25 episodes

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve been duped by a celebrity entrepreneur or coach, or watched with wonderment as people do downright dirty things to grow their business online, this is the show for you.

When it comes to starting and growing a business online, there’s no denying the appeal of a flexible, freedom-filled life where you can make more money than you ever imagined. But behind the glossy images on Instagram and big promises, there’s a dark side.

In Duped, your hosts Dr. Michelle Mazur and Maggie Patterson do a deep dive into everything that’s wrong with the online business world. From scammy life coaches to sleazy sales practices to cult and MLM style tactics we talk about all of it. You’ll learn what to watch for as a consumer so you can protect yourself from falling prey to these tricks and tactics.

Duped: The Dark Side of Online Business Michelle Mazur and Maggie Patterson

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve been duped by a celebrity entrepreneur or coach, or watched with wonderment as people do downright dirty things to grow their business online, this is the show for you.

When it comes to starting and growing a business online, there’s no denying the appeal of a flexible, freedom-filled life where you can make more money than you ever imagined. But behind the glossy images on Instagram and big promises, there’s a dark side.

In Duped, your hosts Dr. Michelle Mazur and Maggie Patterson do a deep dive into everything that’s wrong with the online business world. From scammy life coaches to sleazy sales practices to cult and MLM style tactics we talk about all of it. You’ll learn what to watch for as a consumer so you can protect yourself from falling prey to these tricks and tactics.

    Vetting Coaches and Programs: What to Watch For

    Vetting Coaches and Programs: What to Watch For

    How do you decide if a program is worth investing in? If it will get you the results? How do you even know if the business owner is credible to run that program? 
    Too many times a slick sales page and manipulative marketing tactics can prevent you from doing your due diligence on a program before you invest.
    In this season finale of Duped, we are going to talk about how you can be vet coaches, consultants and programs so you can make an informed decision when investing in your business.
    Learn more at duped.online

    • 1 hr
    The Trouble with Triggering and Traumatic Stories

    The Trouble with Triggering and Traumatic Stories

    You just need to share your story is a common refrain in online business. It sounds good on the surface, as every one of us are humans who love a good story. But what happens when those stories are shared so that they manipulate or even harm our audience? 
    In this episode of Duped, we’re diving into the business practice of sharing stories and the seedy, harmful underbelly of when storytelling goes wrong.
    Learn more at duped.online

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Certifications: Credibility Booster or Money Making Scheme?

    Certifications: Credibility Booster or Money Making Scheme?

    Everywhere you look people are selling certifications. There are certifications for life coaching, business coaching, marketing, messaging, oracle cards, and more. But are certifications the real deal that can help you build your business or just another money-making grift? 
    You’re about to find out on this episode of Duped.
    Learn more at duped.online

    • 52 min
    The Grift of Group Programs

    The Grift of Group Programs

    Over the last 10 years, there have been countless ways that celebrity entrepreneurs have sold to us: courses, masterminds, memberships, and many more. These trends come and go, and one of the big ones right now is group programs.

    In this episode of Duped, we’re digging into all things group programs including the potential grifts of these programs that you need to know about right now. Learn more at duped.online

    • 58 min
    The Hype About Hiring

    The Hype About Hiring

    Have you ever looked at your biz and thought the only way you’ll ever grow is if you start hiring?

    If so, you aren’t the only one. 
    What you may be surprised to hear is that part of why you’re thinking like this is because in the world of online biz celebs, we’re told hiring is THE way to do it.  
    We’re told we can’t possibly expand and thrive without a whole team of people to help us chase the dream of scaling.  
    But is all this advice on point? (Hint: it isn’t!)
    That’s exactly what we want to tackle in today's episode of Duped, where we’re diving into all things hiring, including the seedy secrets behind these brands.
    Find out more at duped.online

    • 50 min
    Chasing Celebrity Enterpreneurship

    Chasing Celebrity Enterpreneurship

    Have you ever heard some celeb entrepreneur say that you need to build a big audience to have online business success? 
    While that advice doesn’t necessarily sounds terrible… it kind of is.

    Because once again, we’re being encouraged to chase a carrot (the huge audience) that won’t necessarily give us what we want (a sustainable business). 
    And let’s not forget that nobody mentions that high cost associated with doing it “their” way.
    But like everything else that we talk about on Duped, chasing the celebrity entrepreneur status is not all that it seems and it has a dark side as a business practice that has a high cost on the sustainability of a business.
    Learn more at: duped.online. 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

LauraTucker_ ,

Shining a light on important issues!

Thank you for your work bringing many important issues to the surface and helping online consumers become more discerning.

Shelli Warren ,

The Ultimate Reality Check

Bring it on myth busters! We’ve all been there. It burned, we learned, and then we moved on; far, far away from those culprits. Thanks for the straight talk ladies!!

Kgb_kgb ,

Smart, to the point, funny!

An absolute delight to listen to this straight, smart, funny, and to the point discussion!

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