On the call with me today to talk about the health sector is Andre Blackman. He’s a leading expert in the health field and has worked with clients like the Mayo Clinic, The CDC, along with creating Pulse and Signal. Because Andre has seen the ins and outs of the health tech industry, he’s the perfect person to have the show to share with you trends, problems and solutions you can offer in the health sector.

On the call, Andre and I talk about:

  • Social media strategy for health businesses
  • How to make impact in the overly large and noisy health sector
  • The Sustain or Die Manifesto

Connect with Andre here:

Hopefully you notice a difference in the audio of this episode as I recently redesigned my recording studio. For the other podcasters listening, I splurged and upgraded to a Heil PR40 which is awesome if I do say so myself. And it’s one sexy microphone. Makes me think I’m Elvis Presley…and yes I do also have blue suede shoes.

I felt the urge redesign my studio after having the honor of joining a workshop on design thinking at Stanford University for a week. And…wow…it was such a great time and allowed me to hone in how I will use design thinking in my work. You can learn a bit more about design thinking if youtune in to episode 9 where I interviewed Irene Au about mindful design. Which reminds me to tell you to check out Irene’s yoga studio when you next get to Silicon Valley in California. The studio is called Avalon Yoga and I really enjoyed getting to continue my practice while I was visiting there.

And one last thing. I drank a lot of coffee. I usually make my own coffee to save a bit of money and couldn’t resist splurging a bit in San Francisco. I went to the original Blue Bottle Coffee stand and then enjoyed one of the best lattes I’ve ever had Four Barrel Coffee House.

Today on the call I’ll be chatting with Bobby Umar who you probably know by as the organizer of #pocchat or power of connection chat.

Bobby is a master connector and writes and leads workshops on the power of wandering and exploring your personal interests in life. And for people like me, I love talking about purpose and how the world we live in now allows us to create a living off of what we love.

On the call, Bobby and I talk about:

  • Building a purpose-filled network
  • How he created #PoCChat
  • Work-life balance: How to be a successful entrepreneur and still be super dad

You can connect with Bobby at:

I loved getting the chance to talk to Bobby. My favorite takeaway is Bobby’s advice on how to be a super dad. I don’t have any kids yet, but when I do, I want to be a super dad just like Bobby.

I hope you got as much out of that as I did and I’d love to hear what you think and what you are working on. Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @markwguay or over at mark@thetravelingcup.com.

Or leave a comment below!

Today I’ll be talking with Berni Xiong, someone I’ve known for a long time, yet never had the chance to speak to. Berni is the shin-kicking life spark who ditched the corporate life do greater work that matters.

Berni runs The Shut Up Show and writes and consults for business leaders on perseverance and kicking fear to the curb.

I love Berni because she’s brazen and doesn’t hold back. Which, if you haven’t noticed yet about me is something I’m really not. I have some deep-seeded opinions and beliefs, yet was raised by a mother who would wash my mouth out with soap if I swore and schooled by nuns at the private school my mother somehow found the tuition dollars to send me to.

On the episode, we talk about:

  • How to identify when fear is holding us back
  • The many levels of motivation
  • How to establish positive work and life habits
  • How to start a revolution

Connect with Berni here:

I had such a great time chatting with Berni today. Like she mentioned, we’ve been online friends for a while and for some reason or another, just haven’t had the chance to talk yet.

If you’re not following Berni yet, make sure you do. She’s brazen and kicks fear to the curb.

My favorite takeaway is when we talked about having a community that empowers you to do great work and accountability partners. For instance, I have a few accountability partners that I meet with every so often. For example, I meet with my buddies Matt and Tom, two amazing spiritual life coaches I’ve known for a while, every few weeks to talk about mindfulness. So, when I wake up in the morning and try to talk myself out of spending the first part of my morning meditating, I think… all right, well if I don’t do this I’ll have to explain to Matt and Tom why I didn’t commit.

It’s the same kind of logic for when I was a personal trainer and triathlon coach. I competed with a world-class team and they served as my accountability partners. This explains the many apps out there that allow users to post their workouts online and compete with each other, like Crossfit for instance.

I hope you got as much out of that as I did and I’d love to hear what you think and what you are working on. Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @markwguay or over at mark@thetravelingcup.com.

Today I’ll be chatting with Dorie Clark. Yes, the Dorie Clark. She’s someone I truly admire and am honored to have her join us here at The Traveling Cup.

There are so many conversations I want to have with Dorie, and for this episode we focus on the golden nuggets from her book, Reinventing You. She even shares some of the most current finding in her soon to be released book: Stand Out. 

On the episode, we talk about:

  • The two types of reinventing yourself professionally
  • Expensive and inexpensive ways to get 360 degree feedback
  • How to build a stellar online presence
  • Dorie’s personal story of reinvention

Connect with Dorie here:

My favorite takeaway is how reinvention doesn’t need to be a major overhaul. Yes, there are certainly times when you need to make major change in your life. I hear these stories all the time and they typically involve someone in their 30s or 40s who work in a high-profile corporate setting and feel sucked dry of life. If that’s you, then you need to pick up Dorie’s book. She’ll guide you through your reinvention and then you can share your journey with us at The Traveling Cup. (Just checking in…are you in our virtual coffee club?)

Little “r” reinvention is what I do on a yearly, monthly, and daily basis. I’m a bit obsessed with personal growth. This may have something to do with all the video games I used to play as a kid. I always loved being able to level up a character and I sort of think of my life like that. Is it the healthiest state of mind? Well, like most things, it’s great in moderation. Too little and I do nothing and grow stale, too much and it’s way to easy to never be happy. And happiness is just a state of mind one finds internally.

I have to give a shout out to Michael Hyatt here for introducing me to life planning. I picked up his free life plan e-book a few years ago and have used it every year. It’s not as hard as you think. It involves sitting down and blocking out 2-3 days to work on your life plan. It only takes a few hours, but it is mentally taxing. It goes like this. I pull up my life plan from last year, read it over, review and make changes. The overarching question is, “What do you want people to be saying about you at your funeral?” It’s a big hairy and scary question, but one we need to ask ourselves. Once you find your answer, it’s all about charting out possible steps to get you there from far-away goals to simple daily routines. And I say possible steps because well, your body of work is beautiful, but definitely not something you can plan ahead of time. It often makes sense in reflection.

Pick up a copy of Daniel’s book, Passion and Purpose, by clicking here. 

All right, today I’m a little hyped up on a Kyoto cold-press coffee my buddy Matt Tallarico got for me. And on this super humid day in New York, I’m loving it.

I posted a pic of it over at our virtual coffee shop Facebook group.  It’s where we chat, share ideas, and connect online.

When you join, feel free to post a picture of you at your favorite coffee spot. Don’t be shy.

Today I’ll be chatting with Daniel Gulati who is a Venture Capitalist, writer for Harvard Business Review and co-author of the book Passion and Purpose.

Daniel is from Australia and currently lives in New York City…and…and this is a big and, he is looking to hear from you. He is looking for the truly innovative ideas that he can help scale and bring to market. So, if that’s you, which I think is probably is, listen on to learn what Daniel is looking for.

On the episode, we talk about:

  • Daniel’s tactical approach to writing
  • What makes for a successful and scalable start-up model
  • The research behind how purpose-driven business actually makes for better business
  • Success stories

Connect with Daniel here:

I can’t believe all the things we talked about and this is what I love about having organic conversation over a cup of coffee, or in Daniel’s case, a cup of tea.

My favorite takeaway from the conversation with Daniel is when we talked about one of the biggest mistakes young social entrepreneurs make: not having a customer or checking in to see if what is being built is really something that people want.

In the education scene, I’ve seen so many edtech entrepreneurs with some really cool ideas and products, but not many teachers or schools who will use it.

For the last e-book I wrote, for instance, Schools Gone Social, I took a look at what long-tail keywords were being searched around social media in schools and used that knowledge to write the e-book. I can’t take credit for this method though. I picked it up from Pat Flynn. Did it work well? Ah, it worked okay. I can’t complain. It did get the message out, people did read it and I did make some money off it, so definitely no complaints here.

For The Traveling Cup, people ask me all the time, what am I selling? The answer is nothing. I want to learn what people need first before I build something to help them do great work. I have a few ideas, but right now, my only goal with this podcast is to build a community for you social innovators out there to get together in our virtual coffee shop and create together. My only goal is to do everything possible to help you connect, create, and grow your social-purpose venture.

All right my friends, cheers to you and thanks for tuning in.

Today I’ll be chatting with Tom McPhee about filmmaking. He’ll be sharing his story of how he started his very successful career in the film industry and what he is doing now to help catalog and save the stray animals that roam the streets of the United States.

He’ll also be providing tips for you in case you’ve ever thought about exploring the world of documentary filmmaking.

To be absolutely clear, Tom blew me away. I know a bit about photography and have friends in the film making world, but Tom one upped everything I’ve ever known about film and took me on a ride.

The interview’s a bit longer than most, but stay with it. There’s a lot of golden nuggets in this interview.

On the episode, we talk about:

  • The essentials of creating high quality documentary
  • The art of crafting a story through film
  • How he started up the World Animal Awareness Society (including his struggles and breakthroughs)
  • What tech you could use to create film (HINT: prices have dropped considerably)

Connect with Tom here:

On the call today, I had an incredible opportunity to chat with Rhoden Monrose, a real mover and shaker down on Wall Street in New York City. At one time Rhoden was a successful Wall Streeter, closing deals and making trades. And then he thought back to the days of his grandmother in St. Lucia and knew that the trades he was making would directly influence women like her. This level of empathy helped Rhoden see that now that we live in a hyper connected world where it’s possible to be transparent, empathic trading needs to be brought to Wall Street.

Talk about a big hairy audacious dream. When I first heard about this, I thought “No way…not possible.” And then I thought about Star Wars and Luke screaming “That’s impossible.” Okay…digression.

After sitting down for a coffee with Rhoden, I saw the passion burn in his eyes as he took me on a tour of his office in Wall Street. There I realized, he’s already making this happen. He’s already started and already felt the growth of success.

On the episode, we talk about:

  • Empathic trading
  • The essentials of trading
  • The culture of Wall Street
  • How Rhoden started up Caricorps
  • All things money and how Rhoden funds Caricorps

Connect with Rhoden here:

I really enjoyed getting to hear Rhoden’s story and then share it with you. I loved how Rhoden put together a unique body of work. I mean, the guy synthesized the market trading skills he learned with his grandmother with the empathy he experienced through emigrating to the U.S. from St. Lucia, and wove it together to create Caricorps. That’s some serious introspection there. Something we all can learn from. More importantly, it’s something that I hope you all do something with. Perhaps just by starting your own mindfulness meditation.

On The Traveling Cup, my goal is to do anything possible to help you grow a social-purpose business because…well, many will tell you it’s not possible. So, I bring together two types of guests on this show: real case study examples of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs making it happen and then teacher so to speak: writers and think tanks who are excited to share their knowledge with you because they want to help you be the change you want to see in the world.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!