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Tess Gerritsen

Bestselling author of the Rizzoli and Isles series (and many other medical thrillers)

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is a British author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book, A Boy Called Christmas, was a runaway hit in his own country and has been translated in over 25 languages. His latest novel, The Midnight Library, will be released in the United States on September 29, 2020.

Kevin Knight

Look up the term Renaissance man in the dictionary, and I’m sure you will see a picture of Kevin A Knight. He started his own company and serves as an independent marketing research consultant to many leading global corporations. He’s also an avid runner and said goodbye to his running shoes as a way to reduce pain in his hip and back. Not only did the pain go away, but he gained wonderful insights while he ran.

Author Interviews and Long-Form Conversations

Episode 15 – Allison Yacht of Bravehoods

Episode 15 – Allison Yacht of Bravehoods

Shortly before her daughter was to begin kindergarten, Allison heard the words that no parent wants to hear – your daughter has cancer.  As treatments progressed, and hair was lost, her daughter Meredith was eager to find some item of clothing that would help her...

Episode 14 – Jeryl Abramson

Episode 14 – Jeryl Abramson

In the course of my job, I have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people who have shared their stories with me (and my clients) over the past 20 years. Of course it is fair to say that some of these stories stand out more than others. About seven years ago, I...

Episode 13 – Dave Mezzapelle

Episode 13 – Dave Mezzapelle

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Mezzapelle, a serial entrepreneur who founded the Contagious Optimism movement (www.contagiousoptimism.com).  He truly believes that we all have the capacity to make optimism contagious just by sharing our...

Episode 12 – Andy Greenfield

Episode 12 – Andy Greenfield

How important is curiosity in business? Andy Greenfield has a point of view. In 1996 I was a 22-year-old kid working in the new field of digital marketing while Andy was pioneering new ways of conducting business online.  By that point in time, he was already a...

Episode 10 – Jim Bryson

Episode 10 – Jim Bryson

Jim Bryson is the founder and CEO of 2020 Research; a Nashville based qualitative research firm with facilities in Nashville, Charlotte, and Miami. In addition to traditional facilities, 2020 is a leading provider of online qualitative solutions including both...

Episode 9 – Ernie Bourcier

Episode 9 – Ernie Bourcier

When I was 21 years old I thought I knew it all and that my parents knew absolutely nothing. By the time I turned 22 and was working in my first job with real bills to pay, I was amazed at how much my parents learned in just 12 short months.  Since becoming...

Episode 8 – GM O’Connell

Episode 8 – GM O’Connell

In 1996 I was barely 22 years old when I started my career in advertising.  I worked for a company called FCB direct, which was owned by a holding company known as True North Communications.  No offense to Brian Rafferty, my boss at the time, but the job...

Episode 7 – Dorothy Collins, CND

Episode 7 – Dorothy Collins, CND

[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/2298751/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no"] When I woke up this morning, I never could have predicted that one of my elementary school...

Episode 6 – Shelley Zalis

Episode 6 – Shelley Zalis

I first met Shelley Zalis when I was working for Unilever and she was invited to speak at an offsite meeting.  She broke two rules during her presentation; 1.  She divulged her age and 2. She quoted Yoda.  Most women don’t do those kinds of things; then...

Podcast – Episode 5 Mick Carlon

Podcast – Episode 5 Mick Carlon

Michael Carlon interviews Michael Carlon. Have I finally lost my mind? Should they come and take me to South 1 (the psychiatric ward of Stamford Hospital)? Don't judge me too quickly! In this episode I interview my cousin who also happens to have the same name as me;...

Podcast Episode 4 – Bryan Mattimore

Podcast Episode 4 – Bryan Mattimore

Bryan Mattimore is one of America's top experts in applied creativity, ideation facilitation and innovation management. In his career, he has facilitated more than 1500 marketing and business strategy ideation sessions.  Listen up as Bryan discusses his...

Podcast Episode 3 – Shihan Manny Esmeraldo

Podcast Episode 3 – Shihan Manny Esmeraldo

This guy is the real deal - he's the guy that Chuck Norris is afraid to Google! Listen up as Mike and Manny talk about the importance of accountability, why you don't always want to be your child's "friend," and why you need to plant your seeds before you eat your...

Podcast Episode 1 – Dave Dwyer CSP

Podcast Episode 1 – Dave Dwyer CSP

Listen up as Mike and guest co-host Wendy talk to Sirius XM Radio Personality Dave Dwyer about his early days at MTV, his time at Comedy Central, and why he walked away from a promising career in entertainment to pursue a higher calling.

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