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Making Elephants Fly | Conversations with High Octane Leaders, Dreamers, & Creatives

Making Elephants Fly features conversations with High-Octane Leaders, Dreamers, & Creatives hosted by Terry Weaver. Terry is a speaker, author, and ideapreneur who has invested his life in others to giving them the tools to live life alive; whether through helping others see their dreams become reality, traveling around the world challenging young leaders to change the world, leading teams of people to do more together than they could alone, or hanging out with Mickey Mouse. Over the last 20 years, Terry has spoken to hundreds of thousands of young leaders, worked with entrepreneurs to take their idea from a thought around the fire to a six-figure business, and partnered with creatives to expand their platform from their garage to the stage of the Grammy Awards. On some episodes, we will be sitting down with a New York Times Best-Selling Author, a Disney Imagineer, creative leaders from organizations like Cirque du Soleil, an incredibly successful business leader, or sometimes an entrepreneur just getting started and trying to get their dreams off the ground. Above anything, our greatest desire is to help you discover your passion, unleash your purpose, and start doing the work that you have been created for. Our hope is that it feels like you are pulling up another chair to the table with us and grabbing a cup of coffee and listing in on the conversation.
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Jun 20, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Roberto Candelaria. We learn how to POSITION our brand so that other companies will want to PARTNER with our PLATFORMS and get us on the path to PROFIT. Brands have BILLIONS of dollars they want to invest in SPONSORING your brand and on this episode, we unlock the secret to how to get a piece of that for the work we do. Roberto C. Candelaria is the Founder of Sponsorship Boot Camp and the International Best-Selling author of “Relationships Raise Money: A Guide to Corporate Sponsorship” and “Sponsorship For Influencers: Profitable Partnerships in 5 Simple Steps” An in-demand Mentor, Strategist, and Consultant, Roberto has worked with companies such as American Airlines, BMW, DELL, Disney, Enterprise Car Rentals, Hilton Hotels, Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo, and Zappos – to name a few. Join Terry as he sits down with Roberto and they discuss how to get other brands to pay you to do what you love. As we get to know his story together we discover how selling chocolate to raise funds for a trip to Disney in Highschool changed the trajectory of his life. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry at the next Thing Event at http://thething.live . To Join Roberto and Terry in Houston this July at https://sponsorshipforinfluencerslive.com/

Jun 5, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Adam Kirk Smith. We learn the path to move from FEAR to COURAGE. We talk about the P word... and how PASSION really does matter. Together we discover Adam's Bravery process and how to move past fear and step into the life we've been made for. Adam is an entrepreneur, life coach, consultant, and motivational speaker. His popular blog, http://asmithblog.com, has more than 70K unique monthly readers and offers insights on leadership, bravery, and life purpose, among other topics. Named one of the most influential people of 2014 by American Genius, Smith has written for Entrepreneur and Success Magazine, among others, and has been featured in Newsday and other media. He hosts a weekly podcast called "Live Life with Purpose." He lives in Illinois with his family. Join Terry as he sits down with Adam and they discuss how to move from being crippled in FEAR and living in BRAVERY. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry at the next Thing Event at http://thething.live .

May 26, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Micahel Hudson. There are days when he's in the boardroom helping financial services executives and the next he's in the weeds with an entrepreneur helping them get their message heard. Michael was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at an early age—starting his first business when he was just seven years old. He went on to start a disc jockey business in his teens, and a cabinet and countertop business with his father while in college, before running away from home to become a college professor. Since then he has helped over 3,000 businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and government agencies create their strategic visions and communicate them into existence. After growing up petrified to speak in public, Michael committed to helping people develop their ability to communicate their messages to those who need to hear them. He regularly speaks at conferences and conventions sharing his personal story—revealing the power of personal experience to lead the audience to take action—and has delivered over 8,000 paid presentations across the past 34 years. He's the author of Public Speaker Secrets: 52 Proven Ways to Increase Your Impact Every Time You Speak and spoke at The Thing 2018 in Orlando. Join Terry as he sits down with Micahel as they discuss how to discover the rooms where you need to show up and what to say once you get there. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join us at the next Thing Event at http://thething.live .

May 11, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry recorded a special episode for all the speakers, sponsors, and attendees on the way to The Thing 2019 in Orlando, Florida. As you're on the way this episode will help you prepare for The Thing and how to get the most out of the event. f you're not coming this year you better get your tickets for a Thing event ASAP or if you listen soon enough get on the site and get a ticket and come on down and joins. Stay tuned for announcements. So put in your headphones and let's get ready for the #thething19! Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

May 4, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Aurora Gregory, David Dollar, and Chad Pennycuff. We talk about there experiences as Attendees of The thing and what they got out of the event. We answer the questions you submitted on my page about what the attendee experience is at the thing. Aurora Gregory helps entrepreneurs use marketing to build their business focusing on the banking industry and helping speakers get picked through her book "Get Picked: Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Creating an Irresistible Speaker Proposal." David Dollar is a podcaster (Magic on a Dollar & The Duececast) and is a Travel agent running his own business helping families plan vacations. Chad Pennycuff works for one of the largest organizations in the world innovating in call center technology during the day and at night run a community and podcast called "My DVC Points." Listen to this exciting episode to hear their journeys and how the thing has helped them in the work they do.

Use the code PODCAST to join Aurora, David, Chad, and Terry at The Thing 2019 in Orlando. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Apr 24, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Paul Klein. In 2009 at the peak of the recession as layoffs and the economy were tanking with a family to support and hefty mortgage to go along with it I Paul chose to leave a safe and secure successful 18-year career. Fast forward 9 years and he’s started 3 successful businesses generating well over 6 figure incomes with no debt which allows him the freedom to work when he wants, where he wants and with who he wants! He’s worked with some of the biggest brands on the planet including: Target, Slack, UC Berkley, Cracker Barrel, Holiday Inn, KFC, Taco Bell, Yum Brands, JC Penney, Bebe, Dollar General, Sherwin Williams, Les Schwab and more. Now he helps leaders discover their pricing strategy through a process he calls “Pricing is Positioning.” and helps leaders transition from the corner office to running a six-figure consulting business. Join Paul and Terry as they discuss how much you should charge for your time, understanding how much your time is worth, and how to position yourself in a way where you're paid what your time is actually worth. Don't miss out as we talk go from how to have great ideas to mental shift that comes with the freedom that buys and understanding what true wealth is. Don't miss out on what to do with the rise of the Knowlege Economy and the end of the hourly rate. Use the code PODCAST to join Paul and Terry at The Thing 2019 in Orlando. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Apr 15, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Rob Lott. Rob is a Disney Cast Member, actor, Speaker, Host of the Leading Creative Podcast, an avid reader, and one of the key leaders in Orlando's creative and theater community. Rob has been a professional performer and director for almost twenty years. He and his teams have created intimate atmosphere shows as well as spectacle stage productions for large audiences. His passion lies at the intersection of Leadership and Creativity. We learn how leadership is just a job, it's an art form and how you can lead creative regardless of your role in the show. We talk about the Circus, why Rob has so many job's and Disney and beyond, his role as Sixbits Slocum in the Hoop De Doo Musical review, and as one of the iconic Dapper Dans on Main Street USA. Stay tuned to the end when we talk about how to get a job at Walt Disney World. Together we will discover why safety is the enemy of us seeking our most creative work. Use the code PODCAST to join Rob and Terry at The Thing 2019 in Orlando. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Apr 6, 2019

On this BONUS episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with former Disney Imagineer McNair Wilson. I wanted to share with you immediately the conversation we had about Creativity, Frankenstein, Writing, and Wrestling Bears on Facebook LIVE earlier today so you could listen to the audio version. Doing creative work isn't easy and often those wanting the results from us are the ones standing in the way of us doing our best work. If you use the code PODCAST you can save off The Thing and join us in Orlando. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Mike at http://thething.live .

Mar 13, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Mike Kim. He is a marketing consultant, communications strategist, copywriter, and all around fine human being. Mike ditched his comfy C-suite marketing job in pursuit of career freedom. He now hosts the #1 ranked podcast on personal branding in iTunes, The Mike Kim Show, and helps brands clarify their message. Mike has crafted the messages and marketing campaigns for some of today’s top thought leadership brands including Donald Miller, John Maxwell, Suzanne Evans, and Catalyst Leadership. Join Terry as he talks with Mike about life, marketing, and social media. Together we will discover how professional wrestling teaches us great storytelling. Why the relationship that you have with yourself will help you win at business and life. We go all in what it really means to have an authentic voice and try and understand Mike’s hate for Superman. Don't miss the show notes for Mike's talk from The Thing 2018. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Mike at http://thething.live .

Jan 30, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Rachel Pedersen the Queen of Social Media, award-winning, international viral sensation, top social media strategist & strategist. Featured on TODAY Show, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Glamour, The Daily Mail. She is the Social Media powerhouse who has won awards and has gone viral globally for her social media work. Her clientele is chock full of fun and exciting personalities, including reality tv stars, celebrity performers, and online marketing influencers. Rachel also now teaches and leads communities to understand how to use social media in a more strategic way, including social media managers and marketing consultants. Not only does Rachel get super venerable she dives deep into the strategy for becoming the BOSS of your own life. Join Terry as he sits down with Rachel and discovers how she goes from not being able to get a job at Taco Bell to the Today Show, seven-figure product launches, and multiple businesses. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Terry and Rachel at http://thething.live .

Jan 9, 2019

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with CJ Casciotta. This conversation takes us from the Muppets to vinyl, all the way to how weirdos change the world. We hear all about his new book, "Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference." CJ is a writer, serial media maker, and founder of Ringbeller: an organization that teaches kids creativity & kindness. As a writer and communicator, he's traveled all over the world inspiring communities like Lululemon, The Salvation Army, TEDx, Catalyst, and Charity:Water. As a media director and producer, he's collaborated on projects with MGM Studios, The United Nations Foundation, and more. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Nashville with his wife, Kelly, and his two kids, Selah and Mack. Join Terry as he sits down with CJ and learn how being a weird actually sets you up to succeed rather than getting in the way of it. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Dec 31, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Leigh Holt LIVE from The Mini Thing Los Angeles. On November 17th, 2018 we hosted our first one-day version of The Thing in Burbank, California. Leigh is the founder of "maddjett." In the simplest of terms, "maddjett" is a company built around passion. Leigh left her gig as the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Warner Music Nashville to do what she loves – build brands and start movements. Some of the brands that she has partnered with include Blake Shelton, Ikea, Pepsi, Oprah, CMT, NBA, Disney, Hunter Hayes, Wells Fargo, TOMS, and Toyota to name a few. Leigh joins us taking a break from the set of Dancing with the Stars where Lauren Daigle was about to take the stage of the season finale. We hear her journey from taking the leap to leveling up. Listen in as Terry shares his conversation with Leigh LIVE from LA. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Dec 7, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry shares his opening talk from The Mini Thing Los Angeles. On November 17th, 2018 we hosted our first one-day version of The Thing in Burbank, California. In life and business, we often find ourselves in a place where we have all our eggs in someone else's basket. We are willing to bet on every "safe" opportunity and yet we fear going all in on ourselves. Terry gets raw and real sharing the struggle of believing in everyone else's dreams but your own. Learn from his "Get off my Lawn" Moment. Attendees left the event saying, "Hands down the best event for Entrepreneurs," "I came expecting just a conference...and this was so much more," and "Before the first break I got more than my money's worth!" and " Listen in as Terry shares his Keynote from LA. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Oct 27, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Justin Schenck, host of the Growth Now Movement Podcast. He's a speaker, author, and leading authority in using your voice to build an audience. He not only speaks to organizations on how to overcome adversity and utilize podcasting to grow your business but he helps others launch, build, and leverage their brands. Justin has been named a Top 8 Podcaster to watch in 2018 by INC.com and chosen as an ‘Icon of Influence’ in the new media space. What started out as a way to connect with top people and inspire others has become a way of life. Now getting played in over 100 countries every single week he is able to make a greater impact than he could ever imagine. Join Terry as he talks with Justin about Podcasting and what happens when you own your story and then tell it. We'll learn Justin's story and how to leverage podcasting to tell your story. Justin's story is full of pain and failure but he's definitely gotten past that and started a movement that's helping thousands of others. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and http://thething.live .

Oct 17, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down for another Conversation with himself. Be careful because you're going to be hearing Terry's inner dialogue. In addition to the amazing conversations that Terry has with amazing leaders. On this second episode of the new bonus format, Terry wrestles with this idea: Legacy, Living in a Way that Matters Later. After a conversation with a financial planner and realize that with another Birthday life moves closer to the end of the journey. How do we create a life that will matter after we are gone? What really is the ROI of Life? Is imposter syndrome really a thing? Listen in as Terry talks to himself. Find out more about Terry at http://terryweaver.com and be part of his event at http://thething.live .

Oct 1, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down LIVE from The Thing 2018 in Orlando Florida, with the artist, entrepreneur, and author Craig Fraser. Craig has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, GM, Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Trek, CBS, Amazon, Fender, and West Coast Choppers to Name a few. His mural work can be seen in Guy Fieri's restaurants around the world, from Las Vegas, Central Florida, Abu Dabi, and South Africa. He's from Bakersfield, California, where he runs Air Syndicate Studio as well as being head artist/designer for Kal Koncepts. He's the author of the best selling “Automotive Cheap Tricks & Special FX” books, and have produced more than 25 instructional videos, as well as over 350 step-by-step feature articles for industry publications. This is one not to miss as Craig challenges us to break everything, defy the labels, and destroy the status quo. Join Terry as he sits down with Craig talking his creative work and what he's breaking next. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com and join Craig and Terry at http://thething.live

Sep 23, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with Michael Robison. Michael is the CEO of d5 Group. He is a strategic business consultant and brand development innovator with a diverse background in finance, sales, development, marketing, communications, and staffing. Entrepreneur Magazine has just named him one of their Top Leaders of 2018 and you have may have seen his appearances on Nasdaq, CNN, BBC. Working with Fortune 500 companies ranging in revenue from $0 to over $12B annually, from Virgin, Coca-Cola, BP, Wynn Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, A16Z, TechStars and more. His book "Alignment: Overcoming the Illusion of Balance" will be releasing in 2019. Join Terry as he talks with Michael about Failure and setting yourself up for a comeback. Rather than allowing failure to become a destination, this episode will help you chart a course to discover success on the other side. Find out more at http://terryweaver.com/ and http://thethinglive.com

 

 

Sep 15, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down for a Conversation with himself. Yes, you read that right. No guest or interview on this episode. Be careful because you're going to be hearing Terry's inner dialogue. In addition to the amazing conversations that Terry has with amazing leaders. Hopefully, this will mean more of the Making Elephants Fly Podcast and more regularly will end up in your favorite Podcast player. On this first episode of the new bonus format, Terry wrestles with this idea: How to Scale Your Life. There are lots of voices calling us to scale our business and our income but where are the voices challenging us to scale our life. Listen in as Terry talks to himself. Find out more at terryweaver.com and thething.live .

Aug 2, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down LIVE from The Thing 2018 in Orlando Florida, with the former Vice President of the Magic Kingdom Dan Cockerell (who was also the VP of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios before taking that position). If the last name sounds familiar its because Dan's Dad, Lee Cockerell has been on three episodes of the show. We talk about Dan's journey from the front desk at Contemporary Resort to running the day to day operations of that largest theme park in the world. After a fulfilling and exciting 26-year career with the Walt Disney Company, and upon becoming empty nesters, Dan and his wife Valerie have made the decision to set out on a new adventure, balancing their time between Orlando and Boulder, Colorado. Dan has been a keynote speaker for the world-renowned Disney Institute for 18 years and worked with some of the worlds most remarkable brands, including the USAA Bank, General Motors, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, the Southern Methodist University Business School, Porsche A.G., and United Airlines. Join Terry as he sits down with Dan talking about his new journey and why anyone would want to quit working for Disney. Find out more at terryweaver.com and thething.live .

Jul 10, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with filmmaker, producer, podcaster, and good friend Logan Sekulow. Since Logan was last on the show he's released an award-winning documentary “Welcome Home, Dick Van Dyke” that was featured at the San Diego Comic-Con Film Festival. We talk Logan's journey from working at Nickelodeon as a teenager in both Orlando and New York on shows such as Slime Time Live to now launching his second television show. His new show Dojo Poro, a professional wrestling television releasing on Amazon Prime Video. Dojo Pro is the ultimate professional wrestling opportunity that culminates in a shot at a major championship title – but with a dynamic twist. Join Terry as he sits down with Logan as they talk Dick Van Dyke, making ideas happen, mentors, and wrestling with your dreams. Find out more at terryweaver.com

Apr 8, 2018

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Larry Winget aka. The Pitbull of Personal Development. ® You don't want to miss this conversation as they unpack Larry’s # 1 Rule For Life and Business, “Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, the way you said you would do it.” Larry is the best combination of credible content as backed up with his 6 bestselling books – award winning speaking performance and experience from having spoken to nearly 400 of the Fortune 500 – and an element of celebrity from his continuous television appearances. Larry Winget is the best branded, most recognizable speaker in the business. Many speakers claim to be original, but Larry Winget is THE original. Join Terry as he sits down with Larry and join them as they give you the tools get to work on defining your core values, and doing the hard work of making a difference. For more info head to terryweaver.com

Dec 2, 2017

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down again with New York Times Best-Selling Author, undisputed King Of Queso, and entrepreneur Jon Acuff. You may know Jon from his books “Quitter," “Start," "Do Over" and his latest "Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.” Jon has also worked with national brands like The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. His blog has been read by 4 million people and more than 250,000 twitter users follow him. Not only do we talk about Jon’s love for queso we will learn how to actually finish those big dreams and the crazy ideas we come up. According to studies, 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, let's learn how to beat the odds together. We also celebrate the release of Terry's book "Making Elephants Fly: Getting Your Dreams Off The Ground." Join Terry as he sits down with Jon and give yourself the gift of done!

Aug 2, 2017

On this very special episode of “Making Elephants Fly,” Terry sits down with two former Disney Imagineers, McNair Wilson and Louis Lemoine to celebrate the life and legacy of Disney Legend Marty Skylar. Normally on an episode, we talk about the work and wisdom of our guests but on this very special show, we learn how a leader affects those that he leads, even after he's gone. We also hear some stories of how the magic is made at the Happiest Place on Earth. Marty began his time working for Disney just before Disneyland opened in 1955 working directly with Walt himself. In 2009 he retired as the President of Imagineering. He spent over 54 years working with the Disney company and remaining an ambassador for Imagineering right up until his death last week. Now Join Terry as he talks with Louie and McNair about the power of a mentor and leader that believed in you and was an advocate. Join us as we celebrate Marty Sklar.

For more information on Terry head over to TerryWeaver.com

Jul 27, 2017

On this special LIVE episode of Making Elephants Fly from "The Thing 2017" in Orlando, Florida, Terry sits down once again with Lee Cockerell, the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. During that time, Lee led a team of tens of thousands of cast members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, and a shopping & entertainment village. Prior to his time at Disney, Lee held executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business working with Hilton Hotels for eight years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open Disneyland Paris. We learn how we can leverage our time to impact our brands and the world from Lee’s years of vast wisdom. In this episode LIVE from "The Thing" Lee was kind enough to join us for a surprise and we learn the secrets from Lee’s latest book Creating Career Magic, not just in your first career. This is an episode that you don’t want to miss! Join Terry as he sits down with Lee to discover that anyone can create magic with the work they do, even if your boss isn’t Mickey Mouse. 

Jul 2, 2017

On this episode of Making Elephants Fly, Terry sits down with best-selling author, entrepreneur, and leader, Jeff Goins. Jeff has just released his new book “Real Artists Don't Starve.”  Not only is Jeff a fantastic writer, he leads a tribe that is truly leveraging their talents to impact the world. Jeff was the very first guest on Making Elephants Fly, so we need the show with an ending question you haven't heard yet!  On this episode not only will we hear about Jeff's journey from working for a company to leading his own. We learn how Jeff has learned to thrive doing work that he loves he's leading a tribe learning to the same. Join Terry as he talks with Jeff about creativity, grit, finding your own tribe and how to lead one, making the jump to a new career, and understanding what it really means to thrive. 

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