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How to Build a Thriving Business with Ethical AI and Community Featuring Jessica Spencer

After nearly two decades in the corporate world, Jessica founded the educational media company Penguin Connective, which seeks to create greater equality and opportunity in challenging areas such as future readiness, foster-to-adopt, and transitioning to adulthood. She is the creator of the AI Explorers Society and a ChatGPT for Teachers course that currently serves over 1,800 educators globally. Jessica resides near Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and their five children.

In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, you will learn how continuous learning and strategic diversification can create a resilient business model.

Jessica and I discuss:

  • Her transition from corporate administrative roles to entrepreneurship [00:50]
  • The advantages and challenges of acquiring education while working full-time [01:12]
  • The evolution of her career through multiple industries [01:34]
  • How a diagnosis with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome influenced her life choices [05:15]
  • The role of diversification in achieving financial security [06:46]
  • The importance of ethical AI and its application in education [14:09]
  • The value of community and collaboration in a successful business [17:29]
  • Introducing the AI Explorer Society and its goals [16:12]

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Learn How To Use Your Experiences To Build A Successful Business And Become Influential Featuring Michael Levin

New York Times bestselling author and ghostwriter Michael Levin is a prolific ghostwriter, having written, edited, published, or consulted on more than 1,000 books. Levin’s own books have been published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Penguin, and a variety of other top publishers. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, LA Times, Boston Globe, and many other top outlets. His ghostwriting clients include Boeing and Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar (he edited Zig’s last book), NFL legend Pat Summerall, and countless other leaders in business, sports, broadcasting, real estate, finance, insurance, and many other fields.

In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, you will learn how to harness your skills and experiences to build a successful business and become an influential voice in your field.

Michael and I discuss:

  • Michael’s transition from corporate law to entrepreneurship [00:01:40]
  • The realities of starting a business and the importance of sales [00:07:48]
  • Overcoming the challenges of entrepreneurship and self-promotion [00:09:10]
  • How to embrace and manage the inevitable changes and pivots [00:13:41]
  • Strategies for networking and finding like-minded individuals [00:20:08]
  • The role of content creation in establishing thought leadership [00:27:10]

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How to Embrace Femininity and Triumph Over Burnout Featuring April Roberts

April Roberts assists Gen X women in attaining greater abundance, love, spirituality, and alignment by embracing their femininity. As a high-achieving former attorney and financial advisor with degrees from Vanderbilt and Notre Dame, April comprehends the societal pressures that frequently result in burnout among women. She is the host of the Vixen Voice podcast, where she shares the narratives of Gen X women who have cast aside the conventional definition of success to follow their genuine passions.

In this episode of Smashing the Plateau, we dive into April’s transformation from a high-powered legal professional to a devoted entrepreneur and mentor for women forging new paths in life.

April and I discuss:

  • April’s pivot from law to entrepreneurship and her insights on societal expectations for women [00:50]
  • The intellectual fulfillment and soul-level dissatisfaction April experienced in her former roles [01:15]
  • Identifying the call to engage in work that truly resonates with the spirit [04:25]
  • April’s foray into financial advising and the unique entrepreneurial spirit inherited from her family [06:40]
  • Responding to intuitive nudges and the third-time charm that redefined April’s career direction [09:10]
  • Launching Vixen Gathering amidst the pandemic and the journey to double its recurring revenue [10:20]
  • The five pillars of Vixen Gathering and the specific challenges Gen X women entrepreneurs face, especially around money mindset [15:10]
  • The enriching community experience in group settings that April facilitates, fostering growth and accountability [20:40]

April Roberts extends her impact through her podcast, the Vixen Voice, a platform where she highlights stories of Gen X women who have broken free from the traditional mold to follow their heartfelt desires.

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How to Build an Authority Business Featuring Rochelle Moulton

Rochelle Moulton turns independent consultants into authorities. The author of The Authority Code: How To Position, Monetize And Sell Your Expertise, she has been called “an emotional Red Bull” for her balance of inspiration and practical advice.

In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, you will learn how to go from expertise to authority, along with big financial benefits.

Rochelle and I discuss:

  • Some of the differences between experts and authorities [03:18]
  • Patterns that emerge from experts that effectively market their authority [08:54]
  • The most important sales target when you market your authority [11:24]
  • How taking a stand can generate risk in your head [14:23]
  • How long it may take to build a financially successful authority business [19:11]
  • Business model differences between experts and authorities [20:55]

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How to Find a Niche that Sells Featuring Andrew Kamphey

Andrew Kamphey had a very meandering career. He became a google sheets wizard and now sells a very lucrative niche offering based on his skills.

In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, you will learn the very simple process Andrew used to find his niche.

Andrew and I discuss:

  • What caused his career to lead to google sheets [02:22]
  • How Andrew created a business around his google sheets niche [10:55]
  • How to persevere until you experience success [15:11]
  • What Andrew learned about building a niche offering [19:25]

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