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Masterminds Can Be The Difference To Business Success Or Failure

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is aiming to change the lives of many through the power of online connections through masterminds. Building a business can be lonely. You sit behind your computer screen wondering "Should I do this, or should I do that?" And most of the time you end up doing nothing as the confusion is so great. As he says "Having a mentor can be one of the most crucial pieces in creating the business of your dreams. Everyone knows the saying that if you are the smartest person in the room you need to find a new room. That is why it’s so important to participate in masterminds and surround yourself with proven leaders and successful business professionals. Which he is providing by the online platform Eccountability, the first global virtual mastermind platform. You join and then he will match you inside their Virtual Mastermind groups that are highly targeted, where your goal setting and accountability truly begins. They help fill the gaps of your knowledge and speed you forward to where you want to be. Now this isn't a masterminds business that isn't 100% rooted in our guests own backstory, as back in 2003 he had sunk his life savings going into business when he had no idea what he was doing. He spent a year learning marketing, networking etc- all as a side hustle because he worked full time. After 12 months I'd made just 1 $600.00 sale, had spent $30K and was close to giving up. Then he found a mentor and within two weeks made an online sale for $1,300 and his business was up and running. The life lesson he learned.  You don't know what you don't know.  But certainly someone else does, and the more people you connect with the greater the chance to find that solution to your problem. So when did this idea first come to him, and was it a "Yay let's build this thing...or great idea, how the hell do I build this thing?" And would he have got to where he is today without the year of desperation he went through? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Masterminds. himself Ronan Leonard. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ronan Leonard such as: Ronan shares how he got to the point of taking the leap of faith and how he came to the realization the fear in his head was never going to be that bad. Why everyone starts on a level field, has to start somewhere and build up confidence.......but the world still thinks they are an overnight success. Ronan talks about why its so important to mix up the pool of people that you surround yourself with to gain insights into different worlds. and lastly…. Ronan reveals why the first sale in every business is to yourself. You have to sell the idea to your own belief system before you can ever make it come true.

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What Does It Take To Earn The Right To Give Business Advice? Struggles!!!

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been on one hell of a journey to where she is today Back in 2003, along with her husband she sat and signed a legal purchase agreement, becoming the new owner of a cash register company. After working for years as its lead technician, the owner was retiring, and she wanted her husband to buy the company.  Red flags flying, they didn’t see the danger signs. The company was behind technologically, employed one overpaid, underachieving sales person, and had one main product offering.  It was propped up by a large service contract it would be losing a year after the business was purchased. Within three years, the company was bankrupt, with a few straggling customers and several years left on our lease. They sat down to look at their options, took stock of mistakes made, and found a path forward. What did they learn from the mistakes they made running their first company? How could they change their course, so future ventures wouldn’t come to the same end? And why would they choose, in the face of dismal failure, to try entrepreneurship again? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robin Aldrich Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robin Aldrich such as: Robin tells how she wanted to start a business based on what she wasn't seeing from other companies in her area as her starting point and Why do so many people think that overnight success is a possibility in life? There is always a back story of hardship, achievement, struggle and disappointment.   and lastly…. We discuss the mindset that is needed to allow the past to be left behind but the learnings brought with you...which is so hard to achieve.

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Branding Expert Pia Silva Reveals The Big Mistakes Of Branding Your Biz

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Entrepreneur, speaker and writer, and also a partner and brand strategist at Worstofall Design where they build "Badass Brands without the BS" for 1-3 person service businesses in 1-3 day intensives. She is a Forbes contributor and has spoken at a host of entrepreneurial organizations including Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses and the Million Dollar Women’s Summit and has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business. Her company was named top "10 Design Firms Lead By Young People That Are Changing the Way We Look at the World" by Complex, and her book Badass Your Brand: Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide to Turning Expertise into Profit launched March 16th, 2017. As she says "Badass Brands w/out the BS. We work with service based business owners in intensive Brandup sessions and execute the strategy and build out your entire brand-- positioning, messaging, logo, copy, website, materials-- in 1-3 days so you can get back to work. Because who has 6 months to redo their website anyway? For solopreneurs who need the whole shabang but don't have $50k to invest yet, we built a Brandup Bootcamp to take you through our exact process at a fraction of the cost. Now that is the official stuff about todays guest, but the real story isn't about where she is now rocking and rolling and loving life. The real story was the climb into stress, financial difficulties and the realisation that scale, and premium products were the key to her future. Being able to charge premium prices to less people has been the gamechanger to her and her partners day to day running of their company whilst making her business as lean as possible. Now she is gaining more and more exposure, loving life, and as you will read in her book (as we will discuss in today's show) she is shining the way for others to learn from her mistakes and live a life on their own terms by following her practical sensible advice. So does she see others making the same mistakes as she did, and smack her head with a "Doh!" and think "Man its so obvious that just cant see it?" And where does she find the motivation to keep growing, when things are already pretty good as they are? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Pia Silva. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Pia Silva such as: How she has built an amazing business that is lead by her lifestyle. If she wants to close up shop she does, with no clients wanting access to her. That is very unique and powerful. Why she believes that most businesses would be in a better position by turning people away as clients instead of jumping into bed with them. Pia explains why most people make a mess of their branding by confusing the message that they are sending out to the world. and lastly…. Pia shares the dark times in her life when she was heavily in debt and now looks as it just a phase that she had to go through to get where she is today.

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The 5 Stages of Happiness “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.” – George Eliot Happiness is very intriguing, the reason why many philosophers who have gone before us have endeavored to explain it. Or why researchers like Jennifer Aaker has studied how we can calibrate what we think make us happy in five life- stages. Discovery during childhood and adolescence, pursuit in our mid-twenties, balance in our late twenties and early thirties, meaning in our late thirties and forties, and savoring from our fifties on. They say that our sense of happiness dynamically changes throughout life and to ever think at any stage that our progress is finished is a folly. Happiness is never static. Our contentment tells us how happy we are. And with changing wants and needs and varying levels of mental maturity, our happiness lies absolutely on us. Happiness is subjective. What made you happy before does not guarantee your happiness in the future. One must adapt and learn. And so in todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about the five stages of happiness and how no matter what we think....happiness is a choice we make and it starts within in. So here are the five stages that we have gone through when we are at our happiest. 1: Try to remove all comparison from your life It is a killer in our search for happiness, that we spend so much time looking at what other people are doing on social media. And more often than not it's not true and they are only showing us the good stuff that they want us to to see. So don't worry about what other people are doing in their lives and just focus on your own stuff and believe me you will be so much more happy. 2: Free from your heart from hatred A happy heart is a loving heart, and the world will want us to fill it with hatred and anger, Someone cuts you up in your car, and then blames you with a rude finger gesture. Someone makes some cheeky comment that they thought was a joke, but you didn't like. Well to be happy in our lives we have to look at forgiving these things and just accepting everything for what it was. A moment of turmoil in your life and not worth dragging around for a second more of what its worth,....and thats nothing. 3: Live Simply Happiness and living happy can come together so much more quickly if we just look at removing ourselves from lives stresses. Do we need the car that has the monthly repayments or the cable tv that we hardly ever watch? Do we need to go out for meals twice a week, and then have a huge credit card bill each month to pay off? Probably not, and happiness can come together quite quickly when we decide to focus on the things that make us happy, dont cost a lot and are simple. It could be sitting in the garden with some friends, instead of going out in the evening to the pub. It could be just going to the movies, but not spending a fortune on cokes, popcorn and food as well. You will be amazed at how much you are spending that doesn't truly make you happy. Its just something that you are doing each month, day or week. Live simply and let happiness come to you. 4: Give More There is a truth in life that giving a present makes us happier than receiving. It's the giving that makes all the difference. So when was the last time that you did something for someone else, just to make them happy? Probably quite awhile ago, as we are so wrapped up in our own lives doing what we need to do first and foremost. So lets start looking for happy in our lives 5: Expect Less If you can operate in a world, where you accept what life is bringing you, instead of setting such high goals that disappointment is always lurking then the happier you will be. This is the truth, and it doesnt matter who you are, or what you have achieved in life...happiness is never connected with an outcome. We think it is, but that is wrong. So do your best, enjoy yourself and realise that whatever happens, it is exactly what you was supposed to be getting.

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Have you ever wondered why people struggle with motivation?

Not just finding motivation, but also keep it flooding through their veins and pushing them forwards to success?

Well in todays episode David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots answers a question from one of his listeners who is certainly struggling with finding the motivation to change his life.

As he says "The issue I’m facing is that I’m so desperate to get out of my current position that I have the following problems:

1. I struggle to pin down an idea I’m willing to commit to as I’m so desperate to know it will work at the outset in order to get me out of my current position!! As a result, I worry I’m wasting my time!

2. I struggle with motivation when I’ve had to do a full day’s work on the day job because I’ve had no satisfaction/feeling of achievement from it. It saps all my energy and combined with the above it’s really tough to then focus and commit. Although I am making progress by committing to one idea at present, I feel if it fails to gain some early success I’ll be back to the beginning etc etc!

So what would you do in his situation?

Would you advise him to just suck it up and go for it until the motivation hits, or something else all together?

David Ralph believes that true motivation is always an internal game to win, and in this episode he gives his advice for staying motivated and of course keeping motivated for the longer goals.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who first connected with the show as a listener. However once she told me about her dreams for the future, the hustle she is showing daily, and how she wants to change the lives of millions of children across the world then she wasn't going to be only a listener anymore. This is a lady who is moving forward  to where she wants to be by hook or by crook. As she says "I was very dyslexic as a child, and rather failed at school, until the last year when I worked out a system to remember things. After lots of hard work I finally made it to a Producer Director and ended up winning a film documentary award at ceremony where the BBCs classic programmes Blue Planet and Office also won. Then I went on and created, produced & directed the longest running show on MTV uk which is still loved by teenagers and all skate boarders around the world. My children must never know I was involved in it! However at this point i felt it was time to take some time out, so I slowed down to raise my 3 children as TV work and children aren't a good combination. Which lead med to my passion project. " The work that will be her legacy is called Table Fables, which has been created to help children everywhere learn their times tables in a fun and enjoyable way, against the classic repeat in a drone until you fall into a coma method TABLE FABLES are fun memorable short stories that teach children the times tables by giving them a hook to remember the answers. Children remember the numbers by recalling the funny story, with their mantra being LEARN FUNNY. The technique is based on the peg memory system, which gives children the ability to remember the numerical position of items on a list, in or out of sequence. The peg system has been proven to be one of the most effective memory aids used to date. Each number, from 1 to 12, is represented by a character. Two characters (e.g. 8 Snowman & 3 mouse) interact to create a funny, short story, which reveals the answer. This has already helped hundreds of children already and hopefully millions more in the future. So what gave her the idea to start helping children across the world, her own childhood struggles or simply a business opportunity? And where have the been the key areas of growth that our listeners can duplicate in their own online ventures? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rebecca Ginger  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rebecca Ginger such as: Rebecca shares how the idea for Tables Fables first came to due to the difficulties her own children were having with learning. We discuss why the validation of others was such an important part of the growth process of her business. Belief fosters belief all the way. Rebecca reveals how powerful Upwork was for her business by finding affordable talent that helped grow her business quickly. and lastly…. We both reveal why our own childhoods education was less than inspiring, and why the world is changing for the better in our kids lives.

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How Do You Take Fun And Improvisation Into The Biz World

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man after 20 years of performing hundreds of improv comedy shows across the country has learned that the same principles that apply to improv comedy also apply to business, mental, and leadership skills .As an author, speaker, coach, improv comedian, and the Founder of Live Yes And!,  he as been helping businesses and athletes apply the cornerstone improv mindset-“YES, And! To succeed in life and business for the last 10 years. In the world of improvisation, “YES, And” means accepting whatever is being given to you, and then responding and building on that reality. Most of us live life in denial – saying “no” to reality. This leads to a life unfulfilled and lived in fear. Living “YES,And” is about accepting and embracing everything that is happening–even the bad stuff! Why? Because good or bad, the only way to move forward is by facing it and moving through it. As a professional public speaker and coach, he has trained thousands of people and dozens of organizations like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, University of Georgia Football, US Soccer, Gatorade, PepsiCo, and Under Armour on the principles of improvisation and how developing a “YES,And” mindset will help create an engaged, creative, collaborative, and healthier life and work place. So was this a dawning realisation that his skills could be transferred into more and more lucrative areas, or a "God i need some more cash what can I do quickly?" route? And why are so many people frightened of "Yes" when it always brings some potential for growth in their lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Travis Thomas Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Travis Thomas such as: Why the concept of "Yes, And" was born from a desire to prove support and mindset to the corporate world which can lead to the kind of success that are required everywhere. Travis shares how throughout his journey there have been times when quite frankly he didn't have a clue...but that's ok. You can always figure things out. We discuss how the best comedy isn't about finding the joke, but is instead finding the truth. The connection with reality is where real humour is formed. and lastly…. Why sometimes, no matter how positive you are as an individual you have to  wallow in your despair. You have to sit in the goo ready for the big transformation to occur. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the Founder + Designer of a brilliant company called Craft Street Design She 100% turned her life around to create a 6 figure business in 6 months designing quotes to hang in your house. And now she is on a mission to help us all achieve our goals, be happy, and pass on the inspiration to everyone around the world through her designs. And I think it is the truth to say that she needed this inspiration before everyone else, and the message needed to be learnt before she could ever start to give back to the world. As she says "A few years back I was making six-figure income, was working for my dream company (Apple) and had a flexible work schedule. In spite of all this, I was miserable. To make things worse one day, my 10 yr old daughter said, “ Mommy you are just not nice when you come back from your job”. That was a wake up call. I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to be a good mom. But I didn’t know how." So how do you do this? How do you find the light to move through a bad arranged marriage, a life that wasn't making you happy to the point of suicidal thoughts, and no clue as to the future. Well today's guest found that route through five words on her kitchen wall, and that is the perfect point to start today's episode of Join Up Dots. So is Craft Street Design the business she has always wanted to have, or just another dot towards the big deam that is waiting for her? And why is it that we all allow ourselves to feel such despair when the world is literally screaming "Here is the future....do you want it or not??" all around us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Pratima Aravabhoomi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Pratima Aravabhoomi such as: Why Donald trump might just be the kind of leader that the country was waiting for, although he might just well be the worst too. How she created her first business, and the dramatic fail of of not making one single sale of the product. Pratima shared openly how she would balance her time with her daughter, and the measures she takes to ensure she enjoys her life away from her business and lastly…. The hustle, and persistence it takes to start any business off, which frightens so many people away from creating their dream-lives.

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Welcome to Fridays episode of Join Up Dots which is a solo show, hosted as normal with the incomparable David Ralph. In todays episode we are focused on getting unstuck in business and our lives. You see this is a huge struggle in most peoples lives, they find an idea that they want to work on and then can't go any further. Or they actually find that they start getting stuck right at the very beginning and actually cant find any idea to take further. So David, in this episode gives his advice for getting unstuck and achieving success in your life when you feel its never going to happen. Also on a similar theme he answers the following question from a listener of Join Up Dots who asks: "Good morning David and the team, I am loving Joining up the dots with you every time you release an episode (there aren't enough hint hint :) ) I have a quick question for you.......of course most of your guests are on the show because they are enjoying the fruits of their labours and deservedly so. But have you ever considered stopping or doing something else? And what would be your advice for someone who cant get anything to work no matter how hard i try? Thanks for your answer Stephen Forester Cornwall" So if you need help getting unstuck in life and really want to make a go of it you really need to listen to today's podcast episode Thanks for your ears and we look forward to help you all to start getting unstuck

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Free Marketing Can Be Amazing For Any Business And Best Of All Its Easy To Do Too

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who comes to the show with quite eclectic history. If you take British entrepreneur, piano player, international racing driver and business coach who grew his own business to 8-figures, then exited and founded Jonnyhatesmarketing.com, helping coaches, trainers and therapists find more of their ideal clients, more easily, mix them all together you will have our guest. Which is unusual and similar at the sametime. As you will no doubt know coaching is huge business across the online and offline world and literally it seems million of people are chasing clients to build their own business. Our guest though thinks that you dont need to chase anyone. Our guest actually hates marketing, and is more than reluctant to pay for any type of Facebook marketing As he says “I have helped hundreds of coaches to build their thriving practice, using the Three Principles of Effortless Marketing. Yes, you can get your ideal clients chasing you, build a thriving coaching or therapy business that doesn’t need you there all the time, and join the 1% of £100k+ earners in the transformation profession…all that WITHOUT spending a penny on advertising, working like a dog, or losing your mind… So is this simply jedi mind tricks or simple honest business principles that the world has long forgotten? And when did he realise that he had to find a new way of operating for his own sanity not least his clients? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Jonny Cooper Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jonny Cooper such as: Jonny discusses the fundamental three pillars of marketing, which always start with asking the gold questions that everyone seems to miss. Why it is vitally important to define your avatar right from the start of your business. Know these characters as well as you know yourself to grow success. Johnny shares how he used to be commuting everywhere to drive his business where he wanted it to go, whilst now he lets the business come to him. and lastly…. Why Johnny now feels it is so important to not to try to please everyone….find your ideal person or client and ignore the rest.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who isn’t just a guest, but I would like to say he is now a friend. A long distant friend, who is presently living a life that so many of my listeners crave, but feel its unattainable. So let’s show you all in this episode that is most certainly not unattainable, and with the right mindset, money strategy and vision you can all be doing the very same. Today’s guest along with his wife Lucy is travelling the world, blogging, podcasting, and working on monetization channels into their fledgling business Life Design Diaries. As he says “Whilst disrupting the work and travel norms, my wife Lucy and I have created a series of adventures. We are travelling the world whilst building a portfolio of enterprises and we’re documenting the whole experience on our Podcast, LIFE DESIGN DIARIES.” Life Design is the practice of thinking and actively pursuing the lifestyle you want. Life is short, we all know that, so why compromise? We’re married, entrepreneurs, and travelling the world… all at the same time. There was a moment in our lives when we decided to take action rather than imagine. A decision that has lead to more freedom and fulfilment than we ever would have achieved in our 9-5’s. Yes they have had struggles, but they have faced them head on and now share this massive lesson with the world. They want us all to realise how much control we have in our lives, and to inspire us all to design and pursue the life you want. So when he was store manager in Sainsburys just a few years ago, did he wander the aisles looking at exotic vegetables thinking “One day I will be picking you from where you grow my friend”? And what was the first stage they had to prepare for…the leap and trust the process, or working on the nest egg of savings to ease the way to where they are today? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Ross Menghini. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ross Menghini such as: Why Ross is so clear that his and his wife are documenting the climb and not the view from the type Why it is so important to not try to be someone else when you start, even if you look unprofessional. An unprofessional you is better than a professional someone your not. Ross recalls how his childhood was surrounded by an entrepreneurial spirit from his father, so it was with a surprise that it took him years to start his own path. and lastly…. Ross shares his feelings of travelling the world with your partner 24/7 and how to gain the need for space in your life.

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Dan Lok is the master at high ticket sales training..but was it an easy route to the top of the sales training mountain?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of persistence, failure, hardship and finding the thing that made all the difference. Coming to North America as a teenager with almost no English and no contacts, to ease the way to the success he is experiencing today, life was hard. As he says "“My parents and I immigrated to Vancouver, Canada when I was 14 years old. I came to Canada as a teenager with no money, no contacts, and without knowing a word of English. Then when I turned 16, my parents got a divorce. As the only child, my mom needed help financially, so I had to put school aside and put her well-being first. I learned to support my mom by practicing the basic principles of life and business. I failed at 13 businesses before having my first success. Through the process, I perfected the art of never giving up and learned from my mistakes. Life back then was never easy, but today I can say that I’m blessed to have attained a lot of my life goals. Today, I spend most of my time helping consultants, coaches, speakers, and thought leaders grow their businesses and scale it past five and six figures per month. While amplifying their impact in the world and helping them achieve their business and life goals, I know if I can impact 1,000,000 leaders, they can go out and impact billions.” And that is where he is today, known as the the King of High-Ticket SalesTM, a two time TEDx opening speaker and international best-selling author of 12 books. Not just that but he is the highest-paid and most in-demand consultant in the luxury and high-ticket space, and has been featured on the cover of Jetset Magazine. He is now a founder or partner in more than fifteen companies in various industries, ranging from luxury goods, digital marketing, education, and e-commerce. He is passionate about helping coaches, consultants and other entrepreneurs make more money selling to fewer people. A true immigrant success story, that shows that the American Dream, at least the Canadian one is still alive and kicking if you only want it hard enough. So when did the true confidence that he is showing today first come through, and the shy hesitant teeneager get left behind forever? And does he look back and think "Man i'm actually glad that those thirteen business failed or I wouldnt be where I am today?" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Lok

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Opportunities are all around our businesses, so how do we remain focused on the end goal?

In today's solo show David Ralph answers a question sent through to him this week from a gentleman and also shares a post from his coaching group Dream Starters Academy. Lets start with the question........ Hi David Firstly can i say thank you so much for all you are doing in the world today through your show. I know it can't be easy for you to maintain such an output. I used to listen to Join Up Dots when you first started, and Ill be honest due to life commitments, children, work and everything else I stopped. Not just listening to you, i hasten to add but to podcasts on a whole. I found them an interruption to my business life, but now after a hiatus I have rediscovered them and was amazed to see that you weren't just still going, but in fact seemed to be flourishing. So good on you pal. Would you mind answering a question as it seems that you have got total focus as to your life, and arent pulled in directions that aren't right for you or your business. How do you decide on what opportunities are right for you, and are your chasing squirrels like so many people that are online today. Ok that was two questions but if you get the chance to read and respond I would truly appreciate it All the best and thanks again Todd Doors Maple Grove Minnesotta And now for the post taken from the coaching group Today we had a farewell party for a colleague who is leaving his super well paid job to start his own company. When he said he‘s going to bake French bread in Mumbai, I thought at first: What??? How do you go from a business development and strategy position in a pharmaceutical company to baking bread? But in his farewell speech he explained that he saw this job as a kind of startup (it was a new project) where he gained additional skills for his own business because his first real startup failed. So I guess it can be really useful to go back into corporate to upskill yourself before jumping into a new adventure. Bettina Dream Starters Academy Of course as always you need to listen to the show to hear the answers....it is a podcast after all. Thanks for listening David

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who ill be honest I stumbled across on the web, but as soon as I saw him, i thought “Right lets have him on the show” He has a story to success that goes 100% in a different direction to what the world is telling you you must do. He is a keynote speaker and author, books including Social Media Is Bullshit and Privacy: And How We Can Get It Back. He first received attention in the late 2000s for turning his financial struggles during The Great Recession into media coverage with appearances in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, and others. After building an unsuccessful national breast cancer outreach tour around the advice given by prominent social media marketers — and subsequent success in doing the same tour again the following year by doing the exact opposite of their advice — he went on to write a book called Social Media Is Bullshit based on his experience. He later earned additional media attention for frequently taking on prominent social media experts and companies. Since 2012, he has has made presentations at the National Automotive Dealers Association Conference, South By Southwest, Social Media Week: Chicago, The Do Lectures in the U.K., R.O.A.D. in Moscow, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association Summit, Social Media Explore, and various other events to talk about the many myths peddled by social media marketers and what really works online and off. As one of the reviews of his book state ““I’ve been telling everyone for years that social media is just the same bullshit we’ve always done sped up 1000 times. Finally someone’s laid it all out in book form” Love this. So is the fundamental flaw regarding social media, simply that its not social at all? And is just a blast everywhere, scream loudest competition? Or are there even more subtle ways to create success in our business without the need for FB, Twitter, Insta and all the rest? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr B.J Mendelson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with B.J. Mendelson such as: Why BJ feels the moment that people tell you to use some element of social media is the moment that its use has gone. BJ shares why 5,000 is a great figure for multiplicity of brand, by word of mouth. Get to hat figure and you are really up and running. Why the quickest way of success is to become an expert in just one thing and become the best at that until the world takes notice. and lastly…. BJ reveals the time that he died and how he dragged himself from a field in Wales all the way back to the states to pay health bills.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

B2B

How Do You Give B2B The Real Human Touch? Hire Robin Waite For Sure

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who from 18 years old until 22 worked as a systems analyst for a medical device company. Putting systems into play, he increased efficiency and decreased cost, helping to make the company 50% more profitable. For the next he ran a successful design and advertising company, serving over 250 clients, where he delivered workshops and masterclasses to over 1,000 business owners on subjects including marketing, product architecture, pricing, websites and more. Now he coaches B2B business leaders and entrepreneurs, offering insights from systems to pricing structure to personal development. With fearless goal setting and accountability,  his program is turning dreams into reality for clients around the world. Well that sounds pretty standard to what most people who want to come onto Join Up Dots offer to me, but there was one sentence on his website that made me sit up and take notice. What does a business coach look like to you? Slick, sharp suited, maybe a little flash? That’s not my style. I believe that what you say is more important than how you dress – and I’m more interested in delivering real results than impressing you with my image. And so i looked again, and realised that this was man standing in front of his audience in t-shirt and jeans. This was a man doing things his way, and in a way that would bring more and more results into his business. He was being authentic and the person that he wanted to be. So was there once a slick, sharp suited version of todays guest, trying to find his way to his authentic self? And if it's a truth that the quickest way to success is niching down tighter and tighter, where is his target customer sitting waiting for him? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robin Waite. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robin Waite such as: Robin shares how he grew into the confidence level that was required for his business. It wasn't something that he was born with, but closely developed over time. We discuss why some customers wont understand that they shouldn't buy your products, but its so important to stand your ground and give them what they really need. Robin discusses his five key sectors of business focus, and how this has given him a great platform to create business success. and lastly…. Robin opens up and tells a life changing story that will inspire everybody who listens to this show. What would you do if you realised you didn't want to life the same life anymore.?

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Self Help Experts Sometimes Struggle With Developing Themselves To Help Their Own Clients.

When we last met our guest on today’s episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, she was in the middle of experiencing some massive growth, Yes, in both her business life and her personal life she was smashing through the barriers. Kicking over her self limiting doubts And creating an amazing future for herself. She has done this by asking great questions to her clients that flock to her like moths to a flame. She asks “Are you someone who is burned out from working hard for many years yet afraid to step back out of fear of losing all you’ve gained? Are your work obligations keeping you from having deeply meaningful relationships with your family and friends? Do you feel stuck in a situation that takes everything you’ve got yet know there has to be more to life…an ultimate state of joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment.” Now the interesting thing about her and what I want to discuss in this show, is whether she truly believed it when she first said it? Did she fully embrace the power that an individual possesses in their day to day lives to create one that is remarkable. Was it by doing the work, and seeing the results in her clients that she fully embraced the possibilities that she could create? You see she has had three stages of success from working 22+ years n the world of finance, pouring herself into earning a high salary, collecting great bonuses and moving up the ladder. Then after facing a major life crisis followed by several tragedies, she moved towards answering the question of could She ever have both inner fulfilment and outer wealth.” And now after creating a successful coaching business, she has sold her long time home,moved to Hawaii, and now come back to Arizona and starting something new. So with all this movement and action taking, how does she know that she is travelling the right course in her life? And does she get excited by the road she is travelling all the time, or are there still “Wow, I am so unsure of this” moments, lets just sit on the sofa and do nothing today times? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Leisa Peterson

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview is inspired by a guy who personally connected with via email with a huge statement of intent in the last couple of days. He advised me of a goal that he is setting in his life and that goal is to have a beer with me in a bar. As he said on his email "I have a long back story, but I won’t bore you with it, however due to your podcast, your unbelievable personality and wonderful smile (I know I can’t see your smile! Lol)  I am putting a goal out there for myself and that is to have a pint with you at a bar within 2 years. I know many people would have a goal of being on your show or something like that, but I know being a successful entrepreneur takes time and while I have fluttered in business/side businesses, well they were hobbies really, for a while this is the first time I’m making an investment in myself (I joined Flipped Lifestyle because of your podcast and when I’m ready to start a podcast I will certainly join your program)." And believe me it may seem like such a simple thing to want to do. It may seem to many of you as something that isn't really a goal. But it is 100% a goal, as a goal is a target with intention behind it. A goal is something to work towards due to an internal desire to make it happen That is where goal setting becomes difficult to achieve, when you haven't got the desire to truly make it happen.  You set a goal because you think it is something that you should be doing and not because you want to with everything ounce of passion you possess. So in this episode of Join Up Dots we look at finding the passion that that can make every goal a breeze to set and even more beeezy to achieve

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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