IBG 73 – Steve Woodruff – Define Your Sweet Spot & Stand Out as an Introverted Entrepreneur

February 22, 2019 / By Sarah Santacroce


You simply cannot read the label of the jar you’re in! That’s why it’s important to leverage an outside voice to help you gain clarity and focus. Steve Woodruff serves as that voice for the introverted entrepreneur, helping you define your sweet spot and craft a message that allows you to stand out in a noisy world.

Steve is the founder and president of Clarity Fuel, a consulting firm dedicated to helping solopreneurs, startups, small businesses and large corporations define their offerings, target their ideal clients and articulate their differentiating message. Steve is also the author of Clarity Wins: Get Head, Get Referred, and coauthor of the Amazon bestseller UNSTUCK: 10 Proven Strategies for Breaking Through the Barriers to Small Business Growth.

Today, Steve shares his decision to build a business that reflects who he is and capitalizes on his strengths. He speaks to the themes in his new book, Clarity Wins, explaining how to define and embrace your ‘pigeon hole.’ Steve opens up about his high level of inwardness, discussing how it serves him in his business—yet also contributed to an extended battle with depression. Listen in for insight around employing an outside voice to help you define your sweet spot and get clear on your message, turning your clients into a referral sales force!

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • Steve’s decision to build a business that is a reflection of who he is.
  • How Susan Cain’s work gave Steve permission to be an introvert.
  • How Now, Discover Your Strengths helped Steve walk in his power.
  • How Clarity Wins supports readers in defining their sweet spot.
  • How clear words can turn customers into a referral sales force.
  • The pros and cons of Steve’s ability to analyze and distill information.
  • How Clarity Fuel grew out of Steve’s pharma matchmaking business.
  • How Steve’s dogged determination has contributed to his success.
  • Steve’s advice for introverts around employing a business coach.
  • The significance of an outside voice in helping you achieve clarity.
  • Why LinkedIn has proven to be Steve’s most valuable social platform.
  • Steve’s affinity for asynchronous communication and scheduled calls.

Steve’s favorite quote

In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who’s comfortable ‘putting himself out there.”

Other links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Clarity Fuel

Steve on Twitter

Steve on Facebook

Steve on LinkedIn

Steve on YouTube

Clarity Wins: Get Heard. Get Referred. by Steve Woodruff

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Susan Cain’s TED Talk: The Power of Introverts

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

Whisky Nate on Instagram

Whisky with a View

Zoom

Skype

Social Serving on LinkedIn

Sarah’s Book List

How Saying ‘No’ Can Help You Grow

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Sarah Santacroce

Sarah is an internationally recognized LinkedIn Specialist & Online Presence Mentor who has personally coached over 1,900 entrepreneurs. She helps them position themselves as experts on LinkedIn so they get clients with ease. In addition, Sarah is known for helping helping conscious entrepreneurs market their business authentically & anxiety-free, sell their services & make a difference. She’s also the founder of The Gentle Business Revolution movement and host of the podcast with the same name. When she’s not working, she loves adventure & traveling, yoga & nature walks or hanging out with her family.

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