Sun, 22 June 2014
Podcast 55: Eldonna Lewis Fernandez: How A Look In The Mirror Changed Her Life, And Why The Military Started Her True Path
Todays guest is a lady who has had a career that can be split into two clearly defined
halves. The first half was based firmly in the military, as over 23 years she was employed by the air force as a negotiator and contracts expert. The air force used her to negotiate contracts from $1 to over $100 million both stateside and internationally.
She was deployed to the Middle East after 911, has worked in the White House, and
even holds a Top Secret security clearance and has been a trusted agent of the U.S.
Government for 30 years. But upon leaving the military, our guest didn't just consider the skills that she had honed, to be only useful in her past life,but has taken those very same skills and brought them into the corporate world.
She now specializes in training people how to think like a negotiator by creating win
win results and understanding the pitfalls to avoid. Now if that isn't enough, she is also an international award winning speaker and an award winning author of two books "Think Like A Negotiator, 50 Ways to Create Win Win Results by Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid" and "GoPINK Rules of Engagement 5 Foundational Principles for Taking Control of the Handlebars of Your Life."
So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots of her life, the one and
only, Harly Davison riding, Eldonna Lewis Fernandez.
Sat, 21 June 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobss inspired business interview is officially the youngest person that I have had on the show...but wow what an entrepreneur he is.
When he was 12 years old instead of asking for a Xbox, or bike like most kids his age, he instead asked for a beehive.
You see he had learnt about Colony Collapse Disorder from a beekeeper and wanted to make a difference.
Yes, he did grow up on a farm, but that is still something that lets be honest is a strange thing to ask for even from such a well grounded and well raised lad.
So he started selling honey by the side of the road to raise money and from that one beehive, our guest found the motivation to create an industry that is now present in stores across the United States of America.
Like all the best ideas its a simple one.
Having too much honey for his family to consume he started experimenting with the substance by adding spices...and BAM he created Henrys Humdingers.
But how did he do it?
How did he at such an early age continue his education whilst taking on the business world and win?
What made him so caring to the plight of an insect that for many of us, we just flip away with our hands whenever they come near?
Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots in todays interview with the inspirational teenage entrepreneur himself Mr Henry Miller
Fri, 20 June 2014
My guest entrepreneur joining us on todays interview, is a man who has driven himself to the top of his business as a coach, productivity expert, and author, and is quite simply the guy to turn to if you want to make your best even better.He has earned two Master's degrees after studying US History and Spanish Literature, and then went on to earn another in Education to understand how to teach.Add another
masters in Psychology and then you really have an intoxicating and powerful mix that can look into the core of all of us, and help us raise our game.As an executive coach, he provides practical methods to achieve quality work/life balance.
You can say he is the lifestyle king. Allowing for amazing career success whilst also having the freedom to enjoy the income he earns.
He has worked with leaders and executives for over 14 years in the business and education sectors, with his focus on creating
ideas that matter and implementing solutions that are valuable to the organization he has been very busy indeed.While traveling worldwide, he trains and competes regularly as an age-group triathlete too.Now if all that eduction seeking and performance enhancing would make me you like me, want to throw yourself down on the nearest sofa, with a huge tub of Ben and Jerry's and take it easy, he is not like that at all.Our guest seems to have a limlitless amount of energy.Since 2003, he has completed four 1/2 Ironman distance races, several half-
marathons and several smaller triathlons around the United States, he consistently places in the top 10% of his age group in both 5K and 10K races.So without further ado, whilst we have him sitting I guess in one spot, lets start Joining Up Dots with the one and only supe entrepreneur and author Jason W. Womack
Thu, 19 June 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur is a lady who found her thing in life, it seems to me by chance.
But it was a chance occurrence that like so many people who come onto the Join Up Dots podcast interview, she grasped with both hands and ran with it.
The founder of Solamente55.com a company that specialises in making unique and boutique t-shirts highlighting the niche areas of your life and town or city has been a great success.
So if you want a funky, t-shirt that probably none of your mates are wearing then this is the place to come.
But her story isn't just about marketing products, as since starting on her professional life she has literally submerged herself in cultures across the globe.
Working in Croatia, Holland, Africa and the United States, she has become multicultural and has an outlook that can only take her to the very top of her game.
But what is her game?
Where does she see her future and unique self to be heading?
Is it into corporate land, where she has so much experience, or to have the freedom to take her clothing company into every shopping mall, and high street across the globe.
Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots with the one and only fashion expert herself Amy Shifflette.
Wed, 18 June 2014
Todays guest freedom seeker is an entreprneur who is really getting out there and making a difference to the world.
And if you are a podcaster, or consumer of online content then you will have heard this mans work without knowing the name most probably.
He has loose lips that were born to communicate, and golden tones made for inspirational comment.
And that is why he is the inspirational voice that introduces so many of the shows out there at the moment.
But that is not all he does well, as it seems to me that he was born to be an entrepreneur, and motivational force to many, as well as....your going to find out during the show.
So lets listen to the wisdom, and experience of a man who has been through the corporate route, and is now living firmly on his own terms.
Creating a lifestyle that is pure and simple to what he wants
He is a husband, father, grower of an amazing beard (which I will have to discuss) and the co-host of Love Your Leap with the legend that is John Lee Dumas.
So now is time to start Joining Up Dots as we interview the one and only golden voice over man himself.....Mr Tim Paige!
Tue, 17 June 2014
Podcast 50: Charles Gaudet - A Man Who Has Overcome Every Obstacle You Could Have And Come Out On Top!
Todays guest is a man who was introduced to me by Tom Trush who appeared on Episode 17 of the show.He said to me"David you have to have this guy on he has an amazing story".I think that was selling it a bit short when you realize that this guy started his first business at the age of 4 when he sold artwork to his neighbors.That certainly needs discussing.His business ventures have ranged from establishing a bathroom tollbooth at his parents home (which they shockingly agreed to play along with) to creating an angel-financed pet health insurance company to a multimillion-dollar real estate development company–and many others.Today, his advice has appeared in media throughout the world including Fox Business,Inc.,Forbes, and Business Insider, plus he has spoken to both domestic and international audiences.He was selected as one of The American Genius Beat’s “Top 50 Influencers.” On occasion,his kids even take his advice.But hang on a bit how about the fact that as a child, he was diagnosed as having one of the worst cases of ADHD (along with a litany of other learning disabilities)the doctor had ever seen,yet refused medication and alternative education and taught himself how to succeed amidst those challenges! Oh and he is a three times wrestling state champion,and well….we could go on and on.But where to start is the problem……so lets just get on with introducing you to a man who I am so pleased agreed to Join Up the Dots of his life….Mr Charles Gaudet
Mon, 16 June 2014
Podcast 49: Bev Vines-Haines & Charlotte Clary: The Two Grannies Show The World How To Build An Empire From Your Garage!
Our guests today have been close friends since the middle of the 80's, when due to doing what most mums do, they met whilst ferrying their kids to school and back.
And that simple connection lead them on an entrepreneurial journey that perhaps they wouldn't have imagined as possible at the very beginning.
Starting in the garage looking at money making ideas and projects, these two mums started researching home remedies, studied herbal properties and used their families as guinea pigs for numerous concoctions.
Over the years, they have acquired a file filled with business cards they created for one idea after another. They have run a newspaper, produced original Murder Mystery Dinner events, operated an advertising and PR firm and generally sizzled with endless ideas.
And I took this phrase directly from their website as I loved it, had never heard it before, but it seems so apt for a show like this.
"Even a blind pig eventually finds an acorn."
And due to the ever expanding production line of grandchildren they decided they wanted to find candy, or sweets as we call them in the UK, that they would be happy with their loved ones eating.
And it seems that so many people wanted the same thing, and that blind pig had found its acorn.
And that pig started running, and running it was quite an excited pig it seems, and now these two amazing ladies have a company called Ice Chips Candy, which led to them being contestants on the American Version of the UK Show "Dragons Den" which is called "Shark Tank".
So did it work for them?
Did they gain the investment that they sought?
Are they pleased that they tried so many things on their way to finding their thing in life?
Well lets find out as we discuss Ice Chips Candy, the Shark Tank, and of course joining up dots with the amazing powerhouse couple that are...Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary
Sun, 15 June 2014
Podcast 48: Dr Fay M Butler: A Lady Who Believes You Should Never Create A Brand Let The Branding Find You
Todays guest is a lady who has such a tale to tell she is absolutely perfect for a show like Join Up Dots.
Known as someone who laughs a lot, she actually says in her own words "That I don't look like what I have been through"
And she has certainly been through a lot, not least becoming a survivor of breast cancer.
Living in New York, she has spent the majority of the last 30 years working in higher education, and it is obvious that she is a lady who believes in empowerment, and inspiring others to reach for their dreams.
With her weekly radio show, her blogs, podcast, and myriad of media platforms she has set out on a path that is uniquely her and 100% giving to others.
So how did she get here?
How did she find that path, and more importantly know that it was the one that would light her up inside?
Well lets not delay anymore and bring on the show the amazingly inspirational and motivational Dr Fay M Butler.
Sat, 14 June 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur is creating an amazing lifestyle for himself due to being a content marketing machine.
H has been in the business one way or another since way back in the early 2000s.
Technology seems to be something that brings him to life,and when you look at his career it has taken him in directions that like everyone who spends time with me to Join Up Dots could not have been perceived at the very beginning.
He loves to code and write programs, and this love allowed him to start creating his own IPhone apps.His very first one hitting the number 8 position under Educational Games in iTunes.I
’m not sure if this is good or not, but I am certainly going to find out during the discussion.
He has contributed to major publications including Lifehack, Social Media Examiner, iPhoneLife, Unbounce, Kissmetrics,and many more and even now hosts his own podcast focused on guess what mobile apps.So how does he come up with areas of focus for his business?
And how does he decide the direction to go into, with so many areas that must make him to want to jump in all directions at once.
He describes himself as 60% marketer, 30% developer, 10% designer and 100% hustler.And fortunately for us he isn’t very good at maths, as I would sling in 100% conversationalist too.So lets get down to business and start joining up the dots with the one and only, 200%’r…… Mr Steve Young.
Fri, 13 June 2014
Todays guest is a man who over the last few years, after leaving college has taken a huge amount of action.He knew he wanted to have his own business, he knew that he didn't want to work the nine to five, but other than that dream he had no idea at all.So setting himself a deadline of five years to start and run his own business he set off on a path that he could never have dreamt at the beginning.Flexing his hustle muscle he has done many things, in a timeframe that seems almost too audacious.Managing to keep working a regular gig at nights, he has started the Billionsuccess blog and podcast, who goal is help all of us create our own successful start-ups by sharing inspiring stories of success and I suppose failures too.He is the Co-Founder of Triplefy an online service that allows businesses to sell their own “deals” (similar to Groupon) without the substantial cost and potential inconvenience having to go through a third-party company.And if that is not enough, he still works the for a security company, and has the time restraints that a father, and husband has day to day.So how has he done all this, and remained sane and youthful looking?Well lets find out as we introduce to you the one and only Herby Fabius.