100: The 10 Unusual Lessons I Learned From 100 Podcast Episodes

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Woo-hoo!

I’ve finally hit 100 episodes of the Smart Business Revolution podcast.

In this episode, I decided to mix things up a bit. I chose to do only my second “solo episode” without a guest.

And my first “solo episode” was actually episode #1. So it’s been awhile.

In this episode, I share the top 10 lessons I learned from completing 100 episodes of my podcast.

I think you’ll be surprised by a few of these lessons. And I hope after listening to this episode, I will leave you with an understanding that a podcast can function in a way perhaps you did not expect.

Enjoy!

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099: Caleb Bacon | How to Build Your Network in Hollywood

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Have you ever wondered what it is like writing sitcoms in Hollywood?

In this episode, we’ll find out.

My guest is Caleb Bacon. Caleb Bacon is a Hollywood TV writer, the creator of the Man School podcast, and (spoiler alert) not related to Kevin Bacon.

But Caleb literally networked his way to a job writing for sitcoms in the entertainment industry in Hollywood.

He also shares a glimpse into what life is like working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

Curious what it’s like working with Vince Vaughn?

Ever wondered what it’s like working a job where you don’t have to wear pants?

You’ll find out in this episode of the Smart Business Revolution podcast.

He is definitely one amusing guy.

Enjoy!

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098: Dorie Clark | How to Become a Recognized Expert

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Dorie is an author, former Presidential campaign spokesperson, former journalist and a speaker.

I’ve had Dorie on this podcast before to talk about her previous book, Reinventing You

Now I am welcoming her back and we talk about her latest book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It.

Dorie has become a good friend and a collaborator and she was incredibly kind to profile me in the new book Stand Out alongside authors Dan Pink, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and the celebrity chef Rachel Ray – people who have much bigger platforms than my own.

So it was an honor just to be mentioned alongside these very successful influencers.

In this interview, we talk about:

  • What Dorie learned interviewing 50 thought leaders
  • Some of the myths about building your reputation as an expert
  • The importance of asking different questions and being open to questioning assumptions
  • The myth of becoming an “overnight success”
  • How to “find your big idea” that can rocket you to a larger reputation in your field.
  • How to distinguish yourself with a niche strategy using a thinly sliced area of focus.

Go grab a copy of Dorie’s book – I highly recommend it.

Enjoy!

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097: Chris Johnson | How to Sell Very Expensive Products

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Chris is the owner of a video production company called Simplifilm.

But it’s not just any old video production company; they produce book trailers for business book authors… and they charge a LOT of money for those book trailers

Chris and his company have actually worked with some of the biggest business book authors including Arianna Huffington, Robert Greene, Ryan Holiday and Seth Godin.

In this interview, we cover a lot of ground including:

  • Chris’s “3 bucket system” for building relationships – and how he uses it to get more clients for his business
  • How to sell very expensive, high level packages – we even did a little role play where I pretended to be an author calling him to inquire about buying a video
  • How to avoid the commodity trap when your business sells a product or service with a lot of competition
  • And even what Chris learned breaking up with his business partner, and how you can avoid that happening to you

 

Enjoy!

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096: Ann Rea | From Cubicle Grind to Thriving Artist

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We’ve all heard of the starving artist.

Well, Ann Rea is on a mission to abolish  starving artists.

She wants to help artists and creatives of all stripes to NOT starve.

She is an artist who knows how to sell art.

But she didn’t always.

In fact, for many years she struggled – she even gave up her dream of being a working artist, during a very dark period of her life when she was working in a cubicle in a corporate job…

Then she decided to break out of that rut and she was able to kickstart a thriving new career as an artist and she did it with … you guessed it … one relationship… a very influential and successful working artist who Ann reached out to, connected with, and who became her mentor.

She’ll share that story in this episode.

We’ve got a lot of gems in this one about the mindset behind being someone who creates art – whatever kind of art you may create – without selling out and how to make a good living doing it.

Enjoy!

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095: Jeffrey Hayzlett of C-Suite | How to Build a New Network

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Few people know what it’s like inside the mind of top level executives better than my guest on this episode.

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a marketing, business, and public relations expert.

He was formerly the Chief Marketing Officer of the Eastman Kodak Company and is the cofounder of the C-Suite Network aimed at C-level executives – like CEOs, CFOs, CMOs.

The company has a number of projects, including C-Suite TV, C-Suite Radio, C-Suite Academy – an online education platform, and more.

He’s also the author of a number of books, most recently Think Big, Act Bigger.

Jeffrey is going to give us a glimpse into the mindset of highly successful executives and in particular the types of daily practices, habits and activities that you should be engaging in if you want to operate at that level.

You’ll see in this interview that Jeffrey is a proficient networker. He loves making introductions and he continues to work at meeting people, even though he has a lot of people who are working to connect with him.

Enjoy!

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