What makes you unique, special, and different from anyone else? What helps you stand out? That’s part of your secret sauce.
When coaching people, I always ask four questions. What’s working? What’s not working? What’s your strategic wheel? (this is something I teach)? And, what’s your secret sauce?
If you aren’t sure what your secret sauce is, I share a cool process to help you discover it below. I use this process myself and with people I’m coaching.
I’ve never been a cookie cutter marketer. The strategic plan I created for Jim Rohn was different than any other in the marketplace at the time. That’s because I built it around Jim’s secret sauce. It was the same with Denis Waitley, Ron White, Chris Widener, and even in coaching Robin Sharma, Darren Hardy, and many others.
It was the same when I identified with Erika De La Cruz, that doing a book was the best way for her to leverage herself as a brand in Hollywood. After publishing Passionistas and driving it to #1 Amazon Bestseller, her offers started flowing in…. Yes, all by design!
One of my strengths is helping identify a person’s secret sauce and helping them strategically leverage that into their brand and message.
Here is one of the processes I use to help people discover their secret sauce.
This process is also great for finding your passion, finding a keynote topic, or even clarity on a book you want to write.
It goes like this. In your journal or on a sheet of paper you make six columns.
In Column 1, you list all the things you are good at and all the areas in which you have skills. This could include writing, speaking, cooking, research, math, English, sports, problem solving, connecting, analyzing, listening, etc. List ALL the things that come to mind.
In Column 2, you list all things you enjoy and consider hobbies. Yes, some may be the same as Column 1. These could be playing golf or tennis, listening to music, stamp collecting, reading books, cooking, researching, investing, traveling, etc.
In Column 3, you list things you’ve had success in, any awards you have received, times you have received positive recognition, etc. This would include: In 6th grade you won a chess tournament or spelling bee. You have been salesman of the month. You made it to a certain levels of success in your profession or hobby. You started a business, etc.
In Column 4, you list how other people see you. Many people tell me I’m a connector. I see myself as an event promoter that filled large rooms, a marketer that built a million plus list, Jim Rohn’s agent and partner, and a publisher that sold millions of books, but when others introduce me, they often mention that I’m a great connector. It’s valuable for me to take notice of how other people see me. How do others introduce you and what do others say about you?
In Column 5, you list the things you are for in business and life. For me, things I am for include honesty and lack of agendas or politics. I love people that are authentic and people that are generous and givers. People that have a win/win philosophy.
In Column 6, you list the things you are against. Now, this may be just the opposite of what you are for, but it’s also possible that asking in a different way may open things up for you. What I’m against really impacts many of the things I’m involved in today. I’m against so many of the BS marketing programs out there that tell half-truths and are selling the dream. I’m against people that have never achieved anything promoting themselves as experts. I’m against political agendas that aren’t serving the people and that have been paid off by special interest groups. As an entrepreneur I’m against frivolous lawsuits. I’m against victim mindsets that keep people from owning their own power.
Next, you look over your six columns and start looking for things that stand out to you—things that are similar or that repeat themselves. And then circle those things.
Then, see if you can connect the dots.
Once you get clear on your secret sauce, you will learn how to better communicate your value. You will know if things are a good fit for you. And you will better understand potential products and services you are uniquely qualified to create and offer.
Jim Rohn is a great example of this. I started promoting Jim in 1990 as one of the speakers at my events. I would have Jim and Brian Tracy or Og Mandino, etc.
Then in 1993, I asked Jim for an exclusive to promote him and book him to speak as well as create products to market. After Jim said yes, I launched Jim Rohn Int. At the time, Jim was with Herbalife on a retainer basis. Outside of that, he was doing about 20 public seminar dates at 4k per talk.
So, the first thing I did was create a strategic wheel with spokes. With anyone I work with, I always start them on this process.
Jim’s spokes on his strategic wheel included a book, an audio series, a one-day seminar, and a two-day seminar. He didn’t have a mailing list and he wasn’t that well known in the marketplace. What Jim was missing was a customer acquisition spoke, and that spoke is one of the most important.
I believed Jim’s secret sauce was his ability to say things in such a profound way with wisdom and humor. He was a gifted wordsmith. He left people wanting more and inspired his audience to become his advocates. Based on that, I came up with two key ideas to build a massive customer acquisition wheel.
These two ideas were each both a product and a way to get Jim in front of as many audiences as possible.
The first product was The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. It took me 10 months to gather the 365 quotes on 110 topics from Jim’s seminars and conversations (this was pre-Google and there were no other published Jim Rohn quotes), publish the book, and most importantly, release The Excerpts from the Treasury of Quotes,, a mini version which was my viral marketing gift booklet. The little excerpt booklet went on to move over 6 million copies (people bought in quantity and gave them away). I also did one for Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Zig Ziglar, and Denis Waitley (and moved over 8 million all combined). In fact, of all the phone calls that came in, when we asked how they got our number, over 70% would say, “Someone gave me a quote booklet.” It worked! Just like we designed it to.
The second idea led to a full speaking calendar for Jim. First, I raised Jim’s speaking fee from 4k to 10k (and eventually 25k)—he was WORTH it. I then created some scarcity in the marketplace by giving promotors exclusive opportunities to book Jim in cities around they country. The exclusivity created a row of dominoes that we knocked down as promoters fought over the opportunity to own markets. This worked especially well when I told them I would bring in a Brian Tracy/Jim Rohn One Day event and compete against them at an aggressive price in any markets where they did not book Jim themselves
The net result was going from 20 dates at 4k to 110 dates at 10k within a year of launching Jim Rohn Int in 1993. The rest is history.
But, at that crucial juncture in the beginning of Jim Rohn International, I BEGAN with asking what Jim Rohn’s secret sauce was and making that a big part of our strategy when adding new spokes to the wheel.
I have so many other examples of finding and leveraging a person’s or company’s secret sauce to build their audience and brand! It’s a powerful exercise.
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