SFR 115: Matching Storylines… – Stephen Larsen

SFR 115: Matching Storylines…

Feb 24th, 2018 anchorwave


Take stories about you and craft them to the market you’re selling to…


Hey, what’s going on everyone? It’s Steve Larsen. You’re listening to the Sales Funnel Radio.

Welcome to Sales Funnel Radio where you’ll learn marketing strategies to grow your online business using today’s best internet sales funnels. Now, here’s your host, Steve Larsen.

Hey, guys. What’s up? Hey, I am going to a lot of events right now. I have an event every other week for the next almost two or three months. That’s a lot of travel that’s coming up. Some of them, I’m going just to go, and some of them, I’m going because I’m funnel hacking actually. What I’m trying to do, I was talking to Russell about this, with him in his office the other day, and I was like, “Yeah. You know what’s funny is I’ve spoken a lot in smaller groups. I’ve spoken several times in bigger groups.”

A lot of people don’t know I was actually a singer in high school and in college a lot. I sang in bands. I sang in choirs. I was in musicals. So I mean, the most I ever sang in front of is probably 40,000 people. That was fun. I’ve done that a couple times actually. I actually really enjoy that part of it. Anyway.

What I was telling him is that I haven’t really done a lot of speaking in front of more than a couple thousand. Right? So what I’m doing is I’ve done a lot of speaking in front of a smaller audience, and I’m learning how to control the room. You know what I mean? It’s been a lot of fun to go through and do that. I’ve had a ton of fun with it. Okay? I’m learning to control the room. I’m learning how to make everyone sway the way I want them to. It’s been a lot of fun.

MoneyWhat I want to do is I want to go, and I want to watch big guys, right, the Russell Brunson’s of the world, right, the Grant Cardone’s. I want to watch them and how they interact with a room. I want to watch how they interact. I’m really pumped about it.

So I’ve been going around to these different events and watching. It’s fascinating to watch the different experiences, I guess, experience the different ways that they interact with the room. Big guys in front of big rooms. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve actually really, really enjoyed it, and gained a lot of things from it.

So I’m sitting here, and I’m speaking next week in front of 2,500 people. I’m super pumped, you guys. Oh my gosh, it’s so cool. It’s an event down in Dallas called the Happiness Convention. Anyway. So I’m putting my slides together right now. What’s been fascinating is to go and put these slides together in a way that with all the different lessons that are happening right now. You know? It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve really, really enjoyed, and I know I keep saying that, but I really do, guys. I enjoy what I do. It’s so fun.

I can’t remember who I was talking to the other day, and they’re like, “Oh, that sucks, man. You had to work on a Saturday. That sucks so bad.” I was like, “Actually, I am completely addicted to what I do. I’m completely both feet in. I really don’t have any other hobbies. This is my hobby. I like to get better at it, and better and better and better.”

So anyways. I am sitting here, and I am creating my slides, and I’m putting together the slides. I’m supposed to get them over to him today. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do that, but it’s nice they gave me a full hour. What they’re doing is they’re letting me, I’m not selling, but I’m allowed to pre-frame my webinar, the stuff that my webinar sells. I’m allowed to go pre-frame that, and pull people from the audience over to that, and get them ready to buy that. So it’s kind of fun.

So I’m still breaking and rebuilding belief patterns the exact same way I would on the webinar. So what I’ve done is I’ve gone, and I’ve literally just cloned by slides for my webinar. I’m just adapting them to the room, removing certain elements from it, changing and adapting to the room, the audience that’s going to be there. That’s always been the hardest part is what I’ve noticed.

It’s funny, because there was a time I was speaking in Vegas. I sat down in the back of the room, and I had this stark realization that, oh my gosh, what I had just created is not for the right audience. So I pulled my laptop up, and I’m changing the lingo, same lessons, but the words had to change. You know what I mean? I was not using the correct vernacular. I was not using the correct isms from the people inside the room. I went through and I created. Luckily, I was able to really, really quickly go through and change what I was speaking about. Right? What was cool about it is that I gave the speech. It was awesome. It was a ton of fun.

Then about six months later, no, it was about maybe nine months later, this guy walks up to me, and he goes, “Hey, man. I was there in the room when you gave that speech. I want you to know I made $100,000 from that speech that you made.” He was like, “Thank you so much. I went out and I did the exact same thing that you were telling us to do. He was like, “I made a hundred grand.” I was like, “What? Whoa.” I don’t know if that would have happened had I not addressed the correct individual in the room. Right?

So that’s been the hardest part preparing for this speech that I got to give coming up shortly to 2,500 people.

I still need to break and rebuild the same belief patterns that I know are in there, but I’ve got to make sure that it’s using the correct vernacular, using the correct stories. I got to use some of their isms. It’s hard to always know what those are without actually observing the crowd.

So it’s funny, because I was telling Russell this story when that happened a while ago, and I said, “Yeah, man. I realized that it was not the right thing.” He’s like, “Yeah. I’ve totally done that.” He’s like, “What I like to do is go sit in the room, and watch the audience for a little while.” He’s like, “I’m watching the speaker, but what I’m really doing is I’m watching the audience to figure out what,” I don’t know if he’ll remember he said this to me, but he was like, “I like to sit and figure out if my message will resonate with this crowd correctly, and I see what they’re resonating with.” He’s like, “Then I go back to my hotel room. Then I go and I start writing. Then I go figure out the slides and stuff like that.”

It’s so funny, because to so many people that is straight up ludicrous. “What? You finish your slides right before the actual presentation is needed?” Like, “Yeah.” That’s the reason why. Right? It’s this ability, this speed, to be able to get things and produce things out there in a way that resonates with the crowd, but you can’t do that unless you’re okay with feeling a little bit of ambiguity of not knowing until you get there. Right? Anyway.

I got to talk to him, and see, “Okay. Let me get you this rough draft of slides, but please let me get you an updated one after I get to the event.” That’s what I want to do. That’s what I’m trying to do is, hopefully, is get these things done in a way that will allow me to adapt to the room.

It’s always funny, you guys. You’ll start to experience this if you haven’t already. Guys, Sales Funnel Radio listeners are rock stars. I know that. I know that about you guys. I know that. I appreciate you listening. I’m trying to give you the best sales funnel stuff. I got some really cool series and episodes coming up here shortly, and going to do a big ole round of interviews again with some experts of their industries. Anyway. There’s a lot of cool things coming up here.

I know that you guys have probably experienced that before. It’s easy to see if the crowd is with you or not. Right? It’s easy to see it. You feel it. It’s the same thing with podcasting or publishing, whatever it is that you’re doing.

Any kind of communication piece, you begin to see and feel and know if the crowd is with you. In a very long roundabout way, that’s all I’m trying to say in this episode is that when you are building your funnel, okay, make sure you are using a message that you know, not think, resonates with the people that are actually coming into your funnel, the same way that I would if I’m in front of them on stage, the same way you would if you were in front of them on stage. Right? You’re trying to put this together in a way that, obviously, resonates in a really, really powerful way.

I just had this really cool meeting with a guy who will actually be a guest on the show shortly here. So that’s as much detail as you guys are going to get with him right now.

He was like, “Hey, Stephen. I was looking through all your videos.” He’s like, “Your ability to invoke an emotion out of a video is amazing.” I said, “Hey, thank you very much. I’ve been practicing it a long time.” I said, “That means a lot.” He goes, “Seriously though.”

It meant a lot what he was saying, and that’s part of the reason why I keep telling everyone to just go freaking publish frequently. You’re going to suck at it at first. Right? You’re going to be bad. You’ll be real bad. As you go, what you are really practicing when you’re finding your voice is your ability, part of it is your ability to invoke emotion from those who are listening to you.

Okay. That’s what you’re trying to go for, because if you can invoke emotion, you are at the foundation level of where you can start to break and rebuild belief patterns. Right? If I can invoke emotion from you, the listener, it means that I can start telling stories that will shape the way that you see the world or the industry that I’m trying to help you see differently. Does that make sense. Big ole nugget right there, big ole aha.

That’s why you publish so frequently. It’s to find the voice, but really what we mean by that is your ability to invoke emotion. How can you do it in a way that is natural sounding and comfortable to you, right, to your personality? I know sometimes I’m a goofball. I’m a kid at heart. Some of you guys aren’t. That’s fine. All right. It’s whatever it is that you are. So when you out speaking on stage, you’re building the funnel, you’re going out and you’re writing copy, whatever it is, any communication piece, make sure it is resonating with the individual.

Some of you guys might say, “Stephen, duh. I get that. Why wouldn’t we do that in the first place?” What’s funny is that when we write copy, a lot of times, we’ll do it from the standpoint of what we think is cool. That’s the wrong way to do it. Right? What you’re doing is you are writing copy, you’re telling stories as the other person would tell them. Okay?

You’re doing it as the other person wants to hear it, not how you think it sounds good or cool or professional or awesome. You’ve got to take yourself out of the copywriting experience, meaning you’re not the one that you’re writing the copy for. You’re not the one that you’re telling the story for. It does not matter what you think is good or bad. It is completely up to what the market tells you is good or bad, and because of that, you have to know them.

I was coaching an individual, actually it was last week, just this last Friday actually. I was coaching somebody, and I was going through, and I was asking this person, “Hey, what market are you stemming from?”

Meaning what’s your sub market? They were like, “Oh, I don’t know.” I was like, “Then literally everything I say will be a straight guess.” Then they’re like, “What do you mean though? Just give me your opinion. Do you like this or not?” I said, “It doesn’t matter what I think. I’m not the one filling your pockets, so screw my ideas. Right? Doesn’t matter.” I was like, “I’m trying to teach you a formula to extract it from the market.

story tellingThe market is what will tell you what is good or bad. Same thing with your storytelling. Same thing with your ability to adapt. You’ve got to use the vernacular of your market, not what you think is awesome.” I’ve pounded that point several times with you guys. I’m just trying to make that whole idea.

She’s like, “Hey, is this good? Is this bad?” I was like, “It truly,” and I could tell it was frustrating a little bit for this person, but I was trying to make a point. Until you know what sub market you’re selling to, not industry, sub market, your stories, don’t even start writing them. Right? Don’t even start writing your stories. Don’t even start putting your copy. It does not matter until you know exactly what sub market you are selling to. Right?

It’s the same thing. Until I know the person, the type of people, right, the conglomerate, top average individual that’s going to be in that room when I start talking to them, some of this stuff, I’m not going to know. I’ve got to get ground level, got to get right down to the nitty gritty. Right?

I got to get down to the nitty gritty of understanding these people and who they are and their passions, their emotions, their fears, their desires, their stories, the stories they’re most used to hearing, the stories that I can tell that they will resonate with most, and that will let me invoke emotion powerfully. Anyway.

I hope that made sense. That’s the power of this. It’s starting storytelling. Yes, just get good at doing it in general, but eventually you got to be able to adapt it to the individual with the correct vernacular, correct examples that they are used to hearing so that you are going to where they are, and bridging a gap from where they stand rather than from where you stand. It does not matter what you think. Anyway.

Sales Funnel RadioThat was a big massive ramble. Hopefully that was helpful to you guys. Anyway. I got to get these slides done here, and send it over to this guy. I’m excited to do it, super honoring. Funnel Hacking Live is coming up. I got a bit of a present for you guys coming up here as well for those of you guys who will be in it. So continue to listen, probably the next episode, I will tell you what it is. I just barely got them to my house. I’m not going to tell you what they are. Talk to you guys later. Bye.

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