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  • You’re gonna love this DAILY, commercial-free entrepreneur spotlight show. We feature CEOs and founders of 6-9 figure B2B companies. Agencies, coaches, consultants, and other leaders share not only their success stories - but their advice for business leaders focused on business growth. You’re going to hear real stories from real people all in 15-25 minutes time - perfect for your commute. On this podcast, your host, Josh Elledge encourages entrepreneurs to share not only their expertise but their stories and their hearts. We believe that every person has a unique message which can positively impact the world. Even YOU! If you’d like to be featured on The Thoughtful Entrepreneur, apply here: https://UpMyInfluence.com/guest/
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  • May 16 2022
    In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the founder and CMO of https://inboxdone.com/ (InboxDone), Yaro Starak.  InboxDone is an email management virtual executive assistance service. They both develop email management systems and assign their clients executive assistants who will learn everything about the business so they can adequately manage their clients’ inboxes. More often than not, InboxDone’s clients want executive assistants who can respond on their behalf.  Josh and Yaro explore how delegation is necessary for growth. It’s not easy to relent control of those aspects of your business, but it’s absolutely essential. Too many entrepreneurs use their inbox as busy work and they get caught up in the mundane work. As a business owner, your inbox should serve as a way to prioritize growth and connection.  InboxDone uses a high-touch point process that combines top talent and executive assistance with tried-and-true processes. Yaro shares that his first client was himself – years ago, he sought a better way to manage his inbox, which is how he began developing the processes that resulted in InboxDone.  Each client that InboxDone works with has a tailored and unique hand off process. Each business is strategically paired with executive assistants on the InboxDone team. There’s a natural relationship and trust-building phase that comes with outsourcing inbox management, but that’s where InboxDone thrives. They’re your long term partner when it comes to effective, quality inbox management. They both provide the management and also the training – that way you never have to worry about teaching someone the ins and outs of your email.  Yaro explains that using an executive assistant was the key to developing a great inbox management system. According to InboxDone’s website, their email assistants are dedicated to streamlining their clients’ email management needs. Rather than having to sort through their inboxes and responding to every urgent email themselves, an email virtual assistant steps in to get the job done for them.  InboxDone responds to your emails, acts as help desk customer support, lead follow-ups, develop systems for email handling, social media responses/messaging, and more. InboxDone is dedicated to retaining top talent by offering competitive wages so that no matter what, their team is in it for the long haul to support you.    With their support, you can effortlessly maintain communication with clients and customers, stay on top of any critical updates or developments, and more without having to dive into your inbox yourself. Want to learn more? Check out InboxDone’s website at https://inboxdone.com/ (https://inboxdone.com/).  Check out InboxDone on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/inboxdone/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/inboxdone/).  Check out Yaro Starak on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/yarostarak/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/yarostarak/).  Don’t forget to subscribe to The Thoughtful Entrepreneur and thank you for listening. Tune in next time! More from UpMyInfluence: ✅ We are actively booking guests for our DAILY Entrepreneur Success Podcast.https://upmyinfluence.com/guest ( Schedule HERE). ✅ Are you a 6-figure consultant? Let us fill your sales schedule and move you to 7-figures.https://upmyinfluence.com/b2b ( Learn more here). ✅ Check out our freehttps://upmyinfluence.com/1 ( Authority Transformation Masterclass).
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    18 mins
  • May 15 2022
    In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge talks to the founder and CEO of https://amplifiednow.com/ (AmplifiedNOW), Kathleen Celmins.  AmplifiedNOW is a content marketing agency that’s pivoting into a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs who want to do their own marketing. When you’re just starting out, you need to do a lot more of your own marketing. AmplifiedNOW provides templates, playbooks, and tactics in a full suite of services and products that will make life easier for the small business owner.  AmplifiedNOW sets the tone for the workflow itself. Once you have a gap in between marketing campaigns, engagement matters. Founders and CEOs tend to take experimental tactical approaches rather than strategizing where their ideal clients already come from. If you strategize and create content for your own pages, you can repurpose that content later on various platforms from a tactical perspective. Make sure to stay strategic first, Kathleen explains.  If you can get the attention of Google, your website’s content can live and drive traffic and engagement for years to come. No other platform is as important as Google. Avoid platform-first approaches (especially those that can penalize you on a whim.) You don’t want all your eggs in one basket, so make sure to stay multichannel and don’t rely on platforms that control your content, ultimately. Kathleen recommends finding the search terms that work for your website and optimizing your site SEO to the best of your ability. You want to make it a goal for Google to index your content. Optimizing your website is highly underrated and extremely important, especially if you’re trying to rank within certain key phrases.  Kathleen also recommends that you lean into video content. If video is not content you’re comfortable with, ease into it, because it’s the future of content marketing right now. Don’t outsource your videos either – yes, have someone else edit and publish, but you need to be creating your own content. Brainstorm ideas with your team and make sure to be yourself; don’t follow a script and be willing to use video form content to connect with and engage with your audience. AmplifyNOW offers tons of playbooks and templates for entrepreneurs who want to effectively tackle their own marketing. They cover everything from tips on content creation to campaign strategies and platform usage tips. They’re always adding new playbooks and offerings to their membership. Check out information on working with AmplifiedNOW https://amplifiednow.com/the-vault/ (here).  Get your FREE Content Playbook from AmplifiedNOW at https://amplifiednow.com/contentplaybook/ (https://amplifiednow.com/contentplaybook/).   Want to learn more? Check out AmplifiedNOW’s website at https://amplifiednow.com/ (https://amplifiednow.com/).  Check out AmplifiedNOW on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/amplified-now/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/amplified-now/).  Check out Kathleen Celmins on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleencelmins/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleencelmins/).  Don’t forget to subscribe to The Thoughtful Entrepreneur and thank you for listening. Tune in next time! More from UpMyInfluence: ✅ We are actively booking guests for our DAILY Entrepreneur Success Podcast.https://upmyinfluence.com/guest ( Schedule HERE). ✅ Are you a 6-figure consultant? Let us fill your sales schedule and move you to 7-figures.https://upmyinfluence.com/b2b ( Learn more here). ✅ Check out our freehttps://upmyinfluence.com/1 ( Authority Transformation Masterclass).
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    20 mins
  • May 14 2022
    In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks to the President of https://epszone.com/ (Effective Performance Strategies) and author of the new book, From Orangutan to Rocket Scientist: How To Lead and Engage Your Team Through Effective Process, Ryan Weiss.  Effective Performance Strategies operate at the intersection of people and process. They help great businesses fuel growth and drive profitability through people alignment and development. Teaching people great communication skills without teaching them process will frustrate them, and if you teach process without communication, you’re wasting their potential. No matter how you look at things, people and processes have to go hand in hand.  People want to feel like what they do matters, especially during the era of the Great Resignation. This is why teaching effective process and communication is so important. When you’re trying to gauge how well your business is going, you need to look at your purpose, performance, product, people, and processes, Ryan shares. You need to make sure you have the right processes for your people so that you’re performing with purpose. Knowing your purpose is vital; your team needs to understand and fully comprehend your business’s purpose and what problems it solves.  Ryan and Josh also discuss how putting people in the right roles is very important. Your business’s purpose and vision should align with your team as a whole – but also with each individual in the role they serve. You need to make sure your environment is a good one for your team and you need a clear view of how your team actually feels about your leadership teams.  Ryan also explores the importance of having balance in your life. He shares a personal anecdote about how he overworked himself to the point of feeling ill, but chalked it up to a medical issue. When he saw a doctor, he quickly realized he wasn’t prioriziting his health or wellbeing. He also had a moment of clarity around that same time where one of his managers asked him if he would simply trust her; he realized his people thought he didn’t trust them because he micromanaged. This realization is what ultimately led Ryan to start Effective Performance Strategies and to write his book; he wants to help entrepreneurs go back to what they do best while their people execute things on the ground level with top notch processes.  Want to learn more? Check out Effective Performance Strategies’ website at https://epszone.com/ (https://epszone.com/).  Check out Ryan’s new book, From Orangutan to Rocket Scientist: How To Lead and Engage Your Team Through Effective Process on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Orangutan-Rocket-Scientist-Through-Effective/dp/1506907210/ref=asc_df_1506907210/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=564670366290&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=188389421447192431&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9012405&hvtargid=pla-1634801997353&psc=1 (here).  Check out Effective Performance Strategies on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/effective-performance-strategies/ (https://www.linkedin.com/company/effective-performance-strategies/).  Check out Ryan Weiss on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryancweiss/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryancweiss/).  Don’t forget to subscribe to The Thoughtful Entrepreneur and thank you for listening. Tune in next time! More from UpMyInfluence: ✅ We are actively booking guests for our DAILY Entrepreneur Success Podcast.https://upmyinfluence.com/guest ( Schedule HERE). ✅ Are you a 6-figure consultant? Let us fill your sales schedule and move you to 7-figures.https://upmyinfluence.com/b2b ( Learn more here). ✅ Check out our freehttps://upmyinfluence.com/1 ( Authority Transformation Masterclass).
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    16 mins

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