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The THINK GREAT EXPERIENCE is a podcast featuring dynamic guests who share their impactful moments of greatness. Hosted by: author, speaker, and business coach, Erik Therwanger.

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The THINK GREAT EXPERIENCE is a podcast featuring dynamic guests who share their impactful moments of greatness. Hosted by: author, speaker, and business coach, Erik Therwanger.

    Episode #10 - ROI – Return on Impact - With Guest Joe Schmit

    Episode #10 - ROI – Return on Impact - With Guest Joe Schmit

    Erik and Joe discuss the need for inspiration in our ever-changing world, the importance of making an impact, and the need for communication and creativity while striving for greatness!

    More about Joe:

    Joe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader, author and popular keynote speaker. As a sports broadcaster, he has covered every major sporting event in the past 4 decades and has interviewed many of the biggest names in sports. He joined KSTP-TV in 1985 and has won 18 Emmys from the National Television Academy. In 2020, Joe was awarded The Silver Circle designation by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Emmys for extraordinary contributions to the broadcasting industry. He was also honored with a National Headliner Award in 2001. 

    Before joining KSTP-TV in 1985, he was Sports Director for WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His career also includes positions as a weekend sports anchor for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Joe earned his degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 

    Joe is also an author of two books: “Silent Impact” and “The Impact Blueprint.” In 2019 Joe was also inducted into the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame and earned his CSP designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15 percent of NSA  members worldwide have achieved the CSP designation. 

    Joe is a long-time youth mentor committed to advocating for a number of community organizations with Big Brothers and Big Sisters is at the top of his list. He is a past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities. He has raised over $3 million for the organization through the Joe Schmit Celebrity Golf Tournament which had a 16-year run. In 2000, he was the winner of the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and in 2001, a winner of the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth mentorship. He was also honored as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Community Leader of the Year in 2005. In 2018 Joe was honored with the Mike Givens Distinguished Service Award for The Mind over Matter Foundation. 

    Joe and his wife Laura also chaired a $4.5 million dollar capital campaign for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota. He is past president and board member of the Fairway Foundation and has contributed time to many other charitable organizations.

    www.joeschmit.com

    https://twitter.com/JoeSchmitKSTP

    https://www.facebook.com/joeschmitsports

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-schmit-speaker/


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode #9 - A Movement Towards Legacy - With Guest Tim Murphy

    Episode #9 - A Movement Towards Legacy - With Guest Tim Murphy

    Erik and Tim discuss the importance of living life on your terms, harnessing the power of your mindset, and building a community of like-minded individuals as you strive for greatness!



    More about Tim:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWhINoV-s4KRI8Nv4Nc2QUw/featured 

    TeamSugarShay.com

    https://www.valuedriveninvestor.com

    https://www.facebook.com/MurphsLegend/

    https://www.instagram.com/murphslegend

    http://askmurphshow.com/

    #AskMurph






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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode #8 - Building a Healthy Team - With Guest Terri Mattson

    Episode #8 - Building a Healthy Team - With Guest Terri Mattson

    Erik and Terri discuss the importance of health and wellness, especially in the corporate workplace, to increase engagement, performance, and retention while striving for new levels of greatness!

    More about Terri:

    Terri Mattson has been in the coaching field for over 14 years and founded Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness in 2016. She is a Wellness Consultant for corporations and senior communities, is a Certified Integrative Wellness & Life Coach working holistically with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness and is a health and wellness personal coach, mentor and author. After leading members to successful weight loss with a well-known company she founded her own business working with companies and individuals championing them in the journey towards best self.

    She believes today is the first day of the rest of your life. As a motivational speaker, she is engaging and educates, inspires and motivates you to make big changes one small step at a time. Standing out as a company that cares is critical to keeping your top employees. Having a wellness program onsite engages, motivates and educates your team, transforming your work place to a work family.

    Terri is passionate about helping others be the best they can personally be beginning today. She’s an accountability partner, helping you build confidence while making changes in a doable, approachable way. She lives with her husband and is the mother of four now grown boys.



    www.beginning-today.com

    https://twitter.com/lifestyle_well


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode #7 - Effective Delegation - With Guest Ryan Hentges

    Episode #7 - Effective Delegation - With Guest Ryan Hentges

    Erik and Ryan discuss our need to develop everyone as leaders, to fine-tune our delegation skills, and the importance of constantly working on our workplace culture to achieve greatness!

    Ryan Hentges is the CEO of Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative

    https://www.mvec.net/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-hentges-8a73643/

    https://twitter.com/ryan_hentges


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode #6 - We're All Human - With Guest Kari Switala

    Episode #6 - We're All Human - With Guest Kari Switala

    Erik and Kari discuss our need to stay focused during challenging times, exhibit high levels of humility, and giving back to others to achieve greatness!

    More about Kari:  

    Kari Switala lives in Farmington, MN with her husband, Kevin; her sons, Max & Sam; and her furry-legged children, Lucy, Murphy & Steve. She is the chief creative officer at Wild Fig Marketing, a boutique marketing firm that provides targeted online marketing solutions for small - medium sized businesses.

    When she’s not writing or working, you’ll likely find her at her cabin in northern MN, where she loves paddleboarding; boating with all of her boys, and reading books while relaxing on the dock with a glass of chardonnay. 

    Some fun facts… 


    She once rode a cow when she was 5 
    She played volleyball with her intra-mural college team against prison guards in a maximum-security prison in England 
    She sang “I Will Survive” with a band in Paris 
    She is terrified of snakes and despises black licorice 
    She learned how to play the ukulele two years ago along with her 13-year-old son  

    www.wildfigmarketing.com 

    https://www.facebook.com/WildFigMarketing 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kariswitala/


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    • 59 min
    Episode #5 - Patiently Persistent - With Guest Anita Drentlaw

    Episode #5 - Patiently Persistent - With Guest Anita Drentlaw

    Erik and Anita discuss the impact of the pandemic on businesses, the need for leadership, and the importance of giving back in our communities to achieve greatness!  

    *This episode was recorded on March 8th, 2021 any tax information mentioned, might have changed by now.  

    More about Anita: 

    Anita Drentlaw is the President/CFO of New Market Bank.  She began her career at the bank in October of 2002 as the Operations Officer after working for McGladrey & Pullen as a Financial Institution Tax Accountant.  Over the years, she also held the position of Cashier and CFO.  In January 2014, she took over as President/CFO.  She is fortunate to be the 4th generation of her family to lead the bank.  Her background includes earning a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in 2000, receiving her Certified Public Accounting certificate in March of 2001 and graduating from the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, CO in 2010.  She currently serves as the Vice Chairman for the Independent Community Bankers of MN (ICBM).  She also services as the Vice Chair of the Consumer Financial Services Subcommittee for the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).  She has also been very involved in her community and several non-profits over the years including the Prior Lake-Savage Optimist Club (currently on the board and oversees the high school mentorship program the club provides), St. Michael’s School and Church, board member of Chase’s Warrior Foundation (provides adaptive equipment to kids with special needs), mentor to high school student through the MNCAPS (MN Center for Advanced Professional Studies), member of the Dakota Scott Counties Workforce Board, and the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce (chair of annual fall gala and member of membership luncheon committee).  She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.


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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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Working on Greatness ,

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My team and I have worked with Erik and his team going on five years. The number one takeaway for me is leadership development is a journey. It is not a one and done task. Erik’s events and his podcasts provide inspiration to keep pushing forward, keep working on becoming a better leader. Listening in on other leaders’ experiences is invaluable. I always find a point or many that are timely and helpful for me in leading my team and overcoming challenges. Listen and grow!

B Gunderson ,

Highly recommend

I have the opportunity to hear Erik Therwanger speak at Chamber functions. Not only is Erik a GREAT speaker but a very humble human. His approach to helping companies get on track, meet their goals and learn how to get your staff to work hard for you is really one of the best I’ve ever heard! If you are looking for new ways for your team to collaborate and crush goals please listen to this podcast or reach out to Erik to see how he can help!!! This is a must listen too podcast and I can’t recommend Erik and his staff enough!!!! You won’t be disappointed!

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