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The Faith-Full Business Podcast: Stories of God’s Work in the World

The Faith-Full Business Podcast: Stories of God’s Work in the World

By Steve Schramm
Hey, I'm Steve! What does it take to build a Christian-led organization these days? I bring over a decade of experience owning, running, and growing Christian organizations, and in this podcast, I want to help you become a more effective leader for Christ and serve your clients and customers well. How? By sharing my own experiences and interviewing other successful Christian business and non-profit organization leaders. They have cracked the code on how to be high achievers while honoring and serving God, and their stories will inspire you to do the same.
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One question to decide what kind of content you should produce
The Internet runs on content. If you’re thinking about content marketing, you need to ask this question first.
17:58
September 27, 2021
You Are Only the Co-Pilot
Are you holding on too tightly?
03:38
September 20, 2021
Thank God for Work!
Some Labor Day reflections on the goodness of God and the goodness of work.
06:14
September 06, 2021
The Amazing Power of Relationship Marketing
Did you know that you already know everyone you need to know in order to get what you need and want?
03:51
August 30, 2021
What Will Your Business Do if You Get Hit by a Bus?
Does your business NEED you around to run it? What if you get hit by a bus?! Or, what if you just want to take a vacation?
03:50
August 23, 2021
Sell ONLY What You Can Control?
Question: Do you sell a deliverable or a result?
03:05
August 16, 2021
It’s Only Normal to You
The curse of knowledge could singlehandedly DESTROY the very foundation of your business. What is it, and how can you push past it?
05:57
August 09, 2021
Christian Business is the New Ministry
What if I told you that you could have a MUCH bigger impact in the world for Christ by owning a business than with traditional ministry opportunities?
05:17
August 02, 2021
Trash, Transfer, Trim | Eliminate, Automate, Delegate
One of the MOST practical simple systems I've used to make sure I'm doing the RIGHT task every day to move my business forward.
06:27
July 26, 2021
Kanban
Do you struggle with project management? Kanban to the rescue! This system has helped companies of every size improves their processes and deliver products and services with ease and efficiency. As a project manager, I love it! Here's how to use it for your business.
03:60
July 19, 2021
Ghostwriter and Writing Mentor, Kent Sanders
Have you ever wanted to write a book but don't consider yourself a good writer? My guest this week is Kent Sanders, a professional ghostwriter and community leader. Listen in to Kent's story and get an inside look into the (not so scary) business of ghostwriting...you'll be blessed! Find Kent Online:  https://kentsanders.net https://dailywriterlife.com/
49:32
July 16, 2021
The 4D Mix
The 4DM helps you audit your time to figure out whether you're actually growing and running your business, or simply working as another technician. 
04:01
July 12, 2021
Chase People, Not Money with G. Michael Price
As a Christian business owner, have you ever felt the tension between a desire to help people and a desire to make money? According to author G. Michael Price, the tension can easily be reconciled by placing your *focus* on the right thing.  In this episode, we'll discuss his book Chase People, not Money and discuss what he calls "The Ultimate Business Model."  Get the Book!  https://amzn.to/3i36Frq Find G. Michael Price on Social: https://www.linkedin.com/in/g-michael-price/ https://twitter.com/G_Michael_Price https://www.instagram.com/g.michael.price/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/i.am.G.Michael.Price www.pinterest.com/g_michael_price
47:41
July 07, 2021
ACDC
ACDC is a business process that helps you identify what phase of your business needs to be fixed. It stands for: Attract Convert Deliver Collect Enjoy!
06:24
July 05, 2021
The New One Minute Manager
This "simple system" will help you TREMENDOUSLY when it comes to leading people, even if you've never managed anyone before.
05:54
July 01, 2021
You Need a Budget (Yes, You Do)
One of the most helpful "simple systems" I've ever encountered is called You Need a Budget (YNAB, for short). It is comprised of four rules:  Every dollar has a job Budget for true expenses Roll with the punches Age your money
06:30
June 28, 2021
Your Effective Hourly Rate (EHR)
Here's how to use the EHR to transform your business profitability:  Divide Filter Increase
05:41
June 23, 2021
The power of using systems to grow your business and your life
Do you ever wonder how to put what you’ve learned into action? In this episode, I introduce a series where we’ll be discussing some of the systems that I have used to grow my business and my life over the past few years, and to make use of what I have read and heard from others.
04:10
June 21, 2021
Lean Into Your Current Customers
Are you serving your customers the vest best you can?
05:02
June 16, 2021
What you focus on will grow
Want a particular result in your life? I don't care what it is, here's the secret to getting it.
04:23
June 14, 2021
What DON’T You Want?
Sometimes it's hard to know what you want. But we almost always know what we don't want. How can this distinction help your decision making?
03:10
June 09, 2021
The power of understanding
Feeling defeated or confused about something? So often in life and business, I find that my fear, confusion, and other negative feelings stem from simply failing to understand something. 
06:49
June 07, 2021
Read with Speed
Time is the most important (and fleeting) asset that we have. Here are some tips I use to take in more information at one time.
05:41
June 02, 2021
What it takes to become a full time entrepreneur
Three simple words: Passion, proficiency, and patience.
04:44
May 31, 2021
What is your goal?
If the goal is for your name to be in lights, CHANGE IT TODAY.
07:08
May 26, 2021
The business of prayer...
Are you trying to do business without first dealing with the business of prayer? In this episode, I share my own struggle with cultivating a consistent prayer life. I hope it helps you!
06:31
May 24, 2021
On Taking Responsibility
Lessons learned from recent decisions made at Basecamp.
14:29
May 19, 2021
The extra mile of excellence
EVERYTHING is marketing. Including your product delivery. Do you do EXCELLENT work?
10:45
May 17, 2021
Watch the magician work
Why watching what people are doing is more important than listening to what they say. 
10:35
May 12, 2021
4 Aspects of the Educator Identity
A few weeks ago we talked about the "Educator Identity." In a talk I heard over a year ago now, there was an excellent 4-part description given of a good educator. I'd like to share them with you in this episode.
09:30
May 10, 2021
Do the easy thing
Struggling to get motivated to do something HARD? Cool---do the easy thing instead.
07:08
May 05, 2021
The Rule of Life
Do you feel like it's hard to get in a routine of worship and spiritual growth? I do! But I've recently learned of an ancient Christian spiritual practice that is really helping me in all aspects of my life and business. Perhaps it will help you too. 
13:58
May 03, 2021
The Educator Identity
How to become an educator and not just a doer. 
07:32
April 28, 2021
Why you don't need a business plan (and what you do need instead)
In this episode, we'll discuss why you need a VALUE LADDER instead of a business plan to get your idea off the ground. 
06:58
April 26, 2021
The freedom of entrepreneurship
What my new dishwasher taught me about gratefulness and what truly matters in life. 
09:03
April 21, 2021
A reading hack that will help you more books in less time (it's not speed reading)
Books are AMAZING and have been a true source of enjoyment and learning for me over the years. So naturally, I want to know how to read MORE books in LESS time. This episode is the answer. 
07:24
April 19, 2021
Consume for mastery
This is the content consumption secret that most creators don’t want you to know.
09:52
April 14, 2021
A bias toward fearlessness
What does Pokémon have to do with entrepreneurship? Find out in this episode of the podcast.
10:53
April 12, 2021
Email like Jesus
Jesus Christ was easily the best communicator and teacher to have ever walked the face of the earth. So while most of us already take our spiritual and moral cues from him, is it possible to glean some marketing advice as well?
04:59
April 07, 2021
Stop marketing to me! (Says the foolish entrepreneur)
Don't be a marketer that doesn't want to be marketed to.
07:55
April 05, 2021
A dead simple strategy to overcome overwhelm
If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve no doubt experienced overwhelmed. I am about half a week into one of the most difficult weeks of my life… And just today, I just discovered a super helpful strategy, by accident, to overcome the overwhelm. I hope you’ll listen along with me, I really think it will help you.
14:16
March 31, 2021
Why you should NEVER fake it until you make it
Many people worry needlessly about the content they are going to create, they feel as though they have to be an expert before they can start sharing. In this podcast episode, I cover how that thinking is actually dangerous and can hurt your business in the long run
09:26
March 29, 2021
Just share what you’re learning
Does it stress you out to think about having to create content for your business? It used to stress me out big time! Then I realized all the content I needed was already right in front of me on a daily basis. Listen to see what I mean.
07:12
March 24, 2021
Not How—but Who
Entrepreneurs are often very driven and motivated, and are eager to learn new things in order to take their business to the next level. However, as I am just beginning to learn, I think many of us are making a mistake and asking the wrong question. The right question is not, how do I do what I need to do to get the result I want? Instead, it’s who do I know that can help me get the results even faster and better?
09:56
March 22, 2021
About my Crocs....
Most business owners struggle to tell good stories, but what they don’t realize is how crucial storytelling really is! Using both a funny and more practical example, I’m going to use this episode to demonstrate the difference between good stories and bad stories, and how they can be used effectively in your marketing.
12:01
March 17, 2021
The importance of CONSISTENTLY doing good work
I was recently reading a book by a couple of business influencers who shocked me when they said they never set goals! More on what they meant in this episode.
10:23
March 15, 2021
Don’t wait until your hear from God
Unfortunately, I think many of us have a very skewed idea of how prayer and getting closer to God works in our lives and in our business. In this episode, I hope to share some wisdom that I have recently encountered from the book of Proverbs that will help you more practically apply your daily prayer and Bible reading time to the life of your business.
08:15
March 11, 2021
Attention equals importance
I am back! It’s been a long time, but I have something to share with you today that I think will be very helpful and you are on business. Did you know that what you give your attention to tends to get higher importance subconsciously? Listen in to find out more on this episode of the podcast.
10:14
March 08, 2021
RANT: compete on value, not price!
How to rectify the single biggest mistake you’re probably making in your business.
06:32
November 09, 2020
What is the belief that holding you back?
In each area of our lives, there are beliefs and assumptions that we hold, and many times they are not even true. You need to identify what those are, pray and ask God to help you overcome them, and then take action. Follow me on IG: @SWSchramm
03:05
November 05, 2020
Read less books (kinda...)
This one trick can radically change how much information you retain from reading a book.
08:53
November 04, 2020
Gardening
How to be good at business even if you’re bad at gardening.
06:47
November 02, 2020
The power of noticing
What if there was a super power that would allow you to step outside of your current situation and view it with a fresh set of eyes? There is.
05:08
October 30, 2020
Drink your own Kool-Aid
Why you need to constantly be showing other people why you do what you do, and how you do it.
06:03
October 29, 2020
A “superhero” trick to turn your problems into solutions
An unlikely lesson learned from an unlikely superhero.
09:53
October 28, 2020
Sometimes things don’t work. And that’s okay.
It’s easy to become frustrated when things aren’t working the way you expect them to… I totally understand. However some things are just not going to work, and you have to let them go.
04:21
October 27, 2020
The only question you need to answer to have a thriving business and a thrilling life
I wanted to share something with you about an exciting experience I had over the weekend, coupled with an awesome insight I learned just this morning from one of my favorite podcasters. Truly, I think this episode could change your life if you’ll let it.
07:27
October 26, 2020
QUIT LIVING IN THE PAST!
No show notes.
03:56
October 22, 2020
Enough is NOT enough!
This might be the most important podcast episode I have ever recorded.
09:36
October 21, 2020
Question your most basic assumptions
What are those assumptions that you hold so deeply and cherish so much that you thought you would never question them? Admittedly, I have a few of these, and I recently decided to go against the grain and question one of the most important one’s to me. The results have been nothing short of fantastic so far. Maybe you should consider doing the same.
05:60
October 19, 2020
Do you need to rearrange?
Is your business going stale? Believe it or not, you may need to reevaluate some things and rearrange some of your priorities. I explain what I mean in this episode.
06:03
October 16, 2020
God is not your silent business partner
Understanding the role that God plays as it relates to the success of your business is crucial to having… Well, a successful business!
08:37
October 09, 2020
For the love of writing
Do what you WANT to do.
14:47
October 08, 2020
That’s not my calling!
Why saying “no” to opportunities is not only okay, but necessary.
07:54
October 07, 2020
Having “Aha!’s”
This is the key to doing more business and creating better content in 2020 and beyond.
07:46
October 06, 2020
Russell
Thoughts about a friend and mentor I lost last week.
08:20
October 05, 2020
How a sinking fund can make all the difference in your business
Is it possible to regulate your business expenses and come off of the financial roller coaster?
09:03
September 29, 2020
How to have an endless stream of new content ideas (without doing even 5 seconds of research)
Do you ever find yourself wondering where to come up with the next piece of content? Listen to this.
17:37
September 28, 2020
Find a way to keep your commitments
What happens when circumstances in life go awry? When the routine gets messed up? When the plans get interrupted?
11:16
September 25, 2020
What keeps your market up at night?
This is easily one of the most powerful questions you could possibly ask when it comes to the marketing of your business. Listen now to learn more.
04:06
September 24, 2020
Anchor your focus to the outcome
One of the toughest things for any entrepreneur to do is stay focused on the outcome when what is right in front of your eyes seems the most pressing.
08:28
September 23, 2020
The surprising secret to getting almost anything you want
What if I told you there was a way to be more interesting to people by being less interested in yourself? Take a listen to find out what I mean.
04:13
September 22, 2020
Stop Mowing Your Grass
What do you need to eliminate?
05:22
September 21, 2020
How to take action while growing slowly
It’s not a bad thing to decide to grow your business slowly, but it can become a bad thing if you let it stifle your ability to take action.
07:26
September 18, 2020
Your new job description: Marketing Nerd
No matter what you sell, you are in the marketing business.
10:35
September 17, 2020
I finally have something to offer you!! (An IMPORTANT lesson on positioning...)
Finally; something to offer you of real value. And it’s been under my nose the entire time.
25:21
September 16, 2020
You are a publisher
Yes...you!
13:03
September 15, 2020
I am a...
What identity shift do you need to make today?
11:36
September 14, 2020
Become a student of the only two things you need to succeed in life
This is truly game changing.
22:12
September 04, 2020
I will...
What will you commit to?
03:35
September 03, 2020
No success can compensate...
Your family needs you more than anyone else in the world.
05:50
September 02, 2020
Don’t ship junk
Steve Jobs answers critics of his high priced products.
13:60
September 01, 2020
Five, four, three, two, one… Your new method for adopting beliefs
Ever wonder how you can become a person with a bias toward action, and start implementing new beliefs and/or habits with ease? Listen in on this episode as I give you the exact method I use.
15:28
August 31, 2020
Experimental beliefs
Not sure whether you could or should adopt a particular new belief? Try this.
07:36
August 28, 2020
You get to choose what you believe
In the entrepreneurial journey, do you ever find yourself believing, even if subconsciously, things that aren’t really true?
13:09
August 27, 2020
Don't be a "skeptic" employer
Do others work for you or report to you? If so, do you approach their concerns, requests, suggestions, ideas, etc., with skepticism, or confidence? The answer says a lot about the kind of person you are. 
15:02
August 26, 2020
The Ministry of Business
Are you guilty of segregating your life?
10:20
August 24, 2020
#noagenda...kinda
I don’t know what to offer you. Fix it?
23:31
August 21, 2020
Why your current morning routine is almost CERTAINLY setting you up to fail
My #1 hack to wake up feeling less tired and more energetic, even if you went to bed late.
12:04
August 20, 2020
The Art of the Fast (Entrepreneurial Eating Part 2)
When it comes to eating for focus vs fuel vs fun, it’s not always WHAT you eat, but WHEN you eat.
13:01
August 19, 2020
Entrepreneurial Eating
Using God’s plan for nourishment to “fuel” your entrepreneurial endeavors.
17:02
August 18, 2020
Fit the content into your schedule
Think you don’t have time to be a prolific publisher? I’m about to bust that myth for you.
23:45
August 17, 2020
Hockey Pucks Incorporated for Kids
What was your first big idea?
07:10
August 14, 2020
Avengers, Assemble!
Why building the RIGHT team early could be the #1 driver of your success.
06:17
August 13, 2020
Are you sleeping on your laundry?
A crazy story from my personal life sheds light on why most businesses fail.
04:44
August 12, 2020
Wealth creation and the image of God
A fascinating theological insight about using money for the benefit of others.
07:34
August 11, 2020
Should we ever create content just to create content?
Many marketing gurus tell you that you should never create content just for the sake of creating content. Frankly, I believed that until this morning. Here’s what made me change my mind.
15:37
August 10, 2020
David Shipman
My interview with friend, client, and fellow faith-full business owner, David E. Shipman. Visit his work at www.davideshipman.com.
01:10:19
August 08, 2020
Because Walt saw it
Inspiring story from the vault of Walt Disney World.
10:52
August 07, 2020
Divi Website Audits!!!
Announcing a new program I’m planning to launch today, and a spiritual lesson from the Apostle Paul.
08:00
August 06, 2020
How many sales opportunities do you miss every day, and don’t even know it?
What if I told you that people are begging to take your money, and you’re failing to listen to them. Don’t think that’s true? Listen to this episode!
10:31
August 04, 2020
The one that got away
How somebody else’s success with my business idea gave me hope for the future.
09:28
August 03, 2020
Charge what you’re worth
Lessons in pricing, value, and finding the right customers.
09:57
July 31, 2020
On saying “no”
Are you allergic to the word “No?“
06:11
July 30, 2020
Your business needs you to be you
Not seeing the traction you want? Be yourself, and tell more stories.
21:23
July 29, 2020
To the crazy ones
Why you should step into your entrepreneurial calling.
09:03
July 28, 2020
Answer your phone!
What’s your reaction when the phone rings?
07:03
July 27, 2020
“But we’ve always done it this way!”
Are you willing to challenge your assumptions?
06:07
July 24, 2020
Scott Neal
Today's episode features an interview I recorded with a friend and client of mine, Scott Neal. He shares some AMAZING value and insight, having been a faith-full business owner for around three decades now. Enjoy the show!
55:16
July 23, 2020
Make the best of it
What do you do when life gives you lemons?
06:16
July 22, 2020
That time we thought the house might explode…
Are you taking time to learn something from every experience?
12:51
July 21, 2020
Your business is your laboratory
Your business needs a head mad scientist for an owner.
07:15
July 17, 2020
The burden and blessing of business
Does your business steal away the meaningful moments of your life?
10:25
July 17, 2020
I spent $797 last night that I didn’t have...
Are you TOO afraid of risk?
07:17
July 16, 2020
Short Bursts of Massive Action
Have a project you need to get done fast? Try this.
04:36
July 15, 2020
Christian entrepreneurs have the ability to create change
Does the fear of having money lead you to inaction?
08:45
July 14, 2020
Publish.
What could your business do in a year if you published something every day?
14:02
July 13, 2020
Consistency + Relevancy + Transparency = Success
Everybody who runs a small business should be able to define what success looks like. The reason many can’t get there is that they have vague ideas. They know roughly where they’d like to end up (make more money!), but they have little-to-no idea of how to get there. Listening to a podcast the other day, I heard the speaker mention this simple formula: Consistency + Relevancy + Transparency = Success Could it really be that simple? Is that all it takes to be successful in small business? I’m still exploring this for myself, but I definitely have some thoughts on these ideas.
07:08
March 26, 2020
The Ripple Effect in Business and Ministry
In our numbers-obsessed culture, there's a tendency to devalue the work that we do if we don't hit some arbitrary goal that we've defined as "success." However, since our work has the potential to make an eternal impact but we don't have the ability to see that potential impact, we risk thinking God can't use us to accomplish great things. A helpful way to combat this, I think, is with the so-called ripple effect. The concept is simple. A skipped stone hits the water in one spot, but the impact reverberates across the surface of the water in a beautiful pattern. It's one of those "little things" that has become normal to us, despite how awesome it is. However, there's also a great lesson to learn in life, business, and ministry.
06:12
March 16, 2020
How to Become a Rockstar Employee (Advice For Aspiring Christian Business Leaders)
As wisdom would have it, you cannot be a good leader until you learn to be a good follower! We've all heard the advice: You have to learn to follow before you can lead. It may be cliché, but it's also true!
05:38
March 09, 2020
The Premium Experience: Why What You Offer is Not as Important As How You Offer It
Why is that Starbucks can charge $3-$4 per cup for a beverage that most Americas were used to paying $.50 for, and that many more could drink nearly free at home? Why does something just seem different about ordering Chicken Nuggets from Chick-Fil-A than from ordering them at Burger King? Why can Apple charge thousands for a computer with less impressive hardware than other computers which cost only hundreds? The chief answer is that each of these brands understands something about making and selling products: What you offer is not nearly as important as how you offer it.
03:38
March 02, 2020
Do I Still Need a Website in 2020?
Last week, we saw how an update to the way Instagram counts likes will change the game for marketers, most likely in a negative way. I concluded with a plea: Don't put all of your eggs in the basket of a social media site or some other external platform. Rather, build a strong home base full of your content. That home base will usually be in the form of your own website---ground you control.
03:57
February 24, 2020
The #1 Problem with Social Media and External Content Platforms
What happens when ALL the rules change? --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
06:57
February 17, 2020
Why Christian Business Leaders Should Eat for Stewardship, Focus, and Clarity (You Heard Me Right!)
For the sake of my faith, my family, and my business, I have come to realize that certain very practical actions—right eating, regular exercise, adequate sleep, et cetera are vitally important and should not go ignored. --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
05:20
February 10, 2020
Dealing with Money Mindset Problems---Is it Okay to Build Wealth?
Money is a big deal in the Bible. And, many misunderstand the Bible's position towards money. What is it? Find out in this week's episode! --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
11:45
February 04, 2020
Test & Tweak: A Simple Model for Improving Your Christian Business Marketing
What action can you take right now—with what you already have—to move the needle? --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
05:29
February 03, 2020
The Difference Between "Calling" and Gifting (A Helpful Guide to Making Good Decisions)
When it comes work, business, and entrepreneurship, there is an idea going around that God "calls" you into a certain pathway of life. Is this true? Is this biblical? It may surprise you, but I think the answer is no! How do we know if we're doing what God wants, then?  Find out in this week's episode!  Links: - https://www.str.org/articles/wisdom-model-summary --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
14:17
January 28, 2020
Everything You Do as a Christian Business Will Either Help You, or Hurt You
There’s a simple, yet often overlooked axiom of running and marketing a small business. Everything you do either helps or hurts. Literally, everything. The reason for this is that everything you do is either public-facing or works itself out in public-facing ways. Listen now to learn how to navigate this problem! --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
07:02
January 27, 2020
Want to Grow Your Christian business? Do These 2 Things.
Although there are THOUSANDS of guru's who give conflicting advice about how to grow your business, it's my personal opinion that many of them are disconnected from "real" life. Everyday people who want to honor God, love their family well, and see their business prosper.  I am one of those people---and what I have found is that the simpler I can make something, the more likely I am to do it and the better results I have! So in this episode, I give you the one-two punch. If you do these two things, over time, you will see the results you want.  Links: KEEP IT SIMPLE! (AND GET AHEAD IN THE PROCESS) --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
09:07
January 21, 2020
How Christian Business Leaders Can Use Story In Content Marketing
"Story" is a concept that has been part of societies for thousands of years. It probably trades on the idea that stories are generally more memorable than didactic instruction, so ancient oral cultures had an easy time passing down traditions through this medium. However, we should not confuse the use of Story in marketing with storytelling. The former builds upon the latter, but they are not the same thing. Let's talk about how to use this powerful framework. --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
07:34
January 20, 2020
5 Must-Do's for Christian Business Leaders to Stay Safe on the Internet in 2020
It's not often that we discuss Internet safety in the marketing world, strictly speaking. But since I teach and live by the axiom that everything is marketing, I think there's an important connection that should not be missed, and my experience working in IT and Internet security-related roles allows for a unique experience and perspective. --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
10:10
January 16, 2020
Christian Business Leaders: What is Your Goal?
As we cruise through a brand new year and decade, have you given serious thought to what you'd like to accomplish? It seems simple enough, but actually, most people don't achieve their goals because they haven't thought about carefully.  In this episode, I give you three questions to ask yourself that will help you clarify what you are aiming to achieve, and take the necessary action steps to get them done. Enjoy the show!  --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
10:06
January 14, 2020
3 Reasons Your Blog or Podcast is Not Successful
Are you trying to blog, podcast, or create another kind of content in order to bring in new business, but you are not seeing the success you feel you should be? This might be why! --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
13:01
January 07, 2020
A “Christian” Business?
Do you have to only serve Christian clients or Christian products in order to be a Christian business? I don't think so at all! If you are someone interested in both honoring Christ and excelling at business, congratulations, you are a "Christian business." Listen in to this episode as I discuss my thoughts around this concept.  --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
06:59
January 07, 2020
Introducing Faith-Full Business!
This special episode marks a new beginning in the life of this podcast feed: A focus toward Christian entrepreneurs and leaders to help them run and grow their organizations well. If that sounds like you, I invite you to join me!  --- Want to pick my brain? Click here.
08:58
January 05, 2020
Running Lean - How to Market Your Coaching Business Effectively as a Solopreneur
It's really tough to be an effective marketer when you first start out in business. There's often no team, no time, and no money! But I don't think these things should stop you. In this episode, I identify three things you should do in order to effectively market your business as a solopreneur. Don't miss this episode!
14:09
November 26, 2019
What Are You So Worried About?
Are the things you spend your time worrying about even real problems? Can you do anything about them right now other than dwell on the situation? Listen in to this episode to learn how to identify what things are worth actually worrying about.
08:09
November 19, 2019
How to Name A Product or Service
I recently read Ken Segall's book, Insanely Simple. It's a great book with lots of insights, and in this episode, I'm going to share one of the most important things I learned about how to name a product or service. You don't wanna miss this! You're probably making it a lot harder than it has to be!
12:17
November 12, 2019
Want Less Stress? Ditch Your Coaching Business Website!
You should spend lots of time fiddling with your website? Many coaches are distracted and even stressed out by this! But you don't have to be. Allow me to explain.
05:45
November 05, 2019
How to Get More Coaching Business Referrals
Referrals are the lifeblood of most coaching business. If you want more of them, listen to my thoughts on how to ask for them, when to ask for them, and the key things that must be done first to earn the right to ask for them.
07:56
October 29, 2019
Marketing Through Your Processes
Everything is marketing---yes, even the way you conduct business is marketing. Don't believe me? Listen in now to find out how your processes can move the needle for your business in more ways than one.
10:26
October 22, 2019
Keep it Simple, Silly! (And Get Ahead in the Process)
Nothing causes a business owner more heartburn than having to do things they don't want to! Want to learn how to ditch that way of thinking and do business on your own terms? Listen to this episode.
09:21
October 15, 2019
How to Overcome the Curse of Knowledge
How do you overcome the dreaded "curse of knowledge" in your marketing? In this episode I suggest three helpful steps to help you communicate more clearly to your potential clients.
08:38
October 08, 2019
3 Keys to Grow Your Coaching Business Through Online Marketing
BONUS EPISODE. Thoughts from my morning commute.
22:32
October 03, 2019
How to Leverage the IMMENSE Value Your Experience Brings to the Table
1. Crush self-doubt by asking others what you’re good at  2. Practice connection-making by creating writing and speaking opportunities 3. Reframe knowledge-gaps as opportunities to “zig” instead of “zag" Verse of the day:  "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” - Psalms 37:4 (KJV) --- God bless you, and may you prosper in your coaching business. Start something special, and do something today to change your tomorrow.
22:48
October 01, 2019
How to Take Your Coaching Business Online
This episode will give you a simple framework for how to take your coaching business online.  You have to make a few key decisions first, and plan well. But if you do, you have a much better chance of impacting a HUGE number of people through your efforts. Verse of the day: "God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.” -  2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV) --- God bless you, and may you prosper in your coaching business. Start something special, and do something today to change your tomorrow.
19:06
September 24, 2019
How to Reframe Imposter Syndrome
"Imposter syndrome is insidious because it makes us feel inferior. It makes us feel like we don’t belong, and it makes us feel like we’re not the ultimate expert on the entire earth in our subject matter. But really, we don’t’ have to be that. We are just a little ahead of other people who we are trying to help achieve a goal. We’re all just a little bit ahead of somebody else. But if anybody’s behind you, you can help them. You can clearly help your students and they’ve acknowledged that you can do that. Try to change it to where you’re saying, “Hey, I need all the answers,” to, “Wait a minute. I just have to help that person find the answer they need. If I can do that, I’m expert enough. I’m worthy of being able to do this because I’m just their guide. I’m just their mentor. I’m not the know it all that knows everything. I’m not Oz behind the curtain.” - Shane Sams How to deal with Imposter syndrome: 1. Realize that everybody deals with it 2. Allow your experience—all of it—to count 3. Be restlessly helpful, and only be stumped once Verse of the day: "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” - Psalms 5:11 (KJV)  --- God bless you, and may you prosper in your coaching business. Start something special, and do something today to change your tomorrow.
19:06
September 17, 2019
You're in Business to Solve Problems!
“If your customers don’t have problems, then you don’t have customers!" Verse of the day: "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” - Colossians 3:23 (KJV) ---  God bless you, and may you prosper in your coaching business. Start something special, and do something today to change your tomorrow.
18:45
September 10, 2019
M4C 017: Dealing with "The Blur" in Your Coaching Business
Websites, social media, funnels, ad targeting, WordPress, email lists---does the madness ever end?! Here's the reality: Growing any type of online business---including a coaching business---comes with needing to know some basic things about marketing and technology. Unfortunately for most, this can get discouraging FAST. In this week's episode, I give some simple tips to help overcome "The Blur" we all feel from time to time.
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September 03, 2019
M4C 016: Push Marketing vs. Pull Marketing
Learn the crucial distinction between push and pull marketing, and how they can be blended together to form a powerful strategy for finding new clients to serve.
14:19
August 29, 2019
Some Exciting Updates!
Exciting updates about this podcast as well as my business!
09:45
August 28, 2019
M4C 015: The TIME Model for Serving Your Prospects
How do we turn prospects into clients? This is the age old question, and it has an unlikely answer. I think TIME turns prospects into clients. By utilizing the TIME method, we can provide massive value to our prospective clients and build trust with them way before they even become a client. What is the TIME method and how do you use it? Listen into this week’s episode to find out. Also, click here to down a freebie for this episode! It's a PDF Cheat Sheet I developed called the T.I.M.E. Marketing Formula Step-by-Step Cheat Sheet. Enjoy!
16:25
August 14, 2019
M4C 014: 3 Non-Negotiables for your Coaching Business Website to Win More Clients
Your coaching business website is the bread and butter of your marketing efforts. How can it be used to serve your prospects well? I think an effective coaching business website that serves your prospects and wins clients will feature three non-negotiables, which I cover in detail in this episode. By making sure your site includes these three non-negotiables, you’ll have a website that builds trust with your clients, ensures they know you’re right for the job, and tells them how to do business with you. Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
17:59
August 06, 2019
M4C 013: 5 Questions to Identify What’s Holding Your Business Back (And Break Through the Barrier)
What’s holding your business back from growth? In this episode, we’re looking at 5 crucial questions you should ask to determine where your business has gone off course. If your business is not growing, but you aren’t sure where the problem lies, this episode is for you. By asking these 5 questions, you’ll be able to gain clarity around the problems you’re facing, identify practical next steps to take, and cultivate the right mindset to get back in the game. Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
18:30
July 16, 2019
M4C 012: It’s Moving Time! – Leave Your Zone of Incompetence Behind
Are you spending the majority of your time doing work you that fulfills you, and that you’re great at? If not, it’s possible you’re spending too much time in your "zone of incompetence." In this episode I want to give you practical steps to leave behind tasks that have you trapped in this zone. Think it’s impossible?! Listen in and find it. It’s not as hard as it may seem. Links: www.northmacservices.com The Big Leap Free to Focus Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
18:08
July 09, 2019
M4C 011: Taking “The Big Leap” as a Coach
As a coach, are you spending 70%+ of your time doing only those things which you most enjoy, and in which you are most effective? If not, then today's episode is for you. We're looking at some practical action steps from psychologist Gay Hendricks' book, The Big Leap. By the end of this episode, you'll have a firm grasp on why it matters that you identify and work to eliminate your "upper limit problem" so you can begin living in your "Zone of Genius." You don't want to miss this one. Enjoy the show! Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
25:02
June 18, 2019
M4C 010: Why Your Coaching Business Must Go Digital Today
Nobody really likes change. But the fact is, the world is changing. And our coaching businesses must either change along with it, or get left behind. In this episode I hope you give you some practical tips for how to, as an experienced coach or a beginner looking to do it the right way the first time, adopt both digital processes and practices. Mentioned in this lesson: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/9-important-insights-about-generation-z Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
10:21
June 11, 2019
M4C 009: How to Determine the Why, What, and How of Your New (or Reborn!) Coaching Business
We live at a time when the coaching industry is exploding in popularity. But, unfortunately, the industry is not immune to the startling failure rate (discussed in the episode) of new small businesses. How can coaches stay above the fray, and building a lasting, impactful business? I think it starts by determining the "why," the "what," and the "how" of your business very clearly before getting started or reinventing. Listen in to this week's episode for my thoughts on how to do this. Mentioned in this lesson: https://blog.shore.com/en/5-most-common-reasons-coaching-businesses-fail/ https://www.fundera.com/blog/what-percentage-of-small-businesses-fail Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
24:28
June 04, 2019
M4C 008: How Coaches Can Become Free to Focus with This Powerful New Framework
What if you could achieve more in your time on this planet, while, counterintuitively, doing less? Michael Hyatt's newest, Free to Focus, is a compelling book that teaches a total productivity system. And if you let it, it will entirely change your life. The benefit for coaches? We all know that achieving clarity is key to knowing what actions to take next. Many times we coach others to clarity, without having it ourselves. This leads to stress, burnout, career dissatisfaction, and life dissatisfaction. Most of it comes down to a misappropriation of priorities---and that's exactly what Free to Focus helps you overcome. Listen in as I debunk a few myths for you and explain why you need this book. It's not only a great idea to pick it up---it's essential. Mentioned in this lesson: Get the book! Get the planner! Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
19:55
April 16, 2019
M4C 007: Up and Running – How to Write and Speak Like a Pro for Your Coaching Business
Here's a thought experiment for you: Would you use a financial planner who's up to his eyeballs in debt? A nutritionist who weighs 350 lbs? A relationship expert who's been divorced three times and is, once again, on shaky ground? A coach with no clue how to communicate? All the way back in episode two, I argued that a great client experience was necessary to achieve "automatic"---word of mouth---marketing. Part of giving your clients a great experience is to be a great communicator. In this episode I'll give you what I think is the #1 framework for honing your communication craft, and articulating your ideas carefully and clearly. In this lesson, you’ll learn: Why inviting your listeners/readers into a story is the most effective way to get them interested. How to make ideas relatable and memorable. Three ideas to help hone your communication craft. Mentioned in this lesson: SCORRE Made to Stick Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
14:59
April 09, 2019
M4C 006: Up and Running – Coaching and Content Creation
We're in a series covering the basics of how to get "up and running" with online marketing as a coach. There is perhaps nothing more important than consistently creating compelling content. How does one do that? By giving away their best information absolutely free. If that sounds scary, don't worry, I feel you. But I'm absolutely convinced this is the best and most effective approach. This episode will teach you why and how value-first marketing can radically improve your business and increase your caseload in record time. In this lesson, you’ll learn: Qualifying questions you can ask to determine which type of content you should create on a regular basis. My exact process for creating content and the strategies/tools I use to do it (PS, you don't want to miss this!) The one mindset hurdle you MUST overcome---no exceptions---if you're going to be successful online. Mentioned in this lesson: My Recommended Resources Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
21:16
April 02, 2019
M4C 005: Up and Running – Get Started with your Coaching Business Website
It's pretty hard to do online marketing without a good website. This should be a given in the age of technology we live in, but unfortunately, many don't understand what it even means to have a good website. Here's a hint: Paying a lot of money doesn't guarantee a good (i.e., effective) website. Working with someone who understands marketing does. Now, of course, we do that here at NorthMac, but the point of this episode is to give you some helpful information that will arm you for success no matter where you choose to have your website created. In this lesson, you’ll learn: Why most coaches have completely useless websites, even if they paid good money for them! 5 things your coaching website MUST include to communicate clearly with potential clients. Mentioned in this lesson: 3 Steps to Building a Completely Useless Website 3 Reasons a Pretty Website won’t Solve your Problems STOP! 4 Reasons You Should Never “Buy” A Website Again! StoryBrand 2019 Small Business Website Statistics You Need to Know to Stay Ahead of the Digital Curve Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
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March 26, 2019
M4C 004: Up and Running – Online Presence and Strategy
There is no shortage of available marketing information online. If anything, there's an overabundance! But yet so many are unable to apply the advice they're given to their specific niche or industry. Here on the M4C podcast, we distill this information and apply it to your niche---coaching! In this lesson, the first of our "up and running" series, we'll discuss some foundational concepts and strategies you should become familiar with if you're to succeed on the web as a coach. In this lesson, you’ll learn: What places you need to be online to propel your business to new heights. Some foundational rituals (or, habits) you'll need to establish to avoid getting overwhelmed by the fray. 6 helpful methods I personally use and recommend to give some structure and shape to your coaching business. Mentioned in this lesson: 48 Days Eagles Free to Focus Your Best Year Ever Ramsey's Baby Steps SCORRE Miracle Morning StoryBrand Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
26:00
March 19, 2019
M4C 003: Planning to Succeed in 2019 and Beyond – Your Coaching Business and the Web
What does it take to succeed as a coach in 2019 and beyond? Of course, it takes many things! But since my expertise is online marketing, I want to give you the practical steps you must take to be found online in 2019 and beyond. It takes persistence, but it's not as challenging or as overwhelming as it seems. In fact, with a bit of confidence and perseverance, anyone can take these steps on their own. In this lesson, you’ll learn: The three things every coach must have to be successful in online marketing. Why getting started is nowhere near as complicated as you're probably making it. The benefits of enlisting---you guessed it---a coach(!) to help your online marketing efforts. Mentioned in this episode: 48 Days Eagles Resources Page Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
18:42
March 06, 2019
M4C 002: Automatic Marketing and The Proven Path to Becoming a Stellar Coach
I don't claim to be the expert authority on coaching, but I do know a thing or two about marketing. And there are some universal truths about marketing that, when applied to the practice of coaching, are sure to accelerate your growth to levels that you never imagined. Some of these are obvious, for sure. Others not so much. But often, there is a tendency to overcomplicate. In other words, what may be obvious in principle does not always make it into practice. In this episode I'm going to give you a 4-step path to help you become a stellar coach. This is the first step to achieving what I call "automatic marketing." Enjoy the show! In this lesson, you’ll learn: The one mindset shift coaches can make that will transform how prospects (and even current clients!) perceive their practice. One obvious truth that sets the "referral-chain" in motion. The real job of the coach. (Hint: it's not to solve everyone's problems!) Why your ability to listen is so much more valuable than your ability to give good advice. Mentioned in this episode: 48 Days Eagles Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts!
18:42
March 06, 2019
M4C 001: 3 Reasons Why I Work Exclusively with Coaches
As you interact more and more with my material, you'll find that I work pretty much exclusively with coaches and content creators here at NorthMac Services. In this episode I give you the three reasons why this is the case. I look forward to teaching you and working with you! Thanks so much for listening. Please subscribe and share on Apple Podcasts! Mentioned in this episode: 48 Days Eagles
18:42
March 06, 2019
Teaser
Welcome to the new podcast, Marketing for Coaches! I'm Steve, a WordPress expert and marketing coach, and the host of the Marketing for Coaches podcast. This weekly show will feature my best tools, tips, and strategies to help grow your coaching caseload via the wonderful world of online marketing. Thanks for joining me!
02:58
February 15, 2019