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Why Asking Great Questions Will Build Your Business with Donna Loughlin Donna Loughlin’s work focuses on working with visionary companies and leaders that are creating the future we all want to see. Donna shares how her experience as a journalist, writer, and Young Explorer influenced her work as a futurist and PR agent. She discusses the importance of relationships in the business world and how being able to build strong relationships is one of the most important skills that a futurist can have. Donna also shares some advice for women who are struggling to balance their work and personal lives. She advises women to ask for help, stand up for themselves, and be confident in asking for what they need.This conversation was insightful and informative thanks to Donna’s unique perspective on the field of futurism and public relations, which will be sure to interest any women looking to improve their business skills or jump into a new career path.   Donna Loughlin is the Founder of LMGPR and known for her work with futurists and innovators. She has taken more than 500 companies from stealth to market leaders since forming her agency in 2002. She is also the host of BeforeItHappened, a leading narrative podcast. Donna excels in the realm of storytelling, and uses those skills to propel new companies into the mainstream.   Let’s tune in to her story!   [00:01 - 11:01] Opening Segment   Get to know my guest, Donna Loughlin Working with emerging markets and companies led by visionaries and futurists, including those in the technology, automotive, and agricultural industries Why Donna loves working with tinkers  Donna talks about her time working in press as a young journalist and the nostalgia she has for printers ink    [11:02 - 16:24] On Starting Her Entrepreneurial Journey    Donna shares how she started her entrepreneurial journey after her company got her to be their Vice President of Communications, let her go with a severance package during the dot-com bubble This turned out to be the driving force she needed to start and register her own business Donna started a consultancy business and began banking $80,000 per month from her business within the first 90 days Donna felt that she was always being prepared to own her own business, but she kept on putting those tools in her back pocket    [16:25 - 27:01] How a Single Mom Managed to Start and Run a Successful Business   Donna shares how she adopted her two children when she was married and seven years later became a single mother Donna describes the challenges of balancing work and parenting as a single parent, and how she learned to ask for help She advises other mothers to speak up and ask for support when needed, and to stand up for themselves It’s important to be vulnerable – Donna shares why asking for help doesn't mean you're not capable or not powerful Donna shares how manifestation plays an important role in her life    [27:01 - 27:38] Becoming an Entrepreneur Is Not for the Safe  We discuss the importance of slowing down and taking time for yourself, both in terms of work and personal life Donna shares her checks and balances routine for reflecting on her personal growth  If we're not growing and not learning, we're not evolving We discuss how disconnection in the digital world can lead to problems in family life, and how reconnecting through conversation, laughter, and food is important   [40:40 - 47:28] Closing Segment We close off the show discussing how overwhelm can be avoided by being mindful of the details in life and having a list of what you’re grateful for Reach Donna though her website, LinkedIn and Instagram  Listen to Donna’s Podcast The Before It Happened Podcast If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!     WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Connect
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Why Asking Great Questions Will Build Your Business with Donna Loughlin Donna Loughlin’s work focuses on working with visionary companies and leaders that are creating the future we all want to see. Donna shares how her experience as a journalist, writer, and Young Explorer influenced her work as a futurist and PR agent. She discusses the importance of relationships in the business world and how being able to build strong relationships is one of the most important skills that a futurist can have. Donna also shares some advice for women who are struggling to balance their work and personal lives. She advises women to ask for help, stand up for themselves, and be confident in asking for what they need.This conversation was insightful and informative thanks to Donna’s unique perspective on the field of futurism and public relations, which will be sure to interest any women looking to improve their business skills or jump into a new career path.   Donna Loughlin is the Founder of LMGPR and known for her work with futurists and innovators. She has taken more than 500 companies from stealth to market leaders since forming her agency in 2002. She is also the host of BeforeItHappened, a leading narrative podcast. Donna excels in the realm of storytelling, and uses those skills to propel new companies into the mainstream.   Let’s tune in to her story!   [00:01 - 11:01] Opening Segment   Get to know my guest, Donna Loughlin Working with emerging markets and companies led by visionaries and futurists, including those in the technology, automotive, and agricultural industries Why Donna loves working with tinkers  Donna talks about her time working in press as a young journalist and the nostalgia she has for printers ink    [11:02 - 16:24] On Starting Her Entrepreneurial Journey    Donna shares how she started her entrepreneurial journey after her company got her to be their Vice President of Communications, let her go with a severance package during the dot-com bubble This turned out to be the driving force she needed to start and register her own business Donna started a consultancy business and began banking $80,000 per month from her business within the first 90 days Donna felt that she was always being prepared to own her own business, but she kept on putting those tools in her back pocket    [16:25 - 27:01] How a Single Mom Managed to Start and Run a Successful Business   Donna shares how she adopted her two children when she was married and seven years later became a single mother Donna describes the challenges of balancing work and parenting as a single parent, and how she learned to ask for help She advises other mothers to speak up and ask for support when needed, and to stand up for themselves It’s important to be vulnerable – Donna shares why asking for help doesn't mean you're not capable or not powerful Donna shares how manifestation plays an important role in her life    [27:01 - 27:38] Becoming an Entrepreneur Is Not for the Safe  We discuss the importance of slowing down and taking time for yourself, both in terms of work and personal life Donna shares her checks and balances routine for reflecting on her personal growth  If we're not growing and not learning, we're not evolving We discuss how disconnection in the digital world can lead to problems in family life, and how reconnecting through conversation, laughter, and food is important   [40:40 - 47:28] Closing Segment We close off the show discussing how overwhelm can be avoided by being mindful of the details in life and having a list of what you’re grateful for Reach Donna though her website, LinkedIn and Instagram  Listen to Donna’s Podcast The Before It Happened Podcast If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!     WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Connect
How to Bring Polarized Groups and Conversations Together with Brian McComak Brian McComak is a consultant, speaker, author and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, HR, company culture, change management, internal communications, and employee experience. He is the founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity, a consulting firm that cultivates and champions inclusive workplace cultures and human-centered leadership.   Let’s tune in to his story!   [00:01 – 10:36] Opening Segment Brian McComak, CEO and founder of Hummingbird Humanity What Makes Workspaces not Human Centric   [10:37 – 19:37] Workforce and Workspaces Now How corporations became unemotional, robotic, authoritarian Creating workspaces where humans thrive The workforce demographics is changing significantly   [19:38 – 28:08] Creating Diverse and Healing Workplaces How to Bring People in a Workplace to Heal Diversity Learning Circle Understanding diversity and other people’s point of view   [28:09 – 39:56] Humanity in the Workplace Brian has a book coming out next year about humanity in the workplace Curiosity: Are people more curious about conversations now than before? Showing up over agreeing Take that first   [39:57 – 49:24] Closing Segment Take that first step Curiosity is a powerful tool Self-care is important   Connect with Brian Email: hello@hummingbirdhumanity.com Website: BrianMcComak.com, HummingbirdHumanity.com Phone: 646-483-9132 LinkedIn: in/BmcComak Instagram: @BrianMcComak   If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!     WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.   Check us out on Apple Podcasts.   Thanks for tuning in!    Tweetable Quotes   “I want business leaders to be still business leaders and make responsible decisions that have a return on investment that may have an impact and, and also acknowledge the humanity and infuse that into the decision making.” - Brian McComak
The Entrepreneurial Tipping Point and Building Exponential Success with Bew White Bew White lll, is Chairman of the Board of Gabriella White and it’s brands, Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane. In 2013 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Society of International Business Fellows and in 2021 Bew White received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association. He is also the subject of the well-received biography A Summer Classic: The Bew White Story by Christopher Taunton   Let’s tune in to his story!   [00:01 – 10:39] Opening Segment The Road to Success is an Experience The risks Bew didn’t take and what happened next Bigger and bigger loans   [10:40 – 23:43] Experience Filled Entrepreneurial Venture Fashion: A Strategic Business Game Bew’s Key to Success The beginning of Bew’s entrepreneurial journey   [23:44 – 37:27] No End to Life and Success God keeps death out of your brain: Bew’s blood Clot Story Life is Infinite Leading a business with a heart It takes a village to make a business successful   [37:28 – 41:31] Closing Segment Learn to read a financial statement Grab your copy of A Summer Classic   Connect with Bew Website: Summerclassics.com Facebook: Bewwhite LinkedIn: Bewwhite   If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!     WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.   Check us out on Apple Podcasts.   Thanks for tuning in!    Tweetable Quotes   “You get wisdom from mistakes, and certainly more so than you did from your successes.” – Bew White
The 5 Essential Skills Every Leader Must Master with Dr. Adam C. Bandelli Dr. Adam C. Bandelli is the Founder & Managing Director of Bandelli & Associates. He has 20 years of management and leadership advisory consulting experience in the firm’s service offerings, including senior executive selection, leadership development, organizational culture, and executive education. Adam is the author of the book Relational Intelligence: The Five Essential Skills You Need to Build Life-Changing Relationships. Adam resides in the Greater New York Metro area with his family and is active in his church and local community. Let’s tune in to his story!   [00:01 – 08:51] Opening Segment How shoes and things on his shelves played an intimate part in Dr. Adam’s story and leadership Top 3 Things that Differentiates Dr. Adam’s Business in the Market Employees first Diversity Mental Health Awareness   [08:52 – 18:38] Bipolar Disorder Awareness Adam talks about his experience being diagnosed and his experiences thereafter The Two Different Types of Bipolar Disorder Choosing the Right Therapist for You The Importance of Humility   [18:39 – 37:31] The 5 Essential Skill Every Leader Must Master The Role of Hitting Rock Bottom Top 2 Skills Every Leader Must Have Why Dr. Adam wrote his new book The Relational Intelligence Experience How to Build Relational Intelligence with Your Team   [37:32 – 43:24] Closing Segment Don’t forget to get your very own copy of Relational Intelligence   Connect with Dr. Adam Website: bandelliandassociates.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialbandelliassociates LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adambandelli/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/official_bandelliassociates/     Special offer for listeners: Grab a copy of Relational Intelligence: The Five Essential Skills You Need to Build Life-Changing Relationships!   If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!     WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Or send me an email amacvirtualassistance@gmail.com    Check us out on Apple Podcasts.   Thanks for tuning in!    Tweetable Quotes   “Whatever your values are, you want to be around people that align with them, especially if they're going to be giving you counsel and guidance.” - Dr. Adam C. Bandelli   “Leaders who build more inclusive cultures, create environments where people can be authentic.” - Dr. Adam C. Bandelli   “In 10 years, most of the workforce 55% to 56% of the workforce are going to be Gen-Z and Millennials and they fundamentally have different values and beliefs than Baby Boomers and Gen-X-ers.” - Dr. Adam C. Bandelli
How to Change the World by Being a Better Communicator with Odell Bizzell Odell Bizzell is a professional speaker who has given over 300 paid presentations in his 20s. He’s also a marketing coach & brand strategist for high-level entrepreneurs, professionals, and small business owners. Odell teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners how to make an extra $100,000 from public speaking.   Let’s tune in to his story!   [00:01 – 05:04] Opening Segment Get to know my guest Odell Bizzell Always trying to get better Communication creates successful lives   [05:05 – 33:40] How to Change the World by Being a Better Communicator Odell is a binge creator and he applies this in his role as an author The Beginning of Odell’s Great Communicator Journey Preparing to Speak to Every Type of Group It’s not diversity, it’s miscommunication Everything we see is orchestrated   [33:41 – 37:27] How to Create Positive and Impactful Dialogues Ask good questions The 5 Greatest Questions in the World Who am I? Where am I from? Why am I here? What am I capable of doing with my time here? How will I be remembered? Check out Refuse to Lose and Why I Fired My White Best Friend   [37:28 – 40:04] Closing Segment   Connect with Odell Website: https://publicspeakingprofits.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/odell-bizzell-1886647 IG: OdellBizzell   Special offer for listeners: Public Speaking Profits free. course: www.PublicSpeakingProfits.com     If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!     WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Or send me an email amacvirtualassistance@gmail.com    Check us out on Apple Podcasts.   Thanks for tuning in!    Tweetable Quotes   “The only way we can be successful in life is to become really great communicators, not only with others but also with ourselves” – Odell Bizzell   “We don’t really have a diversity problem.  We have a communication problem.” – Odell Bizzell
What it Takes to Run a Successful Business with Robyn Graham Dr. Robyn Graham is passionate about serving others and helping high-achieving women find clarity around their purpose to build personal brands and strong foundations for long-term business success. She helps her clients overcome mindset barriers, create brand marketing strategies, navigate tech, systems, and processes, and take intentional action. Robyn is a business and mindset coach, host of The Robyn Graham show, and the author of You, Me, and Anxiety: Take Action Over Anxiety to Enjoy Being You, in which she shares her life-long journey with anxiety to help others navigate anxiety to live a joyful, peaceful, purposeful life. Robyn enjoys speaking on personal branding, brand marketing strategies, mindset, anxiety, and faith to help women become confident in pursuing their God-led callings and navigate the digital world of entrepreneurship [00:01 - 12:29] Opening Segment How Emi and Robyn first met and how their relationship has grown  Robyn takes the reigns for today's episode The CEO Mindset in Entrepreneurship The Importance of Your Core Values [12:30 - 18:45] What's Stoping You from Becoming the CEO? Play as a core value The Biggest Problem that is Preventing You to Become the CEO It takes a whole village to grow your business [18:46 - 31:33] The CEO Mindset The Right Time to Think of Becoming the CEO You won't reach your goals alone Master the Leadership and Mindset Areas  The E-Myth by Michael Gerber  What to Worry About During Your Startup: It's not your systems and processes! Documenting Your Processes to Reach Perfection [31:34 - 41:07] CEO Firsts Just Embody That! Your first step to becoming the CEO You don't always have to be all in We are all born with creativity The First Person You Have to Hire  [41:08 - 46:04] Closing Segment Seek outside mentorship and guidance Things happen for us and not to us Intuition is powerful    Connect with Robyn Graham Website: www.therobyngraham.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therobyngraham/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theRobynGraham/ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thefemaleentrepreneurinsider Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/therobyngraham/ Clubhouse: @therobyngraham LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/therobyngraham   Special Offer for Listeners: https://therobyngraham.com/resources/   “A Guide for Alleviating Anxiety and Developing Health Habits for a Healthy Mind” “How to Build a Strong Foundation for Long-Term Brand and Business Success” The Robyn Graham Show     If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!   WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Learn the 5 Steps to becoming a high-performing CEO. Get a complimentary copy of Optimize Most entrepreneurs are up 80% more sales on the table. Are you? Schedule a Rev Up Your Revenue Audit to find out. Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Check us out on https://emikirschner.com/podcast/ Thank you for tuning in!     Tweetable Quotes "Until you embody the mindset of a CEO, it makes it really difficult to have a successful business." - Emi Kirschner  "We are all born with creativity.  But the chaos of li
How to Give Your Business Soul with Ralf Specht Ralf Specht is the author of “Building Corporate Soul”. He developed the Soul System™, a framework that powers culture and success for any business. After two decades with McCann Erickson in various executive roles, he was a founding partner of Spark44, an innovative, industry-first joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover. Under his leadership as CEO, Spark44 grew to a 1,200 people business in 18 countries. His second book “Beyond The Startup” shares the operational innovations that drove Spark44´s growth before it joined forces with Accenture. His driving vision is to make soulless companies a thing of the past.   [00:00 - 09:09] Opening Segment • Who is Ralf Specht in the field of business culture and leadership? • Check out Ralf's book, "Building Corporate Soul" • The corporate soul framework: purpose, shared words, and shared purpose.   [09:10 - 18:00] The 3 Levels of Company Culture • Shared Purpose, Shared Understanding, and Shared Behavior • The importance of having a company with soul • Leaders need to communicate the importance of having a company with soul to employees   [18:00 - 27:12] How to Convince Employees to Join your Startup • Starting a company from scratch can be an experience of a lifetime, but it can also be challenging. • How a story and not a sales pitch convinces people to join a company • Ralf tells the story of his startup journey   [27:12 - 35:45] From Start Up to Large Company • A small startup can quickly grow exponentially • As a company grows, it becomes harder to maintain the culture and keep everyone on the same page • Why You Should Hire Outside   [35:46 - 44:23] Bigger Office, Bigger Challenges • The text discusses how Ralf's team went from two 50-person offices to seven 50-person offices over a period of one year. • Ralph established an evaluation system which required team members to have conversations with each other every quarter. • The evaluation became a way to assess how team members were adhering to the company's values. • HR was involved in the process of aligning leaders with the company's values, and was also responsible for conducting client reviews.   [44:23 - 47:54] Closing Segment • Take the 5-minute quiz that helps entrepreneurs reflect on their company culture and how it has affected sales.   Connect with Ralf through www.buildingcorporatesoul.com and LinkedIn.   "You have to start when things are alright because as we all know in business, things might be alright today but they might be very difficult tomorrow." - Ralf Specht   "When building a company with soul, that is what I call spirit. And to me spirit is the intended [company] culture." - Ralf Specht   If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!   WANT TO LEARN MORE?   Learn the 5 Steps to becoming a high-performing CEO. Get a complimentary copy of Optimize Most entrepreneurs are up 80% more sales on the table. Are you? Schedule a Rev Up Your Revenue Audit to find out. Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Check us out on https://emikirschner.com/podcast/ Thank you for tuning in!
How Technology is Going to Radically Change Your Life Do you know how to anticipate the future and develop a mindful innovation? We may not be able to necessarily fix the fact that there are biases about the algorithms with the technologies. We don't know what's coming but we do know that we do need to develop the things that make us uniquely human that will help us to solve the problems that are coming as a result of the technology. In this episode, we interview Charlie Oliver, the founder, and CEO of tech 2025, a futurist organization that focuses on the innovations that are coming and their impact on business and society. She discusses how getting people on board early with regards to emerging technologies can help them capitalize on these opportunities when they arrive. Let's dive in! Key Highlights: [00:01 - 08:15] Opening Segment • Charlie shares her background and story • We need to be prepared for the future, and we shouldn't be afraid of AI • How we should be preparing for the future, and how technology will change our lives for the better [08:16 - 15:54] Our Intuition and Creativity Are Essential • How she met with Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg, and how his meeting with them changed her perspective • The way technology is being used, and how we need to be more mindful of our cognitive abilities to keep up • If we don't start investing in our intuition and creativity, we may lose them as technology advances [15:55 - 23:37] Is Technology Ruining Our Lives? • How technology has changed in the past few decades and how it will continue to change in the future • Entrepreneurs need to be aware of changes in technology and be ready for what is coming [23:38 - 31:10] Black Women Empowered by Startup • What Charlie decided to create to give voice to women across America after feeling that they were not being heard • Charlie shares her experience with her first startup and what happened during the recession in 2008 [31:11 - 38:49] Closing Segment • Why Charlie decided to follow her own path instead of subscribing to others' ideas Want to connect to Charlie? Follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Head to Teach 2025, and figure out the future together! Key Quotes: "Train yourself up, skill yourself, and be unapologetic about what you choose to do and how you choose to do it, or you're gonna get left behind." - Charlie Oliver "The hardest part about being an entrepreneur is not letting yourself on, it's letting other people down." - Charlie Oliver If you liked my show, please LEAVE A 5-STAR REVIEW, like, share, and subscribe!   WANT TO LEARN MORE? Learn the 5 Steps to becoming a high-performing CEO. Get a complimentary copy of Optimize Most entrepreneurs are up 80% more sales on the table. Are you? Schedule a Rev Up Your Revenue Audit to find out. Connect with me through Emi Kirschner Business Coach, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Check us out on https://emikirschner.com/podcast/ Thank you for tuning in!
We are Interdependent: Why the Collective is More Important than the Individual “The individual is not the primary unit of existence in the world. The pandemic and related disruptions we've seen in the last 2 years have caused me to understand how interdependent we all are as living beings. We need to think of the collective, the greater good, rather than the individual as the primary focus.” - Mark Monchek  In this episode, the Founder and Chief Opportunity Officer of Opportunity Lab delves into why it's so important for organizations to have a culture of opportunity, and how it can help businesses navigate the changing waters of today's world. He stresses the importance of believing in the concept of collective wisdom, and how this belief can help to create a resilient strategy. Tune in and discover how the power of having a tribe can impact one's life in very positive ways!  Mark has a passion for helping leaders grow organizations that are catalysts for a better world and believes that a strategy only works if you take every part of a business into consideration. He uses innovative but tested facilitation techniques to help leaders and teams identify their gaps and blindspots, lean into their strengths, and amplify their impact in a changing marketplace.  Key Highlights:  [00:01 - 08:09] Opening Segment Mark's background and work  The importance of a tribe in a world disruption Check out Culture of Opportunity: How to Grow Your Business in an Age of Disruption  [08:10 - 23:58] How to Create a Resilient Strategy That Represents Everybody What helps organizations move more fluidly and allows a more holistic understanding of information How to listen deeply to build trust How to gather effectively and connect with your team members  [23:59 - 32:12] The Rise of the Remote Work Environment How the current model for workplaces is not effective and how it is leading to a decline in democracy Mark's outlook on companies that are trying to find a balance between profit and welfare The importance of a hybrid work environment and the benefits that come with it  [32:13 - 39:47] How to Grow Your Business in an Age of Disruption Why a culture of opportunity can help companies thrive in a world of disruption The step-by-step guide to developing a year of opportunity with specific strategic actions and plans Why Marked decided to develop the idea for a culture of opportunity and published the book  [39:48 - 56:02] Closing Segment How to thrive in a world of disruption by having an emergent culture  Want to connect with Mark? Follow him on LinkedIn, and Instagram. Head to Opplab, a strategy and facilitation consultancy helping mission-driven organizations grow thriving, resilient businesses that create abundance for everyone they touch!  Special Offer for listeners:  Opportunity Community: A free strategy session for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals committed to thriving in an age of disruption. Link to register for the next event: https://opplab.com/opportunity-community/  Resources Mentioned:  Social Physics - Alex Pentland A Paradise Build in Hell – Rebecca Solnit  Key Quotes:  “People are much more open to being challenged when they see it's from good intention rather than to shame them or criticize them.” - Mark Monchek  “If you really share bandwidth as a group, it becomes incredibly powerful that people feel they are a tribe.” - Mark Monchek
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