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The Jody Maberry Show explores the nature of business. Jody Maberry is a former Park Ranger who became the happiest podcaster on earth. With a mix of storytelling, lessons, and occasional guests, Jody gives you a look at the work he does with executives as he helps them build their brand.
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Aug 12, 2020

My uncle, Jerry, died of Covid. He was one of my favorite people and this is a terrible loss for my family.

Uncle Jerry was one of the most generous people I have met. In the spirit of his generosity, I want to share some of the things I learned from him on this episode of The Jody Maberry Show.

The Mask Isn't About You. Wearing a mask shows you care about other people.

Where you begin is not as important as where you finish. If you have a rough start you can still have an amazing finish. Don't let your beginning hold you back.

Money makes you more of what you already are. Money doesn't make someone selfish or a jerk. Money does not make someone generous and helpful. They were that way before they had money.

If you are not doing it for other people, why are you doing it?

Some problems are not worth fixing. When you know where you are going and why you are doing it. Some problems aren't worth the time or money to worry about.

A story can make anything personal. If you take the time to tell stories, it connects you to other people.

Living a big story is worth the risk. Sure, things may not work out the way you hope. But if it gives you a story to tell, it is worth it.

You become larger than life by living each day. It's not the big things people remember you for, it is what you do with each day you have.

Legacy is not built on big accomplishments. You build a legacy by what you do every day. How you treat people, and you help people, how you make people feel on a daily basis is where your legacy comes from.

People remember unexpected answers to expected questions. Rather than answer the simple, usual answers to questions, can you say something people will remember after the conversation?

The most important person in the world is the person right in front of you. 

No matter what happens, it's going to be ok. These were Uncle Jerry's last words. And he is right. It will be ok.

Jun 17, 2020

In the last episode of The Jody Maberry Show, Dr. Mike Goldsby joined me to talk about entrepreneurship the Disney Way.

 

Dr. Goldsby returns to ask me three follow up questions to our conversation. In response, we are discussing three entrepreneurs who have influenced/impacted me over the years. Second, we take a look at my time as a park ranger. How did my experience and the skillset I learned prepare me for what I am doing now? Lastly, we are examining the areas of challenge and the opportunities for innovation in education as we move forward.

 

These three topics share the bottom line that leaders learn from the inputs around them – whether observation, experience, or the chance for innovation. Leaders keep moving.

Jun 10, 2020

Today, Dr. Mike Goldsby, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ball State University and author of Entrepreneurship the Disney Way is with me. Dr. Goldsby has been teaching for 20 years and is sharing some valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, especially as seen in the life and career of Walt Disney.

 

Entrepreneurship is about being creative and it is all about opportunity. Walt Disney balanced creativity and business. He was a dreamer who knew how to be open to his circumstance and how to capitalize on his unique situation. As entrepreneurs, we can learn a couple of lessons from him in this area. First, be willing to take time and shape your ideas – learn and take input. Second, as a dreamer/visionary, surround yourself with implementors.

 

Understand yourself and what you stand for. Know yourself well enough to know when an opportunity isn’t for you. When you know what gives you energy and what takes it away, you can be patient enough to wait and find the opportunities that are good for you and those connected to you.

 

 

“A visionary needs an implementor”

Jun 3, 2020

Jeff Noel is with me again today to continue our discussion and introduce the five new things that I am telling myself every day in 2020. Last time, we laid to rest sayings and questions that I have used daily for years. Entering 2020, I wanted to think differently about the year.

 

Today we are examining my daily exercise and meditations on excellence, gratitude, thankfulness, appreciation, and ownership.

 

By defining what excellence is in the short term, we know how the whole of a project or situation will play out. By allowing ourselves to embrace enough and be thankful, we can experience the fullness of life. Through understanding our follow-through is not dependent on other’s feedback, we can overcome discouragement, which can allow us to appreciate what we encounter, rather than set ourselves up for unmet expectations. Lastly, by embracing ownership, we remove the limit of waiting for someone else to fix something or make a change. Even amid failure, we can move forward and do better. As Jeff likes to say, be amazed and be amazing.

 

What quotes or sayings inspire you? DM me on Instagram or go to jodymaberry.com and reach out.

May 20, 2020

Jeff Noel returns today to join me as I lay to rest my five daily sayings. Every day, there are five sayings/questions that I meditate on to help me create a successful frame of mind. When we want to do what we have never done, we must think differently than we have. So, in preparation for stepping into a new season, I want to visit these sayings for a final review.

 

Jeff and I discuss the concept of ‘rest being a weapon’ and the advantage it gives you over any adversary. We examine the benefit of asking ‘what does this make possible’ when you suffer loss. We look at the pro’s and con’s of ‘do the one thing’. We also consider what it means to ask yourself ‘what is it for’ as a means of keeping yourself on mission. Lastly, we unpack the benefit of reminding yourself to ‘do your best and forgive yourself’.

 

Words are very powerful. A slight change to a word can affect the whole manner with which we approach something. In the next episode, I will share what 5 new things I will be saying to myself every day.

May 13, 2020

Phil Gains and Donald Forgione join me today as we discuss what leading in a crisis really looks like. Both Phil and Donald are former State Park Directors and have faced their share of instilling confidence during a crisis.

 

Phil, Donald, and I discuss the core leadership principles that are needed when navigating unprecedented scenarios. We cover the importance of understanding your 3 target markets and how to effectively extend comfort and confidence.

 

We also examine how understanding the necessary principles that help form your long term vision will help you rise as a leader even beyond your immediate sphere. We must also look to those around us, our neighbors, and be a voice of hope.

 

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Apr 1, 2020

While Dan Cockerell and I were in Orlando for the annual Magical Vacation Planner Conference, most travel-related businesses began closing in response to Covid-19. 

In the midst of the commotion and confusion, Dan and I along with Lee Cockerell to record an episode about how to deal with a crisis.

In addition to the interview with Lee and Dan, this episode will give some behind the scenes information about dealing with the crisis as it unfolded. 

Here are four steps to keep in mind while dealing with a crisis:

Safety First. Before anything else, the safety of employees, customers, and yourself comes before anything else.

Deal with the Facts. During a crisis people get emotional. People speculate and gossip. You should deal only with the facts when you communicate with people.

Be Empathetic. Everybody is dealing with a crisis in different ways for different reasons. Understand people are worried.

Use the situation to get better. You and your organization can learn plenty from a crisis. Use it as a training opportunity.

During a crisis, your culture is on show for everyone to see. Your actions should match your words. What you say doesn’t build a culture. Culture is built through actions.

Mar 22, 2020

Vincent Pugliese joins me for the final episode in a series of special episodes of the Jody Maberry Show. Vincent does a podcast different than anything else you will hear out there.

Total Life Freedom, a daily podcast hosted by Vincent, has no intro or outro. No theme music. Vincent doesn't even say his name.

Inspired by his unusual style, I decided to invite Vincent to join me for a series of episodes. Five episodes in five days. Each day, we pick a topic and ask each other a question on the topic.

This episode we talk about our jobs and getting fired.

Both Vincent and I talk about our early work history and some of the unflattering things that have happened. 

In the end, Vincent tells us a story to teach us every day is a bonus. We have nothing to lose. 

Visit TotalLifeFreedom.com to learn more about Vincent and get a free audio version of his book, Freelance to Freedom.

Mar 21, 2020

Vincent Pugliese joins me for a series of special episodes of the Jody Maberry Show. Vincent does a podcast different than anything else you will hear out there.

Total Life Freedom, a daily podcast hosted by Vincent, has no intro or outro. No theme music. Vincent doesn't even say his name.

Inspired by his unusual style, I decided to invite Vincent to join me for a series of episodes. Five episodes in five days. Each day, we pick a topic and ask each other a question on the topic.

This episode we talk about education.

If a principal asked us to develop a curriculum of 5 classes we felt kids should be learning about, what would those classes be?

Hear both myself and Vincent list our 5 classes and why we feel they are important. 

Visit TotalLifeFreedom.com to learn more about Vincent and get a free audio version of his book, Freelance to Freedom.

Mar 20, 2020

Vincent Pugliese joins me for a series of special episodes of the Jody Maberry Show. Vincent does a podcast different than anything else you will hear out there.

Total Life Freedom, a daily podcast hosted by Vincent, has no intro or outro. No theme music. Vincent doesn't even say his name.

Inspired by his unusual style, I decided to invite Vincent to join me for a series of episodes. Five episodes in five days. Each day, we pick a topic and ask each other a question on the topic.

This episode we talk about dealing with mi.

Tell me about an opportunity you turned down and then regretted.

For me, I should have left my career as a park ranger two years before I actually did. Staying on longer than I should have made me miss opportunities. Instead of finding a new opportunity, I stayed with the comfort of an uncomfortable situation.

Have you taken an opportunity that turned out to be the wrong decision?

Vincent tells about how he left his job and jumped into his own business. For a while, it seemed like it may have been a better idea to stay in a traditional job.

Don't fear a bad decision. Even a bad decision can lead you to your next opportunity.

Visit TotalLifeFreedom.com to learn more about Vincent and get a free audio version of his book, Freelance to Freedom.

Mar 19, 2020

Vincent Pugliese joins me for a series of special episodes of the Jody Maberry Show. Vincent does a podcast different than anything else you will hear out there.

Total Life Freedom, a daily podcast hosted by Vincent, has no intro or outro. No theme music. Vincent doesn't even say his name.

Inspired by his unusual style, I decided to invite Vincent to join me for a series of episodes. Five episodes in five days. Each day, we pick a topic and ask each other a question on the topic.

This episode we talk about paying to get access to people.

Tell me about a time you have paid to cut to the front of the line and get access to someone. 

Vincent gives us several examples of times he has paid to get access to people to learn about podcasting, speaking and more. Access to people has helped him to build relationships and put him in the room with the type of people he wants to be around. 

For me, the best example is Dan Miller. After paying to attend his Coaching with Excellence Program, Dan and I have built a relationship. Plus, I got to know many of the other people who attended the event. 

Visit TotalLifeFreedom.com to learn more about Vincent and get a free audio version of his book, Freelance to Freedom. 

Mar 19, 2020

Vincent Pugliese joins me for a series of special episodes of the Jody Maberry Show. Vincent does a podcast different than anything else you will hear out there. 

Total Life Freedom, a daily podcast hosted by Vincent, has no intro or outro. No theme music. Vincent doesn't even say his name. 

Inspired by his unusual style, I decided to invite Vincent to join me for a series of episodes. Five episodes in five days. Each day, we pick a topic and ask each other a question on the topic. 

This episode we talk about Podcasting. 

Why did you ignore conventional advice and launch a podcast so much different than what everyone else was doing?

Hear why Vincent decided to launch a podcast that is so different and how he was able to include so much of his personality in each episode. Vincent ignored advice and best practices to put more of his personality into his podcast. 

How do you keep up with so many podcasts? 

Systems. Without good systems and processes, I would not be able to produce as many shows as I do. I also talk about shows I considered doing but did not. 

Mar 11, 2020

In the last episode of The Jody Maberry Show, Jeff Noel joined me to talk about how to use feedback to achieve excellence. 

On this episode, Jeff Noel returns to talk about what happened next. 

Using feedback, we implemented a good idea. But it didn't work out. 

Not every good idea works out. 

But you still have to keep trying. 

You will never find success without failure. 

"I've made more mistakes in my life than most people have made attempts" - Jeff Noel

Feb 26, 2020

Jeff Noel and I recorded this episode from the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. 

During this episode of the Jody Maberry Show, Jeff and I discuss the benefit of recording a podcast live in person. 

We also give a behind the scenes look into recording the first episode of season 5 for If Disney Ran Your Life. 

After recording the first episode, Jeff decides we could do better. So we regrouped and recorded the season-opening episode one more time. 

In the pursuit of excellence, Jeff used feedback to understand he could do better. Feedback is a tool for excellence. 

If you have a clear understanding of where you want to go, one piece of feedback could be the spark you need to make a change that moves you closer to excellence. 

Jeff Noel reminds us, the only way you can succeed is if you are willing to fail. Some feedback can be tough. But you have to willing and open to hearing feedback if you are committed to excellence. 

If you want to follow along and hear the final episodes of If Disney Ran Your Life as Jeff Noel and I create them, you can find the podcast here

Feb 19, 2020

A couple time each year, Lee Cockerell and I host a Creating Magic Mastermind event in Orlando. 

Even though I host the event, I learn as much or more than people who attend the event. And I take notes. 

In this episode, I share the 8 new things I learned during the last Creating Magic Mastermind event.

  1. You can do more than you are now.  
  2. When you think different, you act different. 
  3. The Magic happens when experiences and ideas that don't usually come together run into each other. 
  4. Candor moves the conversation. 
  5. "One of the biggest obstacles to thriving is arriving." - Dan Miller
  6. What does that mean vs. Tell me more
  7. If one person is remote all people should be remote
  8. A first impression has to be professional
Feb 5, 2020

Lauren Davis returns to the show to ask me three questions. 

If you were making so much money you couldn't spend it all, what causes would you give your money to?

My focus would be to help fund foundations and friends groups that support parks. My time as a park ranger helped me realize what benefit parks are to communities. Most parks are underfunded, understaffed and falling behind. If I had the money to do so, I would fund organizations that work in parks and conversation.

How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed and stressed?

Usually, I have several projects going on at the same time. If it begins to feel overwhelming, I select one project and get everything else out of my way.

My next step is to take a big task and break it down into as many steps as possible. First, I write down the end result I need. Then I list every possible step it would take. Break it down to as many small steps as possible. Once I have all of the steps written down I pick the next right step and I do it.

In 40 years what do you think you will be the most nostalgic about?

Without a doubt, I will look back at the time my kids lived at home and feel it was the time I was on top of the world. We spend more time with our kids when they are adults than when they are kids. 

Jan 29, 2020

After resisting getting involved with Instagram, I finally began posting photos. 

Instagram became my favorite social media platform, but I was reluctant to use Instagram stories. Finally, I posted an ongoing story when I took a trip to Florida. 

The response was delightful. Every day, I received comments, messages, emojis, and questions. More than anything else I have ever done on social media, Instagram stories was getting people more involved with what I was doing. 

Now I am hooked. And I want to do better. 

When I want to get better, I talk to an expert. When it comes to Instagram, the expert I turn to is Lauren Davis. 

Like me, many people get intimidated or frustrated trying to use social media to add some life to their personal brand. Lauren Davis makes it easier for me, though. She explains it in a way where I feel social media is easy to do because I only have to be myself. 

Lauren's expert social media advice has been featured by Huffington Post, Reader's Digest and NailPro Magazine. As people realize how good she is at what she does, she has been making the rounds as a popular podcast guest. 

Listen in as Lauren helps us understand how to build relationships with Instagram stories. 

You can find me on Instagram at @SugarJMaberry.

Lauren can be found on the web at Lauren Davis Creative and on Instagram at @LaurenDavisCreative.

Dec 25, 2019

Whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not, other people are telling a story about you. 

Here is an example, when my wife and I went out for dinner, we ran into a friend. Just the night before, we saw our friend's boss at an event. 

When I mentioned seeing her boss, my friend said. "He's not a fan of people."

Whether he knows it or not, this is the story his employees tell about the boss when he is not around. He is not a fan of people.

Here is what you have to understand about the story people tell about you...there is an onstage story and a backstage story. 

Backstage is your co-workers, your family, and your friends. People who know you when you are not performing. 

Onstage, which includes social media and other parts of your story actively in front of people, you can craft a story that looks good. But what about people who know you when you are not performing. What do they say about you when you are not around?

What if you found out people were saying something about you like you are not a fan of people? Is that the story you want to be told?

Jeff Noel joins me to discuss how you can help shape the story people tell about you. 

Jeff reminds us, the essence of you or your brand, is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says your name. If what comes to mind for people is out of alignment with what you want them to think, you have some work to do. 

Dec 11, 2019

Lori Allen joined us last episode to talk about success. Now, Lori returns to ask me three questions.

What is your favorite book?

Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell. One of the best business books in the past 20 years. 

QBQ by John Miller. When I was a park ranger, I had everyone who worked for me read this book. 

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt . Most people don't know of this book. But there are some fantastic business lessons in the book. 

Which National Park is your favorite? And which one would you bring your kids, too?

Glacier National Park is my favorite. It is my park. Yellowstone National Park is the park I enjoy taking my kids to. There is so much to learn and explore. And the chances of seeing wildlife is high. 

If you could change one thing about the way you were raised, what would it be?

When I was a kid, my father had cancer. Maybe this is not directly tied to the way I was raised, it impacted the way I was raised. And no kid would want their father to go through what my father went through. So if I could pick one thing to change, it would be that. 

If you are interested in starting your own podcast, join me in the Podcast Magic course

Dec 4, 2019

Lori Allen and I have worked together for years on the Great Escape Radio Podcast

Now, we have retired the podcast, but I wanted to share Lori's incredible story with you. 

Lori begins by talking about why it is difficult to tell your own story. So many of us can promote someone else but have trouble sharing our own story. 

We don't share our story because of the risk of being vulnerable and failing. Instead, we try to fit in by being like other people. 

In this episode, you will also hear the unorthodox and surprising method Lori used to get a job. 

Lori also shares the story of realizing there was a need in the marketing place and finding a way to solve the problem. Great Escape Publishing is the product of Lori understanding what people wanted and finding a way to provide it. 

One of the best lessons you can learn from Lori is about what it takes to be successful. Success, quite often, is made by what you don't see. You see the fruit of success, not everything someone did in the background to make it happen. 

Nov 27, 2019

Tesla recently introduced the Cybertruck. On the first day, you could do so, I pre-ordered a Cybertruck. 

For the past 10 years, I have driven a Montero I paid cash for. Car payments are not something I have any interest in. 

So why would I pre-order a Cybertruck?

First, I can say I pre-ordered a Tesla. If nothing else, it is worth $100 just to be able to say that.

Even better, from now until the vehicles are available sometime in 2021, I get to imagine what it will be like to own and drive a Tesla Cybertruck. 

The biggest reason I pre-ordered the Cybertruck, is I plan on getting one. But there is more to it than getting a new car. If I am driving a Cybertruck, it means there are many things I did right between now and then. 

Those are the best goals you can set. A goal in which you will have to become someone you currently are not in order to make it happen. If a goal doesn't stretch you, it may not be worth considering a goal. 

For Tesla, for the next year, there are 200,000 people who get to say they have pre-ordered a Tesla. The word of mouth about Tesla to come from the pre-orders is priceless. 

What can you do in your business that is different enough from other people so they talk about you? 

Nov 20, 2019

In this episode, three people join me who went through the Podcast Magic course

Mike Sizemore, Cory Carlson, and Melissa Detweiller ask me questions about podcasting and we discuss the opportunities created through a podcast. 

What got me interested in podcasting and what did I hope to accomplish?

My first podcast, The Park Leaders Show, was originally going to be a blog. But Jared Easley showed me the light and I launched a podcast instead. The show was launched with the intent to keep me connected to parks, but it turned out to be so much more. 

What are some of the opportunities created by podcasting?

For me, a whole new world has been created. My first podcast led to a second, which led to a third, and so on until I had 8 active podcasts. Also, I have done coaching and consulting, narrated audiobooks, got speaking opportunities, traveled the world, been interviewed for a reality show and so much more because of podcasting. 

What was my biggest fear about podcasting?

At first, I didn't know where to begin. Then, once I recorded, my biggest fear was that my voice was bad.

What has been your greatest challenge in doing podcasts?

The three toughest parts of podcasting are editing, creating new content every week, and still being willing to do episodes when it feels like no one is listenting. 

Was there a tipping point where you decided you were all in?

For the Park Leaders Show, it was episode 10. By then, I was getting connected to people I had not previously known and this helped created momentum. Personally, overall, it was the launch of Creating Disney Magic. Once this podcast was launched I was all in on podcasting. 

Were there any interviews over the years that you regret?

No. There are some interviews that could have gone better. But I am grateful for every interview I have gotten to do. 

If you are interested in starting a podcast, check out my new course Podcast Magic

 

Nov 13, 2019

Steve Anderson returns to the show to ask me three questions. 

Nov 6, 2019

Steve Anderson joins me to talk about his new book, The Bezos Letters. 

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