Welcome to the Heart of Business brought to you by Benchmark. It’s the business podcast that won’t make you flatline, where we discuss what pumps life into your company.

Dalene Heck and her husband caught the travel bug a few years ago and haven't looked back. What was born out of tragedy and a desperate need for change has grown into a way of life that the Hecks cannot fathom returning to. They live the nomadic lifestyle, earning a living all the while. Dalene was a treat to share a conversation with and it's one that will surely inspire others to get out there and see the world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm PST

Jason Feifer is a senior editor at Fast Company. We talked about how he got there and a whole lot more about him. What is and isn't appropriate as content and for social media, about The Interview and Selfies at Funerals. Engineer Claude even dug up some old dirt on Jason in the form of videos from college. It was a fun conversation and great info for anyone looking to explore a career in journalism.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:37am PST

Movie trailers are the ultimate in marketing. They've stood the test of time and even thrived in the digital age. You have to hook a viewer in a moment and tell enough without revealing too much. It's an art in and of itself. Our conversation with Nick Temple, CEO of Wild Card Creative Advertising was a great one. We talked movie trailers, marketing and everything that goes with it. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:16am PST

You may know Nick Turner from his appearances on VH1's Best Week Ever and I Love the 2000s. Or maybe it was on Comedy Central ... or you follow him on Twitter. No matter where you know him from, he got there with hard work and dedication. Share some laughs and some tips with one of our favorite comedians.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am PST

Los Feliz Day Care is a parody Twitter account, the success of which is no joke. Comedian and Writer Jason Shapiro joined us to talk about his hilarious skewering of modern parenting and education, becoming a TV writer and more. Los Angeles is a city full of transplants trying to make their dreams come true, and Jason is well on his way. A fun and inspiring listen, not to be missed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am PST

Reginald L. Dunham had the unthinkable happen. He lost his son just shy of his 19th birthday. Dunham channeled his loss into the book From the Heart of a Grieving Father. That lead to the establishment of the Remi'D Foundation, which counsels businesses, organizations and individuals on coping with loss and dealing with all the stresses life provides. Dunham and his team are doing great things and were inspirational to talk to.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am PST

Everyone, at one point or another in his or her life, probably has a moment - however brief - that he or she believes they have an excellent idea for a board game. The Game Crafter makes that possible. We talked to Tavis Parker about how that goes from concept to business and the successful games they've helped to launch.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:21am PST

It's always a treat when we feel like our guests had as much fun as we do. The ladies of The Big Payoff had more fun than us during our recording ... and probably always. Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin, best friend and business partners, share their expertise on their radio show and help startups find legs ... if they don't cut them out from under you first.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm PST

Matt Scheckner if the founder of Stillwell Partners and Executive Director of Advertising Week. We talk about the current state of marketing, the growth of Advertising Week and Dave Grohl ... a lot of celebrities actually. Matt's kind of a big deal.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am PST

The old joke goes that in a survey, people ranked public speaking ahead of dying as their biggest fears. They'd rather die than speak in public. Turns out, there's no truth to that joke. Lisa Braithwaite tells us that's false, but shares the truths of public speaking on this episode of the Heart of Business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am PST

Bend Your Ears & Listen to FlexJobs' Sara Sutton Fell

In today's new workforce, many find the need for jobs that leave a little wiggle room. Enter FlexJobs. Sara Sutton Fell was one of those people. When she was pregnant with her first child, she found it difficult to find work that was flexible, legitimate and in-line with her career aspirations. She sought to create a solution and FlexJobs was born (pun intended).

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am PST

Calls To Action are an imperative part of any marketing campaign on any marketing channel. We invited the Section Editor for Hubspot's Marketing Blog, Ginny Soskey, to teach us all about them. Listen and learn! (How's that for a CTA?!)

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am PST

Bobby Umar isn't necessarily a coach. Coach's guide you. Bobby tells you what to do. He's done TedX talks and speaks to all kinds of audiences. He's done marketing with Dove and comedy with Second City. Listen an hear Bobby talk ... he does it for a living.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am PST

Tin Shingle is an online resource and community for small businesses building big buzz for their brands. We talk with their co-founder and Chief Excitement Officer, Sabina Hitchen. Listen and find out how the modern small business person can wear multiple hats and how Tin Shingle makes that a little bit easier.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:10am PST

Michael Price literally wrote the book on millennials. Hear how his book, What Next? The Millennial’s Guide To Surviving and Thriving in the Real World, came to be and why he felt he was the one to write it. Hear his thoughts on millennials, who they are and what they are capable of. Listen and enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm PST

You'd think being the voice of Siri could be the coolest thing a person could do. Then you learn that Susan Bennett also toured the world with Roy Orbison. She toured with a guy that was in a band with a Beatle. How cool is that?! The answer is very cool, and Susan Bennett is just that. Learn about the life of a voice actor and singer and how one can be the voice of Siri without even realizing it's happening.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm PST

Tim Brownson is a life coach ... who also coaches life coaches. He's also a very funny man and a pleasure to talk to. Find out more about him on his site, A Daring Adventure ... just after you listen to this episode of the Heart of Business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am PST

When he found out we'd be having Yammer co-founder Adam Pisoni on the Heart of Business, we assumed it'd be a discussion on company communication and tools to strengthen it. We did that, but our conversation also involved into an interesting one surrounding corporate culture. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am PST

Ezekiel Bruni, of Huge Nerd Studios, specializes in UX Design. He also writes as an expert on the subject. It's a gap in business and marketing education that we haven't really covered yet. Enjoy!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am PST

Sue B Zimmerman isn't your typical mom on social media. She doesn't just know what she's doing, she's one of the best at it ... especially for business. She teaches entrepreneurs, business execs, and marketing professionals how powerful Instagram for business can be.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 10:36am PST

Jenn and Dorothy talk virtual assistants and more with Nick Loper.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am PST

Autocorrect fails are funny. Typos on your business website are not. That's where ProofreadingPal comes in. They make sure you put your best foot forward on website copy, papers and so much more. Listen along as we chat with ProofreadingPal founder Brian Kaldenberg.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm PST

Benchmark is a sponsor of America's Startup Live Entrepreneurial Expo. We chatted with the event's founder, Sharon Chen about the event, reality shows, crowdfunding and more. Listen along and be inspired to start your own business ... or at the very least to come out to the event!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:29am PST

Some people their entire lives trying to build a better mousetrap. AdventureCORPS' Chris Kostman made a better race. One that is more extreme and teaches you all about what a person is capable of. Hear how he went from runner to organizer and the lessons he learned along the way.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 1:49pm PST

Some want to run a successful business. Others want to see the world. Brothers Nate and Jeremy Ginsburg realized they could have it both ways. They live life as digital nomads, working online and travling from place to place. Listen and hear about their adventures and the trials and tribulations that go along with it.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 9:12am PST

Chris Brogan isn't just a New York Times best selling author (6 times over!), sought after keynote speaker and Forbes #1 Social Media Power Influencer. He's also one of the funniest, most genuine people we've had the pleasure of speaking with on the Heart of Business. Check out this episode for his thoughts on business, marketing and breaking the mold and finding a career that fits your personality ... even if that career doesn't exist yet!

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Category:Business -- posted at: 10:31am PST

Consulting with Carlos del Rio of Agillian

Consultants have it made. You get to tell everyone what to do, but don't have to do the work yourself. Sure, it's hard work and you need to earn your right to be one, but there are certainly perks. Carlos del Rio shared his story and the joys of being a consultant on this episode of the Heart of Business. One of them being the chance to work with many different types of businesses in various industires. Hear the others and more.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 10:46am PST

Andy Squared: Andy's 1-on-1 with Andy Shlensky of North Star Camp for Boys

Andy Shlensky grew up attending North Star Camp for Boys. St an early age, he realized that he wanted camp to be his life. Not just for his summers during school, but for a career. He made that happen, working hard and finally purchasing the camp he came to know and love. Listen and be inspired to pursue your passions.

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Category:Business -- posted at: 7:22am PST

Wil Reynolds was a must have guest for the Heart of Business. After all, his mantra of doing Real Company "Stuff" is what inspired the podcast in the first place. Listen to his take on marketing, SEO and the future. We're certain you'll be just as motivated to make things happen for your business as well.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am PST

Mixergy is one of the best business training tools out there. Andrew Warner does video interviews with the best and brightest in business and gives you access right at your desk, smartphone or anywhere else. He calls himself the best business interviewer out there, so we had to get him on the best business podcast...

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm PST

Rand Fiskin quite literally wrote the book on SEO. We were lucky enough to have him to chat about SEO, content that people want to read and share and a whole lot more. You should certainly pay attention to this man behind Moz.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am PST

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