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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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304 | The Brand Ambassador Series: Salesforce with Ludo Ulrich

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The use of Internal Brand Ambassadors is not new and yet so few have used this strategy well. One company that has embraced their employees to be Brand Ambassadors is Salesforce. Our guest is Ludo Ulrich who is the chief in charge of developing deeper awareness in the startup community about the company, products and services offered by Salesforce. Ludo shares how he has developed this role and the importance for the organization.

Target Audience: Salesforce engages business founders developers in a way that helps them grow through effective marketing.

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Speaking at Conferences

We had a few questions for Ludo regarding conferences: Do you book yourself? Or are you invited? Ludo shared that it’s a combination of both. One thing for Ludo is for sure: as an evangelist, it’s important to go to places where people don’t really know about the products.

 

Being an evangelist is about being a storyteller – you want to surprise people. You want to deliver the message in a concise and compelling way.

 

Be the Trailblazer

Ludo shares that Salesforce hired someone like him to grow the ecosystem. Specifically, he focuses on the measurement and tracking of growth and innovation. These innovations are being presented at large conferences like Dreamforce. At these conferences highlight some case studies whom we call “Trailblazers” and we use those innovations (and the people who created them) to influence the rest of the market.

 

Measurement Tied to Your Personal goals

If what you’re seeking to cultivate is Hypergrowth, then tracking the impact and trajectory of companies is essential. One of the ways they are getting team members involved is conducting measurement that’s connected to each member’s goals. While it can be complicated to manufacture a passion, efforts are being made in this area.

Scaling and the Future

Ludo believes that developer marketing is leading the way. Microsoft and Google did a lot of Ambassador Evangelism. There is a lot of technology that is being developed that will help to scale. So, the future is very much about SCALE.  

Any Examples of Success for your brand of Being a Trailblazer?

A great example could be a person who is still in university – someone who is building the technology. He or she would start building the technology and turn that into a business opportunity – maybe even start building a team. They would then start fundraising and then be featured at a conference.

What do you Wish you Would Have Been Taught from the Beginning?

Ludo says, “Make sure when you put your passion at the service of an employer, be sure the company is ready to absorb that passion. It’s a way of making sure the whole journey is under control.”

Practical and Actionable:

What skills do Brand Ambassadors need to make themselves great?

  1. Make sure you are not just a talker- but a really effective storyteller.
  2. Make sure you’ve got a Call to Action that is meant to inspire and make sure they have somewhere to go to be helped and to grow. Be reliable when people reach out to you.
  3. Choose an audience that is brand new to your product.

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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300 | The Brand Ambassador Series: Microsoft

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Christi Olsen is a leader for digital marketing teams. On this episode, she talks about her passion for empowering these teams to speak on stage effectively to convey their true marketing message. Christi is an expert on how to put the customer first. We talk about why this is the foundation for any business and how you can adopt and integrate this lens too.

Target Audience: Christi speaks at conferences and events regarding marketing, artificial intelligence, digital marketing. She focuses on the topic: “high-level-how-should-you-be-thinking-about-this?” She also addresses trends and changes happening within the marketing industry.

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Christi’s Focus

Christi works with her internal leadership team regarding how to think about Tech topics like artificial intelligence. She focuses on the narrative they tell when they are in their ambassador role. This allows them to be powerful and effective speakers.

You can find Christi’s published articles on Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington post and others. Her mission as she shares it, is to empowers and train people to speak on stage. She trains them to bear the torch and be brand ambassadors.

 

How Christi Sees her Goals:

Christi looks at her goals on a quarterly basis. She asks herself: 1) Have I gotten out the type of message I want out into the market? 2) Are people responding to the message? 3) Is it working?

How She Became An Evangelist

Christi was able to step into this brand ambassador evangelism role because of some predecessors before her who were consistently going out and talking about what they were passionate about.

 

What is Part of your Work and Why?

Here are the questions Christi checks in with herself (and her team) regularly:

  • What are the challenges facing the business?
  • What is keeping the leader up at night?
  • Do we have something that can alleviate them so they can feel more confident?

But the focus is always on: How do you put the customer first? and making sure the purpose is to always tie it back to the customer

 

How to Put the Customer First

The only way to make a product better is to talk to people, get feedback and integrate that into the product.

Track who you reach. What are people asking about?

 

What are the intangibles to being a brand ambassador?

In other words, what are those things that cannot be measured? Christi says it’s about awareness and being on people’s minds. You make connections that might work out later. It tends to grow from there. This growth can be huge.

 

Tips on Speaking

Research the event before you pitch! What are the types of topics they’ve had in the past? Craft the pitch: what is it that I want to say- that when the speaker selector is looking at it, they know that I know what I am talking about and that I am going to offer something very tangible to the audience. Don’t expect or assume people will get the value of the message- you must make it apparent!

Remember, being a brand ambassador is not about you. it is about you representing that company.

 

What’s the Long Term Vision for Artificial Intelligence?

Christi says, AI cannot create anything brand new. We still need that creative role component. So for the next 10 years, that human component will still be there. We still need that creative side for the human connection.

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to empower your ambassadors
  • How AI helps us
  • Where AI falls short
  • The importance of harnessing our creativity
  • How to put the customer first

 

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!

286 | Using Speaking to Spread Your Message with Tamsen Webster

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Speaking is an unfair advantage. You are face-to-face with your audience. You have a chance to connect like no other form of marketing. When you are in the room with a great speaker, you feel it in your bones.  Tamsen Webster is our guest today. She is amazing at helping speakers find “the Red Thread.” If you don’t know what that is, you really must listen to this show.

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Target Audience: Tamsen runs a company called Strategic Speaking. She helps businesses and entrepreneurs find the “Red Thread” the through line of their products or service. In other words, she helps them to find their real value in their proposition.

Bringing Who We are to the Stage

We each have a unique way of how we make sense of the world. And we can all find that thing that really sets us each apart. It’s hard but it is always there, even though we are often blind to our own gifts.

The audience needs to feel *it* from you. The excitement your connection to your message and the passion you have for it. You have to believe what you say to your very core. Tamsen’s expert advice is to talk about the things you want to talk about and not about the things you think you “should” talk about.

So Many Bad Decisions Are Made in the Name of Should

We start out thinking, what should we talk about? This is a MEGA DON’T. Why? Because it automatically implies external judgement of your intent and motivation. Should is dangerous.

The only thing that you “should” Speak about is that one thing you cannot NOT speak about.

Trial & Error

Many beginner speakers don’t own what they speak about. They give external credit too often (obviously, always give credit where it is due).

However, you as a beginning speaker could integrate what you know and have the courage to say- this is how I SEE IT. You must be willing to do that if you want to be a Speaker.

Back Up Your Claims

Create a “Burden of Proof” around your ideas. That means: doing the work of finding all the research that supports your idea. Commission new research that backs up what you are trying to do. It must survive the “burden of proof.”

Narrowing Your Niche (there it is again!)

The narrower you focus the audience you are trying to reach and the message to them, the stronger and the more broadly it will travel. Focus on who you are really FOR and WHO the message is really for.

The clarity you get from that level of focus enables that message and the action you are looking for to cut through all the other crap that is out there.

Practical and Actionable

Find your Red Thread.com – here’s the worksheet to download.

Here’s Tamsen’s Question to answer before you fill out the worksheet: WHO are you for and WHO is this for?

Determine the way people you serve see the world. Fill out the blanks here:

I am for (category of people) who want X value Y but struggle with Z. What is the “thing” that they really struggle with? Hint: It could be a result of the first 2.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • Bring who you authentically are to the STAGE
  • Why the word “SHOULD” is dangerous & lethal!
  • Why you’ve got to talk about what truly moves you to your core
  • Why narrowing your niche broadens your reach
  • Creating a burden of proof around your ideas

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.

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!

248 | Creating Connection and Significance Through Speaking with Les Brown

248 | Creating Connection and Significance Through Speaking with Les Brown

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248 | Creating Connection and Significance Through Speaking with Les Brown

Motivational Speaker, Les Brown shares with us how the road to growth and transformation requires the COURAGE to change. If you want to evoke the spirit of transformation in those whom you serve, you must also commit to catalyzing that very thing in your own life. The intention and desire to grow must be practiced, exercised and executed consistently.

Les-optin

 

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Target Audience: Les motivates Entrepreneurs who wish to use Speaking as a platform for inspiration and expanding consciousness.

Passion, Fear & the Courage to Change

Creating change is not easy. We ask Les: “What are the basics when you want to change something in your life?”

Les says it requires the willingness to assess the situation and asking yourself the question: “what direction do I go in now? Is this worth the cost for me? What Sacrifice am I willing to make? If not, then what you want in your life will be sacrificed. Courage is not an act you take in absence of fear, but an action you take in spite of the fear.

The easiest thing Les admits he does now is earning the kind of living that he desires. Now, the most difficult thing he had to do was BELIEVE he COULD do it. He says, the basics are working on yourself and developing that mindset that it is possible. It is about increasing value and being unstoppable in what is being created.

Who do I need to be?

The KEY question. Les explains that you have to, to stay ahead of the game. As entrepreneurs, we must prepare ourselves for the future and the circumstance that come about. Ask yourself, “Who do I have to be to accommodate the changes that will take place.” By working on mindset and skill set, we can win in the marketplace every day!

Ask yourself what you have going for you what is working against you? What do you need to do? Les says he disciplines himself to read 3 books per month. What do you need to do to sharpen yourself? And remember, if you’re the smartest in your group, you need a new group.

Les believes that being in business is not just about making money- but leaving a legacy. Stretching yourself is about discovering how little you know. Reflect on who you are and who you need to be. What’s the story you believe about yourself?

As we live, we earn, learn and pass it on. There is no success without successors.  Power them to become a pencil in the hand of God (Mother Teresa quote)- helping people to change the planet.

 

What’s aching to get out?

Did you know that 87% of our self-talk is negative and undetected from our conscious minds? People must begin to ask themselves what the calling of their lives are. As much as they have chosen IT, it has also chosen THEM. Speaking is about changing consciousness!

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • Exploring who you need to be tomorrow
  • Increasing your belief in your own VALUE
  • How to focus on what you really want
  • Using courage to develop mindset and skillset
  • Committing yourself to sharpening the self

Practical and Actionable:

There’s too much information around us yet not enough insight. Les says, there’s riches in niches. When you focus on that, (the noise will always be there) you become disciplined. You have a place to stand. Don’t be a jack of all trades. Focus on the direction. Commit to that path- the one that represents your values. Noise comes on when you take your focus off your goals.

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!

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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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.

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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.

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!