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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Jun 13, 2021

Today’s guest wants women to live their most epic life every day.

She is a master facilitator, leadership trainer, joy instigator, and community strategist who first fell in love with transformational leadership as a camp counselor. Two degrees and 15 years of facilitation training later, she decided to give herself permission to be the Professional Camp Counselor she knew she was born to be.

She is the founder of The Magnetic Leader™ Collective, where she trains leaders and speakers to connect powerfully with their audience through creating EPIC and engaging meetings, workshops, and events. Her mission is to empower, inspire, and motivate leaders to cultivate confidence and create transformational experiences that change people's lives.

Please join me in welcoming Marli Williams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is making something happen that wouldn’t already be happening. It is seeing what’s possible.”
  • her ability to bring people together, host, and build community as a kiddo on the playground.
  • her inclination to always be involved in school.
  • her 50-day experiment to find herself and how that led her to change directions and study Outdoor Education.
  • her path to grad school and how she incorporated getting outside with building community for incoming students.
  • how she decided on entrepreneurship.
  • how immersing herself into entrepreneurship and attending events led to her moving to Portland to be around her newfound colleagues.
  • her passion for helping women live in their power to share their gifts with the world.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer layers of her network and community.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 249.

Jun 7, 2021

I have a special treat for you this week. This is only the second time I’ve had a guest back on the show. Today’s guest is a super-connector who brings brilliant minds together.

You can read a long list of his accolades in the intro for episode 67, I’ll put a link in today’s show notes. For instance, he spoke at a TED@IBM event the day before his 20th birthday, was a delegate to President Obama's 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Malaysia, and has been featured in Forbes, TIME, Harvard Business Review, and Fortune.

His latest company, Meeting of the Minds, brings together "super-connectors" and subject matter experts at invite-only events. Members of the MOTM network include CEOs of 7, 8, and 9-figure businesses, creators of globally-recognized brands and social movements, New York Times bestselling authors, founders of pre-IPO tech unicorns, and c-suite execs from Fortune 500 companies.

He has written multiple books including the "#1 Entrepreneurship Book of 2015.” I’ve invited him back because he just released his latest book “How To Build A World-Class Network In Record Time.”

Please join me in welcoming Jared Kleinert.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is being a super connector. It is someone well connected and well regarded in their industry. It’s someone who shares value in any industry.”
  • his positive and negative experiences getting started in entrepreneurship in his teens.
  • how he planned for his business during the pandemic.
  • how he explored and deepened his current connections.
  • the importance of your network to gather information and learn new things.
  • the mindfulness he keeps about his clients, customers, and relationships and how that changes how he networks in certain situations.
  • how he builds his network.
  • his new lifestyle business venture and a sneak peak into his new book.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer layers of his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 248.

May 31, 2021

Today’s guest believes that the sensible and practical side of life meshes perfectly with the woo-woo side of life.

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. Through programs like Digital Feng Shui, her clients optimize their business foundation from an emotional and intuitive perspective so that they can delegate and automate without wasting time, money, or energy.

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. From there, she has worked with marketing agencies, entertainment technology companies, public libraries, fundraising organizations, and technology start-ups.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Williams.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “True leadership is the ability to say ‘I don’t know’. Real leaders are willing to admit there are things they don’t know yet.”
  • how her librarian background is the root to how she looks at business.
  • how living overseas during her early school years changed
  • how she looked at her introverted nature.
  • how being elected as a student council president inspired
  • her to want to make a difference in the world.
  • her brief stint as a standup comic and how much that taught her about addressing her doubts.
  • her experience of being in 1st grade in Taiwan, coming back to the US for 2nd grade, and how her teacher, Ms. Harman, held space for her during that transition.
  • her move to LA and her aspiration to be an actor or comedian.
  • how much she learned about business while working at Disney and how she compares it to getting a Master’s.
  • how she sees the pandemic as a gift.
  • her experience as a long time tarot reader.
  • how the woo woo fits into her business practices.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 247.

May 21, 2021

Today’s guest helps leaders and organizations thrive with disruption as an expert on digital transformation and leadership.

For the past two decades, she has been helping people see the future. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet. She was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc., and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company.

Her work includes consulting and serving on boards, including the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs. She is a sought-after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SXSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press.

She’s the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, “Open Leadership” and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, “Groundswell”. Her latest book is the bestseller “The Disruption Mindset.”

Please join me in welcoming Charlene Li.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the ability to create change and bring people together to make that change.”
  • how she dropped pre-med in college to align with her desire to be a leader and make change.
  • her fearlessness in school as the only person of color instead of letting it make her a wallflower.
  • her college experience of entering Harvard as a sophomore (thanks to AP and summer credits) and declaring a major that didn’t exist (Neurobiology).
  • her exposure to racism and misogyny and how her parents tried to talk her out of going into the business world.
  • how she started her business during the recession and what her family looked like then.
  • her evaluation of the internet to determine where the change would be.
  • her reaction to being asked “How do you serve the world?”
  • how she rallied during the pandemic and how she still tried to serve others through that disruption.
  • her advice for a million dollar business.
  • how to get people that are clinging to the old idea of the world to embrace the new world idea.
  • the level of intimacy that living and working through a pandemic brought to the table.
  • her definition of success.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 246.

May 13, 2021

Today’s guest can help anyone make networking an art, not an accident.

He is a principal consultant at Contacts Count, a global training and development firm that has developed 8 specific competencies, a mix of skills, behaviors, tools, and strategies, to teach individuals and organizations the value of networking.

He has worked with individuals in almost every profession and industry to improve their ability to build mutually beneficial trust-based relationships. Relationships that can help his clients improve their performance on the job, advance their career, and add value to their organization. These skills are also critical to success when seeking new employment opportunities.

An accomplished human resources professional, he has worked for over 25 years at organizations as diverse as Dunkin Donuts and the American Chemistry Council.

Please join me in welcoming Vern Schellenger.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is servant leadership. The dignity and respect around listening to people and having empathy. There is no leadership without followers.”
  • his first experience in management while working as a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts and how that led to a 25 year career with them.
  • how he discovered networking during a job search.
  • his journey through multiple job searches with resources from New Directions and learning about networking.
  • his experience of leading a group through Georgetown Law School to help the participants embrace the concept of networking.
  • how he includes networking in everyday conversations and offers to not only teach but give.
  • a quick tip to how to weave networking into everyday conversations.
  • how he made it possible for one of his colleagues to “visit Mars”.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer layers of his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 245.

May 11, 2021

Today’s guest helps ambitious people expand their capacity to handle more growth, wealth, and success.

For more than ten years, she has helped entrepreneurs, corporate executives, Academy Award nominees, and Nobel Prize organization candidates break through boundaries that have been holding them back from their next level. Her signature approach enables clients to reach their highest level of impact.

She has addressed thousands of people both on stage as a keynote speaker and as a podcast guest. She's also been featured on CNN, Yahoo! News, and The Huffington Post. She is the author of “Love Cartography”, a new kind of personal development book for soul leaders that uses daily rituals to reconnect you to your internal wisdom, explore the beauty within you, and remind you of who you really are.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa Fabrega.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership consists of 4 things to impact people positively, the 4 pillars of capacity; discernment, sovereignty, equanimity, and boundaries.”
  • how growing up in a dictatorship affected how she grew up mediating within her family.
  • how her excelling in school often led teachers to question her about cheating which caused a bit of anxiety around the thought of being successful.
  • the impact the pandemic had on her business and the businesses in her network.
  • her time as an actor and wanting to explore and work in a creative field.
  • her love of Oprah and her thoughts of “wanting to do something like that”.
  • how reading Tim Ferriss’ book made her realize she was undervalued at her job and lit her passion to want to change that.
  • her career starting as a health coach and how she discovered the coaching industry.
  • the memory of one client’s journey to pay for one of her early coaching programs.
  • her theory of Embodiment Capacity.
  • the first year of her business and how she was considered “high-end” at that time charging $200/month.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer levels of her network by showing up consistently by supporting and cheering people on.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 244.

May 3, 2021

Today’s guest helps entrepreneurs tell economic stories that make dollars...and sense.

After nearly a decade in investment banking and having worked with Goldman, Lehman, and CSFB on over $5 billion of transactions, she rode the high tech startup rollercoaster in Europe, complete with angels, venture capitalists, and the coveted exit to a publicly traded company.

She then founded Finance-Ability, which upends traditional capital raising methods by providing entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, and self-awareness to find the right kind of funding for their business. She  has educated and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs across three continents and has helped her clients raise over $30 million dollars in early stage capital.

She is the host of “What's Your Ask?” podcast where she talks to investors and entrepreneurs about the different ways they've asked and been asked for money, references, introductions and more. She is also the author of “Funding Your Business Without Selling Your Soul”.

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Sims.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is equal parts inspiration and risks/action-taking.”
  • how a bad decision by some students in her high school led her to organize an event for her graduating class and set her on a leadership path.
  • her history of getting involved in school and using that as an opportunity to learn more.
  • her initial dream of being a doctor and how a class in her summer camp saved her 10 years of her life and changed her career trajectory.
  • her keen observation skills while choosing a path in her career.
  • how her parents selling their business opened her eyes to launching a new business.
  • her observations about how people pivot and jump on opportunities during the pandemic.
  • how she encourages people to shift their mindset from “I’m going to take a risk” to “I’m going to run an experiment”.
  • how having multiple revenue streams serves entrepreneurs.
  • how she nurtures and sustains the outer layers of her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 243.

Apr 26, 2021

Today’s guest believes collaboration happens when conversations turn into action.

He is the creator of Idea Climbing™, the result of his 21-year case study interviewing and researching successful people and companies about collaboration and mentoring. He works with business owners and marketers to increase communication with their current clients while attracting new ones faster through interview content, virtual events, interactive media, and mentoring programs.

Along the way, he stumbled into the world of improv and discovered that improv ISN’T about being funny; it’s about collaboration. It’s an art, a science, and a lifestyle. Since then, he’s integrated improv rules into his business presentations and everyday life - it’s shifted his worldview.

Please join me in welcoming Mark J. Carter.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is creating a shared goal that aligns with a personal goal. It’s bringing people up.”
  • the clubs he created in 4th and 5th grades for his friends, ID cards and all.
  • when he discovered he could be a successful entrepreneur.
  • how Tony Robbins influenced him as a young adult.
  • his early years of cold calling high schools hoping to be hired to speak to their students.
  • his pivot from speaking to thoughtfully mentoring.
  • how he set up mentoring video meetings through agendas focused on advice, support, and connections.
  • his plan to reach out to people who talked about networking and relationships to lead to referrals = a business was born!
  • the importance of showing a genuine interest in people beyond just trying to get an ask fulfilled.
  • his strategy for networking with the different levels of his network including the format for his excel sheet.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 242.

Apr 19, 2021

Today’s guest is on a mission to provide institutional financial support to the world’s most gender impactful strategies and entities, thereby enabling them to deliver value for the world’s women and girls.

She is the Founder and CEO of Women of the World Endowment, a global endowment focused on investing in and through women as drivers of solutions to today’s pressing challenges. She has made strategic large-scale contributions to the growth of the gender lens investing market, and is widely recognized for driving innovation and building sustainable global investment programs, with a focus on both profit and impact. She actively drives forward a capital system more inclusive of women and girls, and one that is racially diverse.

Please join me in welcoming Patience Marime-Ball.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership embodies 3 things; living your full potential (self-work), influencing others (multiply effect), and building an ecosystem (sharing with others).”
  • her internal conflict of being a gregarious child and not following her cultural path growing up in Zimbabwe.
  • how her grandfather saw as much potential in his daughters as he did in his sons and how he nurtured their paths and encouraged them all to live to their full potential with purpose.
  • her thoughts behind collaboration and how to essentially ‘find your people’ and share resources.
  • how being a voracious reader opened her mind to bigger ideas in the world.
  • the impact her mother’s experiences had on her.
  • her experience at law school and how one summer changed her trajectory during her higher education.
  • the creation of Women of the World Endowment.
  • how being intentionally uncomfortable is necessary to build an ecosystem and how that has helped her have an impact in the spaces she is a part of.
  • that leadership evolves from connecting your mind with your heart.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network of people by being intentional and trying to make deep connections.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 241.

Apr 5, 2021

Today’s guest is the leading expert on how to leverage podcast guesting for increased brand awareness, more leads, and higher profits.

She created the podcast booking industry in 2013 when she founded Interview Connections, recently named the Best Speciality Podcast Guest Booking Agency of 2021 by Corporate Vision Magazine. Along with her business partner, she has quickly scaled Interview Connections to multiple 7 figures in annual revenue by leveraging the power of podcast guesting. Their team of in-house booking agents is the powerhouse behind many successful entrepreneurs and businesses including Ali Brown, Perry Marshall, AWeber, USA Financial, and more.

She has done hundreds of podcast interviews both as a guest and co-host of Monetize the Mic. She is the co-author of the upcoming book, “Monetize the Mic: Transform Your Business with Visibility and Strategy” and has been a featured speaker at Podfest Multimedia Expo and FinCon.

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Rhodes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is in me. To be a leader, you focus on your inner drive to achieve your highest potential and want to lead others to do the same. A leader is someone who leads by example.”
  • how she did her own thing as a kid and being the “odd kid out” helped develop her leadership skills.
  • how she draws inspiration from watching her parents be servant leaders.
  • her vision of wanting to be a star on Broadway and her memories of finding a home in theatre groups in school.
  • how her dad inspired her to launch her career with him being on a podcast and introducing her to the online space.
  • her start in podcasting inspired by her dad and Jerod Morris.
  • the importance of women investing in their visibility.
  • the importance of talking about money, especially with your children.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 240.

Mar 27, 2021

Today’s guest empowers people who feel disconnected with the tools to start meaningful conversations and find their people. He creates tools and transformational experiences, so leaders and teams can feel heard, seen and valued, and create a culture of authenticity, trust and belonging.

He is the creator of ASK DEEP QUESTIONS, which started out as a deck of cards to help his friends connect on a camping trip, and is now being used to facilitate meaningful conversations through sharing personal and vulnerable stories on every continent around the globe.

His mission is to help people feel less alone. Through his workshops and programs he is fueling the movement for deeper human connection. His work has been featured on TEDx, CBC News, Breakfast TV, Cityline, and HuffPost. He is currently building a community of facilitators that design MAGICAL HUMAN MOMENTS online.

Please join me in welcoming Jan Keck.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is inspiring and encouraging others to learn new things and supporting them through that process.”
  • how attending summer camp as a kid in Germany inspired him to want to lead.
  • that good leadership is giving followers a good start.
    his time abroad in Australia for one year and how it shaped his life.
  • his love for doing the uncomfortable thing in order to propel himself into his goals.
  • the beginning of his “Ask Deep Questions” deck of cards.
  • what “The Campfire Formula” is and the story behind it.
    his process of playtesting the cards and categorizing their depth and validity in the deck across different situations.
  • his initial run of the cards and his Kickstarter campaign.
  • his goal of creating a culture of being top of mind within your network.
  • how he nurtures and sustains his network including the outer two layers that doesn’t necessarily add to your life and may actually be draining you.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 239.

Mar 26, 2021

Today’s guest believes everyone can use their voice to impact the world. She’s found that to be true for her own career as an award-winning international professional speaker and as a publisher who helps experts become authors.

She has written several books and compiled compelling stories for several additional books. These include “REAL TALK: What Other Experts Won't Tell You About How to Make Presentations That Sizzle,” “A Collective Breath: Stories of Being Black in America and Visions of Change,” and her newest book “Upward: Leadership Lessons for Women on the Rise.”

She has served as a faculty member for the Texas A&M University System, a Certified Advanced Facilitator and faculty trainer for the University of Phoenix, and a professional development consultant. She has presented for companies and organizations such as Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Vanguard Investments, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Please join me in welcoming Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the three H’s. Head, hands, and heart. Your followers know the objectives from your heads, have the tools you provided in their hands, and believe what is in your heart and are built up by your leadership.”
  • her early childhood days of having her nose in a book, copying definitions from a dictionary, and thinking her peers were lame.
  • her dream of being a news anchor and the passionate reason why that was her goal as a child.
  • her beginning of teaching professionals how to teach and how that evolved into being a professional speaker.
  • how publishing a book has helped to grow her network.
  • how knowing what people need and being able to deliver that can create new opportunities.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network by pouring into others and sharing knowledge.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 238.

Mar 14, 2021

Today’s guest brings a wealth of first-hand knowledge to growing tech firms using more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, business leader, and angel investor.

She played principal roles in pioneering several B2B technology firms. As co-founder of SpaceWorks, an eCommerce software company, she facilitated its startup and growth to nearly $25 million in revenue; at America Online, she designed the PR program and investor roadshow for the IPO; at United Press International, she facilitated a turn-around strategy; and for LEXIS/NEXIS, she was instrumental in the creation and successful launch of a new division.

Since founding Best Marketing LLC in 2001, she has consulted with more than 90 early-stage and growth-stage tech companies on their go-to-market strategies. In 2018, she was appointed Chair of the National Women's Business Council, a federal agency that advocates for female founders. She is immediate past Board Chair of the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.

Please join me in welcoming Liz Sara.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about seizing an opportunity. It’s filling a need or solving a problem. A true leader has excitement about their idea, product, or solution.”
  • her theory about 1st born children being predisposed to being leaders.
  • how one book in the 80s changed the trajectory of her life.
  • the realization that as entrepreneurs we never really plan the next step of our journey.
  • her desire to be in new emerging markets and help people in those spaces excel.
  • her advice for current college students and how they can take advantage of upcoming trends.
  • how she nurtures and sustains her network by blocking time in her calendar every week to do outreach via email or the telephone.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 237.

Mar 5, 2021

Today’s guest is passionate about direct marketing.  He believes that marketing isn’t everything--it’s the only thing.

For 34 years, he has followed a specific set of direct marketing principles that helped him build Boardroom Inc. into an iconic publishing company. During that time, he was mentored by, and worked with, a who's who of marketing legends and he worked side-by-side with the most prolific copywriters who have ever lived.

That experience led to him founding Titans Marketing, a direct marketing educational and coaching company, where he passes on these timeless fundamentals to the next generation of great direct response marketers through masterminds and master classes.

He is the author of two books, the most recent being “Overdeliver: Build a Business for a Lifetime Playing the Long Game in Direct Response Marketing”.

Please join me in welcoming Brian Kurtz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is walking around on the inside with your colleagues and on the outside with your customers to see and know where everything is.”
  • how to get ideas from all areas of your organization.
  • the 100-0 concept of how to add value to those around you.
  • how important it is to be interested and not just interesting.
  • his theory about direct marketing scaling everywhere regardless of the product being sold.
  • how to create a living legacy by compounding interest in your current relationships.
  • the importance of the words we use and how that can impact our business.
  • how he nurtures and sustains his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 236.

Feb 28, 2021

Today’s guest believes everyone deserves to do what sets their souls ablaze and it’s her mission to help them do just that while not burning out.

She is a keynote speaker and virtual emcee aimed at helping people love their work, succeed on their own terms, and live a life they love. Her clients range from Fortune 500s to non-profit associations, with her keynotes focused on boosting success and happiness. Teams that want their profits to grow alongside their personal fulfillment and authenticity are drawn to her energy, style, and actionable takeaways.

She is a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst which means she pairs her executive leadership and sales experience with behavioral science to understand what makes people trust, buy and connect. That coveted knowledge is a powerful and often lucrative competitive advantage for her clients.

She knows happy people are successful people and is on a mission to help individuals become their own joy generators.

Please join me in welcoming Rachel Sheerin.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is very self-focused. It’s not about the others, it has to start with me. Leadership is a verb - having a title is not being a leader. Leadership is a journey.”
  • her love of being spontaneous
  • her acceptance that she could be many things and how that multifacetedness helped her become an entrepreneur.
    her passion for bringing people together and celebrating moments.
  • her history of working for small businesses and how that has changed and helped evolve her own business.
    the link between finding one’s joy and making that money generating.
  • her theory about sales and how it’s more about advocacy than actual sales.
  • how quitting her last job changed her and led her into a spiral of guilt and shame but also helped her find her true calling.
  • when she knew she had made it by believing in her rebrand.
    her tips for nurturing and sustaining the outer levels of her network.
  • her boomerang tip for happy marriages. ;)
  • her mission of living the three C’s: when you see someone you Celebrate with them, Congratulate them on the good things, and Console them.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 235.

Feb 23, 2021

Today’s guest believes that most stress is avoidable and that there is always a reason to be optimistic and have hope during tough times.

She is the author of “Married My Mom Birthed A Dog: How to be Resilient When Life Sucks” a book that teaches us how to fight back and win. She is a speaker and coach that believes people need to shift their relationship with challenge and change.

She's spoken for Fortune 500 companies since 2006 and coaches small business owners who are stuck and feel overwhelmed. To help others get out of their own way and step into their brilliance she created the Ultimate Resilience Program.

Please join me in welcoming Allison Graham.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is self-leadership. How do you choose your path and use that to lead others? Leadership starts from within.”
  • the importance of resiliency when leading yourself and others.
  • how she would downplay her intelligence at school to be accepted by her classmates.
  • how to share your joy humbly and how that resilience can inspire others.
  • the power we have to inspire others not only with our highs but with our lows.
  • her longing to be part of something bigger while still beating herself up and having fear to do what she dreamed.
  • a conversation with a former boss and how that changed her career trajectory.
  • her tips for nurturing your network and having deep conversations with your connections.
  • how opening a Zoom room for an hour at noon has helped others connect.
  • her thoughts on Clubhouse.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 234.

Feb 16, 2021

Today’s guest is a digital futurist keynote speaker who translates the trends of tomorrow to inspire change today. He has a gift for bringing people together online and offline.

Prior to speaking, he worked for the Department of Defense where he managed a global team that deployed collaboration and cybersecurity solutions across all branches of the military. He then pursued his dream job helping companies embrace the rate of change and new ways to innovate.

As the Founder of iSocialFanz, he has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell, EMC, Adobe, IBM, and UFC.  He has worked in 76 countries, highlighting his passion for change, collaboration, and technology.

He has been recognized as a Top 20 Digital Transformation Influencer; a Top 50 Most-Mentioned User by CMOs on Twitter, and a Top 25 Social Business Leader of the Future by The Economist. His followers on social media and podcast downloads rank in the hundreds of thousands, resulting in Brian being an influencer for 19 of the Fortune 100 companies.

Please join me in welcoming Brian Fanzo.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is sacrificing for the greater good while shepherding people towards a direction they may not even know they need to go.”
  • how having to accept an award for outstanding leadership was the first time he considered himself a leader.
  • his journey of self-awareness and learning that being an extrovert and being confident does not equal self-awareness.
  • the emotions when he quit his job at the height of his career.
  • how he became self-aware about his own strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur.
  • how meeting Jay Baer transformed his life as a speaker.
  • how he landed an Adobe sponsorship after being told he wasn’t ready to launch his podcast.
  • how he nurtures the different levels of his network by using a system he developed in 2005.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 233.

Feb 8, 2021

Today’s guest believes that helping people develop meaningful professional relationships is the fastest way to turn promising biomedical research into life-saving cures.

She’s a PhD biologist who trained at Harvard Medical School and had the opportunity to be coached by “super connectors” who taught her how to build human relationships to solve problems.

To make that easier, she developed Curious Reactor, a life science-focused networking tool that helps participants make the most of conferences by creating a personalized match list that is short, targeted, and relevant. That way, participants can spend their time at the conference connecting with warm leads, instead of crossing fingers with cold contacts. By injecting science into human networking Curious Reactor can predict who should meet who.

Please join me in welcoming Jenny Ro.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Good leaders have the mindset of servant leadership. They also have really contagious vision and are able to instill that passion into other people through that vision.”
  • that as a child she was an introvert and very much a tomboy catching bugs with her group of friends.
  • the difference in her growing up in South Korea.
  • the experience of being at a science conference and how it is different than attending any other kind of conference.
  • her passion for wanting to help people in science, technology, and innovation engage with others by helping them break the ice to have a meaningful interaction built on a common foundation.
  • the genesis story of Curious Reactor and how it evolved from simply connecting people to tech to connecting people to people.
  • the process of how people are matched in the innovations ecosystem.
  • how the pandemic has affected how she matches people and pivots constantly to ensure her network is supported.
  • how she manages and nurtures her network with a dating guru mentality and how to strengthen work relationships.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 232.

Feb 2, 2021

Today’s guest has been called “the undisputed champion at helping small businesses land big clients” by Inc. Magazine.

She developed a proprietary framework, based on her two decades of experience navigating all sides of the corporate buying table. This framework has been leveraged by thousands of small businesses across 72 countries to secure multi 5-, 6- and 7-figure+ corporate contracts. INSIDE EDGE, her global conference brings small and diverse business owners together with major brands like AT&T, IBM, and Coca-Cola to help them work together more effectively.

She has been named an Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine, has been featured in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, and the Washington Post, as well as on ABC, NBC, and CBS. She is a regular panelist on Yahoo! Finances show YFi PM.

Please join me in welcoming Angelique Rewers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership seeing a gap and jumping in to fill it. They honor that role with courage and strategic thinking.”
  • how being a narrator at age 6 for a Christmas play was her first leadership experience.
  • how growing up in the 80s really helped shape who she was growing up and who she wanted to be.
  • the discrimination she felt as a woman when she was not promoted in title or salary while performing the role of a leader.
  • the experience of spending her 20s working at the helm of a company with the top decision makers.
  • what led her to build her business after meeting a very persistent potential client at a conference.
  • her frustration with people not taking action and not building relationships.
  • her strategy to nurture and sustain the outer layers of her network by creating experiences.
  • her mantra of doing the things that give her energy and not the things that deplete her energy.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 231.

Jan 25, 2021

Today’s guest is a Growth Strategist who helps small business owners grow their companies without sacrificing the other parts of their lives.

When business owners feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do, he helps them create the right strategies, execute the right tactics, and build the right sort of team. As a serial entrepreneur, he has developed a five-step system for helping entrepreneurs build their businesses strategically.

After building his first business for twenty years, he sold it and now devotes himself full time to coaching and consulting other small businesses to choose the right strategies and tactics they need to grow their business.

He is a Certified Executive Coach and a Book Yourself Solid ® Certified Coach.

Please join me in welcoming Ron Tester.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Leadership is serving people and helping them to see what’s possible and helping them achieve what they want.”
  • how watching people take advantage of others lit a fire in him to help others to find justice.
  • how he started his own business with no entrepreneurship background but a passion for helping others.
  • his ability to speak up for the underdog.
  • the fight in his mom to push forward and do everything she could for their family and how that affected him growing up.
  • how hard the first 5 years of his business were to really get started.
  • why he decided to become a certified coach.
  • his process for selling his first business.
  • how he nurtures and sustains the outer levels of his network.
  • his red velvet rope mindset and how he is selective about who he works with.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 230.

Jan 24, 2021

Today’s guest is passionate about promoting gender equality within the workplace, empowering women to express confidence, and helping them build a winning career game plan.

After experiencing many career pivot points of her own, she now is focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace as a keynote speaker and executive coach. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, is a Certified Master Coach, and is a certified unconscious bias trainer.

She is a TEDx speaker, host of the Next Pivot Point podcast, and author of three books  “Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan,” “ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality,” and “Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion.”

Please join me in welcoming Julie Kratz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is not a positional authority. It’s the influence you gain in getting people to buy into your vision by asking about the things that they care about.”
  • how a riddle she heard at 8 years old created feelings that propelled her into her mission of helping women.
  • how her time in DECA was her first taste into business in 5th grade.
  • the importance of listening to others and how that can help provide safe spaces for others at work.
  • the importance of allyship.
  • the impact of taking chances and making connections with people.
  • her recommendation to others to find the thing that lights their soul on fire suggesting going back to your childhood for clues.
  • her folder of strategic contacts and how reviewing that often has helped her be intentional in contacting them.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 229.

Jan 13, 2021

Today’s guest is an expert at enhancing the capacity of leaders, to build high performing teams, and exponentially increase bottom-line results. She helps catalyze shifts in thinking and eliminate mental/emotional blocks to rapidly rewire their brain for greater confidence and success.

Her unique Rapid RewiringTM approach is the culmination of years of study in the realms of emotional intelligence, neuroscience, organizational psychology, and Rapid Transformational Therapy. She helps her clients achieve quantum leaps in their success and get paid what they’re worth.

She is the Founder and CEO of Nectar Consulting Inc., where she brings over 25 years of experience, intuitive insights, and strategic business savvy to support the success of the executives and entrepreneurs she works with.

She has co-authored 3 books, “Breakthrough Healing,” “A Guide to Getting It: A Clear, Compelling Vision,” and “Bite Size Tips For The New Entrepreneur.”

Please join me in welcoming Michele Molitor.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his/her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about who you’re being and how you show up and inspire others to do good work.”
  • her childhood of always being small and shy which made her tenacious.
  • how her old Humanities teacher was the person that recognized her talents and helped her own them.
  • how she has come full circle back to psychology in her coaching.
  • how she was bullied out of her Creative Director position at a tech company.
  • her studies at Landmark Education and how that became a launchpad to her getting established.
  • her strategy to stay in touch with the outer layers of her network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 228.

Jan 11, 2021

Today’s guest didn’t start life with many advantages, but his parents taught him that resourcefulness is a FAR greater asset than resources.

Before he turned 25, he became a published author, launched a product that made $44,738 in one week, took over the business development of a 7-figure online education company, traveled the world to 23 countries with his wife, and networked his way into an exclusive mastermind for the world's top thought leaders that costs $25,000/yr to attend.

He is on a mission to change the global conversation around what “success” means for an entire generation of entrepreneurs through his newest brand, 7-Figure Millennials. The movement’s focus is to inspire millennial entrepreneurs to pursue BIG financial goals while PRIORITIZING their happiness, health, and relationships.

Please join me in welcoming Brandon Fong.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his/her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership helping other people to become the very best version of themselves and empowering them to leverage that in whatever team setting they are in.”
  • how his parents encouraged him and taught him to be resourceful above all else and to not always be the “smartest in the room” forcing him to ask questions and open his eyes to the world.
  • how being on the free lunch program as a kid fueled his desire to be successful.
  • the impact of Jonathan Levi to the world and how Jonathan personally affected him during their years of working together.
  • how he leveraged his learning to be successful in his love for working with entrepreneurs.
  • his dream to help others build businesses that not only make an impact and bring in revenue but make them happy.
  • his framework called “The Magic Connection” which was made specifically to help people enrich their email list and help the list response; the hook, the irresistible offer, wrap it up and get people to respond to it by including a “no” oriented question.
  • his email tips to build networks and secure open rates and responses.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 227.

Jan 4, 2021

Today’s guest helps business owners and stakeholders make wise decisions.

As a savvy entrepreneur, she started her first company at the young age of 15 and sold it to a major competitor just four years later.

She started her programming journey very early and quickly discovered her love for tech and a knack for building tech businesses. Her passion extends to changing the conversation in the tech world for women and gender minorities by helping more people get into and stay in tech. The more gender minorities are represented in tech over a longer period of time, the more the conversation will shift for future generations.

She developed the curriculum for the Raika Technologies and Startup Program to help new app and tech entrepreneurs spend as little time and money as possible evaluating their idea, helping them get to a go-no-go decision quickly and efficiently.

Please join me in welcoming Cynthia Del'Aria.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is when you can step into your purpose and go boldly from that space.”
  • her journey from coding when she was 8 years old and started her company at the age of 15.
  • how watching her mother love her work and pour herself into her business inspired her as a child.
  • how a prestigious deal at 18 caused a bidding war for her company by two of her competitors.
  • how she earned and lost 7 figures and ended up living in her car.
  • how she rebuilt, moving to Denver and developing download technology for the internet in it’s early days.
  • how she discovered the missing link for more women to be hired in the technology field.
  • her KPI consists of impact conversations to help people get over a hump, referrals, and sharing her story.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 226.

Dec 6, 2020

Today’s guest believes that with the right messaging even the smallest company can feel like a national brand.

She is the CEO and Founder of The Repositioning Expert, a division of Coachtactics, and a Marketing Strategist who helps professional service companies change their messaging to attract more decision makers. For 20 years, she was an award winning marketer at companies such as Pepsi, Pizza Hut, and Frito Lay.

She is the author of “Gentle Marketing: A Gentle Way To Attract Loads Of Clients, and How To Win Friends the Way Apple Wins Customers.” In addition, she is a regularly featured expert on major television networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, as well as a popular speaker at international conferences.

Please join me in welcoming Chala Dincoy.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “In the corporate world, leadership is if you are not there, does your team know how to move on? Leadership now as a business owner is putting one step in front of the other.”
  • her first business of lending money to people as a kid and charging them interest.
  • her pivot from being a generic coach to a marketing coach and how she used those skills to market and reposition during that time.
  • the lessons that led to her developing a scarcity mindset and how mindset coaching helps her get out of her own way.
  • her methodology on how she helps others nail their niche, and how she used that to help her shift from working in corporate to being an entrepreneur.
  • how she teaches her clients to develop and finesse their elevator pitch to land new clients, regardless of industry.
  • how she uses her newsletter to share a bit of herself while inviting people to contact her and how that helps her build and nurture her network.
  • new opportunities to network through a social event instead of only business events.
  • her “Polish my Pitch” system to help people tighten up their messaging.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 225.

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