The Entrepreneurial You on International Podcast Day 2017

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel. The Entrepreneurial You is a podcast for passionate and dedicated Caribbean entrepreneurs seeking inspiration. Each week a global high impact entrepreneur is featured to motivate and inspire our community of #PeakPerformers.

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Show  Notes:

International Podcast Day™ is September 30th and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts!

Here are some of the things Heneka spoke about:

  • Devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma & Maria
  • Crowdfunding effort to help victims
  • Observing International Podcast Day
  • Heneka’s podcasting journey
  • The Entrepreneurial You Virtual Conference & Expo
  • IPD Jamaican Meet Up

Main Take-Aways:

  • Podcasting is a great way to network and build your business.

  • A Podcast is relatively easy to set up.

  • Building your brand is easier with a podcast.

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022 – How One Cancer Survivor & Model, Became a Successful Caribbean Magazine Publisher, with Neysha Soodeen

Neysha Soodeen is the CEO of Toute Bagai Publishing, considered one of the Caribbean’s largest magazine publishing houses. Toute Bagai Publishing has received many international accolades, including international print and design awards, such as the SAPPI International Printers Award. Neysha has received numerous awards including the Marcella Martinez Award for her contribution to promoting the Caribbean internationally and was nationally recognized and awarded the Business Pioneer Award by The Association of Female Executives of Trinidad & Tobago.

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Show  Notes:

If you were to name one piece of clothing that describes you, what would you say?

Jeans & t-shirt. It’s so funny because I meet people right cross the Caribbean and I guess everyone is assuming because I am a magazine publisher and a former model that I am this little glamour puss trotting around the Caribbean. But I really am not, I love my jeans, I love my t-shirts.

You were a model?

At University, being a foreign student I couldn’t work so my parents supported me. After I finish university, I decided to go and do another degree because life was too easy. All I had to do was pass and my parents were supporting me. At that point in time my parents said, “no-way, get out and get yourself a job”! This was in the late ’80’s early ’90s. At that time, ethnic models were the hottest thing walking the planet. I’m almost 6 foot tall and Indian. I was picked up by a modelling agency that whisked me off to Italy. I told my parents that you wanted me to work so I just got a job working as a model and it’s in Italy. To that, my parents were terribly disappointed because all that money wasted on an education for me to go and trot up and down the runway was not their idea of a great profession.

However, being in Italy, a foreign country, a foreign language taught me so much. It taught that no matter where I am in the world I could figure it out and I was completely on my own in Italy and it was a great experience for me. After a couple of years, I’d come back home for a holiday – I was about 24 at the time and I have a lump in my neck. My mom took me to the doctor. Although I was 24 and thought I was a big woman, in the doctor’s office, the doctor and my mother spoke directly and they totally cut me out of the conversation. That lump turned out to be Thyroid Cancer which was at the time stage 3, after a couple of years turned into stage 4. I had to undergo years of treatment and surgery. That was the end of my modelling career.

It was the beginning of a new life. I’m in bed in tears thinking how can this be and I grabbed a bottle of wine; I figured if I’m going to die I’m going to die happy; really preventing myself from smoking at that time.

In and out of sleep I thought, ‘what would my funeral be like?’ And then I thought of the eulogy and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to have the most boring eulogy ever’ I have not accomplished anything. I swam for Barbados but I never made it to the Olympics; I went to university but I never did anything with my degree and I modelled in Italy but never really did anything with that either. And I thought “Neysha Soodeen was this fun little, happy girl” and that was the beginning of a brand, new life. Once I was able to beat the Cancer, that was when I decided I need my eulogy to be an awesome eulogy and I picked up myself at 28 or 29 moved to Trinidad and started a publishing a company, started my magazine – Maco Caribbean Magazine.

Tell us about the concept behind Maco Caribbean Magazine

I was privileged to have gone away to school in Canada and then I was living in Italy. When I had come back home, two very poignant things still out:

  1. While I was away everyone assumes that if you are from the Caribbean, you either work at a hotel, own a hotel, or live on the beach or drink banana daiquiri. They didn’t quite understand how we lived and what we did and our lifestyle in the Caribbean.
  2. When I came back home to the Caribbean I realized that no-one in the Caribbean valued what we have right here. I would go into someone’s house and they would have beautiful roses as their mantle-piece as opposed to tropical flowers; I would go to someone’s house for dinner and they would be serving me a strawberry short cake as opposed to guava or soursop. And I thought, we as West Indians are trying to emulate everything that’s foreign as opposed embraced everything that’s us, that’s home grown.

I decided to start a magazine that will showcase both aspects – showcase to the world, the luxury side of how we live, our food, our decor, our architectures, our gardens, our artists. And then for West Indians, I wanted to show them that if I took our life style and I presented it on a platform that was first world all of a sudden (hopefully) they will start appreciating what we have. I decided to do this over-sized glossy magazine. I called it Maco.

No one wanted to back me on this project because it didn’t seem viable. Advertisers were not going to spend the kind of money advertising in a super-sized glossy magazine when that was their whole year advertising in the newspaper or on radio. I decided to do it alone, I took a big risk and it paid off. Every issue came out. My audience grew and then by year 2, I started launching other publications. The company grew and grew. I went from doing the first issue on my own to hiring 2 people by my 3rd and 2 more people by my 6th issue and then the company just kept on growing.

What were some other challenges you faced in the early stage?

Advertisers were not used to advertising in glossy magazines and therefore I had to go out and educate my advertisers on the pros of advertising in a glossy magazine opposed to a newspaper or radio or TV. At the time, besides in-flight magazine, my magazine was the only magazine that was a regional publication. By year 2, my magazine was the only Caribbean magazine that was distributed internationally at Barnes and Nobles, Borders, etc. Therefore, there were a handful of advertisers that not only wanted to reach every island in the region but those outside of the region and so my magazine then found its own niche market but I had to fight for that market.

Other real challenges that no one knows – I was young, I never did a business degree, I never studied publishing or journalism, I winged it. When you wing it, not every decision you make is going to be the right one. For example, I didn’t keep an eye on my cash flow. There came a time where, because I was paying for the publishing upfront but then I was collecting my advertising dollars after, I had a bit of a cash flow problem. If that was not managed or caught in time, just like other magazines, I would have had to bury my magazine in that big grave yard.

I was very good at was networking. I never claimed to be a bright spark, but I knew how to network and I was able to my magazine, my brand out there. Interact with advertisers, interact with people who were able to give me advice, to keep an eye on me, to mentor me and to also spread the word. Networking is so important; it’s the one thing you can do to spread your business your business and to get more business.

What are some of the other lessons you learnt?

One of the lessons is that you have to keep up with trends and technology. When I started my publishing company, the digital world was not there. We had to send CDs to printers by mail or FedEx. For my first magazine, I sat down on the floor with big sheets of paper and I drew out how I wanted every page laid out. Now its pre-historic to do things like that. The print industry is taking a real bashing from the social world. Advertisers are going from print to digital so they don’t want to advertise anymore.

Now I have to relearn a whole new world, how do I move my publishing company from a print to digital. Now it’s just going to continue until the day I die or the day I retire which will probably be until the day I die. Everyone needs to keep up with trends. You have to keep re-inventing your business model; keep hiring new human resource that understands how the world is going because you can’t do it all.

If you aren’t making mistakes you aren’t learning anything and the more you make mistakes, the more you learn, the more you learn, the better you are. Richard Branson almost hit bankruptcy many times, so does most of the most successful people in this world. You win some and you lose some. When you lose, that just makes you a stronger person and a brighter person.

The first thing that companies cut when there is a problem is advertising, my only source of income in my business is advertising. Magazines were closing down all over the world. I had to quickly decide oh my gosh am I going to tighten up my belt and hold my breath, cut corners to keep on surviving or am I going to fold and a lot of companies do that – go to bed and don’t have a good night sleep as there isn’t a salary at the end of the month when you’re an entrepreneur.

Who are some of the big clients you’ve had within the region?

The one thing I realized when I was 29 was that there wasn’t a lot of people in the Caribbean in my profession that wanted to see me succeed so when I went to them for help, they would rather stand on my head and push me down to elevate themselves than to hold my hand and say, ‘come Neysha, I’m going to help you be the best Publisher ever’.

One of my biggest mentors was a Jamaican, Ian Randle, from Ian Randle Publishing and so when other publishers across the Caribbean would not help me, Ian Randle said, ‘absolutely Nesyha’, ‘not only am I going to introduce you to my printers in China and Hong Kong but I’m actually going to extend my line of credit so that you can get a good head start’.

They aren’t too many people like Ian Randle in this world so when I grew up and thought that I had achieved something, that I can pass it forward, I did so and I started working with young entrepreneurs not necessarily in a formal way but a lot of entrepreneurs come to me from all over the Caribbean and so I work with them. I open up my networks to them because that’s something that’s very hard to them if you don’t travel a lot, and get them to a place where I know that their companies have a good chance of succeeding.

I have the largest library of Caribbean content because I have been featuring each island for the last 20 years. Some of my clients are Sandals, I publish the Sandals Style Magazine that’s awesome because Sandals is one of the largest companies in the Caribbean and by every right they should be going to one of the largest publishers in the world or in the States to publish their magazine. It’s just awesome when we decide to partner up on this magazine and to have them choose a local publisher, a small publisher compared to all the larger ones in the States. What I was able to bring to a massive company like Sandals, was my Caribbean content. Some of my other clients across the Caribbean are big names, Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), some of the Ministries across the region.

Piece of advice?

Opportunity does not knock it just sit there waiting patiently to be yanked. Go out there and just do it. A lot of people are fearful, ‘what if I fail?’, well what if you fail. If you don’t try you will never know. What if you succeed? Opportunity isn’t going to come knocking at your door. If you have a good idea – if you have a bad idea that you thing you can turn into a great thing, go for it. I did it, all of the top entrepreneurs in the Caribbean or in the world didn’t do something that was already tried and tested, that’s not how you become an entrepreneur. Becoming a successful entrepreneur is going out there and doing something that no one else has done before.

Main Take-Aways:

  1. Mentorship is essential to business growth.

  2. Networking is so important; it’s the one thing you can do to spread your business your business and to get more business.

  3. The first thing that companies cut when there is a problem is advertising.

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021 – The Secret to Staying Authentic, Sharing Your Story and Leading in the Sales Conversation From a Place of Vision, with Benjamin Tyler

Benjamin Tyler is the founder of Client Enrollment Academy and host of Sales for Coaches and Consultants podcast. As a speaker and coach, he shows coaches, consultants and service based businesses how to attract high quality leads and enroll them into their services to help them build successful businesses around their gifts and talents.

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Show  Notes:

If there’s an exception to every rule, is there an exception to that rule?
I have no clue, you’ve already stomped me.
Tell us about your upbringing?

A defining moment in my life, I was 12 years old and I sat my mother down and just bawling and pleading for her to show me some sort of affection. She was obsessed with making my sister the Prom Queen by giving my sister the life that she never had and she didn’t have a lot of time to pay attention to me and when she didn’t do that after I asked for love and affection, I told myself I would never be hurt again.

That led me into a place where I became a perfectionist; I was a high achiever. I also closed myself off emotionally. The soul needs a companion, for me that was drugs and alcohol and gambling. I started taking ecstasy and cocaine by the time I was 16 years old.

How did you make the transition from where you were to where you are now?

From the point I was showering with the garden hose to where I finally said enough; I wanted to change my life and I finally took responsibility, I quickly excelled. Fast forward 2 years, I’m living in New York City, I’ve got a 6-figure job, stature, going places in my career; I’m living the Bachelor life in New York, dating 3 different women. My ego was higher than it ever was when I was on drugs.

One day I was sitting on the subway coming home after a long day and thought, ‘why am I still unhappy?” It was at that point I realized that I always wanted to share my voice to impact people with my message, speak and allow people to stand in their own greatness and feel like they are good enough to have what they wanted.  When I went off to New York, starting my personal development brand, I started as a Life Coach. I would get blank stares when I said that. I tried to lead with how great my life was and that I had all my stuff together but it wasn’t working and nobody wanted it. One day out of frustration I said, I’m going to go to this networking event and share my story.

I walked in and shared my issues with addiction and how I overcame them. I’m successful in my career but more importantly, I wanted other people to feel like they are good enough to have what they wanted in their life.  All of a sudden people were interested in what I was doing and I wasn’t just a life coach. I realized this is what people wanted from me and I founded the Client Enrollment Academy and I still lead with my story as I find that’s what people need these days.

You go on Facebook and everyone is tooting their own horn but people really care about not just the solution but who we are buying from. More people need to share the core of who they are not just in their struggles but in their greatness too.

How do you think we got there, thinking we have to put up a facade to get people to buy from us and why is our story so important?

I’ve gotten trapped into the ‘fake it till you make it’. A lot of the time when we take someone else’s mission, it’s not authentic to us because it is not who we are as a person. I did that when I started Client Enrollment Academy but it wasn’t working for my. My messaging is that we have a story and we want to impact the world, the money will come but that’s not the root of what I want to do. I want to share the message of my story instead of what everybody else is saying.

Our story is important because the decisions we make in this world are emotional. Our buying decision is emotional. Ninety percent of our buying decision is done emotionally. Too many people are trying to sell through their solutions and that’s rational space of ‘I don’t have money’, “I don’t have time’, ‘are you even qualified?’ ‘I’ve got to talk to my partner, etc. – the rational mind is filled with all those objections. If you’re trying to get clients from the rational place, you’re in one of the biggest battles in the world. Why not go and spend the time in the emotional space and inspire people by sharing who you are and where you came from. Look at the biggest speakers in the world, the biggest influencers in the world; the biggest movers and shakers, they are all great story tellers – they get people emotionally charged to take action in their life.

Why do people fear telling their story?

It’s challenging; I have a story that my mother doesn’t necessarily like to hear. I lead with only one way and that is sharing with authenticity. I want people to know who I am. I want to work with people that are going to become my friends. I want to work with people that are willing to become vulnerable with e and I need to lead the way so is my system of leading with my story going to work for everyone? It is not going to work for everyone, I understand that but my people are the ones that want to share their message with the world.

 What does it mean to stand in your authenticity?

It being able to share who you are; having a voice, have an opinion, an idea – to speak your truth. Whatever makes you feel real when you speak. So often people in the business world can’t say that they do.

How are you helping people to live their dreams?

I’m Founder of Client Enrollment Academy and what I do is I help people create their brands, stand in front as their businesses, stand in who they are as a person and having an authentic messaging whether it’s speaking or building an online presence, I help people leverage that and emotionally charge their audiences to want to work with them.

I help people attract their ideal clients and have sales conversations where it is authentic. I speed up the enrollment process for people through something that is natural, authentic to allow people to create the impact they want in the world. I work with Coaches, Trainers, Consultants by helping them create the growth in their business by doing it in a way that is true to them.

What is the underlying reasons why some Coaches fail?

It is consistency and understanding that you have to show up for world before it shows up for you. When you start your business, you’re not going to get that client in the first week. You’re not going to send out that one Facebook post and all of a sudden people are going to run to you. It is consistently showing up each and every day and finding a system that you feel in your heart will work and consistently showing up and pushing forward. If you keep doing that 1000 the world will start bending for you and you will see results. Too often, people give up way too quickly. Entrepreneurship is not easy, especially in the beginning. We look at the people we aspire to be – Gary V, Tony Robins, Brendon Burchard – you look at that person and you forget that most of them have been doing it for 25 years and you’ve been doing 1 or 2 years. You’ve got to keep going and keep pushing. You’ve got to have some patience.

How can we enjoy the sales process?

It starts with the mindset. We walk into a conversation in our world with an objective that we want, when you lead into a sales conversation with that kind of energy, it’s going to be very hard to close, because it’s a very ‘me-centred’ conversation. Instead, if you have a conversation where you are willing to serve somebody and focusing on that other person and getting into their world and figuring out what they need and building that rapport and that relationship, it becomes an authentic conversation.

Of course, we want to lead the conversation somewhere and we want to figure out their problems and we want to lead them to a solution to make that vision they have a reality but it really starts from the conversation in the beginning. Understanding that it’s not about me selling a product it’s about me going into a conversation and serving somebody so that I can help them.

In the book, SPIN Selling by Neil Rackman – it took 7.82 conversations to close a high-end sale and we as sales people we think we are supposed to get it in the first conversation and if we don’t get it in the first conversation, it’s like we loss. It’s continuing to have that conversation and not give up on that person.  very few people follow up with me when they try to have a sales conversation and I say now is not the right time. They gave up on me before I was ready for them.

Sales is about friendship.

Focus on their vision and the results that you can bring. It’s not about their problem, it’s about focusing on what they want to create. That’s where we want to position ourselves. That’s the 90% emotional place.

What do you want people to walk away with from your message?

I want people to realize that whatever is in their heart, to really do. Whatever that feeling is, that deep down that greatness inside of them that they can have it and that they deserve it.

Main Take-Aways:

  • Ninety percent of our buying decision is done emotionally.

  • We must be consistent – understand that the world doesn’t show up for you until you show up for it.

  • Focus on their vision and the results that you can bring.

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019 – Tips on Reaching Your Highest Potential, Becoming a Conscious Millionaire and Growing Your Business, with JV Crum III

JV Crum III is by Inc Magazine as one of the Top Business Podcasts to listen to in 2017, is Host of Conscious Millionaire, a Podcast and Nationally-Syndicated Radio Show heard by over 10 Million listeners in 186 countries. He is a speaker, coach, best-selling author, Huffington Post Columnist and Founder of ConsciousMillionaire.com and the First Million Academy. His global company provides coaching and masterminds for both small and mid-sized businesses that want to make a big impact and big profits. He is also featured in the upcoming movie, RiseUP, and holds graduate degrees in three areas: business, law and psychology.

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If you had to eat a worm, how would you cook it?

I would saute it in butter with some garlic and rosemary.

What inspired you to write “Conscious Millionaire”?

I was looking for about 3 years going camping, etc. and asking “why am I on the planet and how can I take the talents that I have and turn to skills and put them to use and to make this a better world to help other people? I was skiing for the winter. I picked up a brochure (from the cabin), looked down and saw the word ‘conscious’ and in my forehead I saw ‘conscious millionaire’. I got a little tingling in my spine and I said ‘that’s it! That’s what I’ve been looking for. So the inspiration for the book – having an aspiration to teach people a path to make their first million that was spiritual, and socially conscious that would fulfill them.

I got there at 25 with the Mercedes and the four-story home and it was great but then I felt empty as I had not gotten the fulfillment and meaning part of it all. So I put all these together so that when you build your first million you get there and you’re fulfilled and feel like you’re doing something that matters.

What does it mean to be conscious? – outside of being alive

There are 3 different ways we can look at conscious.

  1. Awareness, which includes, “what’s the best client for me to work with? What’s their top problems? What’s the solution that I can best provide them? How does this mechanics actually work? How do I market?
  2. Visionary, think of Steve Jobs where he connected to a bigger vision of what we all do in terms of how we communicate with one another, and there comes the iPhones. That’s the visionary leader of connecting to a better idea about the world might be.
  3. Being socially conscious – caring about your stakeholders, everybody that works with you, that you’re being fair in your dealings with other people. How do I uplift my client? Create a better world – create a change in my clients.

Why are you so passionate to help 6-Figure service-businesses and coaches reach their First Million?

I think it’s because I grew up in a family where there are about 200 people in a little town. Nobody had any money. My parents were very strict and conservative and they didn’t want to be embarrassed in the grocery store so I was taught not to ask for the candy bar. We actually didn’t have that kind of money. At 5 I said, I don’t think this is how I want to live and I said, ‘what’s the answer?’ Why don’t mommy and daddy don’t have any money and I said oh, I’ll grow up and be a millionaire.

At 25 I got there. I can tell you that making that first million is game changer, I can have a beautiful home, I can drive a Mercedes, I can go to Europe on vacation. I didn’t have to worry about the things my parent had to worry about and I can focus on living my life the way that I wanted; making a bigger contribution. That first million is a game changer for people; they can send their kids to college; they don’t have to worry about anything. All those things come together for them. I know how important those things are in a person’s journey and I want to help them get there.

Why do some entrepreneurs reach their First Million and continue to thrive while so many fail?

That’s a great question, that’s why I wrote a whole chapter in my book on financial freedom. The skills that it take to get to that first million are actually quite different than the skills it take to sustain it and continue growing. Often times people don’t develop those skills so they get to that place but they don’t have good spending/saving/investment habits. They’re not focused on the things that will allow them to then take it and turn it into a lifetime prosperity. That’s a different type of skill.

How can a 7-Figure business quickly double revenues and profits?

It’s all about scaling. I have a 5-step process and the 5th step is really how you’re going to double/triple/10 times your business and it all comes down to having the right systems in place and knowing where your high profit/revenue is coming from so you can focus on that and scale it quickly. Once you have your systems working, if you know how to bring a prospect in and you have a system to take them through the steps to make that first sale and you have that automated, now it’s just a matter of more of the right traffic coming through and you can double your business quickly.

What is a Big Impact Vision?

One that comes from within you. There are 3 elements. The big picture is the core of the business and it’s where a lot of entrepreneurs fail to get that aspiration so that they really move forward and do something big. At the early stages a lot of businesses focus on how do I put money in the bank. This is critical but if that’s your whole focus for building a business, it’s very difficult to build a great business that way because that’s not the core of a great business.

Every great business starts off with a core vision of something bigger that has nothing in and of itself to do with putting money in the bank. It’s about creating a particular experience and transformation for the client. When you start talking about your big impact vision you may also be impacting the world, you may be solving a worldwide problem such as providing drinking water. That’s a big impact vision.

You start off by asking what is something you are passionate about. There are 3 clues to this:

  1. You really become one with it. When you do that activity, you lose track of time, you think an half hour passed and it was 4 hours.
  2. You have a state change. I call that state immense joy, you may have a different name for it. You probably have people say after you’ve been doing this activity, ‘wow! you look different’ and you may look different – the blood flow throw your vein differently.
  3. You’ll probably do this activity and help people for free. That’s the thing, you’ve got to be doing something you love so much that you’ll do it for free.

The great thing is because you’re so talented at it, this is what you can charge the highest rates for because you get the highest transformation and create the highest value.

The second part is purpose – I spend a long time figuring it out because I didn’t have a process but once I discovered it, and started working with a lot of clients, it never take me more than 2 or 3 sessions to get them to a deep purpose. Your purpose is like a gold coin, once you’ve discovered it, you want to have it in your pocket every day. It has 2 sides, on the front it says purpose but that in and of itself doesn’t tell you how to discover it but on the back, is the secret – your purpose is always about making a difference for someone or something outside of yourself. It’s never about you, it’s about what you give. It’s about giving, serving – giving value to someone/something outside of you.

You’re listening to me today and I can guarantee you that you have 1 or 2 core strengths but it’s hard for you to know them because it’s like a fish swimming in an aquarium. They are so good at it but they don’t know it because they are just doing it naturally. So, you need to ask a client/business associate ask 5 people what they think you do best. Put them together and it tells you your core strength to identify impact and what to focus on.

When you discover your core strengths, it will inform how you grow your business.

You created the three-step “Formula for Creating Wealth”. What are the steps and how can our listeners use them in their business or finances?

There are 3 steps – conscious, focus, action. The big impact vision fits in that piece. People who reach hundreds of millions they spend a lot of time at the conscious level of figuring out where they want to go and what’s the best route for getting there. Why are they focused on this number one priority over the next 30 days and why is this the number 1 priority and those are the people who are most successful.

The entrepreneurs that skip that step to focus on action, they are the ones who are least successful because if you don’t know where you’re going and if you don’t have a plan for getting there then all the action in the world is meaningless. It’s like the scare crow in the wizard of Oz. If you don’t know where you’re going any road is just as good as any other road. If you have a laser focused vision then when all these things come along that are exciting but are distractive, you know that those aren’t your opportunities and you’re able to filter through opportunities very quickly and go ‘great opportunity but not right for me or not right for me right now’. That’s what happens when you’re laser focused, you consciously take time to know where you’re headed, why it’s important and what resources you need to get there and then look at different paths to get there before you take action. That’s the best time you could spend on businesses.

There are 7 habits in your book. If you could only choose one to develop, which would it be and why?

Number 4 – the habit that defines being a conscious millionaire and that’s doing the right thing. If you always do what you believe in your heart is the right thing for your customer, employees, independent contractors that takes care of having to have a lot of rules because you’re really focused doing what’s right for everyone.

Main Take-Aways:

  • Being conscious means to be aware, a visionary and socially aware.

  • A big impact vision starts off with a core of something big, having nothing to do with putting money in the bank.

  • Always choosing to do the right thing is a habit that defines being a conscious millionaire.

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Get Your Brand the Recognition it Deserves: Start A Podcast

It’s almost unthinkable that there are many persons who are still unaware of what a Podcast is. Yet so many marketers are building brands using this free, on-demand medium to communicate their messaging. It is one that has nowhere going anytime soon. It has come to stay, so we might as well get to know more about it and its awesome benefits.

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008 – Beta-test your Podcast on WhatsApp as you create branded Podcasts to increase your revenue, with Amar Vyas

Amar Vyas is the Co-Founder of Kamakshi Media, creator of Baalgatha- Podcast of Classic Childrens’ stories, and author of the Amol Dixit series of books. He creates branded Podcasts for his clients to increase their revenue.

#PeakPerformers, Amar shares about #podcasting in India on #TheEntrepYou today! Click To Tweet

Show  Notes:

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Once you enter the bedroom the cell phone enters airplane mode. The goal is to have no cell phones inside the bedroom.

Branded Podcast?

The word Kamakshi has several meanings depending on who you talk to. It can mean love, the Goddess of love or it can mean wealth.  We wanted to share knowledge and create wealth in the form of knowledge. I’ve been listening to podcasts from about 2005. When I was applying to business schools, I used to listen to podcasts from Harvard Business School and London Business school, etc. They would talk about the application process, courses to take, career choices, etc.

I used to head Amazon fulfillment centre in India. It wasn’t exciting me anymore. I wanted to do something to let us feel we were doing something great (my wife and me), and that we both enjoy doing. We don’t come from a technology background. My wife has been insurance for many years. It was a great opportunity to learn a lot of skills…

When we started out I was using literally $100 recording set up. My biggest investment was a $70 microphone. I used a 10-year old laptop to record the first 100 episodes.

We wanted to find out what it takes to work out a frugal sort of set up.

Setting up a Podcast

A podcast is on demand audio. The number 1 question I get asked is, “What is a podcast; followed by how do you make money? That’s where branded podcast comes into the picture. It’s been a short learning curve.

It’s no different than launching a business. I like to answer the 6 questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how. Whether it should be 1 show or multiple shows. You should be very clear why you’re launching this show.

If you’re an author, are you using it to grow your audience or connect with your readers? Then comes the format; there are multiple formats for a podcast, should it be discussion base or interview based; should that be like be news and opinion based; industry trends and analysis or completely different from any of these that we talk about.

Next, should it be a single host or multiple hosts? After that comes the duration…5 minutes, 20 minutes. What about the frequency…daily, monthly. There are no right or wrong answers.

The number 1 question is your audience. Why should they be spending so much time listening to the content that you’re producing?

Then there is the technology part of it. How do I record? Do I use Skype? I have a blog post titled 7 different ways of recording podcasts online. Which method do I follow?

What are the most typical ways recording…

If it is an interview-based show, I like to make it a no-brainer for the guest…my top 3 choices are Skype, Zencastr and Clean Feed. A lot of people in India love to record their podcast using cellular phones. Clean Feed works very well on chrome browser. The advantage of using Skype is that it is easy for the majority of people. The advantage of using Zencastr is that you can record using your web browser so that you don’t have to install any software and most important it can do some of the basic audio processing on its own. the sweetest thing is that you can save your file to your dropbox account so you automatically have it backed up in the cloud.

You Beta-tested on Whatsapp…take us through the process…

The philosophy we operate on is to make the content a no-brainer for the listener.

The number 1 App for download in India is WhatsApp. I didn’t have to teach anything. I thought what if I send these contacts information about the podcast? People in India like to share content within their networks.

As we started implemented it, we recognized that WhatsApp in India is what mailing lists are everywhere else globally. It’s such a no-brainer. This is like a one-to-one- option, exactly the same way mailing lists work with MailChimp, Aweber, etc.

Why create a branded podcast?

If for example, Google sponsors The Entrepreneurial You series, Google gets the branding and gets to associate themselves with the world of entrepreneurs. As the podcast grows, they can start offering discounts for persons who want to set up their businesses. This is the advantage to a sponsor by setting up a branded show.

Determining audio or video

For the advertiser, video dominates in India. About 90% of the digital content consumed in India is in form of video.  We’ve test marketed some of our shows; we created YouTube videos out of the children’s bedtimes stories. Compared to our regular audio feed, YouTube probably got the equivalent number of listeners without any promotions, it was all organic.  It is important to understand your market very well. Had we focused only on India, to begin with, we should have gone with video. That’s where the most engagement is happening.

Final words

Be very clear why you want to do a podcast. Of the 6 questions, the why is most important. It’s a lot of hard work. When I just started out it used to take me 8 hours of my time for one episode of a podcast. That’s a lot of investment by the time your file is ready. Once you start getting the reviews, there is no greater feeling than seeing the 5-star or 4-star reviews on iTunes and somebody saying this is exactly what I was looking for or it solved a problem I was faced with.

Main Take-Aways:

  • WhatsApp in India is what mailing lists are everywhere else globally.
  • You must be able to answer the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  • Be very clear why you want to do the podcast.

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