03.22.17 | Career coach and executive recruiter Bruce Hurwitz, from Hurwitz Staffing Solutions, debunks the belief that you have to be underemployed later in your career if you want to work into your 60′s and beyond. The Founder of “USA Today,” Al Nueharth, is our Business Birthday, a Thai Turtle full of coins caught John’s eye, and Tim’s List looks at the Ten Most Powerful and Influential Companies in the USA for 2017.
03.15.17 | Canadian fast food chain Original Joe’s thanks diners for not drinking and driving, some think LGBT Media is too white, and Happy Birthday Fabio! The Random Sample includes an ingenious, but maybe not suitable for work reference to the blizzard and getting plowed, vandalism at LGBT Centers, dressing The Trumps, and an LGBT sailing team. Tim’s List reveals the Top 10 2017 Spring Break destinations in the USA. Where else can you get all this and more?
03.08.17 | Partners in real estate and partners in life: Tom Postilio & Mickey Conlon. As stars of HGTV’s reality hit series “Selling New York,” the two were appropriately dubbed “The Dream Team.” Named among the Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals in the United States by the “Wall Street Journal,” Tom and Mickey are responsible for over $1.5 billion in residential sales, and have shattered records for a considerable number of Manhattan’s more desirable buildings, but also for entire neighborhoods. First though, be careful of those Peep Oreos…yuck! A look back on the Palm Pilot, a mutual fund that excludes LGBT friendly companies, and two TV ads with LGBT themes round out a very busy show. Tim’s List looks at the 7 Best European Countries for Dual Citizenship.
03.01.17 | We kept what you love and added a new LGBT News segment—The Random Sample. Each week we select stories from local and national LGBT news sources that we think should be top of mind. This week, Grindr gets a workout at CPAC, Washington, D.C. is a finalist to host Gay Games 2022, and 3 LGBT owned businesses in the Atlanta area are profiled. Tim’s List looks at The Queerest Cities in America for 2017 as selected by Advocate.com.
02.22.17 | Anna Akbari is an entrepreneur, sociologist and former NYU/Parsons School of Design professor. She joins The Focus Group to talk about her new book, Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness. Learn the importance of not avoiding failure and the ability to pivot—be it in your career, relationships, or in just finding happiness in life. Working Cats caught Tim’s eye and John’s Pick that Flick! focuses on Oscar Winners.
02.15.17 | LinkedIn expert and author Donna Serdula joins The Focus Group to discuss her latest book, LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Dummies. Her latest book is a great resource for anyone wanting to get more out of their LinkedIn Profile. Donna also shares 3 simple tips to consider when interacting with LinkedIn. John explores whether the $5 million per Super Bowl advertising was worth it based on the latest tracking study, and Tim’s List ranks the Top 10 Comfort Foods according to Ranker.
02.08.17 | Actor and Comedian Karl Gregory, who plays Marcus on Pop TV’s Nightcap, joins The Focus Group to discuss the finer points of comedy, show business, and how the arts can contribute to our national conversation. John introduces us to his Star Trek doll that looks like it may have gotten too much sun and Tim’s List explores the Top 10 Happiest States in America.
02.01.17 | Mike Wilke, LGBT ad expert and founder of AdRespect.org, joins The Focus Group to explore the hits and misses over the years pertaining to portrayals of LGBT people in Super Bowl advertising. Let us know if you agree with Mike’s picks. Then, play along with John on Tim’s List with our listeners across America. We are now LIVE every Wednesday at 1pm EST on YouTube and Facebook.
01.28.17 | Harsha Chigurupati is the inventor of NTX Technology, an additive that when infused into alcohol renders the spirit liver and DNA friendly. It’s the latest in what has been coined “functional spirits” and, of course, The Focus Group sampled a sip or two. But first, would you buy pre-sliced vacuum packed avocados? Tim and John ask the listeners if they can find a North Korean, Kim Jong-Un guided, “sexy lady stewardess calendar.” It’s the latest in Kim’s effort to lure tourists.
01.21.17 | The American Dialect Society each year chooses a “word of the year” that has snuck into our lexicon. The Focus Group will share the 2016 word along with the political and slang word of the year. See if you agree. But first, Tim and John discuss whether boycotts work. Grab Your Wallet has called for a boycott of LL Bean due to a family member’s support of President Trump.