The Strong Com Podcast is for driven individuals dedicated to strengthening their communication, community building, and company; whether that's your business or the company that you keep. Com is the Latin root word for together, or common.
This podcast also covers how to strengthen your mindset with the D.R.I.V.E. acronym: Dedication, Relationship, Integrity, Volition, and Enthusiasm. Connect with me daily @aarondunnworks on Instagram and Twitter or periodically through the Strong Com Newsletter atstrongcom.substack.com.
Today’s podcast is the last in the DRIVE series of episodes where I talk about the 5 words I use to cultivate and maintain a strong mindset. I’ll repeat the 5 soon but in this episode I simply articulate my thoughts on Enthusiasm in general, how it fits within DRIVE and share a snippet from an article on how to build a Katana sword and how the Katana forging process serves as an apt metaphor for a driven mindset as it has been the recurring theme for these first 5 of this series. What are you enthusiastic about?
Brad Young is the CEO of Landmark Credit Repair, which helps people improve their credit and Gamers4Christ, a eSports organization and local ministry. In this episode we talk about the creative ways he markets the services he provides, engages with the local community and at the end he answers many questions about credit from a recent post I made on Facebook!
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In this episode I talk about volition, or willpower. I share some thoughts on the definition of volition, why it's in DRIVE, why it's important and share a story I wrote 3 years ago about the subject. Enjoy!
I'm very excited to share this conversation I had with Jared Chacon, director of marketing for True Vine Brewing. True Vine has an incredible story of growth as the first craft brewery in Tyler, Texas and has recently celebrated their 5th year in business at their larger location.
Jared joined the team as a volunteer and has taken on additional responsibility as the business has grown to become the popular hub for excellent beer and local events as it has today.
In this episode we talk about how the team at True Vine thinks through beer naming, the importance of events, how they engage new communities of people, the True Vine brand voice, the new location coming downtown soon and much more!
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The D.R.I.V.E. principles are 5 ingredients to a stronger mindset, and inbetween Strong Com Conversations I dedicate an episode to exploring each principles. This one, Integrity, went a little longer than the previous two but I felt it was good to keep! I talk through defining integrity, where I've experienced it's fruits in my own life, how it relates to the katana sword forging process and I share a bit from a book on my shelf, Aristotle for Everybody.
I hope you enjoy this episode!
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Ken is a father, writer, musician, and blogger who's writing has been featured on RelevantMagazine.com. He is a contributing editor for Lightworkers.com and is the founder of HonestChristian.org. We had an excellent chat about the business of blogging, how he got started and has found success 2 years in, the church today and how it is marketed, and much more!
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In this episode I share some thoughts around the "R" in DRIVE, the 5 part acronym for a stronger mindset. I share some real world examples of relationship building and break down how the Katana sword making process relates to relationships.
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James Bowen aka JBSPECIAL is a DJ, producer, and sales and marketing consultant for the speaker company BASSBOSS. We had a great conversation about how he approaches shows, making music, trying new things, pushing himself through self-imposed limits, what he's learned since recently moving to LA, and more.
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This episode is a solo effort, the first in a series of episodes where I will cycle through each principle in D.R.I.V.E. to help you cultivate and maintain a strong mindset.
D.R.I.V.E. is a 5 part framework that has guided my life and career and in a variety of ways. The purpose of this series is to share my thoughts on each principle and give practical ways to apply it to your own life and career.
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My friend Carlos and I have a great conversation about work life balance, communicating to different people in different ways, modern communication methods, what every community has in common and much more.
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The Twitter Marketing account @TwitterMktg posed this question: "Your Marketing Philosophy in One Word" so I thought I'd play.
This podcast is me exploring my answer for the first time. Let me know what you think!
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Hyperbole is the new black.
In this episode I talk about two figures of speech, and share my thoughts on hyperbole today.
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I've been a fan and follower of photographer Anne Brookshire's Instagram account, @AmongThePinesTexas for a few months now and immediately wanted to learn more about what she was up to upon checking out her account. She's created an incredibly special coffee table book that captures the unique quality of East Texas and in this podcast we dive into what makes East Texas great, her ambitions, why she decided on a book, and much more. Follow her @AmongThePinesTexas Follow me @AaronDunnWorks Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast! Want a shout out on an upcoming podcast? Sign up for the Strong Com Newsletter at www.strongcom.substack.com
Skyler Hefley is a marketing specialist currently working with Stonewater Roofing in Tyler, Texas. He's a driven individual with an inspiring story and we had a great conversation ranging from investing in yourself, learning by doing, focusing on your strengths, long term thinking, personality and storytelling on for businesses, marketing, community focused brands and more. There's a lot to learn from this conversation, I hope you enjoy.
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You have the power to influence public perception with your own will, it's just a matter of making the right moves in real space long enough to pierce that consciousness. Perception is reality....until reality checks!
This is a conversation that could have easily continued for another 2 hours. Daniel Poe is an accomplished freelance independent photographer and videographer, world traveler, one member of the Lightbox Collective, lover of film and bringer of light. He shares how he tells stories through still images and how to keep an eye out for the less obvious shot to capture something meaningful. If you're interested in freelancing, photography, travel, or story telling, this is definitely an episode for you! Follow Daniel @dannyp323 or check out his site at http://www.danielpoephoto.com/
In this episode I go back to what started the podcast, exploring ideas and concepts in a short amount of time. Usually I share these on Instagram first, so I'll share some from there and do more as they come. This episode also features a new music bed, produced by yours truly. This concept is called "Make Waves and Wave when they Gaze". Let me know what you think!
In this episode I share what I learned from a recent dive into the history of soapbox speaking, provide some examples of where I see the essence of soapbox still alive today, and end it with three models for structuring a soapbox speech and 3 things to keep in mind when creating and continually engaging a community.
This podcast starts with the inspiring story of King C. Gillette and his DRIVE to succeed then shifts into Gillette's new viral ad campaign "The Best a Man can Be". I talk about why they've taken this approach and share my thoughts on how the ad is intended to communicate to the culture and build community.
Happy to share this conversation I had with Addie Moore, a talented illustrator, high school art teacher, and creative individual who is building a community called ETX Creatives. We chat about how artists communicate, the art world in general, museums, and how she is building a stronger community of creatives in East Texas.
In the last episode of 2018 I share the results of a recent poll I took about new year's resolutions, my thoughts on a crappy article about how New Years Resolutions don't work, and my perspective and thoughts on the year ahead. Happy New Year!
Here's my newest poem that was written specifically for a holiday event called the Chanu-Klezmer Concert. My friend Neal Katz organizes this event every year and was kind enough to ask me to participate. I hope you enjoy! Have a Merry Christmas!
When I think of Strong Communication, hip hop definitely comes to mind. I'm a big fan of hip hop music, and was happy to have a great conversation with my friend Chris Patton aka DJ Cicero (@ciceromode) about some of our favorite albums that dropped in 2018. We talk our personal top 5, a large list of honorable mentions, the Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album, what Cicero is doing in our local hip hop community and much more. This is my first "interview" in a while, but have many more lined up! Give a subscribe and a review!
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Felt inspired today! This episode is a return to this podcasts' roots of exploring different ideas and how they apply to our life of progress. Also give a hint at the next episode. Here's a bit of what this podcast is about:
Being overly ambitious has brought me plenty of opportunity but it has also brought me to high water.
It may be that I'm trying to compensate for the resistance that comes with each opportunity.
It also could also be pride. Or ego. A mix of all of this.
Facebook's early value "move fast and break things" comes to mind. With speed comes growth, "breaking things" requires creativity and propels innovation. But this does not permit recklessness. Breaking things "within reason" doesnt have quite the same ring to it.
I had the thought while working out but this applies in other arenas. I'm learning that the technique and strategy we use when making moves in business is equally important as the ones we use when moving heavy weight with our limbs.
Acheiving a new "personal record" in each arena takes special technique.
I'm working on taking the time to be coached. To breathe correctly, get the right form and make the proper technique applied at the right time the way to maximize the effectiveness of myself and others.
Here's the poem I wrote based on the idea that was explored in my previous podcast episode. To me, the poem presents the idea better than the actual explanation, which is part of why I enjoy the medium.
Here's the poem:
Not sure if you follow hip hop,
But lately there's been talk about
The rules of rap beef and
How far is too far...
At what level of fame
Is it ok to hate
on another person's spouse,
or dying best friend?
If the game being played
Is a cat and mouse charade
Of the mouth,
Character assassination via
Oratory acme bricks,
When does the harm come in?
When the hustle never ends
The show never quits
Not sure if you follow politics
But lately there's been
A lot of talk about the
And who's responsible
For the violence
In what shape of space
Is it ok to hate?
Or Oval office?
If attention is the name of the game,
Why not cry wolf?
And when nobody comes running,
Assume the role yourself?
Not sure if you follow me or not
But the other day I got a lot of comments
About a decision I can't undo
Yeah I got the sticker for social proof
But please hold your "yeah"'s and "woo"'s because
I voted for Ted Cruz
And while you carefully select your preferred dialect of boo
Let me say I voted for Trump too.
Decisions I can't undo.
I'm not here to explain why
Or to debate the issues
Just to share my point of view
Cause the moment I tell you WHO I voted for
is the moment of "truth or fake news,
The "I Voted" sticker turns into a face tattoo
Not sure if you follow the youth,
But they are more than willing to
Tattoo their face,
dye their hair red or blue
Have scandals with women and
Talk about opioid addiction
until you do
Now does that sound like a rapper or a politician to you?
I have a scarlet letter
Across my cheek
A symbol of free speech
Ideas I believe
With my own set of
shadows behind me
My face tat says I voted
And as much as I condemn
Inciting violence, aggressive speech, misogyny, and money making policies,
From MAGA Hats to Wu Tang's CREAM
It seems that's what's running the country
Why does the beat of our own drum always sounds the catchiest
Not sure if you catch my drift,
But I'm trying to make sense of whether
Life imitates art
Rap imitates politics
Do I listen to my conscious
Or whatever the trending topic is?
Play one party track
Or listen to both sides of the media spin?
Sign with a label
Or stay independent?
Now, that's what I call an entertaining argument!
Time for a definition:
A Potemkin Village
In politics and economics is
Any Construction built solely
To deceive others into thinking that a situation is
Better than it really is
In rap, that's called capping
In politics, that's called a campaign
Regardless of if you wear a
Power tie or icy chains,
The number for the money phone
Stays the same
Rappers went from being the dealer to the fiend
Politicians went from diplomatic to obscene
And we all live inbetween the web of clicks and streams
And just like Lincoln,
We will watch the theater play out until
It's too late to avoid becoming the victim
While everybody keeps pressing play
On a release date
Or election day
Those who have ears to hear will listen
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This is a late upload from the first week of early voting. I thought about splitting it into two parts and had some other ideas but I think it's good enough to upload on it's own because it is an early exploration of an idea that has now become a poem. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have heard it, but I will upload audio of the poem soon. What do you think of the concept? Let me know!
Had some fun with this episode because sometimes I can get self-conscious of how I sound or noise in the background, or how I occasionally fumble over my words and left it all in anyway. This episode is a collection of 3 thoughts I had over the past few weeks that I decided to explore in a recording.
Here they are:
Run with a pack
Keep building. "if you build it they will come" is really "keep building and you will reach them"
Self-improvement is a continual edit of the actions you author.
Let me know what you think!
In this episode, I talk about Trump and Kanye in the Oval office, the Beto campaign, Patrick Mahomes, Soundcloud rappers and what they all have in common. If you have thoughts, please share them with me and I might include them in the next podcast. You can do that via the Anchor app or by sending me a message on one of my socials. @aarondunnworks. Thanks for subscribing!