Matthew Luhn is a writer, story branding consultant, and keynote speaker with over 25 years’ experience at Pixar Animation Studios, with story credits including the Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. franchises, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, and Ratatouille. Alongside his work in Hollywood, Luhn trains CEOs, marketing teams, directors, and professionals on how to craft stories for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award-winning movies, and corporate brands grossing billions of dollars worldwide, advice he’s packed into his new book, The Best Story Wins: How to Leverage Hollywood Storytelling in Business and Beyond.
“don’t be clever but be honest, the vulnerable. This applies for you if you are a writer being that… Write what you know, write things that you are passionate about… and the same thing goes with any kind of business, for any entrepreneur, don’t be clever but create things, work on things, build things that you are sincerely passionate about. It’s going to be more honest and truthful. But it does mean that there is an element of vulnerability in there, it means really thinking about what you are passionate about in life, pursuing it even if you do not know you will be able to make a living from it yet. But I really think that the best creators, the best innovators that have lived are ones that have taken chances, that have pursued their passion and it’s worked for them”…[Listen for More]
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York, PA musician, Shane Speal is responsible for the modern resurgence of the cigar box guitar, a once forgotten instrument of American blues and roots music. Few artists are as committed to expanding the boundaries of such a primitive instrument as Speal does. "A Cigar Box Guitar is quirky and appears ‘broken’ from the start," says Speal. "They just don’t look like they should play any music. I love to see jaws hit the floor when I shove a socket on my finger and wail away." In addition to performing and composing on cigar box guitar, Speal has also opened the first permanent Cigar Box Guitar Museum within the walls of Speal's Tavern in New Alexandria, PA. He also has an ever-expanding lesson series on how to play cigar box guitar, found on Youtube, CigarBoxNation.com, CigarBoxGuitar.com and ShaneSpeal.com. His column, The DIY Musician has been read by thousands at GuitarWorld.com and showcases homemade instruments, players and techniques. Shane Speal & the Snakes latest album, Stay Primal features cigar box guitars, washtub bass, washboard, tin can microphones, and many other DIY instruments.
“Love people and hustle every morning. You know this isn’t about you is about your customer, this is about people around you so love the people around you and then hustle every damn morning, every morning you get up. Just get ready and go”…[Listen for More]
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Vin Clancy who just launched his book, Ace The Game: The 100 best growth hacks in the world right now” which is going to be the most important marketing and business book of 2018. Known for his cutting-edge growth hacks and genius business ideas he will provide actionable insight and honest feedback in honor of National Social Media Day. Vin was on social welfare in the U.K., living off less than $100 a week when he learned how to use the internet to make things go viral. His growth hacking book raised over $100,000 in pre-orders, which he supported with a 100-date speaking tour in ten countries around the world. Vin launched two websites that received over 20 million visitors, two rounds of funding, and got into the TechStars accelerator. He has spoken in over 40 different cities in ten different countries and has been featured in publications like Fortune, Buzzfeed, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, Wired, Vice, Inc., and many more. Vin Clancy, internationally known Social Media Expert just launched a book called Ace The Game
“Do look into Nootropics. I have tried and done many many things with personal improvement and self-development and Aniracetam has really been really good for me in terms of focus and concentration and lifting my mood”…[Listen for More]
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Sean Lake is a former professional snowboarder turned Action Sports Marketing professional turned accidental entrepreneur. He’s turned tragedy into celebration following the loss of best friend and Navy SEAL Glen 'BUB' Doherty in the terror attacks of Benghazi by launching BUBS Naturals, a wellness brand that gives 10% of all proceeds directly to his namesake charity.
“Practice an endurance sport before launching your business. It’s a long long road, it is arduous, it is thankless, it is tough, and the only way that you are going to get through it is by kind of having that mental fortitude which is really helped out by having a healthy dose of inspiration. So if you really feel that what you are doing is going to make a difference, if you really feel inspired by your idea, combine that the willpower and endurance to see through because it’s going to be a grind and you are going to get punched in the face over and over and over again and it’s what you do in those moments that is going to define the success of your business. And if you truly believe in it and you have the endurance inside of you, you will be able to pivot, learn, adapt and climb those mountings”…[Listen for More]
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Since the mid-90s, WRIXON founder Aaron Wrixon has been paid for writing well over 5 million words. That’s the equivalent of 33 days of the New York Times. He has written copy for more than 100 different industries in the US, Canada, England, and Australia.
“it’s a challenge, it can be a challenge. It’s not without its hardships but they are the best kind of hardships. It can be as difficult as climbing a mountain but you know that not only when you hit that summit you will get that rush but if you have got your brain wired right just the act of climbing up that mountain is fulfilling in itself. This is how I know this is what I am meant to be doing. It’s difficult, sometimes it’s infuriating, it’s disappointing sometimes, sometimes it’s exhilarating but I would not trade it for anything else. And if you feel that for that.”…[Listen for More]
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Tim Piccirillo built an entertainment talent agency, a career as a comedy magician and as a sought-after education market speaker--all while living in a very rural area of Pennsylvania in the US. He currently works with small and medium-sized businesses as a marketing consultant, copywriter and trainer.
“if you have a business or a passion or a cause or whatever it is that you are trying to build, even if it is a non-profit, and you really believe in it don’t give up until you get there… Until you get where you want to be. Because I am thoroughly convinced that failure does not have to be an option. You are going to fail along the way but ultimate failure and building whatever you want is doable, I don’t care what it is. I say now anything is possible. I used to say virtually anything is possible, no pun intended because I am an online guy, but I know anything anything is possible if you have the passion and the drive. In the second piece of advice is this whole game of technology people my age, and 59, you are never too old to learn…” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Jay’s curiosity about why some people get extraordinary outcomes and others do not helped fuel his work with Gary Keller to write The ONE Thing, which has sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide, has garnered more than 400 appearances on national bestseller lists (including #1 on The Wall Street Journal’s hardcover business list), and has been translated into 30 different languages. Whether working with his wife Wendy to raise funds for Heroes for Children, inspiring others to take action toward their goals, or aiming to be the best husband and father he can be, Jay strives to remain awake and aware - with clarity and focus on his values and goals. Jay Papasan is a bestselling author and Vice President and Executive Editor at Keller Williams Realty, Inc., the world’s largest real estate company. He is also co-owner, alongside his wife Wendy, of Papasan Properties Group. They live in Austin, Texas with their two kids, Gus and Veronica, and their dog, Taco.
“It’s the idea that no one succeeds alone. I think that we have a myth of the solo entrepreneur and that’s a very harmful myth. And as early as you can get your head around it, sooner you can afford it you doing go you can you need to hire talent and start succeeding through them. Because entrepreneurs people think that they are great at everything. They are actually just willing to do everything because they are invested in the mission… That doesn’t mean that they are passionate about those things they are just willing to do them at the best level they can because they are committed to the mission. And as soon the business can afford to you should be hiring people strategically that our specialists in those areas so that you can shed those duties and focus on your gifts”…[Listen for More]
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Amish Shah, President, ALTR Created Diamonds, the vertically integrated created diamond division of R.A. Riam Group, is committed to establishing ALTR’s leadership position in the emerging created diamonds space. ALTR Created Diamonds are of the highest quality, TYPE IIa diamonds , the purest form of diamonds known to man, with less than 2% of world’s diamonds of this type, and are authentic and guaranteed certification by GCAL.
“don’t give up. If you believe in something then do not give up, follow your instinct, take advice from the ones that you trust and surround yourself with people you can trust and the ones that will help you hold your integrity, morals and ethics”…[Listen for More]
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Adam Markel is a speaker, author and entrepreneur, who inspires, empowers and guides people to achieve massive and lasting personal and professional growth. A recognized expert in the integration of business and personal development, Adam speaks and mentors around the globe in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and transformation. His latest book is the best selling PIVOT: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life . Adam also hosts The Conscious PIVOT podcast, where he shares his insights on pivoting in today's fast paced market and interviews experts, innovators and influencers to share their stories and wisdom in the areas of business and life. Adam is CEO of More Love Media, a company dedicated to empowering individuals and businesses to re-imagine, refocus, and capitalize on change in order to thrive in a world where constant disruption is the "new normal”. He has diverse and extensive experience in business, leadership, law, mentoring, and facilitation. As a result, Adam knows what it takes to thrive as an entrepreneur, business owner, and corporate leader.
“to learn how to follow your heart is not something we are necessarily born knowing how to do, it’s not necessarily something we’ve been trained to do but it is a choice. So to trust in your heart, to trust your instincts, to trust your gut I think is something that never leads us astray doesn’t leaders far astray. And I have come to regard that as the most important advice I can give is to follow your heart”…[Listen for More]
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Brad Compere has been a Texas attorney since 2000, specializing in real estate transactions. In January 2014, he founded Capstone Title and Compere Law PLLC. With both Capstone Title and Compere Law, Brad and his team provide an exceptional level of expertise and a unique perspective to residential and commercial real estate transactions in Austin, Central Texas, and other markets throughout the state.
“Be authentic, don’t put up walls, set your ego aside and be a real person, be vulnerable be open be transparent, be honest with people and I think it goes such a long way to showing people that you’re a real human being being”…[Listen for More]
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In 2010, Anthony Davenport founded a credit management firm that now represents professional athletes, celebrities, and top financial professionals. He has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage banking and consumer credit industries.
“if you are not willing to sacrifice a lot for your business, friendships, relationships, you should do something else because you may not cut it, you may not make it when times get rough, you may start to doubt yourself. I was willing to go all in and I put my money where my mouth is and I slept at my office and I said to my friends I’m sorry I can’t hang out for a long time because I’m working and it was worth it”…[Listen for More]
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The founder and CEO of Deutser, an award-winning management consulting firm, and Deutser Clarity Institute, Brad Deutser transforms how leaders build great, highly sustainable companies inside and out — especially in times of transition, using his innovative clarity process. He is the author of Leading Clarity: The Breakthrough Strategy to Unleash People, Profit and Performance.
“Be open to what the future has in store for you and when you trust yourself and your trust your abilities and your ability to achieve something great setting those expectations, using positivity as the glue that we talk about, positivity is something that is so so important, we have bad days and its not meaning to gloss over them. Bad things are going to happen on your journey as an entrepreneur but positivity as a way of leading your organisation to wherever it’s going is fundamental to your ability to enjoy the success”…[Listen for More]
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Parmees Yazdanyar is a high-performance speaker, author and trainer. She's developed a three part framework (what she calls the Peak Performance Model) that she now uses with individuals and organizations to help them improve their energy, focus, drive, mindset and productivity. Her background being in integrative medicine and positive psychology, she use evidence-based strategies to increase overall wellbeing, output and quality of life.
“Consistency, there will be days where you perhaps feel like giving up and there will be days where you don’t feel like doing the thing that you need to do but keeping in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight type of break through that you experience, success happens over a long period of time of sustainable and persistent efforts”…[Listen for More]
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Tanner Chidester is a 7 figure fitness and fit pro coach who scaled from 0-7 figures in just 12 months.
“the number one thing you can focus on is learning how to sell, learning how to be a good salesman, learning how people think. Not manipulating people but getting people to do what you want if they are a good fit, if you can really help them. It’s a skill, it’s definitely a skill, is not something that some people can be more prone to be good at it than others but it’s definitely a skill you build. Most entrepreneurs that I meet that are very successful a very good salesman. They know how to talk, they are very good with their words, they know how to get people to take action based off what they said, they know how to find their pains and what they want… learning paid traffic is by far the biggest thing that I’ve learned”…[Listen for More]
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James Woeber is an international trainer, consultant and best-selling author, who for 20 years has helped thought leaders and socially-minded entrepreneurs to manifest their dreams and serve as powerful change agents in the world. He’s the Co-Founder and CEO of Art of Heartful Living, an leadership training and energy mastery program.
“the magic combination of what you are good at… find your own way of doing it. Whatever field you are in there is a path that is there and there is some value in the past that others have gone on, you can learn a lot from that, but your secret sauce, you are bringing out what is really a value to the people that you work with, to your customers, is going to come from you, it is going to come from your unique way of doing the work. And so even if you have heard of someone else doing it in another way or even if you yourself have done a certain training or a product or service that you are bringing out in a certain way, allow yourself to put that aside and really allow your mind to be fresh and open to okay what is the best way of doing this if I didn’t know the right way, if I didn’t know that this is the way most people do it? And often times we will come up with different solutions, better solutions, solutions that fit as and fit our audience better. And it’s just a much more creative way of working. And being an entrepreneur that is especially important” (4 Lines minimum – if less then need more quotes) …[Listen for More]
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Today we are speaking with Chris Westfall, a sought-after business consultant, communication coach, keynote speaker, and the author, co-author, or publisher of eight books. Advising hundreds of thousands of leaders from high-growth entrepreneurial enterprises, Shark Tank startups, and Fortune 100 companies, he has helped create multi-million-dollar revenue streams for businesses on four continents. He is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch Champion and the author of the new book Leadership Language: Using Authentic Communication to Drive Results (Wiley, 2018).
“don’t believe everything you think. It’s easy to get lost in thought and trapped by what seems impossible. But when you realise that you can’t believe everything that you think because what you think about a problem so often is what makes it a problem. Think about it how big is a problem when you are not thinking about it? The answer is it’s not a problem at all. The advice is not stop thinking about things but simply recognise that you are thinking and it’s because of your thinking that you see things the way that you do. When you’re thinking changes, when your perspective changes that’s when the impossible becomes possible and it is that shift in perspective that is the first step to real results”…[Listen for More]
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Jacki Smith; entrepreneur, teacher, podcaster, volunteer, and witch is also a best-selling author of Coventry Magic (Weiser Books 2011) and co-author of DIY Akashic Wisdom, Access the Library of Your Soul (Weiser Books 2013). Her calling in life is to promote empowered belief and does so in her classes that teach self-healing and ways to take authority over your own life, as well as the philosophy of supporting her wholesale clients; "Your Success is My Success" Since 1992 Jacki has created and sold over 2 million magical candles through her company Coventry Creations. Being first on the national market with her Blessed Herbal Candles, her creative candle line gave birth to the spiritual candle industry. Currently, you can find Coventry Creations candles in over 700 stores around the world.
“it’s messy, go ahead get messy, make mistakes, think big and then clean up the mess when you are done”…[Listen for More]
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Jack Huang is founder of TrulyExperiences.com. He likes to spend his time at work geeking-out on algorithms, mining for insights or brainstorming ideas that make things easier for Truly’s customers. He holds an MS/BS from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from London Business School.
“I would say not all growth is good growth and not all revenue is good revenue. So always understand where your growth and revenue are coming from, see if it’s actually of quality, if it’s sustainable and whether not you can actually improve upon it. I think that’s quite relevant advice especially in an environment or ecosystem where it’s just about go go go or your topline”…[Listen for More]
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Heidi Brumbaugh is a linguist and a professional game developer. She launched her own startup in 2015 to develop word learning games for second language learners. Her app, Vocab Victor, is available for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and is designed to help non-native speakers improve their vocabulary.
“Join a mastermind group, I have a group there’s 3 of us and we meet once a week. Every week we talk about what are our goals for next week and then we come back next week did you complete your goal. If you were going to do a video and you didn’t why didn’t you. We just drill down and hold each other accountable for our goals”…[Listen for More]
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Reshma Jobanputra's first entrepreneurial experience left her on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Her confidence and spirit were shattered, she thought she had failed. She developed an aversion, a fear of entrepreneurship. Yet now she 3 years later is a qualified Career Transition coach/ speaker and has started her second enterprise, one that is doing well. Her biggest lesson; entrepreneurship is not a one size fits all. As Eistein said 'Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will believe its whole life that it is stupid'. Her core message to all is; do work that you find meaningful, fulfilling and above all fun! The success will come almost automatically.
“Be a dreamer. When you start to work be practical about it as well. Just be realistic, be practical and build up to that amazing vision that you have and if you’re scared that you can’t be an entrepreneur, don’t be because anybody can be, anybody can be an entrepreneur. So, don’t worry that you can’t be or you can’t do this amazing thing that you want to because you’re not an entrepreneur. You can be”…[Listen for More]
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Matt Kendall is a public speaker, IEMT Trainer, Meetup host and entrepreneur. He specialises in helping people remove negative memories and unwanted emotions. He speaks all over the UK and is passionate about helping coaches and therapists develop their businesses.
“I do really believe in starting small and working up. I believe that the less money you have to start with the more creative you have to become… my advice is to start small, create an audience, interact without audience and supply what they want and ask them… the worst thing to do is to open something and then look for customers. My best advice find your customers first, build up a relationship and then open or start the service.”…[Listen for More]
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Tim Forrest is the world's leading USA Food Marketing and Distribution Strategist having worked with a third of the Fortune 50 and helped clients achieve over half a billion in new revenue and increased equity value.
“have a group of mentors or an advisory board… have a trusted group of friends and advisers for your business that you can go to and talk and discuss different options… they bring additional opportunities to you and it can be very productive”…[Listen for More]
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Rocky Lalvani helps business owners find balance with their health, wealth, time, relationships, spirituality and overcoming the voices in our head that prevent us from success. His focus is on profit first in business because that’s the purpose of business is to provide a profit for it’s owners.
“be clear, be focused on what you want and what you do and who you serve and write it down… when you can be clear, be focused and have that written plan, and I’m not talking about this hundred page plan, a couple of pages to say this what I want, this is what I am going to do, I am crystal clear on who I served and how I serve. I think that really helps because in order to write that down you actually have to think about it. And when you think about what you want to do and get clarity it tends to open up so many doors and it makes it easy for the universe to provide for you everything that you need because you have been clear to the universe , this is what I want and this is what I need and this is where I am going”…[Listen for More]
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Isaac Oates is the Founder and CEO of Justworks, a cloud-based platform that helps entrepreneurs and businesses grow with confidence by giving them access to big-company benefits, automated payroll, HR tools, and compliance support — all in one easy-to-use technology platform. Isaac comes from a unique tech background, having worked at Amazon, Etsy, and Yahoo! while serving as an intelligence officer in the National Guard and Army Reserve for 12 years. Isaac founded his first startup Adtuitive back in 2008, which Etsy later acquired, and experienced the frustration of endless paperwork, exorbitant costs, and hours spent on the administrative side of running a business, which led him to the idea behind Justworks in 2012.
“believe in yourself. Keep taking steps one at a time and believe in yourself”…[Listen for More]
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Nick Seneca Jankel is an author, philosopher, and professional speaker who develops tools for organizations, leaders and everyday people to transform themselves. He is the creator of The Switch On Way a process that has been used by over 50,000 people and 50+ Fortune 500 companies across the globe and has been featured on the BBC and MTV. He is the author of two books, Switch On, and new book, The Spiritual Atheist available on Amazon.
“make sure that you build your business based upon what your heart feels as much is what your mind knows”…[Listen for More]
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