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Inspirational People

Toby Bloomberg — Pause Your Way Towards Personal Reflection And Business Transformation

Toby Bloomberg — Pause Your Way Towards Personal Reflection And Business Transformation

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People!

Today I get to the wonderful pleasure of introducing you to Toby Bloomberg. Toby is a long-time friend, collaborator, and fellow freelancer. She works with organizations to help them empathize with their customers and effectively communicate through social marketing channels. 

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Elizabeth Dixon — Navigating The Crisis Purpose Driven & Compassion Oriented

Elizabeth Dixon — Navigating The Crisis Purpose-Driven & Compassion-Oriented

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People.

Today, I get the awesome opportunity of introducing you to Elizabeth Dixon.

Connected through our mutual friend, Jessica Lalley, Elizabeth is a strategist, innovator, and a speaking executive sharing on various personal and business development topics for organizations like the University of Georgia, Southwest Airlines, and the Global Leadership Summit. While she first began at Chick-fil-A Inc. in creating their internal wellness program, Elizabeth now leads strategy for service design and hospitality across restaurants.

In this interview, we explore a variety of topics including the challenges of a crisis and how they can be an opportunity for us to develop habits, cultivate culture, innovate in new directions, and proactively plan for the future.

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Akilah Charlemagne — Staying Connected With Others Through The Personal Transformation Process

Akilah Charlemagne — Staying Connected With Others Through The Personal Transformation Process

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People!

In this episode, I talk with Akilah Charlemagne about the importance of staying connected, especially during seasons of transformation. She also shares a simple and effective process she leans into for growing herself and others, and how it's okay to say that we're not okay :-)

Akilah is a connector, speaker, career coach, and HR Business partner.  She's passionate about energizing and equipping people to take risks and propel their careers. 

Our mutual friend, Chi Chi Okezie, says Akilah is a powerhouse when it comes to all things HR and training and she has the ability to infuse her brand with her values to produce exceptional results.

My wife Cait connected the two of us, and now here we are!

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Todd Miechiels — Embracing The Opportunity To Slow Down & Serve Others

Todd Miechiels — Embracing The Opportunity To Slow Down & Serve Others

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people!

In this episode, I get to introduce you to my friend Todd Miechiels. Todd is the founder and vision bearer of the 315 Project helping people know and share their story wholeheartedly.   

Todd and I originally met through a mutual friend during a catalyst conference almost a decade ago. We stay connected over the years and the 315 Project became one of my first freelancing clients when I began in 2014. We've stayed connected and collaborated over the years that followed.

As the world has changed, and we've faced this Coronavirus crisis, I've witnessed many people stand in the gap, and Todd is one of those people who has led others through his daily Linkedin worship videos. Impressed by what he's doing, it was apparent that I needed to get him on an episode so he could share his story with you.

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Andy Johnson: How Innovation Flows From Pain & Struggle

Andy Johnson — Why Scrappy Problem-Solving Conquers Big Challenges

Welcome to another episode of Inspirational People!

I get the opportunity to introduce you to and chat with Andy Johnson, the co-founder of Harpoon, a cloud-based billing tool for freelancers and agencies to plan, forecast, and invoice.

In 2017, I switched over to Harpoon after I recognized how much the tool coincidentally integrated ideas and insights I wrote about in my freelancing book. I also highlighted Harpoon in my most recent book for small business owners, The Jump because of how the tool is designed to help you accomplish your goals, not just for doing tasks. After using it over the years, I've also become an affiliate partner and gladly recommend every freelancer start using it today.

In this discussion, we talk about how innovation often comes from our personal struggle and how effort and perseverance take us further than being propped up by abundant resources.

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Olga Kirshenbaum

Money Whisperer, Olga Kirshenbaum, Unwraps Money Mindset Effects During Challenging Times

Welcome to this episode of Inspirational People, with Olga Kirshenbaum, the Money Whisperer.

Like my connection with Nancy Kleppel, we were recently connected through Trupo and the Freelancer's Union. 

Olga, the Money Whisperer, is an author and a financial literacy advocate and the owner of Rags to Riches Consulting. She is equipping and liberating creative folks who find money issues stressful through her coaching and podcast. 

Because of the nature of this Coronavirus crisis and the impact on money, talking with Olga was an essential interview!

In this episode, we talk about the Coronvairus crisis, and how we can wisely navigate it financially. We also explore how situations like this have a way of illuminating our underlying personal problems and what we can do about it to endure and emerge stronger.

Click to listen or watch the Money Whisperer share her insights and stories

Chris Green: Humility & Respect For Our Limitations Matters Now More Than Ever

Chris Green: Humility & Respect For Our Limitations Matters Now More Than Ever

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people.

Today, I get to introduce you to Chris Green. Chris is a co-founder and partner at Arch + Tower, a company that helps business leaders transform frustrated customers and disengaged employees into vocal advocates and loyal ambassadors under operational excellence. Arch + Tower is also a part of Frazier & Deeter, an award-winning accounting and advisory firm focused on investing in relationships.

I recently interviewed Arch + Tower's co-founder John Hightower, a connection facilitated by Jessica Lalley International. You can check out that discussion here.

In this discussion, we explore the people who influenced us, how we can professionally and personally navigate the Coronavirus crisis, how tragic life experiences can shape us for many years, and why having humility during a time of uncertainty is so important for facing the challenges that are flowing our way.

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Nancy Kleppel: How People & Generosity Matter Most During Disasters

Nancy Kleppel: People & Generosity Matter Most During Disasters

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people with Nancy Kleppel. We originally got connected through a recent Freelancers Union event via Trupo, which she has been a member for almost 20 years. 

Nancy is an Architect by training with thirty plus years collectively in the industry, with various incarnations. She's now a consultant to creative entrepreneurs and professionals who work at some capacity with Built Environments, including architects and engineers.

Nancy is also a co-founder, leader, and collaborator of a one-hundred-plus member relational oriented community, Brick & Wonder. They're helping individuals and organizations who develop and participate in projects that address the built environment better position to be prepared for the unexpected (highly relevant now!).

In this discussion, we talk about how the crisis is affecting us and what we can do to respond. In addition to exploring cultural systems, we also dive into how this pandemic has forced us to reconcile our priorities and why generosity and relationships matter most. My favorite part of the interview is the final section of our discussion.

Click to listen in on this discussion with Nancy about relationships and generosity

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John Hightower Discusses The Importance of Empathy When Facing The Unknown

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people. 

I'd like to introduce you to John Hightower, CEO, and co-founder of Arch + Tower, a company that helps business leaders transform frustrated customers and disengaged employees into vocal advocates and loyal ambassadors under operational excellence. Arch + Tower is also a part of Frazier & Deeter, an award-winning accounting and advisory firm focused on investing in relationships.

Through Jessica Lalley International, John and I were both recently reconnected only to discover that we both participated in the same Lifework Leadership program in 2014!

In this discussion, we talk about why employee empathy matters right now, how EQ (Emotional Quotient) gives us an individual and collective advantage, and how business leaders can effectively navigate this season of uncertainty to take care of their people, their customers, and their business operations.

Click to listen or watch this discussion on empathy in the business context with John Hightower

Cheryl Mobley Discusses How We Can Stay Calm & Lead Effectively During A Pandemic

Cheryl Mobley Discusses How We Can Stay Calm & Lead Effectively During A Pandemic

Welcome to another episode of inspirational people. Today I get the great opportunity to introduce you to and chat with speaker, entrepreneur, and executive consultant, Cheryl Mobley. Cheryl and I were recently connected by a mutual friend, Jessica Lalley (who works with virtual speakers to get their message to a larger audience).

Cheryl has a unique and relevant background to the current Coronavirus crisis we're facing across the globe because of her work leading a hospital during the Ebola pandemic as well as her more recent efforts consulting with executives to make wise decisions. She's someone with experience we can all glean from during this time of uncertainty.

In our discussion, we talk about what it takes to lead effectively and stay calm when we don't feel that calm inside. We also explore decision making (good and bad), theory versus experience, working remotely, and the structure we all need to thrive in life (especially in crisis situations).

Click to listen or watch this interview with Cheryl Mobley

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