Episode 216 – Crystal Washington – One Tech Action

Crystal Washington (@CrysWashington on twitter) returns to discuss her latest book “One Tech Action” with host Craig Price. Past guest Crystal Washington is back and she’s written a guide book to help sort through the world of app for busy professionals. Craig is neither all that busy or all that professional. Nonetheless, the two discuss …

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Episode 210 – Carolyn Strauss – Home Shopping

Carolyn Strauss (@CarolynStrauss on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss her experiences and what she learned partnering with the Home Shopping Network. While Craig has known Carolyn for a few years, he never asked her on because she was a bit too well known. Why would she come on his little old podcast?  When she offered to come on, Craig leapt at the chance. It wasn’t just because she is a world class designer and businesswoman with vast experience running a multimillion dollar apparel company. There was also the bonus of getting some serious street cred with the women in his life. Particularly his wife and both mother and mother-in-law!

The two chat about a wide variety of things including how she transitioned from model to designer, pitching products to HSN, dealing with live caller interactions, why value-per-minute is just as important in non-sales positions and a bunch more. A fun interview that peeks behind the scenes at the goings-ons of a shopping channel and how stunned Craig is by the power of these channels.

Carolyn can be found at her self titled website http://CarolynStrauss.com 

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Episode 208 – 2016 Speakers Roundtable

Mary Kelly, Jason Kotecki, Jessica Pettitt and Thom Singer (@marykellyspeaks, @kimandjason, @jesspettitt and @thomsinger on Twitter) join host Craig Price for his 2016 Speakers Roundtable. Each year, Craig gathers the best minds in the speaking industry to sit down during the National Speakers Association’s annual convention (this year in hell…I mean Phoenix.) to discuss the state of the industry, what new things are happening, what issues are affecting the speaker population and whatever else may pop up. This year, Craig sat 4 talented past guests to discuss marketing and the resulting conversation covered so much more. They discussed capitalism, charity, tapping into your talents, differentiating yourself, referring other speakers and the hottest of topics…when during the podcast would Jessica swear. These panels are always the most requested episodes of Reality Check and this year is no exception.  Celebrate Craig’s birthday by enjoying a gift he gives to himself and to you…his annual speakers roundtable.

Mary Kelly was previously featured on episode 191 and can be found at her website http://productiveleaders.com

Jason Kotecki was a guest on episode 168 and you can learn more about him at http://escapeadulthood.com

Thom Singer has been on the podcast numerous times and can be found at http://ThomSinger.com

Jessica Pettitt has also been on the podcast and previous roundtable discussions and can be found at http://goodenoughnow.com

Special thanks to the National Speakers Association as well as MicroSearch for all their help in getting this episode made.

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Episode 207 – AJ Coots – Headshots

AJ Coots (@AJCPhotography on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss storytelling headshots. Be it for your LinkedIn profile, your business cards, website or promotional material, if you are in business, at some point you will need professional headshots. What will your headshot say about you? Many people don’t even think about that before the get their pictures taken. They assume the photographer will snap a shot and they’ll be on their way.

AJ Coots specializes in storytelling headshots. Pictures that show people who you are immediately and what you are all about. Since many times our headshot is the first time someone looks at us, people make snap judgments on what they see. AJ and Craig discuss how to pick a photographer, what the difference is between typical headshot photography and editorial photography. They also discuss finding the “hero shot” and techniques to make you less self-conscious when getting your photo taken. Somehow Craig’s deflated bum is discussed and much more.

AJ Coots can be found at http://storytellingheadshots.com and is based out of Portland.

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Episode 193 – Ty Bennett – Partnership is the New Leadership

Ty Bennett (@TyBennett on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss his book Partnership is the New Leadership. Leadership is something many people want to have but often their style can be less effective than they want. Benevolent dictators and force of personality can only work with a few. How can leaders be more effective? By partnering with their employees, of course. Craig and Ty discuss how leadership with short term goals can reap quick rewards but have long-term side effects (few that are good), how commitment between employee and employer is a two-way street and how they both agree that motivation is overrated.

You can learn about Ty and his new book Partnership is the New Leadership at http://leadershipinc.com 

APP BONUS: Read the 1st chapter of Partnership is the New Leadership!

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Episode 188 – Doug Devitre – Remote Selling

Doug Devitre (@DougDevitre on twitter) calls host Craig Price to discuss remote selling. Selling is hard. It’s hard face to face, it’s hard on the phone. It’s just hard. Especially if you can’t physically get to where your client is. Thankfully, Doug is on the podcast to discuss his book Screen to Screen Selling: How to Increase Sales, Productivity, and Customer Experience with the Latest Technology.  Facetime is not just something we need with clients, it’s something we use to talk to them! Doug and Craig talk about turning presentations into visual conversations, how to best interact with clients when there are so many applications to choose from (hint: Use what they use!!) and why the almighty bandwidth is so important.

You can learn more about Doug at his self-titled website http://dougdevitre.com/ and you can pick up his book at amazon.com or wherever quality books are sold.

APP BONUS: Read the first chapter of Screen to Screen Selling: How to Increase Sales, Productivity, and Customer Experience with the Latest Technology.

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Episode 182 – Scott Cooksey – Connection

Scott Cooksey (@ideacharger on twitter) sits down with host Craig Price to discuss connection. Connection means different things for different people. For some, making and keeping connections is a natural thing. For others, it takes effort and energy to connect and engage on a regular basis. When Craig sits down with Scott, the two talk about how a disaster forced Scott to reach out to his clients and establish a connection, how listening is the key to building connections and why Craig is so bad at maintaining long-term connections with clients. They also get into why Craig feels LinkedIn requests from strangers are just ways for people to spam his connections.

You can learn more about Scott at his website http://ideacharger.com and listen to his podcast The Success Charger Podcast with Scott Cooksey where Craig recorded an episode on negativity.

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Episode 179 – Scott McKain – Distinction

Scott McKain (@ScottMcKain on twitter) joins host Craig Price about his book Create Distinction. Being unique is something we all strive for. So much so that it seems everyone is the doing the same things to be unique (think hipster beards and tribal tattoos). Scott talks about how companies makes themselves unique to attract customers, Craig repeats his anti-purple cow rant, how to figure out what to focus on to be distinctive (other than being great) and how small businesses can compete with big companies by being distinctive.  They also talk about how you need to know what your competition is before you can separate yourself from them. Far too many people don’t know what others are doing so they can stand out (I’m talking to you podcasters who don’t listen to podcasts!).

Scott can be found at the obvious http://ScottMcKain.com.  You can all find his book Create Distinction: What to Do When Great Isn’t Good Enough to Grow Your Business on amazon and all the regular places.

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Episode 178 – Jeffrey Hayzlett – Think Big, Act Bigger

Jeffrey Hayzlett (@JeffreyHayzlett on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss his latest book Think Big, Act Bigger. Everyone has dreams and goals, but not everyone does the things necessary to achieve them. Jeffrey’s latest book Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless shows readers how he has thought big and acted big in his career that included being the CMO at Kodak, becoming a business celebrity and being a prime-time Bloomberg Television host. Craig and Jeffrey discuss the need for confidence, how being authentic shouldn’t be a strategy it should just be as well as how failure and humility can fit in with your big plans. They also talk about Jeffrey’s recent induction into the National Speaker’s Hall of Fame as well as his failures on the football field. If you’re looking to move the needle of progress forward, you’ll want to listen in.

You can find Jeffrey at his website http://hayzlett.com, watch his show MYOB:mind your own business at http://www.c-suite.tv and listen to his podcast All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on the podcast network http://play.it. I told you he thinks big!

And of course you can get his book Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless in all the familiar places.

 

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Episode 152 – Brett Judd – Entrepreneurial Relationships

Brett Judd (@BrettMJudd on Twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss entrepreneurial relationships. What are entrepreneurial relationships? When a someone loves someone and they wish to commit to one another, they create an LLC…no wait. That’s not what we’re talking about at all. We’re talking about spouses working together to run a business. Relationships and businesses are tough enough on their own but when you combine the two, that opens a whole new mess of problems. Brett and Craig discuss compartmentalizing, not treating your relationship like a business and dealing with the stress of it all.

Brett and his wife Gina have their own podcast dealing with families and their businesses at http://www.fortunesandfamilies.com/ and you can learn more about Brett at his aptly named website http://www.brettmjuddmsw.com/ 

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