This is Episode 2 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan.
Welcome to the 2nd episode of This Old New Business Marketing, where Chris Brogan and I discuss entrepreneurship. You will really enjoy this conversation.
Chris is a master storyteller, and one of the most respected personalities in the world of entrepreneurship.
He will have not only have you smiling, but also rethinking what it means to be an entrepreneur, business owner, employee, and a human being helping others to enjoy a more favorable human experience.
Most important is you will learn you are not alone. There are a lot of folks like us that have been told we don’t fit the typical profile. Guess what? There is no profile for what works. That’s up to you.
Get ready to be inspired.
Our Featured Guest: Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan is the CEO of Human Business Works, publisher of Owner Magazine, and a New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including The Impact Equation, Trust Agents (co-authored with Julien Smith), Social Media 101, Google+ for Business, and most recently published, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators.
Have a Tattoo-Level Obsession for Your Business
Chris shared several stories about what it means to be a freak. First of all, it has nothing to do with the size of the company you own, or even if you are an entrepreneur. One can be freakishly obsessed with the work they do and happy doing it as an employee.
If you love a business and the work you do for them, then you probably have what Chris describes as the tattoo-level obsession for your work.
Whether you are into tattoos or not, that indeed is a nice test for how committed you are to your work.
When you lose the passion for your work it’s necessary to get it back or move on to something new. Chris seems to do both quite nicely.
Start Selling the Promise People Can Believe
In our previous episode with John Jantsch, he discusses The Duct Tape Marketing System, and how that solution made marketing tangible – like a product.
Chris similarly makes the point that if you stop selling products and instead focus on serving the community, then at some point the product you are selling stops being the product because the promise of what you deliver with it becomes more powerful.
When you can create a process for personalizing the experience for your customer, you can more consistently deliver something that is even better than what they may have imagined.
It’s Cool When Your Community is Weird
Successful entrepreneurship is really about choosing to find the work that you want to do for the people you want to serve. When you do that there is a sense of belonging to something that others may consider weird, and THAT actually makes it cool for you and everyone else within your community.
Now that a nice place to be, isn’t it?
Lighting Round Tips and Advice
Chris Brogan’s Top Sales or Marketing Advice – The best marketing informs and educates with the option for live, human interaction.
His Favorite Productivity Tip – To be productive, keep your mission in mind and execute solely from that.
A Quote that has Inspired Chris Brogan’s Success – “Do not go where the path may lead, but go where there is no path, and leave a trail.” – Emerson
- Stop selling products and start serving the community you have the opportunity to serve.
- When you allow your community to write back to you – everything changes.
- You have never experienced a newsletter like the one Chris Brogan delivers every week. You can sign up for it here.
- Chris will teach you how to do email marketing right with Love Letters – Digital Business Mastery
- Learn more about The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth.
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About the Author: Jeff Korhan, MBA, is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business and host of This Old New Business podcast.