Thanks for turning into the Instant Impact podcast with your host, Elyse Archer! Today’s guest is only the second repeat visitor since the start of the show. His name is Gideon Shelwick, an Australia-based serial entrepreneur who has been visible in the online space through video since 2006. He’s created multiple successful businesses, most recently Splasheo, a video captioning service that’s used by some of the biggest names out there. He’s here today to talk with Elyse about creating an impactful message for your brand.
Gideon has developed a simple, 1-page framework for creating a compelling, effective message for your brand. The canvas he’s created helps solve a number of problems surrounding messaging in your video content—not producing a message that resonates with your audience, a lack of conversation to action (things such as likes, shares, comments, and even signups and sales), and creating engageable content. This scaffolding helps you solidify a core message from which everything else flows. It can be translated into any sort of content you put out—it becomes ‘what you’re about’ all on 1 page.
The structure of Gideon’s canvas aims to land on that core message. There are two large sections of his framework. One section represents where your audience is, and the other represents where they want to be. Between the two, is the Journey–the way you move the Avatar (the person you want to connect with) to Hero. You, the mentor, facilitate that growth and have a section as well. Your message, Gideon says, is the “boat” that carries your audience on their journey from “Pain Island” to “Pleasure Island.” The underlying drive is you. Your mission is what will be the force that leads you to your achievements. You are the piece of the puzzle that pulls it all together.
He goes on to break down the subsections of his framework and describes a shortcut for finding your “Avatar.” He explains that this person is your target client, there is a good chance there are others like them. It’s not 20, 50, 100 people that you’re trying to speak to–it’s one person. He breaks down their problem, pain, and the antagonist–the active cause of all the trouble.
Next, the breaks down the “Hero” side of his canvas. This is where your Avatar has gone through their transitional growth. He asks “what has been the transformation?” He goes on to talk about the reward or outcome, the benefits, and the mentor. All these sections share a common theme–feelings. It is about the developments your Hero makes emotionally.
Gideon talks about the journey. It’s simple–it’s just the steps you will have your Avatar make to transform into a Hero. This is a custom branded solution or methodology. This is meant to help you stand out in your space.
The most challenging part of this framework is finding and building your message. It will probably come to you naturally after having done all the other work, Gideon says. This can (and should) be a brief, concise, effective phrase that informs your audience what you’re about.
Finally, he discusses the Mentor’s Mission. This is everything you’ve built your business on. You have a mission! This is your place to write it into practice.
Thanks for tuning into the Instant Impact Podcast with Elyse Archer. In today’s episode, Elyse is sitting down with Gideon Shalwick. Gideon an Australia-based serial entrepreneur who has been visible in the online space through video since 2006. He’s here today to talk with Elyse about creating an impactful message for your brand through a simple, 1-page framework canvas he developed.
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