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Ep84: Building a Freedom-Based Business Model with John Warrillow

July 8th, 2015 · Comments

Many people enter into entrepreneurship with the intention of creating more freedom in their lives. Freedom to choose their own schedule, create their own services and products, express themselves as they wish and earn the income they desire.

And yet... we often get stuck in a time-for-money business model that deprives us of the freedom we seek.

In this episode, I speak with John Warrillow, who shares with us a few ways to create a business that enables you to have freedom without sacrificing your bottom line. We primarily explore the subscription-based business model, which he explains as being viable for a wider range of businesses than you might think.

John is the creator of The Value Builder System, a statistically proven methodology for improving a company’s value by up to 71%. He is the author of the bestselling book Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, which was recognized by both Fortune and Inc Magazine as one of the best business books of 2011.

John’s new book, The Automatic Customer: Creating A Subscription Business In Any Industry was released by Random House in February 2015. John has been recognized by B2B Marketing as one of the top 10 business-to-business marketers in the United States.

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Ep81: The Power of Perserverance: A Conversation with Pat Willmot of Great Pretenders

May 28th, 2015 · Comments


It’s not every day I get to talk to the leader of a company that has a growing global presence and is in the midst of lots of organizational change. So when Pat Willmot reached out to me about Great Pretenders, I was immediately interested in her story.

We talk about the evolution of her journey with Great Pretenders, what it was like in those early years when they had big dreams and little experience, and how they've grown into a company that serves customers worldwide. And of course, we spend some time talking about what role introversion has played in Pat's professional life.

Patricia Willmot is currently the president and CEO of Great Pretenders, an award-winning children's costume organization. Great Pretenders was started in 1989 and is an umbrella of Creative Education, an organization that is committed to promoting child education and development through pretend play.






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Ep79: Keys to a Successful Product Launch with Betsy Talbot

April 15th, 2015 · Comments

BetsyTalbotheadshot-200x300.jpgHow does a solitude-loving introvert launch a new product? And what if that product is in a new-to-her category that requires vulnerability and high creativity?

That's the place Betsy Talbot found herself when she accepted the challenge to write her first romance novel. She committed to not only writing the first novel, but quickly found that she had a series on her hands! I met Betsy about five years ago, just before she left Seattle with her husband to embark on a world traveling adventure. Even though our introduction was brief, I was instantly inspired by her energy and go-for-it attitude. So it’s with great pleasure that I welcome her to the podcast for a conversation about the latest twist in her entrepreneurial journey.

Betsy Talbot is a 40-something traveler and author. When she’s not traveling or penning books about love, adventure, and self-discovery, she is hiking, learning flamenco dancing, and drinking wine in a tiny whitewashed village in Spain.

Betsy is the coauthor of four books with her husband Warren Talbot, and they also co-hosts of the popular weekly podcast, Married with Luggage. (side note: I interviewed Betsy and Warren together in 2014 – look for episode 66 on my website).

Wild-Rose-e-book-250px.jpgHer latest project is The Late Bloomers Series, a 5-book romance series about women in their 40s. Because women with experience make the best characters…in life and on the page.

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Blogcast #4: Are You Establishing Boundaries or Erecting Walls?

April 6th, 2015 · Comments

An audio version of my April 6, 2015 blog post

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Ep66: Married with Luggage: A Conversation with Betsy & Warren Talbot

May 15th, 2014 · Comments

Warren-Betsy-laughing-422x281jpg.jpgWe all know there are challenges to being in a committed relationship, and those challenges can be heightened when one partner is an introvert and the other an extrovert. But what happens when that relationship is 24/7? Where most of us spend around 8 hours awake with our partners, plus 8 hours sleeping and 8 at work, Betsy and Warren Talbot are truly together 24/7. And they make it work! 

Through their website at Married with Luggage, Warren (extrovert) and Betsy (introvert) have been testing their relationship in the public eye since 2008, when they first made the decision to quit their jobs, sell everything they owned, and travel the world full time.

The Talbots have been featured in print outlets as diverse as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Wanderlust Magazine, and they are frequently featured experts at conferences, talk radio shows, personal growth and business podcasts, and top websites.

This conversation about their innie/outtie relationship on the road is specially timed to celebrate the release of their book, "Married With Luggage: What We Learned About Love By Traveling the World."

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