Jeremy Nulik is the editor and Creative Energy Officer of St. Louis Small Business Monthly.
He seeks out the passion that drives entrepreneurs and business owners to create something new. He has written countless articles on entrepreneurship and is the co-author of “Business Breakthroughs: St. Louis Style.”
Nulik feels his role in this life, personally and professionally, is to add levity and help others to find their story. In our fairly quick interview, we wax philosophical and throw in as much self-effacing humor as the other can stand in order to establish:
- The one undeniable, irrefutable thing that 100% of successful people do, and without it, you’re doomed to absolute failure
- What drives entrepreneurs — an external need for acceptance, or a deeper internal struggle
- Is there a difference between being a “small businessperson” and an “entrepreneur,” and is that important?
- The different opportunities available to small business people and how to take advantage of them
- Why conceding defeat to your biggest competitor might lead to the job of a lifetime
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Resources and Follow-Up
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Maruxa Murphy is the founder and CEO of Instant Expert Media, the resource created for authors, speakers, coaches and consultants to amplify their brilliance through various online media venues.
She has been called “The Queen of Interviewing,” hosting over 500 interviews with Best-Selling Authors, Internationally Renowned Speakers, Business Trainers, Thought Leaders and Entrepreneurs with a powerful message.
Maruxa specializes in creating and putting on Telesummits (mega-teleseminars with multiple guests over a week or more), and we spent a lot of our interview discussing how to create and use Telesummits for any industry.
As Maruxa eats her way through almost an entire bag of dark chocolate chips, listen to us prove beyond a shadow of a doubt:
- How Telesummits can help add thousands of names to your email list and five to six-figures to your bank account
- The powerful tools you should be using to put on your Telesummits (hint: most are available for free or close to it)
- One secret trick to establishing rapport with your interview subject
- The common threads among some of the world’s most successful people
- How to stay positive in the face of overwhelming adversity, even if your interview guest eats through all your chocolate chips.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:00 — 51.3MB)
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The Franchise King®
Joel Libava, known as The Franchise King®, has been called a brutally honest, mostly non-politically correct entrepreneur, who’s hyper-focused on teaching people how to become wildly
successful in franchising, and not lose their money.
Aside from his award-winning blog, TheFranchiseKing.com, Joel’s written articles on franchising for websites like Small Business Trends, Open Forum by American Express, SBA.gov, and AllBusiness.com. He’s also done interviews and written articles for media outlets like Fox Business News, Entrepreneur Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, The Street.com, and
Joel’s book, Become a Franchise Owner! The Start-Up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money, and Owning What You Do, was just released and has 5 stars on Amazon.
During our 44-minute conversation on Franchising, we cover:
- Joel’s attitude toward modern franchising, and the reasons why most people in the industry don’t want (and are scared) to hear it
- The one question you should ask yourself before considering opening a franchised business
- Why job security is really a myth, and why you should always consider yourself a “free agent”
- The 3 characteristics of a superior franchise owner
- What “Discovery Day” means, and the one thing you always have to do before you go
- How to evaluate a management team
- The secret to avoiding “brick and mortar” build-out costs
- A breakdown of average costs when opening a franchised business, and where you can save thousands in cash
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 44:01 — 40.3MB)
Resources and Follow-Up
Joel’s Book on Amazon:
Become a Franchise Owner!: The Start-Up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money, and Owning What you Do
Despite a childhood mired in poverty, Cash Matthews has gone on to build a small empire that gives financial advice support to individuals and small businesses across the country. His company, The Solomon Group, gives people the tools to get out of debt and build a solid personal and/or business future with his staff of investment, real estate, tax, and mortgage experts. He also hosts the Business Owners Networking Group (a.k.a. “The BONG”) once a month, a free Meetup for small business owners to network and promote themselves.
In our 33-minute interview, Cash and I talk about:
- How to avoid some of the most common mistakes that most new business owners make
- The basics of legal business structure and tax strategy
- What’s more important; reducing debt or saving money
- The secret to good networking (hint: It’s not about you)
- How to build a positive relationship with money so that you can make more of it
- Lots more
Forbes Magazine named Vicki Flaugher, of Famous in Your Niche, one of the top 50 social media power influencers.
And rightly so. Vicki is one of those people who seems to escape every attempt at categorization and pigeon-holing that is thrown at her. She goes out of her way to meet people with whom she disagrees, just to get a new angle on life.
She’s a larger-than-life, blonde techno-diva who gets around town straddling a diesel-spewing hog and engaging everyone she finds. She’s equally at home with C-Suite Fortune 500 exec’s as she is with Compton-bred, F-Bomb slinging hardcore rap impresarios. She thrives on building corporate and personal brands and is damn good at it. When she speaks, people listen, and they learn.
I made Vicki sit down on my couch one morning and talk to me about…
- How to build a positive digital reputation that follows you everywhere
- The right ways to use social media (and why it’s never going away)
- Why she goes out of her way to meet people she disagrees with
- How to be an honest marketer without being 100% honest
- Why being interesting starts with being yourself
Download the MP3 (64 minutes, 59 MB)
TEDx Super Organizer, SEO Expert, and Founder of Genetically Unemployable, Emily Leach lives life by her rules. In this inaugural podcast, find out why she does all of her speaking engagement barefoot.