Business Brain Food (general)

Happy New Year folks! And from New Year must come some New Year’s resolutions so we’re going to change it up this week and give you half an hour of uninterrupted Ben as he shares 17 resolutions that can help you in your business.

We won’t list them all here – you’ll need to listen to the show if you want to hear the full wisdom – but here are five of the best:

** Work smarter

** Check your plan on a weekly basis

** Set time aside for you

** Stop blaming outside factors

** Learn how to understand your financial reports

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The best methods to outsource

** Goal setting

** Tips & tricks to help you be more organised

** “Progress” apps

** How your business can automatically give to a good cause

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s free business marketing plan: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au or email ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** iTunes: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** Stitcher: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

New year, new start, new attitude. Listen to Ben’s advice, dig in and make sure 2017 is your year! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF119_17_New_Years_Resolutions_for_Business_Owners_with_Ben_Fewtrell.mp3
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Mike Michalowicz really tells it how it is when it comes to business, so listen up! He’s written four excellent books and has presided over three multi-million dollar companies.

His journey is an interesting one. He admits to thinking he knew it all after his first successful business, and this caused him to waste his money on angel investment and egotistical purchases like fast cars. When bankruptcy loomed he started to write a diary, and it was this that formed the basis of his first book. The rest, as they say, is history! Read on for some of Mike’s top tips:

** We don’t need money to make a business. A lack of money helps spark ingenuity.

** Beware of conventional business plans driven by number forecasts. Mike recommends a tacking strategy akin to sailing, where you zig-zag in 90-day time periods in order to reach an end goal.

** Specialisation is the key. As tempting as it is to diversify, almost none of the most successful companies started that way. It was only when they had a big market presence that they broadened their range, i.e. Microsoft.

** Fewer variables in your business means fewer errors.

** Put your profit into a separate profit account so you can properly keep track of it.

** Identify the market you’re serving and watch their behaviour… what is the market missing that they really need?

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The sales minus expenses myth

** How to major on profit from the beginning

** How to ‘pay yourself first’

** The basics of the ‘profit first’ system

** The danger of familiarity

** The benefits of outsourcing part-time work

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Mike’s books on Amazon

** Mike’s website: http://www.mikemotorbike.com

** Ben’s free business marketing plan: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au or email ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

If you only take one piece of wisdom from Mike, it has to be this: “It’s not what you make, it’s what you take”. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


Gary Douglas is a different kind of guy. In his words “the more weird I got, the more popular I became”. Gary invented the Access Consciousness program which you may have heard us discuss last week with Dain Heer.

Gary has become a bestselling author and actually runs 12 different businesses across the world, and it would appear he practices what he preaches in order to keep it all going. Gary was full of thought-provoking one-liners, so keep reading for some of the best:

** Change is caused by the choices people make

** The moment you decide something is not going to work then it’s not going to work

** The willingness to be different always, will always keep the door open for a greater possibility and success

** Ask yourself: what choice did I have today that I didn’t have yesterday?

** Ask yourself: what else is possible, what else is possible, what else is possible?

** Ask yourself: What can I be or do different today?

** Questions create, conclusions destroy

** Micro-management is the thing that kills your business

** Understand when things own you

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The power of choice

** How to create the right mindset to manage 12 different businesses

** How to be ‘in the question’

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Go to Gary’s Access Consciousness website: http://www.accessconsciousness.com

** Ben’s free business template: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au or email ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  Ask yourself the ultimate Gary question… “what can I be or do today to make money right away?” Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF117_Empowering_people_to_see_different_possibilities_with_Gary_Douglas.mp3
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We really get into the depths of your mind this week with Dr Dain Heer; a man who has made a living out of inspiring people to fulfill their potential. Originally a chiropractor, Dr Heer was inspired to change his career and practice “Access Consciousness” after it turned around his own life.

Since then he has released 9 books and has developed an Access Consciousness business that has a presence in 143 different countries. As well as explaining some of the key tools from Access Consciousness, Dr Heer gave a lot of memorable insight. Read some of the best quotes below:

** Judgment is one of the biggest killers there is - we have a world full of people who have been taught to judge everything and never ask questions”

** “If you get to a place in your own world where you like you as you are, then people’s judgments are far less relevant”

** “Ask yourself these life questions: How does it get any better than this? What else is possible? What’s it going to take to change this? What’s right about me that I’m not getting? What resources can I locate right now that will help me create this change?”

** “Someone trying to make you wrong for doing something different doesn’t get it”

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The basic tools from Access Consciousness

** Where humanity is falling short

** The importance of upbringing

** The judgment paradigm

** How to handle doubters

** How to become more grateful

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Dr Heer’s website: http://www.drdainheer.com (see dates for Dr Dain’s next classes in Australia + free learning resources)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  Take Dr Heer’s advice and make the effort to unlock your potential. Don’t listen to the doubters! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF116_Empowering_people_to_know_what_they_know_with_Dr_Dain_Heer.mp3
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We’re delighted to welcome Tom Breeze back on the show – a top YouTube advertising guru. Tom has his own agency over in the UK, and many years of experience in playing the system of video advertising.

Many people waste money on YouTube advertising because they haven’t thought properly about the different audiences that will be viewing their adverts. As Tom explains, it is possible to define the different sections of a YouTube audience, i.e. people who are on YouTube with the specific intent to buy V people who are on there to simply research. Read on for some of Tom’s top tips:

** Almost half of all YouTube users are on there because they either want to buy something or learn about something. YouTube is about so much more than cat videos!

** Because people are using search terms it is easy to know what they’re looking for. YouTube provides you with an audience of qualified leads.

** You can be as specific as identifying the exact video you want an advert to appear on.

** If you had a shop in ‘real life’, think about the different types of people who might be interested in your product, i.e. window shoppers, browsers, and buyers who only need to be given assurance about which product is best for them. Understand how to reach their equivalents on YouTube and tailor your advert accordingly.

** Find out what common interests your potential customers share. What kind of videos will your average customer be watching?

** Don’t forget re-marketing. It is possible to track customers who have already been on your site and target them when they visit YouTube.

** It’s very easy for people to skip ads on YouTube, but if you use the True View type of ad, you don’t have to pay when this happens.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What makes a ‘good’ YouTube ad

** How to tailor ads for different types of potential customer

** How to target people based on their search habits

** How to get in front of customers

** When to use opt-ins

** Re-marketing

** How to choose the right agency

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Go to Tom’s website http://www.viewability.co.uk and take the “is video advertising for you?” quiz. There is also a lot of video advertising training.

** Ben’s free business template: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au or email ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  As Tom says, “YouTube advertising is not rocket science” so you’d be well advised to take the time to learn how it works, or if you don’t have the time, get an agency to do it. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF115_How_to_Master_YouTube_Ad_Targeting_with_Tom_Breeze.mp3
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We had an interesting and profound discussion with Damion on this week’s BBF. Incredibly, he’s had over 30 different businesses, but the key message from this is not how he succeeded in business, but more how he succeeded in his life outside of it. The big moment for Damion came when he over extended himself as a real estate investor, and within one year went from a net worth of $5m to a debt of $2m. This set him on a path of self-discovery, and made him understand that the validation he was seeking with fast cars and wealth was a corrosive cycle.

Damion has already written five books on the matter, and kindly shared some of his top tips below:

** Disconnect your self worth with your net worth.

** Make sure you really know who you are. If you don’t know this then there is a chance you’ll be seeking validation via superficial things.

** To truly reinvent your life, start from the inside rather than the outside.

** Don’t believe in the current financial and state systems. Embrace the technology that empowers us to do our own thing.

** Work to live, don’t live to work. Avoid that owner’s trap!

** Never stop listening to people. Surround yourself with people you believe in and trust. They may not give you the right answers, but they may help lead you towards them.

** Do not under-estimate the importance of an exit strategy.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The process of reinventing life

** Internal validation

** The time V money equation

** How to fight insecurity

** The importance of purpose for any entrepreneur

** How playing safe can in fact be dangerous

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Damion’s website: http://www.totalcontrolfinancial.com

** Ben’s free business template: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au or email ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

Remember: even though this is a business podcast, your life and wellbeing is always more important. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF114_Is_it_time_to_reinvent_your_life_with_Damion_Lupo.mp3
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We have some character on the show today. A man by the name of Travis Bell who travels the world inspiring people to create and achieve their personal bucket lists. Originally a personal trainer, Travis was actually a student of Action Coach himself. One day he sat down with his coach and said “I want to be the first guy to franchise personal training across Australia”, which is exactly what he did; opening up 21 outlets along the way.

The confrontational nature of franchising didn’t suit him and he suffered from depression, so he thought long and hard about a change of direction. A number of people began asking him for life training rather than personal training, which set him on a new path. He then made the extraordinary decision to give away his whole business to the franchisees and become a motivational speaker and life coach. He gave his first seminar which in his words was ‘crap’, but during the seminar asked the question, “does anyone keep a list of things they want to do before they die?”. Nobody did, but the whole room was suddenly inspired to talk and to share stories. It was then that Travis’ calling as “The Bucket List Guy” came to be. He came out with so much gold during the show that there really is no need to paraphrase him. Just read the list below for some of the corkers he shared with Ben:

** “People are dying at 40 and being buried at 80”

** “The bucket list is the you that you don’t even know yet”

** “A bucket list is a tangible life plan - our business plan needs to fit into our career plan and not the other way around”

** “Why do we wait until it’s too late to get off our arse?” (i.e. people making bucket lists once they’re diagnosed with terminal illness)

** “Optimise your business so you can do stuff on your bucket list”

** “Only worry about the tsunami when it’s coming up your drive”

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The M.Y.B.U.C.K.E.T.L.I.S.T formula

** How Travis learnt to become grateful

** How methods of schooling shape behaviour

** The definition of ‘sheeple’

** How human beings fear being different

** How often to revisit your bucket list

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** The M.Y.B.U.C.K.E.T.L.I.S.T formula explained in a free ebook: http://www.thebucketlistguy.com/ebook/

** Travis’ website: http://www.thebucketlistguy.com

** Book recommendations:

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers

The E Myth: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It - Michael E. Gerber

The Magic Of Thinking Big - David J Schwartz

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

If you’re not inspired by this conversation then you will never be inspired by anything! Listen to what he says and take some action! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


Dale Beaumont is one heck of a character, and this week he is sharing with us a snapshot of the corporate future: his artificial intelligence app that will give portable business training to millions of people. Dale has already written 16 bestselling books, so he really knows his stuff.

As well as giving us a whistle-stop tour of his revolutionary app, BRiN, Dale gave some excellent advice about how businesses can embrace technology of this nature in this day and age. Read the highlights below:

** BRiN is for all the people in the world who don’t have access to business training events. Phase one is complete, with a library containing over 500 hours of content. Dale estimates that only 1% of the world population has access to the kind of events/training that we might take for granted.

** Dale recommends this basic tech toolkit for any modern-day business: A good CRM, accounting in the cloud, the implementation of project management software, an understanding of how technology can enable outsourcing, active social media, a podcast, a mechanism to collect leads from your blog, and a coherent content marketing strategy that takes in all of the above.

** As important as being up-to-date is, always make sure that you upgrade technology in order to solve a problem that your customers have. The worst mistake is to build something that nobody has asked for.

** Remember that if you successfully implement a system that solves a problem for your company then you might well be able to scale this up and sell it to other competitors in your market who have the same problem. Or even to another industry with the same problem.

** You don’t need to be an expert in the technical detail – no CEO needs to be a coder or programmer – but a broad knowledge of the basics is worth its weight in gold. It’s worth taking the time out to do a little bit of training.

** If something works 95% of the time, then people actually prefer dealing with a machine than a human being. Always remember that if you get a system right, your customers and staff will trust you more.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The inner workings of BRiN

** How reliant people are on artificial intelligence

** The reach of business training worldwide

** The importance of the human voice in modern-day technology

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Show sponsors: Bodyworx physio, onsite workplace safety experts. To book a free onsite workplace assessment, call 02 4952 7033 or visit http://www.bodyworxphysio.com

** Dan’s app website: http://www.brin.ai

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

This from Dale really sums up why it’s important to listen up and embrace the technology: “One day, every company will be a technology company in some way, shape or form. Every business can benefit from having technology. If you don’t embrace this new world that we live in then you will be left behind by tech-savvy operators”. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


This week’s guest Steve Brossman is known as an authority catalyst – he makes it his business to empower people to sell their knowledge services in a crowded market, but everything he said is applicable to any business owner or salesperson.

He’s written a book called Stand Up Stand Out, and once created a plastic ashtray shaped as a bum which sold over four million units worldwide. Steve has many great examples of how tweaking a marketing message in a certain way can massively improve business. Read on for some of Steve’s top tips:

** Have an outcome-based title for your business.

** Get away from selling yourself and your service – sell a blueprint for your clients.

** Your introductions should intrigue rather than inform – it’s about inducing the question from your audience of “how do you do that?”

** Package your service offering in a sentence with words that you wouldn’t normally put together.

** Don’t over-emphasise price in your message.

** Sell for the next step – don’t get bogged down in the whole process.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The changing business coaching market

** How to stand out in a crowded field

** The authority accelerator blueprint

** The difference between positioning and marketing

** The difference between wants and needs

** The logic/emotion buying equation

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Show sponsors: http://www.turkishmurkish.com use the code ‘Action’ to receive 15% off your first order.

** Steve’s website: http://www.stevebrossman.com

** Email Steve: steve@stevebrossman.com

** Free 90-minute business assessment with Ben: Call 1-300-303-569 or visit http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

Listen to Steve if you want to stand out from the crowd. There is so much that can be done to tweak your message. Do this before you change your pricing. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


It really is vital that companies today embrace the many benefits of being on the cloud. The days of the dusty server room should be long gone, and yet many companies are still holding off taking the plunge.

This week’s guest will tell you all you need to know if you’re thinking about making the transition. Frank Debenedetto is a highly experienced operator in the field, having helped companies migrate their server space over the course of two decades. He knows firsthand just how exposed a company’s on-site systems can be, having worked with clients in his native New Jersey who lost absolutely everything as a result of an earthquake. Keep reading for a summary of what Frank covered with Ben:

** Cloud services allow for a pay-as-you-go model of payment, rather than large capital expenditure. This enables companies to access newer technology more quickly than in the past, because the size of the outlay is not as great.

** Approximately 75% of businesses are still reliant on onsite services – this really needs to change. The cost of properly securing services onsite far outweighs the costs of security on the cloud, and backup is also far easier on the cloud.

** “Software as a service” has pretty much revolutionized the way most companies do business. If you’re still installing things on individual machines using a disc, you’re probably stuck in the dark ages!

** You’re never too small for the cloud. It can help even the smallest of companies, and can be easily scaled up as you grow.

** Take your backups seriously. If you move to the cloud, make sure that you know exactly what backup facilities are offered by your provider.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The advantages of the cloud

** The ins and outs of cyber security

** Email encryption

** Mobile device management

** Two-factor authentication

** Ransomware

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Free business assessment with Ben: http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** Frank’s company website: http://www.tworivertech.com

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

Get with the program and get on the cloud! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


You may have slaved over your business plan and every aspect of your day-to-day, but have you properly considered how exposed you might be to copyright violation? This can work both ways. Maybe your web-builder built your site using illegal images, or maybe somebody else ripped off your content. With either scenario, the consequences can be extremely costly, so that’s why we’ve invited Lin Eleoff onto this week’s show.

Lin’s background is an interesting one, having originally started out as a lawyer who then became a full-time life coach. She now uses her legal background to advise businesses about how to cover themselves, and has multiple companies across life coaching and legal services. Lin kindly shared a lot of valuable advice, so see below for the highlights:

** The first company to register a company name has the right to keep it.

** Be careful of the term ‘royalty free’. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you can use the image for free – it just means that the price of an image doesn’t increase if it is used multiple times.

** If you receive a letter pursuing you for copyright infringement, check the detail of it to make sure it isn’t a scam, i.e. find proof that the person pursuing you is indeed the legal owner of the asset they are pursuing you about.

** If your own company website is infringing copyright laws but you didn’t know about it, you – as the business owner – are still responsible. Always double-check the work of your site builders/content managers.

** Registering a trademark doesn’t automatically mean that you can forget about the issue. It’s still up to you to find instances of infringement and then pursue the offenders.

** Before you pay for legal action against a website that is wrongly using your assets, contact the site’s hosting ISP and ask them to take it down.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The definition of ‘Royalty Free’

** Zero creative commons licenses explained

** The consequences of copying and pasting content

** DMCA takedown notices

** The difference between TM and (R)

** How to react when there is a case against you

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s photography website: http://www.onthreelegs.com

** Ben’s recommended stock photo library: https://graphicriver.net/

** Lin’s Gutsy Glorious Life-coaching Radio: link here

** Lin’s DIY Legal Toolkit: http://www.diylegaltoolkit.com

** Lin’s person site: http://www.coveryourassetsonline.com

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

According to Lin, if you use the DIY Legal Toolkit, you can achieve nearly all of the cover you need without having to pay for legal advice. Don’t delay – get your house in order! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF109_Cover_Your_ASSets_Online_with_Lin_Eleoff.mp3
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Back by very popular demand we have Siimon Reynolds for his third stint on the BBF podcast. Siimon will be talking to us about all things marketing, and there really is no one better qualified for the task.

Siimon is still famous for being the brains behind the legendary “Grim Reaper” anti-AIDS campaign in Australia in 1987. From there he cofounded the Photon Group, which grew into a global empire containing 6,000 employees in 52 different locations across 14 different countries. Siimon then left the Photon Group and set up the Fortune Institute which is dedicated to helping SMEs fulfill their potential. See below for some of the great marketing advice that Siimon gave, and a snapshot of the subjects he covered with Ben during the show:

** Sometimes market leaders are not the companies with the best product – they are the companies with the best marketing.

** Anyone can learn marketing, but it is such a long process to become an expert that it basically isn’t worth it for most people. The best thing is to learn the basics with a view to using that knowledge to effectively manage an external marketing expert.

** Before any marketing campaign, it’s a good idea to work in the following order: 1. Think about your target audience. 2. Tailor the message. 3. Define how to deliver the message.

** Remember that it’s a lot easier to get customers who have already said ‘yes’ to you to say ‘yes’ again, than it is to attract new customers.

** If you aren’t sure an advert is working then it probably isn’t – it’s time to stop. But don’t stop an advert and reject the medium of advertising. It’s more likely to be your ad rather than the medium that is the problem.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What makes an effective marketing campaign

** How Dominoes revolutionized their entire marketplace with a simple marketing ploy

** The power of surveys

** Digital marketing target methods

** The importance of message V audience

** Split testing

** How long you should spend on social media

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s free business plan template: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

** Siimon’s own site: http://www.siimonreynolds.com

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

Siimon is a shining example of what can be achieved with good marketing. If you follow his simple strategies you will give your business every chance to flourish. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF108_How_to_create_an_effective_marketing_campaign_with_Siimon_Reynolds.mp3
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This week’s guest has certainly lived a bit, and what a privilege it was to hear his sharp philosophical insight into the importance of ‘why’ in business. Peter Docker has been all over the world as a pilot for the RAF (he even used to fly the UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher), not to mention work as a crisis manager and an international negotiator for the UK government.

All of this experience has helped him become a highly respected motivational speaker, and as you’ll hear from his discussion with Ben, he’s an absolute master at helping people understand the ‘why’ in business. Read on for some of the highlights of the discussion:

** If you have any aspiration of being a successful business in the long term, you have to know your ‘why’. When you get this clear, it’s amazing how much easier it is for people to connect with your business.

** When we make decisions that just ‘feel right’, the chances are is that we’re feeling the ‘why’.

** A ‘why’ should be strong enough to compel your customers to put it into their own words.

** A ‘why’ doesn’t have to be big and grand – it just has to be authentic. This is how you build trust and loyalty.

** Your ‘why’ shouldn’t just come out of thin air. It should be a culmination of your past and what drives you.

** A ‘why’ is vital to get you through tough times. Without it, where is the incentive to get out of bed and solve problems?

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Which part of the brain processes the ‘why’.

** What a ‘why discovery’ can do.

** The difference between ‘visions’ and ‘missions’.

** Where ‘how’ comes into it.

** How to come up with your ‘why’.

** How physical symbols and statements can help reinforce your ‘why’.

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Free, complimentary business assessment from Ben: http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** Elon Musk’s launch of model 3 of the Tesla, discussing his ‘why’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HOhOeKwe30

** Simon Sinek’s ‘Why’ programme: com

** Peter & Simon’s 2017 tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland: Book here

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

It’s all very well concentrating on the detail of your everyday business, but if you don’t understand why you’re doing business in the first place, you’ve got almost no chance of success. Listen to Peter! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF107_Harness_the_Power_of_Why_with_Peter_Docker.mp3
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You may remember Johnnie Cass from way-back-when on Big Brother One. Nowadays Johnnie travels around the globe as a motivational speaker, helping people understand human potential. He is also a successful entrepreneur himself, having successfully brought his own underwear brand to market.

Johnnie faced some major battles after his flirtation with reality TV. It was impossible for him to resume the same life he had before, and the paths he chose afterwards didn’t always work out well. He knows firsthand how it feels to be demotivated and disengaged, but he also knows what to do to come out the other side. Read on for some of the top tips he shared with Ben:

** It doesn’t matter what other people think – the only opinion that matters is what you think about yourself.

** Look at problems as opportunities to challenge yourself.

** Do something every day that is a good habit, i.e. learning for a set amount of time.

** Don’t assume that social media is an accurate representation of the world around you. It’s all too easy to compare your bad day with someone else’s good day.

** Express your vulnerability. It’s better out than in.

** Take lessons from the past, but not regrets.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The benefits of “be” rather than “do”

** How men can properly address depression

** The power of vulnerability

** How to work around setbacks from the past

** The difference between empathy and sympathy

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Johnnie’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/johnniecass

** Letting Go by David Hawkins: Amazon buy link

** Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: Amazon buy link

** Ben’s programmes that start from as little as 10 AUD per day: http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** The SMEA has teamed up with Action Coach to deliver over 50 free business coaching workshops across Australia. Go to http:smallbizsept.com.au and find your nearest workshop. And as an extra bonus, any attendee of the workshop will get free membership to the SMEA for a year worth 400 AUD.

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

If you don’t look after your own mind, you won’t ever excel. Think about how you are viewing life… is it conducive to success? Get this right and you’ll give yourself every chance of succeeding in business. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF106_Empowering_people_and_achieving_excellence_with_Johnnie_Cass.mp3
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We’ve changed it up a bit this week. Instead of the usual format of Ben talking to a guest, we’ve got almost an hour of Ben talking to you. This business advice is invaluable – it’s the same advice that businesses up and down the land have paid good money for, but today it is absolutely free.

This week Ben focuses on his 5-step business growth system. For the full info you’ll have to listen to the podcast, but you can have a sneak preview of this tried-and-tested system below:

  1. Time Management: People like to be busy, but that could easily mean you’re disorganised. A good business owner has time to stop and reflect.
  2. Why did you start the business? Not enough people ask themselves this. You need this as a clear objective, then you can build everything else around it.
  3. Understand your money: See your P & L as a working document full of management information, not just something that you need to do for the taxman. Design your accounts in a way that suits you, not the accountant. You should be able to easily make decisions off the back of the figures, week-to-week, month-to-month. If you can’t, then there’s something wrong.
  4. KPIs are king: For every single role in your business you need to clearly define what the measurements are of success and failure.
  5. Make sure your business can do what you say it can: Achieve that consistency! As a manager you need to take as much human error out of the equation as possible. Only with foolproof processes can your business achieve the consistency it needs to ensure customers keep coming back.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The key foundations of good business

** The importance of a marketing plan

** How technology can shape your future

** The power of lead-generation strategies

** Return customers V new customers

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s programmes that start from as little as 10 AUD per day: http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** The SMEA has teamed up with Action Coach to deliver over 50 free business coaching workshops across Australia. Go to http:www.smallbizsept.com.au and find your nearest workshop. And as an extra bonus, any attendee of the workshop will get free membership to the SMEA for a year worth 400 AUD.

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

“Take a day each week to work on the future of your business, otherwise all you will ever have is a job,” says Ben. By reading this and listening to the podcast, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Make sure you keep up the good work! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


We’ve changed it up a bit this week. Instead of the usual format of Ben talking to a guest, we’ve got almost an hour of Ben talking to you. This business advice is invaluable – it’s the same advice that businesses up and down the land have paid good money for, but today it is absolutely free.

This week Ben focuses on his 5-step business growth system. For the full info you’ll have to listen to the podcast, but you can have a sneak preview of this tried-and-tested system below:

  1. Time Management: People like to be busy, but that could easily mean you’re disorganised. A good business owner has time to stop and reflect.
  2. Why did you start the business? Not enough people ask themselves this. You need this as a clear objective, then you can build everything else around it.
  3. Understand your money: See your P & L as a working document full of management information, not just something that you need to do for the taxman. Design your accounts in a way that suits you, not the accountant. You should be able to easily make decisions off the back of the figures, week-to-week, month-to-month. If you can’t, then there’s something wrong.
  4. KPIs are king: For every single role in your business you need to clearly define what the measurements are of success and failure.
  5. Make sure your business can do what you say it can: Achieve that consistency! As a manager you need to take as much human error out of the equation as possible. Only with foolproof processes can your business achieve the consistency it needs to ensure customers keep coming back.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The key foundations of good business

** The importance of a marketing plan

** How technology can shape your future

** The power of lead-generation strategies

** Return customers V new customers

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s programmes that start from as little as 10 AUD per day: http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** The SMEA has teamed up with Action Coach to deliver over 50 free business coaching workshops across Australia. Go to http:www.smallbizsept.com.au and find your nearest workshop. And as an extra bonus, any attendee of the workshop will get free membership to the SMEA for a year worth 400 AUD.

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

“Take a day each week to work on the future of your business, otherwise all you will ever have is a job,” says Ben. By reading this and listening to the podcast, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Make sure you keep up the good work! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF104_How_A_Fed_Up_Lawyer_Becomes_A_Big_Banana.mp3
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There’s a good chance you’ve already had some advice from our guest this week… it’s just you didn’t know it. Karen Jacobsen is the famous voice of Apple’s SIRI app as well as the voice of 400 million Sat Nav devices around the world, but here she is today, live and fully dangerous!

As well as her massive success as a voiceover artist, Karen has written a self-help book called “It’s Never Too Late To Recalculate” which uses the instructions on a Sat Nav as a metaphor for how people can change direction in their own life. We had a very interesting chat with Karen – she’s certainly had one heck of a life. Karen was kind enough to share with us some top tips from her book as well as some other advice on how to stay well and live a happy life:

** Notice when you’re “off route”. If you’re not honest enough with yourself to acknowledge that there is something fundamentally wrong, it is impossible to change direction.

** Get clear about what you love to spend your time doing. Have that conversation with yourself and focus your everyday life towards doing it.

** At the end of the year, do a “stock take” of your life, i.e. what you accomplished, what you wished you accomplished and what the disappointments were. Then create a list of what you want to do in the subsequent year. Then display this list in a prominent position at home so it can serve as a reminder and keep you focused on the right stuff.

** Try and be around likeminded people who are getting somewhere in life. Being part of some kind of mastermind group can be a great help.

** Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom before making changes. It’s easier to make small changes as you go than to take extreme action in a crisis.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The 5 steps to recalculate formula

** How to listen to your inner GPS

** How to hear yourself think

** The benefits of meditation

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** The SMEA has teamed up with Action Coach to deliver over 50 free business coaching workshops across Australia. Go to http:smallbizsept.com.au and find your nearest workshop. And as an extra bonus, any attendee of the workshop will get free membership to the SMEA for a year worth 400 AUD.

** Karen’s website: http://www.thegpsgirl.com

** Karen’s twitter: https://twitter.com/thegpsgirl

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

“It’s never too late to recalculate” says Karen, so if you feel like you’re just going through the motions in your business, follow Karen’s lead and change direction. The unknown is normally less scary than you think. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF103_Listening_to_your_inner_GPS_with_Karen_Jacobsen.mp3
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Many people see customer service as something separate from marketing, but just think about it for a second: what better way is there to market your business than to give your customers such good customer service they spread the word about your company?

After many decades as a public speaker and customer service guru, Martin Grunstein has seen all-too-often how much companies neglect customer service. Time and again they will pay big money for advertising, but when it comes to follow-up calls to customers, they will say they don’t have the time or the money. Luckily, Martin has shared some very simple methods that we can all follow in order to nail our customer service. See below for a quick snapshot:

** When advertising, don’t be too obsessed with price. Talk about your point of difference, especially if that is your service.

** Don’t get into arguments with customers on social media. You need to show you’re responsive to customer complaints but it’s wise to take any debate offline. How about offering to take them for coffee?

** A recent survey found that 14% of people would stop dealing with a business on grounds of price, but 68% would on grounds of customer service.

** Ongoing communication with clients is absolutely key to understanding the quality of your customer service. Follow-up calls are absolutely paramount.

** Understand that you might have to apologise to customers even when they are in the wrong. Sometimes you are dealing with perceptions rather than reality.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The laws of customer service and behaviour

** How customer service can drive ROI

** Customer service trends over the last 30 years

** How easy it is to shine compared to your competitors

** The relative merits of qualitative V quantitative research

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Exclusive offer from this week’s show sponsors BarterCard. Click this link for free advertising and 5,000 line of credit for free: http://bartercard.com.au/actioncoach

** Martin’s website: http://www.martingrunstein.com.au

** The SMEA has teamed up with Action Coach to deliver over 50 free business coaching workshops across Australia. Go to http:smallbizsept.com.au and find your nearest workshop. And as an extra bonus, any attendee of the workshop will get free membership to the SMEA for a year worth 400 AUD.

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  As Martin says “inertia and stupidity are the greatest enemies to business”, so don’t be complacent about your customer service. Listen to the experts and do you best for your customers today! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


This week we had the pleasure of speaking to James MacGregor, a man who’s been there, seen it and done it in the world of tech startups who is behind the brilliant online video-marketing tool biteable.com.

Having worked for web startups and software companies for over ten years he decided it was time to create something himself, and with a bit of help from his brother who had been working on films with Peter Jackson, biteable.com was born. From a thousand users in year one, biteable now has over half a million users worldwide. We don’t need James to tell us that video marketing is on the up – we’ve had plenty of guests confirm this in recent times – but we can all benefit from James’ tips on video marketing:

** Most people access the web on their mobile now, so consider the small screen and potentially small attention span when producing your videos.

** Try and avoid making videos that are more than two minutes in length.

** Make the video look professional. Although we are in an era when it is easier to get away with making video that doesn’t have a high production cost, make sure you get the basics right. There should never be a shaky camera, for example.

** Don’t be scared of being blunt and controversial. There is no one else censoring it so you should use your creative license as best you can.

** Video marketing is a numbers game. Your content is more likely to go viral if you do more of it. It’s better to make five short videos then agonizing over one long one.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How much you should plan content

** The power of templates

** What can be done in 10 minutes

** How important video is to the overall marketing mix

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** James’ video website: http://www.biteable.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  It’s quite simple: if you don’t do video marketing then you will lose business, but the good news is it’s easier than ever to create quality video content. Understanding the inner workings of James’ website is a great starting point. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF101_Producing_Animated_Videos_Online_In_Minutes_with_James_McGregor.mp3
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Whoo hoo, we’ve reached 100 not out! Thanks to every single one of you for supporting the show. Bring on the next hundred! For our centenary episode we really wanted to do something special, so we’ve pulled out all the stops to get Brad Sugars on the show, the man behind our whole operation, ActionCOACH. Brad is a multi-millionaire with businesses all over the globe in a variety of different sectors, but he is best known for his business coaching. Seen as that is what we’re all about, we thought we’d pick his brains and get inside his head. Despite his success, does he still practice what he preaches? You bet he does. He told us that ever day of his business life he is constantly speaking to his mentors and coaches. Yes, a multi-millionaire business owner still needs business coaching, even one who has made his fortune as a business coach! The over-riding theme with Brad is one of inclusiveness – that business is something that you can’t crack alone. That’s why we’re here today folks, so keep reading for some more Business Brainfood tips courtesy of Brad:

** If there is one key to Brad’s success it is finding the right people to help run his businesses.

** How do you find the right people? In short, make sure you’re very clear on the type of person you’re looking to hire, what their job actually is, and how their success can be measured.

** Marketing should not just be reserved for potential customers. You should market strongly towards your potential employees. Making videos that are sharable on social media is a good start.

** Do multiple interviews with candidates, i.e. group, formal one-on-one, informal over lunch.

** Plan the next day! As obvious as that sounds, just consider for a moment how much more productive man people are the day before they go on holiday, because they focus intently on what needs to be done.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The definition of an entrepreneur

** How to learn on the job in business

** The importance of rituals

** The importance of brand building

** The benefits of ‘lumpy mail’

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Brad’s website: http://www.bradsugars.com

** Brad’s facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BradleySugars/

** Brad’s twitter: https://twitter.com/bradsugars

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  One great quote from Brad for the road: “Everyone has a level of entrepreneurial flare; the question is, do you act on it?” Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF100_Secrets_of_Building_Serious_Wealth_with_Brad_Sugars.mp3
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We spend a lot of time and money on perfecting our brand and message, but do we really understand the minds of our audience? Bri Williams told us a few home truths this week about just how much businesses are missing out on because of a lack of understanding of behavioural economics.

Bri has broken it down into a simple three-part process that anyone can apply across pretty much any area of their business. She has written a critically acclaimed book on the matter, but she was kind enough to share the simple outline of her system with us, as well as some of the following tips:

** Understand how environment can shape somebody’s behaviour. The decisions they make are often swayed by superficial things in the environment, irrespective of the ‘logic’ you may have outlined with your product/service.

** To make behavioural economics work for you, you need to think beyond the end goal of what you want your audience to do. The key is understanding how they can get from the point of not taking action to the end point of taking action.

** When someone’s potential effort is greater than their potential reward, they won’t take action.

** Make your calls to action stand out from the rest of your design. Slick design should not be prioritised over the prominence of calls to action.

** Consider using testimonials higher up your website. To build trust from the beginning is fundamental to the decision your audience makes at the end.

** Understand the power of ‘tension’ in your marketing message. Positive tension, i.e. “only two tickets left” will encourage action.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The three central elements of behavioural economics

** The Say V Do gap

** “Button anxiety”

** How to create social proof

** The “now me” and “future me”

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Bri’s website: http://www.briwilliams.com.au

** Bri’s book “Behavioural Economics For Business”: http://www.briwilliams.com.au/be-for-business

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

Bri summed it up perfectly: “if you’ve ever had a day where you’re bashing your head against a brick wall saying ‘I don’t get it, I don’t know why people don’t do what they say they do and I don’t know why my customers aren’t buying,’ then you need behavioural economics” Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


Sharon Livingstone is a real psychological all-rounder. Her expertise stretches across hypnosis, life coaching, NLP and even as far as emotional marketing. There is a lot we can all learn from someone like Sharon. In every aspect of our lives, there is probably something we can improve with coaching.

Sharon has certainly been there and done it. She has been president of both the QRCA (the largest qualitative research group in the world) and the ICCA (an organisation dedicated to the training of coaches), has a PHD in psychology, and as if that wasn’t enough, she is also a bestselling author. Read on for some of the nuggets that came out of the conversation with Ben:

** “What else” is a more effective phrase for making an extra sale than “anything else?”

** It takes 30 repetitions for our brain to learn a new procedure.

** Your brain is most receptive to reprogramming when you are in a state of hypnosis, so it can be very beneficial to listen to educational audio before you go to bed.

** As a general life lesson, always think about your best possible outcomes in life, and constantly visualize the journey that will get you there.

** Life coaching can work for everyone! Don’t ever assume that you won’t need it.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The process of ‘laddering’

** How emotion features in marketing

** The basics of hypnosis

** The basics of life coaching

** The inner workings of the ‘Breakthrough To Success” workshop

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Jack Canfield’s inspirational book “Chicken Soup for the soul”: https://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Soup-Soul-20th-Anniversary/dp/161159913X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469010901&sr=8-1&keywords=chicken+soup+for+the+soul

** Jack Canfield’s book: “Success Principles: https://www.amazon.com/Success-Principles-TM-Anniversary-Where/dp/0062364286/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469011114&sr=8-1&keywords=jack+canfield+success+principles

** Contact Sharon by phone: +1 603 505 3000

** Sharon’s online coaching site: http://www.takethecoachingtest.com

** Sharon’s book: http://www.getlostgirlfriend.com/Book

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast… join the tribe and get exclusive offers at: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  Remember that there are experts across all aspects of business and life that can help you. Sharon’s story proves just what can be made possible with the right coaching. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


Ed Dale first used the internet in 1984, so he’s a great man to speak to about digital marketing strategy. Ed certainly isn’t your usual technology geek. He actually spent time as an AFL commentator and then used his technical knowledge to develop a stats collection system that is still used today by the top clubs and associations in the league. He then built up an internet marketing company that he sold for AUD3.5m, and for the last ten years he has developed and internet marketing programme called “The challenge” which has helped over 300,000 people across the world.

Here are some of Ed’s top tips:

** The biggest challenge in internet marketing today is generating traffic.

** Product creation has become easier.

** The biggest mistakes people make is to develop a product before they develop a market for it.

** All product makers should aspire to become a market influencer.

** Talk the language of your niche, and understand their pains.

** Think about testing your market by spending a small amount on Facebook advertising, before you jump in to a large-scale campaign.

** Most people are accessing the internet on mobiles, so don’t get stuck on producing campaigns for desktops.

** The way you speak to your friends now is a good trailing indicator of the most effective medium of advertising in the future.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to understand the pains of your market

** The value of advertising on YouTube

** How to be specific with Facebook advertising

** The difference in buying intent between Facebook users and google users

** Where email fits in the marketing mix

** The inner workings of “the challenge”

** The merits of using social media V personal email messages

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** This week’s show sponsor, Bartercard are offering free advertising for your business, and have a special offer of 5,000 AUD credit for BBF listeners. Visit: http://www.go.bartercard.com.au/actioncoach

** Free access to Ed’s marketing “Challenge”: http://www.challenge.co

** Ed’s personal site: http://www.eddale.co

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast… join the tribe and get exclusive offers at: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  As Ed says, “there has never been a better time to create a business than now”, so as long as you listen to the right marketing advice, you stand a good chance of making a success of it. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF097_Building_A_Successful_Digital_Business_with_Ed_Dale.mp3
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Although Sue has made a career out of her own PR agency, she was kind enough to give us a whole load of tips about how you can get yourself great publicity without having to pay anyone else to do it. Sue spent her early career as a journalist, so she has a great understanding of what a business needs to do in order to persuade the media to cover their stories. What’s more, she managed to get her own business featured on the Australian TV show ‘A Current Affair’ which gave her 40,000 AUD of business within a week. Sue pulled this off long before she was a PR professional, so it is well worth listening to her story of how a small business became national news after just half-an-hour of work.

Sue’s top tips:

** Don’t worry about not being ‘ready’. Publicise your company as much as you can, wherever you are in your evolution.

** Identify what’s interesting to the media and lead with that in your PR efforts. This is not the same thing as just telling the media about what you do.

** Forget about gimmicks and freebies. Remember that most journalists value their integrity, so the best way to butter them up is by fully understanding what their audience wants to read, see or hear.

** When writing a press release, think of the problems that you solve for your customers, and emphasise this in your output.

** Journalists and their audience tend to be interested in what you know about, not necessarily what you do.

** Don’t be offended if the media isn’t interested in what you send them. In as polite and constructive a way as possible, try and find out why they weren’t interested. From that you may well be able to find a better angle.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** When to time the release

** How to get inside the heads of journalists

** How to set a release plan

** How to find the contacts

** The amount of contacts you need

** The merits of using social media V personal email messages

** How to write a press release

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Sue’s “How To” publicity seminars: http://www.publicityforprofit.com.au

** ActionCOACH Business Diplomas: email ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  The message from this is “get over your fear”. It’s highly likely that any business is doing something that is newsworthy, so don’t be shy about shouting about it. The key is to understand who to shout about it to. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF096_How_to_Generate_Publicity_for_Your_Business_with_Sue_Papadoulis.mp3
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We’ve gone pretty out there this week on BBF as we welcome Business Futurist, Craig Rispin onto the show. Craig is a world expert on how advances in technology can affect business – he is basically using technology as his corporate crystal ball! He’s worked as a future consultant for some of the biggest companies in the world, like Toyota, IBM, Symantec, Kimberly Clark etc. And he even likes to do drone racing in his spare time… a futuristic sport if ever there was one!

In a far-reaching discussion with Ben, he shared with us some of his tips on how to stay ahead of the game:

** The development of technology is actually predictable – it is possible to find out what is in progress.

** It’s a great time to be an SME. With technology growing at an ever-increasing rate, SMEs are better positioned than large corporates to embrace the change.

** Semi-autonomous vehicles are set to be our next “watershed moment” like the Iphone was.

** As a business owner you should identify these watershed moments and see how you can gain some business as a result of it. It is not just about working with the innovative product itself… how about the many links in the supply chain?

** Make yourself part of a network. When it comes to staying ahead in business, there is real safety in numbers.

The wider point is that managing AdWords is all about fine tuning. There is a big element of trial and error here, so it’s important you stay on top of what is working for you and what isn’t. Be ruthless with the campaigns that are struggling – don’t just wait around for them to come good. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why ignoring innovation was the main reason for the demise of Kodak

** The rapid rise of Tesla Motors

** How the world of commerce is currently changing

** The trend of robotics

** The 8 technologies that will impact SMEs in the near future

** How colossal computing can help your business

** The potential of co-working

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Craig’s website: http://www.futuretrendsgroup.com

** Craig’s Linkedin: https://au.linkedin.com/in/craigrispin

** Elon Musk books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=elon+musk

** Elon Musk interview @ Code Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsixsRI-Sz4

** Other book recommendations:

** https://www.amazon.com.au/Abundance-Future-Better-Than-Think-ebook/dp/B005FLOGMM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1465261052&sr=1-1&keywords=abundance+the+future+is+better+than+you+think

** https://www.amazon.com.au/Bold-Create-Wealth-Impact-World-ebook/dp/B00LD1RZGM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1465261138&sr=1-1&keywords=bold

** https://www.amazon.com.au/Exponential-Organizations-organizations-better-cheaper-ebook/dp/B00OO8ZGC6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1465261164&sr=1-1&keywords=exponential+organisations

** Abundance Is Our Future TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_diamandis_abundance_is_our_future

** Ben’s free business coaching consultation: http://www.businessassessment.com.au

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast: http://www.dbtpodcast.com

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

** Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** ActionCOACH: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

  As Craig says, “if we don’t remake ourselves every few years, we’re going backwards”. Listen to Craig today and find out how your business can keep pushing the boundaries. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF095_Know_First_Be_First_and_Profit_First_with_Craig_Rispin.mp3
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Greg Cassar is fast becoming a legend of the BBF podcast… we like him so much that we’ve invited him back for the third time! As one of Australia’s leading marketing coaches, there’s simply no one better at describing the technicalities of marketing in simple terms. This week we major on the world of Google AdWords, and how to use it best to get your business featured on google in order to generate leads.

Here are some of the best snippets:

** Remember the power of advertising on a search engine V advertising anywhere else. When someone types something in to google, they already want something.

** Google only charges you as the client when someone clicks the ad.

** Don’t forget Google Places For Business. You don’t need to pay for the right to appear on their map.

** Although the Google AdWords interface is user-friendly, you’re probably best using a professional for your campaigns in the first instance.

** Make sure any advert drives people to a focused page. A common mistake people make is to create a campaign ad for something specific that merely drives the traffic to a generic home page.

** Google prefers one page to be about one thing – always remember this.

** Track your activity! All of the tracking codes are there as part of the service – make sure you utilize them.

  The wider point is that managing AdWords is all about fine tuning. There is a big element of trial and error here, so it’s important you stay on top of what is working for you and what isn’t. Be ruthless with the campaigns that are struggling – don’t just wait around for them to come good. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to get results from an agency

** How to appear on the google map

** The “relevance + direct response” equation

** “Buying intent key words”

** The potential consequences of using landing page templates

** The importance of call tracking

** The “authority” of a site

** Cost per acquisition versus cost per click

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** This week’s sponsors, Bartercard are offering an interest-free line of credit of 10,000 AUD with a bonus 500 AUD. Visit: bartercard.com.au/actioncoach for an exclusive offer for Business Brain Food listeners

** Greg’s article on “How to do keyword research with google’s keyword planner” (http://com.au/google/keyword-planner/)

** Greg’s site (http://www.collective.com.au)

** Greg’s new podcast (http://www.salesforprofit.com)

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  As Greg reminded us, the cliché goes “google knows more about you than your partner”, so make sure you take heed of his marketing advice and get up to speed with it! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF094_How_to_Turn_Google_AdWords_Into_a_Cash_Spewing_Machine.mp3
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We’re all trying to make money in our businesses, but do we really know how to handle the money? Joan Sotkin explains to us some of the emotional pitfalls related to the process of making money, and what you can do to avoid them. Joan is the author of the hugely popular book “Build Your Money Muscles” and hosts The Prosperity Show podcasts which is now over 200+ episodes old. We know firsthand just what an achievement that is!

Joan is all about an holistic approach to business, having learnt from her own bankruptcy, and also from her inability to cope with financial success. She’s had a long and spiritual journey which began the day she asked herself “why do my brothers have what they want, and I don’t?” Read on for some of the spiritual nuggets that have helped Joan succeed in business and in life outside of it:

** Our emotions are our decisions. Emotions are our bridge from our internal world and the world around us.

** Meditation is a great tool to help find your own good judgment.

** The emotional habits that we learn through childhood can often hold us back. Don’t underestimate the quality of your heart-felt judgment.

** Money doesn’t take care of itself – you have to take care of it.

The main message to understand is that any amount of money means something emotionally. Whether it’s high or low, more than enough or not enough, there is an emotional reaction to it. Once you understand what that emotional reaction means you can find ways to change it for the better, or keep repeating the good feeling. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The emotion around money

** How shame can affect financial judgment

** How “touch” affects our everyday life

** “The identity factor”

** How to handle suddenly coming in to money

** The difference between feeling emotions and burying emotions

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** This week’s sponsors, Bartercard are offering an interest-free line of credit of 10,000 AUD with a bonus 500 AUD. Visit: bartercard.com.au/actioncoach for an exclusive offer for Business Brain Food listeners.

** Joan’s site: (http://prosperityplace.com/)

** Joan’s course: The Financial Freedom Formula (https://www.udemy.com/financial-freedom-formula/)

** Rode Videomic Me - directional microphone for ipad/iphones (http://www.rode.com/microphones/videomicme)

** Videoshop app for editing video (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.videoshop.app)

** Youtube Uploader (http://download.cnet.com/Youtube-Video-Splitter-Uploader/3000-2194_4-75000404.html)

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  It’s really important that you judge success in more lateral terms than money earned or money lost. Listen to the show for a load of shortcuts that will tell you how. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF093_Improve_Your_Relationship_with_Money_with_Joan_Sotkin.mp3
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We all want a better world, right? Our guest this week will explain just how easy it is for us to use our simple day-to-day business as a path towards a better world. And what’s more, we will discuss the enhanced power of connection that a giving company has with its customers, and just how valuable this can be.

The man with the plan this week is Paul Dunn; a world-renowned business guru, known as “The Wizard of Wow”. It’s certainly the first time we’ve had someone on the show who’s given four Tedx talks – this man is certainly worth listening to. What’s more, he’s one of the reasons we’re here at all, because he actually helped found Actioncoach alongside our good mate Brad Sugars. Nowadays, Paul fronts up B1G1 (Buy One Give One) which is a system to enable SMEs and their customers to help good causes with every single transaction. Paul is all about connection, so below are a few of the key points he made about how to connect with people in business:

** It’s not about getting a ‘wow’, it’s about getting an ‘oh’. Remember that a shock is not necessarily a good way of connecting.

** An estimated 2.5bn emails are sent per second, so we need to think long and hard about how we can make a stronger connection than the competition.

** Consider doing things a little bit differently in order for people to feel compelled to make a connection with you, i.e. setting appointments at unusual times like “3:50”.

** People do not have as much time to delve into the detail of business concepts as they used to, so a few small touches in the delivery could make all the difference.

** Because of the volume of competition out there, building trust has never been more important, and one surefire way of doing that is by showing that your company is conscientious.

  As Paul says, “there has never been a time like this” in the world of commerce. On the one hand that means that competition has never been more fierce, but on the other hand it means that the technology is there to enable businesses and their customers to give something back, and all parties to increase their connections with each other. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to build moments of connection

** Examples of how B1G1 can enable businesses to give something back

** The concept of Behavioural Economics

** “The love triangle”

** How to use “why” as an attractive business proposition

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Paul’s site: (http://www.b1g1.com)

** Book VIP tickets for an event in Sydney with Paul on June 15th (http://www. http://actioncoachanz.com/vip-event)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Pauls’ concept really is something that is changing the world, so have a listen to understand just how you can be a part of it, and how this can enhance your connections with your customers. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF092_The_Power_of_Small_with_Paul_Dunn.mp3
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It’s always great to get one of our previous guests back on the show to give us a chance to get into even more detail. Alex Pirouz is something of a Linkedin legend, so in this episode we’ve asked him for his advice on how to use Linkedin to court the media.

Alex did his own survey and found out that 94.5% of journalists in the publications he analysed were on Linkedin, so if you want a tool to connect you to the media, look no further. Below are some of Alex’s top tips for using Linkedin to connect with the media:

** You are who google says you are, and a Linkedin profile is a fundamental part of that.

** In your Linkedin profile, think about the possible objections that a potential collaborator may have, and try and answer those.

** Don’t automatically accept every bit of coverage that is offered to you – make sure it is relevant to whatever brand image you want to project.

** When trying to connect with someone on Linkedin, always make the effort to write a customized message.

** Don’t just connect with anyone – it’s always worth checking just how active somebody is, for example.

** At the beginning of your media strategy, create a top 3 publications hit list, and then do a Linkedin search for each relevant reporter.

  Never forget the concept of “adding value” when doing any of the above. It’s an obvious statement, but it’s true. Just like out in the real world, you’re more likely to get something out of people on Linkedin if you build a rapport with them and make it look like you can bring something to their table, so don’t just go steaming in with a pitch asking for coverage. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The credibility of association

** The kind of challenges that journalists face, and how you could solve them

** “The moment of truth”

** How to weed out dodgy Linkedin profiles

** Which journalists will be the most effective for you

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** My Podcast Review (http://www.mypodcastreview.com)

** Alex’s site (http://www.linkfluencer.com)

** Help A Reporter (http://www.helpareporter.com)

** Source Bottle (http://www.sourcebottle.com.au)

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Linkedin can often be more effective and significantly less expensive than hiring a PR firm to court the media on your behalf. Alex’s simple advice will tell you all you need to know to get started. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF091_How_To_Get_More_Media_Coverage_Using_LinkedIn_With_Alex_Pirouz.mp3
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Are you enduring your career, or are you enjoying your career? Our guest this week has kindly given us the toolkit to make sure we enjoy our careers. Mark McKeon has become a master of the art of mind control and high performance, thanks to 20+ years as a performance coach in the AFL and beyond.

What sets Mark apart from many gurus is that he is qualified in the physiology of performance, as well as the mental side. He’s just as comfortable talking about adrenaline and cortisol as he is about positive thinking and prioritising. His book, “The Go Zone”, is a culmination of his years of work and study, so we talked to him about how his “Go Zone” framework can be used by people to achieve maximum performance. Here were some of the highlights:

** Be in control of events rather than letting events control you.

** Stress in itself is not a bad thing – in fact, we all need a certain level of stress to remain healthy – but not recovering from stress is extremely harmful.

** Know your diary three weeks in advance and compartmentalise everything from the most important tasks right down to time off.

** Consider using a buzzer or some kind of automatic mechanism to help you compartmentalise your days.

** Have no shame in letting people know that you are not to be disturbed when you’re in your most important time slot of the day (AKA, your “Go Zone”). You could wear a hat, lock the door, turn your phone off etc. etc.

** Mark’s optimum length for being 100% focused on your own tasks is 2 hours

What’s in your mind has a clear physical impact which, in turn, affects the way you think and the way you perform. This is why getting a hold of each day is so important. The “Go Zone” is part of a framework to make sure you don’t sleepwalk into bad mental and physical habits. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The value of business coaching

** How to buy yourself more time

** How to get over the guilt of not doing work

** What a “Go Zone” means

** How to handle the weekend

** The control of adrenaline

** How cortisol can create unhealthy habits

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Mark’s email address: mark@mckeon.com.au

** Mark’s website: http://www.markmckeon.com/

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group – What should we do for the 100th show? Post your ideas to the group! (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Remember that there is some concrete science behind the ups and downs of the working day - it can be physically measured in terms of adrenaline, blood sugar etc. – it’s not just the random factor of “having a bad day” or “having a good day”. The good news is; you can control it. Have a listen to Mark and he’ll show you how. The science behind it is complex, but the way to apply it is very simple indeed. Now get in that Go Zone! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF090_Work_Life_Balance_and_High_Performing_Teams.mp3
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; if your company is not on Facebook, then it should be. If you are on Facebook, then you can benefit from learning about the many different advertising options on offer, so this week we’ve got Samuel Junghenn on the show: a man who knows Facebook advertising inside out.

Samuel has used Facebook to push his own marketing business as well as for numerous different clients, so he has certainly been there and done it. He shared some great tips with Ben this week. We can’t mention them all here so do have a listen, but see below for some snippets:

** 74% of people will look you up online, even if they’ve heard about you before, so your online presence is vital.

** People seeing your ads is not what makes you money – it’s what happens after that.

** Be careful of people who claim to be ‘gurus’ of Facebook marketing. If they’re spending all of their time teaching then they probably aren’t keeping up with the marketing trends.

** The days of flashing banner ads are basically over. Think of your advertising as something that is down-to-earth and, ideally, part of a conversation about an issue that your audience is already having.

** If you’re running a competition, make sure the prize is relevant to a product or service your company is offering.

** Don’t make your Facebook audience too big. Optimum target audiences should be in between 10,000 and 100,000.

** Whatever campaign you do, it is vital you have the right mechanism to capitalize on any increased interest, i.e. a robust CRM system.

** Consider your strategy in three sections: “audience”, “offer” and “follow up”.

  There are many different forms of advertising on Facebook, but be cautious about spending too much money on the most simple methods. It’s worth understanding the ad manager properly and taking more time to focus your campaign. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to target different subsets of audiences

** The different types of Facebook ads

** Layering

** Native advertising

** Examples of how to harvest qualified leads

** Video advertising on Facebook

** The relevance of Facebook likes

** How to measure boosted posts

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Samuel’s marketing agency: http://www.thinkbigonline.com

** Samuel’s personal website/blog: http://www.samueljunghenn.com

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group – What should we do for the 100th show? Post your ideas to the group! (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

The different options on offer can be daunting, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid Facebook marketing altogether. Even if you need to use an agency to do your marketing for you, you will only get the best out of your Facebook marketing campaigns if you understand the basics. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF089_Using_Facebook_Ads_To_Generate_Leads.mp3
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LinkedIn is hardly a new phenomenon, but do you really know how to utilise it properly for your business? Our guest this week, Jason Miller, certainly does. He’s the worldwide group manager for content marketing, so you can be pretty sure that he knows what he’s talking about. He came into the world of marketing after a career in music, first as a band member and then as an artist development professional for Sony Music. He became fascinated by the potential of the internet for bands/musicians to interact with their fans, but his employers didn’t share his enthusiasm, so he left and made it his mission to become an expert on all things internet marketing. He’s also written an Amazon #1 bestseller, Welcome To The Funnel, but if you want some of his insight without buying the book, see below, and then have a listen to the show!

** Write a good headline on your profile, and it doesn’t have to be short and snappy. This is your chance to give a brag summary of the services you offer.

** Don’t forget that LinkedIn profiles are searchable on google, so make sure they are optimised properly.

** The most effective blog posts on LinkedIn are commentaries on current news in your industry.

** Remember that anyone who interacts with blog posts on LinkedIn is directly contactable – they are not just faceless usernames like you would see below most other articles.

** Although a lot can be done on LinkedIn for free, it’s worth fully understanding the power of the premium services + also the potential of sponsored content.

** A LinkedIn company page is an absolute must.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to write an appropriate profile

** The power of LinkedIn blogging

** When it’s appropriate to connect with people

** What you get from LinkedIn Premium

** How LinkedIn integrates with Slideshare

** LinkedIn Sales Navigator

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s LinkedIn Profile: (https://www.LinkedIn.com/in/benfewtrell)

** Jason’s LinkedIn: (https://www.LinkedIn.com/in/jsnmiller)

** Slideshare: (http://www.slideshare.net/)

** The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide To LinkedIn (https://business.LinkedIn.com/marketing-solutions/c/14/1/sophisticated-guide-for-marketing)

** Jason’s site: (http://www.welcometothefunnel.com/)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group – What should we do for the 100th show? Post your ideas to the group! (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  As Jason says, “people spend time on social networks, but they invest in LinkedIn”. Can you really afford to not be an expert on the biggest networking facility in the world? Jason will show you the ropes! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF088_From_Heavy_Metal_to_LinkedIn_Marketing.mp3
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Richard Maloney knows what it takes to build a winning team. After having done his time as an AFL player, he became an expert on motivation and mind coaching in the sporting arena. He was so successful (to the tune of 25 Premierships) that directors and fans of the teams he worked with recruited him into their businesses, and he now has a worldwide business that helps companies maximize their potential through team building.

Rich has seen proof that the main teambuilding techniques in the world of sport are applicable to the world of business, and has authored a great book called ‘The Minds Of Winning Teams’. See below for a sneak preview of some of his best advice. As you’ll see, it’s surprisingly simple.

** When things are at their worst, it is a great window of opportunity to make change.

** A key responsibility of a leader is to keep learning and growing.

** Taking pressure off a leader by dividing it among other members of the leadership team is one of the best things you can do to improve your business.

** Create a critical mass of ‘we’ people rather than ‘me’ people.

** Hierarchy is basically a thing of the past.

** Don’t see millennials as a problem – see them as the solution.

** Social connection is the most important aspect of teambuilding

  And there’s plenty more where this came from. If you listen to Richard for 45 minutes, you can’t fail to find something that will help engage your team in business. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What a true leader really is

** How to re-engage employees

** The ‘quality, unity, trust, truth’ equation

** How to create social connection

** How to create a leadership group

** How to define a business in terms of its ‘heart’ and its ‘brain’

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group – What should we do for the 100th show? Post your ideas to the group! (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Richard’s teambuilding website – check out the free employee engagement survey (http://www.engageandgrow.com.au)

** Richard’s mind training site: (http://www.qualitymind.com.au)

** Richard’s email address: richard@engageandgrow.com.au

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  ‘Engagement is the new leadership’ as Richard says, so understanding how the likes of Richard build engagement is vital to the future of your business. And we don’t just have his word for it either. Deloitte recently released the results of a survey that listed ‘employee engagement and culture’ as the number one priority for every business, so make it your priority today by having a listen! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF087_Turning_De-Energised_Businesses_into_Rocking_Success_Stories.mp3
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We’ve got an interesting twist this week, as we speak to one of our loyal listeners about how he’s helping businesses around the world. Paul Higgins has a great corporate track record after having worked 18 years at Coca Cola, and now he has his own business which helps other companies automate those fiddly day-to-day tasks in order to free them up the time to think big and scale up the business. What’s more, Paul somehow managed to listen to 80+ BBF podcasts in just a couple of weeks, with my voice at double speed!

Paul talks specifically about a software package called Podio, which is what he uses to empower businesses to free up their time. In short, it is a different take on a CRM/internal reporting system, modeled on the concept of customisable templates and themes that we would normally associate with web building packages like Wordpress. Paul has a particularly personal stake in this. Because of a debilitating kidney disease, there will be a time when he will have to be on a dialysis machine for a number of hours every day, so this inspired him to find the perfect methodology for how to delegate day-to-day tasks and free up time. He wants his business to be able to run without him, and he wants to teach you to do the same. Below are some of the key points from the conversation:

** It takes a human being on average 16 minutes to refocus on a particular task, so it’s vitally important to eliminate distractions like constantly replying to emails.

** There are apps out there that can prevent you from opening certain applications on your computer or phone at certain times, and thus can help you focus on the job in hand.

** Poor implementation is of a system is a more likely reason for system inefficiency than a poor system itself.

** For implementing a new task-management system, it’s best to tailor it so it suits those at the very top of the company first. Once it has been proven to save time at executive level – the level where there is normally the biggest bottle-neck – then the value of the system can be fully ‘sold’ to the rest of the organisation.

** Successful entrepreneurs spend 20% of their time working on their business rather than working in it.

The last point is the most telling. It’s very easy for people at an executive level to be swamped by day-to-day tasks which distract them from the bigger picture. The solution is not to ignore them, but to find a system that can process them efficiently enough to free up time to think about developing the business beyond the day-to-day. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The concept of the “the time target”

** The inner workings of Podio

** The ‘discovery’ methodology

** How to fight ‘superman syndrome’

** How to use offshore virtual assistants to maximise efficiency

** How emails can be turned into tasks without actually having to read them

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Paul’s website: (http://www.bolloempire.com)

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Have you ever thought “I’m sure I can find a better system of working, but I don’t want to go through the hassle of implementing it”? It’s an understandable view, but listening to an hour of Paul talking will persuade you that it’s the wrong view, and that you should go out and make the effort to automate your business as best you can. As Paul says, “most people’s fears never come true”, and in the case of the business information system that Paul uses, he has the evidence to prove it. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF086_Use_technology_to_scale_your_business_Paul_Higgins.mp3
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Anyone who is part of a company of a certain size will understand the difficulties of the recruitment process. It simply isn’t automatic that a new recruit is going to fit in, and one key reason is because of the vast range of ages and generations that work under one roof. It’s perfectly common for a new employee to be working under somebody who is the same age as their parents, and while it is generally accepted that children and parents will see the world in a different way, employers often fall into the trap of expecting all generations to behave the same way in the workplace.

It was certainly a very interesting chat. See below for a sneak preview of some of the great advice Lee shared with us on how best to manage younger employees: As well as giving his incredible first-hand account of what happened on flight 1549 that day, Dave was kind enough to share with us some of the lessons he learnt from the incident that he has been applying to business and to life ever since:

** Outline company rules from the very beginning, ideally at the interview stage, i.e. working hours, social media policy etc.

** Again, from the earliest possible stage, clearly outline the prospects of career progression.

** In many cases, there is no such thing as ‘normal’. What one generation assumes as ‘normal’ could easily not be reflected by another generation.

** Accept that people are going to leave, sometimes after a relatively short time. Remember that there is a high value in having your employers leave on good terms.

The key thing to remember is that younger workers have grown up in an era where information is more readily available than it was to certain older generations. Therefore they expect a lot of feedback, and a lot of clarity on company policy. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What ‘the millennial generation’ actually means

** How technology has shaped the perceptions of the millennial generation

** How the concept of ‘end of day’ is being challenged

** A reasonable expectation of staff loyalty and length of service today

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Sponsor the show: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au, put in subject line “interested in sponsoring BBF”

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  As Lee saliently pointed out, if your company doesn’t cater for younger employees then it doesn’t have much of a future… you simply cannot afford to dismiss the challenges that younger employees bring. Learn about how best to work with them, and take action! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF085_Managing_Multi_generation_teams_with_Lee_Caraher.mp3
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This has to be one of the most extraordinary BBF episodes – it isn’t every day you get to speak to a survivor of a plane crash. Dave Sanderson was on the now infamous US Airways flight 1549 which was struck by a flock of Canada geese just moments after takeoff on January 15 2009. The pilot was forced to ditch the plane in the Hudson river. This quick thinking helped save all 155 people on board, but it was not the only quick thinking on the plane that day. Dave Sanderson was also lauded for his quick thinking during the rescue. As he was making for his nearest exit, he heard the voice of his late mother in his head, and proceeded to step up to lead the rescue effort for all the passengers on his side of the plane. He became the last person to be rescued from the scene, and has since used his experience to become an internationally renowned motivational speaker.

As well as giving his incredible first-hand account of what happened on flight 1549 that day, Dave was kind enough to share with us some of the lessons he learnt from the incident that he has been applying to business and to life ever since:  

** Think hard about how you manage your time. If you were faced with an impending tragedy, would you regret having not spent enough time with your family?

** Don’t take anything you learn for granted. You never know when you might need the knowledge to save yourself or someone else.

** Communicate with people in the way they are most comfortable, not the way you are most comfortable.

  Dave has written a book called ‘Moments Matter’ which outlines 12 different lessons like the above. His story is a great lesson of what can be achieved when people seize the moment. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** A first-hand account of the Hudson river crash

** The concept of post-traumatic growth syndrome

** How to help people out of a trance situation

** How to manage focus

** How an extreme situation can focus the mind

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Dave’s site: (http://www.davesandersonspeaks.com)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth 500 AUD.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Dave’s story is an unforgettable one. Listen to it in full and prepare to be inspired! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF084_Beyond_the_miracle_on_the_hudson_Dave_sanderson.mp3
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Joshua Belanger is living proof of the power of email marketing. Originally a Wall Street options broker, he used email marketing to reinvent himself as an options-trading adviser to the public. He now has a big enough following to be regularly quoted by the likes of the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, while his own website Option Sizzle continues to go from strength to strength. Here are some of Joshua’s top tips:

** Don’t go overboard with bells and whistles. The more obstacles you remove from the process, the easier it is to maintain regular output.

** Most mass-email software is similar. Don’t waste too much time worrying which one is best.

** Leave people wanting more from your content so they become active rather than passive.

** Manage subscribers’ expectations from the very beginning, i.e. be honest with how often you will be sending them emails.

** Opt outs are not always a bad thing. Don’t allow your strategy to be driven by the need to avoid them.

** Repeat business is more easy than you think. If someone has bought once, don’t be afraid to try to sell to them again.

  Joshua’s strategy is unashamedly aggressive. He focuses on the simplicity of daily output over any concerns about offending his subscribers. To him, someone who unsubscribes would never have been a paying customer anyway, so any strategy should not concentrate on trying to placate these people too much.   In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The potential impact of capturing emails

** How to design a mailout

** How to properly understand your audience

** The pros and cons of free giveaways

** Average email open rates

** How to be entertaining in short form

** The optimum length of an email

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** 8 recurring themes of leadership and culture: (http://actioncoachanz.com/8-recurring-themes-of-leadership-and-culture-lessons-i-learned-from-john-eales)

** Joshua Belanger’s site: (http://www.optionsizzle.com)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Sales Made Simple Workshops with Ben (http://actioncoachanz.com/salesmadesimple)

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth 500 AUD.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

 

  Despite what some people might say, email marketing is still an immensely powerful tool, and for many companies can still be the most important part of the marketing mix. If you want to maximize the power of email marketing for your business, listen to Joshua! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF083_Simple_Daily_emails_double_sales_Joshua_Belanger.mp3
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We’ve all heard of webinars, but how many of us actually know how to use them to make money for our business? This week’s guest Steven Essa certainly does – he travels around the world showing people how. Webinars can be useful for so much in the course of business, i.e. more sales, lead generation, increasing your own authority etc.; but like most people, Steven didn’t realise their value at first. He’d always struggled to write good sales copy so was always frustrated at the low quality of his online output, until one day he was completely inspired by the quality of a seminar he attended. He realised that if he simply projected his own personality online in the same way, he could make money online without the need for the conventions of sales copy and mailshots.

Steven was full of great detail about the art form when he spoke to BBF. Here’s a sneak preview of some of his insight:

** Webinars produce higher conversion rates than ‘conventional’ online marketing channels.

** The concept of seeing someone projected on a video can often actually qualify the speaker better than if you were to meet them in person.

** All webinars need a title that identifies a specific target market, and then a specific benefit.

** Break all webinars into pre-defined steps.

** Don’t sell during the main content of the presentation. Any calls to action must be at the end.

** Forget about branding. Plane ole black & white looks more believable and less salesy than a properly branded message.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The first steps towards getting started with webinars

** How a webinar can replace cold-call sales scripts

** How to find the perfect webinar title

** How to create the all-important Segway between impartial information and a sales pitch

** How to automate webinars

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Best place to host webinars (Gotowebinar.com)

** The Webinator Software (http://www.webinator.biz/)

** Steve’s website (http://www.stevenessar.com)

** Free, no-obligation business coaching chat with a member of Ben’s team: (http://actioncoachanz.com/free-business-coaching-session)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Sales Made Simple Workshops with Ben (http://actioncoachanz.com/salesmadesimple)

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth 500 AUD.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@actioncoachanz.com

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  It really was astonishing to find out that conversion rates from webinars have been measured as approximately 10 TIMES higher than from mailshots. Those figures alone should be enough to convince you that Steven is worth listening to! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF082_Webinars_to_grow_your_Business.mp3
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Chris Gray has truly built an empire… an AUD 14m property empire to be precise! As a result he has gained great notoriety as a commentator on the marketplace… you may have seen him appearing on his fortnightly slot on Sky News called “Your Property Empire”. Perhaps what has made him so successful is his schooling beyond property. Chris is also qualified as an accountant and as a mortgage broker which has enabled him to see beyond the bricks and mortar. It is a great privilege to have such a great all-rounder on the show, so if you aren’t listening already, have a look at a few of these highlights from our chat:

** Buying property in capital cities is generally a safe bet.

** Second guessing a more ‘provincial’ property marketplace can offer high rewards, but also high losses.

** Do not underestimate the value of mortgage brokers.

** Refinance your portfolio regularly to ensure a consistent release of equity.

** Use zero emotion when investing.

** Remember that someone else can do all of the donkeywork for you.

  Beyond the above, Chris was very keen to point out that when you have multiple properties, paying off mortgage debt can often be pointless. Using spare equity to increase an asset base is generally more productive than paying off a mortgage, especially if you refinance regularly. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to raise finance to build a property portfolio quickly

** Differing attitudes to money across generations

** How best to reinvest equity

** The benefits of a “buyer’s agent”

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Podcast Addict app: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en_GB)

** Smart Passive Income Podcast Tutorial: (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-start-a-podcast-podcasting-tutorial/)

** Cliff Ravenscroft: Podcast Answerman (http://podcastanswerman.com/learn-how-to-podcast/)

** Chris’ Website with free book (http://www.yourempire.com.au)

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Sales Made Simple Workshops with Ben (http://actioncoachanz.com/salesmadesimple)

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth 500 AUD.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@actioncoachanz.com

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Chris’ story shows that you don’t necessarily need to be a slave to property day-to-day in order to earn a full-time living from it. His own company and many others like it specialize in doing the hard work to acquire and trade property, so you might be surprised at just what returns could be open to you in double-quick time if you shook off the fear and took the plunge… Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF081_Effortlessly_build_your_property_Empire.mp3
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This man is a serious legend in the world of human performance, so much so that Ben credits him as the person who inspired him to get where he is today. Having studied the art for a total of 43 years and having authored 40 self-development books, John is now revered as a world authority on the matter.

What makes John such a good guest is the practicality of his theory. He is not a generic ‘guru’ who simply deals in top-level philosophy – he distills everything in to day-to-day goals that we can all use for ourselves. BBF listeners will also be enthused by the fact that he succeeded in business before he became a human-performance expert; building up a chiropractor firm in double-quick time that made him the envy of the industry. If you still aren’t persuaded that you need to listen to the episode, have a look below for a summary of some of the advice he gave. Once you read that, you’re bound to give it a listen!

** Find out what really is valuable to you, not what other people decide is valuable

** If you please everybody on the outside, you’ll ultimately be displeased on the inside

** Your goals will be mere fantasy unless your values actually link properly to your goals

** It is possible to change your values

** When your values shift, you can better see new opportunities

** If you struggle to be motivated to do what you say is important, then it is probably not all that important to you at all

  What Dr John keeps going back to is the concept of aligning values with high-level goals. On paper this might sound like an obvious way of being a high achiever, but simply beING clear about both values and goals is not enough. The key is for the path between the two to be clear. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The 6 things common to wealthy people

** The “200 benefits” method

** The definition of ‘fear’

** The workings of the ‘executive centre’ of the brain

** The myths of depression

** The benefits of saying no

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s Daily Business Tips podcast (http://www.dbtpodcast.com)

** Sales Made Simple Workshops with Ben (http://actioncoachanz.com/salesmadesimple)

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth 500 AUD.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@actioncoachanz.com

** Dr Demartini’s website, including the “Determine Your Values” exercise: (http://www.drdemartini.com)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Dr Demartini’s methods are an important lesson in what is possible if you think laterally and are honest with yourself. Just because Bill Gates is a billionaire doesn’t mean that you actually need to be. You might be surprised at how much more achievable your goals suddenly become when you use Dr Demartini’s methods to properly align your values. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF080_Maximise_human_performance_with_DrJohn_Demartini.mp3
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Matt Holmes is so passionate about networking that he has become known as Matt “handshakin” Holmes. He even has a world record for the longest ever handshake, standing at the grand total of 46 hours! Matt first realised the power of networking when he landed a big contract as a result of his future employers seeing photos of him online shaking hands with people who had connections with that company. He now has his own agency (appropriately enough, called “Handshakin”), but in this week’s podcast he gave us some of his advice for free: Here are some of the highlights:

** When approaching someone online who you don’t know, be specific. Make them feel that they’re the only person capable of doing what you’re asking them to do.

** At networking events, don’t assume that just handing out your business card is the main goal. Have a conversation first before you go steaming in.

** Keep the ball rolling with the contacts you meet in real life. Follow up immediately online by adding them on one of your social networks.

** Wear a different hat depending on the networking event you’re attending. For example, consider if your goal is to find leads or if it’s to gain referrals. These two scenarios would require significantly different conversations.

** Get the job done quickly – it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s more important to strike while the iron’s hot (i.e. when your new contact/audience is receptive) than to wait longer and aim for perfection.

  The ever-increasing use of the online sphere has led some to believe that the formality of networking in person is a thing of the past, but this really is not the case. There is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting, but the many online networking opportunities out there are great for making the face-to-face meetings more likely to happen. And while there is much networking and business that can be done exclusively online, it is more important to understand how an online networking tool can link to ‘action’ in the real world (i.e. meeting for a coffee, doing some business etc.) than it is to be an expert at building up a load of online contacts. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The future of real-life networking

** The viability of networking groups

** How to stand out online

** The importance of building a personal brand

** The Conspire and Any Mail apps

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Sales Made Simple Workshops with Ben (http://actioncoachanz.com/salesmadesimple)

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth AUD$500.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@actioncoachanz.com

** Matt’s website (handshakin.com/about-matt)

** Matt’s Ebook “6 Networking Strategies For Entrepreneurs” (http://www.handshakin.com/free)

** Matt’s own agency site: (http://www.handshakin.com/)

** Matt’s username on Snapchat is “handshaking”

** Matt’s twitter is (http://www.twitter.com/handshakin)

** Any Mail app (https://anymailfinder.com/)

** Conspire App (https://www.conspire.com)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  “Network is net worth” as Matt so rightly said. If you’re starting out in business you’re going to need all the traction you can get, so networking is a must. And if you’ve got an established business, don’t be complacent and assume you have all the contacts you need. By networking you ensure that your business doesn’t stand still. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF079_Building_Relationships_to_Build_your_Business_Matt_Holmes.mp3
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Tom Breeze has made it his duty to educate people on the massive potential of YouTube advertising. He was inspired to spread the word after the roaring success of a video advert he created for his previous therapy/self-help business. Having never done video advertising before, he uploaded his own advert to his site, and was amazed to see his lead conversion rate go up from 7% to 22%.

Since then he has created over 1,700 video ad campaigns and has analysed the data from every single one of them, so he certainly knows what he’s talking about! You really must listen to it, but if you’re still not persuaded, here is a sneak preview of some of his best advice:

** Video doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact sometimes the opposite is better. An honest and down-to-earth description of why something is good can be a lot more effective than a contrived sales pitch.

** Don’t forget, YouTube is not merely an entertainment resource. More people than you think are researching products/services on YouTube.

** It’s always the ‘right time’ for the buyer on YouTube, because they’ve just proven they’re keen by typing in a particular search term.

** When you’re starting out it’s best if you create a campaign that can quickly turn leads in to sales. A long lead time between initial traffic and the possibility of buying will make it very hard for you to measure your progress effectively.

  Think of YouTube as a place where people go window shopping, but a place where there still are not all that many shops.  Youtube advertising is so often overlooked in the marketing mix, so there is a great opportunity to make a real impact. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The ‘four p’ formula

** What an Indisplay ad is

** How to use key phrases to your advantage in YouTube searches

** The most effective use of skippable, pre-roll ads

** The optimum length of video ads

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Leave feedback on this podcast and receive a free business coaching CD from Ben.  Winners are also entered into a draw for a DVD pack worth 500 AUD.  Email screenshot of your feedback to: ben@actioncoachanz.com

** Tom Breeze’s personal website (http://www.tombreeze.com)

** Tom’s Agency, Viewability (http://viewability.co.uk/)

** One-on-one 90-minute business assessment with Ben (http://www.businessassessment.com.au)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Remember, Tom has done 1,700+ campaigns in his time, so if he says there’s a gap in the market that can be exploited on Youtube, you should believe him!  Don’t think that you don’t need video advertising, and don’t think that it’s going to be too much hassle to pull it off.  Get cracking with it today! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF078_Crushing_YouTube_Ads_Tom_Breeze.mp3
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Mark Schaefer is an absolute guru when it comes to social media. Having worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies over a number of years, he left the corporate world to indulge his obsession for sharing his knowledge with others, as a lecturer and author of six different books.

In this week’s podcast we are lucky enough to hear Mark giving us a sneak preview of his new book, The Content Code. Mark was inspired to write the book when he kept being asked the same questions from business owners, i.e. How do we get started? How do we create the strategy? How do we respond to negative comments? How do you measure all this? Here are some useful snippets:

** You can’t have a digital strategy unless you have a marketing strategy.

** Can you easily complete the sentence “only we….”? If you can’t, then you don’t have a strategy.

** Don’t be a slave to the different social mediums. Think first what the best kind of content is that you can create, and then find the platform best suited to delivering it.

** Zone in on who is sharing your content and tailor your output for them and people like them.

** It’s not all about traffic! Interaction is the key.

  By 2020, the amount of info on the web is expected to increase by 500%, so it is vitally important to focus properly on your content in order to stand out. As Mark puts it, “the rules of engagement” with the public are changing almost daily, but the main social platforms do not change regularly, so businesses should not be intimidated by all of the different choices out there. A working knowledge of the two or three most useful social platforms for your business is all you really need. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What makes a social media channel popular

** How a business works out where their customers are

** The future viability of blogging

** How to get your content seen and shared

** The ‘alpha’ audience

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** The Marketing Companion Podcast (http://www.businessesgrow.com/podcast-the-marketing-companion-2/)

** Content Code Audiobook. You can get it for free from Amazon by signing up to the Audbile Book free trial (http://www.amazon.com)

** Mark’s website (http://www.businessesgrow.com)

** Business Assessment free tutorial (http://www.businessassessment.com.au)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Every business needs to understand social media, but more importantly; they need to understand how people are using it to interact with their business. If you believe a man of Mark Shaefer’s experience, this is not as difficult as it sounds…… just buy a book and you won’t go far wrong! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF077_The_Content_Code_Mark_W_Schaefer.mp3
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Steve Hui is the leading authority on optimising credit cards for frequent flyer points. Dubbed “The Points Whisperer”, his company I Fly Flat helped his customers spend 125 million points in 2015.

Steve was inspired to start the business when he once flew business class and decided that he wanted to do it more often. He realised just what was possible by earning loyalty points on credit cards. He then advised his friends to switch credit cards and cash in on the benefits. When none of them took him up on the advice, he was frustrated enough to create his own company that helps people use points that they don’t know what do with, as well as pointing people in the direction of the right cards that will earn them the most points. They can then look after the entire flight booking process. The highlights of Steve’s story were:

** Starting a business where there is no existing market is worth the risk (he has no competitors)

** Businesses should use their credit cards to pay their suppliers – they can even pay their rent with it

** Using a credit card to pay monthly bills can pay your supplier immediately, but still give you 30+ days of credit

** By spending as little as 60,000 AUD, you can get free business class flights

** He received a great boost from media coverage, but wrongly thought that his company wasn’t interesting enough to be covered in the media. He advises anyone to have a media strategy, whatever their company

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to decide which credit cards are best for you

** How many points you will need for certain flights

** Strategies to achieve flight upgrades

** The concept of ‘remarketing’

** The 95% rule

** The pros and cons of using a marketing agency

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** I Fly Flat website (http://www.iflyflat.com.au)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

If you are using your credit card for regular purchases, you might well be entitled to significant frequent flyer points. If you are not using your credit card for regular purchases then you should, especially if you are a business! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF076_Fly_Flat_with_Steve_Hui.mp3
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Facebook marketing is something that every business could benefit from. This week’s guest Greg Cassar shares his online marketing expertise with us, offering some of the tricks of the trade to make your facebook campaigns stand out from the crowd. This is actually the second time Greg has appeared on the show (see his last appearance here: http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf-071-how-to-get-more-leads-customers-and-sales-with-digital-marketing-expert-greg-cassar). We decided to invite him back because the feedback from his last show was so darn good; so keep reading for a brief summary of Greg’s no-nonsense take on facebook marketing.

If you are uncertain whether Facebook is the right medium for you, then Greg will have changed your mind by the end of the podcast. Here are some of the main reasons why Facebook marketing is so powerful:

** Facebook is a more targeted form of marketing than banner ads

** Greg believes there has never been a better time in history to position your brand, and Facebook is one of the main reasons for this

** Every time someone clicks ‘like’ or they share or comment, Facebook logs this as part of an intelligent database that can be used when you buy Facebook advertising

** For no more than 20 AUD per day, you can run a very advanced and targeted advertising campaign

** By just changing an ad’s image, you can hit way more people

** Running a wide range of adverts is very easy on Facebook

The phrase that Greg keeps referring back to is “perpetual motion”, i.e. whatever marketing you do on facebook, make sure it is part of a consistent flow. A surefire way to waste money is by spending big and then pulling the plug. Facebook will also give your ads better priority if you’re consistent. Another important thing to consider is your mindset when analysing a campaign. If a campaign goes badly, don’t take it personally. See each advert and each campaign as an experiment, but an experiment that is always effective enough to give you the data you need to make your next marketing decision

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why you should market on Facebook

** How ‘big data’ is set to shape Facebook marketing in Australia

** The different ways of advertising on Facebook (there are a total of 15 different advert types)

** The concept of ‘remarketing’

** The 95% rule

** The pros and cons of using a marketing agency

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** For a one-on-one business assessment (http://www.businessassessment.com.au)

** Greg’s website (http://www.collective.com.au)

** Podcast Addict for Androids (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

Remember, there are 1.5bn people on facebook worldwide (18m in Australia), so unless you want to miss out on a load of potential leads, you simply have to understand the brilliant marketing opportunities that facebook has to offer, and who better to teach you than a straight-talking Aussie called Greg? Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF075_Mastering_Facebook_Advertising_Greg_Cassar.mp3
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Valerie Khoo’s story is all about... well… stories! In the modern world of data analysis in business, it is easy to neglect the art of storytelling as part of the marketing mix, so Valerie has tried to address this with her book, Business Power Stories. It actually debuted at number two in the Australian business-book chart (only beaten by Richard Branson), so it was great to be able to get a sneak preview of it on this week’s show. Valerie also founded the National Writing Centre in Australia, which has grown to become an international writing tutorial network that has helped 23,000 students since 2005. Judging by the poor standard of the message on many websites, a lot of businesses could benefit from this kind of training.

The book is based around the need for every business to tell eight different power stories, i.e. their ‘product story’ or their ‘customer story’. Here are some of Valerie’s tips for successful storytelling in business:

  • Customer stories are always important because they can strike a chord with the public who are reading, but this can often be more than a simple testimonial.
  • When thinking about a case study, quite simply define the ‘before’, the ‘during’ (i.e., when they were using your product or service), and the ‘after’.
  • Think long and hard about whether to write about yourself in the third or first person.
  • Don’t get hung up on telling stories in chronological order.
  • 80% of sales is based on emotion, so only 20% is based on logic. It is the stories about a person, business or product that conjure the emotion.

A constant battle for businesses/people is that they don’t think their story is very interesting. As true as that might be when they think about it themselves, there’s a high chance that some other people will have similar stories so they will be able to identify with it. Also, authenticity is often more important than simply ‘being interesting’.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

  • How to approach writing an ‘About’ page on a website
  • The importance of frameworks
  • The different types of stories that need to be told
  • The power of targeting a specific audience

The most important thing that Jay will tell you is that some of the most successful companies in the world simply started as an idea – something that solved a problem that we could all identify with in everyday life.  You don’t need to be able to develop, build or market the concept yourself – the real money is in the idea.  So if you look hard enough at all the problems you face in everyday life, you can make yourself a billionaire just by knowing how to solve the problem that no one else has solved yet!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The overall message is that telling a story isn’t as intimidating as many people think. There are established frameworks out there that have been proven to work time and time again. All it takes is to understand these frameworks and then fill in the gaps with your own person information, and hey presto, you’ve told your company story! If you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF074_Business_Power_Stories_With_Valerie_Khoo.mp3
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Suzi Dafnis is Community Director and CEO of the Australian Businesswomen's Network, where she has been involved for over 20 years. This week she gives us the benefit of her decades of career-coaching experience and of her own development in business, which importantly is applicable to both men and women.

Many will wonder whether there is still a need for a women’s network in this day and age, and while Suzi says that the business landscape is significantly different to when the network first formed, she also pointed out that there are still conferences where every speaker is a man, and nearly all delegates are too.  Thus there is still an imbalance.  But why? When it comes to the judgement of people’s success in business, only ‘the habit of confidence’ was cited as the main psychological difference between men and women in the workplace – even the concept of women taking time out to have babies was not seen as too big a barrier to success.  But the advice about how to create that confidence is absolutely interchangeable across men and women.  Some of the key points are below:

  • Find a greater purpose than just using business to pay the bills.
  • Always have a budget and a business plan, even at the very beginning of a project.
  • Successful people always have mentors, so find a way to surround yourself with people who understand you.
  • Find ways to hold yourself accountable. As per the above point: an informal network of people is a great way to spur you on to make progress

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

  • What ‘risk’ really means
  • The relative value of a business degree
  • The concept of masterminding
  • Effective blogging for business
  • Ben’s future plans for a daily show

Resources mentioned in this episode:

SME Association of Australia (http://www.smea.org.au) Two-hour workshops with Ben (http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au) Australian Businesswomen's Network (http://www.abn.org.au/) Darren Rowse blogging site: (http://www.problogger.net/) Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood) Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood) Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell) ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes) ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher) The Australian Businesswomen's Network is quite simply a resource to empower people to be be more successful in business.  The discussion kept going back to the fact that, especially when starting your own business, you are not going to have the skills and experience to understand every aspect of the business journey.  So the people who find success are not necessarily the ones who have the most knowledge in the beginning – it is those who know where they have to go and find support who make it in the end. It’s so utterly simple: use the resources you have at your disposal, and if they aren’t enough, go out and find some more! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF073__Empowering_Women_in_Business_with_Suzi_Dafnis.mp3
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How To Get More Leads, Customers and Sales With Digital Marketing Expert Greg Cassar

Every business needs to know how to market themselves in the online sphere. Greg Cassar is all about empowering businesses to do just that. Having run his own online stores, he then built up a marketing agency, before deciding to become an online marketing coach. He now has a portfolio of clients who turn over AUD 500,000 to AUD 100,000,000 per year, but took the time out to give us the benefit of his wisdom in this week’s podcast.

Here are some of the key points:

** Because people are in the habit of sussing out companies online, that means that every business can benefit from online marketing.

** Build your database! It sounds obvious, but list building is an absolute must.

** “How can we help?” is a good question to induce people to give their details. It is less pushy than more obvious calls to action.

** Build your online-business persona as an authority. Don’t lose sight of this when developing your websites and campaigns.

** Consider the different end goals of each page on your website. One might be “will the user buy?”, but another might be “will the user stay and find out more?”. Adapt your message to reflect these goals.

** People often don’t read every word of a website. Make sure that the user can get the message if they just skim-read the headings.

** Facebook advertising is very powerful indeed. There is nothing else out there that can be tailored to such a specific global audience.

** “What you can measure, you can manage”. Make absolutely sure that you use the data available to you from sources like Facebook and google adwords in order to build a true picture of what works and what doesn’t in your marketing mix.

The general message from Ben is that everything you do with your online presence can have an effect. All your web content will be measured by google’s algorithms, and all of your advertising clickthroughs on facebook will be available on your dashboard etc. etc., so use this to your advantage and customise everything you can in order to build that customer base. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Shortcuts towards how a business can maximise their online exposure from scratch

** The meaning of the term ‘authority site’

** The power of facebook marketing

** The dos and don’ts of websites

** Google adwords as a market research tool

** A ‘tripwire offer’

** How critical drivers are key to understanding the effectiveness of your online presence

Remember, Greg started off with a few simple online stores selling things like Santa Claus outfits, and now he deals with businesses that are turning over millions of dollars every year. With a few of the simple rules of online marketing that Greg shared with us in this episode, your business could go stratospheric too! Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Periscope app – search for Ben Fewtrell

** Business Fast Track (http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au)

** Business coaching, special deal for podcast listeners (http://actioncoachanz.com/businessrich)

** Greg Cassar website (http://collective.com.au/)

** How to double your average business (http://collective.com.au/double)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

If you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!  

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


DISRUPT YOURSELF WITH JAY SAMIT

Businesses of any size must be able to adapt to disruption in the marketplace, and some of the most successful new businesses come about because they solve a problem that disruption has caused.  No one would disagree with how fundamental the concept of disruption/change is to being successful in business, and yet so many businesses fall down because they are scared of adapting. Jay Samit is one of the world leaders when it comes to disruption in business, having worked with the likes of Apple, Coca Cola, and General Motors.  In this week’s podcast he outlines how you could be the next billionaire disruptor and make the same impact as the likes of Ebay, Uber and Amazon.

One of the first points he makes is that only 57 of the original Fortune 500 companies have survived, which shows that however successful and secure a company appear, they can quickly go backwards if they merely stick to what they know. It’s all about spotting opportunities that come from disruption, i.e. Apple’s decision to diversify and manufacture Ipods.  And it’s only the spotting of the opportunities that is paramount.  If you’ve spotted the right opportunity then the rest can take care of itself.  In Apple’s case, all of the parts contained within the Ipod were originally manufactured by other companies – all they had was the concept and the brand. Here are some of the other interesting points to note: Technology is key to winning the game of disruption. For a small business to be able to roll with industry disruption, they must always have a clear idea of where they want to be in 5 years. The “one-world economy” is challenging the way we do commerce. It’s estimated that 40% of current jobs will be automated in 5 years. The current era of technological innovation means that there is opportunity for any individual to compete in the global marketplace.  Jay’s book, “Disrupt Yourself”, has been written to show people just how much opportunity is out there for anyone who looks hard enough.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

How to set yourself up to become a market leader or even create a market yourself How to take a concept to market which is just an idea The concept of crowd funding How 3d printing is gradually changing the world The ‘sharing’ economy How autonomous vehicles are currently causing disruption The most important thing that Jay will tell you is that some of the most successful companies in the world simply started as an idea – something that solved a problem that we could all identify with in everyday life.  You don’t need to be able to develop, build or market the concept yourself – the real money is in the idea.  So if you look hard enough at all the problems you face in everyday life, you can make yourself a billionaire just by knowing how to solve the problem that no one else has solved yet!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Pace Architects Case Study (http://actioncoachanz.com/architects-case-study)

** Jay Samit on twitter (https://twitter.com/jaysamit)

** Companion workbook (http://www.jaysamit.com)

** Jay Samit’s book, “Disrupt Yourself” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Disrupt-Yourself-Jay-Samit/dp/1509802886/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445506817&sr=8-1&keywords=jay+samit)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

If you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF072__Disrupt_Yourself_with_Jay_Samit.mp3
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How To Open Over 400 Outlets In Just 7 Years

Jacinta McDonell is an inspiration to all of us. In only 7 years she has built up the Anytime Fitness brand to be the leading gym franchise in Australia, and has managed to find time to look after three children, raise big money for charitable causes, and even start her own charitable foundation, the Human Kind Project. There just do not seem to be the hours in the day to have done what she’s done, but it really comes across in the interview just how straight forward her methods have been to get her where she is today. The point she keeps going back to is being honest with yourself about what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can simply hire people to take up the slack in the areas that are most tricky. There is no shame in realising that you can’t do everything, and you can still be fiercely ambitious at the same time. This is how her growing business just kept growing.

Anytime Fitness was a US-based franchise that Jacinta and her brother saw in a fitness trade-magazine, which they thought would be perfect for the Australian market. They quickly secured the rights to take the franchise to Australia, figuring that their mid-market offering was exactly what was missing in the local marketplace at the time. Having built over 400 outlets in 7 years, Jacinta knows a thing or two about building and managing a franchise. See below for a sneak preview of some of her top tips from the interview:

** The franchise model is great for scalability.

** The franchisees who are most successful are the ones who have the best grasp of sales and marketing.

** Differentiate yourself from the competition by making sure there is a strong refresh policy across all outlets.  In the case of Anytime Fitness, that would mean investing in new, state-of-the-art gym equipment regularly.

** Take time out from day-to-day business regularly to build strategy at board level.

** Find the right senior executive team. If you don’t like the idea of managing 50 people, don’t worry about it – just get someone in who does.

** Consider recruitment to be something that’s ongoing rather than just when somebody leaves.  By definition, a franchise is often going to be growing, so it makes sense to hire talented people when they become available, because there is likely to be something for them to do.

** If you are considering entering a marketplace, don’t be put off if your concept is different to the industry’s current way of doing things.  The key consideration is what the consumer wants, not what the industry is in the habit of giving them.

Jacinta’s charity work is also a heart-warming and interesting story.  Her foundation is as much about empowering entrepreneurs to be able to do charitable work as it is about donations.  There is also a good commercial angle for any organisation to get involved with charity work, as she explains in the podcast. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How Jacinta built her fitness empire

** How it is possible to achieve corporate success with three small children

** How to manage the growth of a franchise

** The importance of sales and marketing in the franchise process

** How charity work can be a win win for you and your business

** The Human Kind Project

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** ProfitLab – join this site and ask about it: http://actioncoachanz.com/l/business-coach-mini/

** Jacinta McDonell’s own website: http://www.jacintamcdonell.com

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

Subscribe on iTunes Jacinta’s story shows just how much it is possible to achieve across a variety of different sectors if you are able to work smart.  It is not just about being busy all the time – you can actually change the world for you and for others if you plan it right. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF070_How_to_open_over_400_outlets_in_just_7_years_with_Jacinta_McDonell.mp3
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How A Whistle Blower Uncovered $22 Million In Fraud

It is said that fraud accounts for an average of 5% of any company’s revenue, so the process of whistleblowing is certainly something that ought to be taken seriously. You might think that it’s not going on in your business, but Sylvain Mansotte’s story is living proof of just how much fraud can happen if no one has the courage to blow the whistle. He unearthed a scam that had been going on for 12 years that was worth $22 million – the largest corporate fraud in Queensland’s history.

Sylvain’s experience inspired him to create an app to make it easier for people to blow the whistle on corruption. His app, Fraudsec, is aimed at any organisation of any size, and provides total anonymity for whistleblowers, as well as allowing for completely anonymous interaction between the whistleblower and their employees. Sylvain explains in the podcast how the system scrubs IP addresses and uses QR codes to ensure there is no awkwardness in the whistleblowing process, and he also shared some useful info about fraud that every business ought to know:

** 20% of fraud worldwide is over $1 million per case.

** The average fraud is over $150,000 per case.

** Employees setting up fake suppliers and generating invoices for them is easier than you think.

** Don’t forget how fearful people will be about blowing the whistle.  If you don’t have a mechanism in place that retains their anonymity, they will probably not want to come forward and risk their job and sometimes their family life.

** Management should have a proper policy relating to fraud.

** Each new employee should be made aware of the above policy.

** Training should be done at least annually to make sure all policies are adhered to, and to strike fear into anyone who might be thinking of breaking the rules.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The inner workings of http://www.fraudsec.com

** The scale of the fraud problem worldwide

** The importance on anonymity in the whistle-blowing process

** How to implement a whistle-blowing policy

** How Fraudsec is particularly useful in the procurement function

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Business Coaching (http://actioncoachanz.com/businessrich)

** Fraudsec (http://www.fraudsec.com)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

Subscribe on iTunes The statistics speak for themselves: this could be going on in your business, right here, right now.  If $20 million can go missing in 12 years from a business that had an annual spending budget of only $6 million, then it can happen to anyone.  Don’t let it be you!! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


Achieving High Human Performance With Dr Adam Fraser

Every day in business – in life in fact – we face challenges. That’s obvious, right? But what is less obvious is the importance of the downtime between each challenge. If you treat it with the right amount of respect, your success can go through the roof. Play it wrongly and you set yourself up to fail, time and again. Dr Adam Fraser has done mountains of research on the topic and has kindly offered to share some of the results with us on this week’s podcast. It really is astonishing just how much more happy and successful people can be once they implement some very simple rules. In short, if you are able to reset your mind in between each challenge, your chances of succeeding at the next one are greatly increased, and this is backed up by some seriously compelling data. But how do you ‘reset your mind’? Dr Fraser has a simple three-point method that anybody can do. Having worked with elite athletes, the military, and the high-fliying corporate world, he developed the method when trying to answer the question of “what makes these people high achievers?” The answer was in how effectively they moved from one action to the next, e.g. how a pro tennis player thinks in between points is the difference between them being a champion and an also-ran. Dr Fraser’s book, ‘The Third Place’ explores this murky and often ignored part of the human psyche. In the podcast he elaborates on the methods in the book, which can do a lot more than merely prepare you for the next challenge. They can actually be the first step in achieving some of those holy grail aspirations like “work/life balance”, “being a good leader” etc. etc. Below are some nuggets from the chat:

** Between every challenge, you must: 1. Reflect on the last one. Rest your mind afterwards by doing something that brings you into ‘the now’ (a call centre worker achieved good results by pulling out one piece of jenga after every call, for example).  3. Reset your mind by then focusing on exactly what you want to achieve from the next challenge.

** Humans have a default negative bias, so there is no shame in needing to use a method like this in order to be happy and successful.

** Spending a long time at work away from home doesn’t automatically make for an unhappy family life. Your mindset when returning home has actually been proven to be more important than the amount of time you are there.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The difference between ‘respond’ and ‘react’

** How to be a better manager and leader

** How to achieve a work/life balance

** How your behaviour affects others

** Why struggling is actually a positive thing

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Business Coaching (http://actioncoachanz.com/businessrich)

** Dr Adam Fraser’s website (http://www.dradamfraser.com)

** Dr Adam Fraser’s twitter (http://www.twitter.com/dradamfraser)

** The Third Space book (http://www.thethirdspace.com.au)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Subscribe on iTunes It is very reassuring to know just how many good results Dr Fraser’s simple methods have achieved, but you don’t need to be a doctor to actually implement them.  In less than an hour of conversation, he has provided some of the best shortcuts to success you will ever hear.  If you follow them, you can literally change your life tomorrow… and we’re not exaggerating! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF068_Achieving_High_Human_Performance_with_Dr_Adam_Fraser.mp3
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How To Get Leads Using Video On Facebook And Youtube With Gideon Shalwick

Having online video as part of your marketing mix can really engage people. As obvious as this sounds, the market for online video marketing is still relatively immature, so there is great opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd with the right campaign. Gideon Shadwick makes his living from empowering companies to do just that. Like most of the rest of us, he started as an online-marketing novice, but through the promotion of a book he wrote, he soon became fascinated.

When his first round of online advertising delivered great sales for his book, he was a complete convert, but when he ran out of traffic, he didn’t have a clue what to do next. So he absolutely immersed himself in the art of online advertising and became an expert, soon realising that video was a comparatively untapped gold mine for building an audience and driving traffic. Gideon has helped over 200,000 people across 195 countries with their video marketing, and now through this podcast he will help a whole lot more. He discussed the many tricks of the trade he has picked up down the years, but here is a sneak preview:

** Combine both paid video advertising with your existing ‘free’ video sources, i.e. your youtube channel. See your own youtube channel as a slow burner that builds your audience and increases your ranking on youtube and google, but paid advertising can help speed this process up once you have laid the foundations.

** Don’t go overboard with fancy videos. When people go on youtube they have different expectations to when they watch the TV.  In fact, there is evidence that shows that conversion rates actually drop when an online video is too slick.

** Understand what the criteria is for ranking videos on places like facebook and youtube. It is about a lot more than just views and likes (listen to the podcast for a breakdown of the ranking algorithms).

** Any keyword phrase you want to use, try and use it right at the beginning of the title of any video.

** Don’t be put off by the concept of making an advert for a paid advertising campaign. There are facilities out there like veeroll.com that can make it very easy.

** Make your adverts short and sweet. 30 seconds is often enough.

** Remember youtube is not the only video host in town. Facebook is really majoring on their video content at the moment, and their interface to set up a video ad is arguably better than youtube’s.

The conversion rates that Gideon has achieved by using the above methods are very impressive indeed.  It is surprising what can be accomplished by using video as a focal point to drive traffic to your own website, or when used as a simple call to action for an individual campaign. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why video is such important content in the grand scheme of online advertising

** How youtube and facebook rank videos

** The key rules that an online advert should abide by

** How to join up the long-term strategy of building an audience with a short-term campaign

** The increasing reach of facebook in the online video arena

** The inner workings of veeroll.com

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Vee Roll (http://www.veeroll.com)

** Gideon Shalwick’s Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/GideonShalwick)

** Facebook (facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Subscribe on iTunes It is so so simple to make engaging videos to boost interest in your company, and yet relatively few companies actually bother to do it.  If you follow Gideon’s advice, you can steal a march on all those other luddite companies out there! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


Making Your Dreams Come True With Steve Sims

When Steve Sims was sacked as a stockbroker after only three days in the job, it certainly didn’t look like it was the beginning of an extravagant adventure that has seen him arrange a wedding in The Vatican and have dinner at the feet of the statue of Michael Angelo. Steve’s company Bluefish specialises in creating unique experiences for high net-worth clients who want to live life to the full. He literally makes people’s dreams come true… for the right price of course! But Steve’s journey is an important example of how successful someone can be if they are passionate and they understand how to make people happy.

The small touches can sometimes make all the difference, and likewise, the ability to think big and tell people something is possible can be very lucrative indeed.

Beyond that, there are a multitude of insightful and inspirational points that came up when Steve discussed what made him and his company successful:

** If you fail at something, don’t be ashamed, just have a strong Plan A to dig yourself out of it, but then be open to a Plan B/C/D/E, because sometimes they can be far more fruitful than Plan A.  In Steve’s case, his plan to court high net-worth individuals to encourage a bank to give him a job ended up creating an international concierge business by accident!

** Only work with people you like.

** Successful people don’t grow up and don’t conform.  Think of what a 2-year-old does, i.e. what they want.  They’ll scribble all over the colouring-in book because they know no better, but when they get older they are told to colour within the lines.  Most successful people ignore this kind of conformity, and never really grow up.

** Set up your company and product in such a way that clients do the selling for you.  If you give them more than they pay for, they’ll sell you to others.

** Don’t forget the power of “critical non-essentials” i.e. the things you don’t have to do for clients, but that might just make a difference in the long term if you do them.

** Thought and empathy cannot be automated, so often they have more of an impact than the many other things in business that can be automated.

** Use old-fashioned methods of communication like letters… the open rate is generally better for snail mail than email.

** Or if you’re going to send an email, consider sending an audio voice message as an attachment.  That way, more can be said in less time, and it has a more genuine meaning.

** Keep your word, even if it costs you money in the short term.

By Steve’s own admission, he is not an intellectual, but if you are good with human touches and you display the passion and energy to make things happen, you can be clever in business. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The crazy adventures of Steve Sims and Bluefish

** The value of old-fashioned methods of communication

** What can be possible if you subvert the system

** The benefits of sharing your rewards with others

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** 20-minute business coaching (http://actioncoachanz.com/meetwithben)

** Blue Fish (http://www.thebluefish.com)

** Ugly Sims (http://www.uglysims.com)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Subscribe on iTunes

Steve’s made a business out of following dreams, and that came after his biggest knockback in life. Don’t ever give up on yours! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF066_Making_your_Dreams_come_true_with_Steve_Sims.mp3
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How to Create 2 Million Dollars a Year in Passive Income with Nathan Birch

It seems like a crazy dream to be able to retire from full-time work at the age of 24 and still have $2 million land in your account every year when you hit 30, but Nathan Birch is living proof that it is possible. For him it was all about setting the right goals, week by week, year by year, and more generally, working hard now to earn the right to not have to work as hard later. This seems like such an obvious mantra, but that’s why listening to Nathan is so inspiring, because every single one of us is actually capable of doing the things he does. His methods have empowered him to build an empire of 170 properties, but even for people who are just starting out who only want to buy one or two properties, his advice is indispensable.

Below is a summary of what made Nathan successful in property, which makes for a mighty fine template of how to succeed in business and in life in general:

** Have a plan with clearly defined goals, and then map out every step you think is required to achieve them (this seems so obvious, but a dream can only become an achievable goal once every step is broken down into small, achievable chunks)

** Document the goals and keep reviewing them

** Don’t be put off by naysayers (but rather than ignore them, rationalise their point and disprove it with your own logic)

** Be persistent – if you have an idea, don’t just leave it as an idea… take action!

** Don’t make business decisions based on emotion, i.e. “this property looks really nice, I could totally live here”… you need to make sure the numbers add up

** Don’t underestimate the value of properties in areas that are thought to be undesirable

** Try and take your time to find a property under the market value, which gives you a profit margin from the beginning

** It’s never too late! (Colonel Sanders was in his 60s when he opened his first KFC)

More generally, the most important thing is to really understand exactly what you want a property to do for your life.  When Nathan picked up a magazine at the age of 13, he was certain that property could make him wealthy and give him security, so he did his damnedest to make that happen by getting two full-time jobs and saving enough money to buy his first unit when he was 18.

Everyone’s story and aspirations will be different, but Nathan has proven that property as a means to security is a good path to go down, especially considering the increasing volatility of the superannuation/pensions market.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** One man’s story of how to build a property empire

** How to set, review, and achieve goals

** The money that can be saved by having two jobs

** What makes a good property investment

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ask Pat with Pat Flynn (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ask-pat/)

** Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield (http://www.amyporterfield.com/category/podcast/)

** Small Business Marketing with Timbo Reid (http://smallbusinessbigmarketing.com/podcast-2/)

** Beers, Blokes & Business (http://beersblokesbusiness.com/category/podcast/)

** Sales, Marketing Profit with James Schramko (http://www.salesmarketingprofit.com/category/podcast)

** Podcast Answer Man (http://podcastanswerman.com/)

** School Of Podcasting (http://schoolofpodcasting.com/)

** Internet Business Mastery (http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/podcast/)

** Beinvested (https://binvested.com.au/nathan-birch/)

** Beinvested on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/binvested)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

  Subscribe on iTunes

If you’re thinking of dipping your toe in to the world of property investment, or if you want to build your existing portfolio into something mega, then go ahead and do it! Nathan did. So can you!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


How To Promote Your Business In The Media, With Bec Derrington

Every business needs good PR, but in order to get it, you have to understand how to build bridges with your preferred media. One great way of attracting the media is to be quoted as an expert, so we spoke to Bec Derrington, founder of http://www.sourcebottle.com - a service that connects experts with the media. Source Bottle is a free global service used by bloggers, journalists and reporters that gives them easy access to experts in any given field so they can be quoted as part of their story. This could of course be your business… you are an expert after all, aren’t you?!? Bec’s personal story is a great example of how challenging it can be to get the media onside if you don’t have many personal media contacts. How do you prevent the story of your business being lost in the mire of press releases and mailshots? And how do you come across as an expert that is simply indispensible to the media?

Having worked in PR, Bec was inspired to invent Source Bottle because she knew first-hand how difficult it was to connect with the media without a large base of personal-media contacts. The same is true for many businesses and many inspirational leaders of these businesses: they might have a great story to tell, but they don’t know who they should tell, and they don’t know who might want to know and when they might want to know it. Source Bottle is one way of making the process easier, but there are some other very important tips about how to make the ‘story’ of your business/expertise stand out enough to gain maximum publicity:

** First understand what it is you want to be known for, i.e. a particular product/industry/stance on a particular matter

** Identify the issue that your ‘solution’ solves

** Seek out the publications/media outlets that most effectively connect with your target audience

** Try and specifically target a journalist rather than doing some kind of mass mailout

** Understand the journalist’s tone of voice and tailor the content you send them (remember, it’s all about them thinking that your ‘story’ is unique to them)

** Make sure you have plenty of ‘assets’ to go with the story, i.e. photos and video

Following the above is a great way for your business to be promoted in the media without the need for an expensive PR campaign.  And remember, being recommended as an expert by a third party (in this case a journalist) can be a lot more powerful to your audience than simply advertising yourself.  If your expertise is qualified by somebody else, people are more likely to think “well it must be true”. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The inner workings of http://www.sourcebottle.com

** How to easily build a long-lasting relationship with a journalist from the comfort of your own home

** Why media relations is so powerful

** How to pitch to journalists correctly

** How to find contact details of journalists

** The difference between advertising and PR

** How to state your position as an expert

** Are press releases important in this day and age?

** How businesses/experts can control the message

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Source Bottle: (http://www.sourcebottle.com.au)

** Free Sydney Two-hour workshop: (http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

Subscribe on iTunes

Are you ready take your business to the next level and let the public know that you’re an expert?

Then use the information provided in this episode to make it happen! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF064_How_to_Get_Free_Media_for_your_Business_with_Bec_Derrington.mp3
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Have the Biggest Pay Day of Your Life with Kerry Boulton

Whether you need to voluntary leave a business or if something goes wrong and you have to leave, it is very important to have an exit strategy. Always begin with the end in mind. Over the years, Kerry Boulton has sold several businesses for millions of dollars. Also, she has mentored many business owners through successful business growth in order to position them for their ultimate sale. Leaving a business is about:

** You

** Your family

** Other stakeholders

Boulton is the founder and CEO of the Exit Strategy Group, which helps business owners maximize business value so they can get out of the business – whether by liquidating assets, management buyouts, passing it down, or other ways.

When you intend to leave a business, consider the following:

** Who is going to be impacted?

** What do you plan to do after you leave?

** Who would buy the business? Who could be a potential buyer?

** Do due diligence to get your business ready to be sold.

** Make sure your business is attractable to potential buyers.

** Make sure your business stands out from the rest.

** Give yourself as much preparation time as possible to maximize the value of your business.

** Build a team to support your exit strategy (accountant, business coach, those who will be impacted, etc.)

Also, take a look at your business plan. Does it include an exit strategy? If not, then use Boulton’s tips and advice to implement one to get the most money you can when leaving a business. Plus, make sure you have contingency options because no business owners like a fire sale!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Don’t jeopardize your business for $5

** Different ways to exit businesses

** Importance of including exit strategy in business plan

** Why business owners do not concern themselves with exit strategies

** Impact of baby boomers leaving businesses

** The importance of understanding the value of all assets

** Tips and traps of exit strategies

** Need for contingency plans

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Traffic and Conversion Summit (http://trafficandconversionsummit.com/australia/)

** Trip Advisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com)

** Google (www.google.com)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** Mayne Nickless (www.bmartin.cc)

** Exit Strategy Group (http://theexitstrategygroup.com.au/)

** Stephen Covey (https://www.stephencovey.com/)

** Amazon (www.amazon.com)

** Freight Management International

** Business Plans that Win $$$ (http://www.amazon.com/Business-Plans-That-Win-Enterprise/dp/0060913916)

** The Uncensored Truth About Exit Strategies (http://theexitstrategygroup.com.au/book-request/)

** LinkedIn (https://au.linkedin.com/in/kerryboulton)

** Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KerryBoultonTheExitStrategyGroup)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

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Are you ready to leave a business?

Then use the information provided in this episode to make it happen! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF063_Have_the_Biggest_Pay_Day_of_Your_Life_with_Kerry_Boultan.mp3
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Holding On to Your Customers with Kym Illman

What do your customers hear when you put them on hold? Awful music or valuable branding and product messages? Kym Illman is the founder of Messages On Hold, which helps businesses customize their hold messages to achieve results. He is an entrepreneur who turned his home-based business into a multi-million dollar international success story. Technology and advances in phone systems have made hold content much easier to utilize. Businesses need to make hold experiences more pleasant. They need to make a good impression to minimize any damage hold calls can do. Your hold messages should be a part of your branding and provide worthwhile information. Hold messaging can be a powerful and valuable marketing tool.

There are various guidelines to follow in order to create effective hold messages:

** Making changes based on what customers want

** Don’t use just one voice

** Don’t give a list of features

** Don’t have awful music

** Content should be interesting and customer centric

** Change messages every three to four months; keep them fresh

** Educate people about what is available from your company

** Use the same messages for different mediums

Also, there are common mistakes to avoid when it comes to hold messages:

** Bad background music

** No background music or sound

** Chimes - don’t bang a bell in customers’ ears!

** Don’t loop same music and messages over and over

** Care: Some businesses don’t care about what customers hear because they don’t have to listen to the messages

There are several benefits to having hold messages in your phone system. They can generate sales, reach new and existing customers, and promote your brand. Plus, if a hold message is a benefit to callers, then it is a winner!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How “holds” have become a global market

** Available phone systems

** Important aspects of hold messages

** How to achieve business results

** Mistakes to avoid

** Lessons learned to be successful

** How to use hold messages as a marketing tool

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Guy Kawasaki – Episode 60 (http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf-060-business-success-with-guy-kawasaki)

** Messages On Hold (http://www.messagesonhold.com.au/)

** 1-800-Messages

** Canity (www.canity.com)

** Kym Illman (www.kymillman.com)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

** Ben Fewtrell – Twitter (https://twitter.com/bfewtrell)

** Ben Fewtrell – Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/benfewtrell)

** Business Brain Food Facebook Group (facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood)

** Lancelin Western Australia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancelin,_Western_Australia)

** American Express (https://www.americanexpress.com/)

** TDK (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TDK)

** Facebook (www.facebook.com)

** Twitter (www.twitter.com)

** National Geographic (http://www.nationalgeographic.de/0

** Canon Inc. (http://www.nationalgeographic.de/)

** The Photographer’s Ephermeris (http://photoephemeris.com/)

** Business Planning Template (www.actioncoachanz.com/062)

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Are your customers tired of hearing awful elevator music while on hold?

Then use the information provided in this episode to improve your hold messages and make more sales. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF062_Holding_On_to_your_customers_with_Kim_Illman.mp3
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Building a Successful Social Enterprise with Katie Wyatt

Want to use your business skills and the power of the market for social good? Then you may want to consider social enterprises a.k.a not-for-profit businesses. Katie Wyatt is a wellness and business coach for social enterprises, which are businesses that raise money for and support a social cause. These businesses may employee people who would not otherwise be able to find a job, including the homeless and those with disabilities. It is not easy to start a new business and be successful. It is a big undertaking and not for everyone. Achieving social purpose as well as profit is twice as hard! But the payoff can be well worth it.

So, how do you create an enterprise that has social benefit? Or how do you retrofit what you currently do in business to serve a social benefit? You have to have two main things: passion and business sense. What’s going to get you out of bed each day? A passion to help others. But you also need to address the business side – purpose, metrics, outcomes, business models, legalities, etc. Therefore, any business needs to be profitable – to put money back into the business and help its cause. Otherwise, the social purpose would not matter at all. So ask yourself these questions in order to be successful: Why are you starting the business? How much money you will need? If you can succeed with a social enterprise, you can succeed anywhere. Now, get out there and do some good!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Definition of social enterprises/not-for-profit businesses

** Differences between social enterprises and regular businesses

** What is needed to have a successful social enterprise

** How to obtain money for startup capital

** Steps to start a social enterprise

** Types of employees at social enterprises

** Importance of identifying ideal customers

** Development of foundations and charities

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

** ActionCOACH Session (www.businessassessment.com.au)

** Skype (www.skype.com)

** The Voice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Voice_(Australian_TV_series))

** Thank you Water (https://thankyou.co/)

** Daniel Flynn (http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf039-daniel-flynn-thankyou-group)

** Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (https://www.acnc.gov.au/)

** Social Traders (http://www.socialtraders.com.au/)

** Dwayne Martens (http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf059-from-uni-dropout-to-a-multi-million-dollar-business-with-dwayne-martens)

** Niulife (https://www.niulife.com/)

** The Wellness Entrepreneur (http://www.thewellnessentrepreneur.com.au/)

** Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)

** Life in Half a Second (http://www.lifeinhalfasecond.com/)

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Do you want to make a difference with your business?

Then, use the advice provided in this episode to get started. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF061_Building_a_Successful_Social_Enterprise_with_Katie_Wyatt.mp3
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The Keys to Business Success with Guy Kawasaki

Do you want to change the world? Then, what is the secret to success? Well, there is no secret to being successful in business. What it takes is being passionate about what you want to do, being clear on what you want to achieve, and to work hard.

Guy Kawasaki is known as a business growth guru. He just loves to work and has empowered people through his writing, speaking, investing, and advising. He is passing down a body of knowledge he has acquired in his career to the next generation. Guy’s Golden Touch: Not everything Guy touches turns to gold, but whatever gold Guy touches.

He was once the chief evangelist for Apple Inc. Now, he is the chief evangelist for Canva, an online graphic design software company. It is revolutionizing the way people do graphic design. Also, Kawasaki is a trustee with the Wiki Media Foundation, executive fellow at the Haas School of Business, and much more. So he knows all about business!

Now, Martens is a 30-year-old who goes to work without wearing any shoes and has a teepee as his sanctuary. He owns a multi-million dollar business that he started in 2008. His business, Amazonia, focuses on Acai and distributes health food through the nation. Martens has learned along the way and remains open minded. He continues to step outside of his comfort zone and plans to expand his business.

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Kawasaki’s lessons learned as an evangelist and from working with Steve Jobs at Apple:

** Customers don’t always know what they need

** Design counts

** Less is more

Challenges Kawasaki has faced in business:

** Resistance to change

** Asking others to risk their careers

Kawasaki’s tip on how to ensure you are more successful than the competition: It’s all about providing great products and provide after sales and support. It’s not rocket science! Also, the key is to predict what people need or make what you want and make people need it. Kawasaki has written 13 books about business, including Enchantment. Enchantment is used to change hearts, minds, and actions. Businesses need to know how to enchant their customers to exceed expectations. Enchantment has three pillars:

** Likeable

** Trustworthy

** Competent

Enchantment can be achieved through social media. It means hard work, but social media should be used as a platform to promote your business. Social media will someday become the equivalent of marketing. Stay tuned because Kawasaki may write another book or do something else to help lead you to success in business! There are so many ways to succeed and so many ways to fail. “I just worked hard. That’s the key to my success,” says Kawasaki.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What is evangelism

** Lessons learned in the business world

** Examples of enchantment

** Using social media to promote business

** Tips for creating a successful business

** Business challenges

** Importance of attending school of business

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

** Spotify (https://www.spotify.com)

** Apple Inc. (www.apple.com)

** iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes)

** Taylor Swift (http://taylorswift.com/)

** ActionCOACH Session (www.businessassessment.com.au)

** Canva (https://designschool.canva.com/)

** Haas School of Business (http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/)

** Wikimedia Foundation (https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home)

** Motorola (www.motorola.com)

** Google (www.google.com)

** Sydney Bears (http://www.sydneybears.com.au/)

** Steve Jobs (https://www.apple.com/stevejobs/)

** Enchantment (http://guykawasaki.com/books/enchantment/)

** Adobe PhotoShop (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopfamily.html)

** Amazon Books (http://www.amazon.com/books-used-books-textbooks/b/ref=sd_allcat_bo?ie=UTF8&node=283155)

** Guy Kawasaki (www.guykawasaki.com)

** Microsoft Outlook App (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook/send-receive-from-app)

** If You Want to Write (http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Want-Write-Independence/dp/9650060286)

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How can you make your business successful?

How can you make your business successful? Use the advice and tips provided by Kawasaki to reach the top! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF060_The_Keys_to_Business_Success_with_Guy_Kawasaki.mp3
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How to Create Copy That Sells with Bernadette Schwerdt

Copywriting is not as easy as you may think. And it is vitally important to your business – from email messages to your website. Bernadette Schwerdt is a copywriting coach and expert. She is the managing director of the Australian School of Copywriting and teaches people the art of writing. Schwerdt defines copywriting as the art of selling through words - both written and spoken. Copywriting is the process of coming up with a message and making it as compelling as possible.

Copywriting is important in all formats: pitches, phone calls, newsletters, brochures, website content, press releases, sales letters, email messages, etc. If the copywriting is not done well, then deals fall through and you lose clients/customers. When writing copy, ask the following questions: What do you sell? At what price point? How can people buy it? Also, there are many steps to take when copywriting. For example, make sure your headline drags people into your story and grabs their attention. Write copy that speaks to people and solves their problems. It is important to understand your target audience and their vernacular/conversational tone - write in the way they speak. Use all the tips offered by Bernadette Schwerdt to write the best copy possible to take your business to the next level and position yourself as a leader! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Definition of copywriting

** Benefits of learning how to write copy

** Cost to hire copywriters

** What constitutes as copywriting items

** Copywriting process and rules

** Importance of headlines, offers, call to action, testimonials, etc.

** Copywriting mistakes

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Bernadette Schwerdt: bernadetteschwerdt.com.au

** Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs: bernadetteschwerdt.com.au/buy-the-book

** Australian School of Copywriting: copyschool.com

** ActionCOACH Session: businessassessment.com.au

** DiSC: discprofile.com

** Voice Memos: itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-memos-for-ipad

** The Diamond Cutter: amazon.com/The-Diamond-Cutter-Managing-Business

Take a look at copy writting for your business

Does it grab your attention? If not, then use the advice provided in this podcast. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF058_How_to_create_copy_that_sells_with_Bernadette_Schwerdt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm AEST

From Uni Dropout to a Multi-Million Dollar Business with Dwayne Martens

After dropping out of university and adventures in traveling, Dwayne Martens was down and out. He was mingling with crowds that treated him like a dog. To bring awareness to that disrespect was the first step. Now, he surrounds himself with people who respect him. Your environment reflects where you are at in your life! Also, he read some books to help change his mindset. As a result, he developed confidence that he could do and be anything.

Now, Martens is a 30-year-old who goes to work without wearing any shoes and has a teepee as his sanctuary. He owns a multi-million dollar business that he started in 2008. His business, Amazonia, focuses on Acai and distributes health food through the nation. Martens has learned along the way and remains open minded. He continues to step outside of his comfort zone and plans to expand his business.

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Amazonia started out as a small business. Martens explains that to start a business:

** Get in the game

** Be in the game

** Have a purpose and business model

** Do good by people

** Have a strong vision

Martens has experienced growing pains when it comes to his business. He suggests the following to handle such challenges:

** Treat others well

** Chose to work with the right people

** Pay attention to and have processes in place regarding finances/cash flow

The keys to being a successful entrepreneur:

** Look into yourself; what is holding you and your business back?

** What are you doing your business for – money or purpose?

** Philosophy and culture of a business is everything!

And most importantly, have fun!!!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to change your mindset

** Why surround yourself with the right people

** How to develop different businesses

** To identify purpose of business for it to grow

** What challenges are related to growth

** Keys to being a successful entrepreneur

** How to create a positive work culture

** Why set growth goals

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Amazonia (http://www.amazonia.com.au)

** Amazonia Instagram (https://instagram.com/amazoniaco)

** Amazonia Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/premiumacai)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes)

** ActionCOACH (http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher)

** Angel Flight (http://www.angelflight.org.au)

** Ben Fewtrell Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/benfewtrell)

** ActionCOACH Session (www.businessassessment.com.au)

** The One Minute Millionaire (http://www.amazon.com/The-One-Minute-Millionaire-Enlightened/dp/0307451569)

** Richard Branson (https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson)

** Elon Musk (http://www.forbes.com/profile/elon-musk/)

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How can you grow your company?

Use the tips provided in this podcast to take your business to the next level and have fun while doing it! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


How to Succeed at Cold Calling

Cold calling – a lot of people are terrified by it! It can put a shiver up and down most people’s spines. But it is time to reprogram your brain to think about cold calling in a positive way. Ben Fewtrell shares why cold calling is good for your business! The best way to grow your business is to pick up the phone. You’ve got to sell something to somebody. You can use cold calling to re-engage existing customers as well as reach potentially new customers.

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Preparation is important. For cold calling, prepare your:

** Thinking

** Environment

** Offer

** Handling of gatekeepers

Here are some more helpful tips about cold calling:

** Get someone’s attention

** Have Call Center reps located in the same country and speak the same language

** Focus on finding the right people (the right customers)

** Believe in what you are selling and that it benefits customers

** Be the listener, not the talker

** Prepare the right questions

** Build a relationship through trust and rapport

Resources are available for cold calling, including the Yellow Pages and LinkedIn. Also, Ben offers a great cold calling script to use as a guide. Overall, you need to have effective methods, understand the process, and develop a strategy. Cold calling is a great tool, so don’t be afraid to use it! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why utilize cold calling

** Resources/databases available

** Techniques and preparation

** Call centre locations

** Providing benefits and adding value

** Available communication avenues (emails, cold calling, direct mail, etc.)

** Opt-outs, Do Not Call lists, and other restrictions

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Downloadable: Cold Calling Script

** Gary the Goat: facebook.com/jimboandgary

** Pro Bono Coaching Session: businessassessment.com.au

** IMDb Boiler Room: Boiler Room

** Ari Galper: unlockthegame.com

** Jim Rohn: Quotes

** Follow Ben Fewtrell on: LinkedIn

** Follow Ben Fewtrell on: Twitter

** Follow Ben Fewtrell on: Facebook

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Start Cold Calling

Take the fear out of cold calling by using the tips provided in this podcast. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF057_How_to_Succeed_Cold_Calling_with_Ben_Fewtrell.mp3
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Why People Fail with Siimon Reynolds

How can you make sure to not fail, but succeed! The media always seems to focus on those who are successful. But failure should be addressed, as well. Most successful people have failed many times, and failures happen more than successes! “Failure, for any ambitious person, is their constant companion. Success is only occasional,” said Siimon Reynolds.

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Simmon Reynolds is an internationally renowned expert on the predictable science of success and achievement. Also, he is a marketing guru and the co-founder of the Photon Group, a marketing services group. Plus, he is an author who wrote Why People Fail. There are several primary causes for people to fail: poor self-image, lack of a daily ritual, lack of clarity, and shortage of energy. Siimon shares many tips on how to be more successful, including listing reasons why you can achieve something, meditating, creating a business plan, evaluating and refining marketing efforts, being positive and a kind person, and being persistent. Study failure and understand it. Then you can unlock the key to success! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why failures, not only successes, should be discussed

** Reasons why people fail

** Tips to be more successful

** Strategy for turning failures into positive results

** How to learn from competitors

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** The Fortune Institute: www.thefortuneinstitute.com

** Why People Fail: www.amazon.com/Why-People-Fail-Obstacles-Overcome/dp/1118106172

** Ben Fewtrell LinkedIn: inkedin.com/in/benfewtrell

** Ben Fewtrell Twitter: twitter.com/bfewtrell

** Ben Fewtrell Facebook: facebook.com/ActioncoachANZ

** Break Through Your Glass Ceiling with the Power of Strategic Planning: actioncoachanz.com/strategicplanningwebinar

** Brad Sugars: bradsugars.com

** Martin Seligman: psychology.sas.upenn.edu/people/seligman

** Barbara Fredrickson: www.amazon.com/Positivity-Top-Notch-Research-Reveals-Upward/dp/0307393747

** Robert Cialdini: www.influenceatwork.com

** Tony Robbins: www.tonyrobbins.com

** Henry David Thoreau: www.biography.com/people/henry-david-thoreau-9506784

** Sam Walton: corporate.walmart.com/our-story/history/sam-walton

** Starbucks App: www.starbucks.com/coffeehouse/mobile-apps

** thefortuneinstitue.com

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What does it take to be successful and avoid failure?

As an entrepreneur, use the tips provided by Reynolds in this podcast!  Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF056_Why_People_Fail_with_Siimon_Reynolds.mp3
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Franchising made Easy with James Corne

Is franchising the way to go with your business? Many business owners think they cannot afford to franchise or that the concept of franchising is too complex. However, franchising is a way for people to pay you to grow your business. Besides growing your business, a reason to franchise is because franchise owners are more passionate, dedicated, and effective.

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Most businesses can become a franchise, but not every business is set up to franchise. It depends on who is running the business, the type of business, and where the business is in its life cycle. And becoming a franchise does not happen overnight. You need to allocate time to take the business where you want it to go. It takes about six months from the beginning to the launch as a franchise. As a franchise, you become a consultant and serve as a mentor in your own business. You guide and facilitate success. You have to replicate what you did in your business, plus possess certain skills – you must like people and be able to lead. Podcast guest James Corne is the author of Franchising Made Easy and founder of The Franchise Institute, which has helped develop franchise systems in 200 different business sectors. It specialises in helping small to medium businesses determine if franchising is right for them or not. Almost all businesses can become a franchise. But understanding what works, doesn’t work, and avoiding mistakes in franchising allows your business to achieve success. If you’ve got a business where there is a demand, consider franchising! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Reasons to franchise

** How long it takes

** Determining who should franchise

** Rules whether a business can become a franchise

** Transition from owner to consultant

** Costs and pricing

** Legal aspects

** Mistakes and misconceptions

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** The Franchise Institute: www.thefranchiseinstitute.com.au

** James Corne Email: jamesc@thefranchiseinstitute.com.au

** James Corne Phone: 1300855435

** Franchising Made Easy Book: www.thefranchiseinstitute.com.au/franchising-made-easy-book

** My Podcast Reviews: mypodcastreviews.com

** Free Business Assessment: businessassessment.com.au

** Keeping the Faith: www.imdb.com/title/tt0171433

** Boat Sales App: www.boatsales.com.au/content/mobile

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Do you think your business should become a franchise?

Use the advice offered in this podcast to make the right decision. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF055_Franchising_Made_Easy_with_James__Corne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm AEST

Why Every Business Owner Needs a Virtual Assistant

Every business owner needs a virtual assistant (VA) to help with tasks that weight them down. Focus on your genius juice and take everything else off your plate! VA services are a practical, ethical, and reliable way of doing things. Get things done in a different way!

Outsourcing work through VAs frees up your time to work on other areas of your business. VAs can do tasks that are imperative to your business that you can’t do, don’t need to do, or don’t want to do. Tasks include calendar management, email management, travel arrangements, data entry, transcribing audio/video, graphic design, and social media management. There are so many questions that come to mind when hiring a virtual assistant. How does it work? How much does it cost? How do you train them? To answer all of your questions, check out Chris Ducker’s book Virtual Freedom and contact Tom Secuya. Tom Secuya manages a team of virtual assistants in the Philippines through the Carve company. Carve is an outsourcing agency that supports clients remotely and provides virtual assistance and virtual assistants. In this podcast episode, Tom shares his knowledge and experience about utilizing VAs. It can be very beneficial to your business to have a VA – it is a great return on investment! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Benefits of outsourcing

** Tasks performed by VAs

** Help desk and project management tools

** Why to provide quality and quick feedback

** Importance of providing VAs with training and tools

** Outsourcing internationally vs. locally

** Hiring directly vs. through an agency

** Different durations (full-time, part-time and on-demand VAs)

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Downloadable PDF: 105 Tasks to Outsource

** Ben Fewtrell: Twitter/#bbfood

** Carve: carve.ph

** Tom Secuya Email: tom@carve.ph

** Chris Ducker: www.chrisducker.com

** Virtual Freedom: www.virtualfreedombook.com

** 2048 App: itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048/id840919914?mt=8

** Zendesk: www.zendesk.com

** Fresh Desk: www.freshdesk.com

** Voxer: www.voxer.com

** Viber: www.viber.com

** Scrum by Jeff Sutherland: www.amazon.com/Scrum-Doing-Twice-Work-Half/

Do you have a virtual assistant?

As a business owner, discover the benefits of outsourcing! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9811 5000

Direct download: BBF054_Why_Every_Business_Owner_Needs_A_Virtual_Assistant_with_Tom_Secuya.mp3
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How to Create a Strategic Plan for Your Business

Whether you love it or hate it – you need to think about strategic business planning! Don't think of a business plan as a big, fat document that sits on a shelf collecting dust. Instead, think of it as the strategy behind what you are doing. Without strategy, you are not going to thrive. You need a strategy that drives you!

Don't get caught up in the day-to-day aspects of your business. There is always something to do and fires to put out. But you need to STOP! Put some time aside to put together your strategic business plan. Stop being reactive - become more proactive. Develop a fluid document that helps build your business. Once you have it, make sure to review it and keep it up to date. Business Coaching Manager George Zenon has coached dozens of businesses in different industries. He knows the ins and outs of what it takes to succeed in business. He discusses how to create a strategic business plan and what you need to think about. Your strategic business plan has to align your business with your goals! A strategic business plan focuses on the big picture: Where is the business heading, what direction is it going, and what does it need to achieve? Have a plan and follow it! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why it is important to create a strategic business plan

** The difference between business planning and strategic business planning

** What elements to consider and include

** How to get started and the Planning Club

** To think of investors, employees, and customers

** Items to measure (key performance indicators)

** Review regularly to keep up with competition and changes in technology

** Mistakes made in strategic planning

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Planning Club with George Zenon: actioncoachanz.com/strategyplanningsession

** Percentage Calculator App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.percentagecalculator&hl=en

Do you have a strategic business plan in place?

If not, how are you going to be successful? Make sure to follow the guidance provided in this podcast to take your business to the next level. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF053_How_to_create_a_Strategic_Plan_for_your_Business_with_George_Zenon.mp3
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How to Grow Your Business Using Social Media

How can you grow your business using social media? You should be on social media because that’s where most of your customers are - so then you can connect with them. How do you generate leads for free on social media? You don’t. You have to make an investment: either time or money. Ben Fewtrell shares how you can use social media in your business. He developed an 8-step process to make sure you are generating sales and leads using social media.

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Step 1: Establish your business goals. Make sure your social media strategy aligns with your goals. Know your goals and how you are going to get there! Step 2: What are your marketing objectives? Do you want people to book an appointment, buy something, or view a Webinar? Make sure your objectives are very clear. What are you willing to invest to make your objectives happen? Step 3: Identify your ideal customers. Think about who you want to target as your audience. Create a look-alike audience in Facebook using your email database. Use LinkedIn to connect with potential customers. Step 4: Research your competition. Check out what they are doing and what is working. Then, do something in your own way that will deliver the same results. Discover their strengths and weaknesses, which will help you with your own strategy. Step 5: Choose what social media platforms to use. Start with just one, and do it well. Then you can move on to additional platforms. But don’t do more than five platforms. You don’t have the resources or time. Step 6: Decide on what type of content you will use – podcasts, blogs, videos, Webinars, etc. You can reuse and repurpose content. For example, use a podcast transcript to create a blog post. Develop a schedule because you need to be able to consistently generate worthwhile content. Content is King! Step 7: Decide on your budget and resources. You are going to have to spend some money. For example, you will have a team that handles various tasks – and you will need to pay them. Also, you will need to set aside time to regularly check your social media pages. Step 8: Decide on roles. Who will do what and when? Find the right person for the job and have the roles clearly defined. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to generate leads and sales

** Why you need to invest time or money

** The importance of developing a strategy/platform

** 8-Step Process

** Social media platforms to use

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Downloadable: 8-Step Downloadable Cheat Sheet

** Join Ben Fewtrell on: LinkedIn

** Join Ben Fewtrell on: Twitter

** Join Ben Fewtrell on: Facebook

** Statistics: Social Media Statistics Australia

** Other Podcasts: Amy Porterfield

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Is your Business utilising Social Media?

Does your business have a Facebook page? Are you on Twitter? LinkedIn? If not, you need to use the 8-step process to grow your business! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF052_How_to_Grow_your_Business_using_Social_Media_with_Ben_Fewtrell.mp3
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How to Build the Business of Your Dreams

If you won the lottery, what would you do? Would you continue to do what you are doing? Are you passionate about what you do? Keith Abraham Is the “Master of Passion.” He is a speaker, writer, best-selling author, and thought leader on passionate performance and building. He is passionate about what he is doing!

Keith has developed 12 questions to ask yourself to discover your passion and to build the business of your dreams. Questions include: How many customers do you need? How many employees and offices would you have? How many days off would you have each year? How many hours would you work each week? All of the questions help you determine where you are and give you clarity to get you where you want to go.

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Life is made up of four components: What you love to do, like to do, have to do, and hate to do. The majority of our lives are comprised of what we have to do and hate to do. Do you hate what you are doing? Or do you have a calling? Find your passion and this will give you the energy and enthusiasm to go through the have to and hate to items. You can either pursue your passion and earn an income by doing it; or go out and earn a living so you have the resources to pursue your passion. Get on the right path and pursue your passion! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Questions to ask

** Four components of passions

** How to find your passion

** Four components of life

** Two categories of passion

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Keith Abraham: www.keithabraham.com

** Keith Abraham Blog: www.keithabraham.com/blog

** Keith Abraham Products: www.keithabraham.com/products

** International Speaker: www.keithabraham.com/keynote-speaker

** Cheat Sheet and Exercise Download: New Version Handout

** TradeUP Australia: tradeupaustralia.com.au

** The Plumbettes: www.linkedin.com/company/the-plumbettes

** Ben Fewtrell LinkedIn: au.linkedin.com/in/benfewtrell

** Ben Fewtrell Twitter: twitter.com/bfewtrell

** Ben Fewtrell Facebook: www.facebook.com/ActioncoachANZ

** The Magic of Thinking Big: www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Thinking-David-Schwartz/dp/0671646788

** Tripit: www.tripit.com

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Do you have the business of your dreams?

If not, use the questions provided in this podcast to build such a business! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF051_How_to_Build_the_Business_of_your_Dreams_with_Keith_Abraham.mp3
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Profiling for Business Success With Dr. Tony Alessandra

Have you ever had problems with co-workers because you just did not mesh with them? The company you work for probably didn’t use a DISC assessment when building your team! A DISC assessment measures someone’s behavioural style - how they behave with others. DISC stands for four different patterns of behavior: D=dominance, I=influence, S=Steadiness, and C=Conscientiousness. Everyone has a mixture of all four areas. A DISC assessment is accurate, simple, and practical.

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Dr. Tony Alessandra owns a company called Assessments 24x7, which offers assessments, training, and support. Many businesses use profiling and personality tools and assessments for sales training, leadership training, team building, and communication management. Then businesses can get more sales, have better leaders and managers, and put a great team together. An assessment is an incredible strategic tool that offers tremendous value to your company! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Different types of assessments

** Definition of a DISC assessment

** Difference between natural and adaptive styles

** How businesses use DISC assessments

** Background of Assessments 24x7

** Difference between Myers-Briggs and DISC assessments

** How to implement assessment results

** How personality types impact all areas of your life

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Tony Alessandra: www.alessandra.com

** Assessments 24x7: www.assessments24x7.com

** Follow Ben Fewtrell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

** Digital Disruptors to Challenge Bricks and Mortar Banks: www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4217362.htm

** BBF:028 The Great Fragmentation with Steve Sammartino: http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf028-the-great-fragmentation-with-steve-sammartino

** ActionCOACH: actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

** The Magic of Thinking Big: http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Thinking-David-Schwartz/dp/0671646788

** Speakers Office: www.speakersoffice.com

** The One Minute Manager: http://www.amazon.com/Minute-Manager-Kenneth-Blanchard-Ph-D/dp/074350917X

** Words With Friends App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-words-with-friends/id804379658?mt=8

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Do you use assessments when hiring and training?

Take the advice offered in this podcast on why it is important to use assessments to take your business to the next level. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF050_Profiling_for_Business_Success_with_Dr_Tony_Alessandra.mp3
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BBF:049 15 Tips for Business Success

Some of the tips are broad, while some are specific. But each of these 15 tips makes a business successful, and they will help you succeed. Some tips you will already have in place for your business, while others have not been implemented by you – yet!

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The tips are in no specific order – so you can order them in a way that best suits you!

** Be organised: Otherwise you will miss things, and they will go astray. Create “To Do” lists; manage yourself to be effective and efficient; and use a diary to document all things that happen. Listen to BBF 045 that focuses on productivity.

** Stay Focused: Follow One Course Until Successful! It is not what you say “Yes” to, but what you say “No” What are you not doing or no longer doing?

** Develop a yearn to learn: Learn on a constant basis. Listen to podcasts and audio books. Take time to learn more.

** Recurring Sales: Make sure your business has some way to generate recurring income/sales. Contact your customers on a regular basis to let them know more about your products.

** Give great service! What kind of customer experiences have you had lately? What do they score on a scale of 1-10?

** Be consistent: Your customers know what they are going to get from your business. Be consistent in what you deliver.

** Stop worrying about your competition: Keep an eye on them and what they are up to, but don’t compare your business with others.

** Stop waiting for perfection: Take action now! Perfect is unattainable! And nothing is ever finished.

** Join or start a Mastermind group: To start off, read the book, “Think & Grow Rich.” Leverage off of other people. No one knows everything. So as a group, you can accomplish more!

** Know your numbers: Don’t be one of those who do not know their break-even point, have a cash flow forecast, a budget, etc. – cardinal sins of business!

** Have a responsive Web site: It needs to work on any device – iPad, smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.

** Build a team: The team will do the work when you are not there. Also, you can outsource anything.

** Learn from your mistakes: Don’t get upset – that won’t fix anything. Instead, learn from them.

** Action plan: Have some sort of action plan in place that includes your goals and other pieces.

** Put time into Marketing: Do as much marketing as anything else in your business. At least 50 percent of your resources need to go into marketing if you want your business to grow.

For more details on each tip, listen to the entire podcast! It will be worth your time! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Tips, workshops, and groups on how to use social media

** Tips to utilise as an individual

** Tips to implement in a business

** External and internal tips

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Smashing Social Media Workshop: smashingsocialmedia.com

** Social Media Mentoring Group: actioncoachanz.com/smgroup

** Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: www.amazon.com/Jab-Right-Hook-Story-Social

** BBF:045 How to Double Your Productivity with Colin Boyd: actioncoachanz.com/bbf045-how-to-double-your-productivity-with-colin-boyd

** Apple Inc: apple.com

** Audible: www.audible.com

** McDonald's: mcdonalds.com

** Richard Branson: www.virgin.com/richard-branson

** Think & Grow Rich: www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Napoleon-Hill

** BBF:048 People You Must Surround Yourself With for Business Success: http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf048-people-you-must-surround-yourself-with-for-business-success-with-jen-harwood

** Bizow Online: bizowonline.com.au

** Fiverr: fiverr.com

** Elance: elance.com

** Planning Club: http://actioncoachanz.com/contact-us

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Is your business successful?

Make sure to use the tips provided in this podcast to take your business to the next level. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF049_15_tips_for_Business_Success.mp3
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People You Must Surround Yourself with for Business Success with Jen Harwood

Do the people who surround you help make you successful in business? If not, then you probably don’t have a “Great 8” team. Jen Harwood is the author of The Greatness Principle, which describes the eight relationships that people need in their business lives to cause greatness. The Great 8 is comprised of people who invest in you and have your best interest at heart. Harwood developed The Greatness Principle after working one-on-one with numerous businesses and learning about what made them successful - having a core group of people around them that they trust and confide in. But how do you get started? How do you find these people? Who do you choose?

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You are looking for certain types of individuals for your team. You want a motivator, bystander, catalyst, scholar, anchor, enthusiast, grounder, and sage that fill the mind, body, spiritual, and emotional areas of your life in business. By having a team, you are not giving up control. Instead, you are allowing them to give you points of view, feedback, and information that you may not see or understand. They give you different perspectives in order for you to make the best choices and decisions. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The purpose of the Greatness Principle

** Eight types of relationships involved with the Greatness Principle

** The importance of balance in perspectives

** How to build a Great 8 team

** How to communicate and connect with your team

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** The Greatness Principle: www.greatnessprinciple.com

** Jen Harwood: jenharwood.com

** Business Brain Food, Episode #2: Keys for Successful Networking with Jen Harwood

** Business Brain Food, Episode #3: John Dwyer Spills the beans on attracting more clients

** Napoleon Hill Foundation: www.naphill.org

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Look around at the people who surround you

Do they help make you successful in business? If not, then follow the advice provided in this podcast. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000


How to Succeed as a Solo Business Owner with Robert Gerrish

Whether you start your own business in a garden shed, lavatory or spare bedroom, how do you get it up and running when you are on your own? About 73 percent of Australians operate a business on their own. You are not alone! You can connect and support each other. Robert Gerrish is the founder of Flying Solo, an online microbusiness community that offers help, coaching, and support for those who operate a business from home on their own.

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Solo business owners experience freedom and flexibility, but they face many challenges, as well. They usually don’t have a team to bounce ideas off of, they have to find enough clients for steady revenue, and there is so much to do. It can be stressful and overwhelming. To be a successful solo business owner, you need to focus on clarifying, planning, strategizing, and organizing your business. The Flying Solo website is a fantastic resource for entrepreneurs and we highly recommend that you head over to the website and check it out for yourselves. Also, time management, discipline, and accountability are must-have skills. Have a very clear vision of where you want to go with your business and your life! Create a business that works for you. Take time for yourself and to spend with family and friends. Move away from your desk. That’s when you come up with your best ideas! “The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time.” – as said by Bertrand Russell, John Lennon, and others. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The biggest challenges of home-based businesses

** How to overcome those challenges

** The importance of having a vision and plan for your business

** How to use resources such as books

** About outsourcing work and tasks

** Why to document procedures and processes

** Tips on how start your own business

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Robert Gerrish: www.robertgerrish.com

** Flying Solo: www.flyingsolo.com.au

** Flying Solo Facebook: facebook.com/FlyingSoloAU

** Qt Gold Coast Hotel: www.qtgoldcoast.com.au

** Jonathan MacDonald: jonathanmacdonald.com

** 28 Thoughts On Digital Revolution: jonathanmacdonald.com/books/

** TEDx: www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program

** ABC Four Corners: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners

** E-Myth: michaelegerbercompanies.com/web

** Goole Docs: www.docs.google.com

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Do you have a home-based business?

Do you need help and guidance starting your business? Use the information provided in this podcast to reach out to others. We would also highly recommend checking out the Flying Solo website if you are an Entrepreneur. It contains so many great resources to help you in each and every aspect of your business and you certainly wont be disappointed with what you find. Also, if you do have a business and you would like a mentor of whom you can meet with in person and speak about tactics to help you grow your business, then speak with us at ActionCOACH today about Business Coaching. Our business coaches help business owners all over the world and are able to help direct and guide you as well. Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF047_How_to_succeed_as_a_solo_business_owner_with_Robert_Gerrish.mp3
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AutoPilot Your Business with Heather Porter and Andrew McCauley

Are you living in a cave? Are you still scratching your head about Twitter and other social media sites? Then, as a business owner and/or entrepreneur, you need to learn how to use social media to drive marketing and sales. First, you need a web site for your business. AutoPilot and automate your site to convert visitors into customers and generate sales. Your Web site should sculpt your customer’s journey!

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How do you autopilot your business and Web site? Get help! Andrew McCauley and Heather Porter, founders of AutoPilot Your Business, help business owners utilize online and social media marketing. AutoPilot teaches and educates people on how to use these platforms for their business. Also, it helps businesses concentrate on getting online and developing a strong Web presence. Here are some key tips to follow:

** Your Web site needs to be viewable on both computers and mobile devices.

** Make sure to feature fresh, unique, and relevant content.

** Simplify your site - less clicks and scrolling the better!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to utilize the online world and social media

** About tools and plug-ins to use for your Web site

** What devices are used to view Web sites

** How to set-up a Web site (hosting, domain, themes, design, etc.)

** What to include on your site (forms, blogs, about)

** About opt-in giveaway items (checklists, downloads, etc.)

** About email autoresponders (Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, etc.)

** How to drive traffic to your Web site

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** AutoPilot Your Business: www.autopilotyourbusiness.com

** AutoPilot Your Business – Connect With Us Socially: aybsocial.com

** AutoPilot Your Business Podcasts: autopilotyourbusiness.com/podcasts/

** Snapchat: snapchat.com

** WordPress.com: wordpress.com

** WordPress.org: wordpress.org

** Envato Market: themeforest.net

** LeadPages: leadpages.net

** MailChimp: mailchimp.com/

** Constant Contact: www.constantcontact.com

** Campaign Monitor: www.campaignmonitor.com

** AWeber: www.aweber.com

** Outbrain: www.outbrain.com

** Kalin's PDF Creation Station: wordpress.org/plugins/kalins-pdf-creation-station

** Dropbox: dropbox.com

** 6 Steps to Fast Track Your Business: businessfasttrack.com.au

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Is your Web site everything it can be?

Does it bring in customers and generate sales? If not, make sure to use the tips and advice provided in this podcast to improve your site! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF046_Autopilot_Your_Business_with_Heather_Porter_and_Andrew_McCauley.mp3
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How to Double Your Productivity with Colin Boyd

Many of us struggle to get everything done for work. We log a ridiculous amount of work hours. There are so many distractions like cell phones and tablets that take away our focus. How can we be more productive and stay focused when there is so much to do and we are being pulled in so many directions? And how do we get rid of the Superman mentality?

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Colin Boyd will share hacks on how we can get more done in less time by being more efficient and productive. He is a high-performance, leadership, and productivity coach. He helps business professionals be more productive and become better leaders and influencers. Colin encourages business owners and employees to follow various tips, including learning to let go of a few things by outsourcing some tasks, making lists of what you want to achieve each day, and taking time to be inspired to think about planning and other strategic tasks. It’s not about how many hours you work. It’s about what time you spend working on! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to handle and reduce distractions

** The six modes of work

** How to create five must-haves for each day

** About tools and apps that help you be productive

** The three forces of focus

** The Brazilian Barbecue concept

** About mistakes made that effect productivity

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Colin Boyd

** Hewlett-Packard Co.

** Suncorp Insurance

** Flight Centre

** Gloria Jeans

** Aurora Energy

** LS Travel Retail

** The Perfect Wave

** Anytime Fitness

** fiverr.com

** oDesk

** Evernote

** Wunderlist

** OmniFocus

** Dropbox

** The Charisma Myth

** Voxer

** 6 Steps to Fast Track Your Business

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Now it is up to you!

Are there just not enough hours in the day to get all of your work done? No worries. Just use the information provided in this podcast to get more done is less time. If there are things, that after listening to this podcast that you decide to implement, we would love to hear about it. You can let us know by simply putting your key take a ways in the comments section below. Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF045_How_to_Double_your_Productivity_with_Colin_Boyd.mp3
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Predicting the Future of Business with Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher, author, futurist, and the go-to-guy for predicting the future of business. However, he doesn't even use a crystal ball! Mark researches trends and spends time trying to understand what is happening in society – social trends to be aware of in business. His research methods include online panels, online surveys, pen-and-paper studies, focus groups, and interviews. Research offers an opportunity to gain insight and respond to changing needs.

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We are in the midst of the most transformative decade. It is important for businesses to observe, understand, and respond to changes in technology. Don’t get stuck in the 80s! People of all ages use technology and social media. It doesn't matter whether you are a Baby Boomer or a Generation Xer. Have you heard the phrase, “Retired and wired”? It is about the attitude, not the age or generation. Businesses need to have a non-stop quest for survival and transformation when it comes to changes in trends. Don’t be resistant to change – it may mean the difference between failure and success! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How research is conducted

** How to make research findings available

** About current and future trends in business

** About the impact of social media and technology on business

** How businesses adapt to changes in technology

** How to handle different generations of employees and customers

** Whether businesses should utilize online selling/services

** How to maximize value and increase loyalty for your business

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Mark McCrindle's Website

** View the various McCrindle Research Reports

** Business Brain Food Podcast #41 with Genevieve George

** Gerry Harvey

** WhatsApp

** John Wesley

** The Tipping Point

** Ben Fewtrell – Twitter

** Ben Fewtrell – LinkedIn

** Ben Fewtrell – Facebook

** Ben Fewtrell – ActionCOACH

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Are you a business owner?

Use the information provided in this podcast to address the needs of all generations when it comes to the ever-changing world of technology and future trends. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them with family and friends and anyone else that you feel will get a lot from them. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF044_Predicting_the_future_of_business_with_Mark_McCrindle.mp3
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Go Bananas Marketing Your Business with Franziska Iseli-Hall

These days, everything is online, right? Well, that makes for a lot of online clutter, and it’s not all about being online and social media. When it comes to marketing your business, make sure to use both online and "offline/old school" marketing strategies. Think about it... don’t you miss junk mail?

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Franziska Iseli-Hall is a winner of the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award and is a leading marketing strategist. She works for Basic Bananas, which offers marketing education courses. She helps businesses learn how to use both offline and online marketing strategies. How do you attract new customers and retain existing ones? Offline marketing includes strategic partnerships and direct mail; and online marketing includes social media advertising, functional Web sites, and webinars. Business owners need to understand the power of using both. It is important that your marketing is authentic, original, enticing, and relates to customers. The best marketing doesn’t look like marketing! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Offline and online marketing strategies

** The importance of using both online and offline marketing

** Tips for successful direct mail campaigns

** How to build strategic partnerships

** About building targeted databases

** How to follow up with new and existing customers/clients

** How to use social media sites for advertising

** Which are the best low-cost items or giveaways to offer for generating leads

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Basic Bananas

** Basic Bananas Blast Off Workshop

** Franziska Iseli-Hall Facebook

** Franziska Iseli-Hall Twitter

** John Lee Dumas Podcast

** Pat Flynn/Smart Passive Income Podcast

** Influence by Robert Cialdini

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What methods do you use to market your business?

Use the methods used in this podcast to take your business to the next level! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. And make sure to follow Franziska Iseli-Hall on social media, say hello and let her know that you heard about her on this podcast. You never know... She might be able to help you out. Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000   I could not find her Instagram link.

Direct download: BBF043_Go_Bananas_Marketing_your_Business_with_Franziska_Iseli_Hall.mp3
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From Idea to Author-ity with Maria Carlton

Have you ever thought about writing a book? Many feel overwhelmed when it comes to such a dream. It feels like a much bigger project than it actually is. But if you are an authority or expert in your field of work – that is a great reason to write a book!

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These days, everyone believes they can write a book. But a good book is well written, well promoted, and has credibility. Writing a book is an opportunity to show people that you are an authority or expert. It is a great way to market yourself, and it is a credibility builder. Maria Carlton is a transformation specialist and marketing communication coach. Also, she is an author and has written several books, including “From Idea to Author-ity.” This book enables people to know all about publishing their own books. It provides answers to several questions: How do I plan my book? How do I market it? How do I get started? How do I publish my own book? And many more questions… How can you utilise your talents, knowledge, and expertise to write a book that will put you into a position of authority? Maria Carlton is here to help you! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why you should publish your own book

** The formula used to write and publish a book

** How much time it takes to write and publish a book

** About a writer’s expectations and the reality of publishing

** How to market and promote you and your book

** How to work with editors and mentors

** The differences between quality and rubbish books

** About the costs involved in writing and publishing a book

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** mariacarlton.com

** From Idea to Author-ity

** Six Golden Rules for Writing a Book

** Dixie Carlton – Beyond the Shadows

** Andrew Griffiths - BBF Episode #21

** Michelle Bowden - BBF Episode #12

** Dale Beaumont

** Dan Poynter

** National Speakers Association of Australia

** Mindy Gibbins-Klein

** Malcolm Gladwell

** Diana Gabaldon

** ActionCOACH Referral Program

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Are you an expert in your field of work?

Have you ever thought about writing a book? Use the advice provided in this podcast to get started with writing your very first book. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF042_From_Idea_to_Authority_with_Maria_Carlton.mp3
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How a Young Entrepreneur Handles Rapid Growth with Genevieve George

We all have heard about young entrepreneurs who hit the big time due to their fast-growing businesses. To name just a few … Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook, Andrew Mason/Groupon, and Matthew Mullenweg/WordPress. Such instances have changed the dynamics of the workforce. It is no longer about finding a career, but thinking about what you want to get out of your life, not just your career.

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Is there something you need, but there are no resources? That is a great opportunity to start a business. It’s not easy, but get out there and give it a go! Try new things. You only live once… That’s exactly what 23-year-old Genevieve George did! In 2012, she started OneShift, an online jobs network company that matches employees with employers. Now, she has more than 40 employees, and her company has won several awards. What does someone go through when growing a business? What are the “ins and outs”? What are the risks? There are four main aspects regarding business growth:

** Employees: As you grow your business, you will need more people. You will need to have training, job descriptions, advertisements, and other items in place. A lot goes into hiring people!

** Money: New business owners will burn through money to pay for equipment, offices, employees, and other items.

** Plan: Make sure to have a business plan in place. Identify your company’s goals, predict what may happen in the future, pay attention to trends, determine a budget, etc. Then, make sure to regularly review your business plan.

** Profits: As you grow your company, keep an eye on your profits. You can use your profits to pay for expenses (which will increase). Of course, make sure your company is making profits!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Challenges arise during fast business growth

** The importance of hiring and retaining employees

** Costs and expenses are necessary to grow a business

** How to plan for your company’s future

** Why to keep track of profits

** About surrounding yourself with mentors

** How to review performance and feedback

** How to use public relations and social media

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** OneShift

** OneShift Blog

** E-Commerce Leaders Playbook

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Are you thinking about starting a business?

Use the tips and advice provided in this podcast to get going! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell


Partner Up Marketing with Simone Novello

Marketing is difficult to do. It is unpredictable and risky. It takes some work to get it right. And if you are going to succeed, you can’t do it alone! It is time to partner up. Learn to schmooze and have great experiences together.

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Simone Novello shares her 6-step process for partnering up with similar businesses or businesses with a similar target market to accelerate your business’ growth. Novello runs a company called PartnerUp, which helps develop and implement strategic partnership and alliance partnership marketing. She takes the guess work out of partnerships! Partnerships are built on trust. The three golden rules for successful partnerships are to have a(n):

  1. Win-win approach
  2. Aligned target market
  3. Value alignment

The biggest mistake made in partnering up is not having the right mindset. You can’t partner when you are desperate. Other mistakes include thinking your business is too small to have a partner; you are ill-prepared for the partnership; and you approach the wrong partner at the wrong time. Finding the right partnership can lead to a fabulous return on investment for your business! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The definition of strategic and alliance partnership marketing

** About mistakes made with partnerships

** Golden rules for partnerships

** Why business and growth plans and strategies are important

** About the different types of partnerships

** How to use selective generosity

** A 6-step process to partner up

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** partnerup.com.au

** partnerfast.com.au

** actioncoachanz.com/rp

** businessfasttrack.com.au

** dlea.com.au

** aussie.com.au/about-us/meet-john-symond.html

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Are you ready to partner up?

Use the 6-step process discussed in this podcast to develop a successful partnership. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF040_Partner_Up_Marketing_Simone_Novello.mp3
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Daniel Flynn – Thankyou Group

Are you thirsty? Go to your refrigerator to get a bottle of water or to your tap to fill a glass with water. Do you take that clean water for granted? Thousands of children die every day from water-borne disease and 900,000 million people don’t have access to clean water.

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Daniel Flynn is a co-founder and managing director of the Thankyou Group, which was created to provide clean water to people in third-world countries where clean water was not available. Thankyou utilises a social enterprise business model. The company distributes profits quarterly and 100 percent of its profits go to funding aid and development projects.

Thankyou is a business. It’s about making money, but for a greater purpose.

Cone Cause Evolution Study reported the following:

** 83% want more products, services, and retailers they use to support causes

** 88% find it acceptable for businesses to engage a cause or issue in their marketing

** 90% want companies to tell them how they are supporting causes

** 85% possess a more positive impression of a product or brand when it supports a cause they care about

If you are thinking about supporting a cause, do it! Everyone in a business can make a global impact—changing the world in a simple way—but it has to be a genuine effort and not just to boost sales. Thankyou’s success didn’t happen overnight. Flynn and his team members struggled and worked hard, and even experienced some failures. It was a roller coaster journey that helped Thankyou figure out what needed to happen to go enter the mainstream markets and be successful!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Whether cause marketing is worthwhile

** Results from the Cone Cause Evolution Study

** How to get your product in major stores

** How to use social media to promote your product

** From failures and challenges and to never give up

** About expanding product lines and brand awareness

** How to execute ideas

** Why it is important to work as a team

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** www.thankyou.co

** www.thankyou.co/water

** facebook.com/thankyougroup

** twitter.com/thankyou_group

** instagram.com/thankyougroup

** www.dmn3.com/dmn3-blog/cause-marketing-supporting-a-cause-is-good-business

** www.facebook.com/7Eleven

** www.richdad.com

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What are you passionate about?

How do you want to change the world? Use the tips offered in this podcast to create a business that focuses on helping a specific cause that matters to you. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers,
Ben Fewtrell
(02) 9111 5000

 

Direct download: BBF039_Daniel_Flynn_ThankYou_Group.mp3
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Leverage Social Media Content Marketing with Trevor Young

Social media is a marketing strategy. But how do you utilize and leverage social media to become a subject matter expert and build your business?

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Trevor Young is a public relations (PR) warrior who uses social media to put money in the bank. He wrote a book titled, “microDOMINATION.” It describes how to leverage social media and content marketing to build a mini-business empire around your personal brand. Blogs, podcasts, and videos are some of the ways to participate in social media. If you are not sure where to start, then start a blog to share your knowledge and thoughts.

It is important to build an audience and community around your brand by providing social media content that is helpful, useful, and valuable. How is the information you provide going to help people? It is a matter of quality over quantity when it comes to content.

You need to attract people who are interested in your thoughts and beliefs. If they follow you, the people are the ones who determine leaders and experts. Your reputation is built over time. People will share your content and recommend you to others. Build your personal brand over a period of time, and that is when the opportunities start coming.

Today, marketing forces businesses to think about and listen to their audience: What’s in it for them when it comes to your products and business?

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Ten life hacks you can use to become more productive in your business

** How social media is used to earn money and profits

** About successful social media experts like Darren Rowse and Gary Vaynerchuk

** How to become an subject matter expert

** Why it is important to create useful and valuable content

** How public relations has changed due to the Internet and social media

** How to build an audience and community around your brand

** How to find time to be consistent on content creation

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** www.trevoryoung.me

** twitter.com/trevoryoung

** www.trevoryoung.me/rr-podcast-guests/

** www.rescuetime.com

** productivemag.com

** www.wunderlist.com

** meetedgar.com

** hootsuite.com

** getcoldturkey.com

** inboxpause.com

** www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tipping-point-malcolm-gladwell/1100221685?ean=9780316346627

** www.garyvaynerchuk.com

** www.problogger.net

** blog.firebrandtalent.com/about

** www.davidmeermanscott.com

** www.podlegal.com.au

** jaybaer.com/about-jay

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Use Social Media

Use the tips mentioned in this podcast to take your business to the next level by utilizing social media! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

 

Direct download: BBF038_Leverage_Social_Media_Content_Marketing.mp3
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Bounce Forward with Sam Cawthorn

Everyone has problems – at work and in life. Sam Cawthorn discovered success from his adversity and overcoming tough times. He was a sales representative who fell asleep at the wheel and was hit by a semi-trailer truck. He was in the hospital for more than five months and was told he might not survive or walk again. He was in a wheelchair for a year, and his right arm was amputated.

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There are three main ingredients to focus on during difficult times:

  1. Proximity: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people (wife, parents, children, etc.).
  2. Leverage Happiness: Learn and decide to be grateful and happy rather than bitter and depressed.
  3. Bounce Forward and Not Back: Don’t go back to where you have been. Instead, the toughest times generate growth.

Sam Cawthorn realised he was alive for a reason and purpose. He has a valuable message to share and wants to help people with their own personal transformation. To describe his journey of self-discovery, he is now a motivational speaker and has written several books, including Bounce Forward. Also, he has partnered with Google to create the Institute for Professional Speakers, which teaches people all aspects involved with public speaking.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to bounce forward, not back

** Tips to stand out as a person of influence

** Why it is important to have mentors

** The need for your message to have value

** How to deliver your message through social media, books, and other outlets

** How to connect with and engage target audiences

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** www.samcawthorn.com

** www.samcawthorn.com/shop

** www.instituteforprofessionalspeakers.com

** www.samcawthorn.com/professional-speakers/2014-q3-c/

** caringforpeople.org

** www.hiahomeshow.com.au

** www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

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Are you okay?

Having a bad day at work? Did you get sad news about a family member? Everyone experiences tough times. You can use this podcast to bounce forward. Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF037_Bounce_Forward_Sam_Cawthorn.mp3
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From Unknown to Expert with Catriona Pollard

CP Communications founder Catriona Pollard shares information on how to go from being an unknown to an expert in any field. She knows just how to do that because she went from being an unknown in the public relations (PR) field to becoming an expert and is now known as one of the Top 100 PR people to follow on Twitter and a PR leader, mover, and shaker in Sydney.

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Pollard started with nothing when figuring out how to grow her business. She realized that she needed to step into the spotlight and own her expert knowledge. She built trust and recognition by sharing her stories and experience. Through personal development and growth, she developed a system and wrote a book on how to become a recognized expert.

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Her 5-star system for becoming an expert focuses on:

  1. Identify Purpose and Motivation: Why do you want to share your experience?
  2. Set the Scene/Stage: What do you do? Develop your personal brand by creating an elevator statement, key messages, biographies, and other foundation items. The words you use should be heard, remembered, and repeated.
  3. Turn on the Spotlight: Develop a personal Web site and blogs to share your stories and experience.
  4. Utilize the Media/Journalists: Learn how the media and journalists work and what sparks their interest. Use tactics to get journalists to write about you.
  5. Own Your Expertise: Grow your role as an expert through various social media outlets.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to go from an unknown to an expert in a specific field

** To use a 5-Star system to become an expert

** To identify your purpose and motivation for becoming an expert

** How to use blogs, Web sites, networking events, and other resources to promote your personal brand

** What to do to get the media and journalists to write about you

** How to become a thought leader and influencer

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** http://www.catrionapollard.com/

** https://twitter.com/CPCPR/

** http://www.cpcommunications.com.au

** https://www.facebook.com/cpcommunications

** https://www.youtube.com/user/PublicRelationsTips

** http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf012-how-to-present-with-michelle-bowden

** https://publicrelationssydney.com.au/

** https://unknowntoexpert.com/

** https://www.pinterest.com/cpcpr/

** https://plus.google.com/+CpcommunicationsAu/posts

** http://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program

** https://en.todoist.com/

** http://www.amazon.com/Cave-Snow-Tenzin-Palmos-Enlightenment/dp/1582340455

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Use Social Media

Use the power of social media to become an expert in your field! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

 

Direct download: BBF036_Unknown_to_Expert_Catriona_Pollard.mp3
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Ten New Year’s Business Resolutions with Ben Fewtrell

Ben Fewtrell shares 10 New Year’s resolutions for business success! His resolutions will help you take your business to the next level in 2015. He discusses what you need to have in place for your business, including a business plan, social media presence, and marketing plan. And, of course, being successful means knowing when to take a break and just chill out!

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Also, Ben mentions several resources you can use to make these resolutions a reality, such as links to worthwhile podcasts and Web sites. Please let Ben know if you have a topic or guest to suggest for upcoming podcasts. Have a Happy New Year! Make it a safe one.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Ten resolutions to improve your business

** The importance of a social media presence

** Why you should outsource work

** If you want to earn more, you have to learn more

** Why have a responsive Web site

** To offer regular team training

** How to plan to make more profit

** How to stop processes, strategies, and other systems that are not working

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** http://www.elance.com

** www.fiverr.com

** http://podcastanswerman.com/

** http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-start-a-podcast-podcasting-tutorial/

** http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/

** http://actioncoachanz.com/category/business-podcast

** http://actioncoachanz.com/bbf022-how-to-write-your-marketing-plan-with-ben-fewtrell

** http://actioncoachanz.com/how-to-systemise-your-business-with-john-tonkin

** http://bizowonline.com.au

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What is your Business New Year's Resolution

Most people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their health and well-being, but what about their business? Use the resolutions mentioned in this podcast to take your business to the next level! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day! Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF035_Ten_New_years__business_resolutions.mp3
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How to Systemise Your Business with John Tonkin

SYSTEM = Saving Your Self Time, Energy, and Money. Businesses need systems in place in order to be successful. The benefits of systems include improved efficiency, extra profits, and higher sale values. Your business is not all about you. You need to have systems in place for your business to work without you. Get people involved. One person cannot do everything!

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How can you systemise your business to take it to the next level? John Tonkin shares his thoughts about the ins and outs regarding business systems. The most important aspects of business systems are: agreement on how things should be done, training, and support.

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Also, Tonkin uses the Four P's Framework for business systems:

** Policy (Why?)

** Process (What steps are involved?)

** Procedure (What are the necessary details?)

** Props (How to deliver systems – check-lists, signs, videos, etc.)

You don’t have to systemise everything – just core functions that cannot experience failure. Initially, you will have to dedicate costs to create the business systems. However, you are benefiting from day one. The initial costs save you time and money in the long run.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why businesses need systems

** How to use a Mind Map to start and create business systems

** How to involve team members in the development of systems

** How to implement business systems

** How to deliver and provide access to system props

** How to get team members to use the systems

** What common mistakes are made with systems

** When to review business systems

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** http://braininabox.com.au

** http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

** https://www.lucidchart.com

** https://sites.google.com

** http://pocketinformant.com/

** https://www.vitalsmarts.com/influencer/

** http://actioncoachanz.com/how-to-systemise-your-business - video

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Do you use systems in your business?

You can use what you learned in this podcast to improve your business! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF034_Systemise_your_business_with_John_Tonkin.mp3
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Are good manners in business important or old fashioned? with Patsy Rowe

Statistics show that people are no longer saying: please, thank you, and other terms that express good manners and signs of respect. There is a lack of wanting to be more polite. People don’t have the manners they once had. With the hustle and bustle of daily life and use of social media, emails, and other electronic methods of communication, are good manners in business important or old fashioned?

Patsy Rowe, an author, keynote speaker and expert on business etiquette, believes good manners will never be old fashioned – especially in business! She discusses how to behave in public, how to introduce yourself, how to address people, and other valuable information. We are judged on how we look, how we speak, and how we behave. Therefore, it is important that our manners are good. Knowing basic skills can lead to success. Rowe’s tips will help lift up your standards in business etiquette and help you gain more business!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Business etiquette tips

** The importance of interpersonal and communication skills in business

** How to make a good first impression

** The impact of the electronic world in business communication

** How employees are judged based on their manners

** How business etiquette differs across cultures

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Visit Etiquette.com.au

** Etiquette's boot camp for blokes

** Time poor Australians abandoning good manners

Make sure to use good manners in the business world!

For example, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell

Direct download: BBF033_Business_Etiquitte_Patsy_Rowe.mp3
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How to Create Leads with Content Marketing

Learn how to consistently create good content that drives leads into your Web site with Liza Choa. Productive content makes you money!

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Tim Washer, Senior Marketing Manager of Social Media at Cisco, shares his view on content marketing and the importance of using humour to engage people who interact with your brand. When you entertain people, your business amplifies its message and products. Connect with people through stories, and then they will share your stories with others – that’s a win for your business!

Content Maximiser founder Liza Choa discusses how to implement content marketing in business to generate leads and build authority relationships. You need to differentiate your business from others. Choa uses a 90-day planning, which involves developing content for 90 days in just one day to one week. Then you do not become overwhelmed trying to generate content. Her planning process includes using themes and referencing existing content that links back to her Web site.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The purpose of content marketing (sell products and generate leads)

** How to create a 90-day planning process

** To use content that engages people and builds relationships

** How to use multimedia content (audio, videos, emails, etc)

** To use outsourcing and existing content

** How to be aware of your customers’ needs and requests

** What equipment is needed to create content (lighting, cameras, microphones)

** Why to collect email addresses to build customer databases

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Content Maximiser

** Get your free Bonus Gift!

** BBF:014 - Podcasting with John Lee Dumas

** BBF:017 - Marketing Automation with Crystelle Topatan

** Apple - iPad

** RODE Microphones - SmartLav

** RODE Microphones - PSA1

** www.google.com = search for swivl audio products

** www.elance.com

** www.fiverr.com

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Start developing your Content

Take advantage of the resources mentioned in this podcast to develop your own content marketing!

Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that!

Until next time, have a profitable day.

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

Direct download: BBF032_How_to_create_leads_with_Content_marketing.mp3
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Web Marketing that Works

Learn how to market your business online! Adam Franklin, co-author of book Web Marketing That Works, discusses how to use the Internet to grow your audience, reputation, credibility, and business.

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Online marketing focuses on efforts that do not take much money, you just need to invest time. For very little cost, you can use blogs, email marketing, and social media to promote your business. However, make sure to offer quality over quantity when it comes to content. You can create a piece of content and then repurpose it by sharing it across multiple platforms.

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Adam Franklin provides tips on how to come up with fresh content:

** Get ideas from other blogs, articles, etc.

** Always know what your customers need and want.

** Keep a list of your customers’ frequently asked questions (FAQ).

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to build relationships with new and existing customers

** Why to provide different pathways for customers to get to know you and trust you

** Why it is important to create one initial flagship piece of content that can help potential customers (ie checklist, report, eBook)

** The importance of producing exciting and enticing content

** How to use blogs (how often to post items, types of content to post, etc.)

** Why use Email marketing to provide customers with value-added content and offers

** The importance of sharing your content on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites

** How to create content and re-purpose it across other platforms

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** ActionCOACH Referral Partner Program

** Bluewire Media

** Bluewire Media Podcast

** Adam.Franklin@bluewiremedia.com.au

** https://twitter.com/itsadamfranklin

** Bluewire Media Book

** SkyGo

** Business 2 Community

** Lead Pages

** Spotify

** Amazon - Love at First Site eBook

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How To Do Facebook Marketing with Ben Simkin

There are about 13.2 million Facebook users in Australia. Yet many businesses do not know how to use Facebook marketing to attract new clients, generate sales, and increase return on investment. How can businesses utilize the Facebook platform to get the best possible result? This podcast will tell you exactly what you need to do to effectively use Facebook to build your business.

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Ben Simkin, who spends $3 million on Facebook marketing in Australia, discusses how to market your business on Facebook to earn profits. As a Facebook marketing pioneer, he started using Facebook marketing in 2007 and discovered that he had to spend money on trying different techniques to determine what works best. Most importantly, he realized that knowing your target audience is the difference between making a profit and losing your money. Ben Simkin explains why businesses need a Facebook page, and what businesses need to do to make their Facebook page a success! Subscribe on iTunes In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why businesses should have a Facebook page

** Why businesses should use Facebook marketing

** How many and how often posts should be made

** What kind of content and images should be included in posts

** What techniques are most effective

** How to use feedback and statistical tools

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Listen to the Marketing Hot Seat Podcast with Ben Simkin

** Visit the Business Net website

** Follow Benjamin Simkin on Facebook

** Follow Jab Jab Jab Right Hook on Twitter

** Start Advertising on Facebook now

** The Asana CRM

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Anthony Turner from Business Success Radio interview Ben Fewtrell on Business Coaching

In this episode of business brain food for a change I am on the other side of the microphone and getting interviewed by Anthony Turner from the business success radio show. Anthony asked to interview me about Business coaching and why somebody would want to work with business coach.

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It was great to have the discussion about some of the preconceived ideas you may have about business coaching, In this interview I'd explain how business coaching can apply to anybody in any business and into many of the frequently asked questions business owners ask about engaging a business coach in their business.

I know for some of you I'm preaching to the converted as you already are working with one of my team and getting great results on your business coaching Journey, however, if you're a regular listener and you're not working with a business coach that maybe now is the time for you to take the opportunity to have a complimentary business assessment with one of my team.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What to look for when hiring a business coach

** What you should expect when working with a business coach

** Why you shouldn't hire an industry specific business coach

** The benefits of having more than one coach

** How having a business coach Will save you money and time

** What a business coaching program should include

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** businesssuccessradio.com.au

** Twitter @bfewtrell

** Learn more about Business Coaching

** How to pick the right Business Coach

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Tune into Business Success Radio

If you are listening to this podcast on a regular basis then you are also going to also want to listen into Anthony Turner on Business Success Radio. Anthony Turner interviews lots of fantastic business owners and people in the know about business and you are bound to pick up many great pieces of advice that you can apply to your own business.

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If after listening to episode 29 of our Business Brain Food Podcast and you are seriously considering getting a business coach - then get in touch with ActionCOACH Corporate Australia today. We offer the opportunity to partake in a complimentary 90 minute Business Coaching Session so that you can see if business coaching is right for you and we can see if you are ready to be coached.

Thanks for listening and until next time, have a profitable day!

Kind regards, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5081

Direct download: BBF029_Anthony_Turner_interviews_Ben_Fewtrell.mp3
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The Great Fragmentation with Steve Sammartino

In this episode of the business of brain food podcast I chat with Steve Sammartino about his new book ‘The Great Fragmentation’ and what Steve calls the 200 year shift. As a business owner understanding the shift to the digital age is extremely important if you're going to succeed. We have seen many businesses dwindle and die because they have not adapted to the new way of doing business.

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During this interview you will learn how to cope with this radical shift and we'll discuss some of the 20 big ideas that Steve feels is changing the world we live in. You'll learn why bigger businesses are going to struggle more with the shift in the digital age and how the Internet will change how you do business forever.

No matter what business you're in this is one podcast episode you must listen to, to prepare yourself for the future.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What outsourcing is and who it's for

** Why business is moving from mass to niche

** Why 3-D printing is going to play such an important part in the future

** That learning should be a part of your day everyday not just something that's nice to do

** Why the future of business is small

** How the Internet will change the way you do business in the future

** What you can do to prepare and at that in the digital age

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Twitter @sammartino

** stevesammartino.com

** startupblog.wordpress.com

** http://www.superawesomemicroproject.com

** http://beersblokesbusiness.com

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Until next time, have a profitable day.

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Direct download: BBF028_Steve_Sammartino.mp3
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Starting your Own Business with Rieva Lesonsky

In this episode of business brain food I talk with Rieva Lesonsky, author of the bestselling book Start Your Own Business and the former Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine, Rieva has been meeting with, consulting to and speaking to America’s small business owners for more than 30 years. She’s got an inside perspective on what entrepreneurs want and how to help them grow successful businesses.

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Even if you’re in business already, there are several gems that Rieva shares during this interview that will help you take your business to the next level. If you haven't started your business yet, this is one episode you definitely do not want to miss!

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn;

** What Facebook and Bunnings have in common

** How to come up with a business name, and change your name if you got it wrong the first time!

** Why you need to take time away from the day to day running of your business

** The keys to starting your own business

** What needs to be in your business plan

** Why identifying frustrations will help you build a successful business

** Why being passionate about something is not a good reason to start a business

** The Secret to finding the idea to start a business

** Why you don’t have to be number 1 in the market

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** www.flyingsolo.com.au

** www.business.gov.au

** www.smallbizdaily.com

** Rieva Lesonsky has several books on Amazon

** Connect with Rieva Lesonsky on linkedIn

** twitter Rieva Lesonsky @Rieva

** Email Rieva Lesonsky

Additional Resources:

** BBF:024 Seven Keys to Business Success with Ben Fewtrell

** 5 Tips for choosing a Business Name

** Our top 4 tips to starting a business

** 4 Steps on how to create an effective business plan

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Remember to go and find out more about Rieva Lesonsky and until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9811 5000

 

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Make more Money with Effective Time Management with Ben Fewtrell

Managing time is actually impossible, You cannot stop the clock and you cannot add more hours to your day, instead of trying to manage time you need to put the effort into self-management.

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A wise man once told me you can spend all your money then you could make more but if you spend all your time it is gone for ever. The key to being successful and increasing the amount of money you make in your business is to ensure you're investing your time in the areas that are going to give you the best return on your investment.

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But unfortunately, in this digital age there are so many distractions competing for your attention it is easy to get caught up in things that don't help you achieve your goals. In this podcast episode I am going to share with you some of the key things that have enabled me to build a multimillion dollar business whilst keeping my working hours at a minimum

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to combat the common business owner disease; no-onecandoitasgoodasmeitis

** How much time you should spend working on your business

** How to manage Time sucking distractions like e-mails and social media

** The best way to work out what to delegate or outsource

** How to adjust your mindset to become a time saving entrepreneur

** Where you should invest your time for the best return

** Three Time saving tips to make you more efficient than you ever thought possible

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Join Ben Fewtrell at his Business Fast Track Seminar

** Visit the Time Trade Website

** Visit the Wunderlist website

** Visit the Audible website

** Visit the Chris Ducker website

** Visit the Virtual Freedom website

** Visit the Fiverr website

** Visit the Elance website

** Visit the 99 Designs website

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Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9111 5000

 

Direct download: BBF025_Time_Management.mp3
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Seven Keys to Business Success with Ben Fewtrell

Succeeding in business takes more than just hard work, In this episode I will talk about the Seven Keys to succeeding in your business. After working with hundreds of different businesses in all types of industries there are certain things that are common between every successful business.

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I will talk about everything from the basic fundamentals of knowing your numbers, building a solid foundation, the importance of sales and marketing, why having a vision is so important and much much more.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

  • What are the basics you need to have in place to build your business
  • What Systems do you need in your business for efficiency
  • What key performance indicators you should use to monitor the performance of your business
  • Why you need to know how to recruit lead and manage a team
  • How to manage your time better

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Direct download: BB024_Seven_Keys_to_success.mp3
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Exporting with Confidence with David Mumford

In this episode of the Business Brain Food podcast I speak to David Mumford from RBK Nutraceuticals about how he has built his successful exporting company. 85% of David's revenue comes from exporting his products outside of Australia. During this interview David will share some of his greatest lessons from exporting his products across the globe.

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David will also give you tips and tricks on where to go for help if you are considering exporting your products. If exporting is on your horizon this is one episode you do not want to miss.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What government support is available

** Why you need to adapt to each market around the world

** Why visiting trade shows can be fruitful or a waste of time

** How and why to do your homework on your importers before entering into an agreement

** Who to go to for help if you're just starting your exporting journey

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** RBK Nutraceuticals

** CamCard

** NSW Business Chamber

** TradeStart - Austrade

** Austrade, Export Market Development Grants

** Business Fast Track

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The new iPhone 6 has just been released and as the purple buttons above advertise, we are on iTunes. But for those people out there that don't use Apple products and use an Android device, you can find and listen to each episode of the Business Brain Food Podcast on Stitcher This is a great app and you will find our podcast and many other great ones there.

Until next time, have a profitable day!

Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9811 5000

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How to write your marketing plan with Ben Fewtrell

You have probably heard the saying that, 'if you fail to plan you plan to fail', having an effective marketing plan is key to any successful business and if you want to build your business and take it to the next level then this episode will be for you.

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In this episode I share with you a 7 step process that will show you how to write your marketing plan, after many many years in my own business and helping thousands of other business owners write an effective marketing plan I will share with you and easy step-by-step process that will make it possible for you to have your marketing plan completed today.

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to identify your target markets

** What are the most effective ways to reach your ideal client

** How to know whether or not you're marketing is giving you a return on investment

** How to utilise online marketing to attract more customers

** Why you need to be on social media

** How to create a compelling offer

** How to stop competing on price

** What strategies you should use to get your message out there

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Sign Ben Fewtrell at BusinessRICH

** Join Ben Fewtrell at Business Fast Track

** Listen to the Andrew Griffiths Podcast

** Listen to the first Ben Fewtrell solo Podcast about Sales

** Listen to Brad Sugars discuss entrepreneurship

** Ben Fewtrell gives 5 Killer tips for creating a Marketing Plan - Video

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Do you have any thoughts, opinions or questions about anything that Ben Fewtrell mentioned about helping you create a marketing plan, then leave it below in the comments section. We will read and reply to each one and would love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for listening and until next time, have a profitable day!

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Direct download: BBF022_How_to_write_marketing_plan.mp3
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Your Book is your best Business Card with Andrew Griffiths

Andrew Griffiths is author of 12 best-selling business books and is an entrepreneur in his owns right. Andrew will be publishing his 13th book in early 2015 “The Power of Publishing” helping you to publish your knowledge and to become the key person of influence in your industry.

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During this interview, Andrew shares with you some of his greatest learnings over the last 14 years of publishing his own books, he’ll share why you should write your own book (even though it may seem an overwhelming amount of work). During this interview Andrew is super generous with his knowledge and you will walk away from this podcast with an enthusiasm to start writing your book with confidence.

He’s confident it will change your life, it sure has changed his!

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Why you should write your own book

** Why a book is the best business card you can have

** What is self-publishing and how to do it

** How many words your book should be

** The 3 most important aspects of writing a great book

** What areas of the publishing process you should outsource

** Where to go for help if you need it

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** www.andrewgriffiths.com.au

** www.fiverr.com

** www.elance.com

** www.audible.com

** Stabbed Ego, A thugs journey to enlightenment - By Luke Kennedy

** http://businessfasttrack.com.au

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If you loved this episode of the podcast and have any further questions for Ben Fewtrell or maybe even Andrew Griffiths, make sure to let us know. You can do this by submitting your question below in the comments section or by click on the tab to the right and recording your message. Not only will we answer your question in an upcoming episode of Business Brain Food but we we will also send you a copy of Brad Sugars latest book.

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Until next time, have a profitable day.

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Get your Marketing Sorted with Tim Reid

Tim Reid, or more affectionately known as ‘Timbo’ is the host of Australia’s number one marketing show, ‘Small Business Big Marketing’. Tim spent 20 years in the corporate marketing world looking after global brands including Yellow Pages, Gillette and Dulux. He was marketing manager for Flight Centre and worked alongside Jim Stynes at Reach to bring to life their most profitable fundraising event ever raising over $1M.

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Tim has interviewed over 200 business owners on his show and is a successful business owner in his own right. During this interview you will hear about some of the successes that his guests have had and how you too can get your marketing sorted!

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In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** What is ‘Branding’ v ‘Building a Brand’

** Some simple but very effective marketing strategies

** What Tim calls ‘Helpful Marketing’ and why you need to know about it!

** 5 marketing success stories

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** timreid.com.au

** smallbusinessbigmarketing.com

** Subscribe to Timbo's show in iTunes

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Until next time, have a profitable day!

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