February 11, 2017
Toro Consulting Inc.
Dan Weedin is a business growth consultant based in the Seattle area. His innovative ideas and strategies help business owners grow, develop, and protect their business and people. He is a commercially published author whose latest book is title Unleashed Leadership. Dan’s work has been featured in leading business journals, like US News & World Report and Fast Company.
In this podcast, Dan talks about why mindset is so critical for small businesses to succeed and grow. He shares tips on how to sustain business growth, and he tells us businesses should expect to have 3 crises per year and learn how to plan for them.
January 4, 2017
Gregory Diehl has traveled to over 49 countries on a global quest for learning, self-discovery, entrepreneurship, and inquiry. His first book Brand Identity Breakthrough, was a smash hit and quickly became an Amazon bestseller. Gregory continues to travel internationally, offering unconventional lifestyle coaching and brand identity consultancy for impassioned individuals.
In this podcast, Gregory talks about the biggest mistakes he sees small business owners repeating time and again in their brand identity, as well as how entrepreneurs can be unique in a marketplace that grows more crowded every day. He shares what he’s learned about marketing and communication from living in so many cultures, and he tells us why having a strong brand personality is so important to build lasting relationships with customers.
December 20, 2016
Author, Speaker and Comedian
Kathy Klotz-Guest is the founder of Keeping it Human, whose mission is to help organizations and teams turn jargon-monoxide into compelling business stories, abolish boring marketing, and uncover bold ideas for marketing content, products, branding and more. She calls them idea orgasms! A podcaster (Keeping it Human’s Improvised Marketing Show), stand-up comic and improviser, Kathy has written two short books on humor, content, and storytelling (The Executive’s Bedtime Guide series) in addition to her recently released book, Stop Boring Me! How to Create Kick-Ass Marketing Content, Products and Ideas Through the Power of Improv.
In this podcast, Kathy talks about how improv can help organizations collaborate more effectively and why the safe route is really much more risky. She discusses why it’s important that organizations value humor and don’t take themselves too seriously, plus she explains about idea orgasms and why it’s important that we have these at least once or twice a day.
December 6, 2016
Thomas Barta speaks, writes, and consults to customer leaders on achieving their organizational growth aspirations. A former McKinsey partner, his clients have included many of the world’s most prominent companies, including over two dozen of the Fortune 500. His research-based concept of customer leadership helps senior marketers and other leaders develop a top management view of the marketplace and the organization, enabling them to shape the C-suite agenda and drive profitable growth. He is the co-author of the recently published book The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader: How to Succeed by Building Customer and Company Value.
In this podcast, Thomas talks about the fact that less than half of marketers are happy with their influence and career success. He discusses what makes marketing leadership so different from other functional areas, introduces the value creation zone, and explains why a focus on leadership and digital technology is not enough to be a successful marketing leader.
November 10, 2016
Sandra Clark is a trainer and coach who specializes in helping busy professionals create powerful LinkedIn profiles and then teaching them how to use those profiles for results. The founder of LinkedIn Mentoring, she was formerly Director of Communications for UC Santa Cruz Extension in Silicon Valley, and she is working on her first book, Social Media for the Socially Reluctant.
In this podcast, Sandra talks about why LinkedIn should be a key part of marketing strategy for individuals and businesses. She discusses the most common mistakes people make on LinkedIn, and explains how to use LinkedIn to build thought leadership.
October 11, 2016
Michelle Tillis Lederman
Named one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, Michelle Tillis Lederman is the author of three books including The 11 Laws of Likability, and her latest Nail the Interview, Land the Job. She is the CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides custom communication and leadership training and coaching programs. Michelle has appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, Gayle King, and NPR and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Working Mother, US News & World Report, Monster.com, USA Today, CNBC, and About.com.
In this podcast, Michelle talks about why job seekers should use the interview process to market themselves. She discusses techniques to use to build an effective personal brand and explains how important it is to demonstrate that brand in the first interview and after you’ve been hired, too.
September 27, 2016
Author and Writer
Anne Janzer is a consultant and professional writer who has worked with more than a hundred technology companies. She is the author of the books Subscription Marketing: Strategies for Nurturing Customers in a World of Churn and the recently released The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear.
In this podcast, Anne talks about the process of writing and the specific challenges marketers face in creating marketing content. She discusses strategies for improving writing productivity, why it’s important to have the right mindset, and explains how writing is in many ways like baking bread.
September 13, 2016
President and Chief Creator
McLeod & More
Lisa Earle McLeod is one of the most foremost authorities on sales, leadership, and emotional engagement. Her bestselling book Selling with Noble Purpose introduced the idea of noble purpose in business. Her research has documented how organizations with a purpose bigger than money actually make more money, and they experience greater customer and employee retention.
A former Proctor & Gamble sales trainer, Lisa now runs her own consulting firm, McLeod & More. Her clients include Hootsuite, Roche, Volvo, and Dave & Busters. Her newest book, Leading with Noble Purpose: How to Create a Tribe of True Believers, has been called a breakthrough book that is transforming the way leadership is conducted at ever level within organizations.
In this podcast, Lisa talks about the benefit of focusing on purpose over profit, as well as what happens when there’s an absence of purpose. She discusses how noble purpose can take hold within an organization, and she gives specific examples of what happens when a company loses its focus and lets profits displace purpose.
August 30, 2016
Japan Intercultural Consulting
Rochelle Kopp is a management consultant who works with global companies doing business in Silicon Valley, and Silicon Valley companies doing business globally. Her specialties include communication skills, leadership, cross-cultural management, and human resource management. She frequently works with entrepreneurs and other business people from overseas, helping them navigate the culture in Silicon Valley. She is the co-author of the recently released book, Valley Speak: Deciphering the Jargon of Silicon Valley.
In this podcast, Rochelle talks about why there was a need for a book deciphering the language spawned by Silicon Valley. She discusses why the innovation culture in Silicon Valley leads locals to create new expressions that may confuse the rest of the world, and she talks about some of her favorite new Silicon Valley words, like growth hacking, freemium, disruption, and the sharing economy.