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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: April, 2022
Apr 24, 2022

Today’s guest believes relationships are at the heart of everything she does.

She knows that you can't be successful in business, or in life unless you are successful in cultivating winning relationships.

She is a sought-out executive coach and leadership expert who helps leaders achieve outstanding results through the power of their professional relationships. At last count, she and her company, SkyeTeam, have supported the development of more than 10,000 leaders from 20 countries and on 6 continents.

She’s the award-winning author of three books: “Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships,” “The Future-Proof Workplace,” and her latest book “You, Me, We: Why we all need friends at work (and how to show up as one!).” She's recognized by Thinkers360 and PeopleHum as an HR Thought Leader to Watch.

Please join me in welcoming Morag Barrett.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership means being the best I can be in this moment in order to help you be the best you can be so that we can succeed together.”
  • the moment she decided to hold her head up high physically and metaphorically.
  • the awe she still feels when being called a thought leader.
    recognizing imposter syndrome in her personal life and business life.
  • how she seized the opportunity and moved her family to the US.
  • how seizing the moment helped to skyrocket her finance and banking career.
  • her bridge from being a numbers person to being a people and relationships person.
  • how being fired from her job propelled her to start her own business.
  • how and why she named her company SkyeTeam
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer layers of her network.
  • her three-step process for life and business - look up, show up, and step up.

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

Apr 19, 2022

Today’s guest has made a career of making the very complex awesomely simple.

He has spent the last three decades helping companies and people be more successful. He serves his clients as an executive coach, training facilitator, keynote speaker, and strategy advisor. Recognized as one of the top business thought leaders and leadership development experts in the world, he was named by the American Management Association as one of America's Top 50 Leaders to Watch along with Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

He has been a guest lecturer at more than 90 colleges and universities, including MIT,

Stanford, Cornell, and the Wharton School of Business. He has been the owner or CEO of five companies and currently serves as a board member or adviser to several organizations.

Please join me in welcoming John Spence.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is when you become a living example of what you hope your followers will one day become.”
  • how being selected captain of his football team helped him establish himself as a leader.
  • how he went from extreme success in high school to failing out of college.
  • the three key points that changed the trajectory of his college career.
  • his first job and becoming CEO of that organization shortly thereafter.
  • the impact of his parents on his life and entrepreneurship goals.
  • the three things he believes are the essence of excellence - focus, discipline, and action.
  • the actions he takes to grow his network and stay connected with them.
  • why doing things you enjoy is such an important trait in business.
  • how he finds and chooses mentees and the assignment he gives each potential mentee.
  • his thoughts surrounding adaptability and how important it is.
  • an incredible statistic he learned about reading.

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

Apr 11, 2022

Today’s guest has reinvented herself many times.

She is a best-selling author, executive communications coach, motivational speaker, podcast host, and Emmy award-winning journalist. Her television career spanned 28 years and featured many memorable highlights including one-on-one interviews with prominent figures ranging from professional athletes to global political leaders including President Barack Obama as well as cultural icons such as Oprah Winfrey. She also co-anchored the #1 rated 6 pm newscast at WCVB-TV, NewsCenter 5, and the ABC affiliate in Boston.

She is the author of “Dare to Own You: Taking Your Authenticity and Dreams into Your Next Chapter.” In this book, she shares that every experience—good or bad, every career step we’ve taken all adds up to experience and skills. All of it is valuable knowledge and can be used to re-create one’s next chapter...if one is willing to think differently about their experiences and can connect the dots, discover the themes and patterns that exist.

Please join me in welcoming Liz Brunner.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “There’s a leader living within all of us. We are not born knowing how to lead, we learn it. Leadership is a journey.”
  • her one-time political adversary, Charlie Brown.
  • how her ancestry has influenced her life.
  • her humble beginnings of being a high school music teacher.
  • the bravery it took for Liz to quit her safe job and apply for her first television job.
  • how she connects the themes and patterns of all the different jobs in her life.
  • an interesting exercise she does as personal development and waking up her network.
  • her many mentors, how she finds them, and the lessons she has learned about herself in the process.
  • her love of networking events and the importance of networking.
  • a LinkedIn tip to clarify the job you’re looking for.
    how she stays in touch with her network.

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

Apr 4, 2022

Today’s guest teaches women how to be badass entrepreneurs!  She believes women have the power to change their financial picture by building profit in their business.

She specializes in supporting successful six-figure service-based business owners to make profit a priority using her proprietary CRUSH Formula. She is a profit coach and money-making strategist with over 14 years in PR & marketing, finance strategy, and business development.

She is the host of “She Needs Grit” a podcast for entrepreneurs to explore, learn about, and implement actionable takeaways in each of the four pillars of business success -  grit, confidence, strategy, and simplicity. Each client she works with has a different story, but her heart lights up when she sees her clients truly understand they are able to create the reality of their dreams.

Please join me in welcoming Samantha Varner.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is leading by example. It’s demonstrating skill and inviting them to follow your example.”
  • the first time Samantha found herself in a position to lead and motivate others at a mere 20 years old.
  • how her birth order prepared her for future leadership roles.
  • her initial desire to work in law but finding communications in the process.
  • her experience moving from Canada to Australia to Texas.
    growing up with an example of entrepreneurship from her father.
  • the value of community and how to use it to your advantage.
  • how she started in the finance world and why she empowers women to look at their finances.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer layers of her network.

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

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