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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, 2022
Oct 27, 2022

Today’s guest is known as a “human development investigator.”

He is a strategist who shares how to use Adult Development Theory to dramatically change how you can effectively build connections with others, understand yourself more deeply, and positively influence those around you.

He is a best-selling author and host of the Disney+ Show "Family Reboot," who has spoken in 48 states and 5 countries to over 750,000 people. He has extensively studied human dynamics and relationships. He has been invited to speak at the White House twice and has been quoted in media outlets like The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, and is a contributor to TV shows like The Doctors.

He’s also a fellow dad joke enthusiast.

Please join me in welcoming Arel Moodie.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership develops over time into different definitions. Leadership means something different at each stage. Right now, it means empowering people without becoming the bottleneck.”
  • so many bad dad jokes!
  • why he didn’t have the confidence to enter leadership roles until college.
  • why he considered college as his way out of inner-city Brooklyn.
  • his pre-college experiences really fed his desire to go to college.
  • a book that changed his life, and not just because it was the only book written in English at the Shanghai airport.
  • his introduction into entrepreneurship and his first business.
  • his first steps into speaking and why he chose speaking about student success.
  • the three key factors of speaking: the craft of speaking, the message of speaking, and the business of speaking and why you need all three.
  • how he learned stage presence.
  • the observation that we don't count ourselves and instead uplift others.
  • the importance of curiosity and how that can lead to wonderful things.
  • why he joined the NSA.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer layers of his network.
  • the importance of deepening connections with his network.
  • why Arel thought a TV producer was going to steal his kidneys.
  • his challenge to all On the Schmooze listeners.

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

Oct 20, 2022

Today’s guest has a mission; to inspire a more connected, compassionate and collaborative world.

She shows people how to have better conversations with themselves and others – so they can make an even bigger difference in our world. Through the power of authentic connection and strengthening our mental fitness, she knows we can build even better businesses, communities and nations together.

She is a mentor, speaker, and certified mental fitness coach. She’s written for regional and national magazines since 2006 and has published several books, including “DO Talk To Strangers: How to Connect With Anyone, Anywhere”, the “DO Talk To Strangers Travel Toolkit,” and “How to Talk to Strangers: to decrease anxiety, build confidence, and make a bigger difference in the world.”

Please join me in welcoming Kerrie Phipps.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is showing up and being human. It means creating a ripple effect on those around you.”
  • her experience growing up on her dad’s farm and inviting friends over, having to work hard in order to play hard.
  • how a bullying experience as a young girl inspired her to protect people from bullies (even though she didn’t know how to stop the bullies).
  • why she chose to leave school at 15 with a desire to begin her “grown up life”.
  • her first job at a dental surgery office and then a bank where she discovered her love of helping teenagers.
  • her experience being very sick and hitting a wall shortly after becoming a mom and dealing with chronic sickness.
  • the global level of stress Kerrie experienced in the moment and how that compares to our global stress now.
  • finding out her grandfather had studied the Dale Carnegie books as she was researching her coach training.
  • the importance of getting coached even if you are a coach.
  • how she broke into the new coaching industry and the experience of being compared to other well known coaches and the impact of her first coaching clients.
  • how she began her author journey.
  • when she stepped up and stopped being “just a country girl”.
  • her travel to Singapore and speaking about coaching to large audiences.
  • meeting veterans who found networking intimidating when they have charged into much harder situations.
  • how shifting the shoulder is all it takes to be open to meeting new people.
  • what she’s looking forward to in the next year.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer levels of her network.

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

Oct 10, 2022

Today’s guest is The Referral Diva and has more than two decades of experience generating business by referral.

She is the founder of Master Connectors, Inc and the creator of Referrals On-Demand®, a program that teaches solo entrepreneurs how to turn their network into a referral-generating machine. She calls her process Referral Alchemy. When fully implemented, it can infuse tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars into your business without a single dollar in ad spend.

She is passionate about increasing prosperity across the globe and uses her business to further the efforts of Ten By Three, an international non-profit creating economies of scale in Third World countries by turning artisans into entrepreneurs.

Please join me in welcoming Virginia Muzquiz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is relationships. You manage processes but through the context of relationships.”
  • her realizing the difference between being a leader and a manager through empathy and influence.
  • how a children’s book she read to her daughters led her to becoming ‘the benevolent queen bee’ that allowed everyone to exist.
  • her process of breaking generational trauma.
  • her need for emotional connection and how that helped her development.
  • when she self-diagnosed as a sociopath based on a leadership assessment (spoiler alert - she is not a sociopath).
  • her love of Spanish and why that became her major and her job as a Spanish teacher.
  • how she structured her Spanish classroom to provide choice for her students and taught them by creating novelas.
  • the influence of her father who was an entrepreneur and the experience of living off the land.
  • how she became the #1 salesperson in 90 days for Mary Kay after declaring she would not sell anything.
  • how she found commonalities with influencers and how that helped her make a difference.
  • how she landed attention from BNI (Business Network International).
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.
  • what she’s looking forward to in the year ahead.

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

Oct 3, 2022

Today’s guest can be found at the intersection of impact and collaboration.

He is a consultant that works with institutions of higher education and their partners in communities, government, and business to achieve economic and social impact goals. He's worked with institutions like The Ohio State University, Indiana University, University of Oregon and others to develop strategies for collaborative community and regional transformation.

He is the founder of Venn Collaborative, a professional development, networking, and services organization that offers online courses and other opportunities to higher education leaders and to community, economic, and workforce development professionals.

Most recently he launched his podcast, The Collaborative Effect, to speak with people from all walks of life and work about how they want to leave an impact in the world.

Please join me in welcoming Jim Woodell.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership listening more than telling and guiding more than directing. Leadership is being in service to others.”
  • how moving a lot as a child helped him learn how to adjust quickly.
  • when Jim found out while in college that he had skills that could be leveraged and how the roles he played gave him so much satisfaction.
  • his initial plans to work in Hollywood but deciding not to be in it after experiencing shallow behavior from people in the industry.
  • reaching his goal of working at PBS right after college and then deciding to go to Harvard for his Masters in education.
  • Jim’s commitment to K-12 teachers and their lives in their careers.
  • what led him to Penn State to get a PhD in higher education.
  • how he learned how much impact universities impact their communities through talent, innovation, and place.
  • how he adapted the way his systems were working as a “great observer” and how that helped him create more impact.
  • where his business is going and his strategy of finding the smart people and building a network he can tap into to grow.
  • the great opportunities that people can take advantage of to leave an impact.
  • the importance of listening and why that is important for outreach.
  • how Jim nurtures and sustains his network.

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

Oct 3, 2022

Today’s guest empowers the dreamers, partners with the doers, educates the thinkers, and inspires the aspiring.

She has the very unique bragging right of being Etsy’s first attorney and their 17th employee overall. For over nine years she helped Etsy scale from an inconspicuous startup to a publicly traded company. After that, she joined Vroom as its first General Counsel.

Apart from being a startup attorney, she is a jeweler, investor, board member, and speaker. She won The New York Law Journals 2018 General Counsel Impact Award and created America's Ugliest Necklace. She is a playwright with a hilarious new show, Dirty Legal Secrets.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah Feingold.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is noticing the lightbulb goes out, replacing the lightbulb, and then ordering more lightbulbs just in case.”
  • her origins being an art student and not feeling like a leader.
  • when she knew that she wanted to work with artists but after a brainstorming session in a business class decided law was a better answer.
  • what prompted her to reach out to Etsy to offer suggestions on their policies. This led to her booking a ticket from Rochester to NYC and telling the CEO that she was going to interview with them to be their in-house attorney.
  • her reflection on the risks she was taking back then that she couldn’t imagine taking now.
  • how she built a community of lawyers to network with in New York City.
  • how she ended up joining a board after attending a seminar and being welcomed in by in-house attorneys at Macy’s while still being the new kid in town.
  • how she ended up leaving Etsy for Vroom mostly due to curiosity.
  • why she decided to collect legal stories and released them as a play.
  • why she prioritizes her solo theater dates.
  • the story behind creating “America’s Ugliest Necklace.”
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer layers of her network.
  • what she’s looking forward to in the next year.

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

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