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What’s Your Story?

Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Aug 31, 2015
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A bit over 4 years ago I wrote an article titled The Art Of Storytelling, where I talked about some of the stories I’ve written on this blog as it related to the topic of writing. A few days ago I came across another article where the author was purporting to talk about why storytelling wasn’t good for business but in actually he was rebutting something he’d read where the author said storytelling was bad for business. What a twist eh?

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This article isn’t about writing; it’s about you, your person, your life, and what you’re ready to tell the world so that you can get what you want from it and from others. That sounds a big daunting and a little bit narcissistic, doesn’t it? It’s not; let’s talk about it.

There’s a guy named Ryan Biddulph who writes a little blog called Blogging From Paradise; some of you might know him. Basically, he blogs about his travels throughout Southeast Asia and how he gets to live a pretty good life, along with his wife, because of the success his blogging has led him to have. I learned about him through my buddy Adrienne, and checked out his blog and read some of his life story before deciding to buy his book, Blogging From Paradiseicon (well played Ryan lol).

It’s a pretty good book but truthfully, the reason I bought it is because he told a good story and I thought that the book might either be uplifting enough for me to figure out my own thing or that I might pick up a few things from it. The story he told, and continues to tell, is his own, and he’s pretty open about it (the story about giant roaches crawling on his face… okay, that one I didn’t need…).

The reality is that most of us who buy things online often buy them from people we trust and have gotten to know. A website with hundreds of thousands of visitors every day probably sells less product than someone who has 500 visitors a day who comes because they like the person whose blog or website they’re visiting. I like to talk about the “100 True Fans” concept I got from Chris Pirillo many years ago (I’m dropping a lot of names in this post aren’t i?) where he said if you could get just 100 true fans you’d probably get rich because they’d do all the marketing for you without having to be asked based on their enthusiasm, and it could carry you to ultimate success.

My wife always asks me why I talk about so many things that happen in my life through my blogs. Truth be told, I hold a lot of things back; there are stories you’re never going to read on any of my blogs because they’re none of your business (of course, if you want to learn a lot of personal stuff about me you can check out my 100 Thing About Me post); how’s that to get some of your interest? 🙂

Yet I do share a lot of stories, true things that happen in my life. I’ve had a lot of adventures that I can relate into talking about blogging, writing, leadership, diabetes… you name it, I’ve got a story for it. I tell the truths that some others might not tell; I don’t always end up looking good, though I like to say that as long as the story ends up being good, it’s all good. lol

Why do I tell these stories? One, because they have a point. Two, because sometimes they’re funny. But three, because I hope it shows that I’m a pretty real person, such that if you or anyone else decides you want to look at something I’m marketing (like my latest book, Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy, or links to other books I recommend) because of the stories I tell, who knows, you might buy something that not only would put a smile on my face but a small chunk of change in my pocket. That would encourage me to write more often; who wouldn’t love that? 😉

There’s definitely a place for content that only covers “how to” topics; heck, I write some of those. But there’s also a place for writing content that passes a message along that came about because of something that happened in your life. If you can tell that story well enough to intrigue people, and you have other stories you can tell to try to get them coming back often… who knows, you might end up rich beyond your dreams.

Or at least making a living doing something you love… whatever it may be. Think about it. While you’re at it, here’s a story I told about trying to get Verizon FiOS in my house back in April. I share this because, strangely enough, it’s become the 2nd most watched video on this particular video channel; who knew?


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Friday – Final Day Of Training Marketing Push

Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Aug 7, 2015
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This is the final day of my survey below regarding my creating a training course that a majority of people might want me to create. The intention is to generate interest in a product that the most buyers will purchase from me… at least that’s the general theory. No matter what happens, I won’t hold it against Ryan Levesque’s Ask, which I interviewed and which this event has been based on, since I didn’t quite follow his recommendations.

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Whew, I’m tired!

I’ve pretty much done what I could with this adventure. I’ve marketed it via all my blogs, two of which go to LinkedIn. I’ve marketed it hard on Twitter and asked people to share it. I’ve stepped up the marketing just a bit on Google Plus, which really doesn’t handle marketing all that well but hey, that’s why I’ve written multiple posts! I sent email to everyone I’m connected to that I have a good relationship with (and a few I only barely know lol). I’ve done my blog commenting, linking back to different blogs and this one about the survey. Finally, I marketed it on Facebook via my business page… I thought about doing it in the open but decided against it.

If this takes off, it’ll be because of the help I got from all the rest of y’all. I know that as a long wolf I can only reach so many people. If social media is really a community then hopefully parts of the community who view me favorably will have not only shared this but stopped by and voted.

At this time I’d like to highlight products I’ve created that aren’t already over there on the left side, to show more proof that I have created stuff:

Mitchell Employee Evaluation Module – a system that will help you hire the type of person you’re looking for based on real criteria instead of just how educated someone might be

Mitchell Manager Training Program – a 5-part course for training new managers that I created almost 10 years ago

Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy – my second book on leadership, it’s a collection of previous writings on the subject from 2003 through 2008

Keys To Leadership – a 2-part seminar series I delivered live on leadership rules and communication

Here’s the first thank you to everyone who participated in some way. Who knows, you might win a free course.

And so it goes. Below are 9 categories of things I’m very proficient in. Under a couple of them, I’ve broken the category down slightly further than the main category.

The first thing I need is for you to pick one thing; one choice per person. You can leave your request on the blog, or you can send me an email to mitch@imjustsharing.

The second thing I need is for you to pick how you’d like the training delivered to you. One of these I’ve put in there in case local folks participate in amazing numbers; gotta have hope right? Or, if you believe you’d able to pull something together that could get me to come to where you are and get paid for it… even better.

The reward? Other than what I promise will be a top flight lesson, the first idea that has five people select it and the way it’s delivered, I’ll pick 1 person from that group to receive that training for free. If I get 20 people eventually under that same selection, I’ll give away 2 more free trainings.

At some point, if I don’t reach an agreed upon number, I’ll probably take the top 3 and run this again. As I said, I’m putting this out on 4 blogs, and since each blog addresses something different, you might think that picking something on this blog would be a snap… but you just never know… not everything below is something that’s covered on this blog. Who knows, some of you might learn something new about me from the choices below 🙂

These are the areas you have to select from (categories are underlined):

Blogging

Business blogging
blogging for money
blog writing
article writing for others

Motivation

How to motivate yourself
Motivating Others

Self Employment

Social Media

benefits and dangers of social media
social media marketing tips
YouTube & video basics

Customer Service

Leadership

Being A Better Leader
Training Others To Be Leaders

How to provide good customer service
Training others to be good at customer service

Personal Budgeting

Diversity

Hospital Revenue Cycle

Medical Billing techniques
Understanding Charge Master
Understanding the Revenue Cycle

Now, method of delivery:

Udemy course
Webinars
Email course
Podcasts
Book
Live seminar
YouTube (this is new because it’s been requested on some of the other blogs as an option)
1 on 1 training (in person, Skype, Google Hangout, phone)

Remember, only one per person. Once again, I thank everyone in advance for participating and sharing this post, or any of my other posts from any of my other blogs regarding this. Thanks for all your help this week, no matter to what degree it’s come from!
 

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Day 3; What Would You Like To Learn?

Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Aug 5, 2015
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This is day three of my survey below to see what you might like to learn that I know a lot about. Yes, this time it’s something I’ll be charging for, although, if it all goes through well, a few people will end up getting something for free… all it takes is participating. I mean, what’s easier than that?

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I’ve talked about this for the last two days, but on the first post of this marketing series I mentioned that I was doing this on 3 other blogs as well. I’m not going to link to the specific posts, but I thought I’d mention the other 3 blogs because, though some folks know about them, I’m thinking the majority that might show up here won’t have any idea, which might confuse them as they look at some of the categories of things below:

Mitch’s Blog – this is my first blog and my main business blog. I mainly talk about leadership and all the business and personal things associated with it, which includes: diversity, communications, customer service, ethics, employees, and motivation. I also talk about health care every once in a while since that’s what I consult on for the most part.

Top Finance Blog – this is my finance site where I mainly talk about ways to save money and budgeting. Occasionally I talk about other financial issues, and there are a lot of other topics that have been addressed on this site because, for a couple of years, I accepted guest post on this site (but no more).

Medical Billing Answers Blog – this is obviously the blog to my medical billing site. The posts on this site mainly concern medical billing and health care revenue cycle issues, health topics and recommendations for patients who have to deal with medical bills.

That might make some things a bit more clear; not sure why I didn’t do that on day one but I can’t think of everything at once. lol By the way, before anyone asks the question (which could have already happened), I can’t give a price point on anything right now. Without knowing which of these I might cover first (although I know which one I’m doing first if I don’t get the numbers I’m hoping for on the survey), or the way it’s being delivered, it’s hard to say. I will say that the one I’ll probably do first if I don’t get a consensus will be the most costly; that’s all I’m giving up for now.

Let’s get to it. Below are 9 categories of things I’m very proficient in; yes, someone can actually be good at more than one thing. Under a couple of them, I’ve broken the category down slightly further than the main category.

The first thing I need is for you to pick one thing; one choice per person. You can leave your request on the blog, or you can send me an email to mitch@imjustsharing.

The second thing I need is for you to pick how you’d like the training delivered to you. One of these I’ve put in there in case local folks participate in amazing numbers; gotta have hope right? Or, if you believe you’d able to pull something together that could get me to come to where you are and get paid for it… even better.

The reward? Other than what I promise will be a top flight lesson, the first idea that has five people select it and the way it’s delivered, I’ll pick 1 person from that group to receive that training for free. If I get 20 people eventually under that same selection, I’ll give away 2 more free trainings.

At some point, if I don’t reach an agreed upon number, I’ll probably take the top 3 and run this again. As I said, I’m putting this out on 4 blogs, and since each blog addresses something different, you might think that picking something on this blog would be a snap… but you just never know… not everything below is something that’s covered on this blog. Who knows, some of you might learn something new about me from the choices below 🙂

These are the areas you have to select from (categories are underlined):

Motivation

How to motivate yourself
Motivating Others

Blogging

Business blogging
blogging for money
blog writing
article writing for others

Social Media

benefits and dangers of social media
social media marketing tips
YouTube & video basics

Self Employment

Customer Service

Leadership

Being A Better Leader
Training Others To Be Leaders

How to provide good customer service
Training others to be good at customer service

Personal Budgeting

Diversity

Hospital Revenue Cycle

Medical Billing techniques
Understanding Charge Master
Understanding the Revenue Cycle

Now, method of delivery:

Udemy course
Webinars
Email course
Podcasts
Book
Live seminar
YouTube (this is new because it’s been requested on some of the other blogs as an option)
1 on 1 training (in person, Skype, Google Hangout, phone)

Remember, only one per person. Once again, I thank everyone in advance for participating and sharing this post, or any of my other posts from any of my other blogs regarding this. Pushing forward!
 

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