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Avanti Entrepreneur Podcast

Are you a mainstreet entrepreneur who doesn't want to use other people's money to grow your business? Do you want to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work yourself? Are you excited about controlling your own destiny? We aren't here to make your business the next Uber, but instead to help you grow your business so that it provides a good life for you, your family, and your employees.
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Aug 29, 2018

Klyn Elsbury is CEO of Landmark Makers, a best-selling author, and a keynote presenter focused on helping leaders understand the principles on how to live ALL IN. Her focus is on teaching others how to create a strong vision, how to develop core habits centered around that vision, and how to give and receive unconditional love by authentic communication.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Klyn defied expectations by not only taking Zumba classes despite her cystic fibrosis but by becoming a Zumba instructor as well
  • The power of persistence seen through Klyn’s story of being denied insurance coverage for a lifesaving drug costing $259,000 and calling everyone in media until her message was shared by PBS and then later by Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News
  • Living authentically, loving deeply, and to recognizing adversity as an advantage
  • Overcoming obstacles and achieving great things in spite of the obstacles in your path
  • How accepting that we all have something evens the playing field, no matter what your particular obstacle happens to be
  • Adversity as an advantage: Why that resonates so much with Klyn and how you can turn adversity into advantages in your own life and business
  • How Klyn believed she had a story to tell but didn’t think others would be inspired by it, so she set out to find famous people, celebrities, and influencers with stories about overcoming adversity and her friend and editor convinced her that her story was the one she needed to tell – and that people need to hear
  • Why the biggest problems people face isn’t in their businesses, but their failure to understand their own true potential
  • Klyn’s belief that if you’re only inspired for 48 hours but you do something in that time that brings about drastic improvements in your life, then it was 48 hours well spent

Ways to contact Klyn:

Aug 22, 2018

Speaker, Trainer, professional Coach and Mentor, Heather Manzano’s life’s work is focused on leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. For more than two decades Heather has worked within Corporate America as senior management, focusing her energies on creating cultures that foster growth. She is particularly gifted at fostering rapid transformation of toxic work cultures into growth cultures. Her decades of success in corporate leadership combined with being trained and mentored by John Maxwell (Forbes & Inc Magazine’s #1 rated Leadership Author and Amazon, NYT Best seller) and the world-class faculty mentors at the John Maxwell Team have given Heather a powerful understanding of how people and companies work and how they can work more effectively towards their highest potential.

Heather’s business, Manzano Consulting, is dedicated to helping business leaders develop their number one asset – their people – in order to help them achieve their highest need: Financial Stability.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Heather’s gift for fostering the transformation of toxic work cultures into growth cultures
  • How Heather helps business leaders develop their people (their most important assets) to help them achieve their highest needs and create financial stability
  • Heather’s inspiration for reaching out to John Maxwell to create a new life for herself despite the fact that she already had the proverbial, “all”
  • How Heather parlayed her skills in employee and leadership development (from her corporate career) into a successful, thriving, and fulfilling consulting business
  • The way Heather’s desire for personal growth and professional development led her to reach out to a leader in both so she could become a better leader
  • Why Heather believes it’s important to follow the leadership of someone who resonates with you and how she dove into the training materials John Maxwell offered and when the John Maxwell team came into being, it was a natural fit for her to continue her education and get certified
  • The way Heather’s efforts to improve herself and advance her corporate career became the catalyst for so much more
  • Not burning bridges: how Heather was able to not only transition to her career as a consultant with her former employer’s blessing, but also with their business as her first client
  • Passion: the importance of finding it and making it work for you and when you do, you have to be willing to take the big steps and make the leap of faith
  • How Heather did took the leap of faith, even though she was terrified of leaving the security of a weekly paycheck behind
  • The Law of the Lid: what it is and what it means for leaders and their teams (plus, how raising your lid raises the lid for every member of your team)
  • Why Heather believes we must continuously be growing or dying
  • Why your weaknesses are never going to be your strengths and why your time is better spent developing your weaknesses to the point they no longer hold you back and the rest of your time strengthening and bolstering your strengths

Ways to contact Heather:

Aug 15, 2018

Brian Scudamore is a serial entrepreneur and passionate people-person. Known for pioneering the professional junk hauling industry with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Brian started out as a scrappy kid in Vancouver, BC, with ambition and a big idea. Since then, he’s adapted the success of his first company to launch three additional brands in the painting, moving, and home-detailing industries, with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. Together, Brian’s companies form O2E Brands, a franchising powerhouse providing business opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs across North America.

His companies have been in the limelight for decades, on shows including Oprah and CNBC. Brian is a regular contributor to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Inc. Magazine, and his story has been featured in noteworthy publications nationwide. A strong believer in ongoing personal and professional development, Brian regularly attends programs at MIT. If he’s not launching a new brand or coming up with a new, big idea, he’s crossing another 101 Life Goal off his bucket list, biking, or hanging out with his family in Vancouver.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The key to Brian's success is something he refers to as WTF - Willingness to Fail
  • Why a formal education is not always the key to success as an entrepreneur
  • How the McDonald's franchise model became the standard for 1-800-Got-Junk
  • The role skeptics play in creating a successful business plan
  • How to take a simple and ordinary business concept and revolutionize it through exceptional customer service
  • Why firing all of the wrong employees and hiring the right ones causes short-term pain but long-term gain
  • How a single sheet of paper changed the way Brian envisioned what he could accomplish
  • Why the difficult decision to part ways with a business partner is often the key to moving the organization forward
  • What a "Go Dark" Vacation Policy is and why it is the key to an energized staff
  • What the "Beer and BBQ Test" is and why you should be implementing it in your hiring practices
  • The role taking time for yourself plays in personal and professional success
  • How balance is key to success
  • Advice for new entrepreneurs

Ways to contact Brian:

Aug 8, 2018

When organizations need to Kickstart Clarity, they call on Kris Kaplan for assistance. He is the Common Everyday Overachiever at K2 - a company he founded that KickStarts Clarity for organizations and their people to become better versions of themselves.

Kris Kaplan is a firm believer that if you’re not having fun at what you do, maybe you’re doing it wrong. After 20+ years of being an entrepreneur who built a company from 0-8 figures, Kris decided it was time to guide others. Following on the same principals that scaled his company, he starts with getting clarity around Purpose+Vision+Values, helps you find a better way, “GiddyUp” and make it happen, create your tribe, and keep and fuel the passion. He is now a coach to entrepreneurs, CEO's, and other high performing individuals, providing them with the tools to make it happen. It is that methodology that inspired his Book “GiddyUp,” a kick-start guide to an awesome life.

Kris brings energy, passion, knowledge, and determination to growth-oriented, mid-market companies. He brings over 20 years of business experience, a life-long passion for personal development and growth, plus the dedication to make things happen. At home, he is a husband to his wonderful wife since 1999, father of their two amazing kiddos, and to keep healthy he is a 5x Ironman finisher with a passion for exercise and healthy living.

What you will learn about in this episode:

  • How freedom of choice impacts us at a basic level
  • Kris’ previous struggle with drugs and alcohol, as well as his inner potential to break free of its restraints to pursue new opportunities
  • How the inner workings of motivation, as well as how maintaining a healthy inner life is crucial to business formation, coaching others, and thinking about a bigger picture
  • Why the power of prayer and purpose transform a person’s life, giving them the ability to make intelligent business decisions which are both long-lasting and effective
  • How Kris has inspired other entrepreneurs to see the best versions of themselves
  • Why old age isn’t necessarily a stopping point for growth
  • Kris’ 25-year plan, which is enriched by fun activities, exercise, and the investment in new opportunities
  • Why middle-age entrepreneurs still have a place in our modern business world
  • Why it’s important to “know where you want to go,” to direct, and succeed, with a business
  • The power of Google in pursuing new opportunities
  • The must-read books for budding and middle-aged entrepreneurs alike, focusing on the power of education and the pursuit of knowledge during an entrepreneur’s life
  • Kris’ winning morning routine, which focuses on joy, thoughtful practices and focusing on new ways to be productive
  • Kris’ astounding successes as an entrepreneur, giving listeners some factual insight as to why a positive approach to business, and life, is incredibly important

Ways to contact Kris:

Aug 1, 2018

Paul Spiegelman is the co-founder of the Small Giants Community, a peer-group of purpose-driven business leaders. He is the former chief culture officer of Stericycle, the co-founder and former CEO of BerylHealth and the founder and chairman of The Beryl Institute.

Paul is a New York Times best-selling author and has been honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Paul is a sought-after speaker and author on leadership, employee engagement, entrepreneurship, culture, and leading a purpose-driven life. He has made many radio and TV appearances and his views have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and he is currently a columnist for Forbes.com.

Paul practiced law for two years prior to starting BerylHealth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a law degree from Southwestern University.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The Small Giants community that was formed by Paul after reading a book of the same name by Bo Burlingham, what makes the community so important, and how it is used to teach others how to run their business like a small giant
  • The fairly new idea of the Small Giants philosophy of leadership for business owners that focuses on the collaborative nature of businesses and encourages it even though it is not the most prominent form today
  • The Small Giants offerings of a leadership certification program that details what it is but also how to sustain it for the future
  • People focused culture: one of the key components of success with this type of leadership
  • The definition of a Small Giant leader that surrounds true leadership with values where those core values are the crux of how decisions are made
  • The way to differentiate in the market through not selling on what the company can do but by selling based on who the company is, how they treat employees, and how they treat customers
  • Putting employees first and the impact that has on a company
  • A focus on employees that is proven to drive sales and company success
  • Why it is easier to make employees the focus if it is ingrained in the culture but why culture can also be changed to make employees a focus

Ways to contact Paul:

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