Welcome to my interview series, called Interview-NV.
The purpose is to offer a short-format interview with known online marketers and entrepreneurs, like today's guest, John Jantsch.
As a thank you to our guest, I would encourage you to stop by his website and sign up on his email list, and/or consider purchasing his latest book, Duct Tape Selling. (http://www.ducttapeselling.com)
Interview Q & A
NV: How do you expedite your ability to build trust in a business relationship that is initiated online. For example, after connecting with a new contact on LinkedIn?
JJ: To me the easiest way is to look for an obvious way to help - answer questions, point to useful resources and look for ways to connect your new connection to other people that might be able to help them.
NV: What is one aspect of sales and/or marketing that initially stumped you before you understood how to be successful at it, and what did you do to improve your approach?
JJ: That I had to cast my net much more narrowly, that felt uncomfortable at first. Once you discover that, when you understand who you are truly cut out to serve and forsake the rest, you'll attract more business willing to pay you a premium.
NV: Your latest book is really a guide for approaching sales and marketing in today’s landscape, what is one main message you want readers to take away from your book?
JJ: That buying today is a journey that is increasingly out of our control, and that our best best is to ditch demand creation in favor of guiding people on the journey THEY want to take.
Over the past few days, my wife and I spent some time in Sturgeon Bay, WI. It is our 10th wedding anniversary this week so we decided to get away.
Sturgeon Bay is a great little maritime town on a bay that feeds into Lake Michigan.
We found a little shop and I was intrigued by a set of journals I had discovered.
They were 21 day journals (affiliate link). There is a theory that it takes approximately 21 days to form or break a habit.
What was intriguing about the journals is that they are simple, elegant do-it-yourself coaching programs rolled up into a journal format. I love the idea of a self-run coaching program that is part of my journal, meaning it gives instruction, direction and milestones to reach throughout your 21 days as you document your journey.
I do believe there is something magical about physically writing into a journal vs. typing your thoughts and feelings out electronically.
This is why I think the format of these 21 day journals are great -- the journal provides you a basic roadmap of spending 21 days forming a new habit (i.e. exercising more, starting a new hobby, spending more time marketing your business, etc.), it gives instructions about what to concentrate on each day, and you're documenting it all, which means if you stick with it you're bound to accomplish something positive at the end of 21 days.
Less important to me, but a nice touch, the journal comes with a rubber bracelet as a reminder to hold yourself accountable for the 21 days to form your new habit.
So I ended up picking up the 21 Days to Make or Break a Habit journal...I've included some photos below. You can also get the journal on Amazon (affiliate link)
I was cruising YouTube and came across this video of Tony Robbins' Rapid Planning Method.
What resonated with me was Tony's perspective on 'To Do' lists.
By concentrating on the outcome of the tasks on your list you maintain a better focus toward the results you want.
I've started using daily 'Outcome' lists where I write down the end result of what I want to accomplish each day instead of what activities I think I need to complete. It's a subtle yet distinct difference.
In my daily lists I'm now less worried about how I'll complete the tasks, which frees my thinking to stay focused on the outcome. I know I'll figure the 'how' as needed.
I find that if I concentrate on the results it helps me to focus my aim in a more productive, yet liberating way, and I actually accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.
I recently watched a documentary about a young man who built his own tiny house.
Christopher Smith, along with other tiny housers interviewed, offered various reasons for wanting to build and live a tiny lifestyle. (you can view the film trailer below)
The documentary was inspiring. I'm not fully convinced that I want to reduce everything and live in a 128 square foot house, but it got me thinking...
I'm in pursuit of a tiny career. As a creative soul with an entrepreneurial spirit I am interested in developing my work/career in a way that can be self-sustaining.
In other words, I want to have a business with few moving parts, really no employees other than myself; do work I enjoy with people I can help who provide adequate value in return (money) to help me meet my living expenses/needs and essentially be happy and able to continue such work.
In additional to my entrepreneurial endeavors, I currently have a corporate job that I like, and it's teaching me so much. I view everything I do in my career as a learning experience to provide me the various pieces to the puzzle I need to eventually fit things together in the way that I ideally want.
I'm not quite there yet, but everyday I get closer, I learn new skills, I learn more about myself and how to focus it all back to where I want to go.
Perhaps the journey is the real pinnacle as each victory encourages me to stretch farther, but I do believe it's possible to have it all in the way each of wants. It won't be without work, struggle or sacrifice, but the accomplishment and satisfaction of paving one's own path is the sweetness I'm after. Reaching the desired end result is simply the after-glow of fulling savoring the sweetness.
Posted by: Nick Venturella
LinkedIn is a powerful professional networking platform. However, if you don't have a connection strategy you could be leaving a lot of potential marketing opportunity on the table.
The following is an eleven step LinkedIn connection strategy to help you make the most of your professional networking:
These are just a few ways to find new people on LinkedIn with whom you can reach out, connect and build meaningful relationships to your mutual benefit.
posted by: Nick Venturella
Many musicians split their time between a day job for a steady income and the pursuit of their musical endeavors.
The next day make sure you at least get that one task done. You've then accomplished your one task for the day, and if you are able to think of a few more that you can complete the same day, well that's just a bonus. Then at the end of the night write one new task to get done the next day, and so on.
Here’s a great stat I recently read on the Content Marketing Institute’s website:
Welcome to this little interview series, called Interview-NV.
The purpose is to offer a short-format interview with known online marketers and entrepreneurs, like today's guest, Chris Brogan.
As a thank you to our guest, I would encourage you to stop by his website and sign up on his email list, and/or consider purchasing his latest book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth.
Our Guest's Bio:
Chris Brogan is an advisor and strategist to professionals and owners. It’s business strategy meets powerful personal development.Through courses, consulting, coaching, and events, he blends clarity of vision with pure action.
Interview Q & A:
NV: What is one significant mistake you made early in your business that you would want to help others avoid to expedite their success?
CB: Many times in my business, I've made the mistake of being clever instead of being helpful. The more you seek to help the community you serve, the better it works for everyone.
NV: What's one thing people might be surprised to know about how you get things done in your business?
CB: People would be stunned to know that I only schedule my days to 40%. We don't run our cars at 100%. We don't run our computers at 100%. Why do we run our schedules at 100% or even more?
NV: In your latest book you talk about 'belonging.' Specifically for musicians, artist and writers, how might they apply the idea of 'belonging' to their marketing approach?
CB: Musicians and artists of all sorts have the opportunity to share what goes on behind the velvet rope. I've been on a rock band's tour bus. I felt thrilled to know what I'd never witnessed before (which ended up not nearly being as crazy as you'd think). We all want to be on the inside. Share ways for people to connect with that which lets them feel like they're your friends.
The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth
(http://callingallfreaks.com) is a book about entrepreneurship for the not-so-average entrepreneur.
Musicians, artists, and writers are just the tip of the iceberg, but this book would appeal to you.
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