11 episodes

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”.

Square Peg Entrepreneur Nikki Takahashi

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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”.

    010: Paint your next-level success with Haley Hoover

    010: Paint your next-level success with Haley Hoover

    As an international Success Coach + Intuitive Artist, Haley Hoover helps coaches and entrepreneurs break through their next level of success with ease. Through her Intuitive Business™ framework, she has helped dozens of women grow their online businesses and self-publish their first books with fun and flow.
    An Amazon #1 New Release Author, Haley is the go-to expert for business owners who wish to deepen their innovation and expression. Haley’s expertise has been featured in PositivelyPositive, Thrive Global, Thought Catalogue, and Hypnozine among others. She has also spoken alongside Deepak Chopra and is the host of the Top 5% Globally ranked podcast, The Sparkling Hippie Podcast.
    When she’s not sitting behind her psychedelic-colored laptop, she can be found watching 60’s hippie documentaries in Sonora, California, where she resides with her partner.

    After the show...

    Head over to https://fetchingfinn.com/paint-your-next-level-success-with-haley-hoover to see the painting Haley created in our Intuitive Art Experience and learn about the mind-blowing results!

    • 43 min
    009: Own your brand as an ambitious introvert with Mahlena-Rae Johnson

    009: Own your brand as an ambitious introvert with Mahlena-Rae Johnson

    Speaker, comedian, and four-time author Mahlena-Rae Johnson is a networking expert for introverts at her company Mahlena Speaks. Mahlena honed her relationship-building skills while earning her MBA at the University of Southern California. She later translated her quiet savvy for connecting with like-minded individuals into expanding her media empire from the US to Canada. On her weekly Instagram show How to Network in Your Pajamas, Mahlena teaches her audience of shy yet ambitious professionals how to meet new people from the comfort of their homes.
    An Américaine living her best life in the suburbs of Toronto, Mahlena has been featured on BusinessBecause, CBC Kids, The Great Canadian Woman Podcast, The New to Canada Podcast, and more. She has a passion for writing and speaking about professional development topics including personal branding, social media storytelling, building a new network for immigrants and expats, and writing a ten-second elevator pitch.

    • 44 min
    008: Social media and the road to thought leadership with Blair Kaplan Venables

    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.

    Highlights:‌

    01:10 Blair and Social Media
    04:37 Why PR?
    05:48 University Life
    07:51 Backstory
    10:04 Business Struggle
    11:13 Passion Project
    13:22 New Goal
    16:50 What is Stopping You?
    18:07 Digesting Success
    20:22 Social Media for Personal Brands
    24:15 Social Media Experiment
    27:13 Social Media Surprise
    29:02 Great Publicity
    31:00 Get it Done
    33:35 Find Blair

    • 35 min
    007: Double down on your difference with Stephanie Zhong

    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.

    Highlights:‌

    02:33 Meet Stephanie
    03:51 Gifts of being Shy
    6:30 Telling Stories
    08:32 Exploration of Opportunities
    11:20 Study what you Love
    12:28 Power of Story Telling
    13:05 A Job at GE
    16:37 Bravery
    20:43 Owning your Story/ Double Down on your Difference
    24:27 Fear
    27:05 Mosaic of Stories
    32:27 Ideal Client
    36:00 Get in Touch with Stephanie

    • 39 min
    006: Being Messy and Successy with Tessa Hull

    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.

    Highlights:‌

    01:16 Meet Tess
    05:02 Starting Out
    09:11 Personal Development
    11:17 Coaching as a Career
    17:31 Being yourself in any Business
    23:00 Getting Stuck in the Pandemic
    30:00 Talking about Mental Health
    37:03 Coaching Specialty
    41:10 Connecting People
    42:45 Get connected with Tessa

    • 45 min
    005: Create a mindset that you love with Claudine Chicheportiche

    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!

    Highlights:‌

    01:29 Meet Claudine
    03:44 Claudine’s Coaching Journey
    07:45 A Coach at 25
    10:22 Success Stories
    13:17 Confidence and Life Skills
    16:20 Books smarts and Life skills
    17:21 Passion in Serving
    21:14 Jungle Adventure
    25:00 Ugly Karate
    28:55 Olympics
    39:06 Physical Goals
    39:50 Common Thread
    40:50 I’m Never Enough: I can do Better
    42:45 Every client is Unique
    46:00 Expanding Possibilities
    51:15 Get in Touch with Claudine

    • 53 min

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