In this episode of Dissecting Success Theresa and Blair sit down with brand designer and strategist, Nikki Takahashi. From practicing Karate to building a multiple 6 figure/year branding agency, Nikki had a rocky start. However, her Karate studies with masters, taught her to work through the blood, sweat, and tears and gave her the dedication, grit, and willpower to succeed. She believes that you get to build a life that has you waking up excited to do your work and where every day get's to feel like a holiday. When you find that balance between polite vs acceptable and become unapologetically yourself, magic happens.
About the Guest
Nikki Takahashi is a brand designer and strategist who has helped over 300 entrepreneurs embrace and amplify what makes them unique. Nikki is the founder and CEO of a multi-six-figure agency that gets clients noticed in person, online, and in print. She is the host of Square Peg Entrepreneur, a podcast featuring industry disruptors and mavericks in business.
Nikki’s graphic and website design achievements earned her a Governor General’s Medal and the position of spokesperson for Tech 2000. With over twenty years in digital media, she has been featured on The 2A Street and Broken Open podcasts and in articles for marketing sites such as Jumping Elephant. Her keynotes on brand design and strategy have reached audiences around the globe. She’s also a StoryBrand Certified Guide and Business Made Simple Coach under New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller.
Nikki’s an aspiring videographer and avid traveler who has spent over a quarter-century mastering and teaching the art of karate. Her most recent adventures include skydiving over the Canadian Rockies and flying to Berlin for a tattoo. She resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Blair Kaplan Venables is an expert in social media marketing and the president of Blair Kaplan Communications, a British Columbia-based PR agency. As a pioneer in the industry, she brings more than a decade of experience to her clients, which includes global wellness, entertainment, and lifestyle brands. Blair has helped her customers grow their followers into the tens of thousands in just one month, win integrative marketing awards, and more. She has spoken on national stages and her expertise has been featured in media outlets including CBC Radio, CEOWORLD Magazine, She Owns It, and Thrive Global. Blair is also the #1 best-selling author of Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw and Real Stories from an Entrepreneur. When she’s not working on the board for her local chamber of commerce, you can find Blair growing the “I Am Resilient Project,” an online community where users share their stories of overcoming life’s most difficult moments.
Theresa Lambert is a High-Performance Lifestyle and Success Coach, Speaker, and Bestselling Author of “Achieve with Grace: A guide to elegance and effectiveness in intense workplaces. She founded her coaching and consulting firm, Theresa Lambert Coaching & Consulting Inc., to help ambitious women succeed with more elegance and less struggle so they can lead with focus and nourish themselves to the top. Drawing from her nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and most recently her 6-year tenure as the General Manager of Nita Lake Lodge she brings both a real world view and proven applicable tools to support her clients. Theresa has been recognized as a business leader in Whistler’s Profiles of Excellence, featured in Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Hotelier Magazine, and Beyourown, and spoken at Women in Hospitality Leadership events, including Empower Her. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Theresa now lives in Whistler, BC where you can most often find her on the golf course in the summer months or relaxing by a fireplace in winter.
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