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Tune into the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast to hear extraordinary stories from everyday people. Each episode features inspiring stories of life and creativity, triumph and struggle. I interview people who are starting their own businesses, giving back to their communities, and working with exciting new technologies to advance our world. We also talk about specific ways that our listeners can help support them and their work, so that their stories can continue to evolve. Who knows, their stories may even provide you some extra inspiration to develop your own talents and passions!

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Tune into the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast to hear extraordinary stories from everyday people. Each episode features inspiring stories of life and creativity, triumph and struggle. I interview people who are starting their own businesses, giving back to their communities, and working with exciting new technologies to advance our world. We also talk about specific ways that our listeners can help support them and their work, so that their stories can continue to evolve. Who knows, their stories may even provide you some extra inspiration to develop your own talents and passions!

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Great show that you need to listen to for inspiration and motivation!

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Great podcast, awesome host, give it a listen,

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127 Ratings
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126
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Great Podcast!

By Flyone75 - Dec 23 2019
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Great show that you need to listen to for inspiration and motivation!

Great Podcast

By Roman Prokopchuk - Dec 21 2019
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Great podcast, awesome host, give it a listen,
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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 72: Emily Winston -- How the perfect NY bagel came to California (an episode from the Vibrant Visionaries podcast)

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This week I'm doing a podcast "episode swap" with fellow podcaster Heidi Bennett, the host of the Vibrant Visionaries podcast (and my guest from Episode 68 of Beyond 6 Seconds)! This means that Heidi is publishing my interview episode with her on the Vibrant Visionaries podcast, and I’ve chosen one of her episodes to feature here on Beyond 6 Seconds: her interview with Emily Winston.

While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Emily missed the authentic NY bagels from her youth so much that she decided to make them herself, and dive head (and heart) first into opening a retail bagel bakery called Boichik Bagels in Berkeley, CA!

If you’ve ever had a craving for an authentic NY bagel, or ever had to figure out how to make your dream (or your business idea) into reality, you’ll really enjoy this episode from Vibrant Visionaries. 

This episode was originally featured on Episode 17 of Heidi's podcast, Vibrant Visionaries. You can hear more episodes of her podcast at vibrantvisionaries.com.

Aug 05 2019

28mins

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Rank #2: Episode 40: Andy Storch – How new habits can transform your life and career

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Andy Storch is a consultant, coach and facilitator who helps his clients turn strategy into action. Andy works with companies to accelerate leadership development, strategy alignment, business acumen and sales training. He also coaches individuals to help them improve their performance and achieve their goals, so they can do the best work of their lives. Additionally, Andy hosts two podcasts: The Entrepreneur Hot Seat (now called The Andy Storch Show), where he has interviewed over 100 CEOs and entrepreneurs, and the Talent Development Hot Seat, where he interviews interesting talent development leaders about their experience.

In this episode, Andy shares how the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod inspired him to transform his life and career by building six habits for success: meditation, exercise, writing, reading, affirmations and visualizations. He also talks about the impact that hosting podcasts and attending conferences have had on growing his career and developing new business relationships.

Connect with Andy on LinkedIn and visit www.andystorch.com to learn more about his work and podcasts.

Additional information from Andy Storch's bio:

Andy has taught strategy, sales, leadership, finance, and business acumen to business leaders all over the world and has started or worked for multiple start-up companies. Some of Andy’s past clients have included Salesforce.com, NOV, Oracle, Google, Box, Toyota, Genentech, State Farm, Red Bull, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, HP, Sony, Bechtel, Cisco as well as small business and startup CEOs looking to grow their businesses.

Andy has worked with leaders across almost every industry—from software to insurance—and has seen the difference that experiential learning, practice, coaching, and accountability can make in improving overall performance.

Andy holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business where he served as President of the MBA program in 2008 and a BS in Information Sciences from the University of Florida. 

Dec 10 2018

31mins

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Rank #3: Episode 84: Becoming Indistractable -- with Nir Eyal

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Nir Eyal writes, consults and teaches about behavior design and habit formation -- at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He has been dubbed “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology” by the MIT Technology Review, has founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

Nir is also the author of the bestselling book, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and a brand new book called “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.”

On this episode, you will hear Nir talk about:

  • What really causes distraction (Hint: it’s not technology!)
  • How we use distraction as a coping mechanism for escaping discomfort
  • How planning and timeboxing can help you avoid distraction (and why to-do lists are a myth)
  • How to become indistractable at work

For more information about Indistractable:

You can also read more of Nir’s writing on his blog at www.nirandfar.com.

Oct 28 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: Episode 58: Stacy Sherman – Blogging about Customer Experience through DoingCXRight

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Stacy Sherman is the Director of Customer Experience (CX) at Schindler Elevator Corporation. When she’s not at her day job, Stacy shares her extensive CX expertise on her blog, DoingCXRight, which provides mentorship and knowledge sharing with CX professionals looking to differentiate their companies and personal brand. 

On this episode, Stacy shares:

  • What inspired her to start DoingCXRight back in 2017, and the type of content she writes for the blog
  • How she balances work, family, friends, blogging and all the other parts of her life, by being intentional about how she spends her time
  • How writing with authenticity has built her credibility as a blogger and woman in corporate America
  • How she has used feedback from her readers to refine the themes she writes about on her blog
  • The types of networking, speaking and mentoring opportunities that her blog has opened up for her—and how it has helped her support the careers of other women

Read and subscribe to Stacy’s blog at www.DoingCXRight.com  to increase your own CX skills and/or to transform your organization. Her latest blog post is about Women Leadership & Customer Experience.

Follow Stacy on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram where she shares actionable CX tips!

Stacy Sherman’s full bio:

Stacy Sherman combines marketing know-how with a passion for CX. Having worked on the client-side and in agency environments, Stacy has led projects for reputable brands including Verizon Wireless, Martha Stewart Crafts, ADP, and AT&T.

She uses her expertise in developing and launching customer experience (CX) programs and Voice of Customer (VOC) initiatives to maximize conversions through proven optimization techniques. Stacy’s CX areas of expertise include: CX within new product development to ensure products launch with the highest probability of success; CX within specific channels (eCommerce/digital) and offline retail;  and also CX within a sales organization driving employee engagement and a customer-centric culture.

She's gained Expertise in designing & implementing customer-centric programs with a focus on research, measurement & close the loop processes to shape product design, messaging and experiences that exceed Satisfaction (CSAT) & NPS goals.

Currently, Stacy is the Director of Customer Experience (CX) at global company, Schindler Elevator Corporation. Stacy continues to infuse customer centricity in all initiatives to cultivate profitability along with “close the loop” processes for ongoing success.  

Stacy lives and breathes CX. When she's not at her day job, she shares her voice and passion at events, on podcasts, in industry articles and on her DoingCXRight blog, which provides mentorship and knowledge sharing with CX professionals looking to differentiate their companies and personal brand. 

She is a founding CX Board Member at Rutgers University. She is CX certified and has an MBA in Marketing.

Apr 29 2019

22mins

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Rank #5: Episode 83: How to Overcome Fear and Find Your Way as a Leader -- with Carly Fiorina

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Carly Fiorina began her career as a secretary for a nine-person real-estate business, and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company as the CEO of Hewlett Packard. Her amazing career even includes running for the U.S. presidency in 2015.

Now, Carly is the founder and chairman of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and of Unlocking Potential, a nonprofit organization that helps local leaders increase their leadership and problem-solving capabilities. 

Carly is also a best-selling author. She shares her amazing leadership journey and lessons learned in her third book, “Find Your Way,” which was released in early 2019. 

During this podcast episode, Carly shares:

  • Examples of how she learned to problem-solve early in her career
  • How she faced her fear and overcame bullies in the workplace
  • Why she wrote her latest book, “Find Your Way”
  • How she helps leaders build and practice their leadership skills
  • How she selects the leaders who she interviews on her podcast, “By Example”

You can find more information about Carly’s work on her website, www.carlyfiorina.com, and learn more about "By Example," her podcast where she interviews extraordinary leaders about their experiences and lessons that listeners can learn from.

Oct 21 2019

43mins

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Rank #6: Episode 46: Samantha Harris – Thriving after cancer and living Your Healthiest Healthy

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Samantha Harris is an Emmy-winning entertainment journalist and TV host. Most of you may know Samantha from her eight seasons as the co-host of the hit show, Dancing with the Stars, or her many years as one of the hosts of Entertainment Tonight.

In this podcast, Samantha shares her breast cancer story, which began when she trusted her instinct about a lump that she was told was “nothing.” Out of the emotional turmoil of her diagnosis, Samantha and her husband founded the online community Gotta Make Lemonade to help inspire positivity in the face of adversity. She continued to turn her cancer “lemon” into “lemonade” by writing her new book, “Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent & Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life,” which debuted as an Amazon bestseller.  With research-backed advice, “Your Healthiest Healthy” is a guidebook to identifying and removing toxins from all parts of your life, as well as boosting positivity to support your well-being.

Learn about Samantha’s book, “Your Healthiest Healthy” at www.samantha-harris.com/yhh

Book Samantha as a speaker at www.samantha-harris.com

Read the stories on Gotta Make Lemonade at www.gottamakelemonade.com (You can also submit your own story here!)

Follow Samantha on Instagram @SamanthaHarrisTV for a daily dose of positivity.

Feb 04 2019

33mins

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Rank #7: Episode 54: Kevin Patrick Allen – Life, loss and What Comes Next

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Kevin Patrick Allen has been a reporter from sea to shining sea, telling stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Now, he’s produced a documentary called “What Comes Next” that examines what happens when you lose a dream, lose a loved one, or even lose your freedom. The project was an opportunity to go beyond the skipping-stone nature of today’s journalism into a deeper exploration of the human condition.

In this podcast, Kevin takes us behind-the-scenes into the stories he featured in his documentary:

  • Chad, an X-Games champion, who suffered a terrible crash.
  • Beverly and Linda, whose triumph and tragedy intersected after the suicide of a teenager.
  • Joe and Reggie, who languished on death row.  

We discuss how these stories share a common struggle, how different people find a meaningful future after experiencing tremendous loss, and what we can learn from their journeys.

Watch “What Comes Next” on Amazon Prime and follow Kevin on Twitter @kpatrickallen.

Apr 01 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: Episode 60: Charlotte Underwood – Mental health writer and advocate

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Charlotte Underwood is a mental health advocate and writer in the UK with a passion for preventing suicide and providing support for those in need.

On this episode, Charlotte shares how her own personal experiences inspired her to write about mental health, the biases and stigma that people with mental illnesses often face in the UK, and how she raises her voice to encourage people to talk about mental health and listen to the experiences of others.

Charlotte also discusses the importance of listening to people with mental illness, and shares advice on how people can help their friends and loved ones who are struggling.

You can read Charlotte's writing at her website, www.charlotteunderwoodauthor.com, and follow her on Twitter @CUnderwoodUK .

May 10 2019

18mins

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Rank #9: Episode 56: Daniel Gefen - The Self Help Addict

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Daniel Gefen is the CEO of the Gefen Media Group, a podcast production and booking company. He hosts a podcast called “Can I Pick Your Brain?” and is the author of the bestselling book, “The Self Help Addict.”

On this episode, Daniel describes himself as a former Self Help Addict, where he was trapped in a vicious cycle of consuming life-changing knowledge without taking any life-changing action. After 10 years of procrastination, he shares how he finally broke this cycle and motivated himself to write his book, “The Self Help Addict.”

Daniel also talks about the growing power of podcasting, including:

  • His first experience as a podcast guest 4 years ago, which made him realize the amazing value and impact of podcasts
  • How being a guest on the right podcasts can help establish you as an expert in your field
  • How he made his own podcast stand out from other interview-based podcasts
  • How he built a thriving podcast booking agency

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: Visit www.Podcastguestsuccess.com to download a free guide to getting booked as a guest on podcasts!

For more information about Daniel, check out these links:

Daniel’s business, the Gefen Media Group:   www.gefenmediagroup.com

Daniel’s podcast: Can I Pick Your Brain?

Daniel’s book, The Self Help Addict 

Apr 15 2019

51mins

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Rank #10: Episode 52: Karen Jaw-Madson – Building organizational culture using design thinking

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Karen Jaw-Madson is an organizational change and culture expert who enjoyed success as a corporate executive before pursuing a “portfolio career” comprised of research, writing, consulting, teaching/speaking, and creative pursuits. Her book "Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work" was released in June 2018. This book is a guide for implementing the methodology she created -- Design of Work Experience (DOWE) – which combines organizational culture with design thinking, learning, appreciative inquiry and values-based leadership to help people innovate and solve challenging problems at work.

Find out more about Karen and the DOWE methodology at www.designofworkexperience.com and connect with Karen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also purchase Karen’s book on Amazon: Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work

We've also got a bonus episode with Karen Jaw-Madson, where she talks about finding and working with a publisher for her book “Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work” – and why she describes her experience as a “soap opera!” Listen to the bonus episode here.

Karen’s full bio:

Organizational expert Karen Jaw-Madson enjoyed success as a corporate executive before pursuing a "portfolio career" comprised of research, writing, consulting, teaching/speaking, and creative pursuits. As a versatile leader across multiple industries, Karen developed, led, and implemented numerous organizational initiatives around the globe. Today, this East Coast transplant to Silicon Valley (via Ireland and the Midwest) is principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, where she enables organizations with innovative approaches and customized solutions for intimidating challenges. Focus areas include culture, organizational change, and people strategies. Her book, Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work (Emerald Group Publishing) was released in June, 2018. She has a BA in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Visit her website at www.designofworkexperience.com.

Links to other organizational change influencers that Karen mentions during the podcast:

Free Agent Nation by Daniel Pink (the book that inspired Karen to create her portfolio career)

Prof. Jeanne M. Liedka, Darden School of Business 

Total Quality Management by W. Edwards Deming

Appreciative Inquiry by David Cooperrider (Karen’s intellectual hero)

Mar 18 2019

38mins

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Rank #11: Episode 85: Growing and building a career that fits -- with Meg He

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On this episode, meet Meg He, the co-founder of ADAY, a direct-to-consumer clothing brand that creates versatile, long-lasting apparel with a sustainable approach. ADAY was recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, and Meg was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list with her co-founder, Nina Faulhaber. Prior to ADAY, Meg worked at Poshmark, Cowboy Ventures and Goldman Sachs, and received degrees at Oxford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

On this episode, you will hear Meg talk about:

  • Her struggles and achievements as a Chinese immigrant living and going to school in Wales and in England 
  • Her career, which ranges from working in investment banking in London, to venture capital and technology in Silicon Valley, to her own start-up in New York City 
  • What inspired her to become an entrepreneur and innovate within the fashion and apparel industry

You can find ADAY online at www.thisisaday.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and at their showroom in New York City.

Nov 03 2019

43mins

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Rank #12: Episode 68: Heidi Bennett – Bringing multi-creative dreams to life

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How do you build a life and career that fulfills your passion, if you’re passionate about multiple things?  This is a question that Heidi Bennett helps people answer. Heidi is a business and wellness coach for multi-creative professionals – i.e., people with a multitude of interests who can’t limit themselves to doing one thing only, day in and day out. She helps her clients design their own careers by bringing all their interests and talents together into different projects.  Heidi is also the host of the Vibrant Visionaries podcast, where she has candid conversations with multi-creatives from different fields and industries.

On this episode, Heidi shares how she helps multi-creatives overcome mental barriers like negative self-talk, imposter syndrome and fear, while guiding them to practice their strengths, decide what impact they want to have in the world, and find the life and work that aligns with their values and creative processes. Heidi also describes some of her coaching techniques and strategies that help her clients, and can help you too!

Learn more about Heidi at her website www.HeidiBennett.com and listen to her Vibrant Visionaries podcast at www.VibrantVisionaries.com.

Jul 08 2019

38mins

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Rank #13: Episode 88: How event ticketing can create amazing customer experiences -- with Josh Stine

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This week's guest is Josh Stine, the co-founder and CEO of Seat Insiders, an event ticket concierge agency serving companies and individuals around the world. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Josh worked in cyber security and management consulting at PwC. Josh has also started several other successful side hustles over the past four years, but he has turned his focus solely to Seat Insiders since its founding.

On this episode, you will hear Josh talk about:

  • His journey from Big 4 consulting to the ticketing industry
  • How the changes in the ticketing industry are beneficial for both fans and artists alike
  • How building international relationships has created opportunities for fans to go to events around the world

You can contact Josh on www.seatinsiders.com and by email at josh@seatinsiders.com. You can also learn more about Seat Insiders on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: Seat Insiders is giving five listeners a free 1-year concierge membership (a $240 value)! To claim this offer, go to www.seatinsiders.com, click the contact us link, and fill out the contact form -- be sure you mention Beyond 6 Seconds in your message!

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Nov 25 2019

25mins

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Rank #14: Episode 87: How Miracle Olatunji helps students start their careers

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Miracle Olatunji is a college student, entrepreneur, and author of “Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact.” In high school, she founded OpportuniMe, an award-winning education organization which democratizes access to summer experiential learning opportunities for high school students. 

On this episode, Miracle shares:

  • How her own struggle with finding summer opportunities in high school lead her to create OpportuniMe
  • How she balances her life as a full time college student and entrepreneur
  • What inspired her to write her book, “Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact”

You can find Miracle on Twitter at @mirolatunji, on Instagram at @miracleolatunji, and on LinkedIn.

Special offer for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners: If you Venmo $12 to @MiracleO, and email miracle.e.olatunji@gmail.com with your mailing address, she will mail you a signed copy of her book!

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Full Bio:

Miracle Olatunji is a student, entrepreneur, innovation director, and author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact. In high school, she founded OpportuniMe, an award-winning education organization which democratizes access to summer experiential learning opportunities that enable high school youth to develop life and leadership skills, cultivate their passions, become socially conscious, and build their network. Through OpportuniMe, hundreds of youth have been able to find and secure incredible opportunities. Miracle is a passionate advocate for access to opportunities because she has seen firsthand how even just one opportunity, connection, or resource can change the trajectory of someone’s life!

Miracle served as a member of the advisory board for the Diamond Challenge, one of the world's largest entrepreneurship programs for high school students.

While in her sophomore year at Northeastern University, she is the Director of Innovation at Thrive, a student organization which empowers college students through financial literacy programs and supports student-led entrepreneurial ventures in personal finance and financial technology. She hosts an event series that provides actionable advice and strategies for young women on building their net worth, self worth, and network.

Miracle is also a volunteer on the programming team for Startup Boston 2019.

Miracle has been honored as a Young Global Leadership Scholar, Youth Entrepreneur Of The Year, a ‘Woman To Watch’, one of The Root 25 Young Futurists & Changemakers, and grand prize winner of the World Series of Entrepreneurship. She has been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, Technical.ly, The Female Lead, and other leading publications. Miracle was also selected as one of America’s Amazing Teens by the AAT Project, which identifies exceptional youth who are changing the world.

Citing Oprah Winfrey, Sallie Krawcheck, and Tiffany Pham as her top role models, Miracle firmly believes in the importance of giving back, mentorship, and empowering others. She hopes to one day start a foundation that grants scholarships and grants to underrepresented young leaders and changemakers.

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 50: Gina Marie Agderian – How to write a novel while balancing the demands of work and life

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Gina Marie Agderian is a New Jersey-based, independent author who self-published her first novel in April 2018 titled “The Letters in the Old House.” In her novel, a woman at a crossroads in her life discovers mysterious letters in her aunt & uncle’s Jersey Shore beach house, then goes on a mission to figure out the story behind the letters while learning about herself in the process.

In this episode, Gina talks about how she finally stopped putting off her childhood dream of writing a novel, and shares her tips for getting started and staying focused on your own writing and other creative passions. She also describes what it’s like to self-publish a book, and how self-publishing through Amazon allowed her to write her first novel according to her creative vision.

You can connect with Gina on her website www.gsellsseashells.com and on Instagram @gsellsseashells, and purchase “The Letters in the Old House” on Amazon.

Mar 04 2019

32mins

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Rank #16: Episode 35: Deborah Tan-Pink – How resilience and grit can beat bullies and grow your career

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Deborah Tan-Pink is the Head of Content at SmartUp, an edtech startup focused on microlearning for corporate employees.  She spent a decade in publishing before deciding to venture into entrepreneurship and technology.

On this episode, we talk about how Deborah built her resilience and grit during her school years, when she was bullied by both students and teachers – and how she used that resilience and grit to rise quickly from intern to Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan Singapore, with skills and a mindset that helped her grow and pivot her career. She also shares her thoughts on how parents can support their children when they are dealing with bullies. 

Connect with Deborah on LinkedIn!

Nov 05 2018

29mins

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Rank #17: Episode 59: Jeff Weisbein – The evolution of BestTechie, a 15-year-old digital media company

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Jeff Weisbein is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at BestTechie – a company he started when he was 13 years old and grew it into a digital media company that makes technology easy for everyone to learn about. He also hosts a podcast called TechieBytes, which features insightful and thought-provoking conversations with tech experts and business executives.

On this episode, Jeff shares what inspired him to start BestTechie in the early days of the Internet, how he recognized opportunities to grow his business, refine BestTechie’s content and capitalize on changing technology trends, and how he generated income while maintaining the integrity and identity of the BestTechie brand.

We learn how his experience as a young content creator (in the days before preteen YouTube stars and Instagram influencers) shaped his views on life and entrepreneurship, including:

  • Ask for help and don't be afraid of rejection
  • Hiring is harder than it looks
  • It's important to step away from work sometimes to get a fresh perspective
  • Don’t forget to celebrate the small wins
  • You are not your business

Jeff also discusses the valuable skills he gained from launching KYA, a data analytics start-up that he had to shut down in 2017.

Check out BestTechie’s website at www.besttechie.com and listen to the TechieBytes podcast at www.besttechie.com/techiebytes . You can also contact Jeff via email at Jeff@BestTechie.com and follow him on Twitter.  

Jeff's bio:

Jeff Weisbein is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at BestTechie. His journey into technology, startups, and digital media began at the age of 13, which is when he started BestTechie. While in school, he built BestTechie into a digital media company where he was responsible for leading a team of journalists, editing, planning and creating content, as well as interviewing various executives for stories. In addition to BestTechie, he’s been published on various online publications including Business 2 Community, Media Shift, PerformanceIN, and Creator (by WeWork). He’s also been featured in TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Next Web, Cheddar, Forbes, Lifehacker, FitSmallBusiness.com, and Product Hunt.

May 06 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 41: Stories for Success – How to get unstuck and move your plot forward (with Valerie Gordon & Carolyn Kiel)

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In this episode, Beyond 6 Seconds host Carolyn Kiel is interviewed by her guest, Valerie Gordon, a 10-time Emmy award-winning television producer and owner of the career and communication strategy firm, Commander-in-She. 

Carolyn talks about a time in her career when she felt stuck and what she did to get unstuck, then Valerie & Carolyn share practical tips and advice for getting unstuck, including how to:

  • Take the time to identify what it is you like to do
  • Use conflict and dissatisfaction to your advantage
  • Expand your network
  • Establish a cast of supporting characters
  • Try new things
  • Make space for creativity

If you’re feeling stuck in your career, then you definitely want to listen to this entire episode!

Valerie offers workshops and webinars that teach the storytelling skills necessary to help high-achieving women ascend the leadership ladder. You can learn more about her work at www.Commander-in-She.com , connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CommanderInShe.

About Valerie Gordon:

Valerie Gordon is a 10-time Emmy award-winning television producer with more than two decades of experience creating and overseeing feature stories for ESPN, HBO Sports and CBS News, among other networks. Now the founder and president of Commander-in-She, LLC, a communications and career strategy firm, Valerie combines her background in storytelling with her passion for the important conversations and skills women need to harness the power of their stories. 

Valerie offers keynote presentations, group workshops, team building and individual strategizing to demonstrate the role storytelling plays in our daily lives and subsequent success.  She has worked with corporations and professional organizations such as Aetna, Mass Mutual, the YES Network, Untapped Potential, Women in Cable Telecommunications, Women in Sports and Events and American Women in Sports Media.

Valerie’s introspective introductory workshop, “What’s Your Story? Storytelling Secrets for Success” allows participants to consider the components of their personal stories – character, plot and narrative point of view – and emerge with greater authorship of their current and future chapters.  Story techniques are the thread for specific presentation topics including personal branding, negotiation and conflict resolution, goal-setting, communication skills and work-life balance.  

Valerie’s feature work has been seen on CBS News “The Early Show” (2004-2008), NBC’s “Weekend Today” (2002-2003), and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (1998-2002), among other assignments.  She was a member of the Olympic profiles unit for both the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta (NBC, 1996) and the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan (CBS, 1998).  From 2008 to 2016, Valerie was a Coordinating Producer of ESPN’s acclaimed Feature Unit, supervising hundreds of features for studio shows, live events and special projects including SC Featured for SportsCenter and My Wish, ESPN’s collaboration with Make-a-Wish to grant sports-themed wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. From 2016-2017, Valerie helmed Mike & Mike, ESPN’s long-running multi-platform morning show on ESPN Radio and ESPN2. 

From 2014-2016, Valerie served as co-leader of ESPN Women, ESPN’s largest employee resource group, creating and overseeing professional development conferences serving hundreds of employees including “Leading at all Levels” (2014) and “Aspire/Inspire” (2015).  For her efforts as a catalyst for other women in the industry, she was honored at the 2015 WICT New England’s Evening of Excellence with the Touchstone award (2015).

In addition to her 10 Sports Emmy awards, Valerie is a 3-time Edward R. Murrow award recipient and 5-time NY Festival award-winner for both TV and radio and has been recognized with an NABJ Salute to Excellence and a Telly award.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Valerie uses her life outside of work as a wife, mother, novice weightlifter and an occasional adventure race runner as inspiration for other relatable speaking and writing topics.  She blogs at www.Commander-in-She.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CommanderInShe.

Dec 17 2018

41mins

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Rank #19: Episode 42: Mark Metry – Humans 2.0

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Mark Metry is the Host of Humans 2.0, a Top 100 podcast where he interviews billionaires, New York Times bestselling authors, and other legendary world-class human beings. He’s also the founder of VU Dream, a virtual and augmented reality marketing & advertising agency based in Boston.

In this episode, Mark talks about his childhood as the son of immigrant parents, and how one of his entrepreneurial ventures as a teenager lifted his family out of poverty. Despite this financial success, he battled severe social anxiety and feelings of hopelessness – then one day, he decided to take responsibility for his life and health. By studying and adopting nutrition, meditation, and other life-changing practices, he started on his path to reaching his full potential, and created his current business and podcast.  He shares how he makes initial contact with his high-profile podcast guests, how his interaction with Seth Godin was a breakthrough moment, and how podcasting has changed his life.

Listen and subscribe to the Humans 2.0 podcast at https://www.markmetry.com/humans-2-0-podcast or on your favorite podcast player. You can also connect with Mark on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or by email at mark@vudream.com .

Jan 07 2019

56mins

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Rank #20: Episode 69: Maria Pesin – Helping fashion entrepreneurs build successful businesses

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Maria Pesin is a fashion industry consultant and senior apparel industry executive with more than 25 years of field experience. She is the author of the e-book “14 Essential Truths Everyone in the Fashion Business Should Know” and the CEO of Vibe Consulting, where she helps aspiring fashion entrepreneurs build successful businesses. She has built multi-million-dollar brands, and has constructed and implemented business plans for New York apparel giants like Fleet Street and GIII Apparel Group.

From a very young age, Maria knew that she wanted to be a businesswoman and make money, despite growing up in a blue collar family in the late 1960s/early 1970s that teased her for her feminist ideals and aspirations. She chose to pursue a career in the fashion industry, where she started working “below rock bottom” until she got jobs where she could learn about the business, and earned promotions all the way to the top. Maria shares her career journey -- including the story behind the incident that led her to leave the corporate world to start her own consulting business -- as well as valuable advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out.

Learn more about Maria at her website www.vibeconsulting.co , where you can also download a free copy of her e-book. You can also get in touch via email at maria@vibeconsulting.co .

Jul 15 2019

31mins

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