On the Schmooze

Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features interviews with talented professionals who have achieved success in their field or industry. I ask probing questions to get them to share untold stories about their leadership journey and how they built and sustained their professional network. Put insights from me and my guests into action this week and you’ll benefit from for years to come. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Guy Raz, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Sep 13, 2020

Today’s guest is a systems expert helping coaches get over the tedious task of running their business and focus on what they love - the actual coaching of amazing clients!

She has worked with thousands of startup coaches over the last sixteen years, sharing the value of strong business systems and processes. Her goal is for coaches to turn their passion into profits.

To make that possible, she created The Coaches Console, software that leverages the systems she created in her own coaching business -- for branding, list-building, marketing, enrolling clients, creating amazing client experiences, and more. All of that is integrated into one cohesive platform. She and her team blend coaching with training to help you create a clear and realistic path to sustainable results.

Please join me in welcoming Melinda Cohan.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “My first experience with leadership was servant leadership, giving and serving others, providing value and serving others.”
  • how growing up with a preacher for a dad and teacher for a mom helped shape the way she grew up.
  • how she was inclusive in high school with her peers being both a cheerleader and in the band.
  • her initial life goal of being an interior designer and how that evolved into coaching.
  • how she learned to listen to her instincts prior to starting her coaching business.
  • her beginnings in coaching networking in a coffee shop.
  • when she experienced an AHA moment which started her business.
  • how she is bringing her program “The Coaches Console” to help the coaches at Mirasee after a recent partnership with Danny Iny.
  • how reframing your mindset from “I can’t do/afford this” to “How can I do this?” will help you be more receptive to solutions.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 213.

Sep 13, 2020

Today’s guest is a serial entrepreneur and inspirational speaker with a passion for helping others build their capacity.

He is CEO of a global partner marketing agency, Acceleration Partners, and the co-founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. He has been recognized as a global leader in the affiliate marketing industry, receiving numerous industry and company culture awards, including: Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards (2 years in a row), Ad Age’s Best Place to Work, Fortune’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces (3 years in a row), and Boston Globe’s Top Workplaces (2 years in a row).

He is the author of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, “Elevate,” the international bestselling book, “Performance Partnerships,” and just released “Friday Forward: Inspiration and Motivation to Help End Your Week Stronger Than It Started.”

He is a sought-after speaker by companies and organizations around the world and is the host of The Elevate podcast.

Please join me in welcoming Robert Glazer.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the combination of having a vision, rallying people towards that vision and having the whole be greater than the sum of the parts.“
  • how his “repressed” childhood skills are what have made him a successful entrepreneur today.
  • his initial dream of wanting to be a lawyer and how that evolved over time and two internships.
  • his start as an online entrepreneur as a strategy consultant focusing on high growth business.
  • his strategy to invest in people to help his business grow sustainably and still be a great place to work.
  • his deep dive into building a business to sell vs. founder based businesses.
  • his strategy for hiring to take things off his plate.
  • his style for nurturing the different levels of his network and his three tips for networking.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 212

Aug 29, 2020

Today’s guest believes that the most successful women leaders operate in the world knowing that there is no one stopping them from developing a vision of who they want to be, how they want to be perceived, and how they want to perform their role.

In 1997, she founded CEO Vision to do her part to ensure that women leaders realize the value of their leadership in the workplace and the world. She has helped hundreds of women leaders hit their stride and step into their power.

She combines her 30 years of expertise with the best leadership assessments on the market, plus 1:1 coaching and cutting-edge research. She then weaves in powerful leadership-related neuroscience techniques ensuring that her client’s growth as a leader "sticks."

A pioneering advocate for the advancement of women leaders, she played key roles in AWED, the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

Please join me in welcoming Ellyn McKay.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “a leader only has one job and that is to earn followers through three skillsets; vision, alignment, and execution.”
  • how neuroscience and leadership intersect.
  • how being bold can be done by great storytelling.
  • her leadership origins dating back to her little league days.
  • how her mother raised her and her sister to instill in them the values of being strong women.
  • while in college her and her friends thought they were going to topple the patriarchy and discovered how wrong they were.


Aug 29, 2020

Today’s guest embodies the term “young at heart.” Anyone who encounters her would describe her as joyful, funny, and spontaneous.

She calls herself a porcupine trainer - her term for the sticky situations and prickly people we all have to face on a daily basis. She is a columnist, humorist, and broadcaster.

Her Beacon Award-winning TV Show, My Home Town, formed the basis for her best selling book, “True Tales of Puget Sound.” Her podcast, Swimming Upstream, airs on the SOB Network. (SOB stands for Spunky Old Broads. The hosts are women over fifty.)

She has been an award-winning broadcaster, columnist, and speaker for the past 40 years so to call her an expert is an understatement. She has come a long way from the “unemployable” widow with six kids who couldn’t drive on the freeway on her own.

Please join me in welcoming Dorothy Wilhelm.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “The ability to move forward even when you’re not sure you’re right and the understanding that if you lead and take people with you, you’re responsible for them.”
  • her beginnings of leadership raising 6 kids who are all successful and believe she had nothing to do with it.
  • how being an army wife taught her to do what you’re told to do.
  • how becoming a sudden widow gave her the push to monetize her skills.
  • her early goals of wanting to be a cowgirl or a singer on the radio.
  • her start in radio as a creative living expert “I was Martha Stewart before she ever thought of it … AND she was a guest on my show.”
  • her career beginnings in the middle of her life.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 210

Aug 18, 2020

Today’s guest is an entrepreneur who built three multi-million dollar businesses by age 40. His coaching and consulting methodologies are in practice in over 35 countries.

He has written multiple books on the subject of business strategy, leadership and sustainable growth. He co-authored “Blueprint for Success” with Stephen R. Covey and Ken Blanchard; and his best-selling book, “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success,” lays out the formula for HyperGrowth. Each week, he co-hosts Quit and Get Rich on iHeart® radio and shares his insights from working with top companies from around the world.

As a keynote speaker, he engages his audiences and keeps them on the edge of their seat by combining practical and impactful content with real-world experience. His content is original, profound, and battle-tested.

Please join me in welcoming Carl Gould.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Doing the right thing even if it’s unpopular.”
  • how his little league coach empowered him to to build his leadership and decision skills at the young age of 12 years old.
  • his belief that deep down we are all a heart and a soul that essentially want the same things out of life.
  • how his upbringing in a large, diverse family helped prepare him to be self-aware and be open to a global interaction.
  • his early entrepreneurial ventures; a landscape company and then a construction company.
  • how he filled his schedule with different jobs while he made a name for himself in the coaching industry.
  • his 4 aspects of successful coaching; the coach, the consultant, the mentor, and the advisor.
  • how he views his network in two categories: “Are you a client now? Or will you be a client later?”

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 209

Aug 9, 2020

Today’s guest helps her clients communicate more powerfully in today’s digital age.

Her PUB method is an award-winning system that has helped thousands of sales, marketing and leadership professionals type, text and post more persuasively. It helps them communicate more dynamically so they can attract attention, increase influence, and sell their ideas in a smarter way.

She founded Socialite Agency, the world's only social media firm specializing exclusively in live events. For the last decade, Socialite has helped Fortune 100 brands catapult their social media success via award-winning digital activations and campaigns. Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) awarded Socialite's work with FreemanXP as "Best Social Media" across the entire meetings industry.

She is the author of “Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace”, an international keynote speaker, and a three-time entrepreneur who has been hired by The Academy Awards, The United States Navy, ABC/Disney, and Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Hope.

Please join me in welcoming Erin King.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “A leader helps us see our bigger mission, a bigger purpose, and feel inspired to go for it.”
  • how being bullied in middle school made her realize the world doesn’t really want you to be yourself.
  • the impact of her dad’s “4 + 1” pep talk after high school and how it affected her life.
  • the start and fail of her very first business and her thoughts on failure.
  • her brilliant idea, a subscription service for women, and why it didn’t work.
  • how working for the Oscars completely changed the path of the Socialite Agency.
  • her PUB method - being personal, useful, and brief when connecting with new people and potential clients.
  • how altering your reality into believing the things you want are going to happen can change the trajectory of your business.
  • her realization that the pandemic has put people into two categories; waiting for things to be over/get better or creating new things.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 208

Aug 4, 2020

Today’s guest is a two-time Emmy® and Peabody Award-winner. Her credits read like a Who's Who of network television: ABC News, Good Morning America, CBS News and CNN.

She is founder and CEO of Berenson Communications where she Powers Up the Performance of top professionals - whether facing the Press, a Presentation or a Pitch - virtually or IRL (in real life).

Her client list ranges from the Fortune 500 C-suite to Non-profits and from Members of Congress to Entrepreneurs. She coaches clients to "up their communications” game: verbally, vocally and visually. A must — in this Zoom era.

Please join me in welcoming Heidi Berenson.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “Leadership is three keys for me; the emotional quotient [EQ], IQ, and communication. Communication is the cornerstone of leadership.”
  • her experience working with high-level leaders and the sense of accomplishment she received from her impact.
  • her journey from being a Channel 5 intern to being connected to staff in the White House.
  • how thinking ahead and having an entrepreneurial mind helped her be successful.
  • her shift from working at the networks to creating her own company and the transformations her business made in the very beginning.
  • how creating a fun space in your business has transformed how she is seen by clients and potential clients.
  • how she nurtures her many professional connections.
  • how her networking style has transformed during the pandemic.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 207

Jul 28, 2020

Today’s guest helps companies stop wasting time chasing leads and instead attract only their ideal customers.

For most of his career, he was one of the most sought-after portrait photographers in the United States. Today, he coaches his clients on how to make people feel seen, heard and understood like a photographer sees their subject.

He is a brand message consultant, a TEDx speaker, host of the very popular Creative Warriors podcast (over one million downloads!), and bestselling author of “LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customers Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.”

Please join me in welcoming Jeffrey Shaw.


In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the responsibility of impact whether positive or negative.”
  • how he learned at a leadership retreat that he was no longer afraid of heights and had the power to lead while walking across a cable high in the air.
  • his feelings while growing up always knowing he could rule the world but never showing up that way.
  • how an experience learning how to gift wrap a candle made him realize he needed to know his ideal client on a deep level.
  • his turning point from photographer to the success he is living today as a speaker, coach, podcast host, and author.
    how one line in a poem changed his life.
  • how he is sharing his bandwidth with others during the pandemic.
  • the phenomena that is “Waffle Sundays”

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 206

Jul 20, 2020

Today’s guest is a whirling dervish of action, energy and results.

For 20+ years she has been developing sales strategies and delivering customized sales training to companies nationwide, across virtually every industry and in firms ranging in size from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 organizations.

She is also the author of “The Blatant Truth: 50 Ways to Sales Success” and her byline can be found in many business and trade publications.

She is a powerhouse when it comes to networking, gathering contacts and connections wherever she goes and then proactively and eagerly connecting people together. She thinks in terms of synergies and alliances and opens doors where you would least expect them to be open.

She believes networking is a circular adventure, not a linear activity. She looks for the endless possibilities that exist in a wide circle of connections and then helps to facilitate contacts and meetings and helps people to join hands and see the opportunities that lie ahead.

For this reason she created Adrian’s Network, an immensely successful business networking community that regularly hosts highly facilitated gatherings.

Please join me in welcoming Adrian Miller.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I define leadership with a couple of keywords; vision, passion, and grit.”
  • her realization that leadership came to her in nursery school.
  • her thoughts on leading committees and dealing with committee members not pulling their weight.
  • how her single mom’s tenacity to hustle was a huge inspiration to her.
  • her original goal of being an urban planner in Boston.
  • her gap year and the beginning of her business.
  • the beginnings of Adrian’s Network during an economic downturn.
  • Her three I’s: Introduction, Invitations, and Information - a way to keep up with 2nd and 3rd level networks.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 205

Jul 13, 2020

Today’s guest excels at teaching entrepreneurs how to turn interested prospects into excited clients who say, “Yes! I can't wait to work with you!”

She has 20 years of experience in sales, relationship coaching, and communication studies so she understands what it really takes to inspire people to take decisive action. As a result of her expertise, she’s sold over $14 million in products in ten years in corporate sales, working for world-leading multi-million and multi-billion dollar biotech and medical equipment companies.

She left her highly lucrative corporate sales job to start her own business teaching high-end sales and sales training to coaches, trainers, healers and niche service providers. Her “One Call Blueprint” sales consultation system enabled her to grow a multi-six figure coaching business in less than 2 years.

That same system has helped her clients - entrepreneurs, small business owners, and mission-driven corporations - to package, position, and sell their services for premium pricing.

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Diepstraten.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is clarity of vision and being willing to share it. You are doing things you have not done before and making a difference for people in a real way.”
  • how her desire to help others and make a difference heavily outweighed her shyness and fear of talking to people.
  • how her leadership style is listening.
  • how she avoided sales into her mid career before realizing that it was very deeply ingrained in her and she was very good at it.
  • how selling is a learnable skill and most people don’t understand sales.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 204

Jul 6, 2020

Today’s guest works with sales professionals and business owners to integrate social selling and social media into their business.

He knows SALES. He's a sales speaker, a sales expert, a sales trainer, a sales leader mentor, a sales podcaster, and a sales coach. He's written 5 books, more than 3000 articles, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Daily Globe and Mail, Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, Inc., and many other publications.

He trains his clients on the power of connection, leveraging the reach of social media, combined with the deeply personal work of nurturing 1:1 relationships, growing profitable long-term clients, transforming businesses, and boosting revenue.

Please join me in welcoming Phil Gerbyshak.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Leadership is tension. The tension between learning and sharing. The tension between going first and going last. And the tension between being confident and being vulnerable.”
  • his history of being bullied as a kid shaped him and started his fire to be the best of everything.
  • how a massive car accident changed his entire life.
  • one of his driving motivational forces - a guidance counselor telling him he would be pumping gas for the rest of his life - and how that motivated him to success.
  • the people who fundamentally have changed his life and helped make him who he is today.
  • his passion for teaching and empowering others to try something new.
  • his mindset when it comes to building and maintaining relationships.
  • his insights about adding value to his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 203

Jun 30, 2020

Today’s guest has made a career out of helping others build connections. In particular, she teaches introverts how to have a sense of self-worth, find their tribe, and make strides toward the career of their dreams.

Growing up she was painfully shy and felt like an outsider. She didn’t believe it was possible to deeply and authentically connect with large numbers of people, so she rarely tried. That began to change as she stepped into leadership roles and a more outgoing part of herself started to emerge.

Since then, she’s been on a mission to reframe what it means to be an introvert, initially leading by example and now helping others. She founded Confident Introvert, a training and development company helping introverts with their networking skills through corporate workshops and webinars as well as private one-on-one networking strategy coaching.

To share her message, she recently published, the “Confident Introvert: A Practical Guide to Connecting with Others at Networking Events and Beyond.”

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Thoma. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “I learned from an early age to lead by example and figuring things out as I go.
  • how she teaches her clients to have a level of self-awareness while not living in a vacuum.
  • her journey from high school cross country captain to actively seeking out leadership opportunities in college.
  • her insight on how she feels her 8 year old self would think about her success.
  • her turning point in her business when she spoke at a friend’s event and how that transformed her business.
  • her habits when it comes to nurturing connections.
  • her advice when it comes to empowering introverts to network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 202

Jun 23, 2020

Today’s guest is an experienced on-air host and communication strategist whose credits include numerous national television networks, such as HBO, PBS, and most recently QVC, where she single-handedly launched the fastest growing brand in the entire network for 2019.

She has combined her skills in marketing, production, and hosting with her personal passion for helping nonprofit organizations to create Spotlight On Giving - a full-service company specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility and Spotlight On TV - which offers celebrities the chance to shine their spotlight on causes dear to them.

She wears many other hats, including as a marketing strategist who works with individuals to help them find their voice, as Executive Producer and host of ABC Coast to Coast, which creates sizzle reels, and as Chief Empathy Officer of A Pebble in the Road, which specializes in effective video story telling for broadcast, marketing, and online content.

Please join me in welcoming Amber Browning-Coyle.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “Leadership is teamwork. I think a leader is only as strong as their team.”
  • how her mother was her first influence to being a great leader.
  • her passion to be a multi-faceted and competitive learner in everything she sets her mind to.
  • how her stint working as an emcee for Nascar was the turning point of her career.
  • how she wanted to be in a show to highlight causes/non-profits but because it didn’t exist - she created it - a trait that has been consistent throughout her career.
  • how she has stopped focusing on the outcome while still being goal-oriented, focusing instead on the process and helping others.
  • her thoughts on social media and how it helps her keep in touch and network with her connections.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 201

Jun 15, 2020

This week's On the Schmooze episode is the 200th episode - wow.

That means I’ve produced 50 episodes a year for four years. I almost gave this all up two years ago and I’m so grateful I stuck with it.

For this special episode, my friend Laurie Guest (whom I interviewed in OTS 177) interviews ME. That’s right, the tables were turned so you can learn about the host behind the mic.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Leaders have followers. There’s influencers, connectors, and people who host. I lean into leadership helping others connect.”
  • his first experience as a leader organizing a movement to ban steel jaw traps for animals.
  • his podcast beginnings and inspiration to begin his show and how he almost ended On the Schmooze at the two year mark.
  • the importance of the first question you ask in an interview.
  • his selection process for his podcast guests.
  • his excitement for virtual events and the future of that facet of networking events.
  • his future message to his children.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 200

Jun 8, 2020

Today’s guest focuses on the communication side of leadership.

Through her warmth and humor, she helps people to become better communicators, influencers and leaders. They recognize gaps, build on strengths, and become more effective professionals.

Over the last 10 years, she has worked with clients across a variety of sectors to enhance their performance and workplace influence. Her clients have included AirBnB, Bank of America, Microsoft, Nestlé, and Visa.

She is the founder of Forte Consulting inspiring extraordinary performances from individuals and teams.

Please join me in welcoming Hope Timberlake.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is three things: having a clear purpose, thinking about the team, and how they lead”.
  • how being a leader has been a consistent theme in her childhood development from being the oldest child to being tapped in the 8th grade to teach Latin to kindergarteners.
  • her mentor who entrusted her with a phenomenal career opportunity at the young age of 23.
  • her baby boot camp franchise which helped her nurture her entrepreneur spirit while being a mom to small children but made her feel very vulnerable.
  • how having children really showed her how much she needed community connections to be a great parent and an even better entrepreneur.
  • how she put herself out there despite her vulnerability in order to be seen.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 199

Jun 2, 2020

Today’s guest is a passionate connector who helps people find their natural communication and networking style.

She is driven by connecting people and helping them grow their own networks organically by being present in conversations, finding ways to connect to others, and looking for opportunities to collaborate. While her corporate career has been very diverse, including military, telecom, healthcare, legal, and financial, every position she has held has been people-centric and solution-oriented.

She founded Mindful Mingling to help her clients gain insights and practical tips on what networking REALLY is and how to tap into its power in a way that feels comfortable and authentic.

Please join me in welcoming Megan Hudson.    


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “I’ve always believed in the philosophy of servant leadership prioritizing service rather than taking charge”.
  • her experience of having a special needs sibling helped her be more in tune to the needs of others and ensure people are included.
  • how her military career honed her leadership skills by teaching her to to follow first, then lead.
  • her core belief that having authentic conversations that lead to connections that lead to collaborations is the core of her networking philosophy.
  • how she is still figuring out how to structure and scale her business.
  • how networking is never a waste of time. Maybe she can make someone smile? Or recommend a connection to someone else.
  • her core belief that servant leadership is at the core of all her networking decisions.
  • her tried and true tips for maintaining connections and nurturing relationships.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 198

May 25, 2020

Today’s guest believes that the best leaders develop strengths instead of highlighting weaknesses.

He is a corporate trainer, keynote speaker, and leadership strategist for Fortune 500 companies. He is the only Canadian recipient of a TED Education - Huffington Post International Education Award for Creating Innovative Learning Environments.

He is a certified grapho-therapist whose TEDx talk: “How to Spot a Leader in Their Handwriting” has been viewed over 2 million times. His unique and unusual ability to analyze people’s handwriting in less than 60 seconds has been called “impressive and a bit frightening” by Forbes. His gift allows him to help spot a person’s strengths and weaknesses in ways they may not be aware of themselves.

He has worked behind-the-scenes for Saturday Night Live and has appeared on CNN, CTV’s The Morning Show, and Forbes as a featured commentator on topics ranging from leadership, personality assessment through handwriting, parenting, and value-based goal setting.

Please join me in welcoming Jamie Mason Cohen.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is using your strengths in service of those you serve.”
  • how he learned to lead as a teacher in economically challenged areas of Toronto and Malaysia.
  • how his mother analyzing his handwriting helped him shift from being affected by a stutter to knowing he could grow and realize his own potential.
  • his early dream to be a filmmaker/creative and how that desire led him to call Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live 25 (twenty-five!) times before getting a 1-on-1 meeting with him.
  • how books and movies provide the inspiration to persevere.
    how he almost got kicked out of teacher’s college for being too creative.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 197

May 18, 2020

Today’s guest is a technology strategist and certified futurist.

She is known for her ability to take complex technology topics and make them accessible to everyday professionals, across multiple generations.

She works with organizations that want to leverage social media, apps, smartphones, and the web to increase profits and productivity. She has entertained and educated audiences around the globe, including at Google, Microsoft, and GE.

She is the author of two books, “One Tech Action” and “The Social Media Why” and has appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “someone able to gather people as a team and accomplish the goals.”
  • her building her first business in a recession.
  • overcoming her addiction about being nice and being seen as nice.
  • her closing her marketing business to become a full time speaker.
  • how making genuine connections can help nurture your network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 196

May 11, 2020

As an Olympic and World Championship rower, today’s guest learned firsthand what makes a championship team versus simply a team of champions.

She's spent 20 years helping individuals, leaders, and teams resolve difficult conflicts and create strong, thriving relationships that create great results. Over the years, she’s worn many hats, including Boeing flight test engineer, a manager at Arthur Andersen, and a Principal Consultant at Patrick Lencioni’s The Tablegroup.

In 2002, she co-founded Thrive! to share her unique perspective about making relationships matter as much as business results. She did a TEDx talk with her co-founder, “Conflict Use It, Don't Defuse It!”

She has given presentations on conflict resolution, communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving at Fortune 100 companies like Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, and AT&T. She is the author of two books, “The Beauty of Conflict” (for business teams), and “The Beauty of Conflict for Couples”, and co-host of the podcast The Beauty of Conflict.

Please join me in welcoming CrisMarie Campbell.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “Leadership is about standing for something and inviting other people to come along.”
  • how being on a college rowing team helped her develop her leadership skills.
  • how growing up as an army brat helped her nurture her empathy for those who feel like they don’t fit in.
  • how watching a made for TV movie opened her eyes and passion to rowing.
  • how an Olympic loss brought her to her lowest point and propelled her to where she is now.
  • when attending graduate school she made herself referable to big names after graduating by networking and building relationships.
  • that building a tolerance for your own discomfort and being messy can be the best tool to help you hang in during conflict.
  • how zooming out and seeing the big picture can be self-motivating and inspiring.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 195

May 4, 2020

Today’s guest is an educator, author, and entrepreneur who is on a mission to reimagine business and transform education.

As the founder and CEO of Mirasee, a business education company, he has developed innovative training programs that have raised the bar for online education. Some of his most popular training programs include the Course Builder’s Laboratory, the Business Ignition Bootcamp, and the ACES Club. Over 5,000 value-driven entrepreneurs have enrolled in these programs.

His own entrepreneurial journey has had many twists and turns. He built Mirasee after his previous startup imploded in 2008, leaving him quarter million dollars in debt. But he’s fond of saying that “failure is only failure if it happens in the last chapter; otherwise, it’s a plot twist.”

Today, Mirasee is a seven-figure business with 20 employees distributed all over the world. It’s no wonder that many top leaders in his industry reach out when they need help with their business or strategy.

He is the author of 10 books including “Teach and Grow Rich” and “Leveraged Learning.” His latest book, “Teach Your Gift” was just released.

Please join me in welcoming Danny Iny.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “A leader’s job is to direct the focus for other people in terms of what they should be thinking about and what they should be focusing on feeling. It’s not a role, but an action or responsibility.”
  • his humble beginnings as a middle school entrepreneur/rebel and how his boredom as a student has led him down a path to run a seven-figure business.
  • how a company imploding is like a really bad breakup.
  • the transformation from a blog to Mirasee which is NOT a family business even though his entire family bought into his dream and works there.
  • his innovative approach to hiring.
  • how building and nurturing relationships can lead to success.
  • using systems that play to your uniqueness.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 194

Apr 26, 2020

Today’s guest is on a mission to disrupt the way we approach empowerment. 

A lifelong entrepreneur, she is the founder and CEO of IMPERIA, an incubator for women creating social impact projects across seven continents. 

Her methodology of Self-Directed Empowerment is showcased in her keynotes around the world from Abu Dhabi to Harvard University and the United Nations and she is a featured expert on women’s entrepreneurship for the U.S. State Department. When she isn’t on stage, she is at IMPERIA’s headquarters atop the World Trade Center in NYC, where she and her team have dedicated themselves to building resilient female leaders. 

She is the author of two books, her most recent is “No One is Coming: An Empowerment Manifesto” and she has been featured in international media including Bloomberg Businessweek and the documentary Eat.Drink.Cook. 

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Iannolo. 


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about character. It’s about who you are when things get really tough.”
  • how she went from a “bossy” child to a leader through learning radical empathy. 
  • the question she has asked several clients over the last few weeks about who they want to be known as once this pandemic is over. 
  • how she is a first generation American and how her experiences and successes are directly from her dad, who was raised under Mussolini rule, and her mom, who was raised under the rule of Winston Churchill. 
  • how she learned about resilience.
  • her methods for networking, including having group dinners when she is traveling. 

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 193

Apr 20, 2020

Today’s guest’s driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential.

She is the visionary behind Muse, the award-winning headband that makes meditation easier. Before co-founding InteraXon, the makers of Muse, she was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist but also started her own international clothing line.

With her creativity, entrepreneurial drive, and fascination with the brain, it’s not surprising that her startup allows people to control computers with their minds.

She and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including TED, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, and they are recipients of multiple innovation awards.

She is the host of Untangle podcast, keynotes around the world on technology, mindfulness and entrepreneurship, and supports and advises a variety of start-ups.

Please join me in welcoming Ariel Garten.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “A leader is someone who is able to see a direction and is also so compelling that other people want to follow them.”
  • how having loving entrepreneur parents shaped her belief in her abilities and her desire to be an entrepreneur.
  • her childhood experience with leading, where she was considered bossy, and her journey to being a strong leader at 22, while operating a successful clothing line.
  • the value she places on helping improve other people and the world, and how that led to her developing Muse.
  • how being a female founder in a male-dominated industry, before there was a strong push for equality, had both positives and negatives.
  • her large network and how she networks and connects with others.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 192

Apr 14, 2020

Today’s guest is a dynamic speaker who inspires audiences to feel they can conquer the world and make tons of great new connections while doing it.

For over 25 years, he has been a top sales performer, keynote speaker, and performance mentor. He is the CEO of Thrive, a company focused on helping businesses, leaders, and brands become even more amazing through the power of connection.

He is the best-selling author of “Master the Art of Connecting” and host of the Thrive LOUD podcast, which is dedicated to inspiring people to reach their peak potential in every facet of their life.

Please join me in welcoming Lou Diamond.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leaders are those who are able to connect people, ideas, technologies, and organizations together. Leadership is connecting and great leaders are master connectors.”
  • how he views leadership and connecting as synonymous.
  • various roles he has taken from consulting to sales and marketing, to coaching, and the thread that ties them all together.
  • the power of “and.”
  • a coaching lesson and what he learned about listening levels.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 191

Apr 7, 2020

Today’s guest is credited with convincing Guy Kawasaki and thousands of tech execs that Twitter would have real business value.

In 2009, she founded the Twitter App Store, bringing order to the chaos of Twitter’s nascent app ecosystem. Just two years later, she sold it to HubSpot where she worked for many years on influencer relations and the INBOUND event.

As an Inbound Marketing Evangelist, she has shown companies how to grow by helping people buy instead of cramming marketing messages down their throats.

She is a professional speaker, lead author of “Twitter for Dummies,” and was one of the first to evangelize Twitter’s significance for business, culture, and beyond. She has lectured at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management, has been quoted in dozens of national publications, and raised $25,000 for Charity: Water in December 2008 in the first-ever “donate by tweeting” charity campaign.

Building on her environmental science and policy degree, she founded the Enough Company to explain and evangelize market-driven shifts that can bring speed and scale to the climate crisis fight.

Please join me in welcoming Laura Fitton aka @Pistachio.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is discovering what unique perspective you have that resonates with other people. It is also about being in the right place at the right time, with the ability to speak up.”
  • how she associates leadership with when ideas are propagated in the world.
  • her experiences with being bullied and how she sees empowerment in it now.
  • how active blogging gave her recognition in the tech and marketing world and how that led to her sharing of Twitter’s business value with some of the top names in the marketing world.
  • her experience at Hubspot and with Inbound.
  • the throughline of environmental activism in her career.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 190

Mar 31, 2020

Today’s guest is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence.

Over the last 25 years, she has built her business one relationship and one speech at a time - motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. She believes that everyone will have more success at work and in life by following 4 simple strategies that she calls Front-Row Success.

She is a CSP, a Certified Speaking Professional, which is the highest earned designation in the speaking profession, with only 12 percent of speakers worldwide holding this designation. She was also inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of fame.

She is the author of 4 motivational books, some have even described them as ‘life-changing,’ including her latest on goal-setting called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List?”

Please join me in welcoming Marilyn Sherman.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “A leader is someone who is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. When they walk in their power and authenticity, they can’t help but illuminate the path for others.”
  • how she got into speaking and realized it was a passion of hers, before even graduating high school.
  • how her dad and several other key people influenced her career and life trajectory and why they were significant.
  • her decision to serve within the National Speakers Association.
  • some of the lessons she has learned about networking from mentors and close friends.
  • what S.E.A.T means.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 189

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