Business Coaching With Join Up Dots - Online Business Success The Easy Way !

Amy O'Brien is today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. She is a lady who has recently taken the plunge and left her secure and reliable wage check to start her own business A Life By Design Financial Services. As she says to her clients everyday "You deserve to live a life that reflects the values you cherish. We can help you develop a financial plan that allows you to pursue the quality of life you desire. Financial planning is a journey we take together. Establishing and pursuing goals is a dynamic, vibrant process that takes time to develop. As your advocate, our role is to advise, support, encourage and guide. When you succeed, we succeed. A true win - win situation But there was a time that this mission wasn't one that she was living herself. She most certainly didn't live a life that reflected her own personal values and like millions of people around the world found herself directed by the wishes of others. Early mornings, long commutes and late nights were the norm. How The Dots Joined Up For Amy  However unlike millions of others she didn't just accept that her life was always going to be this way and took big action.  Believe me, taking this kind of action is never easy, and this wasn't an easy plunge to take. Even though for many years the doubts surrounded her whether it was the right thing to do to stay where she was. Was this life that she had seen herself living as a younger woman? Was she providing the kind of advice and support to her clients that she knew she could if she hadn't had her hands tied behind her back? Well she took the plunge and launched her fledgling business and now is in the process of growing her client base, getting her name out there and building stability in hers, her families and her clients lives. So what finally pushed her over the edge and made her fix her mind on taking control of her life? And where has been the hardest parts of starting a business in such a regulatory industry? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Amy O'Brien Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Amy O'Brien such as: We discuss the energy levels that are we required to use when we play a role in our career and do things that aren't suitable for us. Why internally Amy struggled with finding her passions even though it was right under her nose her all the time. Amy shares her steps to attracting her first customer and how simplicity is always the way forward when starting a business. And lastly.... We share the biggest shift that we have to go through when starting our own businesses and that is truly believing in ourselves.

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

What Is Branding In Business

The subject of What Is Branding In Business is discussed on todays podcast. This is a problem that so many people struggle with when designing an online business and spend a fortune on an expert to help them with. But they dont really need to with a little bit of thought and planning. So lets start with the question and then start breaking things down  Listener Question Dear David and everybody at Join Up Dots. Very quick question which i thought might be a good episode to do. What is branding in business? I keep on hearing it from yourself and other podcasts that i listen to, but nobody really explains it in terms that i understand. Would you be able to shed some light on this? Thank you so much Jennifer Anymore, Connecticut What Is Branding In Business Step One Branding is not an image, a logo a colour scheme or anything to do with a visual. Although it is all of those things too. Branding in business is what you do, say, react and demonstrate time and time again to your customers that makes them love and understand what you are about. From the URL of your business, through to buying a product there has to be a key simple message. What do you do that makes your customer trust you, understand you, and want to come back time and time again. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon  says this brilliantly when he says "Branding Is How Your Customer Talks About You When You Are Not In The Room" Could this be classed as integrity? Could this be classed as pure customer service? Once again it is all of these things and a lot more. What Branding Is Not Branding is not simply a logo or a colour scheme, but actually starts right from the URL of the business. Does your company name state clearly what you business is going to offer BEFORE the customer even lands on your website. For example, our business is called Join Up Dots which actually doesn't make too much sense when you first find us. How about if we called it "Online Business Made Easy"...would this make it more obvious? Yes of course it would, which is why URL's like these cost a fortune and so desired by so many businesses. Now, most of us can't afford one of these but we can get around the problem by adding an obvious slogan, and really focused images and content. Every interaction and content has to reconfirm the thing that you do that other people dont do. What Is Branding In Business - The Amazon Way When we think of Amazon do we simply think of all the goods that they sell, or do we think of the ease of buying those goods? Well for me, it is "ok, lets go to Amazon as I can have it tomorrow" Its their efficiency and ease of purchase that is the key to me using them. I dont even look at the prices as I dont care about that...i just care about getting the item quick and easily. And that is a massive part of their business and is the question that they answered with their branding. What is the customer really wanting and how can we be known for that thing more than anyone else out there. Once you get that running through your business then things become very easy indeed.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:37am UTC

Sarah Caltieri is today's guest joining on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business coaching podcast show. She is a lady who I'll be honest I am a huge fan of her work, in fact such a fan that I had to invite her to appear on the show for a second time. The first time she appeared we discovered that she is a singer, musician, songwriter, actress and has one the bubbliest characters it has been delight to come into contact with. Now if you think that this is a story of a lady with talent and the world supporting her to achieve her aims then think again. This is a story of a talent shining brighter due to the knocks and obstacles she has been required to overcome. Whilst pursuing her recording and acting career, Sarah Caltieri lost most of her vision at age 23, through type 1 Diabetes, as a result of a common diabetic eating disorder (EDMT1) from her late teens. How The Dots Joined Up For Sarah After going through laser treatment and many operations and rehabilitating herself after having lost everything (job, driving licence, independence), unstoppable and unperturbed by obstacles and negative attitudes, she continued pursuing her career. The experience simply made her more determined to follow her own path and become a success, and i have no doubt that her future is a very bright one indeed. And then when everything was going great an accident with a supermarket trolley, knocked her whole business off track, and left her with a career with one wobbly wheel that wouldn't go where she pushed it. So being a creative person, does she find the business side of everything a complete drag, or something she enjoys? And what does she do to stay positive when the world is saying "Ok, heres another little smack in the mouth for you to enjoy" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sarah Caltieri Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sarah Caltieri such as: We disucss how the world has had to change due to Covid-19, and the steps that she has taken to strengthen her business. Sarah talks openly about the moment when she decided that she needed help in her business and how she found the perfect employee. and lastly…. Why Sarah always looks to push the boundaries of her comfort zone to ensure that she is growing everyday.

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

David Tao from Bar Bend is today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is a man who is an entrepreneur and editor and voice actor based in New York City. He's also the co founder and editor of Bar Bend.com, a media brand that provides multi platform coverage of news analysis, training and opinion in strength training and sports. Now that doesn't really make sense to you, then consider this if you want to know anything about weightlifting, training routines, big sweaty meeting gyms, and the best products to buy and just all that really interesting stuff around the sport, then Bar Bend has it all. The company has become one of the largest and fastest growing fitness size on the web. And not only that, but Bar Bend is the official media partner of USA weightlifting and he's also a broadcaster for the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. I assume that's already occurred. Now in 2019, our guest was honoured as a Forbes 30 under 30 list make up a media approved Bar Bend's numerous media partnerships, numerous media partnerships. He was asked to serve as a colour commentator for both national and international weightlifting competitions along with the Reebok CrossFit Games. Now originally from Kentucky, he's now a New York City and seems to be loving life. So what has made this platform so successful when the web is full of I would have said similar ideas that really never got off the ground. And is this his lifetime legacy? Or is he just stepping stone to what's in his heart and his mind? Well, let's find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots with the one and only David Tao from Bar Bend. 

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:07am UTC

Introducing Sean Castrina Sean Castrina is today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started more than 20 companies over the last 20 years, and still seeks to launch a new venture annually. He is an investor, teacher and highly-sought-after speaker who communicates with humour and a bluntness that engages and captures his audience. He is the author of 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success, The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World, and World’s Greatest Business Plan.  He was born in the Bronx, New York and raised in Maryland. He was born legally blind having been a research study for John Hopkins Hospitals Wilmer Eye Institute where he has had countless eye surgeries. In middle school he was introduced to the sport of wrestling where he would go on to becoming a state champion and earning a Division 1 athletic scholarship. How The Dots Joined Up For Sean In his mid 20’s the startup adventure would begin with a simple auto detailing business “WaxMaster” that would serve as a test tube for what would distil a blueprint for what would later become a home service empire. However it would be an annual family vacation that would spark a passion for writing and teaching the secrets and formulas that he had used over the years. While sitting on the beach he would scribble 80 lessons he wished he would have known prior to becoming a startup junky. These simple lessons would be distilled in his first book 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success. So what makes him want to go through an annual startup drive, when he could sit back and chill? And where do most people go wrong nowadays when ploughing headfirst into the world of online and startups? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Sean Castrina

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

Ben Ivey is today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is a man who from the outside view has it made. He is known as the Lifestyle Entrepreneur and spends his time bouncing across the globe to present in the USA, China for companies such as Maersk, HSBC, Coca Cola. But the truth is sometimes quite different from the obvious route to success. The view that the world sees can often be a collection of highlights that truly mask the journey that the guest has been on. How The Dots Joined Up For Ben When Ben Ivey started on this journey, he was perhaps in a similar position that many business owners face. Despite owning his own business and working with his international team, he was feeling overwhelmed, lost and unfulfilled. Feeling like his life was lacking meaning, Ben began on a destructive path of self-sabotage, burn out and damaging relationships. After this downward spiral, Ben became obsessed with the question: Is it possible to build a successful business whilst living a great lifestyle simultaneously? And it certainly appears that even after suffering personal heartache with the suicide of his father, he is out there, presenting, building connections and creating wealth and support for others. All the while showing one of the happiest grins that you could ever hope to see on someone day in day out. So has he got the lifestyle entrepreneur dream that so many people think is what its all about? Is he on a laptop in his underpants doing three minutes work a day, or hustling, driving forward and working hard to achieve? So why do so many people create success for themselves and then spiral downwards on a self sabotage route. And where does he want to go from here? What is his dream for the development of his company?  Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ben Ivey

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

How To Start Overcoming Obstacles The subject of overcoming obstacles is something that has bothered people since time began. And still today people struggle with this subject, in their own personal life, business life or simply anywhere that they need to achieve something. You start creating your new business idea, everything goes as you plan and then bang, you hit trouble. No matter what you do the issue wont move out of the way and you give up. Their is no way I am overcoming obstacles life this" you think and so turn your direction onto something new. However, you should never think that way as the obstacle is the improvement that you business is looking for. I kid you not.... By having to work at overcoming obstacles in your business and life you make the successes stronger, and build foundations that you would never have made possible

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:02am UTC

In today's episode we share a few learnings from some conversations we have had with listeners across the world this week. Over the last week or so we have had conversations with 35 people talking about their dreams and inspirations.

So many of them seemed to fail to grasp that it takes a bit of work to get the dream life.

In fact you have to do the dirty stuff that makes the dream come true.

But are you willing to do the dirty stuff?

I bet you arent, no matter how much you want your life to change.

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

Randy Rayess is today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is the  co-founder of Outgrow, a new way to add interactive content on your business and website. He also has a very interesting backstory to where he is today Alongside his business partner Pratham, he started a mobile app development marketplace in 2012 called VenturePact. This was a site for entrepreneurs to connect with mobile development teams.  The challenge at that time was that mobile app development was relatively new, expensive and it was hard to assess the quality and hard to ensure you are getting a fair price. So this led them to create a marketplace to make it easy to find relevant teams but it was not easy to scale and acquire customers because of the pricing issues. Instead of them giving up and saying “This online game doesn't work” they put their heads together and came up with an idea to create a mobile app cost calculator.  How The Dots Joined Up For Randy As he says “This turned out to be a game-changer for us as we were able to quickly give people a rough estimate and show them how the price varies by feature and by geography. Not only did the calculator help us build trust with the client but it also helped us win over our mobile app teams as they knew that the person they were connecting with had a reasonable understanding of the price associated with the app. People were very impressed with the calculator and the information they received on the results page that they started sharing it on listservs and forums, so we quickly received referrals to the calculator and it turned out to perform better than any landing page or ad we had ever tested. So proof of concept time was good, and traffic was coming in, therefore so impressed with the results of the calculator were they that we built a SaaS tool called Outgrow so any marketer can build calculators and graders to improve their customer acquisition similar to what we had done.  The challenge we realized was that building a powerful calculator required dev and design work so we wanted to make this more accessible to all marketers and entrepreneurs. And that is the perfect place to start today's show. So why do so many people give up when quite often the obstacle they face could well be the business that people are wanting help with too? And where does he want to go from here, more and more apps, or simply scale outgrow? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Randy Rayess Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Randy Rayess such as: Why so many companies need to focus more on their employees body clocks and prime time to work than simply getting them to the desk. We discuss the basis of a creating a trust funnel, that helps to put the customers mind at rest long before they ever buy. Randy shares openly the story of how they overcame the issues that had stopped their first business and wasn't he glad they had those issues. And lastly….. We go behind the scenes of Outgrow and highlight the issues that all businesses have that they solve with their brilliant system.

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

What Makes A Great Business Idea? On today's show we discuss something that bothers so many people across the world. What makes a great business idea, that is something that people will love to work and build. You see its ok to get a list of things that seem great from the outside, but what happens after five years when you are sick of it? Not good! So we answer than one, and also we touch on a couple of others from people who also want some amazing business advice from Join Up Dots. Lets start with question one and of course you will have to listen to the show to hear the answers Question One Hi David, i have just finished your Freedom Starter Course and have to say it has really created an amazing list of potential businesses. How do i narrow down to what the best ones are?  Ramesh Gillies, USA Question Two Dear David, do you think you could have done what you have done with Join Up Dots on your own? I am looking to start my own show and I cant afford to hire people like you did. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Donna Kilbride, Ontario, Canada Question Three David, if listen to your show the other day about all the things you do to earn income (which was very impressive and inspiring) and wondered. When do you decide not to do these things anymore. I imagine that you have an exit strategy for each and everyone Clive Williams, Dorset England.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 2:38pm UTC

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