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Featured Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Author, Speaker, and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons

Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit, talks with Bill Ringle about how to strengthen your management effectiveness by giving less advice.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • What it means when managers create an environment to stay focused, engaged, and learning as the standard
  • How to avoid being an advice-giving maniac
  • Tactics to get beyond the first answer to a deeper question (which is not the only answer and rarely the best answer)
  • Why your organization will become more productive when there is less of a rush to action
  • What makes up 50% of our waking behavior and rarely gets the attention it deserves

Expert Bio

Michael founded Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations all over the world do less Good Work and more Great Work. The Box of Crayons company is well known for their coaching programs thats help time-crunched managers coach in 10 minutes or less.

Michael left Australia 22 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he fell in love with a Canadian and explains why he now lives in Toronto. He is the author of Do More Great Work, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and several other books, including his most recent, The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever.

For more information, visit Michael’s website.

Contact Info for Michael Bungay Stanier

Web address: http://www.boxofcrayons.biz

Travels from: Toronto, ON

Phone: (416) 532-1322

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Steven-Snyder

Featured Interview with Steven Snyder

Founder, Management Expert and Author

Orono, MN

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How consulting offers a post-graduate education in business.
  • Details about the what leaders find in common while advancing their business goals: change, tension points, and feeling off-balance at times.
  • The importance and value of embracing one’s own struggle story as a way to greater authenticity, clarity, and power.
  • When success can make a lousy teacher.
  • Different types of blind spots that leaders typically face.
  • How working to solve the wrong problem can be corrected.

Expert Bio

Steven Snyder is the founder and managing director of Snyder Leadership Group.

Snyder joined Microsoft in 1983, when the company was in its infancy. His work there, praised by Bill Gates, secured the relationship with IBM during a crucial stage in Microsoft’s growth and helped shape the history of the personal computer industry. Promoted as Microsoft’s first business unit general manager, Snyder led the company’s Development Tool business, where his team won PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award on three occasions.

In 1996, Snyder co-founded Net Perceptions, where he commercialized “collaborative filtering” – a technology that enables the real-time personalized recommendations that have become central to the online shopping experience. This groundbreaking work won Snyder the first-ever World Technology Award for Commerce in 1999 for “contributing to the advance of emerging technologies for the benefit of business and society.”

Snyder holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Leadership and the Art of Struggle is his first book.

For more information, visit Steven’s website.

Contact Info for Steven Snyder

Web address: Snyderleadership.com

Travels From: Orono, MN

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Elaine Pofeldt

Featured Interview with Elaine Pofeldt

Independent journalist specializing in careers and entrepreneurship

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Keys to building great relationships with clients
  • How the criteria you use for evaluating opportunities change as you change your business vision
  • The central role of courage for succeeding as an entrepreneur
  • How trusting your observations and taking action lead to success
  • Important networking advice for corporate managers and leaders

Expert Bio

Elaine Pofeldt is an independent journalist who specializes in writing about careers and entrepreneurship. When she was a senior editor at Fortune Small Business magazine, she was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for her feature stories.

She went freelance in October 2007 and has since written for publications including Fortune Money Forbes and a variety of other print and online publications. At Crain’s New York Business, she is a contributing editor, focused on the weekly’s small business coverage. She writes a how-to column and one on startups, called Startup Scene. At Fortune, she writes a column called David vs. Goliath, looking at small companies that are taking on giant competitors.

Having built traffic Fortune Small Business Online from a fledgling site to one with 2 million to 5 million page views a month, she frequently draws on her experience to help clients improve their online presence. She also founded Fortune Small Business’s national Business Plan Competition and ran it for 5 years.

For more information, visit Elaine’s website.

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Mark-Levy

Featured Interview with Mark Levy

Author, Writer, Founder of Levy Innovation, and Magic Illusion Designer.

Clinton, NJ

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How one consultant’s business went from earning from about $1800 to over $ 100,000 each month.
  • Where Mark learned to differentiate products.
  • The single most important thing a business can do to have others seek them out for business.
  • What one consultant did to become #2 best-selling author on 800-CEO-Read.
  • How Jerry Garcia compares the Grateful Dead to licorice to help him think about marketing.
  • The “mentoring perspective” and how it helps stripe away generalizations and hyperbole.
  • What free writing can do for your business.
  • The importance of immersing yourself in reading.

Expert Bio

Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation LLC, a positioning firm that helps consultants, authors, and other thought leaders increase their fees by up to 2,000%.

  • Marshall Goldsmith, named by the London Times as one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world, says “Mark helped me understand who I am, establish my brand, and communicate my brand to the world.”
  • David Meerman Scott, who authored the biggest-selling social media book ever written, calls Mark “a positioning guru extraordinaire.”
  • TED speaker, Simon Sinek, says, “Mark helped me find my why.”
  • Fast Company “Expert Blogger” Cali Yost says: “Mark helped me rethink my entire business in a day. He’s a miracle worker.”

Before devoting his work fulltime to Levy Innovation, Mark served as Chief Marketing Officer at an Inc. 5000 experiential branding organization whose clients include Bank of America, Samsung, Time Warner, Tivo, and Harvard and Stanford Universities.

Mark has written for the New York Times, and has written or co-created five books. His latest book, “Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content,” has been published in eleven languages.

Mark has also taught research writing at Rutgers University.

In addition to being a positioning consultant, Mark creates magic tricks and shows. His work has been performed in Carnegie Hall and Las Vegas, and on all the major TV networks. He also co-created the off-Broadway show, “Chamber Magic,” which has played for twelve years, and is the longest-running one-person show in New York City.

For more information, visit Mark’s website.

Contact Info for Mark Levy

Web address: levyinnovation.com

Travels From: Clinton, NJ

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Featured Interview with Gerald Chertavian

Author, Founder/CEO Year Up

Boston, MA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What he is doing to redefine who is talented.
  • Why you should never “let them see you sweat.”
  • How sensitivity and respect lead to opportunity.
  • What skills companies are in demand of and how we can give those skills to America’s young adults.
  • That turning your avocation into your vocation is possible.

Expert Bio

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the opportunity divide that exists in our nation. To that end, he founded Year Up in 2000 and subsequently wrote the book A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs-With Real Success.

Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change. Gerald himself is the recipient of the 2003 Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Manhattan Institute and the 2005 Freedom House Archie R. Williams, Jr. Technology Award. In 2006, Gerald was elected as a Fellow with the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs, and in 2008, he was appointed by Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the MA State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Gerald began his career on Wall Street as an officer of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Following graduate school he co-founded Conduit Communications and fostered its growth to more than $20M in annual revenues and more than 130 employees in London, Amsterdam, New York and Boston. From 1993 to 1998, Conduit ranked as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. Following the sale of Conduit to i-Cube in 1999, Gerald turned his full attention to opportunities for others.

For more information, visit Gerald’s blog.

Contact Info for Gerald Chertavian

Web address: TheOpportunityMovement.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

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Victor-Hwang

Featured Interview with Victor Hwang

CEO, Co-Founder, and Author

Silicon Valley, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Why some places thrive and others struggle with comparable levels of talent pool and opportunity.
  • What is a trust network and why it matters.
  • The surprising key to an innovative ecosystem
  • A simple belief to cultivate that makes an ecosystem sustainable

Expert Bio

Victor Hwang is CEO, co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley venture firm that builds startup companies and the ecosystems that grow them. T2VC mentors and invests in innovative companies with breakthrough technologies. But unlike any other firm of its kind, T2VC also leverages the practical knowhow of company-building todesign innovation ecosystems around the world. This expertise includes capital formation, innovation policy, and entrepreneurial development for partners such as the World Bank, USAID, and numerous governments and corporations.

Victor is primary co-author of the book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2012), which explains how society can foster innovative economies.  The book has been praised as “an insightful, forward-thinking assessment of what makes Silicon Valley tick” (Kirkus Reviews) and “a detailed analysis of the power of environment on startup success” (Forbes).  Victor is author of the follow-up book, The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2013), a short, full-color, lively do-it-yourself guide to catalyze innovation in any company, organization, or region. Victor is also a contributing columnist to Forbes magazine, where he authors the blog Riffs from the Rainforest. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur.

Victor graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. with Honors, studying Government plus additional studies in Computer Science, Computer Architecture, and Operating Systems Design. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Chicago with a J.D. He was appointed as a Law Clerk in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1997 and served in national politics from 1995 to 1997.

For more information, visit Victor’s website.

Contact Info for Victor Hwang

Web address: Innovation Rainforest

Travels From: Silicon Valley, CA

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Dave-logan

Interview with Dave Logan

Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Culture Sync, Author New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What’s easy vs. important.
  • What to do if something unexpected comes along. 
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Expert Bio

Dave Logan studies how people communicate within a company — and how to harness our natural gifts to make change within organizations. He looks at emerging patterns of corporate leadership, organizational transformation, generational differences in the workplace, and team building for high-potential managers and executives.

He’s the co-founder and senior partner at CultureSync, a management consulting firm, and works with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofits. Much of CultureSync’s work is derived from a ten-year study of over 24,000 people published at Tribal Leadership (2008), which shows how organizational culture evolves over time and how leaders can nudge it forward.

For more information, view Dave on CultureSync.net

Contact Info for Dave Logan

Web address: CultureSync.net

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Michael Stanier

Featured Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Author, Speaker, and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons

Toronto, Canada

Michael Bungay Stanier talks with Bill Ringle about practical ways to do more great work instead of only good work.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The importance of structuring training that includes objectives for employee self-sufficiency
  • Understand what it means to great work vs. good work
  • Criteria for asking great questions
  • What effective coaching most resembles
  • How to overcome “hacking your own productivity systems”
  • When it makes sense NOT to coach as a manager

Expert Bio

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. On the way to founding Box of Crayons ten years ago, Michael lived in Australia, England, the US and now Canada. As an innovation expert he helped invent new products and services, and as a change management consultant he supported companies as they evolved.

He’s written a number of books, the best known of which are Do More Great Work and the philanthropic project End Malaria; created a series of short internet videos, such as The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun; and designed a wide range of training programs that are being used around the world.

He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar. An internationally acclaimed professional keynote speaker, Michael is a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences around the world, including International Coaching Federation conferences, the OD Network, the International Association of Facilitators, CSTD and SHRM. He’s also Thinker in Residence at Knowledge Blocks, a resource for readers of business books. He’s been the Creativity Coach for David Allen’s Getting Things Done online community.

For more information, visit Michael’s website.

Contact Info for Michael Bungay Stanier

Business Phone: 416-532-1322

Web address: BoxofCrayons.biz

Travels From: Toronto, Canada

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Featured Interview with Mike Figliuolo

Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Dublin, OH

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The distinction between managing and leading, advocated by Admiral Grace Mary Hooper
  • Stages to building a profitable, scalable training company
  • What leaders did to deepen trust and improve communications at a Fortune 100 company
  • Why boundaries are so elusive for leaders and how to make them work better
  • The mindset needed to grow your company in a short period of time

Expert Bio

Mike Figliuolo is the Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC, which he founded because he believes practitioners make the best instructors and because he has a passion for people development and organizational improvement. Mike’s book, One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership, is designed to help leaders define who they are and what their personal leadership philosophy is.

Before founding thoughtLEADERS, Mike was a United States Army Officer, a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, Group Manager at Capital One Financial, and Vice President of Strategic Planning at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. He was named the Columbus, Ohio Small Business Leader of the Year for 2010 by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Business First.

For more information, visit Mike’s website.

 

Contact Info for Mike Figliuolo

Business Phone: 804-241-9757

Web address: ThoughtLeadersLLC.com

Travels From: Columbus, OH

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Featured Interview with Michael Tchong

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Where Michael began his career
  • Why analytics will become increasingly important to companies in planning
  • The Ubertrends of multitasking and control freak that technology has created
  • What to look for in global competition
  • How it is smart to use the technology you write about for clients to gain an advantage in your own business
  • Favorite sources to study to learn about Ubertrends in society, technology, and global business

Michael Tchong talks with Bill Ringle about Ubertrends and how they are shaping our business opportunities and personal lives.

Change Agent and Founder of Social Revolution

San Francisco, CA

Expert Bio

Michael Tchong is an innovation specialist, change agent, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is the founder of five startups, including MacWEEK and ICONOCAST, and has pioneered ventures in desktop publishing, personal information management, internet analytics, and online marketing. His latest startup is Social Revolution®, which aims to reinvent America by crowdsourcing innovative solutions.

As a speaker, Michael uses his knowledge of marketing, media and technology to help audiences better grasp how massive waves, which he calls “Ubertrends,” are reshaping society, as well as the opportunities and innovations these Ubertrends propel. His ability to identify emerging trends was refined at such prestigious ad agencies as DDB and Chiat/Day. He is the author of Social Engagement Marketing, an easy-to-navigate guide to the world of social media.

For more information, visit Michael’s website.

Contact Info for Michael Tchong

Web address: MichaelTchong.com

Web address: ubercool.com

Travels From: San Francisco, CA

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Interview with Doug Conant

CEO of ConantLeadership and former CEO of Campbell Soup Co.

Philadelphia, PA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How getting fired can lead to new and better opportunities
  • What it means to “turn the coin over” when presented with a problem
  • The two top qualities of mind that set exceptional leaders apart from well-intentioned leaders
  • How you can use the criteria to win in the marketplace in your own business
  • What resulted from combining the social agenda with the value agenda at Cambell’s Soup for employees and other stakeholders
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Expert Bio

Doug Conant is the founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, which is dedicated to helping improve the quality of leadership in the 21st century. He is passionate about employee engagement and firmly believes in the importance of coming up with your own leadership model.

Doug was appointed President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company in 2001. Under his leadership, Campbell reversed a precipitous decline in market value and employee engagement; the company has won many recognitions since, including the prestigious 2010 Catalyst Award. When Doug retired in 2011, he received the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) 2011 Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance Award.

Doug joined Campbell with 25 years of experience from three of the world’s leading food companies: General Mills, Kraft and Nabisco. He began his career in 1976 in marketing at General Mills. After 10 years, he moved to Kraft where he held top management positions in marketing and strategy. Immediately prior to coming to Campbell, he was President of the $3.5 billion Nabisco Foods Company where he led his team to improved marketplace performance and five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth.

During his tenure at Campbell, Doug established the Campbell CEO Institute to train the company’s future leaders and ensure that the company’s highest-potential employees were well-equipped to handle the challenges and surprises that inevitably create a leader’s impact and legacy.

He is now a sought-after speaker on leading with integrity and other business topics, and is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments.

For more information, visit Doug’s website.

 

Contact Info for Doug Conant

Web address: ConantLeadership.com

Travels From: Philadelphia, PA

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Featured Interview with Mette Norgaard

Strategic Leadership and Learning Expert and Author

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What leaders who care about the human side of business can be observed doing regularly
  • How the Finnish Broadcasting situation was turned around one lunch conversation at a time
  • What distinguishes a conversation from a Touchpoint opportunity
  • Why sharing your “code” with your team can make you a better leader
  • How to combine your words and energy in an interaction to produce extraordinary impact
  • What you can do to sidestep the myth of “no time to slow down”

Expert Bio

Mette Norgaard, Ph. D., MBA, is an expert on strategic leadership and learning. She works with executives to design and deliver learning solutions that advance the company’s strategy. She has also designed and participated in executive dialogues and workshops with thought leaders such as Stephen Covey, Jim Collins, John Katzenbach, Rob Goffee, Margaret Wheatley, and Ram Charan.

Over the years, Mette has taught thousands of leaders from a wide range of organizations, including Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, GE Capital, Estée Lauder, the US Armed Forces, and Harley-Davidson. In addition, she has worked closely with the executive teams at companies like Metro International, Pandora Jewelry, and Finnish Broadcasting. Finally, she has been a long-term partner on the development of high-potential leaders at companies like Campbell and Microsoft.

Her latest book, co-authored with Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell, is TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. She is also the author of the international bestseller The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work: Wisdom for the Workplace from the Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, which has been published in many languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese.

Prior to starting her own practice, Mette worked with FranklinCovey Co for ten years. She was the director of Principle-Centered Leadership Week, an executive retreat at Sundance, UT. In addition, she was part of a small team of consultants who led large-scale change processes for Fortune 500 firms and the US Government. Before joining FranklinCovey Co, Mette served as a leader in both healthcare and manufacturing, and she knows first-hand the incessant pressures to do more with less and do it faster.

For more information, visit Mette’s website.

Contact Info for Mette Norgaard

Web address: MetteNorgaard.com

Travels From: New York, NY

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Interview with Fred Catona

Chief Marketing Strategist for Bulldozer Digital

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The most memorable lesson he learned from Priceline founder, Jay Walker
  • Why having a message foundation is the critical step to get right for a marketer
  • How to leverage the speed and feedback advantages of direct response radio advertising
  • What role the trust agent plays in marketing for businesses that range from medical practices to travel, especially if you have a skeptial audience
  • What specific criteria you can use to decide if radio advertising can help you grow your business

Expert Bio

Fred Catona is the Founder and Chief Marketing Strategist for Bulldozer Digital, a full-service advertising and marketing company that specializes in Digital Convergence Marketing. Fred has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Entrepreneur Magazine and over 100 TV, radio, magazine and online media outlets.

After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, Fred taught school for twelve years during which time he became an award-winning teacher and successful coach. During the later part of his teaching career, he started The Taste of Philadelphia which became one of the first companies to ship perishable food products overnight nationally.

In 1993, Fred founded Radio Direct Response, the first advertising company to focus solely on radio as its advertising medium. Fred developed and pioneered Direct Response Radio, an extremely effective method to generate sales and sales leads. DRR is easily manageable, measurable and cost effective.

Jay Walker, the Founder of Priceline.com, turned to Fred and Radio Direct Response in 1995 to launch Priceline.com whose valuation grew to $20 billion in just 18 months. RDR has had numerous successful advertising campaigns with other notable companies such as Free Credit Report.com and Disneyonline.

Fred is currently plowing new fields by drawing upon his vast expertise in Direct Response Radio, and its immense lead generating capabilities, by developing a natural progression into the digital world with Radio-Digital Convergence Marketing.

In addition to his executive responsibilities with his companies, Fred does consulting and is a frequent guest speaker. He has also long time active member of Big Brothers of America.

Visit Fred’s Wikipedia page for more information.

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Featured Interview with Kendra Lee

Author and Founder of the KLA Group

Denver, CO

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to set criteria for overcoming your self-doubt
  • Who to ask for business advice (and who can’t give you helpful advice, even if more convenient)
  • Looking beyond cold calling for lead generation
  • How a $5 MM lab simulation company got out of their own way and doubled revenue
  • The big breakthrough for a $100 MM security company
  • Why campaign success cannot be measured after a single event or e-mail, and how to really make it work

Expert Bio

Kendra Lee, owner-president of KLA Group, is a prospecting prodigy and virtual sales magnet who advises and trains mid-market companies to generate leads, prospect and sell to mid-market companies in innovative ways that breakthrough common sales and prospecting barriers.

Named one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers for 2012 by Top Sales World, Top 25 Influential Leaders in Sales for 2012 by Inside View, and Faculty Chair in Prospecting and Lead Generation for the Sales Training Institute, she is author of the award-winning book, Selling Against the Goal and The Sales Magnet (coming January 2013).

Her clients have included Apple, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and countless mid-market companies.

For more information, visit Kendra’s website.

Contact Info for Kendra Lee

Web address: KLAGroup.com

Travels From: Denver, CO

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Featured Interview with Orvel Ray Wilson

Bestselling Author and Certified Speaking Professional on Guerrilla Selling

Boulder, CO

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How insisting on a meeting with a decision maker led to a great friendship and business partnership with Jay Levinson
  • What Red Bull did to break into the London bar scene
  • Economic trends that every business owner can use for growth
  • The business growth leverage opportunity in upgrading the skills of your team

Expert Bio

A full-time professional speaker since 1980, Orvel Ray Wilson has led more than a thousand large-audience seminars, custom training events and on-site workshops. His first book, Guerrilla Selling, published in 1991, became a bestselling classic, and made his name as an innovator in sales and marketing. As Senior Partner in The Guerrilla Group, he built with his team a multi-million dollar seminar company and conducted hundreds of public and private training programs for clients all over the US, Europe, and Australia.

Orvel Ray, together with co-authors Mark S. A. Smith and Jay Conrad Levinson, expanded the Guerrilla Marketing franchise to include Guerrilla Trade Show Selling, Guerrilla TeleSelling, Guerrilla Negotiating, and Guerrilla Retailing, and numerous audio and video programs distributed worldwide. The Guerrilla series now includes 47 titles with 21 million books sold worldwide in 61 languages.

Today, Orvel Ray shows sales teams “How to Sell More at Higher Prices”. He is a Certified Speaking Professional, and speaks to sales meetings, dealer meetings, trade shows, association conventions and small-business groups about unconventional sales and marketing tactics that build business. His programs draw standing ovations and rave reviews from audiences worldwide. He was voted one of the Top5 Sales and Marketing Speakers in America for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

For more information, visit Orvel Ray’s website.

Contact Info for Orvel Ray Wilson

Web address: GuerrillaGroup.com

Travels From: Boulder, CO

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Featured Interview with Nick Sarillo

Author, Speaker, and CEO of Nick’s Pizza & Pub

Chicago, IL

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The most important aspect of a business is not it’s product or people or process, but another “p” word
  • The importance of making your company values current and present to each employee so that employees can use values in day-to-day decision making
  • The case of the burned bottom pizza, and the broader lessons any business owner can draw from it
  • Why you need to oversee multiple health dimensions of a business for all stakeholders
  • What exceptional factors drives higher profits and lower turnover in a traditionally slim margin and low commitment business that you can model in your business

Expert Bio

Nick Sarillo is the founder and CEO of Nick’s Pizza & Pub, the sixth busiest independent pizza company in per-store sales in the United States. Founded with the purpose of providing the community with an unforgettable place where families could relax and have fun, Nick’s Pizza & Pub has margins nearly twice that of the average pizza restaurant and boasts an 80 percent employee retention rate in an industry in which the average annual turnover is over 150 percent.

A regular speaker at entrepreneurship and HR conferences, Sarillo credits his company’s success to his purpose-driven culture. Nick is also the author of A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business, which offers small business owners a handbook for creating a culture that will support a business through good times and bad – even in an industry where turnover is high, expectations are low, and a college degree is not required.

For more information, visit Nick’s website.

Contact Info for Nick Sarillo

Web address: NickSarillo.com

Travels From: Chicago, IL

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Featured Interview with Carol Roth

Business Strategist and Bestselling Author

Chicago, IL

Carol Roth talks with Bill Ringle about tough love for entrepreneurs.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The importance of re-evaluating business models from a non-emotional basis
  • How to think about what “good risk” means
  • A secret to successful business planning that separates thriving businesses from business casualties
  • How the Rule of 3x lets you budget resources, and more importantly, manage expectations better
  • Why scalability is so important to think about as an end goal

Expert Bio

Carol Roth is a business strategist, content producer, deal maker, former investment banker, and author of the New York Times bestselling book The Entrepreneur Equation. Carol has worked with hundreds of companies, ranging from a single entrepreneur with an idea to Fortune 500 businesses, on all aspects of business and financial strategy. Collectively, she has helped her clients raise more than $1 billion in capital, complete $750+ million in mergers and acquisitions, secure high-profile licensing and partnership deals and create 7-figure brand loyalty programs.

Carol is known for her tough love style – she tells it like it is, but as she says, she will give you a hug afterwards. She draws upon her broad experience base to provide advice ranging from the business basics to the bold (think firing your customers) with a fresh, no-holds-barred approach. She refers to her advisory style as the “Spinach in Your Teeth®” philosophy, warning business owners to never trust anyone who won’t tell them that they have spinach stuck in their teeth.

She is a frequent radio, television and print media contributor on the topics of business and entrepreneurship, appearing regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, Fox Business, and WGN TV Chicago, among others. To supplement her active media participation, Carol has completed media and improv training with The Second City, the leading improvisational comedy school in the US. Her Unsolicited Business Advice blog at CarolRoth.com was recently named as one of the Top 10 small business blogs online, and she herself was named a 2011 Top 100 Small Business Influencer. Carol is a contributing blogger to outlets like The Huffington Post, AllBusiness.com, and Crain’s Chicago Business/Enterprise City.

For more information, visit Carol’s website.

Contact Info for Carol Roth

Web address: CarolRoth.com

Travels From: Chicago, IL

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Featured Interview with Les McKeown

Founder and CEO of Predictable Success

Marblehead, MA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The causes of complexity in a growing business
  • The 7-stage lifecycle of a business
  • How to achieve the key balance between systems and processes vs.  creativity and innovation
  • Overcoming the arithmetic extension myth

Expert Bio

Les McKeown is the President & CEO of Predictable Success. In this role, he advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth and speaks to Fortune 500 companies about his breakthrough strategies.

Prior to founding Predictable Success, Les established himself as a serial founder/owner in the global business spectrum, starting more than 40 companies, in addition to being the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide.

Les is the author of Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track—and Keeping It There and of THE SYNERGIST: Leading Your Team to Predictable Success. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, BBC, and CNN, and in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today,and The New York Times.

For more information, visit Les’s website.

Contact Info for Les McKeown

Business Phone: 617-237-0235

Web address: PredictableSuccess.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

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rory vaden

Featured Interview with Rory Vaden

Bestselling Author, Self-Discipline Strategist, and Co-Founder of Southwestern Consulting

Nashville, TN

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The paradox principle, in which easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences.
  • Why balance is not something that high performers make a top priority.
  • What to focus on to have great fitness, great relationships, and great finances.
  • The perspective of peace as a form of wealth that is undervalued in society.
  • Daily habits that lead to high focus and productivity.

Expert Bio

Rory Vaden is a self-discipline strategist and the Co-Founder of Southwestern Consulting, which works with organizations, companies, and individuals on leveraging self-discipline to create extraordinary performance.

His book Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success is a #1 Wall St. Journal, #1 Amazon, and #2 New York Times bestseller. He is a two-time world champion of public speaking finalist for Toastmasters International and is currently on a “Take the Stairs World Tour” where he is taking the stairs to the top of the 10 tallest buildings in the world to raise money for America’s high schools.

Rory is a regular contributor to several publications, including the Huffington Post, and has been featured on Oprah radio, Fox news, CNN, in BusinessweekThe Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

For more information, visit Rory’s website.

Contact Info for Rory Vaden

Business Phone (Southwestern Consulting): 877-589-0606 ext 704

Web address: RoryVaden.com

Travels From: Nashville, TN

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sam richter

Featured Interview with Sam Richter

Bestselling Author and Award-winning Sales and Marketing Expert

Minnetonka, MN

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How information gives you a competitive advantage with your own confidence.
  • Tips and tricks for accessing specific sites and finding important file types online.
  • Where to go to access exclusive and very expensive database resources at no charge.
  • The importance of recognizing and developing your skills with both the art and science of online research.

Expert Bio

Sam Richter is an internationally recognized expert on sales, marketing, and reputation management. His award-winning experience includes building innovative technology, sales, and marketing programs for start-up companies and some of the world’s most famous brands.

He is the author of the bestselling book Take the Cold Out of Cold Calling, named the 2012 “Sales Book of the Year” by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals, as well as a “USA Book News Winner” and a “Sales Book Awards Silver Medalist.”

Sam is founder and CEO of SBR Worldwide/Know More! and SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at ActiFi, a software and solutions firm serving the financial services industry. He was named by InsideView as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Sales, and he was also named as one of the Top Chief Marketing Officers on Twitter.

For more than six years, Sam was president of a not-for-profit business library, where he led the transformation of an eighty-five-year-old private, non-profit business research organization into a nationally renowned institution serving entrepreneurs and small businesses via cutting edge online resources. Sam has created programs for companies including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball, Northwest Airlines (Delta), Kraft/Nabisco, Polaris Industries, National Geographic, 3M, Brunswick, and other large and small firms.

For his marketing work, Sam has won numerous regional, national and international marketing awards including Best of Show and Gold Awards, Webby Awards, and a Gold Award at the International Film Festival. He’s also won a Retail Vision Award and a Codie Award “the “Oscars” of the software industry” for Best E-commerce Software. He is a member of the Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” list honoring the top Minnesota business leaders under the age of forty. He also was a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year and he’s one of the more highly recommended persons on LinkedIn.

For more information, visit Sam’s website.

Contact Info for Sam Richter

Business Phone: 612-655-3397

Web address: SamRichter.com

Travels From: Minneapolis, MN

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josh linkner

Featured Interview with Josh Linkner

Bestselling Author and Founder and CEO, Detroit Venture Partners

Detroit, MI

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How creativity is the new currency of success
  • The most exciting news about creativity (hint: it’s something we can all tap within ourselves)
  • What one corporation did to encourage calculated risk-taking among all employees
  • What creating an arch enemy does for boosting creativity at all levels in a company
  • A novel technique for overcoming timid ideas in brainstorming sessions

Expert Bio

Josh Linkner is the New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011. He is also the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners where, together with business partners Earvin “Magic” Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, Josh is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship.

Josh is the Founder, Chairman, and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world providing digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands, and has founded three other successful technology companies. He is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan.

He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Detroit News Michiganian of the Year, and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Josh is a regular columnist for Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Josh is also a Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist who performs regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States. Most importantly, Josh is on a mission to make the world more creative.

For more information, visit Josh’s website.

Contact Info for Josh Linkner

Business Phone: 760-603-8110

Web address: JoshLinkner.com

Travels From: Detroit, MI

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Books by Josh Linkner

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Featured Interview with Stephen Shapiro

Innovation Evangelist and Bestselling Author

Quincy, MA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What a difference it makes to realize that all businesses are in the marketing business
  • How cracking the PR code boosts your visibility to prospects
  • A secret of running a profitable business is keeping your overhead low
  • What it means to “think inside the box” and to “define a better box”

Stephen Shapiro talks with Bill Ringle about building an innovative practice to serve large companies with big ideas.

Expert Bio

Stephen Shapirois one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation. Over the past twenty years, his message to hundreds of thousands of people in over 40 countries around the world has focused on how to enable innovation by bringing together divergent points of view in an efficient manner.

Stephen has shared his philosophy in books such as 24/7 InnovationThe Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas, Personality Poker, and Goal-Free Living. He led a 20,000 person process and innovation practice during his 15 year tenure with Accenture. And his Personality Poker® system has been used by more than 50,000 people around the world to create high-performing innovation teams.

His latest book, Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out Innovate the Competition, has been featured by many major media outlets, was selected as the best innovation and creativity book of 2011 by 800-CEO-READ, and was the #1 best selling business book in Canada.

His work has been featured in NewsweekEntrepreneur MagazineO-The Oprah MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  His clients include Staples, GE, NASA, BP, Johnson & Johnson, The United States Air Force, Fidelity Investments, Pearson Education, Nestlé, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

For more information, visit Stephen’s website.

Contact Info for Stephen Shapiro

Business Phone: 617-379-1177

Web address: SteveShapiro.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

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Books by Stephen Shapiro

    

nathan kievman

Featured Interview with Nate Kievman

Founder and CEO of Linked Strategies

Wichita, KS

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Some of the standards you must clear to be considered a thought leader
  • The power of saying “no” to opportunities and how it helps you grow your business
  • What “platform maturity” allows you as an expert to do to serve even a larger customer base
  • How to convey trust, authority, and credibility using your LinkedIn profile
  • Emerging trends with LinkedIn that will allow businesses to build a larger platform in even less time than before

Expert Bio

Nathan Kievman is the Founder and CEO of Linked Strategies and creates cutting-edge business solutions maximizing all of the power of social media platforms. Considered one of the leading authorities on social media and LinkedIn, Nathan has a robust following as the owner of the number one LinkedIn Strategies Group on LinkedIn. He has taught more than 35,000 people how to master the platform.

Nathan is the executive editor of LI & Business, now with more than 14.5 million subscribers. He has authored three books on the topic, including the currently available LinkedIn Mastery: An All Inclusive Guide to Mastering LinkedIn. Nathan presented as the keynote speaker on Social Media Strategy for the National Speakers Association winter meetings in 2011.

For more information, visit Nathan’s website.

Contact Info for Nathan Kievman

Business Phone: 800-946-7804 or 316-942-1111

Web address: LinkedStrategies.com

Travels From: Wichita, KS

Connect with Nathan:
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Featured Interview with Adam Witty

Adam Witty talks with Bill Ringle about how to build your business through book publishing.

Founder and CEO, Advantage Media Group

Charleston, SC

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The advantages you gain by being a published author.
  • What steps Adam took to land his first group of clients.
  • Insights into how the book publishing industry has changed and what’s really necessary to succeed in building a platform.

Expert Bio

Adam Witty is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Media Group, heading up strategic business development and growth opportunities for the company. What began in the spare bedroom of his home is now an international media company with leading businesses in book publishing, magazine publishing, and television and video.

Adam is the Publisher of Advantage Magazine, is the author of 21 Ways to Build Your Business with a Book and 21 Ways to Build Your Business with a Magazine, and is co-author of How To Build Your Dental Practice With a BookHow to Build Your Law Practice with a Book and Click: The Ultimate Guide to Internet Marketing for Authors. His weekly television shows Author Advantage TV™ and Entrepreneurs Library TV™ can be seen on the internet television station Advantage.tv.

Adam is an in-demand speaker, teacher, and consultant on marketing and business development techniques for entrepreneurs and authors and is a frequent guest on the acclaimed Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour. Adam has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Young Money Magazine, and on ABC and Fox and was named to the 2011 INC. Magazine 30 Under 30 “list of America’s most cool entrepreneurs.”

For more information, visit Adam’s website.

Contact Info for Adam Witty

Business Phone: 843-414-5600

Web address: AdvantageFamily.com

Travels From: Charleston, SC

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melinda blau

Featured Interview with Melinda Blau

Journalist and Author

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The advantages of striking up converstations with strangers in business.
  • How having consequential strangers in your life adds both variety to your perspective and dollars to your bottom line.
  • What to do to add consequential strangers in your life when you relocate or visit a new city.
  • How to overcome your shyness and other factors that have held you back from reaching out.

Expert Bio

Melinda Blau is a journalist who has been researching and reporting about relationships and social trends since the seventies. Her most recent book is Consequential Strangers: The Power of People Who Don’t Seem to Matter…But Really Do, which explores the vast and unsung array of everyday people, on and off the Internet, who have a profound impact on our business success, happiness, and health.

Melinda is the voice of the Consequential Strangers blog and has written more than ninety magazine pieces and a dozen other books, including the best-selling Baby Whisperer series. She also blogs for Psychology Today and More magazines and writes a bi-monthly column for Shareable. Melinda is a mother and grandmother, and the co-founder of Mother U, a website for contemporary women of both generations.

For more information, visit Melinda’s website.

Contact Info for Melinda Blau

Web address: ConsequentialStrangers.com

Travels From: New York, NY

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Featured Interview with Anita Campbell

Founder and CEO, Anita Campbell Associates Ltd.

Cleveland, OH

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How she made the successful transition from the corporate world to being a successful entrepreneur.
  • What other entrepreneurs want from learning materials and networking.
  • Four trends that are driven by different forces and are shaping what tools and strategies entrepreneurs use to grow.

Expert Bio

Anita Campbell is a small business expert who serves as CEO of Anita Campbell Associates Ltd, a woman-owned consulting firm helping companies and organizations reach the small business market. Prior to starting her own businesses in 2001, Anita held a variety of senior executive positions in the corporate world, including Senior Vice President of Bell & Howell Publishing Services, culminating in the role of CEO of an information technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell.

As Publisher of several online media properties and syndicated content, Anita reaches over 1 million small business owners and entrepreneurs annually. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, and hosts Small Business Trends Radio, where she interviews other small business experts.

Anita is a prolific writer and a regular speaker at small business, marketing and technology events. Her new book, Visual Marketing, was published in September, 2011. In addition to her own publications, her articles and columns have been published at places such as Inc Technology, OPEN Forum, and Success Magazine. Her expertise is often sought by the media, and she is quoted in The New York TimesFortuneUSA Today, and many other outlets.

For more information, visit Anita’s website.

Contact Info for Anita Campbell

Business Phone: 330-242-1893

Web address: AnitaCampbell.com

Web address: SmallBizTrends.com

Travels From: Cleveland, OH

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Books by Anita Campbell

colleen francis

Interview with Colleen Francis

Sales Expert and Member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame

Ottawa, Canada

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How she decided to leave a successful career to start her business
  • The shipping company case study, where small spot sales were converted to larger, more frequent sales
  • What hurdles companies need to clear in order to approach sales with greater effectiveness
  • A practical tip for helping salespeople move outside their comfort zone
  • The importance of dispelling the myth that selling is an innate skill, so your business can grow
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Expert Bio

Colleen Francis is driven by a passion for sales – and results. A successful sales professional for over 20 years, Colleen has studied the habits of the top 10% of sales performers from organizations of all sizes and shapes – from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. She has complemented conventional sales wisdom with proven sales strategies that get results in today’s tough economy.

Through her company, Engage Selling Solutions, Colleen has condensed this winning formula into an internationally acclaimed sales training system, helping sales professionals everywhere to make an immediate and lasting impact to their results. Her services are regularly sought by leading organizations throughout the world including RBC, Adecco, Bell, Dow Chemical, HelmsBriscoe, Wilhelmsen and many others.

Colleen has been distinguished as a Certified Sales Professional, is a past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and is a member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. Sales and Marketing Magazine has called Colleen and Engage Selling “one of the top 5 most effective sales training organizations in the market today.”

For more information, visit Colleen’s website.

Contact Info for Colleen Francis

Business Phone: 877-Engage-U (364-2438)

Web address: EngageSelling.com

Travels From: Ottawa, Canada

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Interview with Joan Pagano

Author and Founder, Joan Pagano Fitness

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The importance of continuous marketing.
  • How measuring concrete results really does make a difference to business growth.
  • That there really is time in your busy workday to exercise well.
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Expert Bio

Joan Pagano is the author of best-selling fitness books, an informational speaker on health and fitness topics, and the owner of Joan Pagano Fitness in New York City.

Former trainer to Jacqueline Onassis and Caroline Kennedy, Joan has provided professional guidance to people at all levels of fitness since 1988, creating hundreds of training programs for individuals, groups, fitness facilities, schools, hospitals and corporations.

Joan is an authority on the benefits of exercise for women’s health issues such as pregnancy, breast cancer, menopause and osteoporosis as well as strength training through the decades. She has contributed to such publications as SHAPEHealth, FitnessOxygen and Vitality magazines,The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and The Cleveland Plain Dealer among many others and has made national and regional TV appearances.

Formerly the Director of the Personal Trainer Certification Program at Marymount Manhattan College, Joan now manages her own staff of fitness trainers. She is a spokesperson for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the world’s largest association for fitness and wellness professionals. Joan is certified in Health and Fitness Instruction by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of Connecticut College. She has completed seven marathons.

For more information, visit the Joan Pagano Fitness website.

Contact Info for Joan Pagano

Business Phone: 212-722-8116
Web address: JoanPaganoFitness.com
Travels From: New York, NY
Follow Joan: Twitter

Books by Joan Pagano

 

debbie allen

Interview with Debbie Allen

Serial Entrepreneur, Certified Speaking Professional, and Author

Scottsdale, AZ

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How focusing on a key strategy creates great business momentum.
  • The power of finding the right joint venture partners.
  • What crystal clear ideas and an authentic heart base can do for your business.
  • The reality behind becoming successful as an information marketer.
  • >>> Special offer to participate in an upcoming P3 Epic Event <<<
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Expert Bio

Debbie Allen, The Millionaire Entrepreneur Business Builder, works with clients around the world as an international business speaker and marketing mentor. Her expertise helps entrepreneurs achieve dramatic results with their branding, online marketing and overall business success blueprint.

As a highly successful serial entrepreneur starting at age 19, Debbie developed multiple million dollar companies in diverse industries including mini-storage, real estate, retail, professional speaking, marketing consultation, information marketing and event businesses.

She is an author of five books on business and personal development including her best seller, Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters.

Debbie has presented before thousands of people in over 20 countries around the world and is one of the top 5% of professional women speakers worldwide to have achieved the honor of Certified Speaking Professional from both the National Speakers Association and the International Speakers Federation. She has also been nominated as an Entrepreneur Leader of the World 2011.

For more information, visit Debbie’s website.

Contact Info for Debbie Allen

Business Phone: 480-634-7691

Web address: DebbieAllen.com

Travels From: Phoenix, AZ

Follow Debbie: Twitter

Books by Debbie Allen

scott klososky

Interview with Scott Klososky

Author, Social Technology Expert, and Founder of Alkami Technology

Detroit, MI

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How a dyslexic boss showed how to find a willing market and build a business from the ground up
  • What it took to sell to larger companies as a startup
  • Mistakes made and lessons learned from overly ambitious business expansion
  • What CEOs need to know now about leadership skills in the age of digital marketing and social media
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Expert Bio

Scott Klososky, a former CEO of three successful startup companies, currently serves as founder and Chairman of the Board of Alkami Technology, which focuses on providing online account management solutions to the financial services industry. Scott also works with senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to universities and nonprofits, including Cisco, Ebay, Volvo, and the American Payroll Association. He helps his clients integrate social technologies into their strategic direction as well as improve their utilization of technology as a tool.

Scott is the author of three books: The Velocity Manifesto: Harnessing Technology, Vision and Culture to Future Proof Your Organization, Enterprise Social Technologies: Helping Organizations Harness the Power of Social Media, Social Networking, Social Relevancy, and Managing with Social Technology, a McGraw Hill Brief Case Series Book that is targeted specifically at giving managers a roadmap for implementing and using social tools in order to improve productivity and results.

For more information, visit Scott’s website.

Contact Info for Scott Klososky

Business Phone: 405-359-3910

Web address: http://www.fpov.com/scott-speaks/

Travels From: Detroit, MI

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Books by Scott Klososky

maribeth kuzmeski

Interview with Maribeth Kuzmeski

Consultant, Speaker, and President of Red Zone Marketing

Grayslake, IL

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The tremendous impact an ideal client can have in growing your business.
  • How mentors can accelerate your growth and catapault your income.
  • How focusing on continuous improvement with your messaging and delivery creates a memorable brand.
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Expert Bio

Maribeth Kuzmeski and her firm, Red Zone Marketing, consult and speak for businesses from financial services firms to Fortune 500 corporations on strategic marketing planning and business growth. An internationally recognized speaker, Maribeth shares the tactics that businesspeople use today to create more sustainable business relationships, sales, and marketing successes.

She is also an international keynote speaker, a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and a regular media contributor who appears on Fox, ABC, and NBC and in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.

Maribeth has written 5 books including the bestsellers …And The Clients Went Wild! and The Connectors.

For more information, visit Maribeth’s website.

Contact Info for Maribeth Kuzmeski

Business Phone: 847.367.4066

Web address: RedZoneMarketing.com

Travels From: Chicago, IL

Follow Maribeth: Twitter

Books by Maribeth Kuzmeski

lee colan

Interview with Lee Colan

Bestselling Author and President of The L Group, Inc.

Plano, TX

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • About making the leap from a corporate OD/HR position to self-employment<
  • How important it is to get the franchise prototype right before scaling a business
  • How to stay clear on what’s important vs. what’s urgent
  • About avoiding the insidious trap as a leader of “Oh, I can do it quicker myself.”
  • How an energy company grew from 23 people to Fortune 500 status in less than a decade
  • The most important aspect of a leader that must be shared in order for a company to grow
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Expert Bio

Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is President of The L Group, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based consulting firm. He is a high-energy, expert leadership advisor who has built a track record of successfully managing the challenges of rapid organizational change. Many companies have experienced the positive impact of Lee’s practical approach, including FedEx, the American Heart Association, and Texas Instruments.

Lee has authored 10 rapid-read books, including the bestseller Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence, which illuminates how the highest-achieving people and teams sharpen their focus, build their competence, and ignite their passion through adherence. He has also created or co-created over 200 products that elevate leaders at every level. Lee’s e-newsletter, The LETTER, and his popular column, Leadership Insights (check your local City Business Journal), reach tens of thousands of readers weekly. Additionally, Lee’s articles and practical advice have appeared in a wide variety of print and electronic outlets, and he delievers turbo-charged presentations and workshops to a broad range of audiences.

For more information, visit Lee’s website.

Contact Info for Lee J. Colan

Business Phone: 972-250-9989

Web address: TheLGroup.com

Travels From: Dallas, TX

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Books by Lee J. Colan

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Interview with Tom Searcy

Founder & CEO, Hunt Big Sales

Fishers, IN

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to build systems that allow you to repeat your successes.
  • How to minimize risk in going after big sales.
  • The advantages of tracking your success through the measurable success of your clients.
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Expert Bio

Tom Searcy, the foremost expert in large account selling, has made a career out of doing big deals and creating explosive growth. By the age of 40, he had lead four corporations, transforming annual revenues of less than $15 million to as much as $200 million in each case.

As the founder and CEO of Hunt Big Sales, a fast-growth consultancy and thought leadership organization, he’s helped clients transform the way they do business and close deals they would have never thought possible. With Tom’s guidance, Hunt Big Sales clients have closed more than $4 billion in new sales with 190 of the Fortune 500 companies, including 3M, Disney, Chase Bank, International Paper, AT&T, Apple and hundreds more.

Tom is a successful speaker who shares the secrets behind explosive sales growth with audiences around the world. As a regular contributor to the Inc. Magazine conferences and Vistage International, the leading organization for CEO thought leadership, he’s introduced more than 5000 CEOs to the concepts that can lead to their biggest deals ever.

He is the author of RFPs Suck! How to Master the RFP System Once and for All to Win Big Business, the co-author of Whale Hunting: How to Land Big Sales and Transform Your Company, and regularly blogs about sales strategies and techniques.

For more information, visit him on the Hunt Big Sales website.

Contact Info for Tom Searcy

Business Name: Hunt Big Sales
Business Phone: 317-816-HFBS (4327)
Web address: Hunt Big Sales
Travels From: Indianapolis, IN
Follow Tom: Twitter

Books by Tom Searcy

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Interview with Eric Taylor

President of Eric Taylor Consulting Group, Author, and Speaker

Millstone, NJ

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The characteristics needed to be successful in personal marketing and selling.
  • How Eric promoted Jeffrey Gittomer’s seminars for success.
  • The lesson of asking, “How can I provide value first?”
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Expert Bio

Eric Taylor started his “professional sales career” at the age of seventeen, selling pots and pans door-to-door in New Jersey and went on to build a successful seven-figure entertainment company while in college. He is now the President and Chief Collaboration Officer at Eric Taylor Consulting Group, a training, coaching, and consulting organization specializing in sales training, sales coaching, small business marketing, employee motivation, leadership and personal development.

Eric is also the co-author of the Mastering the World series of books, which includes Mastering the World of Selling and Mastering the World of Marketing. His new book, Life Lessons from Superman, is due out in March 2012.

For more information, visit Eric’s website.

Contact Info for Eric Taylor

Business Phone: 732-236-1858

Web address: EmpowermentGroup.com

Travels From: New York, NY

Follow Eric:Twitter

Books by Eric Taylor


 

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Interview with Dianna Booher

Author, Award-winning Speaker, and CEO of Booher Consultants

Colleyville, TX

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How a Fortune 100 corportation helped launch her business.
  • Mistakes to avoid when running a business meeting.
  • What makes communication more powerful than simply sharing information.
  • The relationship between how you deliver the message and the impact it has on your audience.
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Expert Bio

Dianna Booher founded Booher Consultants in 1980 to lead organizations to increase their productivity through effective communication. Since then, Dianna and her trainers have taken her communication principles and techniques to hundreds of organizations on six continents, including IBM, PepsiCo, Verizon, and the U.S. Senate.

Dianna herself has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including induction into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Additionally, Successful Meetings magazine named Dianna on its list of 21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.

Dianna is the author of 45 books, published in 23 countries and 16 languages. Her latest title is Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader. Executive Excellence Publishing named her as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of the “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development.” She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and Entrepreneur, among many other national radio programs, TV programs, and newspapers.

For more information, visit Dianna’s website.

Contact Info for Dianna Booher

Business Phone: 817-318-6000

Web Address: Booher.com

Travels From: Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Follow Dianna: Twitter

Books by Dianna Booher


 

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Interview with Andrew Keen

Internationally Recognized Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author

Santa Rosa, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The inside story on audiocafe.com, an early Silicon Valley Internet start-up.
  • The single most important key to a start-up succeeding.
  • How the market will tell you the brutal truth about your company or idea, and why it’s best to learn it sooner rather than later.
  • What’s lost through participation in Internet communitites in terms of human relationships.
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Expert Bio

Andrew Keen, is an entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and public speaker. He is the author of the international hit CULT OF THE AMATEUR: How the Internet is Killing our Culture, which was short-listed for the Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year Award. As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company.

He is currently the host of the “Keen On” show on TechCrunch TV, where he interviews leading opinion makers from the worlds of technology, media and policy. Andrew is also an acclaimed speaker on the international circuit, speaking regularly on the impact of new technology on 21st century business, education and society. Andrew’s new book about the social media revolution, Digital Vertigo: An Anti-Social Manifesto, is coming out in 2012.

For more information, visit Andrew’s website.

Contact Info for Andrew Keen

Web address: AJKeen.com

Travels From: San Francisco, CA

Follow Andrew: Twitter

 

Books by Andrew Keen

troy hazard

Interview with Troy Hazard

Author, Speaker, and Former Global President of the Entrepreneur’s Organization

San Diego, CA and Brisbane, Australia

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The importance of engaging your customers
  • Specific tools you can use to future-proof your business
  • An example of how to listen to your team to gain credibility
  • The evolution of an entrepreneur from start-up to investor
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Expert Bio

There are few situations in the business world that Troy Hazard has not experienced and survived – from massive financial loss to stunning success. Troy is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and nurtured ten businesses over two decades and has spent the last 20 years as a business consultant to some of the world’s leading brands including Goodyear, Baskin Robbins, Subway, and many more.

His “Lessons from the Edge” approach and business talents were internationally recognized when he was elected by the world’s foremost business leaders to serve a term as Global President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

Troy is the author of Future-Proofing Your Business: Real Life Strategies to Prepare Your Business for Tomorrow, Today and of The Naked Entrepreneur: A Millionaire’s Journey from Fear to True Wealth. He is also a Certified Professional Speaker and co-hosts a TV program called “Inside Franchising”.

For more information, visit Troy’s website.

Contact Info for Troy Hazard

Business Phone: 323-313-4007

Web address: TroyHazard.com

Travels From: San Diego, CA

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Books by Troy Hazard

geoff colvin

Interview with Geoff Colvin

Award-winning Business Thinker, Author, Speaker, and Broadcaster

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The three keys to high performance in business, sports, and the arts.
  • What to focus on when you want to improve your game in any area of your life.
  • The vital role that feedback and accountability play in reaching new levels.
  • What Geoff learned when he spoke with 3 self-made billionaires (Sir Richard Branson, Steve Case, and Ted Turner).
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Expert Bio

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNEon PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the year. Charlie Rose says it is “spectacular” and “fascinating,” Daniel H. Pink calls it “profoundly important,” and Donald Trump calls it “enlightening” and “inspiring.” Geoff’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named the best management book of the year by Strategy + Business magazine.

As a speaker, Geoff has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and he serves as moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London.

Geoff is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

For more information, visit Geoff’s website.

Contact Info for Geoff Colvin

Web address: GeoffColvin.com

Travels From: New York, NY

Follow Geoff:

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Books by Geoff Colvin

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Interview with Jamie Wolf

Entrepreneur Coach

Beaufort, SC

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to use available resources to bridge the gap between knowing and doing.
  • Important questions to ask about yourself on the road to entrepreneurial growth.
  • The importance of resilience to being a successful entrepreneur.
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Expert Bio

Jamie Wolf works with entrepreneurs who want to transform dreams into viable businesses and with regional economic development organizations that assist entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur herself, she has traveled the world raising money from angel investors. She’s currently writing a book related to dignity, happiness, and resilience, particularly for entrepreneurs.

Contact Info for Jamie Wolf

Business Phone: 843-694-7443

Travels From: Charleston, SC

Follow Jamie: Twitter

roberta matuson

Interview with Roberta Matuson

Internationally Recognized Workforce Expert and President of Human Resource Solutions

Northampton, MA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How living on her own without any “safety net” sparked the success imperative
  • What companies need to be thinking about as the economy improves in terms of hiring and retention
  • What leaders have been doing to do more with fewer resources
  • Why it is critical to get to the true source of employee dissatisfaction and how to approach the solution
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Expert Bio

Roberta Matuson is the President of Human Resource Solutions and for over 25 years has worked with many world-class organizations, including Best Buy and New Balance, as well as high growth companies, federal government agencies, associations, and individuals. In recognition for her accomplishments in client results, professional contributions and intellectual property, Roberta was recently inducted into the prestigious Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame. She is one of a handful of international consultants to receive this honor.

Roberta is the author of the highly-acclaimed book Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around. She is a prolific writer who has published more than 300 articles worldwide and is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Inc.com, and CNBC.com. She is a regular contributor to Monster, BNET, Pink Magazine, Yahoo! HotJobs and Careerbuilder.com and is one of the top expert bloggers for Fast Company. Roberta has often appeared on television on programs such as CBS’s The Early Show and Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor and Fox Business News. An engaging speaker, Roberta is also sought after by companies and organizations looking to inspire people into action.

For more information, visit Roberta’s website.

Contact Info for Roberta Matuson

Business Telephone: 413-582-1840 or 617-566-8978

Web address: YourHRExperts.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

Follow Roberta: Twitter

Books by Roberta Matuson

 

brian reich

Interview with Brian Reich

Founder and Managing Director at little m media

New York City, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Qualities of a successful info strategist and how that can help your business
  • The importance of avoiding the shiny object syndrome
  • The big challenges on which we can be focusing our talents and technology to improve quality of life now and in the future
  • The key to tackling challenging problems
  • Tips you can use to avoid information overwhelm
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Expert Bio

Brian Reich is founder and managing director of little m media, an information strategy firm that helps individuals and organizations solve complex problems. He is well known for his expertise in new media, Web 2.0, social networks, mobile, community, ecommerce, brand marketing, cause branding, and more.

Brian is the author of Shift & Reset: Strategies for Addressing Serious Issues in a Connected Society and co-author of Media Rules!: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect with and Keep Your Audience. He also contributes as a Fast Company Expert, hosts a regular podcast discussion about the impact of media and technology on society, and teaches consumer behavior and marketing strategy in the graduate school of communications at Columbia University.

Brian began his career in politics, working on several campaigns around the country. He spent two years as briefing director to Vice President Gore in the White House and during the 2000 presidential campaign. He has spent the past decade providing strategy, analysis, and support to corporations, nonprofit organizations and charities, media companies and other groups that are looking to solve complex problems. He has held senior roles at leading digital, PR, and public affairs agencies, including Mindshare Interactive Campaigns, Cone Inc., and EchoDitto. He has led projects for many of the largest and most influential brands and nonprofit organizations, as well as media companies, start-ups, and political/advocacy groups.

For more information, visit Brian’s website.

Contact Info for Brian Reich

Web address: ShiftandReset.com

Travels From: New York City, NY

Follow Brian:

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Books by Brian Reich

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Interview with Ruby Newell-Legner

Founder, RubySpeaks, Inc.

Littleton, CO

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Ruby’s journey from swim coach to trainer of world-class companies, organizations, and associations, such as the Olympics, US Open, and the Superbowl.
  • The loyalty and retention trend impacting many industries in the recovering economy in the United States.
  • The connection between rose water and a memorable hotel visit.
  • What premium suite ticket holders really value.
  • Why organizations that treat their staff well have happier customers.
  • How staff can inadvertently upset a customer by using the wrong word that is a near-universal hot button.
  • The two-step process Zappos uses to define job criteria to ensure good hires.
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Expert Bio

Ruby Newell-Legner is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation bestowed by the National Speakers Association to less than 400 speakers in the world. She founded RubySpeaks, Inc. in 1994 with a singular mission: to provide the hands-on training employees need to create a more productive work environment where everyone can excel on the job. Over the last decade, she has presented more than 1800 programs in nine countries and has shown tens of thousands of participants how to quickly improve workplace performance.

An award-winning and nationally recognized training expert in the Leisure and Hospitality Industry, Ruby is also a facilitator with a proven ability to create environments where groups can brainstorm effectively, share perspectives and come to consensus-while enjoying the process. Ruby’s high-impact trainings are based on 25 years as a front-line service provider and manager in parks and recreation; she has been presenting training programs in that area for the last 13 years. With “in the trenches” practical know-how, Ruby has an uncommon level of experience that gives immediate credibility with conference attendees and allows her to offer suggestions and recommendations based on actual hands-on experience. Her clients range from NFL stadium management staff to leaders in municipal government to Jumeirah International, the Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based luxury hospitality group that has the only seven-star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab.

For more information, visit her on the RubySpeaks website.

Contact Info for Ruby Newell-Legner

Business Name: RubySpeaks, Inc.

Business Phone: 303-933-9291

Web address: RubySpeaks.com

Travels from: Boulder, CO

Follow Ruby: Twitter

 

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Interview with Barry Moltz

Entrepreneurship Expert and Author

Chicago, IL

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Reasons why entreprenuers are good at control
  • How one entrepreneur learned to really let her employees do their job and how it helped her business grow
  • Tips on hiring well in a small business
  • What all entrepreneurs can learn from how farmers do business (e.g.: they had multiple streams of income long before real estate investments were popular)
  • The importance of being able to operate anywhere and any when (with a nod to Chris Brogan)
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Expert Bio

Barry Moltz is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000.  With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures as well as consulting countless other entrepreneurs, Barry has discovered the simple, strategic formula to get stuck business owners out of their funk and marching forward.

Barry has written four books, including BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World and You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business, which describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business and is in its fifth reprint. His most recent title, Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy, is coming out in April 2012.

A member of the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, Barry has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, MSNBC’s Your Business and NPR’s The Tavis Smiley Show.  He hosts his own radio show, Business Insanity Talk Radio, and writes regularly for the American Express Open Forum, Forbes.com and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City.

For more information, visit Barry’s website.

Contact Info for Barry Moltz

Business Phone: 773-837-8250

Web address: BarryMoltz.com

Travels From: Chicago, IL

Follow Barry:

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Books by Barry Moltz

tamara gerlach

Interview with Tamara Gerlach

Founder, Cultivating Radiance

Walnut Creek, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to take yourself lightly and your business seriously
  • The rapid business boost a successful book can provide
  • What interviews and focused networking can do for your business growth
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Tamara Gerlachhas taught, mentored, and coached thousands of people in creating freedom and Cultivating Radiance in their lives since 1982. She loves to create opportunities for others to deeply experience what they are learning, and to inspire others to become empowered by getting into action around changing their lives.

She began life and business coaching in 2001 after working with Rich Fettke for several years and seeing the impact coaches have on people and businesses. She obtained her training through the Coaches Training Institute, as well as completing Leadership training through Coactive Space. She has assisted the leaders of numerous coaching courses as well as a nine-month leadership course.

She is passionate about working with business leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, parents, students, and anyone who wants to empower their life to achieve their goals.

For more information visit her website, TamaraGerlach.com.

Contact Info for Tamara Gerlach

Business Name: Cultivating Radiance

Business Phone: 925-864-2093

Web address: www.TamaraGerlach.com

Travels From: San Francisco, CA

Follow Tamara: Twitter

Books by Tamara Gerlach

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Interview with Terry Hawkins

Award-winning Enterprise Educator and Bestselling Author

Los Angeles, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How getting new business can often be an indirect process, fueled by enthusiastic outreach
  • The benefit of focusing on improving the client’s situation
  • Using cartoon characters Pitman and Stickman to explain change to business teams
  • What happens to groups where the incentive system is out of synch with the company values
  • How effective business growth starts with effective hiring
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Terry Hawkins is an award-winning speaker, enterprise educator, and founder of People In Progress, which recently expanded from Australia to the United States. A masterful educator in attitude and mind-set change, cutting-edge sales techniques, leadership development, communication strategies, and more, Terry is Australia’s most-booked female speaker. She is also the winner of the 2012 RADICAL Entrepreneur Award and of Australia’s prestigious Educator Award for Excellence.

Terry is the author of the bestselling book There Are Only Two Times in Life, NOW and TOO LATE! and a series of childrens’ books, as well as a contributing author to several more volumes, including The Power of More Than One and 20/20: A Fresh Look at Business Growth.

For more information, visit Terry’s website.

Contact Info for Terry Hawkins

Business Phone: 310-937-1183

Web Address: TerryHawkins.com

Travels From: Los Angeles, CA

Follow Terry:

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Interview with Stephen Wunker

Managing Director, New Markets Advisors

Ipswich, MA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How success in embarking on new ventures leads to its own momentum.
  • What a South African bank did to expand its opportunities through looking at the problems its customers were facing from their perspective.
  • What it means to assess what doesn’t exist in the marketplace and how it might present a growth opportunity.
  • The viewpoint of a company evaluating a new market strategy and the risks they have to weigh.
  • Whether your best bet is to take a superhighway or a country road or a combination of the two as you innovate towards growth.
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As a specialist in new markets, Stephen Wunker combines world-class strategy consulting and entrepreneurial skills. Since 2009, he has led New Markets Advisors, which is dedicated to helping companies find, enter, and win in new markets. He has a long track record of creating successful ventures for his own companies and on behalf of clients, including developing dozens of new growth platforms for clients in a decade of consulting for both start-up and large firms across six continents, establishing new growth businesses for Africa’s largest cellular network, creating the first mobile Internet device marketed outside Japan, and pioneering the use of cellphones as marketing tools.

Stephen is the author of Capturing New Markets: How Smart Companies Create Opportunities Others Don’t, and has published frequently in journals such as Forbes, BusinessWeek, Managed Care, and US Banker. His press and television appearances include the New York Times, Bloomberg and the BBC, and he has also been a guest lecturer at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Prior to being the Managing Director of New Markets Advisors, he was Managing Director of Celpay, a start-up created by the pan-African mobile network Celtel, and he served as Celtel’s Business Development Director. He was also CEO of Brainstorm, a developer of mobile middleware software that acquired a start-up he founded, Saverfone. Additionally, he was responsible for bringing the leading British electronics firm Psion into the cellphone market, creating joint ventures with Ericsson and Motorola.

For more information, visit Stephen’s website.

Contact Info for Stephen Wunker

Business Phone: 617-337-3060

Web address: NewMarketsAdvisors.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

Follow Stephen: Twitter

Books by Stephen Wunker

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lisa bodell

Interview with Lisa Bodell

Founder and CEO of futurethink

San Francisco, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The reality behind how innovation occurs in business.
  • What makes leadership harder than it has to be for some.
  • The importance of mindset in approaching solutions.
  • How you can unlock creative energy in your company by killing stupid rules.
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Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of futurethink, an internationally recognized innovation research and training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. She founded futurethink on the premise that everyone has the power to innovate — they just need to know how. Clients such as 3M, GE, and Johnson & Johnson look to futurethink to develop new styles of thinking and generate innovative ideas.

Lisa is globally recognized as a leader and pioneer in the field of futuring and innovation — creating a unique, straightforward approach to an otherwise complicated topic. She created the widely adopted SIPC Innovation Framework (STRATEGY, IDEAS, PROCESS, CLIMATE), which has helped innovators around the world easily embrace innovation, providing a clear method that breaks innovation down into manageable parts.

In addition to running futurethink and lecturing, Lisa currently serves as an advisor on the boards of the Institute of Direct Marketing in London, The Women’s Congress, the Association of Professional Futurists, and the prestigious Institute for Triple Helix Innovation think tank, the only innovation initiative of its kind within the U.S. government. She also serves as a finalist judge at the annual Idea Crossing Innovation Challenge and FIT’s innovation challenge (which futurethink co-created), has taught courses on marketing and creativity at American University, and serves as a faculty member of the American Management Association.

She is the author of Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution and an author of Success Simplified, a collection of works featuring other chapters by Dr. Stephen Covey, Dr. Tony Alessandra, and Patricia Fripp. Lisa has appeared on FOX News, and in publications such as Crain’s, Business Week, The New York Times, WIRED, Investor’s Business Daily, Successful Meetings, Harvard Business Review, and The Futurist.

For more information, visit Lisa’s website.

Contact Info for Lisa Bodell

Business Phone: 646-257-5737

Web address: futurethink.com

Travels From: San Francisco, CA

Follow Lisa:

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Books by Lisa Bodell

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Interview with Marilyn Sherman

Motivational Keynote Speaker and Founder of UpFront Presentations

Las Vegas, NV

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The choice to not participate in a negative economy
  • Gladys Holm, who left a $18 million gift in her will on a $15,000 annual salary
  • How the right kind of business opportunities lead to great exposure and more business
  • The surprising value of being outrageous with goal setting
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Marilyn Sherman has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. She became a contract speaker for one of the top seminar companies in the United States and Canada after a successful career as a training officer for Chrysler First Financial Services, and officially received road warrior status after delivering six-hour professional development seminars up to 5 cities a week up to three weeks a month for five years!

In 1998, Marilyn went out on her own, starting UpFront Presentations, a speaking and training company. She has served on the boards for the National Speakers Association Las Vegas and San Diego chapters and was the chair of the national Motivational Speaker Professional Expert Group. In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Marilyn is also the author of three motivational books: Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?, Why Settle for the Balcony: How to get a Front-Row Seat in Life, and Front-Row Service.

For more information, visit Marilyn’s website.

Contact Info for Marilyn Sherman

Business Phone: 913-498-9772

Web address: MarilynSherman.com

Travels From: Las Vegas, NV

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