Matt Giovanisci - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Listen Money Matters with Matt Giovanisci (@mattgiovanisci & @bizrepublic)



In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley together with co-host Omar Zenhom from interviewed one of the most creative people Jared knows online. He is no other than Matt Giovanisci!

Matt is the man behind and the CEO at started with a blog site which talked about personal finance including income, debt, budgeting and investing that eventually turned into a podcast. on the other hand, is an online guide to pool care and maintenance. Matt is also an award winning web designer.


This episode is about:


The three steps to a clean pool are:

  1. Cleaning
  2. Circulation
  3. Chemicalization

Matt’s heroes in the podcast world

What inspired and motivated Matt in putting up

  • Matt’s first work experiences as a young man
  • Combining two different work experiences that resulted in creating a new business

How Matt reached out to his target audience despite of the limited market

  • Creating videos in Youtube to reach out to your audience

The birth of

How hosts Andrew and Matt of meet and started the podcast together

Getting an alternative way to earn extra income…

“Look down inside yourself and decide if you’re the type of person who can juggle into jobs and hustle to make that income. You have to decide why you want that income. You need specific goals!”

Matt’s advice for the person who wants to be debt free

Matt’s tips on using Debit Card versus Credit Card on daily purchases

  • Don’t use debit cards on your daily purchases
  • Credit cards have more protection

Important lessons from Matt on buying new cars

  • Don’t forget that a car’s ultimate purpose is to get you from point A to point B
  • Remember that with comfort comes cost
  • Think practically

The disadvantages of frugality

Matt talked about the books he co-authored with Andrew: (Mastering Men) and the Ten Day Debt Reduction Plan

The power to choose your own retirement date

  • How Matt defines retirement
  • The date Matt chooses to retire

Matt talked about budget and investments

Matt’s role on Listen Money Matters Podcast

Giovanisci’s message for the listeners:

“If you’re trying to do something online, a business, you have to throw caution to the wind and be yourself… I decided that I wanted to create stuffs that I wanted to do… Do something that you really want to do. Keep creating… something will come out of it. ”


Connect with Matt Giovanisci at:

@MattGiovanisci;, @SwimUniversity;, @MoneyMattersMan,



Items Mentioned:

  • Discover Card
  • Tim Ferris
  • John Lee Dumas
  • Caleb from Fizzle

Things to Remember:

  • Buy only the things that you want and the things that you need.

Joel Comm - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

A Fun Conversation with Joel Comm (@joelcomm & @john_dennis)


Joel Comm is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, public speaker, social media evangelist, and mobile marketing innovator as well as a leading authority on new media marketing tactics. With over eighteen years of Internet business experience, Joel has found success in multiple niches. Corporations, small-to-medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs trust him for sound, practical advice and creative thinking.

John Dennis from Smart Time Online joined me for this episode as co-host!

In this episode:

  • Klout
  • Joel announces his next book (it has something to do with Twitter)
  • Taking a Break
  • Great advice for Starting up again!

Joel Comm Podcast

Twitter Power

Twitter Power

More notes coming soon!

Brad Feld - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Work Life Harmony with Brad Feld (@bfeld)



Brad Feld is a work life harmony entrepreneur, blogger, speaker, author, and the man behind  He is the co-founder and managing director at the Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that focuses its investments in early-stage information technology, software, and Internet startup companies across North America.   Brad has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for 20 years and he has been active in a number of nonprofit organizations.

In this episode:

Do More Faster by David Cohen and Brad Feld

Do More Faster by David Cohen and Brad Feld

Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Startup Life by Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor

Startup Life by Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor

  • Brad gives outstanding relationship advice
  • Emmett Culligan Sculpture
  • Brad & Amy’s monthly dinners (take notes here)
  • How Brad overcomes Self Doubt
  • The Demon Parable – Jerry Colonna
  • Advice on Digital Addiction – Systematically carve out time away from the stimuli.
  • Digital Sabbath
  • Advice: Do something for yourself by yourself every day for 1 hour.
  • Create Blocks of Uninterrupted Time to Work on Projects
  • Brad is deeply intrigued by the integration between humans & machines.
  • FitBit
  • FG Press – High Quality Modern Publishing
  • The Role of Fun – incorporating happiness & joy as much as possible

Renee Groskreutz - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

I Teach Blogging with Renee Groskreutz! (@iteachblogging & @andi_inspired)



Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley, had two very special people in the show for this episode.

His co-host was Andi Ries, the producer from Together, they interviewed the woman who is very passionate about blogging. She is no other than Renee Groskreutz and she is ready to teach us about blogging today! Renee is passionate about blogging for business!


This episode is about:

Renee’s favourite concerts

Renee’s takeaways from  WordCamp Austin

About Renee’s name

  • The most common miss pronunciations of Renee’s last name
  • The surname that Renee would choose if given the chance to change it

How Andy Reese and Renee meet and started their business together

Who is Renee as a speaker

Renee talked about her Podcast :)

  • Renee’s motivation in putting up her podcast
  • The purpose of Renee’s blog
  • The doors that opened for Renee upon starting her own podcast


The challenges that new bloggers face

  • The fear that they are not good writers
  • The fear of judgement and criticisms

Renee talked about her blog post that says, “You don’t have enough time? BS*”

  • “Everything in life comes down to choices.”
  • “There’s truth when you don’t have enough time, but you create time for what’s important.”

Can every person blog?

The very important recipe for blogging –Dedication!

Steps in starting a blog

Editorial Calendar

  • Does Rene use an editorial calendarfor her blog posts?
  • Would Rene recommend an editorial calendar for a beginner in blogging?

The problem when too many tools are introduced

How to recognize when it’s time for pivoting -Stop, take a breath and plan in advance!

Getting honest feedback from your audience

Tools in beginners and advanced bloggers:

  • Mind Jet
  • Evernote
  • WordPress
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Plus
  • Yoast
  • Pic Monkey


Rene’s message for the listeners:

“Content is not scary. As long as you are adding value… tell something to somebody that you wish they knew.  If you do that, your business will grow. It will take time, nothing happens fast. If it happens fast, then it’s probably not goanna last.


Connect with Rene G at:


Item’s mentioned:

Emily Chase Smith - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur with Emily Chase Smith (@emilychasesmith)


Emily Chase Smith


Jared Easley interviews entrepreneur, Emily Chase Smith, and the author of The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur:  Navigate the Money Maze of Running a Business.  She is also the host of The Money Morsels Podcast.  She will be speaking at The Podcast Movement in August 2014 in Dallas, Texas.  A bankruptcy lawyer by profession, Emily seeks to help entrepreneurs avoid the painful path of bankruptcy by helping them become financially savvy and thus be able to make and keep more money.  In this episode, Emily also shows off her ukelele and singing skills making this a light, fun show, and ultimately making this one of Jared’s favorite episodes.


In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The impact business and entrepreneurship in her family had on her
  • Her transition from early lawyering to becoming the bankruptcy lawyer expert
  • Her Aha! moment defending the mobile home park manager
  • What makes a good law.
  • The value of putting a system in place in your finances.
  • The painful process of bankruptcy.
  • The best $25-$35 she ever spent when she she purchased Michael Hyatt’s eBook.
  • How she managed to finish her book.
  • Traditionally published book vs. self-published book.
  • The value of attending conferences and her advice to conference attendees.


The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur by Emily Chase Smith

The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur by Emily Chase Smith

Items mentioned:

  • Emily grew up knowing her grandparents were very self-made and her dad being a successful architect.
  • Emily started law school at 19, but eventually realized that it wasn’t a good fit for her.  She eventually found her niche in bankruptcy law.
  • She works with almost exclusively small business owners.
  • A good law is understandable and can be applied.
  • Entrepreneurs need to understand the law  It is something you need to dive into.
  • Keep your finger on the financial pulse of your business.
  • You need to have systems in place so you can look at your business financially.
  • What compelled Emily her into writing her book, The Financially Savvy Entrepreneur
  • She bought Michael Hyatt’s eBook to help guide her in writing her book.
  • She also got the book from Amazon, the 2013 Book of Literary Agents, all organized by subject matters at the back and set her query out from one agent after another.
  • Writing the book was harder than the whole process of getting an agent and getting it sold.
  • She decided to go for a traditionally published book primarily because of the media attention and it opened up a door of opportunities for her.
  • She never misses attending the New Media Expo.  This year she got to meet Dan Miller who ended up writing an endorsement for her book.
  • Conferences can give you access to people you never would’ve thought you’d have access to.
  • Emily encourages people to read books related to their niche.
  • Other celebrities who endorsed her book:
    • John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing
    • Jared Easley (and this was his Aha! moment)


Douglas Neill - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Verbal to Visual with Doug Neill (@douglaspneill & @jodymaberry)



In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley together with co-host Jody Maberry from and the Park Leaders Podcast interviewed Doug Neil.

Doug is an artist who helps people and organizations turn ideas into art through sketch notes and illustrations. He is passionate about ideas and believes ideas can bring positive change to individuals and communities. Doug created websites, books and a podcast centered on a concept of turning ideas into art.

This episode is about:


Should you check your email first thing in the morning or save it for later?

Scheduling exercise and sleep

Progress over perfection

Doug shared his experience and takeaways from Pioneer Nation

How Doug turned his passion for art into a sustainable business

Doug explains why 2014 is his year of conquering resistance

Declaring a theme for the year

Doug defines Sketch Noting

Doug talked about the book Sketch Note Skill Builder –a book of activities to help you develop your skills

The Verbal to Visual Podcast

  • Translating ideas from verbal/audio to visual
  • Interviewing people from the audio and visual spectrum

Ways to use sketch noting and illustration in your daily activities


Doug’s message for the listeners:

“Start by picking up a pen or a note book and start scribbling. Don’t worry about the artistic quality… Just start scribbling out and get used to making marks on the page.”    

Connect with Doug Neill at:,,

Sketchnoting with Doug Neill

Sketchnoting with Doug Neill


Items Mentioned:

  • Pioneer Nation
  • (The War of Art) by Steven Pressfield
  • Sketch Note Handbook by Mike (Grody)
  • Doodle Revolution by Sunny Brown


Things to Remember:

  • Post things that you want to hear
  • Throw sketches on your walls  to keep you reminded of your ideas
  • Seek progress not perfection

The Graphic Recorder

Verbal to Visual 

verbal to visual podcast with doug neill

verbal to visual podcast with doug neill

Doug is on Twitter

Willo O'Brien - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Willo O’Brien Loves You… Seriously! (@willolovesyou & @jodymaberry)


Willo O’Brien loves you. Seriously!

Willo has made a career out of creativity. In the last decade she’s founded three creative businesses, served as co-founder of two startups, produced a video series, and launched multiple programs dedicated to coaching & empowering ambitious individuals and passionate entrepreneurs.

Coining the term Creative Sustainability, she inspires people to stay connected to their self-care, creativity and the magic in their lives. In addition to online courses, Willo shares her expertise writing, advising startups, coaching creative small business owners, teaching and speaking at events around the country.

Willo can be found at and @WilloLovesYou on every social platform out there… say hello!


Christina Canters - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Design Draw Speak with Christina Canters (@cjcanters & @nowisagift)


Christina Canters is the founder of She a former architect from Melbourne, Australia currently based in New York City.

Christina  tooks some time to speak with Steve Bader & I recently on Starve the Doubts. Christina loves helping people get confident to share their message with the world and live their passion! She also enjoys holding signs.

She started to provide a resource that she wishes that she had when she was a student.  During her architecture degree, very little advice was given to her & her peers on communication skills and how important they are when job hunting and thriving in the workplace.

Christina speaks to many current design students. Christina has an awesome podcast.

Christina Canters - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Christina Canters – Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Presentation Skills For Design Students.  

Each episode is dedicated to a single topic. Topics include:

  • Why you need communication skills to be successful in the professional world
  • How to get a job that you love
  • Resume and interview tips
  • How to network
  • How to use good communication to thrive in the workplace
  • Personal branding
  • Public speaking
  • Overcoming fear and nerves
  • How to design and deliver a great presentation

In each episode I give you actionable tips and tricks to practice your communication skills in day to day life. I also interview and pick the brains of experts such as professional speakers, design tutors, and inspirational designers who have valuable advice to share.

Click here to see the full list of episodes.

Subscribe to the podcast and you will get the most PRACTICAL, PROVEN AND SIMPLE  strategies, techniques and advice not just from me, but also from the best industry experts from around the globe. Plus it’s totally free. Does that sound awesome or what?!

Christina Canters made a sign for Starve the Doubts

Christina Canters made a sign for Starve the Doubts

Design Draw Speak with Christina Canters (@cjcanters & @NowIsAGift) by Jared Easley