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Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, & Achieve. Onward Nation is a five-day-a-week podcast hosted by Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI. Business owners share the most influential lessons learned throughout their careers, including insights into their daily habits, their most vital priorities that have contributed to their business and personal success, and the most challenging time or situation that could have devastated or even ruined their businesses or careers. Business owners share their "recipes for success" including those systems they wish they had put into practice inside their business when first starting out. Each episode concludes with guests sharing two or three practical and tactical strategies they would recommend to brand new business owners in order to best ensure success in their new business and careers. Onward Nation provides business owners with the strategies and tactical step-by-step "recipe" that will help anyone make their business more systematic, predictable, measurable, and repeatable.
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Now displaying: April, 2019
Apr 24, 2019

Angela Ficken is a psychotherapist in Boston, MA. She graduated with a B.A in psychology from Northeastern University and received her Masters in Social Work from Boston College. She began her career as a residence counselor at the OCD Institute at McLean hospital before attending graduate school.

After receiving her MSW, she worked as a senior clinical social worker at McLean Hospital and was a primary therapist for college students at Harvard University before moving to her full-time private practice. She is certified in DBT and CBT and is trained in exposure and response prevention (ERP). Her primary interests are working with young adults who have OCD, eating disorders, and anxiety-related concerns.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What Angela has been working on since her previous appearance on Onward Nation in episode 537
  • Why Angela has been focusing on her writing, which has been published through her blog as well as Huffington Post, Parenting.com and other media outlets
  • Why stress management is becoming increasingly important today, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Why stress and anxiety aren’t the same thing but very often overlap and tend to go hand-in-hand
  • Why Angela developed her stress-management course as a supplement to her business and her writings
  • What early success and feedback Angela’s clients have received from her stress-management course
  • Why our negative thoughts are often based on incorrect assumptions, and why we often overreact to kernels of truth
  • What suggestions and tips Angela has for business owners who are trying to find balance and manage their stressors
  • Why small changes to your daily self-care routine can have a profound impact on your stress levels
  • Why breaking a big, stressful opportunity into small fragments allows you to better deal with anxiety

How to connect with Angela Ficken:

Apr 17, 2019

Stephen is the founder and CEO of Predictive ROI, a digital marketing agency, and the host of Onward Nation — a top-rated daily podcast for learning how today’s top business owners think, act and achieve. Onward Nation is listened to in 120 countries around the world.

Stephen is the author of three books, including the #1 best seller, “Profitable Podcasting,” and his digital marketing insights have been featured in Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, The Washington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

Apr 10, 2019

Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, negotiator and dealmaker with more than 30 years of professional deal-making and negotiating experience as a successful entrepreneur, attorney, consultant, author and professional speaker. He is the founder and principal of Kupfer & Associates, PLLC, a leading corporate and deal law firm; the founder and CEO of Authentic Enterprises, LLC, a speaking, training and consulting company committed to inspiring authenticity in business; the author of Authentic Negotiating: Clarity, Detachment & Equilibrium – The Three Keys To True Negotiating Success & How To Achieve Them. He is also the creator and host of the Fueling Deals Podcast, which launched in February 2019.
You can learn more about Corey, his companies and current projects at www.coreykupfer.com.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What Corey has been working on with his business and in the area of thought leadership since his previous appearance on Onward Nation
  • What issues Corey recognized that were limiting the amount of business he was getting, and how he corrected those issues
  • How Corey recognized that he himself was becoming a bottleneck in his business and its success
  • How Corey recognized, identified, and overcame his limiting beliefs that were holding him back, and how he discovered that his limiting beliefs were ultimately wrong
  • Why Corey decided to dig into his thought leadership, and why he launched his Fueling Deals podcast
  • What topics and information Corey has covered so far on his podcast, and why he feels passionate about showing the many types of deals available to a business
  • How business owners can find deals of all kinds, and why networking and connecting with other business leaders in your industry is key
  • Corey shares case studies of some of the unique deals he has been involved in or helped facilitate
  • What suggestions Corey has for business owners looking for and planning for an exit, and why it is important to plan for contingencies
  • Why it is important to surround yourself with other business owners in mastermind groups or as mentors

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Apr 3, 2019

Judy Robinett has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Vogue, CNN and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of “super connectors” who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability. For more than 30 years, she has helped entrepreneurs find needed capital by connecting them with venture capitalists, angel investors, and other sources of funding. Known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex,” Robinett has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at Fortune 500 companies. She has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, Pereg Ventures, Springboard Enterprises, and Pipeline Angels accelerators. She was a managing director of Golden Seeds Angel Network (the third most active angel investment group and one of the largest in the U.S.); the CEO of publicly traded Medical Discoveries; and served on the faculty of Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Previously, Robinett was a member of the Department of Commerce team that defined performance criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence in Healthcare, for which she received an award from the White House. She regularly presents workshops and keynotes, and has given hundreds of speeches worldwide for audiences at NASA, TEDx, MIT, AT&T, and Walmart. She is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+150 Rule (McGraw-Hill), named the #1 Best Business Book of 2014 by TIME.com; coauthor of a chapter in Crowdfunding for Dummies (Wiley, 2013); and is set to release her newest book, Crack the Funding Code: How Investors Think and What They Need to Hear to Fund Your Startup (AMACOM/HarperCollins Leadership) in 2019.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Judy wrote her book, “Crack the Funding Code”, as a way to help business owners find and access investor funding
  • Why there is more venture capital money and other sources of funding available now than ever before
  • Why coachability is crucial for attracting investors, and why arrogance will scare investors away
  • Why you should be confident in what you are offering to potential investors and “kick your fear to the curb”
  • Why investors will consider your character, honesty, and knowledge as much as they will consider the strength of your business
  • Why it is important to mitigate as much risk as possible for your investors and be clear in the exit you’re offering
  • How not having the funding or not finding customers are the only two reasons a startup will fail
  • What “family offices” are, and how they can be a source of funding outside the traditional venture capital
  • What steps Judy recommends for business owners looking for funding, and what resources are available in every state
  • Judy’s strategies for building your confidence and kicking fear to the curb, and her “three golden questions” and why you should ask them

Judy’s recommended funding resources:

How to connect with Judy Robinett:

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