Strong Com Podcast

Capturing the Unique Quality of East Texas with @AmongThePinesTexas

An episode of Strong Com Podcast

By Aaron Dunn
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 at
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Walking and Talking without my Shirt
Went a different route and shared some thoughts whilst half naked. What would get you out of your comfort zone? @aarondunnworks
June 2, 2019
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?
May 27, 2019
Innovative Marketing and Community Outreach with Brad Young of Landmark Credit Repair
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! Follow Brad on Instagram @landmarkcreditrepair and on YouTube:  Sign up for the Strong Com Newsletter at 
May 18, 2019
DRIVE - Volition - Volition is
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!
May 14, 2019
How to Market Craft Beer & Build Community with Jared Chacon of True Vine Brewing
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!  Follow True Vine Brewing: @truevinebrewing Follow Jared: @jchacon1 Follow Aaron: @aarondunnworks Like the Facebook page: Subscribe to the YouTube: 
May 4, 2019
DRIVE - Integrity - Exploring Integrity
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!  I'm giving away a Strong Com Podcast Sticker to a random listener who's signed up for the newsletter: StrongCom.SubStack.Com! Follow me on IG and Twitter: @aarondunnworks Like the Facebook page: Subscribe to YouTube:
April 28, 2019
Blogging Business, Church Business, and Sincerity in Work w/ Ken Reid
Ken is a father, writer, musician, and blogger who's writing has been featured on He is a contributing editor for and is the founder of 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!  Follow him on Instagram @hikennetheugene or on Twitter @honestchristian  Visit his website Like the Strong Com Podcast on Facebook: And don't forget to subscribe! 
April 20, 2019
DRIVE - Relationships - Building Connection, Removing Impurity
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.  Please subscribe/follow the podcast, share it with someone you think would like it, and give a like to the facebook page if you haven't already. Thank you for listening! 
April 13, 2019
How to Create and Keep the Energy with James Bowen aka JBSpecial
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.  Check out his music on Spotify: Follow him @JBSPECIAL And don't forget to follow/subscribe to this podcast! 
April 7, 2019
DRIVE - Dedication - Dedicated to
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. Let me know what you think of this episode via IG or Twitter, would love to hear from you. : @aarondunnworks Join the Living with DRIVE group via my Facebook page:
April 1, 2019
Integrating Work & Life with Carlos Barron
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.  Enjoy! If you like this podcast, please subscribe and consider giving the new Facebook page a like: or joining the Strong Com Newsletter:
March 31, 2019
My Marketing Philosophy in One Word
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!  IG and Twitter: @AaronDunnWorks Strong Com Newsletter:
March 19, 2019
Hyperbole is the new black. - Hyperbole and Snowclones
Hyperbole is the new black.  In this episode I talk about two figures of speech, and share my thoughts on hyperbole today.  If you enjoy this podcast, please support it by subscribing or following it in your app of choice!  It would be great if we could connect on social @AaronDunnWorks or become pen pals through the Strong Com Newsletter. Founding members get a shoutout on an upcoming podcast. 
March 18, 2019
Capturing the Unique Quality of East Texas with @AmongThePinesTexas
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
March 15, 2019
Staying Passionate, Failing Gracefully & Building Brand w/ Skyler Hefley
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.  Follow me @aarondunnworks and Skyler @skylerhefley
March 10, 2019
Perception is Reality Until Reality Checks
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! 
March 4, 2019
Exploring Creative Life with Daniel Poe - Photographer, Videographer and Bringer of Light
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
February 23, 2019
Make Waves and Wave when they Gaze - Episode 33
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! 
February 19, 2019
Soapbox Speaking: Past, Present and Future
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. 
February 3, 2019
The Story of King C. Gillette & The New Story Gillette is Selling
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. 
January 20, 2019
Communicating through Art and Building a Creative Community w/ Addie Moore
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. 
January 7, 2019
4 P's for the New Year: Purpose - Win it Minute #1
I noticed that my shorter episodes were getting more plays so I decided to create a segment around it and do more of them. This is the first of a batch of 4 to start the New Year with with DRIVE!
January 2, 2019
New Years Resolutions & My Vision for 2019
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! 
December 31, 2018
Poem - This Season Makes Me Wonder
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! 
December 21, 2018
Top 5 Hip Hop Albums & More w/ DJ Cicero
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! Follow Cicero @ciceromode and on Follow Aaron @aarondunnworks Join the Hip Hop Heads group :
December 16, 2018
Don't wait, Move the Weight
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.
December 9, 2018
Poem - My Face Tat Says I Voted
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, Mindless entertainment 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 Elevated rhetoric And who's responsible For the violence   In what shape of space Is it ok to hate?   Home studio, Writers room, 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   I voted.   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 Or if 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 Follow me: @aarondunnworks
November 24, 2018
Face Tats & Voting Dance Cheek to Cheek
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!
November 4, 2018
3 Separate and Connected Thoughts on Professional Development
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!
October 19, 2018
Anything is Possible in America
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!
October 13, 2018
Poetic (Re)Branding - Dunkin' drops Donuts, WeightWatchers is WW
WWhat are they thinkin'? My take on the recent rebrand of Dunkin' Donuts and WeightWatchers.
October 9, 2018
Vacay Takeaways 🇲🇽 3 Things I Learned from our Vacation in Mexico
Thoughts from my wife and I's recent trip to Mexico. Lessons on empathy, action, and focus. Check out the blog: Social: @aarondunnworks
August 18, 2018
Fact, Feeling, Foe, For
Break down the F filter, a four point formula to strengthen your message!
July 11, 2018
Anchor reinvented the Greek Monologue
My thoughts on Anchor 3.0
March 18, 2018
Why No One Cares about the Content you Create + Pet Rock Theory
Here is the audio from my latest Facebook live stream. In it I describe three things you should do to get people to care about what you do. Also explain why peoples passion project may be a pet rock.
March 18, 2018
The Power of Silence from Lady Bird
Watched the movie Lady Bird recently and was inspired by the strong dialogue throughout the film. Here is a takeaway from one of the scenes.
March 14, 2018
Introducing the Strong Com Podcast
Introducing the Strong Com Podcast, the podcast formerly known as DRIVE Journal.
March 9, 2018
The Art & Science of the Elevator Pitch
Currently brainstorming the anatomy, purpose, and practice of the Elevator Pitch.
February 27, 2018
Warrior Poet In Business
Today I'm breaking down what I mean when I say "Warrior Poet in business". A bit of history about myself and my approach to doing what I do.
February 21, 2018
How To Use Your Words
Use Your Words is a concept I've adopted to develop D.R.I.V.E. and vision cast over every year.
February 12, 2018
Create, Don't "Keep Up"
Keeping up with the Jones keeps you from creating a life of your own.
February 8, 2018
Volition is your will, not will you
Powerful bit about Volition, your ability to act and how you should move out of the planning phase.
February 6, 2018
Local isn't where you are, it's how you are
DRIVE Journal Four
February 5, 2018
Some calls skills talent just to keep from working
DRIVE Journal Three
February 5, 2018
Surround yourself with people who believe in where you're headed
Surround yourself with people who believe in where you're headed.
February 3, 2018
Who I am TO, What I do FOR
DRIVE Journal One
February 3, 2018
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