Crystal Uncorked

Crystal Uncorked

Are you ready to open up about all things business!? I’m Crystal Vilkaits, a curious entrepreneur who LOVES talking about business, especially over a glass of wine. I started Crystal Uncorked to share open and honest conversations about my journey, and talk to other entrepreneurs about their experiences. We pull back the curtain and talk about the highs…AND the lows. Wine isn’t required, but is recommended. This is Crystal Uncorked.🍷


September 20, 2023 11 mins

Hey there from Lake Tahoe! I just woke up from one of my energizing power naps.

Today, I share a neat motivation trick I found on Instagram. It's a game-changer! I'm thinking of using this in my talks, especially for encouraging folks to dive into short-form video content like Reels and TikTok.

Remember, motivation is great, but it's all about doing the hard work and setting up your environment fo...

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You know they say, “Don’t meet your heroes?” Well, the day before I recorded this, I met mine, and it’s better than I could’ve imagined!

So, I'm spilling the beans on my whirlwind adventure at a two-day writer's workshop with none other than Don Miller. Get ready for some creative nuggets, the secret sauce to staying disciplined in writing, and a sneak peek into my upcoming book titled "15 Mile Famous: From ...

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Social media is scary. There, I said it.

And with what we’re seeing online about how people react so easily because they’re behind a keyboard, it can be scary not only for personal profiles but also for business accounts to post. And some hide behind the excuse, “I don’t have time to post”.

Whether it’s fear of judgment or a lack of time, erase that. Move forward and show up.

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August 30, 2023 39 mins

At a recent conference on the topic of finances, an AI generated video depicted the “Faces of Wealth” as 100% male. 

In today’s episode, I’m sharing ideas, tips, and advice to develop a positive relationship with money, especially for my female listeners! 

Whether you’re looking for ways to invest and grow your portfolio or you just need some seeds to plant for your money mindset, you’ll walk away with value after...

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Are you feeling stuck personally or professionally? ....or both?

I’ve been there! Success is a unique journey for EVERY individual, but I have three tips for building momentum that have done wonders for me and can work for anyone!

Tune in to see how I've utilized therapy, put pressure on my goals, and developed a solid routine for even more momentum!

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EVOLVE 2024 in...

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I wish I could bottle up the feelings of these stories in today’s episode.

I share some behind the scenes moments that lead to some pretty exciting announcements, and prove you have to TRY… even if you’re not sure of the answer.

And stay tuned till the end for a special lesson on the importance of not hiding those big ideas.

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EVOLVE 2024 in Denver, CO - Crystal Media

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I’m coming to you a bit worn out after an especially long travel day and a whirlwind of small mishaps. Despite the fatigue, though, I felt it’s crucial to keep up my commitment to you – which is the topic of today’s episode!

See, my promise to you is a unique one: I’m going to mess up. Yes, you heard that right. There may be times when I’ll repeat stories, miss opportunities to delve deeper into a topic, or even fail to fully land a...

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This episode is all about acknowledging what's working, what isn't, and making changes where they're needed. It's about giving ourselves permission to do what's necessary for our business and ourselves, and not being afraid to ask for help. So come on, let's uncork this topic together!
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In this episode, your host Crystal Vilkaitis walks you through her journey of hosting her first-ever EVOLVE business conference.

Crystal navigates the ups and downs of event planning, discussing everything from unexpected logistical hurdles to the pursuit of ticket sales. Despite the challenges, she managed to successfully host the conference at the Gaylord in Denver, Colorado. Crystal shares the joy of reaching the milestone of sel...

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Podcast Launches, Past Lives, and Personal Growth…oh my!!

Hey there, welcome back to Crystal Uncorked! In this episode, Crystal chats about her inspiring trip to a Dallas conference, her struggles and successes, and her surprising interests in past lives and numerology—all over a glass of 2022 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc.

Crystal shares the journey of launching her top-rated podcasts, overcoming self-doubt with ...

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Join me, Crystal Vilkaitis, on this thrilling journey of self-discovery in my podcast, Crystal Uncorked. In this episode, we're exploring some crucial themes like fear, urgency, the beauty of being multi-passionate, and above all, the power of consistency and accountability in achieving our goals. I'll be sharing some exciting updates and a peek into how I'm navigating my own journey. Oh, and did I mention a big comm...

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February 22, 2023 26 mins

Get ready for a super exciting announcement! But, before I get into that I want to back up and share some behind the scenes on how it all came to be and my formula and process for making decisions, like this.

Recently I was taking part in a mastermind call, and the speaker was a producer of a ton of popular TV shows. And if you’re a listener, you know I have a dream to have my own show. After getting my chance to ask some ...

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We’re live at the Las Vegas Market. Dawn Grooters started her company Broken Vessel Sales in 2020 when she noticed a need between retailers and wholesalers, creating and working with inside sales and making connections. She works with wholesalers, vendors, and rep groups, and even helps retailers.

As the expert in all things sales, Dawn offers some great tips for small businesses that might be experiencing slow and small c...

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If you’re wondering where the first 9 trends in this list are…stop and go back to episode 70 to check out part 1! Let’s get to it. 

10. ChatGPT (as seen in episode 69): an AI that provides ideas for copy and design, lists, assistance, and leverages technology to save time.

11. Influencer Marketing: becoming more popular among businesses, and it involves increasing usage by partnering with the right influencer in the right way.

12. Str...

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After talking with Grace Kang, I can’t wait to check out her boutique Pink Olive at any of the amazing locations she shared about on the show today.

Grace opened up Pink Olive at its first location in the East Village of Manhattan, New York 15 years ago. She now has another NYC location, as well as one in Cold Water, New York, and Little Rock, Arkansas. If you tune in, you’ll hear all about how she ended up in the adorable...

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In this part 1 episode I  am sharing my 9 MUST DOs’ in the social media and digital marketing world. Some you might already be doing, some you might be on your list to try, and some might seem totally crazy… but I promise you businesses who are doing any of these 9 tips are going to see some success this year. So let’s dive in. 

  1. Increase in video usage: Leverage video to connect with customers
    -Short-form video with Reels an...
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Have you heard about Chat GPT?

I am coming to you from Salt Lake City, Utah for an Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. Paula and I are spending some time between the show getting really focused on branding and messaging for this year, and some special goals and projects we’ve got in the works. But I had to come on here and talk to you about this powerful new tool, Chat GPT.

Chat GPT is an AI that can answer questions, wr...

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Just outside the city of Austin, Texas sits the beautiful property of Flat Creek Estate. Eva Horton the owner of this winery and entertainment property joins me to share her inspiration and vision for this incredible place.

Flat Creek sits on 80 acres of beautiful vineyards, gardens, outdoor patios, and curated spaces. The winery features a tasting room and a 5-star restaurant, with plans to build lodging to extend the vis...

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Happy New Year! It's 2023, and after what felt like a long, long December it is finally the new year! I hope you had a great holiday season with family, and friends, and doing what you love to do! If you're anything like me though, you're ready to start the new year with big goals, and important changes, and ready to see success. I am sharing a few rituals, one old and one new, that are helping me plan and attain my ...

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December 14, 2022 22 mins

 Are you guilty of scheduling and planning things more because you're afraid to miss them than because they’re actually something you need or want to do? I know I am. I get caught up in FOMO. But recently when I had a full schedule and cancellations were bringing me so much relief, I was reminded of JOMO, The Joy of Missing Out.   

Too often we get caught up in our schedules and places we think we should be and things...

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