Interview - Keynote Speakers

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 Tim and Kris O’Shea  Resource Interview

Diane Goodman caught up with Kris & Tim O'Shea of The O'Shea Report this week during a conference in Las Vegas.

Having attended many company meetings and conferences, they know what it's like to have to sit and listen to someone talk on stage. They found that the speakers they enjoyed the most were the ones who made their presentations not only informative, but also fun and entertaining. Seeing a need for this kind of laughter and engagement at corporate events, they created their programs based on their own experiences in the office environment. Now Tim and Kris work full time as speakers and entertainers at meetings and conventions internationally.

Tim and Kris each trained with The Second City Theater Company at their satellite division in Denver, Colorado. They are accomplished improvisers, stand-ups and comedic actors, and have shared the stage with cast members from Whose Line Is It Anyway and Saturday Night Live.

Check out what the O'Shea's talk about with Diane, and their fun "shout out" at the end of the video.

To book The O'Shea Report call 800-875-2893 or email Diane Goodman at

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 Josh Linkner  Press Resource Interview

March 6, 2014

Josh Linkner stopped by our offices today to meet with the team and talk about some of the projects he's been working on.  We learned that Josh is releasing a brand new book titled Road to Reinvention based upon the good work he has been doing to rebuild the economy in Detroit, MI through his venture capital firm.  He also talked about how he approaches speaking engagement with that same thoughtful process he uses to approach any venture he is involved with: to impart useful, innovative strategies that people can use to take action.

To book Josh Linkner for your event, contact Diane Goodman at

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 Chris Bashinelli  Resource Interview

Chris Bashinelli dropped by our offices this week to let us know about some of the projects he's been working on. Chris shares a personal story about his family and how he became inspired to find ways to promote a more compassionate, understanding world by placing himself in another's shoes.

More about Chris:  After a successful acting career, including an appearance on the HBO series The Sopranos, Chris decided to follow his passion. At 20 years old he moved to Tanzania to experience life in the developing world firsthand. Since then, Chris has devoted his life to understanding the life and plight of others. He hasn't looked back since.

As host and executive producer of the internationally recognized series, Bridge the Gap, Chris traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand to experience life in someone else's shoes. Bridge the Gap's pilot episode premieres on National PBS Television. Chris has harvested Buffalo with Native Americans, walked miles for clean water in Haiti, run from venomous bees in Uganda, and worked side-by-side with individuals from countless corners of the earth.

As a guest author for award-winning publications such as the Huffington Post and Lonely Planet, Chris shares stories of social activists who are creating positive change in developing regions worldwide; personal stories of self-discovery and growth; and travel guides for the adventurer.

To Book Chris Bashinelli, contact Diane Goodman at

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 Don Yaeger  Resource Interview

Award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, an eight-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, Don Yaeger has fashioned a career as one of America’s most provocative thought leaders.   And today, he stopped by the office with donuts to pay a visit to Diane Goodman and her team.

He is primarily sought to discuss lessons on achieving greatness, learned from first-hand experiences with some of the greatest sports legends in the world.

Diane sat down and chatted with Don.  Watch the interview:

Additionally, Don has been retained by companies and organizations to coach their leaders, management teams and employees on building a culture of greatness by looking at Great Teams in sports and discerning the business lessons we can learn from them.

Throughout his writing career, Don has developed a reputation as a world-class storyteller and has been invited as a guest to every major talk show – from Oprah to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America!

To Book Don, call 1-800-875-2893

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 Paul Viollis  Interview Cyber Security

Every Tuesday on WCHE 1520 AM, Donna Saul interviews different people on her talk show Chamber Chatter. On September 22, one of our speakers, Paul Viollis was a guest on the show and discussed current issues facing our society. Paul has dedicated his career to the protection of our country and is an expert in all aspects of security. Donna and Paul talked about several current security topics that will surprise many people.

Donna and Paul discussed where the line is between security protecting or over-protecting the public. Using his expertise, Paul explained that balance is key. Everything has to be in moderation. No one wants to feel like their freedom is compromised, while it also isn’t safe for protection to be too loose.

One important security topic that was discussed was the precautions that cities take before an event occurs. In preparation for the Pope visiting, Philadelphia shut down streets days in advance. Some listeners felt that this was unnecessary. This precautionary measure was affecting many people’s everyday lives. Paul insightfully shared that not all protective measures people will understand. Many times, things come down to what the public may not know. For example, security may have gotten information that put the city at a certain risk level. This information is not publicized, but the risk still exists. There is zero margin for error, so many public safety officials feel it is necessary to take the extra precautions. In the eyes of security, everything must be balanced on probability of the threat. If there is a great enough risk, the event will be cancelled.

For more everyday outings, such as going to the mall or movies, Paul shared that there is a low probability risk for danger. Paul said it is more important for people to be aware of personalities, not a certain person. He explained that a hypothetical red flag at an airport could be a person who is pacing, sweating, and acting erratic. It is important for people to be aware of their surroundings in case of an emergency.

Paul will also be sharing his insights about security on his new TV show, “The Security Brief with Paul Viollis.” It will be airing on cable within the next couple of weeks, and launch on national syndication on December 21, 2015. The show is hosted by Paul and begins with a dramatic, true crime story. Each episode dissects one case using victims and clues to explain the timeline of events. Every episode there is a solution to the crime, ending the show on an educational note.

Each week, Donna has new guests, educating her audiences on varying current topics. To listen to this episode of Chamber Chatter,click here. To learn more about booking Paul for an event, contact or call 860-687-1116.

Check back soon for additional radio shows featuring more of our speakers!

Bring Back the Balance radio show airing on WCHE 1520 AM, and available to stream below, focuses on changing the world, one conversation at a time. Jay Jacobs was a guest on the show discussing his experience losing 181 pounds, and coming in fourth place on NBC’s hit TV show, The Biggest Loser.

Two words Jay used in describing his experience on The Biggest Loser: extensive and grueling.

Each contestant is medically supervised, even before they are on the show. The contestants live in an environment where their only job is to lose weight. Jay describes the difficult journey to really face yourself and be willing to change your entire life.

The show taught him the importance of having a circle of support. The journey to lose weight is long and strenuous; it is very important to be surrounded by people who you can be honest and open with.

Jay admits he has not been perfect, but no one is when they are trying to lose weight. Living well and healthy is a practice. It is important to hang in there, even in the worst of times.

His advice to people is to move as much as possible. He believes sitting is the worst thing you can do. Also, be sure to drink water, water, and more water!

Jay has now dedicated his life to being healthy, and to encouraging others that they can do the same thing. He stresses the importance that if you want to make a change, you have to be the leader in your own life.

Click below to listen to this episode of Bring Back the Balance:

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 Jay Jacobs  Interview

Chamber Chatter radio show airing on WCHE 1520 AM, and available to stream below, focuses on a range of topics to help businesses large and small realign to compete in today’s complex economy. On Tuesday, August 2, Dr. Gary Bradt was a guest on the radio show discussing change and the different tools and tips he provides to better adapt to change.

The biggest challenge surrounding change is that people don’t like it. As humans, Gary explains that we like to predict what is going to happen. Change disrupts the predictability of life, so as a result, people can become scared of what is going to happen.

Gary provided some helpful strategies for coping with change:

  1. It all begins with how you choose to look at change. You need to believe that there will be a positive outcome.
  2. Let go of the world you once knew and the way you wish things were. Latch onto what is in front of you right now.
  3. Let go. It is easy to say to let go, but doing it is much harder. The only person who you are hurting by holding on to the past is yourself. Letting go is vital if you want to move forward.

Click below to listen to this episode of Chamber Chatter:

Audio icon Gray Bradt on Chamber Chatter Radio.mp3
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 Gary Bradt  Interview

Daydreams really do make dreams come true. Don’t believe it? Just ask Michael Lyons.

Michael was recently a guest on the Greater Good Project radio show airing on WCHE 1520 AM, and available to stream below. The show focuses on changing the world one conversation at a time. During Michael’s discussion with host, Donna Saul, he explained his life journey; how he was an executive in the hospitality industry and decided to leave it all behind to make a change and go after his dream of being an actor.

While everyone daydreams, most people do not make a change. People might be afraid because there is risk involved. People might be influenced by negative people around them. These people choose to stay stuck and not chase their dreams.

Michael explains that there is a way to convert your daydream into an actual reality. It’s important to break down your dream into small, small tasks which can then lead up to realizing your dream.

In order to not give up, it is important to surround yourself with people who can help you pursue your daydreams and be very disciplined. There needs to be a plan, and you have to be committed to sticking to the plan, even if you are afraid.

Fear holds most people back in making their daydream a reality. You have to have faith in yourself not to give up and to be OK living in the in-between before your dream is realized.

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 Michael Lyons  Interview

Are you protected? You may think you are, but companies are discovering your secrets from your digital trails. Social media expert, Jen Golbeck
was recently on Chamber Chatter Radio with Donna Saul explaining the power of social media algorithms. If you truly want privacy, Jen stresses the importance of being careful about what you put on the internet.

The easy answer for how to protect yourself is to not post anything online. While this may seem unrealistic to many people, Jen provides several tips for how to best protect yourself.

  • Social media should not be a place to store memories and interactions.
  • Delete content from your page that is no longer relevant.
  • Use snapchat so that your content will disappear by itself.
  • Use group chats so that information is only shared between those people in the group.

She warns that all of your data is in the hands of companies that want to make money off of you. The best way to protect yourself is to limit what you put online.

Click below to listen to Jen's full interview on Chamber Chatter Radio!

Audio icon Jen Golbeck on Chamber Chatter Radio.mp3
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 Jen Golbeck  Interview

Productivity does not just happen. You have to make it happen. Organized Audrey Thomas has spent a large portion of her life creating routines and practices that maximize productivity.

Throughout the day, we are continuously interrupted. Audrey gave WCHE 1520 AM Radio listeners her tips to help get your day started the right way.

  1. Do not touch technology for the first hour of the day. Besides using your cell phone as an alarm, put your phone aside after that. While it is tempting to check emails quickly, our brain becomes immediately engaged. You can’t just forget what you see.
  2. Drink a lot of water.
  3. Spend 20 minutes doing stretches to get your blood flowing.
  4. Eat a high protein breakfast. Aim for 20-25 grams of protein which will feed your brain.
  5. Give yourself 10 minutes of quiet time. Quiet time is really beneficial for your brain before it has to become engaged in your day’s activities.

Audrey explains that we have conditioned ourselves to respond and view things as always urgent. While many emails you receive are important, few of them are urgent.

Audrey also has recommendations for what to do when you first enter the office in morning:

  • During your 15 minutes, plan your day. Sit down at your desk and turn on the computer. Do not open your email. Instead, look at your calendar and to-do list.
  • Pick out top 3 things that really need your focus for the day.
  • Create a list of people you need to reach out to for the day.

When people jump around completing different activities, your productivity lowers. Being organized is different than being clean and perfect, it is a way for you to maximize your productivity.

Click below to listen to Audrey’s full interview!

Audio icon Audrey Thomas on Greater Good Project.mp3
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 Audrey Thomas  Interview

As much as society does a good job promoting public health, Dr. Helen Farrell argues that there is still a stigma surrounding mental health. It is highlighted as a scary, dangerous thing when really it does not have to be.

In the workforce especially, it is important to be aware of warning signs people may be exhibiting that could be a sign that they are internally struggling.

Examples of some warning signs:

  • Very secluded
  • Keeps door shut
  • Does not join other people for lunch
  • Does not engage in conversation
  • Does not share any personal information with co-workers

Where is the line to determine if someone needs help, or if they are just busy and need alone time to get work done? The one question that must be asked is whether that person is actually being productive. If someone shows up to work every day, but nothing is ever getting accomplished, that could be a sign they are struggling with their mental health.

Dr. Farrell has some tips for how to be proactive and make your employees feel comfortable talking about mental health:

  • Have mental health check-ins with employees
  • HR can implement mental health initiatives to create a channel and culture where people feel comfortable talking about mental health.
  • Training sessions throughout the year
  • Dr. Farrell believes there is a way to reduce the negativity surrounding mental health. People should not judge themselves or others if they are struggling. Reach out, say something, and seek help.

Listen to Dr. Helen Farrell's full podcast from WCHE 1520 AM radio below!

Audio icon Helen Farrell on Chamber Chatter.mp3
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 Helen Farrell  Interview

Living for what matters most changes everything. Behavioral scientist and keynote speaker, Vic Strecher, knows that finding his purpose actually saved his life. After his daughter passed away, he felt that he lost his reason to live. However, Vic researched the science behind living your life with purpose. His findings proved that people with purpose live a longer and more fulfilled life.

So, what does living with a purpose look like? Many people make the excuse that defining their purpose is too hard and abstract. Vic argues that to find your purpose you need to spend time alone. You need to figure out what is important to you. Your purpose is most likely right around you and you don’t even notice it. The questions to ask yourself is, “What do you care most about in life?”

In answering this, do not feel discouraged if you feel that your purpose is not important enough. Some people think they need to be something they are not. The thing to remind yourself is that everyone has different roles in life. If you transcend your ego, you will be much happier and the rewards will come back to you.

Once you discover your purpose, you need to continue to pursue it with energy and passion. To help you achieve your goals, Vic encourages everyone to pay attention to: sleep, presence, activity, creativity, and eating (S.P.A.C.E.). If you truly commit to your purpose and living with purpose, many of your static problems become noise in the background of your life. You will no longer focus on what issues you are facing, but you will focus on what is really important to you. It’s not time management, it’s energy management.

To listen to Victor Strecher's full podcast interview from WCHE 1520 AM Radio, click below!

Audio icon Victor Strecher on Greater Good Project.mp3
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 Victor Strecher  Interview
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