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63 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Monika Tupholme – On Being Authentic With Your Audience, Making it Easy for Your Clients and Investing in Yourself
EPISODE 23 – MONIKA TUPHOLME – ON BEING AUTHENTIC WITH YOUR AUDIENCE, MAKING IT EASY FOR YOUR CLIENTS AND INVESTING IN YOURSELFToday we are talking with Monika Tupholme, CEO of Monika Tupholme.com and Mojo Moni.Monika otherwise known as Moni, took the leap to officially launch http://www.monikatupholme.com after years of juggling her corporate sales job, and her health and wellness side hustle all while raising a young family. She decided to go all in and put her efforts into one of her passion’s after recognizing that she could help others with things she had struggled with after she turned 40.Moni has over 25 years of experience as a certified Personal Trainer, Functional and Performance Nutritionist and Fitness Expert. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry. As a 49 year old Mom of 2 (3 if you count her hubby) she is a respected athlete and sought-after performance and fat loss specialist who works with busy, athletic women over 40+++ to help them lose hormonal inches and reconnect with who they really are. She is also the founder and creator of The 3M System to Rev Your Over 40 Metabolism and often appears in national online and print publications. Besides working with hundreds of women in 2021, she also became an Amazon Best Seller for her contribution to the book Pursuit: 365.Moni is great at sharing pieces of her life that most women over 40 can relate to. She is not afraid to be vulnerable and is willing to share her own experiences to help others. She has combined her personal and professional experience with her knowledge to create powerful solutions to help women figure out where and how to get started. It is all about metabolism, fat loss, and performance with solutions for meal prepping, exercise and managing stress plus so much more.One of the things I love about Moni is that she is constantly giving. She really does want to help people with their health and wellness and is invested in their journey.Every time I speak with Moni I learn something new, have a good laugh or feel refreshed.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Moni and I discuss the following:Life skills and lessons you learn from participating in sports and being on teamsHow great coaches can provide additional opportunities that can help shape your futureImportance of teaching kids to stand on their own, manage expectations and become resilientRole of a parent when your kids are participating in sportsValue of an off season, avoiding overuse and preventing injuryPlaying varsity sports in the United States as a Canadian athleteHow perseverance can help you through difficult timesWhat happens when someone believes in youSecret to being successful at college while balancing playing women’s varsity volleyball, studying and having funEmbracing the fear of the unknownLiving in a foreign country where you don’t speak the languageLife as a professional athlete and knowing when it is time to move onTransitioning from indoor volleyball to the beach court to becoming a marketing and sales professionalStarting a side hustle and then deciding to be your own box while on maternity leave with a young familyHow asking for help from someone in your industry can be beneficialThe in’s and out’s of being an entrepreneur on the day to dayChallenges of starting a businessWhy it is difficult but so important to identify the right customer for your businessWhy comparing yourself to others can be detrimentalKnowing when to shift your brand based on how you can best serve your clients and becoming more nicheKnowing how to talk to your client and identifying when a client is not the right fitHow and why you need to make it easy for your clientsChallenges of operating a business in a billion dollar industryWhy you should give your community some quick wins, value and connectionBenefits of operating your own businessImportance of teaching people the whyThe role, responsibilities and values of a good coachBiggest value and biggest curse of entrepreneurship or running your own businessWhy you should have a coach with different areas of your lifeWhy you should invest in yourself and take time to work on yourselfBeing authentic with your audienceImportance of finding what worksWhat happens internally and externally as you ageImportance of staying focused on what is working and avoiding shiny new distractionsLearning and following a system to find successDiscovering what you need to work on and doing things that make you feel uncomfortableHow learning and growing promotes good changes that will help you be successfulImportance to focusing on revenue generating opportunitiesWhat you should do if you want your business to keep growingHave to put in the work and timePercentage of online courses that are actually completedWhy it is important to stay connected to your clients to help them move through your programsWhy you should check in with yourself on a regular basisI loved this conversation with Moni, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Moni, you can visit:Instagram – @monika_tupholmeFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/mojomoniWebsite – https://www.monikatupholme.com/Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
63 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
Libby Wildman – On Making People Feel Comfortable, Accepting Who You Are and Knowing Your Money Story
EPISODE 22 – LIBBY WILDMAN – ON MAKING PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE, ACCEPTIING WHO YOU ARE AND KNOWING YOUR MONEY STORYToday we are talking with Libby Wildman, Head of Wealth Advisory at Davis Rea, Founder of the Collective, and Creator of Liminal Escapes.Libby founded her own Wealth Management company over 30 years ago and has been working in the financial world to help people achieve their goal of financial freedom faster. For many years she found herself being the only female in the boardroom and decided to form The Collective to bring women together, give them a place and allow them to do business on their own terms. She has also just launched Liminal Escapes to bring people together who have a desire to explore themselves on a deeper level. Liminal Escapes offer retreats for small groups of adventurers to come together for a unique experience in a magical place with experts that will provide them with a transformational experience. This is perfect for people that crave community, adventures in nature and self-discovery.Libby loves helping people and is a natural connector. That is at her core. She is always asking how she can help and is more than willing to support people in their endeavors. If Libby can help you, she will and if she can’t just connect you to another person that can help you.One of the things I appreciate about Libby is her willingness to share and to connect the right people together. She is warm, welcoming and goes above and beyond to create meaningful events and is an exceptional example of a female who goes above and beyond to create opportunities for women in the entrepreneurial space.Every time I speak with Libby, I always walk away feeling refreshed with two or three new resources to review or people to connect with.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Libby and I discuss the following:Importance of being a good host to make people feel comfortable at your eventsHow and why to make sure people are the right fit for your communityWhy it is important to make sure clients feel comfortable with you, want to work with you and that you build a business with people you like working withHow your childhood shapes you and can impact your decisions, actions, and career pathValue of working for a large corporation early in your career and learning how to sink or swim in the workplaceBenefits and drawbacks of being the only female in the boardrooms and how you need to hold your energy in a different way to be successfulFiguring out how to be the best you can be by doing the work around who you are, and accepting what you discoverHow to remove the glass ceilingWhat humans are really afraid of when it comes to using their special gifts and allowing themselves to go for itWhat happens when you dim your light and stop shining as brightHow coaches and mentors can help guide you through so many different aspects of your life to help you move forward or level upWhy continuing to learn and grow is so meaningful to continue moving forwardImportance of attracting clients that also want you to winRewiring your brain to change your state to give you a different perspectiveWhy you should know your money storyBecoming a trusted source so your clients will share their fears and insecurities and you can then help them feel good about where they are and where they are goingMeaning of LiminalWhat it means to be in a transition phaseThe three human lies and how they take turns showing up in your lifeImportance of working on self connection to help create more abundance or feel peace and accept who you really areHow to differentiate yourself from others in the same industryHow money decisions can impact a familyValue of understanding and caring about your clients to figure out what is best for themThe secret to long term relationshipsThe challenges of being a fixerFear of failure vs fear of rejection and how that impacts your ability to performBiggest problem with what the next generation and what they should do to avoid the “find your passion” trapIdentifying your natural skill set and then using them to set yourself up for successWhy people misbehave and why you should give people the benefit of the doubtWhat people find most attractive? And it is not what you think.What your energy says about youFiguring out what you need and outgrowing relationships – even the one with yourselfChallenges of being a single mom and running a businessBeing good at communicating why you are busy with those you love and using the appropriate language to describe itWhy hustling is important in business and in your careerRecognizing who you can help and not saying yes to too many people I loved this conversation with Libby, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Libby, you can visit:Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/libbywildman/Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
53 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Laurie Anne King – On Using Your Natural Gift, Listening to Your Intuition and Being the Queen of Imperfection
EPISODE 21 – LAURIE ANNE KING – ON USING YOUR NATURAL GIFT, LISTENING YOUR INTUITION AND BEING THE QUEEN OF IMPERFECTIONToday we are talking with Laurie Anne King an Intuitive Coach and Portrait Photographer.If you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, stuck where you are and scared or unsure of how to move forward Laurie Anne is the perfect person to help you gain clarity, discover your unique gifts, help you feel more grounded and become more confident in who you are and what you should be doing so you can move forward and be an inspiration to those around you.Laurie Anne has been coaching people for over 35 years. She holds a 5th dan in Usui-do, a Japanese system of self-connection, and over the years she has facilitated many spiritual workshops focused on self-reunion. In 1989, Laurie Anne began formally practicing body-mind-centred therapies, including natural healing, Five Elements, Osteopathic Advanced CranioSacral therapy, Cognitive, Somato-Emotional Release, Bio-Tuning – Nero-Bioacoustics, Sound therapy, and shamanic journeywork, etc. The list just goes on.She is the creator of Open Inward, a signature program that coaches spiritually attuned people to connect to their wisdom, develop their psychic faculty and learn intuitive coaching.Laurie Anne is also an intuitive portrait photographer. She offers Open Inward Journey Portraits, a unique and nurturing experience that guides her subject to feel safe, seen in positive ways and most importantly, captures rare expressions that reveal the beautiful soul they are.She is passionate about making a difference in this world through helping others see things a little bit more clearly.Every time I speak with Laurie Anne I always learn something new that really gets me and I hope you will learn one or two new things as well.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Laurie Anne and I discuss the following: Value of having supportive people to help nurture and guide you to develop your special abilities at a young ageImportance of feeling safe to show up as who you are, using your natural gift and continuing to growLearning how to deal with challenges throughout life like learning disabilities, self worth and self confidenceRecognizing when your dream is not meant to be, and that it is time to head down another pathThe three primary lies that people tell themselvesHow to putt value on your time and energy not on your giftThe business of coaching, how it has evolved and the value of itThe value of a referral based business, why you should operate with the spirit of reciprocity and how you can help small businessesWhy you should trust your initiation and act on your feelingChallenges of being a single parent of young kids and running a businessHow to build your business and evolve at the right paceWhy you should never stop working on yourself and how you can create changeBenefits of sound therapy and what it doesKnowing when it is important to dive into something else to spark your creativity, enhance your skill set and create a new service for your customerDifficult of dealing with grief and continuing to move forwardBeing a digital nomad and being able to provide your clients with an experience regardless of where you are in the worldValue and challenges of managing and international client baseBeing open to expanding and hiring the right people to help you grow to the next level and leave space for your creative energy to flowWorking with PsychedelicsHow taking risks and being the queen of imperfect action can work for youImportance of rebuilding the creative energy and how it comes in wavesWhy you should take time to clarify what you really wantHow you know when you are ready to make a change in your lifeBeing inspired to serve others and seeing the reward in what you doGetting to the hero’s journeyJust try it – it could change everythingWhy you need to trust in what you do enough that you are going to get enough information to surrender, open up and receive new information to transformI loved this conversation with Laurie Anne, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Laurie Anne, you can visit:Website – https://www.laurieanneking.com/Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/openinward/ Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
55 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
Shannon Tebb – On Putting Yourself Out There, Authentically Connecting with Others, and Mastering the Art of Communication
EPISODE 20 – SHANNON TEBB – ON PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE, AUTHENTICALLY CONNECTING WITH OTHERS AND MASTERING THE ART OF COMMUNICAITONToday we are talking with Shannon Tebb a boutique matchmaker and dating expert. She is also the founder of Shanny in the City.Shanny in the City is a great support system for singles whether you’re looking for a lifelong companion, advice on what to say on a date, where you should go to meet people in the city, what you should wear or even what the current do’s and don’ts are of the ever evolving dating world. Shanny in the City can guide you though all the questions that you have so you can avoid looking or feeling a little bit silly because you just didn’t know. They can help you get your love life in shape, whether it is by helping you open your heart up to love again or just helping you get excited about dating again. They are super passionate about making sure you are date ready and helping you find your perfect match.Shannon went from being that friend that everyone went to for dating advice for free to creating a successful business and she is rated as one of the top 10 match makers in North America. She has helped 100’s of singles looking for love find their perfect match. Shanny was raised in a single parent household and from an early age has always been fascinated by people and relationships, in particular why some were successful, and others were not. She found it easy to identify what men loved and she became inspired to share this knowledge with other single women. She is passionate about helping single males and females gain confidence so they can attract that perfect partner. Shannon has been called the “Head Hunter for the Heart” and a “Love Witch”.Shanny is super knowledgeable about dating and always offers such a fresh perspective on things you should be doing in order to be ready to attract your person. She loves giving people advice, tips or suggestions and genuinely wants to help people find love. I love spending time with Shanny. She is always so positive, has super high energy and is always trying something new that is almost always off the beat path.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Shanny and I discuss the following:How she recognized her fascination with human connection at an early ageDiscovering your gift and being inspired to take the leap to start your own businessHow different jobs provided her with important skills to enable her to run her own businessImportance of connecting with people to offer excellent customer service, understand what they want, and be able to engage themValue of ensuring clients feel safe to trust in the service and experience because it is a very personal experienceHow to juggle a full time job with a side hustle and what to do when it becomes too much to handleImportance of having people around you that believe that you can be successfulWhy you should put yourself out there, be vulnerable and figure out what works for your brandChallenges of starting and growing a businessWhy you want to make sure your company name makes sense for your brand and that it is a good representative of what you are trying to achieveImportance of knowing your ideal customer and setting boundariesValue of negative and constructive feedback and how it can help you be successful in love and in your businessImportance of creating an authentic connection in order to find your perfect matchWhy you should tell everyone what you are doing and how it can help grow your businessKnowing what to charge for your service to ensure you offer value and differentiate yourself from othersHow media can help you get exposure and help you grow your businessThe best way to attract new clientsWhat it is like working with men and the challenges of dating a recently divorced manWhy everyone that is single should have a dating coach or matchmaker in their contact listWhat hinders most people from finding the “perfect” matchHow dating trends have changed during Covid and how it has affected the dating and match making industryHow to know you are being bread crumbed and how to avoid a situationshipManaging expectations and recognizing what you really want in a relationshipRole of a foster girlfriendThe fast track and evolution of dating over the last 10 yearsTaking a risk as a business owner and being open to new opportunities and how they can be learning experiences that enhance your skill setCoaching people through the various issues that can come up when dating or putting yourself out thereImportance of mastering specific life skills when it comes to relationships and understanding how you show up for peopleImportance of self assessing and knowing where you should put in workEffect of verbal and non verbal communication skills and how your energy on a dateWhy women who work in higher paid positions need to take off their work hat off and be more feminineThe number one role of a match maker and dating coachBenefits and challenges of being a digital nomad, working remotely and finding a communityValue of having meaningful and positive conversationsLife is meant to be sharedI loved this conversation with Shanny, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Shanny, you can visit:Website – Shannyinthecity.comInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/shannyinthecity/TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@shannyinthecityLinkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannyinthecity/ Get started right away with our library of free worksheets, checklists, and resources Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
63 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Monica Graves – On Starting Your Own Business, Fundraising and Spreading Light & Love
EPISODE 19 – MONICA GRAVES – ON STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS, FUNDRAISING AND SPREADING LIGHT AND LOVEToday we are talking with Monica Graves, Owner & Designer of glamjulz.glamjulz is a trendy jewelry brand that provides an instant pop of colourful bling to any outfit. It is fresh, fun and affordable but most of all you can get creative with the designer herself and create your very own pieces.Monica went from a steady stable sales job at Canada Post to launching her own business as a side hustle. She took the leap into her business full time after six years of juggling her full time job and her love for being creative and designing these one of a kind pieces of jewelry. There were many nights and weekends spent growing the business and after 20 years she is still here, still being creative and still loving her dream. glamjulz is shipped direct to customers all over the world. This everyday luxury jewelry brand has been worn by many famous celebrities such as Fergie, Paris Hilton, and Vivica A Fox just to name a few.Monica is one of those business owners that when you meet her you just want to spend more time with her. She is so delightful and has such a generous spirit and good energy. She loves to help people in need and through glamjulz has supported so many different charities in fun and creative ways.Monica is honest and entertaining. I love everything she is doing and how she really believes in giving light and love to people that need it the most. She is super passionate about what she does and genuinely wants to help people in whatever way she can. Monica shares some great stories that have brought her to where she is today. She is probably one of the most positive and generous people that I have ever met.I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast.In this episode, Monica and I discuss the following:Being raised by progressive, forward thinking parents and having the opportunity to backpack around Europe at a young ageDiscovering and fostering her love for art at a young ageStarting a retro based t-shirt business as a teenager in the 80’s and recognizing that she could make money doing something she lovedParticipating at shows and learning the “math” of running your own business and sometimes how little you make per hourImportance of understanding copyright infringement and how it can impact what you are doingHow she started creating wall muralsWhy she went back to high school after her first semester of collegeWhat she loved about working at Canada PostDiscovering her love for earrings and beads plus how these obsessions beganHow creating unique pieces of jewelry make her feelHow she decided what to create when she was first started as a makerWhere she started selling her jewelryWhy it is important to make changesHow a good manager can help you make decisions that are in your best interestDifferences between working for a large organization vs starting your own businessChallenges of coming up with processes and guidelines to be successfulThe worst type of boss you can haveThe biggest mistake that she continued to make over and over againChallenges of running a business of working with retailers, celebrities and managing employeesMaking decisions for your business based on what people tell you is a good strategy vs. recognizing when it is not right for your businessHow she met her favourite celebrity of all time and what happened when they metHow she branded glamjulz about what she truly lovesChallenges of juggling business opportunities with family tragedyWhat helps you really put things into perspectiveHow ecommerce has changed over timeBiggest mistake you make when starting an online businessImportance of sharing, giving light and hope to peopleWhat it takes to start and run a business overtimeRecognizing where you can bring joy for othersDeveloping the fundraising side of glamjulz and the importance of supporting charitiesDevelopment of The Three Little Wishes CampaignImportance of being yourself and recognizing that you are enoughWhy you should put love and light out into the worldWhat happens when you find the right personFeeling free to be yourselfI loved this conversation with Monica, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Monica, you can visit:Website – https://glamjulz.com/Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/glamjulz/ Get started right away with our library of free worksheets, checklists, and resources Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
73 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Melanie Cruickshank – On Living Your Brand, Connecting With Your Customers and The Importance of Your Support System and Network
EPISODE 18 – MELANIE CRUICKSHANK – ON LIVING YOUR BRAND, CONNECTING WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM AND NETWORKToday we are talking with Melanie Cruickshank, CEO and Founder of Da Lish Cosmetics. Da Lish Cosmetics is all about creating clean luxurious beauty products that are produced with locally sourced, natural, and organic ingredients. They are a pioneer in the clean beauty movement and Da Lish is determined to make a positive impact in the world of beauty. Melanie went from working in advertising and marketing to starting her own cosmetics company. In 2006, she launched Da Lish cosmetics as a side hustle and in three short years made it her full time gig. Melanie started making products in her kitchen and selling them at small local events. Today Da Lish has its own manufacturing facility in Canada, has numerous retailers that stock their products and their own ecommerce store where they ship their products to customers all over the world.So, what inspired Melanie to start a cosmetics business? From a very young age she discovered her love for lipstick and then later when she was a teenager that was struggling with acne, she found that foundation changed her life and helped increase her confidence. Melanie’s personal mission is to help other people feel their absolute best. She lives and breathes her brand. This business is about her beliefs, her lifestyle and finding other people that also want to have an impact and create change in this space.Melanie is a fun and engaging guest that is willing to share her success as well as her struggles. She is vulnerable, honest, and also very entertaining. I love her fresh perspective and how she creates parallels of running a business to other life challenges like dating for example. She is super passionate about what she does and genuinely wants to help people feel their absolute best. Melanie has some great stories to share based on her life experiences. I am sure you will find more than one or two things to take away from this podcast. In this episode, Melanie and I discuss the following:Adventures of growing up on a farm and living in nature but wanting to be a glamorous big city girlDiscovering, falling in love and becoming obsessed with make up at a young ageStruggles of being a dyslexic, tall, big girl that lacked confidence and what helped increase her confidence as a young girlBecoming a fanatic about exercise, losing weight, counting calories, and becoming anorexic with the desire to just fit inStigmatism of having a disability like dyslexia, how other people treat you and how that makes you feel about yourselfGetting your dream job at an early age and the importance of recognizing where you thriveMoving into advertising and sales for the Toronto Star, and Now Magazine and enjoying all the perksTurning a passion for make up into the creation of Dalish and all the work that went into developing, selling and marketing a brand in the beauty industryRecognizing the importance and correlation of the ingredients of the food you eat and the products you put on your bodyThe shock of moving from a corporate account and big budget to spending your own money to start and grow a businessTime, passion, and effort that you put into your own business, how it changes the quality of your life and gives you opportunities that you wouldn’t normally have access toImportance of having a good support system and taking the time to figure out how to do things that help drive you forwardHow to find and connect with your customers by meeting with them and listening to what they have to sayChallenges of developing your brand story, understanding, and connecting with your customer and how the “clean beauty” story has evolvedDoing what it takes to make it work in the beginning and embracing pivotal moments when they occurUsing your network to form collaborations that work for everyone and how that helped Da Lish secure a contract with Mattel to work on a special event for BarbieLosing your number one supporter, dealing with grief and not being able to share success with themSurviving a pandemic, pivoting to create new revenue streams and the importance of connecting with other small business ownersBig and small mistakes you can make as a new business ownerHow running a business is just like datingWhy you should be kind to yourself, and be you your own best friendI loved this conversation with Melanie, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Melanie, you can visit:Website – https://www.dalishcosmetics.com/Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyumar/Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dalishcosmetics/Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dalishcosmetics/ Get started right away with our library of free worksheets, checklists, and resources Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
58 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Bobby Umar - On Feeding Your Soul, Fighting For Your Life and Being a Star
EPISODE 17 – BOBBY UMAR – ON FEEDING YOUR SOUL, FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE AND BEING A STARToday we are talking with Bobby Umar, President of Raeallan and CEO of DYPB. Raeallan is a transformational training organization whose mission is to discover, inspire and develop leadership. DYPB, or Discover Your Personal Brand helps individuals and organizations use personal branding to create more focus, alignment, and impact with their work.Bobby started out as an Aerospace Design Engineer for Bombardier and has made his way into transformational training and professional speaking. He made some bold moves early in his career to get out of a soul sucking job and move into a career that he loves. Bobby is now one of Inc Magazine’s Top 100 leadership speakers, a five-time TEDx speaker, has been named as the “2nd Best Business Coach to Follow” on Twitter and the “4th Best Leadership Influencer” according to Kred. He has also recently been named a “Top 7 Networking Guru to Follow” and is recognized as a thought leader in networking, social media, and personal branding.Bobby is an engaging professional speaker that is genuine, extremely personable, and willing to share his success as well as his struggles. He is passionate about helping others grow and fully understands what it is like to be in a career that does not allow you to feel like a star. He believes it is important to fight for the life that you want. Bobby has a wealth of knowledge to share based on his real-life experience in the world and I could not wait to sit down and talk with him. In this episode, Bobby and I discuss the following:The impact of connecting with purposeGrowing up as a first generation Canadian in a small town on the east coast and feeling like you are living a double lifeBeing a math nerd, skipping grades, and getting ahead at an early ageHis love for learning, memorization and readingIssues around body shaming and feeling embarrassed at a young ageDifferences between quitting vs knowing when to let something goValue of extracurricular experiences that give you the feeling of freedom at a young ageDiscovering his love for movies, television, and the theatreAuditioning for the first time and identifying his love for performingDeveloping and discovering your voiceThe challenges of university and figuring out what do to when you graduateKey identifiers to recognize when a job is not the right fit and is not working outLaunching a passion project to feed your soul and recognizing when you want to put time and energy into something you loveGetting fired and figuring out what to do nextHow being in the wrong program or job can affect your self confidence and make you believe you are not a smart person or even competentHow your mindset can erode based on your life experience and the value of gaining new experiences to shift your mind set so you can once again thriveImportance of finding your mojo and being focused on what you really want to do in order to feel fulfilledThe feeling of not “Fitting in” or not being a “star”Recognizing what allows you to feel empowered and thriveValue of finding a good manager that recognizes your strengths and that you also value what they have to offerThe impacts of having a stressful job and experiencing an anxiety attack for the first timeRecognizing the signs of serious health issues and figuring out how to get control of them before they become a bigger problemRecognizing a natural gift, embracing it and moving in that directionUtilizing a personal council to help validate your decision making and chart out your lifeFiguring out your niche and launching a new businessValue of working with a coach to help you see other options, guide you in the right direction and streamline your growthDifferences between a coach and a consultantGoing through a personal self discovery to identify next stepsLife as a professional speaker, figuring out how much to charge and scaling your businessThe need to pivot during a pandemic to make things work or to ramp up your businessImportance of feeding your soul and understanding how your “Why” statements drive youFollowing the wrong path to success and how it feelsWhy it is important to create more focus so you can go from good to greatHis passion for helping people with their personal brandingImportance of getting things done, being in the moment and doing the right thingWhy you should fight for the life you want to liveI loved this conversation with Bobby, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Bobby, you can visit:Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobbyumar/Website – https://www.raeallan.com/ Website – https://www.dypb.ca/Twitter – https://twitter.com/raehanbobbyInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/raehanbobby/ Get started right away with our library of free worksheets, checklists, and resources Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
63 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Christine Kelly - The Importance of Sport, Starting a Franchise and Selecting The Right People with The Right Experience
EPISODE 16 – CHRISTINE KELLY – ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORT, STARTING A FRANCHISE AND SELECTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE WITH THE RIGHT EXPERIENCEToday we’re talking with Christine Kelly, Founder and Chairman of Little Kickers, which is an educational soccer – or ‘football’, program designed to provide young children with a fun and positive introduction to sport while also promoting the development of learning color and number recognition, as well as life skills like sharing and taking turns.Christine saw a need in the market in 2002 when she started this program in the UK and since then Little Kickers has expanded to over 330 franchisees across 30+ countries and classes are attended by over 65,000 children each week. Little Kickers has won many awards such as Franchisor of the Year, Top Global Franchise and in 2020 was recognized as “Global Franchise Champion” by Global Franchise Magazine and has been ranked amongst Canada’s fastest growing businesses by PROFIT Magazine.Christine is a forward-thinking entrepreneur that is solutions oriented, all about choosing the right partners and taking time to build relationships. She is super passionate about getting as many kids as possible to participate in sport and has been creative and innovative to get around the various challenges that have tried to block the growth of Little Kickers. Christine is honest, genuine and an absolute delight to talk to. I am excited to share Christine’s story with you because she is so candid, does not take herself too seriously and is brilliant in her approach to getting things done. In this episode, Christine and I discuss the following:Growing up in the UK in a competitive family and going to boarding school at an early ageValue of work placements, what you can learn and taking advantage of the opportunities that can come alongHow a job can have an impact on your development and help you recognize you have more capabilities than you thought you didWhy you need to take risks and put in the work to be successfulRecognizing when you are not passionate about your career choiceFinding a job that works for you based in your natural skill setStarting a service based business as a side hustle and having to walk away from itWhat happens when you start a product based business and discover it is not where you want to spend your timeRecognizing when and why you should change your careerHow Little Kickers was created based on a personal need, but the demand was there to start and grow a thriving businessHow to set up a franchise business when your business is profitableTaking advantage of opportunities, figuring out how to meet demand and making it workImportance and value of people you meet and how they can help you grow your business fasterKnowing when it is the right time to expand globally and making sure you have the right people to work withBeing lucky vs being open to opportunities and making your own luckWhy it is important to think in a different way to overcome challengesImportance of selecting good partners that you like, want to spend time with and can help grow the businessHarnessing other people’s skills, knowledge, and experience to help you growWhy you should be continually looking for new ways to innovate or provide participants with more valueWhy you should listen to other people’s feedbackImportance of staying true to your missionHow to expand globally and the differences between setting up in developed countries vs countries that are still developingRunning pilots to test a new model or service before full implementationWhat makes Little Kickers workWhy it is important to know your industry, work with experts and stay connected to the latest researchSome of the biggest challenges that new entrepreneurs faceIdentifying that not everyone wants you to succeedDealing with death threatsRecognizing what success really looks like and taking the time to celebrateHow Little Kickers is surviving Covid and what business decisions they are making to do the right thing and retain their customers at the same timeHow sport and exercise are differentWhy it is important to make sure kids have a positive first experienceUnderstanding winning vs losing, building resilience and how you can learn from losingWhy teenage girls need sport now more than everHow sport helps you set goals, create dreams, and be disciplinedI loved this conversation with Christine, and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Christine, you can visit:Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-kelly-3a14477/Website – https://www.littlekickers.ca/ Get started right away with our library of free worksheets, checklists, and resources Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
66 minutes | May 12, 2020
John Towsley - Entrepreneurship, Importance of Cash Flow and Figuring Out How To Make It Work
EPISODE 15 – JOHN TOWSLEY – ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP, IMPORTANCE OF CASH FLOW AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO MAKE IT WORKToday we are talking with John Towsley, Owner of Bwyze, and until recently also owner of Mindmuze. Bwyze is an IT service management company that offers eLearning products and services for IT Services. Mindmuze is a Learning innovations company that creates powerful learning experiences.John is a leader and an innovator in the IT and eLearning spaces. He started out as a systems analyst and quickly moved up the corporate ladder. John has been the president of 5 different organizations, two of which he was the founder and owner. He has been able to see a need in the market, assess the risk and come up with a business solution that meets the needs of the market in real time. John has this uncanny ability to get people to think about the big picture and overall goals. He is an out of the box thinker and offers alternatives that people are not even thinking about in the moment. John does not shy away from taking on challenges and is always able to figure out the root cause along with solutions to fix the issue. He believes there is always a way to figure something out to make it work. John is very stoic under pressure and never seems to let anything rattle his cage – at least that is what I thought until our conversation today. I am excited to share John’s story with you as there are so many wise thoughts and ideas that you might be able to take away and apply to your own life.In this episode, John and I discuss the following:Growing up in a small community, his love for the outdoors, importance of good mentors and taking action to make things happenHow being involved in Boy Scouts provided him with so many opportunities and new experiences, and how it influenced his view of the world and his desire to contribute and achieve successWorking at an early age to make money to be able to afford what you really wantDifferences between theory and reality in a working environment with regards to processes and behavioursDifferences between tropical reality vs western reality and how it helped keep things in perspectiveImportance of being disciplined when it matters the mostChallenges of getting a job during a recessionLetting a good advocate help you find your next opportunityRecognizing when you make mistakes and figuring out how to fix itThe start and evolution of the technology industryHow a leveraged buy out worksSeeing an opportunity and becoming a “low risk” entrepreneur by running a business with other people’s moneyWhat to do when your company runs out of money and what happens when you need to bootstrap your companyChallenges of being a committed leader, managing employees and the stress that comes along with itDefinition of an entrepreneur, what it means, understanding the risks and how it has become trendyThe personal toll on your mental health as an entrepreneur and learning to manage stressPeople’s perception of what your life is like vs the reality of what it really isImportance of recognizing what is important in lifeSelf identifying when you are not the right person for the job and taking action to move onAcquiring companies, becoming a deal junky and knowing when it is time to stopStigmas associated with mental health issues and finding ways to get manage your mental healthDetermination and underlying thoughts of figuring out how to get it done and how to surviveManaging stress by using benchmarks and reframing things to keep everything in perspectivePerception of others and social stigma of failingValue of measuring the downside risk and being able to quantify it to help with your decision makingIdentifying what you like and do not like doing in the businessStarting and growing a business to get cash flow positive quicklySeeing opportunities, assessing risk and knowing when to take a chanceBenefits and challenges of having a business partnerHow to make a business partnership work by finding the right business partner and then utilizing your natural gifts and skill setsStarting out in an emerging industry where there is opportunity and room for growthAdvantages of understanding your industry and knowing how to pivot, fill a gap and start a new business to fulfill a needImportance of understanding cash flow and how it affects your businessWhat happens in a time of crisis and how your base level training can play a significant roleWhat being lucky means and how you can be lucky tooImportance of listening to your existing clients and when you hear an opportunity acting on it right awayHow to get enough cash to keep going and make your business salableFocusing on what needs to happen and then taking action to get it doneWhat life is really aboutI loved this conversation with John and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on John you can visit:Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtowsley/ Get started right away with our library of free worksheets, checklists, and resources Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
58 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
SHAUNA ARNOTT – ON BEING CREATIVE, SHARING YOUR PASSION AND ASKING FOR HELP
EPISODE 14 – SHAUNA ARNOTT – ON BEING CREATIVE, SHARING YOUR PASSION AND ASKING FOR HELPToday we’re talking with Shauna Arnott, Founder of Leverage Events, Founder and Producer of Haste and Hustle and most recently Co-Founder and Producer of Listen In. Leverage Events creates unforgettable experiences for their corporate clients that grow their brand and deepen human connections. Haste and Hustle is an annual conference that was created to serve and support entrepreneurs. Listen In is a conference for enterprise level marketing teams looking to better understand and capitalize on the world of podcasting. This lady has a lot on her plate, but she is one determined and passionate person.Shauna is able to take a big idea and bring it to life. She has created some amazing experiences and has worked with some of the biggest names out there to date. The first year of Haste and Hustle featured Gary V as the keynote speaker and in 2020 it is Richard Branson. Shauna is able to capture the attention of these big names and get them involved in her vision. She is super passionate about helping others and I am so excited to hear about her journey.In this episode, Shauna and I discuss the following:Actions of a young budding entrepreneur and getting your business shut down at your elementary schoolImportance of being creative to deliver an experience that will make money and add value to your eventHow connecting to nature and playing outdoors helps stimulate creativity and growthWhat happens when you choose a traditional career to make money and have a good livingHow to listen to your inner voice about what you should really be doing and then taking steps to follow your dreamImportance of staying open to opportunities when they come along and taking action on themHow to change careers, get started in a new industry and launch a new businessValue of connecting with current thought leaders, selling them on your idea and getting them to participateNot knowing, acknowledging or recognizing when something is hard and just moving forward to get it doneImportance of being passionate about what you are doing, and sharing your passion to get buy in from other peopleDeveloping the right name for a company or brandRecognizing your own limitations of areas or skills that still need to be further developed or improvedThe biggest challenge when it comes to running eventsHow external factors can impact your business and what you should do when this happensValue of being a solution-oriented problem solver that is able to identify what is important vs. not importantWhat you should do when everything seems to be going wrongHow the power of relationships can work for you and how communal entrepreneurs can be with one anotherImportance of asking for help so people can rally around and help youStruggle for female entrepreneurs to ask for help and the negative perceptions associated with askingValue of recognizing and acknowledging the amazing people that surround youImportance of being open to asking for and receiving helpHow you can put yourself in a great position to help othersImportance and value of your network to share information, to help each other and to not feel alone with your strugglesWhy you should help people with the right intention and do things to be a good person not get anything out of itHow different people bring value into your business or lifeStruggle of connecting with people in a meaningful wayA model for creating a successful event that will have great takeaways for the audienceShauna’s dream speaker listImportance of finding people that will attract the right audience for your eventValue of being real on social media and letting people peek into your lifeDesire to have a female keynote speaker and seeing more women rising to the topIdentifying yourself as your biggest challenge and how to get out of your own wayValue of clear communicationChallenges and opportunities for introverts in connecting and planning eventsImportance of being kind, knowing you are loved and seeing your valueImpact of negative self talk and the value of reducing or eliminating it from your thought processValue of providing aspirational and tactical informationI loved this conversation with Shauna and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Shauna you can visit:Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/shauna-arnott-b609142/Twitter – https://twitter.com/ShaunaclaireInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/shaunaclaire1/To learn more about Haste & Hustle:Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hasteandhustle/Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hasteandhustle/Twitter – https://twitter.com/HasteandHustleLinkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/company/haste-and-hustle/ WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW THAT WILL HELP MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE? Listen to this podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
79 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
TIM LOUKS – ON BEING INSPIRED BY THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, BEING SELF LESS IN SPORTS, AND USING RECOVERY TIME TO REFLECT, ADAPT & IMPROVE
EPISODE 13 – TIM LOUKS – ON BEING INSPIRED BY THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, BEING SELF LESS IN SPORTS, AND USING RECOVERY TIME TO REFLECT, ADAPT & IMPROVE Tim Louks is Head Coach of the McMaster Marauders Women’s Volleyball Team. Tim has spent over 30 seasons coaching and developing the women’s program and in the […]
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
STACEY DAVIS – ON THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, LETTING YOUR CREATIVITY DRIVE YOU AND PAYING ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS
EPISODE 12 – STACEY DAVIS – ON THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, LETTING YOUR CREATIVITY DRIVE YOU AND PAYING ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS Stacey Davis is the Founder and CEO of Lovefresh, a Toronto based company that offers a complete line of all natural, non-toxic, and highly effective skin care products that are made in Canada. […]
68 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
KRISTIN MATTHEWS – ON LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS, TAKING TIME TO RECHARGE AND FINDING YOUR WAY WITH SOMETHING THAT MATTERS
EPISODE 11 – KRISTIN MATTHEWS – ON LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS, TAKING TIME TO RECHARGE AND FINDING YOUR WAY WITH SOMETHING THAT MATTERSKristin Matthews is the President and Co-Founder of Tom & Sawyer, which is a new twist on meals for your best furry friends. Tom & Sawyer creates fresh pet meals that are prepared with the same strict regulations as human food providers to meet the proper nutritional requirements for dogs and cats.Prior to launching Tom & Sawyer, Kristin spent over 15 years working full time as an investigative and forensic account, while at the same time studying to achieve all the letters needed behind her name to become a partner at an accounting firm. This was her main goal and she achieved it only to realize it was not what she really wanted.Kristin walked away from a perfectly good career and allowed herself the time to be free and be open to opportunities that came her way. She opted to get a furry fur legged friend, named him Sawyer and her new journey began. Sawyer would not eat regular pet food much to Kristin’s dismay, but he loved his mama’s home cooked meals. After taking a peek into this industry Kristin saw a gap and decided to take it on. Little did she know the challenges she would encounter launching and growing this business.Kristin is a go getter, a self proclaimed (but recovering) perfectionist and one super smart lady.In this episode, Kristin and I discuss the following:Her journey from corporate world to entrepreneurship and everything in betweenThe freedom of growing up in a small town and being raised in an entrepreneurial familyEffects of challenging your parents, pushing boundaries and figuring life out as you go alongBeing grateful for opportunities and choices that are presented along the wayLiving life backwards and stumbling upon your love and natural talentHow letters behind your name can help give you another level of confidenceAsking for what you want in order to get want you wantOvercoming various obstacles to become a partner at an accounting firmReaching your goal, not feeling they way you should and knowing when to say noTaking time off, searching for your soul and figuring out your next stepsFinding a great name for your dog and businessSolving food issues for your pets and the wild west “regulations” of the pet food industryGoing above and beyond to get your pet to eat by cooking with real foodBeing an expert at everything you try to doImportance of building a business and being 100% transparentValue of meeting the right people and having a great network to call onDifficulty of competing against the big dogs and trying to stand out in the noiseChallenges of starting and running a small businessDifferences between managing people vs hiring people and judging their output vs your business cash flowFiguring out how to motivate people, showing empathy and making sure people are happyChoosing to go into business with your husband/wife/partnerRecognizing the value that different people bring to implementing a businessTaking time to recharge your batteryHow perfection and worrying about what other people think can inhibit you for moving forward fasterImportance of knowing what you are good at staying in your lane and not getting stuck in the detailsValue of recognizing what success looks and feels likeTaking time to realize what you have built, including how much time, energy, and effort it is to start and build a businessChallenges of finding your perfect customer, getting their attention and getting them to make a changeHow consumers have changed their behaviour on social media and knowing whether you should invest in advertisingHow the dogs of Instagram capture your attention, become insta famous and bring joyImportance of being silly and comfortable in your skinI loved this conversation with Kristin and I hope you do too!If you would like more information on Kristin you can visit:https://www.tomandsawyer.com/Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TomandSawyer/Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tomandsawyer/Or stop by for a visit 1247 Queen Street East, TorontoPlus, if you think Sawyer is super cute you can also follow him on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sawyer_speaks/ WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW THAT WILL HELP MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE? Listen to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcast, iTunes or click play below to stream it.If you have a minute, leave a short review here, or send me an email to tell me what other guests I should have on the podcast.
60 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
TONIA WILSON – ON BEING KIND, WORKING HARD, AND MAKING YOUR OWN LUCK
EPISODE 10 – TONIA WILSON – ON BEING KIND, WORKING HARD, AND MAKING YOUR OWN LUCK Tonia Wilson is a Chef, Wine Sommelier, Beer Sommelier, Author and Food Entrepreneur. Tonia’s love of food began when she was studying in France and it inspired her to enrol in a Culinary Arts Program. Tonia has travelled, worked, […]
69 minutes | Dec 28, 2018
Forrest Willett - Overcome Anxiety & Depression, Take Responsibility For Your Own Actions and Know You Deserve To Be Loved
FORREST WILLETT – ON OVERCOMING ANXIETY & DEPRESSION, TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS, AND KNOWING YOU DESERVE TO BE LOVED Forrest Willett is a professional speaker that is passionate about mental health. He turned his own personal tragedy and struggles into a world-wide mission where he teaches and inspires people by sharing his journey from […]
59 minutes | Jun 23, 2018
SCOTT MCQUAIG – ON FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION, UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF FAILURE, AND KNOWING YOUR WORTH
SCOTT MCCUAIG – ON FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION, UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF FAILURE, AND KNOWING YOUR WORTH Scott McCuaig is the owner and principal landscape architect of Eden Tree Design. Scott turned his childhood passion into a career that he loves. He went from starting a small business in a small town to becoming an award-winning […]
63 minutes | Apr 23, 2018
NIKKI CLARKE - ON THE CHALLENGES OF BEING DIFFERENT, THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING RISKS, AND VALUE OF CREATING YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES
NIKKI CLARKE – ON THE CHALLENGES OF BEING DIFFERENT, THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING RISKS, AND VALUE OF CREATING YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES Nikki Clarke is the Founder & Host of the Nikki Clarke Show and the past President of the Ontario Black History Society. She went from being a stay at home mom to discovering her […]
59 minutes | Feb 23, 2018
RANDY THOMAS - ON THE IMPORTANCE OF NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS, IDENTIFYING YOUR NICHE & KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN WIN
RANDY THOMAS – ON THE IMPORTANCE OF NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS, IDENTIFYING YOUR NICHE & KNOWING WHAT YOU CAN WIN Randy Thomas is an actor and the founder of The Actor Advantage Program. He has had a very diverse and interesting journey to acting. He went from running a family marketing call center business in Moncton to […]
69 minutes | Dec 21, 2017
KIM TURLEY-SMITH – ON FINDING JOY, BEING GRATEFUL AND LIVING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY
KIM TURLEY-SMITH – ON FINDING JOY, BEING GRATEFUL AND LIVING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY Kim Turley-Smith is a fitness entrepreneur who is all about the power of positive thinking. Kim went from being a stay at home mom, to creating a successful business that was built out of her own need. She started out as a […]
50 minutes | Oct 6, 2017
DAVELLE MORRISON - ON BEING PREPARED FOR LIFE CHANGES, MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY SITUATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION
DAVELLE MORRISON – ON BEING PREPARED FOR LIFE CHANGES, MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY SITUATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION Davelle Morrison is currently a sales representative for Bosley Real Estate and a real estate investor. She started out in the corporate world doing ad sales by day and in the evenings and on weekends […]
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