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Meaningpreneur Podcast

Meaningpreneur Podcast

By Stephanie Ward
Meaningpreneurs are business owners who do work they find meaningful, work that makes a difference for their clients. Meaningpreneurs want to create prosperous and sustainable businesses. Does this describe you? Then you are one too and this is for you. I'm Stephanie Ward, a Business & Marketing Mentor for Meaningpreneurs. Discover even more Business and Marketing tips at my website fireflycoaching.com.
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Creating Meaningful Relationships in Business with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe
Dr. Bayo Akomolafe was one of the speakers at The House of Beautiful Business Conference last year and the wisdom he shared cracked open my mind and my heart.   To my absolute delight, Bayo agreed to have a conversation with me on my podcast and talk about business and marketing. We discussed trust and the gift mentality, reaching out to people, having a big vision (or perhaps a vision having you), imagination, failing generously, and play. He also talked about being in awe, to stand in awe of the things that exceed us. And he mentioned this quote. “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” Rainer Maria Rilke Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Visionary Founder of The Emergence Network and host of the online post activist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains’. “Falling might very well be flying – without the tyranny of coordinates.” Dr. Bayo Akomolafe For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
22:21
May 06, 2022
Being of Service as a Marketing Strategy with Eldridge Labijno
For a self-proclaimed ‘non-marketer’ Eldridge Labijno shares so many essential ideas about how to market your business. We cover making organic connections with people, the power of referrals, the importance of knowing your short introduction inside and out, how having a niche helps you, valuing your services at the right price, solving problems for people, and being of service. And finally, he shares what he loves most about being a Meaningpreneur. Eldridge talked about always giving value to people you connect with. Be prepared to solve a problem. He defines a problem as, “an undesired state.” This is the three-part framework he mentioned to ask to discover the problem: 1. What do you have that you don’t want? 2. What do you not have that you do want? 3. What do you have that you want more of? The author Eldridge mentioned is David Graeber and the books he mentioned are: Bullshit Jobs and Debt: The First 5000 Years.   You can find out more about Eldridge on his website here and connect with him on LinkedIn here.   “Nobody can do what you do. Because nobody is you.” Eldridge Labijno After a successful international career as a neoclassical ballet dancer, Eldridge retrained for ten years to become a theatre director and Master Coach of Strategic Interventions. Based in the Netherlands he works around Europe giving workshops for startup accelerators, Universities, cultural institutions, and businesses. He also works as an external communications consultant for people who aspire to public office in the UK. Eldridge is one of three Statutory Directors of the Dance and Creative Wellness Foundation. For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
20:16
April 15, 2022
20 Lessons Learned in 20 Years in Business
Being a business owner is a journey that will teach you so many things, sometimes the hard way. It’s an endless education and that’s what makes it fun and exciting. Doing work that you find meaningful and that makes a difference for your clients is the gift of a lifetime. I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has supported me during the past twenty years including my amazing clients, partners, providers, colleagues, friends, and family. You know who you are! I’ve learned so many lessons over the past twenty years and these are some of the most important ones. Curious to know which ones resonate the most with you. For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
15:30
February 18, 2022
How Anne Scott Took Girl Gone International from Zero to 20 Million
Anne Scott is the founder and CEO of Girl Gone International, the world’s largest online and offline community for international women. On a budget of zero, GGI has scaled to over 250 local hubs in 80 countries, 750,000 members, 25,000 events, a team of over 1000 and a monthly organic reach of up to 20 million. In this open (and often laughter-filled) conversation, Anne shares her epic journey of creating and growing GGI. She reminds us that rewards aren’t always monetary and what you get that’s even more powerful. Anne also shares the power of showing up and being able to tell your story well. And at the end, she shares the most rewarding part of being a Meaningpreneur. After we stopped recording she added that freedom is also an essential element for her. Learning to tell your story well is critical for every business owner. The resource I mentioned for speaking is Toastmasters International.  Some excellent books on storytelling are: all of Bernadette Jiwa’s books and Resonate by Nancy Duarte.  For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
28:36
February 04, 2022
How Vivian Acquah Uses Speaking & Video to Leverage Her Business
Vivian Acquah is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Viva La Vive. As an inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, she advises managers on how to keep their team members engaged, energized, and safe in a sustainable manner. Vivian is making topics related to workplace wellness & DEI accessible to everyone. She provides people with the right tools, at the right time, to embrace inclusive changes. Vivian motivates people to think consciously and inspires them to take action. In this episode, Vivian shares SO many actionable pieces of advice for Meaningpreneurs who want to be more visible, save time on marketing, and have clients calling you instead of the other way around. Some of the tools she mentioned are: Calendly, StreamYard, and one she mentioned to me before the show: Missinglettr. For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
21:52
February 04, 2022
Why You Need a Solo Business Retreat & What I Got Out of Mine
Have you ever dreamed about going away on a Retreat to work ON your business? I wanted that too but couldn't find what I was looking for so I designed my own Solo Business Retreat. In this podcast episode I'll cover:  How I came up with the idea for a Solo Business Retreat (massive thanks to Anne Scott of Girl Gone International for sparking the idea) Why three days away from home The reasons for it being a Solo Retreat The three areas of my business I focused on  Where I went and the outcomes for my own business Click here to go to my Instagram account and then click on the highlight 'Solo Retreat' to see my Stories where I chronicled my Solo Busines Retreat. This is where I stayed. For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
14:44
August 20, 2021
A Ballerina Who Will Inspire You to Be Your Absolute Best in Your Business
Have you ever had an experience that left such a big impression on you that you’ve never forgotten it? That’s what happened to me years ago when my Mom took my sisters and me to the ballet. We had season tickets and I adored ballet even though I wasn’t that good at it. This podcast episode is all about what happened that night, why I’ll never forget it, and how it can inspire you to be the very best in your business. For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
07:56
June 18, 2021
Valuable Marketing Lessons from Global Nomad Kristin Wilson
Kristin Wilson is a savvy business owner and global digital nomad. I discovered Kristin from one of her amazing videos about Amsterdam in a Facebook group and we connected. She was in town at the end of 2018 and I invited her to come to a local networking event where we met in person. Kristin has two distinct and yet complementary business and she used two different approaches to launch them. One of her businesses is Poker Refugees and the other is Traveling With Kristin. You will learn a ton from our interview and be inspired to take a closer look at your business. For even more marketing tips, you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn and Instagram. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
24:07
May 21, 2021
Plants, Proportionality, and Profit
You have a limited amount of time to market your business. What are you spending it on? Are you sure that it's the most profitable investment you could be making?  You can figure it out if you know where to look and what to look for. I've got a bunch of ideas for you in this episode.  For more advice on this topic check out my posts, Connect People To Each Other and Watch Your Business Grow and Social Media Popularity Doesn’t Equal Business Profitability.  And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful, Stephanie
07:00
May 06, 2021
Tayo Rockson on How to Use Your Difference to Make a Difference
Tayo Rockson is an author, speaker, and podcast host. In this episode, Tayo shares his top three marketing tips for Meaningpreneurs.  Check out his website, his podcast: As Told By Nomads, and his TED talk and other talks here.  You can follow Tayo on Instagram and connect with him on LinkedIn. And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful! Stephanie
09:53
April 20, 2021
How to Get Over Your Fear of Visibility
As a Business Owner, you need to be visible. There are so many ways to do this which means you can always find a way that fits for you. Any fears you have about showing up and be visible in your business can be overcome, it all starts with awareness. Here is a link to a video with more on the topic of reducing the fear of visibility.  And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful! Stephanie 
05:39
March 31, 2021
Chris Guillebeau Talks Marketing Tips
Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, blogger and successful entrepreneur. He’s also an extremely kind and thoughtful person. In this interview, Chris shares his top three marketing strategies for Small Business Owners plus a bonus tip. One of them has to do with his Grandma and another one is about a fish. “If you make your business about helping others, you’ll always have plenty of work.” Chris Guillebeau Click to Tweet In the interview, Chris mentioned his book The $100 Startup. Check it out, as well as Side Hustle and all of his other books here. You may also enjoy his daily, 10-minute podcast, Side Hustle School. Chris mentioned the danger of making assumptions in business, here is one of my posts with more on that. And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful! Stephanie
09:14
March 31, 2021
Boats & Business Models
What do Boats and Business Models have to do with each other? I'll make the connection for you in this episode with a story about what happened at the lake in Oklahoma many, many summers ago. For more on this topic, check out my video: Three Ways to Adapt Your Business Model Right Now.  And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful! Stephanie
07:34
March 31, 2021
Smart Marketing Tips from David Allen of Getting Things Done
David Allen’s internationally best-selling book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, is a classic that has been published in over 28 languages. David is not only a master at getting things done, he has also built an extremely successful business. So how did he do it? I sat down with David in Amsterdam, where he lives, and asked him to share the marketing strategies he used to create a stable and flourishing company. Prepare to be inspired. “You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool your own mind.” David Allen Click to Tweet   Find out more about how you can get things done by visiting his company’s website, Getting Things Done. And you can ‘Like’ his Facebook Page and follow him on Twitter. And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful! Stephanie
12:12
March 31, 2021
What To Expect from the Meaningpreneur Podcast
Happy you stopped by to check out my new podcast for Meaningpreneurs. In this first episode, I share: why I started it, what kind of content I'll share, and also the format and frequency. Thank you for listening! And you can get a copy of my Free Special Report, 7 Steps to Attract More Clients in Less time at my website. Let's connect on LinkedIn, Instagram, and/or Clubhouse. Make it Meaningful! Stephanie
04:15
March 31, 2021