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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Aug 4, 2020

Today’s guest is a two-time Emmy® and Peabody Award-winner. Her credits read like a Who's Who of network television: ABC News, Good Morning America, CBS News and CNN.

She is founder and CEO of Berenson Communications where she Powers Up the Performance of top professionals - whether facing the Press, a Presentation or a Pitch - virtually or IRL (in real life).

Her client list ranges from the Fortune 500 C-suite to Non-profits and from Members of Congress to Entrepreneurs. She coaches clients to "up their communications” game: verbally, vocally and visually. A must — in this Zoom era.

Please join me in welcoming Heidi Berenson.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “Leadership is three keys for me; the emotional quotient [EQ], IQ, and communication. Communication is the cornerstone of leadership.”
  • her experience working with high-level leaders and the sense of accomplishment she received from her impact.
  • her journey from being a Channel 5 intern to being connected to staff in the White House.
  • how thinking ahead and having an entrepreneurial mind helped her be successful.
  • her shift from working at the networks to creating her own company and the transformations her business made in the very beginning.
  • how creating a fun space in your business has transformed how she is seen by clients and potential clients.
  • how she nurtures her many professional connections.
  • how her networking style has transformed during the pandemic.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 207

Jul 28, 2020

Today’s guest helps companies stop wasting time chasing leads and instead attract only their ideal customers.

For most of his career, he was one of the most sought-after portrait photographers in the United States. Today, he coaches his clients on how to make people feel seen, heard and understood like a photographer sees their subject.

He is a brand message consultant, a TEDx speaker, host of the very popular Creative Warriors podcast (over one million downloads!), and bestselling author of “LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customers Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.”

Please join me in welcoming Jeffrey Shaw.


In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is the responsibility of impact whether positive or negative.”
  • how he learned at a leadership retreat that he was no longer afraid of heights and had the power to lead while walking across a cable high in the air.
  • his feelings while growing up always knowing he could rule the world but never showing up that way.
  • how an experience learning how to gift wrap a candle made him realize he needed to know his ideal client on a deep level.
  • his turning point from photographer to the success he is living today as a speaker, coach, podcast host, and author.
    how one line in a poem changed his life.
  • how he is sharing his bandwidth with others during the pandemic.
  • the phenomena that is “Waffle Sundays”

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 206

Jul 20, 2020

Today’s guest is a whirling dervish of action, energy and results.

For 20+ years she has been developing sales strategies and delivering customized sales training to companies nationwide, across virtually every industry and in firms ranging in size from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 organizations.

She is also the author of “The Blatant Truth: 50 Ways to Sales Success” and her byline can be found in many business and trade publications.

She is a powerhouse when it comes to networking, gathering contacts and connections wherever she goes and then proactively and eagerly connecting people together. She thinks in terms of synergies and alliances and opens doors where you would least expect them to be open.

She believes networking is a circular adventure, not a linear activity. She looks for the endless possibilities that exist in a wide circle of connections and then helps to facilitate contacts and meetings and helps people to join hands and see the opportunities that lie ahead.

For this reason she created Adrian’s Network, an immensely successful business networking community that regularly hosts highly facilitated gatherings.

Please join me in welcoming Adrian Miller.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I define leadership with a couple of keywords; vision, passion, and grit.”
  • her realization that leadership came to her in nursery school.
  • her thoughts on leading committees and dealing with committee members not pulling their weight.
  • how her single mom’s tenacity to hustle was a huge inspiration to her.
  • her original goal of being an urban planner in Boston.
  • her gap year and the beginning of her business.
  • the beginnings of Adrian’s Network during an economic downturn.
  • Her three I’s: Introduction, Invitations, and Information - a way to keep up with 2nd and 3rd level networks.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 205

Jul 13, 2020

Today’s guest excels at teaching entrepreneurs how to turn interested prospects into excited clients who say, “Yes! I can't wait to work with you!”

She has 20 years of experience in sales, relationship coaching, and communication studies so she understands what it really takes to inspire people to take decisive action. As a result of her expertise, she’s sold over $14 million in products in ten years in corporate sales, working for world-leading multi-million and multi-billion dollar biotech and medical equipment companies.

She left her highly lucrative corporate sales job to start her own business teaching high-end sales and sales training to coaches, trainers, healers and niche service providers. Her “One Call Blueprint” sales consultation system enabled her to grow a multi-six figure coaching business in less than 2 years.

That same system has helped her clients - entrepreneurs, small business owners, and mission-driven corporations - to package, position, and sell their services for premium pricing.

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Diepstraten.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is clarity of vision and being willing to share it. You are doing things you have not done before and making a difference for people in a real way.”
  • how her desire to help others and make a difference heavily outweighed her shyness and fear of talking to people.
  • how her leadership style is listening.
  • how she avoided sales into her mid career before realizing that it was very deeply ingrained in her and she was very good at it.
  • how selling is a learnable skill and most people don’t understand sales.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 204

Jul 6, 2020

Today’s guest works with sales professionals and business owners to integrate social selling and social media into their business.

He knows SALES. He's a sales speaker, a sales expert, a sales trainer, a sales leader mentor, a sales podcaster, and a sales coach. He's written 5 books, more than 3000 articles, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Daily Globe and Mail, Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, Inc., and many other publications.

He trains his clients on the power of connection, leveraging the reach of social media, combined with the deeply personal work of nurturing 1:1 relationships, growing profitable long-term clients, transforming businesses, and boosting revenue.

Please join me in welcoming Phil Gerbyshak.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Leadership is tension. The tension between learning and sharing. The tension between going first and going last. And the tension between being confident and being vulnerable.”
  • his history of being bullied as a kid shaped him and started his fire to be the best of everything.
  • how a massive car accident changed his entire life.
  • one of his driving motivational forces - a guidance counselor telling him he would be pumping gas for the rest of his life - and how that motivated him to success.
  • the people who fundamentally have changed his life and helped make him who he is today.
  • his passion for teaching and empowering others to try something new.
  • his mindset when it comes to building and maintaining relationships.
  • his insights about adding value to his network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 203

Jun 30, 2020

Today’s guest has made a career out of helping others build connections. In particular, she teaches introverts how to have a sense of self-worth, find their tribe, and make strides toward the career of their dreams.

Growing up she was painfully shy and felt like an outsider. She didn’t believe it was possible to deeply and authentically connect with large numbers of people, so she rarely tried. That began to change as she stepped into leadership roles and a more outgoing part of herself started to emerge.

Since then, she’s been on a mission to reframe what it means to be an introvert, initially leading by example and now helping others. She founded Confident Introvert, a training and development company helping introverts with their networking skills through corporate workshops and webinars as well as private one-on-one networking strategy coaching.

To share her message, she recently published, the “Confident Introvert: A Practical Guide to Connecting with Others at Networking Events and Beyond.”

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Thoma. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “I learned from an early age to lead by example and figuring things out as I go.
  • how she teaches her clients to have a level of self-awareness while not living in a vacuum.
  • her journey from high school cross country captain to actively seeking out leadership opportunities in college.
  • her insight on how she feels her 8 year old self would think about her success.
  • her turning point in her business when she spoke at a friend’s event and how that transformed her business.
  • her habits when it comes to nurturing connections.
  • her advice when it comes to empowering introverts to network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 202

Jun 23, 2020

Today’s guest is an experienced on-air host and communication strategist whose credits include numerous national television networks, such as HBO, PBS, and most recently QVC, where she single-handedly launched the fastest growing brand in the entire network for 2019.

She has combined her skills in marketing, production, and hosting with her personal passion for helping nonprofit organizations to create Spotlight On Giving - a full-service company specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility and Spotlight On TV - which offers celebrities the chance to shine their spotlight on causes dear to them.

She wears many other hats, including as a marketing strategist who works with individuals to help them find their voice, as Executive Producer and host of ABC Coast to Coast, which creates sizzle reels, and as Chief Empathy Officer of A Pebble in the Road, which specializes in effective video story telling for broadcast, marketing, and online content.

Please join me in welcoming Amber Browning-Coyle.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “Leadership is teamwork. I think a leader is only as strong as their team.”
  • how her mother was her first influence to being a great leader.
  • her passion to be a multi-faceted and competitive learner in everything she sets her mind to.
  • how her stint working as an emcee for Nascar was the turning point of her career.
  • how she wanted to be in a show to highlight causes/non-profits but because it didn’t exist - she created it - a trait that has been consistent throughout her career.
  • how she has stopped focusing on the outcome while still being goal-oriented, focusing instead on the process and helping others.
  • her thoughts on social media and how it helps her keep in touch and network with her connections.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 201

Jun 15, 2020

This week's On the Schmooze episode is the 200th episode - wow.

That means I’ve produced 50 episodes a year for four years. I almost gave this all up two years ago and I’m so grateful I stuck with it.

For this special episode, my friend Laurie Guest (whom I interviewed in OTS 177) interviews ME. That’s right, the tables were turned so you can learn about the host behind the mic.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Leaders have followers. There’s influencers, connectors, and people who host. I lean into leadership helping others connect.”
  • his first experience as a leader organizing a movement to ban steel jaw traps for animals.
  • his podcast beginnings and inspiration to begin his show and how he almost ended On the Schmooze at the two year mark.
  • the importance of the first question you ask in an interview.
  • his selection process for his podcast guests.
  • his excitement for virtual events and the future of that facet of networking events.
  • his future message to his children.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 200

Jun 8, 2020

Today’s guest focuses on the communication side of leadership.

Through her warmth and humor, she helps people to become better communicators, influencers and leaders. They recognize gaps, build on strengths, and become more effective professionals.

Over the last 10 years, she has worked with clients across a variety of sectors to enhance their performance and workplace influence. Her clients have included AirBnB, Bank of America, Microsoft, Nestlé, and Visa.

She is the founder of Forte Consulting inspiring extraordinary performances from individuals and teams.

Please join me in welcoming Hope Timberlake.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is three things: having a clear purpose, thinking about the team, and how they lead”.
  • how being a leader has been a consistent theme in her childhood development from being the oldest child to being tapped in the 8th grade to teach Latin to kindergarteners.
  • her mentor who entrusted her with a phenomenal career opportunity at the young age of 23.
  • her baby boot camp franchise which helped her nurture her entrepreneur spirit while being a mom to small children but made her feel very vulnerable.
  • how having children really showed her how much she needed community connections to be a great parent and an even better entrepreneur.
  • how she put herself out there despite her vulnerability in order to be seen.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 199

Jun 2, 2020

Today’s guest is a passionate connector who helps people find their natural communication and networking style.

She is driven by connecting people and helping them grow their own networks organically by being present in conversations, finding ways to connect to others, and looking for opportunities to collaborate. While her corporate career has been very diverse, including military, telecom, healthcare, legal, and financial, every position she has held has been people-centric and solution-oriented.

She founded Mindful Mingling to help her clients gain insights and practical tips on what networking REALLY is and how to tap into its power in a way that feels comfortable and authentic.

Please join me in welcoming Megan Hudson.    


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “I’ve always believed in the philosophy of servant leadership prioritizing service rather than taking charge”.
  • her experience of having a special needs sibling helped her be more in tune to the needs of others and ensure people are included.
  • how her military career honed her leadership skills by teaching her to to follow first, then lead.
  • her core belief that having authentic conversations that lead to connections that lead to collaborations is the core of her networking philosophy.
  • how she is still figuring out how to structure and scale her business.
  • how networking is never a waste of time. Maybe she can make someone smile? Or recommend a connection to someone else.
  • her core belief that servant leadership is at the core of all her networking decisions.
  • her tried and true tips for maintaining connections and nurturing relationships.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 198

May 25, 2020

Today’s guest believes that the best leaders develop strengths instead of highlighting weaknesses.

He is a corporate trainer, keynote speaker, and leadership strategist for Fortune 500 companies. He is the only Canadian recipient of a TED Education - Huffington Post International Education Award for Creating Innovative Learning Environments.

He is a certified grapho-therapist whose TEDx talk: “How to Spot a Leader in Their Handwriting” has been viewed over 2 million times. His unique and unusual ability to analyze people’s handwriting in less than 60 seconds has been called “impressive and a bit frightening” by Forbes. His gift allows him to help spot a person’s strengths and weaknesses in ways they may not be aware of themselves.

He has worked behind-the-scenes for Saturday Night Live and has appeared on CNN, CTV’s The Morning Show, and Forbes as a featured commentator on topics ranging from leadership, personality assessment through handwriting, parenting, and value-based goal setting.

Please join me in welcoming Jamie Mason Cohen.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is using your strengths in service of those you serve.”
  • how he learned to lead as a teacher in economically challenged areas of Toronto and Malaysia.
  • how his mother analyzing his handwriting helped him shift from being affected by a stutter to knowing he could grow and realize his own potential.
  • his early dream to be a filmmaker/creative and how that desire led him to call Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live 25 (twenty-five!) times before getting a 1-on-1 meeting with him.
  • how books and movies provide the inspiration to persevere.
    how he almost got kicked out of teacher’s college for being too creative.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 197

May 18, 2020

Today’s guest is a technology strategist and certified futurist.

She is known for her ability to take complex technology topics and make them accessible to everyday professionals, across multiple generations.

She works with organizations that want to leverage social media, apps, smartphones, and the web to increase profits and productivity. She has entertained and educated audiences around the globe, including at Google, Microsoft, and GE.

She is the author of two books, “One Tech Action” and “The Social Media Why” and has appeared in numerous publications including Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “someone able to gather people as a team and accomplish the goals.”
  • her building her first business in a recession.
  • overcoming her addiction about being nice and being seen as nice.
  • her closing her marketing business to become a full time speaker.
  • how making genuine connections can help nurture your network.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 196

May 11, 2020

As an Olympic and World Championship rower, today’s guest learned firsthand what makes a championship team versus simply a team of champions.

She's spent 20 years helping individuals, leaders, and teams resolve difficult conflicts and create strong, thriving relationships that create great results. Over the years, she’s worn many hats, including Boeing flight test engineer, a manager at Arthur Andersen, and a Principal Consultant at Patrick Lencioni’s The Tablegroup.

In 2002, she co-founded Thrive! to share her unique perspective about making relationships matter as much as business results. She did a TEDx talk with her co-founder, “Conflict Use It, Don't Defuse It!”

She has given presentations on conflict resolution, communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving at Fortune 100 companies like Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, and AT&T. She is the author of two books, “The Beauty of Conflict” (for business teams), and “The Beauty of Conflict for Couples”, and co-host of the podcast The Beauty of Conflict.

Please join me in welcoming CrisMarie Campbell.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership “Leadership is about standing for something and inviting other people to come along.”
  • how being on a college rowing team helped her develop her leadership skills.
  • how growing up as an army brat helped her nurture her empathy for those who feel like they don’t fit in.
  • how watching a made for TV movie opened her eyes and passion to rowing.
  • how an Olympic loss brought her to her lowest point and propelled her to where she is now.
  • when attending graduate school she made herself referable to big names after graduating by networking and building relationships.
  • that building a tolerance for your own discomfort and being messy can be the best tool to help you hang in during conflict.
  • how zooming out and seeing the big picture can be self-motivating and inspiring.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 195

May 4, 2020

Today’s guest is an educator, author, and entrepreneur who is on a mission to reimagine business and transform education.

As the founder and CEO of Mirasee, a business education company, he has developed innovative training programs that have raised the bar for online education. Some of his most popular training programs include the Course Builder’s Laboratory, the Business Ignition Bootcamp, and the ACES Club. Over 5,000 value-driven entrepreneurs have enrolled in these programs.

His own entrepreneurial journey has had many twists and turns. He built Mirasee after his previous startup imploded in 2008, leaving him quarter million dollars in debt. But he’s fond of saying that “failure is only failure if it happens in the last chapter; otherwise, it’s a plot twist.”

Today, Mirasee is a seven-figure business with 20 employees distributed all over the world. It’s no wonder that many top leaders in his industry reach out when they need help with their business or strategy.

He is the author of 10 books including “Teach and Grow Rich” and “Leveraged Learning.” His latest book, “Teach Your Gift” was just released.

Please join me in welcoming Danny Iny.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership “A leader’s job is to direct the focus for other people in terms of what they should be thinking about and what they should be focusing on feeling. It’s not a role, but an action or responsibility.”
  • his humble beginnings as a middle school entrepreneur/rebel and how his boredom as a student has led him down a path to run a seven-figure business.
  • how a company imploding is like a really bad breakup.
  • the transformation from a blog to Mirasee which is NOT a family business even though his entire family bought into his dream and works there.
  • his innovative approach to hiring.
  • how building and nurturing relationships can lead to success.
  • using systems that play to your uniqueness.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 194

Apr 26, 2020

Today’s guest is on a mission to disrupt the way we approach empowerment. 

A lifelong entrepreneur, she is the founder and CEO of IMPERIA, an incubator for women creating social impact projects across seven continents. 

Her methodology of Self-Directed Empowerment is showcased in her keynotes around the world from Abu Dhabi to Harvard University and the United Nations and she is a featured expert on women’s entrepreneurship for the U.S. State Department. When she isn’t on stage, she is at IMPERIA’s headquarters atop the World Trade Center in NYC, where she and her team have dedicated themselves to building resilient female leaders. 

She is the author of two books, her most recent is “No One is Coming: An Empowerment Manifesto” and she has been featured in international media including Bloomberg Businessweek and the documentary Eat.Drink.Cook. 

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Iannolo. 


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about character. It’s about who you are when things get really tough.”
  • how she went from a “bossy” child to a leader through learning radical empathy. 
  • the question she has asked several clients over the last few weeks about who they want to be known as once this pandemic is over. 
  • how she is a first generation American and how her experiences and successes are directly from her dad, who was raised under Mussolini rule, and her mom, who was raised under the rule of Winston Churchill. 
  • how she learned about resilience.
  • her methods for networking, including having group dinners when she is traveling. 

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 193

Apr 20, 2020

Today’s guest’s driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential.

She is the visionary behind Muse, the award-winning headband that makes meditation easier. Before co-founding InteraXon, the makers of Muse, she was not only trained as a neuroscientist and psychotherapist but also started her own international clothing line.

With her creativity, entrepreneurial drive, and fascination with the brain, it’s not surprising that her startup allows people to control computers with their minds.

She and her team have been featured in over 1000 media pieces, including TED, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, and they are recipients of multiple innovation awards.

She is the host of Untangle podcast, keynotes around the world on technology, mindfulness and entrepreneurship, and supports and advises a variety of start-ups.

Please join me in welcoming Ariel Garten.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “A leader is someone who is able to see a direction and is also so compelling that other people want to follow them.”
  • how having loving entrepreneur parents shaped her belief in her abilities and her desire to be an entrepreneur.
  • her childhood experience with leading, where she was considered bossy, and her journey to being a strong leader at 22, while operating a successful clothing line.
  • the value she places on helping improve other people and the world, and how that led to her developing Muse.
  • how being a female founder in a male-dominated industry, before there was a strong push for equality, had both positives and negatives.
  • her large network and how she networks and connects with others.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 192

Apr 14, 2020

Today’s guest is a dynamic speaker who inspires audiences to feel they can conquer the world and make tons of great new connections while doing it.

For over 25 years, he has been a top sales performer, keynote speaker, and performance mentor. He is the CEO of Thrive, a company focused on helping businesses, leaders, and brands become even more amazing through the power of connection.

He is the best-selling author of “Master the Art of Connecting” and host of the Thrive LOUD podcast, which is dedicated to inspiring people to reach their peak potential in every facet of their life.

Please join me in welcoming Lou Diamond.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leaders are those who are able to connect people, ideas, technologies, and organizations together. Leadership is connecting and great leaders are master connectors.”
  • how he views leadership and connecting as synonymous.
  • various roles he has taken from consulting to sales and marketing, to coaching, and the thread that ties them all together.
  • the power of “and.”
  • a coaching lesson and what he learned about listening levels.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 191

Apr 7, 2020

Today’s guest is credited with convincing Guy Kawasaki and thousands of tech execs that Twitter would have real business value.

In 2009, she founded the Twitter App Store, bringing order to the chaos of Twitter’s nascent app ecosystem. Just two years later, she sold it to HubSpot where she worked for many years on influencer relations and the INBOUND event.

As an Inbound Marketing Evangelist, she has shown companies how to grow by helping people buy instead of cramming marketing messages down their throats.

She is a professional speaker, lead author of “Twitter for Dummies,” and was one of the first to evangelize Twitter’s significance for business, culture, and beyond. She has lectured at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management, has been quoted in dozens of national publications, and raised $25,000 for Charity: Water in December 2008 in the first-ever “donate by tweeting” charity campaign.

Building on her environmental science and policy degree, she founded the Enough Company to explain and evangelize market-driven shifts that can bring speed and scale to the climate crisis fight.

Please join me in welcoming Laura Fitton aka @Pistachio.


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is discovering what unique perspective you have that resonates with other people. It is also about being in the right place at the right time, with the ability to speak up.”
  • how she associates leadership with when ideas are propagated in the world.
  • her experiences with being bullied and how she sees empowerment in it now.
  • how active blogging gave her recognition in the tech and marketing world and how that led to her sharing of Twitter’s business value with some of the top names in the marketing world.
  • her experience at Hubspot and with Inbound.
  • the throughline of environmental activism in her career.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 190

Mar 31, 2020

Today’s guest is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence.

Over the last 25 years, she has built her business one relationship and one speech at a time - motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. She believes that everyone will have more success at work and in life by following 4 simple strategies that she calls Front-Row Success.

She is a CSP, a Certified Speaking Professional, which is the highest earned designation in the speaking profession, with only 12 percent of speakers worldwide holding this designation. She was also inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of fame.

She is the author of 4 motivational books, some have even described them as ‘life-changing,’ including her latest on goal-setting called “Is There A Hole In Your Bucket List?”

Please join me in welcoming Marilyn Sherman.

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “A leader is someone who is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. When they walk in their power and authenticity, they can’t help but illuminate the path for others.”
  • how she got into speaking and realized it was a passion of hers, before even graduating high school.
  • how her dad and several other key people influenced her career and life trajectory and why they were significant.
  • her decision to serve within the National Speakers Association.
  • some of the lessons she has learned about networking from mentors and close friends.
  • what S.E.A.T means.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 189

Mar 24, 2020

Today’s guest isn’t your typical Life Coach.

After working in sales for two decades, he became a certified Life Coach in 2005. In a world filled with "woo-woo" life coaches, his opinionated and direct approach is refreshing and gets results.

Eight years later, he launched Coach the Life Coach because he had learned how to build a successful coaching practice and he was tired of watching new Life Coaches struggle to survive. He helps them build a coaching practice that is sustainable and profitable.

He has written over 1,500 self-development articles and is the author of 11 books, including “The Clarity Method: Tap Into What Motivates Your Clients, Your Colleagues, and You.”

Please join me in welcoming Tim Brownson.

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “To me leadership is about integrity, doing the right thing when no one is looking. You can lead by coaching loudly or through a quiet determination.”
  • his experience in sales and how it shaped his views on solving problems and offering solutions instead of trying to “win” a customer.
  • how he describes his first couple of years of coaching as a blueprint for how to not start a coaching business.
  • how he balances writing and coaching and makes both a priority.
  • his understanding that he doesn’t take well to being confined by a structure and what he does instead.
  • his practices surrounding networking and the value he places on Facebook groups.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 188

Mar 17, 2020

Today’s guest believes every voice deserves to be heard.

As an internet and digital marketing pioneer, she helps content creators grow and monetize a loyal, rabid fan base through understanding connection and the power of influence. She has worked on the branding and messaging for large corporations such as Comcast and Subaru, as well as with hundreds of bloggers, podcasters and online entrepreneurs. She specializes in personality-driven social media and sales strategy.

She is the co-host and co-founder of the She Podcasts brand, founded on the belief that women have a unique challenge in getting their voices to be heard. She Podcasts currently supports over 14,000 female podcasters and has a digital marketing reach of over 55,000 content creators. It is known for its diversity, education, integrity, and community.

When she’s not planning the next She Podcasts LIVE event, you can find her offering education to independent podcasters on marketing, growth, and sponsorship.

Please join me in welcoming Jessica Kupferman.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I define leadership as being able to make decisions for a group and for the groups’ greater good even if that decision is uncomfortable.”
  • her recollection that she was called bossy as a child.
  • her ability to define areas of her life, forge a new path, and gain meaningful connections along the way.
  • how she co-founded She Podcasts and how it has grown.
  • how being introverted influences her in both networking and leadership.
  • the value she places on conscious connection at networking events.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 187

Mar 9, 2020

Today’s guest teaches strategies to succeed no matter what the economy does - turning uncertainty into a competitive advantage.

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, she is an author, business strategist, keynote speaker, and growth expert, creating ownership at every level and helping people create profits at every turn.

Her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. She worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council.

She is the author of several books, including her latest, “The Best Sales Book Ever.”

Please join me in welcoming Meridith Elliott Powell.   

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I would define leadership simply. You are a leader when people follow you.”
  • why she credits her mom for her networking skills because her mom encouraged her to seek out the people who were alone.
  • how her willingness to talk to people and expand her network influenced her incredible jobs and what the through-line is of her career.
  • why 40 was a powerful age to her and why she went out on her own then.
  • how she prioritizes hand-written notes and why they are important to her.
  • why it is important to make sure your networking focuses on your target audience and the value she places on giving more than receiving.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 186

Mar 3, 2020

Today’s guest’s philosophy is to work with what you’ve got and build as you go along.

That philosophy has helped thousands of people graduate from his Booked and Paid to Speak Training Course ready to start and build their own speaking businesses - transforming their passion project into a paycheck.

A nationally known speaker, he has given nearly 1,000 live presentations and has spoken to over 500,000 people in 47 different states through leadership conferences, conventions and other events.

He is the host of The Speaker Lab, which is a podcast with nearly 300 episodes that focus on speaker training and interviews with speakers who will help listeners grow their business.

His first book, “Reality Check,” is taught in 400 high schools around the country. He is also the author of “The Successful Speaker: Five Steps for Booking Gigs, Getting Paid, and Building Your Platform.”

Please join me in welcoming Grant Baldwin.      

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is influence and the ability to get other people to follow you and trust you in the direction you are leading them.”
  • his journey from youth pastor to professional speaker, including many side hustles.
  • a wealth of information about learning from people who are just a few steps ahead of you in order to grow in both business and life.
  • the importance he places on connecting with other people.
  • his networking strategies including prioritizing in-person connections and growing with peer masterminds.
  • his most important goals for the next year in business and growing as a husband and father.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 185

Feb 24, 2020

Today’s guest is a wellness leader who is known as a beacon of authentic happiness.

A two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less, helping them stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle, and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.

She is a speaker, author, mindset coach, podcast host, and DJ. As a keynote speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. Her work is rooted in the science of positive psychology and she coaches individuals and teams on how to get unstuck to become unstoppable.

She is the author of “The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely and Unleash Your Joy” and host of The Perfection Detox Podcast.

Please join me in welcoming Petra Kolber.      

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “I define leadership as anyone who can see the potential in others before the other can see it. It is someone who has the skills, methods, heart, and grace to coach others into that potential. It could be anyone.”
  • how she spent her time in the fitness world not recognizing her leadership role until she realized people were inspired by her.
  • the difference between her childhood near Liverpool, where standing out was discouraged, and how her thoughts about leadership changed when she met her first Americans.
  • some of the fitness classes she led and how they impacted others.
  • how meeting Dorie Clark shifted her life and where she has gone since then.
  • her methods for networking as an introvert, always entering rooms with the desire to give instead of receive.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 184

Feb 18, 2020

Today’s guest embraces inclusion as a true beacon for her career.

An award-winning diversity and inclusion leader, consultant, and speaker, she is committed to diversifying the workplace and training women and emerging leaders to take true leadership positions in all aspects of their lives. She is the CEO of her company, a certified minority, and women-owned business enterprise.

Her background includes over two decades in corporate America. Her strong project management acumen allows her to educate and create transformational results for her clients. She teaches diversity and inclusion, conscious inclusion, and project management.

She is the author of multiple books, including her latest “52 Tips for Owning Your Career: Practical Advice for Career Success.”

Please join me in welcoming Simone E. Morris.    

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is getting others to follow you, a way of motivating others to see your vision.”
  • how she shifted from a shy and introverted youngest child into a person who makes herself visible and is a leader.
  • her college experiences that helped lay the foundation for future leadership.
  • her experience with a career sponsor and how it helped her in her career.
  • how she left the corporate world not planning to pursue entrepreneurship and then ended up finding success doing it.
  • networking and how she originally struggled but then eventually found great success in putting herself out there.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 183

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