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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: February, 2021
Feb 28, 2021

Today’s guest believes everyone deserves to do what sets their souls ablaze and it’s her mission to help them do just that while not burning out.

She is a keynote speaker and virtual emcee aimed at helping people love their work, succeed on their own terms, and live a life they love. Her clients range from Fortune 500s to non-profit associations, with her keynotes focused on boosting success and happiness. Teams that want their profits to grow alongside their personal fulfillment and authenticity are drawn to her energy, style, and actionable takeaways.

She is a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst which means she pairs her executive leadership and sales experience with behavioral science to understand what makes people trust, buy and connect. That coveted knowledge is a powerful and often lucrative competitive advantage for her clients.

She knows happy people are successful people and is on a mission to help individuals become their own joy generators.

Please join me in welcoming Rachel Sheerin.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is very self-focused. It’s not about the others, it has to start with me. Leadership is a verb - having a title is not being a leader. Leadership is a journey.”
  • her love of being spontaneous
  • her acceptance that she could be many things and how that multifacetedness helped her become an entrepreneur.
    her passion for bringing people together and celebrating moments.
  • her history of working for small businesses and how that has changed and helped evolve her own business.
    the link between finding one’s joy and making that money generating.
  • her theory about sales and how it’s more about advocacy than actual sales.
  • how quitting her last job changed her and led her into a spiral of guilt and shame but also helped her find her true calling.
  • when she knew she had made it by believing in her rebrand.
    her tips for nurturing and sustaining the outer levels of her network.
  • her boomerang tip for happy marriages. ;)
  • her mission of living the three C’s: when you see someone you Celebrate with them, Congratulate them on the good things, and Console them.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 235.

Feb 23, 2021

Today’s guest believes that most stress is avoidable and that there is always a reason to be optimistic and have hope during tough times.

She is the author of “Married My Mom Birthed A Dog: How to be Resilient When Life Sucks” a book that teaches us how to fight back and win. She is a speaker and coach that believes people need to shift their relationship with challenge and change.

She's spoken for Fortune 500 companies since 2006 and coaches small business owners who are stuck and feel overwhelmed. To help others get out of their own way and step into their brilliance she created the Ultimate Resilience Program.

Please join me in welcoming Allison Graham.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is self-leadership. How do you choose your path and use that to lead others? Leadership starts from within.”
  • the importance of resiliency when leading yourself and others.
  • how she would downplay her intelligence at school to be accepted by her classmates.
  • how to share your joy humbly and how that resilience can inspire others.
  • the power we have to inspire others not only with our highs but with our lows.
  • her longing to be part of something bigger while still beating herself up and having fear to do what she dreamed.
  • a conversation with a former boss and how that changed her career trajectory.
  • her tips for nurturing your network and having deep conversations with your connections.
  • how opening a Zoom room for an hour at noon has helped others connect.
  • her thoughts on Clubhouse.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 234.

Feb 16, 2021

Today’s guest is a digital futurist keynote speaker who translates the trends of tomorrow to inspire change today. He has a gift for bringing people together online and offline.

Prior to speaking, he worked for the Department of Defense where he managed a global team that deployed collaboration and cybersecurity solutions across all branches of the military. He then pursued his dream job helping companies embrace the rate of change and new ways to innovate.

As the Founder of iSocialFanz, he has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell, EMC, Adobe, IBM, and UFC.  He has worked in 76 countries, highlighting his passion for change, collaboration, and technology.

He has been recognized as a Top 20 Digital Transformation Influencer; a Top 50 Most-Mentioned User by CMOs on Twitter, and a Top 25 Social Business Leader of the Future by The Economist. His followers on social media and podcast downloads rank in the hundreds of thousands, resulting in Brian being an influencer for 19 of the Fortune 100 companies.

Please join me in welcoming Brian Fanzo.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is sacrificing for the greater good while shepherding people towards a direction they may not even know they need to go.”
  • how having to accept an award for outstanding leadership was the first time he considered himself a leader.
  • his journey of self-awareness and learning that being an extrovert and being confident does not equal self-awareness.
  • the emotions when he quit his job at the height of his career.
  • how he became self-aware about his own strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur.
  • how meeting Jay Baer transformed his life as a speaker.
  • how he landed an Adobe sponsorship after being told he wasn’t ready to launch his podcast.
  • how he nurtures the different levels of his network by using a system he developed in 2005.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 233.

Feb 8, 2021

Today’s guest believes that helping people develop meaningful professional relationships is the fastest way to turn promising biomedical research into life-saving cures.

She’s a PhD biologist who trained at Harvard Medical School and had the opportunity to be coached by “super connectors” who taught her how to build human relationships to solve problems.

To make that easier, she developed Curious Reactor, a life science-focused networking tool that helps participants make the most of conferences by creating a personalized match list that is short, targeted, and relevant. That way, participants can spend their time at the conference connecting with warm leads, instead of crossing fingers with cold contacts. By injecting science into human networking Curious Reactor can predict who should meet who.

Please join me in welcoming Jenny Ro.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Good leaders have the mindset of servant leadership. They also have really contagious vision and are able to instill that passion into other people through that vision.”
  • that as a child she was an introvert and very much a tomboy catching bugs with her group of friends.
  • the difference in her growing up in South Korea.
  • the experience of being at a science conference and how it is different than attending any other kind of conference.
  • her passion for wanting to help people in science, technology, and innovation engage with others by helping them break the ice to have a meaningful interaction built on a common foundation.
  • the genesis story of Curious Reactor and how it evolved from simply connecting people to tech to connecting people to people.
  • the process of how people are matched in the innovations ecosystem.
  • how the pandemic has affected how she matches people and pivots constantly to ensure her network is supported.
  • how she manages and nurtures her network with a dating guru mentality and how to strengthen work relationships.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 232.

Feb 2, 2021

Today’s guest has been called “the undisputed champion at helping small businesses land big clients” by Inc. Magazine.

She developed a proprietary framework, based on her two decades of experience navigating all sides of the corporate buying table. This framework has been leveraged by thousands of small businesses across 72 countries to secure multi 5-, 6- and 7-figure+ corporate contracts. INSIDE EDGE, her global conference brings small and diverse business owners together with major brands like AT&T, IBM, and Coca-Cola to help them work together more effectively.

She has been named an Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine, has been featured in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, and the Washington Post, as well as on ABC, NBC, and CBS. She is a regular panelist on Yahoo! Finances show YFi PM.

Please join me in welcoming Angelique Rewers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership seeing a gap and jumping in to fill it. They honor that role with courage and strategic thinking.”
  • how being a narrator at age 6 for a Christmas play was her first leadership experience.
  • how growing up in the 80s really helped shape who she was growing up and who she wanted to be.
  • the discrimination she felt as a woman when she was not promoted in title or salary while performing the role of a leader.
  • the experience of spending her 20s working at the helm of a company with the top decision makers.
  • what led her to build her business after meeting a very persistent potential client at a conference.
  • her frustration with people not taking action and not building relationships.
  • her strategy to nurture and sustain the outer layers of her network by creating experiences.
  • her mantra of doing the things that give her energy and not the things that deplete her energy.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchmooze.com - episode 231.

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