Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Michelle McCullough started her first business when she was 19 and currently runs 3 companies including consulting businesses all over the world. A seasoned speaker and former corporate sales trainer, Michelle teaches success principles and leadership insights that help boost employee engagement and higher performance.

In addition to running her own consulting businesses, Michelle is the managing director for Startup Princess, listed by Forbes as “One of the top 10 resources for Women Entrepreneurs”. She’s worked with top brands like Visa Small Business, UPS Store, AWeber and more. She’s spoken for the Air Force Reserve, Goldman Sachs and, among others. She’s been featured in, in the 40 under 40, Fox TV and has been interviewed for television and radio over 100 times, including Good Morning America and The Today Show. She was recently named in the Top 100 Small Business Influencers with Inc Magazine, Michael Gerber and Grant Cardone. Her own radio show “Make It Happen” has over 1 million downloads.

Michelle's new book, "The Make It Happen Blueprint" launches March 21, 2017. Listen to this episode and then rush to or Barnes & Noble and get your copy of this book that will help you dust off the ideas in your head and make them happen.

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Gordie did not take the smooth route to get where he currently is in life. If there was an easy way or a "how to" book that would enable one to discover him or herself, Gordie definitely did not read it. His journey involved addictions to numerous substances and multiple mental illness diagnoses. From rock bottom, he describes the experience, the emotions, the pain and his journey back to reality. It is now his mission to share his story and inspire millions of young adults.

Using their platform, Rich Legacy, Gordie Bufton, and his partner Bradley Callow, help high-performing families from around the world empower their children in a way that moves them away from self-destructive behaviors.

Having both barely escaped prison and death, they now provide eye-opening insights from the perspective of the child. This approach inspires parents to engage with their children in a way they never dreamed possible.

With a focus on the child's perspective, they deliver live events, workshops, information products, and family consultation to support children and their parents as they navigate the unique challenges not found in other types of families.

Their Five Principles of Family Realignment are rooted in our personal journeys, as well as conversations with thousands of children, parents, and professionals who come from or work with driven-families.

Their mission is to provide the understanding, connection, patterning, empowerment, and balancing needed to ensure a rich and healthy legacy for the families they reach.

What will your legacy be?

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With all the recent changes to LinkedIn, it is important that everyone in business is aware of how to best use this important tool For this episode Thom invited Phil Gerbyshak to talk about the social networking sight and why it is important.

Phil Gerbyshak is a LinkedIn trainer, who teaches sales people and leaders to position themselves as an expert in their niche so they can increase their impact, influence and income. ​Often he does this by connecting their offline expertise to their online expertise and help them write books, do speaking engagements, create information products and white papers, use social media tools (like LinkedIn, Twitter, content marketing and others) more effectively, use internal collaboration tools more effectively, and know when to use what tool for what message.

WHAT HE DOES: Phil trains sales people how to use LinkedIn to get more leads and make more sales. He educates your sales people how to use low cost and free technology to its fullest potential. He works with your leaders to lead more confidently and communicate more effectively across generations. He creates custom training programs, offer coaching and consulting on how you and your organization can see a return on your technology and social selling investment. Phil enables sales people to augment existing sales processes with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook social selling micro-tactics that actually work - and teach your sales people how to use technology in more effective ways to communicate with their team!

Want to learn more? Call/text 414-640-7445 or email him at


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Doug Sandler has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, manager and staff member. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller. He specializes in making connections, building relationships and strengthening bonds both inside and outside organizations. Don’t let the “Mr. Nice Guy” tag fool you, Doug has entered into many high level negotiations and is anything but a pushover.

His speaking and consulting business is geared towards improving relationships and winning business through his time tested sales, service and relationship building system. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker, and writer for Huffington Post. His weekly posts reach over hundreds of thousands of readers. Doug has been titled by a leading social media marketing company in the top 100 of Social Media Thought Influencers to follow.

He is also the co-host of the "Nice Guys on Business Podcast". Thom Singer was the guest on episode 306, and now Doug is on show 240 for "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do".

In this episode Doug talks about creating a lifetime career as an entertainer, DJ, author, coach, speaker, and podcaster. And stick around to the very end when he shares his thoughts on how to use Twitter. @DJDoug.

Donate to Thom's February Fundraiser at

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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.

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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

Also, to donate to Thom's February Fundraiser for the "Kate Singer Endowment" visit (search the "Designation" pull down menu for "Kate Singer Endowment")

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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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