Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do (general)

On this episode Henry Yoshida talks about leaving the big company to join the world of a start up. And then re-inventing again. It is hard to leave that salary and big name on the letter head, but for some it is a calling they cannot resist.

Hear how Henry approached his re-invention, and how he is currently doing it again. His advice for anyone wanting to start a business hits close to home for everyone that is going to take a leap of faith.

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Elizabeth McCormick is a former Black Hawk Pilot who has reinvented herself several times. After the military she went into corporate America, but following company layoffs she struck out on her own. Today she is a successful speaker and entrepreneur. 

In this episode she shares advice on business and life.

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Edria Fleming is making a difference in her community. As the founder of Geek-e-Gurl Designs she helps companies and non-profits with their branding, websites, social media, database creation and graphic designs. But beyond that she is a role model to others that anyone can start a successful business.

Taking risks and trying new things are key for entrepreneurs. Edria does not sit and wait for other to call on her, instead she raises her hand and makes opportunities happen. With a masters degree in Social Work and a background working for non-profits, she left it all behind to try her and at her own business. 

She also has a passion for helping girls and women learn technology. She is working to let women of all ages know they can master any skill they desire, and does not like excuses.

Download this episode to hear her awesome advice for anyone who wants to forge their own path.

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For more than thirty years, Steve Guengerich has been fortunate to work with many great people and companies in social ventures, software and IT services. He began his career working for large consulting firms, but sound caught the bug of working with start ups.

Steve has recently released an ebook that is cool for all entrepreneurs: "Naturally Caffeinated: Addicted to Entrepreneurship" - more information at

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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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