Live Video: Tips and Techniques for Creating Great Content  

Do you broadcast live video? Want to learn how to create an engaged following? To discover what he's learned from broadcasting over 1,000 live streams over the last two years, I interview Alex Khan. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It's designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing. In this episode, I interview Alex Khan, the founder of Attractive Media, a German social media agency that helps businesses with live video. You can find him online at Alex shares his formula for beginning and ending live video. You'll discover how Alex makes his live videos look more professional. Share your feedback, read the show notes, and get the links mentioned in this episode below. Listen Now You can also subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher. Here are some of the things you'll discover in this show: Live Video Alex's Story Alex started his first website in the late 1990s, back when email open rates were incredibly high. In 2005, he became managing director of Attractive People, a social network. In that role, Alex discovered what builds trust and how people behave on social networks. In 2012, Alex founded Germany's first mobile marketplace for fashion, which another company later acquired. Alex continued working behind the scenes in social media until 2015, when Twitter acquired Periscope for $100 million. After a company acquired his own app, Alex says he was curious about what a $100 million app could do. In March 2015 on the first day Periscope became available, Alex downloaded it and it immediately blew him away. Alex knew that driving engagement builds trust and increased visibility; however, creating engaging content was (and is) a challenge. Periscope helped Alex solve the engagement challenge because he could start a one-to-many conversation from anywhere at any time. Alex says it's still fascinating that you can reach so many people for free. In the beginning, Alex directed his live videos with his employee as the Periscope star. They created fun content such as jumping in a pool, which had nothing to do with Alex's area of expertise. After a few weeks, Alex's business partners shared their concern that this fun content wasn't professional, especially because Alex was COO of the company. Alex agreed that their point was valid, so he decided to change his subject matter. With 10 years of experience in social media, Alex knew people would have questions about how to use this new platform. He decided to use his expertise to help people understand how to build their audience with live video. I ask Alex to share a snapshot of his audience today. Alex says that in only two years, he's built his audience from nothing to 230,000 followers and 55 million hearts on Periscope. Through cross-promotion, Alex has attracted a total of 400,000 followers on social media. To build that audience, Alex says his experience working in social media, building companies, and training people gave him the necessary expertise, but live video technology was also a critical gateway. Listen to the show to learn about Alex's first live broadcast on Periscope. Advice for Going Live Alex says that even after doing more than 1,000 Periscope broadcasts, he still gets nervous. For Alex, three questions spin around in his head when he thinks about going live: "Who are the people watching me? Will they like me? What will I tell them?" Alex has found that his viewers are regular people who are early live video adopters and curious about what he has to say. When you provide something that's valuable, Alex believes people will like you. He says the key is to educate, inspire, or entertain viewers. As far as what to tell viewers, Alex believes people watching live video are always interested in five topics:

393: Alex Kouts | The Art of Public Speaking  

If you're serious about advancing your career and yourself, you have to be serious about your communication and speaking skills.

"The best ideas not communicated do not exist." -Alex Kouts

The Cheat Sheet: What is the rule of three and how does it apply to communication? How many presentations are given every hour around the world? Alex explains how and when to use humor in communication. How to properly use visuals when speaking. What the Challenger disaster can teach us about slides. And so much more...

Supposedly human beings fear public speaking more than anything, including death! Our guest for today says there's sociological and scientific reasoning for that fear, he also explains what it is and how we can overcome it.

Alex Kouts, a former guest of The Art of Charm, returns to talk about how public speaking impacts our communication. He also shares how public speaking can improve our communication and make a difference in our lives, even if we aren't giving a speech or presentation. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 393 of The Art of Charm.

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Alex Kouts has been given public speeches and presentations for a very long time, and he'll be the first to tell you he still gets nervous. The nerves are far less than they were the first time he spoke in front of an audience, but they're still there.

From a scientific and sociological perspective it makes perfect sense for Alex and for the rest of us to fear public speaking. Back in our caveman days if we spoke in front of the tribe and said something stupid, we were kicked out. And back then if you were kicked out of the group there was a very real chance you would die out in the wild on your own.

Obviously that's no longer the case for us as humans, but the fear of speaking in front of groups still exists. Today Alex shares some practical tips for making the experience more comfortable for everyone. We talk about several topics including the importance of body language and the hows and whys of rewarding your listeners.

On the topic of body language Alex shares this rule with us: the 73855 rule. Seven percent of our communication is translated with our words, 38% with our intonation, inflection and vocal expression and 55% is translated through our body language. Clearly body language is important.

He goes into detail on what to do and what not to do with your body while speaking, but one important question many people ask is what to do with their hands. Alex says not to point to the audience, don't put them at your side and don't cross your body with them. Instead, move your hands in context with what you're saying and use them to emphasize the important points.

Another trick Alex gives away is the reward system. He often starts his speeches or presentations by telling his audience he loves questions, loves 'em! He explains to his audience what he'll give them if they do raise their hand and ask a great question. So he sets them up: he tells them what he wants them to do, tells them what their reward will be and then rewards them when they do it.

On this episode he gives a few terrific real-life examples on the reward system, plus he shares how to use visuals during a speech and why all of this matters, even if you aren't going to be giving a speech any time soon. Alex and I dive in deep on those topics and more, so listen in to hear it all.


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TLS #113: A huge dose of life, business & relationship inspiration for 2016 with Alex Ikonn  

Welcome back to The Lively Show - 2016 edition! I’m so excited to be back in the host seat with an exceptionally wonderful + inspiring episode with Alex Ikonn. If you’ve been following The Lively Show for some time, you’ll know that Alex is the co-author of The 5 Minute Journal (his partner, UJ Ramdas was on the show in 2014), and his wife, Mimi Ikonn (a famous YouTube vlogger), came on the show in 2015. Like Mimi, Alex came from (very) humble beginnings, and is now living in London, travels frequently, and runs several successful businesses. In today’s episode, Alex is sharing the actions, rituals, and mindset shifts that have helped make his dreams a reality at just 28 years old.   This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how Alex has cultivated a beautiful, Value-driven marriage, career, and outlook on life. [Tweet "“I’m the only one responsible for my life.” - Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“We all have a certain truth within us.” -Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“Have a gratitude mentality as soon as you wake up.” -Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“Your brain in a very powerful machine.” -Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“Start believing that it is possible.” -Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“Believe, keep believing, and keep taking actions to making that belief true.” -Alex Ikonn"]   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT   Alex tells us how he got to where he is today after immigrating from Russia to Canada to pursue a better life. He’s tells us how his parent's divorce was a positive influence on him and how gratefully he was to be raised by a single mother. Alex tells us how he came from being a troubled child involved in drinking, drugs and crime and took responsibility for his own life.   He describes the story of how his mother brought home Tony Robbins tapes and how that inspired Alex as a teenager. Alex talks about his “gratitude walk” and how that changed his mind and attitude for success in his life. He tells us once he reframed his mindset, he saw all the successful people around him only as inspiration. Alex shares the two biggest things that make the biggest difference for him and his wife's life and strengthens their relationship. He talks about the reason he vlogs and how that affects their daily relationship.  Alex tells us what his biggest resistance he has in his life and his career. He gives us advice for those seeking to fulfill themselves in life by believing the possibilities.   SHOW NOTES   The Lively Show with Mimi Ikonn Overcoming Disability Anthony Robbins' Personal Power II The Lively Show with Brooke Castillo The Obstacle Is the Way   LISTEN TO THE SHOW       PS - Join me for one of my two free online Intention Setting Workshops to learn how to set Values-based intentions for every area of your life in 2016!

Alex Rusch | Die Gründung eines eigenen Hörbuch-Verlages | Unternehmer | Marketing | Erfolg | Business  

EP:039 | Alex Rusch | Heute haben wir den Alex Rusch im Gespräch. Und Alex S. Rusch ist Gründer verschiedener Unternehmen wie des Rusch Verlages, des Aufsteiger-Verlages, des Alex Rusch Instituts und der Zeitschrift „Noch erfolgreicher!“. Zudem ist er noch Autor zahlreicher Hörbücher, Büchern, DVDs, Erfolgspakete und Kongress-Veranstalter. Und diesem Interview wirst du erfahren wie es Alex geschafft hat innerhalb kürzester Zeit einen Erfolgsverlag zu gründen und wir sprechen über Marketing, Unternehmer-Fehler und welche Dinge du unbedingt beachten solltest, um erfolgreich zu werden.

Inhalte des Interviews mit Alex Rusch Wie Alex Rusch die Rechte an Think and Grow Rich erhalten hat was du beachten musst, wenn du dir Rechte an einem Buch sichern willst Wie sich Alex  von anderen Verlegern abgehoben hat Welchen Tipp Alex Rusch hat um seine Marketing-Fähigkeiten garantiert zu verbessern Hörbücher die auf Büchern mit Millionenauflagen beruhen - 26 Titel Was war die größte Lernerfahrung für Alex Rusch in seinen Anfangsjahren Welche Tipps Alex hat, um seine Zielgruppe zu definieren Was er gemacht hat, um mit seinem Verlag am Anfang erfolgreich zu sein. Welche Tipps Alex Rusch hat wenn man komplett neu startet Welche Tipps Alex zur Positionierung hat und welche Fehler man unbedingt vermeiden sollte Was sind die größten Unternehmer-Fehler die Menschen beim Start machen können Wie Alex seine Ziele setzt Willst du dich kostenlos zum Webinar anmelden kannst Hinterlasse bei iTunes eine Bewertung zu diesem Podcast. Schreibe wie dir die Folge 039 mit Alex Rusch gefallen hat (optional). Klicke hier und abonniere meine Facebook-Seite (optional). Schreibe eines SMS (TIM + deine E-Mail Adresse) an die 71117 (falls du aus Deutschland kommst) oder an die +491786662111 (für alle anderen Länder). Dadurch erhältst du die Folge bequem auf dein Telefon.
Alex Wackii - Trance In France Show Ep 300  

Subscribe now to our free membership area and get access to lots of exclusive advantages (type the link into your browser) : ___________________________________________ The French Guest 01.Omnia, Ira vs Ferry Tayle & Static Blue, Arty vs Mike Foyle, Signalrunners vs Diddy, Dirty Money vs Axwell vs Mat Zo, Ilan Bluestone vs Fatboy Slim vs Mat Zo, Porter Robinson (Alex Wackii intro WTP3 mashup) 02.Orjan Nilsen, Marc Sixma vs Darude vs Dada Life - Mafioso vs Sandstorm vs Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker (Alex Wackii mashup) 03.The Thrillseekers vs Fatboy Slim vs W&W & Ummet Ozcan - Synasthesia vs WTF?! vs The Code (Alex Wackii mashup) 04.Marc Sixma & Jerome Isma Ae - Refused 05.Skytech - The Other Side 06.Protoculture, Nhato vs Heatbeat vs Joop - Liquid Logic vs The Future vs The Day Will Come (Alex Wackii mashup) 07.Orjan Nilsen vs Calvin Harris vs Ayda vs Ernesto vs Bastian - Xiing vs Flashback vs Magic vs The Thrill (Alex Wackii mashup) 08.Martin Garrix - Animals (Broning remix) + lots of vocal cuts (Punk, Tsunami, Fire Wire, Knife Party) 09.Marc Simz vs Bellini vs Snap vs Push vs System F - Forbidden City vs Strange World vs Exhale (Alex Wackii mashup) 10.Sander van Doorn - Direct Dizko 11.Alex Wackii - Match point 12.Driftmoon, Solarstone vs Pendulum - Howl To The Moon on The Island (Alex Wackii mashup) 13.Alex Wackii - Budapest 14.Daniel Kandi vs Tiesto - Symphonica Comes Again (Alex Wackii mashup) 15.Alex Wackii & L5where, Lee Osborne, Adele - Revival vs Questions vs Skyfall (Alex Wackii mashup) 16.Alex Wackii & Tomac - Montreal 17.Alex Wackii vs Armin Van Buuren - Ode To Felix Save My Night (Alex Wackii mashup)

Alex Wackii - Trance In France Show Ep 250  

The French Guest 01.Dinka - Polarity (Alex Wackii & Julian Wess remix) 02.Mat Zo vs Adele vs Tiesto, BT, Hardwell - Skyfall vs Superman vs Loves Comes Again (Alex Wackii supermashup) 03.Jaytech,Audien vs Pendulum - The Island Multiverse (Alex Wackii mashup) 04.Rafael Frost vs Anna Lee - Ring my Bell In The Air (Alex Wackii mashup) 05.Adam Kancersi vs The Ceasers - Jerk It Orion (Alex Wackii mashup) 06.Rafael Frost vs Diddy Dirty Money - Coming Smash (Alex Wackii mashup) 07.Julian Wess, Alex Wackii & L5where vs Tomcraft - Limitless vs Loneliness (Alex Wackii mashup) 08.Alex Wackii & L5where - Switch 09.Kyau & Albert - Another Time (Alex Wackii & L5where remix) 10.Lee Osborne - Questions (Alex Wackii & L5where remix) 11.Alex Wackii - Ode To Felix 12.Marc Simz vs Push vs Tom Fall - Forbidden Stilness vs Strange World (Alex Wackii mashup) 13.Lee Osborne - Eurostar (Alex Wackii & L5where remix) 14.Moebius - The Exodus (Alex Wackii & L5where remix)

AA Ep. 272 - How to Make 7-Figures a Year on YouTube  

I think I'm in love with Mimi Ikonn. Oh, and also her husband Alex Ikonn. Don't want to confuse anyone! When I was a kid I didn't think I would be happy unless I was a "millionaire". Some kids in my school said they were millionaires and they would make fun of anyone who wasn't. I asked my dad what he was worth. He said $2. Maybe that scarred me so much that I always make sure to have wads of $2 bills on me at all times. A year or so later his company went bankrupt. So he wasn't worth the same anymore. In his mind, he was worth ZERO. For the rest of his life he sat in the living room, depressed, and listened to music. When he was a little boy he loved music and won an award. At some point we all return to what we loved as a child. I suppose that means I will return to comics, Judy Blume, and spying on people. A few weeks ago I met Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn. I was insanely curious about them. How come? Because Mimi makes videos of herself, delivers real value to people, and then makes over a million a year because of those videos. I don't know how old Mimi is. She's much younger than me. She's much younger than my father ever was when I was alive. He would've liked to live her life. So Claudia and I asked Mimi and Alex if we could interview them. Because they seemed very happy also. The podcast comes out later today but here's the summary. This is a simple post. How to make a million. I am absolutely sure the same techniques that worked for Mimi and Alex can work for anyone. I had them lay it out step by step. A) EMOTIONS Mimi became obsessed with beauty and hair. She and Alex watched before and after videos of women who were getting hair extensions. "They seemed much happier after getting extensions," Alex said. "Whenever there are strong emotions about something you know there is an opportunity." So Mimi started making videos of herself discussing hair and beauty and hair products. "I never thought I would get more than 1,000 views," Mimi said. "But I loved doing the videos. And I wanted to share my love for the topics with as many people as possible." Now she has had a quarter of a BILLION views on her videos with 2.7 million subscribers. B) HUB AND SPOKE People ask: "How do I get traffic to my blog". Or "how do I get buyers of my book." or "How do I get people to follow me on Twitter." A lot of it is about loneliness. We sit in our house writing blog posts and then hit Publish. We want family to love them. We want friends to love them. And then we want the world to love them. I'm really just talking about myself. I know when people enjoy things I do, I feel as if I have a family. I'm happy. At least until the next post. Mimi loved making the videos but needed traffic. So they did the only two-step technique that gets traffic online for anything you want to do. Well, make it a three-step technique. 1) Love Know more, love more, express more, bleed more, than anyone else. Was Mimi the only one doing videos on beauty and hair? No. But maybe she put more passion into it. 2) Spread the Love Alex would take images and posts and links to her videos and spread them on Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, other sites and have them all point back to her YouTube channel. I call this "the Hub and Spoke" approach. Youtube was the hub, with a dozen or so spokes reaching out to popular sites that all would link back to the hub. 3) Make more Love No matter what you do - some will be good and some will be bad. Not every video or post is going to have views. So you do more. When you do more, several things happen: a. More people find you b. You rank higher on search c. You improve d. People who find you start clicking on your older videos so now they start to get more views. The "Make More Love" technique always works. Michelle Phan did 54 YouTube videos before she made a massive hit. Hugh Howey had already ten novels before he published "Wool" which became a massive bestseller. Clayton Christiansen applied for NASA for 18 years in a row before they accepted him. Make more love. C) 1000 PEOPLE Note she said she only thought she was going to get 1000 viewers. The number 1000 keeps coming up with people who have HUGE audiences. Kevin Kelly wrote about this in a great post called "1000 True Fans". He writes about it He also talks about it on my podcast. Tim Ferriss talks about how every one of his posts he makes sure he's going to deliver value to at least 1000 people. Of course he delivers much more value than that. But 1000 seems to be the right number that people who know seem to focus on. Keep focusing on delivering value for a 1000 and then they tell 2 friends and so on and next thing you know you have a quarter of a billion views, five bestsellers, movies being made about you, you go into space, your own makeup lines, and on and on and on, depending on what it is you love. D) BUY LOW, SELL HIGH Alex and Mimi noticed that many of the other beauty videos were talking about a specific brand of hair extensions for women. So they went to my favorite place in the world - the mall. "We saw these products were priced at $500," Alex said. "So then we went on Ali Baba and saw the same products being sold for $100. We then went to the manufacturers and saw we could buy directly for $50. The exact same products that were being sold for $500." They borrowed from mom. Borrowed their full amount off of their credit cards. And they placed an order. Then, I imagine (they did not tell me this) they prayed. E) SOFT SELL Mimi talks about many products on her videos. She expressed a radiant, confident personality and talks about everything she is wearing, what her habits are, what products she uses. She NEVER sells anything. But underneath the video is just a link. The orders came in one at a time. Then 100 at a time. They sold out of their inventory, paid everyone back, and bought more. In their very first year (2010) they had over a million in revenues. Ever since then they've had more than a million a year in profits. Never once using the words "buy this" anywhere. F) QVC-A The most successful people have a model for their success. I think that's why I enjoy Peter Thiel's "Zero to One" book so much. Or Peter Diamandis's "Bold". Or Marcus Lemonis's TV show "The Profit". Each book has a different, but very very simple, model for how to achieve success or how to judge which companies are successful. Mimi and Alex developed their own model, they stick with it, and have used this simple model to keep jumping from success to success. Alex explained it to me: Q - Quality Everything they do is quality. The cameras they use for videos ("But not overdoing it, because this is YouTube and not television," said Mimi). The setting they use and how it fits their message. The products, etc V - Value Mimi is not trying to sell anything in her videos. She explains what she does and how she does it. She does the research and believes in the products. Rather than asking, she is giving. "When you give a billion dollars in value," Alex said, "you get a billion dollars or more back." C - Consistency I read a book about television once by TV mega-executive Grant Tinker. He was Mary Tyler Moore's husband, ran NBC for awhile, and then ran MTM productions producing such shows as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Bon Newhart", and a dozen other super hit TV shows. I only remember one thing in the book. He said, "whenever they changed the time or date of a show, then that show would die. If you moved a show from Tuesday at 8pm to Thursday at 8:30pm then you just lost your whole audience." Mimi said, "if you are going to put out a video once a week, put it out once a week. Put it out the same day each week if you can. Don't do once a month. Don't do random. Your audience starts to anticipate and look forward to your shows and knows when to expect them." A- Authenticity Mimi only talks on the videos about what she believes in. There's no fluff. There's no pitch. She's exuberant and it shows on each video. H) LESS Mimi and Alex were working 80-100 hour weeks. They had the money in the bank. They had achieved their goals. They loved what they were doing but when you hit a lifelong goal you start to ask, "is that it?" They got depressed. Goals are a myth. Our ancestors for 200,000 years didn't have goals. Every day started from scratch: hunt, forage, eat, sex, sleep, wake up to a new day. Then we were told to find our "goals". And now everyone asks, "I'm 17 years old and feel like I've accomplished nothing in life. What should I do?" Learning to find happiness with less is true wealth. Claudia and I recently got rid of most of our belongings, for instance. Then we started cancelling most meetings that I had set up. Sometimes it was hard. I had agreed to an event and then I would cancel. Ultimately we are the sum of our experiences and not the sum of our belongings. There is nothing wrong with making money but it is only one small part of living a life of comfort, of compassion, of calm. Mimi and Alex started to focus more on the other things that were important in their lives. "And you know what happened?" Alex said. "The more we did that, the more money we made." – – – I really enjoyed talking to them. I am always curious how people made money through a channel like YouTube. Now I know and I think it can be replicated by anyone who is willing to do all of the above. I'm afraid I don't have a face for YouTube. Or Instagram. And I'm not even sure I have a face for podcasting. But I think I love do

20VC: How Every VC Firm Is A Marketplace, Why A Large Amount of Promise in AI Today Is Impossible & Entrepreneurs 3 Main Pain Points of Fundraising with Alex Mittal, Founder & CEO @ Funders Club  

Alex Mittal is the Founder & CEO @ Funders Club, the company that uses software and networks to provide investors with access to the world's most promising startups. Their portfolio includes the likes of Slack, Greenhouse, Shippo and Flexport just to name a few. They are backed by some of the world's leading investors themselves with the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Y Combinator, Felicis Ventures and First Round Capital. Prior to starting FundersClub, Alex was the founding CEO of Innova Dynamics, a VC-backed touchscreen hardware company, leading the company from university laboratory to securing design-in collaborations with today's major consumer electronics companies. Previously, he was the founding CTO of Crederity, a VC-backed identity and credential verification enterprise software company. 

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Alex made his way from YC founder to revolutionizing seed stage investing with Funders Club?

2.) Why is Alex still so bullish on the on-demand space? How does Alex evaluate on-demand startups? What metrics are attractive in the space? What do good unit economics look like for on-demand startups?

3.) Does Alex agree that we are experiencing a AI bubble? Where are the shortcomings in the current state of AI and machine learning? How does Alex expect the space to play out and what does Alex advise entrepreneurs in the space?

4.) What does Alex make of the rise of investing in hard science startups? Why does he get concerned to see traditional software VCs investing in the space? How should VCs view the rise of nontech businesses both in hard science and consumer?

5.) You have said before that 'the API is not in the past but is still to come'. Why are you so bullish on the continued expansion of APIs? Where do the inherent oportuities and use cases remain?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Alex's Fave Book: The Art of War by Sun Tsu

Alex's Fave Blog: Eric Newcomer, Mattermark Daily

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TLS #120: A $250,000 Productivity Habit To get Important Stuff Done With Alex Ikonn  

Today we’re having our follow up episode with Alex Ikonn, an awesome vlogger and the co-founder of the popular Five Minute Journal and Luxy Hair. Earlier this month, Alex came on TLS and discussed his fascinating journey to go from the brink of juvenile detention to now living the life of his dreams just 11 years later. Today, we’re going into the daily habits and mindsets that he has found most effective and included in his newest product, the Productivity Planner, which we can use with and without the actual planner itself in our daily lives to make sure we execute on our most important work. This episode is perfect for anyone interested in learning simple + powerful strategies to help them focus and be more effective at the things that mean the most to them in life and work. [Tweet "“Don’t give up early.” - Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“You need daily action in your daily life.” - Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“Don’t take everything literally.” - Alex Ikonn"] [Tweet "“You can fail, but your next step is what matters most.” - Alex Ikonn"] IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT   Alex tells us how the productivity planner was developed from his and Mimi’s own personal and business struggles. He briefly explains how he was influenced by the myth of the four hour work week and how that affected their lives. Alex talks about his struggles of procrastination and how it led to a goal to make productivity simpler. He recounts the achievement of their dreams and the comfortable lifestyle brought on depression to both of them. Alex describes that through discipline and focus people can create more freedom in both their personal and work lives. He reviews with us the structure of the productivity planner and how we can implement the concepts right away. Alex reveals the importance of focus and how crucial focused time is for many people. He tells us that those moments of self-awareness are there to bring you back on the course to be a better person.   SHOW NOTES   The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss The Lively Show with Mimi Ikonn #75 The Lively Show with Alex Ikonn #113 The Five Minute Journal The Pomodoro Technique Dandapani Dreamers & Creators Scaling Up Bringing Up Bébé The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:   LISTEN TO THE SHOW     PS – Life With Intention Online registration is now open! Register + learn more here.

20VC: Why The Whole Industry Is Backward Looking, The Best Funds Are Entrepreneur Led and Venture Is All About Access with Alex Bangash, Founder @ Trusted Insight  

Alex Bangash is a Managing Director @ Rumson Group where he helps his clients invest in some of the best performing funds around the world. Alex has done just that having made over 50 investments into funds across the globe. If that was not enough he is also the founder of Trusted Insight, the worlds largest platform for institutional investors and backing from the first investors or founder @ Facebook, LinkedIn, Mint and

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Alex made his way into the world of investing in VC funds?

2.) Why does Alex believe the whole finance industry is backward looking? Is this why he thinks there is so much VC churn?

3.) Why does Alex believe VC is always about access? Is this why Alex has such a strong preference for funds that are also platforms?

4.) Why does Alex believe true early stage is getting smaller and smaller? How does his return expectations differ according to the size of the fund?

5.) What happens when funds do not go to plan or do not have notable exits to raise fund II? What happens then?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Alex’s Fave Book: Ben Horowitz: Hard Thing About Hard Things, Peter Thiel: Zero To One

Alex’s Fave Blog or Newsletter: Paul Graham

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Visual Storytelling (with Alex Buono) GCS067  

Today I’m joined by Alex Buono, cinematographer, director and Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live’s Film Unit. Alex shares stories from some of the most iconic and challenging SNL shorts as well as his brand new Visual Storytelling 2 tour. The Go Creative Show is supported by Kessler - Rule Boston Camera - Shutterstock The Song of the Week Listen to this weeks full track: Tea Time by Lost Harmonies Spotlight: Alex Buono Alex Buono has been the director of photography for Saturday Night Live’s Film Unit for over 15 years shooting some of the most iconic comedic shorts in SNL history. The grueling schedule and super-fast turn around are weekly challenges for Alex and his team. But through these challenges come innovative solutions and the ability to produce hilarious content even in the most unusual situations. Over the years Alex has transitioned to shooting films, directing and sharing his wealth of knowledge through is Visual Storytelling tour. Now Alex is back with Visual Storytelling 2 and he has a lot more to share. Visual Storytelling 2 tour and what you can expect to learn Adding subtext to your film Why art direction is the unsung hero of all films Breaking down a visual style Behind the scenes stories from some of the most iconic SNL shorts Embracing imperfection Working with editor, Adam Epstein The upcoming show “Documentary Now” and working with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Why the look is in the lens, not the camera and more... SOME LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE: Visual Storytelling 2 Alex Buono Official Website Official Website for BC Media Productions SUBSCRIBE: SHOW SUPPORTERS: Kessler - Innovative Tools for Filmmaking Rule Boston Camera - Buy. Rent. Create. PremiumBeat - Premium Royalty-Free Music and Sound NewsShooter - Making the real world look as good as cinema Shutterstock - Premium Footage and Images

Episode 68 crafted by Alex Megane  

Episode 68 crafted by Alex Megane Tracklist: Alex Megane - Turn Me On (Original Mix) Italobrotherz - This Is Nightlife (Original Mix) Alex M. - I Believe (Original Mix) Mike Candys feat. Evelyn & Carlprit - Brand New Day (Original Mix) Alex M. vs. Marc van Damme - Children Of The Night (Money G. Remix) Avicii vs. Gigi D’agostino - Levels Bla Bla (Bootleg) Alex Megane - One Million Feelings (Original Mix) Otto City & Carly Rae Knows - Million Good Times (Bootleg) Alex Megane - Beautiful Day (Original Mix) Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka vs. David May & Amfree - Right In The Night 2013 (Extended Mix) Alex Megane - Hurricane 2009 (DJs From Mars Remix) Icona Pop - I Love It (Bootleg) Alex M. - Greatest DJ (Original Mix) Will.I.Am & Britney Spears - Scream & Shout (Bootleg) Bauuer - Harlem Shake (Bootleg) Alex M. vs. Marc van Damme - Technodisco 2.0 (Club Mix)

Alex Fischer: Reicher als die Geissens! Seine Tipps für ein erfolgreiches Leben  

Alex Fischer ist Experte für Immobilien Investment aus Düsseldorf. Im Gespräch am Küchentisch seiner Loft-Wohnung mit Koi-Karpfen-Teich erfährst Du seine Tipps für ein noch erfolgreicheres Leben! 

Alex erklärt Dir, wie Du das Pareto-Prinzip in eine Formel umwandelst, Dir erfolgreich Ziele setzt und diese mit Disziplin erreichst, wie Du Burnout vermeidest und glücklich in Deinem Job wirst!

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Alex auf Youtube
Alex' Buch "Reicher als die Geissens"
Alex' Podcast auf iTunes
Alex' Podcast auf Soundcloud

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Shattering The Myths Of Detox Therapy, Infrared Saunas, Health Scams & More.  

In today's podcast, you get to meet Alex Tarris.    Alex's job is to test and review health technology - stuff like saunas, biohacking gear, cold lasers, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and oxygen concentrators, steam generators, whole body vibration, rebounders, infrared mats -  you get the idea. He has a masters degrees in nutrition, and over a decade of experience working as a consultant for the sports, health and spa industries.   Sounds like an interesting job, especially in an industry fraught with cheap Chinese knock-offs, product scams, overpriced equipment and a severe lack of proven, credible research findings.   In this jam-packed podcast episode, I get to interview Alex about detoxing, saunas, personal health gear and much more. Alex's website is, where you can use code bengreen15 for a 15% discount on anything there (and Alex has specifically mentioned you can also leave any comments below).   During our discussion, you'll discover:   -The biggest benefits and the biggest risks of infrared saunas, and what you must be cautious with when you're sitting in one...   -Why the woods from most companies that produce saunas are extremely unhealthy...   -What an oxygen concentrator is and how you can use it for something called "Exercise With Oxygen Therapy" (EWOT)...   -Why certain versions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are actually illegal to buy in the USA...   -How the average steam room at a gym can fill your lungs with chlorine and fluoride, and how to easily make your own steam room in your own shower...    -What Alex thinks about mini-trampolines, rebounders, and whole body vibration, and whether it is silly "fake" exercise...   -Why cheap, knock-off products such as elliptical trainers or whole body vibration can mess you up biomechanically...   -The difference between patented truly innovative functional features backed by engineering and research vs. features that are simply trademarked terms that a company is using for the marketing appeal of their content to entice you into an increased perceived value of their brand...   -What Alex would put in the "ultimate man cave" if he were going to build some kind of chamber that contained all the best personal health, detox, exercise equipment he could have in it.   -Why your elliptical machine could be destroying your hips and knees...   -And much more!   And again, for a 15% sitewide discount on anything Alex and I discuss in this episode, just visit, and use code bengreen15. That'll give you 15% off anything on his site and you can use that code anytime, as much as you want (the specific sauna I use that Alex and I discuss in this episode is the "Clearlight Series Y Infrared Sauna).   Resources we discuss during this episode:   -Biomat infrared mat   -The research I discuss about EWOT (concentrated oxygen training)   -Cells powered by sunlight and chlorophyll   -article about ICES for PEMF (yeah, those are plenty of acronyms!)   Leave your questions, comments and feedback at and either Alex or I will respond!

Snap #620 - Breakout  

It's all-NEW Snap! Storytellers Don Reed, Dhaya Lakshminarayan, and James Judd perform live in San Francisco for the "Breakout Special." Music composed by Alex Mandel Performed by Alex Mandel and Snap Judgment Players Tim Frick and David Brandt

Glynn Washington - Back of the Bus

Who do you sit next to when no one wants you?

Performed by Glynn Washington live in SF
Music composed by Alex Mandel
Snap Judgment Players: Alex Mandel, David Brandt and Tim Frick


Don Reed - The Kipling Hotel

A young, penniless student arrives at UCLA with no place to stay and is forced to improvise.

Performed by Don Reed live in SF
Music composed by Alex Mandel
Snap Judgment Players: Alex Mandel, David Brandt and Tim Frick


Dhaya Lakshminarayanan - Chasing Bubba

Political wonk Dhaya is hot on Bubba's trail and she will not be denied.

Performed by Dhaya Lakshminarayanan live in SF
Music composed by Alex Mandel
Snap Judgment Players: Alex Mandel, David Brandt and Tim Frick


James Judd - Madame Riding Crop's House of Licoline

What's better than The Great Wall of China?

Performed by James Judd live in SF
Music composed by Alex Mandel
Snap Judgment Players: Alex Mandel, David Brandt and Tim Frick


TBP 008 :: Alex Johnson on Training, Hard Female Ascents, and The Swarm  
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After many months of trying to find a time that worked for both of our crazy schedules, Alex Johnson and I finally sat down and had a conversation about her climbing, training, eating, and other aspects of her life.

Alex Johnson is an athlete on The North Face team, and she travels the world as a professional climber. She has some V12 ascents under her belt, she's a 2-time world cup winner and 5-time national champ. She's currently living in Las Vegas, but before that she was living out of her RV, following the good weather to her favorite bouldering areas. She spent a lot of time this winter in Bishop trying The Swarm, a V13/V14, which we talk about in the interview.

I've always been a fan of Alex Johnson, and I remember watching her at The Spot competing when she was just a kid really. Her confidence and poise, as well as her incredible strength, have always impressed me.

What We Talked About Her biggest accomplishments and biggest failures as a climber Which training styles have worked for her and which have not What it was like for her to train with the Euros How she's training for Vail this year (it's a secret so don't tell anyone) How her diet affects her climbing (if at all) Whether or not her hard ascents have been downgraded because she's a female How she balances being friends and fierce competitors with Angie, Puccio and the other girls Related Links Alex's website is Alex on Facebook: An article in Rock & Ice about Alex's negative experience training in Europe: "Unbroken: The Alex Johnson Profile" Support The Podcast This podcast is made possible by the training programs on TrainingBeta here. Check 'em out if you need some help sending! Subscribe to the newsletter to find out when our new training programs are available.  If you'd like to sponsor the podcast, just email us at Listen on iTunes Link to the TrainingBeta Podcast on iTunes is HERE. Please give the podcast an honest review on iTunes here to help the show reach more curious climbers around the world ;) Music

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What Are You Doing Wrong On Your Agency Website?  

In this session of The Smart Agency Master Class, I chat with Alex Harris, of Alex Designs,  a company specializing in conversion rate optimization, landing page optimization, and e-commerce web design. Alex talks to us about value propositions and what your website is doing wrong right now.

I've said it before, and Alex will say it again - it's all about your niche. You need to define your unique role within your own space.

You have to understand who your target audience is so that you can gain a clear understanding of their needs. Once you've identified these two things, you will be able to create your unique value proposition and target to your audience. This value proposition will help show the target audience you are a credible authority within your niche.

Alex was doing conversion rate optimization before anyone else. This was (and is) his value proposition, and he positioned himself as the leader. He remained number one in the industry for years and did so by clearly defining his goals and understanding his target audience.

Failure and moving forward.

[quote]Failure doesn't mean you'll never succeed.[/quote]

You need to learn from your mistakes and move forward. When asked how to get passed a particular barrier, Alex gives these tips:

Decide your mindset. Are you a dabbler? A stressor? Or are you a master?
Learn from your failure.
Find other people who have overcome similar barriers and seek advice.

Don't forget to keep seeking clarity. Failure can be a hard blow, one that clouds your vision. Keep your eye on the prize, though. Once you know where you're going, you can create the necessary steps to get yourself there.

How to set micro-goals.

You have to continuously push yourself to accomplish and succeed, but you can't focus on everything. Alex uses micro-goals: small, manageable goals to be reached within 90-day time periods. "It's not about 5-10 year goals anymore. Things now move so quickly that shorter timeframes are better."

What are you doing wrong on your website right now?

According to Alex, you need to be doing better on clarity and consistency. Make sure that no matter where on your site the user is, they clearly understand what you do. Your value proposition needs to be prominent on each page. Use good message matching to ensure that no matter what page of your website a user lands on, it's consistent with their search.

You also need to be giving away something in return for getting their email addresses. How about a free PDF download of some of your best tips or helpful infographics? You want to get the user to like you and to trust you, so that you're able to nurture and convert.

What's Alex's #1 tip?

Set up a feedback loop. Find out what your best customers like and keep doing it. Find out what people don't like and stop doing it. Alex's choice for helping with this is Qualaroo, to help identify and capitalize on web visitor revenue opportunities.


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CLR Podcast I 055 I Alex Bau  

Alex Bau Alex Bau is a dj and producer who is widely known for breaking down barriers between several styles of today’s electronic dance music. His versatile and effective production technique has gained him a long list of releases on various renowned labels. There are not many djs of this type. Those are djs who believed in Techno from the first minute, djs who experienced Techno from the very beginning, djs who made Techno their own thing. Djs who found their own style, even more, who developed it over the years, djs who´s name is the expression for a specific sound. Alex Bau is one of them. Why focusing on just one style of music? Why only minimal sounds? Why only Techno? Why? If you can have it all… There has been a time before Techno for Alex Bau. Thousands of records in his collection, different styles, different music, for sure something that leaves its marks, no doubt about it. Still he is doing Depeche Mode-Nights from time to time, just for fun, and his activities on Techno doesn´t really suffer from that, not at all! With his 5 or even more hours sets at his first resident club the „Libella“ in his south-east-Bavarian home-area, where for example also DJ Hell started his career back in the 80ies, he achieved the reputation as somebody who is totally aware of what he is doing, totally dedicated to it and also totally loving it. He had his own radio show for over 2 years on a local radio station, still so far the only Techno show in this area. After countless gigs at local clubs, he also started to play at other places all over the planet and continues doing so. Techno can do a lot, if you let it do so. That is the credo. His credo. 1. intro: emanuel top - turkish bazar / alex bau - wasabi tunes vol 2 2. nihad tule & lassemann - 13th (unreleased) 3. man like me vs. tommy four seven - london town (berlin dub mix) 4. adam beyer - antistius 5. alex bau - full method jacket (gary beck repaint) 6. sinisa tamamovic - motherfucker (alex bau remix) 7. alex bau - unreleased track 8. adam beyer & par grindvik - seq 1 / living wheel 9. alan fitzpatrick - amsterdam (heiko laux mix) 10. mark broom - meltin pot 11. citizen kain - cameleon (pfirter remix) 12. alex bau - arctica

059: Alex Cornell  



This week we talk to Alex Cornell about overcoming creative blocks.

Alex Cornell is an interface designer, filmmaker, and periodic musician. He lives in San Francisco and is currently working at Moonbase. He released a book in 2012 called Breakthrough that is a collection of ideas on how to break through creative block.  He cofounded Firespotter Labs. and one of his creative projects was featured on the front page of the Wall Street journal.

 In This Interview Alex and I Discuss... The One You Feed parable. Using comparison as a tool. "Getting burnt by other people's work". How his moods are highly correlated to his creative output. Creating instead of consuming. The importance of recharging and taking breaks during the day. Finding multiple outlets for creativity. How to remain motivated over time. Tying your work into a larger purpose. Finding meaning and value in your life where you are. Using other artists "spell books" A lot of the creative process is not visible to the naked eye. There are no easy fixes for creative blocks. Alex Cornell Links

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Alex Cornell on YouTube


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326: Alex Kouts | How to Negotiate your Salary  

Negotiating isn't just about what you want.

“The person on the other side of the table is terrified of losing you, terrified of losing the negotiation and losing face to somebody else, so you can leverage that if you know it.” - Alex Kouts

The Cheat Sheet: Why everybody's price is an f-you price, according to Alex. (11:15) How to emotionally prepare for awkwardness of negotiations. (23:20) BATNA: what is it and why is it so important? (31:10) Why women are better at negotiating than men. (32:30) When to apply the silent strategy. (35:05) What's the nuclear option in negotiation and how do you know when to push the red button? (48:30). And so much more…

What would you think of someone who asked for a raise at their job 7 times in 2 years? Would you think they were nuts or would you think they might have some suggestions you can learn from about negotiating?

If you said the latter, today's show is for you. Alex Kouts is here to talk the art of negotiating. His background includes starting out in business development, which means he was basically a professional negotiator for his company. He shares with us a ton of practical tips on how to ask for what we want in any setting from a job offer to buying a mattress and what tools we have available right now to get started. Listen in for all of that and more on this edition of The Art of Charm.

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Alex really did ask for 7 raises over the course of 2 years with a company he worked for. In this episode, he tells us just how he did it and gives us real-life examples we can use to do the same. You don't necessarily have to ask for 3.5 raises this year but you can use his suggestions to become a better negotiator the next time you want a raise, a perk, a bonus or even to buy a new car.

Alex has worked in and navigated the wilds of Internet start-ups, including working for a company in Washington and eventually negotiating his way to working for that same company but in California. Today he calls himself an adventure technologist and he has built and scaled teams on both the East and West coast of the country.

As he explains in this episode, he has done a tremendous amount of negotiating in his lifetime. He has negotiated everything from the price of his girlfriend's mattress to job offers. While you can use his tips to buy your next mattress, he walks us through the step by step process of negotiating a job offer.

He says when you receive an offer, never accept the first one and always negotiate. This is something he looks for when hiring for any of his teams, he wants someone with good negotiating skills. So when that offer comes in, even though it might be awkward and uncomfortable for you, here's how you respond.

First you never a counter offer, you thank them and be appreciative so you're setting the emotional tone. Then ask if there is any flexibility in the base? When they come back to you (either on the phone, via email or in person) they'll do one of two things. Either they'll respond by saying they think their offer is reasonable, but they'll ask what you had in mind. Or they'll say "Let's talk".

And that's when you counter offer. Your counter offer is going to be no more than 15% over what they offered. And there's a certain way you're going to handle this. You'll say to them these words: "Based on other opportunities I'm looking at I think I'm worth X (and X is their offer plus 15%). If you can match this I'll give my notice tomorrow and we're done."

Alex says to always be looking at other opportunities, even if you are well down the road of negotiations with a particular company. You have a fiduciary responsibility to yourself to do so no matter what. Are you well into your comfortable job? Still stay open to opportunities because at the end of the day, your company is only loyal to maximizing their value and their shareholders' happiness, not your individual personal freedom or happiness.

Another great suggestion he has is to never make the first offer. You want to see where the company is so you can negotiate within an expected range. If they offer you $100,000 a year they probably have $120,000 available. So let them come to you with the first offer and then use the strategy we just discussed.

And if they want your salary expectations, don't give them. Again you want to find out where they're at. If they ask you to give them a number, Alex has another response for you. Simply tell them: "I am looking at a number of opportunities right now, I can't really give you a number. I'm interested to see what offer you guys have, thank you very much." Then let them make the offer.

There are a ton more actionable tips and techniques Alex gives us in this episode, all of which can be used in the job/career world but also in other areas of our lives. But however and wherever you're going to negotiate, he says the best way to get comfortable with negotia

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