Business Brain Food (general)

Andrew Henderson is a prolific globetrotter who has now made a highly successful business out of it. Using his experience of traveling and doing business in over 100 countries, he has some great advice for people who wish to change their lives and become global citizens. Andrew has a refreshingly different but pragmatic take on commerce and on life – he is well worth listening to.

 

See some of Andrew’s top tips below:

**  Are you a hustler or are you a builder? Understand where you sit in the market.

**  Follow your intuition and don’t let people get in your way. As Andrew says: “Steve Jobs didn’t create the iPhone by being reasonable”.

**  There is value in longevity. Although many people succeed by moving from venture to venture, if you stick at something then people will come to you.

**  Offshore living can be legal and legitimate - it isn’t all smoke and mirrors.

**  Invest in yourself if your business is working. Don’t waste time on semantic cost cutting.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The myth of the “wantrepreneur”

**  How to be more tax efficient by being a nomad

**  How Andrew used his knowledge of travel and successfully monetised it

**  How social media propelled Andrew’s business

**  The concept of financial porn

**  The difference between blogging and journaling

**  How to become a truly global citizen

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Buy Andrew’s book ‘Nomad Capitalist: How to reclaim your freedom’ here

 

**  Andrew’s website: http://www.nomadcapitalist.com

 

**  Andrew’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/nomadcapitalist/featured

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

Andrew has a great take on money and the wider meaning of it that we can all learn from: “Being too stingy normally causes more problems than being too abundant”

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 8808 5500

 

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We have a great friend of MaxMyProfit on the show today who is a shining example of what can be achieved in business with the right coaching.

Nicole Clarke-Baines has built up and sold multiple businesses and nowadays she fronts up a weight-loss programme that serves 8 countries and has a team of 2,500 people around the world.

In fact our very own Ben has lost a lot of weight on this programme, so we can say categorically that Nicole knows what she’s doing!

 

See some of Nicole’s top tips below:

**  Make your business build people rather than using people to build the business.

**  Be careful about staying too long in a failing business. It isn’t a child, it is a business! Sometimes the investment isn’t worth it.

**  Don’t set up a business without a plan. Even something that looks like the opportunity of a lifetime needs the planning to make it right. Is there really a business case for it?

**  Surround yourself with intelligent and caring people who are brave enough to have a difficult conversation with you when it needs to be had.

**  Get healthy!! If you’re in business and you’re not looking after yourself, your work will suffer.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What motivated Nicole

**  How to leverage income for your services

**  The power of mentorship

**  How Nicole manages such a large team across so many locations

**  The importance of a clear vision

**  How Nicole has managed to never sack anybody

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Find Nicole’s nbActive programme on Facebook here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

As Ben sagely said during the episode “nothing great was ever achieved alone.” Nicole is living proof of what you can achieve in business if you remember this simple statement.

 

 

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 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to someone whose company is number one in BRW’s list of the 50 best places to work. Tristan White really knows how to build a winning culture in his business.

 

He is the founder and CEO of Physio Co and tells us the story of how he has managed to keep his 100+ employees happy for so long.

 

 

See some of Tristan’s top tips below:

**  Don’t be afraid to change direction. If you reach the summit of something and in the end it doesn’t feel right, do something else.

**  There’s nothing good about comfortable. If you play too safe your career will go stale.

**  Make sure your employees have core values in common. Not too many, but something between 3 and 5 core values is about right.

**  To find the right employee, meet them in different circumstances. What are they like in an interview compared to what they are like over dinner?

**  Always have a "north star” to follow. In Tristan’s case it was a 10-year target of consultations.

**  Don’t give people too many chances. It’s hard to get rid of people who aren’t performing but for the sake of the rest of your team, it has to be done.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Tristan learnt from the culture of team-building in sports

**  How Tristan built a culture that made him listed in the top 50 organisations

**  Top grading recruitment explained

**  The importance of core values

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Go to Tristan’s website to download a free chapter of his book and check out his podcast: http://www.tristanwhite.com.au

 

**  As recommended by Tristan, Born To Lead by Brene Brown can be bought here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

Tristan is absolutely right: we spend so much of our lives at work so it needs to be fun and fulfilling. In the long run it is better for your company to focus on creating a happy culture than it is to work your employees to the bone in pursuit of short-term gains.

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 8808 5500

 

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Dean Evans tells us how he managed to turn a successful career as a soccer player for Perth Glory into a successful business career afterwards. Nowadays Dean runs Western Australia’s leading soccer coaching centre, which is inspiring youth and adult players of all standards. In only two years of operation, their elite youth coaching program has been good enough to attract the attention of EPL big boys Aston Villa who are taking on their hot young talent.

 

See some of Dean’s top tips below:

**  If you’re surrounded by entrepreneurs, make use of it and do it yourself.

**  Don’t fill your life with naysayers. Their negative energy will rub off on you.

**  It took Dean a year of planning before setting up his business. There is something to be said for being patient and making sure you’re geared-up for success.

**  Localise your social media targeting. Facebook ads is great for this.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to succeed with self funding

**  What business can learn from sport

**  How to manage social media successfully

**  The power of a mentor

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  Go to Dean’s website: http://www.footballcentre.com.au

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

If you’re in doubt about whether to follow your dream to become an entrepreneur, have a listen to this from Dean: “Take the risk, but if you believe in what you do you’ll go a long way 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 8808 5500

 

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Todd Palmer wouldn’t be where he is today without the help of others, so he has made it his business to help people. He tells the inspirational story of how a business coach single-handedly saved his business and spurred him on to save other people’s. Todd is now a leading business coach, supporting individuals and organisations to achieve corporate growth and manage their talent. Any business owner can learn something from Todd.

 

See some of Todd’s top tips below:

**  Most successful entrepreneurs didn’t go to university. If you didn’t succeed academically, don’t worry!

**  Learn your numbers. If you’re running a business you need a base-level of understanding of business finance.

**  There is a difference between compiling your numbers and understanding your numbers. Don’t be intimidated with the difficulty of compiling.

**  Get a business coach! Just listen to how one coach turned around Todd’s business completely.

**  Employers sometimes find it as difficult to quit as bosses find it to fire. Do what you can to set up a working relationship with your employees that isn’t dragged down by co-dependency.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Todd started out

**  How entrepreneurship can earn you freedom

**  How Todd got over his phobia of numbers

**  The power of KPIs for employer’s performance

**  The analogies between baseball and business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Go to http://www.extraordinaryadvisors.com and book a free 40-minute conversation with Todd.

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with some great words from Todd which can help anyone in a crisis who has to make tough decisions: “Realise you’re not alone – there is always help 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!

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We’ve got a bit of a celebrity on the show today. If you don’t know the name Jim Penman then you might know his face from billboards and trailers all over Australia. Having started as a part-time gardener, Jim eventually built up Jim’s Mowing to become the largest franchise chain in the whole of Australia and the largest lawn-mowing business in the world. With 3,800 franchisees across the globe, this guy really knows his stuff about how to keep franchisees happy and how to keep an international business fresh.

 

See some of Jim’s top tips below:

**  Don’t assume there is a magic bullet that will suddenly make your business successful. It’s the thousand small things that will give you the edge.

**  Never put your short-term interests ahead of the needs of your franchisees.

**  Pay attention to your complaints. They are free advice to help you get better.

**  Do what you can to be sympathetic towards franchisees.

**  Even though Jim is a smart businessman, he couldn’t be without his business tutor.

**  Don’t get too hung up on revenue targets. Just look after your customers properly and you won’t go far wrong.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Jim built the largest global company in his field

**  How to look after franchisees

**  How being an entrepreneur can be a lifestyle choice

**  Jim’s crusade to change humanity

**  Why McDonalds is a great example of a franchise

**  The value of audiobooks

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Go to http://www.jims.net to see what Jim has to offer

 

**  Buy The Reckoning by David Halberstam as recommended by Jim here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

 

Call to action:

You won’t go far wrong if you take this away from what Jim said today: “Look at everything you do every day and work out how you can do it better”

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 8808 5500

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What hasn’t Julian Mather done? Army sniper, international cameraman, professional speaker and now he empowers small business to film professional-quality videos using only their smart phones. It was great to talk to such a well-travelled man who has followed his heart and never taken the obvious route.

 

 

See some of Julian’s top tips below:

**  There’s a big difference between being taught something and learning something. There is more information out there than ever before, so utilise it!

**  Don’t be afraid to leave an industry at the top of your game. If you have a burning desire to do something else, follow your heart.

**  Everybody needs a coach. Human beings cannot see their own blind spots, but other people can.

**  Always have an exit plan for your business. That doesn’t mean you should quit tomorrow - it just means that you should focus your planning.

**  Don’t underestimate what your phone can do to shoot video. The power of computation is beginning to overtake the power of optical photography.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to keep yourself fresh through learning

**  The difference between individualism and team play

**  The importance of video to modern business

**  How to simplify video

**  How Linkedin is prioritising video

**  How to overcome imposter syndrome

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Go to http://www.julianmather.com, sign up and get a free book.

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

And a last piece of insight from Julian to finish with: “If an opportunity comes up that you’re not sure about, just take 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 8808 5500

 

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Isn’t it great when someone sees a problem and has the balls to set up a business to solve it?

Our man Julian Leach did just that, and he tells us all about how you could do it too. It all started back in 2011 when Julian wasn’t at home for the delivery of a book he’d ordered from the USA.

He was so angry that the book was sent back to the USA that he set about creating a company (now called Parcelpoint) which now does a fine job in making sure Australians don’t have to endure a parcel-delivery nightmare like that ever again.

 

See some of Julian’s top tips below:

**  Capture your inspiration! Julian carried a notebook so he could brainstorm ways to solve numerous problems and one day he built a business out of it.

**  Understand your competition. Can you really compete with them? If you can’t, how about a merger?

**  See your shareholders as more than just money raisers. If you make yourself properly accountable to them then that will focus your mind and your business.

**  If you’re a growing business but you don’t experience growing pains, you’re either just not looking hard enough or your business ain’t really growing at all! Expect a bumpy ride on the path to growth and success.

**  If you’re serious about raising capital, make sure you have a sound proof of concept and significant data to back it up.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The sharing economy

**  The benefits of merging with your competition

**  How shareholders can contribute more than just money

**  How Parcelpoint raised AUD 4.5m

**  How Parcelpoint landed a place on the websites of mega brands

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  Go to http://www.parcelpoint.com.au to find your nearest parcel point

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

Wise words from Julian to keep you and your business on track: “It’s impossible to do too many things well”.

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 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to a man who made that all-important step from being an expert in his field to being a successful businessman.

As Ben joked in the episode, Jeremy Streten is one of the few lawyers that he actually likes! As well as being likeable, Jeremy has written a book that pioneers the groundbreaking methodology, ‘The Business Legal Lifecycle’. Jeremy also hosts his own podcast, so he certainly knows how to get his message across. Listen up!

 

See some of Jeremy’s top tips below:

**  You might be an expert in your field like Jeremy, but do you really know how to run a business? Get that business coaching!!

**  Set your goals and don’t be afraid to be ambitious. Jeremy’s goal was to make legal advice accessible to SMEs around the WORLD!

**  Write down your goals and review them, ideally with members of a peer group or with a mentor.

**  Be honest and transparent with your senior members of staff. This is a surefire way to make sure you have people around you who share your vision.

**  Surround yourself with good people who are as ambitious as you are. The shared energy can really make things happen.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to step away from the madness of day-to-day business

**  The power of business coaching

**  The benefits of being a published author

**  How Jeremy found the right people

**  The importance of failure

**  Why you need to get your onboarding right

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  Go to Jeremy’s website for a special offer for BBF listeners: a free copy of a chapter of his book + a 50% discount on Jeremy’s pioneering Placement Test: http:// businesslegallifecycle.com.au/brainfood

 ** Buy Jeremy’s book, The Business Legal Lifecycle here

**  As recommended by both Jeremy and Ben, Profit First by Mike Michalowicz can be bought here

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

A short and sweet ending from Jeremy, but so true: “You only fail if you give up.”

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 8808 5500

 

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It’s always nice to speak to a young entrepreneur who backed themselves and made a roaring success of it. This week we speak to Conor Reynolds; a millennial who saw the bad eating habits engrained into the workplace and went and did something about it. In just three years his Snackwize business has swept across Australia and New Zealand, supplying healthy snacks directly to the workplaces of people who simply don’t have the time to leave the office and eat healthily.

 

See some of Conor’s top tips below:

**  If you really believe in your idea, don’t be afraid to quit your day job, but only do this when your new venture has revenue coming in. It sure as hell worked for Conor!

**  Millennials will make up three-quarters of the Australian workforce in six years. Make sure you’re moving with the times.

**  Be conscious of the food your workforce is eating. Snacking on junk food will reduce the productivity of your employees. Have you thought about encouraging healthy eating?

**  Control the growth of your business and don’t get greedy. Make sure your processes are in place so you are always ready for the next phase of growth.

**  An investor can also be a mentor. Don’t just take people’s money - there is often so much more you can get from them.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Conor happened upon his business idea

**  How Conor found a point of difference in an established marketplace

**  The benefits of a subscription model

**  What motivates Conor

**  How to approach new business

**  The importance of good SEO

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster by Darren Hardy can be found here

 **  Find Snackwize at http://www.snackwize.com

 **  Snackwize on Facebook & Linkedin

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with a word from Ben to help you solve the age-old dilemma of whether you should take the plunge with your business idea or not: “If you were a racehorse, would you back yourself in the race?”

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 8808 5500

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This week we are given a fine lesson in teamwork and business success from Ben Lucas. Starting out playing Rugby League for the Cronulla Sharks, Ben went on to build up and sell six seven-figure businesses in the fitness sector, and as if that wasn’t enough he decided to run 40 marathons just for good measure! This guy certainly isn’t messing about, but his secret to success is so brilliantly simple: just keep learning.

 

See some of Ben’s top tips below:

**  Franchising can help you learn but it can also form a cage that can stop you growing. Be aware of this.

**  Travel the world to make sure you keep learning. Don’t just get bogged down in your day-to-day.

**  Get your business and human values nailed down in your organisation. If you don’t do this properly, you’ll struggle with recruitment.

**  Don’t be afraid to copy other good businesses. What makes them good? Why are they successful?

**  Always have a personal development plan. If you can have a physical exercise plan then surely you should have a plan for your mind?

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why-power versus willpower

**  Why Ben jacked-in professional sport in favour of business

**  Successful franchising

**  How Ben keeps innovating

**  The importance of business values to building the right team

**  How a business can help its local community

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Email Ben: ben@flowathletic.com

**  Find Ben on instagram: ben_lucas1

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

A final word from Ben on learning: “All the information ever created is in the palm of your hands… you just need to put in the time and effort to learn 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 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to someone who saw a gap in the market and absolutely went for it. Adala Bolto created a fitness concept aimed squarely at young women that she felt were being marginalised by the big boys in the marketplace. She did so well that now the major market players are working with her to grow the ZADI brand. Adala also has some great insight about how franchising can help you learn the ropes as an entrepreneur.

 

See some of Adala’s top tips below:

**  Franchising can be a good first step into entrepreneurship. There is a lot you can learn.

**  Understand your why. If you only want to make money then franchising is probably not for you.

**  How long do you intend to franchise for? Make sure you establish this from the outset, because it can be a long-term commitment.

**  A good definition of success is when you’ve built your business to such a point that you don’t need to work on it day-to-day.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The logic of naming a business

**  Franchising V own business

**  How to gear-up a business to franchise it out

**  How to select the right franchisees

**  How to organise your time when you’re at the top of a business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Check out ZADI Training on instagram here

**  ZADI’s website: http://www.zadi.com.au

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

We’ll end it with a quick tip from Adala on the art of doing a deal. “If a deal makes sense for both parties then get the deal done!”. Although this sounds like stating the obvious, there is a lot to be said for Adala’s attitude of thinking about the big picture and how best to move forwards, rather than wasting time debating trivial matters.

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 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to a serial entrepreneur who’s really been there and done it. Amber Renae went from building bridges as a civil engineer to building up three six-figure businesses, including a fashion label supported by none other than Paris Hilton. But this certainly isn’t a story of serene progress and overnight success. Amber was refershnighly open about how she recovered from bankruptcy and bad money management to become the inspirational entrepreneur she is today, delivering e-courses and building sales funnels.

 

See some of Amber’s top tips below:

**  Don’t call yourself an entrepreneur unless you actually have a proper business!

**  You can still be successful in business if you’re bad at managing money, but make sure you delegate to someone who is a specialist in this area.

**  Don’t be afraid to say no to new clients and growth. If you can’t manage it properly then don’t do it.

**  Pay people for the knowledge you don’t have. The amount of time you save by doing this is nearly always worth it.

**  If you’re a good learner then you’re probably good at business. The day-to-day work of an entrepreneur is all about learning and problem solving.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What motivates an internationally successful entrepreneur

**  What it was like to be an entrepreneur before it was fashionable

**  How Amber came back from bankruptcy

**  The power of learning

**  The challenges of selling a product versus selling a service

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a 17,000 AUD coaching program. Winners will be entitled to free entry to events and workshops, quarterly Business Excellerator Conferences, access to the online resource centre, and over 20 experts on hand to answer your questions. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 

**  Go to http://www.amberrenae.com/ for free marketing and funnel courses.

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

According to Amber, persistence is the key. “The only reason I am where I am is that I’ve failed more than everybody else.”

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 8808 5500

 


Emma Lovell had a flash of inspiration on the plane one day that led her on the most incredible journey of entrepreneurship and TV fame, and she managed to do all this while being the mother of two small children. It was her children who inspired her to pioneer the Cozi Go: a canopy that protects babies from light and noise to enable them to sleep more easily in public places. Her idea was so good that she was invited onto the very first series of Shark Tank and walked away with the investment she needed to get the business off the ground and dominate the marketplace.

 

See some of Emma’s top tips below:

**  When you’re designing and developing something new, always assume it’s going to take a lot longer than you originally planned. Pick a figure and double it!

**  Be prepared for there to be a big difference between the quality of a prototype and the first mass-produced batch of products. Make sure you have external quality control to check this.

**  If you’re letting someone down, make damn sure you have a clear plan to resolve the situation.

**  If you’re getting a business off the ground, have a mentor in place that you can be accountable to. This could be a director, investor, or even someone from a pier group.

**  Do things at your own pace. Make sure you can actually handle the consequences of business growth.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Emma brought an invention to market with no design experience

**  The pros and cons of manufacturing in China

**  What it was like to be there at the very beginning of Shark Tank

**  How to play it when you’re on Shark Tank

**  What Emma did to solve the problem of dead stock

**  Influencer marketing explained

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a 17,000 AUD coaching program. Winners will be entitled to free entry to events and workshops, quarterly Business Excellerator Conferences, access to the online resource centre, and over 20 experts on hand to answer your questions. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 **  Check out the Cozi Go here: http://www.cozigo.com

 **  Email Emma: emma@cozigo.com

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

As Emma says, if you want to bring a new product to market, do your market research and get yourself a mentor. Simple but effective!

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 8808 5500

 


Ben Kooyman is a fine example of what you can achieve with good planning and hard work. His Endeavour Brewing Company turns over 7 million AUD per year and can count our very own Ben as a super fan of their Amber Ale!

Any new company can learn from the Endeavour story, especially how they have managed to gather over 600 investors and keep them happy.

 

See some of Ben’s top tips below:

**  Don’t blame challenges in a changing industry. If there are challenges then there will also be opportunities.

**  Do a proper business plan! It sounds obvious, but so many businesses fail because they don’t do this properly.

**  Don’t be scared to give away a share of your business to raise money. If the value of your shares is rising then there are more slices of the pie to go around.

**  Be up-front with your shareholders. Is it a yield investment or is it more about capital growth? What are the challenges you face and what are you doing about them?

**  Remember that shareholders can offer skills and insight. There is no shame in asking their advice. Engaged shareholders are happy shareholders.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What inspired Ben to start a brewery

**  The power of local produce

**  How Ben raised 250,000 AUD from nothing

**  How to emerge from ‘the tunnel of death’

**  How Ben developed a winning mindset

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a 17,000 AUD coaching program. Winners will be entitled to free entry to events and workshops, quarterly Business Exceleration® Conferences, access to the online resource centre, and over 20 experts on hand to answer your questions. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 **  Endeavour’s website: https://endeavourbeer.com/

 **  Check out Endeavour’s own bar in Sydney: 39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

Ben’s favourite inspirational quote is “get shit done!”, and we certainly can’t argue with that as a motto!

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 8808 5500

 

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This week we speak to a woman who took her business global from the most humble of beginnings. Fabienne Costa had an idea when sitting at her high school desk that she was going to make and sell her own jewelry, so eventually she went out and did it. Now she presides over YCL Jewels and distributes to 85 countries around the world. The story of how she overcame adversity along the way to build up a global business with zero outside investment is a great lesson to any entrepreneur.

 

See some of Fabienne’s top tips below:

**  Cultivate a positive relationship with yourself. Once you manage this, it will be a lot easier to succeed in business.

**  Being young and inexperienced can be a blessing in business. You’ll make mistakes but you’ll be malleable enough to learn from them.

**  See your business as something that exists in the context of a wider lifestyle. If you don’t you run the risk of being consumed by stress and negativity.

**  Define your ideal customer. You can’t focus your marketing properly without this.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to overcome self doubt in marketing

**  How to run a company without working long hours

**  Influencer marketing explained

**  Recruiting on Instagram

**  How to get a company off the ground with no investors

**  How Fabienne went from selling on Etsy to a worldwide operation

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our competition to win a $17,000 (AUD) Business Coaching program. Just click this link here to sign up: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf/

 

**  Fabienne’s company website: http://www.ycljewels.com

 

**  YCL Jewels Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ycljewels/?hl=en

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Fabienne’s motto rings true for all of us: “Take one small step every single day”.

 

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 8808 5500

 


 

This week we talk to someone who truly understands the humanity of entrepreneurship.

Although Stella Petrou Concha has been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, she insists that failure was one of the main things that helped her get there.

Today she presides over the REO Group: a dynamic management consultancy and recruitment agency, but the most interesting part of her story is how she coped with her turbulent life in business before it.

 

See some of Stella’s top tips below:

**  If you have too much energy for the corporate world then you should probably be an entrepreneur!

**  Remember that an entrepreneurial mindset might not always be the best for setting up structure. If you’re more of a visionary, don’t be afraid to delegate.

**  Don’t be scared to change direction. Every decision Stella took was to take an opportunity to be her own best self.

**  Be willing to put yourself out there and give it a go. The best way to learn is to fail first!

**  If you’re a small business you have a great opportunity to sell an experience beyond just your product and give something back while you’re doing it, i.e. a B1G1 initiative.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How CBT and NLP relate to business

**  How to name your business

**  How to scale

**  The questions you should ask of yourself as an entrepreneur

**  How you can give back

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Stella’s personal website: http://www.stellapetrouconcha.com.au

 

**  REO Group website: http://www.reogroup.com.au

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

A final nugget of advice from Stella: “Fall in love with the success in business just as much as you fall in love with the failure.”

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 8808 5500

 


Like many of us, our guest this week started out as a reluctant marketeer. Allan Dib is living proof that you can start from a very low base and make yourself a marketing guru if you follow the right  advice. From being a self-confessed IT geek obsessed with his product, Allan used his newly acquired marketing knowledge to grow his business exponentially to the point that it was named by BRW as one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies.

 

See some of Michael’s top tips below:

**  Before someone buys from you they only know how good your marketing is, not how good your product is. Never forget this!

**  Always capture your clients’ details. Make sure you build that critical mass of an audience to spread your message to.

**  The best way to get new business is to speak to old business.

**  Lay your foundations properly. Get your marketing plan right and get the help of an expert.

**  Trust your managers to hire the right people. If your managers have made the hiring decisions then they’re going to be more invested in making the team work.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Direct-response marketing

**  How to convert your leads

**  The benefits of mentoring

**  How to find the right marketing advice

**  The importance of skills versus attitude in an employee

**  How too much experience can be a bad thing in a manager

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Go to Allan’s website for a free marketing plan: https://successwise.com/

**  Allan’s book, “The 1-Page Marketing Plan” can be bought here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

 

If Allan can learn the ropes to become a marketing guru, 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 8808 5500

 

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This week we have a frank and inspiring discussion with Michael Laps: co-founder and strategy director at Yoghurt Digital. An expert in user-behaviour research and customer-data analysis, Michael also knows a thing or two about building a business from the bottom up.

 

See some of Michael’s top tips below:

**  Surround yourself with good people. If you want to be an entrepreneur, make sure you’re around them.

**  It’s easy to set up an agency - you just need your skills and a laptop!

**  Don’t underestimate the power of brand recall. Calling a digital agency ‘Yoghurt’ has certainly worked for Michael.

**  Understand the customers of your customers. That will give you an edge as an agency.

**  If you don’t love the challenge of business then you quite simply shouldn’t be in business.

**  Don’t glorify the concept of entrepreneurship - there is no such thing as an overnight success!

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to make your way in the digital marketplace

**  What makes the perfect partnership

**  How to develop the winning mindset

**  The benefits of putting it out there

**  How to make bootstrapping work

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit?
Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Check out Michael’s agency here: www.yoghurtdigital.com.au

**  The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy can be bought here

**  The Lean Startup by Eric Ries can be bought here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

Remember what Michael said about perfection? “Perfection doesn’t exist in entrepreneurship. Speed of execution and the ability to learn from mistakes is more important.” If you’re thinking about doing something, just 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 8808 5500

 


There is a massive gap between how businesses think they are serving their customers and how customers actually feel about the service they receive.

 

This week we learn from someone who has made it his business to close that gap. Damian Kernahan is the main man at Proto Partners: a company that helps organisations actually deliver what they promise. He talks a lot of sense about the customer journey that we could all learn from, so listen up!

 

See some of Damian’s top tips below:

 

**  70% of Australia’s GDP is service based… service is where the money is!

 

**  67% of people don’t buy from business because of perceived indifference about their service.

 

**  Everyone says they’re busy, but that is not the same thing as being in tune with your customers. Make sure you are busy in the right areas.

 

**  “Predictable” and “consistent” are under-rated words. Do not underestimate the importance of them in your business.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The theory of the customer journey

 

**  How Damian built up his business but stayed small

 

**  How large businesses are letting down their employees

 

**  The dangers of being too busy for your customers

 

**  The gap between customer perception and the reality of their customer-service experience

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

 **  Damian’s company website: http://www.protopartners.com.au

 

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

 

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

 

Call to action:

Remember the study that showed 80% of organisations thought they provided a good service, but only 8% of the public agreed with them? Don’t be one of those deluded organisations!

 

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 8808 5500

 

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This week we find out the secret to growing a business quickly and successfully with Julie Castle: the inspirational founder of Struber. Struber is an engagement consultancy business that specialises in the infrastructure sector, and as we will find out, they also specialise in growing a happy team and creating a great workplace culture.

 

See some of Julie’s top tips below:

**  There is never just one management style that can get the best out of every member of your team. Be flexible.

**  Outsourcing can work if you manage it properly. The process-driven nature of Julie’s team in the Philippines has been a godsend for her business.

**  A quick and dirty strategy can get you a quick and dirty result. Don’t be lazy when you’re implementing something fundamental i.e. an outsourcing strategy.

**  Don’t take it personally when your employees leave. It normally won’t be your fault.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Julie achieved such phenomenal growth with Struber

**  The key to good leadership

**  How to grow a business with only self-funding

**  Outsourcing to the Philippines

**  The top skills you need to be a successful entrepreneur

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator® at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

**  Struber’s website: http://www.struber.com.au

**  Find Julie on Linkedin here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

 

Call to action:

As Julie says, don’t be scared of failing in business. The key is to own it and learn from it when you do.

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 8808 5500

 

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It’s not often we get to speak to a neuro-branding specialist, so it was a privilege to speak to one of the best in the business, Lauren Clemett.

Lauren has 25 years of experience in the game, having worked for some leading agencies and nowadays with her own agency, The Business Propellor. She is also the author of the branding guidebook ‘Selling You’, so it was a great opportunity to discuss how being an author has helped her career.

 

See some of Lauren’s top tips below:

**  Networking is king. Get yourself out there and make sure people know who you are and what you do.

**  You can grow your business much more quickly with good collaboration. Don’t assume you should do it all yourself.

**  Make sure you have fun! If you enjoy your working days, you stand a much better chance of success.

**  If you’re thinking about starting a business just go ahead and do it! Don’t wait about and let the fear take over.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to pick the right business partner

**  How to manage failure in business

**  The best way to manage a partnership agreement

**  The importance of being an author

**  How to develop a winning mindset

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 **  Check out Lauren’s agency: https://ultimatebusinesspropellor.com/

 **  Join Lauren’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RocketLaunchYourBusiness/

 **  Buy Lauren’s book here

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 **  Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

Remember what Lauren said about how to validate your business idea… “Where is the gap that you can fill?”

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 8808 5500

 


Summary

If your business can’t scale then there’s probably something wrong with it.

This week we speak to Ben Goodman about the dos and don’ts of scaling. Ben is the cofounder of Pod & Parcel: a business that delivers high-quality instant coffee in biodegradable pods. In just three years Ben has scaled up his business to generate 10K in revenue every day, and just for good measure he’s also appeared on Shark Tank.

 

See some of Ben’s top tips below:

 

**  Don’t underestimate people’s guilt about the environment. An eco-friendly product could absolutely fly if you get it right.

**  You don’t always need to pay for PR and advertising in the beginning. If you are a decent writer and you can convey the story of your product, you can gain traction.

**  Test your product as quickly and cheaply as possible.

**  If your product works, scale very quickly! You should throw your money into advertising and production the moment you feel traction, otherwise competitors will muscle in.

**  Don’t do everything yourself. Your time has a value, so make sure you use it in the right areas.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The pros and cons of self-financing

**  The power of Facebook marketing

**  How Ben scaled to 10K worth of business per day

**  The unreliability of prospective investors

**  In house V outsourcing

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/business-exceleration.html

 

**  Order some of Ben’s coffee here: http://www.podandparcel.com.au

 

**  Find Ben on Linkedin here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

The over-riding message from Ben is to act quickly and scale, but only after you’ve ironed out your mistakes.

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 8808 5500

 

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This week we bring you the global success story of Troy Douglas: Co-Founder and CEO of Nexba. Sold in 3,000 outlets across Australia, Nexba are the country’s leading natural sugar-free drinks brand, and now they are gaining a foothold in the UK and US. Troy’s story is proof that a strong moral purpose can bring unbelievable success.

 

See some of Troy’s top tips below:

**  Don’t be afraid to reach out to highly successful people. It worked for Troy.

**  Make sure you have a quality advisory network. You don’t necessarily have to give away a share of your business in order to have a fully functioning board of directors.

**  If you have a business that has a wider moral purpose than simply making money, you can attract very supportive investors.

**  Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you’re in charge of a business, you can only make it work if you work properly yourself.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to scale a global business

**  The power of a moral purpose in a business

**  How to raise significant capital

**  How to avoid burnout

**  How to keep reinventing your strategy to stay ahead

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Find out more about Nexba at http://www.nexba.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

** Join the Business Brain Food Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BusinessBrainFood/

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

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with a final quote from Troy: “Money is a bi-product of doing business right”. Listen to Troy, and make sure you don’t lose sight of the right stuff when you’re building 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 8808 5500
Email: ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

 

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What an inspirational man we have on the show this week. From being a corporate high flyer, Matt Burns now dedicates all of his efforts towards helping others. But this is no ordinary charity. The Global HR Collective is funded by all of Matt’s real-world work - he simply won’t accept donations. Before starting the collective, Matt was an award-winning HR porfessional, so we talk to him about how to innovate in the HR world as well as how to create and run a global not-for-profit enterprise.

 

See some of Matt’s top tips below:

 

**  There’s a difference between activity and productivity. Don’t assume that just being busy is going to make you successful.

**  Don’t spend all your time working in your business. Work on your business.

**  Be patient with your content marketing. Throw away your instant gratification!

**  HR is similar to marketing. In HR you are projecting a message and you need buy-in from your internal audience.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  How Matt pioneered new technology to revolutionise HR

**  Finding work/life balance as an entrepreneur

**  How Linkedin worked for Matt

**  The art of collaboration

**  How to attract the right people to your business

**  The benefits of failed content

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excelerator™ at MaxMyProfit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 

**  Matt’s cause: http://www.globalhrcollective.org

 

**  Find Matt on LinkedIn here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

 

Call to action:

Matt is living proof that if you want to do good with your entrepreneurship, you CAN.

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 8808 5500

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This week we tell the story of a prolific entrepreneur. Phillip Kouch had the vision to turn one doughnut stall into a Melbourne doughnut empire that may be soon expanding to a city near you. He also pioneered an online giftbox delivery service, giving him a serious edge on his competitors.

 

See some of Phillip’s top tips below:

**  Try and do something that your competitors are not doing. That’s what worked for Phillip.

**  Do everything you can to get onside with journalists and bloggers. One or two pieces of coverage can totally transform your business.

**  Create intrigue. A product in your range that people don’t fully understand might be a good thing.

**  Collect information! If a doughnut stall can build a massive database then so can you.

**  Manage your marketing databases properly. If you don’t do this, your marketing is doomed to fail.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Phillip’s incredible story

**  The importance of social media

**  How to franchise effectively

**  What drives Phillip

**  A dossant explained

**  How to court influencers

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 

**  Find Phillip on Instagram @goldelucksdougnuts  

 

**  Order a giftbox from http://www.goldelucksdoughnuts.com.au

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

We’ll end with some sage advice from Phillip: “If you spend too long thinking about an idea then someone else is going to go out and 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 8808 5500

 


What a great conversation we had this week with Elyse Daniels… no topic too big or too small! Elyse made her fortune from her company Exodus Wear which makes bespoke uniforms and apparel for the education sector and clubs & societies. Elyse has great experience navigating the minefield of Asian manufacturers and she also has some heartwarming tales to tell about being on the brink.

 

See some of Elyse’s top tips below:

**  Nothing can prepare you more for starting a business than being a salesperson.

**  Don’t be too hung up on the grades of your employees. People can get good grades by just memorising words.

**  Samples can seal the deal. A good sample shows your commitment to the client.

**  If you’re successful in business be very careful about changing your fundamentals. It can be tempting to keep innovating, but if you’ve already nailed your formula, don’t ruin it!

**  When it comes to manufacturers, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Always have backup suppliers.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to work with family

**  The importance of sales skills

**  Elyse’s most effective marketing tool

**  Global manufacturing headaches

**  The power of mentorship

**  The dangers of growth

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Become a Business Excelerator with MaxMyProfit here

**  Elyse’s course “How to manufacture your products in China” can be found here

**  Elyse’s company website: https://www.exoduswear.com.au/

**  Elyse’s YouTube channel can be found here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

We’ll leave you with this corker of a quote that Elyse suggested we all listen to, courtesy of Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman: “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.”

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 8808 5500

 

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Kochie is a household name in Australia, shooting the sh*t about business on Sunrise every morning. As well as being a great talker about business, he’s been there and done it in business himself.

Nowadays, when he’s not on TV he spends his time touring around the country delivering knockout advice at corporate events, but today we have him for free and unedited… what a privilege!

 

See some of Kochie’s top tips below:

**  It’s all very well having a good idea, but how are you going to execute it?

**  Don’t be scared of risk in business - it’s part of the deal!

**  Don’t be too hung up on an idea. If something isn’t meant to be, get the hint! Remember; execution is more important than the idea.

**  If you don’t understand the numbers of your business, make sure you have someone on board who does!

**  Look after yourself at the beginning of the day. Some people meditate, some people dedicate it to learning, some people do exercise. Whatever it is, make sure you start the day with a productive habit.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The definition of an entrepreneur

**  The skills you need to be an entrepreneur

**  How to fail properly

**  The importance of benchmarking

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Become a Business Excelerator with MaxMyProfit here

**  Buy Kochie’s new book here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

 

Call to action:

What an absolutely showstopping quote from Kochie this was:

“Have enough confidence in yourself to give it a go. If it doesn’t work out, have enough confidence in yourself to give something else a go.”

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 8808 5500

 

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What a pleasure it is to welcome back Paul Dunn… one of the most inspirational and insightful people you could ever wish to meet.

Paul’s a full-time TEDx speaker, travelling over 800,000 miles every year to share his insight around the world. The main focus of the show this week will be on Paul’s B1G1 initiative, which has enabled 173 million giving impacts across the globe.

Paul is all about giving something back, and by the end of the show you will understand how you and your business can give more back too.

 

See some of Paul’s top tips below:

**  Every hour there are 84 new businesses starting in Australia, but there are 79 failing.

**  Governments do not change our world like they used to. The onus is now on business.

**  Differentiation comes from the clarity of ‘why’. This is what will set you apart.

**  If you’re late, it’s better to say “thank you for your patience” than “sorry I’m late”. Similarly, if you name a price as only “X amount of dollars” you have a better chance of selling it if you name the same price but add “this price includes a load of special features”. This will make the respondent more likely to ask questions about the special features and become engaged with your offering.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Paul’s first foray into business

**  The importance of ‘why’

**  Is free content really worth it?

**  How B1G1 came about

**  Shifting the spirit of business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Go to Paul’s site: http://www.b1g1.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Entrepreneurs have the power. There has never been an easier time to make an impact, so go ahead and make that impact!

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 8808 5500

 

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Sam Wood’s story is a great reminder of what is possible if you seize the moment. He fought off stiff competition to be a contestant on the Aussie TV show, Bachelor, where not only did he meet the woman who is now his wife, he also built a business off the back of it that attracted 140,000 members in just three years!

 

See some of Sam’s top tips below:

**  Grasp those opportunities. Be aware when an opportunity of a lifetime is staring you in the face.

 

**  Consider doing live videos to promote yourself - they were immensely effective for Sam.

 

**  Be flexible and listen to your customers.

 

**  Ask people’s advice on your new ventures but don’t ask too many. Make sure you trust these people implicitly.

 

**  If you’re running a business, be active in creating content. Even if this doesn’t feel like a strength, your personal touch can go a long way.

 

**  Don’t be too busy working in rather than working on your business.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Sam’s amazing story

 

**  The benefits of working for yourself

 

**  How Sam generates his ideas

 

**  How Sam tests his ideas

 

**  How Sam juggles his many commitments

 

**  How Sam got 5,000 members within 2 months of launching

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Go to Sam’s site and find yourself a new health program: http://www.28bysamwood.com

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

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

 

 

Call to action:

If you can’t be inspired by Sam then you can’t be inspired by anyone. If you’re stuck in a rut, get off your ass and make something 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 8808 5500

 


We’ve changed it up a bit this week to give you a big dose of uninterrupted Ben! Ben will be talking to you about how you can make competitions your ultimate marketing tool. He also explains how you can try your luck with our great competition and give yourself the chance to win a $6,000 coaching program with MaxMyProfit.

 

See some of Ben's top tips below:

**  Competitions are “interruption” marketing. You need an offer that is exciting enough to stop people in their tracks.

**  The conventional lead magnet is not as effective as it used to be. If you’re going to give something away for free, why not make it into a competition?

**  Competitions create a buzz. They provide ready-made social media material.

**  Think of how many people play the lottery. Even with very long odds, people enjoy the thrill of a game of luck.

**  When people enter your competition, get them to write why they might want the prize. This helps qualify people so you can approach them afterwards.

**  Think of people you already have strategic partnerships with. You could make your prize more attractive if you join forces.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why competitions work

**  How to comply with legislation

**  How to choose a prize

**  How to promote your competition

**  The difference between quality and quantity of entries

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Enter our very own competition here and you might win our top prize worth $6,000: http://winbusinesscoaching.com.au/bbf

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

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

 

Call to action:

Remember, if you don’t set up a competition so you can communicate effectively with the entrants afterwards, you will have missed a great marketing opportunity. Turning those entrants into leads is the name of the game!

 

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 8808 5500

 

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It’s always nice to get a guest back that everyone loved the first time around, so it’s a great pleasure to introduce Robert Gerrish to the show once again. We first spoke to Robert about his Flying Solo group (and accompanying book); a collective that supports people in business who are starting, growing and exiting. Now he’s written another book called the One-Minute Commute, but most importantly he talks absolute sense about business and life. Listen up!

 

See some of Robert’s top tips below:

 

**  Over 70% of Aussie small businesses don’t even have a premises. There is nothing wrong with this…. embrace it!

**  Don’t just picture your material dreams in life. Picture what you’re doing in life.

**  Be agile in business - sometimes you just need to adjust. This doesn’t mean you’re a failure!

**  Don’t be so hung up on being busy with the day to day. Take the time out to understand what you might need to do to future-proof your business.

**  Understand the value of your business, even if you aren’t planning on selling it. Be prepared for everything!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  Busting the myths of a “lifestyle business”

**  How Robert ditched the rat race

**  Robert’s history with business coaching

**  How Robert attracted over 100,000 members to Flying Solo

**  The size of the small-business marketplace in Australia

**  How your business can be flexible and move with the times

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 **  Robert’s book can be purchased here

 **  Listen to Robert’s podcast here

 **  Robert’s webiste: www.robertgerrish.com

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

 

Robert’s story is a great example of someone who has his priorities right. Always make sure your business fits into your wider objectives in life.

 

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 8808 5500

 

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Listen up for a frank interview about business and about life with our guest Richard Triggs. Not only does Richard have a successful recruitment company - he has absolutely nailed the lifestyle to go with it. His company Arete Executive derives its meaning from the Greek word for fulfilling one’s full potential, “Arete”. Richard has certainly done that, but not in the sense of millions of dollars of revenue. He’s done it his way.

 

 

See some of Richard’s top tips below:

**  Properly assess your life goals. Don’t assume that business goals are the same as life goals.

**  Beware the dangers of running a business with your nearest and dearest! The stakes were just too high for Richard.

**  Don’t underestimate the power of business coaching. Of course we would say that, but it really helped Richard through his tough times.

**  Get your funding in place before you start trading. Don’t start your business too early.

**  Remember there is a difference between being highly skilled in your field and running a business. Some of the skills are interchangeable, but not all of them will be.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to build a lifestyle business

**  The definition of a lifestyle business

**  The power of personal development

**  The dangers of growth for growth’s sake

**  How business should fit into the wider sphere of life

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 **  Visit Richard’s website here

 **  Find Richard on Linkedin here

 **  Richard’s book, ‘Uncover The Hidden Job Market’ can be bought here

 **  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

 

Call to action:

Richard’s story is a great reminder that business growth doesn’t necessarily make for happiness outside of business. Make sure you properly understand how your business can help you achieve your OWN success.

 

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 8808 5500

 

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It’s always nice to speak to someone who’s truly in it for the love. Anneke van den Broek’s journey as a petcare entrepreneur began when she was just six years old where she bred her own mice and sold them to her local petshop! Now she presides over Rufus & Coco; Australia’s most-awarded petcare brand that now has a presence in nine different countries.

 

See some of Anneke’s top tips below:


** Don’t always assume you know exactly what the customer wants from the beginning. Get out there and meet them.


** Understand your why. You’re more likely to achieve longevity if your motivation is from a purpose higher than money.


** Be present to seize the opportunity. Do not underestimate the importance of trade shows and corporate networking.


** Think about “the airport test”. If you got stuck in an airport with a member of your team, would you enjoy their company? Anneke has nobody work for her that couldn’t pass the airport test!


In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:


** The story of Rufus & Coco spelling??


** How to truly understand your customer base


** The power of business coaching


** The advantages of being a small business


** How Anneke raised capital in order to grow


** How to utilise a team full of entrepreneurs


Resources mentioned in this episode:


** Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

** Visit Rufus & Coco’s website here

** Find Anneke on Linkedin here

** Visit the website of Entrepreneur’s Organization here

** All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au


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

Call to action:


Anneke came out with one of the greatest quotes we’ve ever had on the show, so we will finish on this inspirational note: “Real success is not living forever but creating something that will.”


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 8808 5500

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Before Daniel Hayes found online fame as the Million Dollar Bogan, he was a record-breaking sales consultant. In his first 12 months of selling Real Estate in Victoria he did something that had never been done before, which was to sell 82 of his own listings. He then went on to break more records when he opened his own office. His 506 property sales netted more than a quarter of a billion dollars and made him the number one office in the area. He now has 5 boutique offices, his Million Dollar Bogan Youtube channel and he proudly says that his businesses could run perfectly well without him.

 

See some of Daniel’s top tips below:

**  Being a leader is not all about “being about me”. It’s about being about the business!

**  Recruitment is your number one priority - it’s all about the people.

**  A leader must inspire with positive energy.

**  Don’t get into the habit of thinking your colleagues aren’t ready. Give them a chance to buy in and make their own mistakes, and then support them.

**  You don’t have a to be a big business to be successful, you’ve just got to be smart.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Dan sees himself

**  “Animal mode” explained

**  How to build a good team

**  How Dan managed times of crisis

**  How Dan built up his YouTube following

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you think you have what it takes to become a Business Excellerator at Max My Profit? Visit:  http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

 

**  Subscribe to Million Dollar Bogan Youtube here

 

**  Buy Dan’s book here

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

 

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

 

Call to action:

What Dan said towards the end of the interview is definitely worth thinking about, i.e. “a big business isn’t always a profitable business”. Be careful not to get hung up on growth and make sure you have the right people in place to understand what kind of business is needed to realise your vision.

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 8808 5500

 

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Steve Brossman is a truly inspirational guy. He turned his hand at many different things and absolutely smashed it, but what is even more admirable is the way he did it. Steve goes against the grain of common thinking but does so in a pragmatic way.

The entrepreneurial streak was in him from a young age. At 15 he set up a surfboard-making business in his Dad’s garage which was to plant the seed for decades of success in business, but first he had to learn the hard way. While training for the LA Olympics as a sprinter he slipped three discs in his back and ended his career, but fortunately he didn’t wallow in excuses for failure and saw his rehab as a great opportunity. This inspired him to build up a successful gym/health club business, and then just for good measure he went on to sell 4 million “Butts out” personal ashtrays that reduced cigarette litter by 70%! There is so much we can all learn from Steve’s approach.

See some of Steve’s top tips below:
** Mentors are vital. Not having one was a big reason why Steve injured himself when training for the Olympics. This has served as an important lesson thoughout his life in business.
** Take full responsibility for your mistakes! We all make them but by fronting up and not blaming people you can move on and learn from them.
** Once you’ve done something well, package up your knowledge and your skills so you can make money by teaching other people them.
** Never assume market leaders are right. Sometimes they can be set in their ways.
** “Don’t sell the pieces, sell the solution”. Steve’s sale of personal ashtrays + marketing campaigns to go with them is proof of the value of selling the 100% solution rather than just one product within that solution.
** Steve has a rule that if by the second meeting he doesn’t feel like he can take somebody home and introduce them to his family, he won’t work with them.
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:
** What defined Steve as an entrepreneur
** How Steve went against conventional market thinking
** The power of reinvention
** What motivates Steve
** The dangers of listening to convention
** How to sell a solution rather than a product
Resources mentioned in this episode:
** Take your business to the next level and head to http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

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

** Email Steve: steve@stevebrossman.com

** All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au
** Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfewtrell

Call to action:
“What got you here is not going to get you the future,” says Steve. Don’t get complacent with 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 8808 5500


Jon Yeo deconstructed every aspect of business to become a winner. A self-confessed introvert, he worked tirelessly to improve the way he communicated, and now he actually advises professional speakers! Jon is behind TEDx Melbourne so he really knows what it’s like at the cutting edge of business. He is also past chapter president of Professional Speakers Australia.

 

See some of Jon’s top tips below:

**  You can’t grow a business without the right mindset.

**  Have the courage to be wrong. You won’t have all the answers.

**  Never forget the true meaning of value.

**  Understand how you can use numbers to make good business decisions. This is more than understanding how a spreadsheet works - it’s about understanding why each number is useful.

**  Surround yourself with extraordinary people and understand how they think.

**  Knowing yourself can be the difference between success and failure in business.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How mindset helped build Jon’s business

**  What value really means

**  Are you born an entrepreneur?

**  How to utilise ad-hoc support

**  How Jon sees mistakes as good thing

**  The changing face of the events industry

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Find Jon on Linkedin here

**  Keith Cunningham’s ‘Keys To The Vault’ course can be found here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Jon says, “Anyone can be an entrepreneur, but some do it more efficiently than others”. Wise words!

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) 8808 5500

 

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Happy 200th birthday to us! And what a treat we have for you this week: a free coaching session from one of our top dogs, David Carlin. It was David who first persuaded Ben to form the partnership that eventually became MaxMyProfit, so it was great to hear them have a chinwag about the fundamentals of business.

 

See some of David’s top tips below:

**  Be careful not to eat your house. If you can’t pay yourself in your business for an extended period, then you should think about getting out.

**  Make sure you live to your plan. Don’t become a hamster in the wheel.

**  Communication is key. If you’re in a partnership, be truthful in the bad times.

**  Playing to your strengths is understandable, but be careful to not ignore the aspects of your business that you aren’t naturally good at.

**  Don’t fall into the trap of trying to save money by devaluing your own time. Not investing can sometimes cost you “more” in real terms.

**  Remember to stop and look at what you’re doing from an outsiders’ perspective.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  David’s ups and downs in business

**  How to exit business gracefully

**  How to approach CRMs and systems

**  The definition of success

**  SOCMO explained

**  The difference between people who succeed and people who don't

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  The classic book that inspired David: Think & Grow Rich! (Napoleon Hill)

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Take note of what Dave says in this episode: “if you’re down in the mud pit, you’ll only make mud pies”. Remember to look at yourself from outside of the “pit” and be prepared to make bold decisions.

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

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We’ve got a full-on BBF love-in this week as we welcome one of our own to the BBF chair. Jess Colusso is our excellent new Digital Excelerator, so we thought we’d pick her brains and tap into her immense knowledge of digital marketing. What you’re getting in this episode is free advice that she would normally charge for, so listen up and take note!

 

See some of Jess’ top tips below:

**  Social media is good for more than just sales. See it as communication with your public.

**  Remember that no social media is designed for sales. They are designed for connectivity.

**  Don’t assume that investing heavily in social media will always be the answer. It must be part of a wider marketing strategy.

**  Define how much you want to invest per customer at the beginning of your strategy. Without this, your social media strategy will have no focus.

**  Be careful to not be too ‘salesy’ with your organic social media output. The algorithms are sophisticated enough to mark you down.

**  Social media advertising can be useful for all businesses, not just e-commerce stores.

**  You don’t need to be on every social media platform. Be on the platform your target market is on and make sure you engage properly with them.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to use social media to sell

**  Why businesses struggle to sell on social media

**  How to understand analytics

**  Brand awareness

**  How to target your audience

**  Facebook Store Visits explained

**  Retargeting explained

**  Likes V engagement

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Find Jess’ Digital Exceleration program on our site here: https://maxmyprofit.com.au/digital-exceleration-program

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

If you want more of this no-nonsense advice to get your business up to speed in the digital space, get in touch!

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

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We have a truly inspiring guest on the show this week. Angela Henderson started her first business from scratch whilst working full-time and raising children. She is an author, entrepreneur and business consultant, while her previous career as a mental health clinician has enabled her to be insightful about the human meaning of the business journey.

 

See some of Angela’s top tips below:

**  Strive not be the smartest person in the room. You can learn so much from others.

**  Websites don’t need to be pretty, they need to WORK. An e-commerce specialist is more valuable than a designer.

**  Selling is just like picking someone up in a bar. You don’t immediately jump in bed with them! You have to nurture that relationship.

**  When it comes to content, think quality not quantity. Two good articles per month is better than four rushed articles.

**  If you can’t take care of yourself then you can’t take care of your business, your kids etc. Look after number one!

**  It’s okay to fail, but fail fast. Don’t waste too much time on products that don’t work.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The power of networking

**  How to refine your sales process

**  The importance of blogging

**  The power of chatbots

**  How Angela balanced motherhood with business

**  How to spot mental health problems in yourself

**  Angela’s three top business tips

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

** Angela’s website: http://www.angelahenderson.com

**  Join Angela’s Facebook group, The Australian Business Collaborative. Link here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Angela is living proof that you can be successful at business without it affecting your home life. Take note!

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

 

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In this week’s episode we speak to one of the world’s leading lifestyle entrepreneurs. Having run a chain of gyms in Australia, Craig decided it would be better for his wellbeing to create a global business that meant he didn’t have to leave his front room. Now he makes a profit of over a million dollars per year. His business: network marketing. Read on for how he did it…

 

See some of Craig’s top tips below:

**  Find something to do in your daily commute. See this as learning/development time.

**  80% of people fail on their journeys because of their mindset.

**  Everyone is their own business. 90% of people who join network marketing actually want to buy the product for themselves.

**  If you hate your job, do something about it! Modern technology can empower you to build a global business.

**  Have a different approach for ‘online’ and ‘offline’ marketing.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to get your mind right for business

**  How Craig has managed to get away with not setting his alarm for years

**  How to crack network marketing

**  The benefits of an email database

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

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

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Never has a guest delivered an immortal line like this one: “If you listen to podcasts like this, you will always win!”

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: BBF197_building_a_lifestyle_business_with_Craig_Schulze_01.mp3
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Is your sub-conscious holding you back? Few people will admit it, but sub-conscious insecurity is often the reason why businesses fail. This week we speak to a man who can help you find that winning habit.

Johnnie Cass is an international keynote speaker and transformational coach with 20 years of experience in human behaviour. He is quite simply obsessed with the minds of people!

 

See some of Johnnie’s top tips below:

**  See a mid-life crisis as a mid-life awakening. A sharp focus on where you’re going can make you more effective.

**  Most people wake up in the morning and remember who they are. But you can do more than that - you can create who you want to be.

**  Beware of negative intimacy. If you’re around unsuccessful people they may hold you back.

**  Are you having solution-focused conversations? Or are you just reinforcing your own negativity?

**  Look for reasons why you can overcome your challenges rather than the reasons to keep you stuck where you are.

**  “Being busy” is over-rated. Work smart!

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why businesses fail

**  How to deal with negative family members

**  The benefits of meditation

**  How to plan your day

**  How many hours should you work?

**  Procrastination = fear

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Go to http://www.johnniecass.com and sign up for his “7 ways in 7 days to be my more confident you” program

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

We’ll leave you this week with a quote from Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones: “The only difference now between you now and you in five years will be the books you read and the people you meet”

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

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This week we speak to James Polidoros, founder of a novel marketing concept called ‘The Compilator’. They specialise in digital transformation for their clients. Rather than focusing on individual media channels, they see all parts of the marketing mix as an entire eco system. James 360-degree approach has delivered some great results for his clients.

 

See some of James’s top tips below:

**  Don’t focus on a marketing channel until you’ve cracked your overall strategy. Strategy first, messaging second.

**  Don’t underestimate Bing. Bing can be good for B2B marketing because a lot of businesses have Microsoft/Bing preinstalled on their systems.

**  Video is more engaging than any other piece of content you can produce.

**  Post content regularly. Anything less than twice a week on Facebook will get you nowhere.

**  A common mistake clients make is to spread themselves too thinly across the different social media channels. Make sure you master one channel before you move onto others.

**  Understand the nuances of each social channel. Your copy should be more formal on Linkedin than Facebook, for example.

**  Beware of a marketing agency that pitches you on one single channel.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Affordable social media ad options

**  The pitfalls of Adwords

**  Bid adjustments explained

**  Bing V Adwords

**  UTMs explained

**  How to convert good content into sales

**  Is Twitter still useful for business?

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  James’ company site: http://www.thecompilator.com

**  James’ email address: enquiry@thecompilator.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Remember to see all of your possible marketing outlets as an ecosystem. Don’t lose sight of the big picture.

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

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This week we have some straight-talking advice on how to play the game of social media. Corinna Essa has really been there and done it, having used social media to save her skin after she was made redundant FIVE consecutive times! She miraculously managed to replace her income by marketing products on twitter, and now she runs a business helping people around the world use social media to boost their sales.

 

See some of Corinna’s top tips below:

**  People think social media is an ATM machine, but it really isn’t. Think of it as a long-term opportunity to add value to people.

**  Forget about asking things in return from people. Your social following will improve if you are not so blatant.

**  Be careful not to spread yourself too thinly. You don’t have to be on all social networks. It’s better to do one social network well than a wide range poorly.

**  Beware of automating your social media posts. The algorithms will mark down your reach.

**  Don’t try and sell products on social media. Entertain them and educate them, and then drive them elsewhere to make a purchase.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How long it should take for a campaign to become effective

**  Corinna’s incredible success story

**  Organic reach V pay-per-click

**  Which social media platform should I use?

**  The lifespan of a tweet

**  How to turn likes into sales

**  The sales funnel explained

**  The do’s and don’ts of Youtube

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Subscribe to Corinna’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/socialmediaworldwide 

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

There is so much you can learn for Corinna, but if there’s just one thing you act on, you should remember to not try too hard to be all over social media. Your priority should be to smash it out of the park on one social channel, and then take it from 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

 

Direct download: BBF194_How_to_profit_on_Social_Media_with_Corinna_Essa.mp3
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This week we talk financial planning with a man who has a great take on life. As an obsessive marathon runner himself, David Hazlewood specialises in empowering athletes and adventurers live life to the full but still retain their financial security. He is the founder of Knightswood House, an author and a speaker on all-things financial, but he is also a fun-loving guy who doesn’t believe you should sacrifice your day-to-day fun in order to save for a rainy day.

 

See some of David’s top tips below:

**  Financial planning doesn’t have to mean you sacrifice what you enjoy in life.

**  Make the time to plan properly. It’s easy to put off long-term financial planning until tomorrow, but if you don’t get around to it, you could put yourself in trouble.

**  It’s hard to make rational decisions when you’re emotionally involved. An impartial 3rd party can be a great help to your financial future.

**  Be patient. A series of small, low-risk investments in a portfolio is normally better than putting all your eggs in one basket.

**  There’s almost no such thing as an overnight success. Nearly all of the richest people in the world took a very long time to get there.

**  Remember that a financial strategy for protecting cash is going to be totally different to a strategy for building it up. “A good investment” will always depend on your individual circumstances.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How good financial advice can change your life

**  How to find the right expert

**  Are shares a safe investment?

**  What to do with a chunk of cash

**  When to find the right time to invest

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  David’s company site: http://www.knightswood.com.au

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Remember David’s philosophy: plan well, but don’t forget to celebrate your wins on the way!

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

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On the show this week we have one of the leading copywriters in Australia on the show. Alexi Neocleous has generated hundreds of millions in sales and has tutored a whole host of rockstar writers down the years. It was great to hear from someone with such a no-nonsense approach – anyone in business can take something from what Alexi said to Ben.

 

See some of Alexi’s top tips below:

**  Every business needs more ‘copy thinkers’, i.e. thinking about the audience, thinking about the market, thinking about the clients.

**  Consider the individual. You will only convert if your copy can relate to the pain points/aspirations of the individual.

**  Find an individual that you know really well that falls into your market and then imagine you are crafting your message to that individual.

**  Start with the AIDA formula. Attention, Interest, Desire, Action.

**  When writing headlines, relevance to the reader is more important than length and wit.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  When do you need copywriting?

**  Avatars explained

**  Long form V short form copy

**  Is direct mail still relevant?

**  The right length of headlines in 2018

**  The worth of headline generators

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Alexi’s content agency: http://www.fubbi.co 

**  Alexi’s copywriting bible, Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene M. Schwartz

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

70% of Alexi’s campaigns in his agency involve storytelling. Do not underestimate the power of good copy that can tell your story!

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 do you make email marketing a relevant part of your marketing mix? We find out from Aweber’s head of overall strategy, Erik Harbison. With 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising behind him, Erik really knows his way around. Although we hear horror stories of open rates down below 10%, Erik shows us what you can do to engage your email lists and achieve open rates of up to 80%.

 

See some of Erik’s top tips below:

**  Don’t be scared of email marketing. It’s a lot more simple than people think.

**  If you are sending the right email to a targeted segment of your database, you can achieve up to 80% open rates. Segmentation is key!

**  The deliverability of your emails is driven by many different factors. A key factor is the history of engagement on your email lists. Always make sure EVERY email is relevant, or you’ll be marked down.

**  Always think about the end action you want your readers to take once they read your email. Don’t just stop at open rates.

**  Set the expectations of your users from the beginning, i.e. “you’re signing up to a monthly email”

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Where is email marketing right now?

**  The fear factor of email marketing

**  Open rates

**  Good ‘signals’ and bad

**  When to use a CRM

**  How best to place images in emails

**  How to monetise your subscribers

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

** Go to http://www.aweber.com for a fully functional 30-day free trial

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Erik says, “begin with the end in mind”. Each email and each campaign behind it will only work if you focus hard on the end goal.

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: BBF191_How_to_increase_Email_Deliverability_with_Erik_Harbison_01.mp3
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We were very lucky to be able to pick the brains of a leading inbound-marketing guru in this week’s episode. James Gilbert is the Marketing Director of Hubspot in the Asia/Pacific region, so he certainly knows a thing or two about inbound marketing. He spoke to us about some of the great success stories he’s seen in his time at Hubspot and the tricks of the trade you can use to your advantage.

 

See some of James’ top tips below:

**  You don’t want to advertise to people who don’t want to see your product. Allocate your resources properly!

**  For any marketing effort, make sure your reporting is accurate. If you can’t measure what works and what doesn’t then you will waste time and money.

**  Don’t be scared to give away your insight with good content. It’s so important to give your audience value with your content in order to build a strong relationship.

**  Tracking your marketing doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of free tools out there.

**  Do not underestimate the power of Facebook messenger. There are many active users but very little competition because most businesses simply aren’t onto it.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The inner workings of Hubspot

**  The meaning of inbound marketing

**  How to track phone calls

**  Which types of content work

**  Content clusters explained

**  The power of marketing automation

**  Chatbots and messenger marketing

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Marcus Sheridan’s incredible content success story: https://blog.hubspot.com/opinion/uattr/marcus-sheridan-hubspot-inbound-conference-2013-bold-talk

**  Connect with James on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jatgilbert/

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Give as much value as you can with your content… look what it did for Marcus Sheridan!

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

 

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In this episode we talk about the all-important concept of looking after number one. Rik Schnabel has been coaching people for 15 years, empowering them to throw away their baggage and achieve their ambitions. Rik has authored four books and is a certified life coach, so he certainly knows what he’s talking about.

 

See some of Rik’s top tips below:

**  We all need to be better sales people because all of us are basically selling something.

**  Beliefs are your on and your off switch. They can totally define your future.

**  It takes a lot of courage to believe in something that is difficult to prove. But you must keep believing!

**  Reasons get results. When you have a good reason you will do what you can to succeed.

**  Books and videos can help, but coaching is the ultimate for turning yourself around. Even Rik is coached by somebody else.

**  Time and money are basically used as the biggest excuses for not getting more time and more money.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Rik’s amazing story

**  How to avoid negative believers

**  How to invest in your why

**  Is it possible to change your mindset on your own?

**  The seven beliefs that hold people back

**  Imposter syndrome

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Rik’s website: http://www.lifebeyondlimits.com.au

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Rik says, “the best ROi in life will come from training with a coach”. Don’t forget the importance of your own mindset!

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: BBF188_Why_you_need_to_untrain_your_brain_with_Rik_Schnabel_01.mp3
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We had a really insightful conversation with Lee Martin Seymour about how to define yourself in a crowded marketplace, and how his company X Ref is revolutionising employee references. Martin’s company began as an idea scribbled on the back of a napkin, but now he has a global business that recently raised AUD 20m from a flotation.

See some of Lee’s top tips below:

**  Successful entrepreneurs love risk and have the ability to make a decision. If you’ve got a good idea, make that decision and run with it!

**  People normally complain about a product/process if they know there is an alternative, but often they won’t complain if there is no obvious alternative way of doing things. Just because you can’t see a public demand for something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your idea forwards.

**  When recruiting, make data-driven decisions, not gut-driven decisions.

**  When hiring new employees, ALWAYS do a reference check!

**  When making big business decisions, i.e. listing as a PLC, try and get unbiased advice from people who don’t stand to gain from the ultimate decision.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The importance of culture over KPI

**  What questions to ask when taking a reference

**  How to focus on one problem

**  How long a reference should be

**  Listing companies explained

**  The benefits of hands-on company ownership

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Do you have what it takes to be a Business Excelerator at Max My Profit? Find out more here: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Lee’s company site: http://www.xref.com

**  Lee’s email address: lee@xref.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Lee keeps going back to the point of “Culture over KPI”. Creating a happy team is absolutely fundamental to the success of any 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

 


We have a viral internet legend on the show today, and who knows, maybe he can help you become one too! Max Lanman shot to fame when a humourous advert he created to help sell his girlfriend’s second-hand car went viral (the original Youtube clip is at 6.7m viewers and counting!). Max also has a business that creates video content for clients around the world, so he’s a very good man to speak to about how to maximise the impact of your video campaigns.

 

See some of Max’s top tips below:

**  Find an emotional background for everything that you do. Understand what you want your audience to feel.

**  Be careful to not place too much of an emphasis of AB testing. If you’re too systematic, your output will lack humanity.

**  Think of your video output as a multi-pronged attack. These days, the best campaigns are normally spread over multiple short videos rather than one long one.

**  If you genuinely connect with the video you’re shooting, there’s a good chance the audience will too.

**  Don’t get too hung up on expensive equipment. How you use it is so much more important.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Max’s incredible story

**  What Max has learnt about video from his journey

**  The value of TV commercials in 2018

**  “The emotional north star"

**  Entertaining V educating in adverts

**  Explainer videos

**  Setting the right budget

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Learn more about our Business Excelerator program: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Watch Max’s legendary viral advert here

**  Max’s personal website: http://www.maxlanman.com

**  Max’s creative agency: http://www.leao.tv

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

You can never guarantee that a video will “go viral”, but if you follow Max’s lead and concentrate on every last detail, you will give yourself every chance.

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 you will learn from a LinkedIn superstar about how to win on LinkedIn without needing to spend a cent on advertising. Adam Houlahan is a world-renowned social media guru, having authored two Amazon bestselling books on the matter. He is also in great demand as a keynote speaker. At the latest count, Adam has helped 13,500 people fulfil their potential on LinkedIn.

 

See some of Adam’s top tips below:

**  Don’t be afraid to reach out to gurus. You might be surprised at how generous people can be with their time.

**  The preparation for your campaign is everything. Get your content right!

**  Be prepared to invest an hour per day on LinkedIn.

**  85% of videos are watched without sound.

**  Mix up your content on LinkedIn, otherwise you will be marked down by the algorithm.

**  Be careful about over-selling yourself. Only two articles per month should be directly promotional content.

**  Don’t accept connection requests from anybody. Make sure your connections are genuinely useful to you.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How LinkedIn can work for you

**  Should you be on LinkedIn?

**  LinkedIn searching

**  The amount of content you need each month

**  LinkedIn videos

**  How to capitalise on leads on LinkedIn

**  Where Linkedin fits into the sales funnel

**  How to approach connecting with people

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Learn more about our Business Excelerator program: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Adam’s free LinkedIn profile optimisation course: http://www.adamhoulahan.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

There is no magic bullet towards becoming a marketable prospect on LinkedIn, but if you follow some of Adam’s simple rules, 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!

Direct download: bbf185_how_to_use_linked_in_to_grow_your_business_with_adam_houlahan_01.mp3
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This week we will gain an amazing insight into the new world of disruption, with the founder of an app that completely redefines the way people apply for jobs. Andrew Joyce is the co-founder of Found Careers: the only job platofrm where prospects can instantly apply for multiple jobs from one tap on their phone. Starting in 2015, Andrew is now presiding over a multi-million dollar business, and has raised AUD 4.5m in funding along the way.

 

See some of Andrew’s top tips below:

**  Take action when you can. Don’t agonise too much on your plan and stop yourself innovating.

**  Once you make a short-term plan (i.e. 6 months), don’t be afraid to review it and change your stance early on.

**  Over half of website traffic comes from mobiles. There is no sign of this upward curve stopping.

**  Do what you can to prove some early traction for your project before going to investors.

**  Always remember that anything you are developing needs to solve a problem.

**  Marketing is king. If you’re starting an app and you put it on the app store with no marketing, you’ll get no downloads whatsoever.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The story of Found Careers

**  The future of job advertising

**  How best to court investors

**  How to build a big business in the long term

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Download our free business-planning template: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Andrew’s job site: http://www.found.careers

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Listen to Andrew: everything is going mobile. If you aren’t ready for this, you will lose!

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

 


Alex Baro really is not your average CEO. He’s only 28 and he’s never even had a full-time job! The trials and tribulations of his online fashion retailer Black Swallow serve as a great lesson for all of us. He built up his company from zero to 10m AUD annual turnover in year two, so how did he do it?

 

See some of Alex’s top tips below:

**  Price is the biggest differentiator in online retailing.

**  Suppliers need to genuinely like you. If there is no rapport you won’t get a good deal.

**  Do not underestimate the power of video. If you’re selling a product that you believe in, create a video that demonstrates how good it is.

**  Get your online advertising right. Alex spends 10% of his annual turnover on Facebook advertising (over a million dollars!).

**  Be persistent. One of Alex’s biggest-selling product came after multiple refusals from the supplier.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The fast-fashion marketplace explained

**  The pitfalls of an importation business

**  How Alex recovered from being hacked

**  The potential cost of outdoor advertising

**  How Alex risked everything and made his own luck

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Would you like to join MaxMyProfit as a Business Excellerator? Visit us here for more information: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Alex’s company website: http://www.blackswallow.com.au

**  Black Swallow’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackswallowboutique/

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Alex’s story is a lesson in persistence. To build that multi-million dollar business you always dreamed of, you need to take some big risks and be prepared to ride out some rough times.

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

 


If you listen to our guest Isaac Tolpin, you will totally change the way you train your staff! Isaac is an EdTech disruptor and an expert in the relationship between human behaviour, technology and business. He knows exactly how to tap into millennials to get the best out of them in the workplace.

 

See some of Isaac’s top tips below:

**  Micro learning has been proven as the most effective form of learning in business. Bitesized content is the way to go.

**  If you’re doing anything digital, don’t break learner trust. They need to learn something, feedback, complete it and get recognised for it within 5 minutes.

**  Be careful when training your team. Long, extensive courses can become outdated quickly. If your audience sees something irrelevant they will not engage with the rest of the content.

**  Learning should never be an event. Only if it’s constant can it actually change a culture.

**  You can create courses yourself for a tiny percentage of the cost of conventional training courses.

**  48% of millennials will not use a PC for any digital media. Take note of this! You can’t assume you can teach people using long and detailed resources that require a computer.

**  To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be selective with whose opinion you listen to. Make sure they don’t have a vested interest!

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The definition of an EdTech disruptor

**  The inner workings of conveyour.com

**  The benefits of micro learning

**  How a leaderboard can encourage learning and achievement

**  Decision-tree mechanisms explained

**  Training via SMS

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Would you like to join MaxMyProfit as a Business Excellerator? Visit us here for more information: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Isaac’s training business: http://www.conveyour.com

**  Isaac's Microlearning Webinar and 19 Page E-Book: https://events.genndi.com/register/818182175026316034/f813fa2f1f

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Listen to Isaac and modernise your training! Don’t assume millennials will have the patience for long, formal courses.

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: BBF182_How_to_create_online_training_that_is_fun_with_Isaac_Tolpin_01.mp3
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A common tale among business owners is how difficult it is to find the right people. Thankfully our guest this week knows all of the tricks of the trade to help you make the right hiring choices.

Natasha Hawker is an old hand in the recruitment game. Her company, Emloyee Matters, works with clients across Australia, the UK, US and Asia to find the best candidates. She’s also written the highly acclaimed book, “From Hire to fire”.

 

See some of Natasha’s top tips below:

**  Your employees are your greatest assets, but they’re also your greatest liability.

**  Do what you can to avoid using agencies. If you’ve focused your role and offering well enough, you should find the right candidates.

**  Get your job advert right. No spelling mistakes!

**  Don’t get stuck on the idea of just one interview. You should do a phone screen first, then an interview specific to the role, and then an interview to understand the values of the candidate.

**  Don’t go over the top when selling your own organisation. If you give too much away to your candidate then you won’t get a true understanding of their preparation.

**  Even if you’re a small business, think long and hard about your extra offerings for a job, i.e. working from home, healthcare etc.

**  Don’t assume your future employees will come by simply replying to your adverts. Natasha finds 50% of her candidates by approaching them cold.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What makes people nervous about recruitment

**  The pros and cons of recruitment agencies

**  The different sourcing channels available

**  The active V passive market

**  What makes a great job description

**  The flexibility needed to attract good employees

**  Talent banking explained

**  How to structure your interviews

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Would you like to join MaxMyProfit as a Business Excellerator? Visit us here for more information: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” methodology can be found here

**  Natasha’s website with a load of free recruitment resources, including a free employee metrics tool, can be found here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

When you’re recruiting, don’t forget you’re in 2018. BE FLEXIBLE!

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: bbf181_how_to_hire_in_a_tight_applicant_market_with_natasha_hawker_01.mp3
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Today we hear the amazing story of Dean Taylor; a man who started selling wine as a side hustle but who ultimately cashed in his business for 8m AUD! Since then he has etablished seven other successful businesses. Dean’s story really is an inspiration to all of us.

 

See some of Dean’s top tips below:

**  Find good people to run your business. If you are a serial entrepreneur, you can’t get bogged down in the detail.

**  Hire long, fire fast. Don’t be shy about moving on if it isn’t working out with an employee.

**  Keep your head clear. Do exercise and spend time with your family.

**  Don’t get too hung up on the numbers. There’s more to life than money!

**  You must embrace technology if you are to be successful in business. Scott Farquhar of Atlessian says: “these days you’re either a tech company, or you’re being disrupted by a tech company”

**  Try and avoid purely competing on price. The mass buying power of the likes of Amazon makes it nigh-on impossible for a small business to compete on price.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Dean’s amazing story

**  How to provide a first-class service to your customers

**  How to stay on top of seven businesses

**  How Dean rode out the GFC

**  The changing dynamics of the online marketplace

**  The potential for Amazon Australia

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Would you like to join MaxMyProfit as a Business Excellerator? Visit us here for more information: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Dean’s company website: http://www.crackawines.com.au

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Dean is an example of a man who made is fortune by taking his chance. If you find yourself in the right place at the right time, be ready!

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 have some straightforward SEO advice from a man who calls himself “just a regular guy”. Like most of us entrepreneurs, Greg Jeffries has done his time trying to master SEO and has wasted a lot of money. But last year was Greg’s first year where he made a 6-figure sum, purely off the back of affiliate marketing using SEO.

 

See some of Greg’s top tips below:

**  Target the longer key-phrase suggestions using a tool like keywordtool.io. These tend to have lower competition than the shorter, more obvious phrases.

**  Location can be your friend. If you have a business that is based in a specific location, you can add this to the end of a long-tail phrase so you can have even less competition.

**  Don’t forget about Youtube. It’s easy to think of SEO in terms of written content in blog posts, but a Youtube video with the right title and description can be worth its weight in gold.

**  Keyword density isn’t everything. Search engine algorithms are a lot more intelligent than simply counting up the instances of keywords.

**  Create a content schedule and stick to it. Discipline and consistency are fundamental to SEO success.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Affiliate marketing explained

**  How Greg has achieved substantial passive income

**  How to generate leads with SEO marketing

**  When to outsource your blog writing

**  Backlinks explained

**  Is it worth buying social media shares?

**  The optimum length of a blog post

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Would you like to join MaxMyProfit as a Business Excellerator? Visit us here for more information: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Greg’s no-nonsense SEO course can be found here: http://www.seoaffiliatedomination.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

The message that Greg keeps going back to is that there is no dark art to SEO anymore. Create good content, and do it regularly!

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: BBF179_Simple_Scalale_Sustainable_SEO_with_greg_jeffries.mp3
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We’re tackling some deep ideology this week with our very esteemed guest, Anne Bahr Thompson.

Anne has been named America’s top thought-leader for 2018, having published a hugely successful book called “Do Good” which explains how modern-day business can do good for the world and still make profit at the same time.

You will have to listen to the show to hear exactly what Anne’s five rules of contientious business are, but keep reading for some additional insight from the show.

 

See some of the conversation points below:

**  Nowadays people want businesses to solve problems with social issues and the environment; not just their own specific customer ‘problem’.

**  Think of how you build trust with your closest friends… this is the way you should shape the relationship with your customer base.

**  Make sure you build a good ethos in your company. If you obviously stand for something, you can relate to your audience.

**  Responsibility begins with how you treat your employees.

**  Business is a social organism - never forget this! It exists in the same society we spend our everyday lives in.

**  Foster a sense of community in your organisation. Shared values amongst employees can be very powerful indeed.

**  Don’t be scared of making mistakes when you run a company. If you are sincere enough in learning from the mistakes, your marketplace will trust you.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Examples of good corporate citizenship

**  How Apple built trust with its customers

**  How to be clear about your values and culture

**  Why the banks lost trust

**  The ‘stakeholder view’ versus the ‘shareholder view’

**  Social entrepreneurialism explained

**  Courage in business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Work with one of our business Excellerators: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Buy Anne’s book, “Do Good: Embarcing Brand Citizenship to Fuel Both Purpose and Profit” here

**  Anne’s website: http://www.brandcitizenship.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Remember what Anne said about creating virtuous circles. Now more than ever it is possible for businesses to connect with causes for the sake of the wider good.

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: BBF178_The_5_new_rules_of_business.mp3
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This week our host Ben will share some absolute gold about facebook marketing.

This is the down-to-earth advice of a business owner who’s learnt the hard way, having wasted time and money on it for years.

Now, MaxMyProfit makes millions of dollars from Facebook advertising, but it wasn’t always the case. You’ll have to listen to the show for all 9 tips, but you can read on for a few highlights.

 

See some of the conversation points below:

**  Be wary of agencies. They won’t know your business like you do.

**  Understand the nature of the marketing you’re doing. Is it ‘solution marketing’ or ‘interruption marketing’? With solution marketing, you're dealing with people who know they have a problem and your job as a marketeer is to prove that you can solve their problem. With interruption marketing, the person you’re targeting is not looking for a solution, so your job is to shock them into action. Facebook advertising is interruption marketing.

**  If you’re searching for leads, make sure the information you gather is definitely useful to your sales process. You should be thinking things like, “will I need a phone number, or can I get by with just an email address?”

**  Do A/B testing! Facebook has a multitude of data to help you understand why something works and why something else doesn’t, so make sure you use it!

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The two types of marketing campaigns

**  How your sales process links with your FB advertising

**  Facebook pixels explained

**  When to use lead ads

**  How best to use images for FB advertising

**  The 80/20 marketing

**  Advertising for different genders

**  What is an appropriate advertising spend?

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Work with one of our business Excellerators: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  80/20 Marketing by Perry Marshall can be bought here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Ben says, “Facebook marketing is a way for most businesses to make money”. So don’t delay… get on top 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

 

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We’ve got a real winner on the show this week, so listen up! Tom Kulzer shares with us some great insight on how to build, grow and maintain a large business. Tom is the founder and CEO of AWeber: one of the leading small-business email marketing packages. Originally founded in 1998, AWeber now has over 100,000 customers around the world and a team of 120 people. Another remarkable part of the story is that Tom built up the business entirely from his own funding. Not one dollar of investment has come from an external source.

Read on for Tom’s top tips for business longevity:

**  Really understand the problems your customers have. You may have many different types of customers, so take the time to understand as many different groups as you can.

**  If you’re going to raise funds, make absolutely sure you have a focus on how to spend it.

**  Take away the things that keep people up at night. Look after your team!

**  The majority of AWeber’s money is spent on R & D. It’s a constant battle to stay relevant with your products.

**  If your company is growing, don’t assume you can do it all yourself. Hiring people might seem difficult, but it won’t be as difficult as running an entire business day-to-day.

**  Hire people who are smarter than you. Put your ego aside… you need these people to grow!

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Tom’s amazing story

**  How to build a business without external funding

**  The business growth stool

**  Hiring the perfect management team

**  How Tom kept his tech company relevant

**  What Tom likes about being an entrepreneur

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  We’re looking for franchise partners. Do you have what it takes to become one of our Business Excelerators? Go to: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Go to http://www.aweber.com for a free trial. This software comes highly recommended from us!

**  Go to http://www.aweber.com/connect for free email marketing bundles.

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Tom says, “if you’re not trying, you’re not growing!”. Don’t get complacent!

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’re going to hear a masterclass from Matt Motil in how you can invest in property using hardly any of your own money. Matt will also share with us the mindset you need to take the plunge and make property investment a career choice.

Matt worked for 20 years in the construction industry, but it was only once he got into teaching that he realised he should leave the rat race behind and become his own boss as a property investor. In his words, he was merely “helping people become employees”, so he strived to find a better way.

Now Matt has a vast property portfolio and a highly successful company that has helped hundreds of property investors around the world. He is also a 3-times bestselling author and hosts the excellent Cashflow King and American Entrepreneur podcasts. He clearly knows his stuff!

 

Read on for Matt’s top tips:

**  When people try and persuade you to stay as an unhappy employee and say things like “keep at it, it’ll get better”, don’t assume this is true.

**  Don’t worry about letting people down. If you want to break out of the system, go for it.

**  Don’t wait for the perfect time to make a big move. Life will pass you by otherwise.

**  The same applies to property. Don’t be so afraid of making that first investment. If you wait for the ‘perfect' property, you won’t find it.

**  There is no secret formula for what makes a successful property entrepreneur. In Matt’s study of property entrepreneurs, the common theme among them is as simple as “getting out of their own way”, i.e. having an abundant mindset where they take assertive action.

**  It is possible to buy property with no money in the bank, i.e. for tax purposes, some owners don’t want the short-term revenue from the sale. They’ll retain a mortgage instead, and you can arrange a payment plan with them privately. As long as the revenue you generate from the property equals or exceeds the payments, you’ll be doing good business.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How you can enter the game with minimal cash

**  Matt’s story of how he left the rat race earned himself freedom

**  When is the right time?

**  The value of mistakes

**  How much money you really need to get started in real estate investment

**  The length of time it can take to do a deal

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Work with one of our business Excellerators: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Go to Matt’s website and receive a free bestselling book + a load of other great resources to help get you started in property investment: http://www.mattmotil.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Matt says quite simply, if you’re thinking about investing in property, “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

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It sounds like pure makebelieve, but this week we hear from a guy who has made his fortune by selling fresh air! Troy Paquette is the co-founder and COO of Vanity Air, a company born out of Troy’s desire for the world to breathe the same fresh air as he could in his native Banff in Canada.

From humble beginnings selling zip-lock bags full of air on eBay, Troy has built up Vanity Air to become a global phenomenon. Troy shared some interesting insight about what you need to take an unusual product to market, and how you should approach partnership in business.

 

Read on for Troy’s top tips:

** If you have a truly unique product, your presence can multiply quickly if the right media gets hold of it.

**  Be careful if your business grows organically. Without a business plan from the beginning, you may hit the wall.

** Do what you can to self fund. Doing so keeps a tight discipline on the finances when you’re starting out.

**  Don’t be afraid of working in partnership with a friend. If you both complement each other’s skills then it can work great.

**  Choose your investors wisely. Be careful of investors who will clip your wings.

**  Passion is the absolute key to being a great entrepreneur. Although luck is always a factor, without passion, you will not make your own luck.

**  Don’t worry about the haters and naysayers. If you have a groundbreaking product there will always be negativity. Keep the faith and ride it out!

**  The people who make it are the people who push hard when they’re at rock bottom.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How Troy took a leap of faith and started out

**  What motivates an entrepreneur

**  The secrets of a successful global business

**  How Troy courted international investors

**  The importance of intellectual property

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Work wih one of our business Excellerators: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Troy’s website: http://www.vitalityair.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Let’s end this with some sage advice from Ben. If you’re struggling to keep the faith with a unique product, consider this: “…we wouldn’t have flight if it wasn’t for the Wright Brothers!”

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

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Tara Shelton has made it her business to empower people to tell the right story with their branding. Her company, Dream & Do has the motto “if you can dream it, you can become it” and down the years has helped hundreds of businesses sell themselves to their marketplace. Even if your business and your brand is well-established, you can still benefit greatly from the no-nonsense advice from Tara.

 

Read on for Tara’s top tips:

**  A logo isn’t a brand - there is so much more to it than that.

**  You don’t get a second chance at a first impression!

**  Don’t worry about offending people. Be different and go for it!

**  All successful brands define the USP.

**  Think deeply about every interaction you have with your customers and inject this into your branding.

**  Google yourself and manage your own personal brand. Make sure your headshot is always the same across all different social mediums.

**  Look at what everyone else in your market is doing… what if you did the opposite?

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How branding is more than simply design

**  How branding can create an experience

**  Branding on a budget

**  When to rebrand

**  Branding success stories

**  Can you get away with cheap logo services?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Book yourself in for a complimentary business assessment at http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Special offer for BBF listeners: Tara’s eBook “42 branding tips for startups”, normally 12 AUD, free giveaway if you email tara@dreamanddo.com.au and put BBF in the subject header.

**  Tara’s website: http://www.dreamanddo.com.au

**  Tara’s instagram: _dreamanddo_

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Let’s go back to Tara’s advice from before. If you want one thing that sums up her approach to branding, read this and take note: “Look at what everyone else is doing… what if you did the opposite?”

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

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What a pleasure it is to talk about a monumental Aussie success story. As the founder of Canva.com, Cameron Adams has flown the flag for Aussie entrepreneurs the world over by creating a collaborative online design platform that has literally changed the lives of millions.

The basic premise of Canva was to empower people who were not naturally gifted in the area of design to get creative. Canva succeeded in spades and is now worth over $1bn! As well as telling the story of their meteoric rise, Cameron gave us some brilliant insight that all entrerpreneurs could benefit from.

 

Read on for Cameron’s top tips:

**  Understand what your strength is in business. If you are an expert on product/invention then you need to make sure you have someone alongside you who is more focused on process and management.

**  Get your onboarding right. Don’t subject your employees to too many ‘sink or swim’ situations.

**  When trying to raise investment you should really focus on getting your first investor over the line. Then others will follow.

**  Get your content right. Do that and you won’t need to spend big money on conventional marketing.

**  Creating a great product is your best form of marketing.

**  When doing your marketing campaigns, always work to a KPI, i.e. "cost per new lead”

Think properly about the product you’re building. Stay faithful to your vision by not pandering to fads and investor agendas.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The sensational rise of Canva

**  The best uses of Canva as a design tool

**  How Cameron raised funding in the early days

**  Is there a formula for being a successful entrepreneur?

**  How Canva gathered intelligence from its customers

**  The best ‘kind’ of investor

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Book yourself in for a complimentary business assessment at http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Go to http://www.canva.com for design inspiration.

**  Cameron says that Canva is always looking to hire fresh new talent. Simply google “canva jobs” to see what’s out there at the moment.

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Cameron’s success is based on many positive factors, but the quote that really hit home is this one: “Create a culture in your company where your workers are encouraged to be a good human and to empower others."

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

 

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This week we talk to someone who has used adversity in business to do things a different way. John Abbott lost six businesses during the GFC and went off to Bali with only a backpack to his name, but soon he found a winning formula in business by using giveaways.

John is an inspirational man who has worked with some truly inspirational people, such as Richard Branson, Roger Hamilton and Paul Dunn. As the founder of the Results Platform Foundation and Global Enterprise, John has truly practiced what he has preached and has the results to prove it.

 

Read on for John’s top tips on work/life balance and the power of giveaways:

**  Swift action is the best. It’s tempting to hold onto a failing business for the sake of your staff, but it might actually be better for them to make a change sooner rather than later.

**  Do not hide! Front up to people if you owe them money – then you stand a better chance of  successful negotiation.

**  In Bali, John saw “extraordinarily wealthy people” living with almost no money. Whatever you are doing in business, remember that it is possible to be happy without massive monetary wealth.

**  Giving is a good way of turning what would normally be a sales conversation into something easier.

**  If you offer real value for free and someone makes a commitment to receive it, they are more likely to commit to buying something further down the line.

**  You can offer a giveaway for a limited number of people. Think of all of the people who apply for the giveaway who don’t make it… you can then contact them and make them a special offer.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How John coped with losing everything

**  When to let go of a failing business

**  How to use giving to benefit your business and everyone

**  How to manage the demand for giveaways

**  The power of “human to human” marketing

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Book yourself in for a complimentary business assessment at http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  John’s personal website: http://www.johnabbott.me

**  Further detail on John’s pioneering giving model can be found at: http://www.givingmodel.com

**  John’s book, Freedom By Design can be bought here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

There is a lot you can learn from John. First, that it is possible to come back from a dire financial situation as both a person and a businessman, and second, that giving is an immensely powerful sales/marketing tool.

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

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Every business needs good systems. It might not seem like the most glamorous thing on the desk of an entrepreneur, but once you hear Scott Gellatly talk about systems, you’ll start to appreciate their magic!

Scott has an extensive background in large-scale IT and project management, having founded his hugely successful company, Scale My Empire. He’s built an easy-to-use framework that can help any business owner, and he’s been kind enough to share it with us on the show.

Read on for Scott’s top tips:

**  Developments in technology should be seen as an opportunity for leverage and empowerment. If you think back to olden times, a farmer who took the plunge and started to use a horse & cart would be more empowered than a farmer who stuck to what he knew and merely continued to use a hoe.

**  Technology helps you work on the business rather than work in it.

**  Think of the high divorce rate among business owners. Creating systems that take you away from the stress of the coalface can literally change your life.

**  You must give your employees a process, a platform and a way of measuring it. The right system will do this.

**  A system can allow a low-paid employee to do tasks that would previously have been done by a higher-paid employee. This directly increases your margin.

**  Business owners consistently struggle to delegate. Systems are a great opportunity to change this.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why people avoid systems

**  The ‘triangle’ of systems

**  Futureproofing your business

**  Where you should start when systemising

**  How systems can help recruitment

**  What the newest technology will do for the human race

**  AI’s potential to assign work across a business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Book yourself in for a complimentary business assessment at http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Scott’s Scale My Empire website is here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

There is beauty and empowerment in systems! Just listen to Scott and think of what you can do to empower your business and your employees.

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

 

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Books can be a very powerful way for an entrepreneur to arrive in their marketplace, as well as a brilliant journey of self discovery. Every entrepreneur should consider writing a book, but how do you go about doing it?

On the show this week we have Joanne Fedler to walk us through the process. Joanne is an international bestelling auther of 10 books (selling over 650,000), one of which even outsold Harry Potter for a short time to top the Amazon bestseller chart. Joanne is now a specialist writing tutor, so it really was a privilege to get her practical advice for free.

Read on for Joanne’s top tips:

**  Don’t wait to be chosen by a publisher, choose yourself! Self publishing has never been more possible.

**  Don’t rush the writing of a book. For something that will have long-lasting value, you should expect to be spending 1 - 2 years from beginning to end.

**  Get the best editor you can afford. Most of the best creativity comes from teamwork.

**  Understand your why. If you don’t establish why you care so much about an issue to write a book about it, you will never focus properly.

**  Create a routine for writing. Break down your big idea into digestible chunks.

**  You don’t need to write your book in chronological order. Write what comes naturally and decide on the order right at the end.

**  Publishing a book is as simple as buying an ISBN number from Bowker and spending a couple of hundred dollars with Ingram Spark who will upload your book to Amazon and all of their distributors.

**  Books can be printed on demand. You will never have to gamble with a big initial outlay.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How long it takes to write a book that has substance

**  What stops people writing

**  The power of deadlines

**  How to use your defining moment in life to empower your writing

**  How to find a publisher

**  The optimum routine for writing a book

**  How to get an ISBN number

**  Affordable self-publishing options

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Maxmyprofit is looking for Business Excelerators. Could you step up to the plate to help business owners build the business they imagine? Find out more here.

**  Joanne’s personal website is here

**  Other sites mentioned in the episode: IngramSpark, Bowker, Createspace, 99designs, Upwork

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Joanne says, “everyone’s got a book in them”. Now you know how to write it and publish it, what’s stopping 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


We all want our business to be featured in the media, right? But there inlies the problem. Because everybody wants the same thing, a journalist’s inbox is absolutely inundated every day, so how do you stand out from the crowd and get that coverage for your business?

We get the answers from Jason Feifer – a man who has spent most of his career being courted by people wanting him to write about them. Jason has previously been the editor of Men’s Health, Maxim and Boston, and is the current editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, so he knows better than anyone what it takes for an entrepreneur to be featured in the publications that matter to them.

See below for some of Jason’s top tips:

**  A lot of people think they should get press “just because”. This really isn’t the attitude. You must try and get press with a focus.

**  You are never doing a journalist a favour. Don’t adopt that attitude!

**  Understand the audience of each publication and tailor your pitch accordingly. You shouldn’t just copy and paste your pitch and click 'send'.

**  What makes your story unique? Starting a business is not unique and being successful at business is not unique; but maybe a stunt that you pulled is unique.

**  Don’t assume a PR person will be able to make your story fit for a publication. You still need to have that focus yourself.

**  Approach the people in an organisation who are empowered enough to make decisions, but not so powerful as to be too busy.

**  Think about following a journalist on twitter and reading their previous work. That way you can engage them from the beginning of your correspondence with your views on what they’ve done in the past.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to get into the media for free

**  The value (or not) of PR

**  Does Linkedin work for getting coverage?

**  Who you should contact in a media organisation

**  Do we need press releases any more?

**  How to send the right emails

**  Elevator pitches for journalists

**  How much you should follow up

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Maxmyprofit is looking for Business Excelerators. Could you step up to the plate to help business owners build the business they imagine? Find out more here.

**  Find Jason’s excellent podcasts, “Problem Solvers” and “Pessimists Archive” here.

**  Check out Jason’s own website: http://www.jasonfeifer.com

**  Jason’s article: Pitching your business to a journalist

**  Jason’s article: 5 ways to stand out from the crowd

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Don’t forget Jason’s immortal words, “press releases suck”. If you want to get coverage, you must think laterally and do something different!

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: BBF168_Why_press_releases_dont_work_with_Jason_Feifer.mp3
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This week on BBF we will share some great advice that EVERY business owner could benefit from. With us on the show is Bernadette Schwerdt, who offers us an excellent insight into the online sphere thanks in no small part to her experience writing her book “Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs”. For the book she interviewed 100 of the most disruptive online marketers in the world, so she certainly knows from the best how a business can stand out in a crowded marketplace.

A copywriter by trade, Bernadette has created campaigns for the likes of Apple, American Express and BHP and is the founder of the Australian School Of Copywriting. And what’s more, Bernadette has actually appeared on Neighbours a total of four times!

See below for some of Bernadette’s top online-marketing insight:

**  60% of small businesses in Australia don’t have a website. This seems incredible, but if your business is part of that 60% then it’s time to get with it!!

**  Retailers who already have an offline presence actually are in the best possible position to succeed online.

**  Think offline before you go online. Make that product, make that sale. Don’t try and reach out to a thousand customers if you don’t even have one customer.

**  Understand your metrics. You may not be an SEO expert but you may need to manage one, so you have to know enough to be able to measure the performance of marketing professionals effectively.

**  Make your content sharable. If you make your content good enough to share then you won’t need to pay silly money for advertising.

**  The best way to shape your content is to ‘answer' the questions your customers/clients ask most regularly.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Ways to create lead magnets

**  The concept of purchase cycles

**  The importance of content

**  SEO explained

**  How to stand out in a flooded online market

**  Income goals V global disruption

**  The power of A/B testing software

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Build the business you imagined with coaching from Maxmyprofit

**  Check out Bernadette’s website here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Getting noticed in a flooded online marketplace might seem daunting, but if you follow Bernadette’s simple advice you cannot fail to make progress!

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

 

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Bob Burg has a refreshingly different take on giving. He draws the distinction between sacrifice and giving in a way that achieves mutual value for a business and its customers. Bob certainly knows what he’s talking about, having sold over 1.5 million books worldwide on the topic. His mantra is that the amount of money you make is directly proportional to the number of people you serve.

See below for more of Bob’s take on giving:

**  You can always give to others before you do business with them, i.e. information, introductions etc.

**  No one is doing business with you for your benefit – they’re doing it for their benefit.

**  Giving doesn’t necessarily mean being a martyr. You can be a good giver but also receive at the same time.

**  Always ask questions of your customers. Only then can you properly measure the value you are giving.

**  Remember: what we find valuable about our service might not be the same as what your customers think is valuable.

**  Think of the goals of your customers. How do they align with what you’re selling them?

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  More about Bob’s book, The Go-Giver

**  The law of value

**  The difference between price and value

**  The five elements of value

**  How to balance “self interest”

**  How to become influential in your space

**  Should you pay attention to your competitors?

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Become a business Excellerator at Maxmyprofit: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au/about

**  Bob’s website: http://www.thegogiver.com

**  Bob’s most famous book, ‘The Go-Giver’ can be bought here

**  One of Bob’s go-to books mentioned in the episode, ‘The Power of Why’ by C. Richard Welyman can be bought here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

If you are to take one message from this episode it is that value is a two-way thing. Think long and hard about what value you can give, and then what value you can receive in return.

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

 

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We’ve all heard horror stories of successful businesses who get completely taken down by legal action. If you take the advice of our guest this week, you can make sure your business isn’t one of them. Joanna Oakey will go through all of the main pitfalls your business may be exposed to, and we promise; there isn’t a hint of legal jargon! This is all to-the-point advice that any business owner can benefit from hearing.

Joanna is a commercial lawyer with a passion for business, having worked across a large portfolio of sales, mergers, acquisitions, commercial law and intellectual property. She has been a keynote speaker in events across Australia, and we like her even more because she hosts her own podcast!

See below for some great legal tips from Joanna:

**  If your business is growing quickly then you are probably the most exposed to a legal challenge.

**  Not having a registered trademark is very dangerous. You are exposed to attack from two different angles. Firstly, an organisation with a brand similar to yours could bring a case; and secondly you are open to other competitors sprouting up and copying your brand.

**  With intellectual property the only thing you can protect is the expression of the idea, not the idea itself.

**  Don’t forget your clients. Have a strong client engagement agreement to cover yourself.

**  You should only think of your terms and conditions as something to fall back on when your legal team fights another legal team. You should really do what you can to avoid this scenario, so make sure you are explicit with the most important parts of your Ts & Cs during the buyer journey.

**  Make sure you protect yourself against unfair dismissal claims. Are your employee agreements what they should be?

**  The key is to have all of these things in place BEFORE you need them.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How litigation really works

**  The definition of intellectual property

**  The definition of copyright

**  The definition of patents

**  How to apply for a trademark

**  Is clicking a box accepting terms & conditions legally binding?

**  What protection an employee probationary period actually offers

**  How to restrain ex-employees

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Free business advice and tools from Ben: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  If any listeners have a business and want to know more about their legal coverage, you can have a FREE 40-minute consultation with Joanna. Simply go to http://www.aspectlegal.com.au/contact and type in “I want my free 40-minute session, I’m a Business Brain Food listener" in the enquiry field.

**  Joanna’s Podcast is called Talking Law. If you type that into itunes or google you will easily be able to find it and subscribe.

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Remember what Joanne kept going back to: have your legal frameworks in place BEFORE you have a problem. You could save yourself a lot of time, money, and maybe even your entire 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

 


What a tremendous character we have on the show this week. It really is difficult to know where to start with Akbar Sheikh. From being homeless and taking refuge in a San Francisco utility cupboard, he’s gone on to conquer the world of business, and even better, he’s now giving something back.

His epiphany came on a day when his network marketing business brought in $25,000, but he realised he felt so much more enjoyment from the free consultancy he’d given a not-for-profit business on that same day. He now works with a charity in Africa that cures children from blindness, as well as a charity in San Francisco that provides mattresses for the homeless.

See below for some Akbar’s amazing tips on life and marketing:

**  Most people fail at the fundamentals. They’re always looking for the next big thing, but if you have a foundation you can scale to seven figures.

**  Stop what you’re doing if you hate it. Remember Einstein’s famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

**  You won’t have a successful business unless you stop your bad life habits.

**  Think about scaling and growth every day. Don’t stand still or you will become bitter.

**  Do organic marketing before paid marketing - it helps prove the concept.

**  Make your content regular - keep feeding the machine.

**  It isn’t difficult to create content - it’s just documenting your everyday reality.

**  You are who you spend your time with. Hang with the right people and you will take the right path.

**  Find a ‘why’ in life that makes you cry. Motivation becomes completely automatic once you do.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The definition of a funnel

**  The ethical 7 principles of sales

**  The tools you need for a successful online business

**  The value of organic marketing

**  How to make producing content easy

**  How Akbar got 8 million in traffic without paying for any online advertising

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Free business advice and tools from Ben: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Get Akbar’s international bestselling book (normally $47) for FREE here

**  Akbar’s Facebook group: The 2 comma club

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

Call to action:

This is an unarguably insightful quote from a man who’s lived one heck of a life: “As business people we are artists. We need a clean and clear canvas in our mind.”

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


Every business needs referrals, but how do you go about getting them? Do you offer people incentives? Do you even ask for them at all? All will be revealed by our guest this week…

Stacey Brown is an absolute referrals guru. Having worked in sales & marketing and run two of her own businesses, she now has a full-time business coaching people in how to best achieve referrals, and guess what: she gets a good portion of her own business through referrals too!

See below for some great tips from Stacey:

**  Never ask for a referral. Your referrals-gathering system is more likely to be sustainable in the long term if it doesn’t rely on you having to continually raise yourself to ask for them.

**  However good your product/service might be, your business will never work unless you can attract new clients.

**  Think of every client as a potential referrer. You must connect with them at a human level while you are delivering their service.

**  Be memorable and meaningful. There are certain parts of the referral process you can automate but you must drive it with genuine meaning from the top.

**  Have 3 business development plans. A prospecting plan, a marketing plan, a referral plan.

**  Remember if you haven’t spoken to someone for a while you need to tread carefully with your opening language.

**  Make sure you write a hand-written thankyou note for every referral you receive.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to attract referrals without selling your soul

**  How good companies fail to get referrals

**  How to deliver a truly personalised client-management experience

**  The 5-step referral generation plan

**  How to understand your referral sources

**  How to speak to a client who is giving you poor referrals

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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

**  Stacey’s special freebie for BBF listeners, “The Seven Deadly Sins of Generating Referrals” can be downloaded here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

According to Stacey, the average business can hope to attract 30% of their new business from referrals if they get their process right. Just think of how much money you could make here!

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

 

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Being an expert in your field doesn’t mean you’re an expert in conveying your message. Listen up folks – we’re talking to a bona fide expert on the matter who might well make you an expert by the end of it!

Carolyn Crawford has worked for over a decade helping people refine their presentation/communication skills. She’s dealt with everyone from high-level CEOs to small SMEs across any industry you could think of, so is a great person to listen to on the matter.

See below for some great tips from Carolyn:

**  Confidence is infectious. If you project confidence then your audience will feel confident in you.

**  Presenting isn’t just to a group. In everyday business, you’re probably 'presenting' one-on-one every day.

**  Don’t ever say “it’s just not me”. If you’re capable of being in the workplace then you’re capable of presenting. It’s just a question of finding your natural style.

**  Always be clear on your outcome: what do you want to achieve out of any conversation? Without this you’ll get lost in the detail of broad topics.

**  Don’t contrive your style. Just because someone else has certain mannerisms doesn’t mean you should copy them.

**  Never use grammatically correct bullet points. If it’s grammatically correct as a bullet point then it shouldn’t be a bullet point - it should either be spoken or properly written.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to avoid death by Powerpoint

**  Why presenting is important

**  How to use visual aids

**  How to find your own style

**  The rules of simplicity

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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

**  Carolyn’s site with Presenting To The Max graphical guide: http://www.f2fcommunications.com.au

**  Carolyn’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/f2fcomms/

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Most of your life is communicating, but how much of your education has been about communication? Most of us will need to sharpen up!

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

 

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If you’ve got prospective customers then we guarantee this interview will help you get more conversions. Doren Aldana has done a lot in the corporate world and has two hugely successful businesses behind him. We’re going to focus on his Testimonial Engine business: a tool to help companies gather and manage online client reviews.

Every business can benefit from this, so listen up!!

See below for some great stats and some great advice from Doren:

**  73% of consumers say that positive customer reviews make them trust a business more.

**  79% of customers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation from a friend or family member.

**  Consumer reviews are trusted 12 times more than a company’s own marketing material.

**  7/10 customers come back to your business if they have a problem and you resolve it quickly. Make sure you have a mechanism in place to enable you to quickly nip problems in the bud.

**  Reviews work for you 24/7. Unlike referrals, you don’t have to tend to them.

**  Have a system to make it easy for people to leave reviews, i.e. allow them to do it without needing to create an account with yelp, google etc.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The value of good reviews

**  How to find those good reviews

**  Review-capture pages

**  The inner workings of mytestimonialengine.com

**  The importance of video and audio reviews

**  How to turn a raving fan into a company evangelist

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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

**  Doren’s special offer for BBF listeners: http://www.mytestimonialengine.com/brainfood

**  Doren’s mortgage coaching business: http://www.mortgagemarketingcoach.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Even if you don’t take up Doren’s great offer for his testimonial system, you should now stop and think about how you handle your feedback. Are you just sitting and hoping for the best? Or are you proactively turning feedback into a money-making machine?

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

 

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We’ve gone way off-piste with this week’s episode, but we guarantee this conversation will make you think. Our guest Jeffrey Slayter is a lifelong entrepreneur, but only truly found himself when he went away to the jungles of Peru and took part in an ayahuasca ceremony.

Jeffrey’s profession is now to advise entrepreneurs on how to change their habits and open their minds. He’s spoken to over 3 million people and has shared a stage with the likes of Richard Branson, Brian Tracey, Dr John D. Martini, Tim Ferris and Tony Robbins. The chances are, Jeffrey has worked with someone you’ve looked up to.

See below for some of Jeffrey’s holistic advice:

**  When you think you’re on top of the world and doing well, you’re usually not.

**  You’re only in a race with yourself. Don’t be too concerned with the conventions of the world around you.

**  Get out of the habit of thinking you need to belong. If you’re surrounded by people who are unsuccessful and then you become successful and feel you don’t belong, this can be disempowering.

**  Go against the conventional advice, and DO take things personally. Shielding and resisting things can exacerbate problems.

**  Tim Ferris says he “does not know a billionaire that hasn’t done a psychedelic”.

**  We need to design our businesses beyond our personalities. It needs to come from the soul upwards.

**  CEOs who have psychedelic experiences often come back and completely revamp their company and revamp their lives. Jeffrey is aware of some of the very top CEOs in the world who have done this.

**  The biggest discovery Jeffrey made from his psychedelic experiences was that he didn’t always need to be somewhere else.

**  Trust the universe again because nature rewards courage. There is a direct correlation between willingness to be courageous and success.

**  The freedom of realising that most of your life has been a lie can be very empowering. The questions and the self doubts stop.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  What makes an entrepreneur successful

**  The definition of success

**  How to pick your friends

**  The benefits of psychedelic experiences

**  How to use fear to your advantage

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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

** Business Excelleration Conference VIP day – book your place now: http://maxmyprofit.com.au/events

**  Jeffrey’s book, ‘The Evolutionary Entrepreneur’ can be bought here

**  Jeffrey’s website: http://www.jeffreyslayter.com

**  Jeffrey’s project of awakening: http://www.thegrandinitiative.com

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

While you may not want to dabble with psychedelic substances yourself, the reasons why Jeffrey and many of the world’s leading CEOs do use them are indisputable. Let’s conclude matters with a quote from Jeffrey: “I’d rather be weird and pave my own path than to be normal. Normal would suck.”

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

 

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What a truly exceptional man we have on the show this week – you will never hear a more salient and inspiring business commentator. His story actually speaks for itself, but there’s a whole lot more on offer in this conversation.

Greg has set up his own business and successfully sold the franchise; he’s worked in residential lending and structured funding, and now he spends his time being the go-to man for CEOs who are looking to raise substantial investment to grow their business.

Greg is particularly revered for somehow raising $120m for an animated film, The Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Not only was this the first time anyone in Hollywood had pulled this off, but Greg managed to do this despite telling each investor that they’d stand to lose money!

See below for some of Greg’s unbelievable insight:

**  Raising money is a good way of building teams. If you’re going to grow something you can’t do it alone.

**  If you’re going to grow, you have to be prepared to keep changing your mindset.

**  Embrace chaos. If you don’t, you won’t grow.

**  It isn’t all about the money. Most people invest for the primary reason that the investment would have a meaningful impact on their life.

**  Are you more interested in what you’re doing, or who you’re doing it with? If it’s the latter, then you’re set up to achieve the ‘impossible’ like Greg.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Bootstrapping V funding a business

**  Greg’s amazing story

**  How Greg was involved in the digital projection of Michael Jackson

**  What prevents businesses from scaling

**  How Greg raised an ‘impossible’ amount of money

**  The secret to good leadership

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s Business Advice: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Find Greg on his website: http://www.gregcentineo.com

**  Greg’s must-read books with Amazon buy links: Howard Schultz - Pour your heart into it; Walter Isaacson - Einstein: His life and the universe; Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

It’s so difficult to pick one bit of wisdom above all the others to end with, but we’ll go with this from Greg: “You can do good things by yourself, but you’ll never accomplish anything great alone".

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

 

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This week we get an important reminder of the value of investing in assets outside of your own business. Michael Fuller from DPN has done this himself and now makes it his business to advise others on how they can achieve their financial goals through property investment.

See below for some of Michael’s top tips:

**  If you were to get sick or go away on holiday, could your business run without you?

**  Outside investments allow you to take a step back and make changes to your existing business.

**  Get a business coach. Of course we would say that, but one of Phil’s great regrets is not having one.

**  Do you have a business exit plan? You should always have an exit plan to focus the mind.

**  Einstein insightfully predicted that the most powerful thing in the universe would be compound interest. Let those property assets give you that power!

**  Take time to sit down and make an investment plan. What can I do now? And what can I do over time?

**  If you are going to invest in property, make sure you have the time to manage it. If you are using property as a sideline investment, you don’t want to be bogged down by having to manage renovation and short-term flipping.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The benefits of income protection

**  The costs of retaining property

**  Cashflow V capital growth

**  How to take the emotion out of buying property

**  The myth of reducing your tax bill

**  The perilous pension situation

**  What debt really means

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s Business Advice: http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Michael’s company site: http://www.dpn.com.au

**  Contact Michael directly at michaelf@dpn.com.au

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Don’t just rely on your day-to-day business and your pension to look after you. Think about investment!

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 find out how Dean Salakas built up his company, the Party People from a AUD 500,000-per-year business with 3 employees to the powerhouse it is now, turning over AUD 4m per year with 40+ employees.

You might know Dean from his appearance on the Aussie entrepreneur TV show, The Shark Tank, where he actually turned down a AUD 400,000 offer for a share of his business, The Party Store. Dean learnt a lot from the experience and shared some great insight with us.

See below for some of Dean’s best advice:

**  Don’t throw everything at online. In retail, online sales currently account for 6-11% of overall sales, and at current growth rates it is forecast to be only 20% in 10 years.

**  However, you need to be good at both online marketing and conventional marketing. A lot of people start their buying journey online but end it in the store.

**  Plan plan plan! If you don’t have a long-term plan, when you hit a problem it’s harder to cope with it.

**  Understand your cycles. In Dean’s case he has to plan for the spikes in demand around dates like Halloween and Christmas… what are your spikes in demand?

**  Learn how to talk investors’ language. If you want your business to grow to a serious degree you’re probably going to need outside investment, but if you don’t fully understand what they want, you won’t get their money.

**  If you’re a small business with ambition, be prepared to do everything. You won’t have the resource to outsource the majority of your tasks.

**  Dean’s quickest path to growth is to master your marketing.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Is digital so important for retail?

**  The benefits of being open to change

**  Dean’s incredible journey

**  Why Dean turned down a AUD 400,000 offer on Shark Tank

**  The best strategies for raising funding

**  What didn’t work for Dean

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s Business Exceleration conference. Special VIP offer here

**  Dean’s Party People website: http://www.thepartypeople.com.au

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Dean made his business, the Party People, grow exponentially with some very simple common-sense business methods. Listen to him!

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

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We have a first on BBF this week.. a man who is a certified professional organiser. Who in business doesn’t need to be organised? Joshua is well worth listening to because not only is he a professional organiser, he is the director of global community at Evernote: one of the most popular business apps in the world. Joshua is so organised he even uses Evernote to list his favourite burger joints around the world!

See below for some of Joshua’s best productivity advice:

**  ‘Busy' doesn’t mean ‘productive’. Do not aspire to be busy! When judging the quality of your output, concentrate on whether you get done what you want to get done - nothing else.

**  Apps can be great for productivity but it’s important to define what your problem is before you jump in and get an app. Doing it the other way around can make you even less efficient.

**  Learn to say no. You can only truly succeed in your time management if you say no at the right times.

**  When assigning tasks to others, there’s no substitute for good old-fashioned conversation. Dictating tasks and deadlines to people can be easily done with today’s technology, but it is a bad habit.

**  Document your processes. Only then can you delegate properly.

**  With any new tool/app, you don’t need to know everything it does. Just take a small everyday task and use the tool/app to help with that, and build from there.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Why productivity is important for small businesses

**  The definition of productivity

**  How modern technology has helped/hindered efficiency in business

**  Time management

**  Delegation

**  The inner workings of Evernote

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free business planning template can be downloaded from http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Find Joshua on Twitter here

**  Find Evernote on Twitter here

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

We’ll leave our very own Ben to give our inspirational message this week: “If this conversation with Joshua doesn’t inspire you to get organised, then nothing will!”

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


What a great guest we have this week - there was so much absolute gold that came out of the conversation. Our guest is Annette Densham (AKA “The Publicity Genie”) who has a great insight into how small businesses can market themselves, having worked with numerous clients across Australia and having started out on the other side of the fence as a journalist. She has also pioneered the award-winning “Genie Lamp 3-wishes program” which has helped revolutionise the way startups get their place in the media.

See below for some of Annette’s best PR advice:

**  Public relations is everything you say and do - not just in the media.

**  People don’t do business with businesses, they do business with people, so your all-round message is vital.

**  Work out your key messages: What do you want people to know about you? What do you do? What solution are you offering? Only then should you think about what specific communication channels to use.

**  Keep it regular - it’s all about being consistent and persistent.

**  Don’t just talk about yourself on social media. You need to consistently give people value.

**  PR is like planting a seed - it must be consistently nurtured.

**  Think about being a guest contributor to relevant media.

**  When writing a media release, remember ‘the inverted pyramid’. Put your most important information at the top.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The importance of PR for small business

**  How much time you should dedicate to PR

**  The law of reciprocity

**  How to use keywords to your advantage

**  How to plan your PR activity

**  The definition of pro-active media

**  How to use Google alerts

**  How best to approach journalists

**  Repurposing content

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free business planning template can be downloaded from http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Visit Annette’s website here and take up her offer of a free 15-minute PR consultation

**  The Business Brain Food Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

As Annette says, “there’s no room for modesty in small business!”. Listen to the show and follow her advice….. don’t be shy!

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: BBF155_How_to_get_your_slice_of_the_media_pie_with_Annette_Densham.mp3
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What a thoroughly interesting man we have on the show this week. Morris Miselowski has made it his business to predict the future, but there are no crystal balls and tarot cards here….. Morris is a highly qualified professional, renowned the world over. He’s worked with the likes of KPMG, Ford and Microsoft, helping them to anticipate changes in technology and human behaviour.

We were very lucky to spend an hour picking his brains about the next big things and how every business can brace themselves for rapidly changing marketplaces.

Read on for some of Morris’ top tips on future proofing:

**  You must constantly take time out to think ahead. You owe it to your business and you owe it to your clients.

**  However outlandish your new idea for a business may sound, if you can find a clear human need for it, you should go for it.

**  Keep an eye out for incremental changes you can make to your day-to-day business. It’s better to do this habitually than to leave it too late and be forced into making monumental change for the sake of survival.

**  Think about business strategy first and then look for the technology to make it happen. Don’t let the new technology dictate to you.

**  Forget about the perfect long-term solution. In this day and age the ‘solution’ you need is something that enables you to grow and adapt to change.

**  Nowadays your business will be one of a myriad of choices in your marketplace, so you have to learn to adapt, otherwise you will lose more and more market share.

 

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  Disruptive industries

**  Centralised service provision

**  “the drunken Saturday night experience”

**  How best to cope with change

**  The impact of Artificial Intelligence

**  How google is positioning itself to collect human data

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free business planning template can be downloaded from http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

** Go to Morris’ website and find a whole host of resources, including his free-to-download magazine, “Future Curious”

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

What Morris says about the death of the perfect long-term business plan really is worth reiterating. Think long and hard about the way you plan your future business, and make sure you bring it into the 21st century!

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: BBF154_Predicting_the_future_of_your_business_with_Morris_Miselowski.mp3
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Get your SEO right and it could completely change your business, so listen up to our SEO expert David James. In this week’s episode David guides us through a multitude of tips and tricks that will help you navigate the minefield of search-engine optimisation.

Read on for some of David’s top tips:

**  Beware of any marketeers who offer you black hat SEO, i.e. spamming comments on other sites to create backlinks, creating multiple landing pages etc. Search engines will get wise to this and penalise you by sending you down the search rankings.

**  Monitor your ranking on an ongoing basis. Pro Rank tracker is a good tool. Also Google Search Console can help with this.

**  Think long term. A 2-3 year plan is perfectly reasonable if your business is in a crowded marketplace.

**  The two key things to remember when optimising your site for SEO: the user experience and how many other sites have recommended you.

**  Site load time is an often-overlooked part of the mix. Make sure your site is built by someone who knows what they’re doing.

**  Use ‘schema’ functionality in your site, i.e. your key company information embedded within the html code.

**  Use the Google Keyword Planner to see what the search trends are in your marketplace. SEM rush is another good tool. And don’t forget that at the bottom of normal Google searches, there are suggested keywords.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  SEO explained

**  White hat V Black hat SEO

**  Different search engine penalties

**  The zero position

**  The best content for SEO

**  The genesis framework

**  The search-engine spider

**  The value of XML site maps

**  Google Places reviews

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free business planning template can be downloaded from http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Check out David’s BGDTM Youtube channel here

**  David’s website: www.businessgrowthdigitalmarketing.com

 

**  David’s email address: david@businessgrowthdigitalmarketing.com

 

**  David’s twitter: @bgd_marketing

 

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

You’re now armed with all the tools you need to succeed with your SEO….. now go out and 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: BBF_153-_How_to_Rank_on_Google_in_2017_with_David_James.mp3
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What a pleasure it is to welcome back Steve Sims to the show. It’s hard to know where to start with Steve – he’s just done so much – but we’ll quickly summarise him as ‘a man who makes dreams come true’. His company, Blue Fish, specialises in creating unique life experiences for its clients. Since we last spoke to Steve he has sent someone to a space station, placed clients backstage with the likes of ZZ Top and Guns & Roses, and sent someone to Monte Carlo to be James Bond for the weekend. Steve has also written a book called “Blue Fishing” which he talks to us about.

See below for some of Steve’s advice on how to make the impossible possible:

**  Stop listening to that idiot on your shoulder saying ‘no’. If you think you can’t, you’re right.

**  When trying to pull off an unlikely experience, approach it like this: “I’ve always wanted to do this, what has to happen for this to happen?” Don’t walk straight in with money because people don’t want to feel like they’ve been sold.

**  Email is dead. Pick up the phone and leave a voice memo. This is a non-intrusive way of building a rapport with busy people.

**  Relationships are everything. Do every single thing you can to build and retain good relationships.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to court celebrities

**  How to build relationships that work

**  The power of voice memos

**  Steve’s colourful track record

**  A summary of Steve’s new book, Blue Fishing

**  How to leave a voice memo

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free business planning template can be downloaded from http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Get Steve’s book, Blue Fishing, from http://www.stevedsims.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Remember Steve’s point about that ‘idiot’ on your shoulder. Don’t concentrate on the reasons why not, concentrate on the reasons why!

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: BBF_152_The_art_of_making_things_happen_with_Steve_Sims.mp3
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This week we lift the lid on one of Australia’s biggest entrepreneurial success stories: Penny Spencer. She gave us so much great insight into how she got to where she is today. Her travel company turns over £65m per year and has 85 employees, and she is listed in Australia’s top 35 entrepreneurs.

We got Penny on the show not only because of her success in business but because she is a great advocate of business coaching and mentoring. She is a member of many different mentoring groups and has founded her own not-for-profit group for the travel sector called TIME. Her philosophy of never being too successful or too old to learn really is an important one.

See below for some of Penny’s top tips:

**  Set goals. It’s a common piece of advice but that’s because it works!

**  Accountability for your goals is key. This is where pier groups are vital.

**  Always be open to new people coming in to your business.

**  Penny works 'on' her business 90% of the time, and ‘in’ the business 10% of the time. It took her ten years to get to this point - it didn’t happen overnight - but it is something that most entrepreneurs should aspire to.

**  Be clear on the values of your company and employ people on the basis of your values. Values mean more than skills.

**  If you have happy staff you have happy clients. Staff should never be treated as a liability!

**  Make sure you pay yourself when you have your own business. An easy mistake entrepreneurs make is to not pay themselves and then gradually resent the business.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to generate good referrals

**  The value of mentoring groups

**  A sustainable method of recruitment

**  The importance of being able to change direction

**  How Penny generates ideas

**  The power of networking

**  How to interview

**  How often to survey clients and how to review the results

**  How to prepare yourself to start a new business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Not long left to grab a place on one of Ben’s free 5-stage Business Exceleration™ workshops. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au for more information and to register.

**  Ben’s free business planning template can be downloaded from http://www.maxmyprofit.com.au

**  Penny’s website: http://www.pennyspencer.com.au

**  Penny’s travel company website: http://www.spencertravel.com.au

**  Penny’s book can be purchased here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Penny is a great reminder to all of us that our entrepreneurial minds should always stay open to learning. Take heed of this advice: make sure you have a way of developing yourself.

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 have some great no-nonsense marketing advice from a man who’s been there and done it, Mitch Hills. Mitch founded the highly successful social media agency, Mastered Marketing, as well as the Exceptions business community, and he sure knows how to deconstruct the complexities of modern-day marketing so anybody can understand it.

See below for some of Mitch’s top tips;

**  Get your content out there! Don’t worry about it being too polished.

**  A small audience can be an advantage in the beginning because it gives you a chance to perfect your own voice.

**  Don’t think of your marketing as just the promotion of your high-ticket items. Part of your marketing mix needs to encourage your audience to discover they have a problem in the first place.

**  Cheap leads are not necessarily good leads. It’s often worth working harder for better leads.

**  Understand the pain points of your customers. This should drive your marketing.

**  Think about how to move your customers from their current situation to their desired situation.

**  Ideally you should produce two pieces of video content per month. Alongside that, have one advert promoting your content and one promoting your lead magnet.

**  Broadcast what you’re already doing. Your customers are likely to find it interesting.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The power of Facebook advertising

**  Social media platforms compared

**  How to adapt landing pages to capitalise on your marketing

**  The best way to sell/package giveaways

**  Lead magnets explained

**  Repurposing explained

**  Facebook business pages V Facebook personal pages

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Not long left to grab a place on one of Ben’s free 5-stage Business Exceleration™ workshops. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au for more information and to register.

**  Mitch’s website: http://www.masteredmarketing.com

**  Mitch’s instagram: http://www.instagram.com/masteredmarketing

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

Call to action:

Let’s end matters by quoting Mitch’s excellent summary of what your introductory offers/lead magnet should be. Never forget the phrase “low friction, high value.”

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: BBF150_Mastering_your_Marketing_with_Mitch_Hills.mp3
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Our guest this week struck absolute gold by hosting webinars, and she’s going to teach you how to do it yourself. In only two years, Liz Benny has managed to create webinars that have raised over 2 million AUD – she previously had no experience in the field!

See below for some of Liz’s top tips;

**  Any business can benefit from webinars - it doesn’t have to be online courses.

**  The right webinar will take someone over the emotional hurdles/doubts as to why they can’t be successful themselves.

**  Webinars are all about empathy.

**  Check out Russell Brunson’s webinar structure - it’s worked for Liz and our very own Ben.

**  You need a proper understanding of the pain points and pleasures of your audience - do your surveys properly. Google forms is an easy free tool to create surveys.

**  Lead with integrity with your webinar. If you are always yourself, you will sell more.

**  Personal stories help your upsells from webinars.

**  When it comes to words in the slides, less is more.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How outsourcing can revolutionise your life

**  The definition of a webinar

**  How to change your energy for a webinar

**  The right title for a webinar

**  The difference between a great webinar and a bad webinar

**  Should you have video in your webinar?

**  What percentage of webinar audiences normally stay and listen to the sales pitch

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free 5-stage Business Exceleration™ workshops will be taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au for more information and to register.

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Liz’s website: http://www.lizbenny.com

**  Liz’s facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TimeToKapow/

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

Call to action:

Listen to what Ben said at the end of the show…. literally ANYONE can do a webinar that makes them money, so you should start doing yours 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: BBF149_How_to_use_webinars_to_grow_your_business_with_Liz_Benny.mp3
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It’s a constant battle for many business owners: just how do you turn web traffic into useful leads? We’ve got someone on the show this week who will tell you how. Lindsey Anderson is the founder and CEO of trafficandleads.com, a company that specializes in this area. She’s been so successful that she’s been given the nickname “one-click Lindsey”!

We had a great chat with Lindsey – she’s someone who cuts through all the myth and tells it how it is.

See below for some of Lindsey’s top tips;

**  Who cares if you have a website? It’s only worth having one if it drives phone calls and sales.

**  The number one mistake most businesses make is they don’t have an irresistible offer on their website.

**  You must create content that makes search engines and potential customers curious.

**  80-90% of people who opt in on websites do so via a popup.

**  Email people regularly to keep them warm. Once a week is optimum, at the same time on the same day.

**  Remember, it doesn’t have to always be written content. Audio and video content can still create curiosity and engage your potential leads.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  The “click” technique

**  How to rank higher for keywords

**  Using Facebook pixels

**  The value of email marketing

**  How regularly to target people

**  Different Facebook campaigns

**  How Yoast SEO can guide you to optimise your blog posts

**  Backlinks explained

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free 5-stage Business Exceleration™ Workshops will be taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au for more information and to register.

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Lindsey’s free 5-day crash course can be found here

**  Lindsey’s own site: http://www.oneclicklindsey.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

Call to action:

If you can’t learn anything from what Lindsey said on the show then you never will! There is so much for you to have a go at to start generating those leads!

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’re going to demonstrate the importance of a good memory to everyday business, and show you how you can make yours better. What a pleasure it was to speak to Tansel Ali; four-time Australian memory champion, executive memory coach and TV personality who has featured on the likes of ‘Redesign My Brain’. Tansel once memorised the entire Sydney Yellow Pages, so this guy’s certainly qualified to comment on matters of memory!

Read on for some of Tansel’s best memory tips:

**  The emphasis should not simply be about gathering information, it’s about what you do with it next.

**  Set a plan for what you need to memorise and compartmentalise each part of the process.

**  Visualisation and association is paramount. If you meet someone for the first time, associate an image with their name in order to create an emotional connection.

**  Most of our brain capacity isn’t used, so there is plenty of room to memorise more if you get it right.

**  If you train your mind to make the right connections, your outward communication will improve.

**  It’s worth pausing to get out of the zone. The information you take in when you’re in the zone is more likely to be stored coherently if you take breaks and keep your mind fresh.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How stress can affect the memory

**  How to speed read

**  How to stave off distraction

**  Visualisation techniques

**  The science of trigger points

**  How best to start sharpening your memory

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free 3-hour workshops across Australia. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au for dates.

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Tansel’s website: http://www.tanselali.com

**  Tansel’s recommending reading: Tony Buzan – Use Your Memory

**  Tansel’s two books: The Yellow Elephant & How to learn almost anything in 48 hours

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

Call to action:

Remember, it isn’t just about remembering facts. Exercising your memory can make a big difference to many other important areas of life.

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: BBF147_How_to_Memorise_Anything_with_Tansel_Ali.mp3
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This week we’re deconstructing the sales process with someone who is not only a sales expert but who has walked the walk himself as an entrepreneur. Carl Gould had built three multi-million businesses by the time he was 40, and has since written three bestselling books on sales and business development. As a consultant he has worked with over 5,000 businesses on their sales function.

Carl’s energy and passion for the subject matter really is incredible – there was just so much gold in the conversation.

 

Check some of Carl’s top tips:

**  You cannot be a business owner unless you know how to sell and market yourself. If you can’t you will not survive.

**  You don’t have to be a particular ‘type’ of salesperson. You don’t need to be pushy. It’s more important to have full belief in your product.

**  In selling, there is no prize for second place. Coming last is better than second. Make sure you qualify your leads properly so you don’t waste resources coming second.

**  Always make sure you create an ideal client profile. Who is the most likely person that would benefit from your product and service, and why would they?

**  Think about these key things when profiling your buyer: ‘What keeps my ideal buyer awake at night?’ ‘What makes them get yelled at when they get home?’ ‘What’s going on in their life and business right now that makes buying from your business an urgency?’

**  Find what your clients are most passionate about and design your product and services around that.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**  How to outsource sales

**  The different steps of the sales cycle

**  How to create leads

**  How to stop people dropping out of the sales cycle

**  How to find the right sales people

**  How to correctly incentivise sales people

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Ben’s free business growth workshops across Australia. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au for dates.

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Carl’s website: http://www.carlgould.com

**  Carl’s book “Biz Dev Done Right” can be bought here

**  Email Carl: carl@carlgould.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

We’ll leave you with a great inspirational quote from Carl: "Anybody can sell - you just have to be fully bought into the product, understand the customer and give them the opportunity to buy"

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: BBF146_Biz_Dev_Done_Right_with_Carl_Gould.mp3
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In an age where digital reigns supreme, it’s easy to be swamped by all of the options out there. This week we have Murray Jess on the show – a man who can cut through all of the noise and help you focus your marketing efforts.

Murray is the manager and managing director of Zoo Republic, a top Sydney marketing agency that has worked with the best of the best, including Coca Cola and Cannon.

Check out his no-nonsense marketing tips:

**  Fragmentation allows you to understand customers better.

** Always be clear on your proposition.

** Take time to step back from your day to day. What are you REALLY offering?

** Work out your marketplace, understand their pain points and make sure your brand actually solves them.

** Open up dialogue with your customers where possible. Feedback is vital.

** Don’t forget that human beings are still driving digital marketing. The principles of message, trust and delivery are still the same across each digital marketing medium.

** You don’t need to be on all channels. It’s easy to waste money trying to market too widely.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The modern take on lead generation

** Why the Uber model is so effective

** How to segment your marketplace

** When to outsource the marketing function

** The power of referrals

** How to court advocates 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

** Murray’s company website: http://www.zoorepublic.com.au

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

As Murray says, the principles of marketing that have applied throughout all time still apply now. Make sure you understand the objectives of your offering then the rest is easy!

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: BBF145_Why_your_Marketing_is_Failing_with_Murray_Jess.mp3
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This week we have a great conversation about how you can use your business as a vehicle to educate and do good. Our guest is Patty Alper, author of the book “Teach To Work” and founder of the Alper Portfolio Group, the Alper Foundation and the NFTE Network. Through these organisations Patty has mentored thousands of young people, and has a great insight into just how beneficial mentoring can be for both the mentor and the pupil, and how mentoring is becoming increasingly important for the future of the world economy.

See below for some great mentoring insight:

**  Through mentoring you can give your business a human face. Building better links with your community in this way will have obvious benefits for marketing and sales.

** Mentoring can help with recruitment. Millennials want to work for companies that display a social conscience.

** Mentoring can be very inspiring. Your pitch is likely to be worth a lot more than anything a famous celebrity could ever say or do, because you are in the same room as receptive young people and on their level.

** Everybody in business who has the time should be a mentor. The education system has been proven to be inadequate for the current employment needs of the world.

** Schools and local organisations are normally very receptive to people who offer mentoring.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

** How your business can benefit by being a mentor

** How can you actually start to be a mentor?

** Business mentoring success stories

** Why is there a skills gap?

** How educators can prepare the youth of today

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Ben’s Business Fast Track seminar: “5 stages of building a business that doesn’t rely on you”. Dates for September are still available. Go to http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

**  Patty’s book “Teach To Work” can be bought here

**  Patty’s website: http://www.teachtowork.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

Mentoring is quite simply a win-win scenario for both parties, and from what Patty said is quite easy to get into. Think seriously about sharing your skills!

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


Every company needs a good website, but so many sites fail in the most basic areas. Help is at hand this week from Pete Kvist; a straight-talking and highly entertaining expert on the subject, and author of the book “Why Most Websites Suck”. He travels around the world giving speeches on the matter, but we’re lucky to have him on BBF for an hour to help you with your business.

Read on for some of his sage advice:

**  Think about the scare stories of when people get their car serviced but they’ve paid for something that hasn’t been done. Websites can be exactly the same. Do some basic research and watch out.

**  Don’t build your own website. If you have a leak in the house you call a plumber, so you should treat websites in the same way.

**  If you don’t have a website, people are still searching for you online, but the big question is: do you have control of the information that people will find about you? That’s why a good website is vital.

**  Your website is not simply an online brochure. Don’t go in with too hard a sell – you need to build people’s trust.

**  You only need to spend a small amount of time researching websites to protect yourself when working with web developers/designers. A book, one or two blog articles and a podcast like this one should be more than enough.

**  Think about the reasons why you’ve clicked away from a website in the past, and then see if your website does any of the same things.

**  Fully understand what people are most likely to look for on your site and make it as easy as possible for them to find it. Don’t automatically give each of your offerings an equal priority.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

** What you need to know to properly brief a web developer

**  The three things you must have on your homepage

**  What Google Analytics can do for your site

**  How to craft the right opt ins

**  How to use persuasive imagery

**  The theory of Google advertising

**  How to create a persuasive giveaway

**  The importance of a landline phone number

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Pete’s website: http://www.petekvist.com

**  Pete’s book can be bought here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

As Pete said when asked to give a tip on how people can be more efficient… “do something now”! There are so many small an achievable steps that you can follow from this conversation with Peter, so it would be rude not 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: BBF143_Why_most_websites_suck_with_Peter_Kvist.mp3
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Being a podcast that’s 142 episodes old it really is about time we talk about podcasting! It’s done so much for Maxmyprofit so there’s no reason why it can’t transform your business. Our guest this week is the head of content at spreaker.com – a comprehensive podcasting platform that can enable literally anyone to get going as a podcaster.

Rob has been podcasting from pretty much the beginning of the podcast era in 2004, having started off as a live broadcaster on local radio in Seattle. He saw the opportunity that podcasting provided and began to syndicate the show around the world, selling advertising and generally monetizing the whole project. Since then his podcasting expertise has seen him work for the likes of Microsoft.

This guy sure knows his stuff – here are some of his top tips:

**  Look at yourself and look at how you’re trying to reach your base of possible customers… would a podcast work for this?

**  Consulting-style businesses where you’re basically selling yourself are ideal for podcasting.

**  Understand your measures of success. Your show doesn’t have to have 1 million listeners. It could be enough to have 500 avid listeners based locally.

**  Every year, podcasting listenership numbers increase.

**  Think of the potential longevity of your show before you start. Can you actually sustain it after a few shows? Will you run out of ideas?

**  Get going with it now! Don’t wait around and pre-record a load of them. Accept that you will get better on the job.

**  Audiences are built around consistency. You will probably be more successful with your podcast if it’s weekly rather than monthly.

**  Understand what production time you can dedicate. If you don’t have time for post-production, you can make up for that by slick pre-production that means you basically make the show ‘live’ and don’t need to do extensive editing.

**  Listen to other people’s shows and get some ideas. There is nothing wrong with this at all. Just take the best bits from the shows and find your voice!

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  Is a podcast for me?

**  The differences between radio and podcasting

**  The advertising potential of podcasting

**  The age/gender split in podcasting

**  The cost of hosting podcasts

**  How to start your own podcast

**  The right frequency for podcasts

**  How software can effectively work as a mixing desk

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

**  Leave a review of BBF on the itunes store and gain access to some members-only training on user experience. This is a great, hour-long video called “The three secrets to making your website convert visitors into customers”. All you have to do is leave a review, copy the text and email it to ben@maxmyprofit.com.au and you will be given access to the training.

**  Listen to Rob’s weekly Spreaker live show for more hints and tips on podcasting (broadcast on Wednesdays at 3pm PST)

**  Connect with Rob on twitter @robgreelnee and at http://www.robgreenlee.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

If listening to this podcast wasn’t enough to prove the value of podcasting to your business, then hearing just how easy it is thanks to the kind of services that Rob provides should be enough to persuade you to take the plunge. Just go for it and get podcasting!!

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: BBF142_Podcasting_as_a_Marketing_Strategy_with_Rob_Greenlee.mp3
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Get your presentation skills right and you can totally transform your business, so listen up to our esteemed guest Jon Yeo. Jon is the licensing curator of TEDx Melbourne and has worked as a specialist consultant for numerous TEDx speakers, so he understands exactly what it takes for speakers to succeed at the highest level.

There were so many pearls of wisdom from Jon, which were delivered clearly and succinctly as you can imagine! Here are some of the highlights:

 

**  Speaking is becoming more relevant. In an era where words have been reduced down for mediums like Twitter, TED-style talks (18 minutes or less) are more relevant than ever.

**  On-demand education from talks is becoming more popular by the day, because of how fluid people’s careers are these days. People need to learn a lot of different things throughout their career but often can’t justify learning in the same academic depth as they used to.

**  Good communication is a balance of relevance and engagement. Think ‘content’, ‘context’ and ‘intent’.

**  When giving a talk, get over the fact you’re transferring knowledge. The emphasis should be on giving insight. Aspire to get your audience to say “tell me more about that”.

**  It takes and average of 25 times to fully ‘embody’ your content. The amount of practice you need to put in when speaking is to get you to the point where you are so ‘embodied’ in your content, your delivery sounds natural.

**  The greatest speakers have the ability to change the tone, pitch and positioning of information.

**  Always remember your audience. This sounds obvious, but you must think long and hard about what they might want to hear, and give them a message that’s digestible.

**  Be clear on your desired outcome at the end. That way you know what content to leave out.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  How long you should practice for a talk

**  How to market yourself to TEDx

**  How to cram your message in to 18 minutes

**  The 9 dimensions of communication

**  What is the right amount of content

**  The benefits of speaking coaching

**  The 5 levels of understanding

**  Do we still need subject matter experts?

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

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

**  To connect with Tim on Linkedin, send him a request beginning with the sentence “Jon, I heard your interview”

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

 

As Jon said, think of the potential loss of opportunity if you stuff up your pitch/speech. This is a fundamental part of business that you need to master!

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: BBF141_How_to_make_your_presentation_compelling_and_engaging_with_Jon_Yeo.mp3
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We get deep and spiritual with our guest this week, as Margie Warrell talks us through how to face our fears in business and in life.

As an author of multiple books, Margie has certainly walked the walk. She is the first ambassador for Women in Global Business, and is also an ambassador for Beyond Blue, helping to remove the stigma attached to mental health. And for good measure, she’s climbed Kilimanjaro, and has interviewed the guest that would end all guests for BBF, Richard Branson! Some day we will make it happen!

Keep reading for some great tips from Margie:

 

**  It’s not what we think to fear, it’s what we link to fear. We create worst-case scenarios, rather than focusing on what we can gain.

**  As humans we’re wired to certainty, but this can be the worst thing. To take your business to another level, you need to make brave decisions.

**  Before a big decision, think “if I wasn’t afraid, I’d do this”.

**  Think in an experimental way where you the kind of decisions you need to make are more about dipping your toe in than being all or nothing.

**  Expand your circle with ambitious people.

**  Write down your visions on paper – don’t just think about them. It brings everything to life.

**  Moving away from pain is a stronger motivator than moving towards pleasure.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  How to use fear to your advantage

**  Imposter syndrome

**  The definition of a ‘smart risk’

**  The seven core steps to make your mark

**  How to get out of a rut

**  The potential of embracing discomfort

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

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

**  Margie’s website: http://www.margiewarrell.com

**  Margie’s latest book, ‘Make Your Mark’ can be purchased directly here: http://www.makeyourmarkguidebook.com

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

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

When Margie quoted Mark Twain during the show, it said it all. Take heed of this: “I’ve known a great many troubles in my life and most of them never happened.”

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: BBF140_Making_Your_Mark_with_Margie_Warrell.mp3
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We all need a good company website, right? So it’s lucky we have a man on the show who cuts through the bullshit and gives us all the best shortcuts we need to “turn people’s websites into rockstars”.

Our guest this week is Jon Hollenberg, a man with 18 years of experience and thousands of websites behind him, having worked with clients as big as Qantas and Jeep. This man really knows his stuff!

Here are some great pearls of wisdom from Jon:

 

**  40-45% of businesses don’t have a website. Don’t be one of them!

**  A website has a lifecycle, you have to keep innovating and investing.

**  People scroll more these days, so you don’t need to cram everything into an old-fashioned “above the fold” layout.

**  Do not forget how important mobile responsiveness is.

**  When devising a website, have clear intent, i.e. Who is your client? What do you want them to do? How do you measure it?

**  Remember you need to dedicate time and effort to create fresh content for your site. The real work starts after you’ve built the site.

**  Have an ongoing relationship with your site designers and builders. Tweaks can make a big difference.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  The importance of mobile optimisation

**  The power of Google analytics

**  The lifespan of a website

**  The assets you need to keep your website relevant

**  Diagnostic tools

**  How to blog effectively

**  The power of video content

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

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

**  John’s book can be found on his website here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Free giveaway of John’s book on BBF Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessbrainfood

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

 

Jon’s great quote is a good one to end with: “Be clear on what success actually looks like, and work out how to get 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) 9811 5000

Direct download: BBF139_How_to_get_your_website_firing_with_Jon_Hollenberg.mp3
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Spending big money on marketing and advertising is second nature to many businesses, but all too often they treat recruitment as an afterthought. Our guest this week, Roberta Matuson, explains just how important good recruitment is to your business, and gives us some great shortcuts that you can put into action today.

Roberta has a great track record in the business, having helped the likes of Microsoft, General Motors and The Boston Beer Company. She has also written two books on recruitment, one of which was listed in the Washington Post’s Top 5 business books.

Read on for some of Roberta’s best advice:

 

**  The leader of a company is all-important to recruitment. That’s what attracts the talent.

**  “Companies need to change their teams into recruiting machines” - don’t just defer to HR and wash your hands of it!

**  Don’t think badly of candidates who are unemployed. If they’re good enough, they’re good enough.

**  Linkedin is a great way of screening candidates - you can quickly check the credentials of people via your own extended networks.

**  Once you start the process of recruitment it’s vitally important you commit the time to see it through. Follow up those CVs and book in those interviews, otherwise the best candidates will be tied up elsewhere.

**  Always be in recruiting mode - a good waiter or bar person could be excellent for your company, so don’t be afraid to offer people opportunities when you stumble across them.

**  Don’t underestimate mature workers - you don’t always need to chase potential.

**  Recruiting is not just about finding new people - it’s about retention. Keep your best staff and you won’t need to work so hard on recruitment.

 

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

 

**  How to attract the best talent

**  The importance of authenticity

**  How to recruit for sales

**  Recruiting on Linkedin

**  When it’s appropriate to check people’s social media reputation

**  The value of a contract recruiter

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

 

**  Are you an accounting firm looking to offer business advisory services? Are you a client of an accountant who wants your accountant to get more proactive? Contact ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

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

**  Roberta’s website: http://www.matusonconsulting.com

**  Roberta’s books can be bought here

**  All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**  Facebook: www.facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

 

 

If you don’t get your recruitment right, your company will never fulfil its potential. Take note!

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: BBF138_How_to_pull_top_talent_toward_you_with_Roberta_Matuson.mp3
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We spend so much time talking about the detail of day-to-day business, but what about life after business? Focusing on an exit plan is vital to ensure that your business enhances your life in the way that you want it to, and at the same time will make your day-to-day business more effective.

We have Australia’s leading exit planner on the show this week to show us the ropes on all-things exit planning. As well as being the largest succession planner in the country, Craig West has been awarded Exit Planner Of The Year, and more importantly has received the even greater accolade of being invited back onto this show because he was so good last time!

Keep reading for some of his top tips:

 **The number one problem with SMEs is over-reliance on one person at the top of the organisation.

**Make a succession plan, even if you have no intention of selling up any time soon.

**You can triple or quadruple the value of your business if you do a proper exit plan.

**Do not underestimate the value of your competitors. They are likely to pay better money for your company than standard investors.

**It isn’t all about the sale price of a business - think about life after business.

**Don’t do it yourself - always use an advisor for your exit planning.

**You should spend 20% of your time working ‘on’ your business rather than working ‘in’ your business.

 

 In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**How long an exit can take

**How to maximise the potential exit options

**How to make your business attractive to a strategic buyer

**An employee share option explained

**How to sell to a listed company

**How to plan for life after business

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**Are you an accounting firm looking to offer business advisory services? Are you a client of an accountant who wants your accountant to get more proactive? Contact ben@maxmyprofit.com.au

**Ben’s events across Australia: http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

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

**Craig’s succession planning service: http://www.successionplus.com.au

**All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

 

 

As Craig says, it’s very easy to put off exit planning because it doesn’t feel like it’s fundamental to the day-to-day, but if you listen to the show you’ll realise just how vital it actually is. Make sure you get your plan 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


Have we got a colourful guest for you this week! This man had actually written his own suicide note, but here he is today inspiring all who listen to him. Tony Grebmeier’s story is just incredible: he’s the founder of Ship Offers (an Inc top 5,000 company); by the age of 18 he’d had a grand total of 16 jobs; and in 1996 he was ahead of the curve and founded a web marketing company in Silicone Valley. Oh and he’s also a radio presenter who does an awesome line of voice impressions!

Tony’s had it all, lost it all, and then made it again, and importantly he’s learnt from these ups and downs how to do business and life in a sustainable way. The show is worth listening to just for Tony’s life story, but he also gave some great tips about how to manage yourself and others:

**Sales in business is about giving people a story to understand what the product or service you’re selling will do for their lives

**Build relationships before you try and sell anything

**Find people for your business who have the skills you don’t have

**Coaching matters: Tony spends over 100,000 per year in coaching and mentoring

**Make the effort to build up people’s self worth, and work with them rather than above them

**Asking is a sign of greatness, not a sign of weakness

**A business owner has to stay in the trenches with their team

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**Tony’s incredible story

**The importance of sales to business

**The value of mentoring

**Journaling routines

**The ‘braindump exercise’

**The power of the right mindset

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

**Free business training from Ben. June dates in Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne. More information here

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

**Tony’s radio show: http://www.tonygshow.com

**Tony’s email address: tony@shipoffers.com

**All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

**Subscribe to BBF on iTunes

**Subscribe to BBF on Stitcher

 
Tony’s take on life is just great. There is just so much to learn from the man!

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: BBF136_Building_an_8_figure_business_with_Tony_Grebmeier.mp3
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Ever wanted to write a book but you don’t have the time and you don’t know how to get it out there?

 

Our guest this week will help you get over this. Jacqui Pretty has made it her business to realise the ambitions of entrepreneurs big and small by helping them get their books to market, so it was great to speak to her to get her insight on the marketplace. Read on for some great tips, and as you’ll see, it’s easier than you think…

**You should see a book as more than just something that needs to sell. It is a low-risk way of clients getting to know you and so is a great tool to help you upsell a more expensive service.

**Don’t worry about giving away too much in a book. By delivering genuine value you earn the right to upsell your services.

**Being the author of a book automatically gives your voice credibility in the marketplace.

**You only need to put in the work to produce a book once and then forever it can serve as an advertisement for your business/service.

**Always create an outline of your chapters and then drill down further into headings and sub-headings. Sitting in front of a blank page is a surefire way to waste time and to lose focus.

**Consider a print-on-demand service. This can help you hedge your bets when it comes to publishing.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**How a book can help you stand out from the noise

**How long it should take to write a book

**The ideal length of a book

**Is it worth using a ghostwriter?

**Ebooks V ‘real’ books

**Different publishing deals

**The power of a distributor

**Is Amazon worth it?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

**Free business training from Ben. June dates in Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne. More information here

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

**Jacqui’s site: http://www.grammarfactory.com

**Jacqui's Guide: http://grammarfactory.com/awesome-book-guide/

**The Price of Self-Publishing Article: http://grammarfactory.com/self-publishing/costs-much-price-self-publishing-book/

**All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

** Subscribe to BBF on iTunes

** Subscribe to BBF on Stitcher

There are many different ways of getting a book to market and the benefits can be huge for your business. Take on board what Jacqui said and start writing!

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

 

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What a great story we’ve got for you on the show this week. Matt Miller’s situation got so bad he was turned down for a payday loan, but he turned it all around and became a prolific franchiser in a marketplace that literally any of us could enter.

After 10 years as a pilot and a number of false dawns in the corporate world, Matt read the legendary book ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ and became fixated on the idea of earning passive income. He eventually carved out his nice in gumball machines and school fundraising, and today his business is going from strength to strength.

Read on for some of his great wisdom:

**We should all strive to generate income without having to exert ourselves.

**It is possible to have a fruitful business without sacrificing time with family.

**Hire a coach! It totally transformed Matt. Elite sportspeople have coaches so why don’t we?

**When you hit your major goal, find a way to be challenged to aim for another one.

**Do what you can to remove yourself from the hub of the business. If Matt had never done this then the business would have ground to a halt when he had a heart attack.

**The speed of the business is determined by the speed of the leader.

**The most important investment anyone can make is in themselves.

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**The power of passive income

**How to create flexibility in your work

**How Matt was inspired to give something back to children

**The ins and outs of franchising

**How to scale a franchise

**How Matt’s business survived when he was absent recovering from a heart attack

**Matt’s definition of success

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

**Free business training from Ben. June dates in Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne. More information here

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

**Matt’s book: Live Your Dreams: The Top 10 Reasons Why You Need Your Own Vending Business

**Matt’s website: http://www.ssvbusiness.com

**Matt’s comic books can be bought here. Use the code ‘apepower’ for a special discount.

**All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

**Subscribe to BBF on iTunes: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

**Subscribe to BBF on Stitcher: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

 
Matt’s whole story is a great example of what can be achieved if you think beyond your core day-to-day work. For just a small commitment of time in the first instance, Matt has shown the power of just trying something new.

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


What a diverse character we have on the show this week; AFL footballer, TV presenter, MC, international media agent… what hasn’t this guy done?!?

As you can imagine we had a great chat with Troy Gray. He’s got so much insight from his amazing journey in business and in life, so it was a great privilege to have him on the show sharing it with us. Read on for some of the top tips that came out of the conversation:

**Go to the end users in your marketplace and find out what they want rather than what you want.

**Don’t ask too much of new contacts. Take an approach like this: “You’re a person who inspires me, and I’ve got an idea that can make you money. If you’d like to hear more then get back to me”.

**Remember the concept of the elevator pitch – don’t write long emails first up.

**People who are successful tend to love being asked what they think. Asking for advice is a great foot in the door with eminent business people.

**Really really listen to what people are saying when you pitch to them – if you can’t entice people to ask more questions during a pitch then that’s a sign that it’s not working.

**Don’t do it on your own in business. It’s nearly always worth giving away equity in order to gain inspiration from others.

**Major on reporting to your investors. Regular reporting is a great mechanism for cross-checking your own logic in running the business.

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**Troy’s incredible story

**How sportspeople are equipped to drive business

**The importance of playing the industry game in order to get people to listen to your ideas

**The power of focus groups**The perception of the Australian psyche in the world of business

**The game of equity

**The right time to stop

**Can pitching be learnt?

**How to be held accountable as an entrepreneur

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

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

**All previous BBF episodes & show notes can be found at http://www.businessbrainfood.com.au

**Troy’s website: http://www.troygray.com.au

**Troy’s media company, Vox Ventures site: http://www.voxventures.com.au

**Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

**Subscribe to BBF on iTunes: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

**Subscribe to BBF on Stitcher: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

 
How can you fail to be inspired by a guy like Troy? This man speaks the truth. You could do a lot worse than put a touch of Troy into 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

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This week we delve deep into the inspiring story of Pauline Nguyen, who overcame some incredible adversity to become one of the most revered restaurateurs in the world (her Sydney restaurant, The Red Lantern, is the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world).

As a young child, Pauline was smuggled out of Vietnam on a boat and survived squalid conditions in a Thai refugee camp before eventually ending up in Australia. She had a seriously tough upbringing, with her father regularly beating her and then forcing her to work in the family businesses from the age of 7.

 

Eventually Pauline ran away from home and put herself through uni, and so started the journey of monumental success that led her to writing a book and becoming a much-in-demand keynote speaker.

Pauline shared with us some great life advice that she has learnt along the way:

**“Persistency is the new currency: the universe rewards the unreasonably determined”

**By being creative outside of your business, you can prevent yourself from being bogged down in the day-to-day running of it.

**Other businesses on the side can fulfill you better than just blindly sticking to one.

**The moment Pauline’s life as an entrepreneur improved was when she realised there was no way to get her deeper message out there if she was stuck in a restaurant 24/7.

**Don’t micromanage – employ members who treat the place like their own.

**“In our world ‘the obstacle is the way’ – the universe will only hand to us what it thinks we can handle”

**“Those who don’t take action are the most confused”

**“Look after your health – you will feel you have more time if you look after your health”

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

**Pauline’s incredible story

**How food can be a catalyst to learn life skills

**The power of building a community with your business

**How to find the right team

**How Pauline rode out the GFC

**Is there a right time to give up?

**The definition of courage

**Emotional mastery

**The power of a pier group

**The value of meditation

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

**Pauline’s Book – Secrets Of The Red Lantern buy link

**Red Lantern Restaurant site

**Book Pauline as a public speaker here

**Pauline’s self-help resource can be found here

**Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

**Subscribe to BBF on iTunes: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

**Subscribe to BBF on Stitcher: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

 
Pauline’s story is very inspiring. If you listen to just one of her pearls of wisdom, you’ll set yourself up to be way more successful!

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


On the show this week we’re paying special attention to service businesses. Our guest has been there and done it with her own service business, and now she advises other service businesses how they can grow. Her particular area of expertise is in the online sphere, more specifically Facebook and LinkedIn groups, so we picked her brains for her insight on those.

 

Having worked with a whole host of companies ranging from seven-figure online businesses right the way through to the very biggest Fortune 500 companies, Brittany really is worth listening to. As well as social media groups, Brittany gave some great advice about scaling a service business in general:

See below for some top tips on how to use social media groups to scale your service business:

** Don’t get too hung up on the ‘elevate phase’ of online marketing. Yes you need landing pages etc. and an online presence, but once you find your leads, the ‘engage phase’ is more important.

** Try not to send mass messages to Linkedin contacts.

** When in a group on any social media, always be of value to others and help people where possible.

** Think of group interaction as being like a real offline relationship, i.e. don’t just go steaming in there and start selling yourself!

** Give yourself permission to abandon a strategy that’s not working.

** Create a wishlist of people you most want to connect with and set a plan to connect with them.

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to get leads from online social media groups

** The elevate phase

** The right amount of time to spend working the groups

** How to find clients in groups with no-advertising rules

** How a service business can scale

** Feast and famine cycles

** When to say no to clients

** How best to hire for a service business

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Brittany’s company site: http://www.scoopindustries.com

** Brittany’s favourite book for time management: https://12weekyear.com/

** Facebook: facebook.com/businessbrainfood

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

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

** Subscribe to BBF on iTunes: http://actioncoachanz.com/itunes

** Subscribe to BBF on Stitcher: http://actioncoachanz.com/stitcher

 
Brittany has proven just how simple it is to scale up a service business. Listen and learn!

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 got a serious branding expert on the show this week, and what enthusiasm she has for the whole process. So much great insight here!

Nicole Ertas has been in the business for over 20 years and has worked with some massive global brands along the way, including Wrigley’s, Jim Beam and Nestle. She’s also written a great book called Freerange Brands which explains how the big brands are currently being challenged by the more flexible, dynamic, ‘freerange’ brands.

Nicole shared with us some great tips about how to build a successful brand, and also gave us a sneak preview of her easy-to-understand audience theory:

** A brand’s audience can be split into four sections: the ‘lords’, the ‘lovers’, the ‘hackers’, and the ‘hawks’. Any successful brand must pay regard to each of these different factions.

** The lords – These are the modern-day influencers, the people who have some kind of a following. The challenge for the brand is how to get their product talked about in the everyday environment these influencers inhabit.

** The lovers – These are the people who really want to connect with the brand and the shared values of the community.

** The hackers – The hackers want to participate and interact with the brand.

** The hawks – The hawks are there to strike if your brand lacks transparency or lets people down with their customer service experience.

** Before any kind of brand planning, first you must define your obsession: who are you and what do you do?

** Then from there you need to express why these values are different to the rest.

It’s all about translating these values into a customer experience and making your customers think about more than just price when they see your products. Values and experience are vital.

In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How Heineken got it right with the repositioning of their brand

** The dangers of only talking about yourself

** How Urban Outfitters uses controversial tactics to succeed

** How to find your brand purpose

** Examples of the best brand experience

** How to measure ‘experience’

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Nicole’s site: http://www.freerangebrands.com

** Nicole on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/freerangebrands

** Nicole’s book on Amazon here

** 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

 
As Nicole says, “the best brands in this day and age are designed for unpredictability”

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

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It’s very easy to get stuck in the habit of spending hours and hours writing your own content, but this week’s show is a great reminder of how you can feed the machine just as well by using other people’s content and save yourself a load of time while you’re at it.

 

This week’s guest is Scott Scanlon: founder and owner of the Curation Suite app. Scott was kind enough to share with us some great tips on how to find and to share content to keep in touch with your audience:

** Content curation is the easiest type of marketing you do. It’s basically being a reporter for your market.

** Content curation is the number one way of getting started with social media.

** Make sure you add your own thoughts to a story.

** You can do 5 pieces of curation in the time it would take to do a typical blog post.

** If you’re already doing content, adding curation is easy.

** Keep your blog or site as simple as possible and focus on your CTAs.

** Concentrate on one path of conversion.

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The difference between curation and creation

** The inner workings of Curation Suite

** The definition of ‘fair use’

** How frequently you should share curated content

** How to find content to create

** How to use tools to find trending content before your competitors

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Business coaching with Ben for less than 10 AUD per day – go to maxmyprofit.com.au

** Scott’s book, ‘Content Curation Secrets’ free download here:https://curationsuite.com/content-curation-secrets-v2/

** Curation Suite site: https://curationsuite.com

** Business Brain Food Website: www.businessbraingood

** 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

 
If you’re struggling to find the time to create your own content, listen to Scott and get on the curation train!

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: BBF129_Secrets_to_Curating_Content_so_you_get_noticed_with_Scott_Scanlon.mp3
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What an absolute prodigy we have on the show today… 20 years old and taking on the might of Uber! We’re not dealing with your average guy here. Zeryab Cheema has been an entrepreneur since the age of 15, building up an app called Taxi 24/7 which was adopted by over 20,000 black cabs in London.

Not content with that, Zeryab has set his sights on Uber by creating Hop: an ingenious concept that absolutely epitomizes the potential of the sharing economy. Read on for some more info about it:

** 100% of a customer’s fare goes to the drivers

** Drivers receive a base payment of 300 AUD per day just for being on the road

** Drivers rent their vehicles from Hertz

** The ambition is to get to a point where drivers can tap a card on a car parked in the street and start using it

** Raised capital last year, about to close 2nd round of capital

** There are currently six full-time staff in Hop team, 4-6 contractors/promotional staff and 3 board members, including a former winner of the Australian Apprentice

** He intends to trade in other countries using other global partners

** He’s never written a business plan in words – he just uses numbers

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The importance of leveraging from bigger companies

** How it’s possible to take on Uber

** A real-life example of marketplace disruption

** How to approach the raising of funding

** The importance of finding the right people

** The importance of networking with other entrepreneurs

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Business coaching with Ben for less than 10 AUD per day – go to maxmyprofit.com.au

** Hop Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/followhop

** 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

 
If this guy doesn’t inspire you then nothing will! Believe in your ideas and go for 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: BBF128_Wunderkid_takes_on_Uber_with_Hop.mp3
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We’ve got someone with a pretty colourful background on the show today. Ross Jeffries honed his skills as a dating guru, helping over 60,000 men around the world build up their attraction to the opposite sex. He eventually realised the very same theory could be applied to business, so now he travels the world sharing his wisdom to sales teams and business owners.

 

Ross gave some absolutely great tips that will help you sell better. Keep reading and then listen to the show!

** You’re not selling your product and service – you’re selling decisions and good feelings about decisions.

** Don’t think of yourself as a salesperson, think of yourself as a decision service engineer.

** Your selling attitude needs to go something like: “I’m interested in the sale but I’m invested in my skills”.

** Being energetic and blessing people with good energy can build a bridge to something beyond what you thought you could imagine. But there is a balance between doing this and trying too hard and scaring people off.

** Add the phrase “up until now” to any phrase in your head that you use to summarise your own failures. Then start using ‘ownership language’, i.e. “and now I use my skills and my learning to close my big money clients.”

** There is a difference between being likeable and setting out just to be liked. Don’t ever make “being liked” a target. It should be seen more as a byproduct.

** ‘Pleasant’ is power that’s held in check.

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to eliminate guilt from the sales process

** How to break ‘learnt helplessness’

** The ‘sympathetic nervous system’

** How to make affirmations work for you

** The different phases of incompetence and competence

** The ARIA theory to turn stumbling blocks into momentum

** The common mistakes in sales

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Ben’s free business planning template: com.au

** Free video training from Ross can be found here

** Ross’ public speaking: http://www.rossjeffrieslive.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

 
Ross is absolute living proof that presenting yourself is vital across all aspects of life, not just business, so open your ears and sharpen up your repertoire!

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

 


Quite simply one of the best guests we’ve ever had, Carl Taylor is really going to teach you a thing or two about e-marketing in this episode. Not only is Carl a marketing expert who currently runs a highly successful marketing agency, he’s been there and done it as an entrepreneur and even better: he’s been coached by us here at MaxMyProfit.

 

Incredibly, Carl was running his own business when still at school and he did this at the same time as working as an assistant manager in a pizza shop! Although he admits he’s always been a bit of a geek, he only got into e-marketing in order to promote his own business. So this guy’s lived this from your side of the fence, and by his own admission, he’s made loads of mistakes which you won’t make if you keep reading.

Here are some of his top tips:

** Marketing gets people calling you rather than you having to call them.

** Every business has the ability to attract customers with email marketing. What changes from business to business is how much human interaction you need afterwards.

** If you’re not strong at tech, learn what you can about the concepts of the sales and marketing process – don’t worry about how you do it. Always build your own strategy – don’t outsource it!

** Make sure your lead magnet has genuine value and takes a short amount of time to consume.

** Think of the sales funnel as the dating process: there is a whole process that builds rapport before any major commitment.

** Understand if your business is product based V service based. If it’s service based then a longer phase of freebies might be required at the beginning of the process. If it’s product based and the product is a low value, then you can go in more quickly.

** Don’t forget, you can combine free with paid offers in the early stages.

** Don’t get too hung up on opt-in rates. Look at your ROI as your main measure.

** Remember that timing is a factor in the marketing and sales process. If your core offer didn’t come at the right time, keep your prospects warm until a time when it might be. Having done this, always remember that at some point you’re going to need to make them an offer to commit again.

 
In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Carl’s own story of marketing ups and downs

** An understanding of open rates & opt-in rates

** How often you should email your prospects

** What ROI you should expect

** The purpose of a lead magnet

** Should you give away free ebooks?

** How to use a webinar to qualify your leads

** How to set impulse-buy price points

** The nurturing sequence

 
Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Register for Ben’s workshops across Australia, “The 5-stage business growth blueprint”. http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

** Carl’s website which includes a free PDF of killer email subjects: http://www.carltaylor.com

** Carl’s agency: http://www.automationagency.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

 
This man’s been there and done it and from nothing has become an unbelievable marketer. If he can do it, 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

Direct download: BBF126_How_to_Build_a_Business_by_Building_a_Database_with_Carl_Taylor.mp3
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What a character we have on the show today. His insight was so good last time we’ve bowed to popular demand and invited him back. Andrew Griffiths is an absolute wheeler-dealer, having run over a dozen different businesses. At the age of just 18 he scraped together the money to buy a diving shop, and worked a full-time job in a bottle shop in the evenings just to make ends meet. He’s sold encyclopedias door-to-door, he’s had a publishing company and numerous marketing firms, he’s written 12 books, and now he gives TED talks and business coaching to budding entrepreneurs…. is there anything this man hasn’t done?

As Andrew tells us himself, he’s made so many mistakes along the way that it’s impossible to not learn from them. Read on for the great no-nonsense business tips he’s gathered along the way:

** Listen to your gut instinct. Intuition is the number one business tool.

** Let go of disasters. A loss of 300,000 AUD could save you 3 million further down the line.

** There is a price to pay for everything. While your business might seem more complex than other businesses, it probably isn’t.

** Don’t be a small-business martyr and say “I haven’t had a holiday in 10 years”. There’s nothing clever about that! Find ways to work smart.

** Learn how to communicate. That helps bring all your other skills to the fore.

** Always have a desire to learn. Make sure you don’t get so caught up in day-to-day business that you can’t find the time and headspace to innovate.

** Surround yourself with people who pull you up rather than pull you down.

** Never be afraid of making big money, but for true wellbeing, money should not be the number one motivating factor.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The definition of an entrepreneur

** The incredible story of how his business partner stole all of his assets and ran away, leaving a massive trail of debt for Andrew to deal with

** Long working days – a good thing or a bad thing?

** How he tripled his income and halved his working hours in just 6 months

** The top skills a successful entrepreneur needs

** The benefits of pier groups

** Some of the most innovative business concepts from around the world

** The importance of attitude

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Register for Ben’s workshops across Australia, “The 5-stage business growth blueprint”. http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

** Andrew’s website: http://www.andrewgriffiths.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

  If ever there was an example of someone who just got out there and had a go, it’s Andrew. Take some risks and scratch that entrepreneurial itch 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: BBF125_Entrepreneur_is_not_a_dirty_word_with_Andrew_Griffiths.mp3
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We’ve got a real hotshot on the show this week. Step forward Wayne Berry, one of the most in-demand sales gurus (ranked in the top 7% of speakers worldwide), and author of four bestselling books.

Wayne is brilliant at giving people detail in easily digestible chunks. If you’re a business owner or salesperson there is just so much you can apply right NOW to boost your sales figures. Read on for Wayne’s top tips:

** All skills can be learned if you have a high enough desire

** Being human is more important than ever in this era of online information overload

** Don’t bombard people with information – always make it look like you want to build a relationship with them

** Try and position yourself as a problem solver

** The basic sequence of behaviour for an effective salesperson goes like this: develop trust, build rapport, ask the right questions and solve the problems that come from the answers

** You don’t necessarily need the gift of the gab to be a good salesperson

** If you’re a business owner it’s vital you do sales training so you can properly understand the performance of your team

** Don’t just set sales targets – set your targets across all aspects of the process i.e. number of meetings, presentations, cold calls etc.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The distinction between a pro salesperson and an amateur

** The different types of salespeople

** The power of commitment

** The need for a sales process

** The value of sales scripts

** How to hire the right salespeople

** The right length of sales meetings

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Register for Ben’s workshops across Australia, “The 5-stage business growth blueprint”. The first event is March 1st : http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

** Wayne is going to be our Guest Speaker at the Business Exceleration Conference - if you want to see him LIVE click here: http://maxmyprofit.com.au/vip-event

** Wayne's website: http://www.wayneberry.com.au

** Free sales Ebooks and videos at Wayne’s company site: http://www.topgunba.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

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

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

Wayne has given us some great shortcuts on how to make more sales. Listen, learn and sell! 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: BBF124_How_to_Be_a_Top_Gun_in_Sales_with_Wayne_Berry.mp3
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We’ve got a razor-sharp guest on the show this week. Listen up if you want to know how to give the knockout pitch you need to raise investment for your business. John Livesay is an eminent funding strategist who is so revered he even has a nickname, “The Pitch Whisperer”! He has authored a book called “The Successful Pitch” and he also hosts the Successful Pitch Podcast, so he is well worth listening to.

Below are some of the highlights of the conversation with Ben:

** A pitch whisperer answers the three unspoken questions everyone has, no matter what you’re pitching. 1. Do I trust you? 2. Do I like you? 3. Will this work for me/will I get a ROI?

** You only have 90 seconds to captivate your audience.

** Focus your story by mapping out in your head who you’re helping, what problem you’re solving, how big the market is and why you’re the right person to execute this.

** Forget selling for a moment. Tell stories instead.

** Telling stories helps you show off your best skills but without it being too blatant.

** When you raise money from angel investors, make sure it lasts 12-18 months.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to distinguish between and investor and a customer

** The power of now

** The structure of a good story

** The characteristics of an investable person

** Where startups should go to find funding

** Equity crowdfunding

** The workings of the seed round

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Register for Ben’s workshops across Australia, “The 5-stage business growth blueprint”. The first event is March 1st : http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

** John’s website: http://www.johnlivesay.com

** Buy John’s 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

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

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

“People remember your stories, not your numbers.” If you take that advice from John, you won’t got 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: BBF123_How_to_Craft_an_Elevator_Pitch_with_John_Livesay.mp3
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We’ve changed it up a bit this week. Instead of just a standard interview about a business topic, we’ve responded to your feedback and given you a couple of case studies of businesses who’ve worked with us at MaxMyProfit. Hiring a business coach was pretty much their last resort, but as you will hear, once they got the right guidance and started to change their ways, their businesses turned the corner. Case Study 1 – Darren Clarke (CPC Plumbing): Although Darren had been in business for 18 years before he saw one of our coaches, by his own admission he never felt he’d succeeded in business. His company was losing money (“it was a sink or swim situation”), he had a high staff turnover and he was working ridiculously long hours. Then he started coaching, and the rest is history. In his words: “It wasn’t about my business, it was about me.” “At first it was really hard being told you were the problem but now I understand it to a point where if I feel comfortable, I know I’m in the wrong spot. I’ve got to get out of my comfort zone to make it happen.” Two years later and Darren has seen an increase of 50-60% in his sales, and now he only spends half of his time doing day-to-day business, freeing him up to concentrate ON the business. Case Study 2 – Ben Choy (Otilas): Ben Choy was working himself into the ground as well as his business. When he called for the help of one of our coaches he was working up to 100 hours per week! He was the hamster stuck in the wheel, and things started to spiral. He takes up the story: “There were things we were not billing for where we realised 60-90 days later we hadn’t invoiced the client! You’re so focused on doing the work, a lot of the admin side of the business falls behind and before you know it, you’re out of control.” “Before working with MaxMyProfit my mindset was always negative - I got too emotional working with clients - but since working with Maxmyprofit, that’s changed. I would not have gotten better with that had I not started working with someone like Maxmyprofit.” Now things are looking a lot brighter for Ben. He’s down to 60 hours a week and he’s seen an increase in revenue of 15%. In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Two inspiring stories of how coaching has completely turned around two failing businesses

** The benefits of the coaching community, i.e. quarterly growth club

** How a coach concentrating on you rather than just the business can make all the difference

** The importance of professional help (there’s no shame in it – it works!)

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Register for Ben’s workshops across Australia, “The 5-stage business growth blueprint”. The first event is March 1st : http://www.businessfasttrack.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

Today’s two guests are shining examples of what might be possible with your business if you took a step back and made the effort to find somebody who can help. Listening to this podcast is a good start for sharpening up your business toolbox, but if you go that one step further, you might just start your very own revolution! 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


Our guest this week has hit the highest heights of the corporate world, having just been hired as the CEO of the family business this month. Angus Kennard is now presiding over Australia’s leading equipment hire business, Kennards, which has 165 branches across Australia and New Zealand. Kennards’ record of sustained growth is incredible: over the last 20 years they have doubled in size every 5 years. Angus shared with us some great insight about what has made Kennards so successful:

** If you have a family business, don’t just hire members of your family from the beginning. Have them work elsewhere to experience a different environment.

** Don’t get too hung up on growth. Growth is an outcome. Set company goals to look after the customers first and the growth will follow.

** Make sure your employees share core common values. That doesn’t mean they have to think the same, but there needs to be a common trust among each member of the workforce.

** Be willing to break company rules in order to achieve the goals you have set out to achieve for your customers.

** “You never hear of a company going broke because they don’t owe money”

** Every person has their time in a business. If someone is a good entrepreneur it doesn’t mean they’ll be good at running the business once it grows. The type of leader that a business needs changes over time.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** The importance of values to a firm

** How Kennards funded their incredible growth

** The danger of not innovating

** How technology is enabling more Kennards outlets

** How to build a business plan

** The potential of printing out houses

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Register for Ben’s workshops across Australia, “The 5-stage business growth blueprint”. The first event is March 1st : http://www.businessfasttrack.com.au

** Kennards’ facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KennardsHire/

** Kennards’ website: https://www.kennards.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

You could do a lot worse than going into work tomorrow and setting your business the Kennard goal of: “Make every customer a raving fan”! 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: BBF121_Looking_After_Your_Customers_the_Kennards_Way_with_Angus_Kennard.mp3
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There are so many different marketing channels these days, so you have to work even harder to make sure your message stands out from the ever-growing crowd. That’s why we’re speaking to Gregory Diehl, a man who makes his living advising people on how to do just that.

All of Gregory’s experiences travelling the world and observing the different ways people express their values made him realise that business is exactly the same as humanity... it’s all about the narrative. Gregory has written an Amazon-bestselling book, Brand Identity Breakthrough, but today he has been kind enough to share with us his top tips about how to truly define your brand and your narrative:

** Try your best to do something where there is no competition. Be different in a very specific kind of way.

** Make sure your elevator pitch is always sharp.

** 80% of knowledge you use should be gathered from personal experience.

** Ask yourself three questions: Who am I? What do I do? Why should the person you’re telling this to care? Use the last one to adjust your instinctive answers to the first two.

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

** You will be more fulfilled in your business if you’re doing something you personally believe in, and that in-turn will improve your narrative.

  In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** How to reposition yourself in a marketplace

** How to avoid being a business coward

** Financial planning to mitigate against failure

** How to achieve a unique selling position

** The traits of an armchair entrepreneur

  Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Gregory’s book on Amazon

** Gregory’s own site which includes the highly popular podcast “Uncomfortable Conversations With Greg” (as recommended by Ben): http://www.gregorydiehl.net

** 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

  As Gregory says, “A brand is like a projection of a personality”. So identify yours and go out there and project 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: BBF120_How_to_Position_Yourself_in_the_Marketplace_with_Gregory_Diehl.mp3
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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)

Subscribe on iTunes

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)

  Subscribe on iTunes

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/)

  Subscribe on iTunes

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.

* Press play above to listen to this weeks Podcast *

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)

  Subscribe on iTunes

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
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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
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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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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

 

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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

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** 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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