Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership is more important than ever with the customer taking charge of the sales process. Thought Leadership attracts customers and opens the door to many opportunities. In each podcast, co-hosts Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio will interview a thought leader or someone involved in thought leadership to tease out how to become an effective thought leader and best practices.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 49: November 19, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael (#TLL) we interview

Our guest on this episode was Jon Ferrara (@Jon_Ferrara).

Jon Ferrara, has been recognized for pioneering innovation in the customer management category. Prior to founding Nimble, LLC. Ferrara was the creator and co-founder of the award winning customer management product GoldMine. In 1999, Goldmine got acquired by FrontRange and Ferrara left to pursue other interests. During those years, Ferrara continued to watch the CRM market. He saw that most of the CRM products that were serving small businesses moved up market (and became more costly and complex) or fell by the way side, leaving the market underserved. It was at this point that he decided to create the next generation CRM product for small businesses, Nimble.

Jon Ferrara

Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

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You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

Posted by Michael Procopio on 11/19 at 06:45 PM
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 48: November 13, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelOur guest on 08 November was Koka Sexton (@kokasexton). Koka is one of the most recognized social marketing experts in the technology industry. With ten+ years of sales experience and a passion for social media, he has become the leader of the social selling evolution, a topic that he promotes through global speaking engagements and customer training.

His expertise extends beyond his knowledge of social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and social marketing applications into his skills of using them to drive lead generation, create new opportunities, and engage customers.

Koka SextonJoin us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

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FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 47: November 6, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael

Our guest this week was Jon Petz (@JonPetz).

Jon Petz, founder of Bore No More, is an engagement expert, motivational keynote speaker, corporate magician, master of ceremonies and author.

Jon and his newest book “Boring Meetings Suck” (Wiley 2011) has been featured by CBS News, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, SUCCESS Magazine, The New York Post, and CNBC along with many others and was named an INC Magazine top ten business book in January of 2012.

Jon PetzJon has the ability to instantly engage your audience, reengage them after breaks or lunch, and then perfectly sum up your message so the audience remembers the key points. Jon delivers impactful messages as a high energy and funny engagement expert.

Jon is an engagement expert, motivational keynote speaker, corporate magician and master of ceremonies because he delivers unmatchable energy along with a unique ability to creatively combine a business or inspirational message with an entertaining twist.

Jon keeps the audience directly in touch with the content while they’re enjoying the process. Quite simply, as a professional speaker, he has mastered the ability to inspire, inform and entertain while skillfully relating to every audience.

Jon is former corporate executive and named one of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 by Business Journals Newspapers. As a comedy magician, he has performed around the world and opened for groups from the American Idol Tour to Rascal Flatts and appeared on multiple television programs. In 2008 he also was awarded the “CV Perry Advocate for Children Award” for his ongoing efforts, and fundraising for children with life threatening illnesses through his “Miracles & Magic” program.

Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

Get this podcast:

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

Posted by Michael Procopio on 11/06 at 05:13 PM
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 46: October 29, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelOur guest on this episode was Jennifer B. Kahnweiler (@jennkahnweiler).

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D., is a professional speaker and author who helps introverts lead with quiet confidence. Her bestselling books, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength and Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference have sold over 60,000 copies and been translated into eleven languages.

Jennifer B. KahnweilerJennifer has spoken at hundreds of organizations including GE, AT&T, NASA, Freddie Mac, Boeing, Turner Broadcasting, the CDC and the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam. She is a fourteen-year faculty member of the American Management Association and was the “Madrina” (Godmother) speaker at the Universidad Americana’s Commencement in Paraguay. Jennifer has also been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week and the Wall Street Journal and was featured in a cover story of Time Magazine.

She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), granted to only 8% of the National Speaker’s Association and heads up the Global Task Force of the Berrett-Koehler Author’s Co-op. Jennifer attended her first National Speakers Association convention in San Diego seven years ago and has been hooked on NSA ever since.

Connect with Jennifer at http://linkedin.com/in/aboutyou

Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

Get this podcast:

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

Posted by Michael Procopio on 10/29 at 05:21 PM
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 44: October 15, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael (#TLL) we interview

In this episode we hung out with Eileen McDargh and talked the about the benefits of resiliency to both organizations and thought leaders.

Eileen McDargh (@macdarling) provides customized content, interaction, and insights designed to help individuals develop resilience skills for leadership and life. Her inspirational speeches are sought after by meeting planners around the world.

Eileen McDarghAs a facilitator, she works intensely with executive teams in off-sites and functional meetings to address interpersonal dynamics, tackle issues, and produce specific results. “She makes strong teams even stronger,” Dr. Rob Kowalski, Global Head Novartis.

As a consultant, she helps organizations execute key in-person events from small strategic planning sessions to large-scale company-wide meetings. She works with planning teams to give them creative input on everything from theme to program flow, pacing and training.

As a moderator or emcee, Eileen helps create audience-centered questions, provides continuity, and offer in-the-moment humor and information.

More about Eileen at linkedin.com/in/EileenMcDargh


Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

Get this podcast:

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 43: October 8, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael (#TLL) we interview

In this episode, Mitchell and Michael hang out with #ThoughtLeader Martin Jones (@martinjonesaz) of Cox Communications (http://www.cox.com). Martin gives valuable insider advice on how to engage with over a million fans on different social media platforms and make content that is relevant to entire communities. He notes that Cox Communications’ #ThoughtLeadership stems from the fact that it is in a good vantage point and has a unique opportunity to see what’s happening in the digital marketing world which it then shares with the business community through curated content. Martin relates how content continues to evolve and why businesses should strive to create a culture of content in which every level of the organization becomes involved in content creation and distribution. He notes that evolution of content for any organization is a process and does not happen overnight.

Martin JonesAs the editor of Cox Communication’s business blog, CoxBLUE.com, Martin shares how content creation and management for the company has evolved into something that serves not only the company but the whole business community and emphasizes that CoxBLUE was created to guide small businesses to grow and revive their business. In the conversation, we learn strategies on how to develop content that will allow companies to hurdle the challenge of coming up with good content from week to week. What Martin’s team does is to agree on a pillar or a centerpiece theme big enough to cover three months of content and broken down into small pieces of content to be featured weekly. The conversation also touched on other interesting topics like new trends on social media and which platforms to look out for.

To learn more about Thought Leadership and how it can help you be successful, subscribe to the channel: http://youtube.com/user/thoughtleaderlife.

Here are a couple of aha moments from the episode. See more in the “Aha Moments from Thought Leader Life” books available in the THiNKaha App: http://AhaAmplifier.com/ .

• Develop a culture of content w/in the organization in w/c everyone is involved at all levels. @martinjonesaz
• Develop a particular guiding content every quarter to serve as pillar content. @martinjonesaz
• Content marketing is not something you go to school for. You immerse yourself into it & learn. @martinjonesaz
• If you deliver valuable content to your customer base & those who influence your customer base, you’re going to win! @HappyAbout


Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

Get this podcast:

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 42: October 1, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael

In this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael (#TLL) we interview James Feldman (@ShiftHappensNow). We discuss the many facets of innovation and thought leadership.

James FeldmanJames knows hands down what it means to be successful in the midst of conflict – in both his personal life and professional career. It was that sense of challenge that drove James to rethink the way he lives and works which transformed his struggle into success. James inspires others to reexamine their own lives during pivotal moments and reinvent themselves. He has helped so many clients that I have become known as “The Bright Idea Guy.” From BASF to Aria Resort and Casino, AT&T to Toyota, Hewlett Packard to Marriott, InfoComm to Cremation Association of North America, US Department of Defense to Hired Education For Vets, Jim has a proven history working with every size and kind of organization from start ups to Fortune 100.

To learn more about Thought Leadership and how it can help you be successful, subscribe to the channel: http://youtube.com/user/thoughtleaderlife.

Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

Get this podcast:

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

FIR presents Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

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