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Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, & Achieve. Onward Nation is a five-day-a-week podcast hosted by Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI. Business owners share the most influential lessons learned throughout their careers, including insights into their daily habits, their most vital priorities that have contributed to their business and personal success, and the most challenging time or situation that could have devastated or even ruined their businesses or careers. Business owners share their "recipes for success" including those systems they wish they had put into practice inside their business when first starting out. Each episode concludes with guests sharing two or three practical and tactical strategies they would recommend to brand new business owners in order to best ensure success in their new business and careers. Onward Nation provides business owners with the strategies and tactical step-by-step "recipe" that will help anyone make their business more systematic, predictable, measurable, and repeatable.
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Aug 18, 2015

Chris Brogan is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speaker, and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting...including the forthcoming...Insider: Strategies and Secrets for Business Growth in the Age of Distractions.

Chris has spoken for — or consulted with — Disney, Coke, Google, Microsoft, and many more. He’s appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for SUCCESS Magazine...and once...even presented to a Princess.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, by teaching you which actions will get you what you want. Through books, speeches, courses, and workshops, Chris is dedicated to helping you grow your capabilities and connections and to getting you to that next level of success -- no matter where you are in the process right now.  

Daily habit that contributes to success

Chris places emphasis on health and fitness -- it’s important to develop a daily routine. ONWARD!

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn to communicate in an effective manner -- clear and concise communication is invaluable.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You live and die by a database -- treat your list with the utmost respect.”

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Lean to follow the “Ask” -- “Do” -- “Share” recipe.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. The inbox is surrounded by a velvet rope -- use it to your advantage
  2. Give and interact with your audience through a newsletter

How best to connect with Chris:

 

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Aug 17, 2015

Leanne started her marketing agency called Stitchcraft Marketing over 5 years ago — and she did that to meet the every changing needs of the yarn and craft industries. Leanne and her team work with manufacturers within the fiber arts industry across the country to increase website traffic, build their brand and platform, and ultimately…to increase sales.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Trello is a website that acts like a sticky note bulletin board -- this website helps to save a ton of time. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

You have to have the right work life balance -- finding the right balance will help with focus and motivation.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Leanne had to rebrand her company-- and Leanne tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to become a leader who truly cares about every person in their circle.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Fear can be crippling in a business -- learn to slay the dragon and keep it at bay.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have joined a round-table group -- to reap the benefits of a collaborative environment.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Networking within your community -- personal satisfaction can be achieved through service.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who cares for others -- wants to give -- and is passionate about servicing our clients.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Look at the big picture
  2. Stick it out

How best to connect with Leanne:

 

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 14, 2015

I'm a Denver native and a graduate of Mullen High School and Regis University. I have been in the mortgage industry since 1997. I opened this branch in July of 2000 as a broker shop, and it has evolved over that time to become what is now Hallmark Home Mortgage in Colorado.

Formerly the #1 one producer at other companies as well as my own branch until 2008, I now get more pride developing talented people to their full potential. My #1 job today is helping loan officers close more deals following systems that produce the career and life they wanted when they chose this industry.

  1. Our Core Purpose is to have a Profoundly Positive Impact on the lives of our staff, the clients we serve, our referral partners, business partners and vendors, and on the world in which we live.
  2. We live out that Core Purpose by embracing our Core Values in the approach we take to both our work and our lives.
  3. Embracing our core values is how we are able to deliver on our brand promise of closing loans on time, under budget with no surprises.

We've taken the approach that we want to be a great company - and not just a big company. Quite simply, we believe we provide the very best lending experience by focusing on 3 key areas of service:

  • Excellent proactive communication and follow up systems
  • 100% pre-approval to closed loan ration with money back guarantees
  • On Time, Under Budget No Surprise Closings, with money back guarantees

 

Secret -- timesaving technique

Plan tomorrow today -- Dave plugs his appointments into a spreadsheet and pays close attention to his calendar. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Dave has developed a daily routine that contributes to his productivity during the workday.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Dave had to deal with failure during the first few years -- and Dave tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be a leader -- leadership is a pivotal component to a successful business."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“An ego can be detrimental -- give credit where credit is due -- it will be returned.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help with the hiring process -- as well as reduce the turnover rate.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

We try to have a rhythmic meeting schedule -- which bolsters engagement through preparation.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who wants to come into the business and learn without taking any shortcuts.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Be proud -- it’s not about the money
  2. Maintain your values -- no regrets

How best to connect with Dave:

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------ 

Aug 13, 2015

Kristian L. Finfrock is the Founder/Financial Advisor at Retirement Income Strategies. Kristian is an active member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and Advisors Excel, a national group founded to provide guidance and education to the highest level of financial professionals in the industry. In his current practice, Kristian and his team help individuals and business clients establish sophisticated—yet easy to understand—solutions for protecting and preserving wealth while minimizing tax exposure.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Our team has a strategy session at the start of the week -- we are able to tackle the financial service workload. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Kristian likes to have a power hour -- his power hour helps him to dial in on his business.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Kristian felt restricted as a captive agent -- and Kristian tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to hire the right people -- and delegate tasks to the appropriate team-members.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Marketing is everything -- find a way to deliver the message -- find a new and unique way to tell the story.”  

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to simplify the process of scaling my business.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

It’s very important to expect the unexpected -- change is inevitable -- and preparation is essential.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who takes ownership -- works towards a goal -- and never backs down from a challenge.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Plan to fail -- it leads to opportunity
  2. Just do it -- believe in yourself -- embrace the challenge
  3. Find a mentor

How best to connect with Kristian:

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 12, 2015

Carl founded the Wright Partners in 1998. Since then, his Team has developed Real Estate Projects valued at over $200 million and currently owns and manages a portfolio of over $100 million.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Wake up early -- dive into your number one challenge for the day -- tackle the hardest task. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Constant learning and improvement -- try to be better than who you were last week.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Carl was heavily invested in the real-estate market of 2008 -- and Carl tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to listen to their clients -- ask them how you can help.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Know your vital functions -- know when you're working inside of them -- know when you're working outside of them.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help me with the fundamentals of checklist management.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to study trade journals -- listen to podcasts -- and take advantage of diverse learning channels.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who is committed to continual learning -- you can always better yourself.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Be comfortable being uncomfortable
  2. Keep learning

How best to connect with Carl:

 

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 11, 2015

Art Boulay is the CEO of Strategic Talent Management. Art helps leaders fully realize their own talent, and the talents of their employees. He brings practical ideas, humor and common sense solutions to each assignment.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Hiring -- putting the right person in the right position at the right time can save a ton of time. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Present moment awareness -- try not to lose track of the current business environment.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Art had to overcome the recession of 2008 -- and Art tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to understand cash-flow -- be able to take a long look in the mirror -- and communicate effectively.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Get out of your own way -- get on with it -- just do it -- it’s your own personal responsibility to make it happen.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help me bring my conceptions and various ideas to fruition.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to develop meaningful relationships within their organization and also with external publics.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can expand our networks -- display an unwavering level of commitment -- and fit into our culture.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Focus on the client
  2. Know who you are and what you're good at

How best to connect with Art:

 

  You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 10, 2015

Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor, entrepreneur, wellness magazine founder, motivational speaker and trainer, author, impassioned athlete, Ironman competitor, father, and married to Debra for over 20 years.

Dr. James Rouse is committed to inspiring everyone to imagine and achieve the vibrant, high-performance lives we all deserve. Through leading-edge ideas, practical life strategies, and superior products, Rouse’s mission is to help guide all into a healthy lifestyle.

His vision is a world in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Shoot the arrow -- go to the most desired target -- envision your target -- remain focused. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Movement increases your dopamine -- thus making you more proactive -- become a sweaty genius.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

James had to overcome the brain's innate negativity bias  -- and James tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn to love the plateau -- give yourself total permission to feel engaged.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“All motion creates positive emotions -- therefore, everyone has a huge opportunity to move into a favorable situation.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I implemented a system surrounding three principles -- self-care, balance, and controlled breathing.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to understand vulnerability in order to build a level of cohesiveness in the organization.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who has a special skill that can be used in our environment and knows how to use that skill when necessary.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Follow your passion
  2. Become a leader through service

How best to connect with James:

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------ 

Aug 7, 2015

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.

Gary also currently hosts The #AskGaryVee Show, a way of providing as much value as possible by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses and giving his answers based on a lifetime of building successful, multi-million dollar companies. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.  

A Few Steps Ahead:

  • Don’t be crippled by trying to quantify success -- use all the tools at your disposal -- try to be four to five years ahead of everyone else

Technology and Innovation:

  • The company’s of now will be done in eight years if they refuse to adapt and change -- to grow you have to ask dumb questions grounded in the future of business

Storytelling:

  • Every business has a story to tell -- don’t disrespect social channels -- they are a living and breathing channel of communication

Transparency:

  • We live in an ever-changing transparent world -- if you're company’s in the yellow-pages or newspaper because you're afraid of social -- then an opportunity will be missed

Humanise It:

  • People will follow the story -- communicate the story -- humanise it -- where is the personality

Give or Push:

  • Old fashioned rules -- you have to become a giving business through social channels -- before you ask and receive

Value-Proposition:

  • A good value-proposition shows your consumer the value they will receive

 

How best to connect with Gary:

Aug 6, 2015

Dr. Flint McGlaughlin the founder of MECLABS, the world’s largest independent research institution focused on offer response optimization. His work has led to many discoveries regarding the philosophy of human choice, experimental design, and the cognitive psychology of conversion. Dr. McGlaughlin has written or edited more than 250 articles and texts, he has won multiple awards, and he has been quoted in more than 13,000 online and offline sources.

 

Leadership:

  • Don’t optimize offers or websites -- optimize thought-sequences -- by gauging the perception of value-force and value-cost

Sustainability:

  1. You have to do something fundamentally different
  2. Limit internal arrogance at the leadership level derived from ignoring consumers
  3. Limit the all-in risk -- focus on small discoveries that compound

Actionable Steps:

  1. Try to see through the lense of the consumer
  2. Employ the consumer mindset -- understand their thought-sequence
  3. Speak in their vernacular -- ineffective communication proves to be costly

Articulate:

  • Clarity trumps persuasion -- once you can articulate the value with clarity -- you will get an answer in return.

Value Proposition:

  • Focus on developing a clear value-proposition -- with an emphasis on the consumer and channel of communication.

How best to connect with Dr. Flint McGlaughlin:

 

Aug 5, 2015

Avinash Kaushik is the co-Founder of Market Motive Inc and the Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google. His prior professional experience includes key roles at Intuit, DirecTV, Silicon Graphics in the US & DHL in Saudi Arabia.

Through his blog, Occam’s Razor, and his best selling books, Web Analytics: An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0, Avinash has become recognized as an authoritative voice on how marketers, executives teams and industry leaders can leverage data to fundamentally reinvent their digital existence.

 

Bounce Rate:

  • The percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site almost immediately -- (bounce route should be at or below 30 percent).

Reduce Bounce Rate:

  1. Focus on optimizing your display campaigns through targeting
  2. Spend time optimizing your landing pages
  3. Understand why consumers come to your site

Metrics:

  1. Measure your acquisition strategy
  2. Measure consumer behavior on the site
  3. Measure the outcome of a visit

Digital Marketing:

  • Humanise your advertisements -- don’t shout at the consumer -- connect with the most favorable audience (18-24 years) -- build a relationship through their hangout (YouTube)

Incentives:

  • Change the incentive structure -- senior leadership has to imagine the endless possibilities -- then create based on the vision

How best to connect with Avinash:

 

Aug 4, 2015

Steve Kleber is the founder and president of Kleber & Associates, an integrated marketing and communications agency. He has a deep passion for the home and building industry.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Utilize cloud-based applications to keep your team connected -- the cloud is innately versed in virtual connectivity. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Aggregate content and employ thought-leadership techniques to bolster our client's image.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Steve dealt with an egregious economic cycle -- and Steve tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to remain focused and become an expert at one specific trade.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Focus on the fundamentals -- treat the customer with respect -- wake up early -- work passionately.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“We have a rhythmic system that helps us stay within our own career specialization.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners who can bring innovation to the team by building a bridge between marketing and sales.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can follow the frame of reference and scale expectations, while remaining committed to their respective specialization.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Stay the course, but make sure it’s a sustainable specialization
  2. Don’t devalue your role as an expert

How best to connect with Steve:

 

Aug 3, 2015

John Lee Dumas is the Founder and Host of EntrepreneurOnFire, an award winning Podcast revealing the journey of today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. EntrepreneurOnFire generates over $250,000 a month in revenue & offers a free 15-day course on Podcasting at FreePodcastCourse.com. With over 1 million unique listens a month, EntrepreneurOnFire has inspired Fire Nation to take control of their life and take the Entrepreneurial leap. Are YOU prepared to ignite?

5 Podcasting Tips -- with John Lee Dumas

“Podcasting is a legitimate medium of communication.”

  1. Escape the Imposter Syndrome:
  2. ✭ Don’t be afraid of launching a podcast -- everyone has the right to launch an authentic podcast on any number of topics
  3. Jump In -- Try not to Delay the Launch:
  4. ✭ Disseminate your podcast -- it will be a truly gratifying moment that will help you conquer the initial learning curve
  5. Focus on a few Distribution Channels:
  6. ✭ Podcasts can be disseminated through a diverse group of channels, iTunes and Stitcher Radio both have huge followings.
  7. Climb the New and Noteworthy Charts:
  8. ✭ The momentum will start to pick up when your podcast climbs the charts and generates buzz in the podcast community
  9. Remain Confident:
  10. ✭ Don’t let a ranking slip deter your spirit -- you have to remain confident and overcome obstacles

How best to connect with John:

 

Jul 31, 2015

Joy, Inc. author Richard Sheridan, has never shied from challenges or opportunities. Rich's focus has always been on technology, his passion is process, and teamwork with the goal of Joy.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Check your email at the start of the day -- build relationships through your inbox. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Follow a habitual routine -- collaborate with team-members -- try to make a  synchronized schedule.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Rich had to crawl his way out of the trough of disillusion -- and Rich tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to master the fundamental skills derived from authenticity and transparency.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Treat everyone with the utmost respect -- build a joyful business with an exceptional culture.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to bolster our team discussions -- you have to feel comfortable with your team.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to work as hard as they can to align three main data points during the life of their business.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who exhibits good kindergarten skills -- plays nice -- shares -- cares -- and is curious.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Gather stories
  2. Work openly with your team
  3. Joy is personal

How best to connect with Rich:

 

Jul 30, 2015

I provide the blueprints, strategies, and game plans that take corporate and independent business women from struggling to do more with less to ABSOLUTELY CRUSHING IT on all fronts by creating AMAZING strategic blueprints, reengaging their subordinates, and developing unstoppable game plans.

My latest book “The SUCCESSFUL Thinker” lays out the 7 Laws of 21st Century that serve as a roadmap for getting the best out of yourself and your team. Visit www.TheSuccessfulThinker.com to learn more.

Using my Prescription For Sanity System, the busy executive no longer has to struggle to figure out how to be all things to all people.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Identify a few periods of free-time during the workday -- focus on 15 minute blocks -- measure the value of these time blocks. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Corey likes to pre-frame his day, which saves a tremendous amount of time. Start the day off in full stride.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Corey had to learn the intricacies of his target-audience -- and Corey tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to control their schedule by creating a healthy balance between work and their personal life.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You grow through exposure -- it's merely a conception until you actually bring your idea to fruition.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help me grow and expand my email list during the initial stages.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to serve their customers better than the competition through follow-ups.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who spends 10% of their time finding the problem -- while the other 90% of their time is dedicated to finding solutions.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Encourage your audience
  2. Interact with your audience
  3. Co-create your business

How best to connect with Corey:

Jul 29, 2015

David Mylrea has extensive experience in complex commercial finance transactions involving offerings of debt and equity, leases, loans and project financing. He handles all facets of complex, multimillion-dollar financings, including origination, negotiation and preparation of definitive documentation, closing and funding.   Secret -- timesaving technique Reflect on your time spent on a task -- entering your time spent into an automated system is a regular practice for lawyers. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

David likes to plan for the day ahead through scheduling and becoming immersed in his priorities.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

David had a client that filed bankruptcy -- and David tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to understand the intricacies of their business -- how is the business going to work.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You can’t sit and wait for an opportunity -- differentiate yourself from the pack -- try something new.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to improve the overall quality of our transactions.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to build and maintain their networks in a strategic manner with emphasis on delivering value.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can work well with others inside the office and also externally with clients.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Think outside the box
  2. Take action now -- not later

How best to connect with David:

 

Jul 28, 2015

Amy Tierce is celebrating her first year anniversary with Wintrust Mortgage as Regional VP in New England where she is growing a team from the ground up, she is enjoying her 30th year in the industry!  

Secret -- timesaving technique

If you can do it in three minutes or less then get it done -- it’s just easier to do it in real time. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Amy checks her personal channels of communication with an emphasis on Facebook, LinkedIn, and blogs pertinent to her industry.”

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Amy had to find a way to gauge commitment -- and Amy tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be empathetic, connected, and understanding of their client base through meaningful communications.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Inches apart -- don’t get angry when you are inches apart -- meet in the middle and stay calm.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented an advanced CRM system to help us master our database.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Respond. Business owners have to be responsive to customer inquiries and fulfill the needs of their audience.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who does their job -- tells the truth -- and strives to be the best in their respective occupation.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Read
  2. Get the right people on the bus -- and the wrong people off
  3. Listen to critical feedback

How best to connect with Amy:

Jul 27, 2015

Rory Vaden: Cofounder of Southwestern Consulting™, New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs and Procrastinate On Purpose, international speaker, and the worlds leading expert on overcoming procrastination and improving self-discipline.

Secret -- timesaving technique

The real magic comes from a significance calculation -- multiply time by thinking about significance over a period of days. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Rory believes in counting your blessings -- envisioning the future -- and making choices through the “focus-funnel.”

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Rory had to rethink the purpose of his business -- and Rory tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be inspired, able to communicate their corporate vision, and remain self-disciplined.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You have to think about your margins -- don’t make decisions based on an inadequate technique.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented Infusionsoft earlier -- we quadrupled once we finally implemented this system.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Control -- if you can control your budget driven goals -- then measure your objectives.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who truly sets out to exceed expectations in every facet of their life.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Focus on generating sales

How best to connect with Rory:

 

Jul 24, 2015

Drew McLellan is a 25-year marketing veteran who helps clients create authentic love affairs with their customers. In 1995, Drew started his own agency -- McLellan Marketing Group. He also helps other agency owners learn how to take their business to the next level through the consultancy -- Agency Management Group.

Drew is also one of the world’s top marketing and branding bloggers, according to AdAge’s Top 150 index. He’s written the book 99.3 Random Acts of Marketing and co-edited the Age of Conversation series of books.

He has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Businessweek and Fortune Small Business. The Wall Street Journal calls him one of 10 bloggers that every entrepreneur should read.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Wunderlist is an excellent application that can be used to optimize your schedule. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Drew believes in maintaining a level of gratitude during the workday -- return the kindness.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Drew once took his eye off the ball for a split second -- and Drew tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to focus -- prioritize their schedule -- and pursue the long-term vision.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Simply help others -- go into every situation with a service attitude -- serve the client first.”  

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help me with the sales funnel because the family and friends pool dries up.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

There has to be new business at all three levels -- micro -- macro -- and even at the nano level.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who has an attitude of gratitude -- and understands that our absolutes have deadlines.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Ignore the noxious individual
  2. Believe in yourself

How best to connect with Drew:

 

Jul 23, 2015

Brian Safdari is America’s Leading College Admissions and Funding Expert. He has helped over 25,000 families get their child accepted into their dream college while making the cost affordable.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Go to bed thinking about what you're going to do the next day -- identify your vital priorities -- you have to be eager. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Brian enjoys working out daily -- he has also learned to work the “NO” muscle -- saying no will help you remain focused.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Brian learned to overcome obstacles during his early life  -- and Brian tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to empathize with their target-audience -- follow their passion -- and want to make a difference in the world.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Go beyond your own knowledge -- expand your horizon -- and utilize a diverse set of learned skills.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to aid my comprehensive business plan.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Never give up -- stick with your long-term plan -- and try to enjoy the entire journey.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can bring a wealth of knowledge to your business -- try to strengthen your business with specialists.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Be gracious
  2. Don’t be a follower

How best to connect with Brian:

 

Jul 22, 2015

Frank Bria helps consultants and coaches turn their 6-figure practice into a 7-figure business. He has built and sold tech start ups as well as consulted for the largest international corporations in high tech, finance, and retail on 4 continents. A former university math instructor turned entrepreneur, he now takes what he used to teach the Fortune 500 and applies it to other entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses. He is a 3-time author, speaker, strategist, and host of the podcast, 6 to 7 Figures Show. He is also star of the new TV show Startup Relaunch.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Focus on one task a day -- set your schedule up while placing emphasis on that specific task. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Frank likes to start of his morning by reading about something new -- it’s about setting up a daily routine versed in priority.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Frank learned to walk away from the big-money project -- and Frank tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to take feedback and use it to scale their business.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Once you understand the client audience -- connect with an individual member -- and thus service the entire audience.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have put a system in place to speed-up the product development process and then monetize it.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Set daily targets for lead-generation campaigns and then refocus your marketing efforts.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who comes to the workplace -- buys into the team -- and zones in on the desired outcome.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Serve the client -- get your hands dirty
  2. Identify the needs of your audience

How best to connect with Frank:

 

Jul 21, 2015

Darren Hardy is the visionary force behind SUCCESS magazine as its Publisher and Founding Editor.

Darren mentors many of today’s high-performing CEOs, advises many large corporations and sits on the board of several companies and non-profit organizations.

Darren is also a highly sought after keynote speaker, media contributor and the New York Times bestselling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever.  

8 MONEY DRAINING WEBSITE MISTAKES

…AND HOW TO FIX THEM IMMEDIATELY

 

8 Money Draining Mistakes

  1. NO BASELINES OR S.M.A.R.T. GOALS.
  2. LACK OF DISTINCTION.
  3. HIGH BOUNCE RATE.
  4. SEO DONE POORLY.
  5. NOT KNOWING YOUR CUSTOMER.
  6. POOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE.
  7. TOO MUCH INSTITUTION SPEAK.
  8. AMBIGUOUS CALLS TO ACTION.

http://predictiveroi.com/money-draining-mistakes-online

This free video training series is based on over 20-years of research, analysis, and application.

Learn how to fix the money draining mistakes — and in doing so — you will expand your website traffic, generate more qualified leads, and increase your return on investment by 200 to 500%.

Series is taught by Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI.  

Video 1: https://youtu.be/A7dyDVvoqQE
Money Draining Mistake #1: Lack of Baselines and S.M.A.R.T. Predictives  

Video 2: https://youtu.be/nXcaGyj9FuQ
Money Draining Mistake #2: Lack of Distinction
Money Draining Mistake #3: High Bounce Rate  

Video 3: https://youtu.be/UjvYx7MU9Hg
Money Making Opportunity #2: Build Your List
Money Making Opportunity #3: Create Well-prepared Prospects 

8 Money Making Opportunities

  1. HARMONIZE OFFER WITH NEED.
  2. BUILD YOUR LIST.
  3. NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS AND INCREASE SALES.
  4. NO-FRICTION LEAD GENERATION.
  5. CREATE ANTICIPATION.
  6. SOCIAL MEDIA DONE RIGHT.
  7. MULTIPLY CONVERSION RATE BY 200 TO 800%.
  8. CONDUCT A/B TESTING TO FURTHER INCREASE CONVERSION RATE.

http://predictiveroi.com/8-money-makers/  

Jul 20, 2015

Josh Turner is the founder of Linked Selling, a B2B marketing firm specializing in fully outsourced LinkedIn lead generation campaigns.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Delegate your duties -- focus on the most important task -- gain control of the entrepreneurial mind. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Josh likes to exercise daily with an emphasis on running and meditative techniques.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Josh was the CFO of a construction company that had to shut it’s doors in 2009 -- and Josh tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn how to grow their organization through marketing and sales.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“It’s a whole life -- you have to have other interests outside of the business realm.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have put a system in place to aid our small team in marketing and sales.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Empower the people on your team to conduct business and their lives the way they best see fit.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who comes to the workplace and understands the system -- yet can still think outside the box.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Don’t sell yourself short
  2. Exceed limitations

How best to connect with Josh:

 

Jul 17, 2015

Amy is the former Senior Editor of SUCCESS magazine and the Emmy Award-winning Founder of Anderson Content Consulting LLC. As a writer, ghostwriter, editor, and strategist, Amy helps her clients to tell stories that make a difference.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Optimize your brain -- develop a set pattern of behavior -- make a journal with identifiable strengths. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Amy is a huge advocate of daily habits, which she believes compound over time.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Amy almost gave up on her craft during rigors of the graduate admissions process -- and Amy tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to have resilience in order to survive the bottomless pit that is entrepreneurship.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Access to experts and advisors is unlimited  -- anyone can find answers to their own questions.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have put a system in place to separate fantasy based ideas from reality -- almost like an accountability partner.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Influential client relationships are versed in loyalty, commitment, and trust.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can communicate a message in an emotionally mature manner.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Cultivate your entrepreneurial voice
  2. Feelings are not facts
  3. Build yourself up

How best to connect with Amy:

Jul 16, 2015

Jason Pero is a real estate investor who built a company allowing him to walk away from a lucrative career in the medical device industry to pursue his passion and purpose.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Identify your three biggest tasks -- ask yourself if each task aligns with the end goal -- delegate your duties. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Jason’s daily habits revolve around self-care, meditation techniques, and self-enrichment.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Jason had to learn to overcome fear after an unexpected building fire -- and Jason tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to adapt and become a master of their craft through personal development.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“It’s great to follow in the footsteps of others -- but at the end of the day you're the business owner.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have put a system in place to help with bookkeeping and limiting errors.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Always try to affiliate and associate your organization with the highest quality people.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who comes to the workplace with confidence and the ability to communicate with their peers.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Dream big
  2. Battle through the difficulties

How best to connect with Jason:

 

Jul 15, 2015

Eric Levenhagen is committed to helping entrepreneurs achieve personal success and financial peace of mind by helping them overcome their biggest financial obstacles.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Get into the flow of the workday by limiting distractions -- Identify your vital priorities. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Eric makes a visual map -- takes time to look at it throughout the workday -- and uses it as a revitalization tool.

Could have ruined your business -- but now --  an invaluable learning experience

Eric had to overcome the major challenge of leaving a secure job for the world of entrepreneurship-- and Eric tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to implement a proper financial system to drive profitability.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Stop trying to promote yourself and just focus on quantifying the value you bring to consumers.”

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have put a system in place to control the influx of unnecessary work and client scheduling.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Protect your cash-flow with an adequate system because it’s vital to the sustainability of your business.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who comes to the workplace with the viewpoint that their occupation is more than a job.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Put profit first
  2. Find innovative ways to get more done for less

How best to connect with Eric:

 

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