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Professional Speaker for Ten Years

Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Release Date: 04/02/2019

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Michael O'Neal is the host of the Solopreneur Hour Podcast, and Thom Singer calls him the "Godfather" of his "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast.  Thom was a big fan of Michael's show long before he ever thought of starting his own podcast, and turned to Michael for a lot of tips, tricks, and guidance in 2014 when he was launching this program.

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Episode 526 of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do is co-produced in partnership with the Austin Technology Council, the largest tech industry organization in Central Texas. ATC empowers members by using insights, resources, and connections so their members can succeed and thrive. This episode is an in-depth interview with David Periz, the CEO and Founder of Lumen Insurance Technologies. Check out this conversation about life, entrepreneurship, and Austin.

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Thom Singer sits down for an chat with Founder and CEO of Aras.  Peter and his wife started the company twenty years ago, and are currently experiencing 40% growth.  They have over 600 employees, and have seen the growth in both the company and the people they work with over two decades.  In this episode Peter shares his journey and practical advice for entrepreneurs in any industry.

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A native New Yorker, Farissa relocated to Chicago in 2007 and founded RLM Media in 2008. RLM Media is a boutique advertising agency that specializes in media planning and buying and is headquartered in Chicago, IL. RLM additionally uniquely services and works closely with other advertising agencies that do not have media buying capabilities in house by working as an

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Episode 523 is a candid conversation with Emerald GreenForest as she talks about finding ways to start over and kick ass in life.  

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Episode 522 is an in-depth chat with Jonathan Palmer.  He is the owner of Austometrix and a new board member for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).  Thom Singer met Jonathan at the IFAI Expo, where Thom was the keynote speaker and master of ceremonies.  The organization was made up of many entrepreneurial companies, and he knew he had to get Jonathan (and others) onto the Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do podcast. 

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Episode 521 is a conversation with Austin Sams about the world of work and family.  Austin Sams wants entrepreneurs to have better family lives.  A lot of entrepreneurs are creative people.  Austin had a job and yet he was not fulfilled.  So he got creative. He believes you have to be observant on how people respond to the things you try. Are people seeing value?  If yes, you may have discovered your new career path.

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On episode 520 of the "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" podcast, Thom Singer interviews business coach and speaker Scott Carely. Scott is currently serving as the president of the Austin chapter of the National Speakers Association. In this conversation they discuss Scott's career journey, his advice for entrepreneurs, and his role with NSA Austin.

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Episode 519 is an interview with Duff Gardner.  Duff is committed to helping service-based practitioners transform into social impact platforms that touch, move, and delight.  He is an active business coach and podcaster (Check out his "Off My Duff" podcast).

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Check out episode 518 of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" as Thom Singer interviews Dr. Margaret Rutherford, the author of "Perfectly Hidden Depression". 

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April 1, 2019 marks ten years since Thom Singer became a full time professional speaker. He was laid off from his corporate marking job on the first day of April in 2009 (the bottom of the Great Recession), and he has never looked back.

The journey has been difficult. When he was let go from his job he knew there were not many opportunities in marketing available, so he decided to jump in full time to making a go at professional speaking.

Being a professional speaker was something he had dreamed of doing. While working in a career in sales and marketing he had attended a lot of events that featured motivational speakers and other thought leaders. Because he was not sure he was in the right job, he would watch these presentations and think "They have a cooler job than I do".

Alas he had not choice but to follow his dream, and in 2009 he went full steam ahead into a career as a professional speaker.

His family and friends were supportive. Many people in his network when out of their way to make introductions to companies and associations that hosted meetings and got him considered for the keynote speech.

But the most important thing that happen was meeting other speakers. It was connections he made in the National Speakers Association who showed him how to do the business side of being a professional speaker. Being good on stage is just one part.

In this episode Thom shares his journey. He openly talks about the ups and the downs of the last decade. 

Check out Episode 446 and hear Thom Singer's story about becoming a professional speaker and sustaining that for over ten years.

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