How to Go From Zero Audience to 6-Figure Business in One Book

As someone who identifies more as a “writer” than an “entrepreneur” or “marketer,” the term “funnel” has always made me feel icky. I don’t want to funnel people into giving me money. I want to guide them into a situation where they’ll happily pay me for fair value — if it’s right for them. No pressure, just some urgency to help them level up sooner. While there’s certainly a place for things like paid advertising and webinars, as a writer-turned-entrepreneur, the type of “funnel” I feel most comfortable with starts with a book. Over the past few years, I’ve learned it can actually be the most lucrative. Russell Brunson claims to generate $238 in income every time he gives away a free book. But there are two problems: Most authors think books are the pinnacle of creation, so they treat them as the end of the funnel instead of one […]

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Learn and Master Skills Faster with Scott H Young (FS340)

How can we, as entrepreneurs, continue to stay abreast of all the new information and skills in circulation? Is there a way to fast track learning and at the same time make it meaningful and effective? What really happens in our brains when we try and adopt something new? Today on the show we are joined by Scott H Young, author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Ultralearning. The book aims to arm readers with actionable strategies and techniques for faster, more accurate learning and skill acquisition. Scott is a writer, programmer, traveler and avid reader, who has spent the last 15 years as a successful blogger and entrepreneur. This episode will give you a taste of the book and its contents, which promises to help you master hard skills, outsmart the competition and accelerate your career. We discuss the process of learning new skills, staying relevant and reinventing yourself, […]

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How CBD Helped Paul Pierce Cope With PTSD and Depression

The NBA legend talks about his stabbing in 2000, his road to recovery, and his new line The Truth CBD Remedies. September 13, 2019 15+ min read Paul Pierce lit up the NBA as an all-star for 19 years. Now he’s co-founder and CEO of The Truth CBD Remedies and the Vesper One vape available on Eaze Wellness. But it hasn’t all been a smooth ride for Pierce. In 2002, he was stabbed 11 times, a harrowing event that led him on a journey to discover cannabis for pain, depression, and PTSD. Pierce talks about how he went from being a CBD advocate to a CBD entrepreneur. He’s joined by business partner, Elliot Mermel. JON: So Paul, let’s start with you. First of all, congratulations on the product. It’s very cool, and I’m happy that you are a part of the cannabis world. PAUL: Oh man, thank you. I’m excited […]

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SEO Wizardry, Extroversion, and Overlapping Passions with Brendan Hufford (FS339)

On this edition of Fizzle Friday, we welcome Brendan Hufford, longtime Fizzle member and SEO wizard! He details his evolving entrepreneurial journey, doing SEO his way, and illustrates what his success has looked like over the years. We discuss Brendan’s numerous business ventures and how he has pivoted several times and describes life at the agency where he spends most of his time. He has found a sweet spot between his talents and passions representing another example of someone who has created a sustainable lifestyle doing something he cares about. Today on the show we are also joined by Fizzle regulars, Jen Rao and Joe Kerns to take part in the discussion! This Friday episode is the first part of two and in next week’s episode, we will be doing a Q & A with Brendan and our panel, so make sure to catch that one as well! Join us […]

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The Perfect Productivity Tool For Your Business…Doesn’t Exist

“If only there was a productivity tool that ensured with perfect certainty that I would never forget an important task…” I once wondered. “Pick me!” – Asana, Trello, BaseCamp, Monday, Evernote, and all their cousins hollered back in harmony. So I did. Sometimes individually, sometimes in combination, I sought and used their systems many times to great effect. Unfortunately, I never found the one that actually delivered that perfect certainty of non-forgettal. I know I am not alone in my hunger for productivity perfection. There are thousands of us out there, honing our processes. We’re always on the look-out for the fabled perfect productivity tool. The one that ratchets tight the last bolt, finally locking our thrusters to the rocket ship. The one that guarantees a perfect launch, a steady trajectory, and obliterates all occurrences of overlooked tasks. Unfortunately that day will never come. There is no perfect productivity tool. […]

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The Best Productivity Routines with Mike Vardy and Chase Reeves (FS338)

Which strategies help our productivity with the bulk of our time? What do we do when one of these strategies loses its effect? What is the right balance between being focused on productivity and actually being productive? In the online business world, there is more than enough literature and content offering you ways to be more productive! These ideas can often be really helpful, but sometimes they can seem like noise and can distract you from what is important. We want to assess where the general productivity conversation is currently situated and help you to gauge where you are with it! In this episode, we break down the ever-evolving inner and outer world of productivity. A common experience for many people seems to be that tactics and systems can help a lot but that their effect can wear off over time. So one of the main issues here seems to […]

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Business Lessons from a Former Chipotle Exec

Tim Spong, CEO of NectarTek, was with Chipotle from the beginning. Now he’s bringing that experience to the cannabis space. September 5, 2019 15+ min read Our special guest on this week’s podcast is Tim Spong, CEO of NectarTek, a hemp extractor that produces CBD isolate and distillate. Prior to getting into hemp, Tim worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill for 25 years, most recently as Executive Director of Supply Chain and Operations Services, a job which included managing that company’s food safety crisis in 2015. Tim talks about why he left Chipotle to run a cannabis startup and the strategies he’s brought to his new business. Jon: If you could just give me the pitch of what NectarTek does. Tim: Let’s see. I’ll give you our core values first: safety, quality, and reliability, in that order. Our mission is to bring the highest quality CBD products to the market at […]

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Grow Your Podcast Audience, Get Paid for Consulting, and Run PPC Ads (FS337)

How do you grow your podcast following if you don’t have an existing audience elsewhere? It might be easy to introduce a podcast if you already have thousands of social media followers and a long email list, but it’s trickier if you are starting from scratch. In this member-focused episode, the Fizzle Team discusses this puzzle and address some other attendee questions. Each host gives their perspective as it pertains to their own experience and business. We also talk about the strategies new podcasters could use to get the attention of another audience who is already listening to similar shows. Later we tackle the all-too-familiar problem of people who want to “pick your brain” without paying for it and help you to better set the boundaries between a discovery session and an actual consultation. And finally we talk about how to approach your first social media PPC ad campaigns, free […]

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Making Money from Affiliate Marketing, Video Shows and Podcasting with Matt Giovanisci (FS336)

Ever wonder about starting a video show? Did you decide not to due to the many obstacles, including a lack of time and resources? Have you wanted to get on podcasting bandwagon but feel unsure of how to juggle your tasks? Were you concerned that neither of these things would be the most productive use of your time? In this episode, we discover the wonder of video shows and podcasting and talk about being involved in several ventures while still focusing on what you are good at. We also get into how affiliate marketing can significantly boost your following and the traffic to your website. Today on the show we are joined by Matt Giovanisci, successful entrepreneur, website wizard, podcast producer, and video veteran. His specialties include web design, internet marketing, web development, SEO, small and corporate business marketing and more, and he is here to talk about how he […]

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How to Find Your Why and Get Amazing Testimonials (FS335)

How much of your mission and “why” should you share your audience and customers? Do you need to be crystal clear on your motivation before you are able to do this? How do we collect amazing testimonials from satisfied clients? Welcome to the first member-focused, Friday episode of the Fizzle Show! These shows will be recorded live with Fizzle members and their questions and will be aired every Friday going forward! If you are not yet a registered member, check out the website so you can be a part of this great community! In this episode, we focus on two main topics: The first is getting to grips with your why and whether it is important to include your audience in this journey. The second question we answer is around testimonial collection and the best ways to go about this. We also talk about gauging alignment with customers, non-sleazy marketing […]

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A Few Special Updates from the Fizzle Team! (FS334)

Today’s show is a quick and extra special one! We have just celebrated our 333rd episode and we are taking this opportunity to share a few very important and exciting updates with all of you. That’s right, 333 weekly shows from the Fizzle team, how long have you been a listener for? We are about to shake things up and we have three big changes that we are implementing right now! First of these is Corbett Barr taking over as primary host of the podcast. Do not worry, our dear friend and resident loudmouth, Chase will still appear from time to time but as he focusses more of his energy on his YouTube business, he is handing the big responsibility baton over to Corbett. The second thing on the list is the introduction of regular, member-focused episodes, so we will be having an additional episode every Friday where we will […]

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Bootstrapping Your Way to a Sellable Business with Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar (FS333)

Who are your online business heroes? Which businesses are doing this entrepreneurial thing brilliantly? Someone we look up to a lot is Laura Roeder, founder and CEO of MeetEdgar. Today we will be doing an inspirational deep dive on her path and philosophy behind bootstrapping her business and growing online! There are so many ways to build the company that you have always wanted! Hearing from someone who has worked in this space and managed to achieve many of their own goals in their own unique and tailored way, can be such an affirming message for everyone out there pushing. In this episode we talk about the benefits of bootstrapping your startup. We discuss finding your own way through money and hiring instead of relying solely on venture capital. Laura shares insight about how to keep in mind the idea of building a sellable business while creating something you believe […]

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The 5 Steps Every Growth Cycle Needs (FS332)

Aren’t we all wishing to grow to that place where we can just relax into our business and start living life rather than just sweating through every day? Well, the good news is that Internet business allows you to do that to some extent. Welcome to the future! It is possible to create your own business and to design your own lifestyle. How do you want to raise your kids and schedule your working hours? Again, an online business gives you the opportunity to customize all those aspects to fit your needs and wants. But, in order for us to do that, we need to figure out a way to earn enough revenue to be able to afford these choices and to sustain the lifestyle we want. To accomplish this, you need the energy to want to do it, so you have to actually care about it. In this episode […]

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What Millennials Really Want From Weed

Cy Scott of Headset Inc. joins the Green Entrepreneur podcast to talk about interesting buying habits August 10, 2019 15+ min read Our guest on the podcast is Cy Scott, the co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc,  an analytics service provider for the cannabis industry. Their customers look to them for market research and data analysis and they source that data from retailers and dispensaries across the US and soon in Canada.  So basically, Cy Scott has his fingertips on information about the burgeoning cannabis industry that is very hard to research, and for that reason his customers pay a pretty penny, sometimes up to a quarter of a million dollars, for his research. But you don’t have to pay anything today, because this podcast is absolutely free and Cy has generously lent us his time and his knowledge and today we’re going to look at specifically the millennials and […]

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Growth Philosophies: Metrics, Milestones, & Golden Handcuffs (FS331)

Life is too short to do something you hate, why not start your own business? This way you can have much more personal freedom and stability, not to mention an opportunity for creative expression. The Internet has allowed us to communicate with anyone in the world and has completely opened up the landscape of business. But that doesn’t mean you have to have an eBook and a massive email funnel – you don’t have to do business in any particular way just because you’re using the Internet. If you’ve missed out on the last several episodes, we’re working though the roadmap that gives you the steps and stages to follow to start your own business, minus all the whingeing that goes along with constantly having to start all over again. We often waste time fiddling with things that aren’t that important, and then we wonder why we’re not making more […]

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I Just Launched My Product! When Do I Iterate? (FS330)

SPOILER ALERT: you have to be yourself in life, because everybody else is taken! Not everybody gets to do a job they care about, however. Some of us have to endure the mediocrity of the everyday humdrum. Even if it’s not torture, it is still not giving you the zeal you’d like to wake up with in the morning. Some of us get to work at Google or Oracle while the rest of us misfits are scurrying around to start our own businesses. We really want it to work so we can make our own schedules and be responsible for our own livelihoods. This independent living online thing, we’ve been at it for years, been talking about if for a long time and there’s a lot of you involved in this – your unique situation and point of view. If you’ve been following the show for the last several weeks, […]

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5 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing Books

Pat Flynn: Hey, Team Flynn. Today in this podcast episode, we’re going to talk about five hard truths about writing and publishing books. A lot of you may know I have a new book coming out in less than a month. On August 13th, my new book, Superfans, comes out. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered it, you can. If you do, you actually get the audiobook for free on launch day. Just go to yoursuperfans.com, and you can submit your receipt there after you pre-order, wherever you want to pre-order it, Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, what have you. But today, we’re going to talk about some hard truths because I’ve been doing this for a while and this is my third book. Man, it’s not easy, and I’ve learned a lot. I’m here to share everything with you, so stick around. Announcer: Welcome to the Smart Passive Income Podcast, where […]

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How Books Increase Our Authority and Leadership with Azul Terronez

Pat Flynn: One thing I love to do in my business is to pull back the curtain and to share with you a lot of the behind the scenes, and the processes that I work through to accomplish some of the goals. Sometimes, it’s a win; sometimes, it is a fail; but every time, it’s going to be a lesson for you. That’s why I continue to do what I do, and why I continue to experiment, and try new things. Now, I’ve been writing books for a number of years now. Thank you to everybody who has supported my previous book, Will It Fly?, and helped it, as a self-published book, become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. In case you haven’t heard yet, my next book is finally coming out. It’s called Superfans, and it comes out in August of this year, by the time this episode publishes, about […]

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Introducing Palapa.co – 10 Lessons From 10+ Years Running Online Communities (FS327)

Are you all ready to finally hear about the great online community platform we have been working on for the last few years? We have been putting together something we are so excited about and you should be too! Please welcome Palapa.co! Palapa is our new online community based messaging service, designed to keep you engaged, up to date and building stronger links with the people that matter. This has been a long time coming and we have taken our time to make sure everything was ready before letting this little baby out into the world. In this episode we break down how the platform works, the inspiration behind it, the special offer we are running for July sign ups and more! We also discuss particulars of online community platforms beyond our own one and think about how to get the most out of these interactions. We get into the […]

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New Opportunities in the Cannabis Business

G. Ryan Ansin is a top tier investor and founder of Revolution Farms. Here’s where he sees the business going. July 3, 2019 15+ min read Jon: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into cannabis specifically. Ryan: Sure. I have an odd background, but it’s been a fun journey to date. I started a film production company in my early teens, which gave me a great education all over the world making videos for nonprofits and then teaching photography and journalism in 13 countries for a number of years. That then brought me to West Africa, where when I wanted to get married, I went to get my own diamond and ended up helping to start a company called Clarity Project. Jon: Wait, wait, wait. You wanted to get married, so you went and tried to find your own diamond? What do you mean […]

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