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307 | Values are the Heart of Leadership with Bryan Falchuk

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Values are the heart of leadership. If you are not clear about your values, how can you expect others around you to be clear? Bryan Falchuck shares how leadership and values relate. Listen in for more details on how clarifying values transforms the way you show up as a Leader.

Target Audience: Bryan is focused on helping people turn their lives around through life and business coaching. He takes a holistic approach to coaching by considering other aspects of life (such as health, relationships, etc) because they often intertwine.

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306 | How to Re-Purpose Content with Brian Wright

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Creating content for your brand has become a necessary part of sharing your message and building your community. You also want to re-purpose your content into the right channels. Today’s interview is with Brian Wright is on how to repurpose content. Discover why it is important and how to make the most of it.

Target Audience: Brian serves entrepreneurs, business people, career enthusiasts and people who want to better themselves.

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Repurposing

People like to learn in different ways. Not everyone likes to read. Not everyone likes to listen. Not everyone likes to watch. Everyone takes on a combination of those things in terms of learning modalities. When Brian makes content, it’s very important that it’s created in a way that is very accessible to everyone. Brian knows not everyone is going to consume his content in the same way.

Good content is paramount. You’ve got to think about what your market wants. Business growth is a topic everyone wants to talk about – especially those who are actively doing that. So it is about scaling and  nurturing relationships.

Having great content to repurpose is certainly paramount. And ways of repurposing is a topic unto itself!

For instance, Brian has a podcast and he treats each episode as if he is getting a coaching session from the guest. He asks questions i want to know the answers to. He figures, if he has a question about something in particular, then other people must also have the same questions and so he asks on behalf of others.

 

Being the Media

There are days Brian says he receives multiple requests from people looking to be on his show. There is something to be said for being in demand. When Brian started out, he was chasing people to be on his show. Now, it’s the opposite. ⅔ of his guests have been referred to me. The lowest priority are those who cold pitch him and don’t know anything about him.

The really cool thing about having a show is that you are building your network. You get to connect with those who have been on your show and the people who tune in. Guests help you find others to be on the show too.

When it comes to repurposing, do you look at how the market wants to take in the information? Any tools that you offer?

I cast my net wide because I know my content will resonate with someone. So I just repurpose that material in all 3 forms (visual, audio and video). I put it out there and I ask people to share it.

 

 

What have you learned?

Shorter formats work best. Anything more than 5-10 minutes long – is just not realistic in terms of keeping people engaged. You’ve got to respect people’s time – plus people have a very short attention span. My goal is to say what I want to say in short period of time and make it actionable.

My radio shows are an hour long- but set that expectation from the beginning. Each segment is about 12 minutes with commercials in between.

 

Tips on how to take a longer format to boil down into the 3 to 5 min range?

I prepare 2 dozen questions for my show. I get to ask about 15 of them. If i want to repurpose something, I might focus on 1 or 2 topic related questions that I ask a guest and do a short video about that. Then I have 5-6 potential videos that I can use or create based on that hour long content.

 

How do you expand your reach?

The format always starts the same but is flexible based on how the interview is going.

 

Formatting Content

Format your content in a way that people can walk away with something. But you’ve got to make it fun and consumable. If it’s boring, people will tune out. If it’s not actionable, people don’t care. Create content regularly or people will forget about you.

 

Practical and Actionable

It’s hard to do anything in business where everyone is going to like you. If your goal is to be liked by all, it’s NOT going to happen. Brian gives us some tough love: “Get over  yourself and put what you have out there! Sometimes making something controversial can work in your favor. Chances on you may be on to something!”

 

Resources:

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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305 | The Evolution of PR with Donna Cravotta

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The Evolution of Public Relations (PR) has been needed for years now. In fact, I still get nearly 100 pitches per month from people requesting to be on my show. 99% of them are old-school approaches. It is rare that any of them actually take the time to do anything specific for me. The guest today is Donna Cravotta with Social Pivot PR. Donna shares her wisdom on the changes in the industry and what that means for you.

Target Audience: At Social Pivot PR, a combination of social media, PR and SCO with the intention of building relationships is the aim. The company helps it’s clients connect with those you really want to connect with for their business. The evolved version of PR is not using social media as a broadcast tool but a connection- relationship- building- tool and a business intelligence tool. Social Pivot PR teaches their clients to listen strategically in order to find the opportunities they’d ordinarily miss. The company PR serves small businesses, small business owners, thought leaders, and larger companies.

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Taking Ownership

Organizations need to own their own voice. There is something lost in the translation when you hand off the message to an outside consultant. According to Donna, It needs to be someone who is part of the day to day operations that understands how all the different pieces intersect.

Social Pivot PR teaches them how to use social media and then shows them a strategy. Social or online strategy is built around the businesses’s objective. The social/online strategy not only supports the goals of the business but will also help to achieve them.

Each Company Is Their Own Media  

With internet and social media, we all have the ability to be our own media outlets. We can create content and we listen to the people we want to connect with online who are searching for specific things. By creating structure around that, we can create content based on what our market is already asking for. This format escalates you pretty quickly on the thought leadership category.

 

 

How Does One Listen to Social Media?

Listen to the people you want to connect with. One of the ways could be this: take a speaker page from an event that you would like to speak at. Research the speakers, check out where else they are speaking, the workshops they are giving, etc. This gives you a framework of what your industry is looking for. Through that, you can start to craft content that addresses those issues

Answer the Public

Another tool called “Answer the public” pulls information from google searches. Based on how people pose questions when they do internet searches, it is placed into different buckets of categories. People that are searching for “HOW” questions are usually the DIY crowd. People that are searching for why questions are usually the decision makers. This is a free tool that you can use to come up with topics and titles. It can also help you target your ideal customers since it will reveal ways of tailoring your content in your social media posts.

Sharpening Up What We Are Going To Say

You can’t accomplish this without listening first. Otherwise – you’re just guessing! You don’t get many results from guessing. And when people create content, they are often doing it by themselves.

 

You might think it’s a great idea, but no one else does. it’s about using the right keywords. Sometimes it’s about turning a phrase which often determines being found or not being found. When you do this, everything else becomes easier.

Focusing the Goals

What do you plan to achieve in the next 3-6 months? This foundational question is what we build around. We focus on creating evergreen content that can be used over and over again. The other way we organize goals is around time: Are you speaking at an event? Are you launching a book? Do you have something specific coming out on a specific day? Are you marketing something for a specific date on the calendar?

 

The Most Critical Factor

Relationships, relationships, relationships! We don’t pitch for clients. We build in them the assets they need and we teach them to pitch so they can build their own relationships. In this way, the relationships they build are theirs!

Practical and Actionable:

Build a relationship first before you pitch. Be present in the conversation that is already going on.

Resources

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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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.

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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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. 

 

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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153 | Digital Marketing: What’s Working Now Episode 1 of 3 Andrew Medal

153-Andrew-Medal-featuredI know you’ve seen lots of entrepreneurs out there killing it online through social media. Are you wondering how you can do it too? Well our guest Andrew Medal today tells us how his company Agent Beta helps entrepreneurs do just that! Digital Marketing is a gigantic field and guess what? It’s growing at a super speed like never before. An an entrepreneur, you’ve got tons of tasks you’re juggling, so what are you willing to let go of? Find out why it’s better to hand this off to experts in this field to grow your business without going insane!

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Andrew’s Target Audience: Andrew’s company Agent Beta serves small businesses and all different types of clients including the public sector. There is a big focus on Crossfit athletes as well as media companies.

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