116: How I Got Over 2,000 Media Appearances with Josh Elledge

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Josh Elledge, a U.S. Navy veteran who launched Upmyinfluence.com and savingsangel.com.

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

  • About Josh Elledge
    • Has appeared in the media over 2,000 times.
    • Most excited about turning thoughtful entrepreneurs into media celebrities.
      • Getting entrepreneurs invited to speak at conferences.
      • There’s a clear formula to getting people to that point.
    • Tell us your story.
      • Josh launched a business called Savings Angel because of his own family’s money management.
      • He developed a system that could scientifically cut his grocery bill in half.
      • He knew that exposure was everything.
      • He reached out to local media to see if he could get his message out there for free.
      • He started writing a newspaper column that became a syndicated column.
      • He’s generated more than $6 million in revenue spending less than $500 in advertising.
      • Since then he’s been able to help a lot of other startups.
        • He started doing consulting and then became an agency.
      • He had failed in business 6 times before finding success.
    • Did you have problems with authority growing up?
      • He was a pretty good kid but didn’t like looking at teachers as authority figures.
    • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
      • Everybody has value to bring and that makes me a better person.
      • In the end, he’s in the who you know camp.
      • To get into someone’s inner circle, you have to serve your way in.
      • You cannot ask for a favor, you have to let them give it to you.
    • How do you deal with the mindset that serving is being used?
      • You have to let go of that mindset.
      • Give a genuine compliment with no ask, honor the relationship where it’s at.
    • Throughout your career have you spent money on mentorships or masterminds, etc.?
      • He’s recently spent about $30-$40k.
      • If you go into business with a scarcity mindset you’re really missing out.
      • You should focus on doing one thing better than everything else and outsource the rest.
      • You have to surround yourself with powerful, influential, successful people.
      • If you want success, make the investment when it’s uncomfortable and tough.
    • Who is the best networker that you know, and why?
      • John Livesay – The Pitch Whisperer
      • He’s constantly making introductions, recommendations, and referrals.
      • He helps startups get funded.

The Random Round

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • Motivational speaker
  • If you could sit on a park bench with anyone for an hour who would it be, and why?
    • Abraham Lincoln
  • How do you like to consume content best, books, blogs, podcasts, or videos?
    • Audio
  • What audio do you listen to a lot?
    • Listens to the audio version of YouTube Red
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine
    • Wake up at 5 or 6
    • Take a walk
    • Get a green smoothie
  • What is your go-to pump up song?
    • Deep Purple Highway Star
  • What are you not very good at?
    • Bookkeeping and admin stuff
  • What is one place where we can find you online?
    • Upmyinfluence.com

Tweetable Quotes

  • When I meet a stranger, I’m on a quest to find out what I can gain from our experience.
  • If you genuinely love people, you are just bound to have a blessed, happy, and lucky life.
  • You can’t ask from a position of debt.
  • You have to surround yourself with powerful, influential, successful people.
  • Where you plant your seeds isn’t necessarily where you’ll gain your harvest.

Resources Mentioned

Buildyournetwork.com– Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group

Savings Angel

Upmyinfluence.com

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