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251 | How to Use Video To Drive High-Value Clients with Steve Gumm

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251 | How to Use Video To Drive High-Value Clients with Steve Gumm

 

Video will continue to be more important to share your story and reach new customers. You don’t have to create Super Bowl style commercials, but you will miss opportunities if you don’t learn to use video for your business. Our guest today is Steve Gumm who works with companies to improve the human-to-human experience. He loves to use video to share stories and value bombs. Steve is the founder of Drop In Local in Chicago, IL.

 

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Target Audience: Steve founded an Agency called Drop In Local that focuses on creating and using video to help people get more customers and make more money.  

 

People Are Afraid of Video

Steve admits that he doesn’t think anyone really likes looking at themselves on video. It’s a vulnerable thing. To get over that is pretty easy though. You just start! It could be with “How To” videos. Choose things you can speak about very freely. Also, it helps to get used to having a camera in the room and around you. So, play around.

 

Creating a Bond with Your Audience

Video creates a bond with who you are trying to reach. You must have a story: the burdens as well as the dreams. It draws people in. You will be blown away by the response because consumers are not used to it. Video puts a real human being behind the business. And guess what? It does not have to be flashy!

 

Ask yourself where you can apply a deeper human touch and start to integrate it? Don’t let the technical stuff scare you away.

 

Even using something as simple as a phone and a tripod is fine. Just focus on building trust with content. The process then becomes fun. I.E: the process of how to nurture and convert. You look at the process and start to plug in a process. Though it takes more courage and strategy to create content on the video platform, this extra effort pays off.

 

How do you (Steve) help someone show up the way the need to on camera?

Hiring someone makes a big difference. Making it natural. Then, set up a camera with the intention of a message first.

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to start creating videos
  • What content to draw up to put in your videos
  • Why Video is powerful as a platform
  • Why you shouldn’t let the technical stuff scare you off
  • Creating an authentic bond with your audience

Practical and Actionable:

Spontaneous Questions from Gene to Steve:

What length should the video be if you are trying to build brand awareness?

The right length. As long as it is valuable, you don’t have to put time on it. A minute and a half could be a goal.

What’s so important about those first 8 seconds? How do you make it count?

It is EVERYTHING because that is about the attention span of a human being. If you don’t draw them in within that time, you lose them. Get your name out and quickly get to the point.

What should be the Call to Action in the Video?

Have a Teaser at the beginning

Microphones?

Loval ears or Booms

The right time to start?

YESTERDAY

 

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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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245 | How to Create a Personal Brand with Stefanie Diaz

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Our guest, Stefanie Diaz is the founder of Mastermind Your Launch. We talk about owning who you are to launch a business. This episode is about how to play on your strengths. We also delve into the power of content marketing and how it can accelerates your business. What are your own personal strengths and how will you use them to serve the world?

 

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Target Audience: Stefanie serves startups to serial entrepreneurs by helping them crate a marketing strategy with an intentional focus on personal branding and content creation. These are the areas that accelerated her own success.

 

Do you understand the power of having a professional brand? It’s about claiming awareness about where your strengths are and how you serve the world.

 

Mastermind Your Launch

This was a passion project Stefanie delved into when she knew she wanted to start her own business. So, she formed a mastermind of ambitious women who held her accountable through her process.

 

What Personal Branding Means to Stefanie

What’s most often asked when it comes to personal branding is, “How do you want to show up and be perceived?” But for Stefanie it is more about bringing one’s personality to the forefront.

 

Email Marketing

 

Stefanie advises her clients to make sure to place an image – a photo- in emails that reveal a personal story and who they are. You want to inspire your audience to share it with others.

 

Stefanie finds that people hesitate to even share their enthusiasm because they are concerned about a certain structure they THINK they SHOULD follow. But for startups, your enthusiasm is part of how you connect with people. It is about how you wave that flag and get people to follow you.

 

When it comes to sharing the bad- share from your scar not from your wound. The Wound- shows you are still going through it. Bigger impact is created with your scar because it shows you have made it through to the other side. You take them through the journey of seeing what’s possible.

How Stefanie Got Here

She did a business program in college and afterwards landed a job with a startup company. It was an opportunity to see the inner workings of a company. Sales and marketing was the focus. But she also was able to explore other areas. What she took away was how the entrepreneur thought strategically. It gave her the confidence to launch a business.

 

When her son was born, it totally launched her to create a business she loved and what helped to birth “Mastermind Your Launch.” Internally, she felt a responsibility to set an example for her son. She wanted him to grow up watching her doing what she really loved.  

 

Owning Your Truth

When you shine your light and people are watching, you don’t know who you will inspire.

 

Content Marketing

Content Marketing accelerates everything that you do.

  1. When it comes to advertising, (let’s say with a business card for example) people have their walls up. However, when we are offered a piece of content, we read, share and like it. The brain is more open because they don’t feel like they’re being sold something.
  2. Allows you to leverage your time and reach many people all at once. By sharing value, you nurture and grow relationships.

 

Playing on Your Strengths

Showing your authenticity and personality means sharing the good and sharing the bad.

 

Speaking to get clients  

Making the invitation requires confidence. The intention must come from a place of offering them the opportunity to get to know them better.

 

The Trap of Success

Stefanie was enjoying a ‘nice’ lifestyle before she launched her business. She didn’t have a reason to launch a business and to risk any stability. Yet she wasn’t loving what she was doing. She was comfortable. Her son being born flipped her perspective. This has brought so much more meaning in her life.

 

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • Owning who you are to launch a business
  • What inspired Stefanie to take the plunge
  • What the Trap of Success means to Stefanie
  • How to play on your strengths
  • Why content marketing accelerates a business

 

Practical and Actionable:

THINK BIG when creating your personal brand. We may feel intimidated by people who are actually doing this. We may feel we are NOT on their level and go the ‘cookie cutter’ route. GO ALL IN. Share a big message- something that is not out there. And that only lies within you. Only YOU carry that message. People want to work with others whom they know, like and trust.

 

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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243 | Recap of 2016 with Gene Hammett

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243 | Recap of 2016 with Gene Hammett

Join us on this very special episode where I share the good, the bad and the ugly of 2016. I talk about what worked, what didn’t and the transformational changes I am going through. I get real and vulnerable about what the Trap of Success means to me and how to reach for more than a comfort zone. Plus, I share some of the exciting upcoming projects I’ve got going on to help you step up your game.

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Target Audience: Gene serves individuals who are committed. They already are or are on their way to becoming leaders. They are not afraid of doing the work to create a thriving business.

I started off the year 2016 with 3 words which set an intention, a tone, a theme. Those words were:

  • Focus
  • Connection
  • Transformation

On this episode, I want to share with you how I grew internally and how that showed up in my business.
Why this episode?

  1. I want you to understand me. It’s about genuine and authentic connection. It is important for me to show who I am.
  2. I want to help you make better decisions for you, your business and your life. My purpose in sharing myself is to help you grow forward.

FOCUS: What it means to me…

I chose the word FOCUS because I realized that I was losing out on opportunities. I was spread across too many different projects.

So, I decided to engage in a “100 Day Challenge” back in January. I committed to having 100 conversations. The outcome of that was I got 4 speaking gigs, new clients and partnerships. This was all because I forced myself to focus on making those phone calls. I released that filter of fear to call someone I didn’t know. A breakthrough for me was when I transformed the barriers. After doing this in the beginning of 2016, I received a fantastic jolt in my business.

Writing My Book: The Trap of Success

This was admittedly a tough process. I heard so many people say, “The best book you’ll ever read, is the book you write yourself.” I delved into the concept of fear- how it impacts me and others. I martialled through that and now I am ready to amp that up to the next level in the coming year.

Speaking

I got a few paid gigs. And there were other gigs that got me clients. I also go to help others get speaking gigs that connected them to potential clients.

The RIGHT Clients

I had some instances of having a funny feeling when enrolling people. I had this gut feeling where I knew it wasn’t going to be right. But, I took them on anyway. And this ended up sucking time and energy out of me. I realized that when I focus on choosing the right clients- those I’d have dinner with maybe – (or people I just truly enjoy being around) those are usually the right fit. My clients are those whom I like at the core and I happen to also appreciate the impact they are making.

CONNECTION

Such an important word. The intention of this word stemmed from a desire to be more present for others. I want to be there for clients and people in my life. For instance, when it comes to speaking, it is more than just words. I realized that there is a unique mechanism there- which is your uniqueness. It is something no one else has- yet it can be a scary to show your true self. Yet, it allows others to see you in a different light. It allows them to select you as THE choice, not just A choice.


For example, when I work with a client who wants to take speaking to the next level, I focus on helping them identify where they are speaking, getting the right speech in front of the right audience and how to deliver that speech in the right way. That maximizes CONNECTION.

Without the right audience, your message cannot be heard. Writing the speech with the connection in mind, helps you to write a speech that moves the audience. This is where Connection trumps Communication.  

 

TRANSFORMATION

I shifted my own perception of how I see the world. I am still shifting into the person that I want to be in order to receive the results and goals important to me for my growth and significance.

What Were My Struggles?

Patience. Not my strong suit. I realized growth comes from pain and adversity and it continues. Those are moments for growth and an opportunity to step in. Time management is huge. I know now that I must hone in on what’s really important so that I have maximum energy to execute on those things. Having that down time to recharge is equally as important.

 

2017 & What’s Coming Up!

My word for 2017 UNSTOPPABLE. What does that mean? To me, it means having clarity and direction to move forward.
The Trap of Success in coming out. Go here to access it. 

Download the first 2 chapters. Do what’s inside the book and let me know what impact is coming up for you.

Authority Camp is also coming out. This is a self study/virtual program on how to use speaking to get clients. It is about discovering and booking the right gigs. It will teach you how to write the speech that can be used over and over again. A free training will be available. Stay tuned!

 

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The good, the bad and the ugly of 2016
  • How Focus, Connection & Transformation played out in 2016
  • My struggle with patience
  • The vulnerability it takes to connect with others
  • What I’ve got coming up for you in 2017

 

Practical and Actionable:

Download the first 2 chapters of The Trap of Success HERE. 

Do what’s inside the book and let me know what impact is coming up for you by getting in touch with me for a conversation.

 

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

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The Crazy Idea that Changed A Speaker's Bureau

 

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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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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227 | Getting to Yes. The Art of Professional Persuasion with Matthew Kimberley

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Getting someone to YES is a part of life. It might in business or in your personal life. Have you ever tried to get a 9 year old to say YES to cleaning his room? Well it takes certain skills. Our guest is Matthew Kimberley who shares insights on getting to YES in business. Matthew is a sales master and his wisdom on sales will help you grow your business.

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Target Audience: Matthew targets lawyers, accountants, creative professionals, coaches and/or consultants. His aim is to help generate more leads, convert more paying clients and scale into effortless profitability.

A Holistic Approach

Matthew says the relationships you make with others who may or may not become your client is everything because you want to ensure people around you are talking about you in a positive way.
He claims the biggest reason people don’t sell is because they aren’t having enough sales conversations or making any sales offers. Sales conversations require instigation. A system needs to be put in place – a sort of checklist to get there without sounding like an infomercial. Like any muscle, our sales muscle needs to be strengthened. Practice IS required. Matthew calls his system “the Form.” And here it is for you…

The FORM: 16 Aspects (Highlights below! Listen in for fuller explanation)

  • The Qualification Stage: making sales offers to the right people. Those who are inappropriate are a waste of your time.
  • Control- the system
  • Likability
  • Credibility: Significance of being published; etc.
  • Be sure to create marketing that Elicits an immediate visceral yes and then provide the solution
  • Appropriate Risk Reversal

What’s the Hardest aspect of the FORM?

Matthew finds that straying away from putting the client on a pedestal is the hardest mindset for people to transform. Shifting from that mindset to the mindset that the best thing for them is YOU makes all the difference. Think about it: a dentist doesn’t ever thank YOU for coming to your appointment. You, the customer, thank him- right? As an entrepreneur you must go into conversations with that mindset.

Practical and Actionable:

Have more sales conversations. By multiplying your sales efforts you will multiply your results. Holistic the network around you. When more people who are around you say good things about you, your yeses will increase. It is then easier to: appear more credible; get more endorsements when the right people are saying positive things around you (joint venture relationships). You can proactively build your relationships if you don’t have any. Go out there and build with people who matter to your business and who can help you get things you can’t get on your own.

 

 

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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
…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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226 | What is Success? with Russell Brunson

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Today’s guest is best selling author, Russell Brunson. Russell’s mission is about helping small business entrepreneurs start and scale their online companies. His software company ClickFunnels is one of the top super affiliates in the world. Learn how Russell uses his own personality and personal stories to connect with his audience and grow his business. Find out how you can do the same.

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Target Audience: Entrepreneurs with smaller based businesses who create a revenue of about 1-10 million dollars. They are wanting to get their message out to more people.

ClickFunnels: WHAT IS IT?

Click Funnels was created to help entrepreneurs around the world start, promote and grow their companies online. ClickFunnels is the tool that makes it all possible.


After lots and lots of trial and error Russell finally understood what worked. Authenticity and building something like ClickFunnels which was easy for any entrepreneur to use. Russell says this has made him feel his own personal Significance in the world. Security and Contribution are what get him fired up.

The Marketing Plan:

Step 1 is to focus on building a list. There are benefits you will create for the long term. Step 2 is to create consistent content that you keep sending out. Russell began sending out 1 email per month. When he shifted to sending out 2 emails for month, he more than doubled his income! Then it became 1x per week which once again, doubled his income.


One very KEY component of all this, is that his content contains within it his personality that communicates with his audience. Russell says the relationship customers have with you more important than anything else. Soon, after being encouraged by his mentor, he began sending out an email 1x per day. Although Russell was very hesitant and scared that people might get annoyed at first, he took a leap of faith and started doing it.

More and more, Russell revealed his authenticity. He now shares many small pieces of his life and has developed a more personal relationship with his audience. He made the shift from being totally corporate emails to more personal. This means, he doesn’t always talk about his products or what he is selling. This totally changed focus of the business.


Russell says to go out there and create your own attractive character. For example, when Russell decided to share his own personal story about getting pregnant, he attracted a wider range of people. So now he shares pieces of his life which inevitably relate to different types of people. Share the parts about you you may be nervous or afraid to. When you do, people will respond.

SO, Why ClickFunnels?

Russell’s mission in creating ClickFunnels is about creating a faster process. And it is so simple, anyone could use it independently. He now has 15,000 active members.

Practical and Actionable:

Identify your attractive characters. Who or what communicates with your audience? Learn how to communicate your stories with others. It may not be 100% relevant to what you are selling. But it’s about connecting and building your relationships.

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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
…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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222 | Interview with the author of Unmistakeable with Srini Rao

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222Humans are meant to grow. Our guest today is Srini Rao- author of Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best. In today’s noisy world, Srini shares with us how to be unmistakable in your market. We also talk about the Trap of Success and how the concept of “making it” only slows anyone’s growth process. Tune in to find out more on how to keep growing in your business and be Unmistakable in your market.

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Target Audience: Srini is the founder of Unmistakable Creative. He serves creatives and those looking to live more meaningful lives- those who wish to let go of all they believed to be true about life and business.

The Trap of Success: What this means to Srini

You think you get to a point and it’s all over. As if you are “done” with the process. That you are finished. “I’ve made it”- is the biggest thinking trap. We are all meant to grow. Srini admits that doesn’t ever want to plateau. Labels create limitations and are also a trap. This is about being unmistakable and keeping yourself in a continuous pattern of growth.

I’m not flawless. The big idea behind Unmistakable…

Srini shares and admits he makes mistakes all the time. But there’s a time and place to pay attention to details when you are crafting your creation. Those are the details that make you stand out as a creative.

Why ONLY is better than BEST

WHY? Because, you don’t even want to have to put your signature on it. You want to be recognized for your work as solely yours. Think about the ABOUT page you find on most websites. They all pretty much have the same format- it’s just a bunch of facts. Humans are wired for Inspirational Stories. It’s about connection. People don’t connect via logic, but rather via EMOTION.

The World is Becoming More & More NOISY

Be AWARE of this! When you want your work to be SEEN, mimicking others just doesn’t cut it. So here’s a compass:

  • What are your consumption patterns?
  • Be the FIRST YOU
  • Ask yourself: “How am I going to design my consumption patterns so that they lead to a diverse perspective?
  • Continuously make things. Whatever that means for you (writing, taking photographs, etc!). You wont be able to help seeing the world differently!
  • Break the Rules so people resonate

Practical and Actionable:

Draw from different art forms. Create an experience no one would have thought of. Stop looking at your own art form to create. Look at other categories for ideas.

 

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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.

Ok, 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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176 | Performing to Steal the Show with Michael Port

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176fWhen you “steal the show,” you are performing at your highest levels. Do you want to be a better performer in all of life’s important moments? Do you want to influence your audience when it counts – during sales conversations, business presentations, keynote speeches, and more – and succeed in high-stakes situations? We have 5-time NY best selling author, Michael Port, on the
show today and he shares his wisdom on performing at your highest level. This is for speakers, coaches, consultants and just about anybody ready to raise their game.

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Target Audience: Speakers, coaches, consultants and those wanting to be better performers both on the stage and off.

 

Public speaking and performing considers the following to be a “Performance” (it’s not just speeches!)

  • job interview
  • negotiation
  • sales meeting
  • skype call

The Fear & the Worry of Speaking…

Your Mindset= you must see yourself as a performer. Michael Port says, “You have a desire to make an impact and on the other hand, you have the desire not to be ridiculed, made fun of or rejected. But those 2 desires cancel each other out/get in the way. So if you want to go out there and do big things, people may laugh at you from time to time (I get negative reviews on my books). Fortunately, there are more people who say they like what I do. But there’s no way i can reach those people unless i was willing to be fully self expressed. If you’re willing to be fully self expressed, you begin to silence the critics and crush your fears…”

There are 2 types of critics:

Those in their seats &….
YOURSELF.

The way we see ourselves influences the choices we make! if we have the courage to be ourselves we can truly shine. being liked vs. creating real impact. we must decide whether we want results or approval.

Elements to Speaking (avoid just highlighting rewards because it seems out of reach)

  • BIG IDEA
  • Promise (big idea supports the promise)
  • You understand the way the world looks to them
  • Provide Steps & Systems

 

176smIn this episode we’ll cover:

  • Why you’ve got to find the courage within to be fully expressed
  • How you perceive yourself is EVERYTHING
  • How to be a better performer on stage and off stage
  • The 9 quick fire tips to use when working on your speech.
  • The MAIN Elements you need for Speaking (forget the fluff)

 

Practical and Actionable:

Here are the 9 Quick Fire Tips from Michael Port you can start implementing now…

1. The Opening – cut the filler words and phrases, “Hey I just flew in from…”; get right to it instead of putting in unnecessary words to get the audience engaged

2. The Closing – make it powerful, yet it doesn’t have to be filled with fireworks; ensure the audience has taken the big idea of the speech and never do anything after the applause

3. Emotional Connection – really the most important thing is connecting at an emotional level with the audience; you might think your “how to” speech doesn’t need emotional elements, yet if you want your audience to connect to you after the speech, you want to connection with their emotions.

4. Emotional Contrast – any speech that is just one note is boring; great speeches have contrast in content, structure and emotions; move from sad to funny to engage the audience; this keeps them on the edge of their seats in a good way

5. Eye Contact – don’t stare too long to make someone uncomfortable; scan the room and look at people to draw them into the moment (Remember: Don’t picture the audience naked either.)

6. Movement – use the whole stage to connect with the audience using your movements; don’t wander or look down as these cause the audience to disengage and question your influence

7. Slides – it is never a question of using slides or NOT using slides; the issue is how you use them to support your message; Seth Godin is a master at using slides and can use 150 slides in a single presentation; use slides to write your speech first and create slides to support your message (most people want to write slides then write the speech; this places the slides in the performer’s seat instead of you).

8. Audience Interaction – must be in proportion to the amount of trust you have developed with the audience; opening with a question that is too invasive will cause you to lose the audience; by the end of the presentation, you have built more trust and you can ask more of the audience

9. Practice – Michael believes that you must practice your speech. OK, this is not news to you. However, are you practicing with the awareness of the above tips? In Steal the Show, Michael gives insights to better practice techniques that will make you more prepared for your performance on stage.

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