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Author: Chris Reynolds

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A Top Rated Podcast for Lifestyle Entrepreneurs & High-Performers. Hear from: Jim Rogers Former Partner of George Soros, Steven Kotler High-Performance Expert and Best Selling Author, Laird Hamilton #1 Big Wave Surfer, Casey Fenton founder of CouchSurfing, Janice Howroyd First Black Female Billionaire, Ron Lynch GoPro Marketing Genius, John Lee Dumas Worlds Top Business Podcaster are just a few of the guests you will find on The Business Method. Get behind the minds of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs and high-caliber people. Series #1: 100 6-Figure Entrepreneurs, Series #2: 100 7-Figure Location Independent Entrepreneurs, Series #3: 100 Major Influencers.
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~ 10x Your Productivity This Year ~ 02:28 Turn Off Your Phone and Hide It04:32 Turn Your Phone on Black and White Mode06:07 Put Your Vices in the KBox07:29 Go to the Cafe/Work Without Your Computer Charger08:50 Breathe11:50 Work in 90 Min Cycles. 14:25 Do Less Better, Eliminate15:35 Deep Focus Work First Each Day16:48 Do the Tasky Things After the Most Important Work is Done18:05 Check Email at Scheduled Times 19:10 Learn to Say No First20:27 Batch22:25 Hard Stops23:57 Bookmark Bar26:23 Keep Tabs Open for Each Project Your Working On Only and Minimize the Others27:39 Block Notifications 28:28 Meditate, Exercise, Plan29:23 Create Long-Term Plans30:31 Create Short-Term Plans33:39 Eat Less​​​Products/Apps Mentioned in the Podcast: KBox (Actually Called the KSafe)HazeOverBrain.FMX.aiUnroll.meHeyFocusOtter.ai​​ Podcast Transcription:​Hello podcast listeners and high performance gurus. Today, we are bringing you the top 20 productivity hacks for 2020. These are tried and true productivity hacks I wanted to hop on to the mic and share with you some of the top productivity hacks that we have come across in the past year or so, things that I've implemented myself, things that we tell our clients to use, things that have really helped people become more productive and lead a better lifestyle. And so we're going to go through them. A lot of them involve neuroscience and and flow states, which is the newest research that's out there when it comes to productivity and high performance. And so we're going to talk about those today and here they are in no particular order. Plus, we'll talk about some bonuses and some of the top apps that I recommend these days. The very first hack and the one that I have used and it's probably one of the juiciest most powerful ones. I'm going to give it to you right now…..drum roll. It is turning off your phone and hiding it. The University of Texas did this study you guys, andthey found out that your cognitive ability declines somewhere, to the point of 10 IQ points, around 10 IQ points when your phone is on and it is around you. Even if it's in a bag, where you cannot see it. And so what I have done is, I turn that sucker off. And I hide it from myself! I put it in another room, I put it in a drawer across the room so it is not around. And another thing that I've done is kept my phone at home for social engagements. So if I go out to eat with friends, you know, whatever, go out dancing, my phone stays at home. I’ve got 6000 pictures on my phone, I don't need anymore. I don't need the extra two that I'm going to get, you know, tonight or some more selfies. But, what happens especially when you go out with friends, you kind of feel like you're on. You have a little superpower, you're out in the world without this codependency that we have with our phones and you feel a bit stronger. It's really strange, and then when it comes to working when you don't have your phone around you, especially in the morning, or the first thing you do when you do deep focused work, like it is really, really refreshing not to have that phone around. One time, I measured how many times I checked my phone in a day over a period of like two weeks, and it's on average about 10 times per hour. That is 160 times per day more or less during our waking hours, that we're checking our phone. We're thinking about checking our phone and this actually reduces our cognitive ability to input, to focus and to get shit done. So that is our very first productivity hack for 2020. Turn off your phone and hide it from yourself. I'm sure it's been years since many of you have turned off your phone, actually hit the power button and turned it off.  The second productivity hack of 2020 is to turn your phone on black and white mode. This is also a really good one. If you turn your phone on black and white mode, it decreases the attractiveness, so like Facebook and YouTube, and all the apps, all the major apps out there know exactly what they're doing when they're using the colors to hook your mind into their news feeds. And so if you don't have those colors around, just imagine it's like watching TV in black and white. It's not even fun, it's not even attractive and then you realize okay, I'm just here because these are my habits, I'm just trying to scroll through things, because they're my habits and when it's in black and white it's not as fun it's not as engaging. You're not getting the neurochemical hits in your brain as often, and it loses its attraction and so it's easy to say okay, I'm putting this thing up. I'm going to go on and do some work or spend time with family or do something that really helps me live a better life. And so, turn your phone on black and white mode.  I can walk you through the process but it's probably going to be much easier if you just asked Google. I know the iOS process for Apple, you go to General Settings, Accessibility, and then Color Filters and then you can turn it off. I don't know for Android, but it's really just easier if you ask Google. Siri, she can help you out with that black and white mode for your phone and productivity. That’s hack number two, and on to productivity hack number three!  Put your vices in a Kbox. We had a client we worked with this year who smoked, and he really wanted to quit spending so much time smoking. He had been smoking for years and he wanted to break this habit. And so, what he did is he ordered this cool thing called a Kbox. It is a timed lockbox so you can put your things in the box that you don't want to get until a certain period of time, and it actually really will lock things up and it will not matter how important it is to get in the box, you will need a baseball bat to open it up. It will not open up until the selected time. So our client would put his cigarettes Monday through Friday in his Kbox and would not smoke Monday through Friday and give himself a little leeway on the weekends. So if you have any vices, substances, food or whatever chocolate, who knows what it is, that's a distraction for you when you're in the house. You can order this KBox and you can put those things in there, and keep them away from you, for people that have those dependencies, have those habits, you know, it's really a powerful thing to use, and it is beneficial. So check out the Kbox!  That's productivity hack number three on to productivity tip number four! When you go to the cafe or coworking space go work without a computer charger. This really works! I heard this from Noah Kagan, on an email randomly, and I was like, that sounds interesting. So I then went to the cafe the next day, and something switches in your brain! You're like you have this scarcity mode sometimes. We can use scarcity to ignite some, some amazing productivity and it’s this idea that the computer will eventually run out you don't have an unlimited amount of battery actually makes you be more focused and you think to yourself, “Oh wow! I've got to get stuff done! I've got to get on top of this, because my battery's gonna run out.” And I would argue that, you know, however long a battery lasts 3,5,6 hours, I don't know, each computer is different. Mine I think it lasts about five or six hours. I would argue that the intensity of work, knowing that your battery's going to run out really increases that productivity probably at least two fold and it's pretty impressive! So that's productivity number four you guys! Go to the cafe, and do not take your computer charger but make sure you have 100% in your battery before you go. Okay so on to productivity hack number five.  This one's really powerful you guys, and especially when it comes to the neuroscience behind this. It's such a simple thing, and it's remembering to breathe. Take some time out when you're feeling stressed or distressed. When you're feeling anxious, when you're feeling overwhelmed. Just take some time out and do some deep breaths. Here's why this is so important. Our bodies can last years without exercise, you know, we use exercise all the time to help us be more productive. What else do we use? Diet! Our bodies can last a month without food. What else do we? We use hydration! Our bodies can last a week without water. But our bodies cannot last more than a handful of minutes without breath. It is key and it is essential. And if you check out the top flow experts, the top productivity experts out there today, what they're telling us more and more is they're talking about breathing. So learning to control our breath helps us manage our thoughts and helps us manage our neurochemistry in our body. And it helps us be really more productive. So there's some fun techniques actually we have. We have some high performance meditations coming out that include deep breathing. They are two or five minutes or 10 minutes. They're coming out very soon. One thing that I did, I started testing this out about a year and a half ago. When I was working away at the computer and I would feel stress. One of the things I would do is just go away from the computer and I would hold my breath, and I would hold it for as long as I could. Then a funny thing happened. It’s like whatever I was feeling just kind of faded away. Because what I think your mind is doing is saying, “Hey dummy you don't have oxygen! You need oxygen! Quit worrying about that thing that's stressing you out. And so then, then you take some deep breaths, and it really kind of releases some really feel good neurochemicals. What I think it does also is wash away some of that cortisol in our body which makes us feel more stress, it's a stress hormone. And, and then you feel good. And so there's some deep breathing techniques, Wim Hof is a great one. A quick one that I do is like three deep breaths in and out, and then a couple minutes of block breathing which is breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds, breathe out for five seconds, hold for five seconds. Do that for two minutes, and your physiology will change. It's very impactful. Somebody was saying recently, Dr. Daniel Amen. That the optimal productive state, relaxed state in an optimal productive relaxed state, we're breathing about six breaths a minute I believe he said. So five to six breaths a minute. And that, is what happens when we feel fear, stress, or anxiety. Our heart rate jumps up, our breath jumps up, and changes. So if you can control your breath, it is a huge productivity hack. Learn to breathe.  Okay, productivity hack number six! Here we go.  Based on research flow-states are best in 90 minutes cycles, and then you take a 15 minute break. So we tested these out this year at our live event called Get Shit Done Live. It's a 10 day event for those that don't know, a 10 day event where people come that want to move the needle in their business and be incredibly productive in a short period of time. And people get amazing results. It is really shocking to see the results people get done, especially on the last four days for some reason. So what we tried out different Pomodoro times, and for you guys that don't know, Pomodoros are like 25 minutes of work, then a five minute break. Or 15 minutes of work, then a 10 minute break. Or 90 minutes of work, then a 15 minute break. So, the shorter Pomodoro is 25 minutes on, five minutes off are generally good for tasky things like email. You know, answering messages just miscellaneous tasks, things like doing dishes or something like that. Then, the longer Pomodoro of 50 minutes on, 10 minutes off, are good for longevity. And so if you've got a long day like a 10 hour work day, 12 hours a day, 50 minutes on 10 minutes off is great because you get 10 minutes to do some pushups and situps, maybe do some dishes, whatever move around the house get some body movement. Get some deep breathing going. But what's optimal for deep flow states, the concentrated work where your creativity spikes up to like 400% - 700%, literally, you need about 90 minutes of work straight. This comes from Steven Kotler, 90 minutes, are the optimal based on research or is the optimal time for deep flow states, and it kind of makes sense. Think about work, you know people, regular nine to five jobs, people work 90 minutes, and they get 15 minutes off. My dad was a construction worker for 40 years, and they would work an hour and a half, then have 15 minutes off work, work another hour and a half, they get their lunch, then work for another hour and a half and have 15 minutes off. It is just part of the structure that really works. So, something to think about especially if you guys are doing deep focused work when you get up in the morning, or first thing in the morning, 90 minutes on, take some, you know, 10-15 minutes off. This is a very powerful flow technique! On to productivity hack number seven! I didn't realize I was going to talk so much about this stuff you guys. This next tip is really good. Do less better. That's my motto for 2020, it has been, it has been my motto for 2019 also. Eliminate, eliminate! Learn how to say no, do less better. It's hard for us, especially as driven people you guys are. You want to get a lot of shit done. You want to be focused, you want to be productive, do less better. I was in a meditation retreat recently, and there's this quote that I saw in one of the books. It was a Buddhist quote and it said, “The best way”, and it's Buddhism from 2600 years ago, it said, “The best way to get a lot of things done, is doing one single thing at a time.”, and it is so true. This goes back, also to not having your phone around you when you're working when you're engaged in social events, you do less better, you can focus on the task at hand. It is really powerful and impactful do less better. Eliminate eliminate.  So, productivity hack number eight! I think I mentioned it already, deep focused work for the first work task, deep focused work. First thing first thing. Give yourself 90 minutes at least maybe two Pomodoro sessions, three hours to do deep focused work. So many of the top performers in the world are getting up early in the morning at 5am, getting like three-four hours of work done, even before breakfast time. Mark Wahlberg is now literally going to bed at 7pm, getting up at 2am. He has three quarters of his day done before the family even wakes up. And so then he can just kind of fluff off the rest of the day. So do deep focused work. And also, the most important tasks in the morning. Pick two or three most important tasks and you will feel good. This also overlaps with ‘Eat the Frog’ principle, and you will feel really good. So that's productivity number eight, and on to productivity number nine.  Productivity tip number nine is to do the tasky things after the most important work is done. So you do your deep focused work, your most important tasks in the morning, and then you do the tasky things like answering email, checking your messages, checking your social media, whatever it may be. Quite often, the miscellaneous small things that sometimes we tend to try to do first because there are the easy things to do. You know, they're the easy things that we can knock off and then we can get like a shot of dopamine or oxytocin and feel good for a little bit, because we knocked those few things off. But then, on the backside of it are the big important things. So we reverse this time for the big important things first, and then do the tasky little things in the afternoon, it's much better because especially like our energy levels are different. You know, if you're going on a morning, you usually do a typical morning and afternoon work schedule. It's much better to answer those emails do these tasking miscellaneous things when your energy levels are not as concentrated or as high in the afternoon after lunch. So save those tasky things for the afternoon. Do the tasky things after the most important work is done.  Productivity hack number 10! Check email at scheduled times once or twice a day. This is an old tried and true Tim Ferriss recommendation. 11am and 4pm is what he used to suggest. Even sometimes just doing it once a day in the afternoon. It's great. It really is great if you can set up your life, so, everything doesn't revolve around email, and you can check email once or maybe twice a day. You know, you're still going to get plenty of stuff done, it is really beneficial and you feel good, like you just feel better. Email is connected with Facebook messages and social media messages are really connected to the amount of stress that we're adding in our live. So check email scheduled times once, maybe twice a day. If you can't separate yourself from an email twice a day. If you can create that in your business or in your life then do it just once a day.  Okay, productivity hack number 11! This goes back also to do less better. Learn to say “No” first. There are two schools of thought like Richard Branson says, “Say yes first and then decide later if you can do the project well.” That comes to like big business deals right? Really important business deals! And so, fair enough, I understand. But, I think a lot of us have a hard time saying no and if we can learn to say no more often, we can balance our lives much better and we can take off so many of the big to do lists. We can start to reduce that big to do list. Even just try it as a habit. You know, if somebody asked you to do something, say “No” first, and then if it feels really good, go back, you know, if it's really a great opportunity and it's meant to be that opportunity is going to be there 30 minutes from now, an hour from now, a half a day from now. Whenever! You learn to say no more often you guys. It's really powerful! It will reduce your tasky to-do list. It will make you feel better overall, you'll have a better overall state-of-mind, peace-of-mind and you will learn to say “No! Okay, we're on productivity hack number 12! This is a lot. Okay, number 12 is batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch! And I said that so many times so it can sink in. The better we become a batching, the more free time we will have, the more time we have to spend with our family and friends, do the things that we enjoy, the more time we have to get shit done! Batching for those that don't know is like taking a bunch of tasks and doing them all in the same period of time. So you're focused on those tasks, only those tasks, and you can get a lot more done instead of your brain switching from one task to a completely different task. So, for example, I podcast. So, if I want to knock out you know, two months, three months of podcast interviews, I schedule all those interviews in a two to three day period. So, I've literally knocked out like two to three months of podcast interviews within a few days. And, that feels really good because then I don't have to worry about scheduling more interviews and I don't have to worry about getting more people on the show. I don't have to worry about that part, then I can send all the podcast stuff to the editor, let them take care of it and I'm good for the next two months. I did this recently in September. I got like, I don't know, eight or nine podcasts recorded in late August and September. It was awesome. It was really great because then the end of September, all of October, and all of November I had zero podcast interviews to worry about and it was one less thing I had to worry about.. So, learn to batch. Batch your email time when you check it once or twice a day, manage your social media time. James Schramko says this he says when it comes to social media, “Get in, batch it all, get out. It's like a war zone! You've got to get in, do the things you need to do on social media, and get out. Spend the rest of your time doing the things you love.” So that is productivity Tip Number 12! Productivity tip number 13 is learn to implement hard stops. We interviewed Christian Chazmer, a year, a little over a year ago, and he said he scaled his business to $5 million, and 10x’ed his productivity based solely on implementing a hard stop of 7pm every night. So, I'm going to tell you some apps later on in the podcast that help you with this. They actually shut your computer down, or your phone off! And, you also need rest in the evenings. We need to rest in the evening time after you put in eight hours of work. We need to take a few hours off and chill, spend time with family, have a nice dinner, spend time with friends, let our minds, let our thoughts just go. Let the stress of the day just, you know, wave away and. Hard stops are essential. Putting more stuff on our to do list is not the way to be productive, it's not the way to be a high performer. It's the way to burn out. What we want to put on our to-do list are the essential and juicy things that really make a huge impact on our lives, on our business, on our families, and on our friends. So, the less we can put on our to-do list, and implement boundaries and priorities around hard stops, and working hours, the more impactful and productive you're going to be! Alright, productivity hack number 14! The bookmark bar! The bookmark bar is really powerful and I will actually show you mine. Sorry podcast listeners, we're videoing this also, so let me hop over here and share the video really quick. Look at my bookmark bar here you guys. I've got all the pages that I visit most often in order of how often I visit them up here on my bookmark bar. For some people this, is a distraction. For me, it's not because these icons are so small that I don't really see them. So, if you look, the one I use every day is Brain.FM. Brain.FM is productivity music that really helps me, then I have my calendar, and I have my website and then I have my booking page, then I have my Calendly dashboard, my scheduling dashboard. I have both my emails, my two different emails. I have me Google Drive, my Google Drive for podcasting, my Google Drive for podcast show notes, my Google Drive for coaching. Then, I have website editing links, then Facebook, Instagram. Instant TV, YouTube, Twitter, Podbean, where we upload our podcast to iTunes. An entrepreneur forum, Bitly links, Apple, Dropbox, Workflowy, and Trello. All these things I use on a regular basis and it's so great! Here we have Google Voice. It's so great because you just like, you don't have to think, you don't have to click it, you know to type it in. You don't have to think, you know they're there and I've got probably 20 shortcuts in my bookmark bar that you can check out and and I recommend it. It saves a lot of time. The other thing that I've got this also from Noah Kagan is speed up your mouse. If you speed up your mouse, you guys literally shave microseconds off your time and it will help you become more productive. So, that's a good one to implement, bookmark bar, and speed up your mouse so you can go faster to the bookmark bar! ​Productivity Hack number 15 Okay, number 15, keep the tabs open for each project, only and minimize these others. So, minimize the other tab so like if you're checking email all have open my Google. Google Calendar and my, my one email that I'm checking. That's it. All the other tabs are minimized down below, and I'll show you guys this also for those that are watching down below here you guys like I have two tabs one is like creating a new course three tabs actually one is like copy for a landing page that I'm creating and one is some outsource working that we've done with this person. And so those are the three types of things I need to work on this week, those are the most important ones, those stay minimize the ones, the things that I'm working on directly stay open. So, for whatever action so like right now I have my Google Calendar and then I have my all my podcast stuff, open on one tab.  Hack number 16 Block all notifications as possible. This is, you know, common sense. The more notifications, we have the more we're distracted, especially when you're working in flow state you get a little ‘ding’ like, oh, you know, my friend messaged me and I need to check this real quick. No you don't! I mean, unless it's like, super important, you don't really. So, put those notifications on mute, mute them on your computer, mute them on your phone, and hide your phone. It will really increase your productivity. Tip number 16 block all notifications! Hack number 17 Three things that I realized are essential for my productivity on a regular basis are M.E.P, meditate, exercise, and plan! Meditate, exercise, and plan! One more time, meditate, exercise and plan! If I don't meditate, if I don't exercise, if I don't plan, there's a good chance that I'm going to feel more cortisol in my body, more stress in my life, a bit more anxiety, and this is on a day to day basis. If I forget to do these things, even just one of these things in the afternoon I'll feel like a bit more stress, and just realize to myself, “Why am I off today?” If I get my meditation, my exercise and my planning in 99% of the time my days are spot on. The days are solid, they're productive, they're in flow states, they're enjoyable, and I'm grateful for them! From the morning the time I get up to the time I go to sleep, like it's just a great it's like the perfect perfect productive day. So that's what I need to implement in my days. Try them out, meditation exercising and planning. We just interviewed Hal Elrod who's the founder of The Miracle Morning. Everyday, he needs to do his Miracle Morning that he's done it for 12 years. Each morning he completes meditation, exercise, journaling, reading for 10 minutes, exercising for 10 minutes, visualization for 10 minutes, affirmation for 10 minutes. I need meditation, exercise, and planning to get shit done and have the perfect productive day. Figure out what it is for you. Try them out, and that's number 17  Productivity hack number 18 & 19! I'm going to batch productivity hacks 18 and 19 together here. Hack 18 is to create a long-term plan and productivity hack 19 is to create a short-term plan that fits into that long-term plan.  Now, I put these as two different productivity tips because they are they can give you different results, and they are different things. So, when it comes to short term planning it's great for daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and even hourly, but you're going to see the world differently, you're going to plan differently and you're going to have different priorities if you set up long-term plans. What I do is I picture myself when I'm in my 90s, I've lived an amazing life, I've done all these awesome things, and I look back on my life and all the things that I did, and I think about the important things. So, short term planning is good for like daily tasks weekly tasks. Long-term planning is much better to see the bigger picture and to focus on the priorities. So currently, it’s the end of 2019 and I have been contemplating and reminiscing on all the things that I've done over the past 10 years. All the business ventures, all the travels, all the goals that I've set, and I thought to myself, if I would have focused on less, I would have been in a much better financial and business position. Because I was focused on a lot, because I was focused on the short-term, like how can I make my few hundred, few thousand next dollars then my brain was scattered and the priority was just survival. The priority was, especially when I was starting off as an entrepreneur 10 years ago, try something for a few months didn't work, then try a new thing, didn’t work? Then try a new thing. There was no longevity and there was no time to cultivate the success that you do in a business. Think of a farmer, if they plant a seed and the seed doesn't grow in a few weeks, and don't get the results you want, you don’t dig up those seeds and plant another seed. That would be stupid as a farmer. You've got to plant a seed, you've got to water it, you've got to give it sunlight, you've got to give it nurture and love, and then the seed grows. Then you can harvest your corn, but it takes almost the entire year for that seed to grow. And so, the same thing when it comes to business. You’ve got to look at the long-term picture so, what I did this year was think of what the one or two things I can do over the next 10 years. To where 10 years from now I'm not sitting here saying, “Wow, if I, if I wouldn't have been so sporadic. I would have been in a much better financial and business position.” So that's the bottom line and power of a long-term plan. Create a long-term plan first, and then fit your short-term planning into that long-term plan! First long and then short-term planning. Very essential, and very powerful.  Okay, hack number 20! Here's the last one. It'll be a shocker to you guys I guarantee, but it really works. Hack number 20 is eat less! I know a lot of you're saying...hahahaha….I can't do that. You can! Our ancestors did it, they did fine. We can do it. People are doing it all over the world and science and research, they've been studying this over and over, eating less can help us be more productive and have healthier lives. It puts our bodies in ketosis which helps us focus better, which helps us burn more fat, which helps us be in better shape, which helps us exercise better, which helps us just be more productive. And so now, I eat two meals a day. That's it. There's people that eat one meal a day. I think they’re a little crazy. I'm sure it's doable. Two meals a day is fine in between an eight hour period. I usually eat around noon, and get my last meal around 6:30pm or 7:00pm. I like to finish eating before 8pm. And if there's nothing wrong it usually works well. You know I'm in great shape. I am not overweight. And so, eating less, I think especially for the standard American diet. The standard average person diet, we eat easily too much, too much stuff, too much junk in our bodies. Eating less can really help you reduce the junk that you put in your body. Make sure when you do eat, you guys eat the good stuff. Okay, you're not eating too much white pasta, white flour, you know, sugar. Get your vegetables, get your fruits, get your proteins, get the things that make you perform well. Eat less is productivity hack number 20.  So I told you guys I was going to go over some apps and this is turning into a really long podcast. I didn't think it would be so long, but….. So, let me touch on some apps that have really changed my life, and I think they are good suggestions for you.  So, new apps I like Otter.ai. It literally transcribes everything on spot, or you can upload audios and it transcribes it all for free. I'm transcribing this podcast and we're going to turn it into some content, and put it up on a page. Transcribing with Otter.ai is really an awesome app. I can't believe it's actually free.  Then we have X.ai. I haven't used this personally myself, but I thought about trying out a few times. I have friends that have used it and they raved about it. X.ai is artificial intelligence that schedules your meetings for you. So, if you send a link to a friend, or to a colleague that wants to set up a meeting, they pick the time, and then, X.ai actually goes back and forth with the emails and they are communicating with the artificial intelligence. It is literally communicating with the person to find the best time for you both based on what it knows from your calendar. You don't have to go back and forth with those 3, 4, 5, 6 emails to figure the best time out X.ai does that all for you schedule. It's all automated and it's really awesome.  Of course you guys, I've got to always suggest Brain.FM. Dan Clark, the CEO, he's a friend, but I was using Brain.FM long before I ever met Dan. We also made a great podcast episode with Dan, and Brain.FM is probably one of the best productivity music apps out there. They have focus music, relaxation music, meditation music, and sleep music. It is very simple to use. I use it almost on a daily basis. Brain.FM, I highly recommend you guys set it up.  Okay guys, so I wanted to walk through the format on my phone. The way that I use my phone you guys, is I turn it on black and white and I hide it from myself. One app that I came across this year that I've used immensely is ScreenTime. It’s an iOS app. I'm sure there's like Rescue Time that you can use for Android, but ScreenTime actually measures the amount of time you pick up your phone per day, per week, the amount of time that you're on different apps on your phone, and it shows you where you're spending your time. The first time I used this was about a year ago, and I saw that I picked up my phone nearly 800 times in a week, and I was shocked. I was actually a little disgusted. I was like, 800 times a week to pick up my phone! That's too much! It's just too much time on this little device. And so Screen Time measures when you're spending two hours a day on YouTube. You know when you're spending X amount of time on Facebook, and so on. So, ScreenTime is a powerful tool.  Another one, you guys that I have just come across is called HazeOver. So basically, what it does is like, say you have something open on your computer, and you see all the little miscellaneous tabs in the background. You know you're looking for something on Finder, and under documents or under downloads or something, then you can also see like the Zoom box you have in the background and then the tabs for your internet search bar in the background as well, which can be very distracting. So, what HazeOver does is it fades over everything that’s in the background of the tab of what you are actually using. So, I'm actually using it now I have my notes that I'm looking at, and then in the background everything else is darkened out so I can barely see my Zoom window. I can barely see the internet browser, I can barely see everything else in the background. It makes you focus! So it's a great one, HazeOver.  I have to go back, always to Unroll.me. Unroll.me is just this great app that deletes subscriptions to these email newsletters. The first time I used Unroll.me, all you have to do is click a bunch of buttons to unsubscribe you from all these newsletters. The first time, my main personal email had like 900 subscriptions, and my new email that was only a few months old had like 85 or 95. I have no idea how I got subscribed to so many. So Unroll.me just unsubscribes you by clicking one click, and you unsubscribe from a ton of newsletter. This is another highly recommended app it is called Focus App or HeyFocus. The app is one which shuts your computer down at a selected time, it literally shuts your computer down so you can implement those hard stops times for being on the computer. I have a client that uses his computer excessively and he wanted to shut it down at 10pm every night. This really worked well for him. If you shut your computer down on this app, at 7pm, you have to go have dinner and enjoy time with friends and family like, it's just a necessity or relax or watch TV or whatever.  One other bonus tip you guys I want to wrap this up, is to get a coach and accountability partner. It is always incredibly beneficial when trying to get shit done and being productive. They can work you through these problems and what I want to say to finish you guys, you know it takes a little discipline to implement new productivity hacks. Pick one out of these 20, pick just one pick one hack, try it out. Don't just try it out one day, try it out for a few weeks. See if it resonates with you. Give yourself three weeks at least to make it a habit, and then pick another one. If you want to implement it more, if you want to change and be more productive pick a second.  These are 20 of the top productivity hacks for 2020. I'm going to wrap it up there you guys. I want to thank you for listening to the show. Check out our podcast at TheBusinessMethod.com, or on iTunes. We're on all the apps, Spotify, and we've got really great shows coming. We are in the middle of our 100 Major Influencer series, and we've interviewed some amazing people like Hal Elrod, Laird Hamilton, Jim Rogers, Steven Kotler some of the top experts in the world. So check that out, subscribe and listen, sign up for our newsletter, we have a newsletter to keep you productive and on your toes, helping you get shit done on a regular basis. I’ll end it there and have an incredibly productive day! Bye everybody!
 Hal Elrod~ Author of The Miracle Equation~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers He died at the age of twenty after being hit head on by a drunk driver and was pronounced dead for exactly six minutes. After surviving, the doctors told him he would never walk again and have permanent brain damage. He then recovered and ran a fifty-two mile marathon. In record time, he became a top sales rep for CutCo Cutlery. Then going into business for himself he has become a hall of fame business achiever, an international keynote speaker and author of one of the highest rated books in the world, The Miracle Morning, which has been translated into thirty-four languages and sold over one million copies. On top of that, he is a cancer survivor, and his name is Hal Elrod.  I came across Hal’s work after I heard many of my fellow entrepreneur friends raving about The Miracle Morning. They would start their day using Hal’s methods taking one hour each morning to practice Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercize, Reading & Scribing, each taking ten minutes. So, as the life-hacking nerd that I am, I decided I would try it out also. I did it for seven months and it was awesome!  I am a firm believer in morning and daily rituals and I think anyone that implements The Miracle Morning can really make life changing shifts rapidly.  It was really enjoyable talking with Hal. He is such a genuine and inspirational guy.  We get some time to dive into how The Miracle Morning came about on the podcast today, we talk about his newest method of life hacking The Miracle Equation, which is what he used when he was going through cancer, becoming a top salesman at CutCo and how he used his experience there to apply it to his success and Hal and I dive into some other inspirational topics.   01:50: Who is Hal Elrod?05:36: The Story Behind The Miracle Morning09:54: Hal's Experience Using The Miracle Morning methods13:14: Hal on The Importance of Being a Responsible Influencer19:02: Hal on How To Balance Your Energy22:50: What is a Miracle?27:15: The Miracle Equation33:58: Hal's Perspective on Goal Setting​Contact Info:​The Miracle Morning Community on Facebook​https://halelrod.com​https://www.miraclemorning.com/
Laird Hamilton ~ World’s #1 Big Wave Surfer & Surf Innovator~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Our guest today is someone that I have followed since I first heard about him when I was 25 years old. Somewhere I came across this cool hour long surf video and I used to watch 2-3 times a week as a sort of meditation/visualization process picturing myself living somewhere where I could surf on a regular basis, and enjoy the beach lifestyle. One day, I was looking up more cool surf videos on YouTube and came across a video of this guy that would surf the biggest and most difficult waves anyone could surf. And I remember him saying in one of his videos on how he said he felt called to the waves, how the waves just called him in, and this really stuck out for me because many times I had felt called to climb mountains, travel the world, go on adventures and I didn’t really know where it came from, because the things that I was doing were semi crazy compared to everyone else I knew at the time. but that I had this intuitive feeling of being called to things also. During one of his videos he said this quote that struck me to my core. It was, “Do not be afraid of death, be afraid of a half lived life.” This really resonated with me, it spoke to me and I thought to myself….I like this guy. Since that moment I have followed him and watched multiple documentaries about the accomplishments he has taken on and how he lives his life. He is one of the two biggest names in surfing, and has become the Michael Jordan of big wave surfing and his name is Laird Hamilton.  I will be honest, I was nervous as hell before the interview. I think that is expected when anyone meets their role model/superhero for the first time. But after a couple minutes, it really felt like I was speaking to an uncle that I had known for years. Laird was really down to earth, a good conversationalist and just fun to hang out with for the time we had together. We got nearly an hour and a half to chat on this interview and we talked about so much during that time, but what I really wanted to get out of the conversation is Lairds mentality, how he sees the world, and why he chooses to live his life the way he does. I think I did a pretty good job of that, while both of us having a really good time during the interview. We touch on everything from competition surfing, handling opposing views, near death experiences, inner-callings and being connected with one's higher-self, his passion for innovation, living a healthy and high-performance lifestyle and of course keeping his home balance and family routine. We dive into breath work, Laird’s current recommended books, flow-states, reducing stress goal setting, daily rituals, the type of people Laird surrounds himself with, riding Teahupoo, where he conquered the impossible wave to ride that really put him at the top of big wave surfing and we find out if Laird still fears a half lived life. Ladies and gentlemen, I am so excited to bring this show to you….Laird Hamilton    05:25: Who is Laird Hamilton?   09:40: How Does Laird See Himself?   15:15: Laird on Competition Surfing   16:40: Handling Opposing Views   18:38: Laird on Near Death Experiences & the Impact on His Life   22:45: What is Laird’s Internal Inner Drive?   25:50: Staying Connected to One's Higher-Self   28:30: Laird’s Biggest Fear   33:30: Laird's Biggest Passion Currently   34:50: How Laird Keeps His Home Balance   36:30: Laird on Breathwork   41:55: Laird’s Recommended Reads   45:00: Laird on Influence   55:40: Laird Defines the Spiritual Side of Himself   57:55: Riding the Impossible Wave1:03:40: Flow-States1:08:50: Basic Ways to Reduce Stress & Get Into Flow-State1:11:15: Laird's Daily Rituals & Time Tested Rituals1:20:20: The Types of Men Laird Surrounds Himself WithContact Info: Laird’s XPT Life App: https://www.xptlife.com/Laird’s Apparel: https://lairdapparel.com/Laird Superfood: https://lairdsuperfood.com/Website: http://www.lairdhamilton.com/Instagram: @lairdhamiltonsurf/Facebook: @LairdLifeTwitter: @LairdLife
Alison Armstrong ~ Understanding Men~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Hello listeners, welcome to the show today. I want to welcome you back to the podcast and introduce another very special guest. Alison Armstrong is our guest today, I actually heard her first speak over six years ago and I was blown away by the content about men and women, and then I started just engulfing myself into her material. I can be a testament that what she teaches changes people's lives because it has been one of the most impactful subjects that I have studied throughout my life and my personal growth process. Alison and what she teaches has absolutely revolutionized the way that I see the world.Alison’s exploration into understanding the differences between men and women started way back in 1991. She just was curious about why men operated the way that we do, and she wanted to understand the differences between the sexes. She's been studying men for nearly 30 years now, and she has this type of understanding about the sexes, that when men see her speak they actually start to cry, and they do that because they feel more understood than they ever had in their entire lives. What she does is she distinguishes human instincts that compel both men and women to behave in ways that contradict and undermine our own purposes goals and values and needs and relationships. I think there's a few key important things that we don't study in school that are incredibly important. One of those is of course money. The other one is effective communication, and the other one is understanding relationships. These are three things that are essential for people to live a healthy well balanced life. So, I recommend anybody to check out.  I've made it actually one of my goals to make Allison and her material one of my major studies for the next year. I usually have a few major goals in a year and Allison is in her materials, one of the most important things my priorities for 2020. Throughout the interview, we talk about how she built this passion into an amazing location independent business, starting way back in the 90s. We talk about essential differences between the sexes, why men are operate the way that we do and argument resolution for couples. I don't think there's anybody that could listen to this show and not get an incredible amount of value out of it this podcast interview!06:01: Starting a Location Independent Business on Accident in 199507:40: Who is Alison Armstrong and Why is She On Our Podcast?14:55: Tips on How the Sexes Can Listen To Each Other Better29:49: The Five Layers of Protection Men Have About Criticism41:15: Argument Resolution for Couples52:10: Turning Alison’s Mission of Understanding Men Into a Business Contact Info: https://www.understandmen.com/
GSD Live is a perfect example of entrepreneurs being in the trenches of business together, experiencing the blood, sweat and tears of entrepreneurship that most people are trying to do all on their own. And what happens because of this is….is rapid growth, both business and personal, deep levels of trust and bonding, and bottom line massive results. This is exactly why I created GSD Live, you can’t get this at a conference, you need to be in the trenches with other entrepreneurs experiencing the pains, growth and rewards of entrepreneurship. It is the event that gives entrepreneurs the platform to see huge shifts in their businesses in a very short period of time. 10 Days of High-Performance Productivity, Targeted Collaboration, and Focused ExecutionIf you have been craving an environment where you can excel at getting A LOT done for your business in a short amount of time while collaborating with other established entrepreneurs…then join us for a 10-Day high-performance productivity sprint designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs to get real tangible results and to bottom-line help you make money!“My first three-day productivity session I created a funnel that produced mid-5 figures in revenue. My second productivity session one week later I created a course that produced $25,000. It was literally like six-months of work in two-weeks!” Omer Bar, Founder of Facebook Lab  "Every single thing I worked on at Get Shit Done Live has now made me over $40,000." Willo Sana Transformational Business Coach for EntrepreneursThe Event"It's like 6 months of work in 10-days!"Imagine spending an extended period of time at a private location in Thailand collaborating to complete some of your most IMPORTANT PROJECTS with other established entrepreneurs! From Oct. 24rd to Nov. 2nd. we will be spending 10 days at a private location GETTING SHIT DONE. It is as simple as that…this was created for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. There is magic that happens when brilliant minds come together to push one another towards rapid productivity, high collaboration, and targeted execution.  The ScheduleDay 1: Intros and Brain Dump – Put all the things you want to implement in the next 10 days on paper and get ready for our first 3-day productivity session!Day 2: 10:00 am Start 3-Day Productivity Session and 7:00 pm Check-inDay 3: 10:00 am and 7:00pm Check-inDay 4: 10:00 am Check-in 7:00pm Check-inDay 5: Open Day/Skill Exchange Day and Guest Speaker on Using Productivity to Build a 7-figure BusinessDay 6: 10:00 am Start 2nd Productivity Session and 7:00 pm Check-inDay 7: 10:00 am Start 2nd Productivity Session and 7:00 pm Check-inDay 8: 10:00 am Check-in and 7:00 pm Check-in and Rapid RoundDay 9: 10:00 am Check-in and 7:00 pm ResultsDay 10: Closing EventsDay-to-day you interact with other entrepreneurs that are very driven and smart business people. Spending a long amount of time with them alters your business and your mentality about business. Goals are set, new businesses are formed, new partnerships will develop, greater profits margins are achieved, and the productivity skyrockets for those at the event!   "My ROI right now is super high, around 450%. I would say I made around $12,000 from the sales at this event." Eduardo Borges, founder of Partners Factory  I've already decided, to getaway next year and spend another 10 days at Get Shit Done Live. I'll be here for sure!" Andy Steven, co-founder of High-Voltage SEO and Page Optimizer HVSEO.coLocationThe Get Shit Done Live location is in the beautiful northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. It is one of the most cultural places to visit in Thailand and known as one of the world's easiest cities to live. On location we have a private coworking/meeting room, high-speed wifi, restaurant, cafe, a gym and pool on location. The event takes place within walking distance to many of the cities best restaurants, shopping, cafes and nightlife. It is also just a few minute drive to be in nature exploring the mountains and waterfalls in the area.  "My experience has been awesome. It has been some of the most productive time I have had in a loooonnng time....just the structure of the event is pretty amazing. It has been a real driver for me to get things done!" Derek Pankeaw founder of Flexr Travel Pullup Bar  Because of GSD Live we had our highest month ever hitting $25k in one month. I'll come next year again for sure!" Aakash Bansal, eComm Entrepreneur for a Consumer Electronics Brand in India
Nick Loper~ Founder & Host of The Side Hustle Show~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Currently, we have interviewed about 65 major influencers from around the world on this podcast series and today’s guest, I am happy to announce is one of the top business podcasters raking in at #7 on Apple Podcasts for Entrepreneurship! Nick Loper is the founder and host of The Side Hustle Show a podcast for part-time entrepreneurs who are looking for business ideas, actionable tips to start a business, and killer strategies on how to turn their side hustle dreams into a growing business. They cover all aspects of starting a business and making money online and offline. The topics include passive income ideas, niche sites, self publishing, software and app development, and many more.  Today on the show, we get into the nitty-gritty of starting and building a podcast and business part-time. Entrepreneurs talk all the time about ‘the hustle’! Working hard to make things happen in your business and make your dreams come true. What we don’t talk about as often as we should is the art of building a business slowly. Many entrepreneurs have done this successfully and have ended up building incredibly successful businesses. The fact is, that not everyone can go all in with a new business. There are a lot of people that have their jobs and lives that come first, and a business has to be built on the side of these priorities. Nick talks directly to people about this on his podcast.   Throughout the show, Nick and I really talk a lot about how he has built a successful side hustle business and making a podcast profitable. He has some incredible insight on what is working and what is not working for podcasting today. Nick is transparent enough to share his financial numbers and how many listeners he has. He gives thorough advice on creating a successful business and a successful podcast.  It is a must listen if you are thinking about or have started your own podcast. ​ ​  1:43: Who is Nick Loper?  5:47: 500 Days of Cold Showers  8:02: The Inspiration behind The Side Hustle Show15:23: Nick on Using SEO Strategy to Grow His Podcast21:44: Nick’s Tips for Starting a Podcast in Today’s Market26:54: Nick’s Thoughts on What Podcasts Are Lacking Right Now28:02: How To Double Traffic To Your Podcasts29:18: Getting Advertisers VS Creating Your Own Products35:14: Nick on Selecting Sponsors37:15: Nick’s Advice to New Podcasters39:06: Nick on Building a Facebook Community43:05: Nick’s Thoughts on Video Podcasting45:54: Nick’s Productivity Batching Tips For Podcasting Habits47:28: Nick on Managing His Influence51:40: Nick on the Importance of  Being Respectful of Your Listeners Time52:47: Where to find Nick Loper?​​Contact Info: https://www.sidehustlenation.com/side-hustle-show/
Lt. General Honore ~ Author of Don't Get Stuck On Stupid~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers “The only difference between charcoal and diamonds are heat and pressure.”  Lt. General Honore​Hey listeners welcome to the show today! We’ve got a special guest for you. By chance I was speaking with an old friend. I had been looking for some high ranking military professionals to come on the show for some time and I’m excited to introduce today’s guest. Lt. General Honore is a retired lieutenant general who served as the 33rd commanding general of the US. First Army at Ft. Gellem, Georgia. He is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina Gulf Coast and as the 2nd Infantry Division’s commander while stationed in South Korea.  Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.For four of the past six hurricane seasons, he supported the Department of Defense planning and response for Hurricanes Floyd in 1999; Lilli and Isidore in 2002 (both hit the Gulf Coast); Isabel in 2003; and Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004.​General Honoré also planned and supported the United States military response to the devastating flooding which swept Venezuela 1999 and Mozambique in 2000. As Vice Director for Operations, he led the Defense Department’s planning and preparation for the anticipated Y2K Millennium anomaly. He planned and oversaw the military response to the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy and the DC Sniper Shootings. His lists of medals and awards are literally too many to mention, but they easily fill up a page. ​Today, on the show we dive into the General’s story over the past 40 years and how he handles disastrous situations, decision making and clear thinking. He started out attending segregated schools in rural Louisiana with a dozen siblings to become the man that handled disasters and hurricane damage relief all over the world.​I’m excited to get this show to you guys and hope you enjoy General Honore’s story as much as I did. ​​    2:06: Who is General Honore?    7:37: General Honore’s Childhood in Louisiana   11:32: The General on Attending Segregated Schools   15:55: The General’s Military Career   21:18: The General on Overcoming Challenges   30:08: The General on Leading The Joint Task Force Katrina   42:03: The General’s 3 Essential Leadership Lessons   50:28: The General’s Routine   55:57: The General on Self-Perception1:03:20: The General on Climate Change1:15:14: The General’s Favorite Books1:24:25: Where to find General Honore?​ Contact Info: http://generalhonore.com/
JP Sears ~ Author of How To Be Ultra Spiritual~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers “I think that the best form of spirituality is the religion called ‘Entrepreneurship,” JP Sears On today's episode, we are welcoming the ultra-spiritual life coach JP Sears to the show. JP has been called the honey badger of the spiritual kingdom and is the creator of the popular YouTube channel ‘Awaken with JP.’ Not only that, JP is a spiritual guru, international teacher emotional healing coach, entrepreneur, and the author of his new book ‘How to be Ultra Spiritual.”​I wanted to bring JP on the Podcast after seeing his video ‘The Entrepreneur Life’. In JP’s terms “The entrepreneur life is a hard life of hustle, scaling, creating apps, starting startups, telling people that you're hustling, and pretending to be a billionaire. It's a lot of hard work, but it's a glorious life where you're a rock star of the business world who does things on your terms.”​I personally couldn’t agree more, so here to talk about his new book and ‘The Entrepreneur Life’ is the honey badger of the spiritual kingdom, JP Sears!​“The only thing better than our listeners hustling, is them watching us hustle. Why? Because we can’t monetize their hustle, we can monetize our hustle through them watching our hustling.” JP Sears​03:37: JP’s Tips On How Entrepreneurs Can Become More Spiritual16:52: JP On How to Monetize the Hustle18:15: JP On Tech Being the One True Industry22:49: JP’s Gary Vaynerchuk Impression26:24: JP’s Steps on Spiritual Superiority From His New Book29:55: How to Create the Four Hour Spiritual Week32:51: The Anti-Spiritual Entrepreneur​​“If you’re not scaling something, then get the hell out of my life. Why are you wasting my time?” JP Sears​Honorable Mentions:​'The Entrepreneur Life' Video‘How to be Ultra Spiritual’ by JP SearsGary VaynerchukElon MuskSteve JobsRichard BransonTim Ferriss~JP has some other great videos that can apply to the entrepreneurs out there~Pursuing Your Passion vs. Accepting What IsHow to Deal with RejectionBalancing Work and Family LifeBecoming Successful on YouTubeThe Four Hour Spiritual WeekSelf Discipline - Is it Helping or Harming You?The Dark Side of Goal SettingHow to Be a Life Coach​“The best way to become a leader is to get your followers, to follow you.” JP Sears​Contact Info:Pick up JP’s book now for free with a mandatory donation: How to Be Ultra Spiritual​Landing Page: howtobeultraspiritual.com/Social Media Linkswww.facebook.com/AwakenWithJPwww.youtube.com/AwakenWithJPwww.Instagram.com/AwakenWithJPwww.twitter.com/AwakenWithJPSnapChat: AwakenWithJP 
Cynthia Johnson~ Co-Founder of Bell+Ivy~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Cynthia Johnson is a global entrepreneur, marketing professional, author and keynote speaker. She is Co-Founder at Bell+Ivy, a marketing and PR firm in Santa Monica, CA, and Las Vegas, NV.  Previously, Cynthia was Partner & Director of Marketing for RankLab, a digital marketing agency listed in Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2015. She is an Advisory Board member for The Millennium Alliance, a leading technology, business, and educational advisory firm serving Fortune 1000 C-Level executives.  Cynthia has been a keynote speaker for companies and events such as Alibaba Group in China, World Government Summit in Dubai, Global Ventures Summit in Indonesia and Mexico, and Web Summit in Lisbon. She has been involved in influencer and marketing campaigns for PayPal, HereMedia, Chevy’s, PETA, and several other leading brands.   Cynthia was listed as top personal branding experts in 2017 by Entrepreneur, top 50 marketers on SnapChat by Mashable, top 12 Female Entrepreneurs that Inspire by Darling Magazine, and top 20 people in SEO by Guardian. She is a contributing columnist to Entrepreneur, and has had work published in Forbes, TIME, and several other industry-specific and top-tier publications.  Throughout the show we delve into influence and PR with Cynthia on how she handles the clients her company works with. She has a really unique take on building your personal brand and only working with people that can truly backup what they claim they can do. She walks us through her process of building a person or company's influence and PR and it is a process that any of us can benefit from when getting our brands more visibility! She also has a massive 1.7 million followers on Twitter and we get to find out how she made that happen too!  01:52: Who is Cynthia Johnson?09:25: How Cynthia Got Into PR17:22: How Cynthia Selects Her Clients19:25: How To Get Press as a Young Company20:44: Cynthia on Forming Opinions and Handling Backlash29:32: How To “Tie Yourself To The Top”34:08: Cynthia’s Tips on Growing Twitter Following35:45: Cynthia on Goal Setting46:21: Platform: The Art & Science of Personal Branding47:13: The Importance of Knowing Your Why48:33: Managing Your ROI on Events & Conferences51:15: Cynthia on Building Your Personal Brand53:38: Cynthia’s Tips To Grow Your Influence56:05: Where to Find CynthiaContact Info:cynthia@cynthialive.comhttps://www.bellivy.com/https://www.cynthialive.com/https://twitter.com/CynthiaLIVEPicMonkey Discount: https://www.picmonkey.com/blog/cynthialive
John Hall~ Founder Influencer & Co~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers As we dive down this rabbit hole of influence we have noticed there's a couple different types of influencers that are out there. There is the influencer that everybody knows. This influencer is the one that everybody sees. The influencer that has a massive public image, you see them all over Instagram, Twitter, the media, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. These influencers are what you could call Spotlight Influencers. Then you have another type of influencer that isn’t so much in the spotlight. This influencer is a more of an underground influencer. These are people that have significant influence but decide to stay under the radar just a little bit. They still have their personal brands, they still get into media sources, but they are not the typical faces you might see when you think of ‘influencers’. Today’s guest is a master at the second type of influence. John Hall has been called by Inc. magazine as “one of the most powerful people in media that you have never met!” He is Ernest and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, he has been recognized as one of  Business Journal’s Top 100 Visionaries. The company he co-founded was ranked #239 on the Inc. 500 and #72 on the Forbes list of the most promising companies in America.  There's an art and science to this type of influence and on the show today John shares with us some of his best secrets to maintaining this influence. We talk with John about how he developed the company Influence & Co, how it became the largest creator and distributor of expert content for major media outlets. We talk with John about building influence with his clients and some of the key takeaways that he learned from seven years of helping other businesses gain influence.John has some core values as an influencer, and it really boils down to simple things such as personal relationships, how he gauges every single personal acquaintance, and how he decides whether he's going to continue that personal relationship or let it go. Towards the end of the show we chat about two of his really awesome articles that I enjoyed reading, Perception of Influence vs. Actual Influence and how you can use both of those to grow your brand, as well as 7 Tips for Seeking Out and Seducing the Best Influencers to Love Your Brand..       02:43: Who is John Hall?     10:38: John on His Entrepreneurial Journey     13:30: John on Influence     15:41: John on Managing Your Ego     17:29: The Story Behind Influence & Co.     19:41: How John Obtained the Calendar.com Domain     22:18: John on How To Maintain Relationships     27:18: The Mission of Calendar.com     34:46: John on How He Uses His Influence to Grow Calendar.com     37:51: How To Get Started Pitching Your Writing To Major Platforms     40:56: Perception of Influence vs. Actual Influence     45:25: How To Identify Fake Influencers     48:09: John’s Favorite Influencers     53:05: How To Keep A Low Profile As An Influencer     57:05: John on Choosing Influence Over Money01:01:50: John’s Favorite Conferences01:03:27: A Sneak Peek into John's Book, "Top of Mind"01:05:21: John on The Future of Influencer MarketingContact Info: http://www.johnhallspeaking.com/https://marketinginsidergroup.com/strategy/12-keynote-sales-speakers-you-shouldnt-miss/https://twitter.com/InfluenceandCohttps://twitter.com/johnhallhttps://www.influenceandco.com/https://www.inc.com/author/john-hall?cid=landermoreJohn on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/#28a7d6253845Perception of Influence vs. Actual Influence: https://www.inc.com/john-hall/the-perception-of-influence-vs-actual-influence.html7 Tips for Seeking Out and Seducing the Best Influencers for Your Brandhttps://www.inc.com/john-hall/7-tips-for-seeking-out-and-seducing-the-best-influencers-to-love-your-brand.htmlCalender.com: https://www.calendar.com/
Dr. David Rabin ~ Co-Founder of Apollo Neuroscience~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers  Currently, the psychedelic industry is on the leading edge of helping people with trauma, psychological problems, PTSD, chronic distress, illnesses, empathy and many other issues related to the mind, body, thought process and emotions. People are finding that these substances when used in low doses in a controlled manner prescribed by the right person are having an astounding effect on healing people and these studies are coming from legitimate professionals, doctors and scientists that are also astounded by what they are finding.  Today on the show, we have the doctor/scientist that is currently working on the largest controlled study for psychedelic substances in the world. His name, Dr. David Rabin. Dr. Rabin is a board-certified psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and inventor, and has been studying the impact of chronic stress in humans for more than 10 years. He has specifically focused his research on the clinical translation of non-invasive therapies that improve mood, focus, sleep, and quality of life in treatment-resistant illnesses. Dr. Rabin has six patent applications pending and many more on the way. Dr. Rabin or Dave received his MD in medicine and a PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and trained in psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Throughout the show, we discuss with Dave the benefits that science is finding with these substances and the healing effects they deliver. We chat about the many ways that people are healing themselves where traditional therapy and medicine have failed them, how trauma can actually alter the structure of the person’s DNA and then can be passed down up to four generations. And, we discuss the future of these therapies and medicines and how his business ApolloNeuro is using wearable technologies to help people become the best versions of themselves. On top of that, Dave and ApolloNeuro are offering a 45% discount for their products.     02:19: Who is David Rabin?    05:48: The Largest Controlled Psychedelics Study in the World    14:55: The Side Effects of Psychedelics    20:25: How Trauma Can Be Passed Through DNA    25:19: How Trauma Alters DNA    37:49: Testing The Effects of Psychedelics on Users    50:47: Which is More Effective: Meditation vs Psychedelics    54:51: The Science Behind ApolloNeuro  1:01:03: Dave on the Future of Neuro Technology 1:07:03: Dave’s Routine to Maintain High Productivity 1:12:55: Where to Find Dave Rabin Contact Info: https://apolloneuro.com/ Promo: ApolloNeuro is offering 45% off services for their new launch at https://shop.apolloneuro.com/
Jodie Cook~ Founder of JC Social Media~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers  Starting a successful social media agency at twenty-two and building it to become one of the UK’s leading social media companies, getting on Forbes 30 Under 30, and the UK Powerlifting Team, creating a business model where she can travel one month out of every three, landing a TedX Talk, becoming an author and writing children's books, then getting them in every primary school in her home country. The list goes on and on but that is the start of our podcast today when we interview the incredible entrepreneur Jodie Cook!I recently met Jodie after being introduced to her writing on Forbes and I was impressed with all that she had created in her life as an entrepreneur and influencer.  Jodie is the founder of JC Social Media and she has built it to be one of the largest agencies in the United Kingdom. On the show today, we chat with Jodie about her life, her habits and how she has created success. We first dive into a chat about personal habits for success, then moving into her story about how the children books she wrote got in all the primary schools in the UK. Later in the show, we chat more about the future of social media, getting on Forbes 30 Under 30 and we even touch on being an influencer in today's world. 02:30: Who is Jodie Cook?08:02: Jodie’s Powerlifting Training Routine09:10: Powerlifting & Entrepreneurship11:08: How Jodie Stays Focused12:05: Jodie’s Visualization Process14:19: Starting A Social Media Agency at 2218:39: The Importance of Creating Useful People20:08: Jodie on Writing Children’s Books25:52: Jodie's Goal-Setting Process32:42: Jodie on the Future of Social Media34:02: Jodie on Achieving Work/Life Balance42:21: Jodie’s Tips on Cold Outreach46:15: Jodie on Making Europe’s Forbes 30 Under 30 List50:45: How Jodie Manages Her Influence53:58: Jodie’s Tips for Growing Your Influence55:14: Where to Find Jodie Cook Contact Info:https://www.jodiecook.com/https://www.instagram.com/jodie.cook_/
Josh Muccio~ Founder of The Pitch Podcast~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Hey listeners, I got the exciting opportunity to hop on the mic with the founder and host of The Pitch Podcast, Josh Muccio.  The Pitch is one of the top podcasts out there today on business and entrepreneurship. The Pitch features entrepreneurs in need of funding and they get to “pitch” a panel of investors. Very much like Sharktank but, it is a real show where entrepreneurs pitch real investors for real money.  We got to talk with Josh for well over an hour about how he started The Pitch and kept growing it even after having fifty-five shows with zero investments. Finally, he got the first investment on the show and everything changed from that moment on. Not too long after, Gimlet Media acquired Josh’s podcast, which then eventually led to Spotify purchasing Gimlet for over $200 million. This has changed everything for Josh as a professional podcaster and creative entrepreneur.  Now, The Pitch has been named the best business podcast on startup life by Fortune magazine and it is one of the top rated business podcasts in the world! On the show today we chat with Josh about how he got his start as an entrepreneur and podcaster, his first failing podcast and the idea to create The Pitch. We talk a lot about what is making podcasts successful today, we share some methods of what works when building a successful podcast, and where we think the podcast world is headed in the next few years. We also touch a bit on influence and how Josh manages his influence as a top podcaster.      2:19: Who is Josh Muccio?    8:47: The Humble Beginnings of The Pitch   15:01: The Trials & Errors of Podcasting   22:54: How Josh Landed Sponsorship for The Pitch   27:44: Josh on Landing A $350,000 Investment   30:26: Gimlet Media Acquisition   33:36: Josh On Staying True To Yourself as a Creator   40:24: The Pitch in 5 Years   43:45: The Current State of The Podcast Industry   47:41: Josh On Achieving Balance As A Podcaster   54:17: Podcast Technology Trends on Apple, Spotify and Google1:00:10: Josh On Managing His Influence1:07:36: Josh on Personal & Professional Growth1:14:30: Where to Find Josh Muccio Contact Info: The Pitch Podcast: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/the-pitchThe Pitch on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0L04op9D76TOfmzm7yOf9TInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshmuccio/Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshmuccio
Matt Kepnes ~ Founder of the Famous Travel Blog, Nomadic Matt~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Way back in 2008, I first decided I wanted to make money online and travel the world. I used to read some blogs of travelers that were leading the way for this new lifestyle and somehow, I came across a book called ‘How to Travel the World on $50 a Day’. It was written by a guy named Matt Kepnes, also known as Nomadic Matt. Matt ran a blog that helped others travel the world on a budget while he made money from his blog and book while traveling the world. I thought it was genius and I said to myself, ‘Man, this guy has it figured out!”  So I bought his book so I could figure out how to do this as well. A couple of years later, I had a backpack and a one way ticket to Costa Rica. Thanks to Matt and others like him, I was about to start my journey traveling the world while making money online. I never ever thought one day, I would be interviewing Matt on my podcast telling him that story.  That was eleven years ago and today I have been living and traveling to many different countries while business businesses online. It has been the biggest adventure of my life. Today, I get the chance to sit down with Nomadic Matt and talk with him about what he is up to these days. Matt’s blog was successful back in 2008, but once I started to travel, I didn’t hear too much from him.  It was good to find out that he is still running his blog and built it into an incredibly successful business. Matt now has quite a few books published about travel and runs a successful travel/business conference called TravelCon that sells out in just a few days. If you are interested in building and/or running a successful business while traveling the world, being a travel influencer, and what it is like to be a true digital nomad, this is the show for you. 01:42: Who is Nomadic Matt?06:52: Matt’s Travel/Work/Life Schedule08:00: Lessons Learned as a Traveler10:10: Becoming a Full Time Traveler14:31: What Made Your Blog Stand Out Compared to Others?15:59: How Does Matt Network While Traveling?18:03: Strategy to Use to Start a Blog in 201918:33: Tips on Creating Good Content22:23: Creating a Travel Conference31:54: Tips on Getting Big Names to Events33:57: What Does Freedom Mean to a Top Travel Influencer?39:10: Balancing Finances Between Business and Charity41:46: Matt’s Plans for the Future43:23: Spoilers From the New Book45:51: Responsibilities of an Influencer Contact Info:https://www.nomadicmatt.com/https://travelcon.org/
 On today’s episode, we are joined by the digital agency expert, Jason Swenk. Jason started off building websites online way back in 1999 and eventually grew that business into a full fledge digital agency starting from zero and selling it twelve years later as a multi-million dollar business. Today, Jason shares with us his story about growing his digital agency business. He also shares some valuable tips on his growth and vision strategies. Then towards the end of the show, he gives us some recommendations on what both digital agencies and entrepreneurs should be doing in business today.​​​01:40: Jason’s Story05:54: Key Tactics That Grew Jason’s BusinessClarity ~ Know where you want to go, not just for yourself, but for your businesses’ team.Positioning ~ Position yourself to be THE choice, rather than A choiceOffering ~ How can you get them to raise their hand first, to get them to opt in?11:14: Steps to Have Between the First Contact of Clients and Selling Them the Big Product12:54: What Are Entrepreneur Really Missing When it Comes to Growing Their Business?15:02: How to Know When You’re Doing Too Much and Time to Hire16:19: How to Avoid Being Comfortable in a Business18:53: The Questions Jason Asks Himself Before Bed Each Night?21:27: Podcast Recommendations24:22: Where Jason is Headed in the Next 5 Years​ Honorable Mentions:​Jason’s About PageAgency UniversityTony Robbins PodcastGary VaynerchukJason Swenk YouTube Channel​​Contact Info:​swenk.mehttps://jasonswenk.com/YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcHycBFrSxkPWyMTZ1s-74gFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/jasonswenk
Joshua Lisec ~ Celebrity Ghostwriter~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Today listeners, we are joined by Joshua Lisec. Joshua is the world's only award-winning, celebrity-recommended, #1 international bestselling Certified Professional Ghostwriter. He is the founder of The Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith, a multiple-time #1 International Bestselling Ghostwriter, a Forbes Contributor ghostwriter, a TEDx speaker, and a two-time published novelist. Since 2011, Joshua has ghostwritten forty books and have been featured in TED, TEDx, BBC Radio London, Foundr, American Express, Yahoo, The Huffington Post, The Write Life, The Side Hustle Show, and numerous other outlets. What is really cool, is that in just the past couple of years Joshua has helped his clients use a book to build a $1,000,000 product funnel, exceed book sales goals by 200% using media appearances, average 10,000 books sold per month, and achieve a 70x return on investment.  On today’s episode, we chat with Joshua, whose skill in translating others’ thoughts into narrations, can help you establish and expand your brand influence to drive business results. He shares his experience as a ghostwriter and the 6 principles you should abide to if you seek to create influential content. We also ask John about the pros and cons of traditional and self publishing and how authors can access corporate sponsorships.     01:47: Who is Joshua Lisec?   12:14: Joshua Lisec's Accidental Journey into Ghostwriting   16:30: How to Start Your Book Idea   28:55: Creating Healthy Balanced Content as an Influencer   32:07: Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing   38:15: How Much Does It Cost To Work with a Celebrity Ghostwriter?   41:50: Types of Corporate Sponsorships for Authors   43:31: Do I Need a Large Audience Before I Write a Book?   47:03: The Ghostwriting Process   52:14: Hacks for Overcoming Writer’s Block   54:35: Joshua Lisec on Creating a $1,000,000 Product Funnel1:01:05: 6 Principles of Influential Content1:10:56: Tips on Working with Influencers1:20:16: Joshua Lisec on Vulnerability & Establishing Your Personal Brand1:16:36: Where to find Joshua LisecContact Info:https://entrepreneurswordsmith.com/
Chris Reynolds ~ Host of The Business Method Podcast chats about what he learned from interviewing 50 major influencers~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers
Tim Gray ~ Founder of The Health Optimisation Summit~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Today listeners we are joined by the organizer of the largest biohacking conference in the UK, Tim Gray.  Tim is a dedicated health optimizing biohacker, a psychology specialist and is the founder and investor in several successful London based digital marketing agencies, the Biohacker London Meetup Group and London's first private hyperbaric oxygen clinic. Tim is working on building a global movement in health optimization. This began with starting London's first Health Optimisation Summit, advising many well known influencers, doctors, and specialists in the health and wellness space all over the world, and is often featured on podcasts and media regarding practical health hacks. He has been optimizing health, energy, and mind for over seven years using a vast range of modalities and is known as the UK’s leading biohacker due to his vast knowledge of human optimization, plus due to detailed tracking of more than 35 + biomarkers per day. The Biohacker London Meetup group has over 1500 active members with world renowned speakers attending every event. Throughout the show, we chat with Tim about all areas of biohacking. He takes us though the biohacks that helped him regain his health and energy levels to continue to be a high-performing entrepreneur.           03:48: The Largest Biohacking Summit in the UK     06:24: Tim on Biohacking     08:52: The Science Behind Grounding/Earthing     15:51: The Placebo Effect & Biohacking     16:42: Tim on Sleep Optimization     24:37: Boosting Mental Clarity with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy      27:07: Tim’s Daily Biohacks     30:53: The Effects of Mercury Toxicity on the Immune System     33:58: Tim’s Health Battles     37:51: What You Thought You Knew About Hydration     43:27 : Tim on Sources of Hydration     46:47: How Often Should You Get Your Blood Tested?     51:21: From Meetup Group to Biohacking Summit     54:07: Creating a Conference with Major Influencers01:03:24: How To Manage Relationships With Major Influencers01:06:04: The Three Most Important Biohacks01:07:31: Where To Find Tim’s WorkContact Info: @timbiohackerhttps://summit.healthoptimisation.com/ 
Joe Cohen ~ BioHacker and Founder of Self Decode & Self Hacked~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Today on the podcast we are joined by Joe Cohen, the founder of SelfHacked.com, one of the most recognized and trusted sources for natural health research on the planet. Everything that they put online about health is backed by evidence and medically reviewed. The SelfHacked library delivers sustainable solutions for optimal health performance and anti-aging.  Joe and I, recently met in Croatia and he's a really smart guy. He spent years of his life sick suffering from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety, depression and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. He was frustrated by this and he was frustrated by the lack of good information that was out there. So he started on his own personal journey of self experimentation and learning, and after years of experiments, he finally healed himself. Then he found that this online resource called SelfHacked.com that after only four years gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He's also the CEO and founder of Self Decode, and Lab Test Analyzer. What is really cool with Self Decode is that they analyze your DNA and then give you the results back suggesting areas where your health may be at risk or things that may come up for you in the future. Joe’s mission is to help people gain access to the most up to date unbiased and science based research and information to optimize your health. It was a fun interview and we got a lot of time to dig in deep understanding biohacking from Joe's perspective. We chatted with Joe about Self Decode and Self Hacked. We talked about Joe's diet and routine, how Joe manages influence and what drives him. Later in the show we chat more about using biohacking to optimize mentality.    03:52: Intro   09:10: Starting SelfHacked.com   16:50: Analyze Your DNA to Optimize Your Health   27:43: Using Cold Therapy to Biohack   29:15: Joe’s Favorite Biohacks   36:40: Using Ice Baths and Breathwork to Manage Stress    40:06: Lectin Avoidance Diet   41:30: Joe’s Un-Routine   43:50: Handling Influence in the Health Industry   50:33: The Next 10 Years of Biohacking1:05:15: The Biological Aspects of Success Contact Info: https://selfhacked.comhttps://www.selfdecode.com
Dan Clark~ CEO of Brain.FM~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers Using technology to help people focus, relax and sleep is changing the way we live in the modern world. Anyone with a smartphone has easy access to any type of music they want to listen to at any time. What is really interesting is that neuroscience is also on the bandwagon of understanding the effects of music on the brain because it goes hand-in-hand with making us mortal humans just a little bit more effective in our daily lives.  Brain.FM is leading this charge by creating music to stimulate the brain that’s not too stimulating but rather helps reduce distractions and increase focus. One of their first users, Dan Clark has been CEO of Brain.FM since 2017 and we had the opportunity to pick his brain about all the magic behind Brain.FM’s success. On today’s show, we dive deep into how the right sounds can help us take our productivity to the next level and sleep, meditation or relaxation even deeper. He talks about how they combine A.I. and professional music composers together to make highly effective tracks that their customers can listen to and get results from. We touch on why this works so well on the human brain, why it is replicating a natural part of our brains, and how this type of technology is helping people not only operate better in their own lives, but how neural-phase locking is helping people with trauma, mental disorders and replacing medication for people with ADHD.    4:00: Who is Dan Clark?  6:08: What Does Brain.FM Do?  8:44: How Brain.FM Helps You Hyper-Focus11:03: The Science Behind Brain.fm13:55: How Quickly Can We Reach Flow-State Using Brain.fm?15:46: How Brain.fm Helped the US Team Win the Olympics18:18: Which Brain.fm User are You?21:31: How Neural Phase-Locking Works25:10: Combining Music & A.I.31:22: What We Can Expect from Brain.fm in the FutureContact Info: https://Brain.fm/TheBusinessMethodDan@brain.fm  Promo: Listeners can access 20% off a membership at  https://Brain.fm/TheBusinessMethod
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