Episode 471 – Books Are Not Just For Paper Anymore And Why YOU Should Write One with Heidi Thorne

Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, is a business speaker and author with over 25 years of combined experience in sales and advertising, including over 15 years as editor and advertising director of a trade newspaper covering the plumbing and mechanical contracting trades. In addition to two advanced business degrees (MBA/DBA), Heidi also has five years of experience teaching at the college level. Her business, Thorne Communications LLC, was also a promotional products distributor for 17 years.

Heidi has been an active blogger since 2010, and is the author of several business print books, eBooks, and audio books on small business and self publishing. Her goal is to help authors avoid embarrassing and expensive mistakes when self publishing.

As a professional business speaker, Heidi has done presentations on sales, social media, and self publishing with many business associations and chambers of commerce. She now hosts a regular audio and video podcast, The Heidi Thorne Show, where she discusses self publishing news and views. Heidi has also been a guest on many podcasts and educational webinars over the years. As well, she shares her knowledge and experience through her online courses on Udemy.

Episode 469 – Taking The Fear And Mystery Out Of Speaking For Your Business with Jane Atkinson

They say “It’s hard to see the label when you’re inside the jar.” My specialty is to help speakers see and work on what they can’t see in their business.

Having worked with professional speakers for nearly three decades, I understand the common challenges that speakers face. Those that are just starting to seasoned pros often struggle with three main challenges: positioning; branding; and rolling out consistent messaging to their fan base.

I help speakers of all levels develop and launch their business, solidify their brand and message, and market and monetize their keynotes.

I do this through three books that I’ve written: The Wealthy Speaker 2.0, The Epic Keynote, and The Wealthy Speaker Daily Success Planner and Journal, as well as through online courses, group coaching, and private coaching.

As one long-term client shared: “What changed for me working with Jane? Everything…we’ve been together since the beginning and 3 years later we are well on our way to building a million dollar business. She is the definitive Speaker Launcher!” – Ryan Estis, Performance Expert

Episode 464 – Why A Marketing Mind Is Better Than A Sales Script?

Over the weekend I listened to two audio books. One was “Choose” by Ryan Levesque about a marketing strategy and another was by a LinkedIn Expert focused on sales. They BOTH lived up to expectations. The marketing book gave away great ideas and concepts while the Linkedin book sounded more like a sales pitch for his LinkedIn Leads business.What’s the difference between sales and marketing? Marketing informs and attracts leads and prospects to your company and product or service. Sales, on the other hand, works directly with prospects to reinforce the value of the company’s solution to convert prospects into customers.

Episode 458 – There Is An Easy Button to Success, But Can You Afford It?

Everybody wishes they had an “Easy Button” that you could simply push and ‘POOF’… good things just happen. If we all had that, nobody would have to work and nor would your products and services stand out as the right choice for your customers. But, we all want to make things easier and less complicated? That can be done with a little extra effort!The definition of insanity is “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” but I like to think of it as “Trying what everyone else is doing and expecting better results?”What you really want is the RIGHT PEOPLE to PAY ATTENTION to what you are doing and TAKE ACTION! We all have assets of Time, Treasure, and Talent but you have to “Work To Your Strengths & Hire To Your Weaknesses.” Do you have a plan to maximize your assets to help you achieve your goals?Each goal has a cost of time and a cost of money…In this episode we will explore some concepts where you can reinvent your business messages to get to the RIGHT PEOPLE to PAY ATTENTION to what you are doing and TAKE ACTION!

Episode 453 – How Writing A Book Can Grow Your Business with David Hancock of Morgan James Publishing

David Hancock is the founder of Morgan James Publishing and the chairman of Guerrilla Marketing International, and has co-authored sixteen books, including Performance Driven Thinking, The Best of Guerrilla Marketing and The Entrepreneurial Author. NASDAQ cites David as one of the world’s most prestigious business leaders, and he is reported to be the future of publishing. As founder of Morgan James Publishing, he was selected for Fast Company Magazine’s Fast 50 for his leadership, creative thinking, significant accomplishments, and his significant impact on the industry over the next ten years.David also serves as president of the executive board for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, and as chairman of the board of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence.

Episode 441 – Change Is Not Always Better… But Better Is Always Change with Warren Whitlock

Hi. I’m Warren Whitlock. My mission is to help brands improve the results of their digital marketing.

I started creating content for marketing when “new media” meant we could combine multiple slide projectors for a presentation. By the time I went online in 1981, I’d learned to push for better technology whenever it allowed us to achieve our objectives.

Throughout my career, I have created new strategies to use influence and persuasion to help people get what they want. I set hard sales goals and measured performance but never forget that people hate to be sold, but love to buy. I have been an entrepreneur in the computer, publishing, and media,

I look for collaborations where brands can share resources, extend their reach and give customers an experience they will want to share with others. I am currently partnering with IBM Futurists and a few brands and startups along with keynotes where I can engage executives transforming their organizations for an abundant future.

Episode 439 – How To Use LinkedIn To Look Sweet In The C-Suite with Deb Krier

Deb Krier is a LinkedIn Strategist, social media advisor, and professional speaker. For more than 10 years, she has work with professionals to optimize their use of LinkedIn. As the founder of Wise Women Communications, a full-service marketing agency, she sees LinkedIn as a vital marketing tool for professionals at any level.
Throughout her career, Deb has worked with corporations and nonprofit organizations developing and maximizing their marketing and public relations efforts. But, senior executives often don’t see themselves as something that needs marketed. Drawing on her experience in working for small businesses, one of the largest corporations in the world, the nonprofit realm and as an entrepreneur, she demonstrates how LinkedIn is a strategic tool that enables everyone to improve their business, whether large or small, and create an impressive personal brand.
With more than 20 years of experience, Deb has a Master’s Degree in Marketing as well as a Master’s Degree in Communication Management. She has the experience and knowledge to help busy executives make an impact with their LinkedIn Profiles.

Episode 404 – The Ultimate Sales Question – How Can I Help You?

Most 12 step programs start with this… “Do you realize you have a problem?” When it comes to the sales process, most people seel to needs, but customers buy to wants. Ultimately, you have to get to the root cause of the problem the client is having, and help them find the optimum solution to it. You do this by helping them to explore issues surrounding the cause of the problem, and help them navigate to a successful, profitable, and satisfying solution!

Here are some things to ponder as you start to develop your sales conversations and marketing messages with potential customers:

Episode 403 – Who Is Gen Z and How Do They Spend $600 Billion a Year with Kathleen Hessert and Krista Jasso

When the marketplace was still fixated on the peculiarities of Millennials, Kathleen migrated to what’s NEXT- Generation Z. Used to working with young athletes, she turned to teens to build WeRGenZ from the grassroots up. Today she helps brands understand the future through today’s youth and amplifying voices of the generation. She’s a much sought-after public speaker, and consultant wowing audiences with insights derived from her original research and thousands of members of the WeRGenZ Teen Think Tank.

Episode 402 – How-To Simplify Your Marketing – What Would Mr. Rogers Do?

My wife and I watched a documentary this weekend called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. It chronicled the life of Fred Rogers, the pastor, actor, and puppeteer from “Mr. Rogers Neighborthood” (a PBS children’s TV show). He had a special way of connecting with children That has been legendary for years.

It made me think…”What if we applied some of his methods of communicating with children in your marketing?” A lot of marketing is based on fear and self-doubt. What would happen if we could apply some of his tactics? He made children feel…

Heard
Accepted
Loved
Safe
Worthy
In this episode, we will explore applying those to our marketing efforts. It may not work with every product or service, or even yours, but why not try to insert some positivity in the world?