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34 minutes | 19 days ago
Business Growth, Podcasting and Connection – Max Branstetter (Ep 36)
Max Branstetter is the founder of MaxPodcasting, a service that offers podcast production. We connected through Podcast Movement Virtual 2020. In addition to podcast production, Max also hosts the Wild Business Growth Podcast, where he interviews entrepreneurs and innovators to discover the creative and unusual ways they grow their businesses. In this conversation we talk about: Max's company and podcast His connections to family business Hippo Direct Tips for podcasters who self-edit How his podcast and network is helping his business His favorite topics from Podcast Movement Virtual 2020 Hopefully you can tell from our conversation that Max has great energy and whimsy, qualities he uses effortlessly in his business pursuits. Mentioned in this Episode MaxPodcasting Wild Business Growth Podcast Podcast Movement Conferences RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio Visit MorningTempo.com for related links, episode transcript and more.
34 minutes | a month ago
Linking In With Louise Brogan (Ep 35)
Louise Brogan of SocialBee is on a mission to teach others how to build businesses with LinkedIn. We met at Youpreneur Summit 2017 in London, but recently reconnected at Podcast Movement Virtual 2020, where she was a speaker. In this conversation, Louise and I talk about some of the finer points of building a LinkedIn network, new features in the LinkedIn app and website, how she’s using LinkedIn in her own business, and much more.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
WordPress Security Begins With Understanding Common Vulnerabilities – Beto Rubio (Ep 34)
IT and web security has always been an interest of mine. Given that it was time for me to personally learn more about WordPress website security I decided to do a presentation for the Las Lajas WordPress meetup group. Website security is obviously relevant to the world of small biz and creative entrepreneurship, so this episode is based on my presentation. I also have the outside perspective of Beto Rubio, Founder of Servidores Rapidos, a Panama based web hosting company. Dealing with managing WordPress hosting, operations development and many other things IT related, Beto knows a thing or two about website security. In this conversation we discuss commonly overlooked practices, the top 5 WordPress security issues, common hacking attempts that use stolen passwords, hosting considerations and much more. Visit MorningTempo.com for show notes, episode transcript and more.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
Catering During a Crisis—Kristina Zhao (Ep 33)
Kristina Zhao caught my attention as a restauranteur of Sichuan House. Prior to the pandemic over 80% of their business came from dine-in services. Delivery and take out sounds like an easy option, but is it viable for a family-run business when third parties take such a large percentage? We talk about how Sichaun House was able to make the pivot in large part due to Kristina’s unique background, education and her can-do attitude. They adapted technology to meet their specific needs, serve their customers and manage their margins all at the same time. Episode Highlights We start by talking about Robonzo’s foray into the restaurant sector and go on to discuss: (09:02) Her time working in the wireless industry (18:30) From dine-in to delivery (23:05) Adapting technology to make margins work (29:08) The turbulent first couple of weeks of COVID (39:34) Prioritizing the value of people (44:06) Getting creative with menu naming For more resources and full show notes go to MorningTempo.com
59 minutes | 5 months ago
A People-Centric Approach To Business—Chuck Surack (Ep 32)
Chuck Surack is the founder of the online music retailer Sweetwater. The business employs over 1800 people and is privately owned by Chuck and his wife. Chuck's business began in 1984 with a now legendary story of his discovering and reverse engineering the Kurweil keyboard. The business has expanded in many directions since. While many businesses are struggling amidst the pandemic, Sweetwater is currently thriving. Chuck has long been a supporter of his community and businesses of his hometown Fort Wayne, Indiana. We talk about the importance of putting people first, constant professional development, and the little touches that help a business stand out. Episode Highlights We start by talking about growing up in Indiana (05:44) and go on to discuss: (07:55) A high touch customer experience (12:45) Building a strong culture (19:09) Supporting and growing other businesses (25:00) The changing music scene amidst the pandemic (30:25) Buying back a company (40:12) Personalizing product and packaging (44:15) Professional development as a company priority For more resources and show notes go to MorningTempo.com
52 minutes | 6 months ago
The Adaptability of Startup Culture—Stacey Bedford, Bandzoogle (Ep 31)
Stacey Bedford is the CEO of Bandzoogle, an all-in-one professional website platform for musicians and bands. Ten years ago when Stacey started with Bandzoogle she was in tech support. She shares with me her journey to becoming CEO all while putting people, both customers and staff, first. Adaptability has always been critical to startups, particularly to Bandzoogle as the nature of the music industry changes frequently. During our current challenging times Bandzoogle have had to pivot again, on multiple fronts, and Stacey shares how they are adapting their services for customers while their staff work remotely (many with children at home as well). We talk about building culture, supporting employee wellness, beekeeping and much more. Episode Highlights We start by talking about how the pandemic has altered their day to day business (02:20) and go on to discuss: (03:42) The early days in a startup (07:30) Her journey from tech support to CEO (09:50) Their culture of customer-first (17:30) Adapting to the changing needs of artists and the industry (30:05) Advice for businesses new to working remotely (37:55) Challenges on paper vs. reality (42:10) Supporting employee wellness in flexible ways. For more resources and show notes go to MorningTempo.com
47 minutes | 8 months ago
Make Networking Feel Less Dirty—David Burkus (Ep 30)
David Burkus is on a mission to make the experience of work suck a little less. One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David joins me to talk about strategies to make networking part of your everyday life, finding the cause that you will fight for and the value of putting your employees first. David is an acclaimed author, speaker and researcher. His TEDx talk has been viewed over 2 million times, because we can all relate to that networking experience we’ve had that didn’t leave us feeling great. David has a special talent in taking organizational research and making it both accessible and applicable, so that we can use it to thrive in both life and work. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start off by discussing why people hate networking so much and go on to discuss: Dormant vs weak ties (06:16) The stop-watch of awkwardness (10:33) How to frame conversations with an ask (13:30) What he’d do differently with his next book (19:35) Lasting content versus short-term content (28:25) How you can create revolutionary crusades (41:25) KEY TAKEAWAYS Put employees first so that they can then put customers first in their own roles (32:00) Develop a system to keep in touch with dormant/weak ties (10:33) Know what you’re fighting for and when you find it, grow it (41:25) For more show notes and resources go to MorningTempo.com
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Legacy Through Employee Ownership—Linda Johnston (Ep 29)
Linda Johnston came to the Isle of Arran, Scotland on a contract as a physical education teacher. The island had no swimming pool, and so, to build and pay for a pool, she and her husband did the next logical thing - buy a country house hotel. Over thirty years on, Auchrannie Resort consists of the original hotel, two swimming pools, a spa resort, leisure facilities, a number of co-ownership lodges, retreats, a playbarn and much more. Linda had no previous experience running a business, but she’s committed to learning, growing and putting in the hard work. Conscious of wanting to retire in the future, to ensure Auchrannie is left in good hands, they have moved to employee ownership. It’s a fascinating concept putting people over profits, and we discuss that and much more in this episode. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start off by discussing the pool that started it all and go on to discuss: The employee ownership model The percentage of business that comes from dog lovers Developing a strong relationship with your bank Walking the walk when prioritizing your staff Creating a consistent, quality guest experience Creativity in the hospitality sector KEY TAKEAWAYS Know your values. Act in alignment with them. Provide the best experience - happy customers are the best marketing device. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Auchrannie Resort Linda Johnston on Girl Tries Life Connect with Linda on LinkedIn For more resources to go MorningTempo.com
42 minutes | 10 months ago
Lessons Learned for the Modern Freelancer (Part 2)—Mike Volkin (Ep 28)
School is back in session with entrepreneur and lead instructor at Freelancer Masterclass, Mike Volkin. This time Mike’s telling us about neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and grow over time, and how knowing how to influence that change can help you break through the barriers and ceilings in your own life. We touch base with my Pomodoro experiment as well as Mike’s own takeaways from creative visualization and mindfulness. Mike Volkin is a speaker, a trainer, an Army veteran, and if that’s not enough he’s the author of five bestsellers. Joining the Army three days after 9/11, Mike spent eight years as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations Sergeant. During his service overseas he began to write his books as well as receiving an Army Commendation Medal before coming home to build and sell four companies. These days he’s the owner and Lead Instructor at Freelancer Masterclass, a direction born from Mike’s personal mission to have a life remembered as one that launched ten thousand careers. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start this episode by catching up on my experiment with the Pomodoro app before settling into “headier” subjects like: What neuroplasticity actually is and what drew Mike to study it The personal and professional benefits of working with neuroplasticity Building creative visualization and meditation into our daily lives Taking the best from our backgrounds and interests into our career Moving beyond our limits and breaking through our income and interest ceilings Mike’s tips on increasing your brain’s neuroplasticity KEY TAKEAWAYS Having a successful career is about constantly being in motion. You pull from your past, your background, your interests to inform your present, and you look to your future goals as a way to challenge and improve your process. Never stay static. Aim to perfect what you do every day. Work to better concentrate your focus and get the most out of yourself through experimentation and education. For more information go to MorningTempo.com
51 minutes | 10 months ago
Lessons Learned for the Modern Freelancer—Mike Volkin (Ep 27)
Mike Volkin is a speaker, a trainer, an Army veteran, and if that’s not enough he’s the author of five bestsellers. Joining the Army three days after 9/11, Mike spent eight years as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations Sergeant. During his service overseas he began to write his books as well as receiving an Army Commendation Medal before coming home to build and sell four companies. These days he’s the owner and Lead Instructor at Freelancer Masterclass, a direction born from Mike’s personal mission to have a life remembered as one that launched ten thousand careers. In this episode I speak with Mike Volkin and we discuss how in order to learn one thing you often have to learn something else entirely. Like how tennis can make you a better entrepreneur, or why escaping a wildfire can lead you to understanding the importance of creating a personal mission. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start the episode by talking about how Mike’s love of tennis informed his career as an entrepreneur before delving deep into: The importance of creating a mission Hacks for fending off distraction as an entrepreneur How Osama Bin Laden made Mike a better marketer The lessons learned from building and selling four companies The struggles of modern freelancers KEY TAKEAWAYS You have to have a reason, a mission, that can inspire and drive you forward. What do you want to be remembered for? Someone who built something, achieved something? Or someone who just worked a job. Focusing on the minutes, the small changes to our daily processes, can have incredible changes in the long-term. For more information and resources go to MorningTempo.com
45 minutes | a year ago
Public Speaking For Career Advancement—Doris Pickering (Ep 26)
Doris Pickering, a presentation and speaking coach, is one of my favorite people in the San Francisco Bay area. Following a strong background as a manager with HP, Doris set out on her own to support executives, professionals and small business owners in delivering powerful messages. From business presentations to TED Talks, she helps her clients achieve their goals of being confident public speakers. Our discussion touches on the evolution of her business and her personal mindset. Both of which I believe may resonate with you. She is a gifted observer of life and we talk about how comparison can hinder your personal and professional development. We discuss how effective presentations and speaking are things that create enormous stress for many people. With a lack of these skills, one can hinder themselves in business and the workplace. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start by discussing some of Doris’ early roles on her career path and go on to discuss: Why Doris chose to focus on executive speaking Communicating so that others hear your message Investing in your own professional development Creatively approaching your career growth The importance of connecting with yourself to succeed KEY TAKEAWAYS Becoming a confident speaker positively impacts your career. Stop the comparison game - it limits who you are. QUOTABLE “The cost of being brilliantly successful is often that we shut down who we are. Who we are is so much more important than what we do.” —Doris Pickering “We always compare our insides (how we feel), with other peoples’ outsides (what we see). If you continue to do this, you will never win.” —Doris Pickering Get full show notes at MorningTempo.com/podcast.
54 minutes | a year ago
Thoughtful Leadership and Effective Time Management—Ben Brearley (Ep 25)
Ben Brearley is a leader, manager, MBA, coach, and creator of Thoughtful Leader. He has managed teams across different companies, industries and cities. He knows what makes a leader tick. Living in Perth, Western Australia, with his loving wife and energetic dog, Ben created Thoughtful Leader to improve how people think about (and do) their work. Ben helps people become better leaders by focusing on the important foundations of leadership: effective time management, building self confidence and inspiring your team. We talk about how better time management allows leaders to focus on strategic shifts and business gains, the impact that self-confidence has not only on your team but on the bottom line, the value of online courses and much more. As we discuss in the episode, Ben wants to know what challenges you have with your team, so let Ben know. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start by discussing Ben’s podcast and re-purposing content and go on to talk about: The evolution of his writing How creativity feeds itself The value of SEO without getting hung up on it The 80/20 rule balancing core functions and big ideas The challenges and benefits of online courses KEY TAKEAWAYS Balance quality and quantity with your content. Don’t overextend yourself. Don’t be a victim of your time management system. Take charge of it. The more confident a leader is, the more confident their team is.
53 minutes | a year ago
Stress Reduction for Entrepreneurs—Victoria Smith (Ep 24)
Victoria Smith is a Stress Reduction Coach who helps women reduce their stress so that they can actually enjoy their daily lives. Experiencing shingles twice before the age of 30, Victoria realized that she had to turn her health around. Following her own wellness journey, she became certified as a health and life coach and now supports women around the world to reduce their own stress. We discuss the unique challenges that entrepreneurs face with stress, the programs that she's created to combat stress, her own journey as an entrepreneur, our shared love of podcasting and much more. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start by sharing how Victoria and I began working together and go on to discuss: Freelancing as a means to remove business pressure The origins of her podcast How creativity affects every aspect of entrepreneurship Self comfort vs. self care The importance of boundary setting Her experience with depression KEY TAKEAWAYS You are in the driver’s seat of your relationship to stress. You can change it. Life isn’t stressless, but you can stress less. Self reflection is key. Take the time to build your own awareness.
61 minutes | a year ago
Embracing Change After Losing His Sight—Andre Van Hall (Ep 23)
In August 2011, André van Hall suddenly and unexpectedly lost his eyesight. When it would have been easy to fall into depression and frustration over such a life change, André chose to embrace curiosity as a key to move forward with a positive attitude. A native Argentinian, André discovered hospitality during his military service. This sparked a passion that sent him to Hamburg, Paris and finally onto Cornell University to study Hotel Administration. A demanding sector, hospitality is what grounded André in the core belief that hard work and curiosity can take you anywhere. In this invigorating conversation we discuss how curiosity can decrease your stress, spark a new direction and build initiative in your life and career. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We begin the episode by discussing André’s introduction into the hospitality sector from humble beginnings as a pot washer and go on to discuss: Volunteering as a positive way to integrate into new communities Adapting to new cultures How losing his eyesight shifted his career focus Creating a unique lane in professional speaking The acceleration of change and how we can embrace it Why adversity warrants humility KEY TAKEAWAYS Don’t judge - assess. You can choose pity or you can choose curiosity. Take responsibility for your life. Take initiative. For more information go to Parnter4Leads.com
45 minutes | a year ago
Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace—John Faisandier (Ep 29)
John Faisandier of Thrive Under Fire (TUF) is an emotional intelligence expert. He and his team specialize in helping teams, managers and frontline staff to better deal with customers both internal and external. We talk about what emotional intelligence is, how it works, and why it’s so important in the workplace. John shares with us how psychodrama and neuroscience feed into the running of a business, how leaders support their teams, the impact it has on the end customer and more. Episode Highlights We start by talking about John’s new book, Thriving Under Fire, and go on to discuss: Mind mapping as a form of working on your business Psychodrama therapy to help work through challenges How to support staff who are customer-facing Tools for leaders to manage their emotions The long-lasting value of internal rewards Key Points Take the necessary time to think about your business (not doing tasks). Good relationships in the workplace are rooted in internal rewards and clear purpose. For full shownotes go to Partner4Leads.com
43 minutes | a year ago
Build Wealth Through Content - Jason Criddle (Ep 28)
Jason Criddle of Smartr Marketing is my guest today. We talk about sales as a core function of any business, app-based referral business and the importance of content creation. Lifetime compensation of multi-level marketing models and the opportunity to work with a multi-level marketing company is what brought Jason to where he is today. His company reached out to me to pitch a product called the Smartr Marketing App and an opportunity to make a little income for the podcast. I looked him up and found that Jason’s career and views looked pretty interesting, so I reached out. Jason is located near my hometown in the Dallas Fort Worth Metro area. The Smartr Marketing App wanted to create an MLM-type compensation without all the drawbacks of pay-to-sell models, non-competes and other elements that we discuss. Jason is one bright guy whose company is doing a lot of different things, though they are in the process of niching it all down - I love that. He’s a millenial with a passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed. We start the episode by talking about his experience working with multi-level marketing organizations and go on to discuss: How to track your word of mouth marketing Jason’s introduction to software and apps The importance of focusing on a core product or service His views on the law of attraction The difference between the present and future ‘you’ Visit Parnter4Leads.com for additional content related to this episode.
44 minutes | a year ago
Running a Seasonal Business with Gretchen Bell (Ep 27)
In this episode I speak with Gretchen Bell. She and her husband are doing a second act in their career as expats in Loreto, Mexico. Their venture involves real estate and a wine bar. We talk about the wanderlust idea that took them from California to Mexico, working with local artisans and the careful planning of a seasonal business. Gretchen is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay Area real estate world. In recent years, she and her husband fell in love with Loreto, Mexico. While it wasn’t all planned out, now they own rental property and a charming historical building in downtown Loreto - the new location of Gitano’s Wine Bar. Episode Highlights We start the episode by talking about how Gretchen came to start working in Mexico and go on to discuss: How the idea of a wine bar came from their early dating days The process of sourcing local wine The challenges of importing products Creating a strong customer experience Designing the WOW factor into your business Managing staffing for seasonal businesses Their approach to financing Gitano’s Key Points No matter the business - prioritize your customer experience above everything. Careful planning is key with seasonal businesses. Know your needs in terms of product sourcing and staffing.
46 minutes | a year ago
Giving Back and the Business of Music–Brian Wolff (Ep 26)
In this episode Brian Wolff talks about giving back and the business of music. We discuss his work as Community Engagement Coordinator with the nonprofit Kids In a New Groove, how this work and its mission keeps him connected to his music, how entrepreneurship and music are closely linked, and the value of strategic partnerships. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start the episode by talking about Kids In a New Groove and go on to discuss: The realities of foster care Balancing the mentor to mentee ratio What it takes to find the right mentor Changing up the songwriting process Promotional events and strategic partnerships The importance of caring for your mental health KEY TAKEAWAYS Avoid the jack of all trades mentality - create clear lanes for your team, especially a small team. Leverage your network. Quality above consistency. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Kids In a New Groove Fair City Fire Simple Stupid Single Too Damn Hot Event Aug 31 The SIMS Foundation Austin Detours Say It Loud Podcast Tips Concerts Unstarving Musician Podcast Visit Partner4Leads.com for bonus content.
32 minutes | a year ago
Most Businesses Leave Money on the Table - Tom Gledhill (Ep 25)
Mergers and acquisitions expert Tom Gledhill feels too many businesses leave money on the table. We talk about the longtime looming crisis surrounding the saleability and valuation of small businesses, the action plan he’s created to help small businesses face this crisis, and his motivation for taking his expertise to the online and personal branding world. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start this episode by talking about Tom's entrepreneurial journey and go on to discuss: Branding your company vs. branding yourself Why only 20% of businesses that go to market sell Learning he left money on the table in the sale of his own business Creating the XITpro system His drive to support other businesses Tom’s passion for veterans KEY POINTS Get out of your comfort zone - that's where success happens Don't leave money on the table - do your research or hire an expert MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Tom's XITpros course How to Sell Your Company and Not Leave Money on the Table FREE mini Workshop to Boost Business Value XITPro System by Tom Gledhill (book) Launch by Jeff Walker John Warrillow and the Value Builder System CopaPrint Partner4Leads
41 minutes | a year ago
Word of Mouth Marketing with Jason Resnick (E24)
In this episode I’m rejoined by Jason Resnick to talk all about word of mouth marketing. With over a decade in business, two podcasts under his belt, and thousands of freelancers who he’s helped build businesses, Jason knows word of mouth marketing better than most. He’s also spent zero dollars on advertising. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS We start the episode by talking about Jason’s participation in #freelancechat on Twitter, then go on to discuss: How to create remarkable client interactions Creating a referral strategy and opportunities Strategies to build referrals and testimonials through spec work Discounting services based on closed referrals How to grow a business while spending zero dollars Jason’s podcast experience and what he’s creating for his listeners KEY POINTS 1. Make the ask. Nobody’s going to do it for you. 2. Try pay-what-you-can pricing for a product you’d give for free. You might be surprised by the outcome. 3. Use the connection points that you already have and keeping growing. QUOTABLE “You have to ask. They’re not going to be thinking about you. You have to create that moment so that they are. If you’re not doing that, then you’re not creating the opportunity for that word of mouth to be more predictable to your business.” —Jason Resnick “Focus in on what’s important for you, your family and your business in that order, for the long term. Don’t chase the short term–more often than not that ends badly.” —Jason Resnick MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Rezzz.com Helping Freelance Web Designers Niche Down with Jason Resnick Jason’s podcast episodes on WOMM: A203, A166 , A164and A249 Talk Triggers by Jay Baer Michelle Garrett (Runs #FreelanceChat on Twitter) The Futur on YouTube TheFutur.com Shannon Curtis Live in the Feast Podcast Visit Partner4Leads.com for additional content related to this episode
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