Sunday, May 25, 2014

030 - Shana Merlin, the Improv Comedy Queen of Austin

Shana Merlin, Improv Comedy, AustinHave you ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? or seen an improvisational comedy troupe and wondered, "How do they do that?"

Well, my guest on this episode has been performing improv for decades and now runs a thriving business that teaches people how do it.

Shana Merlin, in my view, is the improv comedy queen of Austin, TX. She took a passion and skill that most people only do part-time for fun and turned it into Merlin Works, a school that shows adults how to have fun and think on their feet.

In this fun, in-depth interview Shana talks about:
  • How the improv principle of "Yes, and ..." was key to her business success
  • Why she embraces the idea of the "lean startup"
  • The unique challenges that moms face when building a business
  • Her alternate view of Michael Gerber's E-Myth strategy (and I totally agree with her)
  • The book she discovered in Fourth Grade that changed her life

Watch or listen now!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

029 - Michael Gebben: How a Wedding Videographer Became an International Motivator

Michael Gebben interview, Richard BransonHow do you go from being a guy who shoots wedding videos in Alton, Illinois, to hanging out with Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss?

Well, that's what Michael Gebben has done - and he's still in his 20s! It helps that he has a positive attitude and an electric personality. In fact, he now uses those qualities to inspire others to reach their greatest potential.

In this engaging interview Michael reveals:
  • The roles that supportive parents and toxic people have in your life
  • His definition of "possibility thinking"
  • How he dealt with a frustrating period of overwhelm with his video business
  • Mistakes he made spending money on the wrong things
  • The amazing story of how he ended up working with Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss
  • The pros and cons of mentors and "modeling" successful people

Watch or listen now!

Friday, May 2, 2014

028 - How to Become an Abundant Artist with Cory Huff

Cory Huff, Abundant ArtistWhat's not to love about a guy who runs a website called "The Abundant Artist"? That's exactly what Cory Huff, an actor and social media expert, does.

Through his blog, courses and coaching, Cory teaches visual artists and other creatives how to identify their marketable qualities and reach an audience online.

In this interview we discuss:
  • How systems and habits help the most successful artists grow a business
  • The role that connecting with people played in Cory's success
  • What you should invest in and what you should avoid
  • Why the need to feed your curiosity is so crucial
  • How a simple children's book changed his life as an adult

Watch or listen now!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

027 - Jaime Tardy, the Eventual Millionaire Interview

Jaime Tardy, the Eventual Millionaire InterviewJaime Tardy has interviewed more than 130 millionaires over the past three years, and she freely shares all of them as video and audio podcasts.

Her "Eventual Millionaire" series has brought her considerable fame and some nice perks along the way, including an active speaking and coaching business and a new book published by Wiley.

Jaime reveals a lot of great advice in this engaging interview, including:
  • Why she was embarrassed about her very first interviews
  • The missing ingredient from many non-millionaires' belief systems
  • The importance of the two M's: Mindset and Mentors
  • What a millionaire mentor taught her about passive vs. active actions
  • How an introverted art kid like her turned into a social media celebrity
  • Two things she wishes she had done earlier to achieve success

Watch or listen now!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

026 - Karen Drucker and the Power of Positive Music

Karen Drucker interview, the Power of Positive MusicReady to have your spirits lifted? That's what you'll get from this interview with musician, speaker and author Karen Drucker.

Since the late '90s Karen has been an influential force in a niche that's often referred to as "positive music." Her songs are performed in spiritual centers and personal development conferences around the world.

In this fun, fast-paced interview Karen talks about:
  • How she got into the positive music niche almost by accident
  • The importance of "showing up"
  • How she overcomes the "perfection curse"
  • The profound effect her healing music has had on her and her fans
  • Her inspiring view of the role that positive music plays in the world
  • What she thinks of mistakes and divine order

Watch or listen now!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

025 - Joe Vitale on Marketing and the Magic of Believing

Joe Vitale on Marketing and the Magic of BelievingOne thing is for sure: You can't accuse Joe Vitale of being a slacker or one-dimensional.

He's a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, musician, and more. His books range in subject matter from hypnotic marketing and writing to personal growth and spirituality.

He appeared in the hit movie The Secret and other films, he's been on "Larry King Live," and he's given birth to countless books, audio programs, and courses.

In this interview Joe reveals:
  • The crucial lessons he learned from being homeless years ago
  • How he creates long audio programs without a script - or even notes!
  • The one skill he honed that played a huge role in his success
  • What he wishes he knew earlier about public relations
  • Why he has a special place in his heart for public libraries
  • The three books that changed his life

Watch or listen now!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

024 - Will Bowen: Oprah, the Today Show, a Complaint-Free World

Will Bowen interview, Complaint-Free WorldWhat could you learn from a guy who has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show and travels the world talking about living a happy, complaint-free life?

My guest this week is Will Bowen, author of A Complaint-Free World and Happy This Year. He also runs a spiritual center in Kansas City called InVision.

This fantastic interview runs the gambit: from entrepreneurial business basics to deep psychological and spiritual principles that have guided Will to his many successes.

In this interview you'll learn:
  • How Will was inspired to start a "complaint-free" movement that has touched millions of people around the globe
  • What he means by "blur the lines between here and there"
  • Why it's self-defeating to "thrive on pain"
  • What he learned from The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
  • How other cultures think of happiness in very different ways

Watch or listen now!