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Derek Coburn is the master at networking.

Derek says, "Going to networking events is a waste of time." You can go to networking events two or three times a week and never realize how much time you're wasting.

Traditional networking isn't working anymore.

He still goes to larger networking events, but only if there are multiple ways he can win . . . you need to be very selective.

Derek wrote the book on networking, Networking is Not Working, and he gives James a recap of some of his best ideas.

Listen to James and Derek talk about networking 2.0. 

Direct download: AA20Ep20359.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Everyone at some point in their career hates their job.

For some people it's just temporary, but for others, it gets so bad that they quit.

If you decide to quit, everything suddenly changes. The stability of your old job is gone. Now you're on your own, and it's scary.

Give yourself permission to be burned out.


Listen to James and Claudia work through how to get through this.

Direct download: AA20Ep20358.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

Do you know what the secret mistake that most first time entrepreneurs make?

If you’re an entrepreneur than its so to know it. If you don’t you could already be out of business and not even know it.


Listen to James and hear his secret.

Direct download: AA20Ep20357.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Most books are "business card" books.

A "business card" book is a book that helps the author establish credentials. It works as a business card.

But today, James wants to talk about "braingasm" books. Your brain has an orgasm while you're reading these books – they're that good.

James recently wrote a post about books like these, called "The 10 Most Important Books to Expand Your Mind," and today he's going to review a few of them.


Listen to James' list and hear why he thinks they deserve to be on it.

Direct download: AA20Ep20356.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT


James says, no.

Direct download: AA20Ep2035520.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

Just don't do it.

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, Claudia and James felt it was very important to record this podcast.

Claudia, being a victim of living through her mother's suicide when she was just a teenager, is passionate about preventing it.


Listen to this extremely important podcast.

Direct download: AA20Ep20354.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

This question came in from the Choose Yourself Facebook group:

"I've been passed over for my next promotion. I feel like 'the poor employee' instead of "the 'rich employee.'"

James says being "The Rich Employee" is a mindset, and this person is already acting as a rich employee.

He has realized there's a problem and he's taking steps to fix it, but right now he's hurting.

He asks himself, "Why should I accomplish anything?"

Listen to James' answer in today's show.


David Newman


P.S. The Rich Employee is now also in paperback.

Direct download: AA20Ep20353.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Get ready – this one is going to be very controversial.

You went to college. You took out huge student loans to get your degree. You can barely make ends meet, and your monthly student loan bills are now due.

What can you do?

Ask for help.

Listen to today's show here


David Newman


P.S. The Rich Employee is now also in paperback.

Direct download: AA20Ep20352.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

Should you "fire" a really terrible customer?

Well, that depends...

If that customer happens to be 99% of your business, you have a big problem. But today, James addresses what to do with those customers who won't break your business.

You could delegate that customer to another employee. Sometimes that works.

You could have a real, honest conversation with that customer, asking them their advice on how you could serve them better.

"Help me help you..."


P.S. The Rich Employee is now also in paperback.

Direct download: AA20Ep20351.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

Do you want to be a professional speaker? Does having to get up on stage in front of a group of people scare the heck out of you?

Today James and Claudia invite Brian Rashid to join them to give us a couple of quick tips to help you if you want to become a public speaker.

Brian says you have to get really clear on one topic. Then create a clean one-page that lists bullets points on what you'll talk about, and add in testimonials as soon as you have them.

This is a long interview and Brian doesn't hold back. He's willing to answer every question they ask him.

James calls this interview "The bible of public speaking."


David Newman


P.S. The Rich Employee is now out in paperback

Direct download: AA20Ep20350.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT