Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do (general)

At the heart of a good communications strategy is a good story. Think back to the most powerful lessons you learned as a child – were they conveyed in bullet points, graphs and charts? Or were they wrapped into a good tale that helped sear into your memory the importance of values like kindness, sharing and patience? Unfortunately somewhere along the way, we’ve lost the ability to knit together a good story.

Jenifer Sarver is a principal at Sarver Strategies, an Austin, Texas based strategic communications firm. She has over 16 years experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training. 

In this episode Thom talks with Jennifer about her advice for business professionals, tips on doing your own PR, and shares how she gives back to the community.

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Too often in our society we champion success and vilify failure. But real success never arrives alone. Those who achieve also fail along the way. In this episode Thom Singer shares his failures and his realizations that you have to embrace the failures, as they are the best teachers for entrepreneurs.

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Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Journal. She is a speaker, consultant, and author who graduated college at age 18, worked a reporter, political consultant and non-profit executive before launching out on her own.

In this episode Thom Singer asks Dorie about her personal business journey and advice for entrepreneurs.

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Craig Price is the host of the "Reality Check" podcast, and a speaker who takes a different look at negative vs positive. He viewed that a lot of motivational speakers were all fluff, and a whole group of people left the meetings not inspired, but thinking "that was useless". Craig talks about how the people who are negative in your office might not be grumps naysayers, but valuable team members who should be seen as an asset.

Check out this episode at Thom Singer chats with his friend Craig Price about the speaking business, life, orangutans, the Pittsburgh Zoo, and podcasting.

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 Charlie Tremendous Jones said, "You will be the same person in 5 years that you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet". If you are looking to re-launch or level-up in your life or career, it is important that you are intentional in getting around people who inspire you.

In this episode Thom Singer talks about how to get around people who will help you grow to the next level. No guest this time, just Thom sharing his ideas about why people need to be your priority.

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Paul Grabowski is the CMO of Bracewell & Giulliani LLP and the co-author of "The ABCs of Legal Marketing" (written with Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do host, Thom Singer). 

Paul believes that to be successful attorneys must think like entrepreneurs. Gone are the days when doing good work will lead to more business. Today lawyers must embrace all aspects of running a successful business, including sales, marketing and business development.

Thom Singer sits down with Paul in his Houston office to talk about what lawyers can learn from other industries, and what all businesses can learn from successful lawyers. They also talk about their new book.

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At 19-years-old Ravi Govind has done more in business than many of us will ever attempt in a lifetime. The lack of available internships for high school students caused him to launch his own company as a freshman. While the enterprise software development platform did not become the next Microsoft, he still considers this one of his greatest learning opportunities.

He finished high school early, and worked full time for a large public school district before enrolling at Hofstra University in New York. Once there he help found, and is now the president of Accelerate Hofstra. This organization assists student-led businesses as early as the idea stage, but specializes in helping members scale existing business effectively.

Join in and listen as Ravi shares his entrepreneurial experience, enthusiasm and ideas.

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Are you suffering from "Adultitis"? That disease where you have forgotten the joys of childhood. Jason Kotecki says there is a difference between being chilidish and child-like, and he thinks we all need to get back to the curiosity and joy that we often forget to embrace as grown ups.

Jason is an artist, speaker, and the author of several books, including "Penguins Can't Fly & 39 Other Rules That Don't Exist".

Join us for this episode as we discuss his journey as an entrepreneur, family man, artist, author, speaker and all around nice guy.

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Sara Canaday is a leadership expert, career strategist, speaker, and the author of the popular business book "You According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and career".

She did not set out to be an entrepreneur, but life took her in a new direction to find more fulfillment. Thinking she and her husband would not be able to have kids, she launched a business, and then got pregnant with her first of two children.

Growing a family and a business was challenging, but these days she cannot imagine life without both. Join us on this episode as Sara shares her advice on entrepreneurship, career, and life.

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For his birthday episode Thom Singer explores the idea of "Leveling Up". The concept is tossed around a lot, but he is looking for real ideas on how to perform better in business and life.

Next year is a big milestone birthday, so this episode is a public declaration on taking his life as a speaker, podcaster, husband, father and friend to the next levels.

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