110 May Wrap / June Preview

We came. We saw. We executed. May is in the books and we’re looking back on a month that was all about using all of the purpose and preparations of Q1 and manifesting results.

This month we’ll be laying the ground work for the rest of our year with a focus on networking. Get ready for strategies that will help you make more connections, make better connections and make lasting connections that will lead to recurring business.

On today’s podcast

1:30 – May was an intense month of focus and intentions on and off the air

3:40 – Greg Rosner told us how to execute on presentations

5:50 – Michael Moore introduced us to netweaving and how it can help us execute better

9:00 – Dan Jourdan fired us up and helped us execute on the phone

12:20 – You can call Kelly Riggs and he will pick up the phone

14:40 – Ron Masi gave us the road map…well the mindmap…to executing as a leader

17:04 – We went behind the music! Find out more about our house band, Haskins.

21:00 – Previewing June, our month of networking including interviews with Kelly Roach, Jen Gluckow and MORE!

25:00 – We reveal our newest AMAZING book club book

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109 Becoming an Unstoppable Entrepreneur with Kelly Roach

Our guest this week is, Kelly Roach, former NFL cheerleader turned entrepreneur and sales success coach and now author of Unstoppable: The 9 Principles For Unlimited Success in Business and Life. If her advice sounds real world and down to Earth, it’s because her experience has been as real as it gets. She ventured from the corporate world where she handled hundreds of millions in assets and broke every single sales record in her Fortune 500 company’s history (all before she was 30!) into her own success coaching business all while raising a family. 

If you’re in any kind of business this will be an inspiring, fascinating and helpful listen. If you have a startup, or ever thought about setting of on your own business journey, this is a MUST listen.

On today’s podcast…

1:42 – Going from cheerleading for an NFL team to coaching sales teams and entrepreneurs
6:45 – Kelly reveals the thing she learned very early in her career that has propelled her to continued success now
11:50 – Even though it’s one of the best time’s EVER to start a business, Kelly feels bad for entrepreneurs today
16:20 – What big businesses need that entrepreneurs don’t and vice versa
19:22 – The amazingly obvious thing that most startups are missing or not asking themselves
25:00 – Knowing the difference between profitable and productive / intelligent networking strategy
29:29 – Should you quit your job today and invest full time in your startup?
35:00 – Finding Kelly Roach

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89 Monday Musing: Rethink Your Connections

On today’s Monday Musing, Jeff recalls an incident on a previous episode of the podcast that has completely reshaped the way he thinks about his connections online. He’s asking the tough question about his connection group and you should be too.

How many of those people in your connection group are you actually connected to? How many of them do you know? How many of them are worth talking to? How many of them are bots?

It’s time to stop obsessing over the number of twitter and linkedin follows you have and start obsessing over how connected you are to the people that do follow you.

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45 What Does it Mean to be “Connected” with Jesse Perreault

Our guest this week is Jesse Perreault, Director of Business Development and Digital Marketing Strategist for Soap Media, Inc.

Jesse began his first business when he was 15 and quickly began to understand that technology and data would be key to reaching the goals he set for himself. Ironically it was technology and data that helped him to his second realization, quality relationships are better than plentiful connections.

His article, “How I Met 500 people in 500 hours,” is all about making quality connections that lead to lasting relationships. He believes that learning about 500 people is way more powerful than 500 Linkedin connections.

6:30 – What Jesse learned in a life of entrepreneurship

11:25 – How Jesse came up with his list of 500 people he met in 500 hours.

12:30 – “If I can learn from somebody, what may have taken them several years to learn the hard way, in a matter of an hour…I consider that pretty good growth.”

18:00 – How Jesse built a book of business without a “mentality of closing”

23:00 – Jeff breaks down the right reasons to take a meeting

29:30 – Jesse reveals his “Why”!

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42 Rethink Your Prospecting #5

Swagger. You can get through life without it, but you can’t get through sales. It is the fifth and final key ingredient of a strong prospecting plan from Jeff’s free e-book, Rethink the Way You Sell. Jeff and Christie discuss how to find your swagger and keep it even through rejection.

4:08 – Jeff defines his recipe for “swagger”

9:46 – Christie lays out the fallacy of “‘no’ means, ‘not yet'” prospecting

16:27 – Is marketing automation killing your sales swagger?

21:16 – Jeff and Christie discuss their favorite rockstars and how they used their swagger.

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31 Rethink the Way You Sell – Prospecting Strategy #1

This week, we are beginning to unpack several elements from Jeff Bajorek’s new e-book – Rethink The Way You Sell.  This will be the first of a series of 5 episodes aired over the coming months and focused on prospecting.  Jeff lists 5 key ingredients to a strong prospecting plan in his e-book and we will dive into them one at a time.

  • Know what you bring to the table
  • Know who you need to be talking to
  • Create tension to create sales
  • Be the expert
  • Keep your swagger

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30 Powerful Questions – Are You Asking The Right Ones?

The success or failure of today’s sales professional can hinge on the depth of the questions they ask.   Perfecting the art of asking the right questions and listening to understand vs respond is a skill you have to practice everyday.  In this episode of The Why and The Buy, Christie and Jeff explore the concept of powerful questioning.

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22 Cheerleaders and Connectors – A Small Business Guide to Referrals with Joe Schum

Being a small business owner can be overwhelming and if you are the owner of a “service” based business, it’s doubly so.  Not only are you chief cook and bottle washer, but often times, you are so busy DOING the business, you aren’t putting in the time to GET the business.  We all know the best business comes from referrals, but where do you find that ever elusive referral network?

If you have money, then advertise. If you have no money, then socialize. @saysjoeschum Click To Tweet

Joe Schum joins us this week to discuss networking must dos for every busy solopreneur.  Some of Joe’s Gems of Wisdom include:

  • Always have a goal
  • Be consistent and persistent
  • Review regularly
  • Remember it’s not about you

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11 – The American Dream with Kristina Evans

In this episode, Kristina Evans shares her social media journey and how she went from 200 LinkedIn followers to over 10,000 in less than one year.

I get a great sense of fulfillment sharing with others and I’m okay if I ruffle a few feathers now and then – Kristina

Kristina doesn’t share a magic formula for success on LinkedIn, in fact, she has had a lot of content that fell flat with no engagement.  She does, however, share some insights on how to engage effectively.  Some of the topics we cover include:

  • The importance of authenticity
  • How to manage disagreement
  • Just hit publish

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Don’t try to be perfect, be authentic – Kristina

Tweet: Don’t try to be perfect, be authentic – @thekristinashow  #thewhyandthebuy  #theamericandream

There is that thing we get paid to do and that thing we love to do – Christie

Tweet: There is that thing we get paid to do and that thing that we love to do @walterschristie #thewhyandthebuy #theamericandream

Sometimes the enemy of good is perfect…sometimes action is more important – Jeff

Tweet: Sometimes the enemy of good is perfect…sometimes action is more important @jeffbajorek #thewhyandthebuy #theamericandream

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.

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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