Simplero Blog

The business of transforming lives, and life as a conscious entrepreneur

Deanna Buoniconti

Learn All about Quizzes, Auto-Publishing for Course Lessons and Podcasts for Courses

Join us for Office Hours!

We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on Office Hours! It is always great to connect with you during the week, answer your questions face to face and share new ways to help Simplero work the best for you! For those of you who are new to Simplero, Office Hours are face to face times with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account.

This week, we have Office Hours scheduled for This Thursday at 11am CEST (Danish time) covering Membership Sites! You can sign up for Danish/ UK Times right here ! Our next English Office Hours will be held Next Thursday: October 12th! Sign up here for US Hours. Once you sign up, just hit reply and let us know what you would love to us cover!

Simplero Certification Program

We are gearing up to launch a new Simplero Certification Program.  If you are a VA or know a VA who loves Simplero and is knowledgeable about Simplero, we would love for you to sign up here!  We will be sending out news on the program launch soon, and want to make sure everyone who is interested is on the list!

Did you know you could do this?

We are so excited to see you all using Membership Sites! Keep up the amazing work Simpleristas! Make sure that you check out our new guides to help you navigate creating your new Membership Sites. We have added a few more guides this past week.  So be sure to check out the latest guide on Quizzes!

Have you ever looked at our Troubleshooting Guides? We have a come up with some common issues and FAQs users have. These guides are to help you trouble shoot your user's questions about accessing their Simplero accounts. Have you ever had a contact ask why they don't have access to their purchased content? This guide is going to guide you through the steps to check to see what the issue may be.  Another question we often get is why users are not receiving email notifications, or receiving too many notifications, about forum conversations in a space. But sure to check out this guide to help you double check your settings! Be sure to check out our full Troubleshooting Guides section. Have another topic we should add to our FAQ? Just hit reply to this email and let us know was FAQs you have!

New Features in Simplero

Following hot on the heels of last week's announcement of the new membership sites (of which we have already seen some truly awesome examples from all of you!) we've been busy adding some of the must requested features to membership sites. This is quite a list, but the single most requested one was the ability to also auto-publish course lessons, and to not have the module structure show up when participating in a course, but rather just have it be a stream of lessons. After looking at the use cases you guys had, we decided that our initial design was indeed to limiting and added both of these possibilities. We hope that these changes make courses even more powerful for all the different types of content you guys provide.

In addition to this, a close second in terms of requests was the addition of the Podcast feature that so many of you loved in Spaces to Courses. Courses now have a simple checkbox setting to enable podcasts and function the exact same way you know it from Spaces, which means that each member has a unique podcast feed that gives them access to the same content they have access to in the course:

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Last but not least, you can now also easily duplicate pages on a site, in case you need to use the same structure or want to save a copy before you make major changes.

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Calvin Correli

Know who you are

Knowing yourself is the foundation of everything in life and business.

When you know who you are—and who you're not—you can stop criticizing yourself for being who you are, stop trying to fix what you think's wrong about you, stop doing things that don't work for you, and instead get on with doing the things that do work, that get you results, that make you feel fantastic.

There are so many people offering advice, strategies, step by step processes, and they can be useful, but are they right for you?

How would it be for you if you knew what kind of diet works for you, what kind of marketing works for you, how you make money and generate wealth, how you can use your gifts to be of service to others in a way that feels fantastic to you?

We want to find that sweet spot where what we're doing works, is fun, and we feel great.

I love personality tests, because they help me understand myself. Not the "what type of animal are you in bed" type variety that gets shared all over Facebook, I can do without those.

I'm talking about the deep, nuanced, detailed systems that really give you something to work with.

Two of those systems that have really made a difference in my life is Scientific Hand Analysis, and Human Design. Both I know thanks to Baeth Davis.

Baeth_Davis-medium.jpgScientific Hand Analysis tells me that my life purpose is "Big Shot Spiritual Teacher in the Spotlight". That's literally the phrase that the system will "spit out" for me when you put my fingerprints into it.

There's no guessing or intuiting involved in this process. I have seven whorls on my hands. The six are on both of my thumbs, index fingers, and ring fingers, and the seventh in the palm of my right hand. That leads directly to that statement: "Big shot spiritual teacher in the spotlight". Thumb + index fingers add up to "big shot", the spotlight comes from the ring finger, and the whorl in my hand adds the spiritual teacher.

I cannot tell you how useful it's been for me to know this. When I first heard it, I felt so seen, and my shoulders dropped. I felt like I'd been given permission to be who I was. I had felt something like this for a while, but I'd always thought it was too pretentious, or I was too much, or the spiritual part had no value, that I should just be a "regular guy", and be content with mediocrity, and on and on.

This was a huge wake-up call. "No, this is really it, this is really who you are, how about you just get on with it?"

I could go on and on. There's lots more nuance in the hand analysis, and then when you add in the human design, there's so much more.

I'm telling you all of this right now, because Baeth is putting on an event a month from today, October 26-28, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

It's called "Gifted", and at the event, you will learn your Scientific Hand Analysis blueprint and your human design.

Actually, let me tell you this, too. I've had hand analysis done by three different analysts using this same system, and Baeth is by far the best, clearest, most insightful of them all. I've also had an hour and a half human design reading by someone other than Baeth, and then I've had Baeth look at my chart and in 5 minutes tell me things that were more insightful and actionable than what I got from an hour and a half with the other guy.

Baeth has a special gift for laying this stuff out in a way that's clear and useful. She's so good at really seeing people's uniqueness.

The event is only $397 until midnight Pacific THIS Friday the 29th. Regular price is $1997.

I'm not an affiliate. I get no commission on this. Baeth did not ask me to tell you about this.


I asked her if I could share it with you, because I know how life changing it's going to be for you, and I know how valuable and important the work that she does is, and I want to support both you and her.

You will come away with your specific design, so you know what the correct diet is for you, the best environment to be in, and how to make the business decisions that are going to work for you, and what you're revenue streams are going to be.

If that's not a no-brainer, I don't know what is.

Your life is about to change. For good.

Sign up right here.

And now for ...

Calvin's Random Links from around the Interwebs

Say hook & loop. NOT velcro. Now!

How booking.com manipulates you

The Fluent Forever app is coming, and you can still get in on the kickstarter. I'm glad he's doing it, that means I won't have to. It was on my list of businesses to do, but if he does a great job, I'll just be a happy customer.

With love,
–Calvin

PS. Even if Gifted is not for you, consider mentoring with Baeth.

Nick Bruun

Introducing Membership Sites

One of the things we've had requested the most in the last long while has been a design update to Spaces – the Simplero member sites as you know them right now. When we launched the Simplero Site in the beginning of the year, we promised that the next big thing we'd get to work on would be just that: bringing member sites in Simplero on par with the modern design of your Simplero site and what your customers generally have come to expect from an online business.

We had a number of ideas and requests that we knew would make member sites a lot stronger and a lot easier to work with. So, as we dug in to the work on reviving Spaces, it became obvious that the right path to go down was to take all our learnings and apply them anew to build a much stronger member site component of Simplero. Today marks the culmination of over a year's work, as we are beyond excited to announce the successor to Space: Membership sites.

Membership sites are built on the same platform as the Simplero sites, and thus offer a brand-consistent, modern and – dare I say – gorgeous look for your member sites, with the advanced page editor built right in as you're used to from your main site.

Just like you're used to with Spaces, Membership sites also feature not only a blog but also a forum and member directory. The big difference is, that Membership sites are built around the concept of a far more structured approach to the member site than Spaces, which makes a lot of exciting new things possible. The big part of this is that member sites now feature Courses with a structured curriculum and support for quizzes as part of the lesson plan.

There are so many things to show and tell about Membership sites, that we decided to do a (not so brief) video introduction of some of the more exciting parts of the new Membership sites:

Introducing Membership Sites

As for Spaces, you can keep using them just as you do today, and we'll keep them around for those who are already using them – we promise. There are still a lot of things we want to add to Membership sites, so if you feel like you're missing something, feel free to put in your requests for features – chances are, it's already on our list.

We are genuinely super excited to launch this new part of Simplero, and we truly cannot wait to see what you all build with it. You'll find Membership sites under Content in your administrative interface for you Simplero account, and you can learn a lot more about the specific of the new membership sites in our help section.

Calvin Correli

Comparison

I spent the weekend at Esalen at a Byron Katie workshop.

It was an amazing trip, even though I have to say I found Esalen to be a bit of a shithole. I’ve been wanting to go ever since Sofia Manning urged me to go in early 2011, but I didn’t make it until just now. My excitement and expectations were sky-high. And let down.

The food was crap, and I realized about a day in, that the entire place is literally amateur hour. Most people I talked to who work there come from some other background, and ended up doing some job with no particular training in, or love for, the particular work they’re doing.

It seems the place comes from some really great intentions, and if you go into it expecting great nature, and impotent but well-intentioned service, you’ll be in right at home. It wasn’t where I was coming from.

Oh, well. As always, I took the experience as fodder for my own businesses. I’m working on building a retreat center slash hotel slash resort in California, and the only thing about Esalen I’d want to copy is the nature. I learned a ton about how I want my place to be. Thank you, Esalen!

lamp-shade-medium.jpgThat’s not what I wanted to talk about, though. I wanted to talk about comparison. Something I’ve been very good at, to my own detriment, all of my life.

At some point, this sweet red-haired guy stood up and grabbed the mic and told about how he would frequently compare himself to others and he’d feel bad.

Katie responded, mapping out the uselessness of comparison. No matter how good you get, you can always find someone else to campare yourself to that’s better. And even if you really felt like you needed to be like someone else, where does it stop? The gender? The hair? The name? The mannerisms?

But then came the kicker: Imagine that you simply weren’t capable of comparing yourself to others. That thought simply couldn’t ever arise within you. How would that feel?

When she asked that question, the floor fell out from under me. I could suddenly feel that world. It felt so free. So peaceful. So present, right here. It was like a big chunk of my brain was freed up, ready to pursue something more meaningful, more important, more fun and exciting.

I didn’t even realize how much energy I was still spending comparing myself to others. I used to compare myself all the time and find myself fall short. These days, I tend to find myself doing pretty well most of the time, but apparently I was still comparing. The thought of letting go of all of that and just never compare myself to anyone or anything felt so liberating.

roman-pool-medium.jpgIt shifts the perspective completely. From “is this too much? too little? am I good enough? am I being weird? what are they thinking? am I ahead or behind? at this age, how far should I really be?” and on and on and on. To just having my awareness occupy all of the space my body is occupying. Just being here.

It’s hard to describe with words, but if you do the thought experiment with me, I’m sure you’ll feel your own version of this.

So that’s my invitation to you this week: What would life be like if you just weren’t able to compare yourself to anyone?

Hit reply and let me know.

Calvin's Fresh Interviews

Check out my latest interview with Michael of Intuitive Leadership Mastery as we discuss my intuitive naming for profits in business, how I picked my business name and product name using  intuition and more about my spiritual journey these past few years! (iTunes)

Calvin's Random Links from around the Interwebs

The most amazing, gorgeous aerial photographs.

New York has a new Office of Night Life. I love that. New York has changed a lot since I first moved here in 1999. It's gotten a lot more prudish. Great to see that this trend might be reversing a bit. As much as I can get enough of the noise in this city, I love that there's so much stuff going on. It's what makes New York. What gets to me is more the traffic and the constructions and the emergency vehicles, not the night life. And I even live on the Lower East Side, possibly one of the busiest night spots in town.

"The real story in this mess is not the threat that algorithms pose to Amazon shoppers, but the threat that algorithms pose to journalism" Journalism is in deep trouble these days. It's one of the most important things we need to fix as a society if we are to avoid falling apart completely. Are we up for the task? We'll see.

Love,
–Calvin

Deanna Buoniconti

News from Simplero: Integrations

Join us for Office Hours!

We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on Office Hours Deanna! It is always great to connect with you during the week, answer your questions face to face and share new ways to help Simplero work the best for you! For those of you who are new to Simplero, Office Hours are face to face times with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account.

This week, we have Office Hours scheduled for Thursday at 11am CEST (Danish time)  as well as next Thursday at 4pm PST / 7pm EST! You can sign up for the date and session you want to attend right here for the US Times and right here for the Danish/UK hours. Once you sign up, just hit reply and let us know what you would love to us cover!

Did you know you could do this?

Did you know that you can easily use Simplero with Lead Pages, Webinar Jam and Zapier?

While LeadPages does not have a direct integration with Simplero, you can still use Simplero and LeadPages together quite easily. Be aware, that their Drag & Drop Editor does not support an integration however. When using their “Standard” Template for a Leadpage or a Leadbox, you can find our tutorial here about how to have your opt ins, save to your Simplero list with just a few clicks!

Many of you have been asking about an updated integration with Webinar Jam's latest update. Check out our updated guide on how to integrated Webinar Jame with your account!

We know there are lots of programs you can use to make your life and business run smoothly.  Because of this, we do support Zapier Integration . Check out our updated Zapier guide to find out how you can connect your Simplero account seemlessly with other applications.  

For more information on all our Integrations, check out our full list line up here!

New Features in Simplero

This week has been a quiet one in Simplero land with regards to features, but for a very good reason. We're gearing up for the biggest feature release of the year, and we honestly can't wait to show you guys what we've been up to. If you're an affiliate, make sure you join us tomorrow for a walkthrough of what's to come! If not, rest assured it'll soon be in your hands! 

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Deanna Buoniconti

Earn Rewards and New WebinarJam Integration

Did you know you can earn rewards for writing about Simplero?

That's right. We've built a rewards program for those of you who don't quite yet qualify for our full affiliate program but you want to tell people about Simplero and be rewarded for your hard work. We love you for that, by the way.

So here's how it works: write a review of Simplero, share the URL and your publication date with us right here, and we'll enter you in a monthly drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card! 

Already wrote a review? Make sure it's updated with all the latest features and goodies Simplero offers and submit that post!

Full rules and details are here.

Join us for Office Hours!

We kicked off our new addition of Danish Office Hours! We love to get the change to connect with you all, answer your questions face to face and share new ways to help Simplero work the best for you! For those of you in European & Australian timezones, but sure to check out our new session offerings each week. For those of you who are new to Simplero, Office Hours are face to face times with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account.

This week, we have Office Hours scheduled for Thursday at 11am CEST (Danish time)  as well as next Monday at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CEST! You can sign up for the date and session you want to attend right here for the US Times and right here for the Danish/UK hours. 

New Features in Simplero

This week has been a bit quiet in the feature department of Simplero as we gear up for a major release within a month, that'll lift Simplero to the next level for you and your customers. We know that's a bit of a teaser, but at least for another week, indulge us, and we'll start revealing what we've been up to for the last many months.

However, in the mean time, we do have one exciting addition to Simplero this week: an integration with the new version of WebinarJam. Just like you've been used to with the old version of WebinarJam, you can now also add auto-registration links to your emails for the new version of WebinarJam that was released recently. Simply use the WebinarJam (2017) integration and you'll be all set. Check out the guide for setting up the integration for all the details.

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Calvin Correli

Renaissance Busines

I'm very fascinated with James Dyson. I read his autobiography about ten years ago, and I very much connected with him, because of his renaissance approach to business and entrepreneurship.

He is both an artist and an engineer. He studied at the Royal College of Art and then later moved to engineering.

Back during the renaissance, the artist was the scientist, and the scientist was the artist. Leonardo da Vinci is a clear example. There wasn't this separation that we've gotten used to today.

I relate, because that's how I've always felt. My first trip to Firenze (Florence for you Americans) was in 1997, and I immediately fell in love with not just the country and the culture, but also all of the cultural output that happened at the time. Such an exciting period of innovation in art and science and engineering, all at once. Such zest for knowledge about life and the world.

That's how I feel about things, too. I consider myself both an artist and an engineer. I think it's very healthy to be both.

I think a lot of people have learned that they're "not good at the art stuff" or "not good at the math stuff" (or engineering or computers or whatever it is), and then they just shy away from it and never really give it a go. I'm not saying we're all equal and the same and are going to be equally good at everything. What I am saying is, there's no reason to hold yourself back from going places even if you don't think you can do it. For years I thought I couldn't cook, or play guitar, or coach. Turns out, that was just a lie.

Incidentally, I was just watching a bit of an interview with James Dyson, and this bit jumped out at me:

... and we can charge a lot for it, and then make a lot of money. And that's important. There's no point in doing a business if it's not going to make a lot of money.

Well said, Sir Dyson. That's a very good point. And a good reminder. I love how just straight-up he is about that point.

According to wikipedia, he has a net worth of about $10 billion. Dammit, I want that, too! :)

Calvin's Random Links from around the Interwebs

Fall foliage map so you can plan your falling leaves trip! 

No one murdered because of this image!

I had a bit of a recent customer service situation with Dyson, so I wrote an open letter to the man himself. No word on whether he's seen it, but I did hear back from a higher-up today and they're sending me a new battery.

With love,
–Calvin

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Deanna Buoniconti

Danish Office Hours, Importing Your WordPress Blog and Send Broadcasts to Individual Contacts

Join us for Office Hours — Additional Weekly Sessions!

Office Hours have been such a great time for us to connect with you and help answer your questions face to face! In fact, that we have decided to also have hours for our customers in the European & Australian timezones.  If you are a new Simplero customers, Office Hours is face to face time with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account.

This week, We have Office Hours scheduled for Thursday at 11am CEST (in Danish!)  as well as Thursday at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CEST (in English)! You can sign up for the date and session you want to attend right here for the English version and right here for the Danish ones.

Did you know you could do this?

We have been adding some great new features for your Simplero Site! If you haven't already, you can now import all your Wordpress Blogs to your Simplero site! Just follow these easy steps outlined in this guide!  Another new exciting feature is that non Simplero User can now leave comments on your blog without a log in. Check out how to change your settings to take advantage of this feature! Don't forget, that you can now share your blog post with our new Twitter Integration!  Check out how to set this great new integration up here!

New Features in Simplero

Sometimes it's super useful to be able to send a broadcast to just one or a few individual contacts. Previously, you've had to either create a separate list or target them with a segment to do this. However, now you don't have to do any of that. Now, you can just add contacts directly as recipients of a broadcast, just like you'd add lists, product participants or segments. Simply go to the recipients list for a broadcast and click Add contact at the bottom of the list to select a customer:

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Remember, if you click Backspace and clear the preselected value in the field, you can search in all your contacts. We hope this feature makes your life a lot easier, especially when sending one-offs or testing new broadcasts.

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Calvin Correli

Why

We've all heard the phrase "Start with why" by now.

Truth is, it's taken me a while to get to my "why".

Interestingly, I've known it for a while. I guess I've kinda known it always. But that doesn't mean I've owned it, or consciously known it.

Four years, five months, and five days ago, I was living in Mysore, India. It was my birthday, and my wife had invited me for a walk around the lake near the university. She'd prepared a bunch of questions to ask me. Good, deep, inquisitive questions. One of them was, I believe, something along the lines of "if you could do anything, what would it be?" I'm not sure that was the question, because the only thing I really remember is the answer. I blurted out a sentence I'd never uttered, or even thought before: "I want to be a special advisor to the President of the United States on Conscious Nationbuilding." And then I cried.

I cried tears of joy and pride and greatness and feeling small and big at the same time. I cried tears of surprise and confusion. Tears of awe and generosity and relief. It lasted for quite a while, and I've never forgotten that moment. 

Since my moment of awakening in 2008, I thought my life purpose was to transform entrepreneurship. And it is. But it's so much bigger than that. I want to redefine how we organize ourselves individually, as well as collectively, at every level, from families to schools to companies to communities to cities to nations to globally. These are the things I'm excited about, and I see possibilities that I have not seen anyone else talk about. It defies any of the current labels as either left or right, spiritual or secular, religious or atheist.

[Side note, when I say "spirituality", I really just mean "reality". Most people don't actually live in reality. They live in a small world constructed of their deeply held beliefs. Their beliefs govern what they can see and experience. They define their world. I really dig just living in the world as it is. It's a pretty darn incredible place, and full of so much beauty and fun and excitement, and sometimes drama.]

The other day, I had a meeting with a potential large customer for Simplero, someone I'm super excited to bring on board, and he asked me what I saw as my purpose and goals. I did notice the fearful voice saying "uh-oh, is he going to think I'm not fully dedicated to Simplero?" but I've long ago decided that there's no point in trying to hide my true self in order to win a customer, so I just told him what I just told you. And he loved it, so much so that he immediately put me in touch with a good friend of his that he thinks could be a good connection in this.

The lesson for me was that starting with why really makes a difference. Of course, it has to be the right why. It has to be the truth. You cannot have a business that you started in desperation just to make a buck, and then slap on some fancy-sounding "why". People are going to see right through that.

If that's the case, much better to just be honest and say "my why is to get rich doing mediocre work while charging a premium", and there are probably people who would respect you for that and buy from you anyway. After all, that's pretty much the "why" for the majority of businesses out there, but most of them aren't honest. Honesty is always refreshing.

Don't be ashamed if you don't know your why. It took me till the age of 43 to really figure out mine, even though I thought I had it almost 10 years ago.

It's never too late. All it takes is an open mind and an open heart. Love and curiosity towards yourself and others. That's it.

Have fun with it!

Calvin's Random Links from around the Interwebs

If you want to read more about what I'm up to with this, I wrote this over the weekend.

I feel great! (via Dave Winer)

Apparently this is the original of Natalie Imbruglia's Torn. Never thought about it. Still a great song. Lis Sørensen did some amazing stuff back then. This is still a super classic. As is this.

With love,
–Calvin

Deanna Buoniconti

Unengaged Contacts and Shortlinks

Join us for Office Hours!

We are excited that so many of you have been joining us for Office Hours! If you are a new Simplero customers, Office Hours is face to face time with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. We had another great Office Hours yesterday and hope you'll join us next weeks with your great questions!

This week, Office Hours will be on Thursday at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CEST and you can sign up for the date you want to attend right here!

Did you know you could do this?

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Locating Unengaged (AKA inactive) subscribers is great for a few reasons, one would be to retarget them and get them back into conversation with you and connected to your products and services, or on other hand if they have been in active for a while maybe you want to remove them from your list. Read more about how to find unengaged contacts here.

If you want to clean up your list and remove your inactive contacts, we have a few options for you. Read more here about how to use our new "clean up" feature!

New Features in Simplero

This week sees another small but super useful addition to Simplero: shortlinks. In many cases it's helpful not to have to give people a super long URL to visit (both when giving it physically and on social media, where there are sometimes length constraints), as well as being able to track how many people have visited a page through a channel. You can now create shortlinks in Simplero for exactly this purpose. So, instead of your very long URL, you can now simply give people a link to smpl.ro/yourshortlink and track the visits. To create shortlinks, go to MarketingShortlinks in your administrative interface, or read the full guide on shortlinks.

Shortlink

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

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