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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Dec 15, 2020

About the guest:    

Michael Sean Comerford is a writer and Pulitzer Prize-nominated former international journalist who worked in Chicago, New York, Budapest, and Moscow.

He’s bicycled cross country three times and hitchhiked across America, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He’s ridden freight trains and rounded-up cattle out West, studied Buddhism in the Himalayas, and won a heavyweight boxing championship in Ireland. He toured almost 100 countries, swam the headwaters of the Nile, fought off a hippo attack, and toured ecological disaster areas in the Amazon.


Comerford’s bylines have appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Copley News Service, Budapest Sun, Budapest Business Journal and the Moscow Times.


He lives in the Chicago area to be near his daughter Grace. He’s promised her that he’ll stay closer to home for a while.


In the episode:    

Michael Sean Comerford is living his life to the fullest! In this episode, listen to Michael tell the tales of his travels from hitchhiking across North America to working at carnivals and more. Find out Michael’s philosophy on storytelling and where the true magic of storytelling comes from. Learn how Michael found his passion and where to start in the journey of finding and living your passion.

2:14 – Michael describes what drew him to follow carnivals.  

4:54 – Nancy asks Michael how he became the number one hitchhiker in America.

8:47 – Michael shares some of his favorite stories from his travels.

14:57 – Michael talks about how the magic of storytelling happens in the refining of the story.

17:37 – Michael talks about his upcoming books on topics like green living

22:09 - Michael shares a bally with Nancy and talks about his book, America Oz.  

28:14 – Michael explains how storytelling relates to personal branding.

34:04 - Nancy and Michael talk about finding their Dharma.

37:19 – Michael shares some of his hitchhiking experiences.

43:36 – Michael gives advice to people working in jobs they don’t like.



“Live life now. Don't wait for retirement or for when you're older and you can do other things. You're already alive and feel, look for, all the great ways that you can be alive now.” - Michael Sean Comerford, book author and publisher at Comerford Publishing LLC



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American Oz by Michael Sean Comerford:

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Twitter: @mikecomerford