Kurt Ramspott, President of Guys for Life International

There’s No Substitute for You!

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Kurt Ramspott, President of Guys for LifeI met Kurt Ramspott early last fall at Pujos 5 Restaurant at West Port Plaza in West St. Louis County. He had called me the day before and offered to hire me to shoot on video the testimony of the Machine Gun Preacher, being delivered to a group of Guys for Life supporters.

My first impression of Kurt was that he was very good at public speaking and especially good at asking people to support worthy causes. I got to know him better when a few weeks later, he asked me to accompany him on a trip to Colorado Springs to cover his appearance on Jim Daly’s Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast. The three days we spent together on that trip, along with Aaron LeCave, served to bond us as brothers and fast friends. I had a unique opportunity to learn what makes this man stand out above so many business men and ministry leaders. I hope you find his story as compelling and inspirational as I do.

For more information on Kurt Ramspott and his ministry, visit the Guys for Life International website.

Monica Ricci, Professional Organizer

Keeping it simple is the key to successful organization and productivity

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I met Monica Ricci in October, 2010 at Blogworld and the New Media Expo, on in the front row at the all day ProBlogger sessions put on by Darren Rowse and Chris Garret. I was there to learn how to support my client’s blogging efforts, she was there to advance her knowledge of blogging, a skill she uses quite well to promote Catalyst Organizing, her professional organizing consulting company. I told her about the podcast series I was planning and she agreed to submit to an interview once I got it started.

In this interview, conducted via Skype, she outlines her path from working for 21 in the hospitality business to building and running a successful business as a professional organization specialist and speaker. To prepare for this interview I checked out Monica’s website, Facebook account and use of video. We closed out the show with a survey of these online tools she uses so effectively.

Check out Monica Ricci’s website,  blog and on Twitter and Facebook.

Buz Phelan, Visual Branding Specialist

Graphic Design and so much more

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On episode 2 of TalkAbout, Buz Phelan tells his story of inspiration, education, experience and success as a twenty-first century businessman with the title of Visual Branding Specialist. Buz relates his childhood pastime of thumbing through volumes of encyclopedia and his frustration with not being able to figure out how those illustrators were able to draw images so small. In high school Buz took mechanical and architectural drawing classes, then went on to study commercial art in junior college. He hit the ground in the business world running with a passion and a solid education and at a first job where he got exposed to a wide variety of brands, formats and styles at a graphics production company. His career path continued with periods of freelance and full time work before finally landing in his happy place as full time self-employed visual branding specialist.

Buz and I play critical roles on marketing teams for clients like Fertility Partnership, BioBalance Health and Roll it Rite. Based on a particular client’s needs, he brings me to his client and I bring him to mine. The relationship we have with each other and other professionals like Mistie Thompson of Sweet Tea Communications and Scott Eagle of High Level Studios have proven to be a practical and economical business model.

Join Me for TalkAbout

TalkAbout podcast logoI’m proud to announce the launch of my podcast, TalkAbout, a weekly audio series featuring professionals talking about what they do and how they do it. I hope TalkAbout will be helpful to young people trying to decide on a career path, and interesting to anyone curious about what people do for a living.

I’d like you to become a regular listener, so I’ve provided a link to make it easy for you to subscribe to TalkAbout. Click this icon to see the many subscription options. TalkAbout is powered by FeedBurner

Either way, I encourage you to give me feedback on the show. If you have suggestions on how I can improve the show or ideas for subjects you’d like to hear talked about, use the form on my Contact page.

Episode 1: Brett Newcomb, L.P.C.

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My guest on episode 1 is Brett Newcomb, a Licensed Professional Counselor. When he was working in his chosen profession as a high school teacher, students would often come to him for advice. Through providing this informal counseling, he realized how important it was to be able to give the right answers to the questions these young people were asking. It inspired and motivated him pursue a degree in therapy.

“I didn’t want to make mistakes when people’s lives were at stake.”

He eventually established a counseling practice leaving the profession of high school teacher, and eventually joined the faculty of Webster University teaching other people how to be professional counselors. He recently entered semi-retirement and now focuses on public speaking engagements and producing podcasts.

The interview shifts gears to talk about how he and I met working with Dr. Kathy Maupin on her weekly podcast, The BioBalance Healthcast. It wraps up with a brief discussion of my attention deficit disorder.

The music track for TalkAbout was composed and is provide by Patrick “The Maestro” Hanson.