Ray EdwardsRay Edwards http://rayedwards.com Prosperity With Purpose Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://rayedwards.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-REI-Color-Logo-Only-32x32.png Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com 32 32 Prosperity With Purpose Ray Edwards clean Ray Edwards ray@rayedwards.com ray@rayedwards.com (Ray Edwards) Prosperity With Purpose Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/The-Ray-Edwards-Show-Art.jpg http://rayedwards.com Why You’ll Never Be Productive, Rich & Happy http://rayedwards.com/294/ http://rayedwards.com/294/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:01 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12671 Does any of the following sound familiar? You set goals but never seem to hit them…you never seem satisfied…you experience up’s and down’s, but always seem to live your life somewhere in the messy middle…you have that “someday I’ll be happy” mentality. If that’s you, here’s what I know about you, you aren’t productive, rich, or happy.

You’re familiar with the adage about keeping the same pattern but expecting different results, right? Starting right now it can all be different for you. This week I’m going to explain why you’re having this problem, and I’m going to give you a roadmap to escape the messy middle.


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Spiritual Foundations

Here is a truth I was reminded of the other day, “You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, and the conversations in which you choose to engage.”

The Bible says something similar in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

This week we’ll show you how to develop new patterns of thought so that your life becomes “on earth as it is in heaven.”

Tip of the Week

In this episode I encourage you to “zero base” your life. What is that you ask?

Our all-knowing friends at Wikipedia describe zero-based budgeting, as an example. Zero-based budgeting is: “a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period.”

You start from zero, and every expense needs to justify itself. You can do this with your environment as well. Do the people you hang around with lift you up or drag you down? Does your office or home make you feel productive or drive you crazy?

In this episode you’ll get a glimpse behind the scenes as I zero-base my own life. WARNING: This gets a little weird…

Feature Presentation: “Why You'll Never Be Productive, Rich & Happy”

I’ve got seven reasons why you’ll never be productive, rich, or happy. But don’t worry! I’ve also got some suggestions about how to fix them forever if you choose to do so.

Here are the seven reasons you’re shackled to mediocrity…

  1. You’re just as productive, rich, and happy right now as you want to be.
  2. Most people are thermostats, pre-programmed and unaware of it.
  3. Most people suffer from scotoma (partial loss of vision).
  4. Most people have no one who will tell them the truth.
  5. Most people are unwilling to experience discomfort.
  6. Most people have conditioned themselves to “scratch the itch.”
  7. Productive, rich, and happy is a matter of being, not doing.

I promised I would have solutions for you…here they are:

  1. Admit that you’re just as productive, rich, and happy right now as you want to be.
  2. Recognize your thermostatic nature.
  3. Figure out what your scotoma are, and work to eliminate them.
  4. Find people who will tell you the truth.
  5. Embrace discomfort as an indication of growth and progress.
  6. Recondition yourself to only feel the itch being scratched by achievement, not merely by activity.
  7. Figure out who you must become to get where you want to go.

Here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • You steer the ship – If you don’t like where you are, remember that you plotted the course to get there (11:40)
  • Pay attention to the pattern – Why the unexpected is so predictable (12:24)
  • Sean’s Rant of the Week – The biological reason you need to stop making excuses and do something with your life (12:54)
  • What you don’t know can hurt you – How your pre-programmed ideas are sabotaging your success (16:10)
  • Do you need glasses? – Your mental blind spot could lead to you getting blindsided (16:34)
  • You can’t handle the truth – Why being “kind” may be the meanest thing you can do to someone (18:04)
  • Comfort is overrated – How to get off the fast track to becoming broke, unhealthy, and stupid (19:06)
  • Thinking does not make it so – Why confusing activity with accomplishment is a one-way ticket to the poorhouse (19:56)
  • The Used Car Principle – It doesn’t matter what the outside looks like if what’s under the hood is broken (23:10)
  • You can’t have both – You can have your excuses, or you can have results (23:55)
  • Take ownership – How to start making the transition from renting your life to owning it (24:11)
  • Escape The Matrix – The more you deny your programming the tighter its grip becomes (25:08)
  • You have two ears for a reason – Why listening to truth-tellers can be a painful, but necessary process (26:48)
  • Resistance is a compass – Why discomfort is often the most accurate map you own (28:56)
  • Nothing succeeds like success – How to break the habit the failure by doing the one thing you don’t want to do (30:50)

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How I Work As A Million Dollar Writer http://rayedwards.com/how-i-work-as-a-million-dollar-writer/ http://rayedwards.com/how-i-work-as-a-million-dollar-writer/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:00:26 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12649 (And How You Can, Too)

For those who have wondered, this post will explain what I work on and how I function as a “million-dollar writer.” It is my hope this will stimulate you into taking the required steps to earn significantly more income than you do now. After I spell out how I manage to create a million dollars in revenue, I'll give you a simple 3-step roadmap to increase your own income.

(By the way, even though I am describing the life of a writer, virtually all of what I'm about to share will work for any freelancer or business owner.)

This subject seems slightly impolite to write about. Like many, I was taught from my earliest years that it is impolite to talk about politics, religion, or money. I routinely violate all three of these directives, however, so this is not new territory for me. Let’s begin…

I am not writing to boost my own ego. I am writing to answer a very frequently-asked question: “How does a writer make a million dollars?”

This is a great question, because the industry income average for freelance writers is just under $5,000 per year.

When someone asks me how, as a writer, I make a million dollars, they may not actually express it, but what they really want to know is: “How does a guy who writes ad copy, who has never published a book I've even heard of… how does that guy make a million dollars?”

People wonder - how does THAT guy make a million dollars as a writer? This is how.Click To Tweet

And of course, ultimately, the real question burning in their heart is: “Could I do that? Or even half that? That’s what people really want to know and that’s what I want to share with you.

Before I get to the tactical stuff like:

  • How do you get paid?
  • What are your rates?
  • How do you get clients?

It’s imperative that I share 3 Prosperity Principles for Writers.

Prosperity Principle #1: You Must Discover Yourself

 

Many writers and other creatives have a not-so-secret fantasy. They labor intensely for years on a masterpiece, hoping that an influential publisher or literary agent will “discover” them, and they'll be catapulted to fame and fortune.

That's a nice fantasy, but with one problem: it doesn't happen that way. It never does, or at least almost never. Okay, rarely it happens. But you're more likely to be struck by lightning on the same day you win the Powerball, than you are to be “discovered” in this way.

You must discover yourself!

You must identify what makes you different, what “special sauce” you add to this common craft (writing) that makes you a distinctly differently voice on a common subject. In what way are you a player with a unique, unduplicable advantage? We spend 3 full days answering this question definitively in our Dreamstorm Workshops, using our Core Thesis Process; obviously, if you don't already know the answer to this question, you'll need to spend some time on it,

Prosperity Principle #2: You Must Promote Yourself

 

To succeed, dear Reader, you must realize you are not actually in the “writing business.” You are in the business of You, Incorporated.

You are not in the writing business. You are in the business of You, Incorporated.Click To Tweet

It is your unique personality, and the fascinating persona you share with the world, that shapes how that world sees you. Done right, this can make you an irresistible character to whom people are attracted as their chosen and trusted authority. Done wrong, this can break the ties between you and your readers.

Specifically, instead of promoting and advertising your highly-developed craftsmanship as a writer, you must be in the business of promoting you. You cannot rely on word-of-mouth, or critical acclaim, or impersonal ad campaigns. You must conscientiously promote yourself, and intentionally craft the way customers perceive you.

If you have interest in knowing HOW it is I do all this, and want to see the detailed steps I take, let me know your interest in the comment section. Enough interest expressed will generate a new post on this “Implementation” phase. But for now, on to…

Prosperity Principle #3: You Must Get Over Yourself

 

You might be disappointed to learn that your dream of being a purely creative being whose hands are never “sullied” by crass commercialism or “manipulative” marketing are mere fantasy. This may be hard to swallow, but you need to get over yourself in this regard.

So, let me get the disappointing stuff out of the way right upfront:

  1. This approach may require a readjustment of what you think of as “craft.” The kind of writing I do is very specific: direct response copy. This is copy meant to result in a sale. It’s copy that moves the reader to buy. Personally, I find the craft of writing sales copy to be endlessly fascinating and fun. While you may not choose to write sales copy (arguably the most lucrative kind of writing available to the average writer), you may also have to spend a little less time writing poems about the secret lives of elves.
  2. My approach is not an “instant income” strategy. This whole system of “writing as a business” has taken me a few years to figure out and build up. I am able to pass on some hard-won lessons (like those in this post), which I believe may considerably shorten your learning curve. You can go faster than I did. But it’s still not instant. And I'm constantly learning new things. You and I are very much works in progress.
  3. There is more than one way to achieve a million-dollar income as a writer. For instance, there is a writer (whose name you would not recognize) who writes 3-4 books a year and gets paid $300,000 – $400,000 for each book. He's a ghostwriter. You’d be shocked to learn how many New York Times best-selling books with famous names on the covers were actually written by this one ghostwriter. Another writer I know raked in a million dollars last year writing content, white papers, and annual reports for big corporations. As I said, my way is not the only way. But it is worth noting that though the kinds of writing differ, the basic ideas I share here apply to every wealthy writer I know.
  4. In my experience, a million-dollar writing business means you're selling more than “just” writing. You will probably find it necessary to offer products and services that are not strictly writing (but which you would not be able to sell without your foundational work as a writer). It's the rare writer who can merely write and cash checks (our ghostwriter friend notwithstanding). I'll dive more deeply into this in the next section.
  5. This whole endeavor requires me to use a four-letter word that will shock and offend some people. But I feel the use of this word is required to communicate the force of my argument. The four-letter word is: w-o-r-k. Work! Ya gotta put in the effort!

This is a glimpse “behind the curtain,” and you may or may not like what you see. Then again you may find it encouraging to know there is a proven path to prosperity as a writer, and you don't need a fat contract from a big publisher to pull this off. You can simply decide, and then go do it.

“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor … the greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. That is when we must learn to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and to reap without apology if the amounts are big … you must either get good at sowing in the spring or begging in the fall. The soil says: don't bring me your need, bring me your seed.” — Jim Rohn 

The soil says: don't bring me your need, bring me your seed. - Jim Rohn Click To Tweet

How I Get Paid

 

The first thing to know is I “fudged” a little on my income – it wasn’t really $1 million last year. The actual number is closer to $1.2 million.

The second thing to know is I didn’t get to keep most of it. Where did it go? A lot of places:

  • The IRS and the State of Washington got their portions, of course.
  • Then there are payroll taxes, Social Security, etc.
  • Employee salaries.
  • Affiliate commissions.
  • Vendors and independent contractors.
  • Other business expenses.
  • There are the medical expenses related to my little neurological disorder.
  • Plus we finished paying off all consumer debt, which at its height topped $400,000.(I’m actually embarrassed by this. I learned a lot through the mistakes which landed me in so much debt – perhaps I’ll share more about that journey in a future post.)

So, you can forget asking me for a loan. I didn’t sock a million into the bank. But I’m not complaining – the Edwards household did, and still does, quite well.

With all that out of the way… here’s where the money actually comes from. How I get paid.

Product Sales

Product sales are far-and-away our biggest source of revenue. These include high-ticket items ($1,000 and up) sold mostly via PLF-style launches, advertising, purchased solo email campaigns, and organic website traffic.

“Day with Ray” Consulting

This is where I meet with a single client (or their team). I require this meeting before Private Client Copy Engagement. The “Day With Ray” costs $15,000 if you come to me in Spokane, WA, or $20,000 plus private air charter if I come to you. What do we do in such a meeting? It depends on the client (everyone is different, so there is no template for this). I grill the client for the first hour or so, and generally this will lead to a discovery of the 1-3 most powerful “levers” we can pull in their business to increase revenue and profits, while providing the business owner with less stress and more peace of mind.

Private Client Copy Engagement

After a long period of protesting that I was no longer writing for clients, I am finally giving in to market demand. I am accepting a very few assignments wherein I personally run the copy project and write the copy. This is prohibitively expensive for the client, and if you have to ask, you can't afford it. Also, I require that all Private Clients pass a rigorous application process, and agree to my admittedly unreasonable demands (100% compliance with my advice, 100% commitment to running my copy as written, 100% commitment to testing and tracking, payment of a percentage of gross sales to be made quarterly, and acceptance of my total lack of availability for “chummy chats,” psychological counseling, and babysitting sessions). I charge a minimum of $150,000 payable up front. Maximum four clients per year, booked well in advance.

Royalties

These are payments on gross sales of Private Client projects. They also include royalties on co-created projects and revenue share deals. This is becoming a more significant percentage of my company revenue. Please do not contact us looking for me to do your marketing for free and offering me a percentage. I only do these deals when I know the person well, know the company and market well, and when it is my idea.

Group Coaching

Group coaching has been lacking in my portfolio of services until recently. Experiments thus far show it to be fun and profitable, as well as extraordinarily valuable to participants. These are online groups of up to 20 people at a time, who receive coaching and feedback from me once per week for a finite period (usually 6-12 weeks).

Workshops

I host a few small group workshops that focus on a single theme or outcome each year. Participants pay a premium fee ($5,000 – $10,000) and must qualify through application. These consist typically of three intense and productive days that can significantly alter the course of the client's business and life for the better.

Private Masterminds

Small group Mastermind Alliances involve a strict application process, membership requirements, and required compliance to meeting attendance and participation.

Affiliate Commissions

We generate commissions through the recommendation of products and services we ourselves use. This accounts for about 7% of our company revenue each year, but nearly 18% of our annual profit. Why is it so profitable? All we do is promote the product. We don’t actually do any work, creation, or customer support.

REIC Membership

This is our newest offering. Members receive a printed newsletter each month with my best (and freshest) thinking, a monthly video training, a live Q&A once per month, and more. We are launching this in September 2017.

Those methods fairly well sum up how I earn my income.

How I Get Clients

 

My marketing system is not immediately obvious to most. It is complex, carefully thought out, and rigorously tested. I am constantly experimenting. Every “thing” we do is designed to point to all the other “things” we do.

Client Attraction vs. Client Pursuit

I do not wish to chase business, but prefer instead to let business chase me. Click To Tweet

Client attraction is foundational. Long ago I decided I did not wish to “chase” business, but prefer instead to let business chase me. So, I have carefully designed a ubiquitous system for attracting a steady flow of possible clients and customers from many different streams. This adds up to a large flow of potential business at various levels of engagement and investment, all swimming (upstream if necessary) to me. Some of the “pools” from which I attract business include:

  • Podcasting. This is one of the most intimate mediums available. Podcast listeners have me literally “in their head” for an hour per week (or more, if they binge-listen… and many do just that from our library of nearly 300 episodes). This is a curiously powerful medium. Numerous customers have listened to 1-3 episodes and proceeded directly to a $5,000 – $10,000 purchase.
  • YouTube channel. This is a new, experimental marketing tool for me. I have been enjoying playing around with the possibilities, and have now settled on a strategy going forward. Look for a slight shift in focus on my YouTube channel in the coming weeks. The goal, as with all third-party media, is to move people off third-party properties like YouTube (and Facebook, and Twitter, etc.) and onto my email list.
  • Social media. While many claim direct money making power through social media, my approach is to use it to attract and build a bond and relationship with my tribe, and then move them from social media to the media I own, i.e., my email list.
  • Printed newsletter. Already mentioned once, this is not only a product but also a marketing tool. Since the largest primary segment of my audience is made up of writers (meaning, presumably, they’re also readers), having a print newsletter is vitally important. Print media carries more impact than electronic media. This is not something I'm guessing at. According to this Millward Brown study, brain scans demonstrated the same message presented to the human subject printed on paper lights up more areas of the brain than the electronic equivalent. More areas of the brain lighting up equals more engagement.
  • Speaking. This is a way that I accomplish a number of objectives: for instance, I like to travel. I want to travel to exotic places. So, I have a speaking engagement next month in Hong Kong, primarily because I've never been there. This will also afford me the opportunity, as do all speaking engagements, to establish personal contact with a new group of people, perhaps add them to my mailing list, and maybe generate a few clients along the way. Speaking automatically grants you a certain amount of gravitas and authority. As far as generating clients, this is an indirect benefit of speaking. I do not hock or pitch my services from the stage. I do, however, strategically communicate that I am available to be hired by the right people, and that I have products available for people who are not ready to hire me. Perhaps I'll write more about this at a later time.
  • Books. Both physical and Kindle versions of my books are available. I currently have three books that are relevant to my business as a copywriter and marketer, and by the end of next year I plan to have no less than 10. The current books are How to Write Copy That SellsMoneywords, and Just Get Started. These books generate a certain kind of prospect or client. They are engineered to do so, and also provide valuable content. And, as with speaking, having a book in hand conveys on the author a certain amount of authority and credibility which cannot be gained in any other way.
  • Guest posts/appearances. From time to time I guest-post on the blogs of other people. I also appear on other people's podcasts as a guest interview. Once upon a time, I did this indiscriminately and would post or appear anywhere asked. The demands on my time have become so overwhelming I now have to choose more carefully. Each decision whether to appear on a podcast or write a guest post is a tactical decision designed to support my overall business strategy. For more on my thinking about this, see this book with my friend Tom Schwab, Podcast Guest Profits.

That, in a nutshell, is how I get new clients. I admit it is condensed and leaves out a lot of details. The subject deserves a book of its own. The above will get you started and will have to do until I write that book.

How I Run My Writing Business

 

This is not an exhaustive description of methodologies and practices for running a business, but a brief overview of some key principles that I believe help keep my business lean and growing.

Minimal staff. Once upon a time, I wanted no staff at all. This came after having been responsible for hundreds of people in my corporate position in radio broadcasting. But I finally realized I was limiting my growth by not hiring employees for my personal writing business. So now we have a few full-time employees and a number of independent contractors. We try to keep the staff as minimal as possible, but no smaller than needed. I have seen more than one friend destroy their own business by over-hiring. I'm determined not to make this mistake.

I have seen more than one friend destroy their own business by over-hiring.Click To Tweet

Remote workers. Rather than limit my pool of prospective employees to people who live in my hometown, we simply look for the best people for the job. This means we have hired staff from all over the place. In the US, we have workers on our team in Tennessee, Colorado, California, and elsewhere. For more on how to orchestrate a remote workforce (because there are some unique challenges), I highly recommend the book Remote: Office Not Required, by Jason Fried.

Employees vs. Contractors. I am not offering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. You should seek the services of a qualified professional to answer those questions. I can tell you that in my experience there is a difference between an employee and contractor in terms of mental attitude and dedication to the job. This is not to say that contractors don’t have a place. In my work as a freelance copywriter, I am, after all, an independent contractor. However, the person who is a full-time employee in your company can devote 100% of their working efforts to you. You must see that makes a difference. I'm not saying one is better than the other; I'm saying there's a place for both.

Client Selection. Anytime I'm going to be personally interacting with clients, such as on a copywriting or marketing project, I use a selection process. The prospective client will have to convince me that I want them as a client. This may sound arrogant, but it is not meant to be so. It actually serves all parties concerned. If I do not have good chemistry with the client, if our working styles do not match, or if we have mismatched expectations, that is a recipe for discord and upset. Contentious, negative, or sketchy people do not make the list. And if they do somehow sneak in, once we discover these fatal flaws, they are invited to go elsewhere. Immediately.

The prospective client will have to convince me that I want them as a client.Click To Tweet

Prioritizing Productivity

 

I place priority on stewarding my most valuable non-renewable resource – time – as if it is treasure. Because it is treasure. Thus productivity gets priority.

My Morning Success Ritual. This is vital to my most productive days. While I don't manage to get this all in every day, I'm getting better at it. My goal between is to achieve 95%+ compliance with this ritual every day. The days when I follow this MSR, starting the minute my feet hit the floor out of bed, are invariably my best days (most productive, most joyous, most satisfying). Probably because the most important things were done first – like prayer, reading, meditating, journaling, exercise, etc. And they are done when I'm still in the “NDZ”: No Distraction Zone (meaning no email, no voicemail, no phone calls, etc.)

You can always tell who the writers are – they’re the ones who are writing.Click To Tweet

Writing. The first thing I must do each day after my MSR is complete (and after I have showered, driven to the office, etc.) is WRITING. I am primarily a writer. You can always tell who the writers are – they’re the ones who are writing. This is my #1 Revenue Producing Activity (RPA). At this point my phone is off, I have still not checked email, not checked voicemail, etc. Still in the NDZ. I write for a large block of time at the beginning of the day — often 4 hours. NOTHING gets to interrupt the writing — including (especially) the clients for whom I may be writing.

Fortress of Solitude. This is the most important and perhaps the most controversial piece of advice I can give you. You must construct for yourself a “fortress of solitude”. While I do not pretend to be Superman, I do take inspiration from the Man of Steel's secret hideaway. The Fortress of Solitude is the place Superman goes to be in absolute solitude. A place of silent contemplation. This is the place he goes to think, to learn, to plan, to rejuvenate. Some of the ways in which I've done this are:

  • I never answer incoming business calls. They’re always screened, dealt with, and if I really need to speak with the person a call is set for Call Day.
  • I have only one day per month that I make phone appointments (Call Day). I make all phone appointments on that day. If that date cannot work for a person seeking a phone conversation with me, my assistant will schedule them for the next month. I schedule all my interviews on one day per month, grouped together so that I can take care of this task all in a single day.
  • My daily schedule is relatively free from appointments. This creates large blocks of time for me to do what I do best, and what is most important for generating revenue in my business: writing, creating content, and recording (either audio or video). For more details on why I resort to these extreme measures, please see No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs, by Dan Kennedy.
  • Rest. In order to deliver the very best work to my clients and partners, and to still leave room in my schedule for rejuvenation (sleep, family time, time with God, and time to just plain relax)… I have to guard my time vigorously. And I have to be on guard against what Dan Kennedy calls “Time Vampires”. They will suck the life out of you.
  • I Don’t Check Email, and I Only Get One Email Each Day. My auto-check feature in Apple Mail is turned OFF. I only get email when I press the “Check Mail” button. I check it once per day, Monday thru Thursday. Usually around  4 pm Pacific.  All my email is screened by my assistant, who compiles the relatively few messages I must read or respond to. She sends those to me in a single email at the end of each day. This is one of my policies that tends to be unpopular with those who are “urgency addicts”, and who want me to have a constant email discussion about all manner of things with them. I refuse to sacrifice my highest valued commodity (time) for the sake of what usually amounts to trivia. I suggest you adopt the same policy.
  • I Avoid Meetings Like the Plague They Are. Any meeting that lasts longer than 15 minutes is probably too long. Not always, but most of the time. Any project that requires multiple meetings each week is probably in trouble. Long meetings = inefficiency at best, and postponement of the inevitable at worst. (As a sidebar: frequent short meetings are just a disguised way of having long meetings. HEAR ME: if you have “meeting-itis”, either you just want an excuse to talk about work instead of doing it, or something is wrong with the project … something another meeting won't solve).
  • Phone Meetings / Conversations. Same as in person meetings, only worse. Conversations and phone meetings should be 15 minutes or less and have a predetermined purpose and ending time. These all take place on aforementioned Call Day.
  • Instant Messenger. Any Flavor. (I’m looking at you, Slack). Just say no. The only time I use it is when I have SCHEDULED events on Skype or Zoom (usually interviews). I am NEVER “just available” to be interrupted. (If I was, that would mean that I was either doing something unimportant or that I was doing NOTHING. If I'm doing something unimportant… WHY? And if I'm doing NOTHING, it's a PLANNED nothing and it's important that this not be interrupted!).
  • I HATE TEXT MESSAGES. The end.
  • Office Hours. Yes, I have an office outside my home. I lease currently. I'm considering buying an office building. I keep regular business hours most of the time: Mon – Thurs, 8 am – 5 pm Pacific.

By the way, my office phone is answered by a LIVE HUMAN (not some stupid voicemail torture device) Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 6 pm Pacific time. Why do I have the phone covered even when I am out of the office? Because other members of my team keep different hours… and because emergencies DO happen, and I like to be available if a TRUE emergency arises. My phone team knows how to reach me in those cases.

Why The Emphasis On Not Being Interrupted?

 

Interruptions cost you dearly.

As a writer, I know that allowing myself to be interrupted by a client or vendor (“Hey Ray – got a minute to talk about the new logo?”) can seem harmless… but it isn't. That interruption costs me (a) the state of “flow” I was in while working, maybe impossible to recover, (b) the time of the interruption itself, and (c) the time it takes me to get back into the “zone” with what I was working on… minimum 20 minutes, maybe longer.

I can't afford to let that happen.

My clients and customers can't afford for me to let that happen.

I once had a client who loved to call me at 11 pm at night and talk for two hours. I tried to tell him I worked set hours and was available at those times, but he didn't seem to understand. When our first project was finished, I fired him. His dysfunction did not automatically become my problem. Be warned – people will WASTE your time if you let them. Will you let them? Be polite, be loving… but don't be a victim.

In the end, if you guard your time, you are being most respectful of other people. Think about it: if you allow yourself to be interrupted, or your time wasted when you should have been doing something else… who suffers? Your clients. Your customers. Your family (“Sorry honey, I have to stay late because I wasted 2 hours today listening to the web team make excuses…”).

You're not serving anyone by being a poor steward of your time.

What to Do Next

 

Here’s the 3-step plan I promised you to help increase your own income. It’s quite simple:

  1. Choose just one of the practices I listed above – the one that excites you the most.
  2. Put that practice to work in your own business, and use it until it begins to produce results.
  3. Now pick a new practice, add it to your daily/weekly/monthly routine, and repeat the process. (Don’t stop doing the new “thing” you started in Step 1. Keep doing all the activities, and as you add them one by one, you will likely see a corresponding surge in income. I am not promising you any income results, just sharing what has worked for me. Your mileage may vary.)

If this post has struck a chord with you, please let me know in the comments, and ask any specific questions you have. I’ll endeavor to answer as transparently as possible.

Finally, if you did find this post useful, I pray that you put it into action. So, here's my question for you: What ideas from this post will you implement and what results do you hope to see?

 

 

 

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I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing http://rayedwards.com/293/ http://rayedwards.com/293/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:00:44 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12634 As entrepreneurs, we have one mandate…get as rich as possible. How did you react when you read that? Did it make you feel uncomfortable and even a little squeamish?

Money is not a “zero sum game” (meaning in order for me to win you have to lose) – it is quite the opposite. Money is infinite, a representation of the wealth created by entrepreneurs, tradesmen, and investors.

So if money is infinite, why don't you have more?

That's part of the fabric of my discussion with Perry Marshall on today's show. Perry is one of the most expensive and sought-after business consultants in the world. I think you'll enjoy the conversation.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

The Bible often uses the natural world to teach us lessons about how to live an abundant life. A perfect example of this is found in Proverbs 6: 6-11…

Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

As entrepreneurs, we’re like the ant. We have no boss to force us to do what’s necessary. Either we do it, or it doesn’t get done.

Now go forth and prosper!

Tip of the Week

Imagine me mentoring you each and every month. What would that make possible for you?

We would start with an intensive training about how to get your online marketing system set up and running, no matter what type of business you own. Then, each month, we would do a live video training session where you could ask me any question you like.

Each month I would sit down and write you a 12-page memo about what to do, and then I would deliver a proven marketing campaign you could copy and use in your business.

We’ll be opening the doors to this new, group coaching/mentoring/training program in the near future. If you would like more information, go immediately to rayedwards.com/reic to get on the VIP notification list.

Feature Presentation: “Optimizing for Picnics”

Perry Marshall is one of the world’s most expensive and sought-after business consultants. Clients seek him out for his ability to integrate engineering, sales, art, and psychology.

He has launched two movements in modern marketing. His Google Adwords books laid the foundation for the $100 billion Pay-Per-Click industry, and techniques he pioneered are still standard best practices.

Perry wrote the world’s best-selling book on web advertising, Ultimate Guide to Google Adwords. More recently, he’s turned “80/20” into a verb. His book 80/20 Sales and Marketing is mandatory reading in many growing companies, and his books are course material in several business schools.

Here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • The Universal Law of Cause and Effect – How to work less and make more (19:34)
  • The world is skewed – Why this is the best time ever to become a serial entrepreneur (20:47)
  • Everything is connected – Why 20th century thinking will strand you on the Island of Misfit Toys (23:59)
  • Optimized for picnics – What ants can teach us about business (27:53)
  • Upsetting the corporate apple cart – Why Dilbert thinking is so destructive, and what to do about it (29:15)
  • Arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic – How your business myopia is causing missed opportunities for massive growth (32:20)
  • Extreme Inequality – How 80/20 is running your life whether you know it or not (34:15)
  • The frictionless internet – The speed of your business is entirely dependent on the speed of your platform (36:41)
  • The rise of the business state – Why Instagram is more powerful than 100 countries in the world (37:59)
  • The center is the edge – How mastering principles the key to your leap forward (38:58)
  • Better than Bruce Lee – Why specific focus is the key to competing with the masters (40:11)
  • Look for the levers – The secret of turning a little input into a whole lot of output (41:44)
  • How to create an addict – Why Minecraft is fifty-two times more effective a creating addition than alcohol (44:05)
  • The Swiss Connection – Learn why Perry recommends deleting all your social media apps from your phone (45:47)
  • The Tsunami Effect – Why one person’s catastrophe is another person’s opportunity (49:40)
  • The six-year old marketer – What Perry’s daughter taught him about what we really sell (50:35)
  • Polishing turds – Why the standard eight hour work day is a joke (53:05)
  • The Star Principle – How to spot opportunity and how it can make you rich (1:01:19)
  • Islands of profit in a sea of red ink – How to determine which of your customers are costing you money (1:04:13)

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Host Your Own Live Events http://rayedwards.com/292/ http://rayedwards.com/292/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:00:18 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12615 Hosting a live event is complex, expensive, risky, and stressful. Yet for some of us, live events seem like a necessity due to our business model.

Even if you have decided that hosting a live event, seminar, or workshop is just too big a pain…Even if you have decided you have no interest in pursuing live events as part of your business model… I urge you to reconsider. Why? Because if you pass this up, you could be passing one of the most rewarding, enjoyable, life changing, and profitable business activities available to you.


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Spiritual Foundations

We in the entrepreneurial and human potential field are fond of quoting Napoleon Hill and his mastermind alliance principle which states…

“The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony…no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”

Sounds kinda spooky, right?

There is another book which states something similar, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)

But wait, there’s more.

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)

In this episode I’ll weave these concepts together and prove to you that there is power in the proximity created by people gathered in agreement.

Tip of the Week

Imagine me mentoring you each and every month. What would that make possible for you?

We would start with an intensive training about how to get your online marketing system set up and running, no matter what type of business you own. Then, each month, we would do a live video training session where you could ask me any question you like.

Each month I would sit down and write you a 12-page memo about what to do, and then I would deliver a proven marketing campaign you could copy and use in your business.

We’ll be opening the doors to this new, affordable group coaching/mentoring/training program in the near future. If you would like more information go immediately to rayedwards.com/reic to get on the VIP notification list.

Feature Presentation: “10 Reasons Why You Should Host Your Own Live Events

Despite the fact that live events can be complex, expensive, risky, and stressful…we still came up with ten reasons why you should host your own live events. Here they are:

  1. The Honored Prophet Phenomenon
  2. Credibility
  3. Community
  4. Culture
  5. Networking
  6. Authority
  7. Leverage
  8. Product
  9. Clarity
  10. Money

And, as always, here are some well thought out snippets from our conversation:

  • Putting more pep in your step – An invitation to enjoy our all-new intro music (11:25)
  • Can you hear me now? – What Jesus can teach you about going from tolerated twit to honored prophet (12:42)
  • Set yourself on fire – Why putting yourself on a platform will draw others to you (16:43)
  • Connected but still lonely – The magic power of developing a vibrant community (17:24)
  • The courage to commit – Discovering the real reason why authenticity will always have an audience (18:16)
  • It’s not just about yogurt – How to consciously create a culture (19:18)
  • Give your audience Champagne – Why getting our attendees sideways was one of the best decisions we ever made (21:55)
  • Connect and Conquer – The simple step to go from event idiot to treasured advisor (22:09)
  • The audacity of authority – Why sticking your neck above the crowd is risky, but worth it (25:38)
  • A lever to move the world – Why the right kind of pressure can be the most effective way to bring out the best in people (27:47)
  • From passion to profit – How to translate great content into multiple streams of income (30:03)
  • It’s a bright sunshiny day – How knowing your desired outcome can guide you from failure to freedom (32:11)
  • The Grand Design Game Plan – Ray’s super secret strategy that leads to live event success (35:43)
  • Oh behave! – Why the way you conduct yourself in the marketplace is your best source of branding (36:44)

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

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How To Build an Email List Fast http://rayedwards.com/291/ http://rayedwards.com/291/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:00:52 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12596 Everybody knows that to succeed online you need to build your emails list. Email is still the most effective selling tool online. Videos, webinars, and “the socials” don’t work without email. But building an email list is hard.

Unless you know the secrets in today’s podcast episode. We’re going to share exactly how to build and email list fast.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

The first act of business is service to others. Profit is the result of service.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.  1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

Tip of the Week

Focus at Will concentration app.

Focus@will is a new music service based on human neuroscience. It helps you focus, reduce distractions, maintain your productivity and retain information when working, studying, writing and reading. The scientifically tested technology behind focus@will has been shown to alter brain activity toward a state that is more conducive to productivity.

Feature Presentation: “How To Build an Email List Fast

How to Build an Email List Fast

  1. Identify your core idea
  2. Create your core content
  3. Publish
  4. Find a problem you can solve
  5. Offer a quick fix
  6. Continue publishing
  7. Go fish where the fish are

Snippets  (0:00)

  • The “Independence Day” Question. Why zombies are better than aliens. (2:13)
  • Why profit is the result of service.(4:54)
  • A powerful tool that helps you increase your focus and productivity. (5:23)
  • How you can have 1-million people on your email list, and why you shouldn’t do this. (9:03)
  • The perfect people you want on your email list, and how to make that happen. (10:28)
  • What lawn darts have to do with email lists (making our point). (11:23)
  • The one thing you must never stop doing if you want your email list to grow. (15:10)
  • How to get to 1,000 subscribers by doing nothing. (15:46)
  • Are you sitting on a gold mine? (20:07)
  • Facebook secrets for list building. (22:05)

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

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How To Create Content Fast http://rayedwards.com/290/ http://rayedwards.com/290/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:37 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12578 If you want to build an online business, or if you want to go online to promote your local, real-world business, you face the same challenge. There are a bajillion websites out there, so how do you stand out in a Sea of Sameness? It’s easy to wast time, money, and effort and get nothing in return.

There is one ingredient that can change all that. It’s not magic, but it is required.

CONTENT.

But how do you create enough good content to matter? This week we’re going to show you a simple way to create 10 pieces of content across 5 major platforms in about an hour.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

I love this particular scripture from Deuteronomy 8:18, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

For those of you who get all freaked out when we talk about God getting involved in wealth creation…not only is He for it, He gave you the power to get it.

You need confidence and you need to be able to recognize your own power, but also to remember who granted that power to you.

Respect the creation, but worship only the Creator.

Tip of the Week

You know you’ve arrived as a content creator when people just start sending you stuff out of the blue.

Now let me clear, I’m not opposed to people sending me their products to try in the hopes that I’ll talk about it on my podcast. If it’s quality stuff and makes my life better, I don’t mind talking about it.

That’s exactly what happened recently when I was contacted by Aaron at Arkon Mounts. They have the largest assortment of professional-grade mounts, holders, tripods, and stands for tablets, phones, cameras, GPS, and live streaming.

We’ve put a link in the resources section for all the cool stuff I received. If you want to see me unboxing and assembling these items you can check out my recent vlog entitled Do The Hard Things.

I know you’re going to be blown away by the quality of these products.  They are all backed by a 2-year standard warranty.

Use our affiliate coupon code “RayEdwards” which saves you 20% at arkon.com.

Feature Presentation: “How To Create Content Fast

Creating a large amount of high-quality content in a short period of time is easier than you think. Here is my 9-point system for creating content fast:

  1. Have an idea.
  2. Make an outline and talk about your ideausing your smartphone
  3. Publish the video on Facebook and Youtube.
  4. Strip out the audio
  5. Publish the audio as a podcast
  6. Have the audio transcribed.
  7. Edit the transcript into a blog post.
  8. Edit the blog post into posts for Facebook, LinkedIn, Google +.
  9. Pull at least 3 tweest from the text

So in one hour you would have created:

  • One Youtube Video
  • One Podcast
  • One Transcript
  • One Blog Post
  • One Facebook Post
  • One LinkedIn article
  • One Google + post
  • Three Tweets

Thats 10 pieces of content, on 5 major platforms in sixty minutes…not to shabby.

To find out more about how to do this yourself, and to discover how to use this content to launch multiple streams of income join us inside this week’s episode.

In the meantime, here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • The oak begins as an acorn – How to harness one great idea (9:16)
  • Begin with the end in mind – How to use your smartphone to make a point and make a difference (9:56)
  • The Charlie Chaplin Approach – Why silence is more than golden, it’s also very profitable (10:49)
  • There’s an app for that – How to change the world and watch your business grow (11:12)
  • Your digital soapbox – Putting the social in social media (11:48)
  • Rinse and Repeat – How duplication turns into multiplication (13:35)
  • The power of persistence – Discover the key to dominating the digital landscape (14:08)
  • The Lego Method – Why a modular approach is the cornerstone of strategic thinking (14:31)
  • Don’t outsource your voice – Here’s what you should do yourself, and how to find the right people to do everything else (16:03)
  • Sean’s Rant of the Week – The simple cure to keep your soul from dying (17:41)
  • It’s bigger than you – How a single idea can create a global impact (19:26)
  • Little is the new big – Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world (24:05)

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5 Reasons You Don’t Get Things Done http://rayedwards.com/289-2/ http://rayedwards.com/289-2/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:22 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12564 And How to Change

Do you have a list of things that need to get done, but for some reason you never seem to get around to doing them? Sometimes it appears that everyone around you seems like a productivity genius…while you struggle to remember to feed the cat.

Fear not intrepid listener, you don’t have to keep staring at that same to-do list as it bullies you and taunts you with feelings of failure. In this episode we’re going to reveal the 5 Reasons You Don’t Get Things Done…and how to kick those reasons to the curb forever.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

This week’s Scripture seems appropriate to our topic. Check out what Jesus had to say in Matthew 25:29, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

Ouch. That doesn’t sound like Gentle Jesus.

This Scripture comes from the Parable of the Talents. In this parable boldness is rewarded and timidity is reprimanded. In fact, Jesus actually calls the timid person a “wicked and evil servant.”

Double ouch.

Have you ever wondered why the most productive servant was richly rewarded while the timid servant had everything taken from him?

The answer lies within this episode.

Tip of the Week

Imagine that you have a bunch of charges on your debit card every month, and some of them are a total mystery to you.

Or worse, you haven’t looked at your statement in a while and you realize you’ve been paying a monthly charge for something you stopped using long ago.

If these scenarios sound familiar, I have a radical solution for you…just call in and get another debit card.

Why would I make such a suggestion? In this week’s episode I’ll tell you the story of what happened to me, and how you can learn from my mistake.

Feature Presentation: “5 Reasons You Don't Get Things Done…And How to Change

There are 5 main reasons you don’t get things done: 

  1. You don't know WHAT needs to be done.
  2. You don't know HOW to do what needs to be done.
  3. You don't know WHY it needs to be done.
  4. You don't have the time, energy, or resources you NEED to do what needs to be done.
  5. You don't have the COURAGE to do what needs to be done.

This week I’m going to give you the tools to change and start your journey to becoming a productivity master.

Here are some snippets from our conversation…

  • Sean’s Rant of the Week: Jesus talks about cold, hard cash (4:52)
  • Two strategic errors rolled into one – why what you believe makes all the difference (14:22)
  • Start with, Why? – the one question that lights the pathway forward (16:14)
  • Why are we doing this? – The Story of Bob and the Ultimate Consulting Question (16:44)
  • Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic – How to stop doing stuff that doesn’t matter (18:01)
  • The next logical step – Rediscovering The Lost Art of Thinking and Task Management (19:35)
  • The Missing Link – How what you don’t know really can hurt you (21:54)
  • Making Socrates proud – The 3 questions you must ask yourself before learning a new skill (23:27)
  • An excuse masquerading as a reason – The one thing you do all the time that needs to stop NOW (25:44)
  • The uncomfortable experiment – You’re not as busy as you think you are (27:15)
  • This may hurt a little – How to follow your own yellow brick road and go from coward to conqueror (31:33)

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Build a Business Around a Podcast http://rayedwards.com/288/ http://rayedwards.com/288/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:40 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12548 An Interview with Cliff Ravenscraft

Are you looking for a way to grow your tribe and build a business around your passion? Have you ever considered starting a podcast, but your concerns about the expense, the work, and the commitment it takes to start and maintain a successful podcast make you wonder if it’s worth it? Will this still work, or has podcasting had its day?

In this interview, we probe the mind of The Podcast Answer Man, Cliff Ravenscraft. He has helped launch some of the most successful podcasters – including Michael Hyatt, Dan Miller, John Lee Dumas, Amy Porterfield, Pat Flynn… and yes, Ray Edwards. Together we’ll uncover whether podcasting is the right move for you and your business.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Presentation: “Build a Business Around a Podcast: An Interview with Cliff Ravenscraft

In this animated conversation, Cliff shares the story of how he came to be The Podcast Answer Man. We also get into why he believes almost anyone can start a podcast around something they love… and build a business from that foundation.

Cliff Ravenscraft is first and foremost a podcast producer who has produced more than 30 of his own podcast shows with over 3,600 of his very own podcast episodes devoted to Business, Technology, Entertainment, Family, and Faith.

In December 2006, Cliff launched PodcastAnswerMan.com where he has since helped tens of thousands of individuals and organizations successfully launch a podcast through: one-on-one coaching, his Podcasting A to Z online group coaching course, and his digital training tutorials.

If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of these shows were created by clients who worked with Cliff. The man knows what he is talking about.

 Here are some snippets from our conversation…

  • Why some people will spend dozens of hours listening to every word you say (and what that means to you). (2:57)
  • Why podcasting is an unparalleled method for exerting influence and building your business. (4:28)
  • How a pursuing you passion can be the foundation of a business – even if your passion is watching TV. (6:45)
  • To get a liftfrom the Big Boys, you have to be in the right place at the right time (8:58)
  • How to make the “podcast pivot”, and go from passion to profit (12:54)
  • Your podcast content can give your listeners the power to become the “King or Queen of the Water Cooler” (17:01)
  • How Kim’s Email opened Cliff’s mind, and helped him take his first step into a larger world. (18:28)
  • Bad Christian! How a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown. (20:57)
  • How spiritual manipulation led to a positive change for the Ravenscraft clan (25:56)
  • The day Cliff quit podcasting, and the deep dark hole he got sucked into as a result (27:51)
  • How to know when it’s time to take stand, and the freedom it can lead to. (29:39)
  • How a podcast becomes a business pay attention to what people are asking you for. (32:57)
  • Do what you love for a living is more than just a bumper sticker – here’s how to make it work. (35:55)
  • Why work is indeed happy wonderful fun time” – and why garbage collectors are not millionaires. (36:56)
  • A powerful thought experiment that can help you find your “calling” (38:26)
  • The Entrepreneurial Awakening, and how to experience it yourself. (40:45)
  • The very bad, horrible day that wore Cliff down. What his wife said that changed his life. (41:54)
  • The difficult conversation that wasn’t – the moment Cliff “came to life.” (43:20)
  • Here’s what selling really means – and how most people get it wrong (47:22)
  • Dont despise the day of small beginnings – what Cliff’s first year in business looked like (50:06)
  • Timing + Positioning + Hard Work = Luck – How to set-up your brand for success (51:50)
  • How to become the go-to authority for your listeners – it’s easier than you think! (54:09)
  • How demonstrating your value can put getting new customers on autopilot (56:46)
  • The quick self-test that will let you know if podcasting is right for you (58:31)

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Real Artists Don’t Starve http://rayedwards.com/287/ http://rayedwards.com/287/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:00:29 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12529 An Interview with Jeff Goins

True or False:

  • You can’t be a real artist and make money.
  • Most other professions are more reliable and stable than any kind of art.
  • A lower percentage of artists make a stable, livable income than other
  • For art to be pure, the artist should not do it for the money.
  • The only way for an artist to “make it” they must “sell out.”

If you answered TRUE to ANY of those statements, you need some de-programming.

In this week’s episode Jeff Goins will help set you straight.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Our word for this episode comes from Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

We all know what happens if your computer gets a corrupted hard drive. It’s been infected and is no longer capable of properly performing the task it was assigned.

The same is true for the words you speak. If they are infected with negative and hurtful attitudes they are no longer capable of performing the task they were given from God.

What is that task?

Your words were designed to edify, uplift, and encourage those around you…and yourself.

Selah.

Tip of the Week

Our tip of the week, not surprisingly, is connected to our guest Jeff Goins and his new book, “Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age.”

One of the things I love most about this book is that it debunks the myth of the starving artist.

As a side note, be sure to listen to the interview before you buy the book because he has a link that will hook you up with a couple hundred dollar’s-worth of free bonuses!

Feature Presentation: “Real Artists Don’t Starve: An Interview with Jeff Goins

In this episode, bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is, in fact, a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • Starvation is a choice (5:06)
  • Be like Mike…Michelangelo that is (6:56)
  • The myth of the starving artist (10:18)
  • How to become a thriving artist (10:55)
  • The New Renaissance (12:04)
  • The legacy of Henri Murger (12:15)
  • Why Santa Claus is so powerful (14:08)
  • Stop feeding the beast (16:03)
  • The edge of acceptable (19:04)
  • Are you an artist? (19:38)
  • Mindset, Market, and Money (21:06)
  • What story are you telling yourself? (23:13)
  • The Two-Story Exercise (25:33)
  • Connect your art with an audience (26:30)
  • Believe it until you become it (27:25)
  • Eat your vegetables (29:12)
  • Debunking the idea of luck (30:33)
  • Ernest Hemingway’s version of luck (32:20)
  • Strategy vs Hustle (33:48)
  • Steal your way to success (35:23)
  • Standing on the shoulders of giants (40:20)
  • Practice in public (41:08)
  • Share something today (45:31)
  • George Lucas, Pixar, and profits (48:10)
  • Your responsibility as an artist (54:45)

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Catch and Release Leadership http://rayedwards.com/286/ http://rayedwards.com/286/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 10:00:25 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12508 How to Start a Movement

Here's the problem: you want to build a business, an organization, a church, or a body of work. Something that has long-term significance and impact. Yet it often feels like you’re forced to focus on short-term gains.

In this episode, we’ll introduce you to a way of leadership that is simpler, more elegant, less stressful… and more effective.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

This week I want to talk about the promises made to Abraham and how they still belong to believers today.
God promised Abraham that he would be blessed to be a blessing. Some people argue that this just applies to “spiritual” blessings, but in this week’s episode I’ll propose to you that we are, in fact, “heirs of the world” – according to “the promise”.

Tip of the Week

I’ve discovered a new meditation app that is worth checking out, it’s called Headspace.

The cool thing about it is that it comes with little cartoon movies that demonstrate the principles of meditation and they are narrated by a guy with a fantastic British accent.

They offer a free 10-day trial, so it’s worth giving it a try.

Student Success Story

Our first student success story focuses on Jen Gordon. She is a talented landing page designer, marketer, and in her words…”a darn good listener.”

Jen used her creativity and her copy skills to create Hope Decks, a collection of 60 inspirational Bible verse postcards with custom artwork on every card.

If you’re looking for a meaningful gift of encouragement, you can’t go wrong with Hope Decks.

Feature Presentation: “Catch and Release Leadership: How to Start a Movement

Recently a friend of mine asked me about my goal of fostering a movement on one million Kingdom-minded millionaires…he then reminded me of the book The Master Plan of Evangelism. It’s a manual for growing any type of organization.

It’s a small, but powerful book, and the basis for today’s episode.

Here are some highlights from our discussion…

  • Sean’s Rant of the Week – Special Edition (7:58)
  • How to get your message everywhere (29:15)
  • The selection process (30:50)
  • The value of the inner circle (31:45)
  • Success from apparent failure (33:05)
  • The most successful movement in history (34:03)
  • Hang around time (34:48)
  • The Apprentice (35:09)
  • Transfer your skills (35:43)
  • Watch me (36:08)
  • Radical delegation (37:12)
  • Giving the right answer (38:01)
  • Caked in dust (38:40)
  • Putting it all together (39:45)
  • The stunning power of duplication (43:44)

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The View from the Top with Aaron Walker http://rayedwards.com/285/ http://rayedwards.com/285/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:18 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12491 Living a Life of Significance

Too often we go through life bouncing from one random event to the next, always reacting to our circumstances and allowing them to dictate our lives.

If you're ever going to take control of your destiny, you have to be able to learn to adjust to circumstances using your own personal grit, determination, and the ability to focus on significance instead of success. Today's guest, Aaron Walker, can help you do just that.


Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Proverbs 27:17 tells us that, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” But what does that look like in our day-to-day life?

It’s not just about getting another person’s opinion, it’s a process that sometimes generates heat and friction…it’s not always easy or pleasant, but it is always profitable.

Tip of the Week

I’ve been doing a lot of video lately, and I’ve discovered something really fun and promising for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time learning the intricacies of Adobe Premiere.

Adobe Spark makes it easy for everyone to transform their ideas into stunning visual stories. It allows you to create professional quality graphics, web pages, and animated videos for blogs and more…and the best part is no design experience is necessary.

Feature Presentation: “The View from the Top with Aaron Walker: Living a Life of Significance

Aaron Walker is a veteran entrepreneur who has started, bought, and sold twelve successful companies over the past 38 years. He has a strong desire for personal development and meets regularly with such luminaries as Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham.

Aaron enjoys a 37-year marriage to his beautiful wife, Robin, and today he invests the majority of his time helping others grow in success and significance as President and Founder of View from The Top, a premier life and business coaching company.

Here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • Swami Ray makes a prediction (9:45)
  • Transformed lives matter (10:35)
  • Blindsided by tragedy (12:40)
  • You can’t handle the truth! (13:30)
  • Prioritize your priorities (14:03)
  • Pessimist vs Realist (15:40)
  • Been there, done that (16:20)
  • Get off the mat (17:10)
  • Can’t couldn’t do it… (17:12)
  • The MasterMind Transformation (18:06)
  • The counsel of the multitudes (20:15)
  • Who are your 5 people? (21:18)
  • How to start from zero (21:54)
  • You aren’t owed anything (24:32)
  • The fast track to a changed life (26:57)
  • Take out the garbage (30:41)
  • Telling the truth in love (31:36)
  • Is it okay to be significant? (34:17)

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Married To The Business http://rayedwards.com/284/ http://rayedwards.com/284/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:36 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12470 The Pioneer & The Settler

You are the pioneer. The entrepreneur. The explorer. The risk-taker. But you find yourself married to, or in business with, a settler. A homesteader. A risk-avoider.

In this episode, our very special guest is going to blow your mind with her insights about how to harmonize these polar opposites, and prove that they are better together than apart.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Our verse this week is from Psalm 18:22…“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.”

That has certainly been the case with me as you’ll discover later in this episode.

Tip of the Week

Word of Warning: My tip this week won’t work for people who are paranoid about being tracked by their phone.

I have fallen in love with an app called Life Cycle.

This app automatically tracks your life and presents it to you in a way that lets you see what you’re doing with your time.

If you’re looking to make changes about the ways you spend your time, this may just be the app for you.

Feature Presentation: “Married To The Business: The Pioneer and the Settler”

In this episode I’m having a conversation with a very wise woman…my wife Lynn. She is the most authentic and honest person I know, and she has a totally contagious laugh.

Here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • The origin of the Pioneer and the Settler (4:35)
  • Not for women only (5:05)
  • Wagons Ho! (5:28)
  • The shooting gallery (6:01)
  • On a gravy train with biscuit wheels (6:26)
  • An unethical dilemma (7:44)
  • What a freak-out feels like (8:04)
  • Be the conductor of your own train (8:45)
  • Asking the awkward question (9:44)
  • Genesis and the kitchen table (11:18)
  • The recipe for a great husband and father (12:05)
  • Ray gets busted (13:03)
  • The dilemma of letting go (13:29)
  • Clash of the Titans (15:05)
  • The value of a Safe Space (15:28)
  • Doing the brave thing (16:18)
  • Same song…48th verse (17:09)
  • Know the other person’s heart (18:15)
  • How to stay married (19:17)
  • The foundation of faith (21:40)
  • What to say to your younger self (23:05)
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff (24:03)
  • Lynn’s message to the younger Ray (24:24)
  • The sexy snort (25:12)
  • Escaping the performance trap (25:45)
  • Proper care and feeding of Settlers (26:04)
  • Lynn drops a Truth Bomb (26:28)
  • The 3-Sentence Rule (27:48)
  • Mansplaining (29:50)
  • Essential meaningful purpose (30:22)
  • Stay in your lane (31:12)
  • Rapid fire bonus questions (33:36)
  • Has the journey been worth it? (35:13)

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Should I Write a Book? http://rayedwards.com/283/ http://rayedwards.com/283/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 10:00:02 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12452 Not Everyone Should - Here’s Why

You hear so many people saying you should write a book. Your business may be struggling, and it’s tempting to buy into the idea that writing a book will give your business that boost you need.

The credibility and authority a book would give you are huge. Your book can get you interviews, speaking gigs, and sell more of your products, services and programs.

But is writing a book the move for you?

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

The Bible has some interesting advice for us…“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1 (NKJV)

I think that’s another way of saying, “With great power comes great responsibility.” So if you choose to become a teacher, or an author, be prepared to take it seriously and grow some rhinoceros skin because people will take a poke at you.

Tip of the Week

I’ve noticed that most people grossly underestimate the time it takes to do things.

I use Nozbe to help me overcome that challenge. It has helped me become a productivity ninja. It helps me deal with my incoming tasks, prioritize them, manage them within projects and get them done quickly and effectively…and that is a beautiful thing.

Feature Presentation: Should I Write a Book?

5 Reasons to Write a Book

  1. A good book can build your reputation, authority, and credibility.
  2. A good book will be a legacy that lives on after you are gone.
  3. A book causes you to test, clarify, and strengthen your thinking.
  4. A book can get you interviews, speaking engagements, and sales.
  5. While you probably won’t make a fortune by publishing a book, you can make one explaining the book.

5 Reasons Not to Write a Book

  1. A bad book can ruin your reputation.
  2. A book never goes away – copies will always exist.
  3. You will never be happy with it.
  4. It’s hard to do.
  5. Authors rarely make any money from writing a book.

And…you guessed it…some snippets from our conversation:

  • They “wrote the book” on that (13:27)
  • Get out of my head! (14:27)
  • Anger is an energy (16:01)
  • The pathway to the stage (17:15)
  • The hub of your business (18:07)
  • Express yourself! (19:45)
  • The toothpaste is out of the tube (21:27)
  • You can run, but you can’t hide (22:10)
  • Satisfaction NOT guaranteed (22:34)
  • You get out what you put in (23:13)
  • If you write it, they may not buy it (24:31)
  • Tell me about your platform (26:38)
  • Do you have a plan? (27:09)

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How Do I Attract Better Customers? http://rayedwards.com/282/ http://rayedwards.com/282/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 10:00:03 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12442 A 10-Step Plan That Works

You have customers but they are cheap, complain a lot, and are a pain to deal with. If they aren’t controlled, corralled, and completely ejected they can eat your time, your cash flow, and your business alive.

This week we’re going to show you how to fix that problem and prevent it from ever happening again…so you only deal with cool people that you like.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Is there a scriptural foundation for only working with good clients who appreciate your work and pay you what you’re worth?

I’m so glad you asked. Check this out:

“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:18 (NKJV)

In this week’s episode Sean and I give you some additional insight on this verse that I think you’ll find valuable.

Tip of the Week

This week’s tip is the wonderful and magnificent service known as Amazon Subscribe & Save.

You can set up regularly scheduled deliveries and earn savings on everything from diapers to toothpaste to dog treats…literally thousands of everyday products from Amazon and Amazon Marketplace.

My ambition in life is to never run another errand again, and this service may just make that possible.

Feature Presentation: How Do I Attract Better Customers?

A 10-Step Plan That Works

I finally got relief from my dire situation when I fired the clients who were the big trouble-makers and got really clear about who I WANTED to work with. You can do this too, by simply following this 10-step plan:

  1. Set the Criteria for Being a “Good” Client. Define the qualities of your ideal customer. Be on the lookout for these unicorns.
  2. Set the Criteria for Being a “Bad” Client. Define the qualities that make you miserable or stressed with clients. Swear that you will never take another client, nor keep a client, who has ANY of these qualities,
  3. Purge the Scourge. Examine your existing client base and get rid of any stinkers.
  4. Preach the “Good Client Gospel.” Publish your “Do’s and Don’ts” clearly, frequently and boldly.
  5. Develop a “Bad Client Mythology.” Tell client horror stories and make them part of your Company Mythology – so your prospective clients know how you identify “bad apples” – and let them know what happens to bad apples.
  6. Develop a keen sense of discernment about people. Every time I have taken on a bad client, I always had a nagging feeling deep inside that I had ignored. Trust your sensors.
  7. Make them work for it. If they really want to work with you, make them prove it. Put some hurdles in place. Weed out the clients who ignore, break, or try to circumvent the rules of being accepted as your client.
  8. Be Expensive. While his alone can be a good filter, it is not 100% effective. There are some nasty, needy, broken, and/or crazy people who have lots of money.
  9. Listen to Your Team.
  10. Be completely unreasonable. While it will help you screen out the “problem children,” it will also cause the Good Clients to want you even more.

And…you guessed it…some snippets from our conversation:

  • For vegetarians only (9:10)
  • Sean “sparkly” rant (9:35)
  • The Force is strong with this one (12:15)
  • Ray & Sean tackle The Great Unicorn Debate (12:27)
  • Are you willing to take the oath? (13:23)
  • The Bad Client Story (14:03)
  • Make it known throughout the land (15:24)
  • Only gather ripe apples (16:21)
  • Trust your gut, not your wallet (17:13)
  • The Edwin Moses Strategy (18:37)
  • Be a Rolex, not a Timex (19:22)
  • Trust your team (20:42)
  • Take a look in the mirror (21:39)

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How Do I Solve a Cash-Flow Problem? http://rayedwards.com/281/ http://rayedwards.com/281/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:21 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12430 For many business owners, cash-flow can be a huge problem. Most businesses that fail do so because of this one problem…they run out of money.

Cash-flow is the lifeblood of a business, and in this episode we’re going to give you several ways to solve this problem before THEY come and take your stuff.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Here’s a little encouragement for the week ahead:

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

So ask yourself. “How rich is God?” Your needs will be supplied according to His riches, not yours. I would rather have His standard of measure…how about you?

Selah.

Tip of the Week

This week’s tip comes from our good friend Ernie “The Attorney” Svenson…and it may upset some people in the legal community.

If you’re looking for a premium DIY solution for the most common legal situations then you’ll love this app called ShakeLaw.

If you're a freelancer, for example, you can generate agreements straight out of this app. There are a bunch of options included with ShakeLaw and I think it’s worth checking out.

Feature Presentation: How Do I Solve a Cash-Flow Problem?

You can beef up cash-flow with these 7 short-term solutions:

  1. Reach out to past and present customers
  2. Ask for referrals
  3. Personal services
  4. Consulting/Coaching
  5. Affiliate Sales
  6. Get a temporary job
  7. Direct selling

And…as always…some snippets from our conversation:

  • Sean’s rant of the week (9:40)
  • Why this advice is unpopular (10:45)
  • Reach out and touch someone (11:34)
  • Rusty’s Wisdom (12:15)
  • Ask and ye shall receive (13:44)
  • Ray’s Way of mining for referral gold (14:20)
  • Skills to pay the bills (15:46)
  • What comes easily to you? (16:29)
  • Try selling OPS (17:42)
  • Embrace the Stop-Gap (19:25)
  • What do you really value? (21:45)
  • Sean’s rant of the week – Part 2 (22:13)

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

How To Help

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How Do I Sell Using Stories? http://rayedwards.com/280/ http://rayedwards.com/280/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:00:47 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12412 Are you getting the results you want from your sales and marketing efforts? Maybe you’ve heard you should use stories to sell, perhaps you’ve even tried it, but how do you consistently make it work?

Successfully telling stories is the key to selling your products and services like crazy…and having your customers thank you for it.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Regardless of where you are on your faith journey, one thing we can all agree on is that the teachings of Jesus have permeated the world’s population over the ages. How did He do that? Check this out…

“Jesus used stories when he spoke to the people. In fact, he did not tell them anything without using stories.” Matthew 13:34 (CEV)

So it seems to me that storytelling might be a good way to spread your message.

Tip Of The Week

A couple of weeks ago we had a company meeting about the importance of securing our information. It may seem more labor intensive, but I feel strongly that you should consider activating Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in your life and business.

If you use:

  • iCloud
  • iTunes
  • Dropbox
  • Gmail
  • Google Drive

All these services and many others offer the option of Two-Factor Authentication. It may be a bit of a hassle, but it helps keep the bad guys at bay. Isn’t your security worth a little extra effort?

Feature Segment: “How Do I Sell Using Stories?”

You can sell using stories in the following 7 ways:

  1. To develop the KLT (Know, Like, Trust) Factor.
  2. To establish the “dopamine flow.”
  3. To instill values and beliefs in your customers.
  4. To train your customers in proper behavior.
  5. To provide examples of how your product changes people and organizations.
  6. To prove that your premise or your promise is true and reliable.
  7. To condition for the listen.

And…as always…some snippets from our conversation:

  • There’s no money in the middle (12:05)
  • Embrace the chocolatey goodness (12:50)
  • The Edwards Apple Nerd-Fest (13:44)
  • The Stephen King Surge (14:53)
  • Call forth your audience! (15:08)
  • Don’t act like that (15:52)
  • The Story of Jack (17:03)
  • Spandau Ballet had it right (19:04)
  • From story to six-figures (19:53)

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How To Make a Hollywood Movie for $7000 http://rayedwards.com/how-to-make-a-hollywood-movie-for-7000/ http://rayedwards.com/how-to-make-a-hollywood-movie-for-7000/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:00:30 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12396 Whether you’re looking to start a business or grow your existing business, chances are you don’t feel ready to execute your plan.

You may feel you can't get started until you’ve got the “right equipment,” or “the right connections,” or the “right knowledge.” Maybe you’ve already invested a ton of cash in your personal training, purchasing new electronic gizmos, and searching for the perfect landing page software and shopping cart.

Maybe you’re always “getting ready to get started”… perpetually stuck in the preparation phase.

My purpose in writing this article is to encourage you: you can succeed with what you already know, what you already have, and by being who you already are!

How to Spend $7,000 to Make $2 Million!

In his book, Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less-and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined, Scott Sonenshein tells the following story.

On a spring day in 1991, Robert Rodriguez was waiting for his test results at the hospital. He was not ill – he was applying to be a subject in a pharmaceutical trial study. Why? Because he needed the $3,000 he would receive in order to fund the idea he had for a movie.

Immediately after the drug study, with his $3,000 in hand, Rodrigues went to work filming, adopting a unique approach.

According to Sonenshein, “Rodriguez made a list of what he already had available: a friend’s ranch, a pit bull, condoms to fill with fake blood, desk lamps in lieu of professional lighting, a wheelchair from which he could take moving camera shots, and a guy he met at the hospital he would cast in the film.”

“Rodriguez did just about everything but star in the film, serving as its writer, cameraman, editor, sound artist, and production assistant.”

After completing production, he pitched the film to several movie companies and agents, sending them a copy of the film’s trailer. Then he waited.

Finally, his phone rang and on the other end was Robert Newman, a well-known entertainment agent in Hollywood. Newman loved the trailer and wanted to know how much it cost to make. When Rodriguez told him “about seven grand”, Newman was impressed with the young prodigy, telling him that most trailers cost between $20,000 and $30,000. He didn’t realize Rodrigues was referring to seven grand for the entire movie!

Columbia Pictures bought the film for about $500,000, and El Mariachi went on to be a become a modest but solid success. “Box office sales topped $2 million. It was by no means a blockbuster, but this success helped Rodrigues advance his Hollywood career. Next, he signed up to write, direct and edit a sequel to El Mariachi” entitled Desperado, and this film starred Antonio Banderas.

The lesson should be clear: experts in the moviemaking industry would've said that to create a $2 million hit movie with a total filmmaking budget of only $7,000 would be impossible.

But that didn’t stop Rodriguez. Instead, he just made the movie anyway with resources he already had, with what he already knew, and as the director he already was. He didn’t wait until he had the proper funding. He didn’t wait until he had the best equipment. He didn’t wait until he had the backing of a studio. He literally traded his blood for a $3,000 nest egg to get started, and then produced the whole movie for $7,000 – impressive!

The 7-Day Challenge

I believe it's possible for you to leverage the resources you already have and build a huge success just like Rodriguez.

This article is about getting things done instead of “getting ready to get started,” For this reason, I'm issuing a formal seven-day challenge.

Here’s the challenge: within the next seven days, pick one project you’ve been considering. Something you’ve been “preparing for,” but felt you weren’t ready.

No doubt a project instantly sprang to mind. Your next step: do it. Make it happen. Fully engage your ingenuity!

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – General George S. PattonClick To Tweet

Do it with the resources you already have.

See what happens. Then, report back here and let us know what you've achieved with what you already know, what you already have, and by being you already are.

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How Do I Get A Bigger Audience? http://rayedwards.com/279/ http://rayedwards.com/279/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:00:04 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12391 You have a message, a product, or a service and you want to spread the message far and wide. But despite your best efforts, you don’t seem to be getting any traction.

In this episode we’ll show you how to be like your heroes and make money while making an impact.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

I believe there are principles behind scripture that can apply to more than one situation.

Now before the scripture police get all up in arms over that statement, I recommend you listen to this section of the show for greater clarity.

In Galatians Chapter 6 verse nine, the Apostle Paul teaches us to “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

In the context of this episode, I believe the lesson here is that if you’re worried about building a bigger audience and too feel like its too difficult, be encouraged to not grow weary. You’re doing good and in due season you will reap if you don’t lose heart.

Selah.

Tip Of The Week

Michael Hyatt introduced me to this week’s tip, and I immediately knew that I needed one. What is it you ask?

It’s the Spine Book Tower.

It allows me to house about 70 books in a lot less space than a traditional book shelf, and its an almost magical way to display your written works of art.

Feature Segment: “How Do I Get A Bigger Audience?”

You can grow your audience simply by writing according to these 5 Steps

  1. Narrow Your Focus – the riches are in the niches
  2. Find Your Hook – are you my kind of weird?
  3. Create Your Manifesto – here we stand
  4. Recruit True Believers – can I get an amen? And an email address?
  5. Build Your Media Empire – the everywhere effect

And…you guessed it…some snippets from our conversation:

  • And now…the end of the story (10:55)
  • The worst place to draw a line (11:30)
  • The Secret of Getting a Bigger Audience (13:19)
  • The myth of self-discipline (14:45)
  • Aim small…miss small (15:39)
  • You talkin to me? (16:45)
  • Embrace your inner misfit (17:20)
  • Scratch that niche (18:35)
  • Nobody wants to hear that…do they? (19:40)
  • The Weirdness Magnet (20:32)
  • This should scare you (22:59)
  • Your most valuable asset (24:48)
  • Ray’s Rant of the Week (26:14)
  • Barbarians at the Gate (27:07)
  • The Secret of the 5-Steps (28:45)

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

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Why You Need A Mentor http://rayedwards.com/278/ http://rayedwards.com/278/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:00:04 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12376 (And How To Find One)

Early in my copywriting business I was doing client work for 80-100 hours per week, I was killing myself. Two mentors intervened and got me out of that madness.

Almost every business success story I can name has a mentor – or several. Today we’ll talk about why you need a mentor and how to find one.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Running a business, especially as a spiritually-oriented person presents us with a lot of challenges, and most of those challenges are ones we never expected.

There will be days when you want to just quit and give up, but God will always be there to catch you and uphold you.

He even says so…”The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37: 23-24 NIV)

Selah.

Tip Of The Week

The big trend these days is traveling light, but this week I’m going to show my contrarian side.

I’ve tried to travel light, and for me it doesn’t work so well. If I travel with a small bag and just a few things, I always seem to wind up buying a bunch of stuff I need at my destination. It kind of defeats the purpose…and it can become expensive really fast.

So I’ve embraced the opposite approach to travel. I take a big hard-sided case where I place my delicate gadgets (in smaller hard cases), which yes, I have to check, but it beats the hassle of competing for overhead space with all my fellow passengers.

I comfortably board the aircraft and enjoy the journey…and isn’t that what life’s all about?

Feature Segment: “Why You Need A Mentor (And How To Find One)”

I believe there are five reasons you need a mentor, and here they are:

  1. You can’t read the label if you’re inside the bottle.
  2. Wisdom protects from pitfalls
  3. Wisdom helps yo recognize opportunities
  4. A true mentor will call you on your bone-headed moves or attitudes
  5. You need someone looking at your situation who is not emotionally invested in the outcome
    …Plus I’ll show you how to find the right mentor.

And…as always…some snippets from our conversation:

  • The superpower to see the unseen (8:58)
  • Ears to hear (9:31)
  • The “Acres of Diamonds” Syndrome(10:24)
  • That’s just stupid (10:43)
  • Can you hear me now? (11:33)
  • Mentorship has nothing to do with age (12:37)
  • Surgeons don’t work on their own family (12:46)
  • How to ask for help (13:58)
  • Be the best student (15:02)
  • Engineer your discovery (16:09)
  • Two heads are better than one (16:43)
  • Low-hanging fruit is delicious (16:52)
  • Embrace the unconventional (17:31)
  • Keep your eyes open (18:35)
  • Mentors don’t need to be alive (19:37)

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

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How to Change the World http://rayedwards.com/277/ http://rayedwards.com/277/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:43 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12363 (And Watch Your Business Grow)

If you’ve listened to this show for any length of time, you know that our intro music is a catchy little ditty about changing the world and watching your business grow.

This week we’re going to introduce you to the five influences you exert as a business person, and how these influences empower you to change the world.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

This week it’s all about giving you an encouraging word (as it is most weeks).

“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” – Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

As inspired business leaders, this is how we should begin our day.

The result is a more peaceful and productive day, regardless of the challenges we may face.

Tip Of The Week

This week’s tip comes straight from renowned coffee connoisseur Sean Edwards himself.

Enjoy a highbrow coffee experience and drink your coffee from a ceramic mug – not from paper cups. It tastes better and it’s better for you.

This is a real thing…your tastebuds will thank you.

Feature Segment: “How to Change the World  (And Watch Your Business Grow)”

As an entrepreneur, you exert 5 Influences that create world-change, and business growth. You exert Influence in these ares:

  1. Your Self
  2. Your Team
  3. Your Customers
  4. Your Community
  5. Your Competitors

And…you guessed it…some snippets from our conversation:

  • Drop the stone in the pond (10:08)
  • The Butterfly Effect (10:27)
  • Don’t skip this step (11:12)
  • Sean channels his inner Tony Robbins (12:32)
  • How to multiply your time and influence (14:12)
  • Set the bar and receive the love (16:09)
  • The key to virtual influence (17:27)
  • Get fanatical about this one thing (19:33)
  • Take the Ray Challenge (21:28)

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10 Commandments of Hiring a Copywriter http://rayedwards.com/276/ http://rayedwards.com/276/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:00:17 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12347 Without Getting Ripped Off Every Time

You know you need great copy to sell your stuff, and you’re thinking of hiring a copywriter, but how can you make sure you don’t get ripped off?

In this episode we’ll show you how to successfully navigate these waters and arrive safely on the shores of copywriting bliss.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Are facing challenges in your life right now? I have excellent news for you.

No matter what is happening in your life, God is completely on your side! That, my friends, is called the Divine Advantage.

In Romans 8:31 God says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

No matter what life throws at you, take courage because you’re on the winning side!

Tip Of The Week

If you use a Mac user and you’re a productivity geek I highly recommend you get the most out of your Apple technology by checking out the Mac Power Users Podcast with David Sparks and Katie Floyd.

In addition, David Sparks has his own blog called MacSparky.com where he has created free screencasts that show you how to get the most out of your productivity apps.

He also has a series of Field Guides you can purchase on a variety of subjects that will make you want to hug your Mac. Prepare to feel the Apple love.

Feature Segment: “10 Commandments of Hiring a Copywriter”

Maybe you’ve tried to hire a copywriter in the past, but you had a bad experience with The 7 Deadly Copywriter Sins:

  1. The copy was just plain bad (too hypey, too weak, or “info-only”)
  2. The copy sounded like everyone else (the Sea of Sameness, Mired in the Muck of Mediocrity)
  3. Your copywriter took the money and ran
  4. Your copywriter never communicated with you…ever.
  5. The copy was late.
  6. They never asked for your feedback, so the final product was miles off target.
  7. They Found You, Fooled You, and Forgot You

You’d like to hire a pro, but you can’t afford the fees of an “A-List Copywriter” (Ray’s current minimum is $250,000 up-front, plus a percentage of sales, for a “Private Client Launch Package”.) Yikes!

You’re frustrated because it seems like the biggest “X-Factor” in your product launch is the copy, and you are afraid neither you nor your team is good enough to get it right.

The 10 Commandments of Hiring a Copywriter

i. Scope: Thy copywriter shalt help you determine exactly what type of copy you’ll need, and how much copy you’ll need to bring you the results you seek.

ii. Voice: Thy copywriter shalt spend time with you and your material to learn your unique voice, and then infuse that voice into your copy. Your voice is what differentiates you from the crowd.

iii. Deadline: Thy copywriter shalt deliver your copy on time…every time. If he doth not, woe unto them, and they shalt be cast into outer darkness.

iv. Milestones: Thy copywriter shalt set up mile markers along the way during your project so that you can be consistently confident that your project is receiving the loving care it deserves.

v. Communication: Thy copywriter shalt check in with you throughout the process to get your input and make absolutely certain that you’re thrilled with the hand-crafted copy thou receiveth.

vi. Revisions: Thy copywriter shalt continue to work with you until thou art thrilled.

vii. Proofreading: Thy copywriter shalt have thy copy proofread, and ensure the text is error-fee.

viii. Review: Thy copywriter shalt put thy copy under the watchful eye of a mentor or other senior copywriter.

ix. Results: Thy copywriter shalt have a track record of results.

x. Followup: Thy copywriter shalt NOT just hand off your project and wish you luck. Thy copywriter shalt be there if things go sideways ready to swoop in and save the day!

And…you guessed it…here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • Oops I did it again (8:03)
  • The Stepford Copywriter (8:40)
  • Visit your money in Mexico (9:28)
  • Can you hear me now? (9:44)
  • Don’t be tardy for the party (10:50)
  • Have we met? (11:46)
  • Avoid the One Night Stand (12:11)
  • Have map…will travel (13:31)
  • Hire a chameleon (13:55)
  • Better bring a flashlight (14:37)
  • Give your copy a hug (15:15)
  • Artisan copywriting (16:41)
  • The value of sweat equity (17:46)
  • That copy sure is pretty (18:58)
  • Four eyes are better than two (19:57)
  • Win…and win often (20:54)
  • Copywriting Superhero! (21:25)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

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Copywriting Q&A With Sean & Ray http://rayedwards.com/275/ http://rayedwards.com/275/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:00:51 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12334 You asked…we answered.

In this episode we’re going to answer seven of the most common questions we get about copywriting.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

Another story from our friend Andy Mason of HeavenInBusiness.com:

A business owner of a small insurance (brokerage) agency has been sharing with his employees about how good Father God is and how He likes to love, help, and bless people.

One of the staff, who has been professing to be an atheist for, comes to the boss and says, “Will you pray for a good quote on this account? We really need a miracle.”

The owner says, “You want me to contact Heaven and get a good quote rather than the insurance company?”

She says, “Yes.”

There was only one insurance company (underwriter) left who hadn't declined or offered unreasonable terms. This was their only hope.

Later that day they received an outstanding quote, better than they expected, from this insurance company.

The proposal was presented and they wrote the new business. This new account will represent almost 20% of the “atheist'” salesperson's annual target!

How about that…God even cares about atheists.

Tip Of The Week

For a limited time I’m making available my free copywriting course entitled “Ray's Short Course on Copywriting: Selling Without Sleazing” plus a free ebook about the $2 Billion Sales Letter You’ve Never Heard Of.

Inside this free course you’ll find the answers on how to sell without feeling sleazy, and I’ll walk you through the most successful sales letter ever written, and show to how to apply it to your product or service.

Feature Segment: “The 5 Readers You Either Benefit Or Betray”

Here are some of the most common questions we get about copywriting:

  1. What is copywriting?
  2. What is a sales letter?
  3. Why is copy so hypey/cheesy/pushy?
  4. Will this work for my business? My business is different.
  5. Does long copy actually work?
  6. Should I learn copy or just hire a writer?
  7. Isn’t copy manipulative? Isn’t that wrong?

And…you guessed it…some snippets from our conversation:

  • Do I need a lawyer for this? (9:40)
  • Sean’s rant of the week (10:20)
  • Words that move the world (12:55)
  • How not to gracefully exit a packed room (13:38)
  • The world before the internet (15:16)
  • The Bottle Cap Incident (16:08)
  • The Father of the Sales Page (17:10)
  • Hold the cheese (18:04)
  • The Dark Side of Jedi Mind Tricks (20:13)
  • Trickless Marketing (21:01)
  • You are, but you aren’t (21:28)
  • B2B or B2C…it’s ATS (24:58)
  • Are you boring? (25:24)
  • Do I really need to learn this? (28:14)
  • Aristotle was a great copywriter (30:58)

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The 5 Readers You Either Benefit Or Betray http://rayedwards.com/274-2/ http://rayedwards.com/274-2/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:00:28 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12315 When you write, whether it’s copy, essays, or words of any nature, you’re making a much bigger impact than you think.

Almost without fail more people will read what you write than you
believe. In a very real sense you’re setting waves into motion.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

I believe we often don't see God's miraculous intervention in our lives because we don't believe he'll do it…and we don't ask.

We believe God for little, vague things that don't put our faith to the test.

Pray that God will relieve our back pain? No problem.

Pray that God will heal a killer disease like cancer? Somehow we think that is harder for God.

Yet God says in His word, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

Just know that whatever you're facing, God has what you need and He's ready, willing, and able to supply you with it.

In this episode I’ll share some astounding examples that prove once and for all that nothing is too hard for God.

Tip Of The Week

For a limited time I’m making available my free copywriting course entitled “Ray's Short Course on Copywriting: Selling Without Sleazing” plus a free ebook about the $2 Billion Sales Letter You’ve Never Heard Of.

Inside this free course you’ll find the answers on how to sell without feeling sleazy, and I’ll walk you through the most successful sales letter ever written, and show to how to apply it to your product or service.

Feature Segment: “The 5 Readers You Either Benefit Or Betray”

The 5 Readers You Either Benefit or Betray

When you write something, I think you should take it seriously. You have more readers who are affected in deeper ways than you realize.

Here are the readers you either benefit or betray with your words:

  1. You
  2. Team
  3. Family
  4. Tribe
  5. Competitors

Here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • Your first, and most important, reader (11:50)
  • Gymnastic Thinking (12:40)
  • The hobgoblin of little minds (13:50)
  • There is no “I” in T-E-A-M (15:12)
  • The philosophy of existence (15:50)
  • When in doubt, write it out (17:00)
  • Don’t send me an email about this (18:05)
  • The dirty bag of water (18:47)
  • The obscure reference rewards program (19:37)
  • Why things matter (20:25)
  • Be sure to leave this for your family (22:19)
  • The psychology of fandom (23:17)
  • How to think for yourself (23:57)
  • It doesn’t feel good, it feels necessary (25:02)
  • One of us is unnecessary (26:04)
  • Why you want the other side to win (26:32)
  • Sharing is caring (29:14)
  • Creating value out of thin air (30:14)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

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Seven Weird Ways to Use Copy http://rayedwards.com/273/ http://rayedwards.com/273/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:00:48 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12295 To Make Your Life Happy, Healthy, and Free

You know copywriting is used to sell stuff… but today we’re about to show you how it’s not just for sales pages any more.

As a matter of fact, when consciously employed, copywriting becomes the “quantifiable multiplier” for every part of your business and your life.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

What you say has power – huge power. You can wreck your life be repeating things that empower destructive forces in your life.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” —Proverbs 18:21

Line up your words with the experiences you want to see.

Tip Of The Week

More books I’ve just finished and highly recommend:

Feature Segment: “Seven Weird Ways to Use Copy”

Copy is not just for sales pages. If you think the ability to craft transformational copy is limited only to sales letters and the like…you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

Here are some examples we cover on this episode:

  1. About pages
  2. Blog posts
  3. Podcasts
  4. Speeches
  5. Converstations
  6. Subject lines
  7. Social Media

Here are some snippets from our conversation:

  • The Secret to Persuasive Copy (10:27)
  • Your favorite radio station (11:05)
  • The formula for successful blog posts (11:44)
  • How you say anything is how you say everything (12:52)
  • Why you should Zig when everyone zags (13:10)
  • How to write a speech in 5 minutes (14:35)
  • Sway, Steer, or Stir-up (15:06)
  • Grab ‘em by the eyeballs (15:38)
  • Copywriting Kumbaya (16:05)
  • Sean’s special bonus use for copywriting (17:34)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

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How to Make Your Business President-Proof http://rayedwards.com/272/ http://rayedwards.com/272/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:18 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12266 The Master Skill of Business Success

You may feel like the world is spinning out of control, but regardless of which side of the political spectrum you happen to be on, or who is President, I think we can all agree it’s better to not just survive…but thrive.

In today’s episode we will explain how to make your business President-Proof. The skill we will share is like a combination of “shields up” and “engage warp drive” for your business…and your life.

So set your phasers to stun, and let’s dive right in…

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Your physical presence has power, case in point…Jesus’ spit healed a blind man. Remember also that Peter’s shadow healed the sick.

Your body bears fruit – and it’s not just your children.

Indeed, God said, “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body…”, and also “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body…” — Deuteronomy 28:4

If this is true, shouldn’t we expect everything associated with our bodies to be of the highest quality? This would include things like your health, intelligence, and even your relationship with your spouse.

Jesus paid the price—His body was scourged and pierced for you…He got what we deserved, so we could receive what only HE deserves!

Tip Of The Week

Books I’ve just finished and highly recommend:

Feature Segment: “How to Make Your Business President-Proof”

How to Make Your Business President-Proof

Let me be clear, this episode is not any type of political statement, but I believe there is a skill you can learn that makes your business impervious to the whims of external circumstances. This Master Skill can make you the author of your own destiny.

What is powerful tool?

Copywriting.

But in this episode we’re going to take a different view of copy. You’ll see things like…

  • What copywriting isn’t (12:35)
  • Four ways to re-frame your business (12:53)
  • Do you know who you are? (13:23)
  • Embrace your inner Luke Skywalker (14:35)
  • Change your view, change your life (15:38)
  • Ray’s Law of Conservation of Supply and Demand (16:10)
  • Are you selling the right thing? (17:17)
  • It’s just a copy problem (17:35)
  • The benefits of mastering copywriting (18:31)
  • The best type of flood (18:42)
  • The difference between profit and cashflow (20:45)
  • Ride the meteor (21:05)
  • Not everyone likes rollercoasters (21:53)
  • How to write a swimming pool (22:35)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

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How to Achieve Instant Success http://rayedwards.com/271/ http://rayedwards.com/271/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:00:34 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12248 How we define success is important, and the way most people define it is flawed at best.

I propose anyone can enjoy instant success, and still be engaged in growing, achieving, and serving, but more about that later…

Also coming up, how you can get MY new VIP Email Insiders Newsletter…FREE FOREVER!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

I’ve been struggling with REST lately.

  • Too many opportunities.
  • Too much to do.
  • Plus neurological complications.

God says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

This week I’ll show you how to use rest as a weapon.

Tip Of The Week

Enhance your daily productivity and effectiveness with your personal Apple Mail assistant.

  • Message Templates – NEW- A brilliant way to save time. MailButler allows you to customize the formatting and text of emails, which include information that you frequently share with different recipients.
  • Tasks – NEW – Mark your emails as to-do items to never forget about important tasks again.
  • Snooze – NEW – By snoozing an email you will temporarily make it disappear out of your Inbox.
  • Tracking – Let you know if the recipient has actually opened your email.
  • Scheduling – Write now – send later…MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. Thus, you can fulfill lots of tasks beforehand by writing several emails at once and letting MailButler secure their scheduled delivery later.
  • Essential Features – FREE – Cloud Upload, Undo Send, Attachment Reminder, Direct Inbox, Emojis and many more.

Feature Segment: “How to Achieve Instant Success”

How to Achieve Instant Success

How do you achieve Instant Success? Change the way you define success!

But should we change it? Is that just a word game?

How we define success is important, and the way most people define it is flawed at best.

I propose anyone can enjoy instant success, and still be engaged in growing, achieving, and serving…. when you invoke the Four Keys to Instant Success revealed in this episode.

If you define success as a destination… you’ll never get there. It’s like that sign in the cafe that always reads “Free Coffee Tomorrow”.

As the great Earl Nightingale says, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”.

If you define success THAT way, you can celebrate the milestones, not just the destination…you can literally be successful right now.

Special Announcement

Announcing my new VIP Email Insiders Newsletter!

All the details are inside this week’s episode, but here are some highlights:

  • IT’S FREE FOREVER!
  • You get a sneak peek at my raw thinking as it happens
  • Before it’s published on the blog.
  • Before it shows up in a product.
  • Before it becomes R&D’d (“Ripped Off and Duplicated “- thanks Dan Kennedy and/or Bill Glazier for the terminology)

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You do need to make a difference.

That's why we're here.

How can I say you don't need to make a living? Because you'll be taken care of.

If all you need is to survive, and you live in a developed country, you don't have to do a thing. Someone, in almost all cases, will take care of your basic survival needs.

So let's stipulate to this: you don't need to make a living.

Most people will still feel the need to “do their bit”, to get up each morning, and slog through a day of “grinding it out”, and “making a living”.

These are the average masses.

Many of the average masses are miserable.

They are too proud, or too responsible, or just too restless to do nothing and accept a government check.

And they are too conscious to enjoy being one of the average masses.

Conscious of what?

They were made for something more.

They were put here on this planet to make a difference. To create something new. Something never seen before. Something that grows out of their own unique being. Something that has a positive impact on other humans.

“They” is us.

You and me.

It turns out we are, after all, unique snowflakes (despite what Tyler Durden may think).

But here's the thing: we are self-constructing snowflakes. The instructions on how to assemble ourselves came baked into our DNA, combined with our family environment (good or bad), and our life experience.

God's gift to us was to conceal our unique impact-making treasure inside each of us; and our greatest joy, our challenge, our great adventure, is to search out that treasure, that blueprint, and build that snowflake.

We don't need to make a living, we need to make a difference.

And the time to start is now.

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How To Become A Blogger http://rayedwards.com/270/ http://rayedwards.com/270/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:00:31 +0000 Tami Hyatt http://rayedwards.com/?p=12235 If you want to build an effective online presence, gain influence with an audience, ask people to join your cause or buy into your ideas…it all starts with a blog.

In my opinion, there’s nobody better qualified to teach us than my guest on today’s podcast, Leslie Samuel.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Do you believe it’s wrong, or at least tacky, to want to get rich? I’m not even talking about getting rich quick…just wanting to get rich in general. Does that bother you at all? Do you feel a little pang of guilt or fear you might be viewed as being a little cheesy?

As Dave Ramsey says, “There’s a dignity to wealth creation through honorable business that is unlike anything else on Earth.

In this episode I’ll share the real Secret of Wealth Creation…and one of the most important questions you can ask yourself.

Tip Of The Week

I have people ask me all the time about how I started my podcast, and how they should go about starting one the right way. I always tell them, “Cliff Ravenscraft is your guy.” If you’re serious about starting a podcast, then you need to check out Cliff’s Podcasting A to Z course.

This week I have a short talk with my friend Cliff and we go through more details of why Podcasting A to Z is so transformational…but here are some facts that should wet your whistle in the meantime:

  • The course has been going strong since March 2011, with over 600 students getting Cliff as their personal coach for 4 weeks.
  • You’ll know exactly what equipment to get…and why.
  • Have technical questions about how to dial-in your gear? No worries, Cliff has you covered.
  • You’ll clearly define your message and the perfect target market
  • During those four weeks, the students of Podcasting A to Z get Cliff’s full attention…you are the priority.
  • And check this out…Over 600 students have gone through this course, not one single person has ever requested a refund.

If you want to start a podcast, or if you have a podcast and you want to improve it and make it an excellent podcast, this is the way to do it.

Feature Segment: “How To Become A Blogger”

Yes, blogs are still alive. I believe they are still the best way to build a platform, and a business online. I am very excited to introduce you to my friend, Leslie Samuel.

Leslie is a former university professor turned full-time blogger. He is also the host of the “Learning with Leslie” podcast where he teaches about blogging, online business, and entrepreneurship.

Here are some snippets from our conversation about how to become a blogger:

  • The biology of blogging (12:06)
  • Are you experienced? (14:35)
  • Teach what you know (15:24)
  • It all started when… (17:07)
  • Tiny hinges swing big doors (18:41)
  • Learning as you go (21:19)
  • The Philosophy of Free (22:57)
  • Look below the surface (25:35)
  • It’s harder than it looks (27:44)
  • I thought we talked about this… (29:39)
  • If they can do it, so can you (30:47)
  • The three biggest mistakes bloggers make (34:49)
  • Leaders are readers (36:31)
  • The struggle is real (38:29)
  • The Piano Man (39:28)
  • Words to the Wise (40:30)

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The Apps & Tools We Use to Make Stuff http://rayedwards.com/269/ http://rayedwards.com/269/#respond Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:19 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12188 One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is about what specific apps, websites, sources, courses, and other tools we use to make stuff.

In this episode we’ll get geeky with you and dive deep into that exact subject.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

How do you respond when someone asks, “How are you today?”

If you’re like most people you respond with something like:

  • “Fine”
  • “Okay”
  • “I’m hangin' in there”

This may come as news to you, but you get to decide how you process your day.

In this episode I give you some reasons why you should carefully consider the instructions you give your brain, because what you say is often what you experience.

Selah.

Tip Of The Week

If one of your goals this year is to take a trip…enroll in course…get in better shape…or anything else you’re likely to not do when it’s no longer convenient…today’s tip is for you!

Most of us struggle to achieve our goals, that’s because there’s a big difference between having a goal and achieving a goal—stickK works by helping people eliminate this gap by using a Commitment Contract.

A Commitment Contract is a binding agreement you sign with yourself to ensure that you follow through with your intentions—and it does this by utilizing the psychological power of loss aversion and accountability to drive behavior change.

By asking users to sign Commitment Contracts, stickK helps users define their goal, acknowledge what it’ll take to accomplish it, and leverage the power of putting money on the line to turn that goal into a reality.

Feature Segment: “The Apps & Tools We Use to Make Stuff “

The Tools and Apps We Use To Make Stuff

This episode is a little different since it’s more like a giant resource guide. Everything we use is listed below, and if you want more insight into why we use what we use then join Sean and I on an entertaining romp through the good, and the not so good, items in the Ray Edwards toolbox.

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Quote Worth Note

Seth Godin tells this story in “What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn”…

“Stephen King, one of the most beloved, famous and bestselling authors ever, often goes to writer’s conferences. After he talks for a little bit he says, ‘Any questions?’

Inevitably, someone raises their hand—I’m paraphrasing here—and says, ‘Mr. King, you are one of the most beloved, famous, and bestselling authors ever. What kind of pencil do you use to write your books?’ It’s almost as if knowing what kind of pencil Stephen King uses will help them be more like Stephen King.”

It’s not the pencil.

It’s not the computer.

It’s not the app.

Or as they say in music… “It’s not the gear, it’s the ear.”

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Focus Leads To Mastery http://rayedwards.com/268/ http://rayedwards.com/268/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:00:23 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12174 Interview With EOFire's John Lee Dumas

Most people wish they could end each and every day proud of what they've accomplished. Trouble is, most people simply don’t know HOW to make that happen.

Today, my guest on the podcast, John Lee Dumas, has an answer that will help you.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Segment: “Focus Leads To Mastery”

An eye-opening interview with John Lee Dumas.

John Lee Dumas is best known as the founder and host of the award-winning podcast Entrepreneur On Fire where he interviews today’s most inspiring entrepreneurs 7-days a week!

The podcast was awarded Best Of iTunes because of his commitment to serve entrepreneurs…and with over 1500 episodes to date, he’s shared a LOT of great content from people like:

  • Tony Robbins
  • Seth Godin
  • Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Barbara Corcoran
  • and Tim Ferriss

JLD has his brand new project, The Mastery Journal, that launches today (January 23rd) and I sat down with him to get the skinny.

Here’s a partial list of some of the things we discussed, and where to find them:

  • The Big Reveal (2:34)
  • Real Money, Real Business (3:20)
  • Doing good while doing well (3:45)
  • The three essential skill sets (4:17)
  • The key to the Creator Code (5:38)
  • Escape O.P.A. (6:40)
  • How to be proud of what you produce (7:25)
  • Ewww, it’s all over me! (8:48)
  • I don’t think that word means what you think it means (9:28)
  • How do you eat a frog? (11:30)
  • Defeat the Weapons of Mass Distraction (14:20)
  • The life-changing qualities of a tomato (16:28)
  • Do more in One Day that you’ve done in a week (18:46)
  • How to crush Parkinson’s Law (19:08)
  • Magic Time (20:03)
  • Winning tomorrow today (21:15)
  • Education brings opportunity (22:38)
  • Here’s what to do next (26:29)

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How To Make Money Fast http://rayedwards.com/267/ http://rayedwards.com/267/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12155 Have you ever been in a position where you need money, and you need it quickly?

Most of us have gone through a season in our lives where we find ourselves in a cash-flow crunch, and we need money fast. To help you avoid making an unwise, knee-jerk decision like borrowing the money, we created this episode to give you some better options.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

This week’s episode is for skeptics and my Christian friends who might be “wavering” in their faith because they don’t think that believers should have any challenges in life. Once we accept Jesus, everything should be hunky-dory, right?

Jesus tells us that in life we will have difficulty, but true to His nature, He also gives us hope because He has overcome the world.

If you feel like you are struggling with your faith, in this episode I have some resources for you that will help sharpen your focus and help you find your footing again.

Tip Of The Week

Do you think you might be addicted to your iPhone? There’s an app for that…

Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.

Feature Segment: “How To Make Money Fast”

Let’s say you’re faced with a cashflow problem. There’s just too much month left at the end of the money. What do you do?

Here are some of the things you’ll learn about the Seven Ways to Get Money Fast:

  • The #1 thing you absolutely must NOT do (12:12)
  • The worst-kept secret to getting money quickly (12:40)
  • Stop listening to the lies (13:38)
  • The Viking way to wealth (14:23)
  • The skills to pay the bills (15:10)
  • The person with the most toys loses (16:50)
  • The “Mmm…nevermind” strategy (18:23)
  • Seek and ye just might find (20:40)
  • A hard, but sometimes necessary, question (21:27)
  • Stuff the fluff (23:20)
  • Stop digging (25:26)
  • Fight to be free (25:36)
  • Do the side hustle (25:58)
  • How to get paid what you’re worth (28:25)
  • The secret to a successful business (31:46)
  • Make that money work! (32:05)

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The Ethical Side Hustle http://rayedwards.com/266/ http://rayedwards.com/266/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:00:11 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12139 Is it ethical, or even possible, to have a full-time job and also build a business on the side?

This is a big deal for a lot of people who want to pursue their own business without throwing their family into financial chaos by quitting their job. If you’ve wondered about how to honorably engage in a side hustle, then this episode is just for you.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Tip Of The Week

This week’s tip comes courtesy of Cliff Ravenscraft. Public speaking is hard, Ummo makes it easier. Whether you are practicing for a presentation or interested in improving your everyday communication, use Ummo to track your “Umm”s and “Uhh”s, pace, word power, clarity, and more.

Feature Segment: “The Ethical Side Hustle”

My guest this week is Mark Mason from the Late Night Internet Marketing podcast. I’m honored to call Mark my friend, and the more I get to know him, the more I respect him and the vital work he’s doing.

    • Here are some highlights from our interview:
    • Why Sean Edwards is like a human hand grenade (5:45)
    • The value of being a “Yuck Monkey” (6:30)
    • What exactly is Late Night Internet Marketing? (6:50)
    • The core belief of the side hustle (8:10)
    • Do you have to hate your job to have a side hustle? (9:10)
    • The best way to start a side hustle (11:05)
    • The epiphany that changed everything (15:15)
    • Running a side hustle requires some life hacks (17:25)
    • Stay away from the “fluff” (18:01)
    • The Free Content Formula (19:35)
    • How to succeed through the struggle (22:08)
    • Wisely navigating the waters between your day job and your side hustle (25:01)
    • Side hustling with a family (27:11)
    • Finding the time for your side hustle (28:52)
    • The Mother of all Jingles (30:29)

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How To Sell Well http://rayedwards.com/265/ http://rayedwards.com/265/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:00:34 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12113 Selling is a problem for a lot of people because they associate it with being pushy and slimy.

What if selling could be a soul-enriching experience where everyone comes out on the winning side?

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Segment: “How To Sell Well”

Our guest this week, StoryBrand CEO Nigel Green, reveals the secret of transforming selling from scary to soothing.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Never let your studies get in the way of your education (6:12)
  • The Art of Selling Well (6:44)
  • How to create long-term customers (7:49)
  • Ignorance is sometimes bliss (8:24)
  • The difference between marketing and sales (9:01)
  • Why most people don’t succeed at selling (9:25)
  • The power of having a “Noble Selling Purpose” (9:43)
  • Wanting something For people, not From them (10:40)
  • How to properly reframe the most important sales question (10:58)
  • The biggest mistake salespeople make (11:41)
  • Why most sales training doesn’t work (12:34)
  • Here are the questions that really work (13:19)
  • The “Secret Weapon” in selling (14:38)
  • The steps to Selling Well (15:47)
  • What to listen for in a sales conversation (17:03)
  • How to make the needle move right now (19:51)
  • Nigel’s Core Philosophy (21:30)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Free Training: 5 Minute Marketing Makeover

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Get More Sales Without Being “Salesy” http://rayedwards.com/get-more-sales/ http://rayedwards.com/get-more-sales/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:00:07 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12071 A Simple Method That Works

If you want to sell more of your products and services, or even simply sell more people on your ideas, you must learn the basics of selling. And if you want to grow your business beyond, then you'll have to learn the art of copywriting.

Here's the deal, you could have the best weight-loss program… the greatest productivity training… or the tastiest coffee shop in town… and still go broke.

But, there is a simple, no-cost way to avoid going broke.

It doesn't matter how good your product or service is, it won't sell if no one knows about it.

It won't sell even if people do know about it, but don't know why it's right for them – how it will benefit them.

This is where marketing comes in, and more specifically copywriting. And most people make the mistake of jumping straight into marketing without first learning the art of copywriting.

That's a good way to lose a lot of money.

People want to know the latest and greatest Facebook ad strategies, or how to leverage Google AdWords to get more traffic.

But marketing only works if the words in the ads can persuade people to buy (or click the link, or call a specific number, etc…).

Otherwise, you're just throwing money out of the window. Facebook and Google will appreciate your financial hemorrhaging, but your business won't.

Think of marketing as your marketplace the battle plan – and copywriting as the soldiers. The battle plan won't work if the soldiers can't fight. However, if the soldiers are expert fighters, they can still win… even without a battle plan.

And that's why we need to master copywriting first. But what is copywriting, precisely?

One of my favorite definitions was given by a man named John E. Kennedy, back in 1904. Kennedy defined advertising (and copywriting) as: “salesmanship in print.”

If you can write effective sales copy, you can literally write your own paycheck. By definition, good copywriters can create money out of thin air. So why does copy so often fail? And what if you need to write copy that can generate sales immediately?

A Simple Copywriting Framework That Sells

There are universal psychological triggers that help you sell more effectively. The problem is, the field of copywriting is strewn with misleading, manipulative, and in some cases malicious techniques.

You can hardly “swing a cat” without hitting a copywriter who has a “formula” for writing copy. Most of these formulas are actually quite good. Many, however, are based on tricks of manipulation and psychology that are more than a bit morally wonky.

I once heard a lawyer-turned-businessman say, “If I did the things online marketers do as a lawyer, I'd be disbarred.” That's no way to make a living.

The framework I’m going to share with you, however, allows you to write effective and ethical ads… Ads that make you more money, and let you sleep at night.

To Sell More, P.A.S.T.O.R. Your Customers

Most people associate the term “pastor” with the preacher at church. While this is certainly true in most cases, the original meaning of the word “pastor” was actually “to shepherd.” And what does the shepherd do? He or she cares for, feeds, and protects the flock.

Now, before we go any further, I should address the habit that some marketers have of referring to their customers as their “herd.” It seems to paint an unflattering picture.

This kind of imagery is not what I am invoking here. The actual role of a shepherd is a loving, caring, and protective one. In fact, Jesus, who called himself the “good Shepherd” actually laid down his life for his flock.

I am not suggesting any religious overtones for your copy: what I am suggesting is that you adopt the same loving, caring, and protective role as you write copy for your prospects and customers.

And, as you might’ve guessed, P.A.S.T.O.R. is also an acronym for the major sections of your copy. Here is the explanation:

“P” is for PROBLEM

You must begin by identifying the problem that you are solving. The simplest, most effective way to do this is to describe the problem in great detail.

It’s a psychological principle: the more accurately you can describe your reader’s problem in terms they relate to, the more they instinctively feel that you must have an answer to that problem. Use the reader’s own language, the very words and phrases they use to describe the problem they want to solve.

For instance, if you are writing about fitness and weight loss, you might begin by describing their current situation this way:

You’ve tried every fad diet that’s come along. You’ve started and stopped a dozen different exercise programs, perhaps joined several different gyms, but the truth is you just can’t seem to take the weight off (or keep it off.) Perhaps you’re even feeling a little disgusted with yourself and your inability to control your eating and your weight. You feel like no matter what you try, it’s not going to work.

Remember, you’re not judging their behavior, rather you are describing their experience as it currently is. This means you have to understand their experience as it currently is. You have to know your audience and what they are thinking.

As the great copywriting legend Robert Collier said, you have to “join the conversation that is already taking place in the reader’s mind.”

“A” is for AMPLIFY

The next step is to amplify the consequences of not solving the problem. This is really the key to making sales, and it is probably the most neglected step in the process.

What will motivate people to buy your product, invest in your service, or accept your idea is usually not the beautiful outcome framed in a positive light. It is rather, realizing the cost of not attaining that outcome. In other words: what is it costing them to not solve this problem?

Sticking with the weight-loss analogy, you might say something like:

If you don't do something, it will only get worse. You get diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other obesity related diseases. Or worse yet, your spouse could come home to you lying dead on the floor from a heart-attack. You can't ignore this problem anymore. If you don't solve it, it could cost you your life.

Just as an aside, we are not manipulating with fear. We're not exaggerating. And we're definitely not lying.

But, if you truly love someone, and they have an obesity problem, then telling them the truth about their weight could be the most loving thing you can do.

And that's what we're doing: We're helping people see the cost of not solving their problem.

“S” is for STORY and SOLUTION

Once you have described the problem and amplified the consequences of not solving it, it’s time to share the story of how the problem can be solved.

This will be different depending on your situation. It might be the story of how you yourself finally solved this persistent problem. It might be the story of how you helped a client or customer discover the solution on their own.

It does need to be more than simply a description of what the solution is: telling the story of Bob, the frustrated business owner who was on the edge of bankruptcy, whose family had lost faith in him, and who, out of desperation tried one last idea that saved his business, is infinitely more powerful than simply saying, “One day, Bob figured out the answer.”

It should go without saying, but I will say it just in case: the story must absolutely be true. Don’t make these things up. And if you’re thinking, “But what if there is no story?” I would suggest you just haven’t looked closely enough.

There is always a story to tell.

“T” is for TRANSFORMATION and TESTIMONY

The next key step in writing your copy is to remember that whatever you’re selling, whether it’s a home study program, a book, a seminar, your consulting services — anything at all — what people are buying is not the “stuff,” it’s the transformation.

When people buy the P90X workout program, they did not wake up one morning and say to themselves, “I sure hope today somebody tries to sell me a bunch of DVDs and a wall chart.”

Those things (the DVD’s, charts, etc) are the stuff. What buyers of P90X are actually purchasing is that lean, healthy, youthful physique they want for themselves. The transformation.

It’s also important that you offer testimony, real-life stories of people who have made the transformation that you are teaching, and who have done so successfully. Study the most successful infomercials, and you’ll discover that they consist of about 70% testimonials.

And while most of us will not be writing infomercials, it’s important to remember there are three questions people are asking when you sell them coaching, consulting, or instruction about anything. The questions are:

  • Has this person been able to do what they are describing for themselves?
  • Has this person been able to teach other people to achieve the results they are describing?
  • Will this person be able to teach me how to achieve these results?

“O” is for OFFER

So far, you have defined the problem, clarified the cost of not solving it, told the story of the solution, and helped your reader visualize the transformation through testimonials from others just like themselves.

Now is the time to describe exactly what you are offering for sale.

This is the section of your copy where you lay out your offer. You can even create a subheading for the section called something clever like, “Here’s Exactly What You Get.”

Make certain that you focus 80% of your copy on the transformation itself. You do have to talk about the deliverables (the class schedule, the DVDs, etc.), but that should only occupy about 20% of your copy in this section.

Just remember that as you describe the deliverables in the offer section, you must keep tying them back to the transformation and benefits your buyers will receive.

So instead of simply writing that the buyer will receive “8 DVDs, each containing a 45-minute workout session”, you might instead write that they will receive “8 DVDs that each contain a body-sculpting, fat-burning transformational workout that will help you craft the lean muscle you really want.”

“R” is for RESPONSE

This is one of the areas where copy tends to often be the weakest: the response request. We are asking the customer to buy.

At this point, you should not be shy about making this request. You should tell the customer exactly what to do in order to get your program, your consulting, your book, etc. You should remind them why it’s important o do so.

I often write copy similar to this:

You’re at the point of decision. You can either continue down the path of least resistance, the path you have already been traveling, or you can choose the road less traveled. The path of least resistance will probably result in you getting the same outcomes you’ve always received. But if you want something different to happen, if you want to change the direction of your health (or your relationships, or your finances, etc.) you’re going to have to do something different. Make a new choice, and pursue your new outcome.

And then I will write very specific, directive copy telling them exactly what to do next: “Click the button below, fill out the order form, and we will immediately ship your entire package to you. It will contain everything you need to get started.”

Some people shy away from strong language like this, but the fact is, if you truly believe that you have a solution that will solve a problem for people, why on earth would you not be as direct as possible in telling them how to get that solution? In fact, aren’t you doing them a disservice by not making the strongest case possible?

What To Do Now

My suggestion is that you use this framework to write or rewrite your sales copy. The key to making this approach to writing sales copy successful is the having the mindset of being a “pastor”.

This outline was a broad overview of how to writing compelling sales copy. There is a lot more to learn in order to master the art of copywriting.

That's why I offer a free online training all about copywriting. You can learn more about it here.

In it I go over the P.A.S.T.O.R. framework in greater detail. If you really want to start applying these, principles, and seeing more traffic and sales, then I'd suggest checking it out.

 

Either way, if you apply the principles of being a shepherd to your readers, and you follow the sequence of the P.A.S.T.O.R formula, my prediction is you will experience more sales, more profits, and more happy customers… more often.

In simple terms, good copywriting makes your marketing work.

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The Long-Awaited Listener Appreciation Show! http://rayedwards.com/264/ http://rayedwards.com/264/#respond Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:00:42 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12090 Coming up this week…

  • Finally…The Listener Appreciation Show!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Segment: “The Listener Appreciation Show”

This episode is going to be a little different, it’s all about you!

Sean and I will be reading some of the the 252 reviews you’ve left for the podcast in iTunes and commenting on them. This is totally off script, we haven’t previewed these reviews so we are venturing bravely into the unknown!

Included in this week’s episode:

  • An off the cuff review of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (1:40)
  • Adventures in hosting (9:50)
  • SEO is voodoo (15:40)
  • Seedlings of Value (16:45)
  • Beware of scams! (18:15)
  • The 3 Types of Goals (21:40)
  • Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg living on the moon (22:40)
  • What constitutes a “worthwhile goal”? (23:35)
  • A gun is not an argument (24:24)
  • The three C’s you need to achieve your goals (24:47)
  • The curse of the White Fudge Covered Oreos (29:10)
  • How to successfully “Ride the Elephant” (31:55)
  • Ray channels his inner Peter Griffin (32:40)

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http://rayedwards.com/264/feed/ 0 Coming up this week… Finally…The Listener Appreciation Show! Click here to download or listen to this episode now. Feature Segment: “The Listener Appreciation Show” This episode is going to be a little different, it’s all about you! Coming up this week… Finally…The Listener Appreciation Show! Click here to download or listen to this episode now. Feature Segment: “The Listener Appreciation Show” This episode is going to be a little different, it’s all about you! Sean and I will be reading some of the the 252 reviews you’ve left for the podcast in […] Ray Edwards clean
How To Overcome Everything http://rayedwards.com/263/ http://rayedwards.com/263/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:00:03 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12076 Coming up this week…

  • Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
  • A magic photo bag that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside
  • And a remarkable conversation with Mark Goblowski, creator of the Strength Through the Struggle podcast

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Here’s the short answer…He doesn’t.

In this week’s episode I’ll give you a scripture-based answer to back this up, but here’s all you really need to know:

  • God is good.
  • The devil is bad.

‘Nuff said.

Tip Of The Week

A magic photo bag that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

I have been faced with a travel dilemma for some time now. I live in a smallish city that often requires me to take smaller regional jets with limited overhead bin space to get where I need to go.

That’s a problem because I travel with my photo gear, business essentials, and my carry-on bag with my clothes. All that baggage makes me look like a sherpa loaded down to climb some great mountain. This is not a good look for me by the way.

Enter the Airport Essentials photo bag, from ThinkTank.

It checks all the boxes that I need in a bag, and the best part is that it’s magically bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Feature Segment: “How To Overcome Everything”

A remarkable conversation with Mark Goblowsky, creator of the Strength Through the Struggle podcast.

My guest this week is someone who has been through some crazy trials in his life, and the way he has responded has been an inspiration to me. Here are some of the things you’ll learn this week from my friend Mark Goblowsky:

      • The personal tragedy that inspired the Strength Through the Struggle mission [13:52]
      • The power of testimony [15:14]
      • Testimonies are all around us [15:44]
      • The Scriptural basis for testimony [16:15]
      • What to do when it feels like hope is slipping away [16:59]
      • When hope disappears, action goes with it [17:53]
      • The role of martial arts in high-speed problem solving [18:40]
      • The world in-between [20:08]
      • How to answer the question, “Why did this happen to me?” [20:20]
      • Defeating emotional and spiritual challenges [21:58]
      • The overcoming power of love [23:20]
      • Create what you want to consume [24:20]
      • Mark’s top 3 podcast episodes [25:30]
      • The power of perspective [29:55]
      • Transforming the realities of life [32:30]

Resources Mentioned In This Episode

New Living Translation Bible
Great Message from John Piper
Airport Essentials photo bag, from ThinkTank
Strength Through the Struggle podcast with Mark Goblowsky
Free Download: The 7 Lessons Learned by Going Through the Hard Things in Life by Mark Goblowsky

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7 Lessons Learned at the Gym From My Son http://rayedwards.com/262-2/ http://rayedwards.com/262-2/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:17 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12055 Coming up this week…

  • How to triple your productivity… instantly.
  • If God wants us healed, healthy, and wealthy… then why aren’t we?
  • and then, of course, 7 Lessons Learned at the Gym From My Son”

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

If God wants us healed, healthy, and wealthy… then why aren’t we?

Not long ago a man emailed me to ask me a tough question. “I was listening to your message. My wife and I are Christians for many years. We both believe that God will and can prosper us. But we have no more money. I have no job. We have debt. My wife has diabetes. We believe in healing, but we have not seen it. We believe in prosperity, but we are broke. We believe in it, but it is not working.”

In this episode, I’ll tell you how I answered him…

Tip Of The Week

How to triple your productivity… instantly.

Being productive is more about eliminating resistance (drag) than about getting better at anything.

Here are 3 simple practices that, in my experience, will triple your output:

Do one thing at a time, for a focused block of time (using a digital timer), to the exclusion of all else.
Check email only once per day.
Accept no incoming phone calls, and return voicemails only once per day.

And here’s the thing: for these practices to work, you can’t do them half-heartedly. You must be a fanatic. You must bring intensity to the game.

Try it with full-on emotional intensity for one week and see the difference in your output.

If you want to go beyond productivity and become more EFFECTIVE (not just EFFICIENT) in every area of your life, you may want to consider attending the webinar with Michael Hyatt this week at http://rayedwards.com/bye-webinar

This week, Michael will be showing you the seven steps you can take to use goal-setting to design the life you really want. This is going to help you have your best year ever in 2017.

Feature Segment: “7 Lessons Learned at the Gym From My Son”

I’ve been on a personal health quest over the last few months, proactively taking control of what I’m eating and the quality and frequency of the physical exercise I get. The results are clear. I’ve lost over 50 pounds, had to buy a new belt, and had to buy some new clothes. I have a lot more progress to make, but it’s been a very encouraging, if somewhat challenging experience.

I’ve tried to take control of my health in the past, and frankly didn’t have a great deal of success, at least not long-term. This time, I decided to try something different: I have enlisted an accountability partner that I absolutely don’t want to disappoint. That accountability partner is my son, Sean Edwards.

Sean is a great accountability partner and coach because he is unrelentingly truthful in his assessment of how I’m doing (“Hey dad, when you do those squats you need to go all the way down…”). He has a great sense of humor, and he is a good teacher.

This week I share seven lessons I have learned from Sean in our time working out together. Here’s a little preview of what you’ll learn…

  • The single best way to overcome inertia…doing this one this thing is half the battle.
  • The secret to getting more from what you’re already doing. Here’s a hint…intensity matters.
  • The truth about how to work with your physiology instead of against it…this works every single time.
  • What most coaches and trainers don’t want you to know…this one thing will dramatically amplify your results.
  • Plus – I’ll share the sneaky way to achieve things you think are impossible…it’s easier than you think!

All this and more awaits you inside this episode!

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http://rayedwards.com/262-2/feed/ 3 Coming up this week… How to triple your productivity… instantly. If God wants us healed, healthy, and wealthy… then why aren’t we? and then, of course, 7 Lessons Learned at the Gym From My Son” Click here to download or listen to this episode now. Coming up this week… How to triple your productivity… instantly. If God wants us healed, healthy, and wealthy… then why aren’t we? and then, of course, 7 Lessons Learned at the Gym From My Son” Click here to download or listen to this episode now. Spiritual Foundations If God wants us healed, healthy, and wealthy… […] Ray Edwards clean
The Most Powerful Life-Change Force In The World http://rayedwards.com/the-most-powerful-life-change-force-in-the-world/ http://rayedwards.com/the-most-powerful-life-change-force-in-the-world/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:53 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12043 Coming up this week…

  • A free training that will give you the seven steps you can take to design the life you
    want.
  • How to avoid your own personal 40 years in the desert
  • and then, of course, The Most Powerful Life-Change Force In the World

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

How To Avoid 40 Years In The Desert.

Whether you’re a spiritual person or not, I believe the key to changing your outcome for the year is hidden within a story from the Bible that illustrates the power of our thoughts to influence the course of our lives.

Here are some things to think about:

  • God hasn’t promised us the “just enough.” His present-day will for us is not last-minute, enough-for-the-day, wilderness rations … he wants us to receive the abundant gifts of the “land flowing with milk and honey.”
  • God’s original plan for Israel was to take their Promised Land in days, not decades.
  • Even though it took Israel 40 years to be ready, if you have faith, I believe you can move mountains in just 40 days.

In this episode I’m going to show you how to do this by using “The 3 Be-Attitudes That Stoke The Fires of Faith.”

You can march directly up to the border of the Promised Land, cross over, and receive the blessings of your dreams fulfilled. You can still meet your goals. Just don’t give up.

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How do they do it? You know who I'm talking about…

It's the person who, regardless of how much they have going on in their life, always seems in control of it all. Is it some super power?

It's not. These people understand something about setting and hitting big goals that most people miss.

This week, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt will be showing you the seven steps you can take to use goal-setting to design the life you want. This webinar is going to help you have your best year ever in 2017.

http://rayedwards.com/bye-webinar

There is no cost to attend. But you do need to register. So click the link above and claim your spot.

Michael's free presentations have developed quite a reputation because they of the highest quality, and he usually creates a workbook to enhance your experience. However, just know that they typically max out so make sure you claim your spot early:

http://rayedwards.com/bye-webinar

Feature Segment: “The Most Powerful Life-Change Force In The World”

When I was still in my twenties, I went to Parris Island, South Carolina, to see my brother Mark graduate with his classmates (I’m pretty sure they would all be horrified to know I just called them that) from Marine Corps boot camp.

I don’t pretend to know what going through boot camp was like for my brother Mark. He has told me some stories, but I have a feeling this is a secret society you can only fully understand if you have been there yourself.

What I do know is this: I saw the transformation boot camp wrought in Mark’s life, and in the lives of all the young men who were part of his graduating class…

In this episode, I show you how, like my brother Mark, you can learn to harness “The Power of Emotional Gravity” to achieve any transformation you desire.And it only takes 3 simple steps.

Knowing this secret should give you a great deal of hope.

If you have not reached the outcomes you want from your life, whether it be in personal or business matters (or both), listening to this episode is the first place to start.

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5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017 http://rayedwards.com/260/ http://rayedwards.com/260/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:42:49 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12029 (Even If You Hate Goal-Setting)

Coming up this week…

  • A free ebook on the 8 strategies successful people are using now to accomplish more next year.
  • Why I believe it’s proper for Christians to set goals…it’s even our “sacred duty.”
  • And then, of course, 5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017 (Even If You Hate Goal-Setting)

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

There are those in the family of faith that believe that setting goals is “sinful arrogance”. The argument for this belief comes from the book of James in the New Testament. James, the brother of Jesus, says this…

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16)

James is echoing the sentiment of this passage from the Old Testament:

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)

Do these verses teach us that setting goals is sinful arrogance? I don’t think so. In fact, I think it is our duty as Christians to set goals, and I have three strong reasons to support that assertion. We’ll get to those in a moment, but first I want to tackle this idea that Christians should not set goals at all.

People who hold this view (that goal-setting is wrong) usually offer as argument the idea that they are “free to be led by the Spirit”. They want to be sure they are “open to God’s will”. There are at least three incorrect pre-suppostions embedded within this position. If this is your belief, you are assuming:

  1. Your “feelings” and “promptings” are the one and only infallible way of accessing God’s specific plan and will for any situation. You can only trust those feelings of yours to know when you are “in God’s will”. Hello, scary cult leader. Our emotions are important for relating to God and what He is saying, but they don’t rule over everything else. Sometimes our feelings are just inaccurate. Even Jesus experienced this. In the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion, he was emotionally distressed and asked God to spare him from the horrors that lay ahead. But Jesus ultimately conceded, “Not my will but Yours.” Emotionally, he did not want to experience what was to come – but He knew it had to be done, and He did it.
  2. The second pre-supposition those opposed to goal-setting make is that Holy Spirit only leads us spontaneously – that He never leads us to make plans. That is simply not supported by scripture. Paul made plans (Romans 1:13). The early Apostles made plans ( Acts 6:1-3). Jesus made plans (Matthew 10:5-15).
  3. Finally, those holding the “no goal-setting” view are disregarding the fact that we can also hear the voice of the Holy Spirit though God’s written word. The Bible makes it clear that we can receive fresh revelation from god through his written word ( Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

Just like we are supposed to be good stewards of our wealth, we are also supposed to be good stewards of our life. Selah.

Tip Of The Week

Get Michael Hyatt’s ebook, “Achieve What Matters in 2017”.

This is an incredible download. More than 30 thought leaders, influencers, and high achievers all share their top strategies for starting the year off with a bang.

You'll recognize many of the names as they include multiple best-selling authors, speakers, and leaders of their respected fields. People like:

  • Tony Robbins
  • John Maxwell
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Marie Forleo
  • Andy Andrews
  • Jeff Walker
  • Amy Porterfield
  • Lysa TerKeurst
  • Andy Stanley
  • Chalene Johnson
  • Lewis Howes
  • and many others…

It's all available here.

As we get closer to the start of 2017, the timing on this couldn't be any better. The insights were pretty incredible, so make sure you take a look for yourself…

Also watch for the Free LifeScore App Wednesday, November 30th, (day after tomorrow, if you’re listening to this on release day)…

If life were a game, what would your score be?

Even if you aren't competitive, how would you rank each area of your life?

  • Would you give yourself a good score with your health?
  • What about your finances or relationships?
  • What if there was a way you could measure yourself in the areas that matter most–so that you can improve?
  • What if you could get an overall score for your life, take it to the next level, and create the life you want?

Well, now you can. If you’re not on our email list, get signed up today so we can notify you when this is released Wednesday, or you can go to http://rayedwards.com/lifescore (that link will not work until Wednesday, November 30th).

Feature Segment: “5 Good Reasons to Set Goals for 2017 (Even If You Hate Goal-Setting)”

  1. You have goals already – wouldn’t you rather set them consciously?
  2. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
  3. Goals keep you moving forward, even when it’s tough.
  4. Having written, measurable goals keeps you accountable.
  5. If you want to be your best possible self, you must have a plan to achieve that.

Some additional thoughts:

  • To be effective goals must be written, measurable, and regularly measured.
  • There are many systems for setting goals, the one that has worked best for me is Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.
  • When Michael opens up BYE, I hope you’ll join me in the journey for 2017.

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Build a Big List and a Big Business, Fast! http://rayedwards.com/259/ http://rayedwards.com/259/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:00:26 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=12007 On this week’s episode we cover how to build a big list, and big business – fast!

This week is a full interview episode with Tom Schwab, author of the new book, Podcast Guest Profits.

Tom Schwab helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs get featured on the leading podcasts their prospects are already listening to. Then he shows them how to turn listeners into customers.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Segment: “Build a Big List and a Big Business, Fast!”

In this interview, you’ll discover:

  • Why podcast interviews convert 25x better than blog posts.
  • How to use targeted podcast interviews to grow your business.
  • How one man built a successful coaching business from scratch in a single year – and how he did it using podcast interviews.
  • The 6-step process for turning listeners into leads every time you grant an interview.
  • Who podcast interviews won't work for.
  • How to get started leveraging podcast interviews.

Resources mentioned:

Podcast Guest Profits
Interview Valet
Aaron Walker’s View From the Top

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http://rayedwards.com/259/feed/ 0 On this week’s episode we cover how to build a big list, and big business – fast! This week is a full interview episode with Tom Schwab, author of the new book, Podcast Guest Profits. Tom Schwab helps small business owners, On this week’s episode we cover how to build a big list, and big business – fast! This week is a full interview episode with Tom Schwab, author of the new book, Podcast Guest Profits. Tom Schwab helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs get featured on the leading podcasts their prospects are already listening […] Ray Edwards clean
Why I Won’t Promote Your Product http://rayedwards.com/why-i-wont-promote-your-product/ http://rayedwards.com/why-i-wont-promote-your-product/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:00:04 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11999 Coming up this week…

  • Good reasons to get a “checkup from the neck up” and eliminate your “stinkin thinkin”.
  • How to avoid a common, heart breaking loss. It’s a shame so many people suffer this, when it’s so easy to avoid.
  • And … “Why I Won't Promote Your Product”

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

The single best way to eliminate your “stinkin thinkin”.

We know that we must guard our thoughts, but did you know this is not just a “positive thinking” idea – we find this same advice in the book of Proverbs. Plus in this episode we reveal what it really means to “Fear the Lord”. This may be the most important thing you hear all day!

Tip Of The Week

I was in the Apple Store getting my 7+, and I overheard this snippet of conversation, “She dropped the phone in the water and just wants her photos.”

People… use iCloud to back up your phone! PAY FOR IT. It’s 0.99 cents a month for Pete’s sake!

And by the way, check out iCloud Drive…it’s awesome!

Feature Segment: “Why I Won't Promote Your Product”

Let me start by saying that I like you, and I want you to succeed…but I won’t promote your stuff. That may sound harsh, but in this episode I expose the 7 Problems That Stop Me From Promoting Your Product.

But before you despair and give up all hope, I also have 7 Solutions to the 7 Problems.

Understanding this information could save you from a lifetime of fractured relationships with potential partners, and instead illuminate a profitable path forward with more friends (and sales) than you can shake a stick at.

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How to Get 10,000 Subscribers in 9 Days http://rayedwards.com/257/ http://rayedwards.com/257/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:00:56 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11978 You probably know “the money is in the list” – the email list. Notably, your email list. The people to whom you have permission to send marketing emails. Press send. Make money. But how does one get an email list. That's what today's episode is all about.

  • Halloween is behind us, and the Presidential election is on the horizon…which is a great reason to check out my latest YouTube video appropriately titled, Who to Vote For in the Presidential Election.
  • A good reason to spend $5,000.
  • And “How to Get 10,000 Subscribers in 9 Days” (sort of).

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Do you know your spiritual ABC’s? No, it doesn’t mean Always Be Closing. Instead, it’s a way of remembering how to communicate with people in a way that is both meaningful and effective.

The Apostle Paul was a master communicator, and in this episode, we’re going to show you how you can use his principles in your business communications – whether you’re speaking to a small staff or a huge stadium.

Using Paul’s communication model, you’ll capture people’s attention at a heart-level. They will be ready to receive your message…because people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Tip Of The Week

I promised you a good reason to spend $5,000 and here it is…the new MacBook Pro is out!

Why am I so excited about this? Let me count the ways…

  • Touch Bar
  • 2TB SSD
  • Lightning-fast processor
  • Killer graphics
  • A display so amazing it will make you weep

And for those of you keeping score, when you add on all the extra goodies… you’re awfully close to $5,000. It’s another good reason to build a profitable online business (as if you needed another reason).

Feature Segment: “How to Get 10,000 Subscribers in 9 Days (sort of)”

So often, when people tell you how to add large numbers of subscribers to your list, they do so out of theory. We’re actually going to pull back the curtain on a promotion we just conducted, and tell you exactly what we did.

I say you can get 10,000 subscribers in 9 days “sort of”. What I mean by “sort of” is  while the promotion lasted 9 days, the preparation time was much longer.

The promotion was for our Copywriting Virtual Summit. The summit is a gathering of the greatest minds in copywriting and marketing. Inside this episode, we reveal the details of how we generated those 10,000 subscribers including:

  • The near-magic power of “OPL”. This accelerates list growth like gasoline accelerates a fire.
  • Why a specific kind of mailing means the most. HINT: it’s better to be invited to a party than show up unannounced.
  • How to craft an offer that compels email signups. This is where almost everyone drops the ball.
  • How to make list-growth a self-funding activity. Do this and you won’t need a marketing budget – your marketing pays for itself.

We also go the extra mile and reveal what went well, and maybe more importantly, what we could do better next time. This episode is like the Invisible Man… totally transparent!

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http://rayedwards.com/257/feed/ 1 You probably know “the money is in the list” – the email list. Notably, your email list. The people to whom you have permission to send marketing emails. Press send. Make money. But how does one get an email list. You probably know “the money is in the list” – the email list. Notably, your email list. The people to whom you have permission to send marketing emails. Press send. Make money. But how does one get an email list. That's what today's episode is all about. Halloween is behind us, and the Presidential election […] Ray Edwards clean
The Trick Or Treat Email Marketing Guide http://rayedwards.com/256/ http://rayedwards.com/256/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11971 Email marketing can be a scary proposition. In this episode, we’ll be your personal ghostbusters and turn the trick of email marketing into a treat.

Who ya gonna call?

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about speaking the life you want into reality, but are you aware that this is totally scriptural?

I’ll prove it to you…better yet, I’ll let Steve Backlund from Bethel Church in Redding, CA prove it you. All this information can be found on Steve’s website IgnitingHope.com.

Tip of the Week

My friend Justin Livingston made an excellent point at a conference I attended recently. Specifically, he was talking about the laziness he sees in how email marketing. The answer? Small efforts that yield big results. Listen in this week as we reveal 3 small changes you can make that can put big profits in your wallet.

Feature Presentation

The Trick or Treat Email Marketing Guide

We’ve been doing a series on product launches and how they work so you have the ability to make a lot of money in a short amount of time.

Here’s a short review of what we’ve talked about so far:

  • In Episode 254 we shared 3 Reasons We Love Launches.
  • In Episode 255 we revealed 7 Reasons Why You MUST Master Launch-Focused Copy

This week I have not one, but two treats for you that will give you preeminence in your email marketing…not just in product launches, but in every email you send from this point forward.

  1. 3 Reasons Why Email is Crucial to Launches
  2. The 7 Pillars of Email Profits

If you aren’t getting the results from your email marketing that you desire, then this episode may be the most important thing you listen to this year.

Interview With Michael Stelzner

Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner and Social Media Marketing World…one of the coolest conferences you will ever attend. For example, their networking event in held abroad an aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay.

In this thoughtful interview, you’ll learn:

  • How Mike built such a successful event, even though he started with just an idea.
  • What makes people fall in love with a live event.
  • What makes an event is useful and relevant to the marketplace.
  • In a world where many conferences are folding up their tents and shutting down, why this one is growing.
  • How anyone could duplicate what Mike has done (in a different industry or subject matter)…even starting “from scratch”.
  • And listen for some special treats that we’ve scattered throughout the interview!

Click here to register for Social Media Marketing World 2017.

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How To Cut Your Ad Budget & Increase Sales http://rayedwards.com/255/ http://rayedwards.com/255/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:00:42 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11962 Cutting your ad budget while increasing sales sounds totally counterintuitive, right? Au contraire, my intrepid listener. In this episode we’ll not only show you how to do exactly that, but also why you should start doing it right now.

Join us on another magic carpet ride as we take your marketing to a whole new world.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Should Christians Seek Money & Prosperity?

We want to be blessed and live the abundant life Jesus promised us – and that He died to purchase for us, but this is not an invitation to “get saved to get money”. God’s not an ATM—enter the right PIN code of faith, prayer, praise, worship, good works, and the ATM spits out your blessing.

But blessing and prosperity are more than money. In this episode we’ll introduce to a life filled complete, whole peace, and a simple path to unmerited favor…all you have to do is receive it.

Tip Of The Week

My Dad used to tell me that “my mouth was writing checks that my butt can’t cash”. We all have a tendency to say “Yes” to more things than we are actually capable of doing. The end result? A calendar that makes your head explode.

You have less time than you think because of an insidious time goblin called “Calendar Creep”. What do you do about it? You implement Ray’s 7-Step Calendar First Aid revealed in this episode.

Feature Segment: How to Cut Your Ad Budget and Increase Sales

The best way to cut your ad budget and increase sales do is with a product launch. As we mentioned last week, we’re so keen on launches due to:

– NO capital start up
– Self-Angelizing
– Cash on demand

So let's assume you are sold on doing your own launch…you’re going to need copy! Launches are important, but COPY is the lifeblood of any launch.

In this episode we’re going to give you 7 REASONS WHY YOU MUST MASTER LAUNCH-FOCUSED COPY. Just by changing the words, you change the revenue.

Need some social proof? Check this out… Justin Livingston just changed the copy in his launch and did over $1 million more than his previous launch…where there was very little copy.

Your sales problem is most likely just a COPY problem. Listen in this week as we show you how to solve that problem.

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How To Make Your Annual Income In A Single Month http://rayedwards.com/254/ http://rayedwards.com/254/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:02 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11956 Think about your income…how much do you make every month? Now think about your annual income. What if you could earn your ANNUAL income… next month?

This is a typical occurrence for the people who use the technique I'm revealing in this week's episode.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

A work ethic is defined as a system for determining your values and morals around the subject of work. While this may seem like a high-minded concept, what we believe about work matters.

Keep in mind that work was not part of the curse, but instead was part of creation…remember, Abraham was both rich and righteous. In addition, the Apostle Paul also said that if you don’t work, you don’t eat. So how do we reconcile these things? Be sure to listen in as we reveal how work is not only ethical, but spiritual as well.

Tip Of The Week

I recently attended Jeff Walker’s LaunchCon conference where my friend Phil Sherwood remarked that you really need time to process everything you learn from a conference, seminar, or workshop. He’s right, and inside this edition of the tip of the week I reveal a surefire way to turn information into implementation.

Feature Segment: How To Make Your Annual Income In A Single Month

I know an entrepreneur whose sales averaged 50,000 per month, or $600,000 per year. This same entrepreneur, by using the technique discussed in this episode, made just over $600,000 in a single month.

Catch that. In March he makes $50,000… in April he makes $600,000. How is this possible? It is legal? Is is sustainable? I have good news for you…it IS legal, and it IS sustainable.

So… What IS the “secret”? It is the phenomena known as “The Product Launch.” These launches are wildly successful when done with intelligence, elegance, and work. In this episode I share the Seven Reasons You Must Do A Launch Now, and how to get started on your very own launch.

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3 Ways To Double Your Income Before Christmas http://rayedwards.com/3-ways-to-double-your-income-before-christmas/ http://rayedwards.com/3-ways-to-double-your-income-before-christmas/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:00:45 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11941 In this episode we show you how anyone can double their income by Christmas by following this time-tested formula.

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Spiritual Foundations

Every day you make one choice that sets the tone for the success or failure of your day. Think of it as your daily Rosetta Stone, the one key that can either unlock your day’s potential, or confine you in a prison of your own making.

What is this one choice? Listen to this week's episode to find out.

Tip Of The Week

What is the ideal subject line length for your emails? Sounds like the ultimate geeky copywriter question, right? But here’s the thing…would you open your front door to a stranger and welcome them into your home if you couldn’t see them? If your subject line is too long, your message gets truncated in your prospect’s email viewer, your intention is lost, and even the best email in the world is left standing of your prospect’s digital front porch…lonely and unwanted.

Here’s the good news, it doesn’t have to be that way. In this episode we’ll give you the ideal subject line length, and some ideas on how to turn these few precious characters into a standing invitation into your audience’s home.

Feature Segment: 3 Ways To Double Your Income Before Christmas

It really is possible to double your income before Christmas – because what we reveal in this week’s episode is exponential, not incremental.

Legendary marketer Jay Abraham is known for saying there are “only three ways to grow your business”. These three ways are the keys To doubling your business before the festive season is upon us. Here they are, spelled out for you in this week's episode:

  1. Increase the number of customers.
  2. Increase the average transaction of each customer.
  3. Increase the frequency of transactions.

Don’t be mislead by the simplicity of these keys. I know you’re tempted to say, “I already know that, Ray”, but be careful – those words are the rocks that have shipwrecked countless businesses. In this episode we're going to be the marketing lighthouse that guides you safely through these treacherous waters to the safe harbor of business success.

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The One With Brian Kurtz and a $100 MILLION DOLLAR Swipe File http://rayedwards.com/252/ http://rayedwards.com/252/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:00:24 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11921 Accessing the Wisdom of the Ages

This week's show is an interview with Brian Kurtz, direct marketing expert and co-author of the must-have upcoming book The Advertising Solution.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Tip of the Week

Our tip this week is the app WhatSize. This app scans all the hidden files in your system and gives you the opportunity to dramatically increase the available space on your hard drive. Sean was able to free up 160gb of space in just 30 minutes!

Spiritual Foundations

This past week we held our Copywriting Virtual Summit where I gathered over twenty-five of the world’s leading direct response experts and marketers to share their best wisdom with anyone who has ears to hear.

What does this have to do with Spiritual Foundations? Proverbs 19:20 tells us, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Seeking an outside perspective from qualified sources can give you answers you never knew existed to the challenges you face today. Like I tell the people in my mastermind, “You can’t read the label if you’re inside the bottle.” Selah.

Feature Presentation

Brian Kurtz is one of the heroes of direct response copywriting. He has over thirty-five years of experience in the field, and as the leader of Boardroom, Inc which was the proving ground for state of the art direct marketing and copywriting. He has been able to market and sell newsletters and books via direct response television (infomercials) and using e-mail and the Internet in huge numbers. At the height of his infomercial success, he was responsible for buying media in excess of $80 million and sold over 3 million books via direct response television over a three year period.

Brian is also the co-author of one of the most important books in recent memory, The Advertising Solution. This modern-day masterpiece is a collection of direct response gems from six legends of copywriting…the original MadMen. Imagine sitting in a room with David Ogilvy, Claude Hopkins, Robert Collier, John Caples, Gary Halbert, and Eugene Schwartz as they imparted their greatest secrets of how to turn copy into cash.

In this interview Brian reveals:

  • Why this is the best time to be a marketer. The answer is right at your fingertips.
  • How being grounded in the “old school” can make you a master of the “new school”. It’s a marriage made in Heaven.
  • One of the most important tenets in copywriting. Do this and watch your sales skyrocket.
  • The single best way to write original copy that sells…almost everyone does this the wrong way.
  • And how to get your hands on hard to find swipe files, videos, and more from the direct response masters mentioned above…for FREE!

While you’re thinking about it, go to TheLegendsBook.com and secure your copy of the book that should be sitting right next to the laptop of every serious copywriter out there.

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4 Steps To A Total Life Makeover http://rayedwards.com/4-steps-to-a-total-life-makeover/ http://rayedwards.com/4-steps-to-a-total-life-makeover/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:42 +0000 Brian Holmes http://rayedwards.com/?p=11894
Today's post is a written by Brian Holmes. Brian is the Founder and President of the Strategic Living Institute, a life-changing organization dedicated to teaching people how to harness the power and potential God has given them.
~ Ray Edwards

Success and personal fulfillment are largely dependent on the degree to which a person has approached their life strategically and intentionally. The vast majority of people eke out an existence that is haphazard at best, and in some cases, completely out of control and void of purpose. My strong supposition is, it should not and does not have to be this way.

There is an ancient proverb that says, “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” Understand, God is not trying to hide anything from you, but He does invite us into the process of seeking to understand, and subsequently acting like the person He created us to be. The value is in the process.

As I began the process in my own life, I discovered what I call The 4 Cornerstones for Strategic Living; a framework for building a fulfilling and meaningful life with the inherent gifts and unique qualities you already possess.

The 4 Cornerstones are, in order:

  1. Personal Healing
  2. Personal Discovery
  3. Personal Development
  4. Personal Deployment

Let’s look at these individually.

Cornerstone #1 – Personal Healing

This cornerstone is #1 for a very important reason. Nothing can move forward until personal healing takes place. In fact, unresolved, unreconciled places in your life create a virtual ceiling on your ability to grow, prosper, and succeed.

Our tendency is to ignore, or even mask the pain we’ve experienced, and stuff things away, only to find the unaddressed issues are sabotaging our forward and upward trajectory. The news is full of examples of individuals who are talented, gifted, and performing at high levels whose lives have imploded as a result of unresolved pain or brokenness.

Are there areas in your life that, for whatever reason, have gone unaddressed? Things like abandonment, being in a fatherless home, divorce, broken relationships, abuse, betrayal, rejection, or any number of others?

Reconciling the past begins by taking an honest and close look at the reflection in the mirror of the person you see every day. You have to acknowledge the hurts, own the failures, and grapple with the pain.

You cannot embrace something in your future as long as you’re holding to something in your past. Engaging the Personal Healing process is the genesis of your new beginning.

Cornerstone #2 – Personal Discovery

After working through personal healing, we have to address the question, “Who am I, and why am I here?” We do this by looking at a number of critical components and asking some very deep and intimate questions:

  1. What are my unique qualities?
  2. What am I passionate about?
  3. What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  4. What is my dominant personality style?
  5. What is it, that when I am doing it, gives me great pleasure and a real sense of value?
  6. What have I neglected in following through on because of fear or limiting beliefs?
  7. What dreams or plans have I dismissed or walked away from because life got in the way?
  8. What do I want?

The Personal Discovery process is paramount to your becoming the person God created you to be. Take the time. Do the work. Seek to understand who you are, and why you are here.

Cornerstone #3 – Personal Development

We live in a society where there is a much higher value placed on image and entertainment than on personal development.  If you are going to become the very best you can be, there must be a full-out commitment to personal growth and development.

Once you know who you are and why you are here, set out to become the expert in that area. The best athletes in the world succeed in proportion to their commitment to developing their craft.

Hire a coach. Bring a mentor into your life that can guide, lead, teach, train and steer you in a direction helpful to your destiny. Read more. Study more. Enroll in online courses. Address any areas of incompetency or areas where skillsets need to be further developed.

Personal development is all about starting where you are and growing from there. The best investment you will ever make is the one you make in yourself and in your future.

Cornerstone #4 – Personal Deployment

The fourth and final part of this framework involves action. Once you’ve identified your focus and direction, it is critically important to develop a strategic plan for your life. That, however, is not enough. There are a lot of people who have elaborate plans. Many even possess the skill and talent to execute on those plans. The reality is most people never leave the safety and comfort of the sidelines and get in the game. You must do something. Take baby steps if you have to, but walk it out.

Be accountable. Join a mastermind or coaching group. Do life with people who can sharpen and challenge you and hold you accountable to your commitments. Do something. Take action. Deploy!

 

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To Be an Entrepreneur http://rayedwards.com/to-be-an-entrepreneur/ http://rayedwards.com/to-be-an-entrepreneur/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:58:46 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11891 What does is mean to be an Entrepreneur?  I believe it means you are driven to the edges of what's possible. That you see the biggest problems, and think, “I can fix that.” And then you do. I believe that you, Intrepid Entrepreneur, are the solution to the world's problems. You create, not destroy. You believe, not doubt. You are a force for good. Thanks for being an Entrepreneur.

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Creating a Haven of Peace http://rayedwards.com/251/ http://rayedwards.com/251/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:27:41 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11873 An Interview with Joanne Miller

This week's show is an interview with Joanne Miller, the author of Creating a Haven of Peace.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Tip of the Week:

Apple's all-new iOS 10 is a winner, especially for iPhone users.

Spiritual Foundations

Make every movement with the peace and the Spirit of God in mind.

If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.”
– Matthew 10:13

Feature Segment: An Interview with Joanne Miller

Joanne Miller, wife of 48 years to popular author Dan Miller of the world-famous 48Days.com, has been his raving fan, speaker at their live events, and an integral part to the success of their thriving 48 Days community. She is an accomplished artist, speaker, blogger, author of five children’s books, and co-author of Be Your Finest Art.

Creating a Haven of Peace describes the decorating ideas, meals, games and celebrations that built her family's respect, laughter, and lasting relationships.

FREE Copywriting Summit

This week we are continuing the No-Cost Copywriting Virtual Summit. (This free Copywriting Virtual Summit ends on September 30.)

Click Here for FREE ACCESS to the Copywriting Virtual Summit

I've “Called in favors” from the friends, colleagues, and revered mentors who have taught and mentored ME over the last 30 years… and they've all agreed to teach YOU… for no cost at all.

Consider it the ultimate “pay-it-forward” gift in business. YOUR new teachers and mentors are the leaders in the field, top players like:

  • Jay Abraham
  • Jeff Walker
  • John Carlton
  • Bob Bly
  • Ryan Levesque
  • Perry Marshall
  • Daniel Levis
  • Ben Settle
  • … and many more!

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The Four Cornerstones of Strategic Living http://rayedwards.com/250/ http://rayedwards.com/250/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:18 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11859 An Interview with Brian Holmes

This week's show is an interview with Brian Holmes, the author of 4 Cornerstones for Strategic Living: A Proven Framework For Building the Life You Want With What You Have.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Segment: An Interview with Brian Holmes

Brian has generously agreed to give our listeners a free digital copy if his book and an accompanying online course. Click here to claim those free gifts now.

FREE Copywriting Summit

The No-Cost Copywriting Virtual Summit, starts in just two days from the release of the episode. (This free Copywriting Virtual Summit begins on Wednesday, September 21, 2016… and ends on September 30.)

Click Here for FREE ACCESS to the Copywriting Virtual Summit

I've “Called in favors” from the friends, colleagues, and revered mentors who have taught and mentored ME over the last 30 years… and they've all agreed to teach YOU… for no cost at all.

Consider it the ultimate “pay-it-forward” gift in business. YOUR new teachers and mentors are the leaders in the field, top players like:

  • Jay Abraham
  • Jeff Walker
  • John Carlton
  • Bob Bly
  • Ryan Levesque
  • Perry Marshall
  • Daniel Levis
  • Ben Settle
  • … and many more!

Click Here for your FREE ACCESS to the Summit now.

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How to Get Better at Everything http://rayedwards.com/249/ http://rayedwards.com/249/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:54:54 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11843 Be Determined

There are two magic words that empower you to become better at anything and everything… and in this episode, we'll explore those words and how to use them.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

(1 Corinthians 10:13)

Tip Of The Week

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Feature Segment: How to Get Better at Everything

  1. Determine where you really are. “Neither an optimist nor a pessimist be, but be advised by reality.”
  2. Determine where you want to be.
  3. Determine the cost to get there.
  4. Determine if you're willing to pay the price.
  5. Determine to PAY it.
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Are you determined to get better at whatever?

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Does Everybody Need a Sales Letter? http://rayedwards.com/248/ http://rayedwards.com/248/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11824 5 Reasons You Need a Sales Letter

You might not know this but you DO need a sales letter. Here are 5 reasons why you MUST have a sales letter…

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Tip Of The Week

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Feature Segment: 5 Reasons You Need a Sales Letter

  1. To Understand your unique value, message, and mission
  2. To articulate those things to your person… their pain… and their problem
  3. To sell your stuff
  4. To inform all your written messaging
  5. To inform all your spoken messaging

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Do you have a sales letter?  If not, what do you feel is your biggest challenge in finishing it?

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5 Ways to Avoid Distractions [VIDEO] http://rayedwards.com/5-ways-to-avoid-distractions-video/ http://rayedwards.com/5-ways-to-avoid-distractions-video/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:10:15 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11736 We live in a world of distraction – and that keeps us from our Higher Purpose.

Today's video provides 5 ways you can avoid distractions.

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Systemize and Optimize the Enterprise http://rayedwards.com/247/ http://rayedwards.com/247/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:00:39 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11809 Phase 5 of Business Development - Stats and Adjustments

Do you really KNOW your business?  Find out why Phase 5 is so important to the growth and development of your Enterprise!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge” (1 Corinthians 1:4-5)

Tip Of The Week

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Buy it here on Amazon

Feature Segment: Stats and Adjustments

  • Log everything.
  • Emails sent.
  • Opens.
  • Ad clicks.
  • Optin conversions.
  • Webinar show-ups.
  • When people leave.
  • Track video metrics.
  • How many sales?
  • Total conversion rate?
  • Where are the weak links?
  • Split test sales letter tweaks and ad tweaks.
  • Make adjustments and see if they work.

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Question:

This all can feel overwhelming – but which phase are you in? Don’t work on Phase 4 if you’re still in Phase 1 or 2.

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3 Ways to Become Instantly Attractive http://rayedwards.com/3-ways-to-become-instantly-attractive/ http://rayedwards.com/3-ways-to-become-instantly-attractive/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:11:39 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11732 Would you like to be more attractive to your prospects and customers?

There are 3 simple steps you can take to become more attractive today.

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How to Sell More of Whatever You Sell http://rayedwards.com/246/ http://rayedwards.com/246/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:17:54 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11782 Phase 4 of Business Development - Marketing

It's time for Phase 4 – MARKETING!

Let's recap the first 3 phases first, because these must be done before you get to Phase 4…

Phase 1: Problem-Pain-Person, Initial Analysis (The ‘P’ from the Pastor Framework)

  • What problem are you solving?
  • What is the pain the person is experiencing?
  • Who is the person feeling this pain?

Phase 2: Product

  • How are you solving this problem?
  • This is the stuff.
  • Course? Coaching? Physical Product?
  • When will it be ready?

Armand Morin

Phase 3: Copy

  • Go through Copy Academy (the entire thing… not just the quick start module), and write the first draft of your sales letter.
  • We Review

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” (1 John 4:11-12)

Tip Of The Week

My friend Chad Cannon has this incredibly useful free ebook that gives you a template for building an effective book marketing landing page. In this ebook, you'll discover:

  • The 11 quick essentials that all effective book landing pages must have.
  • How to make your landing page a “branded experience” that effectively sells books.
  • The secret must-do’s for engaging viewers and converting sales.

Chad is the Founder & CEO of Chadwick Cannon Agency, a digital marketing agency that serves authors and entrepreneurs. Before that he was VP of Marketing at Thomas Nelson Publishers, where he oversaw hundreds of book marketing campaigns, with 16 of them hitting the New York Times bestseller list. He’s worked with some of the most successful authors in the industry, including Dr. Henry Cloud, Lysa TerKeurst, Michael Hyatt, Donald Miller, and Bob Goff.

Download your free copy of the book now.

 

Feature Segment: Phase 4 of Business Development – Marketing

  • You need a marketing SYSTEM
  • Where are these people hanging out? Better yet, where are they looking for solutions already?
  • Overall Ad Strategy – then TACTICS
  • Email sequences and segments
  • Landing page copy
  • Ad copy

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3 Books Every Marketer Should Read http://rayedwards.com/3-books-every-marketer-should-read/ http://rayedwards.com/3-books-every-marketer-should-read/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:10:28 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11728 This is the last (at least for a while) of my “recommended books” videos. Today: 3 books every marketer should own and read.

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7 Lessons Learned at Copywriting Academy Live http://rayedwards.com/245/ http://rayedwards.com/245/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:00:59 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11763

On today's show, we will take a one week break from our Five Phases Series and talk about the 7 lessons we learned at Copywriting Academy Live!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Tip Of The Week

Scrivener for iOS

Feature Segment: 7 Lessons Learned at Copywriting Academy Live

  1. Live events are expensive, risky, and time-consuming … but worth it.
  2. Teamwork makes the dream work.
  3. No plan survives contact with reality.
  4. Adapting to the needs of your customers and clients is paramount.
  5. Don’t pretend you have everything figured out – everybody else knows that’s not true.
  6. Trust your team, your audience, your gut… and God.
  7. Nothing builds community like bread, love, and laughter

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3 Books Every Copywriter Should Read http://rayedwards.com/3-books-every-copywriter-should-read/ http://rayedwards.com/3-books-every-copywriter-should-read/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:10:51 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11724 If you are a copywriter, or want to be one, then these 3 books are “must-reads.”


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The Deadliest Mistake You Can Make In Business http://rayedwards.com/244/ http://rayedwards.com/244/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11708 How the Failure to Sell Murders Businesses

On today's show, we will be delving into Phase 3 of our 5-Phase Business Roadmap.

We're talking about the “deadliest mistake you can make in business” – the failure to sell. Which means, we're talking about copywriting!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). (NKJV)

Tip Of The Week

How to Write Copy That Sells

Feature Segment: How to Sell With Copy

  • Copy is salesmanship in print.

  • PASTORING and shepherding.

  • Marketing something you do FOR people , not TO them

  • Long copy vs short

 

 

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3 Books Every Writer Should Read [VIDEO] http://rayedwards.com/3-books-every-writer-should-read-video/ http://rayedwards.com/3-books-every-writer-should-read-video/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:10:55 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11721 If you're a writer, here are 3 books I consider “required reading.”

They will make you a better writer.

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How to Know Your Product Will Sell http://rayedwards.com/243-2/ http://rayedwards.com/243-2/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 10:00:03 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11704 Last week we began to outline the 5 Phases of Business Development

Today we’ll cover Phase 2: How to Know Your Product Will Sell.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Fear keeps us from becoming all God intends for you.

It can ruin your life. Anxiety makes us sick.

Sometimes the solution for that is medical.

But often we are trying to use a medical solution to a spiritual problem.

There are 365 “fear not” commands in the Bible. That’s one for every day of the year.

Angels, and the post-resurrection Christ, always said, “Fear not!”

The cure for fear? The opposite of fear is not courage. It’s love.

The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear …” (1 John 4:18 NIV).

God is love, and the more you fill your life with God, the less fear you are going to have.

Tip Of The Week

Will It Fly Book by Pat Flynn

Feature Segment: The 5 Phases of Business Development You Must Not Skip

Phase 2: How to Know Your Product Will Sell

  • How are you solving this problem?

  • This is the stuff. Course? Coaching? Physical Product?

  • Do you really know what they will buy?

  • When will it be ready?

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Question:

Have you ever launched a product that just flopped? Why do you thnk that happened?

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For Those Who Hate Journaling http://rayedwards.com/for-those-who-hate-journaling/ http://rayedwards.com/for-those-who-hate-journaling/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:10:50 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11717 We've heard it a thousand times – “you should journal.”

But what if you hate to journal? This video has the answer for those of us who are not “natural journal people”…

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Student Success Profile: Dr. Joseph Mannella http://rayedwards.com/student-success-profile-dr-joseph-mannella/ http://rayedwards.com/student-success-profile-dr-joseph-mannella/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:02:18 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11739 Yes, "Ray-Style" Marketing Works for Any Business

Today's podcast is a special edition – I couldn't wait until the next available episode to share this story with you.I'm so excited for my student, client, and now friend, Dr. Joseph Mannella.

He's been using “Ray-style” marketing to launch and grow thriving medical clinics for years. Today, he's launching his “passion project” on Kickstarter. His story is remarkable. Listen in on our conversation…

Click here to see the NECKTECH-RX Kickstarter page.

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The 5 Phases of Business Development You Must Not Skip http://rayedwards.com/242-2/ http://rayedwards.com/242-2/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:59:21 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11700 So many times people have asked us for a business roadmap. Or a checklist. Where do you start? Well, what are those 100 things?

Turns out you can neatly break them into 5 sections, or  phases of business development.

Today we’ll cover Phase 1.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Fear keeps us from becoming all God intends for you.

It can ruin your life. Anxiety makes us sick.

Sometimes the solution for that is medical.

But often we are trying to use a medical solution to a spiritual problem.

There are 365 “fear not” commands in the Bible. That’s one for every day of the year.

Angels, and the post-resurrection Christ, always said, “Fear not!”

The cure for fear? The opposite of fear is not courage. It’s love.

The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear …” (1 John 4:18 NIV).

God is love, and the more you fill your life with God, the less fear you are going to have.

Tip Of The Week

Dragon Anywhere Dictation for iOS

Feature Segment: The 5 Phases of Business Development You Must Not Skip

Phase 1: Problem-Pain-Person, Initial Analysis

  • The ‘P’ from the Pastor Framework
  • What problem are you solving?
  • What is the pain the person is experiencing?
  • Who is the person feeling this pain?
  • Do many people have this problem?
  • Are they willing and able to pay money to solve it?
  • Are they already buying?
  • Are others already selling?

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Question: Are you in Phase 1? Did you “skip” it? Or are you about to start? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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More Focus, Less Stress – Now! http://rayedwards.com/more-focus-less-stress-now/ http://rayedwards.com/more-focus-less-stress-now/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:07:05 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11694 It is possible to operate every day in a state of focused, stress-free productivity.

Today's video shows you how.

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#241 How to Prosper With Purpose http://rayedwards.com/241/ http://rayedwards.com/241/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:00:57 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11688 Last week's episode was a hot one – as we covered how to promote and sell your products and services online. If you haven't listened to episode #240 of The Ray Edwards Show, we recommend that you do so.

This week, we're tackling the issue that really holds most people back – their conflicting beliefs about money and prosperity. And even if you were born after 1990, even if you were raised on Adam Smith and your mama read you bedtime stories by Ayn Rand… you probably still have some of these inner conflicts you're gonna have to deal with someday if you ever want to reach your full entrepreneurial potential.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Do you  need wisdom to make decisions in your business? Ask God! He is ready to help.

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” – Genesis 41:39-40

No matter how bad things got, Joseph always trusted God as the source of his wisdom.

  1. Joseph started out “in the pit” – literally.
  2. Then he was sold into slavery.
  3. Then he was thrown into prison.

But no matter where he was thrown, or what was thrown at him, Joseph turned to God for wisdom to make decisions. He ended up running the household of his master. He ended up running the prison. And in the end, he ended up running the foreign nation that had taken him captive – Egypt!

 

Tip Of The Week

Goodnotes tips from Cliff Ravenscraft:

  • Get the Goodnotes app from the App Store for your Mac.
  • You can copy hand-written notes as an image and paste them into emails, web pages, or text messages.
Note From Cliff

The note Cliff sent to my iPhone!

Feature Segment: Prosper With Purpose

What does it mean to “prosper with purpose?”

  1. What is prosperity?
  2. Your money represents your life.
  3. Money is barter on steroids.
  4. The shocking truth about money.
  5. Not all value can be represented by money.

Our 3 Foundational Conclusions…

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Final Thought

Sean: “Not only do you have permission to prosper, but if you want to change the world, you have a mandate to prosper.”

Ray: My prayer for you is that you will see more and more that God is doing exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. And that power is the Spirit of God Himself!

Live life fully alive, refuse to suffer, go forth and prosper with purpose!

Question: Do you deal with any of the inner conflicts about money, wealth, and possessions? How has this episode affected you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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7 Ways to Increase Your Energy http://rayedwards.com/7-ways-to-increase-your-energy/ http://rayedwards.com/7-ways-to-increase-your-energy/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:26 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11683 Do you sometimes feel lethargic, or out of energy? Would it be valuable to have the ability to raise your energy level?

In this video, I cover 7 methods anyone can use to recharge your human person!

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#240 How to Promote Your Products http://rayedwards.com/240/ http://rayedwards.com/240/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11658 Last week we discussed packaging your passion – turning your wisdom and experience into a knowledge product. We covered the 3 converging marketplace forces that make that possible.

This week, we'll assume you've identified your passion and decided how to package it. So, how do you sell it? How do your promote your product?

Anyone with a good product can promote it – by mastering a specific method of persuasive communication. Copywriting.

Today we'll give you a basic framework for that, plus some cool cheat sheets you can use right away.

That, plus we SOLVE the “Instagram Problem”, and provide you with a secret backdoor to the Copywriting Academy LIVE conference… a $5,000 conference you can attend for FREE.

AND… the return of LISTENER QUESTIONS!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

Are you in a “valley” in your life?

Are you lonely? Depressed? Afraid?

Maybe it's a minor valley – a day where you seem to be slightly off schedule and unproductive, ineffective, and uninspired.

Maybe it's more serious: an argument with your spouse, a problem with a child who has gone astray, or you've just lost your job.

Or maybe it's worse: you or someone you love received a devastating medical diagnosis. Someone close to you may have died or been horribly injured.

These are all valleys – and all can lead to hopelessness and the fear of facing the valley alone. There's even a song about it, written by Woody Guthrie:

You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.

This is actually a Christian song, full of references to Biblical heroes. It's well-written. It's catchy. And it is 100% wrong.

Jesus is our Great and Good Shepherd, and He promises every believer that he will “never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

He said, “I will be with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)

You are never alone. You don't walk ANY valley by yourself – not even the darkest one.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4

Notice it's the valley of the SHADOW of death. Not death itself. For Christians, there is no such thing as death. We go on. We transition. We are resurrected – but it's even better than that. We are placed into bodies and lives BETTER than any we EVER have in this present age.

Jesus walked the valley of death so we wouldn't have to. Click To Tweet

Jesus walked the valley of death so we wouldn't have to. Then he snatched the victory from death, rose again, and handed us back the keys of the kingdom.

It's worth noting that up until this point in the 23rd Psalm. God is LEADING us… and then suddenly we WALK into the valley of the SHADOW of death.

But even though walking into the FEAR of death may be our choice… or perhaps we even contributed to the DANGER TO OURSELVES by smoking, driving drunk, cheating in a marriage – or whatever… Jesus is not there to WHACK us with his Shepherd's staff and say “I TOLD you so!”

But see how Jesus, our good shepherd, watches over and delivers us even though we walk—not by His leading—into the valley of the shadow of death.

He is still with you in the valley.

It's NOT a lonesome valley.

You DON'T have to walk it by yourself.

Somebody else DID walk it for you.

His name is Jesus.

Tip Of The Week

Let's solve the Instagram Problem.

Problem: you want to post to Instagram from your computer, but you can't. You have to do it from your phone.

Problem: you want to schedule your Instagram posts ahead of time, but you can't… unless you use an app that runs on your phone all the time.

Grum to the rescue.

Scheduling your Instagram posts for a whole week is easy.

  • Upload photos from your computer and they will be published in your Instagram account on the required day and at the right time
  • For your convenience Grum lets you set up hashtags, emojis and there's a calendar for your posts.
  • Post your content to as many accounts as you need at the same time. No need to log in and out of the Instagram app to switch accounts!

Feature Segment: Promote Your Product

Last time, in episode 239

3 Converging Forces That Make “Idea Businesses” Possible

  1. Global Networks
  2. Instant Commerce Systems
  3. Digital Distribution

These 3 converging forces make it possible to take your life's passion and turn that passion into a book, a product, or a business.

We gave you a method for determining WHAT to package into a product. So if you need that, go back and listen to episode 239.

Now, this is where people get STUCK.

  • “How do I make a product?”
  • “I don't have a video studio/camera/produce/face.”
  • “I'm shy.”
  • “I can't write, or I hate writing.”

The “how” to make the product is NOT THE MAIN ISSUE. It's a detail. People get stuck, but it's easy to overcome.

This is all a smokescreen for the REAL problem.

The REAL problem is: we don't like to sell.

GET OVER YOUR INNER CONFLICTS

Your product is good.

Business only works when both sides prosper.

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The way to sell without manipulation: the P.A.S.T.O,R, framework.

  • P – Person, Problem, Pain
  • A – Amplify, Aspiration
  • S – Story, Struggle, Solution, System
  • T – Transformation, Testimonials
  • O – Objections, Offer
  • R – Reverse the Risk, Raise the value, Request a Response

We have a free video training series on this which you can access at this link.

Next week we will dive deep into how you can Prosper With Purpose. What's the PURPOSE behind all this prospering? How can you prosper and feel positive about it?

Listener Questions

This week we bring back listener questions. We have questions from:

  • Kevin Lageer asks how do you go about finding your passion when there's nothing you feel passionate about.
  • Julie wants to know how to get this free book about LinkedIn marketing from John Nemo.
  • Tyrone Barton from Alabama says he loves the show – and has some suggestions for us.
  • Matt Champagne  takes issue with something Ray said a few episodes back.

How To Help

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We are also on Stitcher.com, so if you prefer Stitcher, please subscribe there.

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Final Thought

My prayer for you is that you will see more and more that God is doing exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. And that power is the Spirit of God Himself!

Live life fully alive, refuse to suffer, go forth and prosper with purpose!

Question: Do you have any lingering questions about how to Package Your Passion, or how to Promote Your Product? Any questions you'd like to make SURE we include in out next episode, entitled ‘Prosper With Purpose'? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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5 Steps to Hearing God at Work http://rayedwards.com/5-steps-to-hearing-god-at-work/ http://rayedwards.com/5-steps-to-hearing-god-at-work/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:00:22 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11654 If you could actually receive guidance from God for your business, would it make a difference?

And I don’t mean only reading the Bible or a devotional, and getting some good principles for being moral and upright business people. What I mean is hearing God’s voice guide you with specific advice, about your specific situation, problems, and opportunities.

In this video, I offer a 5-step approach to doing just that.

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#239 Package Your Passion http://rayedwards.com/239-2/ http://rayedwards.com/239-2/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:39:34 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11646 Turn Your Ideas Into a Business

How do you take your life's passion – the thing that lights you up inside, that brings you joy, that makes you come alive – and turn that passion into a book, a product or a business?

Can anyone do it? Should you? How do you do it?

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Tip of the Week:  How to Triple Your Productivity

The trick is pretty simple: use three times as many monitors.

  1. I can keep a resource open on one monitor (research, notes, etc.)
  2. My working document on the center monitor.
  3. I can keep communication or utilities open on the third monitor.

You can do this rather on the cheap (as I currently am). I use these three: my Macbook Pro 15″ Retina, and two run-of-the-mill 21″ LCD monitors.

And once you decide this really works for you, you can upgrade with a specialized dock (which is what I'm doing next). I recommend you look at the Henge Dock.

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Intelligent. Automated docking and full integration with Mac OS X together make the world’s most intelligent docking station.

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Feature Segment: Package Your Passion

3 Converging Forces That Make This Possible

  1. Global Networks
  2. Instant Commerce Systems
  3. Digital Distribution

These 3 converging forces make it possible to take your life's passion – the thing that lights you up inside, that brings you joy, that makes you come alive – and turn that passion into a book, a product or a business?

What could you possibly package? What if you “don't have a passion”?

Discover your passion with an “I Exam”:

1. Things you love to do.
2. Things you're good at (other people say so).
3. Things other people pay for that are on lists (1) and (2)

A convergence here gives you a place to start.

The “how” to make the product is NOT THE MAIN ISSUE. It's a detail.

Park the thoughts of tech, and next week, we will explore how to “promote your products.”

JP Sears “How to be a Life Coach”

This is hilarious (coaches, please have a thick skin… have a laugh!)

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The 3 Villains That Will Try to Stop You http://rayedwards.com/the-3-villains-that-will-try-to-stop-you/ http://rayedwards.com/the-3-villains-that-will-try-to-stop-you/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:00:26 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11642 Have you ever felt like “someone” or “something” was working against you? Well, you're right!

In this episode, I'll show you the 3 very real villains that WILL try to stop you from achieving all the good you were put on this planet to do. And I'll even share tactics for defeating these villains…

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#238 Grow Your Business With LinkedIn http://rayedwards.com/238/ http://rayedwards.com/238/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:18:54 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11630 Featuring John Nemo

On today's show, we'll explore how to use the most powerful website you don't understand – LinkedIn! Our special guest is John Nemo.

Since 2012, John Nemo has helped hundreds of Business Coaches, Consultants, Trainers, Small Business Owners, Sales and Business Development Executives use LinkedIn to generate more business for themselves. Today he will help you!

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Feature Segment: Grow Your Business With LinkedIn

On this episode you'll hear:

    • The crazy but amazing story of how, in 2012, John quit his day job and built an entirely new business from scratch using ONLY LinkedIn.
    • Why LinkedIn is so much more than just a “job seeker” type platform, and why it can't seem to escape that outdated narrative.
    • What you are missing out on by ignoring or underestimating this platform right now – especially if you're NOT looking for a job.
    • Why LinkedIn is the single BEST place online right now to find more sales leads and customers (especially if you're a small business owner, coach, consultant, entrepreneur, trainer, or sales professional.
    • The shocking truth: 99 percent of people are using LinkedIn the wrong way. How to stop doing that.
    • The “One Sentence Your LinkedIn Profile MUST Have” … learn exactly what the sentence is, and how to start using it today.
    • The process to use, if you're a small business owner, consultant, or coach, and want to generate some new business on LinkedIn. (John explains EXACTLY how to make that happen.)
    • How to balance the “personal vs. professional” side of things on LinkedIn. Why it's important you have both, and in the right proportions.

John is making a special, free training available just for listeners of The Ray Edwards Show, and you can get your free gifts by clicking here: LinkedInRiches.com/ray

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5 Reasons You Aren’t Getting Things Done http://rayedwards.com/5-reasons-you-arent-getting-things-done/ http://rayedwards.com/5-reasons-you-arent-getting-things-done/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:00:24 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11635 Are there items on your “to-do” list that you just can't seem to get to? Despite having a good system, are you NOT “getting things done”?

There are 5 reasons you may be having trouble reaching “to do list zero” – and none of these reasons have anything to do with your time management system.

This week's video explains these 5 obstacles to getting things done, and how to overcome each of them.

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Question: Do any of these 5 obstacles ring true for you? If so, how did you (or how are you going to) overcome the problem? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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#237 How To Grow Your Business http://rayedwards.com/237-2/ http://rayedwards.com/237-2/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Ray Edwards http://rayedwards.com/?p=11611 The 7 Immutable Laws of Business Growth

This is not just for online businesses, but how to grow ANY business… and it starts with obeying the 7 Immutable Laws of Business Growth. Listen to the episode for more detail.

Click here to download or listen to this episode now.

Spiritual Foundations

“Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.” (Proverbs 15:22)

Tip of the Week

Glympse app for the iPhone.

Feature Segment: How To Grow Your Online Business

7 Immutable Laws of Business Growth

  1. You must create massive value
  2. You must create that value for a specific, identifiable group of people
  3. These people must have money and be willing to spend it
  4. You must effectively communicate your value so that they want it (THIS IS COPYWRITING)
  5. You must sell based on value, not on price
  6. You must test and track your results.
  7. You must seek to command the market
In business, as in life, you're either growing or dying. There's no in-between.Click To Tweet

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