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LOE 054 | What We Hate About Business Events w/ Shannon Bush & Sarah Thomson | Effortless Business Events Takeover

Marketing, Coach, Business Coach, Business, Entrepreneur

Welcome to episode 054 of the Law of Effortlessness Podcast, this time with a twist!

Effortless Business Events is taking over the Law of Effortlessness Podcast and featuring Sarah Thomson from Online Social Butterfly (you might also remember her from episode 051). Shannon and Sarah collaborate together on Effortless Business Events, bringing small business owners in Perth an opportunity to attend quality, content focused marketing and business growth events.

In today’s episode, Shannon and Sarah talk candidly about what they both hate about other business events – what they’ve learned from workshops, conferences and master classes they have both attended over the years and how they’ve used those lessons to create Effortless Business Events and to deliver a quality experience.

Sarah Thomson established Online Social Butterfly in 2011 and offers dynamic online marketing expertise to business owners. Her most popular topics include marketing in the digital age, social media and websites.

Sarah brings with her a 15-year background in corporate marketing, spanning multi-nationals, government, not-for-profit and the small business sector in both Sydney and the UK. Her enthusiasm for the industry is currently propelling her through a Master’s degree in Web Communications.

She also finds time to run a taxi service for her sons, who are both competitive swimmers

Shannon and Sarah talk about their pet peeves with live events from great stories with no practical application, keynote speakers that are inspiring and motivating but lacking action steps, and the bad, spammy sales pitch without offering anything of value – including the time Sarah walked out of a live event.

All these lessons learned have helped Shannon and Sarah to launch and positively influence their collaboration, Effortless Business Events – making the events they offer the kind of event they have wanted to attend themselves.

You’re in for lots of wisdom and insight from these two seasoned business events and learning junkies!

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Connect with Sarah via her website here and on Facebook and Instagram here.

Find out more about Effortless Business Events here, like and follow the Facebook Page here.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“Keynote speakers are people who often come with a caveat that they are passionate and excitable, not always practical.”

“Our time is one our most precious resources. If I’ve given you my time, even if it’s a free thing, I have already invested in you.”

“People have paid in their time, money and emotionally – so it’s not OK to do a huge sales pitch from the first minute.”

“If you really own your expertise you don’t need to do a huge sales pitch.”

LOE 052 | How To Choose The Right Places To Be Seen Online | Solo Show w/ Shannon Bush

business, business coaching, coach, marketing, entrepreneur, be seen online, business coaching perth, small business marketing perth, Shannon Bush, Creative Possibility

Welcome to episode 052 of the Law of Effortlessness Podcast.

In this episode, Shannon takes a dive in and explores how to choose the right places to be seen online, particularly with the craziness of digital marketing.  When it comes to where to invest your time in person and online there are a few key considerations to be made, especially with an abundance of events such as breakfasts, brunches, lunches, coffee, sundowners and dinners all on offer, just for in person opportunities, let alone the abundance of online options to connect with others.

This episode explores key factors to consider such as:

  • FB groups
  • Instagram
  • In-person networking events
  • Your brand perception and image
  • Opportunities to promote to your target market

Shannon also looks at the reasons we choose to be seen in some places, and not others by asking questions such as:

  • What do you need personally and professionally?
  • What’s the personal gain you are looking to experience or achieve?

Shannon breaks this down further by taking into consideration brand image and calls to action with those you meet and connect with whether it’s in person or online. It’s another content rich solo show, featuring Shannon’s #businessyoda wisdom for making things easier when it comes to being seen online and in person.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“People by from people, people engage with people, people connect with people – take that into consideration when choosing your platforms.”

“Over time and with experience, you will be better able to make decisions about what is right for you in attending events and if somewhere is the right place for you to be seen.”

“Are your ideal clients going to be in this place where you can connect with them, or are there people who will help you grow your expertise?”

Networking As A Marketing Strategy

#marketing101 networking as a marketing strategy | Shannon Bush Creative Possibility Business Coach

Networking as a marketing strategy? You bet!

Networking is, for many in business, a necessary evil.

I get it. When I started my business in 2007 I had only ever networked in a corporate setting. I learned quite early on that networking was a thing small business owners did often and through a desire to meet other entrepeneirual types I set about looking for great groups to connect with.

It was easy to find local groups where I could go and do the meet and greet thing. Some were at breakfast, some mid morning, others at lunch or the “sundowner” evening events. It seemed there was a smorgasboard of choice. But how did you know wether what you were paying to attend, would be of value or not?

I figured if I didn’t get out and try some of these events then I’d never know.

So I showed up and did my best to mingle with bunches of strangers. I found at some events the reception was a little frosty. At others it felt clicky. While others seemed to be a free for all, with no organisation and pushy attendees.

I didn’t like the experience much at all. Online business was growing in interest at the time and platforms like Facebook had become an opportunity to connect with other business owners. But online networking wasn’t that much of a thing and if you got a friend request from someone you vaguely connected with online it felt a bit, well, creepy.

I discovered quickly that when you found yourself at the wrong types of networking events they could totally feel like the most alien places you’ve ever found yourself. Totally setting of daydreamng and escape routes. Well that’s what was happening in my head.

Over the next decade I came to understand the power of the right networking, with the right people, and how to turn those awkward moments into potential opportunities – for new clients, new referral partners, speaking or teaching opportunities, brand exposure, credibility building and more.

The wrong kind of networking event can leave you feeling stuck, with no escape!
Forget having a well polished elevator pitch, you need an escape strategy STAT!

Networking as a Marketing Strategy | Creative Possibility | Shannon Bush Business Marketing Coach Perth Australia

How did I achieve this? Well it all started with a big realisation about the core of marketing.

Marketing is all about relationships.

Once I wrapped my head around this I was able to approach networking very differently. My primary purpose of networking now is to build awesome relationships.

Networking as a marketing strategy has become the way I do things. It’s an unconscious activity with conscious, purposeful intent.

This includes a desire and intent to expand my contacts. To literally grow my network.

I see this as an ultimate win for my clients because I can refer them to the brilliant people I meet and get to know!

This value add also has proven to lead to more clients for me, so one of those win/win situations bandied about.

They exist. I created one in my business.

I created one out of an activity I used to dread.

Relationship building means getting out and meeting people. It means being the person who says hello first and who shows genuine curiosity to find out about the person or group you’re talking to. It’s remembering that if you don’t ask it’s always no. It’s also about nurturing and valuing your network so they, and your networking activity become the asset they deserve to be.

This is how I’ve built my business from it’s early days and it is definitely how I have managed to still be here more than a decade in.

Look out for a future solo show on my podcast, Law Of Effortlessness, where I share my top tips for creating and nurturing your referral network, a super key part of maximising the potential of your networking as a marketing strategy!

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LOE 038 | Getting To Grips With PR w/ Linda Reed-Enever | Podcast

LOE 038 Getting to Grips with PR _ Linda Reed-Enever

Welcome to Episode 38 of Law of Effortlessness Podcast.  This week Shannon Bush talks with Publicist and Marketing Consultant Linda Reed-Enever. Linda lives and breathes publicity, driven by a genuine passion for connecting; everything from people to ideas.

Linda is the Principal Director at ThoughtSpot PR and Founder of Media Connections and Business Business Business. With her ‘can do’ attitude and entrepreneurial spirit she inspires and motivates as she connects people and opportunity. Linda’s innate ability to network and think on her feet has positioned her as a dynamic leader in the communications and marketing arena and often the marketing ‘go to’ girl.

Shannon and Linda talk candidly about PR and why you would use it in your business. Listen to this amazing podcast episode and reflect on what you do in your business and see if there are any tips and tricks you can pick up to bring some media attention to the valuable things you do as a business owner.  Linda’s full of practical tips and advice and she’s got the proven track record to back her teaching, so this is definitely worth a listen.

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Connect with Linda in these awesome places;

her Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn, You Tube and grab the fabulous resource Linda mentioned here.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Business and Life Wisdom

‘When you have nothing to share, that’s just a case of you not looking at your business.’

‘Step out of your business and look at it from the outside. Look at it as a third person. Treat your business as your client. If you can do that you can see the opportunities that are out there.’

‘Find the place where you are wanted. Its ok to say no.’

‘PR and marketing takes time. Its either your time or the publicist’s time.’

‘If you’re not doing anything, nothing will happen.’

LOE 030 – It Doesn’t Take Much To Say Thanks| Customer Service 101 w/ Shannon Bush Solo Show

LOE Podcast 030 It Doesn't Take Much to Show You Care _ Shannon Bush | Marketing Coaching Perth | Business Coach

In Episode 030, your host, Shannon Bush shares some insider tips on customer service for small business owners.

She shares her recent experience of poor customer service which left her feeling very disheartened. Shannon shares how small business owners have such an incredible opportunity to really make a big difference with some small actions to really show clients you care about them and they are important.

Listen in to discover some of the things Shannon utilises in her business to show she cares about her clients and how they to her and Creative Possibility. It can be as simple as a hand written card just to say thank you.

Are there ways in your business that can allow you to improve your customer service with your clients? Reflect on what you currently do and see if it can be done better or differently.

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Subscribe to Totally Thriving digital business magazine

Connect with Shannon on her Facebook business page

Connect with Shannon on Instagram

The next round of Shannon’s signature program for women in business, Market To Thrive is open for registrations. Places are limited and the early bird is available until 15th May (saving you $100). Find out more and secure your place here.

Notable Quotes

“As small business owners, we have such an incredible opportunity to really make a big difference with some small actions to really show our clients that we care about them and they are important to us.”

“It’s those little things that we can do to show people that we care and that they are important – that’s what customer service is.”

“Every human being wants to know that they matter.”

“What’s one thing that you can introduce into your business, that is relatively low cost, starting this week that you can do to let the people you are working with that they are important and that they matter to you?”

LOE 029 – Content Marketing Barriers | Shannon Bush + Swapna Thomas

LOE 029 Content Marketing Barriers and What To Do About Them _ Swapna Thomas | Business Coach Marketing Coaching Perth

In Episode 029 of Law of Effortlessness Podcast, Swapna Thomas is back to talk all things content marketing including the barriers and what to do about them with your host Shannon Bush.

Shannon and Swapna dive deep into the barriers they have both seen with their clients around content marketing and content creation. Not only do they talk about the barriers but they also offer you some solutions to try if you struggle with content marketing. The wisdom shared between these two ladies is something you need to immerse yourself in and try to put in place with your business.

If you worry that you don’t have anything to say or that there is so much information on the topic you want to create content on, don’t let that stop you from sharing your knowledge on that topic. There is always a different perspective or different angle to share on a topic. Shannon and Swapna encourage you to get creative and make it effortless.

Enjoy this podcast episode and be open to see what you can take away from this episode and implement in your business to boost your confidence and production of content marketing and content creation.

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Listen into Swapna’s new podcast Fearless Creators or sign up for her DIY Content Strategy Toolkit here.

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Subscribe to Totally Thriving digital business magazine

Connect with Shannon on her Facebook business page

Connect with Shannon on Instagram

The next round of Shannon’s signature program for women in business, Market To Thrive is open for registrations. Places are limited and the early bird is available until 15th May (saving you $100). Find out more and secure your place here.

Notable Quotes

“Blogging is one way of creating content for you audience – but that is just one half of the puzzle. The other half is delivering that content to your audience in a way they can consume it and actually take action on it.”

“You have to spend time or money on your content creation and marketing that content.”

“There is always something new to share about a topic. There is always a different perspective or different angle to share. Get creative.”

“Raise the bar of the content that you are creating.”

“What kind of expectations do you have from your marketing strategies and content strategies because this is not a short-term plan, it’s a long-term game and you should have that vision for your marketing.”

“Have patience and hang in there.”

LOE 028 – What Are You Celebrating | Business Reality Check | Shannon Bush Solo Show

LOE Podcast 028 What are you celebrating_ Business Reality Check _ Shannon Bush

In Episode 028 of Law of Effortlessness Podcast, Shannon Bush guides you through the how to of a Business Reality Check. We are now at the end of the first quarter of the year in business and Shannon encourages you to take stock of what’s been working and what hasn’t.

She gives you some insightful tasks on how she does her business reality check so you can try them for yourself.

Shannon asks a very important question: What are you celebrating? It is so important to answer this question for yourself. Take notice of the small things that you can be celebrating. What are you celebrating in your business and in your life right now? Listen in to this solo episode to discover how you can make business easier.

Be open when you listen in to this insightful podcast episode and learn to trust your intuition as a woman. Your intuition is so powerful. Are you ready to step into your power? To become truly fearless?

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Subscribe to Totally Thriving digital business magazine

Connect with Shannon on her Facebook business page

Connect with Shannon on Instagram

Notable Quotes

“Take the time to review, look at what’s going on and to give yourself the reality check to be honest and open with yourself.”

“Be open to celebrate the things you have actually achieved.”

“Write down a list of the things you are celebrating and are going to celebrate.”

LOE 027 – Become Fearless | Women’s Intuition with Dr Ricci-Jane Adams | Podcast

LOE 027 A Woman's Intuition _ Dr Ricci-Jane Adams | Business Coach | Perth Marketing Coach | Women in business Perth

In Episode 027 of Law of Effortlessness Podcast, Shannon Bush talks with Dr Ricci-Jane Adams from the Lightworker Institute about women’s intuition. They talk deeply about the blocks and the things getting in the way for women being women in the world.

They discuss the power of knowledge and the need to be educated and know about things. Do you feel disconnected in your life?

Listen in to hear Shannon and Dr Ricci-Jane talk about the disconnection women often feel. They look into where it started and how it affects women today. Dr Ricci-Jane talks about the fear women often have around intuition. She reveals your fear is not that you don’t have intuition; your fear is that you know exactly what you have to do and it terrifies you because it means you have to step outside of the expected role you have been sanctioned to play.

Be open when you listen in to this insightful podcast episode and learn to trust your intuition as a woman. Your intuition is so powerful. Are you ready to step into your power? To become truly fearless?

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Connect with Ricci-Jane in all the places she’s hanging out online, her website, Facebook business page and group I am a Lightworker, Instagram, and You Tube

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Subscribe to Totally Thriving digital business magazine

Connect with Shannon on her Facebook business page

Connect with Shannon on Instagram

Notable Quotes

‘When women gather together either physically, virtually or online we create a supercharge, and things that seemed impossible on our own suddenly are moved effortlessly without necessarily needing to know why that is happening.’

‘There is power in gathering together and creating a coherence out of that.’

‘When a woman says, she doesn’t know what her intuition says, that is not true. You have just not been taught to trust that part of yourself.’

‘Your fear is not that you don’t have intuition; your fear is that you know exactly what you have to do and it terrifies you because it means that you have to step outside of the expected role that you have been sanctioned to play.’

‘Do without doing, and everything gets done.’