April 28, 2015
John Simons, chairman of Comicpalooza (@comicpalooza on twitter) speaks with host Craig Price about putting a comic-con together. The two discuss the modest history of Comicpalooza from it’s humble beginnings in a movie theater lobby to the juggernaut can’t miss festival that boast 60,000 attendees (more are expected this year!). John explains how he had hoped to grow into a hotel ballroom type of space only to see his comic-con jump into the cavernous George R Brown Convention Center. He talks about how he plans ahead (sometime up to 3 years in advance) for upcoming conventions, who they decide to ask and what type of programming you can expect this year. Craig goes on and on about how great John Barrowman was at Comicpalooza 2014 (It’s kind of embarrassing), the diversity of programming available (it’s really like 10 small conventions happening at once) and the love of beer while waiting in line.
Comicpalooza’s mission is to provide the best and biggest annual multi-format pop culture convention in the southwest region of the United States, serving not only the fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music and film, but also as a trade show and showcase for the studios, publishers, and manufacturers in those industries.
This year Comicpalooza is happening on May 22nd through the 25th. You can learn about all the guests currently scheduled (Craig is excited to see Haley Atwell and Henry Winkler) at http://www.comicpalooza.com
April 21, 2015
Mark Hehl with Solutions4Business joins host Craig Price to discuss conflict management. Not many people like conflict in the workplace and even fewer like getting involved when the conflict may not involve you. Mark and Craig discuss how conflict can be good for organizations, but they also discuss how planning ahead can eliminate many of the potential conflicts that could pop up on a project. They discuss the reasons for conflict, including people who just like pushing buttons and causing chaos (Craig calls them “social terrorists”) as well as separate departments having separate goals and never communicating them to each other. All of this talk will be showcased at the Southern New England Chapter of PMI Professional Development Day in Hartford CT this April 27th and 28th. If you’re in the Nutmeg state at the time, register at SNEC-PMI.org. Hope to see you there!
APP BONUS: Get Mark’s entire powerpoint presentation from the event! In order to be successful the project manager needs to understand and manage conflict. This session will arm the Project Manager with the skills to avoid conflict along with time tested methods to resolve conflicts within their projects. It will also explore the beneficial and negative effects of project conflict. Application of these strategies will result in enhanced project performance.
April 14, 2015
Geoff Akins Hannah (@BubbleGeoff on Twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss performing for children. Kids are not Craig’s thing. For the most part they seem like small annoying adults with little accountability and an enabler or two trailing behind them. He likes individual kids but not children and certainly not in large groups. Thankfully there are people like Geoff who have no problems with kids and in-fact seeks them out as his market as a speaker. Known as the Bubble Master, Geoff invited Craig to a performance while touring through Texas. The two discussed Geoff’s start with developmentally challenged children, is there a Bubble Cabal as well as a slew of tips on how to interact, entertain and enlighten groups of children. He literally does hundreds of shows a years for thousands of kids and adults. If you want to understand performing for children better, this is the guy to talk to. Thankfully, he’s on the podcast so no need to figure out where in the country he might be today!
Geoff and his fantastic bubblemaking can be found at http://bubble-wonders.com
APP BONUS: Listen to the Bubble Wonders Show theme song “Anything is Possible!” by Jen Hannah.
Lou Sapienza (@LouSapienza on twitter) joins host Craig Price to talk about MIA retrieval. It’s not often that Craig has an opportunity to talk to someone who is trying to make a difference. He talks to people who have made a difference or are making a distance but when Craig was made aware of Lou Sapienza and his company North South Polar, Inc. he knew people needed to hear more. The two talk of Lou’s attempts to recover 3 men who had crashed in Greenland during World War II, what kinds of equipment and manpower are needed and how the government needs specialists like Lou to help them recover their lost soldiers. Take some time to listen to what Lou is doing and if you feel the need to help, please contact your US Representative or Senator to let them know you feel this is as an important mission as Craig and Lou do.
You can learn more about North South Polar, Inc at www.nspolar.us as well as The Fallen American Veterans Foundation at http://www.favf.us/
The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc., (FAVF) is a non-profit private Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) created in the spirit and belief that every American service member (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) who has fallen while in the overseas service of our country, and whose body remains unrecovered, be brought home. They are advocates for these fallen heroes, their families and friends, and for every service member that has served honorably overseas and in harm’s way.
March 24, 2015
Barbara Lee (@BarbaraLeeAuth on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss sextegrity. Talking sex isn’t something Craig jumps at the chance to do. Spirituality? Definitely not in Craig’s wheelhouse. But the chance to talk to Barbara Lee, the Sex Minister, about her new book Sacred Sex, it was too good to pass up. The two discuss the difference between marital ethics and sexual ethics, how pornography is creating issues in society, objectifying women. how active senior citizens are thanks to modern medicine and most importantly they talk how sex is healthy and not shameful.
You can learn more about sextegrity and Barbara Lee at www.thesexminister.com or her main site www.barbaraleeauthor.com
APP BONUS: You can read Sacred Sex in its entirety via the podcast app.
Between sex as sin and sex as sport is an embrace of sexuality as a good gift. Between the teachings of “just say no” and “whatever turns you on” is a platform where we are free to love our bodies, relish sex, and marvel in this sacred gift. There can be a fine line between sex that harms and sex that heals. How will we make wise decisions about how we will and will not express our sexuality? This book advocates for the development of a Sexual Ethic that takes seriously the desires, needs and pains of our bodies. Living by a Sexual Ethic frees us to love our bodies and to celebrate the gift of sexual intimacy. A Sexual Ethic begins by recognizing that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are sexual beings who have the innate right to experience a full and satisfying sex life. This book also discusses the movement of masculine and feminine energy in our sexual encounters. Finally, it addresses the damage caused by the separation of body and spirit in the objectification of human beings that is the mainstay of the sex industry.
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Gina Abudi (@GinaAbudi on Twitter) returns to discuss socializing projects with host Craig Price. Whenever Craig is asked about project management experts, he immediately brings up past guest Gina Abudi. She know her stuff and has put a lot of that knowledge into her new book “Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success”. So much knowledge that when Craig asked her on the podcast, they needed to narrow her expertise down to fit the time frame. They agreed that socializing projects was one of the most important part and least utilized part of project management. The two discuss how to incorporate and engage stakeholders, dissect a project before it’s implemented, ugly baby syndrome and why a failing pilot program can be so valuable.
BPI projects are some of the most difficult and challenging to manage. Improving results for the business is not an easy task! Doing so requires understanding the vision and long-term goals of an organization. It also requires the ability to engage stakeholders and manage change. Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects is a guide for project managers who want to improve how they manage BPI projects. Using a simple step-by-step, six-phase approach, project managers and others involved in BPI initiatives will increase their confidence and their effectiveness in managing the complexities of business process improvement projects. Special focus is given to the necessary leadership skills required to be successful in driving change by improving processes within an organization to improve business results.
You can learn more about Gina at http://abudiconsulting.com
APP EXTRA: Read the 1st Chapter of “Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success”. Also listen to the podcast to hear how you can get a discount code so you can buy the book directly from the publisher.
March 10, 2015
Michael Modzelewski (@mikemodzelewski on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss being an Alaskan Naturalist for Princess Cruises. Anyone who knows Craig knows how much he loved cruising the Inner Passage of Alaska with his wife back in 2013. Now he gets to talk photography, Alaskan guides, bears and more with a true expert on the Alaskan Wilds. Mike spent 18 months alone in the wilds of Alaska as chronicled in his book Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Kwakiutl Indians. This gave him a unique perspective on the nature of the Northwest and now he gets to live out a dream job: being the ship’s Naturalist for Princess Cruises. He not only shares his animal expertise about bears and such, he also talks about hiking glaciers and exploring ice caves. It’s a photographers dream.
Michael also talk about his latest e-book Wild Life which tells of his life after Cosmopolitan Magazine named him “Bachelor of the Month”. It’s the story of a kid let loose in a candy shop. Only the kid is an adult and the candy is single women!
You can learn more about Michael at his complicated yet self-titled website: http://michaelmodzelewski.com/
You can also find Craig’s photography (mentioned in the podcast) on flickr and on instagram as CraigPrice47
February 24, 2015
Brett Judd (@BrettMJudd on Twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss entrepreneurial relationships. What are entrepreneurial relationships? When a someone loves someone and they wish to commit to one another, they create an LLC…no wait. That’s not what we’re talking about at all. We’re talking about spouses working together to run a business. Relationships and businesses are tough enough on their own but when you combine the two, that opens a whole new mess of problems. Brett and Craig discuss compartmentalizing, not treating your relationship like a business and dealing with the stress of it all.
Brett and his wife Gina have their own podcast dealing with families and their businesses at http://www.fortunesandfamilies.com/ and you can learn more about Brett at his aptly named website http://www.brettmjuddmsw.com/
February 17, 2015
Alan Cerny (@nordlingAICN on twitter) joins host Craig Price for their 2015 Oscar Predictions! Kicking off a brand new season (Season 4!) Craig and Alan get into a somewhat predictable awards season. The two discuss the big six (Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture) as well as side track on what Craig calls “The Pacino Effect” and Alan’s defense of Boyhood. They also discuss several snubs and some baffling nominations. Craig will be posting his entire slate of his 2015 Oscar Predictions via http://oscar.go.com/mypicks – play along!
Also, past guest and friend of the show, Thom Singer is in the middle of his annual fundraiser (all February) for the Kate Singer Endowment for Cranio-Facial Research. It’s a good cause and the money goes to the Dell Children’s Medical Center out of Austin and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Please consider donating by clicking here to donate.
November 25, 2014
Alan Cerny (@nordlingAICN on twitter) check in for his annual Holiday Movie Preview with host Craig Price. The air is crisp (in some places snow has already fallen) – egg nog is in the stores and the smell of turkey is everywhere. That means Alan is here to give us an idea what to expect while we’re avoiding shoppers by hiding in the theaters. The two talk about some poor excuses for sequels, obvious oscar-bait and some hidden gems of the yule-tide season.
Penguins of Madagascar
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
APP BONUS: Download the app and listen to a full bonus episode of Alan and Craig discussing their choices for the best movies of 2014.