Solopreneur Michael O'Neal on being Proudly Unemployable
The Social Authority Podcast

17: Solopreneur Michael O’Neal on being Proudly Unemployable


Today’s guest interviewed me on his podcast and despite having been interviewed dozens of times, Michael O’ Neal managed to ask me questions I had never answered for an audience. In fact, he probed so deep into my thoughts, feelings and personal journey that it inspired me to devote a recent episode of The Marketing Lifestyle to just telling my story. We finally met face-to-face at the recent Podcast Movement conference in Dallas (and he was in a few videos I did there as well), where he managed to make a table of diners very uncomfortable. In this podcast, we discuss what it takes to fly solo and some of the stories of those who have made that commitment.

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About Michael:

He spent the first 15 years of his career as a web designer and worked for others until 2005. That’s when he decided he was “unemployable,” and started on the entrepreneurial track. For the next five years, he struggled emotionally and financially while enduring through the illness and death of both of his parents. Four years ago, he discovered a passion for network marketing and Internet marketing. Last year, he started a podcast called The Solopreneur Hour – Job Security for the Unemployable.  Its aim is to show the other unemployable people of the world the correct path to business success on their own terms.

The Chat:


A First Thing:

Michael is an incredible interviewer. What makes his podcast so engaging is how he asks the kinds of questions that help his audience realize that entrepreneurs are just regular people. There’s nothing magical about people who run successful businesses. They have normal backgrounds and have many of the same experiences.


A Big Thing:

You might think the Rapid Fire portion of The Marketing Lifestyle Show is a gimmick I use to fill 20 minutes. But it’s amazing some of the cool lessons I have learned during this portion of the show. Case in point: When I asked Michael about whether he preferred one-sided or two-sided business cards, he shared an awesome anecdote. He once met a real estate agent who had way too much information crammed on his business card. Michael offered to redesign his business card and would only be paid if the real estate agent liked the new cards. His new business cards received so much attention at a networking event that he paid Michael three times his usual rate. The lesson: Use your business cards to create curiosity instead of trying to tell your whole story.


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Amy Schmittauer is a video authority coach, public speaker and host of Savvy Sexy Social, a video series for people who want to create an amazing brand platform through video and social media. Amy writes, hosts and produces the show which has an archive of more than 600 episodes. Impacting businesses in almost every country in the World, these advocates have helped the YouTube channel amass nearly 3 million views, contributing to Amy’s portfolio of work on the platform totaling over 10 million views. She is an internationally-acclaimed public speaker and edutainer, voted #1 Best Speaker at Social Media Day San Diego in 2015 and with high marks at events such as Tropical Think Tank, Hubspot’s Inbound and Social Media Marketing World.
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OOOOFFFF TOPIC! But I would LOVE to see you do a video on people who use apps to post their unfollows on their brand twitter feeds. It annoys me to see people's personal ones who do it but those that are clearly for marketing purposes ( rather should be! ) who do it get an instant unfollow or if I see it before hand I just wont follow. 

Then again you may disagree and if you do I would LOVE * honestly * to hear your thoughts on that.

Savvy Sexy Social
Savvy Sexy Social

Yes! You're right! Bonue points for you. But for podcasts I gotta do it because my image is square and I don't want to change it. I think it's good to continue to test both :)

Boue William Marks
Boue William Marks

Didn't your last post say not to post like this anymore? #ithinkyouaredope