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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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Aug 12, 2021

Today’s guest understands you can’t do it all yourself. Her clients are at a tipping point, launching the next phase of their life and business while creating multiple business income streams - which is why she’s their expert resource for finding the best virtual assistant for their needs.

Based on the positive response to her two books “Become a Successful Virtual Assistant” and “Hire the Right Virtual Assistant” she decided there was a need for an association to promote a high standard of excellence among VAs. Thus, she founded the Association of Virtual Assistants.

In 2017, she became location independent and traveled to 16 countries in 12 months while growing her business at a rapid rate. Since then, she has become a sought-after Remote Work Consultant, helping individuals looking for remote work, as well as those in need of better hiring and managing their remote teams.

Please join me in welcoming Melissa Smith.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is knowing your strengths and weaknesses and making sure you have the ability to have people pull them out of you while you also do that for them.”
  • how anonymous, random of acts of kindness with her dad and watching her mom as a soft-spoken but powerful “quiet” leader influenced who she is and how she operates today.
  • how she finds joy in seeing others get over the humps in their lives to achieve the greatness they are capable of.
    the Association of Virtual Assistants she recently launched and what she loves about it.
  • how she knows when she needs to hire another Virtual Assistant.
  • her methods for networking and investing in relationships over the long haul.

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

Aug 9, 2021

Two decades ago, Business Week said today’s guest "may be the ultimate entrepreneur for the Information Age," because he’s as focused on spreading ideas as the ideas themselves.

He is a world-renowned speaker and author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. Entrepreneur said his blog was “one of the most-loved marketing blogs on the internet.”

He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting leadership, and most of all, changing everything. Some of his most well-known books include “Linchpin,” “Tribes,” “The Dip,” and "Purple Cow.” His newest book, “This Is Marketing” was released this month.

He has founded several companies including Yoyodyne and Squidoo - and he is the founder of altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed the work of thousands of people. In recognition of his ability to create and spread powerful ideas, he was inducted into the American Marketing Association's Marketing Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Please join me in welcoming Seth Godin.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is earning the trust to have people hear and believe you and the discernment to differentiate between the people who want to go there and those who don’t.”
  • how he learned to accept loss, discovered he is not good at getting elected, and ultimately learned how to be a great leader.
  • his belief that true marketers learn how to identify things that need to change in the world, come up with a solution to make change happen, and find the people who need that change.
  • his thoughts about how school has been designed to raise kids to be compliant, and the importance of parents to use the time with their kids to help give them the future skills they need.
  • how he does not view himself as a great writer. Instead, he has written over 7,000 blogs and 120 books because he learned to speak more clearly and to write what he was going to say.
  • his marketing strategy that asks “who’s it for and what’s it for?”
  • what status roles are and how important they have been in his life.
  • how he keeps a generous abundance mindset and thinks “how do I give them the most that I can?” instead of “how do I get the most out of them?”
  • his thoughts about “tit for tat” mindsets and networking with other people.
  • his mindset about people taking his ideas and running with them, and how it makes him happy to see people use his ideas to create positive change in the world.

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

Aug 6, 2021

Today’s guest believes that communication and connection are the foundation of everything.

She is known for her energetic, engaging, and authentic presentations and is an expert on workplace communications and relationships. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and the author of several books including “The 11 Laws of Likability,” which has been translated into 9 languages and used by universities, Fortune 500 companies, and associations around the world.

She has appeared on TV and radio shows across the country and was named by Forbes as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015. Her next book, “The Connectors Club” will be available in March 2019.

Her mission is to help people communicate and lead with confidence, clarity, and connection.

Please join me in welcoming Michelle Tillis Lederman.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is a mindset and an approach to how you conduct yourself in your work. I believe we all have the innate skills to be a leader, it is just a matter of how we leverage them.”
  • how many people have a confidence and comfort quality about them that other people recognize as someone they can trust to be a leader.
  • her definition of the difference between networking and being a connector.
  • some of the key concepts in her upcoming book about connection.
  • her belief that “Diversity is important because it gives you a broader perspective and easier access to people and resources.”
  • how she learned to reframe the negative “end of story” thoughts and what people can do to change the negative thoughts to affirming and powerful phrases.

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

Aug 4, 2021

Today’s guest is the entrepreneur behind 3 multi-million dollar companies, having founded and sold two of them before reaching his 35th birthday.

He is a former small business journalist for The Wall Street Journal, and he is the author of “Profit First,” “The Pumpkin Plan,” and “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur,” which BusinessWeek deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic.” His books have been translated into over 10 different languages.

A popular keynote speaker, he travels the globe as an entrepreneurial advocate, is an active partner in multiple companies, including an American manufacturer, a business growth consultancy, an augmented reality tech firm, and a certification organization for accountants, bookkeepers, and business coaching.

He also created the Profit First Formula, a way for businesses large and small to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

Please join me in welcoming Mike Michalowicz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “leadership is about reciprocity.
  • It is truly about the fact that we will get out of others what we put into others.”
  • how he believes everyone can be a leader and that they just need to embrace who they actually are and lean into it.
  • how humor and being the class clown grew him into the successful author he is.
  • his journey from writing a book with no sales on the launch day, to an author whose book was named the “entrepreneurs cult classic” by BusinessWeek.
  • his methods for maintaining connections with his readers and fellow authors and colleagues.
  • how he works to create diversity among people who serve his core listeners.

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

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