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Author: Mario Porreca

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Mario Porreca is obsessed with conversation. He is fascinated by people, innately curious, and has a gift for connecting with others at a deep level and helping them articulate their powerful wisdom in a very short amount of time.

Over the past 10 years, Mario has been blessed with the opportunity to have conversations with and in front of more than 50,000,000 people—which has earned him the distinction of being commonly referred to as “The Conversation Guy.” The most effective conversations share one thing in common: they drive an emotional connection that changes lives.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur building your venture, a teacher trying to break through to your students, a doctor diagnosing patients, a lawyer crafting cases, or a parent raising children—the #1 critical success factor is learning how to drive Conversations That Convert.
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I had such a great time chatting with Chef Chris Hill! We talked about our similar experiences and career paths going from the kitchen into the world of media and entrepreneurship and we also talked about the state of the online world today. Chris Hill is a self-trained chef who grew up in Atlanta, went to the University of Alabama and pursued a career in consulting before moving to Virginia to follow his passion - food.  He opened his first restaurant at the age of 28 where he grew into the role of executive chef of 3 Way Cafe, a gourmet sandwich bistro in downtown Norfolk. After a half decade, he sold his share in the business to pursue other ventures within the culinary world that include TV, speaking and consulting. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of marketing and management at the Culinary Institute of Virginia.  Chris has built a six-figure social media following centered around his personal brand and is best known for his work on leadership, his books, including Making the Cut: What Separates the Best From the Rest, 2 TEDx talks and his mission of helping hospitality industry workers lead fulfilling, successful careers. He regularly speaks at hospitality industry events such as the NRA Show, the ACF and at top culinary schools sharing his message of both inspiration and practicality for the modern culinary professional. Connect with Chris at ChrisHillOnline.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Also, be sure to subscribe to his podcast: Making The Cut. Make sure you check out the episodes Chris and I did on 10 Minute Mindset and Cooking & Conversations: EP 737: Passion, Food, and Leadership EP 739: Shortening the Learning Curve and Making Faster Decisions EP 747: Grilled Tuna Steaks and Spring Salad
Michael Huey is back on the podcast for another conversation. In this episode we talk about his philosophy of correcting and then encouraging when it comes to leadership. We also talk about respect and how truly respecting others allows us as leaders to correct them when necessary and then encourage them to grow and experience deeper fulfillment. Michael is originally from Lancaster Ohio. After High school he attended The Ohio State University.Where  he was a 4 year letterman in track and field. He also received a Graduate degree in nutrition, exercise science and sports management.  Michael has an 8-year theology degree in Christian Studies from Christian Life School of Theology and is currently in the process of getting his ordination into marketplace ministry. He is also a master educator for the American Council of Exercise, holds 25+ certifications from fitness and nutrition to anti-aging. Michael recently started his own podcast called The HeFluence Podcast. In 2019 he received the monumental business award at Thrive which has been voted by Forbes, Inc. and Huffington post as the number one entrepreneur event of the year for the past five years.  He loves to workout, bike, and golf and is married to his amazing wife Lisa. They live in Groveland , Florida after spending the last 25+ years in the Tampa Bay Area. Michael and Lisa love God and love serving others.  Connect with Michale at HeFluence.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Michael Huey is the founder and CEO of HeFluence which is the #1 men’s problem solving coaching company on the planet. He joined me on the podcast to talk about the power of partnering with God and finding fulfillment through living out God’s perfect will for us. We also talked about making better decisions for success, surrounding ourselves with the right people who empower us, and how faith plays a huge role in our achievement. Michael is originally from Lancaster Ohio. After High school he attended The Ohio State University.Where  he was a 4 year letterman in track and field. He also received a Graduate degree in nutrition, exercise science and sports management.  Michael has an 8-year theology degree in Christian Studies from Christian Life School of Theology and is currently in the process of getting his ordination into marketplace ministry. He is also a master educator for the American Council of Exercise, holds 25+ certifications from fitness and nutrition to anti-aging. Michael recently started his own podcast called The HeFluence Podcast. In 2019 he received the monumental business award at Thrive which has been voted by Forbes, Inc. and Huffington post as the number one entrepreneur event of the year for the past five years.  He loves to workout, bike, and golf and is married to his amazing wife Lisa. They live in Groveland , Florida after spending the last 25+ years in the Tampa Bay Area. Michael and Lisa love God and love serving others.  Connect with Michale at HeFluence.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I had so much fun having this conversation with Rachel Miller! We talked about the emergence of TikTok, shared some opinions on the other social platforms we spend time on, talked about how we like to use video content, and more! Rachel Miller is the Global Influencer Marketing Lead at SAP. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in marketing with expertise in social media marketing, content marketing, and influencer marketing. Her social strategy has achieved global recognition working with well-known agencies and brands in the B2B technology space spanning enterprise to startup.  Rachel is an avid learner which is essential in the fast-moving social media and influencer marketing space and is an adviser to many popular social business applications where she provides feature evaluations to support product innovation. Connect with Rachel on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Make sure you check out the episodes Rachel and I did on 10 Minute Mindset: EP 742: Identifying the Influencer "It" Factor EP 743: The Power of Becoming a Great Moderator
Heather Parady is back for a second conversation. In this episode we talk about the art of the interview and how really listening to the other person makes the biggest impact. We also talk about Heather’s passion for creativity and how we both like to show up as true to ourselves as possible and through doing that give others permission to do the same. Heather is the host of Unconventional Leaders, a top-ranked podcast which interviews leaders from all over the world who use their unique gifts to make an impact in this world.  She has had the honor of interviewing names like Seth Godin and Jack Canfield, as well as leaders you may have never heard of. There is always one come theme…action in the midst of fear.  Check out the episode Heather and I did on Cooking & Conversation! Connect with Heather at HeatherParady.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Heather Parady is a mental health therapist turned online entrepreneur who has helped countless brands bring their services online in order to scale their impact. She joined me on the podcast to talk about our mutual love for food, her journey into entrepreneurship, the power in pursuing what we truly love to do, and the importance of taking action to create clarity. Heather is the host of Unconventional Leaders, a top-ranked podcast which interviews leaders from all over the world who use their unique gifts to make an impact in this world.  She has had the honor of interviewing names like Seth Godin and Jack Canfield, as well as leaders you may have never heard of. There is always one come theme…action in the midst of fear.  Check out the episode Heather and I did on Cooking & Conversation! Connect with Heather at HeatherParady.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I had a wonderful conversation with my good friend Melissa Monte who is a wildly successful podcaster and just a fantastic human being! She has gone through quite a few challenges and has used those experiences to give back to others in a positive way through her Mind Love brand. Melissa Monte is a mindset coach and host of the podcast Mind Love.  After spending a decade being what she calls a guinea pig for bad decisions, she became obsessed with learning what makes us humans tick.  Now she teaches people the tools that turned her life around. Through raw stories, personal experience, and inspiring interviews, her podcast Mind Love highlights the incredible role of the mind in happiness, health, and success. Make sure you check out the episodes Bee and I did on 10 Minute Mindset: EP 733: Using Limitations as Guideposts EP 734: Training Your Mind to Be Flexible
Isaac Morehouse is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talk about the power of being creative and making a commitment to consistently exercise that creativity in a way that holds us accountable. Isaac also tells the investment story that we mentioned in our last conversation and how increasing our luck comes from taking consistent focused action. Isaac is the founder and CEO of Crash, the career launch platform. He previously founded and currently serves as an advisor to Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or enjoying the beach. Connect with Isaac at IsaacMorehouse.com and follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Medium.
Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Crash, the career launch platform. Isaac joined me on the podcast to talk about the power in showing the skills that we have instead of just telling others about them. We also talked about his belief that experience and skillset is more valuable than most educational degrees and how he defines freedom. Isaac also previously founded and currently serves as an advisor to Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or enjoying the beach. Connect with Isaac at IsaacMorehouse.com and follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Medium.
Bee is a Law of Attraction expert who helps women to manifest fast 'n easy so they can live their dream life. She has worked with numerous clients helping them to open the door to their desires. Bee joined me on Casual Conversations to talk about some of the successes and challenges she has faced since leaving the 7-figure business she built to pursue her true passion as a coach. We talked about the similarities and differences between coaches and teachers, defining happiness, and how growth and application is what leads to true fulfillment. Make sure you check out the episodes Bee and I did on 10 Minute Mindset: EP 740: Balancing Money and Happiness EP 741: Double Down on Your Genius
Marc Marling is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode Marc tells some stories from his corporate days that influence the way he gets to know others and the deep desire he has to really learn what people are all about. We also talk about our feelings when it comes to official titles and how comparison can easily suck the joy from the journey to achievement. Marc has worked in the shipping industry for more than 20 years, first in freight brokering and forwarding, later as a maritime attorney and now handling day to day operational and business issues for Vanmarc.   Marc was previously the General Counsel at container carrier CMA CGM (America) and handled extensive terminal acquisition and development work for the Virginia Port Authority and others while working in private practice. Marc is a graduate of Widener University (1993) and Rutgers University School of Law (1997) and earned a Certificate in Chartering from SUNY Maritime College (Ft. Schyler) (1994). Connect with Marc at CorporateThought.com and follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, and Subscribe to his podcast.
Marc Marling is a Principal at Vanmarc Shipping Limited Company.  He joined me on the podcast to talk about how he believes the 21st century leader is more about real and deep relationships than about credentials. We also talked about relating to others, food, business, and the power of experiences. Marc has worked in the shipping industry for more than 20 years, first in freight brokering and forwarding, later as a maritime attorney and now handling day to day operational and business issues for Vanmarc.   Marc was previously the General Counsel at container carrier CMA CGM (America) and handled extensive terminal acquisition and development work for the Virginia Port Authority and others while working in private practice. Marc is a graduate of Widener University (1993) and Rutgers University School of Law (1997) and earned a Certificate in Chartering from SUNY Maritime College (Ft. Schyler) (1994). Connect with Marc at CorporateThought.com and follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, and Subscribe to his podcast.
David McMillian is an experienced Enterprise Sales professional with a focus in solution selling, solving business problems, meeting challenging goals, and producing exceptional results through addressing the needs and requirements of his customers with world class solutions. David joined me on the podcast to talk about the evolution of the sales process in our careers and he also shared some great tips on what he has found to be effective to stay engaged at a high level and create real relationships with others. Make sure you check out the episodes David and I did on 10 Minute Mindset: EP 730: Warming up the Sales Process EP 731: A Platform That Fosters the Success of Others
Sascha Gorokhoff is back on the podcast for another conversation. In today’s episode we talk about creating the mindset to take responsibility and craft the reality you desire. Sascha and I talk about his story and how he developed the mindset of victory as opposed to that of a victim and how we can all begin to purposefully focus on the things already present in our lives that will help us become the most empowered version of ourselves. Sascha overcame more life challenges than a lot of us could even imagine. He was born severely disabled with Spina-Bifida Myelo-Meningocele, with a Hydrocephalus, and with Arnold-Chiari II syndrome. To put it simply, according to the medical community who understands these terms, he should have never walked, been paralyzed from the waist down, and mentally challenged. Moreover, he was the son of a mother believed to suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder coupled with Narcissism and she was also a hypochondriac. His father died from a heart attack when Sascha was 16 years old. These are only some of the challenges he overcame. Sascha also authored his book: "The Leadership Journey For The New Millennials Turning Tragedy Into Triumph" available everywhere books are sold, as well as "From Victim To Victory: A Leadership Journey" He holds two Bachelors and one Certificate from Webster University, and a Masters Degree from Graduate Institute of Development Studies, in addition to two executive education certificates from IMD Business school ranked #1 by Financial Times in open education for the eighth year in a row. Sascha fluently speaks English, French, German, and Swiss-German. Connect with Sascha at Gemma-Sascha.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Sascha Gorokhoff is an expert in mentoring. He is the mentor to the mentors, to the high-achievers, and those who want to reach those levels. He joined me on the podcast to talk about his story of overcoming so much in his life and how he was able to focus on and utilize the unique advantages that life presented to him. We also talked about how he now uses what he has learned to mentor others to do the same. Sascha overcame more life challenges than a lot of us could even imagine. He was born severely disabled with Spina-Bifida Myelo-Meningocele, with a Hydrocephalus, and with Arnold-Chiari II syndrome. To put it simply, according to the medical community who understands these terms, he should have never walked, been paralyzed from the waist down, and mentally challenged. Moreover, he was the son of a mother believed to suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder coupled with Narcissism and she was also a hypochondriac. His father died from a heart attack when Sascha was 16 years old. These are only some of the challenges he overcame. Sascha also authored his book: "The Leadership Journey For The New Millennials Turning Tragedy Into Triumph" available everywhere books are sold, as well as "From Victim To Victory: A Leadership Journey" He holds two Bachelors and one Certificate from Webster University, and a Masters Degree from Graduate Institute of Development Studies, in addition to two executive education certificates from IMD Business school ranked #1 by Financial Times in open education for the eighth year in a row. Sascha fluently speaks English, French, German, and Swiss-German. Connect with Sascha at Gemma-Sascha.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Quinton and Carla Reeves joined me to talk about how they created an extraordinary marriage and how they are now coaching others to do the same. We talked about all different stages of relationships, intimacy within a relationship, they shared tips they've used to create an extraordinary marriage, and more! Watch the recorded livestream on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Connect with Quinton and Carla at CarlaReeves.com and follow Carla on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
Gemma Serenity Gorokhoff is back on the show for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talked about what the energy of success feels like and how we can use it to create inspired action that helps us manifest the outcomes we desire in our lives. Gemma has experienced a complete healing and transformation from 15 years of domestic violence and is now leading individuals to step into the energy of success. She is an expert of Reiki Energy Healing, Healthy Nutrition and Online marketing with little to no funds involved. She completed an IMD Business School executive education about Leadership and an MIT executive education about Negotiation. Gemma Serenity authored the Kindle Amazon book "Dream, Dare, Do. From Domestic Violence to the Mission to Help and Inspire Millions of Individuals to Step into the Energy of Success."  Connect with Gemma at Gemma-Sascha.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Gemma Serenity Gorokhoff is an award-winning transformational life specialist. Gemma joined me to have a conversation about her personal mantra of “Dream, Dare, Do.” She tells the powerful story of how she overcame 15 years of domestic violence to not only turn her life around for the better, but how she now uses her experience to help and empower others. Gemma has experienced a complete healing and transformation from 15 years of domestic violence and is now leading individuals to step into the energy of success. She is an expert of Reiki Energy Healing, Healthy Nutrition and Online marketing with little to no funds involved. She completed an IMD Business School executive education about Leadership and an MIT executive education about Negotiation. Gemma Serenity authored the Kindle Amazon book "Dream, Dare, Do. From Domestic Violence to the Mission to Help and Inspire Millions of Individuals to Step into the Energy of Success."  Connect with Gemma at Gemma-Sascha.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
I was joined on Casual Conversations by fellow entrepreneur Brad Binversie. Brad and I had a great conversation about digital business, delivering real value to others, and more. Make sure you check out the episodes Brad and I did on 10 Minute Mindset: EP 728: Building a Trust Platform EP 729: Flexibility and Calculated Risks
Scott Sandland is back for another conversation. In this episode we talk about how Scott discovered that technology, specifically AI, was the best way to fuel his passion for helping as many people as possible. We also talk about the new tools he and his team developed to help us gain more insight from the conversations we are having on Zoom. Scott’s background in clinical hypnotherapy and online software development give him a unique perspective on how to weave emotional intelligence into deep science and technology. He is the youngest life fellow in the history of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals. As a keynote speaker for multiple international events and as a presenter at the United Nations, he encourages conversation and collaboration as much as possible.  Scott has started multiple companies with one exit and stepped down from his role as executive director of a mental health clinic to start Cyrano.ai, an AI company focusing on helping improve communication resources with commercial and social impact initiatives.   Connect with Scott at Cyrano.ai and follow him on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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