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6 Months to 6 Figures: A Podcaster’s Journey

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Finding Customers Personal Branding Startup Advice / June 21, 2013

Sometimes we just have to take that leap. But how will you make money?… This is the question I was asked every time I shared my plans to leave Corporate America to launch my own podcast. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t have an answer. But what I did have was an idea, a passion: to start a daily podcast that interviews today’s most successful and inspiring Entrepreneurs.…

Win Friends. Influence People. Achieve What You Want

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Personal Branding / June 19, 2013

You have heard over and over again that in order to succeed, you just need to work hard, study hard, learn a lot, etc. But there’s a lot more to it than just that. One very important element which rarely gets mentioned is to surround yourself with people that you admire. Yes, it takes people skills to surround yourself with people that you admire but these are skills…

Creating a Crash Course for Your Industry

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Finding Customers Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 25, 2013

You don’t have time to keep up on industry trends. You’re an entrepreneur, marketing manager, or HR executive, with a schedule jam-packed with the day-to-day activities of your career — not sticking your head in whitepapers on your industry for hours on end. Believe me, I feel your pain. Running Influence & Co., I constantly felt that I was out of the loop on the overall trends in…

Google Plus: The “Ghost Town” that Helps Build Personal Brands

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 25, 2013

What If I told you Google Plus is no longer a “ghost town,” Would you believe me? I hope so. But don’t worry, this isn’t another how-to guide. This post is about opening your mind to how powerful a personal brand is. Specifically, how Google Plus can help you build a personal brand that makes people actually care about what you’re doing. How powerful is a personal brand…

How to Motivate Your Team to Step into Leadership Roles

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 2, 2013

Every person who starts his own business has, at some point, had the realization that he either cannot or should not be running his business forever. Similarly, as a business grows, the strain and stress of running a burgeoning company introduces the need for employees to step up and become the company’s next leaders. Unless you are a total control freak, there’s nothing better than being able to…

How to Survive a Conference Where You Don’t Know Anyone

by / ⠀Finding Customers Personal Branding Startup Advice / April 15, 2013

I am sure most of you have been in a situation similar to mine. Last week, I attended Social Slam in Knoxville, Tenn. I knew absolutely no one who was going to the conference, but I decided to attend because I believed it was relatively close to my new home in Charleston, S.C. (Seven hours later, in a tremendous rainstorm, I arrived. I stand corrected.) The experience gave…

Top 30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / March 19, 2013

One of the most important things you’ll do when starting your business is to pick where to setup shop. You want to find a place that offers business resources but also the lifestyle and culture that you want. The below list breaks down 30 cities across the United States into three different categories based on the population of the cities. Then Under30CEO readers were asked to vote on…

Reasons to Rebrand: The Perks of a Clean Slate

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / March 18, 2013

A fresh start. A new beginning. Tabula rasa. We’re always looking for a refresh, whether it’s of our wardrobe, workout routine, or even career. Times change, and we’re drawn to change with them. And you know what? Your brand feels the same way. A living, breathing being with a life of its own, your brand — like a person — needs to adapt to survive (and, hopefully, thrive).…

Video: 10 Must See Inspirational Commencement Speeches

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / March 18, 2013

Every year thousands of commencement speechs are delivered at schools around the country. Many of them carry inspirational, motivational and up-lifting messages. However, there are always a few that stand out above the crowd. Here is a list of ten speeches that we think are more than worth your time. Let us know what commencement speeches are your favorite in the comments! Steve Jobs – Stanford University Here…

Action Taker or Excuse Maker, Which Are You?

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / March 16, 2013

After years of experience and countless hours of practice, I am now declaring myself an official expert excuse maker. I realized this fact while watching serial entrepreneur and motivational international speaker Duane Spires at the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference (SEEC) at the University of Tampa. Duane Spires said, “There are two types of people, action takers or excuse makers, which are you?” I initially thought that I was the former and…

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