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The Sales Podcast

Oct 27, 2014

About Today's Guest

Michael Hyatt is the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson). It is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller. Recently, Forbes magazine named him one of the “Top 10 Online Marketing Experts To Follow In 2014.”

He left a lifelong career in the publishing industry to launch his own speaking / mentoring / writing business but he spent 8 years building his own platform before he resigned from his CEO position.

He openly shares his failures and recommendations for success in this episode of The Sales Podcast.

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Rubber-Meets-The-Road Tip

  • Don't quit your day job!
    • Having a day job does give you a safety net.
    • Look for a niche.
    • Success and fun. Passion. (Daydream.) Competency. (What are you good at?) Market Demand.
  • For four years Michael had under 1,000 readers per month on his blog.
  • You have to build a tribe, a following, a platform to get your word out.
  • It’s easier now. Few are doing it well. It’s easier to stand out now if you focus.

[Tweet ""It’s easier to stand out now if you focus" says @Michael Hyatt"]

  • Everyone wants to create excuses.
    • Time is the easiest excuse.
    • He was a CEO with 5 daughters, etc.
    • He would say he was handicapped by being a CEO.
  • Michael’s inflection point is because he focused on his audience and most get it wrong and focus on themselves.
    • Make your customer the hero.
    • Michael sees himself as a guide. Help them solve problems.
    • In year four he shifted his focus and realized he wasn’t the center of the universe.
    • He conducted a survey and created content around addressing those problems.

[Tweet ""Make your customer the hero" says @Michael Hyatt"]

  • Have an Intentional Monetization Strategy
    • He wishes he had started collecting email addresses earlier.
    • He had about 2,500 subscribers when he went out on his own despite having 100,000 visitors per month.
    • He went from 2,500 to 73,000 in the first 9 months by being intentional.
    • The right content that people want - provide a quick win - deliver huge value. Give away your best stuff for free.
    • People undervalue their knowledge. Everyone is an expert in something. People will pay you for what you know.

[Tweet ""Have an Intentional Monetization Strategy" says @Michael Hyatt"]

  • Hire the best coaches you can afford. It may be just a free book from the library.
    • Join Masterminds.
    • Set time aside to learn and time to work. “Every time I’ve hired an assistant it has enabled me to increase my income.”
    • Narrow on what you do best and add value. It brings joy.
    • Michael spent 30 days in Europe. He got 5 emails that entire time from his daughter. He has grown over 3 years and invested.
  • He sees books as a fancy business card. It fills the top of the funnel.
    • Book Shout - Dallas - amazing engine for entrepreneurs wanting to sell their digital products.
    • Non-fiction authors - most don’t know they have to write the book first.
    • Write a great proposal in a specific format - “Writing a book and getting published is more important than a PhD - get published!”

[Tweet ""Writing a book and getting published is more important than a PhD!" says @Michael Hyatt"]

  • It’s a bit of the chicken and the egg. Blog to create your platform. It’s your laboratory to test content. Then polish it up and publish.
  • People will pay for convenience.
  • If you’re serious about speaking, hang a shingle and let people know that’s what you do.
    • He has a chapter in his book. His invitations quadrupled when he got this right.
    • If your content is resonating it will connect with event planners looking for good people. Don’t make it difficult for them. View yourself as a product and package yourself.
    • Speak for free to get started. Get permission to record it and make your demo reel.

[Tweet ""Writing a book and getting published is more important than a PhD!" says @Michael Hyatt"]

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