[436] Copycats, trolls and other troublemakers: dealing with the dark side of online business

Is your fear of being trolled or bullied online holding you back from being visible and building your online audience?

Maybe you’ve been trolled or had to deal with copycats and you’re not sure how to handle it?

If ANY of that resonates with you then this special podcast episode recorded at my LIVE online event 2021 Sorted is a must-listen.

You’ll hear from four online business owners: sales expert Jessica Lorimer, blogger Natalie Lue, passive income expert Lisa Johnson and online coach Dan Meredith.

They share their experiences of online trolls, bullies and copycats and some of their stories may shock you.

Discover practical strategies and tips for dealing with the dark side of online business. Find out what to do if you find yourself being bullied or trolled online or if someone is ripping off your work.

You’ll get tips on building your resilience – as well as how to reframe what’s happening to you. And why the content you create – can have a BIG impact on people’s reaction to you.

Plus tips on how to avoid making a bad situation worse and when (and if) you should get legal.


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Podcast shownotes

  • Why I decided to create this podcast episode (01:30)
  • About 2021Sorted and the level up sessions (04:08)
  • How Jessica dealt with an online troll (09:42)
  • Natalie’s experience with a stalker and online troll (12:55)
  • Why you should never feed a troll (14:40)
  • How Natalie deals with people who copy her work (15:00)
  • Why you need to be careful about going in all guns blazing (16:39)
  • Why you need to make sure you have your legal paperwork in order (17:29)
  • How Lisa got bullied online and deals with online bullies (18:26)
  • Why getting a troll means you’re being visible (21:29)
  • Why you should get legal advice when there’s slander (21:52)
  • Why you should never hold back being visible for fear of getting a troll (22:48)
  • Why you’ll always get trolls when you’re successful (24:32)
  • How Dan’s online tribe killed off his trolls (25:05)
  • What happens if you share polarising content (26:00)
  • Why Dan doesn’t like to be polarising and stays in his lane (26:22)
  • Why you should focus on the positives and ignore the negative (29:16)
  • Why you have to remember it’s them not you  (31:31)
  • Why you have to be ready to have awkward conversations (34:51)




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[397] How to create content that attracts corporate clients with Jessica Lorimer (podcast)


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