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Dirt Road Journeys

Dirt Road Journeys

By Rob Deptford

Dirt roads can be fun and full of adventure. They can be challening and full of life lessons.

These are stories to learn from about interesting people in interesting circumstances on life's bumpy roads.

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Jerry Springer, Growing a Podcast to 100,000 Downloads, and Damn the Public!
Jerry Springer, Growing a Podcast to 100,000 Downloads, and Damn the Public!
Reena Friedman Watts wanted to work at WGN in Chicago. That didn't work out, and, in a serendipitous manner, plan B became a gig on the Jerry Springer show. And while Jerry Springer was an early influencer on her career, Reena's dad is perhaps the biggest of all. Listen to any episode of the Better Call Daddy show, and you'll understand. Listen to this Dirt Road Journeys episode as Reena shared some of her story. Reena loves a story, and she’s fascinated by the people behind them. In fact, she lives to bring stories to life. Her appetite for storytelling has taken her to unexpected places from the Jerry Springer Show to the legal drama, Court TV. And now telling compelling stories is a family affair. In her new Podcast, Better Call Daddy, Reena interviews people whose stories haven’t been told – at least not through her unique lens – and then gets daddy’s perspective afterward. Connect with Reena: https://bettercalldaddy.com https://linkedin.com/in/reenafriedmanwatts Visit Dirt Road Journeys at https://dirtroadjourneys.com
45:45
September 14, 2022
Niche Down? You May Want to Reconsider
Niche Down? You May Want to Reconsider
Anyone in business has heard it before... Find your niche. Speak to a smaller, more specific segment of your audience and deliver a more customized product or service to them. The idea is that this targeted approach will lead to more sales with less effort. But what if you had more than one niche? What if you could provide your customers with a variety of products and services to meet multiple needs within your ecosystem? Walmart does. Costco does. And AliNicole WOW does. Listen and learn her strategy to create a coaching and consulting department store experience. Find AliNicole here: https://wowshedoesitall.com https://www.facebook.com/AliNICOLEWATERS https://www.instagram.com/iamtheemajestyalinicolewow/ Like the show? Buy us a coffee at https://dirtroadjourneys.com
39:57
September 07, 2022
When You Carry a Toolbox but Also Need a Briefcase
When You Carry a Toolbox but Also Need a Briefcase
We need tradies, as they're called in Australia - those who make their living with tools, skill and craftsmanship. There was a time when the big push was to get a university degree, and working in the skilled trades was a plan B or C. Thankfully, that's changing, but those tradespeople are often also trying to be small business operators, and there isn't a lot of overlap in knowledge and skill set. Sam Maxton helps with that and more. Listen to find out how. Sam Maxton is passionate about helping people succeed personally and professionally. One of his goals each year is to impact 1000 people's lives. He creates impacting and inspirational relationships for collaboration advocacy and good times. At Business Sight, Sam solely works with trades and builders in Australia and New Zealand taking them through the most comprehensive training program in Australia to help them to be as good at business as they are at their trade. He and his colleagues work with them to build better business structures and work more efficiently. They work on Time, Team, Financials, Growth, Structure & Reputation Management, with well over 60 specialists who are industry focused to gain the best clarity for their clients. Sam is also an advisor to his partner's business, JSM Solutions, where they educate business owners that admin procedures don't have to be a burden. They help create and implement processes and procedures for businesses and train staff so the operation runs smoothly. Find Sam here: https://linkedin.com/in/sam-maxton-303726205 https://businesssight.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/BusinessSight https://www.facebook.com/jsmsolutions.com.au/ Enjoying Dirt Road Journeys? Visit us at https://dirtroadjourneys.com
30:54
August 30, 2022
New Cultures and New Opportunities
New Cultures and New Opportunities
Startups. They were the initial target market for communications consultant Nausheen Ishtiaq Chen. But living in China and having international experience, she soon found her skills in demand for something else - teaching how to resonate with markets in the West. Listen to how this entrepreneur is bridging cultural AND communication gaps. Nausheen Ishtiaq Chen is a marketer and filmmaker turned communications consultant. With Fortune 500 experience, experience in improv, and a recently completed TEDx talk, she helps startups craft fearless brand stories, and she coaches and trains leaders & teams to transform their communication skills. Connect with Nausheen here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nausheenichen/ https://linktr.ee/nsheen.i
35:18
August 24, 2022
Techsplaining Post-Job Entrepreneurship
Techsplaining Post-Job Entrepreneurship
Doug Thompson comes from a generation that had a more stable career journey than what often happens today. But when the time comes, he's not about to take the proverbial gold watch and disappear. He has an entrepreneurial journey as a podcaster to pursue. Listen to his story. Doug Thompson is a passionate storyteller, TEDx & Keynote speaker, sales nerd, LinkedIn creator, and host of the both The Doug Thompson podcast & the Go Tanium Tech Stories Podcast. When he is not sharing stories with his customers or podcast audience, he can be found sharing his passion for storytelling with “Mindset Mondays”, giving keynote speeches, and by mentoring and coaching other professionals to develop their storytelling skills. He believes that everyone has a story, and it is just a matter of unlocking it from the grips of the subconscious mind. Like all superheroes he has an alter ego as Chief Education Architect for Tanium. In this role he uses his storytelling skills to share transformational stories of how to elevate the ways that schools defend their teachers and students from cyber villains everywhere. Doug and his wife, of more than 40 years, enjoy spending time with their two children and 7 grandchildren whenever possible. He is also a retired triathlete and is a 2-time Ironman Triathlon finisher. He can be reached at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thedougthompson/ Twitter @thedougthompson Instagram @thedougthompson Go Tanium Tech Stories Podcast (spreaker.com) The Doug Thompson Podcast (spreaker.com) Like the show? Visit us at https://dirtroadjourneys.com
34:47
August 16, 2022
Royalty, Philanthropy and Increased Profits
Royalty, Philanthropy and Increased Profits
Most people who wear a crown are born into the position it comes with. Heather Langton earned her crown after trading in a hard hat, and she wears it proudly. Her ability to coach companies to increase profits made her known as the profit queen, and the crown has been a part of her brand ever since. While she enjoys coming up with profit generating strategies, perhaps her more noble mission is helping give people with criminal records a second chance through entrepreneurship. Come and listen. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Heather Langton has been an entrepreneur since 4th grade, when she made and sold custom friendship bracelets. Since then, she has owned multiple companies, following in her initial entrepreneurial spirit. In 2001 Heather Langton founded and operated a General Contracting company, specializing in residential remodeling. In 2007 Heather hired a business coach. With that business coach’s support and assistance, between 2008-2012 Heather increased the company’s revenue by 700%. In 2012, the company reached an annual revenue of 1 million dollars. After closing the company in 2016, Heather was employed by and helped several business owners run their own company, always resulting in an increase in profits. She quickly realized that she was very good at helping others make more profit, and in 2018 Heather realized a dream and became a business coach herself. Heather focuses primarily on helping business owners create strategic systems and processes for the company that increase profit. While Heather can help a multitude of different industries, her passion is working with companies in the Construction Trades. Find Heather here: www.OnPoint.Coach https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherlangton/ https://www.facebook.com/heather.langton.52 719-440-5836 Heather@OnPoint.Coach
32:38
August 09, 2022
Catching Waves with the Right Business Systems
Catching Waves with the Right Business Systems
Scotty Schindler built a $1.125 trillion real estate software business serving Australia and New Zealand. He exited and retired early. And he's a champion surfer. Win-win-win is what Scotty lives by, but it's not all about creating wins for himself. You won't want to miss the business insights he shares in this episode of Dirt Road Journeys! Scotty Schindler is a business and sports leader proudly from Sawtell, New South Wales, Australia. Now the retired startup founder and CEO of ReNet, he is recognised as a leading Aussie business identity and keen surfer who has won multiple surfing Titles. An overview of Scott’s life shows an enviable ability to achieve success in anything he pursues. At its core, Scott’s career is a story of creativity, hard work and a love of Australian life. As CEO of ReNet, Scott has presided over the growth of a startup business that began in 2000 with just 1 single property listing advertised. On Scott’s retirement in 2017, ReNet managed over $1.125 Trillion Dollars ($1,125,771,059,045) in real estate across Australia and New Zealand by 5,000 real estate offices and some 15,000 real estate salespeople. In complement to his role as CEO, Scott is also a highly sought-after public speaker, trainer and thought leader within Australia and around the world. A business mentor and sales trainer that can back up advice with proven results in his own life, Scott credits his ‘quintessentially Australian’ identity as a born optimist and clear-cut straight talker as key to his success in this arena. Before this present chapter of his life, Scott acquired his business and sales trade during 10 years in the insurance industry in the ’90s. Other organisations Scott is actively involved in are the Sawtell Boardriders, Sawtell Business Chamber, Surfing NSW and Fire + Rescue New South Wales. The roles vary but Scott’s devotion to community is a constant and so too an unending love of business and surfing that has carved out many, many adventures. Alongside having represented and won for Australia at the world surfing titles, Scott also holds multiple surfing championships at all levels of amateur surfing. With an enduring belief that success in business and sport requires dedication to the same qualities, Scott is also very proud of his work as a coach and trainer of WQS surfers and Aussie surfers in junior development. When away from his work or sporting commitments, Scott spends time with his family, and friends and is a proud supporter and sponsor of local sporting groups such as Sawtell Surf Life Saving and Sawtell Scorpions FC. Find Scotty here: https://system1357.com https://scottyschindler.com https://linkedin.com/in/scottyschindler https://www.youtube.com/scottyschindler https://www.instagram.com/scottyschindler/ https://www.facebook.com/scotty.schindler/ Find Scotty's publications here: https://www.amazon.com/Scotty-Schindler/e/B09XJ55Z2F?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1659462501&sr=1-1 At Dirt Road Journeys, we always appreciate listener support. Even $1 goes into the coffee fund to help keep us going! Visit us at https://dirtroadjourneys.com.
38:20
August 02, 2022
Finding Your Way Through What You Say
Finding Your Way Through What You Say
Lila Smith retired from acting in New York City after 10 years in the business. During that time she learned a thing or two about good communication that impacts an audience, but it took some exploration to figure out how she would apply that expertise going forward. After moving several times, she is now settled in an area where her business can thrive and her family is nearby. Listen and learn from her journey. Lila Smith is the creator of the Say Things Better Method of Intentional Communication. She has an uncanny knack for pulling thoughts out of your head you didn’t even know were there, and putting them into words. This clarity has led tens of thousands of her clients, workshop participants, and audience members worldwide to achieve personal growth, improved relationships, and career success. Lila is also a Certified YouMap® Coach, a retired NYC theater actress and director, a LinkedIn community influencer, and co-author of the popular children’s book You’ve Got Values! She is based in Philadelphia, PA but works with clients on 6 out of 7 continents… so far. Find Lila here: www.saythingsbetter.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lilasmith Instagram & Twitter: @lilalasagna Visit the Dirt Road Journeys podcast page at https://dirtroadjourneys.com
30:55
July 26, 2022
Virtual Adaptation in an Evolving Service Sector
Virtual Adaptation in an Evolving Service Sector
Rob Statham is one of the top adult beverage experts in Canada. He made a career out of sharing his expertise at corporate functions, private parties, and on television. Then along came a pandemic, and it became particularly challenging for entrepreneurs like Rob who depended on delivering in-person services. But Rob found a way to adapt his business to the digital space. Listen as he shares his views on the service sector, how things are changing, and how he plans to thrive into the future. Rob Statham is an entrepreneur, hospitality and presentation expert with over 25 years of experience in the field of hospitality and events. 10 years ago he embarked on a new journey into wine, spirits and beer, having been influenced by his late father to pursue this field. He was a prolific home maker of wine and beer and kept quite a few books on the subject. Today he owns The Drunken Grape® which presently focuses on live and virtual tasting expertise as well as high level video branding for wineries and breweries, with a keen focus on marketing through social media. It is more important than ever to keep your employees, partners, stakeholders, investors, clients or friends engaged, happy and motivated. The world of wine, spirits and beer has been an ageless presence far back into human history for joy, celebration and happiness. Find Rob here: www.thedrunkengrape.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iamrobstatham/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheDrunkenGrape Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedrunkengrape Instagram: @thedrunkengrape Twitter: @thedrunkengrape Enjoying the Dirt Road Journeys show? Visit us at DirtRoadJourneys.com.
41:46
July 19, 2022
Written in The Stars
Written in The Stars
Kristin Sherry didn't set out to become a best-selling author, but it's amazing where our journey will sometimes lead us. Listen to Kristen share how she began writing, and how she now has several top books under her belt. Kristin Sherry is a best-selling author of self development books for adults, and self discovery books for children. She is the Managing Partner of YouMap LLC which certifies coaches, consultants and leaders to change people's lives with YouMap®. The YouMap® profile she developed uncovers strengths, values, preferred skills and interests beginning at age 8, up through adulthood. YouMap® won a career innovation award from Career Directors International in 2020. Kristin is based in North Carolina. Find Kristin here: www.MyYouMap.com LinkedIn.com/in/kristinsherry Like our program? Visit us at DirtRoadJourneys.com.
37:14
July 12, 2022
From Fired to Fired Up and Thriving
From Fired to Fired Up and Thriving
Ira Bowman was a career salesman in the print business, and he was very good at it, so losing his job wasn't a thought he had ever considered. Then the pandemic hit, and even the very best in many industries experienced layoffs as businesses struggled. Ira was among them. But rather than set out to compete for another job in print, he decided to start his own company. It turned out to be a good decision. Very good. Listen to his story. Professionally Ira is a marketing and sales expert, photographer, graphics designer, website builder, philanthropy owner, Search Engine Optimization content writer, and TEDx speaker. Ira has built a large social media following with six-figure following counts on both LinkedIn and Instagram. Ira Bowman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University where he graduated with a 3.916 GPA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Business and Religion. This says a lot about who Ira is, as he has many interests, and he strives to do things with excellence. Over his 25-year career to date, Ira has worked in the restaurant, e-commerce, print, and marketing industries. The majority of Ira’s career has been spent in a sales role in the print and graphics industry helping small and medium-size businesses gain market share and increase sales. Since June of 2020, with the launch of Ira’s business, Bowman Digital Media, Ira has focused on helping increase visibility for his clients on social media and increasing website traffic. The internet has become the main source of commerce and visibility is important to increase sales. Ira Bowman has been married to Alicia Bowman since June of 2000 and is a proud father of eight children with several of the kids now in college. The family is located in Southern California just outside Los Angeles. Find Ira here: https://bowmandigitalmedia.com/ Company https://irabowman.com/ Photography https://www.projecthelpyougrow.com/ Philanthopy https://www.linkedin.com/in/ira-bowman/ https://www.instagram.com/irambowman/ https://www.youtube.com/c/IraBowman_ProjectHelpYouGrow https://twitter.com/irambowman
34:58
July 05, 2022
Hopping the Fence and Rising From the Ashes
Hopping the Fence and Rising From the Ashes
Detroit-based business growth coach and relationship marketing expert Terry Bean shares his story about the ups, downs, the way-downs and the rebounds of his journey through working for others and eventually working for himself. Terry is a sought after speaker, business growth coach and consultant. His area of expertise is steeped in the space of “relationship marketing”. He takes time to uncover people’s needs and leverages his network and knowledge to see them fulfilled. Terry spends most of his time as a business development strategist. Companies find value in his network, knowledge and interest in sharing both. He is the founder of Motor City Connect and an executive producer of TEDxDetroit. Reach out to Terry: https://trybean.com https://linkedin.com/in/terrybean https://facebook.com/trybean
39:09
June 24, 2022