Dannie Lynn Fountain is a marketing and business strategist for creative entrepreneurs. Earning her business acumen working in marketing for brands such as Whirlpool and H&R Block, she has a combined 9 years experience as an entrepreneur and strategist. She works with entrepreneurs and corporate clients alike to brainstorm, strategize, and implement strategic plans and processes to better their business and increase their sales. Dannie is the author of three books on entrepreneurship, a regular speaker on strategy worldwide and a digital nomad. Dannie’s work has been submitted to and recognized by Cannes Lions, the Effies, and more.
Reading her bio, I feel like I’ve walked through a wind tunnel of accomplishment and badassery-my hair might be stuck like this for days. Let’s get into some Q’s & A’s:
You have an impressive list of accomplishments, but tell us what personally gives you confidence?
My personality type is ENFJ and my enneagram is #2, so a lot of my natural confidence comes from helping others. There’s nothing I love more than being able to illuminate a solution to a problem that a friend is having, recommend the perfect cocktail to a first date, or find the most soulful song to suit the moment. The look of joy on the other person’s face when they experience my selection is the best confidence booster out there, plus, who doesn’t want to help a friend!
Amidst your packed schedule on the road or in a plane, how do you show yourself love?
This is something that I wrestle with on the daily. I’m working with Drew Kutcher over at The Kutcher Method to keep my physical self in check (think: Ironman preparedness workouts, healthy options for eating on the road, motivation to get to the gym as frequently as possible, etc). As far as mental health goes, I’m actually in love with the Maven app. I get to video chat with all kinds of doctors while I’m on the road (including my amazing therapist)!
I also try really hard to schedule in personal time. I’m single, so I try to date / meet new people, which has been quite the adventure as a nomad. I read lots of books (I recently finished Scrappy Little Nobody and I’m currently reading You Can’t Touch My Hair). I listen to music. I dance barefoot around whatever bedroom I happen to be staying in. I drink whiskey (and whiskey sours and scofflaws and anything else that has whiskey in it).
Thanks for those tips! I can’t wait to read those books. Tell us what you’re working on right now.
Right now, I’m in this wild transitional phase. I’ve grown tremendously as a business owner in the past 9 months or so and I’m trying to capitalize on that growth, but I’m also exploring new opportunities that might completely change the trajectory of my life. Many folks find it frustrating to be in a time such as this, but I’m using it to explore what I really want out of life and what my true hopes and dreams are.
Name one woman you admire and why?
It’s hard to choose just one woman to mention here, because I truly have gained so much knowledge from a variety of women in my life. I’m a firm believer in the idea that we’re impacted by every life that touches ours and that we can derive life-changing beliefs or habits from the briefest of interactions. If I had to choose one woman specifically, I’d have to choose
Natalie Franke. They say to never meet your heroes because they won’t live up to the image you have in your mind. Natalie is the absolute antithesis of this statement – Natalie and I have gone from vague internet acquaintances to collaborative partners within Rising Tide to team members to (dare I say it) friends and she’s one of the few people I know that is consistently true to herself in every touchpoint. I admire her genuine heart, the way she unintentionally lifts people up in the moments they need it most, and the way she pairs a solid brain for business with a pure heart for community. She’s the one hero I’ve met that absolutely blew me away in person as much as she had in my mind.
We love Dannie because she is ultra confident in her abilities as a strategic consultant and yet so humble about the growth she’s created for her client’s businesses and her own. Tune into @BurgundyFoxCo this Wednesday as Dannie takes over our Stories!
You can learn more about and contact Dannie at
www.danniefountain.com. For on-the-fly marketing tips and glimpses into her cross-country adventures, follow her on Instagram at @dannielynnfountain.