Creating More Predictable Sales Revenue

Creating More Predictable Sales Revenue

Financial Independence / Marketing-O-Rama

See if this sounds familiar? You look at your bank account or monthly sales report online and think, “Oh crap! I better get some customers in the door!” So off you go on a frantic, frenzied pace focused on getting new customers and pushing the numbers up. Phew! Then... Read More ››

Vote for New ‘Maverick Startup’ book

Vote for New ‘Maverick Startup’ book

Start-up

Need a quick favor… Working on a new book for Entrepreneur Press called Maverick Startup: 11 X-factors to bootstrap from zero to 6-figures (and beyond) I think it’ll be coming out early next year. The publisher and I are using crowdsourcing to design the new cover. (btw – if... Read More ››

An Open Letter to Anyone Ready to ‘Quit’ the Internet….

An Open Letter to Anyone Ready to ‘Quit’ the Internet….

Marketing-O-Rama / Start-up

If you’ve just about given up on the idea that you can create a product that sells – this is for you. Let me share a quick story with you that you might relate to… My personal trainer, Jeff, and I have been working out for 10+ years. In... Read More ››

How to Cash in on Events and Breaking News

How to Cash in on Events and Breaking News

Marketing-O-Rama

As smart marketers we have to ensure our customers are always excited about “What’s next?” and creating that feeling of fun anticipation. An easy way to stop being boring is to use out-of-the-norm events for your marketing. A lot of people might do sales or events based on typical... Read More ››

Lessons from the 4th of July Maverick Family Freedom Celebration

Lessons from the 4th of July Maverick Family Freedom Celebration

Adventure / Start-up

Just back from Park City, UT for the first-ever Maverick Family Freedom event held over July 4th weekend. It’s the first time ever Maverick families came together for a long weekend combining totally unique experiences and activities with business sessions for the children and development sessions for the parents.... Read More ››

‘Work the System’ flash interview with Sam Carpenter

‘Work the System’ flash interview with Sam Carpenter

Freedom / Resources and Tools

I spent the morning with Sam Carpenter, author of “Work the System“. It’s a book I was exposed to by one of our Maverick1000 members on our South Africa World Cup Expedition. I’ve read Michael Gerber’s E-Myth book and loved the point of working ‘on your business not in... Read More ››

Goal: 1,000,000 Young entrepreneurs (call for volunteers and feedback)

Goal: 1,000,000 Young entrepreneurs (call for volunteers and feedback)

Philanthropy / Start-up

Team Maverick winning the NFTE Ignite Spring Break challenge A few weeks ago I spent the week working with students from the local DC-area NFTE group. (NFTE is the National Federation for Teaching Entrepreneurship). These high school students had given up their Spring Break in order to help consult... Read More ››

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend

Start-up

This past weekend in Baltimore, I attended part of the Baltimore Startup Weekend. It was really cool! Once I heard the concept – I’ve wanted to check it out and since my brother, Adam, was going to be part of it that was good enough for me. Here’s the... Read More ››

Authentic Altruism or ‘Quick-dry’ Charity Make-Over?

Authentic Altruism or ‘Quick-dry’ Charity Make-Over?

Marketing-O-Rama / Philanthropy

It’s been incredible to see so many new companies and products adding charitable components to what they’re doing or even go all the way and back that into their ‘DNA’  as a socially conscious but still capitalistic company. I love it! Sometimes though you wonder if companies might be... Read More ››

Taking aim at skydiving chickens (a bit belated)

Taking aim at skydiving chickens (a bit belated)

Adventure / Fun

* I meant to post this about 6 months ago. Oops * Last Summer we held our 2nd annual Maverick Business Insider Summer Extravaganza event for Maverick1000 members and Maverick Business Insider newsletter subscribers. This 1-day event covered the maverick philosophy of make more, have more fun and give... Read More ››

10 Best Books for Inspired Entrepreneurs from 2010

10 Best Books for Inspired Entrepreneurs from 2010

Resources and Tools

I’ve always believed your life is changed by the books you read, experiences you create and the people you meet. Today, I still embrace reading at least one book per week sometimes more (sometimes less). Here are the most important books that I’ve recommended, sent to my team, talked... Read More ››

Underground Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Challenge

Underground Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Challenge

Start-up

If you’re an entrepreneur ages 13-23 (or know one) this is a golden opportunity… We’re in search of the next generation of young thought leaders and mavericks ready to make their own rules and build their online success story. 10 select individuals will get the ultimate young entrepreneurial experience... Read More ››

How to Make Yourself Superhuman & Super Productive

How to Make Yourself Superhuman & Super Productive

Ramblings / Resources and Tools

I’d imagine you’ve heard of Tim Ferriss, right? He’s the author of the #1 best-selling 4-Hour Work Week that really made a huge impression on so many people. Tim and I have known each other before the 4-hour success and the guy has always been fascinated with experiments and “life... Read More ››

‘Co-Create’ a product with me in 2011?

‘Co-Create’ a product with me in 2011?

Resources and Tools

A few days ago at the very bottom of a somewhat long note about 3 ways to work together one-on-one with me in 2011, I mentioned I’m putting together a BETA program to co-create information products with a handful of people. The response to that option has been quite... Read More ››

How to Develop Your Ideal Vision for Your Great Business and Perfect Future

How to Develop Your Ideal Vision for Your Great Business and Perfect Future

Marketing-O-Rama / Ramblings / Start-up

A few weeks ago I attended the INC500/5000 conference and had the opportunity to connect with Ari Weinzweig. I had heard and read a bit about Zingerman’s approach to business and knew it was interesting and different…but didn’t realize how unusual it really was until I dug in. I... Read More ››

The Power of Smart Questions

The Power of Smart Questions

Financial Independence

I love questions… I think questions dictate your answers and the more powerful questions you ask the better the answers are in life and business. One of the first questions I asked that had a dramatic impact on me was in 1999 before I started my online business. Here’s... Read More ››

Astonishment Architecture

Astonishment Architecture

Marketing-O-Rama

For the last 2 years or so I’ve been collecting and working on something I call “Astonishment Architecture”. It’s the thinking behind creating exceptional customer experiences before, during & after each customer touchpoint. I believe it’s one of the few competitive advantages left for creating raving fans and spreading word-of-mouth instead of trying... Read More ››

Interview: Young Entrepreneurs ‘Clicking it’ with the Internet Lifestyle

Interview: Young Entrepreneurs ‘Clicking it’ with the Internet Lifestyle

Start-up

Last March, at my Underground Online Seminar 6, I met Nick Tart. He had just published a book of interviews with 25 of the world’s top young entrepreneurs: ‘50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Vol. 1) – What it Takes to Make More Money than Your Parents‘. The awesome thing is that five... Read More ››

Multiplying the “Facebook Accelerator Factor”

Multiplying the “Facebook Accelerator Factor”

Marketing-O-Rama / Philanthropy

A few weeks ago we held our 2nd annual Maverick Business Insider Summer Extravaganza event for Maverick Global Intrepid members and Maverick Business Insider newsletter subscribers. This 1-day event covered the maverick philosophy of make more, have more fun and give more. (If you weren’t there – you missed... Read More ››

8 Smart Ways to Name Your New Product or Service

8 Smart Ways to Name Your New Product or Service

Marketing-O-Rama

As Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Bzzzzzz! Wrong! I think one of the most overlooked aspects in your marketing is naming a product or service. There’s a lot to be said of coming up... Read More ››

“Gamestorming” (Changing the way business is played)

“Gamestorming” (Changing the way business is played)

Resources and Tools

At Maverick Business Adventures we always work on making business breakthroughs and sessions in unusual settings and more fun! (We’ve done sessions on the side of the Colorado River, in air hangers, grass thatched huts in Baja, on Safari with breaks for elephants and more!) Over the last few... Read More ››

Cheeky Ambush Marketing…High-Fiving Great Whites and a Bit of ‘Footie’…

Adventure / Fun / Marketing-O-Rama

Just back from our Maverick EPIC excursion to South Africa for World Cup, Safari and cage diving with sharks. Pretty awesome!! I think all the Maverick members really got a lot out of this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I caught up with the group on the second part of the... Read More ››

Napkin Business book?

Ramblings

The other night over cocktails and with a few sharpies I was doodling away some of my business and marketing concepts on bar napkins. Check ’em out – What do you think? Would you buy a book of Napkin Business Wisdom drawn on real napkins? 😉 Leave me a... Read More ››

Distinctive Business Cards that Really Standout

Marketing-O-Rama

In a previous post I mentioned one of my favorite success secrets has been creating authentic connections. And one of the things that gets the ball rolling is being distinctive. At the recent Underground® 6 seminar I got handed 2 of my favorite business cards. (Trust me, in a... Read More ››

New eBook: “Creating Your Ultimate BIG Life List”

Ramblings

As you may know I’m a huge fan of lists and especially, what I call, Ultimate BIG Life Lists. (You can see a lot of my list on the right-hand side of this blog actually.) I’ve put together a cool new eBook to help anyone start their own list... Read More ››

The Tough Part of Transparency

Ramblings

Phew! We just closed out Underground 6 this past weekend with 460+ attendees from all corners of the globe. I truly believe it was THE best event we’ve done yet.  Especially if my car loaded up with thank you gifts, wine and food was any indication from the attendees.... Read More ››

Yanik’s Winter Olympics Adventure…

Adventure / Fun

I always believed the Olympics would be an amazing experience and it didn’t disappoint. It’s with great pleasure I can check off another item from my Ultimate Life List. When I originally started my list I knew it would lead to a lot of cool experiences and the Olympics... Read More ››

How to Increase Your Happiness with Journal Writing

Ramblings

There is proven scientific evidence on how journaling can make you happier. This is pretty cool…and something that can take less than 15 minutes to get results. I’ve been journaling on and off for years now but not doing everything I could to maximize happiness from it because I... Read More ››

A Tale of Two Vegas shows…

Marketing-O-Rama / Resources and Tools

My buddy Dean Jackson pointed out an interesting example to me the other day that really got me thinking. There’s a big lesson here so keep your eyes peeled… It’s about 2 very successful shows running in Vegas. Both of them were blockbusters and entertaining sold-out audiences each and... Read More ››

Top Business & Life Lessons Learned Part 5: Give More…

Ramblings

Nearly all the successful people I know give back. There’s a special kind of satisfaction that comes from helping and serving others. Entrepreneurs are some of the most generous and giving individuals I’ve been fortunate enough to associate with. The Maverick Method of Giving Back More A lot of... Read More ››

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