Published on July 21st, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Sharifah Hardie On Hosting “The Round Table Talk Show,” Her Success In Marketing & More
Sharifah Hardie is simultaneously a business consultant, a talk Show host and an influencer. A Long Beach City Council candidate in the March 2020 primary election, Ms. Hardie is a diversity, equity and inclusion Expert with over 25 years of business experience. As the host of the Ask Sharifah Videocast and Podcast and the Round Table With Sharifah Hardie series, Ms. Hardie — also the author of Signs You Might Be An Entrepreneur: How To Discover the Entrepreneur In You and the Everything You Need To Know About Social Media Marketing e-book — is also a master of networking in the best of ways.
I first learned about Sharifah Hardie last year when she asked me to be a guest on the aforementioned Ask Sharifah Videocast and Podcast. This was such a great experience that I wound up interviewing her for an article last year and ultimately have appeared several times on the Round Table With Sharifah Hardie. The bottom line is Ms. Hardie is not only a personable and hard-working host who regularly works on interesting projects, but also someone who thrives on bringing others from all walks of life together — also like a tasteful, modern, West Coast version of Joe Franklin.
I know you as a talk show host, other people know you as a marketing consultant and entrepreneur. How do you like to be thought of?
Sharifah Hardie: I just like to be thought of as a good person. Someone who is making a difference in the world. When I built my first website in 1994 there wasn’t anyone I could talk to about the Internet, building a website, Search Engine Marketing (SEO) or Search Engine Marketing (SEM). How to get to the top of the search engines? How to do social media marketing? Those are the types of things that I had to figure out on my own.
So now, I can help entrepreneurs who are just starting out by answering many of the questions they have on one of my three talk shows or through my book, Signs You Might Be An Entrepreneur: How to Discover The Entrepreneur In You.
Since the pandemic started you have begun hosting a daily talk show. How would you describe it to anyone who hasn’t yet checked out?
Sharifah Hardie: I launched The Round Table Talk Show after my run for Long Beach City Council. I felt that if they wouldn’t give me City Council, I was going to take “The Round Table,” but I knew that I had to have a platform to sit down and discuss current events and what’s going on in the world with other like minded professionals.
I want to be the change I want to see in the world and that change begins with each and every one of us. It’s not up to just one person. It’s not u[ to Donald Trump or to the Governor or the Mayor of the City Council person. Change starts with each and every one of us and that change starts with a conversation. I’m just having my conversations on The Round Table Talk Show.
Is there a proudest accomplishment you have related to the show?
Sharifah Hardie: I am so proud of the fact that I launched this show on March 30th, right before the COVID-19 global pandemic hit, and I’m still doing the show today. Usually I go in so many different directions. I will fall in love with a project temporarily and everyone around me is not too sure about it. This show everyone was excited about. I still have 5 guests per day on the show. It’s growing. There are more referrals, more guest requests and a wider audience. I am proud of the fact that I used not becoming a City Councilwoman for my good and the good of the people around me.
What does it take for someone to be a guest on your show?
Sharifah Hardie: The bare minimum requirement to be a guest on The Round Table Talk Show is the guest must have a website. When people tell me that they are in business, but they only have a social media page it doesn’t make me want to take them seriously. It makes me feel like they’re just playing with it. Other than having a website I love to speak to new entrepreneurs, people who have been in business for years, authors, celebrities, it doesn’t matter.
The most important thing is that we all learn from each other. So many guests have been surprised at the introductions that have been made and the things they’ve learned on the show. I am honored to able to host such a life-altering platform.
Besides doing your daily show, what is coming up for you? What are you working on?
Sharifah Hardie: The Round Table Talk Show is my daily show. I also host the Face To Face Talk Show Wednesdays at 10:00 AM PST and the Ask Sharifah Videocast & Podcast. I just launched Face To Face because I didn’t want the guests on The Round Table to feel awkward or offended if the conversation turned to religion or politics. I was always taught that you don’t discuss religion and politics in mixed company and the last thing I would ever want to do is make any of my guests uncomfortable, but I really wanted to have those difficult conversations.
Then I met Paul Faust, President of RingBoost.com. I could tell Paul got me, got my show and what I wanted to do. So we launched this new show together where we discuss race relations, politics, what’s going on in America. This show has been an eye-opening experience where I had to unlearn some of the things I thought I knew.
The Ask Sharifah Videocast & Podcast is a one-on-one interview where I sit down with a guest and discuss their personal story. I’ve been doing this show for the last year. I enjoy this show immensely because it gives me the time to sit down with a person and learn their story. Learn how they got started. Why they got started. Who they are. What their business does. These are the things we have the opportunity to really focus. In addition to all of that, I always consult and provide marketing services to my clients.
Anything you haven’t yet accomplished in your field that you one day hope to?
Sharifah Hardie: Yes, absolutely. I look forward to owning my own production studio so that I can produce the content I want to produce. It would be amazing to produce my own films, sitcoms and reality shows. With a production studio combined with my insatiable love for creating I would be unstoppable.
Finally, Sharifah, any last words for the kids?
Sharifah Hardie: I want to tell the young dreamers never stop dreaming. Never stop believing. Never stop getting up. Never stop going. Because death is in stagnation. You must always keep going, keep growing and keep moving. One of the things I’ve learned about successful people is that they always ask the question, “What’s next?” for them, there’s always the next thing, the next deal, the next position, the next wave to ride…Tweet