Ultimate Podcast Setup

Most of us who get into podcasting do not have a background in audio equipment or even editing for that matter. Add to that the fact that the understanding of how sound travels is not anything we’ve been taught or have come across in our careers. More often than not, many of us have gotten…

Time.

Time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet for some reason some of us are able to achieve more than others in just a single day. Why is that? Why do we (as humans) default to “I don’t have the time”? Why do we think right off the bat so negatively…

Inspirational Interlude: SwagWorx (an identity story)

SwagSam here… I’ve been working on this new “Success with Swag(ger)” blog series that is all about how to have success when using promotional products. Taking a quick, as I call it, “inspirational interlude”… Would love your feedback. Take a look at the below concept for re-branding my Swag company, ValueBP Marketing Group… what do…

Microdosing | The New Smart Drug?

Recently, while out to dinner with a few Silicon Valley Senior Management types ( Startup / Enterprise ), the question of how one could about achieving the “Limitless Effect” was brought up. Of course referring to the film Limitless, where Bradley Cooper’s character taps into his full potential by using a performance-enhancing smart drug that…

SwagSam’s First Book!

In January of 2017, I wrote down a goal to publish my first book by May 1st, 2018. On May 1st of 2018, Success with Swag(ger) my very first book was published. Honestly, this book I just completed was not the first topic I had in mind. Originally, I wanted to write a guide geared…

Interviewing the CEO of 99designs in Oakland

If you haven’t heard already, I started a new Podcast called Brand Hero. This past week my episode with the CEO of 99designs, Patrick Llewellyn, went live. To hear the whole podcast, click here and you’ll be redirected to iTunes. About the Pod A platform which started from design contests among freelancers, 99Designs is now…

2018 SWAG Guide (Part 1: Public Speaking)

2018 SWAG Guide (Part 1: Public Speaking) I hope your 2018 is off to a great start! Every year, the largest SWAG Show of the year takes place right after CES in Mandalay Bay. I’ll tell you – 6 days in Vegas is too long! However, I’m more fired up for the new year than…

WhatUp, NOW DAILY.

People often ask how did the WhatUp Silicon Valley Podcast come about… Well, the truth is Sam is a huge fantasy football fan and after an early exit in the 2016 playoffs Sam substituted his listening of SiriusXM Fantasy Football shows for podcasts. First he saw that friends both in and outside of his SWAG…

Showing up.

Often times people say half the battle is just showing up. I’d counter that by saying being ready. As I from time to time mention, I’m in the SWAG business. No, I’m not talking about being on the creative team for Old Spice commercials, nor am I talking about modeling my persona after Don Draper…

My Dogs eat at the Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is here and all I can think about is it’s sunny and somewhat warm… I’m beyond grateful to live in the great state of California and to have met so many people in business that I truly consider good friends. You know it’s funny a lot of times in business people try to be…

Taking a leap of faith can pay off BIG TIME.

If you’re not a fan of sports, well … then you probably can’t relate to a lot of what I talk about. We just released a Podcast with the San Francisco 49ers President, Al Guido. Looking back I realized that a large portion of our podcasts and even my blog posts relate back to sports.…

Using your network to grow collectively

Earlier this year I was asked to write a monthly blog post for the promotional products (SWAG) leader in digital marketing services (PromoCorner). I just wrote a post about how to get started working with Virtual Assistants (VA’s) and it got me thinking… Why don’t I share these posts on my social network or with…

GO AFTER IT.

If you’ve been following our podcast or know me pretty well, then you know I spend far too much time on Fantasy Football. Sergio and I just released a Podcast we did with Jeff Ratcliffe from Pro Football Focus. We called this a “BONUS” Podcast because Jeff lives in Philly and really has no connection…

The Power of Positive Thinking

I wake up at 6:30 AM everyday to go to the gym; sometimes earlier. After a night out at a networking event it’s often hard to roll out of bed. However, what keeps me going is this statement… Successful People do the things Unsuccessful People don’t like to do. I’m not sure where I heard…

Embracing Change

It’s been said that the only thing that is constant is change. As much as I can be a creature of habit, I totally love change AND the reason for that is because change to me is synonymous with evolving. Evolving as a human being, as a friend, in a relationship, in a business –…

SwagSam #5: Public Speaking, Enjoy it or not?

What does it mean to be nervous? Is it a form of excitement? Maybe it’s a bit of anxiety?  Or maybe it’s just a lack of confidence. Public speaking is a top fear that mostly people can relate to. Why is it that we are nervous to speak in front of others? Or even nervous…

Flip the Script – Recently a Guest on a Podcast

I met Alexander Laurin through a Podcasting Mastermind Facebook group.  What, you’re surpised there’s a “mastermind” fb group for podcasters?  C’mon there’s a facebook group for everything!  Anyway, Alexander has a Podcast called “The Podcaster’s Coach” where he interviews other podcasters and helps hopeful podcasters go from idea to launch! Check out the episode here.…

Why hide behind “WE”?! Just OWN IT!

How often do “we” hide behind the word “we”?  Why do “we” do this? Often times for small businesses we tend to use the word “we” because we are scared to admit that we’re a small business.  “Scared” might not be the best word for this, rather it’s that we want to appear to be…

3 Easy Event Planning Tips

As a Recreation Major at Chico State I thought I might “grow up” to be going to work in board shorts and sandals doing something around boats, wakeboarding or something along those lines. Never did I ever think that all the wedding planning presentations I sat through would help me with professional career. Okay, so…

SWAG Done Right (with “BADASS Queen” Pia Silva)

Pia Silva is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and even a contributor for Forbes Magazine. In her book “Badass Your Brand”, Pia teaches small service based businesses how to be more profitable by niching down on ideal clients while charging a premium price. I recently had the pleasure of recording a Podcast with Pia for the SwagSam…

It’s About Gen Z, not about Millennials

Millennials are a hot topic, but if you’re not preparing for Generation Z; then you’re missing out. I’m a millennial; and I first remember hearing about “marketing to millennials” back around 2006 or so at an Office Supply Conference in Las Vegas.  I remember our rep at the time being so pumped up that the…

Creativity, Accountability and SUCCESS

Writer’s block is real and by the way, why is it that I write best at 3 in the morning?! In last week’s blog I stressed the importance of holding yourself accountable and that I really need to take my own advice. Basically, I know how to avoid burn out so I just need to…

How Do You Overcome Burnout? Take My Advice

I should really take my own advice more often… Well, first let me start by saying I don’t like the word “should”.  I try really hard to not say the word “should” … usually I’ll replace my statements where normally “should” would be appropriate with a word like “could”.  This all started back in 2011……

Branding like Draymond Green.

  If I said “Draymond Green is the stud athlete he is because he has a chip on his shoulder” would you argue the point? Seriously, I want to know… leave a comment. I have a chip on my shoulder.  Why you ask?  Well for several reasons.  Do you think it’s bad to have a…

The CHICO FEET Story (Change the Conversation)

Here’s a quick story of how you can change the conversation to “get noticed” and a few actionable steps to get started. I’ll start with the back story, but the point remains… The CHICO FEET business concept is more compelling than Sam Kabert selling office supplies/promotional products from Value Business Products. Not just a Sandal…

Why I LOVE Mondays

I don’t believe in “a case of the Monday’s”, except for when there are two Mondays in one week. With 4th of the July right around the corner, I realized that many people are going to have two Mondays next week.  I’ll explain… This year the 4th lands on a Tuesday so it’s that awkward…

Morning Routines = More Wins.

I’m a creature of habit, except for when I’m not. For the past several months I’ve had my alarm set for 6am and below is what my routine looks like.  I’ve found that during the Summer months it’s sooo much easier to wake-up “early” because it’s light out… I LOVE it!  (sure don’t miss those…

Hey, or as we like to say… WhatUp!

Welcome to Whatup Silicon Valley BLOG! Our blog will give you a unique experience of what’s happening in Silicon Valley including upcoming events, random thoughts, updates and other business or entrepreneurship contents, while also providing a place for you and us to interact with each other and with local entrepreneurs. Wondering what to expect from…