Imagine finally being the proud owner of a business that really works!
Yes that means you, doing something you love & that feels natural and actually makes money - not just the odd payment here & there but regular, repeatable, reliable money.
This is what the Pioneer Programme will do for you.
When the pandemic hit us, I decided to take the Pioneer Programme that had been priced at £2970 and reformulate it into something at a more affordable price point that many more people could take
The result is something that offers the opportunity to have me walk you through the syllabus of the Pioneer Programme over 90 days in sync with a friendly group of supportive people all taking part at the same time.
We'll build your business, brand, offer, copy, and marketing strategy together and you'll get personal input from me in our regular Office Hours sessions so that you make your first sales faster than you would ever expect and come away with a business that is finally working.
The Pioneer Programme itself will kick off on 6 July but when you join by this Friday 22 May, you will get immediate access to the Idea Breakthrough course (worth £297) which you can work through in advance of starting the Pioneer Programme, to generate and evaluate ideas, choose the right business idea that you can finally break through with, and even start to build interest in your business without needing an expensive website or elaborate marketing campaign.
We answer all of it in the Pioneer Programme
When I quit Deloitte I simply wanted to escape the 9-5 and find the creativity, freedom and self-expression I craved.
For the first couple of years I didn't get very far trying to work it all out on my own and things got pretty stressful. The breakthrough was when I joined a programme to get direct input from an experiened entrepreneur. I paid £6,000 to join and it terrified me but I made an additional £60,000 back in a year on top of what I was already making and ever since then I have had a unique 6-figure business that fits like me like a glove.
What's your dream?
To escape your job? To step off the freelance hamster wheel? To finally do something with that good idea stuck in your head? To show the doubters and haters around you (and yourself!) that you really can do this? To do something for a living that lights you up? To reach 6 figures and beyond? To be a keynote speaker? To get a book deal? To win lucrative corporate contracts?
Let's make your dream a reality together.
The Pioneer Programme is not a course you study on your own. It is a 3-month journey where we all work together to deliver you your new business (or next phase of your current business if you have one).
The world is a crowded place and the only way to stand out, attract people easily, and charge high prices is to position yourself as something unique, as one of a kind. That doesn't mean changing what you want to do, it's just a matter of creating the right spin - and that's what I do for you in the Pioneer Programme.
Join us to take what's different about you, your passions and geeky obsessions, your challenges and life experiences, and use them to create something no one else can - a unique brand and business that generates word-of-mouth buzz, exciting media coverage, and a steady flow of clients.
Right now this might seem far-fetched from where you sit but I've achieved all this multiple times - creating the Scanners Night event in London that got featured in the Daily Mail, Daily Express and multiple magazines, writing the book Screw Work Let's Play that defined its genre, was recommended by The Sunday Times and translated into 10 languages, and creating the online programme The Ideas Lab 30 Day Challenge with over 1300 participants generating 100s of 1000s of pounds in revenue.
And I've helped many clients to do the same - to quit their jobs, become famous in their field, attract press and TV coverage, and make their mark on the world. You can see some of them on this page.
Now I've distilled everything I've learned over 15 years into The Pioneer Programme.
"I have taken many marketing courses. They are all very good at giving you all sorts of stuff but for some reason, they (almost all of them anyway) seem to fall short of actually giving you the 'meat'. With John, I managed to get the mind shift I was looking for - a way of thinking, of understanding situations. My way of looking at things has changed and that is what a great program is able to do. It feels like I have reinvented myself :) And this happened because John is a natural at copywriting - something I aspire to become one day!" - Michel
YOUR VIRAL BRAND & NICHE
If you're concerned about standing out in a crowded field with many competitors (some of whom are much better known), we will solve that for you by creating your own unique brand that gets attention and makes you the go-to person for the thing you love doing (so that you can charge accordingly!).
More than that, you have the chance to spread a powerful message or idea and actually impact the world in a meaningful way – you get to leave a legacy.
YOUR 100K STANDOUT OFFER
Let's talk money! A cool brand is all very well but it's worthless without a way to make money from it.
In the Pioneer Programme we will create a standout offer/package/service/product/programme that we know can make you 100K - because that's something worth putting the marketing effort into.
And we'll prove it too - by selling it!
YOUR 100K PLAN
If you're running out of steam trying to get people to buy, you can relax now. Because you and I are going to be creating a simple personal plan to generate sales quickly, and build your brand without the overwhelm.
You'll know what you need to do - and what you don't need to worry about - to generate your first 20k of sales that proves your new offer really works. And you'll have a simple strategy to establish your brand and build your following at the same time so that you can scale up to making 100K+.
Dr Liz Bonet describes her experience of creating her Sleep Better Feel Better course on the Pioneer Programme with John
Srabani Sen OBE talks about nailing her offer and creating value for others with John's Pioneer Programme.
"The Pioneer Programme provided the structure, accountability and social support I needed to keep going. Making this career change was both exciting and terrifying... There's a lot of different aspects to running your own company and John gives you the essentials in the areas that make the biggest impact...
Without the course, I don't think I would have had the bravery to go it alone. Thank you, John and team." - Mary
YOUR VIRAL BRAND & NICHE
I walk you through finding the unique message, niche & brand inside what you do so that you stand out, get remembered, and win press coverage.
YOUR 100K STANDOUT OFFER
Discover how to create one thing that you would love to do & that others will be eager to buy. And when you've done that once, you can do it again!
YOUR COPY THAT SELLS
Discover the secrets to describing what you offer in a way that makes it irresistible to buyers - without being cheesy or salesy.
MAKE YOUR FIRST 20K - FAST
Discover the faster way to get buyers without elaborate social media and marketing funnels
YOUR 100K MARKETING PLAN
Create a one-page marketing plan with the minimum number of marketing tasks to make your first 100K
YOUR 30-MINUTE CHUNK CHECKLIST
You'll go away with a simple list of tasks you can do in 30 minutes or less so you can make progress even when you're busy
A week-by-week online syllabus designed to walk you through the creation of your business whilst working alongside a motivated group of fellow Pioneers
Get direct input from John on your business 3 x a month and link up with the rest of the Pioneer community
Our accountability coach will keep you on track
Take simple actions on our one day workshop that will make you money
Join the discussion, share your successes, ask for opinions
Use the time before we start the Pioneer Programme on 6 July to find or fine-tine your idea and start building a following with the BREAKTHROUGH IDEA course
I've been doing sustainability consultancy & bespoke training development. I've been invited to speak at events and I've even started career coaching for sustainability professionals. I'm pleased to say that it is already profitable for me with a gross income close to £33k. Thank you John, because a lot of the ground work was done in the Pioneer Programme. - Virginia
John is bestselling author of two books translated into ten languages and his advice has been featured in numerous newspapers & magazines.
John's entire career has been in innovation - Senior Managing Consultant at Deloitte, special effects software developer for Disney, independent consultant to the BBC.
He is founder of The Ideas Lab, has run one-of-a-kind sell-out events for creative people in London for 12 years, and created programmes with 1000s of global participants making 100s of 1000s of pounds.
Whether it's technology, consulting, freelancing, writing or business coaching, John has proved himself as a pioneer.
"The past 5 years wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn't met."
Rik Spruyt Founder & Managing Director - CrossTrades OBL
"The Pioneer Programme provided the structure, accountability and social support I needed to keep going. Making this career change was both exciting and terrifying and having people alongside you having done it and others going through it keeps you going when the fear sets in. There's a lot of different aspects to running your own company and John gives you the essentials in the areas that make the biggest impact. This team is hugely encouraging and I have been exposed to people from all walks of life and industries I would not have had insight into without this programme. Without the course, I don't think I would have had the bravery to go it alone. Thanks a million for believing in me John, when I wasn't 100% sure in myself." - Mary Doyle, Rocket Girl Coaching
Mary Doyle Founder - Rocket Girl Coaching
"I have taken many marketing courses. They are all very good at giving you all sorts of stuff but for some reason, they (almost all of them anyway) seem to fall short of actually giving you the 'meat'. With John, I managed to get the mind shift I was looking for - a way of thinking, of understanding situations. My way of looking at things has changed and that is what a great program is able to do. It feels like I have reinvented myself :) And this happened because John is a natural at copywriting - something I aspire to become one day!" -
"Thought I'd let you know my successes:
- Just about to hit my first £10K - My first client - the London Transport Museum - has asked me to bid for supporting them - Been commissioned by the South London Gallery to help orientate their senior leadership team on their Diversity & Inclusion journey - Did a pro bono one hour consultation for a household name campaigning charity yesterday which looks likely lead to work next year - Am now a regular columnist for Charity Times and was a judge in their Charity of the Year awards this year - Been invited already to speak at two events next year"
Srabani Sen OBE Full Colour
"John doesn't just deliver you a load of videos and leave you to get on with it. He is invested in your success."
Michael MacMahon Public Speaking Coach & Radio Host
"I found my 1:1 consultations with John on the Pioneer Programme extremely useful for moving past points where I felt stuck. John has a real knack of looking at your jumbled up thoughts that are all over the place and then summarising them concisely." - Sarah Rogers-Hart, Kids Screw You Up
"John helped me right from the start to narrow down all my ideas to focus on the one that really excited me. He helped me take it further from a concept to being something tangible and used his network of contacts to help provide direction and guidance in a completely new area for me. John has a wealth of experience related to starting up businesses and helped inspire confidence for me to keep going with my new venture." - Sanjay Sony, Naturalworks Nutrition Bars
"Working with John gave me a real confidence boost and a clearly defined plan that produced my first four figure executive career coaching sale. His ongoing support and advice have proved invaluable." - Amechi Udo, Career Change Strategist
"Working with John helped me dig out this formerly 'crazy idea' that I was secretly excited about but too scared to actually do. John encouraged me to launch it as a play project which was a blast and I really got to experience the value my 'crazy idea' brought to people! Without John's no-nonsense straight-talking input Colour the City may still be a 'crazy idea' in the back of my cupboard - and I'm so pleased it isn't!" - Debbie Warrener
"John gave me inspiration, opened my mind to more ideas, and I left the meeting with a concrete plan of what to do next. He helped me to package my ideas and my unique selling points in a way that doesn't sound 'salesy' which is something very important to me and why I chose to work with him in the first place." - Adele de Caso
"Trust in the Pioneer Programme process. Put the work in and you will make & get results." - Sarah
your fingerprint and that is making real revenue
For those outside the EU (or VAT-exempt), each payment is approx. US$1020
First payment of £277.08 (exc VAT) is taken now, then one in 45 days, and final 45 days after that
For those outside the EU (or VAT-exempt), each payment is approx. US$340
"Without the course, I don't think I would have had the bravery to go it alone. Thanks a million for believing in me John, when I wasn't 100% sure in myself." Mary Doyle Rocket Girl Coaching
"I’ve bought other courses and not really got anywhere - and sometimes not even completed them so I'm worried about buying another one"
I confess I've bought courses I have never even looked at! But do you know the ones that I actually used and got massive value out of? The ones that weren't just home study courses but had direct input from people with a lot of expertise.
And that's why I created the Pioneer Programme - not as a course you take on your own but as a powerful group experience that includes personal input from me throughout.
"Will this work for my business?"
The Pioneer Programme contains fundamental principles that work with pretty much any business. If you're in any doubt book a call to talk it over.
I will be honest with you if I think your business is not a good fit or you're not at the right stage.
"I don't have time right now. I'll do it another time..."
From the thousands of people I have helped over the last 15 years I guarantee you are wasting 50-90% of your time right now on things that will never pay off for you.
This is painful for me to see!
Let's speed the whole thing up and finally create you a business that works and make you some money!
You can take part in the Pioneer Programme in just an hour or two a week.
"I don't have the money right now."
The first programme of this kind that I took cost me £6,000. Now I see people at my level charge £10,000+ and you don't even get to speak to the leader personally!
I appreciate that even this remarkable deal is not a trivial sum of money but right now this is a one-off remarkable opportunity to achieve something amazing with my eyes on your progress throughout - all for a fraction of what most people charge.
Also consider this: our goal is something you can offer that we know will make 100K at least and we'll get you making sales FAST.
How many sales would you need to make at least your money back? There's a good chance that after the Pioneer Programme (when I've shown you how to put your prices up!) it might be one sale! If you're selling at a lower price point, it might be three or four.
If I couldn't get you one or even four sales quickly, I wouldn't still in business!
Remember that you can pay in one instalment or in 3 and you can pay by credit card or PayPal.
Ultimately if you're concerned, book a call with me and if I don't think you can easily make many times your money back pretty quickly I will say so and will recommend you don't join.
"Trust in the Pioneer Programme process. Put the work in and you will make & get results." - Sarah
"John doesn't just deliver you a load of videos and leave you to get on with it. He is invested in your success." - Michael MacMahon, Public Speaking Coach & Radio Host