Episode 23
Jon Acuff

on misconceptions around productivity and goal setting, how to set yourself up for success and why it’s ok to let yourself be bad at certain things

New York Times Best-selling author, Jon Acuff has written five books including his most recent, Finish which focuses on goal setting and follow-through. Jon has helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. He’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at companies such as Microsoft, Nissan and Comedy Central.

On today’s episode we’re talking about misconceptions around productivity and goal setting, how to set yourself up for success and why it’s ok to let yourself be bad at certain things!

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Mini Episode
Katie Hunt, Founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp

on gratitude, thanking your mentors & a heartfelt thank you to our TSBC speakers

Katie Hunt, founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp takes a minute to thank the TSBC speakers who have helped shape Tradeshow Bootcamp into what it is today.

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Proof to Product is a podcast brought to you by Tradeshow Bootcamp and hosted by founder, Katie Hunt. Since 2011, TSBC has worked with hundreds of product based businesses by helping them up-level, scale and build profitable, sustainable companies.

This podcast will take you behind the scenes of growing businesses. Companies that are selling on Etsy, in their online shops, doing custom work and selling their products wholesale to large retailers like Target, Anthropologie and Paper Source as well as independent retail boutiques internationally.

Join us each week as TSBC alumni, speakers and industry thought leaders share their successes, struggles and how they’ve made difficult but important transitions in their business to continue growing. You’ll gather inspiration, learn about new resources, and hear different ways of scaling your business.