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How to Get to the Finish Line in Business and in Life

How to Get to the Finish Line in Business and in Life
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How to Get to the Finish Line in Business and in Life






Natalie Nagele: Get Your Business to Work for You

Natalie is the co-founder and CEO of Wildbit, the company behind Postmark, Beanstalk and Conveyor. We discuss: Two opposites which have built a “legal” business [1:35] Growth strategies: why small is more powerful [3:03] Core elements of how to take care of your core business relationships [8:45] How to become comfortable with saying “no” [10:13] How to carve out time for deep strategic thinking [12:28] The importance for your brain to have space to think [15:10] The beast lives for us and...


Robbie Samuels: Turn Relationships into Cash

Robbie Samuels helps his clients shift their mindsets around relationship building so they discover new connections and business opportunities in the world around them and know how to act on them. We discuss: The biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to networking [1:35] What strategy to use when planning to attend a conference or meetup [3:35] How to make serendipity happen more frequently [5:30] Sales advice: If you believe in what you’re doing, you have to be in it for the...


Tom Morkes: Getting Noticed in a Sea of Digital Chaos

Tom Morkes is the founder and CEO of Insurgent Publishing, host of In The Trenches, and author of The Art of Instigating. We discuss: Getting the best of the military and the creative worlds to open the doors to unexpected opportunities [1:28] What time has to do with creating a location independent lifestyle [7:16] How do you get noticed in a sea of digital chaos? [11:40] Scary [and creative] leaps of self-confidence [16:08] Providence: how to keep yourself surprised by what’s on the...


Tammy Gooler Loeb: Engaging in Fulfilling, Meaningful And Satisfying Work

In her 20 years as an executive career and executive coach, facilitator and speaker, Tammy Gooler Loeb has inspired people to engage in work that is fulfilling, meaningful and satisfying. We discuss: Why are transitions so difficult? [1:45] The biggest mistake people make when trying to change career direction [3:05] How to find the interim step when you are in a toxic, unhealthy situation [4:50] Job trends that represent challenges for both companies and employees [8:04] What organizations...


NAWBO NYC’s Laura Allen: The Power of the 15-Second Pitch

In today’s special episode of Smashing The Plateau, we’re talking to one of the speakers from NAWBO NYC’s upcoming Small Business Bootcamp. Laura Allen is the founder of and She has 20+ years of experience in advertising, online marketing, and sales. We discuss: Why it’s so hard to explain who you are and what you do in 15 seconds [3:04] The secret to building engagement with others at networking events [5:01] What you need to do to prepare your 15-second...


P. Brendon Lundberg: How to Create a Movement that Propels a Radical Business Idea

P. Brendon Lundberg, a previous chronic pain suffer, co-founded Radiant Pain Relief Centers, along with David Farley, MD, a Harvard-MIT trained physician, with a vision to build the safest, most consistently effective and appealing solution to the epidemic of chronic pain. We discuss: What combination of factors would support a pain sufferer to become a co-founder [1:26] The safest, most consistently effective solution to chronic pain [3:30] What the physical location of a treatment center...


Michael Levitt: How to Learn Boundaries in Your Work and Life

Michael Levitt is the CEO of Breakfast Leadership Inc. He is a public speaker and his book 369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios brings people back to life. We discuss: 369 days of worst-case scenarios [1:25] Biggest mistakes people make when they face a downturn and techniques on how to avoid them [4:00] Why being able to set boundaries is a skill every leader should have [7:32] What is a good course of action when you are feeling overwhelmed [11:08] The C-word that might...


Sarah Santacroce: Turn LinkedIn into a Sales Magnet

Sarah is an internationally recognized LinkedIn Specialist & Online Presence Mentor who has personally coached over 1,900 entrepreneurs. She helps them position themselves as experts on LinkedIn so they get clients with ease. We discuss: The biggest mistake that solopreneurs make when using LinkedIn [1:30] Three questions entrepreneurs should be answering in their LinkedIn headline [5:37] How to organize the content in the summary and the experience section on LinkedIn [7:58] The second...


Michele Williams: Create a Real Profit in Your Business

Michele Williams is a certified Profit First professional who’s helping creative business owners focus on the financial health and profitability of their companies. We discuss: How a money management system can help you take profit first [1:23] How Michele stumbled and bumbled her way to financial sustainability in the long-term [4:20] A walk through the world of numbers [7:22] What typical patterns people tend to show when it comes to managing their finances [9:52] Why sometimes it’s better...


Tom Ross: Creative Professionals Can Be Successful Entrepreneurs

Tom Ross is the CEO at, a community of 400,000 designers, regularly accessing the world's greatest design tools and assets at an accessible price point. We discuss: A very good marriage of design and marketing [1:30] How to outperform competitors using the David Bowie method [2:19] The different ways in which DesignCuts helps creatives enhance their work [4:20] Some good methods to use when trying to figure out the product/market fit [7:52] The 10 Person Rule: getting the...


Chris Badgett: Your Expertise Can Solve Your Prospects’ Problems with a Learning System

Chris Badgett is the CEO of LifterLMS and is known as “the online course guy.” We discuss: How to become a WordPress agency owner without having a background in technology [1:30] What problem LifterLMS solves and how they grow their freemium business model [4:02] Why it is crucial to not cripple the free version of your business model [6:55] The connection between education entrepreneurs and Frankenstein [8:32] Successful stories of people who reap the benefits of using LifterLMS [10:30] A...


Paul Jarvis: Achieving Business Success By Not Growing

Paul Jarvis is the author of Company of One. He is a writer, designer, podcaster, online course teacher and software creator on the internet. We discuss: A revolutionary philosophy on setting revenue targets [1:00] How to know when it’s time to optimize for enough [4:52] The value of staying small in business [9:10] A three-step barometer to judge if your business is meeting your success criteria [11:10] How Paul surfed his way to Company of One [14:05] How to generate consistent revenue...


Abdo Riani: How Experts Can Help You Launch Your Business Idea

Abdo Riani is the founder of where aspiring and rising entrepreneurs can connect with and learn from successful founders over daily live Q&A sessions. He also mentors and guides entrepreneurs to first paying customers and beyond. We discuss: Why it is important for entrepreneurs to connect with peers and how to do it effectively [1:21] What it takes to build an online summit and what it has to offer to both speakers and attendees [6:08] The economics of starting your own...


Jason Linett: How a Hypnotist Can Help You Grow Your Business

Can a hypnotist really help you grow your business? Jason Linett has hypnotized more than 250,000 people. He used the principles of rapport and modeling to track what top business performers and professional athletes do differently to build his own million-dollar brand. We discuss: What you need to make a drastic career shift and go for the all-in moment [1:43] Why show is always better than tell [5:34] A three-ring circus business model [8:11] How to achieve the mindset where you take back...


Ronnie Tsunami: Using Learning Solutions to Increase Your Revenue

Ronnie Tsunami is a learning solution architect who speaks around the world helping organizations and entrepreneurs to build, launch and market new products and services. We discuss: What the connection between learning and success is [2:00] Which industries would benefit from the Six Pillars of Support [3:50] The advantages of having a training program [8:58] The success formula for solopreneurs: credibility plus visibility equals reputation [11:38] How small business could generate...


Caring Leads to Recurring Revenue Featuring Matt Ward

Matt Ward is the founder of Breakthrough Champion. In 2002 Matt started a website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, which he, in turn, sold in 2018, so that he could focus on helping businesses get more word of mouth referrals! We discuss: Why small businesses struggle to grow their referral network and receive word of mouth referrals without asking [1:45] The missing component to the everlasting process of getting consistent referrals [5:00] The right habits to build which will help you...


Turning Apathy into Action Featuring Tom Krieglstein

Tom Krieglstein is the founder of Swift Kick. For the past 15 years, he has trained over 500,000 leaders on how to build a Culture of Connection within their team and organization. We discuss: Why a culture of connection is what really makes or breaks one’s experience and performance [3:04] The questions an employee should be asking in order to determine the best cultural fit [6:58] How to deal with a Negative Nelly [9:14] How to find and keep the A-players that would really support your...


Raise Your Game Featuring Alan Stein Jr.

Alan Stein, Jr. is a coach, speaker and author with an expertise in improving organizational performance, cohesion and accountability. We discuss: Why to shift from someone who does the talking to someone who is an active listener [1:34] The blessing of realizing that not every single human on the planet is a fit for Home Depot, or for your business [5:11] The difference between easy and basic that turns people into lead athletes and lead entrepreneurs [7:52] The unseen hours/habits that...


How Creative Professionals Can Get Paid Well Featuring Marina Barayeva

Marina Barayeva is an international portrait photographer based in Beijing, China. She is also a host of the popular podcast Marketing for Creatives where she brings the experts and other creatives to share their experience in business and marketing. We discuss: Why being great at what you do is not enough to become an influencer [1:55] Two things you need to focus on which will help you turn and grow your work into business [4:23] The key feeling to deciding on pricing [10:44] Practical...


How to Think Big and Price Big Featuring Nadia Finer

Nadia Finer is an international speaker, business coach and author of Little Me Big Business. We discuss: Going from big to small to help small become big [1:36] How to push through the fear and hit the courage button to create a thriving business [3:27] What happens when you own who you are and stop comparing yourself to others [9:29] Why doing hundred-dollar one-off coach meetings is not going to bring you stable revenue [14:51] A pricing strategy the shifts the focus from us to the...