Your host, Tim Melanson talks to self-employed, home based "Work @ Home RockStars" to learn their best tips and tricks to be successful.
WHR 3.38 : Chris Delaney
Good Note: With low self-esteem from a young age, Chris always found himself in dead-end low paying jobs. Even landing himself a job paying 1£ an hour. Chris had a calling in life that he always wanted to help people but didn’t know how to make income in doing so. It started by helping with youth groups and disabled people with activities which came naturally to him. Later being asked to become a forklift instructor for the company he worked for, because of the “magic whisper “ that helped anxious colleagues.
Bad Note: Bad notes happen all the time. With that same forklift job, Chris had to go assess other company drivers. Along with that came writing which Chris had a hard time with being dyslexic. He managed to find a methods that helped him better understand spelling in a way that just made sense to him and enabled him to persevere. With new ways and perspectives, there is always a way.
Practice makes Progress: It becomes a subconscious thing with a lot of practice. Life is like learning a musical instrument, you hit your bad notes until you become aware of what it is you’re doing, and what can be done about it. Then the confidence in the subject will spread to different areas in your life. Momentum creates motivation.
Instruments: All about asking right questions to get people to think in a certain way.
Learning from the best: It doesn’t always need to be a professional paid coach, it can be friends and family depending on who you surround yourself with. Reassurance is good but mentors will pick it apart and challenge you to grow. Mentors come in all different ways such as books, films, music, etc… Listen and reflect constantly.
Chris Delaney is an interview coach, hypnotherapist, and author of ‘what is your interview identity’ Chris helps career professionals to succeed in job interviews.
WHR 3.37 : Allison Scholes
Good Note: After getting inspiration from her favourite Marvel villain character. She wondered how can she attract more people to her business and stand out. Be your own character and create your authentic content. Have intentions and goals even if mistakes are made in the process.
Bad Note: Dealing with imposter syndrome. Struggling with the decision of “ How do I approach this. ” Allison’s method is explained through the three C’s. Clarity, Content & Consistency.
Practice Makes Progress: Implement and get consistent. Regroup whenever you feel stuck and reignite that passion of why you are doing it. Acknowledge when you are not feeling creative and give yourself a grace period. Practice a “ brain dump ” to know what you need to get done each week and put them in categories.
Getting Fans: The three V’s for an online strategy. Variety, Video & Value.
Instruments of success: Creating your own planner that is linked to your devices. Having boundaries for your work life and know when you have time off.
Allison is an Instagram Coach and Podcaster. She helps mompreneurs build their Instagram presence through coaching, creative copy and content. Allison also hosts her Podcast, Social Media for Mompreneurs. Each week, the show helps busy moms build their brand online in just minutes a day—even when those minutes are hard to come by. Allison believes social media should be fun and easy, not daunting! With her sassy and fun personality, mixed with her creativity and love for sweatpants and coffee, she’s able to deliver the simple and creative tools to help mompreneurs boost their business with confidence and ease.
Allison has been featured on The Stefanie Gass Show, F.I.R.E.D. UP Podcast, She Makes An Impact Podcast, The Confident Podcast and more. She’s also been featured on OSSAcollective.com as a featured Podcaster and in Podcast Magazine featured in the Second Annual Top 50 Moms In Podcasting.
WHR 3.36 : Ibrahim Dar
Good Note: Ibrahim started his business and resigned from his head marketing job in high fashion the same month as the world wide lockdown. Started marketing personal development industry personalities. Releasing 25 books to have enough money to pay the salary of two full-time employees, then continued to scaled the business.
Bad Note: Diverting the question from business to a childhood experience. Being chastised as a kid for everything he said wrong, one day he was picked to speak in front of his school about sustainability. A paper that was completely memorized. After only stating his name, he completely forgot what to say. After going back to class the teacher pulled him aside to congratulate him on saying his name for the first time in front of that many people. That totally re-framed the way to think about your mistakes.
Getting Fans: Starting with the strategy of not going big. A deep discount for his clients that would go to the standard rate if they were to continue with his services. After 3 thousand discounts, 1 stuck around that eventually got him 20 more clients. Get 1 client and serve them well. Once you’re on the track of getting referrals, then you can continue with marketing and branding.
Tools: an emailing list for people to subscribe to. Once he realized that his social medias were a waste of time they were deleted so more time could be utilized elsewhere.
Ibrahim Dar is a UAE-based public speaker and the author of ‘Charm Like a Narcissist,’ a book about cultivating personal magnetism and improving social status. Dubbed ‘the motivational Machiavelli‘ by The Milestone Mag, Ibrahim’s approach to personal development is ruthlessly pragmatic and thoroughly practical. His style of deconstructing and tackling problems from a practical perspective has propelled his blog, Ibrahim in your Inbox, into the ‘Top 20 Most-Engaging Newsletters’ list compiled by the Impact Tribune.
His book, ‘Charm Like a Narcissist,’ has been translated into 7 languages and distributed in over 45 countries. It has found its way into several international reading lists and is discussed, cited, and studied in classrooms and student book clubs in over 12 universities.
As a professional speaker, Dar talks about attracting attention, building a narrative, and creating connections. His words have reached over 2 million people, with 18,000 returning to consume his content regularly.
He has given over 80 talks on improving social skills, accumulating personal power, and grabbing attention, including one at Middlesex University Dubai, a university from which he graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, Media, and Public Relations.
WHR 3.35 : Michal Stawicki
Good Note: Michal started his entrepreneur journey in 2017 as an author and advertising books. He reached out to his first client to help the client with sales. He brought the book sales from 5 to 100 in the first month. He then realized that he could provide value and continue with his business.
Bad Note: After selling one best seller after another, things seemed to be going good. The next book ended up flopping even after trying to revive the book several times. Discouraged by the lack of sales you take the lesson and carry on. Learn to write for the people that you will connect with. Do your market research in coming to that conclusion.
Learning from the best: Starting in the self help sector, you quickly realize that it’s about learning from others more than making things work by yourself. Learn from a successful self publisher on Amazon. By joining groups with similar interest, things started snowballing. Connecting with people was the one thing he wished he had done sooner. Now he is in the business of teaching others.
Practice Makes Progress: Deliberate practice takes energy, time & focus. There are different levels to it. As this is hard to keep up, try practicing in smaller increments to stay sharp and to not burn out. Learn from you critics and your compliments.
Keeping the Hat Full: When you have income, you must know how to divide it. Taxes, fixed cost, payroll, reinvestment, etc… Having multiple bank accounts to keep income in order.
In 2012, Michal read the book titled “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson, and he started to turn his life around. In the next nine years, he lost weight, broke over 200 personal fitness records, developed dozens of daily habits, doubled his income, started a book advertising business, liberated his wife from a day job, and published eighteen books sharing how he achieved all of the above.
He regularly blogs at ExpandBeyondYourself.com and the story of his life’s transformation was featured in the re-release of “The Slight Edge” in 2013.
WHR 3.34 : Nancy Mueller
Good Note: Being a life sensei, everything that she was able to work through, let go of & release in life has enabled generations going forward. Whether that was through her own family or helping clients break childhood trauma & break harmful family cycles. It is able to stop creating your future from your past.
Bad Note: Any failure is looking at the situation and realizing what opportunity is being given to learn. Nancy’s coaching business was a side hustle while she worked her full time corporate job. When she was going through her divorce she felt like there was nothing else to lose so she made the transition to work on her coaching business full time without a plan. Everything slowly started to happen with the manifestation of making it work.
Practice makes Progress: Everyday reassuring yourself with your vision. Your story is your vision. Reminding yourself of what you’ve done and where you’re going. When you’re truly empowered and know you are here for a reason, are debating on if you can do it or are you stepping into it.
(Example in the podcast)
Jam Room: Having an “I love me wall” as a reminder of your successes and what you do to practice self love, anything that raises you vibrational energy. You must be able to look around and change your environment mentally and light your fire.
Getting Fans: Whatever is causing you to doubt yourself, you must be able to step into the best vision of yourself. If you can say it and believe it, the way you come off to others is more relatable when they can feel it.
“ At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel “ – Maya Angelou
As the founder of Mastering Your Beliefs, Nancy’s clients usually refer to her as their “Sensei” a title from her days as a student, competitor and teacher in the Martial Arts.
Martial Arts taught Nancy that her strongest weapon is not her physical strength, it’s her inner strength.
During her journey to do whatever it was going to take to free her mind from the unresolved experiences of her childhood, she lost everything. Once she learned to let go of the past, she became unstoppable.
Nancy has experienced the joys of marriage, motherhood, being a home owner, becoming a grandmother, a great grandmother and the fulfillment of being an entrepreneur.
She’s also known the gut wrenching experiences of miscarriage, divorce, physical pain, trauma, childhood abuse that escalated to sexual abuse by the age of 12 and limiting beliefs about who she is and what she’s capable of.
Nancy loves working with entrepreneurs to teach them how to heal their inner child; so they can free themselves from their own unresolved childhood experiences. Mastering Your Beliefs is the way to stop allowing the negative experiences of your past to affect your future, thus enabling you to abandon your lack beliefs in favor of abundance – something every entrepreneur deserves to understand if they are going to take their business beyond their vision and discover the infinite possibilities they’re capable of!
WHR 3.33 : Kinga Mnich
SHOW NOTES Good Note: Being a social psychologist and leadership strategist, once COVID hit the world many companies started reaching out in regards to what they could do. She was successfully at helping companies shift their entire business from working in a store to working remotely.
Bad Note: At the beginning of lockdowns Kinga lost 70% of her contracts due to panic. It was the first time in her 17 years of remotely working where things dropped that much. Her over head was low and having savings helped in pushing forward.
Jam Room: Having a room for yourself will make the difference. Even if you don’t have a room, designate a corner or space. This area is for work and will help your brain distinguish what the task at hand is in that spot. You carry the work for your business at all times, use different areas to your advantage.
Band: 3 full-time employee and 2 consultants to help grow the business. Building relationships in real life and by having recommendations with LinkedIn profiles helped to find the right people. The people that will learn your work flow. With modern technology it makes it much simpler to hire locally and/or from around world.
Instruments: Simpler the better. Zoom calls to be able to engage 1 on 1 with a client or employee. Spreadsheets to navigate what needs to be done. Canva being easier to use than Photoshop.
Dr. Kinga Mnich is an international social-psychologist, educator and speaker specialist in emotions, positive psychology and gender. Her work solves myths of emotions by breaking down the complexity of the social & cultural concepts. Through her extraordinary research she brings new ways of understanding how we can use emotions to be who we want to be, create impact and flourish in life (and business).
Kinga started her first company at the age of 20 working from home and since then has never giving up her home office. No matter where in the world she is.
In her private practice she helps high-achievers & leaders reach their full potential by expanding their minds through the power of emotions.
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