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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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Now displaying: September, 2020
Sep 29, 2020

Today’s guest believes that not all innovation will be obvious and your business must be ready before it becomes your disruption.

He is the Founder and CEO of Travelocity.com which he led from a team of six to a three-billion-dollar public company. He retired from Travelocity when it was taken private and then helped found Kayak.com where he was chairman for seven years until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 Billion dollars.

His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation and disruption in our increasingly digital world. As a speaker, author, venture capitalist, and board member he shares the tools and techniques he’s developed to keep up with rapid changes.

He has presented in over 25 countries to 300+ companies. His programs on innovation, leadership, and customer relationships leave attendees with inspired ideas and concrete action items to implement in their companies.

He is the author of two books, “ON Innovation: Turning On Innovation in Your Culture, Teams, and Organization” and  “Disruption OFF: The Technological Disruption Coming For Your Company and What To Do About It”.

Please join me in welcoming Terry Jones.


In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “A leader knows how to create a powerful team and tease the skills out. This is what makes you a powerful leader.”
  • his dream of buying a camp at 21 and how he has accomplished that goal.
  • his experience travelling the world and how that opened his eyes to the world of travel and how wonderful the world is.
  • his time in a travel start-up where he worked as a receptionist.
  • the beginnings of Travelocity inside of AOL and CompuServe.
  • how he handled difficult leadership challenges and how he brought unexpected value to his teams.
  • how he uses his LinkedIn profile to help nurture the outer levels of his network.
  • how his business has changed in this new virtual world.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 215.

Sep 20, 2020

Today’s guest is an engineer by education and an entrepreneur by passion.

She left corporate America to pursue her own business as a health coach, delivering the message of health through public speaking in various community centers and corporations. Her business took off after one of her books became an international Amazon bestseller in several categories. With a small email list and a very limited marketing budget, she was featured in major publications like the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Forbes, and was invited to be a guest on ABC Arizona.

Since then her career took a detour as a publisher and publicist and so far she has helped over 200 thought leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs to write their books, achieve bestseller status, and land in mainstream media. She has written and contributed to more than six books herself, is a TEDx speaker, and is the founder of a cutting-edge business consulting platform, serving professionals who seek to reinvent themselves and leave a legacy.

Please join me in welcoming Parul Agrawal.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is all about bringing like-minded people together and working on a common mission.”
  • her self-awareness at a young age knowing she had the skills to lead.
  • her strategy of knowing the people she was leading and how that helped her lead her peers in high school.
  • how she failed her first year of engineering in college mostly due to the culture shock after graduating high school in a small town to attend college in one of India’s biggest cities.
  • her transition into health coaching after her father’s major heart attack and her own weight struggles.
    having to deal with the mixed messages of “be an engineer” and “be an entrepreneur”.
  • how she learned to self-publish her book with incredible success and the effort she recommends all authors make when launching a book.
  • her high-touch way of staying in touch with her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 214.

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 www.OnTheSchmooze.com - 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 www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 212

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