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Matt Ham - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Redefining Rich with Matt Ham (@MattHamSr @JoshuaWRivers)


Matt Ham   In today’s episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley is joined by Joshua Rivers from the Creative Studio Academy, as they interview Matt Ham, husband, father of 3 boys, podcaster, speaker, Bow Tie Friday spokesman, and author of the new book Redefine Rich: A New Perspective on The Good Life. Matt is an entrepreneur. He has an insurance agency in North Carolina but he has always had this passion or longing to speak. Eighteen months ago, he was encouraged to start writing and this paved the way for him to uncover his true potential that has just been waiting to be unleashed from within. Matt seeks to bring perspective to people about the things that he has learned and open the doors for people to uncover a deeper meaning of what it really means to be rich and discover how they can enrich their own lives.   In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • The power of journaling and how to start doing one.
  • How his process of redefining rich began (at a hospital room)
  • Asking yourself BIG questions
  • How the film It’s a Wonderful Life impacted his life
  • Recognizing being broke vs. broken
  • The importance of investing in others
  • Choosing gratitude in the midst of a bad circumstance
  • What it means to be greatfull
  • Combining humility and confidence
  • Why we are all born terminal
  • Leaving your legacy
Redefine Rich Podcast with Matt Ham

Redefine Rich Podcast with Matt Ham

Items mentioned:   How journaling has impacted his life

  • It forces clarity.
  • Filtering through all the noise and getting into the truth
  • Being intentional about thinking your thoughts

Tips in starting a journal:

  • Grab a pen.
  • Ask questions.
  • “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the questions in it.”  – Andy Andrews

What the hospital means to Matt:

  • Sifting through all the noise and how Matt started writing
  • What the nurse said to Matt’s aunt who was dealing with cancer
  • One of the greatest questions he has asked to himself

The insights he got from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life Being broke vs. broken

  • No one wants to admit fault or brokenness.
  • Brokenness is the only condition that allows for healing to occur.

Investing in others

  • Investment of your time and energy to experience richness
  • Yielding compound opportunity

Choosing gratitude in the midst of a bad circumstance

  • The keyword is choice
  • Gratitude must be chosen. It can be chosen regardless of circumstance.


  • We can achieve greatness only when we understand the principle of gratitude.
  • We can live fully when we understand gratitude.

Combining humility and confidence

  • Humble yourself with confidence.
  • The world tells us you can only pick either confidence or humility.
  • “You can be proud of being humble.” – C.S. Lewis
  • Walking the line between humility and confidence.
Redefine Rich by Matt Ham

Redefine Rich by Matt Ham

We are all born terminal. We don’t have to wait for a diagnosis to begin living our life out.   Leaving a legacy of your life

  • The way we tell our stories empowers other people to live their own and invites people into that message

  Connect with Matt:   Matt’s final thoughts for the listeners:   “There is incredible purpose behind everything that’s going on in your life.”   “Look at you life with that level of reflection. And hold on to the hope and the truth that everything is moving you in a direction. It’s just a matter of your perspective with which you process those thoughts.”   “It’s not just about doing it for yourself. It’s about inviting people along and empowering people to live their own story.”  

Rob Bellenfant - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Technology Advice with Rob Bellenfant (@robbellenfant @clarkbuckner @technology_adv)


Rob Bellenfant


In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley is joined by fellow podcaster Clark Buckner, as they interview Rob Bellenfant, founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker specializing in IT, sales, marketing, and talent development. He seeks to break down barriers in both life and business through personal and professional growth. Having started 6 successful businesses in the past 14 years, Rob pushes his advocacy of thinking less and acting more.


Can you actually buy a business on eBay?


That’s what Rob has done with TechnologyAdvice, which has now grown to become a successful startup. TechnologyAdvice connects buyers and sellers of business technology as they seek to become the world’s leading resource for educating and connecting buyers and sellers in order to simplify the entire buying process.



In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • How Rob acquired TechnologyAdvice
  • Buying a business on eBay
  • The benefits of wearing different hats in running a business
  • Growing the business from a single employee to a group of over 50
  • How Rob defines success
  • How to combat fear and doubt
  • The importance of investing in employees, not just engagement
  • What a 90%+ millennial workplace is like
  • Breaking down the typical millennial stereotypes
  • Rob’s advice to fellow entrepreneurs
  • Balancing proactiveness vs. prudence
Technology Advice

Technology Advice

Items mentioned:


The original story of how Rob got TechnologyAdvice

  • One of the investments he made after selling his previous business at 18 years old
  • Buying this business on eBay


The evolution of TechnologyAdvice

  • Started at his dorm room serving customers advertising services
  • Hired his first employee after 4 months in business
  • Wearing several hats thereby gaining valuable skills as an entrepreneur
  • Moving into an office
  • Growing the business


Rob’s definition of success and how it changed over the years

  • How he defined it back to the time he was still starting his business
  • How he defines success today


Starving your doubts and fears when you’re running your business:

  • Focusing more on opportunities than obstacles


Investing in employees, not just engagement


  • “Investing is the means to the engagement.”


  • Investing in an employee retreat


Seeing positive ROI through constantly investing with different things in the business


The 90%+ millennial workplace

  • Having more than 90% of millennial on their team
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses
  • Having the “work hard, play hard” mentality
  • Focusing on breaking down the typical millennial stereotypes


Rob’s advice to entrepreneurs:


  • “Act more and think less.”


  • Just get out there and do things.
  • Always be moving and always improving yourself and those around you.
  • Treat every mistake or failure as a lesson learned.


Balancing being proactive vs. being prudent


Who is doing something that interests Rob: Gary Vaynerchuck (@garyvee)


Connect with Rob on Twitter @robbellenfant and @Technology_Adv

and LinkedIn!



Rob’s final thoughts for the listeners:

“ If you have any doubts in your life, your business, the best way to starve those doubts is to take action towards your goals right now!


“Stop thinking, stop doubting yourself, and just take the first step immediately towards working towards your goal.”


“Sitting there and considering all of your options and how all of of those options might end up playing out is probably the worst thing you can do. Take action immediately.”

Shawn Smith - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

The Mobile Pro with Shawn Smith (@themobilepro_)


Shawn Smith


In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley interviews the mobile pro Shawn Smith, the mastermind behind the Shawn is a mobile entrepreneur, songwriter/performer, speaker, and missionary.


Since 1994, Shawn has been running successful businesses from a backpack and so he hopes to show other people how to setup their own mobile podcasting studio and get them up and recording podcast interviews with pro audio quality from anywhere in the world (just like how this episode is actually being recorded at a coffee shop).


It’s all about equipping professional entrepreneurs to go mobile. Whether you are an amateur or not, Shawn will provide you with all the roadmap and navigation tools you need to find your way towards mobile freedom!

In this episode, you’ll learn about:


  • The power of a mobile podcasting studio in connecting with people instantly
  • Getting a pro quality mobile podcasting setup into an iOS device
  • Five different setups for mobile podcasting
  • The launch of his MobilePro podcast
  • How he got involved in doing missionary work in Guatemala
  • Current projects in their mission work
  • How you can give back without going to Guatemala
  • How to get a pro quality podcasting studio up and running in less than an hour
  • His eBook 5 Ways to Podcast with your iPhone
  • The awesome mobile setup used in this interview!

Items mentioned:


On his missionary work:


Doing his mission in India and bringing change into people living in extreme poverty


How he got into missionary work in Guatemala


Now their annual mission trip in Guatemala is attended by over 1,000 volunteers


Doing 3-4 projects each week:

  • Bible school for children with 200-400 kids everyday
  • Installing high-efficiency stoves
  • Doing concrete floors
  • Child sponsorship programs
  • Donations – clothes, shoes, school supplies
  • Medical and dental clinics
  • Sewing classes for women


Working with local non-profit organizations


If this resonates with you, visit Now Is the Time for Missions


How you can give back without going to Guatemala

  • Eyeglass clinics
  • Donations to charitable organizations

On mobile pro podcasting:


How their mission work in Guatemala has led Shawn to do mobile podcasting


Why he chose audio over video podcasting


Putting together a 20-page guide for setting up mobile podcasting

  • Links
  • Gears
  • 5 different setups for pro quality audio


Video step-by-step guide on how to connect these five setups

  • How to setup the iOS device
  • How to set up the recording app
  • Microphone techniques


The mobile setup they’re using in this particular interview:

  • 2 ATR 2100 mics
  • 5-ft mic cables
  • Computer interface converting analog sound to digital
  • USB cable
  • Camera connection kit
  • Headphones KRK 8400


Get the free e-guide at

Enrolling in his course:


A video guide on his website for step-by-step process in setting up a mobile podcasting studio

  • Setups and gears
  • Tips and techniques

Connect with Shawn at

Interested in missionary work?

Music ministry

Connect with Shawn on Twitter @TheMobilePro_

His final thoughts for the listeners:


“We are just on the precipice of this incredible movement known as Podcasting… it’s getting easier and easier with this kind of gear to be mobile not only as a consumer but to produce content.”


“If you’re considering doing podcast, whatever your niche is… now is the time!”

Alex Harris - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Boost E-Commerce Sales and Make More Money with Alex Harris (@alexdesigns)


Alex Harris



In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley interviews marketing optimization expert, Alex Harris.


Alex is the mastermind behind where he improves web stores to make more money over the next holiday season, drive more traffic, and strengthen sales and leads to maximize their return on investment. Since 2001, Alex has been doing conversion rate optimization for eCommerce websites.


Recently named #4 in Top 25 Most Influential Conversion Rate Optimization Experts, Alex is also the host of the Marketing Optimization Podcast. He is also the author of the new book Boost E-Commerce Sales and Make More Money: 300 Tips to Increase Conversion Rates and Generate Leads.


Plus! We have a new segment on the show called Tweet Summary.  Check out Alex’s tweetable tweets with regard to certain interesting topics like quick wins and promotions.


Boost E-Commerce Sales and Make More Money with Alex Harris

Boost E-Commerce Sales and Make More Money with Alex Harris


In this episode, you will learn about:


  • How Alex got started with his podcast
  • The challenge of consistently putting out content
  • How podcasting was a game-changer for him
  • What gives you more credibility
  • Learning from John Lee Dumas’ Fire Nation Elite Mastermind Group
  • Creating his own Mastermind Group
  • The key to making more money online
  • What great things podcasting has done for Alex
  • Why Alex doesn’t see himself as a “growth hacker”
  • The power of surveys
  • Working on his book and what readers can expect from it
  • The “quick wins” process
  • The impact of going to meetups
  • What’s so special about the podcast community
  • What conferences to go to



Items mentioned:


How Jared and Alex met at the WordPress meetup


His down year in 2013 – looking into personal development


How Jared’s podcast presentation inspired and influenced Alex to start his podcast


How podcasting helped him in consistently putting out great content


Interviewing the best people in his industry gave him credibility


Becoming the top influencer in his niche


Joining John Lee Dumas’ group Fire Nation Elite


Getting feedback as the key to making money online


How Alex learned about marketing


How to grow your online business through getting feedback

  • Surveys
  • Different platforms have different avatars



In his book Boost E-Commerce Sales and Make More Money

  • Creating a membership site to figure out people’s pain points in making money online
  • Getting all feedback and applying them to a book
  • Designed to help eCommerce site owners that have reached that plateau and breaking through it to make more money
  • Going from general to specific
  • Different pages of your site presenting different strategies to increase your conversions



Tweet Summary

Alex’s tweetables on these topics:

  • Promotions
  • Increasing loading speed
  • Quick wins



A deep dive on quick wins:

  • Top pages organized by bounce rate and traffic
  • Figuring out how to make more money out of your individual pages


The impact of going to meetups

  • The one advice that changed his life
  • WordPress Meetup
  • Local podcast meetup


What Alex loves about the podcast community


Alex recommends going to niche, small conferences:



Visit or tweet Alex @AlexDesigns

Marketing Optimization Podcast with Alex Harris

Marketing Optimization Podcast with Alex Harris



Alex’s final thoughts for the listeners:


“Talk to as many people as you possibly can, because you’re going to start to realize things about your own show, about your own personality, and what people want to hear.”


“Gather the voice of your audience and use that back in your marketing to help serve them better.”


Navid Moazzez - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Branding Strategy and Virtual Summits with Navid Moazzez (@navidmoazzez & @paulcolabrain)


Navid Moazzez


In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley is joined by co-host Paul Colaianni from the, as they interview Navid Moazzez, lifestyle entrepreneur, personal branding strategist, blogger, podcaster, and online marketer. Currently based in Stockholm, Sweden, Navid helps entrepreneurs build their authority and powerful, personal brand online so they can make more impact in their business and life.


He is also the host of The Lifestyle Architects, a podcast featuring successful lifestyle entrepreneurs, thought leaders and change makers in the world who are inspiring people and making a dent in the universe.



In this episode, you will learn about:


  • What is personal branding?
  • 3 examples of personal branding best practices
  • Personal branding on a budget
  • The importance of building a powerful personal brand
  • How to determine if your personal brand is good enough
  • How to improve your brand
  • Creating a clear call to action
  • The power of connecting and collaborating with people
  • Ways to bring more traffic to your site
  • What is a virtual summit?
  • Who are the speakers at Navid’s virtual summit?
  • The virtual summit structure
  • Why you should get B-list and C-list speakers
  • Navid’s challenge to the listeners



Items mentioned:


Navid’s definition of personal branding:

  • It’s what other people say about you when you’re not around.
  • It’s a promise to an audience that you can deliver consistent high quality content


Building a personal brand before you even need it.


Great examples of people who have build strong personal brands:


How to build your personal brand when you’re on a budget.


A cheap way to put out content through your smart phones


Getting more clients through creating great, quality content and forming relationships


Positioning yourself into a certain niche.


The power of narrowing down on who you are helping and what you’re an expert in.


Navid’s thoughts on how to improve Paul’s site


How to grow your email list and creating a clear call to action


Be clear on what action you want your visitors to take.


Connect. Collaborate.

 Navid Moazzez

Ways to bring more traffic to your site:

  • Lead magnet
  • Virtual summit


What is a virtual summit?

  • A series of live or recorded interviews with experts in your field related to a specific topic
  • Webinar presentations
  • Audio or video: Video has an engaging factor


How to put together a virtual summit:

  • Define a theme.
  • Define your niche and narrow it down.
  • Own the topic. Own the space.


How a virtual summit works in terms of technology, hosting, and storage


Building a structure for his virtual summit:

  • Landing page
  • Order page
  • Thank you page


Getting your speakers for the virtual summit: A-, B-, C-listers!


Connect with Navid at


Connect with him on Twitter @navidmoazzez.


Check out The Branding Summit to see how he puts everything together.


Navid’s final thoughts for the listeners:

Research the persons you’re reaching out to and send them emails.

Focus on relationships first by adding value.


“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar




100 People Project with Shenee Howard (@heyshenee & @jodymaberry)


Rey Brown - Starve the Doubts podcast interview

Smart Phones Made Easy with Rey Brown (@iamreybrown)


Rey Brown – Show Notes

In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley, interviews smartphone enthusiast and mobile expert, Rey Brown who is passionate about showing people how to sync their life with technology. He is the creator of the iPhone 6 Master Class. He is over at and he also has a podcast called Smart Phones Made Easy.

Join them in this episode as both Jared and Rey try to bring out the Kanye West in them with Jared showing off his beatboxing antics and Rey knocking out a suh-weet, freestyle rap!

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

How Rey came to be a smartphone guru
His early beginnings at Circuit City
The inverse relationship between technology and people’s knowledge of it
Customized selling according to the customer’s needs
Why Rey thinks Samsung Galaxy series is the best phone in the market
Choosing iPhone vs. Android
Advice to people wanting to look around the best mobile plan deals
Choosing the right mobile carrier for you
Strategies for upgrading your phone
How to do your research in selecting a phone
Switching from one phone brand to another
Backing up your Dropbox files
Advice to people who are not that tech savvy
Rey’s most favorite app
The iPhone 6 Master Class

Items mentioned:

Rey’s stint at Circuit City, selling CD’s, and how things happened from there.

The kind of music he would sell to customers.

As technology got better, people’s knowledge of it didn’t move with the technology.

How Rey helps people to find the right mobile device for them

Choosing iPhone vs. Android
It’s not about getting what’s popular or the best phone out in the market
Look at your life and see what phone’s features best fits it.

Choosing the best mobile plan deal
There are several options available.
Phone companies mirror each other making it more complicated for consumers which one to choose.
Look at your usage history.
Look at your finance to see how much you can afford to pay.
Go for the provider that meets you and your family’s needs.

Strategies for getting the best phone for the best value
Look at how you’re using your phone now.
What do you like and dislike about your phone?
Select not for what you’re doing now but what you want to do with your phone.
Do your research.
Do not leave the decision of choosing your phone to what the store recommends.


Sometimes the latest phone isn’t the greatest if you’re not using all of the features.

When thinking of switching from iPhone to Android:
What are your frustrated about it?
Find out what limitations the other brand has.
Be sure to turn off your iMessage and make sure you start a new messaging thread with your contacts.

Backing up your Dropbox files

Advice to people who are not that good with technology:
Don’t be afraid to mess up. Play with it.

Rey’s most favorite app: Refresh – delivers insights about people you’re meeting to find common ground with them and connect with them

The iPhone 6 Master Class – breaking down every area of your life and how iPhone can enhance that area

Visit or
Connect with Rey on Twitter @iamreybrown and on Facebook reybrown422

Final thoughts for the listeners:
“Think of your smartphone as power. You have the best technology in the world right on the palm of your hand.”

“Look at smartphone as a tool to make your life better.”

Elyse Sims - Starve the Doubts Podcast Interview

Sales, Marketing and Sexual Harassment with Elyse Sims (@elyse_sims)


Elyse Sims – Show Notes


In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley interviews Elyse Sims, a blogger, speaker, and an entrepreneur.  Elyse is the founder of Skylark Consulting Group, which offers Sales and Marketing management and consulting covering people, processes, collateral, and social media.


Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Elyse has been in Sales and Marketing ever since she graduated from college and she is passionate about striving, growing, learning, moving, and shaking.


With her sociable and likeable personality, Elise is a naturally awesome networker and powerful connector.  She is involved in the entrepreneurial movement in Atlanta, taking that big shift from the corporate world into starting her own business fairly recently.



In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The power of sending personal, handwritten notes
  • The importance of writing out your process
  • The relationship economy and the value of building relationships
  • The challenges women are facing in the workplace
  • Navigating sexual harassment in the workplace
  • The upsides of wearing your power heels. (For women!)
  • The illusion of security and working for corporate America
  • The challenges of self-introspection in running your own business
  • Businesses adopting women as a mindset and as a powerforce
  • The two veins she’s working on with her blogs (and her future book hopefully)
Skylark Consulting Group

Skylark Consulting Group



Items mentioned:


How Jared and Elyse met down memory lane.


Sales tip: Write personal, handwritten notes to your clients and send them out immediately.


Write out that process and think about why you’re writing out that process.

  • What is my perfect client?
  • How often would I communicate with them?
  • How will they use my resources?
  • The customer life cycle


Make sure you’re coming to the client just as frequently or even more with:

  • more happy communication
  • less sales communication


How clients are communicating now and how relationship-building is key.


Understanding and evaluating your clients, the process, and the industry.


The challenges she met in the corporate world.


Dealing with various forms of sexual harassment and owning your “power heels.”


Her advice to women in the workplace to avoid harassments:

  • Own your power and embrace it.
  • Establish that they need to take you seriously.
  • Know how to draw the line and play the game.
  • Have your own barriers.
  • Know yourself and know which things are you willing to put up with.


What prompted her to finally start her own business.


“It’s not a failure if you learn from it, if you enjoyed doing it…if you made a difference in you and for somebody else, you won!”


The challenges she encountered in starting and running her business.

  • Financial challenges
  • Figuring out the process
  • Keeping track of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it
  • Self-introspection


The two veins she’s working on with her blogs:

  • Women in business
  • Sales, marketing, customer service, social media


On writing personal, handwritten notes:

“Just write from the heat. Say thank you.”


Final thoughts to the listeners:

Make sure the language you’re communicating is what the customer wants to hear.

“Try to look at things from your client’s perspective.”

“It’s all about giving the customer what they want”



Connect with Elyse and send her an email through [email protected]

Check out her website

Connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter.