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Jesse Oakley III

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Jesse Oakley III

People who have come before you and have had less than you have done better than you.”
~Maya Angelou

Just before our show, this is the quote that Jesse tweeted on his account.

Jesse Oakley the third (or to those who know him, i-i-i) is one of those people who brightens a room just by entering it. He is known as a consummate Toastmaster with a miracle memory. He is also a writer and the author of “Greetings Happy People.”

Jesse’s baby face and toothy, but genuine, grin make him the poster child for happiness and strong life choices. Plus, Abby thinks the world of him. Because of his intellect and his move from the east coast to the Las Vegas area as a teen, Jesse survived merciless teasing and bullying. He chose to rise above, and he has soared ever since.

 

 

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H.G. McKinnis

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H.G. McKinnis

I first met Holly at my Toastmasters club, where she joined after only one meeting and then jumped right onto the board. Our club meets in a bar and focuses on humor, so Holly fit right in. She is smart, sassy, and has a wicked sense of humor. She is also an accomplished author with an interesting background. She recently celebrated the publishing of her murder mystery, “A Justified Bitch.” We may disagree on everything in politics, but we agree on nearly everything in literature.

Holly has a fascinating career as a Nude Dresser in Las Vegas. She has a myriad of interesting stories and a lot to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Heather Silvio

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Dr. Heather Silvio

If there is one thing we can say about the good doctor, it is that she is always busy. I first met Heather when she was in the play Inspecting Carol with my husband. She was looking to rebrand her website. She had already written a book, been awarded many honors from the Air Force and from the DoD, gotten her doctorates, starred in several shows, and to top it all off, was planning her own wedding. Geesh, lady, way to make us all look lazy! She has since gotten many more clinical hours as Psychologist, released several more books, recorded a jazz CD, and is in the process of finishing a screenplay. Heather’s mind is as active as the rest of her, and you’ll find that — not only is she incredibly intelligent — she is incredibly likable. This is the pragmatic, perspicacious, and powerfully pretty Dr. Heather Silvio.

Find Heather here:

Web site: HeatherSilvio.com
Facebook: silvio.heather
Twitter: @heathersilvio
Instagram: heathersilvio

LinkedIn: heather-silvio-2596084
Goodreads: heathersilvio
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Dave Clark

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Dave Clark

I first met Dave Clark more than a decade ago at a Toastmasters meeting he was filming. Or speaking in. Or maybe I was speaking. You know, it was so long ago that I don’t remember how we met, but I do remember it was through Toastmasters and we were instant friends. One gets to know Dave incrementally. He can come off as a quiet guy, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a deep thinker. He has an awesome sense of humor. He’s supportive, intelligent, and resourceful. We have a lot to learn from Dave and how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse (as if it hasn’t already happened).

How to find Dave:

Web site   pugetsoundprepper.com

Facebook pugetsoundprepper

Twitter @thedarkwingdave

Instagram  davecvideo

Others  davecvideo.com
 

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Huston, EA, USTCP

Kevin Huston, EA, USTCP

Kevin is a speaker, but not just the boring, ethics/taxes guy that you would expect at a National Association of Tax Professionals conference (sorry fellow bean counters). Kevin blends humor, magic, and know-how into powerful programs that get results. With an almost cult-like following, he is the go-to guy to get your tax and ethics continuing education credits from.

With all the letters that do (and could) follow his name, Kevin is still a down-to-earth guy. In fact, knowing him personally, I find him fun, witty, and — well, I’ll just say it — sweet. He worked hard to get where he is today, one could even call him a fighter, yet he still managed to stay true to himself and kind to others. Kevin is the type of person that enriches your life just by knowing him.

 

Find Kevin here:

Web site:  WNCTaxHelp.com

Facebook: Blue Ridge Tax Advisors

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Gilbert

George Gilbert

Can laughter save your life?

George Gilbert says, “Yes!”

George comes from a highly-regarded show business family and has built on that legacy as a standup comic and improvisational actor. After graduating from UNLV with a degree in communications, he applied his background in humor to public speaking. He was the very first Toastmaster from the state of Nevada to become an Accredited Speaker (and the 50th in the world). He is the author of two books, From Standup to Stand Out, and Take Two Laughs and Call Me in the Morning. His mission is to provide information and inspiration to corporations and professional organizations by demonstrating, in an entertaining format, how humor can benefit their businesses and lives. In addition to all of this, he is a genuinely great guy.

Find George:

Web site originallyspekaing.com

Facebook Motivational Humor

Twitter @OriginalSpeaker

Instagram Motivational Humor


 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Aluas

Mary Aluas

What is a baddass ballerina?

Today’s  guest is one of those people that you cannot bring yourself to hate, no matter how bad you want to. At first glance, she is an amazingly beautiful blonde with killer legs and a megawatt smile. When you get closer, you find out that she is highly intelligent and driven. When you get to know her, you learn that she is one of the sweetest, most decent human beings you would be lucky enough to associate with. Yes, Mary has it all, and she works incredibly hard to achieve her dreams while helping others with theirs. If there is one word I would use to describe her, it is, “blessed.” She is blessed with talent, grace, and beauty, and I am blessed to be able to call her friend.

Find Mary

Web site: ThePinkTutuBallet.com

Facebook The Pink Tutu Ballet

Twitter @PinkTutuBallet

Instagram Pink Tutu Ballet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lee Kaplanian

Lee Kaplanian

In every difficult situation are gifts to uncover.”

-Lee Kaplanian

 

 

It’s not often that you happen upon a person that you immediately know, deep inside, will be a cherished friend forever. This was how I felt more than seven years ago when I met today’s guest at a small seminar in Kent, Washington. She invited me to coffee and the rest is history. Lee Kaplanian is an odd and wonderful duck. She moved to Australia to get married. She’s been a life-long volunteer. She has worked as a Speaker’s Bureau Coordinator and a trainer of instructors for Conn Chapter of Arthritis Foundation. Lee and I bonded on many levels, even as we were from vastly different generations and backgrounds. One thing we share is that we took care of our mothers through progressive illness until the end. Even in her darkest hours, Lee maintained her sense of humor and love for life.

Lee’s signature on her emails reads, “I am a healthy, powerful, inspiring woman courageously living my vision now.” This is the best way to define my friend and mentor, Lee Kaplanian.

I met Lee while I was writing Nose-to-Nose Networking, and she had a great influence on its tone and direction. She was one of the first recipients of the printed copy.

Lee is the host of “Finding the Gifts” on Tuesday mornings 9:30 am Pacific time on 1150 KKNW AM radio (Seattle) and she has a blog “The Gift of RA” where she chronicles her struggles and joys.

During our show, Jim read this quote from the recently departed Landau. It certainly fits in the theme of today’s show.

Everything that has happened to me is of value to me. As painful as certain things are, and have been, and were, there’s a use for those things in my life and in my work.”

-Martin Landau

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bob Sluys

Bob Sluys

Surviving an attack is not for the feint of heart…

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bob on several projects – from terrestrial radio to internet television. Bob is a gifted musician, a successful writer, and a supportive friend. He is the guy who will joke about anything, no matter how controversial or trivial. Bob has written several books about his experience with open-heart surgery. He is a healthy, energetic guy and does this without being the food police. In fact, we recently had Bob over for a night of grilled steak and corn with real butter.

In this episode, we talk about all things Bob, a little about self-promotion, and even a bit about politics.

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Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman

“What the f* was that?”

…and so goes the best song – OK, maybe second-best song, in “Evil Dead: The Musical” as sung by Chris Weidman.

The man…the voice…THE BOOM STICK: Chris Weidman spent four years on the the Las Vegas Strip playing the lead character, Ash while still establishing a foothold as a voice actor, improv actor, and stand-up comedian.

Chris was kind enough to hang out and record several of our advertisements (fake and real) in several celebrity voices.

Find Chris:

Website: stranglingjack.com

 

 

 

 

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