Steve Schulz on Network Marketing, Money & Cheese Curds | Podcast 011

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Meet a Network Marketing Legend

My guest today is a network marketing legend.  Twenty-three years ago Steve Schulz was a dead broke school teacher.  After consistently working his network marketing business for 3 to 5 hours per week for 3 years, both Steve and his wife Colleen, were able to leave their teaching jobs.  Steve shares the two things he did during those 3 to 5 hours.

Today, Steve is the President of Field Development for SendOutCards.  We sat down on a Thursday night in Houston, Texas to chat about network marketing, money and cheese curds.

Money is NOT the Root of All Evil

Steve shares his journey from teacher to multi-millionaire in his new book, “Yes, Sometimes It Is About the Money.”

“We can create more millionaires inside SendOutCards than any other program out there…  we’ve got the greatest product in network marketing.” – Steve Schulz

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The Elusive Cheese Curd

Steve is from Wisconsin.  Wisconsin is known for cheese curds.  Despite my best efforts to draw it out of him, Steve would not divulge the secret of the elusive cheese curd.  He remains true to his Wisconsin roots.

Steve Schulz’s Book Shelf
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100 People I’d like to Interview

This is my 100th blog post.

That might not seem like a lot for a website that has been around since 1999. The thing is, I scraped the site and started over in June of 2012. However, I didn’t really start posting regularly until we launched our Coffee & Cards Conversations in September of 2013.   The interviews are a blast…  especially the podcasts.  It is so much fun to learn from folks who are blazing the trails.

A few weeks ago I made a list of 10 people I’d love to interview in either platform, video or podcast.   I now share my original list and raise it to 100.  100 people for future interviews.  Some of these folks I know and just need to ask, some of the interviews are already booked, and some are completed and in production!  Many of the names on this list require an introduction.  Hint, hint.

Think we can do 100 interviews in 50 weeks?  I bet I can, too!

  1. Jack Canfield
  2. Jordan Adler
  3. Steve Schulz 2/20/2014
  4. Diana Dru Botsford
  5. Jimmy Dick
  6. Diane Walker
  7. Todd Falcone
  8. Vic Mignona
  9. Dawna Dyson
  10. Karen Palmer
  11. Judy O’Higgins
  12. Kristi Lee
  13. Dawniel Winningham
  14. Shelley Rice 2/19/2014
  15. Kody Bateman
  16. Gail King
  17. Debra Duncan
  18. James Mills
  19. Conrad Anker
  20. Jenny Seimonsma
  21. Cliff Ravenscraft
  22. Pat Flynn
  23. Steph Diaz Reppen 3/6/2014
  24. Lynda Davies
  25. Callie Sheilds
  26. Tracy Larson Clifford 2/26/2014 (link)
  27. Seth Godin
  28. Daniel Pink
  29. Ryan Avery
  30. Jared Easley
  31. Curt Tueffert
  32. Alyson Bayer 3/7/2014
  33. Iyea Brandy 3/13/2014
  34. Kim Ketcham
  35. Dawn Mitchell
  36. Kim Miller
  37. Sarah Carothers
  38. Jo Dent
  39. Javier Florez
  40. Todd Ross
  41. Ricky Gott
  42. Malcom Gladwell
  43. Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  44. Patty Farmer
  45. Richard Bliss Brooke
  46. Tate Taylor
  47. Annie Lennox
  48. Wendy Davis
  49. Tammy Duckworth
  50. Melissa Moog
  51. Kay Green
  52. Bill Gormley
  53. Jon Bon Jovi
  54. Melissa Etheridge
  55. Stacy Methvin
  56. Mary Vitek
  57. Kimm Dwyer
  58. Julie Peters
  59. Amanda Harris
  60. Leon Panetta
  61. Brian Tracy
  62. Dr. Winnie King
  63. Any Female Astronaut
  64. Margaret Atwood
  65. George Takei
  66. Wil Wheaton
  67. A Member of the Doctor Who Cast
  68. A Female Film Director
  69. J.K. Rowling
  70. Suzanne Collins
  71. David Rebeles
  72. Mary T. Barra
  73. James Wedmore
  74. Sandy Lawrence
  75. Sandi Krakowski
  76. Dan Miller
  77. Kim Doyal
  78. Shad Helmstetter
  79. Ariana Huffington
  80. The 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking
  81. Vanessa Hunter
  82. Amy Reeder
  83. A Professional Female Potter
  84. Paula McCullough
  85. Lynn Korff
  86. Hiromu Arakawa
  87. Nell Merlino
  88. A Professional Organic Farmer
  89. A Professional Female Sculptor
  90. Mark Kistler
  91. A Professional Female Archer
  92. An Education Reformer
  93. An Oscar Winner
  94. An Grammy Winner
  95. An Emmy Winner
  96. A Nobel Prize Winner
  97. A Tony Winner
  98. A Female Admiral or General
  99. Elizabeth Braswell
  100. Peter Dinklage

Leslie Guillermo on Cooking for Canines | Coffee & Cards Conversation 037

Montgomery, Texas resident and owner of MoCo Canine Concierge, Leslie Guillermo explains why her homemade dog treats are better than store bought.

The Hot Seat

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Leslie answers these questions and more:

  • What is the difference between in-home dog boarding and boarding a dog at a commercial facility and why should I choose in-home?
  • I see commercials on TV for in-home dog boarding starting at $15 per night. How are these hosts’ pricing, qualifications, and procedures and amenities different than a professional dog boarders?
  •  What is all the buzz on your home made dog biscuits about?

Cards for Dogs

And the bonus question:

  • How have you used SendOutCards to market your business?

“I use SOC to stay in touch with my customers and send them information on what’s new in the business. For instance I can tell them about a special I’m having on my home made dog biscuits, I can remind them to book their dates for upcoming major holidays, and I can simply send them a random greeting letting them know how much I appreciate them and their business. I have also used them to send a thoughtful card at the passing of a furry friend or a new addition to the fur family. Of course, I love sending Holiday greetings to my customers.”

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Leah Dossey Hasn’t Used Shampoo in 2 Years | Dirty Girls & Viral Social Media Marketing | Podcast 010

It’s our TENTH Podcast.  Whoop whoop!

Go ahead, scroll down and leave your congratulatory comments below the article.  You know you want to.  Just read the article first!

Secrets to Healthy Hair

leah-dossey-rocksKandas:  What is No Poo?

Leah:  No Poo is washing your hair without commercial shampoo. It literally means “No Shampoo”.  If you are concerned about clean hair after the zombie apocalypse, you need to switch to No Poo.

Kandas:  Your blog post about going No Poo has gone viral on Pinterest, can you tell us why you decided to write about it?

Leah:  When I decided to go No Poo I did a lot of research. I had to visit ALOT of blogs to get a really complete picture of the process. Once I was successful at No Poo myself, I wanted to create a comprehensive HOW TO article to help others learn about the process. Sharing with others so that they too can share what they have learned is a joyful experience that I find hard to describe.

Kandas:  What makes you different from other No Poo bloggers?

Leah:  The key thing I try to focus on when blogging about No Poo is helping others and providing them with support. That is why I created the Facebook group. We now have over 5,000 members from all over the world of like-minded people all trying to accomplish the same thing.

How She Used Social Media to Create a Global Community of Dirty Girls

Leah answers all your questions, well, my questions, about social media marketing, including:

  • Which social media channel is best for YOUR business?
  • Does print advertising still work?
  • How to market a blog.
  • How to create a “Pinnable” image for your blog.
  • What to do when someone plagiarizes your work.
  • Redirecting social media traffic to your blog or website.
  • Dirty vs. Tastefully Provocative.
  • Finding your niche.
  • How the HECK she gained 6,000 Facebook followers.
  • And so much more!

Plus, you learn how I REALLY feel about Kathy Lee.

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First Follower

Here is the must-watch “First Follower” video we discussed toward the end of the podcast:

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Secrets to Healthy Living | Renu Agrawal, Holistic Health Coach | Podcast 009 | Coffee & Cards Conversation 036

The secret to living a healthier lifestyle is really not a secret. It’s just knowing where to find the answers.

Renu Agrawal says it’s about knowing yourself.  A Holistic Health Coach based in Magnolia, Texas, Renu received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She guides her clients into better health and wellness by identifying food, exercise and relationship blocks.

Let the Energy Flow

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Renu also integrates energy healing into her coaching sessions. According to ancient tradition, Prana, the sanskrit word for “life force,” regulates your blood flow and breathing. Pranic Healing and Reiki are two methods to direct the body’s energy towards self-healing. Renu is trained in both forms of energy healing.

When asked what she wishes Western people knew about Eastern healing, her simple answer:

“knowing yourself better, helps.”

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30-Day Gratitude Challenge

30 Day Gratitude Challenge

The challenge is to express gratitude to at least 1 person a day, anywhere in the world, for any reason, for 30 consecutive days by sending a real greeting card with a heartfelt message using the SendOutCards system. It is guaranteed to change your life.

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Spring Gifts Have Arrived!

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Want to get a sneak peek at more upcoming new gifts? Check out Spring Gift Guide now. View the digital version HERE or head over to the SendOutCards Gift Shop to get physical copy for yourself! Happy sending!

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The person whose comment has the most “likes” will win this 2-pack of yummy SendOutCards brownies:

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Cynthia Powell Shares How She Got to the Top of Organic Google Search | Podcast #008

Cynthia Powell, mother of three boys, has been a work at home for 15 years.  Her company, Chicks and Cubs, offers heirloom baby shoe bronzing services.  Her background in chemical engineering did not prepare her for the realities of business ownership.  However, she has learned to step outside of her comfort zone and embrace challenges.  Today, she shares the marketing secrets that keep her website at the top of organic Google search for her niche, year after year.

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She’s Come a Long Way, Baby

Kandas:  Sum up your business in three sentences or less.

Cynthia:  I help families preserve childhood memories by Bronzing and Pewtering baby shoes, pacifiers, ballet shoes and other special items. I offer an heirloom quality product with present and future value.

Kandas:  Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?

Cynthia:  Because I wanted to be HOME but it was hard to leave a Chemical Engineer’s Salary. And I have keep doing it because I have to have something that is MINE, that fills my need to be “productive” (and doing dishes, washing clothes, cleaning toilets does not fill that need for me.)

Kandas:   Where do you find inspiration?

Cynthia:  I am most inspired by people’s whole story. And the more I study successful people, the more I realize that we all have a story – MOST if not all are NOT overnight successes. From Athletes, to Movie/Music Stars to Entreprenures… we all have a long life story. THAT inspires me to keep on my journey, so I can encourage and inspire others with my story.

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Chicks & Cubs Baby Shoe Bronzing

Kandas:   What makes you different from other people in your industry?

Cynthia:  If you look back at the Baby Shoe Bronzing business, most was done Door to Door OR at the local big Department store. That is NOT our world today. Most others doing baby shoe bronzing today do it from gathering leads at shows/fairs or store displays. I have been able to set myself apart by generating my leads by being top in Google search, and internet advertising to make people realize that this is something they CAN still do today. The other difference is my prices are UNDER suggested retail. I have talked to clients in NY and CA that paid 3 times my prices for the same product. On the other hand I have really cheap competition. Their prices are under my costs – where we differ is QUALITY.

Kandas:  Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?

Cynthia:  I am the ONE that is providing VALUE – the best products for the best price and with a mom’s heart for their keepsakes.

Kandas: Define your style?

Cynthia:  No nonsense – I’m practical, to the point, detailed oriented, and can come across blunt. But my heart is HUGE and I care very deeply about people and their success.

Kandas:   Tell me about your typical day.

Cynthia:  Up by 6:30 – kids to school, usually back home by 8:15 – work any which way I can till 2:30. Pick up kids, then all the after school stuff and sports and then back to “work – ie: Facebook and emails” as I watch TV and to bed at some time – some days it is 8pm some days it 1am.
I do work a lot but what I have the OPTION of doing is STOPPING when I want. So I can go eat lunch at school or be the field trip mom, or serve on the PTO board or volunteer or take time to help a friend start her business or take a NAP during the day because I need it. I LOVE my life of flexibility.

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Pewter Baby Shoes by Chicks & Cubs

Kandas:   How do you juggle work and family?

Cynthia:  Probably not all that well. I LOVE my work and I work a lot because I LOVE it. It is what I do for me. But like I said above, I flex as I need and want around my family and that is what I love about owning my own business, being my own boss.

Kandas:   Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?

Cynthia:

-FIND a business mentor!!

-READ anything you can find about business, sales, success – decide that you have a lot to learn and get to it.

-Don’t spend more that you have – do your very best to find a way to do things without going in debt.

Kandas:   How have you grown as a person since starting your company?

Cynthia:  I am a better customer/consumer. I think more people need to run their own business so they KNOW that it takes to make money. People don’t have a clue what it takes to run a business, how much it takes to gain a customer and taxes and regulations and shipping… So because of that, I’m a better customer.

Kandas:   Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Cynthia:  With this business, I am working my way up to being the top single  (vs team) sales rep.

Kandas:   For whom are you thankful?  Who do you appreciate?

Cynthia:  My husband and my boys for letting me be me and not expecting June Cleaver.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

My biggest takeaway today is learn to step outside of your comfort zone.  Doing what is just a little bit harder than what you are comfortably doing could have exponentially greater rewards.  You won’t always be able to see what’s outside that comfortable zone where you exist…  and you will never know unless you have faith and take a step!

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Luck of the Straw… err Draw

Did you hear my blooper in the podcast? It’s right before we chatted about how awesome Audible
is… Cynthia and I both listen to audio books while we fold laundry. It’s a great way to get some personal development in. You can get a free audio book using my Audible affiliate link.

Cynthia’s Favorite Books

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Watch Coffee & Cards Conversations which are filmed on location at Conroe Coffee and produced by Shane Rodarte.

Music by Brock Rodarte.