Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do (general)

Thom Singer shares his ten tips for being a master of ceremonies. Being the EmCee is very different than speaking at an event. It takes more planning and a mix of personality and event management skills. Tune into this episode and hear his advice for the next time you host a meeting, awards show, or conference.

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James Hahn II joins Thom Singer on this episode to talk about the windy road to career and life success.  

James is the Founder & CEO of Tribe Rocket. He is recognized throughout the oil and gas industry as a visionary leader of the great crew change. He began his career in the oil business working as the digital marketing manager for Drillinginfo where he increased blog traffic by over 2,000% in one month, attained over 1,900 email opt-ins in less than 6 months, and established the company as a “best in class” thought leader in the industry. 

Listen in for his insights and advice for people who want to forge their own path.

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A fantastic conversation about entrepreneurship and the power of having awesome presentation skills. In this episode Thom Singer chats with best selling author Michael Port about his journey and gets great tips for those who want to have their own business.

Called “an uncommonly honest author" by the Boston Globe, a "marketing guru" by The Wall Street Journal, and a “sales guru” by the Financial Times, Michael Port is a NY Times bestselling author of five books including Book Yourself Solid and The Think Big Manifesto. His 6th book, Steal the Show is being released this Fall of 2015. 

Interestingly, he is probably the only NY Times bestselling business book author to have also been a successful professional actor, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City, Law & Order, Third Watch, All My Children and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth. 

These days, Michael can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on air expert in communication and business development.

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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do goes international with this interview with Donal Scannell, CEO of Gigstarter (From Dublin, Ireland).

Gigstarter was created with the intention to improve the process of putting on great live gigs and events. Donal and his team have developed a platform that provides valuable insight into fan data, but also gives a much fairer deal to all who participate in the event.

The love bringing people together, but often potential organizers worry about selling enough tickets to cover the costs. Gigstarter takes away the fear and pain by enabling your to sell tickets first and only confirm an event when the costs are covered. This breaks down the barriers to arranging events.

Listen to this episode and hear Donal's journey as an entrepreneur. He shares a lot of insights into the path of starting and running your own business.

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Thom Singer has been working as a solopreneur for six years. He is a professional master of ceremonies, keynote speaker, consultant and coach. During his time as a solopreneur he has experienced the good and bad of running his own business. 

In this episode he shares his "20 Tips for Solopreneurs" and reviews how his own experiences have lead him to growing his career.

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Ryan Williams is a technology and online media entrepreneur, interested in the consumer web, social media, e-commerce, mobile, and gaming. He loves launching ideas, start-ups, and businesses online.

Ryan has a proven track record in marketing and business development with experience in social media, business development, brand strategy & management, mobile, and video content marketing. 

He is the host of the "Influencer Economy" Podcast and is working on releasing a book by the same title.

He joins Thom Singer for this conversation about his experiences moving from a career as an employee to over a year as a solopreneur.

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Peter is CEO of Certain, Inc. a San Francisco based SaaS provider of a complete enterprise event management platform that powers personalized event experiences and enables meaningful connections to accelerate business for corporations, meeting management companies and event producers worldwide. 

He has more than 25 years of public and private business software company experience including roles as CEO, president, general manager, sales executive and board member. 

His experience includes successful roles as president of Cognos Corp. the leading business intelligence vendor (acquired by IBM); CEO of NativeMinds, Inc. (acquired by Verity/Autonomy now HP); CEO of Kinecta Corp. (acquired by Stellent now Oracle). In addition, Peter served as a director of Centura, Inc. a NASDAQ traded company.

Listen to this episode where Thom Singer talks to Peter Micciche about his career journey.

** Check out the book mentioned in this episode: "Making Rain With Events" by Scott Ingram. This book was released in conjunction with Certain, Inc... and Thom Singer contributed one of the chapters.

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March in Austin, Texas means the South by Southwest Festival. Thom Singer took his mobile studio with him to the SXSW Interactive events and interviewed several attendees about why they come to SXSW and their thoughts on entrepreneurship.

If you were not present at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival, listen to this episode for a taste of the coolness that happens in the hallways and at rooftop parties during this annual gathering.

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What is a "Mastermind Group" and why do some people say they make all the difference for success. There are CEO groups like EO, YPO, Vistage, etc... and there are paid online groups, weekend groups, etc... Thom Singer belongs to a formal Mastermind Group with four other professional speakers, all of whom credit the group with their continued success.

This episode was recorded at the SXSW Interactive Festival before Thom, Jessica Pettitt and Gerry O'Brion lead a conversation on the topic" "Mastermind Construction Zone". Listen to this edition of the show as they share their ideas on how to create a group, keep it going, and what benefits they have seen.

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This episode is a "Podcast Simulcast". Bob Nolley, PhD of the Labrador Leadership Podcast and Thom Singer have a chat about leadership and entrepreneurship that is being aired on both shows that will be released on the same day. 

Dr. Bob Nolley is a leader and educator that is committed to the success of businesses and individuals through coaching. The strategy used to help executives, managers, team leaders, employees, and individuals is based on the creation of an environment that allows them to remove themselves from the pressing task list of the day and give thoughtful consideration and reflection on their experiences and challenges. In doing this they find a much greater probability of better choices that create alternative actions leading to successful outcomes.

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