Episode 37 – Hitting a Connecting Homerun

“Everyone is going to have bad days. What’s important is not letting them affect you.”

As the business of sports has evolved, so has the industry that covers them which means the competition is increasing. Joel Goldberg has spent more than 20 years in television developing and maintaining relationships with professional athletes, coaches, and team management. He’s covered top athletes from Brett Favre to Kurt Warner to the 2015 World Championship Royals. Joel has been part of the Royals’ broadcast team for FOX Sports Kansas City since 2008. During this past off season, he served as the play-by-play announcer for the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks, and also as an analyst on UMKC men’s basketball television broadcasts.

I caught up to Joel while he was on the road with the Royals. Our conversation covered everything from his start in broadcasting (which included cold calling), defining moments, comfort zones he’s overcome, one of his oh sh#t moments which we all can learn from and of course, baseball.

Early on in his career, Joel would sit on the sidelines watching other sportscasters having deep conversations with elite athletes. Building trust with successful icons takes time and Joel learned how to cultivate those relationships. Joel shares tips for connecting with the business professionals you consider elite.  Listen to the full interview below.  (direct download)

Joel built his career around building strong relationships. He speaks to companies and organizations on ways to promote trust in every situation. You can learn more on his website. And if you’d like to follow sports updates, then be sure to follow him on Twitter @goldbergkc.

I’ve had the good fortune to interview the coolest business folks. You can find the rest of the In Layman’s Terms podcast episodes on iTunesStitcher and Google PlayBe sure to subscribe for automatic updates.

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Episode 36 – FacePrint

“You’re running into problems almost daily, so it’s just kind of changing your mindset from, ‘It’s going to be perfect,’ to, ‘I’m going to do this repeatedly… and the short-term details are going to be flexible and change.’” ~Erin Smith

Why most high school students are taking time off this summer, Erin Smith is attending the Research Summer Institute at MIT where she will be continuing her explorations into algorithms for the FacePrint app she developed.

As a perpetually curious seventeen year old, Erin spent hours experimenting with her mom in their makeshift kitchen laboratory. As she aged, her ideas and research have moved out of her kitchen and into the real world and she’s making her mark in the STEM community.

FacePrint is a novel, telemedicine diagnostic tool for Parkinson’s disease utilizing early stage Parkinson’s disease facial biomarkers that she discovered and quantified. FacePrint has received national attention including winning the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge at Twitter Headquarters along with being recognized by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

In this interview, Erin shares the science, struggles, and successes of her research, finding resources and starting a business as a high school student. If you think you’re busy, she also has productivity insights to offer.

Erin’s work has been featured in several articles both locally and nationally:

  • Affectiva SDK on the Spot: FacePrint Emotion Recognition Programs Detects Early Parkison’s Disease Symptoms
  • AOL blog – #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge: 21 Girls Have Officially Taken Over Silicon Valley
  • Shawnee Mission Post – Shawnee Mission biotech student’s Parkinson’s research earns her invitation to elite summer program at MIT
  • The Kansas City Star – Lenexa Student Catches Attention of Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • The Voyager – FacePrint

If you are interested in participating in upcoming research, please email For any other requests, feel free to reach out to Erin at and be sure to connect with her on LinkedIn.

Along with developing FacePrint, participating in science competitions and going to high school, Erin is also an activist and the founder of KC Steminists, an AspireIT program that started this year that is a partnership with the National Center for Women in Technology and United Nation’s Foundation Girl Up Program. KC Steminists is a program for middle and high school students that focuses on greater exposure to opportunities in science and technology, with a focus on entrepreneurship and creating sustainable community solutions.

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