Category Archives: Podcast

It Takes Audacity to Overcome Self Sabotage – Coach Jennie Explains (Ep 44)

Do you need a coach or a cathartic shove from an Audacity Coach? Coach Jennie explains the difference and helps you overcome self-sabotage in this episode of the podcast.

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Coach Jennie and I met a few years back in an online community she was co-facilitating called “Hungry Entrepreneurs”.  In fact, I participated as one of the “Hungries” by contributing a chapter to a community-produced eBook cleverly entitled “EBooks Suck, But They Don’t Have To…”.  (Want a FREE COPY of the eBook? Just CLICK HERE and we’ll get it headed your way ASAP.)

Jennie has a new book slated for release on September 1, 2016, and we have learned pre-orders will begin in August.  All the details for that project can be found at HildaTheBook.com [Go there now and sign up to be first to get the scoop when it’s available and you’ll get a copy of the book’s preface straight away…trust me, it’s hilarious!]

Too often, entrepreneurial people can feel isolated.  That is exactly who Coach Jennie is looking too help.  She ONLY works with people who want a push, or as she calls it a “cathartic shove” and a shot of audacity to inspire them into action.

bookcoverIn this episode, we talk about suffering with self-sabotage; how to pick the clients you WANT TO WORK WITH and say no to the rest; how Jennie leverages a podcast with a unique format to attract her key clients; and how to make yourself massively available to people who want your expertise….who would never pay for it.

After you finish this episode, get deeper inside Jennie’s brain at:

Roller Derby For the Soul Podcast (over 100 episodes!)
The Audacity LAB (League of Audacious Badasses) Facebook Group

Technology discussed during the episode: www.Zoom.Us, www.huzza.io, www.blab.im

 

Episode 43 – When Your Side Hustle Is Really Just a Hobby

As a Success Charger, admittedly, you’re different.  You see opportunity where others only see roadblocks, but let’s be honest about this one.

What is wrong with simply having a “hobby”.  Why does EVERYBODY seem to think they have to be “hustlin” or “grindin”.  When really, so many of those same people, are just…well….”Strugglin”.


Dan Pink’s book, Free Agent Nation, rocked my world when I read it nearly 10 years ago.  In the text, he explains how the world is basically shifting from what we think of as a traditional employment world, to a “gig economy” world (I’m pretty sure “gig economy” is a newer term, but you get it, right?)

There’s only one problem.  Too many of the very companies who would prefer to pay for talent ONLY when they REALLY NEED IT, have build vast systems to support a “traditional business model” and they often find themselves ill-equipped to actually execute on a plan that the “gigsters” would LOVE…. Being able to work on projects as a free-agent on an “as-needed” basis with enough frequency to be able to effectively blend work with the lifestyle they prefer.

I think we’re on our way to seeing Pink’s reality, it’s just taking longer than many people would like.  Leaving many with a strong DESIRE to be a free agent stuck in a purgatory between what they really want and the harsh realities of the ever-expanding cost of living.  (Television used to only cost the price of the TV itself, you know….and it wasn’t that long ago.  Now….$200+ month is not uncommon just for the “content”.)

So this week, we beg the question, “Do you REALLY have a side hustle, or is that stuff you work on after work just a “hobby”….and by the way, there is NOTHING wrong with having a good ol’ fashioned hobby.

Sound off in the comment section below or  drop us a quick note at podcast@ideacharger.com and let us know your take.

Does your side hustle make money?  Do you actually do anything for fun anymore, or are you  trying to “monetize” EVERYTHING you do?  Or, are you a hipster who still goes to coffee shops for the **gasp** actual coffee?

Your Business Needs A Gut Check – Lori Harrison – Plexus Diamond Ambassador

Lori Harrison will gladly tell you she had no idea in the world she was building a business when she began sharing her story on Facebook to a bunch of her friends.  Today, she and her husband Jeddie Harrison are at the top of their game in a vibrant and successful business build on…well…southern charm and doing what seemed right.

Jeddie & Lori Harrison
Jeddie & Lori Harrison

Multi level marketing companies often receive a bad rap.  And while certainly there are some sketchy offerings in the “MLM” space, there ARE in fact several companies that do quite well.  Mary Kay Cosmetics comes to mind as a shining example of proof (You forgot about Mary Kay being one of the original MLMs didn’t you?)

I’m not here to say MLM is right for you.  It may very well not be.  The story I wanted to bring you, though, is one about authenticity, following your heart, and proof that sticking to your guns can make it possible to build a business…even if you don’t realize that’s what you are doing. For the entrepreneurial at heart, this is a story about “the dream” others around you cannot see.  The lifestyle you know is possible while others run the rat race.

plexusIn recent years, there is a newer player on the scene in Plexus.  Frankly, I didn’t know much about who they were until some friends simply shared a “pink drink mix” dumped into a bottle of water while we were at their house.  While we didn’t “buy in” as reps, I have to admit, some of the product has found its way into our house, and we use the supplements, too.  But that isn’t what this story is about. 

When our friends here in Houston cornered me about someone I went to high school with in Oklahoma over two decades ago, I got more curious.  Turns out, it was Lori…so in true Success Charger fashion, we booked her for an interview, and are bringing it to you here today!

Want to CONNECT more?

Lori’s Facebook Page (You might have to message her to connect…she’s popular and maxed out the “friend” numbers!)

Watch the FULL UNCUT INTERVIEW as it unfolded.  It’s on our show’s YouTube channel under “Success Charger Podcast”. There’s some goofy tech issues and deeper conversation.  It includes about 30-40 minutes of bonus content!

Please leave thoughts, comments, suggestions and whatnot below in the comment section!  PLUG IN!

Why Everyone Should Become A Facilitator [Ep.38]

Even with many years of experience developing leaders, John Verdone (Manager, Global Facilitator Excellence at Development Dimensions International) was struggling to describe just exactly what he did for a living. That is, until one day, when he happened to catch a certain story unfolding on a PBS-like television show and it all clicked.

People with strong presentation skills are viewed as better leaders and perceived to possess many favorable attributes reaching far beyond the realm of presentations. – John Verdone

In this interview, John stops by the podcast visit with host Scott Cooksey and shares what a study he commissioned uncovered about what makes a great facilitator; when learning really begins for adults; and why everyone should incorporate facilitation skills to build deeper, more meaningful connections with co-workers, clients and in your life.


CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video that generated the connection between John’s exploration into “what makes a great facilitator” and this podcast interview.



 

Photo of John Verdone peering out airplane window.
John Verdone
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Scott Cooksey

In the outtake of today’s episode, John and Scott compare recent photos they’d shared online.

Except for the fact that they both appear to prefer seats on the left side of the aircraft, any other resemblance is most certainly coincidental.

Share your questions, kudos, criticisms, challenges, guests you’d like to hear interviewed or whatever is on your mind in the comments section below or email the show at podcast@IdeaCharger.com!


Host Scott Cooksey works with organizations and top leaders to help them build lasting, profitable business relationships FASTER.

He has lead leadership workshops around the globe since 2009, and regularly speaks at conferences just like the last industry-specific one you attended!

Learn more about how Scott works with leaders and organizations like yours at www.IdeaCharger.com 

If you like today’s episode, please share it with your friends and followers on social media!

Connecting Caregivers with Healthcare Coaches to Improve Profitability

Cariloop-2c-rgbThe financial impact of providing care to loved ones in the United States extends far beyond the actual costs of the health care.  Michael Walsh, co-founder and CEO of Cariloop.com just couldn’t sit and let that fact “work itself out”.  He knew something had to be done. Today, his company is bridging the gap between a dynamic, complicated health care system and families working hard to ensure their loved ones get the best care…without getting overwhelmed!

This episode of Success Charger explores what happens when being born into a family of entrepreneurs meets a challenging issue facing an increasing number people in America today. You guessed it…a company is born!

The Statistics:

  • 17% of workforce employees today are also considered caregivers for loved ones

  • Caregivers provide care for an average of 21 hours per week

  • $304,000 average lifetime lost wages are experienced by caregivers

  •  Employer cost per employee/caregiver is approximately $2110 per employee per year

Cariloop provides health care coaches to work with families to navigate the pressures associated with the challenges of work-life balance amid a dynamic, complex healthcare environment.

MichaelWalsh-CariloopMichael Walsh exemplifies what it truly means to “connect” families with solutions that make an impact on their lives in a positive way.  In it, he has created a business that does not feel like “work”, yet is making a difference in the lives of many!

Learn more about Cariloop:

On the web at  www.Cariloop.com;  call a coach today at 844-790-5667; or email them at helpme@cariloop.com

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

@Cariloop – The Company
@WalshMichaelR Michael Walsh – Co-Founder and CEO
LinkedIn Company Page
Michael Walsh on LinkedIn

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Success Charger Podcast is hosted by Scott Cooksey.  For information about having Scott speak at your industry or corporate event; leadership workshops; private coaching/events, please visit www.IdeaCharger.com

 

Re-Defining Today’s Business MAN with Dan Griffin (Ep 36)

The role of men in our society has been defined by centuries of history…and perhaps, to an extent, upon much mis-information.

In this episode of the Success Charger Podcast, Dan Griffin stops by to share his take on “The Man Rules” and why so often men..and women…get it all wrong.

 

Steeped in long-term work in the field of addiction recovery, Dan’s exploration of what defines men today has led to his authoring several books, speaking regularly around the country, and working tirelessly to defend the rights of men to be men…REAL men.

It just may not be what you  think. Give it a listen and sound off below in the comments section!

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Doug DeVitre – Screen to Screen Selling

devitreIn what seems like the holy grail of business performance, organizations are constantly looking for ways to leverage available resources without sacrificing the quality of services provided to their clients.  In this interview with Doug Devitre, who literally wrote the book on Screen-To-Screen Selling, we unpack how EVERY type of business can leverage currently available technology solutions to solidify customer/client relationships FASTER to generate profits today!

GET IN THE CONVERSATION!

Leave a comment at the bottom of this post on how YOU could be using screen-to-screen technology to enhance your business today?  Already doing it? Tell us HOW!


Advantages to Screen-to-Screen Selling Concepts Covered in this Interview:

  • Reduce/Eliminate Travel Expenses in your company
  • Increase effectiveness of leadership development efforts
  • Accelerate Team Performance
  • Make better decisions (at ALL levels of your organization) FASTER
Here’s  A Video Introduction to Screen-to-Screen Selling!


Doug’s Websites:

www.ScreenToScreenSelling.com (TONS of FREE RESOURCES)

www.DougDevitre.com (Get Doug working with YOU!)

Technologies discussed:

www.doceri.com

www.zoom.us

www.join.me

Scott Cooksey (Host) is a motivational, keynote speaker & leadership development expert who works with organizations to build lasting, profitable client relationships and high-performing teams FASTER.

For information about working with Scott or having him speak at your event, please visit www.IdeaCharger.com

As always, your comments, thoughts, and guest interview suggestions, please email us directly at podcast@ideacharger.com.

Pick up a copy of Doug’s book, Screen-to-Screen Selling HERE
(Full disclosure, this is an Amazon affiliate link, but hey, it doesn’t cost YOU any more to buy it…just sends us a little something for making it available to you!)

Read About Doug in Realtor Magazine: HERE

Five Steps to Faster Success for Any Team [Ep 34]

In this brief, yet POWER PACKED episode, Scott shares five easy-to-implement steps for every team to improve productivity, impact and results FASTER.

To get the FREE GRAPHIC of each of the five steps, follow us:

Twitter  @IdeaCharger , Instagram @CookseyConnects, or the show’s Facebook Page

To support Scott or Krissy with their latest fundraising adventure, click below (At original publication, we are raising money for the BP MS150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin TX):

www.IWillSponsorScott.info or www.IWillSponsorKrissy.info

Thanks!

 

Bridging the Knowledge Gap with Gen X

Companies today are facing a serious issue.  While gathering research for an upcoming conference presentation, Scott stumbled into some fascinating research that made him pause about how to address the knowledge gap present in companies today.

According to Pew Research Center, members of the Baby Boomer generation represent less than 35% of the total U.S. workforce.

Of late, there has been a LOT of talk about the Millennials who now hold the title of the “largest percentage of the U.S. workforce”.

 

The problem is…this current downturn in large areas of the economy (read: energy sector, manufacturing, and more) is leading to an increasing number of early retirement and voluntary layoff packages being issued, further shrinking the number of vastly experienced people from some very complicated industries.

A quick look at the media offers much attention for the ballyhooed Millennials, but are they ready to take the helm in YOUR company?

There is a better solution already present in your companies, and it’s the ranks within Generation X.

pew statsIn this episode, host Scott Cooksey shares his insight gained from his experience working closely with the front-line leaders within these companies and shares some easy to implement tips EVERY COMPANY should be utilizing to help bridge the pending knowledge gap before it’s too late.

Leave a comment below and let us know what YOUR company is doing to bridge the knowledge gap!

Scott Cooksey is a speaker and leadership consultant based in Houston, TX.  To learn more about having him present at your industry conference or work with your company, visit www.IdeaCharger.com

Have questions about the podcast? Email Scott anytime at podcast@ideacharger.com

Be sure to share this episode with a friend using the “Share Episode” feature built right into your favorite podcast player!  Go ahead…. DO IT!

Entertainment Never Sleeps – Tip Jones – Overdrive Entertainment [Ep 31]

During one, hot, Oklahoma summer in the mid 1980’s, MTV proudly played the Top Five at Five video requests from the day’s call-ins.  That entire summer, the same five music videos (back when Music Television actually played music videos en masse) came on like clockwork. One of those songs was “Tears are Falling” by KISS.

Fast forward to 2016, and one of my childhood buddies, Tip Jones of Overdrive Entertainment, found himself readying a venue for a KISS concert just an hour or so from where we’d grown up as the concert promoter and event agency responsible for making the show happen.  In a surreal moment, Jones texted the pal who encouraged him to get into the entertainment business in the first place to say “I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.”

In this episode of the podcast, Cooksey visits with Tip Jones as they unpack what it took to go from a third-generation retail furniture store owner in a small, Oklahoma town to one of the most in-demand concert and event management companies in the region.

Autograph's Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute
Autograph’s Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute

We talk everything from the economic impact of entertainment events to why companies and municipalities should use a professional entertainment company to manage their events to what ‘s really behind ticket prices and more.  Tip even shares a couple of moments he claims are the reason he got into this crazy business in the first place.

While sharing one of his most memorable moments with country music legend Charlie Daniels, Cooksey quickly jumped on the opportunity to settle a decades old family dispute.  It’s all explained in the episode.  [We will include some pictures here in the notes, but please click the link below to VOTE and help Scott SETTLE THE SCORE!]

Charlie Daniels Overdrive
Image provided courtesy of Overdrive Entertainment

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