Wed, 25 February 2015
Stuart Knight is said to be "one of the best conversationalists" ever. Kevin Bracken (boy genius founder of Pillow Fight Day, Newmindspace and the newly acquired GymSurfing) told me I had to have Stuart on The Jake Show because it's almost as if he has "conversation down to a science."
With a pitch like that, I was curious.
Stuart and I got on real well. He's an internationally reknowned (and talented / funny) speaker. We deep-dive into our childhoods, Russian brides (minus the married part), his new company "The Powerful Group" and the impact and art of powerful conversations. We both grew up on Tony Robbins, talk about theism and atheism being opposite sides of the same coin, what it takes to be powerful in our relationships with others and plenty of humour along the way.
Stuart tells me why he feels vulnerable around having a child, why he'll never get married and of course some friendly flirting. One of my favorite shows to date because of how real it got. Loving it.
"The Jake Sasseville Show" is co-executive produced by Vivienne Kelly and Gregory Stutzer. Produced by Michael Howard Nathanson. Associate producers Kodi Seaton, Topher Keene and Max Mogensen. (c) 2015 Profoundly Human LLC All Rights Reserved
Mon, 23 February 2015
James Mccrae, Creator of "Sh*t Your Egy Says" and Frederick Dodson, founder of "Reality Creation" are two of my best friends. I asked them to do an impromptu episode.
We catch up -- we haven't hung out in more than a year together. What follows is odd, insightful, interesting and humorous.
We talk spirituality and marketing, running a startup versus getting one funded, Ego, Presidential Politics and HuffPoLive, straws that break the camels back, best friend relationships that end and plenty of LAUGHS and INSIGHTS.
The Jake Sasseville Show is co-executive produced by Vivienne Kelly and Gregory Stutzer. Associate producers James Mccrae, Kodi Seaton, Topher Keene and Max Mogensen. (c) 2015 Profoundly Human LLC All Rights Reserved.
Wed, 18 February 2015
Diane Badié is a fashion designer who took a right turn and a few detours after she graduated from New York University with a MPA.
She didn't go to FIT or have years under a mentor. She's designed clothes, much like she's lived her life: on her own terms. Called by Brooklyn Magazine "top 5 women artists to watch" Diane Badié apparel is bold yet wearable.
She's a sassy, lovable and determined artist and is one of my dearest friends.
I had her on the show because her life is an example to us all that even though our parents may have certain expectations for us, we still get to make the choice of how we want to live our life.
Diane went from a love of sketching design ideas in a notebook to launching several lines since 2012. Her design work is exquisset and she talks about the creative process, collaborating musically with her husband Mike Slott, and how she keeps the pure joy of design from burning out.
The Jake Sasseville Show is co-executive produced by Gregory Stutzer and Vivienne Kelly. Produced by Michael Howard Nathanson. Associate producers include Kodi Seaton and Max Mogensen. (c) 2015 Profoundly Human All Rights Reserved
Wed, 11 February 2015
Kweku Mandela is the grandson of Nelson Mandela. He and I are both 29 years old and we're both men. That's where you'd expect the similiarities to end. Not true.
I loved my conversation with Kweku, who shared with me that beneath his grandfather's steely determination, Mr. Nelson had reservations about assuming the roles that were thrust upon him.
Kweku talked about the challenges in his relationship with his dad (something I identify with personally) and how he healed it. We talk about an incredible documentary film he released ("Beyond Right and Wrong") and how forgiveness in action is a big part of his life, based on what his granddad taught him.
Ironically, Kweku grew up in Amherst, Mass. before moving back to South Africa when his granddad became president. He became a filmmaker and travels the world. I'm impressed with how connected and rooted Kweku is despite having a last name that is globally recognized as a symbol of justice, equality and dignity.
The Jake Sasseville Show is co-executive produced by Vivienne Kelly and Gregory Stutzer. Produced by Michael Howard Nathanson. Associate produced by Kodi Seaton and Topher Keene. (c) 2015 Profoundly Human. All Rights Reserved.
Mon, 9 February 2015
Susan Blond on her BFF Andy Warhol, representing Michael Jackson, Ozzy and Tina Turner and NYC over the last fifty years
Susan Blond is a legend. BFFs with Andy Warhol, who she told me was an expert in PR and publicity before it became a profession, Susan has represented Michael Jackson, The Clash, Joan Jett, Meatloaf, James Brown, Ozzy, Cindy Lauper, Sade, Tina Turner, Morrissey, Julio Iglesias, Boston, Luther Vandross and me. She was my first publicist and we would often attend events together.
People, she told me, are fundamentally fascinating if you give them enough space and time to talk. She talks about Michael Jackson's naivite and asexuality, what's inspiring her these days and what turns her on these days.
A class act, I loved my conversation with Susan Blond and am touched that she agreed to sit down and talk. If you want a glimpse into NYC nightlife and artlife from the 1960s to today and how popculture has become so damn popular, look no further.
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The Jake Sasseville Show is co-executive produced by Vivienne Kelly and Gregory Stutzer. Associate produced by Kodi Seaton, James Mccrae and Topher Keene. (c) Profoundly Human 2015 All Rights Reserved
Wed, 4 February 2015
Bob Fuller x Youngest US University President x Rankism, the Dignity Movement, Making Race history and being kind
Bob Fuller was the youngest (age 34) University president in US history at Oberlin College. He earned a Ph.D in Physics at 23. Although we're fifty years apart in age, we agree we're kindred spirits.
We talked about what it means to become a somebody (Rankism) and then fall from grace (shame). After leaving the presidency at Oberlin, Bob became what he calls a "nobody." The phone stopped ringing. No one wanted to have lunch. Bob told me that as occassional nobodies, we must stand up and realize we have nothing to lose except for the shame that got us there in the first place.
Then President Jimmy Carter called. Then the USSR. Then Werner Erhard. Life is constantly in ebb and flow.
I loved the story of how Bob made history not only as the youngest president, but then pushed his board to vote 6-to-4 to authorize the first black head of athletics in history.
Bob is in his 70s now, and the conversation and stories of the life he's lived is simply extraordinary.
Enjoy Bob as much as I did. Jake.
Bob Fuller: "Dealing with racism at the college athletic level felt like war. I thought that if we didn't win this thing, we won't win as a country."
The Jake Sasseville Show is co-executive produced by Vivienne Kelly and Gregory Stutzer. Produced by Michael Howard Nathanson. Associate Producers Kodi Seaton, Topher Keene and Max Mogensen (c) 2015 Profoundly Human All Rights Reserved
Mon, 2 February 2015
Marcie Prohofsky has been my secret weapon in the boardroom since 2009. She's a powerhouse sales, influence, life and relationship coach. She's encouraged personal breakthroughs, helped me drive millions in sales and has a huge heart.
Rob Nicholson x Marcie Monday.
The first Monday of each month, I ask Marcie to come on the show and meet a new extraordinary leader or entrepreneur who's needing some help in a particular area of life. It's often deeply personal and vulnerable. Rob is no exception.
This month, Rob Nicholson bravely faces the chaos of his family system. Rob co-founded a multi-million dollar business with his mom at age 20. His mom died, and through a series of unfortunate events which he explains, Rob's company was inhereted by his bitter sister.
He got nothing for the company he co-founded, and now is trying to figure out why he's having a tough time charging for his services as -- you guessed it -- a family business consultant. Starting life over and unable to figure out how to make money. We've all been there. If not yet, we will be. If not with money, then with something else.
Marcie Prohofsky: "All the u-turns in our lives are because the having of the things we want is actually beyond what is safe for us to have. It takes re-learning."
Enjoy this episode, Jake
The Jake Sasseville Show is co-executive produced by Vivienne Kelly and Gregory Stutzer. This episode produced by Michael Howard Nathanson. Associate producers Kodi Seaton, Topher Keene and Max Mogensen. (c) 2015 Profoundly Human LLC All Rights Reserved