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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy, Episode 53: December 18, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell

Our guest on this episode was Bryan Kramer (@bryankramer).

Bryan is a Social Business Strategist and CEO of PureMatter where he’s led his agency to consistent growth over the last 10 years earning a spot as one of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing private companies by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Bryan recently is an author of the new best selling book, Human to Human #H2H. He has extensive experience in brand marketing with a focus on integrated communications and strategic business planning. His focus, fun and passion is as CEO at Purematter. It’s proudly one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley. As a social media strategist followed by over 200k combined social media followers and is often asked to keynote. In true social style, he loves to talk about social marketing and marketing.

Bryan KramerBryan is excited to have been included on the following lists:
• The 43rd most talked about marketer by global senior marketers – LeadTail
• #26 Global Top CEO Influencer on Social Media – Kred
• Top 50 Social CEOs on Twitter Globally – Huffington Post.
• Top 25 Influencer to follow – Forbes
• The 100 Most Influential Tech People On Twitter – Business Insider.

Being a veracious consumer of knowledge, understanding social media and how it works both as a communication channel and shaper of popular culture has his full attention. With over 250k+ social followers, Bryan has quickly become one of the country’s leading authorities on social and digital, speaking all over the country and internationally on a variety of topics. As an active blogger and author, Bryan has built a community of over 20k+ readers to his syndicated network each month. Bryan also hosts “From the Author’s Point of View” author podcast series, as well as #Substance, PureMatter’s Luminary Video Series. He is a featured contributor on SocialMediaToday.com, Business2Community and the IBM Smarter Commerce blog.

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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Posted by Michael Procopio on 12/18 at 08:27 AM
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy, Episode 52: December 9, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell (#TLL) we interview Brian Fanzo (@iSocialFanz).

Brian is a proud Dad of 3 girls, he was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa now living in Arizona.

He is a currently the Partner and Chief Digital Strategist at Broadsuite   helping enterprise technology companies utilize new technology such as Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud Computing to be more productive and become more involved in their communities as a social business!

Brian FanzoHe has 10+ years experience managing, deploying and training enterprises and small business on technology solutions ranging from cyber security, community management, internal collaboration, digital marketing, video conferencing and social business.

As a technology and social business strategist he presented at numerous technology conferences as well as quarterly presentations for the Federal Government Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as on-site in Iraq and Afghanistan for the United States Army.

Brian Architected, deployed and managed Social Business solutions for the Department of Defense, United States Army, Defense Information Systems Agency and multiple Small Businesses.

As a successful leader in enterprise software deployment, digital training development and community management he has the unique ability to relate and lead teams of technology subject matter experts to execute on comprehensive business strategies utilizing analytics to prove ROI.

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.

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Posted by Michael Procopio on 12/09 at 09:18 PM
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 51: December 2, 2014

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

Our guest on 29 November was Shel Holtz (@shelholtz).

Shel Holtz, ABC (Accredited Business Communicator), is principal of Holtz Communication + Technology. Shel brings to his assignments nearly 35 years of organizational communications experience in both corporate and consulting environments. He is experienced in employee communications, corporate public relations, crisis communications, media relations, financial communications, investor relations, marketing communications and compensation and benefits communications, . In addition to integrating technology into communications strategies, his expertise includes strategic communications planning, change management, organizational culture, business initiatives and communications research.

Shel HoltzBefore forming Holtz Communication + Technology in February 1996, Shel was senior communications consultant and the communications practice leader for Alexander & Alexander Consulting Group in San Francisco, California. (A&ACG has since been acquired by Aon Consulting.) Other positions include director of corporate communications for Allergan, Inc., a Fortune 400 pharmaceutical company, and at Mattel, Inc. He also has worked for William M. Mercer, Inc., ARCO and Transamerica Financial Corporation.

In addition to his consulting and development work, Shel is a regular speaker on topics surrounding the application of online technology to strategic organizational communication. He speaks regularly at IABC and Ragan Communication conferences. He also has been on programs for the International Quality and Productivity Center, The American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Gas Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the Association of California Water Agencies, and the Western Pension & Benefits Conference, among others. He also spoke regularly on the Lexis-Nexis touring seminar, “Communicating in a Wired World.”

Shel is a five-time winner of IABC’s Gold Quill award (most recently winning in 1997 for external Web sites), and was named IABC/Los Angeles’s Communicator of the Year in 1988. Shel served six years on IABC’s executive board, two as director of U.S. District 6 and four as a director-at-large. While a director-at-large, he held the Technology portfolio, among others. During his term on the board, he served three times as a member of the executive committee. He has also served as chapter president for IABC/Los Angeles and in a variety of other volunteer positions in IABC at the chapter, district and international levels. Shel earned his IABC accreditation (ABC/Accredited Business Communicator) in 1984.

In 2005, Shel was named an IABC Fellow, the highest honor IABC confers on its members.

Shel is a founding research fellow and advisory board member of the Society for New Communication Research” and membership on serves on the advisory board of The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

Shel has applied online technology to his communication efforts on behalf of companies and clients since the mid-1980s. His most recent book is “Tactical Transparency,” co-written with John C. Havens and published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley. Shel is also the co-author of “How to Do Everything with Podcasting,” co-written with Neville Hobson and published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill and “Blogging for Business,” co-written with Ted Demopoulos and published by Kaplan. Earlier books include “Corporate Conversations,” a guide to employee communications, published by Amacom. “Public Relations on the Net,” published by AMACOM; and “The Intranet Advantage,” publshed by Ziff-Davis Press. He also wrote the manuals, “Communication and Technology” and “Communicator’s Guide to Intranets,” published by Ragan Communications and “Writing for the Wired World,” published by IABC.

Shel graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge, in 1976.

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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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 50: November 22, 2014

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

Our guest on 21 November will be Lisa Joy Rosner (@lisajoyrosner).

Lisa Joy Rosner is a veteran marketing executive in Silicon Valley, who is known for her creative and educational approach to building and transforming brands.

Lisa Joy Rosner  Lisa Joy is an active blogger and guest columnist on topics across the marketing spectrum. She has served on the marketing advisory board for the Silicon Valley Red Cross and the Wornick School as well as the Content Committee of Shop.org, the AMA and Benchmark. A guest lecturer at the Hass School of Business, Stanford the Tuck School of Business and Universtiy of Wisconsin, Lisa Joy has been quoted in top tier press including The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, HBR and Giga-Om. Named a “Silicon Valley Woman of Influence” abd B2B Marketer of the Year in 2013, Ms. Rosner received a bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in English literature from the University of Maryland. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and mother to four young (and incredibly cute) children.

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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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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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.

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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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