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 Stasiuk 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”.
Unlocking the talent in school leaders with ruckus maker Danny Bauer
"Everyone wins when you get better." That's the mantra of coach, speaker, podcast host, and author Danny Bauer.
Danny helps school leaders fight isolation and frustration in order to gain clarity and find solutions to their greatest challenges.
The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast launched in 2015 and is in the TOP 0.5% of most downloaded shows across the world. Danny's popular weekly Masterminds can be described as leadership incubators for world-class educators seeking a hybrid of group coaching and community. (You'll have to apply to be on the waitlist in order to participate!)
Listen in as Danny shares his motivation and inspiration to serve this neglected niche of ruckus makers in a very unique way.
01:16 Meet Danny
03:54 Why Leaders in Schools?
07:54 Podcast Promotion
09:19 How to overcome Impostor Syndrome
17:01 A Space to Connect
23:11 Mastermind: Unlocking Talent within every School Leader
26:21 Personal Branding and Success
30:47 Ruckus Maker vs Play Safe Principles
39.19 Connect with Danny
Call or text Danny: 312-788-7595
Our Wonder Family with Duane Zingale
Duane Zingale is a Marketing Connection Consultant and founder of the digital marketing group Legacy Catalyst. What you may not know is that Duane and his daughter Ariasha share a rare craniofacial disorder called Treacher Collins Syndrome, which affects the development of facial bones and tissue. For the Zingales, this condition results in hearing loss and the need for aids and prosthetics.
Together with his wife Becky, Duane has made a side pivot to initiating meaningful conversations with kids about inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. They do this through the Zingales' Our Wonder Family social media presence, viral YouTube videos, and their children's book Wonderfully Different, Wonderfully Me - a story that belongs in every household, classroom, and clinic.
1:41 Our Wonder Family
05:19 Different is a Good Thing
13:31 Confidence and Personality
21:20 Stories to Move Forward
26:04 Treacher Collins Syndrome
31:05 Join the Community
33:43 Embracing Individuality
37:16 Amplifying Difference
39:39 Risk and Passion
Supercharge your creativity with Mike Brennan
Mike Brennan is a New Jersey-based designer and illustrator. He studied in New York City and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and The School of Visual Arts. Mike has worked with a range of clients in the past, from major brands including Mobile, Heineken, and Chase Bank, to independent agencies serving boutique businesses like Tuscan/Lehigh Valley Dairies and Sportcraft. He spent years in editorial design as an art director/designer for magazines like CollegeBound, Succeed, and Link Magazine.
Today, Mike helps fellow creatives and content creators leverage simple, practical steps for establishing a daily creative habit. He does this via international public speaking, the Daily Creative Habit community and newsletter, and his course “Your Artist Journey”. Mike recently released the Daily Creative Habit journal to take your creativity to a new level.
01:13 Meet Mike
03:28 Debunking the Artist Type Theory
04:58 People Don’t Understand What You Do
08:21 What to Learn and What to Delegate
12:26 Years in Business
14:12 Delegation is Challenging
16:22 Scaling your Business
17:59 Silver Sage
19:16 Daily Creative Habit
27:38 Commitment to a Daily Habit
33:58 Event Sketch
39:39 Check out Mike
43:31 Everybody is Creative
50:29 Connect with Mike
Making tough decisions in business with Lianne Kim
Lianne Kim founded Mamas & Co. in November 2014 with the aim of bringing mama entrepreneurs together to support each other in their efforts to grow their businesses. Her current role is to continue to grow the mission of the community by working on strategic partnerships and curating the educational content such as our conferences and online courses.
In addition to leading this community, she is also a Business Coach and she helps business owners at all different stages through her online courses and coaching programs. She also runs an annual retreat for female entrepreneurs every January.
While she loves her work, Lianne’s #1 passion in life is spending time with her family. She is a wife a mama to two adorable kids and she loves going on family adventures, whether it’s traveling to a new destination as a family, or going on long bike rides. She believes that it is possible to have the life and business of our dreams.
01:30 Business and Wine
04:12 Fast Action
04:55 A Rebel
05:19 Square Peg in Business
06:09 The Struggle
07:29 MOM community
13:46 Mamas & Co. and MamaCon
18:31 Courage to do the First Thing
20:44 Bringing Great People Together
23:21 Attracting the Right Client
25:10 Being Decisive
26:20 Learn more about Lianne
Transforming your business and life with Dana Goldstein
Dana Goldstein might be the master of pivot. Her business, Digital Shoebox, evolved from a photo, video and slide digitization company into a video production company she named ChicFlicks. As the business grew, ChicFlicks was absorbed into the Digital Shoebox banner and continued to thrive. And then, pandemic. When a full calendar of video shoots was wiped out, Dana was forced to find another source of income. She pivoted to writing, something she hadn't done since her days as a journalist more than 20 years ago.
Dana believes in the power of pivoting and transforming. She says, "Accept that your true skill may not fill the bank account, but it sure does fill the heart (and keeps you well-stocked with chips for those shitty days)."
00:51 Here’s Dana
04:26 Challenges in Writing
05:04 Journalism: After University
08:01 The Pivot
12:41 Digital Shoe Box
28:42 The Pandemic
43:12 Books Published
Focus is overrated with Caroline Ceniza-Levine
Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career expert, founder of the Dream Career Club, and a media personality sharing career advice and hiring trends for the US job market.
Caroline is a Senior Contributor to Forbes Leadership, author of Jump Ship: 10 Steps To Starting A New Career and executive coach for Columbia Business School’s Executive Program in Management. She has been a repeat guest on CBS, CNN, CNBC, and Fox Business and is regularly quoted in major media outlets. Caroline speaks on all aspects of landing your dream career, including how to change careers into something new, how to build a strong personal brand, how to cultivate a supportive network and how to negotiate what you’re worth.
A longtime recruiter, Caroline shares the inside knowledge of how companies decide who to hire, promote or let go. She has coached executives from Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Google, McKinsey, Tesla, and other leading firms on how to make a great living doing work they love. Clients work with Caroline to advance their careers from middle management to the executive level, to make more money (including landing significant raises) or to make a big career pivot and do something new.
A classically trained pianist at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, Caroline stays active in the arts, writing and producing with FBC Films. Caroline divides her time among Florida, New York, and Costa Rica.
01:06 Meet Caroline
03:42 Career Transition
05:22 What Brings you Joy?
07:54 An Inkling
12:15 The Stand-up Comedy
17:41 Unique Things in Us
24:01 Bucket List
25:33 The Dream Career Club
29:17 What’s My Next Thing?
31:03 Connect with Caroline
What a great show! Nikki has an engaging and warm approach that gets to the heart of things with her guests. Conversational & practical!
What an Amazing Interviewer!
Nikki is an absolute joy to listen to. The conversation never sounds scripted, and it seems the host and guest genuinely enjoy speaking with her. If you haven't given her podcast a listen yet - you are missing out!
Nikki is such a fantastic and inviting host!
I love how Nikki welcomes her guests with curiosity and fun to answer questions. She has a beautiful knack for pulling out what's truly magical about each guest in such a fun and inspiring conversation. Thanks so much for creating this podcast space for talented creators to share their creative energy in fun yet intimate behind-the-scenes stories!