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Ashley Milne-Tyte is my guest today and we discuss the importance of storytelling in life and business.  We also talk a great deal about why women are afraid to ask for what they want.

I want you to watch this episode with Ashley.

Did you see how easy that was — I asked for what I wanted.  So grab a cup of tea — or glass of wine — and let’s get this party started.

Discuss the art of storytelling in radio and business
Discuss her time at NPR and marketplace.org
Talk about what inspired her to start reporting on women in the workplace and why too few women lead
Discuss her exploration into why women seem to fall out in the middle versus reaching the top C level positions
Talk about how women are changing the workforce landscape
Talk about the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone and not being afraid to try things your not an expert in
Discuss the art of asking – this topic is also covered in detail in my interview with Suzanne Duret
Discuss the how she’s marketing and promoting her show
Discuss the possibility of using Kickstarter to fund your media show

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Share Ross is my guest today we’re talking about what it takes to become a video rockstar – how to engage and hook your viewers.

Share’s story is quiet unique as she spent her early years in the Metal Rock Band Vixen and accidentally became an early adopter and creators of webTV and video content.Discuss how being in the rock band Vixen helped prepare her for entrepreneurship
Discuss what was her first eye opening experience to just make something work – how to make a situation work for yourself
Talk how stepping outside your comfort zone can put you in a successful position
Discuss how years of touring and the death of her mother lead her to a new career path of video and video production
Talk about her honesty of being camera shy and initially being uncomfortable with being on video – and how she overcame the fear
Talk about how she got started in video and actually started a webTV show 2005 – before web video show’s were the in thing
Discuss the current world of online relationships and the true need for face to face interactions

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Stephanie Sammons from Wired Advisor and StephanieSammons is my guest today. I love Stephanie, but I must admit I’m a little jealous at how good she is at building online influence.

You’re going to love my conversation with Stephanie because she breaks down the steps to building online influence and shows just how simple it can be to stand out in a noisy crowd.

I get a little jazzed up because she shares how important systems and processes have been to her business – you know I’m a little bit of a nut when it comes to systems – and she explains how process implementation makes social media and digital leadership that much easier.Discuss how Stephanie had a job waiting for her after college although it wasn’t her passion and how a guest speaker changed her life and career path
Discuss how early in her career as a 24 year old she gained the trust of her much older clients – clue…it’s all based on the fact that people want to be lead
Talk about how she jumped into digital leadership and how her coaching background has been parlayed into every aspect of her business
Discuss the importance of collaboration and how to build a loyal network
Talk about why she didn’t fear leaving corporate America to start her business
Talk about the importance of targeting and defining your niche
Discuss why she feels it’s important to manage your own social media platforms and the importance of relationship management
Discuss how to build online influence

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Cliff Ravenscraft – The Podcast Answer Man — is my guest today and we’re discussing what everyone ought to know about podcasting and the impact it can have on your business.

Cliff started podcasting as a hobby and has since turned it into a profitable business. He has produced over 3000 different podcast and has introduced multiple podcast training modules and courses.Discuss how he turned his hobby into a business
Discuss how thousands of people found him by accident and the impact it had on his future
Talk about how in January 2008 he had no idea how to monetize his business and the steps he took to become profitable with podcasting
Discuss how to build a community and the importance “passion” plays in community building
Talk about women in tech and podcasting in general
Talk about the term podcasting and the future of podcasting in general
Discuss the impact podcasting can have on your business

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Jennifer Boykin is the mastermind behind the project — Life After Tampons — where the motto is “Quit Your Bitching. Change You Life.” Changing your life is up to you.

I must admit I was immediately intrigued simply by the title of the blog and after reading some of Jennifer’s work — I was hooked.

She’s snarky, funny, to the point and does not apologize (any more) for her beliefs and her mission to help others get their lives back. Her “Quit Your Bitching. Change Your Life” motto is EXACTLY how I feel, but I don’t always have the nerve to say it.Discuss how the death of her daughter changed her life and how it helps her be who she is today
Discuss the story that lead to her getting published in The Washington Post and why this caused her to stop writing for 10 years
Talk about the importance of letting go of what others think and embrace who you are
Talk about the harm it does to compare your insides to someone else’s outsides
Discuss why it’s important to trust your heart and go AGAINST the common solution
Talk about why it’s important to start now — we don’t know if life is too short, but we do know it’s uncertain
Talk a little about the work she’s doing with Jonathan Fields

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Mayi Carles, the Columbian Firecracker, is my guest on today’s show . Mayi describes herself as a tiny artist with a T-Rex heart. We have a great discussion about being yourself and finding your authentic voice.

Mayi does a great job with online videos and has paved her own path by being herself, standing out from the crowd and dominating her marketDiscuss how Mayi was born to create and the fact that she bought her domain name at the age of 15
Discuss how she helps creatives get organized and how she’s created a business out of this
Talk how she’s made a living out of what she calls a “mess” – a creative mess
Talk about the importance of finding your voice and simply putting yourself out there to do great things.
Discuss how important it is to deal with who you are and embrace it – highlight your specialness and emphasize it for greatness
Talk about how to market yourself via video and how to show your personality and develop it as you go
Discuss the importance of small talk and using social media to develop great relationships
Discuss the importance of mentors and fining other to model and follow

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Sandy Jones-Kaminski – AKA, Chief Connections Officer at Bella Domain Media — is my guest today. She’s a networking enthusiast and accomplished marketing and business development professional. She believes in “Social Capital”, the power of networking and building social relationships.

Sandy and I have a great conversation about the importance of networking and the impact it can and does have on your success. As a matter of fact, I’ve interviewed over 30 successful women for this show and everyone one of them have talked about the importance of networking and how it helped them reach their goals. It’s all about RELATIONSHIPS and Sandy and I dive deep into this topic and much,Discuss what networking is and isn’t and the true importance of building relationships
Discuss her circuitous route to entrepreneurship and how she worked in the corporate world to groom herself to start her own business
Talk about the importance of collaboration and how to build positive relationship to help both parties
Discuss tips and tricks for networking and how to make the best of an event
Talk 5 things you can do to get the most out of a business convention or event

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Elisa All is my guest today and she’s done what most people could only dream of doing. She started a company based on a gap in the market, within a few years grew it into a small media empire, and sold it to The Walt Disney Company. Kaching!

Some people have visions of retiring to a beach, but not Elisa. Within a year, she stared a new media company – 30 Second Mom -changing the way we receive and consume content. Enter the smart phone, smart creator and content changer.Discuss how her background in journalism lead her to the creation of her first business – hint…she found a gap in the market
Discuss the importance of solve a problem = start a business
Talk about how she was an early adopter of the web and how she and her team created amazing content and how quickly it took off
Talk about how they were “social” before social media with forums, blogs etc.
Discuss how she ended up creating an media empire she eventually sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2007
Talk about what lead her to start her new company 30SecondMom
Discuss software, apps, busy families and the plan she has for 30SecondMom
Discuss the importance of being able to see a gap or need in the market – listen to that voice and research starting a company

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Mary Juetten, is the Founder and CEO of TrakLight – an online software as service company that offers products for inventors, creators, start-up or small companies to identify, manage, and secure their intellectual property

Copyrights, trademarks and intellectual property can all be confusing topics, so we’ve tried to break them down into digestible, bits of goodness.Discuss how she went from law student and graduate to the tech software business
Discuss define intellectual property and discuss what it is and how to know if your have it
Talk about protecting your intellectual property
Talk about the difference between copywriting and trade marking and the important point of identifying it
Discuss what trade secrets are and the proper steps to protect them
Discussing trademarking your brand and what types of things your can copyright
Discuss what a common law trademark is and how to use it
Talk about the general rules about blogging, social media sites such as Pinterest etc. and copyrights around them

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Doing the thing that makes you happy — makes you who you are.  Doing what you were meant to do.  Do you even know what that calling is?

I’ve thought long and hard about my calling. It’s teaching — helping other.

This really isn’t surprising since a majority of my professional career in some part has been linked directly to teaching and leading.

From my early years as a Respiratory Therapist, to adult education, to corporate training, to being a small business owner. It all circles back to teaching and leading — and it’s firmly rooted in small business.

I’m often asked about starting a small business — how I did it, why I did it, what steps were needed, how I got started…etc.

I love small business! Love everything about it.

It’s my passion and I love talking about it. I love sharing those experiences with others — and that’s exactly what i’ve decided to do with this blog.

Prior to starting my current company Me Giant, I co-owned a very successful wholesale furniture and decor business, Aidan Gray Home, which I eventually sold in early 2010. Helping grow that company from the ground up molded me into the person I am today. I learned a great deal, developed priceless skills, faced my strengths and weaknesses, and realized that you can do anything you want to do if you set your mind to it.

I’m living my calling and want to share it with you. Success is a journey — a journey worth taking. In this blog I will share stories, tips, tricks, processes, interviews and how to’s for small business development and success.

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