Monthly Archives: June 2015

Discover and achieve your purpose in life

Discover your purpose

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How to discover and achieve your purpose in life

On this week’s show, I went solo and discussed how you can discover and achieve your purpose in life. Here are a few points we covered:

Show Notes

  • How do you determine if what you are doing is what you need to be doing to be successful?
  • When you focus on doing effective things first, you will accomplish more in less time.
  • One way to discover your purpose: ask yourself what you really like to do.
  • If you love it, are great at it, the world needs it & you can get paid for it, then you have your purpose!
  • To be effective, be intentional about what you are doing.
  • To achieve any goal ask, “what do I need to do now” to make it happen.
  • Be sure to track your goals to make sure you achieve them.



 
Listen to the podcast on iTunes or click the Soundcloud player below.

Gary Smith on how to define and achieve your goals

 

Thanks for listening! Please let me know if you would like the worksheets that I have available that can accompany this week’s show. I also welcome your questions for the show at questions@optechs.com.

 

Charles Bosworth

Charles Bosworth discusses social media

Charles Bosworth discusses social media

Charles BosworthGary’s guest Charles Bosworth discusses social media myths, realities, and challenges on this episode of the Gary Smith Show. Some of the ideas discussed were: social media is a quick way to promote yourself and make a lot of money fast, whether it is healthy to spend hours a day on social media, and if social media can be a replacement for your own website.  If you are just getting started in social media and even if you have been active for a while, this is an informative discussion and great for anyone with an interest in social media. 


Listen to Gary talk with Charles on iTunes or click the Soundcloud player below.

Charles Bosworth discusses Social Media

 

ABOUT Charles

Charles got his start in radio in the Montreal Canada market in 1989. He has written and produced too many radio commercials to count, including one that was a finalist for the Silver Mic award. Charles worked in Southington for 7 years as the GM for WXCXT AM 990, a talk radio station at the time and hosted his own daily 2-hour talk show. Since the early 2000s Charles has been an early adopter of social media. He signed up for Plaxo in 2004, Linkedin in 2005, Facebook in 2006, Twitter in 2007, plus a myriad of smaller and now defunct networks. In addition to guest blogging for Digital Journal, the Examiner and Dad-o-matic, he has been published in radio industry publications on the topic of social media for radio. His company Bosworth Media helps small and medium business owners with web development and social media. After a 7 year hiatus from radio, he is back in the game as the producer for the Dan Mason Show on KKOH AM 780 in Reno, Nevada.

 

CONNECT with Charles

Charles’ business website is www.bosworthmedia.com and you can connect personally at www.charlesbosworth.com

Michele Cushatt

Michele Cushatt on keys to embrace your struggle

Michele Cushatt on keys to embrace your struggle

Today’s conversation is with author Michele Cushatt.  

Michele CushattMichele’s timeless book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, takes us on a 2-year journey where she comes to the end of herself. Where she eventually discovers that complicated can be beautiful, joy can replace fear, and the unexpected is really an invitation for adventure. Her memoir chronicles a journey through cancer as well as unexpected turns in motherhood and marriage. Yet, this book is not just about the author. Michele’s story is our own. A story of unexpected twists and turns in a messy life and the faithfulness of a sovereign and loving God.

Show Notes

  • Maybe the best place to start is to have you talk a bit about your life, your experiences, and what led you to write Undone.
  • How can we learn to not just embrace, but to cherish, our life’s process and use it as a way to allow God to make us better characters in our own stories?
  • How do we get the church to awaken and start being the hospital for the spiritually, emotionally, and physically sick that it needs and was called to be?

Other Take-Aways from Michele

  • Having imperfections & flaws are great opportunities for connections with other people
  • The only way to become the person God wants you to be is to embrace your struggle
  • We need to be invested but not attached to this life


Listen to the Podcast

Gary speaks with Michele Cushatt on keys to embrace your struggle.

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About Michele

A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences with the warmth of her transparency and presence. Her unique style makes you feel like you just spent an afternoon with a good friend, sparking tears one moment and laughter the next. Having experienced both the best and worst of life, she’s unafraid to disclose her imperfect spaces, so that you know you’re not alone in yours.

Since 2007, Michele has been on staff with Dynamic Communicators International, led by Ken Davis. She fills multiple roles at these events including emcee, presenter and coach. With a solid understanding of what makes for excellent communication, Michele has coached multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations.

Michele and the love of her life, Troy, live in Colorado with their six children, ages 7 to 22. She enjoys a good novel, a long run, sleeping in the sun, and a kitchen table filled with people.

Connect

Connect with Michele on her website at http://michelecushatt.com or on social media:

Michele Cushatt on Facebook

Michele Cushatt on Twitter

Sarah Santacroce

Sarah Santacroce on personal branding

Sarah SantacroceSarah Santacroce on Personal Branding

Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. While previous self-help management techniques were about self-improvement, the personal branding concept suggests instead that success comes from self-packaging. Personal Branding is essentially the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others about an individual, group or organization. Today’s interview is with Sarah Santacroce on personal branding, here are some of the topics we will try to cover during the show.
  • Personal vision and mission statements
  • Defining a target audience; how broad does that definition need to be to be both focused (narrow enough) and yet inclusive (broad enough)?
  • Online and offline assets?
  • Getting exposure
  • Mentors
  • Monitoring your brand
  • Authenticity: Be yourself because everyone else is taken

Show Notes:

  • Even if you are employed at a company, focus on building your personal brand
  • Understand who your target audience is on Linkedin and focus on that
  • While online presence is important do not forget your offline presence! Business Cards are still important
  • Do benchmarking and get inspired by brands you like
  • It takes time to get people to trust you and like what you are sharing
  • There are people that want to do business with you because you are you!
  • Personal branding is not done alone. Join groups, network with people and collaborate as much as possible, even with competitors


Listen to the Podcast

Here you can listen to the podcast of Gary speaking with Sarah Santacroce on personal branding.

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About Sarah Santacroce

Sarah prides herself in guiding people out of overwhelm & desperation and into a state of serenity & structure, knowing exactly what to do and where to start to grow your business. And it’s not a coincidence that her business is called ‘Simplicity’: She’s known for her simple and pragmatic style, no fluff.

She helps small business owners optimize their online presence so they can quit chasing after clients and get found online instead. She is also a LinkedIn specialist and can help you convert your presence there into having paying customers. She works mostly with solo-preneurs, coaches and small businesses (1 – 5 people).

Connect with Sarah

Connect with Sarah on he website at http://simplicitysmallbiz.com or on social media:

Sarah Santacroce on Facebook

Sarah Santacroce on Twitter

Sarah Santacroce on Linkedin

Sarah Santacroce on Youtube