Sometimes nothing is more encouraging than being inspired by someone else’s success and motivated by their struggles. Cole Hatter made the fundamental decision not to squander a moment of his life, because he almost lost it. Twice. The challenges and losses Cole has faced are only surpassed by his resilience and tenacity. [Read more…]
Archives for June 2015
See how innovators and dynamic businesses harness the power of inquiry—one of the most effective forces for igniting change. Warren Berger has studied hundreds of the worlds leading innovators, red-hot start ups, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems, and create.
Asking questions allows you to find relevant solutions to the needs of the clients you serve. It also moves you further away from being a commodity and separates you from the standard way of doing business. [Read more…]
Creativity and profit do not have to be mutually exclusive of one another. You can in fact be creative and have the most profitable businesses that brings you and others great joy. We are pleased beyond words to have a leading voice on the subject of passion and profitability.
David Parrish is a business adviser, trainer, writer and speaker. He works internationally helping creative and cultural enterprises to become even more successful. David is the author of “T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity” and “Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success”. [Read more…]
Too often people accept “good enough” as the norm when it comes to customer service. In today’s business world you can’t succeed meeting client’s expectations. You have to blow them away.
Doug Sandler, aka Mr. Nice Guy, is the author of the newly released book “Nice Guys Finish First” and creator of Nice Guys Finish First philosophy. His philosophy, built on 30 years of industry experience, has always been to set huge expectations and exceed them. A former DJ, Doug is a speaker, author and blogger specializing in exceeding service expectations. [Read more…]
The way we use social media continues to rapidly morph and change at a pace most could never have imagined. When social media is used well it can dramatically increase your ability to successfully navigate this web of technology, literally removing the barriers of space and time between you and your followers. Yet, used incorrectly, Bryan Kramer explains all your efforts could be futile and create dismal results on social media in our digital world.
The great news is that you have complete control over the outcome. “There is No B2B or B2C: It’s Human to Human: #H2H” is a recently published book by social media expert Bryan Kramer. Bryan’s book inspires ways to connect on a human level in our very digital world. He is followed by over 200k combined social media followers so it’s safe to say that Bryan knows a thing or two about how to connect! [Read more…]
Technology has made it socially acceptable to communicate in sound bites at a furious pace. At the same time we seem to know less and less about how to deeply, profoundly connect. Without a balance between the two, disconnection is inevitable.
Let’s face it, people who connect deeply with others accelerate their personal success and ability to find meaning. There is nothing quite like being in flow and connecting with others. In business today, it’s practically a requirement if you want to succeed at online marketing. We are thrilled to bring Achim Nowak to the Creative Warriors community to share his insights on the 4 levels of connection. [Read more…]
In 2001, Steve Jobs introduced the original iPod. A revolutionary device to listen to digital music on-the-go. Entire collections of music and albums available at your fingertips carried around in your pocket. Or if you were really cool, tucked in an arm band while you were jogging. White ear buds hanging from your ears became the new fashion accessory.
But there’s something else about the introduction of that extraordinary device that many people have overlooked.
It also introduced a whole new media called Podcasting. What used to be traditional radio broadcasting, was now being “broadcast” over the iPod. Hence the term–Podcasting. It’s one of those perfect branding examples where the name has become so common that it’s part of everyday language. Like, “I’m going to grab a Starbucks.” “After I clean my ears with a Q-Tip.” You get the idea.
The rise in popularity of podcasting has been extraordinary. I have to admit, when someone on my team mentioned I should start a podcast two years ago I thought he was crazy. A year later, I could see that podcasting was an emerging trend. As we come upon the one year anniversary next month of my podcast, Creative Warriors, I’m so grateful I jumped on board. And this is just the beginning. Even Spotify announced last week that later this summer they will start streaming podcasts. Incredible.
The #1 reason we will continue to see podcasting rising in popularity is cars. Cars are going online making listening to podcasts that much easier. While most cars today have the ability to play smartphone audio through Bluetooth or USB connections, the prediction is that 50 percent of all cars sold in 2015 will be internet connected, and 100 percent by 2025. Making it that much easier to consume all the content out there.
Even still, none of this would really matter if it weren’t for one other big reason. People want to listen. As a society, we are sponges for entertainment and information. We can’t seem to get enough. To me, this is the most remarkable thing about the time we’re living in and how podcasting plays an important role. There is practically an UNLIMITED amount of FREE information available to you at anytime, anywhere. Think about how incredible that is. It’s so easy to take the benefit of that for granted. Just as we’ve forgotten the root of this thing called podcasting comes from a little device introduced in 2001.
My show, Creative Warriors is looking to play as big a role as possible in the future by providing the most valuable information for our specific avatar–small business owners who are marketing themselves and their talent. If you’re a photographer, coach, designer, event planner, marketer, consultant….if what you have to offer the world is your talent or skill, then Creative Warriors is for you. Why have I chosen to serve this specific audience? Because I know the unique challenges and needs of these entrepreneurs because I’ve been one for 30+ years. And there’s a complete lack of good information for creative thinkers like us. When YOU are your brand and it’s your TALENT that you’re selling, it takes a whole different way of being in business.
I personally select each and every guest. My goal is to inspire, motivate and educate while at the same time provide practical action steps for your business.
So there’s some big news I want to share about Creative Warriors! We will soon be broadcasting TWICE a week instead of the current once a week. Once Creative Warriors appeared in New and Noteworthy in iTunes and our popularity grew, we received a flood of requests from people wanting to be guests. We now have a 5 month backlog of amazing interviews ready for you to hear. By broadcasting twice a week we can get more amazing content to you quicker.
You’re going to be hearing from big names in the online world such as Chris Brogan and Ann Handley, authors Dorie Clark who wrote “Stand Out” and Hal Elrod of “Miracle Morning” fame and entrepreneurs like Cole Hatter and Dale Partridge. You’re not going to want to miss a single one!
My strong suggestion is that you subscribe to Creative Warriors in iTunes so you don’t miss any episodes. We’ll still be sending out an email once a week announcing both episodes for that week. But wouldn’t it be nice to have it automatically downloaded to your iTunes so you don’t have to think about it? It’s simple to do:
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO SUBSCRIBE IN iTunes. At the next window, click on View in iTunes under the Creative Warriors logo. That will open it up in iTunes and then you simply hit Subscribe. Super simple and you never have to think about it again.
The other way to subscribe is to download the iTunes Podcast App for iPhone and iPad. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW . Then search for Creative Warriors and subscribe.
Creative Warriors is also on Stitcher.
By subscribing you’ll build an awesome library of content specifically for you that is ready when you want it. I hear from our loyal listeners that they often feel they can’t keep up. By subscribing you won’t have to keep up. It will be there in iTunes when you’re ready to listen.
How fantastic is it we can stay connected if not in person, but through this technology called podcasting? I look forward to bringing you the best of the best and welcome your feedback. If there’s someone you’d like me to have on Creative Warriors just let me know.
Create, serve, and be prosperous,