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Has anyone ever impacted you in a positive way, without them realizing how much they really helped?

We call this the gift of unintended consequences.

During each episode, you’ll hear from authentic, vulnerable, and purposeful people that have the power to impact large communities; we call these people influencers.

These influencers share why they started influencing, why they’re such an unstoppable force, what barriers they’ve overcome and what powerful unintended consequences they’ve experienced on their journey.

You’ll walk away from each episode with a wealth of inspiration and tips/tricks you can use today, to increase your influence.

Join us on our mission to inspire the sharing of hidden knowledge and wisdom so together, we can raise the collective consciousness level of the human race.

https://whyinfluence.com/
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“If something doesn't work; stop doing it, and do something else.” Tristan Higbee creates how-to and vlog videos on YouTube. He's grown to over 20,000 subscribers and over 3.2M views! Triastan started his journey creating blogs on car camping, which he turned into an eBook. To promote his book, he started a YouTube channel creating how-to videos related to his books content. It didn't take long before his YouTube channel started gaining traction. Tristan developed products to make travelling more efficient and easier on himself; his community started asking for his products, thus he opened an online store. We discovered that Tristan is driven to share so he could build a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility. Try a variety of content strategies to see what works well for you. He started with how-to videos but found vlogs have really worked for getting viewers to stick around. Experiment early on and see what works. It's important to choose a niche that you like. Don't chase views or attention; it won't be sustainable. In this episode, Tristanreally deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Tristan's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation!
Dave Jackson is an award-winning podcaster who has been podcasting since April of 2005. He recently has nine podcasts, four of which have over 250 episodes each. Dave is best known as the host of The School of Podcasting, where he’s helped hundreds of people launch podcasts. His podcast is primarily about starting a podcast and growing your influence. In 2018, Dave was inducted into the Podcasters Hall of Fame.  In this episode, he talks about how he first discovered and started podcasting. He shares a beautiful story of one of his unintended consequences when he was still new to podcasting. He also talks about how he deals with impostor syndrome. “So many times we think we have to be perfect—we have to know this or I don't know this or that—you just have to know more than your audience.” In this episode, Dave really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Dave's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Kate Erickson of Entrepreneurs On Fire is the host of the podcast called Kate’s Take where she shares a behind-the-scenes look at how to run a 7-figure business. Her podcast has over 250 episodes. Entrepreneurs on Fire is an award-winning podcast (Best of iTunes) where John Lee Dumas interviews Entrepreneurs who are truly ON FIRE. Kate Erickson, JLD’s wife, joined the EOFire team in April 2013 as the Content Creator. Since then, she's grown to consider herself as the overall Implementer of things at EOFire. She has created several workbooks on productivity and podcasting, helping people be more streamlined in figuring out how to have their voice. She does a lot of speaking and workshops on all of that. In this episode, Jeremy deep dives to Kate’s why, some of her unintended consequences, and the struggles she overcame. Her new podcast, Ditch Busy, is launching early January 2020, focusing on your relationship with time management. “If you could change one person's life, wouldn't that be enough?” Kate's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Nicole Gibson is the CEO and Founder of a non-profit social movement called Love Out Loud. Her mission is to spread acknowledgement, love, and acceptance. She has over 4,000 Instagram followers and 5,000 Facebook followers. Love Out Loud aims to impact 350 million people or 4% of the global population by the end of 2020 by giving them strategies on how to live their lives and run their businesses from a place of love and compassion. She says that the great thing about doing her work as a speaker and even as a facilitator is she is constantly impacting people without necessarily even getting to meet them. Her massive experience of understanding what's important in life, going through various mental health challenges and pretty significant eating disorder through her teenage years made her realize by the time she chose recovery from that that there was no point or fulfillment in following a lack of anything superficial. This sent her to the path of sending her message out to people. “You're already influencing. You might not be aware that you're influencing, but even by walking into a room and saying nothing, you're influencing the room.” In this episode, Nicole really deep dives into her story of how and why she started her influence. Nicole's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Patrice Washington is a very successful podcaster with her podcast called Redefining Wealth. She talks about how it’s important to chase purpose, not money. She has over 900 iTunes reviews. Patrice made it clear that podcasting is her main platform but she also has a solid following on other platforms. She has about 70,000 Instagram followers, 30,000 YouTube subscribers, 20,000 Facebook followers, and 15,000 Twitter followers. She first started blogging in 2009. She did it for a few months and realized that no one was really paying attention. She stopped for a few weeks but there was a man, who she calls her angel that she will never forget,  who reached out to her via email and told her what impact she has made in his life and essentially encouraged her to continue blogging.  Patrice has been known as America’s Money Maven, a personal finance expert, for over a decade. She is most recognized as the personal finance voice of the top-rated and nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show. Her real why at this stage in life was to share with people that wealth was so much more than money and material possessions. Everything that she does now ties into helping people see the bigger picture of how their behavior, relationships, and rituals impact their finances. She started her podcast in September 2017. She realized that this on-demand type of opportunity might be the way to become a thought leader in her space, share what she cannot get out on a 45-minute radio segment, and share her true self without being policed by radio producers. It’s important for Patrice to share her story because she doesn’t want people to suffer the way she did. “I really feel like if you know something, it’s your responsibility to share it, to teach it, and to not give bits and pieces but to just go all out.” In this episode, Patrice really deep dives into her story of how and why she started her influence. Patrice's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Ruben Rojas is an artist, muralist, and activist whose mission is to ignite creativity and inspire others to see the world through the lens of love. In this episode, Ruben recalls how his friend, Meyer, who had a little movement called Beautify Lincoln, led him to his first mural. He shares how he went through depression while he was still working as a full-time financial advisor which he hated and how he overcame it when he went full-time to his artwork. His art has encouraged a lot of people to change for the better. These results are what's keeping him moving forward with his journey. “Don’t overthink it. Life is now. Don’t wait for the right time. Don’t wait for next year. Go do it, stop saying it.” In this episode, Ruben really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Ruben's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Mark Des Cotes has been in the graphic and web designing industry for 30 years and almost 15 years running his own design business. In 2015, he started the Resourceful Designer podcast which talks directly to people in the same situation as he was who are running or wanting to run a design business. He’s looking to help other podcasters build brands both with websites and graphic designs. In this episode, he shares how he overcame his struggle with imposter syndrome which held him off for launching his Resourceful Designer podcast for over a year. He realized that age really didn’t matter, but it was the experience, skills, and knowledge that mattered. He doesn’t just need to talk to people of his age, but to designers in general. He decided to focus on people that were running their own design business. His podcasting journey changed him for the better. He’s more confident with his abilities and with the messages that he shares. It has made him more aware of everything that he is doing. His goal is to be known as the go-to graphic designer in the podcast space. “There’s no such thing as perfect. Go for better and you’ll make it. If you try to wait for perfection, you are shooting yourself in the foot, to begin with, you’re never going to get there and you’re never going to be satisfied. But if you aim for good, you know that you can reach good and there’s always that a little bit better that you can get.” In this episode, Mark really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Mark's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Brendan Kane is a growth hacker for Fortune 500 corporations, brands, and celebrities. He thrives on helping brands systematically find and engage new audiences who reward relevant content, products, and services with their attention and spend. He is the author of a book called One Million Followers: How I Built a Massive Social Following in 30 Days. He has over 1 million Instagram followers and over 1.5 million Facebook followers. More recently, he has been focusing on sharing content to the masses on how they can achieve their goals with the learnings that he has amassed over the course of his career. He is influencing influencers by helping them with their strategies. Ultimate success to him is waking up every day and spending all his time that he’s spending on his work just having an impact on as many people as possible. Despite the fact that he gained a million followers in 30 days, he’s still working on getting better every day, cultivating engagement, generating an audience, and maximizing the potential of his audience. He focuses more on creating compelling content that’s going to engage and provide value to people. He doesn’t focus on quantity but on quality. He thinks that sometimes, people get too much pressure put on them by being told that they have to put out a piece of content or multiple pieces of content every day that it loses the overall value they can provide to the community. He says that complacency is the downfall for anybody, either for people that have reached critical mass or people that are trying to reach critical mass. In this episode, Brendan really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Brendan's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Matt Whitman is the host of The Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast. He has a YouTube channel with over 70,000 YouTube subscribers. He is a co-host with Destin Sandlin of SmarterEveryday, who has over 7 million YouTube subscribers, on a podcast called No Dumb Questions that has over 1300 iTunes reviews! In this episode, Matt talks about his fascination with the Bible and the history surrounding it. He tries to get a common baseline of facts and make it something that is a good resource for both believers and non-believers. He shares some of the things that he went through and the strategies he used to overcome his difficulties and become more engaging in his podcast. He also gives great tips to help new and aspiring influencers with the content they put out. In this episode, Matt really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Matt's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
In this episode, Jeremy gives us updates on how the podcast has been going with 20 episodes, how his personal community is reacting, and much more. Nathan, the guest host, asks Jeremy great questions so the listeners can get the most value possible! Jeremy shares his strategies of finding guests to bring on his podcast. He plans to get some live streamers to come on to his podcast for the next month. He also gives an update on the statistics of the Why Influence podcast for the past 20 episodes. He describes his experience when he took a step outside of his comfort zone to deliver a five-minute talk in a podcast conference, as well as how the feedback from his listeners demonstrated that his talk made a genuinely positive impact on them. He talks about how he found someone who’s experienced in the podcast industry to give his podcast an audit and he shares some of the feedback that he got from them. “Everybody is overcoming barriers, and in order to do that, they've got to have some kind of a step-by-step process to get them to overcome those barriers. A lot of times, they have to give themselves permission to overcome those barriers, otherwise, they'll never do it or they won't have the motivation to do it.” - Jeremy Segal Jeremy is well on his way to reaching his goal of publishing 30 interviews, at which time, we are excited to announce that we will do a LIVE STREAM podcast episode! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com
Deborah See is a former Thai singer who transitioned to become an Instagrammer. She shares a dichotomy between having influenced through a controlled system during her singing career days versus the influence she has today through her personal brand. In this episode, Debbie shares how she started her music career at a very young age and how she has dealt with her struggle to juggle her career in music and being a student, which she’s also very passionate about. She later started a cosmetics company with her husband called Shablam Cosmetics. Debbie shares how she first saw Instagram as a tool to connect with people who wanted to connect with her to seeing it as a platform where she can be vocal about the things she’s passionate about. The content that she puts out there is more lifestyle and fashion-oriented which has gained her a new fan base. She also shares how she struggled in creating content for her Instagram when she veered off her singing career and shifted to the fashion industry and how she was able to blend all aspects of her life and present it in a way that is coherent to her audience. She says that the best way to go in terms of approaching social media is to pursue your passion, tell people your story, express who you really are, and be consistent. In this episode, Debbie really deep dives into her story of how and why she started her influence. Debbie's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live-streamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Mark Metry is the host of Humans 2.0 podcast. Mark's primary goal is to help people eliminate their internal enemies so they can live a life of mental and emotional freedom. Mark's podcast is having a real impact and is currently getting tens of thousands of downloads per episode with some episodes hitting hundreds of thousands of downloads. In this episode, Mark shares how he dealt with his struggles in life despite his success at a young age. During this time, the way that he coped with it was by binge eating which resulted in gaining weight. He quickly realized the problem and started researching how to lose weight which eventually led him to find a diet that advocates for mental performance. Mark started sharing his personal self when he began to start his podcast. He started getting questions from people about himself and so he started talking about himself on the podcast which took everything to a different level. Mark says that podcasting has helped him defeat his social anxiety. He found out that the thing that you're worried about is what’s actually the thing that you need to bring into the world. For him, social anxiety was not the actual problem, but the problem was thinking that he had a problem because he was socially anxious. Mark shares a great quote that says, “Numbers don't have any meaning without context.” He doesn't really put too much attachment on his podcast downloads but from the relationships that he’s built with his guests that have helped him move his career. His advice is don't just try to be an influencer, don't just try to talk if you don't have anything to say, but find a medium, stick with it, and use it as a form for yourself to really express yourself, put it up online, and see what kind of people you attract. In this episode, Mark really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Mark's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live steamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation! https://whyinfluence.com/
Keith reviews headphones on his YouTube channel, Gamesky, where as of posting this, he's accumulated over 55,000 subscribers and over 18,000,000 views! Over the past 5 years, Keith's been creating YouTube videos on a consistent basis. And, as of recently, he quit his full time job to pursue YouTube full time! He makes most his income from affiliate links and ad revenue. Keith's first video didn't even show a close-up of the product he was reviewing. He didn't think about doing this until he read a comment calling him out. He shares several examples about the importance of self improvement through feedback. Keith said the biggest thing about influencing is to have patience; it takes time to build an audience. If you get success overnight, then it can end overnight. Consistency is key. If you're consistent, at some point, your numbers will jump; it comes out of nowhere. (It's not the first time we heard this!) Keith says when you create videos, you should talk to the camera as if it's a friend sitting next to you. That way, you're talking directly to the individual who's watching, making the content feel much more personal. Keith suggests that you don't track numbers too closely or compare your numbers to other influencers. If you don't hit the numbers you set for yourself, you'll get hit by some motivational barriers. Stay in your lane and keep going. These are just a few valuable pieces of info Keith shared with us. In this episode, Keith really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Keith's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! https://whyinfluence.com/podcast/ Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live steamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation!
Gene Griessman becomes Abraham Lincoln during his one man play performances. He’s held live audiences of over 25,000 on the edges of their seats as he shares the wisdom and knowledge of our past president. Gene is an introvert, and struggled tremendously to speak in front of audiences when he first started his journey. He truly knows what it’s like to push through the uncomfortable. He pushed himself to speak on stages. He pushed himself to interview people. He pushed himself to join Toastmasters. He pushed himself to take acting classes. He pushed himself to move to LA to surround himself by experts. He constantly pushed himself to become a better performer. Have you ever wondered what it’d feel like to whisper to an audience of 25,000 people, knowing they’re on the edge of their seats waiting for every word? It’s amazing how far Gene’s traveled in his sharing journey to have that experience. Gene shared several very vulnerable stories with us. One of which is how he enters a deep depression before each of his performances. He also shared one story, about giving, that he’s never publicly shared before. In this episode, Gene really deep dives into his story of how and why he started his influence. Gene’s story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live steamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation!
Lexie Janson of Maionhigh is a woman engineer and FPV drone pilot who shares on YouTube and Instagram. She currently has 11,000 YouTube subscribers with over 650,000 views and 16,000 Instagram followers. She started sharing because she realized the gender gap in the engineering field, more specifically, in the FPV drone racing scene. By sharing online, Lexie found that she became happier, more positive, and started chasing her dreams more. It’s made a huge impact on her life and the life of so many who follow her. Lexie shares a touching story about changing a little girls mindset from thinking all the ‘Cool Stuff’ is only for boys (such as FPV drone racing) to now the little girl seeing a whole new world of possibility. In this episode, Lexie really deep dives into her story of how and why she started her influence. Lexie’s story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! NOTE: The audio isn’t the greatest in this episode but the content is amazing. Sorry for any inconvenience. Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live steamed interviews! Join our Discord community and become part of the conversation!
Elayne Fluker is one of those rare people doing exactly what she should be doing. She has posted an interview to her podcast 5 days a week for over 2 years! Elayne has over 670 episodes and she’s averaging 30,000 downloads a month on her podcast ‘Support Is Sexy’! In this episode, Elayne really deep dives into her story of how and why she started her influence. Elayne’s story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Become part of the conversation! https://discord.gg/jPdWKtR
Coco Bassey has over 175,000 Instagram followers and a flourishing blog in the Fashion niche; she does all this while working a FULL TIME JOB. Coco’s influence is still at it’s infancy stage; she has huge goals towards making a positive impact on the world. Coco is doing exactly what she should be doing right now. And her head is in the right place when it comes to next steps and pivoting her influence from Fashion to something with more fulfillment. Instagram has opened tons of doors for Coco, and she is strategically looking at ways to use it to open more doors. Coco shared a ton of valuable tips on how to build influence on Instagram that’s useful to both new and seasoned Instagram influencers. In this episode, Coco shares her story of how and why she started her influence. Coco’s story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Listen to the episode to learn more. Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of our upcoming live steamed interviews. Join our Discord group and become part of our community!
Bruce Wawrzyniak has posted a weekly podcast for over 280 weeks! His podcast, Now Hear This, features interviews with guests who are having success in the entertainment business, with the content presented in a way that not only entertains fans of that guest and fans of good music interviews in general, but in a manner that educates musicians, singers, songwriters. Bruce's podcast has been listened to in over 140 countries around the world. The podcast has opened tons of doors, so many, that Bruce has recently launched a second podcast! Bruce shared a ton of valuable tips on how to build an online community and invaluable tips specifically related to podcasting. In this episode, Bruce shares his story of how and why he started podcasting. He also shares tons of advice useful to both new and seasoned influencers. Bruce's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen!
Devon Brown is one of the worlds best event emcee's. He's emcee'd events as large as 200,000 live attendees alongside Tony Robbins, Russell Brunson and Dean Graziosi. Devon is super animated and living life as his truest self. In this episode, Devon shares his story of how and why he started Emcee'ing. He also shares tons of advice useful to both new and seasoned influencers. Devon's story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Listen to the episode to learn more.
Ed Bolian made a media splash when he broke the world record for the cannon ball run, a race across the U.S. back in 2013. Ed’s YouTube channel, VinWiki, has over 800,000 subscribers and over 200,000,000 views! In this episode, Ed shares his story of how and why he started. He also shares tons of advice useful to both new and seasoned influencers. Ed’s story is inspirational and this episode is definitely worth a listen! Listen to the episode to learn more.
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