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Association Chat Podcast

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Oct 13, 2017

Having “high potential” does not mean performing at maximum capability. While many believe they are doing all they can, a huge number of professionals are frustrated because they are coming up short of their personal expectations (and the expectations of others). Some have become paralyzed from taking risks by the fear of failure, while others are not sure what is holding them back.  Speaker and facilitator Thom Singer has surveyed hundreds of people and the feedback is stunning that the majority of people are confident they can have greater success in their career.

Companies in all sectors have employees who have reached a plateau or have become stuck in the “high middle”.  There is a very real gap between potential and results, and Thom wants to show people the path to doing more at any stage of their career.

Beyond excuses and finger pointing, this interactive presentation gets to the heart of how people can accomplish more and enjoy their work. For decades companies have been identifying and training their “high potential” employees, but these individuals are not always growing into the organization’s future leaders.  There is a clear paradox around potential.

The “future of work”  is about more than telecommuting and stand up desks. Finding ways to transcend potential, goals, educations, action, hard work and serendipity is key to long term success. Those who are focused on goal setting, realistic assessments, teamwork, successful human engagement, cross-selling, and other skills will help their company reach the highest potential and be more fulfilled in their jobs.

This gap is true not only for individuals but also for organizations.  It is common to see a startup or other company that has a lot of potential, only to later witness it being shut down. While it is not possible to always achieve full potential (as once you get there, new opportunities will appear that creates a fresh path toward more potential), the constant struggle to bridge the gap will not happen by accident. Nobody should be comfortable relying on luck as the answer to their future.

About Thom Singer

Our guest has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, Law Firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of twelve books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills while also serving as the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond – and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in the amazing city of Austin, Texas where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters. Please welcome our special guest, Thom Singer.

About Association Chat

Association Chat (est. 2009) is an online community and weekly chat that takes place on Tuesdays at 2pm ET on You can connect with the association community throughout the week on Twitter using the hashtag #assnchat or through the Facebook Group.

Find out more about Association Chat at (*"Cheekily" hashtagged from the beginning! #assnchat – yes, we know what it looks like and no, we aren't changing it.*)

KiKi L'Italien serves as host for the chat. She invites and interviews guests weekly and produces creative collaborations with industry thought leaders throughout the year.

How people can participate live and watch/listen later:

- Association Chat provides participants with the ability to register and ask questions live on the day of the event, but it also streams on Facebook Live where people can watch and comment.
- People can register on Crowdcast to participate live (the number of registered participants can fall in the range of 20-200+ on Crowdcast, it just depends on the speaker, topic, and marketing).
- Each show usually has over 150 viewers on Facebook Live, with episodes later garnering 300-400+ views on the Facebook platform by itself.
- Episodes are later uploaded to the Association Chat Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and edited video to YouTube. These are available Wednesday-Thursday of the original episode's same week of live recording
- The replay is available at the same URL as the chat within minutes of the chat's end and the link will continue to take people to the replay once it's over.

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