On this Christmas morning here in the states I wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family the very best to you and your family.

I hope you will be able to have some “down time” to rest, recharge, and maybe even plan the future of your photography and your business.  I intend to do all of the above during the next couple of weeks.

One of the things that I have found has made a huge difference in my business over the past few years is gleaning information from unconventional sources.  I do of course listen to great entrepreneurs in the photo space — such as Sal Cincotta and Sue Bryce.

Over the past several months, I have become ADDICTED to Podcasts — especially ones in the small business, marketing and internet marketing space.  I have learned so much from them and I feel I have received a different view of my business because of them.
I wanted to quickly share a few of my favorite Podcasts and hope you might have some time over the holiday season to perhaps take a listen.  I primarily listen to business and entrepreneurial podcasts but you can find podcasts on virtually any topic.
iTunes is the place to start when looking for podcasts.  2014 has been a big year in that area of social interaction and I think 2015 will only get bigger.
I hope you might have some time to check out these podcasts and see if there are any that resonate with you.  If you have some other resources, or find another one that you love, please let me know…I’d love to share it with others that subscribe to the list.
Have a wonderful holiday and….happy listening!!!!
1. Flipped Lifestyle  http://flippedlifestyle.com
Shane and Jocelyn Sams are a former teacher/coach and elementary school librarian who have created a wonderful life for themselves by creating digital products aimed at their former careers.  They’re from the south and they have a real easy-going approach and are also the parents of two little ones (a bit younger than my own).
When I first heard them being interviewed on a couple of podcasts I immediately LIKED them and they seem like the kind of folk that we be great to have over at a BBQ and they seem to be loving and wonderful parents.
Through this podcast they talk about how they do what they do and offer very useful tips for folks that want to create similar types of digital products to sell.  What appealed to me was that they were taking what they knew and creating products for folks out there in the world that wanted that knowledge.
2.  Smart Passive Income  http://smartpassiveincome.com
I was led to Pat Flynn, the person behind the SPI podcast through another podcast.  I found Pat interesting because he wasn’t selling the internet dream as such — he had gotten into online marketing because he created an educational product to help architect’s train for a certification exam.  He’s a husband and Dad of two little ones and shares stories about his life with them as well.
You just get a sense from listening to Pat that he’s a smart, regular guy who has a lot of good stuff to share with his listeners.
3.  Entrepreneur On Fire   http://entrepreneuronfire.com
John Lee Dumas, retired Army officer and the host of a 7 Day a Week Podcast is the third podcast that I really enjoy.  John has a specific format that he works through with each guest which is actually quiet comforting because you have an idea of what will be coming next.  I also love hearing how different guests answer the same questions — their unique perspectives and experiences really color the way that they attack the problems that John poses to them.
Most of the podcasts are in the 30-40 minute range and some go a bit longer.
4.  Sprouting Photographer  http://sproutingphotographer.com
Canadian photographer/entrepreneur Bryan Caporicci has created a wonderful business and marketing podcast for photographers.  He interviews movers and shakers in the industry and also shares his own insights into what is working for his business.
Bryan is a rising star in the ranks of the photographer/educator and his podcast is a valuable resource for those specifically in the field.

James is a hoot.  He’s been around the block a few times  — made millions, lost them and made them again — and he shares his successes and his failures with his listeners.  I really like his wit and they way he asks questions when he has guests.  He’s fearless in that area and also about sharing his own story.  He’s also written several books one of which is called Chose Yourself and I highly recommend it as well.
Have a wonderful holiday and an even better 2015!!