Making Waves at C-Level
Zach Horvath is the founder of LIVE A GREAT STORY, a lifestyle brand focused on inspiring people to be the hero of their story. Zach has been on the entrepreneurial journey for over a decade, starting his first business in high school. After returning from an extended travel experience in 2013, Zach spray painted LIVE A GREAT STORY on a wall in Austin, TX and people started sharing it on social media. Five years later LIVE A GREAT STORY has grown to globally recognized lifestyle brand that spreads a ripple effect of inspiration.
Check out this conversation between Zach and Thom Singer and get ready to rock your 2019.
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Dara Zycherman launched Less Equals More to help you simplify while enriching your life. Through downsizing and organizing your home, we focus on creating efficient and easy life systems. All this work begins at the core: What are your goals? What is your center? This fearless digging addresses emotional blocks, releases the past, and allows us to reconstruct a home space that supports your dreams and everyday needs.

When you do the real work and change your mindset, keeping an organized and simple home is easy. With less distraction, you have room for more meaning in your life.

Through yoga, Dara centered herself and looked inward. Yoga practice allowed her to build strength, explore her creativity, and find her true north. 

As a minimalist, she does this at home and through her business - Less Equals More. She helps clients center themselves in order to downsize and organize their homes. Dara ensures their space reflects their values by focusing on their core.

With her space cleared, she can focus on one of her passions: music. She makes music to exercise the creativity she strengthened during yoga and to put words and sounds to her life. Getting up to sing in front of an audience can be a bit overwhelming- like organizing a home or attempting a headstand. Putting ourselves out there brings an excitement to life, as risk tends to do.

Everyone has unanswered interests, hobbies, and passion projects that only have room to grow when there are less distractions. Dara encourages you to find your center and strengthen your core, through your body and mind, so you can clear out space in your home, create, and enjoy life.

Build your life around meaning.

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Networking is still important in business. People do business with those they know, like and trust. 

Over the past decade we have all become attached to our social media and digital / mobile tools, and many people have lost the basic networking skills that lead to more business opportunities. But there is a trend now to get back to the basics of really engaging with people. 

Networking is not about passing out business cards or working a room. But nobody really teaches that stuff. There are many articles written that scoff at networking as if people really behave as idiots at live events. These articles are usually just writers trying to look smart, and making up problems that are not real.

But there is a right way to network. In this episode Thom Singer talks about the time proven ways to connect with people. Thom has been speaking professionally on this topic and has taught his techniques at over 800 events.

A few things you will hear in this episode:

1. Get to "like and trust". Having people know about you is not enough. When people really like you and trust you the business magic happens. But to get to this level means you have to invest in the relationship.

2. Have a plan. Your network does not happen by accident. You need to know the types of people you need to connect with and map out which are the right events to run into these professionals. 

3. Embrace social media (but don't think it replaces face-to-face). Social media is awesome, but real human one-to-one engagement is always the best. Mix the two and you will find the success you desire.

4. Keep in touch. Out of sight is out of mind. You must find ways to stay engaged with the people in your network. 

5. Support others / serve others. If you have not referred anyone else new business, how can you expect them to do this for you? Lead with ways to help others find their success and they will return the favor.

6. Never Stop Learning. The world is changing, so you have to find ways to learn and grow consistently. Read books, listen to podcasts, take courses, etc... 

As we to into the new year Thom Singer is looking to help people make 2019 "The Year of Human Engagement". Get fired up about your business relationship and listen to this episode.

**Thom Singer is a professional speaker and the author of 12 books. If you are hosting an even in 2019 and want a funny and engaging keynote speaker, put Thom Singer on your short list. Finding the best speakers for your event, but the right presentations set the tone for the whole conference.

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 For over a decade, Amy Schuber has been successfully coaching women business owners, entrepreneurs & individuals on building, growing and sustaining a prosperous life, career or business while staying grounded and connected. She has learned success in business and life comes from not doing more but having a different approach, by being aligned, thoughtfully aware, engaged and connected to oneself and one’s mission on a deeper level.

Amy has an innate ability to see client’s true potential and unlock the possibilities through providing solutions and resources unique to her client’s personal and professional needs and desires. She provides curated resources and solutions to expand & maximize life & business opportunities. Amy supports her clients in bringing their visions into reality, while creating a clear, actionable path to achieving success.

Amy is also the host of the Inspired Conversations Podcast where she shares insightful conversations with thought leaders like Dr. Joe Vitale, Jen Sincero, John Lee Dumas, Mariel Hemingway and hundreds more who are making a meaningful difference through their work. The goal is to produce thoughtful conversations based on conscious business, mind, body, spirit, and well-being in hopes to spark your heart and ignite your soul into a deep dive of self-discovery. Amy intends for these conversations to inspire people to learn, create and thrive in their lives. With over half a million downloads in over 100 countries and featured in iTunes New & Noteworthy Amy is well on her way.

Amy truly believes you are the one you’ve been waiting for!

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Adam Schaeuble was on episode 351 in May 2018. He returns for an impromptu interview with Thom Singer about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur with a real desire to help others and share his message.

For ten years Adam has run a fitness studio. In the beginning he had 5 competitors in his town, now there are fifty. Increased competition has caused him to have stress and anxiety, but Adam is a driven entrepreneur who accepts that change happens and that he has to pivot to succeed.

In this raw and honest interview he shares the pain and joy of being an entrepreneurs and talks with passion about fitness and podcasting.

Adam is the host of two podcasts - The Million Pound Mission and Casting the Pod. He is also a husband and father of two kids. 

Do not miss episode 415. Adam is the real deal.

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Founder of Garrett Speaker International, Betty Garrett, CMP, has been active in the meetings industry over four decades. She came to Texas from Louisiana with the burning desire to work for an airline and her dream came true when Braniff International hired her.

Betty was able to transfer her skills from the airline to meeting planning at Young President’s Organization, the business travel department at Mary Kay Cosmetics and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). She developed relationships with the many professional speakers she hired for her programs, so it was a natural progression to start GSI.

Working as a speaker bureau owner, Betty realized there was a gap between ordinary speakers and those wanting to take their speaking career to a higher level. She has implemented a new division within GSI to coaching speakers on how to “get bureau ready” and grow their business. These are tips, tools and techniques that will get the traction needed for bureaus and higher paying fees.

Betty is also an author, consultant and speaker. When her husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, she knew she needed help and there was nothing on the market to assist the caregiver. She authored From Chaos to Control: A Survival Guide for the Cancer Caregiver, a how-to manual for caregivers tending to cancer patients. She also developed the Caregivers Companion to assist caregivers in staying organized with the appointments, treatments, medications, etc. Her website is

Betty is a leader in Meeting Professionals International, having served as chapter president, and was the recipient of the Marion Kershner Memorial Leadership Award by MPI. The National Speakers Association named her the Partner of the Year, plus recently received the Dallas Business Journal award for Women in Business.

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Cait Pearson is a photographer, blogger, the founder of the She’s Hungry Podcast. She’s a Pennsylvania native, now living in Portland, OR looking to pave the way by breaking the mold on what is REALLY possible when you believe in yourself. 
She began her podcasting journey when a friend told her her passion and empathy for the world and the people in it was too much to talk about with strangers in bars. 
Her words were short lived on a blog when she discovered podcasting. Through her three years in Portland, meeting hundreds of people and hearing countless stories about their trials, tribulations, incredible successes and epic failures. A pattern became very clear.
Anyone who wanted something more for their lives took great leaps of uncomfortable faith and worked from an unshakable mindset to achieve them. They learned how to fail up, and fail fast, just as part of the journey. Much like how her story began in moving cross country to chase her impossible dream.
Now Cait photographs people to show them what she sees: possibility, resilience, and strength to conquer any goals they get out of their own way to accomplish. She speaks publicly to remind people of their potential, and the tools she has learned to get you started And you can now join her weekly to be apart of the journey right in the midst of your everyday mindset challenges on the She’s Hungry Podcast. 
Cait doesn’t pretend to have it all figured out, but she hopes that by her relentless efforts in showing up, her transparency of her journey, and her genuine belief that you can’t beat the person that refuses to quit mindset will unite a community on the brink of greatness and they can do it together. 
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Jac Julien is a reformed “organized mess”. After her own “productivity revolution” she noticed how many entrepreneurs and business owners were simply running on the hamster wheel, chasing shiny objects, putting off today what they can do tomorrow (and those other clichés).  Jac has made it her mission to be the “AntiHustle Coach” and help entrepreneurs get of their own way so they can have the dream of time freedom they wanted when starting their business.
Jac uses her experiences as a clinical psychologist and productivity expert to save entrepreneurs from the “hustle and grind” of doing more without better results. She coaches her clients to get more done in less time, have time for family, friends and hobbies.
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Recognized as a pioneer for integrating personal branding with image management, Diana Jennings has been praised for helping clients enhance their credibility and increase their visibility. Her unique strategic combination of methodologies through her collaborations with world renowned thought-leaders has enabled her to work with career-minded individuals and entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Known as the People Branding Expert, Diana has a keen eye for uncovering the visual cues and a strong sixth sense for signals that affect a person’s brand message. Her programs and coaching have resulted in career and business advancing opportunities, and improved relationships for numerous clients.

Since 2002, she has presented to groups, large and small, teaching others how to position themselves to attract opportunities. Her consulting clients have relied on her expertise to help sales teams and client interfacing personnel project a cohesive visual brand message. Her individual clients include entrepreneurs, managers, emerging leaders, and executives.

Diana Jennings’ work has led to many opportunities including her involvement in the development of the Stylist Project at South Coast Plaza the largest shopping center on the West Coast in California. She has been a mentor and advisor to students from the Image Consulting Business Institute in India and was a contributing author to several career related books, including Personal Branding for Dummies (Wiley).

As a heart-centered entrepreneur, Diana’s mission is to inspire and coach others to be and communicate their best self. She has a deep desire to empower others with tools and knowledge that will promote personal growth, self-confidence, and clarity of their personal brand. Her work centers on alignment and putting individuals on track to achieve their goals.

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Matt Sweetwood is a successful entrepreneur, an award-winning marketer, a social media influencer and a personal branding expert. Matt was the U.S. CEO of beBee, Inc., a professional social network that helps build successful personal brands. He served as President of Unique Photo®, NJ’s premiere Camera Store for 28 years. Nationally known in the photography industry as an innovator, he has helped acquire over fifty US and International Trademarks for both language and design, and he founded and ran the Ozzie Award winning publication Photo Insider®. Matt has been credited with the reinvention of the modern camera store, as well as the country’s largest in-store education program, the Unique University®. Unique Photo was named 2008 and “2013 Dealer of the Year” by Digital Imaging Reporter magazine. Matt was named the Photo Industry’s, “2016 Person of the Year” by the PMDA.

However, by far, his greatest achievement is having raised five successful children to adulthood as a single dad. Matt was awarded full custody of their five children, ages 18 months to 8 years old. In the 25 years since, he has raised his kids, on his own, into happy, successful and kindhearted adults. Matt has gained expertise in a range of issues such as surviving divorce and custody, single-parenting, dating, relationships, getting in shape, but most importantly – how anyone can have a life worth living – a BIG Life – no matter what difficulties he or she faces and must overcome.

Matt has appeared as a regular contributor on Fox News, NBC Today Show, CBS TV, News 12 NJ, PIX11, and other high-profile programs. He has also spoken publicly for organizations like Panasonic, Canon, PMDA, Microsoft, NJ Devils Hockey and BMW CCA, and was a member of the prestigious CMO Club, where he won the President’s Award in 2014.

Matt’s past charitable endeavors include having served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at both The Aish Center, a spiritual/educational non-profit and The Josephine Herrick Project, a nonprofit that uses photography to enhance the lives of the under-served. Matt was honored by The Aish Center with its 2014 Continuity Award.

Proving his contention that single dads can lead exciting, balanced lives, Matt is a die-hard NJ Devils’ hockey fan, an advanced auto racer with the BMW Club, and of course, an avid photographer. He is sponsored by Panasonic® in his photographic endeavors as a Lumix Luminary. He received his BA in mathematics from Rutgers University and MA in theoretical mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in computer science from Warnborough College in Ireland.

His first book, “Leader of the Pack: How a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success,” is a #1 self-help best-seller.


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Susan Sheppard is the founder of Getting What You Want ,Inc., a life and love coaching organization focused on teaching women to own their feminine power and men to cherish women.  She is on a mission to get people loved the way they want to be loved. She has a very successful track record of helping people heal their wounded heart, reframe their perception of the opposite sex and meet their perfect partner so they can find true intimacy, love and long term commitment.
She is an award winning, best selling Amazon author of the books “How to Get What You Want From Your Man Anytime” and “Dating After 40­ No More Excuses” 
Susan’s 40 years as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Services honed her crisis intervention skills as a coach.   She is a self-proclaimed,  self-awareness addict since 1978.
Her eclectic background includes working directly for Michael Gerber, the renowned Business “E Myth” Guru for 3 years, being certified in NLP by Tony Robbins himself in 1990,
In her varied life journey she has been a headhunter in the Oil Industry, A General Contractor building custom Homes, A movie producer, a business coach, an author and book publisher and now a life coach specializing in Love Relationships. She truly is a renaissance woman.
You can visit Susan at
Susan Sheppard - Getting What You Want, Inc.
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Try New Things. Talking the same actions will produce the same results, and Thom Singer has become obsessed with helping people reach their potential. 

One of the most popular pieces of advice he shares in his "Paradox of Potential" workshops and keynote speeches is about the importance of trying new things in your life and career. 

Having surveyed over 500 people about their personal potential (and results) and having hosted over 350 interviews with business leaders on the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast, Thom has come to know that the most successful people are the ones who are willing to take some risks.

Courage is paramount to winning in business. You have to get out of your comfort zone and push your own limits. "Try New Things" is an important reminder to not get caught in the routines and ruts that plague so many careers.

Being one who tries new things is bigger than just you. It impacts your team, your company, whole industries, and society. Every break through had to begin with a person willing to shake up the status quo. 

Stop looking for reasons to say "No" or hiding behind policy and tradition. Seek out ways to say "Yes". 

What will you do? Listen to this episode (Episode 408) and get inspired to do more starting today.

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Amin Bahari has a game-plan is for Elite Sweets. The healthy alternative to the conventional, high fat and sugar donut. They want to give people donuts, regardless of predisposed health or body conditions. This is their mission! They want to help redefine the (SAD) Standard American Diet by offering healthier Sweets. 
In order to tell you how they got here, they need to take you back to their college apartment in Austin, Texas. It was another late night, and naturally these young men were hungry. They had two options: fast food or donuts. And because they were (broke) college students, donuts were the obvious choice. Clearly the healthiest solution (not), but who doesn't like donuts, right?
Several nights later, they wondered what it would take to turn their favorite indulgence into a go-to healthy snack. Protein bars weren't cutting it and left a lot to be desired when it came to taste. However, they didn't just want to make a protein-packed sweet; they wanted one that everyone could enjoy regardless of their diet or health circumstances. Thus, The Elite Donut was born: a protein packed (16g to be exact), gluten-free, naturally sweetened donut. They satisfied their sweet tooth and created the ultimate post-work out sweet, now Amin wants to share his secret with you!
Check out episode 407 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" to hear about the journey of Elite Sweets.
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Irené Turtle is a Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Speaker based in Los Angeles, California with clients nationally and internationally. She speaks on and holds workshops on a wide range of leadership topics.

Coaching and Consulting Experience


Irené provides Leadership Coaching and Consulting for Entrepreneurs and Executives. She focuses on working with technology and high-growth companies. Specifically, she helps her clients develop confidence and build on their communication, conflict resolution, delegation and team development skills. She works with teams on developing their mission, purpose and values, and helping them succeed as a cohesive unit byidentifying and maximizing their unique talents.


Irené is passionate about helping individuals and teams make significant transformations in their professional lives, which carries over into their personal lives. She has seen firsthand how focusing on and strengthening emotional intelligence creates star performers and has a powerful and positive impact on behavior, communication,, retention and productivity.


Business/Organizational Leadership Experience

Her experience at The Walt Disney Company before joining Acacia Research, a Pasadena based incubator in the early dot-com days, enabled her to develop her skills in training, talent acquisition and consulting to bring about lasting improvement inorganizations that value growth. 


Irené has over twenty five years of experience working with companies in technology, entertainment, consumer products, financial services, consulting services, healthcare, internet as well as non-profit and academic organizations.

Additionally, she has worked with career transition and redeployment issues and has been part of and led large change management efforts at a variety of companies. 


Education and Training


Irené has a BA (hons) in Social Psychology and apostgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) She is a PCC accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Irené is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, is a Board Member of NSA GLAC and is active in ICFLA and other coaching networks

Irené was born in Ireland and particularly enjoys working with clients of different nationalities and cultures.

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Bradley Gold is an active entrepreneur, a practicing attorney, Data Protection Officer of Abraxas Technology, and a faculty member at McCombs. Bradley works with small businesses in Austin alongside large organizations such as Thomson Reuters and General Electric, and international businesses based in Africa, Europe, and South America. Bradley is a previous winner of the IL Small Family Business of the Year Award, a 2018 Austin Young Chamber of Commerce Changemaker finalist, and author of nationally-taught CPA courses and a Top 10 legal article at Texas Bar Today.  Bradley is also a new father!
As an entrepreneur, Bradley is the Data Protection Officer and General Counsel for Abraxas Technology, an award-winning Austin startup bringing digital analytics to analog outdoor advertising. Bradley is Co-Founder of MiraLend, a student run P2P borrowing marketplace that has been through the DivInc and Austin Tech Incubator SEAL Programs. Bradley is also co-Founder of I’m Here Today, a classroom technology startup providing tools to large lecture classrooms.
As a practicing attorney, Bradley counsels startups through entity formation, fundraising, drafting contracts, creating supply chains, engaging in compliance, establishing Boards and corporate governance procedures, and creating corporate policy. Bradley’s law firm is the largest virtual law firm outside of California, and he has pioneered the use of the concierge general counsel model for startups across Texas.
As a faculty member at McCombs, Bradley teaches business law, business ethics, commercial transactions, and public speaking. He is a faculty member in the Business Foundations Program and Masters Accounting Program. He has been recognized for creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom, and has helped many students find jobs and internships in the Austin startup ecosystem (or “tapestry” depending upon who you ask).
When he’s not working with his wide-ranging list of students and clients, he is enjoying being a new Dad and running around Ladybird Lake with his wife and dog Laika, named after the world’s first official astronaut.
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Roberta Ross is a highly successful business coach and entrepreneur, who empowers entrepreneurs, practitioners and real estate agents to create a business and life they love. It is her unique ability to help others make more money, experience more joy, and succeed with ease, that sets her apart. Roberta has founded/co-founded three companies, given over 1,000 speeches, Been the #1 Salesperson, breaking all company records in her first hear, invested in over 300 investment properties, and authored 7 books and/or publications and courses. She is also host of Success Series, a subscription-based audio series program since 2010, and Host of Free Yourself to Success Podcast, and Six Figure Real Estate Coach Podcast.
Check out episode 404 as she shares her story and advice on "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"
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Steven Sashen is a serial entrepreneur who has never had a job, former professional stand up comic and award-winning screenwriter, and a competitive sprinter -- one of the fastest men over 55 in the country. He and his wife, Lena Phoenix, co-founded the footwear company Xero Shoes, and appeared on Shark Tank, where they turned down a $400,000 offer from Kevin O'Leary.  
Check out episode 403 of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” to hear the story of his entrepreneurial life that has been well lived.
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In 2016, Melissa Dobbins formed an HR technology company to remove bias from the hiring process by shifting the focus from resumes to qualifications.
Removing bias from talent evaluation is more than just opening the door to a wider candidate pool in today’s fierce competition for talent; it drives diversity, efficiency, and compliance as a natural bi-product. Too many companies are attempting to tackle these issues separately, but as long as there is bias in the selection process, these diversity and compliance challenges will persist. Even worse, many companies are turning to technology as the ‘easy way out’ but just end up automating existing biases.
Ms. Dobbins’ company,, tackles bias and the resulting diversity, compliance, and efficiency challenges by removing the bias-laden resumes from talent evaluation and replacing them with a systematic solution that combines the best parts of technology and the human touch to objectively measure a candidate’s qualification to identify those best qualified for the job. Candidates remain anonymous, enabling fair evaluation and comparison of qualifications before names, gender, ethnicity, age, or any other bias-triggering information is shared.
Career.Place, removing bias one hire at a time (and keeping companies out of the news!)
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2018 is the Year of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner (at least according to Josh Frey and my small-business-owner-friends that he hangs with!).  Josh is a business junkie and Kool-aid drinking entrepreneur, having started his own swag business and career at the ripe old age of 22 with no experience, contacts or resources.

He is a front line sales guy who has coached and helped others launch dozens of businesses in the promotional products industry (and other industries), simply by teaching the very same best sales and business practices he uses to support his own family and lifestyle.

In 2012 Josh launched the The Swag Coach™ Program (,  a step-by-step guide for "how to start and grow" your very own promotional products business, with the help and support of a 20+ yr seasoned entrepreneur and sales veteran.
His hope is to spawn 250 more entrepreneurs, just like him, in the promotional products industry. To date he has helped launch and grow 20 new businesses (10 currently still standing!), helping them collectively generate over $10M in swag sales since 2012.
Josh still sells on the front line, and has his own clients he services through his distributorship, called On Sale Promos (OSP).  This allows him to stay current on industry best sales practices which he brings back to his coaching sessions.
Public Relations
In 1999, Josh's original company was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, as well as a Wharton Business School field study project.
He has personally been featured in the following media publications and groups:  The Wall Street Journal, Advantages Magazine, The Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine on-line, Channel 7 News and The Washington Business Journal.
Josh is a regular guest of the GWU MBA Program, sharing entrepreneurial experiences and advice, as well as a guest lecturer to student Entrepreneurship Clubs at Georgetown University, University of Maryland and GWU.

Personal Accomplishments

·       In 1978 Josh Frey became the Northern Virginia Swimming League record holder for the 25-meter breaststroke.  While his record was eventually broken on the league level, the record still stands today at the summer swim club.
·       In 1988 he struck out 27 batters while pitching in a high school baseball game.
·       In 2006 he helped launched, in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a student-run business model called the Smith Store.  In 2007, he launched a second business at GWU called Colonial Promos.  Both of these are student run swag businesses.
·       Josh has averaged $750K-$1M+ in annual promotional sales for 20+ yrs.


Josh is a native Washingtonian, and lives in the DC Metro area with his wife, 2 kids and doggie.  He is an avid sports fan and supporter of the Washington Wizards, New York Yankees, Wisconsin Badgers and Dallas Cowboys.  He loves playing golf, baseball, basketball, Fantasy Football and vintage sports video games.
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Celebrating 4 years and 400 episodes.

It was the summer of 2014 when Thom Singer began the adventure of hosting "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do". During this time he has interviewed over 350 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with the "entrepreneurial spirit".

In this episode Thom highlights the journey of the podcast and shares how the show has directly impacted his career and personal life. Thom is clear that starting the podcast was one of the best things he has done. While the topic of entrepreneurship is not what he speaks about to audiences (as a professional speaker), the lessons learned in these interviews has provided powerful information that he shares from the stage.

What started as a series of conversations with smart people to help expose him, and the audience, to tools, ideas, and other techniques to do more in business, Thom has spun out a whole new series of material in his speaking career, and developed his new mantras of "Make age 50 to 75 the best years of his life" and "TRY NEW THINGS".

Listen to the whole episode, as in the end he shares the ten tips he has learned to help people move closer to their potential.

Thank you for being part of the CTED Family.

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Dwight W. Holcomb is a Member of the Forbes Business Council and the host of the business television show, "SaaS CEO Success TV".  The show is set to air on the C-Suite TV Network which has global distribution in over 59 million households and more than 90 million views per month.

Dwight is the CEO of HC Development, providing MaaS CMO™ , Marketing as a Service with Executive oversight to the Software & Technology industry.  Dwight speaks Internationally as a Technology Futurist and on the topic of Sales & Marketing Innovation. 

The Author of "The Lean CMO" and a serial entrepreneur, Dwight launched several start-up companies in very diverse industries.  He is the founding CEO of LifePet Organic, and Millennium Entertainment, earning executive producing credit and pilot work with Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Lovitz and Russell Peters.  Committed to helping other executives to excel in business, Dwight sits on the Board of several privately held companies and is a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. 

Earning an MBA from both UCLA Anderson School of Management and The National University of Singapore Business School, Dwight is a graduate of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA program, ranked #3 in the world by the Economist.  He currently serves as President for the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors and is an Executive Committee Board Member for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). 

Dwight earned a degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University while competing on ASU’s nationally ranked wrestling team under U.S. Olympic Coach, Bobby Douglass.  Dwight has over 20 years of global business & executive management experience, working with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, such as Microsoft and AT&T.

Dwight is an avid wakeboarder & snow skier and enjoys traveling with his wife and two children.

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Dr. Fred Rouse, CFP (aka: The REAL Money Doctor) is the top Certified Financial Planner®, Money Expert and International Best-Selling Author that has received several national awards for his writing and money expertise.
He has co-authored The Soul of Success with Jack Canfield and Cracking the Code to Success with Brian Tracy.

Dr Rouse also teamed up with Brian Tracy to write a course for aspiring as well as seasoned entrepreneurs called: The REAL Money Doctor’s Business Rx, 6 Essentials for a Healthy Business to Make Money.

Dr Rouse has been working with select individuals, home based and small businesses with 0 to 6 employees for close to 30 years.

He is the nation’s top expert on Short Window Retirement Planning. It took him ten years and over $350K to research, test and develop.

It’s the only program developed specifically for the unique needs of people 50 and older so they can have their Ultimate Secure Retirement in just 5 to 7 years even if they don’t have $850K in savings today. 

It’s seen by many to be the last best hope for thousands of people to save their
retirement. His mission is to help people Get, Protect & Enjoy their Money, Life & Retirement. He hosts The REAL Money Doctor Show weekly on his YouTube channel where he showspeople how to live their worry free Ultimate Secure Retirement.

Dr. Rouse and his work have been featured on FOX News, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Inc Magazine and more. Hismoneymaking message is shared through his books, special reports, webinars, and through his main website,

If you would like to learn more about Dr Rouse and how he can help you and or your business, please contact him directly at:

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For this episode Thom Singer talked with Barton Scott, who is a both former Chemical Engineer and Nutritionist, and even actor. Barton is the founder of Upgraded Formulas– A company focused on correcting mineral deficiencies to increase health span, focus, sleep quality, and slow the process of aging. Here’s a note from the Founder - “Our “why” at Upgraded Formulas is pretty clear…

They have a goal to be more than just a company. 
Their mission is to support you and your family by creating, highly effective dietary supplements that are 100% bioavailable and are absorbed better by the body than any other brand on the market today.

They use the latest breakthroughs in science to create products – like their Upgraded Magnesium and Upgraded Glucose Support, along with hair testing analysis for heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies – that provide support for you to live a healthier, happier, more productive life. 

These supplements are directly absorbed into the body’s cells immediately – Bypassing digestion completely for 10 times improvement in absorption.
Yes, you read that correctly.

This is not simply better tech, this is NEW tech. 
They are in the business of creating mineral products that optimize and maximize the power of the human body and mind when given a form that gets completely absorbed, every time.

They have accomplished this while keeping their products free of all the flavors and fillers, the artificial colors and stabilizers common in others brands' products that can act to clog up your system and make you feel tired or sluggish, instead of happy, clear-headed and energized.

Upgraded Formulas give backs because they believe in impact, in making positive change. They believe in treating everyone right, which is why they donate an ever-increasing percentage of their profits to Charity:Water which provides sustainably clean and accessible water to millions. Every company should stand for something, and make the world a little bit better of a place to be in the process. Upgraded Formulas believes in doing their part and in making great products for you and those you care about. 

15% OFF your ENTIRE 1st order. 

Or simply go to and use code: THOM at checkout for 15% OFF their 1st order

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Michael Woodward is the founder and CEO of jumbleThink. He and his team has built over 400 websites and web applications for small local businesses, international non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 corporations. He has worked on projects for California Community Colleges, Crowdstrike, and Duarte. Michael has also consulted with hundreds of other businesses through the Small Business Development Center at Butte College along with teaching courses on web design / development and marketing strategies. He hosts the jumbleThink Podcast which has hit number one in business on iTunes. His passion is to help individuals and businesses make their dreams attainable through creative thinking / idea formation and strategy.

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Check out episode 395 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do. In this conversation with entrepreneur Mary Goulet you will hear about how she has always created her own path to business and life success. 

Mary is an award-winning author, radio & TV host, podcaster and 

She started her career on Wall Street straight out of high school to be 
an Institutional Bond Salesperson.

She is a Holistic Health Practitioner and focuses her efforts now 
selling real estate in San Diego, managing her two vacation rental properties and recording her podcasts.

She is launching her Catholicism is Cool Podcast and creating an online 
course for her signature book, "Go With Your Gut; How to Make Decisions You Can Trust".

Her most proud title is being mom to her teenage daughters, Sterling and 

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Joseph Warren is the host of First $100K™ podcast and the owner of 2 coworking spaces in Tampa, FL where he coaches hundreds of entrepreneurs to make their first $100K... or next. His clients include solo-preneurs to small businesses and enterprise companies such as UBER, CISCO, INTEL and more. 

He also has a faith-based podcast called Broken Catholic™ where he interviews Atheists, Jews, Christians and Catholics about why the world is NOT working right now and how to UNIFY Christians everywhere.

Joseph's a 10x failed entrepreneur turned "overnight success". I brought him on my show to share the #1 REASON why 90% of entrepreneurs are struggling to make their first $100K and why no one's talking about it! (cowork space)

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Sean Douglas is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, TEDx Speaker, Master Resilience Implementer, Suicide Awareness Trainer, Performance Enhancement Expert, International Radio Show Host, and Author. His WHY is he's a suicide survivor who hit rock bottom with no purpose or passion. He believes that you were created for a purpose, and once you unlock your true potential, you will elevate your life. In a highly interactive and engaging environment, utilizing online mentoring sessions and face to face workshops, Sean provides a framework for success to Millennials up to 50-year-old Professionals, Military Veterans, Speakers, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners that reduces anxiety, stress, and depression in your personal and professional life. Sean equips people with the tools necessary to live EPIC lives, and leaves people better equipped to manage change effectively. Sean hit rock bottom, never felt loved or valued feeling lost in the world and tried to take his life. He now shares his powerful testimony on stages globally and sends the message that at any point you have the power to say this is not how my story ends.

Sean spent four years as an Air Force Basic Training Drill Instructor where he developed over 600 men and women into military leaders. Sean is energetic and passionate about inspiring others to succeed. While serving his country since 2001 as an Active Duty Air Force Airman, he started and operated three successful businesses. His book "Decisions: The Power To Overcome Self-Defeating Behaviors", reflects his passion for inspiring others to succeed and grow through the worst seasons of their life. 

Considered an “Icon of Influence in the New Media Space”, Sean hosts the popular live online radio show, Life Transformation Radio, heard in over 58 countries and thousands of weekly listeners.

Watch his popular TEDx video at

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Steve Little is an acclaimed serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and mergers and acquisitions expert well known for generating accelerated value growth and extraordinarily high acquisition value multiples for his clients.

He sold his first company at age 15 for nearly $250,000 and never looked back. He’s led 6 successful startups of his own to private acquisitions of over $120 million each, and provided explosive growth and lucrative $100M+ acquisitions for dozens more – first with top tier Silicon Valley venture firms and in the past several years as founder and managing director of Zero Limits Ventures.

At Zero Limits Ventures he spots unique opportunities for valuation growth where others don’t, whether triple bottom line “evolved enterprise” models, social engagement strategies or other vehicles beyond simple revenue and profit growth. Steve has also raised more than $1B in startup and growth funding for 11 different businesses in multiple industries. And he led the buy-side M&A team for a major technology innovator, acquired and successfully integrated 9 companies in less than 12 months.

Known as the “The Activator”, Steve has personally taught, coached and mentored hundreds of business owners, corporate executives and entrepreneurs, helping his clients overcome the myriad of complex challenges to develop breakthrough strategies for peak individual and team performance and conscious leadership to generate astounding financial returns.

Steve is also a 4-time champion body-builder and power-lifter, an accomplished musician, and a dedicated and loving father to two amazing and talented daughters.

Check out episode 392 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for all Steve's great pieces of advice (including "Start with an exit plan")

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After speaking at the United Nations twice in the past 12 months -- and as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Inc.

Magazine -- Adele Cehrs has interviewed the majority of Chief Marketing Officers of Fortune 500 companies. 

She's media trained the CEO of Lockheed Martin, the actual father of the Internet, and the owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.

As the CEO of Epic, she was recognized as a "Business Wonder Woman" and her agency is ranked as a Top 25 firm by the Washington Business Journal.

She also wrote a critically acclaimed book called SPIKE Your Brand ROI, which explains how to understand perfect timing for your brand.

Check out this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” and hear this deeply profound conversation about Entrepreneurs and Public Relations.

Epic: A Real-Time Marketing Agency


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Pierre Abushacra shares his story of entrepreneurship from immigrant to banker to CEO of Firehook Bakery. 

He was born in Beirut Lebanon where he lived until the age of 7 when, in 1974, he moved to Greece with his family to escape the civil war in Lebanon. 

In 1984, at the age of 17, his mother’s experience as a Lebanese pastry chef allowed the family to immigrate to the US and become US citizens. 

Pierre graduated from George Washington University’s School of Business with a major in Finance in 1988 after which he worked in Washington DC in private banking for 4 years. 

In 1992, Pierre founded Firehook Bakery with 2 partners. Firehook started as a sourdough bread bakery and café in Old Town Alexandria. Firehook currently operates a wholesale bakery and 8 company owned and operated cafes in the Washington DC metro area. 

In 2012, Firehook launched a packaged goods line of baked crackers distributed nationally to conventional supermarkets and natural food stores.

Check out episoe #390 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do to hear his journey.

#cpg #bakery #firehook

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Brent Hayden is a former international swimmer from Canada. Hayden was a bronze medal winner in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was co-World Champion in the same event in 2007 with Filippo Magnini of Italy. By winning the 100m, Hayden became the first Canadian in 21 years to win a gold medal at the World Aquatic Championships. He was also the first Canadian to appear in the 100m final at the Olympics since Dick Pound at the 1960 Summer Olympics and the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the 100m. Hayden adds a further 3 silver and 1 bronze medal to his World Championship totals. He is the current reigning Commonwealth Games champion in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events. In addition, Hayden is currently the Canadian record holder in the 200m, 100m and 50m freestyle in both the short-course and long-course. He is also a former World Record Holder in the 4×100m medley relay, and the 4×200m freestyle relay. 
Brent continues to live in Vancouver with his wife Nadina Zarifeh helping her pursue her music career. She signed with Nettwerk Records and released her debut album “In The Now” in 2012. Together, they have launched “Brent Hayden Swim Camps” and continue to coach privately together. They ar also the founders of an athletic clothing brand, Astra Athletica. Brent has also come off of two successful solo art exhibitions for his photography, the first titled “Nothing Witty” at the Mission Arts Centre in his hometown, and the second at the Cassera – Foot Of Main Gallery in Vancouver.
In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do he shares the similarities in the efforts to win as an athlete and to win in business.  We cover a lot of ground about his newest venture, Astera Athletica. Astra Athletica is emerging as the premier performance and athletic lifestyle brand for the never stop active person. When you wear Astra Athletica, you are joining a community of individuals who never let a challenge stand in their way. 
"My greatest successes came from overcoming my greatest challenges." -Brent Hayden, OLY 
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John Launius, Executive Vice President of Vidzu Media, is a senior executive, proven business development leader, trainer, and media communications professional with 20+ years experience producing powerful teams and business triumphs across government, education, and in all forms of media.
Check out episode 388 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do"  and hear his story and advice.
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New Book: "Frankly Speaking... Insider Advice (Most) Meeting Planners Won't Share With Speakers" by Maralynn Adams, Bonni Scepkowski, Tracey Smith and Shawna Suckow.

Within the pages of this book, you’ll find the combined wisdom of over 600 years (more or less) of meeting planning expertise, all aimed at helping you book more business as a speaker. These four of co-authors sat down and had a very candid conversation on fifteen different official topics (and many unofficial ones...) to help speakers of all experience levels navigate their prospecting and relationship-building with planners. Their goal is to give a rare peek inside the planner’s brain (it can get scary in there, but they’ve got your back!). Be more findable, likeable, memorable, and bookable!

Check out Episode 387 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear from one of the co-authors, Shawna Suckow (previously on episode 252). Shawna had over 20 years experience as a meeting planner before making the transition to being a speaker. Even with two decades of experiences, she made mistakes and misunderstood what the meeting business wants and needs from speakers. 

Check out this interview and learn more about how to get paid to speak and build a positive reputation with meeting professionals.

Learn more about Shawna -

Buy the book on Amazon.

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Sania Khiljee is a serial entrepreneur as well as social media expert. She owns Losers to Legends, which is a social media education and consulting company. Losers to Legends started as a motivational movement on social media and has grown over 1.4 million followers. Now, Sania helps entrepreneurs start and grow their business through social media with books, video training, and group coaching at

She also is the co-owner of a private preschool Kids R Kids in Katy, TX and is the founder of a subscription box called Bumble Brain Box, which she sold in 2017.

When she’s not blogging or running businesses, Sania loves to spend time with her husband and 2 cats and travel the world.

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Rachel Ritlop is the founder of The Confused Millennial, a lifestyle blog and podcast sharing personal experience and advice to help other confused millennials embrace more of who they are while navigating this whole "#adulting" thing. The blog and podcast cover topics like careers, entrepreneurship, finance, the home, relationships, spirituality and more. After earning her Master's Degree in Counseling, and landing her "dream job" she found herself feeling completely miserable with no work-life balance. She was so miserable in fact, that she found herself fired not once, but twice in a matter of a month - not because she couldn't do her job, but because she was so miserable to be around. Queue a quarter-life crisis and some serious soul searching. Rachel decided to get in touch with her passions and moved forward by redefining what success means to her and started creating content to help millennials discover their life path. She also works one-on-one with clients to create their own blog or business that they can turn into a fulfilling and sustainable career. Her expertise has been seen on Forbes as a contributing writer, Fast Company, Brit + Co, Dailyworth, and more.

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Kyle Gray is an entrepreneur and bestselling author who helps startups and small businesses grow with storytelling and content marketing. He has helped hundreds of startups and small businesses create scalable content marketing strategies. His book The Story Engine outlines his process for making content marketing and brand storytelling easy and effective.
Kyle has worked with many well-known brands and businesses like AdEspresso, Advance Your Reach, WP Curve and Self-Publishing School.
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Raw Milk Cheese. Alan Glustoff does not think everything has to be pasteurized. This is not just about cheese, but about following your dreams. 

Check out episode 383 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and learn about the story of 5 Spoke Creamery. 

Growing up in the Midwest, Alan learned to ride a two wheeler on an uncle’s old balloon tire bike that was way too big for him. He still remembers the people who were there, the surroundings and the smells of Spring in the air. He wasn’t afraid of falling; he was too busy taking it all in. Alan has always considered bicycling thebest way to really see what’s around him and be in the experience, rather than racing through it.

That’s also how he views cheese making – you need to be able to see what’s going on, which means only working with small batches where you can react to what’s happening in front of you.You also need to start with superior quality raw milk from your own grass-fed cows.

At 5 Spoke Creamery, they embrace the attitude that every turn in the road offers interesting possibilities and salute their willingness to approach life as a journey, one turn at a time. Alan calls this the “Art of Possibilities”.

Believing in possibilities was key to allowing the company to follow Alan’s passion to make superior tasting, small batch raw milk cheeses (that happen to be kosher), let alone thinking it possible to buy and restore a 100 year old dairy farm and build a cheese making operation from the ground up.

Finally, the company's name reflects the belief that like riding a bike, balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle; that it is possible to enjoy fine, artisanal cheeses if it’s balanced with physical activity. 

This is a great interview with someone who bought a farm and started a cheese business in the last decade, while most farms are going away. Zig when others Zag.

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Alex Blackburn was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  As such, it was only natural for him to attend the University of Texas, the school that he followed from his earliest days.  Now a graduate of Texas, he works in his family’s real estate business – a field his family has been in for a long time in Austin, so the entrepreneurship Apple does not fall far from the tree.  
Working with family has also allowed Alex to begin pursuing his entrepreneurship goals, and with that, he has been able to launch his first company – American Duke Apparel Co., a 100% USA made company that began as a class project while he was still at Texas.  Alex is working hard to establish American Duke as the next great lifestyle brand, attending vendor shows during weekends and visiting potential wholesalers on lunchbreaks.  
Ultimately, Alex hopes to be a serial entrepreneur.  He does not intend to be a start ‘em up and sell ‘em type of entrepreneur, but has lofty goals of owning multiple companies that he will be able to grow alongside like minded entrepreneurs and fortify with great teams.  Alex makes sure that he saves plenty of time to enjoy life still as well, staying involved with his family and friends through adventures, local culinary escapades, a fair (but never enough) amount of traveling, and always keeps his eye open for the next opportunity, be that an adventure of business or life.
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Nate Cotanch, a lifelong Hatch Chile eater whose roots stem from a family of 17 children from north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the founder of Zia Green Chile Company. Cotanch was featured in Brooklyn Magazine's "30 Under 30" Class of 2018 and in Forbes as “One of 10 Innovators Under 30 Shaking Up The New York Food Scene.” Prior to founding Zia, Nate Cotanch worked in the NYC venture capital scene analyzing early to growth stage ventures across multiple industries.
About Zia Green Chile Company:
From humble beginnings at Brooklyn’s renowned Smorgasburg food market, Zia Green Chile Company has become a leading brand known for introducing Hatch Chile to the East Coast, along the way unearthing a large following of New Mexicans, Southwestern transplants, and new Hatch Chile lovers. Today Zia Green Chile Company is distributed to leading retailers and chefs nationwide.
Georgia has its peaches, Idaho has its potatoes, and New Mexico has Zia Hatch Chile -- exclusively grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico from family owned farms and harvested only once in the fall each year from around August until Mid-October. Like products of the Champagne region of France, a true Hatch Chile comes from nowhere other than the Hatch Valley of New Mexico. It’s about terroir.
Zia Hatch Chile includes a selection of carefully handpicked strains that provide an unmatched flame-roasted, smoke-kissed flavor and various levels of spice to any dish.
Insanely addictive, Zia Hatch Chile will become your new favorite ingredient.
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Sam is passionate about being on the cutting edge of human potential. He is a “natural” biohacker, always researching and experimenting with the latest knowledge relating to natural foods, supplements, fitness, and overall wellbeing. He finds excitement in continuously learning, experimenting, and sharing his findings with others through products and information. Sam holds a BS from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the Acton School of Business–an intensive entrepreneurship program taught by highly successful entrepeneurs. He currently serves as CEO of BrianJuice, and is a cofounder and board member of two other health and wellness startups in Austin, Texas.
The BrainJuice story begins when Sam was a college student, trapped in a cycle of bad habits that left him feeling depleted and foggy. He knew he wasn’t operating at full capacity. He wanted a healthy alternative to energy drinks and focus-enhancing drugs. Then, through his MBA program in Entrepreneurship, Sam met a biochemist named Peter.
With Peter’s knowledge of neurotransmitters and brain function, Sam decided to harness the goodness of real food with the power of science. Many rounds of ingredients and combinations later, he created the BrainJuice formula. Since then, his mission has been to perfect the formula by continuously updating the ingredients with the best food-derived sources available.
Check out this great interview with this dynamic entrepreneur in the consumer packaged goods space.  This is the first of a series of interviews over the next few months with entrepreneurs in the specialty foods and CPG industries. 


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Alan Stein, Jr. is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet.

Alan delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops to improve performance, cohesion and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity.

In other words, Alan teaches how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.

He is an amicably divorced father of twin sons (Luke and Jack) and a daughter (Lyla) and lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
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While he enjoys hearing, “You’re doing great!”, the follow-up sentence of, “Just keep doing what you’re doing!” doesn’t work for Pete Mockaitis. He wants a clear and actionable roadmap of the things he needs to do to get where he wants to go.
Pete wants to know the tools, hacks, and strategies that are both sensible and proven by those who came before him.  He has always been pathologically curious. As a kid, Pete would go to the Danville Public Library every weekend with his dad, eager to learn. Sure enough, the more he learned in an area, the better he performed! That curiosity served him well and earned him some flashy credentials. Pete has consulted at Bain & Company and has spent thousands of hours delivering one-on-one coaching to 700+ world-class thinkers to sharpen their communication and problem-solving skills.
His clients hail from over 50 countries, every Ivy League school, and world-class organizations such as Google, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, the United Nations, and Amazon.
But the creds matter little compared to the impact he has enjoyed making. His website and podcast "Be Awesome At Your Job" enables Pete to multiply that impact by sharing the best insights he has learn from the best thinkers in the world. 
Pete Mockaitis love people who enjoy "dorking out" about powerful knowledge as much as he does.
In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" he shares details from his journey and candid advice for anyone who wants to be awesome at their job.
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Virginia Muzquiz is well-known as the Referral Diva. She is passionately driven to teach six-figure solopreneurs the pathway to building business that fuel their passions, fund their dreams and have MASSIVE IMPACT on the communities where they live and serve. With over 30 years of teaching, training and business building experience, Virginia has demonstrated that cultivating and leveraging social capital is the FASTEST path to profitability for the small business owner.
Among her many accomplishments, Virginia grew the contract services division of a nationally recognized tutoring company from $0 in 2005 to $2.5 million in annual revenue in 2011 -- completely by word-of-mouth. As the owner of the Gateway Referral Institute franchise, Virginia distinguished herself as the #1 franchisee in the US, #3 globally, earning her a seat on the exclusive Executive Circle until she moved on in 2015. As the Chief Connections Officer at Master Connectors, Inc and an Executive Director of two franchises of Business Network International (BNI), Virginia coaches 1400+ entrepreneurs on building business using word-of-mouth best practices. Virginia is also the host of the Passion+Purpose=IMPACT podcast with listeners in over 30 countries!

Check out her "Faithful Follow Up Guide" to help solopreneurs master the art of leveraging the connections they initiate!
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John Garrett launched the first edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with three full-time employees covering the Round Rock and Pflugerville edition in Central Texas.

By September 2018, Community Impact Newspaper will have more than 200 employees and 26 hyperlocal editions of the newspaper across Texas and Arizona delivered monthly to more than 2 million homes and businesses.
John has received many awards for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the nonprofit RecognizeGood in 2017 for ethics in business and community, the 2016 Media Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association, and the Best Small Business CEO award from the Austin Business Journal in 2013.
In 2010, John received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sam Houston State University. That same year, he was also the honoree for “Excellence in Leadership” at Concordia University Texas’ annual gala.
CI has ranked among Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing U.S. companies for seven straight years starting in 2010. The newspaper has also received awards for outstanding journalism, advertising design and digital innovation.
Before starting Community Impact Newspaper, John held advertising positions at the Houston Chronicle and the Austin Business Journal.
John grew up in north Austin and graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1993. John attended and graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of fine arts in radio and television. While at Sam Houston, he was awarded the Creager Award, given to the male student who contributes the most to overall student life.
John is married to Jennifer, and they have three daughters, Mollie, Ruby and Sophie, and live in Round Rock. They are active members of Cityview Bible Church. Over the years, John has served on many boards, including the Round Rock Area Serving Center and Round Rock Chamber, and continues to be actively involved in the community.  
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After graduating from Cornell University in Economics, Rockwell Shah spent 10 years working his way up from being a tech support agent to the President of a successful medical software company, 4PatientCare. 

In 2015 he founded Pzizz, where they design dynamic audio that helps people get great sleep, take refreshing naps, and stay deeply focused.
Pzizz is the app that puts people to sleep at the push of a button and it’s been downloaded by over 1 million people to date. But maybe cooler than any of that is the time Pzizz made The Queen of England laugh.

Last year, Pzizz reached the finals of an event called Pitch@Palace. It’s basically a start-up competition run by The Duke of York where the finalists got to meet The Queen at St. James’s Palace. That’s when Her Majesty asked Pzizz Founder, Rockwell Shah, “what do you do?”

“Well, Your Majesty,” he told her. “We put people to sleep at the push of a button.”

The Queen looked him right in the eye and said, “Yes… But do they wake up?”

To which he replied, “Only if they pay, Your Majesty.”

The truth is, insomnia affects over two billion people in the world and Pzizz has helped over a million people get the best sleep of their lives. Check out this interview where Rockwell Shah tells tell the listeners of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do his story. 
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Linda Smith returns to Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for another interview.
Linda is one of the few women to reach the summit of the legal profession. She has represented the world’s foremost companies in “bet-the-company” cases where everything is at stake.

Her successes have allowed her to do wondrous things: travel the world to meet with clients and foreign governments, appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, match wits with Michael Dell and Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, counsel boards of directors with tens of billions of dollars on the line, and walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes with George Clooney and Viola Davis.

On behalf of AMD, Linda led a team of 200+ lawyers to beat Intel in a multibillion-dollar antitrust case. She successfully defended Exxon in another giant case that falsely questioned the company’s cleanup efforts in Alaska. On behalf of the auditors of BCCI, then the fifth largest bank in the world, she defended a lawsuit brought by one million depositors for $30 billion. In industries ranging from accounting to show business, she’s taken on the toughest challenges and emerged victorious over and over again. She has also given back by handling pro bono cases all the way up to the Supreme Court, most recently when she represented immigrant mothers of U.S. citizen children facing deportation and the breakup of their families.

During her 40-year career at O'Melveny & Myers, Linda has often tangled with outsized male egos, from CBS head Les Moonves to Mick Jagger, without ever breaking stride. Her tenacity as a cross-examiner earned her the prodigious title of “The Meanest Woman Alive.” While she's definitely the “meanest” to hostile witnesses or opposing lawyers who try to pull a fast one, outside the courtroom Smith is known for her sense of humor, fierce loyalty, and deep commitment to collaboration.

After mentoring women for decades, Linda has taken on a broader mission to empower ambitious women in all fields to use their talent, smarts, and femininity to reach their own pinnacles of success. Whether the challenge is defeating gender stereotypes, conquering self-sabotaging behaviors, handling difficult men, or attaining leadership positions, Linda draws on her own experiences and those of other highly successful women to show women how to come out on top by embodying the best traits of women—while beating the men at their own game.
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Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do welcomes back Dr. Deborah Gilboa as a guest on the podcast.
Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personalityauthor,speaker and social influencer. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children ages 2-22.
Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
She has received multiple awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award as a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s SOM and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as alumnus of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively story-telling.
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate! (Demos Publishing) and parenting activity books focusing on building her 3R’s of Parenting: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
Dr. and Dr. Gilboa have four boys together and are happy to call Pittsburgh, PA their home.
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This episode involves a mom, dad and teenage son who all work together.  This is the family behind the successful Scaly Adventures.  You gotta hear their story.
Pierce Curren is the young host of Scaly Adventures, an E/I broadcast television series with worldwide distribution.  In every episode, he leads viewers on fun, educational journeys sharing his immense passion for some of the most incredible and exotic animals in the world.
Pierce has always loved animals, and his compassion and care for different species shines through each Scaly Adventures educational video and television episode. He cares for a variety of species in his personal collection and has had numerous hands on experiences filming with experts in a wide variety of fields.  He is also a Second Degree Black Belt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do with Palmetto Martial Arts School.
Pierce is a founding member of Boundless Limits International and a home educated student.
At the start of Scaly Adventures in 2013, Pierce was the youngest person in the world hosting a show in the Animal & Adventure genre with worldwide distribution!
Rick Curren is Pierce’s dad - the Scaly Dad on TV!  He is the Creator and Executive Producer of the broadcast television series, Scaly Adventures, as well of the Co-Founder of the non-profit foundation, Boundless Limits International.  Rick is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.
Through videography and photography, he enjoys bringing images to life and taking the Scaly Adventures Crew on incredible journeys to show viewers places and animals they might not ever get to see.  Rick's favorite part of filming Scaly Adventures is using the latest technology to get Scaly fans as close to the animals and action as possible, so viewers feel like they are experiencing the adventure firsthand!
He is responsible for all of the filming, editing, engineering and production of Scaly Adventures’ educational material and programming.  A veteran of 16 years in the US Army, he is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.  Rick is a PADI Certified SCUBA Diver and has a Second Degree Blackbelt in Olympic Tae Kwon Do.
Tanya Curren is Pierce’s mom – the Scaly Mom on TV!  She is the Co-Creator and Director of Education for Scaly Adventures, a broadcast television action and adventure reality series that promotes conservation while featuring exotic animals, inspirational role models and positive organizations.
Tanya is an author, television host, motivational speaker and media entrepreneur.  Tanya's favorite part about Scaly Adventures is showing how families can have an incredible time together doing something they love, and she ensures that every episode inspires others to overcome their fears, follow their dreams and pursue their passions.
Tanya is formerly a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with experience teaching and consulting in both public and private schools.  Her true passion has been raising and teaching Pierce as she home educates him throughout all of their travels together.  Tanya is the co-founder of Boundless Limits International, Inc. along with her husband and Pierce’s dad, Rick.  Tanya is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is listed among their Notable Alumni.
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It's said that "It's hard to see the label when you're inside the jar."  Jane Atkinson's specialty is to help speakers see and work on what they can't see.

Having worked with professional speakers for nearly three decades, she understands the common challenges that speakers face. Those that are just starting to seasoned pros often struggle with three main challenges: positioning; branding; and rolling out consistent messaging to their fan base. 

Jane helps speakers of all levels develop and launch their business, solidify their brand and message, and market and monetize their keynotes. 

She does this through three books that she has written: The Wealthy Speaker 2.0, The Epic Keynote, and The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, as well as through online courses, group coaching, and private coaching.
Listen to episode 371 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast as Thom Singer interviews Jane and gets her to share her ideas, advice and experience.
Are you a speaker looking for a seasoned business coach? Check out Jane Atkinson at 
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Neva Lee Recla is only eight years old, and she is on a mission to inspire other kids by sharing her experiences as a young entrepreneur. Neva joined her parents at her first CEO Space business conference at 2 years-old and she never looked back. She even got her first business card before age three.
One of her first businesses was a philanthropic venture called Spreading Light, Love and Pixie Dust™ . This venture continues today with Neva drawing pictures and creating poems for wounded warriors and veterans. Through her corporate sponsorship program, Neva has distributed  more than 2000 pictures to veterans around the nation.
In August 2015, she created her first business advisory board consisting of her attorney, a strategic planner, and a branding specialist. From that she created her own YouTube Channel doing clothing reviews for kids while delivering empowering messages to her audience. In July 2016, she started her fifth business recording video commercials for small businesses. She even recorded a video for Bob Proctor!
And now she is on a mission with her latest venture to help inspire kids by creating a bestselling book with YouSpeakIt Publishing.
Check out episode 370 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" for this great interview with the youngest guest ever to be on the show. 
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Check out episode 369 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do for a great interview with Arlene Battishill.  This episode will make you think...

Who is Arlene Battishill?

Start by losing a high paying corporate job, empty out your savings inventing a product, bring it to market at the height of the recession and grow that company for seven years without getting a paycheck before hitting “paydirt” and you have a very unusual entrepreneur in Arlene Battishill, Ph.D. who has appeared on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank” and written a best selling book (Retail Shock Therapy: A Prescription For What Ails Your Online Sales). She’s spent years advising companies and entrepreneurs on their digital marketing strategies and has an uncanny understanding of how to get people to buy. Now, spends her time in a “virtual dungeon” with entrepreneurs who are struggling to push past the issues that have continually held them hostage and enable them to break through into a place of harnessing their power and regaining control of their lives and their businesses. Her “take no prisoners”, no bullshit approach to excellence in business and life demand courage and bravery from those who choose to enlist her to confront and overcome their emotional bondage. Are YOU brave enough to enter the Business Dominatrix’ dungeon?

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 DEBBI DACHINGER is a Media Personality. She is known for being in the spotlight: as a syndicated, award-winning radio host, in front of the television camera, interviewing celebs on the red carpet, being a live stream event host, keynote and presentation speaker, as well as writing bestselling books. Debbi is a Visionary who is a Certified Dream Coach with clients worldwide who seek her inspired wisdom and technical expertise in success and radio/book media. Clients become bestselling authors, create dreams into reality, learn to properly message themselves out to the masses and become expert interview guests. Debbi offers a comprehensive tech, coaching, strategy complete up leveling, business changing experience for entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, healers and business people.

The industry’s leading lady, Debbi puts the ‘motivation’ back into broadcasting. With a fun, cutting-edge talk show, the multi-award winning “DARE TO DREAM” radio is syndicated on 66 stations. An upbeat, unique program ―DARE TO DREAM―enlightens and entertains listeners with Debbi’s lively personality and engaging experts.

A popular media guest and speaker, Debbi is a keynote at high level national events; a radio and TV personality; a three-time international best-selling author; and sought after media coach. She has been seen in the news, documentary films, on the cover of One Magazine, and is a regular featured contributor to PUBLISHED! Magazine.

Today, in addition to her ongoing radio program, Debbi runs the Bestseller Launch Program ensuring self-published authors reach bestselling book status. Debbi also runs Radio Mastery Training (Concierge level private Radio Coach and Package 1-Days and workshops) for those ready to accelerate their skills in messaging on the radio; her clients become savvy, successful and superb interviewed on air.

Debbi is a top-notch radio personality, a successful motivational speaker, was an award-winning actress and singer, and a professional voice over artist. A popular media guest and speaker, Debbi has been interviewed on more than 600 radio and TV shows. She was the keynote at the Women’s Calgary Red Carpet event; Global Influence Summit, the Business Success Summit, and was invited to present at the prestigious Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo as well as San Francisco’s New Living Expo in the Study of Achieving Dreams, along with distinguished speakers including Marianne Williamson. Debbi consults visionary leaders and senior executives in the world’s foremost companies to go beyond “obstacles” and limits of their thinking – accelerating results and catapulting spectacular successes. Clients have included corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, managers, students, celebrities and evolutionaries worldwide.

Awards and Accolades: Editor’s Pick: Featured Intriguing Creator, Broadcasting Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into the Who’s Who Hall of Fame for Entertainment. Winner of Successful Achievements from Voices of Women Worldwide, recipient of Heart and Spirit Award from the Evolutionary Business Council.

Author of the books: “WISDOM TO SUCCESS: The Surefire Secrets To Accomplish All Your Dreams” (rave review in Writer’s Digest) and the bestseller “DARE TO DREAM: This Life Counts!” (Motivation Book Award of the Year from the National Independent Excellence Awards, received the Missy Bystrom Sponsor NIEA book award, rave review in US Review of Books), and “PR Magnet” (co-authored with Viki Winterton). She has written featured chapters in over ten anthology books including “Fresh Starts Success,” “My Creative Thoughts Journal,” “Big Idea Book,” and “Cancer: from Tears to Triumph.” Debbi is an International speaker with an inspirational video channel at: + +

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The guest on episode 376, Melanie Benson, and Thom Singer (host of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do) went to college together at San Diego State University in the 1980s, but never met until a few months ago.  Small world (well, there were over 30,000 students on campus)
Melanie, a Revenue Strategist and Business Performance Optimizer, is a guide for conscious entrepreneurs ready to accelerate their impact and income by making their business perform 10 times better.  With over 12 years experience in corporate America, Melanie specializes in aligning visionary, game-changing entrepreneurs who are emerging as leaders with the most powerful mindset, actions and strategies that propel them to a level of success they never knew they could achieve.
Melanie combines her extensive traditional education (she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management) with multiple advanced certifications in Project Management, Results Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and even a license as a Spiritual Counselor to get her clients past their obstacles and into impacting the world in a fulfilling, and profitable, way.
Integrating creativity and intuition with a honed “facts and data” approach has resulted in some of the most comprehensive business growth resources available to conscious entrepreneurs.
Melanie is host of Amplify Your Success Podcast, serves on the Women Speaker's Association Executive Team, is programming chair for the Association of Transformational Leaders and  is co-author of’s “Start Up Guide to an Information Marketing Business.”
Melanie speaks for many entrepreneurial audiences across the globe both live and virtually via webinars and telephone-based seminars; has been a regularly featured expert on radio shows and in media publications such as American Express OPEN Forum, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Women’s Day, Parenting Magazine, University of Phoenix Alumni Magazine and Female Entrepreneur Magazine.
Melanie lives in the Los Angeles area with her soon-to-be husband. As an avid lifestyle enthusiast she spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.'
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Cindy Schulson shows coaches and consultants how to stand out in this noisy online world by marketing with heart vs. hype.

Cindy brings a decade of marketing experience working for such companies as Coca-Cola and Visa, combined with a decade of online marketing to create a paradigm shift in how marketing can be done with integrity and heart.

One of her greatest gifts is helping her clients sort through their “brain dumpi” of ideas so they can find the golden nuggets that make them shine in their own unique way.

Cindy is known for her down-to-earth approach – what you see is what you get. Her love of adventure has led her to live and work in five countries, and she continues to bring that adventurous spirit to her business and life.

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Ivy Slater is a professionally certified business coach, speaker, author and podcast host. For the past ten years, she has owned and operated Slater Success Coaching (SSC), working with men and women in both entrepreneurial and corporate lines of work.
Previous to SSC, Ivy owned and operated a seven-figure printing business, Slater Graphics, in New York City. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Ivy found a way to establish her importance in the marketplace and use alternative strategies to what everyone else was doing to make a name for her company. She found a niche in working with women in the publishing industry and built a solid book of business, relationships she still enjoys today.
For the past eight years, Ivy has facilitated a variety of masterminds, meetings and retreats both internally and externally through SSC. She holds a handful of client events over the year, as well as goes into corporate organizations to lead training, workshops and seminars.
Her training focuses on:
Developing and strengthening communication skills
Growing and nurturing relationships for business development
Goal setting with action steps and accountability
Mastering the sales process
Ivy has hosted dozens of both live and recorded webinars, training and business challenge events for clients, as well as non-clients. She was an early adopter to the webinar world and is highly respected amongst her peers for her tenacity and willingness to get out there. She speaks all over the country, is active on social media, films a weekly YouTube video called the “SSC Minute,” and hosts a weekly podcast, “Her Success Story” where she interviews gutsy businesswomen on their success journey.
Ivy has worked with clients in their twenties, just starting their journey, to clients in their seventies working in their second or third careers. She is also a wife and the mother of two millennials, who keep her up to date on technology and pop culture trends.  
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Thom Singer had the chance to be the master of ceremonies for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's Marketplace and Academy.  In his role speaking at this event he had the chance to interact with many owners of independent toy stores and the manufacturers of toys and games.
What can we all learn from retail stores? A lot.  The internet has disrupted the way people shop and buy things in all industries, but it cannot ever change the spirit of entrepreneurs. 
In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Thom recaps what he learned at this event from the educational programming and from talking to the wonderful entrepreneurs in attendance.  Toy people are fun people.... but they are also smart business professionals who are growing their businesses despite changes.
Also in this episode he interviews four successful store owners and manufacturers who share their advice about business success and ways to achieve more no matter your industry.
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Award-winning broadcast journalist and former TV news reporter Erica Mandy is founder and host of theNewsWorthy.  This should be your go-to podcast to keep up with the important news of the day.
She combines more than a decade of journalism experience with her own voice and style to provide "fast, fair, and fun" daily news updates in less than 10 minutes, Monday-Friday. theNewsWorthy is credible yet casual - with an unbiased perspective and upbeat personality.
As a TV news reporter, Erica was live on the scene during terrorist attacks, wildfires and federal court rulings, to name a few.  She's interviewed politicians, CEOs, experts, and everyday people doing extraordinary things.
Erica most recently worked for CBS Los Angeles before quitting her job to start this one-of-a-kind daily news.
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BINGE Networks, founded by Bonnie Bruderer is a network of creators, by creators, for creators. 

The multi-channel network allows for any person, brand or company to be able to afford main-stream TV advertising, using the connected device television market.

BINGE creates custom branded channels on their network, for each content creator and then each time a video is uploaded, its proprietary syndication software shares the video on 50 OTT platforms.

It has bridged the gap to the OTT world.

They are currently seeking content creators in the areas of:

-Professional Services and more.

To apply for a channel on this network:

Bonnie Bruder is the Executive Producer of over 700 television segments, airing on BINGE and other outlets.

She is also the writer, director, producer of the film INFLUENCER, a documentary about the social media stars and the billions of dollars in ad dollars that have been generated over the last few years.

She is on the board of OTT Fest, TEDx Marin, a member of the Emmy’s in Florida and involved in many other content creation projects.

She is also available for high-level consulting in the OTT space and for people that are looking to build out their own media network.

She can be reached at:
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Iain Grae is a serial entrepreneur who lives life with a passion for creating inspirational experiences. He started his first small business in his teens and continues to build his portfolio. His first major success came in his mid-twenties when he founded Innovation Ads, Inc. – a New York based advertising agency which grew from just himself to over 150 employees in just three short years at which point he sold it. Iain currently owns San Antonio Raceway & Cycle Ranch MX Park which allows him to build family friendly events that enable people to pursue their childhood dreams. He uses a unique management style to empower his employees & customers alike to make the experience all that they want it to be.
Iain is also a Board Member of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Iain holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College in New York and a Bachelors in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He sees life as a quest for continuous education and firmly believes in the Law of Attraction and the power of positive belief. He attributes is success to surrounding himself with great people and always being ready to learn something new. Iain is married to Gabrielle Grae and they currently reside in West Palm Beach, FL with their wonderful cats & bird.
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Erik Mueller, the President and CEO of Grasp Technologies, Inc., is the leading expert in the field of travel technology. He and his team at Grasp have created countless solutions for travel agencies worldwide to improve productivity, generate revenue and dominate their competition.

He was responsible for creating the first automated graphic reporting system for the travel industry and is considered the foremost expert on data consolidation and visualization in the Travel Industry space. Recently he released the first tablet compatible business intelligence tool for managing travel data.

In addition to serving as the President and CEO of Grasp Technologies, Inc., he also manages a high-end IT services firm Creative Computer Resources, is serving a fifth year as a board member of the San Diego Business Travel Association and frequently contributes to article for numerous industry publications and blogs.

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Jane Deuber is a seven-time successful entrepreneur, who is passionate about helping business owners build a highly-leveraged, massively-profitable business that impacts meaningful change and provides the freedom and lifestyle you desire.

While armed with a Master’s in International Business, it’s really Jane’s 30 years in the entrepreneurial trenches that give her a unique and grounded perspective on business success. Her journey is filled with stories of risk-taking, triumph, failure and re-invention, enabling her to start and grow 7 successful businesses. Three she has sold and three she now operates from her home in Pebble Beach, California.

Whether we talk about how to monetize one’s expertise online, build a rock star team or revolutionize the sales process by harnessing the power of assessments, Jane will bring authenticity, transparency and realworld
insights, so that your listeners are inspired to step powerfully into their role of kick-ass CEO they are meant to be. 

Check out this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do and hear Jane's advice, including.... get clarity before confidence.... confidence before courage... and courage before taking action!

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Eva Vennari is the founder of The Elevate Institute, a cutting-edge health coaching firm specializing in empowering individuals to take charge of their body and their health. She is on a mission to dismantle the status quo of the sickness industry. Having spent most of her adult life suffering from all kinds of conditions and fighting for her sanity she decided to take matters into her own hands. That’s when everything shifted and her body went from being the enemy to being her best and most devoted ally and partner. Eva now teaches worldwide how sensitive people can take charge of their wellbeing and thrive in their lives.

She spent a lifetime trying to figure out her own health issues and learned to question everything. She has become a "healing rebel" and works to take the guess-work out of Detox for every client. 

In episode 358 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do she shares her personal and career journey and gives important advice for everyone who is looking to carve their own entrepreneurial path.

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Sonny Melendrez is in the business of inspiration! Inspiring others has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television
personality, author and motivational speaker. Twice named Billboard Magazine's "National Radio Personality of the Year," his enthusiasm for life
is evident as host of local and national radio and television programs. He was presented the National Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year Award by Ricardo Montalban, then president of the National Nosotros Organization. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame and is included
in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time.

Melendrez has entertained morning drive audiences at some of America’s greatest radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG, and KRLA in Los Angeles and KTSA, KTFM, KSMG, KLUP and KAHL in San Antonio.

Sonny is equally comfortable behind a microphone and in front of a camera, serving as media spokesperson for companies like Disney, McDonald’s and Sprint.

As a motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, he has presented at such prestigious events as the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards; the National "Just Say No to Drugs" Rally at the Washington Monument; and the USO 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ambassador's Palace in Paris, France with guest of honor, the late Princess Grace of Monaco.

As star of the award-winning children’s television series, ‘You and Me, Kid!”
on the Disney Channel, Sonny enjoyed one of the longest runs in the
network’s history.

Sonny's ability and willingness to rally people behind a cause is one reason he
is involved in so many charities, both locally and nationally. In 1992, he was
named Inc. Magazine's "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year”
and awarded the “2000 Marketing Philanthropist Lifetime Achievement
Award” by the Sales and Marketing Executives of San Antonio.

In 1979, as the Los Angeles commissioner of the United Nation’s Year of the Child, Melendrez was invited to Washington, D.C. to present his idea for a national children’s holiday. Sunshine Day was officially proclaimed and celebrated in all 50 states on August 19th of that year, encouraging parents to
spend the day with their children, giving them what they most want and need: time and love.

President Ronald Reagan commended Sonny for his efforts in the war on drugs and he received the National Director’s Community Leadership Award by FBI Director, William S. Sessions. The Department of Justice lauded Melendrez with the prestigious “Modern Hero Award” for his efforts to
inspire the nation’s youth to “Soar In School”. In 1990, in recognition of raising tens of thousands of dollars for youth scholarships, he was named "El Rey Feo" (The People's King) and presided over San Antonio's annual weeklong Fiesta celebration. 

The City of San Antonio named the Sonny Melendrez Community Center located on the city's West Side in his honor as way to say “thank you” for his community involvement, benefitting disadvantaged youth and families,
including over 1400 motivational school presentations. Programs that benefit children have always been a priority for Sonny Melendrez. One of the
projects of which he is most proud is The Children of the World Project, giving talented youth and countless volunteers a way to give back by recording the children's version of "We Are The World," which he created in Los Angeles in
1985. Over 1500 children participated in the recording and video with proceeds from record sales benefitting USA for Africa. Sonny received a Grammy nomination for "Best Children's Recording."

There is hardly a charity or cause in San Antonio and many nationally, that has not received a helping hand from Sonny Melendrez. It is estimated that he has been responsible for raising over 100 million dollars in cash, goods and services for local and national non-profits during his career!.

A man of a thousand voices, he provided the voices of several characters in Hanna-Barbera's "Jetsons" cartoon series; created many of the sounds heard in the Gremlins Movie; played opposite Walter Mathau as the voice of Bob
Cratchet in the animated TV classic, "The Stingiest Man in Town"; and was even the voice of the infamous Fred the Cockatoo in the 70”s NBC TV series, Baretta. He was chosen from a field of over 140,000 as the new voice of the
Parkay Margarine Talking Tub, and after a nationwide search, Sonny was picked as voice of Jerry Seinfeld for a campaign promoting the Bee Movie Game for ActiVision. 

Conferences, universities, school districts and corporate groups of all types have been inspired by Sonny’s captivating motivational presentations. His topics are designed to fire up audiences to reach their full potential through the power of enthusiasm! In his book, “The Art of Living with Enthusiasm!” Sonny shares the secret benefits to be found in positive living through his personal and powerful stories of encouragement and perseverance. 

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Kim Sutton is visibly changing and growing as an entrepreneur and as a person.  Hear her story on this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do”
Although she started her career as an interior architect working in large firms in Chicago, New York City, Connecticut and Ohio, the downturn of the economy in 2008 allowed Kim to find herself and discover her true life passions and purpose.
She is the host of the Positive Productivity podcast, and the author of Chronic Idea Disorder: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Overcoming Idea Overwhelm. In addition, Kim is the owner of Sutton Strategic Solutions, a digital marketing agency which helps coaches share their products and services with the people who need them most.
Kim lives outside of Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Dave, and her five children, multiple cats and dog.
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Dov Baron has been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of NextGen leadership. Twice cited as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire. Dov Baron is a master storyteller, who has had the honour of presenting for The World Business Conference in Tehran as well as speaking for the State Department, and The United Nations on Leadership. He is considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with multi-disciplinary leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.

Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. He is the host of the national (US) TV show “Pursuing Deep Greatness with Dov Baron” on ROKU TV, and the host of the Number One Podcast for Fortune 500 Listeners (globally) “Dov Baron’s Leadership and Loyalty Show” on iTunes. He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more

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Stephen Warley teaches people the life skills that matter for business.

His mission is to relieve people of their work anxieties by empowering them to design their own work.

He used to be chronically anxious and stressed out about work because it wasn’t satisfying, it wasn’t meaningful, it wasn’t making him financially independent, it controlled too much of his time and it prevented him from living the lifestyle he wanted to live. Sound familiar? 

Then he designed his lifestyle to work on his own terms. Today Stephen is happily unemployable. He has come to realize there are two paths in life:

1) The one you really want to do (the one your inner voice is begging you to do).

2) The one you think you are supposed to do (the one your family, peers or society expect you to do).

Unfortunately, most of us take the path we think we are “supposed to do”. Why? 

Because the evolutionary fear of losing the acceptance of others is often more powerful than the desire to strike out on our own.

Stephen wants to empower you to stop living up to the ideals of others and to start living up to your own ideals. 

Once your work is in alignment with your needs, motivations, abilities and values your chronic stress will melt away because you will finally be working in harmony with yourself. 

He believes that is possible intentionally designing your own work.

Your life is the sum of your habits. You are what you do. Transforming your lifestyle begins and ends with transforming your habits around your purpose. 

To begin changing your habits, you need self-knowledge. You need to learn about yourself by identifying your patterns through a process of self-experimentation. Each week I send out self-improvement challenges to help you begin your journey of lifestyle transformation. 

Learn more at or email him at

Stephen Warley wants to make your work, work for you. Remember, it's possible.

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Tyler Basu is a professional Content Marketer, Author and Podcast Host. Like many others before him, Tyler’s interest in business was sparked by the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Driven mostly by ambition (and lots of trial and error!), he spent his early twenties working in several different industries including financial planning, promoting seminars, direct sales, and selling real estate.

Tyler launched his first podcast, Chatting With Champions, while working as a real estate agent in 2013. In the process of interviewing over 100 successful entrepreneurs for his show, he developed a fascination for content marketing and online entrepreneurship.

By 2015, Tyler had written and published several books on Amazon, including the Amazon bestseller Lifestyle Business Blueprint. He left the real estate industry that same year to focus exclusively working with other entrepreneurs to create content and help build their brands online. This led to becoming the Content Marketing Manager for Thinkific, the most trusted platform for creating and selling online courses, in 2016.

In addition to creating content for Thinkific to help people and companies create and sell online courses successfully, Tyler is also is Publisher & Editor of Lifestyle Business Magazine, a digital magazine for lifestyle entrepreneurs, and the host of the Lifestyle Business Magazine Podcast.

Sponsors of this episode:

Credit Suite

Podfly Productions

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As a successful direct sales leader for over 6 years, Jennie Bellinger realized her calling to help others succeed and advance their business and personal lives through coaching. She has coached many direct sales representatives to promote and create further success within their organizations. Jennie pursued certification as a professional coach with the Center for Coaching Certification and is listed on
As a Certified Professional Coach, Jennie is now working with mid-level leaders in direct sales, multi-level marketing and network marketing companies as well as solo entrepreneurs in need of focus, motivation and accountability. Trained in Neurolinguistic Programming, Jennie will partner with the client to adjust their thought process and language into positive, forward moving thoughts, beliefs and verbiage to advance their goals.
Married and a mother to two girls, Jennie lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Her services are available via phone or online conferences.
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Adam Schaeuble and his transformation team specialize in helping people that are interested in transforming their bodies, habits, and lifestyles. Adam helps his clients rehabilitate their lifestyles through specific strategic thinking concepts so that they can shorten their learning curve and experience greater results from any exercise or nutrition regimen.

Adam is passionate about doing this because of his own experience with losing over 100lbs. He had a rock bottom moment in his mid twenties as he weighed 327lbs and was unhappy with where he was heading in life. He made a decision to start thinking strategically about his own health and this had such a profound impact on him that he became motivated to create specific systems to teach others what he had learned.

Adam created the Meltdown Fat Loss Bootcamp in 2009 and over the next six years he was able to impact over 1,000 clients with over 35,000 LBS of weight loss results…..just in his home town of Bloomington, Indiana. In 2016 Adam launched his new website http://www.TransformationCoach.Me in order to expand his ability to make a positive impact. He is also the author of the book The Third Component.

Adam obsessively pursues solutions to his client’s danger zones so that they can reach new levels of personal achievement with their health and fitness.

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Evan Money is a Happily Married, #1 Bestselling Author, Ph.D. & Global Entrepreneur. Evan and his bride remarry in a different state or country every year and are celebrating wedding #23. They home school their two amazing children and live in majestic Rancho Palos Verdes, a quiet enclave in Los Angeles. Evan has been interviewed by and featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, SUCCESS & Fast Company magazine.
Evan also co-wrote and produced the ground-breaking documentary "Words of Art" starring Joel Osteen, Darren Hardy, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Dennis Waitley and more, available on Amazon Prime. Evan is the #1 source for faith based personal growth for entrepreneurs.
Evan and his bride both came from normal dysfunctional families, raise your hand if you can relate?  
When they first got married their starry-eyed quest was to live happily ever after and bring each other’s dreams to life. The challenge was, they had no money. His bride had a low paying high stress job and he had a struggling business.  They drove junky cars and lived in a postage stamp sized rental house. On top of that, he had major sexual baggage from a dark past that he is unpacking today.
In-spite of all this they decided to dream big, they set a goal to get remarried in a different state or country every year.  With lots of prayer, action and creativity, they have been married 23 times, and yes they have had 23 honeymoons!  Their story has been featured in media outlets around the world, but this is just the beginning of their story…
Along their journey as husband and wife and now mom and dad, they realized that in order for things to get better, they had to get better and in order for things to grow (like the marriage and their finances) they had to grow. This meant they had to stop blaming everyone else, like the government, the traffic & the economy and start taking full responsibility for their lives.
So they began their journey of spiritual and personal growth that continues to this day. Their mission is to bring your dreams to life, because the world needs more people living their dreams.
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Looking for a one of a kind speaker that will re-kindle your audiences’ dreams and spur massive growth? - Evan Money is at your service.
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Those are the words repeated time and again by people who’ve experienced an inspiring program led by motivational speaker, Shannon McKain. Her powerful and uplifting messages have audiences nodding and cheering—and driven to get out there and achieve their dreams.

For nearly a decade, this Kansas City native has shared her charm, enthusiasm and inspiring words with young adults, employees and organizations, presenting each audience member with an important “gift”—the tools and motivation to harness their potential.

Using her own life experiences and encounters with adversity as a backdrop, Shannon shows audiences the way to the “Happiness Path,” providing easy‐to‐follow nuggets of inspiration participants of all ages can use in their daily lives. Shannon has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. She has worked with TV personalities all across the country and was even featured on Nickelodeon in 2017.

A former professional NFL cheerleader, Shannon draws on that “go team” attitude to show her audiences how to gain yardage in the game of life. Her magnetic energy and enthusiasm will continue to inspire hearts and minds, long after the lights go down on your event!

In this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" Shannon shares her story of starting over. In the last month she has re-branded, changed her name back to her maiden name, and moved to a new city. Entrepreneurs always face change, but she has had more in one month than most will have in a year. 

Changing your name and moving to a new city is not uncommon, but when you are your brand, this can be a big thing. Hear her upbeat and powerful message about managing these changes in this raw and personal interview.

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Susan Fowler is founder of Fowler Studios and co-creator and host of Full Time Hustle Podcast. She lives in Virginia with her husband Josh, and their two kids Hazel & Zane. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, she learned the value of hard work as she watched her dad build his business. She also swore she’d never become an entrepreneur because she saw exactly what it took to succeed.

Fast forward to 2010, she started photography so she could volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and figured she would do a few photo sessions to make money while she was at it. When they moved to a new state, Josh told their new friends that Susan was a photographer, and before they knew it business was booming. In 2015 Josh quit his job to join the family business as a videographer.

Full Time Hustle Podcast began as an idea to help entrepreneurs take their side hustle to a full time hustle. Susan watched over the years as creative entrepreneurs struggled with the business side of things, and never quite managed to take the leap to full time with their passion. Full Time Hustle fills that void with free education for business owners to grow and thrive in their industry. Susan and Josh share what has worked for them over the years, as well as interview incredible entrepreneurs who have started from the bottom and built successful, ever-growing businesses.

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From an entry level sales person fresh out of college, to one of the youngest directors in the Silicon Valley at a Publicly Held company (now private), to the CEO of a 500+ person software integrator at the age of 28, to founding a Global IT consulting firm at the age of 32, Stephynie Malik has a tremendous amount of experience and an undeniable track record of success. She’s spearheaded and orchestrated multi-million dollar acquisitions, closed global deals and strategic partnerships in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars realm and was successful in single handedly growing her consulting firm into a global leader.

As the founder and driving force behind MalikCo, Stephynie Malik brings over two decades of dynamic IT consulting experience to her role as President and Chief Executive Officer. Now, as the founder of Chique Speak, she is making it happen again… from Technology Consulting to Human Consulting Stephynie Malik is crushing it globally just as we expected her to do!

Her creative vision and business acumen have been instrumental in
building the highly regarded global business that is MalikCo today. Her
entrepreneurial spirit, backed by years of experience in enterprise software and telecommunications companies and her drive to create long-term relationships with clients has helped her forge strong associations with the industry’s most widely respected IT leaders.

Stephynie recently founded and is in the midst of launching yet another specialty firm designed to ignite men to their true potential on every level. Stephynie Malik does not play small. In her first month in launching ChiqueSpeak, she was inundated with over 400 applications from Executives and Entrepreneurs all over the world. Her coaching style is real… not fluffy. It is proven and tried through all industry leaders and her countless awards speak
for themselves.

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Zevia CEO Paddy Spence has been in the natural industry for over 25 years. He was the first head of sales and marketing for Kashi when it was seven employees and later went on to found SPINS, the first market research company tracking the sales of healthy, natural and organic foods. Paddy sold SPINS after running it for 9 years. After his time at Kashi, he went on to lead Zevia to corner the market on natural sodas. He can speak to what it takes to bring natural brands into the mainstream, and trends in the natural food & beverage space. He cut sugar from his diet completely over 17 years ago, and can also speak to the benefits of taking gradual steps, personally and as a family, to reduce sugar intake in the context of the American sugar consumption crisis.

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Check out this episode of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" and hear the story of how Thom Singer got past a 25 year fear of trying his hand at a comedy open mic night.

Now he has done it four times. Don't worry, Jerry Seinfeld is not nervous about his job security, and Kevin Hart is not asking him to open for him in his sold out arena comedy shows. But it has been a unique and inspiring experience for him and he plans to do it a few more times.

This episode is dedicated to talking to everyone about the importance of trying new things, and doing it with an open mind. No, not everyone needs to do a Stand Up bit in a comedy club or coffee house, but when you get past the fear of looking foolish or the fear of failure, there is power and growth in the trying.

Thom's first time ever at an open mic night was in New York City. He was convinced that all the comics would be great and that his five minute set would be the worst. That the word "bomb" would forever be attached to his one time comedy effort. But the result was positive. He got laughs, and found that comics have a supportive community.

His second time was a mess. Not his three minute bit, but the place he took the stage was disorganized, the hosts were not engaged (gave the best time slots to their friends and acted like a bunch of frat guys who didn't welcome strangers into their home)... but he still got laughs (although there were only 6 people still in the room, as all the comics were outside drinking with their friends). But the lesson here is that all open mic night experiences are not created equal. But it also made it clear that not everyone who got up on the mic would be funny... so why was he so worried.

The third and fourth times at open mic were really good and have inspired him to keep going. No, not to ever be a comic or to incorporate elements of stand up into his corporate speaking, but because the power in pushing yourself to do things out of your comfort zone come from what happens along the journey.

Check out this episode is you have ever wanted to try something hard, but let the fear hold you back.

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Jessica Pettitt has been a guest on nearly 100 podcasts. In 2018 she made it a goal to appear on one show per week. Her experience as a guest who is committed to doing a great job for each show she has appeared on has lead her to some interesting observations about things podcast hosts do where they miss the mark of in creating their best possible product and a positive experience for those who are on the show. 

In a conversation we were sharing the mistakes of both hosts and podcast guests. We decided to take this topic onto episode 344 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do". With the boom in podcasting still accelerating, many are looking at joining in on both sides of the interview.

In this episode Thom Singer and Jessica discuss areas where both hosts and guests can be more aware in able to partner for greater success in the interview process. 

5 mistakes podcasters make when dealing with their guests

1. Disorganized in planning for their own show: Time zones, scheduling software, and expectations are just a few things to think about.
2. Surprising the guest with video. If your show is a video podcast or if you will be livestreaming on Facebook Live, you need to tell the guest in advance. 
3. 1984 called, it wants skype back... use zoom
4. Demanding too specific equipment / microphones
5. Canceling the appointment at the last minute. 

Bonus- Charging guest to be on your show with false promises of real reach. 

5 mistakes guests make when appearing in a podcast

1. Not having a good microphone. Yeah, while you may not need a $1000 mic, your built in microphone in your laptop is NOT good enough. 
2. Pitching to be on the show because you are smart with no attention to being a partner in promoting the episode. 
3. Failing to have listened to previous podcast episodes
4. Not aligning message with shows theme or podcast host and just pitching your book.
5. Cancelling or rescheduling at the last minute.

Listen to this episode and see the points of view from both the guest and the host, and you will create a better and more valuable partnership in your podcast hosting or guesting experience.

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Mike Ganino s a culture + storytelling expert who helps executives, teams, and thought leaders communicate, connect, and engage. He is the author of Company Culture for Dummies and has been named a top 30 Culture Speaker by Global Guru. His unique experience as a hospitality and tech industry executive combined with his years as an improv actor help his clients and audience craft the kinds of stories that drive their culture, boost results, and increase sales. 

Mike’s work as a professional speaker, communications coach, Emcee, and trainer has helped create memorable performances and events for companies like Snagajob, PeopleMatter, Uber, US Foods, American Marketing Association, and more. He is faculty member at Heroic Public Speaking where he works with public speakers to boost their performance to book more stages. 

Audiences love Mike’s high energy, high engagement keynotes that fire them up to rewrite the stories happening in their organization. They leave with real-life strategies they can begin implementing immediately for improved culture that drives employee and customer experience. 

With a strong background as a hospitality and tech industry executive in charge of creating compelling cultures at companies like Protein Bar, ChowNow, Lettuce Entertain You, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Mike is the perfect choice for companies trying to create employee and customer experiences that deliver big results. His organizational know-how matched with his improv background from world-famous Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Improv Olympics helps him work impactfully with executives and leaders to communicate on target.

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Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned talk show host, social dynamics expert, and entrepreneur.

After hosting a top 50 iTunes podcast for over a decade that enjoyed nearly four million downloads a month at its zenith, Jordan has embarked on a new adventure: The Jordan Harbinger Show, where he deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth and shares their strategies, perspectives, and insights with the rest of us.

Jordan’s business sense, extensive knowledge of the industry, and contemporary approach to teaching make him one of the best and most sought-after coaches in the world.

Jordan Harbinger has always had an affinity for social influence, interpersonal dynamics, and social engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was even old enough to drive.

Jordan spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and he speaks five languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped — twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation.

Jordan was on episode 41 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" three years ago. Lots has changed for him, and we have a great chat on episode 342 about how he left the "Art of Charm" and is starting over. This is an open and important topic for all entrepreneurs. Check it out.

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Tammy Shaklee is the “Gay & Lesbian Matchmaker” as a trailblazing straight ally. She is a former broadcast journalist, then district director for a Texas state senator turned ambassador to Sweden. After completing the acclaimed year-long business leadership program, Leadership Texas, Tammy followed her passion for mentoring by replicating a national mentoring program to prevent high school students from dropping out, was donor services director for a $150 million community foundation, then saved a Texas chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its CEO with aggressive increased revenues of 250%, receiving national recognition.

In 2012, Shaklee researched, designed, and founded H4M Matchmaking ( in Austin, Texas. H4M is the private, offline, and personal matchmaking service designed exclusively for gay and lesbian professionals. Now serving clients from coast to coast including Texas lesbian women and bisexuals, H4M is leading a movement of more traditional introductions, courting and dating for today’s modern gay single seeking a monogamous long-term relationship. She believes the pro-equality movement invited straight allies to join in support. H4M is Tammy’s contribution to bring a traditionally straight service to the LGBT community.

Happily married to her husband she met through a matchmaker, Tammy consults in leadership, hosts a monthly salon of media-savvy women, blogs, mentors, is (still) working on her first book, and has filmed a “sizzle reel” for an unscripted reality show on tolerance and inclusion.

Tammy was a guest on the podcast 3 years ago (Episode 30). In that time her business has grown and expanded nationally. Check out this interview.

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Chris “Drama” Pfaff in an entrepreneur and brand operator who has been “causing drama” since his days in Akron, Ohio, growing up passionately in love with skateboarding. And while his talent didn’t let him go pro, he knew he wanted to be involved in the industry in whatever way possible. 

After turning eighteen, he planned to move to Los Angeles (the skateboarding capital of the world), but that was delayed after he survived a catastrophic accident that left him in a coma for four days. Finally, he was able to move to LA to become the assistant to his cousin, pro skater and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek.

In 2009, Chris turned his experiences and opportunity as a reality TV star to create and market his clothing line, Young & Reckless: a stylish streetwear-inspired brand for young people that anyone can get at an affordable price. Young & Reckless is sold in more than 3,000 stores including PacSun, Macy’s, and its own online store. 

On this episode we talk about his journey from skateboading to reality TV to entrepreneurship. Check this out.

Continually creating content and executing innovative ideas, in 2016, Chris began creating new platforms for himself and his brand with his podcast, Short Story Long.

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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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Marie White has had a tough journey, but is a thriving entrepreneur. One of her most exciting businesses is Book Overhaul. She helps authors who already have a book turn their project around and re-release their masterpiece. 

Marie was born to write, but it would take one horrific event to send her into full-time writing. 

When her youngest child was abducted, the world felt upside down. Grieving with her husband and older children, she wondered how God could allow this to happen. Yet in the sea of pain, her family witnessed God’s unending love and purpose. 

She began praying for God to show her what to do with her life. His answer to her prayer was a podcast announcement that missionaries were needed. Marie trained and became a missionary with Global Media Outreach. Within the first few months she had spoken with over 300 converts to Christianity in countries all over the world.

Another of the purposes she found was that many people she knew became Christians as adults, and many had never attended Sunday School. That left a gap in their ability to understand sermons that referenced other Bible characters such as Joseph, Moses or Abraham. She started recording a YouTube channel to help new, adult, Christians learn the Bible quickly. Bible Stories for Adults was born. 

Marie started recording with a shaking voice and bad self-videography. As she put it, “I was practically hyperventilating.” She kept the series a secret, but soon her secret project had amassed over half a million views. 

Marie knew that there was more for her to do. She could see God comforting her family, making them stronger, and she began work on a book to teach others some of the things she had learned about God's goodness. That book became the Amazon best-seller, Ten Day Bible Study.

Through the loss of their child, she watched her family and church grow in ways it could only do through pain. 

Still, she knew that God had more for her to do. She began to see other people's pain differently and her eyes were opened to high rate of suicide and homelessness within the LGBT community. What could comfort someone who was hurting?

This began her journey into the Bible for verses that would offer comfort, hope and love to those within the LGBT community.

Following a strict set of standards for Biblical accuracy, verses not taken out of context, and translations that conveyed the clearest meaning, God’s Love for LGBTQI was released. 

Marie’s writing had just begun. Her next project was a book for anyone wanting a better life, titled Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days. 

Over 10,000 people have picked up a copy of Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBook and Nook. 

Next, Ten Day Bible Study was translated into modern Greek, and began being used by missionaries in Greece. 

Marie’s next project began as a how-to for families trying to survive the loss of a child through abduction, divorce, running away or being taken into foster care. The book evolved into something bigger, as she started to reach out to parents and experts in the field of grief, alienation, loss, reunification and private investigation. 

The result is a comprehensive survival guide for parents with children missing from their life. Strength for Parents of Missing Children: Surviving Divorce, Abduction, Runaways and Foster Care provides insight and direction for hurting parents. 

When she’s not working, Marie enjoys talking to people who are inspiring others.

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Jeff Sandefer is an entrepreneur and a teacher. As an entrepreneur, he founded a number of successful companies -- his first at age 16; his largest with billions of dollars in assets.

Business may be his day job, but Jeff’s passion is teaching. While he was at the University of Texas, his students five times voted him the school’s Outstanding Teacher and The Economist named Jeff one of the fifteen top Business School professors in the world.

In 2009 Jeff and his wife Laura started Acton Academy, a cutting edge K12 school named after Lord Acton, a 19th-century scholar who championed freedom, whose most famous quote is “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Acton Academy’s learner-driven model is spreading like wildfire across the globe, with over 150 locations launched or soon to launch, and thousands of applications pending to open a leaner driven community. In an age where Google shares information, Uber shares cars, and Airbnb shares rooms, Acton Academy turns learning upside down by equipping children to share learning with each other, in a close-knit community with extremely high standards of excellence.

Learn more about Acton Academy at

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James Ashcroft believes that if you’re not growing, then you’re dying.

Conscious growth is a common thread in all facets of his life.

It all started in 2012, when he rolled off the couch as a fat, 38 year old guy and went running.

4 months later, and 40 pounds less, he crossed the Ironman Miami 70.3 triathlon finish line, shocking not only himself but everyone in his life.

Over the past 5 years he’s completed a full Ironman and 4 of the 6 Major Marathons.

He’s also owner of a fire security business in south Florida.

He bought the company 4 years ago, and has grown the business, both organically and through acquisitions, from 17 employees to over 70, and maintains profitable revenue.

He was the 2016 Chair of Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s South Florida Accelerator program where he helped 40+ companies scale over $1mm in revenue.

In 2017, he launched the Growing Not Dying Facebook group that helps motivated entrepreneurs build successful businesses and be held accountable to do the work they said they’d do.

He’s happily married with 3 kids, and lives in Austin, Texas.


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Known as “The Vitality Vixen” for her contagious curiosity, enthusiasm and charisma, Yvonne Larson has a become somewhat of a modern-day 
Pippi Longstocking muse for those she serves.

As a singer, speaker, author, mentor, healer and fur-baby momma to three precious pups, she’s passionate about play, creativity and thriving in her own full self-expression. She believes everyone can live their Optimal Life once it has been distinguished, defined and designed.

Referred to as a healer by her clients, she is renowned worldwide
for her unique blend of performance based bodywork
with intuitive coaching to eliminate emotional restrictions
for her clients both on AND off the massage table. 
In the last 20+ years, Yvonne spent well over 10K hours acquiring experience, training and certifications in Emotional Release, Reiki, Massage, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Life and Executive Coaching. She’s an expert in clearing and healing Solopreneurs in going from exhaustion, overwhelm and isolation to living their optimal life. 

With so many skills, talents and interests, her path to becoming the Vitality Vixen was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. Then the picture finally became crystal clear and unlocked her unique full potential.

Now she’s building a tribe (Vitality Nation) in an online community (The Optimal Life Playground) where they co-create, collaborate and contribute to each other through the ups and downs of life as an Entrepreneur.

She believes that play is your access to joy and satisfaction. Play is a space of curiosity, discovery and learning. It leads to your deepest levels of creativity, empowering you to thrive in all areas of life. So, her mantra, “live playfully to live profoundly” is the foundation of the playground. 

The Optimal Life Playground supports those seeking to successfully navigate the critical conversations of exhaustion, overwhelm and isolation so they play, create and thrive with other solopreneurs.

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Understanding your potential is the secret to doing more. Thom Singer has become obsessed with personal potential and the gap that exists for many between potential and results.

Having potential seems awesome. When someone tells you that you have potential it is a real compliment, but so what? Without the right plan, a driving purpose, and the right people around you this means nothing. There is a paradox surrounding potential because people give it more credit than it deserves. Actions are the key.

Recently Thom met an impressive young man who is thirty years old and already smart enough to realize that he had to make a change from his current job, as it was going to lead him down the path of years of disappointment. Being successful is not enough if your ladder is against the wrong wall. In a short conversation Thom saw himself, and thousands of others, inside this guy who was seeking a new and more fulfilling path.

In this episode of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do you will hear about why it is important to understand potential, to get clear on what you want, and how to be honest with yourself.

There are many moving parts to building influence, unlocking potential, and driving performance. There is no secret sauce and life if hard (and unpredictable), but the actions you take daily are the difference between hoping you will succeed and surpassing all expectations.

Check out episode #325 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do and connect with Thom Singer at

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Megan R. Fenyoe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the field for the past 15 years. She worked for the Michigan State and Federal Government as a CPS Worker and at the VA providing therapy to Veterans. 

At age 33, Megan made the decision to commission as an officer into the Air force and moved from Michigan to California in 2012. Megan was a Captain and provided mental health and substance abuse treatment to fellow active duty members and veterans. 

Since separating from service, Megan has been working full time as a Mental Health Therapist at Kaiser Permanente and owns her own Health Food Franchise. Megan has been in the fitness world since she was a teenager and even with her busy schedule she maintains 5-6 workouts per week, as well as incorporating whole based nutrition into her daily intake of food. 

Megan recently began a new adventure and is the business owner of Mission Strength. The focus of Mission Strength is to help people identify hidden sabotaging patterns such as negative self-talk and create better coping strategies, new behaviors and healthier habits. Megan helps people accurately assess their challenges and identify ways they can change, capitalizing on the strengths they already have while building new ones.

Being a mental health therapist, business owner and fitness fanatic has taught Megan a great deal personally and professionally about the positive effects good health and positive mindset. She inspires health and strength mind, body and soul.

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Dawn Gluskin is a storyteller and truth-digger that started her first business, a technology company, at age 30 and grew it from $0 to $3 million in annual revenue. 

(Hold your applause, 7 years later, she grew that same company back down to zero again ... BUT, it's one of the best things to ever happen to her!) 

Dawn has since followed her bliss in founding Blissed Communications, which is changing the way small business communicates. This is all to the delight of her 5-year-old self who knew she'd be a writer when she grew up (that is, before the world convinced her she'd be a starving artist if she were to pursue that passion).

She now helps entrepreneurs connect with their core truth and express it unapologetically online, on stages, and on repeat to call in their soul clients, increase their impact, make more money, and live their life on purpose.

She brings over 20 years of sales, marketing, and creative copywriting experience to the table, has been published in HuffPo, the New York Times, TinyBuddha and other many major publications, and is the creator and host of the brand new Bare Naked Radio podcast where entrepreneurs undress and express to inspire you with their real behind-the-scenes vulnerable truths.

For inspired content, visit and/or follow on social,,,

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With more than 20 years of leadership in the world of tech, Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault recognizes the design and execution of strategies that leverage technology can simplify the way people connect, engage, learn and work.

Under his current leadership at Community Brands, JP is delivering unprecedented value through the power of software and revenue solutions for associations, nonprofits and k-12 schools, serving nearly 60,000 organizations worldwide. Since 2012, he transformed YourMembership from a single product organization to a market-leading technology solutions force. He led YourMembership’s significant growth by leveraging both organic strategies and successfully assimilating three company acquisitions. He now oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the recently-formed Community Brands, focusing on leadership and innovation to drive both customer and company growth.

JP is a recognized leader at connecting people and organizations to what they value most. He is adept at designing and executing strategies which leverage technology to simplify the way people connect, engage, learn and work. He is a “techy” at heart and maintains a firm grip on the pulse of innovation and the opportunities it presents to affect change. He has recently led the charge to develop better-connected technology for associations, nonprofits and K-12 schools which operate with silos of information and systems in a digital world. He advocates for a mobile-first approach to collect data, improve engagement, personalize marketing, automate transactions, deliver education, inspire collaboration and make a greater social impact.

JP has been invited around the world to give keynotes, share his insights and conduct workshops with technology, business, association, nonprofit and education leaders. During the past few years, he has presented at nearly 50 industry conferences, offering his perspectives on innovation, design thinking and unleashing the power of technology to deliver value, empower engagement and identify shifts to create a competitive advantage and impact social good. His appearances include events hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), IMEX International-Frankfurt, Digital Now, Good Tech Summit, Association Headquarters, Association of Destination Management Executives (ADMEI), numerous state societies of associations (SAEs), several financial investment firms, and the AMC Institute (AMCi)—where he currently sits on the Board of Directors.

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Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-travelled speaker/instructor. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry.

Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2011, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with numerous awards for his productions; with an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs, Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent (and dynamic!) speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAV flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.

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As the new year kicks off Thom Singer discusses seven tips for doing more in 2018. He had a record year in 2017, and wants others to unlock their potential in 2018.

Here are his seven tips

1. Have a plan. Too many people will write posts this year about why NOT to set goals in the new year. Usually they pooh-pooh goal setting only to rename it and give the same advice. Blah Blah Blah. Having a set of clear goals is important if you want to maximize success. 

2. Take ownership of your life. Thom shares how he spent most of his career pointing fingers and blaming others (and blaming his own past) for his lack of success. Taking ownership that his life was his own doing was a key to achieving more.

3. Make people a priority. Too often we ignore those around us. In a day of cell phones and the internet it is easy to never look up at the people we are close to, but when we choose people we choose success.

4. Ask for help. Most people want to help others reach their potential, but if you do not clearly let people know who to help you and what you need, they may not understand how they can be of service.

5. Believe in yourself. Sometimes it seems nobody else will. Even those close to you may be naysayers. 

6. Try new things. Doing the same thing over and over will not expose you to new ideas. You have to listen to how Thom shakes up his routine every Monday.

7. Have fun. After years of being secretly sad and frustrated, Thom shares how he chose to have fun in his career.

Kick off your new year with episode #319 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.

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