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Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, and 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:

 

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