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Four Pillars to Business Growth: Marketing, Sales, Operations, Finance Featuring Marques Ogden
16th August 2022 • LaQuita’s Toolbox • LaQuita Monley
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Four Pillars to Business Growth: Marketing, Sales, Operations, Finance Featuring Marques Ogden

Do you want to take your business to the next level? Are you tired of feeling stuck and not seeing the results you desire? Look no further, as MARQUES OGDEN has the solution to achieving the key to entrepreneurial success - mastering execution. By implementing proven strategies to improve your execution, you can pave the way to achieving your business goals and reaching new heights.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Uncover the four critical elements for establishing a thriving business.
  • Realize the impact of marketing and multiple touchpoints in driving business growth.
  • Master the art of execution through tactical, efficient, and concentrated efforts.
  • Enhance personal development while tackling adversity with resilience.
  • Unveil the incredible benefits of having a coach in both personal and professional spheres.

My special guest is MARQUES OGDEN

Introducing Marques Ogden, a dynamic keynote speaker, executive coach, consultant, and three-time best-selling author based in Raleigh, North Carolina. As the co-host of The Lev and Marcus Show, a podcast ranked in the top 1.5% globally, Marques knows how to engage and inspire entrepreneurs. His personal journey of building an eight-figure construction business, facing financial challenges,

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Hire a coach or mentor to improve your sales skills and communication.
  • Focus on improving your public speaking and communication skills to better connect with potential clients.
  • Implement the four major factors of any successful business: marketing, sales, operations, and finance.
  • Utilize the three Organizational Development Implementation Pillars: focus, strategy, and execution.
  • Ensure excellent operational excellence, quality product assessment and delivery, and customer experience delivery.
  • Follow up consistently with potential clients to increase the chances of closing a sale.
  • Invest in marketing efforts beyond social media, such as media news publications, online publications, TV interviews, podcasts, and radio.
  • Consider hiring a publicist to help increase media exposure and brand recognition.
  • Develop an elevator pitch to clearly and concisely communicate your product or service.
  • Take leadership self-assessment exams and financial acumen exams to improve your leadership skills and financial knowledge.

Four Major Factors of Successful Business

A successful business comprises four crucial elements: marketing, sales, operations, and finance. Each of these factors is instrumental in building a strong foundation for a thriving enterprise. Effective marketing strategies help a business connect with its target audience and make its presence known in the competitive market. Sales strategies are responsible for converting potential leads into satisfied customers, while systematic operations ensure a smooth and efficient work environment. Lastly, strong financial management provides the company with adequate resources and stability to grow. During the podcast, Marques Ogden emphasized the importance of these four key components in building a successful business. He shared his insights on the crucial role of marketing in reaching target audiences and the importance of creating multiple touchpoints for potential customers. Ogden also discussed how his own experience in working with Fortune 500 companies shaped his views on the necessities of a thriving business.


Effective marketing is pivotal for a business to reach its target audience and build brand awareness. Businesses must create a robust marketing strategy incorporating various platforms such as social media, online publications, news publications, TV interviews, and radio. With a strong marketing presence, a company can create multiple touchpoints with potential customers, strengthening its visibility and impact. Marques Ogden highlighted the significance of marketing in driving people to a business website or other endpoints to engage them further. He also shared his success story after hiring a publicist, which led to feature stories in online publications like Authority Magazine and a forthcoming appearance on BuzzFeed. Ogden emphasized the power of marketing in propelling business expansion and gaining credibility in the market.

Importance of Public Speaking Skills

Effective public speaking skills are essential in the business world, especially for entrepreneurs who need to impress investors, connect with customers, and inspire their teams. The ability to convey a message confidently and concisely significantly impacts the audience's perception of a speaker and their business offering. Marques Ogden underlined the importance of public speaking during the podcast, describing how his experience in professional sports provided him with unique insights into communication. He mentioned the necessity for crisp and concise delivery in sales, and how developing communication skills contributed to his transition from the NFL to entrepreneurship.

Benefits of Having a Coach

Professional coaching can provide invaluable guidance and support to budding entrepreneurs. By offering tailored advice, personalized support, and proven strategies, a coach can help individuals sharpen their skills, overcome obstacles, and reach new heights in their business endeavors. LaQuita Monley and Marques Ogden discussed the role of coaching in their lives and its impact on their professional growth. Ogden detailed his own experience working with a coach who helped him master his elevator pitch, emotionally connect with people, and hone his business skills through assessments. Monley emphasized how having a coach can lead to heightened personal and business success.

Investing in Yourself

Investing in personal and professional development is critical for entrepreneurs seeking long-term success. This investment can take various forms, such as attending workshops, hiring a coach, or pursuing educational opportunities. The aim is to gain valuable insights, develop new skills, and ultimately, increase your business's overall potential. The importance of investing in personal growth was a recurring theme in LaQuita Monley's conversation with Marques Ogden. Ogden shared his experiences investing in self-improvement and how it significantly contributed to his business success, allowing him to purchase a new home and invest in a vacation property in Puerto Rico. Both Monley and Ogden encouraged listeners to allocate resources towards their development to achieve their personal and entrepreneurial ambitions.

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