Jeff Butchen story is straight out of the movie, Jerry Mcguire. Having fist met Heather while working at the sports marketing division of Saatchi & Saatchi, they decided it was time to make a change and start something of their own. Their story is heartwarming prooving married couples can work together.
“Never forget your reputation is all you have so guard it closely. You can destroy what you’ve built for years in a moment’s notice and the thing that I always believe in, I’m proud to say, at least I think, when I say I’m going to do something I do it period end of conversation cross it off your list, under promise and over deliver”…[Listen for More]
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Lori Alford is the high-energy, goal-driven Chief Operating Officer for Avanti Senior Living, which is redefining senior housing through forward-thinking design, endless choice and state-of-the-art technology. She co-founded the company, which owns, develops and operates senior living communities that empower older adults while providing freedom of choice and sophisticated living that defy conventional standards. Alford, one of senior living’s most respected innovators, draws from her nearly 20 years of experience in senior living as she forges industry-transforming practices for assisted living and memory care.
“Stay true to who you are and when the going gets tough don’t let the going get you, keep your head up, know who you are, keep marching forward, don’t wait for the lights to turn green all at once because they never will”…[Listen for More]
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Lisa Bloom, founder of Story Coach, works with organizations developing Transformational Story Leaders, creative yet resilient cultures, and leading powerful change processes with the power of storytelling. She works with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them find confidence, attract ideal clients and find their success story. And she trains coaches to use storytelling as a powerful approach to impact their clients and grow their business. Lisa is a professional Storyteller, accredited Coach, Author, Mentor and Leadership expert. Her groundbreaking techniques have enabled her to grow her business and take to the stage where she speaks internationally about this approach to business, leadership and coaching. Lisa is the author of the Amazon bestseller "Cinderella and the Coach-the Power of Storytelling for Coaching Success!" and the creator of the Stories That Sell Mastery & Certified Story Coach Programs.
“Make sure you’re not alone, I don’t mean necessarily in terms of having business partners, that depends on your business model, what you’re trying to build but make sure you’re not isolated in terms of mentorship or coaching or community because when you’re isolated it’s when you begin to get scared, it’s when you begin to get doubts, it’s when you let the fear guide your decisions, and I feel when you have community and you have friendship and support along the way then it brings the best out of you and it allows you to really thrive in terms of creativity, decision making and just your general well being”…[Listen for More]
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Robert Glazer (Bob) is the founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners, and the founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. He is a serial entrepreneur with an exceptional track record and passion for growing revenue and profits for B2C-based companies. In demand by top brands and investment firms, he has extensive experience in the consumer, e-commerce, retail, online marketing, and ad-tech industries—partnering with brands such as adidas, ModCloth, Reebok, Target, Tiny Prints, Gymboree, and Warby Parker. Bob is a regular contributor to numerous outlets, writing about performance marketing, strategy, and culture. He is the recipient of the Boston Business Journal “40 under 40” award, the SmartCEO Boston Future 50 award, and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in New England, among other accolades. A sought-after speaker, Robert presents to global audiences, and serves as an advisor to high-growth businesses. Bob strongly believes in giving back. He serves on the Board of Directors for BUILD Boston, is a global leader in Entrepreneur's Organization (EO) and founded The Fifth Night charitable event. He’s previously served on the boards of the Performance Marketing Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay and participated in the annual Rodman Ride for Kids for a dozen years, raising almost $100,000 for charity. In his spare time, Bob is an avid writer, skier, traveller, cyclist, and serial home renovator.
“Focus, when I meet entrepreneurs and they have this business and it’s going well then they tell me about the 2 or 3 other things that they’re working on and I check back a year or 2 later and usually their main business is now stumbled a little bit, the 2 to 3 new things that were doing incredibly well they’re shut down and all the success I’ve seen is focussing” …[Listen for More]
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Best friends, Bianca Gates & Marisa Sharkey shared a mutual frustration of finding comfortable, stylish slippers to wear while entertaining in their homes and teamed up to solve the problem for women around the globe. Bianca spent 15 years leading marketing and advertising at Univision, MTV, Facebook and Instagram. She helped some of the biggest home and fashion companies in the world, build their brands and accelerate the growth and was eager to jump at the opportunity to do that with Birdies Slippers. Marisa was born for a career in the retail industry. She grew up learning from her father, a retail veteran, and would spend weekends tagging along with him going store-to-store learning about retail trends. After earning an MBA, she joined Bain & Company and worked with leadership teams across retailers and consumer brands to help develop and execute growth strategies before joining Ross Stores as the Group Vice President of Strategy.
“Be obsessed with your idea and the problem that you are solving, your obsession is what’s going to take you far. Start small and then scale big, a lot of people say they have to create this big business plan and they have to worry about fundraising and how are they going to attack it, just start it in the kitchen, just start. Ask for help, be specific”…[Listen for More]
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Jia Wertz is the Founder and CEO of Studio 15, a socially responsible women’s fashion brand and the Co-Founder of The Mastermind Exchange, a peer-mentoring group designed to give entrepreneurs invaluable advice, strategies, and tackle their biggest challenges each month. After leaving behind a 15-year career in the corporate fashion world, Jia started a company that focuses on doing good and supporting women. Studio 15 has funded more than 30 successful ventures for female entrepreneurs in Africa through a strategic partnership with non-profit organization Kleos Microfinance Group. As a reflection of her commitment to philanthropy, Studio 15 contributes a portion of all sales to female founders so they too, can start their own businesses?
“Don’t wait for things to be perfect, while you’re waiting for perfection, someone else is putting out the work that needs to be done and surpassing you and secondly I’d say celebrate all the small wins because the entrepreneurial journey can be so lonely, it’s very important to be your number one cheer leader so you can stay self motivated”…[Listen for More]
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Richard Silk is one of the founders and the Creative Director at Gather, a digital agency specialising in data driven design and build. After starting his entrepreneurial journey in the print industry he turned his eye towards digital around 7 years ago. Having worked with organisations across a whole range of sectors such as: Education, Finance, eCommerce, Hospitality and Charity, Richard’s business is now focusing on ways to help business owners make best use of their information for both efficiency and creative gains.
“Don’t be afraid to start, it’s better to fail and to fail fast than to not start at all, there are so many people that I meet that say oh I’d like to start a business but they’re too scared to, too comfortable in having a career or a job and they don’t want to make that leap, because it is a leap of faith, starting your own business, it can be quite daunting to a lot of people, I would say don’t worry about it, just jump to it and even if you don’t think you’ve got the knowledge or the strength or the skills to do it, don’t worry about it, just start and you will learn so much on the way, the learning curve is quite steep, starting your own business but there are so many resources out there to help you and a lot of it is free”…[Listen for More]
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Ever since the days of selling water in flea markets at age 7, Oguz Konar has been obsessed with business development and the lead generation process. He’s the best-selling author of 2 books on small business development and marketing. He also the founder of 3 successful companies. As the President of LMS, he is responsible for developing strategies and systems to help clients get massive results and make money. In his free time, he loves hanging out with his wife, his son and their trouble maker dog Tofu. Oguz has been consistently honored with many awards for the past 15 years, as well as speaking at various events helping and coaching hundreds of small business owners with their marketing related problems.
“Take imperfect action, taking action is one thing but a lot of the entrepreneurs; they didn’t want to wait for that moment that the conditions and offer is right, but it’s not like that, there’s no right time, you got to just take action, it will not be your best action but you got to just to just push yourself over the edge”…[Listen for More]
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Brandon Vallorani is a practiced entrepreneur and accomplished CEO. He founded a five-time Inc. 5000 media conglomerate, and now has shifted his focus to Vallorani Estates, a luxury brand of fresh-roasted coffee, wine, cigars and olive oil with plans to expand into other luxury goods, as well as a coffee and wine bar. He is the author of the new book, "The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges In A Harsh World" (ForbesBooks, March 20, 2017). "The Wolves and the Mandolin" follows the Vallorani family’s modest beginnings in Italy, shares legend-worthy stories of their first years in America, and culminates with Brandon’s success as an entrepreneur. Brandon provides his philosophies in business and management, and the path taken to create a quality brand of hand-curated luxury products, Vallorani Estates.
“Do what you love to do, don’t look out there and say well this particular field has the best opportunity to make money because what will happen is you’ll get into the grind of that and it will become a grind when you start building your business bigger but if you don’t love what you’re producing or love what you’re selling or love what you’re communicating, the grind will wear you down, but if what you’re producing is meaningful to you, you can put up with the challenges and stresses”…[Listen for More]
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Mark Podolsky (aka The Land Geek) is widely considered the Country’s most trusted and foremost authority on buying and selling raw, undeveloped land within the U.S. He has been actively investing in Real Estate and Raw Land since 2001 with over 5,000 unique transactions. Mark’s company is an A+ rated BBB real estate company.
“Don’t take my advice, you’ve got to do it for yourself, I’m one guy, who am I to tell you but I can share with you my experience what’s worked for me but I really think that taking action, trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone is really good advice, it really helped me and I can tell you that having grit and not giving up has helped me tremendously, I’d say keep listening to guys like Neil Ball”…[Listen for More]
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Charlotte Wibberley is a Business Success Coach and the CEO of VIP VA. She passionately supports businesses and splits her time between working with female entrepreneurs on effective online business strategy, coaching new and existing business owners and spearheading a new and collaborative movement with VIP VA.
“Follow your heart and go with your gut and understand that you don’t necessarily fail in business although sometimes things don’t work out, things change and evolve along the way and that’s okay and that’s actually quite an important part of the journey. One of my biggest realisations was around that whole setting goals, fear of failing to reach them”…[Listen for More]
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Dr Michael Hudson has a passion for helping you Get Your Message Heard™. Michael guides entrepreneurs, executives, and experts in the discovery of the power of their personal journey and coaches them on delivering the messages only they can deliver. He believes that only when we communicate with authenticity and vulnerability are we able to connect with and impact others.
“Answer this question, what is the problem you solve for the people you serve? Now the structure of the question has important dimensions, number 1, there is a problem you solve, I don’t care what you do there is some problem you are solving and it’s for people who you serve, those 4 words, problem, solve, people, serve need to be tattooed on your brain because only when you can explain that do you earn the right to do business with people”…[Listen for More]
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Joshua Spodek, bestselling author of Leadership Step by Step, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, a leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, a columnist for Inc., and founder of SpodekAcademy. He helped build a satellite for NASA, co-founded and led several ventures, and holds six patents.
“As someone who teaches and learns experientially, the biggest thing is that, there’s this big myth that you’re either born with it or you’re not and everyone I’ve ever come across in history or personal experience, they’ve learned what they did through doing things and in terms of leadership and business skills and things like that so If you see someone who has skills that you wish that you had, I recommend not in any way believing oh they were just born that way on the contrary they learned it from something, they had an experience that taught them this”…[Listen for More]
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Suzy Prudden, internationally acclaimed and prize winning speaker and seminar leader, New York Times Best Selling Author, TV/radio host and personality, has been inspiring audiences since 1965. She is a fitness expert, hypnotherapist, and a success and accountability coach. Suzy has authored 14 books, as well as creating and publishing Your Amazing Itty Bitty Book series and Fit For Life® Publishing.
“Trust yourself, even if you make mistakes trust yourself, you know, everybody knows deep inside their hearts they know. Build a good team, build a team that you can call on and that will be there for you, and you don’t have to do it alone, I’ve done a lot of stuff by myself, it’s easier when you have a team and you grow better”…[Listen for More]
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A single mom at age sixteen limited Edna Keep 's choices. As someone who never earned much more than minimum wage before she was 30 - she has come a long ways and is now a multimillionaire who owns $47MM of real estate primarily purchased with other people's money.
“Never stop learning, growing and sharing”…[Listen for More]
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Deb Gabor was born to brand. She is the founder and brand dominatrix of Sol Marketing, a brand strategy consultancy obsessed with building winning brands. Since 2003, the Sol Marketing team has led brand strategy engagements for organizations ranging from international household names like Dell, Microsoft, and NBC Universal, to digital winners like Allrecipes, Cheezburger, HomeAway and RetailMeNot, and dozens of early-stage tech and digital media titans. Through Investor Pitches, a division of Sol Marketing, hundreds of start-up founders have benefited from Deb’s wizardry for crafting pitches that entice investors to open their wallets to the tune of up to $85 million.
“Slow down, this is something that I’m really trying to learn for myself, you probably have picked this up we have been talking for like 35 minutes, you’ve probably realised that I talk fast, I do fast, I am fast, all these kind of things. What I do all the time is I close my mind to other opportunities that may be peaking around the corner because I am just so busy being fast and doing things”…[Listen for More]
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Paul Xavier is the founder and owner of Paul Xavier International, LLC. They help photographers and filmmakers master the necessary mindset, systems and principles for creating highly profitable businesses.
“Don’t let anything get in your way”…[Listen for More]
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Tracey Minutolo is a Side Hustle Coach, helping motivated 9 to 5'ers to choose, launch, and grow profitable side businesses they’re passionate about. When she’s not coaching, she’s probably playing with microorganisms at her day job, hanging out in the San Diego sunshine, or checking out the latest craft beer release.
“Get out of your shell and talk to other people, talk to people who are doing things that are similar to what you’re doing or what you want to do, or get out there and talk to potential customers, clients, make those connections, it’s so important”…[Listen for More]
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Col Skinner runs a one man digital marketing consultancy business via his brand: ‘Profoundry‘. He has run this for over 3 years, after 7 years in agency and client side roles. He helps brands across the globe boost their businesses by setting up and managing paid media campaigns..
“There’s no perfect time to start a business, I know logically you need money behind you and that sort of thing but just start somewhere, get stuck into something, even if it is on the side whilst you do your full time job, you can’t tell if something is going to be successful until you actually start it. Plan to succeed to prepare to fail, in event that you fail, what’s the backup, what can you rely on for money”…[Listen for More]
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Yigal Adato is a father, a husband, and a Leadership Expert. He now dedicates himself to helping business owners master self- leadership skills, find their passions, and transform their personal and professional lives into what they’ve always wanted. Since the age of 15, Yigal has been studying and practicing leadership. He is well aware of what it takes to run a business handling the speed bumps, excuses, stresses, and how to run teams. At the age of 22 he ran a Retail/Service business with his brother that earned 50 million in 15 years. His varied businesses have provided real life experiences in the trenches, achieving success in going from broke musician to selling over $50 million dollars in his business endeavors, managing hundreds of employees, raising a family, and having fun in the process. After his personal and professional successes, he courageously followed the source of his happiness to become a mentor to business owners.
“Be very clear with what you want and find people who will support you on your journey, don’t do this alone”…[Listen for More]
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Michael Mindes is the Founder and CEO of Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) which is a multiple award-winning publisher of hobby board games. In this capacity, he has grown TMG from a side business into a company approaching $2,000,000 in annual revenues, a team of 10 people, and all without any outside investment.
“Start, listen to your customers, and if you don’t have customers, find them first, don’t build something that you don’t know you cant sell”…[Listen for More]
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Lisa Lewtan is a Health & Lifestyle Coach, the founder of Healthy, Happy, and Hip, an award-winning author, and the host of Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed Radio on VoiceAmerica.com (which is named after her book). Using the skills she developed as a successful technology entrepreneur, Lisa self-hacked her own mind and body to restore her health and then go on to feel better than ever. With private coaching, online courses, workshops, and retreats, Lisa helps highly successful hungry go-getters to slow down, chill-out, develop a better relationship with food and stress, look good, and feel great.
“Be patient, be honest and be fearless”…[Listen for More]
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Travis Jennings has spent almost a decade educating the wealthy on better techniques and strategies to improve their personal finance, investments, and taxes. Over time he learned that one of the key differences between those with wealth and those without, is the type of financial education they receive. The current system guides the brightest advisors to the wealthy leaving the masses to their own devices. Without a trained advisor to guide people through the process of debt elimination and then on to wealth creation, the masses have been and will continue living in financial peril with no real light at the end of the tunnel.
“Spend a lot of time with yourself, don’t get lost in the day to day grind, make sure at some point in the day, whether it’s scheduled on your calendar, or at night when you’re peaceful with yourself, but get really quiet and make sure that yourself, your essence is where it’s at and if it’s trying to guide you make sure you listen”…[Listen for More]
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Gerald J. Leonard is the author of "Culture Is The Bass: 7 Principles for Developing A Culture That Works," and is currently the President & CEO of Principles of Execution (PofE), a Strategic Project Portfolio Management and Culture Change consulting practice based in the Metro Washington, DC area.
“Find a mentor or a coach, find someone who is doing what you want to do and done well at it, who has a track record of success and consumed everything that they’ve written, that they’ve had and it’ll eventually bring you into their presence”…[Listen for More]
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Susan Barber is an Executive Leadership Coach with 20+ years as an Information Technology and Leadership Executive. She is focused on helping leaders and their teams reach their potential. She partners with business professionals to accelerate their results by building confidence, enhancing their leadership skills and finding their authentic voice.
“Don’t let fear stand in your way, it’s really easy to talk yourself out of stuff, to be afraid of something that you haven’t done and I would tell you that I was in your place, I was that same person and I just took a step every day to move what I wanted to forward and I didn’t necessarily have all of the answers at that point about what that was going to look like for me but I knew it was something I wanted to do”…[Listen for More]
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