Alex Schlinsky is the founder of Prospecting On Demand™, a digital marketing agency and online mastermind program with 100+ members focusing on lead generation, sales, mindset, and goal-setting for digital marketers and entrepreneurs alike. From Psychology graduate to NFL & UFC media member, to renowned business coach and marketer; Alex is an inspiration to all those leading the entrepreneurial way.
“Believe in yourself, really truly believe in yourself. If you really believe in yourself, if you really are passionate about something and you really do want to accomplish something it starts with believing in yourself, if you don’t believe in yourself, who will, who will believe in yourself” …[Listen for More]
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David Wogahn began his entrepreneurial journey raising chickens to sell eggs to his neighbors. Bored with corporate life at the LA Times years later, David co-founded a college sports Internet start-up in 1995 that outlasted the dotcom bubble. Today he helps authors form their own publishing imprint, and publishes their books.
“You have to run towards that wall as if it’s not going to be there and I have a little sign above my office door and it has 0.01 and the 0.01 that’s 100th of a second, Michael Phelps won the gold medal in China in one of his swimming races and I always think that just the slightest little push with his fingers got him to that wall in a 100th of a second over his competitor and you can’t forget that every single little detail matters like that and that extra effort really does make a difference”…[Listen for More]
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Dr. Amy Climer is the owner of Climer Consulting. She is a speaker, trainer, and coach who teaches teams how to innovate on demand. She developed the Deliberate Creative™ Team Scale to help teams understand how to increase their creativity. She hosts The Deliberate Creative™ podcast and she is the designer of Climer Cards, a creativity and teambuilding tool.
“Whatever you’re doing, do it with integrity, do it in a way that’s in alignment to who you are and so if something doesn’t feel right, something feels slimy or you’re like oh I don’t know but maybe I’m supposed to do this anyway, maybe you shouldn’t do it, and maybe figure out is there a way that you can get the same results in a way that is in alignment with you and when I think about the entrepreneurs that I really look up to they’re ones that are living and leading with integrity”…[Listen for More]
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Jesse Miller is the founder of Integrity Enterprises, a coaching and consulting firm based in Norman, Oklahoma. After 17 years of working in and owning small businesses across differtent industries Jesse followed his heart and built a company that specializes in helping businesses solve their issues. The biggest problem he sees in businesses all revolve around the leader/owner/boss not effectively leading their organizations. Jesse created The Perfect Operating System which helps business owners build a mental framework to grow their profits drastically by helping them lead their organization better.
“Get really clear on what you want to do and commit yourself fully to that and also with your team, make sure you’re giving them the resources that they need. They’re not there to serve you they’re there to serve the mission of the organisation, make sure they have what they’re need to do what they’re doing well” …[Listen for More]
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Summer Turner is the founder of Business Breakthrough Training LLC. She creates programs to help introverted women entrepreneurs navigate and thrive in this extrovert-biased world. She has a degree in Psychology, and her background includes adult learning, instructional design, and creativity training. Knitting is her hobby, which keeps her sane.
“Don’t be like me, at some point in my process in becoming an entrepreneur I realised I had one foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brakes and this is probably common for a lot of people, especially risk averse people like me and one way I had my foot on the brake is that I was timid about declaring my core message, my strong differentiating core message because I realised it could be polarising and that was scary to me so it wasn’t until I proved my concept in beta testing that I finally got the courage to declare it so I guess I have to say that my best advice is getting out there with a beta test”…[Listen for More]
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Simplicity Circle Founder Milana Leshinsky is creating a simplicity revolution for coaches, authors, speakers and entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses with ease. Creator of the Recurring Revenue Revolution, author of Coaching Millions, co-founder of JV Insider Circle, and an inventor of telesummit, Milana is known as a serial entrepreneur and paradigm shifter by many luminaries. She came from Soviet Ukraine 25 years ago as a classical musician with zero knowledge of the business world, and has built multiple six and seven-figure businesses. Today she’s passionate about showing entrepreneurs how to use simplicity as a growth strategy. Goodbye complexity and overwhelm. Hello simplicity, profits, and ease.
“There is no guru, guru as in expert, no body truly knows the right way because if there was one right way everybody would be following that formula for growing the business so there is no guru, you are the guru, you are the one, the only one who can tell which methods are going to work for you, you might be imitating somebody, you might be receiving an email about a strategy that says this is the fastest, the easiest way to grow your business and then you try it and it doesn’t work for you but it worked for the person who recommended it to you so this is why I say there is no guru, you are listening to people who really don’t know your natural abilities, your superskills, your strengths, who maybe don’t understand your passions, your interests, your lifestyle goals, your vision for your life, you’re the only one who can really filter through all the advice coming at you and then make a decision what is the right way for you to make a decision” …[Listen for More]
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Natalie Ard is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Christmas Star From Afar®, She is a wife and a mother to three children and has built her company on the foundation of creating lasting memories for children and their families.
“Set yourself a reasonable goal and just take a step towards it, that might be something as simple as buying you domain name of something you’ve been thinking you might want to offer, a service you might want to sell but constantly give yourself little goals to keep moving in the right direction” …[Listen for More]
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Michael Gale is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, "The Digital Helix: Transforming Your Organization's DNA to Thrive in the Digital Age." Michael founded Strategic Oxygen in 2001, which was widely seen as one of the technology industry’s primary data toolsets for marketers, used by over 20 brands and used to model over $4 billion in marketing and sales investments. The company was sold to Monitor Group, where he was a group partner from 2006 to 2010. In 2011, he became a partner at Pulsepoint Group, a digital consulting company, which was acquired by ICF in 2015. Michael has also served as chief web officer and GM at Micron Technology and was the vice president of Worldwide brand research at IntelliQuest.
“Always assume tradition is the illusion of permanence and really understand what you’re about and follow that with immense energy” …[Listen for More]
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Liz Melville is a highly regarded Facebook ads and marketing strategist, with over 7 years experience helping online entrepreneurs build authority in their niche, and grow a successful online business using Facebook. Her portfolio includes working with the world’s foremost Facebook marketing expert, Mari Smith. She loves to teach entrepreneurs how to use Facebook ads and marketing strategically to build COMMUNITY, CONNECTION and CREDIBILITY online, and to create a profitable and sustainable business.
“Keep it simple, I really can’t stress that enough because I see so much of us chasing shiny objects, the latest tech that comes in that we thing we’ve got to have and implement in our business’s and we tie ourselves in knots trying to do that and sometimes simplest is best, keep it simple, focus on the easiest route for you to get offers to your customers, don’t put barriers in your way, don’t make it hard for yourself” …[Listen for More]
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For four long years, Tara Langdale-Schmidt, 32, suffered the excruciating pain of Vulvodynia. She experienced sharp burning pain in her pelvic area, making it impossible to enjoy intercourse with her future husband. The pain impacted her quality of life. From Tara’s previous positive experience using magnets to reduce back and neck nerve pain after a car accident, she had a “lightbulb moment” to incorporate neodymium magnets into a vaginal dilator. With the help of a friend, Robert Smithson, medical experts and advisers, Tara turned her idea into a nonprescription medical device that has proven to help women relieve pelvic pain and sexual discomfort.
“Find a product that nobody else is willing to make and by nobody else, not anybody because I have about 5 competitors, 5 or 6 but none of them have the magnet sleeve that our dilators do but to find a product that’s going to help people that people need that you don’t have a lot of competitors, because this product, I really don’t have a competitor. If you’re trying to sell a tshirt you’ve got millions and millions of competitors and yea while it might be fun, you might not make any money and it might not work so just find something and make sure the profit margins are nice. You have to have some nice profit margins to keep a business going”…[Listen for More]
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Jessica Lorimer is a Sales Coach and Leadership Expert who works with online service based business owners to develop proven sales strategies to attract premium clients with ease so that they have more time, money and freedom and don’t have to worry about finding new clients every month and become an established leader in their field.
“Fail fast and fail often, don’t be afraid to suck at certain things in your business because honestly every failure is a learning experience and that’s all that’s going to happen, yes you might occasionally really irritate somebody, you might lose the odd follower but actually learning to fail and learning to get back up is really important for your business and it’s long term growth”…[Listen for More]
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Melissa Long is the founder and CEO of the Wake Foot Sanctuary. She is a former corporate sales manager who left Maine and moved to the mountains in North Carolina to follow her entrepreneurial dream and start up a business. Now Melissa is making the move from small business owner to franchisor. After founding the Wake Foot Sanctuary in 2011, she quickly built a next generation one hour spa concept that is now driving more revenue per square foot than the leading spa brands, and averaging 50% year over year revenue growth. Melissa’s mission is to lead a team of great people in making the Wake Foot Sanctuary brand into the BEST shared spa experience in the world – with a first of its kind franchise concept.
“Try to build teams around you that help to shore up gaps that you might be weak in because everybody has weaknesses and I would say to really try to grow as a leader for your people and to do that with integrity, that’s the real test of what people are going to remember about you when you’re gone, you can’t take your worldly possessions with you when you’re gone you only have your legacy” …[Listen for More]
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Steve Weiss is a lifelong entrepreneur having started his first successful venture at age 16 in his high school's computer lab. Over the last three years, Steve invested most of his time building MuteSix as a performance marketing powerhouse. It’s since grown at a rate of 300%+ per year and is the most awarded Facebook social advertising agency, with more Facebook & Instagram marketing case studies than any other agency. In 2017, MuteSix was named one of Inc. magazine's Best Workplaces and ranked #341 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. Steve is a highly regarded speaker on Entrepreneurship, eCommerce, and Facebook advertising and can be heard weekly on the “Spend $10K a Day” digital media podcast.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you’ve done in the past what other people have done, the key is to shut out all the other stuff, measuring yourself against other people, measuring yourself against other people is toxic, do stuff that you’re passionate about, time is your most valuable asset, trust yourself, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish by trusting yourself it doesn’t matter where you’re from, education background, what part of town you’re from you have just as much opportunity for success as anyone else in this world” …[Listen for More]
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Susan MacNicol is the founder and president of Strategic & Creative Marketing Inc., a Chicago-area company dedicated to working with business owners and corporations to increase sales through effective, targeted campaigns. Susan has over 25 years of business experience spanning several industries including media, entertainment, retail, higher education, and data. Her roles have ranged from marketing, employment branding, and client relations, to sales, recruiting and training. Prior to establishing her consulting company in 2001, Susan held management positions at several media companies including: STARZ Encore Group, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Columbia TriStar Television Distribution and Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment). She has worked in Los Angeles, Denver, Europe and the Middle East. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in Marketing Communications from Columbia College Chicago.
“Have a very good plan in place and really think through everything before you jump in, it will make it so much easier if you lay out a plan and get some free advice, you can get advice that you need and really develop a business plan because I think that holds back people as well, when they don’t have a plan they don’t have a direction and they don’t know their pricing their market, they haven’t done their homework, do your homework, don’t just quit your job one day and go I’m going to have a business, it doesn’t work that ways, you have to get your ducks in a row”…[Listen for More]
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Sonia Thompson spent more than 10 years living the corporate life, helping grow million and billion dollar healthcare brands around the world. Now she's a consultant and digital marketing strategist that helps businesses get the customers they want and keep them coming back for more. She’s the author of the book Delight Inside, as well as a host of a top-rated podcast, and a columnist at Inc.
“Get in motion and stay in motion, getting in motion is actually the first step because then the law of physics will kick in, I believe Newton’s first law of motion is that an object in motion is much more likely to stay in motion unless you have an equal and opposing force acting on it so the hardest part is to get in motion and once you’re in motion you’re much more likely to stay in motion. An object at rest is much more likely to stay at rest; once you build that first step it’s much more easy to build momentum” …[Listen for More]
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Scott Harper is a technology entrepreneur at his core, with an engineering and finance background. Prior to creating Dialexa in 2010, he has been a founder of several companies and worked in several early stage companies ranging from banking to consumer web to enterprise software. In 2016 Scott was recognized by Ernst & Young with the EY Emerging Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Southwest Award.
“I’ll never forget when I was out fundraising and talking, I had 3 meetings in one day with some different investors and I asked them how much money do you think I should raise and I got 3 very different answers from all 3 very credible people and I think what you got to realise that there is no connect the dots way of doing things and there is no connect the dots way to success, there’s no such thing as good advice or bad advice there’s just advice”…[Listen for More]
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Julie Strong is the CEO of C1S Group, a leading construction and engineering firm based in Dallas, Texas. Julie has more than 19 years of experience in the mechanical design and the construction industry. She is responsible for finance, business administration, and human resources, and she has managed construction projects across a wide variety of market segments, demonstrating success on over $25M of projects from initial estimate, through design, construction and commissioning. Under Julie's leadership, C1S has been named in the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies for four consecutive years, and has been named in the Dallas 100 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies. The company has also been named among the 50 Best Places to Work by Inc. Magazine, and has been part of Outside Magazine's list of Best Places to Work since 2013. Julie is a graduate of The University of Texas in Austin and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.
“Find a way to enjoy it, if it was easy everybody would do it, it’s going to be hard but you got to find a way to enjoy it, sometimes you have to be real intentional about what you’re feeling good about because some days you’re not feeling very good about some stuff and other days you’re just on top of the world, but between those peaks and valleys you’ve got to find a way to enjoy what you’re doing because that will translate to the people that you work with, it’ll translate to your clients, nobody likes to work with some grumpy stressed out leader, it’s not very inspiring” …[Listen for More]
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Andrea Rozman has been working in the virtual world for the past years ten helping entrepreneurs and small business owners. She and her team of virtual assistants help relieve the stress of business ownership by doing all the odds and ends tasks needed so owners can focus on growing their businesses.
“Define your own success, success isn’t about making money, anyone can make money, I can go to the store right now and buy a lottery ticket and win millions and did that make me successful, no, I was lucky and maybe I was successful at picking the right numbers but winning the lottery doesn’t make me a success, I think success is about what will make you happy, do you want to be debt free, do you only want to work part time, do you only want to work from home so you can participate in your family’s life more, your success is going to be different from mine, define what your success is first and then you can achieve it”…[Listen for More]
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Benjamin Brown is a father of two young children and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He has over 23 years of experience in the sales field from multiple positions from sale reps to sales management. A Best Selling Author, Ben’s book, Master the Art of Closing the Sale: The Game-Changing 10-Step Sales Process for Getting More Clients and Referrals. His popular sales blog 360 Sales Consulting, focuses on giving great tips and advice for sales people world wide.
“Once you can afford it, invest in yourself, whether that is reading new books, whether that is getting new courses, whether that is mentorship, whether that is going networking. Always invest in yourself because it moves so fast out there. Your business plan will change every 6 months, easily. Are you willing to invest in yourself to move to the next level?”…[Listen for More]
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Jenny Harkins is an ACE certified trainer and owner of Treadfit, a rapidly growing fitness brand in the Chicagoland area. Treadfit's locations in Beverly and Western Springs provide fifty minute classes using interval training on the treadmill, coupled with full-body strength training. As an avid runner, Jenny has over twenty-five years of experience in running and coaching.
“Take the leap; push yourself past that fear of failure. Believe in yourself and the idea that you have and most importantly work your tail off to get it” …[Listen for More]
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Sachit Gupta is the founder of SG Media Labs, where he works with some of the biggest podcasters, authors and influencers to help them grow their audience and get paid.
“Stop thinking and start taking action and just do it, I know it sounds cheesy but I think so many of us just get caught up in action, we all know what to do we just don’t do it and I think inaction is probably the biggest enemy”…[Listen for More]
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With more than 30 years of experience, Keith Alper is a serial entrepreneur and champion for free enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. He founded several St. Louis-based businesses and organizations, including Nitrous Effect, Eventiv, UPBrand Collaborative, Vidzu.tv and the Creative Producers Group. He is also the founder of the St. Louis Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and serves on several boards across the area. He brings extensive marketing, branding, business strategy and event production experience to Geniecast, and has produced special events, meetings, video/film, broadcast and major entertainment projects around the world. Keith has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and has received numerous awards, including the Inc. 500 “Top 100 Multimedia Producers” award and the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award.
“Keep learning, the world is changing every day, the more we talk to other entrepreneurs the more we realise that we’re not alone, being in peer networks with other entrepreneurs who’ve gone through this, it’s like saying I’ve never played football before but if I did play professional football I could share those stories or ask other people how did you do this or what did you do so being able to be around other entrepreneurs”…[Listen for More]
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Berry Handcraft Provisions. Anne-Marie Faiola’s most recent book, Live Your Best Day Ever, takes the reader on a journey, through stories and insights from personal experiences, on how to choose to live your best day ever, every day. This goes along with her all-inclusive lifestyle brand, Best Day Ever, which helps women find their best life through classes, merchandise and other resources for daily inspiration.
“It doesn’t matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you could just be thinking about it, you, could be doing something right now but they say that the best time to have started something was 20 years ago but the next best time is to start tomorrow and I really think that is true for every single entrepreneur no matter where you are in your life, whether you have a side hustle or a passion project…[Listen for More]
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Gabe Arnold is a serial entrepreneur and chief pencil sharpener and founder at Copywriter Today. Over three years ago when he heard a podcast from the founder of WP Curve he decided to create an unlimited subscription based content creation service that now services hundreds of businesses around the world.
“It’s really important to learn and use your own mindset for good instead of just reacting to the motions you have and the feedback you get , be really strategic and intentional and channelling those things into a successful output as a simple example what I mean is, today I had a team member that I really like, got a great job offer and is moving on and, I actually want that, I always want people to grow and succeed and I’m always happy for them when they move on but in the moment today I feel like man I’m really disappointed that I have to find somebody else to fill their role, in the moment it can feel like very defeating”…[Listen for More]
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Joe Pippins is a father of 3 and is native to Kansas, KC USA. He invented a new way to enjoy fishing without family and friends. Joe and his product, The Fishing Caddy was featured on Steve Harvey's Fundedome on ABC.
“Stay connected with other entrepreneurs, this way of life that we have and the way our brains think is sometimes a very rare thing. If you have, your friends who you grew up with, your friends who are not entrepreneurs, they don’t really understand why we like staying up until 3 O’clock in the morning doing what we do or why we would invest so much time and energy into something without seeing immediate results, not to knock those friends who are not entrepreneurs but they’re more comfortable with the 9-5, they’re more comfortable with knowing they’re going to make X number of dollars whereas us entrepreneurs we’re quite bold, we’re very courageous but sometimes if you’re not around other entrepreneurs you’ll start to believe that what you’re doing and the process of entrepreneurship is not fruitful but if you’re around other entrepreneurs that’s the exact opposite” …[Listen for More]
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