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Weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. We focus on modern business essentials, self employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, work-life balance among other things!

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Weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. We focus on modern business essentials, self employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, work-life balance among other things!

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Changed my life....

By rkentrus0 - Oct 20 2019
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There are many entrepreneurship podcasts, but none have the inspirational appeal of Fizzle. Listening to Steph, Corbett, and Chase in my car as I drive back and forth to work everyday motivated me to take a serious leap and start my own business. Thanks guys!

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By ChiTown Tahany - Oct 10 2019
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Fizzle ROCKS!

iTunes Ratings

586 Ratings
Average Ratings
529
24
12
10
11

Changed my life....

By rkentrus0 - Oct 20 2019
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There are many entrepreneurship podcasts, but none have the inspirational appeal of Fizzle. Listening to Steph, Corbett, and Chase in my car as I drive back and forth to work everyday motivated me to take a serious leap and start my own business. Thanks guys!

Thank you

By ChiTown Tahany - Oct 10 2019
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Fizzle ROCKS!

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Weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. We focus on modern business essentials, self employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, work-life balance among other things!

Episode 35: 035 - Finding Your Idea. Product Prodcrust 1

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http://fizzleshow.co/35 -- (with special guests!) For the next few episodes of the Fizzle Show (including this one) we're going to get you thinking about building your first product. Whether you're ready to build it now or not, getting your mind right about this stuff will profoundly impact the decisions you make about your business.  Jan 03, 2014

Apr 10 2014

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Episode 4: 004 - The Creative Habit - How Chase Reeves Built It

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As a business builder you absolutely have to learn to balance the creative stuff with the business stuff. This is something Chase Reeves is well versed in. He’s one of the hosts of the show and in this entertaining episode he shares some lessons learned as he navigated his career through media and project management stuff to reading LifeHacker.com for 10 hours a day to newborns and lay-offs and start-ups, oh my! There's much to glean from his colorful way of looking at these things. We also answer a question about one of the most important metrics for membership sites. Be sure to visit FizzleShow.com for shownotes. Enter your email there and we'll send you our Traffic Toolkit. Jun 06, 2013

Apr 10 2014

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Episode 8: 008 - Choosing & Vetting A Business Idea

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Are you like the thousands we've heard from, worried and stressed about choosing a business idea? Maybe you don't think you have an idea. Or maybe you've got too many business ideas and you don't know which is best. Maybe you're stuck in analysis paralysis. In this episode we explain a simple framework that will help you take back some control and make a choice you're proud of (so at least you'll have a better answer next time to that "what is it you do again, Kelly?" cocktail party question). Be sure to visit http://fizzleShow.com/ for shownotes (and enter your email there so we can send you things like birthday party invites).Jun 27, 2013

Apr 10 2014

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Episode 344: Getting Traffic to a New Website (without Blogging)

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https://fizzleshow.co How do you drive traffic to a new website without doing heavy blogging or content marketing?

Ruben Gamez is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Bidsketch and Docsketch. Bidsketch is a web application that helps people create professional-looking client proposals in minutes. Docsketch is an all-in-one electronic signature, approval, and document tracking solution.

In this episode of The Fizzle Show, you'll learn exactly what techniques Ruben is using to drive hundreds of thousands of visits to his websites without blogging.

Oct 01 2019

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Episode 338: The Best Productivity Routines with Mike Vardy and Chase Reeves

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/338

Which strategies help us stay productive with the bulk of our time? What do we do when one of these strategies loses its effect? What is the right balance between being focused on productivity and actually being productive?

In the online business world, there is more than enough literature and content offering you ways to be more productive! These ideas can often be really helpful, sometimes seem like noise and can distract you from what is important. We want to assess where the general productivity conversation is currently situated and help you to gauge where you are with it!

In this episode, we break down the ever-evolving inner and outer world of productivity. A common experience for many people seems to be that tactics and systems can help a lot but that their effect can wear off over time. So one of the main issues here seems to be how to pivot at the right point to a new way of doing things.

Today on the show we are joined by our old bestie Chase Reeves and past guest / great friend Mike Vardy. Mike is a productivity expert who runs Productivityist and has some great, sometimes strange, routines that we cannot wait to share with all of you!

We also talk about maintaining focus, virtual assistants, the negative side of productivity and what theming your time can offer you. For all this and more, join us today for another great show!

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Key Points From This Episode:

  • Starting the year in September, theming times, days and months. [0:04:12.6]
  • Understanding Mike's use of productivity themes throughout his week. [0:08:04.5]
  • Chase's recent routines and the difference between productivity and focus. [0:11:25.8]
  • The convenience and dangers of hiring a virtual assistant. [0:17:41.4]
  • Productivity overwhelm and anxiety; the negative side of trying to get it all done. [0:21:07.9]
  • Setting up new systems and the rebirth of our organizational strategies. [0:27:31.2]
  • The personal nature and universal aspects of routine. [0:34:48.1]
  • Dealing with hurdles and potholes in your productivity systems. [0:38:49.6]
  • Rewards, motivations and the carrot and stick mentality. [0:43:28.8]
  • Intentional hacking and injecting care into our shortcuts. [0:49:57.4]
  • Mike's advice to those wanting to level up or refresh their productivity. [0:53:08.6]
  • The courses and resources that can help you actionable strategies. [0:55:11.9]
  • And much more!

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Sep 10 2019

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Episode 3: 003 - Panic at the Border: How Corbett Barr Built His Blog

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Do you wonder how you’ll ever actually do the things you dream about? In this episode Corbett Barr (one of the Fizzle Show hosts) shares how he made the transition from dreaming to doing. It wasn't easy for him (wait till the bit about his panic at the Mexican border) but it completely changed his path, expanding his perspective about where he wanted to go with his career (and life).  This episode is a great introduction to Corbett, narrating how he graduated from a burnt out consultant to an electrified, successful and celebrated blogger and business builder. We also answer a couple of colorful listener questions that lead to Chase's 5 website design tips and Caleb's killer Santa Claus metaphor.  Be sure to visit http://FizzleShow.com and enter your email to get our free Traffic Toolkit.  For show notes go to: http://FizzleShow.com/3Jun 05, 2013

Apr 10 2014

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Episode 352: Do we have to love our work?

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https://fizzleshow.co – Special guests Paul Jarvis, Sarah Peck and Melissa Smith join me today. Do we have to love our work? We start by talking about the pressure of today's "passionate work" mantra. We also discuss how to ask for and get what you want, and how to be more productive using a virtual assistant.

Nov 05 2019

52mins

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Episode 32: 032 - Tips To Make The Most of Conferences

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http://fizzleshow.co/32 - Big stuff happens at conferences. Business partners find each other, ideas develop, encouragement, conviction and just plain ol' good friendships are made. Here's our best tips for what conferences to go to and how to make the most of them. (Including a dynamite number Chase calls the Third Tier Theory). Dec 13, 2013

Apr 10 2014

1hr 6mins

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Episode 231: A Stupidly Simple Guide to Taking Action, Finding Clarity & Getting Clients Right Away (FS231)

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One of the things we hear most often is that people want CLARITY in order to get started.

They feel overwhelmed and murky, like they would totally get started if only they knew what to DO! Maybe you feel like you need answers before you begin, because you have to get this right.

Today, we are flipping that. I know you think you need CLARITY in order to take ACTION.

But today, we're out to prove that CLARITY comes from ACTION.

Perhaps the very best part is that you don't have to buy anything to start doing this. Not from us, not from any other marketing wizards on the internet (and please don't trust anyone who tells you otherwise.)

As you're going to hear in today's real life stories, you just need an internet connection and some conversation in order to make seriously meaningful progress.

Sep 05 2017

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Episode 273: So You Launch Something, Now What? (FS273)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.co/273

Have you launched a minimum viable product for your business? What exactly qualifies as and defines a minimum viable product? What are the questions you need to ask yourself during the process?

A minimum viable product or MVP is one of the most established ways of getting a new business off the ground. By design, the framework allows a business owner to start small and get the most out of this production process. We at Fizzle are all in for MVPs, but how to pull them off to your best benefit, you ask?

In this episode, we are tackling that exact question and helping you unpack how to create, deliver and promote your MVP. This means research, ideas, production and follow-through, we cover it all!

We also talk about some helpful examples of minimum viable products and what these show us in terms of pre-game and follow up, notably emphasizing the longevity that is possible with an MVP. Remember, once it is launched it is not necessarily on to the next thing!

So for all you entrepreneurs out there, young and old, seasoned or fresh, gather round as we break it down!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Looking at different minimum viable products across industries and markets. [0:06:38.1]
  • The opportunity that MVPs offer your business. [0:08:51.3]
  • Chase’s example of an MVP from his wife Mellisa’s business. [0:10:31.2]
  • Reflecting on Mellisa’s strategy and the usefulness of pre-selling . [0:15:25.6]
  • What comes after you have completed your MVP? [0:21:10.6]
  • Doubling down on what you already have in your business. [0:24:20.4]
  • Why you do not always have to ask ‘what’s next’ immediately. [0:29:01.3]
  • What else to pursue after launching your MVP and your season of promotion. [0:31:02.5]
  • Using an MVP primarily as a mechanism for customer feedback. [0:34:10.2]
  • The actual launch of an MVP and assessing its success. [0:36:47.2]
  • Compiling the qualitative and quantitative data that an MVP launch offers. [0:39:40.8]
  • The initial step, where the rubber hits the road! [0:43:40.5]
  • And much more!

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Jun 26 2018

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Episode 124: 7 Pricing Strategies To Use On Your Product, Service Or Workshop (FS124)

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http://fizzleshow.co/124 How you price your product, service or workshop can have a *massive* impact on your sales. Unfortunately, it can also lead to a *massive* anxiety attack as well. In this episode we lay out 7 pricing strategies you should know about. More importantly, however, we share off the cuff, brutally honest ideas about how to price your offering. Other topics include: - 7 pricing strategies for you to choose from - 3 methods to price your first product - When to use your gut and when not to - What kinds of things should be on your sales page to help customers feel comfortable with your price - "Pre-selling" to test the price of digital products - Why we threw out our pricing strategy several months after we launched Fizzle Whether it's your first time putting something up for sale, or you're an old pro, the tactics in this conversation are going to help you get confident about your pricing. Enjoy!

Aug 19 2015

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Episode 113: What to do when you Have an Audience and Product but no Sales (FS113)

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http://fizzleshow.co/113 - Mary is in a tight spot. After growing her audience, keeping them engaged, and making her product, she's realized sales are not what she thought they would be. In this episode we sort of virtually consult Mary about her business, developing ideas for her and anyone else in a similar situation, handling stuff like: - Doing back of the napkin math to see how much of anything you need to sell to pay your bills. - Lots of candid conversation about how we view traffic and conversion. - How to develop ideas for "what's next" strategies. - How to discover debilitating expectations (and correct them). Have you ever had to go back to the drawing board after you hit a wall of disappointment? If you haven't yet... you will. This episode is an *excellent* guide through that process; how to think about it, how to develop strategies, where to find inspiration. Enjoy!

Jun 03 2015

1hr 9mins

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Episode 125: How Do You Know What Content To Create? (FS125)

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http://fizzleshow.co/125 The content you publish could be an evergreen source of traffic, revenue, brand love and loyalty. Or it could be a total waste of time and effort. So how do you know what content to create? In this episode we'll show you how to decide what questions you should spend time answering for your audience, including ways to learn right now from other peoples' audiences (in case you haven't built your own yet). Click play, subscribe in your podcast app, download it for later or do whatever it is you do with these episodes, but please, for all our sakes, enjoy yourself.

Aug 26 2015

1hr 18mins

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Episode 233: How to Build a Business You Can Run From Anywhere (FS233)

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As indie entrepreneurs, sometimes all it takes is a little travel break to remind us why we started our business in the first place.

Travel is amazing for inspiration and perspective.

As indie entrepreneurs it would be terrible to make a business that doesn’t allow you to travel.

Just think about that! You put all this work in to get your business WORKING.

  • Topic we care about… check.
  • Validated unique selling proposition… check.
  • Growth channel setup… check.
  • Minimum viable product tested… check.

(BTW, all those stages above are taken from our small business roadmap training. If you’re somewhere in that process, it’s definitely worth checking into.)

You do ALL that work just to create yourself into a prison you can never take a break from!? That’d be terrible!

But it happens all the time. And it can happen to any of us if we’re not careful.

So, in this quick article (and, more importantly, the super thorough podcast episode that goes with it) that’s what I want to help you figure out:

How can we setup a modern indie business so we can travel and live with flexibility?

Show Notes: http://fizzleshow.co/233

Sep 19 2017

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Episode 315: 6 Steps to Go from Crickets to Customers (FS315)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/315

How’s your business? We know it’s not easy to build a business, but it’s also not impossible. Truth is, opening the door to getting a successful business feels like it’s impossible sometimes, but really, it’s just impassable. What you need is to find the key that unlocks that door.

The Fizzle Roadmap is a great place to start, teaching you things like differentiating between what you can and can’t control and helping you to discover who you are as a business owner so that you can bring your own flair to the entrepreneurial landscape.

In this episode, we are going to be talking to those of you who know you can help people and have something to say, have ticked all the boxes of how to get your business out there, but who feel like they’re shouting into an empty void. We’re going to help you grow your audience by suggesting group programs and by giving you the six steps to connecting with your clients and customers.

We also talk about the importance of packaging what you offer in the most appealing way, while also getting your clients and customers what they need most. Join us today on the Fizzle Show to find out how to do just that!

Key Points From This Episode:

• The discouraging process of trying to get a following but just not getting there. [0:10:17.0]
• Why group programs are underrated and why their popularity will likely escalate. [0:14:02.0]
• The many benefits of group programs versus learning one-on-one. [0:17:16.0]
• The six steps to building a connection-based, community-driven business. [0:21:05.0]
• Why you have to tackle the who of your business before you get to the how. [0:21:30.0]
• How a community anchor creates a common language that unifies your audience. [0:23:27.0]

• The importance of understanding what people actually want. [0:29:12.0]
• The difference between being selective about what you attract your following with and making false promises. [0:35:47.0]
• Connecting with your customers and aligning yourself with their desired outcomes. [0:40:42.0]
• The most important aspect about building your irresistible community anchor. [0:45:57.0]
• Going further with the piece of content you’ve created for your community anchor. [0:54:07.0]
• Why you have to keep track of your most engaged leads. [1:01:27.0]
• What to do once you have the people in your group. [1:03:18]
• And much more!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

• Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/
• Fizzle on Twitter — https://twitter.com/fizzle
• Fizzle Roadmap — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/small-business-roadmap-1-clarity
• Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/315
• ShamWow — https://www.shamwow.com/SHMWOW/6.0000/Index.dtm?otsid=9912
• Steph Crowder on Twitter — https://twitter.com/stephcrowder_?lang=en
• Corbett Barr on Twitter — https://twitter.com/CorbettBarr
• Chase Reeves on Twitter — https://twitter.com/chase_reeves
• Crickets to Customers — https://courageclarity.teachable.com/p/crickets-to-customers
• Gusto — http://gusto.com/fizzle
• Fizzle Just Ship It Challenge — https://app.fizzle.co/just-ship-it-challenge
• Start a Blog that Matters — https://app.fizzle.co/start-a-blog-that-matters
• The 15 Minute Weekly Planner — https://www.courageandclarity.com/plan
• Website Tune Up — https://app.fizzle.co/courses/tuneup
• StoryBrand — https://storybrand.com/
• Fyre Festival — https://www.ecr.co.za/shows/stacey-norman/fyre-festival-documentary-a-glimpse-into-the-scam-of-the-century-/
• Customer Conversations Course — https://app.fizzle.co/courses/customer-conversations
• Fizzle Try 5 — http://fizzle.co/try5
• Fizzle Sparkline — https://fizzle.co/sparkline
• Fizzle Goals Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/goals
• Fizzle Journaling Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/journal
• Fizzle Essentials of Web Design Course — https://fizzle.co/library/essentials-of-website-design-for-business-builders
• Fizzle 80/20 Copywriting Guide — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/writing-copy-for-web
• Fizzle Toolkit — https://fizzle.co/toolkit
• Fizzle Craft + Commerce — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/craft-commerce
• Fizzle Project Management for Entrepreneurs — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/project-management-for-entrepreneurs
• Fizzle Hosting — https://fizzle.co/hosting

Apr 16 2019

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Episode 237: You Don’t Lack Discipline, You Lack Motivation. There’s a Difference (FS237)

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As indie entrepreneurs we live and die by the execution of our ideas. Without the right focus and motivation, discipline alone won’t save you.

I find it’s very common for creatives and business builders to feel they lack discipline. We think if we had more discipline then we’d be making more progress on our idea.

I don’t agree. You don’t lack discipline, you lack motivation. You lack the internal drive, the clarity and focus of desire, that would make being disciplined almost easy.

As I said before, us indie biz people live and die off the ideas we execute. Not the ideas we capture in our Moleskine notebooks, but the ideas we execute.

And if you’ve got issue with motivation (or discipline, if you insist), then you’ve got big problems with execution.

But here’s what I believe: you deserve to bring your idea to life. You deserve it. You’re not sitting on your ass doing NOTHING; you’re doing things to make it happen… it just sometimes feels like, you know, you don’t do enough, you couldn’t do enough, you’re not enough and you’re never enough.

Again, that’s all false. You just haven’t learned how to turn on motivation and channel it at whatever project you want.

Show Notes: http://fizzleshow.co/237

Oct 17 2017

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Episode 61: 061 - 15 Honest Techniques to Meet New People

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http://fizzleshow.co/61 -- NOBODY likes to feel like a lost, lonely loser when they meet new people. But we've all been there. In this episode we get into a handful of rich tips about meeting new people at conferences, meetups and coffee shops. Jul 04, 2014

Jul 04 2014

1hr 6mins

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Episode 272: Entrepreneurs And Mental Health - We Need To Talk (FS272)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.co/272

Do you struggle with self-doubt and depression? How do you relate to the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death? How does your work and ambition influence your mental state?

As entrepreneurs we are constantly struggling within ourselves - it is part of the calling. With what feels like more and more frequent news of high-profile suicides or overdoses, the topic of depression is becoming a bigger part of the conversation everyday. The conversation is an indispensable one.

In this episode, we tackle this sensitive but necessary discussion from the viewpoint of business owners, but really look at in a way that is relatable for almost anyone. The team discusses their own struggles and experiences of depression and then go on to unpack some of the ways they each manage these challenges.

We also talk about belonging and acceptance, exercise and diet and affirmation, all simple ways to give yourself a foot up. This is one of the least business-centered episodes of the show, but we promise it is not one to miss!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The constant and rising amount of high profile suicides. [0:04:32.2]
  • The unfulfilling nature of success and having it all. [0:08:17.7]
  • Why money and freedom do not equal happiness. [0:13:12.1]
  • Chase’s own strategies for managing depression. [0:15:25.8]
  • Belonging, acceptance and practice as a way to combat the demons.  [0:20:32.4]
  • Tweaking, trimming and tending your bonsai tree. [0:25:11.2]
  • The different levels of depression and seeking serious help. [0:29:16.1]
  • Taking responsibility for your day to day mental health. [0:32:28.8]
  • The value of exercise and diet as personal tools. [0:36:10.5]
  • Practicing affirmations as a way to release the pressure. [0:37:20.5]
  • Increased public dialogue and proactive approaches to depression. [0:44:40.4]
  • Putting down the things that make you feel trapped. [0:51:15.3]
  • Accepting our blessings and doing the hard work. [0:53:50.2]
  • And much more!

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Jun 19 2018

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Episode 198: How to Become Successful, Seriously (FS198)

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Might sound crazy, but in this podcast we literally teach you how to be successful. Simple as that. You want to become successful. You want to make headway towards your goal. You want to feel inspired and insightful about the work you do. You want to live life on your terms, employ your own damn self, define your own lifestyle. In this podcast we teach you — as I said — *literally* how to do that… how to get successful. It’s a deep dive into what we mean when we say “successful,” how that word bamboozles us, hoodwinks us and we lose touch with the very thing that’s going to contribute most to genuine success in our lives. BTW, this is not, like, some “The Secret” stuff or some pie-in-the-sky power of positivity… it’s cold hard empiricism and experience, but with real heart. You’re gonna like it. Make a cup of tea or coffee, invest an hour now in real, lasting success, and let’s dig in. Show Notes: Fizzleshow.co/198

Jan 20 2017

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Episode 193: 10 Trends in Small Internet Business for 2017 (FS193)

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There are 10 modern trends in small business you need to know about. 5 of them are recent, emerging, and the other 5 continue to be timeless. On the show today we’re going to walk you through each one. Enjoy! Oh wait, we are doing the first ever survey of fizzle show listeners and I want to hear your thoughts, Fizzleshow.co/survey I’ll tell you more about it in the episode, but if you’re at a computer right now go to Fizzleshow.co/survey. Okay lets do it. FizzleShow.co/193

Dec 15 2016

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Episode 357: Nir Eyal: How to Hook Your Customers but Keep Yourself from Getting Hooked

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https://fizzleshow.co - Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. In today's episode, Nir shares how to create sticky products and why some products capture widespread attention while others flop. He also explains how to avoid distraction ourselves, so we can "finally do what you say you will do."

Dec 10 2019

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Episode 356: How Thomas Frank grew his YouTube channel to 1.6 million subscribers and 91 million views

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https://fizzleshow.co – When Thomas Frank started blogging from his dorm room, he had no idea he would become one of YouTube's biggest creators. In this conversation, Thomas shares how he got started, how he produces his channel, and what he's done to grow his YouTube channel of productivity tips to 1.6 million subscribers and 91 million views.

Dec 03 2019

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Episode 355: Freelancing Success with Preston Lee from SolidGigs.com

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https://fizzleshow.co – Preston Lee from SolidGigs.com joins us today to talk about getting started and succeeding as a freelancer. We cover finding clients, setting prices, and whether freelancers should be content marketing.

Nov 26 2019

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Episode 354: Q&A Office Hours with Fizzle Member Sue McLeod

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https://fizzleshow.co – In today's Q&A episode, we start by interviewing Sue McLeod, of suemcleodceramics.com. Sue has built a successful online education business teaching ceramic artists how to apply advanced glazing techniques. We also cover questions from Fizzle Members including how to sell when your audience doesn't have much money, and how to partner with a former employer on your new product.

Nov 19 2019

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Episode 353: Noah Kagan: Profit vs. Revenue, Staying Relevant and Knowing What's Working

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https://fizzleshow.co – Noah Kagan is founder and Chief Sumo at sumo.com, appsumo.com and kingsumo.com. He’s built two multi-million dollar businesses and grown an email list of over 700,000 subscribers. He’s also the host of Noah Kagan Presents podcast. Noah is an incredible marketer, and one of the most resourceful business people I know. In this episode we cover maximizing a business for profit vs. revenue, staying relevant over the long-haul and knowing what's working in your business.

Nov 12 2019

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Episode 352: Do we have to love our work?

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https://fizzleshow.co – Special guests Paul Jarvis, Sarah Peck and Melissa Smith join me today. Do we have to love our work? We start by talking about the pressure of today's "passionate work" mantra. We also discuss how to ask for and get what you want, and how to be more productive using a virtual assistant.

Nov 05 2019

52mins

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Episode 351: Lydia Lee: Screw The Cubicle, Reinvent Your Work

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https://fizzleshow.co Lydia Lee runs Screw The Cubicle (at screwthecubicle.com) where she helps purpose-driven people discover the right business idea, bring it to life & own it, so they can quit the 9-5 and start living a life of freedom. She calls herself a “work reinvention coach.” In this episode, we talk work reinvention, meaningful work, "anti-bro marketing" and defining what's "enough".

Oct 29 2019

55mins

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Episode 350: Friday Office Hours Q&A: how to upsell + is your product too expensive?

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https://fizzleshow.co – in this Friday Office Hours Q&A we answer member questions about upselling, pricing, and courses vs. ebooks.

Oct 25 2019

21mins

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Episode 349: Barrett Brooks and Jeff Goins: What are you optimizing for?

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https://fizzleshow.co Barrett Brooks and Jeff Goins join us today to discuss the question "what are you optimizing for?" Entrepreneurs all carry a certain amount of baggage. It's easy to lose sight of why we're building businesses in the first place. Knowing what you're "optimizing for" can go a long way to keeping you on track. We also talk about starting and running a successful conference.

Oct 22 2019

51mins

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Episode 348: Vickie Velasquez of Vegetarian Zen: Facebook Groups and Learning vs. Doing

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https://fizzleshow.co – Vickie Velasquez of VegetarianZen.com joins us again in this episode to talk about relationship building via Facebook Groups, learning vs. doing and productivity for both full-time entrepreneurs and side hustlers.

Oct 18 2019

31mins

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Episode 347: Rob Walling – Building and Selling Drip, The Stairstep Approach, and TinySeed

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https://fizzleshow.co Rob Walling is a serial entrepreneur. He founded, built and sold the email marketing platform Drip. He is also known for his podcast, Startups for the Rest of Us as well as his conference for independent startups called Microconf.

In this episode of The Fizzle Show, we talk with Rob about how he got started, and how he built and sold Drip for a “life-changing amount of money.” Rob also shares his “Stairstep approach” to entrepreneurship and explains why starting big is a huge mistake for most business builders.

Finally, we talk about Rob’s new project TinySeed, which is the first startup accelerator designed for bootstrappers.

Oct 15 2019

58mins

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Episode 346: Why build a personal brand? Plus: entrepreneurship and parenthood (FS346)

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FizzleShow.co Tom Ross of DesignCuts and Sarah Peck of Startup Pregnant join us today for a round-table discussion. We cover personal branding, parenthood and entrepreneurship, plus tips for quarterly/annual planning.

Oct 08 2019

47mins

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Episode 345: Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams (FS345)

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Seth Williams from RETipster.com joins us for this Office Hours Q&A edition of The Fizzle Show.

We answer questions about pre-selling online courses, neglecting your life in pursuit of your business, and how much to pay yourself vs. reinvest in your business.

Oct 04 2019

37mins

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Episode 344: Getting Traffic to a New Website (without Blogging)

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https://fizzleshow.co How do you drive traffic to a new website without doing heavy blogging or content marketing?

Ruben Gamez is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Bidsketch and Docsketch. Bidsketch is a web application that helps people create professional-looking client proposals in minutes. Docsketch is an all-in-one electronic signature, approval, and document tracking solution.

In this episode of The Fizzle Show, you'll learn exactly what techniques Ruben is using to drive hundreds of thousands of visits to his websites without blogging.

Oct 01 2019

55mins

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Episode 343: Running a Real Estate Business Online and Off with Seth Williams of RETipster

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Seth Williams is a Fizzle alumni and founder of RETipster.com. In this episode you'll learn how Seth built a real estate business both online and off, and how he grew his business big enough to quit his day job.

Sep 27 2019

28mins

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Episode 342: Selling Online Courses: How to compete and succeed in today's saturated info market

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/342

What are the necessary steps to take to start selling online courses? Do you need to be at a certain level before you should start thinking about that at all? How do we pitch online courses at the right level and niche to maximize our reach and potential?

The world of learning and the promotion of web-based resources and teaching has evolved very quickly over the last few years and as it has grown and changed, new companies have sprung up and filled spaces some of us never even knew existed. With the multitude of options out there, you might be wondering where can you content fit in and if there is even space for you?

In this episode, we have a big discussion on this fertile topic, looking at pillar content, accelerator models and the big one: personalization and segmentation! Our panel of guests gives amazing perspectives on referrals, funnels, scaling and outsourcing.

Today on the show we are joined by Janelle Allen from Zen Courses, Barrett Brooks of ConvertKit and Brennan Dunn from RightMessage! These three friends of Fizzle all have valuable and contrasting experience in the fields of online learning and we promise they have all the beans to spill!

We also talk about using your collected data smartly, when or if to hire a virtual assistant, baselines to reach before creating courses and how far you should niche down. So for all this and a whole lot more, join us on the Fizzle Show today!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Podia.

Podia is a Swiss Army Knife for selling anything you need online. It's an all-in-one digital storefront where you can sell courses, memberships, and digital downloads all in one place.

The cool thing about Podia is that they eliminate all the technical headaches. You don’t have to install anything, you can host your sales pages there, your files, your checkout process. You can even do your email marketing and your newsletters from Podia!

Fizzle Show listeners can get 15% off of Podia FOR LIFE by signing up for a free trial over at http://podia.com/fizzle.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Is it possible to still make a dent in the online teaching world? [0:02:32.4]
  • Helping people with their own success through different formats. [0:06:12.7]
  • Standing out in a crowded market and the accelerator model. [0:09:36.4]
  • The unique opportunity for interactive and sticky courses. [0:13:52.1]
  • The vital importance of referrals and testimonials in marketing and sustainability. [0:15:31.7]
  • Personalization, segmentation, and customization; the future of online courses. [0:17:25.9]
  • Finding common ground and reflecting this to customers through email. [0:23:40.4]
  • Niching down versus personalization; why segmentation comes first. [0:27:12.3]
  • Weighing the creation of new content against refining existent content. [0:33:17.7]
  • Baselines for successful first course sales! [0:39:02.5]
  • The benefits of collecting segment data for focussing your marketing. [0:42:01.4]
  • Scaling up and the differences between small teams and big companies. [0:47:20.3]
  • When to do things yourself and when to outsource certain jobs. [0:52:45.2]
  • Prioritizing work and letting go of tasks that you do not need to do. [0:58:47.9]
  • And much more!

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Sep 24 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 341: Expert SEO and Podcast Growth Q&A with Brendan Hufford

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/341

Welcome to Part 2 of our Fizzle Friday show with Brendan Hufford. In this episode, we have several questions for Brendan to follow up from last Friday when we discussed SEO, so if you haven't listened to that episode yet, make sure you do!

Brendan fields a bunch of our questions, from the team and the Fizzle audience, about link-building, Google algorithm changes, and keyword funnels. Trust us you are not going to want to miss this essential exploration of SEO from a true expert!

Today on the show we are also joined by Fizzle regulars, Jen Rao and Joe Kerns to take part in the Q&A, so it promises to be a jam-packed show, full of learning. The conversation also covers building real and beneficial business relationships, growing a podcast audience and much more!

Tune in to get it all!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Explaining link-building and why it is still important today. [0:02:30.5]
  • How Brendan thinks about linking between websites. [0:06:03.7]
  • Using real relationship and friends to build up a network of links. [0:10:20.1]
  • Updates on Google's recent algorithm changes and the effects to average sites. [0:14:23.3]
  • General strategies for staying on the right side of Google! [0:20:15.7]
  • Bottom of funnel keywords and how valuable they can be to your ranking. [0:24:01.4]
  • Brendan's advice for growing a podcast audience through SEO and engagement. [0:27:09.2]
  • And much more!

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Sep 20 2019

32mins

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Episode 340: Ultralearning: Learn and Master Skills Faster with Scott H Young

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Show Notes: http://fizzleshow.com/340

How can we, as entrepreneurs, continue to stay abreast of all the new information and skills in circulation? Is there a way to fast track learning and at the same time make it meaningful and effective? What really happens in our brains when we try and adopt something new?

Today on the show we are joined by Scott H Young, author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Ultralearning. The book aims to arm readers with actionable strategies and techniques for faster, more accurate learning and skill acquisition. Scott is a writer, programmer, traveler and avid reader, who has spent the last 15 years as a successful blogger and entrepreneur.

This episode will give you a taste of the book and its contents, which promises to help you master hard skills, outsmart the competition and accelerate your career. We discuss the process of learning new skills, staying relevant and reinventing yourself, all things that Scott believes are vital to success as an entrepreneur in today's world.

For all this inspiring information, from an author with so much to offer, be sure to join us on the Fizzle Show!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Podia.

Podia is a Swiss Army Knife for selling anything you need online. It's an all-in-one digital storefront where you can sell courses, memberships, and digital downloads all in one place.

The cool thing about Podia is that they eliminate all the technical headaches. You don’t have to install anything, you can host your sales pages there, your files, your checkout process. You can even do your email marketing and your newsletters from Podia!

Fizzle Show listeners can get 15% off of Podia FOR LIFE by signing up for a free trial over at http://podia.com/fizzle.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Developing the ability to learn and its centrality to entrepreneurship. [0:02:31.6]
  • How Scott managed to turn his blogging efforts into a career. [0:06:21.2]
  • Scott's own learning journey and endeavors in productivity and improvement. [0:07:00.8]
  • The MIT Challenge and the impetus behind the project. [0:10:37.2]
  • Finding a way to keep learning on your clock for your own good. [0:17:21.6]
  • Applying this learning model to small amounts of information. [0:19:16.1]
  • The example of Tristan De Montebello and his public speaking goals. [0:21:20.6]
  • A few secrets to successful learning of a new skill from Scott! [0:24:30.3]
  • The benefits of generating as much feedback opportunities as possible. [0:28:40.5]
  • Different types of learning and which are most effective. [0:32:39.2]
  • The example of chess grandmasters and what entrepreneurs can learn from it. [0:34:56.6]
  • Scott's three-step process for becoming a better writer. [0:37:54.9]
  • The process of writing Ultralearning and what Scott learned! [0:39:30.3]
  • Strategic and marketing choices that go into the creation of a book. [0:41:51.9]
  • The benefits of blogging and the gifts it has given Scott. [0:47:55.2]
  • The effects of writing on the mind and cognition; expanding working memory. [0:51:40.6]
  • And much more!

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Sep 17 2019

56mins

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Episode 339: SEO Wizardry, Extroversion, and Overlapping Passions with Brendan Hufford

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/339

On this edition of Fizzle Friday, we welcome Brendan Hufford, longtime Fizzle member and SEO wizard! He details his evolving entrepreneurial journey, doing SEO his way, and illustrates what his success has looked like over the years.

We discuss Brendan's numerous business ventures and how he has pivoted several times and describes life at the agency where he spends most of his time. He has found a sweet spot between his talents and passions representing **another example of someone who has created a sustainable lifestyle doing something he cares about.

Today on the show we are also joined by Fizzle regulars, Jen Rao and Joe Kerns to take part in the discussion! This Friday episode is the first part of two and in next week's episode, we will be doing a Q & A with Brendan and our panel, so make sure to catch that one as well!

Join us for this Fizzle Friday and hear it all!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A little introduction to Brendan and his business! [0:02:50.6]
  • Brendan's pivot from his jiu-jitsu based businesses around 2015. [0:06:12.3]
  • The agency where Brendan currently works. [0:12:30.2]
  • Hopes for the future and working for a better tomorrow. [0:15:40.1]
  • Combining two or more interests and finding success in where they overlap. [0:17:00.8]
  • Comparing an aligned hustle with a lifestyle full of context-switching and different work. [0:22:35.5]
  • The financial independence that allowed Brendan to buy a brand new van! [0:25:20.3]
  • Brendan's 100 Days of SEO project and other things he is busy with. [0:27:10.8]
  • Advice from Brendan to entrepreneurs who feel unsure of their future. [0:29:35.5]
  • And much more!

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Sep 13 2019

33mins

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Episode 338: The Best Productivity Routines with Mike Vardy and Chase Reeves

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/338

Which strategies help us stay productive with the bulk of our time? What do we do when one of these strategies loses its effect? What is the right balance between being focused on productivity and actually being productive?

In the online business world, there is more than enough literature and content offering you ways to be more productive! These ideas can often be really helpful, sometimes seem like noise and can distract you from what is important. We want to assess where the general productivity conversation is currently situated and help you to gauge where you are with it!

In this episode, we break down the ever-evolving inner and outer world of productivity. A common experience for many people seems to be that tactics and systems can help a lot but that their effect can wear off over time. So one of the main issues here seems to be how to pivot at the right point to a new way of doing things.

Today on the show we are joined by our old bestie Chase Reeves and past guest / great friend Mike Vardy. Mike is a productivity expert who runs Productivityist and has some great, sometimes strange, routines that we cannot wait to share with all of you!

We also talk about maintaining focus, virtual assistants, the negative side of productivity and what theming your time can offer you. For all this and more, join us today for another great show!

Today’s episode is brought to you by Podia.

Podia is a Swiss Army Knife for selling anything you need online. It's an all-in-one digital storefront where you can sell courses, memberships, and digital downloads all in one place.

The cool thing about Podia is that they eliminate all the technical headaches. You don’t have to install anything, you can host your sales pages there, your files, your checkout process. You can even do your email marketing and your newsletters from Podia!

Fizzle Show listeners can get 15% off of Podia FOR LIFE by signing up for a free trial over at http://podia.com/fizzle.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Starting the year in September, theming times, days and months. [0:04:12.6]
  • Understanding Mike's use of productivity themes throughout his week. [0:08:04.5]
  • Chase's recent routines and the difference between productivity and focus. [0:11:25.8]
  • The convenience and dangers of hiring a virtual assistant. [0:17:41.4]
  • Productivity overwhelm and anxiety; the negative side of trying to get it all done. [0:21:07.9]
  • Setting up new systems and the rebirth of our organizational strategies. [0:27:31.2]
  • The personal nature and universal aspects of routine. [0:34:48.1]
  • Dealing with hurdles and potholes in your productivity systems. [0:38:49.6]
  • Rewards, motivations and the carrot and stick mentality. [0:43:28.8]
  • Intentional hacking and injecting care into our shortcuts. [0:49:57.4]
  • Mike's advice to those wanting to level up or refresh their productivity. [0:53:08.6]
  • The courses and resources that can help you actionable strategies. [0:55:11.9]
  • And much more!

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Sep 10 2019

1hr

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