Unplugged with Brandon Steiner

Welcome to Unplugged with Brandon Steiner, hosted by CEO, author, public speaker, blogger and entrepreneur Brandon Steiner. On this podcast you will find a mix of interviews which I have hosted with world class businesspeople, authors and athletes, keynote speeches on business and entrepreneurship, recordings of my live Q&A segments and new original content.



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#001: Kevin Hall

Renowned author and speaker Kevin hall joins Brandon Steiner. Kevin Hall is a highly sought-after business consultant, speaker, and coach. He was a partner in Franklin Quest, makers of the Franklin Day planner. As vice president of Sales and training, he helped fuel Franklin's worldwide growth. He has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden, and often secret, meanings of words. Kevin is also credited with wordsmithing, and trademarking, the original slogan for the 2002 olympic Winter Games, "Ignite the Fire Within." He has been featured in Forbes magazine, Worth magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Business, and on the Food network.


#002: Shaquille O'Neal

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal joins Brandon Steiner talks with Brandon Steiner about his basketball career, his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, sneaker collecting and the guidance his parents gave him growing up.


#003: Lou Holtz

Legendary Notre Dame Football coach Lou Holtz discusses his triumphs on the football field and how it serves as an example for the way people can live their lives.


#004: Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur, four-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and internet personality. First known as a wine critic who managed his family’s wine business, Vaynerchuk is best known for digital marketing and social-media at New York-based VaynerMedia and VaynerX. He joined Brandon Steiner to discuss how he got started, the impact of social media on business today and into the future and his love for sports.


#005: Mark Cuban & Derek Jeter

Mark Cuban is an American businessman, investor, author, television personality, and philanthropist. He is the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of the AXS TV. He is also one of the main "shark" investors on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank.

Derek Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). His accolades include 14 All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter became the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits and finished his career sixth all-time in career hits and the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop.

Mark Cuban and Derek Jeter joined CEO Brandon Steiner for Steiner Sports "Power Breakfast with Mark Cuban and Derek Jeter" presented by 1st Equity Title & Closing Services / Pinktie.org and USA TODAY. (Recorded December 11, 2014)

Topic covered included Cuban's experience on Shark Tank, starting businesses of his own and owning the Dallas Mavericks, as well as Jeter's experience as a leader and his new endeavors after baseball, including founding The Players' Tribune.

The Players’ Tribune is a new media company that provides athletes with a platform to connect directly with their fans, in their own words. , The Players’ Tribune publishes first-person stories from athletes, providing unique insight into the daily sports conversation. Through impactful and powerful long- and short-form stories, video series and podcasts, The Players’ Tribune brings fans closer than ever to the games they love.


#006: Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He held the undisputed world heavyweight championship and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old.

Now a pop culture fixture after years of tumultuous trials and tribulations, Tyson spoke with Brandon Steiner to talk about his career in boxing, what it means to now be a mentor for young people and even his foray into acting.


#007: Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is an American life coach, motivational speaker, author and web television host. She is the owner of Marie Forleo International, B-School and MarieTV.

After graduating from college, Forleo became a trading assistant on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). She left the NYSE to work for Gourmet and Mademoiselle. Forleo took an online course to learn the skills necessary to coach clients. In 2001, she established a newsletter and gained subscribers and coaching clients from relationships she formed while bartending and instructing fitness and dance classes. She became one of the first Nike Elite Dance Athletes in 2005.

In 2008, Forleo released Make Every Man Want You: How to Be So Irresistible You'll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself!. The book is published in sixteen different languages. The following year, she founded Marie Forleo International, a business coaching practice. The company focuses on small business and personal development training for entrepreneurs. In 2011, Sir Richard Branson invited Forleo to mentor young entrepreneurs at his Centre for Entrepreneurship. That year, Forleo launched MarieTV, a web television show. She spoke at the Life Is Beautiful conference in 2014.

Oprah Winfrey called Forleo "a thought leader for the next generation." Forbes.com listed her website on its list of "Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs."


#008: Ed Henry

Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson’s family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie’s humanity that few have taken the time to see.

Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, only moving forward after a private meeting with a minister he’d just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed.

With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized.

This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson’s already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too."


#009: Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells is a former American football coach, best known as a head coach in the National Football League for 19 seasons. He rose to prominence as the head coach of the New York Giants, whom he led to two Super Bowl titles. Parcells later served as the head coach of the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys. Throughout his career, he coached teams that were in a period of decline and turned them into postseason contenders. He is the only coach in NFL history to lead four different teams to the playoffs and three different teams to a conference championship game. Parcells was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. (Recorded August 5, 2013)


#010: John Gray

John Gray is an American relationship counselor, lecturer and author. In 1992 he published the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, which became a long term best seller and formed the central theme of all his subsequent books and career activities. His books have sold millions of copies. PodcastJohn Gray