Conversations With a Genius- Fun Small Business Talk

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Jun 29, 2015

Today's Genius is Larry Winget, bestselling author, television personality, social commentator and internationally acclaimed speaker.

His newest book, Grow A Pair: How To Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business and Your Sanity is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has also written five additional New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling books that have been translated into over 20 languages including Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get A Life, You’re Broke Because You Want To Be, It’s Called Work For A Reason, People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It, and Your Kids Are Your Own Fault.

He is also a member of the Speaker Hall Of Fame. Larry has starred in his own television series on A&E, two PBS specials and two CNBC specials.  He has appeared on Dr. Phil, The Today Show, Tool Academy, The Big Idea, Larry King and in three national television commercials. Larry is a regular contributor on many national television news shows on the topics of success, business, personal finance, parenting and the wussification of America.

In today's Conversation we discuss:

  • What 3 sheets of paper success comes down to
  • The single most important thing you must do to achieve success
  • The story behind Shut up, Stop Whining and Get a Life
Jun 26, 2015

Today's Genius is John Gardner.  With almost 30 years in the industry, John says his most productive moment of insight was when he made the connection between furniture and office culture. John is also the host of BE Culture Radio, a weekly podcast exploring how office culture and leadership lead to success.

In today's Conversation we discuss:

  • The importance of a client-centric business model
  • How John built his 10 Million Dollar company from nothing
  • The difference between selling a lifestyle and selling a commodity
  • How to be a one of one
Jun 24, 2015

Today's Genius is Valerie Shoopman. Valerie is a Facebook Marketing Expert and Business Strategist. She helps entrepreneurs learn how to leverage the power of Facebook Ads to gain greater brand exposure, attract quality leads, and convert targeted prospects into paying clients.

In today's Conversation we discuss:

  • How to capture names and emails from Facebook ads
  • The 3 most important components to your Facebook ad
  • What kind of images work best at attracting your target customer's attention
  • The difference between a like campaign and pay per click and when to use them
Jun 22, 2015

Today's Genius is Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector. She is a business thought leader profiled in Forbes, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg as a “super connectors” who uses their 30 years entrepreneurial experience and connections to accelerate growth and enhance profitability of public and private businesses.

In today's Conversation we discuss:

  • How to network to raise capitol
  • How to get speaking engagements
  • Why a diamond designer contacted Judy instead of Oprah to get into China
  • How to surround yourself with the right people
  • How to create your own luck
  • What kind of people to avoid when you network and why
Jun 19, 2015

Today's Genius is Roger Whitney. Over the past 24 years Roger has dedicated his professional life to helping people Plan Well and Invest Wisely for retirement.He’s worked with countless families to develop and implement plans to work towards their goals, but most importantly, he’s been there to help them adjust as their life unfolded.


In today's Conversation we discuss: 

  • What you need to know before you make the BIG decisions in life
  • What you may think you know about retirement could hurt you
  • How to balance living well today without sacrificing tommorrow
  • How not to budget yourself to death
  • The sweet spot age for investing
  • The best way to determine the value of your products



Jun 17, 2015

Today's guest is Joseph Williams, founder, president and CEO of InDev Capital, a real estate investment advisory firm that specializes in emerging markets in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Joseph is an entrepreneur with experience in investment banking and was the founder of a residential supply company serving developers in the U.S. and Canada.  He  has lived in Brazil for the last five years while studying the marketplace and building his firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School and speaks and reads Portuguese and Japanese.

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • How Joseph Williams sticks out in a crowd
  • What rain, internet and emerging markets have to do with one another
  • where Joseph says half the world's capitol is
  • How Vonage allows you to work in a foreign country on the cheap
  • Hear how JW overcame "working for the family business" when there was no "family business"
  • How spite for Goldman Sachs triggered JW to move to Japan
  • How far will Chinese interns bike along a freeway to save money after a night of drinking
  • Harvard Credit Card Roulette
  • How a Harvard MBA graduate ends up delivering meat for Cowboys pride
  • How head trash can be so dangerous
  • How lacking money provides clarity
  • The power of asking
  • Hear how JW leveraged a relationship for a 180 million dollar deal
  • How big people revolve around big things
  • How it's easier to raise $100M than $2M
  • Why you should ask what pain can you solve?




Jun 15, 2015

Today's guest is Dorie Clark, a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewForbes, and Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, and the like.

An Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Dori has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Wharton, MIT Sloan School of Management, and more. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and appears in worldwide media including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the BBC.

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • How to use blogging the right way
  • Why creating your own narrative is so crucial to your marketing
  • What can you outsource and what you should invest time in learning yourself
Jun 12, 2015

Today's guest is Jessica Rhodes,  the founder and President of Entrepreneur Support Services, a virtual assistant firm offering a variety of client support and graphic design services to busy entrepreneurs. ESS is the parent company to the wildly popular podcast guest booking firm, Interview Connections. Jessica is also host of the hit weekly web TV show, Interview Connections TV and has her very own podcast, Rhodes to Success

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • The importance of leveraging relationships
  • How to start and nurture those relationships
  • How to identify opportunities you already have available to you
Jun 10, 2015

Today's guest is Jim Palmer, business building expert and in demand coach. He is the founder of the Dream Biz Academy and Dream Business Coaching and Mastermind Program. Jim is the host of Newsletter Guru TV, the hit weekly Web TV show watched by thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners and he is also the host Stick Like Glue Radio, a weekly podcast based on Jim’s unique brand of smart marketing and business building strategies. Jim is best known internationally as ‘The Newsletter Guru’ and creator of No Hassle Newsletters, the ultimate ‘done-for-you’ newsletter marketing program used by hundreds of clients in nine countries.

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • How to earn significantly more in your business
  • The single most important thing that the most successful people do
  • How to purchase speed in your business
Jun 3, 2015

Today's guest is Chris Hawker, the Founder of Trident Design, LLC, located in Columbus, Ohio. They focus on inventing cool products and bringing them to market. Trident works on developing their own internally generated ideas, as well as assisting everyday people, startups, and established companies with their ideas. Chris is a lifelong inventor and entrepreneur, and has helped over 100 innovative and unique entrepreneurs to bring their products to market, including the Onion Goggles, the PowerSquid, The and the Coolest Cooler. Today we are going to talk about spotting a good opportunity, developing a compelling prototype, intellectual property, getting things made, licensing and crowdfunding.

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • How the invention process really works
  • Why there is no such thing as a million dollar idea
  • The biggest mistake people make when going from idea to product
Jun 1, 2015

Today's guest is Devin Thorpe, the founder of the Your Mark on the World Center. Devin calls himself a champion of social good. He writes about and advocates for those who are doing good. He travels extensively as a volunteer doing service, as a journalist finding heroes and as a speaker sharing what he’s learned. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker, helping people use financial resources to do good. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell.

In today's conversation we discuss:

  • How to make it easy for people to give you money
  • Why you being real is so important
  • How to include your customers in your social mission