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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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Mary Hyatt is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talk about the power of spirituality in business and success.  We also talk about visualization, what makes it so effective, and our shared philosophy that we are not alone, we are more than enough when we connect with God, and we are infinitely loved no matter what. Mary is a life and business mindset coach who specializes in helping high achieving female entrepreneurs move from living a life of burnout to a life where they are connected to their emotions, their body, and spirit.  She helps bring her 1 on 1 and group coaching clients back to their enoughness, wholeness, and femininity.  Mary is the host of the Living Fully Alive podcast that airs weekly where she dives deeper into mindset and helps her listeners learn to embody a life fully lived. She is also a Top Earner with doTERRA Essential Oils, helping teach women how to support their bodies and emotions holistically. As a trained Hypnotherapist and Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Mary brings a level of consciousness and soul focused inner work to everything she does. Connect with Mary at MaryHyatt.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Mary Hyatt is a life and business mindset coach who specializes in helping high achieving female entrepreneurs move from living a life of burnout to a life where they are connected to their emotions, their body, and spirit.  Mary joined me on the podcast to talk about her journey from trying to get love to now making the radical shift to trying to give love.  We also talk about cultivating the belief that we are already enough and worthy of love and success and Mary shares what loving other people means to her. Mary helps bring her 1 on 1 and group coaching clients back to their enoughness, wholeness, and femininity. She is the host of the Living Fully Alive podcast that airs weekly where she dives deeper into mindset and helps her listeners learn to embody a life fully lived. She is also a Top Earner with doTERRA Essential Oils, helping teach women how to support their bodies and emotions holistically. As a trained Hypnotherapist and Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Mary brings a level of consciousness and soul focused inner work to everything she does. Connect with Mary at MaryHyatt.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
I was joined by my friend Karl Staib for a great conversation! Karl is an author and a coach with a strong focus on and passion for gratitude. In this conversation we talk about gratitude, poetry, and so much more! Karl has helped thousands of people understand their internal dialogs and remove limiting beliefs, so they can grow their careers and lives.  He has spoken to fortune 500 companies about the power of an appreciative culture and how it can help teams improve their communication and productivity. Connect with Karl at BringGratitude.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Grab a copy of Karl’s Bring Gratitude Book. Make sure you check out the other episodes Karl and I did on the podcast: EP 805: Explaining and Complaining EP 806: The Power of Micro-Routines See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Calvin Wayman is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talk about our journeys as entrepreneurs and more specifically how those journeys began.  We talked about cultivating the trust to step out in faith, let go of the things not serving us, and be open to receiving not necessarily what we think we want, but the opportunities that God provides for us. Calvin is an author, trier, and self-proclaimed messer-upper.  He was born into an unconventional family - one that celebrates the practice of polygamy. He has 5 loving parents—one dad, and four moms. He also has 44 best friends—all of them his siblings. His upbringing gifted him life lessons like: working hard, working together, and going after what you really believe in! While he chose not to continue the path of his parents, he is using what they taught him to blaze his own trail. Today he’s a high-ticket sales entrepreneur—helping podcasters, coaches, and entrepreneurs monetize and scale through the power of a high-ticket offer.  He is writing his second book, “How to Sell Like a Shark Without Being a Dick (Richard).”  He is a TEDx Speaker being asked to speak all around the world and the host of the “Curious With Calvin Wayman” podcast. Calvin is also a dad, committed to being an example to his two kids that it’s okay to try things and get messy. And, despite fear, you really can create the life of your dreams. Connect with Calvin at CalvinWayman.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Check out the “Cooking and Conversation” Livestream that Calvin and I did while he cooked bacon, eggs, and hash browns! See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Calvin Wayman is an author, trier, and self-proclaimed messer-upper.  He joined me on the podcast to talk about our mutual love for breakfast foods and how it is a perfect analogy for short-term vs the long-term when it comes to decision making and actions for lasting success. Calvin was born into an unconventional family - one that celebrates the practice of polygamy. He has 5 loving parents—one dad, and four moms. He also has 44 best friends—all of them his siblings. His upbringing gifted him life lessons like: working hard, working together, and going after what you really believe in! While he chose not to continue the path of his parents, he is using what they taught him to blaze his own trail. Today he’s a high-ticket sales entrepreneur—helping podcasters, coaches, and entrepreneurs monetize and scale through the power of a high-ticket offer.  He is writing his second book, “How to Sell Like a Shark Without Being a Dick (Richard).”  He is a TEDx Speaker being asked to speak all around the world and the host of the “Curious With Calvin Wayman” podcast. Calvin is also a dad, committed to being an example to his two kids that it’s okay to try things and get messy. And, despite fear, you really can create the life of your dreams. Connect with Calvin at CalvinWayman.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Check out the “Cooking and Conversation” Livestream that Calvin and I did while he cooked bacon, eggs, and hash browns! See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
I had a great conversation with my good friend David Barnes who coaches people to breakthroughs using...are you ready for this....MOVIES! Yes, you read that correctly—David has a library of thousands of movies that he and his team have watched and categorized and catalogued based on their energetic properties and the lessons and messages they convey. He also has a five minute intention session that goes with the specific movie he has clients watch to help them get the most out of what they are consuming. He put me through his process and I can honestly say that it was a fantastic and powerful experience. Also, I'm not quite sure how he did it but he couldn't have recommended a more perfect movie for me to experience his zone of genius. Do you want to shift your limiting beliefs and become an energetic match with all the things you desire? Well, now you can do that in your jammies while watching a movie and snacking on popcorn. David Barnes is the founder of Peace of Mind Overtures where they’ve infused over 700 carefully selected movies with hundreds of powerful intentions and affirmations. In addition to shifting your mindset on a conscious level, these Alignment Movie Process (AMPTM)  films shift your energetic patterns on a more profound level so you can propel yourself towards a life you truly love. David’s diverse background includes leadership roles at The Ford Motor Company, as well as executive non-profit experience at The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He works with individuals, executives, teams, and businesses that desire to make a change and realize a new sustainable set point. David has consulted with hundreds of businesses, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. His diverse client base includes the Federal Government’s Office of Planning and Management,  The Center for Leadership Development, The U.S Air Force, NOAA, and Starbucks. Connect with David at PeaceOfMindOvertures.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Make sure you check out the other episodes David and I did on the podcast: EP 778: Everything Is a Co-Creation EP 779: A Movie and Conversation About Love and Acceptance See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Neil Sahota is back for part two of our conversation on the podcast. In this episode we talk about a couple of the projects Neil is currently working on to utilize Artificial Intelligence to create social good in the world. We also talk about the development of technology over the years and how virtual reality could play a big role in education, entertainment, and more in the not so distant future. Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisor, and Faculty at UC Irvine. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with clients and business partners to think disruptively and create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. He is also the author of Own the A.I. Revolution, a practical guide to leveraging A.I. for social good and business growth and was named Best Business Book of 2019 by Soundview. Neil’s work experience spans multiple industries including health care, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Prior to his current role, he was a thought leader, consultant, and practice leader in IBM Global Business Services, where he led the sales and delivery of consulting engagements in business strategy, new product development, revenue optimization, process improvement, and business/system integration. Neil has lived and worked in Ningbo, China, where he was involved in economic development projects, gaining extensive experience in assisting companies and entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups and a director of various tech companies. Neil resides in California, and spends significant time traveling the world to participate in business development and global expansion projects. Connect with Neil at NeilSahota.com and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisor, and Faculty at UC Irvine. Neil joined me on this episode of the podcast to talk about the opportunities that Artificial Intelligence offers us as a technology and a tool. We also talk about what we believe philosophically when it comes to humans and technologically becoming more and more inseparable and what the possible future holds as AI continues to grow and develop. With 20+ years of business experience, Neil works with clients and business partners to think disruptively and create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. He is also the author of Own the A.I. Revolution, a practical guide to leveraging A.I. for social good and business growth and was named Best Business Book of 2019 by Soundview. Neil’s work experience spans multiple industries including health care, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Prior to his current role, he was a thought leader, consultant, and practice leader in IBM Global Business Services, where he led the sales and delivery of consulting engagements in business strategy, new product development, revenue optimization, process improvement, and business/system integration. Neil has lived and worked in Ningbo, China, where he was involved in economic development projects, gaining extensive experience in assisting companies and entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups and a director of various tech companies. Neil resides in California, and spends significant time traveling the world to participate in business development and global expansion projects. Connect with Neil at NeilSahota.com and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
My good friend Yoram Solomon joined me on Casual Conversations to chat about media, trust, business, technology, and more! Dr. Yoram Solomon is the author of The Book of Trust and the founder of the Innovation Culture Institute LLC. He published 13 books, 22 patents, more than 300 articles, and was one of the creators of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0. Named one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers (last 5 years) and one of the Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on Corporate Culture and Emerging Technologies. Yoram is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, and was a TEDx speaker and host. He is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Southern Methodist University in Texas and Hadassah College in Israel. His trustworthiness model is based on years of original research, years of service as an elected official and as an executive, and service at the IDF 35th Airborne Brigade. Connect with Yoram at YoramSolomon.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Make sure you check out the other episodes Yoram and I did on the podcast: EP 753: Mediterranean Chicken with Middle Eastern Toast, Tahini, and Hummus EP 775: It's All About Innovation Culture EP 776: The 7 Laws of Trust See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul Conant is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talk about the value of building and growing a business through genuine connecting conversations. We also talk about some of the marketing tactics that we see entrepreneurs trying to use today and how Paul really wants to do business with people he would enjoy hanging out with at a barbecue. Paul Conant has more than 25 years of experience in building businesses as well as sales training for small companies and big box retail firms. Paul is an accomplished entrepreneur and manager. His vision and expertise in business performance has driven growth in the service, retail, and e-commerce sectors. With a rare blend of creative and operational strengths he has achieved exciting results in all companies he has worked with.  Before founding Gizoom, Paul was a successful entrepreneur in the electronic industry. He also consults clients in a variety of business concerns as well as developing online strategies for, PPC, SEO, SEM and local search.  Connect with Paul at TheProfitProtocol.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Paul Conant has more than 25 years of experience in building businesses as well as sales training for small companies and big box retail firms. He joined me on the podcast to talk about his experience in digital marketing over the past 25 years, what he believes to be the biggest opportunity and shift in the market to date, where ad targeting is headed, and how he handles the haters who pop up on social media. Paul is an accomplished entrepreneur and manager. His vision and expertise in business performance has driven growth in the service, retail, and e-commerce sectors. With a rare blend of creative and operational strengths he has achieved exciting results in all companies he has worked with.  Before founding Gizoom, Paul was a successful entrepreneur in the electronic industry. He also consults clients in a variety of business concerns as well as developing online strategies for, PPC, SEO, SEM and local search.  Connect with Paul at TheProfitProtocol.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
I had a great conversation with Lauren Kress who is known as "The Business Scientist." Lauren is also a really great friend of mine and someone that I absolutely love chatting with because she really knows business strategy and is equal parts analytical and creative with her approach. Lauren Kress is one of the few theoretically-trained scientists and growth innovators of the millennial generation whose knowledge of investment-led growth is transforming decision making in the business world.  Lauren is the creator of the Home Start youtube series, host of the Grow Your Brand podcast and Founder of The Change Makers Collective: a science-led growth consultancy for visionary thinkers and leaders who are changing the world for the better. Connect with Lauren at TheChangeMakers.org.au and follow her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Make sure you check out the other episodes Lauren and I did on the podcast: EP 772: Experimenting to Make the Most Out of Business EP 773: Sitting in the Middle of Feeling and Thinking See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Kyle Gillette is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talk about what it means to have what he calls a SAGE Mindset. We also talk about leadership, prayer, and Kyle shares some stories of where SAGE showed up in his own life. Kyle Gillette is the owner of Gillette Solutions, a Professional Coaching and consulting company. He has been coaching for 15 years and as a certified coach and behavioral analyst, he's worked with over hundreds of people to help them better understand themselves and their leadership style. As a result of his research and experiences, he's created the SAGE Mindset Leadership program.  When Kyle is not working, he is active with his wife and three daughters in the Pacific Northwest. As a side note, if you're looking for a racquetball game, he's ready and willing!  Connect with Kyle at GilletteSolutions.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Subscribe to the SAGE Mindset Podcast. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Kyle Gillette is the owner of Gillette Solutions, a Professional Coaching and consulting company. He joined me on the podcast to talk about his story of starting his company and what led him to becoming an entrepreneur. We also talk about the power of appreciating in lieu of comparing ourselves to others, the pressure of success, and the legacy you are born into and also desire to create and eventually leave behind.  Kyle has been coaching for 15 years and as a certified coach and behavioral analyst, he's worked with over hundreds of people to help them better understand themselves and their leadership style. As a result of his research and experiences, he's created the SAGE Mindset Leadership program.  When he is not working, he is active with his wife and three daughters in the Pacific Northwest. As a side note, if you're looking for a racquetball game, he's ready and willing!  Connect with Kyle at GilletteSolutions.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Subscribe to the SAGE Mindset Podcast. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
I had such a wonderful conversation with my good friend and author Missy Maxwell Worton! Her story is so powerful and with her family is doing such big things in the fight against child trafficking. Missy Maxwell Worton, is an author, speaker, former actress/singer/dancer in a nationally faith-based Broadway-style musical company dealing with family and faith issues. She writes across media, not only as an author but also as a film and television writer. She exudes joy in all she does, and she loves being in God’s presence as a worshiper. Missy’s church ministry involvements have included leading worship as well as being in children’s and women’s ministries. Missy’s greatest desire is to awaken women to the superpower they have within them as a daughter of a mighty and loving God. Encouraging them to fearlessly and courageously pursue the greatness and dreams they were created for by fulfilling their unique destiny calling. She believes women can be one of the strongest voices for justice to impact, influence and transform the culture around them and better the lives of others. Bringing lasting change through the power of love and kindness. Missy speaks on courage, adoption, adoptive family transition, inspiring mamas to become even better equipped for their God-given role, and a host of other life issues. She is an advocate for the orphan, the unborn, enslaved and trafficked. She is a devoted wife, and deeply invested in the lives of her four children. She loves being a soccer mom and playing board games with her family, as well as exercising with her dog.  Connect with Missy at MissyMaxwellWorton.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Make sure you check out the other episodes Missy and I did on the podcast: EP 769: Truth Always Wins EP 770: Trust Through Believing See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Charlie Mechem is back for part two of our conversation on the podcast. In this episode Charlie shares the second half of his incredible story in business and in life, he shares his principle of allowing the story to unfold and opportunities to find him, we talk about some of the major deals he was able to make as a high powered CEO, and he also mentions he would do differently if he had to go back in time and do it all over again. Charlie’s remarkable business career spans six decades and includes stints as a lawyer, CEO of the Taft Broadcasting empire of media outlets that owned the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon company, and the Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. He was also business partners with the iconic Arnold Palmer and shared an office with “The King” in Orlando for years.  But Charlie is not all business. Born in Nelsonville, Ohio, Charlie still thinks of himself as a small-town boy who loves the thrill of a roller coaster ride and the challenge of a round of golf with friends. And good friends is something Charlie has always had plenty of! In fact, you have probably heard of quite a few of them: astronaut Neil Armstrong, NFL coach Paul Brown, restaurant magnate Dave Thomas, and professional golfers Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Wright, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, and Juli Inkster. Charlie is a consummate storyteller, and he uses his great deal of experience, wisdom, and joy to help professionals become more engaging speakers. His book, Total Anecdotal, and podcast, 15 Minutes with Charlie, were made to share his insights and help readers and listeners become better presenters.  Connect with Charlie at CharlieMechem.com and follow him on LInkedIn. Subscribe to Charlie’s podcast: 15 Minutes with Charlie. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Charlie Mechem’s remarkable business career spans six decades and includes stints as a lawyer, CEO of the Taft Broadcasting empire of media outlets that owned the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon company, and the Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Charlie joined me on the podcast to talk about the power of humility in success, his amazing story growing up and creating business success, and he also shares some great wisdom that he acquired along the way. Charlie was also business partners with the iconic Arnold Palmer and shared an office with “The King” in Orlando for years. But Charlie is not all business. Born in Nelsonville, Ohio, Charlie still thinks of himself as a small-town boy who loves the thrill of a roller coaster ride and the challenge of a round of golf with friends.  And good friends is something Charlie has always had plenty of! In fact, you have probably heard of quite a few of them: astronaut Neil Armstrong, NFL coach Paul Brown, restaurant magnate Dave Thomas, and professional golfers Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Wright, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, and Juli Inkster. Charlie is a consummate storyteller, and he uses his great deal of experience, wisdom, and joy to help professionals become more engaging speakers. His book, Total Anecdotal, and podcast, 15 Minutes with Charlie, were made to share his insights and help readers and listeners become better presenters.  Connect with Charlie at CharlieMechem.com and follow him on LInkedIn. Subscribe to Charlie’s podcast: 15 Minutes with Charlie. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
I had a great conversation with speaker, coach, and founder Kari Schwear! We talked about the gray area when it comes to alcohol and food dependency and how we can create a healthier relationship with the things in our lives that bring us pleasure and reframe them to help us achieve the things we desire. Kari Schwear is the founder of GrayTonic and the Question the Drink Movement. She is a perpetual life learner, 7 x career path conqueror, certified life coach, speaker, writer and entrepreneur. Kari is also a former gray area drinker that took her mess and turned it into her message. Her passion is to help others move out of the gray areas, and into a life they love.  Connect with Kari at GrayTonic.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn—and join her Facebook Group: “Question the Drink” Make sure you check out the other episodes Kari and I did on the podcast: EP 763: Moving Out of the Gray Areas EP 764: Question the Drink See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Beth Ziesenis is back for part two of our conversation. In this episode we talk about some useful and easy ways Beth has discovered for organizing the tens of thousands of pictures we store on all our electronic devices. We also talk about messaging apps, touch on the Apple vs. Android debate, and Beth shares other digital organizational tips.  Beth Ziesenis is the author of six books and keeps up with the latest technology to educate and entertain her audience with the fast-changing world of technology. Your Nerdy Best Friend is not a traditional "Sage on the Stage." Beth engages attendees before her programs with funny, nerdy pictures, social media updates and serious buzz creation.  During the program, she delights attendees with fun giveaways like the nerdy rubber ducks, knee-high nerd socks and much more. She also uses games and group exercises to facilitate networking and collaboration, leading to shared laughs and new connections. Beth speaks to groups of every size, from 10 people to 1000. Speaking to associations and corporations throughout North America, Beth entertains, enlightens and empowers attendees to embrace their inner nerds to become more efficient, more productive and definitely more nerdy. Connect with Beth at YourNerdyBestFriend.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Beth Ziesenis is the author of six books and keeps up with the latest technology to educate and entertain her audience with the fast-changing world of technology. Beth joined me on the podcast to talk about the power of the many apps we have access to via our phones, tablets, and computers. We also talked about how to efficiently find and use apps, what makes her so passionate about apps, and we even talk about some possible future tech developments. Your Nerdy Best Friend is not a traditional "Sage on the Stage." Beth engages attendees before her programs with funny, nerdy pictures, social media updates and serious buzz creation. During the program, she delights attendees with fun giveaways like the nerdy rubber ducks, knee-high nerd socks and much more. She also uses games and group exercises to facilitate networking and collaboration, leading to shared laughs and new connections. Beth speaks to groups of every size, from 10 people to 1000. Speaking to associations and corporations throughout North America, Beth entertains, enlightens and empowers attendees to embrace their inner nerds to become more efficient, more productive and definitely more nerdy. Connect with Beth at YourNerdyBestFriend.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
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