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MBA1843 Must Read – How to Live by Derek Sivers

This one kept us up at night.

No, literally. Omar had to stop reading Derek Sivers’ How to Live before bed, because it generated so much thought and emotion he couldn’t sleep. Today’s Must-Read is so different from the usual personal development books, we just had to share it.

But we can’t share too much.

This book takes a walk through some of the most fundamental wisdom — much of which you’ve heard before — and challenges it. In the end, it all comes together in a way that’s so surprising, it might actually affect how you live your life.

The author himself claims it’s his best work so far, and we have to say “Hell yeah it is.” Find out why: Click Play!

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MBA1842 What To Look For When Hiring For Marketing + Free Ride Friday

Marketing is a must.

The second you can afford it, hire a marketing professional to get your message out there. But before you do, you have some things to consider. From budget to skill set, your first marketing hire is a decision to make carefully — not lightly.

It can make all the difference in the world.

Today, we discuss how to set your budget (for more than just salary, btw), and what to look for in a marketing pro. Marketing is a broad field, which means you have to find someone with the specialty you need. 

Professional marketing is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make in your business. Learn how to get it right — Click Play!

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MBA1841 Get Your To Do List Done With Less Anxiety

Your “To Do” list doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it should be a relief.

Every entrepreneur has to self-discipline. It’s the price of freedom! But when a To Do list gets too long, it can start to seem hopeless. Tasks pile up, and next thing you know, each new addition is just another drop in the ocean. 

It’s time to break the cycle.

Today, we’ll show you how to make your To Do list a path to freedom, not a prison of your own overwhelm. Good ol’ Omar spent years trying to find the best way to get everything done, and he’s settled on a system that might just work for you.

With this system, you might not get everything crossed off your list each day. But each night, you’ll go to sleep knowing that what needs to happen, happened. You’ll be confident that wherever you are, you’re on the right track. 

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MBA1840 Q&A Wednesday: How do I niche down a business I bought?

Controlling the direction of a business you built is one thing. But what if you didn’t build it?

It’s Q&A Wednesday, and we’ve got a listener in a special kind of pickle. They purchased a business, but it needs to shift gears. The business isn’t doing as well as it could, because it’s trying to please everyone instead of a targeted audience.

Can you buy a business and change it without alienating existing customers?

As it turns out, we have an example that can shed some light on this one. Many businesses make the mistake of casting a wide net instead of finding their niche. And this isn’t the first time a new owner has recognized that problem and tried to fix it.

We’ll share the story of how this other business faced the exact same situation, and how they addressed its challenges. Learn why niching down is so important, and get our best tips on pulling off a big shift like this. 

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MBA1839 Should You Get an Investor When Starting a Software Company?

File this under “questions we get a lot.” If you want to start a software business, do you need outside money?

Well, it depends.

Our SaaS business, WebinarNinja, is 100% self-funded. Omar used his own money to get it going, and it’s been running on its own steam ever since. But that doesn’t mean self-funding is the right decision for everyone. 

It all depends on your goals.

Today, we discuss the ups and downs of taking investment, and alternative ways to get the capital you need. Software is a special animal, one that requires a concrete plan to get off the ground. Tune in, and see which you need more: investment, or control. 

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MBA1838 Guest Teacher – Michael Reddington – How to Incorporate Forensic Interrogator Tactics to Sell More

What’s the difference between getting someone to make a purchase, and getting someone to tell you the truth?

To the human brain…very little. 

This one sounds out of left field, but stick with us. Michael Reddington made a career out of getting information from criminal suspects. Along the way, he discovered that the same kind of trust, honesty, and vulnerability required to elicit a confession has another application.

Turns out, it’s a heckuva sales strategy.

In this episode, Michael explains 5 principles of interrogation techniques that work just as well in sales. From a psychological standpoint, selling and interrogating are basically the same thing — a conversation that ends with the right decision.

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MBA1837 How Entry Level Products Can Help Your Business + Free Ride Friday

Sometimes, the best way to find customers is to create them.

You’ll hear what we mean! Today, we discuss how entry-level products are the perfect gateway for bigger purchases later. Almost every kind of business can (and should) use this strategy.

In this episode, we discuss exactly how.

We’ll cover various ways to create versions of your product with a lower barrier of entry. Using examples from our own businesses and others, we’ll show you how there’s always a low-risk way to bring people through the door — and later turn them into lifers.

No matter what your product is, start thinking about the entry-level version now. Tune in, and develop a strategy that not only attracts customers, but helps you weed out the casual fans and identify the true, lifelong loyalists.

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