Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do (general)

Like all of us, Jesse Smith enjoys having fun. In fact, some have called him a "play expert" because Jesse believes that fun and play are such an important part of child’s life that he has made that he has invested countless hours to help families build stronger relationships through play.

Jesse has over 3 decades of working with children and has spent the last 15 years working with both parents and their children to help them discover how they can lead a more fulfilling life. Jesse has also been involved in the hobby gaming community as a reviewer for board games from both small and large companies.

Jesse graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Arts in Children & Family Ministry, co-authored “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry: Early Childhood Edition” and “The Advent Book.” He currently serves on the Cory Center, a non-profit project of Bethel Seminary where he is able to assist young leaders who work with families. Jesse also publishes game reviews on Board Games With Dad.


Prior to opening his toy store, Sockmonkey Junction, Jesse served as a Family Pastor, a Youth Pastor, spent 8 years as a contractor for the Secretary of Defense, and served 4 years in the US Army.

Jesse asks; "Do you play enough?" Think about it... he is right: It’s how we should live our lives!


About Sockmonkey Junction (Jesse's Toy Store in Mansfield, TX):

Sockmonkey Junction helps create smiles.

When you enter, you'll find their shelves contain quality toys, fun-filled games, and a choice selection of used children's books. There are no toys that need batteries, because Sockmonkey Junction is all about getting kids to play and use their imagination.

But they are more than the items on our shelf. The goal of Jesse and his co-owners is to help you discover items that will strengthen the bonds of families and friendships. They also want to help you make the best choices, so they only sell items that they are confident will be played with again and again.

Find a smile inside Sockmonkey Junction, located on Main Street in beautiful downtown Mansfield, TX.

http://facebook.com/sockmonkeyjunction

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Vicki Hitzges is a professional speaker with more than 20 years of business success. In an industry where few people can have a busy career for five years, Vicki has continuously been educating and entertaining audiences in a variety of industries.

She was not a natural speaker, and early on she admits to being the worst speaker in her high school speech class. But with her mother's advice of "be yourself" she entered college and found her way get past being shy, make friends. and navigate into the world.

She began her after college anchoring TV news in Dallas, Texas. She interviewed U.S. Presidents, business titans, professional athletes and movie stars! Then, things got even better! Zig Ziglar, the world’s top motivational speaker, hired her as his publicist. Zig admired her creativity and launched her speaking career! (Yes, she was discovered by the legendary Zig Ziglar!)

As a keynoter, Vicki teaches people what she has learned over her lifetime– how to have crucial “people skills”, how to be hard on yourself so the world will be easier on you, how to risk enough to get ahead, and how to exude a positive attitude. She travels the world to conferences, walks alone into crowded hotel ballrooms, start conversations, and make friends.

Corporations around the globe book Vicki to teach their people to wow their customers, work together and thrive, conquer change, and clobber deadlines.

To learn more about Vicki visit http://www.keynotespeaker.com

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Thom Singer shares his year journey of running, eating better, and losing 30 lbs. For a non-runner this was a big accomplishment at age 50, but the funny thing is as a healthy man he apparently always had the potential to run, he just never did it.

In Jr High his PE coach called him a "lard ass" as he could not run a 440. In 2017 that coach would probably be fired for saying that, but in the 1970s that was a common thing. At an early age Thom self-identified as one who was not athletic, and certainly not a runner.

But if the potential was there all along, how come he never knew it. This is a problem facing many people. Individuals and organizations have a lot of potential, but they often come up short. Potential does not equal results.

In this episodes Thom talks about the 10 areas his research is showing that hold people back from accomplishing all they are capable of doing. He uses his new found running as the metaphor, but relates it all his experience with business.

1. Lack of focus
2. Fear of failure
3. No plan
4. Too many distractions
5. Can't get past their past
6. Procrastination
7. Naysayers telling them they can't succeed
8. Stuck in a comfort zone
9. It is not their priority (and that is okay, too)
10. Don't have the right support / network

Now is the time to take ownership of your results.

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Cindy Brummer is CEO and Creative Director of Standard Beagle.

Cindy currently serves as product owner on their Agile team — coordinating with clients on their projects and providing direction to the Standard Beagle team. She previously served as designer and developer on the team and works to help keep projects on time and under budget for our clients. She is passionate about user experience, interactive design and fantastic content. She founded Standard Beagle in 2012 after five years of freelancing and working as an in house web designer/developer.

Before becoming an entrepreneur Cindy worked as a television news producer. While she loved the business, she shares how life stepped in and she could no longer rely on anyone but herself to ensure her future.

Listen in to this interview for a candid conversation about life and entrepreneurship.

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Deborah Molique is the founder of Molique EPS, specializing in consulting in-house organizational staff for meeting event success. Deborah is a future thinking, goal-oriented and nationally-minded planning leader who drives client growth through creative large- and small-picture event development. Starting as a young lady serving her community through service, it wasn’t until college that she realized that her organizing talent would become her career. An Arizona State University conference planning internship forged this pursuit while earning a B.S. Organizational Communication degree. Working for a Los Angeles hotel company sharpened her sales and customer service success and still allows her to present client events properly to industry partners. While working at Trackstar Printing, all her abilities commanded the company to a near triple revenue position while transitioning through an unexpected media-frenzy owner death. When the timing was right, Deborah started her own event business, making the decision to move back to the growing Arizona market, and start a for-profit public entertainment business. After several years, she successfully sold the public entertainment portion of the company, and has been focusing on directing regional and national meeting events ever since. Her national and regional clients love her constant developing concepts while always pushing the revenue percentages upward. Staying connected through industry educational resources such as ASAE, PCMA, MPI, SPIN, and more keeps her current on trends, technology, and strategic options. She continues to personally serve her community through volunteerism. Her callings have manifested as a voice for hospital patients, founding a non-profit local networking group, working on industry event committees, and contributing constructive advice for local non-profit organizations.

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Alma Abreu specializes in helping businesses become more agile. She is the founder of 360 Agile Pro. Agile Project Management training and coaching can be very expensive, and is typically used by large companies with big budgets allowing them to hire consultants in the technology space. 360 Agile Pro wants to make this service easily available and a ordable to small businesses and startups with online training programs and coaching at reasonable rates.

Due to the trend of agency owners being too involved in the day-to-day of their business, there’s a need to train their teams on Project Manage- ment. Agile is a good framework for this training, because teams learn to be self-organizing and self-managing, allowing the business owner to get out of the business, automate their service delivery, have better work/life balance, while scaling their company. 

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Dr. Michael Hudson is a teacher, speaker, writer, facilitator, coach & ideapreneur who can help you Get Your Message Heard™. Michael works with Entrepreneurs,

Executives and Experts seeking to get clear on their message and how to communicate it to create their impact on the world. Michael is the author of the book Public Speaker Secrets, filled with practical insights you can use to increase your impact every time you share your message.

Communication is Michael’s gift. He learned early that if you express a vision of what is possible and effectively communicate it, you could generate momentum and engage people in making it a reality. His dream became a reality, when a serendipitous opportunity happened for him to fill in for a speaker who canceled at the last minute. This led to the creation of a multiple 6-figure niche business operated for the past 16 years, before recently selling it.

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Mike Millard loves innovation, entrepreneurs, and learning! He combined all three with the help of his co-founder, Audrey, into Pitch-a-Kid. It helps entrepreneurs refine their pitches and helps kids develop critical thinking skills by evaluating pitches. Through this simple interaction, he believes both the entrepreneurs and kids will learn from one another. And maybe will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in the process.

For nearly 20 years, Mike worked in a variety of roles ranging from innovation to venture capital to technology commercialization. He reviewed hundreds of pitches and understands the value of clear communication. His stops included Western Digital (enterprise disk drives), Dell (servers and storage), HP (Linux), AT&T Knowledge Ventures (Tech Commercialization), Austin Ventures (PE and VC investing) and most recently Ascension/Seton in an innovation role applying everything he learned in tech to healthcare. Mike has an MBA from Western Illinois University and a BS in Marketing and Business Administration from Illinois State University.

On a personal note, Mike is a dad and does dad stuff like uber his daughter to school and skating practice, check homework, and take naps on the couch. He is known to wear a Monster High backpack throughout the week while vacationing in Chicago. He could watch live tennis all day long, enjoys listening to U2, and has trouble seeing the full spectrum of colors.

http://www.pitchakid.com

 

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Jim Comer is a seasoned, multi-faceted communications consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and startups. What sets Jim apart is his ability to create and sharpen content, his collaborative, supportive and candid approach, and the extraordinary range of skills he brings to clients.

Jim is a speech coach, speechwriter, author and speaker. He has worked with CEOs of billion dollar companies, written two nationally published books, and speaks internationally on communication skills and his 14-year journey of caregiving for his parents.

Jim brings a depth of experience and creativity to his speech coaching and presentation skills workshops. As a published writer, his turnkey approach to coaching, writing and editing speeches is especially valuable to busy clients who don’t have time for extensive rehearsals. He knows when a presentation needs revising, shorter sentences, clearer language or personal stories – and is often able to make changes on the spot.

Whether working with the CEO, a sales manager, political leader, nonprofit board member, or someone who wants to overcome a paralyzing fear of speaking, Jim treats clients with respect, integrity, and a determination to meet their needs. His coaching philosophy is based on these simple principles:

Find the client’s strengths and build on them
Get agreement on those areas that need work
Celebrate breakthroughs and push for even higher levels of achievement
Emphasize the power of individuality and authenticity
Model individuality by demonstrating that there is no “right way,” only your way
Encourage clients to share stories and experiences that make points memorable
Jim’s experience as a writer is diverse: a book that landed him on the “Today Show”; articles on the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Dallas Morning News; jokes for Joan Rivers; a monologue for the legendary Bob Hope; creating a comedy act that played “The Improv” in New York; a book, When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents, that was nominated for Best Non-Fiction Book by the Writers’ League of Texas; and editing his father’s best-selling World War II journal, Combat Crew, currently a best-selling eBook on Amazon.

Earlier in his career, Jim honed his skills as an actor and writer in New York and Los Angeles. His corporate writing experience includes speeches, video scripts, conventions, sales meetings, recognition events and shareholders’ letters for annual reports. He has worked with executives for companies including Avon Products, Rockwell International, Advanced Micro Devices, Emerson, IBM, Universal Studios, Shaklee and Lowe’s.

Jim is active in the Austin chapter of the National Speakers’ Association, the Writers’ League of Texas, an award-winning speaker in Toastmasters, and sings in the choir of his church. He enjoys travel, theater, movies, politics, reading, roller coasters, and is a great dinner guest.

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If you are planning to attend an industry conference, or any networking event, then you need to have a plan to maximize the investment of time and money. You are investing a lot to be at the event, do not make mistakes that limit your ROI.

In this episode Thom Singer talks about ways to connect better and make a lasting impression on the people you meet.

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