All new show! Welcome to the first season of the Bangin’ Your Business Show.
Today we have:
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Show notes and recommended resources below. Be sure to tune in next week where we’ll talk about:
See you next week! (Detailed show notes below.)
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Notes about show notes: These notes are rough. I’m including them in the first few episodes as a test. Essentially, these are the rough liner notes I use myself when planning and recording show—and cleaned up a bit. (But not too much.)
They are not word-for-word, but pretty darn close. (About 25%.) There are definitely a few subtle differences, so you’ll want to listen to the show all the same.
A note about show notes…
During the Bangin’ Your Business launch festivities, I’m including a “semi-transcript” of each show. The notes are detailed and have about 75% fidelity with the audio content.
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Ever get advice that sounded good at the time, but realized later that “hey! that took me off course!” Ever wish you’d just listened to yourself and taken your own advice? Trusted your gut?
I made the mistake of not trusting my gut recently. BIG Mistake. We’ll talk about how my mistake can help YOUR business.
In the Bangin’ your questions segment, Jamie asks about how to roll with a career in nutrition.
Got crazy #’s of lists you need to keep straight? I have just the ticket in today’s productivity segment.
In the productivity tool segment, I’ll share what’s been keeping all my crazy lists together lately.
Stick around, we have a LOT to catch up on as we FIRE UP a new season of Bangin’ Your Business!
Welcome to the all-new “Bangin’ Your Business” show. Each week I share insight and perspective — sprinkled with a heavy dose of real-world “been there done that” on topics of business, consulting, enterprise IT, managing clients and more. Plus a lot of “SEO-Unfriendly” stuff you won’t find covered on many blogs—but it’s stuff you just gotta know.
Who the heck am I? My name is Corbin Links and I’m 26+ year veteran of the identity access management (IAM / IDM / SSO, etc.) & enterprise IT world, plus a nutritionist, author, international business consultant, and “other duties as required.”
I’ve worked with the smallest businesses with just the spark of an idea through to the largest domestic and international governments, fortune 100’s, and financial institutions.
Each week I share tips and strategies to help you stay healthy and highly productive in business IT, or whatever your specialty is. I believe that strong minds, healthy bodies and focused commitment = super-charged business. And good business is good for the world! Great health can == greater business.
Such is my view anyway, and we’ll explore that further on each episode. Plus, I’ll cover some of the difficult and SEO-unfriendly topics that you MUST know, but others won’t tell you ’cause it’s not so SEO friendly for the blog. Know what I mean?
Hey, episode 1 is in full swing. I should probably do a deeper dive intro, what do you say?
My wife and business partner and I conceived the concept while eating an Irish restaurant. The place featured this dish you’ve probably heard of called “bangers and mash”. I’d heard of it too, but never really followed it up. Turns out, it’s related to these sausages made in the WWII time period. There was so little meat content due to rationing, they were likely to just explode as not when cooked
We kind of looked at each other and thought: hey, what about doing this with our business? You know, making it “explode” — but in a good way, as opposed to “imploding”, which we’ll discuss in another episode.
Anyway, we’ve been toying with the idea for months, and finally turned it into the Bangin’ Your Business Show.
For me, a “Bangin’ business” means:
I’ll dive into some other bangin’ business examples as the show goes on.
As for me? Well, professionally I do three things:
Here’s a quick bio snapshot:
What can I bring to the table?
My qualifications include over 26 years in business IT (and a few years prior in contract security management), hundreds of projects, a nice solid consulting business, lots of articles and more. Did I mention a nutrition background and certification? Yep. I’m a huge believer that physical health and mental clarity lead to stratospheric heights in business or any of your endeavors.
I’ve been called a lot of things in my time (MOST of them good…), but one of my favorites is “the consultant’s consultant”. I’m the partner in an international business IT consulting firm Links Business Group LLC.
Over the years I’ve worked literally hundreds of projects with many of the world’s most respected companies, including Microsoft, Cisco, Disney, and the U.S. Government for starters. When other consultants ask for technical, career, health (I’m a certified nutritionist as well), and money / project / client advice, I do the best I can. This show is the result.
My experiences doing hundreds of projects, losing over 80 pounds and keeping them off, beating acid reflux disease, billing lots of hours and client projects without ever getting sick all tarted generating questions. Lots of questions. so this show is my attempt to answer them the best I can.
Maybe you’ve heard my stuff before? Like The Corbin Links Show, or BIG Results Consulting? Maybe you’re going old school and you used to listen to my “Identity Management Success Podcast”? If so, WELCOME back! Hope this new show and format exceeds your expectations and yelps you do more, bill more, and make more.
If you’re new? Welcome! Come share the bangin’ business journey with us.
This week’s question comes from Jamie. She wrote in asking about “how to kick off a career in nutrition.”
OK Jamie: big question here and only partially on topic, but we cover a lot of health and nutrition. So, why not tackle your question on the show?
Without a bit more context or knowing you personally, I think what you’re asking is “where do I start my nutritional journey”. It’s a vast topic and there are literally thousands (millions?) of differing and often completely counter opinions out there. When I started my journey over 13 years ago, there was a lot less info than there is now, but was just as hard. I read over 15 diet books in my first year!
Here’s my quick take:
Thanks for the question Jamie!
Do you have a question you’d like answered on an upcoming episode of The Bangin’ Your Business Show?? Just reach out via the contact form. Due to the huge volume of mail, I don’t guarantee a direct mail reply, but always make every effort to answer your questions on this show or on the blog. (Just like Jamie’s question!)
Ready for some “unlearning”….
Un-masterminding, plus managing change and the dawn of a new era…
2014 was a big year! But I’m all about honesty and transparency, so I won’t kid you and say “my best year ever!” Made untold jillions of dollars, and started 50 new 7 figure JV projects and the like. There are plenty of other folks talking this stuff on the net. My real 2014 story is bit different.
2014 was big for me in what it WASN’T.
A bit of backstory…
2014 started off huge. Really well. New client projects, new products in the hopper, podcast was increasing by 25% a week or more, things were cooking along. But then something happened…
Masterminding. Yep, the “mastermind” that all the internet guru types always want us to sign up for. And I bought in. You see, around March of 2014—a little less than a year ago—I got this idea in my head that “things needed to change.”
Progress wasn’t moving fast enough. My wife and I looked at each other many a night and said to each other “you happy?”
“You satisfied with the direction of our life and business?”
Most of the time, the answer was either a flat out “no”, or a very tepid I-can’t-quite-convince-myself-but-will-say-it-anyway-to-make-us-both-feel-better kind of “sure……yes.”
Ok, my wife and I are both Type A—highly driven and impatient, but that’s a WHOLE other story.
What IS the story, is that this line of thinking made me impulsive. I started chasing growth just for growth’s sake. More numbers, more clients, more information, more classes, more more more more more!
I booked a bunch of conference, starting with a one-day “Mastermind”. This was an event put on by a famous internet marketer. To be fair, there were some super sharp people there. It just wasn’t the right venue for me personally to make wholesale changes to my message.
So I went, I shared, I listened to feedback, and I…..sadly…made a number of changes in my business.
And guess what?
I changed my materials. Changed podcast titles and formats. Changed the types of clients I was seeking to work with. Even made a few (thankfully not many) structural changes in the backend of the business itself. But instead of being a good-for-business thing, it was a bad-for-business thing.
What was wrong? In a word, (or a few words) I lost confidence.
I started looking to other people to answer questions for me, fill in the gaps, and essentially become “guest drivers” of our business car. To stretch the metaphor a bit, we had a few fender benders in this model.
Around my birthday time last year (end of September), I started to rethink a few things. Well, everything really.
What I ended up doing was going on a major information and advice diet.
Effectively, I unlearned a WHOLE lot about internet marketing, masterminding, and the high-information diet.
Where did the info diet and unlearning lead?
Coming full circle, the reasons above and others lead to The Corbin Links Show hiatus.
You see, I really wanted to get clear on exactly WHAT I could bring to the table and contribute to others. And with clarity in hand, make a bold new commitment to it.
Frankly, I didn’t want my return to the mic to be something about a short-term “New Years Resolution” or any some-such. It had to be genuine, and something I was already living and practicing for a few months before starting again.
Other benefits of the new approach include:
There you have it. A bit about what I “unlearned” and “un-masterminded in 2014.
But my story is just a conduit and object lesson. The real purpose of this show is to help you and your business.
I’ll leave you with a challenge: what ONE thing can you unlearn—right now, this week—to make a bold impact on your life?
When you decide, I’d love to know what it is! Share over at corbinlinks.com/contact, or hit me on Twitter. I’ll share contact information in the closeout segment.
Each week I like to share one tool that makes a significant productivity difference in my life.
But before sharing, here are the things I look for in a productivity tool, device, or app:
I know it’s a long list and I promise not to repeat it every week. This is the first segment, after all, so just laying the foundation.
This week’s pick is Wunderlist. Standard Edition. They also have a paid edition with some cool added team and subtask list feature. But personally, I haven’t (yet) found I needed them.
I did use Wunderlist for a while a few years ago, then abandoned it for the tool “Things” on the mac, and various paper-based systems.
Then I picked it up again a few months ago when adding a couple new windows virtual machines and android devices. This automatically disqualified the “Things” app on Mac, (which is still an awesome app, by the way) and led me to a combination app+web solution.
Wunderlist has come a long way since I first used back in 2010 (or was it 11?). Here are a few of my favorite things about the the latest version:
There’s lots more Wunderlist can do for you, but I’m hoping my list will inspire you to at least think about trying it. (I have no personal or business affiliation with them, just really like the product and all the new enhancements.)
And I think Wunderlist can be an awesome addition to your workflow.
Whew! We covered a lot of ground together.
Thanks for listening to Episode 1. If you like what you heard and find it useful, how about a favor? Please consider visiting iTunes and leaving a 5-star rating, and a written text review. It takes just a moment, but is a HUGE help and boost to the show. Ratings also help new listeners find the show and hear the message.
The power of blueberries and gravity, questions about remote work, and a discussion of what makes a “Bangin’ business” and more. Stay tuned!
Thanks again for listening and I’ll see you next week. For now, this is Corbin Links signing off another episode of Bangin’ Your Business
Bangin’ Your Business is copyright 2011 – 2015 by Links Business Group LLC. All rights reserved. Opinions expressed by hosts and guests on this show remain theirs alone and do not reflect those of Links Business Group LLC, it’s partners or suppliers.
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