Six years ago when Thom Singer started this podcast, he ran the idea of the show by his “Mastermind Group”. They thought it was a terrible idea. Today the show is a cornerstone of Thom’s career, a place where he fine tuned his interviewing skills (that are not used onstage and in virtual meetings), and has become his greatest tool for networking with business professionals.
To celebrate six years and 600 episodes Thom has invited the other members of his “Bat Signal” mastermind group into the show to talk about their remembrances of the launch of the podcast. They also talk about the power of mastermind groups and each of them share advice from their work with companies in the areas of selling, inclusion, and managing stress.
About the Guests on Episode 600:
Why Eliz Greene? Eliz’s fresh perspective on stress and productivity shatters the myth of work-life balance and goes beyond one-size-fits-all stress management strategies. Using an exclusive testing tool, she uncovers the hidden causes of stress and provides customized strategies to become immune to the impact of overwhelm and uncertainty. Surviving a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins propelled Eliz on a mission to share her story to inspire other busy people to pay attention to their health. She engages her audiences with humor, personal stories, case studies from a variety of industries, and interactive activities. Recognizing stress as an essential and often under-addressed risk factor, Eliz conducted a research study on job stress and developed implementable solutions to protect physical health, emotional well-being, productivity, and quality of life. She has appeared on CNN, PBS, Lifetime, TNT, and many national and local news programs.
Why Gerry O’Brion? Gerry O’Brion teaches framework in innovation and influence that shows companies how to become the #1 choice in crowded markets, using “the power of because.” He reveals how to leverage change to create unique competitive advantages, even without a big budget. Gerry worked on several billion-dollar brands and has distilled that experience into a framework that has been presented to thousands of CEOs, executives, business owners, franchisees and sales groups. His presentation is a fun, thought-provoking dialogue that includes four critical questions you should be asking to stand out in the sea of sameness. It is packed with strategies and case studies from multiple industries that you can leverage regardless of your size. Gerry began his career in marketing at Procter & Gamble and then was an executive for Coors Light, Quiznos, and Red Robin.
Why Jessica Pettitt? Jess Pettitt invites people to be who they are so they can be their best. Facilitating conversations on the toughest subjects that we typically avoid allows space for team members to support one another so that existing resources can directly lead to innovative ideas and profitable habits. Typical Diversity and Inclusion trainings don’t work because we don’t acknowledge our frustrating patterns let alone take responsibility for who and how we show up in our relationships with customers, clients, and/or members let alone strangers on the street. Let’s roll back our defense mechanisms, laugh together, and take responsibility for elements we actually have control over. Bringing 15+ years of diversity training and stand up comedy experience, Jess Pettitt is the social justice educator you have been warned about. Stop throwing money at a problem and make long lasting change that will result in better recruitment and longer retention of talent that increases a sense of belonging so that we can all get back to work.
Why Thom Singer? Thom Singer is a keynote speaker and EmCee who is obsessed with helping individuals and organizations discover the path between potential to results. He is a leading expert on business networking and human connection. When people are clear about their plans and purpose, and are surrounded by the right people, the sky is the limit. Singer has interviewed hundreds of successful business leaders and has discovered that success leaves clues. His keynote speeches are filled with engaging stories and he is a master storyteller that gets people to think and laugh during every presentation. He is the author of 12 books and is the host of the popular “Making Waves at C-Level” podcast. Before becoming a speaker, Thom spent 25 years in sales and marketing with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial ventures, and law firms.