InnovaBuzz Episode #57 – Carrie Dils

Carrie Dils

Carrie Dils: Officehours.FM

In this episode, my guest is Carrie Dils of the Officehours.fm podcast, and a well known contributor to the WordPress community. We talk about moving your business away from trading time for money, gaining leverage and taking the knowledge you have and making products, courses and even a book from that. Listen to the podcast to find out more.

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Show Highlights

Some of the highlights of this episode include:

  • In both Carrie's podcast and tutorials, focusing on what her audience wants to hear or learn has been key to success.
  • Be clear about what you want your audience to do and limit the choices so that it's easy for them to make a decision and take action.
  • I find it very important to free up "space" for creativity - content creation, writing, course creation. Sometimes that means getting away, on a long walk or a bike ride.
  • To be more innovative and creative, it's important to talk to people - find out what other people are doing and what they find interesting.
  • As soon as I have an idea for an article, I'll just create - give that a title and maybe an intro paragraph - I just blurt out whatever the main thought is and I'll leave it in draft mode. Later, if I'm needing an idea for something to write, I'll go back through my drafts and see what I feel inspired to actually flash out into a full post.

The Buzz - Our Innovation Round

Here are Carrie's answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Watch the interview to get the full scoop.

  • #1 thing to be more innovative – Step away from work to give yourself space to be creative.
  • Best thing for new ideas – Conversations with other really smart people, e.g. like the WordCamp Hallway Tracks.
  • Favourite tool for innovation – Follow the Pomodoro Technique, I use the Tomato Timer.
  • Keep project / client on track – Good communication up front, set milestones and lead times. And nothing gets the client on track like sending an invoice!
  • Differentiate – BE a PARTNER not a vendor. A partner wants the customer to succeed in their business.

To Be a Leader

Be a Doer, not a talker (although you do need to talk too!)

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Carrie via her website Carrie Dils Website and Twitter: @cdils

Suggested Guest

Carrie suggested I interview Diane Kinney, owner of The Versatility Group and co-author with Carrie of Real World Freelancing  on a future InnovaBuzz podcast.  So, Diane keep an eye on your inbox, for an invitation from me to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Carrie Dils.

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