Change Your Mindset

Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.

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Ep 67 - Tom Hood | The Anticipatory CPA: How to...
Tom Hood, CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs and the Business Learning Institute, is on a mission to help CPAs make sense of this changing and complex world. Tom and I spoke on the third episode of this podcast, in June of 2016, and a lot has...
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Ep. 66 - Karen Eddington | Dealing with Pressur...
Karen Eddington is a comedian, speaker, researcher, and the author of Understanding Self-Worth. She uses her experience in stand-up comedy and improv to teach laughter as a form of self-care.   For 15 years, Karen has researched identity to...
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Ep. 65 - Debbie Peterson: RACE to Change Your M...
Debbie Peterson is a certified trainer of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and mindset expert who works with companies to increase bottom line results through greater clarity in communication and in leadership. We discuss how you can change the...
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Ep. 64 - Chris Shirer: JoinMyTable is Bringing ...
Chris Shirer describes herself as a devoted champion of all things food, beverage, and guest experience… and she got my attention at “food!” Chris is the Founder of two companies: Madison + Fifth, a marketing agency, and the recently-launched...
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Ep. 63 - Bob Dean | The New CPE: Collaborative ...
Bob Dean, Founder of Dean Learning and Talent Advisors, returns to the show to talk more about virtual learning. Our conversation is framed around ThinkTank, collaboration, and an article that we wrote titled “The New CPE: Collaborative Learning...
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Ep 62 - Patrick Donadio: Communicating with IMPACT
Today our guest is Patrick Donadio, MBA, CSP, and MCC. For the past three decades, he has guided leaders and their organizations with powerful presentations and one-on-one business communications coaching. In his desire to help leaders grow their...
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Ep. 61 - Chris Jenkins: Why Associations Need t...
Chris Jenkins, CEO of the South Carolina Associations of CPAs, joins us today to discuss how you can better engage an audience of any size when you are speaking, and to discuss how we can improve association management. Although Chris is a technology...
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Ep. 60 - Roxanne Kaufman Elliott: How to Inspir...
Our guest, Roxanne Kaufman Elliott, has spent much of her professional life exploring what makes the difference between failure and success – and she’s found that it comes down to exemplary leadership. The good news is that there’s an exemplary...
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Ep. 59 - Karl Ahlrichs | Storm Clouds & Silver ...
Today’s returning guest, Karl Ahlrichs, is a human capitalist consultant and a far-thinking and future-planning individual. Back in episode five, we discussed some of the storms he sees coming on the horizon, particularly where HR and the next...
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Ep. 58 - Allison Estep: Why Improv Education Sh...
Today’s interview is love at first improv. Allison Estep is a former Creative Services Associate for the Indiana Society of CPAs and a graduate of the conservatory program at Second City in Chicago. Our conversation focuses on the everyday...
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Ep. 57 - Jason Michaels: You Can Do The Impossi...
Today’s guest, Jason Michaels, is a professional entertainer, speaker, and author with astounding experience in the arts of deception. A storyteller by heart, Jason loves to blend impossible mysteries with unforgettable tales. Diagnosed with...
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Ep. 56 - Clarke Price | The Leadership Problem:...
In this episode we are talking to Clarke Price, a retired CEO of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the very first guest on this podcast one year ago. We discuss how the prevalence of social media (and the decline of respectful debate) creates new...
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Ep. 55 - Cody Boyce: The Power of Podcasts for ...
Today we’re pulling back the curtain to reveal the Wizard of Pod(casts), Cody Boyce, Founder of Podcast Masters. Cody and his team produce podcasts for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and other organizations that want to create brand authority,...
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Ep. 54 - How Allen Lloyd Went from Executive As...
Today's guest is Allen Lloyd, the new CEO of the Montana Society of CPA's and the former Senior Manager of the Board of Executive Operations at the Ohio Society of CPA's. In this interview, you will learn how Allen employed principles of improvisation...
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Ep. 53 - Cathy Paessun: How to Recognize & Adap...
Today’s episode is about something very close to me: diagnosing, managing, and informing others about Diabetes. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes later in life, and my son was diagnosed at the age of 16. We were lucky that I was paying attention,...
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Ep. 52 - Gregory Lainas: Networking for Busines...
Today’s returning guest is Gregory Lainas, Senior Vice President and Division Director of Robert Half Management Services, a division of Robert Half International. Greg is an incredible networker – so good, in fact, that he networked his way into...
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Ep. 51 - Erin Daiber: Making Leadership Develop...
Today’s guest, Erin Daiber, is a recovering accountant who now devotes herself to helping professionals become their best selves. As the Chief Possibility Officer of Erin Daiber Coaching & Consulting, she coaches individuals through CPA...
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Ep. 50 - Finding Happiness in Your Life with Re...
Today’s guest, Reverend Susanna Goulder, is a life purpose coach and President of Live Your Good Life Coaching. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs and professionals quiet their minds to align with their innate strengths, values, and purpose....
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Ep. 49 - The Science of Charisma with Thaddeus Rex
Today’s guest, Thaddeus Rex, is a Brand Strategist and Charisma Trainer. Before he was a brand expert, he learned about communication and storytelling as a musical artist, cast member of an Emmy Award winning PBS show, and motivational performer. As...
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Ep. 48 - Build Your Brand with Ria Greiff, Host...
Today’s guest, Ria Greiff, is former therapist turned editor, writer, model, speaker, and public radio host. She hosts two NPR shows on WCBE 90.5, You Inc. and You Tune, and her mission is to elevate the emotional intelligence of the populace. I was...
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Ep. 47 - Jody Padar: The Future of Public Accou...
Jody Padar is a radical CPA, the CEO & Principal of New Vision CPA Group, and the author of The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm. Later this year, she will release The Radical CPA 2.0. She’s been one of Accounting Today’s top...
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Ep. 46 - Spotting Energy Vampires F.A.S.T. & Us...
This week we’re talking to returning guest Greg Conderacci, the energy management expert who wrote Getting Up!: Supercharging Your Energy and, at the age of 66, rode his bicycle across the United States in just 18 days. In episode 35, we focused on...
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Ep. 45 - Rosemarie Rossetti: 5 Lessons for Adap...
Today's guest, Rosemarie Rossetti, is an international speaker, consultant, writer, and publisher who walks her talk. She’s also the most adaptable person I have ever met. We have an inspiring conversation about overcoming adversity and living with...
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Ep 44 - How to Pursue a New Career With Passion...
Courtney Kirschbaum is a human development and high performance expert who specializes in helping young professionals choose the right career and achieve mastery in it. She also successfully completed her own career transition later in life when she...
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Ep 43 - Cathy Fyock - The Biz Book Strategist
Cathy Fyock is an author of eight books and a book coach, and she hates to write. In spite of that, she wrote most of her books in just six weeks! In this episode, Cathy shares a number of excellent and actionable tips for writing your nonfiction...
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Ep 42 - Rik Roberts: Provider of Clean Comedy, ...
Today I’m excited to share a conversation with the hilarious Rik Roberts, who provides clean comedy and creative keynote presentations. Rik also provides excellent comedy education in the School of Laughs, which includes a hilarious podcast of the...
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Ep. 41 - John Kelley: Chief People Officer at W...
Today we’re excited to have returning guest John Kelley, Chief People Officer at White Castle Systems. We discuss how the skills of improvisation relate to change management, and how being a family business affects their company culture. Change...
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Ep. 40 - Phil Kim: Associate Professor of Busin...
Korean Proverb Shijaki banida: “The start is half the task.” Today’s guest, Phil Kim, is a highschool dropout turned accidental accountant turned tenured educator and professional speaker. He shares the remarkable story about how he fell into a...
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Ep. 39 - Maureen Zappala: Founder and CEO of Hi...
Today’s guest, Maureen Zappala, is a rocket scientist turned professional speaker. She shares how we can get over the fear of public speaking and the Imposter Syndrome. The Imposter Syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are...
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Ep. 38 - Lisa Ryan: Founder and CEO of Grategy
Did you know that… when a customer stops doing business with a company, 68% of the time it's because they feel ignored, underappreciated, or taken for granted? when an employee quits, 67% of the time it's because of their manager? only 42% of...
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Ep 37 - David Crone: Comedy Ventriloquist and C...
Today’s guest, David Crone, is a corporate entertainer, ventriloquist, speaker, and sometimes IT guy. He’s on the show to share his hilarious stories and teach us why work should be fun. David’s personal and business growth have been driven by a...
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Ep 36 - Jeff Jackson: Recovering Accountant who...
Jeff Jackson is a husband, a father, a speaker, a salesman, a published author, a superhero in training, an accidental accountant, and a daddy blogger. His blog, Daddy is Best, was named one of the Top 50 Dad Blogs by BabySpot. On his blog, Jeff keeps...
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Ep 35 - Greg Conderacci: The Author of the Book...
Do you know the difference between time management and energy management? If you’re a CPA, accountant or anyone that's entering their peak revenue season, this podcast is a must-listen. We have a number of tips and techniques on how to get the most...
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Ep. 34: Matt Horan: Professional Development Co...
Matt Horan is a professional development consultant with experience in engineering, practicing law, the Navy and management. In this episode, he explores why we need to be teaching people leadership skills earlier, before they are leaders. He also...
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Ep. 33 - Greg Kyte: Founder of Comedy CPE
We talk about how learning improvisational skills can be a valuable tool in your continued professional education (CPE) all the time. Today, we’re learning how other comedy skills can help hone different presentation and communication skills for...
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Ep. 32: Randy Nelson: CEO of Gold Dolphins, LLC...
Today’s guest, Randy Nelson, is CEO of Gold Dolphins, LLC author of "The Second Decision: The Qualified Entrepreneur.” It’s a wonderful book that has changed the way I lead my own business. The first decision is your decision to start a...
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Ep. 31 - Bob Dean, Founder of Dean Learning & T...
Bob Dean is a collaborator, innovator and talent developer. His firm, Dean Learning & Talent Advisors LLC, consults with companies on learning and development, talent management and customer experience. “I believe that learning and development...
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Ep. 30 - Peter Margaritis: The Host’s Year In R...
2016 flew by faster than a european swallow, or maybe that's an African swallow? Well, in any case, on June 27th this podcast was launched with the intent to help my audience strengthen their communication and leadership skills through improvisation....
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Ep. 29 - Dr. Jay Young: Founder of College Boun...
Today’s guest, Dr. Jay Young, just launching College Bound Advantage to provide more value and information to any college applicants, and their families, in the Ohio area. At College Bound Advantage, Jay will use his 20 years of academic experience...
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Ep. 28 - Jamie Richardson: VP of Government and...
Today’s guest on the show is Jamie Richardson, the Vice President of Government and Shareholder relations at White Castle Systems, Inc., the Chairman of the Ohio Restaurant Association, and a family-owned business advocate. “It's 95 years ago that...
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Ep. 27 - Janis Cohen, The Intuitive Therapist
Today on Improv Is No Joke I am talking to Janis R. Cohen, a licensed clinical social worker and author of The Intuitive Therapist. She has been a practicing therapist for the past 25 years, but eight years ago her practice changed dramatically when...
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Ep. 26 - Ashley Matthews: Senior Manager at Rea...
I spent 10 years in higher education, with eight of those years at The Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. One of the great benefits of being a professor is seeing your students graduate and start developing wonderful careers. Today, I’m...
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Ep. 25 - Bill Sheridan: Chief Communication Off...
Welcome to the Improv is No Joke podcast. Today’s guest is Bill Sheridan, the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Chief Communications Officer, editor, and resident social media cheerleader. He is creator and co-author of the association’s acclaimed...
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Ep. 24 - Brette Rowley: The Career Coach to Mil...
Welcome to the Improv is no Joke podcast! Today’s guest, Brette Rowley, is a coach, educator, marketer and entrepreneur. She spent five years as a marketer before starting her own business, Brette Rowley Coaching, which leverages her experience as a...
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Ep. 23 - Claudia & Tom Trusty: 30 Years of Mark...
In today’s episode I sit down and talk to two long-time business partners, great friends and excellent marketers. Claudia and Tom Trusty are the co-owners of Trusty & Company, a full-service marketing partner that maintains a diverse clientele...
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Ep. 22 - Greg Lainas: Senior Vice President and...
Today we are talking to very special guest Greg Lainas, Senior Vice President of Management Resources at Robert Half and President of the Connecticut Society of CPAs. He is also a character in the novel Flashback by Gary Bravely, an Accidental...
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Ep. 21 - Greg Kozera: A Writer & Speaker with E...
Today I’m excited to be speaking with Greg Kozera. He is a leadership expert, a wonderful speaker, a leading authority on fracking, and the author of two books – Learned Leadership and Just The Fracks, Ma’am: The TRUTH about hydrofracking and...
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Ep. 20 - Lisa Anderson: Partner At Morse & Comp...
On today’s episode I’m talking to an extremely passionate CPA, Lisa Anderson, a partner at Morse & Company. In addition to being a CPA in tax, she is also Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)...
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Ep. 19 - Judy Carter: Keynote Speaker, Coach, &...
I’m extremely excited to bring you today’s guest, Judy Carter. She is a keynote speaker, an incredible author, and an effective coach. She is also retired from an impressive career as a stand-up comedian. To be completely transparent, Judy has...
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Ep. 18 - Mark Wyssbrod: CPA, Local Capitalist &...
Today we’re speaking with Mark Wyssbrod, founder of the special firm Pro@ctive CPA and a local capitalist. He also invests in small businesses in a CFO role through a firm called Small Business CFO.   Mark was also awarded the Small Business...
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Ep. 17 - Dan Swartwout: Standup Comedian, Counc...
Today I am excited to bring you a great conversation with Dan Swartwout. Dan is a stand-up comedian, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, host of the show cbuzz, a City Council Member, and an all-around great person.   Cbuzz is a Columbus’ first...
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Ep. 16 - Kristen Rampe: Founder & CEO of Kriste...
I’m sitting with Kristen Rampe today, an expert in the soft skills of public accounting. Kristen founded Kristen Rampe Consulting, a company that elevates CPA and professional service firm practices through workshops and projects focused on the soft...
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Ep. 15 - Hayden Williams: CFO & Former VP Of Ed...
Today I’m excited to be talking with Hayden Williams, a national leader in CPA education. Hayden is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Education at the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA). Hayden started as a CPA...
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Ep. 14 - Tami Gaitten: Founder & CEO Of Gaitten...
Today’s guest is Tami Gaitten, an integrative nutritional health coach with over a decade of experience in the IT field. I didn’t know anything about integrative nutrition health services before this conversation, and I learn a lot. Tami went to...
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Ep. 13 - Jack Park: Certified Speaking Professi...
I’m really excited to sit down and talk with Jack Park, Certified Speaking Professional, Corporate Advisor, Football Radio Commentator and Best Selling Author. He has some powerful thoughts about what makes a good leader, plus a bunch of fun stories...
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Ep. 12 - Bret Johnson: Director Of Channel Mana...
My guest this week is Bret Johnson, Director of Channel Management and Development at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). For the past 20 years, he has worked to build partnerships and grow businesses, especially in the...
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Ep. 11 - Jennifer Elder: President At the Susta...
I’m excited to have my long-time friend and colleague, Jennifer Elder of SustainableCFO.com, joining me today. With her on the show, you’re guaranteed to walk away with many nuggets of wisdom. At the Sustainable CFO, Jennifer works with smart...
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Ep. 10 - Professor In Sport, Health & Exercise ...
I’m excited to have an old school friend on the podcast today – we’ve known each other for nearly 50 years! Kevin Tipton is a professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Prior to Kevin’s...
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Ep. 9 - John Barlow: Principal Engineer At Hond...
I’m very happy to introduce my friend John Barlow today. He is a brilliant thinker, an empathetic automotive engineer and a masterful practitioner of the “Yes, and,” mindset. John is an accidental engineer. He started his career as a principle...
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Ep. 8 - Pam Devine: Director of Business Develo...
Pam Devine has graced her presence as the guest on today’s show. She is from New England but now has her life in Baltimore. Her favorite quote is from Tom Hood that is, "L is greater than or equal to C." She has been part of the Business Learning...
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Ep. 7 - Karen Young: President & Founder of HR ...
I’m happy to have Karen Young of HRResolutions.com on the show. She’s a purposeful HR person who believes in creating drama-free workplaces through purposeful communications and a “Yes, and…” approach. Just as she discusses in her book,...
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Ep. 6 - Steve Sacks: CEO & Founder of Solutions...
Steve Sacks is a right-brain thinker in the left-brain world of accounting. I first met him when he attended one of my workshops in Las Vegas, and since then we’ve had many spirited discussions centered around leadership and communications. It’s...
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Ep. 5 - Karl Ahlrichs: Senior Consultant at Gre...
I always enjoy speaking with Karl Ahlrichs, a human capitalist consultant and a far-thinking and future planning individual. He comes on the podcast today to discuss some of the storms he sees coming on the horizon, particularly where HR and the next...
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Ep. 4 - Ed Mendlowitz: Partner At the Accountin...
Ed Mendlowitz is a long-time CPA and a partner of prestigious Withum Smith+Brown. He’s also a member of many CPA societies and has taught financial and accounting courses for 11 years. He’s a firm believer in CPE and uses his CPE training...
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Ep. 3 - Tom Hood: CEO of the Maryland Associati...
Tom Hood was a wonderful guest on today’s show. He’s a great forward-thinking leader in the CPA world and delivered great value to the audience with his insights into technologies and trends for the future. Tom just returned from a spring council...
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Ep. 2 - Mike Sciortino: Founder & CEO of Gratit...
I’ve been looking forward to this conversation with Michael Sciortino for a very long time. He has over 30 years of experience in the area of marketing, is a keynote speaker and trainer and is the author of ‘Gratitude Marketing.’ He comes to us...
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Ep. 1 - Clarke Price: Former CEO of the Ohio So...
It was great having my longtime friend and mentor, Clarke Price, on the show with me today. He’s retired now, but he led The Ohio Society of CPAs for 40 years and has been a not-for-profit volunteer and leader during much of that time. He’s...
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Ep. 0 - Welcome To Improv Is No Joke!
Welcome to the Improv Is No Joke podcast! Please enjoy this short introduction episode where I explain the purpose of this show, and the value I hope to provide to my listeners throughout a series of interviews with many business leaders &...
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