My friend, Daniel Decker, sent me the book, The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do (amazon affiliate link), because he thought I might like it. He was wrong. I loved it. Why? Because it’s the kind of book that gives you a lot of insight into how to understand pricing things. I found it quite interesting and it’ll definitely help you, should you want to understand a bit more than math on how to price things. I shot a quick video review:
You should know that I rarely choose to use the privilege of your attention to bark at companies that rub me the wrong way, but when Jacqueline told me about her GoDaddy problem, I knew that I had to lay it all out in a post and get loud about it. While the problem is technically resolved, there’s a lot to learn from this and I have a lot to share with you.
First, I’ll Recap With New Understanding
So here’s what happened (corrected) from my perspective:
GoDaddy Deletes a Domain Purchased From Their Site
So here’s the story. On Tuesday the 5th, Jacqueline calls me all excited and tells me that GoDaddy has new .health domains available. She purchases “woman.health” right then and there. She’s very excited about it. The price was $99.99 though Jacq had a coupon to drop it to 80.17. You can see that the purchase went through. Here’s the email confirmation:
The six second ad is here. Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to raise $2 billion to “invent” ten minute TV. The notification screen is the new home screen. Google’s pushing their AMP (accelerated mobile page) format harder and harder. The world wants fast. They want brief. Bites. Tapas.
Look, everyone wants to tell you that this or that is dead. It is. Everything died. And then there are new things. Those are alive. Until they die. Good. That’s out of the way.
I’ve had a VERY fortunate career. I was ahead of the curve on a particular shift in technology that affected how businesses and people interacted. Because of this, I’ve spent time with a lot of the biggest companies in the world, often meeting their CEOs as well. The picture above is Bob Iger, CEO of Disney. I’ve met and spoken in front of Beth Comstock, vice chair of GE. Fritz Henderson, when he ran GM was kind enough to blurb my first book with Julien Smith. And so on.
I’m not writing a single word of this to brag because to be honest, every single time I’m in front of people from Coke or Pepsi or Google or Microsoft, I have the same feeling: why the HECK am I here? How did I get here? And is it really that easy to be invited into the offices of some of the biggest companies in the world? (No, it’s not.) I’ll tell you what I know.
The following is a sponsored post I wrote for my partners at Staples. I’m so thrilled they are letting me represent their brand because I’ve been a customer for years. Everything I’ve written here is my own opinion.
Back to Business in 2016
It’s the beginning of a new year, where resolutions have been made, sales projects are top of mind, and we’re wondering what’s going to make the difference. How do we improve on the previous year’s results. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’ll walk you through how I do what I do, especially because it’s a fun way to highlight the parts of my business where I use Staples to help me succeed.
I’ve been teaching online courses for the last three or four years. When I started out, it was because Julien Smith told me that I ought to teach people how to create their own blog topics. That evolved into Blog Topics: The Master Class, and since then, I’ve launched a dozen or so more.
Live events are magical at the best of times. Organizers forget the immense effort and cost involved with putting on the experience if their attendees write rave reviews about their time at the conference. And if they like the speakers? That goes in the win column, too. That’s my job.
Seven years ago, I wrote a post entitled 100 blog topics I hope you write. A lot of them still hold up rather well. But I thought it might be fun to give you a NEW list of 100 blog topics to make your own. So if you’re looking for blog ideas, or just a whole new list of things to blog about, I’m hopeful this helps your writing.
Please feel free to share this list, but please link back to this page to do so. Thanks!
My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.”
My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your life.