Entrepreneur Showdown

The Entrepreneur Showdown Podcast is a place where Joe Cassandra and Dan Franks go head to head each week debating the hottest topics in entrepreneurship.

Ryan Avery, Successful Speaking & Conquering Self-Sabotage – ES049

ryan-averyWe let you down last week.  Listen to what happened and how it pertains to the article we covered today on conquering self-sabotage from Ramit Sethi.  Sometimes the issue with our problems isn’t outside troubles, but actually the fight going on inside of you.  Dan and Joe dive deep into this issue in Round 1 revealing some of their own self- sabotage moments.

For Round 2, we discuss an event in the life of our Main Event guest, Ryan Avery, as he has lunch with a billionaire and gets to hear the “secrets” to success.  Hear who the billionaire is and a couple of the tips he provides and hear Joe and Dan debate over it.

For the Main Event, Ryan Avery is the Main speaker here, the youngest ever to win the World Champion of Public Speaking, he’s a ball of energy and ready to bring it!

  • How self-sabotage sounds and how it will hurt you.
  • When is the best time to start your next venture?
  • What are the 4 P’s that Ryan says could help your life and marriage?
  • How to sort out goals and outcomes (hint: focusing on solid goals lead to bigger outcomes)
  • Keys to a successful presentation and how to prepare for each audience.

BONUS: Hear Ryan Avery reveal all on our friend, Jared Easely’s podcast, Starve the Doubts. Hear all about and see Ryan;s award-winning speech.

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Philip Taylor “PT”, Low-Cost Business, & Finding your Passion – ES048

philip-taylorYou’re stuck looking for your business passion, aren’t you? You’re probably using it as an excuse to not get started as well, right? We’ve had that issue as well.  Never fear, we discuss an excellent piece from expert Stephanie Sammons on finding your business passion; however, Dan seems to have questions about some of her thoughts, what do you think?

For Round 2 we discuss a post by fellow-Texan buddy, Philip Taylor aka PT Money on starting a business with little to no money.  Do you need a bunch of funding to get started and is the barrier to entry for online ventures getting worse? We discuss that and more before we bring on PT.

PT hits up the Main Event and ready to make it rain! Our first fellow CPA on the show!

  • Is building a lifestyle the key to finding your passion?
  • Why Venture Capitalists hinder you from starting businesses.
  • A Physical business could be better than an online venture.
  • What did PT have to outsource because he felt others could do it better? Do you have that courage?
  • Do you need to be extroverted to succeed?

BONUS:  PT joins our buddy Jared Easely over at Starve the Doubts and hear some of the wacky answers but also the wisdom you won’t hear here 😀

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Mike Vardy, Self Assessments, and Being a Productivityist – ES047

mike-vardy When you think of personality tests or behavioral tests, you’ll probably think “rubbish” or “I don’t need those.”  Well, Dan and Joe recently took one with their accounting team and it was eye-opening.  You learn more about yourself than you ever would think……..

How would you like to be more productive? Yes, you’ve heard it all before, but you actually haven’t.  We discuss the manifesto of Mr. Productivityist, Mike Vardy.  He has a manifesto on being the most productive you, but Joe has some qualms with some of Mike’s points, are they valid?

We bring on Mike Vardy in the Main Event, he’s both logical, hilarious, a wrestler at heart and more!

  • How tests, like the Kolbe test, can help you become a better manager and person.
  • Why your body clock is key to productivity.
  • Making a list to be productive may not be the right strategy.
  • An easy substance…that can make you instantly more creative.
  • Create urgency when you don’t have it to get the job done!

BONUS:   Check out Mike Vardy’s COMPLETE story over at Gary Miller’s show, it’s a 3-parter!

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Jill Stanton, Making the Most of Your Time, and Niche Sites – ES046


How do you use your time? It’s something we struggle with on the Showdown so we got some help from Jane Willmott with tips on Making the best  and most use of your time. Dan and Joe even have some of their own tips you can use right now……

In Round 2, we discuss Jill Stanton’s recent video post on the difference between Niche Sites and Authority Sites.  Dan’s had experience in the niche site world and can define it all for you and what goes into each…the question is.. do you need to use “different” SEO tactics to make them work? We’ll need to ask Jill in the Main Event!

Jill Stanton lands in the Main Event, having built dozens of authority and niche sites, she’s a great resource to learn about them and the lifeblood they need to thrive.  It’s easy to be scammy in the niche site world, but Jill can show you how to get around that type of branding 

  • The BEST way to get things done besides the normal “write it down” advice.
  •  Difference between a niche site and an authority site and which is for you.
  • The Key Ingredient to having a successful niche site
  • What Jill worries about with her site’s ALL the time!
  • Which affiliate programs are the best for you? Hint, according to Jill, “Amazon affiliate program is bulls***!” Learn more!

BONUS:  Jill Stanton goes in-depth with our friend, Sean Malarkey over at the Money Pillow.  Her hubby joins her in the interview as well so learn about making your entrepreneurial adventures work with a spouse!

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Tom Morkes, Recruiting A-Listers & Podcast Movement – ES045

tom-morkesWe have a special round 1 today! We discuss Dan’s recent project, Podcast Movement, which recently made over 5 figures in 48 hours! You’ll need to hear about this and how to validate your new idea and why it’s important with real life results, not some theory BS.

For Round 2, we discuss Tom Morkes’ recent article on how he enlisted the help of many A-Listers for his recent project.  Is it that important to have big names back your project? Are there specific tactics you should be doing? Joe has a problem with one of Tom’s tactics that he’ll need to challenge that point in the Main Event!

Tom Morkes lands in the Main Event from his exotic abode in Indonesia.  But it’s not all pina colada’s, he’s trying to get his publishing company off the ground, but he has some great tactics for increasing sales and your confidence in this chat.

CLICK TO TWEET:   “Start Before You’re Ready…You’ll End up a Pro”  Tom Morkes

  • Why validation is important and how Dan validated his recent idea.
  • Become a better copywriter INSTANTLY with this one tip Dan used that propelled sales.
  • How Tom harnessed his previous relationships to start his publishing company, Insurgent Publishing, with a bang with ZERO experience.
  • His Sales Tactics with using the correct verbiage that will automatically increase your sales.
  • Tom uses the word “Journal” instead of an e-book, it increases sales!
  • Building your own internal confidence
  • Using a donation based model is actually tested to be the best way to increase revenue.

BONUS:  Tom Morkes dives into his background including going deeper in his “pay what you want ” model with our friend and past guest, Natalie Sisson, over at the Suitcase Entrepreneur.

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Sean Ogle, Generating New Business Ideas & Email Marketing 101 – ES 044

Sean OgleDan and Joe admit their troubles with email marketing in Round 1, but have great examples of those who KNOW how to do it right.  If you’re just starting out in your email marketing campaign, this Round 1 is for you!

Having trouble coming up with an idea for a business? Sean Ogle can help with that as we dive into Round 2 discussing how he comes up with new ideas.  Joe discusses methods he’s used to try and validate some of his potential ideas.

For the Main Event, Sean Ogle graces us with his presence but greats the value.  Sean runs Location 180 and at the same time started a new venture, Breaking Eighty, to harness his love of golfing.  If you don’t have an idea, Sean has some harsh words for you….

CLICK TO TWEET:   “Build a Business Around Things You Enjoy – Sean Ogle

  • Who does Email Marketing right and what EXACTLY they do?
  • Cheap, easy ways to validate and test your ideas.
  • Sean goes through his idea process for Breaking Eighty, he defines the problem, then solves it.
  • How Sean gets a 25-35% email response, not just open rate, RESPONSE!
  • The hidden benefits of giving first to businesses….

BONUS:  Sean Ogle joins our friend John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur on Fire. Hear Sean describe how he left his job and started his online, lifestyle business.  It may be the inspiration you need.

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Will Mitchell, Starting an Importing Empire, & Tax Time – ES 042

will-mitchell Tax Time! It’s the most wonderful time of the year isn’t it? Maybe not…..Still, you got to pay your dues to IRS and Dan, our CPA, has some tips on MAXIMIZING your deductions this season.  Our fellow-Texan friend Carrie Smith provided the inspiration for this with her article on enjoying your taxes (because you may get some back!)

Round 2 brings up the topic about drop shipping and importing.  Is there a difference?  Will Mitchell thinks so, but Joe’s having a hard time wrapping his head around it.  Will he figure it out?

In the Main Event, Will Mitchell hits us up to give his thoughts on the importing business.  He discusses his strategies and how you could find the right product to start selling.  He’s just a kid but has a wealth of knowledge and can help you start off your business without needing an idea.

CLICK TO TWEET:   “Being an Entrepreneur is Hard as Shit.” – Will Mitchell 

  • What can you deduct on your taxes for your online business? Are you even allowed?
  • What taxes will you have for being a freelancer? Dan’s a CPA and can tell you!
  •  Will tells you if Importing can still make you as much money as it used to.
  • Learn the margins of importing vs. drop shipping, it might surprise you.
  • Should you build a product instead of importing?
  • Get your Foot in the Door of the next big Startup.
  • The Power of the Logo.

BONUS:  Hear Will Mitchell, the whiz kid, tell his story on the Outta the Box show. Inspire your kids!

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Steve P Young, Mobile App Development & Idea Validation – ES 041

steve-p-youngDan has a new idea….but does it need validation? We will dive into the questions you may need to ask yourself and your new idea as well as maybe some parameters that prove validation.

We all use mobile apps everyday (even if you don’t know it….), how hard is it to start building one? Even more on your mind, HOW MUCH is it to do it? Joe and Dan discuss their experience before diving into the Main Event with Steve P Young.

Steve P Young (not to be confused with the Niners QB) enters the ring to talk about mobile apps for the first time on the Showdown.  Steve talks about his app failures and successes and what you can do to start to get into the space.

CLICK TO TWEET:  “Get potential customers on camera to get their REAL reaction to your idea.” – Steve P Young 

  • Learn what idea validation is and you NEED it for any new venture you want to pursue.
  • How do I know if the idea is validated?
  • Learn exactly where Steve makes money and how much
  • Steve gives you ideas on validating app ideas, SIMPLE!
  • Should your app be FREE or PAID? Steve P Young gives the trends of today.
  • Is there a way to get to the top of Apple’s list faster?
  • Steve explains how he hustled to get sponsors on his podcast.
  • BONUS: Get your Slideshare presentations viral, Steve’s done it and tells you how.

BONUS: Steve P Young gives his most revealing testimonial about the state of his affairs, how much he makes and more.  Dan said it made him uncomfortable to listen to….

DOUBLE BONUS: Here’s a FREE Course on Idea Validation over at the $100 MBA by Omar Zenhom.  Check it!!!

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JD Roth, CFO of Your Life & Harsh Truths About New Media Expo – ES 040

jd-rothJoe and Dan are broadcasting LIVE from New Media Expo and are bringing some harsh truths and takeaways from their experience.  What should you be focusing on: Attending the sessions or meetups?  Joe had some blunt statements about some of the sessions that could be said to be over the line…..judge for yourself!

In Round 2, we discuss a recent post from JD Roth on being the CFO of your Life. Especially with the younger generation, it is tempting to start out their financial journey with debt and rapid spending.  Joe and Dan have some quick stories and tips about their financial journey (being in their 20’s.)  Do you share some of these experiences?

CLICK TO TWEET: “Key to Happiness: Not caring what others think” – JD Roth

For the Main Event, JD comes into the ring to give you further advice on becoming a CFO, yes you!  He’s had many setbacks in his life and goes into how he overcome those struggles including his diet plans for all you New Year resolutions! We have a great discussion on how young people can succeed early on, they don’t need to wait until they’re retired.  JD gives specific strategies on how you can do that, Dig into this episode to find out!

BONUS:  Listen to JD himself give a talk at World Domination Summit discussing Transitioning in your Life!

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Leadership – An Entrepreneur Showdown Style Debate

This is the first in a series of unique Showdown style debates blog posts, where Dan and Joe will pick a topic and “back and forth blog”, with the conversation going wherever it goes. It’s a style we’ve never seen done anywhere else, and would love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!

“Leaders Work Smarter, Not Harder”

joe cassandraDan and I recently sat in on a leadership panel discussing the traits, strengths and mistakes of leaders, so we thought it would be fun to dive into the topic on the blog. We’re also basing our discussion on a blog post we read about the 5 Myths of Leadership over at Ekaterina Walter’s Site.

When I think of a leader, I think of someone who is confident, has the ability to persuade people, and make difficult decisions. No where do I mention hard work, as leaders don’t necessarily need to work to lead. Or do they?

When I think back just to college, some of my friends who were able to sway the interests of others didn’t necessarily work very hard at all, but they knew how to persuade others to follow their lead. Ekaterina starts off Myth 1 saying that a myth of leadership is that “Leaders work smarter not harder.” I think that’s a fact.

dan franksI agree with you, Joe, about the fact that leaders don’t have to work hard. I also agree that they need to work smart. However there is one HUGE thing that some could infer based on this statement, that’s grossly incorrect to the point that I feel the need to point this out. Leaders do not have to be smart. What do I mean?

What I mean, is that the best leaders don’t have to have superb skill or detailed knowledge on the topic or area in which they’re leading. In my opinion, a good leader is one who knows how to best surround himself with the right people, and then guide them in the right direction. These skilled leaders could be leaders in any area, regardless of their individual expertise.