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Building Your Podcast Funnel with Jonathan Baillie Strong

Podcasting is a hot topic, and you heard before on this show and others why you should consider both guesting on podcasts, and even starting your own podcast. But where to start? In this episode, Jonathan Baillie Strong and Alastair McDermott discuss how to approach podcasting as an authority building

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Practical Steps to Build Your Authority

In previous articles I talked about why you should build authority, and I broke down the Journey to Authority into its separate stages. Here I want to talk about what it takes to move from each stage to the next. Practical Action Steps to Build Authority These are the practical action steps

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The Downside of Remaining Generalist

One thing I talk about is the huge value of niching down to a focused specialization.  Yet I know most people won’t do it, because it’s terrifying to niche down. I’ve been there. Our brains create all sorts of logical reasons why it’s not a good idea. Fight or flight:

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Authority is Not Required to be Successful

Becoming an authority in your field is not a requirement to have a successful consulting business. In fact, based on my research, I’d estimate that 90%+ of independent consultants choose not to build their authority. You can remain an “invisible expert”, unknown to all but your referral network, and have

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Building Your Audience with Dan Sanchez

Effective marketing is difficult to get right, and independents like us have a lot to juggle when marketing ourselves. Hubspot says that the biggest determinant of effective marketing is your audience. If we’re not properly targeting our ideal clients, we might as well not be marketing at all.” In this

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The Journey to Authority

In the last article, I talked about why experts like us might want to build authority, and what other options we have. Here’s what I’ve learned about the Journey to Authority over the past few years*. The Journey to Authority The Novice On the road to authority, everyone starts out

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Why Build Authority?

Have you ever looked at a leading authority and thought about how they got there? Or maybe you’ve read their best-selling book, listened to their Top 1% podcast, or watched their amazingly edited videos, and felt disheartened, because you feel a long way from being able to do that. Here’s

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Confessions of a Million Dollar Consultant with Alan Weiss

Growing a consulting business to seven figures seems an impossible goal for many independent consultants, but it is possible, and my guest today is the Million Dollar Consultant himself, Dr. Alan Weiss. Alan is a polarizing character, probably the most polarizing figure in the consulting industry. During this conversation I

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The Compound Effect of Content with A. Lee Judge

Everyone is talking about how we should create more content. Write more blog posts, write more LinkedIn articles, start a podcast, do more video on social. But when we actually start creating this content it seems to be hugely time consuming for very little return on our efforts. In this

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Earning and Holding Attention with Ian Brodie

Attention is a currency, something we all spend on those who entertain us, and those who help solve our problems. In a cluttered, noise-filled world, getting your ideal client’s attention focused on your content is difficult, creating content that will hold their attention even more so. In this episode, Ian

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Don’t Overthink Your Content with Teodora Pirciu

We know that creating and publishing content is a key part of building your authority – you’ve heard it from many guests on this podcast. But yet it’s still difficult to find the time to create that content. And even after we create it, we still need to deal with

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Bland Content and Burnout with Craig Burgess

Special bonus episode: Bland Content and Burnout with Craig Burgess   This is a special bonus episode of the podcast, and it’s very different from our usual interview episodes. It’s a behind the scenes look at an impromptu conversation between Craig Burgess and I. This is the first time I

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How to Build Your Personal Brand with Mark Schaefer

Building a personal brand is advice we hear a lot, but it’s not always clear what that means, why it’s important, or whether it’s something we can approach in a deliberate way. In this episode, Mark Schaefer and Alastair McDermott discuss why personal branding is overtaking corporate branding, the four

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Making Video Marketing Easier with Nina Froriep

Video is the medium of choice for many, and the social platforms encourage and even incentivize us to upload videos directly. But so many consultants and experts are reticent to use video for marketing. Video seems complex, expensive and time consuming to produce, and requires “a particular set of skills”…

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What is your Owner’s Intent?

What is your Owner’s Intent? (I’ll come back to that in a moment.) Speaking of intention, there’s a funny scene in Star Trek TNG where Data walks in on Riker kissing his daughter (yep), and says to him “Commander, what is your intention toward my daughter?” Yeah, you can probably

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How To Build A Strategic Narrative with Guillaume Wiatr

Storytelling has been the topic du jour in marketing over the past couple of years. We all know we should use stories more in business, but what does that actually mean from a practical standpoint? In this episode, Guillaume Wiatr and Alastair McDermott discuss a practical approach to using stories

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