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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: January, 2021
Jan 25, 2021

Today’s guest is a Growth Strategist who helps small business owners grow their companies without sacrificing the other parts of their lives.

When business owners feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do, he helps them create the right strategies, execute the right tactics, and build the right sort of team. As a serial entrepreneur, he has developed a five-step system for helping entrepreneurs build their businesses strategically.

After building his first business for twenty years, he sold it and now devotes himself full time to coaching and consulting other small businesses to choose the right strategies and tactics they need to grow their business.

He is a Certified Executive Coach and a Book Yourself Solid ® Certified Coach.

Please join me in welcoming Ron Tester.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Leadership is serving people and helping them to see what’s possible and helping them achieve what they want.”
  • how watching people take advantage of others lit a fire in him to help others to find justice.
  • how he started his own business with no entrepreneurship background but a passion for helping others.
  • his ability to speak up for the underdog.
  • the fight in his mom to push forward and do everything she could for their family and how that affected him growing up.
  • how hard the first 5 years of his business were to really get started.
  • why he decided to become a certified coach.
  • his process for selling his first business.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer levels of his network.
  • his red velvet rope mindset and how he is selective about who he works with.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 230.

Jan 24, 2021

Today’s guest is passionate about promoting gender equality within the workplace, empowering women to express confidence, and helping them build a winning career game plan.

After experiencing many career pivot points of her own, she now is focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace as a keynote speaker and executive coach. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, is a Certified Master Coach, and is a certified unconscious bias trainer.

She is a TEDx speaker, host of the Next Pivot Point podcast, and author of three books  “Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan,” “ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality,” and “Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion.”

Please join me in welcoming Julie Kratz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is not a positional authority. It’s the influence you gain in getting people to buy into your vision by asking about the things that they care about.”
  • how a riddle she heard at 8 years old created feelings that propelled her into her mission of helping women.
  • how her time in DECA was her first taste into business in 5th grade.
  • the importance of listening to others and how that can help provide safe spaces for others at work.
  • the importance of allyship.
  • the impact of taking chances and making connections with people.
  • her recommendation to others to find the thing that lights their soul on fire suggesting going back to your childhood for clues.
  • her folder of strategic contacts and how reviewing that often has helped her be intentional in contacting them.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 229.

Jan 13, 2021

Today’s guest is an expert at enhancing the capacity of leaders, to build high performing teams, and exponentially increase bottom-line results. She helps catalyze shifts in thinking and eliminate mental/emotional blocks to rapidly rewire their brain for greater confidence and success.

Her unique Rapid RewiringTM approach is the culmination of years of study in the realms of emotional intelligence, neuroscience, organizational psychology, and Rapid Transformational Therapy. She helps her clients achieve quantum leaps in their success and get paid what they’re worth.

She is the Founder and CEO of Nectar Consulting Inc., where she brings over 25 years of experience, intuitive insights, and strategic business savvy to support the success of the executives and entrepreneurs she works with.

She has co-authored 3 books, “Breakthrough Healing,” “A Guide to Getting It: A Clear, Compelling Vision,” and “Bite Size Tips For The New Entrepreneur.”

Please join me in welcoming Michele Molitor.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his/her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about who you’re being and how you show up and inspire others to do good work.”
  • her childhood of always being small and shy which made her tenacious.
  • how her old Humanities teacher was the person that recognized her talents and helped her own them.
  • how she has come full circle back to psychology in her coaching.
  • how she was bullied out of her Creative Director position at a tech company.
  • her studies at Landmark Education and how that became a launchpad to her getting established.
  • her strategy to stay in touch with the outer layers of her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 228.

Jan 11, 2021

Today’s guest didn’t start life with many advantages, but his parents taught him that resourcefulness is a FAR greater asset than resources.

Before he turned 25, he became a published author, launched a product that made $44,738 in one week, took over the business development of a 7-figure online education company, traveled the world to 23 countries with his wife, and networked his way into an exclusive mastermind for the world's top thought leaders that costs $25,000/yr to attend.

He is on a mission to change the global conversation around what “success” means for an entire generation of entrepreneurs through his newest brand, 7-Figure Millennials. The movement’s focus is to inspire millennial entrepreneurs to pursue BIG financial goals while PRIORITIZING their happiness, health, and relationships.

Please join me in welcoming Brandon Fong.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his/her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership helping other people to become the very best version of themselves and empowering them to leverage that in whatever team setting they are in.”
  • how his parents encouraged him and taught him to be resourceful above all else and to not always be the “smartest in the room” forcing him to ask questions and open his eyes to the world.
  • how being on the free lunch program as a kid fueled his desire to be successful.
  • the impact of Jonathan Levi to the world and how Jonathan personally affected him during their years of working together.
  • how he leveraged his learning to be successful in his love for working with entrepreneurs.
  • his dream to help others build businesses that not only make an impact and bring in revenue but make them happy.
  • his framework called “The Magic Connection” which was made specifically to help people enrich their email list and help the list response; the hook, the irresistible offer, wrap it up and get people to respond to it by including a “no” oriented question.
  • his email tips to build networks and secure open rates and responses.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 227.

Jan 4, 2021

Today’s guest helps business owners and stakeholders make wise decisions.

As a savvy entrepreneur, she started her first company at the young age of 15 and sold it to a major competitor just four years later.

She started her programming journey very early and quickly discovered her love for tech and a knack for building tech businesses. Her passion extends to changing the conversation in the tech world for women and gender minorities by helping more people get into and stay in tech. The more gender minorities are represented in tech over a longer period of time, the more the conversation will shift for future generations.

She developed the curriculum for the Raika Technologies and GotAnAppIdea.com Startup Program to help new app and tech entrepreneurs spend as little time and money as possible evaluating their idea, helping them get to a go-no-go decision quickly and efficiently.

Please join me in welcoming Cynthia Del'Aria.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is when you can step into your purpose and go boldly from that space.”
  • her journey from coding when she was 8 years old and started her company at the age of 15.
  • how watching her mother love her work and pour herself into her business inspired her as a child.
  • how a prestigious deal at 18 caused a bidding war for her company by two of her competitors.
  • how she earned and lost 7 figures and ended up living in her car.
  • how she rebuilt, moving to Denver and developing download technology for the internet in it’s early days.
  • how she discovered the missing link for more women to be hired in the technology field.
  • her KPI consists of impact conversations to help people get over a hump, referrals, and sharing her story.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 226.

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