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Innovative Business Pioneers Share Their Stories on POL Radio

Jan 27 2009

Ever wonder if your idea could really take off and be the 'next big thing?' Great ideas often start with the quickest thought. Once you recognize that thought as an opportunity, then find a way to create a solid system (or plan) to make it happen- you can become an innovative business pioneer too!

This weeks Power of Leadership Radio guests were two innovative business pioneers. I interviewed Bonnie Ross-Parker (The Joy of Connecting®) & Rick Itzkowich (Productive Learning & Leisure).

Bonnie has a unique perspective on networking- she's founded a female focused networking organization that is rapidly growing. Drawing from her working experience in a male dominated corporate arena, Bonnie gave experiential knowledge as to why that time was of value- and how she's using that to further help female business owners today!

I've known Rick for years - and he is one of my favorite people to introduce others to! You know that saying 'if you keep on doing the same thing expecting different results'... you are fulfilling the definition of insanity (ok-that's my own special twist on the definition)... well, if you ARE stuck in a thinking rutt- then Rick is a person for you to know.

Rick shared with our listeners his unique brand of thinking and results producing way of branding and staying top of mind in those around you. If you missed this show- and are looking for a GREAT way to keep your name, your business and your brand in front of those you need to be in front of- be sure to listen into the archive of this show! Rick has a very cool offer just for you. (I've been using this for quite some time now and am very glad to pass it on!)

Enjoy and keep on growing as the awesome leader you are!

Debbra Sweet

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The Privilege to hear Success Insights from Dynamic Thought Leaders

Jan 23 2009

Dr. Ivan Misner (BNI), Ed Mercer & Dr. Richard Kaye (CEO Space) joined me this week for another wisdom filled show on leadership.

Dr. Misner is known to most as the founder of the worlds largest professional networking organization, BNI, he is a true leader to listen to! His insights on networking are as applicable today in every element of networking- as they were 25 years ago when he first launched this organization. My favorite part of the interview with him was when he clearly defined why leaders need to understand that networking to grow your business is easy- but it's not simple! It takes time to learn HOW to network effectively to get the results you want!

Ed Mercer is always full of poise and a genuine heart to teach and lead others. His story is from the heart and will bring you back into perspective in your life to remember that anything IS possible! Be sure to come back to this show again and again and grasp onto the depth of Ed's wisdom. It will help you become a better leader!

Dr. Richard Kaye is a dynamic person to speak with and his contribution to this weeks show was glowing. As leaders, it's easy to get caught up in all the hoopla about what your 'follower's (friends, fans and media too) say about you. Richard's experience as a leader led him to understand the importance of letting EGO GO! I've spoken to Richard often about this element and I truly believe that this one factor in people's thinking and actions is a huge component of what unneccessarily holds them back!

Be sure to pass this show on to your colleagues, friends and family - those who aspire to be a better leader. They will thank you for sharing this show with them.

Looking forward to sharing next weeks guests with you!
Debbra Sweet

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Sales & Social Networking-Insider Tips!

Jan 16 2009

Best Selling Author Ben Gay III (the man behind the writing of "The Closers" series) & Vicki Bass-DeBinion, President of Sales Management Wizard made our second show another great hit!

Selling and social networking are definitely hot topics on the minds of professionals. This was a great contrast of dynamic personalities and insights on selling. Ben was a 'book shelf mentor' of mine for years- and I am proud to say that I am an 'old school' student of sales! It has been a personal joy to actually connect with Ben on a one to one level! (It's cool to go from a 'book shelf mentor to a real live mentor!) His contributions to the Power of Leadership Books and the show on the 13th of January is filled with 'Golden Nuggets' of timeless, extremely valuable insights!

I know a lot of people who bring a lot of flack to the conversation when it comes to selling...but to those I challenge them this: tell me what you think you know about selling-then come talk to Ben! The TRUE MASTER CLOSERS really know the truth - and that is- selling is timeless, and no matter what format, generation, medium or market you deal in- if you do not know the basics (yes- the "OLD SCHOOL" way)- you will not have real sales success!

What was really great about this show is that Ben's info that he shared is completely usable in social media- the subject that Vicki talked about.

Vicki is a dynamo with amazing energy and understanding about online social networking! If you want to really grasp the opportunities social networking can bring you and your business- (and if you missed the live show)- be sure to listen in to the archive! Vicki will joyfully enlighten you to the ins and outs of how to choose which social networking sites you should be using.

Thanks for tuning in each week and spreading the word about the show to your friends and colleagues!

Debbra Sweet

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Power of Leadership World Launch

Jan 09 2009

Daniel Sweet CEO of Pro Publishing Company and author of "The Power of Leadership" book series, Chuck Weinberger, CCIM (US Commercial Brokeage) & Ed Badrak joined me this week on January 6th in studio as the first guests of Power of Leadership Radio.

Being in studio with Daniel is always full of fun- because you never know what he's going to say! True to form, Daniel brought his great wit, intellegence and sense of humor to the show. His sharing on why he started the Power of Leadership Book series was awesome! (If you have not read the books yet, check out: http://www.powerofleadershipbooks.com/.

Our title sponsor, Chuck Weinberger, from US Commercial Brokerage was second up. Chuck is a very introspective guy- but WOW! What a wealth of solid, steadfast knowledge and experience does he bring with him in the area of commercial real estate! For anyone who has ever wanted to get into owning commercial property, I am truly convinced Chuck is the guy to call first. (And I know many people in this field!)

Also with us is the ever humorful, Ed Badrak. I've known Ed for a while and I was glad to have him on the debut show with us. He's one of the authors in the first Power of Leadership Books- 'Finding the Leader Within'. He brings with him a cool life story of his rise in leadership. For those times in life where you're kind of one who is 'thrown into the trenches' of doing something- Ed's wisdom on leadership can be very beneficial to helping you get through those moments.

Overall- we had a fantastic time. The hour went too fast! It was great to also have listeners email us from all over the world! (It is cool to know that we have a couple of fans!! :) Thank you for all those who emailed us your support, thoughts and suggestions- and - acknowledgement and encouragement for our 'Why' for standing strong on the topic of Leadership.

Keep on Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders Today!
Debbra Sweet

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The Countdown Begins

It's official. Only 5 days left until the world wide debut of Power of Leadership Radio!

The buzz has been growing about the Power of Leadership timing. With so much uncertainty in the minds of people about the changes in the economy, many people have been communicating with us to say "Thank You" for taking a stand and bringing forth new insights and information on leadership.

Personally, I've always been a hard advocate that you have to take the first steps in making change in your own life if you are frustrated with 'the way things are'. Last year I had a personal saying that kept me focused on growth even when January of '08 brought an unexpected down turn in many peoples lives. My saying was: "If you don't like the way things are... change it!". Kind of like Nike's saying: "Just do it".

I have little tolerance for people who cry victim and are unwilling to take any steps when opportunity to change their situation presents itself. What I am about is working with people who are ready to embrace change, ready to take on growth and ready to work through difficult situations to create a positive outcome.

Another great saying that I think of often is this: "Luck is no more than being prepared for an opportunity when opportunity arises". This show is about bringing great opportunity to you. We have dynamic guests coming on the show that understand the benefits of becoming a leader. They may not have started out that way- but through different life lessons and experiences, they have stuck it out and rose to the top.

What I find very exciting about having our guests on the Power of Leadership Radio show is that some of the best nuggets we can ever learn and apply in our lives to change and grow come from the experience and stories other people share. My guests understand the principle of sharing their knowledge to benefit others. They openly bring you new insights, they are resources for you and they are all leaders in their own way.

Change in the world is inevitable. There will be more change coming in 2009.
Remember this though - you have the choice, starting today, on what your 2009 will look like. You can continue to do what you did this last year and more than likely, you'll get the same results. If you did not like your outcome in '08 and are looking at finding new ways to do things easier, with less headaches and strong, quality resources to help you out- then join in each Tuesday at 2 PM Pacific Time.

Get ready for the countdown and I look forward to hearing from you!

Here's to the beginning of a prosperous 2009!
Debbra Sweet