Bottleneck Breakthrough By Joshua Long

  • August 16, 2017
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Just stated reading Bottleneck Breakthrough How To Find And Fix Your #1 Business Challenge To Unlock Sustainable Growth, Fast by Joshua Long and I’m loving it! Anyone looking to grow their own business should pick up this book.

Bottleneck Breakthrough hasn’t been released yet, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a brand shinny new pre release copy. You can apply the bottleneck breakthrough method to achieve predictable growth plateaus in every business, and every stage of revenue, whether you’re at $100K or $100M. Best of all his technique builds on what you already do in your business so you don’t have to completely overhaul your operation.

Purchase the book: http://bottleneckbreakthrough.com/book

Bottleneck Breakthrough Book

What’s a Bottleneck?

A bottleneck according to the author is “any point of friction in your business that prevents you from generating more revenue or generating the same revenue more easily.” If your company is just starting out the most common bottleneck is the owner can no longer keep everything running smoothly.

If your business does have a bottleneck this book will show you how to breakthrough step-by-step, complete with action items. Each chapter ends with a complete set of action items for you to follow. I found it interesting that Joshua Long places such importance on good management, especially in small business. I feel management has kind of become a dirty word, Josh feels it’s undervalued in small business and possibly overvalued in fortune 500 companies. Interesting perspective. “Small business owners equate the topic of management with bureaucracy, creating unnecessary oversight and slowing down the implementation process.” Joshua also recommends another “dirty word” in the book, a meeting. Yes, the dreaded meeting word, but not just any meeting a weekly implementation meeting. He guarantees that you at least will get back 3 hours for every one hour you invest in these meetings.

Why Should I Even Listen To Author Joshua Long?

Joshua Long is “a consultant who focuses on helping B2B companies in the $10 million to $100 million range break through their current revenue plateaus and unlock rapid growth. Through his experience as an entrepreneur, marketing director for BBI (The company owned by Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins), and consultant, he has developed Bottleneck Breakthrough Method. It has proven most reliable for unlocking rapid growth for his clients, while reducing the risk of waster capital in the process.”

The book breaks down it’s 6 sections by levels of growth. “The 6 levels of growth include: Mindset, vision, systems, management, strategy, and marketing.” First the forward details the bottleneck, then book goes into the big idea, optimization. Next, in marketing it go into your funnel, traffic pillars, and closing. In management book delves into basics, weekly implementation meeting, and confrontation. Systems is up next with creating one, delegation, documentation, and automation. Then book goes into vision asking readers to explain their goals, and creating a bottleneck breakthrough plan. Finally the book ends with mindset and getting free.

It’s not just a book about generalities it’s a book with specific tactics and tips such as using Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Hotjar tracking tool, Xero the less clunky Quickbooks, and just good old fashioned spreadsheets. I’m just using these examples as proof this isn’t just a book with a birds eye view of the business world, it’s both macro and micro. The best of both worlds.

My Favorite Sections

I especially like the section about reducing fires. I can totally relate to the phenomenon of business owners becoming full time “firemen.” Not firemen in the traditional sense of putting out actual fires, but putting out fires throughout their business. In other words you are completely reactive ALL DAY and end up getting nothing productive done. The solution according to this book is to document and delegate. I also enjoyed the section where Long explains the Dunning-Kruger Effect where when you first start out with 0 experience you have the most confidence, but as you move forward and gain more skin your confidence dips and only rises until you reach the expert phase of your career. One of the hardest things for me to do in my business is to delegate and for reasons Long talks about in the book. “It takes more effort to tell someone else how to do this, so I’ll just do it myself.” I see daily tasks as branches on a tree, I decide to one thing and that thing has unintended consequences that branch off into other obligations. So the thought of delegation also leads me to that fear of for every action there’s a reaction and delegating this task will end up being more work than me doing it myself. Joshua suggests shifting the stating to something more positive, “How easily can I give this to someone who would love doing it and do a great job at it?”

Conclusion

I actually loathe most business books, specially because many authors tend to write about clique generalities or base writing solely off case studies. I do, however, like business books written by authors with first hand, in the trenches, experience. As far as I’m concerned there is no substitute for experience especially in business. That’s why I recommend this book, Bottleneck Breakthrough because it’s an step-by-step, actionable guide to business born out of real world experience. Thanks Joshua Long for writing such a comprehensive business book!

 

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Build Fast, Simple Visitor Feedback Forms With InsightStash.com

  • August 16, 2017
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Are you looking for a way to build fast, simple visitor feedback forms? Consider trying the new site InsightStash.com. With Insight Stash you’ll be able to get feedback from your visitors in seconds. Visit https://insightstash.com/.

Getting feedback from your customers seems like a simple thing, but if it’s not easy to implement and customers don’t respond to it it’s not worth the trouble at all. With Insight Stash you’ll be able to get visitor feedback, ideas for your products or services, improve conversions, discovering visitor pain points, get testimonials, execute e-mail surveys, and more. Just take a look at these beautiful forms below:

Insight Stash Forms

These are forms people will want to interact with. Forms feature customizable fields, look (including custom CSS designed by you) and firing rules. You’ll be able to give survey assets through fast CDN. Feature advanced firing rules, addons support, rest API, sentiment analysis, target and custom CSS, analytics, exporting capabilities, and more.

How Much Does It Cost? 

Price for this service starts at $19/month for 10,000 hits, $49/month for 50,000 hits, and $89/month for 100,000 hits.

Best of all you’ll be able to get 30 days free, no credit card required. Try the site today.

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Kita The Explorer Travel Vlogs On Patreon

  • July 30, 2017
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Kita The Explorer is creating travel vlogs and needs your help on Patreon. Kita The Explorer would like to travel the world while saving the planet. She’s a travel adventure vlogger, travel counselor, and travel environmentalist. Support her Patreon campaign today visit:

https://www.patreon.com/kitatheexplorer

To make Kita The Explorer’s new travel adventures a reality she wants to raise at least $20 the first month. Kita is well on her way with $14 per travel vlog. There are only a few things as exciting as travelling around the world. Kita has figured out a way to turn her passion for travel into a business and opportunity to help the planet.

See What It’s All About

It all started on Kita’s first international trip where she filmed her first vlog. She started expanding on this idea with more travel, helping the environment, and applying her skills in accounting. She does all of this which is something that no other travel vlogger does.

See Kita In Cuba!

Also, be sure to check out Kita’s “awkward conversations” video on her YouTube page, really interesting.

What Are The Rewards?

Contribute $1 and get your name in video credits. $2 gets you the vlogs early. $5 gets you featured in one of Kita’s travel courses. $10 or more gets you travel counseling, 40% off the regular price.

Kita The Explorer looks forward to changing the world through her travel vlogging journey. Support Kita today on Patreon.

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AVATXT Messenger To Aid The Blind On GoFundMe

  • July 28, 2017
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AVATXT started as a aid to help combat distracted drivers by reading users text messages. This is why AVATXT was initially created. Please Donate just $5 and you will make a difference helping distracted drivers and also their new campaign helping the blind.

Visit GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/avatxt-messenger-to-aid-the-blind

You can download AVATXT texting app now from Android for free. The app gets very good reviews on Android, 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 39 customer reviews.

AVANTXT Banner App

Download the app here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extr.rnf.avatxt

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The goal of their GoFundMe campaing is $3,800 and right now they have 2 backers. AVATXT is looking to expand beyond the original idea to help the visual impaired, but I’d like to touch on the issue of distracted driving. I live in Washington State where a new ‘E-DUI’ law just went into effect. DUI normally stands for “Driving under the influence” but in this case they are taking poetic license and applying it to “cell phones.” Just shows you how serious of an issue distracted driving has become. That’s why AVATXT and products like it are so important. Drivers need to stop messing around with technology and start driving again. I guess when driverless cars become commonplace the laws can be relaxed once again, but until then we need more apps like AVATXT.

“When you are driving with a cell phone, you are a more dangerous driver than if you are driving drunk with a .08 blood alcohol level,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Whether you are blind and need help with your text messages or a distracted driver consider giving to the AVATXT’s GoFundMe campaign today.

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Taylor and Allen I Seen That Podcast On Patreon

  • July 26, 2017
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Remember all those great movies you saw as a kid? I fondly remember movies like Indian Jones And The Temple Of Doom, The Goonies, Jurassic Park, Batman, and Independence Day just to name a few. There are few things I remember as vividly as films I watched as a kid. That’s when I heard there is a Podcast about movies watched growing up I had to write about it.

The name of the Podcast is ‘I Seen That’ where Taylor and Allen discuss their favorite formative years movies. Taylor and Allen have been best friends since 3rd grade (1997) and during that time both of them have loved movies and TV shows, but could never agree on which ones were good. Now 20 years later Taylor and Allen still disagree. They love making the podcast, but need Patreon to make it better.

Support Taylor and Allen: https://www.patreon.com/Iseenthat

What’s also interesting about the Podcast is as one grows up your tastes in movies changes. So how do you discuss a movie that you once thought was good, but now think is horrible? I would think all the kids watching and liking the Michael Bay Transformers will eventually have that reaction.

I Seen That Podcast

Are There Any Rewards?

Yes, there are several Patreon rewards for this campaign. $1 gets you access to the Podcasts a whole week early. $5 lets you suggest a movie. $10 gets you an exclusive Podcast.

Help Taylor and Allen of ‘I See That’ reach their Patreon goal today.

 

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Debbie Lynn Is Creating Music Needs Patreon Support

  • July 24, 2017
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Debbie Lynn is doing something very unique in the realm of Country Music. Debbie is a transgender male to female Country Western Singer. Debbie enjoys older country music and writing her own music as well. Debbie Lynn is standing up for LGBT Rights in a way nobody has done before. She is using the platform of country music to further expand the rights of the LGBT community all over the world.

Support Debbie Lynn’s mission on Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/debbielynntv

“Through my music I will stand up for the rights for the LGBTQ because I care.”

What Are The Perks?

Donate at the $1 level and get access to Patron only content, sneak peeks, and exclusive polls. There is another $1 level where users get high quality digital downloads, behind the scenes content, and all previous rewards.

Debbie Patreon

Debbie’s Patreon page.

Watch Debbie On YouTube

The YouTube Channel has lots of videos and already over 500 subscribers.

Fans can also purchase her music on eMusic:

https://www.emusic.com/album/K8z0w

The idea is very unique, I haven’t heard of anyone else doing this. Expanding awareness of LGBTQ rights while playing country music. Since this is so different than what I’ve seen in traditional country music I have no doubt Debbie Lynn will get traction for this Patreon campaign. Good luck to this Patreon and Debbie’s mission.

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