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53: 5 Benefits of Community for the Entrepreneur

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53: 5 Benefits of Community for the EntrepreneurHave you ever felt alone in the fight?  As Entrepreneurs, it is easy to get so busy and focused on our goals that we don’t cultivate relationship.
The result is a lonely, vulnerable place.  If you choose to stay in that place, you will find your success and impact limited.
[Tweet “”You find your calling when you find your family” – @caleb_campbell“]
However, you have a choice.  You can take action, invest in relationships and change your destiny.
Here is what Solomon had to say about community.
“This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

5 Benefits of Community to the Entrepreneur

  1. Someone to share success with
  2. Help when you fall
  3. Keep your hope in face of opposition
  4. Conquer the enemy
  5. Makes you stronger

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr53

34: Town Hall – Finding Great Team Members

EP. 34We’re gonna talk about finding good help and some strategies you can use to inspire your great help to greatness.
Managing and finding employees is at the heart of loving well. It is not impossible to find good employees.
If it’s impossible than how come other businesses do it? How do they grow? It’s not about the employees its not yourself. It’s about you and who you will you become.
Will you be the kind of leader others will want to work for?
If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well. 
Leadership is influence nothing less. You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves. Create an environment for them to empower themselves. You need to look for people who have that drive and motivation.

5 Strategies You Can Use to Build Your Team:

  1. Clearly define the position and what you need.
  2. Utilize your network to source your potential team members.
  3. Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.
  4. Clearly write out the advantages of working for your company.
  5. Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.

It IS possible to find great team members.

You either have to modify your dreams or increase your skills.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.”]
  • [Tweet “Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.”]
  • [Tweet “If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well.”]
  • [Tweet “It is not impossible to find good employees.”]
  • [Tweet “You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR34

30: Leading Your Business Through a Changing Marketplace w/ Tom Clifton

EP. 30Today’s guest is Tom Clifton, a cofounder of Animoto. 

“Animoto makes it easy to create professional-quality videos on your computer and mobile device. At our core, we believe that video is the most powerful way to communicate what you care most deeply about—whether that’s your family, business, or a cause—and that making videos shouldn’t be limited to only those with technical know-how and expensive production equipment.
That’s why our team is committed to building products that make it cost-effective, fun, and effortless for anyone to create exceptional videos. We’re about helping you share your story with the world.”

Key Takeaways

  • Have at least one technical founder that you can trust to do the work well.
  • You have to see things coming and be willing to change. You must be able to adapt.
  • Change is the norm. It’s safe and okay.
  • When hiring you must look to see whether the individual is susceptible to change. That is a good quality to have in an employee.
  • Make sure you stay true to your core principles while pursuing excellence. Without that mindset you are going to head downhill.
  • “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “When hiring you must look to see whether the individual is susceptible to change. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “Change is the norm. It’s safe and okay. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “You have to see things coming and be willing to change. You must be able to adapt. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure you stay true to your core principles while pursuing excellence. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” @tomclifton”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR30

29: Your Best Just Got Better w/ Jason Womack

EP. 29Today’s Guest is Jason Womack, author of “Your Best Just Got Better” and founder of The Jason Womack Company.
“Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA sees the world differently. He doesn’t deny there are 24 hours in the day, but he defies low expectations for what can be accomplished in that time.
He won’t refute that life is busy, but he refuses to compromise when it comes to increasing productivity and maximizing time for the things that are most important. How does he do this? Jason is, above all, a teacher, but his teaching takes many forms: international speaker, productivity coach, and author of the business development book: Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, (Wiley, 2012).
His clients are more succinct in describing him: “Jason is a force of energy.”
He provides practical methods to maximize tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. He has worked with leaders and executives for over 16 years in the business, military and higher education sectors. He thrives on working with people who know they have more to do in life. These are the kinds of people who are already motivated and want help in achieving all that they’ve set up as goals for themselves.
Jason focuses on creating ideas that matter. He strives to improve the way leaders think about implementing solutions. He focuses in on customizing each person’s productivity and create systems that are sustainable in everyday workflow.
Jason shows that working longer hours doesn’t have to be your only choice to increase your productivity and performance. He teaches practical solutions to everyday workflow that will free you up to focus on your bigger leadership goals and projects.
Jason is the founder of Get Momentum and The Womack Company. He lives with his wife Jodi and dog Zuma in Ojai, California and is an avid bike racer and triathlete.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” ~ James 4:13

Key Takeaways

  • Everyday Ask Yourself 3 Questions:
  1. What can I acknowledge about today?
  2. What did I personally complete?
  3. What am I grateful for?
  • When you work with a team, talk about, “I am at my best when…” and then try to help create that environment for each other.
  • Write one thank you card every day!
  • “If I’ll meet potential halfway potential will find me.”

    The harder I work the luckier I get. ~ Samuel Goldwyn

  • “I went somewhere and I did me.” 

    “Think about what you have to do and do something your thinking about.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Write one thank you card every day! @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “If I’ll meet potential halfway, potential will find me. @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “The harder I work the luckier I get. ~ Samuel Goldwyn @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “I went somewhere and I did me. @JasonWomack”]
  • [Tweet “”Think about what you have to do and do something your thinking about.” @JasonWomack”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR29

27: How to Transition From Employee to Business Owner w/ Mark Henson

EP. 27Today’s guest is Mark Henson. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience creating unusual and rare customer service experiences. Mark is the founder of Sparkspace, the most inspirational team retreat center on the planet.
Mark is the visionary leader of sparkspace, creating workshops, videos, and writing with an unusually creative approach and always focused on practical application.
His blog, www.sparknewthinking.com is read by thousands of people each week. You can also find Mark’s writing and videos clips on his site at www.markbhenson.com

Key Takeaways

  • Create a life that is simple, not busy.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. It’s okay to put everything aside for awhile so that you can reevaluate your priorities.
  • Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older, because they will be gone soon. You want to spend as much time as you can with them.
  • Focus on what your really good at. Your unique ability. Embrace the things your good at and let go of the things your not.
  • Events are a great way to get your product/ service out. Bring the people through the door.
  • “Think big, act fast, delegate first.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Create a life that is simple, not busy. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “”Think big, act fast, delegate first.” @markbhenson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR27

26: Building a Full-Time Network Marketing Business w/ Amy Davenport

EP. 26Today’s Guest is Amy Davenport, an independent distributor built off of 31 Gifts.
“Amy Davenport began  her career with Thirty-One Gifts in March of 2010.  She was honored by Thirty-One Gifts with 2 of the top five categories for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 fiscal year. She was recognized for being in the top 25 dream building (recruiting) for 2011, as well as top in consistency of sales for 2012. As a result of her success, Amy was a member of the 2012 Leadership Council.
 Since joining the company in 2010, Amy has built a team of over 185 consultants nationwide. She enjoys coaching and mentoring the women on her team  to reach their goals and change their lives. She has also earned the Leadership Incentive Trip two years running, and enjoyed taking her husband, Tony, to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico twice!
Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History and holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University as well. She worked as middle and high school teacher for 6 years before moving into grant management for 3 years. Thirty-One has allowed Amy to work from home since 2011.  She resides in Waynesboro, VA with her husband Tony, son, Anthony, and  identical twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany.”

Key Takeaways

  • Share your story with others. Your story can inspire and influence others.
  • Building relationships and customer service are extremely important.
  • Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.
  • You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.
  • It is okay to take a break from your work.
  • Proverbs 31:16-18

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Share your story with others.”]
  • [Tweet “Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.”]
  • [Tweet “You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.”]
  • [Tweet “It is okay to take a break from your work.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR26

21: Success Through Collaboration w/ Lynne Breeden

EP. 21Today’s guest is Lynne Breeden of LTD 7 from Staunton, VA.
“Lynne Breeden’s Stunton, Va., based store has the feel of a well-executed painting brought to life by the hard work and experience of a creative visionary. Breeden opened LTD 7 on May 30, 2013, but indeed her retail history is storied and reaches back into her college days, working retail for the likes of The Limited, Lord and Taylor, and Casual Corner.
Although Breeden briefly tried her hand at banking, she soon returned to retail, helping other stores run their businesses and honing her skills in the process. In 2002 Breeden launched her first store, which specialized in dance apparel and gifts.
By 2008 she sold the store, which had gone through significant change in that time, and became a consultant for retailers seeking to enter the industry. But Breeden proved she couldn’t stay away from first-hand experience for too long as a self-describe “retail junkie” when she opened her latest and greatest concept in early 2013 to “live the dream,” as LTD stands for (“7” is a reference to the Breedens’ faith, as well as number of vendors they represent).”

Key Takeaways

  • When you start your business, to you as an owner it means the world to you. But to the world your a speck. They don’t know your there. So you must constantly remind them that your there. Make yourself known.
  • Social Media has a great influence in this day and age.
  • Consistency of Social Media. You have to be consistent.
  • Give your customers something of value. Such as a Relationship.
  • “You’ve got to give to get”
  • “Do what you do so well that they’ll want you to do it again and bring their friends.” ~ Walt Disney 

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Social Media has a great influence in this day and age. @shopltd7”]
  • [Tweet “”You’ve got to give to get” @shopltd7″]
  • [Tweet “”Do what you do so well that they’ll want you to do it again and bring their friends.” ~ Walt Disney @shopltd7″]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR21

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

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

3 Gifts Everyone Needs (They don't cost any money!)

Gifts

Photo Credit – Jimmie


It seems like every year we move into the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier.  I was seeing Christmas decorations in stores back in October.  So I realize, I may be a little late to the party (even though it is before Thanksgiving), but I wanted to share with you 3 gifts to consider giving to everyone on your list this year.
These gifts won’t cost you any money, but they will take intentional effort.  I personally am committing to give more of these gifts year round than I ever have before.

Gift #1 – Appreciation

Most of us work hard each day to serve somebody.  It may be our clients, our employees, our neighbors, or even our family.  We put effort into helping others (even if we are “just doing our job”).  Unfortunately, most people do not show appreciation or say thank you.  They may appreciate what we do, but they get to busy to say it.  However, when someone does say “Thank You” it makes us feel so good.  One gift of appreciation can have us living on “cloud 9”  all day.
Therefore, as you go through life, particularly this holiday season, make sure you are showing appreciation.  You will encounter sleep deprived UPS drivers, frazzled waitresses, overworked retail workers, and stressed family members.  In those moments take action and show appreciation.  I am sure you will make someone’s day.

Gift # 2 – Encouragement

Life can be discouraging.  Unexpected things happen… the car won’t start, we loose our best client, an employee quits, the equipment breaks down, or we get a tax audit.  These things can leave us feeling defeated.  On top of that, running a business is hard work.  Therefore, we all know how much we need encouragement.
The reality is, that everyone needs encouragement.  Everyone faces difficult things that wear them down.  Encouragement is like a “shot in the arm.”  So make the intentional effort to encourage someone today.  Let them know that you believe in them and are supporting them.

Gift # 3 – Love

I know that people define “love” a lot of different ways.  But for this gift I want to define love as, value.  When we love someone, they have a high value to us.  We care about them and understand their worth as a person.  What often times gets lost, particularly in a busy season, is telling someone how valuable they are to us.
As you go through this busy Holiday season, make sure you slow down enough to let your friends and family know how important they are to you.  Spend time with them,  share a cup of coffee, give a hug, and say “I love you!”  This unconditional love could be just the gift that someone is longing for today.
So there it is.  I have given you a foolproof way to to give great gifts this Christmas without breaking your budget.  Today I want to start the gift giving with a gift of encouragement to you.  Below is the first in what will be a series of Small Business Revival Quote videos to encourage you each and every day.  I hope you enjoy it.

 
Have a Great “Gift Giving” Day!

  • Brian