Increase Your Productivity Using This Expert Advice

20151008You just went out on your own.

Congratulations!  So now what?

When I launched my company Working Simply, I had only a bicycle, no car, no phone, no computer, no printer. I had to return each of these to my former company when I resigned from my sales position.

Not only did I not have any of the required tools to start my company, I was giving up a steady, predictable income.

I was petrified.

It was miles to the nearest library (where I could research computers and cars), and I was not sure my bike would even make it down the street.

What was I thinking? How was I going to build a thriving business? Where did I start?

To get an idea off the ground, an open calendar and a list of prospects to call is scary. And you’ll need and want to feel firmly rooted in some strategies to make it happen the first 30 days.

First, Find Your Style

You are setting out on an adventure. And you’ll likely be hearing advice and encouragement from all types of entrepreneurs or solopreneurs—what worked for them, what didn’t.

While some of their advice might be helpful, you need to get rooted immediately in what works for you and your productivity style.

One-size-fits all t-shirts never fit properly. The same applies to one-size-fits-all approaches to personal productivity.

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BR18: Michael Port Reimagines Performance and Influence


Michael Port is well known for his roles in movies and television, like Sex and the City, but did you know he also has a background in the business side of the fitness business.

Or that he can help you dispel your fear of public speaking?!?

Today, Danny talks with Michael about how all of life is a performance you can prepare for, from first dates to job interviews, and company pep talks to CEO speeches.

Download the transcript here.

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9 Lessons From an Accidental Course Launch

20150928Before I started working at Firepole Marketing, I was an ABM student.

And like a good little student, I paid attention to just about everything Danny put out – including Course Builders Laboratory. I was very interested in taking the course, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me at the time.

However, Danny gave out some amazing free content within the launch, and I gobbled it up. I was particularly interested in the part about “you can launch a pilot, even if you don’t have a huge list.”

As a former fitness instructor, my blog was about helping women feel more comfortable in their own skin.

I was busy guest posting and trying to get my name out there when an opportunity came up to travel back to the city where I taught fitness classes. Thinking I could draw new eyeballs to my blog, I asked the owner of the franchise if I could talk to her group at a “mom’s night out” event.

Happily, she agreed.

I was busy planning out what I wanted to teach them when I had a light bulb moment.

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You Want to Create a Course, So Why Don’t You?

ask theReadersYou’ve heard the hype. Everyone’s saying it, and you know it’s true: creating a course is one of the best ways to make money online.

Just imagine what it would be like to have a product that gives your clients the same results you provide in person.

You could help so many more people. Your impact and reach could be so much greater. Your influence wouldn’t be limited by your time.

But even though you know you want to create a course… you haven’t.

So the question is: why?

Are you afraid of the work? Unsure how to manage the technology? Or maybe you’re scared to call yourself an expert?

If you want to create a course, what’s stopping you? 

Tell us in the comments!

Tales of a Course Building Nothing

20150923Editor’s note: Today we’re doing something a little different on the blog. Student Advisor, Christy Campbell, has agreed to give us a peek into her personal experience with launching an online course, the good, the bad, and the ugly. And we caught it all on video!

You’re welcome to watch the video which you’ll find after Christy’s introduction, or if you’d rather read, she’s written a great synopsis underneath. Or maybe you’d like enjoy both. (Both are great, and I suggest you do both if you’ve got the time!)

Looking in from the outside, you might get the impression that we here at Firepole have it all figured out, all the time.

What if I told you that couldn’t be further from the truth?

First off, I’d like to say that putting all of this out there in a public way has been a really humbling experience. It’s not terribly exciting to broadcast your epic failures, but that’s what I’m about to do.

So why would I subject myself to this kind of scrutiny?

My hope is to show that we here at Firepole are real people and are trying things out ourselves – and…

While I will tell you that since starting at Firepole, I’m far better equipped and supported to not only launch courses but help others to launch theirs, I’d also like you to know that “I’ve been there and done that.” (If someone wants to send me the t-shirt, I wear a size M.)

I also thought it would be fun to give you all a glimpse behind the curtain at the amazing Student Support team I have the privilege to work with everyday and the insight and experience they bring to the table. So, I asked if they’d be willing to “hot-seat” me about my online course building experience for this blog post.

Hopefully you’ll not only get the chance to see how this works (because we’ll be doing more of these for our students in the future!), but you’ll also pick up a few lessons along with me and NOT repeat my same mistakes.

Alright – are you ready? Let’s go.

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