A podcast of stories, strategies, and inspiration from personal brand entrepreneurs who are disrupting their industries and doing business their own way. If your branding feels blah and you’re sick of blending in, Square Peg Entrepreneur may be just what you need to finally celebrate your one-of-a-kind style and attitude. Nikki Takahashi is a brand designer and strategist who has helped over 300 entrepreneurs embrace and amplify what makes them unique. Since 2009, her agency Fetching Finn Inc. has been getting clients noticed in person, online, and in print by highlighting their magnetic and unforgettable qualities. With a gentle nudge of permission from Nikki and her guests, you’ll be eager to put your unexpressed self aside and finally show the world what makes you - and doing business with you - completely different. Hit subscribe and get ready to feel incredibly confident and excited about “brand you”.
008: Social media and the road to thought leadership with Blair Kaplan Venables
Blair Kaplan Venables is an expert in social media marketing and the president of Blair Kaplan Communications, a British Columbia-based PR agency. She brings fifteen years of experience to her clients which include global wellness, entertainment and lifestyle brands.
As a pioneer in the industry, she has helped her customers grow their followers into the tens of thousands in just one month, win integrative marketing awards, launch their businesses and more. Yahoo! listed Blair as a top ten social media expert to watch in 2021. She has spoken on national stages and her expertise has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, CBC Radio, Entrepreneur and Thrive Global.
Blair is also the #1 bestselling author of Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw and Real Stories from an Entrepreneur and co-host of the Dissecting Success podcast. When she’s not working on the board for her local chamber of commerce, you can find Blair growing the “I Am Resilient Project", an online community where users share their stories of overcoming life’s most difficult moments.
Show notes and more at https://nikkitak.com/008
007: Double down on your difference with Stephanie Zhong
Stephanie Zhong is a brand strategist, story coach and inclusion advocate who helps difference making entrepreneurs define their unique brand stories and signature ideas to attract dream clients and grow their impact with ease and joy.
She’s the creator of Own Your Message, a program that teaches you how to bring together unexpected parts of you to create an authentic personal brand that builds instant connections and trust with your ideal audience.
Her mission in life is to empower everyone to make a bigger difference by owning and sharing their difference.
Show notes and more at https://nikkitak.com/007
006: Being Messy and Successy with Tessa Hull
Tessa Hull is a Certified Jack Canfield Success Principles Trainer and partnerships strategist working with online business owners to develop partnerships and connections that get more eyes on their business and more money in their pocket. She has been a part of the strategy behind the scenes of 6- and 7-figure affiliate launches with online business owners like Selena Soo, Lisa Johnson, Katrina Ruth and Suzanne Dibble.
Tessa runs her own business, Messy and Successy, where she develops others with a mix of mindset and strategy. She is a straight-talking, no-nonsense kinda gal with more than ten years in sales and managerial roles. She uses her platform to bring mental health to the forefront, acknowledging her own struggles and experiences.
Based in Sicily, she stays for the cheese and good coffee but occasionally returns to her hometown of Manchester in the UK, where she stays for the cheese and good tea.
Show notes and more at https://nikkitak.com/006
005: Create a mindset that you love with Claudine Chicheportiche
Claudine Chicheportiche is an industry thought leader and disruptor in high performance mindset and emotional intelligence. She coaches mindset, performance, and fulfillment to leaders in government, to entrepreneurs, and to elite athletes at National, World, and Olympic level.
Claudine guides leaders and athletes who strive to win, succeed, and achieve, yet secretly yearn for more meaning and inner peace. She empowers them to create a mindset that they love, so they feel deeply fulfilled on their quest for achievement and greatness.
A masterful storyteller with a unique tapestry of experiences, Claudine leads us from the dojo to the jungle, from alleviating poverty to attempting to qualify for the Rio Olympics. She has perfected the art of the Square Peg Entrepreneur by taking chances and chasing audacious goals. Listeners will be inspired and fired up after tuning in to this episode!
Show notes and more at https://nikkitak.com/005
004: It helps to be crazy with Maureen Towns
"You don't have to be crazy to support families with mental health and addictions, but it helps." - Maureen Towns
Maureen Towns is the founder and owner of Maureen Towns Consulting, a company designed to help families struggling to care for their loved ones with mental health and addictions issues. She learns the hard way (still), and shares her stories of failure and success to inspire families to rediscover themselves within chaotic and challenging situations. Maureen published her first book Broken Open in 2021 and hosts a podcast by the same name.
Maureen has over 25 years of nursing experience in both public and private healthcare across Canada. Her own family’s struggles with mental illness and addiction transformed her approach to communication, boundary setting, and advocacy, and ultimately led to positive relationships and freedom. Fueled by the lasting positive impact to the many families she’s already helped, her mission is to bring that wholeness, healing, and freedom to families across the world.
Show notes and more at https://nikkitak.com/004
003: Obsessive Joy Disorder with Leona deVinne
Leona deVinne has OJD: Obsessive Joy Disorder. She's a serial entrepreneur obsessed with helping people find more joy in their life, in leadership, and in business. After receiving life-altering medical news, Leona discovered an opportunity and personal mission by summoning joy in unexpected places. She lives by the motto, "Life's a gift. Use it well."
Leona is a coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author. She owns and operates three businesses plus a non-profit - all built on a foundation of joy.
Show notes and more at https://nikkitak.com/003
A must listen to for entrepreneurs!
If we want to be successful as an entrepreneur we need to own who we are and stand out! Nikki and her guests encourage us to embrace our uniqueness and have a blast building our brand!