Square Peg Entrepreneur

Nikki Takahashi

A podcast of stories, strategies, and inspiration from personal brand entrepreneurs who are disrupting their industries and doing business their own way. If your branding feels blah and you’re sick of blending in, Square Peg Entrepreneur may be just what you need to finally celebrate your one-of-a-kind style and attitude. Nikki Takahashi is a brand designer and strategist who has helped over 300 entrepreneurs embrace and amplify what makes them unique. Since 2009, her agency Fetching Finn Inc. has been getting clients noticed in person, online, and in print by highlighting their magnetic and unforgettable qualities. With a gentle nudge of permission from Nikki and her guests, you’ll be eager to put your unexpressed self aside and finally show the world what makes you - and doing business with you - completely different. Hit subscribe and get ready to feel incredibly confident and excited about “brand you”.

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As an international Success Coach + Intuitive Artist, Haley Hoover helps coaches and entrepreneurs break through their next level of success with ease. Through her Intuitive Business™ framework, she has helped dozens of women grow their online businesses and self-publish their first books with fun and flow.An Amazon #1 New Release Author, Haley is the go-to expert for business owners who wish to deepen their innovation and expression. Haley’s expertise has been featured in PositivelyPositive, Thrive Global, Thought Catalogue, and Hypnozine among others. She has also spoken alongside Deepak Chopra and is the host of the Top 5% Globally ranked podcast, The Sparkling Hippie Podcast.When she’s not sitting behind her psychedelic-colored laptop, she can be found watching 60’s hippie documentaries in Sonora, California, where she resides with her partner.After the show...Head over to https://fetchingfinn.com/paint-your-next-level-success-with-haley-hoover to see the painting Haley created in our Intuitive Art Experience and learn about the mind-blowing results!

Nov 14

43 min 22 sec

Speaker, comedian, and four-time author Mahlena-Rae Johnson is a networking expert for introverts at her company Mahlena Speaks. Mahlena honed her relationship-building skills while earning her MBA at the University of Southern California. She later translated her quiet savvy for connecting with like-minded individuals into expanding her media empire from the US to Canada. On her weekly Instagram show How to Network in Your Pajamas, Mahlena teaches her audience of shy yet ambitious professionals how to meet new people from the comfort of their homes.An Américaine living her best life in the suburbs of Toronto, Mahlena has been featured on BusinessBecause, CBC Kids, The Great Canadian Woman Podcast, The New to Canada Podcast, and more. She has a passion for writing and speaking about professional development topics including personal branding, social media storytelling, building a new network for immigrants and expats, and writing a ten-second elevator pitch.

Nov 13

44 min 5 sec

Blair Kaplan Venables is an expert in social media marketing and the president of Blair Kaplan Communications, a British Columbia-based PR agency. She brings fifteen years of experience to her clients which include global wellness, entertainment and lifestyle brands. As a pioneer in the industry, she has helped her customers grow their followers into the tens of thousands in just one month, win integrative marketing awards, launch their businesses and more. Yahoo! listed Blair as a top ten social media expert to watch in 2021. She has spoken on national stages and her expertise has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, CBC Radio, Entrepreneur and Thrive Global.Blair is also the #1 bestselling author of Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw and Real Stories from an Entrepreneur and co-host of the Dissecting Success podcast. When she’s not working on the board for her local chamber of commerce, you can find Blair growing the “I Am Resilient Project", an online community where users share their stories of overcoming life’s most difficult moments.Highlights:‌01:10 Blair and Social Media04:37 Why PR?05:48 University Life07:51 Backstory10:04 Business Struggle11:13 Passion Project13:22 New Goal16:50 What is Stopping You?18:07 Digesting Success20:22 Social Media for Personal Brands24:15 Social Media Experiment27:13 Social Media Surprise29:02 Great Publicity31:00 Get it Done33:35 Find Blair

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Oct 9

35 min 49 sec

Stephanie Zhong is a brand strategist, story coach and inclusion advocate who helps difference making entrepreneurs define their unique brand stories and signature ideas to attract dream clients and grow their impact with ease and joy.She’s the creator of Own Your Message, a program that teaches you how to bring together unexpected parts of you to create an authentic personal brand that builds instant connections and trust with your ideal audience.Her mission in life is to empower everyone to make a bigger difference by owning and sharing their difference.Highlights:‌02:33 Meet Stephanie03:51 Gifts of being Shy6:30 Telling Stories08:32 Exploration of Opportunities11:20 Study what you Love12:28 Power of Story Telling13:05 A Job at GE16:37 Bravery20:43 Owning your Story/ Double Down on your Difference24:27 Fear27:05 Mosaic of Stories32:27 Ideal Client36:00 Get in Touch with Stephanie

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Sep 18

39 min 7 sec

Tessa Hull is a Certified Jack Canfield Success Principles Trainer and partnerships strategist working with online business owners to develop partnerships and connections that get more eyes on their business and more money in their pocket. She has been a part of the strategy behind the scenes of 6- and 7-figure affiliate launches with online business owners like Selena Soo, Lisa Johnson, Katrina Ruth and Suzanne Dibble.Tessa runs her own business, Messy and Successy, where she develops others with a mix of mindset and strategy. She is a straight-talking, no-nonsense kinda gal with more than ten years in sales and managerial roles. She uses her platform to bring mental health to the forefront, acknowledging her own struggles and experiences.Based in Sicily, she stays for the cheese and good coffee but occasionally returns to her hometown of Manchester in the UK, where she stays for the cheese and good tea.Highlights:‌01:16 Meet Tess05:02 Starting Out09:11 Personal Development11:17 Coaching as a Career17:31 Being yourself in any Business23:00 Getting Stuck in the Pandemic30:00 Talking about Mental Health37:03 Coaching Specialty41:10 Connecting People42:45 Get connected with Tessa

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Sep 5

45 min 56 sec

Claudine Chicheportiche is an industry thought leader and disruptor in high performance mindset and emotional intelligence. She coaches mindset, performance, and fulfillment to leaders in government, to entrepreneurs, and to elite athletes at National, World, and Olympic level.Claudine guides leaders and athletes who strive to win, succeed, and achieve, yet secretly yearn for more meaning and inner peace. She empowers them to create a mindset that they love, so they feel deeply fulfilled on their quest for achievement and greatness.A masterful storyteller with a unique tapestry of experiences, Claudine leads us from the dojo to the jungle, from alleviating poverty to attempting to qualify for the Rio Olympics. She has perfected the art of the Square Peg Entrepreneur by taking chances and chasing audacious goals. Listeners will be inspired and fired up after tuning in to this episode!Highlights:‌01:29 Meet Claudine03:44 Claudine’s Coaching Journey07:45 A Coach at 2510:22 Success Stories13:17 Confidence and Life Skills16:20 Books smarts and Life skills17:21 Passion in Serving21:14 Jungle Adventure25:00 Ugly Karate28:55 Olympics39:06 Physical Goals39:50 Common Thread40:50 I’m Never Enough: I can do Better42:45 Every client is Unique46:00 Expanding Possibilities51:15 Get in Touch with Claudine

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Aug 13

53 min 55 sec

"You don't have to be crazy to support families with mental health and addictions, but it helps." - Maureen TownsMaureen Towns is the founder and owner of Maureen Towns Consulting, a company designed to help families struggling to care for their loved ones with mental health and addictions issues. She learns the hard way (still), and shares her stories of failure and success to inspire families to rediscover themselves within chaotic and challenging situations. Maureen published her first book Broken Open in 2021 and hosts a podcast by the same name.Maureen has over 25 years of nursing experience in both public and private healthcare across Canada. Her own family’s struggles with mental illness and addiction transformed her approach to communication, boundary setting, and advocacy, and ultimately led to positive relationships and freedom. Fueled by the lasting positive impact to the many families she’s already helped, her mission is to bring that wholeness, healing, and freedom to families across the world.Highlights:‌01:11 Meet Maureen03:00 Broken Open04:53 Kids and Drugs and Alcohol11:56 Everything Fell Apart13:00 Parent’s Love18:57 Mother’s Journey21:50 Slow Down27:30 The Right Treatment/ Beginning of Breaking Open31:50 Get a Life: A Life Separate from my Kids32:57 Supporting People that you Love37:29 Dark Humor41:55 Becoming Me50:37 Find Broken Open51:55 Takeaways

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Jul 31

53 min 50 sec

Leona deVinne has OJD: Obsessive Joy Disorder. She's a serial entrepreneur obsessed with helping people find more joy in their life, in leadership, and in business. After receiving life-altering medical news, Leona discovered an opportunity and personal mission by summoning joy in unexpected places. She lives by the motto, "Life's a gift. Use it well."Leona is a coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author. She owns and operates three businesses plus a non-profit - all built on a foundation of joy.Highlights:‌01:20 Leona’s Journey04:00 Finding your Joy Spot04:41 The Challenges08:07 Cheerines/Happiness Set Point09:47 People Connection10:38 Joy Socks17:14 How we Met18:27 Branding Joy Socks22:02 Being Weird25:30 Authenticity on Social Medias29:56 Takeaways32:21 Get in Touch with Leona

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Jul 23

34 min 14 sec

Dijana Llugolli is an international success and business coach who teaches female entrepreneurs how to rapidly launch and scale their online businesses through aligned and inspired action. Drawing from her studies in business and nearly two decades of experience as a serial entrepreneur, she helps her clients to reach $40K months in 90 days or less. Her goal is to inspire millions of women to BE more and HAVE more without having to DO more. In this episode, Coach D gives us a peek into her life as an immigrant child. From cleaning toilets to coaching high-performing business owners, from rock bottom to rubbing elbows with celebrities, there's bound to be a part of D's journey that will resonate with each listener.Highlights:‌01:53  Meet Dijana02:20 Let’s talk about Coaching/ Coaching Fearless Female Leaders04:14 Evolution of People05:25 Coaching Journey08:46 Network Marketing14:13 Step into your Genius14:53 Growing Up/Individual Upbringing18:46 Fitting In and Acknowledging Yourself20:30 Reflections: Love Life22:32 Work and Play Hard25:20 Being a Unique Coach28:46 Fearless and Successful32:30 Connect with D33:30 Takeaway

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Jul 15

34 min 10 sec

Hannah Strenger is a Queer Guide who helps LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs come out in their businesses and own their voice. She is passionate about empowering queer folx so that they can grow their business, increase their impact, and live their life without hiding. In this episode of Square Peg Entrepreneur, Hannah helps us understand the struggles and concerns of entrepreneurs who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. I get answers to all of my burning questions about queer entrepreneurs plus easy tips that we can implement today to make Zoom meetings, webinars, and conversations safe and inclusive for everyone.Highlights:‌02:01  Meet Hannah04:36 Coaching Journey05:51 Growing up and Coming out Queer08:38 Religion and acceptance12:09 Queer questions  17:13 LGBTQ+ vs LGBTQ19:34 Entrepreneurship and LGBTQ27:55 Rainbow Washing32:53 Companies by Queer Entrepreneurs33:09 Get in touch with Hannah35:32 Takeaways

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Jul 15

38 min 18 sec

Square Peg Entrepreneurs, unite! If your personal brand has been feeling a little "beige" and you're ready to show up 100% as YOU - quirks, weirdness, and all that is freakishly bold - this podcast is for you. Nikki will be showcasing courageous entrepreneurs who are fully expressing their authentic selves in business and being adored for it.If you're on the tipping point and need a little nudge into personal brand euphoria, hit subscribe and get ready to be inspired.

Jun 30

4 min 54 sec