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Exploring ways for an organization and its teams to be agile to meet the customers' needs and marketplace changes... Host of Agile Digital Business is Vickie Maris - singer-songwriter, speaker, author, certified trainer / Authorized Partner - Everything DiSC® & The Five Behaviors®. She and her guests provide insights and ideas for personal and team development. In the previous seasons of the show, you'll hear insights on social media engagement, preparation for customers' uses of voice search and other steps to help you ready your teams and business for the future. In her over 30 years in corporate and in continuing education in academia, she has led several successful teams and has run a successful music and farm business. One of her design and marketing teams launched and maintained the online, Lean Six Sigma and Project Management short course series at Purdue University.


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Exploring ways for an organization and its teams to be agile to meet the customers' needs and marketplace changes... Host of Agile Digital Business is Vickie Maris - singer-songwriter, speaker, author, certified trainer / Authorized Partner - Everything DiSC® & The Five Behaviors®. She and her guests provide insights and ideas for personal and team development. In the previous seasons of the show, you'll hear insights on social media engagement, preparation for customers' uses of voice search and other steps to help you ready your teams and business for the future. In her over 30 years in corporate and in continuing education in academia, she has led several successful teams and has run a successful music and farm business. One of her design and marketing teams launched and maintained the online, Lean Six Sigma and Project Management short course series at Purdue University.






Intro to Season 4 | Professional development short courses for leaders; Everything DiSC; new podcast about album

0:00 Season topics, upcoming programs, Everything DiSC; and direction the podcast is going in Season 4. 0:28 Welcome by the podcast host, Vickie Maris. 1:20 What is an Authorized Partner - Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors? Vickie Maris is an Authorized Partner and explains what she can provide in this role. You can reach out to Vickie for access to the personality assessments such as Everything DiSC "Workplace," "Productive Conflict," "Agile EQ," "Work of Leaders," and others. 3:00 You can also enroll for facilitator training if you would like to become a certified facilitator of Everything DiSC or The Five Behaviors. Give yourself a couple months of lead time for getting enrolled in one of the virtual sessions. They fill pretty quickly. 3:44 Vickie mentions upcoming interview with Paul Slaggert who is instructor of Day 1 of the 2-day short course, Frontline Leadership. It is hosted by the Kelley School of Business and takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Fall 2023 session is full. The program will be offered again in Spring 2024. 4:20 Developing the Effective Technical Leader is coming up in October 17-18, 2023. It is taught by Dr. Pete DeLisle. Registration is open via the Kelley School of Business website (see link in previous sentence). 6:27 Contract work in the process documentation area and doing process improvement as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Upcoming interviews with my colleagues in the areas of process improvement and project management. 7:27 Thank you for sharing the podcast out and for subscribing to the show (it is free to subscribe). 7:48 You also might see upcoming episodes in this season about shifting the daily routine to include silence and meditation. Vickie shares how that practice helped her with the songwriting for her recent album, Another Universe. Here is the link to the album in Spotify. The music is available in the many other music streaming services as well. 8:51 Introduction of the other podcast, Making of the Album - Another Universe. It is co-hosted by Vickie Maris, Michael Kelsey and Scott Greeson. We talk about the inspiration for the songs and the behind-the-scenes of the recording process for each of the songs. Enjoy the laughter and insider perspectives of three recording artists! Check out the podcast here: 10:23 Date of the concert by the Kelsey Greeson Project is Oct. 7, 2023. Artists: Michael Kelsey, Scott Greeson, Vickie Maris and Courtney Von Drehle. Tickets for the show at the TAF Theatre in Lafayette, Indiana are available in Eventbrite. 10:57 Wrap-up


Techniques for increasing livestream engagement | Plus benefits of silence in daily routine

0:00 Intro - increasing your level of engagement :16 Episode powered by Teach Inspire Connect :32 Thank you from the host, Vickie Maris 1:01 Explanation about the previous pause in the podcast 1:08 Silence in my daily routine 2:10 Benefits of spending time in silence as a part of the daily routine 2:57 Conference talk during the 2022 Purdue Women's Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana 3:11 Silence led to writing and recording songs for a solo album, Another Universe by Vickie Maris 5:25 Starting an additional podcast about the behind-the-scenes 5:38 Recording engineer and producer of the album is Michael Kelsey 6:03 Scott Greeson and Michael Kelsey will be on the mics with me for the new podcast. 6:26 Content stems from one of the videos in my 14-day challenge of livestreaming. This episode of the video series is shared here as audio about ways to better engage in a livestream or video call. 7:47 Daily goal of improving by 1% over the day before 8:28 The videos from the 14-day livestreaming challenge are available on my YouTube channel. Search Vickie J Maris. 9:01 The new songs and my album are available at the channel for Vickie Maris Topic or Vickie Maris Music. 9:20 Techniques for increasing your engagement with followers in a livestream. These tips can also apply towards video calls in Zoom, MS Teams and other platforms. 10:30 Watch a livestream that another person is conducting on a topic you find of interest. Take notes about the experience. What causes you to engage or not? 11:00 Ask a question early in your broadcast. 12:24 Pause to review comments and questions, or let people know that you'll revist the comments feed after the broadcast. 14:35 Contain your "teaching livestream" to 5-10 plus minutes. 16:47 Wrap-up of the podcast episode. Email comments and questions to agiledigitalbusiness @ gmail dot com. 17:03 Request for your positive rating and review. The feedback helps me to evolve the show to best meet listeners' needs. 17:37 To hear my new songs on the album, Another Universe: 17:52 Thank you to my clients of my business, Teach Inspire Connect.


Experiential learning event with an acoustic rock band & other leadership development programs

0:00 Welcome to Season 4 of Agile Digital Business podcast. Introduction by the host, Vickie Maris. Topics of leadership, personal development, team development and team communications. :34 Insight about the music for the podcast and the accordion in the mix. 1:37 Upcoming leadership and team development programs; and music events 2:12 Frontline Leadership, April 6-7, 2022 - taught by Gar Trusley and Paul Slaggert; hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana by the Kelley School of Business Executive Education (this leadership program was previously named Supervisory Development when it was offered in South Bend, Indiana) 2:30 Developing the Effective Technical Leader, April 5-7, 2022, is taught by Dr. Pete DeLisle. The program is held in Bloomington, Indiana and is also hosted by Kelley School of Business Executive Education. This program was previously called Engineering Leadership when it was offered in South Bend, Indiana. 3:22 Take the Everything DiSC "Workplace" assessment & participate in a 90-minute facilitated discussion (virtual), "What's your style in Everything DiSC?" 4:35 Learn about the custom program you can bring to your team - an experiential learning event with an acoustic rock band about team communications 4:56 Music dates 5:02 Scott Greeson, Vickie Maris & Brady Joseph - music via a FB Live; 8:30 pm EST from the Facebook page 5:35 Concert at TAF on May 7, 2022; 7:30 pm EST - Scott Greeson, Michael Kelsey, Vickie Maris and Courtney Von Drehle 6:47 Notes about the new version of the introductory episode for Agile Digital Business. 7:44 Mention of a possible new show name in the works for the podcast. 8:02 In Season 4, host Vickie Maris is exploring the topics of leadership, personal development, team development and team communications. 8:10 Vickie Maris is a certified facilitator of the DiSC Profile, or more specifically, the "Workplace" profile in the portfolio of content from Everything DiSC. She also facilitates The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. Both these are Wiley brands. 8:21 The podcast was on hold in 2021 as the business was being launched: Teach. Inspire. Connect. 8:47 Several speaking engagements occurred in 2021 and several more speaking and facilitating engagements are on the books in the new year. 9:11 Background about Vickie Maris 10:51 Feeling grateful for the podcast medium. 11:02 Capturing nuggets of wisdom in leadership, team development and team communications. 11:32 Information about the opportunity to take the Everything DiSC Workplace assessment and to participate in the virtual, 90-minute discussion. 12:33 Information about the team experiential learning event with an acoustic rock band 13:12 In the program, you can select which assessment you would want to have your team take. A few of the options include Everything DiSC Workplace, Everything DiSC Productive Conflict, Everything DiSC Agile EQ and more. 14:40 What is an Authorized Partner - Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors 15:15 How to enroll in facilitator certification for Everything DiSC or The Five Behaviors 15:45 Thank you for checking out Episode 37 of the show 16:20 How to set up a call for talking about how any of the To join the email newsletter list, text DISCPROFILE to 855-797-1558. 17:18 Include the hashtag #teachinspireconnect when you share out the podcast in your social media channels. 18:07 Let's go out and Teach. Inspire. and Connect!


Llamas: A Lesson in Leadership and Team Roles

In Episode 36 of Agile Digital Business, hear insights about leader selection, and about allowing team members to self select into ideal roles. Vickie Maris, host of the show, teaches in the professional development classroom (and virtual learning spaces) on leadership lessons gleaned from the raising and training of llamas, ponies, and other livestock on her farm. Show Notes for Episode 36 00:00 Introduction to information about a leader in the USA, NASA astronaut John Glenn - the third person and first American to orbit the Earth. In 1957, he made the first supersonic, transcontinental flight across the United States. :54 The name of John Glenn is listed in Chapter 2 in the book, Why A Students Work for C Students, by Robert T. Kiyosaki. The list includes 50 people who didn't finish school. There are several presidents, authors, movie directors, playwrites, musicians and business founders and owners on the list. 2:36 Introduction of this episode of Agile Digital Business. 3:13 Leadership development program is referred to: Foundations in Leading Meaningful Change. 3:30 My Zoom call llama, Heartsong, joined me for teaching in a session of a virtual program on Leading Meaningful Change. This lesson was in situational leadership. For information about booking a llama for your next virtual training or online coffee chat: Book the llamas for an appearance -- 4:07 Think about how you select leaders for your organization. 4:33 Consider helping out Wikipedia if you use the web tool as a resource. The fundraising campaign is going now, but they welcome your donation at any point throughout the year. (Click the link to donate.) 5:14 Music plays and then you hear a setup to the instructional content. The audio was captured outdoors, and is a download from a Zoom call. 5:46 You will hear the reactions of people who were enrolled in the Leading Meaningful Change Foundations program. 6:12 The latest book by Beverly Patwell is Leading Meaningful Change: Capturing the Hearts, Minds and Souls of the People You Lead, Work With and Serve. 6:30 Vickie Maris teaches a short example about team roles by discussing a llama pack string hiking out on the trail. It's important to position llamas in the best role for each individual llama as they work on the trail. The ideal role for Heartsong in any scenario, is to serve as the lead llama. She selects this role if she is out grazing with the herd in the pasture or if she is working with a group on the trail. 7:40 Consider allowing your teams to self select into the roles they are best suited for. 8:00 Bev invites people to follow Vickie Maris on LinkedIn where you can hear more insights like the one she shared with her llama Heartsong. 8:15 Thank you for listening to Agile Digital Business. An invitation to subscribe to the show is included. #teachinspireconnect #agiledigitalbiz


Leader Effectiveness | Pete DeLisle Interview Part 2

Pete DeLisle, PhD, uses memorable case studies and stories to reflect on leader effectiveness that you can incorporate into your own style of leadership. He is my guest in Episode 35 of Agile Digital Business. Show notes, time codes and key take-aways: 0:00 A snippet of Pete teaching about the reciprocity behaviors of the Apollo 13 (you can watch the movie as homework!) :35 Intro of Episode 35 of Agile Digital Business :55 Request that you grab a screenshot of the show and share it on your favorite social media channel 1:16 Reminder that you can find key takeaways from this episode and others when you search on: #teachinspireconnect #agiledigitalbiz 3:04 Pete was a guest in Episode 32 of the show for the Part 1 interview 3:30 Welcoming Dr. Pete DeLisle back to the mic! 4:15 Pete teaches in the executive education. You can hear more of Pete's bio back in Episode 32. ... Framing the leader effectiveness theory ... 4:38 Introducing elements of leader effectiveness: awareness of self; awareness of other people (what's going on with them); situational awareness (what's going on around you). Leadership is the ability to influence people with or without authority. 6:42 "Leading without authority, to me, is a much higher form of leadership." - Pete DeLisle, PhD 6:58 The ability to make hard decisions. 7:30 The next element of the ability to lead is foresight. 7:46 Working through the what-might-happen-if scenarios. 8:06 Foresight causes a leader to develop a sense of preparedness. 8:32 Pete talks about the ethos of the US Coast Guard. Their motto is semper paratus. Their underlying ethos is: "We have to go out. We don't necessarily have to come back." 8:50 The last element of effective leadership is commitment. The three levels of engagement include volunteer, duty and reciprocity. 10:30 A question about the stage of a career at which a person thinks about the elements of an effective leader. 11:53 Ensuring that you're taking care of the folks you're working with. "If you don't have folks to do the job, frankly, the job doesn't get done." - Pete DeLisle, PhD 12:37 "We see many organizations that just drive people into the ground. They treat people as if they're expendable. They may be successful for a short period of time, but they don't last long. Sometimes we see organizations that are much more concerned about the welfare of folks, and they forget how to do business." - Pete DeLisle, PhD 13:20 "If I owned this business, how would I be handling this situation?" - a lens to use when viewing the actions of a leader. - Vickie Maris 15:45 References to the movie, and the real-live event of Apollo 13 ("One of the best movies on leadership and problem solving that you'll ever see." - Pete DeLisle, PhD) 17:30 Astronaut Capt. Jim Lovell's act of courage was to say out loud, over the air, in front of everybody, "Houston, we've got a problem." 18:15 The team on the ground had an absolute commitment to help them be safe and to get them home. 20:00 This episode is sponsored by the group coaching and courses offered through by Vickie Maris. Coaching Group: Introduction to Live-streaming and Engaging in Social Media Coaching Group: DIY Course Creation and Recording of Direct-to-Camera Videos Self-Study: DIY Course Creation and Recording of Direct-to-Camera Videos 22:45 If you would like to learn more about Pete DeLisle's schedule for teaching in professional development programs, send an email to agiledigitalbusiness @ gmail dot com, and we'll forward your inquiry to Pete. He is teaching in online environments as well as upcoming in-person events. 23:35 Story of Ken Mattingly on the ground in the simulator troubleshooting while his colleagues were in space. 25:11 Story of hearing Jim Lovell and Gene Kranz speak during the Ag Alumni Fish Fry for Purdue University, 2007. 26:10 Relating the story and movie of Apollo 13 to Vickie's dad, Jim Maris, a military pilot and also an educator. 28:16...


Livestream Basics for Church Pastors | Coaching Call

Listen in on a group coaching call in Episode 34 of Agile Digital Business, in which podcast host, Vickie Maris, was invited to be a guest presenter and coach. She was speaking with a group of Methodist pastors in Indiana about the basics of livestreaming a church service. Below are the show notes and time codes for this episode: 0:00 Introduction to Episode 34 of Agile Digital Business: Live Stream Basics for Church Pastors "Pastors are interested to learn more about how to engage with their participants in an online environment, and how to market the fact that worship services have moved online." - Vickie Maris 1:41 Episode Sponsor - 3-Session Group Coaching: Introduction to Livestreaming and Engaging in Social Media Sessions are 75 minutes each Jan. 8, 2021; 8 pm Jan. 15, 2021; 8 pm Jan. 22, 2021; 8 pm 3:00 Start of the coaching group call 4:35 Vickie provides background about the niche where she has been focused in recent years - how to incorporate social media into the overall marketing mix; and how to engage with students, customers and members within social media 5:39 Engaging in social media can be a fantastic evangelistic tool 6:13 Sharing of a quote from a Kyle Cease video on YouTube: "The reason that you're stressed and scared is because you can tangibly measure what you're going to lose, but it's really hard to see what you're going to gain." - Kyle Cease "We don't have numbers about the future." - Vickie Maris 7:48 Mention of the Scott Greeson Music page in Facebook 7:59 Mention of the Dawn of Promise Farm business page in Facebook 8:16 Perspective of a musician about the marketing for a church 9:22 Mention of where we're heading with voice technology, smart speakers, Google translating podcasts at the episode level for indexing and other changes 10:00 Discussion about a church's social media presence 10:55 A reminder to update the associated website and to put something on the home page that will alert the web visitor that the information on the website 11:26 Frequency of posting on your church's Facebook page 11:44 Mention of a social media post scheduler, Other services are available - both free and paid. 12:26 Hootsuite has an app which allows you to schedule posts or do live posting from your phone. 12:48 A suggested makeup of social media posts (graphics, quotes, videos, photos, Facebook Lives) 13:02 Don't assume that people will see your post just because you have posted. 14:46 Example provided from the business page in Facebook for Scott Greeson Music. Ask people, within the text of the post, to share the post on their personal profiles. 15:32 Suggestion of texting or calling members of the church (or employees of your business) to join the Facebook Live. Let them know the day and time, and explain how they can help out with liking, sharing, and commenting. 17:20 Use a Facebook Business page for your church rather than your personal profile in Facebook. 17:25 Reference to a post on Vickie's page in Facebook, Teach. Inspire. Connect. If you share on a phone tree about your online worship service, do that more than once in the week. Reach out to your email list more than once in the week, and provide instructions in each email about how to access the online worship service. 19:00 Subject headers of emails should be interesting and cause the reader to open the email. 19:36 Sample of an email subject header that would be more likely to grab the reader's attention 20:15 Examples of email sequences from successful entrepreneurs 22:49 Introduction and summary of next section which contains tips for conducting your Facebook Live 25:49 Be sure to look straight into the camera lens as you start your live-stream 26:20 Put your most interesting element upfront in the livestream 27:23 Example of how to invite those in your congregation or audience to help out by joining the broadcast via their phones and share out the...


John Lee Dumas on Livestream Strategy

Creative entrepreneur, podcaster, author and speaker John Lee Dumas talks with me about strategy and techniques for livestreaming in Episode 33 of Agile Digital Business. Below are the show notes and time codes for this episode of the show. I've included reference links to books and videos that either John or I mentioned during our conversation. 0:00 Preview of content shared by John Lee Dumas "You should be looking, with any Facebook Live, to be solving one problem. You are looking to create a solution to one specific problem, obstacle, challenge." John Lee Dumas 0:39 I welcome you to Episode 33. I am your host, Vickie Maris. 1:27 Importance of listening to the voice of the customer 1:36 This episode is sponsored by Teach. Inspire. Connect. Online group coaching on the uses of Facebook Live for connecting with your audience and for using techniques in social media engagement. I also provide one-on-one, online coaching. 2:21 A challenge ... "Are your products or services, or the content that you're producing, relevant to your customers' clients or students needs today amidst all this change?" 2:59 Reflecting on Episode 29 and the interview with Mark Schaefer, author of Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins. 3:22 Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and how we should be considering the model as we create products and services. 4:10 An excerpt is read from the ebook, The Pandemic Business Strategy Playbook. (Visit the link to visit the Businesses Grow website and download your free copy of the playbook.) 4:29 "The longterm relevance of the brand is more important than short-sales." 5:07 Story read from the Mark Schaefer ebook about his time as a sales manager at Alcoa when the company was facing quality programs that was causing a customer to miss delivery shipments. 7:56 Sharing of a review in Apple Podcasts by Reed Stiles for the Agile Digital Business podcast. 8:34 How to provide an honest rating and review in Apple Podcasts. Your ratings and reviews in other podcast directories or apps. 8:59 Introduction of John Lee Dumas 9:34 John Lee Dumas shares that he is now up to 2,600 episodes of his podcast, EOFire where he interviews successful entrepreneurs. 10:33 Speaking of gratitude for this moment and the way that John and Kate fold their life experiences in to the resources they create at EOFire. 11:06 Background information for John about the listeners of Agile Digital Business. 12:06 Making a pivot in Season 3 to help listeners uplevel in how they deliver instruction online; how they engage with customers online (webinars, multiple content experts on a Zoom call, conducting Facebook Lives, etc.) I work with instructors, ministers and others who have had to move from teaching within the classroom or sanctuary to teaching online. 12:59 Facebook Live: What advice do you have for how do we keep people on the broadcast. "Start the Live with one intention. You have one intention that you are going to deliver throughout this 'Live.' Make it very clear in the title and description of the Facebook Live, what your intention is, and don't deviate from that. You should be looking, with any FB Live, to be solving one problem. You are looking to create a solution to one specific problem, obstacle, challenge." JLD 14:00 John provides an example of a Facebook Live about how to grow your podcast audience. He talks about a technique for keeping focus on the specific intention of the Facebook Live. 15:36 How to use your previous Facebook Lives as reference points you can provide to people who have questions about a specific topic. 16:31 For the instructor who is used to teaching in a time block such as a 50-minute class, would you break that apart in to separate Facebook Lives. John suggests breaking that original 50-minute class block in to shorter sections. 17:50 A question asked on behalf of musicians who are doing music online in lieu of concerts in traditional venues. John suggests doing a longer Facebook...


Peter DeLisle, PhD, on Leadership in Uncertainty and Complexity

What do leaders need to be doing and thinking about in times of uncertainty and complexity? Pete DeLisle, PhD, chats with me on this subject in Episode 32 of Agile Digital Business. In a time when areas around our world have gone from simple to complex, almost simultaneously, Pete's reflections and insights are thought-provoking. Below are the show notes and time codes to help you navigate quickly back to a section you would like to listen to for a second or third time. 0:00 A preview of one of the many insights from Pete. :37 Introducing Pete DeLisle 1:17 Welcome to Episode 32 of Agile Digital Business; reflection on my pivot in Season 3 to bring you topics and interviews that will help you as you make adjustments to the changing needs of your customers, clients and students. 3:32 Sponsorship note - Teach. Inspire. Connect. - Online group coaching in uses of Facebook Lives and other forms of social media marketing and engagement. Current groups are running for church pastors of small to medium-size congregations and for small business owners, multi-level marketers and entrepreneurs. 6:23 Conversation begins with Pete DeLisle 8:40 "What we're encountering is massive, unpredicted or unrecognized change. Sadly, the old solutions don't work." - Pete DeLisle 10:37 Reference to vu ja de and George Carlin, "We've never been here before and it doesn't look at all familiar." 11:09 George Carlin was also informed by Yogi Berra, "We're lost but making good time." 11:27 "The old models don't work." Pete DeLisle 11:42 "The human factors are just as important as what we're trying to accomplish in our business." Pete DeLisle 13:10 More background about Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees 15:29 Intellectual honesty - you're honest about being honest. An effective leader is willing to be vulnerable. Example: "I don't have a clue what's going on here, but we'll figure it out." 16:16 On the idea of resiliency: "The underlying value is human compassion ... thinking what's going on with human beings and the full complexity of it." - Pete DeLisle 17:20 Pete discusses the task vs relationship diagram. "When you're working on one, you're not working on the other." Example: If the task is under control, you got to worry about relationship-related issues; and taking care of your folks. 20:30 We talk about a personal example of how elder care or concern for our families can cause distractions in the work day during a world crisis. 23:29 Story from the 1960s about Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett. 26:43 He mentions that the touch screen display was invented at a division at HP during the downtime. 29:40 "There are only experts on what has been. There are no experts on what will be." - a quote shared by Pete DeLisle 34:07 Concept of absorptive capacity - the ability of an organization to see or predict emerging trends in advance of others. 36:50 Pete gives an example about BASF and the strategic plan that is one sentence long: "We want to be in business 100 years from now." 38:34 Mid-conversation break where I announce the Part 2 interview with Pete DeLisle on the topic of foresight. I also mention my interview with John Lee Dumas. His episode is coming up here in Season 3. 39:34 "Agility is the ability to be responsive in expert fashion to rapidly-changing situations." 44:20 Invitation to continue the conversation in another episode of the show. 45:44 If you would like to send a suggestion for a topic for Pete to cover, please send an email to agiledigitalbusiness @ gmail dot com. You can also send a voice mail through the Speakpipe widget on my website: 46:25 Thank you to Pete DeLisle 46:44 Reminder that you can find resources that I mention on the podcast by searching on these hashtags, #teachinspireconnect or #agiledigitalbiz 47:35 Please join me to "go online" and teach, inspire and connect! Vickie Maris 4:00 Biography of Peter A. DeLisle, PhD


Job Loss Book is in Kindle Book Bundle Offer

This is a bonus episode featuring details about the opportunity to download 14 Kindle books in the self-help category between now and April 30, 2020 (midnight PST) for .99 each. Job Loss and the Cutback Blues: Journey of Grief, Uncertainty and Recovery After Being Let Go is one of the 14 titles available at the .99 cent price. To access the .99 cent offer, see the URL in my social media posts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram) from April 29-30, 2020. Use the #teachinspireconnect hashtag on search to scroll quickly to a post containing the details. Other books in this promotional offer include: Fear Unravelled Parents Take Heart I Didn't Part My Lips Essential Oils Have Super Powers Travel to Live Leap Afraid; Wild Wise Women Functioning Hot Mess Sleep When Food is Your Drug Heart For Women Crush Your Goals and Single Truth


Intro to Season 3 and Group Coaching Online | Livestreaming and Social Media Connections

While introducing Season 3 of Agile Digital Business podcast, I share about topics and guests of upcoming episodes for helping you make adjustments - with your customers, clients and followers top of mind - to your online and livestreaming efforts during COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights of this episode: Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company WinsJohn Lee Dumas, who co-hosts Podcaster's Paradise with Kate Erickson. watch the replay of the episode as we recorded it live in FacebookGroup coachingLivestreaming and Social Media Engagement StrategyMulti-author book promotionJob Loss and the Cutback Blues: Journey of Grief, Uncertainty and Recovery 7:10 Hashtags: #teachinspireconnect and #agiledigitalbiz Additional time codes and topics of Episode 30: :25 Questions about livestreaming and how to interact in a livestream :48 Description of plans for Season 3 1:00 Making a pivot in order to bring you resources, and interviews with people who talk about concepts and techniques for effectively reaching and engaging with your clients and customers through livestream broadcasts. We'll also talk about communicating with your students online and leading your teams remotely during a crisis. Learn ways to future ready your business or organization to weather disruption. 1:25 Welcome and introduction. I am Vickie Maris, host of Agile Digital Business podcast. I am an author, speaker, digital marketer who is focused on helping you meet your customer or client right where they are in their point of need, and a coach helping you extend your reach and your message using various modes that we have available today in the digital realm - both at our fingertips and within reach of our voice. 1:57 This episode and Season 3 of Agile Digital Business is brought to you by my online coaching group, "Introduction to Livestreaming and Social Media Engagement Strategy." "If you have been using social media channels as a billboard in the past, and are interested in how to develop an engaged community of followers online who aren't just figuratively driving by your posts, graphics, videos and livestreams, but who are engaging with you in the online space, I encourage you to apply to join one of my coaching groups." Vickie Maris I'm currently running a group for small business, and another one for church pastors My work as a marketer, and an online course designer, as well as a published author and a musician, has had me deep in the uses of social media channels, creating podcasts, videos, and livestreams for many years. 2:54 Reminiscing about doing livestreams since 2015 when Meerkat and Periscope came out. 3:35 Learn more about the online coaching groups for learning about livestreaming and for building engagement in your social media channels that converts participation and attendance in your online events, check out 3:44 Fellow instructors, conference speakers and other connections will be guests on the show in Season 3. 7:16 #teachinspireconnect #agiledigitalbiz 7:30 Find my posts in: LinkedIn ... Facebook ... Twitter ... YouTube ... 9:23 A shout out to Tonya Murray, author of Functioning Hot Mess, who coordinated the book promotion of 14 books at .99 cents each (self-improvement genre). 9:49 Join me in "going online to teach, inspire and connect!" Thanks for listening to the show. Vickie Maris


Mark Schaefer interview during COVID-19 Pandemic

Mark Schaefer, author of Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins, is my guest on Episode 29 of Agile Digital Business. He provides many valuable insights and examples of how companies can be reacting in the COVID-19 global crisis to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers. 0:12 "We have to think about the context of this moment..." 1:15 Welcome in to Episode 29 from host, Vickie Maris 2:20 A shoutout to Amanda and Jerry for submitting questions for Mark 2:34 Music 2:41 Introduction of Mark W. Schaefer. He is author of 7 books including Known and his latest book, Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Conmpany Wins. Mention of episode on Edge of the Web Radio hosted by Erin Sparks. 3:24 Experience as an instructor in the executive education classroom. Mark Schaefer taught a day of instruction on social media in the Digital Marketing Certificate program in its former structure of a 5-day program taught in Chicago, Illinois and done in collaboration between Rutgers University and the University of Notre Dame. (the university links will take you to the currently-available options for Digital Marketing Certificate programs at both institutions) 4:04 #agiledigitalbiz is the hashtag to search to find resources mentioned. I also use the hashtag, #teachinspireconnect 4:20 Marketing Companion - podcast that Mark co-hosts with Brooke Sellas 4:31 Digital Transformation - podcast that Mark co-hosts with Douglas Karr 4:48 Mark Schaefer was a speaker at Social Media Marketing World #SMMW20 5:04 Mark's opening comments of the interview 5:50 A thank you for the blog post on the blog: 7 Non-obvious coronavirus implications for marketing 6:37 These are unnerving and unprecedented times ... 7:05 "I can't imagine an event in my lifetime that would cancel baseball. Or cancel the Kentucky Derby..." 7:52 Looking at the relevance of our business in this moment. Quote to share ... 9:24 "It's time to reflect on this for all of our businesses. What we have built. What we love to do. What we're proud of. May not matter right now. We have to think about the context of this moment." Mark Schaefer, author of Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins 10:19 "We need to be sensitive that we're going through a process of grieving. Our customers are grieving. The unmet and underserved needs of our customers are changing." "We have to look at applying our core competencies in a way that is relevant to this moment." 10:45 Examples of companies that have shifted to meet current needs: "They are re-imagining and reframing their business in this moment." U-Haul is offering free storage for a month to college students who are being evicted from their dorm rooms. 13:30 I share an example of how the global crisis with the spread of the coronavirus has effected my focus, and I mention how deep breathing has been helpful. 14:56 Client asked Mark how do you sell in an environment like this. Question to ask: How would you sell to someone at a funeral? ... You would say, I'm sorry for your loss. What can I do to help you. What do you need from me right now ... I want to be here for you." 15:50 I mention how important it is to reach out and ask for the voice of the customer in the moment. 16:31 Discussion about the explosion for opportunity to innovate. 17:27 "The beauty of America and the beauty of capitalism is that people are just frantically driven to figure it out." 18:30 Example of innovation by a furniture manufacturer in a previous global crisis. 21:48 I mention the topic of voice interfaces and ask for examples of how a digital voice assistant has been used during the crisis. Mark shares that what he has been seeing has been focused around safety, comfort and meeting basic human needs. 24:02 "People are really seeking human connection right now in a big way." 24:25 Discussion about how revenue streams for speaking and consulting have changed drastically. Review core competencies and how can...


COVID-19 Outbreak and a Look Back To an Aviation Story in WWII History

In Episode 28 of Agile Digital Business I share an interview with a loved one who experienced the uncertainties that came with World War 2. This episode is a shift from the topic of voice interfaces and smart speakers that I've been addressing in Season 2 of the podcast. 00:30 A mention of the global crisis of the spread of COVID-19 1:07 Setup of the interview with Lucille Maris about her experience of saying goodbye from a hotel rooftop in Topeka, Kansas as my dad, Jim Maris, flew over with his crew in their B-24. 1:49 The background music starts as I talk about the characteristics of courage, faith, tenacity and the ability to face uncertainty during times of change. Tweetable: "That was just what we all did [during World War II]." - Lucille Maris, 97, wife of Jim Maris, an US Army Air Corps bomber pilot #quote #aviation #mindset #uncertainty #coronavirus 2:35 Talking about the unknowns associated with World War 2 - an event that reached around the globe. 3:05 Steps that my 97-year-young mom is taking to maintain her good health during the threat of the coronavirus. (Drinking water, exercising, meditation, prayer, eating well, chatting with friends over the phone to stay in community.) 4:45 Preview of audio that is included in the next episode, 29, which is my interview with Mark Schaefer, speaker, consultant, and author of seven books. His most recent business book is Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins. 5:45 An invitiation to you to subscribe to this podcast, Agile Digital Business. Please share this episode with a friend, family member or colleague. 6:03 Mark Schaefer talking about the importance of thinking about the context of this moment, and how we as business owners and organizations respond. 6:58 "We need to think within the context of this moment...We're going through a process of grieving, I think our customers are going through a process of grieving. We need to be sensitive to this - the unmet and underserved needs of our customers are changing dramatically." Mark Schaefer 7:10 The show notes are available at my blog here in Libsyn, You can also search on the hashtags: #agiledigitalbiz and #teachinspireconnect (resources from other content sources that I think you might find helpful). 8:15 Interview I had with my mom, Lucille Maris, in 2014 as she recounted the story of saying goodbye to my dad in 1943. He left Topeka in the B-24 bomber with his 10-member crew. They buzzed the top of the Hotel Jayhawk and waved the wings of the aircraft to say goodbye to my mom and the three other wives standing atop of the hotel. 14:08 Working on the editing and additional writing to my dad's memoirs from World War II. I'm adding mom's perspective as a stateside bride on the homefront. 15:29 Summary of the work of Professor Jim Maris at Purdue University as Department Head of Aviation Technology. He also continued to teach a course in Aviation History and did public speaking about his perspective as a pilot in World War II. 16:45 You can find the video documentary course in Udemy at 17:25 Invitation to you to join my broadcasts from my Facebook page to share excerpts from the 30-day journal, Changing Life After a Life-Changing Event: 30 Journal Prompts and Stories to Help After a Loss. 18:39 Thank for listening to Episode 28 of Agile Digital Business. The next episode is the interview with Mark Schaefer. #teachinspireconnect #agiledigitalbiz


How a broken bridle on a reining horse can relate to voice and other digital disruptions

In Episode 27, hear an analogy of how the removal of a broken bridle from a reining horse during a championship-level ride can relate to our choices to either support or interfere with our marketing and technology teams as they offer strategies to future ready our businesses. Welcome in to Episode 27 of Agile Digital Business podcast where Season 2 is focused on the voice platform. I am Vickie Maris, a digital futurist, voice platform evangelist, and host of Agile Digital Business podcast. I like to challenge you to see the future of your business through the lenses of your future customers, clients, association members and program participants. Through the listener community in Patreon, you can engage in discussion around the topics covered in the podcast that will spark ideas for how you can flex your strategy and align the way you communicate about your products and services in ways that your customer is asking for today. This episode is "freestyle." I'd like to bring you up to speed on where I’ve been. If you’ve been listening to the show on a regular basis, you’ve heard me talk about our music. My husband, Scott Greeson and I, are songwriters and entertainers. When we book for festivals and concert venues, we are often performing with our friends in the band, Trouble With Monday. We also perform as a duo, trio and other combinations of the musicians in the band. Our world was rocked on Jan 31st when we learned that our sound man, Bryan Metzger, had passed away of a heart attack while on vacation. There are still moments when it is hard to believe that he’s gone. We have been practicing many of the tools that I have written about in my books for processing grief in healthy ways that lead us in to the future rather than dwelling on the past. But believe me, there are moments when that is a lot easier to say than to do. Scott and I are leading a day retreat, Changing Life Journal Writing Retreat, to help you with advancing your writing projects and journaling on March 7th at an Airbnb in South Bend, Indiana near Notre Dame. We’re looking forward to spending time in the quiet to reflect, to write, to plan and to support each other in a few moments of quiet conversation during the day. If you would like to join us for the event, there are a few spots remaining. It’s listed out on EventBrite. One of the reasons I started delving in to understanding the voice platform and how musicians, authors and businesses should be preparing, was because we haven’t had great results when asking Amazon Alexa if she has information about Scott’s music or about my books. I have been working on changes to my website and other marketing in order to make my content more discoverable. Here’s the curiosity - since my books are self-published in Amazon, you would think that it would be really easy for Alexa (created by Amazon) to dip in to a data pool that would provide her with details about the titles, author, or content. But she isn’t yet very informed so, I am, one very slow step at a time, updating my web pages, claiming my author panel in Google, updating my About page, improving load time on my site, and several other things. One of my favorite episodes in the voice space during recent weeks has been the 100th episode of Inside Voice. The episode is titled, Marketing Tips by Leaders in the Space. I highly recommend that you listen to it. The show is hosted by Keri Roberts. There is a focus on voice technology with educational and innovative content. I often listen to episodes of this show during my commute. Because of that, I use my voice to take notes by asking Siri to “make a note.” I have developed a process for putting a keyword in the first sentence of each note so they are easier to search for later when I’m developing a podcast episode or writing my next book. For instance, I might say, Siri, make a note, and then my first sentence will be, Podcast next episode, period. Include my notes from episode 100 of Inside Voice...


Wisdom from Vickie Maris for a future of change in business

Host of Agile Digital Business, Vickie Maris, shares nuggets of life insights to help with embracing future change. From decisions about a degree program to reminders about the value of journaling and to speaking your life intentions each day, to selecting your next employer or business opportunity, Vickie provides brief insights to help you prepare for tomorrow. This episode of the show is sponsored by: Stories, Song and Satire by Scott Greeson & Dr. Will Miller; Feb. 16, 2020; 6 pm ET; Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Time codes, show notes and quotes to share with others are below: 0:00 Introduction and music :11 A welcome to Episode 26 of Agile Digital Business. Season 2 is all about preparing for the voice platform. :51 Description of the request by Coach Ido Singer to share wisdom for the One Last Thought Podcast by Coach Ido Singer. "Bite-size nuggets of wisdom." 2:06 Announcement of the episode sponsor: "Stories, Songs and Satire." It's a show by stand-up comedian Dr. Will Miller and singer/songwriter Scott Greeson. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the show, Feb. 16, 2020, 6 pm ET at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Joining Scott for the music portions of the show are Kevin Ludwig, Lee Anna Atwell and Vickie Maris Greeson. Other shows mentioned where Scott Greeson and his band, Trouble With Monday, will be playing in 2020 include The Taste of Tippecanoe festival on June 20, 2020 and the Ouibache Music Festival on Friday, September 25, 2020. You can listen to Scott's music at the digital streaming location of your choice or on his YouTube channel, Scott Greeson Music. Nuggets of Wisdom shared for the One Last Thought podcast by Ido Singer ... 5:08 "Seek an employer who encourages professional development and who covers the cost of it. Seek one that permits the pursuit of your own side hustle so that you can develop multiple income streams." 5:44 Authoring books and seeking ways to better market them was the very thing that led me to the voice platform and the creation of Season 2 of the podcast to help others learn how to prepare for voice. 6:23 "When you create a list of your goals, don't just leave it there in a list. Take your goals and work backwards - reverse engineer - figure out what steps you need to take to get to the goal and put those steps in your calendar." 6:42 "Lean in to change." 6:47 "Don't sweat your selection of a major in school or of your first job. It's going to change throughout your lifetime." 7:28 "While you are working - either as an employee or as a consultant or business owner - be preparing for your next job or your next piece of business." 7:41 "Keep a journal." (Two of the books that I have authored and published and stemmed from my journal and ideas that I didn't let slip away because I had written them down.") 8:48 "Always be working with a coach, no matter what phase of life you find yourself. Whether you are an athlete, a business professional, a stay-at-home mom, a CEO of a company, everybody should be working with a coach." 9:10 "Use your voice. Speak your life intentions in to being. Let your brain hear your own voice. Visualize and speak your accomplishments in to being. It is so important for our brains to hear our own voices." 9:33 "Embrace new technology." 9:45 "When you shine your light, you co-create opportunity for others to shine." 9:54 "Stretch yourself by looking to learn things that are outside of your lane." 10:59 "Keep in mind that you have established 95% of your habits by the time you are age 35, so when you are facing change or if there is something that you deliberately want to change about your life - the 5% is pushing against the 95% that already has a routine in place. So know that you'll have to be very deliberate about it. Capture awareness of your thoughts. There are many things that you can study about this that are available for free out on the Internet. But I just want to plant that seed that changing something about...


Voice First Resources Plus Guest Bobby Kovey of The Credo Company

Voice-first resources are featured in Episode 25 of Agile Digital Business podcast. You'll hear about Amazon Alexa Skills highlighted in a book by Bradley Metrock of the "This Week in Voice" podcast, to an interview with Bobby Kovey, The Credo Company, participant in a talk on preparing for voice, presented by Vickie Maris in Certificate in Executive Management at the University of Notre Dame. You'll also learn about a new book by Susan Westwater and Scot Westwater, Voice Strategy: Creating useful and usable voice experiences. Enjoy! Vickie * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 0:18 Setup of Episode 25 and a welcome. 1:19 Vickie Maris introduces the upcoming interview that airs at the end of this episode with Bobby Kovey, The Credo Company, who chats about the value of an FAQ page on a website in this era of voice search. 3:28 Mention of an episode in the show, "This Week in Voice," hosted by Bradley Metrock, CEO, Score Publishing. The episode published on Nov. 7, 2019, (Season 4, Episode 10) is titled, "More than just weather and music: 200 ways to use Alexa." This is also the title of Bradley's book about Amazon Alexa Skills. 4:37 Review of several of the Amazon Alexa Skills that are featured in the book, "More Than Just Weather and Music: 200 Ways to Use Alexa." 5:22 Example of an Amazon Alexa Skill by PayPal that lets you send and receive money using your voice. 6:06 Vickie Maris provides a reminder that you can listen to this podcast, Agile Digital Business, when you ask your Amazon device, "Alexa, play the most recent episode of Agile Digital Business." 6:57 A reminder that it is possible to manage the recordings of your voice made by the Amazon Echo device right from the device with a request from your voice. 8:10 A reminder that there is an Amazon Alexa Skill, a Flash Briefing, that is published for this show, Agile Digital Business. 9:22 A shoutout to Len Clark, a colleague who broadcasts about Notre Dame sports who has also created an Amazon Alexa Skill, Notre Dame Football, that will give you latest in Notre Dame sports such as game day weather, kick-off times or tip-off times, etc. 9:59 Information about books I've been reading: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big," by Scott Adams, comic strip artist of Dilbert. 10:54 Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark. A book that I'm reading for the AI and Ethics Book Club at the University of Notre Dame. 11:40 Video resource from Voice Summit 2019, July 24, 2019, that is available on YouTube. A session at 2:59 in the session is by emcee J.P. Poulter of Vixen Labs. 17:44 Also from the July 24, 2019 video from Voice Summit 2019, go to the time code of 38:57 seconds, for a conversation between Scott Quartner who is a VP with T. Rowe Price and Vijay Balasubramanian, CEO and Founder of Pindrop. Their chat is about security and authentication in voice. 18:59 A new book by Voice Strategy: Creating Useful and Usable Voice Experiences, by Susan Westwater and Scot Westwater. 20:44 If you would like to voice record your next book, you can use a service like to get the audio file transcribed. 21:40 you can leave a voice mail for me using the SpeakPipe widget on my website, 24:00 Interview with Bobby Kovey, The Credo Company, after he had participated in the executive education program, Certificate in Executive Management. "Things that you can use, that are proven best practices. You can walk away from the program with knowledge from proven experience that you can use." 25:45 Bobby Kovey discusses his plan to add an FAQ page to the company website to help their content be more readily discovered by potential clients who are searching for consulting companies that do work in government relations. 28:20 A thank you from the podcast host to Bobby Kovey for participating in the interview. Let's teach! Inspire! and Connect! #agiledigitalbiz #voicefirst #teachinspireconnect


Part 2 Interview with Kane Simms of VUX World

Kane Simms, co-founder and co-host of VUX World was my guest in Episode 24 of Agile Digital Business. Season 2 of the podcast is focused on preparing your business for the voice platform. This is Part 2 of my conversation with Kane. We talk about world-class voice experiences; a definition of an Amazon Alexa Skill; our experiences with creating a Flash Briefing; and we chat about the starting point for a marketing person who is looking to establish a presence for their brand in the voice platform. At the end of the show, you'll hear me share my excitement about what is coming in 2020! Enjoy! Vickie Maris Host of Agile Digital Business, author, speaker and digital marketer Time codes, notes and tweetables: 0:00 Preview of upcoming content in Episode 24 of Agile Digital Business 00:43 Music and welcome from podcast host, Vickie Maris 3:40 Introduction of Vickie Maris by musician, Scott Greeson 3:55 Setup of the episode and the host shares background about her guest, Kane Simms. His co-host of VUX World is Dustin Coates. 4:48 Kane says hello to listeners. 5:32 Vickie asks Kane about his definition of a world-class voice experience. Tweetable: "A world-class voice experience is something that is either engaging and entertaining, or something that gets out of your way and lets you just get on with the task." - Kane Simms 6:14 Mention of the company Earplay and work they have done on the Jurassic World Revealed skill. To access this skill via Amazon Alexa, state "Alexa, visit Jurassic World." Here is a promotional video about the Alexa Skill: 6:41 Mention of another company, Xandra, that worked on The Wayne Investigation and the Dunkirk Experience, a skill launched alongside the Dunkirk war film. 7:50 Importance of sound design and creating a sound environment. 8:00 Reference to site that contains research reports in many voice platform subjects. Kane shares that 71% of people trusted human-recorded audio more than robotic style of voice. 8:50 Utility type of Skill is one that helps a person get something done. 9:19 An example is the TuneIn Skill that you can enable on your smart speaker in order to play a podcast that you would like to listen to via your Amazon Echo. 10:36 Another example mentioned, that required conversation design, was the Virgin Trains Skill that can be used to hear train schedules or to order a ticket. 11:02 Kane provides a definition of an Amazon Alexa Skill. Tweetable or LinkedIn post: "A skill is essentially a voice app that is created by a third party to increase the functionality of Alexa [or the Google Home Assistant, Samsung Bixby, etc.] Google defines an Action as anything the Google Assistant can do." - Kane Simms #agiledigitalbiz #AlexaSkill The concept behind a skill is that "you're teaching Alexa a skill." 12:43 Discussion of "in-app actions" to do something like book a table at a specific restaurant. This action will pre-populate the restaurant app with the specified data like number of people in the party and time of the reservation. 13:38 Vickie reflects on Episode 14 and her interview with Brielle Nickoloff in which they discussed the order that Amazon Alexa seeks data pools to return results when a person asks a question of the voice assistant. 14:48 Reference to the Amazon Alexa Skill for this podcast, Agile Digital Business. 15:08 Kane discusses the Flash Briefing they launched for VUX World and the opportunity that exists. 15:51 Example given of skills created by Peter Stewart and Dr. Teri Fisher. 18:20 Questions posed about how long people listen to Flash Briefings. Will they be OK with a longer piece of audio? 20:15 More details provided about the Skill by Dr. Teri Fisher, founder of Alexa in Canada and the Voice in Canada Flash Briefing. He created a new Flash Briefing every day for 500 days. Here's a YouTube video of his TEDx talk from October 2019. 21:05 Tweetable or LinkedIn post to share: "There are...


Part 1 Interview with Kane Simms of VUX World

Listen to insights about what voice means for your company in this conversation I held with Kane Simms, VUX World. He and I have a fun conversation about preparing for voice and designing for the voice platform with the customer in mind. This is Part 1 of a 2-part interview for Agile Digital Business. Kane is not only the co-host of VUX World, but also co-founder of a consultancy and voice design studio. 0:00 Welcome and introduction of the episode by host, Vickie Maris :30 Intro music; request that you subscribe to the show so that you don't miss Part 2. :56 Scott Greeson provides intro; more music 1:07 Introduction of guest, Kane Simms, co-founder of VUX World; and reflection on theme that occurs in the conversation of "meeting customer needs." 2:07 Tweetable: "It is so important to start first with the customer." - Vickie Maris #agiledigitalbiz #VOC 3:04 Welcome of guest Kane Simms who has a voice design consultancy and design studio. His co-founder is Dustin Coates. 3:59 Kane responds to the podcast host; explanation of quiet voice because of baby sleeping downstairs 4:57 Kane Simms provides background of how he got started in his work in the voice platform; experience as a musician and study of marketing at 5:48 Tweetable: "Marketing is meeting and anticipating customer needs profitably." - Definition Kane Simms recalls from his time at university. 6:41 Audio production, writing and user experience design were skills that Kane brought together in the hosting of his podcast, VUX World. 7:27 Established a design and development studio that creates voice experiences for agencies and brands. 7:40 Vickie talks about why she shifted the focus of her podcast, Agile Digital Business, to the voice platform. 8:05 Kane and Vickie swap stories about experiences as musicians. Hip hop, rap, meets American singer/songwriter. 11:41 Vickie shares the example of how she and Scott Greeson utilize a production company for the digital distribution of music they create. 12:20 Discussion about having or creating an Amazon Alexa Skill for the music (life as a music artist) or for the podcast. 14:20 Mention of the website, 16:41 Mid-roll request that you subscribe to the podcast, Agile Digital Business. Mention of how to reach out via social channels: https://instagram/vickiemaris 18:31 Kane discusses how his podcast led to the design consultancy. His searches about voice eventually led him to This Week in Voice podcast and Voicebot podcast in the USA. A few months later, he was asked to give talks. By the end of the first year, he was giving workshops with his co-founder. He's now working on a variety of projects through the consultancy. 21:25 Thank you to Kane for being a guest on the show. 21:56 Invitation to share your questions or comments about this episode via the social media channels and to subscribe to VUX World podcast. 22:40 Closing. Let's go out and "Teach. Inspire. Connect!" Please listen to Part 2 of this episode for the rest of the story! - vjm #voicefirst #agiledigitalbiz #teachinspireconnect


Pearl Harbor Remembrance on December 7 Anniversary

In an impromptu episode of Agile Digital Business, I capture a conversation with my mom, Lucille Maris, about her recollection of how she heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. As we were talking, her friends Pat, and later, Margaret Williamson, joined us. If you would like to see the Facebook Live that we recorded at the same time, visit, #pearlharbor #teachinspireconnect #agiledigitalbiz


Thank you to book launch team plus sample of narration from audiobook

In this bonus episode of the podcast, I share a thank you to members of my book launch team. The new book is a 30-day journal, Changing Life After a Life-Changing Event: 30 Journal Prompts and Stories to Help After a Loss, by Vickie J. Maris. In addition to the shout outs to the graphic design team, editor and book launch team members, I share a sample of the reviews and a section of the audiobook recording for Day 15 in the journal, "Be in community." Below are the time codes for this episode of Agile Digital Business. Season 2 is about the voice platform, voice first search, and preparing businesses for meeting our customers where they are searching for our products and services. Time codes for Episode 21 - Agile Digital Business 0:00 Intro and comments :48 Another podcast episode sparked my interest in how to make my content as an author and our content as musicians 1:24 "Older ways of marketing are not working like they used to. We need to be making adjustments to meet our customers where they are, and how they are searching." Vickie Maris 2:10 Introduction of Episode 21 by Scott Greeson. 2:29 Changing Life After a Life-Changing Event: 30 Journal Prompts and Stories to Help After a Loss is the new journal that has been published in Amazon and Ingram Spark. 3:00 Invitation for you to be a part of the book launch team and help out by reading the journal, and then doing a rating in Amazon along with writing an honest review. 3:35 Author's thoughts about the remaining pieces to finish of the audiobook format of the journal. 3:50 Thank you to the book launch team members. 4:24 Listen to a review of the journal, Changing Life After a Life-Changing Event. 5:14 Second of the two sample reviews of the journal. 6:45 Author's description of the journal. 7:30 Author talks about the healing benefits of the practice of journaling. 8:02 "Journaling allows you to reflect." 8:40 Revisit Episode 18 of this podcast to hear a different chapter of the journal. Chapter 20 is included at the end of the podcast episode. Video of Episode 18 in YouTube Episode 18 in Apple Podcasts 9:13 You can help out by ordering a copy of the journal from Amazon, and then by rating it and writing an honest review after you have read it. 10:20 Mention and thank you to the graphic designers who worked on the book cover, to the interior page designer of the book and to the editor (11:46). 13:01 Find my other books when you visit my author page in Amazon. 13:27 Reminder to subscribe to the podcast, Agile Digital Business, if you're not already subscribed. 13:35 Promo of an upcoming interview episode that stems from a conversation I had with Kane Simms of VUX World. 15:09 Sample of audio from the narration of the audiobook version of Changing Life After a Life-Changing Event: 30 Journal Prompts and Stories to Help After a Loss. This is Day 15: Be in community. 19:08 Wrap-up of Episode 21. Thank you for listening, and for considering being a part of the launch team. 19:35 Invitation to attend a book reading at the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art. Scott Greeson and I will play music for you, intertwined with readings from the journal. Dec. 14, 2019; 3-5 pm ET, Delphi, Indiana. 21:04 Thank you from the author and podcast host, Vickie Maris. Let's go out and Teach. Inspire. Connect! #agiledigitalbiz #teachinspireconnect


Is the growth of the middle class tied to voice search? A CMED Conference Reflection

Welcome to Episode 20 of Agile Digital Business. Recorded on the move with my Insignia Lavalier mic, my iPhone and the BossJock app. You may hear a bit of air handling noise and construction work in the background. I'll be back in our music studio in a future weekend for the recording and editing of the next episode. I am Vickie Maris, author, speaker and digital marketer focused on helping businesses prepare for the voice platform. Today, I'm at the CMED Conference - Conference on Management and Executive Development - and wanted to spend a few minutes reflecting on topics in the sessions I've been attending. I just finished speaking on a panel in a concurrent session where I shared background about one of the executive education programs that represent for the university. We had some very fun conversation about relationship marketing. During the Q and A, I recommended Mark Schaefer's new book, Marketing Rebellion: May the Most Human Company Win. I was also excited to learn that a few of the universities represented in the room have podcasts - I know I'm biased, but I'm such a believer in a podcast being a fantastic way to provide content for clients and prospects of your programs. It's a way for me to share the content with you as well as to get it to stick in my own mind better. As a lifelong learner who loves to teach others, it's important to me that I not let the nuggets of wisdom and insight drift away in to the pages of a notebook or iPad, never to be viewed again. I often will create a short video for my YouTube channel, LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle or Facebook page to reflect on key takaways, but I also want to share a few takeaways here with you in the podcast. I have a longer interview scheduled with Ali El-Ammori whom you heard in Episode 19 after he had participated in an executive education program where led a session about leadership in a digital era and the topic of preparing for the voice platform in particular. Another program participant, Bobby Kovey, also spoke with me on the mic. His episode is on the agenda for the next few weeks of the show. Kane Simms, podcast host of VUX World, will be talking with me next week, and I'm getting a conversation scheduled with my colleagues Scot and Susan Westwater who run the agency, Pragmatic Digital. Oh my goodness, I'm so excited about this topic and about all of the interesting guests who have agreed to chat with me on the show! It's exciting to me to be at this milestone of Episode 20 for the podcast. I started out the show a couple years ago talking about online courses and learning experience design, which was my focus at the university at the time. But after a slight career shift, I put the podcast on hold for about a year as I got my feet on the ground and a new topic of interest began to unfold. It was when I was putting the marketing plan together to let people know about the audiobook of my latest book, that I started asking questions of our Amazon Alexa about my book, and found out that I needed to learn how to put that information at Alexa's virtual fingertips. Season 2 of the podcast is my journey of learning about the voice platform and sharing that information with you, so that you can be preparing to meet your customers at their point of inquiry. learn more about how our customers are using their voices first in search. OK, let me take a few minutes to share with you several of the interesting takeaways from the CMED sessions. The opening keynote with David Cooperrider was fantastic. David is co-author, along with Diana Whitney, of the book, Appreciative Inquiry. He's an author of other books as well. I mention the Appreciative Inquiry book here as it is one I've used for the foundation of session I've taught on the subject. The concepts have helped me keep a positive focus in the way I interact with colleagues at work, in the podcasting space and students I work with on our farm with the llamas. I was inspired yesterday to re-read the...