Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

In this episode Thom Singer shares his experience as a TEDx Speaker. 

For over five years Thom has thought about how cool it would be to deliver a TEDx Talk, but the opportunity never happened. He applied to several TEDx events, but was not selected. 

Having attended eight different TEDx programs, and having watched over 200 TED Talks online, he understood that the TED "brand" is special, and he knew that if the chance ever came to speak on that RED DOT CARPET, that he could not treat it as just another speech. 

Recently he got his chance. In preparation he put in about 50 hours and hired a "Short Talk Expert" to help him structure the message to ensure that he would be able to maximize his idea in a limited amount of time. 

Along the way the gravity of this opportunity got in his head. While not "nervous" (Thom has presented over 700 professional level talks), he did over-think the whole thing and got himself worked up and worried about all that could go wrong. He did not want to choke or let the organizers down.

In the end he let go of any fear and hit the stage ready to share the message. He had lived the story, and he believed in the advice he was going to deliver. He even re-wrote the opening of the talk while standing in the wings.

When he reached the red carpet he took a few seconds to appreciate his surroundings and enjoy the moment. Then he just talked. He did not throw out the whole script, but he let much of it go as he just talked to the audience. 

The whole experience was a blur. But he is proud that he never abandoned his desire to be part of the TEDx community. He does not expect his video to go viral, nor does he think it will change his life. But at the same time he knows he was impacted by his participation.

Check out episode #339 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as he openly shares what happened to him as a TEDx Speaker.

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Your attention span is NOT as short as a goldfish". 

Neen James is the author of nine books including Folding Time™ and
her most recent, Attention Pays™. In 2017, she was named one of
the top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru because of her work
with companies like Viacom, Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer,
BMW, and the FBI, among others.

Neen earned her MBA from Southern Cross University and the
Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers
Association. She has received numerous awards as a professional
speaker, is a partner in the international education company Thought
Leaders Global, and is a member of the prestigious League of Heroic
Public Speakers.

Neen is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes that
challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what
matters most at work and in life. Audiences love her practical
strategies they can apply personally and professionally, and meeting
planners love working with her – they often describe Neen as the
energizer bunny for their events.

With a strong background in learning and development and managing
large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for
organizations who want implementable strategies that will help their
employees avoid distractions, stop interruptions, prioritize daily
objectives and say ‘no’ to requests that steal time and focus from real
goals and priorities.

Oh, did we mention that Neen is Australian? Why does that matter?
Well, it means that she’s a bit mischievous, is pretty witty and a little
cheeky. She also considers herself an unofficial champagne taste
tester … and a really slow runner.

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Edna Keep, author of "Multiple Ways To Wealth: Creating Your Prosperous Lifestyle" and real estate investment teacher, has a deep understanding of what investors want in a deal. As a former financial advisor, Edna helps connect investors with everyday people who want to create true passive income for the long term.

Edna’s team has a portfolio of $60 Million they built in less than ten years on primarily multifamily units and primarily with none of their own money. Her process is proven, which she now teaches through coaching and her
Mastermind groups.

Edna lives near Regina, Saskatchewan between Calgary and Winnipeg with her husband Warren and teenage daughters Desiree and Dhani.

On this episode Edna shares why she likes to make money, her journey from being a 16 year old single mom, and her philosophy of "Learn, Grow, Share".

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Erin Gargan knows how challenging it is for sales, marketing and event professionals to attract attention and communicate persuasively in today’s congested online world. Erin sold her first two companies, Jump Digital Media and (featured in Forbes) before the age of 30. In 2010, she launched Socialite Agency, an award-winning social media marketing firm. 

Erin has been hired by The Oscars, ABC-Disney Television, Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Hope, VISA, Hitachi, Siemens, Abbott Laboratories, Synchrony Financial, National Association of Broadcasters, The United States Navy and others. She’s helped these global brands leverage digital persuasion techniques to attract attention, increase influence and sell smarter in the modern marketplace. Frequently invited back for consecutive annual events, Erin is known in the conference world for one thing in particular: her energy! Her talks deliver a powerful, specific, actionable formula that’s spiced with stories, data and a lot of fun. Audiences leave inspired, motivated and highly entertained. 

Erin lives in Laguna Beach, California with her husband. When she is not traveling the globe speaking, Erin can usually be found surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking or catching up with friends and family over a sunset glass of grapes.

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Thomas Umstattd Jr. built his first website at the age of 13 and taught his first web design class at only 16 years of age. He never looked back. After college he jumped right into the world of entrepreneurship, and has been helping authors and small businesses grow online ever since. As an award-winning speaker, Thomas teaches all over the world. He currently serves as the CEO of Author Media.

Listen to episode 335 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear his advice.

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Aman Advani is Co-Founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply, a menswear company focused on creating a new category of clothing: Performance Professional – through a collaboration between experienced engineers and seasoned fashion experts. 

Aman comes from Atlanta, GA where he studied Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech, before pursuing a career in Operational Strategy consulting at Deloitte, and attending MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

In this interview he shares his entrepreneurs journey and talks about how he and his business partner navigate the gap between potential and results.

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Melanie Deziel has been recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on native advertising and a leading influencer in Content Marketing. Her mission is to educate as many people as possible about the power of brand storytelling through writing, speaking, workshops, consulting, startup advising and through the native ad industry newsletter, The Overlap League.

Melanie travels the world giving keynotes, presentations and workshops that teach marketers, publishers, creators and companies how to create the best possible brand storytelling. She also shares what she’s learned in a column for Inc, on podcasts, in guest posts across the web, and as a member of the advisory board for the Native Ad Institute.

Melanie has degrees in journalism from UConn and Syracuse, of which she was one of 50 honored alums in 2015. She’s served as an executive judge of the Digiday Content Marketing Awards, the Native Ad Awards and the Mirror Awards, and was the author of the native ads that won the Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award in both 2014 and 2015.

Prior to becoming a full-time consultant and speaker, Melanie did content strategy, business development and branded content creation for The New York Times’s T Brand Studio, HuffPost Partner Studio, and Time Inc’s portfolio of 35+ media properties. As an Expert in Residence at BRaVe Ventures, she provided native advertising and content strategy insights, training and information to both advisory and portfolio clients.

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Author of "Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World", Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.

As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. 

In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.

Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.

As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

She mentioned two amazing entrepreneurs and their books:

Michael Bungay Stanier's book, The Coaching Habit 

Phil M Jones' books, Exactly What to Say .... and .... Exactly How To Sell

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Justin Schenck has been named a Top 8 Podcaster to watch in 2018 by and chosen as an ‘Icon of Influence’ in the new media space. What started out as a way to connect with top people and inspire others has become a way of life. Now getting played in over 100 countries every single week he is able to make a greater impact than he could ever imagine. He not only speaks to organizations on how to overcome adversity and utilize podcasting to grow your business but he helps others launch and grow their own podcasts with

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Sometimes we experience success that takes us far, but not all the way.  From the outside people might even think you are crushing it, but you know inside that you are stuck.  But when that log jam comes at a high level, it is hard to complain to others or yourself.  Things are good.  But you want things to be great.
The middle used to be okay, as the "middle man" had a lot of power and controlled the flow of goods and services.  But in a would where more things are "direct", the middle can lead to obsolete.
Have you ever felt stuck in the high-middle? When it happens you have to be a leader if you want to advance.  Regardless of if you lead a team of 1000, 100 or just yourself, there are certain actions leaders take to help themselves and others advance. 
Real leaders are sought out by other.  
Leaders collaborate.
Crunching numbers and hiding behind statistics are not what leaders do.
Leaders are visionary, and they want to learn, observe, and try new things.
Being unique matters to leaders.
Waiting around is not what a leader does, leaders hustle.
Leaders test assumptions.
Playing big is how a leader shows up.
Leaders recognize patterns and know that success leaves clues.
In your daily efforts do you show up as a leader? If you are stuck in any way, then the time is now to become a leader.  Do not expect others to come to your rescue.  The world is more competitive than others.  Potential is good, but it is not enough.  The Paradox of Potential is about how we cherish potential, but that does not equal results.  Leaders care about results.  
Hiding behind busy is another problem.  Working 70 hours a week does not mean you are efficient. In fact, we look at busy as a faux badge of honor in today's world.  Being busy makes many people feel good, but we need to do more than clock hours.  Progress and results are key. 
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