Speaking Of Wealth

Craig Valentine is the President of The Communication Factory, LLC, which is an award-winning company that helps organizations profit by presenting with impact and persuading with ease. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia giving as many as 160 presentations per year. He is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International.

Craig Valentine is also the Co-Founder of the World Class Speaking program, which helps up-and-coming speakers and speech coaches turn their presentations and programs into huge profits. Craig is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking, Co-Author of the books, World Class Speaking and World Class Speaking In Action, and contributing author for the books Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines, Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, and Guerrilla Marketing Remix.

Jason and Craig talk today about how to properly use humor in your speeches to help sell.

Key Takeaways:

[2:22] How winning the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking gave him a new motto

[5:45] The importance of stories as anchors in speeches

[7:51] The progression of a successful story

[10:00] Some of the master speakers that Craig likes

[12:32] Using self deprecating humor

[16:34] How to not fear the sell

[18:49] Always sell the result

[21:45] Using facial expressions in speeches to maximize impact

Websites Mentioned:

www.52speakingtips.com

Direct download: SW_241_Craig_Valentine.mp3
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John Bowen is the founder of AESNATION.com, an online community of entrepreneurs balancing success with making a difference in the world. There, he hosts the recurring podcast, "Accelerating Entrepreneurial Success." Bowen is also founder of Financial Advisor Select, an organization that matches customers with vetted financial advisors in their communities. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] AES' 60 million household survey on the importance of being a business owner

[4:13] The 6 key drivers for entrepreneurial success

[8:04] Identifying the key concerns

[12:58] Creating family office type environments for people without 100 million dollars

[15:17] Realizing how much wealth the government takes over your life and why it's so important to minimize

Websites Mentioned:
 
www.aesnation.com

Direct download: SW_241_John_Bowen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54am EDT

Craig Ballantyne has been the Editor of Early to Rise since 2011. He’s also a Strength & Conditioning coach in Toronto, author of Turbulence Training, a contributing author to Men’s Health magazine, and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Maximum Fitness and Oxygen magazines.

Craig is also the author of "The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life".

Key Takeaways:

[4:06] Controlling the morning

[6:12] The proactive morning approach

[7:38] Identifying your OCD loops

[11:06] Starting to script out your day

[12:48] Where to start in the Perfect Day Kit

[14:38] Defining Magic Time

[15:54] Why Craig believes you should really try and be a morning person

[18:33] The app that makes Jason's morning

[20:27] The 5 Pillars

[23:35] Making the afternoon productive

[25:23] Creating a Not To Do List

[24:48] The new Law of Attraction...the Law of Action Attraction

Resources Mentioned:

www.earlytorise.com
www.perfectdayformula.com
Tabata Pro App

Direct download: SW_240_Craig_Ballantyne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

Keith J. Cunningham has more than thirty years of experience in business and investments. He has started several companies, negotiated about deals of millions of dollars, and has brought in and used for his business companies hundreds of millions.

He has made little deals, but also completed several big Wall Street transactions. He has acquaintance with business and investments from all possible points of view – from getting money to start a company, to big operations, to evaluations of companies, to investments in companies and markets.

He's also an entrepreneur, international speaker and published author of
two successful business books. He teaches life-changing business skills to thousands of top executives, small business owners and entrepreneurs across the world.

Key Takeaways:

[1:53] Today's business environment requires you to have to embrace change

[4:23] How to figure out what's going to be the difference that makes the difference in your company and the 4 jobs of a CEO

[5:51] Some examples of problems versus symptoms

[9:17] The impact of a lower barrier to entry in creating companies and if raising capital is still needed for the most part

[12:07] How to raise capital, what investors are looking for when you take your idea or product to them

[15:34] Trying to find the most effective structure for your business

[18:53] The dumb tax

[21:03] The 3 part question you should always be asking yourself

Website Mentioned:

www.keystothevault.com

Direct download: SW_239_Keith_Cunningham.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

John Tesh’s highly successful and varied career path includes a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, six hit public television specials, including his landmark Live At Red Rocks in 1994, a string of #1 radio hits, his popular nationally syndicated radio show “Intelligence For Your Life” in which he has 14.5 million listeners, and a high profile advertising and marketing company. His musical accolades since releasing his debut album Tour De France in 1988 include seven million units in total sales; a Keyboard Magazine Award; a 2003 Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for his double CD The Power of Love; and gold certification for his Live At Red Rocks album.

His advertising and marketing company, TeshMedia, handles clients such as numerous Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Home Depot, Macy’s, Kohl’s Petsmart, Amway, Geico Insurance and PetSmart. Tesh’s book “Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth”, has spent time on the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Wall Street Journal & Amazon.com best-seller lists. The award-winning daily and weekly show he calls “purpose driven radio”, recently secured the trademarks for three more categories in their “Intelligence for....” family. “Intelligence for Your Health,” “Intelligence for Your Pets” and “Intelligence for Your Love Life” have been added to Tesh's core brand, and will be developed into stand-alone content-rich websites with products designed around the “Intelligence” Tesh and his staff have gathered in the 10 years since they launched the show.

Key Takeaways:

[4:36] How The John Tesh Radio Show found its niche and is designed to run on any format

[9:35] The importance of "picking a lane" in life and how it can lead to success

[15:15] The most important type of books John thinks you should be reading

[20:07] How John and his wife met, and why pretty women don't seem to get asked out as much

Resources Mentioned:

www.ifylondemand.com
www.tesh.com
www.teshmusic.com
Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It
Differentiate or Die: Survival in Our Era of Killer Competition

Direct download: SW_238_John_Tesh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

Gerard Adams is a thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. His lifes purpose is to inspire other Millennials to leverage their passions for success and create the lifestyle they dream of.

Gerard started from the bottom, and made it his mission to get to the top, doing what he was passionate about, and giving a voice to the millenial generation. He co-founded a well-loved news platform called EliteDaily.com, hustled, and recently sold it for $50,000,000.

After meeting Tony Robbins, Gerard is now dedicating his life to mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs to help them avoid the pitfalls he faced.

Key Takeaways:

[4:06] How EliteDaily.com got started

[7:40] How to hire and pay writers for your publication/company/blog

[11:10] How EliteDaily.com was able to ensure they were speaking with the right voice

[14:24] EliteDaily.com's current size

[16:26] The rising importance of video in today's online landscape

[19:07] Gerard's new thought leader business

Website Mentioned:

www.gerardadams.com

Direct download: SW_237_Gerard_Adams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

Gerri is Head of Market Education for Nav, a website that helps entrepreneurs manage and build their personal and business credit. She is also co-author of the new book Finance Your Own Business with Garrett Sutton.

Jason and Gerri have an in-depth discussion about what business credit is, how you can obtain it, how you can actually attain GOOD business credit and what you can do with it in your business.

Key Takeaways:

[6:06] Specific examples of using business credit and protecting your personal credit score

[10:37] Managing your business credit report

[12:22] How you actually get started with business credit

[13:41] Some important business credit terminology

[16:10] A tip that can help improve your credit score by simply changing the day you're paying your bills

[19:01] Looking at the time commitment that's likely required when you start getting your business credit underway

[22:36] The coming rise of equity crowdfunding

Websites Mentioned:

www.nav.com
www.corporatedirect.com
www.kiva.org

Direct download: SW_236_Gerri_Detweiler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

Kevin Jans is the President and Founder of Skyway Acquisition Solutions (“Skyway”). After 16 years as a Department of Defense contracting officer, he founded Skyway to help companies navigate the increasingly complex process of competing for Federal contracts. Kevin built the company on the premise that no one knows the Federal acquisition system better than contracting officers who managed it from the inside. Following this idea, he built a team of experts with actual contracting officer experience. What separates this podcast is the insight that Kevin and Paul bring from having been Contracting Officers (COs).

Kevin has held contracting officer warrants with unlimited signing authority in multiple Department of Defense agencies. He has written and reviewed over 1,000 contracts valued from $7,700 to $882 Million. In addition, Kevin has personally led or managed 143 competitive government source selections. This experience has made him a veritable expert in a series of acquisition regulations including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), the Air Force FAR Supplement (AFFARS), and the Special Operations Command FAR Supplement (SOFARS). He has competed, awarded and administered contracts in a wide variety of industries, from aircraft and space systems to facilities and tactical vehicles.  His collaborative style allowed him to communicate across a disparate customer base (Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force and Marine Corps SOF) to create rapid, effective acquisition strategies.

In addition to his hands on experience, Kevin has extensive credentials in the contracting and source selection field. He is an active member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Suncoast Chapter.  Kevin also has elite training and development experience in the Federal contract market. He was competitively selected for both the US Air Force’s Copper Cap Training Program and the Career Broadener Programs. Both of these targeted Department of Defense training programs are designed to accelerate the experience and knowledge of high-performing professionals in the DOD contracting and acquisition field. He is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (through NCMA), DOD-Certified in both Contracting and Program Management (through Defense Acquisition University) and he holds a Yellow Belt Certification in Six Sigma.

Key Takeaways:

[5:13] Kevin's new 80/20 rule

[7:07] A few places you can go to find government contracts out there and if you might be a fit

[9:48] Getting started and learning the basics of learning to get government contracts

[11:50] How to compete for government contracts with small businesses and minority owned businesses

[14:53] Comparing the government contract market to the stock market

[17:51] How long it takes to get a government contract going

[21:55] Exploring the all important topic of how much it costs to get help submitting your government contract proposal

[24:40] Looking at what the government's going to look at when they're onsidering if you'll win the contract

Websites Mentioned:

www.usaspending.gov
www.federalbusinessopporunities.gov
www.skywayacquisition.com
www.contractingofficerpodcast.com

Direct download: SW_235_Kevin_Jans.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

Jane Root is a leading creative executive producer who has transformed major networks on both sides of the Atlantic, and delivered innovative, acclaimed programming to the content market worldwide in both television and digital. Previously President of Discovery Networks and controller of BBC2, Jane established herself as co-founder of Wall to Wall Television creating a number of hit programs for the British and US markets. In 2008, Jane set up Nutopia and since its launch has created international formats, won awards, achieved record-breaking ratings and pioneered a new genre of television – the mega-doc.

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] An overarching look at the peaceful beginning of the 2000s

[3:05] The flavor of the decades, the 80s created the world we now have, the 90s were peace and prosperity

[7:39] The technologies that changed society in the 2000s, starting with Napster

[9:31] A look back at the financial side of the 2000s and how it was a continuation of the 90s weakening of restrictions

[12:20] The changing speed of technological advances

[15:42] Some fun facts about the 2000s

Websites Mentioned:

www.nutopia.com

Direct download: SW_234_Jane_Root.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27am EDT

Harpreet Singh is Co-founder and Co-CEO of ExpertFi, as well as a Fellow at Harvard Innovation Lab. He is responsible for Experfy's strategy and operations. He is an entrepreneur with experience leading cross-functional teams in global execution of product development, business strategy, operations, and technology functions. With exceptional emphasis on structured governance, he managed the program management initiatives for sixty technology startups from Citigroup's e-Citi Venture Portfolio Office. In a later role as Director of Technology, also at Citigroup, he architected the infrastructure of global multi-tiered, web-based electronic exchanges. Harpreet subsequently established the Project Management Office (PMO) for FX Alliance, a global foreign exchange platform, where he was responsible for enabling project and risk management functions for New York, London and Tokyo locations. Harpreet earned Master's and PhD degrees from Harvard University, where he currently serves as a faculty member. In 2001, Harpreet co-founded the Sikh Coalition—a civil rights group—in the wake of hate crimes against Sikh-Americans after the September 11 attacks. In 2003, along with Desmond Tutu, Harpreet was honored with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Tribute by the Interfaith Center of New York for his work to help heal local communities on the grassroots level.

Key Takeaways:

[1:26] Dr. Singh breaks down the 3 characteristics of big data: volume, variety and velocity

[4:11] How big data is being used in a way that small businesses can actually use

[7:15] How big data has been used in conferences to aid in seating people, at a price that businesses can actually afford

[9:21] How Experfy has been able to recruit and retain some of the big names in the data scientist world

[10:15] Using big data can help your company automate things previously done manually, drive down your prices and help you expand

[14:34] The future of big data and analytics

[16:00] Describing the Harvard Innovation Lab

Direct download: SW_233_Harpreet_Singh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT