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1486:Cherish Lee is quickly becoming known as country music's "rebel with a heart of gold
Cherish Lee- Meet Cherish Lee. She is quickly becoming known as country music's "rebel with a heart of gold"! She's not only an artist, but an honest to God, down and dirty servant to all those that are beat down and in need of love.  Whether animal or person, Cherish has always had a heart to help them.  To all those she helps, she's a tattooed princess, but she's not all angel! Cherish Lee refuses to play by some of the country music industry’s biggest rules! In Lee's own words, "I refuse to pay money to make it on the ‘music charts!’ I want it to happen, because I worked my ass off, and people actually want to hear my songs! What happened to passion, story telling, rebels with a cause, and music that had its merits in how DAMN good it was, and how it made you feel?  Our forefathers in music would be ashamed of us." Lee's album cost less than $1,500 to record, reminiscent of Nirvana's first album, "Bleach", which cost $600.   Lee's first-time producer, Nate Wedan, quickly found the heartbeat of the album and added his own spectacular flair to it. Cherish says "I wanted to have the people on this album, who made my heart skip a beat when I saw them live, and that’s what I did.  I couldn't have made the album without the people I've been blessed to co-write with, all the badass musicians that worked on it and Wedan. I was respectfully allowed to be the artist, and most importantly, a mother. Nobody flinched at Wyatt (Lee's son) coming into the studio with me, and in many of the sessions, I'd be holding him while cutting vocals!"   Cherish has seen how hard the business is first hand through her father, Johnny Lee (country music legend, Urban Cowboy's "Lookin' For Love") and mother, Charlene Tilton (television sex pot vixen, Lucy Ewing on hit TV show, “DALLAS”). She quickly gained her own recognition as a singer and songwriter in THE Music City. Lee's album is truly homegrown-- a Cinderella piece that is just flat out cool.  This October 2017, Lee is releasing her first single "Tequila Cowgirl," along with her music video debut.   “Tequila Cowgirl” is about an all American girl- a hard worker; she's got her head on straight, knows right from wrong and lives by that. She loves Jesus and tequila. She loves her animals and is thankful for what she has. While she doesn't need a man and won't share her bed with just anyone, she is looking forward to meeting the right one. Any guy would be considered lucky to bring her home to meet his mama, and every girl wants to be her best friend! The song has an intimate, nostalgic feel to it with a healthy dose of country music. The full, aptly- named album, "Tequila Cowgirl" is scheduled for release in January 2018. It's honest music that tells a story, and Lee's voice conveys it beautifully, with all the attitude that her fans have come to expect from her.   Pre-sales for the single, "Tequila Cowgirl" begin October 8, 2017 on iTunes https://soundcloud.com/user-540070298-962276980/tequila-cowgirl/s-fW0qb www.cherishleemusic.com Listen to another #12minconvo   
Chris Kalaboukis is a visionary disruptive innovator, prolific inventor, speaker, and futurist /EP 1997
Chris Kalaboukis- Chris Kalaboukis is a visionary disruptive innovator, prolific inventor, speaker, and futurist. He is the co-founder of helloFUTURE, a global foresight, innovation, and patent development consultancy specializing in the development of innovative new products, services, patents and strategies for financial services, technology, media, and retail/e-commerce companies. He is also named on 74 patents in the internet, social networking, and fintech space.   An experienced technologist, he has architected, and launched a multitude of apps, both web, and mobile. A serial entrepreneur, he has helmed several startups from inception to launch.   He has authored several books on innovation and the future and blogs and podcasts at thinkfuture.com Listen to another #12minconvo
245: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Tara Marulli
We all have our challenges and struggles to overcome. Sometimes it takes us hitting rock bottom to find our hidden gem. Over the past couple of years, my life has completely turned upside down after getting hurt on the job. Due to my lifelong injuries, my teaching career would never be the same again. Looking back, I now see why things happened the way they did. Even though I loved teaching, and I absolutely adored my students, I had this overwhelming feeling that there was something else I needed to be doing…something much bigger. But like most of us, we continue to stay in the same place because it feels safe and comfortable. At first, besides being in constant pain, I started feeling sorry for myself…it was so unbelievably frustrating. If it weren’t for the continued love and support from God and the Angels, my friends and family, and my puppy, I’d be in a much worse off situation. One day, I decided enough is enough, I wasn’t going to fall victim to my unfortunate circumstances, and instead I went searching for answers within, and found my life purpose…my truth. This led me on my own personal transformational journey…I did a lot of soul searching and work on my mind, body, and soul. My true mission originated from my wounds of low self-esteem and body image issues that I endured growing up. And what I realized was that mostly all of my struggles stemmed from putting everyone else before me, and not loving myself first. Coming to that realization was a tremendous Aha moment for me, and ever since then, I’ve been empowering not only myself, but others, as well. That’s when I decided to sign up for Get Gutsy Coach Training School; I gained a lot of clarity into who I am here to serve, and connected with a group of unbelievable women. I’ve learned to take my past hurts and disappointments and turn them into something positive. My vision is to help as many women as possible learn to love and embrace themselves just as they are. We need to no longer believe what we see in the media as perfection and understand that we are all imperfectly perfect in our own way. As The Spiritual Self-Love Coach, I intuitively guide women towards getting to the root of their blocks, breaking those blocks down, and then build them back up. I help inspire, motivate, and empower women who have been struggling with low self-esteem and body image issues. Part of my mission involved teaming up with The Body Image Movement, and becoming a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador. With that, I volunteered to host a screening of the film EMBRACE the documentary to my local movie theater at Regal Ronkonkoma on November 3 at 7 pm. Screenings of this documentary are happening all across the United Sates – encouraging women locally and globally to embrace and love their bodies…absolutely phenomenal. The screening will only take place if we get 60 people to reserve their tickets ahead of time. Bring your best gals, and make it a girl’s night out! It’s unlike any other movie you will ever experience.   https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualSelfLoveCoach/ http://www.spiritualselflovecoach.com/ Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
243: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Todd Malloy
Todd Malloy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and member of AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Sexuality Educator. He earned his Advanced Post Graduate certificates in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Educator from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Advanced Post Graduate Program in Ann Arbor, Mi., Master’s degree from Pfeiffer University, in Charlotte, NC. He completed his spiritual training at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Advanced Post Graduate Program. As the founder of Inner Peace Counseling Center and Power of Empowerment, a non-profit organization, Todd Malloy has partnered with many to change lives, developed community forums, empowerment programs, youth mentor, motivational speaking, author for the American Bible Society, NY, NY. And recognized as a servant leader by community organizations serving the underserved. As an authority on relationships and personal empowerment, Todd Malloy is a highly respected Relationship Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and Sexuality Educator, and Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Advanced Post Graduate Program and author with a history of community service and success. His passion is to uplift and guide individuals, couples and families through the emotional ebbs and flows of life, crossroads, and sex/sexuality issues. Todd Malloy’s professional and academic careers have earned him the respect of his colleagues, peers and those that he partners with to create a safe environment and serve as an unbiased sounding board in achieving lives worth celebrating. Blending his relational expertise, corporate success and spiritual training, he founded Inner Peace Counseling Center (IPCC), now being recognized as the chosen source of emotional and personal healing. IPCC is his offering to the world, a place for people to Maximize and Celebrate Their Lives. Media Availability With the wealth of expertise in mental health and wellness, Todd Malloy is available for expert commentary across a wide variety of categories, including: Relationship Matters Intimacy Infidelity Individual, Couple & Family Distress Sexual Concerns Sexuality Education Sexual Trauma Trauma of Neglect www.innerpeacecounselingcenter.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas  
237: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Michele Stans
Michele is a Certified Holistic Life Coach and Master Intuitive Certified Angel Tarot Card Reader. With over twenty years experience working with clients for intuitive readings and intuitive life coaching, Michele's expertise will help you answer questions that may be locked within you or receive some answers and guidance from the other side. Whether you need help knowing or following your life path and purpose, figuring out a romance, or just are curious about what they angels feel you need to focus your energy on right now, a session with Michele will restore balance and hope within. Having grown up in New York, Michele's Sicilian background helped shape her loyal, humorous, and honest form of communication. Michele is no stranger to the Otherside, her special intuitive talents being an acquired hereditary knowledge. She grew up with the ability to talk with angels and communicate with spirits, her unique ability being something she shares in common with other family members. Michele refers to her life coaching and readings as "soul coaching," as she helps you you access the answers you are seeking and your soul already knows. Whether you come for a reading or join the studio as a student in the practice of Law of Attraction, you are sure to find what you seek with a touch of humor, honesty and compassion. Blessings to all! Certifications and Memberships: ~VP and founding member of the Official Ladies of Light Sisterhood (chapters in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA and the United Kingdom) ~Certified Holistic Life Coach ~Certified Angel Card Reader ~Certified in Chakra Wisdom ~Certified in Life Force Energy Healing www.soulcoachstudio.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
236: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Meridith Powell
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. She is Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council. She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest “Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures the inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them. High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s keynote will help leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today. Including how today’s economy has changed, how that has changed today’s customers and employees, and specifically how that impacts your business. In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning. www.meridithelliottpowell.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
233: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Wendy Williams
Relationship intelligence is a core skill needed in marriages andlong-term committed relationships to combat marriage distress,distance, discouragement and disconnection. Wendy Williams is anexperienced change agent who has been on the leading edge of learning and development for more than 20 years—starting with developing peer-to-peer clinical learning in healthcare and then with innovative relationship skill development as a health & wellness strategy and now with committed couples. Wendy is passionate about learning and education and technology. Wendy spent over 10 years in higher education at both Northeastern University and Tufts University, where she helped shape healthcareeducation for clinicians seeking graduate education, and collaborated with faculty to grow a specialized graduate program in pain studiesas the Associate Director. Today, Wendy combines years of relationship scholarship and teaching, both online and face-to-face with a big helping dose of creativity to help couples move beyond marriage distress to a stronger bond. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Massachusetts — which meansshe has a focused, practical, caring approach to life and isn’t afraid to use it. She also earned a M.Ed. in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University, fulfilling a desire to move adults forwardthrough an androgogical approach to learning (think: adults want to be self-directed). A long-time Boston resident, she studied with top social scientists in the Marriage Education field, Scott Stanley, PhD and RitaDeMaria, PhD. Wendy is devoted to working with individuals and couples to move from soul-draining to soul-satisfying relationships. Happier is way possible. www.WendyLWilliams.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
275: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Scott Roberts
Recognized as one of the biggest authorities in the fiery foods industry, Scott Roberts has formally reviewed over 500 different hot sauces, barbecue sauces, condiments and seasonings of all kinds, and has tasted between an estimated almost 4,000 sauces and spice mixes. Since 2008 Scott has maintained a prolific output of spicy product reviews, industry interviews with the top people and specialty manufacturers ranging from CaJohn Hard, Mike Greening, Dave DeWitt, Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe and Dave Hirschkop, coverage and more for his own website ScottRobertsWeb.com, which as of July 2012 averages 190,000 unique visitors per month. Scott also maintains the most-followed Twitter account in the hot sauce industry, second only to Tabasco. Outside of his own top-trafficked blog and social media endeavors, Scott is actively involved in the fiery foods industry and the chilehead community. He is a regular columnist and writer for Chile Pepper Magazine. His audio podcast show, The Firecast, is the most-downloaded show on the internet with a focus on hot sauce, fiery foods and BBQ, with an average of 12,000 – 15,000 downloads per episode. He is a regular guest on the most-listened-to barbecue and grilling show BBQ Central Radio Show. He has been featured in many media outlets, including NPR, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and several national and international radio programs. Scott has been a past product reviewer, contributor and webmaster for both Peppers and More and I Love It Spicy. Scott also does work as a voiceover artist and was a podcast host for the 2GuysTalking Podcast Network. Scott is a born and raised Missourian and resides in the St. Louis metro area as a full-time single dad to two sons. Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
271: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Tahir Hussain
Tahir Hussain has in impressive background in the world of business and technology. He was brought up in Dubai UAE, and although he came from a very humble family background, he got his start in business at the young age of just seventeen. By the time he was only twenty-even, Tahir had already earned his first million, leading him to become a multi-millionaire just one year later. Over the years, Tahir has become qualified as a software engineer who studied in the U.S., as well as a financial planner and peak sales performer. In addition, his substantial achievement in the real estate industry gained Tahir an award by the Rulers office of Dubai. Throughout all of Tahir’s success – and his immense wealth creation- he is proud to say that he has never worked for anyone else in his entire life- nor does he ever plan to do so in the future! Tahir knows the importance of giving back and paying it forward, which is why he shares his success principles with others through being a life coach, a motivational speaker, and a personal development trainer. Tahir is also the Owner of the Unstoppable Millionaire Academy, where individuals can learn more in-depth strategies about how to truly focus on and achieve their life long dreams. Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
267: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Brian King
  Brian R. King, MSW is a Success Coach for ADHD & Dyslexia who teaches his clients how to discover the calm and focus they need, that is key to discovering their zone of genius. He has been inspiring audiences for over 20 years with his story of resilience in the face of growing up with ADHD and Dyslexia, surviving cancer at age 18, and now living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. He is the father of three sons with ADHD and Asperger's. He's someone you MUST get to know Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas  
264: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Cole Johnson
Dynamic. Enthralling. Captivating. Unsure. Cautious. Withdrawn. All of these words can be used to capture yours truly. Born in the city nicknamed “The Big Easy,” the man whose words you’re reading began his unique journey through life. He was called many things – you could say he has been the jack of all trades. However, for a long period of time, he was the master of none of them. Having no solid direction, Saburi Chuku Cole Johnson set course for a blind soulful life. He only knew one side of his family. Why was that? It is because Cole’s father was a Black Panther Party member. Considering the political tension of the times, it precluded Cole to visit his father’s side of the family. The only family he knew resided on his mother’s side. Cole’s father is strong, determined and lived life on accentuating his strengths and minimizing his weaknesses. Hos mother is a picture of academic curiosity. Every piece of knowledge there is to gain – his mother dogmatically pursued it. This is true – for the exception of higher learned – where she is a case study of potential unfulfilled. Life lessons left the New Orleans born, Houston reared boy-turned-man continually searching for himself. He was a square peg attempting to fit into round holes. He tried the military (US Army) with no success. He tried photography with minimal success. He tried ticket scalping (it is legal in Houston to be a ticket broker) to little success. He even attempted undergrad college. You guessed it. It was met with little success, there, as well. The square peg kept getting rammed into situations that didn’t fit him. Very few things were a good fit for Cole. He found a few square holes. Writing (in many forms) is one of them. Music (voice, piano, producer, composer) is another square hole for Cole. However, even these creative outlets served as a minor relief for feeling at home with life, in general. As for other life aspects, he met a wonderful woman (after trying marriage and failing in the endeavor – ending in divorce) and more square holes started to appear. Church life (especially being in its choir), friends and his current wife, Michelle, all have served to give grounding to a man whose searched for meaning. Life began to make sense. Then – there was his undergraduate institution, Trevecca Nazarene University. The proverbial scales fell from Cole’s eyes. His world opened up to reveal clarity to certain mysteries in his life. Purpose was beginning to take share – and once he walked away with a degree, the building blocks to his life was erected. Today, he host/engineers/produces a podcast called Cole Sportz. He also is extending the brand into a membership club as he writes blogs and makes YouTube videos to strengthen the brand. Along with working at Media General as a multimedia content producer, the entrepreneurial sky is the limit for Cole. Now – the square peg is fitting into many situations these days quite well. Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
262: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Rachel McGehee
Rachel is a co-founder and the Director of Travel for Rebel + Connect. What I Do I am the Director of Travel at Rebel + Connect. My work with remote team leaders allows them to gain insight about where to travel and what to do once they arrive. As a leader it’s important to know: Where your team is willing and able to travel. What sort of travel experiences and cultural immersion will add to your team’s retreat. That expanding the worldviews of your team members will enhance teamwork. That exposure to diverse cultures inspires servant leadership within your organization. Why I Do It Being part of the Rebel + Connect leadership team allows me to share the magic of travel, elevate and ignite the passions of each team member, and enhance the harmony of remote team cultures. Where I Come From Before joining forces with Charlie and Summer to build Rebel + Connect, I held many different travel and hospitality related roles including: Ambassador for WorldVentures helping with the production and execution of events as large as 20,000 in attendance; Ski Instructor in Beaver Creek, CO with Vail Resorts and Mount Buller in Victoria, AUS; Independent Travel Photographer; Mission Trip Leader for Hug It Forward; Co-Founder of Project K1; and Co-Founder of Art in the City: a Children's Summer Art Experience. I earned a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a BA in Fine Art Photography, and am a certified Pranic healer. In 2015, I was named Volunteer of the Year for the Americas by the WorldVentures Foundation. These experiences have taught me that travel is less about fancy resorts and tourist attractions and more about servant leadership and responsible global citizenship. I was born and raised in Atlanta, but have identified as a nomad for most of my adult life. I was almost 29 years old before I paid rent at the same address for a full year. I have visited Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, England, Italy, Netherlands, Vatican City, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Ghana, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, 34 of the 50 states and, and South America and Antarctica are the only continents I have yet to visit. I believe in the importance of connecting to the creative spirit of the inner child. I believe in creating and cultivating joy any chance we can. I believe in the fulfillment of the self in order to fill others. When we brighten our own flame within, and all of us come together, we burn as a bigger, warmer, more luminous flame than we ever thought possible. What I Love I celebrate my life by connecting with family and friends, nature, speaking my truth, leading with my heart, attending burns and music festivals, exploring the ocean through scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, and practicing monkey kung fu, yoga, and meditation. Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
200: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Geoff Nicholson
“The Instigator of Success”Geoff is the founder of GN Coaching and the creator of Stress IQ an evolutionary system that combines stress management with success and life coaching strategies. His concept assists you in achieving your goals and creating a better integration with your work and lifestyle. Geoff is passionate about supporting people in overcoming stress and increasing their performance, confidence and supporting them in achieving their biggest goals. In 2007 only a year after his darkest moments, he founded GN Coaching having been trained by some of the best minds in personal development including Jack Canfield Americas number one success coach. “I am very fortunate to have found my purpose and passion in life. My role is to assist people like you to challenge and support you in creating a vision of what you want to achieve, to set the goals needed to achieve those targets to support you in creating and living the life you truly desire.” – Geoff Geoff’s values are simple but core to his work, Authenticity, Honesty, Passionate oh and of course work has to be fun because the more we enjoy what we do the more you increase your chances of success. Geoff’s Story In late 2000, I suffered from a bout of viral meningitis which was the start of my journey through my own hell, I recovered but within a year I was struck again, this triggered a series of severe stress related conditions that caused me to be bed bound for a year sleeping almost 20 hours a day, followed by a further 4 of being housebound. I struggled with severe depression, anxiety, guilt and many other debilitating mental and physical conditions including severe lethargy, chronic migraines, racking muscular pain, poor concentration and memory. 2006 my life was getting to much for me so I left the house with every intention of ending my life. It was during this dark time that something amazing happened, I heard my eldest sons voice telling me to stop. It was at that moment something triggered a determination that I had never felt before and that was to learn everything I could to understand what makes people tick, what takes them from a state of despair or severe stress to making massive positive changes in their lives. That question became my mission Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
196: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Hans Finzel
Hans Finzel is a husband, father and grandfather. He is also a successful author, podcaster, leadership mentor and trusted authority in the field of leadership. Hans has a passion to help leaders take their leadership to the next level. "Leaders make things happen. When leaders are leading all out, great things take place!" Hans and his wife Donna are the founders of HDLeaders, dedicated to training leaders worldwide. He is host of "The Leadership Answer Man" Podcast. Check out the Podcast Directory under the "My Podcast" tab above. Hans learned a lot about leadership during his twenty years as President and CEO of international non-profit WorldVenture. Dr. Finzel is the author of nine books, including his bestseller "The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make." His books have been translated into over twenty foreign language editions. www.hansfinzel.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
194: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Brian Benson
In 2008, Brian followed a hunch and left his family’s golf center business, stepping into the unknown. Ever since, inspiration has followed. Letting intuition be his guide, he began to step out of his comfort zone and unexpected paths and talents started to emerge such as writing, acting, and crafting stories. Tapping into this emerging creativity, Brian began his own hero’s journey of self-realization and growth, which continues to influence his empowering and inspiring books, films, and presentations.   Award-Winning Author Brian is the award-winning author of Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, and Healthy Life! This book won a Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. He also wrote Finding Your Voice, which was an award-winning Finalist in both the USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. His first children’s book, Steve The Alien, will be released on November 1st, 2016.   Inspirational Speaker Brian is an inspiring TEDx motivational speaker whose passion for helping others comes out in his empowering and heartfelt message. His talks focus on trusting intuition, stepping out of our comfort zones, and achieving success. Brian walks his talk and happily shares his journey and personal stories in hopes of authentically inspiring others. Whether it’s a personalized talk, presentation, discussion of his work, or a workshop, Brian’s goal is to be of service, facilitate growth and share his experiences. Learn more at his Speaker page. Book Brian today!   Filmmaker In addition to writing, speaking, and acting, Brian enjoys creating his own projects that carry inspiring, thought-provoking, and heartfelt messages. His most recent project was the short film Searching for Happiness, which can be watched on this website as well as YouTube. The story focuses on an unhappy man, alone and unloved, who struggles to find meaning in his black and white reality. Over the course of a day, he learns that it is through kindness and our connection to others that we find true happiness. In 2011, Brian created the award-winning Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced, and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. Brian created the movie with the idea of sharing the messages that we all have a lot in common, and that our true gifts reside within ourselves. Guitar Man was well received. It was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival.   Reawaken Media Brian loves to create and share inspiring, positive, and thought-provoking media and recently founded Reawaken Media with this in mind. He will be releasing all of his work under the Reawaken Media brand and establish it as a name to trust in books, film, and video. Reawaken Media’s mission is to create conscious, inspiring, and thought-provoking content designed to powerfully wake the world up through the written, visual, and spoken word.   Actor In addition to acting in his own productions, Brian has been in numerous TV shows, feature films, and commercials. Brian can be seen this winter in the brand new TV series Sangra Negra starring Erik Estrada, Eric Roberts and Anthony McKay. Brian also had the pleasure of being in Prince EA’s inspiring video I Am Not Black, You Are Not White which has garnered over 100 million views worldwide.   Athlete Triathlete After a knee injury sidelined him in college, Brian used the rehabilitation process to strengthen his body and set a goal to race in a mini-triathlon when his knee healed. After finishing that first race in 1987, Brian was hooked, and he continued to race periodically over the course of the next 20 years. He finished over 50 triathlons including 4 Ironman distance races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). A couple of Brian’s favorite races were Ironman Canada in 1989 (his first Ironman) and the 2005 Vineman Ironman race (where his son Michael was able to run across the finish line with him).   Cyclist Brian wasn’t satisfied with just riding his bike to school as a kid…he had to take it to a whole different level and ride it across the United States! Brian accomplished a life-long goal of riding his bicycle across America when he joined a group of fellow philanthropic bicyclists to raise money for charity and rode from Seattle to Washington D.C. in 1996. The trip was one of the highlights of Brian’s life. Brian has written stories about some of his triathlon and cycling experiences in his blogs and book Finding Your Voice.   Coming Soon Brian is currently writing an untitled memoir, two scripts with his screenwriting partner Susannah Rose Woods, and his second children’s book. He is also co-producing the upcoming documentary EGO – Edging God Out produced by Inner Motion Films. Brian loves to collaborate with creative and like-minded people. Feel free to contact Brian if you would like to discuss your project. www.gbrianbenson.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
 192: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Michael Babcock
Michael has been blind since birth, and went to public school surrounded by sighted peers. He started teaching assisted technology in 2011, but when his mother passed away unexpectedly that year he returned home to Montana to be with his family. He started looking for ways to make money online and go onto Craigslist, where he found a Cost Per Action (CPA) opportunity, which paid him to get leads for companies such as Netflix and Audible. He enjoyed it, but felt there was something missing. In 2014, he started building the foundation of his own brand, and built a tightknit community of interactive followers. This evolved into him coaching others. Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
169: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Arel Moodie
Our Keynote speaker today is the best selling author and has been a featured speaker at the White House and has been acknowledged by President Obama. Inc. Magazine called him a “High-Energy, Motivator” and named him to their “30 Under 30 list” of top entrepreneurs joining people like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. Essence Magazine said “He should be the poster boy for rags-to-riches stories... he is America’s Top Young Speaker.” Arel grew up on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn, NY where he witnessed those around him being murdered and imprisoned. College became his way out and by the time he graduated he was named the most outstanding graduating senior. After college, Arel built a million dollar event production and Education Company while in his 20s and now as a professional speaker he has spoken to over 400,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. For fun, our speaker likes to dance; he has performed at Madison Square Garden and Arel has two viral videos that have millions of views, and one of them was even featured on The Ellen Show! Please put your hands together and help me give a big welcome for our keynote speaker, Arel Moodie. Websites: http://www.artoflikability.com/ http://www.arelmoodie.com/ Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
161: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Kate Stalter
CMO and Senior Financial Advisor You don’t need someone to pick stocks or time the market. Those activities, touted non-stop in the financial media, have absolutely nothing to do with your personal financial goals. That’s why Kate Stalter founded Better Money Decisions: People face any number of financial decisions these days. But with the financial media encouraging all kinds of bad behavior – like trying to predict market direction or gambling on what the Federal Reserve might do – the odds are stacked against the person just trying to make good financial decisions for the short and long-term. Before becoming a Series 65-licensed advisor several years ago, Kate wrote in-depth market analysis for Investor’s Business Daily. She hosted the Daily Stock Analysis and Market Wrap videos on Investors.com, and taught Investor’s Business Daily live seminars throughout the country. She also hosted the Small Cap Roundup radio show on the Tiger Financial News Network, interviewed hundreds of asset managers for the “Daily Guru” feature on MoneyShow.com, and wrote mutual-fund analyses for Benzinga.com. Although she still contributes to Forbes, US News & World Report and TheStreet, Kate’s primary focus is helping clients around the country who face decisions about portfolio allocation, Social Security strategies, insurance needs, estate planning, college funding and all manner of financial questions. “Although financial decision-making becomes more complicated every year, many people still believe a financial advisor’s value comes from stock picking and timing the market. But that’s not the value. In fact, that’s speculating and gambling – exactly the opposite of good financial decision-making,” Kate says. Kate has a fiduciary duty to put clients first. As her client that means understanding your unique goals and concerns. It means being your coach throughout different market and economic cycles and helping you stay on track, even while the TV anchors and magazine writers tell you the world is coming to an end. “Investors continue to be hurt because some TV anchor says it’s time to panic. That TV anchor, meanwhile, has no responsibility for your well-being in retirement – or even if you are able to retire,” Kate says. Kate enjoys helping people make those “peace of mind” financial decisions. For example, the age at which you and your spouse begin taking Social Security can make a tremendous difference in your household income over the next few decades. Nobody wants to leave $100,000 or more on the table – but it happens all the time! This is the kind of situation Kate helps clients avoid, in favor of making better decisions about money! A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Kate spends fall Saturdays watching the Fighting Irish on the gridiron. Her MBA alma mater is Northwestern, so she also likes to see the Wildcats win, unless they are playing Notre Dame! She has a houseful of rescued animals, and is trying to get her 5K speed just a tiny bit faster. Website: http://bettermoneydecisions.com/   Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
1247:Katie DeFiore, a junior at Penn State University hosts An Entrepreneurial State of Mind podcast
Katie DeFiore- Katie DeFiore: I am a junior at Penn State University interested in enhancing my journalistic skills as well as design thinking skills through a journalism major with a double minor in psychology and entrepreneurship innovation. I started ç," the fall of my sophomore year, and it is accessible on iTunes: http://apple.co/2hWiqmd I have been involved with the Daily Collegian since the beginning of my freshman year. Since starting, I’ve had over 100 articles published, two of which were picked up by USA Today. Listen to another #12minconvo
210: Twelve Minute Convos w/ David Hooper
David Hooper is an author, radio host, and marketing expert who works with entrepreneurs and brands to build their authority and influence to increase sales and more effectively spread their messages. The story starts a few years ago… I released a book called Six-Figure Musician – How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business. As the title suggests, it was written for musicians and the people who work with them — managers, record labels, etc. I was entrenched in the music business, over the years working with hundreds of acts, from bands just getting started to legendary artists you’ve heard and probably own music by. I’ve seen all aspects of how “celebrity” is created and maintained, from street and media promotion, to live event production, to the behind-the-scenes of film and television. But after 20 years in the trenches, I was done. I wanted new challenges. And that’s how I got here. The same techniques I’ve used to help musicians to grow their fanbases, spread their music, and make money in the music business will work to help authors, bloggers, and podcasters grow their audiences, spread their work, and make money in their businesses. The music business, more than any other industry, has been changed by technology and how entertainment is now consumed. We were the “pioneers” who had to figure out how to work with illegal downloads, changing distribution methods, and how to get attention for our work in a crowded marketplace of more entertainment choices than ever. And we did. As a creative professional, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. If you need help standing out (and making money while doing it), you’re in the right place. www.23hours.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas 
208: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Tori Reid
Tori started in the online business world as a freelance ghostwriter. Eventually she landed gigs at Lifehacker and Hack College where she provided tech oriented productivity tips to the world. In learning to sell her own services and land client she soon realized she had fallen in love with marketing. She spent a year completely transitioning to be a digital marketing provider. She now spends her time helping bootstrappers bring their dreams to fruition through coaching, mentoring, and an array of digital marketing services. She founded the Bootstrap Millennial blog as a free resource to provide guidance to those who are seeking it but don't necessarily have the financial resources to pay for the answers elsewhere. From there you can purchase her book on how to create impactful content that spreads, her course on how to get published on The Huffington Post, or her time. All of her products and services are priced affordably for her market. "I love a bootstrapper, because that's my story. I lived it, I've been working along side others who've lived it, and that story is at the root of all of my knowledge and growth in this industry. The raw passion of bootstrappers is at the core of what drives and inspires me now. With that being said it only makes sense to me that I cater to those who are seeking to share in the bootstrapping experience." www.bootstrapmillennial.com  
203: Twelve Minute Convos w/ David Steele
The voice of Steele; Martial artist for over 30 years, Father of 5, Voice Over Talent, Podcaster, Goofball. Current podcast: Magicandsteele.com Upcoming: TheInterview.space Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas 
228: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Krista Rizzo
Krista Rizzo (Why Am I Yelling?), is a Certified Professional Coach, Blogger & Creator of the Why Am I Yelling? Brand. She helps parents navigate the exciting path of raising children by addressing the fear, embracing the milestones and encouraging a creative and positive family dynamic. Krista is known in parenting circles for her "let kids be kids" approach to parenting which focuses on giving them the independence they need and crave in order for them to grow into people we want to be around. She's an active contributor for the Today Show Parenting Website, was recently featured in the NY Post, and has been showcased as a thought leader in her field in multiple blogs and podcasts for her parenting expertise. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their 2 very active boys. When she's not schlepping her kids to a soccer game or school event, she likes to hide out with a glass (ok, maybe a bottle) of prosecco, a jar of Nutella and a good book! More About Krista Rizzo I am a relationship coach and parenting strategist certified through Coach Training Alliance. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband, Will. He committed to spending the rest of his life with me, “The Hurricane” (as my Aunt likes to call me), a long time ago. Together we’re raising 2 active, engaging, entertaining, crazy boys who always keep us on our toes. It’s pretty damn good. Krista Rizzo Proactive Parenting Strategist www.whyamiyelling.com krista@whyamiyelling.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
225: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Jeff Desjardins
A founder of Visual Capitalist, Jeff holds a BCom from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Jeff believes that a fusion of information and design can bring investors unique insight in a way that has never been done before. Originally hailing from Penticton, BC, Jeff is also an avid traveller, musician, golfer, and hockey player. Visual Capitalist is a new way to discover business opportunities and learn about investment trends. The site is populated with exclusive infographics from our own design studio and curated visual content from around the web. Visual Capitalist was founded in 2011 under the belief that art, data, and storytelling can be combined in a manner that makes complex issues and processes more digestible. Today, we reach millions of people each year with our unique content. www.visualcapitalist.com Credits: Musical Background: 'TAKE THE CHANCE' by Nicolai Heidlas
218: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Chris Ripka
Ripka Media Group is the home of the Saloon No.7 podcast and Raw & Real with CJ Ripka. It is also home to some great resources and other interesting media based content. We have taken Raw & Real Live by way of Smiletime.com. This allows us to stream the show live in Smiletime as well as in Facebook reaching a much larger audience.  The mission of Raw & Real was always to entertain and inspire the audience by interviewing fascinating guest throughout the world. Last season on the Podcast, we visited with guests from Canada, Australia, the US and the UK. This season is no different.
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Jan 1st, 1980
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