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Business Reimagined with Danny Iny takes you behind the scenes each week with thought and industry leaders to see how they are reimagining business in their realm. From marketers to authors, bloggers to software startups and beyond, Danny digs into the deeper ways of thinking that shape the future of how business is done.
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Jan 31, 2017

What do values have to do with your business? Isn’t business just about making money? Danny Iny, CEO and founder of Mirasee and author of Teach and Grow Rich: Share Your Knowledge to Create Global Impact, Freedom and Wealth, shares his reflections on how values can enrich an entrepreneur’s life as well as become a core competitive advantage.

In this episode of Business Reimagined, you’ll discover:

  • What business is really about (hint: it’s not just about money)
  • The key indicator that sets apart great online courses (and other products) from mediocre ones
  • How technology has made it virtually impossible to conduct business without ethics and transparency
  • A simple barometer to determine, at any given time, whether you’re conducting business with integrity
  • Why online course creators have the exciting opportunity to empower people, not as a cause that’s tacked onto their business, but as its core effect

Listen to this episode to discern what it means—and what it takes—to build a business that’s aligned with your values:

Key Points: 

  • 01:30 - The opportunity for many to experience the magical convergence of making an impact in the lives of people and doing so profitably
  • 03:46 - The true meaning of growing “rich”
  • 06:38 - Game theory and how it relates to conducting an ethical business
  • 10:56 - Danny’s his definition of business
  • 13:55 - The exciting opportunity for online course creators
  • 14:13 - Consequences for online course creators who don’t really care about their students’ outcomes
  • 17:04 - How Danny lets his values guide his business behavior
  • 19:38 - An example of how ethical behavior pays off in unexpected ways
  • 25:42 - Danny’s advice to entrepreneurs who want to build businesses in alignment with their values
Jan 10, 2017

Danny Iny, Mirasee’s founder and CEO, takes a break from writing the revised edition of his book, Teach and Grow Rich, to reflect on where online education is heading and how independent online course creators can start capturing their markets today, while the industry is wide open.

Key Points:

At 1:07 - How the world of online business is growing up

At 6:42 - Why online education is like podcasting

At 10:35 - How most of today’s online courses are failing (and why that spells opportunity for those who know better)

At 14:25 - What makes for a good educational experience

At 16:19 - Why the best way to create an online course is to go… analog

At 18:27 - Why marketing matters when you first launch your course but becomes less important over time

At 25:14 - Exciting opportunities emerging through technology, and why you shouldn’t focus on them when you’re just getting started

At 27:10 - Danny’s advice for aspiring course creators

Dec 15, 2016

The world has been reeling after the outcome of the US elections in November 2016. Even online entrepreneurs have seen the effects: post-election product launch results have ranged “ from disappointing to disastrous.”

Yet Danny Iny, CEO and founder of Mirasee, is optimistic that things are getting better. Why is that?

In today’s episode, he talks about the changes he’s seeing in the world of online business, and how entrepreneurs can ride on these trends—including those who are just starting out. Listen if you want to keep your ear to the ground and be ready for what’s coming.

Also:

  • The two biggest shifts in online business that have begun to take place and will continue to have an impact on how we do business and what results we get
  • What’s happening in the great information-education divide
  • Why 2017 is the best time to get started with creating and selling online courses, for those who haven’t done so yet
  • How small players can succeed, even if they don’t have the expertise, marketing savvy, technical ability, or money

Key Points: 

At 4:02 - What types of businesses will do better, amidst all the uncertainty

At 9:10 -  The biggest post-election risk for entrepreneurs

At 11:46 -  How strategies and platforms go through cycles, and what’s coming up next for last year’s favorites

At 16:30 - How being value-driven is transitioning from a differentiating factor into a hygiene factor

At 21:36 - The challenge of scaling up online education

At 23:55 - Different ways online marketing is maturing and what they mean for solo- and small businesses

At 28:30 - Changes that are already happening in paid media that can be an obstacle to businesses that don’t have massive advertising budgets

At 31:06 - What the warm pyramid of traffic is and why it will experience a resurgence in 2017 and beyond

At 34:08 - How solo businesses are “growing up”

At 36:58 - How online product launches are transitioning from formulaic approaches to something more adaptive and resonant with audiences

At 41:43 - The two things that remain constant in business (that are not death and taxes)

Oct 18, 2016

Business owners want the competitive advantage. All too often, they resort to less-than-moral tactics to get there. But according to Yanik Silver, times are changing. People like you, who want to do good in the world and prosper from it, are about to eclipse those who just want the money. 

How is this possible?

In today’s episode, Yanik Silver talks about how aligning the ‘true soul’ of your business will not only help you stay motivated, but will also give you a competitive advantage with the shifting mentality of consumers. Also: 

  • How Yanik turned a $400,000 loss into a wildly successful business by finding his own alignment
  • How to properly choose a mission, message, and cause, and avoid the same embarrassment that KFC faced when selling fried chicken to support breast cancer research
  • How to tie in your life’s work to your business model, and to do so without feeling bad about it.

If you are ready to join the forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are making real change in the future of business, and doing so in a way that enriches everyone, then you don’t want to miss this episode with Yanik Silver. 

KEY POINTS: 

At 4:00 – Yanik talks about how he went from being nearly half a million dollars in debt to running a business that wasn’t just in line with his core beliefs, but also was highly successful.

At 6:00 – Danny and Yanik discuss how he made the new business sustainable as a membership model.

At 10:30 – Yanik explains exactly what an ‘evolved enterprise’ is, and why this type of company will have the competitive advantage in years to come.

At 13:00 – Yanik and Danny discuss how companies without a core mission are either going to evolve or fail. They talk about KFC’s doomed foray into the new landscape. 

At 20:00 – Danny and Yanik talk about his new book, who it’s for, and what they can expect to get out of it that will usher in a new age of evolved enterprises.

Oct 11, 2016

You can learn every single tactic and strategy taught by every single authority in your space, whether it’s online entrepreneurship, parenting, or even underwater basket-weaving. But if you don’t have ‘right thinking’ mastered, you probably won’t be able to execute on a single one of them. In fact, the deck has been stacked against you from birth. 

Are you doomed to failure? 

Not at all! Today’s guest, David Bayer, has dedicated his life to the science behind right thinking. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly attaching information to every experience you have. You can’t always control the experiences, but you CAN control the information you attach to them. Discover: 

  • How to reframe your past experiences to free yourself to be successful today
  • How science and research directly support how your beliefs affect your results
  • Why a little self-help won’t work; you have to be ALL IN 

If you’ve spent countless hours learning and growing mentally but still haven’t achieved the level of success you want, then you need to listen to this episode. It will change the way you think, literally. 

Key Points: 

At 2:00 – David explains how finding a book at an airport, along with working a 12 step program for his drug and alcohol abuse, sparked his desire to solve the problem every entrepreneur faces. 

At 4:00 – There’s a science behind the stories you tell yourself and the beliefs you have, and David explains how re-framing can change the way you experience life. Especially the beliefs you don’t realize you have. 

At 14:00 – David explains why you can’t just ‘dabble’ in self-improvement, and telling yourself to ‘just believe,’ isn’t enough. He talks about what it really takes to make right thinking work for you. 

At 18:00 – David explains reframing, and how people are not even close to working at full capacity, all because of the stories they tell themselves. 

At 23:00 – Danny and David discuss ‘The Secret,’ and why it failed to work for so many people. He provides real, actionable advice that goes beyond wanting a million dollars or a new house.

Oct 4, 2016

In terms of performance, did you know that you have a ‘genetic bucket?’ Everyone does, and we don’t get to choose how much they hold. Some are bigger than others, and you can have a huge effect on the size of your children’s genetic bucket, by virtue of the life YOU live. 

So what’s a genetic bucket? 

According to Dr. Isaac Jones, your genetic bucket is how much toxicity you can hold in your body. Once the bucket overflows, you begin to feel tired and distracted. You have headaches and pain in your body. In short, an overflowing bucket can lead to poor performance. 

In this episode, discover why you shouldn’t pass tiredness and headaches off as a hazard of being a busy entrepreneur. Also: 

  • Isaac reveals his own painful past and the transition from special education student to the top of his class and nearly qualifying for the Olympics.
  • Find out what the dirty dozen and clean fifteen are, and how you can eat better, even on a budget.
  • Combat environmental toxins and cleanse your body through natural means, in spite of a broken healthcare system.
  • Get clear, easy-to-understand steps and explanations of how to improve your performance. 

Yes, entrepreneurs and professions lead demanding lives, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel horrible while doing it. Don’t miss this episode with Dr. Isaac Jones; his passion for the performance will leave you feeling inspired. 

KEY POINTS: 

At 1:30 – Find out the soul-crushing label doctors gave a young Isaac that almost kept him from being the success he is today. 

At 3:40 – Isaac gets to the heart of what causes poor performance in the human body, and what causes it. If you’re thinking of buying a new computer, you’ll want to hear this. 

At 10:00 – Isaac gives some practical, easy to implement steps for busy entrepreneurs that can help mitigate the toxins all around them, and inside their bodies. 

At 12:00 – Danny and Isaac discuss the concept of the ‘genetic bucket,’ and the lifestyles many adults are living and teaching their children. 

At 21:00 – Isaac take a little extra time to explain in simple terms what micronutrients are, as well as easy ways to increase your own intake to help your performance soar.

Sep 27, 2016

When the world slams a door in your face, do you give up, or do you build your OWN door? Today’s guest, Louie La Vella, is a carpenter-type entrepreneur. Every time a door closed for him, he built another. He’s spent a lifetime in the entertainment industry, and now focuses on creating amazing events that give a one-of-a-kind experience. 

What’s holding YOU back from putting on an event, or being a rockstar speaker at someone else’s event? Discover: 

  • How Louie broke into radio and television after he was turned down
  • What makes an event successful in a competitive market
  • What to do when your potential clients don’t want your help but desperately need it 

If you’re tired of doors being slammed in your face as an entrepreneur, you don’t want to miss this episode. Build your own doors and craft amazing experiences.

KEY POINTS: 

At 3:00 – Louie talks about being rejected by his ideal clients, and pivoting to even greater success. 

At 5:00 – Danny and Louie talk about event success in terms of crafting experience, and why it matters in a competitive environment. 

At 9:00 – Louie explains how a rebrand works for an older or unpopular event, and the steps to take to bring it back to life. 

At 12:00 – Louie addresses how to be a compelling presenter at other people’s events. 

At 16:00 – Louie wraps up with his philosophy on entrepreneurship and how it’s made him an incredible success.

Sep 20, 2016

When you think of the term strategic philanthropy, one company comes to mind: Tom’s Shoes. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of them. For every pair of shoes someone buys from them, they send another pair to a developing country. That strategy, do good to make money, has made them incredibly successful.

Today’s guest is Tom Matzen, and in this episode, he explains exactly what strategic philanthropy is, how your customers will thank you for raising prices, and a simple formula any company, from start up to corporation, can use to do good and make more money – ethically.

  • At 3:00 – Tom describes the difference between a small business owner and an entrepreneur.
  • At 8:00 – It was a poor review from a customer Tom helped to increase her sales by 50% that finally made him realize that he wasn’t truly meeting all of his clients’ needs.
  • At 12:00 – Tom dives into what strategic philanthropy is, and how to pick a great cause to support that makes sense for you and your customer.
  • At 20:00 – Tom describes the formula any company can use to do good and make more money in an ethical and sustainable way.
  • At 26:00 – Tom shares his vision of how it’s up to business to save the world, not government.
  • At 33:00 – Tom explains how a company can use a simple formula to ensure they are sustainable as they work toward their good cause.

Find and Define Your Nich

Sep 13, 2016

In most of business history, customer service was viewed as a necessary evil that didn’t have a lot of repercussions if it was done poorly, or not at all. Realistically, how many people could a single person tell about their experience with you? Oh, how times have changed.

In the world of the internet, customer service has become a spectator sport, according to today’s guest, Jay Baer, author of Hug Your Haters. All your interactions are playing out on the social media stage, and this can work for you or against you. And if you take advantage of it, the good it can do will scale so much that your happy customers will do your marketing FOR you.

  • Learn how marketing and customer service are being disrupted in the say way, and what to do about it.
  • The surprising place to adjust your budget for social media presence, even as a small business.
  • How catering to your most annoying customers pays off.
  • Whether or not ‘the customer is always right’ is the truth, and the power of over-informing.

Key Points:

At 2:00 – Jay explains how customer service is being disrupted in the same way marketing has been, and the ways entrepreneurs have had to change their thinking about it. He also discusses the practicality of small businesses entering the social media stage.

At 9:00 – Jay breaks down the numbers when it comes to customer complaints going unanswered, and where the majority of those complaints are found. It’s a huge missed opportunity for businesses.

At 12:00 – There are always customers who are unreasonable, and Jay gets to the heart of the message in his book that explains how to deal with customers like that, and whether it’s worth your time or not.

At 19:00 – Jay talks about the concept of ‘strategic ignorance,’ how it hurts businesses, and when it’s okay not to respond to customers. There’s also a surprising place you can adjust your budget to take on the complaints you should be addressing.

At 26:00 – There’s an often-missed psychological impact on the people who answer customer complaints, especially when it’s the business owner. Jay talks about how to deal with it, and his vision for customer service in the future.

Sep 6, 2016

Whale vomit is gross. But being unique, relevant, and scarce isn’t. In fact, to maximize profits, those are the three things you need. How do whale vomit and business tie together? Today’s guest, Kevin Dubrosky, reveals the secret behind success in business, and the key is to be like whale vomit: unique, relevant, and scarce. 

If you want to know why ‘whale vomit,’ you’ll just have to hear Kevin’s story.

Discover:

  • Why the richest of the rich douse themselves with whale vomit
  • The 3 step verification that will measure your success potential
  • How Blackberry could have taken Apple down but didn’t
  • Keen insights on positioning your business, based on real life examples

If you want to learn how to be like whale vomit… or rather, to be unique, relevant, and scarce, then you don’t want to miss this episode.

KEY POINTS:

At 6:00 – Kevin reveals the story of how whale vomit inspired his new book. 

At 11:00 – Kevin explains how to find your uniqueness, or create it, based on 2 key factors: experience and offer. 

At 13:30 – Dominoes has cornered the 30 minutes or less market; Kevin talks about why that works for them, regardless of the quality of their pizza. 

At 16:30 – Kevin shares the story of how he tried to help Blackberry before their downward spiral, and the fatal mistake they made that could have been avoided. 

At 20:00 – Danny and Kevin discuss the ridiculous price of his first edition book, and how you can get the 2nd version for much less, to help YOU become whale vomit.

Aug 30, 2016

An entrepreneur isn’t an entrepreneur no matter how many businesses they try to build or how many startups they have a hand in. Entrepreneurs are built, too, and it’s a step too often skipped. 

Today’s guest, Ash Maurya, founder of LeanStack, knows all about entrepreneurship. He also knows from personal experience what happens when you don’t build that skillset first. He’ll also be the first to tell you that the tools available to help you become a better entrepreneur aren’t readily available, especially when it comes to ideas and business plans. Discover: 

  • The revolutionary way to ‘pilot’ a book and become a thought leader
  • How to tell when an idea will work and when it won’t
  • Where great business ideas come from
  • The alterative to a business plan that works like LEGOs 

If you’re interested in a simple, flexible way to build a business, or how to know when you’ve got an idea worth pursuing, you don’t want to miss this episode. 

KEY POINTS: 

At 4:00 – How to write a book using the lean startup method, and make yourself a thought leader in the process. 

At 8:00 – Ash describes how his lean startup method goes a step further than its predecessors, and how it simplifies the process. 

At 12:30 – Ash explains why the LeanCanvas method is something anyone can do; you don’t have to be a software designer like he is to use it. 

At 17:00 – There’s lean startups, running lean, and now, Ash has a new book called Scaling Lean. Find out what that means for growing businesses. 

At 21:00 – Ash explains why his passion lies in lean startups, and how he strives to build entrepreneurs instead of businesses.

Aug 23, 2016

Stop. Take a breath. What are you grateful for, right now? What brings you happiness? 

Can’t think of anything more meaningful than ‘my family,’ or ‘I’m alive?’ 

You’re not trying hard enough, according to UJ Ramdas, co-creator of the Five Minute Journal phenomenon. You’ve probably already heard of the Five Minute Journal. But you might not have heard or considered how you can take the happiness and gratitude you cultivate in the journal and apply it to productivity and successful businesses. Discover: 

  • The exact questions you’ll find within the pages of the Journal and how they’re designed to hack your brain
  • What you should be FEELING when you think about what you’re grateful for
  • Adaptations to the Five Minute Journal that make it your own
  • How productivity and happiness scale with being aligned with your values 

Want to create the kind of happiness that scales? Don’t miss this episode of Business Reimagined.

KEY POINTS 

At 4:00 – UJ talks about what he calls the ‘toothbrush for your mind,’ and explains how to live a happier and more engaged life. 

At 9:00 – UJ turns the tables on Danny, asking several piercing questions about Danny’s life and happiness. 

At 15:00 – Danny and UJ discuss different ways people use the 5 Minute Journal, including discussing it with loved ones and logging emotions, to supercharge the effectiveness. 

At 21:00 – UJ explains the new product his company has produced, aimed at aligning values and business to heighten productivity, and make it scale with happiness. 

At 25:00 – UJ reveals how happiness doesn’t scale with money, and he shares his thoughts on how it DOES scale.

Aug 16, 2016

Ever been to McDonald’s? What if I told you there were masters of customer experience? You’d probably laugh me through those golden arches. But Joey Coleman, today’s guest on Business Reimagined, believes they’re doing something very right. 

Only one thing, though: their French fries. Admit it. You’ve at least heard about people’s obsession with the fried feast of potatoes. 

It’s not about the customer service you receive. It’s about the experience you have at McDonald’s that sets it apart from the rest. So how can you take this strategy and apply it to the real world of getting customers and keeping them? Joey Coleman discusses: 

  • How to walk YOUR customers through the first 100 days of the relationship
  • The emotional bond you create with them that makes them rabid fans
  • How to get people to actually USE your product
  • Ways to connect AFTER the sale that will make a world of difference to your customers 

If you want to create a customer experience your competitors and peers can’t touch, then you don’t want to miss this episode with Joey Coleman. 

KEY POINTS: 

At 5:00 – Joey explains in three minutes what the first 100 days process is and how to get customer relationships right. 

At 10:00 – A lot of businesses drop the ball, and Joey talks about the most common mistakes they make. 

At 13:00 – Joey explains how the phases he described work in practice and process for many types of businesses. 

At 18:00 – Joey addresses how to provide enough support to the variety of customers you will have without being too detailed for some, and not giving enough to others. 

At 20:00 – Some customers buy, but never USE the product, which means less good reviews for a business owner. Joey explains the unusual way he encourages customers to use the product after the sale.

Aug 9, 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard of the shoe company, Zappos, and their amazing workplace culture. They have a popcorn machine in the lobby. Does that mean you should get a popcorn machine, too?

 

Is creating culture really that simple?

 

Yes and no, according to the man who helped Zappos pioneer their corporate culture training, Robert Richman. Today, he talks about what makes a great company culture, not JUST for existing companies, but those that are a single person scaling up. Discover:

  • The experience attendees to the Zappos training get from the minute they walk in the door
  • Why culture is more about belief that specific actions
  • The two things you need to establish to make a great culture
  • AND, how to create a culture for yourself as a solopreneur

Whether you’re an established entrepreneur or one who’s about to start scaling, culture is something you need to latch onto now. Don’t miss this episode!

 

KEY POINTS:

At 7:00 – Culture is about way more than a notebook of tactics, and Robert talks about ‘game changers’ as simple as a popcorn machine and as sweeping as company meetings.

At 12:00 – Robert gives 2 tips for instant change in your company, even (and especially) if you’re a solopreneur.

At 14:00 – Danny and Robert address the issue of firing people who seem hard to replace, and the benefit of getting rid of what doesn’t work at a company, even people.

At 16:00 – Robert calls out managers who are habitually late for meetings, and explains how that kills culture in a company.

At 22:00 – Robert goes into detail about how new entrepreneurs can and should create culture from day one, and why it can be a challenge for distributed companies.

Aug 2, 2016

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. You’ve got those who were born to it and others who had incredible mentors. The stars seemed to align for them. Then there are some who have to fight and hustle for every bit of ground they gain. It feels like no one cares about their dreams or passions, and no one is there to help or guide them.

Are YOU a ‘foster child’ of the entrepreneurial world?

Today’s guest, Anthony Trucks, was a REAL foster child, and he defied the statistics. Not only did he become a NFL football player, but he also went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He teaches other people to ‘trust their hustle,’ and how to get through the loneliness and hardships they face when stepping into the entrepreneurial ring. Discover:

  • The heart-wrenching experience Anthony had that make him feel unloved and unwanted for most of his childhood.
  • The 5 foundational bases you need to keep you stable as you go after your dreams.
  • The revealing question Anthony asks people that helps them get their priorities straight.
  • Why Anthony doesn’t care whether you’re trying to cure cancer or trying to be a better spouse.

If you’ve ever felt alone in the entrepreneurial world, maybe even abused by people who were supposed to help you, you need to hear this episode. Anthony brings an amazing perspective to people with big dreams who may not have all the ‘right resources’ to accomplish them.

KEY POINTS:

  • At 5:00 – The statistics regarding foster children are shocking, and Anthony shares what his life WOULD have looked like if he followed the trend.
  • At 9:00 – As a foster child and NFL player, you might wonder what lessons you could learn from Anthony, but he explains why his own adversity allows him to teach anyone.
  • At 13:00 – Danny and Anthony talk about motivation, blind spots, and how a women’s Dove study reveals a deeper truth about how we view ourselves.
  • At 16:30 – Anthony reveals the one question he asks people that can shift their perspective entirely.
  • At 19:00 – Anthony explains the ways he can tell when people aren’t being honest with themselves, and how he breaks through it.
Jul 26, 2016

For any business, profit is like oxygen. You can’t live long without it. It's also the key to building real wealth. If your accountant doesn't understand that, he could have you spending a dollar to save 40 cents. What kind of accounting is that?

The kind that will strangle your company’s profitability and growth.

Today’s guest, Greg Crabtree, is a new type of accountant. After working with hundreds of entrepreneurs, he provides his clients with something that few other CPA’s even bother with: sweeping insight into the numbers businesses can APPLY to make business decisions. This shouldn’t be revolutionary, but in today’s financially illiterate world, it is. Discover:

  • The simple numbers successful entrepreneurs use to make decisions that accountants don’t even consider
  • Why writing a big check to the IRS means you’re creating wealth
  • Why 10% is the new ‘break even’ businesses should be aiming for
  • The app to help you make your business accounting simple

If your accountant is AFRAID of you making a profit, you NEED to hear this episode with Greg Crabtree, CPA.

KEY POINTS:

At 3:30 – Greg explains why it’s a terrible idea to spend away your profits at the end of the year to ‘save’ on taxes.

At 7:00 – Danny and Greg discuss behavioral economics and how Greg uses it to help entrepreneurs be more profitable.

At 13:00 – Greg shares the numbers he looks at every day, every week, and annually. Businesses can follow this same mentality to be more aware of how they’re doing.

At 20:00 – Danny and Greg discuss how the framework can help seasonal and cyclical businesses manage their accounting.

At 24:00 – Greg talks about the new app that will allow you to bucket your accounting data and create ‘simple numbers’ reports to help you make business decisions.

Jul 19, 2016

Having a ‘satisfied’ customer isn’t enough these days. How many people switch phone and TV plans every year or two to get the better deal, regardless of how satisfied they are? What you need to do is create ‘lifers,’ and one of the best ways to do that is through surveys.

Yes, I said surveys. But just ‘asking’ isn’t enough.

Today’s guest, Dr. Matt Champagne, is an industrial organizational psychologist. He has been helping businesses create better surveys for over a decade. And according to him, most of us have been doing it very wrong. Discover:

  • The one thing you can do to make your surveys matter to customers
  • How to ask the right questions to get the answers you actually need
  • 3 of the biggest mistakes businesses make when creating surveys
  • Why the ‘autopsy approach’ should be left for dead

If you’re a business owner who wants to create life-long fans instead of satisfied customers, you don’t want to miss this episode with Matt Champagne, Ph. D.

 

KEY POINTS

At 4:00 – Matt talks about what the ‘autopsy approach’ is, and the biggest mistakes businesses make when creating surveys.

At 8:00 – Matt explains his principles of psychology, and shows how social media would fail if we treated it like we treat our surveys.

At 11:00 – According to Matt, surveys are key to earning lifelong customers, and he explains the why and how. He also explains why ‘asking’ is the complete wrong approach.

At 18:00 – Matt explains why he doesn’t use the ‘satisfied customer’ approach, and the surprising way to make your customers happy through surveys.

At 22:00 – Matt sums up what makes a great survey, and the short list of what you need to do to create it.

Jul 12, 2016

We’ve got a lot of phrases that capture the essence of ego. We say ‘she’s got a big head,’ or ‘he thinks the world revolves around him.’ There’s my personal favorite, one I often heard my grandfather say, ‘he’s getting too big for his britches.’

But as entrepreneurs, don’t we need ego to do the improbable, or is confidence enough?

Today’s guest, Ryan Holiday, admits to struggling with ego, and according to him, that’s exactly why he wrote his latest book, Ego is the Enemy. In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The heart wrenching story of an author who committed suicide after a book rejection, only to have it go on to win the Pulitzer Prize posthumously
  • The distinction between ego and confidence
  • Why it’s impossible to be ego-less and what humility REALLY means
  • Why turning your life into a story can destroy your future

Whether you struggle with ego or pride yourself on your humility, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

 

KEY POINTS

At 3:50 – Ryan explains why humility doesn’t always get you want you want, and where your focus should be instead.

At 12:00 – Danny and Ryan discuss celebrating personal wins without allowing yourself to be caught up in your own greatness.

At 16:00 – Ryan explains the difference between ego and confidence, and why you shouldn’t take credit for things that helped you succeed.

At 20:00 – Ryan gives his thoughts on the whole idea of ‘fake it till you make it,’ and how it feeds the ego in a very unhealthy way.

At 23:00 – Danny and Ryan discuss the ‘narrative fallacy’ in regards to the story you tell yourself and others about your life, and how it can be destructive to your success.

Jul 5, 2016

You’ve heard of the Law of Attraction, and it’s all about the mindset. But how often have YOU heard of someone wishing good things into his life successfully? Anyone who claims they have is probably pulling your leg. Here’s the truth: mindset is only part of it.

There are 2 other important components that make the Law of Attraction really attract success into your life!

Today’s guest, John Assaraf, is founder and CEO of NeuroGym, and a best-selling author who has appeared on most major TV programs like Larry King Live, was featured in ‘The Secret’ documentary. John and Danny discuss the two things that must follow the right mindset if you want to succeed. Also, discover:

  • John’s shocking start in life that almost left him dead
  • The 3 things you need to have to make the Law of Attraction work
  • The strange way our brains work, and how to use them differently
  • What causes Harvard grads to fail at life and success

John’s life went from a one-way ticket to jail to a juggernaut of success based on what he’s sharing on today’s episode of Business Reimagined. Before you dismiss the power of positive thought, see what John has to say about it.

 

Key Points:

At 3:00 – John talks about ‘true north,’ and how he lets this simple concept guide his life and his decisions.

At 9:00 – There are a lot of mental training, positive thinking gurus, etc., and John explains what they leave out, and why NeuroGym is very different.

At 13:00 – John explains how his process is more like using an owner’s manual to the most powerful organ we have, our brain.

At 17:00 – John explains the difference between fear of actual things versus fear of the feelings associated with them, and how to break the cycle for things like public speaking.

At 20:00 – There is a time when fear is acceptable, and there’s a time it isn’t. John explains the distinction that will change the way you look at what scares you.

Jun 28, 2016

Giftology: it’s a thing. Believe it or not, there is a science behind great gifting. Not only will giftology ensure the recipient has their metaphorical socks knocked off, but also that they will think warm, fuzzy thoughts about you for years to come.

Do you know what an ‘artifact’ gift is?

If not, and you want to learn the science of gifting, then you don’t want to miss today’s episode of Business Reimagined with John Ruhlin, author of Giftology. You’ll learn:

  • Why you should give a gift that’s NOT for the recepient
  • Perfect timing for maximum gifting impact
  • Whether or not gifts replace face-to-face meetings
  • A counter-intuitive approach to logo marketing

John is a brilliant gift-giver who can make every thoughtful dollar you spend worth a hundred of your competition’s mindless dollars. Give smarter, not harder.

Key Points

At 2:00 – John tells the touching story of a man who made millions, but he did it by being the most generous person John ever met.

At 4:00 – Never, NEVER give gifts at certain times of the year. John reveals what holidays to avoid, and the odd times of year that gift-giving has its maximum effect. He also explains why gifts shouldn’t necessarily be given to the recipient.

At 7:00 – John talks about why expensive gifts aren’t always best. He describes some other types of gifts that have more impact.

At 13:00 – Danny and John discuss what type of ROI you can expect on the gifts you give, both to clients and prospective customers.

At 17:00 – John explains why it’s NOT the thought that counts, and getting help with gift-giving doesn’t make that gift thoughtless.

Jun 21, 2016

This is a touchy subject. As thought leaders and entrepreneurs, your ideas are precious. They are what make you unique, and give you the edge over your competition. The last thing you want is for your team members to leave and take your ideas to your competition.

Or is it?

Today’s guest, David Burkus, has written a book that challenges this commonly held fear. In Under New Management, he explains how the cross pollination of ideas is what propagates real growth and change in an industry.

He also thinks that ideas are mostly meaningless. What matters is the ability to execute them. Plus:

  • Commonalities among successful entrepreneurs, based on David’s research in social sciences
  • How your employees are more motivated and willing to bring their creativity to work when there aren’t restrictive NDAs and non-competes
  • The real life, Silicon Valley example of how an industry benefits from open doors for employees and sharing of ideas

If you’re a forward-thinker who believes that collaboration is more meaningful than competition, you don’t want to miss this episode.

KEY POINTS:

At 3:00 – David explains what his new book, Under New Management, is really about. He offers a unique perspective on knowing what entrepreneurs do to be successful, using social science.

At 6:00 – David discusses some of the common things he sees among entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses

At 9:00 – Danny and David discuss how NDA’s, non-disclosure agreements, are often abused. As a result, entire industries are stunted, and employees are less motivated to bring creative thought and originality to their work. 

At 13:00 – David explains how the lack of ownership of your own work can affect your company’s success, and why it’s okay for people to sidestep from one organization to another freely.

At 20:00 – Danny and David discuss Mirasee as a case study for problems with implementing the changes David recommends, and how other companies can approach it.

Jun 14, 2016

Almost everyone loves pizza. Almost no one loves policy, especially employees. If you’re planning to grow a business, it pays to know in advance how your policies will affect the way your employees work for you, because that will affect your success. Better yet, don’t bother with policies at all.

But are you ready to put your policy book in the company shredder?

Today’s guest, Nick Sarillo, is the founder and CEO of Nick’s Pizza and Pub, a restaurant that boasts a turnover rate that is 125% lower than the industry standard, and Nick credits his management style and lack of restrictive policies for earning his employees’ overwhelming support… PLUS:

  • The amazing story of Nick’s big failure, and the unexpected way he went against the ‘smart people in the room’ to turn it around
  • How policy keeps you from being an effective leader
  • Giving employees ultimate freedom while still making the right choices
  • The all-or-nothing test to make sure everyone is on board with you

This episode isn’t just for companies with large teams. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to grow your business, you NEED to implement Nick’s management style with your first employee – all the way to your 50th.

KEY POINTS:

At 5:00 – Nick describes the tearful moment he sent the email that would mark the end of his restaurant empire, and the amazing response he got that saved it.

At 11:00 – Nick explains how it wasn’t pity that saved his business; it was the company culture he had went to great pains to design and implement, one FREE of policy.

At 13:00 – Nick tosses the policy book out the window and explains how to handle team conflicts without becoming the company police.

At 17:00 – Danny and Nick discuss how existing companies can use his system to transition existing policy-centric cultures to those that offer employees more freedom to make good decisions.

At 22:00 – Nick discusses ‘culture,’ and how the loudest voice in the room usually defines it. He also explains how to shift it away from negativity.

Jun 7, 2016

What if you could write a book without writing it? We’re not talking about ghost writing or word mills. This book would be your voice, your expertise, and exactly what you would have written if you had the time to sit down and write it.

Think it’s too good to be true?

Today’s guest, Tucker Max, has developed a process he calls Book In A Box, and he’s had incredible success helping busy entrepreneurs and thought leaders write books. While the name Book In A Box might sound like a gimmick, his process is far from it. Tucker also talks about:

  • The 3 questions you should ask yourself before you write a book or create a product
  • The exact process for writing a book without writing it
  • Where to get your *FREE* copy of the Book In A Box method if you prefer to do-it-yourself, but want to take advantage of the process

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book but didn’t know where to start, or you want to write a book without writing it to solidify your authority in your field, you don’t want to miss this episode.

Key Points:

At 4:00 – Tucker talks about some of the greatest thinkers we still refer to today, and how they didn’t write any of it down themselves.

At 8:00 – Danny and Tucker discuss the major differences between the Book In A Box method and traditional ghostwriting.

At 13:00 – Tucker explains the critical difference between thinking and writing, and what that means for people who have enough knowledge to fill a book, but might lack the time to write it themselves.

At 19:00 – Tucker gives his three step process for positioning yourself and your business, so that you achieve the outcomes you want with your book.

At 24:00 – Danny and Tucker discuss the stigma around writing without writing, and why that skepticism is unfounded.  

May 31, 2016

Have you ever had that ‘perfect day’ you wish you could replicate over and over again? You were firing on all cylinders, knocking out tasks, and every single one of them brought you a step closer to your big life goals?

How would you like every day to be a perfect day?

Today’s guest, Craig Ballantyne, author of Perfect Day, can help you do just that. In fact, he says that it’s structure that leads to ultimate freedom, and he’s got a three step structure to help you. Plus:

  • How to apply control, coping, and concentrations to the three parts of the day
  • Understanding ‘magic time,’ and upping productivity exponentially
  • Learning to create structure even when you’re juggling a bunch of different things
  • How to beat the treadmill other productivity books put you on that will NEVER bring you to the outcome you want for your life.

Make every day a perfect day, and start YOURS today with this episode of Business Reimagined with Danny Iny and guest Craig Ballantyne.

 

Key Points:

At 3:00 – Craig explains what ‘magic time’ is, how to figure out when yours is, and how to schedule your day around it. He also explains how to break out of ‘OCD loops.’

At 11:00 – Craig explains how to deal with having no control over the structure of your day, and what to do when your magic time is interrupted.

At 13:00 – There’s an important distinction between what some people consider the perfect day and what Craig is actually talking about; is it walking on the beach on vacation? Not according to Craig.

At 15:00 – Craig explains how ‘control, cope, and concentrate’ relate to the different parts of the day: morning, daytime, and evening, and the mindset around it that will change the way you do things.

At 23:00 – We already live by a lot of rules and structure we didn’t even know we have; Craig explains how to hack that mentality to make it work FOR you instead of against you.

May 17, 2016

What's the difference between persuasion and manipulation? Is persuasion just a nicer way to manipulate someone?

According to Dave Lakhani, persuasion expert, they are related, but with two huge differences. Can you guess what they are?

On today's Business Reimagined, Dave takes us through his early life of being manipulated by an outlier religious cult, and the latter part of his life teaching his clients to use persuasion ethically. He discusses intent and outcome of persuasion. Plus:

  • How anyone can develop charisma and persuade others
  • The key differences between persuasion and manipulation
  • Social testing and some tactical approaches to persuade your audience
  • The simplest way to get someone to like you

Everyone can use ethical persuasion to get ahead in marketing, sales, or business in general. And how many times in your personal life have you wanted to get someone on your side of the fence? Don't miss today's episode with Dave Lakhani on the Art of Persuasion.

Key Points:

At 6:00 – Dave explains how persuasion is both harder and more simple than hypnotizing someone, and his definition of persuasion. He picks apart exactly how you can use heuristics to make a great first impression.

At 11:00 – There is a dark side to persuasion, and it’s called manipulation. Dave explains the intent of manipulators and what happens to them as a result of their disregard for others.

At 14:00 – Dave talks about what it’s like getting ‘caught’ testing new methods of persuasion, since everyone who knows him knows he’s a persuasion expert.

At 17:00 – You can get better at persuasion and develop a personality of charisma, and Dave explains how you can do it without being slimy.

At 23:00 – Dave wraps up with his thoughts on how you can become a ‘black belt’ at persuasion techniques, get what you want out of life, and do it where you and those you are involved with end up winning.

May 10, 2016

Engagement was a hot topic a few years ago, and it remains to be to this day...

...but most people are doing it wrong.

There's one simple thing to remember when you're talking about engaging with your audience, and it hasn't changed since the beginning of the Internet.

Want to find out the secret to real engagement? 

Today, our own Danny Iny, founder and CEO of Mirasee and author of Engagement from Scratch!, talks about how engagement has changed over the years, and the very important way it's remained the same as when he wrote the book on it. 

  • Learn the difference between 'list' and 'audience'
  • Real numbers revealed on how much money you should be making per subscriber
  • Find out whether guest posting is still a valid tactic
  • Whether success in today's online world is worth the effort you need to put into it

If you've got an audience online or are considering building one, you don't want to miss this high-level discussion of engagement with Danny Iny and special guest host, Lou D'Alo, who is Mirasee's Education Team Lead.

Key Points:

At 4:00 – Danny explains very succinctly what an audience really is compared to the common term ‘list.’ That simple change in mindset will bring you much closer to those you serve.

At 8:00 – Danny discusses his first book, Engagement from Scratch!, and how it’s held up over the years. You might be surprised to hear his response.

At 14:00 – Danny talks about influencers like Seth Godin and Tim Ferris, and how content creation is changing. If you’re creating content these days, you don’t want to miss these insights.

At 16:00 – Who is audience building really for? Danny talks about who it will really help, and the business types that shouldn’t bother with it.

At 20:00 – Danny debunks the myth that audience building is a ‘cult of personality,’ and instead offers up what audience building really is..

May 3, 2016

When was the last time you sat down and had a face-to-face withone of your customers? Would you consider going to a fan’s home andhaving a chat with him to get to know him better?

To many entrepreneurs, it’s a very foreign idea, but can youimagine the power of sharing a drink with your customer ‘avatar’instead of looking at a breakdown of who you think he is, typed outon a computer screen?

Today’s guest, Martin Lindstrom, is – and has been – a thoughtleader in marketing since the beginning of the internet, and he’sproposing a transformation of what we do as entrepreneurs intoday’s world of big data.

Find out what LEGO did when they were failing that has made themthe largest toy company in the world

Learn he 1 question Martin asks first when sitting down with anew client

Understand when to use big data versus small data

Hear Martin’s thoughts on entrepreneurs who are out of touchwith their customers

After having spent time in 2,000 consumers’ home across 77countries in the past decade, Martin has a very unique perspectiveon marketing you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to learn thepower of small data, then you don’t want to miss this episode ofBusiness Reimagined.

Key Points:

 At 4:00 – Martin reveals the first question he asks hisclients in regard to their customers, and what he forces them todo.

 At 9:00 – Martin gets to the heart of why there is such adivide between companies and their customers, and reveals theshocking way that Lego turned their nosedive around by talking to a11 year old kid.

 At 13:00 – There’s one obvious problem with big data, andMartin explains what it is. He talks about how to get around theproblem by getting personal.

 At 23:00 – Martin talks about the importance of instinctwhen using small data and being a successful entrepreneur.

 At 28:00 – Having spent time in over 2,000 consumers’homes, Martin shares how you can do it on a scale that works foryou.

 

 

Apr 26, 2016

Monica Seles is a famous tennis player, and she revolutionized the world of tennis by grunting. When she won an amazing upset in the 1990 French Open, the 16-year-old created a new trend that was quickly adopted by other players.

What can we learn from this?

While Monica's guttural addition to tennis was unintentional, your own actions can set a standard and revolutionize energy, happiness, and productivity. When you make the 'game' your own by personalizing it, you win.

Today's guest, Ron Friedman, is an award-winning psychologist and contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and CNN. He has some amazing insights on how to increase your energy and productivity by building a better workplace in the office or at home. And if you're a leader, you can cause that change to ripple out into the culture of your company.

  • Get 2 super-simple workplace hacks to increase your productivity whether you're in an office or working from home.
  • Protect yourself and your free time with a few easy automated email hacks that will increase your productivity in the long run.
  • Find out what 2 things matter more than money, whether your work in an office or at home.

Find out more about Ron’s expert opinion on energy, happiness, and productivity, as well as a few simple steps you can take to improve them, on today’s Business Reimagined.

Key Points:

At 3:00 – Ron talks about why he wrote his book, ‘The Best Place to Work,’ and the main ways you can make your workplace the ‘best place to work.’

At 8:00 – There are always trade-offs when trying to improve your productivity, and Ron explains how to prioritize your plan of attack.

At 12:00 – Ron explains that culture can’t be mandated in the workplace, but setting examples can affect culture, especially when you’re a leader. He also explains how companies like BMW prevent employees from being overworked at home and on vacation.

At 19:00 – Monica Seles accidentally changed how tennis players play tennis, and Ron explains how you can use that same tactic to change how your company and co-workers act.

At 24:00 – Ron closes out the interview with some practical ways to improve your own energy, happiness, and productivity whether you work for a company, or at home.

Apr 19, 2016

It’s hard to believe that success in building an offer can drag you down. Really – if you’re raking in thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even a cool million, is that the kind of success your heart desires? Or do you want to create something that will be a legacy for everyone?

Today’s guest, Pat Flynn, is no stranger to building ultra-successful products. He’s been doing the Smart Passive Income blog and podcast for years and is a best-selling author. His latest book, Will It Fly, is about a wonderful process of validating your offer, but with a unique twist.

Find out what that twist is and more on today’s Business Reimagined with Danny Iny.

KEY NOTES:

At 5:00 – Pat talks about his biggest mistake, what he would have done differently after being laid off from his architecture job, and it’s something that every aspiring entrepreneur needs to hear.

At 6:30 – Pat shares his own doubts and fears that beginning entrepreneurs often face, like impostor syndrome and competition, and how he conquered them.

At 10:00 – His new book, Will It Fly, is written for anyone wanting to create a product – even a physical product, and Pat shares one of the most important concepts that you won’t find in most courses.

At 12:30 – Pat shares his thoughts on transparency and a simple exercise you can do with one sheet of paper and a pen that will help you focus your whole life.

At  22:00 – As for the future, Pat has an even grander vision in addition to the Smart Passive Income blog and podcast, and it involves educating children.

Apr 12, 2016

You’ve heard it before: to be an artist is to suffer. Whether you’re acting, writing, painting, or any other creative endeavor, it’s easy to want to pretend the business side of things doesn’t exist. Money is dirty, and technology is too hard, right?

You don’t have to be a starving artist. You don’t have to feel bad about leveraging technology and charging money for your hard work.

Today’s guest, David H. Lawrence XVII, is an actor from the hit show Heroes, a prolific voice actor and coach, and a technology junkie. When he’s not being artistically awesome, he’s busy spreading his message to all creatives. To be an artist isn’t enough these days.

You need the Art, the Commerce, and the Science.

Learn all about what David’s 3-pronged approach to acting and creative work, which relies strongly on sound entrepreneurial practices, on today’s episode of Business Reimagined with Danny Iny.

KEY POINTS: 

At 2:00 – David explains his theory of observable realities and the definition of success that he gives to every client. He then explains exactly what he means by Art, Commerce, and Science.

At 9:00 – David explains how the approach of Art, Commerce, and Science applies to fields beyond actors and creative – especially entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. He talks about what you have to do to succeed. 

At 12:00 – There’s a lot of controversy around ‘selling out’ when it comes to creatives making money with their art, especially around bestselling author James Patterson and his method for pushing out a ton of books every year.

At 16:00 – The 80/20 rule is used by a lot of people to forgo learning Commerce and Science, so David gives his take on how to 80/20 correctly when those aren’t your strengths.

At 20:00 – David dispels the myth that if you have really great art (or an amazing product), you’ll be discovered. He shares what you REALLY need to do to succeed.

Apr 5, 2016

You know that feeling of dissatisfaction that haunts you, no matter how often you tell yourself you should be happy? When you look at your career trajectory or business, you just know you weren’t ‘born for this.’ It’s not what you were meant to do in life.

Is there something wrong with you? Are you ungrateful and restless?

According to today’s guest, Chris Guillebeau, not at all. In fact, feeling dissatisfaction is a GOOD thing. It will help you make changes in your life, the kind of changes bring you closer to what you were BORN to do.

Chris offers three words to live by: Joy, Money, and Flow. In today’s episode, he explains what each of them means, how they can guide you through everyday AND life-changing decisions, and how to know when you’ve discovered what you were born to do. 

If you feeling the crushing weight of dissatisfaction and don’t know why, then you really need to check out today’s Business Reimagined.

KEY POINTS:

At 2:00 – Chris explains that it’s okay to give up on something, as long as you consider two simple questions.

At 10:00 – Chris touches on his ‘Joy, Money, Flow’ model, and how you can apply it to decisions, changes, and situations in your career and business.

At 14:00 – Chris explains why people miss out on what they were born to do, and problem number one is when you narrow your options before you should and stunt your potential.

At 16:00 – Some entrepreneurs have projects going that are partially successful, so they hang on to them. Chris explains why this is a hard habit to break, but necessary.

At 25:00 – Chris tells you what you can do RIGHT NOW to get started on the path to Joy, Money, and Flow, and what you were born to do.

 

 

Mar 29, 2016

As a small business owner, how can you compete with the 800-pound gorilla in your space? Easy! You can be human. But you’re not going to accomplish that with marketing. You do it with branding.

Do you know the difference between marketing and branding?

Glen T. Campbell does, and on today’s Business Reimagined, he explains why he believes that ‘marketing’ has become a dirty word, and why great branding is what will give you an advantage over everyone else. Glen has been honing his skills for nearly 3 decades with some of the top marketing agencies across the globe, and now works directly with leaders.

You’ve GOT to hear his 3 step process to create a winning brand, and it starts with you, the CEO or entrepreneur: Understanding, Pulse, and Connection. Glen talks about how these 3 things will filter out through your organization, and into the minds and hearts of your audience.

If you’re sick of false marketing and want to create something meaningful, you’re going to LOVE today’s episode with Glen T. Campbell.

Key Points: 

At 4:00 – Glen shares his 3 step process that starts with the leader or entrepreneur: Understanding, Pulse, and Connection.

At 8:00 – Glen explains what happens to a brand when all three things are achieved, and gives some real-life examples of companies that exhibit top-notch branding, including the owner of a small chain of butchers, led by Ray the Butcher.

At 14:00 – Danny asks a very pointed question: Is Walmart a brand? Glen gives his surprising answer that reached back to the genesis of the company and its original vision.

At 17:00 – Glen explains exactly what he means when he says ‘brand,’ and what happens when a company starts with a great brand and loses it.

At 25:00 – Sometimes business owners don’t have time to build a brand before they make money, and Glen sets those concerns to rest. He explains how brand is built not just through communication and marketing, but also with every transaction a business makes.

Mar 22, 2016

Do you know the difference between being ‘big’ and being ‘great?’ Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants, does, and he was one of the driving forces that shaped entrepreneurship as we know it today.

Today, Bo talks about what it means to be a small giant, to have ‘mojo,’ and what choices those companies make that the others don’t. He explains that client and customer relationships aren’t the only ones that matter.

Finally, would you DARE show your employees your financials? Bo says you should, but he lays an even more important groundwork for creating the type of company culture where everyone cares because they have a stake in the company’s success.

If you believe it’s better to be great than to be big and that there are more important things than maximizing revenue, you’ll love this episode of Business Reimagined. 

Key Points:

At  5:30 – Bo talks about the defining differences between companies that choose to be great instead of big and those who don’t, and what he means when he says a company has ‘mojo.’

At 9:00 – According to Bo, you DO have a choice in what kind of business you want to run, and there are consequences to pollution and cheating your customers. You can’t blame it on business.

At 11:00 – Bo addresses the trade-off between great and big, and whether you have to choose one or the other to succeed.

At 16:00 – Company culture is a relatively new idea, and Bo talks about working with one of the shaping forces behind open-book businesses.

At 20:00 – Bo reflects on the impact of his career on entrepreneurship, and whether or not he thinks he’s really done the heavy lifting or not.

Mar 15, 2016

Think about the last time you went in for a job interview or a meeting with a potential client. What was your frame of mind? It probably had nothing to do with the sense of creating an extraordinary life. In fact, most people think the same thing.

“Oh please, pick me! Pick me!”

But what if you went in with the confidence that you had something valuable to offer, and the interview was as much for you as it is for them? Then, if you landed that job, what if you weren’t afraid to ask presumptuous questions of someone way above you on the hierarchical ladder? Would you have the guts to ask for a quarterly dinner alone with the CEO?

Today’s guest, Stever Robbins, has a lot to say about happiness and success, and it comes straight from his research into the lives of Harvard Business School and MIT graduates. In fact, as a HBS graduate himself, Stever has been an executive coach for many years, helping his clients understand how to live an extraordinary life, and it all comes back to daring to do what you think you shouldn’t.

Do you want to realize how much value you really have, and your potential to live an extraordinary life? Then you don’t want to miss today’s episode.

KEY POINTS:

At 4:00 – Stever talks about his experiences he had interviewing his fellow HBS grads, and asking them if they had an interesting, satisfying, happy life. He also talks about the two kinds of happiness. 

At 10:00 – Stever explains that entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have more control of their destinies than corporate employees. In fact, corporate employees just pretend they don’t have control, but they really do, if they have the guts to seize it.

At 15:00 – Want to know how to talk with your CEO and know how to contribute? Stever explains how to catch the attention of higher ups – and even high profile clients – by asking great questions and doing the legwork they don’t have time to do.

At 21:00 – Danny and Stever discuss the important of learning how to learn, and understanding what is good content.

At 24:00 – Stever gives listeners three concrete actions they can take today to live a more extraordinary life.

 

 

Mar 8, 2016

When you think of the term strategic philanthropy, one company comes to mind: Tom’s Shoes. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of them. For every pair of shoes someone buys from them, they send another pair to a developing country. That strategy, do good to make money, has made them incredibly successful.

Today’s guest is Tom Matzen, and in this episode, he explains exactly what strategic philanthropy is, how your customers will thank you for raising prices, and a simple formula any company, from start up to corporation, can use to do good and make more money – ethically.

Today’s episode is a little longer than normal, but it’s one you’ll want to come back to more than once.

KEY POINTS:

At 3:00 – Tom describes the difference between a small business owner and an entrepreneur.

At 8:00 – It was a poor review from a customer Tom helped to increase her sales by 50% that finally made him realize that he wasn’t truly meeting all of his clients’ needs.

At 12:00 – Tom dives into what strategic philanthropy is, and how to pick a great cause to support that makes sense for you and your customer.

At 20:00 – Tom describes the formula any company can use to do good and make more money in an ethical and sustainable way.

At 26:00 – Tom shares his vision of how it’s up to business to save the world, not government.

 At 33:00 – Tom explains how a company can use a simple formula to ensure they are sustainable as they work toward their good cause.

Mar 1, 2016

Productivity is something every single entrepreneur, and aspiring entrepreneur, struggles with. Whether it’s finding time to keep your business running smoothly, or finding time to launch your business while you have a day job, people are looking for a magic bullet.

While there isn’t a way to make all your work disappear, there IS a way to make sure it gets done, whether or not you’re the one doing it.

Today’s guest, Ari Meisel, is a productivity and automation master. Using what he learned through taking back his life and health from Crohn’s disease, he put together a system that revolutionized the way he did business. While he may seem super-human, he’s got just as many hours in a day as the rest of us. He just uses them more wisely.

Plus, he designed an awesome app to tell you when you’re most productive, to make the best of your own hours.

Find out how supercharge your own productivity on today’s Business Reimagined.

Key Points

At 6:00 – Ari talks about the two key points of the system he created. First is the 80/20 rule, and second, the external brain, which is a system you use to capture your best ideas and organize them. You might have heard of these ideas, but Ari talks about how to automate and outsource them.

At 8:00 – Ari talks about his ‘Less Doing Peak Time’ app that measures your productivity with a simple tap test, and what you should be doing with your peak time. Hint: It’s not the things you don’t like doing!

At 16:00 – Ever wonder how to take your first step into mindfulness meditation, and what it even has to do with productivity? Ari give you a great starting point and the reasoning behind it.

At 18:00 – Hiring staff can be expensive, and Ari addresses which services and tools are available – many of them FREE – to get  you to a place where you’re spending more time doing what you love.

At 20:00 -  Ari talks about how much time you can actually save using his system, and gives several key points about his book, and how he wrote it.

Feb 23, 2016

Steve Jobs knew how to inspire people. So did Howard Schultz when he rescued Starbucks. What did these two men have that so many other leaders don’t? Inspired leadership.

They understand that there is a greater arc of story in their businesses, one that is instinctively felt and driven not just by them, but also by their employees. They understand that story, ceremony, and symbolism are important for the growth of an organization.

Today on Business Reimagined, Nancy Duarte talks to all types of leaders. It doesn’t matter if you’re leading a small group or global powerhouse. You’ve got to be a torchbearer, the type of leader who can shed light on an organization’s journey, even if it’s into unfamiliar and risky territory.

Do you measure up to what it really takes to be a leader?


Key Points:

At 6:00 – Nancy describes the 5-act structure an organization goes through as they collectively strive for a goal, and the warning indicators that accompany each phase.

At 10:00 – Nancy discusses how moments become ‘movements’ that your employees, or travelers, can get behind, and it all has to do with staying tuned in with each other.

At 14:00 – Nancy goes into more details about that 5-act structure and how it can help you as a leader know what to do to inspire your employees. She also talks about what happens when you have to repeat steps.

At 19:00 – Manufacturing movements or creating insincere moments is the quickest way to invite resentment and distrust among your employees, and Nancy discusses the pitfalls and how NOT to do that.

 

Feb 16, 2016

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘urban monk?’ Do you picture some guy in a robe meditating on top of a skyscraper? Maybe you’re thinking of meditation 2.0 and some guru’s new, flowery method of finding inner peace.

Not even close.

Today’s guest, Pedram Shojai, is anything but flowery. While his knowledge is ancient and comes from his time with kung fu masters, ascetic monks, and even the Dali Lama, Pedram is a dad. He’s an entrepreneur and a realist.

And he wants you to be well.

It starts with three minutes at a time, and they type of meditation you can do while driving. Then, take a look at your schedule. Do you suffer from ‘time compression?’ Have you scheduled in the things you need to be well, things like family?

What is all your busyness really doing to your energy level, and how do you get more of it?

Pedram answers these questions and more on today’s Business Reimagined.

At 4:00 – Pedram talks about the average person, and his motivation for writing the book, Urban Monk.

 At 9:00 – These are the questions you need to answer as an entrepreneur, and a practical way to increase your energy levels. Pedram calls it energy profit, and explains where to reinvest it.

At 12:00 – The real secret to meditation, and it’s not nearly as complicated or flowery as you’ve been led to believe by other gurus.

 At 14:00 – The best word you can learn to say is ‘no.’ Pedram talks about the concept of time compression, and what it does to your mind. There is a formula for directing your attention, and Pedram explains what it is.

 At 20:00 - Pedram explains one simple way to feel more present and connected without the lure of the entire world at your dinner table.

Feb 9, 2016

There’s a big misconception going around about business. Either you climb the corporate ladder as fast as you can and retire, or you become an entrepreneur trying to hit a homerun, and you work yourself into oblivion to get there.

Corbett Barr of Fizzle used to believe the same thing, but a trip to Mexico completely changed his perspective of what business is, specifically entrepreneurship, and how people really CAN put their lives in front of their businesses.

What’s more, they can build something that’s not just big, but great, the type of company to truly makes a positive impact on the world around it. There might be growing pains along the way, but Corbett talks about how to avoid as many of them as you can, and how to remain sane during the scaling up process.

 

At 5:00 – Corbett talks about his amazing experience in Mexico that reshaped his entire way of thinking about entrepreneurship and his future.

At 9:00 – Scaling up is daunting, especially when you’re used to operating alone, and Corbett talks about the transition from a company of one to where he is now. He also describes what TYPE of people he hired.

At 12:00 – Corbett explains what his benchmarks are for business. The first one has NOTHING to do with money but EVERYTHING to do with how and why you build your business. He also points out that Airbnb and Uber may be huge, but aren’t necessarily great.

At 19:00 – Even though he disliked just about everything about the consulting company he worked for, Corbett brought one highly important concept with him, a metric that measured something other than company profit. He shares that thoughtful way to look at your employees.

At 21:00 – Corbett digs into exactly how he sees business differently than other people, from start up to scaling up, and the very first thing you can do to avoid a lot of trouble and heartache in YOUR business.

 

Feb 2, 2016

Imagine a place where everyone was on the same playing field when it comes to marketing skills and know-how. In this place, ideas would be standing out based on their own merit.

It’s a fantastic idea we can get behind, and today’s guest, Dorie Clark, is making it her mission to teach people who have great ideas how to put them out into the world.

Dorie can’t stand the thought of ideas that can truly make a difference languishing or dying.

Her strategy is simple: build a brain trust, build your audience, and make your audience into a community.

If you have a great idea that can change the world for the better, you don’t want to miss this episode.

 

At 4:00 – Dorie talks about her difficult experience trying to get her first book published, even though she did everything to guarantee her success, including getting an agent.

At 8:00 – Dorie shares the two key factors to her success, and how you can implement them in your life.

At 15:00 – Dorie gives her thoughts on where good ideas come from, including mixing disciplines.

At 19:00 – What happens when people have great ideas but don’t know how to get them out there? Coaches often experience this, and Dorie talks about their struggles and how they can get past them.

At 24:00 – Dorie explains what happens when the marketing playing field is leveled: those who truly deserve to stand out.

 

Jan 26, 2016

How many predictions have you heard yet for 2016? And how many of them are actionable and sustainable, rather than shiny things that will end up distracting you?

My guess is not many.

Today, Danny Iny gives his own set of predictions for the year, based around ethical practices, audience engagement, and, most importantly, getting the right message to the right person at the right time. What does that mean?

Segmentation.

Advances in technology are making it easier than ever. This means it’s no longer out of reach for anyone, from beginner to established entrepreneur.

Find out how you AND your audience can benefit from the right message to the right person at the right time on today’s episode of Business Reimagined.

 

At 3:00 – Funnels have been a hot topic in 2015, but a lot of people have missed the boat on what to do with your growing audience after the funnel works. Danny explains why segmentation isn’t out of reach for anyone.

At 5:00 – It might be surprising to some, but JV partnerships are going to decline in their success rate, once again due to the poor segmentation that happens. Danny offers some sound advice for JV partnerships.

At 12:00 – The ‘one size fits all’ approach to audience is no longer working; 2016 will be about personalization on a one-to-one level.

At 15:00 – With so much noise on the Internet, it’s hard to stand out. Danny talks about what worked before, why it’s not going to work any longer, and what will yield the best results this year.

At 19:00 – Danny lays out the best ways to implement these new ideas right now, from segmentation to content, and engagement to being a decent person.

Jan 19, 2016

There’s a lot of coaches out there who have one goal, to make you a happier person. But Todd Herman has a different take on coaching, and that’s not to make you happy, but to make you a master of high performance. Todd thinks that when you’re performing at your best in body, emotion, and mind, the natural result of that IS happiness.

Whether or not you agree, you can’t argue with Todd’s results. His way of looking at high performance began in working with children, and his message was so strong it affected their parents, some of whom were business execs and influences. From there it was just a matter of time before Todd was working with them as well.

On today’s Business Reimagined, Danny and Todd talk about the elements of high performance, how the mind works, and the simple Venn diagram he uses to explain business that not even MBA graduates can break.

 

At 3:00 – Todd talks about what sets him apart from other coaches, and it has everything to do with context over content. It’s the ‘ah-HA’ moments he’s looking for, where content becomes personally applicable.

At 7:00 – Todd shares his number one piece of advice for anyone who’s new to a field, whether it’s sports, online business, marketing, or anything else. Find out what one thing Todd says you need to learn to make you successful, and keep you on solid footing.

At 11:00 – Todd’s Venn diagram for business – any type of business – might seem simple, but not even MBA students can break it. Find out what it is, and why it works.

At 17:00 – Todd talks mental game and how to deal with impostor syndrome, and his unique take on embracing it helps you to be more successful.

At 29:00 – Parting thoughts from Todd, including the single biggest thing you can do for yourself to advance in your field, and it’s something he did himself.

 

 

 

Jan 12, 2016

You’ve heard stories of people who spend their lives playing fictional games, from sci-fi to farming crops. Some of them have even lost jobs and relationships. Is it really worth it? Today’s guest, Steve Kamb has a new type of game, one that replaces empty rewards with a the epic quest to ‘level up your life.’

What does that mean?

Have you ever wanted to get in shape? Maybe climb the corporate ladder or strike out on your own? Perhaps you want travel the world or learn to salsa. Whatever your goal is, Steve has created a personal gaming platform that is addictive in all the RIGHT ways. He’s the founder of Nerd Fitness and just released his book, ‘Level Up Your Life.’

At 3:00 – Steve outlines his own hero’s journey that took him from full time job to the Rebel Leader of Nerd Fitness who sold everything and traveled the world. Don’t worry – you don’t have to travel the world to level up YOUR life. Steve explains.

At 9:00 – Steve thinks the life is a game, and some people just don’t get it. What does that mean for his community? How does he handle naysayers? Simple. The ‘ban hammer.’

At 17:00 – Steve often says he’s done things the opposite of how most people do them, and for Nerd Fitness, that’s been the secret to his success. Steve shares how he did it. Hint: audience first!

At 20:00 – Gamifying things is a proven way to increase engagement, and Steve explains how he turned self-improvement into a game using the same techniques that real games employ.

At 25:00 – Steve talks about the impact he wants to create, and where he wants to take Nerd Fitness, and the spectrum of challenging to rewarding.

Jan 5, 2016

Jason Zook is no stranger to risk and opportunity, and he’s been on both sides of the bank ledger for it. From selling his last name twice (can you imagine being Jason Headsetsdotcom?), to wearing company t-shirts and talking about their brands for money, what sets Jason apart is his originality.

He was the type of kid who got bad grades in school, not because he got the wrong answers. Jason got the RIGHT answers, but he was penalized for not working them out the right way.

Today, Danny talks with Jason about his unique business style, the twists and turns he went through personally and professionally, and finally, about how he achieved his current success as Jason Zook.

 

At 5:00 - Jason talks about all the problems he had with his various launches, and how much money he lost as a result. The answer is surprising.  

At 9:00 - While he doesn't believe in luck, Jason believes on one thing: things will be tough. He shares his message on how to overcome these things.     

At 10:00 - Jason gives a shocking example of who actually succeeds with entrepreneurship, and who doesn't have the grit to see it through.      

At 16:00 - Jason gives his thoughts and an honest account of when he was $100,000 in debt, and how it felt revealing it for the first time on stage, where he was scheduled to give a talk on success.

At 23:00 - Like Danny, Jason crawled out of his debt, and he shares the steps he took to do it.

Dec 15, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I remember a time every Sunday when I’d grab my grandparents’ newspaper and thumb through to the only thing I found interesting at that age – the comics.

Peanuts, Family Circle, Garfield, and of course, Calvin and Hobbs, to name a few.

But what happened? Cartooning has been on a steady decline!

Today’s guest, Tom Fishburne, lays out the huge opportunity for cartoonists in marketing, while facing the challenge that cartoons have never been more undervalued than they are today.

In a time where cartoonists are failing, Tom has found a common-sense formula that he’s built his cartooning agency on, and he calls it ‘marketooning.’

 

At 2:00 – Tom describes how he applies his unique twist that has made his agency so successful in a time when cartoons are on the decline.

At 8:00 – Tom talks about the fate of some of today’s biggest cartoonists, and the incredible pressure of having to have a ‘real’ job while they spend all their spare time on their passion and art.

At 12:00 – Tom describes how he took his own creative process for creating a cartoon and scaled it up to fit an agency.

At 21:00 – It’s sometimes difficult to create a cartoon for a company when you don’t have expertise, so Tom talks about how he learns new areas.

At 26:00 – Tom talks about his future in terms of his three reimaginations of the cartooning industry, and the most important of those he considers to be helping his clients connect with their audiences in a meaningful way.

Dec 8, 2015

Many people feel overwhelmed when they first decide to take the leap into entrepreneurship.

There is so much to learn, so much to master. And it feels like all of it needs to be done RIGHT NOW, or parallel mastery instead of serial mastery.

That’s totally wrong.

Today’s guest, Bill Baren, has built up his highly successful coaching program one skill at a time using serial mastery.

And what does he help people do?

Bill’s superpower is seeing the future in terms of what is possible, then helping his clients remove the interference that’s holding them back.

 

At 4:00 – Bill explains the common mistake that entrepreneurs make, and what advice they should take from the great pianists who have mastered their craft.

At 7:00 – Danny and Bill go into detail about exactly what ‘serial mastery’ is, and Bill shares how he used the strategy to climb to the heights he’s at now.

At 15:00 – Bill explains his formula, Results=Potential-Interference, as well as his ‘superpower’ that allows him to see that potential before the interference is removed.

At 21:00 – Danny pries into Bill’s own personal interference, and how he’s dealing with it now.

At 24:00 – Bill shares the first steps anyone can take to recognize that there’s a better state they could be in, and to begin to realize the potential they hold.

Dec 1, 2015

James Maskell has often been mistaken for a doctor as he discusses integrated medicine and chronic illness, but the truth is, he’s not.

Instead, he was raised in a household that practiced holistic care from a very young age.

Over the course of his career in the medical system, James talked with thousands of doctors and attended countless conferences to hear them speak.

In that time, James came across a huge problem with the American healthcare system.

Today, James and Danny talk about the future of health care, and the business model that will sustain it.

He believes that functional healthcare shouldn’t be only for the rich.

 

At 3:00 - James explains the difference between acute and chronic illness, and how focus on one over the other causes an incredible amount of suffering and death each year.

At 9:00 - James explains the letdown that doctors feel upon entering the medical system, and how it's counter-intuitive to what they believed they'd be doing in medical school.           

At 11:00 - Danny and James uncover the root of the financial problem if medicine is to evolve to more wholesome practices.

At 13:00 - James lays out the ways that an evolved system of medical treatment could become more sustainable, and also provide better, more comprehensive care.

At 25:00 - James shares his strategy for getting people talking about the problem, and how he hopes the conversation will spark answers to the financial shortage.

Nov 24, 2015

Monetizing your network doesn’t have to feel dirty, not when what you’re really doing is connecting people. If you do it the right way, your circle of connections will be HAPPY to pay you to introduce them to others.

That’s right – people will fork over cash when the connections you make for them yield positive results.

Today’s guest is David Gonzalez, founder of Internet Marketing Party, and he talks with Danny about how he built his powerful network, and how he monetizes it without being sleazy.

 

At 3:00 – David talks about hitting bottom, and the unlikely question asked of him that changed his life.

At 5:00 – David explains how he went about building his entire network from the ground up, then went even farther by creating his own agency.

At 10:00 – Business, David explains, is all about one simple thing, and it’s the same thing he teaches his daughter, who is in what he calls an ‘entrepreneurial incubator.’

At 13:00 – David doesn’t really believe that networking is all about partying with the right people. That’s only one of three parts that has to happen, and he shares the other two parts.

At 15:00 – There’s a simple way to keep yourself ethical when you’re monetizing your network, and David shares the secret that has guided him to amazing success.

Nov 17, 2015

Networking can make or break you in business. So how to you go about networking and do it in a way that honors your relationships while bolstering your bottom line?

John Corcoran understands the value of networking. Along the winding path of his adult life, he’s been in tight situations where he lost one job but was able to step right into another because of who he knows.

Today John talks with Danny about the networking skills he teaches to other entrepreneurs through Smart Business Revolution.

 

Keynotes

 

At 2:00 – How John got Rob Lowe to play him on TV’s the West Wing, and the time he got terminated by the Terminator.

At 5:00 – John talks about whether or not you need to ‘prune’ your list of people, and how to make those decisions.

At 7:00 – Ever wonder how you can be strategic about your relationships without being as conniving as ‘Mr. Burns?’ John explains how to be genuine while being strategic.

At 13:00 – If you think that you have to spend your entire day networking, that’s just not true. John talks about how to be efficient in managing your relationships within your network.

At 20:00 – John shares the single biggest objection that people have with networking, and how to overcome that perceived obstacle to truly great networking.

Nov 17, 2015

Networking can make or break you in business. So how to you go about networking and do it in a way that honors your relationships while bolstering your bottom line?

John Corcoran understands the value of networking. Along the winding path of his adult life, he’s been in tight situations where he lost one job but was able to step right into another because of who he knows.

Today John talks with Danny about the networking skills he teaches to other entrepreneurs through Smart Business Revolution.

 

Keynotes

 

At 2:00 – How John got Rob Lowe to play him on TV’s the West Wing, and the time he got terminated by the Terminator.

At 5:00 – John talks about whether or not you need to ‘prune’ your list of people, and how to make those decisions.

At 7:00 – Ever wonder how you can be strategic about your relationships without being as conniving as ‘Mr. Burns?’ John explains how to be genuine while being strategic.

At 13:00 – If you think that you have to spend your entire day networking, that’s just not true. John talks about how to be efficient in managing your relationships within your network.

At 20:00 – John shares the single biggest objection that people have with networking, and how to overcome that perceived obstacle to truly great networking.

Nov 10, 2015

Do you ever get in front of people and your confidence suddenly goes out the door? Even if you’re perfectly prepared to give a stunning speech or network like a pro? According to today’s guest, Dr. Nic Lucas, you’re being haunted by neurotags, and he’s here to talk about how you can bring about real behavior change.

How difficult is it to change your behavior?

Dr. Lucas says it’s not always as difficult – or time consuming – as you might think.

 

KEYNOTES:

At 4:00 - Dr. Lucas explains how brain science affects everything in an entrepreneur's life, from his or her success to whether or not customers will receive the message and product with open arms.

At 6:00 - Dr. Lucas talks about neurotags. These are the things that happened to you before that affect what you do today without you even realizing it. They can shape your future for better or worse.      

At 16:00 - Dr. Lucas talks about changing behavior, from the smallest things like habitually checking social media, to the very biggest things that have an 'emotional charge' to them.              

At 20:00 - It's not impossible to break habits and thought patterns, and Dr. Lucas shares some of his techniques with Danny. 

At 26:00 - Dr. Lucas addresses the point of having amazing achievements but still feeling empty in other areas of their lives, especially dealing with anxiety.

Nov 3, 2015

Having an authentic marketing story is a necessity to connect with your audience, but what is at the heart of that story? How does your business story mesh with your personal story?

More importantly, how can the stories you tell sabotage your success?

Today’s guest is Lisa Bloom, the Story Coach, who helps entrepreneurs just like you with their message. She’s got some amazing insights on how you can find true authenticity by recognizing that your business story begins with your life story, and you should question how you’re sharing that story.

At 4:00 - Lisa explains exactly WHAT story coaching is, and what it means for everyday entrepreneurs.

At 9:00 - Lisa and Danny talk about how you take a painful experience, part of your story, and reframe the entire thing so that it's something that helps you, pushes you to do better.

At 14:00 - Lisa talks about how reinterpreting stories transcends one simple aspect of an entrepreneur's life; it's both personal AND marketing.

At 17:00 - Lisa explains the decline of the buyer/seller relationship, and the one very important missing component, that can be addressed by story.

At 25:00 - Lisa shares her 'grand vision' of what story coaching can do - and it goes far beyond a person's business. Story is how we understand one another, and Lisa explains how that can change the world.

Oct 27, 2015

As you have noticed, the look and feel of our website, along with our name, has changed.

This was once Firepole Marketing, made up of a group of people who believed that business can be better, it’s about more than just the money, and that entrepreneurs like yourself can make an impact while making an honest living.

The name may have changed, but the people who make up the company haven’t, and neither have our beliefs. In fact, our new name, Mirasee, is a reflection of those core beliefs.

This week’s guest on Business Reimaged is our founder and CEO, Danny Iny, and he explains what the new name means, what the changes mean for our community, and exactly what his vision of ‘better business’ is.

This is an episode you don’t want to miss!

At 2:00 - Danny divulges his secret bias against online marketing.

At 5:00 - Sometimes the 'rip the the band-aid off' approach is best, even when there are costs involved.

At 8:00 - You might be surprised how little testing Danny did on the new Mirasee brand. But what's really interesting is the why.

At 11:00 - Danny talks about our new name, Mirasee, and what it actually means. More importantly, he explains the shift in our direction as a business that the name also signifies.

At 16:00 - Are you a fan of Firepole and worried about what's to come? Danny talks about Mirasee's new direction: who it's actually for, what we believe, and how things will be changing.

 

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Oct 6, 2015

Michael Port is well known for his roles in movies and television, like Sex and the City, but did you know he also has a background in the business side of the fitness business.

Or that he can help you dispel your fear of public speaking?!?

Today, Danny talks with Michael about how all of life is a performance you can prepare for, from first dates to job interviews, and company pep talks to CEO speeches.

Key Points

At 6:00 - Michael makes the claim that marketing isn't what gets you clients, and explains what actually DOES get you business.

At 9:00 - As an actor, Michael knows how important preparation for performances is, and he shares just how much you should prepare for your life's performances.

At 14:00 - Do you go into a performance with the goal of being good, or even great? Then according to Michael, you're doing it wrong. He explains what the actual goal should be.

At 18:00 - Michael takes Danny through the actual process of preparing for performances, using examples from Danny's life.

At 26:00 - Michael talks about his 'win scenario' for his new book release, and what he hopes he can help people accomplish through his teaching.

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Sep 22, 2015

Danny Iny is the founder of Firepole Marketing, bestselling author of several books, including his latest, Teach and Grow Rich. Danny has seen incredible success in his online courses, and he doesn't just attribute that success with great content.

It has just as much to do with the environment of education that he nurtures with his students. Today, Danny talks about the future of online courses, and the big 'Information vs. Education' divide he sees coming that will leave some online course builders wondering what happened. But for those who are prepared, the Teach and Grow Rich opportunity will be life-changing, not just for those who teach, but also for those who want to learn.

 

Key Points

At 4:00 - Danny talks about how we got to the point where online courses ended up costing way more than they are worth.

At 8:00 - With the 'great divide' happening between information and education, Danny talks about the future of online courses.

At 16:00 - Danny discusses the 2 Sigma problem regarding student performance, and how to solve that problem.

At 21:00 - Danny touches on how his Teach and Grow Rich opportunity confronts the problems with online education today.

At 24:00 - With major players like Lynda.com and Udemy, Danny explains how niche coursebuilders can prosper.

 

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Sep 19, 2015

Ever wonder what Jeff Goins and Leonardo da Vinci have in common? Jeff calls it the Portfolio Life, and it's nothing so simple as where you invest your money. Instead, it's where you invest your money, your time, and your life.

Today Jeff and Danny talk about how the shift in the business world has freed us from the jobs of 'robots,' what that means for you and your future, and how to be your own 'patron.' This is the idea that your business can and should sustain your art, whatever your art may be.

Key Points

At 5:00 - Jeff blows the notion of long-term job security out of the water, and explains what is taking its place.

At 8:00 - Jeff explains what the new kind of mastery is, and it's NOT being a jack of all trades, nor is it being a factory 'robot.'

At 12:00 - A creative at heart, Jeff talks about the thought process he went through when he decided to be his OWN patron.

At 18:00 - Jeff discusses how the Portfolio Life goes far beyond the money, the job, and the economy; it has everything to do with life at home as well.

At 25:00 - Jeff gives his 'next steps' for anyone looking to begin living the Portfolio Life.

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Sep 8, 2015

If you're looking for shining examples of ethical online marketing, the last place you'd probably look is at the supplements industry. From cheap, ineffective ingredients to highly questionable messaging practices, it can be the worst of the worst.

Except for Buck Rizvi. Buck has what he calls the 'grandmother test.' If he wouldn't give one of his supplements to his mother or grandmother, or would market to them in a certain way, then his company, RealDose Nutrition, isn't allowed to do it either. And in addition to Buck's ethical marketing and product creation, he's also got some powerful advice for entrepreneurs: ABL. Aways be learning.

Key Points

At 2:00 - Buck recalls the revelation he had while working for a Fortune 500 company, and the knowledge that shaped his future.

At 6:00 - Buck talks about the mentality it took to launch and grow his supplement company to millions of dollars.

At 9:00 - While much of the online supplement industry is 'scuzzy,' Buck does things differently, and the simple litmus test for whether or not he creates a product, and how he markets it.

At 16:00 - Buck compares the supplement market to the fall of Chrystler's PT Cruiser, and how sub-par ingredients don't do the same thing for your body that the same quality ingredients do.

18:00 - If you remember nothing else, Buck wants you to remember this: ABL. Always Be Learning. If you have a business and don't do this, you don't deserve to have a business.

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Sep 1, 2015

Tracy Matthews is a renowned jewelry designer, but her biggest fans will tell you that's not why they love her. You see, the jewelry industry is very tight-lipped, and it's difficult to get help or information. Tracy had to figure it out herself, but she is now bucking that inhibitive trend.

Tracy co-founded the Flourish and Thrive Academy, where she and her partners teach new designers the ropes of the industry. And more importantly, she teaches them the business skills they need that will allow them to successfully sell their masterpieces. Tracy's audience goes beyond jewelry designers, and there's no doubt you'll find something useful if you are a designer.

Key Points

At 3:00 - In a time when the jewelry industry was only in the wholesale realm, Tracy bucked the trend.

At 6:00 - Tracy talks about the fundamental mistake she sees other designers make, that prevents them from growing their business.

At 12:00 - What happened when Tracy began selling her services as a consultant, and how she handled the fact that she had failed in her business.

At 14:00 - Tracy talks about launching her own online education company, and the funny part was she had no idea what she was doing. But there was one simple thing that put her ahead of the game.

At 20:00 - Tracy talks about the terrible oversight that jewelry designers face, where they're prepared for everything except the one thing they need the most, and it's also relevant for any type of designer.

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Aug 25, 2015

If we were to talk to your audience right now, and ask them to tell us about you in two sentences, would they be able to do it? If the answer is no, that means that you haven’t given them the words to say, and more importantly, to spread to others.

Today’s guest, Don Miller, had a moment just like that, and it was what sparked his creation of the Storybrand framework that has been used by companies like Pantene, Chick Fil A, and even the White House, to help them develop their brand through story.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that Don is a best-selling author who has spent countless hours as a student of story.

Key Points

At 4:00 - Ever wished a marketing strategy would just fall in your lap? The Storybrand Framework is built on how the human brain works, making that possible.

At 8:00 - Don talks about his 5 week retreat in a cabin in the woods, where he tore his way through a VHS library in his boxers, and how he figured out the Storybrand framework in his boxers.

At 12:00 - Don explains why positioning your brand as the hero of the story is the absolute best way to get your ideal customer to IGNORE you.

At 18:00 - The SB7 framework is one that any business can implement to great success, even though it's heavily 'blue ocean methodology,' as Don calls it.

At 18:00 - The SB7 framework is one that any business can implement to great success, even though it's heavily 'blue ocean methodology,' as Don calls it.

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Aug 18, 2015

If you're an educated professional with a strong skill set and a head full of best practices, that makes for great job security and a fulfilling career, right? Think again.

In Taylor Pearson's book, The End of Jobs, he talks about how this segment of the job market could possibly be shrinking significantly. Today, he and Danny discuss what could take its place, and if you're an entrepreneur at heart, you'll want to hear what they have to say.

 

Key Points

At 2:00 - Taylor laughs about how he built his empire from his parents' basement, and it has everything to do with apprenticeship.

At 6:00 - Taylor reveals how he thinks we've gone from the golden age of information, on to the new age of entrepreneurship.

At 9:00 - If you have a job that involves a defined role and good practices, you might be in for a surprise when your type of job disappears from the market.

At 14:30 - Danny and Taylor discuss the possibility of unemployment surging, which underpins his idea that entrepreneurship is safer, more profitable, and even more accessible today.

At 24:00 - Taylor shares the single best definition for entrepreneurship that he's ever heard.

 

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Aug 11, 2015

Being delusional isn’t necessarily a bad thing, or so says Randy Gage. It’s all about whether or not your delusions serve you. Picture a teenager sitting in a prison cell for robbery. Now imagine him telling himself he’d be a millionaire by age 35. Would you think he was delusional? And what if he accomplished it?

Today’s guest Randy Gage, did just that. He started out poor, landed in prison, lost everything he owned, and nearly died. But then he turned it all around, starting with his mindset. What Randy learned about the victim vs. victor mentality changed his life, and now he teaches it to others.

 

Key Points

At 2:10 - Randy talks about what landed him in prison at a young age, and how that same thing continued to ruin his life, to the point he considered suicide.

At 6:05 - Why the Law of Attraction can be utter crap, and the real solution to prosperity that goes beyond simple wishing.

At 13:00 - Randy's prosperity tipping point, and YOURS begins with one fraction of a percent toward the positive, and how to program yourself to get there.

At 17:40 - Randy and Danny discuss how it's not necessarily a bad thing to be a little bit delusional, if it serves you well.

At 24:00 - Why Randy expects success every day in everything, and why you should, too.

 

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Aug 4, 2015

Mitch Russo is no stranger to success in business, and most often, he done it from locations that might surprise you. From his spare bedroom to Machu Picchu, Mitch has devised and developed systems for creating ‘invisible organizations.’ He has recruited top talent from around the world, perfected a method of training them efficiently, explored what mindset a successful CEO needs, and he even wrote a book on the subject.

Today, Mitch and Danny talk about the concept of an ‘invisible organization,’ and how it’s within reach for just about everyone, whether you have a brick and mortar business, or are just starting out.

 

Key Points

 

At 1:00 - Mitch tells the story of a chance meeting with Chet Holms, how he built his sales force, and his eventual partnership with Tony Robbins.

 

At 5:50 - Mitch explains what an invisible organization is, and how he was able to run BBI from destinations like Machu Picchu.

 

At 9:40 - Mitch goes into detail about what's in his book, and how going invisible can happen for brick and mortar businesses.

 

At 14:20 - The heart of the invisible organization, Mitch says, is how you train your employees. The most important part is creating a learning management system that does the work for you.

 

At 23:10 - It might seem like learning management systems and working virtually could make employees feel isolated, but Mitch explains why that's not the case.

 

 

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Jul 28, 2015

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communication firm and the author of the top PR blog, Spin Sucks.

But if you're wondering what an 'integrated marketing communication firm' actually is in relation to PR, you're not alone. Today Gini talks with Danny about how she's reimagining the often misunderstood industry of PR, and how you can apply her innovations to your own business.

 

Key Points

At 5:20 - Gini rips away the curtain about what the PR industry actually is, and what they do.

 

At 8:40 - The myth of separate silos for advertising, sales, brand, PR, etc., leads to a complete lack of vision and scale for the whole company.

At 10:40 - There might be fewer silos in small businesses, but they're just as devastating - sometimes even moreso - and why that is.

At 14:35 - Gini reveals how she started her company without a clear vision, and why that might not be such a bad thing.

At 18:00 - Gini's shocking business strategy change that cost her all but two of her clients, but ended up doubling her return shortly after.

 

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Jul 21, 2015

Srikumar S. Rao is a best-selling author, TED speaker, and former professor at many of the world's top business schools, including Columbia, Kellogg, the London Business School, and Berkley. But you might be a little surprised at the subject matter.

Today, Danny and Srikumar talk about the deeper questions of meaning, purpose, and happiness at work, and the conclusions might surprise you.

 

At 2:00 - Dr. Rao was very successful working on the film, 'Exorcist,' but explains why he ultimately left the industry.

At 4:45 - Srikumar talks about how the most successful people often believe they are not at all successful, and are, in fact, insecure.

At 8:00 - Dr. Rao asks one compelling, but simple question, that completely outlines the difference in motivations between those who are happy, and those who are not.

At 14:30 - Srikumar's work might seem a little out there to some, but he talks about his time teaching in some of the top business schools, and the reactions his students had to his teachings.

At 19:30 - Dr. Rao goes through two steps you can implement within 24 hours, and his own students often see immediate results.

 

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Jul 14, 2015

Annie Hyman Pratt, once known as the Bean Queen, grew her family's business, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, from a small store chain to a celebrated national brand. Even with all that success, she learned a lot of hard lessons along the way. Today, Annie uses all she learned and helps other businesses who are undergoing large scale change, rapid growth, and reorginazation.

Today, Annie and Danny talk about the #1 thing that will sink a company, even if they have a perfect strategy.

Key Points

At 3:50 - Annie talks about what it was like having the company she grew from 7 stores to worldwide sold out from under her.

At 5:50 - Annie talks about the one thing that will sink a company, even if their strategy is perfect.

At 12:30 - All about how Annie learned the hard way that criticism and blame will not help accomplish goals. In fact they do just the opposite.

At 16:30 - Most problems start with owners and managers. Annie reveals her different approach to problems with employees, that begins with confronting your own fears, and sharing them.

At 26:20 - Annie shares her vision for the future of business, a better way that takes in to account that people make mistakes, but in embracing this, even greater things can be achieved.

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Jul 7, 2015

Ted McGrath is a coach to speakers and entrepreneurs, a performer, and an expert in the use and application of stories in business. But what makes him so unique in this? Because he takes the approach in marketing that we aren't all alike, that while we can relate to each other, we are all very different - and extraordinary - people. And it's this message we should share in our businesses.

Ted walks the walk and discusses his own difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, past, from his feelings of not being good enough, to almost dying after he discovered in his twenties that he was earning six figures.

Key Points

At :59 - Ted talks about what he actually does, which is more of a movement, and how he doesn't keep any parts of his life separated from that.

At 7:03 - Ted loves being center stage, but his feelings of inadequacy almost killed him, literally. He made six figures as a 20 year old, and that day he almost overdosed and died on the kitchen floor.

At 10:50 - When Ted started his one man show, part of it was having to talk with his family about all the deep and dark secrets he had held in for so long, before he laid it out on stage.

At 20:00 - Ted talks about the origin of the one man show, and how putting the most difficult parts of his life on display helps his audience realize and share their own stories.

At 24:00 - Ted drills down to the core of his message: that while we may have things in common, we're all extremely different. And that should be carried over to marketing.

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Jun 30, 2015

Ryan Levesque is the author of the best-selling book Ask, and creator of the Ask Formula, one of the most important paradigm shifts to influence online marketing in the last decade. That's impressive in and of itself, but Ryan is also a truly self-made man. He has found himself starting from nothing more than once in his life, and has ingeniously reimagined himself and his circumstances to rise to the top time and time again.

From paying his own way through Brown, to Scrabble tile jewelry, the great success of Ask, and everything in between, Ryan is truly an inspiration.

Key Points

At 2:44 - Mitch talks through the life cycle of the market online, starting with the iconic 'publishing button,' and how it's become something very different these days.

At 5:47 - While everyone agrees that the cream rises to the top, Mitch goes into why he thinks that now is still a fantastic time for indie publishers to make their mark.

At 12:46 - Mitch talks about what he thinks would happen if he were to have just now started his blog, and contrasts that with the wild success of others who are newer to the online realm.

At 18:46 - Danny and Mitch discuss Seth Godin's book, 'The Dip,' and talk about how to know the difference between a dip, and a dead end.

At 25:18 - Exit strategies, what Billy Idol and Mitch Joel have in common, and how lunacy could easily factor in.

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Jun 23, 2015

Charles H. Green is the co-author of the well known book, The Trusted Advisor, and founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates. He's taught for Kellogg and Columbia business schools and written for the Harvard Business Review, American Laywer, and the CPA Journal. He also write the blog, TrustMatters.

Charles is bringing a revolutionary idea to business, a sense of trust that extends not only to customers, but also to employees. In today's podcast, Danny and Charles talk reciprocity, how being trustworthy isn't enough, staying personal while scaling, and much more.

 

 

Key Points

At 2:45 - Charles explains what trust actually IS, and it's more than most people realize. This definition of trust is the foundation for businesses and trustworthiness.

 

At 4:40 - Charles addresses the topic of trust in business, and how they're focusing on the wrong problem.

 

At 11:00 - Charles tells the story of how being personal with people can establish business relationships that are much more lasting.

 

At 13:26 - Danny and Charles talk about trust and scale, and Charles dispells a common myth about the personal touch taking too much time.

 

At 18:23 - Charles talks about how trust extends not just to customers, but also to employees, in building a very flexible company that can scale well.

 

 

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Jun 16, 2015

Tad Hargrave has made a career of teaching business skills to the people who are on a mission to change the world – which is hard, because they're the same people who tend to be most resistant to the concept of business! Tad manages to walk the line gracefully through his work at Marketing For Hippies, with an incisive sensitivity that I know you'll appreciate. On today's show, we dig into the deep meaning of what sales is really about, and reach some surprising conclusions.

Key Points

At 3:04 - Tad discusses why there's no way to strike a balance between posturing and collapsing, and how doing to creates an ineffective, muddy middle.

At 7:00 - Danny and Tad talk about how integrity can slip when cash flow is low, and what to do about it.

At 13:10 - Danny explains his alternative to the zero-sum mentality, and Tad follows up with the idea of shuffling value around.

At 16:10 - Tad talks about niches that can't afford to pay, sustainability, and how a different business model might be in order.

At 19:40 - Tad and Danny discuss sustainability that goes beyond one's on business and marketing, and asks the question, 'what would happen if everyone took this tactic?'

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Jun 9, 2015

In making the very first episode of Business Reimagined, I interviewed 19 other Firepole team members. While the best is included in episode 00, I've gathered the FUNNIEST stuff right here, for your enjoyment.

Don't forget to check out episodes 01 and 02 for interviews with Sean Platt and Mitch Joel!

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Jun 9, 2015

Sean Platt is a pioneer and innovator in the business of fiction. He has a proven track record of doing what's never been done before, and with great success. He ran the second most successful fiction project in KickStarter history, and proved that fast writing can be good writing when he and his partner wrote a book in 30 days, live in front of 1,000 people. That's just part of it.

Today, Sean talks about what's to come, both for him and for the fiction industry at large.

Key Points

At 5:03 - Even though they had great success with serials, Sean talks about why they've stepped away from them, and why other authors should look for another strategy.

At 6:40 - Sean talks about one of his reimaginations that earns them the name 'hack writers,' but explains why that's not the case at all.

At 14:00 - Sean talks about the concept of Open Source Fiction as yet another reimagination in fiction.

At 16:10 - Subscriptions are becoming more common, and Sean has found a way to integrate it into his publishing company, but do it in a way that provides enormous value to his readers.

At 19:20 - Sean's final reimagination that includes world class narration, and a new model that could be very disruptive to the publishing industry.

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Jun 9, 2015

Mitch Joel is one of the leading voices in digital media. He is the host of the Six Pixels of Separation podcast, author of 2 bestselling books and co-founder of Twist Image, the leading Canadian marketing agency that was acquired last year by the largest agency conglomerate in the world to form a global agency called Mirum, where Mitch serves as president.

On today's show, Mitch and Danny explore some of the most important existential questions that modern, online entrepreneurs have to struggle with and come to some inspiring and insightful conclusions.

Key Points

At 2:44 - Mitch talks through the life cycle of the market online, starting with the iconic 'publishing button,' and how it's become something very different these days.

At 5:47 - While everyone agrees that the cream rises to the top, Mitch goes into why he thinks that now is still a fantastic time for indie publishers to make their mark.

At 12:46 - Mitch talks about what he thinks would happen if he were to have just now started his blog, and contrasts that with the wild success of others who are newer to the online realm.

At 18:46 - Danny and Mitch discuss Seth Godin's book, 'The Dip,' and talk about how to know the difference between a dip, and a dead end.

At 25:18 - Seth Godin's book, 'The Dip,' and what Billy Idol and Mitch Joel have in common, and how lunacy could easily factor in.

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May 26, 2015

I can't tell you how thrilled I am about today's podcast. Not only is it the inaugural episode of our brand new podcast, Business Reimagined, but it's also very close to my heart. For this podcast, I interviewed every single one of my team members, and with their help, we tell the story of how we found Firepole Marketing, and what it's been like working with Danny, and each other.

I think you'll find the unique culture of Firepole to be very inspiring, and hopefully you'll get some insight into what works for us, and what can also work for you.

And don't forget to check out the hilarious blooper reel I put together for you. You'll find it in iTunes, so take a moment to subscribe while you're there!

Key Points

At 1:40 - The team is made up of people from around the world, with diverse backgrounds, but for most of us, we came to Firepole for the same reasons.

At 8:14 - Team members share their experiences applying for and being hired, and whether or not the staff lived up to expectations.

At 13:57 - Team members talk about their relationships with their students, and how much it really means.

At 17:02 - Firepole doesn't just expect their students to learn, the opportunitiy and expectation is also part of the team culture.

At 19:30 - Firepole team members give their best advice to students and entrepreneurs based on what they've learned and experienced as part of the team.

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