Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do (general)
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.
Direct download: CTED_451.mp3
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Are you asking yourself the right questions on a daily basis? Thom Singer shares his list of "Curious Questions" on episode 450 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.

This episode is about finding you way toward better performance. It is so easy to get stuck in a rut and never take the necessary actions to reaching your potential.

Thom is a solopreneur who has over ten years of experience working for himself, but he often has had those days where he gets nothing done. Since developing his habit of asking these questions on most days he has seen more achievements (he is human and forgets and blows up his routine with busy work sometimes).

Thom Singer's "Curious Questions"

1. What really matters?
2. What brings you joy?
3. How will this impact the business (or your life)?
4. How will this impact others?
5. If you succeed, how will you feel?
6. What did you learn today?
7. What action did you take today?
8. What will you do tomorrow?
9. Who should you meet?
10. Who can you help?

https://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_450.mp3
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Ryan Santwire is a born and raised Northwest product, growing up in the greater Seattle area.  He truly loves the Seattle area, calling it one of the greatest cities in the country, with so much to do and everyone has something in common - dodging rain drops and mud puddles.  

As a kid, he started out by working paper routes, painting houses, mowing lawns and doing whatever it took to make a dollar as a young teen. One of his first full-time jobs, was a busboy in a restaurantthen moving up to waiter and continuing in the restaurant business through his college years.  He was only 19and still in college, when he worked his way into a union job only 30-somethings got into and was the youngest person in the company by 12 years.  From there he leveraged the funds he made to start a liquidation business, an advertising company, a deal company similar to Groupon and many other companies.  

Over the last 20 years, he has been a consultant for corporate and enterprise customers, helping them maneuver through their technology needs and platforms.  He has been involved in billions of dollars in sales, closing some of the biggest deals in the world for Verizon (a Fortune 20 company) with firms like Amazon, Microsoft, Costco, Nordstrom, Getty Images, Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, etc.  He has extensive experience driving sales on a global level with Managed Services, Data Center builds, Application Management, Application Performance, Cloud Services, IT integration, IT Security, ERP, Professional Services and Enterprise IT delivery.  

He has been in senior management positions and loves to roll up his sleeves and work to contribute to whatever aspect that will drive a company and the business forward.  His motto in business and life is, you do whatever it takes to make it work” and believes that we all need to dig in where needed and that were all in this together.  

Ryan is also the president of a Seattle restaurant icon, Paseo.  They have three locations today, with a new Tiki Lounge concept theyve launched, as well as a new location inside T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners.  This is a place Yelp has rated as the #3 restaurant in the country.  Anthony Bourdain has visited on several occasions and called Paseo out as a top place to eat in the Seattle area.  Esquire called it out as having the best sandwich in America, with TLCs Food Network saying it had the 2nd best sandwich in America.  People from all over the world have contacted Ryan about investment and franchise opportunities with Paseo and he is now finally ready to make that a reality.  

He has been involved in energy businesses, technology companies, wine businesses, several restaurant businesses and many other businesses tied to the hospitality business.  He has really been able to tap into those past experiences to better how he works with his opportunities today.  He has truly worked from next to nothing, to a vibrant leader that is always looking for new challenges.     

As for philanthropy, he is also a board member for the Pike Place Market Foundation and previously the American Cancer Society, raising funds and helping support both causes in the Seattle area.  His view is that it is all of our responsibility to help the community grow, have more interaction within, function better overall and to give back wherever we can. He looks at philanthropy as a part of his life and is involved with a variety of additional causes.  

Ryan is an avid oenophile, with aspirations of making some of his wine own someday.   

If you would like to contact Ryan, please email him at info@paseorestaurants.com.  

Direct download: CTED_449.mp3
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New book by Damian Mason - "Do Business Better"

Damian Mason speaks on the two subjects he knows best: Business and Agriculture. Since 1994, he has spoken to nearly 2,000 audiences in all 50 states and 7 foreign countries. 

Damian is a graduate of Purdue University. He also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City – Chicago. Damian is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the National Speakers Association. He is one of only 900 public speakers in the world to hold the Certified Speaking Professional designation. 

When he’s not traveling for work, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife Lori or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence.

Direct download: CTED_448.mp3
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John Del Bello of Capital Strategies LLC is an active member of the Austin Technology Council. This episode is co-produced in partnership with the ATC, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas that empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections their members need to succeed and thrive.
 
 
John is the Firm Business Development Director at Capital Strategies.  He oversees all outreach and client services in the start-up(funded) & small business markets throughout Texas and across the country. He has developed a unique & proprietary platform offering employees & teams  at companies with 5-500 employees (majority employ 40-300) Free Financial Education, and Benefits that may include Financial Planning for individuals and any financial services that may not be available through their employer. He has a team of Financial & Investment Advisors that deliver this solution to many companies who lack these services.
 
Capital Strategies LLC has been operating in the mid-size company space for more than 6 years with a similar offering with great success. At CS our mission is to provide a client focused approach in a collaborative process that delivers valuable strategies to each client and provides expertise and customized solutions based on our team of specialists.
 
Hear John's story on Episode 447 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.
Direct download: CTED_447.mp3
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April 1, 2019 marks ten years since Thom Singer became a full time professional speaker. He was laid off from his corporate marking job on the first day of April in 2009 (the bottom of the Great Recession), and he has never looked back.

The journey has been difficult. When he was let go from his job he knew there were not many opportunities in marketing available, so he decided to jump in full time to making a go at professional speaking.

Being a professional speaker was something he had dreamed of doing. While working in a career in sales and marketing he had attended a lot of events that featured motivational speakers and other thought leaders. Because he was not sure he was in the right job, he would watch these presentations and think "They have a cooler job than I do".

Alas he had not choice but to follow his dream, and in 2009 he went full steam ahead into a career as a professional speaker.

His family and friends were supportive. Many people in his network when out of their way to make introductions to companies and associations that hosted meetings and got him considered for the keynote speech.

But the most important thing that happen was meeting other speakers. It was connections he made in the National Speakers Association who showed him how to do the business side of being a professional speaker. Being good on stage is just one part.

In this episode Thom shares his journey. He openly talks about the ups and the downs of the last decade. 

Check out Episode 446 and hear Thom Singer's story about becoming a professional speaker and sustaining that for over ten years.

https://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_446.mp3
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Scott Walker and his family founded Screenmobile in 1980 in their garage in Glendora, California. The Walker family started by converting a tent trailer into the first mobile manufacturing unit for screens. This trailer allowed them to measure, manufacture, and install all of their product offerings on-site at the convenience of the customer.
 
After completing a few jobs, the Walkers received incredible feedback regarding the speed and quality of the product and service. They quickly realized the potential of this model and began to scale the business, launching franchising in 1984.
 
After 35 years Screenmobile, has grown to more than 100 franchise owners across the US – and the brand continues to grow into new and existing markets as they pioneer the industry.  
 
 
Scott has led the Screenmobile Corporation as its CEO and President since 1999. Prior to that, Scott served as the Vice President and spent 18 years as a Service Technician, Support Manager, and Operations Manager. 
Direct download: CTED_445.mp3
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“The American Dream is dead” were the words said to me by a 50-year-old entrepreneur in talking about Millennials and Generation Z.  Thom Singer disagreed. In episode 444 or the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast Thom shares his opinions of what potential lies ahead for business professionals of all ages.
 
Thom chose this topic to speak about on this episode because of three conversations he had in the past week about the economy, income inequality, and the great recession. While there may be a recession coming, it is not the end of the world. We have had a depression and many recessions in the past. The one consistency is all of these dips have been followed by economic growth.
 
Thom launched his full-time business as a motivational business speaker on April 1, 2009.  He had just been laid off from his corporate marking job, and his prospects for long term employment were bleak. While many might have thought that was an impossible time to start a business, Thom had no choice.  Over the next few years his business grew year over year.
 
A Google search for American Dream showed a vast majority of negative articles. Many writers have the belief that the American Dream is dead, and there is not hope for the Middle Class in the United States.
 
Some seemed to think at there is no income mobility for the average person, and that only rich people will get ahead in the future.  This episode deals the the reality that there will be people who overcome the odds and start businesses in the next few years who grow them to amazing heights. There will be intergenerational mobility for those who started in poverty who will out-earn their parents. Thus, why not you?  If it will happen for some, Thom thinks you need to believe it can happen… and take actions accordingly.
 
Maybe Thom Singer is a Pollyanna.  Maybe he is too optimistic. But he lovers the famous quote from Henry Ford; “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t...you are right.
 
He is not saying it isn’t hard. His own career is really difficult to keep moving forward. He has made less money over the last decade than he might have earned in a salaried corporate job. And he realizes that some people have privilege and others have more obstacles.  Yet he is obsessed with “potential” and believes we all have the chance to create a new path in the world.
 
Those who find success are not just lucky. They take risks and work hard. Most successful entrepreneurs have failed at least once. The American Dream is not dead. But it is not easy.  Everyone has issues in their life that can hold them back, but many people can work around those roadblocks.
 
Thom talks about his ten tips to reach potential in the end of the episode:
 
  1. Take ownership of your own life.
  2. Set goals.
  3. Work hard, even in the face of fear.
  4. Connect with people.
  5. Ask for help
  6. Do good work
  7. Accept that change happens (and some of that change will suck).
  8. Show gratitude to the people who help you.
  9. Try New Things
  10. Believe in yourself.
 
Check out episode 444 and decide for yourself if the American Dream is dead (No, it is not).
Direct download: CTED_444.mp3
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Antonio Grahm and Daniel Cline are the co-founders of Krystal Luxury Transportation, in Austin, Texas. Check out episode 443 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast to hear their story of entrepreneurship.
 
Krystal is a family and friends owned and operated chauffeur company founded in 2013. When the two young entrepreneurs arrived in Austin, Antonio and Daniel noticed one big issue with the Austin chauffeured industry - The service sucked.  They witnessed chauffeurs were often under dressed, unclean vehicles were the norm, and drivers regularly arrived late.
 
In founding a new company, Daniel and Antonio wanted to fix the fundamental issues of the industry. In their first year the co-founders of Krystal focused on mastering the basics. After they got the service right, they were able to focus on other systems.
 
The duo worked hard to make sure their company was committed to ease of booking and billing for their clients. They created a system of easy communication with chauffeurs via GPS tracking of vehicle and chauffeur location sent directly to the client’s cell phone.
 
Krystal is focused on building real relationships with clients, so they understand the personal preferences of everyone; having a newspaper, coffee, or specific water brand in the vehicle upon arrival.
 
Over the past six years Krystal Luxury Transportation has been able to refine their chauffeur service to provide a remarkable, consistent, transportation experience.
 
Antonio and Daniel have been friends for over 20 years. Growing up in the city of Tyler, Texas, they moved to Austin in their twenties to start their ground transportation business.  Growing a company has presented many challenges. Any company with two hard driven founders, with different temperaments, will face ups and downs. Both these young entrepreneurs have unique talents and understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses has allowed them to overcome all the challenges of launching a new company.  
 
Krystal cares about the great city of Austin and everyone who visits. They are hands on with the Austin Concierge and Gust Services Association and sit on the board of the Austin Hotel and Lodging Association. These dynamic entrepreneurs believe that from the time a traveler sets foot in Austin to the time they leave they need to experience the great hospitality the city has to offer.  Additionally, they work hard to ensure local customers are given the same high level of personal care. 
 
(512) 944-8470
Direct download: CTED_443.mp3
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The Spring is time for live events. If you are in business, the odds are you will be attending meetings in your industry sometime soon.  Local events for groups like a chamber of commerce or national multi-day conventions seem to all clump in the fall and spring (winter and summer have other challenges that make many associations and companies hold their gatherings in these time frames).
 
This episode of CTED podcast is for you if you are not sure why to attend a industry meeting, or you want to make sure you get the most ROI for your time or money.  Live events can change the trajectory of your business and career. The education, networking and motivation / inspiration all can come together and get you to take new actions.  But change does not happen by accident.  You need to be prepared to maximize your time at the event.
 
Meetings today are different than they were ten or twenty years ago. The expectations of participants has changed. People do not want some "sage on the stage" to talk at them, but they want to be engaged and feel they are part of the event. Attendees want the event to be interactive, engaging, and willed with actionable learning with a good amount of networking. 
 
Planners of meetings have to be willing to take risks.  (Check out this article in the MPI Magazine about how one organization threw away the standard keynote and created a peer to peer learning session - https://www.mpiweb.org/blog/article/making-attendees-the-star-of-the-show).  
 
5 Reasons to attend live events:
 
1. Educational Opportunities
2. Networking with Peers
3. Encounter Vendors and Suppliers
4. Position Yourself as an Expert
5. Have an Experience / Have Fun
 
5 Tips to Maximize the Conference
 
1. Attend with a sense of adventure
2. Do not spend all your time with co-workers and friends
3. Say "Hello" to others
4. Talk to the speakers after their presentations
5. Plan for the follow up
 
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Thom Singer is a keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies.  He is also the host of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast and the author of 12 books.  He can be reached at https://www.ThomSinger.com 
Direct download: CTED_442.mp3
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Brian Scudamore is the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. He is also the author of "WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success"
 
Brian started his business in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as a way to expand operations. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has 1000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia.
 
Brian has received wide recognition in the media and business community. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has celebrated appearances on the highly-acclaimed Undercover Boss Canada, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, CNN, ABC Nightline, the Today Show, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, and the View. His story has been told in Fortune Magazine, Business Week, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is currently the starring junk removal attraction on the hit A&E reality show, Hoarders. In addition to interviews and guest appearances, Brian contributes written articles on building a business and entrepreneurism to many national magazines, including a monthly column in PROFIT Magazine.
 
In 2004, Brian was inducted into the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and served as a board member for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO). In 2007, Brian was honored to have been named the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Other accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, and a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award.
 
As a public speaker, Brian has brought his entrepreneurial success story to many conference stages, including the Fortune Small Business Magazine’s national conference. A strong believer in personal and professional development, Brian graduated from MIT's four-year Birthing of Giants program, and has subsequently completed several years of MIT’s BOG’s alumni program, Gathering of Titans. He is also a participant in a nine-year executive education program at Harvard University through YPO Presidents’ University.
 
Connect with Brian on LinkedIn here.

Connect with Brian on Twitter here.
Direct download: CTED_441.mp3
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While at the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, Thom Singer had the chance to meet author and speaker Laura Gassner Otting (author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life).  She started her SXSW presentation with a powerful statement:
 
"You can't be happy living someone else's dream"
 
Boom.  That stuck in Thom's mind for the last few days, and when preparing for Episode 440, he knew he had to share this quote and the reasons it resonated with him.
 
By the way, Laura agreed to be a guest on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", so look for that episode in April 2019.
 
Thom Singer spent most of his career with his "ladder against the wrong wall".  He was doing a career that he fell into (sales and marketing).  While he was very successful, it was not his dream.  Happiness was not front and center.
 
Fast forward to today and Thom is a successful professional speaker and podcast host. He is living a life that few people get to live, and he is happy.  Not happy every single minute of every day, but when it comes to his career, he knows how fortunate he is and reminds himself of this daily.
 
This episode is a challenge and he point blank asks the question of all listeners; "Are you living your dream?"  
 
Check out this episode and then email or DM Thom about what your career dream is all about.
 
Direct download: CTED_440.mp3
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This episode is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in central Texas that empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections their members need to succeed and thrive 

Join Underminer Studios CEO, Alex Porter and CTO Timothy Porter for a look into their startup company and how Austin has played a role in their growth. They are candid about working together as a married couple and how they navigate emerging technology markets. 

Underminer utilizes Visualization Technology like Augmented and Virtual Reality as well as Volumetric Video to design innovative products for business that will help define the future of human-computer interaction. 

Alex’s background in physical and digital design started with her education in Interior Design and made its way to founding a tech company. She drives the vison for the company with a focus on how their work can contribute to accessibility and functional uses for technology.

Tim spent a decade in games and movies specializing in optimization, automation, and pipelines. He uses many of those entertainment paradigms in leading-edge technology applications across health, marketing, education, and business tool creation. 

Together they are working to humanize the digital world. They were both recognized by Intel Software as 2018 Top Innovators. Austin is home to their family which includes their two young kids, a cat, and their business. 

Check out this interview with host Thom Singer.

https://underminerstudios.com/

https://www.thomsinger.com/podcast

Direct download: CTED_439.mp3
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All businesses should be creating some sort of content marketing. In the age of the internet, content has become more necessary than ever in history.  But dropping a blog post onto your website and hoping for millions of views is not realistic.
 
So what is a entrepreneur or business leader to do?  In episode 438 Jill Schiefelbein and Thom Singer talk about how to repurpose content.  Jill has lived this...and she found ways to create real results.  She has millions of YouTube views, but didn't stop there.  She turned her video strategy into paying clients, syndication offers, and a collaboration with Entrepreneur Magazine.
 
Listen to this episode for actionable strategy on how to take a single piece of content and turn it in dozens of different digital touch points across the web.
 
About Jill Schiefelbein
 
University faculty-turned-entrepreneur, Jill Schiefelbein is an award-winning business owner, author, and recovering academic. She taught business communication at Arizona State University for 11 years, analyzed terrorist documents to provide counter-terrorism messaging strategies to the military, and was a pioneer in the digital education space, creating an office serving 60,000 students and—with no staff or operational budget—adding $1M in revenue in its first year. 

Today, Jill resides in New York City and runs The Dynamic Communicator®, providing custom communication training and strategies for her clients—through workshops, keynote 438
speaking, consulting, and virtual training.
 
She’s helped clients all over the spectrum learn dynamic communication skills: from Boomers, to Millennials, to Generation Z, from Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and even some reluctant professional athletes. 
She's a VIP contributor to Entrepreneur, and a livestream video personality. She has a syndicated YouTube channel that teaches communication skills and reaches thousands each week. Her latest book, Dynamic Communication: 27 Strategies to Grow, Lead, and Manage Your Business, is in bookstores around the country.
 
Direct download: CTED_438.mp3
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Michael Smerklo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Austin-based venture capital firm Next Coast Ventures. NCV provides early-stage capital to high-growth startups in ‘Next Coast’ markets, using macro trends and themes to guide their investment strategy.
 
 
Michael has been in the technology industry for almost 20 years as an operator, investor and board member/advisor. Michael currently sits on the board of NCV portfolio companies Tenfold, Navegate, LeanDNA and AlertMedia. He serves as a board observer for NCV portfolio companies EverlyWell, Stoplight and Cloverpop. Previously, he served on the board of OnRamp (acquired in July 2018) as well as SPS Commerce (NASDAQ: SPSC).  
 
 
Prior to founding NCV, Michael was an investor and advisor to emerging growth companies in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas from 2014-2015 via his personal entity, True North Ventures LLC. From 2003 to 2014, Michael served as CEO (and Chairman from 2008-­2015) of ServiceSource International, a company he acquired via a search fund, at a time when the company had one office, 35 employees and a few million dollars in revenue. Under Michael’s direction, ServiceSource grew from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly-traded company that is the market leader in Recurring Revenue Management (NASDAQ: SREV). Michael was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award Finalist in Northern California in 2010. Michael retired as CEO in 2014 and from the Chairman role in 2015 as part of his planned relocation to Austin.

Prior to ServiceSource, Michael was an early employee at Loudcloud (renamed Opsware), working closely with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in Business Development. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley (Silicon Valley Technology Investment Banking), Lehman Brothers (M&A) and Ernst & Young (Audit, CPA). 
 
Michael received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern (with distinction) and a BS in Accounting from the Miami University (Ohio). Michael is an active member of Young President Organization (YPO) in Silicon Valley. He is also an active blogger, focused on the Entrepreneur’s Journey, on his personal site www.mikesmerklo.com.
Direct download: CTED_437.mp3
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Most surveys show that the New Year's Resolutions we set are abandoned by the end of February.  People set goals, and then the routines of their life set in and we fall into the same path we have been walking for a long time.
 
Thom Singer believes in goal setting and New Year's Resolutions.  While he knows that most people never do much with working long toward their goals, for those who do, it can be magical.  But it is not about reaching to goal, the success in in the progress you make along the way.
 
As humans, we like the idea of a "fresh start".  This is why birthdays, anniversaries, and New Year's Day are such a big deal.  We get to move ahead with a new path. We get excited about that potential, but potential is not a solution.  Potential does not equal results. The key here is "performance".
 
In observing peak performers, Thom Singer has seen a pattern. There are things people do who reach come closer to reaching their potential, than those who are stuck in a rut (Thom believes that you never really reach your potential, as once you climb a mountain you find bigger mountains to climb).  Peak performers keep trying and they enjoy the journey.
 
Peak performers take action.  Many people feel they are coming up short, and those are often the same people doing the same routine day after day. Those who are achieving more are not static in their actions.
 
What Peak Performers Do:
 
1. Peak performers "Try New Things" and pivot off actions that are not working.
 
2. Peak performers take ownership of their life.
 
3. Peak performers set goals.
 
4. Peak performers are not sidelined by doubt and fear
 
5. Peak performers connect with people and show gratitude
 
6. Peak performers believe in themselves.
 
Check out episode 436 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.  If you like this episode, please share it on social media or with your friends.
Direct download: CTED_436.mp3
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Let’s Talk Funny
 
Nothing is less funny than a podcast interview about comedy.  Episode 435 is an interview with comedian motivational speaker Garrison Wynn. This conversation covers a lot of ground about his career and what makes things funny.
 
Garrison got into stand up comedy early, and it has impacted his whole career. He has seen a lot of things between the world of comedy, the Fortune 500, and the speaking business.   
 
Nine months after his first open mic he was earning a living as a comic.
 
Today he is a professional keynote speaker.  On this episode we dive deep into comedy. Garrison has had a very interesting career path, and he is very open in this interview.
 
It is hard to find funny in some rooms.  You need the right environment to get the humor to connect with the audience. Most people, even when they are funny, do not realize what makes them funny. There are many things that go into making humor work.
 
About Garrison Wynn
 
Garrison helps people make the jump from being great at what they do to developing the qualities it takes to be consistently chosen for the job. He gets them to understand why their products, services, or leadership styles-or those of their competitors-are selected. As he says, “If the world agreed on what’s best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision making doesn’t work that way.” His presentations help people become more influential regardless of circumstances.
 
With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise.
 
For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured Forbes and Inc. Magazines.
 
In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.
 
Garrison Wynn can be booked through your favorite speakers bureau or directly at https://www.motivational-speaker-success.com/
 
Check out his first interview on Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do from August 2016.  https://thomsinger.com/podcast/long-term-success-with-garrison-wynn/
 
About Thom Singer
 
Thom Singer is the host of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast.  He is also a motivational keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies.  Thom took up stand up comedy at age 51 and began visiting comedy clubs, bars and coffee shops for open mic nights all over the country.
 
While he is not a comedian, he as become a student of humor.  He does not put jokes into his keynote speeches, he has learned that comedy is the best teacher of timing and audience engagement.
Direct download: CTED_435.mp3
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Leaders must have followers. You cannot set up to set the pace if the other people behind you don't care what you think and do not respect you.

To be a good leader, you must begin by leading yourself in a direction of more success. 

Thom Singer takes this episode of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast into the explorations of self leadership.

If you are living as a fraud, others may not know it... but you are very award. People cannot lead self if they are out of sync with their own soul. You may be acting bigger than reality, or selling yourself short. Either way, if you are not honest with yourself, you will bounce around lost for a long time.

Confidence is important, but over confidence or under-confidence are a fine line away. 

How you communicate with others will impact your ability to lead, but also you ability to self lead. If others are always mis-understanding you and your intentions, then you are probably not internally clear as to who you are and what you are trying to accomplish. 

The best leaders want to always be learning and growing ("those of you listening to his podcast are clearly good leaders, as you come here to learn and grow").

Be aware of who you are is hard, and often even harder for younger people. We spend a lot of time doing what we think is expected of us in our lives and careers. Somewhere around age 35 most people come to be aware of who they are (the good stuff and the bad stuff). That awareness allows you to be honest about your intentions and motivations. The games you have to play in relationships lessen, since you no longer are hiding your true self (from others of from yourself).

Becoming less judgmental of others is a big part of knowing your own strengths and weaknesses. 

To lead yourself you have to define your goals. Having goals make it easy to navigate the tough decisions we all face daily. 

Knowing your purpose is key. This is not some trendy "Know your why" statement, but instead a clarifying point where you realize that when you know your purpose in every interaction with others, you make a difference. This is how you leave a legacy.

And in the end, the person who masters great self leadership will have influence on others. Followers line up for the leader who knows about their purpose and can clearly communicate that message. 

Listen to episode 434 and share it with a friend.

*****

Thom Singer is a motivational keynote speaker and professional master of ceremonies / emcee. If you are planning a meeting, call Thom to discover if the is the right fit to have a meaningful impact on your conference. https://www.ThomSinger.com

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Zach Benson is one of the standouts in the world of influencer marketing. A TEDx speaker, social-media trainer for international brands like The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and ViceRoy, and past participant on “So You Think You Can Dance,” Benson doesn’t just manage his own Instagram network of millions; he’s also the founder of Assistagram, where he’s guiding other influencers and Fortune 500 companies into social-media success.
 
Lastly, he is the founder of 6 Figure Dancer Academy, where he teaches other dancers the exact step-by-step system that he used to create a profitable 6-figure dancing business, traveling the world.
What you probably don’t know is that Benson’s childhood resembled something far closer to outright failure than the kind of wins he has experienced today.
 
At only 4 months old, Benson, who was born in South Korea, was adopted by his parents in the States, where he was taken home to Des Moines, Iowa. Benson was one of the very few Asian kids in his school.
 
Benson was bullied and abused by his peers in school due to his ethnicity. On top of looking different, he sounded different too. Benson was diagnosed with a speech impediment and was placed in speech therapy classes. And to top it off, Benson was diagnosed with ADHD and consistently found himself getting in trouble at school.
 
 
With this type of background, many people would assume that these were the characteristics of somebody who was headed down a dark road. Many of us have never had to face daily battles against racism, learning impairments, or even the inability to talk properly, but a combination of all three seems unthinkable.
 
Like anything, though, change is a series of small steps, starting with one foot in front of the other. Benson told me how he implemented this in his own life.

For a man who was bullied, judged, and ostracised, it would seem human to simply give up,but Benson did not. Instead, he focused on moving the meter forward every day.

 
With this type of mentality, it makes it easier to silence that voice in your head that whispers all of your shortcomings to you. By being persistent and showing up every day to work towards your goals, you can overcome some incredible obstacles like Benson has. There is no barrier to your success.

Ask Yourself These Questions

“Should I do it?
Can I do it?
Do I want to do it?
 
For Benson, success is in the execution of the ideas and not in the ideation. “There are many of us who wait for the right moment when in reality that moment does not exist,” Benson said.
We feel that if we wait long enough, everything is just going to be perfect. Well, waiting means sitting and hoping. Accomplishing means getting up and chasing what is yours. Be curious in life and be open to venture off the perfect path and discover what is not visible to most.
 
By supplying yourself with answers to these three questions and immediately acting upon opportunities, you set yourself apart from almost all of your competitors and peers who spend their time wishing for the right moment.
 
These questions allow Benson to keep his internal compass focused so that even if he ventures off in a new direction, it aligns with who he is. Benson has shown us that whatever impairment you have in front of you can always be overturned with consistent progress and the ability to take action.
“The past is the past, the only thing you can do is learn from your mistakes. In my experience, it’s the ones that make the most mistakes and actually learn from them that grow the fastest,” said Benson.
 
Make mistakes, learn, and suck it up.  
 
Yes, life is hard. You must confront the brutal facts of reality that life is hard but things will get better in the future if you keep working and developing yourself and comparing yourself to your best self, you will become the person you want to be in future,” says Benson.
 
This is the type of advice we all need to hear at some point in time.
 
To follow more of Zach’s incredible journey and what he stands for you can visit his personal site, Assistagram, and connect with him on Facebook
 
Check out episode 433 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear more from Zach Benson.
Direct download: CTED_433.mp3
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The same efforts and same agenda will not produce new results.

No matter what industry you work in, the guess is that you, your employees, your products and services, your vendors, and your customers are all caught up in the same routines. 

It happens in all industries. Thom Singer wrote an article for the February 2019 "Meeting Professionals Magazine" titled TRY NEW THINGS (page 30) about how one of his clients totally re-thought their opening general session. 

For decades this group, like most associations, had an opening business session that included a famous keynote speaker. But in 2018 they wanted to try something new. No Keynote. (As a keynote speaker himself, Thom does not advocate for killing off the keynote! Ha). 

Instead, they created a 2 1/2 hours general session that focused on the brilliance of their members, sponsors, and other industry VIPs. They hired Thom to help facilitate the session, and got hundreds of people to engage and share best practices instead of sitting by and listening.

It was a huge success, but it was not without risk. They had to get buy in from the attendees in advance to ensure that all stake holders were on the same page. If it had not worked out, they needed people to be positive about the concept of trying new things.

Thom also shares in this episode two other clients who wanted to shake up their conference with new experience driven ideas. 

But this is not just about the meetings industry. Everyone should be looking for ways to have more experiential interactions with customers, prospects, vendors, employees, etc.....

Check out episode 432 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and see if you are inspired to try something new. 

http://www.TryNewThings.shop

http://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_432.mp3
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This episode is co-produced with the Austin Technology Council, the regions largest tech industry organization who empower members by using insights, resources, and connections their members need to succeed and thrive". 
Rob Kaczmarek is the managing director for projekt202. Rob has a love and passion for introducing innovation and transforming experiences Globally. He has an entrepreneurial background launching two global technology companies and a service company aimed at transforming peoples’ experience with technology. With a background firmly rooted in Computer Science he has spent his career bringing innovation to challenging markets and worked with the likes of Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, Formula 1, Roush Yates, McLaren, BMW, GE, Rolls Royce and numerous others to implement technology into the engineering and retail industries.

With over 15 years perfecting our approach, projekt202 has the experience, teams, skills and scale to deliver sophisticated software solutions that improve any and all touchpoints across the user journey.

projekt202 is the leader in applying experience strategy and observational insights to the development of mobile, cloud, web and workplace software. The company is actively redefining the user experience (UX) and changing the ways people interact with technology around the world. Recognized by industry analysts for setting the standard for the way modern businesses develop software, projekt202 builds emotionally rich, resonant solutions that enable customers and end users to fully realize technology’s potential in today’s connected world.

Check out episode 431 of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast as Rob has a powerful conversation, with host Thom Singer, about entrepreneurship, business success, and the Austin tech scene.

Direct download: CTED_431.mp3
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James S. Fell, MA, MBA, has bylines in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and many other publications. His blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of readers and he is the author of two books: The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), and Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind (Random House Canada, 2014).

The Holy Shit Moment Book

After years of helping people change, James Fell had a sudden insight about sudden insight: significant life change doesn’t often come from just putting one foot in front of the other, carefully observing and altering habits, slogging through baby steps toward new behavior. Rather, the research reveals that serious life turnaround usually happens in a moment, with a flash of inspiration. Epiphany arrives like a lightning strike, rapidly shifting the recipient of such enlightenment onto a new path that creates a better life.

Motivational psychology has traditionally focused on slow and steady―gradual improvement over time to reach a desired goal, whether it’s weight loss, career change, battling addiction, or success in relationships. We’ve been told since toddlerhood that the tortoise beats the hare. But, through compelling science and powerful stories, James Fell shows us that the hare has the edge; overwhelming desire can be awakened fast and furiously. When you learn to become attuned to that sensation of sudden awakening, a new path can be followed almost effortlessly, because it feels like destiny.

Everyone has the ability to experience the lightning strike. The Holy Sh!t Moment will teach you how to create a life-changing epiphany and go directly from intention to action.

Check out episode 430 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear James Fell share how to create change.

http://www.BodyForWife.com

Direct download: CTED_430.mp3
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Episode 429 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" features a return visit to the show from Phil Gerbyshak. Phil and Thom Singer candidly discuss issues around the intersection of sales, marketing, and technology, and spend a lot of time unpacking the power of using LinkedIn. 
 

Phil Gerbyshak is Connected

Phil has interviewed Tom Peters, Sally Helgesen, Seth Godin, Tim Sanders, Carol Roth, Bob Burg and a host of other great people.
 
Phil is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and has spoken at many of the regional chapter meetings on social selling and the power of connecting the right way on social media.
 
Phil has been featured on the cover of Speaker Magazine, and also frequently contributes articles.
 
When he’s not traveling, Phil does a weekly show on social media called #SocialChatter on Facebook Live here. It’s unscripted, unedited, real and raw.

Phil Gerbyshak is Wired

Phil is a technology geek who is always trying the latest and greatest tools so you don’t have to. He’s kicked the tires for you and can recommend the right tool for your needs and budget, whether it’s scheduling social media posts, livestreaming, transcribing, video editing, etc.
 
Phil has been recognized as the Best of BeLive (livestreaming platform) by Ross Brand and Rachel Moore.
 
Check out Tuesday Tool Day with Phil on his blog to learn about what’s new and hot.

Phil Gerbyshak is Experienced

Phil Gerbyshak is a former vice president of information technology at a full-service financial services company, where he and his team were responsible for supporting over 100 applications used by advisors, investment bankers, research analysts and support staff.
 
Phil also worked as a director of social strategy for a compliance software vendor focused on the financial services vertical where he coached, consulted and trained customers and prospects on integrating social media and social selling into their daily sales practices.
 
Currently, Phil presents programs, trains, and coaches sales organizations and small business owners on sales and marketing strategies, optimizing their use of technology and social media.
Phil Gerbyshak has written 5 books, more than 2,500 articles, and has been quoted in The Wall Street JournalDaily Globe and MailFinancial TimesInvestor’s Business DailyInc. and many other publications.
 
Phil lives in Tampa, Florida where he spends his free time reading business books, listening to podcasts, and playing pinball.
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In episode 428 of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast, Thom Singer shares his tips for how to find a speaker and hire the right person to “WOW” your event. In the previous week before recording this Thom was contacted by three different people asking for advice on how to hire a motivational speaker. These people were seeking experts in other topic areas that his expertise, but they had never before brought in outside professional speakers. 

Please note that this episode is all about discovering and connecting with speakers. 

Why hire a speaker? Often an expert with an outside view is just what your company or association needs to get fresh ideas. Too many people will tune out their co-workers, but based on third party suggestions will take new actions.

Some roll their eyes at motivation, but Singer believes that all speakers need to be “Motivational Speakers”, as the opposite is not good for your meeting (de-motivating?). 

Before you begin you must know all the details of your meeting and be clear on the desired outcomes. Do you want the speaker for an hour or three hours? Is it your desire they stay all day and be part of your event? Should the speaker be experienced on stage or is their knowledge enough? Does your group prefer a lot of interaction? All of these things must be determined before you start your search.

To find great speakers start by asking your co-workers, friends, vendors, clients, and even competitors who they had seen speak in the last year that could be a good fit for your event.

Next turn to any speakers you have worked with in the past. The best motivational speakers have other friends in the business, and they know who is good and who is great. 

Be aware that professional speakers may cost more than you think. Celebrities can cost over $25,000 for a one hour talk. There are many factors that determine the free that a speaker charges, but you can always try to negotiate (within reason).

If you or someone you know is looking for some tips on hiring a speaker, check out this episode.

Direct download: CTED_428.mp3
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Mike McDerment is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud accounting software in the cloud designed for freelancers and service-based businesses. Mike has spent the last decade making accounting software accessible to small businesses and is the co-author of Breaking the Time Barrier, which helps professionals better price their services. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times he is reportedly the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.
 
Check out episode 427 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” for a compelling interview with Mike McDerment.  He and CTED host Thom Singer have a great chat about Mike’s journey to success and how he founded and grew FreshBooks.
 
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Business Growth Ideas 

As business owners we know this journey can be hard and lonely. Attracting new customers is the most important thing we can do, but it is easy to get lost in the weed of developing new products and services, meeting payroll, customer service, and serving existing customers. 

On the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast Thom Singer has worked hard to interview business executives, small business owners, and solopreneurs to get a cross section of fresh ideas that can inspire listeners to grow their business.

Success leaves clues, so getting around others who own and run a successful business is the best way to get fresh ideas. After a flat 2018, Thom is supercharged to make this new year his best year ever. If you want to grow your business, then you have to listen to this episode of the CTED Podcast and join him in this year’s growth journey.

Thom believes that all opportunities come from people, so part of his growth plan is to extend his network. He has done a few things to match with the four legs to his business table:

Connect with more people - NETWORK
Attend educational events
Develop an outbound strategy
Improve “Findability” and SEO / Social Media

http://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_426.mp3
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Brianna Carney started her career at a small startup which helped her to better understand how small organizations scale. She moved to Amazon which is where she experienced the impact leveraging the global workforce can have on an organization. She began to question why so many domestic companies are limiting themselves.
 
After traveling around Asia, she was inspired to connect the robust workforce of the Philippines to US businesses looking to scale. With outsourcing being a very competitive market, she set out to differentiate CrewBloom by reinventing the industry. By outlining rigorous screening process to applicants and clients alike, CrewBloom now has access to the top 2% remote professionals in the Philippines and clients supporting human-centric workplace.
 
With leadership built on confidence and empathy, Brianna guarantees client happiness by taking care of her people. For her, preserving humanity in the workplace is more crucial than ever in a world that’s becoming more technology-focused by the minute, and that trust continues to be the recipe for a successful business.
 
 
In her spare time, Brianna loves scuba diving, running, reading, and cooking. She has also been taking the time to learn to speak Tagalog.
 
Direct download: CTED_425.mp3
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January is National Mentor Month, and this episode is dedicated to how anyone can go out and find a guide to help them with their career and their life.

Thom Singer has been fortunate to have several people who have helped him along the way in his career. He met these mentors through volunteering, at work, through professional associations, and via networking. 

He also serves as a mentor to others, especially two young professionals who he has worked with for over 6 years. They have become like family, and he realizes that his level of mentor / mentee connection is rare, he also understands that it is valuable for the both the mentees and the mentor. 

Check out this episode for tips on how to find a mentor. 

1. Realize you have to develop a relationship before asking someone to be your mentor. Successful executives are no waiting for strangers to call and ask for this level of commitment, but once someone knows you and sees a reason for the relationship, they just might be willing to help. 

2. Being a mentee is give and take, Do not just assume the mentor has no needs or that you cannot help them find more success. Keep your eyes and ears open and look for ways to help them grow their business or meet key people. If you help someone they are more likely to notice you exist, and then be willing to serve in a more official way as your mentor.

3. The mentee must own the relationship in the early stages. If you want grow a meaningful connection with your mentor, you have to be the one who calls them and schedules your getting together (by phone or in person). Your mentor is busy, and probably has never been a mentor before, so you must instigate the ongoing conversations (at least early on).

4. Do what is asked of you. If your mentor gives you a suggestion or advice, take action and then report back. If the advice does not resonate with you, that is okay, but let them know why you did not do anything. 

5. Be flexible on when you meet. Do not expect your mentor to move his schedule to accommodate yours. If early morning or a weekend is the best time for them to meet, that is when you meet.

6. Remember that you must make all decisions. You cannot ask you mentor to make decisions for you. A mentor is a guide, but you have to take ownership of the decisions you make. 

7. Be open and honest with your mentor. You must tell your mentor the whole story (even if you do not look good), as they cannot properly advise you without all the knowledge of the situation. 

All opportunities come from people, and a mentor can directly and indirectly impact the future success that you will have in life and career. If you are fortunate enough to find a real mentor, cherish that person. A real powerful mentor will help you from making the same mistakes that others have made, and thus let you accomplish more. 

https://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_424.mp3
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Roman Gonzalez knows about growing food and growing a company. Gonzalez is Founder and CEO of Gardenio, an Austin based startup with the big mission to get the world reconnected to their food by sharing the joy of growing it themselves – not with fancy, expensive, patented gardening gizmos, but with old fashioned good soil, good plants, and good people. Gardenio sends you everything you need to start growing on your porch or balcony, in the amount you need, curated to your area, for under $35. A kind of Blue Apron and Brandless for making your space edible. They're working on a mobile app to help you as you grow, organizing thousands of years of food growing wisdom, and more. Gardenio is a public benefit corporation built on the pillars of sustainability, public health, and food justice. 
 
Roman is a Brown University philosophy graduate, former community organizer, and current human centered designer hell bent making the gardening experience more accessible, approachable, and fun for the new gardener. Eighty percent of new gardeners are millenials like himself, and he found others like him had a similar difficult experience starting, often giving up on gardening, all for reasons that were completely solvable. Roman spends the little time he has not working on Gardenio to read books about fruit trees, learn about craft cocktails, and advocate for social justice in tech, in the food system, and in the rest of the world. 
 
Direct download: CTED_423.mp3
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As a follow up episode to last week where Thom Singer talked about how to overcome a failure in 2018, he has dedicated this episode to how to focus on sales.

Since his conversation about coming up short last year, many people have commented that they understood the feeling of last year not being their best. Getting refocused for entrepreneurs and sales professionals is important, and there is no time to waste. 

Thom believes we need to have a plan and "Try New Things" (http://www.trynewthing.shop). To be more attentive to his sales for the new year he spent several weeks reviewing his past and present situation, and had to be brutally honest with himself about why he came up short. 

Sales is the life-blood of any enterprise. You do not have to be the entrepreneur or the sales person to care about how business development is progressing. Everyone is in sales.

Thom has five tips for selling more in 2019. He has implemented them in his own business, and just a week into the new year he is seeing some momentum and is excited about where the rest of the year is going.

1. Have a strategy. Thom is honest that he has spent too much of the last decade relying on word of mouth. While this has worked well, hoping the phone will ring is NOT a strategy. Thus he now has a plan in place that is changing up how he acts on a daily basis. 

2. Your attitude matters. Failure is not an option, and feeling sorry for your past failures is not going to bet you to new results. Thom encourages everyone to believe in their products and services and to believe in themselves. But cautions that having a thick skin is key in sales, as some people are going to say "NO". A rejection is not personal, it was just not the right fit for that client, and each "NO" brings you closer to the next "YES".

3. Understand your clients. We cannot tell people what they want to buy. If we want to sell (and we all want to sell), we need to analyze what the client needs and wants. We also have to understand that there might be more than one constituency within each client.

4. Visibility / Findabililty / Social / Networking. The world of connecting with people and showing up on their "Short List" is not about one thing. SEO, word of mouth, networking, reputation ,etc.... all are intertwined. To get success we cannot ignore any of these and must get them all working together.

5. Take action and have accountability. Ideas alone are not enough. To get more sales you have to take actions. Thom is all about actions in 2019 and thinks you can be too. He also share the importance having people who will hold you accountable and check in on your progress. Great sales professionals do not live alone on an island.

Make 2019 your best year ever. Get focused on sales and make thing happen.

https://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_422.mp3
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Tamara Celeste, the Home Buying Coach, is a real estate financial empowerment coach and the #1 bestselling author of Buy Homes Not Shoes (or other stuff) a Women’s Guide to Buying Her First Home.   
 
She coaches women who are looking to buy their first home or invest in real estate so that they feel comfortable and confident when starting the home buying investment process.  Tamara’s believes “Buying a home should be exciting and easy, not complicated or confusing”.
 
Tamara also coaches female real estate agents to teach them how to grow their business and align their work with their passion.
 
Tamara has always had a passion and a gift.  Her passion is for people; always expressing a genuine interest in getting to know the people she meets. Her gift is being able to talk to, and find a commonality with almost anyone. Tamara started her career on Wall Street after graduating from law school.  After almost a decade on Wall Street Tamara realized that she could never be fulfilled in a job unless she was making a difference.  Upon moving to Florida in 2006 she obtained her real estate license and finally found her passion.  Having joined real estate at a time when the market was tumbling she soon found her niche in short sales and became one of the top agents in her County serving others in their time of need and helping her clients navigate the long, arduous and complicated short sale process with dignity.
 
Tamara is the owner of Sweet Life Realty Group in West Palm Beach, Fl.  Tamara has earned numerous real estate awards throughout her career such as Broker of the Year and Global Realtor of the Year from her Realtors Association.  In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and travelling to visit friends and exploring new countries.  She also volunteers her time and currently sits on the Boards of The Sonoran Initiative, which is a non-profit based in Miami whose mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty among underprivileged youth and Pace Center for Girls in Fort Pierce FL, which is an intervention and educational program for at-risk girls.
Direct download: CTED_421.mp3
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Many people are glad to see 2018 end. While some had record years with lots of celebrations, others had trials and tribulations that left last year coming up short from their expectations.

Thom Singer is honest that 2018 was not great. It was not horrible, but he came us short in business and is ready to launch into 2019 with a fresh perspective. 

If you can relate, then this episode is a "MUST HEAR".

Thom has 7 tips for making a fresh start in 2019:

1. Learn from your hard-knocks in 2018

2. Take action now.

3. Don't dwell on the mistakes you made.

4. Set goals.

5. Try New Things (http://www.trynewthings.shop)

6. Build your network.

7. Be realistic.

If you want to be part of something bigger in 2019... join the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do community (check out the Facebook page, Twitter, etc...). Reach out to Thom and start a conversation. 

Thom is all about making 2019 "The Year of Human Connection".... and it starts with you.


http://www.ThomSinger.com

Direct download: CTED_420.mp3
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Zach Horvath is the founder of LIVE A GREAT STORY, a lifestyle brand focused on inspiring people to be the hero of their story. Zach has been on the entrepreneurial journey for over a decade, starting his first business in high school. After returning from an extended travel experience in 2013, Zach spray painted LIVE A GREAT STORY on a wall in Austin, TX and people started sharing it on social media. Five years later LIVE A GREAT STORY has grown to globally recognized lifestyle brand that spreads a ripple effect of inspiration.
 
Check out this conversation between Zach and Thom Singer and get ready to rock your 2019.
 
Direct download: CTED_419.mp3
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Dara Zycherman launched Less Equals More to help you simplify while enriching your life. Through downsizing and organizing your home, we focus on creating efficient and easy life systems. All this work begins at the core: What are your goals? What is your center? This fearless digging addresses emotional blocks, releases the past, and allows us to reconstruct a home space that supports your dreams and everyday needs.

When you do the real work and change your mindset, keeping an organized and simple home is easy. With less distraction, you have room for more meaning in your life.

Through yoga, Dara centered herself and looked inward. Yoga practice allowed her to build strength, explore her creativity, and find her true north. 

As a minimalist, she does this at home and through her business - Less Equals More. She helps clients center themselves in order to downsize and organize their homes. Dara ensures their space reflects their values by focusing on their core.

With her space cleared, she can focus on one of her passions: music. She makes music to exercise the creativity she strengthened during yoga and to put words and sounds to her life. Getting up to sing in front of an audience can be a bit overwhelming- like organizing a home or attempting a headstand. Putting ourselves out there brings an excitement to life, as risk tends to do.

Everyone has unanswered interests, hobbies, and passion projects that only have room to grow when there are less distractions. Dara encourages you to find your center and strengthen your core, through your body and mind, so you can clear out space in your home, create, and enjoy life.

Build your life around meaning.

Direct download: CTED_418.mp3
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Networking is still important in business. People do business with those they know, like and trust. 

Over the past decade we have all become attached to our social media and digital / mobile tools, and many people have lost the basic networking skills that lead to more business opportunities. But there is a trend now to get back to the basics of really engaging with people. 

Networking is not about passing out business cards or working a room. But nobody really teaches that stuff. There are many articles written that scoff at networking as if people really behave as idiots at live events. These articles are usually just writers trying to look smart, and making up problems that are not real.

But there is a right way to network. In this episode Thom Singer talks about the time proven ways to connect with people. Thom has been speaking professionally on this topic and has taught his techniques at over 800 events.

A few things you will hear in this episode:

1. Get to "like and trust". Having people know about you is not enough. When people really like you and trust you the business magic happens. But to get to this level means you have to invest in the relationship.

2. Have a plan. Your network does not happen by accident. You need to know the types of people you need to connect with and map out which are the right events to run into these professionals. 

3. Embrace social media (but don't think it replaces face-to-face). Social media is awesome, but real human one-to-one engagement is always the best. Mix the two and you will find the success you desire.

4. Keep in touch. Out of sight is out of mind. You must find ways to stay engaged with the people in your network. 

5. Support others / serve others. If you have not referred anyone else new business, how can you expect them to do this for you? Lead with ways to help others find their success and they will return the favor.

6. Never Stop Learning. The world is changing, so you have to find ways to learn and grow consistently. Read books, listen to podcasts, take courses, etc... 

As we to into the new year Thom Singer is looking to help people make 2019 "The Year of Human Engagement". Get fired up about your business relationship and listen to this episode. 

https://www.thomsinger.com

**Thom Singer is a professional speaker and the author of 12 books. If you are hosting an even in 2019 and want a funny and engaging keynote speaker, put Thom Singer on your short list. Finding the best speakers for your event, but the right presentations set the tone for the whole conference.

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 For over a decade, Amy Schuber has been successfully coaching women business owners, entrepreneurs & individuals on building, growing and sustaining a prosperous life, career or business while staying grounded and connected. She has learned success in business and life comes from not doing more but having a different approach, by being aligned, thoughtfully aware, engaged and connected to oneself and one’s mission on a deeper level.

Amy has an innate ability to see client’s true potential and unlock the possibilities through providing solutions and resources unique to her client’s personal and professional needs and desires. She provides curated resources and solutions to expand & maximize life & business opportunities. Amy supports her clients in bringing their visions into reality, while creating a clear, actionable path to achieving success.

Amy is also the host of the Inspired Conversations Podcast where she shares insightful conversations with thought leaders like Dr. Joe Vitale, Jen Sincero, John Lee Dumas, Mariel Hemingway and hundreds more who are making a meaningful difference through their work. The goal is to produce thoughtful conversations based on conscious business, mind, body, spirit, and well-being in hopes to spark your heart and ignite your soul into a deep dive of self-discovery. Amy intends for these conversations to inspire people to learn, create and thrive in their lives. With over half a million downloads in over 100 countries and featured in iTunes New & Noteworthy Amy is well on her way.

Amy truly believes you are the one you’ve been waiting for!

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Adam Schaeuble was on episode 351 in May 2018. He returns for an impromptu interview with Thom Singer about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur with a real desire to help others and share his message.

For ten years Adam has run a fitness studio. In the beginning he had 5 competitors in his town, now there are fifty. Increased competition has caused him to have stress and anxiety, but Adam is a driven entrepreneur who accepts that change happens and that he has to pivot to succeed.

In this raw and honest interview he shares the pain and joy of being an entrepreneurs and talks with passion about fitness and podcasting.

Adam is the host of two podcasts - The Million Pound Mission and Casting the Pod. He is also a husband and father of two kids. 

Do not miss episode 415. Adam is the real deal.

https://www.transformationcoach.me/p/about-adam-schaeuble

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Founder of Garrett Speaker International, Betty Garrett, CMP, has been active in the meetings industry over four decades. She came to Texas from Louisiana with the burning desire to work for an airline and her dream came true when Braniff International hired her.

Betty was able to transfer her skills from the airline to meeting planning at Young President’s Organization, the business travel department at Mary Kay Cosmetics and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). She developed relationships with the many professional speakers she hired for her programs, so it was a natural progression to start GSI.

Working as a speaker bureau owner, Betty realized there was a gap between ordinary speakers and those wanting to take their speaking career to a higher level. She has implemented a new division within GSI to coaching speakers on how to “get bureau ready” and grow their business. These are tips, tools and techniques that will get the traction needed for bureaus and higher paying fees.

Betty is also an author, consultant and speaker. When her husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, she knew she needed help and there was nothing on the market to assist the caregiver. She authored From Chaos to Control: A Survival Guide for the Cancer Caregiver, a how-to manual for caregivers tending to cancer patients. She also developed the Caregivers Companion to assist caregivers in staying organized with the appointments, treatments, medications, etc. Her website is www.caregiversforcancer.com.

Betty is a leader in Meeting Professionals International, having served as chapter president, and was the recipient of the Marion Kershner Memorial Leadership Award by MPI. The National Speakers Association named her the Partner of the Year, plus recently received the Dallas Business Journal award for Women in Business. 

http://www.garrettspeakers.com

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Cait Pearson is a photographer, blogger, the founder of the She’s Hungry Podcast. She’s a Pennsylvania native, now living in Portland, OR looking to pave the way by breaking the mold on what is REALLY possible when you believe in yourself. 
 
She began her podcasting journey when a friend told her her passion and empathy for the world and the people in it was too much to talk about with strangers in bars. 
Her words were short lived on a blog when she discovered podcasting. Through her three years in Portland, meeting hundreds of people and hearing countless stories about their trials, tribulations, incredible successes and epic failures. A pattern became very clear.
 
Anyone who wanted something more for their lives took great leaps of uncomfortable faith and worked from an unshakable mindset to achieve them. They learned how to fail up, and fail fast, just as part of the journey. Much like how her story began in moving cross country to chase her impossible dream.
 
Now Cait photographs people to show them what she sees: possibility, resilience, and strength to conquer any goals they get out of their own way to accomplish. She speaks publicly to remind people of their potential, and the tools she has learned to get you started And you can now join her weekly to be apart of the journey right in the midst of your everyday mindset challenges on the She’s Hungry Podcast. 
 
Cait doesn’t pretend to have it all figured out, but she hopes that by her relentless efforts in showing up, her transparency of her journey, and her genuine belief that you can’t beat the person that refuses to quit mindset will unite a community on the brink of greatness and they can do it together. 
 
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Jac Julien is a reformed “organized mess”. After her own “productivity revolution” she noticed how many entrepreneurs and business owners were simply running on the hamster wheel, chasing shiny objects, putting off today what they can do tomorrow (and those other clichés).  Jac has made it her mission to be the “AntiHustle Coach” and help entrepreneurs get of their own way so they can have the dream of time freedom they wanted when starting their business.
 
Jac uses her experiences as a clinical psychologist and productivity expert to save entrepreneurs from the “hustle and grind” of doing more without better results. She coaches her clients to get more done in less time, have time for family, friends and hobbies.
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Recognized as a pioneer for integrating personal branding with image management, Diana Jennings has been praised for helping clients enhance their credibility and increase their visibility. Her unique strategic combination of methodologies through her collaborations with world renowned thought-leaders has enabled her to work with career-minded individuals and entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Known as the People Branding Expert, Diana has a keen eye for uncovering the visual cues and a strong sixth sense for signals that affect a person’s brand message. Her programs and coaching have resulted in career and business advancing opportunities, and improved relationships for numerous clients.

Since 2002, she has presented to groups, large and small, teaching others how to position themselves to attract opportunities. Her consulting clients have relied on her expertise to help sales teams and client interfacing personnel project a cohesive visual brand message. Her individual clients include entrepreneurs, managers, emerging leaders, and executives.

Diana Jennings’ work has led to many opportunities including her involvement in the development of the Stylist Project at South Coast Plaza the largest shopping center on the West Coast in California. She has been a mentor and advisor to students from the Image Consulting Business Institute in India and was a contributing author to several career related books, including Personal Branding for Dummies (Wiley).

As a heart-centered entrepreneur, Diana’s mission is to inspire and coach others to be and communicate their best self. She has a deep desire to empower others with tools and knowledge that will promote personal growth, self-confidence, and clarity of their personal brand. Her work centers on alignment and putting individuals on track to achieve their goals.

http://www.dianajennings.com

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Matt Sweetwood is a successful entrepreneur, an award-winning marketer, a social media influencer and a personal branding expert. Matt was the U.S. CEO of beBee, Inc., a professional social network that helps build successful personal brands. He served as President of Unique Photo®, NJ’s premiere Camera Store for 28 years. Nationally known in the photography industry as an innovator, he has helped acquire over fifty US and International Trademarks for both language and design, and he founded and ran the Ozzie Award winning publication Photo Insider®. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country’s largest in-store education program, the Unique University®. Unique Photo was named 2008 and “2013 Dealer of the Year” by Digital Imaging Reporter magazine. Matt was named the Photo Industry’s, “2016 Person of the Year” by the PMDA.

However, by far, his greatest achievement is having raised five successful children to adulthood as a single dad. Matt was awarded full custody of their five children, ages 18 months to 8 years old. In the 25 years since, he has raised his kids, on his own, into happy, successful and kindhearted adults. Matt has gained expertise in a range of issues such as surviving divorce and custody, single-parenting, dating, relationships, getting in shape, but most importantly – how anyone can have a life worth living – a BIG Life – no matter what difficulties he or she faces and must overcome.

Matt has appeared as a regular contributor on Fox News, NBC Today Show, CBS TV, News 12 NJ, PIX11, and other high-profile programs. He has also spoken publicly for organizations like Panasonic, Canon, PMDA, Microsoft, NJ Devils Hockey and BMW CCA, and was a member of the prestigious CMO Club, where he won the President’s Award in 2014.

Matt’s past charitable endeavors include having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at both The Aish Center, a spiritual/educational non-profit and The Josephine Herrick Project, a nonprofit that uses photography to enhance the lives of the under-served. Matt was honored by The Aish Center with its 2014 Continuity Award.

Proving his contention that single dads can lead exciting, balanced lives, Matt is a die-hard NJ Devils’ hockey fan, an advanced auto racer with the BMW Club, and of course, an avid photographer. He is sponsored by Panasonic® in his photographic endeavors as a Lumix Luminary. He received his BA in mathematics from Rutgers University and MA in theoretical mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in computer science from Warnborough College in Ireland.

His first book, “Leader of the Pack: How a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success,” is a #1 self-help best-seller.

Http://www.msweetwood.com

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Susan Sheppard is the founder of Getting What You Want ,Inc., a life and love coaching organization focused on teaching women to own their feminine power and men to cherish women.  She is on a mission to get people loved the way they want to be loved. She has a very successful track record of helping people heal their wounded heart, reframe their perception of the opposite sex and meet their perfect partner so they can find true intimacy, love and long term commitment.
 
She is an award winning, best selling Amazon author of the books “How to Get What You Want From Your Man Anytime” and “Dating After 40­ No More Excuses” 
Susan’s 40 years as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Services honed her crisis intervention skills as a coach.   She is a self-proclaimed,  self-awareness addict since 1978.
Her eclectic background includes working directly for Michael Gerber, the renowned Business “E Myth” Guru for 3 years, being certified in NLP by Tony Robbins himself in 1990,
 
In her varied life journey she has been a headhunter in the Oil Industry, A General Contractor building custom Homes, A movie producer, a business coach, an author and book publisher and now a life coach specializing in Love Relationships. She truly is a renaissance woman.
 
You can visit Susan at http://www.GettingWhatYouWant.com
 
Susan Sheppard - Getting What You Want, Inc.
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Try New Things. Talking the same actions will produce the same results, and Thom Singer has become obsessed with helping people reach their potential. 

One of the most popular pieces of advice he shares in his "Paradox of Potential" workshops and keynote speeches is about the importance of trying new things in your life and career. 

Having surveyed over 500 people about their personal potential (and results) and having hosted over 350 interviews with business leaders on the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast, Thom has come to know that the most successful people are the ones who are willing to take some risks.

Courage is paramount to winning in business. You have to get out of your comfort zone and push your own limits. "Try New Things" is an important reminder to not get caught in the routines and ruts that plague so many careers.

Being one who tries new things is bigger than just you. It impacts your team, your company, whole industries, and society. Every break through had to begin with a person willing to shake up the status quo. 

Stop looking for reasons to say "No" or hiding behind policy and tradition. Seek out ways to say "Yes". 

What will you do? Listen to this episode (Episode 408) and get inspired to do more starting today.

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Amin Bahari has a game-plan is for Elite Sweets. The healthy alternative to the conventional, high fat and sugar donut. They want to give people donuts, regardless of predisposed health or body conditions. This is their mission! They want to help redefine the (SAD) Standard American Diet by offering healthier Sweets. 
 
In order to tell you how they got here, they need to take you back to their college apartment in Austin, Texas. It was another late night, and naturally these young men were hungry. They had two options: fast food or donuts. And because they were (broke) college students, donuts were the obvious choice. Clearly the healthiest solution (not), but who doesn't like donuts, right?
 
Several nights later, they wondered what it would take to turn their favorite indulgence into a go-to healthy snack. Protein bars weren't cutting it and left a lot to be desired when it came to taste. However, they didn't just want to make a protein-packed sweet; they wanted one that everyone could enjoy regardless of their diet or health circumstances. Thus, The Elite Donut was born: a protein packed (16g to be exact), gluten-free, naturally sweetened donut. They satisfied their sweet tooth and created the ultimate post-work out sweet, now Amin wants to share his secret with you!
 
Check out episode 407 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear about the journey of Elite Sweets.
 
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Irené Turtle is a Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Speaker based in Los Angeles, California with clients nationally and internationally. She speaks on and holds workshops on a wide range of leadership topics.

Coaching and Consulting Experience

 

Irené provides Leadership Coaching and Consulting for Entrepreneurs and Executives. She focuses on working with technology and high-growth companies. Specifically, she helps her clients develop confidence and build on their communication, conflict resolution, delegation and team development skills. She works with teams on developing their mission, purpose and values, and helping them succeed as a cohesive unit byidentifying and maximizing their unique talents.

 

Irené is passionate about helping individuals and teams make significant transformations in their professional lives, which carries over into their personal lives. She has seen firsthand how focusing on and strengthening emotional intelligence creates star performers and has a powerful and positive impact on behavior, communication,, retention and productivity.

 

Business/Organizational Leadership Experience

Her experience at The Walt Disney Company before joining Acacia Research, a Pasadena based incubator in the early dot-com days, enabled her to develop her skills in training, talent acquisition and consulting to bring about lasting improvement inorganizations that value growth. 

 

Irené has over twenty five years of experience working with companies in technology, entertainment, consumer products, financial services, consulting services, healthcare, internet as well as non-profit and academic organizations.

Additionally, she has worked with career transition and redeployment issues and has been part of and led large change management efforts at a variety of companies. 

 

Education and Training

 

Irené has a BA (hons) in Social Psychology and apostgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) She is a PCC accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Irené is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, is a Board Member of NSA GLAC and is active in ICFLA and other coaching networks

Irené was born in Ireland and particularly enjoys working with clients of different nationalities and cultures.

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Bradley Gold is an active entrepreneur, a practicing attorney, Data Protection Officer of Abraxas Technology, and a faculty member at McCombs. Bradley works with small businesses in Austin alongside large organizations such as Thomson Reuters and General Electric, and international businesses based in Africa, Europe, and South America. Bradley is a previous winner of the IL Small Family Business of the Year Award, a 2018 Austin Young Chamber of Commerce Changemaker finalist, and author of nationally-taught CPA courses and a Top 10 legal article at Texas Bar Today.  Bradley is also a new father!
 
As an entrepreneur, Bradley is the Data Protection Officer and General Counsel for Abraxas Technology, an award-winning Austin startup bringing digital analytics to analog outdoor advertising. Bradley is Co-Founder of MiraLend, a student run P2P borrowing marketplace that has been through the DivInc and Austin Tech Incubator SEAL Programs. Bradley is also co-Founder of I’m Here Today, a classroom technology startup providing tools to large lecture classrooms.
 
As a practicing attorney, Bradley counsels startups through entity formation, fundraising, drafting contracts, creating supply chains, engaging in compliance, establishing Boards and corporate governance procedures, and creating corporate policy. Bradley’s law firm is the largest virtual law firm outside of California, and he has pioneered the use of the concierge general counsel model for startups across Texas.
 
As a faculty member at McCombs, Bradley teaches business law, business ethics, commercial transactions, and public speaking. He is a faculty member in the Business Foundations Program and Masters Accounting Program. He has been recognized for creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom, and has helped many students find jobs and internships in the Austin startup ecosystem (or “tapestry” depending upon who you ask).
 
When he’s not working with his wide-ranging list of students and clients, he is enjoying being a new Dad and running around Ladybird Lake with his wife and dog Laika, named after the world’s first official astronaut.
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Roberta Ross is a highly successful business coach and entrepreneur, who empowers entrepreneurs, practitioners and real estate agents to create a business and life they love. It is her unique ability to help others make more money, experience more joy, and succeed with ease, that sets her apart. Roberta has founded/co-founded three companies, given over 1,000 speeches, Been the #1 Salesperson, breaking all company records in her first hear, invested in over 300 investment properties, and authored 7 books and/or publications and courses. She is also host of Success Series, a subscription-based audio series program since 2010, and Host of Free Yourself to Success Podcast, and Six Figure Real Estate Coach Podcast.
 
Check out episode 404 as she shares her story and advice on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"
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Steven Sashen is a serial entrepreneur who has never had a job, former professional stand up comic and award-winning screenwriter, and a competitive sprinter -- one of the fastest men over 55 in the country. He and his wife, Lena Phoenix, co-founded the footwear company Xero Shoes, and appeared on Shark Tank, where they turned down a $400,000 offer from Kevin O'Leary.  
 
Check out episode 403 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” to hear the story of his entrepreneurial life that has been well lived.
 
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In 2016, Melissa Dobbins formed an HR technology company to remove bias from the hiring process by shifting the focus from resumes to qualifications.
 
Removing bias from talent evaluation is more than just opening the door to a wider candidate pool in today’s fierce competition for talent; it drives diversity, efficiency, and compliance as a natural bi-product. Too many companies are attempting to tackle these issues separately, but as long as there is bias in the selection process, these diversity and compliance challenges will persist. Even worse, many companies are turning to technology as the ‘easy way out’ but just end up automating existing biases.
 
Ms. Dobbins’ company, career.place, tackles bias and the resulting diversity, compliance, and efficiency challenges by removing the bias-laden resumes from talent evaluation and replacing them with a systematic solution that combines the best parts of technology and the human touch to objectively measure a candidate’s qualification to identify those best qualified for the job. Candidates remain anonymous, enabling fair evaluation and comparison of qualifications before names, gender, ethnicity, age, or any other bias-triggering information is shared.
 
Career.Place, removing bias one hire at a time (and keeping companies out of the news!)
 
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2018 is the Year of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner (at least according to Josh Frey and my small-business-owner-friends that he hangs with!).  Josh is a business junkie and Kool-aid drinking entrepreneur, having started his own swag business and career at the ripe old age of 22 with no experience, contacts or resources.

He is a front line sales guy who has coached and helped others launch dozens of businesses in the promotional products industry (and other industries), simply by teaching the very same best sales and business practices he uses to support his own family and lifestyle.

 
In 2012 Josh launched the The Swag Coach™ Program (www.TheSwagCoach.com),  a step-by-step guide for "how to start and grow" your very own promotional products business, with the help and support of a 20+ yr seasoned entrepreneur and sales veteran.
 
His hope is to spawn 250 more entrepreneurs, just like him, in the promotional products industry. To date he has helped launch and grow 20 new businesses (10 currently still standing!), helping them collectively generate over $10M in swag sales since 2012.
 
 
Josh still sells on the front line, and has his own clients he services through his distributorship, called On Sale Promos (OSP).  This allows him to stay current on industry best sales practices which he brings back to his coaching sessions.
 
Public Relations
In 1999, Josh's original company was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, as well as a Wharton Business School field study project.
 
He has personally been featured in the following media publications and groups:  The Wall Street Journal, Advantages Magazine, The Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine on-line, Channel 7 News and The Washington Business Journal.
 
Josh is a regular guest of the GWU MBA Program, sharing entrepreneurial experiences and advice, as well as a guest lecturer to student Entrepreneurship Clubs at Georgetown University, University of Maryland and GWU.
 

Personal Accomplishments

·       In 1978 Josh Frey became the Northern Virginia Swimming League record holder for the 25-meter breaststroke.  While his record was eventually broken on the league level, the record still stands today at the summer swim club.
·       In 1988 he struck out 27 batters while pitching in a high school baseball game.
·       In 2006 he helped launched, in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a student-run business model called the Smith Store.  In 2007, he launched a second business at GWU called Colonial Promos.  Both of these are student run swag businesses.
·       Josh has averaged $750K-$1M+ in annual promotional sales for 20+ yrs.

 

 
Josh is a native Washingtonian, and lives in the DC Metro area with his wife, 2 kids and doggie.  He is an avid sports fan and supporter of the Washington Wizards, New York Yankees, Wisconsin Badgers and Dallas Cowboys.  He loves playing golf, baseball, basketball, Fantasy Football and vintage sports video games.
 
 
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Celebrating 4 years and 400 episodes.

It was the summer of 2014 when Thom Singer began the adventure of hosting "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do". During this time he has interviewed over 350 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with the "entrepreneurial spirit".

In this episode Thom highlights the journey of the podcast and shares how the show has directly impacted his career and personal life. Thom is clear that starting the podcast was one of the best things he has done. While the topic of entrepreneurship is not what he speaks about to audiences (as a professional speaker), the lessons learned in these interviews has provided powerful information that he shares from the stage.

What started as a series of conversations with smart people to help expose him, and the audience, to tools, ideas, and other techniques to do more in business, Thom has spun out a whole new series of material in his speaking career, and developed his new mantras of "Make age 50 to 75 the best years of his life" and "TRY NEW THINGS".

Listen to the whole episode, as in the end he shares the ten tips he has learned to help people move closer to their potential.

Thank you for being part of the CTED Family.

www.ThomSinger.com

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Dwight W. Holcomb is a Member of the Forbes Business Council and the host of the business television show, "SaaS CEO Success TV".  The show is set to air on the C-Suite TV Network which has global distribution in over 59 million households and more than 90 million views per month.

Dwight is the CEO of HC Development, providing MaaS CMO™ , Marketing as a Service with Executive oversight to the Software & Technology industry.  Dwight speaks Internationally as a Technology Futurist and on the topic of Sales & Marketing Innovation. 

The Author of "The Lean CMO" and a serial entrepreneur, Dwight launched several start-up companies in very diverse industries.  He is the founding CEO of LifePet Organic, iBuyBaby.com and Millennium Entertainment, earning executive producing credit and pilot work with Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Lovitz and Russell Peters.  Committed to helping other executives to excel in business, Dwight sits on the Board of several privately held companies and is a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. 

Earning an MBA from both UCLA Anderson School of Management and The National University of Singapore Business School, Dwight is a graduate of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA program, ranked #3 in the world by the Economist.  He currently serves as President for the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors and is an Executive Committee Board Member for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). 

Dwight earned a degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University while competing on ASU’s nationally ranked wrestling team under U.S. Olympic Coach, Bobby Douglass.  Dwight has over 20 years of global business & executive management experience, working with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, such as Microsoft and AT&T.

Dwight is an avid wakeboarder & snow skier and enjoys traveling with his wife and two children.

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Dr. Fred Rouse, CFP (aka: The REAL Money Doctor) is the top Certified Financial Planner®, Money Expert and International Best-Selling Author that has received several national awards for his writing and money expertise.
He has co-authored The Soul of Success with Jack Canfield and Cracking the Code to Success with Brian Tracy.

Dr Rouse also teamed up with Brian Tracy to write a course for aspiring as well as seasoned entrepreneurs called: The REAL Money Doctor’s Business Rx, 6 Essentials for a Healthy Business to Make Money.

Dr Rouse has been working with select individuals, home based and small businesses with 0 to 6 employees for close to 30 years.

He is the nation’s top expert on Short Window Retirement Planning. It took him ten years and over $350K to research, test and develop.

It’s the only program developed specifically for the unique needs of people 50 and older so they can have their Ultimate Secure Retirement in just 5 to 7 years even if they don’t have $850K in savings today. 

It’s seen by many to be the last best hope for thousands of people to save their
retirement. His mission is to help people Get, Protect & Enjoy their Money, Life & Retirement. He hosts The REAL Money Doctor Show weekly on his YouTube channel where he showspeople how to live their worry free Ultimate Secure Retirement.

Dr. Rouse and his work have been featured on FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Inc Magazine and more. Hismoneymaking message is shared through his books, special reports, webinars, and through his main website, http://DrFredRouse.com

If you would like to learn more about Dr Rouse and how he can help you and or your business, please contact him directly at: DrRouse@DrFredRouse.com

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For this episode Thom Singer talked with Barton Scott, who is a both former Chemical Engineer and Nutritionist, and even actor. Barton is the founder of Upgraded Formulas– A company focused on correcting mineral deficiencies to increase health span, focus, sleep quality, and slow the process of aging. Here’s a note from the Founder - “Our “why” at Upgraded Formulas is pretty clear…

They have a goal to be more than just a company. 
Their mission is to support you and your family by creating, highly effective dietary supplements that are 100% bioavailable and are absorbed better by the body than any other brand on the market today.

They use the latest breakthroughs in science to create products – like their Upgraded Magnesium and Upgraded Glucose Support, along with hair testing analysis for heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies – that provide support for you to live a healthier, happier, more productive life. 

These supplements are directly absorbed into the body’s cells immediately – Bypassing digestion completely for 10 times improvement in absorption.
Yes, you read that correctly.

This is not simply better tech, this is NEW tech. 
They are in the business of creating mineral products that optimize and maximize the power of the human body and mind when given a form that gets completely absorbed, every time.

They have accomplished this while keeping their products free of all the flavors and fillers, the artificial colors and stabilizers common in others brands' products that can act to clog up your system and make you feel tired or sluggish, instead of happy, clear-headed and energized.

Upgraded Formulas give backs because they believe in impact, in making positive change. They believe in treating everyone right, which is why they donate an ever-increasing percentage of their profits to Charity:Water which provides sustainably clean and accessible water to millions. Every company should stand for something, and make the world a little bit better of a place to be in the process. Upgraded Formulas believes in doing their part and in making great products for you and those you care about. 

15% OFF your ENTIRE 1st order. 

https://www.upgradedformulas.com/discount/THOM 

Or simply go to upgradedformulas.com and use code: THOM at checkout for 15% OFF their 1st order

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Michael Woodward is the founder and CEO of jumbleThink. He and his team has built over 400 websites and web applications for small local businesses, international non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 corporations. He has worked on projects for California Community Colleges, Crowdstrike, and Duarte. Michael has also consulted with hundreds of other businesses through the Small Business Development Center at Butte College along with teaching courses on web design / development and marketing strategies. He hosts the jumbleThink Podcast which has hit number one in business on iTunes. His passion is to help individuals and businesses make their dreams attainable through creative thinking / idea formation and strategy. 

 

http://www.JumbleThink.com

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Check out episode 395 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do. In this conversation with entrepreneur Mary Goulet you will hear about how she has always created her own path to business and life success. 

Mary is an award-winning author, radio & TV host, podcaster and 
Catholic.

She started her career on Wall Street straight out of high school to be 
an Institutional Bond Salesperson.

She is a Holistic Health Practitioner and focuses her efforts now 
selling real estate in San Diego, managing her two vacation rental properties and recording her podcasts.

She is launching her Catholicism is Cool Podcast and creating an online 
course for her signature book, "Go With Your Gut; How to Make Decisions You Can Trust".

Her most proud title is being mom to her teenage daughters, Sterling and 
Portia.

http://www.marygoulet.net

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Joseph Warren is the host of First $100K™ podcast and the owner of 2 coworking spaces in Tampa, FL where he coaches hundreds of entrepreneurs to make their first $100K... or next. His clients include solo-preneurs to small businesses and enterprise companies such as UBER, CISCO, INTEL and more. 

He also has a faith-based podcast called Broken Catholic™ where he interviews Atheists, Jews, Christians and Catholics about why the world is NOT working right now and how to UNIFY Christians everywhere.

Joseph's a 10x failed entrepreneur turned "overnight success". I brought him on my show to share the #1 REASON why 90% of entrepreneurs are struggling to make their first $100K and why no one's talking about it! 

www.First100K.com
www.BrokenCatholic.com
www.JosephWarren.net
www.CoCreativ.com (cowork space)

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Sean Douglas is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, TEDx Speaker, Master Resilience Implementer, Suicide Awareness Trainer, Performance Enhancement Expert, International Radio Show Host, and Author. His WHY is he's a suicide survivor who hit rock bottom with no purpose or passion. He believes that you were created for a purpose, and once you unlock your true potential, you will elevate your life. In a highly interactive and engaging environment, utilizing online mentoring sessions and face to face workshops, Sean provides a framework for success to Millennials up to 50-year-old Professionals, Military Veterans, Speakers, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners that reduces anxiety, stress, and depression in your personal and professional life. Sean equips people with the tools necessary to live EPIC lives, and leaves people better equipped to manage change effectively. Sean hit rock bottom, never felt loved or valued feeling lost in the world and tried to take his life. He now shares his powerful testimony on stages globally and sends the message that at any point you have the power to say this is not how my story ends.

Sean spent four years as an Air Force Basic Training Drill Instructor where he developed over 600 men and women into military leaders. Sean is energetic and passionate about inspiring others to succeed. While serving his country since 2001 as an Active Duty Air Force Airman, he started and operated three successful businesses. His book "Decisions: The Power To Overcome Self-Defeating Behaviors", reflects his passion for inspiring others to succeed and grow through the worst seasons of their life. 

Considered an “Icon of Influence in the New Media Space”, Sean hosts the popular live online radio show, Life Transformation Radio, heard in over 58 countries and thousands of weekly listeners.

Watch his popular TEDx video at www.TheSuccessCorps.com

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Steve Little is an acclaimed serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and mergers and acquisitions expert well known for generating accelerated value growth and extraordinarily high acquisition value multiples for his clients.

He sold his first company at age 15 for nearly $250,000 and never looked back. He’s led 6 successful startups of his own to private acquisitions of over $120 million each, and provided explosive growth and lucrative $100M+ acquisitions for dozens more – first with top tier Silicon Valley venture firms and in the past several years as founder and managing director of Zero Limits Ventures.

At Zero Limits Ventures he spots unique opportunities for valuation growth where others don’t, whether triple bottom line “evolved enterprise” models, social engagement strategies or other vehicles beyond simple revenue and profit growth. Steve has also raised more than $1B in startup and growth funding for 11 different businesses in multiple industries. And he led the buy-side M&A team for a major technology innovator, acquired and successfully integrated 9 companies in less than 12 months.

Known as the “The Activator”, Steve has personally taught, coached and mentored hundreds of business owners, corporate executives and entrepreneurs, helping his clients overcome the myriad of complex challenges to develop breakthrough strategies for peak individual and team performance and conscious leadership to generate astounding financial returns.

Steve is also a 4-time champion body-builder and power-lifter, an accomplished musician, and a dedicated and loving father to two amazing and talented daughters.

Check out episode 392 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for all Steve's great pieces of advice (including "Start with an exit plan")

http://www.zerolimitsventures.com/access

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After speaking at the United Nations twice in the past 12 months -- and as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Inc.

Magazine -- Adele Cehrs has interviewed the majority of Chief Marketing Officers of Fortune 500 companies. 

She's media trained the CEO of Lockheed Martin, the actual father of the Internet, and the owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.

As the CEO of Epic, she was recognized as a "Business Wonder Woman" and her agency is ranked as a Top 25 firm by the Washington Business Journal.

She also wrote a critically acclaimed book called SPIKE Your Brand ROI, which explains how to understand perfect timing for your brand.

Check out this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” and hear this deeply profound conversation about Entrepreneurs and Public Relations.

Epic: A Real-Time Marketing Agency

Http://www.itsepic.com

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Pierre Abushacra shares his story of entrepreneurship from immigrant to banker to CEO of Firehook Bakery. 

He was born in Beirut Lebanon where he lived until the age of 7 when, in 1974, he moved to Greece with his family to escape the civil war in Lebanon. 

In 1984, at the age of 17, his mother’s experience as a Lebanese pastry chef allowed the family to immigrate to the US and become US citizens. 

Pierre graduated from George Washington University’s School of Business with a major in Finance in 1988 after which he worked in Washington DC in private banking for 4 years. 

In 1992, Pierre founded Firehook Bakery with 2 partners. Firehook started as a sourdough bread bakery and café in Old Town Alexandria. Firehook currently operates a wholesale bakery and 8 company owned and operated cafes in the Washington DC metro area. 

In 2012, Firehook launched a packaged goods line of baked crackers distributed nationally to conventional supermarkets and natural food stores.

Check out episoe #390 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do to hear his journey.

http://www.firehook.com

#cpg #bakery #firehook

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Brent Hayden is a former international swimmer from Canada. Hayden was a bronze medal winner in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was co-World Champion in the same event in 2007 with Filippo Magnini of Italy. By winning the 100m, Hayden became the first Canadian in 21 years to win a gold medal at the World Aquatic Championships. He was also the first Canadian to appear in the 100m final at the Olympics since Dick Pound at the 1960 Summer Olympics and the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the 100m. Hayden adds a further 3 silver and 1 bronze medal to his World Championship totals. He is the current reigning Commonwealth Games champion in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events. In addition, Hayden is currently the Canadian record holder in the 200m, 100m and 50m freestyle in both the short-course and long-course. He is also a former World Record Holder in the 4×100m medley relay, and the 4×200m freestyle relay. 
 
Brent continues to live in Vancouver with his wife Nadina Zarifeh helping her pursue her music career. She signed with Nettwerk Records and released her debut album “In The Now” in 2012. Together, they have launched “Brent Hayden Swim Camps” and continue to coach privately together. They ar also the founders of an athletic clothing brand, Astra Athletica. Brent has also come off of two successful solo art exhibitions for his photography, the first titled “Nothing Witty” at the Mission Arts Centre in his hometown, and the second at the Cassera – Foot Of Main Gallery in Vancouver.
 
In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do he shares the similarities in the efforts to win as an athlete and to win in business.  We cover a lot of ground about his newest venture, Astera Athletica. Astra Athletica is emerging as the premier performance and athletic lifestyle brand for the never stop active person. When you wear Astra Athletica, you are joining a community of individuals who never let a challenge stand in their way. 
 
 
"My greatest successes came from overcoming my greatest challenges." -Brent Hayden, OLY 
 
 
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John Launius, Executive Vice President of Vidzu Media, is a senior executive, proven business development leader, trainer, and media communications professional with 20+ years experience producing powerful teams and business triumphs across government, education, and in all forms of media.
 
Check out episode 388 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"  and hear his story and advice.
 
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New Book: "Frankly Speaking... Insider Advice (Most) Meeting Planners Won't Share With Speakers" by Maralynn Adams, Bonni Scepkowski, Tracey Smith and Shawna Suckow.

Within the pages of this book, you’ll find the combined wisdom of over 600 years (more or less) of meeting planning expertise, all aimed at helping you book more business as a speaker. These four of co-authors sat down and had a very candid conversation on fifteen different official topics (and many unofficial ones...) to help speakers of all experience levels navigate their prospecting and relationship-building with planners. Their goal is to give a rare peek inside the planner’s brain (it can get scary in there, but they’ve got your back!). Be more findable, likeable, memorable, and bookable!

Check out Episode 387 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear from one of the co-authors, Shawna Suckow (previously on episode 252). Shawna had over 20 years experience as a meeting planner before making the transition to being a speaker. Even with two decades of experiences, she made mistakes and misunderstood what the meeting business wants and needs from speakers. 

Check out this interview and learn more about how to get paid to speak and build a positive reputation with meeting professionals.

Learn more about Shawna - http://www.ShawnaSuckow.com

Buy the book on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Frankly-Speaking-Insider-Planners-Speakers/dp/0692788123/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1536073653&sr=8-1

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Sania Khiljee is a serial entrepreneur as well as social media expert. She owns Losers to Legends, which is a social media education and consulting company. Losers to Legends started as a motivational movement on social media and has grown over 1.4 million followers. Now, Sania helps entrepreneurs start and grow their business through social media with books, video training, and group coaching at www.socialmediawithsania.com

She also is the co-owner of a private preschool Kids R Kids in Katy, TX and is the founder of a subscription box called Bumble Brain Box, which she sold in 2017.

When she’s not blogging or running businesses, Sania loves to spend time with her husband and 2 cats and travel the world.

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Rachel Ritlop is the founder of The Confused Millennial, a lifestyle blog and podcast sharing personal experience and advice to help other confused millennials embrace more of who they are while navigating this whole "#adulting" thing. The blog and podcast cover topics like careers, entrepreneurship, finance, the home, relationships, spirituality and more. After earning her Master's Degree in Counseling, and landing her "dream job" she found herself feeling completely miserable with no work-life balance. She was so miserable in fact, that she found herself fired not once, but twice in a matter of a month - not because she couldn't do her job, but because she was so miserable to be around. Queue a quarter-life crisis and some serious soul searching. Rachel decided to get in touch with her passions and moved forward by redefining what success means to her and started creating content to help millennials discover their life path. She also works one-on-one with clients to create their own blog or business that they can turn into a fulfilling and sustainable career. Her expertise has been seen on Forbes as a contributing writer, Fast Company, Brit + Co, Dailyworth, and more.

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Kyle Gray is an entrepreneur and bestselling author who helps startups and small businesses grow with storytelling and content marketing. He has helped hundreds of startups and small businesses create scalable content marketing strategies. His book The Story Engine outlines his process for making content marketing and brand storytelling easy and effective.
 
Kyle has worked with many well-known brands and businesses like AdEspresso, Advance Your Reach, WP Curve and Self-Publishing School.
 
 
 
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Raw Milk Cheese. Alan Glustoff does not think everything has to be pasteurized. This is not just about cheese, but about following your dreams. 

Check out episode 383 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and learn about the story of 5 Spoke Creamery. 

Growing up in the Midwest, Alan learned to ride a two wheeler on an uncle’s old balloon tire bike that was way too big for him. He still remembers the people who were there, the surroundings and the smells of Spring in the air. He wasn’t afraid of falling; he was too busy taking it all in. Alan has always considered bicycling thebest way to really see what’s around him and be in the experience, rather than racing through it.

That’s also how he views cheese making – you need to be able to see what’s going on, which means only working with small batches where you can react to what’s happening in front of you.You also need to start with superior quality raw milk from your own grass-fed cows.

At 5 Spoke Creamery, they embrace the attitude that every turn in the road offers interesting possibilities and salute their willingness to approach life as a journey, one turn at a time. Alan calls this the “Art of Possibilities”.

Believing in possibilities was key to allowing the company to follow Alan’s passion to make superior tasting, small batch raw milk cheeses (that happen to be kosher), let alone thinking it possible to buy and restore a 100 year old dairy farm and build a cheese making operation from the ground up.

Finally, the company's name reflects the belief that like riding a bike, balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle; that it is possible to enjoy fine, artisanal cheeses if it’s balanced with physical activity. 

This is a great interview with someone who bought a farm and started a cheese business in the last decade, while most farms are going away. Zig when others Zag. 

http://www.5spokecreamery.com

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Alex Blackburn was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  As such, it was only natural for him to attend the University of Texas, the school that he followed from his earliest days.  Now a graduate of Texas, he works in his family’s real estate business – a field his family has been in for a long time in Austin, so the entrepreneurship Apple does not fall far from the tree.  
 
Working with family has also allowed Alex to begin pursuing his entrepreneurship goals, and with that, he has been able to launch his first company – American Duke Apparel Co., a 100% USA made company that began as a class project while he was still at Texas.  Alex is working hard to establish American Duke as the next great lifestyle brand, attending vendor shows during weekends and visiting potential wholesalers on lunchbreaks.  
 
Ultimately, Alex hopes to be a serial entrepreneur.  He does not intend to be a start ‘em up and sell ‘em type of entrepreneur, but has lofty goals of owning multiple companies that he will be able to grow alongside like minded entrepreneurs and fortify with great teams.  Alex makes sure that he saves plenty of time to enjoy life still as well, staying involved with his family and friends through adventures, local culinary escapades, a fair (but never enough) amount of traveling, and always keeps his eye open for the next opportunity, be that an adventure of business or life.
 
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Nate Cotanch, a lifelong Hatch Chile eater whose roots stem from a family of 17 children from north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the founder of Zia Green Chile Company. Cotanch was featured in Brooklyn Magazine's "30 Under 30" Class of 2018 and in Forbes as “One of 10 Innovators Under 30 Shaking Up The New York Food Scene.” Prior to founding Zia, Nate Cotanch worked in the NYC venture capital scene analyzing early to growth stage ventures across multiple industries.
 
About Zia Green Chile Company:
 
 
From humble beginnings at Brooklyn’s renowned Smorgasburg food market, Zia Green Chile Company has become a leading brand known for introducing Hatch Chile to the East Coast, along the way unearthing a large following of New Mexicans, Southwestern transplants, and new Hatch Chile lovers. Today Zia Green Chile Company is distributed to leading retailers and chefs nationwide.
 
 
Georgia has its peaches, Idaho has its potatoes, and New Mexico has Zia Hatch Chile -- exclusively grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico from family owned farms and harvested only once in the fall each year from around August until Mid-October. Like products of the Champagne region of France, a true Hatch Chile comes from nowhere other than the Hatch Valley of New Mexico. It’s about terroir.
 
Zia Hatch Chile includes a selection of carefully handpicked strains that provide an unmatched flame-roasted, smoke-kissed flavor and various levels of spice to any dish.
 
Insanely addictive, Zia Hatch Chile will become your new favorite ingredient.
 
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Sam is passionate about being on the cutting edge of human potential. He is a “natural” biohacker, always researching and experimenting with the latest knowledge relating to natural foods, supplements, fitness, and overall wellbeing. He finds excitement in continuously learning, experimenting, and sharing his findings with others through products and information. Sam holds a BS from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the Acton School of Business–an intensive entrepreneurship program taught by highly successful entrepeneurs. He currently serves as CEO of BrianJuice, and is a cofounder and board member of two other health and wellness startups in Austin, Texas.
 
The BrainJuice story begins when Sam was a college student, trapped in a cycle of bad habits that left him feeling depleted and foggy. He knew he wasn’t operating at full capacity. He wanted a healthy alternative to energy drinks and focus-enhancing drugs. Then, through his MBA program in Entrepreneurship, Sam met a biochemist named Peter.
 
With Peter’s knowledge of neurotransmitters and brain function, Sam decided to harness the goodness of real food with the power of science. Many rounds of ingredients and combinations later, he created the BrainJuice formula. Since then, his mission has been to perfect the formula by continuously updating the ingredients with the best food-derived sources available.
 
Check out this great interview with this dynamic entrepreneur in the consumer packaged goods space.  This is the first of a series of interviews over the next few months with entrepreneurs in the specialty foods and CPG industries. 
 

 

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Alan Stein, Jr. is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet.

Alan delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops to improve performance, cohesion and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity.

In other words, Alan teaches how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.

He is an amicably divorced father of twin sons (Luke and Jack) and a daughter (Lyla) and lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
 
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While he enjoys hearing, “You’re doing great!”, the follow-up sentence of, “Just keep doing what you’re doing!” doesn’t work for Pete Mockaitis. He wants a clear and actionable roadmap of the things he needs to do to get where he wants to go.
 
Pete wants to know the tools, hacks, and strategies that are both sensible and proven by those who came before him.  He has always been pathologically curious. As a kid, Pete would go to the Danville Public Library every weekend with his dad, eager to learn. Sure enough, the more he learned in an area, the better he performed! That curiosity served him well and earned him some flashy credentials. Pete has consulted at Bain & Company and has spent thousands of hours delivering one-on-one coaching to 700+ world-class thinkers to sharpen their communication and problem-solving skills.
 
His clients hail from over 50 countries, every Ivy League school, and world-class organizations such as Google, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, the United Nations, and Amazon.
But the creds matter little compared to the impact he has enjoyed making. His website and podcast "Be Awesome At Your Job" enables Pete to multiply that impact by sharing the best insights he has learn from the best thinkers in the world. 
 
Pete Mockaitis love people who enjoy "dorking out" about powerful knowledge as much as he does.
 
In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" he shares details from his journey and candid advice for anyone who wants to be awesome at their job.
 
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Virginia Muzquiz is well-known as the Referral Diva. She is passionately driven to teach six-figure solopreneurs the pathway to building business that fuel their passions, fund their dreams and have MASSIVE IMPACT on the communities where they live and serve. With over 30 years of teaching, training and business building experience, Virginia has demonstrated that cultivating and leveraging social capital is the FASTEST path to profitability for the small business owner.
 
Among her many accomplishments, Virginia grew the contract services division of a nationally recognized tutoring company from $0 in 2005 to $2.5 million in annual revenue in 2011 -- completely by word-of-mouth. As the owner of the Gateway Referral Institute franchise, Virginia distinguished herself as the #1 franchisee in the US, #3 globally, earning her a seat on the exclusive Executive Circle until she moved on in 2015. As the Chief Connections Officer at Master Connectors, Inc and an Executive Director of two franchises of Business Network International (BNI), Virginia coaches 1400+ entrepreneurs on building business using word-of-mouth best practices. Virginia is also the host of the Passion+Purpose=IMPACT podcast with listeners in over 30 countries!
 
 

Check out her "Faithful Follow Up Guide" to help solopreneurs master the art of leveraging the connections they initiate!  www.masterconnectors.com/followup
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John Garrett launched the first edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with three full-time employees covering the Round Rock and Pflugerville edition in Central Texas.

By September 2018, Community Impact Newspaper will have more than 200 employees and 26 hyperlocal editions of the newspaper across Texas and Arizona delivered monthly to more than 2 million homes and businesses.
 
John has received many awards for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the nonprofit RecognizeGood in 2017 for ethics in business and community, the 2016 Media Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association, and the Best Small Business CEO award from the Austin Business Journal in 2013.
 
In 2010, John received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sam Houston State University. That same year, he was also the honoree for “Excellence in Leadership” at Concordia University Texas’ annual gala.
 
CI has ranked among Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing U.S. companies for seven straight years starting in 2010. The newspaper has also received awards for outstanding journalism, advertising design and digital innovation.
 
Before starting Community Impact Newspaper, John held advertising positions at the Houston Chronicle and the Austin Business Journal.
 
John grew up in north Austin and graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1993. John attended and graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of fine arts in radio and television. While at Sam Houston, he was awarded the Creager Award, given to the male student who contributes the most to overall student life.
 
John is married to Jennifer, and they have three daughters, Mollie, Ruby and Sophie, and live in Round Rock. They are active members of Cityview Bible Church. Over the years, John has served on many boards, including the Round Rock Area Serving Center and Round Rock Chamber, and continues to be actively involved in the community.  
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After graduating from Cornell University in Economics, Rockwell Shah spent 10 years working his way up from being a tech support agent to the President of a successful medical software company, 4PatientCare. 

In 2015 he founded Pzizz, where they design dynamic audio that helps people get great sleep, take refreshing naps, and stay deeply focused.
 
Pzizz is the app that puts people to sleep at the push of a button and it’s been downloaded by over 1 million people to date. But maybe cooler than any of that is the time Pzizz made The Queen of England laugh.

Last year, Pzizz reached the finals of an event called Pitch@Palace. It’s basically a start-up competition run by The Duke of York where the finalists got to meet The Queen at St. James’s Palace. That’s when Her Majesty asked Pzizz Founder, Rockwell Shah, “what do you do?”

“Well, Your Majesty,” he told her. “We put people to sleep at the push of a button.”

The Queen looked him right in the eye and said, “Yes… But do they wake up?”

To which he replied, “Only if they pay, Your Majesty.”

The truth is, insomnia affects over two billion people in the world and Pzizz has helped over a million people get the best sleep of their lives. Check out this interview where Rockwell Shah tells tell the listeners of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do his story. 
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Linda Smith returns to Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for another interview.
 
Linda is one of the few women to reach the summit of the legal profession. She has represented the world’s foremost companies in “bet-the-company” cases where everything is at stake.

Her successes have allowed her to do wondrous things: travel the world to meet with clients and foreign governments, appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, match wits with Michael Dell and Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, counsel boards of directors with tens of billions of dollars on the line, and walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes with George Clooney and Viola Davis.

On behalf of AMD, Linda led a team of 200+ lawyers to beat Intel in a multibillion-dollar antitrust case. She successfully defended Exxon in another giant case that falsely questioned the company’s cleanup efforts in Alaska. On behalf of the auditors of BCCI, then the fifth largest bank in the world, she defended a lawsuit brought by one million depositors for $30 billion. In industries ranging from accounting to show business, she’s taken on the toughest challenges and emerged victorious over and over again. She has also given back by handling pro bono cases all the way up to the Supreme Court, most recently when she represented immigrant mothers of U.S. citizen children facing deportation and the breakup of their families.

During her 40-year career at O'Melveny & Myers, Linda has often tangled with outsized male egos, from CBS head Les Moonves to Mick Jagger, without ever breaking stride. Her tenacity as a cross-examiner earned her the prodigious title of “The Meanest Woman Alive.” While she's definitely the “meanest” to hostile witnesses or opposing lawyers who try to pull a fast one, outside the courtroom Smith is known for her sense of humor, fierce loyalty, and deep commitment to collaboration.

After mentoring women for decades, Linda has taken on a broader mission to empower ambitious women in all fields to use their talent, smarts, and femininity to reach their own pinnacles of success. Whether the challenge is defeating gender stereotypes, conquering self-sabotaging behaviors, handling difficult men, or attaining leadership positions, Linda draws on her own experiences and those of other highly successful women to show women how to come out on top by embodying the best traits of women—while beating the men at their own game.
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do welcomes back Dr. Deborah Gilboa as a guest on the podcast.
 
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personalityauthor,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.
 
Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
 
She has received multiple awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award as a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s SOM and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively story-telling.
 
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate! (Demos Publishing) and parenting activity books focusing on building her 3R’s of Parenting: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
 
Dr. and Dr. Gilboa have four boys together and are happy to call Pittsburgh, PA their home.
 
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This episode involves a mom, dad and teenage son who all work together.  This is the family behind the successful Scaly Adventures.  You gotta hear their story.
 
Pierce Curren is the young host of Scaly Adventures, an E/I broadcast television series with worldwide distribution.  In every episode, he leads viewers on fun, educational journeys sharing his immense passion for some of the most incredible and exotic animals in the world.
 
Pierce has always loved animals, and his compassion and care for different species shines through each Scaly Adventures educational video and television episode. He cares for a variety of species in his personal collection and has had numerous hands on experiences filming with experts in a wide variety of fields.  He is also a Second Degree Black Belt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do with Palmetto Martial Arts School.
 
Pierce is a founding member of Boundless Limits International and a home educated student.
 
At the start of Scaly Adventures in 2013, Pierce was the youngest person in the world hosting a show in the Animal & Adventure genre with worldwide distribution!
 
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Rick Curren is Pierce’s dad - the Scaly Dad on TV!  He is the Creator and Executive Producer of the broadcast television series, Scaly Adventures, as well of the Co-Founder of the non-profit foundation, Boundless Limits International.  Rick is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.
 
Through videography and photography, he enjoys bringing images to life and taking the Scaly Adventures Crew on incredible journeys to show viewers places and animals they might not ever get to see.  Rick's favorite part of filming Scaly Adventures is using the latest technology to get Scaly fans as close to the animals and action as possible, so viewers feel like they are experiencing the adventure firsthand!
 
He is responsible for all of the filming, editing, engineering and production of Scaly Adventures’ educational material and programming.  A veteran of 16 years in the US Army, he is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.  Rick is a PADI Certified SCUBA Diver and has a Second Degree Blackbelt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do.
 
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Tanya Curren is Pierce’s mom – the Scaly Mom on TV!  She is the Co-Creator and Director of Education for Scaly Adventures, a broadcast television action and adventure reality series that promotes conservation while featuring exotic animals, inspirational role models and positive organizations.
 
Tanya is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.  Tanya's favorite part about Scaly Adventures is showing how families can have an incredible time together doing something they love, and she ensures that every episode inspires others to overcome their fears, follow their dreams and pursue their passions.
 
Tanya is formerly a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with experience teaching and consulting in both public and private schools.  Her true passion has been raising and teaching Pierce as she home educates him throughout all of their travels together.  Tanya is the co-founder of Boundless Limits International, Inc. along with her husband and Pierce’s dad, Rick.  Tanya is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.
 
 
 
 
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It's said that "It's hard to see the label when you're inside the jar."  Jane Atkinson's specialty is to help speakers see and work on what they can't see.

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

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

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

Who is Arlene Battishill?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://debbidachinger.com + http://MediaMasteryRadio.com + http://mybestsellerbook.com

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

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

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

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

http://www.marketingfromwithin.com

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

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

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

It has bridged the gap to the OTT world.

They are currently seeking content creators in the areas of:

-LifeStyle
-Fashion
-Beauty
-Wellness
-Travel
-Food
-Professional Services and more.

To apply for a channel on this network: www.bingechannels.com

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

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

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

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

She can be reached at: pr@bingenetworks.tv
 
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Iain Grae is a serial entrepreneur who lives life with a passion for creating inspirational experiences. He started his first small business in his teens and continues to build his portfolio. His first major success came in his mid-twenties when he founded Innovation Ads, Inc. – a New York based advertising agency which grew from just himself to over 150 employees in just three short years at which point he sold it. Iain currently owns San Antonio Raceway & Cycle Ranch MX Park which allows him to build family friendly events that enable people to pursue their childhood dreams. He uses a unique management style to empower his employees & customers alike to make the experience all that they want it to be.
 
Iain is also a Board Member of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Iain holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College in New York and a Bachelors in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He sees life as a quest for continuous education and firmly believes in the Law of Attraction and the power of positive belief. He attributes is success to surrounding himself with great people and always being ready to learn something new. Iain is married to Gabrielle Grae and they currently reside in West Palm Beach, FL with their wonderful cats & bird.
 
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Erik Mueller, the President and CEO of Grasp Technologies, Inc., is the leading expert in the field of travel technology. He and his team at Grasp have created countless solutions for travel agencies worldwide to improve productivity, generate revenue and dominate their competition.

He was responsible for creating the first automated graphic reporting system for the travel industry and is considered the foremost expert on data consolidation and visualization in the Travel Industry space. Recently he released the first tablet compatible business intelligence tool for managing travel data.

In addition to serving as the President and CEO of Grasp Technologies, Inc., he also manages a high-end IT services firm Creative Computer Resources, is serving a fifth year as a board member of the San Diego Business Travel Association and frequently contributes to article for numerous industry publications and blogs.

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Jane Deuber is a seven-time successful entrepreneur, who is passionate about helping business owners build a highly-leveraged, massively-profitable business that impacts meaningful change and provides the freedom and lifestyle you desire.

While armed with a Master’s in International Business, it’s really Jane’s 30 years in the entrepreneurial trenches that give her a unique and grounded perspective on business success. Her journey is filled with stories of risk-taking, triumph, failure and re-invention, enabling her to start and grow 7 successful businesses. Three she has sold and three she now operates from her home in Pebble Beach, California.

Whether we talk about how to monetize one’s expertise online, build a rock star team or revolutionize the sales process by harnessing the power of assessments, Jane will bring authenticity, transparency and realworld
insights, so that your listeners are inspired to step powerfully into their role of kick-ass CEO they are meant to be. 

Check out this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do and hear Jane's advice, including.... get clarity before confidence.... confidence before courage... and courage before taking action!

http://www.rockyourbizquiz.com

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Eva Vennari is the founder of The Elevate Institute, a cutting-edge health coaching firm specializing in empowering individuals to take charge of their body and their health. She is on a mission to dismantle the status quo of the sickness industry. Having spent most of her adult life suffering from all kinds of conditions and fighting for her sanity she decided to take matters into her own hands. That’s when everything shifted and her body went from being the enemy to being her best and most devoted ally and partner. Eva now teaches worldwide how sensitive people can take charge of their wellbeing and thrive in their lives.

She spent a lifetime trying to figure out her own health issues and learned to question everything. She has become a "healing rebel" and works to take the guess-work out of Detox for every client. 

In episode 358 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do she shares her personal and career journey and gives important advice for everyone who is looking to carve their own entrepreneurial path. 

https://www.theelevateinstitute.com/freegift

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Sonny Melendrez is in the business of inspiration! Inspiring others has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television
personality, author and motivational speaker. Twice named Billboard Magazine's "National Radio Personality of the Year," his enthusiasm for life
is evident as host of local and national radio and television programs. He was presented the National Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year Award by Ricardo Montalban, then president of the National Nosotros Organization. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame and is included
in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time.

Melendrez has entertained morning drive audiences at some of America’s greatest radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG, and KRLA in Los Angeles and KTSA, KTFM, KSMG, KLUP and KAHL in San Antonio.

Sonny is equally comfortable behind a microphone and in front of a camera, serving as media spokesperson for companies like Disney, McDonald’s and Sprint.

As a motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, he has presented at such prestigious events as the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards; the National "Just Say No to Drugs" Rally at the Washington Monument; and the USO 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ambassador's Palace in Paris, France with guest of honor, the late Princess Grace of Monaco.

As star of the award-winning children’s television series, ‘You and Me, Kid!”
on the Disney Channel, Sonny enjoyed one of the longest runs in the
network’s history.

Sonny's ability and willingness to rally people behind a cause is one reason he
is involved in so many charities, both locally and nationally. In 1992, he was
named Inc. Magazine's "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year”
and awarded the “2000 Marketing Philanthropist Lifetime Achievement
Award” by the Sales and Marketing Executives of San Antonio.

In 1979, as the Los Angeles commissioner of the United Nation’s Year of the Child, Melendrez was invited to Washington, D.C. to present his idea for a national children’s holiday. Sunshine Day was officially proclaimed and celebrated in all 50 states on August 19th of that year, encouraging parents to
spend the day with their children, giving them what they most want and need: time and love.

President Ronald Reagan commended Sonny for his efforts in the war on drugs and he received the National Director’s Community Leadership Award by FBI Director, William S. Sessions. The Department of Justice lauded Melendrez with the prestigious “Modern Hero Award” for his efforts to
inspire the nation’s youth to “Soar In School”. In 1990, in recognition of raising tens of thousands of dollars for youth scholarships, he was named "El Rey Feo" (The People's King) and presided over San Antonio's annual weeklong Fiesta celebration. 

The City of San Antonio named the Sonny Melendrez Community Center located on the city's West Side in his honor as way to say “thank you” for his community involvement, benefitting disadvantaged youth and families,
including over 1400 motivational school presentations. Programs that benefit children have always been a priority for Sonny Melendrez. One of the
projects of which he is most proud is The Children of the World Project, giving talented youth and countless volunteers a way to give back by recording the children's version of "We Are The World," which he created in Los Angeles in
1985. Over 1500 children participated in the recording and video with proceeds from record sales benefitting USA for Africa. Sonny received a Grammy nomination for "Best Children's Recording."

There is hardly a charity or cause in San Antonio and many nationally, that has not received a helping hand from Sonny Melendrez. It is estimated that he has been responsible for raising over 100 million dollars in cash, goods and services for local and national non-profits during his career!.

A man of a thousand voices, he provided the voices of several characters in Hanna-Barbera's "Jetsons" cartoon series; created many of the sounds heard in the Gremlins Movie; played opposite Walter Mathau as the voice of Bob
Cratchet in the animated TV classic, "The Stingiest Man in Town"; and was even the voice of the infamous Fred the Cockatoo in the 70”s NBC TV series, Baretta. He was chosen from a field of over 140,000 as the new voice of the
Parkay Margarine Talking Tub, and after a nationwide search, Sonny was picked as voice of Jerry Seinfeld for a campaign promoting the Bee Movie Game for ActiVision. 

Conferences, universities, school districts and corporate groups of all types have been inspired by Sonny’s captivating motivational presentations. His topics are designed to fire up audiences to reach their full potential through the power of enthusiasm! In his book, “The Art of Living with Enthusiasm!” Sonny shares the secret benefits to be found in positive living through his personal and powerful stories of encouragement and perseverance. 

Official website: SonnyMelendrez.com

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Kim Sutton is visibly changing and growing as an entrepreneur and as a person.  Hear her story on this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do”
 
Although she started her career as an interior architect working in large firms in Chicago, New York City, Connecticut and Ohio, the downturn of the economy in 2008 allowed Kim to find herself and discover her true life passions and purpose.
 
She is the host of the Positive Productivity podcast, and the author of Chronic Idea Disorder: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Overcoming Idea Overwhelm. In addition, Kim is the owner of Sutton Strategic Solutions, a digital marketing agency which helps coaches share their products and services with the people who need them most.
 
Kim lives outside of Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Dave, and her five children, multiple cats and dog.
 
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Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. Twice cited as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire. Dov Baron is a master storyteller, who has had the honour of presenting for The World Business Conference in Tehran as well as speaking for the State Department, and The United Nations on Leadership. He is considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.

Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He is the host of the national (US) TV show “Pursuing Deep Greatness with Dov Baron” on ROKU TV, and the host of the Number One Podcast for Fortune 500 Listeners (globally) “Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Show” on iTunes. He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more

http://FullMontyLeadership.com

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Stephen Warley teaches people the life skills that matter for business.

His mission is to relieve people of their work anxieties by empowering them to design their own work.

He used to be chronically anxious and stressed out about work because it wasn’t satisfying, it wasn’t meaningful, it wasn’t making him financially independent, it controlled too much of his time and it prevented him from living the lifestyle he wanted to live. Sound familiar? 

Then he designed his lifestyle to work on his own terms. Today Stephen is happily unemployable. He has come to realize there are two paths in life:

1) The one you really want to do (the one your inner voice is begging you to do).

2) The one you think you are supposed to do (the one your family, peers or society expect you to do).

Unfortunately, most of us take the path we think we are “supposed to do”. Why? 

Because the evolutionary fear of losing the acceptance of others is often more powerful than the desire to strike out on our own.

Stephen wants to empower you to stop living up to the ideals of others and to start living up to your own ideals. 

Once your work is in alignment with your needs, motivations, abilities and values your chronic stress will melt away because you will finally be working in harmony with yourself. 

He believes that is possible intentionally designing your own work.

Your life is the sum of your habits. You are what you do. Transforming your lifestyle begins and ends with transforming your habits around your purpose. 

To begin changing your habits, you need self-knowledge. You need to learn about yourself by identifying your patterns through a process of self-experimentation. Each week I send out self-improvement challenges to help you begin your journey of lifestyle transformation. 

Learn more at http://www.LifeSkillsThatMatter.com/getstarted or email him at itspossible@lifeskillsthatmatter.com

Stephen Warley wants to make your work, work for you. Remember, it's possible.

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Tyler Basu is a professional Content Marketer, Author and Podcast Host. Like many others before him, Tyler’s interest in business was sparked by the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Driven mostly by ambition (and lots of trial and error!), he spent his early twenties working in several different industries including financial planning, promoting seminars, direct sales, and selling real estate.

Tyler launched his first podcast, Chatting With Champions, while working as a real estate agent in 2013. In the process of interviewing over 100 successful entrepreneurs for his show, he developed a fascination for content marketing and online entrepreneurship.

By 2015, Tyler had written and published several books on Amazon, including the Amazon bestseller Lifestyle Business Blueprint. He left the real estate industry that same year to focus exclusively working with other entrepreneurs to create content and help build their brands online. This led to becoming the Content Marketing Manager for Thinkific, the most trusted platform for creating and selling online courses, in 2016.

In addition to creating content for Thinkific to help people and companies create and sell online courses successfully, Tyler is also is Publisher & Editor of Lifestyle Business Magazine, a digital magazine for lifestyle entrepreneurs, and the host of the Lifestyle Business Magazine Podcast.

http://www.tylerbasu.com

Sponsors of this episode:

Credit Suite http://www.creditsuite.com/cool

Podfly Productions http://www.podfly.net/coolthings

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As a successful direct sales leader for over 6 years, Jennie Bellinger realized her calling to help others succeed and advance their business and personal lives through coaching. She has coached many direct sales representatives to promote and create further success within their organizations. Jennie pursued certification as a professional coach with the Center for Coaching Certification and is listed on www.findacertifiedcoach.com.
 
As a Certified Professional Coach, Jennie is now working with mid-level leaders in direct sales, multi-level marketing and network marketing companies as well as solo entrepreneurs in need of focus, motivation and accountability. Trained in Neurolinguistic Programming, Jennie will partner with the client to adjust their thought process and language into positive, forward moving thoughts, beliefs and verbiage to advance their goals.
 
Married and a mother to two girls, Jennie lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Her services are available via phone or online conferences.
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