Melissa’s Intentional Influence® Podcast Awarded ‘Best of iTunes’ in New and Noteworthy categories and ‘Top 50 Influencers’ in New Business Podcasts, host Melissa Murray spotlights experts who help high achievers elevate their image, presence, brand, influence, confidence and on-air presence.

How Shoulder Pads Started an Empire: Interview with Shapewear Pioneer Kathleen Kirkwood

Season 2, Episode 1; Intentional Influence Podcast: How Shoulder Pads Started an Empire: Interview with Shapewear Pioneer Kathleen Kirkwood     In this Intentional Influence Podcast episode, Melissa Murray talks with Kathleen Kirkwood, shapewear pioneer and founder of Kirkwood International Inc., the longest running private company vendor on QVC, about her entrepreneurial journey, reinvention, and breaking the glass ceiling. Kathleen Kirkwood, a former Ford model, began her entrepreneurial career in 1983 where she designed the original clip-on shoulder pad, Pints of Pads®. Pints of Pads® truly captured the 80s’ fascination with shoulder pads and soon Bloomingdale’s was offering Pints. When Oprah called to have Kathleen on the show to discuss women in business, business soared. Shortly thereafter QVC TV discovered Kathleen, where she boasts a 17-year track record of growth, new products, and millions of fans (QVC is seen in over 90 million homes in the United States.) Her status as the longest running private company vendor on QVC attracted the attention of CNBC and Kathleen was chosen for a reality segment on Squawk Box. Now almost 30 years later, Kathleen continues to revolutionize the shapewear industry with her innovative products, while also being a pioneer for women entrepreneurs. Kathleen [...]

Intentional Influence Podcast Season One Highlights

Season One of the Intentional Influence Podcast is a wrap! There have been some powerful interviews in Season One, with insights and personal experiences from some of the leading experts and thought leaders in the business and personal branding industries. If you missed any of the Season One episodes, you can find the highlights and links to complete episodes below. Thank you for tuning in! Here's what happened in Season One: Episode 1: How to Have a Powerful Personal Presence and Charisma on Camera Actress, host, and entrepreneur Sandra Dee Robinson talks with Melissa about how to embrace and project your personal presence to create a lasting impact. Sandra Dee shares her insider tips on managing camera angles, lighting, and sound to maximize your media appearance and really connect with your audience. Episode 2: How to Seduce Your Audience and Keep Them Listening As an on-air disc jockey for 20 years, voiceover artist and author Robin Marshall knows how to talk and get people to listen. In this episode, Robin and Melissa discuss how to cultivate an on-air personality that grabs attention but still sounds relatable and share the biggest mistakes people make on-air. Episode 3: How to Reignite and Reinvent [...]

Insider Secrets to Getting Camera Ready with Three Top Image and Branding Experts

Season 1, Episode 12; Intentional Influence Podcast: Insider Secrets to Getting Camera Ready with Three Top Image and Branding Experts In this Intentional Influence Podcast episode, guest host Ryan Rhoten talks with Styleology Group Founder Melissa Murray and powerhouse Lead Stylist at QVC Toi Sweeney. Together, they share their favorite tips for helping clients to ignite their personal brands in front of the camera. Toi Sweeney is the Lead Stylist for QVC. With over 10 years of experience in the fashion industry, Toi is a leading authority on style. A fashion stylist to celebrity clients, television personalities and program hosts, Toi is an expert at creating one of a kind personal brands and elevating image to art. She is also a recipient of the coveted Telly Award, the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials. Connect with Toi: Twitter, Facebook, Website. Ryan Rhoten is the host of The BRAND New You Podcast. He is also a speaker and online personal brand specialist whose mission is to help career-minded professionals make an impact on their careers by defining and leveraging their personal brand online. In this episode, you’ll [...]

Cracking the Sales Code; Sales Secrets That Make Money Now with Che Brown

Season 1, Episode 11; Intentional Influence Podcast: Cracking the Sales Code; Sales Secrets That Make Money Now     In this Intentional Influence Podcast episode, Melissa Murray and Co-Host Jan Goss-Gibson, CEO of Jan Goss International & Civility Consulting whose specialty is First Impression Management talk with Che Brown about Cracking the Sales Code; Sales Secrets That Make Money Now. Che Brown is a sales expert with Peak Performers Institute, his clients refer to Che as the Sales Cardiologist and he is unlike any you've ever encountered. He holds a bachelor's in finance from Morgan State, an MBA from John’s Hopkins, and completed the Dale Carnegie course from the Dale Carnegie Centers of Excellence.  He is the bestselling author of Sales for Shy Folks and Sales Swagger. Che is also president of Partners in Learning, a global sales training company, which teaches sales professionals how to make sales with less effort. Che shares winning sales strategies on how to close deals and put cash in your pocket by mastering the basics of selling, using sales scripts, and advanced sales techniques to increase sales and long-term profitability. His belief that selling is a learned skill, one that each person can acquire. With over 14 years [...]

Tips From a PR Pro; High Performance Brand Management with Sheila Stewart

Season 1, Episode 10; Intentional Influence Podcast: High Performance Brand Management; Tips from a PR Pro   In this Intentional Influence Podcast episode, Melissa Murray talks with Sheila Stewart about High Performance Brand Management Through Intentional Relations; Permission to be Powerful from a PR Pro! Sheila often jokes that she was born a rebel, living on the Fun Bus of Life™ and being vocal. These qualities are with her today and have been foundational for her in building a global public relations firm, Sonic Seven Communications, an intentional relations firm that focuses on creating messages that matter and results that measure.  A refreshing approach that the firm’s celebrities, global corporations, lifestyle brands and entertainers appreciate. No stranger to the advertising and PR world, it was 1999 when Sheila took her nearly ten years’ of experience and launched her first company, a full service international advertising agency.  Her only assets were her tenacity and drive to succeed.  In six years, she was able to build it to an award winning status with over 150 team members around the world working with clients such as Doubletree Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Parke Davis Prozak, TeleMatrix, Verio and Signator John Hancock. She sold the company [...]

Master Your Personal Brand Online with Mari Smith

Season 1, Episode 9; Intentional Influence Podcast: Master Your Personal Brand with Online Radical Strategic Visibility   In this Intentional Influence Podcast episode, Melissa Murray talks with Mari Smith on how to Master Your Personal Brand through Online Radical Strategic Visibility.  Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook”, Mari Smith is hailed as the premier Facebook marketing expert and one of the most influential and knowledgeable new media thought leaders in the world. Facebook recently partnered with Mari to facilitate and teach at Facebook’s Boost Your Business series of live half-day training events across the United States. Forbes named Mari as a Top Ten Social Media Power Influencer several years in a row; she is currently in the top five. Fast Company described Mari as “a veritable engine of personal branding, a relationship marketing whiz, and the Pied Piper of the Online World.” Mari and her team work with forward-thinking, socially conscious companies of various sizes to help grow their businesses through the power of social media, integrated with all forms of digital and offline marketing. Mari travels and speaks at major events, often sharing the stage with notable celebrities and thought leaders. Mari also leads regular free Facebook marketing webinars and offers numerous online training courses. She is author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An [...]

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