Quit Pitching Your Prospects, Try Story Telling To Get Your Message Across Featuring Ted Janusz
Quit pitching your prospects. Are you still using old sales pitches? Give them all the facts and figures and then squeeze them for the close? Try storytelling as an alternative. Develop a story that involves their problem and then how you solved it. This should be based on past experiences you have had with other clients. This will put them at ease and work magic.
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- Quit Pitching Your Prospects, Try Story Telling To Get Your Message Across Featuring Ted Janusz
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Ted Janusz is a Certified Speaking Professional and a Certified Virtual Presenter. He has facilitated over 1,100 workshops (over 6,500 total hours) in 49 of the 50 United States (lone exception: Wyoming), in Canada, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Janusz’s work has appeared on BusinessWeek.com, MSNBC.com, and has been invited to appear on the Fox News Channel. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and earned his MBA in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh
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Quit Pitching Your Prospects, Try Story Telling To Get Your Message Across Featuring Ted Janusz
Wed, 7/28 7:07PM • 52:37
Estimated reading time: 46 minutes
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Ted, Roy Barker
Roy Barker 00:05 quit pitching your prospects
Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Business of Business Podcast. I’m your host Roy. Of course, we are the podcast that brings you a wide variety of guests that speak to a diverse set of topics. Hopefully, we can point some things out that maybe you haven’t thought about or haven’t been on your radar.
Or if they’re things that are keeping you up at night, we can actually provide some solutions and some professionals that can help you. With that. No, we just want to see everybody be successful. And today we have awesome guests. We’ve been waiting to get on Ted Janusz is a certified speaking professional, and a certified virtual presenter. He has facilitated over 1100 workshops, which is over 6500 total hours in 49 of the 50 states, with the lone exception being Wyoming across Canada, from Halifax, to Vancouver, and in Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
His work has appeared on BusinessWeek.com, mMSNBC.com. And he has been invited to appear on the Fox News channel. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. He’s also the author of Superpower Marketing and Branding, No Cost To Low Cost Resources To Propel Your Business. Ted, thanks for taking time out of your day to be with us.
It’s a pleasure to be here, Roy.
Roy Barker 01:32 quit pitching your prospects
So tell us a little bit about how you got here. I mean, is speaking been something that you’ve done, you know, since your early days, and that’s just kind of the path you’ve always been on? Or is it kind of been that long and winding road like a lot of us have had? quit pitching your prospects
More About Ted
Well, it’s definitely been a long and winding road, right. But I actually started the day before 911. I didn’t know it was the day before 911 until the next day. I started speaking when I still had a full time job. And then I enjoyed training so much in that corporate environment. I went out on my own. And you know, you just told about the results. But yeah, it was a long and winding road. I wish I would have started many years ago. But my wife said and all of us can take hard on this. You weren’t ready. Yeah. You weren’t ready yet. So
Roy Barker 02:22 quit pitching your prospects
that’s a hard lesson. I’m still trying Yes. On some things is like Yes, in due time with your reading. But we all want it yesterday. Yes. So yeah. And speaking is I think a lot of people may not realize that speaking can also be a great form of marketing. Excellent. Yes, we used to, you know, utilize that at professional trade shows, kind of you get to be the speaker presenter at one of the little breakout sessions, talk about your, your discipline. And you know, it’s not, again, I’m gonna ask, I’ll ask that as a question. Not really supposed to make it a commercial are more of a sales pitch, but you present your information about what you do, or what you know. And then of course, people are interested after Listen, tell us a little bit about how that works. Quit pitching your prospects. Sure.
Well, during the recession, during the housing crisis, I had to give up what I love to do and get a real job. So what I was doing was I was selling training for community college, and I was smiling and dialing and that just wasn’t working well ROI.
So what I decided to do was something totally different. I made up these postcards, and I sent the local businesses and said, Hey, let us come in for lunch, we’ll provide a meal for your employees. And we’ll give a little educational session all free of charge, you know, just just invite us in.
So the very first one I went out on, we gave a half hour presentation on time refuses to be managed how to manage yourself instead. Well, unbeknownst to me, there was the CEO of the corporation sitting in the audience now. What would have been the chances ROI of me connecting with the CEO if I made a cold call?
Roy Barker 04:05 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, quit pitching your prospects problems, the 00. But
because, yeah, she was in this environment where she didn’t feel threatened. You know, in fact, if we didn’t know she was the CEO, after the presentation, she came up to us and said, you know, you were talking about some things I think we need some help with. Could you assist us? And we got a $50,000 contract out of that first lunch handler. So yes, I agree. Because people are looking for not speakers, for instance, they’re looking for experts, right? People who know things, you know, they want to get information. And that’s a that’s a very good no cost or low cost way to get in to see potential clients.
Roy Barker 04:46 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, and I like that because of that education factor. Right. Like you said, my you know, one of my biggest marketing techniques even with the mail and newsletters is to provide information not always be just Are you ready? by you. But, you know, one of the things I do is like, you know, if I find a good article somewhere, you can put little tidbits of that in an email to say, Hey, I thought you may be interested. I think, number one, we take the time to educate, we’re giving something to our audience in our company. But we’re also it’s a form for us to present that we really are expert, we really do have this information that’s valuable to you.
Oh, I agree totally. As matter of fact, before coming on this podcast, what I did was I had an article printed in an association publication, and I ran off copies. And I sent it out to other associations. And all I had on their ROI was a post it note that said, Could this information be valuable to your members, right. Then on the very last page, I had information about my breakout session at the conference.
But I didn’t say hire me, I’m a great speaker. Here’s some information for In fact, we teach that with newsletters. So many of those email newsletters are just veiled product pitches with maybe a 10% discount. That’s not what people want to have a successful e newsletter, solve your buyers problems once a month, make it be about them, or, for instance, a success story, you know, some clients you helped, in fact, the formula I would suggest, is talk about the problem. And you tell a story about the problem.
Because your potential client could see themselves in that story. You don’t Pitch Anything, you don’t try and sell anything. You just say hey, you know, Roy had this issue. And and maybe you’re experiencing something similar. Let me tell you about what was going on with Roy. Then you talk about how you solve the problem. And then at the very end, have the client come in and talk about how well ROI serve me in his own words.
Because they’re going to believe that that client far more than your own marketing puffery or a salesperson? So yes, like you were saying, we’re always looking at ways to solve people’s problems, be a problem solver, or if you’re a speaker, be an expert who speaks?
Quit Pitching Your Prospects
Roy Barker 07:12 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, and I think you hit probably three or four topics of, you know, some podcasts that I’ve done in the past. First off, education. You know, to me, again, that’s my personal choice for the best thing of marketing, storytelling. It’s always good to, you know, have the story. The problem solution is awesome.
And then the well, the other person coming in that you work for coming in to substantiate not only substantiate the story that you just told, but I think people are prospects would much rather hear quit pitching your prospects. Roy is great from Ted, tell us why is great, more credibility, right step number, because it’s easy for me to tell everybody how great I am.
And I’m okay leaves me, you know, right next to you believe me. But you know, there’s just so much more validity to it when we actually have that client step up. So yeah, I love the way that this ties everything together. And another key point us, I think, that really encapsulates all that is make it about that process Exactly. out there,
the protagonist. In fact, that’s the reason you tell stories. It’s not so people can learn about TED or Roy, it’s so they see themselves in your story. It’s like when I give presentations, I talk about my wife and my kids. Not so you get to know about my wife and kids. But so you see your spouse or your children.
Roy Barker 08:41
Right, right. Yeah. Yeah, tell us a little bit about that. Because I think that’s important, we have to, we have to make that story relatable, like you just said, kind of where they can see a portion of them in the story, or at least the story, the problem of the story is something that I’m experiencing, but we can’t make it too long to draw, and we can’t make it to get rid of the fluff, get rid of the details,
because their only concern, but everybody listens to the same radio station, right? And it’s called letters or wi I FM. What’s in it for me, anytime you give a presentation, you have to think as you do about the listener, the viewer, because they’re sitting there thinking so what, who cares? What’s in it for me?
Roy Barker 09:30 quit pitching your prospects
Right? Yeah, and the sooner we get to that exactly, the better off that we are. And yeah, and and the the other thing is not making it overly complex with I mean, we may want to have some data that we can throw out but it should be easily understood and not like, you know, if you multiply you know, 1000 times four and a half and then you divide it and then you square root that and then do the you know it just Because after about the second or third number, a lot of people aren’t that numbers oriented. And you know, you can basically see their eyes roll back up in their head. Exactly.
Yeah. In fact, I’d like to talk about a book, not my book. But I don’t know, Roy, if you’ve ever read the book Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath, you’d know it because it has an orange cover and duct tape on it made the stick? I’ve actually got it on my show. Okay, well, let me let me give you the Reader’s Digest version of the book. They studied marketing campaigns to find out which ones stuck, which ones were most successful. And they boiled it down to six factors, which is the word success without the last.
So the first test is just when you were talking about ROI, you have to make it simple. Don’t talk about 10 things. Talk about one thing in detail. Now, the U stands for unexpected. Why do we laugh at jokes, because the story is going like this and all of a sudden the punch line goes off to the side. Now, if you’re selling industrial screws, this could be a challenge. But if you take a look at the YouTube videos that have been most popular, they all do something unexpected. Like one of my favorite business, YouTube videos that went viral was Dollar Shave Club. If you ever seen that video,
Roy Barker 11:21
I quit pitching your prospects don’t get so.
Okay. That’s your homework assignment, right? The reason the reason I mentioned it is because the gentleman who produced that video, he ultimately sold his company, which he created off of one YouTube video to Unilever for $1 billion be with because all he All he does is sell razors. Okay, but it doesn’t look like a Gillette commercial. Let me just leave it at that, though. The whole thing is unexpected. You have to keep watching, like what the heck’s he going to do next?
The C stands for concrete, you have to make it very easy for people to grasp the idea. The next C is credible. Why should I listen to you? Why are you the authority? In fact, we’ll be talking about books. If you write a book, you are the trusted member of the community. And we’ll talk about how easy that is. The next letter is E. emotion. ROI. People spend billions of dollars each year in a normal year going to sporting events going to movies, nobody’s ever spent a dime to see a PowerPoint presentation. And what’s the difference?
People want to get emotionally involved, they want to laugh, they want to scream, they want to boo, they want to yell even pay hundreds of dollars to cry to see their football team lose. All right. So they want to get emotionally involved. And the last letter we just talked about s for story. Dale Carnegie said a good 30 minute presentation is 15 two minute stories woven together, they won’t remember like you said the data and the statistics and the facts and the charts. But they will remember a story especially if it’s emotional.
Right. So take a look at your presentations. Take a look at your marketing campaigns. And do they have success meaning simple, unexpected? credible, concrete and an emotional story?
Roy Barker 13:20 quit pitching your prospects
That’s awesome. Yeah, I’m gonna have to pull that book off the
may just stick by Chip and Dan Heath are brothers. One’s a professor at Duke the other one a professor at Stanford. So pretty smart,
Do You Need A PowerPoint Deck
Roy Barker 13:31 quit pitching your prospects
guys. Okay. So, um, do you use props? Or do you use a deck when you use when you present? Do you use something or just mainly just speaking?[
I do use PowerPoint. And there’s been some discussion among speakers whether you need to have a PowerPoint deck. And I say you don’t have to, but then you have to be visually interesting. Yeah. You know, because, as you know, there’s three types of learners. There’s the visual learner, there is the auditory learner. And then there was the kinesthetic learner, the person who learns by doing. If you if you, you never know who you’re going to have in your audience.
So if you have a visual learner, and all you’re doing is auditory, you’re just speaking, they’re tuning you out. So you have to make sure you have something for everybody. And by PowerPoint, we don’t mean tons of bullet points. We mean visuals, visuals that will reinforce your story. It’s like I’ve heard speakers say I’m not funny. We have a saying in the National Speakers Association.
Do you have to be funny as a speaker? And the answer is no. Only if you want to get paid. Okay, so you can put up a funny image. It doesn’t have to all be on you. But make sure that the PowerPoint is reinforcing you. It isn’t the presentation. You’re the presentation. That’s your prop.
Roy Barker 14:56
Yeah. Well, awesome. And so I guess Out of all this, you decided to write the book, the superpower marketing branding professional for with the no cost and low cost resources to propel your business, which I assume is gonna help us with this quit pitching your prospects.
Writing A Book Voice To Text
Yeah, in fact, that’s what I did. I didn’t really write the book. Because I didn’t know Roy, if you tried to write a book, yeah, yes. Okay. Yeah. How tough that is. You know, you get out your piece of paper, you get the pen and you write a sentence, and then you start correcting it. Ernest Hemingway same age Moksha. Exactly. Exactly. And in fact, Ernest Hemingway, the famous author said, right, drunk, edit sober. Well, you know, maybe he didn’t mean that exactly. But you know, I’m saying. So the way I got my book was I happen to give a presentation, an hour long presentation to a chapter. And they put on social media, how wonderful was, so one of the members sent me the video of my presentation. I uploaded to a site called Rev. Are you familiar with rev?
Roy Barker 16:03 quit pitching your prospects
Yes, I used to use them. Yes, yeah.
R e v.com. You upload it to that site? For $1 a minute. They’ll transcribe what you said. And in a few hours, you’d get it back. Now, obviously, you write differently than you speak. Okay. But it was a huge 80% of the work was done right there. Right. Right. You know, because I love to edit, I hate to write, you know, so it was easy. I had 11,000 Word document already done. I just had to go in and, you know, clean it up. And so that would be a recommendation I’d have for speakers and trainers just have somebody, either audio or video, record yourself, upload it to a site called Rev. RTV. Calm, and then within just a few hours, you’ll have most of the book right there.
Roy Barker 16:45 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, well, that’s good advice. And I never really thought about that. But it is much easier for a lot of us to speak and you know, the, if you’re not a good typing guru that you know, we can spend, I spend more time correcting spelling, spelling errors, and I do actually get words on a piece of paper. Well, I
like what you said the paper just sits there in mocks Oh my god, it’s like I am blank. put something on me.
Roy Barker 17:10 quit pitching your prospects
Well, even like Ratan blogs, even if you’re only trying to get you know, 800, 1000 1200 words, it’s like, well, I’ve got this awesome idea. You sit down, you know, crack the knuckles, get your dream, you know, all set up. And it’s like, you get maybe two sentences out. It’s like, we’re just going no way.
Somebody. Yes, yeah. That’s a non rider rider. I guess it happens to real riders. But yes, non rider riders is an affliction for Yes, I agree. But you know, and you mentioned this earlier, is that having a book, even if you know, and I think one mistake that I make a lot of times is, you know, we think about these 200 250 word books. Oh, you know, and it, it really doesn’t have to be that way.
It just needs to be something that makes good sense for whatever you’re doing, that you can put in somebody’s hand. And it Yes, really has a huge effect on people. Definitely.
Yes. I don’t know if you’re familiar with a survey study that Microsoft did. Roy, they said the average attention span of American adult is now less than that of a goldfish. Yes, yeah. goldfish is apparently can focus for nine seconds, the average adult eight seconds. I don’t know how you measure the attention span of goldfish, but Microsoft’s pretty smart. So like you said, keep it short, right? No, I don’t know about you ROI. But if I’m interested in something, I don’t want to go to Amazon and find a 300 page book about it. Just give me the top 10 tips, the eight keys, the five secrets that you’re not. I want it right now, just don’t have the time. I don’t have the energy, I don’t have the attention span to labor over something like that.
Smaller Slices Of Text
Roy Barker 18:52 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah. And, you know, one thing I’ve looked at two is just making multiple modules. You know, you can have one, you know, 50 pager that talks about one part and just break that up. Because I think it goes with our attention span again, that somebody is more apt to sit down and breeze through 50 you know, again, I wish that have been this is you know, when we have regrets from our childhood, and my mother, I know that she’ll be glad to hear me say that wish I had finally.
Yeah, finally, I’m admitting it. I wish I had more books. Because, you know, it’s a it’s a, I guess it’s like, training for to run a marathon, the more you because like now, I love to read but I’ll lay down and read two pages and, you know, fall asleep if they’re so rusty like me, you know, I can like get through the 50 100 pages pretty quick. But you know, once like you said, if it’s too daunting, it just sets on the nightstand.
And here’s another key ROI. You have to be a good date for the reader. What does this mean? If you’re not enjoy writing it if it doesn’t flow, the reader isn’t going to enjoy reading it. And they probably aren’t, you know, it’s too laborious on their end. Like you said, you’re gonna fall right asleep. So you got to be having fun so that they can have fun. Yeah. And here’s another thing, just start someplace doesn’t have to be at the beginning, start in the middle, you know, because of course with Microsoft Word, you can move things around, just get started.
Roy Barker 20:17 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, yeah, that’s a good tip for a lot of things is just get started that momentum you’ll be, you’ll be amazed at what just that first step, how easy it is for the second third step to come after that. So once we get it, you know, through Reb understand that process, we get it back. And it’s usually in either, you know, like a Word document, we’d write some more edits, but how do we actually get that to be an E book?
Oh, I’m glad you asked Roy. Yeah, well, unlike when I wrote my first book, I mean, back then it was just a real tedious process, you know. But now there is a free resource, because that’s what we’re talking about free reuse of resources. Take that word document that you’ve added, you know, after rev give you the file back, you got the Word document, you edit it, and you upload it to a site called Kindle Direct Publishing. Kindle Direct Publishing is part of Amazon. And they’ll make it look rather than a Word document, they’ll make it look like a book. And it’s totally free. Now, the only thing you’re missing. And one thing you’re missing in that process is what right?
Roy Barker 21:22 quit pitching your prospects
I don’t know. I don’t know enough to even know what we’re missing. The cover. Oh, cover. Okay. All right.
So this is the only cost. All right. Get yourself cover. Now, are you familiar with the site Fiverr, Roy, f fi ve RR com, you know, where there’s, there’s fantastically talented artists, but they primarily live in and we used to be able to say third world, it’s now called developing countries where maybe they can live on $5 a day. So it doesn’t mean they’re not professional. It doesn’t mean they’re not creative doesn’t mean that they’re not courteous. It doesn’t mean they’re talented. It’s just, you know, they have a different economy.
Right. So now the site is hit or miss. Alright, so always go with a recommendation. But one of my favorite artists is the guy who creates my ebook covers. So for instance, let me show you my book here. I do not think this looks like a self published book. Not Not at all, what one of my biggest pet peeves with Self Publishers is their books like that look like they’re self published. We judge a book by its cover. So make, you know, make it look professional. But he put together the cover for my ebook for just $5. Wow. Yeah, yeah. And let me just if I could just tell quick story.
Roy Barker 22:39 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, quit pitching your prospects, sure.
part of the process is he asks you to choose an image. So he gives you a library and you go through and you choose images, and you get to choose five. And I kind of thought he would use this one. But he, of course, is a graphic artist, I am not. Instead, he chose this one, which is far better than the cartoony type image that I came up with. And again, you know, $5 Oh, so let me give you his name, his ebook cover, underscore
Roy Barker 23:09
ebook cover underscore x p, e. r. So you can go to Fiverr F I V E R R.com, look them up and see some of the great work he’s done.
Roy Barker 23:20 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, and I’ve had some logo work done over there. And it’s it, it’s a surprisingly good experience for the amount of money that you pay, you know, there, it’s not just a one time exchange, you know, like the people I work with, there is a back and forth and them actually trying too hard to get what you want, you know, the representation that you want. So, like you said, you just need to be careful to go with somebody that’s got this right. negations because, you know, it’s with the feedback in that civically feedback means a whole lot. And there’s no feedback. Sometimes. That’s right. There’s a reason.
Yeah, so at this point, you have the E book. Now, some people of course, like the paperback book, that’s something that could actually hold. So you can actually use Kindle Direct Publishing to create a book. So they’re on Amazon, for the millions of people use Amazon and we’re looking for a topic that have a choice. Either they could download your ebook, you know, use their Kindle reader, or they could order a paperback. And the nice thing there is when I wrote my first book, right, in order to get a decent price on the book, I had to order 2000 copies, you know, a 2000 copies of the book look like? Yes, it came on a pallet.
Roy Barker 24:42 quit pitching your prospects
Yes. Yeah, I
had to store them in my basement, attic and garage, my neighbor’s basement, attic and garage. They got moldy. Alright, you don’t have to do that anymore. With Kindle Direct Publishing, you print on demand. So you know, let’s say you were going to give a presentation. You could sell you could order and sell 25 copies back of the room. And what I like about it is, you could probably, for this book, I could order author copies for $2.15. I mean, that’s less than a price book greeting card. Exactly. Yeah. So you can order author copies, use those as market, what I do is I use this as marketing material, because like you said, It educates. It’s not selling anything. I’m trying to show myself as the trusted expert.
Roy Barker 25:25 quit pitching your prospects
And, and hold that back up. Again. The other thing that is even if people don’t read it, it’s a huge business card. I mean, it just tells your story is got your name. And even if it’s laying around on somebody’s coffee table, it’s still a presence in front of people, which That’s awesome.
I remember the first, when I wrote my first book, I was giving a presentation on my books there. And the lady bought a copy. And she looked at me with all because apparently she’d never met a published author before. She said, will you sign my book? Oh, yeah, there’s, we, well, you kind of have to organize your thoughts, you know, you’ve you’ve gone through the process. And so therefore, you have this this aura of credibility.
But someone else who has all the information in their head, but doesn’t have a tangible, doesn’t have tangible proof. This can make all the difference. And like I said, doesn’t matter what, you know, you’re a plumber, you could write a book about how to fix your drains or whatever, put it in a book, it’s going to cost you $5. And you could give this out to potential clients, whatever your expertise is, set yourself apart. I know you talk about employee retention.
And that’s a huge issue right now, of course, as you know, but I think the second biggest issue for small businesses is how do you set yourself apart from all your competitors? an E book is a book is a great way to do it.
Roy Barker 26:52 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, we talk a lot about just the noise level out there now as you have to do, you know, back in the day, if you had a website that was now it’s like, everybody’s got one and everybody right, this level. So we’ve got to take that next step. Which basically, you know, the other cool thing about this is, you know, kind of taking a step back, is, you know, once you get your rev copy edited before you submit it. What a lot of great social media posts. Oh, yeah. Found up right there. Take the chunks. Yeah.
In fact, I don’t mean to interrupt you, right. Try not to do that. I just get so excited about talking about this. But it’s very key to chunk your information, chunk your information. So what I usually do my classes, I asked somebody to write down a random nine digit number, any nine numbers of doom as low as long as they’re not sequential. So after they do that, I’ll say, Roy, if I were to see you next week, first of all, thank you for allowing me to be on your podcast. And then ask you could you recall that nine digit number? Do you think you could?
Roy Barker 27:59 quit pitching your prospects
Probably, oh, you could, I couldn’t. But you could say I can you remember what I have for lunch?
Well, I’m going to give you a little trick, a little tip, right? After the third digit and the fifth digit. So after the third number in the fifth number, put in a dash, put in a hyphen after the third number in the fifth number of now, if you can visualize that. What does that look like in your mind’s eye? No.
Roy Barker 28:23
I was saying like Social Security now.
We’ve gone from nine pieces of information down to just three, we’ve chunked the information. See, a confused mind never learns a confused mind never buys. That’s why for instance, there are the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People that some of the Habits of Highly Effective People, in fact, you know, I just used that on you a little while ago, by talking about that principle from May to stick. It was an acronym, they chunk the information. So it’s spelled su cc e. s, that’s how I’m able to remember it. If I didn’t have that acronym, I couldn’t tell you, you know, but when we chunk the information, it makes it really easy for people to remember.
Roy Barker 29:04
Yeah. Yeah. And you know, we work. Sometimes it’s like that, you know, the blank page mark in us that we talked about earlier. It’s like, Okay, well, we want to sit down and schedule some social media out. And it kills me because I know people, you know, or bloggers or good writers, they’re like, Ha, quit pitching your prospects. I don’t know what I’m gonna put out. And I’m like, Oh, my gosh, you got three pages of information, you know, you just pull from it. Right? You’re able to do the same thing. Like you said, chocolate, but you’re still educating your engine to yourself. So I mean, that this is an awesome tool that we’ve just created for ourselves. Mm
hmm. In fact, I want to give you an alternative to blogging. This is one of my favorite tips. You’re on LinkedIn. Right? Right. Yes. Correct. Yes. Either and LinkedIn, okay, so on the homepage of LinkedIn, the top, middle, there’s either a button or a link that says write an article. Okay, okay. So click on that link, it’ll take you to a three part template. At the top of the template, they’re looking for an image. So kind of like what’s behind you, for instance, now one of my favorite sites to get images is pixabay.
Have you ever used pixabay? No, p IX, a BA YPIXAB. Ba, why? Now one of the reasons I love going to that site is you were talking about web websites. I happen open up my PO Box, and I got a letter from Getty Images. unbeknownst to me, my webmaster had unauthorized use of one of their images, and I got a bill for $1,000. You don’t want to do that. Okay, but pixabay these are our images from amateur photographers. Now, it doesn’t mean they’re not good. Because, you know, with our iPhones now, I mean, they’re so sophisticated, you know, anybody can be of what looks like a professional photographer.
And what I also like about it is it doesn’t look like stock photography normally looks so prim and proper, and perfect. I mean, these are real images. And it’s a search engine. So for instance, if you wanted to do an article about employee retention, you could type in employee, and it would show you images of employees, okay? no cost. Now you can give attribution, you can give a contribution, if you like, one of the things I always do is I at least like the image, you know, to give the whoever provided some feedback. So I get an image from pixabay.com. The next part is the headline. And so what I do in the headline is I think about how people would be looking for the information in my article, you know, what do people type into Google?
And the reason I do that is, you know, when Google is looking for answers, they go to a credible site like LinkedIn, and they’ll look for information there. You know, so I want my title, my headline to match what they’re typing in the search engine. So that’s the second part of this template. The third part is the body copy 500 words or less, remember their short attention spans, there’s a little blue button in the upper right corner says publish, hit that, and it goes out to all your connections.
Now, I’m very particular as to who my friends are on Facebook, like, for instance, if I get a request from a half naked female, I think I probably shouldn’t go there. But with LinkedIn, it’s just business. You know, I never know when I could help you. Or you could help me. So I always say, I always say yes to those connections, and I have 1300 connections, and I ever do anything to promote it. No. So as soon as you do that, your article goes out to all of them. And then what you can also do is take that link, and use it on your other social media sites, use it on your, on your website.
And it what it’ll say is the the title of your article by Roy Barker doesn’t say by Roy Barker, it says linkedin.com this information is coming from linkedin.com. Alright, you’re an authority now. Yeah, you know, so at least get started there. If writing an E book or a book, it just seems too intimidating to you start with a LinkedIn article. It’s another one of those no cost resources. All it does is it takes up a little bit of your time. And you can prove yourself to be the again trusted member of the community. The real authority on your topic.
Roy Barker 33:14
Yeah. Yeah. And because LinkedIn is such, they have such a high domain authority, it really boosts your I think it really boosts your credibility as well.
Definitely, definitely. And the other thing you could you can do, of course, is post videos 80% of what we’ll be consuming it online will be videos, and keep them short. Again, very, very short, within 10 seconds to according to tubemogul. Within 10 seconds, 10% of your audience will be gone by the half minute mark, or third, by the one minute mark a half by the two minute mark three quarters. Wow. So keep them short. Keep really short, again, because of that short attention span, but you can you can post videos, put your videos on YouTube on LinkedIn as well.
Roy Barker 34:08 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah, videos or they used to reference it. I’m sure my audience gets tired hear me say it. I say it all the time. But it used to we talked about pictures were like breadcrumbs to your article, where videos were like chocolate covered your article that, you know, they just have so much more impact. And, you know, we talked about this to the importance of using a picture or video.
One of the reasons that was explained to me it really made a lot of sense at one time was that when you write even just a post on LinkedIn or Facebook, you take up, you know, maybe an inch, half an inch of real estate, where if you have a picture, now all of a sudden you have widened out that real estate because it’s easier to scroll back up the lines of text than it is that picture makes at least it visible. Then if you have a great image, it gets somebody’s attention, you know, whatever you’ve posted there. So
definitely, if a picture’s worth 1000 words of videos probably worth a million.
Roy Barker 35:09
Yeah, exactly. Yeah. And I’m like you I like, I like things that look more real. I tried to take pictures, you know myself to use, I don’t, you know, there’s times we have to use the stock image you can’t get around it, but not my choice. also depend on what we’re writing about. If it’s our company, or our service, quit pitching your prospects or something that’s more personalized a picture of you, goes a long way to people can identify you with the company name with the service makes people feel more comfortable.
Yeah, and that’s the thing about social media marketing, you want to make it real, make it authentic.
Roy Barker 35:43
Yeah, yeah. That’s why it’s different. Yeah, see a lot of these websites, it’s, you know, I was helping a young lady and they had a bunch of equipment, trucks and some manufacturing equipment that they were showing stock pictures of something that looked kinda like, I’m like, Well, why are we doing that? Why don’t we do a real thing, you know, right worker have a real worker standing by this thing. And people can tell the difference, just like you can. Exactly. And so anyway, I think it makes such a much better presentation. But so I was just reading down through here. The, you’re talking about forget the rejection and the stress of cold calling.
Oh, okay. Yeah. Well, I already told you a little bit of that story. I send out postcards. You know, I had, I was working for another speaker, and he had me doing some cold calling ROI. And I kept track. That day, I made 49 cold calls. I talked to a machine 45 times. I mean, I remember, maybe you do too, back in the old days where people would actually would answer their phone. But now on my iPhone, if I had a number I don’t recognize it’s not one of my contacts.
I never take it, right. As a matter of fact, if they don’t leave a message, I automatically block the call, or they don’t call back. Yeah. Okay. quit pitching your prospects So anyway, I made these 49 calls. 45 times I talked to voicemail. The four times I did talk to an actual person, they told me go to Hell yeah. And I thought there’s got to be a better way. And I also, I listened to a podcast from the National Speakers Association and the host, like you was talking about? Well, he was interviewing a meeting professional.
And she said, I get 10 unsolicited emails each day from speakers as 50 a week. And one of the keys to success. I got this from the book, what they didn’t teach you at the heart at Harvard Business School, by Mark McCormack, he said, take a look at what everybody else is doing. And if you want to be successful, do just
Roy Barker 37:45
the opposite. Right.
That’s why send postcards and on the postcards. I don’t talk about how wonderful and great I Am. I’ll talk about things that are of interest to the meeting professional, for instance, do virtual trade shows work? Or should my virtual conference be pre recorded? Or how to get the shy expert to speak things like that? Because, you know, if it looks like an ad, what do we do?
As soon as we get advertisement in the mail? We don’t even look at it. Right? You know, and so unlike the cold call, where somebody listen to the first two seconds, and then delete, or you know, they may only look at the subject line of an email, they can tell it’s coming from a speaker or you know, some solicitor with a postcard you can’t help but at least spend three to five seconds with it. You know, like, what is this?
And what you want to do is make it look like it’s coming from a friend. Because I gave this tip to another speaker. She said, Oh, great. I’ll print off 100 mailing labels and slap them on that. No, no, no, no, no. You want to handwrite In fact, sometimes I’ll even write something that looks like a personal note. Yeah. You know, in fact, just recently, I spoke here in Columbus, for an association that makes chocolate candies. And the executive director said, you know, why had you come speak?
And I said, No, she said, because I loved your marketing materials. They’re just so so different. So that’s what I do. I send out postcards. And so I use another artist on Fiverr. Let me give you his name. His name is Balu ba elegoo. But he has the handle of blufor 12 ba l UBA One, two Beluga. 12 on fiverr.com. He’s in India. And every time he sends me back a PDF of my new postcard ROI, I get excited like a kid at Christmas. I mean, he does what I would do if I was creative. You know, I give him the general idea. And he just works magic.
And then I go to vistaprint and have these printed up. By the way, anytime you’ve used vistaprint, haven’t you? Yes, yeah, I mean, never pay full price. I always do a search on Google for vistaprint postcards, promo code or discount code, and I can usually say 30 to 50%. But that’s what I do to be different, you know, because I don’t want to blend in with everybody else I want to stand out. And I think that’s what a lot of your listeners need to do running small businesses. You know, we don’t have the marketing budget of a Gillette or Procter and Gamble, you know, so so we have to use these guerilla marketing tactics in order to get noticed.
Roy Barker 40:23 quit pitching your prospects
Yeah. And it’s funny, because even no matter what age you are, I still like to get stuff in the mailbox. And now I’m not so excited about getting emails that that’s that’s a no,
no, the average white collar worker sends and receives 115 a day now. You’re just gonna blend it with everybody else. Yeah. But
Roy Barker 40:39
when she comes down with the male says, hey, that’s something male. I mean, my ears kind of perked up, like, what is that? So, you know, I’m a lot more apt to give it a read. And I think the other good advice you just gave is to, you know, don’t, don’t stamp it like, No, no, you know, Mike, in fact, they
laugh at me at the postcard at the post office, because I say, hey, what what fun stamp Do you have this month? Right? So like, I’ll put Star Wars stamps on there, or, you know, something to make it stand out. So it’s fun. Yeah. And distinctive. In fact, we we had the part of the reason I got the idea. We had somebody come speak to our National Speakers Association chapter.
And like we said, the average white collar worker sends and receives 115 emails a day. How many pieces of mail Do you get now? Maybe, I don’t know. six, eight, something like that. You know, so yeah, it’s kind of a break your day, you’re going to take a little time to go through the mail. And, you know, try yourself. See, see if you you get an interesting I don’t even know if you get interesting postcards, but if you do, could you not
Roy Barker 41:39
look at Right, exactly. Yeah. And that’s well, that’s another key I think you have to get it you have to design it. To where it is an interesting enough. Somebody’s gonna flip it over and say Hey, what is this?
And to make it be about them? I mean, so many postcards again, males, mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee mee it’s like when I was getting information in the mail for my daughter, for colleges, it’s all about us, us, us, us, us, us, us. No talk about my daughter are people like her and and how you’ve been able to help people like her and how much they enjoyed the experience? Or what type of job they got is resolved about, you know, make it be about the recipient, make it be about your client, not about you.
Roy Barker 42:22
Yeah, yeah, one more tip, we’re getting kind of late. I know one more thing I wanted that this kind of brought up that it was an old. So what this is a way to get a really good free mailing list or low cost mailing list to people that really care about what you’re sending them. This was a jewelry store and this jewelry store, what they had figured out is that 50 to 70% of their clients were repeat clients. So if they come in the door to make the first purchase, you know, about a 750 to 70% chance you’re coming back for a second purchase.
What they did is they went to a local dentist, and they said, Look, I’ve got this deal, I want you to send out a letter to your clientele, and say, thanks for being such an awesome customer of our dental service. And because of that, we have arranged a you know, whatever discount and this particular jewelry store, you know, they said it at cost. So basically, this first purchase was going to be you know, they weren’t gonna make any money, they want to make money off of you the next 500. Right.
But what they did is they said, you know, we don’t want to touch your mailing list, we’re not asking right client’s name, we want your secretary, we’ll give you the form letter, she can type it out, she will send it out on your letterhead and say, thanks for being a client, we’ve arranged, you know, 30% discount on this purchase, send it out to all their clients. And then you know, one, one good thing to do is you may fund an hour to the secretaries time that has to, you know, get the data and send it down pay for post. Is this not a student say it’s no cost?
It’s low cost. But yeah, yeah. But now you’ve got an engaged audience, because they are current clients of this dentist. They’re excited because he’s saying thanks for being a client. And I’ve figured out how you can get a discount at the store. And now the jewelry store, you know, they were just saying, Hey, you know, this first one is going to be breakeven for us. But you know, think about if even 30 or 40% of these people come in and make repeat customers. I’ve always thought that was such an awesome
kind of Oh, it is ROI. In fact, it even has a name. Oh, does it Okay, yeah, that’s called fusion marketing. Okay. Yeah. In fact, the former CEO of ups said, you know, used to be if you can’t beat them, join them. But But now used to be, you know, you try to beat your competition. But if you can’t do that, then join them. Yeah.
And then you both can’t be beat. Yeah, yeah. It’s called fusion marketing. In fact, I’ve heard, for instance, a car dealer and a carwash owner got together, or a sporting bar, a sports bar, and a sporting goods owner got together, or a hairstylist and a clothing boutique. You know, each one had a display for the other. Yeah. Because again, what does it cost you? You know, and it makes both of you look good. So it’s a win win win?
Roy Barker 45:32
Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Love the ideation marketing. Okay, great. Yeah, we put them after all these years, I can put a name to that. Cool thing. All right, Ted. Well, any any other points you want to put out to the audience before we wrap this up?
Okay, well, this one is a little bit more philosophical. Okay. But it’s a tip that I picked up from Brian Tracy. Okay. It’s something that I’ve instituted the last few months. And he said that one of the best things you can do when you get up in the morning, is to write down your goals. What are you trying to accomplish today? You know, personal goal, maybe a physical fitness goal. professional goal, and then that will keep you focused for the rest of the day.
And because you know, most people have no clue as to really why they’re here what their purpose is. So define what’s most important to you. In that way, you’ll stay motivated toward those goals throughout the day. And then each day as you rewrite them, you’ll refocus yourself. You’ll be amazed at how this will keep you on track and what you can accomplish.
Roy Barker 46:47
I love that. And I was just fixing to ask what is a habit or a tool that you and if that’s it, that’s understandable if you have something else that you do every day that really adds value, if you want to show there,
there is something else. But this this is I mean, sometimes I tell people this and they just kind of shake their head, but I am a runner last year, because like many of us back in March, I lost all of my engagements for the rest of the year. And I was under huge stress, like, what the heck am I going to do? So one of the things I did to deal with the stress was I increased my running.
And by the end of the year, by the end of 20. I had run 2020 miles. But what that enables me to do is just to let my mind go. And I think about things like this helps me plan my day. It’s just been a huge, tremendous stress lever reliever for me. In fact, last time I was seriously sick, was right after I got married. first month we were married, my wife had to convalesce me back I got mononucleosis.
And that was 38 years ago. So it is it’s really helped me to keep my energy up, keep me healthy. So you know, running may not be the thing for you. But but find some sort of physical activity, because it will help you in multiple ways. Not only will it help you with your energy in your physical fitness, but it’ll help you with your creativity as well.
Roy Barker 48:14
Yeah, yeah. And I’m not a runner, for sure. But just even for me getting out and taking the 10 or 15 Oh, yeah. And I’ll probably do that tonight when we’re done. Yeah. And if you get stuck, if I get stuck in a problem, you know, something I can’t solve or if I am writing in and get caught in a block, just instead of trying to power through Yes, because I easily end up rewriting that. Just get up, take a walk, it clears my head.
And then, you know, talking about the creativity, you know, there are studies that say that, you know, like our kids and this extrapolates to adults that were so overscheduled stimulated, that we have lost the creative edge in some cases, but taking that walk or even just sitting with yourself and trying to calm your mind can really help those creative juices start flowing again.
Yeah, the other thing that helps me and of course, this isn’t gonna help everybody but I have eight grandkids. So when they come over again, this is one of my goals. I want to be the best grandfather I can possibly be. I become like a kid. Yeah, I get down on their level. I do the same crazier, zany, are you they love it when you act like them.
And you’re allowed to be you know, as I go out and play tag with them and chase them around and we ride go karts, and they think it’s fantastic and i’m doing i’m working on one of my goals. I want to be a good grandfather you know so that when I get done I feel energized I feel like a kid I get that energy back and if so that’s that’s serious work for me is is to be a good granddad.
Roy Barker 49:42
Nothing like being a grandpa and not really having the rules and constraints as write up the kids by word is here to have that can make your job and eat your vegetables at all night.
That is your job. Yeah, yeah. It’s just to be as much fun as you possibly can. cannon, it takes a lot of energy. You know, sometimes they come over and go, Oh, geez, I’m I’m up for today. But then after they leave, I’m so glad that I did expend the energy.
Roy Barker 50:09
Now they are blessing for sure. Yes. Well, Ted, thanks so much for taking.
Oh, my pleasure.
Roy Barker 50:15
It’s been awesome conversation. So tell everybody a couple things. Who, how, who do you like to work with? How can you help them and then how they can reach you, but then also tell us how we can get a copy of the book?
Oh, certainly. Well, if anybody’s struggling with writing the book, I’ve already written mine. This is everything I know, Roy. So I can’t I’d love to write another. But that’s all I know. So if somebody needs some assistance with their ebook or book, I’d be happy to help them out. You could reach me at Ted T E D @ Janus J A N U S presentations.com. So, Ted @ Janus presentations.com.
That’s all one word, obviously, my website is www.Januspresentations.com. And I’d be happy to assist you in any way that I could. Once again, the name of my book is Superpower Superpower Marketing and Branding. I wrote it specifically for professional speakers and trainers. But just like the tips we talked about here, I think it spills over to other small business owners. And we discussed No Cost and Low Cost Resources to Propel Your Business and the ebook and the paperback book are available on Amazon.
Roy Barker 51:27
Okay, awesome. Y’all reach out and pick up pick up a copy of the book to get started and then give 10 a call. Let him help you with your presentations with your speaking or least writing your next best seller.
was indeed a pleasure, Roy. Yeah, I’m sorry. It’s over.
Roy Barker 51:44
Yeah, me too. Yeah, it was a great conversation. And I learned that it is fusion marketing. So learn something every day.
You didn’t even know you were a genius. But maybe you did. But that’s just more proof.
Roy Barker 51:55
Right? Exactly. All right. Well, that’s gonna do it for another episode of the business of business podcast. Of course I am your host Roy. You can find us at thebusinessofbusinesspodcast.com. We’re on all the major social media networks, hangout probably on Instagram a little more than anywhere else. So reach out there be glad to interact with you also on all the podcast platforms, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Spotify, if we’re not a one that you listened to reach out to be glad to add it to make your ears listening easier. A video of this interview will also go up on our YouTube channel. So go over there and check us out till next time. Take care of yourself and take care of your business.