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Altovise is an introverted entrepreneur that launched, stumbled, and learned how to manage entrepreneurship, motivational speaking, and being a single mom. Her failure led her to start conversations with CEOs and entrepreneurs about the good, the bad, and the ugly when you first start a business. (Or, when you first try to start a business) She has written and co-authored multiple best-selling books including her first book, "It's Okay to Cry" - and now, in this podcast, Altovise brings you the conversations that can help you to launch, stumble less and learn. Can you become a successful entrepreneur? New episodes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

The #SpeakEasy Podcast Altovise Pelzer

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Altovise is an introverted entrepreneur that launched, stumbled, and learned how to manage entrepreneurship, motivational speaking, and being a single mom. Her failure led her to start conversations with CEOs and entrepreneurs about the good, the bad, and the ugly when you first start a business. (Or, when you first try to start a business) She has written and co-authored multiple best-selling books including her first book, "It's Okay to Cry" - and now, in this podcast, Altovise brings you the conversations that can help you to launch, stumble less and learn. Can you become a successful entrepreneur? New episodes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

    Methods of Finding Peace with Jonathan Robinson

    Methods of Finding Peace with Jonathan Robinson

    Jonathan Robinson is a fellow podcaster and author shares his insight on how to find your own inner peace in only 5 minutes! Starting on his own journey to inner peace at only the age of 12, he has been a guest on Oprah and has interviewed spiritual leaders such as Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle, and more. He is a certified hypnotist and spent 5 years under various disciplines in monasteries.

    Finding your own peace is a personal process. Most think that peace comes from outside of ourselves but in reality, peace comes from within each one of us. He has uncovered more than 180 ways to discover peace, but the first 100 did not work for him. He encourages us to keep searching until we find the method that gives results.

    He shares the following tips:
    Listen to meditations.
    Discover your gifting.
    Find what you love.
    Allow change. Stay open to new ways and explore.
    Practice gratitude. Say, “thank you”.

    He guides us through an easy one-minute meditation that reduces our stress hormones.
    “Stress is in our heads but when we move to our hearts, it relaxes and centers us.” Stress breaks during the day help to prevent the momentum of anxiety and overwhelm that so many people feel. Set yourself up for peace. Practice finding peace often throughout the day so that stress does not affect us so much.

    He shares a secret mantra from a famous Indian Guru.

    There are so many ways to tap into peace. We must find our way to our own inner peace. We know the power of peace but yet it is not taught that we should seek it. Mindfulness techniques help us find our peace and affect the world around us.

    We can help our kids find their inner peace too. Make it a habit to help them. Give them opportunities to have undistracted moments and discover their own ways to find peace within themselves. In doing this, we will have more peaceful homes.

    Reach out to Jonathan at findinghappiness.com for happiness hacks and see his books. Also, find him at awernessexplorers.com where he has free guided meditations and his podcasts.

    Meet Jonathan:

    Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 14 books, and a professional speaker from Northern California. He has reached over 200 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages. Mr. Robinson has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and articles about him have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. He has spoken to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Bank of America, and FedEx. Jonathan’s specialty is giving people powerful methods that can be done in under three minutes that help them quickly tap into intense feelings of peace, joy, love, and determination. In his public talks and seminars, Jonathan is known for providing people with immediately useful information in a fun and entertaining manner.

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    • 27 min
    Let's Get Engaged with Lisa Ryan

    Let's Get Engaged with Lisa Ryan

    Right now, engagement is the big thing that is driving decisions. Whether it is engagement on a post, engagement through a video, or engagement through an event, it drives the revenue in your business. Consistent engagement is a positive force in getting in front of the clients and customers that you are looking for.

    What makes them show up?
    What makes them keep coming back?

    There are many myths and bald-faced lies circulating the internet streets but this episode will shed some light on best practices to build and keep engagement. As an introvert, I had to tap into ways to engage that did not drain me or find ways to reset after being drained. Hey...it was a process but one that I am glad that I learned for the sake of my business.

    Lisa's nuggets:

    ~ When you are consistent you can repurpose your content
    ~ Livestream is a great way to connect with your target audience
    ~ Be consistent on Social Media
    ~ There will always be something magical about getting on the phone with people
    ~ It is your responsibility to follow up and respond to people that engage with your content
    ~ Thank you goes a long way
    ~ The connection makes a big difference, especially on video

    You may be the entrepreneur that has questioned if your business can be successful online. The answer is yes but...

    Yes but you will have to be consistent to create momentum
    Yes but you will need to increase visibility by using pictures and video
    Yes but where you show up matters
    Yes but you will need a strategy

    Anything that you want to be successful at takes time, energy, and money to make it successful. Engagement is a key component of all three. Lisa hit on some great things in this episode like repurposing content which a lot of entrepreneurs forget about. When building engagement you don't always need to reinvent the wheel. What do you have that worked really well? Were there any pieces of your content that went viral?

    Use that!

    When you go back to the foundation of a good salesperson you will always see conversation and networking. Going as far back as the Kirby vacuum people, that would go door to door doing sales. Every time you engage you are going through that same process just on a bigger scale. Lisa shared a recent experience while using Zoom to speak for an event that many of us can relate to. (Especially the introverts) We can tend to get comfortable with turning the camera off but everyone benefits the most when our cameras are on.

    How are you building engagement during these times? We would love for you to join the conversation by going to bit.ly/worldvoicecommunity

    Meet Lisa:

    Lisa Ryan, CSP, helps organizations develop employee engagement strategies that keep their top talent from becoming someone else’s. Lisa is a Certified Speaking Professional and best-selling author of ten books, including “The Upside of Down Times.” She also has served on many non-profit boards, including President of the American Welding Society, Cleveland Chapter, and serving two terms as President of the National Speakers Association, Ohio Chapter. She is a proud Cleveland native and received her MBA from Cleveland State University. She has been blissfully married to Scott since 1996 and they are the proud parents of two very spoiled cats.

    Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
    Twitter https://www.twitter.com/grategy
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/LisaRyan14
    LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/asklisaryan/
    Youtube http://youtube.com//user/mygrategy
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    • 14 min
    The Conversations That Matter For Customers with Jim Karrh

    The Conversations That Matter For Customers with Jim Karrh

    Customer service has shifted considerably over the years but the heart of customer service has remained the same.

    ~ Create a customer experience that creates repeat customers

    The World Wide Web...www for everyone under 35...has made the customer service experience automated in many industries. Bots respond to messages and you can speak with some live your laptop instead of your phone. So how do we adjust and reset in order to continue to create repeat customers without losing the connection with our customers?

    It's all about the conversation!

    Jim's nuggets:

    ~ Be sure you are talking about your business effectively
    ~ Create business conversations every day
    ~ Being an introvert does mean that you can't have customer conversations
    ~ Good conversation is a give and take
    ~ Don't give people excuses when it comes to business conversations
    ~ How you approach a new relationship matters

    Building business relationships is not a class that you'll see but you will always see classes on the best sales techniques. That is because many use the information from sales books and classes to determine how to build the business relationships that they think will be best for them. Be mindful that many of the tools shared are looking at selling to a client or customer once. Looking for ways to strengthen and build business relationships allows you to have a warm market for new product launches.

    Having the right conversations is the foundation of networking. Word of mouth continues to be an executive-level marketing tool for any business. I once saw a conversation started because one man liked another man's watch. They talked throughout the whole flight and then exchanged business cards after we landed. Who knows what opportunities that may have opened up for either one of them. You can have conversations every day that increase your bottom line.

    Jim shared some great insight into what conversations matter for the customers that you want to connect with. Be sure to take notes because customer service is always evolving and the nuggets shared in this episode are timeless.

    Are you working on having better conversations with your customers?

    Meet Jim:

    (Note that my last name is pronounced "car")
    In our increasingly noisy world, Dr. Jim Karrh helps businesses break through the noise and grow—through more effective and consistent customer conversations.
    Jim offers his experience as a consumer researcher, award-winning corporate marketing leader, and now consultant, speaker, and coach to businesses ranging from startups to members of the Fortune 500. He is the author of "The Science of Customer Connections: Manage Your Message to Grow Your Business" Jim is also the host of “The Manage Your Message Podcast.”
    Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimkarrh/
    Twitter: @JimKarrh
    web: https://jimkarrh.com/

    • 22 min
    It's Showtime - Busting the Marketing Myths with Jon Petz

    It's Showtime - Busting the Marketing Myths with Jon Petz

    There is magic that happens when it comes to marketing. Things happen that most entrepreneurs can not accurately explain but we know that we want that magic to happen for our business. Not only do we want it to happen, we want to be able to replicate the results time and time again. Like anyone that has ever tried to do a magic trick...that first time is pretty tricky.

    The equation looks simple:
    Market your product or service + People buying your product or service = Revenue

    Just like when you tried to do magic for the first time, marketing takes some time and practice. Jon Petz, my guest in this episode has an odd background. He started out as a professional magician and then became a corporate sales. A shift happened for him and he became a corporate magician along with keynote speaker. There are many of you that can relate to an entrepreneurial journey that is similar. We start to see that the talents and gifts that we have can be intertwined with the work we want to do. (That is when we really begin to achieve success in business)

    You carry your brand with you wherever you go - Jon Petz

    Jon's nuggets:
    ~ Be prepared to be in the spotlight at anytime (Marketing occurs whenever you open your mouth and talk about your business)
    ~ Ask yourself, "What is the orupose behind what you are doing?"
    ~ Be your best at all times because you never know when an opportunity will arise
    ~ Preparation allows you to exceed expectations
    ~ Do what it takes to take what you do or what you know to the next level

    You are able to better display what you do or what you are selling when you feel it makes an impact in the lives of other people. It's a decision that only you can make but many other people benefit from it. Marketing can defined as you putting yourself on display. There are many who have anxiety about marketing because of this.

    Imposter Syndrome kills dreams daily!

    The tips that Jon shared and insight shed some light on the things that matter most to your clients and customers. When you are marketing, it is okay to try different marketing options but you must give them a timeline. Measuring tha success of a marketing strategy takes times. Become deliberate and consistent in your message in order to be able to measure what works best.

    Don't forget, flexibility is key because things will change.

    Meet Jon:

    Jon Petz is a two-time, best-sellers list author, motivational keynote speaker on performance, and the power of human connections. He brings this passion and energy for performance, purpose, and impact to events of all types, as well as to those he professionally coaches to strengthen their performance mindset and success in life, business, and careers.

    Jon is a former sales & marketing executive in big corporations as well as a tech entrepreneur. As a remarkable addition - Jon is a professional magician and has performed around the globe for audiences of all types. This one-of-a-kind combination brings relevancy, experience, and understanding to the real-world challenges and opportunities we face in our professional pursuits. It also produces masterful storytelling, engagement, and entertainment factor that is uniquely and unequivocally the Jon Petz Experience. Far more than “JUST” a keynote, it is the perfected trifecta of strategy & mindset, personal inspiration, and incredible entertainment.

    USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine and many other media outlets have covered the success of Jon Petz and his quest to help people engage deeper, perform better, and fuel growth personally and professionally. His second book, Boring Meetings Suck, ™ was named by Inc. Magazine as a top ten and must-read business book.

    Jon’s third book, Significance In Simple Moments, has gone through six printings and focuses on human connections...

    • 18 min
    Beyond the Higher Ground with Thomas Brigger

    Beyond the Higher Ground with Thomas Brigger

    "It's not an end game. It's just how life goes"

    Thomas Brigger talks about his latest novel "Beyond the Higher Ground". It is about a Project Manager for a very large construction company who finds an opportunity to restart his life after losing his wife building a prison on a mountain in the Appalachian Mountains. In the process, he discovers a world he never knew existed- an opioid underground.

    As the prison goes up, the drug smugglers press to get him to move off the land and abandon the project. A test of endurance and perseverance. With so many today under crisis mode, this book speaks to us about standing the test of time. A man's personal tragedy and his recovery come together with the opioid crisis showing us that there is more than higher ground in the mountains. When we shy away from adversity, we start building our own prisons. When you go higher, you just need to keep going, to have hope, and to keep moving in life, and keep living through adversity.

    Thomas's takeaways:
    ~ Once you reach the higher ground you can go beyond it
    ~ The simplest things can make a world of difference for someone else
    ~ Find your process - sticky notes are a huge help
    ~ You need to have hope in order to keep moving

    There are times where we shy away from adversity which creates a personal prison for us. Identifying that helps you to be able to piece together a blueprint of what you will need to do next. When we shy away from adversity it is often connected to how we believe others will view our circumstances. It where the whole IG lifestyle comes in. Yet, it is your transparency that will allow you to embrace your current situation.

    We have to have a clear picture of what higher ground will look like for us. Not our children, not our neighbors, and not even the picture our parents have for what higher ground looks like will always match what we see for ourselves. Higher ground requires us to let go of the picture that was given to us in order to create our own picture. It helps in business and in life.

    Meet Thomas:

    Thomas A. Brigger is a businessman, entrepreneur, traveler, and author of Beyond the Higher Ground, a novel about intrigue and suspense amid the opioid crisis in Appalachia. With a background including construction worker, small business owner, instructional writer, real estate developer, builder, consultant, and corporate executive, the author draws from his experience to recognize the nuances of human behavior. Proclaimed by a former instructor to be “potentially one of the great writers of the century”, Brigger set aside his business interests to concentrate on writing fiction, a craft that he mastered by writing short stories for most of his adult life. He writes from his home in Southwest Ohio, where he focuses on the variants of American life and matters of importance to American people.

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    • 16 min
    Maximum Results with a Virtual Team with Carlos Valdes-Dapena

    Maximum Results with a Virtual Team with Carlos Valdes-Dapena

    I am a keynote speaker, author, and organization development professional with over 30 years of experience supporting global corporations, including Mars, Inc., and IBM. I have written two books on teamwork: "Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High-Performance Collaboration and Teamwork" and “Virtual Teams: Holding the Center When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face.” Both books are based on original research I conducted during my 17 years as an internal consultant at Mars, where I worked with iconic brands such as M&M's, Snickers, and Wrigley’s gum.

    I have presented and offered workshops at numerous conferences including the Midwest Technology Leaders Conference, the North American Organization Development Network, The Conference Board, and the Organization Design Forum. I am also a guest lecturer at American University and George Mason University.

    Social Media Handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
    LinkedIn - Carlos Valdes-Dapena
    Twitter - @CarlosVDapena
    Facebook - @crvdapena

    • 18 min

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