Talking to Cool People w/ Jason Frazell

Talking to Cool People w/ Jason Frazell

Talking to Cool People is an interview show where Jason, you guessed it, talks to cool people! His belief is that everyone is cool and everyone has a fascinating story to tell. With guests ranging from CEOs to college students, from Navy Seals to therapists, from authors to musicians, and everything in between, you never know where the conversations are going to go and what you'll learn. New episodes drop on Wednesday mornings.


May 15, 2024 46 mins

Jason and Jeremy dive deep into the fascinating journey of Jeremy Parker , the co-founder and former CEO of, and now the founder of Swagspace. Jeremy shares his incredible story, from winning a prestigious film festival to pivoting into entrepreneurship, and eventually building a multimillion-dollar business in the promotional products industry. Jeremy shared how he knew it was time to give up the CEO title as the company ...

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I sit down with Matt Krayton, founder and principal of Publitics, a leading public relations firm specializing in business, political, and government PR strategy. We explore his remarkable journey from an aspiring high school teacher to a leading political consultant. Discover how the 2008 financial crisis reshaped Matt’s career aspirations, leading him to the tumultuous world of political consulting, where strategy, public opinion...

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This is part 2 of a conversation with Elena Armijo, where we dive deep into the often-overlooked impacts of inclusivity and belonging in the workplace and society.

 "We're not aware of the impact that not being inclusive has for us as a society. "   

Elena Armijo, Master Certified Coach (MCC), Founder and CEO of The C-Suite Collective, and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator has a strong track record of supp...

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Elena joins the podcast for the first in a two part conversation where she shares her journey from the world of professional opera to coaching and founding her own business.  Elena and Jason talk about the power of inclusion and the impact that it has on all of us.

"The goal is to see what you in this seat can bring to the table."

Elena Armijo, Master Certified Coach (MCC), Founder and CEO of The C-Suite...

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Jason sits down with Amanda Baudier, who journeyed from New York City's nightlife scene to embracing a life centered around mindfulness, health, and well-being. Amanda shares the tale of how a heart condition at 28 became the catalyst for a personal and professional transformation.

"It's not just about surviving; it's about thriving with awareness and joy."

  • Amanda's Early Lif...
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March 27, 2024 47 mins

Jason sits down with Julie Perkins to talk about her journey from being raised in a family owned business to going out on her own, why women need a lot of support when they are starting a business and the health event that changed her outlook on life.

 "There's only one great way of growing business, and that's your way of growing business. "

Key Takeaways:

  1. The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Julie...
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Jason chats with Mark Atkeson, who shares the ins and outs of his 30-year journey doing business in China, covering everything from the massive economic changes to the nitty-gritty of Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation. Mark dives into the misconceptions about China, his personal experiences across various sectors, and offers a peek into the future, especially for young folks eyeing opportunities there. It's a deep dive i...

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Sean shares his journey from homelessness to a successful exit of his startup, the methodologies he uses to achieve maximum impact and the power of mentorship.

  • "Once that switch hit, I knew my life was going to be the way I wanted it." - Sean Osborn
  • "You've got to see outside of your current experiences to get where you want to be." 
  • "Action builds clarity." 

Sean Osborn is a mindset strategi...

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Jason and Matt go deep on how Matt turned his battle with trauma into a story of triumph. From confronting childhood adversities to navigating the complexities of mental health in entrepreneurship, Matt shares his transformative journey, offering invaluable insights into resilience, growth, and the power of vulnerability.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Transforming trauma into entrepreneurial success.
  2. The importance of setting boundaries for pers...
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Jason sits down with Adam Quiney, a visionary leader and aficionado of plant medicine. Together, they embark on a journey through self-discovery, personal growth, and the transformative power of sacred plants. Adam shares his profound experiences and insights into the world of ayahuasca and psilocybin, offering listeners a unique perspective on the ancient practices that continue to influence the modern quest for enlightenment.

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Dr. Eugene K. Choi is back for part 2! Jason and Eugene dig in on the executive vs survival state, recognizing the key to high performance and how to know what state you are in.

Key Insights:

  • Executive vs. Survival State: Learn to identify when you're in survival mode and how to shift into your executive state for better outcomes.
  • Emotional Regulation: Understanding the importance of managing emotions to improve decision-maki...
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Eugene shares his profound insights from a 10-day silent meditation retreat, revealing how such experiences can significantly impact our understanding and management of the mind, ultimately enhancing our quality of life.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The science behind training your brain for peak performance.
  2. Moving from survival mode to executive functioning.
  3. The addictive nature of distractions and how to overcome them.
  4. Understanding the physic...
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Laura and Jason riff on her experiences navigating the complex world of tech marketing, the challenges of entrepreneurship, and her unique approach to maintaining a work-life balance.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The importance of aligning your team with core values like trust and balance.
  2. Strategies for effective decision-making in business growth and hiring.
  3. Balancing professional responsibilities with personal life, including parenting and ma...
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In this conversation, hosts discuss the vital role of creativity and fun in both personal and professional contexts. Guest Mike Brennan, an accomplished visual artist and storyteller, suggests the act of creating shouldn't be seen as a reward, but as a part of the process itself. He highlights activities, such as doodling, listening to uplifting music, or taking a different route home as avenues to introduce fun into everyday ...

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December 6, 2023 59 mins

In this episode, Stephen Matthew Clark, a repeat guest and incarcerated individual, shared his insights about the prison system and the disparities present. The host, Jason, facilitates a conversation about the common misconceptions about prison life primarily shaped by media depictions. Stephen delves into his experience living in a Maine prison and tells about the rehabilitation and educational programs he actively participates i...

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In this episode, entrepreneur, author, and co-founder Mark Lewis, delves into his passion for facilitating business success, his unique interview techniques, and his concerns about people's goal-setting capabilities. He shares his and his wife's project, creating a children's book series to teach important life values. Mark also discusses his concern about society's self-centeredness, leading him to write a book...

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November 22, 2023 41 mins

Matt joins the show to talk about why just being yourself is the best way to be in business, shares some cool gift ideas for the holidays and what drives him to create a company that can create a last impacting and creating joy for others.

Matt is the founder and CEO of, the leading gift recommendation service specifically designed for Gen Z to make shopping for their parents easy.


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November 1, 2023 47 mins

Kent joins the show to talk about his journey from planting church and pastoring congregations, the moment when he literally found himself on the floor and unable to move forward because of burnout and Jason and Kent talk through the simple framework to have us create more wholeness in our lives.

Kent believes true success comes from pursuing wholeness, not balance. This refreshing approach has given him a unique perspecti...

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Bebuo joins the show to talk about how she creates exceptional experiences for her retreats, the ways of growing up that created who she wants to be in the world for others now and how to handle the tough crowd when facilitating an event.

"It's all about your perspective."

Bebuo Christianne Ewa is the owner of Christianne & Co. Coaching and an executive coach with Chief, Accomplishment Coaching ...

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Cassandra is back! Fan favorite and returning guest Cass and Jason dig into the topic of networking.

Tune in to hear some networking horror stories, actionable ways to make networking more systematic and fun and more.

Cassandra Thompson is a globally recognized speaker whose work casting contestants for Wheel of Fortune, strategizing on the recruitment team at Riot Games, and coaching ambitious professionals made ...

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