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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: October, 2021
Oct 26, 2021

Today’s guest has launched a children’s brand that inspires young minds.

Today’s guest is more like a cohost and we’re going to dish about why I felt the need to write my newest book, “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List.”

She’s my book launch success manager and has been supporting my business over the last year as my systems and processes coach.

We met while working at Mirasee and witnessed firsthand the many common mistakes entrepreneurs make when they’re just getting started with their business or when they’re ready to move from one-on-one coaching to group programs.

What I love about working together is that she believes that the sensible and practical side of life meshes perfectly with the woo-woo side of life. As a heart-centered entrepreneur myself, I really appreciate her point of view.

As the Chief Technology Therapist at Sensible Woo, she teaches highly sensitive & neuro-divergent online business owners how to replace technological chaos with a harmonious technology system.

She is an accredited librarian with a Master of Science in Information and set the foundation of her career as the first digital archivist for Disney Animation Studios.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Williams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • a behind-the-scenes peek into the process of writing and releasing Robbie’s new book.
  • my desire to create resources for others.
  • the distractions we all use that get in the way of monetizing our ideas.
  • the common error that entrepreneurs make when talking to potential clients about their big P problems.
  • how to build a runway for your offers and the importance of leading people to it.
  • some of the pitfalls of sharing value with others and rushing the process.
  • how not to isolate yourself and build things in your own head.
  • the importance of meeting your clients where they are.
    the four things you need to launch a pilot.
  • the importance of taking inventory in your business.
  • a pragmatic approach to running your business.

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

Oct 26, 2021

Today’s guest has launched a children’s brand that inspires young minds.

She has over twenty-five years in marketing and branding, including FM/AM radio broadcasting, and as the host of The Business Experience Show. She is a speaker, songwriter, and award-winning author of the book series, Unicorn Jazz™ - she’s written a total of 17 books.

After interviewing 13 notable entrepreneurs on what makes for a meaningful, happy, and prosperous life she was inspired to launch her own multi-media brand, starting with a book about a shy unicorn. The book series offers social-emotional learning components (empathy, kindness, love, belonging, believing in others, feelings, and more).

When the pandemic began, she knew she had to do something outside the box to continue creating and developing her characters for children.  She launched Unicorn Jazz Presents The Thing I Do which is available on Amazon TV/Prime. What’s really neat is kids can send in their own video content, music, and talent to be part of the show!

Her work has been featured in Forbes, ABC, CBS, and USA Today.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa Caprelli.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is helping others to create and do more with their innate ability.”
  • her curiosity about how to best help young kids start developing strong ideals for happiness and not just lucrative careers.
  • the impact her grandmother and her 1st-grade teacher had on her at a young age.
  • the origin story of why she created Unicorn Jazz.
  • how she mastered the art of writing.
  • her thoughts on why it’s so important to compliment others and help them develop.
  • how she navigated the world being really, really shy.
  • how the recession in 2009 led her to start her first marketing business.
  • her decision to create a children’s brand and how easy it was to make that choice.
  • her thoughts about “million-dollar ideas”.
  • how she nurtured her network and was able to build from the people she already had connections with.

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

Oct 17, 2021

Today’s guest believes relationships are the assets that always yield the greatest returns - maximizing lifelong happiness and fulfillment.

With his background in cognitive science & psychology, he understands knowing how to initiate quality relationships is a must for any professional, particularly when searching for a job, recruiting new talent to your workplace, exploring acquisition opportunities, building new sales relationships, and so on.

He is the founder of Cogent Connections, a young sales consulting and marketing firm that helps businesses build genuine, thoughtful, and productive professional relationships. He helps you connect with the right people, initiate productive conversations, and nurture your network.

Please join me in welcoming Chris Gittings.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is something that requires a bit of courage and the ability to take risks.”
  • his experiences growing up being picked last and experiencing harassment/bullying in school.
  • his love of watching and learning about history.
  • finding his mentor in his high school history teacher.
  • his developing love of human behavior and how there is still so much to explore.
  • his work at The Cleveland Clinic with kids struggling with ADHD.
  • how the relationships he has built allow him to take risks in trying new things.
  • his strategy about asking people for help when he needs it.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer levels of his network.

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

Oct 11, 2021

Today’s guest has discovered the secret to tapping into your authentic self and turning it into a superpower at work and in life.

She has spent the last 14 years traveling the globe, training senior execs and teams from Fortune 100 companies like Google, Pepsico, Uber, and Disney. She's turned technologists into creative forces, bankers into storytellers, and has brought a serious dose of badass-ness to boardrooms everywhere.

She is a former TV host turned trainer, speaker, and Swagger coach. She’s the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of “Swagger Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want.”

Please join me in welcoming Leslie Ehm.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about anyone in service of growing other humans. It’s the intention to help others grow.”
  • how she learned to be a leader by realizing that she did not have leadership skills and using her deficits as her inspiration.
  • her experience growing up and remembering it as a difficult time.
  • her journey to find a platform to communicate with others.
  • how growing up with entrepreneurial parents gave her the freedom and security to build her own business.
  • how living in the UK for many years and returning home to Canada made her feel about her network.
  • her belief that people are already everything they need to be to be successful.
  • the untruths associated with building a business.
  • her experience taking a chance with a new business partner and she began losing her swagger.
  • the evolution of her Combustion virtual training company.
    her dream for the Swagger Revolution.

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

Oct 4, 2021

Today’s guest believes in celebrating and embracing diversity.

With a unique and practical approach to diversity and inclusion, she helps leaders and teams promote a more inclusive work environment. She brings a fresh and uniquely positive approach to diversity keynote talks, while still challenging the status quo.

Her work has been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Fast Company. She's appeared on CNN, the Today Show, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has been named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business and one of the Top 25 Women in Meetings by Meetings and Conventions Magazine.

She is the CEO of Equality Institute and an award-winning author of 4 books including “Inclusive 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization.”

Please join me in welcoming Bernadette Smith.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is someone inspiring and guiding a team towards a shared sense of purpose and goals.”
  • how she used her vision to get into Woodstock ‘94 with her friends and raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
  • how she found her voice in her late teens.
  • the origin story of her event planning business focused on gay weddings during the start of the fight for marriage equality.
  • how event planning for LGBTQ couples led to a DEI-focused transition.
  • how the universe humbled her at the precise moment she wasn’t being true to herself.
  • how writing a weekly newsletter can be a great way to build relationships.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

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

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