[Legacy post: Small Business Talent] Do most solo entrepreneurs have written business goals? No, but the most successful ones do.
Today one of those exceptionally successful entrepreneurs joins me on the podcast! (By the way, he’s also a very nice guy.)
Gerry O’Brion has a very impressive professional track record. After earning his MBA at the University of Michigan, he worked as a marketing professional with Procter & Gamble on major brands that we all know, including Crisco, Tide, and Mr. Clean.
Later, in the marketing department at Coors Brewing Company Gerry managed Coors Light, a $2 billion business. Next, he joined Quiznos $1 billion restaurant chain as their Vice President of Marketing. After that, he served as the VP of Marketing for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, another $1 billion brand.
Lastly, as a business owner, Gerry has delivered marketing seminars for a variety of organizations ranging from major food distributors throughout the United States, to international companies such as Choice Hotels & Resorts.
How did Gerry accomplish all of that? One of the major keys to his success is that he sets smart goals for himself (in writing). Another is that he reaches out to others (his volunteer “board of directors”) for guidance along the way.
Finish this year with greater confidence — and then make the next one a year that you can be proud of. Gerry’s goal achievement strategies can help you do it! (Scroll down to the Podcast Player and have a listen now.)
[Legacy post: Small Business Talent] Tom Fishburne has a unique entrepreneurial backstory. It started in 2000 when he was a student at Harvard Business School. While earning his MBA, he was also learning how to draw cartoons by doodling on the backs of business cases, publishing them in the school paper, and posting his work online.
Through his marketing cartoons, Tom now reaches over 100,000 marketers every week. In addition, his work has been featured in leading business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and the New York Times.
Tom’s company, Marketoon Studios, creates content marketing campaigns with cartoons and has served a variety of high profile clients, like Unilever, General Electric, Kronos, Oracle, and many more.
Prior to launching his own firm, Tom was a marketing VP at Method Products (recently named “the 16th most innovative company in the world” by Fast Company). Before that, he led brand-marketing campaigns at Nestle and General Mills.
If you’ve ever wondered how an entrepreneur can create a successful business around their passion, then you’re going to find this interview very interesting. Scroll down to the Podcast Player now and enjoy!
[Legacy post: Small Business Talent] Michael Katz makes me laugh, and I’m always impressed with the quality of his marketing advice. That’s a pretty rare combination.
As Founder (and “Chief Penguin”) of Blue Penguin Development, Michael coaches and consults with solo professionals. His specialty is showing them how to get clients easily and consistently, and without having to make a single cold call.
Since launching Blue Penguin in 2000, Michael has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week Online, Bloomberg TV, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and other national and local media.
He’s also the author of three books, and has published over 300 issues of The Likeable Expert Gazette, a weekly email newsletter with 7,000 passionate subscribers in over 40 countries around the world. (You can sign-up here.)
Michael has an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. He also has a second degree black belt in karate, a first degree black belt in parenting, and is a past winner of the New England Press Association award for Best Humor Columnist.
In this podcast episode, Michael Katz and I discuss:
- Likeability as a key differentiator for professional service providers
- Why polarization is essential to standing out from the competition
- The role of humor in marketing (hint: for people with a sense of humor)
- How to get the attention of your target audience more consistently
- The often untapped marketing advantages of solo / micro businesses
Ready to attract more ideal clients? Scroll on down to our very “likeable” Podcast Player and have a listen!