08 Simple Networking with Chi Chi Okezie

In this episode, Jeff and Christie interview Chi Chi Okezie.  As owner/producer of SIMPLEnetworking, LLC in Atlanta, GA, Chi Chi Okezie enjoys helping university students, professionals, companies and state / government agencies polish their professional approach.

Some people don’t realize they needed to invest more in their network until they need that network to help them.  You have to plan, build, and pay it forward first. – Chi Chi Okezie

Chi Chi discusses her path to entrepreneurship and the networking approach she teaches others:

  • INDUCT
  • INFORM
  • INQUIRE
  • INVITE

Listen in for more information on this simple, yet effective approach.

Discussed in This Episode

Significant Quotes

Many people approach networking like club hopping. Are you collecting cards or building relationships? – Chi Chi Okezie

Tweet: Many people approach networking like club hopping. Are you collecting cards or building relationships?  #thewhyandthebuy #chichiokezie

You have to constantly reevaluate your network and social capital.  If you have been generous and purposeful in supporting others, that investment will pay dividends for years. – Christie

Tweet: If you have been generous and purposeful in supporting others, that investment will pay dividends for years  #thewhyandthebuy #chichiokezie

Do you ever notice the more you talk to someone the more you have in common with them? – Jeff

Tweet: Do you ever notice the more you talk to someone the more you have in common with them?  #chichiokezie #thewhyandthebuy #networking

Some people don’t realize they needed to invest more in their network until they need that network to help them.  You have to plan, build, and pay it forward first. – Chi Chi Okezie

Tweet: Some don't realize they needed to invest more in their network until they need that network to help them.  You have to pay it forward first

07 Unusual Creativity with Don the Idea Guy

In this episode, we discuss the importance and process of developing Unusual Creativity with Don The Idea Guy. This one is a little longer than some of our previous episodes, but trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Who is Don The Idea Guy you ask?

“The most creative person I know” – Jeff Bajorek

Don has sold, shared, or traded ideas with the likes Sears-Kenmore, Ford Motor Company, Palm, American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Kelloggs, The American Marketing Association, Doug Hall, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Jeffrey Gitomer, and The Tom Peters Company who described Don The Idea Guy as “the perfect example of a strong and successful brand“.

In this episode, Don discusses:

  • Connecting with customers in new and exciting ways
  • Idea creation vs idea execution
  • How to guarantee a win on your next pitch
  • The appeal of chocolate scented shirts

I guarantee you, that one or two of those worst ideas, the worst solution possible, is going to be the seed from which the ideal solution grows. – Don The Idea Guy

Discussed in This Episode

Significant Quotes

Creativity isn’t just about painting the pretty picture from scratch..it’s about understanding who is going to consume that idea, who is going to connect with that idea, and being able to speak in their language, not yours. – Christie

Tweet: Creativity isn't about the idea, it's about understanding who is going to consume that idea and speaking in their language not yours

I guarantee you, that one or two of those worst ideas, the worst solution possible, is going to be the seed from which the ideal solution grows. – Don The Idea Guy

Tweet: I guarantee you, one or two of the worst ideas, the worst solution possible, is going to be the seed from which the ideal solution grows. 

Creativity is often underrated because most people don’t spend time thinking about it or don’t feel they are very good at being creative. – Jeff

Tweet: Creativity is often underrated because most people don't spend time thinking about it or don't feel they are very good at being creative

The flip side of that was when we would go to the client and say, “We were brainstorming ideas for you…” wait..what?  They were so flattered. – Don The Idea Guy

Tweet: The flip side was when we would go to the client and say - We were brainstorming ideas for you - Wait, What?  They were so flattered.

04 Sales Call Preparation – Techniques from Jeffrey Gitomer, Harvey Mackay, and Rick Page

In this episode, we continue our discussion about preparation by focusing attention on how you prepare for a sales call.

Some of the questions we tackle in this episode:

  • How well do you know your audience?
  • Why would your product/service matter to them?
  • Can you talk their language?
  • What are you hoping to accomplish in this meeting?

Discussed in This Episode

Significant Quotes

What are you doing to prepare yourself for success with your sales calls? Your meetings?  Your networking events?  Your opportunities? – Jeff

 

Oftentimes, I find that the more experience you have, the less you prepare because you think you’ve got this.  When in reality, you are so focused on what you know, you forget to find out what the customer really needs – Christie

 

Thomas Jefferson once said “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have” – Christie

 

…all things being equal, people want to do business with their friends.  All things being not so equal, people still want to do business with their friends. – Jeff

 

Objections are great opportunities.  You don’t fail because you get objections, you fail if you aren’t prepared to deal with those objections. – Christie

03 Personal Preparation – Life Lessons from Julie Morgenstern, Brian Moran, and Best Self Co.

In this episode, we discuss the importance of personal preparation.  What do you every day to ensure success?

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself.  But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready”  – Theodore Roosevelt

We started this podcast with the concept of preparing for the sales call.  Although we will address that topic in the next podcast, it became apparent to us both that we couldn’t discuss preparing for a sales call if we didn’t address the importance of personal preparation first.

  • How do you start your day?
  • Are you focusing your energy on habits that set you up for success?
  • What are your goals for this week and how will you accomplish them?
  • Do your short term goals and habits tie back to your long term plan?  If not, why?

Discussed in This Episode

Significant Quotes

Most people aren’t willing to do the hard prep work in order to make the selling part easy – Jeff

 

There is what you do for the sales call…then there is what you do to prepare the rest of your life to be successful and manage [that success] well – Christie

 

A goal setting strategy on too long of a scale, or too wide of a scope really isn’t beneficial – Jeff

 

We need a little pressure in the system to perform effectively – Christie

 

Productivity for productivity’s sake can be counterproductive…which is kind of funny – Jeff

 

What you do first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. – Christie

 

Preparation is not just that 15 minutes before the call or the half hour the night before.  It’s what you do on a daily basis consistently if you want to be ready when opportunity presents itself. – Jeff

02 Killing Your Sacred Cows – Inspiration for challenging your beliefs from Zig Ziglar, Tim Ferris, and Malcolm Gladwell

In this episode, we discuss the concept of sacred cows.  What is a sacred cow you ask?

Merriam-Wester definition

sacred cow – one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition

In our last podcast, we covered the concept of personal biases and beliefs vs data that proves otherwise.  Preconceived ideas and long held beliefs are being challenged everyday in our society.  Some of the topics we address include:

  • How are you challenging your preconceived notions about your business?
  • How is your competitive landscape changing?  What about your customer’s competitive landscape?
  • How are you challenging yourself?  Does your current role suit you best or are you doing it because that’s what you have always done?
  • How are you evaluating your performance?  How are you challenging your ideas about how you should spend your time?

Discussed in This Episode

Significant Quotes

We aren’t suggesting you have to kill every Sacred Cow, but we definitely think you should be aware of them. Make sure you can acknowledge them, explain them, and you have a reason to continue to believe in them. – Christie

 

Why are you doing what you are doing? Why is your customer doing what they are doing? And why is what you are doing leading them to make a decision in your favor? – Jeff

 

https://ziglarshow.com/ – Zig’s prized ham story

 

Customers are saying, You don’t know what I want, You’re not listening to me when I do tell you, and there is a lot you can do to make my life better if you just ask – Christie

 

I had this sense for years that if I was not busy, I was not valuable. That was my sacred cow, that busy equated to value – Christie

 

Anyone in business now needs to make time for creativity. You have to be able to bring more value than just pulling a lever in an assembly line – Jeff

 

We need to be careful Christie, we may end up starting a revolution – Jeff

01 The Power of Data – Lessons learned from reading Moneyball, Outliers, and How to Become a Rainmaker

In this episode, we dissect the importance of data in business, baseball, and even daily life

Some of the questions we tackle in this episode:

  • How are you measuring success?  What story does your data tell you?  When is there too much data?
  • Why is it important to challenge your long held beliefs or preconceived notions?
  • How do you evaluate your daily/weekly/monthly activities to ensure you are focused on the right things?

Books Discussed in This Episode

Significant Quotes

“Is the activity you are engaging in for your sales process valuable or is it just activity?  Busyness does not translate into business very often” – Jeff

 

“Being overly busy and not having time for others does not make you more successful, it just makes you more stressed out – Christie

 

“Are the things you do every day in line with what you want to be one day?” – Jeff

 

“You never want data gathering to get in the way of taking action” – Christie