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2014 Keynote Presenters

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    Chris Brogan
    Owner Magazine
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    Steve Kloyda
    Prospecting Expert
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    Jason SurfrApp
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    Jerry Ross
    Ntl Entrepreneurship Ctr
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    Heather Whaling
    Geben Comm
  • Jess OStroff DSC_0095156x156
    Jess Ostroff
    Don't Panic Mgmt

Ohio Growth Summit is all about providing you the opportunity to take control of your career, your business and your life.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a manager, an employee, or still identifying your path the Ohio Growth Summit is for you. The Summit brings together national and local speakers to help you take your game to the next level. Attending the Summit will enable you to identify specific, actionable steps that you can use “immediately” to reach your personal and business goals.

We invite you to join us on June 4 and June 5 for an experience that will allow you to do more, be more, and achieve more. You are worth it!

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing Change

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The 2014 Ohio Growth Summit is less than two months away, and we have an incredible lineup of keynote speakers, including Steve Kloyda, founder of The Prospecting Expert. Steve is a highly sought after sales trainer who helps businesses attract prospects, retain clients and drive sales.

Steve puts together regular blogs, videos and podcasts to motivate, inspire and inform his audience. Many of his recent podcasts have dealt with the idea of change, a topic we discussed on the last Reach the Summit podcast with Dan Stover.

Some of the insights Steve has discussed in his recent posts, and that he’ll be bringing to his OGS presentation, include:

Being prepared when opportunity presents itself. “The whole world is a stage,” he says, “and it’s showtime.” Steve asks what blogs, articles and books you could be reading or what classes you could be taking to improve yourself to prepare for the moment when it’s your turn to perform. Work harder on yourself than your job, he says, and your gifts will always make a place for you.

A better life always begins with you. The decisions we made yesterday have led us to where we are today, and today’s decisions will steer us to tomorrow. To help you get to your ideal life tomorrow, make a list of the obstacles you face, then tackle one at a time. And do it with a great attitude!

Change for a Good Reason

8222922317_2cce0295b3_zIf you change direction, do it for a good reason. Steve believes entrepreneurs and companies change course too often. They have a perfectly good plan laid out, but then veer off because of some new trend, an influential book, a different opinion or even just “bright, shiny object syndrome.” Changing direction isn’t bad if the path you’re on is not a good one, but sometimes you need to stay focused on where you’re headed. Are you taking the path of least resistance because it’s easier and not necessarily more beneficial?

Steve understands change firsthand. Steve began his sales career as a stockbroker in 1980 and quickly developed unique prospecting skills and disciplines that produced phenomenal results. In 1990, he founded his firm, Telemasters, to help salespeople find their own success.

After twenty successful years of teaching and coaching salespeople in a variety of industries under the Telemasters brand, Steve recognized that, just as the tools of the industry had evolved, so too must the name of his company. In March 2010, the company was renamed The Prospecting Expert to better acknowledge the vast array of tools available for salespeople today and to more clearly reflect Steve’s comprehensive vision for prospecting strategies in the 21st century. Prospecting is, after all, the foundation of every successful sales professional and business.

So as your world changes, what decisions can you make today to steer you toward the person you want to be tomorrow? What can you do to be ready when an opportunity comes your way? And, if you are planning to change direction, is it for the right reasons?

To hear more insights from Steve and the other keynote speakers and breakout presenters we have lined up, don’t forget to register for the Ohio Growth Summit!

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Facebook Image Dimensions – Infographic

Having a difficult time keeping Facebook’s different size requirements for images straight? Help has arrived! You’ll never need to search again because advanced Facebook marketer Jon Loomer of has created this handy infographic putting all the requirements in one convenient place. Need a glossary of Facebook ad terms or, specifically, a glossary for Insight terms? He’s got infographics for both–and great general information on Facebook advertising–as well!


Do you use any infographics that are helpful for streamlining all the little business tasks we do throughout the day? If so, share them in the comments; we’d love to use them too!


This is the 14th episode of Reach the Summit, a podcast to help you reach your business goals. Subscribe on iTunesSpreaker or Stitcher Radio.

Hosts Mike Bowers and Amy Schmittauer interview each guest to learn more about what makes them tick and keeps them striving for success in everything they do. Episodes are recorded twice per month and feature business owners, marketers, salespeople, social media specialists, operations managers and other inspirational individuals who can speak about their path to success and how to help other people in business.

Dan Web of Integrated Leadership System

A breakout presenter at last year’s Ohio Growth Summit, Dan Stover is a Leadership Consultant with Integrated Leadership Systems, a leadership development organization. After graduating from The Ohio State University with dual degrees in Psychology and Criminology, he pursued criminology–leading a multi-million dollar digital technology initiative at the FrankliCounty Courts. But, as many of us experience, Dan realized his leadership skills and passion were ultimately not being fulfilled in his chosen field. 

Dan began to undertake stronger leadership roles in the community through an award-winning blog, a position as Vice President of the Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus and a successful talk-radio show, finding the consulting and leadership aspects of these activities to be his calling. In becoming a coach at Integrated Leadership Systems, Dan has leveraged his experience as a leader and his passion for helping others to facilitate deep transformation in his clients.

In this 30-minute episode, you will learn:

  • About working through an organization’s internal systems when introducing new initiatives;
  • Understanding people’s emotional response when change occurs;
  • What to focus on when you encounter resistance;
  • How to address intense conflict between two parties who need to work together; and
  • The importance of “emotional independence” from your business.

In addition to listening to the podcast, you can also watch one of Dan’s TED Talks. Follow Dan on Twitter and find out more about him on LinkedIn!