All Posts by Gary Korisko

10 Why the World Needs You to Be an Authentic Leader


When I first started out online, I spent a lot of time looking for the insider tips, tricks, and secrets to getting myself noticed.

And I quickly learned something – as I’m sure you have too.

There is no one secret.

As much as I love the blogosphere, it also has its downsides. Like not-so-subtly suggesting that there are easy answers, sure-fire guru formulas, and so-called secrets of quick success.

In reality, those things don’t exist. At least not in an “instant success” kind of way. Sure, there are sometimes simple answers to individual problems. There are for sure shortcuts in a lot of situations, and there are tips and hacks that can make things happen faster.

But silver bullets and magic wands? Not so much.
Continue reading

23 Why All Those Nifty Expert Marketing Tips Have Gotten You Nowhere (And How to Fix it)

I understand your

Over time, you’ve followed a number of successful people who have risen to the level of fame and fortune you’d like to achieve.

Out of a burning desire to succeed, you study every word they write, and you consume every detail of their rags to riches stories.

You’ve worked hard.

You’ve done the reading, you’ve taken volumes of notes, and you may have even forked over a hand full of your hard earned cash to those authorities in exchange for what was billed as expert advice.

That sound right so far?

But here’s the knot-in-your-stomach, frustrating part.

It hasn’t gotten you very far, has it?
Continue reading

4 5 Ways Tribe Conference Taught Me to Be a Better Leader


You’re a good person, right?

You generally treat people well, your intentions are good…

heck, you probably even pay your taxes on time and avoid speeding whenever the cops are watching. And that ought to count for something, right?

Ok – so that’s a little tongue-in-cheek. But the point is that it’s pretty easy to be “passively good.”

I’m not saying I’m personally any different. It’s human nature to wait in the wings and let someone else go first.

On the other hand, you want to be someone worth following. A person of note. A leader of leaders.

I know you see this coming, right? There’s a conflict there. You can’t be passively good and expect great things. There needs to be some risk involved, and you can bet there’ll be some skinned knees and bloodied noses along the way.


Continue reading

15 Urgent vs Important: Why Choosing Wrong Can Derail Your Dreams

Urgent vs Important

See if this story sounds familiar.

You’re totally exhausted after a busy, action-packed day.

Throughout the day, you fielded dozens of emails, took and placed more phone calls than you can count, helped everyone who asked for help – and handled everything else that popped up.

You were crazy busy nearly every second.

As your day winds down and afternoon begins turning to evening, you finally pause long enough to take a deep breath, reflect upon your day, and think…

“Wait… The whole day is GONE and I didn’t accomplish a damn thing!”
Continue reading

25 The Surprising Truth About Building Authority: Crushing the Stereotype

building authority

No doubt you’ve heard the expression, “ignorance is bliss.”

Is it? Seriously?

I mean really… bliss?


Maybe during a week-long tequila-soaked bender in Cancun you might want to forget your troubles and responsibilities and go loco for a while. In that case, ignorance might be bliss.

Until you get home and check your email.

But ignorance isn’t bliss over the long haul. Not when you’re running a business… or supporting a family… or holding down a job… or trying to pull off anything ambitious, really.

So what, if anything, is ignorance good for?
Continue reading

12 Confession of a Lifelong Salesman: The Two Faces of Persuasion


I have a confession to make.

I haven’t always been as comfortable in my own skin as I might let on. For years I’ve been at odds with myself. Having spent over 20 years in sales and marketing, I’ve walked the line between my area of expertise and my moral compass.

I love working in sales. Properly done, it’s a challenging and fulfilling profession that benefits all parties involved.

But as there usually is, there’s another less altruistic side to this coin. It’s the darker, greasier side of persuasion that often puts me at odds with my beloved field of expertise.

The side I don’t want to be associated with.
Continue reading

17 You Already Know Enough To Succeed


Do me a

Read this post quickly – then go do something enthusiastically.

Take action.


There is a world of difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
-Bill Phillips.

Those words from Bill Phillips both motivate and haunt me. What do they do for you?

Do they remind you of a time when you chose to be a person of action, took on a big challenge, and kicked its ass?

Or does it remind you of all those plans you could have, should have, would have executed if only…
Continue reading

25 How to Overcome Adversity and Steal Its Power


Does it ever seem like you have more adversity in your life than other people do?

As if everyone around you is having an easier time of things than you are?

You begin to feel sorry for yourself and think, “Why does this stuff always happen to ME?”

It seems as if even though you continue to endure punch after punch and still keep your feet under you – life always has another crushing body blow in store for you.

Every time you take yet another beating, persevere and turn a corner… someone is waiting around that corner ready to crack you over the head again with a sock full of pennies.

We’ve all been there. Myself included. And it’s awful.

When you’re hit over and over again with these challenges, it’s easy to let yourself start focusing on everything through a lens of negativity and start to believe that you’re picked on, victimized, or unlucky.

But what if I told you that just the opposite could be true – that you can choose to exploit adversity to your advantage?
Continue reading

24 How I Saved My Sanity and Boosted My Online Business by Doing Less (and How You Can Too)


Have you ever felt totally overwhelmed? Not just regular busy… I’m talking completely slammed, under the gun, over-committed, and hopeless?

You’ve been there before, haven’t you? As you mentally assess all the things you have to accomplish in the next several days, you begin to realize there’s no way you’re going to get it all done.

Then that horrible stunned feeling washes over you. You know the one.

You feel hot and flushed, there’s a knot in your stomach, and you notice a growing pressure in your head which you just know (in your non-medical opinion) is not just your garden-variety migraine.

Nope. This one is one of those Scanners head-popping headaches.

In your mind, you can picture the faces of the people who are depending on you to finish all those things that you have no earthly chance of finishing. You imagine what they’ll think of you if you don’t come through.
Continue reading

24 How to Make Your Call to Action 55% More Effective


As a business person who makes a living marketing and selling your products and services, you wind up making a lot of requests of others, don’t you?

Read this…
Click here…
Share this…
Buy this…

Sometimes they cheerfully do what you ask, sometimes they reluctantly do what you ask, sometimes they ignore you, and other times they tell you to insert your request into certain uncomfortable places where “the sun don’t shine.”

And that’s all fine and dandy, right? It’s part of the game and a normal part of daily life for an entrepreneurial spirit such as yourself.

But here’s the thing: It’s in your best interest to figure out how to get more people to say yes and fewer people to say no.

What if I told you that with one simple mental tweak (which you can master before the end of this post) you could increase the number of people who say yes to your requests by as much as 30%?

It’s not only possible, it’s downright easy to do.
Continue reading

24 Is Your Site Leaking Traffic? Here’s How to Fix It



Your blog is leaking visitors.

And if you’ve read my last post, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

They visit, look around for a few seconds – and leave as suddenly as they came.

Most estimates say that the average web site visitor will give you only 10 seconds (or less) to make a great impression before they click away.

If you don’t make a dramatic impression… *poof!* They’re gone forever.

The painful truth is that if you can’t wow new visitors in the first few seconds, everything else means nothing.

Your epic content.

Your voice.

Your podcast.

Your webinars.

Your guest posts.

It.   Just.   Doesn’t.   Matter.

…unless you can get them to stay past those first 10 crucial seconds.


Continue reading