Tag Archive | What’s The Word?

Cynthia Bazin’s Transition To Founding “The Smart Chic”

By Cheval John

Live video has changed the way how we interact on social media.

Before, we would chat with many people via social media platforms like Facebook (Instagram), Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube to keep up with what is happening in the world.

With Twitter, it made communication much easier in “real time” because of the instantaneous response.

When live streaming arrived in 2015, interaction on social media went to the next level with no signs of slowing down.

According to Cisco, 82% of all internet traffic will be drived by video by 2021.

Which means if you are not using video for your business, it will become much harder to reach your ideal audience in the future.

Another reason why you should be using live video is to meet people you would not have met before even with social.

I was very fortunate to have met Cynthia Bazin two years ago via live streaming.

She was among the early adopters of Periscope and also made some guest appearances on shows which was hosted on the now defuncted video platform called blab.

Cynthia have the drive of helping business owners to be laser focused and her company “The Smart Chic” is centered on her values.

I had the opportunity to interview Cynthia on this week’s episode of What’s The Word?

The show was recorded on Facebook Live via Blue Jeans Network

In this episode, you will hear:

How she transitioned from a private investigator to running her company

Why she did not dive immediately into entrepreneurship

How to run a business on the side while you working in a toxic company

How she overcame doubts to become successful with her company

How live streaming help take her business to the next level

The importance of having a mentor

Why video should be part of the business’ marketing strategy

Snippet of the interview on Vallano Media TV

Full episode on BlogTalkRadio

Cynthia Bazin’s Business Website: www.smartchic.me

Facebook: The Smart Chic

Twitter: @thesmartchic

Did you enjoy this post and who would you want to make a guest appearance on the show?

Cendrine Marrouat: Author and Photographer

By Cheval John

Cendrine Marrouat made an appearance on What’s The Word? to chat about her career as a photographer and social media consultant.

Cendrine moved to Canada from her native France years ago and have built her business.

She has written ten books including two on social media.

One of those books, “The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences” earned Cendrine an award for the 2015 Small Business Awards in the community voice vote in social media.

In this episode, you will hear:

What led Cendrine to move to Canada

Why she does not focus too much on the number of followers she earned on social media

Why she decided to become an author

Snippet of the interview on Vallano Media TV

Entire episode on BlogTalkRadio

The show was recorded on Facebook Live via Blue Jeans Network

Website for Cendrine Marrouat: http://cendrinemarrouat.com/

Twitter: @cendrinemedia

Elena Rahrig: Author of Eleven Books and Entrepreneur

By Cheval John

Elena Rahrig stopped by What’s The Word? to share about how she became an author of eleven books.

She is an international speaker and also founded Otto Publishing New York, a company which publishes books and work books nationwide.

In this episode, you will hear:

What led her to write eleven books

Why potential authors should aim to write a full length book

How social media helped her to be very successful in her business

The importance of live streaming

This episode was recorded on Facebook Live via Blue Jeans Network

Snippet on Vallano Media TV

Full episode on BlogTalkRadio

Website: http://www.elenaspeaks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ERTransform/

Upcoming Podcast Recording on Facebook Live:

Julia McCoy, Founder of Express Writers– October 3rd at 3 p.m. eastern, 2 p.m. central

Madalyn Sklar: Online Community Builder and Social Media Influencer

By Cheval John

Starting today, I will be posting about each of the podcast episodes from What’s The Word? here on the blog.

You will be seeing snippets of videos from the Vallano Media TV’s YouTube channel in addition to the full episode which airs on BlogTalkRadio.

The videos are edited from Blue Jeans Network, which I use to record the majority of the podcast on Facebook Live.

The original blog posts will continue as always.

Today’s podcast episode features Madalyn Sklar, host of the #TwitterSmarter podcast and Twitter Chat.

Madalyn is a social media influencer who has built online communities in the age of the internet and now social media.

She started #TwitterSmarter podcast in early 2015 as a way to find out from experts their number one twitter tips people can use to grow their audience.

The podcast became so popular she decided to create a Twitter chat with the same name and it grew even more popular.

Madalyn was also among the first people in Houston to use Twitter in 2007.

In this episode, you will hear:

The history lesson of the formation of social media

What led her to start Go Girls Music Online Community

How she was among the first to live tweet an event at South By Southwest in 2008

How running Go Girls Music Twitter Chat prepared Madalyn to have “immediate” succuss with the current #twittersmarter twitter chat.

Video Snippet from Vallano Media TV

Full Podcast Episode on BlogTalkRadio

Here is the upcoming recording on Facebook Live on the business page:

Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO of Pure Performance Communication- 4 p.m. eastern, 3 p.m. central

If you have a guest you want featured on the show, please leave a comment below.

Returning To Business As Usual

By Cheval John

I started my podcast What’s The Word? on BlogTalkRadio in 2013 and knew this was going to be a fun journey in interviewing successful people.

Four years later, I achieved a milestone with the 300th episode of the show with the guest of honor Heather Havenwood last Saturday.


I went back to business as usual with yesterday’s airing of the show with guest D.J. Ramirez, social media coordinator of BMC Software.

One of the important traits of an entrepreneur is learning how to pivot your business model that serves a customers need.

I saw the importance of live streaming for podcasters in mid-2015

I would not have ever considered live streaming as an option for recording my podcast because at the time, a person could only use a smartphone.

Then I received a message about this new platform called blab.beta.

They wanted to have a group discussion about our thoughts on attending Podcast Movement which was held in Fort Worth.

At first, I did not understand the platform when it was not working on my side of the computer.

I would have given up on blab had it not been for the trio of Rachel Miller, Brian Fanzo and Christin Kardos, who had switched their #bizhour twitter chat to blab.

I was convinced about blab being a great platform to record a podcast after finding out they saved the live stream in both audio and video format.

Blab.beta changed my mind as their live streaming platform was only for computers.

So I started using blab for live streaming my podcast and it was a blessing and a curse.

The blessing part of using blab was meeting awesome live streamers like Victoria Taylor, Jennifer Hoverstad, Ross Brand, Vicki Fitch, Chris Strub and Jennifer Quinn.

And “meeting” people on video like Rebekah Radice, Kami Huyse and Kelly Hungerford from the years of chatting on social media.

The curse part of using blab was their platform was unstable and I had to worry about whether their technology would stay up during the live streams.

The executives of blab decided that developing their platform was not worth it anymore.

So they shut it down abruptly in August of 2016.

Before that, many live streamers decided to pursue other platforms because they saw the writing on the wall that blab was disappearing.

Plus, Facebook launched live video on their platform in early 2016.

As many of us were getting used to facebook live, were were wondering how we can do a two-person or more show there.

Two prominent live streamers, Mitch Jackson and Mrs. Hoverstad, mentioned about how huzza.io was a great platform.

So I decided to use huzza.io for my podcast recording because they had the capabilities to simulcast to facebook live.

A couple of months later, Blue Jeans Network launched their software “on social” feature which allows you to simulcast to facebook live with multiple people on the same platform.

As I decided to try out blue jeans network’s trial run, I continued to use huzza.io, believing they would still be around.

Then, the founders announced they sold huzza.io to kickstarter in February of this year.

I knew that blue jeans network was THE platform for me to continue recording my podcast via live streaming to facebook live.

Blue Jeans Network is so simple to use because you have the option to simulcast your “meetings” to facebook live or record the same meeting for people who could not attend.

This platform is a lot like blab with the biggest difference being they are very stable.

Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Hoverstad now uses blue jeans network to simulcast theshow.live to facebook.

In a lot of ways, blue jeans network is a perfect fit for live streaming what’s the word? to facebook live.

Plus, many people within my community on my business page on facebook, got the opportunity to see the live recording of the 300th episode of my podcast.

I was very happy that Ms. Havenwood was the guest because I found out through Winnie Sun, she uses blue jeans network as well for her podcast recordings.

As I close out this post, here are the most important lessons entrepreneurs must apply to their business:

1. They must know when to pivot their business.

The above can happen with the help of a business coach and also feedback from your customers.

2. They are many ways to skin a cat

The above saying means there are multiple options in getting your message out to your desired customer base.

Live streaming, blogging, webinars, podcasting, etc. are the mechanisms to build your potential customer base.

3. You must follow the trends that is happening in your business industry.

This is reserve for the podcasters within any sector of the market.

Just because your podcast is serving your purpose does not mean you should be closed minded to other ways to get your message out.

You can live stream your podcast recording to your followers on facebook to build a deeper bond with your loyal listeners because you will gain some new fans as well because they were apart of the recording process of your podcast.

As for me, I will continue to produce more quality shows using blue jeans network in order to take my business to the next level.

Plus, I will continue to use blogtalkradio to air those same recordings.

Both of those platforms are the parts I need to continue to build my business blog as well via podcasting.

How are you moving your business forward?