Creating a Book, Cover to Cover, Inside and Out

December 28, 2015

Adina Ferguson, Ian Anderson, and Tyler Mendelsohn are recent grads from University of Baltimore's Creative and Publishing MFA program talk about the experience of not just writing, but doing every part of the process except the printing.  Their thesis was a book.  They wrote it, designed both sides of both covers, how the pages would look, what paper or stock to use, even marketed them.  Now they can look at that book and say, "I did this!"  They talk about that process and give us some great marketing tips. 


The Best Fun/Weird Holiday Music Ever!

December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!  Every year at this time I play a show of really off-beat holiday music.  I had intended to re-record it this year since I have better audio software now, but my microphone had different ideas.  Still, this show is a lot of fun.  The first one is the a capella group Straight No Chaser's The 12 Days of Christmas.  If you haven't heard it, ya gotta.  There are other songs from that same group, but lots of others as well.  Manheim Steamroller is one, and there's a Hawaiian version.  That one may only be funny to me, though, since I lived there and get all the references, but it's an interesting twist on a song that really needs interesting twists.  Enjoy!


America’s Integrity Expert, Dr. David Gruder

December 14, 2015

Integrity is not just about keeping your word.  There is integrity within yourself, as well as within your relationships, both personal and community-wide.  Dr. David Gruder is "America's Integrity Expert."  He is a clinical & organizational psychologist who brings the best of psychology to business, the best of entrepreneurship to professionals, and the best of both to social change & governance.

An award-winning author and highly sought-after speaker, David coaches corporations and individuals the collaborations skills required to create sustainable productivity, profitability & job satisfaction.  Simply put, if you  want a work environment where everyone - top to bottom - enjoys their work and feels fulfilled personally and professionally, talk to David.  Happy employees ultimately leads to growth.


A Doctor Without Borders: And MSF Surgeon Tells It Like It Really Is.

December 7, 2015

Bob Baxt is a surgeon who spends most of his time these days out of the country. He works with civilian humanitarian medical services like Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the former hospital ship Hope.  He's spent a lot of time in Africa and has seen what is actually going on there.  Bob states at the outset of the interview that his views are his and do not represent the views of any government or any organization he has worked with.  But he says we're trying so hard in this country to help the people in war-torn countries, but we can never understand what is going on there unless you understand the tribal system that they have used as their form of government for eons.  The concept of a centralized government isn't even in their consciousness, yet that's what we keep trying to get them to use. 

Bob also steps back some and gives us a brief history of how things got the way they are in Africa.
With the dangers involved, the lack of supplies and sterility, why do Bob and others like him keep going back?  Listen and you'll know.


Vicki Brick on Growing Up in a Fitness Dynasty

November 30, 2015

NOTE: This is an old show, before I was using a good microphone, so I apologize for the sound quality.

Vicki Brick recently took over as CEO of Brick Bodies.  Before then, she worked at the clubs, starting in sales and working her way up to a general manager position.  Before that, she played pro ball.  Yup, basketball.  We talked about what it was like growing up in a fitness dynasty and how it was growing in a climate where other clubs are going out of business. 


Pam Webber, Author of the Coming-of-Age Novel, “The Wiregrass”

November 23, 2015

There's a portion of the deep south known as the Wiregrass, for the particularly nasty kind of grass that grows there.  That's where author Pam Webber and her cousins spent their summers growing up.  And that's where the fictional cousins of The Wiregrass spent their summers.  The summer she writes of is the one where they are starting to realize their childhood is coming to an end and the way things have always been, isn't the way they're going to be anymore.

One of the reasons she wrote this book is to bring more awareness to the problem of child abuse. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says that in one year alone, more than a million kids were abused or at risk for being abused.  We need to stop that.


Adrian Suskin Part 2: ZimKids; Teaching teaching them to fish

November 17, 2015

This is part two of this podcast.  There was just too much really important stuff to fit into one.  In Part 1, we introduced Zimbabwean Adrian Suskin. We talked about the former Rhodesia claiming it's independence, and how the Great Liberator became a tyrant who, in five years, took Zimbabwe from tremendous affluence to abject poverty, 90% unemployment, and inflation so high $100 billion could buy a loaf of bread.  In this, Part 2, we talk about what Adrian and others are doing to bring the country back to its former glory.


Adrian Suskin on Robert Mugabe and Present-day Zimbabwe

November 10, 2015

Adrian is an American citizen, but he was born in what was then Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe.  And he still has very strong ties to his home country, a land so prosperous it was called the Breadbasket of Africa.  They boasted a literacy rate higher than in many Western countries.  In Part 1, we talked about President Robert Mugabe's "nationalizing" the white-owned farms 2000, bringing the country to its knees in only five years.  This was recorded in mid-2012, when inflation was so out of control, the government was printing $100,000,000,000,000.00 bills – that's one hundred trillion dollars – the life expectancy was back up to about 50 (it first dropped to the mid-30s), and unemployment was at about 90%.  In Part 2 of this podcast, he talks about his Zimkids project, that feeds, clothes, educates, and teaches skills to Zimbabwean orphans. 


Ariana Ayu: The Bold Bodacious Branding and Business Coach

November 3, 2015

When Ariana Ayu first approached me about being on my show, I was uninterested. Everything about her is big and bold and, yes, sexy. She is unabashedly voluptuous. I could not imagine her being a good business coach. But being a good talk show host, I did my homework, and then I couldn't book her fast enough! Big and bodacious and sexy is her brand. It works for her. She does not try to make it work for anyone else. She guides clients to find their own brand and she helps them make it as strong for them as hers is for her.

And the conversation was such fun! You'll love the way we fed off each others' energy. This will be one of the most valuable branding shows you're heard.


Sales is Not a Dirty Word: Eric Lofholm, Incredible, Affordable Teacher

October 20, 2015

Eric was on the verge of being fired from his sales job because he never met his quota.  Three months later, he was the company's top seller.  Listen to him talk about how that happened.  And then he figured out that what he really wanted to do was teach selling.  At a really affordable price.  So people could actually afford to learn it.  As I listened to listen one again, I got even more value from it.