Podcast

Creative Warriors

Creative Warriors is a community of "uncommon" entrepreneurs and innovative business owners. Those that have created products and services that need a different way of doing business, marketing, and reaching their ideal customers in order to succeed and stand out in a noisy world. Business coach and author of LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customers Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible, host Jeffrey Shaw, interviews leading authors and inspiring entrepreneurs, who will change your way...more

Episodes

  • 485: Raana Zia - Create Your Desired Life

    Apr 17 2019

    A lot of times we set intentions, but we don’t get the results we want. This is because we are out of alignment. We have a vision, but we don’t actually believe our goals could come true. Manifestation is a powerful tool, but you have to align your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in order for it to work. Manifestation isn’t just “woo-woo” new-age thinking. It has been proven to be effective. We simply cannot recognize what we don’t already know. How could you identify something that is the color...more

  • 484: Heather Hansen - Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself

    Apr 10 2019

    When I had back surgery, my doctor told me everything that would happen except for one thing: there would be machines on my legs pumping my blood. I woke up and immediately thought I was paralyzed. If my doctor had told me this was going to happen, it would have saved me that moment of fear. It’s true in business, too. Expectations have to be clear on both sides. What is common knowledge to you, is often a foreign idea to others. If you start with clear communication, it’s less likely that you w...more

  • 483: Talking Stick- Think Like a Leader

    Apr 08 2019

    Entrepreneurs don't often think of themselves as leaders. Thinking like a leader will help you think bigger and step into creating the impact you want on your community and in the world. When you think of people like Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey, do you really think of them as business owners? They are leaders. There's a latent leader in you waiting to come out! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook...more

  • 482: Laura Gassner Otting - Live Limitless

    Apr 03 2019

    Balance is impossible to find. There are always challenges and unexpected responsibilities that throw off this fictional ideal. There is no perfect ratio of work life and home life that will magically solve your problems. Consonance, however, is achievable. Consonance is when all of the parts of your life line up for the same purpose. If the person you are at work is the same person you are at home, you have more of yourself to give. Stop trying to be all things to all people and instead start t...more

  • 481: Talking Stick- Diverse Marketing for Different Personalities

    Apr 01 2019

    Within many languages, there are accents. Similarly, when you speak the lingo of your ideal customers, there are different personalities. So while you want to attract and appeal to the narrow audience of ideal customers, you can also appeal to the broadest segment of ideal customers as possible by understanding their different personalities. Learn specific strategies to do just that on your website. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join ...more

  • 480: Jennifer Iannolo - Self-Directed Empowerment

    Mar 27 2019

    So often we disempower ourselves because we look through a lens of excuses. When our businesses aren’t doing well, we’ll say, “The economy is bad” or “Email marketing is dead” instead of looking for ways we can do better. It’s time to stop depending on others and find strength within ourselves. My guest today calls this “Self-Directed Empowerment.” We have to have personal accountability to be able to withstand failure and struggle. Taking responsibility for your circumstances is not about blame...more

  • 479: Arthur Joseph - Voice is Power

    Mar 20 2019

    I talk all day long. Speaking is my profession, so I take care of my instrument by steaming my throat every morning and doing vocal warm-ups. It’s no different than the drills I would practice if I were an athlete- talking is my sport. But vocal training isn’t just important for professionals. It’s for everyone. When you’re working on vocal awareness, you’re not just doing it for a big presentation on a stage. Our goal should be to sound the same no matter what situation we’re in and in every as...more

  • 478: Talking Stick- Frictionless Customers

    Mar 18 2019

    There are many business models based on a frictionless experience for the customer--rideshare apps, food delivery, etc. In this episode, I reverse the thinking. How about as businesses we concentrate on attracting frictionless customers? Those that are the easiest to work with. Those that make every day a pleasant working experience for you and your entire company. What makes a frictionless customer? Alignment. Listen in and you'll find out how. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hea...more

  • 477: Steven Griffith - The Time Cleanse

    Mar 13 2019

    People often say to me, “I don’t have enough time.” This is a scarcity mindset. If you don’t have enough time, what else do you not have enough of? You actually do have enough time, you just might be feeling powerless to choose how you spend it. A big shift I made was when I started to think of time as a resource. I realized that I’m very environmentally conscious, but I didn’t place the same value on time. Like money, many people have an adversarial relationship with time. Once you fix that und...more

  • 476: Talking Stick- Your Values, Your Time

    Mar 11 2019

    Are you allocating your time towards what you say you value? This episode will prepare you for the next episode with Steven Griffith who offers strategies to do a time cleanse. By doing a time cleanse, you can create the time to really put your time towards what you value. Note- it seemed fitting to use this photo of me with my two dogs because my dog Milo, on the left, is very ill and I don't know how much time I have left with him. I value my time with him. The Talking Stick is in your hands n...more

  • 475: Ian Altman- A New Selling Mindset

    Mar 06 2019

    We spend too much time trying to “sell” to people who are not a good fit for our business. How many business cards for people who will never use your service do you need? The answer is zero. We also often use violent sports or battle analogies to describe the process of selling which creates adversarial atmosphere. Instead of these approaches, we should be thinking of selling as solving problems. Ian Altman calls this “Same Side Selling.” To get into Same Side Selling, you need to have a mindset...more

  • 474: Talking Stick- Conversations Create Movement

    Mar 04 2019

    I'm fortunate to have many conversations in a single day with a diverse group of people in person and online. I'm always looking for connections between conversations as an indicator of what the world needs or how people are evolving. I'll bet you'll relate to one or more of the random thoughts shared in this episode and you'll learn about the importance of movement. And how conversations create movement. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation -...more

  • 473: Nadia Finer - Embrace What Makes You Different

    Feb 27 2019

    As small businesses owners, we can often put ourselves down. We say, “Oh, it’s just this little thing I do.” Often it’s the mom or dad who is running a business but also shuffling kids around or the creative with their own small list of clients. It’s so easy to minimize what we do, but we need to respect our little business. The size of your business should reflect the life that you want to lead. A little business can provide for your big dreams. After all, just because the business is small doe...more

  • 472: Talking Stick- You Can't Afford Not To

    Feb 25 2019

    My good friend, Melissa Smith happened to be visiting me in Miami so in this episode, we chat about resistance to getting help and the different types of support you need for your business. Melissa is an expert in remote work and virtual assistants and perfect for this conversation. The bottom line is this. You can say you can't afford to get help. The truth is, you can't afford not to and entrepreneurs need to stop kidding themselves.   The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from y...more

  • 471: Douglas Vermeeren - How Successful People Think Differently

    Feb 20 2019

    It’s hard to talk negatively about positive thinking. But positive thinking means you’re actually attached to the negative. If you think there was a reason for suffering it will cause you to stay in suffering. It’s much better to create your own reality by thinking proactively. See the outcome you desire and then work backward to achieve it. This takes work, but you’ll have much better results than if you act as a victim of your circumstances. If you blame it, you can’t claim it. To dive deeper ...more

  • 470: Talking Stick- Drive, Impatience and the Mid-Life Entrepreneur

    Feb 18 2019

    There are so many of us driven to do big things in the second-half of our lives. Feeling driven with a strong passion combined with impatience can be frustrating. What I've realized along my personal journey and in speaking to others is that some fundamental feelings in our lives may need to be looked at differently in order to succeed as a mid-life entrepreneur. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creativ...more

  • 469: Holly Hatam - Make Money Doing What You Love

    Feb 13 2019

    Artists are so often plagued by feelings of self-doubt. We’re afraid to go after what we really want because we wonder if we’re competitive enough to create a sustainable life. We’ll talk ourselves out of pursuing a career in the thing that we love and try to fix our square peg into a round hole. But what if I told you that the thing you’re most passionate about will probably be the thing at which you can be the most successful? Once you hone in on what you’re meant to do, it will all fall into ...more

  • 468: Talking Stick- Stop Trying So Hard

    Feb 11 2019

    We Warriors are wired to work hard. Say that 10 times fast!:) That's true in business and often in life. I wonder, though, if it's how we should be showing up in the world. I wonder if the world wants a different way. Is it really how we get what we are striving for? My sense is that's there's a new way of being arising. A way to get all we want out of our lives without it being so hard. Come explore this idea with me. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the ...more

  • 467: LuAnn Nigara - A Well-Designed Business

    Feb 06 2019

    A lot of creatives think we are doomed to a life without systems because that’s not our natural inclination. Our business is “us,” which makes it difficult to scale. I know that I personally have trouble making the connection between who I am as a photographer and my branding. Whether or not systems come easily to you, it’s time to put on our “big-boy pants.” All businesses need to revisit the fundamentals of mission statements, values, systems, and customers. You have to believe in your busines...more

  • 466: Talking Stick- How To Structure Your Year To Meet Your Goals

    Feb 04 2019

    A month into the new year, how are your goals going? In this episode, I share a new way to set goals and structure your year. A way that, I believe, accomplishes the balance between setting your sights on big dreams while also taking care of yourself and avoiding disappointment and self-criticism. With this balance, you are more likely to achieve your goals! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative War...more

  • 465: Scott Beebe - Business On Purpose

    Jan 30 2019

    So often we get bogged down doing the daily tasks of our business. We’re spending time doing the marketing, the accounting, the receivables, and on and on. We can barely get our head above water to allow us to see our bigger picture. But if you create systems that other people can take hold of and continue to implement, you’ll have more space to take your business to the next level. You’ll be able to live the life you dream of instead of constantly putting out fires. Put in the work, then use a ...more

  • 464: Talking Stick- What Got Us Here Won't Get Us Where We Want To Go

    Jan 28 2019

    Some new thoughts on the classic phrase, "What got us here won't get us where we want to go." Perhaps it has more to do with old ways of thinking that are holding us back rather than adopting new practices and habits. I also share some thoughts about collective consciousness and manifestation. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, at www.joinwarriors.com and share your feelings and c...more

  • 463: Steve Woodruff - Clarity to Get Heard and Get Referred

    Jan 23 2019

    It’s hard to come up with a good answer to the question “What do you do?” We want to respond with something that is memorable, that incites conversation, and that can lead to a referral. So how can we find a sentence that does all that? By getting clarity. A clear message travels faster. If you want to create the opportunity for serendipitous referral moments, what you have to offer has to be easy to understand. You have to be able to communicate what you do, for whom you do it, and how you do i...more

  • 462: Chris Westfall - Creative Spirit is the Foundation of Leadership

    Jan 16 2019

    It’s time to redefine leadership. Often when we talk about leaders, we are talking about CEOs of companies, but here’s the truth: we are all leaders. It’s important that we, as Creative Warriors, learn to own that fact. The basis of leadership is creativity because it allows us to make something new. As a leader, you have to be cognizant of the language that you use. If you are coming from a vulnerable, truthful place, you won’t have to “sell.” You can instead share something you know will help ...more

  • 461: Talking Stick- Find a Positive Fuel Source

    Jan 14 2019

    Those of us who strive to grow, develop and get better at what we do seem to often thrive on feedback, self-evaluation and constructive criticism. Does it have to be that way? Can't we find a positive fuel source? Find out in this episode. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, at www.joinwarriors.com and share your feelings and continue the conversation. Contact Jeffrey - Website Co...more

  • 460: James Fell- Holy Sh!t Moments and How To Make Them Happen

    Jan 09 2019

    We’re often taught that slow and steady wins the race. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that small, incremental changes are the best way to create life-lasting change. But what if our biggest improvements actually happen in a lightning-strike moment? I personally had a big epiphany a few years ago. Typically, I would position myself in the back of the line. In a profound moment, I realized that you can’t complain about not being seen if you continue to put yourself in the backgr...more

  • 459: Talking Stick- The Paradox of Goals and Expectations

    Jan 07 2019

    It's that time of year when you're setting a lot of goals. But are you also setting yourself up for disappointment? How do you handle it when you don't meet your goals? Does the voice of expectation make you feel bad about yourself? How do you reason the idea of setting big goals without setting yourself up for disappointment if you don't meet your stretch goals? Find out in this episode. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our communi...more

  • 458: Alan Stein, Jr.- Raise Your Game in 2019

    Jan 02 2019

    I’m always the person who comes up from behind. I tend to take more time studying and can be pretty meticulous, but as the finish line approaches I sail ahead. Now, I embrace this trait- I know that it’s actually those “unseen hours” of preparation that are setting me up for success. So how can you take advantage of the “unseen hours” that go on behind the scenes?  It’s all about having meticulous self-discipline. The greatest champions go back to the basics and don’t skip steps.  They don’t tak...more

  • 457: Darren Virassammy - Focus on Your Strengths

    Dec 26 2018

    It’s human nature to focus on what’s wrong. We’re often taught to achieve balance by strengthening our weaknesses. But what if we just need to be aware of our weaknesses and not necessarily spend time on them? Focusing on your strengths will help you go further. Why? Because you can hire someone who is strong in the areas where you are lacking. That’s the beauty of teamwork. When you’re focused on your own strengths, you’ll also start acknowledging it in the people around you, creating a better ...more

  • 456: Talking Stick- Two Gifts to Bring Out The Best in You

    Dec 24 2018

    As my gift to you, I offer you two exercises to bring out more in you than you can imagine for yourself. You'll have fun with these exercises and set yourself up to have an amazing 2019! Enjoy and I wish each and every one of you a magical Holiday and a prosperous New Year. Go out into the world, Create, Serve and Be Prosperous! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, at www.joinwarrio...more

  • 455: Lisa Nirell- Mindful Marketing: Be Present and Profitable

    Dec 19 2018

    So often, the words we use around marketing are overly aggressive. We say that we want to reach a “target audience,” we need to “penetrate” the market, or we need to “push” our product.  But words have energy. To attract our ideal customers we have to first stop thinking of them as a target. Business, like most things, can benefit by taking a more mindful approach. You have to be conscious of the words you use, the way you look at information, and attitude with which you approach a project. It’s...more

  • 454: Talking Stick- The Subtleties of an Abundant Mind

    Dec 17 2018

    The idea of changing a scarcity mindset to an abundant mindset can seem like a daunting task. Sort of like a complete makeover when all we need is a haircut. This episode offers you ideas on how to pay attention to the subtleties of your thoughts and words to build an abundant mind every day, all day long. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, at www.joinwarriors.com and share your f...more

  • 453: Mo Bunnell - Selling IS Helping

    Dec 12 2018

    One thing I truly believe creatives struggle with is feeling like a sleazy salesman. We want to focus on our craft and become hesitant about the business development side of what we do. Most of the time that means selling ourselves short, and not getting the respect we deserve for our hard work. Luckily, the solution isn’t too tough. You really need to just shift your mindset and realize that selling isn’t bad.  We actually sell in order to help other people. By focusing on the business developm...more

  • 452: Talking Stick- Work OUTSIDE your business more than ON it

    Dec 10 2018

    Common advice is to work ON your business more than IN your business. Great advice for keeping us from getting caught up in trivial tasks at the sacrifice of moving our businesses forward. Better yet though is to work OUTSIDE your business more than ON it. Found out what I mean by that and how this idea can completely revolutionize your business. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite,...more

  • 451: Viv and Tash - How Instagram Can Humanize Your Brand

    Dec 05 2018

    Social media is a necessity for every business. What started out as a tool for personal expression is now an important way to gain brand recognition. As Facebook usership declines, Instagram is leading the charge- it’s recently hit one billion active monthly users. If you’re dragging your feet on taking your brand to Instagram, you’re missing out on some massive opportunities. Hashtags, stories, business vs. personal profiles...there are so many ins and outs to Instagram that it can feel overwhe...more

  • 450: Paresh Shah - How To Be a Lifter and Inspire Others

    Nov 28 2018

    Many of us grew up thinking that if you work hard and you don’t give your boss any trouble, you’ll you have a nice future. There was a clear hierarchy, and you had to stay in your lane. But as the world is changing, the definition of leadership is changing, too. When we talk about leadership, no longer are we talking just about the heads of companies- anyone can be a leader. You have the responsibility to take the world in the direction you think it should go. Furthermore, you don’t have to just...more

  • 449: Talking Stick- Avoiding Seasonal Burnout

    Nov 26 2018

    For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, the upcoming holiday season can be the busiest time of year. While hopefully, that's a good thing, it can also take its toll on your health and mental state. Having been a portrait photographer for so many years and doing 60-70% of my business in the last 3 months, I know this feeling very well. I offer some practical advice on how to avoid and recover from seasonal burnout. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the ...more

  • 448: Jay Acunzo - Break the Wheel

    Nov 21 2018

    One of the biggest challenges creatives face is the onslaught of advice. So many of us are running around chasing our tails because there is so much information available. Best practices can feel like spokes on a wheel that are endlessly turning, and it can be difficult to break the cycle. You can’t shut off advice in today’s world, but you need a filter of discernment. Figure out what works for you in your unique context. You can do this by listening, being open, and looking outside of your ind...more

  • 447: Talking Stick- In Your Comfort Zone

    Nov 19 2018

    Why is it we are often encouraged to get out of our comfort zones but rarely encouraged to get IN our comfort zones? Well, that's what I'm encouraging you to do during this holiday season. Get IN your comfort zone. Shouldn't it be about balance? If you're going to stretch outside your comfort zone, which you will as a Warrior, then it needs to be balanced with being in your comfort zone. What better time of year than this season of tradition, celebration and comfort food.  The Talking Stick is i...more

  • 446: Ilise Benun - The Niche Debate

    Nov 14 2018

    So many creative professionals get frustrated with the idea that they need to have a “niche.” We don’t like to feel like we’re being painted in a corner. It can feel paralyzing. We think to ourselves, “Why do I need to choose just one thing!” Most of us are driven by feeling fulfilled by the creative work that we do. We don’t want to sacrifice it for the sake of the business. So how can we find the direction that will make us successful in our work and then focus on it? The good thing is, you wo...more

  • 445: Talking Stick- Creating a Killer ABOUT Page

    Nov 12 2018

    Not doubt, creating an About page is one of the hardest parts of a website. I share what the objective of your About page should be, what a visitor to your site should be saying in their head as they read it, and some really good tips from a colleague of mine who is helping me with my About page. Be creative, be vulnerable, create a connection, build a relationship and create a killer About page! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our...more

  • 444: Michael Bungay Stanier - Bring Out The Best in Others

    Nov 07 2018

    So often, we rush into giving advice to others. We don’t see the people around us as creative and whole so we don’t believe they have the tools or knowledge to achieve their goals. In an effort to help, we can actually stunt others’ growth. However, if we stay curious and ask the right questions, we can help the people around us realize they already have all the answers. We can learn how to bring out the best in others. This will only help us as we build our teams and strategize towards our own ...more

  • 443: Talking Stick- Time to Think About Your Theme for 2019

    Nov 05 2018

    As has become an annual tradition here on Creative Warriors, it's time to think about your theme for 2019. Your theme is different than a goal, intention, or vision. Your theme is the intersection of what you want and what feels like the right time. Your theme is your guiding star for the year ahead. With just a couple of months left in the year, the time is now to think about it so there's time for your theme to arise without forcing it. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from ...more

  • 442: Jessica Pettitt - Good Enough Now is the Starting Place

    Oct 31 2018

    I’m as guilty as anyone for saying “good isn’t good enough.” Our society encourages people to be the best they can be; even capitalism is based on the idea that everything has to be exceptional. But perfectionism can stop us from even beginning. The acceptance that we are good enough now is critical to success in our work. We’re all made up of incongruences, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not good enough or worthy enough to begin. Those of us from diverse backgrounds are especially susceptible...more

  • 441: Talking Stick- Acceptance

    Oct 29 2018

    As a prelude to the next episode on Creative Warriors with Jessica Pettitt, I share my thoughts on acceptance and being good enough now. We can often get so critical of ourselves and down about where we're at in our lives, I find the idea of "good enough now" really refreshing. It makes me think about how freeing acceptance is. It is through acceptance and the peace it offers that you are free to change your circumstances.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of...more

  • 440: Robbie Samuels- Networking as a Marketing Strategy

    Oct 24 2018

    So often we can feel sorry for ourselves because we’re not given the opportunities we think we deserve. We feel overlooked and unappreciated. When we take this attitude, we are avoiding taking responsibility for our relationships. You can’t complain about the results you’re getting if you’re hiding in the corner. I’ve never been comfortable networking, and it took a mindset shift for me to realize I needed to “get over myself.” The reason I avoided networking is that I had a mindset of scarcity ...more

  • 439: Talking Stick- Get Your Body Moving To Get Your Brain Grooving

    Oct 22 2018

    For a lot of entrepreneurs, our businesses are much more technologically driven, forcing us to spend more time sitting in front of a computer. The negative effects of sitting are serious, including restricted blood flow and pressure on the spine. As I've said many times, Warriors have to take care of themselves because, without us, it's likely our businesses would not go on. That's why I have this chat with fitness expert, Jeremy Abramson. To get you moving. To make sure you stay healthy. This g...more

  • 438: Shep Hyken - The Convenience Revolution

    Oct 17 2018

    Businesses need to pay close attention to how society is changing. Due to technology, things are moving at a faster rate than ever. Customers previously had to choose between convenience and lesser quality or less convenience and higher quality. Now, they expect both. If your business is not able to adapt to current demands, it won’t survive. Today’s customers expect great customer service, speed, and a good price all at the same time. Your business isn’t just being compared to other small busin...more

  • 437: Talking Stick- Business in the Selfie Age

    Oct 15 2018

    What if I said doing business in the selfie age is a good thing? Well, I think it is. But not in the way you might be thinking. Listen and learn how your customer's "selfishness" is an opportunity for your business. How customers are empowered today like they never have been before. Why you want to understand this concept to build a business that speaks to your ideal customers, allows them to create the experiences they want, and to know what is most convenient for THEM. The Talking Stick is in ...more

  • 436: Blair Enns- Pricing For Creative Businesses

    Oct 10 2018

    Pricing for creative services has always been a difficult topic. As creative entrepreneurs, we often feel embarrassed about charging a high amount for our work. We’ll set rate based on time spent or put a fixed package rate up on our website. As a result, we often undervalue our services. The prices you set shouldn’t be based on the cost of the input or the market value of the deliverables. They should be based on the value that you’re adding to the client and also the risk that you’re taking on...more

  • 435: Talking Stick- What Do You Want To Move Away From?

    Oct 08 2018

    In the worlds of personal development, motivation, and positive thinking, were are usually encouraged to move forward. While that is likely the goal, maybe we have to first get frustrated enough about what we want to move away from in order to fully commit to where we want to go. A compelling topic and I look forward to hearing your perspective! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite, ...more

  • 434: Jay Baer - Discover The Power Of Talk Triggers

    Oct 03 2018

    Entrepreneurs know the power of word of mouth, but not many of us put strategies in place to utilize it. We use the same, tired strategies of discount codes for referring friends or a BOGO sale to bring in new customers. Research shows that one out of two products are purchased because of word of mouth, but still we leave it up to hope or the chance that something will go viral. Instead, you can learn what your customers want and create something remarkable that they’ll need to tell their friend...more

  • 433: Chantelle Adams - Your Why Needs to Be Bigger Than Your Fear

    Sep 26 2018

    Are there things you’ve always wanted to do, but you keep making excuses not to? Well, there’s only one thing holding you back. It’s a four letter word that starts with an “f”: fear. A lot of times, this fear keeps us from ever truly knowing what we will enjoy. It stops us from even attempting certain things. For example, I used to be terrified of heights. If I would look down from a high place, my stomach would drop, I would start to tremble and I kept myself from experience anything that had t...more

  • 432: Talking Stick- 10,000 Miles With My Dead Father's Ashes

    Sep 24 2018

    Usually on Talking Stick, we talk about business quests. Our guest today, David Galaudet, shares the story of a very different quest. A personal quest that led him on a 10,000 mile journey with his dead father's ashes. As you might imagine, there are plenty of life lessons to be learned here. All shared with a touch of humor. One highlight is our conversation about what keeps us on a quest when we really have no idea where we're going or perhaps, even why we're doing it. The Talking Stick is in ...more

  • 431: Daniel Pink - Scientific Secrets to Perfect Timing

    Sep 19 2018

    Have you ever noticed that there are times you feel more productive during the day? Ever felt like there are certain hours when your brain just doesn’t work? Well, it’s not all in your head. We all have internal clocks that dictate our body’s functions - and your brain is no exception. We all go through three phases in a day. We have a peak phase, a trough phase, and a recovery phase. You might think that the best time to be creative is in the peak phase, but in reality you want to save that for...more

  • 430: Talking Stick- Wisdom from Whales and Dolphins

    Sep 17 2018

    I absolutely love this conversation with Anne Gordon! Anne is founder of WhaleWatchingPanama.com. After years of whale watching tours, interactions with dolphins and guiding her guests to interact with these magnificent creatures, she has compiled a wealth of wisdom from whales and dolphins that we can all learn from. Consider this- whales have been on earth for 30 million years! We humans are toddlers in comparison! This is a wonderful treat! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear ...more

  • 429: Melissa Agnes- Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World

    Sep 12 2018

    In today’s world companies have to be transparent - whether they like it or not. If you try to hide things, consumers will find it and use any avenue they can to exploit it. Most recently you’ve seen this from Facebook and Uber. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself. The first thing you need to understand is that every business will face a crisis at some point. Sometimes it’s because of an employee, sometimes it’s because of a claim that is simply not true (of which I discuss my ...more

  • 428: Talking Stick- Finding Self-Love

    Sep 10 2018

    What really is self-love? Is it different than self-worth? I think many of us, myself included, think we don't have an issue with self-love. Why then do we speak to ourselves, judging and criticizing ourselves, in ways that we would never speak to a friend? Joie Cheng shares her journey through suicidal thoughts to finding self-love. A journey she tells in her book, Naked Truth.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community Facebo...more

  • 427: Corey Poirier - Your Why Not is More Important Than Your Why

    Sep 05 2018

    Being an entrepreneur - you always hear how important it is to know your “why". The truth is, you probably have several "whys". We all do, we all have more than one goal and a purpose behind it. What can be just as important, if not even more so, is your "why not". It can be pretty simple to know what your driving force is to want to do something - but we rarely analyze what is holding is back. What is it that keeps us at a standstill? You need to know why it is that you are feeling stagnant and...more

  • 426: Talking Stick- Things Are As You See Them: The Power of Perception

    Sep 03 2018

    I could go all Matrix on you and put your brain in a knot. But the truth is, things are as you see them because of how you perceive them to be. Is it a good day or bad day? Depends how you see it. Was that a good thing that happened or a bad thing? Depends how you look at it. That's what makes this a compelling conversation with Dr. Shawn Andrews, author of The Power of Perception. Or at least that's how I see it. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conve...more

  • 425: Tom Schwab- The Power of Podcast Interview Marketing

    Aug 29 2018

    One of the biggest problems creatives have is finding ways to get their products and services in front of an audience. A lot of people just aren’t wired for marketing. Luckily, there’s an option that will fit literally any industry you are in: podcasting. Obviously you listen to podcasts (you listen to mine) so why aren’t you on them sharing your story? There’s no quicker and easier way to get in front of an audience that aligns with you. It doesn’t cost money to guest on other people’s podcasts...more

  • 424: Peter Kozodoy- How Honesty WILL Increase Your Profits

    Aug 22 2018

    I’m sure you’ve heard the old cliche’ “Honesty is the best policy.” In fact, you’ve probably heard it so it doesn’t mean anything to you anymore. It should. When it comes to business, not being honest with your customers will harm you in the long run. Your customers can sense when something isn’t quite right, and it’ll drive them away. Even if they believe you, there will be a point when they find out you weren’t telling the truth - and it’ll be more devastating to your relationship than anythin...more

  • 423: Talking Stick- Understanding Millennials

    Aug 20 2018

    If you're in business and plan on being in business for the next several years or more, you better plan on understanding the often misunderstood millennials. They are a major buying force. From a marketing perspective, they are both predictable and unpredictable. To me, Shaun Gold embodies the millennial generation. A nightclub promoter, known as "the nightlife ninja", he's part partier and part intellect having written four books. Part carefree and part very intentional. This IS the millennial ...more

  • 422: Marc Gruber- 3 Steps to Discover Your Most Valuable Market Opportunities

    Aug 15 2018

    I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of people preach about how you need to find your niche. Although this is true, as an entrepreneur you want to make sure you find your niche. By that I mean your area of expertise. Although you want to be able to identify your audience, you don’t want to close yourself off from other business opportunities. For example, if Amazon had been called Online Books for Cheap, they would have significantly reduced their ability to pivot. A study has shown that about three qua...more

  • 421: Talking Stick- Stories To Create Relevancy

    Aug 13 2018

    Story telling in business has become the "in" thing. It's a great way to tell the story of your business and why you do what you do. But let's flip this around. How about stories that create relevancy with your ideal customers? Told in the right way, stories can create a bond between you and your ideal customer. So it's not about you or your business. It's also not a story about them. It's a story of shared values and life experiences to create relevancy and build relationship.

  • 420: Gregory Diehl- You Are Your Brand

    Aug 08 2018

    One of the most important things you can do in this world is discover your purpose. It’s really heartbreaking when an entrepreneur spends decades building a business that’s something they don’t care about. They start to feel burned out, and are too scared to try anything else because they’ve become dependant on the income that’s been created. The good news is, you can start making sure your business’ purpose lines up with your personal purpose at any time: and the sooner the better. You do that...more

  • 419: Talking Stick- Work with Your Gift

    Aug 06 2018

    Many people have a hard time charging what they are worth. This is often because it's easy to not see value in what comes easy to you. Your gift. Most people have no problem charging a lot for what's hard or takes up a lot of time. It's actually the other way around. What comes easy to you is likely what you should charge the most for. Mellissa Seaman will help you find your gift and work with your gift, not against it. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of th...more

  • 418: Christopher Wirth- No Quit Living

    Aug 01 2018

    Running a business is a lot like playing sports. Now, I’m not a big sports guy myself, but I certainly respect the passion and drive that athletes have. One of the most important things that sports does right, which a lot of businesses fall short on, is having the support from others. Entrepreneurs tend to try to do it all themselves, which in the beginning is a necessity. As your business starts to grow, though, it quickly becomes a team sport. You need to know who to have that makes up for you...more

  • 417: Talking Stick- Recognition without the Ego

    Jul 30 2018

    One of the things that holds many people back is a fear of becoming "that person." As if getting recognition or having financial success is going to inherently change who you are. Sure, perhaps it does for some people. But if you are kind-hearted, person-driven in the first place, it's unlikely success is going to change you into someone you're not proud of. Often, quite the opposite. Financial success can free you to do your best work and give back. In today's marketing world, recognition is al...more

  • 416: Neen James - Attention Pays

    Jul 25 2018

    Do you ever feel ignored if you are out to eat with someone and they keep checking their phone? Does it make you feel insecure? Well, you’re not alone. We all feel that way. Today it seems like everyone pays attention to their device and not the world around them. It’s an addiction not many people are addressing, but lucky for you this can easily play in your favor as an entrepreneur. To build stronger relationship (whether personal or business) all you have to do is put your phone away. Wear a...more

  • 415: Talking Stick- On Being a Misfit Entrepreneur

    Jul 23 2018

    Unleash your inner misfit! In this conversation with serial entrepreneur and host of Misfit Entrepreneur podcast, Dave Lukas, you'll learn how to leverage all that makes you unique. Being a misfit entrepreneur is about finding what makes you think differently and using it to your advantage. You'll also learn about the power of choice. I'm sure you'll find our conversation motivational! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our community...more

  • 414: Chris Ducker - How to Be a Youpreneur

    Jul 18 2018

    All of us entrepreneurs have heard about the importance of building a brand. What you’re not hearing enough is the importance of building a personal brand. People don’t follow a brand, they follow the founder. They don’t think SpaceX, Virgin, or Apple. They tend to think Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Steve Jobs. That’s where you want to be. You want people to think of, because that’s when your business will become change proof. Starting a new business doesn’t mean starting from the ground up....more

  • 413: Talking Stick- Resilience: How to survive when your world is on fire

    Jul 16 2018

    To succeed, even survive, as a Creative Warrior takes resilience. You will get knocked down at times. Discouraged. Impatient. What really matters is your ability to get back up again. Perhaps not just survive but THRIVE after a big set back. Sandra Younger has a survival story few of us could ever imagine. Sandra not only survived but is using the experience in great service to others. Many lessons to be learned in this episode! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be pa...more

  • 412: Jim Rembach - Unlocking Your Emotional Intelligence

    Jul 11 2018

    Ever feel like you’re not smart enough for business? That maybe you don’t have the IQ you need? To be honest, it’s not about your IQ. It’s about your emotional intelligence. Let’s face it, most business isn’t conducted with logic: it’s conducted with feelings. If you can unlock that emotional intelligence, you can tap into what really makes your customers tick. You’ll be able to pull yourself out of the equation and begin to really help them. Now, I want to be clear: it’s not about manipulating ...more

  • 411: Talking Stick- Purposetivity: Productivity tips for purpose-driven entrepreneurs

    Jul 09 2018

    There are plenty of tips and suggestions out there about how to be more productive. But like a lot of business advice and how-tos, they don't necessarily work for right-brained, creative thinking and innovative people. Karen Fritz has a superpower to see patterns in the chaos. Since much of creativity comes from chaos, that's a great place to start when trying to learn to be more productive! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - Join our comm...more

  • 410: Karen Briscoe- Success from 5 Minutes a Day

    Jul 04 2018

    As creatives we’ve all heard about the importance of creating good habits. After all, it’s not people who decide their destiny: it’s their habits that decide it for them. One problem I’ve noticed a lot of people I coach have is that they try to do too much all at once. They try to change their entire routine for the day, and it makes things complicated. Chances are a huge change, even an hour or more, can be nearly impossible to turn into a habit. You’re more likely to fall back into your old ha...more

  • 409: Marina Darlow - Making Work Fun with Systems

    Jun 27 2018

    Many Creative Warriors tend to think it’s impossible to harness the thing they are best at: creativity. They think it’s just a fountain that you let explode, and try to sort it all out later. There is a way to help with this, and it’s by creating a solid system. It seems like rules would restrict your creativity, and a system would burn you out: but that’s actually not true. A good system will allow your mind to do what it does best. It’ll autonomize the tedious things that waste your time every...more

  • 408: Talking Stick- Finding Your Purpose Through a Near Death Experience

    Jun 25 2018

    I wrote an article years ago called, When Your Purpose Is Out To Kill You. In the case of our guest, Paula Brown, a near-death experience helped her find her purpose. And then, as is often the case, when we find our purpose it can feel like it's out to kill us. Metaphorically that is. Because of what we sacrifice. How hard it is to transition. That we can feel like we have no choice but to follow what's in our hearts and the quest we've been handed. I think you will be able to relate to Paula's ...more

  • 407: Mark Bowden - The Power of Body Language

    Jun 20 2018

    There’s one thing I’ve always been intrigued to study, and I’m sure you have too: body language. The idea that people may be saying more than they realize; that you’re uncovering their secrets. It’s a really exciting thing. There are a lot of myths, though, in the study of body language. The first is that people can’t lie with their bodies. Of course we can, and of course we all do. All it takes is being aware of what your body is doing, and know what other people may be reading. For example, in...more

  • 406: Talking Stick- The Difference Between What We See and Reality

    Jun 18 2018

    Does it seem crazy to have a conversation with an addiction expert on a podcast about entrepreneurship? Let me ask you this. Have you ever felt like your reality was different than what people thought about you? Have you ever felt like an "imposter?" The truth of entrepreneurship is that the image of success and happiness we project isn't always what's going on behind the scenes. Not that different than what an addict and the people him or her are managing. Very compelling conversation. The Talk...more

  • 405: David Burkus - Unlocking the Power of Your Hidden Network

    Jun 13 2018

    If you’re like me, chances are you don’t like the idea of networking. It might feel a little sleazy, and conjure up images of a guy at an event passing out business cards to everyone he meets. In reality, that isn’t networking - or at least it shouldn’t be. You’re already in a huge network. You’re probably six degrees away from meeting everyone you already need and want to meet. The thing to work on is not making new connections, but maintaining and leveraging the network you already have. Don’t...more

  • 404: Talking Stick- The Disparity Between Men and Women in Entrepreneurship

    Jun 11 2018

    The inequality between men and women in the corporate world is well documented and often a topic of conversation. Rightfully so. But why is there a disparity between men and women in entrepreneurship? An area of life that both men and women should be in charge of their destiny. Did you know women often charge less than men for the same services? Cynthia and I tackle this very touchy subject, deciding that talking about it is the only way to bring about change.  The Talking Stick is in your hands...more

  • 403: Jesse Cole - Be Crazy or Be Forgotten

    Jun 06 2018

    Most entrepreneurs I know enter a business looking to do what someone else does, only do it better. In the end, how much better can you do? 10%? 15%? You don’t want to do what everyone else does, you’ll just get lost in the crowd. Instead, do the exact opposite. The first trick is to look at what the competition is doing - then see what upsets you about it. Does it take too long to get the product? Is it tough to do? Look at every single negative aspect and find ways to make it better. Second, f...more

  • 402: Talking Stick- Being a Highly-Sensitive Person

    Jun 04 2018

    Do you consider yourself to be a highly-sensitive person? I would think most Creative Warriors are highly-sensitive people. I know I certainly am. At least in that, I am easily moved to being emotional and I am highly-sensitive of people around me. This is an eye-opening conversation with Debbie Lynn. In the end, I think you'll find this is not something to be changed but rather leveraged. But being highly-sensitive can have its challenges and we discuss how you can live more peacefully. The Tal...more

  • 401: Steve Olsher- Discover Your WHAT

    May 30 2018

    Do you have moments of feeling unfulfilled in your life? Perhaps you’re chasing the wrong purpose. To really know what you should be doing in life, you need to discover your WHAT. What is it you’re good at? What is it you are meant to do? So many people focus on the why, and it is important to know why you do what you do. But without the WHAT, you’re never going to be able to master your talents. Have you ever known someone who was really smart, but ended up doing nothing with their talent? Know...more

  • 400: Ulli Appelbaum- How to Balance Creativity and Logic to Help Your Brand

    May 23 2018

    Something that has always fascinated me is brand storytelling. Many large businesses are straight to the point and matter of fact about their products and services. It makes them feel cold and like a machine, just looking to get in and get out with my money as quickly as possible. On the opposite end, small businesses can be so full of passion and love for every little detail about their business they can overwhelm the customer. Like anything in life, there’s a balance you need to find when you ...more

  • 399: Talking Stick- The Root of Happiness

    May 21 2018

    Usually when we look at happiness, we wonder why we are not happy or as happy as we'd like to be. Well, what about the opposite? What about wondering why you feel happy and there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn't be happy? That got me curious as to what the root of happiness is. What is it that prevails, that lies beneath the challenges and circumstances, that enables us to still feel happy? I've come up with things. For now anyway. I suspect this will be a constant exploration. The Talkin...more

  • 398: George Zwierko- Improve Your Marketing with Video

    May 16 2018

    You know that I am all about making an emotional connection with your audience. Some may feel that’s difficult in our tech heavy world, where it almost seems like we are losing that touch of humanity. In reality, it’s easier than ever - thanks to video. Most of us have 4k ability in our pockets. Video is no longer an investment that costs thousands and thousands of dollars. The written word is fading, especially when people use devices like their phones and tablets. With video, you can grab the ...more

  • 397: Talking Stick- The Journey To TEDx and How You Can Make Your TEDx Dream Come True

    May 14 2018

    The video for my TEDx talk at TEDxLincolnSquare came out last week. Along with messages of congratulations, many people have asked about how they too, can get the opportunity to speak at a TEDx event. In this episode, I not only offer some practical tips about what I learned from applying 13 times and crafting the talk, but also the wild story behind my talk. Buckle up! This is a brutally honest story about my journey to TEDx which will hopefully help you make your TEDx dream come true. The Talk...more

  • 396: Anthony Metivier: How Improving Your Memory Can Improve Your Business

    May 09 2018

    As you know, I am a big advocate of building that personal relationship with your clients. It’s what will keep them coming back to you again and again. Think about it, how special do you feel when someone remembers your name? What about when they remember the name of people you care about, or details from a previous conversation? It’s almost like magic, isn’t it? That’s the kind of magic you want to bring to the table. You don’t have to be a genius to remember all of the details someone gives yo...more

  • 395: Talking Stick- Make Space For What You Really Want

    May 07 2018

    It's one thing to say "no" to what you don't want to do anyway. It's quite another thing to say "no" to things that you do want to do. Why would you? To make space for what you REALLY want to do. Now that's commitment! Find out about the benefits of saying "no" and how making space doesn't have to mean you're forcing yourself to choose a niche. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what y...more

  • 394: Melissa Smith- Gain Time and Increase Revenue with a Virtual Assistant

    May 02 2018

    Most Creative Warriors struggle with trying to do everything and spend the least amount of time doing the thing they are best at - being creative. If you want to advance your business, there’s no reason you should be the bookkeeper, or the person making spreadsheets and updating calendars. Unfortunately, hiring an employee is complicated and most people shy away from it. They worry about the expense, the taxes, and the search for the perfect person that can do it all to fill their time. You’re i...more

  • 393: Talking Stick- Branding is a 9 Second Pitch

    Apr 30 2018

    Do you know how it's difficult to develop an elevator phrase or a 2-minute pitch? How hard it is to get your point across and say all that you want to say in a short period of time? Now imagine when it comes to getting the attention of a prospective customer or client in a noisy marketing world, you have 9 seconds or less to get their attention. That's the challenge with branding. That's why branding is a 9-second pitch. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of th...more

  • 392: Michael Barber - Email Marketing Done Right

    Apr 25 2018

    Some people think email marketing is dead. They couldn’t be more wrong. If you want to really build success in your business, one of the most important things you can do is build a strong email campaign. In the end, it’s the only online marketing asset you can really own. Your social media following will never be owned by you, it’ll be owned by Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter. The problem today is that you can’t get away with mediocre emails. You need to use each email you send out to bridge ...more

  • 391: Michelle Weinstein- Self-Worth and Your Sales

    Apr 18 2018

    Do you ever worry that you’re charging too much for your services? If you’re like most of my Creative Warriors, you do. So many times creatives lack self-worth. They discount themselves so much, that in the end even their clients don’t value them as much as they should. Instead of acting like an item on the clothing rack of Walmart, think of yourself as a limited edition item at Louis Vuitton. You’re not meant for everyone. You’re special. You’re Unique. You’re worth top dollar. In the end, you ...more

  • 390: Talking Stick- Your #1 Growth Strategy

    Apr 16 2018

    What's the fastest way to grow your business and be profitable? Should I tell you or make you listen to the episode? Hmm.....alright, I'll tell you. It's to only work with your ideal customers. Does that sound obvious? Then why do so many businesses accept whatever business comes along and never get ahead? You'll have to listen to the episode to understand how working with your ideal customers is your #1 growth strategy and especially to hear what NOT to do.   The Talking Stick is in your hands ...more

  • 389: Joey Coleman- Never Lose A Customer Again

    Apr 11 2018

    Many businesses today stress one thing: customer acquisition. As important as this may seem, studies have shown that 20-70% customers stop doing business with a company in the first 100 days. Then what? Ultimately, customer retention will make sales itself. When you keep your customers happy, they will become your best sales team. So how do you work on customer retention? The first step is to understand that, no matter what your industry is, you are dealing with humans. Take into account the hum...more

  • 388: Talking Stick- How To Create Amazing Customer Retention

    Apr 09 2018

    Customer retention is one of the most important metrics for any business to follow. In this episode, I share my thoughts and practices about how to create amazing customer retention to prepare you to learn the strategy to do so from the guest on our next episode, Joey Coleman. Customer retention is a strategy, not a "nice to have." For every customer that you retain, you make doing business easier and easier, year after year.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part...more

  • 387: Lauren Fritsch - How to Stop Choosing Between Joy and Money

    Apr 04 2018

    As people we all want two things: Joy and Money. It’s been a stereotype that we have to choose between one or the other. How many times have you seen the cliche of a starving artist on the verge of eviction every month, or the business man who hates his life but has a car full of Ferraris? The truth is we can have our cake and eat it too. Especially as a Creative Warrior. Creatives spend their times mastering skills, and as a result you should be charging premium rates for it. On the other hand,...more

  • 386: Talking Stick- Ideal Customers Bring Out Your Best

    Apr 02 2018

    Like my TEDx talk, Validation Paradox: Finding Your Best Through Others, in this episode I clarify how working with your ideal customers also brings out your best. By surrounding yourself with people who can see more in you than you can see in yourself, you will rise to unimaginable heights.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or share a personal story. Join our communit...more

  • 385: Pia Silva - Badass Branding for Small Businesses

    Mar 28 2018

    Branding is something that confuses people. When they hear the world they think pretty colors and pictures, catchy slogans and jingles, or large marketing departments and resources a solopreneur couldn’t afford. When it comes down to it, branding really is one of the most important things you can do for your business - and you don’t need a big budget for it. The branding of yesteryear, with catchy slogans that sound like something from a nursery rhyme, repel customers more than it attracts them....more

  • 384: Talking Stick- From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be

    Mar 26 2018

    After years of coaching clients through major pivots in their lives and having done more than a fair share of pivots in my own life, this episode will offer you some things to consider. There are several things that are inherent in making a change and pivot in your life. It will be very helpful for you to know what to expect. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or share a...more

  • 383: Tricia Brouk & Jamie Broderick- Behind the Scenes of a TEDx Talk

    Mar 21 2018

    Public speaking is people’s #1 greatest fear. But why are we so scared of it? Is it because we’re afraid to be judged by others or is it because we aren’t passionate about the ideas we’re speaking about? When you get in front of an audience and you’re actually passionate about the idea, the fear vanishes. Your desire to spread knowledge and awareness is felt by the audience, neutralizing the fear of judgement. This is why we’ve witnessed the rise of TED talks in recent years. When people speak o...more

  • 382: Talking Stick- The Secret Language of Customer Experience

    Mar 19 2018

    One of the more important topics in my book, LINGO, is about customer experience (Chapter 9). It's very important we think about customer service different than we used to. Simply put, we should consider not giving the experience we want our customers to have, but instead, pay more attention to the experience they WANT. Have a listen and get the latest insights about how to be sure your customers have an awesome customer experience. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. B...more

  • 381: Josh Haynam- Quizzes as a Marketing Strategy

    Mar 14 2018

    The word “quiz” can conjure up images of stressful days in school, or gimmicky Buzzfeed posts your friends have shared. In reality, quizzes are one of the most powerful marketing tools you can use today. People don’t want to be one of a million, or even one in a million. They want to be THE one in a million. In order to do that, you need to really know them. You need to know their language, their habits, and what they really need. The best way to do this, without talking to each and every person...more

  • 380: Talking Stick- What It Really Means To Speak Someone's LINGO

    Mar 12 2018

    By traditional definition, lingo means to speak the jargon of a group or individual. It's important as we continue to discuss lingo and the lessons taught in my book, LINGO, that you understand how I define it. I define lingo as understanding someone's essence. Ironically, to speak someone's lingo is more about the unspoken word. It's creating the energetic connection that you get each other and are speaking the same language. Yes, the words and jargon are important. But only after you "get" the...more

  • 379: Brian Boxer Wachler- The Power of Perception and a Success Mindset

    Mar 07 2018

    Perception is everything in business. You want people to be able to look at you and your brand, and feel a connection. When a customer feels they know you, what you stand for, and even who you are on a personal level, they will want to be loyal to you. It’s often times scary for us to put ourselves out there. As business owners we want to hide behind our business name. In the end, if you put yourself out there and create a proper perception of yourself, you will attract your ideal customers. Whe...more

  • 378: Talking Stick- Building a Community, Not a Business

    Mar 05 2018

    When you think about your business as building a community and not just a business, it ups the game about how you think about the people who are going to provide for your business and your life. You will treat them as you would treat your friends and peers; as if you were going to meet each person face to face and make it a personal experience. I also provide some tips on how this can affect your email practices and how to create brand bonding. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear...more

  • 377: Tara Gentile- Disrupting Your Life and Business

    Feb 28 2018

    We always hear the story of someone quitting their 9 to 5 job in the corporate world to become an entrepreneur.  What happens when an entrepreneur feels a need to shift? What about when they feel their mission is complete, and they want to move on to something else? There isn’t really a name for this entrepreneurial shift that happens. It’s something that many people hesitate about because they worry about their finances, or they worry it’s the wrong time. Much like taking the first leap into be...more

  • 376: Thom Singer- The Paradox of Potential

    Feb 21 2018

    There is an interesting thing that happens when it comes to labeling people with their “potential”. Some people think they are reaching their full potential, but if you’re like me you feel like you’re not there yet. When we say someone has a lot of potential that can cause them to stop in their tracks, and think they are already enough. Some people feel like if they make a change in life they’ll lose their potential and be starting over. Others feel like they need to do everything they can to fu...more

  • 375: Talking Stick- The Secret Language of Service

    Feb 19 2018

    I wrote LINGO to teach the 5-Step Secret Language Strategy to attract your ideal customers. What I realized afterward are all the other ways knowing your ideal customer's secret language can affect your business in a positive way. For example, in this episode, I talk about how this in-depth understanding of your ideal customer can help you determine what services best serve them. That "speak" to them.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We...more

  • 374: Jarie Bolander - The Culture of Entrepreneurs

    Feb 14 2018

    Being an entrepreneur can often feel like a life or death situation. You make feel awkward, uncomfortable and nervous. Believe it or not, these are all strengths. To stay on top you need to stay hungry. You need to feel worried your life will sink, because if you become complacent someone else will come along and take over the space. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to be the first out of the gate. Just because you aren’t the first person to do something doesn’t me...more

  • 373: Talking Stick- Law of Attraction vs Taking Action

    Feb 12 2018

    This will probably be a pretty good debate between the law of attraction and taking action. While I look at both sides, in the end, you'll come to understand that it's a blend of both. But I do take a side. You'll have to listen to know how I chose and why. I also brought in a clip from my interview with Bob Proctor from two years ago. Bob was featured in the movie The Secret. You might be as surprised at what he had to say as I was. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. ...more

  • 372: Robb Holman- Leading Others From The Inside Out

    Feb 07 2018

    Many times people try to lead Creative Warriors from the outside. They offer us material bonuses, or things that just aren’t satisfying. Creatives, though, chase purpose and fulfillment. That means we need to start at the heart, start with passions, and work our way from the inside out. Ultimately that means we should be working on our strengths. We should dedicate ourselves to what we are not only good at, but what we love doing. Let other people who are better than us in other areas work on ou...more

  • 371: Lynn Robinson- Put Your Intuition to Work

    Jan 31 2018

    There’s one thing so many of us do in business that hurts us more than helps. That is using our logic brain. Sometimes we need to shift our focus to our intuition and just trust our guts. Our intuition can guide us to the right path in so many ways that our conscious brains wouldn’t normally see. We all tend to listen to our intuition on personal issues, so why wouldn’t we do the same in business? There are some things only our subconscious mind realizes, so let it speak up. It’s something we ne...more

  • 370: Talking Stick- Business with a Soul

    Jan 29 2018

    I explain why the phrase "business with a soul" is in the intro of every Creative Warriors episode and why it's time has come. It's about more than having integrity in business. I think that's a given with heart-centered and purpose-driven entrepreneurs. It's about unifying the effort we apply with what's going on inside to get the results we want. I think you'll gain a lot out of this episode and see how this principle was the entire foundation for my book, LINGO, releasing tomorrow, January 30...more

  • 369: Todd Henry - Be the Leader That Creative People Need

    Jan 24 2018

    One of the biggest steps we have to take as creatives is working for ourselves, and starting our own business. This can come with its own set of challenges, but it's nothing to be afraid of. You may think of yourself as a solo worker, but the moment you start working for yourself or step up to a higher position you become a leader. Even if your team is remote, and you have Virtual Assistants or freelancers you’re still a leader. As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Working w...more

  • 368: Talking Stick- The New Niche

    Jan 22 2018

    One of the concepts in my book LINGO that I am most excited to get out there and unleash Warriors from the restraints of out-dated business ideas is The New Niche. The old niche was restrictive--forcing creative people to limit themselves by choosing one thing to do and one audience to serve. The New Niche is expansive. Find out what it is and how to serve multiple audiences. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion ...more

  • 367: Vincent Pugliese- Freelance Your Way to Freedom

    Jan 17 2018

    There’s a big misconception about money. So often we hear that money is the root of all evil. At the end of the day though, we all need it to pay our bills. Money itself is just a thing, and it’s all about how you choose to use that thing. Money itself can’t be evil, because it’s just an idea. When you have money, it allows you more opportunities and freedom. More money means you have more chances to help, give back, and achieve growth. On this episode of Creative Warriors we are joined by Vince...more

  • 366: Talking Stick- The Planning Paradox

    Jan 15 2018

    While you're still in planning mode for 2018, I wanted to offer you something to think about--The Planning Paradox. The paradox is that if you plan too far ahead or too much, you might miss opportunities unfolding right in front of you. But if you don't have a plan you might run amuck. What's a Warrior to do? Listen in and find out. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or ...more

  • 365: Steve McKee - Branding to Create Affection

    Jan 10 2018

    Branding is something entrepreneurs often overlook and misunderstand. Many people think of branding as just being something that represents your company visually. It actually goes much deeper than that. Your branding has a lasting impact on your company. When done well your brand will continue to increase the value of your company over time. It’ll create the impression on your consumers that’ll keep bringing them back time and time again. If you really want your brand to work for your it needs t...more

  • 364: Talking Stick- The Story of Two Plants

    Jan 08 2018

    What can you learn about managing your energy and your perspective on life from two plants? You might be surprised! This episode is a bit of a koan, a story about two plants on my terrace that will provoke thought. There's no right or wrong. No conclusion. Just an opportunity to look at what gets more of your attention in life--what's thriving or what needs saving. We may be talking about plants in this episode but we're actually talking about so much more.  The Talking Stick is in your hands no...more

  • 363: Nicholas Webb - Creating the Perfect Customer Experience

    Jan 03 2018

    The world of business is changing so fast. Sometimes it feels overwhelming and hard to keep up with. To be honest, though, all we have to do is listen.  Customers and consumers today have more of a voice than ever before. They let us know exactly what they want, we just have to listen. Too many times we, as entrepreneurs and business owners, try to push what we think people want. Today we don’t need to look at demographics and try to lump people into groups. We can create a unique customer exper...more

  • 362: Talking Stick- Getting Ready for 2018

    Jan 01 2018

    It's that time of year when we bring one year to a close and prepare for the next. We excitedly set our goals and make our plans. All good! Except we often don't cover all four of the areas that I think are essential to making your goals come true-- vision, action, unblocking, and flow. In making your plans for the year ahead, it's natural to plan your vision and prepare to take action. But without unblocking what's potentially in your way and creating a positive flow, you're only doing half the...more

  • 361: Donovan Janus - How to Win Your Day

    Dec 27 2017

    Have you been ending your days going, “Wow what have I done today?” or “I didn’t get nearly everything I wanted to done. Chances are you’ve fallen into the multitasking trap, and spent  a lot of your time and energy on content switching. Let me put it in a way that might make more sense to you. Think about how much time you spent on your phone going from app to app: You’re looking at one app and realize you need to do something else. You close down the first app You search for the second app. T...more

  • 360: Talking Stick- Special Christmas Episode

    Dec 25 2017

    What a special treat that today's episode lands on Christmas Day! So, we had to create a unique gift just for you. We have two guests! First, we have the very rare opportunity to chat with the big man himself-- Santa Claus! I mean, seriously, how often do you get the chance to speak directly to Santa?! Our second guest is my good friend and fellow warrior, the very talented Cecelia Otto who performs a special holiday song for us. It's one of my favorite songs! You are going to love this very spe...more

  • 359: Garrett Gunderson- Overcoming a Scarcity Mindset

    Dec 20 2017

    Have you ever found yourself saying, “I can’t afford that.” Well, chances are you’re living in a scarcity mindset and it’s holding you back. When you live in this mindset you stop yourself from progressing. You hold yourself back and try to preserve everything you can. Money isn’t a limited object. It’s a byproduct of value and is something that comes and goes. As long as you keep creating value, money will keep coming. I offer you this, try changing to an abundance mindset. Instead of saying, “...more

  • 358: Talking Stick- Having a More Mindset

    Dec 18 2017

    This episode will offer you a counter-balance to the next episode with Garrett Gunderson where we discuss overcoming a scarcity mindset. I'm suggesting that perhaps the way out of a scarcity mindset is by having a MORE mindset. Having a strong desire for more of whatever you want out of life-- be it money, influence, or happiness, to drive you forward. You'll hear how wanting more can draw you towards what you want and also help you walk away from what you don't.  The Talking Stick is in your ha...more

  • 357: Scott Sonenshein- Stretch What You Have and Achieve More

    Dec 13 2017

    How many times do you feel like you don’t have what you need to be successful? Chances are you have everything you need to make your goals come true, you just have to learn to stretch. Many people spend all of their time looking for that perfect tool to make things work. There may not be a perfect tool. And if there is you may spend so much time looking for it, that you’ve wasted the precious resource of time. Instead, take the time to be creative. Find solutions to your business problems with w...more

  • 356: Talking Stick- What's Your Theme for 2018?

    Dec 11 2017

    It's time for my annual conversation about your theme for next year. Listen in to hear how your theme is different than goals and how to allow your theme to present itself. While like most people, I'm sure you have plenty of goals and plans for next year. Your theme is different. It's what feels like it's the right time for in your life. It's not something you make happen, you allow your theme to present itself and guide you throughout the year ahead. Listen in and then share your theme in our C...more

  • 355: Bryan Falchuk- Live A Better Life Everyday

    Dec 06 2017

    Have you ever had goals set for a certain time? Like wanting to get fit in time for summer, or wanting to lose some extra weight for a wedding. Finally the day comes, then what? Are you done? Do you move on to the next goal and forget about it? Realistically goals should be something that we feel inner inspiration for, and are things that motivate you for the right reasons. Sometimes we get so caught up in a specific reason, we don’t dig deep to find out why we want that goal or what’s really ke...more

  • 354: Talking Stick- Change judgment to productive evaluation

    Dec 04 2017

    The end of year can be a tricky time of year. We can often get very judgmental about how the year went, whether we met our goals and accomplished what we set out to. I'd like to offer a different perspective; to change the inner voice of judgment to a much healthier and productive evaluation mindset. Have a listen, make the best of the remainder of the year, and smoothly transition into the next year without harsh judgment. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of...more

  • 353: Sharon Spano- Freedom From Chasing Time and Money

    Nov 29 2017

    Do you know where your concept of time and money stems from? Chances are what you were taught as a child, and believed to be a concrete idea, is hurting both your personal and business life. Luckily this can all be changed. Time and Money are abstract ideas with concrete effects. This leads to a lot of confusion, and most people live in a scarcity mindset. So many of us believe that they have to protect their time and money, but in the end abundance isn’t the answer. To live a meaningful and pro...more

  • 352: Talking Stick- The Relationship Between Time and Money

    Nov 27 2017

    We say "time is money", but we often don't act like we really get the intrinsic link between time and money. Or at least, we don't act like we do. Because if we did, if we really understood that how we feel about one affects the outcome of the other, then we'd be on our way to a prosperous life. Living and making decisions from the understanding that time and money are linked will lead to having the money you want and the time to enjoy it.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear fro...more

  • 351: Tommy Breedlove- Choose Goodness

    Nov 22 2017

    Do you feel like you’ve been making all the right choices in life, but you’re still unhappy? Chances are you’re making compromises and not choosing for yourself. Sometimes we make choices because we are told it is the right route, or make choices for our families. In the end, however, we need to make choices for our own goodness first. It may sound selfish, but it’s not. When you find your own happiness and self fulfillment, the success you want will find a way. The one thing we have in life is ...more

  • 350: Talking Stick- Stay ahead with Preemptive Productivity

    Nov 20 2017

    Being a Creative Warrior requires efficient use of your time so that you can put your attention towards the areas of your business where you can create maximum value. To do your best work. The best way to be productive and stay ahead is what I call Preemptive Productivity. And yes, you want to stay ahead so that you can create space for great things to come along unexpectedly.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinio...more

  • 349: Phil Jones- Exactly What To Say

    Nov 15 2017

    If you have two identical companies, selling identical products, with the same marketing strategies, chances are one of them will make it and the other won’t. Why is that? The power of words. How we say things can have a huge impact that can either make or break us. If you enter into a conversation with confidence, knowledge, and a way to get people to trust you you’ll have far more success than someone who just tries to tell people what they think they want to hear. We need to give words more c...more

  • 348: Talking Stick- Are you sure you're ready?

    Nov 13 2017

    At the end of my book LINGO, I offer 3 mindsets and 3 daily practices that will help you unblock yourself so that when you apply the strategies offered in the book, you don't get in your own way. The first of these mindsets is asking yourself whether you truly believe there are forces working on your behalf. One of the ways forces work on our behalf is not providing us with what we think we are ready for. Which begs the question, "are you sure you're ready for what you think you are ready for?" ...more

  • 347: Akshay Nanavati- Why You Should Embrace Your Fears

    Nov 08 2017

    Fear is one of our biggest obstacles. It’s often times the thing that holds us back, especially as creatives. It’s easy to take the safe road in life, but when we go down that path we never get to challenge ourselves. Progress is about pushing our own boundaries. Fear is perfectly natural, yet it’s something we’ve been taught to suppress. We get mad at ourselves, call ourselves a chicken, and beat ourselves up for feeling that way. Instead we should embrace it. Accept it. Even encourage it. Bein...more

  • 346: Chris Spurvey- The Mindset of Selling

    Nov 01 2017

    Sales is a fundamental aspect of all business. However, today when we think of sales  the images that we conjure up aren’t usually too nice. We think of someone who is pushy or maybe even sleazy. The fundamentals of a good salesperson, and what it takes to achieve success hasn’t changed over the last hundred years. Unfortunately, the way people try to get there has shifted in a more negative way. If you really want to grow your business, focus on attracting the people you want. Find ways to pull...more

  • 345: Talking Stick- Ingredients of Greatness

    Oct 30 2017

    Lessons in life come in various forms. Even through food! What you do when nobody's watching says a lot about your character. That includes what you cook, and the way you cook it. If you really want to cook amazing dishes, you’ve got to be an optimistic person. Food is all about the energy that gets put into it, and the way it is prepared. On this week's episode of Talking Stick we are joined by Charles Carroll and John David Mann. Charles is an award winning author, as well as an executive chef...more

  • 344: Michael Hudson- Mastering the Art of Communication

    Oct 25 2017

    When you’re in business all speaking is public speaking. The reality is that whether you realize it or not, every time you have an encounter with someone or a group you are stepping to the front of the room. To be an impactful business person you must master the art of speaking in every situation. Whether it is one-on-one, in a group, or even in your writing, when your messaging is unclear people will walk away unsure about what it is you actually do. Whenever you are communicating with people i...more

  • 343: Talking Stick- Business Lessons Learned from the Yoga Mat

    Oct 23 2017

    Years of studying yoga taught me some interesting business lessons. There's even a lesson in that for you. Always look for every opportunity to learn something about your business from a different perspective. This invites innovation and a different way of thinking. Sometimes the best differentiator in business is thinking differently. These are 5 valuable lessons you can gain quite a lot from.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want t...more

  • 342: Moustafa Hamwi- What Are You Thirsty For?

    Oct 18 2017

    In this world it is so important to do what you love. Finding your passion is what will lead you to a beautiful and fulfilling life. Following your passion means you’re waking up before your alarm goes off because you can’t wait to get started instead of hitting the snooze button five times. Some people become excited about something, only to drop it a few months later. In truth, passion is just about consistency as it is about excitement. For some people it’s hard to discover their true passion...more

  • 341: Talking Stick- Who really is your Ideal Customer?

    Oct 16 2017

    In this workshop-style episode, I'm going to ask you 4 questions that will help you align with your ideal customer. Not being aligned with your ideal customer is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. You will exhaust yourself and not get anywhere. Use this episode to help you discover exactly who you are meant to serve.   The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or...more

  • 340: Isaac Mostovicz- Behavior of The Luxury Market

    Oct 11 2017

    When people come to you to buy something they aren’t trying to fulfill a basic need. They may come to you with what sounds like something basic, but it’s your job to find and understand the deeper need they are seeking. For example, when I was in the photography industry people weren’t just looking for a picture. They were looking for a magical moment. Maybe it’s a mother looking at those photos after the children have gone off to college. Perhaps it’s a couple looking to preserve the moment the...more

  • 339: Talking Stick- A Mediocre Relationship is Not Good Enough

    Oct 09 2017

    My primary interest in this episode was to talk about a pattern I've been seeing that I think is important to point out. One that may make or break businesses moving forward. But in looking at this pattern, I couldn't help but notice the process of noticing patterns in the first place. Whether they exist on their own or we project what we want to see. In the end, it's about noticing in the first place.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - W...more

  • 338: Dan Gingiss- How To Create Exceptional Engaging Experiences on Social Media

    Oct 04 2017

    Most companies shy away from social media, because they are afraid of complaints. They are worried an online presence will give opportunity for their brand to be tarnished by trolls and people who just want to complain about things. However, social media is a great place to engage customers. Using these outlets gives your consumers a voice that they want heard. Instead of making them bottle up their anger about your product, discuss it with them. By listening to your customers and showing empath...more

  • 337: Talking Stick- Learn to ASK

    Oct 02 2017

    Why is it so hard to ask for what you need? Does it even occur to you to ask for help? And if it does, are you clear on what to ask for? Learning to ask and believing there is a world of support available for you are essential to your success. This episode is practical and also, hopefully, inspiring. In order to get what you want out of life, you have to learn to ask. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the t...more

  • 336: Eddie Yoon- Superconsumers: The Key to Superior Growth in Business

    Sep 27 2017

    Every business needs consumers. They are what use our productive, and ultimately decide if they are coming back. What we really need to focus on are superconsumers. Superconsumers are the people who are always at opening weekend every time a new Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars movie comes out. They are the ones constantly buying canned nacho cheese. They are something we look at as an anomaly, and we tend to ignore them. In truth we all are superconsumers of something. We shouldn’t be glancing over...more

  • 335: Talking Stick- What you really deserve to get paid

    Sep 25 2017

    When determining your prices or what you should charge for your services, you probably think about your time, material cost, and overhead. In this episode, I discuss a few costs to you that you deserve to be compensated for that you may not think of. Hidden costs that you must consider. Costs that take a toll on you and your life that should help you be more confident that you are worth so much more. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We w...more

  • 334: Maryse Cardin- Transform Your Self-Talk

    Sep 20 2017

    If someone you knew and loved messed up, would you call them an idiot? Would you tell them how stupid they are? Of course not. You’d tell them it was ok, and you’d support them to learn from their mistakes and move of. So why do we talk to ourselves that way? The way we talk to ourselves has a really strong impact on how we think about ourselves. If we tell ourselves we’re an idiot, we will start to believe we are an idiot, and then depression and anxiety will kick in. Instead, talk to yourself ...more

  • 333: Talking Stick- Business Lessons Learned from a Hurricane

    Sep 18 2017

    While hunkered down at a friend's house last weekend to wait out massive Hurricane Irma to make landfall on my home in Miami Beach and all of the state of Florida, I had a lot of time to think. What occurred to me was the similarities between the experience of a hurricane and business. Things like how to manage fear, what it means to be prepared, and the importance of our time. It also proves there's something to be learned from everything. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear fr...more

  • 332: Gretchen Rubin- Create Your Own Happiness

    Sep 13 2017

    Happiness is a tricky subject. We all want it, and we never feel we have enough of it. So many people feel happiness is something that magically comes into their life from time to time. If you want to be happy, or happier, you have to work at it. Every now and then we do get lucky, and something comes into our life that bring us joy. We can’t and shouldn’t count on chance to be happy. There are lots of little things we can all do in order to make us happier. It’s important to understand that we ...more

  • 331: Beate Chelette- Growth Architecture: What It Is and How It Leads to Success

    Sep 06 2017

    Too many times we put our minds in the wrong place when it comes to building and growing our business. We try to create the perfect product, then search out clients based on what we’ve made. Or we try to find someone just like us to lead and build our business. When you want to create a business you need to find out what your future clients want and need. Then you need to learn the lingo of the industry, and what are the key terms that really sell to customers. If you go in there with a cliche s...more

  • 330: Talking Stick- Self-Worth and Your Money

    Sep 04 2017

    It's not a coincidence that the word "worth" has to do with how you feel about yourself and money. The best way I know of to overcome money issues is to increase your self-worth. To understand that you are worth more than the nonsense of being stuck in money issues. Sure, you can change your mindsets about money and improve your spending habits. Both are good ideas. But above all, you need know that you and what you are here to accomplish are worth way more than the struggle of dealing with mone...more

  • 329: Scott Allan- Learn to Create a Rejection Free Persona

    Aug 30 2017

    As creatives we have this mentality that rejection is the worst thing that can happen. We spend all of this time on our passion, perfecting what we’re doing, and really trying to make everyone happy. One piece of criticism can easily ruin our day. Rejection means progression. Everything should be a learning experience. It should be a part of the creative process, and one you are excited to take on. There isn’t a single person that achieved their dreams instantly. The only way to get to where you...more

  • 328: Talking Stick- Getting real about rejection

    Aug 28 2017

    Rejection is a part of life as Creative Warrior. But it shouldn't become a fear that holds you back from creating and risking. So let's get real about rejection and break it down. Is it real? Do you have proof that you have a legitimate reason to fear rejection? Are you giving rejection more meaning in your life than it needs? In the end, it's still in your power to decide how you respond to your fears. So let's get real about rejection, put your feelings about rejection in their proper place so...more

  • 327: Daniel DiPiazza- Score The Life You Want

    Aug 23 2017

    A lot of people look at Millennials as entitled. Others look at them as lazy. The truth is they are just shifting perspective and are incredibly resourceful. Millennials have found ways to solve new problems by taking the knowledge from previous generations and applying the technology available now. The Boomers kept a depression mentality, that you did whatever it takes in order to achieve the “American Dream.” They wanted the white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and would do whatever it took to get th...more

  • 326: Talking Stick- Integrity in Business

    Aug 21 2017

    People toss around the idea of integrity in business but I wonder if most really understand what it is. Perhaps more importantly, what the true downside is of being out of integrity. Integrity to me is more than a moral compass. It's the integration of your values and your behavior in business. It's knowing that what people don't see behind the scenes is more important that what they do see.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to ...more

  • 325: Joshua Spodek- Become The Person Other People Want To Follow

    Aug 16 2017

    When you think of a good leader, what do you think of? A good leader is someone who really knows the people that are following them. The people who follow them also know all about the leader. There needs to be a strong level of empathy. People need that emotional connection, and to feel invested. If you throw your power around, you’re only going to get compliance - not motivation. Nothing gets done efficiently with compliance. Everyone has dreams and passions. You need to make sure you know what...more

  • 324: Talking Stick- You ARE your business

    Aug 14 2017

    When you're a Creative Warrior, there is virtually no separation between you and your business. In fact, what we explore in this episode is the power to get the results you want in your business by advancing your personal development. The anchor of this episode is my favorite quote by Jim Rohn--"Your level of success rarely exceeds your level of personal development." Think of this as a moveable ceiling. You raise the ceiling by advancing yourself and your level of success rises to meet your new...more

  • 323: Sunni Brown- The Power of Doodling

    Aug 09 2017

    Have you ever been in a meeting where you saw someone absentmindedly scribbling on a paper instead of listening to the presentation? Did you think they were being rude, not paying attention, and clearly not interested in what was going on? You couldn’t have been more wrong. Doodling is a very powerful tool, especially for creatives. It’s a way for the mind and body to remain engaged in what’s going on. If you talk to someone who doodles while you are chatting with them, they are engaging in thei...more

  • 322: Christopher Lochhead- Learn How to Be a Category King

    Aug 02 2017

    As entrepreneurs we usually try to think of the next best product people will want. We come up with an idea, make it happen, and expect to see success. We know our products are better than anyone else’s on the market, and that’s all we need to be the successful - right? WRONG. It’s that mentality that cost Microsoft billions of dollars in research and development when they created Bing. Although it’s better than Google’s search engine and algorithm, it was essentially one of the largest tech flo...more

  • 321: Talking Stick- To niche or not to niche?

    Jul 31 2017

    One of the most common debates in business is whether to niche or not to niche. I suppose it works for some but I believe it is counterintuitive to the Creative Warrior's natural way of being. Do one thing? For just one group of people? But we are capable of being good at many things. To say nothing of it being a smart business model in today's world is to have multiple streams of income. Listen in to how I define the New Niche and how old niche is about narrowing and New Niche is about expansio...more

  • 320: Jason Kotecki- Avoid Adultitis by Breaking the Rules

    Jul 26 2017

    We always hear people say, “Act your age!” But what does that really mean? What is someone who is 41 supposed to act like that’s different than someone who is 40? We are told we have to grow up, but that can come with some dangerous consequences. When we try to “grow up” we lose the ability to take chances. We become afraid of the world. Adults don’t play in the rain, they cower under umbrellas to escape the little drops of water from falling on us. We begin to follow rules because that’s what w...more

  • 319: Talking Stick- Play by your own rules

    Jul 24 2017

    When in business, we can often start following the "rules" of our industry. Thinking the way it's been done is the way it "should" be done. Of course, there also all these rules in life about proper behavior and the normal way to be in the world. Is normalcy the path to creating an outstanding life? I think not! Learn about the importance of playing by your own rules. Trusting yourself and standing out.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation -...more

  • 318: Denise Jacobs - How To Overcome Your Inner Critic

    Jul 19 2017

    Everyone knows that nothing holds a creative back more than themselves. We all think that we’re not good enough. We get jealous of others, and give up before we even try. We believe our skills just aren’t good enough. STOP.  You’re just letting your inner critic control your brain. You need to learn to acknowledge the critic, and see what it’s really telling you. You can learn a lot about yourself from your inner critic, but you can’t let it control your life. There are a few things that cause...more

  • 317: Talking Stick- Facing the Soul's Gatekeepers

    Jul 17 2017

    There's this interesting phenomenon that I've experienced and have coached many clients through. It's what I call the Soul's Gatekeepers. It's the challenges, doubts, and inner conflict that shows up when you least expect it. You're proud of what you've accomplished, you're on the cusp of a major breakthrough, you know you're on track and ready to give back, and BAM! You're faced with all this stuff that holds you back. Why is that? We explore the Soul's Gatekeepers. The perfect lead into the ve...more

  • 316: Anna Akbari- Hack Your Way to Happiness

    Jul 12 2017

    Do you ever feel down and worry you’re going to be stuck there? Don’t worry, that’s a common feeling and one you should let go of. Everyone’s life is full of peaks and valleys. Just know that you’ve felt happiness before, and that you’ll feel it again. Trust in your journey, and let your happiness come from the path you are on. I know it’s easy to say but taking action or even truly understanding why you aren’t happy can be difficult.  There are typically two ways we feel down and stuck. The fi...more

  • 315: Talking Stick- How To Get Out Of a Funk

    Jul 10 2017

    As entrepreneurs and Creative Warriors, being in a funk every now and then is to be expected. It's unavoidable. Putting ourselves out there as we do, we subject ourselves to many circumstances and emotions. All of which can cause us to get in a funk now and then. But we don't want to stay there too long. It can suck the life out of us and kill our productivity. So here are some funk-buster ideas to get you moving again. And yes, dogs help.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear f...more

  • 314: Jonathan David Lewis- Use Your Survival Instincts in Business

    Jul 05 2017

    We often blame outside sources for our own shortcomings. Some people blame money, others blame the economy, but very few are willing to accept responsibility. In the end, not looking internally to find the problems means you’ll never be able to find a proper solution. This is commonly the reason many businesses and entrepreneurs fail. There’s a level of pride and ego that stops you from seeing it as your fault. This same exact mindset is commonly seen when people need to survive, because that’s...more

  • 313: Talking Stick- The Challenge Between Creativity and Communication

    Jul 03 2017

    One of the biggest challenges creatives have in business is that if what we are doing or what we have created is truly unique, then people won't know to ask for it. So, on one hand, we need to be unique and stand out. On the other hand, we've been told we must be searchable. Now, this is a dilemma. Yet another example that what got us here won't get us to where we want to go. Being searchable may not be the answer. If we create our own category, we may also have to create the communication.   Th...more

  • 312: Peter Winick- Close The Gap Between Reality and Ideas

    Jun 28 2017

    Do you ever wonder why things aren’t working? Maybe your numbers aren’t as high as you want them to be, or maybe you’re not getting the response from a market you wanted. We live in a world of data, and data doesn’t lie. It’s like you aren’t analyzing your results properly. One of the first steps you need to take in order to come up with a solid strategy is to be able to properly gather analytics look at the statistics you need. From there you can find your audience and really come up with a pla...more

  • 311: Talking Stick- Discover the Creative Warrior Leader in You!

    Jun 26 2017

    It seems entrepreneurs don't often consider themselves to be leaders. Well, I challenge that notion. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are perfectly poised to be leaders in their communities and have a major impact on the world. I point out that leadership doesn't have to look like the stereotype corporate leader. Creative Warrior leadership is a quiet confidence that is passionate, empathetic, compassionate, and loving. Exactly what we need more of! You'll also discover how Creative Warri...more

  • 310: Tamsen Webster- Find Your Red Thread™

    Jun 21 2017

    We often believe that if we throw a wide net we’ll catch more fish. This mentality doesn’t actually work in business. If you spread yourself too wide you won’t be able to find the audience you need. You’ll end up having a hard time explaining yourself and your business, and people will not trust that you can do everything you claim. We are joined on this episode of Creative Warriors by Tamsen Webster, who explains the importance of narrowing your focus. If you can describe who you are and what ...more

  • 309: Talking Stick- How clear is your message?

    Jun 19 2017

    This is the first time I've ever done a Talking Stick episode as a prelude to another episode. But the interview I have coming up with Tamsen Webster about finding your Red Thread™ is so important, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with some context ahead of time. What you'll discover is that there is a thread, a throughline, in all that you do. You may not be able to see it yourself yet. This so important for us Creative Warriors who often feel like we're all over the place. Finding ...more

  • 308: Jenny Blake- The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One

    Jun 14 2017

    It’s common for people to build a business or start a career and then see it all start to fall apart. We may begin to lose that sense of fulfillment, or our sales start to suffer. This doesn’t mean we are failures or aren’t good enough. You’ve probably just outgrown your current situation. It may be time for you or your business to pivot and find a new direction. Becoming trapped in thoughts of “what’s going wrong” is something we all do. But it’s just that; a trap. These points aren’t crises,...more

  • 307: Talking Stick- Change your thoughts, change your results

    Jun 12 2017

    It can seem a little trite to say "change your thoughts, change your results." We've heard it too often without anything concrete to help us understand it's effectiveness. My take on this is as Creative Warriors, we do need a different way of thinking because we've been handed a bunch of mindsets that don't work for us. We are often told to act differently than what's natural for us and how other businesses work doesn't work for us either. So, it's time to get our minds in the right place. I in...more

  • 306: Michael Glauser - Visiting Entrepreneurs Across America By Bike

    Jun 07 2017

    We often times ask ourselves, “How am I feeling?” When we focus on this question, we concentrate on the negatives. What we should be asking ourselves is, “How am I thinking?” You need to concentrate on your outlook and the positive aspects of the journey you are on. Michael Glauser joins us this week to discuss the discoveries he made about entrepreneurship while bicycling across the country. On this journey he discovered nine things that makes a successful entrepreneur, and we are lucky enoug...more

  • 305: Talking Stick- How To Make Being in Business Easier

    Jun 05 2017

    As it's been said, entrepreneurs will work 80 hours a week for themselves to avoid working 40 hours a week for someone else. While I respect hard work, it doesn't have to be that way. In this episode, I offer 3 ways to make being in business easier in your marketing, working with the right customers, and with customer service. The best part is, these 3 ways of being are exactly what customers want from you today! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the con...more

  • 304: Monica Leonelle - 7 steps to making money with your passions

    May 31 2017

    What’s stopping you from making money on your passions? Do you feel you’re not ready yet? That your work isn’t good enough? That you just don’t have the time to get it all done? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the problem is you. We all strive to be perfect, or to be the best. Unfortunately, that’s just not a reality. The best is in the eye of the beholder. Chances are you know plenty of people out there who are making a good amount of money even though in reality they are ...more

  • 303: Talking Stick- Memorial Day Honor Your Past

    May 29 2017

    In this special Memorial Day episode, a day when we honor the armed forces in the U.S., I wanted to suggest that we honor our past as well. So often as we move through life, transitioning from one thing to another, we close the door on the past instead of integrating our past into the future. Instead of closing doors, I suggest every door be left open a crack so that in the words of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." The Talking Sti...more

  • 302: Sheryl O’Loughlin- Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

    May 24 2017

    There’s a delicate balance between work life and personal life. If you have too much of one and not the other it can make you feel depressed, lonely, and uninspired. Some people put work before their loved ones, and this causes them to run into a rut. You lose out on that much needed break to develop the love you can spread across all aspects of your life. Don’t stress though, you can easily find that balance that makes you a Creative Warrior in everything you pursue! Sheryl O’Loughlin joins us...more

  • 301: Talking Stick- Authenticity Paradox

    May 22 2017

    We always seem to be encouraged to find our authenticity, our purpose, and our why on our own. Like it's solely our work to do. I explore and encourage the idea that maybe it's not our work to do in isolation. That in fact, perhaps we really find ourselves in the interplay of others. While we have an inclination of our "possible selves", it is aligning with where we belong that really brings our the most of what we're capable of being. That's the paradox. Do we bring our authenticity to others ...more

  • 300: Scott Hartley- Technology Will Always Need Your Humanity

    May 17 2017

    Technology moves quickly, and is growing at an exponential rate. As entrepreneurs, or solopreneurs, how do we keep up? Startups and tech companies alike have been breaking the barriers we know with the tech industry. Tech companies aren’t just exclusive to “techies” anymore. Shocking, isn’t it? It’s become all inclusive, extending to the right brainers as well, or as Scott Hartley calls them, the “Fuzzies.” This week we discuss automation, self driving cars, and all other aspects of technology....more

  • 299: Talking Stick- Why isn't my marketing working?

    May 15 2017

    When your marketing isn't working and getting you the results you want, I want you to consider what I call the 3 M's--money, market, and message. It's usually one of these three reasons why your offer isn't getting a response. Most of the time it's the message. I go through each of the 3 M's in detail for you. I even keep a post-it note on my computer that says "3 M's" to remind me to consider these three reasons when my marketing isn't working. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us h...more

  • 298: Lolly Daskal- The Gap that Keeps You from Your Greatness

    May 10 2017

    Being a leader takes a lot more than just telling people what to do. It’s about accountability and impact. As individuals, we are capable of so much more than we could even imagine at times. We are all naturally polar with our personalities, and until we learn to own those sides, we won’t be able to reach our true potential as leaders. We must be whole in order to help others or even help ourselves. Lolly Daskal joins us this week to discuss her latest book, “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Betw...more

  • 297: Talking Stick- Are You Too Much?

    May 08 2017

    One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing people being told they're too much. Or people believing they're too much because they've heard it their whole life. It seems to be very typical for us creative thinkers, groundbreakers, and trail blazers. Instead of letting others try to limit us, it's time we embrace it! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or share a personal s...more

  • 296: Ryan Esbjerg- Flex Your Face to Start a Movement

    May 03 2017

    Our days can be long. Sometimes hard, tiring, and just plain exhausting. What makes you smile? When do you stop yourself throughout the day to take a moment and appreciate a small celebration? We can get caught up in what we’ve done wrong, or what we don’t have, and we forget to take time to just smile about what we DO have. That’s exactly why Ryan Esbjerg started “Flex Your Face.” Ryan Esbjerg joins us to discuss his business “Flex Your Face” and his entrepreneurial journey. Ryan wants to giv...more

  • 295: Talking Stick- What got us here, won't get us to where we want to go

    May 01 2017

    As I'm writing my upcoming book, LINGO, I know I need to answer for you the very important question, "Why this book now?" What's makes this book relevant NOW? What do you need to know that's going to help you take your business into the future? In this Talking Stick, I share 4 differences between what got us here and what will get us to where we want to go in our businesses. With an important question for you at the end. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of...more

  • 294: Nicole Ertas- How To Be an Agile Brand To Stay Dynamic

    Apr 26 2017

    One of the most important rules in business: be authentic. But there is one equally as important in today’s booming business world: stay relevant. Combine these two together, and your business could dominate the marketplace. How do we adapt to the mindset of consumers? How do we look at the business landscape as free range, instead of getting stuck in the habits of big business culture? Nicole Ertas joins us to discuss the difference between tethered brands and free range brands. Nicole is a r...more

  • 293: Talking Stick- What's Your Special Sauce?

    Apr 24 2017

    Just like a treasured family recipe, your special sauce is a combination of ingredients. I go over them one at a time so you can consider each ingredient and what makes your special sauce. This can become a real "selling" point for yourself. What you're uniquely qualified for. As I say in the podcast, "You have to own it to give it away."  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what yo...more

  • 292: Eric Gilboord- Make Your Mark and Leave Your Legacy

    Apr 19 2017

    As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time planning our success. How we will get there? What will it take? What should I build my business on? We focus on the building and maintaining portion of our careers or businesses. What about our exit plan? What happens when we’ve reached the end of the road for our business or career? It’s just as important to have an exit plan, as it is anything else in your business. Eric Gilboord shares his insight on creating a strong exit plan and the payoffs it can...more

  • 291: Talking Stick- UNBLOCK to Get What You Want

    Apr 17 2017

    I've been noticing a lot of talk about blocking these days. Blocking the news so they don't have to deal with it, blocking themselves from social media so as not to waste time, even blocking friends. It got me thinking how this is sort of a scarcity mindset. Blocking certainly isn't going to get you what you want. So in this episode, I talk about unblocking yourself. Let's look at several things that block you so that you can unblock yourself and get what you want. The Talking Stick is in your h...more

  • 290: Ken Rutsky- Your Customer’s Story is Your Business

    Apr 12 2017

    How do you ensure your business is really doing the most it can for your customer's needs? Are you taking the right approach? Are you being insightful and innovative? Ken Rutsky joins us to tell exactly how to achieve all these key factors, and more. Ken Rutsky shares his insight on how the value of your business fits into your customer’s story, as well as their own reality. Ken is a marketing consultant that helps his clients tell their stories! He is the author of “Launching to Leading: How ...more

  • 289: Talking Stick- The Path to Owning Your Gift

    Apr 10 2017

    In my years coaching Creative Warriors, the thing that I've observed that stands in the way from where you are and where you want to go is owning you gift. I mean really OWNING what it is that you are good at and what makes you different. And because what makes you different makes you marketable, owning your gift leads to a successful business. Having a successful business allows you to give more of what you're good at and who you are. Do you see the positive cycle here? Along the path of ownin...more

  • 288: Sid Mohasseb- The Caterpillar's Edge: Evolve Your Business

    Apr 05 2017

    The caterpillar is a metaphor we often hear for positive change. Take a look at your business, for example. How do you ensure your business is evolving to keep up with the fast pace at which the world constantly moves?  Being honest with ourselves, we know the world doesn’t stop turning for anyone. If we want to be successful in our endeavors, we have to keep pushing ourselves forward, ensuring we can evolve and adapt to changes as they come. Sid Mohasseb joins us today to discuss breaking free...more

  • 287: Talking Stick- Pride and Permission

    Apr 03 2017

    Are you proud of yourself? Is there someone in your life you long to hear those four words from? "I'm proud of you." I share a very personal story and the inspiration behind my social media campaign #ImProudOfYouDay, which is April 4th. And when it comes to being proud, nothing is more important than YOU granting yourself permission to be proud of yourself. Who are you waiting to get permission from? Some inspiring words as to why you should stop waiting and just do it! Be yourself! Live fully!...more

  • 286: James Altucher- Reinvent Yourself to Share the Unique You

    Mar 29 2017

    People say the greatest gift you can give the world is yourself. What’s your story? What makes you different? If you’re looking for a sign to make the leap, this is it. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself and reach further than you already are. Maybe you’ve given up because you tried and did poorly. But what is success without failure? James Altucher joins us to discuss mastering the art of doing what you love, and the journey it takes to get there. James Altucher is described as one of th...more

  • 285: Talking Stick- Innovation and Timing

    Mar 27 2017

    To be truly innovative, you have to be quick on your feet and not wait too long. Fear of change and failure can often hang people up and the next thing you know, it's 3-5 years too late. In today's fast pace, that can cause you to become irrelevant. I discuss the true nature of innovation is being proactive, to embrace the idea to make a decision and make it right, and the value of putting things out there not fully complete and getting feedback for maximum innovation. I also share news about s...more

  • 284: Ibs Hyder- From Passionate Idea to Taking Action

    Mar 25 2017

    Would you consider yourself brave enough to put your ideas out into the world, to share with anyone willing to listen? Most of us haven’t found that sweet spot of bravery yet. How do we channel that warrior spirit that leads us to success within our goals? Ibs Hyder joins us to discuss finding your inner creativity, and the warrior spirit that helps us prevail! Ibs is just 23 years young and already an entrepreneur, having started a company called “TruWood.” TruWood sells affordable and unique ...more

  • 283: Tom Asacker- Who is the Director of Your Mind?

    Mar 22 2017

    Do you ever find yourself making up stories? Reaching a particular conclusion based off emotionally charged thoughts or intentions? We all do it. We find ourselves worrying over things we did not, or do not, need to. When that’s the case, who is really in charge of our mind? If we are holding ourselves back by being reactive, versus proactive, what are we really doing for ourselves? Tom Asacker joins us to discuss Keats vs. Coleridge, as well as taking control of our minds. Tom is an artist, i...more

  • 282: Talking Stick- Money: Are you a master or disaster?

    Mar 20 2017

    This episode is all about money. What it really is, why it's such a challenge to be a money master, and some practical tips you can apply right away. The goal is for you to become a money master. The most important concept and practical step on your way to abundance is to separate your mindset from your daily money practices. Often, how we deal with money on a daily basis ends up affecting our mindset about money--positively or negatively. And our mindset determines are daily practices. Make a ...more

  • 281: Julie Williamson- Build a Business That Matters

    Mar 18 2017

    There’s a million reasons to go into business. Here on Creative Warriors, I believe the reason to go into business is to build something that matters. To know our contributions matter. How do you create the most value within your business, though? With today’s ever-changing business economy, you aren’t just competing in within your industry anymore. Our choices have become worldwide. So how do we keep ahead of the game? How do we maintain a business that matters, and become the obvious choice? ...more

  • 280: Erik Wahl- The Spark and Grind of Being a Creative Warrior

    Mar 15 2017

    Creativity can be hard to reach at times. As we know, it takes a lot of time and effort to become the ultimate creative warrior. Often times, it can be a struggle to find the creative voice inside yourself. In order to do so, it takes inspiration and hard work. Most of us find ourselves good at one or the other, but who says you can’t be good at both? On this week’s episode, we will be discussing making your “spark and grind” work for you, with Erik Wahl. Erik Wahl joins us to discuss how to f...more

  • 279: Talking Stick- What do I do with my "why" and "story"?

    Mar 13 2017

    For years, there's been a lot of emphasis on knowing your why and telling your personal story. All good stuff! But now the question seems to be, "what do I do with all this?" It's a valid question. Many people think, if it's just for me, is it really important? Well, yes, it is. The biggest benefit to you is the level commitment knowing your "why" can create for you. And your story explains to others why you are the expert in your field. So yes. Even though it's the inside work, it has signific...more

  • 278: Sam Weinman - Win at Losing

    Mar 11 2017

    What can we gain from losing? Some of you might say nothing, but hold your horses! How can we truly learn to see the positive in losing? Is it even possible for those of us who consider ourselves to be extremely competitive? There are some real benefits to losing, and since it is an inevitable piece of life, we might as well learn how to win at losing! How though? Don’t worry, we have the inside scoop, thanks to Sam Weinman. Sam Weinman joins us today to discuss his latest book “Win at Losing,”...more

  • 277: Danielle Harlan- Become the Leader You've Always Wanted

    Mar 08 2017

    Does the world change, causing people to adapt? Or do people change, and the world inevitably changes in response? Danielle Harlan senses a new type of leadership in the world, and believes these new Alpha Leaders will soon change the way the world of leadership works. We all have the innate leadership to be a leader, but how do we get there? Danielle Harlan joins us to discuss today’s ever changing societal and cultural changes in terms of leadership and what we are willing to “accept.” Daniel...more

  • 276: Talking Stick- Does perfection block your authenticity?

    Mar 06 2017

    I was challenged recently to reveal more of myself. Shocking to me because I generally feel like I say TOO much. This got me thinking about how in our quest to be our best, to do a great job at whatever we do, can our perfection block our authenticity? If we always look like we have our act together, can we unintentionally come across as unrelatable? So if you're a loyal listener of Talking Stick, this episode may sound very different to you. Completely off the cuff, no notes, just my thoughts....more

  • 275: Dorie Clark - Get Recognized for Your Expertise

    Mar 04 2017

    It’s time to get out there! It takes a lot of time, and a lot of effort to become an impressionable thought leader. How does one get there, though? What steps does it take to achieve recognition and social proof in your field of expertise? It’s time to get recognized for your expertise! Dorie Clark joins us today to tell us exactly how. Dorie Clark is the author of “Reinventing You,” and “Stand Out.” Sound familiar? It might be because Stand Out was named the number one leadership book of 2015...more

  • 274: Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

    Mar 01 2017

    Networking can feel like a chore sometimes, but it doesn’t have to! Networking is all about forming connections, problem solving, and growing your reputation. With all the technology and platforms that can be used today to network, we have to utilize our time wisely. Kelly Hoey joins us today to discuss the ins and outs of networking. It’s time to get out there! Kelly Hoey is the author of “Build Your Dream Network.” You might have seen Kelly on CNBC’s Power Pitch, or her column on ink.com, blo...more

  • 273: Talking Stick- Dualities of Being an Entrepreneur

    Feb 27 2017

    Being an entrepreneur is full of dualities. One minute you're on top of the world. The next, you've been knocked down. We're almost always facing the best of times and worst of times, at the same time. We might be struggling in the moment, but the future looks awesome! I believe managing this roller coaster of dualities may be one of the toughest parts about being an entrepreneur. So I offer 3 ways to deal with the duality experience. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from yo...more

  • 272: Evan Carmichael - What's Your One Word?

    Feb 25 2017

    If you were to pick one word to represent your authentic self, what would it be? What does your story add to your competitive advantage in the world of entrepreneurship? Evan Carmichael joins us today to discuss the art of finding your one word, and the powerful advantages behind knowing your word. Evan Carmichael is the author of “Your One Word: the Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life that Matter.” Evan has had a variety of jobs over the last 20 years, from building and selling a b...more

  • 271: Steve Gilliland - How to Hide your Goat

    Feb 22 2017

    Do you find others pushing your buttons easily, or “getting your goat?” Steve Gilliland joins us today to discuss what it means to “find your goat,” and address the characteristics within ourselves that let others push our buttons. It’s time to stop wasting energy on daily annoyances and focus on becoming more productive through self management. Steve Gilliland is a member of the speakers hall of fame, speaking in all 50 states and 15 countries, over the course of 17 years! Steve has written fo...more

  • 270: Talking Stick- Don't Just Work Hard. Do The Hard Work.

    Feb 20 2017

    It's very easy to get caught in a cycle of working hard and feeling like you're not really getting anywhere. You know, like a hamster wheel. It may be because the "real" work to be done, is the hard work. The inside work. That's the hard work. The personal development being a Creative Warrior requires. The adaptation, the personal accountability, the resilience, all those inner characteristics and callings we feel all the time to rise to be our best. That's the spirit of a Warrior. You've got i...more

  • 269: Kevin Johnson - The Entrepreneurial Mind and How to Achieve That Way of Thinking

    Feb 18 2017

    Being an entrepreneur is something many dream of, but few achieve. In order to be an entrepreneur, you need to seek risk and think outside the box, when others around you may be seeking refuge. How do we get to the point of stepping outside the lines, and becoming our own boss? According to Kevin, it’s all a way of thinking. Kevin Johnson is president of Johnson Media Inc. and a serial entrepreneurs. Kevin has several years experience leading his multi million dollar marketing and communication...more

  • 268: Andy Molinsky - Taking the Big Leap Isn't The Only Option You Have

    Feb 15 2017

    It’s easy to become stagnant in our comfort zones. Many of us never leave, and adapt habits, tasks, and jobs based on our default personalities. What if I told you stepping outside of your comfort zone didn’t take one big leap? You can still create a life that is ever expanding, with new strategies and confidence building by taking smaller steps and creating a sense of conviction. Andy Molinsky joins us today to tell us how. Andy Molinsky is a professor of organizational behavior and psychology...more

  • 267: Talking Stick- From Personalized to Individualized

    Feb 13 2017

    There's a trend going on in business that you're going to want to pay attention to. It's a shift from being personalized to individualized. Meaning, it's no longer good enough to simply personalize things. To be an effective marketer in the future, it's going to require you treat your audience as the individuals they are. You're going to have to market to the specific behaviors, personalities, and buying patterns of those you want to reach. With the right perspective, this is an exciting time to...more

  • 266: Len Sherman- If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat. Do the Unexpected.

    Feb 11 2017

    The world of business is more competitive than it has ever been. As we know, it is one thing to do your business well, but a completely different thing to stand out and compete against all your other competitors in our own specific industries. It’s time to see opportunities in what may be viewed as a “challenging industry” and begin standing out. Len Sherman joins us today to discuss staying ahead in the marketplace, and what way of thinking it takes to be successful in your field. Lee is an ex...more

  • 265: Klyn Elsbury- The Time is Now To Be All In With Your Life!

    Feb 08 2017

    Warriors, we often forget the time we have on this earth is limited. We don’t all live life on a day to day basis, doing exactly what we want to do, all while pursuing our dreams. We say we can tomorrow, or take advantage of the idea that tomorrow will offer us the same opportunities we had today. Let’s not wait. Kyln Elsbury joins us to remind us that the time is now. Kyln Elsbury is the co-owner of Landmark Makers, a high class recruiting services firm, and an exceptional and inspiring entrep...more

  • 264: Talking Stick- What Support Do You Need?

    Feb 06 2017

    The leading authority on personal development in the world, Marshall Goldsmith, says it's crazy to think we can accomplish big things on our own. I tell the story about a crazy daily habit he has! So I explore some of the different options you have to gain the support you need to take on big things in the world as a Creative Warrior. Don't go it alone.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us ...more

  • 263: Rhett Power- How Small Action Steps Lead to Big Changes

    Feb 04 2017

    Forming good habits is not nearly as easy as it sounds. So often, we set high goals for ourselves and then are quickly discouraged when we can’t immediately meet them. Instead of making huge, overwhelming goals, we can instead create small action steps to take every day and re-make our habits. Rhett Power knows just what it means to make changes and find success, one day at a time. Rhett Power co-founded of Wild Creations toy company in 2007. By 2010 Wild Creations was the fastest growing busin...more

  • 262: Michael E. Gerber- Beyond The E-Myth: Go Big, Go Bigger!

    Feb 01 2017

    We talk about creativity all the time, but what does it really mean to be creative? How do we really push at boundaries and stay creative when we need our jobs and incomes to be stable? Finding creativity and balance is one of the biggest challenges for any entrepreneur. Michael E. Gerber is an innovator, entrepreneur, author, and thought leader. He is the author of 29 best-selling E-Myth books, the original of which has been named a WSJ #1 Business Book of All Time. Michael is the originator o...more

  • 261: Talking Stick- How To Keep Going

    Jan 30 2017

    We all face challenging times. Persistence is one of the greatest attributes in being successful. In this episode, I offer specific ideas and strategies to help you to keep going. Because you must. You have much to offer and any challenging time is just temporary. It might be because of a loss, difficulties, or even too much of good thing causing you to wonder how you're going to keep going. This will show you how to keep going. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be p...more

  • 260: Sam Bennett- Don't Look Back or Forward--Start Right Where You Are

    Jan 28 2017

    There’s something very calming and accepting about the idea to just start where you are. Especially at this early part of the year, when we’ve set big goals for the year ahead, and maybe even judged ourselves for how the last year ended. To start where you are is full of acceptance and permission to be okay with where you are, right now. In doing so, I believe you set the stage for a productive year full of exciting changes and are more likely to reach your goals. Wherever you’re at today, let’s...more

  • 259: Chris Myers- Financial Strategies From Start-Up to Exit

    Jan 25 2017

    Get ready to learn smart, practical tips in managing the finances of your business, from start up, to your exit strategy. We’re diving in to everything from bootstrapping to bank loans, from managing your debt, to managing your data. These are the financial essentials that will help you think big about your small business.   Chris Myers is the co-founder and CEO of Bodetree.com, a leading financial management solution for small businesses and startups. He’s also a columnist for Forbes magazine,...more

  • 258: Talking Stick- Don't Let Your Environment Limit You

    Jan 23 2017

    Ever feel like you're being held back by the situation you're in? Maybe it doesn't seem like you have the opportunities others may have. Or, feel limited by the resources around you? It may be that you are letting your environment limit you. In this episode, we explore how our physical environments can limit us as well as our mindsets and false beliefs. Think beyond boundaries, Warriors! There's a big world out there for you to explore. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from yo...more

  • 257: David Hoffeld- Create Positive Customer Interactions by Understanding How to Sell

    Jan 21 2017

    Many entrepreneurs, particularly creatives, are uncomfortable with selling. What if you thought about selling differently, so that it didn’t feel like selling at all? What if you had a system to guide you? And what if you could selling into your most generous act of all? It’s all possible. How you ask? David holds those answers ahead. David Hoffeld is the CEO and Chief Sales Trainer of the Hoffeld Group. He’s pioneered a revolutionary sales approach, based on neuroscience, social psychology, a...more

  • 256: Joseph Michelli- How to Improve Your Business

    Jan 18 2017

    Creating an exceptional and unique customer experience may be one of the best differentiators of your business today. It can help you stand out in your market, your industry, or even in the world, if that’s what you choose. In today’s episode, plan on learning lessons from the leading Customer Service brands in the world, Mercedes Benz. Joseph Michelli is an internationally sought after speaker, author, and organizational consultant with a focus on the total customer experience. His insights e...more

  • 255: Tiisetso Maloma- Nip Anxiety in the Bud with Creativity

    Jan 14 2017

    To be an entrepreneur is to expect a certain amount of anxiety. Anxiety that can be an indicator that you’re playing it big, or anxiety that can be debilitating and block your creativity. We’re going to break it down to make sure that your anxiety doesn’t defeat your creativity, and how creativity can defeat anxiety. Tiisetso Maloma has written extensively about entrepreneurship, anxiety, creativity, and self improvement. He’s the author of four books, including “The Anxious Entrepreneur,” “Anx...more

  • 254: Larry Robertson- The Art of Learning Creative Language

    Jan 11 2017

    What is the difference between the right and left side of the brain? We’re going to take a very left brain look at the right side of the brain to understand the nature of creativity and figure out what creates breakthrough ideas, the creative process, and how we can learn to speak the language of creativity. Today we’re going to learn what strategies to take on in order to accomplish the language of creativity, and how to apply it to your everyday life. Larry Robertson is an eight time award wi...more

  • 253: Talking Stick- How Business is Like Dating

    Jan 09 2017

    Let's have a little fun and compare business to dating! You might be surprised how many similarities there are. I talk about blind dates, giving it all away too quick, rushing to get a commitment, and even when to break up. Over the years, I often make comparisons to dating with my coaching clients because when you can make it personal, you make it real. Enjoy this light-hearted and helpful episode! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We ...more

  • 252: David Shriner-Cahn- Practices in Overcoming the Plateau

    Jan 07 2017

    You know the phrase, “it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters”? Well, I think if it’s the destination you want, it can still be pretty darn good. I do agree it’s the journey that matters most, which is perhaps why we find being at a plateau in our lives and businesses unfulfilling. Today we’re going to be talking about smashing the plateau. David Shriner-Cahn is the host of the business podcast “Smashing the Plateau," the resource for business leaders who feel they have stalled....more

  • 251: Mick Ebeling - Making the Impossible, Possible

    Jan 04 2017

    You look around and you see people doing some pretty amazing things in the world. Whether it’s business accomplishments or changing the world for the better, things that seem impossible. Mick Ebeling is certainly one of those guys. It makes me wonder, is doing the impossible relegated to a chosen few? Or are any of us capable of doing what currently seems impossible, and if so, what stops us from breaking through believing that nothing is impossible. A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian...more

  • 250: Talking Stick

    Jan 02 2017

    Happy New Year! It's that time of year again when so many people set goals and create big plans for the New Year. Now, let's not make fun of all the goals that don't happen. It's become so commonplace to make fun of all the failed goals. Instead, I want to provide you with an idea to help you ACCOMPLISH all those goals! And I believe you can. If you understand your real motivation. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your...more

  • 249: Fawn Germer- How to Find the Motivation to Hit Reset on Your Life

    Dec 31 2016

    Whether your life's going swimmingly well or it has its challenges, there are always times we wish we could hit a reset button. That’s the wonderful thing about having a whole new year ahead of you. That doesn’t mean you wipe out what has been, it means you can take a fresh look, start anew, and make some empowering choices. This is both an inside job, and it takes commitment and action. So for this, our special New Year’s episode, we offer you an opportunity to consider a work-life reset.  Fawn...more

  • 248: John Ruhlin - Perfect the Art of Gift Giving

    Dec 28 2016

    Happy holidays to all of you! It is the season of giving. Often that means giving gifts. We are so fortunate today to speak with a master gift giver. John Ruhlin not only captures the spirit of generosity, and reciprocity in his gift giving, but also giftology, as an effective business strategy to express appreciation to those you do business with, and to open doors for future opportunities. John Ruhlin is the founder of the Ruhlin Group. John’s company is trusted by the leaders of fast growing...more

  • 247: Talking Stick- Closing The Gap

    Dec 26 2016

    In this inspiring end of year podcast, I help you close the gap between where you are to where you want to go to make 2017 your biggest year ever. Biggest in the sense that you take full ownership of who you are and let it shine brightly. You'll learn how in doing so, you not only live your greatest life, but you inspire others at the same time. Which, in the end, may be your greatest act of generosity. Enjoy and here's to a BIG 2017! The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you....more

  • 246: Ricardo Bueso- The Impact of Giving

    Dec 24 2016

    In the couple days leading up to Christmas Day here in the United States, we have something very special for you. This time of year conjures up all sorts of feelings. Tradition, family and friends gathering, surprise and delight, and of course, gratitude and giving. This special episode of Creative Warriors is a gift within a gift within a gift. This past Sunday, while hanging out in an outdoor market here in Miami, I met these two exceptional guys, brothers, doing something amazing in the worl...more

  • 245: Margie Warrell- Stop Letting Fear Have the Last Word

    Dec 21 2016

    Being a creative warrior and an entrepreneur takes bravery. If you weren’t courageous you wouldn’t have taken the leap to where you are today. But courage is also an ongoing action. To live our best lives we need to be always challenging and pushing at our comfort zone. Margie Warrell is the author of Brave, Stop Playing Safe, and Find Your Courage, as well as a speaker and entrepreneur. She’s talking with me about what it means to be brave every single day. Bravery isn’t always about jumping ...more

  • 244: Talking Stick- Break Through the Breakthrough Problem

    Dec 19 2016

    Encouraging someone when they've hit a wall and are frustrated is, of course, a good thing. Reminding them that it's "always darkest before the dawn" and "change is right around the corner" is also helpful. But there are times these encouraging words just aren't enough. When someone is brutally honest and says, "I know. But I've been here so many times." They are tired of the cycle. We all know that cycle. We hit a wall, we pick ourselves up, only to find ourselves at that same frustrating point...more

  • 243: Thomas Sterner- How Inner Discipline and Focus Drive Personal Success

    Dec 17 2016

    As creative warriors, our challenges in staying focused are well documented. We chase a lot of squirrels as we like to say. So what’s the difference then, between being focused, and being fully engaged? And how can we, with practice, train our minds to be our most productive? Let’s find out! Thomas M. Sterner is the author of “Fully Engaged” and “The Practicing Mind”. He is accomplished as a musician, composer, and technician in various fields of music; as a recording and audio engineer; and in ...more

  • 242: William Ury- How to Get to “Yes” Within Yourself

    Dec 14 2016

    Ask almost anyone what their greatest obstacle is, and they are likely to say themselves. What we can learn, and you can learn to do so in this episode, is to get to yes within yourself. To let go of the inner battle, look at your most worthy opponent in the eye, which is yourself, and negotiate a win/win deal. William Ury is the co-founder of Harvard’s program on negotiation. He’s one of the world’s best known and most influential experts on negotiation. He is the co-author of “Getting to Yes,”...more

  • 241: Talking Stick- The #1 Thing

    Dec 12 2016

    I was asked recently what I thought the #1 thing was that people needed to know that would make the biggest difference in their business and life. That's no easy question to answer! It was a case of knowing the answer but not having the words to describe it. I've given it a lot of thought so that I could not only answer the question but actually offer you something to do with it. An understanding of the concept and ideas on how to make something of it. So here it is. What I believe is the #1 thi...more

  • 240: Daniel Priestley- Strategize Being In-Demand

    Dec 10 2016

    How would you like to have a business where people are lining up at your door to get in? Where the demand is far greater than the supply. Apple creates this frenzy every time they create a new product. Is it that it’s really the best product? Or are they masters at creating a buzz? As you’ll learn today, being in demand, over subscribed as Daniel calls it, is a strategy. A strategy that you can employ so people are knocking down your door too. Daniel Priestley started out as an entrepreneur at...more

  • 239: Josh Linkner- Reinvent Your Business

    Dec 07 2016

    This week we’re talking with Josh Linkner about reinvention. This isn’t your typical reinvention, like to resurrect from the dead, no, this type of reinvention in the words of our guest is the necessary process of proactively crafting a new future, and I would say this is a very necessary mindset and practice to move forward, stay relevant, and succeed in business today. This week we’re talking with Josh Linkner about reinvention. This isn’t your typical reinvention, like to resurrect from the ...more

  • 238: Talking Stick- Listening and Timing

    Dec 05 2016

    Do you know that feeling when you hear something exactly when you needed to hear it? Feels great, right? While it often feels like a coincidence, doesn't it make you wonder if it is? I'm a believer in collective consciousness-- that there is a constant stream of consciousness. That usually, our thoughts are not unique and it may be that we are picking up on the collective. The benefit to you as an entrepreneur in knowing this is, imagine how great you can make people feel if you show up in their...more

  • 237: Radim Malinic- How to Break Down Your Creativity Roadblocks

    Dec 03 2016

    On this week’s episode, we have Radim Malinic joining us to discuss how to successfully bridge the gap between business and client when designing. We also dig deeper into breaking down roadblocks that may come with on demand creativity. Radim Malinic is a designer in the truest sense of the word. Not just in the work he creates, but also in how he has designed his career, his life, and even his happiness. Come along on a journey into the inner thoughts, philosophies, and processes, of this crea...more

  • 236: Mark Coleman- Make Peace with Your Mind

    Nov 30 2016

    We usually refer to the cost of doing business as time and money spent. As creative warriors, since it is often our own talent and skills that we derive our income from, we need to consider the other costs of doing business. The real costs of business, such as the energy spent, time wasted, and the ways we hold ourselves back dealing with our own conflicted thoughts. I ask you to consider what might be the business benefits for you in making peace with your mind. Today we have the amazing Mark...more

  • 235: Talking Stick- End of Year Habits

    Nov 28 2016

    Newton's law of motion says that something in motion stays in motion. Using that theory, I stress the importance of taking advantage of this busy time of year to plan out next year. I offer you my top 7 habits to bring the current year to a close. You'll see that this is the perfect time to plan out next year so that you can hit the ground running. If you wait until after the New Year, you may lose weeks, maybe even months before you get up and going. No need for that! You have too much to acco...more

  • 234: Neil Patel- Achieving the Hustle Sweet Spot

    Nov 26 2016

    We hear a lot about both hustle, as well as the balanced life these days, and it can be difficult to understand how the two work together. If we are supposed to be hustling, is it even possible to lead a balanced life? Which of the two should we be striving for? Today we have the incredible Neil Patel on Creative Warriors to talk about his new book, “Hustle.” This book takes a deep dive into what it means to hustle, why it is valuable and even essential to success, why creativity is such a vit...more

  • 233: Roger Housden- Dropping the Struggle

    Nov 23 2016

    Hard work doesn’t have to be a struggle. Pouring your energy into a project isn’t the same experience as struggling, although it can feel like you can’t have one without the other. The truth is, it’s when we’re not fully focused on what we’re doing that the struggle comes in – we start to worry or listen to our negative assumptions, and stop being present in the current moment.   Our expert guest, Roger Housden, is here to talk about what it means to struggle and how we can release ourselves f...more

  • 232: Talking Stick- Are We There Yet?

    Nov 21 2016

    You know jet lag, right? Your body needs time to catch up to the time difference. In this episode, I discuss the lag time between being ready for the results you want and the results showing up. Whether its changes in your business or personal growth, it can be very frustrating when you're all ready but the world doesn't seem to recognize that yet. It's like heading out on a 3 hour road trip that now seems like it takes all day. Similarly, you've done all the right things and are ready to recei...more

  • 231: Faisal Hoque- Survive to Thrive with Resilience

    Nov 19 2016

    Imagine having more questions than answers about one of the most important aspects of life. That's how I feel about resilience. Are some of us born more resilient? Is there a difference between resilience in our businesses vs. our personal lives? Do we know we’re resilient when we’re in the thick of it or only in hindsight? Will we regret things we didn’t stick out because we weren’t resilient enough? Today we have an expert on resilience who’s sharing how to go from survive to thrive. A serial ...more

  • 230: Mike Michalowicz - Profit First

    Nov 16 2016

    Today's episode is life-changing and offers a specific plan to develop financial freedom in your life. One of the best ways to be creative and enjoy the process is not to have to live a life where you are working to pay your bills. I've learned that it's not that you're doing something wrong it's more about being taught a system that just doesn't work. Today you’re going to learn how to put profits first, and that means you! By his 35th birthday, MIKE MICHALOWICZ had founded and sold two multi-m...more

  • 229: Talking Stick- I Am Power

    Nov 14 2016

    This past week in the U.S. has shook many people to their core. There are many people who can't understand why. Name calling, lack of compassion...all sorts of ugliness going on. It's like watching your children fight and sometimes you know what's best is to send everyone to a separate corner. Maybe that's what's needed here. Everyone just focus on their corner of the world. Create the world you want. Throughout history, creativity has played an important role in tumultuous times like these. I ...more

  • 228: Damon Brown - Making an Entrepreneurial Impact

    Nov 12 2016

    It seems that many entrepreneurial journeys just seem to unfold, as opposed to executing some grand master plan. Today our guest is here not only to use himself as an example of what he did with 15 hours per week but to offer you some great bite-sized entrepreneurial tips. And perhaps a different way to look at what might be some of your biggest obstacles. Damon Brown is an entrepreneur, journalist, speaker, app creator and author focused on how technology can connect us and help us achieve thin...more

  • 227: Scott Adams - How to Fail and Still Win Big

    Nov 09 2016

    Our guest today says “never take advice from a cartoonist.” So today we’re going to take advice from a cartoonist. But, in all fairness, our guest is no ordinary cartoonist, he's the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams. We’re chatting a bit about Dilbert and diving into Scott’s latest book, How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. I guarantee you’ll gain a different perspective about failure and learn a bit about happiness as well! Scott Adams is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip tha...more

  • 226: Talking Stick- A Confidence Boost

    Nov 07 2016

    I'm certainly not immune to having moments of lacking confidence. Are any of us? I guess there are some that are confident all the time. In this episode, I discuss that often confidence gets thrown into one big bucket of "less than" rather than getting to the root of what you're not feeling confident about. Lacking confidence comes in many different forms. I go over the 3 Whys exercise to help you get to the root of your struggle with confidence. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us ...more

  • 225: Ariel Hyatt - Crowdfunding Creates Community

    Nov 05 2016

    Have you ever considered a crowdfunding campaign to support one of your creative endeavors? Have you been unsure if crowdfunding is right for you or the thought totally overwhelms you! We have the leading expert on crowdfunding here to help reset our perspective on crowdfunding and the development of your community. Ariel specifically discusses how to build a crowd, get a campaign ready, and run a powerful and profitable crowdfunding campaign. Her latest book is Crowdstart: The Ultimate Guide to...more

  • 224: Todd Kashdan - The Upside of Your Dark Side

    Nov 02 2016

    Embracing your shadow side doesn't have to be scary or full of anxiety. It can be a creative place where we solve problems and learn how to manage life a bit more efficiently. Where being whole is working with both your light and dark side to step into your strengths. Today we have a fascinating topic and guest to dismantle the universal idea that only positive concepts are of value. Named one of the top 58 people changing people’s lives by Psychologies magazine, Todd Kashdan is among the world’...more

  • Talking Stick- Pattern Interrupters

    Oct 31 2016

    Patterns and habits to our ability to actually get things done in our lives. But is there value in purposefully interrupting the pattern of your life? What good comes from choosing to do things that will take you out of the cycle and pattern of life that you have found yourself in? For one, you will notice your creativity sparked in a way that it often cannot be throughout normal, cyclical, everyday life. Try out the ideas of pattern interruption presented here to spark creativity, get you out ...more

  • 222: Carson Tate - Work Simply

    Oct 29 2016

    I love this phrase by our guest today; You can’t outwork your busyness. But don’t we go down trying! We had a great conversation today about how you can learn to work simply by understanding your unique personality traits. Instead of the generalized, one size fits all approach to productivity and time management; we are looking at how to custom tailor an approach just for you. Carson Tate is a dynamic teacher, coach and author known for personal transformation and simple, powerful actionable con...more

  • 221: Michael Dermer - Advice From the Trenches

    Oct 26 2016

    Does being an entrepreneur sometimes feel like a lonely experience? Even if people surround us, our struggles are our own and non-entrepreneurs don’t necessarily get it. So today we’re getting some advice from the trenches on entrepreneurship, from someone who’s been down and out and back again who truly knows what it’s like to be a Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael Dermer is an entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer, and author of The Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael discovered what would become The Lonely Entre...more

  • 220: Talking Stick- Strive To Be Bored

    Oct 24 2016

    Admittedly, this is some of the strangest advice I ever give. Telling my coaching clients to strive to be bored. But listen in and there's a good chance this may be helpful advice for you too. Do you want more business yet find yourself overwhelmed with what you already have going on? Striving to be bored is the solution. This is not only an idea, I also offer specific action steps for you to take. In the end, you'll get the results you want and maybe have some extra time on your hands. The Ta...more

  • 219: Ron Tite - Creativity Gives You the Edge

    Oct 22 2016

    Has the time come for artists, creators, and innovators to rule the world? Does the artist have not only the skills to succeed in today's world but also something to teach the "non-artist." According to our guest, we all have an inner artist that wants to get out and express them self and when we let that happen regardless of our profession anything is possible. Ron Tite is CEO of The Tite Group, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. He was named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by ...more

  • 218: Jonathan Fields - Creating The Good Life

    Oct 19 2016

    The Good Life means something a little different for everyone. Are some people just more fortunate? Or can we have a strategy to create the good life for ourselves? Today we’re going to explore some key aspects of a good life and along the way offer you specific steps to create your personal version of the good life in this enlightening conversation with the leader of the good life project, Jonathan Fields. A dad, husband, serial entrepreneur, growth strategist and award-winning author, Jonathan...more

  • 217: Talking Stick- Own Your Space

    Oct 17 2016

    Why does one brand sky rocket to the top and outshine the rest? Is it because they're better? I get asked this question often and I can assure you, it certainly isn't because that brand is better. If you know you are just as good at what you do as your competitors and are left wondering what it will take to end up on top, this just might answer that question for you.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. "You don't need to personify your brand. You need to make your b...more

  • 216: Misty Lown - One Small Yes

    Oct 15 2016

    Life sure can get overwhelming. And often it’s because we’ve said yes to too many things. Or is it that we’ve said yes to the wrong things? With our guest today, Misty Lown, we’re going to discuss how you can get the results you want out of your life and business by saying one small yes at a time. Misty Lown is a sought after speaker who shares her business methods with audiences around the world. An entrepreneur at heart, Misty owns a dance studio, created a dance studio licensing program, a re...more

  • 215: Richard Godfrey - Closing the Gaps

    Oct 12 2016

    Picture this; you are standing on the side of a chasm, or a canyon and where you want to go is to the other side. Will you build a bridge to get to the other side or stay where you are? Can you fuel the effort it will take to get to the other side? What are the best tools to make it a reality? We’re discussing the 3 Gaps that universally keep most people from having everything they want in life. And unpacking the principles behind closing the gap between where you are and where you can be. Richa...more

  • 214: Talking Stick- Whose Economy is it Anyway?

    Oct 10 2016

    Professionals and trend watchers keep giving different names to the economy. You know, the intangible economy, the sharing economy, the gig economy, and so on. I think they're all missing what it should actually be called. The one name and one type of entrepreneur that encompasses ALL the other names. Have a listen and learn what you can do about it. The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us k...more

  • 213: Peter Legge- Save The Best For First

    Oct 08 2016

    Warriors, imagine having the opportunity to sit down and chat with a legendary successful entrepreneur who has made an indelible mark on the world. What questions would you ask? What advice would you seek? What secrets of success would you want to know? Well, we have that rare and exciting opportunity. Today we have with us Peter Legge, A living legacy of one of Canada’s true entrepreneurial success stories. Peter is Chairman and CEO of the largest independently owned magazine publishing company...more

  • 212: Tony Gaskins- Leave No Stone Unturned

    Oct 05 2016

    Today’s guest truly changed the direction of his life. His experience shows us that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you’ve been through; or mistakes you may have made along the way, if you want to improve your life, it is up to you to commit to and to act on a plan. This is an inspiring story of turning a life around, taking purposeful action, and leaving no stone unturned in the process. Tony Gaskin's had no college degree or training but what he did have was a commitment not to r...more

  • 211: Talking Stick- How To Get Paid What You're Worth

    Oct 03 2016

    This episode really gets to the heart of what I want for YOU. To be valued for what you do and get paid what you're ACTUALLY worth. And I lay it all on the line. I share the one strategy that I can attribute all my success to as a photographer and a business coach so that you can employ this strategy too. For the first time, I share some intimate details of starting my business and how I learned this strategy. "People don't choose you because you're the best. They choose you because you get t...more

  • 210: Howard Lim - Authentic Branding

    Oct 01 2016

    Differentiation is the ticket to success. Figuring out how you and your brand stands out in a word of sameness is critical. We have a lot of responsibilities in business— to manage our business, take care of our customers to mention a few, but I believe your #1 responsibility to your future success is creating a brand that is so unique that it can’t be duplicated. A veteran whole-brain thinker, Howard Lim is dedicated to innovation and through speaking, and his seminars have taught more than 75,...more

  • 209:Terri Sjodin - Getting Scrappy

    Sep 28 2016

    Too often entrepreneurs get stuck thinking they aren’t ready, or they don’t have the resources or money to advance their business. It doesn’t have to take a lot to have success; sometimes you just have to get scrappy! A scrappy strategy can make the difference between being heard or accepting less than. Today we’re discussing how being scrappy could be the best play in becoming an innovative and creative warrior. Terri Sjodin is the principal and founder of Sjodin Communications, a public speaki...more

  • 208: Talking Stick- What's Going Right?

    Sep 26 2016

    I had this idea recently to start a journal called What's Going Right? The idea is to reverse paying attention to only the things that are going wrong. Come on. We all do it. Several things can go right in a day and all you'll pay attention to is the one thing that went wrong. Or amongst a sea of compliments, you'll remember the one criticism. The What's Going Right journal is a great way to reverse the process and get more things going right in your life.  "Pay attention and invite more of w...more

  • 207: Dan Englander - Selling Without Sacrificing Creativity

    Sep 24 2016

    Do you have to sacrifice the integrity of your creativity to sell what you are offering? Can you be a creative person in business AND a good sales person? Must we choose between being good at what we do and being good at selling ourselves? Would you prefer someone else do your selling? Sales don't have to be a right brain and left brain conflict. We can find a balance that holistically serves us. Today we’re exploring these questions, and much more so we can bridge the gap of sales discomfort wi...more

  • 206: Jonah Berger - Invisible Influence

    Sep 21 2016

    Whether you are aware of it or not, we are all influenced every day by the behavior of others. Our purchases, our behavior, our big and small choices. Sometimes influence is invisible; sometimes it’s much more apparent, and often we see how others are affected, but not how we are. What’s important is that we understand the power of social influence because it can draw customers to us and also can keep them away. We’re are excited to talk with Jonah Berger the bestselling author of multiple books...more

  • 205: Talking Stick- Advice I Gave My Kids That's Good For Business

    Sep 19 2016

    I loved raising my kids! The best and most memorable conversations I've had in my life have been with my three kids. A recent conversation with my daughter got me thinking about some advice that I used to give to my kids that I think applies equally well in business. It involves waffles. You have to listen to understand.   The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you.   Be part of the conversation - We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or share a...more

  • 204: Marshall Goldsmith - Leveraging Your Triggers

    Sep 17 2016

    Let’s face it. Creating behavioral change in our lives is not easy. But it can be done to create the lives we want. We’re going to talk to the world authority on behavioral change, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, about the use of triggers. How triggers in our lives keep us stuck and how we can use productive triggers to help us get what we want out of life. It is a complete honor to have Marshall on Creative Warriors to share his life's work and insights. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world authority in...more

  • 203: Karen Leland - Brand Mapping Strategy

    Sep 14 2016

    Often when we think about branding, we think about image most of all. Branding is so much more than that. Excellent branding is a system of consciously delivered strategies. It's practically your business model, representing who you are, who you want to attract and the direction of your business. So much more than the image! Today we’re discussing a Brand Mapping Strategy with 7-specific elements you want in your business and personal brand. Karen is president of Sterling Marketing Group, a bran...more

  • 202: Talking Stick- When Your Goals In Life Are Bigger Than How You Live Your Life

    Sep 12 2016

    Creative Warriors are dreamers. Of course, that's fantastic! For many of us, our dreams and goals become bigger than how we're accustomed to live our lives. So what do you do? What do you do when your goals in life are bigger than how you live your life? When you're most comfortable in the serenity of home AND you want to accomplish big things in the world? As someone who knows this feeling, here are a few suggestions.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of ...more

  • 201: Douglas Kruger - Is Your Thinking Keeping You Poor?

    Sep 10 2016

    Do you think money is the root of all evil? I hope not because that would make becoming wealthy very uncomfortable, and probably super unlikely. We’re going to explore the difference between thinking poor and thinking rich, and dismantle self-imposed rules to ask ourselves the fundamental question, is my thinking be keeping me poor?  Douglas Kruger is an internationally renowned speaker and business author, who is passionate about creating thought-leaders and disrupting outdated ideas. He's the ...more

  • 200: Akash Karia - 7 Things Resilient People Do Differently

    Sep 07 2016

    Life is full of ups and downs. Being an entrepreneur, a small business owner, and putting yourself out in the world in whatever way you do is challenging. It can feel like a roller coaster at times. Getting through it all is what makes you a warrior. Today we’re discussing resilience and the 7-emotional habits that help to get you through the peaks and valleys that we all experience. Akash is a peak-performance coach, master storyteller, an international best-selling author, speaker, and consult...more

  • 199: Talking Stick- Observations From 200 Episodes!

    Sep 05 2016

    In celebration of our 200th episode, I share what I've observed from interviewing best-selling authors and inspiring entrepreneurs over the past 2+ years. Of course, each guest is an individual with their own unique strengths. However, there are certainly common traits that we can all benefit from by understanding. This also marks the beginning of a whole new sound for Creative Warriors Talking Stick. Check it out!

  • 198: Brian Solis - Create a Frictionless Customer Experience

    Sep 03 2016

    I know entrepreneurs and small businesses get the idea that we must create great experiences for our customers. That what a customer is paying for is the overall experience. But how many of us are doing anything more that what our customers expect? Does meeting the minimum expectation, maintain or grow a business? Today we’re going to dive into what it really means to create an exceptional customer experience. Brian Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders, keyno...more

  • 197: Srini Rao - Be Unmistakable

    Aug 31 2016

    We all have challenging moments in life regardless of how successful and impactful we become and “Just because you’re unmistakable doesn’t mean your unbreakable.” Today, I have the privilege of interviewing the host of Unmistakable Creative Podcast, Srini Rao. Our open and direct conversation is vulnerable, transparent and loaded with meaningful insights. Srini is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast where he's conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders from many wal...more

  • 196: Talking Stick - The Goal Paradox

    Aug 29 2016

    You know how sometimes you hear that you should go strong for your big goals? But then others will say that if you come on too strong that people will back off? So which is it? Well, that's the problem. It's both. It's what I goal The Goal Paradox. How to work hard towards your goals without being attached to the outcome. This can be a challenging lesson to learn yet may be the answer to success. "Live for your goals without your goals controlling your life" -Jeffrey Shaw The Talking Stick is i...more

  • 195: Jason Vitug - Financial Wellness and a Purposeful Life

    Aug 27 2016

    Today we’d like to help you get on top of your finances by demystifying some of the common misconceptions about money and values. Aligning your values with a constant flow of money is not necessarily about discipline, but more about understanding what a financially successful mindset is. It's about igniting an interest in your finances, empowering you to have a vision based on your values and encouraging you to live a vibrant and purposeful life where money is a tool, not the end game. Jason Vit...more

  • 194: Adam Markel - Reinventing Your Career and Life

    Aug 24 2016

    Is it time for a change in your life? Can you feel it but aren't sure what it is or what life would look like on the other side of this shift? Maybe change is needed, or maybe it’s simply time for an adjustment that will allow greater flow and ease. You may very well be at a pivot point. Today we’re discussing how to pivot effectively: when it’s time to change things up, what it means, and how to pivot gracefully. Adam Markel is the CEO of New Peaks, formerly known as Peak Potentials and the aut...more

  • 193: Talking Stick- The Power of Three

    Aug 22 2016

    I often find when giving advice to my coaching clients, that my suggestions have something to do with the number three. There’s a power to three. So in this episode, I offer my top business tips that come in threes. Practical tips that you can apply in your business right away.  The Talking Stick is in your hands now. Let us hear from you. Be part of the conversation – We want to hear your opinion on the topic. Let us know what you think or share a personal story. Join our community Facebook gro...more

  • 192: JP Kühlwein - Rethinking Prestige Branding

    Aug 20 2016

    Do you consider yourself, your brand or your company to be a prestige brand? Are you or do you hope to be catering to the higher-end of your market? Being a prestige brand takes a lot more today than just throwing a higher price on it. In this episode, we’re going to explore the nuances of what it means to be a prestige brand today. JP is a proven business leader, recognized strategy expert, and global brand builder.   He has a 20+ year track record of successfully creating, re-staging and growi