It’s All In the Name: Marcello Pedalino -The Social DJ Podcast, Episode 43 with Steven Parry

Special thanks to Steven Parry for including me as a featured entrepreneur on his interview series, The Social DJ.

We riffed about being a proactive concierge and possibilitarian, the importance of character, prioritizing wellness, a few of my favorite books and some choice epitaphs. That was fun!

This clip features a few highlights from the episode.

Onwards and upwards!

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

The Celebrate Life Series- Marcello Recommends: 10 Things You Can Do To Have A Better Day by Mike Walter

He’s been a featured guest on MMP’s Celebrate Life Series and a frequent contributor to our Sunshine Club;  he’s an established business leader, consultant and performer in the DJ Entertainment industry-  and now, he’s a twice- published author.   Mike Walter, once again joins our recommended list of influential thought leaders who wrote a book for all of the aspiring souls out there who were wondering, “is this as good as it gets?”

With his latest release, 10 Things You Can Do To Have a Better Day, Mike joins the ranks of  Neen James Brene Brown, Danny Meyer, Kevin Hall, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Hsieh who took the time to eloquently share part of their life’s journey with others.  For most of these extraordinary personalities,  their best sellers were either published as a cathartic endeavor, a kindle-friendly way to pass on the sage guidance they were fortunate to receive over the years, or simply a personal commitment to paying it forward.  I think the 10 Things handbook is an engaging trifecta.

Wanna lose weight? check.   Find more energy? check.  Enjoy a more satisfying relationship? check.  Discover fulfillment? check.   Take a vacation? check again.  Do you wanna be more productive, be happier and smile more than you ever thought was possible????….   Like they told Joey in the old Prego commercial, It’s In There!  

DISCLAIMERyour mileage and results may vary and you might not look as good or content as the guy on the left when you’re done.   But, if you don’t at least feel a little better about your life’s potential, your future opportunities, or this limit-less world we live in after reading Mike’s pocketful of sunshine, you better check your pulse.  Seriously.

Don’t just take my word for it.  10 Things has been getting rave reviews since its release a few months ago.    Even if I didn’t have the honor and pleasure to call Mike a dear friend and colleague, I’d still be praising the positive vibes that his book is spreading across the globe.

In this episode of the Celebrate Life Interview Series, Mike dishes out some more great tips and suggestions for finding joy, planning a cool honeymoon, which sports teams to cheer for, and how to mentally prepare for a marathon.

He  also gives a sneak peak into the upcoming sequel to Ten Things as well as a little tease of his  father’s fascinating book which is due out shortly.

With wedding plans just months away, the MMP team would like to wish Mike and his beautiful fiance Kelly, who is also a Sunshine Club contributor, all the health, happiness and success that life has to offer.

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Read Mike’s Blog and learn more Things about Prince, Sir Paul McCartney, or just letting it go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neen James- It’s Australian for Fabulous, mate!

The Aussie Hostess with The Mostess: Neen James with Rachel Gordon and friends.

You know it’s going to be a great party when the hostess greets you at the door and offers you a beverage and a tattoo.

Super-Productivity expert and social media darling, Neen James, along with her Master of the Barbie and technology aficionado husband, Andy, held their annual Celebrate Australia soiree at their lovely home in Bucks County, Pa.

What makes a party fabulous?   First and foremost, it’s your guest list.  As I mentioned in the last post, 10 Tips for Celebratory Success, when you invite the people you care about and the people who care about you, the rest will fall into place. 

Neen & Andy (with a slice of homemade Pavlova Cake) Fresh fruit, meringue, cream and a crispy crust.. Bonzer!

Neen and Andy are connected to an eclectic group of cool people and thought leaders from all over the world.  The house was buzzing with teachers, lawyers, publicists, professional speakers, realtors, media specialists, marketing managers, designers, make-up artists, yoga studio owners, tech experts, and even one special event entrepreneur who got a golden e-ticket this year.

The vibe was ultra-friendly and positive.   Laughter was a constant-  as was a nice mix of aspirational conversation, trips down memory lane and a sprinkle of networking for potential collaborations… Just right for a festively-chic night out.

Neen tweeted her guests earlier in the week reminding them to “bring your appetite.”   I’m glad I took her advice and also ran an extra 3 miles in the morning.  The constant service of delectable Aussie-inspired appetizers featured; prawns on the barbie,  meat pies, sausage rolls, lamb chops and specialty quiches. The aromas were as delightful as the flavors.

Beké Beau showing her love for Neen and the Pavlova

Neen Knows:  If you’re planning a party and want to create an intimate affair but don’t want the potential stuffiness and conversational limitations that can result from a sit-down dinner, opt for a heavy menu of passed hors d’oeuvres instead.   When paired up with the right mixology offerings, this ‘freedom to mingle alternative’ to being a seating chart slave can really enhance your guest’s experience.

Neen and Andy also came through in what I call the “little things” department.  They decorated the house with Aussie flags, played some cool Aussie beats in the pool room, offered everyone temporary Aussie tattoos, and had an awesome ‘Best of Australia’ photo montage playing on their huge living room plasma screen.   The images were stunning! All of these elements combine to spark fun and interactive exchanges among your newly-introduced friends.

It was a pleasure meeting everyone in the fabulous network of Neen.  No matter who I encountered, everyone agreed that her ability to ignite people’s productivity on both a personal and professional level is uber-impressive.  If you think you can keep up, fasten your seat belt and follow her on twitter. @NeenJames

Special thanks to Neen and Andy for their generous hospitality and friendship.

Continued health, happiness and success!

 

 

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Girl Power! Jamie Broderick Empowers and Inspires the Ladies of Buck’s County in Network Now

Jamie Broderick- Network Now Founder

Their tag line is, “It’s Who You Know.”  Fitting, because, the reason I was at the 4th annual Network Now meeting was because I knew Michael Port. After a nice lunch last month with Michael and Neen James, I was invited to join this year’s event.  Speaking of Neen and who you know, I dropped her name when I met Cindy Po, owner of Serenity Fit, and her face lit up like a bride on her wedding day.   Turns out, Neen, a global productivity expert, is one of Cindy’s mentors and has had a tremendous impact on her life.  And speaking of ‘tremendous impact,’ the founder of Network Now, Jamie Broderick, seems to have touched the lives of all the grateful members in this impressive organization.

You couldn’t talk to anyone who wasn’t helped, empowered or inspired by Jamie in some way.  It was an awesome vibe.  Way beyond a bunch of complacent women gathered together to gossip or talk  about the Kardashians and the NJ Housewives…. Network Now is a professional organization that is made up of driven women with an entrepreneurial spirit that genuinely care about each other’s unique journey and how they can assist in their quest for success.

Network Now Logo

The theme of the night was offered up by the host, Mr. Port.    After a few of the special guests spoke briefly about their companies and offered up a few toasts of appreciation for Jamie and the network, Michael added some pretty deep fodder for introspection.    The gist of his message was, ‘be someone- that other people want to help.’ I think the take-away from his mini 4 minute sermon was to be ethical, be supportive, and be the best ‘you’ that you can be for others so you’ll have the power of many vs. the power of one.   As a fan of Karma and paying it forward, this sentiment was right up my alley.

I knew these warm fuzzies were legit when I met Sabine Hayes, from Phase Five Interiors.   After exchanging initial pleasantries with her and Kimberly Hallman, from Devine Powers, Sabine simply asked… “how can I help you and your business.” And she meant it.  Very cool.

4th Annual Network Now Event- Petra Kolber, Michael Port, Ellen Marie Cox, Jamie Broderick, Marcello Pedalino, Lynn Doyle

The event was filled with some of the best and brightest in the Bucks County area.  It was a pleasure to meet everyone.  These were some of the future Fortune 500 CEOs that I had the chance to connect with; Lynn Doyle from It’s Your Call, Darlene Centanni from Centennial Blueprint, Susan Rovello from Creative Solutions, Ellen Marie Cox from Mary Kay, Michelle Spatz from Fabric Goddess, and Laura Pedrick from Pedrick Photography who was kind enough to take and share this photo with us.

Special thanks to Michael Breslin and his partners, Gene Agnew and Martin Hoegar, from Bitter Green Catering, who provided the delectable cuisine for the evening.  Among many, my culinary favorites were the crab appetizer and scallops wrapped in bacon. Phenomenal!

And of course, to the host and hostess with mostess, Michael Port and the lovely Petra Kolber, thank you for your generous hospitality and friendship.

Continued success!  -mp

Power Lunches and Vanity Plates are Alive and Well: Marcello Dines with Michael Port and Neen James

Michael Port

Neen James

Marcello Pedalino

You know you’re out to lunch with the right people when the waitress comes by three times and you still haven’t looked at your menus yet.

That kind of organic conversation and camaraderie combined with delightful weather and a gorgeous view makes you stop and say,   “I’m very grateful to be here…  life is good today.”

I took a nice top-down ride out to New Hope, Pennsylvania, last week to dine with New York Times bestselling author, Michal Port and renowned productivity expert, Neen James. Topics of discussion varied from world travel, staying fit,  and intellectual property to Harley Davidsons, concierge services, and cool apps for your iPad.

When you surround yourself with successful thought leaders, it’s impossible for some of their mojo not to rub off on ya at some point.  If you haven’t read any of Michael or Neen’s books or had the chance to hear them speak, I highly recommend it.

… p.s  When we met at Michael’s home, it was really fun to check out everyone’s license plate.  See if you can guess whose is whose.   Neen’s should be fairly easy.   🙂 

If you or a friend has a cool plate you’d like to show off, share it on the MMP Facebook wall for the world to see! -mp

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