EPISODE 15: CEO, Dear Media | Co-Host of The Skinny Confidential His and Her Podcast
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Episode 15 features Michael Bosstick, CEO of Dear Media, a Podcast network primarily focused around female hosts and talent, and he is the Co-Host of the Skinny Confidential Him and Her Podcast. I was fortunate to interview his wife, Lauryn Evarts (@theskinnyconfidential) back in Episode 11 and really enjoyed getting a chance to speak with Michael in this episode and learning about his unique story.
Michael learned early on from his father that you have to work for what you want and after some early childhood jobs he figured out that he wanted to pave his own path and create opportunities for himself. Early after college Michael ventured out to fill a gap he found in corporate aircrafts with a business called JetBeds and has now grown that over the last 10 years to be the most successful company in the space.
Michael is now extremely involved in digital media and finding new and creative ways to build an online brand. We converse about many topics including business, the power of voice as a platform of the future, and many other intriguing insights.
I enjoyed one of Michael’s quotes where he says, “I spend 90% of my time focusing on solutions and 10% of the time looking at the problem”, and it’s no surprise he’s been successful with his optimistic mindset on business and how to scale effectively.
Episode 14 features Carolynn Lemke, the Founder of Noble Friends Shop. Was excited to get the chance to speak with Carolynn not only because of the great work she is doing to grow her business but because we go way back to the same small town as her and I graduated high school together. I’m so proud to see the success of many of my classmates and after learning more of Carolynn’s story I am cheering her on even more as her journey continues.
Carolynn has a tremendous personality and a gift for illustration and I think anyone seeking to find their own creativity, looking to start their own business, or just needing some inspiration to get started will pull a lot from this interview.
Episode 13 features the @49ersfangirl Tracy Sandler and we have a wide-ranging conversation on sports, relishing new opportunities, being nimble, and much more.
I was intrigued to learn more about Tracy and the Fangirl Sports Network when I came across her profile many months back. It’s great to see someone that saw a gap in the market, especially relating to content focused for the female fan, and then took the opportunity to do something about it instead of just sitting on the idea and doing nothing with it. The trajectory of the Fangirl Sports Network is pointing upwards and it will be exciting to see all of the interesting things they do as they grow into this season and beyond.
A couple key nuggets about her that she mentions in the interview:
Episode 12 picks up right where we left off and I interview Chris David Garcia, the creator of the Major Level Creative CONNECT sports conference as well as the Creative Director for the Houston Astros.
I met Chris about 3 years ago and we have been friends ever since and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to join three MLC Connect Conferences in the past and look forward to the continued success of the conference as they hit the 5-year anniversary mark this June. Chris is an extremely talented graphic designer but more than that is his personality and character which are phenomenal in the way he interacts and treats others. He is a very selfless individual that is always looking for ways to help others become the best version of themselves and improve their own craft.
Furthermore, I feel Chris has been a disruptor in the creative world and his insightful ideas and passion for always bringing your best has led to the creation of probably the best conference I have ever been to. It’s intimate. It’s personal. It’s educational. It’s fun. Top notch speakers surrounded by some of the most talented people in the sports design world. It’s incredible!
Those reasons are exactly why I told Chris prior to launching the podcast that he has to be a guest as I knew he’d be able to bring the fire as well as some great stories. He didn’t disappoint in this episode at all!
Episode 11 Features The Creator of The Skinny Confidential, Lauryn Evarts. Lauryn has been blogging almost every day for the past 8 years and has build an incredible following online through many social channels but it all funnels back to her website, TheSkinnyConfidential.com. She is a blogger, an author, a podcaster, an influencer and much much more.
In this discussion, we pinpointed on a few key topics around her upbringing, how her two-day stint in a sorority and a bartending encounter motivated her to build an online community, and she gives some very poetic advice to those that are looking to build their own brand.
Episode 10 features Digital Marketing specialist, Speaker, Author, and Podcaster Hank Hoffmeier. Hank is Manager of Strategic Services at iContact (http://www.icontact.com)
. With a passion for all things digital and social, combined with more than 18 years of experience in sales and marketing, Hank enjoys partnering with organizations large and small to improve their marketing strategy. Hank is and author, speaker and host of a marketing podcast, Hank’s Business and Marketing Tips, available on iTunes.
This was a fun episode to record as it was my first in-person interview and it definitely allowed for some more interaction. As all the statistics say, 55% of communication is body language so it helped having Hank in the same room and kept the energy at an all time high.
We talk about daily planning and time management, how business owners should think about branding, marketing automation insight, and many others tangents!
A couple of links I wanted to share that were mentioned in the show:
Hank’s new Book – The ABCs of the Customer Journey: A Beginner’s Guide to Automation, Branding and Customer Service
Episode 9 was a blast talking with Speaker and Author David Rendall. I met David for the first time in the spring of 2017 at the High Five Conference in Raleigh, NC where he was giving a keynote and he left an imprint on my life because I agreed so much with what he was speaking about. It was almost like he was speaking directly to me and some of his experiences actually helped guide me onto some of the things I am involved in today.
In this episode we discussed a variety of topics associated with valuing not only your strengths but also your weaknesses and pursuing adulthood with things that make you happy and are what you want to do vs what others think you should be doing. David explains his upbringing, dealing with tragedy, how an experience in college altered his life, practical advice on becoming a better speaker and much more.
I hope you all take a listen through and I think you will appreciate the vast knowledge as well as the great perspective David has on life.
David can be found on his website at http://www.drendall.com or on twitter @daverendall or find one of his books on Amazon and go take a read.
In the episode David makes a couple of keys mentions and see below to quick links to check out those particular items.
About the Guest:
During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force, Australian Government, and Fortune 50 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, United Health Group, Fannie Mae, and State Farm. Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a leadership professor, stand-up comedian, and nonprofit executive. In between presentations, David competes in ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons. David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of four books: The Four Factors of Effective Leadership, The Freak Factor, The Freak Factor for Kids, Pink Goldfish
We did some soul searching in Episode 8 with contemporary mixed media artist Jenna Webb who specializes in vibrant unexpected, bold works infused with her positive spirit and energy. She is passionate about nature, beauty, positivity, travel, and interior design. Her artwork reflects the beauty she sees and the light she wants you to feel. Jenna’s mission is to capture the world’s beauty and inspire self-love.
We went deep into topics around finding her creativity as an adult, the journey of starting your own business, the benefits of meditation, and much much more. For us novices out there, Jenna even shares some insights into the simple things you can do to get started with art.
Absolutely recommend to check out Jenna online and her great artwork. Some uniquely amazing alcohol-ink abstract paintings that have so much soul and purpose behind them.
Episode 7 welcomes Founder of BogeyBoxGolfClub.com Nik Bando. Nik has been an entrepreneur for most of his adult life all starting with his innovative idea to create new engagement and sponsorship opportunities while at Virginia Tech.
From there, Nik took his passion for journalism and spun that into learning the ins and outs of digital media and how that was starting to effect the buying behaviors of the everyday consumer. While working at VaynerMedia for well-known entrepreneur and businessman Gary Vaynerchuk he sharpened his digital media chops and took the leap to start his current business, BogeyBoxGolfClub, after many poor shopping experiences both in stores and online.
We get into a ton of different practical business discussions around digital marketing on Facebook, customer acquisition, Venture Capital v. Bootstrapping, hiring employees, and much more.
Erica Spera is an up and coming comedian in the New York City scene and a 2017 TBS Comic to Watch. She gives us some backstage access on the comedy world and all of the things that go into being a comedian.
We talk about her comedic inspirations, scheduling gigs, her work putting on comedy shows, and many other tangets that the conversation takes us on.
I think you all will enjoy Erica’s personality and perspective on comedy and life and hope you will continue to follow her career as she makes it to the big time!
Episode 5 features Raleigh Coaching Academy Founder Kathleen O’Grady. Kathleen has used a lot of experiences early in her life to fuel her coaching business and help transform the lives of the people she works with. Her Heart-based leadership coaching philosophy and passion around authenticity fuels her day-to-day work and she is truly a pleasure to speak with and learn from.
We cover the gamet of topics focusing around taking the leap of faith, personal transformation, career advice, and what’s up next for her business.
This episode is a perfect example of having belief in yourself and understanding the true nature of who you are as a person and then turning that into a thriving business to help others.
I think you all will enjoy this interview and learn a lot from Kathleen.
About Kathleen O’Grady
Before recognizing her calling to be a professional coach, Kathleen spent years wondering who she was and where she belonged. Like many, she looked to others to tell her… and was continuously misled and disappointed. When she started listening to her own inner authentic voice, it was music to her ears! Now she and her colleagues make a living helping others to listen to their own inner music. Coaching is not simply Kathleen’s profession, it is her life’s purpose. She was fortunate to have discovered this at a younger age than most, and is therefore inspired to help others find theirs.
As Authentic Leadership Coaches, Kathleen and her dynamic team act as catalysts for people to discover, rediscover, and embrace their unique genius. They always do their best to lead by example to show others that they can be whomever they choose to be, at any given moment. Raleigh Coaching stands for the belief that we all possess unlimited potential, and that it is our individual responsibility to do what we love and find ways to be financially rewarded in the process.
This episode is on fire with 5x world record holder and fitness expert Jordan Syatt. Jordan is incredibly knowledgeable about all things fitness and nutrition and brings so much great insight into this episode.
When you hear the passion in his voice it’ll bring a smile to your face!
We go deep into how he got started into personal training, his love for coaching, his insights into new years resolutions, and why he so desperately wants to be a wizard!
Also make a couple mentions in this Podcast first about a great quote from Sly Stallone. If you don’t know anything about the struggles to get the first Rocky made go hear and read up on it because it’s an incredible story –
Additionally, I’ve always lived by the quote “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” and I heard that first spoken from the late great Steve Jobs in his Stanford Commencement speech. One of the best ever – Check it out here – Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech – He got that quote from Stewart Brand’s last issue of the Whole Earth Catalog. Well, Stewart recently did a podcast interview with Tim Ferriss that I highly recommend. Crazy amount of life lessons and knowledge can be gained.
On Episode 3, I get to interview New York Times Best Selling Author and Founder of the Paleomg.com Blog, Juli Bauer Roth. Juli started her blog on a whim in 2011 and has turned that opportunity into hundreds upon hundreds of recipes online, 3 Cookbooks, extended that into Fashion and Fitness, and has a massive following (and growing) online.
She has a great personality and sense of humor and we touch on a variety of topics about being who you are, putting in the hard work, and balancing life.
I take food infatuation to a whole new level. I hate how obsessed I am with food. Not really.
I eat paleo. If you did not notice from the blog name, well, that’s understandable. It’s not Pale Omg, like the skin color. I’m usually pretty tan. I love spray tans. It’s actually pronounced pay-lee-o.m.g. There ya go, you did it! I just love food. I even eat some gluten free stuff. Don’t freak out though. I just REALLY love food. Especially food that makes me feel good. Are you pickin’ up what I’m throwin’ down? Good.
I write this blog for you from Denver, CO. I hate hiking and outdoor sports. And I don’t drive a Subaru, but I swear I am a native. I like CrossFit. Ok love. It’s pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to me. When I’m not blogging or writing cookbooks, I’m working out.
In this episode we do some discovery with Matt Heinz of Heinz Marketing and explore ideas around how he got into doing his own business, marketing initiatives and thoughts that should be top of mind in today’s world, and having outlets away from your daily career to help stay fresh and keep sane in the 24/7 business world we live in.
Prolific author and nationally recognized, award-winning blogger, Matt Heinz is President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 20 years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations and industries. He is a dynamic speaker, memorable not only for his keen insight and humor, but his actionable and motivating takeaways. Matt’s career focuses on consistently delivering measurable results with greater sales, revenue growth, product success and customer loyalty. Matt is a repeat winner of Top 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management and Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers. Matt restored his 105-year-old historic farmhouse in Kirkland, Washington with his wife, Beth and shares it with three young children, a dog, two rabbits, and seven chickens
Shout out on the show:
Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Prey, Love as I explained how watching a speech she did on an Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions Series and helped continue to fuel this idea around being curious and trying to discover new things that may end up bringing you fulfillment or leading you to your passion.
Gary Vaynerchuk – My “Virtual Mentor”. Who knew a person that I’ve never met has provided me more business knowledge than I could have ever dreamed of and gave me the nudge over time to accomplish this goal. Forever indebted to Gary.
It’s hard to write these things about yourself but I’m just a very curious guy that wants to learn as much as I can about the world and the people in it. With a new found motivation many years ago to achieve certain goals and push beyond status quo, I wanted to speak with people that were breaking out of their comfort zones and try to capture how they were doing it and what insight could be shared to help others. I hope you all will continue along on the journey with me and share any feedback you have.
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