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Rita Craig – From Corporate Executive to Consulting Success

Rita Craig – From Corporate Executive to Consulting Success

Prior to founding Top Tier Leadership, Rita Craig was a human resources executive for twenty-three years with a Fortune 500 Company. In 1999, Rita’s impressive HR skills were recognized by Governor Jeb Bush, when he appointed her to serve a four-year term on the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Following that, Rita was one of 14 leaders appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the Century Commission, a department that is fundamental in the new concepts and visions of Florida’s future.  In 2000, HR Florida voted Rita as the top HR professional within the state of Florida. South Florida Business Journal also recognized her as one of the top HR professionals in South Florida.

Rita’s corporate career was rocking. Yet, she wanted to venture out and start her own company. From Day 1 in her new business, she had all the business she could handle and never looked back. Her approach to success as a solopreneur is straightforward. Listen as Rita shares how she went from corporate executive to consulting success.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • Why leaving your job can take time
  • How to make the decision to leave your job
  • How to find your confidence when you’re considering job or career transition
  • That whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur, you’re being paid for the same thing
  • To become involved in a niche community and make the right connections
  • Why establishing your network is the key to your success as a consultant
  • Rita’s best advice regarding getting clients that has kept her booked for more than ten years
  • How Rita deals with staffing issues in her business
  • Advice from a successful consultant on what she would do if she was starting her consulting career now
  • No matter how busy you are, the wisdom of putting family first
  • Why “Leadership” is important for a solopreneur

Favorite Quotes:

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

Your personal brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. -Jeff Bezos

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Mace Horoff: How to Handle “One-Day Syndrome” NOW!

Mace Horoff: How to Handle “One-Day Syndrome” NOW!

There are certain things that happen every day that remind us…remind us that life is to be enjoyed and we shouldn’t wait. You have more control than you realize. What trips up too many of us, though, is what I call “One Day Syndrome.”

As you get older, you experience the perception that time accelerates. People start to regret delaying the things they always dreamed of doing. They get angry that they wasted time in an unfulfilling career or relationship and they’ve ignored their health. Here’s how to take action now so you don’t become a victim of one-day syndrome.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • The most common reasons why people delay taking action to change their situation and make things better
  • How to circumvent “One Day Syndrome”
  • The truth about your current health condition
  • Why it’s important for you to be “A Connector”
  • The true test of whether you need to salvage certain relationships
  • The truth about healthy eating that makes it easy
  • How to start changing Life’s Big Three now…even if you think you don’t have time

Favorite Quotes:

Man plans and God laughs. -Yiddish proverb

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. -James Taylor

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Dr. Margarita Gurri: The Power of a Red Shoe Attitude

Dr. Margarita Gurri: The Power of a Red Shoe Attitude

Margarita Gurri, PhD, CSP is a category-busting Motivational Humorist tackling life’s messiness with humor and a lifetime of practical wisdom gleaned from over thirty years of consulting with individuals, corporations, governments, athletes, and all branches of our U.S. Military. She playfully and skillfully uses therapeutic humor to heal and energize individuals, systems, and teams. Affectionately referred to as “the Red Shoe Lady,” “Do-over Diva,” “Uh-oh Queen,” and “Crisis Coach,” Dr. Margarita Gurri, is relied upon when discretion and swift thoughtful action can save the day.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • The Red Shoe Attitude
  • How the Big Red Couch is a lesson for mindfulness
  • The difference between a job and a career
  • How consider either passion or a lack of passion in your work
  • How to invite excellence into your life
  • How we sink ourselves by not setting the right goals
  • How anger can give you the opportunity to be the best version of yourself
  • How to harness fear and anger
  • How bringing little bits of joy into your day have a big impact
  • The definition of emotional maturity
  • How each of us is the bully, the victim, and the hero
  • Polite shut-ups

Favorite Quotes:

I wouldn’t have to hit you if you weren’t so annoying (you’ll hear the story that goes along with it). -Margarita’s daughter (who was 5 y.o. when she said it)

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Avish Parashar: How Improv Skills Can Lead You to Career and Relationship Success

Avish Parashar: How Improv Skills Can Lead You to Career and Relationship Success

Avish Parashar is the world’s only “Motivational Improviser.” You’re about to learn some creative ways to develop ideas like never before. I’m talking ideas that can help you to find or create a new career, improve your current career, and even enhance your relationships. And it’s all so easy!

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • How improv applies to life
  • Anyone can do improv (in fact, when you were a child, you did it all the time)
  • The power of “the two word story”
  • How to team with others to come up with innovative ideas
  • How to allow your ideas to flow freely by accessing the subconscious mind for creativity
  • Why you shouldn’t stop if you’re only coming up with “stupid” ideas
  • Why someone who lacks specific knowledge may be better equipped to succeed
  • Why a willingness to take a step in a given direction without knowing where it will lead is a huge advantage
  • How using “Yes and….” makes for better relationships
  • Improv techniques to help you enjoy your job MORE
  • Why you should test your ideas before you commit
  • How creative self-exploration can spice up your romantic relationships and get you out of a rut
  • To increase the challenge to get more self-engagement

A BIG congratulations to Avish and his wife Amanda who welcomed their new son into their lives!

Favorite Quotes:

Life isn’t scripted. -Avish Parashar

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Allison Blankenship – Changing Careers asThe Reluctant Entrepreneur

Allison Blankenship – Changing Careers asThe Reluctant Entrepreneur

Allison Blankenship has been a successful “reluctant” business owner for almost 20 years.  After experiencing layoffs first from a corporate bankruptcy, followed by a company merger that eliminated her job, Allison started her own consulting business to train people to be confident communicators under pressure.

Along the way, clients and friends constantly asked Allison how she was able to reinvent her career and thrive through many critical life changes beyond her control.  Allison successfully shifted her circumstances from qualifying for food stamps (after the first layoff) to being named the “Florida Speaker of the Year” by NSA South Florida and maintaining a profitable training and speaking organization.  Allison teamed up with Bonnie Michaels to write two books to help others find similar results…

The first book, Upside: How to Zig when Life Zags, was published in 2010 by Collage, deals with unexpected change. The second, published in 2013 as an e-Book, features on the processing of creating and maintaining happiness – The Happy App: A Process for Boomer Bliss.  Today, Allison is joining us to talk about what’s involved in shifting gears to pursue a different life path both personally and professionally…

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • How the things you learn in your job can become the foundation for an entire business
  • The definition of a sustainable skill and…
  • How to identify your sustainable skills to take to the next step in your career
  • How having a process or system can alleviate your fears before making a major life change
  • A realistic timeline for changing careers
  • The value of a job journal
  • Why you want to avoid your job becoming your life
  • If you’re working 60 hours or more each week, you’re not being productive
  • Some ideas about the reality of retirement and when you’ll be able to retire
  • How taking a few steps back can be liberating
  • Why you should beware if you enjoy having deadlines
  • Why it’s a really bad thing when you brag about how busy you are

Favorite Quotes:

Life isn’t waiting out the storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. -Vivian Greene

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Focus on Fitness NOT Thinness with Rochelle Rice

Focus on Fitness NOT Thinness with Rochelle Rice

Rochelle Rice is a nationally-recognized speaker, author and educator empowering women through movement.

A former professional jazz dancer with a history of bulimia, Rochelle embraces the Health At Every Size® approach after realizing the inordinate stress put on thinness in our society, rather than fitness. She believes all people have the right to a movement program that works for his or her body and no one should be discriminated against when it comes to movement.  Her focus is training people to move with grace and ease in the body they are in right now.

She is the author of Real Fitness for Real Women and Size Sensitivity Training, Programs and Environments.  She earned her Master’s degree at NYU specializing in her Plus Size Exercise Program.

She is a member of the Weight Stigma Shareholders Group who had an active involvement in helping to shift the language of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign to be less weight biased.

She has appeared on Fox News, ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Early Show.

Her movement program has been featured in the New York Times, the LA Times, Family Circle and Fit Magazine.

Rochelle is an Accredited Speaker of Toastmasters International (– one of only 64 in the world! )

She has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2004.  She is a past President of the New York City Chapter, has served on the NSA Speaker Magazine Editorial Board, and serves as the Chair of the Chapter Leadership Committee – helping chapters thrive.

Rochelle believes in helping create a “Buffet of Movement” for people – producing a joyful experience instead of one of dread, gloom and “paying your dues.”

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • Why women who want to be fit should focus on enjoying movement instead of being thin
  • The value of the “buffet of movement”
  • The benefit of awareness of movement, in other words, putting the mind into the muscle at the moment
  • How to use the ABC’s of movement to add beneficial activities to your life
  • Why you should do exercises you think are fun
  • The internal cues you should focus on with exercise instead of the external cues
  • Why diets fail 95% of the time and why it’s not your fault
  • Why you need to make decisions in your body and not in your head
  • The essential questions to ask yourself when you’re experiencing food cravings
  • How to get started with movement

Favorite Quotes:

It’s not about being thin. It’s about being fit through movement. -Rochelle Rice

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IGN 16 – Gary Greenfield: Creating the Plan to Go from Corporate to Consulting

IGN 16 – Gary Greenfield: Creating the Plan to Go from Corporate to Consulting

If you ever thought about taking your career skills and creating your own business, why not learn from someone who as already done it?

Gary Greenfield leveraged his successful corporate career into a thriving consulting business. In this session, he talks about taking your skills and passions and using them to develop the next chapter of your career. Pay attention when he talks about the importance of relationships and health in your overall success plan. Gary has a proven track record of identifying the little things that make a huge difference in performance.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • How your career can evolve through just one relationship
  • How to identify your passions, knowledge and skills to help other people
  • How to get comfortable with life’s uncertainties
  • How to identify and overcome one or more weaknesses that are holding you back
  • Why you’ll fail if money is your only motivator
  • How to strategically plan quitting your job
  • About the importance of effective communications in your life, but especially when you’re starting your own business
  • How to make sure you’re speaking and communication skills are at a sufficient level to help you succeed
  • Gary’s secret for staying focused on your career while still providing time and energy for your relationships and health
  • Gary’s secret for staying fit while traveling
  • Getting the right kind of education that will fuel your success
  • How to take information from a book and apply it to your life

Favorite Quotes:

Life is not about retiring, it’s about constantly aspiring. -Gary Greenfield

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IGN -15: Dr. Gabriela Cora – Health For Wealth

IGN -15: Dr. Gabriela Cora – Health For Wealth

Gaby Cora, M.D. works with executives who need to hit the ground running. She’s is an international speaker, corporate consultant, executive coach, medical doctor with an MBA, and TV personality. Dr. Cora has been the Wellness expert on Mission Makeover on Lifetime Television and has appeared on national FOX, CNN, Lifetime (English); Telemundo, and Univision (Spanish). She has been a speaker and consultant with The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, The World Bank, Deloitte, The Department of Defense, and the insurance and the pharmaceutical industries. With diverse interests and experience,  this former researcher at the prestigious National Institutes of Health and guest professor at the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Time, and Business Week. Dr. Cora is the author of ExecutiveHealth.com‘s Leading Under Pressure (Career Press, 2010) and Alpha Female Leader (2008).

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • The main causes and symptoms of “burnout”
  • How to put your health ahead of your job (and you’ll learn the price for not doing so)
  • To recognize the red flags that your health needs attention
  • What to do when you can’t take time off
  • Why if you can’t control your time as a corporate employee, you won’t be able to do it as an entrepreneur
  • How the rest and relaxation you seek on a vacation can actually harm you
  • Red flags that tell you your relationships need attention
  • How not to lose the purpose of why you work hard in the first place
  • How to maintain your energy levels as an entrepreneur with the four pillars of health
  • How much exercise you need for it to have a positive impact on your health
  • How to maintain your productivity and sleep at night when you’re making the leap to entrepreneurship

Favorite Quotes:

If you don’t settle for anything but the best, you’ll very often get it. – W. Somerset Maugham

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IGN-14 Terry Brock: The Benefits of Being an Entrepreneur

IGN-14 Terry Brock: The Benefits of Being an Entrepreneur

Terry Brock is an amazing guy. He’s an in-demand global speaker, consultant and author with an impressive track record of making his clients successful. Terry was elected by his peers into the National Speakers Association’s Speakers Hall of Fame. His greatest accomplishment though, is that he is one of the most likable people you’ll ever meet.

In this podcast (which you can watch or listen to here, or listen on iTunes) Terry shares some wisdom on entrepreneurship. After working with myriad top corporations, Terry knows what it takes to thrive in the ever changing business world.

By the way, his book, Klout Matters, which he co-authored with Gina Carr, is a must-read for anyone in business today.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • How to adopt an entrepreneur mentality, even when you work for someone else
  • How working to be “The Best” can help you to get ahead
  • The key to overcoming a weakness or deficit in your skills
  • How knowing the difference between an “injury” and “being hurt” apply to life
  • Balancing your own knowledge by surrounding yourself with a team of experts
  • How to use Klout to measure your social influence
  • Why social media is no longer optional
  • How social media can get you into trouble professionally
  • How to maintain relationships in the age of busy
  • The counter-intuitive attitude for personal success and achievement
  • Why trying to do what is “fair” doesn’t work

Favorite Quotes:

That which does not kill me makes me stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Pour the coins of your purse into your mind, and your mind will overflow your purse with coin. – Ben Franklin

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IGN-12 Michelle Villalobos: Quitting Your Job & Succeeding Once You Do

IGN-12 Michelle Villalobos: Quitting Your Job & Succeeding Once You Do

Michelle Villalobos, MBA helps business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals remove blind spots, experience transformative insights and create groundbreaking shifts in business and career strategy in very short amounts of time. She shares some of the challenges she has faced during her entrepreneurial journey and how she overcame them. Michelle offers critically important advice for anyone who is considering leaving their job to start their own business, including some key points she wishes she considered herself.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • Why you need to watch out for what you share at work (i.e. why you shouldn’t trade vulnerabilities)
  • When you would be happier working “solo” in your career
  • What holds most people back from saying, “I’m giving notice.”
  • The items you need to have in your plan before you quit your job
  • How your personality type affects your entrepreneurial success
  • the different types of advice you get from men vs. women
  • How raising your fees affects the type of clients you work with
  • The critical nature of the personal brand
  • How thought leadership is the new marketing
  • How to be a thought leader
  • The connection between aha moments and oh-oh moments
  • The number one thing you need to have before quitting your job

Favorite Quotes:

It’s not who you know; it’s who knows you…and what they say when you’re not around.

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