241 | The Crazy Idea that Changed A Speaker’s Bureau with Nancy Vogl

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Nancy Vogl, founder of the Speaker’s Bureau talks about the power of face to face interaction. In today’s world of ever expanding technological advancement, it’s tempting to take the shortcut and connect with people via email or Facebook. Nancy says, this is WEAK! She is a firm believer in the power of nurturing the connections you wish to make. Tune in to find out how Nancy is currently following up with a list of 380 people- the real way!

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Target Audience: The Speakers Bureau books speakers, authors and celebrities for events. While the Speakers Bureau serves speakers, it also serves the audiences as well.  The mission is to bring that connection of the spoken words to a hungry heart and mind.

There are many nuances that go into choosing a speaker – many aspects that come into play that the the client happens to be looking for in the speaker they want.

The Big Idea Behind the Mission

Dr. Wayne Dyer was Nancy’s very first speaker. This was ‘back in the day’ when phones were used and voices were heard. The internet came along and things changed. Technology has impeded the process of connecting on a human level. During that period of frustration, Nancy learned she had a brain tumor.

And in the process of all that, she read an article on elevating business through making more human connections. The author of the article spoke about how she took off a year to do that. Nancy became so inspired by the idea that she decided to take off for a year too. Needless to say, people thought she was crazy. Nonetheless, Nancy carried on and spent the year going around to meet her clients face to face.

 

She found a van and lived in it and traveled around for a couple of months with her husband. She stopped at 24 states and visited 380+ organizations. She would leave her catalog of speakers with each organization. She’d always call ahead before coming and would leave handwritten notes upon leaving- adding it that extra personal touch.

 

Although people thought she was crazy, they also felt like she was living THEIR own dream. And despite having a brain tumor, she felt that because she is still alive, she had much more to do. She feels grateful for the chance to do good work.

Nancy emphasizes that you cannot re-create the energy of seeing someone face to face. If face to face is not possible, then the phone is the next best thing.

The Impact

Nancy didn’t expect to see return for a while (maybe a couple of years). And she is currently doing follow up now (for 380 people). She is nurturing and taking her time with it as all good relationships take time!

Life is short. Nothing should stop you. Just a few days after her surgery to have her tumor removed, she booked a speaker from her hospital bed. During her summer of re-cooperating, she used her down time to plan her trip. Everything fell into place! She believes in the power of intention and following through.

Email is WEAK!

Email is for the details- it’s NOT how you get to know someone. Use the phone to connect or face to face is even better. Continue to be the best you can be and get discovered. Elevate yourself in this industry by making friends and connections.  Work on your platform skills. Give impact and value where they walk away with wanting to take action. Move them.


Authenticity

So many speakers polish and practice. There’s value in that but when a speaker is up there being real, that is really golden.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The power of authenticity
  • Why emailing is a weak platform for communication
  • The power of face to face interaction
  • The power of voice through phone
  • Why following up and nurturing relationships is everything

Practical and Actionable:

If you can’t stop thinking about a big idea, do some mind mapping. The big idea may be formulated for you.

Resources and Links

 

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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240 | How to Network – The New Rules with Angus Nelson

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240 | How to Network - The New Rules with Angus Nelson

Welcome to the new paradigm of leadership and networking! Executive coach and speaker, Angus Nelson  empowers people and embodies a compassionate spirit when connecting with others. When it comes to Marketing, transparent and sincere connection are the new rules of the game. Today, it is the relationships we choose to nurture that determine the trajectory of our success!

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Target Audience: Angus works with top brands from across the globe. This includes mainly executives. The goal is to help them  become their most effective self by increasing mindfulness through dominating fears.

 

The Concept Behind Building Relationships – Why is it important?

No one is typically getting a job off of a resume these days. In 2016, opportunities arise from the people they know. It is currently commonly known now that you are the sum total of the 5 people closest to you. And in those relationships, Angus speaks about the importance of offering value instead of taking.

What’s created as a result is an authentic dynamic. People often miss this or take it for granted. This idea can be applied in all areas and levels of life (whether business or other). Angus reminds us to remember to be present and find gratitude today.  

Creating a Healthy Mindset

We spend most of our lives in one of 2 places: the past or the future. We compare ourselves to others and see what we lack. It’s important to cultivate a presence with ourselves. This equals abundance, confidence and generosity in the present moment. It creates the mindset of: “I have nothing to lose or prove; I only come to serve.” This subtle shift dynamically changes the relationships you have with others.

Our level of abundance plays out in everything around us. People want to be around you when you exude joy and generosity. Instead of you trying to compensate for lack or weakness, (which most people will see through anyway) they will see you as authentic and real. So many doors open up when you let your true self shine.

 

The very thing we want so desperately is the very thing we fear. We don’t want to be seen as weak. Yet in that place transparency is the element of power.

Angus believes that you will always win when you serve. And you will never know until you put yourself out there. We’re not here to gain a lot of money. Those things are great- yet not as satisfying as human connection. Relationships show you who you are far more effectively than your performance or production.

Thus, the foundational culture you set for your team is that of support; That you will have each others back. Avoid calling people out and rather, help them when they are weak. Exemplify that you are there for one another. If we can get into the mindset of serving one another, everyone wins.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to create meaningful relationships to grow your biz
  • Why it pays to be authentic
  • The power in transparency
  • How to be more present NOW
  • Increasing your mindfulness

Practical and Actionable:

Connect

Communicate value

Cultivate

Here’s a more detailed explanation:

How do we make a sale in the midst of all this too? Value is this: as soon as you get home from that event with all these cards organize them into 2 separate piles: the ones that seemed neat; and cards that are potential business leads. Then, prepare to follow up. It is the most important part of any of this.

For the first set of cards, the convo goes like this:

  1. Great to meet you
  2. Loved our convo about X
  3. The part i really walked away with with was Y

This is giving value by showing them the difference they made for you.

You do the exact same thing with a leads except you add a 4th part:

Provide a resource of some sort that has to do with the unique relationship you just formed. You share you care about them enough to show your support.

These are the elements of connection people don’t often think about. This is about a person not a PRODUCT. When time is right you can “make the ask” – or most likely YOU WON’T HAVE TO because they will come to you.

What equates to is what humanity is all about. When you can reach people on a human level, everything changes.

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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239 | Understanding Growth Hacking with Brad Stevens

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Growth hacking is not a new term. It has become a big topic in today’s marketing and scaling conversations.  Our guest today is Brad Stevens with Entreholic. We talk about new tools and strategies to accelerate your growth. See how you can use growth hacking in your business.

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Target Audience: At Entreholic, Brad primarily focus on providing  fully outsourced turn key marketing solutions for small to medium businesses. He and his team developed online courses to help small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources to get “out of the ground.”

A Bit of Background

After starting multiple companies, he’s been eating, sleeping and breathing the essence of entrepreneurship. In his journey, he picked up marketing and technology techniques that could be used to launch companies these days- and even leveraging the companies through different modalities. Entreholic pieces together all the creative and innovative ways you’ve got to think about when starting a business.

So, What’s Growth Hacking?

It is about finding innovative ways to get your biz out of the ground and leveraging tools not available to people in the past. Growth Hacking outlines ways to stretch your dollar whilst getting leads, closing sales and driving your brand. The ideas and solutions are out of the traditional norm.

Data Mining

You can leverage resourcing and leveraging what you outsource to people who do nothing but low cost administrative work that can scrape the web an entire list for you of hundreds or thousands of target individuals.

Trait shows

If you want to be in front of the thought leaders in your industry, you could do a search. Again, this is yet another task that could be outsourced if you’re not up for it.  You (or the person you hire ) can assemble a spreadsheet of thought leaders and shows. The sites most likely have a tab on their site called “Speakers” – then you instantly have a list of all the thought leaders in you industry

Predictable Revenue- Recommended Read!

This book outlined how you blend technology and approach with your sales process. It helped Brad to differentiate his strategies between Smarter vs harder.

ELANCE

Though there are negative reviews out there, there is great potential in using this platform to outsource. It created so much freedom for Brad. There’s a global network of tens of millions of people who are highly talented, professionally trained and who want to work remotely and use technology! They work from home and are able to do unbelievable work at cost effective rates. You could have multiple people working for you/with you doing different types of tasks.

Figuring It All Out

What are you trying to get done in your business (as far as a digital marketing system goes)? Determine that first and then identify where freelancers would plug into the equation. What are the things you really like doing? What are the things you may like doing but don’t have the right kind of expertise in? Content writing is a great example. What are the top 3 main priorities (main impact)?

 

Why Does it Matter?

For Brad, it’s a big unique puzzle of what you can potentially do to grow your business. It is about working smarter not harder. Brad enjoys helping people figure out how to leverage your time and money both personally and professionally. As an entrepreneur himself, he loves helping other entrepreneurs.

What we’ll cover in this episode

  • Why you don’t have to get it all done alone
  • Defining Growth Hacking
  • The importance of Growth Hacking  
  • Understanding what you can outsource.
  • Solving the big puzzle around digital marketing and leveraging

Practical and Actionable:

Get the Growth hacker marketing book. This is a wonderful resource. Then Go to upwork.com and take their course on how to leverage. Also check out the top 200 tools- special for LITT listeners HERE.  

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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And lastly, please leave a rating and review for the Leaders in the Trenches on iTunes (or Stitcher) – it will help us in many ways, but it also inspires us to keep doing what we are doing here. Thank you in advance!

 

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238 | Getting Out of your Comfort Zone with Dr. Liz Bywater

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Living for comfort is a mistake. Yes…if you seek comfort in all that you do, you will fail to grow and navigate the challenges of life. This interview is all about understanding your comfort zone and stepping outside that zone so that you grow. Dr. Liz Bywater is our guest who shares her views on the comfort zone.

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Target Audience: Dr. Liz Bywater works with leaders across the Fortune 500 companies. She serves leaders and teams. The focus is always on helping them do their best work. It is about elevating performance, being more effective, making the right decisions and getting things done.

Transitions in Roles: Moving Out of Comfort Zones

Dr. Liz has a passion for Leadership teams. She loves to guide individual leaders in pulling together their teams. This could be a matter of hiring new people – re-organizing the team or even helping the team to understand the overall vision and direction. Also very important is that they have good ground rules for working with one another.

Whether it is a parallel move or any other type of move, there will always be new ways you must learn to have impact.

 

What’s in the way of making a transition or that next step for most people?

People are in a role for a certain period of time. One gets to know where their strengths are and probably risen to a leadership level based on expertise. At each step we are being pushed farther and farther beyond our intrinsic comfort zones. According to Dr. Liz, you have to try new things and interact with people in different ways. You have to communicate on a higher level.

Sometimes you are asked to transition into a role that’s exciting yet intimidating. You are required to utilize certain leadership skills you may have not learned. Or those skills could be sitting in you waiting to come out and you just don’t know it yet!

 

The Concept Behind the Infamous Comfort Zone

There’s lots of validity around the idea according to Dr. Liz. However, whatever degree of comfort there may be, there is always room for the potential to stretch. But who we are at our core (our confidence) determines so much. Dr. Liz is all about the ‘fake it until you make it’ idea. She says, show people you know what you are doing. People will see the confidence you are projecting. Get intentional about what is you want to grow.

Get out of the worry place in your head. Get excited and ready to go. You can do this on a daily basis. Take a pause and a breath at some time in your office so that you are prepared, posed and confident about what you are about to deliver. Prepare yourself to engender the confidence of the people around you.

We’re living in a world where people have never felt more rushed and there’s no way to sugar coat it. People are running around as if there is a fire everywhere. This is not a sustainable model or a growth model for individuals. And while it is a challenge, it is not an insurmountable challenge.

A “Forced Pause”: What a session with Dr. Liz Bywater looks like…

Dr. Liz asks her clients: What are you trying to achieve and what are the best actions- what will get you to your end goal?

Ask yourself: What on items could be tackled your calendar today that will help me get to my goal more quickly? And what can I take off? By deciding what to take off, I’m deciding if this is something that I have to do or someone else has to do.  Take it off your plate. Also the question of when is of essence? Will it be now? Later? Never? This helps one to come up with real strategic ways to do things to move forward more rapidly.

The Inner Game

The inner game is essential. Your inner belief system determines how you decide the actions you take.

Dr. Liz holds up a mirror to people – so they can understand their own impact. She asks about 8-10 people in the company questions about her client. This gives insight into how the client is coming across.

The Model Dr. Liz uses: “PRP”

PAUSE- assess where you are and where you have been

REFLECT- take the time to look at what you bring to the table; what are the gaps?

PROJECT- Taking action. Identify and determine how you will reach your goal

Why Executives Dr. Liz?

Dr. Liz chose to work with executives because they are motivated and want to take action. She finds them to be smart, motivated and interesting. Likewise, they can impact those who work all around them. The culture they set has major impact. The impact is broad, wide, deep and thus meaningful!

Practical and Actionable

Write down your PRP. Decide to take a deliberate pause  (determine how much time you’d like to take out for this). Take a deep dive and develop your strategy using this model. Create your dynamic plan.

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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237 | The Neuroscience of Communications with Nick Morgan

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Today’s guest and founder of Public Words is Nick Morgan. Nick Morgan shares with us that while most of us think that we communicate with our conscious minds, there are layers of beneath that we must become more aware of. Nick’s work focuses on helping professional speakers, executives and business owners communicate more effectively to convey their message. He does this by getting people to understand themselves on a deeper level.

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Target Audience: Nick Morgan, the founder of Public Words helps entrepreneurs and business owners tell their stories to clients and customers to enhance employee engagement. Public Words also serves executives who have a story to tell or want to be better communication. This allows for more effective marketing. Public Works also serves professional speakers.

 

The Mystery of How Humans Communicate

The way we communicate is not how we think we do. When we communicate, we think we are doing so with our conscious minds. It seems logical- HOWEVER that’s NOT how we actually communicate. We have these vast unconscious minds. The unconscious mind can handle 11 million bits of information per second. Whereas the conscious mind only handles 40 bits of information per second- pretty feeble!

Most communication is processed through our unconscious minds. We have intents and ideas that unconscious. Then we begin to express this through our body language before we are even consciously aware of it!! Only after that does your conscious mind catch up. Our brains edit out this delay. This is not only fascinating, but essential to understand if one wishes to communicate effectively.

 

We imagine our thinking is doing this work. But it is our unconscious minds processing it all which is – done milliseconds before that!

EMOTIONS

The stronger the emotion we feel, the easier it is to recall it. Whenever faced with a new situation, we react accordingly. What is not being said that needs to be surfaced? How we read each other’s emotions is also important to be aware of. If someone has their arms folded, for instance, causes conclusions to be drawn by the receive. What’s really happening is that the mirror neurons start to fire. This is how we leak emotions to one another.

So a speaker who is nervous will leak that towards their audience. Public Works helps individuals blow past the nerves to connect with the audience.

 

What Should We Do Instead?

You can either work from the outside- in or the inside- out. You could work on opening up the body language. Or you can work on the emotion. One could work up the emotional excitement (or whatever the appropriate emotion is).

3 NO- NO’s When Giving Your Speech:

  1. Sharing your biography: People don’t actually care as much about your biography as they do about what’s actually in it for them. They need a reason to listen. Maybe later- they’ll be interested in hearing about you once they’ve tuned into how your message can serve them.
  2. Starting off with the Agenda (unless you’re doing a talk for the whole day, then that is fine)- but if it’s just a speech- the audience doesn’t need it. People quickly become distracted right from the start because an agenda doesn’t seem important. In a way, you’ve already trained them NOT to listen to you.
  3. “Throat Clearing.” Starting off by saying things like, “anyone here from ____” is an example. This is chit chat that isn’t getting into the speech but just releasing the speaker’s nerves. This makes for a counterproductive approach

Instead, BEGIN with something that matters. A story, a statistic, etc.  

What the unconscious mind is communicating is emotions, intents, attitudes, interests, excitements, and fears and level of power. The unconscious mind has the capacity to decides on an appropriate mate. It operates on a basic level. This is even more important because it is unconcious.

You have a choice: you can take control or leave it to chance when you communicate. Nick urges people to become aware of what’s possible and become intentional about their communication. What emotions do you want to audience to feel as you go through your speech?

Practical and Actionable

Take stock about where you are in terms of your body language. Spend the next day just noticing how you interact with people. Are you defensive or open? Begin to get a sense of what kind of communicator you are. We carry 2 things: the way we feel in that moment and our HISTORY.

Become acquainted with that history. How does that translate in your body language? (Whether confident or otherwise). Identify that before you take charge. Don’t judge it, for it is neither bad nor good. Become aware of the aspects you love and other aspects that may not be useful.

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

A QUICK FAVOR

And lastly, please leave a rating and review for the Leaders in the Trenches on iTunes (or Stitcher) – it will help us in many ways, but it also inspires us to keep doing what we are doing here. Thank you in advance!

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236 | Starbucks: Filling Your Soul With Howard Behar

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What does your Soul have to do with Leadership? Howard Behar is the former President of Starbucks. On this episode, we discuss the connection between the soul and how we lead. How we show up every day is the rewarding challenging we can engage in, in order to remain in tune with life’s work. Howard’s key message is about valuing the people we serve. This is a first and foremost priority that comes before anything else.

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Target Audience: Howard serves anyone who wants to become a better human being and a better leader. That pretty much covers everyone in the world.

Howard is the son of 2 immigrants who settled in Seattle. He shares how they didn’t have much but there was always love. His Mom and Dad had a mom and pop business (grocery store) – so there was always food on the table.

Leadership at Starbucks

Howard joined the Starbucks team when there were only 28 stores. At the time, he was actually trying to escape the corporate life. He was In search of something that filled his soul. Howard shares how his journey with Starbucks was one heck of a ride- it was one fast pony where the business quickly grew from 28 stores to 24,000 (today).

Why Did You Have to Feed Your Soul?

Howard says he always had to have purpose greater than myself. He felt that whatever job he had, he needed to feel like he couldn’t wait to do it when he got up in the morning. And so it was with Starbucks. What motivated him each and every day was the fact that they weren’t serving customers, but human beings

It’s About Going From Success to Significance

What really matters is what you are contributing to the world. When you look back it’s not going to be about the money you made.

What are the Key Values for a Company and a Person?

It requires thought. The intention could always be about loving people. This required Howard to look inside himself and identify who he was as a person. Once one does that, it is amazing how you come together with others (connect) and how you get to live a more caring and productive life.

The Connection Between Great Leadership & Leading Through Values

Great leadership lives its values. Take children for example. Children don’t pay attention to what you say but what you DO. If you say you ‘care’ about people, what does that actually mean? People are not assets- but human beings. Howard wants to be known about nurturing the human spirit.

 

Howard’s mission is to live his life everyday nurturing and inspiring the human spirit of himself and others. He’s learned how to take care of himself- emotionally and spiritually. The mission of Starbucks truly resonated with him. It’s what mattered to him. Howard says, “We’re not in the coffee business serving people, but we’re in the people business serving coffee.”

People need to know what you are about. Howard has given the same speech of how it’s about people. You can’t get bored as a leader talking about what your mission is about if you truly believe in your message.

Practical and Actionable

Howard used to send birthday and company anniversary cards until they hit 10,000 people. He then would just send them out to management- which they trickled out to everyone else. He’d personally sign them with a little note even if he didn’t know them. People until this day still have the notes in their cubicles/offices. It doesn’t take much to show people care- other than that one extra second. Those kinds of messages stay with an organization forever.

Don’t just say how much you care. SHOW IT!

 

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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And lastly, please leave a rating and review for the Leaders in the Trenches on iTunes (or Stitcher) – it will help us in many ways, but it also inspires us to keep doing what we are doing here. Thank you in advance!

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235 | Significance with 48 in 48 – Jeff Hilimire and Adam Walker

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48in48.org Interview with Jeff Hilimire and Adam Walker

One year later, 48in48.org is pushing into new realms. They are doing another 48 websites for 48 nonprofits this year in Atlanta. And they are also doing another set of 48 websites for another 48 nonprofits in New York. This is a unique episode with so many guests. I interviewed different people involved to get their perspective of this movement. Also Adam Walker and Jeff Hilimire share with me the BIG vision for 48in48.org. I really think they are crazy rebels for putting it out there and I love them for it.

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Target Audience: 48 in 48 provides a volunteer opportunity to developers, designers, working in marketing and in IT build websites for nonprofit organizations. The aim is to complete 48 sites in 48 hours.  

The 48 in 48 Project is about SIGNIFICANCE

The founders, Jeff Hilimire and Adam Walker felt like they wanted to step up their commitment. They want to show that they are a great technology company while at the same time, give their employees an opportunity to do something they love doing. The purpose is to put their passion and skills behind something that is great for the community.

The project is focused on giving back to nonprofits. The people behind the nonprofits they select are the best at what they do. However, they may not have all the technical essentials in place (i.e- a great website).

Here are some perspectives from the Volunteers

Roshell (Volunteer):

“I saw something that was so incredibly exponential. Not often that you get to engage in a volunteer opportunity that so goes beyond it’s initial effort. Seeing the impact it had on the people giving their time and on the community- it was a no brainer that I’d come back again.”

“Nonprofits are dealing with multiple audiences- those they serve and the audiences they are trying to connect and gain support (monetary) from. It’s a challenge and the voice that speaks through the site needs to be different. There are multiple levels with how non profits must communicate with their audiences.”

Gina (Volunteer):

“The project helps the community at large and builds closeness. This is a huge gift”

Tod (Volunteer):

Tod brought his son to the event because they share a love for technology. Tod says this project is unique because you get to see something that goes from nothing to completion so fast and you see the impact that the non profits walk away with. It is something they may have not been able to afford any other way.

 

Perspective from Adam Walker and Jeff Hilimire

The Creators Plan to Take it to the Next Level. They intend on testing places outside of Atlanta. This year, they stepped it up with more sponsors and volunteers. The event and logistics have taken a big step forward. The Core team has been nurtured so that the project can be taken to other cities.

48 in 48 is a representational symbol of using talents and skills to give back to the community. It is highly niched, involved and connected. The volunteers are doing it because they WANT to do it. That’s the major motivating factor driving this project forward.   

 

BIG VISION: What’s next

The Project Will be doing 48 of these across the globe in one weekend. Once this system is scaled and replicated, there is no limit to where the goodness can be shared. The locations and non profits that can be served will continue to grow. There will be more of good people pouring into other people who are also doing good!

 

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Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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234 | Making New Choices with Mike Pisciotta

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We all have times in our lives that force us to question the path we are on. We all have moments that make us choose a new direction. I have seen this for myself. And I have watched it in hundreds of others. This is about reinvention. Our guest today is Mike Pisciotta with Marketing Your Purpose. He shares his moment of reinvention that happened while in jail.

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Target Audience: Mike and his wife serve speakers, coaches and trainers or to those selling information on transformation. They are guided with funnel design, funnel optimization and Facebook ads (mainly).

 

Mike’s Story of Awakening

At age 18, Mike woke up in a jail cell with no recollection of how he got there. In that moment, it was like a brick wall hitting him. The first 18 years of his life were spent in a negative home environment surrounded by drugs. However, in that moment, something changed. Suddenly he experienced the realization of where he was and decided to make a choice to change.

He was sentenced to 10 years. And he decided to use every moment of his TEN YEARS (yes, ten years) to use the prison system to renew his perspective. He DECIDED to  immerse himself in spiritual and physical development. He spent time learning about business and studied the markets.

 

10 years of “freedom” were gone. But he was not going to give them 10 years of life. He knew in his core that it didn’t mean he had to give them his life. He decided he was going to live. This type of choice was not made by most of the guys around him. In contrast, they threw in the towel. But Mike was different. He still felt he had a chance and knew he could do something with his time.

The Power of Choice

No matter what life hands us, we always have a choice. We have a choice to move things forward and to change things. Your present state is not what defines you. This is about Owning your faults. It is about Owning the choices you’ve made and wherever that may have brought you now. This takes a Shifting of the responsibility from the external to the internal.

 

Getting Uncomfortable

When we find ourselves in a state of dissatisfaction, we can use it to put fuel in the fire for transformation. Change the cycle. But, people stay in a cycle because it’s comfortable. Expanding and growing yourself is a lot more uncomfortable. What choice will you make?

Mike admits that he knew this was not something he committed to just one day- but every day. Consistency and dedication are required. There are always challenges. That commitment to press forward allows for the building up of  a legacy.

Practical and Actionable:

OWN wherever you are in your business. Own that it is there and that you are there. Own the fact that it is the way it is because of the choices you have made or have not made. Then, make the CHOICE to change that and begin taking steps in a different direction. Use what you don’t like as an excuse to create transformation.

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Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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233 | Be THE Choice, Not Just a Choice with Gene Hammett

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In highly competitive markets, it is getting harder and harder to win the business. I specialize in helping companies grow by making them THE choice, not just a choice. This is about standing out and creating a company that does not have competition. This is a solo episode where I share key parts of my speech: Be THE Choice, Not Just A Choice. I give you 3 areas that allow you to win more business and work with more high-value clients. Don’t miss this one.

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Target Audience: Gene serves entrepreneurs who are (or want to be) Leaders. His clients are committed and are unafraid of doing the work to create a thriving business.

 

What does it take to be THE CHOICE?

There are lots of people and it’s safe to say- even too many people out there. Businesses look very much like each other in their variety of strategies. They blend together. However, you must KNOW that you actually ARE different. The problem is, many entrepreneurs out there do a poor job at standing out. This takes a great deal of building and deepening the relationships you have. How would standing out increase word of mouth and referrals?

SO, how do we raise ourselves ABOVE the crowd? How can people see your specialty and your ability to serve them in a specific area?

 

How do you explain WHAT it is that you DO?

Let’s talk about BRANDING!

Your brand is not what YOU say it is. It is what others say it is! It’s what people talk about when they talk about you. Those who have clear branding also have a clear story, price and promise.

WHO do you serve? & WHO is included in your Profitable Niche?

Your target market is who your services are ideally for. Your profitable niche are those who are ideal for you.

Do they see you as THE choice? If you are too broad in your messaging, they won’t see you as THE choice. If you represent yourself as having a deep understanding of their area, they can TRUST you. Stack your success in your portfolio of previous clients.

 

Do it BETTER

Rise above everyone else by knowing who you serve, what their pain is and offering them a unique solution. Keep getting better at what you do.

Marketing: the 3:7:3[0:30:30] RULE

In 2016, not all marketing is effective. When you are in a room 3% are actively seeking to buy what you offer. 7% are open to what you are offering. 30% are “not yet” and 30% are unconscious to what you offer. Another 30% are a “NEVER.”

Focus on the 67%. When those people are ready to buy you must position yourself in a way so they are NOT looking at anyone else to buy. The way to reach these people is not just creating info and communication- BUT CONNECTING with them. Position your marketing in a way that truly connects with them. Create a connection so powerful, that when they see your email in their inbox, they will open it because they feel connected.

This i’s about the story you craft around your business. You do this through education based marketing – marketing with a clear conscious- & not being pushy.

SPEAKING- the #1 way to get high value clients. You are going where they are and they, themselves are investing in themselves to acquire solutions. This is the most powerful form of marketing Gene has experienced himself!

WRITING for major platforms (like Huffington Post for example) and use different MEDIA to get noticed. Making yourself available for Media- such as podcasts, positions you to new audiences as an expert.

Social media- do you stand out in a way that connects you to your audience? Do you offer Ethical bribes to create continued communication? This is KEY!

Practical and Actionable:

Go to the The Trap of Success HERE. This video will show you how you can show up differently. All you need to do is decide. Also, check out the free video on how to become an AUTHORITY in your target market HERE. 

 

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How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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232 | Valuating Your Business with John Shumate

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Do you know the valuation of your company?  I think that if even if you were not planning to sell your company soon or even in the next decade that you should know the valuation. My main reason is that understanding what increases the value of the company you have now will make it more profitable now.  I interview John Shumate who specializes in valuations for technology and healthcare companies. He shares the essentials to valuations.  Check out this episode to understand how to put a value on your company.

 

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Target Audience: John serves a wide array of entrepreneurs but especially those within the technology and healthcare arenas

 

Understanding Your Valuation and Your Target

Think about all the different areas of Valuation within your business. What kind of value creation are you really building? Those thinking of selling their company, often times haven’t spent time thinking about what it is worth. Those who are really good at it determine this  BEFORE they even build the company.

 

Common points people don’t pay attention to..

One area is managing of working capital. Often times, business owners don’t manage inventory well. Capital is thus wasted.

Industry Performance: What do you look for?

This is what the industry trajectory is. It is reflected in overall multiples of the company. This is about looking at how the market is betting on the FUTURE of the company. Looking at those different metrics is helpful. It is estimating how long people think you will be around.

The exercise of developing a financial model depends on the company. Quantify the risks. Also approximate the capital that is coming in for the future. What John does is try to build out a detailed financial model. So much of the value is so much in the future. Bake in the perceived risks to determine the value today.

 

You certainly don’t want to be everything to everyone. Pick one area and do it WELL Then you can get into the other vertices. Contemplate one hill. Articulate your niche well. Should be as laser focused of a niche as possible and knock it out of the park!

Practical and Actionable:

Do the exercise. Do market research first and compare how other market companies like yours are doing. There are great free sources. For instance, google finance or yahoo finance to check it out as a start. Search by sector, industry and key word. Find out who the competitors are. Compare their margins to yours. Create the ratios. Determine the tax data. What is their typical day’s revenue?

 

If you’re an earlier stage company, check out Venture Deal ($20/month). http://www.venturedeal.com/ You can search by industry. They have it at a pretty niched level. These are quick ways on getting cheaper data. This is a great exercise to go through on a regular basis.

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How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do.  I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business.  I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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