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"Never Been Promoted" offers an intimate journey into the depths of the intersection of the entrepreneurial journey and life, where business isn't just about balance sheets, but a profound reflection of personal introspection, feelings, and the intricate balance of life's emotions. Inspired by the pivotal book, "Never Been Promoted | Unleash Your Entrepreneur - 50 Entrepreneurial Life Lessons to Unleash Your Entrepreneur," this podcast is not only a guide for the entrepreneurially inclined but a reflection for anyone seeking meaning in both professional and personal spheres. Thomas Helfrich, your host, delves beyond just the mechanics of building a business. He embarks on rich conversations with path-breaking founders, innovative entrepreneurs, insightful investors, and industry visionaries. Together, they unearth the profound effects of the entrepreneurial journey on one's psyche, emotions, family, and friendships. They share personal stories bursting with resilience, tenacity, sacrifices, and transformative experiences, all set against the backdrop of a relentless entrepreneurial drive. Each episode is a window into the heart and soul of those who've ventured beyond convention, revealing the symbiotic relationship between personal growth, emotional challenges, and the enterprise they nurture. Whether you're a seasoned executive, an aspiring entrepreneur waiting for that breakthrough moment, or someone carving a distinct personal path, "Never Been Promoted: The Entrepreneurial Crossroads" shines a light on the emotional roller-coaster that entrepreneurship inevitably brings with it. Engage in this evocative exploration of the entrepreneurial journey, understanding that it's more than just business; it's a deeply personal voyage, weaving stories, lessons, emotions, and passions into the tapestry of entrepreneurial success.

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"Never Been Promoted" offers an intimate journey into the depths of the intersection of the entrepreneurial journey and life, where business isn't just about balance sheets, but a profound reflection of personal introspection, feelings, and the intricate balance of life's emotions. Inspired by the pivotal book, "Never Been Promoted | Unleash Your Entrepreneur - 50 Entrepreneurial Life Lessons to Unleash Your Entrepreneur," this podcast is not only a guide for the entrepreneurially inclined but a reflection for anyone seeking meaning in both professional and personal spheres. Thomas Helfrich, your host, delves beyond just the mechanics of building a business. He embarks on rich conversations with path-breaking founders, innovative entrepreneurs, insightful investors, and industry visionaries. Together, they unearth the profound effects of the entrepreneurial journey on one's psyche, emotions, family, and friendships. They share personal stories bursting with resilience, tenacity, sacrifices, and transformative experiences, all set against the backdrop of a relentless entrepreneurial drive. Each episode is a window into the heart and soul of those who've ventured beyond convention, revealing the symbiotic relationship between personal growth, emotional challenges, and the enterprise they nurture. Whether you're a seasoned executive, an aspiring entrepreneur waiting for that breakthrough moment, or someone carving a distinct personal path, "Never Been Promoted: The Entrepreneurial Crossroads" shines a light on the emotional roller-coaster that entrepreneurship inevitably brings with it. Engage in this evocative exploration of the entrepreneurial journey, understanding that it's more than just business; it's a deeply personal voyage, weaving stories, lessons, emotions, and passions into the tapestry of entrepreneurial success.

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English


Episodes

Shahrukh Zahir: AI-Powered Recruitment - Efficiency & Culture Reimagined

2/15/2024
Never Been Promoted Podcast with Thomas Helfrich Dive into an extraordinary episode of the Never Been Promoted podcast, where Thomas Helfrich unravels the future of recruitment with Shahrukh Zahir, the innovative CEO of Right Fit Advisors. Based out of Atlanta, Shahrukh's journey from a young entrepreneur selling cell phone accessories to revolutionizing the recruitment industry with AI and machine learning is nothing short of inspiring. His company, Right Fit Advisors, stands out as the first of its kind, guaranteeing to find the perfect talent match in two weeks or less. But it's not just about speed; it's about enhancing productivity and fostering a positive culture within organizations nationwide. Discover the patented technology that sets Right Fit Advisors apart and how Shahrukh's unique approach to understanding and meeting the needs of both employers and job seekers is shaping the future of work. About Shahrukh Zahir: Shahrukh Zahir is the CEO of Right Fit Advisors, an innovative technical staffing firm headquartered in Atlanta. With a focus on leveraging AI and machine learning, Right Fit Advisors promises to revolutionize the recruitment process by ensuring not only a swift talent acquisition but also a perfect cultural and productivity-boosting match. Shahrukh's entrepreneurial spirit was kindled at a young age, leading him from operating a mall kiosk to founding and successfully exiting a wireless company, and eventually to pioneering in the staffing industry. His deep understanding of the intricacies of both corporate America and the entrepreneurial world, combined with a passion for harnessing technology to solve traditional recruitment challenges, positions him as a visionary leader in the field. In this episode, Thomas and Shahrukh Zahir discuss: Key Takeaways: The Power of AI in Recruitment: How technology can streamline the hiring process while enhancing the quality of hires. Importance of Culture Fit: Ensuring new hires complement and enrich existing team dynamics and company values. Learning from Entrepreneurial Experiences: Shahrukh's journey underscores the value of resilience, adaptability, and continuous learning in entrepreneurship. “Your career is not just about climbing the ladder; it's about finding the right rungs.” — Shahrukh Zahir CONNECT WITH SHAHRUKH ZAHIR: Website (Company): https://rightfitadvisors.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahrukhzahir/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/thelfrich | https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hovienko | https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromot Support the show

Duration:00:38:53

Molly Tschang: Igniting Passion and Purpose in Entrepreneurship

2/8/2024
Never Been Promoted Podcast with Thomas Helfrich Join us as we dive into the inspiring journey of Molly Tschang, a beacon of positivity and empowerment in the entrepreneurial world. From overcoming personal challenges to becoming an advocate for authentic communication and self-discovery, Molly's story is a testament to the transformative power of embracing one's true self. Discover how Molly's passion for "igniting" change has influenced countless individuals to pursue their dreams fearlessly and find fulfillment in their entrepreneurial endeavors. About Molly Tschang: Molly Tschang is renowned for her dynamic approach to life and business, characterized by her passion word: "ignite." With a heart full of creativity and compassion, Molly inspires both herself and others to embrace their authenticity, dream big, and harness the collective power of community. Through her work, Molly aims to empower individuals to be a force of nature, believing that together, anything is possible. Her journey reflects a deep commitment to personal growth, empathetic leadership, and the courage to make a positive impact in the world. In this episode, Thomas and Molly Tschang explore topics such as: Key Takeaways: The Power of Authentic CommunicationMastering the art of expressing oneself genuinely and effectively. The Importance of Self-Care Recognizing that taking care of oneself is foundational to helping others. "Health is Wealth"Prioritizing physical and mental well-being as the cornerstone of success. "Ignite your potential by being true to yourself, embracing your dreams, and collaborating with others to make a difference." — Molly Tschang CONNECT WITH MOLLY TSCHANG: Website: https://www.sayitskillfully.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mollytschang/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/thelfrich | https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hovienko | https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashelfrich/ Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Support the show

Duration:00:41:25

Vincent Catanzaro: Navigating Change in Entrepreneurship and Family Ventures

2/1/2024
Never Been Promoted Podcast with Thomas Helfrich Embark on an inspiring journey with Vincent Catanzaro, a dynamic entrepreneur who turned his passion into a thriving business. Partnering with his wife in executive placement, Vincent shares the incredible story of starting a business with a family member, facing the challenges, and embracing the opportunities. Discover how Vincent's deep faith and entrepreneurial spirit helped him navigate through tough times, including overcoming the aftermath of the Great Recession and venturing into the world of executive recruitment. About Vincent Catanzaro: Vincent’s journey is marked by resilience, innovation, and a deep commitment to his values. From overcoming the setbacks of the Great Recession to navigating the complexities of the executive recruitment industry, Vincent provides a candid look into the life of a serial entrepreneur. His story is not just about business success; it’s about building a legacy with family at its core. In this episode, Thomas and Vincent discuss: Key Takeaways: The Importance of Adaptability in BusinessHow flexibility shapes business success. Leveraging Personal Assets in EntrepreneurshipThe impact of personal skills and relationships on entrepreneurial success. The Role of Faith and Confidence in Achieving Business GoalsThe critical role of belief and self-assurance in business accomplishments. “I always find it hard working for other people. I think my wife calls me...what do you call those people who are only concerned about themselves? Narcissist. Yes, that's the word. I don't think so. But I do struggle working for folks, and I really just want to be able to do what I want to do.” — Vincent Catanzaro CONNECT WITH VINCENT CATANZARO: Website (Company): https://www.reneevincent.win/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincentcatanzaro/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/thelfrich | https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hovienko | https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashelfrich/ Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com Support the show

Duration:00:50:05

Brian Mac Mahon: Mastering the Art of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

1/25/2024
Never Been Promoted Podcast with Thomas Helfrich In this engaging episode of "Never Been Promoted," host Thomas Helfrich dives into an insightful conversation with Brian Mac Mahon, the Head Honcho at Expert Dojo, renowned as the most active VC group globally. Brian discusses his entrepreneurial journey, transitioning from startup roots to venture capital expertise, and delves into the intricacies of securing venture capital, the importance of timing, and the essential dos and don'ts for entrepreneurs seeking funding. About Brian Mac Mahon: Brian Mac Mahon, a seasoned expert at Expert Dojo, has a rich background in entrepreneurship and venture capital. He has been instrumental in approximately 280 individual investments in scalable companies targeting billion-dollar valuations. Brian's unique approach blends the rigorous discipline of venture capital investment with a keen emphasis on growth hacking and meritocracy, offering invaluable insights into the startup ecosystem. In this Episode: Key Takeaways: The Importance of ExecutionWhy execution matters more than perseverance in the realm of startups. Customer-Centric Focus and CommunicationThe necessity of understanding customer needs and effectively communicating your product's value. Creating a Lovable ProductThe idea is to develop a product that deeply resonates with customers, surpassing the minimum viable product standard. "Entrepreneurs can be very lazy with outreach, but it's impossible to build a lovable product if we're not very close with those customers and how they are engaging." — Brian Mac Mahon CONNECT WITH BRIAN MAC MAHON: Website (Company): https://expertdojo.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianmacmahon2/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/thelfrich | https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hovienko | https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thom InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead G Support the show

Duration:01:01:44

Ted Shelton: Pivoting from Failure to Success: Hard Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur

1/18/2024
With a background in global management consulting, Ted Shelton's foray into entrepreneurship and pitching to VCs was a journey like no other. Filled with moments of triumph and tribulation, his experiences shed light on the daunting complexities of securing funding and achieving success. But little did he know, an unexpected twist awaited him, one that would change the course of his entrepreneurial journey forever. Want to know what the twist was and how it shaped Ted's path to success? Keep reading to find out. About Ted Shelton: Ted Shelton is a Partner with Bain and Company, based in San Francisco California. Ted covers topics including automation, artificial intelligence, and software development for Bain's Fortune 500 clients. With a strong focus on advising private equity and large corporations, Ted's extensive knowledge in areas such as automation, artificial intelligence, and software development provides a depth of insight into the funding landscape. His experience as an entrepreneur in residence with a venture fund in Silicon Valley equips him with a firsthand understanding of the complexities of securing funding and the intricacies of pitching to investors. Ted's comprehensive understanding of the different stages of investment, ranging from angel investors to private equity, positions him as a valuable resource for entrepreneurs seeking strategic guidance in navigating the multifaceted world of fundraising. In this episode, Thomas and Ted Shelton discuss about: Key Takeaways: “I think the promotions often come because you created the opportunity yourself." — Ted Shelton CONNECT WITH TED SHELTON: Website (Company): https://www.bain.com/our-team/ted-shelton/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tshelton/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Support the show

Duration:00:48:41

John Jackson: Risks, Regrets and Rewards: Hard Lessons from a 14-Year Cybersecurity Entrepreneur

1/11/2024
Join John Jackson, a successful entrepreneur in the cybersecurity industry, as he shares his hiring and management strategies, future business plans, and favorite business books. But as he faces a sudden challenge, will he be able to navigate the complexities of running a business in a rapidly evolving industry? Tune in to find out. About John Jackson: John Jackson is a seasoned IT veteran with nearly 15 years of hands-on industry experience. In 2009, he founded Bytagig, an award-winning IT and cybersecurity firm, driven by the mission to bridge the gap between technology and small businesses. In this episode, Thomas and John Jackson discuss how to: Key Takeaways: John Jackson's insights illuminate the importance of quick, decisive action when dealing with underperforming employees and avoiding what he called "charity case hires." John Jackson exemplifies this through his ambitious 2024 plans for Bytegig, which focused on streamlining customer interactions and broadening service reach with increased efficiency. John Jackson's experiences underscore the significance of risk assessment, especially in transformative decisions to secure a venture's long-term stability—particularly relevant for the cybersecurity industry. “You can't get very far in the business world if you don't know how to promote yourself." — John Jackson CONNECT WITH JOHN JACKSON: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnjacksonbytagig/ Website: https://www.bytagig.com/ About his company, BYTAGIG: Is your business ready to withstand a cyberattack? In an era of increasing data breaches and cyberattacks, safeguarding your business assets is non-negotiable. Bytagig's Cyber Security Risk Assessment thoroughly examines your digital infrastructure, identifying potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It also aids in protecting your reputation and ensuring compliance with industry standards. Don't wait until it's too late – ensure your business's cybersecurity posture today! Learn more here: www.bytagig.com/risk Get a chance to win a FREE APPLE WATCH when you schedule a free consultation on the website bytagig.com (https://www.bytagig.com/) CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Support the show

Duration:00:40:20

Justin Stephens: Relationships Over Riches: Building a Company That Puts People First

1/4/2024
Confronted with challenges, Justin Stephens experienced an unforeseen shift in his journey, guiding him towards a course marked by resilience and unwavering determination. His gripping tale of surmounting forced labor and familial business entanglements presents an unfiltered and relatable depiction of entrepreneurship. Through candidly narrating his struggles and successes, Justin's narrative becomes an inspiring source of hope for budding entrepreneurs in search of direction. The question remains: What specific moment played a crucial role in shaping his entrepreneurial mindset? About Justin Stephens: Justin Stephens is a husband, father of three, and the first founder of America's Holding Company. His mission is to create a system that accounts for the true value of time in our society. In this episode, Thomas and Justin discuss how to: Key Takeaways: By reshaping our mindset, we unlock the potential to pursue opportunities beyond conventional boundaries and create our own paths to entrepreneurial success. According to Justin, fostering meaningful experiences and relationships often provides more lifelong satisfaction than professional achievements. He emphasizes the need for personal fulfillment over societal pressures to accumulate wealth. By prioritizing sustainability over short-term gains, entrepreneurs are more likely to create businesses that flourish in the long term and bring genuine happiness. “The most important entrepreneurial trait that an aspiring entrepreneur needs is unshakable belief in yourself. Everyone will leave you at some point in your life. Everyone. And being able to believe in yourself when they're gone is the hardest decision you will ever go through." — Justin Stephens CONNECT WITH JUSTIN STEPHENS: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justindcstephens/ Website: https://justindcstephens.com/ X: https://twitter.com/jdcstephens Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/justindcstephens?_rdc=1&_rdr TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jdcstephens Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdcstephens/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LifewithJustinStephens CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube Serious About Growing LinkedIn Business? Nail your marketing strategy, get leads, and grow your business without brand-wrecking spam. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show

Duration:00:50:42

Charles Gellman: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur

12/28/2023
If you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed because your current strategies for growing your business aren't yielding the results you hoped for, then you are not alone! You may be tirelessly networking and cold-calling, only to be met with rejection and disinterest from potential clients. Instead of seeing your business flourish, you may find yourself stuck in a cycle of disappointment and stagnation. But there is hope and a way forward! About Charles Gellman: Charles Gellman, the CEO and co-founder of HiDOHealth, brings a wealth of experience in data science and a diverse background spanning finance, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and software. His entrepreneurial journey is a testament to perseverance and innovation. With a passion for leveraging technology to revolutionize the healthcare industry, Charles is at the forefront of developing AI-assisted robotic devices that aim to transform medication management. His expertise and insights into navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship and breaking new ground in healthcare technology make him an invaluable guest for anyone seeking inspiration and practical wisdom on their entrepreneurial journey. In this episode, Thomas and Charles Gellman discuss how to: Key Takeaways: Taking the plunge into entrepreneurship can be a daunting but rewarding experience. Innovation in technology can serve to greatly facilitate our daily lives. HiDOHealth’s automated medication management system, an initiative championed by Charles Gellman, is a prime example. Learning and adapting from past endeavors is pivotal in guiding one's entrepreneurial journey, fostering resilience, and driving continued success. “Persistence is the most important entrepreneurial trait. You have to be able to drive through no matter what people say because everybody is going to say or not. Everybody, the majority of the people will probably contradict what you're trying to do or accomplish." — Charles Gellman CONNECT WITH CHARLES GELLMAN: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mshicgellman/ Website: https://us.hidohealth.com/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. Support the show

Duration:00:33:02

Brett Flinchum: Strategies for Adapting in the AI Industry

12/21/2023
Join us as we explore the world of AI entrepreneurship with Brett Flinchum, CEO of Stellar. Learn about the importance of pivoting in the fast-paced AI industry, but be prepared for unexpected challenges that may leave Brett and his team facing difficult decisions. Tune in for an eye-opening journey into the world of AI entrepreneurship, where success and survival hang in the balance. About Brett Flinchum: Brett Flinchum, the CEO of Stellar, brings a fresh and innovative approach to the AI industry. With a knack for identifying opportunities within the ever-changing AI landscape, Brett's expertise sheds light on the crucial role of pivoting in this dynamic field. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Brett's journey exemplifies the significance of adaptability in developing successful business strategies within the AI sector. His insights and practical experiences offer a valuable perspective for entrepreneurs looking to thrive in the rapidly evolving AI industry. In this episode, Thomas and Brett Flinchum discuss how to: Key Takeaways: Succeeding in one's entrepreneurial journey requires tenacity, resilience, and a versatile mindset. The ever-evolving AI industry necessitates adaptability and the courage to pivot business strategies when required. Stellar, as Brett Flinchum illustrates, stands at the intersection of consulting and software development, delivering bespoke AI solutions to businesses. “Don't blame your team. Own it, and work with the team to get this thing right. Even if the team fully screwed it up, you have to own it." — Brett Flinchum CONNECT WITH BRETT FLINCHUM: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/flinchum/ Stellar Website: https://www.getstellar.ai/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashelfrich/ Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Turnkey Pod Support the show

Duration:00:49:38

Chris Wysong: From Soldier to Solopreneur, His Inspiring Entrepreneurial Journey

12/14/2023
A determined veteran-turned-entrepreneur, Chris Wysong, embarks on a journey to build a successful business after retirement, facing the challenge of balancing passion and profitability. About Chris Wysong: Chris Wysong, a retired military veteran, is the founder of Bucket of Bread LLC, a veteran-owned business based in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. With a background in the army, including service during the Gulf War and roles as a broadcast journalist and ordnance officer, Chris transitioned into entrepreneurship post-military service. His company specializes in offering certified organic flour blends in recyclable buckets, promoting sustainability and convenience for home baking. Notably, a percentage of the company's profits is allocated to charities dedicated to combating hunger and food insecurity. Chris's entrepreneurial journey, rooted in his military experience and passion for baking, showcases a commitment to both business innovation and social impact, making his story an inspiring example of post-military success and community contribution. In this episode, Thomas and Chris Wysong discuss how to: Key Takeaways: Chris Wysong's innovation, Bucket of Bread, offers a unique blend of certified organic flour, free from preservatives and standard bread-making additives, catering to a broad customer base including vegans. Revealing the versatility of Bucket of Bread, Chris Wysong shares how this simple flour blend can create a host of popular bread products. “Until you have a repeatable product and service, do the bare minimum on your website and make it a sales page." — Chris Wysong CONNECT WITH CHRIS WYSONG: LinkedIn Facebook X (Twitter) Company Website Instagram YouTube TikTok CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted Linked Serious About Growing LinkedIn Business? Nail your marketing strategy, get leads, and grow your business without brand-wrecking spam. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show

Duration:00:47:13

Mary Drumond: Strategies for Navigating Changing Industries

12/7/2023
If you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed because your business strategies aren't generating the desired growth, despite your hard work and dedication, then you are not alone! Many entrepreneurs are stuck in a cycle of repetitive actions that fail to produce the results they crave. Instead of experiencing success, they find themselves trapped in a stagnant market, unable to adapt and thrive. About Mary Drumond: Mary Drumond is the VP of Marketing at Neighborly, a GovTech company based in Atlanta, Georgia. With a background in education, Mary's entrepreneurial journey began when she founded her own company at the age of 20. After running her first company for eleven years, she decided to explore her passion for marketing and embarked on a new career path. Mary's expertise lies in customer experience and marketing, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Currently heading the marketing efforts at Neighborly, Mary's experience spans across various industries, including B2C, B2B, and B2G. Her entrepreneurial mindset and ability to adapt have been instrumental in her success. Tune in to this episode of Never Been Promoted to gain valuable insights from Mary's journey and learn how to thrive in the ever-evolving world of entrepreneurship. In this episode, Thomas and Mary Drumond discuss how to: Key Takeaways: By challenging conventional practices and capitalizing on emerging opportunities, an entrepreneurial mindset can ultimately drive both personal and business growth. Being quick to adjust to market shifts, technological disruptions, or any unexpected changes can equip businesses with a competitive edge. By tuning into your audience's inherent desires and focusing on creating value for them, businesses can foster stronger customer relationships, enhance brand loyalty, and accelerate growth. “You can't just show up for work and leave. You want to do more. You want to disrupt the processes that are holding you back. That's the entrepreneurial mindset you should have. " — Mary Drumond CONNECT WITH MARY DRUMOND: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marydrumond/ Website: https://www.neighborlysoftware.com/blog/team-member/mary-drumond/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: Serious About Growing LinkedIn Business? Nail your marketing strategy, get leads, and grow your business without brand-wrecking spam. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show

Duration:00:49:57

David Greenberg: Unveiling the Secrets of Franchise Ownership

11/30/2023
Imagine a man who had it all: a successful career, a stable income, and the respect of his peers. But deep down, he yearned for something more. That's when David Greenberg's life took an unexpected turn. Little did he know that his journey from the corporate world to franchise ownership would be filled with twists and turns he never saw coming. Buckle up, because David's story will leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering what's next in his thrilling pursuit of entrepreneurial success. About David Greenberg: David Greenberg is a corporate exec turned entrepreneur and a multi-unit franchisee. With a background in leadership and business development, David made the leap into franchise ownership after facing ageism in the corporate world. He now owns four franchises in Nashville, one in Sarasota, and one in Huntsville, Alabama. Drawing from his own experience, David provides valuable insights into the franchise selection process and the key factors that contribute to success in franchise ownership. His expertise and unique journey make him a trusted resource for individuals considering franchise ownership as a viable path to entrepreneurship. In this episode, Thomas and David Greenberg discuss how to: Key Takeaways: Discovering Successful Franchise OwnershipAccording to David, the selection process of a franchise demands trust and due diligence, likening it to a dating game that requires time, effort, and a clear understanding of one's financial capabilities and personal goals. Transitioning from Corporate to EntrepreneurshipHe emphasizes the value of time and how transitioning to entrepreneurship emphasizes efficiency, resulting in a shift from external to self-imposed deadlines and bottlenecks. Uncovering the Key Success FactorsDavid stresses the significance of validation and making informed decisions, honing in on the crucial phase of meeting founders and existing franchisees. “If you're ready to eat what you kill every day and wake up unemployed, then you're ready to make the transition to being a business owner." — David Greenberg CONNECT WITH DAVID GREENBERG: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-greenberg-entrepreneur/ Website: https://empoweredfranchisee.com/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashelfrich/ Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com Support the show

Duration:00:51:56

R Blank: Navigating the Ever-Changing Business Landscape

11/23/2023
Do you want to build a thriving and sustainable business in today's ever-changing landscape? Are you searching for a solution that can help you achieve this desired outcome? Look no further! I have the answer you've been seeking. Join us as our guest, R Blank, shares the key to adapting and succeeding in the business world, allowing you to create a lasting impact and achieve long-term success. About R Blank: R Blank is the founder of Healthier Tech and the host of “The Healthier Tech Podcast”, available on iTunes, Spotify, and all major podcasting platforms. R has a long background in technology. Previously, R ran a software engineering firm in Los Angeles, producing enterprise-level solutions for blue chip clients including Medtronic, Apple, NBC, Toyota, Disney, Microsoft, the NFL, Ford, IKEA, and Mattel. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Columbia University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in the UK; the University of Salamanca in Spain; and the Institute of Foreign Languages in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. In this episode, Thomas and R Blank discuss how to: Key Takeaways: This concept echoes R's mission with Healthier Tech, underlining the necessity of preserving personal health and boundaries amidst the influence of technology in our lives. R Blank shared his strategies for finding customers for his businesses, which were rooted in leveraging existing networks and resources. “Adaptability is key in the ever-changing business landscape. Embrace new technologies and explore innovative approaches to stay ahead of the curve." — R Blank CONNECT WITH R BLANK: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rblank9/ Website: https://www.shieldyourbody.com/ Website: https://www.healthiertech.co/about-healthier-tech/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashelfrich/ Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Support the show

Duration:00:37:12

Hunter Hodnett: The Entrepreneurial Playbook

11/16/2023
Embark on a rollercoaster ride through Hunter Hodnett's entrepreneurial journey, where passion and drive collide with unexpected twists. As he shares his valuable lessons, brace yourself for a surprising turn that challenges his very foundation. Brace for a tale of triumph and tribulation, as Hunter unveils the powerful secret to his success. Get ready to discover the twist that propelled him forward, leaving you eager to unravel the next chapter of his remarkable story. About Hunter Hodnett: Hunter Hodnett is an accomplished entrepreneur and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Chipp.AI, a cutting-edge payment platform for AI applications. As a coding enthusiast from a young age, Hunter's passion for technology led him to embark on a successful career as a software engineer, working with renowned companies such as Amazon Music and Reddit. Along his entrepreneurial journey, Hunter honed his skills by freelancing for startups, gaining invaluable experience in product development and business strategy. With his extensive expertise in full-stack engineering, Hunter has played a pivotal role in the growth and innovation of Chipp.AI. As a guest on Never Been Promoted, Hunter shares his insights and lessons learned, empowering aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge and inspiration they need to navigate the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. In this episode, Thomas and Hunter discuss how to: Key Takeaways: This key value offers insights into Hunter Hodnett’s personal narrative in becoming a successful entrepreneur, providing aspiring founders with a rich understanding of both the challenges and joys of the startup world. Hunter Hodnett firmly maintains that founders cannot delude themselves into thinking they can wear all the hats in a startup, particularly including the technical ones, even amidst the rise of low-code or no-code options. Hodnett stresses the significance of maintaining a humble attitude and demonstrating persistence in an entrepreneurial journey. “The key to being successful as a CEO is knowing your strengths and letting others handle the areas where you're not as skilled. Don't be afraid to let go and delegate." — Hunter Hodnett CONNECT WITH HUNTER: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hunterhodnett/ Website: https://www.hunterhodnett.dev/ (Personal) Website: https://www.chipp.ai/ (Company) CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: Support the show

Duration:00:30:16

Jason Abell: Mindset is Everything

11/9/2023
Does this sound familiar? You have dreams of starting your own business, but you're constantly overwhelmed by fears and challenges that hold you back. You've been told to just push through and ignore your doubts, but this only leads to frustration and burnout. The pain of taking this ineffective action is that you're stuck in a cycle of self-doubt and lack of progress, feeling like success will always be out of reach. It's time to break free from this cycle and discover the self-help principles that can empower your entrepreneurial journey and lead you to long-term success. About Jason Abell: Jason Abell is the President of Rewire, a coaching and development organization. With a background in mortgage banking, Jason brings a wealth of experience to the table. Growing up, he was exposed to self-help books, such as those by Napoleon Hill, which sparked his interest in personal development. Starting at a young age, Jason successfully ran his own businesses, including a lemonade stand and a lawn mowing business, thanks to the skills he acquired from these self-help resources. After a successful career in corporate America, Jason decided to pursue his true passion and launched Rewire in 2014. Since then, he has been dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs overcome challenges and build successful businesses through coaching, speaking, and writing. Jason's journey serves as a testament to the importance of self-help principles and the impact they can have on one's entrepreneurial path. In this episode, Thomas and Jason discuss how to: Key Takeaways: Jason Abell, in this episode, guides entrepreneurs on how to adopt these self-help principles to overcome fears, face challenges, and achieve success in their business ventures. Jason shares his own experience and offers practical advice on confidently making this significant switch and dealing with initial uncertainties. Establishing a focused approach and creating a clear buyer persona are essential strategies to differentiate your offerings and connect with your target customers. “If you want to get better at something, you need to hang out with somebody that can help you. Whether it's a mentor or a coach, investing in yourself is key to success." — Jason Abell CONNECT WITH JASON: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rewirejason/ Website: https://www.rewireinc.com/ (Company) Website: http://sadiesgift.org/ (Personal) Email: jason@rewireinc.com CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neverbeenpromoted/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@neverbeenpromoted LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomashelfrich/ Support the show

Duration:00:45:20

Phillip Bogolub: Powerful Strategies for Entrepreneurial Success

11/2/2023
In a world where dreams are often dashed by discouragement, one man's journey took an unexpected turn. Meet Phillip Bogolub, the entrepreneur who defied conventional wisdom and found his way back to his true passion. From the medical field to a failed business venture, Phillip's story is a rollercoaster of emotions and surprises. But just when it seemed like all hope was lost, an opportunity arose that would change everything. Stay tuned to discover the unexpected twist that led Phillip down a path he never thought possible. About Phillip Bogolub: Phillip Bogolub is the owner and creator of, The Philosophy of “AJANOI”. His philosophy’s purpose is focused on creating the right mentality to focus on what you really want in life and in finding your true purpose on planet Earth. Phillip’s philosophy is based on an imaging technique and mindset through which you will be able to imagine every day as your best day and create opportunities to find joy, love, peace, and abundance for the rest of your life. Phillip starts with the basics, beginning with something that everyone was born with and is rarely tapped into - your imagination! He has created his own belief system based on extensive research of the conscious and subconscious minds from philosophical, psychological, and theological points of view. Your best day is each day and through the subconscious mind of imagination, anything can be accomplished. In this episode, Thomas and Phillip discuss how to: Key Takeaways: Balancing the rigor and structure of engineering with the fluidity and unpredictability of music composition and entrepreneurship has allowed Phillip to redefine his path and discover unexpected opportunities. Phillip's determination to follow his passion for music has deeply influenced his entrepreneurial journey, centering his decisions and initiatives around what resonates with his soul and vision. In sharing the lessons from his entrepreneurial journey, Phillip highlights that the path to success doesn't always look as we expect, emphasizing the need for mindfulness, patience, and consistency. “Collaboration is the key to success. We are meant to work with people. Me, but on my show, I interview. I shut my mouth. More from listening than from talking." — Phillip Bogolub CONNECT WITH PHILLIP: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bogolubrecords/ Website: https://bogolubrecords.com/ajanoi/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neverbeenpromoted Website: https://www.neverbeenpromoted.com/ Instagr Support the show

Duration:00:31:11

Binny Gill: The Future of AI and Automation

10/19/2023
Does this sound familiar? You've been told that the key to success in the tech entrepreneurship industry is simply having a great idea. But despite your brilliant ideas, you're still struggling to build a successful startup. The pain of taking this ineffective action is all too real, as you see others achieving success while you remain stuck. It's time to break free from this misconception and gain valuable insights and strategies that will truly help you succeed in the world of tech entrepreneurship. About Binny Gill: Binny Gill, the Founder and CEO of Kognitos Inc., started the company in 2021 on the belief that more people need to be able to instruct computers in natural language and that such a system must be built with complete auditability and explainability in mind. Prior to starting Kognitos, Binny was the CTO and Chief Architect at Nutanix, Inc. where he led the product portfolio starting with a small team of 20 growing to 6000 employees and reaching a market cap of $7B and $1.5B in revenue. Binny Gill is a prolific inventor in computer science with close to 100 patents. He holds a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from IIT, Kanpur (India). In this episode, Thomas and Binny discuss how to: Key Takeaways: By actively seeking and employing new strategies, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to refine their business model and optimize their approach. Entrepreneurs should strive to deliver value by focusing on solving their customer's problems rather than merely pushing a specific product or service. Scaling a startup presents an array of complexities, from managing growing team dynamics to maintaining the company's original vision. “It's not about being lucky once and just having the best idea or anything like that. The first thing is to learn from mistakes." — Binny Gill CONNECT WITH BINNY: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/binnygill Website: https://research.ibm.com/labs/almaden LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/binnygill/ CONNECT WITH KOGNITOS (BINNY’S COMPANY): Website: https://www.kognitos.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/kognitos/ CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/nevbeenpromoted Facebook: Serious About Growing LinkedIn Business? Nail your marketing strategy, get leads, and grow your business without brand-wrecking spam. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show

Duration:00:36:57

Technology Fatigue

9/7/2023
Leverage technology wisely to scale your startup and avoid becoming a slave to your own business, as Thomas Helfrich, an expert in intelligent automation and AI systems, guides you through the ins and outs of navigating technology fatigue while accelerating growth. In this episode, Thomas discusses how to: Key Takeaways: As an enabler, technology can be used to simplify and automate redundant tasks, freeing up time for strategic decision-making and innovative ideation. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be an entrepreneur's best ally, offering vast potential in automating tasks, generating insightful analytics, and augmenting human creativity. In the context of B2B companies, striking a balance between automation and maintaining a personal touch is paramount to the business's success. Initial introductions and relationship-building efforts need to be personalized and human-led to foster trust and credibility. “Technology is going to be your friend. Technology is going to enable you to go faster and make your life better and your business scalable. " — Thomas Helfrich CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. Support the show

Duration:00:08:18

Thomas Helfrich: Let Them Go

8/31/2023
Have you ever felt the ground shift beneath your feet, propelling you into the unknown? That's exactly what happened to me on the day I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey. Little did I know, this path would lead me to a profound realization - sometimes, to grow, you have to let go. The bitter taste of bidding farewell to my old circle of friends, the frost numbing my emotions, it all seemed so daunting. But little did I know, these goodbyes were just the beginning of a story that would bloom with new relationships and fresh opportunities. In this episode, Thomas discusses: Key Takeaways: “Be ready to let go, be ready to let them go, and be prepared to open new worlds for yourself, new contacts, and a new life. " — Thomas Helfrich CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. Support the show

Duration:00:05:46

Thomas Helfrich: Time is Gold

8/24/2023
In the world of entrepreneurship, success can often hinge on a single moment, a turning point that changes everything. And for me, that moment came when I realized the undeniable power of having the right team by my side. But little did I know, our journey was about to take an unexpected twist, one that would challenge us in ways we never imagined. It was a test of our resilience, our determination, and our unwavering belief in each other. Stay tuned to discover how this unexpected twist transformed us from a team into a force to be reckoned with. In this episode, Thomas discusses: Key Takeaways: “Stop playing video games and drinking so much. These big-time sucks can trim off parts of your day that could be focused on being more successful." — Thomas Helfrich CONNECT WITH THOMAS: X (Twitter) Facebook Website Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Email: t@instantlyrelevant.com InstantlyRelevant.com Serious about LinkedIn Lead Generation? Stop Guessing what to do on LinkedIn and ignite revenue from relevance with Instantly Relevant Lead System Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. Support the show

Duration:00:13:42