This week on Shareable, we’re joined by Thom Singer. We’re talking everything from technology, vulnerability, and success, hearing personal stories and experiences from Thom’s own life. A lot of varying factors go into being “successful,” and we’re talking all that and more this week. And there’s no better guest to learn from- Thom is a sales-and-marketing-pro-turned-leadership-speaker. He is the author of 12 books and also a fellow podcaster, as host of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. On his show, he has interviewed over 350 entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders and others with a focus on discovering how the most successful people get farther across the gap between potential and results. It was a privilege to sit down and chat with him, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Take a listen below and don’t forget to subscribe!
Running time: 44:22
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How has technology impacted your journey and career? (19:25)
I was always interested in technology, but growing up my parents were late adopters to technology advancements. I often think of my dad, who saw more technology changes throughout his 99 years of life than anyone else I know. He said that throughout that time, people did not change at all. As humans, we’ve always been wired the same way; history repeats itself in different storylines.
However, the tools we use to communicate did change, and are continuing to change. And the frequency of those changes has increased as well. We are so used to so many changes today; in the past, we were constantly fascinated by the newest invention.
Tell us a little about your podcast. (24:42)
You can listen to it here.
Success leaves clues.
I started this podcast off trying to learn; I am a one-man show, and really began interviewing business oriented individuals and entrepreneurs, who were perhaps more successful than me and also one-man shows or small businesses. Additionally, though, I also interview CEOs and major leaders in large companies. Interviewing this wide range of people allows for a plethora of ideas coming from many different experiences.
I do 2 interviews a week. On Tuesdays, I do a solo show. I talk about knowledge I have learned, my experiences in business, etc. I have been working on showing the highs and lows of the journey.
On Thursdays, I interview other people. I try to get to the bottom of their experience and learn about their journey as an entrepreneur.
How important is it to be authentic and vulnerable while in your position? (28:53)
Most people tend to think that other people just don’t care. We often talk about no one truly has any great interest in your story or your business etc because they are too busy worrying about themselves.
I don’t think this is true. Yes, on one hand people do care (perhaps the most) about themselves.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t share my story because of this. I work in the business I do by gaining leverage by sharing my story and putting myself out there.
For example, I had a “down year” in 2018 for the first time in 10 years. I shared this story on my podcast, because as I said, I am aiming to be vulnerable to my journey.
I had someone email me saying I made a mistake by sharing “negative” information about myself, that instead I should be portraying myself as someone who is always on top of their game.
Business aside, I cannot go through life having to filter or memorize what I am saying to people. Being vulnerable is what feels real to me, and being vulnerable is what has landed me some of my best gigs.
One book everyone should read? (34:31)
Favorite Podcast? (34:43)
One movie/TV show/video everyone should watch? (35:45)
One app everyone should use? (37:12)
One lesson you wish you learned earlier in your career? (38:17)
Go for it.
Most important skill of the future? (38:57)
Being able to communicate with people face-to-face.
One thing everyone should do today? (39:35)
Go out and find a way to connect with people beyond links, follows, and shares. Get back to the basics. Call someone, go to networking events, go get a drink with someone.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO
Ray, our Audio Engineer.
Thanks for cleaning up our voices and adding all that sexy production value.
Maria, our Intern.
Thanks for providing the show notes for today’s episode.