#040: The Need For Voluntary Benefits

Tim Martin and Steve Savant - Part 1

Tim Martin and Steve Savant

I recently appeared on Steve Savant’s Money, The Name of the Game. This is episode 1 of a 5 part series regarding Voluntary Benefits. Below are excerpts from the press release announcing this episode. You can listen to the audio as a podcast or watch the video that appears at the bottom of this page.

Press Release

The true need for Voluntary Benefits hasn’t changed in the last 25 years. The perceived need is greater

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#039: Gary Hoy – Jump In The Pool

The Water's Fine


I think Gary Hoy and I are twins (fraternal) separated at birth. We live almost as far away from each other as possible and still be in the contiguous United States. He is in Buffalo, NY and I am in Phoenix, AZ.  Despite the difference in geography, we share many of the same experiences, beliefs and philosophies in sales and sales training.

Gary reached out to me last week to ask me some questions about the Success Is Voluntary website. He wanted to better serve his audience and loved what we are doing here.

The longer I talked to Gary (and it was a while… we both like to talk… lol) I felt that I had to get him in front of my SIV tribe. Gary speaks and trains sales people all over the country for fortune 500 companies and large associations. His almost singletary focus is on getting salespeople

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#038: SIV Joe McCormick – Everyday Development

What are you doing to get better?


I have been absolutely sold out to the idea of personal development for the past 25 years. My friend and mentor Les Heinsen (and two time SIV Podcast guest) told me many years ago, “All growth begins with personal growth.” I believe him.

Every now and then I meet someone that is as fanatical about personal development as I am. Joe McCormick is one of those people! Joe contacted me for the first time about two weeks ago due to a blog article I had written. We hit it off immediately and I was thrilled to get him on this week’s podcast. The more time I spend talking to Joe, the more I believe in his mission and the platform he is building. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Joe as much as I did!

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#037: SIV Bill Cates – The Referral Coach

Introductions eat referrals for breakfast

Bill Cates picture

A good friend of mine, Eric Silverman recently introduced me to Bill Cates. I had read Bill’s book Don’t Keep Me A Secret several years ago so I was thrilled when Bill agreed to come on the podcast.

Bill has revolutionized the way sales professionals acquire ideal clients by adopting a proven process to generate personal introductions and communicate a more compelling value proposition. Bill is the author of three best-selling books: Get More Referrals Now, Don’t Keep Me a Secret, and Beyond Referrals. His newest book,

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#036: SIV Paul Freed – The Art of Recruiting

How to differentiate yourself and your opportunity

Paul Freed

Did I Ever Mention That Success Is Voluntary?

That Includes Recruiting Success

I am very excited to introduce you to my friend Paul Freed. I meet Paul 5 years ago at a Michael Hyatt conference titled Launch. We had a lot in common and decided to start a Mastermind group with a couple of other guys we had met. The time we spent working together helped me to clarify exactly what I wanted my podcast and blog to look like. Paul’s insight and passion dramatically impacted my thinking and my business.

Paul is a named partner in Seattle’s premier executive search firm. In other words, he helps companies attract top-level candidates for companies like Starbucks, REI, Zillow, and T-Mobile. He travels all over the world speaking about job search, recruiting and employee attraction. He is the only person I know personally who has given a TED talk. To say Paul is a power player is

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#035: Tim Martin – Personal Coaching


I can’t tell you how overwhelming and humbling the response to the re-launch of the Success Is Voluntary blog and podcast has been! Your emails, phone calls, and comments on the website and Facebook have meant more to me than you will ever know.

One of the crazy, unintended, but gratifying side effects of the re-launch has been that several people have asked if I was available for personal coaching. The answer is yes I am, but only for the right person. Before we get into who I accept into my coaching program I want to tell you a story.

Tim’s Story

The year was 2011 and I was stuck. It you are a movie buff I would assume you have seen the classic movie “Groundhog Day.” I was so stuck in my career development that every day seemed like

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#033: SIV David Mead – Start With Why

How Great Leaders Inspire Action


I don’t know about you, but I have had a handful of epiphanies in my lifetime that dramatically impacted my thinking, my business success, and my life.

Early in 2010, someone introduced me to a TED talk given by Simon Sinek that absolutely changed the way I looked at my life. I have always had a strong vision of why I was doing what I was doing, but I didn’t understand the importance of sharing my why with the people I was leading, including my own family.

The TED talk is titled How Great Leaders Inspire Action. It is the 3rd most watched video in the history of TED.com with over 37 million views. Shortly after the video was released, Simon released his first book titled Start With Why which expanded on the concepts he had laid out in the video. It was a runaway best seller.

I contacted Simon’s organization and they were gracious enough to offer to bring David Mead, one of their top trainers, onto the Success Is Voluntary podcast. David has been with The Start With Why Movement since almost the beginning. In fact he was working with Simon before the TED talk. David travels extensively all over the world speaking and helping organizations instill a Start With Why culture.

The 13 WHYS David And I Talked About

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#031: SIV Tom Hopkins

Tom delivers once again.

Tom Hopkins

When I relaunched the Success Is Voluntary blog and podcast this January, one of the first congratulatory emails I got was from Tom Hopkins. Tom had been a guest on the podcast 4 years ago and his episode still holds the record for the number of downloads of a SIV podcast (just over 4,500.) In his email he asked me if I would like to have him come back on the podcast. I was stunned and incredibly humbled that A) Tom is a subscriber to SIV, B) That he actually reads my emails, and C) That he contacted me with his very generous offer.

If you listened to his first appearance you know what a huge influence Tom has had on my sales career and quite frankly my life. I could not be more thrilled to get to gleen more wisdom from Tom during this interview. The thing I love about the SIV podcast is that I get to ask questions and learn from every guest we have on. The way I look at it is that I get at least 1% better from each and every guest. I thank you for coming along with me on this incredible journey.

In the interest of time, so that you can get to listening to the podcast asap, I have again bullet-pointed the things we talked about on today’s episode.

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#032: Jackie Kohorst-Payne: Grit + Professionalism Always Wins

Where is VB headed?

Are You Stubborn Enough

Have you ever meet someone that you instantly knew was a true professional and that you were really going to enjoy collaborating with? Someone you knew was going to make you better? I first meet Jackie in early 2016. Her story of grit, determination and triumph inspired me then, and it continues to inspire me today!

Not only is Jackie inspiring, she is a world class professional and leader. In today’s episode Jackie breaks down where they VB industry started, how it got to where it is now, and where it is headed. I know I have never heard

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#030: Ron Jones – Let’s Go Fishing

Go to where the fish are biting!

Ron Jones Fishing

I actually meet Ron on a fly fishing trip in New Mexico. The trip was an award for a contest we had won from our carrier at the time. We would soon become fast friends and peer mentors.

This is also one of the “lost SIV episodes” that I recorded but was unable to release during my hiatus from SIV.

In this episode Ron talked about one of our favorite subjects…. (no, not fishing)

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#029: Les Heinsen – Optimism Isn’t Enough

Time Doesn't Always Equal Improvement

Les and Sharon Heinsen

Les Heinsen is one of my heroes. I don’t use that term loosely. I won’t take time to explain that statement here. I covered that 4 years ago the last time Les came on the SIV Podcast. During his time with us then, he gave an absolute Masters Class on leadership. Listen to it HERE

I asked Les to appear again today to dig in to the concept he taught me 15+ years ago, “Just because time passes doesn’t mean that things are going to get better.”

One of the things I admire most about Les is his optimism and ability to encourage others. He is someone that believes in his people and helps them to see the future as it could be. As optimistic as Les is, he fully understands that optimism isn’t

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Brian Hicks – Astound Yourself Today

It's supposed to suck revival...

This is a repeat of the podcast I originally published on April 5th of 2014. I ran it again today to hammer home the message of Monday’s blog article, It’s Supposed To Suck. 

Astounded Woman Blown Away

If you haven’t guessed, the theme for SIV this January is new beginnings. I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know exactly how hard it is to attempt something new. It would also be unconscionable to not remind you that the hard work is worth it. Brian reminded us how important it is to keep our focus on what we want.  LISTEN HERE

Please do every salesperson you know a favor and forward them this podcast. I promise they will thank you for it!

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I have had the great privilege of seeing Brian speak four times, including the two times I have paid him to come speak to my team. His message Astound Yourself Today resounds with audiences deeply.  In this episode Brian and I talk about many things including:

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