The Driven Entrepreneur with Matt Brauning
The Driven Entrepreneur with Matt Brauning
Matt Brauning, Entrepreneur and Business Leadership Expert
At The Driven Entrepreneur, we sit down with business visionaries, leadership trailblazers, and successful entrepreneurs every single week. You get their origin stories, plus life and leadership lessons that shaped them in life. Each and every Friday an Interview with a new guest drops just for you!
More Productivity Without The Burnout! with Julie Miller Davis
EP #313 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Julie Miller Davis, productivity trainer, coach, and entrepreneur as we discuss More Productivity Without The Burnout! She is a productivity trainer and driven entrepreneur who serves others by helping them reach their own levels of excellence. She works with business owners and leaders to get them laser-focused and efficient at conducting their daily business and working through their current roadblocks.
Feb 13, 2023
30 min
Resiliency Lessons From A Lone Plane Crash Survivor - Don’t Miss This One!
EP #312 -This week on the podcast, I'm joined by Joy Cooper, Keynote Speaker, Resiliency Expert, Lone Plane Crash Survivor as we discuss Resilience Lessons From A Lone Plane Crash Survivor - Don't Miss This One! She is a number one best-selling author, operations manager for United Airlines with a master’s in aeronautics, and a pilot. Her story was featured on CBS TV, and she has been interviewed on top rated podcasts. Joy shares her experience as the lone survivor of a fatal plane crash. When others told her she would never walk again, she proved that she would do more than that: she would dance again.  The plane crash broke every extremity, threatening to destroy everything she had worked for. Joy’s journey brought her through paralysis, multiple surgeries, and accident investigations. For her, mediocrity is synonymous with failure, and limits are something to be redefined and conquered. Learn More About Joy Cooper: Visit “Flying, Falling, Fighting: a Pilot's Memoir” to get her story: Joy Copper Follow Joy Cooper on social media on Instagram and Facebook Whether you are new to 'The Driven Entrepreneur' podcast or a recurring fan, please help out by subscribing to the show on Apple, Spotify, or Google, and leave us that 5-Star love and a quick review over at Apple Podcasts! Your support and your reviews mean a lot to me, and really help the show to reach more people. Plus, it provides me with valuable feedback, so that I can continue to bring value to you each and every week. I love hearing from fans and listeners. Please share your feedback, guest suggestions, or ideas for show topics with me on social media.   Connect with Matt Brauning On Social Media: Follow Matt Brauning on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube   Check out more on this podcast, PLUS subscribe to my other podcast “Speaking of Getting Booked” This one's for anyone who wants to get booked to speak. We interview people who book and hire speakers just like you, and share all their strategies for you to get booked!" Check out my best-selling books, Driven To Courage (2022), The Firebox Principle (2018), and Total Freedom From Addictions (2007, 2011) available at Have a question for the show? Head to to submit your question and I may just answer your question on the air and feature your business!
Nov 4, 2022
31 min
Pillowcube Founder Jay Davis on Finding Your Entrepreneur Sweet Spot
EP #311 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Jay Davis, Owner at stairslide, Founder/CEO at Pillow Cube, and Founder of Creatably as we discuss Finding Your Entrepreneur Sweet Spot! Jay Davis was born at a very young age in Utah. When he was 3 years old, his family made the decision to move to Chicago, then eventually found his way to Highlands Ranch, Colorado. After some more growing up, Jay graduated from BYU with a BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship in 2008. Jay’s first job after BYU was managing business and product development for Vivint. But Jay knew something else held his heart: marketing. Soon, Jay started creating viral videos for clients like it was his job, because it was. Jay’s online videos for Color Run got more than 8 million views across YouTube and Facebook. In 2012, he and Scott Winn created a YouTube channel that combined stunning visual experiences with original music and comedic situations. Their first 5 videos gained over 25 million views in less than 7 months. As much as Jay loved viral videos, he knew he could do more. So, in 2017, Jay founded the advertising agency, Creatably, which is all about driving sales and increasing brand awareness. You may have seen their work with such brands as Manly Bands, Gabb Wireless, Homie, Owlet, and more. They’re kind of a big deal. But again, Jay wanted to do more … and sleep more. So, he launched his own product, Pillow Cube, to billions of tired side sleepers around the world. Then Jay snagged the opportunity to improve the indoor slide experience and bought StairSlide. And clearly people liked what he was selling, because both brands experienced high 7-figure revenue in the first year. Currently, Jay’s chillin’. Not really. He’s still building new companies, investing in startups, and hanging out with his family.
Sep 16, 2022
43 min
Nothing Can Stop Your Dreams with Studio Owner Kari Anderson
EP #310 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Kari Anderson, a CrossFit trainer, Spanish teacher, real estate agent as we discuss Nothing Can Stop Your Dreams! She has lived through, first-hand the ravages of anxiety and depression in two of her four children and is passionate about helping others navigate these difficult spaces. She has trained organizations such as Marriott, Ritz Carlton and Keller Williams. She is now a recognized expert on conquering anxiety, stress and depression. She has worked with hundreds of clients, adults and children and teens to help them quit wasting energy on anxiety and overwhelm so they can have peace and feel more in control. She does this work privately and in groups at her yoga and meditation studio, she speaks at conferences and runs transformational retreats where she gets to do the work she loves one on one. Kari helps people go from panic attacks, not sleeping and chronic pain, to living lighter, sleeping better and feeling free. Kari makes her home in Ogden, Utah, where she lives with her husband Russ, her youngest son Dylan, and their Goldendoodle Marlie.
Sep 9, 2022
27 min
Prioritizing YOU with Dr. Laleh Talebian
EP #309 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Laleh Talebian, a cancer research scientist, nutrition specialist, podcaster, author, and professional bodybuilder as we discuss Prioritizing YOU! You may have caught her on TV or seen her featured in Health Watch Magazine. As a research scientist with more than two decades of experience, she earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology of Cancer from Dartmouth Medical School in 2005. Her research has been published in ten major peer-reviewed scientific journals. She founded her customized-health consulting business in 2010 and has served more than 700 clients and patients. Her patients and clients include people with various types of cancer, Olympic athletes, doctors, oncologists, body builders, and other athletes, moms, dads, youth/ teens, as well as couch potatoes. She has guided her patients to lose over 100 pounds, go from unsolvable chronic pain to living pain free, and to leave death’s doorstep to thrive under her care.  When she’s not transforming lives, you might find her on her road bike in Vermont where she lives with her partner Eric and her cat Bowie.
Sep 2, 2022
35 min
How Generosity Reduces Stress with Dr. Katrina Nguyen
EP #308 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Katrina Nguyen, an award-winning, board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist, founder of a nonprofit to fight childhood obesity, and author of Live to Give as we discuss How Generosity Reduces Stress! She was just 14 months old when her family escaped by boat from communist Vietnam in April 1975 after the Fall of Saigon. She nearly died twice during her journey to freedom and the American Dream. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. She has shared her expertise via EWTN Global Catholic Network, YMCA podcast, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her Christian faith drives her to serve others. She established a charity fund with Raymond James and her nonprofit’s sponsors include Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread. Dr. Nguyen lives in Illinois with her husband Marconi. She enjoys being a dog mom, gardening and traveling.
Aug 26, 2022
28 min
Building Community In Your Business with Pat Miller
EP #307 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Pat Miller, Founder of the Idea Collective Small Business Incubator as we discuss Building Community In Your Business! After over 20 years in broadcast radio, Pat left the industry to launch a business consulting small business Owners. While helping clients better understand their ideal customer, branding and positioning, Pat realized small business owners were underserved. In the past two years, Pat has launched a leading Small Business Incubator to address what is missing: a place for Small Business Owners to get the information, inspiration and transformation partners they are missing with traditional support systems. This digital group has expanded to 10 states and 6 countries while helping its members make a bigger impact and achieve their dreams.
Aug 19, 2022
35 min
Falling In Love With Your Business Budget! With Nancy Abramson
EP #306 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Nancy Abramson, Success Coach and Speaker as we discuss Falling In Love With Your Business Budget! Nancy Abramson is on a mission to help overwhelmed service-based business owners who once struggled with not being able to take any time off to increase their revenue, add employees, and become business owners who don’t have to do it all or wait to start enjoying their lives.  After decades working crazy hours in corporate accounting and living for vacations, Nancy started a business with total time freedom to finally love her life, and created her T.H.R.I.V.E system is the foundation through which Nancy guides clients to name and claim their ideal clients, set and achieve big goals and establish healthy work/life boundaries.
Aug 12, 2022
37 min
How to Never Give Up on Your Goals with 7-Time Ironman Rich Greene
EP #305 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Rich Greene, 7-time Ironman Triathlete, performance expert, and business coach as we discuss How to Never Give Up on Your Goals. His IronMind Code Sales Success Formula has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. His client list includes Microsoft, Whole Foods, Target, JP Morgan Chase, CVS, Coors, The Mayo Clinic and Coca-Cola among many, many others.   He has more than 30 years of experience as a successful sales professional across a variety of industries, helping his clients sell well over 100 million dollars in business.   Seven years ago, he had a wake-up call that transformed him from an obese couch potato, whose only 6-pack was his favorite beer, to a 7-time Ironman triathlete.    In the process, Dr. Greene distilled the Ironman mindset into an elite executive training program called The IronCode that can make your success unstoppable.   Most importantly, he found his mission of helping ordinary people do extraordinary things!  Rich resides in the foothills of the beautiful California Sierra’s.  Take it away Rich!
Jul 22, 2022
29 min
Brandon Lyons on His Journey From Paralysis to the Paralympics
EP #304 -This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Brandon Lyons, Team USA Paralympic Athlete, Fortune 100 Assistant Director, Speaker and iFit Trainer as we discuss His Journey From Paralysis to the Paralympics. On May 24, 2014, Lyons dove into shallow water breaking his T5/T6 vertebrae and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Lyons quickly took on this new challenge and returned to work at EY just four months after his accident, and even completed a marathon just five months after the date of his injury.  He relocated to San Diego in 2016 to be closer to an advanced rehabilitation gym, which is where he found his passion for handcycling. He was introduced to former Ironman world champion David Bailey, and the two would ride the coast of southern California together as Bailey pushed Lyons to go faster.  In March 2017, Lyons would be invited to a tryout at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center to earn a spot in the residence program. Lyons was awarded a spot as the first handcyclist in the residence program and would relocate to Colorado Springs, Colorado exactly three years after the date of his injury on May 24, 2017. Lyons made his first national team in 2019 and continues to work for EY in Business Intelligence.
Jul 15, 2022
38 min
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