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E34: How I Met George Herbert Walker Bush

E34: How I Met George Herbert Walker Bush

December 14, 2018

I recorded this video to mark the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

This is the story of how we met.  

America's 41st Commander-in-Chief, died at age 94. He had a long productive life that included:

- Graduating Yale in only two-and-a-half years
- Being the youngest Naval pilot
- Survived a plane crash and rescued by a submarine
- 70+ years of service to his country
- 73 years of marriage to Barbara Bush
- 1st sitting Vice-President to be elected President since 1836
- Only the 2nd President to have his son also become President
- Head of the Republican National Committee
- Head of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Skydived at age 75, 80, 85 and 90
- Raised $1 billion for charity after his time in the White House

I had the great pleasure of meeting former President Bush when he and I spoke at an international telecommunications conference.

President Bush delivered an amazing keynote speech to 2,000 people at the event where we met. I spoke to 20 in my breakout session.

We took a photo together, which you can see on my blog.

George Herbert Walker Bush was a true patriot and will be missed.

E33: Is this the end of organized religion?

E33: Is this the end of organized religion?

December 9, 2018

[Note: Dr. Carrie Nantais is one of the featured panelists at the "Mind, Body & Spirit" luncheon event in Troy, Michigan on January 30, 2019.  We're expecting this event to sellout, so register today.

Listen as your host, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews Dr. Nantais on a wide-range of topics, including religion vs. spirituality, finding good role models and the three things you need to be good at self-forgiveness.

Show Notes:

1) The word "pew" comes from the Old French word "puye."

2) Michael referenced a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald. The exact quotation is: "The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

The quotation was published in an article titled, "The Crack-Up", in Esquire Magazine in February, 1936).

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Episode 32 of "Talk to Me" is a fascinating discussion with psychologist, Dr. Kristen Hurrell on why almost everyone practices some form of self-sabotage.  

E32: The Psychology of Self-Sabotage

E32: The Psychology of Self-Sabotage

December 3, 2018

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Note: Dr. Hurrell and Mr. Caruso will speak at Mind, Body, Spirit at the Bank of America Plaza in Troy, Michigan on January 30, 2019.

The event is sponsored by Troy Rotary. More info on the Troy Rotary Facebook page or the Troy Rotary website.


Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviews psychologist, Dr. Kristen Hurrell, on a wide-range of topics, including:

3m Why humans self-sabotage
6m How your friends work against you
8m The long-term effects of #MeToo
14m The challenges of addiction
15m Why you can benefit from therapy

20m Vulnerability, the gateway to other problems
23m  Dr. Hurrell's view of the opioid situation
28m "Therapy is not a pill."
30m Ideas for self-care

Also: Home remedies to feel better, including journaling, sleep, exercise, and good nutrition.

At the end of the video, Dr. Hurrell offers her contact information to those looking for help.

Video versions of these interviews are available on Michael's YouTube channel.  Subscribe to be notified of new videos.

E31: Best Presentation Advice I Ever Got

E31: Best Presentation Advice I Ever Got

November 27, 2018

Professional presenters are a special breed.

Salespeople and top leaders are a fearless bunch. You have to be brave to stand up in front of group of people and speak to them with clarity and verve.

Most of sellers are "pleasers" who love the spotlight. They're mostly egocentrics who are more than okay with attention.

"In short, we presenters love ourselves," says veteran keynote speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso. "And we want you to love us."

That's why salespeople work so hard to meet with you. They want to tell you about themselves, their products, their services. They want to give you a presentation and then hopefully, submit a proposal.

"But ego centrism works against us," says Caruso. "The best presentation advice I've received is from the book, 'Let's Get Real or Let's Not Play' by Mahan Khalsa."

This video covers two Khalsa-isms:

1) Don't present to people just because....
2) Don't create/submit a proposal unless you know EXACTLY what the prospect wants.

"When I incorporated these two concepts into how I handled presentations, my life improved immensely" says Caruso. "And now this is what I teach my Present Like a Pro students.'"

More info on Michael's website and his Present Like a Pro FB group.

E30: Author Chris Voss’s son, Brandon on the book, “Never Split the Difference”

E30: Author Chris Voss’s son, Brandon on the book, “Never Split the Difference”

August 31, 2018

Brandon Voss is the son of Chris Voss, author of the terrific book, "Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It."

In negotiation, there are three types of "yes":

1) Counterfeit (designed to make you go away)
2) Confirmation (innocent, reflexive, black & white)
3) Commitment (the real deal, leads to action)

Is your email getting ignored? Put this in the subject line: "Have you given up on this project?"

Other talking points include:

- Never underestimate the other side's desire to correct you

- The question that stops an aggressive negotiator in his tracks is "How am I supposed to do that?"

- The importance of tactical empathy

And know this: women are better negotiators than men.

It turns out that most females truly understand empathy and that there's power in deference.

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E29: People at their worst, life as a paramedic

E29: People at their worst, life as a paramedic

August 18, 2018

They make TV shows about Emily Holstine's job.

She's a paramedic Alliance Mobile Health in southeastern Michigan.  Emily sees people at their best and people at their worst.

Paramedics deal in a lot of different disciplines including medicine, law enforcement, sociology and psychology.

Michael Angelo Caruso leads a fast-paced interview as Emily tells interesting stories from the road and even delivers a CPR lesson.

Emily talks about a psychological phenomenon called the bystander effect AKA "the diffusion of responsibility" and how an individual is less likely to to something if there are other people around.

Michael asks about ambulance response time and how something called "time dilation" confuses people during emergencies.

Other highlights:

Emily shares dramatic and funny stories from the road and Michael accidentally dials 911 TWICE. Oops!

E28: Shawn Blanchard, Millennial Mogul

E28: Shawn Blanchard, Millennial Mogul

August 13, 2018

Here's a compelling interview with entrepreneur, Shawn Blanchard from Detroit, Michigan.

Born a "crack baby," Shawn has risen above his early situation to not just make something of himself, but to become a role model for his generation.

Shawn will speak at a Detroit Athletic Club luncheon on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Detroit Rotary Club and the Troy Rotary Club. Register at

This interview, conducted by fellow author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, covers a wide range of topics including:

- Shawn's degrees in mathematics and economics
- How he saw himself on TV wearing an orange prison one-piece
- Young and old
- Rich and poor
- White and black

Shawn runs a number of companies including an online academy for authors and speakers and a company that provides suits for business men.

Both Shawn and Michael appeared from southeastern Michigan.

E27: Improve Your Image; Photo Tips From Mark Einhaus

E27: Improve Your Image; Photo Tips From Mark Einhaus

July 28, 2018

Photographer, Mark Einhaus, offers tips on how to create better images, especially the photos that you take of yourself.

Tips include how to:

- Use a primary light source to make your photos pop
- Create interest using the "rule of thirds"
- Make sure smiles don't work against the photo
- Self edit 
- Tell stories with your photos

Mark and Michael discuss various ways to create attention through your images.

Mark says that one of his favorite photographers is Duane Michals. Learn more about Mark Einhaus and his services at  

Learn more about Michael at

E26:  How To Be Happy and More Fulfilled

E26: How To Be Happy and More Fulfilled

July 14, 2018

Almost everyone deserves to be happy and fulfilled. But it's not easy to get to that space. 

In this interview, Dr. Alessandra Wall, discusses the reasons so many people feel unhappy and unfulfilled. She also talks about the sources of stress and anxiety and most importantly offers tips for improving your situation.

Talking points include:

- The cognitive behavior model
- The ownership of choices
- The negative impact of feeling helpless
- The Imposter Complex
- The value of speaking up
- How happiness and fulfillment seem to be eluding two major demographics in our society (millennials and women)

Dr. Wall teaches that you as an individual have the power to make choices that reduce anxiety and stress, which leads to focus, purpose and yes, happiness.

She suggests practicing "the art of nothing," by just sitting on a patio or front porch and not doing anything. No deep breathing, no meditation, just sit there in silence for two minutes.

E25: Rosh Sillars on managing your YouTube channel

E25: Rosh Sillars on managing your YouTube channel

July 2, 2018

Want to get more from your YouTube channel?

Join author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso and digital marketing expert, Rosh Sillars for a deep dive into YouTube. This video provides dozens of tips for being a "YouTuber."

Note: Things change on YouTube all the time. Feel free to leave updates and helpful comments below. We're all in this together.

Talking pointsfor this podcast episode include:

- YouTube mentors we subscribe to
- Why cards are important on YouTube
- The secret formula for thumbnails
- How to create a niche and playlists
- How to re-purpose your vids on other platforms
- A quick tour of YouTube analytics
- Recommended tools such as TubeBuddy and VidIQ

Remember to use your keywords in three places:

1. The video title (use about 50 of the 100 characters allowed)
2. The description (5,000 characters allowed)
3. The tags

Rosh's YouTube channel is at  

Find Michael on YouTube at