090: Pairing Celebrities with Entrepreneurs with Des Woodruff

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On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Des Woodruff, an active entrepreneur who pioneers new and exciting ventures that are first to market.

Here’s what Travis and Des discuss in this episode:

  • About Des Woodruff:
    • Created the financial brand Grok Trade.
    • An experienced institutional and retail stock trader.
    • President of Bout Management LLC.
    • Looks at himself as a real entrepreneur.
    • Most well known now as a guru in stock trading.
      • Has a blog that does videos on the stock market.
    • Business partners with Ken Shamrock.
  • Tell us about CE3
    • Isn’t officially launched yet, but you can visit the site.
    • Positioned himself to help Ken Shamrock after hearing him speak at his church.
    • Asked him questions about his business.
    • Des helped him build his social media presence and have a great website.
    • CE3 puts celebrities with entrepreneurs.
      • Your lifestyle eats away at your money when you’re not making as much as you did before.
      • You don’t have to be on that path, you can have financial savvy with the help of an entrepreneur.
      • The celebrity will negotiate an equity stake in companies in exchange for promotions.
      • Let the entrepreneur take calls and expand opportunities.
    • No one has an easy way to reach a celebrity, but CE3 is very connected.
      • They look for individual values that celebrities hold dear.
      • Entrepreneurs are harder to find because every business owner thinks they’re an entrepreneur.
        • You have to ask if they’re really an entrepreneur, are they naturally built to make money?
        • They show a pattern of someone who owns businesses and have killed it in at least one of them.
        • Are they highly confident?
        • Find out what the entrepreneurs core values are, and they pair them up.
      • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important and why?
        • It’s who you know, because the byproduct is what you know.
        • Who you know will open opportunities for you to learn.
        • You have to be a master networker.
        • If you want to expedite who you know, there’s no faster way to do it than having a celebrity by your side.
        • If you ever appear needy or less than confident, you’re going to have a hard time networking.
          • Your confidence level needs to be high, not ego.
        • People don’t position themselves well, you need to get a VIP ticket and surround yourself with killers.
        • A lot of individuals shortchange themselves.
        • If you want to be good at networking, you have to be great at communicating.
      • How do you position yourself to be on the same level as a potential connection?
        • A gentleman introduced himself to Des Woodruff and Frank.
          • Frank connected them with other people and gained a celebrity in return.
          • If you can get someone to introduce you, that’s the best way.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • Police Officer
  • If you could sit on a park bench for an hour with anyone past or present, who would it be?
    • Jesus
  • How do you like to learn best, books, blogs, podcasts or video?
    • Videos
    • Audiobook summaries – getting information quickly.
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
    • Night owl
    • Wakes up whenever he wants
    • Drinks coffee black
  • What is your go-to pump up song:
    • We Will Rock You
  • What are you not very good at?
    • Dishes
  • Find him online:
    • LinkedIn at Des Woodruff
    • CE3.co

Tweetable Quotes:

  • Every celebrity needs to add an entrepreneur to their group.
  • What most entrepreneurs need is just an opportunity and celebrities are magnets for opportunity.
  • Things don’t happen if you don’t engage the conversation.

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.com – Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group



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