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If you are an Amazon seller, ecommerce entrepreneur, ebay seller or you want to learn how to sell online this Podcast is for YOU!What is an Awesomer?An Awesomer is someone who through a series of long-term actions and behaviors has demonstrated that they are not satisfied with normal. They are achievers to a penultimate degree in their own industry specialty or area of interest. There are no monetary criteria to be an Awesomer, in fact, many mega-wealthy people are not Awesomers. Some of them are Normies. Others are even Basics! Awesomers want to thrive; not just survive. Awesomers are trying to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. They are trying to make an impact, in whatever way they can, on the world. Many Amazon Sellers are awesomers. They took the Amazon FBA opportunity and they siezed the moment by taking action. If you are an Amazon Seller or interested in selling in eCommerce you should take a moment now and listen to all the Awesomer origin stories.Entrepreneurs solve problems in the world. They don’t create them. Awesomers are never done learning or improving. To become an Awesomer one must realize the journey to improve is perpetual. In other words, you don't arrive to the land of the Awesomer as a destination. Being an Awesomer means you are on the path of achievement for the sake of improving your life and those around you. Awesomers are 75% more likely to listen to educational or improvement podcasts.**What is a Normie?A Normie is someone who is stable and well established in life and ultimately is satisfied with the status quo. They don't want to rock the boat. They don't want to take risks. Normies are satisfied to survive. Normies are fine, just ask them. Awesomers have no problems with Normies. In fact, most Awesomers are surrounded by Normies who are their close friends and even family. More often than not Normies do not understand the plight of the Awesomer so they will warn the Awesomer to “be careful” or “don’t do it” or provide other guidance they mean to be helpful, but it is really just negativity that the Awesomer must overcome. We all know and love Normies and we are not criticizing Normies. We're only delineating some of the differences that exist between Awesomers and Normies. Normies are 84% more likely to listen to news about the Kardashians than Awesomers.**What is a Basic?A basic is someone who doesn't care about anyone which is often including themselves. They self-sabotage, they create problems, and they are not people that anyone should hang out with. They suck the life out of everyone around them by manufacturing drama, problems, or other nonsense. These people have chosen a path for themselves often by years and years of behaviors and actions which lead them to the life they have today; which is ok with us. We’re not judging. We just choose not to have our journey detoured by crossing the path of a Basic. (We also refer to this as the no A-HOLE rule.) 63% of basics have a cell phone only to play games, consume news or "vent" on social media.****The preceding statistics for each archetype above is 100% made up. We like to make jokes. But we'll always tell the truth and set the record straight.The Awesomers.com podcast, hosted by Steve Simonson, will showcase some of the amazing origin stories of Awesomers from around the world. There are so many truly inspiring stories from people from all walks of life, but most often the Awesomers that will be focused on will be those who are also entrepreneurs. We'll be launching in the last half of 2018 as we build the systems and a team to support this important effort. We hope you will join us for this exhilarating journey! Many of these awesomers are Amazon sellers who have built an Amazon FBA ecommerce business and have started to see positive financial and lifestyle results.

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Wuhan Corona Virus Travel Warning for Amazon Sellers

https://awesomers.com/167 PODCAST SHOW NOTES - WUHAN CORONA VIRUS TRAVEL WARNING FromSteve Simonsonbelow: January 24 2020 I would avoid going to China until at least June to see how this virus will unfold. For those of you who know me I evaluate data and make calm decisions. I am not one who reacts to news. I have never warned against travel to China or Asia before including going to Hong Kong during protests in 2014 and 2019. That said: China has taken the unprecedented move of closing Shanghai Disneyland, tourist parts of the Great Wall, all 70,000 movie theaters and many other areas effective immediately. This is something that has NEVER happened and the fact that it is during Chinese New Year is a devastating admission of the serious situation. The financial consequences are huge, but life must be protected. All airlines and trains and reputable tour groups are offering free refunds or rebooking. There is a chance if this continues the Canton Fair schedule may be modified due to the huge gathering of people. I WOULD NOT plan on canton fair this spring. I’ve been going there on and off for the better part of 18 years, but this year the risk isn’t worth it. The rate is infection is increasing rapidly and based on the last outbreak (SARS) there will be 4-6 months to contain this situation. The face masks in China are all currently sold out. I WILL NOT BE HOSTING any trips to China or Asia in general this spring. For my friends who live in China please do not take this lightly. I have watched the swine flu, bird flu, SARS and other threats in the past, but this is by far the most serious. The rate of diagnosis is likely to multiply by a factor of 10x in the next week or so. In my opinion travel to China for the next 4 months is unwise. I will be monitoring and will update if anything changes. I would welcome a quick end to this outbreak, but the odds are against it as we sit here today. IGNORE THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL. Top 10 Things To Know about Wuhan Corona Virus 1. As of January 26th 2020 there are close to 3000 people in China with the virus and nearly 60 have died as a result. 2. More than 5 Million people were allowed to leave Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the outbreak, despite the fact that they could be infected. 3. About 50 million people inside of China are under a quarantine mandate to try and get a handle on this epidemic. 4. Some other countries have a handful of cases which originated in Wuhan. 5. The rate of spread between humans is each person can infect 2.5 to 3.5 others which means this virus can self sustain indefinitely. 6. Speculation as of now is that this virus could be twice as bad as SARS and cause immense economic damage to China, Hong Kong, and some neighboring countries. 7. Importers should take special note that factories may not come back online at the normal time following Chinese New Year. This could cause significant uncertainly throughout the supply chain which will cause a snowball effect of delays. 8. There is no reason to put yourself at risk. Steve recommends avoiding China at least until June 2020 based on the information we have today. 9. Yiwu has been closed until Feb 21st, 2020 as of this recording. That could push farther. It is also possible that this will impact Canton fair, possibly even cancelling it. 10. China is taking unprecedented steps to help contain the virus. Closing all 70,000 movie theaters during Chinese New Year, when 7 MAJOR films were set to debut, closing Shanghai Disney, parts of the Great Wall, cancelling Spring Festival celebrations in countless cities and terminating travel in so many parts of the county are all good steps to help deal with this situation. We don't know if it will be enough yet.WE DON'T PANIC. WE SHARE OUR AWARENESS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS! Https://awesomers.com/167

10 MIN1 d ago
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Wuhan Corona Virus Travel Warning for Amazon Sellers

Trump Tariff Updates for Amazon Sellers - Phase One Deal

Steve talks about the news of the recent Tariff changes related to the "Phase One" trade deal between the USA and China. The news about the so called phase one trade deal with china has resulted in many people wondering about what it means now and the future and Steve talks about his view on the deal and what that might mean for 2020 and beyond. Overall this is a positive step for Amazon Sellers, but we should remain vigilant about the future since uncertainly remains certain. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-china-trade-deal-heres-whats-in-the-us-china-phase-one-trade-deal/ https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/12/4/18126061/tariff-man-trump-china-tweets-memes-stock-market https://thehill.com/opinion/international/474840-christmas-tariffs-for-santa https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50784554 https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/12/18/no-wakanda-is-not-trumps-next-tariff-target-despite-being-removed-us-free-trade-list/ https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/china-cuts-america-a-break-on-tariffs-after-phase-one-deal https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/474855-trumps-phase-one-trade-deal-undercuts-the-anti-tariff-crowds-arguments https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-says-u-s-is-very-close-to-a-big-deal-with-china-on-trade-11576162614 https://awesomers.com/podcast - for full show directory.

14 MIN2019 DEC 22
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Trump Tariff Updates for Amazon Sellers - Phase One Deal

Amazon FBA Seller Womens Conference eCommerce

Amazon Seller Women's Conference https://awesomers.com/164- show notes Melissa Simonson joins Steve Simonson on the Awesomers.com podcast to talk about the upcoming Empowery Women's conference in Feb 2020. This important event will set the stage for Women oriented content, networking and other important issues that are unique to Women in ecommerce. https://www.empowery.org/womensconference Melissa shared some of the original vision why a Women's conference is happening and why it is important for Amazon Sellers, Female Entrepreneurs, and Amazon Sellers in general.This unique venue combined with powerful speakers, 100% of which are female, will provide compelling content along with the opportunity to built lasting relationships though networking with the attendees and speakers. Get your ticket right now! https://awesomers.com/164- show notes https://awesomers.com/podcast - for full show directory.

30 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Amazon FBA Seller Womens Conference eCommerce

How To Use Strengthsfinder exclusive Podcast

https://awesomers.com/163 - show notes Focus on Strengths It's the single most important driver of team performance - and yet, less than 2 out of 10 employees strongly agree that they get to use their strengths at work every day. Steve Simonson and Michael Pinkowski share some of their strengths and talk through how those strengths impact their decision making and their careers. As entrepreneurs, we are usually not great managers and therefore we will often look for the easiest path instead of the right path when it comes to the supervision and orchestration of our teams. That typically means that we abdicate the responsibility and then we are surprised and even mad when the new hire didn't execute with excellence. Building a culture based on strengths is immensely more powerful than building it based on fear. As you focus on a culture of strengths you build skills and processes that can create a predictable result every time for the business. This is the key to growing in a sustainable way. Steve and Michael share some of their personal stories to help you understand how this data-driven philosophy works in real life. To get started goto: http://gobestrong.com/go Take the assessment, get the insider help videos and coaching from Michael. Make a decision to invest in yourself today! https://awesomers.com/163 - show notes

33 MIN2019 NOV 23
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How To Use Strengthsfinder exclusive Podcast

Amazon Seller News AWE0162 Anti-trust News and more...

https://awesomers.com/162 --> Show notes News is happening every single day that impacts Amazon Sellers and eCommerce companies in general and here are a few that caught Steve's eye this week: 1) Amazon admits it uses marketplace Seller data to come up with products. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/19/amazon-uses-aggregated-data-from-sellers-to-build-its-own-products.html 2) Amazon responds to some Seller concerns, but ignores others. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kirimasters/2019/11/20/amazon-addresses-some-seller-concerns-ignores-others-in-antitrust-inquiry/#3e285b883445 3) Amazons written response to FTC Anti-Trust Inquiry.https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU05/20190716/109793/HHRG-116-JU05-20190716-SD038.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0o-I9gyz7rvIIuM5Qv2wDDe0pD5XoBCHcGIM0iZeNiWu55gUc6HTU8DVk Top Take Aways: Forcing Brands to match prices of "competitors" Buy Box factors remain elusive. Amazon Seller count lower than press estimates. Amazon eludes details about their own brand placement. MSRP pricing vs. Sale pricing is weird. Amazon's unfair use of data, placement, and external competitors is damaging US businesses. Don't forget that we must remain calm and carry on a dialogue to get change to happen. Losing our minds and yelling will not solve this situation and I believe there are ways to make improvements without the government getting too involved and without Amazon unfairly using its power. https://awesomers.com/162 --> Show notes

22 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Amazon Seller News AWE0162 Anti-trust News and more...

How to Reduce your Employee Attrition by 73% with Michael Pinkowski

https://awesomers.com/161 - show notes and webinar links Do you want to reduce your employee attrition by up to 73%? WEBINAR REPLAY - https://vimeo.com/374560745 Today on the Awesomers.com podcast we want to talk about the most important natural resource you have in business: people.Let's focus on how to grow your company by leveraging the strengths of the individuals in your company instead of concentrating on what's wrong with them. Michael Pinkowski from Go.Be.Strong.joins Steve to talk about the most impactful cultural system that can work in any business: Strengths Based Leadership. Starting with a simple assessment Entrepreneurs can first know themselves and start learning how to harness and develop their own strengths and THEN help they key team members do the same thing. This process takes work, but the payoff can be extraordinary.If you want to grow from $1M a year in sales to $10M a year in sales or even $50M a year in sales - the dirty little secret is that it will take p...

28 MIN2019 NOV 12
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How to Reduce your Employee Attrition by 73% with Michael Pinkowski

AWE0160 Amazon Sellers China Tariff FAQ with Patrick Maioho

https://www.awesomers.com/160 for show notes page and links This was originally recorded in 2018 with Patrick Maioho talking about the impact of the first round of China Tariffs that were just being implemented. Patrick is a global sourcing expert who has deep experience in China as well as many other countries. This conversation is enlightening and eye opening for anyone impacted by the China USA Trade War and specifically talks about the impact of Tariffs. If you don't know about how the tariffs work this conversation is for you. https://www.awesomers.com/160 for show notes page and links *lightly edited - not full edit.

61 MIN2019 NOV 6
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AWE0160 Amazon Sellers China Tariff FAQ with Patrick Maioho

AWE0159 Trade War Update For Amazon Sellers Audio

https://awesomers.com/159 On October 12th China and the USA announced a "phase one" trade deal. Was it really a deal or was it just a cease fire? That's more of an academic question, but here are the key take aways: 1) Ratching down rhetoric is better than going farther into the abyss. 2) No formal deal has been inked, so we don't know if this will actually get over the finish line, but the USA has honored it's promise to waive or otherwise defer the additional 5% tariff that was expected to be applied as of October 15th. 3) Besides the press conferences related to the Washington DC based meetings and related press coverage we don't have alot of facts. Which leaves us to guess about what has been "agreed" to and what comes next. And since the absence of information leaves me OPEN for speculation, here we go: 1) China got something it wanted. Waiver or delay of the 5%. 2) USA got something it wanted. A committment to buy US Agriculture products in the amount of 50 Billion dollars. (The devil, however, is in the details since we don't know over what time period that represents.) Both the USA and CHINA could use some political wins on this trade war front and this was likely a good start for both. The fact that the USA is bringing in billions in tariffs gives the USA some power to mitigate those industries hardest hit with retalitory tariffs. The same applies the the added tariffs for items coming into China. China has a high interest in maintaining it's manufacturing base. Here are some things to watch for: What happens to the next round of tariffs set to take effect on December 15th? How will the African Swine Fever impact China's inflation and related US Ag purchases? What impact, if any, will the Hong Kong situation have short or long term? How will the Chinese delegation read the US Election and factor that into their results? How will the Impeachment inquiry impact the Trump strategy on trade in China or elsewhere? (Turkey, EU, Etc..) How will a prolonged trade way impact the global economy? Will the Congress play politics on the Canada-Mexico-USA new agreement? Will any tariffs get rolled back? If so when? https://awesomers.com/159 Stay tuned into this dynamic situation!

17 MIN2019 OCT 18
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AWE0159 Trade War Update For Amazon Sellers Audio

AWE0158 Audio Steves Health

https://awesomers.com/158 An Update About Steve's Health: Today I am sharing a health update. Last Friday I began treatment for Stage IV Melanoma Cancer. Although this news is not my favorite thing to share I wanted to give you some context and provide my insights on what it means for the short term for me: 1) I remain otherwise healthy and strong and relatively young to fight this disease. I have no symptoms or effects and we would’t recognize this was even happening without a series of internal scans that have been happening over the past several months including recent biopsies that have confirmed the nature of the challenge that lies ahead. 2) My treatment will be in the form of Immunotherapy which I am told is a more effective version of chemotherapy and should have fewer side effects. I didn’t have any bad side effects from last Friday’s treatment for example. 3) In spite of my first treatment happening last week, I will still depart for China on the 18th for a sourcing trip with some great entrepreneurs and my kids are even coming along. The trip will continue without any impact. 4) My future schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the more frequent hospital visits, but in general I will carry on with my most important priorities which includes the Empowery Cooperative, The Awesomers podcast, and other "network effect" businesses. My lower priority businesses will be sold or discarded and I will divest in most larger consumer focused businesses that I am involved in to put focus on my priorities which include my health, my kids, and my entrepreneurial community related activities. 5) I am a very private person overall so sharing something of this personal nature is not normal for me. I share only to help those of you who are emailing me, messaging me, and otherwise asking me for some kind of help that I may be delayed in responding to you. As a matter of fact for those in need of assistance I would recommend posting in one of the online facebook groups or asking the Empowery.com/contact support area to see if they can help you before contacting me. I will be slower to respond if I can find the time. I have always been serious when I say that I am "At Your Service" to my fellow entrepreneurs and that mentality is not going to stop. However, it is logical to assume that my focus and immediate priorities will be on my recover. There is no doubt in my mind I will overcome this illness and although I wouldn't volunteer for this assigment, now that I have received it I am thankful for the clarity and overall sense of purpose that it gives me; even with a greater sense of urgency. There are many important things happening in the entrepreneurial community. Kevin King is holding the Billion Dollar Summit in November and I will be there to help unveil the next "BETA" round for the KevinandSteve.com project. Shhhhh..... The announcement of the Women’s Conference has been met with enthusiasm in the community and I have no doubt Melissa Simonson and the team will make that a very successful event. empowery.org/womensconference Sincerely, Steve Simonson Founder https://awesomers.com/158

14 MIN2019 OCT 17
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AWE0158 Audio Steves Health

Entrepreneurs Advice - Start with Humility

Podcast Shownotes: https://awesomers.com/157 How about a little humility? Too often we see people showing off private jets, fancy cars, and projecting this lifestyle that IMPLIES that they have arrived. And how did they "arrive"? They were super smart and you should listen to them, better yet, send them some money and you can have what they have. However, rarely does those brag posts show the debt that the person is in. These modern millennial show-offs remind me of one of the original BS artists from America's so-called "Greatest Generation." Many people believe that TOM VU one of the clearest example of scam presentations ever. My point is that the current version of these are those ding dongs you see parading around on their private jets, posting every 3 hours them drinking champagne with the pretty people, or some other variation of illustrating that YOU suck and they are winning. The truth is often far different. My experience shows me that Zig Ziglar, as usual, is right on the money. Start from a place of NOT knowing. Start from a place of humility. Even if you have knowledge or skills about the topic at hand, set aside your bias and your preconceived notions and prepare to learn by accepting new input. Your ability to compare data, gather potentially new information is significantly impaired if you don't take the time to step back and prepare for a paradigm breaking moment. Now, many times, your guy is right and as you discuss whatever the current situation is, or occasional crisis, you may know the right answers before hearing all of the data. In addition to keeping yourself open for a potentially new and paradigm-shifting breakthrough you are allowing your team to share their views and inputs. THAT is leadership. THAT is necessary. The best people do want to follow, but they want to feel like they are part of the journey. The old saying from H Jackson Brown, Jr is, "Every person that you meet knows something you don't; learn from them." Don't be one of the "know it all" scum bags from the TV or now from the GRAM. Yes I'm hip. I've hear about Instagram. Be someone who can take a step back and learn, or even be wrong. That's when you will find the best results within your company and your team. Podcast Shownotes: https://awesomers.com/157

12 MIN2019 SEP 15
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Entrepreneurs Advice - Start with Humility

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Wuhan Corona Virus Travel Warning for Amazon Sellers

https://awesomers.com/167 PODCAST SHOW NOTES - WUHAN CORONA VIRUS TRAVEL WARNING FromSteve Simonsonbelow: January 24 2020 I would avoid going to China until at least June to see how this virus will unfold. For those of you who know me I evaluate data and make calm decisions. I am not one who reacts to news. I have never warned against travel to China or Asia before including going to Hong Kong during protests in 2014 and 2019. That said: China has taken the unprecedented move of closing Shanghai Disneyland, tourist parts of the Great Wall, all 70,000 movie theaters and many other areas effective immediately. This is something that has NEVER happened and the fact that it is during Chinese New Year is a devastating admission of the serious situation. The financial consequences are huge, but life must be protected. All airlines and trains and reputable tour groups are offering free refunds or rebooking. There is a chance if this continues the Canton Fair schedule may be modified due to the huge gathering of people. I WOULD NOT plan on canton fair this spring. I’ve been going there on and off for the better part of 18 years, but this year the risk isn’t worth it. The rate is infection is increasing rapidly and based on the last outbreak (SARS) there will be 4-6 months to contain this situation. The face masks in China are all currently sold out. I WILL NOT BE HOSTING any trips to China or Asia in general this spring. For my friends who live in China please do not take this lightly. I have watched the swine flu, bird flu, SARS and other threats in the past, but this is by far the most serious. The rate of diagnosis is likely to multiply by a factor of 10x in the next week or so. In my opinion travel to China for the next 4 months is unwise. I will be monitoring and will update if anything changes. I would welcome a quick end to this outbreak, but the odds are against it as we sit here today. IGNORE THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL. Top 10 Things To Know about Wuhan Corona Virus 1. As of January 26th 2020 there are close to 3000 people in China with the virus and nearly 60 have died as a result. 2. More than 5 Million people were allowed to leave Wuhan, which is the epicenter of the outbreak, despite the fact that they could be infected. 3. About 50 million people inside of China are under a quarantine mandate to try and get a handle on this epidemic. 4. Some other countries have a handful of cases which originated in Wuhan. 5. The rate of spread between humans is each person can infect 2.5 to 3.5 others which means this virus can self sustain indefinitely. 6. Speculation as of now is that this virus could be twice as bad as SARS and cause immense economic damage to China, Hong Kong, and some neighboring countries. 7. Importers should take special note that factories may not come back online at the normal time following Chinese New Year. This could cause significant uncertainly throughout the supply chain which will cause a snowball effect of delays. 8. There is no reason to put yourself at risk. Steve recommends avoiding China at least until June 2020 based on the information we have today. 9. Yiwu has been closed until Feb 21st, 2020 as of this recording. That could push farther. It is also possible that this will impact Canton fair, possibly even cancelling it. 10. China is taking unprecedented steps to help contain the virus. Closing all 70,000 movie theaters during Chinese New Year, when 7 MAJOR films were set to debut, closing Shanghai Disney, parts of the Great Wall, cancelling Spring Festival celebrations in countless cities and terminating travel in so many parts of the county are all good steps to help deal with this situation. We don't know if it will be enough yet.WE DON'T PANIC. WE SHARE OUR AWARENESS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS! Https://awesomers.com/167

10 MIN1 d ago
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Wuhan Corona Virus Travel Warning for Amazon Sellers

Trump Tariff Updates for Amazon Sellers - Phase One Deal

Steve talks about the news of the recent Tariff changes related to the "Phase One" trade deal between the USA and China. The news about the so called phase one trade deal with china has resulted in many people wondering about what it means now and the future and Steve talks about his view on the deal and what that might mean for 2020 and beyond. Overall this is a positive step for Amazon Sellers, but we should remain vigilant about the future since uncertainly remains certain. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-china-trade-deal-heres-whats-in-the-us-china-phase-one-trade-deal/ https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/12/4/18126061/tariff-man-trump-china-tweets-memes-stock-market https://thehill.com/opinion/international/474840-christmas-tariffs-for-santa https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50784554 https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/12/18/no-wakanda-is-not-trumps-next-tariff-target-despite-being-removed-us-free-trade-list/ https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/china-cuts-america-a-break-on-tariffs-after-phase-one-deal https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/474855-trumps-phase-one-trade-deal-undercuts-the-anti-tariff-crowds-arguments https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-says-u-s-is-very-close-to-a-big-deal-with-china-on-trade-11576162614 https://awesomers.com/podcast - for full show directory.

14 MIN2019 DEC 22
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Trump Tariff Updates for Amazon Sellers - Phase One Deal

Amazon FBA Seller Womens Conference eCommerce

Amazon Seller Women's Conference https://awesomers.com/164- show notes Melissa Simonson joins Steve Simonson on the Awesomers.com podcast to talk about the upcoming Empowery Women's conference in Feb 2020. This important event will set the stage for Women oriented content, networking and other important issues that are unique to Women in ecommerce. https://www.empowery.org/womensconference Melissa shared some of the original vision why a Women's conference is happening and why it is important for Amazon Sellers, Female Entrepreneurs, and Amazon Sellers in general.This unique venue combined with powerful speakers, 100% of which are female, will provide compelling content along with the opportunity to built lasting relationships though networking with the attendees and speakers. Get your ticket right now! https://awesomers.com/164- show notes https://awesomers.com/podcast - for full show directory.

30 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Amazon FBA Seller Womens Conference eCommerce

How To Use Strengthsfinder exclusive Podcast

https://awesomers.com/163 - show notes Focus on Strengths It's the single most important driver of team performance - and yet, less than 2 out of 10 employees strongly agree that they get to use their strengths at work every day. Steve Simonson and Michael Pinkowski share some of their strengths and talk through how those strengths impact their decision making and their careers. As entrepreneurs, we are usually not great managers and therefore we will often look for the easiest path instead of the right path when it comes to the supervision and orchestration of our teams. That typically means that we abdicate the responsibility and then we are surprised and even mad when the new hire didn't execute with excellence. Building a culture based on strengths is immensely more powerful than building it based on fear. As you focus on a culture of strengths you build skills and processes that can create a predictable result every time for the business. This is the key to growing in a sustainable way. Steve and Michael share some of their personal stories to help you understand how this data-driven philosophy works in real life. To get started goto: http://gobestrong.com/go Take the assessment, get the insider help videos and coaching from Michael. Make a decision to invest in yourself today! https://awesomers.com/163 - show notes

33 MIN2019 NOV 23
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How To Use Strengthsfinder exclusive Podcast

Amazon Seller News AWE0162 Anti-trust News and more...

https://awesomers.com/162 --> Show notes News is happening every single day that impacts Amazon Sellers and eCommerce companies in general and here are a few that caught Steve's eye this week: 1) Amazon admits it uses marketplace Seller data to come up with products. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/19/amazon-uses-aggregated-data-from-sellers-to-build-its-own-products.html 2) Amazon responds to some Seller concerns, but ignores others. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kirimasters/2019/11/20/amazon-addresses-some-seller-concerns-ignores-others-in-antitrust-inquiry/#3e285b883445 3) Amazons written response to FTC Anti-Trust Inquiry.https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU05/20190716/109793/HHRG-116-JU05-20190716-SD038.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0o-I9gyz7rvIIuM5Qv2wDDe0pD5XoBCHcGIM0iZeNiWu55gUc6HTU8DVk Top Take Aways: Forcing Brands to match prices of "competitors" Buy Box factors remain elusive. Amazon Seller count lower than press estimates. Amazon eludes details about their own brand placement. MSRP pricing vs. Sale pricing is weird. Amazon's unfair use of data, placement, and external competitors is damaging US businesses. Don't forget that we must remain calm and carry on a dialogue to get change to happen. Losing our minds and yelling will not solve this situation and I believe there are ways to make improvements without the government getting too involved and without Amazon unfairly using its power. https://awesomers.com/162 --> Show notes

22 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Amazon Seller News AWE0162 Anti-trust News and more...

How to Reduce your Employee Attrition by 73% with Michael Pinkowski

https://awesomers.com/161 - show notes and webinar links Do you want to reduce your employee attrition by up to 73%? WEBINAR REPLAY - https://vimeo.com/374560745 Today on the Awesomers.com podcast we want to talk about the most important natural resource you have in business: people.Let's focus on how to grow your company by leveraging the strengths of the individuals in your company instead of concentrating on what's wrong with them. Michael Pinkowski from Go.Be.Strong.joins Steve to talk about the most impactful cultural system that can work in any business: Strengths Based Leadership. Starting with a simple assessment Entrepreneurs can first know themselves and start learning how to harness and develop their own strengths and THEN help they key team members do the same thing. This process takes work, but the payoff can be extraordinary.If you want to grow from $1M a year in sales to $10M a year in sales or even $50M a year in sales - the dirty little secret is that it will take p...

28 MIN2019 NOV 12
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How to Reduce your Employee Attrition by 73% with Michael Pinkowski

AWE0160 Amazon Sellers China Tariff FAQ with Patrick Maioho

https://www.awesomers.com/160 for show notes page and links This was originally recorded in 2018 with Patrick Maioho talking about the impact of the first round of China Tariffs that were just being implemented. Patrick is a global sourcing expert who has deep experience in China as well as many other countries. This conversation is enlightening and eye opening for anyone impacted by the China USA Trade War and specifically talks about the impact of Tariffs. If you don't know about how the tariffs work this conversation is for you. https://www.awesomers.com/160 for show notes page and links *lightly edited - not full edit.

61 MIN2019 NOV 6
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AWE0160 Amazon Sellers China Tariff FAQ with Patrick Maioho

AWE0159 Trade War Update For Amazon Sellers Audio

https://awesomers.com/159 On October 12th China and the USA announced a "phase one" trade deal. Was it really a deal or was it just a cease fire? That's more of an academic question, but here are the key take aways: 1) Ratching down rhetoric is better than going farther into the abyss. 2) No formal deal has been inked, so we don't know if this will actually get over the finish line, but the USA has honored it's promise to waive or otherwise defer the additional 5% tariff that was expected to be applied as of October 15th. 3) Besides the press conferences related to the Washington DC based meetings and related press coverage we don't have alot of facts. Which leaves us to guess about what has been "agreed" to and what comes next. And since the absence of information leaves me OPEN for speculation, here we go: 1) China got something it wanted. Waiver or delay of the 5%. 2) USA got something it wanted. A committment to buy US Agriculture products in the amount of 50 Billion dollars. (The devil, however, is in the details since we don't know over what time period that represents.) Both the USA and CHINA could use some political wins on this trade war front and this was likely a good start for both. The fact that the USA is bringing in billions in tariffs gives the USA some power to mitigate those industries hardest hit with retalitory tariffs. The same applies the the added tariffs for items coming into China. China has a high interest in maintaining it's manufacturing base. Here are some things to watch for: What happens to the next round of tariffs set to take effect on December 15th? How will the African Swine Fever impact China's inflation and related US Ag purchases? What impact, if any, will the Hong Kong situation have short or long term? How will the Chinese delegation read the US Election and factor that into their results? How will the Impeachment inquiry impact the Trump strategy on trade in China or elsewhere? (Turkey, EU, Etc..) How will a prolonged trade way impact the global economy? Will the Congress play politics on the Canada-Mexico-USA new agreement? Will any tariffs get rolled back? If so when? https://awesomers.com/159 Stay tuned into this dynamic situation!

17 MIN2019 OCT 18
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AWE0159 Trade War Update For Amazon Sellers Audio

AWE0158 Audio Steves Health

https://awesomers.com/158 An Update About Steve's Health: Today I am sharing a health update. Last Friday I began treatment for Stage IV Melanoma Cancer. Although this news is not my favorite thing to share I wanted to give you some context and provide my insights on what it means for the short term for me: 1) I remain otherwise healthy and strong and relatively young to fight this disease. I have no symptoms or effects and we would’t recognize this was even happening without a series of internal scans that have been happening over the past several months including recent biopsies that have confirmed the nature of the challenge that lies ahead. 2) My treatment will be in the form of Immunotherapy which I am told is a more effective version of chemotherapy and should have fewer side effects. I didn’t have any bad side effects from last Friday’s treatment for example. 3) In spite of my first treatment happening last week, I will still depart for China on the 18th for a sourcing trip with some great entrepreneurs and my kids are even coming along. The trip will continue without any impact. 4) My future schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the more frequent hospital visits, but in general I will carry on with my most important priorities which includes the Empowery Cooperative, The Awesomers podcast, and other "network effect" businesses. My lower priority businesses will be sold or discarded and I will divest in most larger consumer focused businesses that I am involved in to put focus on my priorities which include my health, my kids, and my entrepreneurial community related activities. 5) I am a very private person overall so sharing something of this personal nature is not normal for me. I share only to help those of you who are emailing me, messaging me, and otherwise asking me for some kind of help that I may be delayed in responding to you. As a matter of fact for those in need of assistance I would recommend posting in one of the online facebook groups or asking the Empowery.com/contact support area to see if they can help you before contacting me. I will be slower to respond if I can find the time. I have always been serious when I say that I am "At Your Service" to my fellow entrepreneurs and that mentality is not going to stop. However, it is logical to assume that my focus and immediate priorities will be on my recover. There is no doubt in my mind I will overcome this illness and although I wouldn't volunteer for this assigment, now that I have received it I am thankful for the clarity and overall sense of purpose that it gives me; even with a greater sense of urgency. There are many important things happening in the entrepreneurial community. Kevin King is holding the Billion Dollar Summit in November and I will be there to help unveil the next "BETA" round for the KevinandSteve.com project. Shhhhh..... The announcement of the Women’s Conference has been met with enthusiasm in the community and I have no doubt Melissa Simonson and the team will make that a very successful event. empowery.org/womensconference Sincerely, Steve Simonson Founder https://awesomers.com/158

14 MIN2019 OCT 17
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AWE0158 Audio Steves Health

Entrepreneurs Advice - Start with Humility

Podcast Shownotes: https://awesomers.com/157 How about a little humility? Too often we see people showing off private jets, fancy cars, and projecting this lifestyle that IMPLIES that they have arrived. And how did they "arrive"? They were super smart and you should listen to them, better yet, send them some money and you can have what they have. However, rarely does those brag posts show the debt that the person is in. These modern millennial show-offs remind me of one of the original BS artists from America's so-called "Greatest Generation." Many people believe that TOM VU one of the clearest example of scam presentations ever. My point is that the current version of these are those ding dongs you see parading around on their private jets, posting every 3 hours them drinking champagne with the pretty people, or some other variation of illustrating that YOU suck and they are winning. The truth is often far different. My experience shows me that Zig Ziglar, as usual, is right on the money. Start from a place of NOT knowing. Start from a place of humility. Even if you have knowledge or skills about the topic at hand, set aside your bias and your preconceived notions and prepare to learn by accepting new input. Your ability to compare data, gather potentially new information is significantly impaired if you don't take the time to step back and prepare for a paradigm breaking moment. Now, many times, your guy is right and as you discuss whatever the current situation is, or occasional crisis, you may know the right answers before hearing all of the data. In addition to keeping yourself open for a potentially new and paradigm-shifting breakthrough you are allowing your team to share their views and inputs. THAT is leadership. THAT is necessary. The best people do want to follow, but they want to feel like they are part of the journey. The old saying from H Jackson Brown, Jr is, "Every person that you meet knows something you don't; learn from them." Don't be one of the "know it all" scum bags from the TV or now from the GRAM. Yes I'm hip. I've hear about Instagram. Be someone who can take a step back and learn, or even be wrong. That's when you will find the best results within your company and your team. Podcast Shownotes: https://awesomers.com/157

12 MIN2019 SEP 15
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Entrepreneurs Advice - Start with Humility
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