Author: Natalie

Why Less is More

Less is more… We’ve all heard this phrase, but do you actually know what it means and why it’s true?

The phrase less is more means that having just the essential things is better than having way too much of superfluous things.

It allows you to focus on what matters.

Recently I sat down to lunch with the lovely Kit Whelan, co-founder of 7in7 Digital Nomad Conference, which is an amazing vision of 7 conferences being held in 7 continents over 7 years!

I am actually honoured to be a keynote speaker at the 7in7 conference in Wellington, New Zealand happening 22-28 October.

I’m going to be speaking about prioritizing what matters the most in your life and will definitely be touching on LifePilot and what it’s meant to living with intention and making my dreams a reality.

Kit told me that after this event, they’re holding a Reading Retreat in a castle in Scotland, which to me sounds simply delicious.

And it clearly did to others too as it sold out in a day, and for good reason, because people are craving to take time out and give themselves permission to simply do less.

Getting Clear on Your Perfect Day

Personally, one of my perfect days, consists of jam-packing as much as I can from 6am to 9pm at night, but that’s because I’m energized by living life to the full.

This includes meeting like-minded friends, training for my triathlon, working on my business, interviewing guests for my podcast, and spending time playing with my gorgeous dogs.

To others, that probably seems freaking exhausting.

How I make all those things work is by managing my time well and prioritising what matters.

I also realized that while I pack in a bunch in my life, I also do this in my work and in the way I teach and I’m guilty of trying to over deliver by delivering too much!

So with my new Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator, which I’m running three sold out cohorts of right now, I’ve made a considered effort to simplify to the essentials.

As you can imagine, teaching a course about preselling and launching your own online course could be super overwhelming when you consider all the moving parts involved that I need to teach.

So, as Leading Learner, my job is to teach them how to do less but get more meaningful results.

It seems to be working, by through my intentional design of the accelerator, and my students are accomplishing so much.

The importance of taking time to chill out

I’m a fan of jam-packing as much as I can into each day, but I also know the importance of taking some downtime and just chilling out.

That’s why I’m pretty excited to take a truly decent break in December.

I’ll be lounging around, enjoying nature, and reading books – basically just resting up after my half Ironman.

My upcoming break got me thinking…

I haven’t done a retreat in a while, so I’m planning to hold one next year in 2020 because I adore imagining and designing these experiences and then making them a reality.

In the past I’ve called them the ‘Freedom Retreat’ and in addition to fpcusing on business and mindset, I’d also add in special experiences like massages, taking cooking lessons, and relaxing.

But, what if next year’s retreat was the ‘Less is More’ retreat where we focus on taking a break while still envisioning your best life by focusing on having a great mindset – basically taking LifePilot to the next level.

If you’re interested in joining me early April 2020 in Bali for a ‘Less is More’ retreat, send me a DM on Instagram or shoot me an email at natalie@nataliesisson.com saying “Heck yeah to Bali!”

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why and how less is more
  • How I manage my time so that jam-packed days don’t feel exhausting
  • Why taking a break can be beneficial to you and your business
  • About information for my next retreat

Podcast Resources

Learn more about 7in7 Digital Nomad Conference

Check out LifePilot and how it can help you practice the ‘less is more’ lifestyle

Shoot me a DM on Instagram or send me an email to get more information about the retreat I’ll be holding next April

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How to Build a Business on YouTube

Ever look at YouTube stars and wonder: how the heck do they actually make money from YouTube and more importantly, how did they build a business on this platform?

Well, on this episode of Untapped, I had the treat of chatting with Aaron Nace, founder of PHLEARN, about how he built his YouTube channel from the ground up into a full-time business.

I’m pretty excited to share this interview with you because I’ve never had the chance to speak to someone that has a YouTube channel with almost 1.8 million subscribers.

In our interview, Aaron shares his journey from being an independent photographer and photo retoucher to building his company PHLEARN, which provides accessible photography and Photoshop lessons to people around the world through their video tutorials.

Since starting PHLEARN in 2011, Aaron has turned what used to be just a creative passion into his full time business.

This is another great example of how online content creators are transforming their side hustles into their main sources of incomes. 

What’s really neat about Aaron’s journey is how he was able to build a business on YouTube from the ground up.

He saw an industry that was booming, yet the online space seemed to lack the tools and education for all the people who wanted to get into that industry.

So, he took all the techniques he learned over the years as a professional photographer and started releasing video tutorials for free.

Once he realized that people were actually invested in what he had to teach, Aaron decided to offer more advanced lessons as part of a paid subscription service on his company’s website.

He found his sweetspot of what he’s passionate about, what he can offer, and what people are willing to pay for – an awesome example of how you can get paid to be you!

To hear Aaron’s secrets to YouTube success and all the details on how he built a business on YouTube, make sure to tune in to the full episode!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to develop your business from the ground up on YouTube.
  • How to turn your creative passion into a full-time job.
  • How to find a balance between your business and private life.
  • Why it’s important to focus on your team as much as your clients.
  • Tips on how to grow your channel on YouTube

Podcast Resources

Check out the 500+ free photography and Photoshop lessons on PHLEARN’s YouTube Channel
Check out PHLEARN’s website for more advanced lessons.

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6 Lessons Starting a Podcast Has Taught Me

Over the years, I’ve learned so many lessons from starting a podcast.

When I started one back in 2011, I didn’t expect just how much joy it would bring me and how much value it would add to my life.

So, in honour of International Podcast Day, I wanted to share the 6 lessons starting a podcast has taught me. If you’re thinking of starting one or thinking about giving up on yours, then this episode is definitely for you.

Now, some people might say that there are too many podcasts out there and the medium is oversaturated, but guess what?

People have been saying the same exact thing since when I started my first podcast back in 2011!

There might be a ton of podcasts out there, but that shouldn’t discourage you from sharing your unique voice with people who truly need to hear what you have to say.

6 Lessons I Learned From Starting a Podcast

Starting a podcast has given me so many amazing opportunities to chat with guests who intrigue and fascinate me. It’s like having my own personal team of mentors that I get to chat with each week!

Another thing I love about podcasts is the versatility of them.

The quality of podcasts has gone through the roof within the last few years alone, and some have whole production crews and hefty budgets behind them.

This means they’re just so much better to listen to, because they’re scripted, researched and so well produced as engaging stories – almost like going back to good ol’ radio series.

Lesson 1: Podcasts are amazing for personal development and learning.

Whether you prefer having guests on your podcast to interview, or prefer offering solo episodes where you teach and share, podcasts are sure to make YOU learn and develop.

If you decide to have guests on your podcast, then you’d obviously be learning from their experiences and perspectives, which is an awesome way to keep expanding your mind.

Whereas researching topics on your own and sharing your personal experiences can also be a great way to develop and go deeper into researching these topics beforehand too.

Personally, I love both of these styles.

Lately, I’ve been loving having people come on my Untapped podcast and share their unique experiences and outlooks on topics that relate to what I try to teach everyday: how to get paid to be you.

The people that I usually invite on my show are people I find fascinating and who have something to teach both me and you.

These guests have done some incredible things and have so many gold nuggets of wisdom that I absolutely love sharing with all of you who tune in.

While my style of podcasting is more of an informal conversation, where I do a little bit of background research and then ask questions during the interview that I’m really curious about, I also think more formatted and planned out interviews can be successful, too.

Lesson 2: Podcasts make you more disciplined and consistent.

Podcasts have been the one medium that I’ve been able to be consistent with since the early days of my business.

That’s not a coincidence.

In fact, podcasts are incredibly great tools for making you become more disciplined and committed to producing content on a consistent basis.

When I first started out at podcasting, I was super inconsistent. But, knowing that my listeners were expecting a new episode each week forced me to stick to a schedule and have everything released by their deadlines.

Over the years I worked out that batching 3-5 interviews in a day or two was a way more productive method, so that I have 6-8 weeks worth of content on hand, and can plan my promotions around them too.

This also helps everyone on my team to get all of their tasks done in advance so that nothing slips through the cracks.

I’ve also been able to create an incredible SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that is super detailed and precise so that anyone who joins my team will immediately know how to create, publish, and promote the podcast.

We have also have a Podcast template in Asana, that brings the SOP to life, where everyone on my team is assigned to their respective tasks and they can mark off once they’ve completed the next step.

If you’ve been struggling to put out content and stick to your schedule, I highly recommend using a podcast to get you back on track!

Lesson 3: Podcasts are fantastic business tools.

The fact that you have people turning up each week to listen to what you have to say is a powerful testament to how podcasts can be used to grow your business.

Podcasts build up your credibility, authority, and integrity in whatever it is you want to share or teach.

For me, I make sure my episodes focus on how to tap into your potential, get paid to be you, and design your life and work to have purpose.

My listeners can count on learning something that will help them in these areas whenever they tune in to an episode of Untapped.

And I’ve learned that when your audience feels like they can trust and learn from you, they’re more likely to become clients or customers.

It’s also more likely that people will recommend your podcasts to other people, which cultivates a truly wonderful cycle of engagement and exposure.

Lesson 4: Podcasts are great revenue-generating tools.

Along with being fantastic business tools, podcasts are also great tools for generating revenue.

With tons of sponsorships and advertisement opportunities out there nowadays, you could easily create an extra revenue stream for yourself.

Personally, I like to keep my podcasts advert free, but I have had great (and lucrative) sponsorships in the past, that I worked with who were relevant and helpful for my audience.

I never promote anything just for the sake of promoting it, and I like to think that has helped build up my credibility. I’m very choosy about what I recommend.

Aside from advertising and sponsorships, podcasts are also wonderful avenues for promoting your own products and offerings.

So, not only could you generate a revenue stream from promoting things you really love and use on a daily basis, but you could also generate a more active revenue stream by promoting your own offers to an audience you know will be interested!

Lesson 5: Podcasts create lasting friendships and bonds.

The people that I’ve met over the years on my show and other shows are unforgettable.

I may have forgotten the shows I’ve been on, or the specifics on what we talked about, but I never forget the bonds that I make with the people I’ve interviewed or been interviewed by.

I love giving people a platform to share their stories, and I know that I’ve been grateful to others who have done the same for me.

It’s really important for us as creators to support one another, and it’s a total win-win situation.

So, if you have been a guest on any of my podcasts, or if I was a guest on yours, this one is for you and I’d love to have you back on my show or come back on yours!

Also, a special shout out to Rolly, my podcast editor, who has been listening to my voice for quite some time now and always delivers fantastic final episodes. Thank you for the work that you do!

Lesson 6: Podcasts allow your voice to be heard.

Looking at the stats for my podcast, there are people listening in to my podcast from around 100 countries.

Crazy, right?

That’s the incredible power of podcasts!

They allow you to distribute your voice, your message, and your experiences all across the globe to tons of diverse communities.

That is a gift.

That is a privilege.

And, really, all I have to do is a hold a mic and start recording.

So, if you have something to say, say it.

I promise you, you’ll be surprised at how many people will want to listen.

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The Top 10 Episodes of Untapped

As a fun little bonus, here’s a list of the top episodes of Untapped. If any of them intrigue you or sound interesting, give the full episode a listen and let me know what your thoughts are after!

#10: 6 Rules to Finish What You Start

In this episode, I share the 6 rules to finishing what you start and how to apply them and also share how to write a manifesto.

#9: Why Consistency is Your Secret Weapon

In this podcast I share how my training has progressively stacked to build a better, faster, stronger than me and how you can apply that in life, the power of mind over matter to get you through the tough times and the 3 key things I’ve layered into this journey that have led to my success so far.

#8: Intentions vs Goal Setting – Which is Best To Succeed in Life?

In this episode, you’ll learn the difference between goals and intentions and how to apply intentions to your life goals.

#7: 6 Ways To Tap Into Your Human Potential

Here are a few key ways I’m going to live up to and even beyond my potential throughout the course of my life, this podcast, my vlog and as I live write a book on this very topic, that I hope you can apply to.

#6: The Simple Way to Crush Your Next 90 Days

In this episode I share with you my process for setting my quarterly goals and intentions, and making sure they are spread across the 8 categories of life I value most and why focusing across these areas gives you a more balanced approach to working towards goals and intentions that will improve your whole life, not just your money or work situation.

#5: The 30 Minute Business Plan Template

In this podcast, I literally walk you through what my next 3 months looks like for my business so you can have a crack at writing up your quarterly One Page Biz Plan.

#4: 10 Questions to Unlock Your Potential

I came across a Lifehack article and it caught my attention because it was called “10 Questions That Will Unlock Your Potential” and I thought how appropriate given the newly launched Untapped Podcast – Live up to your potential. So I took the ten questions and answered them for myself, and I’d love you to do the same because they are juicy, and they WILL help you unlock your potential.

#3: Meditation is the Key to Everything

I jumped at the chance to dive deeper into why meditation and mindfulness are transforming peoples’ lives more than ever, in this interview with Dr Elise Bialylew. She’s a coach, meditation teacher and social entrepreneur who trained as a doctor and psychiatrist.

#2: Four Steps to Self Motivation

Just how self-motivated are you? Are you prepared to take charge of your goals and achievements? Or do you set goals, knowing you won’t really work towards them, because they scare your or are too complex?

In this podcast you’ll learn the four factors necessary to build the strongest levels of self-motivation you can.

#1: How Sigrun Grew Her Business to Seven Figures in Four Years

This was such a popular interview because Sigrun is not only awesome but impressive, taking her business from five figures in her first year, by offering 1-1 coaching, and less than four years later, scaling it to hit  seven figures in revenue!

In this episode she shares how she rebuilt her business model to include group masterminds, retreats and her signature (and legendary) program SOMBA – Sigrun’s Online MBA.

Podcast Resources

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Podia: The BEST Platform to Create and Sell Online Courses

Can I be honest here? 

As a content creator, I have a dream – a dream that there is one platform, the best platform, that can help me create and sell an online course and do it ALL.

Deep down, I know that might be asking for a little bit too much. 

But what I want this online platform to have is the ability to create and sell digital products, online courses, and memberships.

Even better would be the ability for this platform to have an inbuilt affiliate program so my friends and community can promote and sell my courses that they believe in as well as a super easy way to take payments and receive payments.

It’d also be nice if it was super mobile responsive, beautifully designed with a clean interface that is simple to use – even for non techies, and affordable. 

This dream seemed absolutely impossible…

That is until I came across Podia. 

And I must admit, I’m a little bit excited. 

Over the years, I have researched a plethora of online platforms. And there are so many great ones out there as I shared in The Ultimate Guide to the Best Membership Software To Run an Online Program in 2016.

Plus, there are more and more being made every day because the online e-learning industry is booming! 

Why You Need to Teach and Create Online Products and Courses in 2019

To put it into perspective, the online e-learning industry is going to triple by 2025 and become a $320 billion industry. 

If you want to learn more about that read 3 Reasons to Launch Your Online Course in 2019 

The reality is, if you are not part of that revolution and not sharing your gifts with the world by teaching others what you know so that they can learn from you… then you’re missing out!

Every single experience you’ve ever had in your life, anything you’ve ever been taught, anything you’ve ever learned, implemented, or experienced for yourself – THAT is what somebody else wants to learn..

And you need to step up and be a teacher and share that with other people. 

You need to be able to add value to their life, to give generously, and to teach. And you also need to be able to learn, continue to upscale, reskill, and all those good things. 

In order to survive in the future of work and actually thrive, we need to be constantly learning. 

Simply put, we need to become lifelong learners. Otherwise, we’re going to get left behind, and the robots are actually going to come in and replace us. 

Read 11 Benefits of Learning Something New to get up to speed!

That is why the learning industry is growing at the speed of light. So many people are realising how important it is to stay relevant and to continually challenge themselves by learning. 

That means there needs to be a whole heap of online course creators out there and teachers who are willing to bring you up to speed. 

I like to think of this as being a Leading Learner. You’re not an expert. You’re not a guru. 

You’re just a couple of steps ahead of the person who is right behind you and wanting to come up to speed really quickly. 

And so, as an online course creator, I want a platform that allows me to do that in lots of different ways. 

I don’t believe that just courses are the way. 

I don’t believe that just digital products are the way. 

And I don’t believe that things like memberships and communities are the way by themselves. 

But combined… they make an incredible learning experience. 

So when I found that Podia does all of those in one tool, I was super excited. 

I asked them to do a demo for me before I jumped in to try Podia myself, and they generously showed me all the features and ways you can use Podia. 

Why I am switching to Podia for Online Courses

Since that demo, I am switching away from Teachable (which I’ve enjoyed using for years) to put all future courses, products and memberships on Podia for several reasons.

In fact, you will be experiencing Podia if you come along and apply to join my Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator in October.

But even if you don’t, and you’ve been looking for a platform that’s super easy to use, affordable, and made by people who get the online course space, then Podia will definitely be for you.

Thanks to Len Markidan, the Chief Marketing Officer at Podia, I’m able to share the demo with all of you!

In this video we walk through all the awesome features that Podia has and you’ll be amazed, as I was, at all the things that they have going on and some of their upcoming features.

My Favourite Podia Features

Online Courses

  • Sell as many online courses as you wish – free as a mini course or paid
  • Prelaunch and sell courses before you deliver them
  • Offer one-off payment or payment plans
  • Podia take no fees!
  • Upload any file type
  • Unlimited everything – no for real. No restriction on students or courses.

Digital Products

  • Sell as many digital products as you wish – free as an optin or paid
  • Sell anything – digital guides, audios, PDFs etc
  • Speedy checkout
  • Upsells are built in – so you could offer a free optin guide then upsell to a paid book
  • Sell it or gift it – now that’s cool

Online Memberships

  • Simple membership platform to share videos, content and build a community
  • Offer multiple plans for your members – free through to monthly subscription or annual
  • Bundle products
  • Interact with your members easily through comments (not a forum)
  • Connect Facebook or Slack if you want to create more of a community

Email Marketing

  • Send drip campaigns
  • Send newsletters
  • Grow your list
  • Track results
  • Cross-sell products

Use Podia as your Website!

  • Create a home page and landing pages to act as and replace your website
  • Have your own shop page 
  • Mix & match sections
  • Fully customize your layout
  • Mobile friendly
  • Easily integrate third-party tools

Affiliate Marketing

  • Simple to setup (we love simple)
  • Helps increase your sales
  • Seamless payouts
  • Helpful reporting
  • Customise your affiliate program

As an online course creator, as an online content creator, as an online business owner, Podia simply kicks ass as an all in one platform to ensure you get paid to be YOU.

You will be able to develop multiple revenue streams while making a massive impact and doing it in a simple and easy to use platform that’s not too feature rich or complex to use.

To try Podia FREE for 14 days (no credit card required) and all of its awesome features by clicking the colourful button below!

Try Podia For Free to create online courses

Also, check out my interview with Len on Untapped where we chat about some really interesting statistics about online content creators and the state of the side hustle industry.

How to Turn Content Creation Into Side Hustles

Side hustles – could they really replace your full time income?

You bet they can. In fact creating your own side hustle is becoming quite the trend. With bestselling books like Side Hustle: From idea to income in 27 days my friend Chris Guillebeau just released, and there are many blogs and podcasts dedicated to it.

Having a side hustle is a great way to test and validate that what you want to build is actually going to fly, before you quit your job or throw your life savings into a business that hasn’t made a sale yet!

Judging from a State of the Side Hustle survey of over 2,000 people done by Podia this year, the online course/ digital downloads/membership space is only going to grow in the foreseeable future, as more folks are looking to leave their full time employment to make a go of creating passive income than ever before.

If you’re a content creator who’s been looking to make a profit from your side hustles, then this episode of Untapped is perfect for you, as Len Markidan, Chief Marketing Officer at Podia, dives right into the juicy details.

We chat about how the creator economy is booming and that this is causing employers to be terrified.

And rightly so, as I keep harping on about in my podcasts on how to tap into the future of work and designing your own ideal lifestyle with multiple work gigs!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Just how many content creators are looking to quit their day jobs and replace their full-time income with their side hustles
  • How many of the creators survey have a day job and how many of them plan to quit to become a full-time creator.
  • Of those creators who plan to quit their jobs, how so they plan to leave them!
  • The 3 most common channels for monetization right now
  • How passion, profit and potential all fit together as a content creator
  • How Podia helps content creators sell their digital products in one easy-to-use platform
  • Why you should consider taking your side hustle and turning it into your full-time gig.

Podcast Resources

Check out Podia, an online platform that removes the mess of digital duct-tape by replacing all the different tools creators need so you can sell courses, digital downloads and memberships!

Infographic: State of the Side Hustle that we refer to throughout this episode.

Book: Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

Suitcase Entrepreneur Podcast: Earning Extra Revenue Through a Side Hustle with Nick Loper

Side Hustle Nation – my interview with Nick: 122: How to Re-Purpose Content Into Multiple Income Streams.

 

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The Art of Changing Your Business with Julia Kelly

What does changing your business actually look like? As in starting a new business in a completely different industry and having a totally new offering?

Can you make such a big leap and be successful? What does it take to make not only the shift but the mindset shift?

 On this episode of Untapped, I got to hear all about what it takes from Julia Kelly, co-Founder of Rigits, a remote bookkeeping services company.

 Yet just a few years ago Julia had started gone from being a successful caricature artist to building a whole business and team around doing this for corporates and at events.

In fact I interviewed her about it on my Suitcase Entrepreneur podcast on Debunking the Starving Artist Myth, as I thought her story was really cool.

It’s a perfect example of how Julia took her skills she learned in a job she applied for, and turned it into a side hustle and then a full blown business that almost runs without her.

Now she has a completely different business and a new team, and is well aware that she needs to remain relevant in an industry being very much affected by the future of work – in that accountants are being replaced with systems and automation.

If you tuned into my podcast Embracing the Future of the Future with Frances Valintine then you’ll learn just how quickly the world is changing and adapting to the way in which we are working and who’s doing the work.

Julia is well aware of that and we discussed how they’re adapting to stay relevant and thrive in this new era, and in many ways she’s always been adapting and following her heart.

 Julia’s journey began in college where she started her solopreneur career of being a caricature artist. She was able to grow her skills into a six-figure business and hired other artists as well.

However, after a year, Julia realized that she wasn’t being challenged anymore and that her successful business (which she’s still running today) was not going to be able to grow anymore.

 So what did she do next?

She went back to her roots as a graduate with a B.A. in Accounting and teamed up with a friend and started a company that does bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses and startups.

It was a completely different realm of work from the caricature business, but Julia found it to be exciting plus it tapped into her sweetspot of her accounting knowledge and what she knew would be profitable to her AND beneficial to her clients. 

By taking a risk and changing her business, Julia was able to have a business that had a recurring revenue model – something that her caricature business lacked. She also found that she thrived in having a team and didn’t enjoy being a lone wolf after all.

If you’re also in a rut and feel like you’re not progressing or enjoying your work anymore, definitely check out the full interview to learn more about the art of changing your business and how to tap into your potential!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What it’s like to go from a solo operation to being in a partnership and having employees
  • Why Julia started another business in a completely different industry and what she learned by doing it
  • How to juggle two businesses by having one on autopilot
  • The most common mistakes business owners make with money and how to avoid them

Resources

Check out Rigits for Julia’s bookkeeping and accounting business.

Head to jkexpressions.com to learn more about Julia’s live digital caricature business.

 

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Embracing the Future of the Future with Frances Valintine

What is the future of the future? And how the heck can you be a part of it so that you’re not left behind in the past?

That is the topic of my conversation on this episode of the Untapped Podcast with the one and only Frances Valintine, founder of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab.

Frances is one heck of a mover and shaker. And she believes that we’re living in a time of great advancement as well as rapid disruption. She believes that the progress and the ability to look forward and plan for tomorrow is essential for long term success.

Frances is at the cutting edge of what we need to do to stay relevant as we move into a new era filled with uncertainty as technology takes over our jobs allowing us to essentially tap into more of our human skills.

If you listened to Episode 32 – The Future of Work Is Learning, I shared what the future of work really is, the major trends and forces shaping it and why it’s more important than ever to become a lifelong learner and keep upskilling to remain relevant and ahead of the curve.

Frances takes us even further because she is living and breathing this. At the time of our interview, she had just finished up the Future of the Future conference that she hosted where she interviewed all these incredible people on stage.

What I love about Frances is that she’s extremely forward thinking by the way she looks at how we reinvigorate our existing skills, adopt new practices, and integrate people who think differently in our businesses.

As the founder and CEO of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab, Frances works in the space between the whole ecosystem of learners from young children to experienced corporate leaders.

While Tech Futures Lab helps organisations and individuals to navigate the contemporary world of business, The Mind Lab was developed to empower students, schools, teachers and principals to develop contemporary knowledge and practical skills for today’s rapidly evolving world and the future of work.

She knows that our economic success has a greater reliance on people who can combine science, technology, design and creativity in ways that we are only just starting to realize.

So in our interview, we discuss a lot of those things. And I think you are going to find it fascinating. I hope it’s going to open your eyes, expand your mind, and really get you thinking about what role you are going to play in the future of work and just how you can thrive in it.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the future of work looks like and what that means for you
  • Why reinvigorating your skills and learning new skills is vital now more than ever
  • How to thrive and remain relevant in the rapidly evolving world
  • Frances’ journey to become one of the most influential leaders in New Zealand

Resources

Connect with Frances over on LinkedIn

Learn more about the Tech Futures Lab – The Graduate School for Human Impact

Learn more about the award winning education provider The Mind Lab

 

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3 Reasons to Launch Your Online Course in 2019

Imagine being able to scale you and your revenue without scaling the amount of work you do?

That’s the power of being able to launch your online course. You get to teach what you know and love, and make an impact in lots of peoples lives.

The great news, although it may seem like everyone and their dog is launching an online course right now, there’s no better time to be teaching these skills that people want to learn, through your own online course.

Why? According to research from Forbes the e-learning market is expected to reach a value of 325 billion by 2025.

That’s triple the growth from 2015. Triple!

Why is that? Well in order to succeed or just stay afloat in the future of work, the need to reskill, upskill and keep learning is critical.

That’s why I’ve been so intent on covering off on how to do this on my podcast and blog. Check out How to tap into the future of work and Why the future of work is learning.

What’s even more astounding is that online courses made $46 billion last year, according to Len Markidan from Podia, a creator’s dream platform for online courses, digital products and memberships.

The thing is, a lot of people get put off by not knowing where to start, or thinking they don’t have anything to teach or offer, or getting overwhelmed by the tech side…and the list goes on.

And I get it, because when I started out I was like how the heck do I do this?

How I launched my first profitable online course

Cast your mind back to 2010. I was in lovely Vancouver, Canada and was almost broke after 6 months focused on building up my blog and credibility but having nothing to offer to actually earn income.

I finally pulled together my first paid workshop called The Social Media Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, held over two days with just ten people.

I ended up putting on three workshops due to demand and selling out since it was such a hot topic. By the end of the month I’d made $15K and couldn’t believe it.

The feedback had been amazing as I was teaching people how to use social media to build their business and it was super hands on and practical – just what startups need on a small budget and with little time on their hands.

Yet, I knew there were so many more people in my community (because they reached out and asked after seeing me post photos on social media), that I wasn’t able to reach by staying in one location and limiting the numbers in my workshop.

I thought to myself, there has to be a better way. Plus one that allows me to have flexibility and freedom on how and where I work.

Launch your online course with Natalie Sisson
For reals – this is me packed up and ready to hit the road with my online course back in 2010.

So I took my powerpoint slides, researched which tool would allow me to record my screen and talk over the top of the slides and then spent over 40 long hours over the next three weeks recording the entire two day workshop and turning it into videos and transcripts.

I then decided to market it to my tribe with a free webinar. I had 100 people sign up, which blew me away, 30 people attend live and ONE person buy my course.

And I was THRILLED.

Sure I was hoping for more but someone had just validated that what I had to offer and teach was of value to them and they were willing to pay me US$297 for it!

Holy crap!! What if could get 10 people to take my course and learn from me? That would be close to US$3,000 which would pretty much pay me back for the time I spent creating the damn thing.

What if I could get 20? Wow $6,000 is like a dream come true and would allow me to go travelling while running my online course from anywhere, and before I knew it The Suitcase Entrepreneur was born.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I went on to make over $10K on that course, $100K on digital products and over $300K with one course through multiple launches.

And deep down, I know you are completely capable of replicating my results too – if you want it enough.

Want me to show you how?

Three key reasons to launch your online course in 2019

I truly believe that everyone has something to teach, and that online courses and experiences are one of the best ways to impart that knowledge.

Yet almost every person I speaks to initially is hesitant to admit they know anything that people might be willing to pay them for.

So in order to blast past any doubts or insecurities you may have, here are three facts that I know to be true about you, that you may not even know about yourself!

Reason #1. You have an unfair advantage

Your Unfair Advantage

Oh yeah what’s that Natalie? Well my friend, it happens to be your life experiences, skills and knowledge that makes you uniquely YOU.

I have no idea why people don’t rate themselves more. The sum of what makes you who you are is truly enticing, even if you think you’re the most boring, non-standout person in the world with nothing to share.

Wait until you meet someone who thinks what you know and do is fascinating, or better yet don’t wait and instead start listening to friends, colleagues, peers and even strangers when they ask “How do you know how to do that? Can you teach me?”.

Those are usually some fairly clear signs that you’re so good at something, or so used to it coming naturally to you, that you really ought to share what you know.

Or you’ve simply worked hard at something, for some time and have built up quite a reservoir of knowledge that you simply didn’t realize other people really valued.

Either way, you need to leverage that sweetspot of yours – the intersection between what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing and what people will pay you for, and launch your damn course!

Reason #2. Resonance

Stand out from the crowd

How you think, who you are, how you make people feel and how you show up in this world is what is going to make you resonate with other people and stand out in a sea of sameness.

You already do this without knowing – it’s how you tell stories, your quirks and opinions, the values you uphold and your own unique point of view.

That’s the bit that people really want to see. Every time I share a screw up, or failure, an experience or adventure or some real moment in my life and business I get a massive increase in engagement.

That’s because the more YOU that you share, the more people can resonate with you, see a little bit of themselves in you and relate to you, which means you become more human and personal to your potential customers – and that’s gold.

That’s connection, which builds trust and we are far more likely to buy from people we know, like and trust.

So what happens is as you enthuse your content, videos, messages and work with what makes you uniquely you, you begin to stand out from the rest and become THE choice and person to turn to.

Reason #3 You’re a Leading Learner

Leading learner a few steps ahead of the rest

Yes you really are. That means that you’re not an expert. You’re not a guru you’re just a couple of steps ahead of the person that you need to teach my friend.

As you learn, you lead those by sharing everything you know, real-time in a way they can relate to and resonate with, rather than from some ivory tower of ‘I’ve been doing this for 20 years and my it’s my way or the high way kiddo’.

No-one wants to learn from a know it all. They want to learn from somebody who’s living and breathing it right now, and getting results and is able to share what they know in a way that makes it easy for them to learn.

These are the people who are willing to pay you to learn what you already know and get up to speed in less time and for less money than you spent and invested, to get to where you are today…. no matter where that is.

Because the simple fact is you will always be further ahead than some people, and those are the people who’d will likely be the prime candidates to benefit from what you will teach in your online course.

Ready to launch your online course?

These three things alone are going to make you an outstanding online course creator, ready to share your knowledge and gifts with the very people who are prepared to pay you what you’re worth, and make an impact in their lives and on their journey.

Where I know you will get stuck, because everyone does, is on what your unique value offering is, who your target market is, how to validate people even want what you have to teach, and how to get in front of the right audience.

Then you’ll worry about the ‘how’ of launching – which platforms, video or audio or webinar or …..and what about landing pages, copywriting, marketing and advertising.

Yeah, it can all get very overwhelming when you over think it. So that’s where I’d like to come in, because my teaching superpower is the art of simplification and minimal viable product with maximum potential.

That’s why I’ve released a very special experience to help you design and presell your online course…

The Launch Your Damn Course 60 Day Accelerator

The Future of Work is Learning

The Future of Work is learning – what does that mean?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m all about staying relevant and keeping up with the ever-changing world of the way in which we work and live.

The thing is, those changes are coming at us fast and many of the trends we see happening in the future of work are already here.

Robots and AI are already being used to automate and streamline jobs, and it’s predicated by the OECD that 14-30% of jobs as we know them will not even exist in the next 5 years.

So it’s more important than ever that we figure out how to ramp up our skills, particularly our uniquely human-centered skills, to stay relevant and be irreplaceable!

The good news is around 70% of new jobs will be created, most of which we can’t even predict yet. Crazy right?

That means by continuing to learn new skills and gain more experience, we have more chance of thriving in the future of work, rather than just surviving.

On today’s episode of Untapped, I’m sharing a recording of the talk I gave at an Inspire Group, an online learning and leadership company.

The purpose of this event was to inform our clients about what’s about to head their way and what they need to start thinking about when it comes to learning solutions for the future.

It was also a great way to showcase all the trends that are coming up and how the Future of Work IS learning.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the Future of Work actually is
  • How automation can and will benefit us
  • How we can collaborate effectively with the robots
  • What changes and trends have already started to happen

You can also watch a summary of what I presented on my YouTube Channel here

Resources

Read: How to Tap Into the Future of Work

Read: 11 Benefits to Learning Something New.

Learn more about Inspire Group

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