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REAL Conversations w/ REAL business people making a REAL difference in our world!!!!

Host Ben Albert chats with everyone from executives, entrepreneurs, convicts, behavior scientists, sales trainers, wellness experts, and more.

It's his role to extract the best nibbles of wisdom from these experts so we can compress decades of experience into minutes for the listener.

We host five programs on the Real Business Connections Network: Learn Speak Teach, Rochester Business Connections, Fifteen Minute Fridays, Ben’s Bites, and Real Hits.

Yes, we get actionable. However, we also look at the story behind the story. This podcast is a deep dive into struggle, failure, frustration, and how to develop true resilience that actually leads to success,

We tackle important topics such as:
~ Why networking is so important in business.
~ How to make money as an entrepreneur.
~ Self Development goals for work.
~ How human behavior affects business dynamics.
~ Why we’re all in sales and persuasion.
~ Actionable business tips to beat your goals..
~ How to be better at public speaking.
~ How to ask the right questions.
~ How to deserve what you want.
~ What is success?
And more!

Real Business Connections: on a mission to actually move the needle on 1 million lives, one conversation at a time!

Show Key:
LST= LEARN SPEAK TEACH
ROC: ROCHESTER(NY) BUSINESS CONNECTIONS
FMF: FIFTEEN MINUTE FRIDAY
Hit: REAL HITS
Bite: BEN'S BITES

Real Business Connections Ben Albert

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REAL Conversations w/ REAL business people making a REAL difference in our world!!!!

Host Ben Albert chats with everyone from executives, entrepreneurs, convicts, behavior scientists, sales trainers, wellness experts, and more.

It's his role to extract the best nibbles of wisdom from these experts so we can compress decades of experience into minutes for the listener.

We host five programs on the Real Business Connections Network: Learn Speak Teach, Rochester Business Connections, Fifteen Minute Fridays, Ben’s Bites, and Real Hits.

Yes, we get actionable. However, we also look at the story behind the story. This podcast is a deep dive into struggle, failure, frustration, and how to develop true resilience that actually leads to success,

We tackle important topics such as:
~ Why networking is so important in business.
~ How to make money as an entrepreneur.
~ Self Development goals for work.
~ How human behavior affects business dynamics.
~ Why we’re all in sales and persuasion.
~ Actionable business tips to beat your goals..
~ How to be better at public speaking.
~ How to ask the right questions.
~ How to deserve what you want.
~ What is success?
And more!

Real Business Connections: on a mission to actually move the needle on 1 million lives, one conversation at a time!

Show Key:
LST= LEARN SPEAK TEACH
ROC: ROCHESTER(NY) BUSINESS CONNECTIONS
FMF: FIFTEEN MINUTE FRIDAY
Hit: REAL HITS
Bite: BEN'S BITES

    RBC #147: Sharing Knowledge4Knowledge w/ College Student, Michael Richardson ll

    RBC #147: Sharing Knowledge4Knowledge w/ College Student, Michael Richardson ll

    Rochester Business Connections #147 with Michael Richardson ll.

    Sharing knowledge is the cornerstone of growth. It enables us to learn from others’ experiences and fosters collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. As the world becomes increasingly knowledgeable and educated, it not only advances but also evolves into a better place for everyone to thrive.

    Joining us today is Michael Richardson II, the CEO and founder of Knowledge4Knowledge Instagram content and podcast. Michael is dedicated to educating and enhancing people’s mental and physical awareness. Currently, he is working on creating the Knowledge4Knowledge app, which will help people learn from others’ experiences without having to Google symptoms or seek highly-priced professional help.

    In this episode, Michael shares the fascinating story of how he crossed paths with Ben and embarked on a journey of friendship and collaboration. He discusses his battle with anxiety and how he overcame it, offering hope and inspiration to listeners facing similar struggles.

    Discover the driving force behind Knowledge4Knowledge and gain insights into the content Michael shares on his Reels. Additionally, uncover three pivotal lessons that have shaped Michael’s journey and get a glimpse into what constitutes a perfect day in his life.

    During this episode, you will learn about:
    [00:20] Introduction to the show
    [01:04] How Ben met Michael Richardson
    [02:33] The purpose of Knowledge4Knowledge
    [04:32] What would happen if the world lacked sufficient knowledge?
    [06:01] How Michael overcame anxiety
    [07:48] The content he discusses in his Reels
    [10:18] 3 Important lessons Michael has learned
    [15:20] Michael’s overall goal
    [19:08] When did he come up with the idea of starting Knowledge4Knowledge and developing the app?
    [22:24] Who does he learn from?
    [25:21] What 3 Knowledge4Knowledge questions would Michael ask his dad on a podcast?
    [29:44] His experience with self-sabotage
    [34:03] What a perfect day looks like for Michael
    [40:00] Get in touch with Michael Richardson
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knowledge4knowledge/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-richardson-ii-633b312b6/
    [40:35] Why Ben Albert started Real Business Connections: https://www.realbusinessconnections.com/ 
    [45:52] Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knowledge4knowledge/

    Key Takeaways:  
    • Peace begins with me. [03:36] 
    • Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on being better than the person you were yesterday. Keep moving forward and trust the process. ~Michael Richardson [04:47]
    • “Nobody is better than you; they are just further along.” ~Ben Albert [05:04]
    • “You can never stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can stop the birds from building a nest.” [06:18]
    • If you put yourself out there at the most unexpected times, you encounter the weirdest or the most genuine people in the world. ~Michael Richardson [09:02]
    • “You can be consistently consistent, or you can be inconsistently consistent.” ~Michael Richardson [10:23]
    • “You’re not crazy; you’re just first.” ~Jamie Kern Lima [13:37]
    • “I don’t count my losses as losses; I count them as lessons.” ~Ben Albert [16:45] 
    • “A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies but once.” ~William Shakespeare [27:53]
    • “You can only give somebody water; you can't make them drink it.” ~~Michael Richardson [28:33] 
    • “Making the decision to not be lazy and making the decision to be lazy are both decisions.” ~Ben Albert [31:48]
    • “Everybody wants to be great, but not everybody wants to put in the work.” ~Michael Richardson [32:20]
    • “You get rewarded in public for what you did in private.” ~Tony Robbins [36:58]

    Keep In Touch with Michael Richardson:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knowledge4knowledge/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-richardson-ii-633b312b6/
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    • 49 min
    RBC #146: The Savvy Couple Shares Their Blueprint to Financial Freedom w/ Brittany & Kelan Kline

    RBC #146: The Savvy Couple Shares Their Blueprint to Financial Freedom w/ Brittany & Kelan Kline

    Rochester Business Connections #146 with Kelan & Brittany Kline.

    Full notes at: https://realbusinessconnections.com/podcast/thesavvycouple/ 

    Watch the full episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/qmRhPKjixhk

    During this episode, you will learn about:
    [01:19] Introducing today’s guests, Kelan and Brittany Kline
    [02:20] The Savvy Couple: https://thesavvycouple.com/
    [02:44] The Savvy Mama: https://thesavvymama.com/
    [04:42] How Kelan and Brittany met
    [07:31] Kelan’s experience with depression
    [10:54] What prompted them to start the blog
    [13:14] Why Kelan decided to quit his 9-5 job after earning only $50 from the blog
    [16:58] The red flags to watch out for when looking for online money-making opportunities
    [18:20] Where were they learning from?
    [21:10] Their first income-generating gigs
    [23:13] Where should you begin if you have a 9-5 job and are trying to make money online?
    [25:26] Finding the balance between your passion and the market demand
    [26:45] How they deal with negative feedback
    [28:12] Creative ways to make money
    [30:24] Is MLM a good business model?
    [34:47] How do you determine whether to continue moving forward or to try something different?
    [37:50] How affiliate marketing works
    [40:10] Tips on how to get your articles to rank on Google
    [42:05] The origin of their frugality and why they stopped being frugal
    [47:21] Client success stories
    [47:59] Marriage and Money Boot Camp Workbook: https://shop.thesavvymama.com/products/marriage-and-money-boot-camp-workbook
    [49:35] Join the Savvy Mamas community
    Website: https://thesavvymama.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesavvymamaofficial/
    [49:49] Join The Savvy Couple
    Website: https://thesavvycouple.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesavvycouple/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSavvyCouple/videos
    [52:54] Email: savvyclients@gmail.com

    Key Takeaways:
    • One of the biggest red flags to watch out for when looking for online money-making opportunities is the get-rich-quick offers. ~Kelan Kline [16:57]
    • Always ensure that anything you invest in is proven and that others are finding success with it.  ~Kelan Kline [17:32]   
    • When your business starts generating income, allocate a portion of those earnings towards your education. Continuously learn from experts on topics that directly benefit your business. ~Brittany Kline [17:46]
    • “Every business owner only has a limited amount of time, and it’s very valuable.” ~Kelan Kline [23:46]
    • When freelancing, focus on something you are passionate about because if you don’t see progress, burnout can quickly set in, leading to a loss of interest. ~Brittany Kline [24:08] 
    • If you are receiving hate, it means you are doing something right. ~Kelan Kline [27:02]
    • “If you want to make money, solve problems.” ~Kelan Kline [28:36]
    • 97% of people who join MLMs end up losing money. ~Kelan Kline [31:15]
    • If you are frugal and in control of your money, you have options and freedom. ~Kelan Kline [42:37]
    • “There is freedom in budgeting.” ~Kelan Kline [42:46]

    People Mentioned and Other Resources:
    1. The Rise and Fall of LuLaRoe
    2. How a 32-Year-Old Couple Makes $100K Per Month In Semi-Passive Income: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jrose/2019/07/19/how-this-28-year-old-couple-quit-their-jobs-and-make-100000-year-working-from-home/?sh=3a1f044c5356
    3. How a 32-Year-Old Couple Makes $100K Per Month In Semi-Passive Income: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jrose/2023/06/02/how-a-32-year-old-couple-makes-100k-per-month-in-semi-passive-income/?sh=7499a9913ea1

    Keep In Touch with Kelan and Brittany Kline:
    Website: https://thesavvycouple.com/
    https://thesavvymama.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesavvycouple/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheSavvyCouple/videos
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thesavvycouple
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thesavvycouple/
    Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/TheSavvyCouple

    • 55 min
    FMF #57: Blue Collar Cash w/ Ken Rusk

    FMF #57: Blue Collar Cash w/ Ken Rusk

    Fifteen Minute Fridays episode #57 Ken Rusk.

    Watch the full episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/3J0Kbh25Lmo


    Embracing intrapreneurship within a company’s structure has numerous benefits. It drives professional success and enriches our lives with comfort, peace, and freedom.

    In today’s episode, we dive into the insightful wisdom of Ken Rusk, renowned author of “Blue-Collar Cash” and President of Rusk Industries. He shares invaluable wisdom gained from his journey, starting as a humble ditch digger and rising to entrepreneurial success without a college degree.

    His mantra, “You can’t get what your company wants or needs until everybody in that company gets what they want first,” sets the stage for our profound exploration into the dynamics of business success.

    Ken sheds light on the detrimental impact of ego in hindering the progress of business owners and emphasizes the concept of intrapreneurship, highlighting its pivotal role in fostering innovation and growth within a company.

    Additionally, Ken outlines practical strategies for effectively managing intrapreneurs and cultivating an environment where innovation flourishes. Finally, we discuss ways to ensure that your company is always winning and explore the characteristics of a poorly run company.

    Quote Of The Day:
    “You can’t get what your company wants or needs, nor can you get what you want for yourself until everybody in that company gets what they want first.” ~Ken Rusk

    Timestamp:
    [01:35] Ken Rusk’s bio
    [02:16] What Ken has learned from Paychex founder Tom Golisano
    [03:41] Quote of the day:  “You can’t get what your company wants or needs, nor can you get what you want for yourself until everybody in that company gets what they want first.” ~Ken Rusk
    [04:32] How the ego of business owners impedes their progress
    [05:36] What are intrapreneurs, and how do they help you build your company?
    [07:41] Why intrapreneurship is good for your company and how to manage intrapreneurs effectively
    [09:09] Ways to ensure that your company is winning
    [10:32] Characteristics of a poorly run company
    [13:00] Integration assignment
    [14:24] How to get in touch with Ken Rusk
    Website: http://www.kenrusk.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KenRuskOfficial
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kenrusk.official
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KenRuskOfficial
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenruskofficial/

    Key Takeaways:  
    • “You can’t get what your company wants or needs, nor can you get what you want for yourself until everybody in that company gets what they want first.” ~Ken Rusk [03:41]
    • Businesses are linear entities: there is input, there is work, and then there is output. As an owner or business manager, you are always on the output side. Therefore, for you to succeed in the end, a lot of great things must happen in the beginning. [03:52]
    • “When everybody is winning the whole company wins.” ~Ben Albert [09:02]
    • “A true entrepreneur is a leader.” ~Ken Rusk [09:31]
    • When many people win within your company, there is more fun, more synergy, and less stress. [09:49]

    Integration Assignment: 
    1. Find a quiet space. Get out your crayons and poster board.
    2. Draw your favorite house, car, vacation spot, hobby, spiritual moment, health moment, and pet. Be sure to include vivid details, making your drawings as colorful and concise as possible.
    3. Envision living that ideal life.
    4. Next, display your creation on the wall.
    5. Embark on interviews at various places and share your vision, asking, “Can I fulfill these goals through your organization?”
    6. Pay close attention to the responses you get. If they show genuine interest in your success, you’ve likely found the right place to be.

    People Mentioned and Other Resources:
    1. Tom Golisano
    2. Blue-Collar Cash: https://bit.ly/3UuYbO4
    3. Built, Not Born: https://bit.ly/4d7xIgN

    Keep In Touch with Ken Rusk:
    Website: http://www.kenrusk.com/

    • 17 min
    FMF #56: From David to Goliath w/ Nigel Thomas

    FMF #56: From David to Goliath w/ Nigel Thomas

    Fifteen Minute Fridays episode #56 Nigel Thomas.

    In this episode, we delve into the transformative journey of Nigel Thomas. He shares the profound backstory of what led him to the brink of suicide, offering listeners a glimpse into the darkest moments of his life.

    Discover what compelled him to change his decision to commit suicide and how he is rebuilding and documenting his comeback through his newsletter named ‘David to Goliath.’ Moreover, he sheds light on the significance behind naming his newsletter ‘David to Goliath’ and reveals the power of conviction and resilience.

    Gain invaluable insights as Nigel shares his advice for those navigating through their own darkest moments. Drawing from his own experiences, Nigel underscores the importance of silencing the inner voice of the victim that tells us we’re not good enough and stops us from achieving what we want. He encourages listeners to cultivate self-belief and embrace discomfort to strengthen the champion within them.

    Quote Of The Day:
    “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” ~Winston Churchill
     
    Timestamp:
    [01:02] Introduction to the show
    [02:04] Quote of the day: “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” ~Winston Churchill 
    [03:59] The backstory of what led Nigel Thomas to nearly commit suicide
    [05:10] What made Nigel change his decision to commit suicide?
    [05:46] Why he decided to name his newsletter ‘David to Goliath’ where he documents his comeback
    [07:20] Nigel’s advice to anyone currently in a dark place
    [10:11] His newsletter: David to Goliath
    [11:29] Subscribe to the newsletter: https://davidtogoliath.com/
    [12:36] Integration assignment
    [14:45] Best way to reach out to Nigel Thomas
    Website: https://davidtogoliath.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigelthomas-ai/

    Key Takeaways:  
    • “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” ~Winston Churchill [02:04]
    • We all have that inner voice of the victim that tells us we’re not good enough, that listens to external opinions, and that stops us from achieving what we want. [07:34] 
    • The more you do uncomfortable things, the stronger the champion within you becomes  [07:52]
    • “No one is going to believe in you for you.” ~Nigel Thomas [08:27] 
    • If you listen to podcasts and motivational content online without changing your behavior, you will remain in the same place. [08:30]
    • Everyone has a dream future and a vision board of success, but that is not within your control. What is in your control today are the actions you take to reach those dream outcomes. [12:44]

    Integration Assignment: 
    Start making inputs toward your dream outcome, track your progress, measure your inputs, and then course-correct as needed.
     
    People Mentioned and Other Resources:
    1. Winston Churchill
    2. José Mourinho
     
    Keep In Touch with Nigel Thomas:
    Website: https://davidtogoliath.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigelthomas-ai/

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    • 17 min
    AB²C Lunch Break Live - Resilience and Risk

    AB²C Lunch Break Live - Resilience and Risk

    AB²C Lunch Break Live – Resilience and Risk (LIVE ON LINKEDIN)

    Your Panel:
    Brandon Eastman: www.linkedin.com/in/brandonseastman/
    Christine Smith: www.linkedin.com/in/christinesmith34/
    Ben Albert: https://www.linkedin.com/in/realbenalbert/
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    • 51 min
    RBC #145: Elevate Your Mental Fitness w/ Jill Peterson

    RBC #145: Elevate Your Mental Fitness w/ Jill Peterson

    Much emphasis has been placed on physical fitness, teaching us the importance of caring for our bodies through practices like proper nutrition. However, just as we possess only one body, we also have one mind; therefore, prioritizing mental fitness alongside physical fitness is crucial.
     
    In this episode, Ben Albert sits down with Jill Peterson, the Founder and Chief Growth Strategist at Clover Insights. Additionally, Jill is a PQ coach for the Positive Intelligence program. She delves into the transformative concept of mental fitness and defines it as our capacity to handle life’s challenges from a place of positivity rather than negativity.
     
    As the episode unfolds, she unravels the significance of mental fitness, highlighting its profound impact in unlocking our full potential, fostering happiness, nurturing relationships, enhancing communication skills, and boosting productivity.
     
    Tune in to discover how to assess your mental fitness level and explore the inner workings of the judge and saboteurs within us. Moreover, you will gain valuable insights into where to begin your journey of conquering these saboteurs.
     
    Finally, Jill takes the listeners through an intro to the Positive Intelligence program, shedding light on how the program equips individuals with the tools to combat their inner saboteurs effectively. Furthermore, she highlights how the Positive Intelligence program impacts our goals.
      
    During this episode, you will learn about:
    [01:06] Know our guest Jill Peterson
    [01:40] What Clover Insights focuses on
    [02:50] The importance of investing in people
    [04:22] What is mental fitness?
    [05:10] The judge within ourselves
    [06:36] The significance of mental fitness
    [07:28] How to determine your mental fitness
    [08:58] How the judge and saboteurs within us are created
    [11:44] Can you display all the nine types of Saboteurs that are associated with the judge?
    [12:57] Where should one begin to change their Saboteurs?
    [14:24] The PQ reps and how they disrupt our inner saboteur
    [16:41] The Positive Intelligence program
    [21:02] The role of peer support and accountability in ensuring the success of the Positive Intelligence program
    [28:28] How the Positive Intelligence program impacts our goals
    [29:36] How to connect and learn more from Jill
    Website: www.findyourclover.com
    [29:42] Get a 20% discount for the program. Code: Mention Ben Albert
    [31:00] Rapid Fire Round
    [36:47] What Jill is currently working on in 2024 and how to support her
    [37:59] Website: www.findyourclover.com
    (Grab the 20% discount for the program by mentioning Ben Albert sent you)
     
    Key Takeaways:  
    • “A team is only as good as its people.” ~Jill Peterson [01:52] 
    • When people feel valued and appreciated, they are motivated to work harder for you, ultimately contributing to your greater success. [02:50] 
    • “Mental fitness is our capacity to be able to handle life’s challenges from a place of positivity rather than negativity.” ~Jill Peterson [04:22]
    • “Our mental fitness impacts others.” ~Jill Peterson [06:30]
    • Having good mental fitness enables you to achieve your greatest potential, experience greater happiness, cultivate better relationships, communicate effectively, and become more productive.  [06:35]
    • To change our habits, we need to establish new neural pathways. This can be accomplished by maintaining consistency and engaging in practices such as meditation. [13:24]
    • You can choose not to be stressed about something. [23:43]
    • Negative emotions hold us back, pushing us to operate from a place of fear. Conversely, positive emotions encourage us to strive for success and pursue our goals, regardless of the outcome. [24:51]

    Keep In Touch with Jill Peterson:
    Website: https://findyourclover.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clover.insights/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cloverinsightsllc
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clover-insights-llc/

    • 41 min

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Real Business Connections- the podcast for REAL marketplace warriors!

What I love about Ben is how down to earth he is. He’s like your brother or neighbor next door. I appreciate that he cares about what his colleagues and followers think. Ben has been in the trenches of life numerous times and he always digs his way back to the top. He leads with humility, love, and service. I have made numerous connections with some of his podcast guests and I like how he uses his platform and popularity to bring value to the marketplace. Ben is for real, y’all. Keep the convos comin’!

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Filled with can’t miss wisdom!

Ben does a great job of finding great guests to deliver insightful nuggets of wisdom, tips, strategies and motivation. Always excited to see who he interviews next!!

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Excellent questions- Deep Conversations

amazing host who asks deep, curious questions!

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