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Episode 73: Kickstart Your Speaking Engagements

If you’ve been on the fence about doing speaking engagements but are looking for advice and first-hand experience from those who already speak, this episode is for you! Plus, you’re in for a special treat because Producer Don appears as a special guest to interview Jamie and Mary.

Our conversation today showcases two sides of the speaking engagements journey. Jamie shares her experience speaking in front of large audiences on behalf of her law firm, Hashtag Legal, including her most recent engagement at the WIT Summit. Mary, while earlier in her journey, shares what it is like to speak on panels and how she is fine-tuning her message that surrounds leaving corporate and building her product business, Brief Transitions.

To start, no matter what stage of the speaking engagement journey you’re on, you need a topic. What factors must you think about before you decide on something to talk about – while also avoiding speaker fatigue (same topic, different day)? This usually goes hand and hand with the reasoning behind why you want to speak. Ask yourself – what is the goal of it all? Jamie and Mary share their reasons and offer insight into other areas such as pitching, why you don’t need to sell when you’re on stage, and why it’s essential to know your audience.

Let’s speak more about speaking! Join our Facebook group and tell us – what’s your biggest fear when it comes to speaking?

Episode 72: Using Video As A Not So Scary Marketing Tool With Sarah Cook

One of the reasons that today’s guest, Sarah Cook from Sarah Cook Business Coaching, is so successful in her sales and marketing coaching business is because she knows how to utilize video. She doesn’t let any hang-ups, like wearing no makeup or having messy hair –  stop her. She will literally do a Facebook Live in her bath towel. She knows that those watching need her message, not her looking pretty.

This kind of approach, allows her to empower other business owners to improve their authenticity when it comes to their marketing and sales techniques specifically through video.

Why video? Being in front of the camera is a great way to show the real you off and help get your message across! Video is a more personal route, and your audience will decide in the first 5 seconds if they trust and like you.

Take a listen and learn more on what Sarah has discovered is her favorite platform for creating videos and reaching her audience, and where she gets some of her best ideas!

Find Sarah here:

Website: www.SarahCookCoaching.com

Instagram: @coachsarahcook

Facebook: @sarahcookcoaching

Episode 71: Uplevel Your Video Skills With Jamar Jones

Making videos is where it’s at right now – people want to see it, to believe it. Videos aren’t just helpful and entertaining for the audience watching them, they are also a tool that can help business owners take their business to the next level.

The benefits are tremendous when it comes to going the video route as an entrepreneur and this thought is reiterated with today’s Podcast episode. Jamar Jones, CEO & Founder of Foureva Productions, covers the platforms to use, benefits of video, and how long videos should be to keep your audience engaged. He believes that video is the best way to showcase you and your business in the right light – essentially a press kit of who you are!

A topic that is brought up and perhaps one that is very common with anyone thinking about making videos is – what if you’re too nervous? Jamar’s opinion is honest yet effective!

Have you thought about going the video route? What’s holding YOU back?

As always, please subscribe to the FearLess Business Podcast wherever you listen, and we are always eternally grateful for a review. Please join us in the HQ to continue the conversation!

Episode 70: How to Build Your Online Presence with Rosie Colosi

To fit into March’s theme of Visibility, today we’re talking with Rosie Colosi from Write with Rosie, about where and how to start when it comes to getting published.

If you’ve never been published before, it can be overwhelming trying figure out how to pick the best avenue when there are so many options out there! An important thing to remember here is that getting published anywhere will help build your credibility.

As mentioned in a previous FearLess Podcast episode, knowing how to pitch is helpful when reaching out to media outlets. Rosie dives a little deeper into pitching to print publications and shares knowledge on the types of submissions – open, closed, unsolicited, etc. Plus, she provides helpful tips on how to prepare when going about that pitch!

Also, when was the last time you looked at your About Me page? Months? Years? Decades? We know, who has time for that? Rosie makes a case for revisiting your About Me page on a regular basis. She provides suggestions on how to make a stellar page that doesn’t come off too braggy while still showcasing your expertise.

If you’re looking for a professional to rework your About Me page, Rosie is here for you. She helps creatives make their writing sparkle by showcasing individuality, humor, and heart!

This is a great episode if you’re looking to pitch publications, whether it be online or in print, and are unsure of how to go about it.

As always, please subscribe to the FearLess Business Podcast wherever you listen, and we are always eternally grateful for a review. Please join us in the HQ to continue the conversation!

69: Let’s Get Visible

This months theme is Visibility! We know. Everyone hates talking about themselves (except Jamie, she loves it). But visibility is one of the most important aspects of your business – otherwise how will people know you exist? Without a strong visible presence – how will your audience choose YOU?

#sorrynotsorry, we couldn’t resist.

About 99% of the time, you’re going to have to work hard for that visibility. The chances that your business or product is going to go to viral is about as unlikely as an Olivia Newton John comeback. We kid, we love her!

Have no fear, this is why we bring you all of the amazing experts! This week Jamie is interviewing the fabulous, Amanda Berlin, who after years of experience as a corporate publicist strategist is now using her pitch powers for good.

Amanda walks us through her process to help clients set goals so they can more effectively create a visibility strategy. She also shared the most common mistakes that she sees when business owners start pitching, where to start and what’s most important when approaching a media outlet or influencer.

This is a great episode if you want to pitch media, but feel overwhelmed by the process.

To learn more, you can visit Amanda’s website and listen to her podcast called, Empowered Publicity, where she talks to influencers and entrepreneurs who are already crushing the visibility awesomeness despite the fears they may have had to overcome. Don’t miss it!

As always, please subscribe to the FearLess Business Podcast wherever you listen, and we are always eternally grateful for a review. Please join us in the HQ to continue the conversation!

68: How To Plan For And Gracefully End A Partnership (And Why Data Is Sexy)

Being that February’s theme here at FearLess is CHANGE, what better way to dive deep into the idea than to discuss one of the biggest changes that can occur in a business – breaking up with your business partner.

A lot has happened for Jamie in the last month and in this episode, she’s sharing her story about the time – not so long ago – when she and her business partner, Danielle, sat down and came to a mutual agreement to end their partnership.   Jamie talks about the process, how planning at the beginning of the partnership made a huge difference in the end and how respect and communication were the keys to an amicable split.

We can’t forget the feelings! With such a big change, came a mix of emotions: fear, overwhelm, and excitement (a la Jessie Spano).

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Never fear, though, Mary helped Jamie through the process and managed to convince her data is sexy?

It is! We swear! Mary discusses how tracking the proper data in any business will help you get a better understanding of what’s really going on. As a service-based business owner and being heavily referral based, Jamie was able to see what made the most sense to her and how the data shared was helping her. The numbers show you the proof you need – all thanks to a spreadsheet and data analysis from Mary!

After discussing the data, it made Jamie feel she had control over a process that felt out of control at times. As you listen, you’ll realize that all this wonderful talk about data could really be another episode down the line – so stay tuned!

Be sure to check back with us in two weeks, where we will have entered March and will tackle a new theme: VISIBILITY.


P.s. Don’t be shy – join our awesome Facebook Group and tell us all the topics you want us to chat about!

67: So begins our fearless adventure

Welcome to Episode 67? … or … Episode 1? … of the FearLess Business Podcast!

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We get it.  Stay with us.  It is worth it (pinky swear).

Many of you may know this podcast by our old name. But check it out, we are all shiny and new!

So, what happened?

Let’s just say, a lot.

First, Jamie has a new co-host. Special welcome to the lovely Mary Clavieres, who you may remember from Episode 38. Once Mary was railroaded signed on, we knew we needed a new name for the podcast. Hello FearLess Business Podcast! And then once we found our new name, it was only natural to take a hard look at what we really wanted to talk about each week.

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So why FearLess? And why on earth did we spell it that way?

We are planning to talk about the tough business topics. Those topics you know you are supposed to deal with (ahem, legal, data collection, sales tactics, pitching, marketing … ) but really really do not want to. Trust me, we get it. Excel spreadsheets make one of us (Jamie) weep.

These are the topics that scare many business owners, but they shouldn’t. Seriously. It is all good. We are going to fear less. (See what we did there?)

We are going to demystify these topics, make them manageable and help you to embrace all the awesome. Mary and Jamie’s unique backgrounds make them a great pair to talk about how you:

  • Build a business
  • Deal with transitions in your business
  • Fear less and do more of the work you love

Each month we plan to tackle a theme. The theme for February is Change.  Because change is good. Like, really good. In March, we have some great interviews lined up to help you gain more visibility in your business. Who doesn’t want to be seen and heard?

To start, we will be dropping episodes every other Thursday. Expect great interviews with some killer guests. We promise.

Join our Facebook Group. Come tell us all of the topics you want us to tackle. Or send us a love note. We like those too.

P.S. Mary also does a great video series where she interviews experts in different areas that offer resources and information for anyone starting or running a business.