Building a Valuable Professional and Personal Network is Easier Than You Think

Silicon Valley’s Über-Networker, Karen Wickre, on How to Make and Keep Great Connections

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Karen Wickre has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, including stints as the editorial director of Twitter and a senior global communicator at Google, which she joined when there were only 500 employees. By the time she left, there were 50,000 people on the payroll.

During that time she became globally recognized as an über networker – connecting with the world’s elite and harnessing the power of her contacts.

A self-described introvert, Karen shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart steps anyone can take to build and fill their own business network with meaningful connections.

[Be sure to pick up a copy of Karen’s book, “Taking the Work Out of Networking: Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections,” available here].

Photo: Karen Wickre
Posted: November 25, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes and 5 seconds

Rob Kessler Is Asking Men to Cut All Ties to Their Business-Casual Shirts

goTIELESS Aims to Disrupt the Men’s Fashion Market with Its Unique Design

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Rob Kessler is on a mission – a mission to eradicate men’s ties.

Aware that 100% of business-casual shirts are designed for ties – yet 90% of the time men don’t wear neckties – he’s invented an entirely new category of shirts – goTIELESS.

Rob comes from good entrepreneurial stock. His pop, Richard Kessler, the Diamond Engagement Ring ‘King’ of Wisconsin, taught him a thing or two about sales and marketing. And it shows.

This week Rob tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how he and his partners aim to collar the men’s fashion market.

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Photo: Rob Kessler, goTIELESS
Posted: November 18, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 50 minutes and 24 seconds

Give Mary Fran Bontempo 15 Minutes and She Just Might Save Your Backside

A “How-To” Book on Business and Personal Crisis Management

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Mary Fran Bontempo, an award-winning speaker, author, and humorist, just came out with a crisis management book called, “The 15 Minute Master.” The book promises to teach readers “how to make everything better 15 minutes at a time.”

With no advance warning, host Dean Rotbart decided to test the premise on Mary Fran, herself, using his stopwatch to give her exactly 15 minutes to explain her method, why it works, and how business people can apply her lessons both at work and in their personal lives.

“15 minutes could save you more than just car insurance premiums,” Rotbart says. “In a crisis, it could save your backside.”

Click here to hear Mary Fran Bontempo’s July 2017 interview on Monday Morning Radio.

Photo: Mary Fran Bontempo, The 15 Minute Master
Posted: November 11, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 22 minutes 32 seconds

Breaking into the U.S. Marketplace from Istanbul is No Easy Task

Rasim Cin, the Visionary Founder of Woppy, Maps His Strategy

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It’s hard enough for American entrepreneurs to launch a new business and gain traction with American consumers.

Doing it from Istanbul, Turkey, primarily in Turkish, as Rasim Cin is doing, complicates the task exponentially.

Rasim is the visionary behind Woppy, a new subscription game-box company that aims to teach kindergarten-age kids STEM skills, without using digital technology. Woppy was recently a participant in the WSJ Tech Live global conference held in Laguna Beach, where Rasim and his team generated a great deal of positive buzz from the world’s high-tech whizzes.

Joining Rasim and host Dean Rotbart for a discussion of the obstacles Woppy faces, and what other businesses can learn about working internationally, is Mel Ayan, an early-stage investor in Woppy.

Photo: Rasim Cin, Woppy
Posted: November 4, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 54 minutes, 25 seconds