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52: The Parable of the Sower

Harvest 2Do you want to do something great and make a difference with your life?
If you do… then you need to understand the lessons of the Parable of the Sower.  The potential for the impact that we want to have with our lives is contained in the “seed.”  That seed is our message.
Whether you are a non-profit leader, sales professional or small business owner, you have a message to get out.  Often times we get discouraged about the lack of results we see from sowing our seed.
However, if we will understand the Truth contained in the Parable of the Sower, we will have the tools necessary to be successful even when we face struggle.
Then, You will be able to reap a mighty harvest!
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23: Build Your Team Without Employees w/ Tom Ordover

EP. 23Today’s Guest is Tom Ordover a video proffessional of TEO Creative.
“Tom Ordover is President of TEO Creative. Prior to starting the company, Tom was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of CrossMedia, a division of Golin/Harris International providing integrated communications solutions on a project basis to Golin / Harris clients; as well as its own, independently generated clientele. Tom joined CrossMedia in 1998 after seven years in broadcast journalism — with stints at Fox Sports Chicago, and CNN in Atlanta. He was twice honored with Emmy Awards for his work as a Producer and Executive Producer.”

Key Takeaways

  • You can’t ignore what’s happening in your industry. You must keep up with what is going on.
  • Developing a team of independent contractors gives you flexibility in the the work that you do.
  • You must clarify with the customer what exactly it is that they want. 
  • Every platform needs content. Make sure to continue updating and maintaining your content to draw and hold attention from viewers and potential clients.
  • You need to learn that it is okay to say no sometimes. You don’t have to say yes to every single opportunity that comes your way.
  • LISTEN. It is key to listen to your customers concerns, ideas, etc…
  • “If you can’t win, change the game.”
  • “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, your reputation is what other people think of you, your character is who you really are when no one else is around. If you take care of your character, you’ll never have to worry about your reputation.”   ~ John Wooden

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You can’t ignore what’s happening in your industry. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “Every platform needs content. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “You need to learn that it is okay to say no sometimes. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “LISTEN. It is key to listen to your customers concerns, ideas, etc… @tordover”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR23

15: Creatives and Small Business w/ Valerie Reilly

EP. 15Today’s Guest is Valerie Riley, a former real estate agent who is now a Creative Entrepreneur, Small Business Owner, and Freelance Graphic Designer.  She is dedicated to helping small businesses make a BIG impression. She connects small businesses to the creatives that can help their business get to the next level. Doing it first in the first state – Delaware (freedom day – 12/7).
“As a former Realtor (small business owner) I quickly understood the challenges that we face to stand out in a saturated market. What is the secret “juice” that the successful small businesses have? As a creative freelancer (we are small business owners as well), I saw the challenges that us right brained folks have…” – Valerie

Key Takeaways

  • A business mentor will greatly help you as you are seeking to start your own Small Business. You have to help yourself first.
  • “I wanna work with people and not for people and I don’t want them to work for me. I think really we need to work together.”
  • Take some time to slow down and take a break. Don’t over-work yourself.
  • Market towards past clients. Contacting through email, phone calls. Get to know them personally.
  •  “But just as you abound in everything, in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you see that you abound in this gracious work also.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 8:7

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”I think really we need to work together.” @DivineImaging”]
  • [Tweet “I wanna work with people and not for people.” @DivineImaging”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR15

13: 'Keep it Simple Stupid:' The One Key to Your Success

EP. 13Today’s post is the presentation that I had the opportunity to share at the ‘The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce UP 2015’ Conference. Charles Weathers wrote out some of his thoughts on this topic over on his blog at www.CharlesWeathers.com
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Key Takeaways

  • “The Sweet Spot is the the intersection between your authentic self and what the market really wants”
  • Finding your sweet spot results in many different benefits that will lift up you and your business. You gain energy, you are able to create the lifestyle that you want through your business, your amount of customers increases, and you are able to invest in the relationships that are most important to you.
  •  “There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.” ~ Lee Iacocca
  • In order to find your sweet spot you must thoroughly know and understand yourself by discovering aspects like your passions, skills & abilities, resources, lifestyle, and your legacy.
  • Not only must you know yourself, but you must also know your market. You must know who your market is, how to solve problems and create solutions, how to deliver your message, and how to connect with your followers.
  • “Keep going, even if your business ends, you wake up tomorrow to a world of incredible opportunity.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “The Sweet Spot is the the intersection between your authentic self and what the market wants”]
  • [Tweet “”There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.” ~ Lee Iacocca”]
  • [Tweet “”Keep going, even if your business ends, you wake up tomorrow to a world of opportunity.” “]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR13

12: Managing the Mobile Service Business w/ Bryan Orr

EP. 12Today’s Guest is Bryan Orr who is host of the ‘WOW Small Business Podcast’ and owner and manager of a family owned HVAC company in Florida.
“Bryan Orr is the Co-Owner of Kalos Services Inc. an Orlando area HVAC contracting business as well as the Co-Founder of MentionTribe.com a social web startup. Bryan is the Father of 8 children and husband of a Jedi Princess. In his spare time Bryan doesn’t have spare time. Regarding hosting the WOW Small business podcast Bryan Orr said “WOW” and then fell asleep. Read More Here…

Key Takeaways

  • You must hire people for their integrity and character, but don’t rush the process. Allow them to reveal who they are through their conversation and actions.
  • “As much as you can productize your service, the better.”
  • Make sure your in a position where you can over-deliver and under-promise.
  • “You have to communicate as best as you can with your team and your customers that you are not selling ‘putting together furniture.’ Your selling trust.”
  • Trust is established when you deliver on what you said. If you want to build a brand that is going to last you must build others trust.
  • Make the right decisions right away. Make sure that you are hiring the right people.
  • “You HAVE to learn and know your numbers.”
  • “You HAVE to be willing to say no.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”You really have to hire people for their integrity and character. ” @bryanjorr”]
  • [Tweet “”As much as you can productize your service the better.” @bryanjorr”]
  • [Tweet “”You HAVE to be willing to say no.” @bryanjorr”]
  • [Tweet “”You have to learn and know your numbers.” @bryanjorr”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR12

10: Increase Your Productivity Through Virtual Assistants w/ Laura Rike

EP. 10Today’s Guest is Laura Rike, who is a graphic designer and virtual assistant.
“I received a degree in Advertising Graphic Design from International Academy of Design and Technology.
In addition to my design and production skills, I have been told that I can instantly inject energy and promote a no quit attitude that are assets rarely found these days. I was once told that you don’t mess with a single mother, because once they get their mind set on doing something it gets done! That pretty much sums up who I am and what I am about.
Coupled with my incredible work ethic and desire to continue to grow, I am extremely reliable and I have a knack for taking limited information from clients and creating several options to meet their needs. I strive to develop business solutions that are inviting and interesting but also mirror the client’s core values and mission whether it is for Graphic Design, Online Marketing or anything in between!”

Key Takeaways

  • Virtual assistant provide a tremendous opportunity to free us time and energy to focus on the things you are best at.
  • When working on advertising/social media/marketing, bring someone in who has fresh ideas or is a skilled writer. 
  • Try to develop long term relationships with your clients. Really invest in their business.
  • Be completely transparent for your clients, let them know that the work is getting done and that it’s getting done well.
  • “If you don’t have time to have a conversation with someone for even a half hour, how are you gonna reach your clients or your market?”
  • Be careful about who you look for when searching for a virtual assistant.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”If you don’t have time for a half hour conversation, how are you gonna reach your clients?” @Laura_Rike”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR10

09: Creating Products & Services People Want to Buy w/ Rick Coplin

EP. 09Today’s guest is Rick Coplin who works with small business owners, particularly in the technology field, through the organization ‘Tech Columbus.’
“My mission is to help leaders develop clarity, leverage their existing skills and passions, focus on intentional personal growth, and develop a passion for impact through influence. ”

Key Takeaways

  • You’ve got to be close to your customers, you must try your best to understand what they are looking for and what they may need.
  • Constant communication is key when creating a product. Make it clear to your customers that you need and truly want their feedback. Then, later on in the process, make sure to display that you are taking their thoughts and ideas into account when developing the product.
  • Evaluate everything that comes at you with your core priorities and decide whether they are truly necessary.
  • “The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life.” ~ Billy Graham

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”Talking to your customer matters.” @RickCoplin”]
  • [Tweet “”I can say no to good things and say yes to the best things.” @RickCoplin”]
  • [Tweet “”The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life.” ~ Billy Graham @RickCoplin”]

Resuorces

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR09

07: Grow Your Business Through Networking – Town Hall w/ Matt McWilliams

EP. 07In today’s Town Hall Meeting, we are talking about Networking.  Our guest is Matt McWilliams who is a business consultant from small businesses to large businesses. He mainly works with affiliate marking but also provides his services in areas such as social network marketing and customer retention.
I am a world changer. And so are you. 
My goal here is to help you become the world changer that you were born to be. Sometimes that means helping you to shift your mindset. Sometimes it means giving you the tools you need in life, in business, or in relationships to change the world. Sometimes it means some good old fashioned motivation and inspiration… To be clear, I will not make you a world changer. You already are. My goal is to help you find that person inside of you.” 

Key Takeaways

  • When it comes to networking your mindset is key. You must believe that you have the strength and ability to connect with people. You DO have the ability, it’s whether or not you believe in that capability that makes all the difference.
  • When you believe in your skills and strengths it shows through your network. Not just in your network but also in your interactions, ideas, and relationships.
  • “You don’t want people to know more about your business than they know about you.”
  • Practice the Birthday phone call habit to build your network.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”It’s not who you know, but how well you know them.” @MattMcWilliams2″]
  • [Tweet “”Networking starts with taking initiative” @MattMcWilliams2″]
  • [Tweet “”You don’t want people to know more about your business than they know about you.” @MattMcWilliams2″]

Resources

Register for the 2 hour online training, ‘Networking With a Purpose’ here…
www.MattMcWilliams.com/revival —-> Discount Code: revival25
You can get the complete show notes and clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR07
 

06: Lessons From the Landscape Business w/ Chip D. Thompson

PODCAST EP. 06Today’s guest is Chip D. Thompson the Host of the ‘Out of the Box Local’ podcast.  Through the years he has built a portfolio of business experience that includes, landscaping, real estate, handyman and computer sales.

Today my focus is about getting more business for my clients. It is interesting to look back over my life and find what pieces have come together from each one of my experiences to give me the perspective I have today.
I enjoy the fact that now I work with businesses or B2B, in truth I’m working with the owners of those businesses. If you want to see me in my prime, meet me at the next networking event when surrounded by happy energetic business owners! – Chip D Thompson

Key Takeaways

  • You need to understand why you excelled at what you did, because it may not be what you were supposed to do. Then you are able to move on to something else.
  • If your gonna be an entrepreneur, why not take the initial ‘out of comfort zone’ approach?
  • Take time to slow down and listen to your family when they want to talk.
  • Focus on one thing, set your mind to those tasks for the day, and get them done.
  • Social Media is a great networking tool. It is a great way to connect with others and get to know many different people.
  • Start with networking and find someone that challenges you and get referrals from them.
  • Try to get tools that will work on your computer and your phone. This will give you easy access when you need it.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The two things that will change a life is the people you meet and the books you read.” @ChipDThompson”]
  • [Tweet “”It’s not about the money, it’s about their experience. The money will flow afterward.” @ChipDThompson”]
  • [Tweet “”Make one solid connection today, instead of following fifteen people today.” @ChipDThompson”]
  •  [Tweet “”If you happen to help other people get what you want then you’ll get what you want.” (paraphrase of Matthew 7:12) ~Zig Ziggler @ChipDThomas”]

 Resources

Complete show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR06

05: Growing Inspite of Economic Challenges w/ Charles Hendricks

Podcast cover Template Charles HendricksToday’s Guest is Charles Hendricks architect at ‘The Gaines Group.”
“My name is Charles Hendricks and I am an architect, dad, and husband living in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. I design projects of all types and styles (residential, multi-family, office, commercial, industrial, new construction, renovation, modern, traditional, contemporary) for a variety of clients. There is no project too small or too large, if you value design, I am thrilled to help.
In 2008, my firm was named “best green designers” by Virginia Sustainable Building Network through our work on sustainable, LEED Certified, EarthCraftCertified, and Energy Star projects in the residential, commercial, and industrial segments. We have been fortunate over the last 16 years, that I have been with the firm, to have clients that wanted to create buildings, businesses, and homes that are healthy, energy-efficient, and durable.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Work Ethic is Important.
  • It is best to put your family first, before your business. It will have a greater impact on your life in the long run.
  • Expand your business as others are contacting theirs.
  • Make lists. This helps you to maintain what needs to get done.
  • Building trust is the most important thing.
  • Social Networks are helpful for others to get to know you a little better and contact you in a variety of ways.
  • Designing and living in a way that doesn’t deplete resources and abilities of future generations so that they can live that same way, with the same quality of life.

 

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “”Work ethic is important.” @thegainesgroup”]
[Tweet “”Building trust is the most important thing.” @thegainesgroup”]
[Tweet “”Make lists. This helps you to maintain what needs to get done.” @thegainesgroup”]

Resources

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.brianmininger.com/sbr05