Caution, this episode WILL INSPIRE YOU. Our guest this week is Todd McDonald of Energy Atlantica. He and Erica talk about the importance of having a business with a purpose. As Todd explains, it is not only good for your soul, it is good for the bottom line, and especially for attracting and keeping the best talent for your company.
Todd and Energy Atlantica launched a charitable organization called Give To Live, and why did they launch it? You will just have to listen and find out.
Our latest episode is our second in our Speaker Series. This time we talk to Customer Service & Sales Expert Chris Gibson from BC. He is so service oriented he took some time from his travels to talk to us from his car on the side of the road in Alberta, now that is service! :) Chris is all about training large organizations about the importance of going above and beyond, or as Chris says, that 1° difference.
Join Erica and Chris in this episode as they talk about how today customer service is more important than ever!
For more information about Chris Gibson
Our guest this week on The 15 Minutes Of Fame is Menna Riley. With over 20 years’ experience delivering effective, unforgettable events for her clients, Menna Riley is most passionate about developing experiences that transform communities and industries, inform, engage and get real results.
Menna currently goes by Event Strategist, Speaker, Founder of Leading Ladies Networking and Festival Director for the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl – what a mouthful!
Menna has so much on the go, and so much wisdom to share. Enjoy the episode!!!
To hear more about Menna and Leading Ladies Networking: http://mennariley.com/networking/
To learn more about Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl: https://www.lobstercrawl.ca
Our first guest in our Speaker Series is Adam Growe. For over 30 years, Adam has been performing in radio, television and on-stage. In addition to hosting 8 seasons of Cash Cab Canada, Adam is a highly sought after event host and an accomplished stand-up comedian, starring in Just for Laughs, Comedy NOW!, COMICS!, and appearing on CBS’s, Star Search and Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend.
In this episode Adam tells us how he got into the business, as well we hear about the philosophy that he now lives by, "The Least You Can Do". After hearing Adam explain it, maybe we all should be doing the least we can do :)
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In this episode Erica hosts our youngest guest so far on The 15 Minutes Of Fame podcast, Nick Tomasi. Nick is an 18 year old inventor and creator of the no slip guitar pick The Grip Reaper. In this episode they talk about how he came up with this idea, as well as some conversation around the power of music to help you through the good and bad times. Enjoy!
Check out the Grip Reaper Here: https://www.instagram.com/gripreaperpicks/
Listen to Reaper Remedy Here: https://anchor.fm/nick-tomasi
On episode 027 Erica chats to long time friend and Co Founder of Celeb Connect, Ron Lovett. Ron is a passionate entrepreneur, and rather than come up with something to say about Ron, we thought we would paraphrase a quote from his company website that sums him up quite nicely:
Ron Lovett is the outrageous and empowered founder of https://connollyowens.com/. He dedicates his life to helping organizations big and small with systems, tools and coaching. He is a pretty snappy dresser too.
You do not want to miss this episode, it is informative and very entertaining.
Thanks for joining us Ron!
Ron is also a featured speaker with Celeb Connect: https://www.celebconnect.ca/Talent/Ron-Lovett/663c4f6a-8ca6-459b-acbd-7b84fe84949a
**If you are interested in seeing the hiring video Ron speaks of in this podcast, check it out below. It is both funny and genius. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Gl36dResc&feature=youtu.be
On this episode I sat down to discuss our BRAND NEW website with Adam of Caring Counts, who helps me with my social media, and he also produces this podcast. We talked about the many reasons why our new site was necessary and what the new site has to offer. I cannot wait for you to see it!!!
Check out the new website here: https://www.celebconnect.ca/
In this episode we sit down with PJ Mäkinen of "Team Myles" powered by "Lifemark". What is Team Myles? "The Team Myles ambassador program is a special program within the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon that invites people who are pursuing lifestyle and fitness goals to band together and train for a 5KM or 10KM at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. This free program offers access to professionals who will work with you to set personal goals, and also provides opportunity to learn about exercise, running, technical gear, training, diet and nutrition from qualified professionals. Individuals will apply what they learn during weekly training sessions, and support one another as they work toward their fitness goals.
Team Myles members also serve as Blue Nose Ambassadors, helping spread the Blue Nose word throughout the community."
Join Erica and PJ as they talk about this amazing program, and we hear some of the success stories from this years Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon.
In this episode we talk to Melissa Scheltgen of https://www.facebook.com/rollinwiththetumbleweeds/
"We are a family of 5 that live in “George” our 35’ class A motorhome. Our goal is to learn by experiencing and take time to be together as a family. We roadschool and we travel... LOTS!"
Melissa, just like our guest from an earlier podcast Sarah White, lives the RV Life with her family. In this podcast we hear about lots of ups, and also the reality of living this lifestyle. They really do love their life, but aren't afraid to share the "horror stories". You can find some of those funny, and cringeworthy stories here:
Thanks for coming on the podcast Melissa
Our guest in this episode is Kim Steele of @ThePuffyBiscuit. She has been blogging for 6 years, initially as a parenting blogger but now she shares family-friendly recipes that her family enjoys.
Join us in episode 023 as Kim shares her journey to becoming a food blogger, where the name "The Puffy Biscuit" came from as well as some great tips for those thinking of starting their own blog.
Check out: https://www.thepuffybiscuit.com
In this episode we talk to Marketing and Communications Professional Samantha Warshick. We have known Sam for many years, and Non Profits and giving her time to help others has always been a passion of hers. Listen as she tells us all about The Canadian Liver Foundation, and how you too can help make a difference.
Our guest today is Coach and Speaker, Debbie Adams of People Can Training and Development. Debbie has a pretty incredible story to tell, as her journey to entrepreneurship has taught her many lessons. These lessons have given her the tools and knowledge to help new and "forced" entrepreneurs find their way to achieving success. This episode is filled with tips and a ton of that Newfoundland Sass that only Debbie Adams can deliver.
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In this episode we talk to growth strategist, trainer and expert on "Customer Discovery" Katelyn Bourgoin. Katelyn helps product teams figure out who their best customers are and what triggers them to buy.
"Companies that invest in ongoing customer research grow 2-3X faster. Yet, studies show that only 3 out of 10 teams do it regularly — crazy, right?Many teams know they should be talking to more customers. Yet they’re constantly challenged with who to talk to, what to ask them, how to analyze the feedback, and how to share what they learn with their teams. I help product teams overcome these common hurdles."
This conversation is full of great intel on how and more importantly why you should invest in customer research.
Find Katelyn here: https://katelynbourgoin.com
In this episode we host Author Charlie Toth. He has written a book of poetry called "Eye Love You". You may not think that Football and poetry go together, but within one minute of meeting him it all just makes sense. Charlie is smart, kind and just wants everyone to #ShareTheLove. Enjoy this episode, it is sure to make you smile!
On this episode we talk to the incredibly inspiring and smart owner of Kitchen Door Catering, Patty Howard. We recorded this episode in her brand new space at 110 Higney Ave in Dartmouth. She has taken her business from a small kitchen with her Aunt, to a thriving innovative food business with up to 50 full time and part time staff that is growing every year.
So, when we thought, who should we talk to about how to grow your business? The answer was pretty easy. There are lots of great takeaways in this episode. Enjoy!
*They also have amazing cooking classes in their brand new studio, for more info: https://www.kitchendoor.ca/cooking-classes-team-building
We first got to know Scotty Mars from his time on the radio. He has hosted his own show, he has interviewed so many cool people and now he has launched his own podcast, "The Scotty Mars Podcast". Scotty has some great stories to share, as well as some tips for those looking to start their own podcast.
In this episode we talk to Brian Byrne, best known as the former lead singer of Canadian Rock Band "I Mother Earth". However, as you will hear he has so much going on, and so much to share. From Speaker, to Blockchain to the FIX Rewards app and his brand new band "Bonds Of Mara", this episode is full of great info and entertainment. Enjoy!!!
Today we sat down with Tina Capalbo of Lift Communication. Tina is passionate about storytelling and works with small businesses to help them find their story. In this episode we get some golden tips about creating compelling stories for your business.
On this episode we talk to Chip Ambrogio of "Outside The Box" and the Improv Business Training Company "Productively Funny". We talk to Chip about how he got into comedy, answered the question "can anyone be funny", heard some great stories about the world of comedy as well as his night with Dave Chappelle. :)
Our guest in this episode is here to talk about events, the good, the bad and the funny ;)
Krista Benoit is the Owner of Ispark Consulting, and they are truly passionate about events...
"What we don’t do is vanilla, status quo or beige … we prefer to invigorate rather than enervate (with ideas that are bold, powerful and stand out from the crowd)."
Join us as we go behind the scenes of event life.
On this episode we talk to Jenine of Many Hats.
"Many Hats is a co-working space that promotes a community atmosphere, inspires harmony, protects health and wellness and stimulates growth through cross promotion and internal networking."
Jenine and Erica talk about why she started her business, how it has changed, and the importance of evolving as an entrepreneur.
In this episode we host Tracey Underhill of https://transform-holistichealth.com. Tracey is a coach that helps you design and create inner and outer environments that propel you toward success. The discussion today touched on many things, but the main message was in order to have true happiness and true success you have to know the answer to "Am I good Enough"?
The answer as you will hear, is YES, but it isn't always that easy.
Entrepreneurship is hard, though there are lots of good times, we must find a way to fight through the tough times. We sat down with Award Winning Halifax Real Estate Agent James Dwyer of www.pressrealty.ca. He has done an incredible job of building his business through social media and by building relationships. It has not been easy, and as you will hear in this podcast it is on YOU to find a way to push through and succeed.
On this episode we hosted Jeff Chant of Magnanimous. Here is a sneak peak into what they do, and what Jeff and Erica speak about in this episode.
"The solution to our performance pain is magnanimity – integrating our capacity and caring by bringing our humanity to work. It begins with awareness of ourselves and how we’re impacting others (and not how they are impacting us or the bottom line). The big-picture objective is to bridge the gap between the profit-focused and people-focused parts of our business (more typically, the hard and soft sides of operations and services)."
For more information: http://www.magnanimous.ca
On this episode we have the amazing entrepreneur Karen Dean. She is an advocate of women empowerment, kindness and so much more. Her latest event is the "One Women Event" happening on February 5th, for more info or to buy your tickets: https://onewoman.ca/product/a-year-of-magic-halifax/
We are just scratching the surface of all of the good the Karen does.
Enjoy the inspiration!
"One Girl Can Change the World!"
We all listen to music, we all love music, and we all have our favourite artists that we like to play. But, what is the best way to support these artists in todays world?
We sat down with one of our favourite local musicians Paul Lamb to talk about the release of his upcoming album "The Prize". We chatted about where he got his talent, his writing process, how we can support our favourite artists and he treated us with one of his incredible songs from the album.
ps We even got a taste of the song that he wrote for his son Mason, break out the tissues. ;)
On our latest episode we host Jen MacDougall of "Cake Therapy". Imagine, a cupcake for every feeling?
Jen and Erica not only talk about her amazing business, but also how she became an Accidental Entrepreneur. There are lots of GREAT tidbits in this podcast, enjoy!
This time we sat down with Nicole Barron of The Arthritis Society for her 5 Minutes Of Fame. Erica and Nicole talked about non profits, and the importance and value of finding your cause.
Customer Service is a pillar of our business, and we take great pride in treating our clients as well as our talent better than anyone. In this episode we bring in our friend Adam of Caring Counts to talk about how to create amazing customer service within your company. Adam explains some very simple steps....on paper. As we discuss, it isn't as easy as it looks.
Follow Adam @caringcounts
On the podcast today we have our friend Sarah White. Two years ago Sarah her husband and their two kids grew tired of the grind so they bought an RV and a truck and took to the road. They have a truly amazing story to tell. In this podcast she shares the many ups, and some of the downs of the journey of taking the leap of faith and going all in on your dreams.
Managing Millennials is a HOT TOPIC in the workforce these days. Our guest today is Marie Boccabella, she has a lot of experience in managing a multi generational staff, and gives us some very interesting insight. As well, as Marie has 40 years of hospitality experience, we discussed one of our favourite topics, the importance of the customer experience.
Enjoy the show!!!
On our very first episode we brought on our friend Adam Purcell of CaringCounts.ca to interview the Owner of Celeb Connect, and host of this podcast, Erica Chiasson. They talked about the business, the podcast and the answer to the age old question "Who's The Boss", Angela or Tony.