From Teaching in Grade School to Visiting Michael Jordan’s House, Sneakerhead Jacques Slade of “Today in Sneaks,” Episode 1


Meet my first guest Jacques Slade on An Interview with Melissa Llarena — the podcast.

Have you ever been curious about how YouTube international superstars think about their riskiest career decisions? Ever wanted to understand how to create video content that will attract 11M views? Wouldn’t you love to learn how you can snag an invite to visit your childhood hero’s home?

Well, that is exactly what you will uncover in this week’s interview with Jacques Slade. You will hear how Jacques thinks about what it takes to build a YouTube followership and how he thinks about his blessed life — one that he would have never imagined when he was an at-risk teen.

Listen to episode #1 if you’re curious about Jacque’s thoughts on any of the following questions:

  • How can you go from a traditional career such as teaching into sneaker vlogging?
  • How can criticism, fandom or trolling push you to do better work?
  • What does it take to get an invite to Michael Jordan’s house?

Jacques Slade & Michael Jordan’s House

  • When it comes to earning 11M-plus views on a video: what’s in a vlogger’s control? what’s out of a vlogger’s control?
  • How can we as teachers, mentors or influencers or parents support at-risk teens to choose better alternatives?
  • What goes on in a star’s mind when he is star struck moment?
  • What are today’s top vloggers REALLY like off-camera?
  • Where do Jacques’ thousands of sneakers go?
  • What’s the difference between marketing and luck?
  • What’s missing in the sneaker market? Where’s the profitable opportunity?

In this interview, you’ll also hear how Jacques would answer the following job interview question:

If you were hired to lead a school, how would you think about the best way to address the African American male student achievement gap in the US education system?

Listen to see how Jacques responds to this question, and manages to brings in some of Gary Vaynerchuk’s “bucket vs. well” wisdom.

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Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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