A Candid Conversation with Shawna Suckow on Don’t Blame Me Podcast

On this Podcast with Shawna Suckow

In the latest episode of Don’t Blame Me Podcast, hosted by Connie Phieff of Talent Concierge Artists Agency, we sit down with Shawna Suckow, an expert in consumer behavior, sales, and marketing. This article serves as an in-depth guide to some of the key insights shared during this enlightening conversation.

Meet Shawna Suckow

Shawna Suckow is not your average speaker. With over 20 years of specialized knowledge in consumer behavior, sales, and marketing, she has become a sought-after voice in the industry. Her accolades include speaking in 17 countries on 5 continents, and being named a Woman of Influence in 2020.

NameShawna Suckow
Professional TitlesCVP, CMP, CSP
Areas of ExpertiseConsumer Behavior, Sales, Marketing
Speaking Experience20 years
Countries Spoken In17 countries on 5 continents
AwardsWoman of Influence in 2020, CSP certification
Notable EngagementsShared stage with President Obama in 2019
Target AudienceSalespeople, Marketers, C-Suite, Business Owners
StyleReal, Authentic, Motivational
Noteworthy Life EventsPlayed in World Series of Poker, Exceptional at parallel parking, First car was a Volkswagen Bug that caught fire
PublicationsWritten books on consumer trends, including “The Roaring 20s”
Approach to StorytellingFocus on authentic stories over hard selling
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From Corporate Planner to Speaker

Shawna’s journey is a fascinating one. She transitioned from being a corporate planner—controlling millions of dollars—to becoming an international speaker. During this shift, she grappled with changes in her identity, offering a wealth of advice for anyone considering a career pivot.

The Power of Storytelling

According to Shawna, the key to effective marketing in the modern world is storytelling. It’s not about hard-selling; it’s about connecting with consumers on a deeper level. Shawna believes that storytelling has never been more important than it has in the past three years.

Top Pick

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The “Secret Sauce” Revealed

When asked for that one “secret sauce” for success in sales and marketing, Shawna emphasized the need for authenticity and human connection. As markets evolve, this tip is proving to be more crucial than ever.


The Importance of Authenticity

In today’s digital world, being authentic and human is not just an advantage; it’s a necessity. Shawna’s career thrives on her ability to connect authentically, proving that this trait is a significant asset.

Memorable Moments

Shawna isn’t all business; she’s got an interesting life outside of work too! From participating in the World Series of Poker Main Event to her inexplicable talent for parallel parking, Shawna brings her unique flavor to everything she does. Not to forget her first car, a Volkswagen Bug that caught on fire!

Don’t Blame Me Wrap Up

The conversation between Connie Phieff and Shawna Suckow is packed with invaluable insights for anyone in sales, marketing, or anyone just looking to understand consumer behavior better. For more depth on each topic discussed, make sure to listen to the full episode.


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