Making Waves at C-Level

Kelly Peacy is the senior vice president of education and meetings for the Professional Convention Managers Association. She has over 15 years with PCMA and is a great example of someone who is an "intrapreneur".

In this episode we talk about her journey, but also about the Meetings Industry and how those who work in that business are often very entrepreneurial, even when working for other companies and associations. To be an effective meeting planner you have to have a strong work ethic and an eye for details. Most attendees never see all the work that goes on behind the scenes to create awesome events.

This episode is being released just a few days before the 2016 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Vancouver. Kelly and PCMA take pride in trying unique things to enhance the experience of their members who come to learn, network and find ideas for their own meetings.

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Sean Payne was following the regular career path, but early on he realized that living his parents dream was not going to fulfill his soul. After college, instead of taking a high tech job, he went to study Shakespeare in London. A chance meeting with another would-be actor lead him to moving to Los Angeles and starting a tech consulting business and a career as a professional actor. After just a few months he had more success than most people find in Hollywood in years.

Sean Payne has what it takes to make it big in Hollywood, in business, and in life. You have to listen to this episode and hear his advice about following that voice inside of you that is calling you to go for your life's calling.

He does promise on this episode that when he wins and Academy Award he will come back and let Thom Singer interview him again (no matter what his agent says... it will be the Today Show and Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do the morning after the awards show!!!) is his website. This guy is the real deal and this show will inspire everyone to strive to be their best.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.

Today Christine is a Life Coach with a counseling emphasis known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. She is passionate about busting the myth that life is about living by a checklist and having it all figured out. Christine believes we all deserve and are capable of discovering our passion, pursuing our dreams, and making an impact on the world.

Join us on this episode as she shares her ideas about entrepreneurship and gives real life examples from her personal journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

Dan Faill works as the director of Greek Life at a University. Doesn't sound very entrepreneurial, but Dan is a person with an internal passion for finding new ways to do things.

In this episode we chat about what he learned in college as a fraternity member, and how that can be like a start, and how to work in a job and fulfill your internal spark of entrepreneurship. Finally we talk about re-invention and starting over, and how you need to find the right people who will both support you and challenge you to be true to yourself.

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Kate Delaney is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows. She is an entrepreneur and media expert who enjoys forging her own path.

Listen in as we talk about what it takes to be your own boss, the changes in the media, the importance of networking, and hear about how she gives back to the greater good.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

Success can cause you to stop striving for the highest levels of your career. When you reach the "high middle" it can be very hard to grow your career to the next levels. Thom Singer shares how this has happened to him, and what he is doing to climb to the top.

It is easy to ride on past achievements, and when you are doing really good it can seem awkward to complain you are not doing great. But the middle is NOT acceptable to some people. This episode is for them. If you understand what is meant by being stuck in the "high middle", and if you can relate to this issue... be sure to download and listen to this show.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

You are your own one man or one woman show... live you life that way!!!

Bo Eason is a former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, and a Presence / Story Coach to some of the most successful people in the world. Bo has always set his sights to be "The Best" at whatever he does, and his story and ideas for entrepreneurship are an inspiration.

Bo shares his idea that each of you should be looking to who has your ideal career. Identify the person living the life you want, then seek out that person's advice.

He also thinks networking should being inside yourself. You have all the answers, and if you go become the best at what you do, the networking comes to you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

When would now be a good time to do what you always wanted?

Seanlai is a woman who does not wait for things to happen, she goes and creates her life opportunities. She is an expert on employee retention, relationships and communications.

Her lead a construction business from idea to INC 500, and now has re-invented her life to follow her true calling.

Join this episode if you want to be inspired!!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

Paul Allen (no, not the co-founder of Microsoft) is the founder and CEO of CloudCoreo. He is a Father, Technologist, and Traveller. He is excited by the Cloud and making things work when everything fails.

In this episode Paul shares how he started the company as a side project and one day looked around and found he had more work, and not enough time, to keep his regular consulting job. He saved up a year's income to insure he could make the leap, and he has never looked back.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:40am EDT

Merit Gest has 20 years experience as an entrepreneur. On this episode she shares her business journey and talks about how she and her husband, also an entrepreneur, have designed a life that allows them to travel and play in addition to running successful companies.

She mentions a great entrepreneur, Tamara Kleinberg, who has a website for inventors... the sight is (we give wrong address in the interview).

This episode is a must listen, as Merit Gest has successfully navigated the ups and downs of running her own business and life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

Thanksgiving Day is a time to show gratitude. This episode released on Thankgiving 2015 and Thom Singer shares a list of what he is grateful for.

We live in world where "I'm So Busy" has become a faux badge of honor. Yes, you are busy... but so is everyone. Stop making "busy" a competition. Instead of telling people you are busy, let them know you are fortunate.

What is Thom grateful for??? His parents, sibling, wife, kids, friends, the National Speakers Association, and Austin, TX. Tune in to hear this shore episode that focuses on the good things in life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Michael Hodson began his career in politics and then became a lawyer. But after ten years he left that behind to travel the world. Now he is the founder and CEO of Only in VR. His company specializes in 360-degree virtual reality video content in the travel vertical, music industry and for special events.

Michael has a great outlook about entrepreneurship and shares his advice to those who want to go create their own cool things.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

An entrepreneur from an early age, JV Crum III is an author, coach, podcaster and person who makes things happen. At the age of five he announced he wanted to become a millionaire, but once he got there he discovered that the money alone was not enough.

Listen to this episode and hear JV Crum's story and his advice for those who want to follow their own dreams to becoming an entrepreneur.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

In 2009 Greg Barth looked in the mirror and decided to stop being mediocre. Not fat, but not fit, he committed to changing his body, and this lead him to changing his whole life.

Greg joins Thom Singer for an impromptu interview for the podcast after they had lunch together while Greg was visiting Austin, TX for a mastermind meeting with other Body For Life Coaches. In this episode they discuss what it takes to change your mindset and get over being mediocre.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

In this episode Thom Singer talks about all the areas of business that a solopreneur must take into account. Working for yourself is hard, but when every aspect of your business lands on your desk you must be prepared to handle them or outsource the key tasks.

Too many business owner ignore the areas of their business that is not their forte or that they do not enjoy. No matter what type of business you have there is still sales, marketing, management, HR/Benefits, logistics and travel, shipping, legal, strategic planning, accounting & finance, etc....

Before you launch out on your own you had better be ready to handle these. And if you are not ready to do all the sales and marketing, think twice about starting a company. Without clients there is no business, so someone (you) had better be ready to sell.

Join this episode and hear Thom Singer's view on being a solopreneur. Statistics show more and more people are becoming consultants and freelancers, so this topic is more important than ever.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

"It is not about what you can or cannot do, it is about what you are good or not good at", says Carlos Hidalgo, CEO of Annuitas. His company, which he co-founded ten years ago, is a leader in demand generation strategy. He has helped lead this company to great success, and on this episode of Cool Things he shares his experience and advice for those who want to be entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs.

Do you ever worry that one day you will wake up and say "I wish I had followed my dream of being an entrepreneur"? Carlos did not want to be one of those people.... so he went for it, knowing the worst case outcome was he did not succeed and went back to working for an established company. Today Annuitas is an established company that is a great place for him, and others, to work.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Jeffrey Shaw has always worked for himself. After going to school to learn photography he became a celebrated portrait photographer with a successful business and strong reputation. But he had the entrepreneurial desire to help more people and create deeper impact than the could taking pictures.

Today he is a successful coach who works with creatives on how to grow a business around their talent. Taking his experiences growing a business as a photographer, he now assists other in getting out of their own way to excel in their fields.

By 2030 it is expected that 60% of the population will work as freelancers, but what does that really mean and what does work and life look like with that type of cultural shift? Tune into this episode to hear Jeffrey share his journey as an entrepreneur and find his pearls of wisdom on how to succeed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

You do not have to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial. Ken Sien has worked for the same company, Experient, for nearly 25 years. In that time he has grown his career by treating his job as if it was his own business.

Some of the hardest working people on the planet are event professionals. the meetings industry requires people to work long hours, be creative, and to risk new ideas. Ken has seen lot of changes over his time in this business, and is a perfect example of an "intrapreneur".

Join Ken and Thom Singer as they discuss the meetings business and Ken's career journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Zack Obront is the co-founder of Book in a Box (co-founded with Tucker Max). Zack always knew that he had the calling to be an entrepreneur, and immediately after college he chose a path of self-direction. While he interned at a major Canadian financial institution, he never took the traditional job journey. While he loves to code, he knows that a job where he is not emotionally invested could not fulfill him at the core.

Join in this episode and hear Zach's journey, his love of being an entrepreneur, his advice to working with partners, etc... He has seen first hand how selecting the people around you can lead to a better and more fulfilling workplace, and he is one who gives of his time. Having only lived in Austin, TX for a few months is a volunteer at a local feed the homeless program and a volunteer with Austin Pets Alive.

This is a great episode and you will enjoy learning from Zach's journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34am EDT

Louis D'Agostino played in the NFL and learned a lot as a professional athlete. He has transferred that what he knew to be true in sports into business. He goes in with a plan, and prepares full time to serve his clients. There is no such thing as luck, it is when opportunity meets preparation.

As a partner in the successful Iron Cove Partners, Lou serves clients in the financial service industries as well as other businesses. He is the father of four, who loves his life as an entrepreneur because of the opportunity to provide for his family, and the flexibility to be there for his kids.

Join in on this conversation as Lou and Thom Singer discuss his journey and the advice he has for others looking to score their career touchdowns.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Cory Damon knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, but first he went to work for another company, which lasted more than a decade. Now he is a partner in The Change Element, a coaching and consulting firm that is focused on helping others reach success and significance.

Known as "The Treasure Hunter", Cory is compelled to help people find their core value.

Many chase success, but without significance that achievement can be empty. For Cory, it is key to understand people and know where they want to go. Life is a journey of discovery.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Thom Singer was invited to a breakfast with three people who are living their life at a higher level. Halfway through the meal Thom realized that he was not on par with his fellow Breakfast Club Members. Rather than feeling small or intimidated, he decided to grasp this opportunity to learn at the feet of giants.

Four days later he is still inspired by the conversation, and has vowed to make this random encounter meaningful. He wishes he could afford to hire them all as his personal coaches, but the cost of that is more than Thom can afford, But he has decided to make them all his teachers. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.... and these three achievers have a ton of IP available online and he want to consume it.

Join this episode for a dose of inspiration about learning from others and thinking about how you can take the examples from high achievers to motivate your own success.

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Entrepreneurship has its ups and downs, and to have a lasting and successful life you have to be fully honest with yourself and the situations you face. Steve Golab had run his own interactive agency for 20 years, but changes in the economy and a major health scare caused him to look closely at how he wanted to live his life.

Walking away from your own business to take a job seems scary for many entrepreneurs, but if you get inspired to be the best version of yourself, and if you can let go of ego, the future can be awesome.

In this episode Steve Golab is open and candid about the decisions he made and shares his entrepreneurial and now intrapreneurial journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Mike Sigers has been a professional sales person for over 25 years and he does it the old fashioned way.... through relationships. Mike uses social media (he is very active of Twitter), but says that online is not for sales, it is "social" (which is why it is called "social media"). In this episode he shares awesome insights that entrepreneurs need to think about when selling and when hiring sales people.

*Don't just "show up and throw up" when talking to prospects.

*Do not let HR hire your sales people.

*Work to help others get what they want.

No matter what industry you are in, sales is the name of the game. Tune into this episode and get advice from a seasoned selling master.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

What traits do those who perform at the top levels share? After interviewing over 100 entrepreneurs and meeting tens of thousands of people at conferences each year, Thom Singer has some ideas of what it takes to be at the top of your game.

In this episode Thom shares some ideas of what those who in the one percent of their industries have in common. Top performers are confident, seek to learn, are open to new ideas, share their ideas with others, have a focus on what they desire, look to the future, have "Follow Through DNA", network like crazy, are good at sales, and are genuinely nice people.

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Thom Singer talks about why he is excited to have had a long career in sales and how sales should be celebrated in a company. "Social Selling" does not work for most companies, and we have to get back to being focused on the human-to-human, belly-to-belly sales skills in order to grow a businesses bottom line.

People want to know they matter and a "like", "link", "share" or "follow" is not the same as a business relationship. Thom recommends before every conversation with client or prospects that you ask yourself what it is they want from this interaction. Zig Ziglar said it best.... "You can have anything you want in life, if you help others get what they want in life"

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Great entrepreneurs often work inside companies. In this episode Thom chats with Scott Ingram from Certain, Inc. As a Strategic Account Executive Scott is more than a sales person, but someone who is helping drive not only his own visibility but that of his company.

Hear how he worked with his employer to launch a book and a podcast ("Making Rain with Events") as a way to drive awareness and revenue for the company.

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Kevin Miller is a middle school teacher who in his 30s realized he had never pursued his dream of becoming an actor. While he was active in high school theater, he followed a traditional career path in education. Now married and the father of three he decided it is not too late to go for it, and with the support of his family, co-workers and his students he has begun a path toward acting. Headshots, acting classes, auditions, and a part in a local play have all begun to happen in just a few months.

You MUST listen to Kevin's story. Most listeners will find a way to relate to how he never wants to look back and say "What If". In addition to following his passion, he is trying to show his kids that they need to follow their heart and try for the career they desire. While sometimes trying leads to disappointment, it can also lead to great things.

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Thom Singer recently jumped off the 108 story Stratosphere in Las Vegas. He is not a "thrill seeker" and is usually scared of such things, but on this day he decided he was going to try something out of his comfort zone. Thom landed safely, but in business when we try new things we often fail, but that is okay too. It is the doing that leads us to finding ourselves. Hoping and wishing are not a business plan. Be someone who is inspired by attempting to grow and see what happens.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

"When you do good things - Good things happen" says Eliz Greene. Eliz is an entrepreneur who has made it a habit of saying "YES" to opportunities. From owning a dance studio, to becoming a expert in the women's health industry, to becoming professional speaker, consultant and hybrid meeting host she has grabbed hold of new career paths as they have appeared.

In this episode Eliz Greene and Thom Singer share their experiences as the livestream hybrid meeting hosts for the National Speakers Association Annual Conference. By saying yes to helping their trade association they created a an online talk show that was a huge success in making the live meeting and virtual meeting more successful.

Now they have created a new business with "Conference Talk Show". As more associations and companies look to simulcast their educational meetings, the idea of having experienced hosts who will engage the virtual audience is becoming key to making the hybrid meeting a more integrated part of the overall conference. Thom and Eliz can also be the Masters of Ceremonies for the live onstage program, thus combining the experience of those live and those viewing remotely.

Saying "YES" is important if you want to expand and grow. One never knows what happens when you are willing to try something new.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

Much of our businesses are run from computers and mobile devises, and yet few entrepreneurs and small business owners give much thought to cyber security. Scott Augenbaum is a special agent with the FBI and for 11 years he has been focused on cyber crimes.

His goal in being on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" is to get people thinking about how they behave online, and be smart about how they are protecting their mission critical information.

According to Augenbaum, each person needs to become "their own firewall". Setting up multi-factor authentication, creating "pass phrases" instead of passwords, and using a separate computer for all banking transactions are just a few of his pieces of advice. 

This episode is an important one, as 95% of the cyber crimes he sees impacting small business could have been prevented.

Tags and Keywords: cyber security, cyber crime, FBI

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

"Don't wait for opportunity, go make something happen". This is the lesson Greg Merrill learned from his Uncle Tito. And he has done just that all throughout his eclectic career. The son of a military doctor he moved around a lot as a kid, but his outgoing personality has made it easy for him to network and make serendipitous connections. Greg went from the manager of a Gym to being an entrepreneur in the Green Technologies industry and the fashion footwear world (at the same time).

Join in this conversation and hear some awesome advice for anyone who is wanting to be more entrepreneurial.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

Andy Meadows always had the desire to have his own business. While he worked for others after college, he quickly knew that the entrepreneurship desire was strong. Today he oversees a growing company that touches several different solutions to help people be more productive.

Join in for a great conversation as Andy shares his journey and gives great advice and information about learning, sales, and the Entrepreneurs Organization.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Linda Smith was named "The Meanest Woman Alive" by Corporate Board Member Magazine. As a partner in the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper she specializes in "bet the company" and complex litigation. 

For over 38 years Linda has built a reputation and brand as one of the top women lawyers in the United States. She has represented high profile organizations and fought her way to the top in a traditionally male dominated business. 

Successful lawyers, even those in top firms, are solopreneurs, as the business requires them to build a solo-practice even as part of a large organization. If they do not bring in business, they do not survive. Linda shares her advice for those in all businesses on how to get ahead.

Join the conversation as Thom Singer chats with Linda about her entrepreneurial journey. This episode is longer than most -- as this is what happens when two people who earn their living talking (a professional speaker and a litigator) have an open ended and in-depth conversation about success.

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Jason Blessing created an eclectic career large companies and growth oriented ventures, and today serves as the CEO at Plex. Along his career path he learned from experience and from mentors.

Jason has extensive experience setting corporate strategy and leading sales, marketing, services, product and G&A functions for market leaders. He is and expert at building and leading teams that dramatically increase share holder value in both venture backed and large enterprise software companies.

Join in on this conversation as Thom Singer chats with Jason about his entrepreneurial journey, his advice for others, and how he and his company give back to the greater good.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Dan Griffin is an expert on men's relationships and how these impact business and career. He is an author and speaker who is transforming the conversation about what it means to be a man in the 21st century.

After leaving a government job (and the salary, benefits and pension that went with it) Dan launched out to follow his passion for training and helping others deal with complex issues around relationships. 

Dan says if you want to start your own company you need to be thoughtful about becoming and entrepreneur, don't just jump, but have a plan. 

This episode is longer than most, but I think you will agree that Dan Griffin shares from his heart, and will get you to think deeper on the many topics discussed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

Thom Singer met Jeff Root at a SDSU Alumni Happy Hour in Austin, TX. Within five minutes he knew Jeff had to be a guest on the podcast. Jeff has been working for himself or in 100% commission roles since graduating from college. As a life insurance salesman he converted his agency to being online, and now teaches other agents how to grow their business with the internet.

Join the conversation about business, travel, family life and how to create the life you want as an entrepreneur as Thom and Jeff chat about success.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Celebrate 100 shows of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" with Thom Singer. In this show Thom shares life advice he would give his kids (who are starting college and 8th grade)... but the advice is perfect for all of us who want to live the life of an entrepreneur.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

"Don't ask for permission, go do it" is the advice from business celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett. Hayzlett says that business is hard work... yes WORK!! Being an entrepreneur will take more time and money than you think up front... but when you listen to this episode you can tell from his voice that he is excited about growth and success.

Hayzlett is the author of the soon to be released book "Think Big, Act Bigger". Listen as he shares all the cool things they are doing to launch this new book (including free chocolate!!).

Listen in on this episode and you will be inspired.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

Stephen Lahey is an executive recruiter and the host of the Small Solo Business Podcast. He has a great head for business and knows a lot about the world of solopreneurs.

Tune in for a great interview and high level advice for everyone.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

Greg Barth has re-invented and re-launched his life. Starting with fitness he has gone from an average 40 year old, to a fitness trainer who has recreated how he looks, eats and feels.

In this episode Greg and Thom talk about going from average to great by focusing on thoughts and actions. Greg works in the software industry, but is a wonderful example of an entrepreneur who is growing a successful business on the side.

Tune in and be inspired by Greg Barth.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Speakers Bureaus are not always understood by speakers or the clients who hire speakers, trainers and masters of ceremonies. Nancy Vogl has been in the business of connecting speakers and meeting organizers for over 25 years. A life-long entrepreneur, Nancy fell into the speaking business through her love of the industry. One day she found she was booking speakers (for free) when Og Mandino told her she should make it her full time career. The rest is history. 

This year Nancy is taking her business on the road and will travel to 39 states to visit her clients, prospects, and speakers. Listen to this episode and hear about her business, and learn from her years of experience.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Thom Singer believes that we all have blind spots, and that hiring a business or life coach can be a great way to open up doors that are right in front of us. Often the smallest things that someone with a fresh point of view can suggest can have the biggest impact on our careers. Nobody is an expert on everything, and getting formal coaching from somebody will allow you to make the changes you are seeking. 

Finding a coach can be hard. The right person is out there, and not all coaches cost more than you can afford. When the student is ready the teacher will appear, but you have to know what you are looking for in order to find the right person whom you can afford. You have to invest in yourself, but you should not spend more than you are comfortable with spending. 

In this episode Thom shares his experiences with coaches, talks about some of his experiences as a coach, and pushes everyone to do more and achieve at their highest potential.

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Thom Singer is excited about the inspiration, ideas, and accountability he gets from mastermind groups. He is active in two, and participates in others. In this episode he shares why you should be active with other people who want to help you succeed (and who you want to help in their own journey).

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Thom Singer chats about what inspired him at the National Speakers Association, his Canadian vacation, and his hope we all get inspired by the things around us.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Corey Coates is the co-founder of Podfly Productions. In less than two years he has grown Podfly into one of the most successful podcast production companies in the world. He started his career as a professional musician and became passionate about sound productions. Now in the crazy world of podcasting, Corey has hands on experience of leading a fast growing company in a hot industry.

Thom Singer met with Corey in a coffee shop in Montreal to talk about his business, entrepreneurship, and to share ideas on growing a company.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

 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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

At 19-years-old Ravi Govind has done more in business than many of us will ever attempt in a lifetime. The lack of available internships for high school students caused him to launch his own company as a freshman. While the enterprise software development platform did not become the next Microsoft, he still considers this one of his greatest learning opportunities.

He finished high school early, and worked full time for a large public school district before enrolling at Hofstra University in New York. Once there he help found, and is now the president of Accelerate Hofstra. This organization assists student-led businesses as early as the idea stage, but specializes in helping members scale existing business effectively.

Join in and listen as Ravi shares his entrepreneurial experience, enthusiasm and ideas.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Are you suffering from "Adultitis"? That disease where you have forgotten the joys of childhood. Jason Kotecki says there is a difference between being chilidish and child-like, and he thinks we all need to get back to the curiosity and joy that we often forget to embrace as grown ups.

Jason is an artist, speaker, and the author of several books, including "Penguins Can't Fly & 39 Other Rules That Don't Exist".

Join us for this episode as we discuss his journey as an entrepreneur, family man, artist, author, speaker and all around nice guy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Sara Canaday is a leadership expert, career strategist, speaker, and the author of the popular business book "You According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and career".

She did not set out to be an entrepreneur, but life took her in a new direction to find more fulfillment. Thinking she and her husband would not be able to have kids, she launched a business, and then got pregnant with her first of two children.

Growing a family and a business was challenging, but these days she cannot imagine life without both. Join us on this episode as Sara shares her advice on entrepreneurship, career, and life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

For his birthday episode Thom Singer explores the idea of "Leveling Up". The concept is tossed around a lot, but he is looking for real ideas on how to perform better in business and life.

Next year is a big milestone birthday, so this episode is a public declaration on taking his life as a speaker, podcaster, husband, father and friend to the next levels.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Susan RoAne has been in business for 35 years. In that time she has come to know that it is people that make a huge difference for entrepreneurial success.

Susan is an author and speaker who is known as "The Mingling Maven". Her best-selling book, "How To Work a Room" has sold more than one million copies in 13 countries. 

Listen to this episode as she shares her journey and advice for a long life in business, and reminds us all that networking is a lifestyle.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

Chris Hyde was an Evangelical pastor who was not being true and honest with himself or those around him in regards to his sexuality. His coming out meant leaving his job and his family, and he was faced with re-inventing and re-launching his entire life. But after 20+ years working in conservative churches, he was no longer wanted as a pastor within the denomination. He had to start his career and his life over without the support of the co-workers he had come to think of as friends.

Today he has done just that and has found happiness and success. He is married again (to a man) and is in the process of becoming re-ordained in a more progressive church and will be seeking a role of senior pastor. His lessons are important for anyone who faces change and in this episode he shares his experiences and advice for business and life. 

Chris is also the co-host of a new podcast, The Progressive Soul, where he and his co-host tackle important issues.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Can you carve a new path at age 40, 50 or beyond? Thom Singer believes that you can re-start you life and achieve a new career at any point in life... but it takes an commitment to change. It is easy to get stuck in a routine, and that can hold you back from finding the life you desire.

In this episode Thom shares his thought on re-invention and some ideas on what you can do to begin the journey to a new you.

No guest on this show, but just a series of ideas on how to get excited about re-launching your life.

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Seth Greene is an award winning expert in direct response marketing. Based on the East Coast, Seth's company 'Market Domination' has helped clients throughout the United States increase sales and gain new customers.

You can find out more about Seth at

Listen to this episode as Seth shares his journey to becoming and entrepreneur.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:16am EDT

The show title is "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do", and this episode delivers. Dr. Deborah Gilboa got her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University before working in Television and Theatre (including working with Second City in Chicago). With a great job and a cool production company, she left it all to go to Medical School. 

Today she is a medical doctor with an active practice, an author, speaker, parenting expert and the mother of four growing sons (under the age of 14).

She does not get boxed in as an entrepreneur, and does not seem to see limits. She finds out how past experiences prepare her for the next career and then goes for it (from Theater to Medicine is just one example).

Join in this episode and hear her story.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Kenny Van Zant is a serial entrepreneur who was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Since his days at the University of Texas he has worked for start ups. He is now the Head of the Business Team at the San Francisco based Asana.

In this episode Kenny shares his entrepreneurial journey and his advice for those who want to start their own business. 

Follow Kenny on Twitter at @kennyvz

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Joel Trammell is a successful CEO and entrepreneur with a 20-year career in IT-related software companies. He is currently CEO of Khorus, which provides a business management system for CEOs and other leaders. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Austin Technology Council and Co-founder and Managing Partner of private equity firm Lone Rock Technology Group. In addition, he serves on the boards of several public, private and nonprofit companies.

Joel’s leadership as a CEO has resulted in successful nine-figure acquisitions by two Fortune 500 companies. As CEO of network management software firm NetQoS, he delivered 31 consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth and nearly $60 million in revenue. CA Technologies acquired the company in 2009, generating more than 10x return on capital to its private equity investors. In 2010, he co-founded Cache IQ, a storage software company that NetApp acquired two years later.

Joel is committed to using his experience to help current and aspiring CEOs. In addition to The American CEO blog and his new book – The CEO Tightrope – he has regular columns at and In addition, he runs a CEO seminar in Austin every year in conjunction with the Rice Alliance and the Austin Technology Council.

Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a former instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School.

He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Cathy and three children.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

From the courtroom to the boardroom, Linda Byars Swindling, JD, CSP, is the premier authority in high-stakes communications, negotiating workplace drama, and influencing decision makers. Her specialty is helping people communicate powerfully so that others will listen.

Listen in on this episode as Linda shares her journey from law firm partner to solopreneur business owner.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am EDT

Mike Domitrz, CSP, is an author and educator who has devoted his life to the mission of The Date Safe Project. Mike and his team provide parents, educators, middle schools, high schools, colleges, university campuses, and military installations the SKILLS for addressing consent, respect, bystander intervention, teen dating, sex education, abstinence, sexual assault (rape), and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

In the past 2 decades, Mike has spoken on 4 continents and to hundreds of educational and/or military institutions. Currently, he presents to audiences in over 75 cities each year. His clients range from local school districts and parenting organizations throughout the country to some of the nation’s most prestigious college campuses to the US Military (both stateside and overseas). 

In episode 69 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Mike talks with Thom Singer about his entrepreneurial journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

Laurie Guest, CSP, is an entrepreneur at heart. She went from working in the healthcare industry to being a speaker and trainer serving a wide variety of industries. 

After eleven years as the owner of Solutions Are Brewing, professional speaking and training company she has found that all industries, not just healthcare clients, are interested in the secrets to better customer service. 

Laurie speaker all over the United States on how to attract and keep new customers and develop a team that can deliver the best service possible.

In this interview she shares her entrepreneurial journey and gives her best tips for those who want to start a business. She also talks about "Sweet Spot Pricing", a topic that is important to every business.

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Dave Lutz is one of the best connected people in the meetings and events industry. After a 22 year career with ExpoExchange (now Experient) he launched Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. He has built a team of six amazing industry experts, and together they help clients in the association and corporate world with "annual meeting improvement".

Dave believes that your network is key to success. In today's digital world he still believes the power is in face-to-face. He also knows that having the right people who bring complementary skills is how a small company will succeed. 

Listen to this episode as Thom Singer talks with Dave Lutz about his career, his entrepreneurial journey and his advice for others.

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Shion Deysharkar is the CEO of Datafiniti, an Austin based technology company. The Datafiniti team is a group of people passionate about data. Every day data is changing how we live and work. Because of this, the Datafiniti team feel that data has the potential to transform the world. They are working to make it easier for this transformation to happen. Datafiniti makes it possible for everyone to tap into the potential of the largest source of data that exists – the Internet itself.

Listen to this episode as Thom Singer chats with Shion about his company, his entrepreneurial journey, Carnegie Mellon University, Austin, TX and advice for those looking to start their own company.

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Stacy Tetschner is the CEO of the National Speakers Association. These days associations need to be nimble and take risks to behave more like entrepreneurial ventures in an effort to stay relevant to their members.

Join this conversation as Thom Singer and Stacy Tetschner discuss ways associations behave like a business. Hear about how "Non-profit is our tax status, not our business strategy" and how what the NSA and New Coke have in common.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

Robert Bradford is the CEO of The Center for Simplified Strategic Planning. He has spent 27 years working with interesting clients assisting them in their growth through his unique focus on strategy.

A graduate of Princeton and Dartmouth, he joined his father's consulting business after obtaining his MBA and has never looked back. He likes being the boss because he calls the shots, but admits that it can also be lonely when you have to be in charge.

Robert works with companies all over the world, but uses his international business as an example of how long term planning takes time. He set the plan two years before the clientele appeared, but as a future thinker he knows that success requires a plan, action and patience.

Download this episode and share it with your friends and co-workers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

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.

More information at

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Brendan Hufford is a teacher, high school administrator, the founder of OK! Komonos and the host of the Entrepreneurs and Coffee Podcast. He has an internal engine for entrepreneurship that has one speed... FAST. Listen to this episode as he shares this vision and desires for all business professionals to grow and thrive.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

John Lee Dumas is the host of one to the top business podcasts on the planet. He is a former Army officer (Thank you to John for his service to the country) who found is way to his own business. His Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast, Podcasters Paradise course, and several other business ventures are his vehicles to success.

Tune in for this episode as Thom and John discuss the entrepreneurial journey and get to know John a little bit better as he shares the ups and downs of his career.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

Dave Lewis is the founder and CEO of Demand Gen International, an Inc. 500 global consulting firm. Dave began his career at Microsoft and then moved to other Silicon Valley companies before launching DemandGen in 2007.

Listen to this episode as Dave Lewis shares great advice for those who want to go after their dreams and start a business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

Steve Harper has been working for himself for over 23 years. He has started several businesses and continues to work with start ups and growing companies. He is a speaker, trainer, consultant and the author of "The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Your Life and Business.

In this episode Steve share his advice and observations for entrepreneurs. 

This is episode 50 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

Stacey Vicari has been a life coach since long before most people even knew that was a thing. She has spent the better part of 15 years helping her clients find success in business, health, and relationships. She has the touch to guide people towards discovering their best self, and helps them release their talents. 

Listen to this episode and hear Stacey and Thom discuss her entrepreneurial journey and share advice for those who want to get their own piece of business success. 

Stacey has great energy, and in this conversation she shares several nuggets of advice that will help everyone.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

John Corcoran takes the time to make connections. Not random links, but clearly thought out introductions that allow other to start conversations that grow into long-term and mutually beneficial relationships. Along the way he has become friends with many movers and shakers and has grown his own career.

At 23 years old, John landed a job as a Writer in the Clinton White House. He didn't go to an Ivy League School, come from a family of wealthy donors, or have any “insider connections” to land him the job. He got the job because he is good at developing relationships with the right people. He is good at getting to know VIPs and other successful leaders. 

John Corcoran is a business consultant, practicing attorney, and the host of the "Smart Business Revolution Podcast".

Listen to this episode and hear John speak with Thom about his entrepreneurial journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

NATSO has been representing travel plaza and truckstop owners and operators for over 50 years and pursues a clear mission: to advance the success of truckstop and travel plaza members by delivering solutions to members’ challenges and achieving the public policy goals of the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Thom Singer had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the 2014, and returned in 2015 to speak to their "Future Leaders" group. While at the show, he interviewed several members and vendors about the changes in their industry, and how others can learn from the entrepreneurs, often second and third generation family members, who run these businesses.

The best entrepreneurs are observers, and realize they can find inspiration from a variety of other industries. Listen to this episode for a new perspective and ideas on business success.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

Pat Flynn had a degree from a top college and a great job in a successful architecture firm when he got laid off. He thought he had life all figured out, but he had to start over. Today he is one of the top thought leaders with several businesses and three highly successful podcasts.

Pat believes that your earnings are a bi-product of how well you serve your audience, and it is clear in this interview that Pat is a dedicated to serving everyone.

Join Thom as he chats with Pat Flynn about life, business, philanthropy, family and much more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Lisa McKenzie began her career working for a big company and moved on to starting her own business. Today she is the CEO and Founder of Ooh La Bra and the producer of You Night Empowering Events. 

I first met Lisa over 25 years ago on the way to a college leadership conference. She is a great friend who has had a successful career as an entrepreneur in two very different industries. She also has a giving heart and wants to help serve the greater good. 

Listen to this episode for some great stories, and amazing advice for business and charity.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

Gary Loper believes in keeping an open mind, as you never know when the right person will hear the right message. Gary has dedicated every day of the past 25 years on personal development. His lifelong enthusiasm and passion is to assist individuals in becoming their best.

Listen to this episode as Thom chats with Gary about Twitter, personal growth, new age success, and much more. Keep an open mind, and learn from Gary's open heart look at the world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

I believe most entrepreneurs are givers who want to make a difference in the world. In this episode we explore ways that entrepreneurs and companies tie their success to the greater good, Tune in for three short discussions on this topic.

Each February Thom Singer and his family host a fundraiser that benefits the cranio-facial team at the Dell Children's Medical Center. Thom's youngest daughter, Kate, was born with a condition where the bones in her skull were fused together before birth. She underwent reconstructive surgery at age 6 months. Today she is fabulous. But to give back the family started the "Kate Singer Endowment for Cranio-Facial Surgery.

In addition to the money they donate from their own income, each February they host a fundraiser to add to the endowment. If you would like to donate you can do so at

This episode has three interviews: Kim Trumbo from Generosity Philosophy, Laurie Loew from Give Realty, and Eugene Sepulveda from the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

Marty Thompson, CEO or Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, shares his journey to the top of this 160 year old company. How does a company remain entrepreneurial after so many years? They doubled sales over the last decade, and continue to look for ways to innovate and serve their local community. 

Tune into this episode as Thom Singer talks with Marty about having the entrepreneurial spirit inside a big company.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:05am EDT

Jordan Harbinger was enrolled in a prestigious law school when he started to realize that a job on Wall Street was NOT going to be this life's dream. He went on to finish his law degree, but it was not long before he has to begin his entrepreneurs journey. 

Jordan is not the co-founder of "The Art of Charm", and the host of a top rated podcast by the same name. 


At the Art of Charm they teach men the life skills they need to be successful. Jordan realized early in his career that people skills and networking made a huge difference to those who reached the top levels. He lived his, and soon began teaching others. Today they have a successful business around teaching healthy masculinity, finances, relationships, etc...

Tune in to hear more about Jordan's journey.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am EDT

Kevin Bartini is a professional comic who has spent his whole adult life working for himself. He began hanging around comedy clubs at age 19 and has never looked back.

Join us for this episode and hear a conversation about how to follow your dream with realistic expectations. Have you ever thought about how those in the entertainment industry are simply solopreneurs whose product is their comedy, acting, dance or song?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Brian Tannebaum is a lawyer who understands that to be successful in a legal practice you must be more than someone who does good work. Even at the top of their game the best attorneys keep up their networking and business development efforts.

Brian is a criminal defense and ethics lawyer in Miami, FL. He is also the author of the book "The Practice:The Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering"

Join us in this episode for an informative discussion about how to build a successful legal practice. Hear from Brian about the benefits to lawyers in thinking like a business entrepreneur.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am EDT

Dave Delaney is a recognized leader in digital marketing, social media strategy and networking. He is the host of the NBN Radio Podcast (which Thom Singer was a guest on episode 23 of his show).

Join this episode and hear Dave and Thom discuss the journey to being an entrepreneur.and the world of podcasting.

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