Partners In The Field | Interviews and discussions with professionals across a variety of career fields.

Rashad Pleasant chats with professionals across a variety of career fields about their personal success, recent failures, and current passions with inspiration from entrepreneurs like John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn, authors like Robert Kiyosaki and Dave Ramsey, and speakers like Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar.
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Oct 30, 2015

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I will always encourage you to introduce yourself to as many people as possible. With that, though, I will also challenge you consistently to have some level of meaningful and memorable conversation with them.

At networking events though, my challenge is for you to only introduce yourself to 1 person. It may seem a little counterintuitive, however, after you've introduced yourself to that 1 person and have had meaningful and memorable conversation with them, I want you to ask an incredibly important question:

"Is there anyone here, that you know, that you can introduce me to?"

The power of an introduction is almost unparalleled because with it comes instant credibility. When you introduce yourself to a stranger you, too, are a stranger. That means that regardless of how cool a person you are, you still have no credibility. The person you are introducing yourself to still has no reason to trust you, and is, by default at a minimum slightly guarded; and justifiably so.

If you can get introduced to that same stranger by someone they already know, you gain the instant trust and credibility that comes from the person introducing you. That means the conversation is far more receptive and less guarded.

Introductions like this work the same as referrals do for business. If your friend tells you that you've gotta try the new Italian place then you automatically give the new restaurant the trust and credibility that you give your friend. And thus, are more likely to give it your attention (and money) as a result.

When you attend your next networking event, take the challenge. Only introduce yourself to one person. Then ask that person to introduce you to someone they know.

Talk to you soon,


Oct 28, 2015

I recently heard there is a model that says everything comes down to three things; challenges, vulnerabilities, and resources. The greatest of these is completely your responsibility.

Oct 27, 2015

What privilege has someone else had that you haven't afforded yourself yet? and why not...

Oct 26, 2015

Lakisha is the CEO of Feel The Glam makeup boutique and a dynamic public speaker motivating audiences to present the best image of themselves and benefits of entrepreneurship. As a makeup artist, Lakisha has done significant work enhancing the self-esteem and self-image of abused women as well as the glamorous work for celebrity clients. She has presented ideas and tips before hundreds and has interviewed some of the biggest names in gospel.

Oct 23, 2015

Tips to maximize your existing relationships

Oct 22, 2015

Chef Lucmann Pierre is the owner and executive chef of Le Pierre Caterers and has served high-end executive clientele from all over the world. Chef Lucmann was trained by some of the top Culinary Institute Chefs in the country and abroad. His exposure to amazing Chefs from Italy, France and the Caribbean has influenced him to develop his own unique style. He has provided services to the former UN President, The United States Governors & Senators, the NBA, the former President "Bill Clinton" and the White House for an Education Summit and many more. Chef Lucmann is also co-author of the recipe book “Catering Events”.

greatest moment

providing a free fine dining Thanksgiving event for less fortunate families and individuals

recent failure/setback

got into a restaurant venture that wasn’t right for him

personal definition of success

the ability to help others in their personal development and success

mentorship / networking groups

National Association of Catering and Events - NACE
International Society Of Events Specialists

online education or productivity tools

Constant Contact

recommended reading

The Jewish Phenomenon

listen to this episode to find out why Chef Luc wants to partner with people who share the same passion about their craft...



Oct 21, 2015

The journey of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing them with new eyes.

Oct 20, 2015

Visit to get my expanded thoughts on this quote.

Oct 19, 2015

Dr Rose is the author of Sandals in the Snow: A true Story of One African Family's Journey to Achieving the American Dream. Dr. Rose Ihedigbo studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received her BA, M.ED and Ed.D in Early Childhood Education.

greatest moment

achieving a doctorate degree while raising 5 children who all receive their own success

recent failure/setback

left Massachusetts to go to Maryland during the recession and had trouble finding work

personal definition of success

being able to serve others and helping them achieve their goals and dreams

mentorship / networking groups

National Association for the Education of Young Children

recommended reading

Sandals In The Snow - Dr Rose Ihedegbo
Immigrant Voices Volume 2

listen to this episode to find out why Dr Rose wants to partner with Hope Africa Foundation...

Oct 16, 2015

April attended UMES Criminal Justice and later received a Masters in Criminology from Florida State. Attended Mercery University in Georgia and passed the bar in 2009. Recently moved to Mexico to change practice areas.

greatest moment

juvenile panel review hearing where she spoke up for the potential father

recent failure/setback

mishandled a relationship with her secretary

personal definition of success

contributing to the greater good of the world

mentorship / networking groups

Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys

online education or productivity tools

Time Magazine

People in Espanol

recommended reading

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

listen to this episode to find out why April wants to partner with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...

make the connection

twitter - @abbywinters80

Oct 15, 2015

"If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results." - Tony Robbins

Oct 14, 2015

Michele is the mother of NFL Player Bryant McKinnie who graduated from Woodbury High School and attended Lackawana Jr. College and then University of Miami. He was the #7 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, played 12 years in the NFL, and won a superbowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Michele is the first Vice President Professional Football Players Mother’s Association.

greatest moment

watching her son and his team win the Super Bowl because of his background

recent failure/setback

not being at her best during her sons nfl career

personal definition of success

keeping God as the center of her life

mentorship / networking groups

Professional Football Players Mothers Association

NFL Fathers Association

online education or productivity tools

NFL Players Association

USA Football today

recommended reading

Sandals In The Snow - Dr Rose Ihedegbo

visit for a free audio copy of the book of your choice

partners with this episode...

The Partners Startup course - a start to finish course on starting and launching your business

IFTTT - If This Then That, connect your favorite apps together, so they work best for you.

Oct 13, 2015

Today's Sixty Second Thought talks about how you add value to a relationship instantly. Check out the blog for my extended thoughts on this topic.

Oct 12, 2015

Monique Brooks-Roberts is a violinist, contractor, and educator with over 24 years of experience. She has performed in several countries abroad and is 2nd violinist of the Philadelphia String Quartet and front woman of jazz fusion band TruVibe. Her work has been featured on Vh1, BET, The Letterman Show, and more.

greatest moment

putting together a 10 piece section for Mos Def at Carnagie Hall

recent failure/setback

really rough pregnancy kept her from work for 6 months and lost momentum

personal definition of success

can have all of her wants and all of her needs

mentorship / networking groups

Play on Philly

The Sphinx Organization

online tools

social media for networking

recommended reading

Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey

partners with this episode...

99 Designs - Have graphic designers compete for your favorite design

Bluehost - Simple, Affordable web hosting

Oct 10, 2015

This is a bonus episode talking about changes to the podcast and a wrap up of what was published this week.

Oct 9, 2015

A native of Camden City and the last born child of four in her family, Nefessa Wiggins is an employee of the Camden City School District, working as a Site Manager in the School Based Youth Services Program at Woodrow Wilson H.S.

greatest moment

graduation day for masters degree in social work, being able to reflect on the “more” that God gave her to help others with.

recent failure/setback

the struggle with procrastination

personal definition of success

being able to help others achieve their definition of success

mentorship / networking groups

Daughters of Destiny -
I Dare to Care -

recommended reading

I declare - Pastor Joel Olsteen

listen to this episode to find out why Nefessa wants to partner with Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela ...

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partners with this episode...

99 Designs - Have graphic designers compete for your favorite design

Bluehost - Simply Affordable web hosting

Oct 8, 2015

Different is better than better - Sally Hogshead

Oct 7, 2015

Kimberly specializes in strategic marketing and communications. Kimberly also has in-depth experience in design, including Web and Graphic design.

greatest moment

partnered with local malls to provide a fashion youth mentoring program

recent failure/setback

as a perfectionist she never feels like the full goal is met

personal definition of success

when you can use the God given talents abilities and passions to help others

online tools

HootSuite / Google Analytics

recommended reading

The Bible / The Art of War

Oct 6, 2015

You can not build a reputation on what you are going to do - Henry Ford

Oct 5, 2015
Simon Billy Bleuh Flake was born in Woodbury, NJ and graduated Highland Regional High School in 1997. In college he became a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps and graduated with a degree in Journalism and a commission in the US Army in 2002.
Bleuh currently serves as a Company Commander and a commited leader in his community.

greatest moment

despite a losing high school football season he was forced to develop and mature as a person

recent failure/setback

handed in a masters level document with spelling errors. the perception is different. you can’t really fail if you learn from the opportunity.

personal definition of success

accomplishing whatever you set out to do

mentorship / networking groups

The Perfecting Church - Church Groups

online educational / productivity tools

Google / Google Scholar

recommended reading

The Law of Success -  Napoleon Hill
See you at the top - Zig Ziglar
Verbal Judo: The Gental Art of Persuasion - Dr George J Thompson
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Oct 2, 2015
Terrance was born and raised in Plainfield NJ, where he attended Plainfield High School and attended Richard Stockton College, which is now Stockton University, and graduated with a degree in Accounting, with a minor in African American Studies. Terrance is a Tax Accountant by trade with over 20 years of transaction tax experience and currently serves as Director of Tax for a major telecommunication company where he is responsible for the compliance of over 3 billion dollars in taxes each year.

greatest moment

old company was acquired which made him move to seattle where he was forced to manage a large team. caused him to dig deep and grow.
recent failure/setback
Couldn’t retain a valuable employee
personal definition of success
Success is being able to do what you want and impact peoples lives in a positive manner

mentorship / networking groups

National Society of Black Accountants / Alpha Phi Alpa / CPA
Online tools
recommended reading
Think and Grow Rich
360 Leader
How to win people and influence friends
Oct 1, 2015

If you want to be... do. The confidence comes by doing...