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"The Art of Being While Becoming" journey of a former project manager in the world of coaching and book publishing with Vladimir Chen
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Vladimir Chen

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Vladimir Chen is a dad, a husband, a life and leadership coach, an Ironman and a long-distance swimmer. After almost twenty years of working in the IT industry, Vladimir decided to dedicate his life to inspiring collective growth and elevating human consciousness in the world. Having once felt stuck and unclear of his direction in life, he is now devoted to supporting others in their journeys of transformation. Vladimir enjoys facilitating people’s insights and personal growth via coaching, speaking and conducting workshops. When he is not writing or working with his clients, he likes to read a good book, swim indoors or outdoors and spend time with his family. He is a young parent and sees his kids as his greatest teachers in life.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • Self publishing and how to succeed
  • Leadership lessons from Vladimir Chen
  • Journey of an immigrant who has become a life coach and an author
Resources Mentioned:
  • 7 habits of highly effective people
  • The art of being while becoming
How to optimize and improve SEO for gaining free traffic and sales for your business, hacks and tips from a small and medium business SEO consultant
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Brandon Leibowitz

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Brandon Leibowitz runs and operates SEO Optimizers since 2007. It is a digital marketing company that focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses get more online traffic, which in turn converts into clients, sales, leads, etc.

Why pay for traffic, if you can get them for free
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to upload content, blogs, photos and videos on different platforms like Facebook, Youtube, podcasting, Spotify, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok in a way that will give you most advantage with each platform's algorithms
  • Why you should be developing original content and what to do if you are not very good at writing or making videos
  • What are the first essential steps in constructing your website, as means to increase number of sales you can generate for free
Resources Mentioned:
  • Four Agreements
Construction business post-pandemic with the Conscious Builder
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Casey Grey

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Casey is the founder of the award-winning sustainable building company, The Conscious Builder, the host of The Conscious Builder Podcast and The Conscious Builder Show on YouTube and the founder of The Conscious Builder Academy, an online course hub for future-focused builders who want to create better businesses. He has written almost 400 blog posts on topics such as marketing, branding, entrepreneurship, personal development, sustainability and more. (Connect with Casey and The Conscious Builder's work via Instagram here.) Casey brings almost two decades of experience to the construction industry and over a decade of experience to running, owning and growing multiple businesses while also staying committed to his wife and son. Casey is on a mission to help people build homes, businesses and lives in a more conscious manner.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • Challenges of the construction business, lessons learned from lawsuits
  • Mindset that helped Casey overcome them and build a successful business
  • His philosophy in hiring and retention, talent motivation
  • How Tony Robbins workshops have impacted his company growth
Resources Mentioned:
  • Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins
Successful pivot story of Vennly, corporate podcasting platform
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Brian Landau

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You have already met Brian Landau from our previous episode https://anchor.fm/open-school-of-business/episodes/What-app-will-help-you-stay-sane-during-COVID-19-pandemic-and-other-situations-in-life-edojnt/a-a24ov2a , where he shared his app, Vennly, like in many start-ups within a year, they implemented a major pivot and used their core competencies to create a complete new product for a new target customer. Tune in to find out more details of their exciting journey

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to meet corporate clients and get them interested in your product
  • What are the internal corporate podcasts and how to use them
  • Agility, as a factor for a resilient start-up
Resources Mentioned:
  • Vennly
How a stroke recovery gave a birth to a new business model
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Michelle Thompson

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Michelle Thompson went from being an MBA graduate to having a second-grade IQ level overnight after suffering from a life-altering stroke at only 36 years of age. Literally starting her life over again, she’s had to learn how to automate and outsource as much as humanly possible. Now she’s on a mission to help others find freedom from all the unnecessary tasks they do, using the strategies and systems she’s successfully created for herself. After receiving her bachelor’s in counseling from Valley Forge University, she went on to earn her MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Ashford University. After suffering a life-altering stroke, she left her corporate career and built systems to help her navigate day to day life and business. Combining her strategies with her talents of untangling peoples problems to create actionable and easy to follow plans for them to hand things off, her business Awesome Outsourcing, LLC was born. Michelle teaches people how to delegate and outsource tasks correctly so they can gain back their time and their lives. Awesome Outsourcing, LLC specializes in organic Facebook and LinkedIn lead generation, creating omnipresent content for entrepreneurs, and virtual administrative services. Her courses include how to delegate tasks to others without a dip in quality or the need to micromanage, helping clients hire, train, and manage a team, and how to hand tasks off to be magically delivered back, completed.

Failure is nothing more than feedback
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to hire a virtual assistant and figure out what to delegate
  • Systems can assist someone with stroke recovery and can assist with business goals
  • Secrets to hiring and matching virtual assistants
Resources Mentioned:
  • Traction by Gino Wickman
Executive Leadership Secrets from Dan Norenberg
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Dan Norenberg

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Dan Norenberg is an executive and strategic leadership team advisor, coach and author of “Executive Ownershift, Creating Highly Effective Leadership Teams”. Has over 30 years of managerial experience and shared his views on how to develop the right leadership skills and leadership teams for companies.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • Why team coaching is more effective than the individual
  • Which team you should be loyal to, the one you manage or the one you belong, as an executive
  • When is the right time to take a leap of faith and start your own business
  • What are the steps to take if you think of writing a book
Resources Mentioned:
  • “Executive Ownershift, Creating Highly Effective Leadership Teams” by Dan Norenberg
Brand Archetypes: find your business identity
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Amy Zander

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Amy Zander is a CEO and Founder of Zeedia Media, marketing services company. She is a serial-entrepreneur who has owned five businesses. Some worked out, some didn’t, one she sold, and for the last several years Amy has built a full-time gig doing the one she loves the most – marketing. More specifically – supporting business owners and creative people in their marketing efforts so they have the time to focus on doing what they love – and to actually have a life outside of work.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • Brand archetypes and how this concept can help you create consistent content that communicates your brand
  • Emotions and words, corresponding to you brand archetype
  • How to combine certain archetypes and create your own unique one
  • Inspirational advice from our guest, Amy Zander, about dealing with imposter syndrome
  • Tips for working with family and what Amy thinks about family business
  • Management philosophy that has made Amy successful
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Saving Small Businesses with Digital Marketing
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Dennis Consorte

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Dennis Consorte is a thought leader and an entrepreneur with a heart, he cares for small businesses and helps them through digital marketing techniques. He drives traffic through SEO, SEM and Affiliate Marketing while leveraging Social Media, Email, and other tactics. Creates content and experiences that resonate at different points along the customer journey based on user intent. Dennis founded a digital marketing agency, DVD rental by mail company and several small ecommerce websites. Launched and fulfilled a successful Kickstarter project.

In this episode, you'll discover:
  • How to find your way back from burn-out and depression
  • Best ways to set up contests and gather maximum number of emails
  • Creative ideas on how to be relevant and useful to your customer and steer them to your products
  • Tools that will help you to get started with digital marketing on your own
Resources Mentioned:
  • Ubersuggest
  • Canva
Up Your Sales Game with Ryann Dowdy in 2022
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Ryann Dowdy

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Sales Expert, Ryann Dowdy, helps 7 and 8 figure CEO’s generate daily sales on demand WITHOUT more of their time, by building + training high-performing sales teams. Ryann is passionate about helping successful business owners take back control of the revenue in their business, their time, and their freedom by building a profitable sales team. With her business partner, Kelly Roach, they are on a mission to free CEO’s from the role of sales person in their business.

Find out what your customers want, and sell them that
In this episode, you'll discover:
  • Selling hacks from a sales expert
  • How to screen talent when hiring sales teams
  • Developing relationships prior sales
Resources Mentioned:
  • Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
  • The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
  • New Sales Simplified by Mike Weinberg
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Mindfulness with Vanderbilt University Professor
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Dr David Vago

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Dr. David Vago is Research Associate Professor and Director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Mind-Body (CNMB) Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He is core training faculty for the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation. Dr. Vago maintains a research associate position in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vago is also Research Lead for the mental health and well-being platform, Roundglass. Dr. Vago has previously held the position of Research Director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt and Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute. Dr. Vago is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs. He is also a consultant for the mindfulness, well-being, and psychedelic research and industry community. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Rochester. In 2005, David received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences with a specialization in learning and memory from the department of Psychology, University of Utah. Dr. Vago has completed post-doctoral fellowships in Biological and Social Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric Neuroimaging, and Mind and Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Weill Cornell Medical School, and University of Utah School of Medicine. David’s research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in the context of mental health and chronic pain. Through mixed methods of neuroimaging, predictive computational modeling, neuroendocrine biomarker identification, cognitive-behavioral and first-person phenomenological analyses, Dr. Vago helps facilitate a multi-pronged research program in basic science, clinical trials, intervention development, education, and innovation. He has been a recipient of several research grants from the NIH and small foundations, has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and science abstracts. His research has been covered by mainstream news outlets such as the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Scientific American, and NPR, among others. As a thought leader in the field of integrative health and mindfulness research, Dr. Vago has given over 150 keynote and invited lectures, oral presentations, and grand rounds. A number of research initiatives that are ongoing, include Mapping the Meditative Mind, in which the Dr. Vago has partnered with contemporary meditation teachers and scholars to investigate psychosocial and neurobiological mechanisms supporting states of meditation across the spectrum of formal meditative expertise. Another initiative aims to identify mechanisms of engagement, identify predictors for clinical outcomes, and optimize mindfulness-based treatment interventions. Dr. Vago and his research team at Roundglass are building analytical tools for tracking health and well-being outcomes. Partner with Dr. Vago and Roundglass today

"Meditation gives inhibitory control, it stops the impulse, it allows you to step back and proceed in an adaptive fashion"
In this episode, you'll discover:

  • David is going to guide us as to why you should be meditating and be mindful and how you will see the evolution of your own personality in this process.
  • How do we let it go and how do we not get angry
  • Dalai Lama's style of communication and some wisdom shared during their work together
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Your host

Anar Umurzak

I'm a curious mind whose favorite thing in the world is to ask questions that help me fully understand. With each episode we will uncover trends that you can use to build an algorithm to your own success.
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