Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do (general)

Dawn Gluskin is a storyteller and truth-digger that started her first business, a technology company, at age 30 and grew it from $0 to $3 million in annual revenue. 

(Hold your applause, 7 years later, she grew that same company back down to zero again ... BUT, it's one of the best things to ever happen to her!) 

Dawn has since followed her bliss in founding Blissed Communications, which is changing the way small business communicates. This is all to the delight of her 5-year-old self who knew she'd be a writer when she grew up (that is, before the world convinced her she'd be a starving artist if she were to pursue that passion).

She now helps entrepreneurs connect with their core truth and express it unapologetically online, on stages, and on repeat to call in their soul clients, increase their impact, make more money, and live their life on purpose.

She brings over 20 years of sales, marketing, and creative copywriting experience to the table, has been published in HuffPo, the New York Times, TinyBuddha and other many major publications, and is the creator and host of the brand new Bare Naked Radio podcast where entrepreneurs undress and express to inspire you with their real behind-the-scenes vulnerable truths.

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With more than 20 years of leadership in the world of tech, Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault recognizes the design and execution of strategies that leverage technology can simplify the way people connect, engage, learn and work.

Under his current leadership at Community Brands, JP is delivering unprecedented value through the power of software and revenue solutions for associations, nonprofits and k-12 schools, serving nearly 60,000 organizations worldwide. Since 2012, he transformed YourMembership from a single product organization to a market-leading technology solutions force. He led YourMembership’s significant growth by leveraging both organic strategies and successfully assimilating three company acquisitions. He now oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the recently-formed Community Brands, focusing on leadership and innovation to drive both customer and company growth.

JP is a recognized leader at connecting people and organizations to what they value most. He is adept at designing and executing strategies which leverage technology to simplify the way people connect, engage, learn and work. He is a “techy” at heart and maintains a firm grip on the pulse of innovation and the opportunities it presents to affect change. He has recently led the charge to develop better-connected technology for associations, nonprofits and K-12 schools which operate with silos of information and systems in a digital world. He advocates for a mobile-first approach to collect data, improve engagement, personalize marketing, automate transactions, deliver education, inspire collaboration and make a greater social impact.

JP has been invited around the world to give keynotes, share his insights and conduct workshops with technology, business, association, nonprofit and education leaders. During the past few years, he has presented at nearly 50 industry conferences, offering his perspectives on innovation, design thinking and unleashing the power of technology to deliver value, empower engagement and identify shifts to create a competitive advantage and impact social good. His appearances include events hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), IMEX International-Frankfurt, Digital Now, Good Tech Summit, Association Headquarters, Association of Destination Management Executives (ADMEI), numerous state societies of associations (SAEs), several financial investment firms, and the AMC Institute (AMCi)—where he currently sits on the Board of Directors.

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Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-travelled speaker/instructor. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry.

Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2011, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with numerous awards for his productions; with an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs, Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent (and dynamic!) speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAV flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.

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As the new year kicks off Thom Singer discusses seven tips for doing more in 2018. He had a record year in 2017, and wants others to unlock their potential in 2018.

Here are his seven tips

1. Have a plan. Too many people will write posts this year about why NOT to set goals in the new year. Usually they pooh-pooh goal setting only to rename it and give the same advice. Blah Blah Blah. Having a set of clear goals is important if you want to maximize success. 

2. Take ownership of your life. Thom shares how he spent most of his career pointing fingers and blaming others (and blaming his own past) for his lack of success. Taking ownership that his life was his own doing was a key to achieving more.

3. Make people a priority. Too often we ignore those around us. In a day of cell phones and the internet it is easy to never look up at the people we are close to, but when we choose people we choose success.

4. Ask for help. Most people want to help others reach their potential, but if you do not clearly let people know who to help you and what you need, they may not understand how they can be of service.

5. Believe in yourself. Sometimes it seems nobody else will. Even those close to you may be naysayers. 

6. Try new things. Doing the same thing over and over will not expose you to new ideas. You have to listen to how Thom shakes up his routine every Monday.

7. Have fun. After years of being secretly sad and frustrated, Thom shares how he chose to have fun in his career.

Kick off your new year with episode #319 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.

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Jeremy Slate is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast, which helps entrepreneurs live the lives they know they were meant to. He studied literature at Oxford University, Specializes in using podcasting and new media to create celebrity and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and Noteworthy and #26 in the business category.
Jeremy was named one of the top 26 podcast for entrepreneurs to listen to in 2017 by CIO Magazine and Millennial Influencer to follow in 2018 by Buzzfeed. The Create Your Own Life Podcast has been downloaded almost a quarter of a million times. He’s also a featured writer for Influencive and After his success in podcasting, Jeremy Slate and his wife, Brielle Slate, found Command Your Brand to help entrepreneurs get their message out by appearing as guests on podcasts.

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Christopher J. Wirth is the President and Founder of No Quit Living. No Quit Living is a training, speaking and coaching company that works with individuals, teams, corporations and charities to help motivate and inspire them to be the best version of themselves. Their #1 goal is to motivate and inspire their clients to never give up on themselves or their dreams and goals. 

One of the main focuses of No Quit Living is helping their clients understand the relationship between Accountability and Self-Accountability. NQL also focuses on sales, goals, personal development, networking, leadership and time maximization. 

Christopher is a top-notch keynote speaker that will motivate and inspire your audience. Christopher is also the host of the No Quit Living Podcast which has been ranked on iTunes in the Business, Health and Self-Help categories. 

Christopher is a former AAU, High School and Collegiate Basketball Coach. He lives and works in Greenwich, CT and has three young children - Zachary, Emily and Mason. 

If you are looking for results - look no further!

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What if Anderson Cooper looked you in the eye and asked "What do you really want to do with your life?" And what if you did not have an answer? That happened to the guest on this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do. 
He spent several years as a producer at CNN working with anchors like Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, and Anderson Cooper. Then one day he left it all to join the family business as a financial planner. 

Anthony M. Conte, MSFS, CFP® is the chief executive officer of The Independent Grid—a turn-key business platform dedicated to helping financial advisors gain independence without having to go at it alone. He is also Managing Partner at Conte Wealth Advisors, an independent financial services firm. Anthony left his job at CNN, where he was a lead producer and writer for four years, to pursue a path of entrepreneurship and leadership. When he created The Independent Grid, he had the vision of helping other financial advisors tap into the independent market and be entrepreneurs themselves.

Check out this interview for great inspiration for those who think they need to move their ladder to a different wall. Tony has made a change and reinvented ways he does business and helps other advisors do the same thing.

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Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional ©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures that inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them.

High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s keynotes, workshops and innovative coaching programs help leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today, including how today’s economy has changed, how that has changed today’s customers and employees, and specifically how that impacts your business.Meridith Female Keynote Speakers

Meridith Speaking to VOYAIn her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning.

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Sound editor in Hollywood, drum-tech for top rated rock bands, real estate tycoon, and investor in one of the hottest new music apps are just a few of the pieces that make up the life of Dave Padilla.

At 34 years old Dave has lived a life that could be movie. From humble beginnings and without a fancy academic pedigree he has worked with and been mentored by some of the most amazing people in the world of music and television.

His strong work ethic and curiosity about people and the world around him have lead him to success that many only dream about in their early 30s. He sees opportunities that others do not see and then he takes action. He only wants to work on projects that give him goose-bumps, and he has reached a place in life where he can say no to working with people whom do not bring him joy.

This is an episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" that you will listen to more than once, and you will definitely want to share it with your friends. And check out his answer to how he gives back to others, and ask yourself if you are doing enough to help your fellow man in a face-to-face manner?

Contact Dave via Instagram at @AZASound.

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This episode is an interview with a working Hollywood actor who 30 years ago started a business working with other actors. No matter what industry you work in, there are opportunities. Why do some people take action and others sit on the sideline. Listen to this episode and find you inspiration from Kevin E West.

Kevin E. West is a veteran television actor with over 60 credits including Aquarius, Criminal Minds, Bones, Castle, CSI: Miami, Justified, Touch, Leverage, Lost, 24, Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Alias, CSI Judging Amy and dozens more. Kevin is the Founder of The Actors’ Network, and the creator of the ActorBizGuru industry interview video series, both of which are award winning. The Actors’ Network was awarded consecutive BackStage West "Reader's Choice" awards (06/07). A few of it’s alumni include Emmy Nominee Masi Oka (Heroes), Chelsey Crisp (Off The Boat), Chris Gorham (Covert Affairs-Ugly Betty) and Maggie Grace (Taken trilogy). Industry wide, Kevin is considered the top expert opinion speaker on the ‘business of show business. His speaker appearances include: ShowBiz Expo, WGA, SAG LifeRaft Foundation, and UCLA as well as A Date with Hollywood, for the Swedish Film Institute (Stockholm). Additionally Kevin Co-Authored the audio CD program, The Actor’s Guide to GETTING THE JOB and spent his early years in Hollywood as a paid Stand-up Comic and Improv performer. He just released his long awaited book on the business: 7 Deadly Sins - The Actor Overcomes, on sale now at Samuel French Hollywood/New York, Book Soup & also available on Amazon.

Author: 7 Deadly Sins: The Actor Overcomes

The Actors’ Network: (Founder/President)

The Actors’ Network was founded by veteran television actor Kevin E. West, in his Studio City apartment, on May 1, 1991. From its inception the organization was revered and respected but after the BackStage West 2-Page editorial spread in June of 1998, it exploded in popularity and attained an unparalleled industry reputation. We encourage you to read more about The Actors’ Network Awards and History. On July 1, 2013 the organization officially transitioned into an “Online Only” entity and while the physical studio is now gone the Mission, “Help Us, Help You, Help All of Us”, as well as the Credo, “Learn from the mistakes of others…you don’t have time to make them all yourself” are still very much alive and well. Kevin E. West instead of giving Topical discussions in the studio has now created an amazing Webinar Library (Link text) with 100 15-minute discussions online. That is 25 full hours of educational information. The sole goal and mission of The Actors’ Network has always been, and remains, to be the utmost in expertise and advice on the business of show business while maintaining the highest level of integrity. In doing all of the above we have been, and still remain, the pinnacle of show business education.

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