Matthew Griffiths | The “Escape Room” for Entrepreneurs and Surviving and Thriving After a Brain Tumor

Matthew Griffiths is a Vistage Group Chairman at Vistage International (UK) Ltd. Vistage is a leading global executive peer-group organization with 24,000 members worldwide. Matthew works with many business networks in his capacity as a Non-Executive Chair, Executive Coach, and Strategic Advisor. He has held senior leadership roles in the entertainment technology sector including being the Company Director/MD at TSL & White Light Group. He then became the Chief Executive Officer at PLASA Ltd, the world’s largest entertainment technology trade association, for 18 years. 

Matthew is the host of the Turning Point Podcast series from Vistage (UK). He is also involved in a company called Games Without Frontiers, a kind of escape room for entrepreneurs. 

In this episode, John Corcoran talks to Matthew Griffiths, of Vistage International (UK) Ltd about leadership and business coaching, about his role as a Vistage chair, and his experience with battling brain tumor.

Pramod Raheja | Creating Better Leaders, MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, and Building a Fleet of AI-Powered Drones

Pramod Raheja is the co-founder and CEO of Airgility, a company based in the Washington DC area doing interesting stuff with drones in a commercial application and they are helping large companies and entities such as the US Air Force and Department of Homeland Security with their drone technology. Pramod is an Aerospace Engineering graduate from UMCP with over 30 years of aviation and aerospace operations experience. He is also a longtime member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and has been an entrepreneur for many years, having founded a number of companies while being a full time pilot with United Airlines.

Pramod has a comprehensive understanding of technology at a tactical and strategic level and he always takes a customer-focused approach to management, new business development, revenue generation, and profitability. He is also a Graduate of the Founder’s Institute and the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at MIT.

Ian Wyatt | Travel, Real Estate, Ecommerce & More: How Industries Will Change Post-COVID (June 2020 Update)

Ian Wyatt is the President of Wyatt Investment Research, a firm that helps individual investors achieve better financial results by providing independent investment research and trading education. He has been helping regular investors uncover hidden growth opportunities by beating the market and finding great investments at attractive prices. Ian has been actively investing in the stock market for the past 30 years and has spent more than 20 years publishing his investment ideas online to help fellow investors benefit from his successes and failures.

Ian Wyatt is also the host of the Daily Profit Podcast where he discusses the biggest growth trends with the biggest profit potential and his best investment ideas. He attended Skidmore College, the George Washington University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management. He lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

In this episode, John Corcoran interviews Ian Wyatt, an investment expert, about the effects of COVID-19 on different sectors of the US economy. They talk about changes in the real estate industry, travel and hospitality, e-commerce, entertainment, and co-working spaces.

Michael J. Fleming | Finding Your People and Navigating Sales Tax During Uncertain Times

Michael J. Fleming is the Founder of Sales Tax and More, a full service consulting and solutions firm with a passion for state tax. Although he is based in Texas, Michael serves all the 50 US States, and he also serves Canada and Puerto Rico. He has many years of experience working for a prominent firm handling state tax issues and is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on the topic and is an expert when it comes to Nexus, e-commerce, drop shipping, and service providers. Michael started Sales Tax and More with the goal of creating something different by providing flexibility, creativity, personalized service, accountability, and a commitment to education.

In this episode, Julie Musgrave, guest host of the Smart Business Revolution podcast is joined by Michael J. Fleming where they talk about sales tax, the Wayfair decision and its impact on Michael’s business, effects of COVID-19 on businesses, and how working from home could create a nexus.

Lewis Schiff | Internet Pioneer, Birthing of Giants, Moonshots and Moneymakers

Lewis Schiff is the Chairman of Birthing of Giants, a highly regarded fellowship program held a couple of times a year at MIT and Oxford University. It brings together thought leaders and business owners to help them create a powerful and successful year ahead for their businesses. He is also the author of a number of books including Business Brilliant, The Middle Class Millionaire, and The First Habit.

Lewis Schiff was the Executive Producer of Worth Magazine in the early 90’s where he was involved in the early stages of content marketing as the magazine transitioned from a great personal finance magazine into web property. In 2010, he founded Inc. Magazine’s Business Owners Council, a membership organization for top entrepreneurs and owners of closely-held family businesses. Lewis is currently a contributor on Forbes.com.

John Corcoran talks with Lewis Schiff in this week’s episode of Smart Business Revolution where they discuss the Birthing of Giants fellowship program, the importance of technology in business, and what makes their new Moonshots and Moonmakers program interesting for businesses.

Dr. Jeremy Weisz | Q&A About B2B Podcasting: How do I get Podcast Downloads?

Dr. Jeremy Weisz is John Corcoran’s business partner with whom he co-founded Rise25 Media which helps B2B business owners connect with their ideal prospects, referral partners, and strategic partners through a done-for-you podcast service. Dr. Weisz has been involved in podcasting for 11 years and was a senior producer for one of the early business podcasts where he helped to put all of their systems in place and helped them add volume, feature, and edify various business leaders.

Dr. Weisz has also been running his own podcast, Inspired Insider, since 2011. He has been featuring top entrepreneurs in video interviews in his podcast including the founders/CEOs of P90X, Atari, Einstein Bagels, Mattel, the Orlando Magic, and many more. He continues to run his own chiropractic and massage facility in downtown Chicago and has also founded a nutritional supplement business.

In this episode, John Corcoran and Dr. Jeremy Weisz answers some of the top questions they get about using podcasts and content marketing to grow business networks, get ROI, and connect with high caliber referral partners, clients, and strategic partners.

Sarah Nichols | Q&A with an Employment Lawyer About Workplace Rights During COVID-19

Sarah Nichols is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in HR and employment law, and she is the Founder of Nichols Law PC. She has spent years representing Fortune 100 companies but she has since pivoted and now represents employees who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by their employers.

Sarah is also the host of the Women’s Advocate Podcast. She is a skilled public speaker, author, coach and HR expert. She has taught at both Berkeley and Hastings Law Schools, and is a frequent speaker for associations as well as private employers. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Economics.

In this episode, John Corcoran shares a Q&A session he had with Sarah Nichols about issues related to COVID-19 and the workplace rights of employees. They talk about how to determine if a workplace is safe to come back to as COVID-19 continues to sweep through the country, the rights of employees working in the office or at home, the responsibilities of employers and some legal issues related to safety and employment.

Dr. Tracy Brower | How We Can Get Back to Work and Bring Life to Work

Dr. Tracy Brower is a work environment sociologist and a Principal with the Applied Research + Consulting Group at Steelcase. She is the author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations, which focuses on work-life fulfillment. Dr. Brower is a contributor for Forbes and Fast Company, as well as an executive adviser for Coda Societies and the MSU Professional Mathematics Program, and she is also an award-winning speaker with over 25 years of experience working with global clients to achieve business results. She is also a board member for the FM Research & Benchmarking Institute and her work has been featured in TEDx, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Dr. Brower holds a PhD in the Sociology of Work as well as a Masters of Management (MM) in Organizational Effectiveness, and a Masters of Corporate Real Estate with Workplace Specialization.

In this episode, John Corcoran talks to Dr. Tracy Brower about what businesses and employees should do to get ready to go back to work after the current health crisis. They talk about how the work environment has changed over the last couple of months, how company leaders should become present and visible to effectively take charge and guide their teams, and the importance of staying connected during a crisis.

G. Steven Cleere | Food Startup Innovation and Food Supply Chain Disruptions in the Age of COVID-19

Steven Cleere is the Founder and Chief Brand Developer of Nexxt Level Brands. For over 30 years, he’s been actively involved in marketing, advertising, and promotion disciplines, and in 2014, he founded NexxtLevel Brands, a consulting group aimed at helping small and medium-sized businesses to scale and to grow especially those in the food and CPG areas. 

Steve previously worked as Co-founder and Managing Partner at Trade Marketing Inc., aka TMI Group, which is a retail marketing agency. He’s also worked in grocery, drug, mass and specialty real retailing, software development, promotion evaluation, and key account profitability. In 2019, Steven and his wife, Deborah, combined their backgrounds and created Kitchen2Shelf, which is an educational service that provides online courses and in-person workshops for food and beverage entrepreneurs at all stages of growth.

Derek Sivers | Breaking out of Berklee, Making it Big in Music, and Building Key Relationships

Derek Sivers has been a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher. He started two companies called CDBaby and HostBaby a number of years ago which were quite successful and later exited them. 

Derek refers to himself as an ambitious hustler and ‘a monomaniac, introvert, slow thinker, and love finding a different point of view’. He is a California native based in Oxford, England and he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

In this episode, Derek Sivers is interviewed by John Corcoran about how he connects with people and keeps his relationships strong. He also shares what it was like to perform with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kimo Williams, his experience at Berklee College of Music, and what he learned about the music industry.

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