25 episodes

Ryan Koral is an entrepreneur, producer and business strategist from Tell, a video production agency with a big heart for authentic stories that build brands and inspire action. He's a husband (for like 13+ years), has 3 kiddos, and has an annoying - but infectious - laugh.

Tell Crossroads Ryan Koral: Entrepreneur, Producer, Strategist

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Ryan Koral is an entrepreneur, producer and business strategist from Tell, a video production agency with a big heart for authentic stories that build brands and inspire action. He's a husband (for like 13+ years), has 3 kiddos, and has an annoying - but infectious - laugh.

    TCP: 025 What You Need To Know About Creating Compelling Content In 2018 w/ DJ Hurula

    TCP: 025 What You Need To Know About Creating Compelling Content In 2018 w/ DJ Hurula

    With new technology always emerging, and more and more content constantly being published, we content creators have to stay on top of the shifting and evolving media landscape. It’s important for us to be willing and able to take risks and innovate, and tell compelling and interesting stories with what we’re putting out into the world.

    • 36 min
    TCP 024: How To Unlock Your Brand's Story w/ Jill Pollack

    TCP 024: How To Unlock Your Brand's Story w/ Jill Pollack

    If you’re a listener of this show, you probably know the importance of storytelling in conveying your message and value proposition, but do you understand the art and science behind it? Jill Pollack, is a storytelling guru who joins us today to break down what makes a good story, and where to even start when it comes to sharing ours, or our company or organization’s.

    • 37 min
    TCP 023: How To Be A Great Boss w/ René Boer

    TCP 023: How To Be A Great Boss w/ René Boer

    For many of us running small businesses, we have a hard time seeing ourselves as "bosses" to our employees. The thing is, for our companies to really thrive, we need to take ownership of that role. René Boer joins us to break down what that looks like, and how to be a truly great boss.

    • 36 min
    TCP 022: How To Discover Your (And Your Brand's) Unique Voice w/ Steve Wiens

    TCP 022: How To Discover Your (And Your Brand's) Unique Voice w/ Steve Wiens

    For so many of us who are creating anything, one of the biggest challenges we face when starting out is finding our voice. Whether we’re writing a book, a blog recording a podcast, or writing copy for our business’ website, we all want to convey who we are - whether as an individual or brand - but often don’t know where to start. Steve Wiens is an author, podcaster, speaker and founder & pastor of Genesis Covenant Church. Needless to say, he’s had plenty of opportunity to discover and hone his voice, but it didn’t come easily. In fact, he left his first pastoring job and undertook a five-year journey of finding himself - and his voice - facing depression along the way before finally discovering what he wanted his message to be, and how he needed to present it in order to be true to himself. We cover Steve’s experience with developing that voice, his insights on book publishing and marketing, how to build a launch team and engage others in helping you reach your goals, aaaaand we spend some time talking about the mullets we used to have in days gone by. What have you done to develop your unique voice? Are there any exercises that you’ve found useful? When did you find that it finally clicked for you? In this episode: • How to present yourself and your brand authentically in a way that encourages engagement • Why we need to become comfortable sharing both our successes and our struggles with our audiences • How to put together a successful launch team • The power of asking for help from others

    • 52 min
    TCP 021: What is Your Unique Why And Why Does It Matter? w/ Don Lee Of OptiGear

    TCP 021: What is Your Unique Why And Why Does It Matter? w/ Don Lee Of OptiGear

    So you’ve been working at the same job for years but lately, you’ve been feeling that it’s just not a great fit. Maybe it’s never been a great fit. Either way, you know there’s more that you could be offering the world, but you just don’t know what, or where to even begin. Don Lee has over 25 years of experience as a C-level executive for midsize and large companies working at companies across 5 different industries. Despite all of his success however, Don recently made the decision to strike out on his own in pursuit of a calling that more deeply reflected his Why. He’s now the Founder and Managing Partner of OptiGear where he partners with businesses struggling to connect the dots and helps them optimize their strategy. He also leads IMPACT3, a social enterprise impact fund with a goal of helping entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities. Don and I cover a lot in today’s conversation, but it all seems to tie back to knowing who you are as a person and being guided by your Why. So often we think of those struggling with these decisions as recent college grads trying to decide what’s next. As Don exemplifies however, many of us will face these types of career forks and decisions many times throughout our lives. Knowing what we want out of life and our work, and knowing what we want to give back can help us make the decisions that will bring us the most fulfillment and ultimately abundance in our lives. What is your why? How is that reflected in what you do? Let us know in the comments! In this episode: - Don’s advice for where to begin discovering your why - How a clear and concise business plan can take the stress out of business - Why a mentor or coach may be the best investment you ever make, especially as you climb the ranks in your career - The importance of establishing accountability for yourself Quotes: “It gets lonely at the top, and you think you have to bear all because you don’t want to be transparent with your employees because they’d freak out. I think the opposite. I think sharing on the vision and sharing on the plan empowers people.” [10:46] “Your companies mirror you. And so the why really tells a lot about you, it tells a lot about where you want to go.” [17:00]

    • 36 min
    TCP 020: Why Educating Is The New Selling w/ Jon Collins & Tim Mackie

    TCP 020: Why Educating Is The New Selling w/ Jon Collins & Tim Mackie

    Jon Collins was making a living pioneering short product explainer videos for Silicon Valley startups and tech companies such as Google and Facebook. Early on he identified and developed his skill of taking an extremely complex topic and conveying the central idea in a concise and engaging manner through video. As is so often the case with creatives, he was looking to push himself further than his day job was allowing him to. And so it was that in 2014 alongside his good friend Tim Mackie that the two of them took up the challenge of conveying the central themes, ideas, and structure of one of the most complex stories ever told.  The Bible. Through 5-minute animated videos. Yeah, these guys are crazy right? Whatever your religious beliefs, it’s impossible to deny the impact of The Bible and the stories contained within it. Combining Tim’s deep knowledge of the books literary, historical, and theological elements with Jon’s unique brand of visual storytelling, the two have racked up over 23 million views on YouTube and almost 450,000 subscribers on their channel The Bible Project. Today, they join me on the show to talk about what elements have contributed to their massive success, how they’ve managed to fund their ongoing project and build a team around them, and the power of showcasing the people behind your brand, whether you’re telling the story of the Bible, or the story of your latest product. How do you educate your clients and customers rather than sell to them? Leave a comment to let us know! In this episode: - Where and how to get started with a short video campaign for your brand - How to effectively use crowdfunding for creative projects - How to approach personal projects, and some of the challenges involved - Why your goal should be to help your customers see the world through your brand’s eyes Quotes: “People like to support something when they see that you’re already doing something. It’s really difficult to raise money for an idea. It’s really easy to raise money for something that’s already happening.” [20:01] “My bias is that people like to learn, people are smarter than we give them credit for, and if we can just figure out how to explain things really well people will very grateful, because you’re bringing them up to a level that they usually don’t feel like they’re able to understand. I think for brands that are teaching, there’s a lot of opportunity there.” [29:54] “I’m certain that there are incredible things that way more people should know about, that would benefit all of us, if you could watch a five minute video.” [35:40]

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

Neon Fever ,

One of the best

One of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs and marketers out there. Ryan Koral is a great interviewer, and the episodes are highly engaging. Give it a listen today!

Better Off Zed ,

Amazing host, inspiring content

This is an awesome podcast. Ryan is an incredibly engaging interviewer and brings so much joy to each episode. The content is relevant, creative and challenging - a beautiful combination. Highly recommended for any creative-minded person.

Jazoni ,

Great stuff

Great podcast for anyone involved on a marketing team. Tons of nuggets to think about and impliment. I've learned a lot.

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