Category Archives: Leadership

BrandingBlog Radio: Dennis Collins on Sales Management

Dennis Collins retired from a 42-year career in radio on October 6.

I caught up with him for this week’s podcast to gather a few of his priceless management and sales management gems of wisdom. We also talked about his future plans and how he will be making himself available for consulting and training opportunities. If I had a sales staff, Dennis would be my go-to guy. If you want me to put you in touch with Dennis, drop me a line.

This week’s podcast is sponsored by Shortcut Blogging.

Marc Maron and Paul Reiser on Getting Started

I was out on a walk today listening to episode 192 of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. (One of the podcasts that inspired me to get started with my own podcasting.) Maron is one of the best interviewers I’ve every heard and his podcast is a wonderful window into the world of all your favorite standup comics.

In this episode, he’s got Paul Reiser in his garage studio and is reflecting on getting started in comedy.

A 19-year-old Maron first met Reiser on a trip to NYC to see comedy. He walked up to Reiser’s table and asked him how to get started doing comedy. Reiser told him, “You just do it.”

A few minutes later, Reiser tells him about some advice he got on writing screenplays shortly after his appearance in Diner. He asked Barry Levinson, “How do you write a screenplay?” Levinson told him, “OK. You write, ‘Fade in’ and you keep typing.”

Good advice for starting just about anything you ever wanted to do.

BrandingBlog Radio: Jean Carpenter-Backus on Financial Spooning

Jean Carpenter-Backus is gaining fame through her moniker “The Naked Accountant.”

I interviewed Jean on a beautiful Friday morning in Austin, TX out on the plaza at Engelbrecht House, the student dorm at Wizard Academy.

We talked about how she found Wizard Academy, her unique classes and her plans for new books and some ideas for preventing embezzlement in a small business.

Jean has led a most extraordinary life. We don’t go too deep into the back story in this interview because the Austin American Statesman recently did a lengthy biographical sketch. I encourage you to read it.

I hope you enjoy listening to this one as much as I enjoyed interviewing Jean.


Article about Jean in the Austin American Statesman

Jean’s web site

Wizard Academy’s Money and Cool Chicks