Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. He is an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley), an adjunct professor of the University of New South Wales. He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He has written Wise Guy, The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
EPISODE 106: Founder, Restore Media & Strategy LLC
Episode 106 features Sara Miltenberger, Founder of Restore Media & Strategy and the Creator and Host of the Make Climate Cool Again Podcast. I met Sara while standing in line at the NextGen Summit in June of 2019 and it’s been cool to get to know her and her passion around the environment and sustainability and her mission to change the world for the better.
Sara is super passionate about building community and sustainability education. She worked for Tesla and then decided to start her own sustainability consulting business where she helps fashion and beauty brands redesign their packaging and their corporate strategy. She also has a podcast where she talks to environmental entrepreneurs and leaders about how they are making positive climate change.
Sara has lived in Australia, NYC, and California in pursuit of learning as much about the planet and sustainability business as she can.
Like it or not, Audio has been on a rise over the past several years and podcasts have taken a place near the top of content consumption. It’s no wonder companies like Spotify and iHeartRadio have made significant financial investments in podcasts and will continue to do so in the coming years.
So that begs the question you should be asking yourself, should I start a podcast?
The answer is almost certainly a yes and here’s why.
It’s How People Learn And Will Continue To Learn
With the growing distractions and short attention spans, people don’t always have time to read a new book and some don’t absorb the information as well as other mediums. In the past, you could basically listen to others teach something but you had to be in that physical location which made it expensive and time-consuming. With the invention of video, that added a new interactive layer to learning because you could now sit in the comfort of your home or office and get the same “in-person” learning without having to leave your chair. However, there lies one problem, you must be viewing the screen most of the time especially if there are visuals like a presentation included. Since most people have access to a phone, watch, echo, or other devices besides the TV, they can now use that to multi-task and learn or get entertainment while doing other activities like yoga, washing dishes, running, etc. The younger generations are always looking at ways to hack life and the access to podcasts has made it a clear path to do just that.
It Allows You To Stay Relevant
Let’s face it if you want to grow your own personal brand or business you have to continue to put out content and make it relevant to the audiences you are serving. Since audio content is certainly a part of the future it only makes sense to start making your mark now. I look back to 2017 when I started my Just Get Started Podcast and would have never imagined the doors and relationships the podcast has opened for me. Like anything, it takes time and consistency to build good content and the only way you stay relevant is to keep up with the times and speak about the things that matter today. With the world moving so quickly, content from a year ago may even be outdated in some regards. Furthermore, you can repurpose content in multiple ways to broaden the reach as people learn in all different ways. For instance, I can take this written article and turn it into a podcast episode and if I record with both audio and video I can now add this to YouTube or other social sites as video content as well. So, one piece of content can easily become three and many more if you break it down into mico-content.
There is No Better Time
The old cliche, “There is no better time than the present”, rings true in this situation. You obviously haven’t started a podcast yet, I’m assuming, but if you did then congrats and keep it going! If you haven’t, then consider all that could come from putting this content out there like gaining reach from other industry publications, reaching new prospects or clients, establishing yourself as an industry expert, networking with people who are where you want to be, and the list goes on for miles. I often hear people complain when they see others gaining notoriety or attention for their work and it’s followed up a lot by “They got lucky”. This is total BS as we all know. They received notoriety because they’ve proven in one way or another that they have a deep knowledge of a particular industry or domain and generally that comes from many years of experience in that field. Podcasting isn’t any different. Not only can you be seen as that expert by putting out great content you may be able to learn vastly more if you interview other like-minded people in that field on the show. Think of the immense learning you will have just asking them the questions you want to know. However, you don’t get here overnight. Imagine if you started a podcast a year ago and published one episode a week. You’d have 52 episodes to your credit and hours upon hours of thoughtful and relevant content. So, imagine you wait a year before you start after reading this and think about all you might miss out on.
I could go for hours talking about this and I’ll continue to share the learnings from my podcast journey in hopes that it helps you accomplish more on yours.
In the meantime, a good starting point is this eBook I wrote called The Bootstrappers Guide To Podcasting: How To Overcome The Fear and Just Get Started. It’ll give some real-world ideas of what to do to get off the ground quickly. Remember, this is what I chose to do but you may go a different path. There are so many resources (and podcasts) online talking about how to start podcasts so try to google some ideas as well.
Don’t hamstring yourself by overthinking as you can continue to tweak and refine it as you go along. So, read the eBook today and start to gather your thoughts but by tomorrow you should be energized and ready to start on this new adventure called podcasting!
If you had any questions I am happy to try and help and please send a message to me through my website.
The numbers above equal 880 days since I started the Podcast, over 300 hours of editing, over 5,000 hours of content, and over 100 Guests….and the Just Get Started Podcast is just heating up.
I didn’t realize the amount of time I’d take to get this far when I decided to begin. And as the great Jesse Itzler says, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far”. So I sure as hell am not stopping now.
The time investment never comes across the mind of someone determined to get outside their “fear neighborhood” and start something. Until I wrote those numbers above (and used a calculator to help) I never cared about the amount of time because all along the journey to achieving my mission was the most important.
I balked on starting the Podcast for two years out of fear of what others would say and a poor self-confidence that I could even do it.
I battled myself.
…But then I acted.
I built up this confidence, not in a single day, or a week, or even year but over a long period of time of consistent reflection and glances in the “accountability mirror”. I realized that maybe I could be the voice for others that have fear in their life. Those that have a fear to take the leap.
As Brene Brown once said, “I don’t leap for the perfect landing, I leap for the feeling in the air”. I thought that maybe I can be the invisible nudge they’ve need all along to take the leap.
And that’s why I began on this quest.
And that’s why I continue to battle the doubt that creeps in and the imposter syndrome that looms too closely in the night.
I know I can be their rock when life is holding the scissors in the hopes that the spark inside them fuels a bigger fire that can light the path for others in the future.
The numbers are irrelevant. The only ones I care about are the people positively affected by the message.
As long as that number is >1 then we’ve succeeded.
If you’ve read this far down then you get it. You feel the burn. You realize you have something deeper inside that yearns to get out into the world. You owe it to others to let it out.
Life is too short to keep pondering.
Let’s get started, shall we?
I can’t thank everyone but a few quick shoutouts….
Thanks to Matt Heinz for being my first guest on the Podcast
Thanks to Gary Vaynerchuk for 9 years of being my “virtual mentor”
Thanks to Ryan McGuire for the great design work
Thanks to Rich Keller for coining my ONE Word, “The Navigator”
Thanks to Rob Munz for being the best Mentor and Friend anyone could ever ask for
…And Thanks to the Late, great Coach Larry Hynes for telling a young 18-year old that “You have incredible Pitch and Tone, You should be on the radio someday”
Truly blessed. Truly Grateful.
100+ Episodes and We’re Just Getting StartedBrian Ondrako2021-03-19T10:41:54-04:00
EPISODE 79: Creator/Host, Growth Mindset University
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Episode 79 welcomes Author and Creator/Host of Growth Mindset University, Jordan Paris. It was fun to connect with Jordan and learn more about his journey around creating the Growth Mindset University and ultimately designing the life that he wants.
Jordan is also the founder of The WordPress Rocketeer, where he focuses on developing engaging websites to launch his clients’ dreams to infinity and beyond.
His approach to life and business is simple yet powerful: Don’t make a living, design a life. With this creator’s mentality, Jordan has been able to produce outstanding results for himself and challenge others to rise above circumstances and take control of their lives.
Episode 59 is on fire with Motivational Speaker and Personal Brand Guru, Rich Keller. Whoa nelly this is such a great episode! I got to hear Rich speak at the Next Gen Summit in New York and had to get him on the Podcast. Such an incredible positive dude and definitely the type of people that I love having on this Podcast and the people that I enjoy jamming with. Ya’ll are going to love this interview and get ready to take some serious notes!
My Wharton MBA opened doors to the corporate world; being a risk-taker let me ditch it. I have the vision of a creative and the analytics of an executive—a rare combination of right-brain and left-brain that delivers results.
My cancer—then my wife’s—didn’t break me, it redirected me. Paying-it-forward, not an award or title, now defines my success. My Survivor buff symbolizes that triumph.
I energize and create a sense of direction and purpose for every life I touch. Inspiration is my middle name (fine, it’s Scott).
I spent 25 years snacking on Godiva chocolates, Chips Ahoy! cookies and Planters peanuts. Oh, and I crafted their identities, too. Now I’m hungry to help young adults uncover the power of their personal brands.
I bring people together to share experiences, connect thoughts, debate ideas and develop solutions. My energy (and bright t-shirts) light up a room.
Episode 56 is on fire with Neil Pasricha, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, etc. I heard Neil speak at an event early in 2019 and made a point to reach out to him to get him on the Podcast. Was so appreciate for him taking some time out to share his story. I don’t think conversations around happiness and fulfillment in life happen as much and it is just assumed that you’ll be happy if you continue on some set path society puts you on at an early age. I’m glad Neil is touring the world to share a different message and help people rethink what happiness really should be.
See below on a lot of random notes and links about Neil and from the show…
My name is Neil Pasricha and I think, write, and speak about living intentionally.
All of my current work focuses under the themes of gratitude, happiness, failure, resilience, and trust.
I’m the the author of six books including: The Book of Awesome, a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures based on my 100-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things, The Happiness Equation, originally written as a 300-page love letter to my unborn son on how to live a happy life, Awesome Is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children, and How To Get Back Up, a memoir of failure and resilience released as an Audible Original. My books are New York Times and #1 international bestsellers and have sold millions of copies across dozens of languages.
EPISODE 44: Founder, Mtn. & Co. | Host, Makers of Sport Podcast
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So stoked to launch episode 44 of the Podcast as it features Adam Martin, a talented graphic designer and host of the Makers of Sport Podcast. I met Adam for the first time in 2015 at the Major Level Creative (MLC) Connect Design Conference and we got into a deep conversation about Podcasting and it lit a fire under me that pushed me to creating this Podcast. Adam is a talented graphic designer and has run a successful design firm for many years where we works closely with many folks in and out of the sports world.
I think you all will enjoy Adam and I’s dialogue throughout as we touch on a variety of topics around design, podcasting, exploring your passion and finding fulfillment, and so much more…
If you get a chance to listen I hope you enjoy!
About Adam Martin:
Hi, y’all. I’m Adam. I’m a designer, creative director and podcaster in Kentucky.
I founded the creative studio, Mtn. & Co., an independent brand and interactive design studio for the sports & entertainment business.
As principal & creative director, I design, develop business relationships and manage a team of trusted collaborators on art direction, visual design, typography, UX/UI, web development, photography, content creation, copywriting and more.
Sport—specifically its ability to influence culture and bridge generations—excites me. In fact, I created a podcast to capitalize on this excitement called Makers of Sport®, a show about design, creativity and makers in the sports business.
Throughout my 10+ year career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many brands in sport or otherwise including IMG Worldwide, PGA Tour, Kansas City Chiefs, SLAM Magazine, 3d Lacrosse, Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals), JMI Sports, the Texas Longhorns, the Michigan Wolverines, the Kentucky Wildcats, the Tennessee Volunteers, the NCAA, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the John Wooden Award, Jim Beam Brands, Girl Scouts of America, Toyota, Scion, Raising Canes, Smashburger and many more.
I’ve been blessed to win awards from or be published in the American Advertising Federation (ADDYS), Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine, PRINT magazine, College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA), UniWatch, SportTechie, Apple Podcasts, Adidas Group Blog and Product Hunt.
I enjoy speaking and have moderated panels, been interviewed on podcasts or given a few talks. Recent speaking engagements include: Major Level Creative Connect, AIGA Richmond, the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Businessand College of Art & Visual Studies, the Lexington Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Kentucky.
I had a wonderful time speaking with the Founder & CEO of the up and coming Podcasting platform called Pippa. I’ve been thrilled with the platform and ease-of-use and wanted to pry deeper into Simon’s journey and background and why he decided to start this company. Very intriguing episode and really showcases the fact that as long as you keep working hard in life and being curious that doors and opportunities can open.
Originally from South Africa, Simon is persistently curious: he came to NYC to attend NYU for grad school in philosophy, then completed studies in math and finance, before leaving the classroom to pursue his passion for media and technology. Simon is an analytically driven leader with experience at TED, the Clinton Global Initiative, and K2 Intelligence.
Simon was the Founder and CEO of Pippa.io before they were acquired by Acast in 2019. Currently, Simon is the VP of Experience for Acast, the world’s most impressive and exciting podcast company.
EPISODE 29: Founder, Prsuit.com | Host, New Mindset Who Dis Podcast
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Had a phenomenal conversation with Case Kenny on Episode 29 of the Just Get Started Podcast.
We get into an interesting conversation around his life and journey into growing his media company and we discuss the background of his Prsuit.com company and how using the thought around “perspective” is ideal for growing yourself and becoming fulfilled in life. His consistency in putting out great content has helped him grow his audience to hundreds of thousands of readers and become a regular top 50 iTunes Podcast in just a few short months of starting it.
One of the things I enjoy about Case is how raw he is when speaking. He believes what he says and isn’t afraid to share his opinions of the world and offer advice where he feels it could help others. Putting yourself out there and being vulnerable can be difficult but once you build your confidence and understand that your voice can help motivate and inspire others it’s cool to see what can happen. Enjoyed the chance to get to know Case a bit and know you all will enjoy this episode.
About Case Kenny:
Hi! My name is Case Kenny (@case.kenny) and I created the PRSUIT email to feed your soul..
With PRSUIT I share my no-BS perspective on all the things that make you human – your sense of self, confidence, optimism, mindfulness and so much more.
I call myself a “dudebroguy” because I’m just a guy who’s living his life. I’m not a coach, guru or more enlightened than the average person.
BUT I’m also a guy who knows that growth and fulfillment comes when you push yourself to be uncomfortable, try new things and live life from your heart.
With the email, I rely on my own life experiences to help you live your best life. That might include personal awkward stories, times I terribly embarrassed myself or silly jokes I love to tell that apparently aren’t that funny (*shrugs).
I do this to help you find your life’s truth – a truth that is so much more than living a normal, comfortable and expected life. Your truth is always pushing yourself to search for what lights you up inside — people, places, interests and passions.
Join me Mondays and Friday and you’ll find yourself saying to yourself…
Episode 27 features Andrea Waltz, the Co-Author of one of the best selling sales books of all-time, Go For No! as well as Co-Founder of Courage Crafters. Andrea shares her journey and a lot of the twists and turns that have led her to what she is doing now. From trying to call George Lucas at the age of 8 to getting a Criminal Justice degree she has never used, Andrea opens up about how some unique opportunities in life have presented themselves and how she has continually looked for the learning in each situation and has used that to keep her motivated and moving forward.
I know you all will enjoy my chat with Andrea and look forward to hearing feedback!
Andrea Waltz is the co-author of Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There. Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, she has made her mission to liberate people from fears of failure and rejection, sharing an entire new mindset about hearing the word NO. They have spoken all over the US and the UK teaching the ‘Go for No’ strategies – having been embraced by people in a wide variety of industries and businesses to rave reviews and amazing results. Andrea’s book hit #1 on Amazon’s “Selling” list and has remained in the top 20 of ‘Sales’ books for over the last 8 years.
Topic: Overcoming fear of failure, rejection, and hearing No. (Ideal for: sales of any kind, small business/entrepreneurs)
Episode 26 was a blast! I met Joel in August when he came to speak at our company and share the journey of the past 9 years and how this whole thing came together. It’s an incredible story of perseverance, patience, grit, and a little luck. We go in depth on a variety of topics and he shares a lot of great insight on his daily routines and how he prepares for these long races.
Joel Runyon is an athlete and entrepreneur. He is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE – a company dedicated to helping people push their limits and do impossible things.
EPISODE 25: Persuasive Communication Expert | Speaker | Author
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Had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Tippett on Episode 25 of the Podcast. Jeff lives local to me in the Carolinas and it was great to learn more about his background and some of the ways persuasive communication can be used in numerous ways throughout your life. Jeff shares some really neat stories about how he started his own business and some helpful advice about how you can think about persuasion.
App he recommends: Blinkist -> It’s like the Cliffs Notes but in an audio form!
Known by audiences and fans as Mr. Persuasion, Jeff Tippett is a subject matter expert in persuasive communications. He helps people increase their effectiveness, gives them powerful tools for attaining goals and dreams, and helps them positively impact their organization—all as they learn techniques for communicating persuasively with others.
When results mattered most, renowned brands like Airbnb, The National Restaurant Association, The League of Women Voters, The League of Conservation have trusted Jeff to develop and implement communications plans to persuade elected officials, the media, and the general public. And as an expert on persuasive communications, Jeff continues to deliver results for influential clients.
Other industry experts have validated Jeff’s work through numerous awards including the prestigious The American Advertising Awards.
Jeff has impacted thousands of lives through over 500 presentations incuding keynotes and seminars. Others feature Jeff’s expertise in persuasive communications through articles, podcasts, and blogs.
Jeff’s highly anticipated second book, Unleashing Your Superpower: Why Persuasive Communications is the Only Force You Will Ever Need is scheduled for completion in late fall 2018.
Had an awesome time connecting with Morgan on Episode 23 of the Podcast and we covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. Morgan provides some great insight into how he leveraged his learnings from being on 2 State Championship Basketball Teams to help him be a better coach and mentor to young sales professionals. We also discuss how he started his SDR Chronicles show and some different ways he’s developed his chops as a sales professional which might be helpful to younger sales reps out there. I know you all will love the energy and positivity Morgan brings to the show!
Morgan J. Ingram is a motivational speaker who has been nominated to the final round for TEDxSBY and TEDxUGA. His clients have begun to nickname him the “Liberation Sensation” because of his powerful messages.
An avid fan of social media and communicating on-line, Morgan has been featured in the Red and Black and OnlineAthens for a previous startup company Collegiate Gaming LAN, written college articles for CampusSports, and has done sales and marketing research for a start up shoe store that Dunta Robinson started and has also done Partnerships for a start up music company which helped promote artists in Athens,GA such as Judah and the Lion and the Shadowboxers.
In addition, Morgan won two state championships in basketball during his high school years.
Morgan’s mission now is to liberate others from their negative thoughts to turn them into positive thoughts by using motivation and social media. Through his speeches Morgan teaches students how to remove negative thoughts from their head and to cleanse their environment to unlock their potential to strive for excellence as a scholar.
In Morgan’s free time, he enjoys a good book, watching The Flash or Arrow, and going on a hike.
Books He’d Recommend:
“I Got My Dream Job and So Can You” by Pete Leibman
EPISODE 21: Founder, SweetFish Media | Host, B2B Growth Show
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James Carbary is the founder of Sweet Fish Media, a podcast agency for B2B brands. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post & Business Insider, and he also co-hosts a top-ranked podcast according to Forbes: B2B Growth. When James isn’t interviewing the smartest minds in B2B marketing, he’s drinking Cherry Coke Zero, eating Swedish Fish, and hanging out with the most incredible woman on the planet (who he somehow talked into marrying him).
We had an incredible conversation and I was thankful James could make some room in his busy schedule to discuss his story of how he started his business and some of the neat things they are doing. I really feel he is breaking down some walls and pioneering a brand new avenue for content creation. That path is being called “Content-based Networking” and I think this will ultimately be a wave of the future.
EPISODE 20: Founder | CEO | Strategic Advisor | Author
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Episode 20 features a true entrepreneur at heart and a guy with so much experience under his belt I wish I got to spend several hours with him. Chip was a delight to speak with and we covered a variety of topics about his upbringing having to adjust from an introvert to extrovert during adolescence, taking a gamble on his first hotel property, and making a shift in his life at the age of 52 to take on a role at fast-growing Airbnb
I think you’ll all love the entire conversation with Chip and for more about him and to find him online please see links below:
Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books include PEAK and EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS and are inspired by the theories of transformation and meaning by famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl.
In his new book, WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder (September 2018), Chip shares his experiences – as both mentor and unexpected intern – at Airbnb. He is the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest), San Francisco’s annual “Celebrity Pool Toss” that has raised millions for families in the neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and the Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on outstanding line level employees. Chip is a recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute, where the Conley Library bears his name.
In Episode 19 I get a chance to talk sales with one of the most well sought out after Sales Trainers out there, John Barrows.
John has provided sales training and consulting services to some of the world’s fastest growing companies like Salesforce.com, Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and many others. His previous experience spans all aspects of Sales at every level from making 400 cold calls a week as an inside sales rep to a VP of Sales at his first start up that was sold to Staples.
He’s an active sales professional who has learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work in Sales and loves sharing the tips and techniques he has found to have had an impact along the way. His main goal is to improve the overall education and quality of Sales by sharing ideas and techniques that work.
In this episode I get to talk with John about his upbringing and how he came about to become a sales trainer, insight for sales professionals and how they should look at their careers, and one of the biggest differences between top performing sales professionals and the rest.
EPISODE 18: Marketer, Cartoonist, Author of “How to Get A Meeting With Anyone”
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In Episode 18, We speak with Stu Heinecke about his career in marketing, how he broke into being a cartoonist, and ways people can think about bringing value and setting themselves apart from the pack. Stu has done some neat things throughout his career and figuring out a way to combine his passion for marketing along with his creative chops of being a Cartoonist led him to forging ahead with his own business and seeing success early on.
About Stu Heinecke
If ever there was someone born to write a book like How To Get A Meeting with Anyone, Stu Heinecke is that person. A Wall Street Journal cartoonist, Hall of Fame-nominated marketer and author, Heinecke discovered the magic of “Contact Marketing” early in his career, when he launched a Contact Campaign to just two dozen Vice Presidents and Directors of Circulation at the big Manhattan-based magazine publishers. That tiny $100 investment resulted in a 100% response rate, launched his enterprise and brought in millions of dollars worth of business.
The ability to connect with the people most important to realizing one’s goals ultimately became an obsession. While Heinecke regularly employs his own cartoon-based contact methods, he became intensely interested in how others have solved this unique challenge. As a result, he has uncovered a highly unique form of marketing that until now has had no name, yet it produces response rates as high as 100% and ROI figures in the tens, even hundreds of thousands of percent. In How To Get A Meeting with Anyone, he not only gives Contact Marketing its name, but provides us with a definitive guide to what it is, how it works and has cataloged twenty categories of Contact Campaign types.
Heinecke is the host of Contact Marketing Radio, Founder and President of “Contact,” a Contact Marketing agency, and co-Founder of Cartoonists.org, a coalition of famed cartoonists dedicated to raising funds for charity, while raising the profile of the cartooning art form. He lives on an island in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife, Charlotte, and their dog, Bo.
EPISODE 17: Golf Personality | Social Media Influencer
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Episode 17 features Professional Golfer and Social Media Influencer Tisha Abrea. I came across Tisha last year and was impressed with her personality and style to help promote her uniqueness and grow her brand online. Besides her own brand (which she gives props to Paige Spiranac @_paige.renee for the push), she is working hard to bring the @womenwithdrive movement to light with her friend @nikkibgolf and promote the game to women of all ages.
As you’ll gather from our interview, Tisha has a tremendous personality and sense of humor and shares many stories of how she got into the game of golf, competing under pressure, advice to the younger athletes, and dancing…of course we discuss her dancing 🙂
I hope you all enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Tisha Abrea.
In Episode 16 I get a chance to speak with a talented musician and America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer recipient, Michael Ketterer. I saw Michael’s performance on AGT and was extremely inspired by his story as well as his great voice. I reached out to him and he graciously accepted the invite. Michael is a Pediatric Mental Health Nurse by trade and has been involved in music since his father exposed him to it when he was very young.
Michael and I speak about his childhood and how his father got him into music, his family as a great support system, getting a chance to be interviewed by Mario Lopez and of course we get some of his insight surrounding his life changing performance on America’s Got Talent. Here is the link to that performance if you haven’t seen it – Michael Ketterer on America’s Got Talent
Humbled to have the chance to speak with this guy given that he has been on every major show over the past couple of weeks.
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