Tax Breaks and Tips

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Well it's tax time, time to settle up with Uncle again. While paying taxes is painful for some, it's also an obligation that pays to protect our nation, provide health and human services and pay for our infrastructure. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't take advantage of all the tax deductions available to you to maximize your refund as well as getting ready for next tax season. What benefits should you be looking out for? Medical expenses, home office deductions, retirement accounts and more. Michael S. Robinson asks his guests Barbara Weltman, Robert Goulder, Ron Castorina Jr. for tax tips and in the final segment is joined by the legendary Dionne Warwick!

Barbara Weltman - Smallbiz Advocate & author
Robert Goulder - tax lawyer
Ron Castorina Jr. - Assemblyman Staten Island Assembly District 62
Dionne Warwick - award winning singer, actress and TV show host

Igniting Your Passion

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. We've all heard this before but what happens when that passion dies? What can you do to get the fulfillment you once felt that drove your career? Passion drives us to achievement in careers and in personal affairs as well. It can inspire creativity and make an ordinary day extraordinary. Michael Robinson offers three guidelines to reigniting that passion: what speaks to your core self, learn to leverage those feelings, and set a roadmap. He explores these facets and more with his guests: Gloring LoringHector Picard and Jacqueline Whitmore on this episode of The Michael S. Robinson Show.

Guests:

Gloria Loring - Singer, composer, actress
Hector Picard - Adaptive triathlete, double-arm amputee, motivational speaker
Jacqueline Whitmore - Corporate Etiquette Trainer

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New Technologies & Scientific Innovations

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What will be the Next Big Thing? Who can say. With the pace of technology in our rapidly evolving world things that were not dreamt of a fifty years ago are now common place. The inventors and innovators of today stand on the shoulders of giants as they create a new future and spawn whole new industries. And while new technologies cause job loss, a new breed of entrepreneurs stand by to take a chance at the opportunities presented and businesses create new jobs spurring economic growth. This week Michael S. Robinson takes a look at technologies and innovations that could make our lives better with his guests Trond Heldal, Scott Sichmeller, Harld Haas, and Dr. Gretchen Mahler.

Guests:

Trond Heldal – Co-founder of Osmotex AG
Scott Sichmeller – Engineer – Product Development & Innovation at WLabs
Harald Haas – Professor of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh
Dr Gretchen J. Mahler – Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University

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Silence, Strength and Finding Purpose

Saturday, February 04, 2017

We live in a complex world which is becoming more complex all the time. Technology, media, a flood of information can lead one to . How can we make sense of things when it seems that we're being pulled in so many directions at the same time? Michael S. Robinson takes a break from business and delves into how we can navigate life's mysteries and finding the strength within you to help empower yourself. He leads the conversation with his guests: Susan Piver, Shannon Kaiser and Guru Jagat.

Guests:

Susan Piver - Founder of the Open Heart Project
Shannon Kaiser - Founder of Play With the World
Guru Jagat - founder of the RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology

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Do You Love Your Boss?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

So how do you feel about your boss? Is he a micro manager? Feeling dis-empowered? Many times, friction in employer-employee relationship can come from miscommunications which lead to misunderstandings and invariably lead to more friction and stress which is not good for anybody. So what can you do about it? How about initiating fearless open communications: speak up respectfully and begin constructive and non-combative communication. At the end of the day, you need to get your job done so in this episode Micheal S. Robinson holds a discussion on how to deal with a bad boss with his guests: Deidra JenkinsCaroline Ceniza-Levine, and Margie Warrell. And for some relaxation, musical guest Erin Bode.

Guests:

Deidra Jenkins - executive administrator 
Caroline Ceniza-Levine - writer, speaker, coach, recruiter, comic
Margie Warrell - author, speaker, women's advocate
Erin Bode - singer

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How Should The New President Heal Our Divided Nation?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Once again, our country has gone through a peaceful transition of power as President-elect Donald Trump J. Trump was sworn in to become the 45th President of the United States. While some of his campaign rhetoric left many with a feeling of unease his legacy will be judged on his slogan to Make America Great Again. But we are living in an increasingly divided nation where it seems as if people on one side of the political spectrum don't wish to engage with the opposite side. How will your new president bring our great nation together? In this episode, Michael S. Robinson holds a wide ranging conversation with his guests: Edward Cox and Yevgeniy Feyman. Later own special musical guest saxophonist, producer and composer Michael Lington.

Guests:

Edward Cox - Chairman of the New York GOP
Yevgeniy Feyman - Senior Research Assistant at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Michael Lington - saxophonist, producer and composer

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Climate Change: Sustainable Practices and Invention

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The polar caps are melting, weather patterns are getting more erratic and sea levels are rising. Climate change is happening and humans are contributing to the increasing rate of this change. But what can we do about it? We can take a more proactive stance in reducing our carbon footprint by being aware how we consume and dispose of the products we use. We are an inventive people, so entrepreneurs will create new green jobs and make older industries more sustainable. Will this reverse the effects of climate change? It will not hurt. Michael S. Robinson tackles these issues with his guests: Maureen Kline, Florian Mueller, and Kevin Lyons. Special musical guest: Gunnar Nelson!

 

Guests:
Maureen Kline – Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability at Pirelli Tire North America
Florian Mueller – intellectual property activist
Kevin Lyons – Associate Professor at Rutgers University
Gunnar Nelson – musician/singer/songwriter

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Millennials: A Generation Gap?

Saturday, January 07, 2017

This week Michael Robinson talks about threats from the digital landscape and what we need to look out for with cybersecurity thought leader Joseph Steinberg. Then why are Millennials so entitled? He poses this question to two experts in the field of workplace culture: speaker/author/consultant Jamie Notter and author and speaker Adam Griffin.Finally, singer/songwriter  Rachel Gavaletz drops by with a quick tune!

Guests:

Joseph Steinberg - CyberSecurity thought leader
Jamie Notter - speaker, author, and consultant on workplace culture, generations
Adam Griffin - author and speaker
Rachel Gavalitz - singer/songwriter

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