man running across bridge Awesomeness ahead 2016 Happy New Year Friends!  December 31, 2015 was the first time I didn’t host a big party or attend one.  Instead of celebrating like that I decided to relax and enjoy family time amidst the glow and warmth of the Christmas tree for one more night before returning it to the outdoor shed.  The family however, abandoned me early, foregoing the literal ringing in of the New Year in exchange for welcoming the New Year with a good night’s sleep.  I also broke with tradition shunning all the New Year’s programs, and opting for a low-key documentary playing quietly in the background.  So it was me, the dogs (our mini-schnauzer and our poodle), Netflix, the Christmas tree, and Words with Friends (and strangers) and social media.  In the midst of my peaceful evening, I became truly excited about the coming year.  I believe 2016 holds potential and possibilities for all those who are seeking to live their best life.  Here’s my Top 5 list of upcoming awesomeness for leaders and anyone taking steps toward goals, dreams, success, and peace.

Quarter Life Calling Book CoverQuarter-Life Calling: How to Find Your Sweet Spot in Your Twenties by Paul Sohn.  Paul Sohn, leadership consultant, blogger, and emerging speaker, left his position with a Forbes 50 company to pursue his calling of helping others find theirs.  While Quarter-Life Calling is certainly written with millennials and twenty-somethings in mind, this book offers insight, direction, encouragement and more for anyone seeking their purpose and calling.  This book releases on January 18th.

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book cover stop chasing influencersStop Chasing Influencers by Jared Easley & Kimanzi Constable .  Officially Launching in March, this book encourages readers to stop chasing influencers and choose to become one.  And they show you how!  Stop Chasing Influencers provides practical, actionable, realistic steps to building your platform and your business.  You’ll be surprised at the amount of value these guys share with you.  Readers who act on the information inside will likely save a lot of money, while also sparing themselves a lot of unnecessary or wasted distractions.  Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to sharing your message, and building your dreams and your own influence rather than anxiously chasing others!  Officially Launches in March.

Watch the video trailer, and read more about this important book and project here.


joe lalonde stands with hands in pockets tshirt and jeansJoe Lalonde’s Upcoming New Podcast venture!   Joe Lalonde is no stranger to interviews, podcasts, leadership or launches.  In fact, his newest podcast venture launching soon will focus on providing leadership answers for all your leadership questions from a diverse group of influencers who know and live leadership. Joe Lalonde is a Top 30 Blogger committed to empowering young leaders with the tools to thrive in a hectic world.  You’re gonna love Joe’s easy going interview style, and his commitment to all things leadership. Check out his blog. He shares tons of relevant articles, resources, and cool infographics and he’s a consistent blogger.  More importantly, be ready to download Joe’s new podcast this January.   Learn more about Joe Lalonde.


catalyst logo abstract octagonalCatalyst Conference 2016.  I attended my first Catalyst Leadership Conference last fall in Atlanta.  It was absolutely amazing and offers something for leaders of all types.  It’s probably one of the most highly attended leadership conferences, and is chock full of value with well-known, quality speakers like Brene Brown, Guy Kawasaki, Andy Stanley, Christine Cain and more.  You can also attend smaller more intimate workshop style “labs” typically a day or so before the actual conference begins.  If you’re a blogger, you’re likely to find blogger meetups scheduled while you’re there too.  The networking opportunities at Catalyst are endless.  These conferences are offered all over, and they offer smaller one day conferences as well. As for me, I’ll be headed back to Atlanta in 2016 and I hope to see you there!  Oh yeah, Catalyst offers an interactive leadership app and a podcast if you want to stay connected throughout the year as well.

Catalyst app 

Catalyst Podcast

Catalyst event locations

relaunch logoRelaunch Podcast with Joel Boggess: Starting over with confidence.  I can’t mention the New Year without mentioning Joel Boggess’ Relaunch Podcast.  After all, isn’t relaunching what the New Year is all about?  Joel Boggess, a life coach, author, and the show’s host, is by no means new to the podcasting scene. The Relaunch Show has over 400 podcast episodes and well over a million downloads. But every episode offers diverse perspectives, and relevant discussions from some of the brightest leaders and experts in their fields. It’s a great way to kick off the New Year and to keep it fresh all year long.  Most new episodes launch on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

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Dr. Chester Goad is a university administrator and graduate instructor, a former K12 principal and teacher, former US Congressional staffer.  But those are just his day jobs!  He’s also an author, blogger, and emerging speaker.  He is co-author of Tennessee’s “Dyslexia Is Real” law and has presented on disability and leadership-related topics from Appalachia to Africa.  Currently he sits on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, and the Board of Directors for the Association on Higher Education and Disability.   A leader in education, non-profit advocacy, parenting issues, faith, access and policy, Chester has been quoted in major media outlets such as CNBC, Yahoo, the Washington Post, Forbes Leadership, and others. He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and Edutopia. You can learn more about Chester and his Amazon #1 Best Seller at or He and his wife live in Tennessee with their teenage son.  If you need a keynote speaker on leadership, learning, or life, he’d love to hear from you!