090: Mandi Ellefson | How to Get Back 20 Hours Per Month

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OK let’s imagine you’re 8 years old…

And it’s Saturday morning after a long week. You’re tired, you’re ready to sleep in.

Then your Dad wakes you up to do chores.

Not just any chores. He has a checklist. For you how clean the bathroom. How you clean the kitchen. You have to initial that you completed each step of the way.

Sounds like a nightmare to me, but for Mandi Ellefson, it was an inspiration.

Mandi grew up in a home where her father ran a tight ship just like I described.

She grew up with 6 siblings and so her father created a system by necessity. They needed to be organized and so they ran the family like a well-oiled machine.

Today Mandi does for entrepreneurs what her father did for her. She systemizes their businesses so they run better and get managing their business out of the way so they can focus on what they do best.

Mandi helps entrepreneurs get time back so they can have more free time and grow their business, increase their revenue and income.

You know, nearly every person who listens to this podcast or reads my blog struggles with time management and productivity.

In this episode, Mandi shares some real actionable tips for how you can get back 20 hours of time per month. I think you’ll find there’s some great advice in here.

This episode is brought to you by my friends over at The Art of Charm podcast.

The Art of Charm is an iTunes Top 50 podcast overall – one of the few truly independent podcasts in that top 50.

AoC is packed with ideas and strategies from how to work better to how be a better human – they’ve covered topics like: how to create confidence; how to get people to like & trust you; productivity; networking and time-management.

Their episodes are both fun and educational at the same time – not stuffy college professor textbook stuff.

Go to TheArtofCharm.com or find The Art of Charm in iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app. I really enjoy this show and I think you will as well.

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089: Jon Levy | How to Throw An Influencers Dinner

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How would you like to throw a dinner party at your house for about a dozen people and have that group include a “who’s who” of titans of Industry, Olympic athletes, CEOs, musicians and celebrities?

That sounds pretty good.

AND how about all of your guests are doing all the cooking and cleaning – they’re making YOUR dinner.

Sounds too good to be true, right?

Actually it’s not. My guess on this podcast, Jon Levy, does exactly that.

Jon started a series of dinners at his own home in New York city that he calls “The Influencers Dinners.”

Jon LevyIt started with a small group and gained momentum. And today it’s become a bit of a phenomenon.

But get this – Jon did not start with high-level connections. He is just a regular guy who had a crazy idea.

He is actually a first generation immigrant. His family came over the U.S. when he was young so he has no special connections, didn’t know any high-level CEOs or celebrities; didn’t have any hookups.

And yet Fast Company has ranked him as one of its top 15 super connectors.

He’s been profiled in Forbes and NY Times. And some amazing opportunities have come his from this simple concept. He’s gotten speaking gigs, consulting contracts, and even a book deal.

So how does he do it?

And more important, how can YOU take this idea and make it your own?

Jon breaks down in this interview how you can throw your own Influencer experience, which could be anything. It could be gathering a group of people for a cocktail party, it could be putting on a play, it could be a cultural event with a speaker, it could be a pickup basketball game.

It’s not as complicated as you might think.

You’ll find out how in this interview:

  • Jon explains the 3 key elements of organizing an influencer event and getting A-list celebrities and VIPs to yearn to attend your events
  • Jon explains why the strength of a community lies in generosity, diversity and focusing on bringing people together to connect with each other (not with you)
  • Why Jon says you should go out and embarrass yourself and that’s OK
  • How to be a super connector, even if you don’t know anyone
  • How to keep your cost down when organizing these types of events, and
  • Finally the importance of creating your own secret traditions – secrets which you don’t tell ANYONE about (he wouldn’t even tell me in this interview)

This episode is brought to you by my friends over at The Art of Charm podcast.

The Art of Charm is an itunes Top 50 podcast overall – one of the few truly independent podcasts in that top 50.

And it’s no wonder why they do so well – AoC is packed with wisdom from how to become more productive and professional to how to network better for business.

I was honored to be a guest on the Art of Charm last year and I make sure to listen to almost every episode – and it’s one of the very few podcasts I can say that for.

Go to TheArtofCharm.com or find The Art of Charm in iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app. I really enjoy this show and I think you will as well.

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088: Ryan Williams | Stories From The Influencer Economy

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Imagine you had a childhood where you were sent off to an elite prep school …

A place where the rich and famous send their children to be educated. A place filled with the next generation of aristocrats and high-society matrons.

In fact imagine if that was you – and your dorm room was actually formerly home to a U.S. President while he attended that school.

Imagine how that might influence you and your take on the world.

My guest on this episode, Ryan Williams, had that childhood. Ryan actually grew up in the Midwest and had a more humble upbringing but then he had the opportunity to go to this East Coast prep school where he found that life behind the ivy walls was not always as perfect as it may seem.

In this interview, he shares what life at this elite prep school was really like – and what we all can learn from what goes on behind those Ivy walls.

Ryan WilliamsRyan was so inspired and influenced by that experience that he started a podcast – Stories From The Influencer economy – where he profiles the world of influence and the people who are influential in the new economy.

The podcast was also shaped by his experience working as a marketing executive with the new world of influencers: content creators, YouTubers, podcasters and even Gamers who have levels of wealth and fame which today have come to eclipse that of traditional celebrities like actors and actresses, athletes and musicians.

I wanted to have Ryan on this podcast to share what all of us can learn from these new influencers and how we can apply what they do to our own lives and our businesses.

How can we use their strategies and tactics to build better relationships with influencers in our own lives and to become influential in our own communities.

In this episode, Ryan shares:

  • Why if you want to become an influencer today, you must have a social media presence
  • Why he also says social media is dead and it’s been replaced by content
  • He explains what a “disagreeable giver” is
  • Why he says “just because you have a microphone doesn’t mean you’re going to be heard” – and what to do about it
  • AND His advice for if you’re just starting out and not sure how to build your expertise and reputation

This episode is brought to you by my friends over at The Art of Charm podcast.

The Art of Charm is an itunes Top 50 podcast overall – one of the few truly independent podcasts in that top 50.

And it’s no wonder why they do so well – AoC is packed with wisdom from how to become more productive and professional to how to network better for business.

I was honored to be a guest on the Art of Charm last year and I make sure to listen to almost every episode – and it’s one of the very few podcasts I can say that for.

You can find The Art of Charm in iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app. I really enjoy this show and I think you will as well.

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087: Ted Prodromou | Your LinkedIn profile sucks (and what to do about it)

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Are you the kind of person who set up your LinkedIn profile 5 or 10 years ago and you haven’t touched it ever since?

If you are, you need to listen in on this podcast.

My guest is Ted Prodromou, the author of Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business. It’s the definitive bible to how to use LinkedIn for business.

In this episode we discuss:

·       Why you need a LinkedIn Strategy and what it needs to look like

·       How to turn new leads on LinkedIn into actual clients and customers

·       How to optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

·       How to Build out Your LinkedIn Network

·       How to use LinkedIn to build your reputation as an expert and Industry Authority

·       Advanced LinkedIn Strategies – including how to have LinkedIn email you leads for your business for free.

·       How one of Ted’s clients, a financial advisor, turned a short message to a connection via LinkedIn into a $3 million piece of business.

This episode is brought to you by Aweber email marketing software, and right now I’m about to launch Start and Grow Your Email List challenge – a free 7 day course to help you set up and grow your own email list.

I created this course because the #1 thing I’ve done in the past few years for building better relationships with more clients, customers and business partners has been to create and build up my email list.

If you want to build relationships with people at scale – with hundreds or thousands of people – and still have time for your family and friends, then you need to create and grow an email list.

I want to inspire you to do this – and that’s why I created this challenge.

The deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 24th. You must sign up by then, and then the challenge will start that following week.

Download & listen to the episode here

Enjoy!

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086: Thom Singer | How to Launch a New Career

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Thom Singer was faced with an impossible task – he had to teach lawyers to be better at networking.

Talk about a thankless assignment.

(Trust me. I’m a lawyer. I know.)

At the time, he was marketing director for a large law firm. But he didn’t get discouraged, he remained positive and upbeat.

Now to make it worse … the lawyers he was teaching were required to sit through his presentation. It was mandatory.

And … it gets better: they were not given any continuing education credits for sitting through the presentation.

So he was lucky there wasn’t a mutiny.

Thoms SingerNow I’ll let Thom tell the full story but it does have a happy ending and I think that story is appropriate because it demonstrates a lot about my friend Thom Singer.

Today, Thom is a guy who doesn’t let minor inconveniences get in his way.

He’s incredibly upbeat and positive and loves life and that’s what I love about him. It’s no wonder he managed to make the major transition in his career from law firm marketing executive to where he is today – an in-demand professional speaker and an author of 11 books.

I connected with him a few months ago and found he was incredibly genuine and kind and giving – exactly the kind of person who I like to see succeed and I like to profile on this podcast.

So in this interview, we discuss:

  • How to move to a new career when you have a vision for yourself
  • How he studied the business of speaking and how you need to do the same if you want to be paid to speak
  • The importance of building relationships with other people who are actually working in the industry you want to enter
  • How to acknowledge and recognize accomplishments of people you know
  • How to create connections over dinner parties
  • The importance of being the “conduit” who brings people together

This episode of the Smart Business Revolution podcast is brought to you by Aweber email marketing software, the #1 most important tool in my business is run by Aweber – it’s my email list.

If you want to build relationships with people at scale – with hundreds or thousands of people – and still have a life, then you need to create and grow an email list.

And I want to inspire you to do it – to start and grow your own email list – but I also want to give you the tools to do it.

So I created a Start and Grow Your Email List challenge – a free 7 day course to help you set up and grow your own email list.

Go to here and you can sign up for free.

The deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 24th. You must sign up by then, and then the challenge will start that following week.

Trust me on this – starting your own email list and growing it is the best thing you can do for your business.

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085: Michelle Tillis Lederman | The 11 Laws of Likability

rsz_smart_business_revolution_podcast_artwork_redImagine for a second if you could magically make yourself more likeable…

Imagine if you had a formula that broke down the elements of how to make more people like you, so that you could literally turn on the charm, even if you feel a little introverted or shy … wouldn’t that be amazing?

It would be a huge game changer.

Imagine how many more clients you’d land. Imagine how much easier it would be to develop relationships with people who matter to your career. Imagine what it would do for your business.

Alright, I’m exaggerating just a bit, but my guest on this episode of the Smart Business Revolution podcast has basically broken down the formula for likability.

Michelle LedermanMy guest is Michelle Tillis Lederman (pronounced like “Letterman”) – a speaker, trainer, coach, and author of the book The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like (referral link).

I invited Michelle on this podcast to break down the elements of likability for all of us. And in this interview, she explains the various laws of likability, including the law of authenticity and the law of similarity and the law of giving.

Michelle breaks down these laws into very actionable and specific advice and tips for ways you can improve your own likability, which will in turn improve the quality of your relationships and help you to grow your revenue.

So listen closely as this is one of the most actionable interviews I’ve done so far.

This episode of the Smart Business Revolution podcast is brought to you by Aweber email marketing software.

Aweber is probably the #1 most important tool for my business today because it has created tremendous freedom. And it’s allowed me to build relationships with thousands of people at scale – many, many more than I could ever build relationships with without an email list.

I can’t imagine doing business today without my Aweber email list.

But I want to light a fire under you – I want to inspire you and give you the tools to do the same thing.

So I created a Start and Grow Your Email List challenge.

This is a completely free, 7-day course to help you set up and grow your own email list.

I invite you to join me in this challenge right now – go sign up right now. The deadline to sign up is Friday, May 22nd.

Trust me on this – setting up your own email list is the best thing you can do for your business, for your income, and for your family.

And now, here is Michelle Lederman. Enjoy!

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