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Founder and Host of Smashing the Plateau Community and Podcast

David Shriner-Cahn

I’m David Shriner-Cahn, host of the podcast, Smashing the Plateau, and founder of the Smashing the Plateau Community.

I started my professional career as a chemical engineer. After a few years, I became a not-for-profit executive, where I led and managed teams and organizations for many years.

After 28 years as a high-achieving employee, I was told that my job was over. In spite of the immediate trauma and fear, I knew that, as my next step, I would rather have my own business to have more control over my destiny.

In 2006, I launched my consulting business, TEND Strategic Partners. Initially, I helped not-for-profit organizations overcome leadership and management roadblocks, so they could be more effective at fulfilling their mission. I had great clients, with some relationships continuing for many years.

Once I was in my own business, I realized that I was good at delivering desired results for our clients. However, I had much to learn about how to be a successful entrepreneur and build a business that would help me achieve my goals over many years. I discovered that being solo can be lonely, too.

I sought the camaraderie of other entrepreneurs. When I was with the right people, they helped me gain the knowledge I needed to be a better business owner. Furthermore, they helped me boost my confidence, so that I could overcome all kinds of challenges and run an increasingly successful business.

One of the strategies I learned from my colleagues is the importance of creating content when you are selling your expertise. I started a blog, then the podcast Smashing the Plateau, and I added our second podcast, Going Solo.

I noticed that many of my podcast guests and professionals in our audience had a story that was similar to mine. They started their career as an employee, had a successful track record, then left their job to become a consultant. As business owners, they also sought connections with others like themselves.

I realized it was time to start the Smashing the Plateau Community for consultants to connect with one another, learn together and support one another. This is the kind of community that I wish had existed when I started my consulting business in 2006 following a 28-year career as an employed professional. I wish I had had access to a group of colleagues who understood the same language I was using, could show me examples of how they were succeeding, and could be potential collaborators and partners, too.

I am committed to helping high-achieving professionals take control over their career destiny, so that they can do what they love and get paid what they’re worth.

If you want to build a consulting business that can fulfill your dreams and support your lifestyle, I invite you to join us on your journey. Sign up to receive our written content, subscribe to our podcasts, and explore the Smashing the Plateau Community.

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