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* Not only what Weaving Influence does for their author clients but also why a team was necessary to provide these services. * How she was able to leave her full-time job to start her own business. * Becky shares her communication rhythms with her team and team prompts through the week like, Make it Happen Monday, Team Tuesday, Wednesday Wins, Thankful Thursday, and Finish Friday. * She also shares 12 minutes that will change your day and will create momentum when you need it.
* His story about how being stressed lead to him writing a book. * How saying that you are busy, actually over inflates and unknowingly deflates your relationships. * We deconstruct inhibiting beliefs and how to replace them with empowering truths. * What busy people have a hard time doing. * What productive people do that busy people won't do. * Examples of managing your margin.
* We talk about Micah's TEDx performance where he explains a word I've never heard, "prana". * Micah shares an important life message that he shares with the kids he works with which equally applies to adults. He's also a volleyball coach. * Why living without pain may not be good for you. * Of the six instruments Micah plays, which one do Micah and I both play. * What's the most difficult thing as a successful comedian? * Micah also has a new podcast he's launched.
Here are some highlights, you will hear in this interview: * How going on 95 blind dates has helped Steve in his networking for business strategy and how this strategy and mindset can help you too. * How he re-branded himself after 30 years in one industry to now a career in a different industry. * Steve's got some sound advice for non-profits to remain relevant when some non-profits are struggling in new ways. * His part in helping his son (who is now a speaker on national stages) with overcoming severe bullying. * Lastly, we discuss the term "expert" and how to effectively use the word. BTW - you may reconsider calling yourself an expert after this conversation.
In this episode: * We talk about Natalie's early start as a solopreneur and then her mind-shift moment that it took for her to establish a very strategic team. * Natalie shares the intentional culture she has purposefully created and how part of that culture helped to create flexibility during the work-from-home period of the pandemic. * She explains why starting with the first step is what allowed her to create her business and because she had no choice but to make it work, it helped to cause her success. * How some hard feedback from an attorney client expanded Natalie's approach to serving her clients today.
* We talk about his podcast "Shark Tank Fan Podcast" and how that lead to his book "Could You Survive Shark Tank?" which includes the 7 questions business owners need to know. * Why Barbara Corcoran (one of the sharks) frames some of her business investments upside down and the one thing they all have in common. * The number one requirement all businesses must have in order to get a deal on Shark Tank. * What to be aware of when forming a partnership (which is what all Shark Tank deals are).  * What Pierce has learned as a result of writing this book and what he does now with his clients.
* Jennifer draws a simple diagram that helps illustrate how she defines authenticity. * She shares what she means by "Kitchen English". * Jennifer shares what she calls 3 characteristics of resiliency and her framework to become more resilient. * While it is hard to find one in the wild, she also describes what a perfectly resilient team looks like. * Jennifer even turns the tables and asks me a question when we discuss leadership vs. authority.
* Dr. Darria and I talk about the badge-of-honor that some people wear when bragging about the stress they are under, and then she explains her goal to eradicate the phrase "crazy busy". * She's got a great way of explaining how even in the midst of chaos (like in an emergency room) how anyone can be ready for "whatever comes in". * We also talk about triaging priorities into three colors, how we sometimes prioritize everything to one color, and then I ask her about the fourth color (which is dark but an important reality).  * She additionally provides real tips for handling COVID-19 risks with her 4-D framework, as we go out in public.
* Greg explains what experiential learning is.  * He's got a great story about a breakthrough moment of a participant in one of Greg's programs who had negative expectations. * How Greg and his team strategically determined how needed to pivot to virtual team building while maintaining their reputation for the high caliber programs that they have built over decades.
It's not an interview. It's just me talking about: When Your Planning Gets In The Way Of Taking Action And Producing Results.   Today's episode comes from questions I've recently received from the people who are taking my Authentic Success Online Video Course.
* Alex shares how easy it is to get ahead of ourselves with what we can’t control and getting clear with what we can control. * Two misconceptions many people have about mindfulness and they are refreshingly simple. * Alex explains how our thoughts are tied to emotions and what every emotion is also tied to. * Have you ever blanked out when you know the answer or what to do but the pressure is on? Well, Alex explains not only why that happens but also how to overcome blanking out. * Alex provides a very practical and simple-to-do, 4-step meditation (even for non-mediators) when feeling stressed out. He even has a simple answer when you think that you don’t have time for meditation or you realize that you forgot to meditate as he suggests.
* Brandon describes how routines have become a framework around how he builds discipline to decide what he will do and what he will not do. * We talk about the differences between rituals and routines and we define them. * Brandon shares what is included in his key daily routines. * He also shares how he resets each week and plans to accomplish the big things he needs to do.
* Stephen shares a practical way for visionaries to check-in with their audience and to rightly prioritize their myriad of ideas. * How to have a sales conversation without a sales conversation. This is an extremely authentic way to sell to your ideal client. * Stephen shares his theory about why people buy.  * As a tool to understand your audience's mindset, Stephen walks through four stages of the buying experience. And, how to use this tool to know how to talk to your audience. * I even get Stephen to share his method for quarterly retreats for reflection and preparation for his "next quarter" goals.
* Paul explains how he had a big failure with one of the biggest brands in the world and then the blessings that came afterwards. * We talk about the obstacles in your mindset when determining your pricing. * He explains what you may think your clients are buying, but they're not, and what they are really buying. * Paul provides amazing detail explaining what he calls the 5 pricing arrangements.  * He also explains three types of retainers and why one of those three are the best to ensure a win for your client and for you. * Last, we get into a very simple proposal format that creates an opportunity to negotiate without reducing your price.
* Jeff shares how his 26 years in the radio industry has served him well in the podcast space. * Where Jeff got his title for his Read to Lead podcast * Jeff packs several book recommendations and you will want to check out the show notes page to see the full list if you don't take notes while you listen. * He explains why his podcast is not a book review podcast. * He even shares a special announcement about a project he has coming in November.
* Kari very transparently shares about how her drinking story began as a server and bartender. * Several times we talk about the benefit of "planting a seed" to eventually get to your decision to take any kind of action. * Kari quickly rattles off many of the stories gray area drinkers will say. Maybe you have too. * Once we get back to being social again, Kari shares some very practical advice for anyone going to an event with an "open bar". And, some additional social drinking situations you may not think about.
* Danessa provides an authentic question that tests a leader's motivation when leading their teams. * She shares what she describes as rewards and risks of being authentic in your leadership with an example when your authentic self may not be welcome. * With great resources like Danessa's book and other resources, when does it make sense for a leader to additionally seek help from a coach or a light pole. * She also points out why it's okay if you feel like you are actually going backwards right now as we are going through this pandemic.
* He shares his leap-of-faith story when he left his 6-figure job and what happened 90 days later after he quit. * Find out John’s LinkedIn page model and 3 ways to get clients on LinkedIn. * John shares why he gives his book away for free and why he is confident that it doesn’t impact his Amazon book sales. * He also shares the one feature on LinkedIn that is all that you need to grow your business on LinkedIn. * John also transparently shares what he struggles with most in his business growth. I also share in this same struggle.
* How a 1980s movie, inspired Sean to ultimately lead his own IT business. * Why in addition to the business' vision and mission, why Sean felt that core values were additionally necessary to create with his team. * Sean also outlines the exact step-by-step approach he followed to develop his business' core values over many many team meetings. * Why Sean feels it was important to create an environment for his team to fight for their core values. * How even though this took some time to create, how Sean ensured the momentum between meetings continued until the team felt that they had the right core values.
* The downside of successful competitive band programs and Wayne's re-framing of that downside in his definition of winning. * Wayne shares his mind-shift from his early days in his career, focused on creating great music through the vehicle of students. * We talk about relying on volunteers to help run a large organization and how to get volunteers engaged to be accountable for what they volunteer to do. * What was most difficult in dealing with conflict when someone disagreed with a decision and how the words he choose were important in the conversation. * Why it's important to allow someone who has made a mistake to live with their consequences.
How Serena's early days of blogging was not focused on growing a following or even a business for that matter, but in her attempt to use blogging as an outlet to share her story about what it's like to move next door to Disney, she somewhat stumbled on an opportunity to help in an area that she was passionate about. Serena shares how she purposefully has a plan and system for posting some content but absolutely no plan for other content. With so much video content that Serena publishes, she shares how she has become comfortable on camera, especially when recording videos in the parks, around a lot of people. How does Serena generate income in her business while posting so much free content that is especially valuable to her target audience? She also shares those people you need to engage with right now and what happens when you don't.
* What almost always precede your high points in life and why we should embrace these struggles. * Why one of John’s professors jumping up and down in class had a profound impact on how John solves problems and illustrates design thinking. * John explains exactly why summers seemed to last forever when you were a kid but now seem to be shorter by contrast. * How John found a way to acknowledge his weaknesses and use his strengths to become 12th in the world in speed-skating with no training program or coach while also in California. * Why acknowledging the ship that has already sailed after you turn 25 and what you should do about it.
* Why Keith asked for 400 photos to put on his office wall. * Keith defines what he calls Consultative Sales and how to use consultative sales to help your customers and clients to go from where they are to where they need to be. * In our conversation, you will hear Keith catch me in the sales mindset trap that many salespeople get caught in. I was a little red-faced and deservedly so. * He also shares the one question he asks top executives that gives Keith the most insight before he chooses to work with the client. This alone is worth listening to this podcast episode. * Lastly, Keith shares why brushing your teeth before leaving work for home is a purposeful daily action for him. It has less to do with having clean teeth.
* Kim explains why she squelched her passion for photography and what caused her to finally embrace her passion. * She explains what a "Headshot Party" is. * What Kim says everyone should do at the minimum when uploading your first headshot online. * Kim asks her clients to identify and share their "Three Words", so Kim shares her three words in addition to the three pillars of her business. * She also shares how her struggle with confidence helps her help young girls with how to increase their confidence.
* What I call the 5 major routines you do every day. * I'll share examples of the actions many people have in these routines. * I even share specific examples of the actions I have in my current routines. * I'll share step-by-step, how you can evaluate your routines and intentionally create your own routines.  
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Podcast Details

Created by
Christopher R Jones
Podcast Status
Dec 14th, 2018
Latest Episode
Sep 9th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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