Previous Episodes

The Current State + Future of the Creator Economy, With Ronak Trivedi

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on December 14, 2021

The Creator Economy. This term refers to the economy in which those who create content get funded directly by their audience through sources such as Patreon. In the creator economy, the audience not only funds their creators but also participates in the decision-making process, influencing the direction which the creators take.

While many have indicated the creator economy as the switch from an ad-driven, attention-based monetization model to a direct user-support model, U.S. creators are still overwhelmingly dependent on advertising revenue. As the creator economy continues to grow, it’s time to take a hard look at the consequences of an ad-driven model and consider the viable alternatives already implemented elsewhere, particularly in emerging markets.

Ronak Trivedi is the founder of Pietra, a new platform that gives creators the tools to bring a product line to life from start to finish. Joining Adam, Ronak (Ro) shares his thoughts on the current and future states of the creator economy.


  • What the Creator Economy truly means;
  • The current state of the Creator Economy;
  • Where the future is headed;
  • How Pietra is lowering the barriers of entry for entrepreneurs;
  • What capabilities Pietra offers to help creators launch brands;
  • And so much more!

If you are a part of the Creator Economy, you definitely need to listen to this!

Take The Fear Out Of Team Building, With Matt May

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on December 7, 2021

What is the first thing you think of when you hear (or read) “team building”?

Why does team building, whether you spell it as one word or two, have such a negative connotation to so many?

For those who are naturally active and/or outgoing, team building is often welcomed with open arms; however, for those who are introverted, and/or less athletically inclined, it’s often a cause of hesitation, fear, and anxiety.

By conducting a series of short surveys, Matt May garnered the common opinions, and misconceptions, of what team building is, and he is joining Adam to share his findings and solutions with you.


  • Why “team building” is perceived as a “bad word”;
  • What positive team building experiences entail;
  • How to remove fear and anxiety around both the words and acts of team building;
  • How to make team building FUN;
  • And so much more!

Team building is more than zip lining, trust falls, and slide show presentations. Are you still feeling skeptical? Then you better tune in!

Maintaining Client Satisfaction Through Difficult Times, With Sarah Johnson Dayes

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on November 30, 2021

It’s no secret that times have been challenging during the pandemic. Businesses have had to adapt and get innovative to keep operational.

Maintaining client satisfaction is now more crucial than ever before. How though?

Sarah Johnson Dayes has the answer. She joins Adam to share how you can not only maintain, but grow client satisfaction during this new era of business.


  • Best practices for maintaining short and long-term client satisfaction, particularly as we recover from the pandemic;
  • Key indicators of client satisfaction;
  • What client satisfaction means for the professional services industry;
  • And so much more!

Don’t let a little thing like a global pandemic get in the way of your business – be sure to tune in!

Online Marketing: Organic Website Development and Content, With Jonathan Rosenfeld

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on November 16, 2021

Everything is turning to online marketing these days.

During this pandemic, businesses have had to think fast on their feet and operate in a new way. Lawyers included.

With changes in how the world of business operates, online marketing is more important than ever.

Attorney, Jonathan Rosenfeld has managed to consistently grow his business (10-20% annually) in the wake of additional competition and headwinds from the Covid-19 pandemic. At a time when other law firms are struggling to stay afloat, Jonathan continues to expand his law practice into emerging areas that help stabilize his revenue in uncertain times.

Jonathan joins Adam to share what he has learned about online marketing and operating in a pandemic.


  • How to expand your business;
  • Areas business owners should invest in;
  • The definition of a successful business;
  • What is wrong with the current office set up for most professionals;
  • And so much more!

It’s still possible to have a thriving, successful business in this Covid-19 era. Tune in and find out how!

The Era of Workplace Fun, With Dr. Bob Nelson

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on November 9, 2021

According to Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America,” 81 percent of workers in companies on the list report that they work in a fun environment. In fact, they found that “fun” is the most significant variable separating those companies who make the list from those that do not.

Fun is the secret sauce every business needs to better engage and motivate its employees today. But we’re talking more than just ping pong tables in breakrooms and fun slides. Scores of companies like Zoom, Pinterest, Bank of America, Zappos, Honda, Microsoft, and many more, have nailed exactly what managers and employees alike can do to lighten the tone in the work environment and allow employees to have more fun at work.

With the COVID pandemic winding down, employees of all types and levels are looking to have fun more than ever before. Perhaps that is why Deloitte has labeled the 2020s as “The Era of Workplace Fun.”

Dr. Bob Nelson specializes in employee motivation and recognition. Joining Adam, he shares why it’s essential to create a “fun” atmosphere in the workplace.


  • Why a fun workplace requires more than a breakroom Ping-Pong table or free soda in the fridge;
  • Proven, easy-to-use strategies and best practices from leaders at Fortune’s best companies, including Cisco, Salesforce, Hilton, Adobe, and many others;
  • Tactics anyone can use to bring more joy to their work and make tasks more fulfilling;
  • How to engage the newest generations—Millennials and Gen Z, who make up the majority of the workforce—as well as older and burnt-out employees;
  • And much more!

Ready to have some fun? Tune in!

Bouncing Back After Losing $50M, With Rod Khleif

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on November 2, 2021

Rod Khleif lost everything in the market crash in 2008; $50 million in real estate.

He lost the beach-front mansion, his Mercedes… all the stuff that ultimately doesn’t matter, but that is quite painful to lose.

He had made the mistake of buying single family homes to hold long term and cross collateralize them with his multifamily properties. The multifamily properties did fine, but the single-family homes pulled his entire portfolio down.

But the opportunity in the crisis was key lessons learned. Rod joins Adam to share some of these key lessons.


  • How to handle losing a ton of money;
  • Why Rod refers to failures as “seminars;
  • How to pick yourself up and make a comeback after a huge failure;
  • The keys to success;
  • And so much more!

Tune in and listen to how one man lost it all, but built it back up.


The Nitty Gritty Details of Running a Startup, With Igor Fedenkoff

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on October 26, 2021

Dreaming up a new business is easy. All it takes is an idea.

Getting setup is usually not complicated (depending on the type of business).

But running the startup and raising capital? That’s where the going can get tough.

Serial entrepreneur, Igor Fedenkoff, joins Adam to share his tips on those nitty gritty details of running a startup.


  • If Influencer Marketing is really all that it’s hyped up to be;
  • Pointers for managing remote workforce;
  • How risk can affect your personal and professional life;
  • One thing that will make an investor write a check to you;
  • And much more!

Thinking of taking the plunge into the world of business? Tune in!


How to Become the Nucleus of Your Life, With Pat Honiotes

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on October 19, 2021

“That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley!” Laurel and Hardy may have said it most famously, but we’ve all thought something like it after we’ve had one of those experiences where nothing went right or according to plan.

Whatever it was, we all know where at least some of the decisions were made to get us into that pickle in the first place. What few of us have figured out is how and why did we make those decisions and how can we make sure not to do something quite so bad next time?

Pat Honiotes has the answer. She joins Adam to discuss how to become the nucleus of your own life and in doing so, how to get unstuck and make different choices.


  • What it means to be the Nucleus of your Life;
  • How and why your life seems stuck;
  • How and what you can do to fix the problems so they stop interfering in your life from now on;
  • And so much more!

Isn’t it time you got unstuck? Don’t miss this episode.

How This First-Gen Entrepreneur Achieved the American Dream, With Dr. Shirag Shemmassian

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on October 5, 2021

While in high school, Dr. Shemmassian took a keen interest in the higher education process. He navigated the admissions process with limited college counseling and became the only Ivy League graduate in his high school’s nearly 60-year history.

Today he is one of the world’s foremost experts on medical school admissions, college admissions, and graduate school admissions.

Dr. Shemmassian joins Adam to share his story and his advice on how to get into medical school or a top college/university.


  • The current state of medical school admissions;
  • How growing up with immigrant parents shaped Shirag into a hard worker;
  • How college admissions have changed in the last 10-15 years;
  • Achieving goals through developing a positive mindset and working hard;
  • How parents can promote–or sabotage–the development of high-achieving students;
  • And so much more!

Is it college time for you or someone in your family? Don’t miss this all-important discussion!


How This Fempreneur Built Wealth Through Helping Others, With Michelle Rockwood

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 28, 2021

Over the years, Michelle Rockwood has done it all–raised one gift of $1.2 million over a single lunch for charity, brokered deals for mansions in Southern California, and even sold shoes at Nordstrom.

And now she’s helped hundreds of heart-centered badasses—who hated sales conversations—to fall in love with the process and transform their businesses and lives. She helps non-salespeople crush it in sales.

Michelle joins Adam to share how she helps others fall in love with the sales process.


  • If someone who is not a “salesperson” can ever actually be good at sales;
  • What is an “embodiment practice” and how can this help your business;
  • Why you should limit sales conversations to just 45 minutes;
  • Why getting a “no” on a sales call is better than a “maybe”;
  • And much, much more!

Want more money in your pocket? Then don’t miss this power-packed episode!