Maribeth KuzmeskiI thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Maribeth Kuzmeski.  She is one of the most knowledgeable authors that I know working with business marketing professionals to sharpen their connection skills.

You might be asking just what are connector skills, well it is that wisdom that you posses within to reach out at the right time and speak with someone who you think just might be able to help you jump start a project or a business idea.  Maribeth says to forget marketing tactics or business school best practices.  Those are handy, but its’ really people–and the relationships you build with them–that form the cornerstone of long-term success, sales growth and excellence.  Whether you’re a salesperson, an entrepreneur, or an executive, your ultimate job is to bring in clients and keep them.

Maribeth’s new book, “The Connectors“,  presents a five-step methodology that helps you to build the kind of high-quality relationships that lead to lifelong clients, repeat customers and endless referrals.

Inside her book you’ll learn how to:

  • Stop networking and start truly connecting
  • Create an avalanche of referrals and an army of happy customers
  • Become a “connector”, even if you’ve never been a “people person”
  • Find your social IQ–and improve it
  • Put relationship-building principles to work daily
  • Focus on others and reap the rewards yourself
  • Ask the right questions–and sell without selling
  • Differentiate yourself through the impact you have on others

These skills and more are revealed in “The Connectors“.  My interview with Maribeth also reveals many of the benefits of learning how to become a better connector.  I recommend that you listen, and learn from this master in her field.

If you are looking to build relationships, and make more meaningful connections then this is a must read book. If you would like more information about Maribeth and her services I recommend that you visit her website by clicking here to learn more.  Enjoy this wonderful interview.

David Daniels M.D.How many of you are aware of the Enneagram?  I  had been exposed to the concept some time ago, but never really understood the aspects of the Enneagram until my interview with Dr. David Daniels.  He is the expert on the Enneagram and how to utilize it as a tool both personally and professionally.

So just what is it, and how can you use it?  Dr. David Daniels new book entitled, “The Essential Enneagram“, is a wonderful tool that assists the reader in understanding the various personality types that make up the Enneagram.  Dr. Daniels takes the reader through a simple process of identifying  your type and the characteristics associated with your personality type.

The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.  “Ennea” is Greek for nine and “gram” means a figure or something written.  Each of the nine patterns is based on an explicit perceptual filter and associated driving emotional energy.  These patterns determine what individuals of each personality type pay attention to and how they direct their energy and behavior.

Discovering your Ennegram personal type can help you learn how to bring positive change into your life.  It can help change the way you relate to yourself and others as well as give you a greater understanding of the circumstances and issues facing you.  Moreover, it can give you powerful assistance in integrating the personal and spiritual aspects of your life.

If you would like to learn more about your personality and identifng aspects of your personality that are serving you and others that have the option of changing for the better, then I highly recommending reading Dr. David Daniels new book “The Essential Enneagram”.  It will provide you with useful information to improve your relationships at home and work.    More information about Dr. Daniels and the services that he offers can be obtained by clicking here to access his website.

Enjoy this wonderful interview with a very interesting and knowledgeable man about something that everyone should have knowledge about.

Chris Edgar Author Chris Edgar was an attorney with a busy career before starting an inner journey toward peace, happiness and spiritual awakening.  His new book entitled ,”Inner Productivy-A Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work“, is about cultivating what Chris refers to as “inner productivity”–the mental and emotional state that allows you to get the most done and find the most enjoyment in your work.

Inner Productivity-A Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work helps the reader develop the mental discipline they need to get the most out of their work.  Chris offers techniques that range from meditations and visualizations  to forms of conscious breathing to help the reader  hold their attention on projects, reconnect with their passion and overcome fears of limiting beliefs.

In our interview together we speak about our own personal fighting and fleeing from our mental and emotional clutter because of the pain associated with it.  Chris exposes techniques on how we can be with it and learn to let go.

He speaks about:

  • How to enter a “flow” state of effortless attention and efficiency.
  • Quiet stray thoughts and feelings that tend to disrupt our focus.
  • How to stay connected with our passion and motivation in our work.
  • How to transcend fears and limiting beliefs that hold us back from performing at our best.
  • How to stimulate our creativity when we are feeling uninspired or mentally blocked.

If you are like most people today who work in a job where we are under the pressure of the “constant doing” and preforming at our highest level, then Inner Productivity-A Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work is a must read.  Once you pick up this book you won’t want to put it down, for it is going to assist you in finding the inner peace and calm that is so needed when we are under stress and pressure.  It will make you more productive, efficient and effective while at the same time keeping you calm in the eye of the storm.

I hope that you enjoy my interview with Chris Edgar, and if you are interested in learning more about Chris please click here to visit his website.

Will Marre I have been a fan of Will Marrè’s for a long time.  His workshops and writings are fantastic!!! He is a joy to listen to and  dialogue with.

His new book entitled, “Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner“,  is designed to enlighten and move his readers to action.  All of us can admit that we live in a world that is constantly changing.  Our lives have been moving at a faster pace, and we are looking for more meaning and purpose in our personal and professional lives.

Will’s new book ” Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner” is written to get you thinking about your personal promise.  What is is that you would do to make a difference in the world?  What is your personal promise to yourself and your family?

Will asks you to “change how you think about change.”  To create a world of sustainable abundance which means to find the pulse of life we can maintain that doesn’t burn us out or exhaust us but enables us to be fully present in each moment filled with both gratitude and new solutions.

If we are to live lives filled with sustainable abundance, then as leaders we need to be Real Leaders.  We need to be responsible, ethical, create abundance and a legacy.  When we look at our world from a real leadership perspective our challenges become opportunities, and our decisions are made with the whole world in mind.

Will encourages individuals to know themselves, to dig deep within themselves and do some soul searching.  Why are you here?  What is your promise, and how can you fulfill it?

As the author articulates,  soul as I mean the word is not some poetic spiritual abstraction or article of religious dogma, but the core essence of who we are as living breathing, feeling, thinking human beings.  Our soul is the deepest dimension of our awareness, as silent intelligence that underlies all of our mental and emotional functions.  Our soul is not the object of our thinking.  It is the thinker.  The “me” before the thoughts.  is is the sacred essence of our individual identity.

So if you are looking to search your soul, and find a place within yourself that resonates with the essence of your being and from this place be moved to take action and make a difference in this world, then I not only highly recommend “Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner” I also recommend that you watch some of Will’s great video’s on Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner by clicking here.

You are going to love this interview with Will Marrè, and I know you will want to read this book more than once to really dig into the essence of the message.

Lou CassaraI have been a personal friend with Lou Cassara for over six years.  We met at a Spirit in Business conference in Santa Fe, NM.  Lou was attending the conference to better understand the concepts behind the triple bottom line for business. If you are not aware of the triple bottom line, it is people, planet and profits.

Lou has always been a trendsetter when it came to working with his financial services clients.  He is part of a very prestigious group of men and women who make up the top one half of one percent in the insurance industry.

His book, “From Selling to Serving“, is about the process that Lou has developed to help him stay in the top of his industry, and he explains the very important aspects of how to better understand and work with clients/customers in any business.  His “Client Creator Process” has been taught to thousands of sales and marketing people throughout the financial services and has helped so many sales people understand the simplicity of attracting and retaining customers.

Lou has found out that how you communicate with your clients accounts for 85% of the relationship.  Yet most sales professionals spend only 15% of their time developing these vital skills and abilities.   People buy from people.  Relationships, not products are the key.  Changing the way you think about these relationships, and moving from a selling to serving mindset creates unlimited opportunity.

I hope you enjoy this interview with a true master in his profession, and someone who will teach you how to attract, connect and commit by aligning intention with actions.

If you would like to know more about Lou Cassara and his book “From Selling to Serving” please click here to access his website.  Enjoy our interview together.

Lisa NirellAre you interested in learning how to energize growth in your business?

If this interests you then you are going to love my interview with author and business consultant Lisa Nirell.

Her new book entitled, “Energize Growth Now”,  is all about how you can make a shift in your business growth by working smarter and not harder.  I know that for most entrepreneurs the hours dedicated to launching a new business are endless, and then when you get momentum, often the zest you had for the business is lost because you are not using as much of your creative energies.  Your business becomes more process and procedure without creative energy.

Lisa says that it takes clear vision and enduring principles to succeed over the long term.  Her new book “Energize Growth Now” shows you how to:

  • Avoid the pitfalls of running a growth company.
  • Tackle the common misconceptions that distract from your goals and sabotage good ideas.
  • Create a vision of your business’s future that keeps everyone focused and energized.
  • Develop a strategic growth plan that actually works
  • Adopt quickly to changes in your market and your business.
  • Link your brand to your growth plan to maximize market traction.
  • Launch online communities and social networks that foster long-term relationships and develop true customer evangelists.

In her book, Lisa addresses how beliefs can pose one of the biggest threats to our business growth.   You see our brains process the incoming data and decide if it is important or not to our success.  As a result of our filters we form our own reality, and as a result of our realities we begin to believe or not believe what may play an important role in our personal and business success.

If you are interested in moving your business to a whole new level of creativity, innovation and growth, then I highly recommend that you listen to my interview with author Lisa Nirell.  Her book, ” Energize Growth Now“,  is a wonderful read, and she is an inspiring consultant and coach.

If you would like to learn more about Lisa and her services please click here to access her website.  Enjoy our interview, and if you have additional questions please email Lisa through her website.

Dilip Abayasekara Ph.DI thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Dilip Abayasekara.  His new book entitled, “The Path of the Genie“, is a wonderful  book about the lessons learned by Aladdin.  In my interview with Dilip we explore these lessons and how they can apply to our lives to bring us more happiness, meaning and purpose. Based on the truths derived from the story of Aladdin, “The Path of the Genie“, extracts powerful examples for living from pivotal points in Aladdin’s story.  Highlights such as rubbing the lamp, getting the Genie’s help, winning the love of the princess, and the sacrificing his own desires in order to grant freedom to the Genie are almost magically changed into lessons for life: getting rid of negative forces and discovering the transforming powers of humanity, self discovery, and self-offering.

As Dilip articulates so well through this book, you are not an accident of nature.  There is a purpose and meaning behind your life.   The hard part is finding that purpose and meaning.  The path to finding your purpose and living out your destiny is what “The Path of the Genie” is all about.  So, just what is your heart’s desire?  How can you achieve this desire, and why is it so important to you?

If you are asking yourself these kind of questions and would like to explore the answers that dwell within you, then I highly recommend reading this entertaining and enjoyable book that provides you with the lesson and guidance to find your purpose in life.  My interview with Dilip is wonderful and will be a real stepping stone for those seeking to answer these life long questions about their purpose in life.

If you would like to learn more about Dilip Abayasekara, his workshops and book, please click here to be directed to his website.

David M. CorbinMy good friend David Corbin has just released his new book entitled, “Illuminate: Harnessing the Positive Power of Negative Thinking”.  Isn’t that a great title for a book?  Not only is it a great title, the concepts presented here are wonderful.

How many of you when you have been challenged or confronted with a negative situation take the time to learn from it?  Many times we divert our energy and move in the opposite direction of the challenge hoping that it will go away.

In David’s new book he dispels the myths about constantly remaining positive to find solution.  This is very contradictory to the traditional Positive Mental Attitude approach.  David believes that if you illuminate the negative and question authority, become proactive and think outside the box that it will help you find solutions to your challenges. He states that we need to develop critical thinking skills and be unafraid to face the truth.

David’s book is filled with examples and experiences of countless individuals who have discovered that negative thinking can bring about unparalleled positive results in anyone’s work and life.  So if you want to make breakthroughs in your life look at what is not working and learn from your mistakes.  I love the analogy in this book about Thomas Edison.  If you remember Edison took 300 tries to develop the light bulb.  He was reminded about how many times he failed.  And his answer was, “I now know over 300 ways not to make a light bulb.”  What a great analogy for life, just keep trying even if you are failing at something and at some point you are going to have a breakthrough.

I am sure glad that Edison illuminated the negative,because if he had not we would all probably still be in the dark.If you want to know more about my good friend and author David Corbin you can visit his website by clicking here.  He is really a wonderful man with a big heart and lots to teach us about harnessing the positive power of negative thinking.

Srikumar RaoI found my interview with Srikumar Rao to be fascinating.  Here is a man that has been teaching a course on Creativity and Personal Mastery at the University level.   Year after year his courses are filled with students that provide accolades for the professor and the material taught in his courses.

In the introduction of his book Dr. Rao asks you to wake up from your dreamworld and make a better life for yourself. His book and his course shows you how to take the action and create a life filled with success, happiness and fulfillment.

Dr. Rao states that the first block to personal mastery–and one of the biggest–is our unquestioned mental models.  He states that these are our fixed ideas of how the world works and how things should or shouldn’t be done.  We accept these models so completely that we live our lives according to them. From these fixed ideas we construct our own realities.  And some of us must admit that the realities we create are not so wonderful.

So just how does all of this happen?  It happens through our mental chatter.  You created your world unconsciously.  Your world was created by your constant companion.  So who is this constant companion?  It is the mental chatter that you are in dialogue with on a daily basis.  It is your voice of judgment that is telling you what is right, and what is wrong.   One of the secrets to a successful life is to be aware of this mental chatter, and to look for the patterns in our mind chatter.  Journal and attempt to replace the mental chatter with positive reinforcing messages.

Are You Ready to Succeed? is filled with wonderful exercises to help the reader overcome many of the challenges that one faces in becoming a true success.  The ideas and concepts are borrowed from the ageless wisdom, but we all need to be reminded of the ways to over come the mental challenges that get in our way of success.

I highly recommend this book, and Dr. Rao’s course.   If you would like to learn more about the course and to download the syllabus please click here to be directed to Dr. Rao’s website.  I know you are going to love this interview with a true master of in the art of creativity and personal mastery.