Are You a Wannabe?

Wannabe

We’ve all been there.

You’re talking to someone you’d like to impress, and you’re making a fool of yourself. You keep trying to find the words that’ll make them like you, but all that comes out is a dishonest sounding drivel that shocks you with its stupidity.

The awkwardness looms over the conversation like a mushroom cloud, until the other person finally finds a way to extract themselves and run for cover. Then you just stand there, berating yourself for losing your only opportunity to make them like you.

You’ve become a wannabe. Worse, you suspect that the other person knows it. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

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3 Things You Need to Know

Teaching Sells

1. As you may have heard by now, Teaching Sells is shutting its doors to new members at the end of July (that’s this coming Thursday night, July 31) (UPDATE: Teaching Sells hit maximum capacity and is now closed). After 9 months of intense content creation and marketing the program, we’re going to simply focus on completing the courses for the members we’ve got. Then we’ll reorganize all of the content into a different training delivery format for next year.

You can still get in before we close, and enjoy all the new features and benefits we have planned at a much lower price. Check out the current 10 courses (plus several bonus courses) at this page. If you’re totally unfamiliar with Teaching Sells, read the free report first.

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10 Quick and Simple Ways to Power Up Your Customer Testimonials

Ten

When we were kids, my friends and I made up a game we called “Made You Look.” Three or four of us would get fairly close together – in a shopping plaza, on the street, or anywhere there were lots of people – and look up as if we saw something incredible.

It would never fail. Passers-by would glance up to see what we were looking at. Some would stop and stand there for half a minute trying to discern the object of our attention. And the more of us doing it, the more people would look. One time in New York City, we did this with a dozen cohorts and virtually stopped traffic on Broadway.

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Web Video TeleClass

Web video

You can listen to the replay of Web Video Marketing: Trends, Techniques, and Copywriting Tips now. And if you’re at all interested in Web Video University, you won’t want to miss the end of the class.

The Secret to Captivating Content?
More Cowbell!

More Cowbell

In April of 2000, Saturday Night Live aired one of the few truly classic sketches outside of the 1970s and 80s. The sketch is a spoof of a VH1 “Behind the Music” episode featuring Blue Öyster Cult and the recording of (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (watch it here).

The sketch stars host Christopher Walken as famed producer “THE Bruce Dickinson,” with Will Ferrell on cowbell alongside a faux Blue Öyster Cult. The whole joke centers around the fact that the song has a cowbell percussion element that will never be more obvious than played by Ferrell.

Here’s the point.

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Two TeleClasses You Don’t Want to Miss
(And There’s No Charge)

Teleclass

I’ve got two teleclasses for you to check out, and neither one will cost you a dime. The first involves online video marketing and how it relates to copywriting, and the second is all about copy.

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The Art of Winning the Online Marketing Game

The best book I’ve ever read about marketing isn’t about marketing. It’s about baseball.

The book’s called Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. If you’re a marketer or advertiser you need to read this book.

The premise is that baseball insiders are guilty of a herd mentality that’s focused on the wrong things and reaches the wrong conclusions. If you know nothing at all about baseball you’ll still learn very valuable lessons about business.

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Battle Productivity Brain Drain
With an Idea Budget

Brain Drain

I recently gave you 10 quick tips for building a business online. One tip in particular resonated with readers:

#4 – Work on one idea at a time. Never splatter out with many ideas. It’s overwhelming.

Easier said than done. We have too many great ideas, too many things to do, and only two hands and one brain.

Which idea is best to follow? This one? That one? All of them? What about time? There’s not enough. It all needs to be done now! But where to start? Here? There?

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The Duke Ellington Guide to Copy That Swings

Duke Ellington

Don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing . . .

Whenever you study a creative form like copywriting, you spend a lot of time on technique. You think hard about headlines and metaphors and what specific details you’ll use. You worry about positioning and persuasive structure. You’re trying to keep all the rules and guidelines in your head.

But if you want your content to keep bringing them back, it’s gotta swing.

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A WordPress Theme for
Serious Online Publishers

WordPress Theme

Once upon a time, there was a young man who wanted to become a web designer.

Trained as an engineer, he nonetheless had a great eye, an advanced understanding of SEO-friendly code, and a unique style that set him apart from the crowd. But he was just starting out and needed a break.

Thanks to a strange combination of coincidence and connections, the young man got to know a crusty old marketing guy. The marketing guy had no design skills, but he could recognize talent and great design when he saw it.

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