Entrepreneur Showdown with Dan Franks and Joe Cassandra
Summary: The Entrepreneur Showdown Podcast is a place where two online entrepreneurs, Joe Cassandra and Dan Franks, go head to head each and every week debating the hottest topics in entrepreneurship and online businesses. Each week, Joe and Dan select their favorite blogs and podcasts from the week that was to break down, discuss, and debate in a way that only they know how. Then, in the main event, they welcome a big name special guest whose content was featured in that week’s episode for a special no-holds-barred interview unlike any they’ve ever done.
We let you down last week. Listen to what happened and how it pertains to the article we covered today on conquering self-sabotage from Ramit Sethi. Sometimes the issue with our problems isn't outside troubles, but actually the fight going on inside of you. Dan and Joe dive deep into this issue in Round 1 revealing some of their own self- sabotage moments. For Round 2, we discuss an event in the life of our Main Event guest, Ryan Avery, as he has lunch with a billionaire and gets to hear the "secrets" to success. Hear who the billionaire is and a couple of the tips he provides and hear Joe and Dan debate over it. For the Main Event, Ryan Avery is the Main speaker here, the youngest ever to win the World Champion of Public Speaking, he's a ball of energy and ready to bring it! How self-sabotage sounds and how it will hurt you. When is the best time to start your next venture? What are the 4 P's that Ryan says could help your life and marriage? How to sort out goals and outcomes (hint: focusing on solid goals lead to bigger outcomes) Keys to a successful presentation and how to prepare for each audience.
You're stuck looking for your business passion, aren't you? You're probably using it as an excuse to not get started as well, right? We've had that issue as well. Never fear, we discuss an excellent piece from expert Stephanie Sammons on finding your business passion; however, Dan seems to have questions about some of her thoughts, what do you think? For Round 2 we discuss a post by fellow-Texan buddy, Philip Taylor aka PT Money on starting a business with little to no money. Do you need a bunch of funding to get started and is the barrier to entry for online ventures getting worse? We discuss that and more before we bring on PT. PT hits up the Main Event and ready to make it rain! Our first fellow CPA on the show! Is building a lifestyle the key to finding your passion? Why Venture Capitalists hinder you from starting businesses. A Physical business could be better than an online venture. What did PT have to outsource because he felt others could do it better? Do you have that courage? Do you need to be extroverted to succeed?
What are these self assessment tests and exercises all about? Are they woo woo or legit? Also we talk with Mike Vardy about just what is a Productivityist!
How do you use your time? It's something we struggle with on the Showdown so we got some help from Jane Willmott with tips on Making the best and most use of your time. Dan and Joe even have some of their own tips you can use right now...... In Round 2, we discuss Jill Stanton's recent video post on the difference between Niche Sites and Authority Sites. Dan's had experience in the niche site world and can define it all for you and what goes into each...the question is.. do you need to use "different" SEO tactics to make them work? We'll need to ask Jill in the Main Event! Jill Stanton lands in the Main Event, having built dozens of authority and niche sites, she's a great resource to learn about them and the lifeblood they need to thrive. It's easy to be scammy in the niche site world, but Jill can show you how to get around that type of branding The BEST way to get things done besides the normal "write it down" advice. Difference between a niche site and an authority site and which is for you. The Key Ingredient to having a successful niche site What Jill worries about with her site's ALL the time! Which affiliate programs are the best for you? Hint, according to Jill, "Amazon affiliate program is bulls***!" Learn more!
We have a special round 1 today! We discuss Dan's recent project, Podcast Movement, which recently made over 5 figures in 48 hours! You'll need to hear about this and how to validate your new idea and why it's important with real life results, not some theory BS. For Round 2, we discuss Tom Morkes' recent article on how he enlisted the help of many A-Listers for his recent project. Is it that important to have big names back your project? Are there specific tactics you should be doing? Joe has a problem with one of Tom's tactics that he'll need to challenge that point in the Main Event! Tom Morkes lands in the Main Event from his exotic abode in Indonesia. But it's not all pina colada's, he's trying to get his publishing company off the ground, but he has some great tactics for increasing sales and your confidence in this chat. Why validation is important and how Dan validated his recent idea. Become a better copywriter INSTANTLY with this one tip Dan used that propelled sales. How Tom harnessed his previous relationships to start his publishing company, Insurgent Publishing, with a bang with ZERO experience. His Sales Tactics with using the correct verbiage that will automatically increase your sales. Tom uses the word "Journal" instead of an e-book, it increases sales! Building your own internal confidence Using a donation based model is actually tested to be the best way to increase revenue.
Dan and Joe admit their troubles with email marketing in Round 1, but have great examples of those who KNOW how to do it right. If you're just starting out in your email marketing campaign, this Round 1 is for you! Having trouble coming up with an idea for a business? Sean Ogle can help with that as we dive into Round 2 discussing how he comes up with new ideas. Joe discusses methods he's used to try and validate some of his potential ideas. For the Main Event, Sean Ogle graces us with his presence but greats the value. Sean runs Location 180 and at the same time started a new venture, Breaking Eighty, to harness his love of golfing. If you don't have an idea, Sean has some harsh words for you....
Is your mentality to learn important for your success? Dan and Joe discuss some on the job training skills with a "learning-as-you-go" attitude. Joe has a certain way he learns new processes, do you have the same style or the opposite? Find out in Round 1. Round 2 has us discussing a recent post from Stan Smith about the traits of successful blog marketers. Dan and Joe actually found a unique trait Stan doesn't touch on that up-and-coming bloggers are now utilizing. We may have to bring this up with Stan.....heck...you know we will! Let's move on to Stan! Stanford Smith comes on the Main Event to give his take on how to be a successful blog marketer. He has some sweet strategies that Joe says is, "Genius." You'll need to hear it as well as how he defined his target market. Check out Stan! Buying the new, shiny course doesn't mean you'll be successful, hear Dan's story from NMX that demonstrates this. Should you be using vulnerability in your writing? The "Genius" way Stan gets new clients through his blog posts Tips on using recent events in the media How Stan overcomes self-doubt when publishing new posts
Tax Time! It’s the most wonderful time of the year isn’t it? Maybe not…..Still, you got to pay your dues to IRS and Dan, our CPA, has some tips on MAXIMIZING your deductions this season. Our fellow-Texan friend Carrie Smith provided the inspiration for this with her article on enjoying your taxes (because you may…
Dan has a new idea....but does it need validation? We will dive into the questions you may need to ask yourself and your new idea as well as maybe some parameters that prove validation. We all use mobile apps everyday (even if you don't know it....), how hard is it to start building one? Even more on your mind, HOW MUCH is it to do it? Joe and Dan discuss their experience before diving into the Main Event with Steve P Young. Steve P Young (not to be confused with the Niners QB) enters the ring to talk about mobile apps for the first time on the Showdown. Steve talks about his app failures and successes and what you can do to start to get into the space. Learn what idea validation is and you NEED it for any new venture you want to pursue. How do I know if the idea is validated? Learn exactly where Steve makes money and how much Steve gives you ideas on validating app ideas, SIMPLE! Should your app be FREE or PAID? Steve P Young gives the trends of today. Is there a way to get to the top of Apple's list faster? Steve explains how he hustled to get sponsors on his podcast. BONUS: Get your Slideshare presentations viral, Steve's done it and tells you how.
Joe and Dan are broadcasting LIVE from New Media Expo and are bringing some harsh truths and takeaways from their experience. What should you be focusing on: Attending the sessions or meetups? Joe had some blunt statements about some of the sessions that could be said to be over the line.....judge for yourself! In Round 2, we discuss a recent post from JD Roth on being the CFO of your Life. Especially with the younger generation, it is tempting to start out their financial journey with debt and rapid spending. Joe and Dan have some quick stories and tips about their financial journey (being in their 20's.) Do you share some of these experiences? For the Main Event, JD comes into the ring to give you further advice on becoming a CFO, yes you! He's had many setbacks in his life and goes into how he overcome those struggles including his diet plans for all you New Year resolutions! We have a great discussion on how young people can succeed early on, they don't need to wait until they're retired. JD gives specific strategies on how you can do that, Dig into this episode to find out!
Joe and Dan start the show by taking a different approach to old style mindset talk. Then they discuss getting things done in a "fruity" way, and bring on expert Carrie Wilkerson to dive deeper!
Joe and Dan discuss the ten commandments that every side hustler must follow, work trends in the future (yes, this includes robots), and chat with Rob Rawsom.
In Round 1, we discuss a recent blog post by Shannon J. Hernandez about Gaining Control of Your Branding Efforts. Dan and Joe discuss their experience with blogging to supplement their podcast. They disagree about the viability of what they’ve tried to do in the past, and brainstorm about what they might do in the…
It's our week to host the Holiday Mashup! We had a blast last week and now we had a few tricks up our sleeves! Jared Easely and Cynthia Sanchez join us again for a round of laughs and lessons. Round 1 has us tackling the Top Christmas questions out there. Hear Joe and Cynthia disagree on one of the most controversial topics of the season..... It's a ball of giggles you'll need to listen to. Dan takes the reins in Round 2 to bring us down to earth with what our show is all about. Entrepreneurship. What IS entrepreneurship and who really are entrepreneurs. These are some tough questions and Jared reveals something tough going on right now, it's an emotional and inspiring moment that we've never had on the Showdown. In the Main Event, we close out the 2nd part of the Mashup with questions from the audience, we discuss who our "Dream" Interviews with. Some are possible, others.....it may take awhile. But we will never give up! In the podcasting area, we discuss if you should charge people who want to come on your show, is that an ethical tactic to used for your business? Also, "Would you ever start a podcast with a spouse?" To close out the Mashup, we all give OUR GOALS for 2014, our concrete goals. Will you hold us accountable?
Round 1 brings on TWITTER! We look at an article by Marc Guberti on a specific strategy on Twitter to bring on more followers. Joe and Dan aren't going to agree on this, Dan sees this tactic as spam and Joe is more free-spirited and shares his results testing it out. If you enjoy Twitter, you might want to consider this strategy. We're stoked to be heading out to New Media Expo in Vegas in January 2014. Joe's a bit nervous because he's never been to a large conference and not sure of what strategies to use to get the most out of the conference! Dan already has some experience from his days in real estate and offers his thoughts on the process. To solve this, there's only one thing to do, GET THE ORGANIZER OF THE EVENT ON AND GET HIS ADVICE. Check! Rick Calvert, the Founder of New Media Expo, jumps into the Main Event to give his advice on attending conferences the Right Way! Rick talks about : The Misconceptions of Conferences How to Meet your Favorite Bloggers/Podcasters What to Do Right Before a Conference What 80% of people do wrong at a conference, be the 20% He also has some predictions for 2014 you might be surprised about....