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Do you want to become a better public speaker and writer? Charlie Mechem hosts this podcast to help and inspire you with your public speaking. Listen in as Charlie talks with world-class professionals and performers about the anecdotes and musing from his book, Total Anecdotal.

Charlie has wealth of experience and knowledge. Laugh with him and his guests and learn how you take to use the power of anecdotes in your own work.

15 Minutes with Charlie Charlie Mechem

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Do you want to become a better public speaker and writer? Charlie Mechem hosts this podcast to help and inspire you with your public speaking. Listen in as Charlie talks with world-class professionals and performers about the anecdotes and musing from his book, Total Anecdotal.

Charlie has wealth of experience and knowledge. Laugh with him and his guests and learn how you take to use the power of anecdotes in your own work.

    David Feherty | Former Professional Golfer and Personality on the Golf Channel

    David Feherty | Former Professional Golfer and Personality on the Golf Channel

    In this episode of 15 Minutes With Charlie, Charlie Mechem sits down with David Feherty. David played professional golf on both the PGA and European tours. More recently, he hosts a highly regarded TV show on the Golf Channel, which features one on one interviews with notable figures in golf. David uses his experience in the golf world to reflect on anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.



    Adaptability and Flexibility in Golf



    Adaptability is incredibly important in golf. Sometimes what you have been trying isn’t working. Like your swing, David says, sometimes you need to tweak it in different ways in order to improve. If you are unwilling to adapt, there’s no way that change—either positive or negative will not occur. 



    Keeping Ego in Check



    Talent isn’t talent without ego, but you must keep your ego in check, David advises. In the golf world, there are a lot of big egos, some people have succeeded in managing those enormous egos, while others have not.



    As soon as you’ve got the answer, someone will change the question, this is something David’s father used to say. Because of this fact, communication is key. Ego must be taken into consideration in communication. A huge part of communication is being likable, and it’s hard to like someone with a big ego. 



    Humor is Critical



    Humor should never be at the expense of others, however, it is a great tool for breaking tense situations with a good laugh. 



    Many people use their sense of humor as a self defense mechanism, facing difficult and high pressure situations. Growing up in an urban warfare environment in Northern Ireland in the 60s, it was compulsory to find humor in hard times. 



    Forecasting the Future



    David recalls meeting Yogi Berra in the past, and what an extraordinary man Yogi was—and mischievous at that. He found that many of the great quotes that Yogi had were purely accidental. There is beauty in naivety, especially in children, David says, he believes Yogi kept that charming and lovable naivety his whole life. 



    Hard Work & Passion



    Whether it’s intellectual, physical, emotional—you have to put effort in if you want to reap the rewards. Hard work is required in order to find success, it will not simply fall into your lap. 



    While he didn’t graduate highschool, David’s high school did invite him back several years ago to do a commencement speech. He didn’t do well in school, couldn’t pass an exam, he was a “classic ADD child”—which many around him just thought meant he was stupid. In his speech he was sure to instill the importance of working hard and having passion to the audience. 



    David had a passion for golf, he was supported and believed in by the people around him, and he created a goal to work toward. It is this combination of passion and hard work that ultimately aided David in making a name for himself in golf. 



    What’s Really Important



    Keep Good Company by Seeking Positivity 



    Being around positive people and accepting help are crucial in life. Surround yourself with successful, hard working people who have your best interest at heart. You must be aware of the fact that you need to be around successful people, as it is successful people that do the things that unsuccessful people don’t want to do. 



    Step Out of Your Comfort Zone



    You have to want to be in a place that you know you’re going to be uncomfortable. When you take a step out of your comfort zone, you can explore the things that you may have once thought impossible.



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    Kevin Johnson Part 2 | CEO of Starbucks: Humor and Great Leaders

    Kevin Johnson Part 2 | CEO of Starbucks: Humor and Great Leaders

    Be sure to listen to part 1 of this interview!



    In part 2 of this episode, Charlie Mechem continues his conversation with Starbucks CEO and his good friend, Kevin Johnson. Kevin reacts and shares his insights on several more anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.



    The Importance of Humor



    Sharing energy and emotion really connects people, Kevin says. Because life is so short, it’s important for people to really step back and enjoy life sometimes. Especially in work environments, where things can become tense or stressful, there is nothing that uplifts spirits like humor. 



    Great Leaders



    Charlie takes a moment to seek Kevin’s insights on leadership outside of the context of “Total Anecdotal.” Charlie begins by discussing what he believes to be the three forms of leadership.



    3 Forms of Leadership:



    Those who rule by intimidationBriberyLeadership by example



    In the Leadership Arena



    In leadership you’re “in the arena,” people are always watching and judging, Kevin says. Values are demonstrated through behaviors. In times of success great leaders don’t become arrogant, in times of adversity they don’t give up.



    There are two major motivators for individuals to follow leaders, those are fear and love—love being the ideal. Leaders should use love to create strong emotional connections to their cause, ultimately inspiring those around them to gain that same connection. They should have conviction, make hard decisions, and be courageous and accountable when it comes to their decisions. 



    Great leadership sprouts from authenticity, compassion, and vulnerability—and of course, a little bit of humor.



    If you’d like to listen to more episodes of “15 Minutes With Charlie,” please visit the podcast page or search for “15 Minutes With Charlie” in your podcasting app. If you are enjoying the show you should check out “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” Learn more on our book page, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.

    Kevin Johnson Part 1 | CEO of Starbucks: Relationship Building in Leadership

    Kevin Johnson Part 1 | CEO of Starbucks: Relationship Building in Leadership

    In this episode, Charlie Mechem sits down with Kevin Johnson, a good friend and the CEO of Starbucks. Kevin uses his experiences in business and leadership to reflect on anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.



    Learning Beyond Your Comfort Zone



    Kevin has always thought of himself as a lifelong learner. Part of that includes being able to push the boundaries of his comfort zone. Kevin cites his current position at Starbucks, as well as his time working with Microsoft and Juniper Networks; all of these companies were willing to step out of their comfort zones, place their stakes in the ground, and work toward their missions.



    Your Brand is How Customers Perceive You



    Understanding what your brand stands for is at the core of good marketing. In the case of Starbucks, they serve premium Arabica coffee—but it’s the experience they provide in their stores that really creates the brand. You can’t control your brand, the customers control your brand. 



    Accountability in Leadership



    In leadership roles, a lot of it has to do with taking responsibility and being accountable. Starbucks has some 400,000 partners that don the green apron; each day, Kevin wakes up knowing he is accountable for those individuals and the services that they provide the customers. 



    It is his job—and every other leader’s job—to empower and enable their staff across the board, and guide the company through both simple or complex issues. Accountability is an imperative part of leadership and relationship building. Trust in relationships is earned over time, by people being accountable.



    What’s Really Important



    From his visits to Starbucks partners around the world, Kevin has been able to come to the understanding of one absolute thing all humans have in common—the human experience. Regardless of where we come from, we all know what it is like to be human, and all of the ups and downs that humanity entails. 



    Personal relationships are what matter the most in the human experience, especially in times of adversity. These imperative personal relationships are formed through the sharing of vulnerabilities and challenges, as well as successes. 



    It is in any leader’s best interest to work to understand their employees’ strengths and weaknesses, and build trust, in order to solidify such invaluable relationships. 



    Set your priorities 



    Kevin reiterates, in his experience, relationships and people have been the things that matter most. The key to having worthwhile and special relationships, in both personal and professional life, is authenticity. Don’t sweat the little stuff and make room for what’s important—like a good cup of coffee.



    If you’d like to listen to more episodes of “15 Minutes With Charlie,” please visit the podcast page or search for “15 Minutes With Charlie” in your podcasting app. If you are enjoying the show you should check out “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” Learn more on our book page, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.

    Bill Barretta | Illustrious American Puppeteer and Producer for ‘The Muppets’

    Bill Barretta | Illustrious American Puppeteer and Producer for ‘The Muppets’

    Charlie Mechem sits down with Bill Barretta, American puppeteer and producer for the Muppets. Bill reflects on anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.



    Sunrise or Sunset Person



    Some people prefer sunrise, where others prefer sunset—however, Bill finds himself to be somewhere in-between as a “noon person.” In the morning, the day feels new, you dont know whats coming. However, in the evening there is time to relax more, it is the end of a possibly hard day. So what better place to be than noon, in the middle of it all.



    It is only appropriate that Bill be a “noon person,” in that that is the point of day when the sun is brightest and highest in the sky—attesting to Bill’s role as someone who uses his work to spread brightness, happiness, and laughter.



    The Importance of Humility & Anonymity



    Humility has always been very important to Bill because of the collaborative nature of the Muppets. Relying on each other is a key factor, as some characters take two or three people to perform. It’s not about one person shining, Bill says, but creating something collectively.



    This kind of collaboration and shared effort takes a certain degree of humility. Bill recalls a story about one of the famed former Muppet performers, Jerry Nelson. On a plane ride to New York, Jerry sat next to Al Pacino. Together they discussed the fact that Jerry did not seek the recognition and fame that he could from his career. As they arrived at their destination, leaving the plane, Al was stopped by a mob of people while Jerry was able to move smoothly through the crowd—due to his lack of face recognition. This story itself is proof that humility and anonymity can be great assets.



    Passion Drives Everything



    Bill finds he is more passionate about projects that are closer to him as a person than something that may have been written by someone else that he must interpret. 



    Passion is everything, Bill says, it is what drives the talent within you. Not just in success, but being around friends and family, passion is a key factor in life. Always seek passion, it can be found even in the little things—whether you are performing for an illustrious group such as the Muppets, or simply eating a sandwich or riding a bike. 



    Encourage Laughter



    Bill grew up in a family with a good sense of humor, there was always time for play, teasing, cleverness, and silliness as they all strived to make each other laugh. It is important to see people smiling and happy, to encourage laughter. In his career he followed this same philosophy, which can easily be recognized in the fun loving characters in the Muppets. 



    In this day and age with the internet, there is a certain lack of personal connection. Because of this lack of connection, it is very common for humor to couple with insensitivity. This is wrong, intentions must be good in humor, otherwise it will become malicious.



    If you’d like to listen to more episodes of “15 Minutes With Charlie,” please visit the podcast page or search for “15 Minutes With Charlie” in your podcasting app. If you are enjoying the show you should check out “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” Learn more on our book page, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.

    Mark Zecchino | Golf Talk Canada and PGA Tour Personality

    Mark Zecchino | Golf Talk Canada and PGA Tour Personality

    Charlie Mechem sits down with Mark Zecchino, the host and producer of Golf Talk Canada TV and Radio, and the live play-by-play announcer for PGA tour radio on Sirius XM Radio and PGA Radio. Mark reflects on anecdotes from Charlie’s book, “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.



    Arrogance and Ego in the Media Profession



    Being in the media profession, on television and radio, and in golf, it’s not uncommon to come across individuals who are arrogant and egotistical. In Mark’s experience, a microphone or a camera in someone’s face can cause people to feel overly important, give them a false sense of superiority, and make them think the world doesn’t operate without them



    It’s important to remember, you needed help on the way up, so don’t forget what it took and who helped you to get where you are. You meet the same people on the way down as you do on the way up. With this in mind, helping others—just as they helped you—and making time for others should be implemented as everyday practice in order to avoid arrogance and ego. 



    Arrogance and ego can be dangerous especially with men, Mark says. Male arrogance and ego can be especially damaging to relationships within and outside of the workplace.



    Show Up and Keep Saying Yes



    A friend of Mark’s used to always say, “show up and keep saying yes.” There are always opportunities just around the corner, you just have to have the courage to make the turn. 



    Mark used to be afraid to try new things and build walls that are hard to get over—to take that turn around the corner. All of this changed when he decided to take the leap into a new career path.



    Ask questions and find new ways to do things, Mark advises. People in all walks of life need to stop putting limitations on themselves, stop seeing just the problems, and they’ll open up a new world in both work and family and personal life



    Cut the Flowery Speak



    Mark has always been a talker, he says. It can be hard for him to be succinct and wrap things up. Being in radio and TV it sometimes requires more color and flowery description, so it can be difficult when it comes to dropping all the pretenses and get to the point.



    When dealing with people and their time, especially in business, it is important to get to the point. If there is a reason for people to be engaged, you have to find it right away, as you only have a small window of time upon interacting with someone to grab their attention and keep it.



    There is a time to be flowery and a time to be brief and to the point—have the know-how of when those times are.



    Flexibility to Change



    Mark had a very successful career in marketing and advertising, and could have easily stayed on that path. However, roughly ten years ago he decided he wasn’t happy doing that. He wanted to create content. Eventually Mark decided he wanted to be a broadcaster—to walk in the same room as the best players in the world. 



    Many people thought he was crazy to make such a change. People are scared to make changes and listen to new ideas, you have to take a chance sometimes in order to succeed.



    One of Mark’s pet peeves in both business and life: just because you’ve always done something one way, doesn’t mean you have to always do it that way. If we didn’t do things differently, make changes and innovate, men would still be reading under a big candle.



    If you’d like to listen to more episodes of “15 Minutes With Charlie,” please visit the podcast page or search for “15 Minutes With Charlie” in your podcasting app. If you are enjoying the show you should check out “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speake

    Nancy Lopez| Golf Legend and LPGA Hall of Famer

    Nancy Lopez| Golf Legend and LPGA Hall of Famer

    In this episode, Charlie Mechem sits down with Nancy Lopez, one of the great names in the history of golf. In her time, Nancy has won 48 LPGA Tour events, three of which were major championships. But, Nancy is not just a hall of famer. Her warmth, her smile, and her determination to give back to the game are legendary. She is much like Arnold Palmer in all that she has meant to the game of golf. Nancy reacts to anecdotes from “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” You can learn more about the book at charliemechem.com/book, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.



    Care and Positivity



    Charlie and Nancy shared the same position on the Smucker’s Board of Directors—she had replaced Charlie in this position once he left. Nancy found something very inspirational in just how much the board cared about their customers. In her golfing career, she has tried her best to reflect this positive and caring attitude in how she treats her fans. It is clear that Nancy’s gleaming positivity that has helped her to become the person she is today, to gain great and meaningful friendships, and to aid her in being a such a crucial part of the LPGA. Nancy has always wanted to do what is best for the LPGA, just as Smucker’s wished do always do the best for its customers.



    You Can’t See the Ball When You’re Crying



    Hard work was something that Nancy’s father always taught her. He owned an auto-repair shop in Roswell, New Mexico where he would fix cars and do paint jobs—his customers would always come back again and again because they loved her father because he did such great work. She took this as a lesson and brought it out onto the golf course with her; she would always go out and give her all, and that’s precisely how she got to where she is today. If you give 100%, Nancy says, that’s all you can do. Nancy recalls a time when she was playing in the US Open in Philadelphia—as she walked off the green after two days, she knew she wasn’t making the cut. In that moment, she hugged her father and he looked at her and said “all we gotta do is work a little harder.” She credits her father greatly for her success and for giving her all of the things she needed to become a champion.



    Shoot for the Best to be the Best



    If you want to be successful, you have to love what you’re doing. Nancy says, you must be a good person, know that your word is all you have, and always work hard—that’s passion. Her father always told her to set goals high. As she raised three daughters, she reiterated her father’s advice, telling them to work hard and set goals high. If you set mediocre goals, you don’t reach what you could reach. If you don’t shoot for the best, you can’t be the best.



    Patience with Everyone



    Once again, Nancy recalls her father, who was so very patient with everyone. He never disagreed with an unhappy customer, he was patient with them and worked with them to make them happy. Nancy tries her best to be patient with herself—which was especially important during golf tournaments, as there was no way she could win every time. Her husband, she notes, has never been very patient with people, sometimes she takes time to encourage him to be as patient as he can. Patience is very hard quality to develop, but it is critical to anyone’s success and happiness.



    If you’d like to listen to more episodes of “15 Minutes With Charlie,” please visit the podcast page or search for “15 Minutes With Charlie” in your podcasting app. If you are enjoying the show you should check out “Total Anecdotal: A Fun Guide to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Writer.” Learn more on our book page, or find it available through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and perhaps your local bookstore.

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