Hours of Content: 4
This comprehensive course teaches you everything you need to know and do, to set up your independent coaching or consulting business for success.
If you’re trying to become a coach or consultant, positioning your expertise and marketing yourself properly is the key to finding and retaining clients.
This course is designed to help you find your niche, the right clients, and your way to financial viability.
“I made my first $3000 within just a month of taking Debbie’s class, even though this is a completely different type of consulting work for me that I’ve been doing the last 8 years.”
Sell Your Expertise and Build Your Business by Marketing Yourself Effectively
Package Your Services so they’re attractive to new clients Find Your Niche and eliminate the competition Create a Strong Brand so you stand out and get noticed Write Compelling Marketing Copy so prospects take action Develop an Effective Marketing Plan to attract new clients Sell Your Services in a way that’s comfortable & effective Put Your Unique Experiences to Work for You
The boom in the life coaching industry, the health and wellness coaching industry, and the consulting industry means clients have many choices when choosing the right coach or consultant.
To set yourself apart, you need a unique brand positioning and a strong market presence, so you can attract the right kind of clients. If you’re just starting out in a coaching business or consulting career, this course will help you package your services and brand yourself, so your business is more attractive to potential clients.
This comprehensive course will not only teach you what you need to do to distinguish yourself as a coach or consultant, it provides simple exercises that walk you through each step.
Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re stepping up, you’ll learn the most effective ways to attract and engage with prospects and clients, build an email list, generate word of mouth, and create a successful marketing plan and profitable business.
Content and Overview
This course starts by taking stock of your unique attributes, skills, experience, and expertise to help you determine the right niche for your business. You’ll identify your ideal client and uncover what you’re really selling.
You will learn how to design your products and services, including picking a business model, designing a signature program and doing a financial viability test to make sure your business will be profitable. Then, you’ll create a focused marketing message and a custom marketing plan, and you will define your unique and compelling brand.
Because getting clients is critical to your success, this course focuses on not just finding potential customers but how to get them to take action.
This course will help you build your personal brand and develop your business as a consultant or coach. After taking this course, you will be able to market your skills and authentically set yourself apart from everyone else who does what you do. You’re one of a kind and this course helps you market your unique talents so your business can succeed.
Who is the target audience? Independent coaches and consultants who are not reaching their business goals, or who do not know how to best market themselves. Individuals who are considering starting an independent coaching or consulting business and are unsure how to set up the business or market themselves effectively.
Hours of Content: 3
Branding is NOT just for big corporations. Branding is also not just for packaged products like toothpaste and laundry detergent. Or high-priced products like automobiles and electronics.
Branding is crucial for coaches and consultants, too.
It can mean the difference between your business succeeding or you continuing to struggle to get clients and stay afloat.
If you don’t want to be fighting to stand out among a sea of other service professionals in your category, you need a unique and compelling brand to set you and your business apart.
I’ve been branding businesses of all shapes and sizes for nearly 30 years, including:
Large Corporations Small Businesses Start-up’s Non-profit organizations Independent service professionals (coaches, consultants, and other experts) I developed a step-by-step proprietary branding process that I’ve been using with my private consulting clients for years. And it works!
In this course I share that exact process with you.
Don’t settle for being just another [fill in the blank] coach, consultant, or service professional.
I want you to think about something for a moment…
What if you had a name that clearly communicated exactly what you do for people? A name no one else was using? A name that was interesting, intriguing, and really stood for something? A name that truly represented who you are and what you stand for? A name that you love and are excited to put on your business? Can you imagine what that might do for your business? It’s time to step out of the generic marketing trap. And that’s exactly what this course will help you do.
I encourage you to watch the Free Preview Videos so you can see all the benefits of branding yourself and your business, as well as my experience in branding. Branding is what I do. In fact, I was doing it long before it became trendy.
This course includes:
Video lessons that explain every step of the process Handouts and worksheets to help you apply the process to your business Real-world examples of brands created by other service pro’s just like you to inspire you and get you excited about creating your brand Interviews with service professionals who have successfully branded themselves so you won’t feel like you’re in this alone Free and low-cost resources so you can research, create, implement, and protect your brand without breaking the bank If you’re tired of having to work so hard to stand out, get attention, and get clients, this course is for you.
If you see other coaches or consultants out there with great brand names and you’ve always wished you had one too, now is your chance.
If you’ve ever been confused by exactly what branding is, or how to brand yourself effectively, this course will answer all of your questions and walk you, step-by-step, through the very same process I take my private consulting clients through, for a fraction of the price.
Who is the target audience? Independent Coaches, Consultants, and other Experts who make a living selling their expertise or serving clients with their expertise
Hours of Content: 3
Are you a coach, consultant, expert, or service professional?
Do you struggle to market yourself? Or wish you didn’t have to? Do you dislike selling? Do you just want to help people? Then Content Marketing is for you.
Content Marketing is marketing that doesn’t feel like marketing.
In this course, I will teach you 11 different content marketing strategies you can use to market yourself and your business. They’re all budget friendly, in fact most of them are free.
You don’t need to use all 11. I share 11 so you can pick the ones that fit you best. And I teach you everything you need to know to get started.
Here are some of the things I’ve seen content marketing do for my business and my clients’ businesses (I share lots of real-world examples in the course):
Attract clients more easily Attract opportunities like Speaking Invitations, Interviews, Guest Blogging Invitations, Media Coverage (all free marketing exposure for you and your business!) Build an email list Build trust (incredibly important if you’re marketing online) Build a loyal following (great for repeat business, referrals, up-selling & cross-selling) Become known as the go-to expert in your industry Elevate yourself above the competition Build a large online footprint so it’s easier for prospective clients to find you Help prospects feel like they already know you so they’ll be more likely to hire you This course includes:
Video lessons for each of the 11 content marketing strategies Specific how-to tips to help you get started with each content marketing strategy Free and inexpensive resources you can use to implement each strategy Plenty of real-world examples A downloadable 50-page Workbook and Planning Guide that includes all the resources and examples I share in the video lessons, along with worksheets you can use to create your own Content Marketing Plan, plus a whole lot more. I started using content marketing back in 2005 (since before the term Content Marketing even existed!)
I’ve successfully used all 11 strategies I will be teaching you in this course.
Content marketing has enabled me to:
Quickly become known online in a very competitive niche Attract all kinds of free marketing opportunities (I’ve never sought out speaking, blogging, article-writing, interview, or teaching invitations–they’ve all come to me) Quickly reposition myself, several times Create a large online footprint so people are more likely to find me (feel free to Google “Debbie LaChusa” or “The Business Stylist” to see) Build a solid reputation Build an email list of thousands of people who are interested in what I do Attract clients online without having to go out and pitch or sell Attract speaking opportunities around the world (the all expenses paid trip to Australia was the best!) Attract invitations to teach teleclasses and webinars (which is an easy and great way to get new clients) Build 3 different 6-figure businesses since 2005 (all working from the comfort and convenience of my home) It’s helped my private consulting clients quickly generate great results as well (I share specific examples in the course) so I know it can help you, too!
Join the over 370 coaches, consultants, and other service professionals who have already enrolled and are learning how they can market themselves for little to no money and become known as the go-to-expert in their field.
The first 3 lessons are absolutely free—why not check them out right now?
And, let’s get you known and attracting more clients and opportunities into your business!
Who is the target audience? Independent coaches, consultants, and other service professionals who make a living selling or serving clients with their expertise, and who want to become known as a “go to” expert in their industry
Hours of Content: 2
Are you a new coach or consultant who is just starting out in business?
Or, have you been in business for a while but you’re struggling to get clients and make it work?
In either case, this course is for you.
In fact, I believe in the content I share in this course so strongly that I think it should be mandatory for every new coach and consultant.
There are so many things you simply don’t know and can’t anticipate when you go into business for yourself.
Things no one ever tells you Things you simply overlook Things you don’t think about And all of those unknowns can make business frustrating, difficult, and frankly a real struggle.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When you know what to expect and what to do, it changes everything.
Suddenly you are able to…
Be better prepared so you can succeed in your business Relax and enjoy your business more Avoid many of the common mistakes (and the pain and frustration that goes along with learning the hard way) Eliminate failures (I’ll be honest, you can’t totally eliminate all failure but you can sure minimize it!) Save yourself a lot of frustration, pain, and heartache Become successful in your business more quickly and easily
I learned everything I teach in this course the hard way.
I’ve been in business on my own since 1998 (that’s 16 years). I’ve started 8 different businesses since 2005. Three became successful 6-figure businesses relatively quickly (within the first year or so). The others, well let’s just say I learned some valuable lessons!
I was probably a lot like you when I started my first business.
Full of ideas, passion, motivation and drive. But no experience running a business. I’ve learned so much in the past 16 years that I feel an obligation to share it with those who are just starting out, or those who are struggling.
Whether you’re thinking about becoming a coach or consultant, you’re just starting your business, or you’ve been in business for years and things aren’t going quite the way you’d hoped, I believe understanding the things I share in this course will help you.
There’s no reason you have to discover these things the hard way.
Consider this course your sneak peek into the future of what it takes to run a successful coaching or consulting business. Your opportunity to learn from someone who has been there-done that and is now sharing it with YOU!
Join the more than 460 students who are already in the class and learning how to create a more enjoyable, successful, and profitable coaching or consulting business.
Who is the target audience? Established coaches and consultants who are not happy with their current business or level of success. New coaches and consultants who are just starting out and want to be prepared. People just considering starting a coaching or consulting business who want to know what to expect.
Hours of Content: 3.5
Are you a coach, consultant, or some other “expert”?
Do you make a living helping others by sharing that expertise?
Have you maxed-out on the number of clients you can work with?
Or, hit an income ceiling in your business?
Or, are you just tired of trading hours for dollars?
If that sounds like you, then maybe it’s time to learn how to leverage your expertise and your time by packaging your knowledge into online courses. That way you can serve thousands of people without having to be there in person (or via the phone).
Online courses provide a passive income stream.
That means you do the work once to create the course, and then you earn money, month after month after month, with little to no additional time invested on your part.
That’s called leveraging yourself.
And it’s a great way to grow your business and help more people without having to work more hours.
However, if you want to earn good money from your courses, and really help your students, you need to create a high quality course.
It needs to be a course people want.
And, it must share information that’s in demand and people are willing to pay for.
I’ve been in business online, teaching virtually and packaging my expertise into information products since 2004.
In 2013 I started creating online courses.
In the past 18 months I’ve created 5 online courses (this is #6) and I’ve earned passive income from those courses every single month.
I started out earning a few hundred dollars a month and I’ve earned as much as $4000 a month. I do this part time and I’m just getting started.
In just the first 18 months I enrolled more than 5,000 students and received 100 reviews averaging 5 stars (the highest rating possible).
And the majority of my students purchase multiple courses from me. In fact many of them are enrolled in every single course I’ve created.
Oh, and the majority of my students are PAID.
That’s an important distinction.
Some courses may have thousands of students enrolled but none of those students actually paid to take the course. There’s a place for free offers and I’ll teach you that in Part II of this course where I’ll cover how to market and sell your course once it’s done.
But, if you want to make passive income you need to create a course students are willing to pay for. And that’s exactly what I’m going to teach you how to do in this course.
In this course, you will learn…
How to decide WHAT to teach so people will pay to take your courses How to create a course outline that easily translates into an online course How to create the presentations you’ll need to shoot your video lessons 4 different types of video lessons and how to create each one How to name your course so more students find it What you need to include in your course in addition to video lessons to enhance your students’ learning and keep ‘em coming back for more courses What you need to do BEFORE you shoot your course videos to ensure your course will be top quality and quickly approved by any marketplace you publish it to The equipment you’ll need to create your course and where to get it The software you’ll need and how to use it And the equipment you can wait to buy until you start earning money How to record, edit, and produce your course videos, even if you’ve never shot videos before The technical specs you need to ensure your videos are the correct format to play on the web How to create an animated branded bumper for all your course videos so your course looks professional and it’s less likely to be pirated How to name all your course files to keep them organized and make it easy to upload them to multiple websites (or even have someone else do it for you) I will walk you step-by-step through everything I do to create my courses and I’ll even take you behind the scenes into my studio.
Plus you get checklists every step of the way so you’ll have all the important info you need handy as you create your course.
If you’ve been thinking about creating an online course but didn’t know where to start, this course is the A to Z How-To Guide you’ve been waiting for.
If you follow all the action steps I teach you in this course, when you’re done you will have your very own online course, ready to upload to a marketplace or your own website.
Part II: How to Market & Sell Your Course
In Part II, I teach you how to market and sell that course, so you can start earning passive income every single month.
Who is the target audience? Established coaches, consultants and other service professionals with a desire to turn their expertise into a passive income stream Service professionals who want to stop trading hours for dollars Authors, experts, or anyone who wishes to share their knowledge online and make money doing it Anyone with expertise or knowledge to share and who wants to earn passive income working from home
Hours of Content: 4.5
Do you have an online course but you’re having trouble getting students to enroll in it? Do you know you need to market your online course but you’re not sure how? Are you wondering where to publish your online course? Should you publish it on an existing marketplace or should you create your own online academy? Should you publish your course on multiple platforms? Were you successful getting students when you first launched your course, but now you’re struggling to sell the course and make money? If you answered YES to any of these questions, this course is for you.
My name is Debbie LaChusa and I’ve been marketing products and services online since 2005. I’ve marketed and sold everything online from coaching and consulting package that cost thousands of dollars to information products ranging in price from $19 to $500.
Since 2013 I’ve been marketing and selling online courses, and earning thousands of dollar per month from them.
Within the first 6 months of launching my first online course it became the top selling, highest rated marketing course right here on Udemy.
My courses continue to sell month after month after month, and I’d like to teach you how you can do the same, whether you just created your first course or you have a collection of courses that just aren’t selling the way you’d like.
What You’ll Learn in This Course
In this course I’m going to teach you everything you need to know, and do, to successfully market your online courses so you can attract more students and earn passive income month after month after month.
This Course is Not About Teaching You Theory.
It’s about sharing exactly what works to sell online courses on the web today, based on 10 years of experience selling products and services online and more than a year-and-a-half selling online courses.
In this course, I pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside my online course business and show you exactly what I do to market and sell my courses, including how and why I price my courses the way I do, how I launch my courses, and how I market them on an ongoing basis so they continue to earn me passive income every single month.
I even share the EXACT results of my marketing and promotions.
In this course, you will learn…
Where to Market and Sell Your Online Courses… I’ll teach you the pros and cons of marketplaces like Udemy, Learning Management Systems, Hosted Platforms, and Building Your Own Site from scratch (because I’ve done them ALL!) How to Create a Course Image That Helps Your Course Stand Out and Sell How to Create a Landing Page That Sells… I cover 6 different Landing Page Elements (NOT just the copy) so you can create a powerful and effective landing page for your course How to Name Your Course so it shows up in search results, attracts more students and sells better How to Create a Promotional Video that gets prospective students excited about your course and makes them want to enroll How to Price Your Course so it sells and earns you good money How to Launch Your Course so it attracts students, gets positive reviews, and starts making you money quickly How to Market Your Course so it continues to attract students and generate passive income month after month after month Plus you get worksheets, checklists, resource lists, real-world examples, and demos so you can apply everything you learn to marketing your own online course.
If you have an online course that’s not selling, this course will teach you everything you need to know and do to get your online course the attention it deserves, so you start attracting and enrolling more students and earning passive income from your course every single month.
Who is the target audience? Established coaches, consultants and other service professionals with a desire to turn their expertise into a passive income stream Service professionals who want to stop trading hours for dollars Authors, experts, or anyone who wishes to share their knowledge online and make money doing it Anyone with expertise or knowledge to share and who wants to earn passive income working from home
Hours of Content: 2
Are you an independent coach or consultant?
Are you currently selling your time by the hour?
Or, in packages based on term, such as a 3-month package or a 6-month package?
Did you know that’s not the best way to sell your services?
In fact, did you know that actually makes it harder to sell, and it encourages prospective clients to negotiate based on what they think they need or can afford?
I followed Debbie’s 5 step process for a new proposal which was accepted promptly, without question or negotiation.
For the past 12 years, as a business and marketing mentor, setting the correct price for my clients for the services they offered has always been an issue, even setting my own pricing has been a problem. I was able to give my clients the formula for establishing their hourly rate but including the ‘adding value’ element was missing. Debbie’s course ‘How to Design a Signature Program’ was exactly what I needed to solve this problem. Further, I tested this myself, after finishing the course. I followed Debbie’s 5 step process for a new proposal which was accepted promptly, without question or negotiation. I highly recommend Debbie’s easy step-by-step model for pricing, which in my opinion, can be applied to anyone offering a service and not only for coaches, consultants and mentors. ~ Fran Piggott CEO, Marketing Guru, South Africa
Like you, when I started my own business as an independent marketing consultant back in 1998, I too sold my time by the hour, or by the month.
Then I remembered that when I worked in the advertising agencies we sold by the project. We presented prospects with a specific scope of work and the results we would deliver, and we quoted them a project fee or a monthly retainer to cover that scope of work.
That’s when I realized I needed to sell my services the same way.
I didn’t want my clients buying my time. After all, who’s to say what your time is worth. It’s rather arbitrary. And high hourly fees can actually turn prospects away if they don’t think you’re worth it.
It’s much better to sell results.
That way clients are buying what they want. They’re paying for you to solve their problems.
You decide how long it takes to get that outcome and you charge them based on what that outcome is worth.
It has nothing to do with what your time is worth.
When you learn to package your services it changes your entire business.
(1) It helps you attract more of the right clients—the clients who are searching for exactly the outcome you deliver.
(2) It eliminates clients negotiating down the price or the term because you can easily tell them, this is what it takes to get the results you want.
(3) It enables you to charge for the value you’re delivering, which is usually more than what you or a client might determine your time is worth.
(4) And, it enables you to sell more confidently because it eliminates any doubt that you’re “worth it.” It’s not about you. It’s about the outcome your clients want and will get when they work with you.
So, if you’re an existing coach or consultant who is still selling your time, or you’re a brand new coach or consultant who is trying to figure out how to package your services and what to charge, this course is for you.
This course is ideal for independent coaches or consultants who…
Are currently selling their time by the hour, or term (e.g. 3 month package) Are brand new in business and aren’t sure how to package their services Would like to make it easier to sell their services Are tired of prospective clients negotiating down price or term Aren’t comfortable selling because they don’t know what their time is worth Aren’t getting enough of the right clients Are creating time-consuming spec proposals for every single prospect Are having to re-invent the wheel with each new client Would love to be able to promise specific outcomes to their clients Would like to create more efficiency in their business Are interested in creating leveraged programs (e.g. online courses, books) in the future Would like to know how many clients they need to make the money they desire Want to be sure they can reach their income goals without working more hours than they want Would like reliable, predictable cash flow (instead of being on a cash flow roller coaster!) Want to be sure their business is viable, profitable, and enjoyable Don’t waste another day trying to sell your time.
This course will take you step-by-step through the exact same process I’ve been using successfully myself, and with my private consulting clients, for years.
This course includes:
Instructional Video Lessons for each step of the process Fill-in-the-blank Worksheets so you can create a profitable Signature Program Examples for all exercises for your review and reference Step-by-Step Instructions so you can easily apply what you’re learning to your business Design a Signature Program…
You can become known for That will set you apart from the competition You can sell confidently You know will deliver the results your ideal clients want That will make your business profitable, enjoyable, and successful Check out the Introduction and the First Lesson, they’re free!
Then enroll today so you can get started creating your very own Signature Program.
If you’re already enrolled in my course, How to Market Yourself as a Coach or Consultant…
… and you’re wondering if you should enroll in this course, here are a few things to think about:
1) This course features separate video lessons for EACH of the 5 steps in both my Signature Program and Financial Viability processes. If you’ve struggled with these processes and you want more in-depth instruction and explanation, this course provides that.
2) If you prefer focusing your learning on bite-sized topics, this course does just that. This is one of the most important topics I teach because it’s what enables you to get out there and offer your services in the way your ideal clients are most likely to buy.
3) If you haven’t yet gotten to the Signature Program and Financial Viability sections, this course may help you get these important steps done so you can get out there and start selling your services, while you’re still learning and applying the rest of the marketing steps.
4) If you’ve completed my How to Market Yourself course and you’re still struggling to package, market and sell your services, this course may just provide the additional know-how, inspiration, and motivation you need to get on track.
Who is the target audience? This course is designed for independent coaches or consultants who are currently selling their time by the hour, or by term packages (e.g. 3-month package) This course is for independent coaches or consultants who are tired of haggling with clients over hourly rates or term packages and would like to have a package that’s easier to sell, and eliminates negotation This course is for independent coaches or consultants who wish to be paid for the true value they are delivering to their clients This course is for existing coaches or consultants, or new coaches or consultants who are just starting out and need help packaging their services
Hours of Content: 1.5
Learn How to Create an Inspired Road Map for Your Coaching or Consulting Business… So You Can Create the Business and Life You’ve Been Dreaming Of!
If your business is not where you’d like it to be, or you’re ready for a change and you want to create a road map to help you get wherever you’d like to go, this course is for you.
Whatever kind of business YOU’D like to have… I’d like to share with you a simple process you can use to get fiercely focused so you can create it.
Not only will it help you make decisions every day about what you need to DO to get there, it will also set things up so the Universe can support you.
I’m not going to get all woo-woo on you, but I will tell you when you get crystal clear on what you want, it changes EVERYTHING.
And it ups-the-odds that you will actually get there… or perhaps get someplace even better!
This process is simple, you can complete it in an afternoon, and on a couple sheets of paper.
I’m going to give you…
A fill-in-the-blank template (to make it easy to create your plan) Examples from 3 different Strategic Plans (so you know what goes in each section) A Sample Strategic Plan (so you know what a completed plan looks like) And I will walk you through a very simple 6-step process (so you can easily create your plan) You may be thinking, “A Strategic Plan… that sounds complicated… isn’t that something corporations do… do I really need one if it’s just me?”
First of all, I’m not going to teach you how to do a traditional corporate Strategic Plan. You’re right, you don’t need THAT!
I used to develop those plans when I worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors. They’re a ton of work, they’re pages and pages long, and they are NOT what you need as an independent coach or consultant.
What I WILL teach you is a scaled down version that only includes the parts you need to get focused and clear about the type of business and life you want to create.
What Students Are Saying About This Course
Once again Debbie has delivered. My strategic plan did take less than a day to do. Through her direction, I now have focus on where I want my life to go and how to get there. My strategic plan is concise, realistic, achievable and not overwhelming to accomplish. Thanks Debbie ~Fran Piggott
Really helpful course Debbie. I haven’t considered using intentions instead of goals before and I liked how simplified your process for writing our mission and vision statements was. Thanks! ~Helen Bolger-Harris
Who is the target audience? Independent coaches and consultants who are in a business they’re not happy with or who are looking for a change in direction Independent coaches and consultants who feel like they and their business are all over the place and want to get focused Brand new coaches or consultants who want to make sure the business they end up with is a business they will enjoy
Hours of Content: 2.5
Are you an independent coach or consultant?
Do you love working with clients but hate the process of selling your services in order to get those clients?
Maybe you’ve never been taught how to sell, so you’re not even sure how.
Did you know that nearly all of the coaches and consultants I talk to and work with hate the idea of having to sell?
And you know what, I hated it too when I started my own business back in 1998.
But when I learned the sales process I’m going to teach you in this course, everything changed. I no longer hated selling and I started closing more sales.
If you’re currently selling your services using free coaching sessions, or you’re giving away valuable advice in spec proposals, I’d like to invite you to learn a more effective way to sell your services, that does not feel like selling AND does not require you to give away your valuable time and expertise for free.
This course is for you if you’re an independent coach or consultant and…
You hate sales, or you’ve never been taught how to sell You’re currently selling your services using free coaching sessions, or you’re giving away valuable advice in spec proposals You’re tired of giving away your valuable time and expertise for free You’re struggling to convert prospects into paying clients You’re having a hard time finding potential clients to even make offers to You dread the idea of cold-calling You’re tired of hearing prospects tell you, “let me think about it and get back to you” and then never hearing from them again
What You’ll Learn in this Course
In this course you will learn a simple, conversational, comfortable, 10-step sales process you can use in 30- to 60-minute Free Consultations with your prospects, to turn more of them into paying clients.
Sell More, More Comfortably, and at Higher Prices
As an independent marketing consultant and coach since 1998, I’ve been selling my own services for 17 years. I’ve tried a lot of different things. And I admit, at the beginning I was just kind of winging it.
However, when I was taught the specific sales process I’m going to share with you in this course, selling not only became more comfortable, I sold a lot more coaching and consulting packages. And, I sold them at higher prices.
When I dialed in my process to include the specific 10 steps I’m going to teach you, and I went out and tested the this 10-step process for the very first time, I sold $12K worth of private coaching in a little over a week.
Even better, I knew exactly what I needed to do each month to keep generating that same income.
While I can’t promise you’ll have the same result, what I can promise is that if you are currently giving away free advice in free coaching sessions or spec proposals as a way to sell your services, or you too are just kind of “winging it” when it comes to selling your services, this 10-step sales process will truly transform the way you sell, and your results.
I’m really excited to be sharing this process in such detail (I only top-lined it in my How to Market Yourself as a Coach or Consultant course) because I know how much it can change how coaches and consultants FEEL about selling, as well as their results.
In fact, here is what one student in my How to Market Yourself as a Coach or Consultant course had to say about the one lesson I teach on this sales process in that course:
“Lesson 21 is Worth Five Digits To Me. This is an excellent course, easily worth the money and time. I have been an independent consultant for four years and I found two ideas particularly helpful. First, Debbie’s view that my marketing approach should be consistent with who I am as a person. Second, Debbie’s description of the consultative sales call (Lesson 21).” Michael de la Maza
And that was based on ONE lesson.
This course includes 17 video lessons plus 2 bonus video demos.
I’ve broken down each step into individual lessons so I can share in detail how this sales process works, and include stories from my own personal experience and my clients, so you really understand it and can apply it in your business.
So, if you find yourself wishing clients would just show up, so you don’t have to pound the pavement or do cold-calling to find them… (Neither is required with this process!)
Or, you’re struggling to get clients to say yes…
Or, you’re tired of giving away free advice and sample coaching sessions and still not getting clients…
I encourage you to enroll in this course.
Not only will you learn how to sell your services, you’ll receive:
A step-by-step agenda and checklist you can use in every consultation you do, so you know exactly what to say and do to close more clients 27 different ways you can get prospective clients to contact YOU and request a consultation (that means no cold-calling or pounding the pavement looking for clients!) A formula to help you determine exactly how many free consultations you need to do to generate the clients and income you want so you can get off the cash-flow roller-coaster and start earning reliable income month after month Fill-in-the-blank worksheets to help you fine-tune your sales process, so the more consultations you do, the more you improve your closing ratio (that means you get to spend less time selling and more time working with clients) Free and low-cost web tools you can use to automate the consultation application and scheduling processes so you can focus your time doing what you do best – talking with prospects who’ve expressed interest in working with you… and working with clients
Be sure to watch the Course Introduction Video to learn more about what you’ll learn in this course (it’s free!)
Then enroll in the course and start learning an easier, more comfortable, more effective way to sell your services so you can attract and begin working with all those people you got into business to help.
See you inside!
Debbie LaChusa, The Business Stylist®
Who is the target audience? This course is perfect for independent coaches or consultants who are working with individuals or small businesses This course is perfect for independent coaches or consultants who dislike selling and would like to learn a more comfortable and effective way to get new clients This course is perfect for independent coaches or consultants who know they’re great at what they do but who are struggling to get clients This course is not designed for consultants who are targeting corporations or businesses that require detailed, customized spec proposals This course is not designed for coaches or consultants who are selling to group targets (i.e. executive committees) - this is a one-on-one sales process
Hours of Content: 1
Are you looking for strategies to consistently earn extra income each month without quitting your job or taking on a ton of risk?
In the past, people have used money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and bonds to generate a little extra income while they spent their time on other endeavors. But these tried-and-true strategies for income just aren’t true anymore.
You will be extremely lucky if you can find a money market account paying more than 1% annually, and the highest tiered CD might net you 1.25% or so.
Today, U.S. Treasury bonds are paying less than 2% annually, and one-third of the world’s sovereign bonds are now in negative-yield territory!
Simply put, tying up your capital for such measly returns is a losing proposition…. but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options!
Enter: The Option Game: Safe Income in Any Market
This course is all about how to use options to generate safe monthly income no matter the market conditions. The strategies we will use to generate income with options do not involve speculating or taking on a ton of risk, however. In many cases, these strategies can actually reduce the risk of your overall portfolio.
Now we aren’t talking about day trading. We aren’t talking about chasing little moves in prices. We aren’t talking about cutting losses and trying to hit a big gain once in a while. We are talking about a comprehensive, long-term strategy to generate extra income, month in and month out.
By the way, this extra income will only require 20 minutes or so worth of work each month. That’s it. Again, this is a conservative approach so it does not require aggressive action.
These are the strategies used by hedge fund managers, proprietary Wall Street traders, and even Warren Buffet on occasion. But guess what – generating income with options is as easy as buying stocks normally if you know what you are doing!
This course will go over all of the fundamentals you need to know before getting started. The course will present live demonstrations to show you exactly how to implement the strategies discussed. The course will present a comprehensive example to show you exactly how you can use the strategies to generate extra income every single month. Finally, the course will go over the risks and good practices you need to know before implementing the Option Game.
To add additional value to this course, the instructor is completely willing to answer any questions you may have as you go through the material.
Now to be clear, this course is not about getting rich quick. It is about generating extra income month in and month out. Over and over again.
The Option Game is not about hitting home runs; it is about hitting for singles and maybe a double every now and then. Thus, this course is best suited for people who are self-disciplined and willing to stick with a simple strategy.
So if you are ready to turbo-charge your monthly income without taking big-risks do not hesitate to enroll in The Option Game today!
What are the requirements?
The Option Game will start with the fundamentals so no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Students will need a brokerage account in order to execute the strategies presented in this course. What am I going to get from this course?
Internalize the fundamentals of options - what they are, how they work, and what they were designed to do Understand the intricacies of call options and put options Execute the Covered Call Canter to generate income on high quality stocks without taking on any additional risk Execute the Naked Put Promenade to sell “insurance” to traders and get paid to build a portfolio of high quality stocks Pair the Covered Call Canter and the Naked Put Promenade to generate safe, consistent income every single month What is the target audience?
Are you looking for strategies to consistently earn extra income each month without quitting your job or taking on a ton of risk? This course is for you! Are you frustrated by the low yields offered on money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and sovereign bonds? This course will show you a better way to earn a return on your money! Are you looking for day trading tips or get-rich-quick schemes? This course is NOT for you.
Hours of Content: 2
The world of money and finance can be confusing and dangerous, and most educational curriculum ignore the concepts altogether. This leaves many successful professionals searching for sound financial advice.
Although there are a plethora of “Personal Finance for Dummies” books and courses out there, Finance for Freedom is the only program that is rooted in a thorough understanding of money and monetary history. Money is half of every transaction thus half of the entire economy therefore it is only possible to construct a sustainable asset portfolio with a fundamental understanding of money.
If you doubt this, simply ask yourself a question: what is money?
Is it a green piece of paper with numbers and symbols on it? Is it a plastic card with a bank logo and an account number? Or is it something else entirely?
As it turns out, money is far from a static functionary, and it has a very interesting story to tell. Those who understand this story take a unique approach to structuring their finances while those who do not understand money tend to follow the herd. If you want to be financially independent then you absolutely must understand money – what it is, where it has been, and where it is going.
Finance for Freedom: Master Your Finances in 30 Days will not only convey the necessary fundamentals, but it will also present specific actionable strategies that you can begin to implement immediately to grow your wealth.
In fact, the strategies presented in Finance for Freedom are the very strategies the author used to master his finances, build a sustainable asset portfolio, and quit his job within five years time. Whether you are a young professional just getting started or a seasoned veteran approaching retirement, these same strategies will work for you.
Are you ready to turbo-charge your retirement portfolio? Do you yearn to exit the rat-race? Is financial freedom calling to your spirit?
This course will convey everything you need to know in order to achieve a level of financial security that can never be taken away from you. This course will show you how to structure your finances and scale your income such that you will never need to worry about market crashes, lay-offs, globalization, outsourcing, or uncertain political environments. More importantly, this course will show you how to reach financial escape velocity so that you can live the life of your dreams!
Here is what the course delivers: How to become money-conscious How to analyze your financial statements How to intuitively understand how each decision you make affects your financial statements How to analyze spending, slash debt, and implement a tool to model and monitor a flexible monthly budget How to ultimately master your finances in 30 days time How to analyze macroeconomic trends and leverage this understanding into actionable financial strategies How to construct and implement an asset allocation model How to assess and acquire the prominent asset classes for your model: cash, precious metals, real estate, stocks, bonds, and bitcoins How to implement the Beta Investment Strategy How to integrate alternative investments into your portfolio to truly create antifragility How to build and scale diverse income streams in order to achieve financial escape velocity
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. This is not your standard “personal finance for dummies” advice, nor is it abstract theory. This course delivers both the core principles and the actionable strategies used by the instructor to build a sustainable financial portfolio that enabled him to quit his job and escape the rat-race within five years time.
To add additional value to this course, the instructor is completely willing to answer any and all questions you may have as you go through the material.
Now to be clear, there is no magic formula for eliminating debt, building wealth, and reaching financial escape velocity. As such, this course is NOT for people who are looking for get-rich-quick-schemes. But for self-disciplined people who are willing to think outside of the box and focus long-term, this course offers a comprehensive approach to money, finance, and economics that will enable you to cut debt, strategically build an asset portfolio, and even develop scalable income streams in order to build the life you desire!
Do not take a backseat when it comes to your own finances. Learn everything you need to know to master your finances in 30 days by enrolling in Finance for Freedom today!
What are the requirements?
No previous knowledge or experience required - this course will walk you through the fundamentals and present advanced strategies to thrive in today’s economy! What am I going to get from this course?
Become money-conscious Analyze your financial statements Intuitively understand how each decision you make affects your financial statements Analyze spending and slash debt Implement a tool to model and monitor a flexible monthly budget Master your finances in 30 days Discover the secrets of money that conventional personal finance either glosses over or does not understand Construct a custom-tailored asset allocation model Assess and acquire the prominent asset classes: cash, precious metals, real estate, stocks, bonds, and bitcoins Execute the “Beta Investment Strategy” Integrate alternative investments to create antifragility Build and scale diverse income streams Leverage macroeconomic trends to achieve financial escape velocity What is the target audience?
Are you new to personal finance? This course will start with the fundamentals and work up to advanced topics. Are you looking for an out-of-the-box perspective on money and finance? This course will deliver what conventional finance misses to give you a competitive advantage in the real world. Are you well-versed in personal finance but looking for advanced strategies? This course will show you how to leverage prominent macroeconomic trends to scale your income and build wealth. Are you a young professional just getting started in your career? This course will show you exactly how to master your finances and start planning for retirement. Are you stuck in an unfulfilling career? This course will show you exactly how the author managed to build a sustainable asset portfolio from scratch and quit his job in five years. Are you a veteran approaching retirement? This course will show you how to secure your finances, structure your assets in a conservative way, and set yourself up for a worry-free retirement.
Hours of Content: 1
Tired of the same old “personal finance for dummies” advice? Fed up with high-fees, low-return mutual funds? Are you ready to build a customized asset portfolio like the experts? Is it time to super-charge your finances to finally reach your goals?
Bulletproof Personal Finance: Expert Asset Allocation is your solution!
The average person today completes twelve-to-sixteen years worth of formal education and graduates with no useful information regarding personal finance or money management. This leaves the average person with a predicament as they progress in their career: what should I do with my money? Where should I go to learn actionable personal financial strategies?
This course was written to answer those questions and fill that void. Bulletproof Money Management will show you how to construct a customized asset allocation model, and how to integrate each asset class into your portfolio. The course will walk you through several screencasts to demonstrate this where necessary.
All of the concepts presented in this course are rooted in a fundamental understanding of money, economics, and current macroeconomic trends based upon years of independent research. These concepts are more than abstract theory, however; they are the strategies used by the instructor to build a sustainable asset portfolio and quit his job within five years time.
Keep in mind, there are no get-rich-quick schemes. This course is designed with proper risk management techniques in mind. The number one rule of money management is: don’t lose money. Remember – opportunities are endless, but capital is finite. As such, this course best suited for self-disciplined people with a long-term perspective.
Bulletproof Personal Finance is clear, concise, and to the point - you won’t find any hype or filler here. To add additional value to this course, the instructor is completely willing to answer any and all questions you may have as you go through the material as well.
Do not take a backseat when it comes to your own finances. Learn everything you need to know to build a customized asset portfolio like the pro’s by enrolling in Bulletproof Personal Finance today!
What are the requirements?
This course is designed to convey both fundamental concepts and advanced strategies, thus no previous knowledge or experience is required. What am I going to get from this course?
Construct and implement a personalized asset allocation model Learn how to spread capital across several different asset classes to create antifragility Determine a proper cash allocation Acquire precious metals for home and overseas storage Acquire real estate with advantageous financing terms Build a stock portfolio utilizing expert risk management tools Analyze and acquire low-risk bonds at a discount to par Acquire, use, and store bitcoins using proper security practices Effectively manage an asset portfolio using a customized spreadsheet What is the target audience?
Tired of the same old “personal finance for dummies” advice? This course will show you how to build an asset portfolio like the experts! Looking to integrate advanced risk management techniques into your financial plan? This course will deliver! Searching for get rich quick schemes? This course is NOT for you.
Hours of Content: 1.5
Basic Computer Knowledge is required Knowledge in Cryptocurrencies helps but is not required Description Cryptocurrency is all the news right now and for a good reason…It’s a very easy way for anyone to earn passive income online.
Don’t let the fancy word scare you, in this course I dumb everything down so anyone can get started investing in Cryptocurrencies.
All you need to get started is a willingness to earn and follow alongside with me! Throughout this course you will learn how to do the following:
A basic introductory to Cryptocurriences and what they are Short term vs Long term investing How To buy and sell Bitcoins for REAL money How to set-up a Poloniex account How to set-up a bitcoin wallet How to trade coins on the online exchange A simple investment plan that you can follow and implement How you can earn money with your coins from margin lending Plus learn how you can earn FREE steam on Steemit.
This course is designed for complete beginners who know nothing, so don’t worry if you are a newbie to ether investing or online currencies.
I look forward to seeing you in the course!
Who is the target audience? Anyone looking to learn more about Cryptocurrencies Anyone who wants to make easy money investing in Cryptocurrencies Anyone who wants to start saving up money for retirement
Hours of Content: 1.5
“You are looking at a live picture of Lehman Brothers’ 158-year-old firm - born pre-industrial revolution and surviving the Great Depression …”, a CNBC special report began on September 14, 2008.
“Lehman Brothers will file for bankruptcy this evening under circumstances that, without the government’s assistance, sources tell us would almost certainly result in significant market disruption. “
I trust you remember what happened next.
The credit market’s liquidity evaporated. The S&P was cut in half. 30 million jobs were shed. U.S. households lost $16 trillion worth of financial wealth. More than one million homes were lost in foreclosure.
Fear and panic spread. Some said the stock market was going to zero. Some said this was the end of capitalism. Others said it was the end of human civilization.
The U.S. government rushed in with a $700 billion bail-out package for banks it deemed “too big to fail”. With the stroke of a pen, taxpayers were on the hook for Wall Street’s reckless behavior.
In this environment, a curious message appears on an obscure mailing list dedicated to the study of cryptography. The date was November 1, 2008. The author was Satoshi Nakamoto: “I’ve been working on a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party…
Bitcoin was born. It rose from the ashes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
But what is Bitcoin?
Why is it here?
What is it’s purpose?
How do you use it?
Where is it going?
Is it a good investment? Will it catch on?
This course will answer all of these questions and more!
Friends, Bitcoin is changing the world… forever. There will be no going back. Now is the time to learn everything you need to know to get involved while Bitcoin is still in its infancy.
Joe Withrow is a Bitcoin miner who has been involved in the ecosystem since 2014. He is on record saying that he never before felt like Bitcoin was ready to take the next step in mass-adoption… until 2017.
The Bitcoin moment is here. Let Joe tell you everything you need to know to participate in the most explosive disruptive technology since the internet… and perhaps ever. The time is now!
What are the requirements?
No previous knowledge or experience required - this course will walk you through the fundamentals and then present advanced information. What am I going to get from this course?
Visualize the origin of Bitcoin Understand why Bitcoin was created Demonstrate the fundamental nature of disruptive technology Explain how Blockchain technology will impact every single industry in the world Make money mining bitcoins Describe Bitcoin’s monetary policy Explain Bitcoin’s practical applications to friends Buy, Trade, and Store bitcoins securely Advise friends and family on the most secure exchanges, wallets, and cold storage devices for Bitcoin See a live screencast demonstrating how to buy and send bitcoins in real time What is the target audience?
Anyone who wants to take part in the next generation of money and finance. Anyone who wants to invest in an explosive disruptive technology.
Hours of Content: 5 Charge your clients more money by being able to create a WordPress website exactly to their requirements.
This Responsive Website Design course will enable you to create a Responsive Website for a business using the Genesis theme framework on the WordPress platform.
WordPress is the most ubiquitous CMS (Content Management System) on the internet today. It provides you with a fairly well-optimised web system. However, combining WordPress with the premium Genesis theme ensures an entirely future-proof, perfectly optimized and responsive web design.
After you have finished the Responsive Website Design course you will have learned how to:
· Layout a website visual in Photoshop and present it to your client
· Install WordPress locally on your computer to ensure faster development
· Set up a website using WordPress on a host’s server
· Upload a local site to a remote site
· Create an “Under Construction” page to display during online development
· Set up the logo and top navigation menu with drop-downs
· Set up a blog on it’s own separate page
· Change the website’s text, use different fonts and create beautiful web typography
· Add content and images to the website’s pages and the blog’s posts
· Create and style up new sidebar widgets
· Add social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) profile links and icons
· Create page templates
· Add and style a jQuery slider
· Use CSS media queries to ensure the responsive design of the site works correctly on all browsers and all possible devices (phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, laptops, etc.)
· Design and layout a blog archive page with featured image thumbnails
· Create a contact page with a contact form
· Create an email subscription list and sidebar form with incentive to join
· Display a “favicon” for your site for the browsers’s address bars (as well as for iPod Touch, iPads and iPhones)
· Plus much more!
I would say that 35-45% of the course is Genesis-specific so I would advise anyone taking this course to have the Genesis theme framework (which is only $59.99). This Responsive Website Design course is ideal for anyone wishing to create a website. I have gone into everything in great detail so there’s no need to worry if you have very little knowledge of WordPress, HTML, CSS and/or PHP. Similarly, if you are already a web designer this course will teach you How to Make a Responsive Website by digging into the theme’s code to enable you to get a WordPress site looking and acting exactly how you want it to.
The course would be particularly useful for people who wish to run their own web design business as you would be able to charge four-figure fees for creating a bespoke business website like this.
What are the requirements?
Photoshop, GIMP or some sort of image editor Dreamweaver, Coda, TextMate, TextEdit, Notepad or some sort of text/code editor IMPORTANT: Genesis theme framework ($59.95) What am I going to get from this course?
Set up a business website from design to finished product Understand WordPress Understand the Genesis theme framework Continue in your understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP Continue in your understanding of using Photoshop and Illustrator to create web graphics What is the target audience?
Web designers Graphic designers People wishing to work on the web People wishing to provide web design and development services
Hours of Content: 4
Do you have a great business idea?
Are you wondering how to make your online business idea a reality?
If so, then this course is for you!
I have started several successful online businesses, and I want to show you how I did it. I’m not going to show you how to come up with a great business idea, there are lots of courses out there that do that, I’m going to show you how to actually get your online business idea out of your head and on to the internet. After all, an idea isn’t worth a single penny until you act upon it.
The Greatest Deal On Earth
When you buy this course, you get access to several deals for your online business that will more than pay for the cost of the course. You will be able to create as many websites as you want for about $5 per month (regularly $7 per month) and get another $30 off your hosting account on top of that. As if that weren’t enough, purchasing this course gives you access to a discount on your web hosting and over $100 in free online advertising with Google, Bing and Yahoo.
What Will I Learn in This Course?
In this course, you will begin by learning how to build your own website with no experience and no coding required using WordPress. You learn how to optimize your site for search engines so you can actually be found online. I will also show you some great free WordPress plugins that will make your website stand out from the crowd and free web apps you can add to your site that will super charge your business.
Along the way you will be learning all the essentials of running an online business from creating e-mail addresses, creating multiple websites, creating site maps, working with your website’s files and using free accounting software.
What Kinds of Websites Can I Build?
Any kind you want. You can build e-Commerce sites, blogs, company websites, subscription sites, affiliate sites and more. In the course, you can follow along with me as I show you how I built my latest and greatest e-Commerce website. You will learn so much about how to build websites using WordPress that you will even be able to build websites for other people as a business!
At Stone River eLearning, technology is all we teach. If you’re interested in programming, development or design - we have it covered.
Check out our huge catalog of courses and join the over 390,000 students currently taking Stone River eLearning courses. We currently offer 100+ different technology training courses on our Stone River eLearning website and are adding new courses on hot and trending topics every month. A subscription option is available for those with a real passion for learning.
Hours of Content: 5 Running a web design business is an amazing entrepreneurial springboard to other opportunities.
Both of us, Zach Swinehart and Rob Cubbon, started web design businesses and successfully removed ourselves from the day-to-day running of the business and built teams. This has enabled us to scale our revenues to over six-figures each. We both travel while working on our lifestyle businesses.
But it wasn’t always easy! We’ve both had challenges along the way and therefore we will talk about every stage of the web design business: setting up, getting clients, running and, eventually, growing.
Firstly we explain how you can start your business:
how to think of a name and domain name for your business how to set up a business’s finances action steps for building or improving your website how to differentiate and determine your niche and setting business goals for the future Then we give you great ideas about finding clients:
long term strategies like blogging and building online authority as well as networking to get clients How to incentivize word-of-mouth referrals We’re also going to give you some quick win ideas so you can get clients now! Craig’s List BNI Cold calling purchasing leads and what to say on the sales call With those clients safely in the bag, we go on to how to successfully run the business:
how to map out and clarify the project scope how to simplify the dialog with the client to minimize problems we have sample proposals, contracts and invoices for you to download and instructions on how to proceed through the project and how to ensure you’re paid properly and on time Finally we’ll talk about growing the business:
How you can pivot the web design business to earn more passive income through digital product sales. And how you can outsource and remove yourself from the business so that you can scale the business and do less of the work yourself so you are free to live the amazing lifestyle that we enjoy. As you can see, this course gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the exact strategies Zach and Rob have employed to build fantastic lifestyle businesses. So what are you waiting for? Come join us!!
What are the requirements?
nothing What am I going to get from this course?
Start implementing our roadmap to grow your 6-figure website design business and work from anywhere Set up a new business with a great domain name Know exactly what your web design business website should contain Understand the niche, audience and goals for your business Know all the best ways to get new clients Learn how to run a web design business either part or full time Find out how to set up systems and processes so that you can remove yourself from the business What is the target audience?
For anyone who wishes to start a business (web design is NOT taught in the course) For anyone who is currently running a web design business who wants more clients, better work practices and wants to scale their business
Hours of Content: 1
Wordpress is a widely known platform which can also be utilized for building membership sites.
This course covers a walk through of setting up and using the ZippyCourses membership plugin for Wordpress.
Why take this course?
If you ever considered building your own membership site, this is the perfect course for you to explore the ZippyCourses plugin and get a full understanding of it’s functionality.
I take the time to:
Walk you through setting up ZippyCourses. Show you why ZippyCourses is a good choice for Wordpress membership sites. Show you how to create units, lessons, configure pricing, email marketing & more. Show you how to setup a sales page for your ZippyCourses membership site Discuss principles of “mini courses” and how you can use these to validate your course ideas. I even walk you through my own ZippyCourses membership site!
it’s a great way to get an understanding if this plugin is right for your course.
I’ve also included an entire section on marketing ideas you can use to market your course once it’s complete.
Hours of Content: 2
Are you looking to make some money and replace your job?
“Discover How An Ex English Teacher Makes $277 Each and Every Day with TWO Simple Youtube Videos…and FREE Traffic” Let me give you the EXACT step-by-step system and proven templates so you can COPY and profit in as little as 24-hours.
You’ve FINALLY found the secret that most gurus won’t tell you about.
Everyone knows that the “money is in the list”. It’s one of those sayings that you hear over and over again because, well, it’s true.
All you need to do is just send a quick email to your list, and a few minutes later the money starts flooding into your Paypal account.
And the great thing is you don’t have to worry about Google updating the search engine, or being reliant on another businesses whims like Facebook or Adsense flushing your income down the toilet overnight.
When you’ve got your OWN profitable email list it’s YOU that control your destiny!!!
I mean, it’s pretty amazing when you have it figured out…
But there’s a BIG problem.
How the Hell can you build this “magical” email list that everyone is always talking about?
And once you have that email list built, what’s the best way to consistently make money from it in a way that people will buy from you over and over again.
95% of people are doing this the WRONG way:
They pay for their leads when they could be getting them for FREE They have NO relationship whatsoever with their list, so they convert poorly They don’t have a system they can follow, so more often then not they forget about their list and it gets unresponsive When they try to sell to their list it doesn’t convert because they are missing the KEY strategies that make subscribers buy from you OVER and OVER again. I’ve been able to build up a REAL business that provides me and my family with a comfortable lifestyle and the FREEDOM to choose how we want to spend our time.
I just wanted to find a simple method that worked!
I tried method after method.
But it was through those countless failures (I had 750 Adsense sites wiped out overnight with a Google slap AND I lost $10,000 in a morning when I had a CPA account banned) that I was able to come to the realization that I needed to build a REAL business and not just find some loophole that would eventually be plugged.
But then I found a much EASIER way.
A way that doesn’t involve building back links, writing articles, or spending money on traffic.
Heck, you don’t need to spend ANY money to get started.
I’ll be the first to admit that I made a lot of mistakes at first and it took me much longer than it’s going to take you if you follow my formula.
But after lots of trial and error I developed a system that takes me LESS than 2 hours per day and brings in OVER $277 in profits PER DAY!!!
Yeah, that’s right…I get paid $138.50 per hour…and I LOVE my work.
This is my typical morning:
I get out of bed, leisurely stumble to the kitchen (half asleep), grab a cup of steaming hot coffee, and then sit down at my desk to check my email for all the incoming Paypal payments I’ve received while I was sleeping.
So how do I do it?
I choose an affiliate offer to promote.
I record a simple video and mail it to my email list.
I then create another simple video and mail it to my email list.
I sit back and watch the money come into my Paypal account and the FREE email subscribers join my list.
It’s the simplest way of making money that I know. My name is Mike Thomas, but a lot of people know me as “Mike From Maine” from my interview show at MikeFromMaine. I know that you’re looking for something to buy—something that you can pick up that can help make you a boatload of passive income. The other thing I know? You’ve seen some pretty expensive courses or MLM packages that simply don’t work.
You Have A Choice To Make…
You Can TRY Something Else OR You Can Make A SINGLE Micro-Investment Right Now That Could Have You Living Like This…
Let me tell you about the work that went into putting together this PROVEN blueprint that I’m about to show you. I’ve spent over a THOUSAND hours interviewing over 500 successful online entrepreneurs about their products and courses over the last year-and-a-half.
You better believe I learned a thing or two.
I’ve put together a video training that will show you EVERY detail of how I’ve gone from a shiny-object-loophole-push-button chaser to having a business that earns me about $277 per DAY.
I know what it’s like to be BOMBARDED with theoretical idea after idea, so my MISSION was to create a course that would literally WIPE AWAY the confusion and literally FORCE you to be successful.
BOTTOM LINE: This isn’t something I learned overnight.
Don’t worry…you don’t have to struggle for 1.5 years like I did…I don’t have the heart to put YOU through that kind of torture.
For you to see success, it isn’t going to take YEARS.
Video 1: Creating Your Empire – Discover how to get started with your “home base” on the web. Step one is getting your name out there and finding a place where people can find you. With Affiliate Income Secrets, you’re going to learn exactly why and how to do it. Video 2: My Personal $277/day Blueprint – Take a look at my PERSONAL case study. Discover how I went from ZERO to THOUSANDS per month and well over $277 per day. You’ll learn exactly what I did and I won’t hold a thing back. Step 2 alone is virtually identical to the “guide” and programs everyone else is selling for $97. Video 3: Income Cash Calculation System – Let’s talk about income. Learn how to track your expenses and stay in the black. Most businesses fail because they can’t manage numbers. We’re going to do what NO OTHER course does—we’re going to talk about managing numbers so YOU can be successful. Video 4: Audience Conversion Cash Cow – The bigger your audience, the more money you can make. The secret to building an internet marketing presence is engaging with and growing your audience. I’ll show you what people want to hear and you’ll become a magnet that attracts them. Video 5: The Authority Rub-off System– You don’t need to know ANYTHING right now about ANY NICHE. I’ll show you how to become THE AUTHORITY on VIRTUALLY ANYTHING just by associating with people who are “in the know.” Discover how to become and expert overnight and get the leverage you need to build sales relationships and CLOSE. Video 6: The VALUE Enhancer – I’ll show you what it means to PROVIDE REAL VALUE. Learn why you need to avoid useless content and how you can provide a true service that will have visitors coming back to you over and over again. When they keep coming back, you need profiting—either with your own products or through affiliate offers. Video 7: Networking For PROFIT – Learn how to network with other people in your niche and turn your relationships into profit. We’re covering all of this before we even talk about product creation or affiliate marketing, because to REALLY understand marketing, you’ve got to know the big picture. Video 8: Your Daily ATM – How to build your email list and market to it. Discover the value of hidden resources that can help you build a successful list that you can leverage to make THOUSANDS in passive income. Learn about the tools that internet marketers don’t want you to know. Video 9: 24-Hour Product Creation – Sounds just like the title. Learn the basics of product creation and how to develop your own offers. This is where the REAL BIG money is in internet marketing. It’s not about BUYING something from someone else to sell—it’s about being the marketer who CREATES. Video 10: The No-Product-Needed System- We’re saving the best for the END. You can’t master affiliate marketing until you understand the FIRST 9 STEPS of this program. Most courses start right out with this—where do they go wrong? Well, if you learned about affiliate marketing secrets first, you’d just leave the course confused. Video 11: Scaling Secrets – How to be SMART about growing your business to make more money. Yes, you’re going to start making GOOD money immediately. But, to get to HUGE LEVELS OF PASSIVE INCOME that will allow you to never work again, you’ve got to re-invest that money into your business with intelligence. Video 12: The $1 Start – Learn how you can get started making money tomorrow with just $1. Total investment including the cost of this course? $10.97. This is UNHEARD OF. No one gives away this kind of information and gets you started for that price. PART TWO- THE $277/day QUICK START FORMULA
In this section I’ll give you actionable steps that you can follow to repeat my success. There’s no theory here: Just a REAL blueprint that will get you from zero to hero!
Inside I’ll walk you through REAL LIFE examples of how I make consistent affiliate commissions with ease.
“It’s been amazing to watch Michael grow his business to where it is today. Every time I talk to him he’s elevated his business more and more. If there’s anyone whom you want to learn from about building a consistent online income and presence, Mike is your man.” -Joshua Zamora
“One thing that clearly stood out for me was the clarity of this course. No stone is left unturned. Mike is very open with his business and his integrity shows through during this course. If you are looking to finally crack this online thing, then definitely pick this up now. It is from someone that has been there and done that and become a roaring success. Highly recommended!” -Adam Payne
“I learned my first lesson on how to make money online from Mike and it worked for me perfectly. Then I unsubscribed from all gurus out there and just kept listening to Mike. Launching Affiliate Income Secrets amazingly happened at a right time when I was struggling to take my business to the next level. I knew that this course is just another life changing lesson from Mike. Luckily I took my copy and shortly after I moved to the next level gloriously. Mike is a big bro for me who taught me how to walk in the world of online marketing. Thank you Mike.” -Bamdad Sky
“Mike has really added a step by step system that if you follow it to the T you’ll be not just finacially free but also be enjoying time freedom. All you really have to do is stay focused and follow his system because he finally shows how you to build an asset within the affiliate marketing business. Way to go Mike I’ll be implementing some of your secrets in my business!” -Anthony Aires
“I look at a lot of courses, some are OK, some are Good and some are Excellent, Mike’s course: ‘Affiliate Income Secrets’ sits perfectly into the ‘Excellent’ category.
And here’s why; like I mentioned - I look at a lot of courses, but few are so captivating that they drag me away from my work… Mike’s course did just that, in fact I couldn’t stop watching!
Most of us know how Mike makes his living online (at least you will do if you have launched a product in the last couple of years), there’s no doubt about it, Mikes business model works and it works very well…
Affiliate Income Secrets details Mike’s complete business model, & it’s a business model that literally anyone can pick up and run with regardless of experience and technical ability.
Making money online has appeared to become more and more complicated and technical recently (at least in my opinion) and then there is the constant battle with Google to contend with.
Affiliate Income Secrets is a return to uncomplicated online income which side steps all the other junk & hurdles. Making money online doesn’t have to be complicated and Mike’s business model is a perfect example of this.
Great course Mike Regards” -Mark Bishop
Hours of Content: 1.5 If you have ever considered offering your skills as a freelancer than this course is for you!
I’m going to walk you through how to successfully setup a profile and apply to freelance jobs using a platform called UpWork.
UpWork is one of the largest freelancing sites online where thousands of new jobs are posted every month.
In this course you will learn:
What UpWork is How to setup an awesome profile on UpWork How to apply to jobs on UpWork and stand out from the competition Make your skills shine with UpWork tests Start earning as a freelancer in your free time The ultimate goal of this course will be to earn your top rated badge and make your first $1k freelancing on UpWork. Once you reach this milestone you will start getting a ton of job invites on the platform!
Hours of Content: 1
Are you unhappy with your job? Have you ever dreamed of becoming your own Boss?
Do you come home every day wishing there was more to life than just working a 9-5 job?
In this course I walk you through the mindset changes you will need to make to become an entrepreneur.
I then show you what you can do outside of your job to start living like an entrepreneur.
How I structured this course
First I walk you through my own personal story for becoming an entrepreneur Next you are shown how to stop thinking like most people who work normal 9-5 jobs I provide several ideas on how you can start building a business outside of your 9-5 job such as blogging, affiliate marketing, teaching with courses, podcasting, freelancing and more. I share with you my productivity tools and how I use them daily I go in-depth into why you need to make sacrifices and have self discipline to succeed with entrepreneurship Finally I provide several recommendations for books that will get you motivated to do more with your life and stop living like most people do. Why you should take this course
If you have been unhappy with your life, your job, or even your financial situation this is the course for you.
You will learn a lot about the mindset changes you need to make in order to see positive change in your lifestyle with this course.
Hours of Content: 3
What if there was a way to ‘break the cycle’ and get paid over and over, even when you’re not working?
While I have nothing but respect for hard working people the sad truth is that every day you spend at your job is just a day of you selling your life away one hour at a time, and because the company you work for needs to make money from your labor you are by definition being underpaid for what you do.
Even worse since you only get paid when your actually working your income is always limited by the number of hours you can work. If you want to earn more, you’re only option is to work harder (if your job will even give you the opportunity to do so)!
What you really want is a something that pays you over and over, even when you are not working. In short you need an asset that generates income for you.
Today I want to show you how I combine simple training videos with sites like Udemy to create digital assets that generate thousands of dollars every single month.
In this course I cover:
Picking a course topic What equipment you need to get started An overview of the Udemy platform Keeping yourself organized with course creation Promoting your courses Creating co-instructed courses How to start profiting from your hard work
Hours of Content: 6 What is the course all about?
In this course you will learn how I’ve built a profitable Amazon affiliate store that works and functions as an awesome eCommerce site.
What should I expect to achieve after completing this course?
Your #1 goal should be to have built a profitable Amazon affiliate store that allows you to expand beyond being just an affiliate. You will have the choice of offering physical products to your buyers.
What will you learn in this course?
Getting started with focus and mindset while organizing and planning tasks Setting up your eCommerce website the right way Picking a niche and doing keyword research for that niche How to design your site and pick a theme Maximizing conversions to get more buyers Basic overview of eCommerce SEO Promoting your eCommerce site with Social Media Using free and paid advertising to promote your site Outsourcing Virtual Assistants to help you build your site faster Learning the basics of Email marketing for eCommerce Moving beyond Amazon Affiliates - Selling on Amazon & eBay Working with Dropshippers and buying products Wholesale How long is the course?
This course is split up into 6 weeks, each week you are provided with homework so you have tasks to complete after watching the modules and reading through the content.
It may take longer than 6 weeks to complete the entire program, the course is designed to allow you to create a part time or even full time eCommerce store if you choose to do so.
Most of the advice I provide allows you to make sales without a ton of commitment when it comes to purchasing physical inventory. You can start slow and grow as you make progress through the course.
Check out these awesome testimonials!
“Found this just as I started work on an Amazon site. Really useful advice on how to set up shop. I’m implementing now and honestly, that alone will save me the next few days of my life at this point in my project. Thats worth the price of entry alone. But the course has a lot more to give: outsourcing tips, sensible approach to promotion. Also heaps of stuff on FBA and other things beyond Amazon affiliate that held no interest and I thought weren’t really for me, but I can now see offer a lot of potential for growth of my store down the line. Great stuff. I also appreciate the straight up approach here.
No typical marketers fluff, filler, hype or BS. Just laying out what seems solid advice and an action plan that will get you up and running in short order. You know the course is solid, as John walks through the set up of one of his sites, which is a cut above the usual robo-Azon affiliate spam site. Maybe the title shouldn’t emphasis passive income so much, as its some work to get up and running. Even outsourcing leaves the hassle of managing workers, as we all know. It’d also be better if the intro gave some idea of the minimum kinds of investment of time and money you should expect to put in to get any result. Of course, you can keep it passive, but consumers are more savvy than they’ve ever been. So i’d suggest getting into this with a view to build out and up: in which case the the slog begins.” - Paul Andrews
“Start off gently as an as an Amazon Affiliate and then transition into your own eCommerce juggernaut. John will show you how it’s done and demonstrate the software that makes it possible, easy and profitable.” - Dr. Phillips
“This course is way more than just about Amazon Affiliates. Anyone starting an online business will also benefit from this course there is so much information in here and very useful information. John does a great job keeping you engaged in what he has to say, he’s very knowledgeable and shows proof that he knows his stuff! Thanks for a great course John.” - S Howard
“I’ve used Wordpress for years so when I saw this course focused on the WooCommerce plugin I decided to give it a shot. It really is a comprehensive course covering everything you need to know about starting your own Amazon affiliate store.” - Glen Thonis
“I’m very happy to have subscribed and this is a perfect course if you want to setup your own ecommerce store. John is an expert and his advises are very practical and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course and i have already started implementing them into my own business.” - Hussain Ahmed
Hours of Content: 2
In this class I break down the past 6 years of everything I’ve ever done online as an internet marketer.
In September 2016 I decided to spend an entire week writing a blog post that came in just shy of 25,000 words about my entire journey.
I thought it would be interesting to also make a follow along short course where I explain everything that’s happened for me over the past 6 years.
I’d like for those who go through my course to learn from my mistakes. I’ve had a lot of success online but tons of failures too.
This course also will give you a glimpse into how I’ve managed to teach so many various topics online.
Hours of Content: 4
We’re talking about practice.
What makes you get good at something?
Is it repetition?
Is it having a good coach?
Lots of knowledge?
Effort? Attention to detail?
The right mindset?
10,000 hours of practice?
All of the above and more.
But let’s zoom out for a second.
Why practice at all?
Why not just “Take Action?”
The reason I made this course is that there are 3 types of learning that people do.
One type is that you read a bunch of stuff, synthesize it and you need to memorize it for a test. Or you just want to have access to a large body of knowledge. You want to know a lot of facts but not necessarily do a lot with them.
It’s like having access to a big database in your head. But that’s it.
That’s the first kind.
And that’s what mnemonic (memory) techniques are great for. Building up a knowledge base like that.
Ok, now the second type.
This is what Taking Action was built for.
How do you turn your learning into a final knowledge “product”….something you can use that is actionable?
Meaning not just knowing a bunch of facts, but having them organized.
Like a checklist.
Or a one page project plan.
Or even a Gantt chart or other calendar system.
The idea is to create a plan where you build something once, you don’t necessarily need to have much information memorized, but you do need to have it organized into an actionable plan.
That’s the second type.
Now the third type.
And the reason for this course.
Sometimes you need what I call “Evergreen Skills.”
These are skills you will use for the rest of your life…or at least the rest of your career.
We are talking about years and decades. Not just individual tasks or projects.
These skills usually require that you can act with confidence, in the moment, with minimal or no preparation and perform at a high level.
Here’s an example.
You need to set up a website, simple one, for your side business.
How do you do that?
Do you now become an expert at web design and architecture?
Or do you get a course (or a book), create a to do list, and then get the site up and running in an afternoon?
Probably the latter.
If you wanted to learn to play the guitar, it would be different.
You don’t create a checklist and then bang it out in an afternoon.
You “bang it out” over a year or two or five.
The difference, you might say, is muscle memory, but it’s deeper than that.
Whether you are learning a physical skill, or an intellectual skills (think public speaking for example, or sales), you have to get repetitions to get good at a skill.
To be successful in your career, you need to balance these 3 types of learning.
Sometimes you need a new database in your head.
Sometimes you need a checklist and to just get something done once…and then file it away and forget about it.
Sometimes you need to build a new skill.
That’s what this course is about.
Skill building is the biggest time investment of any of the 3 types of learning.
So it’s really important that you are doing it the right way.
You can waste YEARS of your life by practicing the wrong way.
Take this course, and find out how you can maximize your practice time so that you can get skilled up as quickly as possible.
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want to build new skills quickly Entrepreneurs who wan to increase their abilities with minimal time investement Students who need to build skills to pass a test
Hours of Content: 2.5
How do you 10X your ability to learn?
How do you actually take on the challenge of learning everything you’ve always wanted to learn?
For most people, it’s not possible.
And the reason why is because they don’t have a system.
It doesn’t matter what software you use.
I don’t care how much storage you have.
Or how great your search algorithm is.
It’s not going to allow you to truly scale your learning to the next level.
The first step is realizing that everything you learn needs to be part of a project.
There is no such thing as learning something out of context.
Context is a requirement.
And using projects to organize your learning is the best way to keep it organized and on track towards a goal.
How many times have you had a specific question, and then chased it down a rabbit hole, and then emerged weeks or months later after a bunch of books and courses and forgotten why you even got started in the first place?
Without any answer to that original question?
What learning projects allow you to do is get clear on a number of things.
What are your goals? Questions you want answered? Are there ultimate deliverables or things you want to create by the end?
Storing them in the project makes sure you remember these over the months and years.
What are your resources? Books? Courses? Conversations?
How do you keep them all in one place and not forget about whole books or courses you went through years ago? And where do all your notes go?
This course solves all those problems and many more.
Finally, how do you keep track of your progress? Where were you 2 months ago when you last read that book on programming or networking or history?
Keeping a log in your learning project allows you to pick right back up where you left off.
The other huge thing you get with this system is the ability to keep things organized across different spaces. The same single system will keep you organized in your cloud drives, on your off-line hard drives, in your OneNote or EverNote, as well as in the physical world, in your file cabinets or 3 ring binders and your bookshelves.
This is a complete system.
You set it up once and it’s going to save you 100s of hours just in the next year and thousands of hours over the course of your life.
I’ve gotten many many requests for this course, and it’s finally here.
See you inside,
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want better control of all their different learning projects Entrepreneurs who want a system for learning all the different skills they want to learn Students who want to never start from scratch because they lost their progress on an old learning project
Hours of Content: 2.5
Skill investing isn’t something you hear a lot about.
There are a lot of books out there that show you how to invest your money.
Even books on how to manage your time.
But none that go in depth on how to invest your combination of time, money and energy into learning information and building skills.
This course is about strategic thinking.
What strategy are you using to invest in your skills?
Is it a smart strategy?
Is it a strategy you decided on? Or someone else decided for you?
Is it just “going with the flow?” People spend lots of time and money figuring out how to invest for their future in the financial arena.
But they spend almost no time deciding how to invest in skills.
So try this thought experiment.
How much time do you spend each week building skills and learning in some way? Meaning time off the job when you aren’t working in the traditional sense?
Multiply that number by 50.
That’s about how much time you are spending in a year?
5 hours a week? 50 weeks a year?
That’s 250 hours.
That’s whatever you make per hour times $250.
Let’s say $40 an hour.
That means you are investing $10,000 a year of your time into learning.
And that doesn’t even count what you are spending on books, courses, periodicals, subscriptions, etc.
Let’s tack on another thousand or two for that.
Or don’t even count it, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you are investing 5 figures in your education, your skills, every single year.
And you probably aren’t spending any significant money or attention or time on learning HOW to do it.
This course teaches you how.
It teaches you how to think very strategically about 3 things.
First, where you are. Who are you? What are your current skills? What are your aptitudes? Personality? Interests? Likes and dislikes?
All that is important.
Second, where is the world? Where is the demand? Where is the competition? Where is the excitement? Where are there untapped opportunities? Where is the future headed? Who is going to be left behind?
That’s critical, skills aren’t valuable unless they can be used to create something of value, almost always that means for other people, and for a business of some kind.
Third, how do you integrate the two? How do you measure the value? How do you allocate your resources? Your time, money, energy, etc?
You will go through these 3 stages in the course. By the end you will have a much more strategic perspective on how you should be investing in your skills for the future.
You have easily 4, probably 5 figures riding on your investments every single year.
Is it time to get more strategic about how you are investing in your skills?
If so, I’ll see you inside the course.
Who is the target audience? Entrepreneurs who want to make better decisions about how to invest their valuable time Students who want guidance on how to choose their major and what other skills they should learn outside of the classroom. Investors who want to apply their financial investment thinking to their educational pursuits.
Hours of Content: 4
What is sales?
What is it? Really?
This is the question that literally took me years to find an answer to.
It shouldn’t be that way.
But it is.
Because there are some very big, very wrong beliefs that most people believe about sales that make it almost impossible to really learn.
The first wrong belief is that sales people are born, not made.
Of course, this is a convenient belief because it takes the responsibility off the people training the skill and puts it on the students.
The truth is sales teachers haven’t been able to successfully tease apart the handful of skills required to be successful and to deconstruct each of them into learn-able steps.
The second wrong belief is that people buy because of emotion, not logic.
The truth is that they buy because of emotion AND logic. And there is a logic, which most people don’t understand, that explains why people feel the emotions they feel.
It’s all logic underneath. It just takes the right framework to see that.
The third wrong belief is that sales is about saying the right things.
The truth is that the most important step, and the first step, in a sale is learning about the other person, finding out what their problems are, and then matching their problems to your solutions.
So what will you learn in this course?
You’ll get a framework for understanding the 5 core skills of sales, and you’ll get a framework for managing all the content of your sales communication.
And a not about communication.
Sales is just one branch of a much bigger tree called persuasive communication. Asking for a donation of blood is sales. Convincing your child to believe in themselves is sales. Running for a government office is sales. Going into a company for a job interview is sales.
These are all sales. They are activities that all use the same muscles. Just directed towards a different outcome.
To be a truly influential person, you have to understand that these activities are all really the same thing.
My goal is that by the end of the course you have that new skill.
To see the deep patterns that unify all these related skills. Whether you call them selling, teaching, persuading, preaching, fundraising, evangelizing, parenting, etc.
That, plus, you will get a unique framework for developing your sales presentation in a visual way with an argument tree.
An org chart combined with a mind map, except for making sales arguments.
This is the next level of sales.
This is the future of sales.
And it’s the most important step because it will build TRUE foundation sales skills that will serve you for the rest of your life, not just in sales, but in every situation in your life where you seek to have influence.
Enjoy the course,
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want to get a better handle on their sales and persuasions skills Leaders who want to be more influential Sales people who want a deeper understanding of the sales process
Hours of Content: 2.5 Do you have a system for taking notes?
Do you have a system for organizing your notes?
Can you reliably find notes you took on a book or at a conference from 5 years ago?
What about a creative idea you had 5 years ago?
For most people the answer is no.
For most people, they would have a very hard time finding something from 5 months ago, or even 5 weeks ago.
Accelerated learning is about becoming more efficient in your learning.
But another way to look at is just a methodology so that you stop wasting huge amounts of time.
And one way we waste time is that we come up with the same ideas over and over again because we never write them down.
Or we write them down, but then we never do anything with them.
You may have heard about the idea of an ideas bank before.
Or something similar. A place to keep all your random notes in one place.
But it turns out that if you consistently do this for months and years, you end up with the equivalent of a spreadsheet with 10,000 + rows.
You may have started out thinking you would look over your list of ideas every month for 10 or 15 minutes. But after a year or two, it’s more like 3-5 hours to read a list that long.
It’s not a SUSTAINABLE system.
It turns out that the only smart way to use an ideas bank is to get stuff out of the ideas bank as quickly as possible.
It’s called project based thinking.
Any idea that you have, at least 95% of them, are actually ideas that belong in a larger project of some kind.
You may not have a project set up yet, (and if you aren’t sure how to do that, check out my vol 8 course in the learning the hard way series and my course on one pagerr project management) but that doesn’t change the fact that most of the ideas you have are really just leaves on a tree. And that tree is a project.
Each project is a tree. And each idea you get is a leaf.
You need an ideas bank so you can get those “bags of leaves” that you collect in your phone or notebook or sticky notes and get them on the right tree where they belong. That’s why this course isn’t just about building a place to store stuff and then never look at it again.
The ideas bank is the HUB of a larger system.
This system is design for keeping your micro-notes well organized. If you’ve taken my courses on note taking and learning projects organization and information organization, you know how to organize your information. But only when it is a known quantity.
What about all those micro notes that don’t fit into that system easily?
That’s what the ideas bank is for.
It’s kind of like the huge sorting facilities that UPS uses.
All the packages in a region get sent to a central sorting facility, and then they get shipped off by truck or plane to their destination city.
The ideas bank is that hub that will bring everything in one place so you can then send it off to it’s final location.
Future courses in this series will cover specific types of structured notes you can keep for things that don’t fit neatly into existing categories. For example, a mistakes journal, dream journal, physical object inventory, intellectual property inventory, etc.
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want a better way to store their ideas Entrepreneurs who need a system for saving all their business ideas Students who want to get more organized
Hours of Content: 8.5
What is holding you back from learning faster?
Is it you?
Is it your technology?
Is it your overall learning system?
You’ve probably heard it before: “a bad craftsman blames his tools.”
I wouldn’t disagree.
But when is the last time you saw someone building a house with a hammer, a hand saw and some 2x4s?
Now it’s all about technology:
When you build a house, you need the right tools and materials to build a house.
When you build a skills, there are a different set of tools and materials.
The basic ingredients for learning are neurons and myelin.
Each time you fire a set of neurons while learning, they get wrapped in another thin layer of myelin, which is like insulation on an electric cord.
The more the neurons get wrapped up, the faster the neurons can send signals.
And that all means faster learning.
So what does that have to do with this course?
The other half of learning is the tools.
The tools you use to get the raw ingredients, which are the books, courses, Youtube videos, coding sites, forum threads, whatever….to turn into real skills that you have mastered.
That’s where these accelerated learning machines come in.
Can you imagine what it was like before Page and Brin invented Google?
Before Gutenberg invented the printing press?
Before Berners-Lee invented the internet (with some help)?
It’s like living in the stone ages.
The problem is, there isn’t a big market right now for tools that help you learn faster.
Because there isn’t demand for it yet.
And what that means for us is that it’s hard to find technology that helps us learn faster beyond the basics of speed reading apps and flash card tools…the ones that have been around in one form or another for decades.
What you get in this course isn’t just a list of tools for you to install on your computer or phone.
You get 50+ programs, apps and online services along with a bonus section on hardware that contain the top machines out there that the fastest learners in the world are using to speed up their learning curve.
Most people using these machines will use a few and get impressive gains. But the magic happens when you are using all of them as part of a larger learning system.
In each video you will learn why the software, app or service is the best in it’s category and how to use it for it’s stage in the learning system.
But, you might be thinking, what makes this different from the other lists or guides for learning out there?
Here’s the thing. Most of the programs in here were never designed for accelerated learning. That was never the intention of the developer.
And that’s what makes these so valuable.
Because you would never find out about them any other way except stumbling upon them while trying to do something else.
There’s two ways of looking at learning faster.
Take something you already do and make it a little faster.
Do something you were never able to do before because of new technology.
It’s the old story of Ford’s Model T:
“If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse” - Henry Ford
Right now, you may be thinking about the areas of your learning you could do faster…
But don’t forget the other part…the part where you do something you could never dream of before because you have a new technology…
A New. Learning. Machine.
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want to level up their skills Entrepreneurs who want an edge on their competition Non-readers who prefer audio and video learning
Hours of Content: 1 The pinnacle of the Mastering Planning series is this course, yearly planning. In this course, you will learn how to plan out your entire year in advance.
For most people, planning at the yearly level seems impossible.
Because it seems like such a long time.
However, as you have learned in the previous courses in this series, a year actually isn’t that much time.
In the first and second courses in this series, you learned that for the average person, you might only have 10 or 20 hours of truly unscheduled, free, discretionary time per week.
The rest is filled with household tasks, going to work and spending time exercising, eating and socializing with other people.
10 hours a week means roughly 500 hours a year.
That’s not that much.
That’s enough to do a dozen or so minor projects and a few major ones (100h+)
That’s the magic of this system.
Once you realize how limited your free time is, and know the constraints on you time at the various levels, it’s much more manageable to decide what you want to spend your time on.
What is 100 hours?
It’s enough to start playing the piano or guitar (2 hours a week).
Or coach your kid’s soccer team (4 hours a week for half the year).
Or start painting watercolors (2 hours per week).
Or plan a date night with your significant other (2-4h per week, so up to 200h/year).
Just the 4 things above will fill up 500 hours a year.
What will you do with your 500 hours?
What is really important out of the 4 areas of your life?
We often plan our year around Jan 1st.
What are your priorities?
How can you move each area of your life (The big 4) forward this year?
We only get so much time.
How will you use yours?
See you inside the course,
Hours of Content: 3 What do you have to get done this week?
Do you know?
What do you have to get done today?
Do you know?
How long is your to do list?
Is it a sheet of paper? Notes in your phone? A bunch of sticky notes on your computer monitor? A few things jumbling around in the back of your mind?
Let’s back up a second.
What is different about this course versus every other planning course out there?
The difference is that this planning system is based on continually learning how to be a better planner…and…it’s designed to meet two conflicting goals.
How do you plan everything and get stuff done while staying in the flow?
If you are in the flow all the time and never schedule anything, how will you ever meet deadlines or finish projects?
The answers are contained in the planning system you will learn in this course.
The goal of this system is that you are spending most of your day in the flow, and at the same time getting done what needs to get done.
It’s a flexible system that allows you to change things up during the week (so you can stay in the flow longer when you unexpectedly hit a stride and want to go over time) without ruining your whole plan for the day or week.
Here’s what often happens.
You put together a plan for the day or week and then you give up after day 2.
Because of 2 thing.
1a. They overestimate their time because they never measure how much time all of their mini-routines take out of their day.
1b. They underestimate how long things will take because they are ambitious and want to do more and “challenge themselves”…but really because they have never practiced the SKILL of estimating how long something will take, GETTING FEEDBACK by recording how long it actually takes, and then LEARNING from that continual process.
(This is a big part of what makes this system of planning different. You aren’t just throwing together a plan. You are getting BETTER at planning each week because you are getting feedback in the form of DATA every day on how long things take and how accurately you are estimating the time cost of each activity you plan) Part of what you will do in this course is develop a time budget.
This means you will figure out how much “free” time you really have each week.
The truth is, there is no such thing as free time.
Time has value, even if you aren’t getting paid for it.
So instead I use the term discretionary time.
You get to choose what to do with it. But you should choose wisely because you will learn you probably have a lot less than you think.
Out of the 168 hours you get each week, you are only awake for about 112 of them. Once you factor in meals, you are at 100 hours a week, roughly.
Factor in an 8 hour day with some commuting and getting ready/unwinding each day and you are down to 50 hours of non-work time, if you are lucky (and not counting work email you do at home or other catching up over the weekend or at night).
Once you factor in other things, many of you will learn that you only have roughly 10 hours of discretionary time each week to truly do whatever you want with.
You will learn, through DATA, not through platitudes or feel good advice, how to get out of some of your time wasting habits, –whether it’s TV, social media, certain websites, your phone, a certain friend or group of people or something else – out of your life.
It’s about motivation. And only when you truly realize how limited your time is does it become easy and obvious to drop some of the time vampires that have been draining your time – often without you even realizing it.
At the end of this course, and with a few weeks of practice, you will get to the point where you can accurately plan and stay on course through the entire week, week after week, and consistently get stuff done.
You won’t have to worry about quitting mid way through because slack is built into the system in the form of buffer time. As you get more accurate with your planning, you can take away the training wheels and be more aggressive with how you fill your time blocks. All the while, you will enjoy spending most of your day, every day, in the flow and enjoying your work.
You won’t have to constantly wonder what you should be doing, if you are forgetting something, or if things are falling through the cracks.
If you implement this system, it can truly change your life and help you get to the next level…while enjoying the process.
I hope to see you on the other side,
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want to get more done each week and enjoy the process Entrepreneurs who want to get stuff done while still maintaining flow Students who want to get their schoolwork done and still have time for fun
Hours of Content: 3
The reason why this course is important is because self learning takes one key person out of the equation…your teacher. You pick your school, and you let them figure out who the best teachers are.
But when you are learning on your own, you don’t have that certainty of knowing that you have a good teacher leading you on the right path towards learning your chosen subject matter.
Instead, you have hundreds of Youtube videos, thousands of books and millions of articles all competing to teach your the same subject matter.
So the question becomes, how do you choose where to learn from among all these options?
How do you know you are on the right path?
Are you even looking in the right places?
Are you spending too much money? Or not enough?
Here’s a thought exercise for you:
Pick any subject you want to learn…just pick one, and imagine that you are now a student learning that subject at an ivy league school with the top expert in the world teaching you.
Except it’s 30 years ago, mid 1980s.
Do you still want to learn from that person today?
Is information that is 30 years old still relevant and useful to you?
Maybe, but for many of you the answer is no.
Look at almost any domain of knowledge, especially the ones related to skills of the future, and you will find that information gets old very quickly.
(And on the flip side, often times the classics from hundreds or thousands of years ago are better than any more modern treatment.)
So why go through this whole exercise?
Because research isn’t just about getting “good” information, it’s about getting the information that is useful right now.
And much of what is easily available online is outdated.
But it’s hard to know this when you don’t know anything about how a certain field of knowledge is progressing. What was true and right and the best way 5 years ago is usually not what the thought leaders are doing today.
And if you are an entrepreneur, or looking to find a new career or do something on the side, you know that part of the secret to success is knowing about trends before they happen.
Before I finish here, I want to ask you one more question:
How much time should you spend planning a project before you actually get started doing it?
The answer most people give is 10 or 20%.
But most of them rarely spend this much time, especially on big decisions.
Let’s say you’re going to learn that new subject you were thinking about earlier.
Rough estimate, maybe that is a 100 hour or 500 hour or 1000 hour skill.
Meaning maybe you don’t spend that time to get to a beginner level, but that is the total time you will spend for the rest of your life using and developing and learning that skill.
Life long learning at it’s core (Shout out to Scott).
What that means is, even if you are a risk taker, you probably don’t want to go below 10% for planning.
And research is your “planning” stage for learning.
If it’s a big time skill, maybe it’s even more than 1000 hours. That means you should be spending ALOT more time researching than you probably are right now.
It’s so important to get this part right.
Because if you learning the wrong framework, the wrong model, the wrong language, from the wrong teacher, you are going to have to re-learn that stuff later on, and at the same time fight off the old way of thinking.
That’s why it takes pro golfers or NFL quarterbacks so long to fix their swing/throwing motion, because they have to undo thousands of hours of practice to build into muscle memory the new pattern.
But I get it, when you do the math it still does add up to a lot of hours, and you may be thinking, well…I already get enough out of Google. After a few pages the results aren’t that good anymore anyways.
Well, you are in for a surprise. Because this course is going to show you all the ways that most people never think about for how to spend that research time so that by the time you start, you are already in the fast lane and totally confident that you have the right info to learn going forward.
Research is the sleeper in the race because most people think they have it already figured out. It’s the dark horse that will give you a permanent performance boost if you put your money on it.
If you’re ready to ride, sign up above and let’s get started.
Who is the target audience? Entrepreneurs who want to get up to speed in a new area fast Professionals who want to go from novice to proficient faster Students who want to find rare and high quality deep level knowledge faster
Hours of Content: 4
In this course you’ll learn how to learn like Elon Musk.
Not only that, you’ll also learn how to develop the same skillset the Elon has.
Accelerated learning isn’t just about how fast you learn, it’s also about learning the right things.
The major skillsets Elon has are these
Programming Engineering/Physics/Mathamatics Leadership Entrepreneurship/Economics In this course you’ll learn about what books Elon reads, how he devours information and how he educated himself, largely independently, as a young child and teenager.
You’ll follow him through his college years, where he got a dual bachelors in Physics and Business, and then to Stanford and his first business, Zip2, in Silicon Valley.
This course also covers information about Musk that is not included in his recent biography by Ashley Vance, including the pioneering new school he is building for his children and a handful of other kids (who’s parents are SpaceX employees).
Besides the subjects above, you’ll also learn how Elon developed his extraordinary vision in the first place as a child. You’ll learn what Elon did to motivate himself to work as hard as he has and to believe in himself so strongly.
This course isn’t just about intellectual learning, it’s also about emotional learning.
This might be a term you haven’t heard of before… if so, emotional learning is the process of learning to like something or dislike something. It’s the foundation of motivation. Pleasure and pain. These twin forces are what drive us to do what we do and avoid doing these things we know we should do but never end up doing.
Emotional learning is important when looking at Elon because so much of his success has to do with the fact that at an early age he learned to believe in himself, that anything was possible and that if he learned the right skills he could do whatever he set his mind to.
In this course you’ll learn how he, often unintentionally, learned these lessons. You’ll also learn how to replicated this kind of emotional learning yourself so that you can build the same sort of emotional fitness that has served Elon so well throughout his life.
Finally, you don’t have to be an engineer or a programmer to take this course or understand how he learns. Even if you don’t wish to replicate his exact skillset, there is much to learn in how Elon has managed to learn so much and implement it successfully in such a short amount of time.
If you’re interested in learning how the mind of one of the most important figures in history has built his mind, this course is the only resource out there, book, course or otherwise that covers these subjects. Learning fast is the biggest advantage you can have in business.
Take this course and discover how Elon Musk learned to become the man who he is today.
Who is the target audience? Entrepreneurs interested in modeling the learning strategies of one of the top businessmen of this era Professionals who want to build new skills faster Students who want to become Tesla or SpaceX ready
Hours of Content: 4 Okay. Another speed reading course. But why “The Hard Way?”
Let me let you in on a little secret.
None of the ideas in this course, or any other accelerated learning course, are really new. At least not most of them.
(And the other secret: WPM (words per minute) is a scam. Scroll down more to learn what I mean)
It turns out that most of these ideas existed thousands of years ago, and were then lost by those cultures and rediscovered in the last couple decades.
Why is this important?
Because the courses on speed reading out there today are directed towards a mostly uninformed public that isn’t aware of this history.
And here’s the truth: You will not learn that much faster if you do it the “easy” way. And you also won’t enjoy it as much. Part of the satisfaction that comes from learning something new is wrestling with the new ideas and making sense of something that used to be confusing.
So what is new, or different, about this course?
The essential difference is that it is based on a larger learning system that ensures that there are no major learning “leaks” at any stage of your learning process.
That means that as you go from reading, to taking notes or synthesizing the ideas in other ways, to then memorizing, you are not forgetting things, skipping important steps, or wasting any time on re-doing something you already did before.
So what does that actually look like?
With speed reading, the key problem is with how most people conceptualize and measure it.
It’s like this…In your car, you have two big dials (usually) on your dashboard. RPM, which is how fast the ENGINE is going, and second, MPH (miles per hour) which is how fast YOU are actually going.
You don’t go faster by increasing your RPM (which you can hear because the engine wirr starts going faster and faster, higher and higher pitch)…No, you go faster by increasing your gear as you gain speed.
When you are going 70 on the highway, you aren’t red-lining your engine (I hope) at 6 or 7,000 RMP…instead, you are at 2 or 3,000 and in your top gear.
How does this all link back to speed reading?
WPM is easy to measure, that’s why most people use it. But it only measures what is being poured into your head, not what is sticking or making sense.
Traditionally, to solve this problem, you would combine speed with comprehension.
The problem is that comprehension is a mythical beast.
It doesn’t actually exist.
First, it’s usually measured based on fiction as opposed to non-fiction, which is most of what people speed-read.
Second, it’s highly dependant on your pre-existing knowledge of the subject.
Third, it’s next to impossible to self test when you are reading something in the real work.
Fourth, It doesn’t measure retention of that knowledge, or integration into a larger body of knowledge.
What you will learn in this course is that your whole way of conceptualizing learning, in terms of WPM and number of books read needs to be thrown out the window.
The real aim of your learning needs to be the careful and deliberate construction of new knowledge structures.
The best way to think about it is like a house.
First you put up the framework/framing, then you put in the rest, furnish it, etc.
If you have a shoddy foundation or framework, nothing else about the house matters because it is not going to last and might collapse on you.
The same is true with knowledge structures. If you are reading so fast you can’t put ideas together into a coherent and actionable framework, then it doesn’t really matter how fast you are going.
Because it’s not about your speed of reading.
It’s about your speed of thinking.
Or more accurately, your speed of construction.
The words on the page are just the raw materials. A good writer gives you good materials and a good blueprint.
But you still need to build those ideas into real concepts in your head.
This course is about speeding up THAT process.
Plus, I haven’t even touched on the whole section about going behind the scenes of how books are actually written, sold to publishers, negotiated, edited, published, marketed to you, etc.
I give you a behind the scenes look at how the whole industry works, and then we zoom out and look at how the selling of not just books but all information works and how you can use that understanding to pick only the best and highest quality books to invest your time into.
I’ll leave you with a story from the New York Times I read a few days ago. It’s about successful entrepreneurs using high speed track racing (with cars) as a way to network.
Some people think that racing cars is boring. It’s just peddle to the metal. But it’s actually a lot more complicated than that.
It’s about finding the perfect groove that exists on the track. Sometimes you are better off on the outside of the track. Other times, on the inside.
And your braking and acceleration and steering all have to be perfect to stay in that groove as your circle the track.
That’s what speed reading is.
It’s not just about how fast you can go.
It’s about how well can you handle the twists and turns (conceptually) as the author throws different ideas at you in different configurations and combinations.
Most courses teach speed reading as if it was an even NASCAR like track.
But it’s not.
It’s more like racing on city streets or a dirt track winding through a forest.
This is the next level of speed reading.
If you are ready for it, I look forward to seeing you in the course.
See you on the inside,
Still not convinced?
Check out the videos I marked as free previews below. I always make sure to make some of the best content in the course free so that you can get a taste of what I’m all about before you decide if you want to buy.
Who is the target audience? Accelerated learners interested in optimizing their reading strategies Entrepreneurs and professionals who have to constantly learn new skills Students who have to read a high volume of text for college and graduate level courses
Hours of Content: 2.5 Eventually every life hacker realizes that productivity is about systems.
The real “hack” is not a single app or a cool shortcut.
It’s an elegant system that allows you to get more done in less time because it reduces the amount of time it takes to stay organized and get things done.
What isn’t often talked about in productivity circles is the cost of making decisions.
It’s easy to talk about saving time with this app or that plugin.
But what about all those friction points between apps, between tasks, that rob you of hours every day, a minute here, a minute there?
Those are what a system is designed to solve.
The key to managing your information for productivity is reducing the decisions you have to make, and how long it takes to make them.
The way this course solves the problem is that you no longer have to make hard decisions about where to put new pieces of information.
What am I talking about?
Physical information is mail. It’s stuff you print out. It’s receipts. Packing slips. Magazines and books. Even golf score cards. A moleskine notebook or a loose leaf journal. Sticky notes and scraps of paper. Business cards.
Then there is Digital Information.
This is the real killer for a lot of people.
There is information that other people create: Emails. Web sites, articles, blog posts, forum threads (and QA sites/threads). There’s videos and audios and PDFs that you download or stream. There’s bookmarks and random open tabs. There’s Word docs and Spreadsheets and PowerPoint files.
Then there’s information you create. Photos and screenshots from your phone. And videos. And voice memos. And maybe photos and videos from your DSLR. Notes-to-self in your phone. Papers that you scan into the computer.
You have a perfect storm of information overload coming at you everyday.
And it probably feels like there is no way to stop it.
This system is the way.
For each type of information, whether physical or digital, has an inbox. Each room where you do office work or learning has an inbox, a storage area and an outbox. You will learn how to create “Pipelines” for certain types of information.
You’ll learn how to manage the backup of all your information in all your digital inboxes. Automatically.
The title of this course says Volume 1. Why?
Because there is a course directly related to this course that comes next, in Volume 2.
Volume two shows you how to batch process each of these inboxes. It shows you how on a daily (email), weekly (web pages) or monthly (files, photos, videos) basis you can batch process the contents of each of your digital and physical inboxes.
Batch processing vastly improves your productivity because you reduce the amount of task switching you do.
Volume two shows you how to do batch processing and gives you a full “Life System” that will teach you where to store all your information for long term storage, once you move it out of the inbox.
The Life System categories are 1. Professional, 2. Personal, 3. Relationships, and 4. Health. The full system contains hundreds of sub folders and is 3-4 folders deep in most cases. You will get the full folder structure as a zip file in Volume 2 as well as a walkthrough of how to use the system.
However, remember this ISN’T part of this course. This course is just about setting up all your inboxes, which is a prerequisite for Volume 2.
Just this first step of setting up the inboxes will take you several hours to complete once you have watched all the videos, and to implement Volume 2 will take even longer. Because of the amount of information and time required to implement these have been split up into two volumes.
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want a complete system for organizing their personal and professional files, both digital and physical Entrepreneurs who want to enjoy the speed and efficiency that comes with using a high-quality organization system Students who want to better manage the constant barrage of new paper and files they get on a daily basis
Hours of Content: 3 Have you ever seen someone and thought to yourself:
“How did they just do that?”
There are certain people who just seem to have superhuman abilities, and it often seems like they have had those abilities their whole life because they perform their skill so naturally.
In this course, you’ll learn how to deconstruct those types of skills.
My previous courses have focused on how to build skills that are cut and dry.
You go out, do your research, find the best materials, and then go through the stages of consumption, synthesis and memorization so that you can take action and start using the skill.
But there’s a problem.
What about those skills where there is nobody teaching the skill?
Or everything out there is woefully inadaquate for actually learning that skill?
Or maybe the “experts” on a skill can DO the skill, but they don’t know how they learned it or how to teach it to you.
In these situations, you need to use modeling to deconstruct the skill and figure out how the person is doing what they are doing.
The first layer of your model is understanding who surrounds the person you are modeling. You can learn a lot about a person through who they spend time around, as well as their environment. We’ll talk about how to model a person’s timeline as well, so you don’t miss out on influential experiences earlier in you model’s life.
The middle layer is behavior and skills. We’ll talk about how to deconstruct skills and figure out what bodies of knowledge your model is drawing from so that you can replicate these knowledge centers in your own brain. We’ll also cover how to find the right words to use to find information on the skill you are modeling. You need to be aware of the 3 different kinds of vocabularies that are available for describing any skill.
The deepest layer is saved for last. This is where we go into the values and beliefs and identity of the model. You’ll learn what values are and why they matter in your model. You’ll also learn why identity matters and why it’s important to make sure you get beyond the public face of your model to truly understand who they are. You’ll learn how identity functions as a social and group concept so that you can understand how you model’s identity is shaped by the groups they spend time with.
Finally, you can use the discussion section, or send me a Private Message, if you want advice or help with modeling the skills of a specific person.
See you in the course,
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want to build skills faster Entrepreneurs who want to learn skills that aren’t taught by anyone Students who want to supplement their school learning with their favorite role models
Hours of Content: 4 This course is the first in a series of courses on planning and scheduling.
You will learn the PAMeLa model for planning as well as a system for managing your time and your calendar on an hourly and daily basis.
The courses that follow this one focus on the larger scale units of time: Weekly/Monthly, Quarterly/Yearly, Multi-Year, Lifespan/Legacy planning.
This course is design to solve the paradox between spending most of your time in the a flow state and being able to schedule your time down to the hour and half hour– and be accurate with your time estimates.
For a long time I was a go with the flow type planner. Meaning I tried my best to have zero items on my schedule each day. I loved having the total freedom to work on whatever I wanted to work on and do whatever I wanted to do.
This works for many years. Then I started asking some tough questions.
I wanted to know how I was spending my time.
And how much of it I was wasting.
I figured I wasn’t wasting much, but I knew there had to be some. I just had no idea whether it was 2 hours a week or 20.
I was spending so much time in the “flow” I had no idea where my time was actually going, and if it matched up with my long term priorities and plans.
So I decided to do a complete 180 and start planning out EVERYTHING.
Literally every 30 minute block of my day. Just as an experiment to see what would happen.
Plus, I learned that there were certain projects and areas of my life that I was chronically neglecting, and I wanted to use an hourly planner to make sure I gave those areas the time they need to really make some progress where I had been falling behind.
I did this for a week, not expecting much.
It turned out there was a wealth of information in the data I collected. I kept track both of what I had planned to do and what I actually did for an entire week on a single piece of 8.5x11 paper.
You’ll see how to set this up in the course.
I did some simple metrics and learned some interesting facts, like on average I was only getting 4 hours of deep, productive work done each day.
I learned there were certain people in my life that were taking up a lot more of my time than I thought, and often with things that I wasn’t really enjoying or where I wasn’t the best person for them to be doing that activity with.
I also identified a handful of bad habits or consistent time wasters that were adding up to 10-20 hours each week.
I learned that I was a lot worse at estimating how long things would take that I originally thought. I had a couple projects that started as 1 hour time blocks and ended up taking up entire afternoons, 5-6 hours each.
After doing this for a few more weeks I started seeing big improvements.
I started cutting out the time wasters one by one and re-deploying that time where it was more needed.
I started getting a lot more done and streamlining my life.
And it was all because of this small experiment.
What you get in this course is the process for how to do your hourly and daily planning, at a highly granular level. All the details and how-tos are spelled out.
You also get a comprehensive introduction to the PAMeLa Model, which is the framework for understanding how the planning process (which is really a cycle, because it repeats over time) works.
The innovation with this model is that it takes into consideration the most recent advances in Artificial Intelligence and the planning that robots and Artificially Intelligent Agents use to plan optimally.
It also places a higher value that any other time management or planning system on the market does on learning.
Meaning, your planning process is really a learning process.
Every time you make a plan you are making a prediction about how things will turn out, and what the right way to do something is. You could be right, you could be wrong.
Then you act. Trial and error. And you see what happens. You get results, either good or neutral or bad.
That’s where most people stop. They just go back and forth with very little improvement.
Those two steps are the P and A of the PAMeLa model. For Plan and Act.
The next two steps are critical.
First is Measure. You have to measure your results. You have to write things down. Or type them in somewhere. You have to have metrics, or record things in your journal, or say them into your phone, or record a video journal. You can’t trust your memory to keep these “measurements” retained long term.
And even if you do record what happened, that’s not enough. Most people who take their learning or planning half way serious have some sort of journal or diary or log that they make entries in daily or at least a few days a week. But most of these people never go back and actually use these records. They just sit there. Unused. No learning ever happens. Or very very minimal.
That’s why the last stage is learning.
You have to go through your measurements and records and look for patterns. You have to learn from your mistakes. You have to find solutions and dig into the problems to figure out what is really going on.
You have to figure out what you will do differently next time, or better yet, how to create a system so that the problem never even shows up again in the future.
You aren’t really an accelerated learner if you don’t have a PAMeLa type planning system in place. Because if you don’t you are missing out on a gold mine of information about how inefficiently you are learning and behaving on a day in, day out basis.
I guarantee you, if you just do the calendar system for a single week you will identify enough inefficiencies that you will save over $1,000 over the next year in saved time, which you can then better spend elsewhere.
Lastly, you may be wondering why I am teaching this course first, instead of starting with long term planning and then moving down to short term. It’s a fair question, and one I thought a lot about. The answer is that for the first few weeks of using this system, you really shouldn’t be DOING anything different. It’s mostly about learning where you are now, getting a really accurate baseline for how you are currently planning out and living your life.
Once you have that information, then you can start making intelligent decisions. But not before then.
Re-arranging your life is HARD to do. Not easy. And you will get the biggest bang for your buck by changing your daily habits, because you will see changes happen fast and it will give you the motivation to tackle the more long term planning projects, which take more time to think deeply about.
You have to have a stable foundation on the day to day level before you can feel comfortable thinking long term. You won’t make smart long term decisions if you have an empty stomach and are sleep deprived with no roof over your head. You have to have the basics down first. That means not in an overwhelmed, stressed out state because you can’t handle your current schedule.
This course will get you on firm ground so that you can tackle the longer term solutions when you are ready.
See you inside the course,
Who is the target audience? Professionals who want to increase their productivity Entrepreneurs who want to get a better handle on where they are investing their valuable time Students who want to study hard but still have time for everything else
The Side Hustle Bundle is LIFETIME access to all courses and content.
The bundle contains 39 courses and has 114 hours of content.
The content is taught by 7 main instructors: John Shea, Rob Cubbon, Robin Haney, Joe Withrow, Debbie LaChusa, Stone River eLearning, and Timothy Kennedy.
John Shea runs the No Shame Income blog where he shares what’s working for him in the world of online marketing. He started learning about online marketing as a way to generate additional income. His knowledge will help you develop your own side hustler.
Robin Haney is a professional Web Developer and blogger. He has been designing and building websites for over 5+ years. He works completely from home as a freelance web developer and loves it! He is also a best selling author on Amazon and has written a few programming books.
Joe Withrow is an entrepreneur and an educator. He hacked his was out of the corporate world through smart financial decisions and building his own businesses.
Debbie LaChusa is the founder, and chief instructor, at The Business Stylist® Marketing Academy, where she teaches independent coaches, consultants, and other service professionals how to Package, Brand, Market, and Sell their services in a way that authentically and uniquely represents who they are and what they do for their clients.
Stone River eLearning is a publisher of online video training courses in the fields of programming, development and design. They have sold over 300,000 courses in the last 5 years.
Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success. Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.
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