Episode 169 “Short on Top, Long on Sides”
Chuck mention he would not mind being a pig farmer. Entrepreneurship is taking a toll these days. Derick cracks jokes about John’s situation at Simple Programmer, and Josh’s Apple Air Pods.
Chuck talk about having to pay taxes, paying a lot of money out, and maybe having to do something desperate. Chuck talks about his email conversation with a former sponsor.
Chuck talks about having to do some deep discounts and other dealings with this former sponsor.
John talks above creating perceptions within a business, in order to follow through with business. John more about the 100K goal that Chuck created for himself. John talks about hitting goals first that are steps to the target.
Josh makes a suggestion on Chuck’s LinkedIn profile. Josh says that benefit of huge goals or targets make you think in ways you haven’t. John thinks that Chuck did have a great month.
John says that at any given time we can only do what we are capable of doing at the time. Josh suggest a time sensitive offer to gain some quick income. Chuck mentions going back to quarterly and annually sponsor spots.
Josh says the easiest place to get money is from those who already gave you money.
John talks about going shopping to change his image, and not look like a muscle bound freak. Johns says that he bought stretchy pants at actually fit. John says that he is ban from wearing tank tops. John says that experience has open his eyes on image.
Johns talks about the perception he was putting off according to his new stylist. Chuck makes comment on the perception rant. Chuck ask if John was taking the videos down. John says this is a moving forward change with image.
John talks his plan for changing up the Simple Programmer brand in to something more mainstream. John eagerly awaits feedback from the mastermind.
Chuck talks the difference of marketing when going mainstream. John says the next book he writes will not be about programming, but about self development. John talks about expanding out of the niche into the more mainstream.
Josh says this change might be something that Chuck would be interested in doing with podcasts.
Chuck mentions taking over a couple of shows, but is not sure when this will happen.
Derick says he is actively looking for client work within companies for training purposes. Derick says that What Me Code is still paying the bills, and he is done with one of his clients. Derick talks about his income numbers with Watch Me Code.
Derick says he is still waiting on his big final success with Watch Me Code. Derick say he feels that he can’t not give feedback on the rest of the guys, because they are somewhat far ahead of him business wise.
Derrick talks about he video game youtube channel, and a viral video he created.
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Thoughts for the Week
John - Use an expert as leverage.
Josh - Know when to say no..
Chuck - Make a plan and get with it.
Derick - Timing is everything.
Episode 168 “Shock Collar!”
John talks about take your iPhone 7 into the shower. John talk about every time they hire an expert, they John and Josh still know more than them. John says to only thing they lack is the time to get to all the ideas they have. John explains that the more money they have, the more issue that have getting too extend their business into new areas.
John mentions that he made the same mistake he tell Chuck not to do.John says you either implement it or project manage it.
Chuck talks about having a hard talk with Jamie about the podcast editing. Chuck talks about finding an new podcast editor. John says he the asshole who tells everyone to fire their employees. Chuck talks about communicating with your help or employees to make sure things are getting done correctly.
John tell Chuck that he should be careful not to fire someone prematurely. John says you have to be thrilled with your help to make things work.
John ask if Chuck got a transcriptionist, but not a show notes writer. Chuck says he thinks he may have mess that up. Josh talks about the order of publishing of the podcast. Chuck says he have at least 8 episode going out every week. Chuck talk that different type of transcription services he has used in the past. Still wait on technology to get better.
John mentions using Hot Jar to find out how many people actually use the show notes. John say a better workflow will up the output production. Chuck talks about getting started on the Kickstarter for React and Elixir shows.
Chuck talks about how people at the Build Microsoft conference are reaching out o him for sponsorships. Chuck explains how people got interested in the sponsorships. Chuck talks about changing his philosophy on acquiring sponsors, and how he want people to get an great ROI.
Chuck talks about helping the customer reach their ROI as a sponsor as a new approach to selling sponsorships. Chuck talks about going to other kinds of events outside of developer conferences to find sponsors.
Chuck says that Grace is no longer doing conference task for him, he is now having more meetings or call to help stay on track. Chuck talks about doing things in a 3 month plans.
John talks about having to many ideas and thing to do as the shit hits the fan. Chuck show his tasks board, and tell us how it works to keep him on schedule.
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Thoughts for the Week
John - Plan ahead for the days you are away
Josh - Ckicken and waffles!
Chuck - “The way you do anything, is the way you do everything”
Episode 167 “Turning Sh!t Into Shitake!”
We’re live and there are 4 of us! John tells us about a strange phenomenon and his video responses. Crazy stuff. John talks about receiving his Apple Air Pods in another strange event.
Derick tells a story about about a double from amazon. Derick talks about his strange coincidence. Derick asks about a tale about at Simple Programmer. John shares about working with someone to create a course for Simple Programmer. John talks about a mistake on the video. Josh and John talk about trying to salvage the video.
Josh talks about the uncertainty of the quality of the course. John goes on to explains being accused of stealing the course, and going on to verify the content on UDemy . Come to find out… it was stolen by the hired person.
John talks about trying to turn this around, by using the actual author’s course to replace the stolen material. Tony the author agrees and launch the course through Simple Programmer. Bubba gets called out publicly. John talks about confronting Bubba.
John talks about how he learn from his mistakes of not check Bubba’s background. Josh talks about his mistakes as well and cognizing the warning signs.
Stressfully week at Simple Programmer. Chuck is in Seattle at Microsoft Build. Chuck asks Josh about how he using LinkedIn. Josh gives some pointers on how to use LinkedIn to reach people in a more professional connection. Chuck talks about using BlueTick.
Chuck talks about looking for sponsors at the conference, and doing in person meetings. Derick talks about his webinar, replacing floors and washing machine. Derick talks about camping with ADHD kids.
Derick says the webinar went well, and sold 58 spots for the webinar. Derick describes this email sequence. Derick talks about the different JS language he is offer in the videos. Derick talks about what he is offering with his Docker videos.
Derick talks about his survey, and what he learn from it to create the webinar and sales page. Derick is not going to do webinars in May, but plans to get bak to the e-book.
Josh talks about Micro Conf. and a story about a 2 Star review. Josh talks about catching flak about doing a review in the course. Josh and John talk about the out coming and down votes on this review.
Thoughts of the Week
Derick - Do the Copy Hour Course.
John - Turn shit into shiitake.
Josh - You don't know anything.
Chuck - Reaching out to people…
Live on a Monday! Weird.. Luis gets ahold of Chuck after hearing the podcast. John talks about running 20 miles. John is still training for the marathon, that is going to happen in the next month. Chuck stalls on the Keto Diet. Chuck mentions using the internet and researching what he need to do to bring down his blood sugar.
John talks how what Chuck need to do to possibly bring down is blood sugar. Josh suggests taking MCT oils or brain octane oils by Dave Asprey. Josh thinks that Chuck is though the hard part of the Keto diet.
josh talks about increasing his fat intake and the effects. John talks about going in and out of ketosis and fasting. Chuck talks about hiring a new book keeper, and attempting doing 100K in sales this month. Chuck finds out the BlueTick does not work in Safari.
Chuck talks about having issues with his VA in the Philippines. Josh talks about someone has not been fired in awhile. John talks about how family is in high regard in the Philippines, and this may be the issue with a missing VA.
Josh and Chuck about having an emergency fund. John suggest having some stored salted pork. Josh talks about testing book covers, and running Facebook Ads. Josh talks about doing Facebook ads and having some issues with text.
Josh talks about working with Ad sets. John and Josh talk about the process of the book launch and Facebook ads. Josh talks about reaching cold traffic and retargeting. Josh continues talks about the many different ways to reach cold traffic, warming up and audience, and creating effective ads on Facebook.
Josh talks about the 99 Design contest, and how the poll was being reused or copied by designers. John talks about how to do a 99 designs contest. John thinks that 99 designs is worth the work.
Chuck talks about having issues with his podcast editor, and podcast are not getting done. The EntreProgrammers talk about Chuck’s situation with finding a new podcast show note editor. John thinks that Chuck should turn he podcast editing into an in house editor.
Chuck is postponing Ruby Remote conf. and is going to take care of the product side of things. John talks about interviewing MJ DeMarco of Millionaire FastLane! John say having huge following allows them to get big names for interviews.
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Thoughts For The Week
Chuck - Share our warts…
John - It is easier to forget where you were….
Josh - Trilled to be where I am…
Episode 165 “Random Dude”
John mentions looking at book cover designs, and not sure about the design or creativity. Josh describes the designs and issues and challenges with the book cover. John talks about the 99 designs contests for the book cover. John talks about using 99 designs for a lot of projects and how they should be sponsors.
Chuck chimes in on his thoughts on the contest of using 99 designs. Josh mentions using Facebook ads to promote the book. Josh think a cover with a photo is more usable for the real book cover. Josh says asking people what they like is usually the best bet. John mentions the colors people pick and other things that are pleasing to the eye. Honey badger and Unicorns…
Chuck talks about trying to figure out his launch sequence. John ask where he is at in the process. Chuck talks about his crazy number of 75K with the upcoming conferences and sponsorships.
Chuck talks about launching a book at the end of May. John say it does not have to be finished to do a pre-sale. At Chuck’s current pre-sale of 1500 dollars, Josh suggest having more to offer. Josh suggests a 10 week course, or releasing content overtime, to create value.
Chuck asks how he can package the product into a 500 dollar product.. Chuck mention the beta package paying 300 dollars. John says not to write a book, unless you are going to publish on Amazon.
John says you have to ask yourself why you are writing you book. Josh suggest doing video to gain an audience. John compares this to a gym membership service.
John talks about doing a running with Manny, and running 9 miles with him. Chuck talks about needed carbs, badly. Chuck is doing the Keto diet. Josh talks about finding things that have too much protein calories. Chuck talks about his experiment with the Ketogenic diet.
John talks about the night and day body fat percentage. Josh talk about reaching out to Red Gate. Josh talks about using BlueTick.
Chuck talk about have a VA find people who sponsor podcast. Josh talks about how Blue Tick does what he needs it to do.
John talks about growing the pool of audience and sponsorships. Josh mentions sponsorships. Chuck talks about his plan for the funnels, cold groups, podcast sponsorships.
John talks about reaching out to DPD. Chuck asks why Josh’s WordPress guy never got back to him.
John talks about possibly getting an interview with MJ De Marco or Millionaire Fastlane. John is looking of a personal stylist or image consultant.
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Thoughts For The Week
Chuck - “How You Do Anything,Is How You Do Everything…”
John - There is nothing that is difficult in life…
Josh - “It’s important to know what you enjoy…”