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Stories about people who break from best practices in their work. Each episode reveals why trusting their intuition or taking the unconventional path felt logical, instead of risky or rebellious. Remember: Finding best practices isn't the goal. Finding the best approach for you is. Hosted by Jay Acunzo (author, speaker, ex-Google, and creator of 10+ shows about creativity at work).
 
Wild ideas. Wild growth. Every Wednesday morning a new entrepreneur or innovator shares the crazy creative and unusual ways they grew their business, and provides tips for you to do it, too. Hear the woman who became the voice of Siri, the man who’s reinventing the sandcastle, how GaryVee’s partners are turning the wine world upside down, and more wild stories. Hosted by Max Branstetter, Founder and Podcast Producer at MaxPodcasting
 
Nerd For A Living explores the lives and careers of people working in pop-culture and genre entertainment industries, like Comics, Video Games, Animation, Publishing, Film, and Television. The bi-weekly episodes feature interviews with working professionals in nerdy career fields, plus N4AL speaker panels recorded live at major comic conventions across the US. Hosted by Adron Buske, with co-host Wendy Buske.
 
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Christina Garnett, the Social Listening Analyst and Digital Marketing Strategist, joins the show to share her journey from teaching math to strengthening the digital strategies of Fortune 500 brands. Hear why you should use social listening, the best social listening tools, how to read your consumers’ minds, her NASA Social experience, and how to g…
 
This episode is dedicated to Grandma Barb. Lars Silberbauer, the Digital Marketing Leader, joins the show to share his journey leading LEGO from zero social media presence to the top brand on social media. Hear how he got LEGO to embrace social media, they got their first million fans, how to stay playful, discover new gadgets, and his favorite LEG…
 
Nick Coleman, the Founder and CEO of Snaffling Pig, joins the show to share his journey from loving pork crackling as a kid to disrupting the UK snack industry and becoming a Dragons' Den success story. Hear how to come up with new product ideas, grow distribution, handle impostor syndrome, Nick’s experience on Dragons’ Den, and why he faked his ma…
 
Dan Gingiss, the Customer Experience Speaker and Coach, joins the show to share his journey from marketing collectible figurines to creating remarkable customer experiences at McDonald's, Discover, Humana, and more. Hear how to create extraordinary moments for your customers, make memorable moments while improving pain points, the difference betwee…
 
Rachel Inman, a Staff UX Design Lead for Google Maps, joins the show to share her journey from loving maps and exploration as a kid to enhancing Google Maps and Google Earth through UX design. Hear how to be user-friendly, how teachers helped redesign Google Earth, what Google Maps might look like in the future, how to create a culture of creativit…
 
Paula Scher, the Principal at Pentagram, joins the show to share her journey from designing album covers to creating logos and graphics for Citibank, Shake Shack, The High Line, The Public Theater, and more. Hear the stories behind her most famous designs, why it helps to sketch on a napkin, how to foster business relationships that last decades, t…
 
Jay Acunzo, the Author, Keynote Speaker, and Founder of Marketing Showrunners, joins the show to share his journey from being unhappy at a highly-desired job to creating original narratives for brands and teaching creative people to find their voice. Hear how to make your show different, bring about tension, Jay’s creative process, why control and …
 
Philip VanDusen, the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Verhaal Brand Design, joins the show to share his journey from selling t-shirts on foot to leading branding and design for the world's biggest brands. Hear how to stand out with design, the science behind marketing and design, the best-selling shirt of all time, how to grow your pillar cont…
 
Jessica Hitchcock, the Full-Time Artist, joins the show to share her journey from working in finance and accounting to going all-in on her passion for painting. Hear how to turn your side hustle into your business, how to develop several revenue streams, the power of Instagram for creatives, how to get out of a creative rut, and her Lois Griffin im…
 
Marcus Whitney, the Creative Entrepreneur, joins the show to share his journey from waiting tables as a college dropout to becoming the Serial Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author of Create and Orchestrate. Hear the biggest lessons from his entrepreneurship journey, how he brought an MLS team to Nashville, the hardest thing he’s ever done, how to ba…
 
Melanie Deziel, the Founder and Chief Content Officer of StoryFuel, joins the show to share her journey from aspiring journalist to Author and Creator of The Content Fuel Framework. Hear how to brainstorm content ideas, turn ideas into actual content, beat writer’s block, ignore the algorithm, and the surprise musical instrument Melanie plays. Conn…
 
Jonathan Katz, the Inventor of BLENDi, joins the show to share his journey from frustrated bodybuilder to creating the portable blender while in college. Hear how to design a product, create prototypes, what you sacrifice by starting a business in college, how to make sure you always capture the moment, and Jonathan’s entrepreneurship lessons from …
 
Isabel Garvey, the Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios, joins the show to share her journey celebrating the world's most famous recording studio while leading the charge into the next chapter. Hear how Abbey Road Studios is welcoming emerging artists, supporting music tech startups with the Abbey Road Red incubator, teaching music production wi…
 
From the Archives / Comic Convention at Home 2020 Way back in 2017, we had the opportunity to do our very first panel completely devoted to careers in animation - The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels. And, as much as we thought we understood about animation and how the industry was structured, these pros really opened our eyes. If you're someo…
 
Dalip Jaggi, the Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, and Advisor, joins the show to share his journey from creating websites for video games to founding and investing in several tech startups. Hear his biggest growth lessons from the startup world, how to raise crowdfunding on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, how to sell your company, his ridiculous amount of …
 
Hey! If you're a longtime subscriber you're probably thinking, whoa, this podcast hasn't updated since 2017. What's going on? Well, you know, it's the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 era, and all our beloved comic conventions and entertainment expos have been cancelled. So, to help anyone who is missing their favorite cons, we decided to open our arch…
 
Sue Frech, the Co-Founder and CEO of Vesta, joins the show to share her journey from enjoying the sense of community growing up to starting the leading online community building technology company. Hear how to build a passionate community for your brand, how to incentivize engagement within your community, how to present data in a way that’s easy t…
 
It's the Wildest episode yet! Hear brand new interviews from returning guests, favorite highlights from the first 99 episodes, and unreleased bloopers in this Episode 100 Special. Hear the best of the best tips on business growth, creativity, entrepreneurship, marketing, startups, quirks, weird talents, and more. Prepare to laugh, learn, cringe, sm…
 
Chris Ducker, the Serial Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, and Bestselling Author of Virtual Freedom and Rise of the Youpreneur, joins the show to share his journey from burning out to becoming the Virtual CEO he dreamed of. Hear how to build a business around yourself, how to decide what to work on and what to delegate, how to find your niche, why Ch…
 
Janelle Shane, the Optics Research Scientist and Creator of the AI Weirdness blog, joins the show to share her experiments that showcase the strange side of artificial intelligence. Hear what the future of AI means for our businesses and personal lives, Janelle’s most memorable AI Weirdness experiments, where we see AI in everyday life, how AI work…
 
Will Shortz, the Crossword Editor of The New York Times, joins the show to share his journey from creating his own puzzle major to writing and editing over 500 puzzle books and thousands of crosswords for the Times since 1993. Hear what drew Will to puzzles in the first place, his crossword-editing process, how to solve a crossword puzzle, his appe…
 
JJ Ramberg, the Co-Founder of Goodpods, joins the show to share her journey from spending 13 years interviewing entrepreneurs on TV to creating the social podcasting app. Hear how Goodpods is creating new podcasting possibilities for listeners and hosts, how to conquer hurdles designing an app, how JJ got A-list influencers to use Goodpods, the big…
 
Marti Romances, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Territory Studio, joins the show to share his journey from art projects as a child to designing graphics for Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Martian. Hear his principles of creative design, how he started working on blockbuster movies, how to approach designing real-life products, w…
 
Sarah Hannington, the Founder of MyCustomCandy, joins the show to share her journey from searching for a custom candy manufacturer to starting her own company that creates candy for Kim Kardashian West, Cardi B, and The Rolling Stones. Hear how to create a personalized offering, how to win celebrity clients, the value of an idea vs. execution, the …
 
Douglas Burdett, the Host of The Marketing Book Podcast and Founder of ARTILLERY, joins the show to share his journey from Field Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army to interviewing a new marketing author every week. Hear the top 3 lessons from reading hundreds of marketing books, why Douglas decided to read a new book every week, how to grow a podca…
 
How does your intent for your work change your results? If your goal is to build something big, does that increase the odds of succeeding? Why, then, do so many stories about huge successes start out the same way: with a shrug, and a quick, "I just wanted to brew some beer." ? Today, we explore the story of The Alchemist, makers of the industry sen…
 
Maggie Fox, the Founder of Social Media Group and Advisor to CEOs, joins the show to share her journey from founding the world's first social media consultancy to leading digital transformation at SAP and other giant companies. Hear how to get your company to embrace digital, how social media has changed since the early 2000s, why the best leaders …
 
Carter McLean, the Drummer for The Lion King on Broadway, joins the show to share his journey from drumming on a phonebook to taking over the chair at the highest-grossing musical in the world. Hear how he started drumming for The Lion King, what it's like in the orchestra pit of Broadway shows, how he gets into the right mindset for each show, how…
 
Tamsen Webster, the Idea Whisperer, Message Strategist, and Keynote Speaker, joins the show to share her journey from spending 13 years as a Weight Watchers leader to advising top brands with her concept of the Red Thread. Hear how to find the Red Thread for your business, why stories are so effective, how to translate skills from one job to anothe…
 
Marisa Corcoran, the Copywriter and Creator of The Copy Chat, joins the show to share her journey from Harvard acting grad to becoming the go-to copywriting expert for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Hear how to grow your business with effective copywriting, how to improve your language from ordinary to extraordinary, copywriting lessons from t…
 
Nick Uhas aka Nickipedia, the Science Influencer and Producer, joins the show to share his journey from pre-med student and professional stunt rollerblader to performing fascinating science experiments that get millions of views on YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. Hear how to create remarkable social media videos, Nick’s favorite science experiments…
 
In the meantime, if you'd like to join me, fellow makers and marketers, and some special guests to get re-inspired to make stuff, join us every Tuesday, 1:30pm Eastern, for the 1-Star Club. It's on Instagram Live: instagram.com/jacunzo It's all about creative catharsis and community, deconstructing the creative process, and hanging out with special…
 
Molly Pittman, the Media Buyer and CEO of Smart Marketer, joins the show to share her journey from bartending in Kentucky to managing over 14 million dollars of Facebook Ads from Amsterdam. Hear how to grow your business with Facebook Ads, how much money to spend on Facebook Ads, how many people to target with Facebook Ads, Molly’s verbal emojis, a…
 
This episode is dedicated to Grandpa Henry. Adam Shepard, the Documentary Executive Producer, Author, and Speaker, joins the show to share what he's learned from his unconventional life experiments. Hear how he survived off 25 dollars in Scratch Beginnings, how he visited 17 countries on 4 continents in One Year Lived, his blindfolded surprise in A…
 
Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon, has some firm beliefs about making stuff on the internet -- namely, that the economics simply don't reward great, quality, resonant, service-minded creators. Thus, the sensationalism and clickbait and algorithm-gamers win out. But that trend is changing, with Jack's company helping lead the charge. This episode goes deep…
 
Gibi can't use her real name publicly, at least not anymore. Yet her work on YouTube is her calling, it's her everything. Despite the harassment and public criticism for what might ultimately be something rather mundane and sometimes rather wonderful, Gibi persists. Why? And what is the project that most embodies this double-edged sword of her work…
 
This is the story of a company which, by today's typical business standards and best practices, shouldn't exist. They're the perfect example of why there is no ONE right way in this work we do. We visit them live and in-person and discover some rather surprising things. --- If you enjoy these stories, there are a few ways to go deeper: - Inquire ab…
 
The podcast 3 Books was selected by Apple Podcasts as a top show in 2018. Neil's journey is audacious and enjoyable: A search for the 1,000 most transformative books in the world. You may have heard interviews before with the likes of Judy Blume, Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, or David Sedaris ... but not like this. Neil keeps it weird, while also m…
 
We all wish we had the wide open creative field -- total creative freedom. It turns out, however, that creative freedom doesn't work. It may not even exist. Today, two stories about constraints, creativity, and the surprising outcomes of embracing limitations. If you enjoy these stories, there are a few ways to go deeper: - Inquire about my keynote…
 
Joanna Wiebe never meant to quit her job and start her business, Copyhackers. In fact, she quit Intuit by accident. Blame the boss, or the wine, or the way Outlook was configured. But don't blame fate. In fact, THANK fate, if you believe in such things, because without Joanna leaving her job all those years ago, thousands of aspiring writers would …
 
Today, a classic episode from the Unthinkable archives about Erik Devaney, a writer and content marketer, who goes deep inside the emotions and the amusing tale of carving the white whale. Find Erik's Medium article, referenced in the story, right here. If you enjoy these stories, there are 3 ways to go deeper: - Inquire about my keynote speaking f…
 
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