Sunday, May 25, 2014

030 - Shana Merlin, the Improv Comedy Queen of Austin

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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

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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

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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!