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Intimate, personal conversations with the biggest talents from professional theatre, tv, film, and more. Hear their secrets, what makes them laugh, stresses them out, and how they manage the anxiety of success. We feature both stars and creatives such as producers, stage managers, directors, press and marketing agents, or even the people who own the theaters or productions themselves.​ This is a podcast for artists, made by artists. With over 2 decades of experience in film and theatre both ...
 
In Alan Cumming's house you'll find some shelves. Well, lots of shelves in fact, and on these shelves are curiosities, rarities, and oddities, that Alan has collected throughout his varied and colourful career. Artefacts if you will from the museum of Alan's life. In each episode of this podcast Alan reaches for one of these items, to tell the story behind it, ruminating on the memories it brings up. However, Alan does not do this alone. His guests range from Cyndi Lauper and a pair of white ...
 
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Wedding Business Solutions

Alan Berg, CSP, Global Speaking Fellow

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If weddings are all or part of your business, then the Wedding Business Solutions podcast is for you. You’ll hear ideas to help you sell more, profit more and have more fun doing it from Alan Berg CSP, who’s been called “The Leading International Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings.” Whether it’s ideas for closing the sale, improving your website conversion or just plain common-sense ideas for your wedding business, the episodes here, whether monologue or dialogue are just the thi ...
 
Alan Cheng of the Marketing Interrogation Podcast brings you marketing strategies, tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the competition. Alan shares his secrets and many years of experience on how to get clients, how to grow your professional service business and he interview experts regularly to take your business to the next level. Alan's goal is to give you simple strategies that you can implement quickly into your business.
 
Alan is managing partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP, (GROCO) and is a respected leader in his field. He is also the radio show host to American Dreams. Alan's CPA firm resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves some of the most influential Venture Capitalist in the world. GROCO's core competency is advising High Net Worth individual clients in tax and financial strategies. Alan is a current member of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (S.I.E.P.R.) SIEPR’s ...
 
A Room With a View opens with Two Englishwomen touring Europe. The older one is poor, bossy, old fashioned and a great upholder of what is “proper.” The younger one is less certain of herself, but holds within her the makings of a passionate, emotional and independent woman. In Florence they are allotted a room overlooking a dull courtyard, whereas they had specifically asked for a “view.” A fellow guest offers them his own rooms which offer wonderful vistas of the Arno. The older woman inst ...
 
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When it comes to growing your business there are many different paths. In this episode from my “Scaling” series I chat with a good friend, Eric Maas, whose family has taken Complete Weddings from a single DJ location to nationwide and beyond through franchising. Listen to this episode and hear another way that you might want to consider for growing…
 
Major Attaway has over 20 years of experience as an entertainer, actor, singer, and voiceover artist, and may be best known for playing the Genie in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway for the longest amount of time (three years). He also debuted in Mack and Mabel as Fatty Arbuckle at NY City Center Encores in 2020, and his regional credits include Hot Mi…
 
Many companies have cut back on the number of products and services. Menus have gotten more limited. Supply-chain issues have reduced inventories. Can you cut back on the products and services you sell, and still profit more. Your customers seek you out for the results you provide, not the specific products and services. Listen to this new 8-minute…
 
Stephanie Styles is an actress, singer, and dancer who made her Broadway debut in the recent Roundabout Theatre revival of Kiss Me, Kate, opposite Kelly O'Hara, Will Chase, and Corbin Bleu. Other credits include Katherine Plumber in the national tour of Newsies, The Sound of Music national tour, and Kingdom Come at Roundabout Underground’s Black Bo…
 
Joining Alan this week on is Steve Koenig – Vice President of research for the Consumer Technology Association and CES. He shared how 2200 companies showed up for this years event. A lot of start-ups, over 150 countries were showcased. Steve said there was an air of “attitude of gratitude”. Steve goes onto talk about the new west hall that is dedic…
 
Happy New Year, this episode Chris talks about a new family tradition they began on New Year's, being proud of Myles, Jan 6 anniversary, and Little Caesar's being shitty. DC Comedy Loft Jan 19th, 7:30pm - https://www.dccomedyloft.com/shows/162845 Charlottesville: The Southern Cafe and Music Hall Jan 21, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01005C23B3…
 
We all know that we should follow up on leads and after meetings, but it often doesn’t get the priority that it deserves. I know how busy you can be and for some of you following up just doesn’t make it up your priority list. For others, it’s one and done – get a lead, reply and that’s it if you don’t hear back. If you want to profit more without m…
 
Glynn Turman is an Emmy Award winning actor, writer, director and producer, who made his Broadway debut at 12 years old originating the role of Travis Younger in A Raisin In The Sun. With a successful TV and film career spanning more than 50 years, Glynn has had notable roles in films including Cooley High, The River Niger, Gremlins, How Stella Got…
 
I love interviewing smart, nice people about how they’ve scaled their businesses up. In this episode, Keith Walters shares how Walters Wedding Estates went from 1 venue to over 40 and growing. Listen and gain some insight that can help you decide how to right-size your business. Walters Hospitality owns and operates a spectrum of specialties includ…
 
Have you attended any conferences or networking events this year? Which ones are on your must-attend list for next year? I hope you have many because the value is both monetary and intangible. Listen to this short, new 7-minute episode and hear why you want to block off time for learning. If you have any questions about anything in this, or any of …
 
Debra Sperling is a professional voiceover artist with over 26 years of experience. Throughout her career, Debra has been the voice of dozens of national television campaigns such as Charmin, Cascade, Pampers, Maybelline, Listerine, Walmart, Folgers, Kellogg’s, Olive Garden, Johnson and Johnson, Band-Aid, and many more. Debra is a big player in the…
 
Alan is back with more from SEMA 2021 Las Vegas. First up is Matt Jaskol – NASCAR Infinity Driver, Red Bull F1 Development Driver and professional skydiver. They chat about his 5000ft jump from a helicopter to the Las Vegas Speedway. Seth Burgett – CEO and President of Gateway Bronco talk about their handcrafted Broncos. They’ve gone electric. The …
 
We've successfully completed yet another year around the sun (sorry flat Earthers, the truth hurts), this time with only about 4 months of Broadway theatre to talk about, and we're already seeing more shows permanently closed than expected due to Omicron breakthrough cases. Sheesh. Ayanna Prescod, a Broadway producer, critic, writer, and creator, a…
 
It’s an understatement to say that we’ve have a crazy couple of years. So, what are you thankful for as this year comes to a close. I have lots to be thankful for and I’m sure, if you take a step back, you do as well. Listen to this short, new 6-minute episode and I’ll share some things we can all be thankful for. If you have any questions about an…
 
Ilda Mason is a Panamanian actress, singer, and dancer who began her career in productions including Peter Pan, The Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, and Legally Blonde. She performed as a professional dancer on Panama’s Dancing with the Stars for two seasons, and made her Broadway debut in Ivo van Hove’s adaption of West Side Story…
 
Sometimes you meet someone with a unique niche and wonder “How did you end up in that business?” When I first met Therese, she was dressed in a beautiful sari, a garment traditionally worn by women from South Asia. What struck me is that Therese is not from India or Pakistan, she’s Polish, and she’s been the go-to wedding planner for South Asian we…
 
BJ Killeen – Automotive Journalist and Voice of Reason starts the show off with Alan today. They dive into Motor Trend Truck of the year which goes to Rivian’s R1T. BJ’s favorite for a suggestive buy is the Ford F150 Lightening. Alan shares about his son’s 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid and his new purchase of a 2012 Duramax Diesel 1 ton King Cab. They disc…
 
Every year I ask this question to my clients and audiences: “Are you ready for engagement season?” There are so many things that you can do… so are you doing them? From reevaluating your pricing to updating your website and advertising, what should you do? The short answer is to do something. If you don’t do anything, then you’ll see no benefits. L…
 
Michael Zegen is an actor who may be most well known for his various roles on TV, including Joel Maisel, on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Damien Keefe, on Rescue Me, in addition to various recurring roles on Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, How To Make It In America, and Girls. Michael made his Broadway debut in Ivo Van Hove’s Tony Award winnin…
 
To close Season 1 Alan speaks with Susie Gorgeous, one of his dearest and oldest friends. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about it, with the help…
 
Today Alan talks to his old pal, and incredible director and screenwriter, Caroline Thompson. It gets rather horsey! Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you …
 
The podcast's first ever repeat guest, Steven Sater (Tony/Grammy/Olivier/Lortel/Drama Desk Award-Winning Awesome Guy) rejoins us to discuss his latest project, the grammy nominated concept album called Some Lovers, a collaboration with friend Burt Bacharach. This episode is pulled from a brand new podcast that I started with co-host Heather Vickery…
 
Robin de Jesús is an actor and singer who has received Tony Award nominations for his roles in In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles, and The Boys in the Band. He made his Broadway debut in Rent in 2005, and has also appeared as Boq in Wicked on Broadway. His film and TV credits include his breakout role in the independent film Camp, as well as appear…
 
Here’s another listener suggestion. Michelle McFarland and I were at a conference recently and she reminded me of a story I had told at another event that totally changed the way she handled negative situations with customers. Once the damage is done it’s often hard, or impossible to undo. If you are proactive, it might cost you less than what it w…
 
Jake Bazel is a puppeteer, voice actor, writer, director and coach with over a decade of experience working in children's media. Credits include multiple productions of Sesame Street (HBO, PBS, Apple TV and NBC), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Disney’s Muppets, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Paddington Gets in a Jam, Sandra Boynton’s Frog T…
 
Ingrid Cortez and Fegan Floop back together again! No one tell Gregorio... Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off his shelf, and tells you all about it, with the help of some friend…
 
In my series on The Niche I come across so many interesting people with even more interesting niches. I’ve known Matt Campbell for a few years but I never really understood what he did, or what his business model was. In this episode you’ll hear how Matt combined a knowledge of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to create a business that brings him i…
 
Alan wraps up the “Voices of the Industry” with Brian Brennan – Content Director for Garage Media. Alan asked, “What is your take on SEMA”? Brian say’s he’s glad to be back and to see what’s happening in the industry. The outlook going forward looks optimistic. The Automotive aftermarket and Hot Rod Industry is looking well, even though the electri…
 
Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that no one else has… your own monopoly? Well, you actually do, it’s your voice. The key is to learn how to use it to show people that you’re actually different, before they get to hear your spoken voice. Want to hear how? Listen to this new 9-minute episode and find out. If you have any questions about anythin…
 
Broadway and West End stars Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden have reunited with a new album of classic and contemporary Broadway duets. Sierra Boggess is best known for originating the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway, as well as for multiple appearances as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Other credits include West Side Story…
 
Another Hollywood legend graces Alan's podcast and peruses his shelves. This time it's his old friend, and co-director, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Alan Cumming's Shelves is all about Alan Cumming and his shelves. There's lots of things on these shelves, oddities and artefacts from across Alan's life, and so each week he takes one of the curiosities off …
 
Welcome back Gearheads! Another exciting week at SEMA Live Las Vegas, in the Hypertech booth. Joining Alan is Amy Faulk – World champion racer and CEO of Hypertech. A true pioneer for women in the racing industry. Amy says that SEMA isn’t just the show, it’s the icing. Working in the industry and making good products along with associating with gre…
 
I love getting listener suggestions and this one came from Chuck Johnson. He’s raising his prices (yeah) and wanted to know if he should put the new prices on his website with a disclaimer that they’re going up on a certain date. Want to hear the answer and how you might approach this when you raise your prices (something I addressed on another pod…
 
Alan is back with more “Voices of the Industry” Live at SEMA, Las Vegas 2021. First in line is Bill Rogers – President of Keystone. Keystone is the largest wholesale distributor in SEMA space for automotive equipment and accessories. Alan inquired about his thoughts on SEMA and the new era and the break that covid brought? Bill feels that people go…
 
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