Episode 8: Ken Cavanaugh | Photography, Pivots and Calling Your Own Shots

Episode 8: Ken Cavanaugh | Photography, Pivots and Calling Your Own Shots

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On this episode, I talk with Ken Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh Photography about his passion for capturing memories through pictures, the value of mentor, learning what you DON’T want to do, the importance of great customer service, and what a limousine did that nearly ruined his day.

The interview is packed full of so many great tips for you  as you start or grow your business or passion.

 From the interview…

  • Ken’s favorite go-to coffee
  • One of Ken’s dreams
  • Who and what Ken would love to go back in time to photograph…. maybe even together.
  • How Ken got interested in photography. Some of his other loves as well.
  • The impact that having his pictures published made in his confidence
  • The value of a mentor that helped shape his skills and career
  • Trying something new and finding out it wasn’t a good fit.
  • Making the leap with his wife to starting his own business
  • How a simple business plan was a life saver
  • His original focus and how it shifted over the years.
  • His recurring nightmare
  • What you can learn after photographing 400 weddings
  • What we lose with digital photography
  • What it’s like to be sweating bullets but still come through for your customer
  • Some of the great things that having his own business has allowed him to do
  • The freedom to call your own shots, make your own decisions
  • The value of diversifying and knowing your craft
  • Customer service can make or break your business
  • Never think a job is beneath you
  • Ken believes that every person deserves to get a great photo of themselves. It can change how they view themselves.

 

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Episode 7: 7 Things You Can Learn From Starting

Episode 7: 7 Things You Can Learn From Starting

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In this episode, we take a quick break from interviews to talk a little bit about what I’ve learned about starting, some takeaways from the first five interviews, and much more.

 What I’ve learned so far (7 things you can learn from starting):

  1. Podcasting is hard work
  2. Podcasting is a lot of fun
  3. Mistakes will happen
  4. Scheduling can be a challenge
  5. There are some incredible stories out there
  6. Don’t be afraid to be yourself
  7. I love encouraging and inspiring others

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Four big takeaways for Starters from those interviews:

  • Start where you are
  • Find a mentor
  • Find a community
  • Have a deeper purpose

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Episode 6: Ken Hatfield | BBQ, Breaking Bread and Bringing People Together

Episode 6: Ken Hatfield | BBQ, Breaking Bread and Bringing People Together

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In this episode, Chef Ken Hatfield and I sit down at his restaurant, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, and discuss his love for BBQ, how breaking bread can bring people together, the value of hard work, and how pursuing your dream can make a difference in the lives of others.

Ken’s journey has taken him a lot of places and there are a lot of surprises in the interview that you won’t want to miss; as well as some great tips and encouragement from Ken for those of us wanting to follow our passion.

 From the interview…

  • What four ingredients would Ken take with him if trapped on a deserted island?
  • What would Ken choose if he could only eat one thing for the rest of his life?
  • Who have been some special people he has cooked for?
  • Has he ever been nervous about who he was cooking for?
  • Is there something that he’s known for?
  • Was he always interested in cooking?
  • Why did he set-up his restaurant like he did and what’s special about it?
  • How has faith played a part in Ken’s story and how does it drive what he does?
  • Growing up, did he ever think he’d make a living as a chef?
  • How has hard work played into Ken’s journey?
  • What’s it like to run a business versus just cooking the food?
  • What has he been able to do to help others who are where he was before?
  • What have been some of the biggest obstacles to Ken’s success?
  • What was it like planning and preparing 1700 meals a day on a missionary ship?
  • How did he make sure each country represented got a taste of home?
  • What special things have happened as a result of him stepping out with his food truck and restaurant?
  • What are some of the keys to success?

 

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Episode 5: Rob Bennett | The Value of Coffee and Community

Episode 5: Rob Bennett | The Value of Coffee and Community

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In this episode, I sit down with with my friend Rob Bennett, owner of Cafe Ah-Roma. As we sit and talk in his cafe, bustling with its usual energy, we discuss his 17 year journey, his love for community and helping others, the secret to succeeding when others have failed, and what’s different about his chairs that makes people feel welcome.

Rob is sort of like a mayor of food service in the city of Berea, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Not only has he been committed to providing good food and drink to the community and a great place to hang out and interact, he’s also done a ton to help other businesses, build into the youth, and be a positive force in the city. Over 17 years of running his cafe, he’s seen a lot and has a ton of great things to share in this interview that will be sure to encourage, instruct and inspire.

 

From the interview…

  • What is Rob’s favorite type of coffee?
  • Has Rob ever met a stranger? Everyone has a story.
  • Rob’s love for a particular movie series…
  • How his business came to be and his desire to make a difference
  • Live in the moment. Embrace those you run into.
  • The best part of restaurants is the customer interaction
  • Repeat business is more important than one-time business
  • The work Rob and his wife did before launching Cafe Ah-Roma
  • What happened to their sales when Starbucks and Panera came on the scene
  • The community of restaurant owners in Berea, all that they offer and how they help each other
  • What are some of the secrets to making it when others fail? Tenacity!
  • Always be willing to learn
  • Be willing to do what needs to be done.
  • Be patient and look for the right opportunities.
  • Everything is customer service
  • What do they do with their chairs to make people feel welcome and invite them to sit down and relax?
  • What have been some surprising things that have happened over the 17 years?
  • Rob’s entrepreneurial roots
  • Just do it!

 

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Episode 4: Kurt Maechner | Getting Real About Your Passion

Episode 4: Kurt Maechner | Getting Real About Your Passion

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In this episode, I talk with a good friend of mine, Kurt Maechner, of For Real Wedding Films about how to tell a great story through video, why it’s important to get your work out there, the value of working with a mentor, and what was inside a locked car with the engine running that gave him a scare.

Kurt is an English teacher, husband, father of five girls, and one who loves to tell great stories through video. You’ll benefit from his stories, tips and the key things that helped bring him to where he is today.

 

From the interview…

  • How Kurt surrounds himself with beautiful women every day
  • What initially got Kurt interested in video
  • Kurt’s early video and editing endeavors
  • The value of a mentor and how a special couple really gave him a boost
  • Kurt’s love for story telling, for creating something gripping, intriguing
  • The value of words and a phrase that meant a lot to him: “Kurt, you really know how to tell a story”
  • How did he turn his attention to wedding videos
  • What makes his style of videos different
  • A key partnership that helped him get his work out there and connect with clients
  • Kurt and his wife, Beth, and their passion for strengthening marriages
  • Who used the phrase “Are you for real?”
  • The importance of creating videos that capture the best part of people as they are
  • What this business has allowed him to see and experience
  • A time when things didn’t quite go according to plan
  • Some key thoughts on pricing and the value of your work

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