Live The Dream 3 – Daegon Smith Over Delivers

From Hero To Zero And Back Again

I guess it might be considered a little harsh to say that Daegon Smith was ever a zero.  But when you hear his story its hard not to relate to the troubles that he has overcome.  Daegon was able to create a great business that allowed him to live the life of his dreams.  But like many people, he has also experienced a lot of hardship.

As he relays it, he was able to create a very successful business online.  Then he started living the life that he always wanted.  He and his famility picked up and moved to Hawaii.  They were able to take vacations.  Daegon got to work from home.  Life was great, couldn’t be any better.

Then over the course of time things slipped through the cracks.  Eventually he made it into the crosshairs of the IRS.  He received a tax bill for $700,000, and the IRS doesn’t accept payment plans.  This caused Daegon to really evaluate his business model.  And he also had to move from Hawaii.

But most people would not be able to recover from this major hurdle.  Daegon, however, was able to and that is just what he did.  By reinventing himself and his business he is still considered the king of “Never Calling Your Leads”.

With a story like his, people resonate with him and that was the point of his presentation at Live the Dream 3.

Your story is so power, you have to tell stories.  But no one has ever told you how to it until now.

Daegan Smith

Daegan Smith

How To Tell Stories

Everyone has their own story.  Everyone has the ability to impact someone else.

The reason that story telling is so important is that selling the way its been done traditionally isn’t where it at.  If you use your story in a way that leads to a product, your more likely to get a sale.

One person’s story might not be the one that affects you, but another person’s might.  That is why its important to tell your story.

If you don’t think you have a good story, then leverage someone else’s story until you can create your own.

Then you leverage your own.  Then you let others leverage yours.  That will take your business to the next level.

What if you could use your story to make people feel obliged to pay?

Use an approach where you would tell stories but remove all the sales process.   By removing selling you will make more by storytelling.  This will allow you to sell more at a higher price and customers are happier.

Sales presentations are forceful.

Story telling is exactly the opposite.

You cannot push a person to have a new belief.  But if you connect with your prospect with your story.  They will move to action, opposed to you moving to them.

The way that you do this in marketing, is that you take a situation in life that is high drama.  This could be a foreclosure of your house if you went through that.  Or perhaps losing your job.  Or maybe something that a lot of people go through, just barely making enough to pay the bills.  People are having those issues everyday.

You tell your audience why there is not way over, under or through a wall.  Explain how you were stuck.  How you felt trapped by the circumstances of the situation.  How no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t seem to get ahead.

And finally you share that something simple happened and that simple thing led to great results.  Share how you came upon an opportunity.  Or that you learned a new skill that because that one thing you needed to move forward.  Share that something changes within you that motivates you to new heights.  How that motivation has allowed you to earn, through hard work and perseverance, the lifestyle that you always wanted.

My Final Thoughts

I really doesn’t matter what kind of business that you running.  Eventually someone is going to come to you and ask how you did it.  And the fact of matter is that most who do really want to succeed and are just looking for a little guidance.  They don’t want a handout, they want a roadmap.

The beginning of the journey will have to start with your story if you want to be able to really help.  The story creates trust.  The story creates a relationship.  The story creates a legend.  So don’t underestimate the value of a story.  Don’t put off writing your own.  Your story is unique and common all at the same time.  Writing it so people can see that they aren’t the only ones going through what you went through is the best way to connect.

What’s your story?  Write it in the comments below.

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9 thoughts on “Live The Dream 3 – Daegon Smith Over Delivers

  1. Hi Clint

    Story telling – important I know but something that doesn’t come easy to me. As a qualified high school teacher and college lecturer I’m so used to teaching facts, figures and how to’s that to change that approach to story telling is quite a challenge. Something to work on. thanks for the guidance.

    • Anne I am right there with you. I put off writing my “about me” page forever, and its still not the way it should be. Sometimes we need to swallow our pride and just get it done. Perhaps as a solution you find someone your real close with and have them write your story out for you.

  2. I guess when it comes to telling ones story it’s not easy to open up about details of personal life. It shouldn’t matter because everyone has a hard luck story to a degree. But opening up like that you leave yourself open to the judgement of others and not everyone is equipped to handle criticism in general.
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  3. Hi, Clint,
    I love story telling. That’s exactly what people remember after all is said and done. I recommend that everyone brush up on their storytelling skills. I’ve been told, “Never tell a story without making a point, and never make a point without telling a story.” So true.

    Thanks for the post.

  4. Hi Clint,
    Daegan Smith is amazing – so much to learn from him! With regards telling our stories, I have just released three posts that tell my story of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and how I overcame it. I wasn’t keen to tell my story but I was inspired by an invitation from a health advocacy group and I realized that by sharing my story of overcoming such a serious illness, I could inspire others to take action to change their lives too. Disease is not our God-given right, Health is! and in telling my story, it has opened up so many opportunities for me to share the work that I do today. It gives people reason to trust me because they will know that I have walked the road of personal experience. Without my story, they wouldn’t know that.

    I agree that I have opened myself up to judgement and criticism but hey, the price of leadership is just that because you are stepping out and stepping up. You have to be able to rise above the noise and know that the path you are walking is one worth taking for others to follow.

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  5. Hi Clint. I had heard about Daegen Smith from from a friend, and I’m glad that you provided a link to his site. I will check it out. I’m also going to work on my compelling story, along with the other 10,000 things I’m working on LOL. However, I am finding that if I set blocks of time and just do one thing without distractions, things get done at an amazing pace. Thanks so much for this post.

    All the best,
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  6. Hi Clint,

    I had to read this post for two reasons. The main one is Daegan Smith. Secondly, I attended Live The Dream 3 and saw him on stage giving an awesome presentation that rocked the audience!

    I had the honor of meeting Daegan for the first time this year at Matt Lloyd’s Online Income Revolution live event in San Diego, California. I was already an affiliate for him because I knew that he has some of the best marketing and training products offered on the internet. Daegan is who we call “The Grandpa.” He mentored Jonathan Budd, Mike Dillard, Matt Lloyd, David Wood and the list goes on and on. He has a gift to inspire people to reach their dreams, and at the present time, he is helping me do the same.

    Again, I was fortunate enough to work with him when I attended his Invisible Funnel seminar in Washington DC. It was a very small group and we were able to have lots of one on one time with Daegan. That workshop made me realize what a gem he is. We actually presented our own stories to each other and it was very powerful! I’ve heard for a long time to “share your story” but you are right. I know I hesitated because of fear. Daegan has taught me that transparency is King. That is what I love about Daegan. He holds nothing back…he says it like it is and has no fear of sharing his struggles. So many people relate to him because of his storytelling. He also delivers the best emails to my inbox. Why? Most of them are stories and his success comes from what you mentioned in your post. “You cannot push a person to have a new belief. But if you connect with your prospect with your story. They will move to action, opposed to you moving to them.”

    I am working with Daegan and one of his programs at the present time, and I feel he has shown me the path I have been looking for. I cannot express how much I have learned from him and being around him is like basking in success! It has a way of rubbing off because he sees the potential in everyone and knows anyone can succeed if they set their mind and heart to achieve.

    Thanks for spotlighting Daegan. He deserves it. I would encourage anyone who has not heard about Daegan or doesn’t understand the impact of storytelling in marketing to do some research.

    Excellent post Clint, thank you.
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  7. Hi Clint,
    thank you for sharing this post and Daegan’s story.

    Yes, stories are very powerful and you put so well into words what the benefits of a story are.
    Is it just me, or do other people wish that our parents had written their story?
    I started writing mine just incase my boys want to read it.

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