Daphne Gray-Grant grew up in the newspaper business. Her parents owned a struggling weekly, where she worked from the age of 16. From there she advanced to the position of senior editor at a major metropolitan daily, supervising a dozen reporters and editors and managing several daily pages. Eventually she spent four years as a director of communications for the newspaper’s parent company.
Today Daphne is a communications consultant, writing and editing coach, and the author of the best-selling book, 8½ Steps to Writing Faster, Better. She is currently working on her second book titled Writing Your Crappy First Draft. Her popular newsletter Power Writing, which is delivered to more than 12,000 readers around the world, helps corporate communicators, business owners and students write better, faster.
Daphne is also the mother of triplets, which only serves to cement her reputation as a compulsive overachiever. This time on the podcast, Daphne walks us through her journey from traditional job to self-employment and teaches us how to manage our time to accomplish long-term goals as we write better – faster!
Daphne’s best tip for writing faster without sacrificing quality is to break the habit of editing-while-you-write
Daphne’s advice for reaching a long-term writing goal:
What is most important to you may not be the most urgent
Daphne’s tips for making a long-term goal into a bite-size, achievable project
Your feeling about your writing is irrelevant to the number of words you produce
Select your topics in advance so that you are not faced with a blank page when you sit down to write
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Frank Salas (also known as the Talented Mr. Salas) is a serial entrepreneur from Texas living the digital nomad lifestyle. He was born homeless to a single mother, English is his second language, he was raised on a rural farm in Mexico, and he dropped out of college to start his first business at the age of 20. Starting with limited resources, Frank leveraged social media marketing to blow up his business and developed a unique skill set of hiring offshore assistants to grow his online empire while leveraging his currency to get the most return on manpower for his dollar. Today he travels the world, sharing knowledge on entrepreneurship with social media. When he’s not live streaming growth hacks for his tribe, the Talent Tribe, he’s probably somewhere on a rooftop smoking cigars or enjoying some yoga and posting it on his Snapchat.
On this episode of the podcast, Frank talks about his all-in attitude toward entrepreneurship, strategies to build your tribe via social media presence, and how you can scale your business through outsourcing. Get ready to get inspired!
Frank’s litmus test for deciding if entrepreneurship is for you
The Four E’s of Value
Frank’s advice for determining your target followers:
Successful entrepreneurs understand that social media is today’s primary marketing strategy and build an online presence to establish their tribe
Frank’s guidelines for outsourcing to scale your business:
Knowledge is not power… The application and execution of knowledge is the power.
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Welcome to the premiere of the Better Biz Academy podcast with Laura Pennington! Laura is a wildly successful freelance writer who creates content for a variety of clients, including entrepreneurs, small business owners, life coaches and law firms. She is also the owner of Six Figure Writing Secrets, a platform through which she teaches new and emerging freelancers how to build and grow their businesses.
In 2012, Laura left a teaching career to pursue freelance writing full-time. In just 18 months, she established a six-figure freelance writing business. She is passionate about teaching others how to skip the trial-and-error stage and fast track their careers in freelance writing. On this episode, Laura covers the benefits of pursuing a freelance writing career and outlines the three things you must have to get started.
Don’t fall for the myth that it’s too much work to get started
While 80% of new businesses fail within the first year, freelance writing is low risk but has a high potential reward
Another benefit of pursuing freelance writing is that it fits in well with other responsibilities
Laura’s 3 Non-Negotiables for Landing Clients:
Laura’s advice for presenting yourself as a competent professional:
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