October 12, 2013
Most everybody feels a crisis about their own mortality at some point or another; some people react by buying the sleek sports car they always dreamed they’d be able to afford as an adult, some people leave their spouses for another romantic partner, and some people completely strip their lives down and re-evaluate everything from square one. Our guest this week, August Turak, dealt with the anxiety of his own mortality by briefly joining a Trappist Monastery. He is the author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity and is here to talk about the lessons he learned and why they are important for all of us.
September 28, 2013
How far are parents willing to go to get their children to score well on the SAT? Debbie Steir, my guest for today, probably pushed the upper extreme. For three years, she tried everything from different test-prep materials to experimenting with different test-taking strategies on herself, and was eventually so successful she wrote a book about it, The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT. Tune in to hear how she increased her own score by over 300 points and the techniques she used (and still uses) to help increase her son’s score by over 500.
August 14, 2013
While the old illusion of acting as an easy and instantly glamorous profession is nearly gone, Megan Ketch will tell you that success on stage and film can be much harder than even the most pessimistic imagination will allow. A recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and NYU’s Masters in Acting program, Megan has scored roles in big productions such as CBS’s crime drama Blue Bloods and more recently, the film The Big Wedding. It wasn’t always like that for her though, and this week we get to pick her brain about the challenges she’s faced and the lessons she’s learned about being an aspiring actress in the big city.
August 17, 2013
Local resident Bill Hayes creator of reality hit television shows Salvage Dawgs, Jon and Kate Plus 8, and Sister Wives shares insights into producing great documdramas and documentaries. The art of telling a compelling story begins with asking yourself “why would anyone care?” and then goes on to explore the inner workings of the human spirit. A very inspirational interview from a very inspiring person.
August 10, 2013
If you are thinking of starting a business or have ever considered starting one, strap yourself down and grab some popcorn, because we’ve got Jay Bigelow from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) this week. We’re going to pick his brain about the best strategy for opening a business in the Triangle and some more resources that will help you along the way.
August 3, 2013
If you ask Sheri Castle about the success of her book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, she will shrug and tell you that it’s doing relatively well. What she won’t tell you, however, is that it has sold nearly a million copies since it was first published and has scores of raving reviews online and in print. Listen in to hear Sheri talk about her new way of thinking about cooking and how she even got into food writing in the first place.
July 27, 2013
Whether your are currently employed, looking for work, or find yourself with a hour to spend this is the show for you. Dave Katz, Cisco Systems Technical Services Global Labs Director, gives great advice on how to approach your career. He shifts the paradigm of working with your passion and asserts a compelling argument for working with your strengths and letting the passion follow. He details the different between those who gamble with their careers and those who invest in it. Great show with lots of wisdom for everyone.
July 20, 2013
Chapel Hill is a vibrant and energetic community because of us, the citizens. The role of planning how the town’s future will look is begin spearheaded by Mary Jane Nirdlinger, the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. She wants YOU to get involved. She wants your input whether you are 10 or 100. Learn how the planning process is working and how you can get your voice heard.
July 13, 2013
Teresa Leigh has created a niche business providing services to the uber wealthy. She walked away from a great job opportunity heading up a 22,000 sq. foot household to create a business she loved. As a business owner she has experienced poverty chasing her skirt, pouring time and money into promising business relationships that went no where, and finally earning terrific success.Teresa shares the patterns she sees in those with money and the lessons she’s learned as an entrepreneur.
June 29, 2013
In this informative show you will learn secrets every entrepreneur needs to know before starting their own business. Ted Zoller of UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School and expert on entrepreneurship discusses important aspects of starting a business so that you don’t burn through your money and end up with very little to show for it. He also provides a great list of local resources that can help support new entrepreneurs.