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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, 2022
Jan 30, 2022

Today’s guest creates big value for business owners by connecting them with their ideal customers and clients using creative, strategic, and authentic digital advertisements.

In 2021 she managed over $50,000 worth of ad spend on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest helping about 20 small business owners expand their reach and explode their sales with digital ads.

She is a CPA who spent the first 6 years of her career with PWC. The combination of her experience: Big 6 accounting, small business ownership, and advertising for 100s of locally owned Miami businesses proved to be perfect to create her new Facebook and Instagram Ad Strategy and Management Agency.

Please join me in welcoming Meredith Kallaher.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is influencing others to use their expertise and skill to create value for the world.”
  • her experience in elementary trying to find opportunities to be in a leadership role.
  • how she found permission to ask questions from her high school mentor.
  • her thoughts on how crippling it can be to care about what others think.
  • her morning gratitude practice which has changed how she looks at her life.
  • her initial plan of becoming a doctor before deciding on accounting.
  • her experience owning a franchise selling baby announcements.
  • her decision to leave PWC after 6 years while working abroad in Switzerland.
  • her second franchise of a high-end magazine and her experience learning the  Facebook and Instagram platforms.
  • her experience running her business after Hurricane Irma and what caused her to pivot.
  • her desire to keep her customers as authentic as possible in their ad messaging.
  • her advice for sticking with the social media platform that you like.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

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

Jan 17, 2022

Today’s guest is a serial entrepreneur that has started over 30 business ventures. While most didn’t work out he did find his passion as a mobile notary and loan signing agent.

He finds the work fulfilling because as a notary he is with people on their best days or most difficult days. He believes it takes someone special to tap into empathy and compassion while striving to build a business that has the power to change lives.

He learned the hard way that knowledge without consistent implementation is practically worthless. That’s why he became a notary coach teaching others how to start and grow their own successful notary businesses.

He's is the CEO of NotaryCoach.com and author of two bestsellers, “Sign & Thrive: How to Make Six Figures as a Mobile Notary and Loan Signing Agent,” and “SuperCharge Your Notary Business with LinkedIn.” He is also the host of the SideHustle Lounge Podcast.

Please join me in welcoming Bill Soroka.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership starts with self. True personal leadership comes down to taking 100% responsibility for results and aligning your thoughts, words, and behaviors.”
  • how solopreneurs can be impactful leaders despite working alone.
  • the traps he fell into as an entrepreneur because he didn’t have the right tools in place.
  • the importance of taking ownership of the things you are responsible for.
  • his experience growing up pretending to be a businessman but not a very social kid.
  • how learning the enneagram helped him understand himself.
  • him being the shy introvert who was always motivated to be team captains by his peers.
  • his desire from childhood to always be a businessman (including carrying a briefcase to school every day).
  • the significance of Thanksgiving weekend for him and his business.
  • his college experience and changing majors a few times.
    why he shares his vulnerabilities.
  • his discovery of the notary business world.
  • how he has been changing the way he thinks about the notary business to inspire others.
  • how systematizing his business helped him nail his business so that he could scale it into what it is today.
  • how he nurtures and sustains his network using network stacking.

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

Jan 11, 2022

Today’s guest loves to help people who are not comfortable with technology to embrace its power.

She is a social sales, social media, and LinkedIn trainer, consultant, and speaker. She works with organizations, and individuals who know they should be using LinkedIn to: extend their networking, fill their sales pipeline, build their professional brand, advance in their career, and create advocates within their organizations.

She knows people are often afraid, even if they don't admit it, of clicking in the wrong place or saying the wrong thing. She helps to remove fear and accelerate the LinkedIn, social sales, and networking learning curve.

Her clients call her part friend, part consultant, part confidante, a sales enabler, and LinkedIn whisperer.

Please join me in welcoming Beth Granger.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is undefinable. You know it when you see it. Leaders do things to make you trust them and ask them for advice.”
  • how being an artist opened up new opportunities to be a leader.
  • her early career using her art degree at the forefront.
  • how her colleagues encouraged her to start her own business.
  • how being fluid with her idea of what her business would be led to more success than if she had been locked to a specific idea.
  • how she organizes herself to identify the tasks she should be doing vs. what she could outsource.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.
  • some tips on how to share content on social media.
  • LinkedIn’s newest feature having a newsletter along with some content tips.

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

Jan 11, 2022

Today’s guest is all about building rock-solid relationships and exceeding people’s expectations.

Having an innate curiosity, she has leveraged that into building business relationships and teaches others how to do the same. Her passion is working with people who want to build their businesses through relationship marketing and networking. She shares online and offline strategies to build and sustain solid relationships with past, present, and future customers that lead to more sales and more referrals.

She is the host of the Relationships Rule podcast, interviewing people who share her value of the importance of relationships - and nurturing them.

Please join me in welcoming Janice Porter.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is being able to teach people and influence them through teaching.”
  • the distinction between leading and coaching.
  • the dynamic of being the older child as it relates to expectations put upon her.
  • her first teaching job and realizing what an enormous responsibility it was.
  • her bravery in challenging a colleague and standing up for what she believed in.
  • her transition from teaching to corporate training due to finding teaching became too political.
  • how she started her entrepreneurship journey after being a contractor for many years.
  • how she learned to be a good networker and that experience helped her on her entrepreneurship journey.
  • how she finds her ideal clients for LinkedIn strategy and how she helps her referrals.
  • how she sells her services to different professional clients as opposed to Solopreneurs.
  • her thoughts on LinkedIn and how it changed over the years.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

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

Jan 4, 2022

Today’s guest’s passion lies in helping clients build profitable businesses rooted in purpose and impact.

He is a strategy entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He has built and scaled companies in Europe and Canada, and led client projects across the world. He believes a solid strategy is key to leaving a business legacy.

His forthcoming book, “The Strategy Legacy” presents a framework called "The Nine Elements of Organizational Identity" to help you build better businesses.

I’m honored to have been invited to be interviewed by him for LEGACY: The Premier Strategic Business Event that he is organizing in February 2022.

Please join me in welcoming Alex Brueckmann.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is collaborating with people even if you don’t have a leadership title, authority, or position. Leadership is influence.”
  • his experience as a child of directing the games and wanting things to go a certain way even while playing.
  • his gratitude for growing up without being officially diagnosed or medicated with ADHD but instead having the space to explore and use his energy.
  • his admiration of Axel Rose’s (Guns N Roses lead singer) energy and how he showed up in the world.
  • his initial passion for music and why he did not pursue that in his career goals.
  • his nights of only sleeping 4 hours a night and realizing that while it was fun, it was not healthy.
  • his journey into corporate and getting his first taste of entrepreneurship.
  • the freedom he felt when deciding to release himself from “the golden handcuffs” and striking out on his own.
  • how he helps organizations leverage their entire leadership organization to be strategically savvy.
  • how he is building a legacy.
  • his passion for strategy and why he believes every entrepreneur should have a vision for the destination of their business journey.
  • how he honed in on his niche and how that developed how he reached out to people and served them.
  • how he continues to evaluate and nurture his network.
    his Legacy event in 2022.

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

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