Author Archive | Michael O'Neal

177: Dealing with Haters, Creative Live Unveiled, New Podcasting Kits, and Your Questions

Hi all! Welcome to the 177th episode of The Solopreneur Hour. Today we’re chatting about my last day in the Bay area, which was fantastic.  I also caught up with an old friend, watched a VERY exciting baseball game which sent the San Francisco Giants to the World Series, and then had lunch right across from […]

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175: Jimmy Kimmel LIVE with Anna Vocino

Returning for episode 175 of The Solopreneur Hour is our friend and co-host, the fantastically talented voiceover artist Ms. Anna Vocino. While I always love having co-hosts return, today’s episode with Anna is extra special. Last week, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE did a funny skit: “If SIRI Was a Waitress”.  A friend of mine sent it […]

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174: The Future of Solopreneur Hour, My Favorite Birthday Present Ever, and Your Questions Answered.

Once again, we’re at the Friday Q&A weekly episode of The Solopreneur Hour!  Every Wednesday or Thursday, I request your questions on the Proudly Unemployable group, then read ‘em on today’s show! On this show, I recap the Denver trip, including #planecast with John Lee Dumas and lesson after lesson about why you must say […]

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171: Blowing Off Your Boss, Planecast, Magical Refrigerators, and More of Your Questions Answered

Welcome to our usual Q&A on Friday on The Solopreneur Hour, we’re glad to have you here! On today’s show I give you a quick update on The Outlier Conference, Creative Live with John Lee Dumas, Planecast, iTunes reviews, and of course, we answer a bunch of your questions! Thank you for joining us on […]

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169: Making BIG Moves To Fulfill Your Dreams, with Vasavi Kumar

One of the most exciting parts of being a solopreneur is the freedom it gives us. We have the freedom to do with our time as we choose and we have the freedom to create the income we desire, we have no boss who caps how much we can make. And we also have the […]

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168: Selling Out, Facebook Groups FTW, and A Bevy of Other Listener Questions Answered

Today’s Friday Q & A on The Solopreneur Hour is brought to you by Godaddy, and by my buddy Nick Unsworth.  I’m grateful they sponsored the show and I’m grateful to all of you for sending in your questions. There’d be no A’s without your Q’s so thanks for chiming in! I always love these Friday […]

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167: Learn How To Get “In The Flow” & Be Super Productive with Andy Murphy

What is the flow state and can anyone get into it? How does being in it help solopreneurs like us? Over the last year or so, I’ve heard the phrase “in the flow” over and over again…but always wondered how to GET in the flow. With this show, we dig into exactly how to reach that […]

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166: A True Millionaire Mindset At The Age of 24, with Founder and CEO, Nathan Latka

Today’s co-host is an architecture major turned “sudden entrepreneur”.  From his time teaching tennis, to running a t-shirt company, to working his way through the Facebook marketing ranks with various companies, he has always felt the entrepreneurial bug.  Building a successful Facebook fan page business from his dorm room, he did over 70k in revenue…while […]

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163: Oddball Comedy Fest, Isalab, Beach Yoga, and YOUR Questions

On this episode of The Solopreneur Hour, we talk about the great weekend I had in Orange County at the Oddball Comedy Festival, with Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, and two VERY special guests. We also chat about the latest in Isalab, and then get to your questions! More About This Show […]

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162: The Anatomy of a Product Launch with Natalie Sisson

Today Natalie Sisson and I walk step by step through her latest product launch.  This episode is brought to you by Godaddy and my pal Nick Unsworth. There’s a reason she’s been featured in countless publications, and why her book is a bestseller on Amazon, Natalie walks her talk. She never teaches anything she hasn’t […]

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156: Isagenix Celebration Download, and Your Questions Answered

One of the most important parts of growing your business as a solopreneur is going to events. And that’s what I’ve been up to the last two weeks! I’m super excited to share it with you in this episode of The Solopreneur Hour. We’ll chat about Isagenix, my network marketing company’s annual event and how […]

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155: When Matt Rockwell Speaks, People Lean In

Matt Rockwell is a buddy of mine from the network marketing company I’m in,  Isagenix. Prior to Isa, he was in the corporate of corporatest jobs, the US Healthcare system.  This was a great chat…despite the fact that we never got into pro/audiophile sound systems, Matt dropped knowledge bombs all over the place…especially if you’re in the direct […]

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147: You Asked, I Answered! (Questions From Facebook)

Welcome to another addition of The Solopreneur Hour. Today we’re doing another installment of answering your Facebook questions. This is exactly what I do with my coaching clients, either private or in SoloLab. So if you want a taste of that, chime in with your question and I’ll do my best to answer them on these […]

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145: A $135,000 Business Education for just $100, with Omar Zenhom

In studio today is former teacher and basketball player turned internet business instructor and solopreneur, Omar Zenhom. We talk hoops, how messed up iTunes is for Podcasters, how get got a bunch of haters by giving away a free webinar on Podcasting, why the teaching profession is screwed up, and how to get the equivalent of […]

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144: Messages From The Oracle (Your Facebook Questions Answered)

Welcome to another addition of The Solopreneur Hour. Today we’re doing another installment of answering your Facebook questions. I love doing these shows, so keep those questions coming! Here’s what you’ll discover on this show: If Google Plus is on the way out…or about to explode. Should you hire a copywriting pro or trust your […]

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143: Creating A Kickass Online Training Course, with Chandler Bolt

There’s a belief that as solopreneurs, if we just hustle and keep looking for it, opportunity and success will find their way to us. Our guest for episode 143 is a great example of that. Chandler Bolt is a best-selling author and marketer who trains others how to write and sell their ebooks successfully on […]

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142: 9 Lessons Comic-Con Can Teach A Solopreneur

Comic Con started in 1970 as a place where people who collected comic books would gather. That first year there were 300 people.  Forty four years later in 2014, there were 150,000 people who attended! And all of those 150,000 people cram into one little section of San Diego called the Gaslamp District. It’s a pretty […]

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140: Michael Answers YOUR Solopreneur Questions

Hey all! I posted to the Proudly Unemployable Group to see if anyone had questions for today’s show. I answered all kinds of cool questions. Here’s what you’ll learn: What I’m doing with my two presentations at Podcast Movement, and who my star-studded guests are A great way to “fill the funnel” if you’re in […]

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133: 1 Million Downloads

In this special episode, celebrating 1,000,000 downloads, it’s just you and me. I talk about where I was when I launched the show, go over the 8 steps to becoming a successful solopreneur, and play a bunch of listener clips. Here’s a link to the movie of me waiting for the millionth: MORE ABOUT […]

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128: Awesome Listener Questions from Facebook

Please Visit Our Sponsors For Today’s Episode: Godaddy – $1.99 Domain Names Godaddy – 28% Off Your Entire Order! Swiftly – Just $19 For Super Quick Design Work! One of my favorite shows to bring to you is today’s format: you and me and your questions. You’re the reason this show exists so it’s always a pleasure to spend an hour […]

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112: You can DO This!!! (& Listener Facebook Questions)

One of the hardest things about launching a solopreneur business is realizing that you possess the knowledge, support, and skillset to be successful.  We all have this habit of second-guessing ourselves, and then we suffer from “paralysis by analysis”, and we don’t end up doing anything. The key is learning when “enough is enough”, and […]

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97: A Gratitude Walkabout

Giving thanks is one of the most important things we can do as solopreneurs. Whether it’s being grateful for a win in our business or being grateful for our personal growth and progress, gratitude is fundamental to every aspect of our lives. In episode 97, I take time to reflect on the incredible success this […]

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84: Jolene Manuel – Making A Living From Dating

Have you ever watched the show “The Millionaire Matchmaker”? Ever wondered what it’s really like to be a matchmaker today? In a world full of Tinder, The Bachelor and eHarmony, Jolene Manuel joined the show to give us the inside scoop on connecting people in the romance department and how she’s earned her stripes as […]

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79: Product (or Service) Launch 101

In this solo Solopreneur Hour (See what I did there?) I wanted to help de-mystify the launching process…whether it was a product, a service, or an affiliate business.  I used a guide created by the Suitcase Entrepreneur herself, Natalie Sisson. You can find the guide in the Resources section at the bottom of the notes. […]

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72: How To Identify Your Business, Find Your Perfect Audience, and Nail Your Brand

Today’s episode is a culmination of questions and case studies from various coaching calls I’ve done over the last few weeks.  Some of the most common questions or problems have to do with identifying your perfect business, defining your audience, and truly nailing your brand, which will completely illuminate the correct path for you to take from […]

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64: FREE Career Advice. Find Your Swing™ 7 With Dawn Marrs (dot com)

Welcome to Find Your Swing™ Episode Number 7!!! This show and the six before it,  are devoted to giving you, the listener, free career advice. If you haven’t listened to one of our other FYS shows, here’s how it works: listeners write to myself and the effervescent Dawn Marrs (dot com) with their questions about their […]

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61: Wes Chapman on Creating Massive Success From Massive Adversity

If I handed you a script that told the true story of Wesley Chapman’s life, you’d hand it back and tell me “it’s too outlandish…no one will believe it”.    From being abandoned and abused at a young age, to becoming one of the most brilliant consultant/strategists featured on NBC, Forbes and TechCrunch (just to […]

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59: The True Key to Sales Success with Vanessa Horn

In this episode, I sit live with the lovely and talented Vanessa Horn, who shares the true secret to sales  success, no matter what your industry. One of the most intriguing things about Vanessa and her work (and why it pertains to you Soloists), is her passion for living the “hell yeah” moments of life […]

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58: The #1 Action To Propel Your Business Forward in 2014

Are you really ready to move forward in 2014? And by forward I mean make a MAJOR leap? Then I have great news for you: this episode focuses on the number one thing you can to make that happen this year. So what is it? What is the top action you can take that is […]

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56: Taking Imperfect Action, Maximizing Events, and Becoming Unemployable

In episode 56 I devote an episode to just chatting with you my Soloists.  I cover a lot of ground in this show, including maximizing the value of events like New Media Expo, the value of imperfect action and the finer points of creating a powerful and successful podcast. Attending an event like NMX is […]

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55: Live from New Media Expo with Nick Unsworth

Episode 55 is coming to you LIVE from New Media Expo! This is unlike anything else we’ve done before on The Solopreneur Hour: it’s a two-part show AND it’s live. Rejoining us is Facebook expert and business coach Nick Unsworth. In part one, Nick and I have a chat about his first visit to NMX, […]

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51:The Importance of Loving What You Do – with Dan Norris

For episode 51, I chatted with the ever-evolving and driven Dan Norris, fellow podcaster and solopreneur. We talk Gary Vaynerchuk, Howard Stern, and Neil Patel…among many other great topics. Dan’s solopreneur background includes currently being the co-partner of WPCurve, a company that provides unlimited small fixes to your WordPress site for a small monthly fee […]

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50 : Shift Your Business, Shift Your Life In the Next 48 Days w/ Dan Miller

The milestone of episode 50 is here Soloists and I’m thrilled to share it with you. I brought on my new friend Dan Miller, owner and operator of the insightful and successful 48 Days online community and podcast.  Dan is a former radio jock turned podcaster, author and coach. He gave up hosting a very […]

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49: Ryan Skelly: Facebook Ads for THOUSANDS of Likes on your Page

What an episode this is! Soloists… get your Evernote ready for this one. My friend Ryan Skelly and I talk about what it takes to make it in business. He is in full agreement with Gary Vaynerchuk’s philosophy “You can’t scale caring.” He also reiterates something Adam Carolla said when he visited The Solopreneur Hour, […]

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48: Abel James – Business, Music, Nutrition, & Being A Renaissance Man

Food is obviously a vital part of our day. But have you considered that your eating choices could be slowing you down in your business? Abel James joins me to talk about all that and more in episode 48. He’s got a great podcast where he’s interviewed Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, and many more notables. […]

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47: Find Your Swing™ Episode 4, with Dawn Marrs (dot com)

It’s that time again! Another month has passed (I know, I know…sorry about that.) and we’re back with an episode of “Find Your Swing”. In these shows, you, our fearless soloists, send us your questions about how to put your talents, skills and passions to  use. Together with the talented and uber-bad ass Dawn Marrs, […]

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46: Turning Your Website Into a Sales Machine, With Alex Harris

Today a website is as necessary as a company phone number; you really don’t have a business until you have a website. Despite being so common, websites are one of the most fundamental, yet most-often underutilized tools in a solopreneur’s toolbox. Having a website that “converts” is the most important trait a website can have, and […]

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45: Rosie Tran – What Stand Up Comedy Can Teach Every Solopreneur

Just as a great Solopreneur makes their success look effortless so too does a great comic.  In episode 45 stand-up comedian and fellow podcaster Rosie Tran and I have an insightful and funny chat about the similarities in a stand-up comedian’s journey and a solopreneur’s journey to that place of making it look easy. Some […]

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44: Leslie Samuel – Cash in On Your Passion

You’ve heard it time and time again on The Solopreneur Hour (and probably other places as well): find and follow your passion, whatever it is. In episode 44 Leslie Samuel, anatomy professor and internet marketer, shares his passion and unbridled enthusiasm for teaching. Like most successful solopreneurs, Leslie loves to learn something, then share it […]

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43: Don’t Let Your Past Dictate Your Future, with Vasavi Kumar

As a solopreneur, adversity is something nearly all of us are familiar with – but what do we do with it? Do we play the blame game or do we channel it into a greater cause, a greater purpose and gift in our lives? In episode 43, Vasavi Kumar shares how she has done the […]

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42: How to Make Your Weakness Your Strength – with Mike Johnston

Despite being one of the most well-renowned drummers in the world, Mike Johnston always had a fear of doing drum solos. This fall, he was asked to do a solo in front of 1000 of the most educated and accomplished drummers in the world. Preparing for this challenge not only changed his drumming life, but […]

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40: Shane Johnston – DOMINATE Facebook Ads for Fun & Profit

Welcome to Episode 40! Visiting with us this week is Facebook advertising consultant extraordinaire Shane Johnston. Shane and I met at Nick Unsworth’s Life on Fire weekend in San Diego a few months ago. We instantly bonded over our mutual passion for helping people grow their businesses. Shane has helped some of the most successful […]

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39: Building Passive Income, 5 Bucks at a Time, with Darren Roebuck

My buddy Darren Roebuck ( and I have been playing music together for over 15 years.  We were in a band called “Bambi’s Apartment” for 5 years in 1998, he on the bass, me on the drums. We toured all over the country together, and played lots of great shows. Darren is a mega-talent, with […]

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38: You’re Probably in Sales, But Don’t Realize It

Sales. Yea, you read that right. The dreaded “S Word”. We are indoctrinated to think that, by default, being in sales is “cheesy”. It’s that kind of thinking that keeps us from achieving the goals we really want to achieve with our finances, and our overall lifestyles. In this solo show, I break down the […]

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37: Jerry Rocco – A Game Changer for Facebook Marketing with 22 Social

Jerry Rocco has followed a circuitous path to becoming a solopreneur, but he, like me, committed to the lifestyle.  Listen in as we talk mountain biking, living in Boulder CO, the reason NOT to build a regular website, and why audiobooks (Get your free audiobook at are so badass. Sololab™ Officially launching December […]

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