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Tandem Talks is a podcast meant to empower you to live your life, your way. Join us as we go deeper with entrepreneurs and their journey creating success in business and life.

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LET’S DO THE HUSTLE! Why Side Hustling Is The Solution With Carrie Bohlig And Craig Clickner

Married entrepreneurs Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner discuss the power of side hustling, how it solves the human paradox we are all struggling with, and how it helps you live with fulfillment and create an impact. In this latest episode of Tandem Talks, Carrie and Craig will share their personal journey to side hustling, how it changed their lives, and how you can apply it to yours.


  • Finding your end of the spectrum
  • The side hustling breakthrough
  • Reasons to do side hustling
  • The roadblock misconceptions
  • Different opportunities to side hustle
  • The side business approach
  • 5 ways to side hustle skillfully


Craig: “I craved more freedom or independence, I realized they needed to divorce my time from my income so that I could wake up every day and do what I love.

Carrie: “So the challenge for people like me, it's not a lack of interest or passion or ideas, but it's narrowing in and down on what gets us closer to the life vision.”

Carrie: “Following the traditional logic of getting a good job and living happily ever after? It definitely insinuates there's one magical path. Yeah. But that's not really the case for most people in reality.”

Craig: “We basically were able to create a lifestyle where we are full-time parents and full-time entrepreneurs, and we wish this lifestyle and choice for everyone.”

Craig: “The reasons to side hustle are vast, there are so many beyond just diversifying your income you diversify your skills. You can use it to explore new passions and interests.”

Carrie: “You don't have to be passionate to start a business not just like you don't have to be passionate about your job, which many of you are not.”

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Jun 02, 2022
Get Off Script! The Improvisation Mindset with Shannon Hughes


  • Shannon’s background and experience
  • Starting up Enlivened Studios
  • Improvisational Mindset in Entrepreneurship
  • The concept of “yes, and”
  • Collaboration in improvisation mindset
  • Importance of Improvisation in communicating as an entrepreneur
  • Shannon’s tips on Improvising
  • Applying conversational facilitation on online platforms
  • Deep thoughts on Tandem Talks (Special portion)


Shannon: “Improv is highly structured and highly rehearsed. And so, there are a number of concepts that performers practice. One of them that most people are familiar with is the concept of “yes, and” which doesn't always mean agree, yes actually means to receive and to witness and to accept what's been offered.”

Shannon: “When you think about that, on a stage, right, two people have to collaborate in order to build something from nothing. And, and when you take “yes, and” into a collaborative environment, magic can happen.”

Shannon: “Get curious, because people love to tell their own stories. And if you can lean in with curiosity, and start to and I don't want to overuse the word human, but humanize the people that are in the room, ask them for their own personal stories. See, if you can engage at a level that will take a little bit of the air out of the balloon.”

Shannon: “Don't forget, you can break the fourth wall. You know, you don't need to be the sage on the stage, right? You can also be the person who is saying, Does this resonate with you? How do we feel? Do we want to go in a different direction here? How's everybody doing? Do we need a break? Like what are ways that we can quote unquote, break that fourth wall to make the room more of a collective versus me behind a pedestal telling you what I know?”

Shannon: “As a facilitator, I always say connect early connect often. So how can you if you are the meeting owner? How can you get people maybe into a breakout room for five minutes at the front end and give them a simple game? Like, “hey, you have five minutes to find three, you know, three things in common, go” or two truths and a lie. You know, how can you have a little bit of fun at the front end so that people come back and have connected with somebody so that they have a true north they can go back to if they get a little bit? They lose their footing in the meeting”

Shannon: “I put myself into rooms with people that are a couple steps ahead of me. Because there's always something to learn.”

Carrie: “Well, it's nice to have people modeling that balance, I think too. But at the end of the day, we do kind of have to trust that inner voice and turn up the volume on a bit because even if we have good models of it, like we're still living with ourselves every day”

Carrie: “When you start a business like life doesn't stop, like the roller coaster doesn't stop life keeps going. But that's where I think that intuitive piece of it all is, is even more important because you don't have an employer saying you have to do this by this date. It's like, everyday like you're the boss.”

Shannon: “Just remember what your vision and your mission is, rather than appealing to what you think might be needed.”

Shannon: “Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (a quote from Howard Thurman)

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Mar 10, 2022
There’s More Than One Way To Run A Business with Laurie Barkman


  • A lifetime of learning and micro-pivots 
  • Developing CEO Dreams and an entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Owning a business vs being a business owner
  • Mountain climbers, craftspeople, and freedom fighters
  • The 8 types of Entrepreneurship
  • Working as a mergers and acquisitions advisor 
  • The business model canvas
  • The best way to learn about business is to run one
  • What is your Return On Time?
  • Being an entrepreneur can be lonely
  • Deep thoughts on Tandem Talks 


Laurie: "If someone wants to own a business or do they want to be a business owner, I think that's where the conversation could start. What's the difference between the two? Well, one might look at it as a lifestyle. I want to have my own business, I want to be a business owner because ultimately, it's gonna give me the lifestyle that I want to live."

Laurie: "Freedom fighters, they too really value control. All three archetypes do. But the freedom fighter most of all, is the one who probably will say I am a business owner, and they will probably own that business for 20 years or longer."

Laurie: "In my story, I thought I couldn't be an entrepreneur because I didn't have the big idea. And as I have been in business so many years now, looking back 25+ years later, here I am saying I'm an entrepreneur. Well, how so? I think there are others who explore other paths. Another big path are people who are buying companies. They are acquiring businesses. They're getting an SBA loan from the government, or they're getting a loan from friends and family." 

Laurie: "For people who are really interested in exploring other options and think starting your own thing from scratch is the way to get there, I'll say to them, 'hey think again.' The other thing I would say about this notion of I can't start a business unless it's new and you know this crazy technology, I'd say, 'let's think about that, let's unpack that' and point to all kinds of examples of the type of entrepreneur that we call an Imitator. It's not negative, it's just a descriptor."

Laurie: "The number one thing is to be clear about who you are, why you're doing what you're doing, and who are you doing it for."

Laurie: "For an entrepreneur starting from scratch, what do we need to do? What is step one? Well with the students, we say, do competitive research in this space. Understand the ocean you're swimming in, the lake, the pond, the puddle, where are you stepping in, where are you swimming in." 

Craig: "Go do something, go learn. Because I say the best way to learn about business is to run one. Not like theorize, like do the canvas but don't do the canvas for six years. Do the canvas, take your time, like build it out nice, but then go learn and make the micro adjustments that we're talking about." 

Laurie: "I think that's the other side to really know from the economics in your household what do you really need to be doing because you may not truly be ready from a budget standpoint to go all in. So this test and learn, side hustle is a great way to fare that out and see if one, you would enjoy it and two, if you're seeing the market demand that you need."

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Jan 27, 2022
On building The Best Founding Team And Other Tactical Tips For New CEOs with Nick Hughes


  • What problem are you trying to solve in the world?
  • Just talk to business owners in the real world 
  • Know your skillset and create a team to fill the gaps
  • How to vet people for your dream team 
  • Dig into people's motivations 
  • Building a founding team is almost as serious as marriage
  • Are you in it for the long haul?
  • Track all the goals that you want to accomplish


Nick: "I like to ask, what  problem are you trying to solve in the world? That is something that everyone, if you're thinking of trying to get into business and entrepreneurship, I would encourage you to come from that angle. So it's not just like an idea in the shower."

Nick: "We empower and inspire and drive growth for entrepreneurs because this world runs because of entrepreneurship."

Nick: "Everyone is gifted in actually pretty narrow ways. But everyone has some very specific things that they probably do best in the world. I would say, first and foremost, hopefully you're able to know or discover what you're really great at and hey if you're technical, you're probably great at coding and building a product and kind of visualizing that and putting it into play. Some people are the idea people, which, that's great and fine, but you need to someone to actually build the product."

Nick: "As a leader, it's important for you to dig a little bit, because the more that you can surface from the people that want to work with you and join your team, the better you can serve them." 

Nick: "Of course, it's important to have a founding team and co-founders. But that is a very serious relationship that's a bit harder to unwind. So have that filtration process, know what you're looking for and be confident in actually saying, that's not the right time, and it's okay." 

Nick: "Look at their history. Is this person just fishing for a job and somehow create some quick income? How passionate are they about the vision and the market you're in? Do they have a past history of either working in this industry or building a product of some sort of similarity? Have they created a product before? Have they brought something to market? Do they have an exit in their history? These are things that you start filtering out. Doesn't mean that you say yes or no. You just need to know your filter."

Nick: "Have patience. Weirdly enough, success in the longevity of life is just staying in the game and waking up everyday and doing your thing. If you do that for 30 to 40 years, you will end up at the top echelon of the world because no one does anything for 40 years."

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Jan 13, 2022
Empowering Founders And Leaders To Grow Their Leadership with Meghann Conter


02:28 The Dames: Empower more women into 7-figure and C-suite roles

08:14 Networking in an ecosystem of collaboration transforms you 

10:38 Leads groups and working with someone to align values and business models

14:49 Intuition: Harnessing this female energy for business success

21:17 Develop intuition by distinguishing mind from heart 

27:02 For new entrepreneurs: Align your business to your zone of genius

31:22 Combining feminine energy and data-driven strategies in business

36:31 Always have your litmus tests and learn to say no

42:37 A community that shares your goals and challenges create solutions together

44:47 Connect with Meghann


09:00 "Being part of an organization where you're looking for your golden geese and you then develop these long-term relationships to... cross-refer business or collaborate to create a bigger footprint or mastermind your challenges..., those fostered relationships end up being long-term, very fruitful, but also extremely nourishing for both of the women."

12:34 "In those initial stages, as you're beginning to do your work and you're beginning to work with different clients, really be paying attention to who those ideal clients are that light you up and make notes all the way along."

18:38 "I would listen to my intuition and really be guided by it and take the actions, it has never led me wrong. And I continue to do that today. And that's what really has created all kinds of opportunities for us to open up chapters internationally."

36:40 "Work in alignment with your higher vision and make sure that you've got your litmus tests that you're always using. Like, is this going to match my values? Does this make the boat go faster in terms of moving me to achieving my epic mission? If not, then I need to learn how to say no."

44:00 "The masterminding and the problem-solving and the celebrations can really transform your life and the lives of those around you. So really open up, get in community, and share what you're going through because you're definitely not alone."

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Nov 13, 2021
Upgrade Your Mindset, So You Can Lead With Purpose with Joshua Miller


01:42 Falling into coaching: How a tripping incident gave birth birth to a career

06:12 Leadership is a skill anyone can develop

08:25 Be intentional with time, energy, and presence

11:09 Set very clear boundaries

16:25 Fear of ego: A selfish undertone beneath the fear

25:18 Meditation and mindfulness: Start with one minute and build from there

32:41 "Try" is an out to accountability and the problem with got to/need to/have to

42:25 Being transparent and vulnerable for a meaningful life

46:15 Connect with Joshua and join his LinkedIn Learning Course


09:01 "I am very intentional with my time, my energy, and my presence. So the time that I spend with, who, where, my presence, am I really present? As a coach, my job is to show up and be present in a way that other people don't find."

12:26 "If you're an entrepreneur, the one thing that you have that's more valuable than getting a seed round of money is your time. That's the one thing. It's actually more important than your product or your service or your business."

18:18 "When I hear the fear of ego, to me, it's people that really... don't know what to do. They're paralyzed because they can't own their greatness. Like they just accomplished something amazing, they're afraid to acknowledge it."

39:46 "You have a better chance of putting your energy, your best foot forward, when you say 'I want that promotion.' Great. Versus I got to get that promotion."

44:39 "If you want to have a more meaningful and purposeful life and really have some breakthrough around meditation or business success or hustling, one of the access points is learning how to be more vulnerable."

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Nov 08, 2021
Why Blend In When You Were Born To Stand Out with Tisha Marie Pelletier


01:54 Tisha makes her side hustle the main hustle 

04:17 Get started, have a mentor, have a vision, and invest in yourself

09:12 Choose a skill you love and focus on it

12:01 Gain momentum, increase confidence, and keep going 

19:00 Networking tip: Strike up genuine conversations 

22:14 Create your personal brand: Personal and work life will always intertwine

30:07 Connect with Tisha


04:36 "You have to get out there. You have to start getting out and networking. I had a mentor that I highly recommend when you're starting something, having a mentor, having someone that's 10 steps ahead of you, that can be there to be bouncing ideas off of."

06:31 "Every time I invested in myself, every time I said, okay, I believe in myself, I'm going to do this, I'm going to put the money even though it could be a little bit of an air situation, it absolutely came back to me in the form of new opportunities."

12:44 "Once you start with one, it's easier to start building the momentum because now what happens, you're believing yourself, the confidence is there and now you, in a way, are unstoppable. You just keep going."

17:37 "Get back up, do it again, get back up, do it again. And you see that you progressively get better if you keep learning. If you keep surrounding yourself with the right people and you keep going with it." 

23:38 "What I always share, the biggest takeaway that I feel people get when I talk about personal branding is that your personal and your professional life are going to intertwine. There's no mistake about it."

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Sep 23, 2021
Coaching Business Leaders Through Change And Growth with Pete Mohr


02:31 Developing an entrepreneur's mindset and embracing side hustling early on

07:25 Entrepreneurs are made, not born, and they find better ways of doing things

10:17 The multipreneur follows 4 P's: People, Processes, Products & Profit

14:45 Entrepreneurs need clarity to build confidence and gain momentum

19:53 Mistakes and learnings with the 4 P's: Keep testing, keep optimizing

26:11 Let go of processes that don't work to give you time

28:30 Get business partners and offer equity

31:52 Find a coach for the stage your business is actually in

37:06 Connect with Pete


08:22 "If you found yourself asking, why don't they do it this way? And that kind of stuff, as opposed to just accepting that that's the way it's done, I think those kinds of questions come out to entrepreneurs."

10:31 "I thought I would buy a franchise off the bat to kind of give me some structures and things like that that I could start off with. And from that perspective, I did."

11:31 "I need to have the structures and systems in place that allow me to have the right people in place, the processes in place, the products in place, so that I could generate the profit. And those are the four P's that I often talk about." 

16:19 "What do I think is most important? Well, I think clarity is most important. So I always start with clarity because clarity gives you confidence and confidence builds momentum."

26:28 "The sooner you let go of something that really just isn't working, the better, because it allows you then the freedom of time. And that's one thing that most entrepreneurs don't have is time."

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Sep 16, 2021
How To Build A Multi-Million Dollar Consulting Biz & Why You DO NOT Need Calendly with Nathan Flood


02:12 Nathan's passion for side hustling and military service 

05:42 Entry to entrepreneurship after defense contracting

11:35 Time management is the biggest challenge to side hustling

16:12 Scale faster: Let go of time-consuming tasks and hire talent to grow with you

25:11 Work ethic: Know what you want so you can decide what to give up

28:03 Life hack: Add software as you fix problems, not as infrastructure 

33:16 Connect with Nathan


06:47 "I started looking at how this company was making money and everything, and I was just like, there's no reason why I need to sit here and work  for what little bit I'm working for when I can just go do this on my own."

12:59 "As we were growing, it was more of I need to book 10 a year, right? When we made that transition, then I started realizing that okay, my time is way more valuable selling than it is me working."

18:06 "You can just go out Willy-nilly and say I'm going to go get the best people or I'm going to get the cheapest people. It doesn't necessarily work that way, you've got to try to find that middle ground of getting the most out of people that are looking to grow with you." 

26:12 "You gotta figure out what you can give up and what you can't. And some people, you gotta decide what your side hustle wants to be. If you want it to just give you an extra thousand a month, there's nothing wrong with that."

29:55 "You want to look at systems that give you the most in one place, if that makes sense. So you kind of want to create this unified ecosystem. Will you be able to cover everything with one company? No, but you can get most of it."

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Sep 09, 2021
Practical Strategies For Starting A Business with Steven S Hoffman


02:40 Creating the number 1 incubator for startups

05:34 Deciding when your side hustle is good enough to go full-time

10:10 Hunting for demand and finding the best people

15:05 Ask, don't tell: A winning culture on empowering your team

21:08 How to secure venture capital and close deals

32:08 The real work after securing funding: Hire the best and don't be cheap

38:54 Connect with Steven 


06:36 "What are their problems? What's keeping them up at night? What are their dreams? What are their goals? Do you align with these? If you don't align with the top three priorities of your potential customers, you're off their radar."

08:20 "I always say the entrepreneur's job, and especially when you're doing a side hustle, is really to gather as much information as possible information. Information. Data about the real world. What's really going on, where the market is. That will inform you."

19:02 "A lot of entrepreneurs think it's their job to have all the ideas, to figure out the whole plan to do everything. It's not your job. Your job is to go to your employees and get them doing that, getting them to think, and then really supporting them."

22:15 "(Venture capital) are really good at giving you money to acquire more customers, basically like to grow that business, to grab more customers and then to meet the need by hiring more people. Like that's what the venture money is for. It's not to figure it out."

28:10 "The thing that makes investors close more than anything is one thing. It's fear, but it's also greed, right? You need to make the investor more afraid of losing the deal than they are afraid of losing their money. So it's this balance."

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Sep 02, 2021
Drive Revenue Authentically with Ashley Quinto Powell


01:30 Updates on Ashley's life and being a mom and executive

05:27 Successful moms today also have side hustles

07:13 Early mistakes in business and nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset

16:02 Frontloading risk and learning through experience 

19:30 Delegating and prioritizing your time for what's truly important

23:43 Ashley's 7 best business decisions

29:22 Connect with Ashley


05:34 "There are lots of women, especially moms, who are doing amazing things in their jobs. Like really making a big impact. And then coming home and everybody has a side hustle."

07:59 "My business just got eaten by the recession and I was sort of spit out from that experience feeling like well, that was a gigantic mistake. I couldn't quite see that it had gotten me into tech and taught me to be a programmer."

10:38 "You think of it like side hustles, and I think of it like I have 24 hours in a day and I really don't want to be dedicated to just 1 thing. Because that's boring and also I'm a multifaceted person."

12:21 "I actually have a hard and fast rule, but I don't create anything until I've sold it. There's no point putting your time and effort into something that you haven't validated as being something someone will buy."

25:06 "The reason that I started VA agency is because I kept looking over the shoulders of my clients and saying, I don't understand how you're going to get anything done. You are smired in admin and someone else can be doing this for you."

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Aug 26, 2021
A Good Dialectic with Carrie and Craig


02:43 Personal development: Learning through the experience of entrepreneurship

05:48 Knowing when it's time to take action and not fearing failure

09:27 Following mentors and inspirations on social media 

17:36 Discerning your own values and disagreeing with content creators

21:07 Using time blocks and being mindful of energy levels to stay focused 

26:25 Mentors versus general counsel: Getting advice based on your needs right now

28:19 Books you should be reading


03:25 "Entrepreneurship is the best form of self-development out there because it challenges you and you have to go and create something. And experiential learning is ultimately more powerful than, most of the time, academic learning."

04:29 "Take massive amounts of action. The more I've been around business owners and entrepreneurs, they're just like always taking action. They don't allow fear to paralyze them, they allow fear to temper them."

07:16 "I just see so many people gripped by fear of failing or looking silly, and I think we just have to embrace that you will look silly. So get out there and also win while you're doing it versus just reading a book on the bench."

18:01 "We have to get good at thinking for ourselves and really sorting through what is relevant to us and what we believe in. It sometimes feels like this package deal like you buy into Mel Robbins or you don't."

22:32 "Maybe it's a timer, maybe it's just very well-defined time blocks in your calendar, maybe you have a to-do list on social media or online, wherever you're doing your things. But having almost your own curriculum and roadmap can be so, so powerful."

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Aug 19, 2021
Get Things Done with Madeleine Niebauer


01:21 The serendipitous beginnings of vChief

04:51 vChief: Connecting independent chiefs of staff to your business

09:01 Starting out: Creating autonomy and overcoming obstacles

14:50 Finding trustworthy talent and learning to let go

18:11 Networking and coaching prepared Madeleine to scale up 

24:19 Set boundaries and delegate to free up time to do the most important tasks

31:28 Common mistakes: Doing everything and not keeping the right people

38:06 Work shenanigans in Vietnam and future plans


04:15 "I think what I saw when I started that hustle and the networking, who can I work with? The demand was just so clearly bigger than what I could personally do. But that's when it sort of became, what could this business be?"

06:28 "They all work with the aim of helping a leader really prioritize the things where they can have the most impact, and be able to have someone who they can just say, okay you deal with this, you deal with this, you deal with this."

12:49 "You're the one doing the hustle, you're the one who has the relationships, and therefore people want to work with you. So how do you shift that client's mindset to, I have built this business full of equally amazing people and you would be great with them?"

26:12 "We're getting to the stage of organization that other people need to be making decisions and I can't be involved in every decision. How do I pull myself up and out of that and empower other people to drive those decisions?"

32:51 "Figuring out how to delegate and automate things is incredibly important to a leader and figuring out where they can have the biggest impact towards getting to that vision, whether that's a lot of growth or whatever they want."

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Aug 12, 2021
Creating Your Visual Presence to Attract Your Ideal Clients with Lisa & Eric Pezik


01:42 Teaming up and founding Infinite Design House

09:06 Obstacles in scaling: How to spend your time wisely and choose your projects

21:55 Building the mental skills to be successful in entrepreneurship

28:42 For side hustlers: Branding and content tips to get started

35:29 Deciding on the right mentor takes a mix of data and gut feel

40:41 Take ownership of your business and think big

47:02 How to connect with Lisa and Eric


10:29 "It goes back to getting really clear on the things that you and only you can do in your business. So when I do X, income, impact, joy, goes up in the business. When I do X, I don't even need to be doing X, someone else could do X or it sucks the life out of me."

11:42 "Nobody knows our content. Sure, they can. Sometimes they make it even better than you could have ever made it. But it's letting go of that control."

27:06 "I realize the way I was speaking to myself and, when you don't have self-worth and you don't value yourself, you don't charge what you're worth. You don't put yourself in rooms where you're making moves."

42:06 "We think it has to look a certain way or be a certain way and we're hoping somebody else is going to create it or someone else is going to give us the answer. You have all the tools to create whatever that thing is."

43:38 "Think massive and then just take one tiny step to starting that thinking, projecting that way."

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Aug 05, 2021
Improve Your Online Presence with Chris Misterek


02:32 Circumstances introduce Chris to web design and podcasting

07:48 Powering through obstacles and motivating yourself with your passion

13:41 Community and networking propels your side hustle unlike any other 

20:16 People should trust their capacity to reinvent themselves

25:37 Don't fear failure for it is a necessary part of success

28:21 Normalizing mental health has a positive ripple effect in all aspects of your life

36:51 How to use Upwork as your main sales platform 


08:55 "You need to figure out, what's the carrot that's going to keep you moving forward? For me, it was finding and saying yes to projects before I knew what I was doing."

15:32 "The thing that we tend to neglect is that community aspect. If anything, the community aspect is probably one of the biggest reasons why people make it as business owners, entrepreneurs, or side hustlers."

19:08 "Soft skills and hard skills are all something that should be learned and should be developed on an ongoing basis."

26:03 "Failure... it's not a normal part, it's a necessary part of success. You fail forward towards success. You don't win towards success. Failures will teach you more than any success that you have."

30:29  "The only way to get real lasting recovery is to make sure you're addressing some of those things that have happened in your life."

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Jul 29, 2021
Helping Accomplished Professionals Start, Build, and Grow their Consulting Businesses with Deborah Zahn

Working in the healthcare field for more than 20 years, Deb Zahn took advantage of the knowledge, skills, and expertise gained in traditional work settings and transitioned to being a consultant. As she dabbled as an independent consultant, doing side gigs while working on her day job, Deb got a taste of what it would be like and loved it!

Fast forward to today, Deb Zahn is the CEO of Deb Zahn Consulting, LLC and Craft of Consulting, which helps accomplished professionals become successful consultants while living the lives they want.

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Jul 22, 2021
Pushing Yourself To The Fringe with Carrie and Craig

Carrie and Craig scaled their first side hustle, Click Global LLC, to $3MM+ in US revenues. The firm focused on building & monetizing online communities using already existing business systems to launch, scale, & duplicate more efficiently than real estate or traditional franchising.

After stabilizing a majority of these revenues, they achieved their primary goal of stepping away from Corporate America, in their 20s/30s, respectively. They now consider themselves full-time parents & entrepreneurs. They invest the majority of their days into their children, traveling, & love playing "entrepreneur" with the skills they have developed.

In 2013, they launched CC Global, LLC to coach & educate others on how to emulate their results. After assisting several professionals in building $1MM+ businesses, they began running larger seminars & speaking events across the US, Canada, UK, Caribbean & Australia. They have the privilege of speaking to 20K+ people a year & coaching a few dozen individuals annually. They believe real empowerment occurs through personalized mentorship, not necessarily by acquiring more degrees or getting lost consuming random self-improvement or motivational content.

They are thrilled to announce they launched their first non-profit, TandemGiving, Inc., at the close of 2019. The organization is designed to raise funds for children in need.

Tandem Talks is a podcast meant to empower you to live your life, your way. Join us as we go deeper with entrepreneurs and their journey creating success in business and life.

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Jun 17, 2021
Heal Your Gut So You Can Trust It Again! with Chelsea Haines

Chelsea Haines is a Gut Health Coach at A Mindful Life, LLC. She helps heal physical pain, mental anxiety and harness a strong gut instinct using the power of intuitive eating, the abundance mindset, and the science of the gut-brain axis in order for you to live the life promised to you: easeful, downstream, profitable, joyful, and full of FREEDOM!

Chelsea is also the show host of the podcast called Let’s Start Health. A podcast that is willing to start the awkward, vulnerable, weird, or even hard conversations needed to break through stigmas of mental and physical health and educate and inspire those on a healing journey.

Learn more and connect with Chelsea Haines on the following links below.

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Jun 03, 2021
Grow Customer Acquisition And Lead Generation with Jackie Hermes & Ryan Calton

Jackie Hermes is the Founder and CEO of Accelity, a B2B SaaS marketing solutions company that services clients from planning to execution and offers: Inbound marketing strategy & execution, Inbound software implementation & management—Hubspot, Online lead generation & qualification, Content marketing (blogging + email marketing + social media), and Website design & management.

Prior to establishing her own company, Jackie started her entrepreneurial journey with a cookie company, Sweet Monkees, where she turned four vegan cookie recipes into a business - from baking them, to designing the brand’s packaging, to finding a kitchen that would increase its production, and all the way to marketing and distribution. After successfully building this business from the ground-up and selling to over 10 grocery chains, she sold the business to establish Accelity. 

Ryan Calton, on the other hand, is an Executive Finance and Strategic Advisor who is the CEO of a growth-oriented fractional CFO consultancy - RC MKE LLC, a company he founded for the simple reason that he wishes to shift the trend for most CFOs where instead of focusing on cost-saving strategies, he wishes to impart the focus on building sustained growth and increasing shareholder value. With this, he works with small to mid-sized companies that wish to increase their revenue, profitability, and enterprise value.

Prior to founding his own consultancy, Ryan was the Vice President of Finance and Operations at The Brewer Company, a medical device innovations company. And before that, he was also the Chief Financial Officer at Hampel Corp.,  a manufacturer of thermoformed plastics. 

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May 06, 2021
Sell Is To Serve At The Highest Level with Marcus A. Chan

Marcus Chan is the Founder and President of the Venli Consulting Group, a professional training and coaching platform that specializes in helping businesses, sales professionals, sales leaders, and everyone else who wishes to achieve supercharged results. 

A professional who achieved a lot in the course of his career, Marcus is an Executive Member on the Forbes Business Council and has also been featured in Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, and LinkedIn Top Voice. He’s also recognized by Salesforce as the Top Sales Influencer to Follow.

Growing up in a scarce environment, Marcus put himself through college earning his MBA a few years into the workforce. After achieving the point where he’s leveled the playing field, he eventually got the chance to work for two international Fortune 500 companies and was promoted 10 times in the 10 years he’s worked for them. During his 14+ years of tenure in Corporate America, he won countless awards and has been ranked in the top percentile every single year and in his last role, he led one of the top sales regions in the company with over 110 employees. He was 22 when he built his first multi-million dollar business and when he was in his early 30s he led a team that generated over $700+ million dollars in contracting new business sales. 

With the tide of his success, Marcus eventually left the corporate world to pursue his passion of wanting to do something greater and to give back to the world. 

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Apr 29, 2021
Brand Sorceress with Chantel Soumis

Chantel Soumis is the Founder and Creative Director of Stardust Creative who is also an internationally recognized speaker, personal brand expert, and social media influencer. 

Stardust Creative is a full service corporate and personal branding agency founded in 2018 that aims to level up their client’s brands to align with their unique proposition and values. Focused on embracing differences through personal and corporate branding, their services stretch from developing design, to establishing the voice of influence, to crafting social media strategy, and all the way to media production styling.

Coinciding with her own tagline - anything is possible, Chantel represents the differently-abled community from a tiny town in midwest who has made global headlines with her personal branding prowess. She is a recognized Top LinkedIn Creator with over 86,000 organic followers to date with her insider secrets and a wealth of marketing experience to help others achieve a strong digital presence. 

Apart from being a keynote speaker for multiple international conferences across the globe, Chantel has experienced training with celebrities on PR best practices. She’s even worked with teams from Fortune 500 organizations in terms of mastering digital reputations for executives and building inclusive environments for leadership teams.

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Apr 15, 2021
Empower Teens & Young Adults To Gain Confidence with Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang

Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is the professor-turned-entrepreneur CEO and Founder of Classroom Without Walls, a Life Accelerator Program dedicated to young adults as it serves to supplement lessons that are not standardly taught in average schools. Through a tested and proven framework that makes learning more interactive, relevant, and transformative, their students are able to start developing the much-needed skills, knowledge, and mindset to help them become more prepared to face their future.

Having been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Today Show, Pearson Education, etc, Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang’s experience also stretched as an Adobe Education Leader, Adobe Insider, and HubSpot Academy Instructor. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. As a thought leader in online education, one of her distinctive specialties is incorporating social media and creative technologies into the traditional curriculum for the purpose of enhancing student engagement and acquiring 21st-century know-how. 

Furthermore, Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang hosts two weekly live streaming shows, where she interviews industry leaders in Business and Education, like Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. She also serves as a SEMrush Webinar guest and host and frequently speaks at academic and industry conferences including Inbound, VidCon, SEMrush Global Marketing Day, Social Media Day, Social Media Week Lima (the largest social media marketing conference in the midwest), and others.

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Mar 25, 2021
Building Emotionally Intelligent Companies with Teresa Quinlan

Teresa Quinlan is a coach, leadership specialist, master facilitator and speaker. She is the founder and CEO of IQ+EQ=TQ, a human-centric company that specializes in executive coaching and leadership development. IQ+EQ=TQ stands for Intelligence Quotient + Emotional Quotient = Talent Quotient. 

Teresa has 22 years of experience in leadership and 16 years of experience creating leadership programming and training leaders. Being in numerous leadership roles at such a young age, she developed her practice based on the principle that Emotional Intelligence is the foundation for greater levels of well-being, with happiness being the key predictor for success. 

Teresa stands as the HumansFirst Community Ambassador and is the co-author of You Belong Here: HumansFirst Stories that’s available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. She also co-hosts TNT 2.0, a podcast that tackles personal development, leadership, emotional intelligence, and humanity - available in all major podcast channels. 

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Mar 18, 2021
Strategic Business Development with Kevin Wichman

Kevin Wichman is currently the Investor Relations/Business Development Executive at SARA Investments Real Estate. They raise investment capital for commercial real estate projects with individual investors, institutions, and wealth managers. Diverse portfolio opportunities currently include industrial, laboratory, office, and mixed-use properties in the Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri markets.

Kevin is a strategic business development entrepreneur with a diverse background in small business ownership. Over 30 years of direct and passive real estate investing and portfolio management. Exceptional sales success and leadership experience in corporate 100 companies. 

You can learn more and connect with Kevin Wichman on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-wichman-8953726/.

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Mar 11, 2021
Communicate And Connect Better with Amy Blaschka

Amy Blaschka is a Social Media Ghostwriter and Career Storyteller. She helps leaders craft their stories to communicate and connect better through ghostwritten social media posts, magnifying their reach and impact. She also writes engaging, original, and authentic career stories for her clients to position them for success and change how others perceive, pay, partner with, and promote them.

Amy is also a contributor at Forbes. She writes for Forbes under Leadership, covering personal transformation and its impact on career growth. 

You can learn more about Amy Blaschka and find her content on the following links below.

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Feb 04, 2021
Eliminating benefits technology regret for insurance brokers, consultants, carriers & HR with Frank B. Mengert

Frank B. Mengert is the Founder/Creative Visionary at EBM in North Haven, Connecticut. EBM is the premier provider of intelligent employee benefits technology solutions.

Frank is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. YEC is an invitation-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, aged 45 and younger. YEC represents nearly every industry, generates billions of dollars in revenue each year, and has created tens of thousands of jobs since its inception.

You can find out more about Frank Mengert and connect with him on the following links below.

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Jan 28, 2021
What It Takes To Be A Successful Entrepreneur with Steve Wohlenhaus

Steve Wohlenhaus is the Owner and CEO of Weatherology. Weatherology is a world leader in audio weather dissemination to individuals and the broadcast industry. Weatherology serves thousands of radio stations with content for their terrestrial and digital assets, plus an army of individuals equipped with the Weatherology mobile app.

Steve is also an Author and Podcast Host of the program called “Anatomy of Success.”

You can find out more about Steve Wohlenhaus and Weatherology on his website at http://www.weatherology.com/. You can grab the mobile app on the website as well. You can also follow Weatherology on the following links below.

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Jan 21, 2021
Get to know your hosts, Carrie and Craig

Join us for this inaugural episode of Tandem Talks where guest host Chris Decker interviews Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner about their background, mission for the show, and their upcoming book. 

Tandem Talks is a podcast meant to empower you to live your life, your way. Join us as we go deeper with entrepreneurs and their journey creating success in business and life.

Learn more at TandemConsulting.co/talks 

Learn more about Carrie here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carriebohlig/

Learn more about Craig here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-clickner/


Jan 08, 2021