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0027: Alan Smithson - Entrepreneur, Investor, Virtual / Augmented Reality Pioneer and DJ

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Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technologies. After graduating from University of Guelph with a Molecular Biology degree, Alan realized technology and music were his passions. He pursued a career in the DJ industry which developed into an AV Production & DJ Company, Star Productions Inc; leading to the creation of the EMULATOR, the world’s first touchscreen DJ System. His latest endeavor as Co-Founder & CEO of MetaVRse has entered him into the world of virtual and augmented reality experiences, becoming a leader in business applications for AR/VR and providing insight into this exploding field of technologies. Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer, and was recently mentioned in an article on “10 Virtual Reality Leaders you should follow in 2016”. Equally comfortable behind a turntable or a group of Fortune 500 executives, Alan continues to evolve MetaVRse and its innovations, and is working on his third book, “Immersive Technology for Business”.

http://metavrse.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alansmithson

https://www.instagram.com/metavrse

https://twitter.com/metavrse

https://www.facebook.com/metavrse

BONUS: Michael de Groot - Interviewed by Phil Gerbyshak about Storytelling

Sometimes you interview someone, and their story just clicks. Talking with Michael de Groot about sharing your story to sell more was one of those times. In this all too brief conversation with Michael.

About Michael de Groot, as told by Michael de Groot:

It took me a while to discover what I truly enjoy. And when I realised that I have always been interested in computers and more laterally the internet plus assisting people, I can truly say I am now experiencing my dream job. Working for myself of course is the first priority, assisting others to grow is the second priority, everything else just follows.

Staying Alive UK is about just 1 key objective delivered across 2 disciplines. My key objective is coaching businesses and business professionals to become better storytellers.

My business tool of choice is of course LinkedIn and it is the best place to share your personal and/or business story. So this is one half of my business and a major part of my coaching.

The other half is assisting businesses and specifically creative agencies to enhance their storytelling techniques through Whiteboard Animation. An almost childlike medium allowing stories to come alive through hand drawing illustrations and unfolding stories frame by frame. Time to ‘Share Your Story’. 

Connect more with Michael de Groot

Website/Blog: http://stayingaliveuk.com

Webinars: http://linkedinlectures.com

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/stayingaliveuk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stayingaliveuk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/stayingaliveuk

Mixcloud: http://mixcloud.com/stayingaliveuk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stayingaliveuk

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/maedegroot

Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/user/michaeldegroot

Medium: https://medium.com/@stayingaliveuk

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stayingaliveuk

Phil Gerbyshak is the Chief Digital Officer of Vengreso and is a co-founder. He’s an award-winning speaker, an author and a technology geek who has been using digital to build business for nearly 20 years when he hand coded his first website dedicated to his favorite decade, the 80s. 

Since the early days of the Internet, Phil has built websites, communities and bank accounts using the latest tools integrated into the classic needs of sales and marketing. A teacher at heart, Phil has delivered programs for audiences of 5 to 500, for the Fortune 50 to the smallest businesses and he’s been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Daily Globe and Mail, Inc.com and Entrepreneur.com to name just a few places. 

When Phil isn’t teaching digital sales transformation, creating content, or reading the latest business book, you can find him playing pinball, walking on Florida’s beaches or enjoying one of 50 craft breweries in the Tampa Bay area.

0014: Phil Gerbyshak - Digital Marketer, Sales Trainer and Podcast Host

Phil delivers training programs to integrate social selling and technology to grow businesses. 

He is the chief digital officer for Vengreso, where he works with sales teams to help them lead more confidently and communicate more effectively across digital platforms and generations. 

Phil enables sales people to augment existing sales processes with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook social selling micro-tactics and teaches them how to use technology in more effective ways. 

He also provides coaching and consulting to grow your business online and offline. 

My favourite quote by Phil is ‘make the right friends first do business last’.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/philgerb/ 

http://conversationswithphil.com  

https://twitter.com/PhilGerb 

http://Vengreso.com 

+1 414.640.7445 | phil@vengreso.com

0008: AJ Wilcox - Online Marketer and Ads Specialist

AJ loves the concept of being present when customers are at the bottom of the funnel, and who are ready to make a purchase.

He has been an online marketer since 2007 and he’s managed hundreds of Google AdWords campaigns. He’s always been fascinated by the lead quality from intent-based targeting. 

He was introduced to advertising on LinkedIn in 2014. He figured that it likely wasn’t a good platform because he hadn’t heard of it before then. As he continued to dive deeper into LinkedIn, he began to see the value that he felt the industry had not picked up on. He then founded B2Linked in an effort to spread the success he was experiencing through LinkedIn advertising to other companies.

He’s extremely active in the online marketing community. He’s a LinkedIn Certified Ads Partner, he manages the official LinkedIn Ads group forum, and he’s a board member of SLC | SEM among other things. He’s an exotic car nut and a triathlete. I lives in Utah with his wife and 4 kids.

Website: http://b2linked.com/about/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wilcoxaj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/B2Linked/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilcoxaj/

The 'Share Your Story' Podcast Series


To book your interview with me, please have a look at my diary below and select an appropriate date and time.  I am really looking forward to having you on the show.

To learn about the full Podcast Interview process, you can download the Guest Guide right HERE or another link will be visible after booking and will also be emailed.



The ‘Share Your Story’, podcast series are interviews with business people who run their own businesses. They are Micro-enterprises with between 1-9 employees only. 

The purpose of the interview is for the listener to learn about how Micro-enterprises got started. They will share a bit about their own personal life story and most of the interview will be focused on their business, the joys, the challenges and the vision.

You could be a business professional who may be looking  to set up their own business but haven’t got the courage or knowledge yet to do so. The interviews may inspire you to take the leap and take action.

Thank you for listening and if you managed to get some value from it, feel free to share the podcast with your networks.

Oh and if you know someone who might be interested in appearing on the show, please ask them to get in touch with me or they can complete the form below.




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