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Past Shows

Saturday, September 5th

Steve Rappaport‘s debut novel If Jack Had tells the tale of a high-profile journalist who moonlights as an assassin for the Russian mob – or is it the other way around? Charles MacPherson lays out the essentials of entertaining and business etiquette in The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining. Tune In to Wow Leadership: 10 Lessons Learned from America’s Favorite Shows, is author Sheri Staak‘s new book on how the fictional world of TV depicts a plethora of characters who embody “WOW leadership qualities.”

Saturday, August 29th

Andy Simon is the creator of the Dogways app, which reinvents the meaning of an “Event,” allowing anyone to attend and create events with no groups to join. If you own a dog, you are part of the group. Whether it be a dog walk, playdate or playgroup meet up at the park, every day is now an event for your dog. Robin Dillard of Affinity Inc. magazine talks about diversity in the workplace, specifically looking at LGBT professionals in the science, math and engineering fields.

Saturday, August 22nd

In today’s volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. In Disrupt You! Jay Samit, a digital media expert who has launched, grown, and sold start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike, describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses. Shop Talk looks at the importance of color when it comes to interviewing. Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.

Saturday, August 15th

The Focus Group launches its first use of Periscope with an Oreo cookie taste test, and a look at Penny Candy from our youth. If you had to pick one of the sweet confections if stranded on an island what would it be? Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.

Saturday, August 8th

Chris Rojas, Vice President of Client Services at National Debt Relief debunks some myths and shares stats on the state of consumer debt. People are borrowing more money and not paying down their debts. In the second quarter of 2014, there was a $28 billion increase in credit card debt. That’s a 66 percent increase over the same period last year. Shop Talk looks at Jon Stewart’s best career lessons. Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.

Saturday, August 1st

Paul Hagen takes over as co-host with Tim while John is on vacation. Paul’s recent trip to Halifax is in the first hour. Tim and Paul will each interview the other with a a set of questions culled from various sources in hour two. Neither knows what’s coming at them! If you have a question for Tim or Paul call 866-305-6887.

Saturday, July 25th

Stuart Elliott has spent more than three decades covering advertising, marketing and media. He is perhaps best known as the advertising columnist of The New York Times, a post he held from May 1991 to December 2014, writing the weekday advertising report. He now reports exclusively every week at MediaVillageShop Talk debunks a popular myth: Why and how to do business with friends. Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.

Saturday, July 18th

Founded by San Francisco–based Christof Wittig, Vespa is the ultimate gay travel companion mobile app. With more than 5,000 curated locations across the world—covering 270 cities in over 70 countries—Vespa provides you with gay-friendly places wherever you are.

The art of the sell has no age limit. Shop Talk looks at how to prove your worth with some helpful hints. Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.

Saturday, July 11th

Charles MacPherson lays out the essentials of entertaining and business etiquette in The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining. In his signature unfussy and approachable style, Charles shows how modern manners are more important than ever before, not only for those just entering the workforce, but for all professionals at any stage in their careers. Shop Talk looks at how to avoid the #1 career mistake: Not having a mentor. Join the conversation at 866-305-6887.

Saturday, July 4th

Celebrate the 4th in Focus Group style. Shop Talk takes a walk down memory lane with Tim and John as they remember their old summer jobs. Volkswagen Advertising Manager Chanel Arola discusses how the brand’s integration with Discovery’s Shark Week is aiming to change perceptions of sharks through music. Renowned business culture expert Stan Slap‘s latest book Under the Hood shows the difference between understanding your employees and understanding your employee culture. Sandblast Atlantic City Co-Producer Bruce Yelk shares what’s on tap for the second year of this unique three-day beach party taking place July 17-19.

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