions is music. He plays the saxophone, piano, and was the drum major of CU's "Golden Buffalo" marching band for three years.  He also enjoys giving back to his community, as he sits on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Northern Colorado.  Floyd currently resides in Broomfield, CO.
 
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Episode 514 features and interview with Alex Martin, founder and CEO of Athletes.gg.  If you are not familiar with the the world of esports, you want to listen to this podcast. 
 
 
Athletes.gg Inc. is a data company focused on esports athletes with the goal of creating tools to streamline and facilitate connections between fans, athletes, and teams/sponsors/organizations. The company has a mobile app available on the Google Play and Apple App store that is a one-stop-shop for all esports news and information on athletes, events, and games. Athletes.gg has also worked with large tournaments like Detroit-based The Big House 9 to provide ESPN-like data and player cards to their broadcast production.
 
The next step for the company is developing an innovative recruitment tool for varsity college programs to find up and coming athletes to join their programs. The software will focus on smart recommendation tools to help guide organizations, recruiters, and aspiring gamers to foster the next generation of esports athletes.
 
About Alex Martin
 
Alexander Martin, founder and CEO of Athletes.gg, is a Philippine-born immigrant that came to the US with his parents in 1994. Alex, a pre-med dropout and unapologetically Taylor Swift’s #1 fan, has spent his entire career in the start-up scene. Alex got an early start in technology when he learned to program games in BASIC at only 8 years old. He is an active gamer that goes by the gamer tag of “SuitUpAlex,” and has an in-depth understanding of gaming culture and how fans are consuming the content created by the top athletes in esports.
 
Before founding Athletes.gg, Alex managed the Integration and Professional Services teams for Andreessen Horowitz backed start-up, Tenfold - an innovator in the CTI space. Alex was also a founding member of Help.com, a tech company pushing fresh ideas in customer success and support.
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Episode 513 focuses on the Association Business.  Thom Singer interviews Scott Grayson, Executive Director and CEO for both the American Public Works Association and the Canadian Public Works Association.  Thom has known Scott for several years, as he has worked as a speaker and master of ceremonies for the association's PWX Expo for the past three years. They often talk about how the most successful association executives have the entrepreneurial spirit, and how associations that are growing take risks, get out of comfort zones, and empower employees and members.  
 
This episode is a "must hear" conversation for everyone who works in and around the world of associations.  
 
About Scott Grayson
 
Scott Grayson serves as Executive Director/CEO for both the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). In this role, he leads the organizations’ operations to provide strategic leadership and ensure that the vision and core values of APWA and CPWA are communicated and implemented at all levels of the organization. Grayson serves as the spokesperson, along with the APWA and CPWA Presidents, on behalf of APWA’s 30,000 members. He collaborates with key stakeholders in the public works sector including: the U.S. Congress, Canadian Parliament, federal, and provincial/state branches of government and agencies.
 
Before joining APWA as Executive Director, Scott served as the Associate Managing Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) located in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for programs related to employment, career and professional development, licensure and registration, and provided support for the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. Grayson worked in the areas of communications, public relations, chapter relations, membership development, strategic planning, conference management, fundraising, research, and most recently worked with student and young professional member engagement. He was with IEEE-USA since 1990 and had been responsible for grassroots, state and federal legislative programs including being a staff liaison to numerous scientific engineering and legal organizations to build coalitions.
 
Grayson also served on the Golden Valley, Minn. City Council and was Chair of the Golden Valley Housing Redevelopment Authority  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from New York University, specializing in international relations and economic development. He is also an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), from which he holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).
 
About APWA
 
The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works—a fact that sets it apart from other organizations and makes it an effective voice of public works throughout North America. With a worldwide membership more than 30,000 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals.
 
Membership in APWA is open to any individual, agency, or corporation with an interest in public works and infrastructure issues. Titles common to the membership include public works directors; city engineers; city managers; fleet managers; property and equipment superintendents; utilities managers; community development directors; transportation managers; park directors; county officials; and representatives from engineering and other consulting firms, manufacturers, construction companies, and a multitude of other service providers. 
 
Although originally chartered in the United States in 1937, APWA has roots in two predecessor groups that reach back to 1894, and has 63 chapters in North America, which includes eight chapters in Canada. A 17-member Board of Directors, all of whom are elected by Association members, governs APWA as a whole.
 
CPWA logoThe Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of APWA to the Canadian public works community. All members of a CPWA chapter are members of APWA.
 
 
As a comprehensive public works resource, APWA continues in its rich tradition of making a difference both on an individual and professional level. APWA is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that prides itself on its ability to provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel to grow in their professionalism and directly impact the quality of life in all the communities they serve.
 
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Episode 512 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" features Will Young from Sana Benefits.  Will chats with host, Thom Singer, about how he started the company and the changes he wants to make in the world of benefits (a topic that is important to all entrepreneurs).
 
About Will Young
 
Will is the co-founder and CEO of Sana Benefits, an innovative health benefits serving small and medium employers in Texas. Sana is on a mission to create best in class health plans that are more affordable than traditional options for its employer clients. Prior to Sana, Will was on the leadership team at Justworks, a venture-backed payroll, and benefits startup in New York, where he led operations and then ran a product team. Will’s experience also includes a couple of years working in business development at Google in Los Angeles. Will has a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
 
About Sana Benefits
 
Sana Benefits knows dealing with insurance carriers can be frustrating. Long hold-times on the phone for support, confusing benefits that leave you uncertain about your coverage and paperwork that would stump anyone. From providing simplified plans, to ensuring you pay an honest price, to prioritizing personalized customer service, Sana is on a mission to create a more human health plan that has your back every step of the way.
 
Sana is hiring in Operations, Product, Engineering, Sales and more - APPLY TODAY!
 
 
 
 
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Episode 511 -  Thom Singer sits down with Morgan Oaks to talk about business and the spiritual journey. They talk about how Morgan Oaks went from small town, to college, to business, to becoming a chiropractor, to being a shamanic practitioner.  You gotta hear his story. 
 
Host of the "Intuitive Wisdom for Modern Transformation Podcast", Dr. Morgan Oaks shared the best of what he’s learned as a doctor, transformational speaker, high performance coach, shamanic practitioner, and voracious student of life! A gifted visionary with a holistic view, Dr. Morgan inspires audiences and clients to develop and trust their intuition, integrate their life wisdom, and to cultivate the courage to live a life of inspired action. His goal is to take people from where they are, to where their body, mind, and soul are calling them to be!
 
Dr. Morgan Oaks is an international teacher, author and speaker who is also a practicing chiropractor in Seattle, WA. His passion is empowering people in every facet of their life. While guiding people in identifying their pain, power, passion and personal role models, he helps them to begin living their most brilliant life. The winding life path of this mechanical engineering, fire fighting, standup comedian doctor will entertain and enlighten you in a way that invites you to get clear about what you love and start living it today.
 
 
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Episode 510- Thom Singer sits down with Heather Hansen and talks about her entrepreneurial journey from laywer, to TV personality, to speaker, to engaging entrepreneur.  
 
Heather Hansen knows how to communicate to win. She’s communicated her way to success as a lawyer, an advocate, a counselor, a mediator, and a TV host. Heather draws upon her personal experiences in the courtroom and in life, as well as her psychology degree, her training as a mediator, and the most current research, to lead participants to their best communication practices. Her communication assessment allows individuals and businesses to capitalize on their communication strengths and address the weaknesses. Heather’s presentations are interactive, unforgettable experiences that leave participants better able to communicate credibly, build trust and lead themselves and their teams with confidence.

You want to advocate–for yourself, your ideas, your colleagues, your clients, and your customers. After over 20 years as a trial lawyer, Heather Hansen has the tools to help you become a credible advocate. Heather knows how to ask better questions, master objections, use credible evidence and capitalize on differences, and she knows these skills are transferable. Heather has consistently been named one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Pennsylvania. She’s a trained mediator with a psychology degree, and she knows how to use words to advocate and achieve victory.  Her vast experience and her enthusiasm have led her to appear on CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, CBS and Sirius Radio, and she’s served as an anchor at Law and Crime. Heather has written a book “The Elegant Warrior–How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself” and she is the host of The Elegant Warrior Podcast. She is a Advocacy and Credibility Consultant, an international keynote speaker, and has lectured at Stanford Law School and Villanova School of Law.

 
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Episode 509 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This conversation is with ATC member Jason Ragolli – People Analytics Consultant with Your6.

In this episode Jason talks to Cool Things host, Thom Singer, about business, the Austin Tech scene, and the importance of working for a company that matters to the world. He shares his story and that of the company where he is proud to work.

Founded on the goal of helping Veterans, YOUR6 has built a cloud-based system to enhance Talent Management performance and Organizational Effectiveness. The YOUR6 system is named Lillian, after Lillian Gilbreth, the mother of industrial/ organizational psychology. Lillian is a dual-purpose system designed to support both the Military and Non-Military Talent infrastructures.
Lillian provides the user with ground-breaking insights into the Competency, Character and Chemistry of people by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, Psychometric Assessments, and Machine Learning.

The current version of Lillian contains a Hiring module and a Team Analysis module with other modules coming online over the coming months.
Lillian is being used for the US Air Force to support career progression and to enhance training and development. Lillian’s Hiring module is being used with Veterans to provide the user with ground-breaking insights into the Competency, Character and Chemistry of Veterans by analyzing their DD-214s, resumes, and job requirements.

Lillian is being used with several Non-Military entities to increase hiring accuracy, decrease hiring time, increase team performance, and to enhance 1-on-1 coaching (to name a few).

About Jason Rigolli

During his time as a People Analytics expert, Jason partners with organizations to align their Human Capital with their business priorities, fueled by business intelligence. Jason leverages data and analytics to drive value, improve performance, and increase competitive advantage.

Throughout his career, Jason has leveraged his ability to navigate fast-paced, ambiguous environments, and focus on solutions. He has been accountable and results-focused with the ability to plan at the executive level and ensure precise execution.

Jason is a dynamic leader who is excited to build not only the organization but also a team around him. He understands what it takes to attract, nurture and retain top talent.

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/your6

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On episode 508 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", Thom Singer sits down with lawyer Jeffrey (JP) McAvoy to discuss his interesting journey as an attorney and an entrepreneur.  JP has worked with many high level business professionals and has some unique perspectives on what it takes to be successful.  
 
JP McAvoy practices corporate and commercial law. He assists his clients with a wide range of transactions including financings and acquisitions, re-organizations, and corporate entity structuring matters. He acts for clients buying and selling businesses and represents a diverse range of corporations in Canada, the United States, and Eastern Asia.
 
 
JP also teaches Corporate Law at Algonquin College and works with financial, insurance, and accounting advisers to provide tax, trust and estate planning advice to entrepreneurial clients and professionals. Prior to commencing private practice, JP was a founding employee of Silicon Valley start-up Zip2, which was sold to Compaq and later merged with Alta Vista. He is a Contributing writer for the New Economy Watch, founding member of the Ottawa Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a Business Legal Consultant with CPLS.PA (www.cplspa.com).
 
Over the last five years, JP has led over sixty five significant corporate and commercial transactions totalling more than $80 million including:
  • Gazit America Inc. purchase of the 49,000 square-foot Nepean Medical Centre through its subsidiary, ProMed Properties Inc. in a transaction valued at $12.3 million.
  • Multi-million dollar share sale of Arnone Paving and Concrete Ltd. and A & A Cutting and Coring to a large regional construction company.
  • Combusco Inc. sale of assets to Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership by its general partner GP Waterheater Trust.
In 2011, JP’s accomplishments earned him a Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under Forty Award.

Contact JP McAvoy at his Email:  jpmcavoy@conductlaw.com
 
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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.
 
Doug Sandler has been very successful as a DJ, author and a speaker., But his launching of his first podcast would eventually change the direction of his career. On this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do he shares how a few years ago he reinvented everything once other people started asking advice on their podcasts.  His story is one for every person with the entrepreneur spirit. 
 
Starting a new direction may be what you are seeking.  Some may worry they are too old, or not sure of the new industry. But Dout Sandler's story will inspire you to go follow your dreams.
 
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Episode 506 is a co-hosted episode with Scott Carson of the "We Close Notes" podcast.  Both "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and "We Close Notes" recently crossed the 500 episode mark.  This is a level that very few podcasts have reached.  In this episode Thom Singer and Scott Carson had a conversation about life, business, and podcasting that will appear on both their shows.  Check out his great discussion.  
 
 
Scott is the owner and managing member of WeCloseNotes.com, an Austin based, defaulted note buying company. I specialize in finding nonperforming notes on residential and commercial properties and purchasing these notes for our own portfolio. He is also a nationally syndicated radio host of the popular podcast, The Note Closers Show which has millions of listeners across 17 AM and FM radio stations and downloads across 130 countries.

Scott has a variety of classes and educational products to help other real estate investors looking to learn more about notes and distressed debt investing. He teaches a 3-day workshop for investors on buying defaulted notes called the Virtual Note Buying Workshop that focuses on how to Find, Fund and Flip nonperforming notes directly from banks.

Also, once to twice a year, Scott hosts the popular online summit and conference, Note Camp, which features twenty to thirty speakers and experts in the note space. Note Camp is the longest-running online conference of its type and regular features 500 plus attendees. Topics include residential and commercial notes, servicing, workout, due diligence, marketing, raising private capital and other topics. Note Camp is a great starting point for new note investors to get a broad bit of knowledge on different topics in the note space.

Scott was the previous Sr. Real Estate Coach for RealEstateProfitCoach.com and a Mortgage Banker and Vice President with JPMorgan Chase. He was also responsible for the successful launch of Ariel Capital Mortgage Lending that helped provide investors with bank financing on their residential properties in over 30 states.

The Note Closers Show Podcast is focused on the niche of distressed note and debt investing with the content split between educational aspects of the industry along with interviewing industry experts, investors, and other entrepreneurial-based subjects that investors face on a daily basis.
 
 
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Check out episode 505 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Keith Hertling of Jersey Mike's shares his life journey and entrepreneurial story.   
 
With the talent crisis continuing to threaten the growth and sustainability of companies across the globe, attracting and retaining quality employees is more important than ever. With 40 years of leadership and coaching experience under his belt, Jersey Mike's SVP of Leadership, Coaching and Culture, Keith Hertling, is an expert in creating and maintaining a top-notch company culture. In his book, "Life Lessons on Leadership, Coaching and Culture," Hertling reflects on the lessons he's learned and the wisdom he's gained over the years, serving as a resourceful guide for business leaders, managers and employees.
 
Using anecdotes from his time spent coaching athletes as well as the story of Jersey Mike’s evolution from a small neighborhood sandwich shop in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, to a worldwide franchise chain with a stellar brand reputation, Hertling provides important insights on how to create a leadership and coaching strategy that incorporates key values like compassion, enthusiasm, gratitude, integrity, discipline and love. He also shares how to develop a culture plan that prioritizes both customers and employees.
 
Hertling’s book has earned praise from both coaches and business leaders alike, including Domino’s Pizza founder, Tom Monaghan who said and “Keith’s insights and stories from his vast career of coaching and teaching others are invaluable to anyone who is serious about shaping their company’s corporate culture. Creating a culture built on integrity and exciting goals that team members can engage in is certainly a recipe for success no matter what kind of business you are leading.”
 
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In 2015 Uscreen set off on a journey to become the best video monetization platform in existence. Since then, they celebrated success with over 5000 video creators to date. They are not just a company that provides amazing software, they're a community of industry experts set to help you become and stay successful.
 
The idea of Uscreen sparked long before the first line of code was ever written. The roots can be found back in 2002 when Uscreen Founder, PJ Taei, established WebNet Hosting, a web hosting service in Rockville, Maryland. PJ had the front-row view of expanding internet trends, as well as the gaps and the opportunities in the market. His interest in the online video industry grew stronger over time and in 2014 his ideas finally matured. PJ decided to create an all-in-one video streaming and monetization tool and make it the best on the market.
 
Check out episode 504 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear the entrepreneur journey of PJ Taei.  He shares his story as well as some amazing advice for anyone wanting to start their own business.  
 
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On episode 503 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, host Thom Singer sits down with Adele Cehrs and Chip Massey to talk about the upcoming Convince Me Masterclass.  
 
Adelel is an exert in crisis communications and PR who knows what businesses need to do in all situations.  Chip is a former FBI hostage negotiator who sees the world through that lens. Together they are hosting a "MUST ATTEND EVENT" in New York City on November 4th. 
 
WHY ATTEND THE CONVINCE ME MASTERCLASS? YOU WILL HAVE FUN, NETWORK WITH PEERS, AND HEAR ADVANCED TIPS AND STRATEGIES FROM AN FBI EXPERT HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR AND A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT.
 
*Use FBI tactics to boost your ROI
*Learn no-brainers, bias, and psychological nudges that influence
*Scan a room for conflict cues
*Tap into the neuroscience of persuasion
*Break through emotional resistance
*Make smart decisions with little information and less time
*Combine bad cop and good cop techniques to get your way
*Anticipate and plan for business crisis
*Build and maintain trust
 
RESERVE YOUR SEAT - LET THEM CONVINCE YOU THROUGH THIS ONE DAY POWERFUL MASTERCLASS.
 
These are just a few of the killer skills you can learn from crisis communications expert Adele Cehrs and former FBI special agent and hostage negotiator Chip Massey.
 
The two have combined their strategic disciplines to create an innovative, one-of-a-kind masterclass designed to boost your powers of persuasion – and your ROI.
 
The workshop will begin with a series of challenging interactive video scenarios. Then, you’ll hear presentations from Chip, Adele, and their guest colleague Jeff Hurt, world-renowned learning and experience design expert and take part in some hands-on exercises.
 
PERSONAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES
 
After participating in this event attendees will be able to:
 
✓ Evaluate conversational strategies and determine which is best for which situations
 
✓ Access how the words you use impact the emotions and decisions people make
 
✓ Elaborate on how to identify the audience’s emotional state and the directions you should take to progress
 
✓ Walk away with a playbook for using your emotions wisely
 
✓ Be empowered to practice and use these strategies and tactics to successfully navigate business and life
 
✓ Explore effective communications techniques that allow you to be the calmest person in the room and an attractive magnet
 
✓ Understand and apply the difference between being prepared and planning
 
BUSINESS OUTCOMES FROM SENDING PEOPLE TO THE CONVINCE ME MASTERCLASS
 
✓ Tap into the neuroscience of persuasion
 
✓ How to have difficult conversations that matter
 
✓ Increase trust in you as a leader and within your organization
 
✓ Access your words without emotional hijacking your clients, peers or employees
 
✓ Moving from being “me” centric to become “we” centric
 
✓ Learn the neuroscience of conversations (CIQ)
 
✓ Manage your own emotions and your team effectively in challenging situations
 
✓ You’ll leave with a whole new set of communication skills plus a copy of our Emotional Playbook.
 

MEET YOUR CONVINCE ME MASTERCLASS INSTRUCTORS

 

Adele Cehrs

Heralded as a crisis communications expert, by the Wall Street Journal Adele Cehrs has worked with high-profile clients like Vice President Joe Biden, the CEO of Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson and the owner of the Washington Monumental Sports Ted Leonsis.

She has spoken at the United Nations and her talk was broadcast on United Nations Television and translated into eight languages. She is the author of the book: Spike Your Brand ROI: How to Maximize Results.

 

Chip Massey

Former FBI hostage negotiator and special agent, Chip Massey is a partner at the When and How Agency and helps companies like Goldman Sachs, MetLife.

He has worked with the CIA to track down spies, lead high-profile criminal cases, and counter-terrorism investigations. Worked extensively in crisis situations, international kidnappings and fugitive apprehensions.

 
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Joe Sanok is a keynote and TEDx speaker, business consultant, and podcaster. Joe has the #1 podcast for counselors, The Practice of the Practice Podcast. With interviews with Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, and Lewis Howes, Joe is a rising star in the speaking world!
 
On this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” Joe Sanok shares the story of his entrepreneurship journey. 
 
Joe is a writer for PsychCentral, has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, GOOD Magazine, Reader's Digest, Entrepreneur on Fire, and Yahoo News. He is author of five books and has been named the Therapist Resource top podcast, consultant, and blogger.
 
KEYNOTE AND PODCAST TOPICS
 
Slow Down | The three phases of slowing down to spark innovation
 
How to Foster AHA Moments | The three lies we're told about how to create and launch ideas
 
Joe's approach incorporates story, humor, research, and practical application.
 
Have another idea? Email Joe: joe@practiceofthepractice.co
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Justin Womack is a digital marketing specialist, copywriter, speaker, and podcast host.
His journey from working behind-the-scenes to running his own business fast-tracked after a near-fatal accident where his car rolled upside down, underwater, and he spent two months in the ICU.
 
Since the accident, he's started his own company (JMack Media), spoken for organizations like Marsh & McLennan and AIG, and launched a top podcast called Marketing Geeks with past guests including Pat Flynn, Dan Lok, and John Lee Dumas.
 
Website (Free 10 Minute Consultation Session) – www.JMackMedia.com
 
 
Find Justin on Social Media:
 
 
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is celebrating 5 years and 500 episodes.

In this episode Thom Singer talks about why entrepreneurs should join a peer-to-peer mentoring group. Be it Vistage, EO, YPO, etc... these groups provide business leaders the opportunity to learn and grow as entrepreneurs.

Thom spent two days at a meeting of Vistage Speakers and Vistage Chairs learning more about the organization. His Paradox of Potential workshop has been approved for Vistage, and he is just getting started speaking to groups in this organization (although he has been speaking full time for 11 years - he is new to the Vistage world).

Joining a Vistage group brings an entrepreneur into a close circle of other business leaders all committed to growth. The peer-to-peer environment, with a strong trained facilitator, helps members maximize their investment of time.

Executives have a lot of people offering advice. People all think they know what the entrepreneur or business leaders experiences. But even friends, their board of directors, and their spouses do not walk in the same shoes. Many have business colleagues or even a mentor with whom they turn to with issues, but few business leaders have a consistent, structured forum for unbiased feedback. This is how Vistage works. When you belong to a group like this you get real guidance they can trust from people you respect.

In this episode Thom shares his thoughts on why it is smart to get involved with Vistage or another mentoring orgainzation.

*It will help you meet peers who will help you learn and grow
*Group is lead by a trained facilitator
*Brilliant speakers share ideas and cause you to think
*Customized coaching
*Accountability

Tune into Episode #500 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and get inspired.

If you enjoy this podcast, please tell a friend.

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/vistage

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Episode 499 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This conversation is with long-time ATC member (back to the days when it was the Austin Software Council) Jean Anne Booth - CEO and Founder of UnaliWear.
 
In this episode Jean Anne talks to Cool Things host, Thom Singer, about business, Austin, and the changes in technology. She shares her story from working at NASA in college, to engineering jobs, to a career as a serial entrepreneur. 
 
 
About UnaliWear
 
Focus groups have named our Kanega watch a wearable “OnStar for People” because we provide discreet support for falls, medication reminders, and a guard against wandering in a classically-styled watch featuring an easy-to-use speech interface rather than buttons.
 
Thanks to our patented battery system in the band, you never have to take your watch off to charge – and unlike Apple watch or Samsung Gear, we don’t require a smart phone (because it’s built in). We combine cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, BLE (for hearing aids and telemedicine devices), an accelerometer for automatic fall detection, and continuous speech to provide an active medical alert that works anywhere, along with data-driven artificial intelligence that learns the wearer’s lifestyle (think “NEST for people”) to provide predictive, pre-emptive support.
 
Our naming derives from Cherokee: “Unalii” is “friend”, and “Kanega” is “speak”, so we are the friend that speaks to you.
 
OnStar is a registered trademark of OnStar, LLC. UnaliWear has no affiliation with OnStar.
 
About Jean Anne Booth (CEO and Founder)
 
A serial entrepreneur, Jean Anne started UnaliWear after selling previous startups to Texas Instruments and Apple.
 
Jean Anne was the founder of Luminary Micro, the creators of the Stellaris microcontroller platform and the first to market with ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontroller solutions.  Luminary Micro was purchased by Texas Instruments in May 2009, and was one of the top VC-backed M&As of 2009.  Jean Anne retired from TI in 2012 after serving as the general manager for TI’s Stellaris family of products.
 
Jean Anne was also a founder at Intrinsity, the creators of the graphics chip in Apple iPad products.  Intrinsity sold to Apple in 2010.
 
Jean Anne holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MSCE from National Technical University.
 
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Lou Diamond is a dynamic speaker and master connector who will energize and motivate your organization to explode your sales, retain your clients and build a thriving culture... 
 
For over 25 years he has been a top sales performer, keynote speaker and performance mentor.
He is also CEO of THRIVE, a company focused on helping brands become even more amazing through the power of connecting.
 
When he isn’t speaking or working on his top-rated Thrive LOUD podcast, he is watching his kids grow up too fast, obsessing over how bad his sports teams are, listening to country music…and playing some ‘not-so-great’ golf
 
 
 
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Check out episode 497. Thom sits down with Dennis Langlais to talk about his unique path from BMX stunt rider to successful entrepreneur.

Born and raised in New England, Dennis Langlais is a Patriots fan. He moved to California at the age 18 and landed in La Jolla. He came west to pursue a career in BMX Freestyle where he was lucky enough to travel the world competing at the highest levels in the BMX Stunt world.

With this sport he got a crash course in discipline, hard work and the ability to tap into “Peak Performance” mindset. After his career in BMX he turned his passion as a rider into a business doing BMX shows and it became one of the most successful school assembles of its kind nationwide.. The company performed at an average of 700 schools a years. Earning Dennis a comfortable 6 figure income doing something he loved.

Dennis currently has three up and coming ventures:

RankingMastery.com RankingMastery provides users the ability to automate SEO webpages with content and disperse in with awesome relevance across 100's of pages in a way that's not available on any other platform. If you are looking to make your mark in a simple way on the search engines this is your ticket.

BMXFreestylers.com is a school assembly program for schools using BMX stunt riders to educate & entertain students in a memorable way available nationwide to thousands of schools.

FIVEMinuteBark.com is 380 episodes of impacting conversations with other entrepreneurs share life's meaning, major shifts in thinking that lead to highly effective execution. He digs deep to uncover the core roots of change where many enter a "Next Level Peak Performance" state that surges them through unsurmountable obstacles lined with fear, pain, or perceived danger.

Check out his answer to who he admires as an entrepreneur... some people might be triggered by the name, but his answer is not political and something to make you think.

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/be-the-best

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Listen to episode 486 for a discussion about sales, selling, and sales skills with leading selling consultant Jim Pancero.
 
If you are excited, motivated  and ready to improve your sales team’s success, then Jim Pancero has the leading-edge solutions  you need to increase your competitive advantage. A leading go-to sales and sales leadership strategist for 37 years, Jim has been influencing, guiding and inspiring sales teams in more than 80 different industries to increase their sales and market share. 
 
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…but that’s not entirely true. Even with over 37 years of experience, Jim is still learning and sharing new tools, new techniques and new tactics to connect you with today’s modern buyer. Even if your sales team thinks the status quo is good enough, Jim can still show them how they can take their sales to a whole new level.
 
Jim’s combination of humor, larger-than-life personality, outstanding research and real-world examples that hit home provide even experienced sales pros and their leaders who think they’ve heard it all with strategies and concepts that work! Your sales team will be charged up and ready to go......and your company and customers will reap the rewards. Time with Jim is time well spent--watch your productivity and profitability soar! To learn more about Jim check out his www.pancero.com website, weekly LinkedIn postings as well as his over 50 videos on YouTube and Vimeo. We know you and your team are good, now are they ready to get even better?
 
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Jack Jostes is the President + CEO of Ramblin Jackson, a digital marketing agency based in Boulder, CO that helps landscaping companies throughout the country increase their lead generation through local SEO and digital branding. The author of the Amazon Best-Selling book, Get FOUND Online: The Local Business Owner’s Guide To Digital Marketing, Jack has been featured in Lawn and Landscape, Colorado Green Magazine, Turf Magazine, INC. Magazine, and other industry publications. He regularly speaks at regional, national, and international businesses conferences including the green industry events like the ProGreen EXPO, the Farwest Show, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), and the TNLA’s Nursery Landscape EXPO.

 

Grab a free copy of Jack's book from LandscapingBook.com

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This episode was recorded live at the New Media Summit in San Diego, California.  Davi Rhein is a Harvard educated economist who now helps professional athletes (and others) through body work.  In this episode Davi shares his journey. At 33 he sees the world in a unique way and is fully open to who he is in all aspects of his life.  He treats every interaction with any human as an opportunity to understand them and deliver value. 


Davi is living his dream and exploring life.  We also talk about ayahuasca and his experiences with this medicine.  He lives his life publicly and his authenticity makes this a must hear episode. 


Davi Rhein is a shamanic healer, speaker, and coach. He is empowering others by sharing conscious language, mindfulness, and healthy diet and movement practices, while also introducing new paradigms for relating with self and others, overcoming fear, and creating community. In his individual and small-group healing sessions, he utilizes a wide-ranging blend of Eastern and Western well-being strategies. He is a strong proponent of traditional plant medicines as a vehicle for spiritual evolution and physical and mental healing. He also teaches contact improvisation dance classes (www.dancingdavi.com) and performs a proprietary form of hands-on bodywork with his business partner Math Hunter. The two work together, in tandem with a single client, in sessions ranging from 4-10 hours; it is a full restructuring of the soft tissues and realignment of resting posture. The two work with both high performance athletes and with folks who are struggling with chronic discomfort and limitations in the body (www.dynamicrestructuring.com).


His mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet by challenging individuals to discover their power, take action, and explore new ways of healing and relating with others. He loves to reveal the unseen fabric of assumptions and expectations that has driven many to unhealthy lifestyle choices and self-defeating mental patterns.


Davi has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. He served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador and spent three years studying the healing arts and traveling throughout Southeast Asia. 


Davi came to his mission of healing through his own struggle with chronic pain as a competitive soccer player from age 8 until 23. Inspired by the healing treatments he received, he decided to dedicate his life to healing others.


Watch his TEDx talk here: bit.ly/drtedxucla


Learn more about Davi at https://dynamicrestructuring.com 


https://thomsinger.com/podcast/davi-rhein

 

 
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Kevin Eikenberry is a recognized world expert on leadership development and learning and is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group (http://KevinEikenberry.com). He has spent more than 25 years helping organizations across North America, and leaders from around the world, on leadership, learning, teams and teamwork, communication and more.  Twice he has been named by Inc.com as one of the top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and has been included in many other similar lists. He is the author, co-author or a contributing author to nearly 20 books, including Remarkable Leadership and bestseller From Bud to Boss – Secrets of the Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership (with Guy Harris), The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership (with Wayne Turmel).  His blog is consistently ranked among the world’s best, most read and most shared on leadership.  
 
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About Texas Mutual:

Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state's leading workers' compensation provider. The company insures 43% of the Texas workers' compensation market. More than 70,000 business owners rely on Texas Mutual to meet the needs of their 1.5 million workers every day. Texas Mutual answer the call by providing exceptional safety services, top-notch medical care if an accident occurs, claims handling processes designed to get employees well and back to work, and a zero-tolerance fraud policy.

Texas Mutual also has the financial strength to deliver on its promises. Last year alone, Texas Mutual wrote over $1 billion in premium. The company’s financial strength is underscored by an A.M. Best rating of "A” and its listed among the Ward’s 50 highest performing insurance carriers in the company. Texas Mutual has also been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas, as one of the Healthiest Employers in Austin, participates in the Austin Energy Green Business Leader program and recently won an Austin Gives Generous Business Award for community involvement.

 

About Jeremiah:

 

Jeremiah Bentley is the vice president of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company insurance. He oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, education, digital media and customer outreach efforts. He previously worked in corporate communications and government affairs over his 20 year career with the company.

 

Jeremiah is on the Board of Directors and executive committee for the United Way for Greater Austin, on the executive committee of the Greater of Austin Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves in a variety of other roles in community organizations throughout the Austin area. Jeremiah was a member of the McBee Fellow class of 2018 with the Austin Area Research Organization and is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Austin Essentials program. He was also a Volunteer of the Year for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2018.

 

Jeremiah lives in northwest Austin with his wife Brandy and two young boys. He’s active in the local elementary school, the Austin soccer community, Bethany United Methodist Church and on the board of his sons’ neighborhood swim team. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington with a BS in University Studies.

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Episode 491 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.
 
In this episode Thom Singer interviews Robert McKee and Dr. David Altounian about the new "Scaling Series" that will be hosted by the Austin Technology Council.
 
 
The 2019 Scaling Series is designed to equip your executives with the MBA-Level skills necessary to
transform your company into a $10M-$100M in revenue enterprise. Each of your executives will join
us for the evening session(s) that is(are) tailored to their area of discipline within your company during this 10-week seminar series. You will learn from MBA professors and expert practitioners who provide thought leadership around critical growth, operations, and governance issues to executives who are growing and scaling their business.
 
For more information or to register to participate, email Amber Gunst (amber@austintechnologycouncil.org). 
 
The 2019 Scaling Series is in partnership with Rice Alliance, St. Edward’s University, and Baker Botts L.L.P.
 
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Episode 490... only 10 more until the big 500.  In this episode Thom Singer talks about how to challenge yourself to think big.  He as interviewed today on the "Extra Mile" podcast (where he had to go running with the host while being interviewed).  Along the way, he was challenged to think bigger. While he did not have an answer on the spot (he was out of breath), the thought stuck with him all day.... like a angel or devil on his shoulder.
 
Charity Miles founder, Gene Gurkoff, asked Thom why not think bigger.  This is a question that lingered.  Why not.  How can we all think bigger. What are we doing in our careers to challenge ourselves to go all the way?
 
Thom has no answers in this podcast, but he does have questions for the listeners. He challenges the listeners to share what they do to go bigger.  If they do not know the answer, he invited them to have a conversation with him (maybe he and a listener can see blind-spots for each other?).
 
Thom will be inviting Gene Gurkoff from Charity Miles to be on the podcast very soon, as he really likes the cause and how Gene is growing his mission.
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Check out episode 489 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Thom Singer sits down with his friend Maura Thomas.  Maura a leading expert in the field of "Attention Management".  She is has a new book coming out that helps people do more than grasp time management or find productivity.  Maura shows you how to manage where you put your attention.  
 
She has been speaking on this topic for over a decade, and has put together a great book that is a must read. 
 
Listen to this podcast interview and get inspired about attention management. 
 
About Maura Thomas
 
Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. Her proprietary Empowered Productivity™ System, a process for achieving significant results and living a life of choice, has influenced the practices at organizations such as the U.S. Army, L’Oréal, and Dell. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, author of three books, and was named a Top Leadership Speaker for 2018 in Inc. Magazine.
 
Maura is frequently cited as an expert in major business outlets including Forbes, Fast Company, and Huffington Post, and she’s also a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, with articles there viewed over a million times. Follow her on Twitter @mnthomas. 
 
 
About Maura's Book - Attention Management 
 
Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity–Every Day
 
Have you tried everything to become more productive—but you're still too busy and stressed? That's because the old approaches to productivity just don't work in today's fast-paced, tech-driven workplaces. What does work? Time management is outdated. Attention management is the solution you need.
 
 
Attention management is the most essential skill you need to live a life of choice rather than a life of reaction and distraction. It's a collection of behaviors, including focus, mindfulness, control, presence, flow, and other skills, that will support your success. Productivity speaker, trainer, and author Maura Nevel Thomas shows you how to master attention management with practical strategies that make an immediate impact.
 
  • It’s hard to offer your unique gifts when you are overworked, overtired, and overwhelmed.
  • Attention is now the most valuable commodity.
  • This book provides the tools and strategies to regain control of your life and work.
  • You can do more of the things that matter most to you.
  • Coming soon from Ignite Reads: “Spark impact in just one hour!”
 
 
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When you are struggling with problems in your life or career, one way to help you feel better is to find a way to be a resource for others. When you can help others, you own problems melt away. And if they do not melt away, they most likely will feel like less of a burden.

Thom Singer gets busy with work and family and sometimes he loses site of his goals. He can get overwhelmed. This can lead to feeling of being lost, sad, depressed, etc... The best way he knows to combat these feelings is to help others.

In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do he talks about his own issues, and how something as small as giving a dollar to someone in need can make his day feel better. While that dollar does not change the world (for him, or the other person), the small human to human interaction is enough to make him smile.

This episode is about Thom being honest about his own shortcomings and the feelings that can sometimes hold him back from being at his best. He talks about how when he can help others he gets back on track.

Thom also asks the listeners for ideas on how he can do this better. He wants to make helping others a stronger part of his life. Got an idea? email him at thom@thomsinger.com. 

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/help-others

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John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine The Referral Engine, and SEO for Growth. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world.​
 
Listen to this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear Thom Singer's conversation with John Jantsch.
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In episode 486 Thom Singer talks about how someone in his line of work, who is very successful, recently met up with him to give him some advice. This person only did it because he likes him and wants to see him do better.  
 
How many people do that?  Too few.  Thom likes the idea of people being helpful and believes that givers get more over the long run.  Having received some amazing advice, he went on to be reminded to do more for those he can help.
 
In this short episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom challenges everyone listening to think of two or three people they could help and then to take action.  Wow, what if people really do it?  That would be cool.
 
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The artist is an entrepreneur. On episode 485 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", host Thom Singer interviews a French Filmmaker, actor, producer, director about her journey in art and business. 

Jenna Suru established Belle Époque Films in January 2015. Her experience in film production started in Los Angeles, where she was Production Assistant on Dahn and Alimi Ballard's (Numb3rs, CSI, Castle) TV show "The Experiment with Dahn and Ali".

With her company Belle Époque Films, she produced the highly-praised, sold out Los Angeles Premiere of "Happy", published by Samuel French. She Executive Produced two UK shorts. The first, "Spitball", was funded by the Northern Ireland Screen, and the second, "Bigger Picture", starred BAFTA-nominated Robert Sheehan (Misfits, The Umbrella Academy) and Rosie Day (Outlander).

She directed and produced her debut feature film "L'Âge d'Or" ("The Golden Age") with an international cast, 35 exceptional locations and an outstanding soundtrack, featuring songs from Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed. She's a reputable Line Producer in France and her company Belle Époque Films has now become an official French feature film company, organizing shoots for multiple foreign productions filming across Paris and Europe. Jenna has been working for Canneseries (Cannes Series Festival) since very first edition and her multiple talents enable her to give the best of herself on any project, from development to distribution stage.

Find Jenna / Contact Jenna - 

Instagram - @jennasurureal 

Instagram, Facebook and Twitter - @lagedorfilm, @belleepoquefilms 

Here’s the IMDb film page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9091118/

Company website is www.belleepoquefilms.com

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https://thomsinger.com/podcast/artist-as-entrepreneur

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Following up on his participation in the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting (ASAE - #ASAE19), Thom Singer is fired up about Plans, Passion, Purpose, and People. 

Thom attended the event with his wife who works for an association, but as a speaker he often works at association meetings. This time at a conference he was a participant. He followed the advice he gives others, and went in looking to soak up any ideas, information or inspiration that would show itself.

From the main stage he heard messages from the outgoing chair, Sal Martino, the incoming chair, Patricia Burke, and the interim president and CEO, Susan Robertson. All had talks that were more than inspiring. Each spoke from the heart about their organization and the future of their industry. 

Thom was reminded that all companies and associations thrive when they have plans, passion, purpose and people. And this is the message for today's episode of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/ASAE-Follow-Up

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Kate McCrery is the Interim Director for Loyola's Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business. Originally hailing from the New Orleans area, Kate was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and also taught high school students in Busan, South Korea. Previously, she was with the international social entrepreneurship fellowship organization Echoing Green and also worked as Global Communications Director for Village Capital, a Washington DC-based impact investment fund and accelerator program for entrepreneurs solving social problems. 
 
About the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development:
 
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development is a student-centered, community-engaged, and impact-driven organization that serves as an entrepreneurial hub for Loyola University New Orleans and the greater New Orleans area. With an emphasis on training a new generation of founders eager to build scalable businesses with a high social impact, the CECD practices an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship education. Since opening in 2014, the Center for Entrepreneurship at Loyola University has provided hands-on training in problem-solving and creative thinking to young entrepreneurs in every college through internships, pitch competitions, technical training, academic tracks, mentorship opportunities, and community events. The CECD brings the strength of community partnerships to Loyola University students and functions as a vital member of the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem.
 
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In a follow up to a recent blog post on "Giving Referrals", Thom Singer talks in this episode about how to get referrals. Getting referrals is key to any entrepreneurs growing their business.

As a professional speaker most of Thom's clients come from referrals. While he conducts outbound sales campaigns and works on SEO, almost all his business comes from word of mouth. This is the life blood of most small business people.

Thom has recently joined a business group in Austin called BAP (Business Advisory Professionals) which is made up of some high quality people in a variety of industries that serve local and national clients. This is a structured referral group, but it is more than that - it is about relationships. 

Relationships are key to getting referrals. If you want more business from referral sources, you need to cultivate meaningful connections.

Thom also talks about a book called " Renewable Referrals" by Joe Stec (and others) about this topic of creating partner referral programs that work. Joe is a BAP member who has a marketing agency, and a new friend of Thom's.

5 Tips for Getting Referrals

1. Give Referrals. And just give in general. Helping others achieve their goals will set the tone and others will want to help you, too. If you cannot remember the last time you sent a referral, why would you expect to ever get one?

2. Be Active in your Community. If you are the best kept secret in your city, you will go hungry. You have to show up if you want to be top of mind. 

3. Respond, Follow up, and show gratitude. 

4. Be Great at what you do. You have to do good work if you want people to sing your praises.

5. Ask for Referrals. If you do not remind people that you are seeking new opportunities, they may not come to that conclusion on their own. Let them know you want to work with other cool people. 

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/getting-referrals

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Episode 481 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.
 
 
About Dan Kryzanowski
 
Dan Kryzanowski is a serial revenue driver and active alternative asset investor. Prior to joining Rocket Dollar, Kryzanowski led new initiatives, partners, and teams across multiple startups and Fortune 50 companies, including General Electric and Merrill Lynch.

He also serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs and executives across the FinTech world and self-storage industry. In addition, Kryzanowski is a certified Project Management Professional, and a graduate of GE's exclusive Experienced Commercial Leadership Program. He also serves as the Corporate Board President of Hugh O'Brian Youth Texas Capital Area. 

Kryzanowski graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Thunderbird, graduating with distinction (top honors). He resides in Austin with his wife and son.
 
About Rocket Dollar
 
Rocket Dollar was founded in 2018 with the belief that retirement is changing. They believe that people should not be limited in their investment options as they work towards the retirement they envision for themselves. They are here to make it safe, simple, and fast for people to take control of their retirement savings.
 
About Thom Singer
 
After a successful career in sales and marketing, Thom Singer became a growth leadership speaker in 2009. A decade later he has brought his high energy presentations and action-oriented content to over 700 audiences. Thom knows that as the speaker or master of ceremonies he has a responsibility to set the tone for a strong conference attendee experience. Known as "The Conference Catalyst" he creates an atmosphere of fun and interaction that lasts beyond his presentation.
 
Thom earned his Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in 2014 and is committed to the business of meetings.  He is the author of 12 books and is the host of the popular "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.  On his show he has interviewed over 350 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with a focus on discovering how the most successful people get farther across the gap between potential and results.
 
 
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in episode 480 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” Thom Singer talks about the importance of joining your trade association. 
 
Thom is currently at the 2019 National Speakers Association annual conference… Called “Influence”. While attending this event he has realize that associations across-the-board, in all industries, are growing if they are willing to adapt and change to meet the needs of their membership. 
 
The National Speakers Association is one of these associations. Listen to this episode and find out to some of Thom’s opinions about why it’s important for you to belong to your trade association and ideas on how associations can meet the needs of their members
 
 
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Episode 479 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” is an in-depth conversation with Colin Guinn.  You may know Colin from season 5 and season 31 of The Amazing Race (he and his wife Christie won $1 million on season 31 in 2019).  He is also credited with helping create the commercial drone industry.  
 
Do you always look two or three steps ahead in business and life? Colin does. Check out this interview and be inspired. 
 
 
About Colin Guinn
 
Colin Guinn is a serial entrepreneur and high tech product development expert. He is currently the founder of Guinn Partners, an autonomous robotics and emerging technology consultancy and investor. Prior to this, he founded Austin startup Hangar Technology, after serving as Chief Revenue Officer at 3D Robotics and founder/CEO of DJI North America. Colin has product developed, invented, and/or holds patents for some of the most popular drones in the world, including the DJI Phantom, Zenmuse Gimbal systems, the 3DR Solo, and several others. He is one of the most interviewed experts on robotics and drone technology in the world, and provides product development guidance to startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. He has testified on the subject of commercial drones in a congressional hearing, has been featured at premier industry conferences, and in countless top-rated publications and newscasts, including 60 Minutes, CNN, Techcrunch, Forbes, and Fast Company. During his career developing drones, Colin has had the opportunity to teach many of the world’s greatest technologists, artists and filmmakers about drones; including Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Stephen Spielberg, Michael Bay, Carlos Slim, and countless others.
 
About Guinn Partners 
 
Guinn Partners serves discerning clients in the drones & mobility, enabling technology and outdoor sporting goods spaces with best in class marketing and product development.
 
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Rupert Boneham competed on Survivor a total of four times. He was the first contestant to compete in back to back seasons, first appearing on Pearl Islands and then on All-Stars. Out of his four seasons, he placed highest on All-Stars, earning himself the fourth place spot. He was also awarded one million dollars on Survivor: America’s Tribal Council after being voted the fan favorite. 

Rupert was also a contestant on Season 31 of The Amazing Race. It was at the cast party and watching party for the finale that Thom Singer had the chance to meet Rupert and learn about his life long commitment to helping young people who are dealing with drugs and crime to get a fresh start in life.

After learning about Rupert's Kids, the organization that was founded by Rupert Boneham, Thom knew he had to be a guest on the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast. And wow.... this is a great interview.

Rupert's Kids is a is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes individuals who have recently been released from the correctional facility and helps them become active and contributing members of society. The mission of Rupert’s Kids is to empower our participants to discover their inner strengths, realize their own self-worth and recognize their value to society. Their participants face many obstacles from their previous life choices. They provide mentoring as well as the opportunity to learn work ethic, social skills, and life competencies for future success. 

Check out episode 478 and hear how Rupert and his team have changed lives, inspired entrepreneurship, and help their community. 

Also, hear about how he chased a dream to become a contestant on Survivor, and won $1 million. 

https://www.Rupertskids.org.

Call Rupert's Kids at 317-251-4732

Donate to his cause and help them grow.

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Rik Roberts is a Nashville, TN based comedian and speaker who focuses on providing 100% clean comedy and creative keynotes to groups who need a fun and engaging program. 

Most recently seen on Pure Flix Comedy All-Stars, Rik keeps his humor relevant and easy to relate to. As a father of two young kids, he has found there are enough real life situations that we can all laugh at without going “below the belt”. Family friendly comedy is his specialty. Crafting comedy club level funny along with church clean content, his programs are a good fit for corporate groups, fund raising events, awards ceremonies and faith based events.

His emphasis on storytelling paved the way towards his speaking career. Just like in comedy, Rik keeps the pace of his keynote programs up using stories, facts, current events, visuals and crowd participation to make the points relevant to each group.

Rik grew up in Kentucky working alongside his father on tobacco farms. Later, he also logged in several Summers on thoroughbred horse farms in and around Lexington, KY. He draws upon these experiences along with the rural way of life in his programs.

A huge Andy Griffith Show fan, Rik developed a “Mayberry Method” approach to his business. After seeing increases of 34% in his first year after implementing the program, he decided to share the process with others in a keynote program of the same name. His slight resemblance to the bumbling deputy comes in handy when he takes the stage as Barney Fife.

Rik met his wife at a comedy club in 1998 and they have been married since 2002. He spends his time off stage writing songs – many of which are aired daily on SiriusXM radio’s LaughUSA and Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Round Up channels.

He’s appeared on:

  • Huckabee (TBN)
  • Comedy All-Stars (Pure Flix)
  • Chonda Pierce’s “Stand Up For Families” (Dove Channel)
  • “20 Greatest Redneck Moments” (CMT)
  • “The Henry Cho Comedy Show” (Great American Country)
  • “Bananas Family Comedy” (SONY)
  • “L.O.L. Comedy” (Syndicated)
  • Car Talk (NPR)

Rik is a member of the National Speakers Association and is the current President of the Christian Comedy Association.

Aside from his keynotes and comedy shows, Rik teaches comedy writing workshops across the country and online through his “School of Laughs”. He also releases bi-monthly episodes of the School Of Laughs Podcast.

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Justin Schenck is the host of the top rated podcast the Growth Now Movement and founder of Growth Now, LLC which is a full service podcast production and coaching company. He has been named a Top 8 Podcaster to follow by INC Magazine and chosen as an ‘Icon of Influence’ in the new media space. 
 
What started out as something fun to do in order to connect with top influencers and help one or two people along their journey, has grown to become a podcast that is currently getting played in over 100 countries every single week and ranked in the top 15% in the world. Justin now works with some of the worlds elite entrepreneurs and business owners like Fabio Viviani, Sarah Centrella, and Cindy Eckert. 
 
He is also the host and creator one of the most exciting live events for entrepreneurs and forward thinkers; Growth Now Movement LIVE! 
 
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Check out episode 475 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do".  Podcast host Thom Singer interviews Yancey Strickler about his journey from small farm town to being the co-founder of Kickstarter.  Thom met Yancey at a conference where they were both speakers, and was instantly impressed with his world view and cool personal demeanor.  When Thom asked "will you be on my podcast", he was thrilled that Yancey responded "yes" instantly.  This is a great interview and Strickler shares very useful insights for all entrepreneurs. 
 
About Yancey Strickler
 
Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter and the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, coming October 29, 2019 through Viking Press.
 
Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s a former music journalist whose writing has appeared in Pitchfork, theVillage Voice, and New York Magazine. He’s spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals, Web Summit, and events around the globe. He’s cofounder of the creative resource The Creative Independent, the record label eMusic Selects, and an app that lets fans announce NBA games called Micd. The London Spectator called him “one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever.”
 
Learn more about Yancey and his new book at https://www.ystrickler.com
 
 
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We always here "Don't Mix Business with Pleasure", but in episode 474 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom Singer tells us how and why to take your passion and put it along side your business.  Yes, mix it up.  Try new things.  Create a way to put what you love into your job.
 
Thom spent most of his career with his ladder against the wrong wall.  As a kid he wanted to be an actor or comedian, but never did anything about it.  Now he is an advocate for others to find a way to pursue their dreams, even if just on the side.
 
In 2018 Thom tried, for the first time, stand up comedy.  Since then he has gone to about one open mic night a week, been a featured comic in three shows, and this week begins hosting a weekly open mic night every Wednesday in Austin, TX.  His love of comedy is making him a better professional speaker and master of ceremonies.  
 
He also announces his partnership with a comedy production company as their VP of Corporate Events.  In this role he will help the company create content on using humor and producing clean comedy shows for companies and associations. 
 
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Episode 473 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive.

About Cendea 

Cendea is an intriguing mix of innovation and the tried-and-true, and best known for our high touch approach. Our partners’ careers started at firebrand companies like PC’s Limited and Federal Express, better known to the world these days as Dell and FedEx. While innovation has been at the core of these brands, we believe that it takes persistence, depth and execution to truly differentiate from the rest of the field. We don’t see walls, we see solutions. We’re national in scope, but proudly Austin-based and in our 25th year of becoming a key Partner for companies to recruit the right people to maximize their organizational results. We help navigate through this critical process because we have all been executives in multiple industries. We mix the traditional and the innovative…for positive results. That’s what we’re good at!

About Wade H. Allen – President & CEO

Wade has a keen, innate ability to convey his own personal experience, understanding of business and technology – specifically how to drive a profit – to help firms get to the next level. He developed a unique process to obtain the Human Capital that has established Cendea’s Partners as innovators and advisors who are true business assets to their clients. His 30+ years range from Fortune 50 to start-ups and turnarounds where he has personally helped drive company growth by applying his executive management experience. Wade holds an Executive MBA from the University of Texas as well as an MEE and BSEE from Rice University.

About Jim Bledsoe – Senior Partner

Jim has had a rich career consisting of executive positions with FedEx and Pulte Homes as well as entrepreneurial ventures in several industries. One if his many skills is that he has always matched great talent with great opportunities. Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Memphis State University. He has been chairman of the board for March of Dimes and a member of Make a Wish’s Board of Trustees

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Being a entrepreneur can be lonely. Sometimes we all feel the weight of the world is on our shoulders. It is hard. 

But you are not alone. Life is a team sport. All you have to do is identify who is on your team.

In this episode Thom Singer shares the parts of his entrepreneurs journey that are not all wine and roses. He admits he has bad days. You do too.

You need a peer group, or a mastermind, or a therapist.... as you cannot always dump all the sad and hard times on your spouse or best friend.

Join an association

Go to networking events

Find cool random people.

No matter what you do, be careful of the naysayers. The people who will suck the energy out of the room. The emotional vampires. Be ready for them and choose a positive attitude. 

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/lonely-entrepreneur

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Larry Albukerk is Managing Partner of EB Exchange. With over 20 years’ experience founding, managing, advising, and investing in hundreds of private venture-backed companies, he is an expert on private equity financing and capital structure.

Mr. Albukerk founded EBX in 1999 with the goal of helping entrepreneurs achieve liquidity and diversification. He created and managed special purpose funds to allow accredited individuals and institutional investors to invest in pre-IPO companies such as Facebook.

Prior to founding EBX, Mr. Albukerk founded two companies: Visible Interactive, one of the earliest location-based services companies to leverage mobile computing technology, serving clients such as the Smithsonian, Sony, and Disney; and Basement.com, an Idealab-backed pioneer of online reverse auctioneering for consumer products. He also licensed and sold a portfolio of mobile technology patents, one of which he was the primary inventor.

Outside of EBX, Mr. Albukerk advises the X Prize Foundation on matters of private equity donations and is an active fund raiser for his children’s schools. He is also a frequent lecturer on founder liquidity and startup capital structure.

Mr. Albukerk earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/Larry-Albukerk

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Thom Singer wrote his first book, "Some Assembly Required: How to make, grow, and keep your business relationships" in 2005. The book sold well and helped him launch a successful speaking career. 

But since that time the world has changed. Facebook and LinkedIn barely existed, YouTube was founded the same year. Twitter as still a year from its release, and Instagram was 5 years away. Since his book came out, networking for business has changed. 

Or has it?

The more things have changed, the more many things have stayed the same.

In episode 470 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom Singer talks about how he has revisited his views on networking and building relationships. The tools that exist today have changed the game, and this has caused him to rewirte all his speeches to be relevant in 2019 and beyond.

But much of the message is the same. People are still people and we get opportunities from other humans, not from likes or links. 

Listen to this episode and hear his review of his own book, but also the 5 key points that matter now:

1. Be relevant in your community
2. Its not about numbers, the quality relationships are where the opportunities come from
3. You are always being watched and reviewed. You are always "on", as people can find information about you in all areas of your life.
4. Choose people. There are times to put the electronics down and engage.
5. There is not online networking and face-to-face networking. There is only "Networking". Combine it all as one. 

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/new-networking

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Carlos Hidalgo returns to the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast for the third time to talk about his new book, "The UnAmerican Dream.  Carlso is a 25-year business veteran.  Over the span of the last two plus decades, Hidalgo has held corporate roles, started his own entrepreneurial ventures and served in non-profits. 
 
After leading his first agency to three consecutive Inc 5000 awards, Hidalgo made the decision to leave and start his second company VisumCx, which works with clients from the Fortune 50 to start-ups on developing and implementing customer experience strategies.
 
In addition to his current role as CEO at VisumCx, Hidalgo also serves as a managing partner in a health care platform start-up and serves on the board on a tech start-up.
 
In addition to his various roles and business pursuits, Hidalgo is the author of Driving Demand, one of the Top 5 Marketing Books of all time according to Book Authority which was published in 2015.  And int 2019 he released "the UnAmerican Dream" (now available at Amazon.com). 
 
Additionally, he has followed his wife’s lead in volunteering for Beauty For Ashes Uganda, an organization dedicated to the long-term sustainability and healing for single moms and widows in Uganda.
 
Carlos and his wife Susanne have four grown children and have lived in Colorado Springs, CO since 2010.
 
 
You can follow Hidalgo on Twitter @cahidalgo 
 
About The UnAmerican Dream Book
 
What is the real price of our modern, hustle-all-all-cost business culture? Something terrible has happened to the American Dream. For so many entrepreneurs and professionals, the relentless pursuit of success leaves behind damaged relationships and personal life carnage in their wake. In The UnAmerican Dream, Carlos Hidalgo reveals his thrilling journey to entrepreneurial triumph, and the simultaneous path to rock bottom. Despite impressive accolades and remarkable professional achievements, he found himself miserable, discontent, and at risk of losing his most important personal relationships, forever. Through authentic, honest, and vulnerable storytelling not found in most business books, Hidalgo asks us all to question, “is it really worth it?” Featuring the perspective of a variety of executives from across the country, this book reveals the truth about the cost that many pay in order to keep pace with modern business pressures. Hear from Hidalgo’s wife, Susanne, who reminds us that with every quest for success, there are real relationships impacted.Hidalgo details the life changes he made to re-center himself, and offers a step-by-step guide for others in a similar situation to find happiness and fulfillment. The UnAmerican Dream is an invitation to shed hustle culture, cultivate that which is life giving, and find both personal and professional success on your terms.
 
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How To Stay Focused At Work

Do you struggle with distractions throughout your day? Ever get to 6:00 PM and realize you have been busy, but have little results to show for your efforts? Thom Singer understands. He is not one who naturally stays on task. He often finds himself chasing activities down the rabbit hole.

In episode 468 Thom shares how after a week of being off task, how the course corrected and go things done by doing simple things that made him choose the right tasks.

He has seven tips:

1. Know your long term goals
2. Prioritize your tasks. Make sure you do the important ones.
3. Pay attention to health: exercise, eat right, hydrate
4. Check your emails once an hour or less
5. Make a daily to-do list from your longer list of priorities
6 Stay off social media.
7. Don't let jerks, office gossip, or what others think about you keep you from doing your work

Take a listen to this episode and see if it helps you get things done.

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/stay-focused-at-work

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Listen to episode 467 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.  Host Thom Singer interviews the co-founder and CEO of Woven. Tim Campos shares his technology and entrepreneurial journey and adds insightful advice.  Hear about his path from CIO and vice president of information to technology at Facebook, to the founder of an exciting Silicon Valley start up. 
 
 
About Woven
 
The Woven calendar app makes shared scheduling much easier, a first step along the way to better managing your time. The app pulls together every stage of the calendar lifecycle – planning, scheduling, preparation, meeting, and follow-up – and puts it into a smart, cohesive view. It uses AI and a rich calendar graph engine to create Woven Events that are plans for how you want to use your time. 
 
Woven Events connect people collaboratively and  bring together any set of information like emails, Google Docs, conference links, maps and more, adding enriched capabilities to existing calendaring systems like G Suite. Read more about their vision or sign up now – it’s free.
 
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Nick Ducoff is the Co-founder and CEO of Edmit, the SXSW EDU award-winning company helping families make smarter college financial decisions. Nick has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal which described Edmit as “a website that predicts aid packages and provides advice on the value of different colleges.”
 
Previously, as Vice President for New Ventures at Northeastern University, Nick developed leading programs that have reached thousands of students and contributed millions in revenue. His mandate was to incubate new business ideas, diversify revenue streams, and advance a new model of higher education. Nick holds a business degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with Honors in 2006.
 
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Episode 465 is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. 

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. 

Using a double-blind algorithm, The Mentor Method is closing the opportunity equity gap in the workplace. 

Her company won Capital Factory's Women in Tech Challenge, is a MassChallenge Texas Gold winner, and has been featured in The Washington Business Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, is a Startup to Watch in 2018 from DC Inno, and a 2017 Startup Grind Global Exhibition selection. 

Janice served as a DC Ambassador at SXSW, was selected to attend The 2016 White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow, and a top 10 finalist in Rent the Runway's Project Entrepreneur. 

Janice Omadeke is certified in entrepreneurship from MIT, built a mentorship program scratch as a Manager at PwC, and is PMP certified with over 10 years of corporate leadership experience for Fortune 500 companies.

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/

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In episode 464 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, host Thom Singer talks about business motivation. Thom has spent ten years as a solopreneur working as a business motivational speaker. He has interviewed hundreds of people about how they achieve success. In this show he shares seven to get motivated or stay motivated in business.

7 Tips For Business Motivation

1. Set clear goals.
2. Work at a realistic pace
3. Remember your "because"
4. Surround yourself with cool people.
5. Try New Things (https://www.trynewthings.shop)
6. Read or listen to inspiring people's work
7. Celebrate the small wins

https://www.thomsinger.com/business-motivation

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Episode 463 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is an interview with Foodee CEO Ryan Spong. In this episode he shares his journey from Investment Banking to being a top entrepreneur in the ever expanding food industry. 


Ryan Spong is a reformed investment banker, successful partner and restaurateur of the popular Tacofino and Superbaba brands in Vancouver, and now CEO and co-founder of the Vancouver-based food-tech startup, Foodee. He is a founding board member of the Knives & Forks Investment Co-op where he advocates for local businesses and economies.


Ryan was recruited from his MBA at the University of Toronto in 2003 to a formal career in investment banking. Three years later, he founded Mainstreet Advisors, a boutique financing company. There, he and his team raised tens of millions of dollars for public companies, some of which he served as CEO and CFO. Over the years, he started, grew and sold several innovative businesses, including Raincity Rock and Preform Construction. In 2010, he invested in Tacofino Cantina and helped lead its growth to eight stores. In 2013, he joined Foodee as CEO and put in place growth strategies that led to the 2017 and 2018 Deloitte Fast50 Awards.


He and his family live in the growing tech startup hub of Mount Pleasant in Vancouver, BC. Ryan recently moved Foodee’s Vancouver headquarters to the heart of technology startup culture in the shared, collaborative workspaces of WeWork.

https://www.food.ee

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What can we learn from the top motivational speakers in the world? Anyone who reaches the top of their career field must know something the rest of us are missing. Thom Singer believes that "Success Leaves Clues" and he studies people who are at the top of their game in his industry, but this applies to everyone.

His ten tips in this episode include:

1. Have a clear vision
2. Be self-aware
3. Be Brave and work past fear
4. Build a good network and reputation
5. Be open to feedback
6. Manage your potential
7. Try new things
8. Find tune your skills
9. Make it easy to work with you
10. Never give up.

Check out Episode 462 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast and hear this inspiring message.

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/top-motivational-speakers

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Check out episode 461 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" where Shawn Rhodes talks about his journey to entrepreneurship and why systems matter in business.

Shawn Rhodes is an international expert in creating high-performing organizations. He's a Tampa-based TEDx speaker and his work studying organizations in more than two dozen countries has been published in news outlets around the world including TIME, CNN, NBC, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and INC. His clients have included Deloitte, ConAgra, Serta-Sealy and Coca-Cola and dozens of similar businesses. Shawn is also a nationally-syndicated columnist with the Business Journals and author of the new book "Pivot Point: Turn On A Dime Without Sacrificing Results."

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/systems-matter

http://www.shoshinconsulting.com

http://www.speakersalessystems.com

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This week Thom Singer watched his daughter graduate from college.  As he looked into the crowd of over 1000 students, he knew that many of them were destined to put their ladder against the wrong wall and chase a career for the money, prestige, or because its what they think their parents want them to do. As they go into their life after college, Thom hoped they could hear the words he never heard: "It is okay to carve your own way in the world"
 
In episode 460 Thom Singer talks about what he wants for his daughters, and everyone under 30.  That is to know that when they figure out what they really want (not just money or titles, but the whole package of life), then it becomes easier to make choices.
 
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Check out episode 459 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for an chat about the importance of entrepreneurship with lifetime entrepreneur Jim Hunter. 

James H Hunter III is a Serial Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of DynaTrap® (Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC)

Hunter is engaged in many entrepreneurial enterprises. He started an industrial products company (Handle-It, Inc.) in 1976 that is now a $6 million sales company. He started teaching, and continues to teach, the Entrepreneurship Class at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1996, training over 1,000 upper classmen at the Lubar School of Business in the art of Entrepreneurship. In 2014, Hunter joined with four other executives, who were related to the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, to form a new company to supply unique metal-matrix composites for use in internal combustion engines and other rotating mechanical devices. Hunter, for the past 20 years, has been a Board Member at Economics Wisconsin, a non-profit that promotes free market economics to elementary and secondary school students. 

In 2010, Hunter co-founded Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC, manufacturer of the DynaTrap® insect and mosquito trap, a safe, silent and simple way to attract, trap and kill mosquitoes – both outdoors and indoors. The company has introduced for 2020, the DynaTrap® Discreet Outlet Trap (DOT), an award-winning discreet indoor solution to those pesky flying insects in the home and garage. Like all DynaTrap® products, the DynaTrap® DOT does not use pesticides and it is odor-free. From its start in 2010, Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC has grown to a level of sales of $35.2 million for 2019.

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Sales team motivation matters.  
 
As a business leader or entrepreneur your long-term success is tied to your top performers (and your whole team) meeting long term and short term goals.
 
Sales goals are great, but they are just potential. Sales activities and sales quotas are important, but without the right actions they are just hopes and dreams.  Hoping and dreaming is not a sales process.
 
On episode 458 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" host Thom Singer walks you thought what is holding people back, and some tips to get focused on crossing the gap between potential and performance. 
 
As a business owner or a sales manager you need to have your sales reps (or yourself if you are a solopreneur) meeting the sales goals. Making calls without the ability to close deals is not going to pay the bills.  Actions do not equal money in the door.  
 
 
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Tom Gimbel is the General Manager of the KLRU television show - Austin City Limits.  Austin City Limits is the longest running music show in American television history, the only television program ever awarded the National Medal of the Arts, a certified Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, and in 2012 the recipient of an institutional Peabody Award celebrating “37 years of excellence in television.”  

 

Prior to joining Austin City Limits in early 2011, Gimbel’stwenty-five-plus year music industry career has included roles in independent marketing, indie and major record labels, and artist management.  From 1995 – 2005, Gimbel held senior executive positions with Arista Records where he guided successful campaigns for Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum sales certified artists such as Santana, Outkast, Pink, Dido, Whitney Houston, Carly Simon, Annie Lennox and Sarah McLachlan.   

 

In 2005, Gimbel founded and served as President of High Wire Music Management, an independent management, label services, and music distribution company with a roster of more than 30 client artists. Gimbel also founded and served as CEO of Clatterhead, Inc., a social media advertising and marketing company.  

 

As an artist manager, he has represented the legendary underground musician and artist Daniel Johnston for more than 20 years.  

 

In 2017, Gimbel and Courtney Blanton co-founded the Hi How Are You Foundation – a Non-Profit organization dedicated to removing the stigma and encouraging open conversation around mental health issues.

 

Https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast/Austin-city-limits

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Entrepreneurs and sales professionals need momentum. If you are standing still it is much harder to get things done. Momentum allows you to get closer to closing the deal and allows you to have the ability to pivot when necessary.
 
In episode 456 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, host Thom Singer talks about momentum and how it leads you closer to your potential.  Thom works with companies and sales teams to help them focus on the actions needed to cross the gap between potential and performance.
 
In this workshop, "The Paradox of Potential", he discussed the three buckets toward success: Plans, Passion and People.  In this episode the touches on all three of these and how to use them to find more sales success.
 
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Charlie Burgoyne is the founder & CEO of Valkyrie Intelligence, a consulting firm with domain expertise in applied science and strategy. Charlie is also a managing partner for Valkyrie Signals, an AI driven hedge fund based in Austin, as well as the Chairman of the Board for Valkyrie Labs, an AI product company. Charlie leads a team of highly trained scientists and strategists to implement advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence into industrial processes and consumer products. Previously, Charlie held a variety of roles including Principal Director of Data Science at Frog Design, Director of Data Science at Rosetta Stone, Vice President of R&D for a government contracting firm specializing in cybersecurity and machine learning, a research physicist for the DOE and NNSA, and a research astrophysicist for NASA in conjunction with George Washington University. Charlie holds a master’s degree in theoretical physics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in nuclear physics from George Washington University.
 
About Valkyrie:
 
Valkyrie Intelligence is a strategic data science consultancy that transforms markets and drives measurable strategic impact for clients by applying cutting edge machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to critical challenges across a variety of industries
 
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Jonathan Mendonsa is the co-founder of the ChooseFI podcast. ChooseFI started in early 2017 out of Jonathan's living room with co-founder Brad Barrett; since then ChooseFI has been downloaded millions of times in over 190 countries and spawned hundreds of ChooseFI local groups with ‘in real life’ meetups in 20+ countries across the globe.

ChooseFI blends personal finance, entrepreneurship and personal development as a life optimization strategy that focuses on intentionality, freedom, community and ultimately happiness.
Jonathan has a PharmD Degree from VCU and started his career as a pharmacist with $168,000 in student loans. He aggressively paid off the loans in 4.5 years and using the tenets of Financial Independence to cut his life expenses significantly, coupled with his business startup, he left his corporate job to focus on full-time entrepreneurship 9 months after starting the podcast.

https://www.choosefi.com

https://thomsinger.com/podcast/jonathan-mendonsa

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Brock Blake believes so deeply in the American Dream that he made it his life’s mission to help small businesses across the country fuel their own aspirations. As Founder and CEO of Lendio, the largest online marketplace of small business loans in America, he has helped thousands of business owners access more than $1 billion in funding.

Shortly after graduating from Brigham Young University, Brock won $50,000 to start a business through an entrepreneurship competition. He turned that money into FundingUniverse, a company that connected entrepreneurs with angel investors and VCs. But the company hit a wall when Brock realized that nearly 99 percent of businesses in the U.S. belong to Main Street rather than Wall Street. So he hit the reset button. Brock shut down FundingUniverse and launched Lendio, a decision he calls painful but necessary, as practically overnight his monthly revenue went from nearly $1 million to $0.

Since then, Lendio’s free-to-use marketplace has become a hub of small business lending, with a network of over 75 lenders offering a variety of loan products to thousands of American entrepreneurs. Brock has likewise seen his star rise. He has been named an Inc. 500 CEO, Utah’s Emerging Executive of the Year, and one of Utah’s top entrepreneurs. But he is most proud of his less public accomplishments, like building a fun-loving, results-hungry company culture while successfully juggling his roles as full-time CEO and full-time father.
 
About Lendio

Lendio helps business owners find the right small business loans in just minutes. The free online service simplifies the application process, matching qualified business owners with a network of over 75 banks, online lenders, and more. Lendio fuels the American Dream for business owners, facilitating over $1 billion in financing through more than 50,000 loans to-date.
 
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Thom Singer showed up at a comedy open mic night in March 2018 (at age 51). Nervous as hell, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. A friend, who is a comic, pushed him to give stand up a try.

When he was younger Thom had wanted to do stand up, but never had the guts to try it. But in his 50s his motto is "Try New Things", so when invited to accompany Drew Tarvin to an open mic in New York City, he said YES.

He was not great (but he did not bomb). But it was a solid push out of his comfort zone. Thus he decided to keep with it. He committed to doing 100 open mic nights to see what he would learn.

He is not at 50 open mics, and has performed in two comedy shows (was even paid once). 

But more than the comedy, the experience is teaching Thom about business and life. The learning is huge. 

Comedy is the hardest use of the spoken word. With over 800 professional speeches and 452 podcast episodes, Thom is not shy about being in front of people, but doing stand up has been hard. And he has bombed a few times.

But spending time with comics is teaching him things about business. In this episode he talks about four of those things:

1. Work hard. The comics that make it work hard. They do not half-ass even an open mic night. They put in the time to ensure they are prepared and they treat their comedy as a real job.

2. Craft the details. The success is in the small things. The best comics will work on fine tuning a joke time after time. They realize that good enough is not the answer.

3. Never say die. 100% of the people who quit never make it to the top. If you want to succeed you keep going.

4. Try New Things. This is Thom's life motto. He sees it in the best comics. They try new jokes and new ways to tell them. If you are not satisfied with your results, change your actions.

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Laura Gassner Otting inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentationsmake listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.
 
Laura’s entrepreneurial edge has been well-honed over a 25-year career that started as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, where she helped shape AmeriCorps. She left a leadership role at the respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com. Laura also founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission-driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. In 2015, Laura sold NPAG to the team that helped her build it, both because she was hungry for the next chapter and because she held an audacious dream of electing our nation’s first female president. Along the way, while serving on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee, she was asked to do a TEDx talk which became so popular that it launched a speaking career.
 
Laura has spoken across the United States and internationally to universities, companies, conferences, accelerators, TEDx, and the US Military. She is the author of Mission-Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose (2015) and the upcoming Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life coming in April 2019 via IdeaPress. She lives with her husband, two teenage sons, and troublesome puppy outside of Boston, MA.
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