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 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

Feb 11, 2020

Today’s guest is a renowned entrepreneur on a mission to democratize automation and create an immersive work experience for enterprises of all sizes.

Founder and CEO of OrangeScape, makers of Kissflow, a disruptive SaaS-based enterprise-level work automation and collaboration platform with more than 10,000 customers across 160 countries, he has three US patents to his credit.

He co-founded SaaSBoomi, Asia’s number one and largest SaaS conference and he spends a significant amount of time in the startup ecosystem mentoring young founders.

Please join me in welcoming Suresh Sambandam.    

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “My own understanding of leadership is when one goes out on a mission that is larger than they can achieve alone, and they get a lot of people following and seeing the same vision and those people join in to accomplish that mission.”
  • how his understanding of leadership began around 7th grade when he gave his first speech.
  • his experience growing up in a town with only one computer, one that was shared with the whole town, and how that led him to open his own computer training center.
  • his three U.S. patents.
  • the SaaS conference he has been organizing for the last 5 years.
  • his personal goal for the next year, working on influence in government and policies.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 182

Feb 4, 2020

Today’s guest helps companies solve their thorniest problems while also strengthening their top and bottom lines.

She is a management consultant, executive coach, and facilitator who helps leaders move their companies and careers forward. With over 30 years of experience, her specialty is developing high performing leaders and workforces. Her clients have included family-run businesses, national nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies.

She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and her TEDx talk, “Why There’s So Much Conflict at Work and What You Can Do to Fix It,” has been viewed over 135,000 times.

Please join me in welcoming Liz Kislik.    

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is helping people see what is meaningful and necessary to move forward.”
  • how she naturally fell into a leadership role with her siblings, as the oldest of three.
  • her first management experience right out of college and how she handled conflict, with quiet authority.
  • how she made the decision to start her own business and why that was the easiest and smoothest path for her.
  • her methods for networking, including being intentional in helping others through hard times.
  • her future plans for writing a book this year and her thought process about it.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 181

Jan 27, 2020

Today’s guest is a practicing economist who finds efficiencies, solves challenging problems, and motivates people to implement change.

She transforms corporate cultures and increases productivity, through engaging, humorous, and action-packed keynote presentations, one-on-one consulting, and as the author, co-author or editor of 10 books on business, leadership, productivity, and personal finance.

Her previous experience includes teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University.   She served 21 years on active duty in the Navy (retired as a commander) with specialties in Human Resources, Logistics, Intelligence, and Security.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Kelly.    


In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “To me, leadership is not a job title. It isn’t what you do. It is the ability to influence others to get them to do what you want.”
  • her first experience with leadership skills, when she was in preschool.
  • the significant difference between leadership in the military and leadership among civilians.
  • how her military experience developed her brain for systematic processing and why that works so well for starting a business.
  • the mindsets she had to shift as she started business for herself, including accepting money.
  • her specific networking skills, coming from a place of gratitude.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 180

Jan 21, 2020

Today’s guest not only survived “The Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash but was the last person off the back of the plane that day because he was making sure others made it out safely. After surviving the US Airways Flight 1549 crash in 2009, he began to realize that the moments that made up his life prepared him for what was about to happen.

According to him, all of the lessons and strategies he learned in his life were instrumental during the incident and in the days following. He started to realize that one can actually grow from traumatic life experiences and that realization set him on a path to not only share what he learned but also provide practical and implementable strategies to help others survive and thrive after their own “personal plane crash” moments in life.

He is a speaker and trainer, author of “Moments Matter: How One Defining Moment Can Create a Lifetime of Purpose,” and hosts his own show, Voice of Personal Leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Dave Sanderson.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is influencing others to get their outcome and to also help them impact someone else’s life in a positive way.”
  • his first leadership role as a restaurant manager at Howard Johnson, and the person who shared treasured wisdom with him.
  • the various work he did and lessons he learned when working in security for Tony Robbins.
  • how the biggest hurdle he had to get over for success was finding the belief that he deserved success.
  • his goal to reach a million people in the next decade.
  • how he organizes his network and uses multiple social media platforms for regular touchpoints.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 179

Jan 13, 2020

Today’s guest believes our most important resource is our humanity.

As a performance and culture strategist, global keynote, and two-time TEDx speaker, she focuses on how we can survive work better by understanding how to fuel performance, leadership, and culture from the inside out.

She helps leaders imagine a workplace where people work healthy and go home happy with energy to spare. She shows executives and leaders how to make health and wellbeing the foundation at work by sharing the methods for creating sustainable personal and professional success and transforming company culture.

Because health is not the goal, it is how we reach our goals.

Please join me in welcoming Jeanette Bronée.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is about relationships. It’s about the relationships we create through trust. We create trust by listening to people and asking them more questions so we can understand where someone is at before we coach or lead them.”
  • how her dad influenced her thoughts on leadership.
  • her first leadership experience at a corporation when she was in her early twenties.
  • her journey to New York City from Europe in 1989 and the transition from design to fashion.
  • the big awakening she experienced when her parents passed away and she realized she didn’t want to lose her health to her career.
  • how she networks with other people in her own way, naturally and authentically. She consistently adds value to other people’s lives.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 178

Jan 7, 2020

Today’s guest began her training as a customer service expert when she was only nine years old. Growing up as a Midwest farmer’s daughter, she learned how to master the art of customer engagement to help sell more sweet corn than the competition.

Since then, she has made her mark as an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and author. She is the go-to resource for customer service excellence. For over two decades, she has shared her practical point of view on customer service and staff development with audiences and companies across the country. Her approach includes blending real-life examples with proven action steps for improvement.

Her latest book, “The 10¢ Decision: How Small Change Pays Off Big” features her most sought after and impactful strategies to find and retain the best staff and highest-quality customers while also delivering exceptional guest experiences.

Please join me in welcoming Laurie Guest.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • her definition of leadership: “My definition of leadership is the ability to get desired results from others, no matter what environment you are in.”
  • how she first understood leadership during elementary school when she believed “my jump rope, my rules” but quickly learned that people were more likely to follow people who are kind instead of bossy.
  • how storytelling and speaking go hand in hand in her life.
  • her ability to run her business her own way and how she navigates the pressure to run her business how other people think she should.
  • her metaphor of a boat marina in reference to networking.
  • her methods for interacting and networking with people.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 177

Dec 17, 2019

Today’s guest says the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of superficial online communications.

He spotted the real-time marketing revolution in its infancy and wrote five books about it including “The New Rules of Marketing and PR,” with over 400,000 copies sold in English and also available in 29 languages from Albanian to Vietnamese.

In 2002, his entrepreneurial journey began when his ideas were a little too radical for his bosses so he started writing books, speaking at events, and advising emerging companies.

He recognizes how tech-weary and bot-wary people are hungry for true human connection. He developed a winning strategy, called a Fanocracy, helping organizations tap into the mindset that relationships with customers are more important than the products they sell to them.

Please join me in welcoming David Meerman Scott.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • his thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is a person who is able to see patterns that other people don’t see and is able to then articulate them in a way that inspires people to change.”
  • his passion, you might even say obsession, for live music.
  • how he took a job offer to move to Tokyo at 26 and where he has gone from there.
  • his decision to not hire any employees and how he has managed at least 50 speaking gigs a year for 13 years without employees.
  • why he values authentic connection and how he connects with others.
  • his newest book, “Fanocracy,” which was written with his daughter.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 176

Dec 10, 2019

Today’s guest is an award-winning journalist who has interviewed them all, from k.d. lang, Jennifer Beals, Ruby Rose, to Martina Navratilova.

With a career spanning over a decade in broadcast radio, she has been featured on two breakfast shows in Australia and is currently a host on three podcasts. Most recently, she launched “The Ginni Show: Curry, Comedy, and Connectivity.” It invites listeners to follow the hilarious journey of a young Sri Lankan gay immigrant woman growing up in Australia.

She is the founder of a boutique podcast production company serving the vision of entrepreneurs, celebrities, and influential organizations around the world to help ensure voices are heard where they need to be.

Please join me in welcoming Ginni Saraswati.  

In this episode we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “To me, there are two facets of leadership. One is understanding that you are the last of the line, everything falls to you, and that you have some accountability to the organization. The other part is knowing when you need to follow and trust. Leaders empower the people following them.”
  • how she was called bossy as a kid but has refined her ego and leadership and shifted her mindset to understanding that she works for her team, instead of the other way around.
  • the significant move from Sri Lanka to Melbourne, Australia and how that shaped her.
  • the best friend she met in 9th grade and the influence her friend has had on her.
  • how her radio journey started in the corporate landscape before she took on the entrepreneur world.
  • her unique methods for networking which emphasizes care.

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at - episode 175

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