Charlie Mechem’s remarkable business career spans six decades and includes stints as a lawyer, CEO of the Taft Broadcasting empire of media outlets that owned the iconic Hanna-Barbera cartoon company, and the Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Charlie joined me on the podcast to talk about the power of humility in success, his amazing story growing up and creating business success, and he also shares some great wisdom that he acquired along the way.

Charlie was also business partners with the iconic Arnold Palmer and shared an office with “The King” in Orlando for years. But Charlie is not all business. Born in Nelsonville, Ohio, Charlie still thinks of himself as a small-town boy who loves the thrill of a roller coaster ride and the challenge of a round of golf with friends. 

And good friends is something Charlie has always had plenty of! In fact, you have probably heard of quite a few of them: astronaut Neil Armstrong, NFL coach Paul Brown, restaurant magnate Dave Thomas, and professional golfers Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Wright, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, and Juli Inkster.

Charlie is a consummate storyteller, and he uses his great deal of experience, wisdom, and joy to help professionals become more engaging speakers. His book, Total Anecdotal, and podcast, 15 Minutes with Charlie, were made to share his insights and help readers and listeners become better presenters. 

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