LLL087 Laura Benedict: Never Give Up #podcast

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Laura Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Laura Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Laura pours her heart out in this refreshing and honest conversation. The week before Mother’s Day Laura and I sit down at The Red Barn to talk about giving until it hurts, filling the soul first, and how she leads from her heart. Laura talks about growing up poor, her lowest of lows, and how she came back from depression to be the happiest she has ever been. To make the world a better place, she encourages everyone to join the Random acts of kindness crusade. And she answers 10 questions.

Laura Benedict

Laura Benedict has utilized her business in Augusta, the Red Barn, to help raise over $700,000.00 for local organizations and individuals in the community during the past four years. She has been so successful in raising money that other non-profits often ask for her advice. More recently, she received a letter from the Attorney General’s Office to “stop operating as a charitable organization” because she had raised over $35,000.00 in a calendar year, prompting the application of a license to continue raising money for charity with the current Maine law.

The letter and incident received press coverage through out the entire state of Maine, and was even picked up by the Associated Press and the Non-Profit Quarterly. Legislators from all over Maine offered to help by submitting an amendment to the Charitable Giving Act, which required for-profit entities to have a license if certain thresh holds were reached. There should not be a limit to what a for-profit business can do to give back to their local communities in Maine. So, an amendment was submitted by Representative Lori Fowle and passed unanimously in the House and Senate, Governor LePage signed the amendment into law shortly after.

Laura is one of ten siblings and knows what it is like to struggle; she has turned her experiences growing up into her passion for giving. She knows without the compassion she received from other individuals growing up, she would not be where she is today.

Laura Benedict not only gives financially, but she has also built a community of giving through her business. This is perhaps her most significant accomplishment because she has inspired so many others to give back to their own communities.

The 411: Laura Benedict

LLL077 Ry Russell: We’re Going to Do This! #Podcast

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Ry Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Ry Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

For today’s lounge, I was fortunate enough to sit down with entrepreneur Ry Russell and talk about how he (and his crew) saved the Saco Drive-In, how he learned how to start a business (by doing it), and what we should do to make the world a better place. Ry tells us how Google can make you a Marketing Genius, and about his hands on, get dirty philosophy of getting things done. He urges everyone to mentor kids. And he answers 10 questions.

Ry Russell

Ry Russell is an Entrepreneur and Social Media Expert. Ry’s most commonly known for his operations of the Saco Drive-In, a small drive-in movie theater in Southern Maine. Ry speaks on the concepts of Social Media Marketing and also Entrepreneurship for young students. Ry has a diverse portfolio of work in entertainment, retail, and marketing.

The 411: Ry Russell

LLL064 Open Your Heart

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Let’s work on opening our hearts. Lanna talks to Orion Foxwood about spirit and enlightenment, and Julie Woods talks about world domination through love, and spreading her love all over Facebook.

Orion lounged with LannaLee in LLL004 Orion Foxwood: Orion Foxwood Conjures up a good time

 

Julie lounged with LannaLee in LLL003 Julie Woods: Julie Woods tells you what to do

 

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LLL052 Robbie Furman: Balloon Missionary @twisticologist

Robbie Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Robbie Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Robbie Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Here is the sixth part of a six-part series featuring those special people who make art and entertainment out of folding air into latex balloons. Our conversations centered on making a living doing art, how they started in the biz and their creative processes. Laypeople and twisters alike will enjoy these fantastic conversations.

Robbie tells Lanna about his missionary work, how he loves to help people, and his simple creative process. Robbie and Lanna geek out about balloons, while Robbie explains how he got started twisting. Robbie makes Lanna cry. And he anwers 10 questions.

Robbie Furman

Originally from Parsippany, New Jersey Robbie Furman, CBA has been working with balloons for over 20 years. His original designs and techniques have become the mainstay of many balloon decorators and artists the world over.

As a small boy, Robbie saw his first twisted balloon at a birthday party and told his mother he wanted to make balloons when he grew up. His mother quickly replied…”Yes Dear, I’ll remind you…now go play” Well, his mother forgot to remind him, but years later, while working in a used book store, Robbie found a copy of Balloon Magic, by Marvin Hardy- and as they say, the rest is history.

With this new love and knowledge of balloons, Robbie started volunteering at various non-profit events and, after several years, had a calling to become a full-time volunteer. He dedicated a year and half of his life to missionary work in San Diego and also served in the Domestic Peace Corps. During that time, he used his balloons to put smiles on many peoples’ faces. As a result of these experiences, he had a chance to try new things with his balloons and venture into the Deco-twisting world full-time.

Robbie is currently based in the Northern New Jersey area, where his unique style has allowed him to decorate for thousands of events over the years. His balloons have been seen on ABC’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty and Good Morning America.

Over the past several years, Robbie has been teaching his Deco-Twisting style to thousands of students around the world. Most recently Robbie has traveled to Israel, France, Italy, Colombia, Japan, and England.

Robbie’s passion and desire is to share his balloon knowledge and enthusiasm with those around the world. Recently, Robbie was awarded the Golden Light Award, given in honor of the late Linda Bruce.

The 411: Robbie Furman

LLL030 @AmyPorterfield: Important Nerd Stuff

Amy Porterfield photo by Lanna Lee Maheux

Amy Porterfield photo by Lanna Lee Maheux

Amy Porterfield photo by Lanna Lee Maheux

In a busy hallway at the Portland Regency Hotel, Amy and Lanna Nerd out about success, being your own boss, family life, and life lessons. Amy tells Lanna about her days of working with Tony Robbins. Lanna explains the Underpants Gnomes to Amy and tells people to be quiet. Have you ever considered a mentorship program? Amy talks about her experiences in Mastermind groups and using coaches and mentors. And she answers 10 questions.

Amy Porterfield

Amy is the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies and a Social Media Strategist for entrepreneurs and small businesses. With 12+ years marketing experience, Amy has worked with mega brands like Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, along with Tony Robbins International where she oversaw his content marketing team and collaborated on multiple online marketing campaigns. She currently creates online programs to teach entrepreneurs and small businesses how to leverage social media to gain greater exposure, attract quality leads and turn their fans and followers into loyal customers who are eager to do business with you again and again. You can find out more about her at http://www.amyporterfield.com.

The 411: Amy Porterfield

LLL025 Amanda O’Brien: Maine Connector @amanda_pants

Amanda Lounged with LannaLee and Got a Couch

Amanda Lounged with LannaLee and Got a Couch

Amanda and Lanna talk about life in Maine, sending dogs to the farm, The Social Media Breakfast Maine, and how social media tools have changed the face of marketing. Does Amanda have a work/life Balance? Amanda talks about her nerdy roots. And she answers 10 questions.

Amanda O’Brien

Amanda O’Brien was raised on Peaks Island, Maine. She went on to the University of New Hampshire, did a little traveling and found herself moving back to Portland, Maine. Amanda is the VP of Marketing at Hall Internet Marketing, the organizer of Social Media Breakfast Maine, on the board for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, the Tech Expert for WMTW and guest blogs for a variety of different businesses and products. She is an active person who enjoys running and spending time time with her husband and two dogs.

The 411: Amanda O’Brien

LLL022 @TheRichBrooks Agent of Change: No Capes!

Rich Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Rich Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Rich Lounges with LannaLee and gets a couch!

This episode has caché! Join Rich and LannaLee as they get down to business in a lively discussion of life in Maine, entrepreneurship, and zombies. Rich explains how he balances his work and home life – or not. Rich tells us all the dirt about his upcoming conference, Agents of Change. And he answers 10 questions.

Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media (http://www.flyte.biz), a web design and marketing firm in Portland, Maine. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, Internet marketing and social media.

He presents and blogs (http://www.flyteblog.com) on web marketing topics such as social media, search engine optimization, email marketing, blogs and building websites that sell.

He is currently an Expert Blogger at FastCompany.com and a regular contributor at SocialMediaExaminer.com.

He is a founder of The Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference (http://www.agentsofchangecon.com/), an annual conference on search, social & mobile marketing.

He is the “tech guru” on WCSH Channel 6’s evening news show, 207, and teaches web marketing and social media courses for entrepreneurs at the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Continuing Education.

The 411: The Rich Brooks

#003 Julie Woods Tells You What to Do

Julie Woods lounged with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Julie Woods lounged with LannaLee and gets a couch!

Julie Woods lounged with LannaLee and gets a couch!

LannaLee goes down the rabbit hole with Julie Woods as they discuss Urban Shamanism, spirituality, Facebook pokes, feeding the world and World Domination by love. Julie tells everyone how awesome Lanna is and asserts that she wants to make a better world because “I say so.” And she answers 10 questions.

This week’s guest is the incomparable Julie Woods; singer, songwriter and Urban Bliss Shaman™. She’s “a street wolf with a Harvard degree who bridges seculospiritual worlds,” the Communications Director at FMG Network, and The Brain Shaman at Rah Rah life, and the founder of Fans with Cans. Julie is a marketing therapist to rising stars.

The 411: Julie Woods

Here is where you can find Julie online.

[Recorded 02/02/2012]
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#001 @AlexSteed in the Lead

Alex Steed

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LannaLee and Alex Steed talk about FoodComa.tv, Kickstarter, Facebook/Are you really my friend?, and Twitter. Alex lets Lanna know just what a Community Digital Specialist is. And he answers 10 questions. Lounging with LannaLee inaugural episode.

Alex Steed is a Writer, Organizer, Thinker, and Marketer. He the Producer of the web series FoodComaTV, a Maine and New England based Web Series that reports “on the oft-overlooked food culture of Maine that exists outside of Portland’s city limits”. He also works as a Community & Digital Communications Specialist at Opportunity Maine.

The 411: Alex Steed

Wonder where can you find Alex online? Well, wonder no longer!

[Recorded 01/30/2012]
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