86 episodes

Where creative entrepreneurs get their questions answered.

I Want To Know is a no-fluff, 30-minute weekly podcast to help you grow your audience and business.

In each episode, host and For The Interested newsletter creator Josh Spector answers three questions from a creative entrepreneur to help them overcome their challenges and accomplish their goals.

Each answer becomes a 10-minute conversation in which Josh shares advice based on proven strategies he’s used to grow and monetize his audience.

If you’d like to be a guest on I Want To Know, apply at JoshSpector.com/Questions.

I Want To Know Josh Spector

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Where creative entrepreneurs get their questions answered.

I Want To Know is a no-fluff, 30-minute weekly podcast to help you grow your audience and business.

In each episode, host and For The Interested newsletter creator Josh Spector answers three questions from a creative entrepreneur to help them overcome their challenges and accomplish their goals.

Each answer becomes a 10-minute conversation in which Josh shares advice based on proven strategies he’s used to grow and monetize his audience.

If you’d like to be a guest on I Want To Know, apply at JoshSpector.com/Questions.

    Customer Discovery Calls, Podcasts Based On Newsletters, and Copy For A Consultant's Website

    Customer Discovery Calls, Podcasts Based On Newsletters, and Copy For A Consultant's Website

    Listen in on one of my private group coaching calls!

    Proven strategies to get customers from your content: https://fortheinterested.com/subscribe/?utm_source=YTPromo

    In this recording from a recent Jam Session group coaching call, I give my Skill Session members advice on how to turn a customer discovery call into an actual paid client, whether it's worth creating an audio version of your newsletter, and how to write effective website copy if you're a consultant.

    • 30 min
    How To Write A Daily Newsletter That Grows Your Business (And Doesn't Overwhelm You!)

    How To Write A Daily Newsletter That Grows Your Business (And Doesn't Overwhelm You!)

    How did I create a one-paragraph daily email that 35,000 people read, and what am I doing right now to grow it?

    But most importantly, how can you use email to grow YOUR business?

    You're about to find out.

    Today, my guest on the I Want To Know podcast is Emily Ryan. Emily is a top MailChimp expert. She's listed on page one of the MailChimp experts directory and is obsessed with helping brands grow via email marketing. In the last nine years, she's worked on a wide range of emails, from Columbia University to Sparkling Ice to your mom-and-pop hardware store. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc.Magazine, and Entrepreneur.com, as well as on the MailChimp blog. You can find her on Instagram stories daily @EmilyRyanLikes and subscribe to her popular email, Nine Things Sunday, which is a link roundup of fun from around the internet..

    Here are some of the most valuable moments in our conversation:

    00:00 - Introduction
    12:36 - 6 Keys To Consistently Publishing A Daily Newsletter
    27:27 - 7 Ways I Grew My Newsletter To 35,000 Subscribers (Without Spending Money)
    42:50 - The 5 Elements A Newsletter Needs (If You Want It To Get You Customers)
    Show Notes
    👉 Watch this episode on YouTube
    To Connect with Emily Ryan: 
    Newsletter: https://www.emilyemails.com/get Twitter: https://x.com/emilyryantweets 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilyryanlikes  

    To connect with Josh Spector:
    Newsletter: https://fortheinterested.com/subscribe/ 
    Skill Sessions: https://joshspector.com/sessions/
    Consulting: https://joshspector.com/consulting/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jspector
    Apply to be a guest on the show: https://joshspector.com/questions/
    Intro Music Provided By Uppbeat

    • 48 min
    How To Differentiate Yourself, Your Business, and Your Content

    How To Differentiate Yourself, Your Business, and Your Content

    How can you differentiate yourself from everyone else who does what you do?

    How can you come up with a big sexy idea and communicate it clearly in only seven seconds?

    And what can you do to make sure your brand gets noticed and remembered?

    You're about to find out.
    This is a special “Flip the Script” episode! Instead of answering a guest’s questions, host Josh Spector brings on an expert he wants to learn from and asks them three questions. 
    Today’s guest is Marky Levy. Mark is a differentiation expert. The ideas he and his clients have created are known by hundreds of millions of people. His clients include Simon Sinek of “Start with Why” fame, David Meerman Scott, the former head of the strategy unit of the Harvard Business School, and the head of a division of two different White House administrations. Mark has also worked on shows that have been on Netflix and The History Channel.

    Show Notes
    👉 Watch this episode on YouTube
    To Connect with Mark Levy:
    Website: https://www.levyinnovation.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/levyinnovation/ 
    “Accidental Genius” (Book): https://amzn.to/3xq6WjA  

    To connect with Josh Spector:
    Newsletter: https://fortheinterested.com/subscribe/ 
    Skill Sessions: https://joshspector.com/sessions/
    Consulting: https://joshspector.com/consulting/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jspector
    Apply to be a guest on the show: https://joshspector.com/questions/
    Intro Music Provided By Uppbeat

    • 53 min
    How To Create Powerful Content (Without Spending More Time On It)

    How To Create Powerful Content (Without Spending More Time On It)

    Want to know the secret to my most effective content flywheel?

    How to figure out if you're giving away the wrong content for free?

    Or the best way to juggle multiple content websites?

    You're about to find out.

    Today, my guest on the I Want To Know podcast is Alex Howson. Alex teaches freelance medical writers how to launch and grow a specialist continuing medical education writing niche. She offers courses and coaching and runs WriteCME Pro, a professional development membership that provides ongoing support to CME writers. Alex also hosts Write Medicine, a weekly podcast that explores best practices in creating CME content.

    Here are some of the most valuable moments in our conversation:

    00:00 - Introduction
    09:40 - Content Flywheel: How I Repurpose My Podcast Content
    28:05 - Free vs. Paid Content: 6 Signs You're Giving The Wrong Stuff Away For Free
    40:08 - Your Website Will Suck Less If You Consider These 10 Questions

    Show Notes
    👉 Watch this episode on YouTube
    To Connect with Alex Howson: 
    Website: https://www.alexhowson.com/ 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexhowson/ 

    To connect with Josh Spector:
    Newsletter: https://fortheinterested.com/subscribe/ 
    Skill Sessions: https://joshspector.com/sessions/
    Consulting: https://joshspector.com/consulting/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jspector
    Apply to be a guest on the show: https://joshspector.com/questions/
    Intro Music Provided By Uppbeat

    • 48 min
    Want More Paid Subscribers, Traffic, or Sales?

    Want More Paid Subscribers, Traffic, or Sales?

    How can you easily improve your sales email? Which of your website data points should you pay most attention to? And how can you get your book in front of the people who are most likely to buy it? You're about to find out.

    00:00 - Introduction
    01:28 - Suggestions on improving a product sales email
    13:36 - What data to look for to grow your audience
    22:12 - How to market something to the people who are most likely to buy it

    Show Notes
    👉 Watch this episode on YouTube

    To connect with Josh Spector:
    Newsletter: https://fortheinterested.com/subscribe/ 
    Skill Sessions: https://joshspector.com/sessions/
    Consulting: https://joshspector.com/consulting/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jspector
    Apply to be a guest on the show: https://joshspector.com/questions/
    Intro Music Provided By Uppbeat

    • 27 min
    How To Scale Your Expert-Based Business (Without Doing Everything Yourself)

    How To Scale Your Expert-Based Business (Without Doing Everything Yourself)

    This is a special “Flip the Script” episode! Instead of answering a guest’s questions, host Josh Spector brings on an expert he wants to learn from and asks them three questions. 
    Today’s guest is Ryan Deiss. Ryan is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. He started 17 companies and exited four. His portfolio of companies generated an excess of $200 million in revenue last year alone. But he's also an author, speaker, and creator, and he knows what it takes to scale from a one-person expert-based business into a scalable and even sellable enterprise.
    How do you build an operating system for your business? Is it possible to scale a business based on your individual expertise? And how do you find the right people to hire or partner with?

    You're about to find out.
    Here are some of the most valuable moments in the conversation:

    00:00 - Introduction
    05:42 - How To Create A Business Process Map Using Post-It Notes
    21:52 - Do You Want To Build A Business Beyond You?
    28:40 - Personal Brand vs. Business Brand: Which Is Better?
    36:15 - Who To Hire First

    Show Notes
    👉 Watch this episode on YouTube
    To Connect with Ryan Deiss:
    Free Book “Get Scalable”: https://www.getscalable.com/free/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryandeiss 

    To connect with Josh Spector:
    Newsletter: https://fortheinterested.com/subscribe/ 
    Skill Sessions: https://joshspector.com/sessions/
    Consulting: https://joshspector.com/consulting/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jspector
    Apply to be a guest on the show: https://joshspector.com/questions/
    Intro Music Provided By Uppbeat

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Chexstix ,

Must listen for entrepreneurs and experts

Josh never fails. So much actionable, specific advice, insights and ideas. No wasted time. Always come away with good stuff. Arguably my favorite podcast, and certainly the most informative!

Tuna 1975 ,

Unique,helpful and concise podcast

Josh has created a unique and very helpful, relevant podcast, and always offers insights & strategies you can implement into your own business and body of work. I find Josh to ask excellent questions, is very transparent, and seems to be very genuine in his desire to help his guests. Josh’s podcast is concise by design, which I appreciate, you know it’s going to be helpful and actionable with every episode.

Riverwoodwriter ,

No fluff, great value

Josh’s topics are always valuable, and his guests have a great deal to offer. I appreciate the format and the fact that in spite of the warmth of interchange between Josh and his guests, he resists spending much time on chitchat and gets right down to the topic at hand.

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