3 Lifestyle Hacks You Can Utilize to Get More Done in Less Time

Don’t make life harder than it has to be. February 28, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel breaks down three things you can do in your daily life that will help you be more productive, healthier and happier over the long run.  In his last video, Angel explained the problem with willpower — if you have to exert self-control, it means that something is out of control to start with. Here, he goes beyond identifying that problem and helps you find productive strategies to keep your world more in balance.  You can live a happier and easier life simply by making a few easy changes. Click play to learn the three tips Angel recommends you can use to get started. Related: Why Willpower Is Actually a Bad Thing Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration […]

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Oft-Overlooked Ways to Connect with More Prospects

This week, we talked about forming stronger relationships with prospects. Someone may know you, but do they like you enough to remain an engaged member of your audience? On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman kicked things off by asking that very question. Be sure to try her simple exercise for uncovering what makes you likable and crafting content that includes those elements. Introductions to blog posts can sometimes be tricky, and Kelly Exeter has found through her work with clients that book introductions also cause writers to freeze up. An introduction commonly determines whether or not someone chooses to invest time in a book — so there’s a lot at stake. On Tuesday, Kelly outlined a three-step process for writing a killer book introduction. And on Wednesday, I covered a topic that makes a lot of talented creative professionals throw up in their mouths a little: SEO copywriting. But it’s 2018 now, […]

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SPI 212: Inside a Coaching Call with Pat—Redesigning USA Weightlifting

Ready to listen in on another one-on-one coaching call? Smart Passive Income Podcast listener John Filippini is on the other end of the phone today, and he’s on the hunt for ways to take his business to the next level. While I’ll be the one doing the “coaching” in this episode, John knows a thing or two about being a coach as well—he’s a weightlifting coach serving the fitness community in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Weightlifting is John’s passion, and he wants to share that passion with an even greater audience. He wants to reach folks who might not think of themselves as weightlifters or realize all the great things weightlifting can do for their health and well-being. John wants to start a movement, but with so many possible next steps, he’s not sure where to begin. That’s where I come in. Together, John and I outline both long-term possibilities for his business and short-term actions he can take […]

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This One Aspect of Your Office Design Is Wasting a Lot of Time and Money

Creating smart meeting rooms is a very wise investment. February 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The modern office was conceived at the turn of the 20th century by Frederick Winslow Taylor, imitating factory assembly lines, where clerks and executives could perform repetitive tasks with maximum efficiency. In recent years, our offices have changed to reflect the more collaborative nature of work, but meeting rooms have lagged behind. Related: Science Has Some Suggestions for Making Meetings Productive Back in the Mad Men era, employees worked for a boss and gathered in his office for meetings. On the few occasions when a large room was needed, a secretary would book a suitable room. If a presentation was to be made, there would be flip charts and perhaps an overhead projector showing some slides to people in the room, watching through a haze of cigarette smoke. […]

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SPI 212: Inside a Coaching Call with Pat—Redesigning USA Weightlifting

Ready to listen in on another one-on-one coaching call? Smart Passive Income Podcast listener John Filippini is on the other end of the phone today, and he’s on the hunt for ways to take his business to the next level. While I’ll be the one doing the “coaching” in this episode, John knows a thing or two about being a coach as well—he’s a weightlifting coach serving the fitness community in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Weightlifting is John’s passion, and he wants to share that passion with an even greater audience. He wants to reach folks who might not think of themselves as weightlifters or realize all the great things weightlifting can do for their health and well-being. John wants to start a movement, but with so many possible next steps, he’s not sure where to begin. That’s where I come in. Together, John and I outline both long-term possibilities for his business and short-term actions he can take […]

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3 Startup Lessons From Hip Hop Entrepreneurs

From Nipsey Hussle, to Jay-Z, to Dr. Dre, rappers are showing how they can think bigger than just bars and hooks. February 28, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hip hop has significantly redefined and shaped our culture. From NWA to Pac and Jay-Z, hip hop artists have pushed the boundaries of society and reinvented our culture. But what’s also interesting is that most don’t just stick with music and call it a day: Instead, there’s an inherent entrepreneurial foundation to most of these artists. And the result is that their businesses reach deeply into different spaces like fashion, sports, alcoholic beverages and tech. From creative product launches like Jay-Z’s Magna Carta album drop (in partnership with Samsung), to joint ventures like Diddy’s Ciroc deal and partnerships like Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s headset company, hip hop has not only redefined culture but business, […]

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How to Diagnose SEO Traffic Drops: 11 Questions to Answer

Almost every consultant or in-house SEO will be asked at some point to investigate an organic traffic drop. I’ve investigated quite a few, so I thought I’d share some steps I’ve found helpful when doing so. Is it just normal noise? Before you sound the alarm and get lost down a rabbit hole, you should make sure that the drop you’re seeing is actually real. This involves answering two questions: A.) Do you trust the data? This might seem trivial, but at least a quarter of the traffic drops I’ve seen were simply due to data problems. The best way to check on this is to sense-check other metrics that might be impacted by data problems. Does anything else look funky? If you have a data engineering team, are they aware of any data issues? Are you flat-out missing data for certain days or page types or devices, etc.? Thankfully, […]

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A Deep Look Into the Top 5 Posts on SPI, and Why They Were So Popular

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love to see what’s working. If a particular SPI blog post or page is performing well, and it is resonating strongly with the community, I know we’ve done something right. We’ve created something that’s of value, which is what it’s all about it. I also love to analyze data, so it’s a good excuse to jump into that. Social media shares, blog post comments, page views. All of these data points are key indicators to the popularity of your content. So that’s what I wanted to get into today: some of the most popular content on SPI, why it is popular, and a few key lessons we learned along the way. Before I jump into the Top 5 Posts on SPI though, I wanted to start with a few of the most popular SPI pages. Some of these pages are actually viewed more […]

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Ultimate Dining Experience At Restaurant Guy Savoy Las Vegas

Tucked away in the Augustus Tower of Caesars Palace, Restaurant Guy Savoy is a quiet oasis away from the crowds of the casino floor. You can be assured that you’ll get the same quality treatment and meal here that you would at the original Guy Savoy in Paris. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay trained under Savoy as the Scottish cook was starting out, and has long called him one of his culinary mentors. The Jean-Michel Wilmotte-designed dining room is a near replica of the original restaurant in Paris — the obvious difference is the Caesars Palace ceilings are much higher. This fare may seem complex, but at its heart, each dish is beautiful and comforting, prepared with ultra-high-quality ingredients and impeccable technique. The same goes for the wine list, with some 1,700 bottles, about 85 percent of them French, including many older and rare vintages. If it seems daunting, the capable […]

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Here’s What You Can Expect If You Want to Get Hired at Facebook

‘We want more than 70 percent of your time doing work that you really enjoy,’ the company’s VP of HR says. February 28, 2018 7 min read Working at Facebook means access to resourceful colleagues, cutting-edge technology and the opportunity to make a global impact. With more than 25,000 employees and 2.1 billion users worldwide, the company attracts top-notch talent and provides them with luxurious perks, from meals and other on-campus services to generous parental leave.  It’s this perfect storm of features, and more, that’s landed Facebook the title of Best Place to Work among large companies on Glassdoor’s annual list. This marks the third year Facebook has earned this distinction in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s resolution for 2018 is to “fix Facebook,” so people may assume that working at the company right now — amid findings of Russian election interference and fake news, backlash […]

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Instructions for Next Week’s Bookstore Blitz – SPI TV Ep. 45

I’m on a mission to find out how self-published authors can get their books on the shelves of physical bookstores, and I want your help! When I chose to self-publish Will It Fly?, I was told that it would be nearly impossible to get my book on the shelves of my local bookstore. However, I’d also heard that if there’s enough demand for a particular book, even a self-published one, a bookstore like Barnes & Noble just might put it on their shelves. Here’s where you come in. I want your help building demand for Will It Fly? at Barnes & Noble bookstores around the country—not for my own gain, but to see if it’s possible for self-published authors to break into a space that’s dominated by traditional publishing. Here’s the plan: STEP 1: Between Saturday, April 30th and Monday, May 2nd, visit or call up your local Barnes & Noble bookstore customer service counter […]

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How to Become a More Customer-Centric Business in 5 Steps

Focusing on your customers will help your business grow in all areas. February 28, 2018 13 min read This story originally appeared on Fit Small Business Customer centric businesses invest the whole team focus on supporting their prospective and existing customers. This doesn’t just mean sales and customer service, but accounting, marketing and other departments as well. Customer centric sales require a more consultative approach, and sometimes means prioritizing help and advice over tying to make a speedy sale. Related: The Real ROI Of Being Customer-Centric In this article, I provide a step-by-step guide to becoming a more customer centric business to drive sales and customer retention. Let’s take a look at the first of 5 steps: Step 1: Develop a customer-centric understanding of buyer behavior The first step to becoming a more customer centric business is to truly understand what your customer experiences at each stage of their customer journey. The best way […]

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Instructions for Next Week’s Bookstore Blitz – SPI TV Ep. 45

I’m on a mission to find out how self-published authors can get their books on the shelves of physical bookstores, and I want your help! When I chose to self-publish Will It Fly?, I was told that it would be nearly impossible to get my book on the shelves of my local bookstore. However, I’d also heard that if there’s enough demand for a particular book, even a self-published one, a bookstore like Barnes & Noble just might put it on their shelves. Here’s where you come in. I want your help building demand for Will It Fly? at Barnes & Noble bookstores around the country—not for my own gain, but to see if it’s possible for self-published authors to break into a space that’s dominated by traditional publishing. Here’s the plan: STEP 1: Between Saturday, April 30th and Monday, May 2nd, visit or call up your local Barnes & Noble bookstore customer service counter […]

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Surprisingly, Drake’s Lyrics Provide Solid Lessons for Entrepreneurs

The award-winning rapper knows a few things about running a business. February 28, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Aubrey Drake Graham is an award-winning rapper, actor and entrepreneur from Canada. His initial success came from his 2001 role on the TV show Degrassi, as the character Jimmy. Seventeen years, four studio albums, and 96 awards later, Drake is still one of the most relevant and influential people of our generation. Related: 3 Insights From Elon Musk’s Chief Automotive Designer You Can Apply to Life and Business Drake’s music focuses on his personal life, his success and failures in the music industry, and all of the lessons he’s learned along the way. After listening to way too many Drake songs than I care to admit, I started noticing a lot of advice that would be great for startups and small-business owners. Here are five of my favorites: 1. […]

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SPI 211: How to Know What You Were Born To Do with Chris Guillebeau

It’s my pleasure to introduce Chris Guillebeau, author of Born for This and inspiring role model for living a rewarding, purpose-driven life. Chris’s list of accomplishments is incredible. He’s visited every country in the world. He’s written two books. He breaks a Guinness World Record every year at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. Today, Chris is giving us a peek at the life lessons and insights that inspired Born for This. He’ll reveal why the happiest, most successful people all maintain a balance of “joy, money, and flow,” and how you can pursue these qualities in your own career starting today. This is one episode that’s sure to leave you feeling inspired. Ready? Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the […]

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How Celebs Are Cashing in as Social Media Influencers

In 2016, marketers and brands spent $570 million on Instagram influencers. And that was long before Instagram hit 1 billion users. But Instagram is only a small piece of the influencer marketing pie. If you’re a celebrity or you simply know how to leverage social media to gain followers, the cloud is the limit. Where there is an audience, brands will pay to get exposure. But how much do influencers actually make? And what brands are most likely to utilize an influencer? Let’s talk about that. 1. Who Are Influencers? Not Just “Celebrities” One misconception I want to squash right now is the idea that only high profile celebrities can be influencers. This is complete B.S. In fact, if you can gain even 10k followers on Instagram, brands will flock to you. The same goes for platforms like YouTube and Twitter. I wouldn’t even discount Facebook although it’s rapidly becoming […]

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How This YouTuber Used Language Tutorials to Get More Than 55 Million Views

English teacher Rachel Smith has been on the platform since its early days. February 28, 2018 6 min read In 2009, when YouTube was just beginning, Rachel Smith was an American living in Germany and doing her best to learn a new language  — and commiserating with fellow expats and locals who were doing the same. With the encouragement of a friend who told her she had a knack for explaining a complex language in a straightforward way, she decided to make her first video. Smith had experience singing in German, French, Italian and Spanish, and she also had a background teaching ESL since the late 1990s. Armed with that knowledge, she decided to make her first video about American English pronunciation and see what kind of response she got. Related: YouTube Star and ‘The Older Sister of the Internet’ Anna Akana Explains How She Found Her Honest Voice Nearly a […]

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I’m Running an Experiment—and I Need Your Help…

When I chose to self publish Will It Fly, I was told that it would be nearly impossible to get onto any bestseller lists because it was only for books that are traditionally published. A week after it went live, it became a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. Also, when I chose to self publish Will It Fly, I was told that it would be nearly impossible to get onto the shelves at physical book stores. Challenge accepted. I’m going to need your help though, and if you’re willing to be a part of this crazy experiment (and have some fun at the same time), keep reading! Why It’s Difficult for a Self-Published Book to Get Into Bookstores When you go self-published, you aren’t working with a traditional publishing house that has distribution and connections to the people at book stores who place orders for books. That’s one of the […]

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What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Success

Many people consider Steve Jobs someone who changed the way the world engages. He defines success because of the way he thinks and what his products have done for our society. For example, the products are innovative and way ahead of our time. He focuses on simplicity which is what many people are looking for in a time where things are very complicated. However, even though he has been a strong player in innovative gadgets you can still apply his work ethic to your blogging. The way he thinks and functions can be great for anyone looking to be successful in a very competitive world. I have read many books on Steve Jobs and even watched several of his documentaries to understand his mind frame and thinking pattern. It’s hard to get in the mind of someone who many consider a genius however you can definitely learn some awesome lessons. […]

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This Technology Will Transform How You Work — If You Can Get Team Members to Use It

Chatbots are the future of office communication. February 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the last several years, chatbots have become ubiquitous for businesses trying to scale their customer outreach. Research from Oracle found that 80 percent of businesses intend to interact with customers using chatbots by 2020. While many companies have recognized that chatbots and other automated applications are a powerful means to grow and support their businesses externally, it’s equally important to think about how chatbots can support companies internally, both now and in the future. Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business The benefits of bots Whether you’re a startup founder, a small business owner looking to grow your business, or an executive hoping to take your enterprise to the next level, jumping on the chatbot train can help your team in numerous ways. […]

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