What's Working with Cam Marston

What's Working with Cam Marston

I believe each of us seeks significance. To achieve it we must continuously grow and learn and to facilitate this process in myself and in others, I ask questions of business people and experts who can teach what has worked for them or who can reveal best practices. It's done through my FM radio show and podcast called What's Working with Cam Marston. I hope you'll listen.

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May 10, 2021 54 min
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Bill E Stitt begin experimenting with curing his own bacon in college at Ole Miss. It made him plenty of friends - how could it not? Now his bacon is shipped across the country to the nation's most demanding bacon palettes. His process is a closely guarded secret but does involve the meat being serenaded by local musicians. Don't roll your eyes until you've tried it, then be prepared to be disappointed with anything les...

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Beth Arroyo Utterback is the general manager of WWOZ in New Orleans. The station is staffed nearly entirely by volunteers, many of whom are in their twentieth year of donating their time weekly. Listeners stream the station from across the globe. How does such a small but mighty station create such a loyal following and what can we learn from them to apply to our own businesses? 

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Bob Jones has found his calling. His mission. And it all focuses around service. That rings true in his words and his actions and is one of the many reasons his bank, United Bank based in Atmore, Alabama, is thriving. You're going to like him because is mission to serve is both transparent and authentic. 

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A lively chat with State Farm Agent Allison Horner reveals that the way most consumers think about insurance needs a refresh, and she's just the one to do it. An advocate of taking care of what matters most with her customers, she'll gives us the questions to ask to determine if we have our priorities set correctly. You'll enjoy this conversation. 

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Friend of What's Working Brent Barkin sits down in the studio to catch us up on Shoe Station's moves since the pandemic hit just over one year ago. Brent's role as CEO of a retail company with twenty-one locations in five states gives him insight into fashion trends, logistics, retail trends, hiring and retention trends, and others. His insight is something we seek regularly - he never fails to offer dynamic insights. 

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Thom Shea asks what is the single thing that prevents people from being the best versions of themselves. Their answer, by a landslide, is drama. Drama in the workplace. Drama in the home. Drama with their kids and with their spouse. So Thom coaches them to deal with drama so their best version of themselves will be available to the world. Thom was a powerful leader in the Seals. He's now a power leadership guide in the corporat...

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Amy Morin, in a time of great difficulty, jotted down a list of mental attributes that she, as a counselor, knew she should avoid. That list became a blog post and that blog post went viral. Today she's written four books on the topic of mental strength, is in demand as a speaker, and her podcasts are a sensation. We talk about how you need to groom, protect, and work on your mental strength and how it applies to your work. 

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Josh Reed had a hunch that fishermen wanted high-dollar performance clothing and they wanted access to it year around, not only in the summer. Frustrated with his employer's dismissive reply, Josh gathered partners and backers and they began Huk Performance Fishing Apparel. Since then they've added Nomad Outdoor Performance Clothes for hunters and sales are booming across the board. It's a story you'll want to hear.

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Over thirty percent of all whiskey is consumed by the Millennials. Bob Angus runs Standard Proof Whiskey in Nashville and is gaining customers in this coveted consumer group by developing craft rye whiskeys with innovative expressions designed to catch their attention. I've tried a couple and they're GOOD. We get him to tell his story and explain his strategies to catch their attention. If you like a good rye you'll lov...

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Brian Harris run Harris Properties in Gulf Shores. He rents homes to the vacation market as well as buys and sells vacation homes all in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. When Covid hit the cancellations flooded in. Brian found ways to not only continue, but found innovative ways to keeps his contractors in revenue. Then the phones rang again - this time for record reservations. "If we have to quarantine," his customers said, ...

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Ipe (pronounced "EEE-pay") is known for its weight and density. It sinks. Used as waterfront decking, it survives the storms. Southern pine - the most popular decking material - floats, its buoyancy pulling it upward in a flood, tearing it from its attachments. Ipe suffers none of this, explaining the post hurricane footage showing scores of docks destroyed by the storm surge. The docks that remain nearly entirely intact? L...

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Thom Shea asks his clients and his audiences what is the single thing that prevents them from being the best versions of themselves. Their answer, by a landslide, is drama. Drama in the workplace. Drama in the home. Drama with their kids and with their spouse. So Thom coaches them to deal with drama so their best version of themselves will be available to the world. Thom was a powerful leader in the Seals. He's now a power lead...

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Adam Heisler uses technology to teach his students how to hit a baseball. The term "launch angle" is taboo in certain circles, but Adam stands behind the technology, the research supporting it and, most importantly, his student's improved at bats. He talks about how he's gone against the headwinds of tradition in a city with deep, deep baseball roots. 

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Louise McCown and Cliff Kennedy are 2021 Forty Under Forty Winners from Mobile Bay Monthly's annual tribute. Both lead impressive organizations and, at a young age, have impressive resumés. We talk about the lessons they'd give their younger selves and what those of us over fifty should know about the under forty leader. 

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Most termite companies want nothing to do with protecting buildings with spray foam insulation - termites go undetected under the foam, leaving the termite companies on the hook for the damages. Enter Mike Adams and E3 Termite and Pest Control and his custom solution to treating spray foam insulated buildings. His product has entered a market desperate for it. I should know. I hired his company for my home, heard his story, and sai...

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Devin Marks has a recipe for delivering the spoken word powerfully. Story. Conflict. Resolution. Vulnerability. Empathy. Simplicity. Who new there was a method? Devin discovered the method and now teaches experts worldwide how to organize their message in such a way that audiences will NEVER forget what they heard.

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Covid forced Jeff Butler to change how he brought his furniture finds to market which began a banner year for Jeff and his team. He's focused today on building his business to scale larger and larger and the top lesson he's learned: sharing the pie will yield bigger results than keeping most of it for himself. 

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Easy to get excited about recording a radio show when the guest starts pulling out corks before we're even seated at our mics. Jim Cox is no stranger to teaching the neophyte to the most sophisticated palette how to enjoy wine. We discuss wine trends, his story, and how during Covid he and his team went through some reinvention that lead to one of the best years they've ever had.  

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Robert Tucker is a futurist with insights into how our work world will look once normalcy has returned. He makes big predictions that will impact the way business functions. 

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