Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do with Thom Singer
48:43 · 2019
Scott: We are excited to have an amazing speaker, somebody who I’ve come to admire quite a bit in the last couple of months. I got a chance to meet him at the New Media Summit that our buddy, Steve Olsher, put on that we had on. We’ve got the man, the myth, the public speaking legend, and budding stand-up comedian, our buddy, Thom Singer. What’s going on, Thom?
Thom: Scott, thanks for having me.
Scott: Most people don’t know that you have a cool podcast. The one thing that I love listening and been binging to is Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do.
Thom: That’s my one show.
Scott: It’s a stand-up that I’m thinking is the second thing that you’re doing out there on a regular basis. You’re also out there doing a lot of public speaking. Why don’t you share with our audience who you are and what’s so cool about you?
Thom: My name is Thom Singer. I live in Austin, Texas so you and I are neighbors. Although the conference was in Austin, still I’d never met you before. April will mark ten years that I have been working as a professional speaker and corporate trainer. I either go into association conferences or company meetings whether it’s as a team meeting of ten people to kick off the year or maybe it is 4,000 people at a sales kickoff or a big rally for a larger company. I try to talk to the crowd about how do you get your people more engaged. We live in a world where everybody is on their phones and are disengaged. I have some tips that get people engaged. I talk with teams about what is potential and how do you work towards it. I have a lot of fun.
Scott: It’s always funny because I love watching you online. You’re speaking in St. Louise, you’re here in a multitude of other places or you’re changing in a parking lot because you spoke this morning and you’ve got to get your shirt and shorts to come into another meeting.
Thom: I’ve changed in more airport bathrooms because I don’t like to travel in a suit. A lot of my peers are like, “You travel in a suit, so you’ll look like you’re important and you’ll sit next to a CEO and they’ll book you as a speaker.” That never has happened. I’ve gotten booked by people that I’ve talked to on the plane, but it wasn’t because they said, “Nice tie.” I’m a t-shirt and jeans guy. Usually, I’ll run into the airport and if I have time, I’ll dive into the bathroom. Unlike Superman, I just come out in jeans.
Scott: You celebrated how many episodes on Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do?
Thom: I started the podcast on September 30th, 2014. Episode 412 has come out or something like that. I’ve been doing it for a while, twice a week. I’m changing up the format in the new year. Every time I do a solo episode, I get tons of people saying, “You need to do more of those.” I’m going to go to one interview a week and one where I’m talking about potential, trying new things and getting your people engaged.