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On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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May 9, 2017

Today’s guest has covered a wide range of topics as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She chiefly covers sports, business, and politics, including both the Rio & London Olympics, doping coverage, features on legal and financial issues in sports, and the occasional video shot from a dog sled. Her work regularly appears in leading publications like the New Yorker, Esquire, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Her work has received many honors and awards, including as part of The Wall Street Journal’s team that won Gerald Loeb and New York Press Club Awards in 2011 for covering the “Flash Crash” of 2010. She was included in Forbes magazine's first-ever 30 Under 30 list for media.

We met at a networking dinner hosted by Dorie Clark and I was fascinated to learn that she had written a New York Times bestseller about the history of the board game Monopoly. She really has a broad range of interests and experiences.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Pilon.

In this episode we explore:

  • how she defines leadership, “Leadership when you are in a creative field, you need to be a little bit more subversive and a little bit more out of the MBA box.”
  • the power journalists have, "Figuring out where do you want people's attention to be shifted."
  • why she thought she would have a greater impact as a journalist rather than a lawyer
  • what she does to stay relevant in an ever-changing industry
  • how she manages her time as a solopreneur, "Nobody tells you to take a vacation, no one tells you to take a break."

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear what I thought were the key takeaways you could put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come.

Listen, subscribe, and read show notes at www.OntheSchmooze.com - episode 43

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