How to Maximize Your Conference Networking Experience with Chris Browning #35

Biz bro, Chris Browning, joins Maelisa and Amber in this live interview from the Podcast Movement conference. Chris hosts Popcorn Finance, a podcast which gives financial tidbits in about the time that it takes to make a bowl of popcorn. During this super special interview with everyone’s favorite financial guru, the biz besties pick Chris’s brain to learn how he maximizes his time at conferences. Although Chris hasn’t been to that many conferences he has learned how to get the most bang for his buck. Listen to this episode to hear how to up your conference networking game.

How does an introvert push through to maximize his conference experience?

Chris is a self-proclaimed introvert and an INFP. Even though he can sometimes get stuck in his own head, he knows how important it is to network at conferences. Chris first met Maelisa at the airport on the way to FinCon. He spent about 10 minutes internally debating with himself about whether or not he should go talk to her. Thankfully the networking side of him won the debate and he ended up becoming a biz bro. Chris thinks that networking at conferences gets easier as time goes on since people open up more. Listen to this episode to hear how hearing yes makes conference networking easier.

TWEET THIS: Listen to this interview with Chris Browning @PopcornFinance to hear how to up your conference #networking game.

How to maximize your time at conferences

When Chris went to FinCon he expected to attend 6 sessions, but he ended up meeting so many people after he got over his initial hesitation. He ended up doing 13 interviews for his podcast at FinCon over the 3-day conference. Chris realized that conferences are a great way to expand his network since he gets to meet so many people face to face. Chris loves the fact that he can meet people in real life and read their body language which is impossible online. Listen to Chris’s tips on how to maximize your time at a conference on this live interview from Podcast Movement.

How did FinCon change the trajectory of his show?

Chris’s experience at FinCon actually changed the trajectory of his podcast. Before that conference, he had only done 2 interviews on his show. The process of interviewing people was completely new to him. But after doing 13 interviews in a row he became more comfortable with the format. It was like a crash course in conducting podcast interviews. He felt that interviewing people in person helped give him a better feel for how to hold a dialogue with someone on his show successfully. You can’t read people well over the internet, so interviewing people in person gave him an advantage of being able to read their body language as he asked questions. Listen to this episode to hear how Chris learned how to interview people on is feet at FinCon.

Did his previous conference experience shape his expectations?

At FinCon Chris Browning knew that he wanted to attend several sessions. But instead, he learned to network and talk to people. He came into the conference knowing that he would get so much value from networking and talking to people. Chris wanted to make connections and realized that he may get more value from networking at conferences rather than attending as many sessions as possible. The sessions are great, but the connections made by conference networking is even greater. Listen to Chris’s conference experience to hear how this introvert made the most of conference networking.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] How long has Chris had his show?

  • [5:17] How does Chris maximize his time at conferences?

  • [7:55] How did Chris end up with so many interviews?

  • [12:57] How did FinCon change the trajectory of his show?

  • [15:12] Did his previous conference experience shape his expectations?

Resources Mentioned

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Finding the Right Business Friendship with Stacey Ogden #34

Stacey Ogden joins Maelisa and Amber today to find a bestie. Stacey is a busy working mom that loves building her side hustle. She needs to build a business friendship with some entrepreneur friends because no one at her day job understands what she is going through. She loves her teacher friends but is looking to find a bestie that understands what it is like to work full-time, be a great mom, and build a business on the side. Stacey is an expert when it comes to time management and loves to help others master their to-do-lists. Listen to this episode to hear Stacey’s story, who knows she may be your next biz bestie!

What does Stacey do?

Stacey has been trying her hand at entrepreneurship for years. She is not afraid to fail, she started as an entrepreneur with network marketing until she realized that she was terrible at it. She found her niche by developing a blog called Creating My Happiness. She loved it so much that she began a podcast called the Busy Mom Collective, she just forgot to tell anyone about it. Over time Stacey has gotten better at marketing and branding, but her true expertise is time management. Stacey loves to help people become the master of their to-do-lists. Listen to this episode to hear Stacey tell of her trials and tribulations as an entrepreneur.

Why does Stacey need a biz bestie?

Stacey is looking for a business friendship to have someone to talk to about entrepreneurship. Stacey has plenty of teacher friends, but they don’t understand what it’s like to build a side business from scratch. She would love to find someone that also has a full-time job and is building a business on the side. She is an expert in time management and even helps busy moms tackle their to-do-lists. Stacey would love to find someone that also uses structure to help them plan their days. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie to find out if Stacey would be the right biz bestie for you.

Why was the Podcast Movement a challenge for Stacey?

As an ISTJ, throwing herself out there into big networking events can be a challenge. Stacey met Maelisa and Amber at Podcast Movement and she also met several other people whom she hit it off with as well. She found a way to balance her needs at the Podcast Movement conference and she was able to meet people and then retreat into her solitary hotel room oasis. She enjoyed the conference in spite of her introverted nature and found a few connections there that she may interview on her podcast or simply follow up with to say hi. Stacey is able to balance being an introvert and getting out to networking events to meet people. Listen to this episode to hear how Stacey balances her introverted nature and her desire to network with other entrepreneurs.

How will Stacey look for a bestie?

Stacey is looking for a biz bestie that is walking a similar path. She thinks that meeting up with weekly or bi-weekly calls would be a great way to structure the friendship. Beginning a friendship as an accountability partner is a fantastic idea. Stacey realizes that a trial period for a budding friendship might be a good plan. One way for her to meet people in the online space. Facebook groups are excellent ways to see if a person is a good fit, and Facebook Messenger is an ideal way to begin a connection. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie as Maelisa and Amber walk Stacey through the steps of finding a biz bestie.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] What does Stacey do?
  • [5:45] Why does she need a biz bestie?
  • [10:40] What is her local scene like?
  • [13:43] Going to Podcast Movement was a huge challenge for her
  • [21:55] What are Stacey interests?
  • [25:15] What is her goal for her business?
  • [31:42] How will she look for her bestie?
  • [36:55] Facebook is a great way to find people

Resources & People Mentioned

Connect with Stacey Ogden

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The 6 Areas of Your Life That Create Your Business Support System #33

Welcome to season 3 of My Biz Bestie. After an enjoyable summer hiatus, Maelisa and Amber are back in action and ready to talk about entrepreneurship, business relationships, and of course, biz besties. On this episode, they are excited to explore not just the biz bestie relationship, but the entire support system that surrounds you and your business. They explore the different areas of your life that provide a support system for you and your business. Are you ready to discover what the 6 areas of your life that create your business support system are? Listen now to hear what they are.

You come first

You should come first in your life and in your business. The self is all the things that make you-you. Your personality, self-care, self-esteem, mindset, professional growth, mental health are all very important to your business. If you don’t have your self in order then your business can suffer. Listen now to hear why you are the most important part of your business support system.

TWEET THIS: Are you ready to discover what the 6 areas of your life that create your business support system are? Listen now to this episode #MyBizBestie hear what they are.

 

Your biz bestie

If you have listened to this show before then you already know the value the biz bestie relationship can provide. Your biz bestie can give you honest feedback in many aspects of your business. It’s nice to have the one on one relationship with someone whose opinion you value and who you really like. You trust your biz bestie to be open and honest. There is often an overlap between business and professional advice in the biz bestie relationship.

Your inner circle

Your inner circle includes other people whose opinions you value. This may or may not include your biz bestie. The inner circle could be people in a mastermind, mentors, collaborators, or simply people you are close to. Your inner circle is a group of people that you share your wins with and they have seen the progress that you have made in your business.

Your team

Your team includes all the people with which you have a business relationship. This can include vendors, consultants, and collaborators. All of these people support your business in reaching your goals. Listen now to hear how your team is part of your business support system.

Your loved ones

Your loved ones are all the family and friends that don’t run a business. They care about you and help your personal relationships. They may not understand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, but they want to support you in your endeavor however they can. Your loved ones help you find boundaries in your business. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie to hear how your loved ones can impact your business.

Your community

Some people neglect this part of their business support system. Your community includes those that you meet networking, collaborators, or referral sources. You may not feel as connected to your community as your inner circle, but your community is like having an extended circle. If you have a local business the community can be found at community events or the chamber of commerce. Listen to this episode to hear why it is important to connect with a larger audience.

Which areas of your business support system need help?

As you think about these areas of your business support system, which one do you feel needs the most nurturing? Which area (or areas) needs to be grown? Leave a comment on this page and tell us which area you will start nurturing. Maelisa and Amber have a special giveaway in store for 4 lucky people that leave comments. Comment now and be sure to listen on September 10th to find out if you have won!

In this episode...

  • [2:12] What are the areas of your life that build the support system?
  • [3:46] Yourself
  • [5:17] Your biz bestie relationship
  • [6:10] Your inner circle
  • [7:45] Your team
  • [8:49] Your loved ones
  • [12:54] Your community
  • [16:11] Which areas do you feel need the most nurturing in your life?

Resources & People Mentioned

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How Can Having an Arch Nemesis Help You Grow Personally? #32

How Can Having an Arch Nemesis Help You Grow Personally? #32

Whether you call them frenemies, haters, or nemesis (nemesi??), it seems like everyone has someone in their lives that is their antithesis. On this episode of My Biz Bestie, Amber and Maelisa flesh out the arch-nemesis relationship. An arch-nemesis can actually be an important relationship that helps you define your life (much like a biz bestie!).

The GSD Mavens Share the Value of a Week-Long Entrepreneur Retreat #31

The GSD Mavens Share the Value of a Week-Long Entrepreneur Retreat #31

This episode is a special one where six GSD mavens join Maelisa and Amber to share their experiences from the week-long GSD entrepreneur retreat. You may not consider a week-long retreat to be a valuable use of your time, but these ladies will prove you wrong. Listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie to hear the GSD mavens explain why the week-long GSD entrepreneur retreat may be exactly what you need.

How a Business Friendship with Someone in a Different Niche Can Help You with Julie Fry and Nikki Rausch #30

How a Business Friendship with Someone in a Different Niche Can Help You with Julie Fry and Nikki Rausch #30

Biz besties, Julie Fry and Nikki Rausch, join Maelisa and Amber in episode 30 of My Biz Bestie. Just because these two run different types of businesses doesn’t stop their business friendship. They have found that having a biz bestie with someone in a completely different niche to be really helpful…

Do You Need Accountability? Join Our Networking Challenge #29

Do You Need Accountability? Join Our Networking Challenge #29

Networking can be a weak point for many entrepreneurs. Sometimes entrepreneurs get so caught up in the day to day aspects of their business that they forget that networking is one of the easiest ways to grow their business. Maelisa and Amber are expert networkers who occasionally need some accountability to get things done. This is why they are excited to announce their June Networking Accountability Challenge.

Find Me a Business Bestie with Vickie Maris #28

Find Me a Business Bestie with Vickie Maris #28

On this episode of My Biz Bestie, Maelisa and Amber embark on a challenge: to find a business bestie for Vickie Maris. Vickie met Maelisa and Amber at Social Media Marketing World and was intrigued by the idea of finding a biz bestie. The gals thought that this would be a fantastic idea for an episode. Consider this the Tinder of podcast episodes, but for biz besties!