Tad Hargrave has made a career of teaching business skills to the people who are on a mission to change the world – which is hard, because they’re the same people who tend to be most resistant to the concept of business! Tad manages to walk the line gracefully through his work at Marketing For Hippies, with an incisive sensitivity that I know you’ll appreciate. On today’s show, we dig into the deep meaning of what sales is really about, and reach some surprising conclusions.
First of all, you should know something about me.
I cannot tell a joke to save my life.
If you were to ask me why the well-read serial killing, yet thin-skinned chicken crossed the road I’d probably say something like “to kill a mockingbird.”
That’s my level of natural humor which is to say I need to work at it.
Yes, humor is a blade that cuts both ways.
You can draw an audience to you, or you can repel an audience from you by the way you use humor.Click to tweet
But if you draw them to you, you’ll be completely unforgettable. And you will be loved.
Think of the great actors who have passed away in your own lifetime. The ones who made you think were the ones you admired and because of this you felt a little sad in their passing. But the ones who made you laugh were the ones you loved and whose presence you miss the most.
Take for instance two giants of the cultural scene who recently left us for the great beyond. The first, Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Mr. Spock was serious, admirable and brilliant. And we attributed those qualities to Mr. Nimoy, didn’t we?
And when he passed away, there was a day or two of the media taking notice, but given the world-wide fame he experienced throughout his career, nothing out of the ordinary.
Ah, but when Robin Williams died, the feeding frenzy went on for weeks. I even wrote a blog post about it to process my own grief. Yes, there was a suicide involved, but a similar thing happens when there isn’t such a tragic end, at least for a comedian.
Think of George Carlin, Milton Berle, Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, or Bob Hope. When these beacons of funny died, the world stopped to wipe away a collective tear.
Every couple of months, Firepole posts a list of what we’ve been reading — all the best resources and links on a variety of topics.
But this month, we’re doing something different. Recently, we published a guide on a topic that’s really important to many of you in our audience — how to make money blogging. It was so popular, we decided to give you even more resources on the topic.
And luckily, we’re not the only ones who have published great, in-depth resources on the topic. So for today’s post, we combed the internet for the best information out there on how you can make money with your blog. Enjoy!
Mitch Joel is one of the leading voices in digital media. He is the host of the Six Pixels of Separation podcast, author of 2 bestselling books and co-founder of Twist Image, the leading Canadian marketing agency that was acquired last year by the largest agency conglomerate in the world to form a global agency called Mirum, where Mitch serves as president.
On today’s show, Mitch and Danny explore some of the most important existential questions that modern, online entrepreneurs have to struggle with and come to some inspiring and insightful conclusions.
Sean Platt is a pioneer and innovator in the business of fiction. He has a proven track record of doing what’s never been done before, and with great success. He ran the second most successful fiction project in KickStarter history, and proved that fast writing can be good writing when he and his partner wrote a book in 30 days, live in front of 1,000 people. That’s just part of it.
Today, Sean talks about what’s to come, both for him and for the fiction industry at large.