“The CEO Hour” interview with John Exley

18 Aug 2010 in Interviews

On July 23rd, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Bruce Peters on the “The CEO Hour” ; a “revolutionary radio show designed by and for the Upstate New York business community.”

If you’re interested in hearing the interview, I hope you will listen to the first segment as well as the second segment!

There are two 12 minute segments, and in them I talk about:
- my background (being homeschooled by mom)
- my energetic DNA and drive to one day soon start a company
- and my experience studying abroad in Singapore at National University this past spring.
I also shared some of the lessons I learned from the interviews I did in Singapore (that I will be sharing on my blog soon). I actually launched this site “The X Factor” live during the interview!

It was quite a learning experience being on the show, and what an adrenaline rush! If you are an aspiring leader like I am, I think it is important for us to practice articulating our story and vision to an audience whenever we can. One way to start? Take an idea or bit of advice and make video blogs about it (I plan to explore this topic more in depth in a future post)!

By the way, one quick note: Bruce generously refers to me as an “entrepreneur” a couple times during the interview. Well, I am cautious to describe myself in this way as (for those of you who don’t know me) I have yet to create my own company. So, to be humble I am an only an “aspiring entrepreneur” for the time being…

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the interview in the comments section, and please don’t hesitate to include your critiques of how I might do better in the future!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/DJGrzeskowiak Dustin J. Grzeskowiak


    I greatly enjoyed listening to your interview with The CEO Hour, and staying up to date with your blog in general. I think it is awesome that you finally have something visible to call your own which showcases your extraordinary passion and intelligence.

    I like Bruce cannot wait until you take that BIG STEP and dive into your own company, which will no doubt be successful.

  • http://JohnExleyOnline.com John Exley

    Dustin, you are like a brother to me and someone whose focus and dedication to the world of finance and politics is unsurpassed in my experience. I am very blessed to have a friend like yourself, and thank you so much for the very nice words (and for your vote of confidence in my dreams of starting a company!).

    I know it is only a short amount of time until I am begging to interview you on my blog, and who knows? Maybe we will start our first company together. Good luck with your big actuarial exams this semester, keep me posted!

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