Brett Trainor is a startup growth expert, business mentor & coach, podcast host, angel investor, speaker, and host of the Hardwired for Growth podcast.


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34. How Podcast Guesting Can Drive Substantial ROI to Your Business
On this episode, we welcome Kelly Glover, founder of The Talent Squad.  The Talent Squad is a boutique podcast agency that book podcast tours for entrepreneurs.  Kelly started podcasting in 2007 and has an 18-year track record working in media and talent management. Kelly knows what producers want because she's been one! With a background in commercial radio, Kelly has walked her talk and hosted her own syndicated radio show, worked as a talent agent, celebrity interviewer, and has produced award-winning podcasts.   Key #LessonInGrowth: Podcast guesting, yes, it is a thing, is an unbelievable opportunity to jump start growth (if you are prepared) Why launching your own podcast is a long tail growth strategy while guesting is a shorter term strategy? Podcast guesting- it is not about you, it is about the audience Size doesn’t always matter when pitching a show- make sure you can add value to the audience How to effectively pitch to guest on a podcast- hint- the key is to make it easy for the producer/host How to repurpose your podcast guesting episode content for maximum impact   Website:
33. How the “Barefoot Spirit” Propelled the Founders of Barefoot Wines from a Laundry Room to the Board Room of E&J Gallo
On this episode, we welcome Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey to the program.  Michael and Michael & Bonnie are the founders of Barefoot Wine, America’s #1 Wine Brand.  Their New York Times Business Bestseller, The Barefoot Spirit, is now required reading in more than 50 schools of entrepreneurship   In this episode Michael and Bonnie shares their remarkable journey from a laundry room of a rented farmhouse to the boardroom of the world’s largest wine company, E&J Gallo and how that journey paved the way for their future endeavors and the creation of a new category of audio books called Audio Theater.   Key #LessonInGrowth: The Barefoot Spirit equates to an entrepreneurial mindset (West Coast Style)- opportunistic and problem solving Not being an “expert” on insider allowed them to ask dumb questions to break out of “this is how it has always been done” mentality Consistency in the wine/product was a differentiator to the current model. Why 500 Cases of Wine/year was their top priority Leveraged outsourcing and partners to scale the business Leveraging grassroot tactics and community level brand building helped accelerate acceptance and growth.   LinkedIn: LinkedIn: Website: Website: Click here for a free audio episode of The Barefoot Spirit.
32. How Co-Founders Turned an Idea into a $100 Million Business
On this episode, we welcome Phil Hollyer to the program.  Phil is the Co-Founder, former CEO and now Executive Chairman for Bounteous.  Bounteous creates big-picture digital solutions provider that helps drive growth for their clients.  In this episode Phil shares the Bounteous journey from a 2-person startup to a high growth company that has been featured in Inc.’s fastest growing companies.  Bounteous now has over 300 employees and is closing in on the $100 million in annual revenue.  We go deep on how Dominos became one of their first customers how their partnership launched both companies to the next level, especially in the digital revolution in the early 2000’s. Questions we answer: How Phil and Bounteous were pioneers in creating a virtual organization How working with a couple of large, enterprise customers, Ceridian and Domino’s proved to be the right strategy How Bounteous was at the center of the digital revolution with Dominos Why they chose a Horizontal vs. a Vertical focus on growth- broad vs. niche Why Human Resources was a critical focus early on The power and constraint of unicorn employees
31. The Storm Warrior: Applying Lessons from Surviving a Category 5 Hurricane
On this episode, we welcome Christine Perakis to the program.  Christine, AKA the Storm Warrior, is a serial entrepreneur, business coach and author.  Christine’s first entrepreneurial venture was a fragrance company. Since then, she has started, grown and expanded 9 others as well as advised 100s of clients on five continents. Her remarkable journey includes surviving two record-breaking category 5 hurricanes, including the first one that left her buried alive for nearly 24 hours and forced her to survive without electricity, running water and telecoms for a couple of months on an isolated adopted-island nation.  The leadership and resilience lessons that she learned have been incorporated into her next book, The Resilient Leader, which is being released in 2020. In this episode Christine offers strategies that anyone can use to weather the inevitable storms of life and business and come through thriving.
30. Why VA’s Could be the Missing Link to Your Productivity
On this episode, we welcome Victoria Tretis to the program.  Victoria is a former executive assistant that became a virtual assistance before starting her current company- VA Matchmaker. VA Matchmaker helps take the confusion and complexity of using virtual assistants.  She matches entrepreneurs with the skill set they need.   In this episode Victoria breaks down the What, the Why, and the How of using remote resources to drive efficiency and value in your growing organization.  She also provide tips on what not to do. LinkedIn: Website:
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