Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra on Music and Presentations Deliver a Strong Performance for Your Audience

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In this edition of Maximizing Opportunities, Brian and Derek talk about the parallels between good music and good presentations, and how in both arenas fortune truly favors the bold. Our special guest for this episode is a songwriter, producer and real-deal rockstar of the band Better Than Ezra: Kevin Griffin. We also get good vibes and insight from one of …

The Importance of Clothes with Tim Lyons of Haggar Clothing Company Your Outfit Communicates Too

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Developing our personal style gives us the opportunity to show the world who we are and what we stand for. From individual expression to workplace influence, Brian and Derek chat all things fashion in our latest episode of Maximizing Opportunities. Our guest Tim Lyons, President of Haggar Clothing Company, shares insight and inspiration on the topic. Finally in product review …

Dan Hall of the Standard + Tom Gardner of The Motley Fool Talk Money Be Smart: Manage Your Dollars

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In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek focus on something that most of us love to have but often hate to talk about: Money. The world of personal finance can be daunting. People understand saving money and planning for the future is important, yet they might not know where to start and end up avoiding the issue all …

Marc Landsberg of Social Deviant + Ellona Ferson of Lovendar Talk Love + Business Jump on the Corporate Love Train

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This episode of Maximizing Opportunity puts love out in the open. Brian and Derek explore why it’s not uncommon to see people showing displays of love—from the man hug to talking about the things you love—but why are we so hesitant, inside the walls of a corporate structure, to express love? To say things like, I love you… I care …

Building Strong Relationships with Tristan Smith of Transamerica + Gretchen Hoffman of Paperwoven Authentically Know and Care About Your People

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This episode of Maximizing Opportunity shines a light on relationships. No, not the romantic kind! Brian and Derek feature several stories and interviews with a focus on being connected with people. A flashback to Brian’s past reveals why the name Todd will impact every Todd he meets, and how he unofficially changed one Todd’s name to Eddie. He then shows his appreciation for the …

Contrast in Business with Tony Lenhart of Sales Empowerment Group Stand Out Among The Competition

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On this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek discuss the importance of Contrast.  Brian starts with a story about a 3.2 magnitude earthquake that struck LaGrange, IL back on November 4th, 2013 at 12:35pm. The importance? It’s not what anyone expected! This is contrast… this is one SquarePlanet’s core beliefs. Derek explains how SquarePlanet does things to stand out …

Shaping Company Culture with Jeff Sinelli of Which Wich Find Your Corporate Vibe

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In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek discuss culture. Brian speaks to his affinity for Inc.com and their encyclopedia entry regarding corporate culture, and how everything we do, and the things we believe, really means that you’re either part of the team or you’re not. Referencing several examples of corporate culture, Derek highlights Apple, Inc. as his favorite–speaking …

Growth and Technology with Matt Weirich + Ani Rangarajan of ReaLync Explore Unseen Horizons with New Tools

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In this episode of ‘Maximizing Opportunity’ Brian Burkhart and Derek Rudel of SquarePlanet talk about maximizing opportunity with technology. They are later joined by Matt and Ani from ReaLync, a real-estate app which is changing the way people are buying and selling space. The episode wouldn’t be complete without a review; in this episode Derek speaks to his experience with Sonos, a …