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The Hot Mic @ Arch DevOps

The Hot Mic @ Arch DevOps

By Michael "Fritz" Fritzius
Are you a business owner with a story to share? Let's face it: building a dream from the ground up isn't easy. But it is easy to think that it's all sunshine and rainbows. This podcast, The Hot Mic @ Arch DevOps, talks about peoples' stories about how they got started, what their dream is all about, what they're passionate about, but also the challenges and struggles they face as they create something out of nothing.

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Tenice Wehmeyer - What it Means to be a Chief Engagement Officer
Culture. Some companies have a great one, and some don't. Some have employees who are die-hard fans that are fully on board, and some have employees that just show up to earn a paycheck. What makes the difference? It's a little metric we call: engagement. Today's guest is Tenice Wehmeyer, Chief Engagement Officer at Wehmeyer & Associates. In this episode we talk about what engagement is, and why it's important to make sure employees are engaged both inside and outside of work. When employees feel heard, feel safe and feel empowered, great things happen. But sometimes they don't, and that's where Tenice shines. Determining where the pain points are, and where leadership may be falling short, she and her team have a track record of creating company culture that helps people feel awesome about coming to work, and being fully present at home with their families. After this episode, if you'd like to contact Tenice, find her at wehmeyerassociates.com. And as always, enjoy the listen.
32:51
November 30, 2020
Erin Joy - On Measuring Trust and Creating Confidence
Hoo boy, if I were five years younger, and also a woman, I could have learned a lot about building business from today's guest. Erin Joy is the Founder of Black Dress Circle, and in today's episode we got into a lot of exciting topics. How to build trust in others while measuring said trust, how to fight Impostor Syndrome, and how peer learning is a powerful way to bolster not just your confidence and abilities, but that of those you're investing your time and knowledge into. Erin really knows her stuff, and if you're a female entrepreneur or are planning to become one, this episode is worth a listen. Find out more about Erin by going to blackdresscircle.com. And as always, enjoy the listen.
35:42
November 27, 2020
Mary Beth Flynn - A Unique Art Experience
With a lifelong background in art, today's guest decided to take a different turn in her career, and start something that it appears very few people have thought of. Even though, in her words, 'I've never been a teacher, never taught watercolor art, and never taught seniors,' Mary Beth Flynn began doing just that. Her adventure with her company Artfully Aging started ten years ago, and has pivoted and changed a lot over the years. She's combined her passion for art, with her skill to serve seniors, to create a unique experience for all of her clients. If you'd like to find out more about Mary Beth or even get in touch with her, check out artfullyaging.com, email her at contact@artfullyaging.com. And as always, enjoy the listen.
29:52
November 26, 2020
Kris Edens - Busting the 6-Figure Myth
Ok, today's the day. We're gonna bust a myth. Particularly, the myth that says, 'Starting a business means you're going to make six figures right away.' If that were actually true, who wouldn't start their own thing? The problem, as Kristen Edens and I discuss today, is that there's often an unrealistic image portrayed by social media about what entrepreneurship is like. Both Kris and I shared a bit about our background, how we got started as business owners, and what it felt like for us. It's not all sunshine and rainbows, as they say, and it's definitely not for the faint of heart. If you feel the call to start your own thing, there are some great tips in this episode for you. After listening, if you realize that content marketing or copywriting is something you need help with, reach out to Kris on LinkedIn, or via her website at kristenedens.com. And as always, enjoy the listen.
29:27
November 25, 2020
Luca Ingianni - Accidentally Businessing
Every once in awhile I meet someone who's started a business and it happened accidentally. Today's guest is Luca Ingianni, and he and I first met about a year ago after being introduced by another former podcast guest. Small world! In the time Luca and I have known each other, he's gone from being a solopreneur to working with 3 other professionals to create an elite DevOps training company. Off the air he told me, 'It's mostly about luck, and letting luck happen to you.' The world may tell you that you have to build a business a certain way or follow certain rules, but really, the only rule you may need is to trust your gut, and surround yourself with people who support and strengthen you. Find more about Luca at devopsteam.de, and at ingianni.eu. And as always, enjoy the listen.
23:22
November 24, 2020
Amy Blaschka - It Ain't Cheating!
Is it cheating to hire a ghostwriter for your social media content? Absolutely not! And I'm not saying that because today's guest is biased either. Amy Blaschka is an experience content creator focused on helping you build your presence and brand on social media. With so many people doing the 'post and ghost' approach, the best way is to publish meaningful content, that's true to your personal brand and get knowledge about you, your business or your offerings, in front of the right people. From getting your message consistent with your profile, clarifying what you're trying to say, and mastering the art of content marketing, there's a lot that we all can learn about how to wield social media in a powerful way. If you're struggling how to figure out how this whole social media thing works, you can find Amy at her website amyblaschka.com to see how she can help you. And as always, enjoy the listen.
38:57
November 23, 2020
Tom Harris - "Money is a side effect of success"
It takes a special kind of chutzpah to start a business, and Tom Harris has definitely been bitten by the entrepreneurship bug. Starting off his career as a developer, he realized that he didn't want to work for a boss, and wanted to start his own thing. With a group of trusted co-founders, they set out to change a small part of the software development space: creating charts easily for project management software. While it may not seem sexy, project management is an important part of any software project, and being able to communicate results to higher-ups is even more so. As it turns out, the culture that Tom has helped build at Old Street Solutions is one that's poised to help their company be a powerful talent magnet. Fostering trust, enabling people to succeed, and let everyone tap into their Inner Maker's Mindset are the most important pillars to their company's growth. He said, 'Money is a side effect of success', and success to them is happy employees and happy customers. If you're ready to get your project management leveled up to where everybody can understand what's going on, Google Old Street Solutions or Custom Charts for Jira. And as always, enjoy the listen.
30:07
November 20, 2020
Robin Bennett - Versin' and Vibin'
Today's guest didn't always consider herself an entrepreneur, but after realizing that her approach to business does uniquely solve problems no one else could, she adopted the term. Or at least, kinda. Robin Bennett is an experience content writer, sales and marketing expert, and calls herself a Proud Generalist. The Founder of Verse and Vibe, she helps companies take their content writing to the next level, and encourages straight shooting language. No fluff, no false rapport building and no beating around the bush. These days, direct communication with a clear next step is key when we're drowning in content. How are you distinguishing your message from everybody else, including your competitors? Robin can help you find out. Reach out to Robin anytime at robin@verseandvibe.com. And as always, enjoy the listen.
32:03
November 19, 2020
Jermane Cheathem - Entrepreneurship as a Service
If you've ever struggled with the idea of starting a business, wouldn't it be neat to have someone whose business is helping people do that? Well that's who we have on today. Jermane Cheathem is the founder of Creators Learn, and his philosophy behind starting a new business endeavor has some deep roots in how our minds work. Really it boils down to two categories: humans are either creators, or victims. And to get from one category to the other takes a lot of looking at what makes you scared of change, defining the risks and digging down into the root of why you're feeling that way. Finding your gift, letting it out, following your fear and asking why your motivations are the way they are are key to getting where you want in life. Entrepreneurship can definitely be scary, but listening to this podcast could get you a lot closer to your dream and true freedom, if that's what you're looking for. Find out more about Jermane at www.creatorslearn.com. And as always, enjoy the listen.
27:03
November 18, 2020
Arn Terry - Happiness is the Most Important Metric
Today's guest was a very well respected and successful recruiter, making six figures and climbing his way up the corporate ladder. And one day he decided to start a business. He quickly went from making six figures to making... well, zero! 'Why would someone do that?' you might ask. Well entrepreneurs are just built different, and today's story with Arn Terry shows that living life with a focus on happiness, and not focusing on money will lead to some amazing opportunities. Sometimes you might think like he did, 'Why didn't I start this particular venture 10 years ago?' and realize later: you're right on time, right where you need to be. Life can be a struggle if you have a stranglehold on it. And life can be oppressing if you aren't looking around at the opportunities available to you. What might you be missing out on? Find out in today's episode. And as always, enjoy the listen.
35:19
November 17, 2020
J.C. Granger - Marketing at Scale!
Does marketing seem like a huge chore for you? Welp you're not alone. I got the chance to talk with J.C. Granger today, a really chill dude, about how marketing's changed just in the past year. We've gone from marketing longer-term projects that have a much longer return on investment, to short-term offerings that get a quicker turnaround. Changing up the marketing message is key to that. But then, how do you get that message out to a lot more people, faster? The solution: a sprinkle of automation on our favorite social media platform, LinkedIn. I won't spoil the details about today's episode, but be prepared to pick up some excellent tips to polish up your own marketing message, and what you can say that will keep you top of mind with clients who are also struggling to figure things out.  Find out more about J.C. and Infinity Marketing Group below:  https://www.infinitymgroup.com/jc-granger/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/infinity-marketing-group/ And as always, enjoy the listen. 
32:48
November 16, 2020
Justin Cullifer - Hey Alexa, Don't Throw Stones
You know how you might see some cutting edge technology on a show like Star Trek, and then 50 years later it's already mainstream? That's kinda what Justin Cullifer did with his company Glass House Guide. We've had voice activated computers for years now. And we've had the real estate space for a lot longer. But you mix together those two things with coronavirus and now there's a situatio where people aren't as keen about visiting houses for sale in person. Glass House Guide blends different technologies to combine an open house experience and asking voice devices questions about the property, all remotely. It's the perfect storm of challenges in today's world that have come to create this new approach that can change the face of real estate forever. Listen in to hear us both geek out about the technical aspects, but also about what kind of company culture it takes to keep this dream rolling.  Find out more about Glass House Guide at https://glasshouseguide.com. And as always... enjoy the listen.
30:02
November 13, 2020
Megan Miller - The El Nino of Spanish Coaching
Megan Miller is The El Nino of Spanish Coaching. For those of you that don't habla espanol, El Nino is Spanish for... The Nino ;) Megan is a word nerd and loves everything about communication: whether that's using her communication skills as a freelance IT project manager, helping others communicate the best they can in Spanish or English, and making sure that translated documents don't lose their spark or uniqueness when going from one language to another. We talk about how she used to translate 'nerd speak' to language for the rest of the company, and how that's been used to pivot into her dream of becoming an entrepreneur and Spanish coach. Combining a blend of being book smart with being street smart, her approach to language coaching is one that's tuned to each of her clients unique background, and helps them be able to communicate at any level. If you're down to 'esharpen your Espanol', Megan's your gal.  Find out more about Megan below:  @Aprovechar Language Solutions - Instagram, LinkedIn AprovecharLanguageSolutions.com - website And as always... enjoy the listen.
34:03
November 12, 2020
Michael McDonnell - Ain't Nothing Gonna Break My Stride
At two months old he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Growing up with an affliction like that would bring most people down, but today's guest, Michael McDonnell is just built different. He ended up using it as a way to unlock his super power. He learned at an early age that he had control of his health, and became a personal trainer and tennis coach. Balancing his life with his work was the key to him having a handle on CF in such a way that many people didn't even realize he had it until it came out in a local paper. The fact that he was able to perform at top levels even with a challenge like this set him apart from many others, and set him on a great path to success. Ain't nothin' gonna break this guy's stride, and you'll hear the energy in today's episode. What's holding you back from success? With the right mindset, the answer should be: nothing.  Find outmore about Michael below:  Ask Mike Show - Podcast @themichaelbrian on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  And as always.... enjoy the listen.
41:46
November 11, 2020
Ed Evarts - The Squishy Part of Leadership
So what's true leadership all about? Is it just bossing people around or is it something deeper? Well if you're a fan of this show, you already know where my and my guests opinions lie on this matter, and that true leadership is so much more than just delegating tasks to whoever is available. What we haven't talked about much on The Hot Mic though is about how one becomes a leader. What's the catalyst? How does it begin? Today's guest is Ed Evarts, who is both the Founder and President of Excellius Leadership Development, and also a fellow podcast host for the podcast Be Brave At Work. And we have a really engaging conversation about what true leadership not only looks, but feels like. It's more squishy and human than you might think. And away we go!
33:53
November 10, 2020
Ann Sieg - Best Kept Secret About the Internet
Hey, guys listen: I've got a secret. Come close I'm gonna whisper it: you can make money on the internet. Mind blowing, right? Some people treat e-commerce like it's some unattainable thing and that you have to have a huge business in order to sell things online. But when it comes to selling items on Amazon, it makes it much easier. I had the chance to talk with Ann Sieg, founder of the E-Commerce Business School, and multiple best selling author of books in the same genre, and talked with her about how literally anyone can get started making money on Amazon. All it takes is some ingenuity and understanding of how the market there works, which her program digs deep into educating people on. I got so excited on this episode that I'm going to bootleg this and give it to my wife so she can listen to it ahead of schedule. If you're looking for a new way to generate cash flow, this might just be a way for you to create some solid side income. Let's jump in. 
26:49
November 9, 2020
Andy Vargo - When We're Our Own Worst Critic
There comes a time in many peoples' lives where they need to make a change. But huge change isn't easy. It doesn't help that our own brains are wired up to resist discomfort, which is kinda required for making lasting differences in our life paths. Fortunately, I know a guy that can help. Andy Vargo is a Lifestyle Change Coach, and author of the book Own Your Awkward Life Changes, which is the cornerstone of what he does as a business owner. From coaching people toward making big changes instead of small ones, and not being overly critical of themselves, Andy knows how to help people live life on their terms and not on anyone else's. If you feel like your life is in the doldrums and you're waiting for your next big thing, might want to give this a listen. Find Andy at his website awkwardcareer.com or anywhere on social media under @awkwardcareer or by name, Andy Vargo. Here we go.
23:41
November 6, 2020
Rev. Fred Shaw - Faulty Medical Models and Misinformed Law Enforcement
There's a lot going on these days. Protesting, rioting, law enforcement issues, adn general chaos. But where does mental health and medication fit in? We find out on today's episode with third-time guest Rev. Fred Shaw, who's had a fire to advocate for true mental health. Did you know that many medications make it difficult to get a clean read on peoples' personality, and can actually affect what law enforcement professionals do in response to a perceived threat? Did you know that the medical model that's been used to gauge mental health today has roots in racism? Did you know that even though our society is paying attention to mental health, that the problem isn't getting better, it's actually getting worse? It's a tough nut to crack, but the people at CCHR are actively working on this. If you find yourself struggling with things that normally would be taken care of with psychiatric treatment, please pay attention to this episode and reach out to Rev. Fred when you can. He always seeks to inform, and there's a lot that can be learned that can help you reclaim true mental health. Let's jump in. 
26:30
November 5, 2020
Tracy Nosal - The Renegade Mentor
Today's guest is a tough as nails coach who helps people realize what they're truly capable of. Tracy Nosal is a leading authority who helps awakening high achievers to release mental barriers that have kept them stuck, frustrated and unfulfilled. She comes to the episode today with a quick wit and a sense of humor, and we ended up talking about some deeper aspects of energy management, unlocking potential and why things seem to hold us back. If you feel like you're pushing through life, and success seems always just out of reach, it's likely you're giving off some energy that's repelling what you're wanting to attract. And if that's you, listen to today's episode. Find out more about Tracy at Renegadementor.com. All right here we go!
29:39
November 4, 2020
Jeanet Wade - Is Totally Human Culture Possible in the Workplace?
You might be amazed to know that there are some companies who don't know this yet but: The best companies are the ones that are built with a culture that allows people to bring their whole selves to work. With a large portion of our time being spent at work, it behooves a company to celebrate every aspect of being human, let people learn more about themselves, and allowing them to play toward their strengths. Today's guest, Jeanet Wade is a local St. Louisan, and hardcore EOS practioner. Bringing over two decades of experience, she knows exactly what kinds of decisions leaders need to make to get their companies to the next level. Get your headphones or airpods in for this episode and find out what some different patterns are that can lead to success for any company that's pushing forward into this new era. Find out more about Jeanet at Www.Business-Alchemist.com/TheHumanTeam. And as always, enjoy the listen. 
27:51
November 3, 2020
Jon Manley - Stop Touching Base!
How do you feel when a salesperson calls just to check in with you. Or drops a "Hey just touching base to see where you are on the proposal?" Or leave a voicemail followed immediately by an email with the exact same verbiage? Well if you're anything like today's guest, you probably hate it. Jon Manley dislikes the standard milquetoast way that people approach sales SO MUCH that he decided to write a book about it called "Stop Touching Base". And indeed, the focus is on abandoning the corporate lingo word bingo that makes up majority of sales calls, and doing something that works a ton better: connecting with humans on a human level. Every call or email you do should give something to the customer, and leave them happier having talked to you. Check out today's episode, apply what you learn, and the sales will roll in. Find out more about Jon at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonmanley/ and at https://gha-associates.com/. And as always, enjoy the listen. 
29:34
November 2, 2020
Liz Grantham - What is Your Optimal You?
What does it mean to be truly fit? Does it mean slamming protein shakes, bulking up and being able to bench press a dumptruck? Or does it mean being fit enough to live life the way we want? Does it mean being able to have full range of motion and capability? Today's guest Liz Grantham introduced a unique term in our talk about health and wellness, called "Fit for a Purpose". Her platform called The Optimal Me digs deep into what it means to be fit, and fit for a purpose. Whether you're starting off young, middle aged or older, there are some key tips in today's episode that will help you reclaim your life so you can live it more abundantly.  Find out more about Liz's journey at https://theoptimal.me/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
34:08
October 30, 2020
Tim Hebel - Growing a Beanstalk
I got the chance to get with local St. Louisan Tim Hebel today, to talk about how his journey to build his company's been going. Seems like we have a lot of similarity since we're both in the tech space, and we talked about the challenges he's had over the years. From how he came up with the name of the company, to the most recent hurdles having to do with coronavirus, he's had a storied career being the owner of a company.  Find out more about Tim and his company at https://beanstalkwebsolutions.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
22:35
October 29, 2020
Adriana Gavazzoni - "Lawyers Are Just Frustrated Writers"
"Lawyers are just frustrated writers." That's one of the key topics we talked about today on this episode. Adriana Gavazzoni is a Brazilian lawyer and author, who has taken her passion for happiness in life, and turned it into a unique career. Living life with no regrets, she combines her knowledge of law with the books she writes, and creates bestsellers.  Her advice: don't try to be perfect, and just start moving in the direction you want to go. There's quite a bit of wisdom to unpack here that we both think you'll get a lot out of.  Find out more about Adriana below:  www.agavazzoni.com @a_gavazzoni (twitter) https://www.facebook.com/authoragavazzoni And as always, enjoy the listen.
29:14
October 28, 2020
Helen Fraser - Virtual Travel While Promoting Indigenous Culture
Coronavirus sure hasn't been nice to the world, and particularly the travel sector has taken a hard hit. When today's guest was faced with the grim possibility of what it would do to her business, she had a choice to make: hang it up and go get a j-o-b, or figure out how to pivot. Fortunately she decided on the latter, otherwise this would be a kinda boring episode. Founder of Ultimately Sydney, she figured out a way to make travel great again in a country where individual states are locked down from each other, by doing two things: going virtual, and digging deep into local history. She's found a way to get locals in touch with native culture, gaining tremendous insights about themselves, and cleansing their minds from the busyness of life, while providing a unique experience you won't forget. Enjoy the listen.  Lots of info below about how Helen's company is solving travel challenges:  https://ultimatelysydney.com.au https://business.facebook.com/UltimatelySydneyTours/?business_id=913298255383040 https://www.instagram.com/ultsyd/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_f70t3ke3-SJ01A2rEaPjA/videos?view_as=subscriber https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-fraser-27a22916/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
36:10
October 27, 2020
Scott Ford - The Bob Vila of The Internet
At the helm of Corgibytes is Scott, who has been called the “Bob Vila of the internet.” Scott is a polyglot developer who, at last count, is fluent in over twenty programming languages. Scott’s love of software restoration and remodeling began in college where he and his team were responsible for retrofitting the testing tools for the X-31 jet fighter. Since then, Scott has maintained a test-focused approach to his work and found the most joy in projects where an existing codebase needed to be improved. In addition to fixing old code, Scott enjoys anime, reading sci-fi fiction and comic books and spending time with his family. And yes, he did have a Corgi, her name was Ein, and if you recognize that reference, they might just give you a discount. Check out Scott's company below:  Website: corgibytes.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/corgibytes-llc Twitter: https://twitter.com/corgibytes ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
29:54
October 26, 2020
Julia Wuench - Fostering Human Connections at Work
Julia is passionate about helping her clients find more fulfillment in their work life by introducing more human connections. The Authenticity Guide is a career coaching firm that focuses on solving problems in the business world through a more human centered approach, utilizing tools like connection, communication, and collaboration. She passionately disagrees with the notion that ICF certification is necessary to be a good coach. And she believes that holistic wellbeing needs to be a core tenant of career development coaching. These are the driving forces behind what she does.  Find out more about Julia below:  https://www.theauthenticityguide.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliawuench/ AND she has a course with a special discount just for Hot Mic listeners:  https://the-authenticity-guide.teachable.com/p/maximizing-your-potential-at-work-and-in-life Code is HOTMIC at the checkout ...as always, enjoy the listen! 
29:20
October 23, 2020
Tessie Castillo and George Wilkerson - Voices from Death Row
Tessie Castillo is a journalist and co-author from Durham, North Carolina. She co-wrote her first book, Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, with four men serving death sentences in North Carolina. George Wilkerson is a poet and co-author of Crimson Letters who is currently serving a death sentence at North Carolina's Central Prison. Today's show talks about the challenges in having multiple people co-author a book while most of them are in prison. But there's a message that they want to share, and that we all would do well to hear.  Find more about Tessie at www.tessiecastillo.com, on Twitter and Instragram at @tessiethewriter, and Facebook at @crimsonlettersbook.  ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
22:00
October 21, 2020
Dr. Renee Exelbert - Reclaiming Control After Cancer
Dr. Renee was a psycho-oncologist at a children's hospital and was then diagnosed with breast cancer. During her rollercoaster road back to health, she became a competitive bodybuilder to reclaim control over her body. This deepened her understanding of the mind-body connection, which she has developed into a unique practice at the Center. She released a memoir, Chemo Muscles, earlier this year. Find out more about Dr. Renee's mission at https://drexelbert.com/. And as always, enjoy the listen. 
32:54
October 20, 2020
Brad Farris - Breaking Through Million-Dollar Walls
I got introduced to today's guest by my very first podcast guest awhile back. Brad Farris is the Principal Advisor at Anchor Advisors, and their specialty is helping companies break through the wall to get from 1 million in sales, up to 3-5 million. Turns out it's a common sticking point with many small businesses, which is pretty comforting. If you're almost hitting that wall, feeling like you're at your limit and don't know how to scale, today's episode should help get you unstuck. Enjoy the listen.  www.anchoradvisors.com/growth-phase
28:29
October 19, 2020
Matt Martin - Keeping Performers In Touch With Their Fans
In an age where people are kinda starved for that human connection, Matt Martin and his team found a way to connect two somewhat unlikely demographics: stars and their fans.  The platform is called Starsona, and during the downtime in the entertainment industry where people are struggling to find work, it's built to monetize the connection between athletes, entertainers and influencers to the very people who like them. Enjoy the listen. 
24:01
October 15, 2020
Rita Joyan - Unboxing Your Gift
As a qualified Trainer and Learning and Development professional, winning Top Training Awards, training at companies like Fairfax Media, The Australian Institute Education and in industries such as government, education, telecommunications, not-for-profit, and media. Rita Joyan, took her Learning and Development skills and created the Passion Process™ (how to find your passion minus your resume) and The Signature Speaking Success System™ (how to attract clients in one talk). She took these programs and delivered them in Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and South Asia. In 2015 Rita was honoured as Canberra’s Young Business Woman of The Year. In 2016 and 2017 Rita earned second place in the quarter finals of the World Champion of Public Speaking. Additionally, in 2017, Rita was honoured to be nominated for the Australian of The Year Award. And in 2019, Rita was chosen to represent Australia as part of the Australian delegation in Japan at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance. Rita is the Producer and Host of Australia’s leading passion and career Podcast: Unbox Your Gift: Turn Passion into A Profession. Rita is the undisputed expert on how to find your passion, use speaking to sell your services and upgrade your skills to finally make your difference to audiences, doing what you love! Find out more about Rita's amazing journey below at: www.unboxyourgift.com https://www.facebook.com/unboxyourgift/ Unbox Your Gift podcast ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
36:40
October 14, 2020
Pam Jamison - Dirty Deeds Done at Reasonable Prices
It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it! Offices can get messy but fortunately we've got someone on the case. I got the chance to talk with first-time podcast guest Pam Jamison today,  Owner of Bright Spot Cleaning, about her entrepreneurial journey. She didn't start off thinking she was going to be a business owner, but with her experience and a happenstance meeting with a previous boss, she had the opportunity to take the helm of a successful company. Using her expert janitorial skills that she'd accrued over years of work, she's begun building and scaling her new venture into a more sustainable model. Listen in to hear how she overcame her fear to jump into the business owner world, and also hear stories about some of the dirtiest jobs she's had to take care of.  Find out more about Pam's services at:  www.brightspotcleaninggr.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:17
October 13, 2020
Elzie Flenard - Always Wanted to Be a Podcast Host
Today's guest is absolutely what he wanted to be when he grew up. He's always wanted to be an entrepreneur and he sort of fell into it under the right conditions.  Elzie Flenard is the Mayor of Podcast Town, where he provides awesome podcast editing and publishing services. And today we got to talk about what some of the do's and don'ts are of podcast production, along with a bit about how he got to where he is now. If you're a hopeful or budding podcast host yourself, you'll want to listen in and learn some tips that can take your podcast to the next level.  Find out more about Elzie below at:  www.podcasttown.net ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
27:25
October 12, 2020
Susan Sheehan - Living Rich and Healthy Lives
Susan is an International Speaker, Wellness and Business Coach of 25 years and a BRAIN training authority. She is a Managing Partner of SMARTCOACH7, a best-selling author and a Mum.  Susan has operated businesses and studied in Australia, the USA and NZ. She has interviewed celebrities and worked with the leaders in the world of personal and business development. Applying the steely focus she has become known for, Susan is passionate  about sharing her knowledge and experience to help others live healthy, rich lives. Susan is a rape and DV survivor: buried a daughter and raised a son with an intellectual disability.  She says that the one message she wants to share is that success is the process of continually growing and improving oneself and it starts with overcoming doubts, fears, anxiety, procrastination, and as a result of quality thinking and intended action and, it can all be learned.  Find out more about Susan's coaching below at:  https://wellnessandbusinesscoaching.com https://meetsusansheehan.com/speaker/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
35:05
October 9, 2020
Melanie Wood - Empowering Change Through Public Speaking
Melanie is an International Speaker passionate about helping Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Passionate for Growth individuals find their voice, sharpen their speaking skills and share their message, story and ideas to Empower Inspire Change. Melanie is on a mission to help as many people find their voice in this world and shares her passion by assisting others to do the same. Find out more about Melanie's adventure below at:  https://speakingstyles.com.au/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
30:51
October 8, 2020
Nicole Santer - Pivoting into Event Planning During a Pandemic
Who starts up an events-based business during a pandemic? This guest! Nicole began her events journey young, in her family catering business, and was instrumental in the expansion of the business into airlines, hospitals and hotel catering. “My family were very well known as the premier catering company in the community”. Nicole is highly driven and ambitious with a passion and flare for business, which led her to start her own venture. In 1998, Nicole established her own event management agency, Extraordinary Events, and soon started organising events for many of the world's largest brands. Producing many large-scale events and brings invaluable industry insights. These days, she operates a new venture called Event Buzz 360, which helps bridge the gap between people who want to schedule events, and the supplier who can make those events happen. And during a pandemic which has an end in sight, she's poised to disrupt an industry and make a huge impact.  Find out more about Nicole's new platform below at:  https://eventbuzz360.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:50
October 7, 2020
Mark Kumar - Building Business Around Passion, Not the Other Way Around
Fellow podcast host Mark Kumar joined me today and we had a great time talking about how he helps business owners flip the script. With many people trying to form their life around their business, he suggests the opposite: find what you're truly passionate about, and build your business around that. Taking an unorthodox approach of doing what he calls "The Midnight Test", he says that whatever it is that you're passionate about, if you can be woken up at midnight and answer a question about it in 30 seconds, you're in pretty good shape. We even had a real world example where he tested the process on me, and we solved a pretty sticky challenge I've been having for 8 years. I gotta hurry up and take some notes and firm up some ideas, so I'll leave you to it.  Find out more about Mark below at:  https://markkumar.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:41
October 6, 2020
Johnny Crowder - How to Cope with Mental Health Using Technology
Johnny Crowder is a 27-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, touring musician, mental health advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health resource. Whether speaking at events or on the road with his band, Prison, Johnny's firsthand experience with multiple mental health diagnoses (ranging from bipolar disorder and OCD to schizophrenia) uniquely equips him to provide creative insight into the pains of hardship with levity and wit. Find out more about Johnny's mission below at:  Website: copenotes.com Podcast: copenotes.com/podcast (or wherever you find podcasts) FB: facebook.com/johnnyxcrowder & facebook.com/copenotes IG: instagram.com/johnnycrowderlovesyou & instagram.com/copenotes Twitter: twitter.com/copenotes LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/johnnycrowder & linkedin.com/company/copenotes TEDx Talk: copenotes.com/tedx Brochure: copenotes.com/brochure Explainer Video: copenotes.com/video ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
28:26
October 5, 2020
Madison and Evan Tate - CBD the Right Way
Second-time guests Madison and Evan Tate came back to share about their second company, Twin Pines Hemp. Based out of Colorado where all the cool stuff happens, they're focused on providing excellent and high quality CBD products. With Evan's background in agriculture as far back as his childhood, and Madison's experience as a nurse, they both realize the tremendous benefits of CBD and what it can do for your body. Find out about the current and future applications of it that help people without getting them high.  Find out more about Madison and Evan's venture below at:  https://twinpineshemp.com/about/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
29:47
October 2, 2020
Laura Staley - How to Truly Cherish Your World
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. Find out more about Laura below:  cherishyourworld.com loveyourspaceloveyourlife.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
37:27
October 1, 2020
Laura DiBenedetto - Accepting the Best You That You Can Be
TEDx Speaker and #1 Bestselling author of The Six Habits, Laura teaches how to create the life of our dreams without sacrificing what we love. As Founder and CEO of Vision Advertising, she has helped hundreds of companies build and grow profitable enterprises. Laura lives on Maui with her husband. Find more about Laura below at:  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lauraldibenedetto/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lauraldibenedetto/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/lldibenedetto/ Website 1: https://lauradibenedetto.com/ Website 2: https://www.thesixhabits.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
43:59
September 30, 2020
Jeff Ikler - Pivoting Education Toward Leadership and Culture Change
Jeff Ikler has worked in education in the broadest sense his whole life – first as a high school history teacher, then as an editor, marketer and executive in the educational publishing industry for more than 35 years and finally as Director of Quetico Coaching where he focuses on leadership development and career shifts. He co-hosts his own podcast, "Getting Unstuck – Educators Leading Change," and he is the author of SHIFTING - HOW SCHOOL LEADERS CAN CREATE A CULTURE OF CHANGE. Find more about Jeff below at:  Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffikler/ Twitter - @jeff_ikler Company - https://www.queticocoaching.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:17
September 29, 2020
Neil Hughes - From Left Brained to Right Brained - Leaving Corporate Tech to Change the World
After 20 years in IT Neil was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when he won a LinkedIn Top Voice award. Here in 2020, he is the host of Tech Talks Daily Podcast with 1,300 interviews under his belt. But he also hosts Switched on Thinking with NETGEAR and Tech Fusion by Citrix Ready. Neil helps leaders launch their own podcast and also ghostwrites thought leadership articles for them too when not writing his own tech columns. Not to mention the author of Great TED Talks Innovation. Find more about Neil below at:  www.techbogwriter.co.uk Twitter @neilchughes ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
28:46
September 28, 2020
Brenden Kumarasamy - De-Spooking Public Speaking
Brenden is the founder of MasterTalk, a YouTube channel he started to help the world master the art of public speaking and communication. He coaches purpose driven entrepreneurs on how to master their message and share their ideas with the world. Find Brandan's Youtube channel at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBYFP4mZLQovr7W6Si6sueA ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
25:45
September 25, 2020
Brenda Neckvatal - The HR Force of Nature
Brenda is an award-winning HR professional and is often referred to as the “HR Force of Nature” by her clients. Not only does she help business leaders solve their most difficult people issues, she is a specialist in crisis management, government contracting HR compliance, and mentor to women in HR working as an HR department of one. She optimizes employee effectiveness and helped mitigate the high costs that are associated with making asty employment related decisions. Perseverance, integrity, and relentless optimism are just of the few of the ingredients that make up what you experience when meeting and working with Brenda. Find out more about Brenda below at:  brendaneckvatal@gmail.com www.bestpractices.work ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
33:21
September 24, 2020
Kris Edens - Rocking Midlife Like a Boss!
At age 45, Kristen pursued her lifelong dream to become a writer. Through trial and error, she built a copywriting business that now serves healthcare, financial, and senior services. Her blog, Managing Midlife, shares issues important to the 50+ audience and was a 2019 Plutus Award finalist for best Baby Boomer and GenX blog. Learn more about writing, second acts, and living on the edge at https://kristenedens.com/ Find out more about Kristen below: http://kristenedens.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristenedens/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
27:13
September 23, 2020
Madison and Evan Tate - Constructing a Construction Biz
Starting from the very bottom, Madison and Evan Tate had a dream of creating a construction business. Or, at least Evan did and Madison came along for the ride. Over the years they've walked the path of entrepreneurship together, and I got the chance to help them reminisce about how far they've come in their journey. It turns out they've gotten themselves into a very interesting niche that only 3% of construction companies can do, while still providing a great service to the environment that they harvest materials from. In short, they're all about doing construction the right way, and in a way that educates homeowners. And today they want to share their story with you.  Find out more about Madison and Evan below:  https://www.facebook.com/twinpinesbeamco/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
27:28
September 22, 2020
Stella Gianotto - What's the Future Hold for Marketing and Branding?
Stella Gianotto works with retail business to increase their market share and futurize their customer experience 360 degrees by helping them to understand why consumers buy brands. Starting as a photographer, branching later into marketing and branding, she's had her finger on the pulse on what and why people buy. Futureproofing business is hard enough, but throw a pandemic in the mix? Hoo boy. Listen in to hear Stella's take on what she's seen change in consumer behavior because of the pandemic.  Find out more about Stella below:  https://brandforbrands.com/stella-gianotto/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/stellagianotto https://www.instagram.com/stellagianotto/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
28:50
September 21, 2020
Dr. Darian Parker - Keeping Fit and Healthy in a Virtual World
Dr. Darian Parker earned his Ph.D in Sports Education Leadership with an emphasis in Behavior Modification from UNLV. He earned his Master and Bachelor degrees from James Madison University in Kinesiology. Dr. Parker is also a certified personal trainer through the NSCA. Dr. Parker has been in the fitness and wellness business for 19 years. Throughout the course of Dr. Parker's career he has served several roles in the fitness and wellness industry. He has worked extensively in both the academic and private club sector as a Director of Education for a Career College, General Manager of a high end luxury residential fitness club and National Director of Fitness for a global leisure management company. Currently, Dr. Parker is the co-owner of Epic Leisure Management. Additionally, he started a live virtual personal training business several years ago and works with many prominent business leaders in the United States. Lastly, Dr. Parker is the host of Dr. D's Social Network, a podcast devoted to genuine, open and honest conversations with people from all over the world. Find out more about Dr. Darian below:  www.elmadventures.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/darianparker/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
29:32
September 18, 2020
Abhi Gupta - Virtualizing Learning and Forging New Data Scientists
Well this has never happened before but Abhi Gupta left me speechless with a new concept that I'd never heard of. Before we got to that though, we talked about how he made the big pivot in how to educate people virtually, and used what he knew about Data Science to create a new virtual workshop that, as of this recording, is only a couple months old. A St. Louis local who I've personally known for 5 years, he's brought a calm demeanor to serving those around him in educating them with skills that they can immediately use at their companies. Find out more about Abhi below:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhimanyu-gupta/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:47
September 17, 2020
Trevor Newberry - Navigating the Path of Entrepreneurship
It's no secret that building a business is hard, and today's episode with Trevor Newberry is one that really drives that point home. We started off talking about his business, Newberry Consulting, and then pivoted into the tremendous mental weight that comes from when you pour your heart and soul into building your dream. It can be a long lonely road but one worthy of traveling, if you've built the strength and relationships that help you get there. If you're on the path of entrepreneurship yourself, we both think you'll gain some great insights in this episode. Find out more about Trevor below:  newberryconsulting.com  ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
36:21
September 16, 2020
Aaron Shawn Harper - From the Gridiron to the Boardroom, Inspiration vs. Motivation
With 25 years of experience, Shawn Harper has earned an excellent reputation as one of the nation's leading corporate motivational speakers! He is a seven-year former NFL offensive lineman who played with the Rams, the Oilers, the Colts, and NFL Europe and now owns and operates American Services and Protection, a multi-million-dollar security services firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. His journey from the grit and grime of the NFL locker room to the corporate culture of the boardroom proved that both worlds can be won by using the same principles and strategies! Find out more about Aaron below:  https://www.shawnharper.org/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
29:41
September 15, 2020
Karin Tischler - Diversifying the Workforce by Upending Cultural Norms
Karin Tischler is the founder of Emily’s Path Consulting, promoting flexible working methods to create a more diverse workforce. She is a researcher, consultant and speaker. Karin hosts the podcast “Job sharing And Beyond” – talking to international experts about job-sharing, reduced work hours, father networks, professionals returning to paid work and much more. A returner herself with a master’s from the University of Oxford and a focus on professional research, Karin utilizes her European & German background to raise awareness of this untapped part of the workforce and to share innovative solutions. She is also a co-host of LinkedIn Local in Vancouver, a global volunteer initiative to organize networking events focused on the human connections behind the social media profiles. Find out more about Karin below: https://emilyspath.ca/podcast/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/karin-tischler/ https://twitter.com/karin_tischler https://www.instagram.com/karintischlerbc/ karintischler@emilyspath.ca  ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
31:34
September 14, 2020
Chris Chapman - dude don't tell my boss but i'm starting a side hustle lol
From working a 9 to 5 job, to starting a podcast, to now co-founding a company that designs a top notch travel app, Chris Chapman has a really cool story to tell. He's taken lessons learned at every stage and has been able to apply them to his current endeavor, along with having plans for the future. Poke that play button to hear the exciting journey this guy's got.  Find out more about Chris below:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-chapman1/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
32:29
September 11, 2020
Kimberly Davis - Being Truly Authentic Leaders, Not Just Paying it Lipservice
An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide; most notably, her program “OnStage Leadership” which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX. Additionally, Kimberly teaches for SMU Cox School of Business' Executive Education Program and their Latino Leadership Initiative; as well as for the Bush Institute's WE Lead program (empowering female leaders from the middle east). Kimberly is a TEDx speaker and her award-winning book, Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need was named the #1 book to read on Inc. Magazine’s “The most impactful books to read in 2018.” Find out more about Kimberly below:  www.braveleadershipbook.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
29:18
September 10, 2020
Kevin Strauss - Using Social Media the Right Way to Promote Mental Health
Kevin Strauss believes people yearn to feel closer to others. Not to everyone but to the people who matter most to us. He believes we long to feel heard and valued because then we know we matter and that makes us happy and do good things. Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Uchi, a social app dedicated to helping people connect authentically by making conversations easy and fun. Kevin is an expert problem solver and has earned 75+ patents and 10+ publications in spine, infection control, psychology, and behavior change. Uchi is his approach to helping strengthen relationships, reduce conflict, and improve behaviors. When not working, Kevin enjoys expedition backpacking, ballroom dancing, and is a 19-year, Ironman Triathlete and Coach. Find out more about Kevin below:  https://uchiconnection.com https://kevinrstrauss.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
37:36
September 9, 2020
Tom Dietzler - Career Mutt
Tom refers to himself as "Career Mutt" instead of the more genteel "generalist." He's been in his current role for 5 years, served at one time as the entire complaint department for a 2,000 ton a day paper manufacturer, as a supervisor in a printing plant. He's done more than that... but hey, this is just the intro, right? In this episode, we talk about how Tom and I met, what COVID did for social outreach, and how finding our strengths resulted in maximizing the time that we have on Earth. Find out more about Tom below:  https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/author/thomasdietzler/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
26:43
September 8, 2020
Trish Springsteen - Introversion as a Superpower for Public Speaking
On today's episode, I got the chance to talk with Trish Springsteen, whose goal in life and business is to help introverts realize the incredible potential they have with public speaking. It's not often you get the chance to talk with someone who has a handle on how exactly to take the nervous energy that public speakers have, and turn it into the energy to drive an amazing talk, but today she shared some tips. While I'm not an introvert myself, I still learned a ton, and if you're interested in getting into public speaking yourself, you'll learn some things too. Find out more about Trish below:  trish@trishspringsteen.com www.trishspringsteen.com https://twitter.com/TrishatTrischel http://www.linkedin.com/in/trishspringsteen/ https://www.facebook.com/trishspringsteenspeaking http://bit.ly/TrishTalks ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
31:32
September 7, 2020
Thomas Halikias - Gameception
Ever play a game inside a game? Fun isn't it? Well today's guest, Tom Halikias, has figured out how to do that within the realm of American Football.  Tom's app is called Drives Football, and he and a team of super smart college students, app developers and quantitative analysts, have joined together to figure out how to place "micro bets" on individual football plays. So even when the team's having a time out, you can still enjoy the game in a different way.  Tom's scheduled to go live pretty soon so be watching for this, and take a look at this new platform that's poised to change sports as we know it.  Find out more about the platform going live soon at:  drives.football ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
28:00
September 4, 2020
Terri Adams-Munn - Fulfilling Ten Thousand Dreams for the World
How many of us settle for a life that is less than we truly want or desire? So often we take advantage of an opportunities that come our way early in life, however end up forgetting to look for and take advantage of other opportunities later on We get stuck in a groove of habits, and conform to the expectations placed on us by the world around us, and we forget to pursue our dreams. Terri’s goal is to get people to reassess this, to truly get people to THINK about what they do, why they do it, and whether their current life and world is truly the life of their dreams. And if your life is not the one of your dreams, Terri will help you work out what is and help you onto the path of creating that life. Find out more about Terri below:  www.tenthousanddreams.com.au terri@tenthousanddreams.com.au ....and as always, enjoy the listen.
35:11
September 4, 2020
Mark Kumar - Our Second First Chat, and Getting Unstuck with Lead generation
Even though this is the first time you've met Mark Kumar on this podcast, this is the second time we've spoken. I'm not going to spoil it, but the first chat we had went so well and I learned so much, that when I told my business partner about it he said, "See if you can get him on and talk about lead generation!"  While I don't want to get into the details of the next episode where we talk for the first time, I do want to introduce you to Mark as the Lifestyle Entrepreneur, who helps people figure out how to build business around their passion, and also helps fellow business owners get unstuck. If you're struggling to figure out how to find qualified leads in this new era, this episode is custom made just for you.  Find out more about Mark below at:  https://markkumar.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:37
September 3, 2020
Ron Laikind - From Cooling to Sanitizing, Pivoting a Business by Removing a Hose
Ron Laikind has hiked the globe from the Sahara to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, Siberia, Turkey, the Himalayas, India, Cashmere, Pakistan, Thailand, Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, South America, Patagonia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Yosemite and more. He’s trekked tens of thousands of miles. Laikind was challenged when on the trail. He wanted to stay hydrated and cool without carrying a tremendous amount of extra weight on his back. He invited the ExtremeMist Personal Cooling System (PCS) to beat the heat and keep cool while exercising (hiking, fishing, camping, cycling, running, etc.) www.ExtremeMist.com. As a result of COVID-19 (his gym was going to close before the stay home order), he pivoted and retrofitted ExtremeMist to the ExtremeMist Portable Sanitizing System to disinfect cars, gyms, homes, offices, hotels and more. www.PortableSanitizingSystem.com Find out more about Ron below:  www.ExtremeMist.com www.PortableSanitizingSystem.com https://www.facebook.com/ExtremeMist/ https://www.facebook.com/PortableSanitizingSystem/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/extrememist/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
30:15
September 3, 2020
Derek Laliberte - Constructing a Construction Business During a Pandemic
I've known Derek for a couple years and not only is he the most easy going dude I've met in awhile, but his background in sales, communication and process management have combined to help his newest endeavor. Plus, his Christian faith plays a huge role in how he operates, as it does with me too. Join us as we talk about his journey and how he's viewed the post-pandemic world and how it both sharpens everybody and gives hope.  Find out more about Derek below:  Roofle.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
25:12
September 2, 2020
Jules Brooke - On Handling Your Own Public Relations
Jules is the founder of Handle Your Own PR, a DIY PR service for business owners, and has been teaching people how to get media coverage for their business for over 10 years. Handle Your Own PR has helped thousands of small business owners make millions of dollars’ worth of media exposure by running their own PR campaigns. Using her online boot camps, coaching and PR SaaS platform, Jules’ students have been on TV, radio and been featured in magazines and newspapers nationally. Many have gone on to huge success in their business. She's The Boss is one of the longest running weekly shows on the Ticker TV, and Jules is the host. Jules is passionate about focusing on women in business, lifting up the younger women who are starting their own businesses, offering advice and sharing stories about the business journey of these women. Find out more about Jules below:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/julesbrooke/ https://www.julesbrooke.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
24:36
September 1, 2020
Melissa Hughes - Mindhacking 101
Thanks to advances in technology and neuroscience, we can actually peek inside that 3-pound mushy mass between our ears, and better understand what factors impact its function. If you're looking for a way to amp up your own brain power or that of your organization, you're going to love this episode with Melissa Hughes. Not only does she explore how the brain works and how to make it work better, but she addresses company culture and employee engagement from the inside out -- from a neuroscience perspective. Find out more about Melissa below:  melissahughes.rocks ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
32:01
August 31, 2020
Noah Pusey - Exploding the Dreaded Annual Review
Noah was raised on a farm in rural Vermont with his 4 brothers and 2 sisters. A graduate of Boston College and Brooklyn Law School, Noah is a lawyer by trade but in 2014 he co-founded Ripple with one of his close friends Derek Hedges. Ripple helps organizations become more dynamic and culture-driven by gathering anonymous peer feeedback and sharing the data with the individual as well as his or her manager and owners. In short, Ripple is dead set on dismantling the traditional, dreaded "annual review". Find out more about Noah below:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/noah-l-pusey-81236229/ www.ripplecrew.com https://bit.ly/RippleFlyer ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
33:22
August 28, 2020
Melissa Pepers - Business Coach? Nah. Business DESIGN.
Have a business idea but don’t know where to begin? This is how her business Bonbo was born – by creating interesting businesses, not just interesting brands. Although brands are pivotal in generating income and are an important backbone of any business, Melissa focuses on building competitive advantages that will allow them to reach their full potential in the market. Rather than solely focusing on making a company a pretty face with on-point branding, she transforms every part of their offering to unlock new opportunities for attracting customers. Find out more about Melissa below:  instagram.com/bonboau www.bonbo.co ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
31:30
August 27, 2020
Annette Densham - Pivoting Public Relations During COVID
Not too long ago, you heard the story of Lauren Clemett, co-founder of the Audacious Agency. Today we get to hear from the other half of this dynamic duo. Annette Densham is the vivacious partner in this enterprise, and in this episode I got a chance to hear how the pandemic really put the pinch on their dream in March. But through it all, they realized that there's great power in creating relationships with the people around them, and pivoting to capture more business than they were previously became a reality. If you're a business owner wondering what you can be doing differently in this new post-COVID world, you'll want to poke the play button on this. As always, enjoy the listen.  Find out more about Annette below:  https://theaudaciousagency.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
42:56
August 26, 2020
Zach Messler - Sticking the Landing on Messaging
Some of the greatest ideas to ever happen………won’t. Why? Miscommunication. That’s where Zach Messler comes in. Zach’s the Messaging Guy. And, he can help you know what to say and how to say it so you make a bigger impact on the world…and your wallet. Find out more about Zach below:  zachmessler.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachmessler/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
40:58
August 25, 2020
Jay Grosman - Selling Cars Seamlessly
Jay Grosman is the Founder and CEO of iAutoAgent. Using his 23+ years of experience in the automotive industry, Jay serves as a consumer advocate on Fox2, and CBS. He is also on the leadership trust committee for the St.Louis Business Journal as a writer and even auditioned for Shark Tank! His company, iAutoAgent, acts as a Real Estate Agent for cars. He has created a streamlined turn-key process for both buyers and sellers to enjoy a hassle-free, straightforward, and transparent experience buying or selling a car. Find out more about Jay at the below links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaygrosman/ http://facebook.com/iautoagent https://twitter.com/iautoagent https://twitter.com/iautoagent ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
38:51
August 24, 2020
Christy Maxfield - Small Business? Big Impact
Today's guest, Christy Maxfield, brings a decade of business coaching, as well as her own experience as a business owner, to collaborative relationships with owners and senior leaders who are laser focused on building successful companies that deliver tremendous value for clients, employees and the communities in which they operate. Her specialties include financial modeling, business operations, marketing and sales alignment, business planning and competitive differentiation. Find out more about Christy at the below links:  https://purposefirstadvisors.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/christymaxfield/ https://entrepreneuriallythinking.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
29:05
August 21, 2020
Marcy Westcott - The Art of Mindfulness
Marcy Westcott is a certified meditation instructor through the renowned McLean Meditation Institute. She holds an advanced certification in training mindfulness practices in the workplace. She is known as The Mindful Culture Curator and her mission is to end suffering in the workplace. She is passionate about meditation and mindfulness and is dedicated and honored to help anyone discover the life changing benefits of establishing a meditation and mindfulness practice. Find more about Marcy at the below links:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcy-westcott-28825a186 www.TheStillStateMeditation.com Facebook - The Still State Meditation ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
32:10
August 20, 2020
Maxwell Ivey - What's Your Excuse?
Maxwell Ivey is known around the world as The Blind Blogger. He has transformed himself from a failed carnival owner to respected amusement equipment broker to self-help author, motivational speaker, online media publicist, and host of the what's your excuse? show. He believes anyone can accomplish big goals if they decide to find solutions instead of making excuses, ask for help and accept help when offered, and be determined to find the positive in all aspects of their lives. If you have questions for him just ask. Find out more about Max at the below links:  www.theblindblogger.net www.linkedin.com/in/maxwellivey ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
39:11
August 19, 2020
Rafael dos Santos - How to Engineer Failure
Our guest today is Rafael dos Santos, hailing from Brazil and now in the UK. As a successful owner of multiple businesses, we got the chance to talk about his journey and why he got started in Public Relations. But we also got the chance to talk about how to engineer "quitting" into your plan, and how that can be a decision for your mental health. I didn't realize we were gonna go that direction, but I'm glad we did, because so many people treat themselves as complete failures when things don't work out. But they're not! Join us as we take a deeper look into what success and failure really are. And as always, enjoy the listen.  Find out more about Rafael at rafaeldossantos.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
31:27
August 18, 2020
Jo Barnes - Turning People Into 7-figure Globetrotters Like Her LOL
Jo is a traveling entrepreneur who has lived in / visited over 30 countries in the last 10 years with her family while building a 7 figure ecommerce business and digital marketing business. She started Your Lifestyle Business in 2019 to share her experiences and support other lifestyle entrepreneurs in building a business they love and which funds their lifestyle. Find Jo at yourlifestylebusiness.com and yourlifestylebusiness.com/joingroup and her Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/166583397500805/ ....and as always, enjoy the listen. 
31:40
August 17, 2020
Wendy Covey - How to Get Started with Content Marketing
Wendy Covey is a CEO, a technical marketing leader, author of Content Marketing, Engineered, one of The Wall Street Journal’s 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in America, and she holds a Texas fishing record. Over the last 20 years, Wendy has helped hundreds of technical companies build trust and fill their pipelines using content marketing. Find Wendy on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendycovey, and her websites at https://www.contentmarketingengineered.com, https://www.trewmarketing.com, ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
21:57
August 14, 2020
Dana Pharant - Unleashing Your Inner Dominatrix
Our guest today has an incredible background, she grew up in a cult and in her journey to healing became a Dominatrix. Yes, I did say that correctly. These days she has changed gears to help leaders show up with true authenticity and confidence by standing in what she calls the Inner Dominatrix energy. No apologies, no excuses - living your bold, sexy, fun-filled life. Find Dana, on LinkedIn at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/danapharant and her website at https://www.danapharant.com, along with a free resource to help you find your superpower at innerdominatrix.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
27:52
August 13, 2020
Eric Yehle - Data Slingin' Done Right
Today's episode is with fellow St. Louisan Eric Yehle, founder of Software Armor. Starting off in the early 2000s his company was formed out of necessity, and focused on helping companies refine the most important resource they have: their data. From cleaning up messy input, standardizing how data is gathered, and improving the customer experience at some of the largest companies in the area, Eric's been a strong advocate for handling data the right way. And it turns out, he and I have a lot more in common than we thought! Join us as we take a slightly nerdy look at how data wrangling works.  Find out more about Eric at softwarearmor.com  ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
21:21
August 12, 2020
Anthony English - A Knight in Shining Armor (for women named Rachel)
Starting off in technology, today's guest realized he had a lot to offer to business owners around the world. Today? He specializes in helping women named Rachel. From being broad to being specific, Anthony English has created a way to get the exact persona he helps shoehorned right into the minds of people, and has built a client base full of people who are eager to figure out the next step in creating their dream. And it starts by simply redefining success--making sure each person is operating within their definition of it and no one else's. The result? A constant and encouraging string of successes for each person. Join us today as we chat about Anthony's journey of becoming a business coach.  Find Anthony on LinkedIn and at anthonyenglish.com.au ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
33:31
August 11, 2020
Evan Knox - This Ain't Your Granddad's Marketing!
Marketing is different these days. Social media has dramatically changed the face of what works and what doesn't.  How do you know what bad marketing looks like? How do you know what good marketing looks like? Well Evan Knox, founder of Caffeine Marketing knows the answer.  This ain't your granddad's marketing, and on today's episode we talk about ways you can refine and target your ideal audience and get measurable results, and how to test yourself to see if your messaging is simple enough for everybody to understand.  Plus we even talked about real estate a bit, which is a bonus.  Great marketing should be like a lever you flip to make as much money as you need. If it's not, you may need to tune into this episode. And as always, enjoy the listen.  Find out more about Evan and Caffeine Marketing at evanknox.com & caffeine.marketing
28:40
August 10, 2020
Ted Sullivan - How to Get Unstuck in Leadership
Unless you've been building businesses or been in leadership roles for years, you'll probably reach a point where you go "eh... I'm stuck." It's a general yuck feeling where you know you're not where you want to be, but aren't sure how to get there. Fortunately, there's hope. On today's episode, I got the chance to talk with Ted Sullivan, Chief Marketing Officer of GXG, about how they work to help leaders and business owners get unstuck. With a repeatable process that gets actionable steps and measurable results, helping their customers is a matter of defining where they are, where they want to be, and a path to get there.  If you're feeling stuck in this regard, might be worth poking the play button.  For info about GXG: www.gxg.co To connect directly with Ted: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-sullivan/ For more unstuck learning resources: www.craiglemasters.com ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
30:08
August 7, 2020
Helen Ginman - How Company Culture and Mental Health Intertwine
If you consume social media at all, it's hard to miss the general tone about company culture and mental health. Some companies have it figured out while others struggle to retain talent. Couple that with more recent events creating a ton more stress and you have a recipe for disaster for any company wanting to grow.  Fortunately, there's help. In today's episode, I got the chance to talk with Helen Ginman, Consultant & Trainer in Mental Health & Wellbeing, about what it is that makes for great company culture. And as it turns out, the solution may be simpler than you think. If you work at a company where people seem to be in a funk, or you're an executive at a company like that, this episode has some tidbits that would be helpful.  Find out more about Helen at www.uandiwellbeing.co.uk and www.linkedin.com/in/helen-ginman. ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
29:41
August 6, 2020
Joseph Coppola - How Business Brokerage Helps Business Buyers AND Sellers
Have you started up a business wondering what selling it would look like? Would you even know where to start? I really didn't, until I had a chance to talk with today's guest. Joseph Coppola, a business broker with St. Louis Group took some time to share what being a business broker is all about. From matching buyers and sellers, coming up with a transition plan, and even getting down in the weeds with personal self-analysis, there's a lot to knowing when and how to buy or sell a business. Fortunately for entrepreneurs in and around the St. Louis area, they take care of those details. Find out more about the deeper parts of business slinging in this episode.  Learn more about Joseph and Saint Louis Group do their magic at https://saintlouisgroup.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
37:51
August 5, 2020
Fred Shaw Jr. - Are We Drugging Our Children?
Reverend Fred Shaw has long been a proponent of mental health. And it turns out we... may not really have the correct definition of what mental health is. For decades, maybe centuries, we've ambled along with an idea of what true mental health looks like, and today we have more people medicated for things that could be solved if we just take a holistic look at how the human brain is supposed to work. Sometimes the things we try to fix are our brains trying to just work as intended. In today's episode we look at how so many children are affected by misdiagnosing, and then misprescribing powerful psychotropics. Are we drugging our children? Find out in today's episode. Some startling statistics about this problem can be found here, while Rev. Shaw's mission and contact info can be found at https://www.cchrint.org/, https://www.fightforkids.org/ and http://www.fredshawjr.com/cchr-2/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
23:14
August 4, 2020
Alexander Brockman - From Addiction to Action
Alex’s career has focused on growth, marketing, brand transformation and change management for: Bank of America, Wells Fargo Advisors, NewGround and now, csg. Alex has been a top performer in each company; knowing the importance of the consumer's physical and digital journey/experience in today’s evolving economy. Alex and his wife are committed to giving back to their community through the church they planted and focus their attention on families/neighborhoods impacted by addiction, incarceration and poverty. Alex says, "I battled with crime, addiction, depression and suicidal thoughts for years before God set me on a different path. I don't know where it's headed, but I don't miss that old life!" On today's episode, learn about how Alex Brockman, VP of Sales and Marketing, has taken every struggle, lesson, win and loss in his life, and pivoted it to impact those around them.  Find out more about Alex and csg by going to csgsolutions.com, or even drop him a link at 314.624.4454. ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
22:34
August 3, 2020
Amanda Love - Is it Old Age or is it Fibromyalgia?
Too often people think the different pains and issues they have are due to old age, when they could really be something bigger. Amanda Love's mission is to help people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which plagues many people whether they realize it or not.  But there's good news--rather than turn to medication there are nutrition changes that can be made to help manage the disease long term, and get you closer to normal.  On today's podcast, we talk about what fibromyalgia is, how it starts, and how to manage it. If you or someone you know is suffering from this, it's worth getting in touch with Amanda.  Find out more about her at www.amandaeliselove.com and her podcast, "Fibromyalgia Real Solutions with Amanda Love". ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
24:35
July 31, 2020
Sheila Holt - Whoops! Suddenly I'm a Lender!
It's amazing how many ways there are to make money, and Sheila Holt, Founder of Sapphire Lending has an amazing story to tell. During a financial crash, she was offered by three companies to remortgage her home, and she took all three. And then realized: there's a pile of money here that could be used. Fast forward a bit and after lending out some of it with interest, she's turned into a full-featured lending agency.  Sheila's got an awesome story, and it's encouraging to hear how opportunity can come knocking in interesting ways. Key takeaways in today's episode include the three types of trust that can be built, and being aware of how much of each you have available to you.  Find out more about Sheila and Sapphire Lending at https://sapphirelending.com/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheilaholt007/ Also she has a book! Find out more about it here. ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
28:14
July 30, 2020
Dale Dupree - Starting the Sales Rebellion
I've known Dale for about 3 years and today's the day we got to finally meet face to face! Yay tachnology :) Dale started off as The Copier Warrior, carrying his dad's business into the 21st century. And eventually he realized: sales as a whole is broken. So many people try high pressure tactics, grinding out 100 cold calls per day and deep down, not feeling fulfilled.  Sales is supposed to be fun! What have we forgotten? How do we get back to our roots? Well that's the whole point of The Sales Rebellion. Dale is building an army of awesome salespeople one person at a time--people who love what they do, are masters at building rapport and creating meaningful relationships with everyone, and not treating customers like marks.  Maybe you're ready for The Rebellion too.  Learn more about Dale at https://www.linkedin.com/in/copierwarrior/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
31:42
July 29, 2020
Robert Kennedy III - Leadership and Influence via Awesome Communication
In this episode, I got to talk with Robert about some really important aspects of communication and how it ties to leadership and even presenting. We covered why confidence so important for leaders, how confidence itself affects communication and presentation, guaranteeing influence when it counts most, getting the attention of an audience at the outset and how to develop your signature story. Lots in here to unpack. We're all leaders in some fashion--being intentional about it by communicating at the right layer, and influencing the right way, sets you apart from everyone else.  Find out more about Robert on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertkennedy3 or his website at http://www.robertkennedy3.com/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
34:41
July 28, 2020
Charle Peck - Blending Mental Health with Education
Fellow podcast host Charle Peck and I got the chance to talk with Charle Peck about what it really takes to advance humanity (which is what her podcast is called!). We talked about education, the teen brain, and how she pursued a degree in therapy while still being a high school teacher. Charle's got such a drive and passion to figure out how best to impact society for good.  Find more about Charle at AdvancingHumanityPodcast.com, on Twitter at @AdvancingHumans and on her Facebook page called Advancing Humanity. ...and as always, enjoy the listen.
28:33
July 27, 2020
Tim Fitzpatrick - The One True Marketing Philosophy
In this second stab at this episode, I got the opportunity to talk with Tim Fitzpatrick, Founder of Rialto Marketing, about... well, marketing! Namely, figuring out whether you're confused about your marketing approach, and if so, how to build a process for it. Marketing is an incredibly hard art to master, but with the right process in place, you can absolutely succeed in it. Tim's got some really cool concepts and deep philosophy about how to do marketing the right way, before digging into platforms and technology. Get the basics down first.  Find Tim at www.rialtomarketing.com ...and enjoy the listen
33:28
July 24, 2020
Aaron Burnett - AI and Marketing as BFFs
On today's episode, Aaron Burnett and I got the chance to talk about how marketing and AI can work together. Technology's pretty amazing, and already many companies and platforms are using it to blend marketing with artificial intelligence to bring a great buying experience to people. Having the right product at the right time.  We also had a hilarious technical glitch partway through that you'll enjoy lol  Aaron built WDMG on a foundation of positive culture - one infused with helpfulness, kindness, generosity, and joy. In addition to the exceptional support of clients, the company does monthly acts of social charity in the Seattle area. His areas of professional expertise include: Positive Workplace Culture Business Leadership Values-Based Decision Making and Business Philosophy Digital – Strategy, Advertising, Storytelling Conversion Rate Optimization Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and Digital Marketing Performance Marketing UX Find out more about Aaron at https://www.wheelhousedmg.com/ ...and enjoy the listen!
22:54
July 23, 2020
Shaun L Duvall - That Poop Your Pants Feeling When Starting a Business
Love talking with my good buddy Shaun Duvall, founder of Duvari Group. We've known each other for years, caught up in person at a LinkedInLocal back in 2018 and I heard about his dream to build an awesome recruiting company. Fellow St. Louisan, servant with a huge heart, we got the chance to talk about some of the funny and scary points of opening a new business.  Check his group out and see what they're up to!  www.duvari.com www.facebook.com/duvarigroup/ www.linkedin.com/company/duvari-group/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
27:42
July 22, 2020
Alex Avery - The Wisdom in our Pets
On today's episode I got the chance to chat with New Zealand's finest veterinarian, Dr. Alex Avery. Turns out there are some interesting conditions in pets that mirror the health of their owners, and you can track some things in society by picking up on those signals. I leaned a lot about Dr. Alex's journey and specialty, and you will too!  Find Dr. Alex at ourpetshealth.com. And as always, enjoy the listen. 
23:21
July 21, 2020
Claire Chandler - Pivoting to Create an HR Empire
Claire Chandler and I talked about her venture, Talent Boost. From the time she left corporate until now, she shared about the different pivots and path she's taken to get her hiring company to the point it is today. There are a couple kinds of discomfort with building business--sometimes you need to pivot, and sometimes you need to push through a challenge. Which one should you pick when? Welp you'll have to listen to this episode!  Find out more about Claire by meeting her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairechandlersphr/ or her company at https://www.talentboost.net ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
33:58
July 20, 2020
Liston Witherill - Serve, Don't Sell
What does "Serve, Don't Sell" mean? Liston Witherill shares about what true sales means. It's easy to think that sales has this really bad image, kinda sleazy, but real sales is absolutely not. It's less about the sale and more about the relationship. With the right relationship, a sale almost seems like a side effect! And great sales means having a service-first mindset, where the client's interests are above your own. Find out more about Liston and his enterprise at the following places:  Website: servedontsell.com Podcast: servedontsell.com/podcast Newsletter: servedontsell.com/newsletter LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/listonwitherill ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
23:02
July 17, 2020
Twyla Dell - The Earth's Next Fuel
Coronavirus was disruptive, but it's actually uncovered a lot of things that could be changed. Our use of fossil fuels is a big one. Dr. Twyla Dell has been studying the environment in a much different way than others--tracking history and noticing that our choice of fuels creates a marked difference in our culture. From wood to coal to gas, each transition creates a huge positive change in technology. Right now we have tech and culture that could enable us to remove a ton of gasoline usage. What would be the results of this? Only one way to find out!  Find more about Dr. Twyla and her mission at Fuelingchange.org, Thegasolinediet.com and Twyladell.com ...and enjoy the listen. 
25:58
July 16, 2020
Antwan T Lawrence - Using Data to Prevent Injury
On this episode, I got the chance to dig deeper into Antwan's venture with DataJocks. Turns out, using analytics to get out in front of athlete injuries before it happens is a pretty big deal. With following sleeping patterns, tracking movement and dozens of other data points, he and his company can wield data and dashboards to tell the story about how well each athlete is doing. It's an entertaining mix of sports and science.  Find Antwan on Facebook and Instagram at @DataJocks ...and enjoy the listen
23:53
July 15, 2020
Chris Spurvey - You are Your Most Important Customer
Listen: if you go into sales thinking it's sleazy and pushy, it's going to affect how you perceive it. There are some excellent salespeople out there who love what they do because they seek first to serve. Today's guest, Chris Spurvey, is one of those people. We talk about what it means to create a vision and a story not just for your potential clients, but also to share with yourself, and rewire yourself with affirmations that create the right environment to make sales successful. Turns out you are your most important customer! Find more about Chris at www.chrisspurvey.com and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisspurvey/ ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
25:32
July 14, 2020
Randall J Santel - Munching Your Way To Success
Haha this was a fun episode! Randy Santel is a Professional Eater, and shared his story about how he kinda fell into the role of doing food challenges for money. It takes a special mindset and a certain set of genetics to succeed in this area, and he found out somewhat by accident that he had what it takes. Now he's working toward being a nutritionist in the next phase of his career. Join us in this episode to find out more about his story.  Find out more about Randy and how eating can be done professionally by searching "RandySantel" on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, RandySantel.com or FoodChallenges.com for food challenge-related questions.  ...and as always, enjoy the listen. 
22:40
July 13, 2020
Lori Saitz - Building Relationships the Right Way, Fam
On today's episode, Lori Saitz, Founder of Zen Rabbit and I talk about how she started her business (which is a pretty cool story and has nothing to do with rabbits at all) but also about how transitioning from being an introvert to an extrovert might not even be accurate! I learned so much from this episode today, and Lori brought all her skills in the areas of relationship building, networking and connecting with the right people.  Find out more about Lori at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorisaitz/ https://zenrabbit.com/confidentconnections ...and enjoy the listen. 
30:07
July 10, 2020
Pamela Biasca Losada - From Chocolate to Holistic Health Coach
Ever been looking for your next dark chocolate fix by looking online for deals, and end up starting a business? No? Well that's a big part of how today's guest started her business! Pamela Biasca Losada, Founder of Health and Emotional Empowerment Coaching, decided that following her passion of coaching people on holistic health practices was what she needed to jumpstart her career as she came to the USA. It's been a wild journey of finding self, helping others and following her true calling.  Find out more about Pamela at these fine outlets:  Private FB group “Prioritize You-Find Your Voice” for education, inspiration & motivation to take better and consistent care of yourself https://www.facebook.com/groups/2027947600776524 Schedule a Breakthrough Session over the phone https://pamelabiascalosada.as.me/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelahealthcoach/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthcoachpamela/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pamelabiascalosada/ Website: https://www.pamelabiascalosada.com ...and enjoy the listen.
28:09
July 9, 2020
Alain Hunkins - Cracking the Leadership Code
How do you crack the leadership code? Well, first step is listening to today's podcast. Alain and I had the chance to talk about true leadership, and what that really looks like. The problem is, so many leaders think that because they're in a particular position, the leadership just happens by default, but nothing could be further from the truth. Real leadership is an action, and it's actually something that can be boiled down to a science. Interested in finding out what the kind of leadership is that will have people wanting to be you when they grow up?  Find Alain at: www.alainhunkins.com www.crackingtheleadershipcode.com (book) www.linkedin.com/in/alainhunkins... ...and enjoy the listen.
26:32
July 8, 2020
Emily Crookston - Who Really Uses a Philosophy Degree These Days? This Guest lol
On today's episode, Emily Crookston, founder of The Pocket PhD, shared with me how she turned her background as a philosophy professor into content marketing and, ultimately, ghostwriting. Turns out that philosophy helps turn writers into supermutants, because tapping into the "why" of writing a book, and the "why" of the audience you're trying to reach is one of the hardest things. Find out more about Emily's journey in this episode.  Reach out to Emily at https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilycrookston/ or https://www.thepocketphd.com/... ...and enjoy the listen
18:02
July 7, 2020
Kate Toon - Stay "Tooned" to Your Business Goals (and other funny stuff)
I got introduced to Kate by a previous podcast guest, and we hit it off right away. Combining her previous skills in copywriting, designing courses and search engine optimization, she's found multiple ways to serve people. And more importantly: avoiding the trap of trading your time for money. Instead of working IN the business, work ON the business. Also this is the first time I scared a guest on the show, so we've got that going for us which is nice.  Find out more about Kate at www.katetoon.com ...and enjoy the listen. 
28:20
July 6, 2020
Laura Rubin - Helping Women Navigate Mid-Life with Pizzazz
It's always good when the pre-record conversation is so good you almost forget to hit the record button. This was one of those episodes. Midlife isn't easy. A lot of women you and I know struggle with it. But there are some women that realize: hey I'm tired of living everybody else's life. Those are the ones that get the most out of life. Laura Rubin, Midlife Navigator, helps with that. If you're a woman hitting middle age and wondering what's next in life, may want to give this episode a shot.  Find out more about Laura at: www.lauramarierubin.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/350723932525868/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauramarierubin/ https://www.instagram.com/lauramarierubin/ And enjoy the listen.
23:58
July 3, 2020
Kimberly Guimarin - The Caffeine Dynasty
On today's episode, I got the chance to talk with Kimmy Guimarin, and hear the story of how she took her father's coffee business to the next level. Previously she was a career-focused woman who also wanted to be a mom, and became a "mom-preneur" to get to where she could have more free time to focus on family. Find out how she pivoted her dad's coffee business, and combined it with a unique approach to selling coffee. Enjoy the listen.  Meet and learn about Kimmy at www.popscoffee.net, @kimmyguimarin or @popscoffee.net
22:10
July 2, 2020
Jennifer Garman - The Attitude of Gratitude
How often do we deeply and truly feel grateful? Do we really know what gratitiude is beyond a simple "thank you" for positive things that happen to us? What about being grateful even when everything seems to be going wrong? Well Jennifer Garman, Certified Life Coach and Founder/CEO of GratitudeMission.org has turned gratitude into a mutant superpower. Starting with the understanding that gratitude is something that needs to be practiced, she's turned it into her personal story about dealing with a mystery illness, and turning gratitude coaching into a fulltime business.  Check out more about Jennifer at jennifergarman.xyz
22:57
July 1, 2020
Judy Weintraub - Painlessly Publishing for Business Owners
Today's episode is with Judy Weintraub, Founder of Skillbites. If you're a business owner and you have to get your idea out in a book format, it can be hard to find the time. That's where Judy comes in. Over the years, she's figured out ways to create books out of seemingly nothing--reusing the content previously written--and using her skills to take a "bite" out of the huge task of writing a book. And now she brings it to business owners!  If you're wanting to get published with a minimum of headache, reach out to Judy. Find her at www.skillbites.net
18:17
June 30, 2020
Danielle Goldsmith - Holistic Happiness
On today's episode, I have Danielle Goldsmith, Founder of Find Your Happy Guided Coaching. Danielle is actually my cousin! And in catching up with her recently, I learned more about her business. Too often we short change ourselves on self-care--mind, body and spirit. And we hear it a lot but don't always give it as much weight as we need. If we're really seeking to be happy, we need to figure out what's holding us back from that, and then solve it at the root. Danielle helps with that. If you're a middle-aged woman wondering how to grab life by the horns, listen to this episode. You'll learn a lot.  Find out more about Danielle's mission at https://www.facebook.com/FindYourHappyCoach/ and her website at daniellegoldsmithcoaching.com
27:32
June 29, 2020
Fred Shaw - Mental Health or Mental Control?
In today's episode, I got the chance to talk with Rev. Fred Shaw Jr., International Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International. In this talk we discussed some of the misdiagnoses of mental health issues, and what it could mean for society at large.  When certain mental health issues get lumped in as disorders and get prescribed medication without digging deeper to find out the root cause, could it be creating more problems than we think? And is it really even about mental health... or is it something else?  Learn more about Rev. Fred's mission at https://www.cchrint.org/ And enjoy the listen. 
27:08
June 26, 2020
Amanda Relyea-Voss - Hands-on Teaching with Style
Amanda Relyea-Voss, owner of Like a Voss and brand new dog mom, spent time with me today sharing how they've decided to go a different direction with teaching social media skills. Instead of creating a course and selling it at scale, taking the bespoke approach and working one-on-one with people has produced amazing results. Although it does mean they can't serve as many people as quickly, the results of this level of service speak for themselves.  If you're considering starting any kind of training program, it's worth thinking what a one-on-one course would look like. What kind of experience are you going for and what results would you want to see? And would an at-scale course even get that for you? Something to think about.  Learn about and connect with Amanda on the following platforms: https://www.likeavosssm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/likeavosssocialmedia/ https://www.instagram.com/likeavosssm/ https://www.instagram.com/mandirelyeavoss/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/like-a-voss-social-media/ And of course, enjoy the listen. 
23:35
June 25, 2020
Stan Ward - Are You Running Out of Gas or Oil?
Founder of Influence Coaching, Dr. Stan Ward and I chat about how work is done.  There's a lot of transformational thinking behind the reasons why we're doing things, but when we take a step back and ask ourselves, "why am I doing this?" it really helps refine what we're supposed to spend our energy on.  Rather than risk burnout by doing the wrong things, we can make sure that we're resting and recharging the right way, and have what we need to pour into our passions. Enjoy the listen.  Web: www.stanleyjward.com Book: How To Beat Burnout: For Yourself, Your Family, and Your Team https://www.amazon.com/dp/173439370X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_blCLEb7SHJW2T
21:55
June 24, 2020
Charlene Norman - Re-Bulletproofing Businesses Post-COVID
On today's episode, I got the chance to talk with Charlene about what Bulletproof Consulting does. Post-COVID, she found that using her skills to help companies focus on exactly what they need to stay open. Pulling from her vast experience working with companies large and small, she developed a Post-COVID success plan, and uses it to impact the businesses and lives around her. Learn more about tips and tricks on how to keep YOUR business going during uncertain times or during the resulting fallout of a worldwide pandemic. It might be easier than you think!  Find out more about Charlene by visiting her LinkedIn profile, or her site.  Enjoy the listen. 
26:21
June 24, 2020
Steve Sims - Giving Yourself Permission to Go Big
How's a guy go from being a bricklayer to having billionaire clients? Step 1: be Steve Sims.  Steve is the author of the book "Blue Fishing", and on this episode he shares his story about giving himself permission to "Go Big", and figuring out that helping people Go Big as well is something people are willing to pay for.  It turns out we don't have to be the best at something, we just have to be incrementally better than everybody else. It's very freeing. If you're wondering what's next in your life, maybe you're just needing to give yourself permission to Go Big as well. Enjoy the listen (and the British accent) Find out more about Steve at:  The Distillery - https://simsdistillery.com Free Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/stevedsims/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stevedsims Website - https://www.stevedsims.com Podcast – The Art of Making Things Happen - https://apple.co/2RHwCSM The Book – Bluefishing – The Art of Making Things Happen - https://amzn.to/2xGrMZB
28:17
June 23, 2020
James Woods - Started From The Bottom, Now We're Here
Founder of SparkTech, James and I talk about our backgrounds and how we got started. His journey includes logistics and more recently telehealth. We talk about the struggles of sustaining a business during a pandemic. And we cover dealing with stress, what makes a great leader and how to create order out of chaos. Enjoy the listen. https://teamsparktech.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdevelops/
33:10
June 22, 2020
Henry Lopez - Are you ready, willing and able to start a business, or nah?
On this episode, I talk with fellow podcast host Henry Lopez, about what it really takes to start a business. Turns out it comes down to three things: Are you Ready? Are you Willing? Are you Able? Now while we might have our own ideas about what all that means, really understanding what each term means goes a long way toward finding out if you have what it takes.  Entrepreneurship is not for everybody. It can easily be one of the most difficult things you might ever do. If you're interested in starting a business, then I gotta ask: do you have what it takes?  Find out in this episode. And find Henry at www.TheHowOfBusiness.com Enjoy the listen.
30:29
June 9, 2020
Alexi Bracey - Health as a Whole
On this episode, I got the chance to talk with Alexi Bracey, Founder of The Whole Health App. We talked about how health scares changed BOTH of our lives, how fueling your body is more than just good diet and what it really means to be truly healthy. There's a lot to learn, but just starting is the first step.  If you feel like you're not at your best, you might not be. Find out what you can do to get control of your health, starting right now. Questions answered include: Why do you say cancer saved your life? What can the average person do to improve their brain health and longevity? What is your daily routine?  And you can find her app at: Find her app for Android by searching for "wholehealth", and for iPhone by searching for "TheWholeHealthApp"  Meet her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/alexi.bracey-34935a7
30:33
June 8, 2020
Rocky Romanella - The Art of True Communication
Just like how most people believe they're above-average drivers, most people probably think they're above-average communicators. "I get my point across," they say, "so yeah, I'm a good communicator." But think back to the times when you've worked with someone that you really enjoyed. Think about how they made you feel. A lot of that comes from truly mastering communication, and doing it in a way that bolsters other people, not just "getting the point across." Join me and Rocky Romanella, Founder of 3SIXTY Management and author of the book Tighten The Lug Nuts, where we talk about our experiences with people who were excellent communicators, what things you can look for to grow in your ability to communicate better, and what things to be mindful of as we communicate.  Check him out: linkedin.com/in/rockyromanella Twitter: 3sixtymgt Facebook: 3 Sixty Management Services www.3sixtymanagementservices.com www.tightenthelugnuts.com
31:45
June 5, 2020
Dr. Pat Boulogne - Why Am I So Sick, Fat and Tired?
Probably not lost on many of us that the US is unfortunately the unhealthiest nation on the planet. We seem to be so busy that we can't track and maintain our health properly.  It's gotten to a point where being sick is the norm. We don't have to be barfing or bleeding to have something wrong, but the symptoms that we're not actively fighting, we're actively ignoring or blaming on old age or "just the way life is" But nothing could be further from the truth.  Dr. Pat Boulogne is the Founder of The Health Team Network, and also the author of "Why... Are You Sick, Fat and Tired?" shared with me that we live in an age where we try to fix symptoms without fixing the underlying problem, and why that's so dangerous for people.  Get details on her book at https://getbook.at/SickFatAndTired and learn more about her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/drpatboulogne/
28:12
June 4, 2020
Mark Howells - Got Marketing?
Whether your business is driven by referrals, inbound or outbound contact, most business owners know you kinda need some form of marketing. But if you're just getting started, or are well on your way, you may not have the budget or the manpower to dedicate to a focused effort on that.  Mark Howells, Founder of Dakota Ridge Marketing, understands that problem. That's why he started his business, which he then also markets. It's really meta.  The difference is, rather than focus on just social media or just email campaigns, he and his group apply principles that have measurable results on a company's revenue. That way you know the value you're getting.  If you need to get a handle on your marketing strategy (or if you actually don't have one!) Mark's a great guy to get to know.  Find out more at: https://dakotaridgemarketing.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/markhowells4/ mark@dakotaridgemarketing.com
22:06
June 3, 2020
Shane Emmons - Distributed Teams the Right Way
Our second try doing this episode lol, we finally got it in the can! I got the chance to talk with Shane Emmons, CTO of TeamSnap about how they were deliberate about getting distributed teams in place by default, well before coronavirus was even a thing.  In this episode, we also cover what makes distributed teams works, and what can bring it crashing down. And it turns out it's not even about the technology.  Do you have what it takes to make it work at your company? Listen in for some tips, along with learning what kinds of oddball sports teams there are, and what Harry Potter house Shane aligns with.  https://www.teamsnap.com
30:03
June 2, 2020
Elaine Queathem - Putting a Dent in the Universe via Coding Bootcamp
I met Elaine about 3 years ago as she was building out her dream. Her goal is to impact the lives of people by teaching them about the world of software development.  Rather than take the same approach that universities do, the things she and her staff are... wow, actually relevant? There's so much stuff they don't teach with "formal education" that they cover at Savvy Coders.  Listen in to hear more about her journey, challenges and goals, and how she's changing the world, one career at a time.  savvycoders.com
27:05
June 1, 2020
Tom Gledhill - Exit, Stage Right
Many business owners start off building their dream with the intent of being able to sell it. Many of those same owners end up in the weeds later on and forget that was the original goal.  When you stop to think about it though: how do you know when it's time to exit? Is it when the company is on top and making fat bank?  According to Tom Gledhill, Founder of XITPROS, the answer is: you can probably exit sooner than you think.  If you're a business owner thinking about an exit, head over to www.xitpros.com for Tom's free workshop or free report.
28:34
May 28, 2020
Brad Cote - The Always-Evolving Process
Brad Cote is the Founder of Link Performance Therapy and Consultant at Preeminent Practice, and in this episode we talk about how building out processes to scale a company doesn't always look the same. The processes that you start with will have to grow and evolve as your company goes through stages.  That should be a comfort to know, because often we might think that once you figure out That Magic Process then you're done. Instead, we should always be looking for ways to change. And that's not a bad thing.  Find more about Brad at www.bradcote.com
25:51
May 27, 2020
Austin Bollinger - Setting and Pursuing Reasonable Goals Today
In this episode, I talk with Austin Bollinger, best selling author and host at The Daily New Year's Podcast about goal setting. It's on the mind of all kinds of business owners (and... probably everybody, really). What makes a good goal to shoot for? And how do you start?  And once you have that goal, then rather than using the beginning of the year as the time to start, why not just start now? And why not set a series of small goals?  That really is the key to fostering new habits. If you want lasting change, you don't have to boil the ocean. Just start now, and just start small.  Find Austin in all of these outlets:  https://www.dailynewyears.com/ https://crushyourgoalsbook.com/ https://www.facebook.com/austinjbollinger https://www.linkedin.com/in/austinjbollinger/ https://www.instagram.com/austin.j.bollinger/ https://twitter.com/austinbollinger
26:09
May 26, 2020
Christine Perakis - On Resilient Leadership
Ever been through a Category 5 hurricane? Me neither. But Christine is. In today's podcast, we talked about how she took her experience going through that, and realizing that we waste a lot of experience on negative things that can really turn to be positive.  Author of The Resilient Leader, she shares a few of the Leadership Barometers that she's noticed over the years, and what it really means to be a true leader during times when fakers will crumple under pressure. 
24:44
May 25, 2020
Michael Bryant - Never Too Old to Get Started
Bruh. This guy is something else.  Michael Bryant is the founder of CTS Consulting, and we talked about how everything in his life has taught him how to live life abundantly. A business owner who, starting in his 60s, became a 6 time Ironman finisher, and lightning strike survivor, this guy's got an epic story. Sit back and have a listen. Find him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-bryant-91b3974/ Website: www.go2ctsonline.com
36:18
May 22, 2020
Keziah Robinson - Looking Back and Looking Forward
Founder of Cassia Partners, Keziah Robertson and I got to have a great conversation about what things will stand out as positive during this tumultuous time. She's been asking her clients that very question.  When going through troublesome times, it's important to be able to look back--not with a sense of regret, but a sense of "wow look how far we've come!" And it's also important to look forward to what's possible for the future. So many things are transpiring now, and we're living history right now. We're a part of it.  Find out more about Keziah and her mission by going to https://www.linkedin.com/in/keziahrobinson/ or www.cassia-partners.com Enjoy the listen
22:24
May 21, 2020
Alex Carmeli - Why Build a Tribe?
Founder of the We Build Killer Teams Community, Alex Carmeli and I had a good chat about why it's important to focus on building a tribe of fans to surround you. If you want to learn how to build a team around you, where everybody genuinely cares for one another OR you want to learn how to build that kind of team within your own company, figuring out the science behind that is key. With all the companies griping about not knowing how to foster loyalty, knowing how to actually do it is a huge benefit.  Head over to her FREE Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/webuildkillerteams/ Website: www.alexandracarmeli.com
26:00
May 20, 2020
Stephanie Scheller - Being Real and Taking Strategic Risk
In today's EXCELLENT episode, I get the chance to talk with Stephanie Scheller, Founder of Grow Disrupt. We talked about the importance of being real--to yourself, to your circumstances and to your principles--and realizing when it's ok to take some risk and try some new things.  If you're aware of the risks and aware of yourself, you and your business can grow pretty well.  Personal Website at: www.TheStephanieScheller.com Business Website at: www.GrowDisrupt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuccessSteph/
32:02
May 19, 2020
Dr. Joanny Liu - Get Unstuck and Don't Live With Regret
Founder and Chief Potential Officer of Get Unstuck, Dr. Joanny Liu and I talk about how executives can keep pushing through during times of massive upheaval. There's a lot going on in the world that can make us feel "stuck," but every day we can make choices to help us get unstuck. And, actually, still be successful during a time where failure seems like the default for everyone.  Dr. Joanny Liu is the Founder and Chief Human Potential Officer of Get Unstuck and Concussion Answers. A multi-time speaker at Harvard University on the brain and peak performance, she is the award-winning author of 3 books, including international bestseller, Heal Your Concussion: How to Quickly and Effectively Get Back in the Game. She has been featured on FOX, NBC, CTV, and Global TV and has spoken at bLU Talks, the Harvard Clubs in the USA and NASDAQ. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-joanny-liu-42178210/ Website: https://www.drjoanny.com Email: info@drjoanny.com1 Phone: 403 282 8116
25:10
May 18, 2020
John Launius - The Most Interesting Man in the World
I met John... wow, less than a year ago? Seems like at least two or three. And each time I talk with him, I learn something new.  In this episode, John Launius, President of Vidzu Media (right here in St. Louis!) shares the story of his path. How he went from coaching people in a post 9/11 world, to becoming a spokesperson of a tool company, to becoming an intern at a media company and rising through the ranks to become President of that same company.  Brief Bio:  - Original staff member of 105.7 FM The Point - Counterterrorism contractor post 9/11 working for DHS and other intelligence agencies - 38 years of martial arts - Missouri Historical Speaker - Author of "The Life and Times of Missouri's Charles Parsons: Between Art and War.   John's an awesome guy, and I think you'll enjoy hearing how every aspect of his career and life has blended together to help him become who he is today. Plus you'll enjoy the funny voices.  Check out www.vidzu.com (and one of their recent projects at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKN0IDbq87A) And find him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-launius-ab54a285/ Stay thirsty, my friends.
30:46
May 15, 2020
Cece Heart - What Have We Forgotten About Health and Diet?
On this episode, I got to talk with Cece Heart, Inspiration Activist and Health and Wellness Coordinator at Seeds. There are so many things we do to our bodies that's just... not working well. And we both wonder if the world's forgotten more about health over the years, sacrificing it in the name of convenience. That's what her vision is, to help people reclaim their health through correct diet.  Also I sing in this episode lol.  Meet Cece at facebook.com/inspirationsorceress, www.ceceheart.com and www.joinseeds.com
26:25
May 14, 2020
Nate Peo - Networking for Fun and Profit!
Shoot, Nate! Dude's just giving away secrets about why we podcast! Can't just give stuff like this out what the heck!  LOL  Nate is the Host of the All In Podcast, but on today's episode (on MY podcast) we talk about how podcasting really can be a powerful way to build amazing rapport with people in a short amount of time.  If you're tired of cold calling, doing outreach and prospecting... this might just be the episode for you. On my podcast. That I have. Right here.  Meet Nate at www.natepeo.com
24:50
May 13, 2020
Christina Sjahli - Bulletproofing Your Finances
Did COVID-19 catch you off guard? Did a worldwide catastrophe seem like a Thing That Could Never Happen? While it may seem like it's impossible to plan for things like this, and protect your finances during a downturn, it's actually not impossible.  Listen to this podcast with Christina Sjahli, Owner of Christina Sjahli Consulting, to find out what should be on your mind to protect for the next time something huge would happen. It is indeed possible to bulletproof your finances, and we frankly need to take a good look at what really could go wrong. Learn for next time.   Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/christinasjahliondemandcfo Podcast: Her CEO Journey: The Business Finance Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs https://www.christinasjahli.com/herceojourneypodcast
27:42
May 12, 2020
Sara Ondrako - The Trouble with Pibbles
Why Veterans? Why pit bulls? On this episode of The Hot Mic @ Arch DevOps, I got with Sara Ondrako to learn more about her passion of combining two unlikely but misunderstood folks.  Pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood dog breeds. And veterans often have a hard time re-integrating into society after active duty. Helping both lean on each other benefits both, and that's her driving vision. As Founder and Executive Director of the American Pitbull Foundation and seasoned Canine Behavior Consultant, she's the best equipped for solving this challenge.  Web: saraondrako.com IG: https://www.instagram.com/sara.ondrako/ Web: apbf.dog IG: https://www.instagram.com/operation_sidekick/
24:53
May 11, 2020
Riana Milne - Are We All Traumatized?
You might think that we go through life not dealing with trauma when it comes to relationships, but there are a lot of things that can happen to us early in life that have lasting effects. Most people just deal and never try to figure out the problem, and it can affect people around them. Some of that trauma ends up being passed onto the next generation.  That's the driving force behind why Riana Milne got into relationship and love coaching, among other things. She's successfully uncovered, identified and fixed 10 common challenges that people have with showing and receiving love, and maintaining love. So she's put science around the squishy stuff.  Book: LIVE Beyond Your Dreams - from Fear & Doubt to Personal Power, Purpose & Success; http://bit.ly/LIVEbook LOVE Beyond Your Dreams - Break Free of Toxic Relationships to Have the Love You Deserve - http://bit.ly/RianasLOVEbook Website: RianaMilne.com For Free Love Tests, eBook, and book Chapter downloads. + Free app: Lessons in Life & Love - on the Go! bit.ly.com/RianaMilneApp Where to listen: +Podcast Archives: LessonsinLifeandLove.com iTunes for Podcast https://bit.ly/iTunesLessonsinLifeandLove TuneIn https://bit.ly/TuneInLessonsinLifeandLove Spotify: https://bit.ly/SpotifyLessonsinLifeandLove Stitcher: https://bit.ly/StitcherLessonsinLifeandLove iHeart: https://bit.ly/iHeartLessonsinLifeandLove Join my Social Media for Free Masterclasses, videos, interviews, summits, articles and more! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoachRianaMilne LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/RianaMilne/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RianaMilne/featured Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachrianamilne/
26:37
May 8, 2020
Tanya Dotson-Winckler - Time Management the Right Way
Time is the most valuable resource we have. And yet we waste so much of it on inefficiency. But where so many people fall down is focusing on fixing the symptoms of that time waste instead of the actual root of the problem, which could be psychological. Tanya is the CEO and Founder of 180 Degree Time Management and focuses on helping all kinds of people get a handle on fixing the actual problem behind why we mismanage time, leading people to true freedom.  Join her Facebook group, Productivity Breakthrough, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/secretoftimemanagement/?ref=share
25:59
May 7, 2020
John Hill - DISC Profiles and Sales
I met with John Hill, Host of the Sales Throwdown Podcast and Founder of Adapted Growth the other day, and we got to talking about personality profiles. Turns out that, yeah, some of them work well with other personality types. And as effective salespeople sometimes we have to "try on" different personality types to get the best effect.  Podcast: Salesthrowdown.com @salesthrowdown on social Company: adaptedgrowth.com Personal Brand: johnsmallmountain.com
30:21
May 6, 2020
Veronica Kirin - Documenting History as We're Living It
Got the chance to talk with Veronica Kirin recently, Founder of Audacious Entrepreneur Coaching. And although she helps entrepreneurs figure out how to wield their crazy new business that they're building, we actually talked about something totally different.  Veronica's been traveling around (well, virtually now) documenting what it's like for people as we face the challenges that COVID-19 bring to us. She's done this previously by compiling books about The Greatest Generation and what life was like for them--a generation that quickly is fading out from age--so that valuable memories aren't lost to history. And now she's doing it for us, today.  This is a deviation from the normal feel of the podcast but I couldn't pass up the opportunity. We're living in history right this second and these days will be stories for the next generations too.  Find out more about Stories of COVID, and reach out to her on LinkedIn at https://linkedin.com/in/vmkirin or @vmkirin anywhere on the web.
20:28
May 5, 2020
Tom Matzen - Having the Right People in Your Court as an Entrepreneur
Dang. This dude is turnt up to 11! Loved getting with Tom Matzen, Founder of Entrepreneur Empowerment Institute. Finding out that there are people out there that teach business owners how to run business is one of the biggest life hacks possible. It's no secret that the path can be a lonely one, but there's no challenge you're facing as you're building your dream, that someone else hasn't already faced and overcome. Tom's one of those guys.  Tune into this episode to learn more about what that kind of mentorship looks like, why it's great, and ways he personally could help you. And find out about his scholarship program :)  Website for speaking: http://www.tommatzen.com/ Website for media: http://www.tommatzen.com/media/ Main site for business: https://embarkmilliondollarauthority.com/ Main site for Non Profit: https://entrepreneurempowerment.org/ Main site for Master Classes: https://masterclass.entrepreneurempowerment.org/
33:35
May 4, 2020
Rita Perea - Work Life Balance and Managing Stress
It's no secret that the #hustle life is stressful. But it doesn't have to break you. Moving and growing and adapting is part of life in general, and talking with Rita today, we got to share both of our "hit in the head by a 2x4" moments in our lives.  Rita's awesome, and if you want to find out about her book and services as a management consultant, head over to www.RitaPerea.com, or connect with her through social media.
27:02
May 1, 2020
Cassmer Ward - Getting a Grip on Finances as a Fractional CFO
Really glad to get a chance to talk with Cassmer Ward on what goes into being a Fractional CFO. His service centers on working light, part-time for companies to handle bookkeeping, finance tracking, accounting and all kinds of money things. But we also talked about how building a donut shop resulted in an entire class that puts numbers and science about how much it costs to make a donut.  Digging deep into finances and overhead is something all entrepreneurs need to get a handle on, because while surprises are generally good, when it comes to finances... eh probably not!  Find out more about Cassmer at www.cassmerward.com
28:51
April 30, 2020
Molly Rauzi - What Makes a Rockstar Leader?
The average person thinks they're an above average driver. The same is true for the average leader. But what does really awesome leadership really look like? What's the telltale sign that someone's a true leader, versus someone just wearing the title?  Find out in today's episode.  Molly Rauzi has a lot of experience with building organizational culture, and leading leaders to lead. While that may sound a little wonky, one of the true marks of leadership is producing other leaders. She does that, and she talks about the process.  Molly Rauzi is Managing Director and CIO at Gagen MacDonald. https://www.gagenmacdonald.com/
29:05
April 29, 2020
Amber Christian - Creating Something Outta Nothing
"What is it about being in technology for so many years that prepared you to become a startup entrepreneur?" Great question. We answer it here.  Amber and I talked about the crazy minds that entrepreneurs have that drives them to create something out of nothing. When you see a problem that nobody else seems to have noticed... sometimes you just gotta do the thing. You can't not.  Find out more about her journey in building Wonderly Software Solutions from the ground up.  Company: https://wonderlysoftware.com Product: https://meetbellascena.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amberlchristian/
27:11
April 28, 2020
Avy-Loren Cohen - The Data of Bad Decisions
On this episode, I got with Avy-Loren to talk about a topic that's probably near and dear to all of us, including business owners: Failing. We all do it. It happens. But where some people differ is what to do about it! If you treat it like a personal bonk, and beat yourself up, you're wasting a huge opportunity. See, the more you fail, the more you learn, and if you treat failures as just data, you'll be way ahead in no time.  Find out more about Avy-Loren at www.avylorencohen.com where you can review some of the articles he's written about this and many more subjects. Find him on LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora, Medium and many other places by googling "avy loren cohen".
32:57
April 27, 2020
Jerry Abiog - Data and the Human Condition
What an awesome episode with Jerry Abiog, Founder of Standard Insights. We talk about how even with the data right in front of us, we can still choose to favor emotion over empirical evidence. It leads to us talking about our respective lessons learned with how we failed and could've made some different decisions.  Especially in the climate of when this episode was recorded, there's all kinds of data sitting right in front of us that we can choose to act on, or choose to ignore. Maybe to our own peril.  Learn from our mistakes, fam. If the data's telling you something, don't ignore it.  Find Jerry in the following flavors: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerryabiog/ Schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/standardinsights/driving-repeat-buyers-using-ai Twitter: https://twitter.com/SmartChoiceAI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmartChoiceAI/ LinkedIn Company Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/standard-insights/?viewAsMember=true
23:43
April 24, 2020
Lorica and Amelia Fritzius - Fritz in the Hot Seat
Got an interesting episode for you all today. As you might know, my wife Charlotte and homeschool, and were doing it before coronavirus made it cool lol. The most recent assignment our oldest two girls, Lorica and Amelia had, was to come up with a set of interview questions for someone.  Well I saw it and said, "Hey you girls want to turn this into a podcast?" and they said, "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" because they were excited.  Of course I'm biased but there were great questions about what I do, what Arch DevOps does, how the whole thing got started, who we help and why I do what I do.  Check out archdevops.com for info about what this business does.  And enjoy the listen. 
17:58
April 23, 2020
Mark Morris - The Ghost(writer) in the Machine
"I don't believe in Writer's Block." Dang son, bringing the heat!! But you know what... he's right. Talking with Mark Morris, founder of Mark Morris Creative, we got the chance to dispel some myths about what really stops people from writing that book they've been meaning to write. Often times it's just getting your fingers on the keyboard and plunking things out. Yes it takes diligence and time but eventually, you'll realize, lol, it's done!  Mark brings experience from a career in theater, and shares how he's applied that to his day to day as an independent ghostwriter. He's a really cool guy, and I think you'll enjoy learning in this easy-going talk.  Find Mark at https://www.linkedin.com/in/markrmorrisjr-ghostwriter/
31:58
April 23, 2020
Henry Schneider - On Business Performance
Henry and I have known each other for awhile, and both of us come from a software quality background. Overall, businesses can have a metric for quality that goes well outside of testing. What are those metrics? How do you know if your business is actually performing well? Fortunately, Henry's built a business of just that question.  Expect to come away with some ideas for improving your business, and a couple chuckles lol.  Find out more about Henry's by finding his LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/henryschneider/ and his blog at http://welcome.ppqc.net
37:17
April 23, 2020
Stuart Lordan - Corporate Refugee Talkin' Homeschooling, Leadership and Job Satisfaction
Hellbent on reaching a six figure salary, Stuart came to a point where he asked, "what next?" When he had an opportunity to become a Senior Vice President, he had to take a hard look at his career. Was this what he actually wanted?  Have you run into this wall too?  Find out more in this podcast about the struggles he and his wife tackled together. If you're a budding entrepreneur or you're married to one, this episode is for you!  Stuart's also got a podcast! Check him out at executivejuice.com
28:42
April 22, 2020
David Somerfleck - Is Passion Enough for Entrepreneurship?
Got the chance to talk with the most chill dude in this podcast today. David Somerfleck, founder of dms.blue shares how passion may not be enough to build a business. Jumping into a space with no previous experience could be a huge detriment to you. Knowing specifically want you want out of it is key.  This is a variety podcast where we just unplugged for about 40 minutes, but we absolutely enjoyed our time together. This guy knows a lot about business, marketing and being goal oriented. Plus he really really likes the color blue. Learn more about David by going to www.dms.blue
41:38
April 21, 2020
Serena Sabala - Transformation from the Top Down
When I first met Serena I was excited to learn how her company, Whole Shift Wellness tackles the looming problems of founders burning the candle at both ends and not taking care of themselves. It's an epidemic problem with no easy fix. After today's episode I learned: her mission is a lot bigger than that.  Leaders who take that leap toward transforming themselves will transform their companies as a side effect. The example that they set will set the precedent for everybody working under them.  That's the mission of Whole Shift Wellness.  If you're a leader struggling with weight gain, mental discipline, emotional distress or overwork, you might want to have a chat with Serena and see how she can help.  Find out more at www.wholeshiftwellness.com Enjoy the listen.
22:40
April 20, 2020
Emma Ferrick - Automation Super Mom
Emma is a business owner. And she has a full time job. And she's also a mom. "How the heck," you might ask, "is that possible?" Well it has a lot to do with time management, discipline, and laser-like efficiency on where your energy is spent. Fortunately for her, her business is all about building processes for her clients and helping them be efficient too, so it's not a far stretch.  If you're a single mom wondering if starting a business is possible for you, you should give this a listen. Or if you're not but still interested in taking your first steps down the entrepreneurial path: same. Expect to get some cool insights.  Find Emma on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/emmaferrick, on the intertubes at www.elfoperations.com or on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/elfoperations. Enjoy the listen. 
26:33
April 13, 2020
Travis Wright - on Lessons Learned Through Failure
On this episode of The Hot Mic @ Arch DevOps I talk with Travis Wright, Director of Growth for 3Gimbals about the importance of not letting failure define you. Travis has a great story about how he goofed up in front of a 4-star general, and what he did about it. Spoiler alert: it didn't ruin him. And mistakes don't have to ruin you either.  Meet Travis on LinkedIn by going to www.linkedin.com/in/travis-wright, and find out more about his book at makingnewmistakes.carrd.co Enjoy the listen.
23:30
April 6, 2020
Molly Rauzi - Leadership, Culture and Using Tech to Drive Employee Engagement
Today's episode with Molly Rauzi, Managing Director and CIO of Gagen MacDonald, shared with me some awesome info she's learned in her stellar career that made me wish I'd met her FIVE YEARS AGO. Holy moly the things I could've applied. Well we got here as fast as we could and I'm glad to get to know her.  In this episode we talked a lot about the psychology behind what it means to actually lead (not manage or boss around) a team, what happens if you have a Hero(tm) on the team, and ways to redirect the energy and ego into constructive goals that drive a company forward.  I'm proud of her that's she's doing the stuff that I've already been doing for years (kidding!) Molly is great and we think you'll enjoy this episode. No foolin'.  Find out more about the company she serves by going to https://www.gagenmacdonald.com/
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April 1, 2020
Russell Nohelty - on Building an Audience of Fans
On today's episode, I didn't know where the conversation with Russell Nohelty, Founder of The Complete Creative was going to lead, but when we touched on the topic of audience building then WOO! we ran down that trail. Lots of good learning today. If you've ever wondered how to build and attract the right kind of people who could become buyers later, the approaches that you'll hear in this conversation will definitely lead you in the right direction. I know I learned a lot.  After listening, find these free resources: Audience building webinar www.thecompletecreative.com/audience Podcast www.thecompletecreative.com/podcast Email to reach Russell directly russell@wannabepress.com Enjoy the listen. 
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March 30, 2020
Trey Willis - on Change During Chaos of Coronavirus
Everybody's been affected by the conoravirus outbreak, and businesses around the world are struggling to figure out how to work remotely while still keeping the revenue coming in.  Trey Willis is the CTO of CTSI Global, and is a fellow St. Louisan. In today's episode he talks about how they thought ahead of time about how to standardize technology and platforms so that everybody had a unified communication experience, so that they COULD work from home, and then the whole world got a chance to solve the problem themselves.  If this is something you're struggling with, you need to give this a listen. It's a brave new world these days, and we'll all have to adapt. Trey has some sage wisdom.  Find Trey on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/treywillis/
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March 26, 2020
Rebecca Wormleighton - Co-Founder of Zendelity
It takes a special kind of mind to look around at what everybody considers "normal" and seeing an opportunity to solve a problem. Rebecca is the co-founder of Zendelity, which is a platform that helps with compliance, risk and preventing problems when things aren't done properly. There's a great example where she lives, in the Great White North of Canada, where snow is the norm, and her company helps with the challenges surrounding slip-and-fall injuries.  Entering a market can be difficult, so expect to learn how they're working to enter this market with a new and exciting solution. If you're interested in becoming an entrepreneur someday, you'll learn some things from Rebecca in this episode.  Enjoy the listen.  Find more about Zendelity at www.zendelity.com
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March 23, 2020
Julian Hayes II - The Art of Fitness and Life
I met Julian recently and was really excited about his business. Many people think that sleep, diet, hormones, genetics and exercise are separate things that we all need to be mindful of, but I was today years old when I learned they're all tied together. His business, The Art of Fitness and Life, helps people get a handle on the unique blend of these areas so they have a custom approach to taking care of themselves. In life there are no silver bullets, no magic beans and no easy fix. But Julian and his team make it possible to have life abundantly.  Find out more at https://theartoffitnessandlife.com/ his podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/optimal-health-for-busy-entrepreneurs/id1500205650 and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianhayesii/.  Enjoy the listen.
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March 16, 2020
Chaz Horn - What Drives Your "Why"?
As a former client of Chaz's, I got the chance to thank him hard for his work in my life and career. His drive to fulfill his Why is what makes him awesome at coaching people to become awesome at sales and building a business. Hear his story about how he started off homeless and became the mentoring powerhouse he is today.  Learn more about Chaz and the Mastery of B2B course by following him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chaz-horn/
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March 7, 2020
Sara Causey - Embrace the Splat
In this episode, Sara Causey, Founder of Causey Consulting, have an animated discussion about life after failing in building a startup. She's since gone on to start a successful niche firm of coaching recruiters to be successful themselves.  Lots of lessons learned and wisdom to share. Finding out how to eliminate fear and self doubt, seeking to serve and living life with an open hand has led to a lightness she never felt the first time around.  Find out more about her at causeyconsultingllc.com
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March 5, 2020
Tyler Christensen - The Effects of Exercise on Education
Although Tyler's got a lot of irons in the fire with teaching, sports recruiting and scouting, book writing and a bunch of other things, his most recent passion is prepping for a TED talk abut the effects of exercise on education. It's more widespread than that though, and the research he's done has found some incredible things that can affect almost everybody for good. I personally hope his findings go viral. Listen to this episode to find out why.  If you'd like to learn more about Tyler, find him at his personal website at www.tylerchristensen.com and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylerchristensen/
27:42
March 5, 2020
Harrison Baron - The Right Kinda Hustle
Harrison and I talk about what it takes to get a business up to where it's "exploding" (in a good way). In just two years, he's taken it from ground zero to a revenue-producing machine. "It's all about three things," he says, "Time, energy and money." You might not have a bunch of all three but you can use what you can to get the effects you need. Talking about time management, massive action and the good kind of hustle that creates results, not  busy-ness. Find Harrison at baronmediagroup.com
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March 4, 2020
Taylor Trusty - The Hard Road of Entrepreneurship
We always see the Instagram-style posts about entrepreneur life, hustle porn and constantly winning. But you know what? Real entrepreneurship is nothing like that. In this episode, Taylor and I talk about the struggles that go into building a great business, and how NOT talking about the struggles ends up being a detriment to current and future business creators. Come ready to learn some great insights about how to walk this hard road with the right kind of support.  Taylor Trusty is a multiple business owner and current co-founder of Signal Insights. Learn more about him at taylortrusty.com
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March 4, 2020
James Avery of Adzerk - The future of advertising
Holy moly I had no idea that advertising, 3rd party cookies and a bunch of other things are going to drastically change over the next couple years. Originally I had some questions for James Avery, Founder of Adzerk, but that got thrown out the window in like the first couple minutes. If you're curious what the future of advertising looks like, and what it means for you, you gotta listen to this episode.  Check out Adzerk at adzerk.com
23:57
March 3, 2020
Chris Gerding - Disrupting Learning Foreign Languages with Boomalang
Chris Gerding, founder of Boomalang, shares his story with me about how this whole Chatroulette-style platform for matching students of foreign languages with speakers of it so they can get a lot more practice. The successes, challenges and struggles of running a now 5-year business are covered in this lightning talk styled episode of The Hot Mic @ Arch DevOps.  Find out more at boomalang.co
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February 27, 2020
Eric Axelrod and the Cloud Data Summit
I didn't realize we're sitting on the cusp of something that could disrupt hiring, transportation and how companies hire talent. Eric Axelrod, founder of Cloud Data Summit, talks about how this online collaboration platform could be bigger and faster than AI. Much as everybody is talking about new technologies, keeping people connected as effectively as if they were in the same room together may have a huge impact. This podcast should leave you saying, "What a time to be alive!" and in fact I say it near the end.  Enjoy the listen.  Find Eric at these places: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericaxelrod/ https://www.clouddatasummit.com/ http://www.digr.io/
25:30
February 25, 2020
Yocheved Belsky and Michael Fritzius - Technology and Education
Yocheved and I had a great discussion about how technology and education work (and DON'T work). With Yocheved's background in education she talks about why the system is broken, what could be done about it, and the urgent need to move away from how we teach everybody--not just children--in this day and age. The world is ripe for disruption and this episode may give you some ideas.  Find Yocheved on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/yochevedcsg/
23:40
February 18, 2020
Talkin' Metrics with Luca Ingianni
I met Luca through a mutual friend awhile back and found that he's got some amazing insights on metrics--what to measure, thought process behind why we measure, and how to make sure people don't game the numbers. After some back-and-forth with scheduling, we finally dropped this podcast for you.  This is one of the most enlightening podcasts I've been a part of, because so much of this applies to both hardware and software engineering. Expect to learn some key concepts regarding metrics, and gain insights on how to avoid some common pitfalls.  Listeners can enjoy a free Metrics Cheat Sheet created by Luca at https://ingianni.eu/podcast/namegoeshere/
34:41
October 22, 2019
The Simple Thank-You to Supercharge Company Culture
"I could get used to your kindness. It's not found around here."  That's so sad Alexa play Despacito.  Someone told me that when I thanked them for putting in some effort without being asked, to provide some really useful info. It really did make me sad.  If a company has a culture where people don't thank each other much, you can be sure there's not nearly as much productivity.  Listen now to hear about the power of a simple Thank You and how it can be applied at your company. 
03:59
August 14, 2019
On Job Hopping
Are you afraid to look for your next job for fear of being labelled as a Job Hopper? You're not alone.  In this pilot episode of [NAME GOES HERE], let's talk about how to flip the script, focusing less on preventing failure, and instead focusing on increasing success. 
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July 26, 2019