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Mar 29, 2017

Mark Babbitt is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller, A World Gone Social: How Business Must Adapt to Survive. An in-demand speaker and mentor, Mark has been named as a “Top 100 Leadership Speaker” and a “Top 50 Leadership Innovator” by Inc.com and one of the “15 Twitter Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Follow" by Business News Daily.

Mark serves as CEO of YouTern, a community that enables young talent to become highly employable by connecting them to high-impact internships, mentors and contemporary career advice. Mashable calls YouTern a “Top 5 Online Community for Starting Your Career” and Forbes has repeatedly named YouTern a “Top Website for Your Career.”

Mark is also President of Switch and Shift, a site that champions social leadership, creation of an optimistic workplace and human-centered business models. Switch and Shift has been named a “Top Leadership” site by many publications and news agencies, including Huffington Post, ServetoLead.org, Leadership Insights and The Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness (CMOE).

His newest community, ForwardHeroes.org, will launch in 2017 to help our military veterans transition successfully into civilian careers.

When not working to help clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 clients embrace the Social Age, Mark writes and appears for outlets such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc.com, Huffington Post and Bloomberg News. He also serves as a Futurist in IBM Social Business’ think tank designed to help organizations understand what the future of work might look like a decade from now.

Mark is the father of five children and two Labradors. He and the woman who tolerates him (barely) call the mountains of Colorado home.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Mark’s background with YouTern, Switch and Shift, and Forward Heroes
  • Why it’s so important to build the right team
  • Why you need to be yourself when you speak
  • Why public speaking makes you a stronger person
  • How and why YouTern transitioned from B2B from B2C before launch
  • Why you need to be a master delegator

Ways to contact Mark:

Mar 22, 2017

Linda Hollander has been featured by Inc. Magazine as the leading expert on corporate sponsorships. She is the author of book, Corporate Sponsorship in 3 Easy Steps: Get Funding from Sponsors, Even if You’re Just Starting Out. She is also the CEO of Sponsor Concierge and the Sponsor Secrets Seminar.

Her sponsors include Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Dun & Bradstreet, Epson, Citibank, Fed Ex, American Airlines, Staples, Health Net, Marriott, Southwest Airlines, Los Angeles Business Journal, Wal Mart, Bank of America and IBM.

She has over 20 years of experience as a small business owner and she is the only person to be featured in both Entrepreneur and Female Entrepreneur magazine in the same month. She has also been on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX Television, Bloomberg Radio and Remarkable Women.

She started out worse than broke. She was buried in debt and couldn’t find a way out of the poverty trap and abusive relationships. But that’s not what really bothered her. It was that she was short and had frizzy hair to boot.

She and her best friend, Sheryl Felice, used their girl-power to the max. They launched a packaging business which sells custom-printed shopping bags to leading-edge companies.

Despite her shyness, she devised a sales and marketing plan which made the fledgling business profitable in a very short amount of time. As revenues for the company increased every year, she met entrepreneurs, understood what motivates them and how she could increase their success. By the way, she is still short with frizzy hair. Hey, some things you just can’t change.

Disney, Cisco Systems, Mattel, Universal Studios, Nissan, Yamaha, Sony, Revlon, Dunn Edwards Paints, Sanyo, Avery Dennison, Columbia Tri Star, CBS, City of Hope, Union Bank, ASCAP, Kaiser Permanente, IBM, Variety, Ocean Spray, Sears and Infiniti are some of her sponsors and clients. Her passions are business, sponsorships, marketing, promotion and packaging (she is a “Bag Lady”, after all).

Linda Hollander owes her success to the wonderful people in her life: Her parents, Bob and Blossom Hollander, Rhoda and Howard Goldie and her best friend, Sheryl Felice. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Leslie Greenfield, and their various rescue cats.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Linda’s background and her story of surviving abuse and achieving success
  • Why you have to spend your time with successful people
  • How Linda got the “Wealthy Bag Lady” name
  • Linda’s event the Women’s Small Business Expo
  • How Linda got Bank of America, Walmart, and IBM as her first sponsors
  • How to get sponsors
  • What sponsors will fund
  • Why putting on your own event will grow your business
  • What you have to offer at your event
  • How to use research to obtain sponsorships
  • The story of a failed event Linda hosted where she almost got sued and the lessons she learned from that even

How to contact Linda:

Mar 16, 2017

Cameron Herold is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies' exponential growth. Cameron's built a dynamic consultancy - his current clients include a 'Big 4' wireless carrier and a monarchy. What do his clients say they like most about him? He isn't a theory guy- they like that Cameron speaks only from experience. He earned his reputation as the business growth guru by guiding his clients to double their profit and double their revenue in just three years or less.

Cameron was an entrepreneur from day 1. At age 21, he had 14 employees. By 35, he'd help build his first TWO $100 MILLION DOLLAR companies. By the age of 42, Cameron engi­neered 1-800-GOT-JUNK?'s spectacular growth from $2 Million to $106 Million in revenue, and 3100 employees- and he did that in just six years. His companies landed over 5,200 media placements in that same six years, including coverage on Oprah.

Not only does Cameron know how to grow businesses. but his delivery from the stage is second to none- the current publisher of Forbes magazine. Rich Karlgaard, stated "Cameron Herold is THE BEST SPEAKER I've ever heard ... he hits grand slams.”

When Cameron steps off the stage, he doesn't stop teaching. He is the author of the global best selling business book DOUBLE DOUBLE - in its 7th printing and in multiple translations around the world.

Cameron is a top rated international speaker and has been paid to speak in 26 countries. He is also the top-rated lecturer at EO/MIT's Entrepreneurial Masters Program and a powerful and effective speaker at Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer lead­ership events around the world.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Cameron’s TED Talk
  • Why you need to share your vivid vision in a way that everyone in your company can see what you see
  • “Meetings Suck”: Cameron’s book about why meetings are often run horribly and how to do it better
  • Book in a Box: the company that Cameron advises that helps entrepreneurs write books
  • Cameron’s upcoming books on generating free PR and creating vivid visions
  • The books that have changed Cameron’s life
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about staying cutting edge (but should worry about staying focused)
  • Why you need an executive assistant
  • Cameron’s near massive heart attack that led him to change his life
  • Cameron’s focus on helping entrepreneurs become better coaches and speakers

Ways to contact Cameron:

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Mar 7, 2017

Marketing professional, speaker, and writer Don Osmond focuses on authentic marketing to help businesses develop sound branding strategies. Widely regarded as a marketing and communications thought leader, he works with clients to develop the genuine narrative of their companies, which becomes the foundation for their branding and messaging. Son to international entertainment icon Donny Osmond, his approach to marketing incorporates lessons from the entertainment industry. After years of education and experience, he knows firsthand that good marketing requires truth-telling and invitation, not spin. Don believes that authenticity is the only true value proposition that a company can offer, so he serves his clients by developing genuine story-based marketing and authentic marketing strategies. Don lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Jessica and two tiny storytellers-in-training, Truman and Leo. He loves hiking, biking, and camping, all of which are easily accomplished in this city full of green spaces.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What Don learned about business and life from his father, entertainment icon Donny Osmond
  • How Don forged his own path and got out of his family’s shadow and got into marketing
  • Why you must tell your why in the most authentic way possible
  • How understanding why you do what you do and being able to explain it will win you business
  • The risk and negative side effects of working yourself to death after starting a business
  • Why Don moved to Austin and revived OzComm after a business venture didn’t work out -- and why that failure ended up being a great thing
  • How OzComm does marketing from a holistic viewpoint
  • Don’s upcoming speech at SXSW

Ways to contact Don:

Mar 1, 2017

Zach Obront is the Co-Founder of Book In A Box, a new type of publishing company focused on allowing busy experts with important messages to share to create their book without the usual barriers.

The Book in a Box process allows busy experts and thought leaders with important messages to share to create the book they've been fantasizing about. No more arguing with publishers over creative decisions or sitting in front of your computer battling writer's block.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Zach’s company Book In A Box: a company that helps experts write their books
  • Why you should have a book
  • Why Book In A Box starts with the outline of a book
  • Why you don’t need to do it all yourself
  • How Zach sorts through a mess of information to formulate a solid game plan
  • Why you need to meditate and exercise
  • Why Zach and his business partner hired a CEO
  • What business looks like now and in the future for Zach’s company

Ways to contact Zach:

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