Executive Coach – Blair Glaser, MA, LCAT, RDT – Interview Episode #004

I truly enjoyed my conversation with my favorite executive coach, Blair Glaser. Why, because she has always willed solutions into the world that make meaning in the lives of others.

The template for our conversation was borrowed from a passage in a book BIG MAGIC written by Elizabeth Gilbert. In Big Magic. She wrote this book to address what she believes about the notion of finding ones passion in life.

Ms. Gilbert says she believes there are two paths people travel when finding their passion. She says some people are like jackhammers, it’s as if they are born knowing what they will do with their life. Those jackhammer people are very clear, they decide what they will become, a doctor, teacher, fireman, or astronaut.  Next  and perhaps most importantly they do the work to bring their aspiration into reality.  Jackhammer people focus in the way an arrow focus it’s energy on it’s flight to the target. Those jack hammer people travel swift and far arriving exactly where they had planned,  on target.

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Then there are those people whose life is lived like a bumble bee or butterfly They travel from one flower, then another,  gathering knowledge, learning and growing with each and every flight. Their journey does not flow like the flight of the arrow, quite the contrary their journey zigs and zags. Their journey travels over different fields seeking flowers rich in nourishing pollen nectar.  Collecting nectar for bees is like collecting ideas, experiences, and skills for us humans. Some of us travel on life’s paths, collecting experiences until one day we take the sum total of our journey, on that day, is when we know we have found our passion.

Ms. Gilbert suggests we shouldn’t value the jackhammers journey over the bumblebees and butterflies.  The route of the journey takes is not important. So what may take the butterfly and bumblebee longer to discover their lives passion. We should honor both the jackhammer and bumblebee.

Big Magic offers deeper insights into finding your passion and so much more, Be sure to grab a copy then find a comfortable chair, because you won’t be able to put it down.

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This conversation tells the story of Executive Coach – Blair Glaser’s journey. Listen in,  as we discover together if the trajectory of her journey, was more like the flight of the butterfly, or the bumblebee.

During our chat, Blair & I talk about:

  • Studying acting as a pre-teen in NYC
  • Studying Theatre Arts at Northwestern University
  • The Collective Dance
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Overcoming Blocks and Obstacles
  • Love of Teaching
  • Being a Clinician
  • Executive Coach Role & Responsibilities
  • Workshops in the Woods – Nature as Teacher
  • Finding you power by embracing you story
  • Leadership Development
  • Empowering women

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Now it’s time to go prepare your favorite cup of coffee, tea.  If it’s later in the day perhaps it’s the perfect time for a glass of red wine and tray meats and cheeses. Next, you’ll want to find your favorite comfy sofa or chair and settle in.

I am delighted to have this opportunity to chat with my favorite Executive Coach, Blair Glaser. During our chat, she offers insights into her journey.  When you listen closely you may hear an idea, two or more for how to optimize your journey.

My goal in our chat was to illustrate for everyone listening live and on replay that finding your passion may not happen when you want it to, because it’s a journey.  So, be sure to remember to take copious notes at every milestone on your journey. One day the experiences you had and the notes you took, will serve you well.  Embrace the ride.

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Executive Coach – Tracy Goodwin – Voice Expert & Presentation Coach – Founder @ Captivate The Room – Interview – Episode #001

Tracy Goodwin is an Executive Coach – Voice & Presentation Expert, Keynote Speaker, Workshop facilitator and Founder of Captivate the Room.

Tracy brings 30 years of experience as an educator, trainer, entrepreneur, facilitator, and speaker.

Voice Power

I enjoyed interviewing Tracy because I’m truly fascinated with the work she does, and I am sure you will enjoy listening and learning from Tracy too. I have a blast each time I speak with Tracy because I learn great techniques and tips about how to maximize my voice in order to truly captivate the room. I’ll be working on all of the tips and techniques Tracy shares during our interview. So get comfortable, grab your favorite beverage and now that you are all set, let’s jump right into the conversation.

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Executive Coach @ The Art of Standing Out – Art Jones – Interviewed by Jonathan Tripp – Blog Episode #002

The Art of Standing Out (#TAOSO) How our name became out Northstar.

Read the text to understand what was hiding in our business name and how once accepted it became our Northstar.  Watch the video podcast to hear our thought on the power of Storytelling and why you should learn to harness your story powers.

In 2009  I launched my social media marketing agency and named it The Art of Inbound Marketing. I was very pleased with myself when I selected that name because I had always wanted a business with my name in the masthead.  Utilizing the Art of, satisfied that itch and yes, I thought I was clever using the play on words – The Art of.  However, unbeknownst to me, serendipity had intervened on my behalf and bestowed “The Art of” moniker onto me and my business for a reason.

In 2014, in order to provide a more end to end suite of solutions to the customers I serve, I added a second line of business to my practice. The new line of business became The Art of Standing Out focuses on using human-centered design and brand storytelling to create compelling brand strategies. With a solid brand strategy, our clients are able to optimize their marketing which allows them to maximize sales performance.

In 2015 something almost magical happened.  One day while working on a proposal and looking at the acronym TAOSO, which represents the brand name The Art of Standing Out, I realized the first three characters make the word TAO.   Taoism also spelled Daoism has shaped Chinese life for more than 2,000 years.  The central principle of the TAO philosophy is everything is better when it works in harmony with everything else in the world.  Merriam Webster says the TAO is the art or skill of doing something in harmony with the essential nature of the thing.

What struck me about my discovery was the intention of the word TAO was, in fact, consistent with my intention for my business. My business practices are focused on helping my clients establish alignment and harmony between the following:

  • What they do
  • Why they do it
  • Who they do it for
  • How their clients are changed after they acquire their products or service.

Initially, I thought, well that’s nice but you can not inject Chinese philosophy into your brand story. I asked myself who aside from me, a person with experience practicing Tai Chi (which is intrinsically connected to Taoist/Daoist philosophy).  I was certain people would not get it, the whole idea would be a bridge too far for my clients to cross, the brand would be rejected as being too frou-frou.

Then, one day soon thereafter, I sat down with a perfect cup of coffee to read a book by Elizabeth Gilbert titled Big Magic. In her book, she wrote, and I paraphrase – As an artist, there are times when you have a great idea, perhaps it’s a great treatment for a book. You work on the book and then one day you set it aside and begin work on something else. Elizabeth says that the Muse is always watching the artist at work. When the work is going well the job of the muse is to provide a constant flow of inspiration. However, when the artist falters and falls into inactivity for far too long, the muse becomes anxious, believing the idea will not come into existence. So as guardian of great ideas and provider of inspiration the Muse moves to take your idea from you and find someone else who is ready to embrace the idea. The Muse begins looking for someone else, someone truly ready to use the idea and take persistent action.  The muse moves to find someone committed to breathe life into that great idea.

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So, after reading that passage in that book.  I knew I was faced with a choice. Embrace the serendipity and embrace the true nature of the work I do, why I do it. My mission is to encourage businesses and business pros to work toward establishing strategic alignment between every element of their internal operations with the intent to bring the business into alignment with their external business partners, the community of fans and of course their clients.

For me, this became a big part of my evolution. Ii went from a business with the intention to make money and transformed into a business unabashedly committed to and proud of liberating this idea of The Art of was more than a clever play on my name but an integral piece of the why I do what I do and how we do it. With this realization, my brand became more complete. The intention puzzle was now clearly in focus.  I now proudly allow the idea of TAO to drive our focus on helping our clients achieve alignment and harmony in all things related to their business. TAO has become central to our philosophy, our brand strategy and serves as a constant great reminder of what the work we do is all about.

And so the story goes, once upon a time, I was happy because I’d found a clever way to incorporate my name into my brand.  Adding my name to my brand name, was my ego talking seeking ego gratification.

Today my perspective is completely different. These three letters, TAO when coupled with our embrace of Human Centered Design function as our twin NorthStars, guiding our business intention and interactions with the people and businesses we’ve built The Art of Standing Out to serve.

I came close to changing my business names to more something more vanilla. Now I am very glad I didn’t.  The acronym TAO remains an integral part of our brand name and holds an esteemed position in our brand lore.

Now about the video of my conversation with interviewer Jonathan Tripp (attached above).

About 12 months ago, I enjoyed the pleasure of talking with the host of Jonathan Tripp Live,  Jonathan Tripp. During our conversation, we talked about many things yet we always seemed to circle back to, how storytelling empowers Leaders to LEAD.

Jonathan is a great interviewer and asked thoughtful questions. There is a point during the interview where you will hear a long pause as I stop to process how to answer one of his questions. Great questions are a signature of what makes a great interviewer and Jonathan is a great interviewer.

Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed the conversation.

So, it’s time to go get your favorite beverage, and head over to that comfortable chair to tune into our video podcast. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed the thought-provoking conversation. Want to know more about anything discussed during the session give us a call, we would love to hear from you.

 

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Rise above the noise and stand out from the crowd!
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Art Jones & The Art of Standing Out w/Tracy Goodwin #Episode 003

Welcome back to The Art of Standing Out for another podcast episode.

In this episode Tracy Goodwin Founder of Captivate The Room, interviews me. We discuss my business practice, what I do, who I do it for and how they are changed after acquiring my products and/or services.

I am always a bit intimidated when speaking with Tracy because after all, she is an expert voice and presentation coach/trainer. However I’ve got a thick skin and know everytime I speak with Tracy even when she is interviewing me, I learn something. that is the true benefit of always surrounding yourself with brilliant people.

So now it’s almost time for us to begin. Go and get your favorite beverage, find a comfortable chair and settle in for my conversation with Tracy as we discuss The Art of Standing Out.

Take your time, we will wait for you 🙂

OK, Let’s get started!

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Are you a salesperson or a SALES LEADER?

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I read an article this morning with this title “Do sales people need to be thought leaders?  I say that the sales representative of today needs to be a leader and so much more.  This rebuttal addresses what happens when you do not encourage your sales rep to do the work to establish herself as a leader within the industry and line of business she serves.

Today’s sales landscape is very different than it was in the last century. In the 1900’s prospecting, following up, closing deals, objection handling and closing again was what was done because it worked. Back then salespeople had the upper hand, they had most of the information.  During much of the last century salespeople were indispensable (I’m referring to those well trained salespeople from notable companies like Xerox and IBM).

Today’s buyer is the most empowered buyer ever, because now they have easy access to information due largely to the ubiquitous nature of social and mobile media.  This HBR article excerpt says: “your customers including the ones you haven’t met—already know all about your offerings. On average, prospective buyers in business-to-business settings have completed 57 percent of their due diligence work before they engage a sales representative.”  Where does this leave salespeople?

Well without having something thought provoking, insightful or compelling to share with the customer team doing the due diligence it’s difficult to insert yourself into the buying cycle. Here’s what the average sales representative is relegated to when the sales manager says (1) Keep prospecting and the DM says, We have already selected our best 3 solution providers, (2) Keep following up with the DM!  DM says stop with the spam, it’s not wanted, (3) Keep closing, refer to items #1 and #2, their nothing to close.

When you do not encourage today’s sales representatives to do the hard work to establish their LEADERSHIP within the industry they serve you set them up to be consistently left out meetings with the economic buyer #LeadersOpenDoors.

Please join the conversation and share what you believe.

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4 MAJOR OBJECTIONS EVERY SALES LEADER HAS ABOUT SOCIAL SELLING

Join the ranks of the modern sales leaders, begin sharing your authority in your chosen field via social.

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The Future of Design

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. We are integrating breakthroughs in sensor an

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Elon Musk demonstrates how design and manufacturing are evolving.

 

Living in the 21st century will become even more amazing.

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Defining A Growth Hacker: Three Common Characteristics

In this series titled “Defining a growth hacker”, I will be exploring the meaning and practical application of growth hacking through a number of..

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If your not maximizing these three things you are not a growth hacker; (a) Data (b) Creativity (c) Curiousty. Growth hacking is just as much an art as it is a science. #GrowthHack #TAOSO

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Inbound Marketing Is Under Attack: A Thoughtful Response

Inbound marketing flies in the face of traditional advertising. Find out whether your company should be practicing inbound or sticking with ads.

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Buyers are different!

“We don’t need salespeople, ads, direct mail, calls, fancy brochures or many of the old-school marketing tactics that were a requirement just 10 years ago. Not only do we not need them, but we also don’t want to buy from brands that insist on using them. Instead, we’re opting for brands that respect our journeys and create experiences for us that enhance those journeys. This massive change is why inbound marketing and content marketing work so well and why they are so challenging for people to understand and master.”

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Hover Camera 360 Pano sample video

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Imagine having a camera hover near you constantly recording your every move without you needing to fibble with controls, sound too good to be true?  Well, get ready because the Hover Camera has arrived.  

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China’s LeEco teases its very own autonomous electric car

LeEco really wants the world to know it isn’t just about TVs and smartphones. After the announcements of its investment in Faraday Future and Aston Marti

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The Chinese are coming with an electric self driving car called the LeSee. Should Elon Musk and his Tesla be worried?  No worries for Musk, competition only means there is a market for self driving electric cars. Let the competition begin!

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10 Neuro Design Principles Product Manager Should Know

Neuro Web Design principles that helps you create better products

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Today science confirms many things that we once believed because of antedoctal information. Now we have NEUROSCIENCE studying everything from why stroytelling works to why we buy anything.  This post provides a solid top 10 things to do inspired by neuroscience.

 

The article suggests that product and marketing managers are the target audience for this content. I believe that because we all manage our own professional BRAND no matter what we do, that these principles apply universally when we undertake managing the brand called YOU (me). Wnjoy the read and remember to share this with your colleagues because these tips are mission critical for us all. 

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Forbes Welcome

At #TAOSO We Coach – Brand Strategy, Storytelling, Marketing Using Human Centered Design Method to Co-Create Solutions

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Founders of SMB and Solopreneurs often struggle establishing the right price point for their products, services or solutions. They struggle for many reasons.  This article is a compliation of ideas and solid tips on how to establish pricing models that are fair and equiatble to all parties.

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