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Pencil Leadership with Chris Anderson is a show helping entrepreneurs navigate their journey from zero to success.Pencil Leadership is based on a parable of a pencil maker and his new creation and the 5 traits he wants the creation to remember. Be humble, grow from hard times, learn from mistakes, know yourself, and live the purpose you were created for. Chris Anderson is a success & lifestyle entrepreneur seeking to help Podcasting Entrepreneurs build, grow, and monetize theirs shows so they can have a life of fulfillment while adding value to others along the way. Aiming to impact 1,000,000 lives, Pencil Leadership shares inspirational conversations from some very successful individuals from around the world and all areas of life. From leaders in business to entertainment to science, sports, health, and more; they will lead you onto building your life of fulfillment and be a true Pencil Leader.
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Bridget Aileen Sicsko is the founder of Exalted Publishing House, a Podcast Host and Sales & Messaging Coach. She helps successful entrepreneurs stand out and be featured as leaders in their industry by sharing powerful stories. Her mission is to amplify the voices of influential entrepreneurs who are ready to elevate their business, become published authors & public speakers. Bridget also hosts a live interview series called “The Gathering MVMT,” where she has interviewed over 40 entrepreneurs, TedX speakers, authors, thought-leaders, & visionaries who are here to uplift humanity. Bridget has been featured in Authority Magazine,  Ticker News, News 12 New York, numerous 5-star podcasts, and has created 100s of videos for her Youtube channel, growing Facebook Groups and Instagram. Support the show (
"My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better." — Steve Jobs​​"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." — Winston ChurchillSheryl Plouffe is a video strategist, former Canadian TV broadcaster, and the creator of Cash In On Camera.​She has been seen by millions over the course of her twenty-five-year career in news media, has produced thousands of videos, and has broadcast over 20,000 hours of live television.​Today she shares her perspective on being a Pencil Leader and the importance of good mentors seeing the best in us along our journeys.​So make sure to tune in and take some notes. If you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin.​You can find more about Sheryl and what she is up to at business should spend some marketing budget on a branded podcast. Here's why:​A business with a branded podcast set itself apart from the competition and stick in the minds of listeners.​According to a BBC Global News study, 'a company mentions within a branded podcast deliver 16% higher engagement and 12% higher memory encoding than the surrounding content on a show.'​Branded podcasts contribute to brand growth in a number of ways:​89% higher awareness57% higher branded consideration24% higher brand favorability14% higher purchase intent​Ready to start your branded podcast or to outsource your production? Schedule a call with Elevate Media Group today.​_____Ready to take your podcast to the next level?​Video recorded shows get an increased value because of the content that can be created from the videos.​Video content across all platforms does considerably better than regular static posts or audiograms.​So if you're ready to get your video game on and live stream to your audience then you need to get with Streamyard.Streamyard makes it simple and easy to record video at high quality as well as stream to multiple locations at once. On top of that, you can use overlays, banners, tickers, etc.​Sign up with my affiliate link and get $10 of credit!​​Sign up today.Support the show (
Sean Tyler Foley has been acting in film and television since he was 6 years old and is an accomplished film and stage performer. He has appeared in productions including Freddy Vs Jason, Door to Door, Carrie, and the musical Ragtime. Tyler is passionate about helping others confidently take the stage and impact an audience with their stories. He is currently the Managing Director of Total Buy-In and author of the #1 best-selling book The Power to Speak Naked.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Support the show (
Sam Mitchell, a teenager, living with autism, brings you Autism Rocks and Rolls. Although Sam has had obstacles in the past and still has daily struggles, he is using this platform to remove the stigma of autism and other conditions that many think are disabilities. He often brings guests into the conversation, whether it be family members, friends, celebrities, or others involved in the world of autism. He wants to prove that he is not broken and does not need to be fixed. Sam has a lot of fun along the way and loves to entertain his audience.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!www.pencilleadership.comSupport the show (
Joanna is a Business and Life Goals Coach and Property Investor.She uses her 20 years of business management experience to help business owners and professionals become crystal clear on achieving their professional, business, and life goals faster; without any doubt, technology overwhelms or sacrifices their family life. Her mission is to help 100 people in 2021 to achieve their #1 goal.She is a certified coach and has a degree in applied linguistics and certification in project management.She lived in Poland, Austria, France, and Angola and has traveled to her bucket list destinations like Easter Island and Machu Picchu. She speaks five languages.Today we chat about overcoming significant obstacles to grow and succeed, including her story of almost getting kidnapped and killed in Angola. So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Support the show (
Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that’s all.  – Henry FordIf we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. -Edmund BurkeLuke Hohmann is the Founder and CEO of FirstRoot, a Benefit Corporation devoted to teaching financial literacy and civics through Participatory Budgeting in schools. Our BHAG is to get $1K into 1M schools globally and watch what happens when kids control $1B.  Luke is a serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized expert in Participatory Budgeting and Agile Software development industry. Luke's previous company was Conteneo, a software company that helped large companies administer more than $3B using Participatory Budgeting techniques. Scaled Agile, Inc. acquired it in 2019.The author of four books, numerous articles, and cited as an inventor of a dozen patents, Luke co-organized the first Agile conference in 2003. He has served on the Board of the Agile Alliance. In partnership with the Scrum Alliance, he produced the "Collaboration at Scale" webinar series, which focuses on helping organizations scale agility with ten or more Scrum teams in 2 or more locations.Luke is a highly sought-after speaker, keynoting such conferences as the Agile Alliance conference, Agile Australia, Lean-Agile Scotland, Agile New Zealand, the Austrian Innovation Forum, the CXPA, and the SAFe Summit.Luke is the co-founder of Every Voice Engaged Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that helps citizens, governments, and nonprofit organizations collaboratively solve unsolvable problems without civic engagement. EVEF has been a leader in the Participatory Budgeting movement, helping citizens prioritize hundreds of millions of dollars through Budget Games.In partnership with The Kettering Foundation (, Conteneo created Common Ground for Action, the first scalable platform for deliberative decision-making.Luke's an old-school Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Instead of building companies to flip, he builds companies that make the world better! A former United States National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion, Luke enjoys his family, his wife's cooking, and long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains.Today we discuss how to teach kids about finances.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin. Follow Luke.Follow Chris.Support the show (
 Robert Raymond Riopel is an International Best-Selling author, App Designer, Entrepreneur, and Trainer who has spent the past 18+ years traveling worldwide, sharing his passion. He has also shared the stage with and trained many of the top trainers and thought leaders in the world today.With his high energy and heartfelt style, Robert draws on his journey from humble beginnings to financial freedom at 32 to inspire individuals to tap into their greatness. Realizing that he is not the only person that struggles, Robert’s “Clues” open individuals up to the possibilities that lie within them, and that is why he is a highly sought-after presenter.Today we learn how to be V.I.T.A.L.Support the show (
Stefan Smulders discusses his journey to building a multi-million dollar start-up in less than 12 months.Support the show (
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”– Robert Kennedy“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”– Lou HoltzLife is a mystery. Life is full of surprises, some of which make us happy and others turn our happiness into sorrow. The closer we get to understanding life the further it escapes from us. The more we live life the more secrets it reveals. At times we get stuck. We stop and standstill. We cannot see the next step to take on our journey. We are like a person standing on the corner waiting for someone to lead us across the streets of life.Israel tells you that you have the power to change your lifestyle. You have the power to change and discover how never to allow the challenges of life to drag you down. You have greatness within you. You have the power to keep moving forward and become unstoppable. You have the power to live the rest of your life in its fullness.Get "Keep Moving Forward" today: with Israel.Connect with Chris.Support the show (
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack WelchA leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell____________________________________________________________________Vice President/ COO of Global Core Strategies & Consulting LLC. Ron works with organizations and leadership teams to assist them with creating a winning culture, where people and productivity are a number one priority. As a result, his clients experience higher retention rates, business growth, increased profitability and distinguish themselves as the best place to work.Ron provides tangible results in real-time while giving you the freedom to focus on their businesses, be creative and impactful without losing sight of what is essential.People Always Matter.Today, Ron shares about his experience in the military and what that taught him about leadership, and the importance leadership plays in organizations.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Connect with Ron.Connect with Chris.Support the show (
“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” — Bruce Lee“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” — Babe RuthIn just 5 years, Dre Baldwin went from his high school team's bench to a 9-year professional basketball career. At the same time, Dre built a content publishing empire. Blogging since 2005 and publishing videos to YouTube starting in 2006, Dre has published over 8,000 videos with his content being viewed over 73 million times. Dre's daily Work On Your Game Podcast has over 3 million listeners. He has also given 4 TEDxTalks and authored 27 books.Today, Dre shares about how we can 'Work on Our Game' and succeed.So if you're ready, take out your pencils and let's begin.Connect with Dre.Connect with Chris.Support the show (
“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you”. – Henry J. Kaiser________________________________________________________Matthew Turner is a British author who lives in a small town in Yorkshire, England. Having previously published three novels and a non-fiction business book, he wrote ‘Beyond The Pale’ on the back of interviewing hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, authors, investors, and thought-leaders. Gaining a unique insight into areas such as mindset, flow, and personal development, and a gaining reputation for crafting compelling stories out of other peoples’ lives, Matthew builds relatable fables for those looking to live a meaningful and purpose-driven life. As well as writing for himself, Matthew ghostwrites both articles and books for other successful entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, in-between spending time with his two children.Today, he shares about the anti-hustle and how to succeed without burning out.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Connect with Matthew.Connect with Chris.Support the show (
“Income seldom exceeds personal development.” ―Jim Rohn“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ―Ralph Waldo EmersonNoel Bagwell is the founder of ExecutiveLP® and creator of Profit from Legal™, a business development program designed to help small-to-medium businesses use legal support to improve profitability.He is a preventative lawyer who serves small businesses and startups. I am the author of How to Structure your Business for Success and will soon be publishing Profit from Legal.Finally, I host the Profit from Legal Podcast, which you can find on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, and wherever you listen to podcasts. Today he shares the importance of implementing legal structures in business.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin.Connect with Noel.Connect with Chris.Support the show (
Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake. - Richard SennettIf it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft. - Snoop DoggWith research spanning three decades, Charles Collins is continuously engaged in the study of 'The Way of Craftsmanship' - as handed down over the centuries by master craftsmen and craftswomen across the world - to uncover the universal principles for developing a high level of skill in any endeavor in one's life. From Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, he discovered there is a clear set of practical, down-to-earth principles that transcend cultures and time, which anyone can apply to skillfully practice 'life-as-a-craft'. Life-as-a-Craft To practice the whole of 'life-as-a-craft', the way a craftsperson mindfully practices the trade of textile weaving, medicine, or carpentry, requires that the myriad activities of the 'craft-of-life' be systematically organized, managed, taught, and learned similar to the ways in which we organize, manage, teach and practice our trades, occupations, and professions. In 2012 with the release of Making a Masterpiece of Your Life, Charles introduced the Five Elements of practicing 'life-as-a-craft', based on the organizing principles found in the world's craftsmanship teachings, practices, and traditions. Making a Masterpiece of Your Life Making a Masterpiece of Your Life - the book - published in 2012, quickly became an Amazon #1 seller in the Personal Transformation and Motivational Self-Help categories. Seven years later in the Summer of 2019, 'The Way of Craftsmanship: The Tao of 'Life-as-a-Craft' - was released in the Success & Self-Help category on Amazon books. In September of that same year, season one of Making A Masterpiece of Your Life - the podcast - was released on the Apple and Google Podcast platforms and other popular locations. The following year opened to people of all ages and skill levels as a resource to learn and apply the principles of craftsmanship, and the Five Elements curriculum for "Making A Masterpiece of Your Life." In Charles' own words: "If you're going to make something of your life, make it a masterpiece."So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin.Connect with Charles.Connect with Chris.START YOUR WEBSITE TODAYSupport the show (
START YOUR OWN PODCAST TODAYThe more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others. - Erik EriksonI try to look at every role the same way, regardless of whether the character is real or the character is a fantasy. I always start from myself because you have to know yourself first. - Chadwick BosemanSince 1991, Travis Fox, The Architect of Being™, has been the CEO for Travis Fox, Inc., now Bigger Than Us, LLC, armed with degrees in psychology and Clinical Hypnotherapy. Travis is responsible for creating, managing, and marketing products, services, and corporate workshops generated by the company.Master Trainer and Business CoachFor the last 25 years, Travis has been training and teaching his proprietary methodology, Architecting sales, marketing, communication, branding, and corporate cultures for private and public corporations. Utilizing his skills for personality profiling, effective listening, focused concentration, and rapport building, Travis’ method has effectively helped improve corporations, entrepreneurs, and product messaging, guiding them to the heart of their message.In addition to his television shows and work with the mind, Travis is Also a full-fledged entertainer. He has performed his own personal entertainment brand in over 6,500 performances worldwide over the past 25 years. At corporate events, Travis is more than just your standard speaker; he has excelled at being a Master of Ceremonies. He's able to hold the crowd's attention and make your event memorable for your clients and guests by keeping them talking, smiling, and laughing for months after the engagement.Travis is the "head" coach to several top professional players on professional golf tours and those competing at the collegiate level. His Methodologies have also crossed over into his Coaching of professional football, College Basketball (Division 1), and full contact fighting athletes.Imagine bringing Travis' methodologies to your next corporate team building event, learning the "Trade Secrets" of the pros and top champions; watch as your team is transformed into champions on and off the “game" field.Today, he will guide us through the archetypes and how knowing yourself will get you more results.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Connect with Dr. Fox.Connect with Chris.Support the show (
"Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows." - Ben Stein"I believe that you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." - Zig ZiglarGeorge Bryant is a digital marketing expert who believes in the power of relationship-building in marketing, but he had to fix his relationship with himself before he could figure that out.He talks openly now of stories of abuse – both physical and sexual, of driving his father’s Harley Davidson through the door of a shed at four years old, of violence, bullying, self-harm, eating disorders… screaming for attention, screaming for validation, desperate to feel loved, desperate to just feel.His story from there is one he recounts as a cycle of not feeling good enough, driving himself physically harder than should be humanly possible just to prove his worth, and then sabotaging his progress. Only to repeat that process again.It took 30 years for George to realize the answer he was searching for. 30 years to begin to fix what was broken within himself, what most of us never even recognize, let alone face head-on.Today, George shares with us how relationships beat algorithms. Relationships with ourselves, team, and customers. So if you're ready, take out your pencils and let's begin.Connect with George.Connect with Chris.Pencil Leadership CommunitySupport the show (
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. -Booker T. WashingtonI hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' -Muhammad AliWe all go through adversity in our lives. Jesse Bradley has been through his fair share as well. Not only did he work to become a professional soccer player but once he thought he reached a top-level life knocked him back down.While playing professional soccer in Zimbabwe, Jesse was almost killed by the very thing that was supposed to protect him.As we healed (which was a very long process), he knew he was meant to do more. So if you're ready to hear Jesse's story, take out your pencil's and let's begin.Connect with Jesse.Connect with Chris. TARGETED ENGAGEMENT PROCESS DOWNLOADSupport the show (
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – Shakespeare“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland______________Sid is a published author, serial entrepreneur, venture investor, university professor, board member, business thought leader, and public speaker. As a serial entrepreneur, Sid founded and led several early-stage and hyper-growth companies from inception to acquisition. Many times over, he shouldered the responsibility for meeting payroll and wrote checks to acquire or invest in companies; learning to think both like an investor and a founder; facing, accepting, and overcoming his share of failures and successes in ideas and ventures. Along the way, Sid learned that the wounds of failures are the pathways to our next best version. -----    Sid has earned a reputation as the “Entrepreneur philosopher.” He believes in our individual ability to shape our destiny. There are always infinite opportunities ahead of us, regardless of our origins and limitations. Our transformational mindset and ability to embrace uncertainty and leave our addictions to sameness behind are key to realizing our next best version - to evolve. To be impactful, Sid believes that we have to realize that we are the sculptor, the artist who is always working on and perfecting our masterpiece – the sculpture of self. He considers entrepreneurship a talent that we all possess. A talent that is stimulated as we acknowledge our capabilities and pursue our love of wisdom – our Personal Entrepreneurial Philosophy (PEP)​Sid continues to believe that progress is rooted in staying relevant and not leaving change to chance.Today, Sid shares with us that we are not them ... The Authentic Entrepreneur's Way.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Connect with Sid here.Connect with Chris here.___________________My #1 recommended tool: Your complete digital products and services online sales system. Create websites, build funnels and make more sales - Get your free lifetime account at GROOVEDIGITAL.Support the show (
"If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself." - Jim Rohn"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston ChurchillTom Kereszti is an industry influencer, coach, speaker, educator, and mentor. His approach to leadership comes from a lifetime of international experience.His servant leadership principles are time-proven and based on biblical foundations.He is down-to-earth and able to strike a balance between business challenges and common-sense solutions.His motivational and engaging style will leave you with practical and applicable solutions that you can put into practice.So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Connect with Tom here.Connect with Chris here.5 Qualities of a Good LeadersGood ListenerPrioritize Personal DevelopmentEncourage OthersEthicalOpen-MindedSupport the show (
“If you do not find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”Warren Buffet“You can only be financially free when your passive income exceeds your expenses.”T. Harv EkerSeth Bradley is a real estate entrepreneur and an expert at achieving passive income as a highly paid professional. He’s closed billions of dollars in real estate transactions as a real estate attorney, broker, and investor. He’s the managing partner of Law Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on multifamily and opportunistic acquisitions. He’s a former big law attorney and is now the managing partner of his own firm, Bradley Law Limited, helping his clients with their real estate and asset protection needs. He’s also the host of the Passive Income Attorney Podcast, educating attorneys and other professionals on how to stop trading their time for money so that they can practice when they want to, not because they have to.Today, Seth shares about single vs multi-family real estate and passive income. So if you're ready, take out your pencils, and let's begin!Connect with Seth here.Connect with Chris here.Support the show (
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