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Episode 43 – When Your Side Hustle Is Really Just a Hobby

As a Success Charger, admittedly, you’re different.  You see opportunity where others only see roadblocks, but let’s be honest about this one.

What is wrong with simply having a “hobby”.  Why does EVERYBODY seem to think they have to be “hustlin” or “grindin”.  When really, so many of those same people, are just…well….”Strugglin”.


Dan Pink’s book, Free Agent Nation, rocked my world when I read it nearly 10 years ago.  In the text, he explains how the world is basically shifting from what we think of as a traditional employment world, to a “gig economy” world (I’m pretty sure “gig economy” is a newer term, but you get it, right?)

There’s only one problem.  Too many of the very companies who would prefer to pay for talent ONLY when they REALLY NEED IT, have build vast systems to support a “traditional business model” and they often find themselves ill-equipped to actually execute on a plan that the “gigsters” would LOVE…. Being able to work on projects as a free-agent on an “as-needed” basis with enough frequency to be able to effectively blend work with the lifestyle they prefer.

I think we’re on our way to seeing Pink’s reality, it’s just taking longer than many people would like.  Leaving many with a strong DESIRE to be a free agent stuck in a purgatory between what they really want and the harsh realities of the ever-expanding cost of living.  (Television used to only cost the price of the TV itself, you know….and it wasn’t that long ago.  Now….$200+ month is not uncommon just for the “content”.)

So this week, we beg the question, “Do you REALLY have a side hustle, or is that stuff you work on after work just a “hobby”….and by the way, there is NOTHING wrong with having a good ol’ fashioned hobby.

Sound off in the comment section below or  drop us a quick note at podcast@ideacharger.com and let us know your take.

Does your side hustle make money?  Do you actually do anything for fun anymore, or are you  trying to “monetize” EVERYTHING you do?  Or, are you a hipster who still goes to coffee shops for the **gasp** actual coffee?

Why Everyone Should Become A Facilitator [Ep.38]

Even with many years of experience developing leaders, John Verdone (Manager, Global Facilitator Excellence at Development Dimensions International) was struggling to describe just exactly what he did for a living. That is, until one day, when he happened to catch a certain story unfolding on a PBS-like television show and it all clicked.

People with strong presentation skills are viewed as better leaders and perceived to possess many favorable attributes reaching far beyond the realm of presentations. – John Verdone

In this interview, John stops by the podcast visit with host Scott Cooksey and shares what a study he commissioned uncovered about what makes a great facilitator; when learning really begins for adults; and why everyone should incorporate facilitation skills to build deeper, more meaningful connections with co-workers, clients and in your life.


CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video that generated the connection between John’s exploration into “what makes a great facilitator” and this podcast interview.



 

Photo of John Verdone peering out airplane window.
John Verdone
Cooksey peering out plane window.
Scott Cooksey

In the outtake of today’s episode, John and Scott compare recent photos they’d shared online.

Except for the fact that they both appear to prefer seats on the left side of the aircraft, any other resemblance is most certainly coincidental.

Share your questions, kudos, criticisms, challenges, guests you’d like to hear interviewed or whatever is on your mind in the comments section below or email the show at podcast@IdeaCharger.com!


Host Scott Cooksey works with organizations and top leaders to help them build lasting, profitable business relationships FASTER.

He has lead leadership workshops around the globe since 2009, and regularly speaks at conferences just like the last industry-specific one you attended!

Learn more about how Scott works with leaders and organizations like yours at www.IdeaCharger.com 

If you like today’s episode, please share it with your friends and followers on social media!

Doug DeVitre – Screen to Screen Selling

devitreIn what seems like the holy grail of business performance, organizations are constantly looking for ways to leverage available resources without sacrificing the quality of services provided to their clients.  In this interview with Doug Devitre, who literally wrote the book on Screen-To-Screen Selling, we unpack how EVERY type of business can leverage currently available technology solutions to solidify customer/client relationships FASTER to generate profits today!

GET IN THE CONVERSATION!

Leave a comment at the bottom of this post on how YOU could be using screen-to-screen technology to enhance your business today?  Already doing it? Tell us HOW!


Advantages to Screen-to-Screen Selling Concepts Covered in this Interview:

  • Reduce/Eliminate Travel Expenses in your company
  • Increase effectiveness of leadership development efforts
  • Accelerate Team Performance
  • Make better decisions (at ALL levels of your organization) FASTER
Here’s  A Video Introduction to Screen-to-Screen Selling!


Doug’s Websites:

www.ScreenToScreenSelling.com (TONS of FREE RESOURCES)

www.DougDevitre.com (Get Doug working with YOU!)

Technologies discussed:

www.doceri.com

www.zoom.us

www.join.me

Scott Cooksey (Host) is a motivational, keynote speaker & leadership development expert who works with organizations to build lasting, profitable client relationships and high-performing teams FASTER.

For information about working with Scott or having him speak at your event, please visit www.IdeaCharger.com

As always, your comments, thoughts, and guest interview suggestions, please email us directly at podcast@ideacharger.com.

Pick up a copy of Doug’s book, Screen-to-Screen Selling HERE
(Full disclosure, this is an Amazon affiliate link, but hey, it doesn’t cost YOU any more to buy it…just sends us a little something for making it available to you!)

Read About Doug in Realtor Magazine: HERE

Five Steps to Faster Success for Any Team [Ep 34]

In this brief, yet POWER PACKED episode, Scott shares five easy-to-implement steps for every team to improve productivity, impact and results FASTER.

To get the FREE GRAPHIC of each of the five steps, follow us:

Twitter  @IdeaCharger , Instagram @CookseyConnects, or the show’s Facebook Page

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www.IWillSponsorScott.info or www.IWillSponsorKrissy.info

Thanks!

 

Bridging the Knowledge Gap with Gen X

Companies today are facing a serious issue.  While gathering research for an upcoming conference presentation, Scott stumbled into some fascinating research that made him pause about how to address the knowledge gap present in companies today.

According to Pew Research Center, members of the Baby Boomer generation represent less than 35% of the total U.S. workforce.

Of late, there has been a LOT of talk about the Millennials who now hold the title of the “largest percentage of the U.S. workforce”.

 

The problem is…this current downturn in large areas of the economy (read: energy sector, manufacturing, and more) is leading to an increasing number of early retirement and voluntary layoff packages being issued, further shrinking the number of vastly experienced people from some very complicated industries.

A quick look at the media offers much attention for the ballyhooed Millennials, but are they ready to take the helm in YOUR company?

There is a better solution already present in your companies, and it’s the ranks within Generation X.

pew statsIn this episode, host Scott Cooksey shares his insight gained from his experience working closely with the front-line leaders within these companies and shares some easy to implement tips EVERY COMPANY should be utilizing to help bridge the pending knowledge gap before it’s too late.

Leave a comment below and let us know what YOUR company is doing to bridge the knowledge gap!

Scott Cooksey is a speaker and leadership consultant based in Houston, TX.  To learn more about having him present at your industry conference or work with your company, visit www.IdeaCharger.com

Have questions about the podcast? Email Scott anytime at podcast@ideacharger.com

Be sure to share this episode with a friend using the “Share Episode” feature built right into your favorite podcast player!  Go ahead…. DO IT!

Entertainment Never Sleeps – Tip Jones – Overdrive Entertainment [Ep 31]

During one, hot, Oklahoma summer in the mid 1980’s, MTV proudly played the Top Five at Five video requests from the day’s call-ins.  That entire summer, the same five music videos (back when Music Television actually played music videos en masse) came on like clockwork. One of those songs was “Tears are Falling” by KISS.

Fast forward to 2016, and one of my childhood buddies, Tip Jones of Overdrive Entertainment, found himself readying a venue for a KISS concert just an hour or so from where we’d grown up as the concert promoter and event agency responsible for making the show happen.  In a surreal moment, Jones texted the pal who encouraged him to get into the entertainment business in the first place to say “I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.”

In this episode of the podcast, Cooksey visits with Tip Jones as they unpack what it took to go from a third-generation retail furniture store owner in a small, Oklahoma town to one of the most in-demand concert and event management companies in the region.

Autograph's Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute
Autograph’s Authenticity Questioned In Family Dispute

We talk everything from the economic impact of entertainment events to why companies and municipalities should use a professional entertainment company to manage their events to what ‘s really behind ticket prices and more.  Tip even shares a couple of moments he claims are the reason he got into this crazy business in the first place.

While sharing one of his most memorable moments with country music legend Charlie Daniels, Cooksey quickly jumped on the opportunity to settle a decades old family dispute.  It’s all explained in the episode.  [We will include some pictures here in the notes, but please click the link below to VOTE and help Scott SETTLE THE SCORE!]

Charlie Daniels Overdrive
Image provided courtesy of Overdrive Entertainment

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The Art and Opportunity of Successful Project Management with Andy Kaufman PMP [Ep 28]

“If your to-do item requires more than one step…it’s a project”
-David Allen

Under the rule established by the above quote, all of us – including YOU- manage projects each and every day.  In this 60 minute episode, you will learn that not only are projects important, but that managing doesn’t have to be difficult.  In fact, it’s quite simple if you are willing to employ a few important techniques.

Several years ago, while I was presenting for a very challenging client in Chicago, IL, a man with a tremendously addictive smile sat in the back of the room.  At the end of the day, he approached me with great enthusiasm for what was, in his words, “a rather successfully facilitated day” I had just completed.  A connection was made…and in this episode, I reconnect with Andy Kaufman, PMP to discuss the art and opportunity of successfully managing projects.

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Meet Andy Kaufman, PMP

If you think project management is boring…This episode is going to change your mind about projects and project managers.  It is JAM PACKED with solid ideas anyone can use to become more effective at almost anything you do!

In this high-energy episode, we discuss many aspects of projects including:

  • Why you SHOULD talk about risks…and how often,
  • Using the “Two Week Rule” for checkpoints,
  • How projects are influenced by the psychology of pursuasion,
  • Navigating the “Planning Fallacy”,
  • Book recommendations and
  • Much, much more….

During this interview, Andy offers a discount for any of our listeners who enroll in one of his eLearning courses using the discount code, here is the special link to GET ANDY’S ESSENTIALS COURSE and use the coupon code cooksey-50 to save $50 off of the course enrollment!  

[In full disclosure, Andy is providing me an affiliate referral fee for anyone who uses this link, but he is paying me out of his proceeds and with no additional cost to you.  Just being transparent here…]

To learn more about Andy Kaufman, hire him as a speaker, bring him in to work with your group or just read some of his articles, check out his website at www.i-leadonline.com.

Check out all the details about his podcast AND how you can earn continuing education credits for project management at: www.peopleandprojectspodcast.com.

Five Ways To Communicate The Value of Your Time

If you do not know what your time is worth, it is all too easy to walk past a dollar to pick up a dime…all the while thinking you are doing something smart to protect what you’ve already earned.

In this episode, Cooksey sheds some light on this simple (and often costly) mistake, and shares FIVE easy to implement rules to establish value on your time, and leverage it to make more income NOW.

The Rules

  1. GET SOME ASSISTANCE  If you are lucky, you already have someone (even if they are a shared resource with co-workers) who helps manage your calendar.  A gatekeeper. Someone whose very presence suggests your time is extremely valuable, and others should respect it.  Not in your budget?  At the very least, hire a service (I happen to use TimeTrade.com…and no, they don’t pay me and this is not an affiliate link. I am a PAYING CUSTOMER) for as little as $49 A YEAR and you’ll wonder how you  ever lived without it.
  2. LEVERAGE DOWN TIME When you have the ability to send someone a simple link of available times to fit the type of meeting necessary, you can now send / respond to requests for a call, meeting, coaching session, client presentation, coffee, Skype-call…when YOU HAVE TIME to send them. Then, while you’re meeting with clients, traveling or just taking a break, your calendar is filling up ON ITS OWN for the times you WANT to be working.
  3. PUT IT ON THEM – For certain types of appointments, it may be best to put the responsibility on THEM to dial you.  Have a client who is habitually late for virtual meetings, no problem.  Schedule them for the agreed upon time (which THEY choose from your available time slots) and when they arrive late, you remind them you have a hard stop at the originally scheduled time.If the call is for YOUR benefit (new business, favor you are asking, or just out of plain ol’ respect for them), the automated system allows them (or THEIR assistant) to easily pick a preferred time knowing YOU WILL DIAL THEM at the time THEY PICKED – thus increasing the odds they will TAKE YOUR CALL!
  4. CUSTOMERS FIRST – If a paying customer is requesting your time or you’re holding a date while you iron out the details of your deal, block that date and let others schedule around it.  Should the day open up, simply release the hold on your calendar and others will be offered that time to fill in when it is available.
  5. CREATE SCARCITY – Business is business, but sometimes a more involved appointment is better planned for ahead of time. For our team, a scheduled introductory call can be set up same-day, but a coaching session or more-involved conversation may only be scheduled in the future.  Perhaps you like to block certain days of the week or month to handle certain types of calls (say, coaching appointments or client portfolio reviews)- you can decide which types of appointments work on which days.  [I have even known a few people to just allow pre-planned appointments via their schedulers to occur during limited times during the day to create the illusion they are busier than they really are…but that isn’t necessarily a great plan.]

Whatever the case:  Identify what your time is worth.  If you can hire someone to take care of repetitive tasks for a fraction of what you can bill a client for that same period of time, STOP WALKING PAST THE DOLLARS AND START PICKING THEM UP!


 

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Learn more about how Scott and the IdeaCharger team can work with your organization to improve connections and help you build lasting, profitable client relationships TODAY by visiting www.IdeaCharger.com

The One Week Business Reboot Plan

Business landscapes can change in a heartbeat.  Momentum shifts. Your business plan is worthless if you  cannot implement it!

Is it time to execute your “reboot plan”?

In this quick, hard-hitting episode, I share a valuable lesson passed along to me from a colleague who used this very idea to fuel his business for over two decades.

To field test it, I gave this a shot for one week…with such amazing results, I am doing it again….FROM NOW ON!

In under 15 minutes, learn two specific tactics you can implement right away to (re)boot your business and move the needle forward RIGHT NOW toward that big, ol’ audacious goal you set for this year/quarter/month/week….

This might just be the most profitable episode of the year….and it’s only February!

Leave your thoughts below.  Test it out and let us know how it worked and what you learned about your business!

The Role of the Modern-Day Alumni Association (Ep 25)

In July of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Land Grant Act as a sweeping effort to create agricultural colleges across the United States.  In 1890, a full 17 years before Oklahoma was to become a state, the institution now known as Oklahoma State University was established in Stillwater, OK.

Chris BatchelderIn December 2015, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Chris Batchelder, President & CEO of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. In short, this interview was a lot of fun.

While the conversation begins with some context of the current state of Oklahoma State University today (27,000+ students; huge influx of out-of-state enrollment; excitement, and so much more), we quickly dove deep into the role of the modern-day alumni association.

The primary role of any alumni association is connection.  For those of you who have heard me speak, attended one of my leadership workshops, or regularly listen to the podcast, you have heard me say time and again that “connection” IS the most important skill every person should master.

Here’s just a few highlights from the interview:

  • How alumni associations can partner with the athletic department of their school to do more than just ask for money
  • the new travel partnership exclusively for OSU Alumni Association members (www.okstatefantravel.com)
  • The unique role (and signficant differences) of university foundations, athletic departments and alumni associations
  • How alumni associations are serving the career transition needs of seasoned employees (not just recent graduates)
  • so much more!

The OSUAA is alive and well with over 105 active chapters and “watch party” groups serving it’s base.  Did you know that 80% of Oklahoma State alumni members live within 50 miles of an active group?

Are you active in your own Alumni Association?  What is your experience with Corporate Alumni Groups?  How do YOU stay connected with others who have a common, emotional bond to a time or place?  We want to hear!  Share your stories and associations below!

To book Scott Cooksey to speak or lead a workshop at your organization, check out www.IdeaCharger.com!